Keeping your home safe shouldn’t be a struggle, and luckily, Schlage agrees. The Allegion brand has nearly a century of experience in creating locks and other door hardware, and now, it’s combining that heritage with Amazon Alexa’s technology, making it easier than ever to protect your home — with your voice. In February, Schlage announced the new provision of voice activation accessibility to its Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt via Amazon Alexa, which means you can use your Amazon Echo (or other Alexa-enabled device) to lock or check the status of your door. And now, just in time for Halloween, the company has integrated the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with Amazon Alexa as well.
This latest update comes a few months after Schlage unveiled its new Android compatibility for its Schlage Sense smart lock. Thanks to the free Android app (available to users through the Google Play store and Apple users through the App Store), owners of this deadbolt can create and delete up to 30 unique access codes from their phones, schedule access codes so guests can enter only at specified times, update their lock’s settings, and check on battery life. Additionally, if you buy the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter, and add it to your Wi-Fi network, you’ll be able to control your Schlage Sense lock from anywhere in the world via your smartphone.
“Smart home technology is all about incrementalism, whether it’s consumer adoption or brands integrating with mega-technology platforms,” said Rob Martens, futurist and vice president of strategy and partnerships at Allegion. “Schlage is committed to providing the ultimate security and convenience.”
Thanks to the new Amazon Alexa skill (which now applies to both the Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt as well as the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt), you can easily lock and check the status of your door by way of Alexa-enabled devices or the Alexa app. You can also create a multi-step routine, connecting your smart lock to other smart devices throughout your home. With a single command, you’ll be able to lock the door, turn out the lights, and turn up the heater.
With either Schlage lock, you won’t have to worry about carrying around a key (which also means you won’t have to worry about it getting lost or stolen). Simply enter your preset access code numbers in order to unlock your door. When you’re ready to leave or have decided on staying in for the night, Schlage offers one-touch locking functionality.
The Connect Deadbolt also features an anti-pick shield that promises to protect the lock against tampering, and offers the ability to contain multiple unique codes that users can tailor to specific days and times, making it easy to track movement in and out of the home. And if someone unauthorized does try to make an entrance, the Schlage connected lock offers three unique alarm modes that are designed to sense vibrations at the door, and will immediately alert customers with an alarm.
You can get a Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt on Amazon.com, and connect it to the company’s smart assistant for a well-protected smart home.
The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is now available for $229 in select Apple, Lowe’s and Home Depot stores and online, whereas the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter can be found on the THD, Lowes, Amazon, and Build.com websites for $70.
Update: Schlage adds Alexa compatibility to its Sense Smart Deadbolt.