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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 housekeepers.

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.


Kwikset Introduces SmartScan 
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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 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, or call 1-800-327-LOCK.

About Black & Decker Hardware and Home Improvement Group 
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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