Freddy Cloud

Frederick (“Freddy”) Cloud has had a passion for all things electronic since he “accidently” caused the class Commodore PET to malfunction in 8th grade. “I swear. I didn’t do it on purpose” He was quoted as saying to a very unhappy computer teacher... Read his full bio

Day 2 at CES with Kwikset


You thought the Kevo was Kwikset’s only new product shown at CES 2014? Not at all. Kwikset has taken their Smartcode Deadbolt and created a new product that has Home Connect Technology. But before I go into that, I need to talk to you about something that you may not be familiar with: Z-Wave.

What’s Z-Wave? Well, simply put it’s a wireless technology that allows appliances to talk to something that can control it. Think of it as a way that something like a lamp can communicate wirelessly to, say, a control panel on your wall, and that control panel can tell that lamp what to do. Needless to say, a regular lamp doesn’t have a way to communicate wirelessly. But one that has Z-Wave built into it, or attached to a Z-Wave module, is now able to not only be told to turn off and on, but at what time, at what brightness, even to be told to do these things remotely. Sound cool? It’s very cool. Now, let’s get back to the Smartcode Deadbolt.

So you have this lock with a keypad that allows you to not only use a regular key to open it, but also the number pad (that you can use up to 30 different codes with), and on top of that, using the functionality that Z-Wave technology gives you, you can have the ability to remotely lock and unlock, check the lock status, receive notifications when the lock is accessed … you can see that Z-Wave can be used for more than just lamps.  Z-Wave has been on the market for over 10 years, and has millions of products in homes all over the world. Kwikset’s implementation of Z-Wave into it’s Smartcode Deadbolt gives you the ability to control access to your home from practically anywhere.

Control is the key, and Kwikset along with it’s partners gives you an unprecedented level of control and security over your home. Next post, and my wrap-up post of my time at CES, we’ll talk about that.

Talk to you soon!

Freddy C.

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