Schlage, Panasonic unveil collaboration project at CEDIA Expo

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 decor.

Schlage LiNK deadbolts and locks will be available at Fry's Electronics Retail Stores, on Fry's web site ( and through select professional builders in late October.