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Home security takes center stage at the Consumer Electronics Show

Smart technology products give consumers more control while away from home

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Allegion is using the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week to unveil its latest entry into smart home security. The company’s Schlage door hardware division is offering a new smart lock, called the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt.

The product features built-in WiFi connectivity that allows a homeowner to enable secure remote access from anywhere, without the need for a hub. The product will first be integrated to work with the Key app to provide homeowners with a convenient solution for access management that can be used without a camera or hub. The product is not yet on the market, but it is available for pre-sale orders.

It joins a growing list of smart home security products, including the Ring doorbell, which gives a homeowner video access to who is at their front door.

"Even with all the advancements in the category, we recognized there was still a gap in simple, secure, high-performance and cost-effective all-in-one solutions," said Lee Odess, vice president, solutions providers business at Allegion. “Schlage Encode was designed to be the most versatile smart lock to date to provide homeowners with one trusted device – no gateway or hub needed – that could operate across home ecosystems and platforms and deliver the performance consumers expect from a category leader."


Schlage is no stranger to smart devices. It has previously introduced other smart locks, but company officials say the Smart Deadbolt is a breakthrough.

They describe it as easy to install and easy to connect to a home’s Wi-Fi system, giving homeowners easy access to lock and unlock the door from any remote location. Customers can choose to add an Amazon Cloud Cam to their Key Smart Lock Kit to monitor entries and deliveries, but it is not required for the Schlage Encode to work.  

The product is also designed to work with Ring. In the future, consumers who have installed the Ring doorbell will be able to lock and unlock their Schlage Encode directly from the live feed of their Ring doorbell or camera in the Ring app. They will also be about to enable the Key skill within their Alexa app to control the lock with voice commands.   

ADT redesign

ADT is also using CES to roll out new home security products. The company says it has redesigned its popular home security system to incorporate more smart home technology.

The ADT system on display at CES includes new partnerships with various digital assistants, a new video-empowered doorbell, and updated interactive crime maps.

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