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Biometric Keyless Technology to be Featured in House of the Future Exhibit

LAKE FOREST, CA – May 2007 – Kwikset®, a leader in the home improvement industry, today announces the incorporation of SmartScan™, the industry’s first easy-to-use biometric keyless deadbolt designed to match any home décor, into an exhibit in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort.

Kwikset’s SmartScan™ is a keyless deadbolt door locking system that utilizes biometric scanning technology—specifically fingerprint identification—to secure entryways for residential use.

The SmartScan™ battery-powered deadbolt is activated simply by swiping a pre-approved fingerprint across its sensor, creating an extremely user-friendly access system for all ages, including young children and the elderly. Using sub-dermal sensors, SmartScan™ reads fingerprint patterns located beneath the outer surface layer of skin and verifies the user’s pre-approved entry. Property owners can control who has access to their home with SmartScan’s three levels of access: continuous 24/7 access, temporary access and restricted access, ideal for cleaning services, contractors or house-sitters.

"We’re extremely excited and honored to take part in the House of Innoventions exhibit and display SmartScan™," said Cheryl Kramp, assistant marketing communications manager for Kwikset. "Providing convenience, control and security are our top priorities at Kwikset—much in the same way security is a main focus for modern families. By offering parents and their children an opportunity to learn about the innovative and personalized security solutions available today from Kwikset, we’re helping to ensure their safety tomorrow."

Visitors to INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® will have the opportunity to view the SmartScan™ being used on the front door at the House of Innoventions and learn more about the use of biometrics in home security. The INNOVENTIONS pavilion features a collection of the latest scientific and technological innovations that help to simplify and enhance everyday life.

For more information on SmartScan™ and other Kwikset products, please visit

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®.

About INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® 
Located in the heart of Epcot®, INNOVENTIONS is a unique attraction filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits. Visitors from around the globe discover how science and technology can simplify and enhance their lives today and tomorrow. This 100,000 square foot interactive playground provides guests with the opportunity to explore and discover innovative products and technologies from some of the world’s finest companies and associations. From breakthroughs in farming and robotics to the latest in fire safety and plastics, INNOVENTIONS amazes guests as they experience how technological innovations will change the way we live. For more information about INNOVENTIONS, contact: Stacia Wake, 407-560-1816 or

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