Schlage® Unveils Video Monitoring Capabilities for Schlage LiNK Through Strategic Alliance with Panasonic at CEDIA EXPO 2008
Collaboration Unites IP Cameras with the First Wireless-controlled Locks to Further Help Homeowners Control and Monitor Access to Their Homes
Carmel, IN, September 3, 2008 - Schlage® today announced a strategic relationship with Panasonic's Remote Monitoring Solutions that has helped the most trusted brand of door locks add video monitoring to the new Schlage LiNK door locks' capabilities. As the first and only wireless -controlled door locks, homeowners have 24/7 remote monitoring and controlling capabilities of the lock via any web -enabled mobile phone or computer. Now Schlage LiNK owners also have the power to install Panasonic IP cameras and view real -time video of their home via the camera tab Schlage LiNK online portal or mobile applications.
The new Schlage LiNK solution will be demonstrated in Z -Wave's CEDIA booth #472 and Panasonic's booth, #825, on September 3 -7 in the Denver Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.
The new Schlage LiNK deadbolts and locks provide keyless entry through 4 -digit access codes that can be entered, activated, deleted or disabled on the lock's 11 -digit push button keypad, or via the Schlage LiNK web portal or mobile application.
This solution gives homeowners the freedom of never having to carry or circulate multiple sets of keys, coupled with the ability to instantaneously grant entry to family members, friends, unexpected house guests, and service providers such as handymen and housekeepers. The video capability gives homeowners the added peace of mind to visually confirm house guests before allowing them into their primary or even second home.
Via the Schlage LiNK online portal, homeowners also have the control to set up user codes for specific days and times, receive text or e -mail notifications when certain codes are used and track codes that have been used over the past 90 days. These features deliver peace of mind to the parents of active families so they know exactly when their children, family members, friends and even service providers are entering their home. It also does away with the need to regularly replace locks for rental properties and second homes.
Schlage LiNK door locks can be installed in less than 30 minutes using only a screwdriver and provides homeowners with plug and play simplicity. The wireless Z -Wave Bridge, which communicates with the locks and other home automation products, easily plugs into an Ethernet port on the home computer's Internet router and the light module plugs into any standard 3 prong electrical outlet. In addition, Panasonic IP cameras come preloaded with software that greatly simplifies the user configuration process to further expedite start up time.
In addition, Schlage LiNK locks are the first Z -Wave -enabled locks and work seamlessly with more than 300 other Z -Wave -enabled home automation devices including products ranging from lighting and temperature to pool and spa controls.
The Schlage LiNK Starter Kit retails for $299 and includes one Schlage LiNK deadbolt or lock, a wireless Z -Wave Bridge and a compatible light module. Additional Schlage LiNK deadbolts or locks will retail for $199. There is also a $12.99 monthly subscription fee for use of the Schlage LiNK online portal and mobile applications. With the monthly subscription, homeowners also receive 100 MB of memory to store IP camera video.
Schlage LiNK deadbolts and locks can be used anywhere in the home a traditional lock is used and are available in bright brass, satin nickel and aged bronze, to complement any décor.
Schlage LiNK deadbolts and locks will be available at Fry's Electronics Retail Stores, on Fry's web site (www.frys.com) and through select professional builders in late October.
About Schlage & Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
Schlage® is the leader in security devices, trusted for more than 85 years, spanning both the commercial and residential markets. Commercial grade quality is built into every Schlage® product. The brand is on the forefront of developing cutting -edge technology and innovation such as wireless security products and biometrics, among others. www.schlage.com
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies is a leading global provider of products and services that make environments safe, secure and productive. The sector's market -leading products include electronic and biometric access control systems; time and attendance and personal scheduling systems; mechanical locks and portable security, door closers and exit devices, steel doors and frames, architectural hardware and technologies and services for global security markets.
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies is a sector of Ingersoll -Rand Company Limited, a global provider of products, services and solutions to industries as diverse as transportation, manufacturing, food retailing, construction and agriculture. www.ingersollrand.com
About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company (PCEC), a market and technology leader in High Definition television, is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (NYSE: MC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic offers a complete suite of communication and networking solutions, including cordless phones, network cameras and photo and multi -function printers that provide convenience, style and ease -of -use. Information about Panasonic products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.
About Z -Wave
Z -Wave® is the first technology to bring affordable, reliable and easy -to -use wireless control to every aspect of daily life - the home, consumer electronics, healthcare, and energy use, to name a few. Z -Wave is an award -winning, proven and interoperable wireless mesh networking technology that allows a wide array of devices in and around the home to communicate including lighting, appliances, HVAC, entertainment centers, and security systems. Z -Wave brings many benefits to everyday life including remote home monitoring, home healthcare, safety and security, and energy conservation. Z -Wave certified products are currently available from leading consumer brands in more than 170 products. Z -Wave is the recipient of the 2006 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in the wireless category, the CNET "Best of CES Award" in the enabling technologies category, along with PC World's 2006 World Class Award, which recognizes the 100 best technologies and products of the year. For more information about Z -Wave please visit www.z -wave.com.
About the Z -Wave Alliance
Formed in January 2005, the Z -Wave Alliance is a consortium of leading companies in the home technology space dedicated to solidifying Z -Wave as the standard for wireless home control products. The principal members include Cooper Wiring Devices, Danfoss, FAKRO, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, Intel, Intermatic, Leviton, Monster Cable, Wayne -Dalton, Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) and Zensys. Its members lead the home controls market, providing leading edge products and systems that deliver increased comfort, convenience, safety and security. Z -Wave technology is the foundation of all products manufactured by the Alliance members. For more information about the Z -Wave Alliance, visit www.zwavealliance.org.
Z -Wave® is a registered trade mark of Zensys, Inc. and its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.
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