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New Easy-to-Install Keyless Design Enhances Style and Convenience of Popular Touchpad Electronic Deadbolt

LAS VEGAS– January 20, 2009 – Kwikset®, the leader in innovative door hardware, today showcased to the builder community its next generation keyless entry deadbolt -- the SmartCode™ Signature Series -- at the 2009 International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas. The result of more than 10 years of functional testing and consumer feedback, the new SmartCode Signature Series features a smaller and sleeker touchpad design, adding style to any door while completely eliminating the hassle of carrying or fumbling for keys. The SmartCode Signature Series will be featured during IBS at the Home Depot booth No. C6357 from Jan. 20-23, 2009.

"Residential builders loved the convenience that the original SmartCode provided residents, but expressed a desire for a more feature-rich product with a design that would better complement the style of their homes," said Brent Flaharty, vice president of Marketing, Kwikset. "We are continually driven by our customers to push ahead in our products’ innovation, style and functionality. This new series is a great representation of those efforts, and is only the tip of the iceberg as we continue to progress in new areas of innovation including residential access control, the next level of ultimate security."

Easy Installation and Customized Access

SmartCode Signature Series is quick and easy to install, requires no hard wiring and is powered by four AA batteries with an expected one-year battery life. The sleek SmartCode Signature Series also fits all standard doors without requiring new screw holes. Delivering security and style for any home, SmartCode complements any Kwikset knob, lever or handleset, and comes in three finishes – Polished Brass, Venetian Bronze and Satin Nickel. 
SmartCode Signature Series also allows builders and ultimately homeowners to create two unique access codes – one code for everyday access and another code to be given out for temporary access. "Guests or workers requiring access should never compromise home security. SmartCode allows the property owner to create a secondary code for temporary access, providing the o ption to quickly and easily change it to eliminate any risk of the code falling into the wrong hands," continued Flaharty.
The next generation SmartCode Signature Series is also the only product in its category to feature a motorized deadbolt for convenient one-touch locking. Unlike other available deadbolts featuring an electronic keypad that makes the lock "accessible" for locking or unlocking, SmartCode users enjoy true "one touch" locking because the motor moves the deadbolt, providing genuine user convenience. Unlocking the door is equally simple, with only input of the code required to move the lock, and no additional handle turning for true "one finger" door unlocking. Finally, the new brightly lit keypad provides safer, more convenient evening home access.
Additional convenience and security is provided through the system’s automatic door locking feature with 30 second delay that can be activated or deactivated by the homeowner. For further peace of mind, all SmartCode deadbolts are accessible with a key when needed as back-up.

SmartKey™ Security Built-in

SmartCode Signature Series features Kwikset’s SmartKey technology with BumpGuard™ protection as its key back-up. SmartKey utilizes a patented side-locking bar and passes the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Grade 1 lock picking standard, UL 437, par. 11.6.
Furthermore, it provides homeowners with the ability to re-key the locks themselves, in less than 30 seconds, without removing them from the door. Additionally, consumers can easily re-key their SmartCode Signature Series lock(s) to utilize the same key as their home’s other Kwikset locks for one-key convenience.

About Kwikset®

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, call 1-800-327-LOCK or visit
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 K2™ Commercial Hardware by Black & Decker.

* Photo Caption: The new SmartCode™ Signature Series by Kwikset® features a smaller and sleeker touchpad design, adding style to any residential door while completely eliminating the hassle of carrying or fumbling for keys.

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