The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 in Las Vegas is ongoing, and Schlage is the latest company to have introduced some new tech for us to check out. The company has announced its first-ever WiFi-enabled deadbolt. The company's new product is called the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, and not only does it feature Wi-Fi, but it can collaborate with Key by Amazon and Ring devices without a problem, which will probably make it quite popular with those of you who already have installed Key or Ring devices in your home, as it will allow you to fill in the gaps when it comes to the smart home ecosystem. The Schlage Encode does not need a hub, which will probably surprise some of you. The company says that the Schlage Encode is really simple to install, and all you have to do in order to get it going is connect it to your home WiFi after it's installed, so make sure that you have a good signal to where you plan to install it. Now, you will, of course, need an app in order to run it, and in order to use this smart lock, you'll need to download the Key app (Amazon's).
What Other Functionality Is It Offering
Now, the company notes that you can opt to add an Amazon Cloud Cam to your Key Smart Lock Kit in order to monitor entries and deliveries, but that is not necessary in order to get the Schlage Encode to work, so it's just an option. Those of you who own a Ring doorbell or camera, do note that you will soon be able to lock and unlock your Schlage Encode deadbolt directly from the live feed or your Ring doorbell or camera via the Ring app, but that functionality is still not active, it seems. On top of everything, you can also enable the Key skill in your Alexa app in order to enjoy voice control over Schlage Encode. Having said that, Schlage Encode offers you the ability to manage guest access, you can create up to 100 unique codes for recurring, temporary or permanent access, it's up to you. You can also monitor access using customizable notifications when a specific code is used, or via the app's activity log, as you'll be able to see a historical record of when someone accesses the lock. Schlage also notes that you're getting an optional in-home delivery for Prime members in eligible areas with the addition of the Amazon Cloud Cam, in case you didn't know that.
Schlage Encode Availability & More CES 2019 Info
Schlage has confirmed that the Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt is already available for presale, and that it will retail for $250. The company also noted that the device will be on display at the company's partner booths at CES, but it's primarily presented by Amazon, at the company's Key by Amazon CES booth. That's not the only thing that Schlage is announcing at CES, though, as the company is announcing the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave integration with the Ring Alarm system. The company says that Ring Alarm customers can link the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave to their Ring Alarm Base Station in order to add access control to their Ring of Security. This will enable the lock and unlock features through the Ring app. Schlage has also mentioned that the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave is available for purchase in the US for $199, in case you were not aware of that.
If You Are Not Familiar With Schlage
Schlage is a brand of Allegion, and that company has been creating door hardware for more than 95 years, so they've been in the business for quite some time, though back then, smart door hardware wasn't a thing, of course. Allegion is basically a company which is basically focused on the global markets, and it dabbles in the field of safety and security, that's is its main focus. In case you didn't hear about Allegion, it is worth saying that the company is selling its products in over 130 countries, and that it is worth $2.4 billion, which may give you an idea as to how huge the company it is. Schlage-branded deadbolts are amongst the best in the business, and if you're on the lookout for a WiFi-enabled smart deadbolt which will work fine with your Key and Ring devices, Schlage is the way to go.