KWIKSET INTRODUCES KEVO PLUS, OFFERING REMOTE ACCESS TO ITS AWARD-WINNING SMART LOCK

Consumers get sneak peek into a cloud-based service upgrade to Kevo smart lock at International Builders' Show

LAS VEGAS (January 4, 2015) – Kwikset®, the leader in residential door hardware, showcases Kevo Plus™ at the International Builders' Show. Kevo Plus extends the Kevo platform by enabling remote access capabilities and enhanced features to Kwikset’s breakthrough Bluetooth® smart lock, Kevo™. Available in spring 2015, Kevo Plus establishes a direct, online connectivity to Kevo, letting users lock and unlock their door with their smartphone from anywhere in the world. Whether unlocking the door for a neighbor while at the beach or locking it behind you from the train, homeowners benefit from total control over their door security.

“We’ve continuously listened to customer feedback and released software and firmware upgrades to enhance Kevo since introducing the smart lock in 2013,” said Greg Williamson, chief marketing officer, Hardware and Home Improvement, Spectrum Brands. “Kevo Plus represents the biggest expansion of the Kevo platform to date, giving current and future Kevo owners even more flexibility and the convenience of controlling their smart locks in real time from anywhere in the world.”

New Features With Kevo Plus™

The Kevo smart lock and mobile app turned the smartphone into an electronic key (eKey), allowing the deadbolt to recognize and respond quickly to the touch of a finger. Kwikset continues to push the envelope with smart lock innovations by expanding the Kevo platform with Kevo Plus.

Kevo Plus features include:

  • Remote Locking and Unlocking: Whether unlocking the door for a neighbor while vacationing across the world, or locking the front door behind your forgetful teenager from work, homeowners have total control over their door security from their smartphone anywhere in the world.
  • Unlimited Anytime and Scheduled eKeys: Users can distribute an unlimited number of Anytime and Scheduled eKeys to others using the Kevo mobile app. Scheduled eKeys allow users to set date and time constraints for keys, which is ideal for nannies who need regular extended periods of home access at predetermined times.
  • Real Time Activity Monitoring: Kevo Plus allows users to monitor real-time activity on all Kevo locks from their smartphones for an unlimited timeframe, so homeowners can view who is accessing their homes at any time for more peace of mind.
How Kevo Plus™ Works

Upon upgrading their Kevo account to Kevo Plus, users will receive a free Bluetooth-enabled gateway that enables real time updates and remote functionality. The gateway plugs into an Internet router with an Ethernet connection, forming a secure wireless interaction between the Kevo lock and Kevo Plus. When a user touches the Kevo lock or uses the app, Kevo’s Bluetooth Low Energy™ radio communicates with the gateway, which then connects seamlessly to Kevo Plus.

Availability, Security & Design

Current and future Kevo owners can upgrade their account and set up the Kevo Plus gateway themselves to enhance their smart lock features. Kevo Plus will be available through a membership plan offered on MyKevo.com in the spring of 2015. Future upgrades to Kevo Plus will add Event Scheduling, allowing homeowners to schedule Kevo locking or unlocking at pre-determined times, and Lock Grouping, letting users group multiple Kevo locks and send one eKey for all locks simultaneously.

The included Bluetooth-enabled gateway features a minimalistic aesthetic, with a design focused on Kevo product family integration. The hardware hosts a blue light ring that mimics Kevo’s unique appearance and a black housing that reflects the Kevo fob. As with the market-tested Bluetooth Kevo deadbolt, Kevo Plus is extremely secure. Kwikset uses multiple levels of encryption to increase digital security, and it is continually reviewed by industry-leading independent digital security experts.

For more information about Kevo Plus, please visit http://kwikset.com/kevo. For information about Kwikset’s latest products and to access high-resolution images, please visit https://kwiksetpresskit.com.

About Kwikset

Kwikset, the leader in residential door security, manufactures and markets a complete line of door locks and door hardware. Designed for residential and light commercial applications, Kwikset’s product offering includes doorknobs, deadbolts, handlesets, pocket door hardware and electronic keyless entry locks. Kwikset’s electronic 913 SmartCode Deadbolt and 980 Deadbolt with SmartKey Re-Key Technology earned the esteemed Best Buy rating from Consumers Digest in 2014, representing the innovation and security customers can expect from Kwikset. Headquartered in Orange County, Calif., Kwikset is part of the Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) division of Spectrum Brands. Kwikset products are sold through retailers and distributors throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. To learn more about Kwikset, visit https://kwiksetpresskit.com.

About Hardware and Home Improvement

Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) is a major manufacturer and supplier of residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware and faucets with a portfolio of renowned brands, including Kwikset®, Weiser®, Baldwin®, National Hardware®, Stanley®, FANAL®, Pfister™ and EZSET®. HHI is a leader in its key markets with #1 positions in U.S. residential locksets (Kwikset), Canada residential locksets (Weiser), U.S. luxury locksets (Baldwin), and U.S. builders’ hardware (Stanley-National Hardware), #2 in Mexico residential hardware (Fanal), and #3 in U.S. retail plumbing (Pfister). Headquartered in Orange County, California, HHI has a global sales force and operates manufacturing and distribution facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Asia.  

About Spectrum Brands

HHI is a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPB). Spectrum Brands is a global, diversified consumer products company and a leading supplier of consumer batteries, residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware, faucets, shaving and grooming products, personal care products, small household appliances, specialty pet supplies, lawn and garden and home pest control products, and personal insect repellents. Spectrum Brands employs approximately 13,500 employees worldwide and sells to the top 25 global retailers with products in more than one million stores.

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