November 19, 2010 by Grant Clauser
Want to check the status of your door locks over your Android-based cellphone? Now you can. Schlage, the maker of Z-Wave-enabled door locks has updated it’s Schlage LiNK home management system to be compatible with a new app for Android phones.
Owners of iPhones, Blackberries and Windows Mobile 5 phones already could tap into Schlage LiNK.
Consumers who want to give it a try can start with a Schlage LiNK Starter kit consisting of a wireless keypad lock or deadbolt and a remote control lighting module. The Z-Wave-based system can control other products like IP cameras and thermostats.
“Having Android in the mix means owners of the three most popular phones will be able to receive text messages when the kids get home from school, monitor live camera feeds on their phones and even reduce heating bills by adjusting their home temperature from almost anywhere,” said Dwight Gibson, vice president and general manager, Connected Home Solutions for Ingersoll Rand, the parent company of Schlage.
Android users can get the app here.
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. His latest book is Necessary Myths
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