Kwikset brand of Spectrum Brands Inc., the provider of residential security, announces Kwikset Convert, the company’s new Z-Wave Smart Lock Conversion Kit. The kit will turn mechanical locks – even non-Kwikset locks – into smart, electronic locks, bringing the convenience of keyless entry and home automation to new consumer audiences.

Kwikset Convert

The Conversion Kit replaces the interior half of an existing lock without changing the exterior. Consequently, Kwikset Convert will appeal to design-focused homeowners who want the convenience of keyless entry and home automation that a smart lock brings while maintaining the style of the front door. Kwikset Convert can also be used for non-main entry doors where remote control/notification is desired.

Featuring a traditional style that complements the décor of most homes, Kwikset Convert also helps bring home automation to consumers who have held off on buying smart home products, while extending it for those who already have them. For novices, Kwikset Convert, in combination with any one of dozens of Z-Wave home automation hubs, provides an easy-to-install, cost-effective entry into the home automation arena. For consumers who already have a home automation hub controlling various systems (e.g., lighting, heating, A/V), Kwikset Convert extends automation capabilities directly to the front door.

Z-Wave 500 Series chip

An important feature of Kwikset Convert is the incorporation of the new Z-Wave 500 Series chip. The new chip provides a number of enhancements, including extended wireless range and wireless security features that reduce the vulnerability of the network during enrolment, as well as increased battery life.

"It will also be ideal for renters who aren’t allowed to change out their current locks"

 “Kwikset Convert will appeal to owners of both condominiums and vacation property whose homeowner’s associations require all exterior locks to be uniform in appearance,” said Keith Brandon, Divisional Vice President of Residential Access Solutions, Spectrum Brands, Inc.– Hardware and Home Improvement Division. “It will also be ideal for renters who aren’t allowed to change out their current locks.”

Remote locking and unlocking

In conjunction with any one of a wide variety of Z-Wave-based home automation systems, the new Conversion Kit utilises the Z-Wave wireless protocol to enable true remote locking and unlocking. As a result, users will be capable of remotely accessing and controlling the lock from anywhere in the world, using a smartphone, tablet, or Internet-connected device. This will allow them to lock a door while traveling for work or vacation, and even remotely provide access to their home to service providers, guests, or other family members. Users can also get valuable information through their smart phone, letting them know whether a door is locked or unlocked.

Kwikset Convert is simple to install and features the same class-leading minimal, all-metal interior available in Kwikset’s SmartCode line. And once installed, the existing key can be used as a backup.

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