January 6, 2011

Ingersoll Rand Presents New Schlage and Trane Products That Make Home Intelligence Easy

VISIT SCHLAGE AND TRANE AT CES BOOTH 21423, SOUTH HALL LOWER LEVEL

LAS VEGAS, (January 6, 2011) –  At the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Ingersoll Rand, a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments, will unveil new Schlage and Trane products, demonstrate how the products work individually and show how they can interconnect to provide homeowners with greatly improved home management capabilities.

New From Schlage

Schlage will demonstrate several new capabilities of its Schlage LiNK™ remote home management system. Schlage LiNK allows homeowners to monitor and control Z-Wave®-enabled locks, lights, Trane thermostats, Schlage cameras and other Z-Wave devices from mobile phones, including iPhone®, Blackberry® or Android™ phones or a computer connected to the Internet. With its new features, Schlage LiNK now provides owners with the ability to record and archive footage recorded by Schlage cameras, integrate Z-Wave-enabled sensors and create time-based access codes.

"These new capabilities and features are the result of feedback we received from our customers who value the Schlage LiNK System but want it to do even more," said Dwight Gibson, vice president and general manager, Connected Home Solutions for Ingersoll Rand. "We took to heart what they asked for and today are announcing new features that will enable Schlage LiNK users to more closely monitor what is happening in the home."

New Schlage LiNK features and capabilities being demonstrated at CES include:

  • Sensor Integration – The Schlage LiNK System will provide support for various Z-Wave-enabled sensors, enabling homeowners to check the status of their windows and doors, detect motion in and around the home as well as monitor potential water-related emergencies such as flooding or burst pipes. Available in second half of 2011.
  • Video recording – Stores footage from Schlage cameras in the home on a secure server which can be accessed via the Internet from any location, at any time via the Schlage LiNK Web application. Recording can be triggered by door/window or motion sensors, an access code or scheduled recording. Available in second half of 2011.
  • Time-Based Access Codes – Allow for the creation of time-limited user access codes for repairmen, dog walkers, cleaning services, etc., providing added flexibility and security. Codes can be set up to work one time only or for recurring use on certain days during specific time periods. Available now.
  • High-Resolution Video Setting – The Schlage LiNK Web application now features enhanced (640 x 480) video quality and an expanded viewing window that improves the user experience when monitoring video from Schlage cameras. Users can select between high and low resolution video quality. Available now.
  • Schlage LiNK Next Generation User Interface – Concepts for the next generation Schlage LiNK Web interface – which will provide customers with a more intuitive experience and one-stop dashboard view of their home – will be on display. Available in second half of 2011.
  • Android App – Schlage will demonstrate the new app that allows Android phone users to control their Schlage LiNK System. Available now.

 Interconnected Products:  Total Home Comfort From Anywhere, Anytime

Together at CES, Schlage and Trane will also be exhibiting a system that will change the way consumers think about their home.

The Trane ComfortLink™ Remote Thermostat and Schlage LiNK System have combined to complement and enhance the functionality of home comfort control. One simple, Web-based interface can control several home systems, from Z-Wave-enabled lights and small appliances to heating and air conditioning. With this integrated system homeowners can:

  • Adjust home temperature remotely from most Web-enabled cell phones or computers.
  • Place the home's Trane comfort system into an energy-savings mode from anywhere in the world to reduce utility costs while away.
  • Receive text and e-mail alerts for filter changes and maintenance reminders before the heating or cooling season begins.
  • Program the Trane ComfortLink Remote Thermostat with temperatures for up to seven days, with four settings per day for personalized home comfort.
  • Add optional Schlage Web-enabled cameras and Schlage wireless keypad locks that can be controlled remotely for greater peace of mind.

"By helping keep homeowners healthy, comfortable and safe, the Trane ComfortLink Remote Thermostat system is a great way for today's homeowners to better manage their lives and save energy, too," Gibson said. "They're looking for peace of mind and for anything that makes their lives easier. Many also are looking to embrace new technology, and this practical application really appeals to them."

New From Trane

On display from Trane at CES will be the Trane ComfortLink II Thermostat, the company's latest and most innovative offering. With its 7-inch interactive high-definition color touch screen, the ComfortLink II Thermostat is the ultimate home comfort connection. Providing an intuitive user interface, the thermostat serves as an easy-to-use central planning center for the home, bringing year-round home comfort and control right to one's fingertips. The ComfortLink II Thermostat will launch in early 2011 and will be the most advanced home comfort device on the market. Even before its official debut at CES, it has already been named a CES Best of Innovations 2011 Award Honoree and winner of the Popular Mechanics 2010 Breakthrough Award.

Trane ComfortLink II Thermostat product features include:

  • A personal computer application that allows homeowners with a wireless router to control comfort from any room in the house.
  • Homeowners are able to program as much information as they want to see on their thermostat, including the status of their indoor air quality, humidity and individual room temperatures.
  • Access to a five-day forecast, complete with radar image and weather alerts personalized by ZIP code.
  • When not in use, the thermostat display defaults to a screen saver that complements home decor or, homeowners can load photos and use the unit as a digital picture frame.
  • Trane ComfortLink II Zoning
    • Unlike conventional systems that can only heat or cool the entire house at once, a zoning system directs heated and cooled air on a zone-by-zone basis, allowing homeowners to control each zone as though it were an individual house.

"The ComfortLink II Thermostat is not your typical thermostat and up to this point, there has been nothing like it available to consumers," said Tim Storm, controls and zoning product manager, Trane. "Consumers are looking for a more interactive, personalized experience when it comes to technology, especially with energy management solutions for the home, and that's exactly what this thermostat offers."  

 About Ingersoll Rand

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR) is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments in commercial, residential and industrial markets. Our people and our family of brands – including Club Car®, Hussmann®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® – work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $13 billion global business committed to sustainable business practices within our company and for our customers. For more information, visit http://www.ingersollrand.com/.

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