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Kwikset Smartcode Touchscreen Deadbolt at CES 2015

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.

A typical HMI Z-Wave control board inside a lock design

A typical HMI Z-Wave control board inside a lock design

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.

10 comments on “Kwikset Smartcode Touchscreen Deadbolt at CES 2015

  1. Vishal Prajapati
    January 19, 2015

    The product looks decent and elegent by outer view. By the features you have explained for the product prooves that it is thoughtful product.

     

    The Circuit board shown in the image is very compact. But I think it does not contain the motor driver. Incorporating a motor in such a small size seems to be good work of engineering.

     

    Is there any detail if the lock can be unlocked by the mobile application wirelessly?

  2. Steve Taranovich
    January 19, 2015

    @Vishal–this particular lock only uses wireless Z-Wave to communicate with other devices in the smart home. It uses a key or the touchscreen to open the lock. Kwikset does have some locks that can be operated by your smart phone.

  3. tollyorg
    January 19, 2015

    yup i will agree with you

  4. Davidled
    January 19, 2015

    It could be imaged that remote door lock and remote door unlock feature might be available in the App. I am wondering if any remote door cancellation feature is in App.  Generally, Mobile App should receive SMS acknowledgement message from Deadbolt such as ACK or NACK.

  5. samicksha
    January 21, 2015

    I have heard of z-wave use in smoke alarms and security sensors but in deadbolt it is new.

  6. ue2014
    January 22, 2015

    This is really a cool product. As I went through the document, it is understood that product development team and put so much effort to minimize all the possible misuses of the product. 

    Such products would not only incease the security and user friendliness, will also be used as power saving tools to save energy as well. 

  7. yalanand
    January 31, 2015

    This is really a cool product. As I went through the document, it is understood that product development team and put so much effort to minimize all the possible misuses of the product. 

    Such products would not only incease the security and user friendliness, will also be used as power saving tools to save energy as well. 


    @ue2014: The design principles of the product seem to be interestingly approached. Although the product has a good value, it has a design that may or may not shake people up. Any thoughts?

  8. chirshadblog
    January 31, 2015

    @yalanand: Exactly, design takes the center stage here. It makes a big difference in the market. 

  9. yalanand
    January 31, 2015

    @Vishal–this particular lock only uses wireless Z-Wave to communicate with other devices in the smart home. It uses a key or the touchscreen to open the lock. Kwikset does have some locks that can be operated by your smart phone.


    I personally am loving the Kwikset lock. Its very practical and can be installed in a home without having all the other smart gadgets. This also cannot be broken so easily because of the security feature they incorporated, where two random digits appear on the screen. Simply clever.

  10. yalanand
    January 31, 2015

    It could be imaged that remote door lock and remote door unlock feature might be available in the App. I am wondering if any remote door cancellation feature is in App.  Generally, Mobile App should receive SMS acknowledgement message from Deadbolt such as ACK or NACK.


    Since its a smart home technology and since the smartphone is considered the remote control to most smart home products, one can easily hope the app will be available before the end of the second quarter this year?

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