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INTRODUCES FIRST “SMARTSCAN” BIOMETRIC-BASED KEYLESS SECURITY TECHNOLOGY
Revolutionary New Technology Allows Entry Via
Lake Forest, CA – February 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
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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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