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    Home automation 101 - 5 things you need to know

    September 29, 2018 9:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    Home automation 101 - Schlage smart locks

    Schlage's smart home experts simplify smart home technology and outline 5 home automation tips that help make the process more convenient and easier to understand.

     

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    Home automation 101 - Smart lock technology - Schlage

    Home security is a key driver behind home automation and the adoption of smart home technology – says CEPro, based upon trends they identified going into the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. According to a Houzz expose on smart home security, safety and security rank ahead of home entertainment, climate control and automated lighting as the main reason people are looking into smart home upgrades in the first place.

     

    To help homeowners select the smart home systems and products that best meet their needs, Schlage Product Manager for Residential Electronics, Bruce Schaffer, and Devin Love, Director of Technology Alliances, weigh in with 5 home automation tips that help make the process simpler and more convenient as well as easier to understand. No surprise, their insights reflect Schlage’s own market research which shows that 43% of survey respondents ranked security as the most important factor among consumers thinking about smart home products.

    Smart Home - Automation - Schlage

     

    Schlage has established itself as a leading brand in home automation with connected products such as the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. Schlage has joined other smart home technology leaders on the road with Amazon’s Smart Life Roadshow, bringing cutting-edge, smart home technology to you.

    Amazon Alexa - Smart Locks - Schlage

    1. Know what works with what

    “There are so many competing technologies, it can be confusing for consumers who are just beginning to explore home automation,” says Bruce Schaffer. “Our advice, before you look into any system, product, gadget or appliance: think about and define what specific tasks you’re looking for your system to accomplish.”

     

    “For example,” adds Devin Love, “so you want to centrally control or automate a thermostat? Your home’s lighting? Do you want a Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt that you can access from anywhere using your smartphone? Simply look at the protocols available and ask yourself the question: ‘what works with what?’ That’s really all you need to know when choosing your system for your home.”

     

    Compatibility information is readily available on product websites as well as on all product packaging. Zigbee or Z-Wave compatibility – and compatibility with hands-free speakers and home assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Home –will be clearly indicated. As long as you choose products that work with each other, you should have very little difficulty building a system that works for you.

    Zigbee-certified systems:

    • Samsung SmartThings - integrate select Schlage smart locks with hundreds of SmartThings compatible devices.

    • Amazon Alexa - say the word and control select Schlage smart locks with the convenience of voice activation.

    • Amazon Echo Plus - the Zigbee hub is built in for easy set up and control of select Schlage smart locks and other devices.

    • Amazon Key – get remote access, smart lock control and web-cam monitoring with the Amazon key and an optional Cloud Cam.

    Z-wave compatible systems:

    • Amazon Alexa - say the word and control select Schlage smart locks with the convenience of voice activation.

    • Samsung SmartThings - integrate select Schlage smart locks with hundreds of SmartThings compatible devices.

    • Ring Alarm - Easily pair your z-wave lock with the Ring Alarm Base Station and control it using the Ring App.

    • Wink - one interface connects to and controls a world of smart-home devices, including Schlage smart locks.

    2. Some platform basics

    Both the Zigbee and Z-Wave protocols that power today’s smart homes are low-power, localized mesh networks. That means the devices running on these networks consume or output very little power. Instead, they rely on other network devices in turn to serve as “transmitters” to the next devices in the chain (thus the term “mesh.”). Says Love, “this allows us to have complete home coverage, even though individual smart devices may not be powerful enough to cover every nook and cranny by themselves.”

     

    Your home Wi-Fi completes the connection between your smart devices and the internet, your smartphone or a hands-free speaker/home assistant.

    3. Know what you already have

    You don’t have to be a systems engineer to familiarize yourself with your current Wi-Fi system, its reach within your home or connecting it to your smartphone or hands-free home assistant. It’s likely you already have everything you need to get started on a home automation system that’s easy to install, secure and affordable.

     

    According to Devin Love, “all manufacturers, including Schlage with our smart locks, provide customers with product choices that allow them to easily integrate with their existing home networks. Homeowners don’t have to build out multiple networks, simply familiarize themselves with the network they already have and choose compatible products accordingly.”

    4. Understand system security

    It’s clearly no coincidence that smart home security systems are among the first that homeowners consider. In fact, nearly a quarter of respondents to Schlage’s smart home research said they have one. Overall security is important to homeowners as well with one-third citing secure encryption as the most important aspect of their home system. To that point, Bruce Schaffer wants to help you better understand what system security really means.

     

    “A lot has been written and reported on with regard to system security, hacking and system vulnerabilities,” says Schaffer. “That you are on a secure, WPA2-protected Wi-Fi network is the first and most important step in locking down your entire system. Manage your network, manage your passwords, limit access and you’ll be well on your way to having a local home network that’s as secure as possible.”

     

    When building out your system, know that while some protocols are a little more secure than others, anyone even attempting to hack into your system still needs to be within 40 or 50 feet of your house. So automate your home with confidence and with whatever products are most compatible with your chosen system.

     

    Schaffer also points out that there is a lot of consolidation among tech companies. Even though Z-Wave, for instance, has been around longer and is the foundation of many home security systems, the company responsible for Zigbee and Bluetooth™ is not only catching up, but has acquired Z-Wave’s parent company for the purposes of melding all the top connected protocols into one effective and secure system.

     

    “In other words,” says Schaffer, “you can’t go wrong as long as you remember tip number one and know ‘what works with what.’ The rest will take care of itself if you trust quality products backed by established, experienced manufacturers.”

     

    That’s the reason Schlage is on the road with companies like Intel, Sonos and Amazon Wireless Services in the Amazon Smart Life Roadshow.

    Home automation 101 - Smart home security - Schlage

    5. Futureproofing

    Planning for system growth from the beginning will pay dividends for years to come. Anticipating the continued growth of voice-activated technologies will be central to that planning. Says Devin Love, “All Schlage smart locks are designed to work now regardless of the system you have. Just as important, they’ll work later, no matter how your system grows. That’s also true of how you interact with it. Futureproofing is part of our responsibility as innovators.”

     

    It’s okay for consumers to say they don’t really have a preference in regards to certain technologies or system protocols as long as it works, but it falls on responsible brands like Schlage to make sure it does work so that homeowners can build out their smart homes with confidence.

     

    “A smarter way in,” says Bruce Schaffer. “That’s our contribution to the home automation space.”

     

    “Making the smart home smarter. That’s the key,” concludes Devin Love.

     

    Today’s smart home starts at the front door. That’s where Schlage comes in, providing a wide selection of smart locks that open a world of possibilities for homeowners looking to make the most of today’s rapidly growing home automation technologies. A smarter way in. That’s what today’s smart home enjoys with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.

    Schlage Connect™ lock goes coast to coast with the Amazon Smart Life Roadshow.

    September 28, 2018 9:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 28, 2018

    Amazon Smart Life Roadshow - Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt

    See for yourself just what’s possible with today’s top smart home technologies when the Smart Life Roadshow comes your way.

     

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    Schlage - Amazon Smart Life Roadshow

    Smart life roadshow

    Schlage is partnering with Amazon and other innovative connected brands including Intel, Sonos, Ring, Logitech, ecobee and more in taking to the road for the Smart Life Roadshow. The resource partnership between Schlage and Amazon is a natural, with a host of Schlage smart-lock products integrating with technologies such as Alexa and Amazon Key. See for yourself just what’s possible with today’s top smart home technologies when the Smart Life Roadshow comes your way. It’s a lock. An Amazon lock. And Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt is the key.

    Amazon smart locks - Smart life roadshow - Schlage Connect

    A trailer full of technology

    The cool, specially outfitted Airstream trailer is packed full of connected innovation. The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt. Amazon Alexa hands-free speakers. Ecobee climate control. Sonos wireless smart speakers. Logitech home remotes. That’s just the beginning. The goal: give everyone some hands-on and hands-free experience with the latest smart technologies and the chance to see all of them working seamlessly together.

    Amazon - Smart Life Roadshow - Schlage

    Coast to coast

    The Smart Life Roadshow hit the road in September and will be visiting two dozen locations from Atlanta to San Jose before making its final stop at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January of 2019. Along the way, the Roadshow will be making stops at Amazon Books locations and a number of colleges and universities including Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, Texas, Cal Poly and a host of others.

     

    When it comes to choosing the right smart home technology for your home, the amount of information available can be overwhelming. Research is key, as is staying up to date on current – and future – tech trends. The Smart Life Roadshow, with the help of Amazon and its innovation partners, is a great resource for both.

    Home security drives most home automation decisions. - Schlage

    The road to success

    Integrating smart home technology into your home is easier and more affordable than you may think. You can do it yourself and you can get started for less than $500.

     

    Start with practical considerations. For instance, home security is the number one factor driving most home automation decisions, so connecting to your security system and adding a smart lock are a great place to start. How you wish to control your system (and the platform upon which to build it), is also important.

     

    Most systems are proprietary and require that you base your product choices on a particular system protocol (Z-Wave versus Zigbee, for instance). The products you add to your system, from remote lighting to something as innovative as Amazon Key, should be chosen with particular attention paid to compatibility and how they complement your other home automation technologies.

    Amazon - Smart Life Roadshow - Schlage

    Smart home technology at your fingertips

    Schlage has partnered with Amazon and the Smart Life Roadshow because it’s the perfect expression of Schlage’s century-old commitment to innovation.

     

    Schlage’s first patent in 1909 was actually for a door lock that could turn a home’s lights on and off; a concept that led to the inspiration behind some of the most requested features of home automation technology today: security, home automation and the remote control of key home systems. So it makes sense that Schlage would bring security as well as convenience and access control to the partnership.

     

    Amazon’s vision is to be earth's most customer-centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online. Schlage’s own notion is to make technology accessible enough for everyone to benefit from it. To Schlage, the greatest benefit is when the idea becomes practical.

     

    Explore the possibilities that Schlage opens in home automation security; look for more updates from the road and follow the Amazon Smart Life Roadshow on Facebook and Instagram. The reach and vision of Amazon. The safety, simplicity and style of Schlage. Together, they’re bringing it home.
     

    A fresh take on farmhouse style with Schlage and Amy Matthews.

    September 14, 2018 9:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 14, 2018

    Farmhouse Style - Schlage Custom - Amy Matthews

    Imagine what would happen if you designed an entire room around a single piece of Schlage door hardware? Amy Matthews, DIY Designer extraordinaire and TV host, set out to do just that.

     

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    Farmhouse Style - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom
    Designers find inspiration for their work in nature, art, specific time periods, exotic locales and in a truly limitless number of other places. Inspiration fuels imagination. So imagine what would happen if you designed an entire room around a single piece of Schlage door hardware? Amy Matthews, DIY Designer extraordinaire and TV host, set out to do just that. In this, the first of a four-part series on Amy’s adventure, she uses the Schlage Custom Whitney lever as inspiration to bring an authentic touch of traditional style to a rustic farmhouse room design.
    Farmhouse Door Hardware - Whitney Lever - Schlage Custom

    The inspiration

    The Schlage Custom Whitney lever brings an unmistakable old-world, New Orleans/Spanish Colonial style to Amy’s farmhouse look. The goal: bring quintessential elements such as wrought iron together with the rustic colors and textures one would find in an old but stylish farmhouse and then add modern touches.

    Farmhouse Style - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom

     

    Farmhouse Style - Mood Board - Amy Matthews

    The mood board: a unique pairing of traditional and contemporary

    Amy’s ideas took the character, look and feel of rough-hewn wood and combined them with more modern fixtures, lighting, furnishings and accessories. She contrasted the look of a modern door with a more traditional take on wood flooring. The Whitney lever in matte black served as the inspiration for the entire room design, its look of vintage wrought iron the foundation of a decor that could be both versatile and stylish.

    Farmhouse Kitchen - Whitney Lever - Schlage

    The look : timeless and distinctive

    The mood board meticulously reflected Amy’s thinking, from the flooring to furnishings to the smallest accessory, and was used by Schlage designers as a cornerstone for finishing out the above room design. Unique for her, she built the entire vision upon a door lever, the Whitney lever, which she described as both challenging and fun. Amy ultimately deciding to pair the Schlage Custom lever with a white door (a change from the mood board), allowing the dark richness and character of the lever to “pop.” She then layered in other features and touches with similar finishes to bring everything together in one cohesive look.

    Schlage Custom Door Hardware - Whitney Lever - Farmhouse Style

    The name says it all

    One system. Endless possibilities. Whether replacing outdated or broken locks, remodeling a single room or simply adding new, decorative details, Schlage Custom Door Hardware makes personalizing a single room–or an entire home–as simple as can be. Perfect for tailoring door hardware designs to the specific needs of every room.

    Farmhouse Door Hardware - Whitney Lever - Schlage Custom

    One screwdriver is all it takes to customize the style, finish and even functionality of Schlage Custom door hardware. A wide range of designer knobs, levers, complementary trims and long-lasting and lustrous finishes afford a whole new level of versatility in both style and function.

     

    For more information visit schlage.com. And to see Amy and Allegion Style & Design Chief Ted Roberts in action bringing this room to life, check out this video. Explore the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

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