Kwikset Adds Control4 Compatibility to Electronic Deadbolts

The Obsidian electronic touchscreen deadbolt with Home Connect and the contemporary version of the SmartCode 916 touchscreen electronic deadbolt passed Control4 certification.

LAKE FOREST, Calif. —Kwikset has added Control4 compatibility to its Obsidian electronic touchscreen deadbolt with Home Connect and the contemporary version of the SmartCode 916 touchscreen electronic deadbolt. The new locks were shown at the Control4 booth last week at CEDIA 2019 in Denver.

The two Kwikset connected locks have passed Control4 Certification and are now recognized as a partner in the Connects With Control4 program.

The Control4 platform, which operates on the ZigBee protocol, interoperates with more than 14,000 third-party consumer electronics products, according to the company.

“Our philosophy has always been to create a lock for everyone, whether in terms of style, finish, functionality, or operating platform,” says Nick English, Kwikset’s North American sales manager, residential access solutions. “There’s no question that the Control4 audience is growing by leaps and bounds. As a result, we felt it would be a sound business decision to create these new smart locks to help Control4 homeowners take advantage of the amazing functionality of two of our most popular locks, as well as their own Control4 home automation systems.”

Both Connects with Control4-certified locks are available in Iron Black and Satin Nickel finishes. The Iron Black finish represents the Kwikset’s first locks in the Control4 channel available in black — a finish that has long been requested by Control4 customers, according to the company.

Named after a dark, glass-like volcanic rock, Obsidian merges a sleek and modern exterior; a class-leading, minimal, all-metal interior; and advanced mechanical and electronic security features.

Kwikset says eliminating the keyway also removes the threat of “lock picking” and “lock bumping,” and attacks using specially cut keys to defeat conventional pin and tumbler locks.

Kwikset’s first keywayless deadbolt, Obsidian features a responsive, capacitive touchscreen for keyless entry. The LED display delivers high-definition LED illumination, and a dedicated lock button provides the homeowner with convenient and fast one-touch locking.

Obsidian also includes Kwikset’s patented SecureScreen technology, a 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.

The contemporary SmartCode 916 smart locks features an updated, modern design. The lock integrates with home security and automation systems to deliver convenience and peace of mind to homeowners with complete remote locking/unlocking via smartphones and tablets, according to the company.

It also offers Kwikset’s SecureScreen feature. In addition, the SmartCode 916 offers SmartKey Re-Key Technology, which allows homeowners to re-key the lock in seconds without removing the lock from the door or requiring the services of a locksmith.

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