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KWIKSET SMARTCODE™ LOCKS WITH HOME CONNECT™ TECHNOLOGY NOW SUPPORTED BY ALL NAPCO CONTROL PANELS WITH IBRIDGE™ INTERACTIVE SERVICE
Powered by Z-Wave, Napco Panels with iBridge Give Kwikset Lock Owners Complete Access Control & Convenience, Coming & Going and More
LAKE FOREST, Calif. –April 10, 2013 –Kwikset (www.kwikset.com), the leader in residential security, announces that its popular line of SmartCode™ deadbolt locks with Home Connect™ technology are now supported through the Z-Wave automation functionality of any new or existing iBridge-equipped, Gemini™ Control Panel from Napco Security Technologies, Inc. (www.napcosecurity.com), a manufacturer of industry-leading security systems.
With a Napco Gemini Panel at the heart of a full iBridge interactive connected home automation system, controlling locking, security, video, temperature and/or lighting, homeowners will now have complete access control capabilities of their Kwikset SmartCode locks, including remote locking/unlocking, viewing current door lock status, receiving text-, email- , and even video-clip-messages, when the Kwikset lock is engaged or unlocked, or the Napco alarm is turned on or off when the lock is used.
With the simple, affordable addition of an iBridge Z-Remote Z-Wave Module to any Napco Gemini Security System, old or new, Kwikset SmartCode lock owners will be able to control lock status and access, and scenes and schedules that include locking and unlocking, on premises or remotely through Napco's iBridge Connected Home App for Smart Phones/Devices /Tablets or PC, or an optional WiFi iBridge Touchscreen/Tablet with magnetic wall- mount/docking charger or tabletop stand.
Likewise, alarm dealers can remotely edit or add Z-Wave powered devices to the iBridge system using the iBridge App and their own smartphone, tablet or PC, including Kwikset SmartCode locks, and Scenes, such as “Returning Home” or “Leaving for the Day” where the locks are unlocked or locked, respectively.
Also due in part to Napco’s iBridge innovative Z-Remote Module’s antenna design, the Z-Wave device range may be nearly doubled, including that to the Kwikset Locks with which it’s been demonstrated. While alarm reporting is to any central station of choice, each account’s Z-Wave device settings and home automation schedules are backed-up and/or restored from the Cloud, easily with iBridge’s dealer-saver remote features.
Kwikset’s SmartCode deadbolts and levers with Home Connect technology integrate with home security and automation systems, allowing the locks to communicate with other wireless products in the home such as security systems and home entertainment systems. Home Connect technology delivers convenience and peace of mind to homeowners with complete remote locking and unlocking via smartphones and tablets.
"This is a win-win situation for everyone involved," said Keith Brandon, director, sales and marketing, Kwikset. "Certainly, we're pleased that customers who are interested in all of the great access control benefits of the Kwikset SmartCode Home Connect locks can now have access to the locks' full functionality through the high-quality security solutions produced by Napco. We're also confident that Napco's customers will appreciate the high level of security and convenience afforded by our SmartCode Home Connect locks. Napco's dealers will also come out ahead as well, since the Kwikset locks give them an excellent way to extend their sales opportunities and increase their revenue stream."
Jorge Hevia, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Napco, added “iBridge Interactive Connected Home Services, teamed with Kwikset Home Connect Locks, take a great first line of defense for residential security consumers and add new-found convenience and a new positive, daily consumer experience from their security system.
This, plus Napco iBridge Dealers’ remote service-call options via their smart devices, should improve service levels, satisfaction, and overall, dealer account retention.”
Kwikset (www.kwikset.com), the leader in residential security, manufactures and markets a complete line of door locks and door hardware, including door knobs, door levers, deadbolts, handlesets, pocket door hardware and electronic keyless entry locks for residential and light commercial applications. Kwikset’s SmartCode™ locks with Home Connect™ technology are the industry’s leading wireless, access control lock solution for the digital home.
Kwikset is part of Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI), a major manufacturer and supplier of residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware and faucets with a portfolio of renowned brands, including Kwikset®, Weiser®, Baldwin®, National Hardware®, Stanley®, FANAL®, Pfister™ and EZSET®. HHI is a leader in its key markets with #1 positions in U.S. residential locksets (Kwikset), Canada residential locksets (Weiser), U.S. luxury locksets (Baldwin), and U.S. builders’ hardware (Stanley-National Hardware), #2 in Mexico residential hardware (Fanal), and #3 in U.S. retail plumbing (Pfister). Headquartered in Orange County, California, HHI has a global sales force and operates manufacturing and distribution facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Asia. HHI is a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPB).
About Spectrum Brands
Spectrum Brands is a global, diversified consumer products company and a leading supplier of consumer batteries, residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware and faucets, shaving and grooming products, personal care products, small household appliances, specialty pet supplies, lawn and garden and home pest control products, and personal insect repellents. Spectrum Brands employs over 12,500 employees worldwide and sells to the top 25 global retailers with products in more than one million stores.
About Napco Security Technologies
NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc. is one of the world’s most diversified manufacturers of security products and service solutions, encompassing intrusion, fire alarms and video systems, building access control systems and electronic locking devices. Its recently-launched iBridge Connected Home Suite of Services (www.napcosecurity.com/ibridge.html) integrates security, locking, video, temperature and lighting control via Z-Wave and WiFi technologies. Sold and installed by tens of thousands of security professionals, products from the NAPCO Group of Companies protect millions of homes, businesses, institutions and people around the globe. Since its founding in 1969, NAPCO, including Alarm Lock, ContinentalAccess and Marks USA divisions, has been known in the professional security community for advanced, innovative technology and reliable, high quality. (www.napcosecurity.com; NASDAQ:NSSC)