Schlage Launches Touchscreen Lock

January 3, 2013
Companies

Ingersoll Rand's Schlage unit is launching the new Touchscreen Deadbolt lock, said to bring the highest grade of security to homeowners’ fingertips. The new lock offers the home automation features of the supplier's Nexia Home Intelligence, with the convenience of keyless
entry and the protection of a built-in alarm.

 
  

The fingerprint-resistant touchscreen ensures access code numbers won’t wear and become detectable after repeated use, the company notes.  The lock can hold up to 30 unique access codes and is designed to support temporary codes for homeowner convenience. Codes can be tailored to specific days and times of the week to provide home access only when scheduled, such as for cleaning service personnel. Depending on the setting, the built-in alarm technology enables homeowners to hear instantly when someone goes in or out, tampers with the lock or tries to break into the home.

“We call it a fully loaded lock for a reason,” says Chris DeSchamp, Schlage electronics portfolio leader. “It has the most features on the market–the highest security rating, a built-in alarm, plus the ability to control it remotely–ultimately creating a self-monitored security system for your front door. This is our strongest lock and it changes everything.”

Connecting with Nexia Home Intelligence, the lock enables homeowners to manage their home security from anywhere in the world, from their smartphones or tablets. For example, users can unlock a door from work to let a dog walker inside, manage unique key codes and settings from the airport, or receive text alerts if a lock is activated or an alarm is triggered while on vacation, Schlage officials explain.

Available in mid-January, the new lock will be priced between $199 and $299 through online retailers and other locations.