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Schlage, Trane Expand Z-Wave Distribution

1/07/2010 02:00:00 AM Eastern

Ingersoll-Rand continues to expand distribution of Z-Wave-enabled home-control devices under its Schlage and Trane brands.

Alarm.com, which sells residential alarm systems and security monitoring service, will begin in the first quarter to offer Schlage and Trane Z-Wave products through its licensed security installers. Alarm.com will monitor Schlage's Z-Wave-enabled door locks and deadbolts as well as monitor and manage Trane thermostats and other Z-Wave-enabled products, including lighting modules, connected to Schlage's Bridge, a Z-Wave device that connects to an Ethernet router to enable control of Z-Wave devices from remote PC or cellphones.

Alarm.com sells through a network of authorized security installers.

Z-Wave products from Schlage and Trane are already in more than 5,000 storefronts, including more than 4,500 RadioShack stores and 650 of 1,600 Lowe's stores, said Dwight Gibson, VP/GM of connected home solutions for Carmel, Ind.-based Ingersoll Rand. More than a dozen online stores selling the products include Amazon, TigerDirect, the RadioShack and Lowe's online stores, CompUSA.com and CircuitCity.com.

In an effort led by Ingersoll Rand, RadioShack in 2009 added GE-branded Z-Wave lighting-control systems to a dedicated end-cap display that includes Schlage and Trane products. That strategy has been expanded to Lowe's, which began in September 2009 to roll out an end cap with all three brands to 200 stores, said Gibson.

Schlage's products include Z-Wave-enabled door locks, keypad-equipped deadbolts, plug-in light-control modules, network cameras, and the Schlage Bridge, which connects to a home's existing router and enables consumers to control their Z-Wave system remotely from a Web-enabled PC or cellphone. The Bridge also lets users remotely monitor and control Schlage network cameras, Z-Wave-enabled lighting modules, and Trane's $149 Remote Energy Management Thermostat from cellphones and PCs.