FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FUTURISTIC NEW BIOMETRIC HOME SECURITY APPLICATION
Revolutionary Fingertip Reading Biometric Application
Delivers the Most Advanced Levels of Protection Available in Home Security
Technology Lake Forest, CA
– February 8, 2007
– Kwikset®, a leader in the
residential security industry, moves to the forefront of home security
technology with the introduction of SmartScan, the world’s first residential
biometric keyless entry system. 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 completely eliminates the need
for a key or key code, utilizing only a fingerprint scan. It takes home security
into the future with advanced levels of protection previously available only in
commercial and governmental applications.
Kwikset’s SmartScan is a biometrically accessible deadbolt that can be
applied to external and internal doors in residential applications. Biometrics
is the method of authenticating the identity of a person based on physiological
characteristics. The most well known method is fingerprint identification.
The SmartScan battery-powered deadbolt is activated simply by swiping a valid
fingerprint across its sub dermal sensor. Using RF electronic imaging, SmartScan
reads live fingerprint patterns located beneath the sub dermal outer surface
layer of the skin, making it unaffected by dry, dirty or worn fingertips.
Programmable with 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
Programming and set up are allowed only by designated system administrators
and are menu driven via a built-in keypad and Liquid Crystal Display (LCD.) Each
system includes a manual key override.
“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.
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Biometrics is an emerging technology that gives consumers an increased level
of home protection and peace of mind.”
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 averages one year of
operation on a single set of four standard AA batteries and is guaranteed to
operate over a temperature range from -4 degrees Fahrenheit, (-20 degrees
Celsius) to +185 degrees Fahrenheit (+85 degrees Celsius).
Kwikset’s SmartScan is specifically designed as an effective, yet 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, which carry a lifetime
anti-tarnish warranty. SmartScan…it puts security and convenience right at your
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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