The trend towards turning houses into smart homes has been a slow one over the past few years, but more and more homeowners are adding connected devices like thermostats, cameras, lights, stoves and more into their rooms. That includes more smart security devices as well.
Today, as part of its CES 2019 product announcements, the home lock company Schlage announced its plans to release the Schlage Encode smart lock. This is the first such smart door deadbolt that won’t need to be connected to a hub device, like a Google Home or an Amazon Echo, to work. It has Wi-Fi hardware built inside that connects to your home network, and all you need is that network, and Amazon’s Key app, to set up the Encode lock.
Once it is installed and set up, homeowners can use the Key app to create up to 100 different codes to open the door. This allows owners to select which people can access it permanently or temporarily, and those same owners can receive notifications on their smartphone when such a code is used. Users can also access a log to see the history of which people used their Schlage Encode code.
In addition, Amazon Echo smart speaker owners can use voice commands to control the Schlage Encode smart lock by saying, for example, “Alexa, lock the door.” There’s also the option to add an Amazon Cloud Cam to monitor any use of the Schlage Encode, especially by package delivery folks. In the future, people who also own the Ring video doorbell will be able to lock and unlock the Schlage Encode deadbolt from their live video feed.
The Schlage Encode is available for pre-order now for $249.99 on Amazon and comes in Aged Bronze, Satin Nickel, and Matte Black colors and designs. Shipments will begin on March 5. You can also buy the Schlage Encode with an Amazon Cloud Cam in a bundle for $299.99.