Austin-based Silicon Labs and Allegion, a specialist in security solutions, have collaborated to further expand Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities to security products for both smart homes and commercial buildings.
Under the terms of the collaboration agreement, a growing number of Allegion solutions now use Silicon Labs’ Wireless Gecko IoT portfolio, which supports Zigbee, Bluetooth and Z-Wave connectivity.
“Connectivity has become an expected convenience that enhances the user experience across many products and solutions,” said Mark Lynn, Vice President of Engineering in Allegion’s Americas region. “At Allegion, we’re driving innovation in a traditional industry – one where we’ve been known to create strong mechanical offerings and have built trust that we deliver on ever-evolving customer needs. Working with Silicon Labs allows us to integrate proven, flexible wireless connectivity in locks and other security devices that meets our complex compliance, certification and market demands.”
Allegion recently worked with Silicon Labs in the development of the Zigbee-certified Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt,a smart lock solution for consumers who are using a Zigbee home automation system. When paired with Key by Amazon and an Amazon Cloud Cam, a homeowner can remotely grant access to trusted visitors and family, as well as opt in to in-home delivery.
Allegion also uses Wireless Gecko in the Von Duprin RU/RM, a networked version of an exit device that can additionally be cloud-connected. Intended for use in educational settings, the exit device can be locked and monitored remotely.
“Silicon Labs is proud to work alongside the industry pioneer Allegion to help the company create additional connectivity options for smart home and commercial building security solutions,” said Matt Saunders, Vice President of Marketing for IoT products, Silicon Labs. “Our Wireless Gecko hardware and software products provide flexible, high-performance connectivity, enabling Allegion to focus on product functionality and best-in-class security.”
Allegion’s portfolio includes a range of solutions for homes, businesses, schools and institutions. Allegion had $2.7 billion in revenue in 2018, and sells products in almost 130 countries.