Schlage is positioning its LiNK wireless lock/home management system as a simple and efficient way for residential electronic integrators to diversify their customer base and create a new revenue stream. To accomplish this, the company has developed two programs that enable custom installers to add the system to their service offerings.
At the 2009 CEDIA Expo, Schlage is previewing a Universal RS-232 to Z-Wave Adapter, which expands the utility of the Schlage LiNK System as well as compatibility with other products on the market.
“The Schlage LiNK System is a crossover product that can be installed by do-it-yourself homeowners but also marketed by custom integrators as an entry-level home-automation solution for consumers who don’t want to mess with installation,” said Eric Deddens, vice president, sales and marketing-builder channels for Ingersoll Rand, the parent company of Schlage. “This system meets the needs of an untapped base of homeowners who want a simple and affordable security/home management solution and provides new opportunities for integrators who are looking to expand their service offerings in a down economy.”
Schlage is also introducing the Home Automation Starter Kit program, which allows integrators to assemble tailored solutions of the Schlage LiNK wireless lock/home management system. Orders can be placed on an as-needed basis and mixed and matched to meet homeowner needs. There is no need to carry inventory because the system package is shipped as soon as the order is received.
The kits can include Schlage LiNK keypad deadbolts or lever locks, Schlage light modules, and network cameras, as well as the Trane Remote Energy Management Thermostat. Trane is also owned by Ingersoll Rand.
CEDIA members will also benefit from Schlage’s new Personal Use promotion, which allows them to purchase Schlage LiNK System components at a substantial discount through the wholesaler supplier ADI.
“We want to make it easy and cost-effective for integrators to experience the system firsthand at home or in a showroom or office,” Deddens said.
To help CEDIA installers learn more about the LiNK system and how it works, Schlage and ADI are offering a training session during EXPO. The class will be held in Room C304 on Friday September 11 at 11:15 a.m. and on Sunday, September 13 at 10 a.m.
Schlage also is developing the Universal RS-232 to Z-Wave Adapter, which will be available in the first quarter of 2010. The adapter will enable Schlage LiNK keypad locks and other Z-Wave-enabled devices to be integrated into home automation systems that do not support Z-Wave technology.
The Schlage LiNK System is the first Z-Wave-based keypad lock/remote home-management system. Z-Wave technology makes it easy to set up a secure wireless ecosystem that provides 24/7 control over a variety of electronic devices from any computer and most cell phones, providing an affordable home-management solution that residential system integrators can offer to new and existing customers.
Anchored by the quality and security performance of Schlage’s ANSI Grade 2 wireless keypad deadbolts and locksets and backed by the company’s world-class customer service, the Schlage LiNK system can be expanded to include Schlage network cameras and a variety of Z-Wave devices, including Schlage light modules, Trane’s Remote Energy Management Thermostat, and other devices and appliances. All communications with LiNK locks and Schlage’s remote-access server are fully encrypted. A single Schlage LiNK System can support up to 232 devices, all of which are covered under a $12.99 per month subscription fee paid by the consumer.
The Schlage LiNK System offers a number of features, including remote monitoring and control from a computer or cell phone, which enables homeowners and small/business/property owners to:
• Lock and unlock the door (deadbolt can only be unlocked remotely)
• Receive email or text alerts when a specific access code is entered-a great feature for working parents (up to 19 unique codes can be assigned)
• Keep a 90-day log of access codes to track who entered the premises at what times and on which days
• Easily set up and change entry codes
• Create one-time entry codes for maintenance workers, such as a plumber
• Check a door to see if it is locked, instead of returning home or calling a neighbor
• Control lighting and conserve energy through remote thermostat management (great for vacation homes and rental properties)
• Program the system to automatically turn on lights when a specific access code is entered
• See what’s going on at a primary or secondary residence, rental property or business via a live video-camera feed
Schlage wireless deadbolts and locks are available in bright brass, satin nickel, and aged bronze finishes.