Smartphone Enables New Lock to Open with a Touch

August 2, 2013
Companies

Kwikset, part of the Hardware & Home Improvement division of Spectrum Brands Holdings, has partnered with UniKey Technologies Inc. to transform the smartphone into a key. The Kwikset Kevo deadbolt communicates with a smartphone and unlocks with a simple touch without the user even removing the smartphone from his or her pocket or purse when unlocking their door.

 

The deadbolt uses the latest Bluetooth technology, the companies explain. A Kevo mobile app turns a smartphone into an electronic key and allows the deadbolt to recognize and respond quickly to the touch of a finger, all while communicating seamlessly with the Kevo app in the background of the smartphone. In addition to a smartphone, the lock can also be activated by a key fob.

“Kevo is a game-changing door lock that uses modern technology and the convenience of touch to evolve the traditional key, something that has never been done before,” says Greg Gluchowski, president, HHI.

“UniKey’s innovative touch-to-open system creates a platform for how we will interact with locks in the future,” adds Phil Dumas, president, UniKey. “By uniquely combining existing mobile and Bluetooth technologies, we’re bringing your front door into the digital age without compromising the look or security of the lock.”

Kevo is compatible with smartphones that support Bluetooth Smart Ready/Bluetooth 4.0 and have the Kevo mobile app installed. The app is currently available for iPhone 4S and 5, as well as the fifth generation iPod touch, third generation or higher iPad and iPad mini. The app will become available for additional devices, pending software upgrades to support Bluetooth Smart Ready/Bluetooth 4.0. Development of the App for Android and Blackberry is currently underway.

The Kevo deadbolt is available for pre-order for the suggested price of $219, with products to begin shipping in September. The Kevo smart lock package includes one deadbolt, one fob, two mechanical keys and two smartphone eKeys available for download. The deadbolt comes in three finishes including satin nickel, Venetian bronze and polished brass. Kevo is said to be simple to install and operates on four AA batteries, which should last for a year, depending on usage.

“The launch is representative of our commitment to taking Spectrum Brands’ hardware offerings to the next level of smart home technologies,” says David Lumley, chief executive officer, Spectrum Brands Holdings. “We are pushing the envelope by investing in leading innovations that respond to consumer demands.”