I am always happy to see new innovation for the Smart Home and CES 2015 certainly was chock full of them. Here is one that caught my eye.
Kwikset, a residential security company, announced their SmartCode 916 Touchscreen Deadbolt lock. The lock provides such features as keyless entry — combined with the added convenience and enhanced aesthetics of a capacitive touchscreen.
Users can activate the SmartCode 916 with the touch of a finger. The touchscreen is very responsive, sensing contact quickly for fast code entry. Plus, the screen will auto-detect a correct code and quickly unlock. The cool white LED display provides high-definition LED illumination.
A dedicated lock button provides the user with fast one-touch locking. The basic design is relatively simple, A touch screen and controller, a microcontroller and a motor driver and motor to move the mechanical door deadbolt. Read on to see what make this lock so special.
What makes this lock a truly important Smart Home device? The answer is the Home Connect™ technology incorporated into the SmartCode 916 (both Z-Wave® and Zigbee® versions) allows the lock to communicate @ 908.2 MHz with other wireless products in the home such as security systems and home entertainment systems, making the lock a core product in smart homes.
The first thing that came to my mind with a touchscreen lock is the possibility of thieves being able to sense heat of a finger or the finger oil on the code digits entered time after time. My mind was put to rest with a clever scheme that Kwikset has developed. Read on:
A unique feature of the SmartCode 916 is SecureScreen™, an important feature that can help mask smudge attacks, in which passcodes can potentially be jeopardized by detecting frequently used numbers from the oily residues on the touchscreen surface. When SecureScreen is activated, two random numbers will appear on screen. The user must touch these numbers to display the full screen, from which the user can then enter his/her user code. The increased usage of the touch screen surface masks the correct numbers that are employed for user codes.
The SmartCode 916 can hold up to 30 user codes and incorporates many of the advanced features introduced into the SmartCode 914, including:
- Dramatically reduced interior size for increased aesthetic appeal
- All-metal, tamper-resistant interior escutcheon
- BHMA Grade 2 Certification, ensuring top quality and durability
- UL Certification with 20-minute fire rating
- A Mastercode option allowing users to prevent user codes from being added to or deleted from the lock
Other features include: Kwikset’s patented SmartKey® re-key technology, that allows homeowners to re-key their locks in seconds without having to remove the lock from the door; BumpGuard™ technology that protects homeowners from lock bumping; the ease of one-touch programming; the ability to integrate with a wide variety of wireless security and home automation platforms.