Kwikset® brand of Spectrum Brands, Inc. – hardware & home improvement division, the pioneer in residential security, introduces Control4® compatibility to its Obsidian™ Electronic Touchscreen Deadbolt with Home Connect™ and the contemporary version of the SmartCode™ 916 Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt. The new locks were shown at the Control4 booth (#3013) at CEDIA 2019 in Denver. In response to increased dealer demand for Control4 compatibility, two of Kwikset’s most popular connected locks have passed Control4 certification and are now recognised as a partner in the connects with Control4 program. Third-party consumer electronics products The Control4 platform, interoperates with more than 14,000 third-party consumer electronics products Besides the high level of security and convenience they provide, these new locks give customers and smart home professionals additional design choices to compliment today’s home aesthetics. The Control4 platform, which operates on the ZigBee protocol, interoperates with more than 14,000 third-party consumer electronics products. “Our philosophy has always been to create a lock for everyone, whether in terms of style, finish, functionality, or operating platform,” said Nick English, Kwikset’s North American Sales Manager, Residential Access Solutions. “There’s no question that the Control4 audience is growing by leaps and bounds. As a result, we felt it would be a sound business decision to create these new smart locks to help Control4 homeowners take advantage of the amazing functionality of two of our most popular locks, as well as their own Control4 home automation systems.” Advanced mechanical and electronic security features Both Connects with Control4 Certified locks are available in Iron Black and Satin Nickel finishes. The Iron Black finish represents the Kwikset’s first locks in the Control4 channel available in black – a finish that has long been requested by Control4 customers. The new devices bring Control4 dealers and homeowners the full range of features Kwikset built into these two smart locks. Named after a dark, glasslike volcanic rock, Obsidianmerges a sleek and modern exterior; a class-leading, minimal, all-metal interior; and advanced mechanical and electronic security features. Eliminating the keyway also removes the threat of ‘lock picking’ and ‘lock bumping,’ and attacks using specially cut keys to defeat conventional pin and tumbler locks. Capacitive touchscreen for keyless entry Kwikset’s first keywayless deadbolt, Obsidian features a responsive, capacitive touchscreen for keyless entry. The cool white LED display delivers crisp, high-definition LED illumination, and a dedicated lock button provides the homeowner with convenient and fast one-touch locking. The contemporary SmartCode 916 smart locks features an updated, modern design Obsidian also includes Kwikset’s patented SecureScreen™ technology, an important feature that can help mask ‘smudge’ attacks, in which passcodes can potentially be jeopardised by detecting frequently used numbers from the oily residues on the touchscreen surface. The contemporary SmartCode 916 smart locks features an updated, modern design – a contrast to the traditional style already available to Control4 homeowners. Home security and automation systems The lock integrates with home security and automation systems to deliver convenience and peace of mind to homeowners with complete remote locking/unlocking via smartphones and tablets. It also offers Kwikset’s popular SecureScreen feature. In addition, the SmartCode 916 offers SmartKey™ Re-Key Technology, which allows homeowners to re-key the lock in seconds without removing the lock from the door or requiring the services of a locksmith. MSRP for the Obsidian is $418 USD and the contemporary SmartCode 916 is $399 USD. Both smart locks are available for purchase through Control4 certified dealers.
With the introduction of a striking new Iron Black finish to its smart lock collection, Kwikset brand of Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Hardware & Home Improvement Division, is heightening its already strong focus on lock design and aesthetics. The contemporary versions of Kwikset’s SmartCode 914 Deadbolt Lock and SmartCode 916 Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt will be the first connected locks to feature the new Iron Black finish. With this new finish, in addition to the existing Polished Chrome, Satin Nickel, and Venetian Bronze finishes, Kwikset is continuing to meet customer demand for a broader range of aesthetic options. Aesthetically pleasing secure locks “Kwikset is once again expanding the design and colour choices available to our customers,” said Nick English, Kwikset’s North American Sales Manager, Residential Access Solutions. “With contemporary versions of our most popular locks, as well as new finishes like the Iron Black, we’re highlighting our commitment to not only creating the most secure locks on the market, but the most aesthetically pleasing locks as well, capable of blending with any décor.” Both SmartCode 914 and SmartCode 916 with Home Connect technology incorporate the new Z-Wave 500 Series chip The contemporary SmartCode 914 and SmartCode 916 smart locks feature an updated, modern design, while continuing to utilise Kwikset’s Home Connect technology. As a result, they integrate with home security and automation systems to deliver convenience and peace of mind to homeowners with complete remote locking/unlocking via smartphones and tablets. Z-Wave 500 Series chip Both SmartCode 914 and SmartCode 916 with Home Connect technology incorporate 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. The SmartCode 916 features Kwikset’s unique SecureScreen, which helps mask “smudge” attacks in which users’ codes can be potentially jeopardised by detecting frequently used numbers from the oily residues on the touchscreen surface.
Nick English will lead Kwikset’s overall security and consumer electronics pro trade sales throughout U.S. and Canada Kwikset brand of Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Hardware and Home Improvement Division announces the appointment of Nick English to the role of North American Sales Manager, Residential Access Solutions (RAS). Lead overall security and sales English, who will continue to report to Keith Brandon, Divisional Vice President of Residential Access Solutions, Spectrum Brands, Inc. – Hardware and Home Improvement Division, will lead Kwikset’s overall security and consumer electronics pro trade sales throughout the United States and Canada. He will be responsible for developing and executing sales and distribution strategies for Kwikset’s electronic lock products within the residential security and consumer electronics professional trade channels. Said Brandon, “Nick has a proven track record of handling a variety of leadership roles throughout his career, and has demonstrated strong sales and strategic partnership insight and capabilities. We congratulate Nick and support him in leading the RAS sales team forward.” “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Kwikset’s RAS sales team as we continue to grow sales, gain market share and establish key business partner relationships within the market,” English said. “With Kwikset’s rapidly expanding line of innovative, industry-leading RAS products, there has never been a better time to take on this challenge.” 15 years’ experience in security English joined Kwikset’s RAS team earlier this year, and brings with him over 15 years’ experience in the security and home automation industry. He has previously held positions with General Manager and Director Responsibilities at ADT and Digital Globe Services. English, who has achieved certification as a Six Sigma Blackbelt, received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Dayton, and an MBA from the University of Denver.
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