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SHEA HOMES LAUNCHES “SMART” COMMUNITY BY LEVERAGING KWIKSET AND 2GIG TECHNOLOGIES
Wireless Kwikset Locks and 2GIG Security and Home Automation System to Attract Buyers in Stagnant Mar
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – February 23, 2012 –Kwikset®, the authority in residential lock systems, and Shea Homes San Diego announce today that innovative “smart” features including Kwikset’s Home Connect™ and 2GIG’s security and home automation technologies are a central feature of Shea Homes’ new Origen Community in San Diego. The addition of the community’s innovative design and technology features are expected to drive sales, even in a stagnant San Diego market.
“Kwikset understands homeowners’ increasing desire for smart and simple security that allows them to monitor their home and family safety, whether they’re on a business trip 5,000 miles away or stuck at work when their kids get home,” said Keith Brandon, Director, Residential Access Solutions, Kwikset. “Our Home Connect wireless lock technology is a natural complement to Shea Home’s innovative approach to homebuilding.”
“This collaboration represents a big leap forward for Shea Homes,” says Vanessa Linn, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Shea Homes. “We are always working to present our buyers with the most innovative, energy-saving technologies on the market. Partnering with Kwikset and 2GIG Technologies has given Shea Homes a major competitive advantage.”
Each unit in the new Origen community is equipped with Kwikset’s Tavaris Entry Handleset and matching Contemporary Deadbolt, which are enabled with Kwikset’s Home Connect wireless technology. This technology allows homeowners to remotely monitor, lock and unlock their doors from a smart phone. Teamed with 2GIG’s wireless security and automation system in each home, homeowners have the ability to control their security, lighting, HVAC and other “smart” devices from their front door. This collaboration gives homeowners access to the home of the future, with the ability to control their home security and personal settings from anywhere.
“This technology is really resonating with our buyers. It’s the missing link in their technology palette,” says Bridget James, Regional Purchasing Specialist, Shea Homes. “Finally they have the ability to control their living environment in the same way they control other aspects of their lives: through their smart phones.”
The alliance between Kwikset’s Home Connect Technology, 2GIG Technologies and Shea Homes will deliver a variety of options for the utmost in convenient home security. For more information about Kwikset’s Home Connect Technology, please visit www.kwiksetpresskit.com. To tour the Origen Community in San Diego, please contact a SheaHomes Sales Counselor at (866) 696-7432.
Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, mechanical access solutions and electronic security solutions, engineered fastening systems, and more.
The Stanley Black & Decker Hardware and Home Improvement Group (HHI) is part of the company’s Mechanical Access Solutions division. HHI develops, manufactures, markets and sells builders’ hardware, residential and commercial door hardware, kitchen and bath faucets, shower systems and bath accessories under the Stanley®, National Hardware®, Kwikset®, Weiser ®, Baldwin ®, and Price Pfister® brands. Headquartered in Orange County, Calif., HHI has a global sales force and operates manufacturing and distribution facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Asia.
About 2GIG Technologies
Headquartered in Lehi, Utah, 2GIG Technologies develops and produces innovative security and home automation systems. 2GIG Technologies developed Go!Control, the first self-contained, all-in-one security and home management system complete with color LCD touch screen which was named the 2011 Security Product of the Year by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). 2GIG Technologies continues to develop next-generation home and small business management systems complete with 3G, WiFi, DVR capability and a feature-rich video solution. 2GIG Technologies is a member of the Z-Wave Alliance™, which enables 2GIG to provide customers with one of the most innovative and interactive home security platforms on the market. In addition, 2GIG Technologies has partnered with leading wireless carriers to provide a robust wireless infrastructure for its security suite of products.2GIG Technologies is committed to providing consumers with the flexibility and cost-effective technology necessary to manage their home automation and security functions from the panel's LCD touch-screen display, the Internet, or their PDA. For more information please visit www.2GIG.com.
About Shea Homes
Shea Homes San Diego is a division of Shea Homes Limited Partnership, an independent member of the Shea family of companies, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2006. Over the past century and a quarter, members of the Shea family and their companies have accomplished many extraordinary milestones, including completing work on the foundation of the landmark Golden Gate Bridge, working on San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) and serving as a managing partner for the construction of the Hoover Dam. Yet Shea Homes’ most satisfying achievements continue to revolve around listening to its customers’ needs and satisfying those needs by providing an extensive selection of new home floor plans and quality workmanship in the finest neighborhoods and communities available today. Shea Homes was honored in 2005 as one of "America’s Best Builders" by the National Association of Home Builders, and as "2007 Builder of the Year" by Professional Builder Magazine. And just this year in March 2011, Shea Homes was honored with a prestigious Customer Service Champion Recognition, one of only 40 companies to earn such a distinction and the only U.S. homebuilder to receive this recognition. For more information on this recognition, visit www.jdpower.com.