Schlage LiNK Wins CES 2010 Design and Engineering Award

By Adam Zeis on 12 Nov 2009 01:16 pm EST
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Schlage LiNK

The Schlage LiNK system is one of the coolest BlackBerry accessories around, and they have been honored with the CES 2010 Design and Engineering Award. The award recognizes achievements in product design and is judged by a panel of independent judges in a variety of categories. The system features a wireless lock and deadbolt, wireless cameras and lighting and temperature controls that can all be used from anywhere via your BlackBerry. For more information on the Schlage LiNK system, check out our original review. The Schlage team will again be at CES in January to demonstrate the system, and we can only hope they add on more cool components. Read the full press release below.

And another HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Schlage for being a prize sponsor in our I Love My BlackBerry Video Contest. They're hooking up our grand prize winner Matt Galo with the LiNK system (still more iluvmybb video shoutouts to come, and if you participated in the contest we'll be emailing you next week re: prizes).

Press Release

SCHLAGE LiNK REMOTE HOME-MANAGEMENT SYSTEM HONORED WITH CES INNOVATIONS 2010 DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD

$299 Do-It-Yourself System Lets Homeowners Monitor and Control Door Access, Temperature, Lighting and More from a Computer or Cell Phone

CARMEL, IN, November 11, 2009 - The Schlage LiNK wireless home-management and keypad lock system has received an International CES Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering Award. Products entered in this program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and journalists to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products across 36 categories.

The Schlage LiNK System includes a wireless lock or deadbolt and is built around Z-Wave® technology, which enables homeowners to lock and unlock doors, monitor live camera feeds, and control temperature, lighting and other devices from any computer and most Web-enabled mobile phones, including Apple's iPhone and RIM's BlackBerry smartphones. For more detail on the Schlage LiNK System and its capabilities, visit www.link.schlage.com.

"We are honored to receive the recognition we believe the Schlage LiNK System deserves," said Dwight Gibson, Vice President and General Manager, Connected Home Solutions for Ingersoll Rand, the parent company of Schlage. "In addition to being the most affordable remote home-management system on the market-and the only do-it-yourself solution-Schlage LiNK is available nationwide at more than 4,500 RadioShack and 650 Lowe's stores and through 17 online retailers, including Amazon.com, TigerDirect.com, CircuitCity.com and CompUSA.com."

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976. The program is sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, producer of International CES, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).

The Schlage LiNK System will be demonstrated in Booth 20313 in the South Hall at the 2010 International CES in, which runs January 7-10, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and featured in the Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The system will also be featured at CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of the International CES on Tuesday, January 5.

Innovations entries are judged based on engineering qualities, aesthetic and design qualities, the product's intended use/function and user value, unique/novel features that consumers would find attractive, and how the design and innovation of the product compares with other products in the marketplace.

Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering products are featured at www.CESweb.org/Innovations. Schlage LiNK appears in the Integrated Home Systems category.

About Schlage and Ingersoll Rand Residential Solutions
Schlage® is the leader in security devices, trusted for more than 85 years, spanning both the commercial and residential markets. Commercial grade quality is built into every Schlage® product. The brand is on the forefront of developing cutting-edge technology and innovation such as wireless security products and biometrics, among others. www.schlage.com. Ingersoll Rand Residential Solutions, a business comprised of well-known brands like Schlage and Trane, delivers safety, comfort and efficiency to homeowners throughout North America. Our quality products, services and solutions include mechanical and electronic locks, heating and air conditioning systems, indoor air quality solutions, advanced controls, portable security systems and remote home management. For more information on these and other residential solutions please visit www.ingersollrand.com, www.schlage.com, or www.trane.com.

About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand is a global diversified industrial firm providing products, services and solutions to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and enhance industrial productivity and efficiency. Driven by a 100-year-old tradition of technological innovation, we enable companies and their customers to create progress. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com.

About Trane
Trane, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR), provides systems and services that enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings around the world. Trane offers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning solutions. Its systems and services comprise dehumidifying and air cleaning products; aftermarket service and parts support; advanced building controls; and building and financing solutions, including those that allow energy-efficient systems to pay for themselves through energy savings. Trane's systems and services have leading positions in premium commercial, residential, institutional and industrial markets; a reputation for reliability, high quality and product innovation; and a powerful distribution network. The business has 35 plants in 10 countries and more than 29,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit www.trane.com.

About Z-Wave
Z-Wave is an award-winning, proven and interoperable wireless mesh networking technology that allows a wide array of devices in and around the home to communicate including lighting, appliances, HVAC, entertainment centers and security systems. Z-Wave brings many benefits to everyday life including remote home monitoring, home healthcare, safety and security, and energy conservation. Z-Wave certified products are currently available from leading consumer brands in more than 300 products. Z-Wave is the recipient of the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in the wireless category, the CNET "Best of CES Award" in the enabling technologies category, along with PC World's World Class Award. For more information about Z-Wave, please visit www.z-wave.com.

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Reader comments

Schlage LiNK Wins CES 2010 Design and Engineering Award

6 Comments

LiNK seems like a great system and would be great for me, however, I wouldn't buy it because of the necessary subscription.

subscription is def major turn off.

arent we just all tired of having all these bills creep up every month. its not like they're not payable.. its just inconvenient sometimes and you get that feeling sometimes that you wish you paid once and got done with it.
isnt there an app for that? ;-)

I would think twice about buying one.
As a locksmith.. these deadbolts are made for parts of the country that have stable temps in the winter and summer.
If you live in the North-East part of the country where temps bet below freezing your out of luck. unless your in an apartment complex, but then again they might not let you intall it. You must also be in a "Paging" service area to get the service.

The Functional Operating temp for these locks are 5F / 140F

I also don't think it will catch on. A subscription service... after dropping a few hundred bucks..

My cost to install one would be around $350.00. that includes the lock and the install.

ZoSo

The subscription fee is going to always be a major turn-off for a majority of people... especially people educated enough to know there are a lot of other alternatives out there that cost you nothing more than an internet connection monthly once the hardware and installation is done.

I've done work with friends of mine who are in the business of setting up security for business and homes, and I'd bet dollars to donuts with a few hundred dollars to play with, they could set up a higher-quality, transparent, more robust "all-access" system that would last longer and require no monthly additional subscription fee to do what this system does and more.

But hey, I'll give Schlage a hand clap for trying to build a cash-portal - albeit coming to the wireless home security/internet link party a decade or so late.