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By Rich Handley

Silicon Labs, Allegion Collaborate on IoT Security Solutions

Silicon Labs and Allegion, a provider of security solutions, have collaborated to expand Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities to security products for smart homes and commercial buildings. 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, Allegion's VP of engineering for the Americas region, in a prepared statement. "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 to develop the Zigbee-certified Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt, a smart lock solution for consumers using a Zigbee-based home-automation system. When the system is paired with Key by Amazon and an Amazon Cloud Cam, a homeowner can remotely grant access to trusted visitors and family members, as well as opt in to in-home delivery.

This smart-home solution, designed to address the growing problem of package theft, features remote access management and hands-free voice assistants. Allegion uses Wireless Gecko in its Von Duprin RU/RM, a networked version of an exit device that can 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, Silicon Labs' VP of marketing for IoT products, in the prepared statement. "Our Wireless Gecko hardware and software products provide flexible, high-performance connectivity, enabling Allegion to focus on product functionality and best-in-class security."

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