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KWIKSET® INTRODUCES FIRST “SMARTSCAN” BIOMETRIC-BASED KEYLESS SECURITY TECHNOLOGY

Revolutionary New Technology Allows Entry Via Fingerprint Scan

 

Lake Forest, CAFebruary 8, 2007 – Kwikset®, a leader in the residential security industry, unveils SmartScan, a biometric keyless entry system for the home. Building on the success of the Powerbolt®, a keyless entry system, Kwikset now takes access control to a new level with the launch of SmartScan. The revolutionary SmartScan technology completely eliminates the need for a key or key code, utilizing only a fingerprint scan. Biometrics is the method of authenticating the identity of a person based on physiological characteristics. The most well-known method is fingerprint identification. Kwikset’s SmartScan is a biometrically accessible deadbolt door lock system that can be applied to internal and external doors in residential applications.

The SmartScan deadbolt is activated simply by swiping a valid fingerprint across its sensor. SmartScan reads sub dermal fingerprint patterns located beneath the outer surface layer of the skin, making it unaffected by dirty or worn fingertips. Programmable with up to 50+ user fingerprints, SmartScan also has a special timed “lock out feature” that allows homeowners three levels of access options. This feature allows continual access (24/7) for family members, temporary access for house sitters or contractors, and time restricted access for babysitters or housekeepers.

 

“Consumer acceptance of biometric technology is accelerating,” says Eric Lundquist, director of brand marketing for Kwikset. “It is currently available on portable hard drives and IBM ThinkPad computers, as well as in grocery store checkouts, gas stations and automobiles. Biometrics is an emerging technology that can give consumers an increased level of home protection and peace of mind.”

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Kwikset’s new SmartScan technology is based on its proven Powerbolt mechanical platform. It can be easily installed on most standard doors and requires no hard wiring. The durable, low power consumption system operates on a battery with a life of one year (based on 20 accesses per day).

Kwikset’s SmartScan is specifically designed as a stylish alternative to the bulky, undistinguished industrial biometric security systems currently available. It delivers a sleek, attractive designer look and feel, with its biometric fingerprint reader stealthily integrated into the overall design. SmartScan is available in a variety of finishes that enhances any décor in any home. The finishes carry a lifetime warranty. SmartScan…it puts security and convenience right at your fingertips.

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 www.kwikset.com, or call 1-800-327-LOCK.

Black & Decker Hardware and Home Improvement (BDHHI) Group is a division of Black & Decker, the world’s largest producer 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 Kwikset®, Weiser Lock®, Baldwin®, Price Pfister and Bach®.

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