Andersen and Honeywell Partner on Alarm System

November 9, 2011

Security alarms that alert homeowners if windows or doors are unlocked are being launched next year as part of a collaborative effort between Andersen Corp. and Honeywell.  To be offered on select Eagle brand products, the VeriLock sensor technology embeds Honeywell's 5800-series of wireless sensors inside the locking mechanisms of the window and door hardware.

Similar technology can only detect if a window or door is open or closed, the companies note, but the VeriLock sensors are said to be the first that can detect whether they are actually locked or unlocked, in addition to open or closed.

"Windows and doors are a home's first layer of protection for both comfort and security. It's important to make that layer 'smarter' for added protection," says Holly Boehne, Andersen's senior vice president of research, development and innovation. "Honeywell and Andersen have a legacy of brand trust that homeowners can rely on for market leading products, reliability and quality. This relationship brings together the winning combination of two great brands and a state-of-the-art solution to give peace of mind to homeowners."

"Statistics show a large number of home invasions are the result of an intruder simply walking in, and not 'breaking in,'" notes John Kovach, Honeywell's global director of marketing for sensor products. "Whether it's people rushing out of the house or simply going to bed forgetting to lock up, it's easy to leave a door or window unlocked and easily accessible. This is the only technology to offer another layer of home protection."

VeriLock sensors will initially be available on Eagle Axiom casement and awning windows, Talon double-hung windows, and Ascent hinged French patio doors and sliding patio doors. The sensor devices are said to be ideal for single-family homes, multi-unit light commercial dwellings such as assisted-living complexes and remodel projects.

Honeywell's 5800-series wireless sensors have been used in more than 60 million installations, ranging from home burglar alarm systems to environmental systems that alert homeowners to incidents such as pipe bursts and drastic temperature changes, the supplier reports.