Kwikset Partners With UniKey; Expands Role as Technology Leader in Residential
Consumer Adoption of Smartphones Takes Access Control Innovations to New
LAKE FOREST, Calif., Jan. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Understanding consumer
demand for new convenience based access control technology and broad consumer
adoption of smartphones, Kwikset® has entered into a strategic partnership
with UniKey Technologies, Inc. (UniKey). This collaboration will allow 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.
"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. "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 ten U.S consumers use smartphones,
Kwikset continues to develop creative solutions that align with their daily
needs. Partnerships with innovators like UniKey moving forward will further
Kwikset's leadership in new technology introductions.
"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 has consistently been the category-leader in smart, simple technology
developments that provide at home convenience to homeowners. Its 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
For more information on the partnership and technology offerings, please call
Stephanie Sones at (213) 289-9190.
About the Hardware and Home Improvement Group
The Hardware and Home Improvement Group (HHI) develops, manufactures, markets
and sells builders' hardware, residential and commercial door hardware,
kitchen and bath faucets, shower systems and bath accessories under the
Stanley®, National Hardware®, Kwikset®, Weiser®, Baldwin®, Fanal®, EZSET®and
Pfister®brands. Headquartered in Orange County, Calif., HHI has a global sales
force and operates manufacturing and distribution facilities in the U.S.,
Canada, Mexico and Asia.
About Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.
Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., a member of the Russell 2000 Index, is a
global and diversified consumer products company and a leading supplier of
batteries, shaving and grooming products, personal care products, small
household appliances, specialty pet supplies, lawn & garden and home pest
control products, personal insect repellents and portable lighting. Helping to
meet the needs of consumers worldwide, the Company offers a broad portfolio of
market-leading, well-known and widely trusted brands including Rayovac®,
Remington®, Varta®, George Foreman®, Black & Decker®, Toastmaster®,
Farberware®, Tetra®, Marineland®, Nature's Miracle®, Dingo®, 8-in-1®,
FURminator®, Littermaid®, Spectracide®, Cutter®, Repel®, Hot Shot® and Black
Flag®.Spectrum Brands Holdings' products are sold by the world's top 25
retailers and are available in more than one million stores in approximately
140 countries. Spectrum Brands Holdings generated net sales of approximately
$3.25 billion in fiscal 2012.For more information, visit
UniKey Technologies, Inc. (UniKey) is an alternative access control company
revolutionizing the way you gain access to all things. By uniquely combining
existing technologies, UniKey has developed a proprietary and patented "hands
free" Passive Keyless Entry system that can be easily integrated into any
access control system to replace keys, codes, and passwords. Led by an
experienced team with a deep understanding of advanced access control
technology, the team has a history of delivering several products into the
alternative access control mass market. For more information visit
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