Technology Meets Residential Access Control

I just read a post on Engadget that really drove home the idea that tech is really changing the way we live our everyday lives. You may have heard of Kwikset before. It may even be a word on one or more of the keys in your pocket or purse. Go to your local home warehouse store and you will find their products – lots of them.

Have you ever left your house and then turned around to make sure the door was locked? Please say yes. Really, if not then I am feeling really stupid about now. With me, it’s usually that I left the garage open. I digress…

Kwikset has a residential control product called SmartKey. At CEDIA this year they showed a new version called SmartCode with Home Connect Technology. Holy Crap, who comes up with this marketing stuff? Smart code is a deadbolt replacement for your home that has a keypad along with a keyhole. But, it also features remote capabilities. You can check the lock status, receive notifications of entry or exit, and remotely lock or unlock your door with a secure internet connection. It can be tied in with security systems, home control systems and even log time stamps.

Imagine the door unlocking when a fire alarm is triggers, or knowing exactly when your kid entered the house after school. This is technology that is in use on the business level where there are multiple codes, or remotes, and logs or notices sent based on entry or exit. Using a smart phone to check or lock / unlock your door means no more “I will leave a key under the mat for you. You can remotely add a door code to enable the tech to enter the house and then have that auto-disarm the alarm system. When the service person leaves, the door can be locked causing the alarm to re-arm. I want this one. Availability is said to be mid-September.

2 Responses to “Technology Meets Residential Access Control”

  1. Music Man says:

    Good stuff. Only one major complaint, it runs on Z-Wave. Boooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Razz says:

    Agreed since from what I can find it is 900 MHz (I can assume you have experience with Z-Wave, and I don’t). But, many large companies have adopted it, such as Intel. The main thing is the concept. Love the times we live in!