Kwikset Announces Availability of SmartCode with Home Connect Technology at CEDIA 2009

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Kwikset's innovative wireless remote access product allows homeowners to control and monitor doors from virtually anywhere.

Kwikset's SmartCode with Home Connect Technology allows homeowners to control and monitor doors from virtually anywhere

Other products can tell you whether or not your door is locked, but unless a friend or neighbor is standing on your welcome mat, the deadbolt cannot be locked or unlocked

Kwikset, an innovation leader in the residential door hardware industry, today at CEDIA Expo 2009, announced the availability of its highly-anticipated remote access control solution - SmartCode with Home Connect Technology. These one-of-a-kind keyless entry electronic locks, developed for interoperability with home automation and security systems, can communicate wirelessly with other devices in the home and deliver a variety of access control options for the utmost in residential security. The lock will also allow you to check door lock status, automatically arm and disarm your security system, and initiate customized scenes upon entrance and exit. The lock offers true remote locking and unlocking features due to its motorized driven deadbolt allowing homeowners to monitor and control their locks using either a Web-enabled device or their home automation system. Kwikset will be showcasing this revolutionary innovation in booth No. 6135 at CEDIA Expo in Atlanta Sept. 10-13, 2009, http://www.virtualpressoffice.com/kit/Black&DeckerCedia09.

Lock the Door From Virtually Anywhere

Unlike any other product available today, Kwikset's SmartCode with Home Connect Technology has a motorized deadbolt, enabling homeowners to lock or unlock doors via remote control, cell phone, security system touch panel and/or a secure Internet connection. This is an advancement over other competitive offerings that still require a person to manually turn the bolt to lock or unlock the door.

"Other products can tell you whether or not your door is locked, but unless a friend or neighbor is standing on your welcome mat, the deadbolt cannot be locked or unlocked," said Dave Albert, vice president of business development, Black and Decker Hardware and Home Improvement. "This extraordinary innovation differentiates SmartCode with Home Connect Technology in the marketplace and gives consumers the convenience they are looking for. Now if you forget to lock your door and you're already twenty miles away at work, you don't have to call a neighbor or friend to come lock your door - you can do it yourself just with the push of a button, or the click of a mouse."

Customized Security and Convenience

Kwikset's highly-anticipated SmartCode with Home Connect Technology features two way functionality - the door lock can directly and wirelessly control the home security and automation systems, and vice versa. Homeowners use up to 30 customizable codes that can arm the home security system when the door is locked and disarm the system when the door is unlocked. Likewise, home automation systems can be configured to automatically set home lighting, music and climate controls based on the code used, or the specific resident entering the home.

Installation is simple as the Kwikset SmartCode with Home Connect Technology simply replaces any existing deadbolt and operates on four AA batteries, thus eliminating the need for hardwiring. The lock even has the ability to accept automatic software updates, and all wireless communication between devices remains secure by utilizing 128 bit encryption. Establishing the door lock as a user interface dramatically increases the security and convenience provided to the homeowner, while making the customization possibilities virtually limitless.

Kwikset's SmartCode with Home Connect Technology will be available through Control4® installers. Black & Decker is a member of both ZigBee® and Z-Wave® Alliances, and will be using these, as well as any other emerging RF protocols, to communicate with home security and automation platforms. Black & Decker's SmartCode with Home Connect Technology products utilizing Z-Wave protocols will also be on display in Z-Wave's booth No. 1201 at CEDIA Expo 2009.

Black & Decker is working with market leaders in the home automation and security industries such as AMX, Control4, Crestron, DSC, GE Security, HAI, and iControl Networks among others, to ensure the seamless integration of upcoming residential access control solutions with the widest possible range of operating platforms. Available in three finishes - Satin Nickel, Polished Brass and Venetian Bronze - the Kwikset SmartCode with Home Connect Technology will complement any existing door hardware. For more information, please visit http://www.kwikset.com/accesscontrol.

Revolutionary SmartKey® Technology Built-In

Kwikset's SmartCode with Home Connect features the revolutionary SmartKey technology with BumpGuard protection as the back-up keyway. First introduced in 2007, SmartKey is the first affordable residential lock that allows homeowners to quickly and easily re-key their lock(s) themselves in a matter of seconds and without removal from the door, for improved access control and home security.

About Kwikset

For more than 60 years, Kwikset, manufacturer of America's most trusted name in security has provided beauty, security and peace of mind for millions of families. For additional information on Kwikset products, visit http://www.kwikset.com, or call 1-800-327-LOCK.

Black & Decker Hardware and Home Improvement (BDHHI) Group is a division of Black & Decker, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of power tools, power tool accessories and security hardware. Today, the BDHHI Group includes some of the most recognizable hardware and home improvement brands in the world including Baldwin®, Kwikset®, Weiser®, Price Pfister® and K2™ Commercial Hardware by Black & Decker.

About Control4

As the operating system for the connected home, Control4 brings home automation and control to the broad market. Control4® technology is at the heart of an expanding ecosystem of leading consumer electronic products designed to work together with ease. Control4 develops and delivers award-winning control software and hardware for virtually any room, home or building from anywhere at any time. Control4 is the affordable, easy to use and easy to install solution for digital living. From essential energy management to effortless entertainment; from whole-home lighting control to comprehensive security systems, Control4 is the platform for managing all the pieces of today's connected life.

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