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    Schlage and Ring. Making smart home security even smarter.

    January 18, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 18, 2019

    Schlage Connect - Ring Alarm - Smart Lock

    If you’re looking to make your home more secure affordably and conveniently, we have good news for you.

     

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    Schlage Connect - Ring Alarm
    If you’re looking to make your home more secure affordably and conveniently, we have good news for you. Schlage, together with the home security innovators at Ring, is giving you the ability to monitor your home 24/7 from just about anywhere using your smartphone. Say hello to a new wave of DIY smart home security.

    Convenience on your doorstep

    Schlage and Ring are leading the way with cross-compatible technologies that work together seamlessly to address home security challenges. The Ring Alarm Base Station operates on a Z-Wave mesh network. That means that the Z-Wave-certified Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and the Ring Alarm work on a single, integrated network, simplifying the process of making smart homes more secure and convenient.

     

    How can synching Ring Alarm with your Z-Wave enabled, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt add convenience and security to your life? After pairing the devices, you can lock and unlock your door from anywhere, add or remove access codes, and get alerts when a code is entered, all from one spot – the Ring App. You can also check your lock’s battery level via the Ring App.

     

    Ring Alarm, with its Z-Wave ecosystem and cloud-based app, is currently compatible with a range of in-home devices taking home security customization to another level. Including the Schlage Connect, you can also pair your Ring Alarm Base Station with compatible carbon dioxide and smoke detectors, flood and freeze censors, and motion and contact censors. If you’re looking for the added convenience of voice activation, Ring also works with Amazon Alexa. Now you can simply ask Alexa if your door is locked, or ask her to lock or unlock it for you.

     

    Simply secure

    The possibilities of a secure smart home are growing rapidly, but don’t let this intimidate you. Adding these security capabilities to your home is simple, especially with Schlage’s easy installation. Schlage smart locks are designed to fit standard doors without the need to drill additional holes and can be installed with just a screwdriver. Because they’re battery operated, there’s also no need for wiring or to call an electrician.

     

    Setup is just as convenient with quick and easy system synchronization between the Schlage Connect smart deadbolt and your Ring Alarm. Simply follow the instructions in the Ring App to pair your devices.

    Bring it home

    Do you already have a Z-Wave-compatible Schlage Connect smart lock and want to add it to a new Ring Alarm? Do you already have a Ring Alarm system and are interested in adding a smart lock to improve the security of your home? Maybe you’re starting your DIY project from scratch and are looking to add both? Visit our product pages to learn more about the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and find a retailer near you.

    While Schlage Connect Z-Wave and Z-Wave Plus are popular choices to pair with Ring Alarm, any of our Z-Wave-connected products will work with the home security system. This includes Schlage keypad levers, which also make a great option for the entryway from your garage to your house, extending your Ring of Security even further. Learn more about these and other Schlage smart locks at Schlage.com.
     

    Schlage Smart Locks: the past, present and future of home automation security.

    January 4, 2019 1:30 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 4, 2019

    2019 smart home security - Schlage

    Smart home automation is going to be bigger than ever in 2019. Take a look at the number one driver behind smart home tech and where the industry is headed.

     

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    Smart home automation is going to be bigger than ever in 2019. According to the Consumer Technology Association, which sponsors the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and exhibitor Microsoft, there will be 30 billion connected devices by 2020, with the smart home market alone approaching $40 billion in total sales.
     

    The number one driver behind the adoption of smart home tech? It’s still home security, and according to a recent survey by CNET and Coldwell Banker, that trend is expected to continue into 2019 and beyond. That’s where Schlage and its innovative smart lock technology is expected to play a bigger role than ever with new adopters as well as Schlage’s 40 million current customers. Schlage’s role: create smart locks that provide security, convenience and smartphone control and monitoring while seamlessly enhancing the beauty and style of a home.

    The numbers tell the story

    Technology showcases like CES and a seemingly endless stream of articles in today’s tech and home décor magazines paint a picture of just how important home automation is becoming – and how useful and valuable it is for homeowners.

     

    According to the CNET study:

     

    • Nearly 50% of millennials have at least one smart home product in their homes

    • More than 2/3 of those are controlled using a smartphone

    • Nearly 2/3 of smart home product owners plan on buying more smart home products in the near future

    • About half of smart home product owners say it saves them both time and money

    • More than 80% of respondents say they are more likely to buy a home if home automation products are already installed

    Home is where the smart is

    Schlage has established itself as a leading brand in home automation security with connected products such as the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. These Schlage smart locks were featured at CES 2018 and were invited to join other smart home technology leaders on the road, coast to coast, with Amazon’s Smart Life Roadshow.

    Amazon Smart Life Roadshow - Schlage
    Bringing convenience to a variety of lifestyles, Schlage offers smart locks designed with the latest Bluetooth®, WiFi, Z-Wave, or Zigbee technologies that pair seamlessly with a wide range of home automation systems. Added compatibility with hands-free voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant makes it easy to build a customized smart home experience.

    Home automation, front and center

    Top technologies presented at CES 2018 and projected to be influential through 2019 included everything from 5G phone service and self-driving cars to the Internet of Things. The top smart home trends also had a significant presence:

     

    • Voice assistants

    • Hands-free devices

    • Artificial Intelligence and machine learning

    • Localized smart home functionality shifting away from the “cloud”

    • Home automation system architecture

    • Smart home security

    • Home automation products tied to health and wellness
    Smart home security - Smart locks - Schlage

    Looking ahead

    For Schlage, the best is yet to come. Building on a heritage of innovation that began in 1909 with a patent for a door lock that could turn a home’s lights on and off, Schlage is looking to take door hardware – and the smart lock – even farther in 2019 and beyond. Stay tuned as Schlage once again raises the bar in home automation. New products, new platforms, new voice-control innovations - that’s just a taste of what’s in store with Schlage and an entire array of innovative home automation technology partnerships.

    Smart home security - Smart locks - Schlage Sense

    Start at the front door

    Today’s smart home starts at the front door. Schlage provides 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 – and tomorrow’s – smart home owner enjoys with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    Easy-to-install Schlage smart locks pair simplicity and security.

    December 12, 2018 11:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, December 13, 2018

    Smart locks - Easy install - Schlage

    If you’re considering a smart lock for yourself or a loved one this holiday season, let the simplicity of Schlage be your guide.

     

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    Whether you’re a pro at lock installation or new to DIY, have a fully equipped home automation system or are just getting into smart home technology, installing a smart lock is simple and takes just minutes. We’re here to put you at ease about adding this new level of security to your home.

     

    You’ll find easy installation no matter which electronic or smart lock you choose - Schlage Keypad Deadbolt, Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt or Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. If you’re not sure which lock is right for you, try our Get Help Deciding tool.

    Smart locks - Easy Install - Schlage

    Do I need to do wiring? Won’t I need an electrician?

    No. Schlage electronic locks are battery operated. You’ll simply route the lock’s existing wiring through the bore hole in your door to connect the exterior keypad or touchscreen with the interior thumbturn , install the batteries and you’re connected.

     

    Will I need a lot of tools?

    All you need for installation is a Phillips head screwdriver and a measuring tape or ruler to prepare your door before installation. Find more pre-installation tips at Schlage.com.

    How much assembly is actually required?

    The number of components you’ll need to install is minimal. Included in the packaging is:

    • Backup key (except for the Schlage Touch Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt which features a keyless cylinder)
    • All necessary screws
    • Bolt
    • Strike
    • Reinforcement plate
    • Interior housing
    • Batteries
    Smart locks - Easy Install - Schlage
    And of course, you’ll also get Installation Instructions or Quick Start Guide to take you through the installation steps. These guides are also available in Spanish.

    What if I do get lost during installation?

    Our How-To Center offers installation videos for each of our electronic and smart locks. There are also step-by-step, interactive instructions online for the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt. The Schlage Sense app has interactive instructions as well.

     

    Our FAQ pages also share tons of tips for getting your lock in perfect working order.

    How will I know if I installed my lock correctly?

    The installation instructions will walk you through testing your electronic smart lock. Additionally, our how-to videos and FAQs offer suggestions for correcting common missteps, giving you confidence that you and your home will be protected.

     

    If you’re considering a smart lock for yourself or a loved one this holiday season, let the simplicity of Schlage be your guide.
     

    5 gifts of convenience from Schlage smart locks

    December 10, 2018 11:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018

    Smart locks - Holiday Convenience - Schlage

    We’ve designed our smart locks to make your life not only safer but also simpler, even during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

     

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    There’s no debate over the purpose of a good door lock – it keeps your home, you, your family, and your belongs secure. We believe convenience should be an equally standard feature. That’s why we’ve designed our smart locks to make your life not only safer but also simpler, even during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

    Smart locks - Holiday Convenience - Schlage

    1. Access Codes

    The Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt both hold 30 unique access codes, and the Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt holds up to 19. Give holiday guests their own code during their visit, then deactivate the code when they leave. They’ll appreciate the freedom to come and go with ease, and you’ll love the continued security.

     

    You can also assign codes to cleaners, handymen or other service providers helping to prepare the house for the holidays. Don’t forget the pet sitter keeping an eye on Fluffy when you’re traveling. You can schedule your codes to be recurring, temporary, or one-time-only, depending on your needs.

     

    With these convenient access codes, why carry keys with you or hide one under a fake rock, which isn’t secure anyway? No keys means you won’t lose them when making snow angels with the kids, taking a walk with the dog or going for a run to combat those holiday calories.

    2. Remote Access

    Lock or unlock your door from anywhere. If guests arrive at inconvenient times, like when you’re still at work, you won’t have to leave them standing out in the cold. Simply use your smartphone to unlock your door and let them in.

     

    You can also check the status of your lock from anywhere, perfect for those cold nights when you want to make sure the door is secure but don’t want to leave the warm comfort of bed. Why not use an app to give access to a neighbor dropping off your mail while you’re on vacation, too?

    3. Create a routine

    When you match your lock with a smart home automation system, you can often create routines that control multiple devices with a single push of a button. For example, make a “Welcome Home” routine so that when you unlock your door, the entryway lights come on, the thermostat adjusts and holiday music begins to play.

     

    Different locks are compatible with different technology. Try our Get Help Deciding Tool or find more tips online to find what’s right for you.
     

    4. Easy deliveries

    Fight porch pirates by protecting deliveries during holidays. In addition to the remote access that comes with all our smart locks, Amazon Key and Prime users in select areas have the additional option of using in-home delivery. This allows delivery people to place packages inside your front door without providing them with an access code. You can also restrict access during certain times of the day if needed.

     

    5. Style with function

    Schlage door hardware comes in a variety of finishes and styles to help any porch make a great first impression. Function is equally important, though. Touchscreens can be used even when they get wet from rain or snow, or when you have gloves on. Numbers on the touchscreens are also backlit, making it easy for you and your guests to see them as the winter nights get longer.
     

    Make your holidays, and every day, easier with the convenience of a Schlage smart lock. Enter the Season of Change sweepstakes for a chance to win a $2,000 VISA gift card and a Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with Amazon Cloud Cam today! In the meantime, you can find more holiday inspiration by following us on Instagram or Facebook.

     

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    How Schlage smart locks stand up to Mother Nature.

    November 26, 2018 10:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, November 26, 2018

    Smart locks - Weatherproof - Schlage

    Are smart locks waterproof? What happens when the power goes out? Here’s what you need to know.

     

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    Some of us love winter weather, and others are already counting down the days until spring. When the temperatures drop, and the snow and ice hit your door, you want your lock to be ready, even if you aren’t.

     

    When it comes to holding up to the weather, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, as well as Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt and Schlage Keypad Deadbolt, are designed to exceed, and have been validated to function, beyond industry certification requirements.

     

    We do not recommend our smart locks be used on outdoor gates or on doors in which the lock’s interior housing is completely exposed to the elements. However, we consistently work to bring you quality products so that you know you’re getting the convenient features and peace of mind, no matter what elements your house faces.

    Tried and tested

    Your electronic lock’s exterior components, which are often exposed to the harshest elements, are tested against:

     

    • Extreme temperatures, including icing or freezing conditions (as low as approximately -22 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the lock) and high heat (up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit)
    • High humidity and condensing humidity
    • Rain
    • Coastal environment conditions

    Peace of mind

    Additional features provide an extra layer of confidence for when the worst weather strikes.

     

    • Battery operated: All of Schlage’s keyless locks run on battery power, so if the power goes out, you’re still protected. You won’t be locked out and those who shouldn’t have access to your home won’t gain it just because ice pulled down a power line.
    • Back-lit numbers: Whether the power goes down or the sun has just set early, you’ll never be left fumbling in the dark to unlock your door.
    • Glove-friendly: No need to remove your mittens. Touchscreens and keypads work even if they’re wet from rain and when you’re wearing gloves.

    Protection beyond the weather

    Of course, not all elements are a result of Mother Nature. We know security depends on your lock working in all kinds of conditions. That’s why we also test our smart locks in construction-based environments, such as pressure washing, fluid spills and dust.

     

    Schlage smart locks are backed by a three-year electronics warranty and a limited lifetime mechanical and finish warranty. With our successful testing, you can be as confident as we are in your security and style year-round, rain or shine, snow or heat.

    To find out if a Schlage smart lock will work well for your home and climate, reach out to us on Facebook or contact our customer support team for help.
     

    5 ways getting smart can save you and your home energy.

    November 15, 2018 10:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Energy Efficiency - Smart Home - Schlage

    There are several ways you can cash in on smart home technology for energy savings, something that’s on many of our minds as we head into the winter months of high heating bills.

     

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    With smart home automation, you can make your house more energy efficient, saving you money. Home automation can also save you energy, making daily life just a little easier.

     

    There are several ways you can cash in on smart home technology for energy savings, something that’s on many of our minds as we head into the winter months of high heating bills.

    Energy efficiency - Smart Home - Schlage

    Thermostat

    Heating and cooling your house uses more energy than anything else in your home. A programmable or smart thermostat makes it easier to adjust the temperature as the weather changes or based on who’s home. Energy.gov estimates that turning down your thermostat by 7 to 10 degrees for eight hours a day, like when you’re at work, could save you up to 10 percent annually on heating and cooling costs.

     

    Don’t want to come home to a cold house? When you choose a smart thermostat, you can start warming things back up with the push of a smartphone button before you even leave the office. Another option is to program your thermostat to do it automatically.

    Lighting

    Consider taking your energy savings beyond just saying “Alexa, turn off the lamp” or putting your lights on a timer. Try light sensors that turn your lamps on only when someone is in the room. You can also add geo-fencing, which automatically turns lights on and off based on where your smartphone is.

    Kitchen appliances

    Some smart ovens take less time to preheat, allow you to program the cooking process based on what you’re making and can often monitor your dish’s progress using sensors. All of these can translate to less wasted energy.

     

    If you think a refrigerator doesn’t need to be smart, think again. On the most basic level, making sure the door closes properly helps to conserve energy. That means a fridge that notifies you if the door didn’t shut all the way also saves you money. The ability to see inside the refrigerator without opening the door, perfect when trying to decide what to snack on, saves you money. A refrigerator that automatically knows when to reduce its energy consumption during the power grid’s peak hours while still keeping your frozen foods frozen, yes, saves you money.

     

    But what about conserving energy of a different kind? Some smart features or appliances might not reduce your financial expenses quite so obviously, but if they make your life easier, that seems like pretty good savings to us.

    Smart Lock - Zigbee Amazon Lock - Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt

    Smart locks

    Smart locks like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt make daily life more convenient by allowing you to share access codes with family, friends, handymen, dogwalkers and others you may want to grant temporary access. No more keeping track of spare keys. No more rushing home from work to let someone in.

     

    Amazon Prime members in select areas can pair the Schlage Connect lock, Zigbee certified with the Amazon Key app and Amazon Cloud Cam to have packages securely delivered just inside the front door. You control entry from your smartphone, so you don’t have to provide a code to the delivery driver. You can even choose to block access remotely on delivery day if desired.

     

    Looking for even more convenience? Make your smart lock part of a home automation sequence. Try setting up a Welcome Home routine, for example. When you unlock your door, the lights turn on and your thermostat goes up. Or maybe a Goodnight routine that locks the doors and powers down electronics all at once while you relax in bed.

     

    These smart locks also add convenience with peace of mind. You’ll never have to wonder if you locked the door when you can check its status remotely from your smartphone. You can also be confident in the quality of your locks. All our smart deadbolts earned the highest marks from BHMA, so you know your home is safe and that your lock will continue to function correctly throughout its lifespan and stand up to the elements over time without losing its great style.

    Robotic Vacuums

    Make it a clean sweep of convenience with a robotic vacuum. Many can now be scheduled to run using smartphone apps and voice control. There’s even one that will take photos and videos when it senses movement in the room. Consumer Reports cautions that these vacuums don’t have the same suction power as a standard upright vacuum and their effectiveness depends on your type of flooring, but they can definitely help with everyday cleaning maintenance. And that’s an energy saver in our books.

    Adding home automation could be your solution for saving both money and effort. Find more ways Schlage can bring simplicity to your life at Schlage.com or on Twitter and Facebook.
     

    5 times you'll wish you had a smart lock this holiday season

    November 1, 2018 5:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, November 1, 2018

    Smart lock - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    Make the holiday season a little easier on yourself. Here are five times a smart lock will simplify your life.

     

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    With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, many homeowners are looking for solutions that help make life easier and more convenient. Take one more worry off your list and opt for a keyless lifestyle. Here are five moments you’ll wish you had a smart lock.
    Smart lock - Holidays - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    1. Keep your online orders safe

    This holiday season, online sales are expected to make up 57 percent of all purchases. If you’re one of these people, you’re likely receiving packages while at work or travelling. Don’t stress over whether these packages will be safe on your front porch. With a smart deadbolt, you can easily set up a code for a friend or family member to come over and drop your packages inside.

     

    For Amazon Prime members that live in participating areas, you can even take advantage of Amazon Key. With a compatible smart lock, like the Zigbee-certified Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt, and the Amazon Cloud Cam, you can have your online orders delivered safely inside your home.

    2. Easy access for guests

    Don’t worry about hiding a spare key or having new copies made that could easily be lost. Make coming and going easy for your extended stay guests by giving them a custom code to unlock the door. You can even assign a period of time for that code to be active or simply disable it when they leave.

    3. No more fumbling for keys

    It seems like there’s always something to weigh you down during the holiday seasons whether it’s coming home with a car full of gifts or simply trying to juggle the groceries and the kids at the same time. Stop fumbling for your keys at the door and eliminate one more hassle by opting for a keyless lock solution. With the Schlage Sense™ Smart Ddeadbolt, you can easily use the Schlage Sense appc to lock and unlock your door when you are within Bluetooth® range (about 40 feet), or easily punch in a 4-8 digit code on any of our smart lock offerings.

    4. Peace of mind

    By choosing a Z-Wave, Zigbee or Bluetooth smart lock, you can add a compatible smart home hub – such as Samsung’s SmartThings for Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt – that allows you to check in on the status of your lock and control it no matter where you are. To access your Schlage Sense™ lock remotely, you’ll need an Apple TV® or iPad® for HomeKit or the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter. So enjoy that holiday dinner at your grandmother’s house in another state, confident that your doors are locked and your home is secure.

    5. Late night convenience

    A connected smart home hub will also allow you to take advantage of other whole home features from the minute you unlock your door. Don’t stumble around for a light switch or adjust the thermostat when you arrive home. Simply set your smart home hub to do those things for you as soon as your door is unlocked.

     

    Stop worrying about the little things that are easy to fix. This holiday season, you deserve more peace of mind so you can focus on the things that truly matter. To find the right smart lock for you, visit our Get Help Deciding tool to find your perfect match.

    Schlage now offers a smart lock for Zigbee users.

    October 26, 2018 7:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    Schlage Connect - Zigbee Launch

    Schlage has developed a range of smart locks that integrate seamlessly into today's leading home automation systems. Take a look at the exciting new features you can take advantage of.

     

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    Looking for the right smart home system? While the terminology and technology options can seem confusing, finding the best smart lock for your home is simple. Schlage has developed a range of smart locks that integrate seamlessly into today’s leading home automation systems.

     

    The Zigbee-certified version of the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt features one-button enrollment, a fingerprint-resistant touchscreen and stores up to 30 unique access codes.
     

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    What is Zigbee?

    Zigbee is a next-generation protocol that supports select home automation mesh networks. Most importantly, Zigbee is the core system upon which the Amazon Key app is run, an important thing to keep in mind if you’re looking to integrate it into your own home automation system.

     

    Don’t need a Zigbee-certified smart lock? Find the right smart lock for your home with Schlage’s Get Help Deciding Tool.

     

    According to Bruce Schaffer, Schlage Product Manager for Residential Electronics: “With so many competing technologies, we’re working to help our customers navigate what works with what. That is the number one question that people getting into home automation have. Our goal then is to provide a range of compatible products and the technical know-how and support people need to ensure that all of these products work together in their homes.”

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    Amazon lock? Amazon Key!

    When paired with the Amazon Key app, you can unlock your door from anywhere, check in anytime via live view, watch clips of who entered and exited your home and opt-in to in-home deliveries. Give family and friends temporary, recurring, or permanent access. Or, provide one-time access for a service professional. You’re in control.

     

    Smart lock - Zigbee - Schlage Connect

    Optional in-home delivery is also available with Amazon Key for Prime members in select areas. Get Amazon packages securely delivered just inside your front door, watch deliveries live or view clips later. No codes shared with the delivery driver and you can choose to block access on delivery day remotely if desired.

    "Alexa, lock the front door."

    Looking for the convenience of voice control? Just say the word. The Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt is designed to connect easily to the Amazon Echo Plus. The Echo Plus combines the benefits of Alexa with a Zigbee smart home hub into a single device. From there, you can easily add additional Echos and compatible smart home devices to create an easy-to-use smart home ecosystem.

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    Compatible with SmartThings

    Integrate select Schlage smart locks into your home automation system with hundreds of Samsung SmartThings compatible devices. From lighting and climate control to your home's security system, SmartThings devices are the easy way to put Zigbee-certified technology to work, making your smart home even smarter.

    Smarter homes start with Schlage

    Still curious? View our video to learn more about the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt.

     

    Security continues to be a primary reason why homeowners invest in smart home technology. And that’s why Schlage provides a wide range of smart locks that open a world of possibilities for homeowners looking to make the most of today’s rapidly growing home automation technologies. See for yourself. Join the millions of satisfied homeowners who trust the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage and find your Zigbee-certified Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt at Schlage.com today.
     

    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 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.

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    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.

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    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.

    • Iris by Lowe's - select Schlage smart locks integrate with Lowe's proprietary smart hub and compatible devices.

    • 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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
     

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