Kwikset®, Lake Forest, Calif., entered into a strategic partnership with UniKey Technologies, Inc (UniKey), allowing Kwikset to offer hands-free access control technology enabled by a smartphone, further demonstrating Kwikset’s commitment to deliver innovative products that provide convenient solutions to homeowners’ busy lifestyles, the company said in a press release.

“Kwikset continues to invest in ideas that will deliver first to market technology to accommodate homeowners’ hectic lives,” said Keith Brandon, director, sales and marketing, Residential Access Solutions, Kwikset. “The addition of UniKey based technology to our residential access offerings will provide the ultimate level of convenience to the stresses of day-to-day activities.”

With consumer habits shifting, Kwikset looks toward 2013 focused on delivering technology that caters to providing smart and simple options to homeowners. Understanding that nearly six out of 10 U.S consumers use smartphones, Kwikset continues to develop creative solutions that align with their daily needs.

“Being able to securely gain access by simply touching your lock with the smartphone in your pocket, acting as your key, is a simple yet significant advancement,” said Phil Dumas, president, UniKey Technologies. “With Kwikset as our partner, UniKey can be a part of bringing this revolutionary technology to the masses.” 

Kwikset’s Home Connect technology enables remote locking as well as the ability for the lock to connect wirelessly with other items in the home, such as the security system, lighting, and thermostat. Additionally, Kwikset offers SmartKey® re-key technology that allows for re-keying in seconds without removing the lock from the door. The new partnership with UniKey adds to this suite of technical innovations propelling Kwikset into the world of hands-free access control and beyond.

For more information on the partnership and technology offerings, please call Stephanie Sones at (213) 289-9190.