Kwikset and Belkin partner to extend home automation offerings
By Alyssa Dalton
January 12, 2012 – Kwikset and Belkin have teamed up to launch products that leverage the latter’s newly released WeMo system by empowering homeowners with a Wifi network the ability to monitor and control their door locks remotely from a smartphone. This collaboration will extend the capabilities of Kwikset’s Home Connect Technology offerings, which is currently on display at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nev.
“Kwikset is thrilled about our partnership with Belkin, as it will allow us to launch remote access to our door locks that is simple to use, highly affordable and focused on giving homeowners peace of mind, no matter how far away from home they are,” said Keith Brandon, home connect marketing manager, Stanley Black & Decker.
While the Kwikset Home Connect lock integration is currently still under development, Belkin’s WeMo will give users of the Kwikset Home Connect technology products a direct remote lock access solution. This capability will remove the requirement for homeowners interested in installing Home Connect technology to have a broader control platform already in place, it said.
Using Belkin’s free WeMo smartphone app, Kwikset’s products will have the ability to be locked and unlocked remotely, allowing controlled functionality and peace of mind to homeowners knowing their lock status from wherever they are, it continued.
“Belkin’s partnership with Kwikset will allow homeowners a smart, simple solution to extend the power of WeMo to their front door using technology that is familiar to the whole family,” said Kevin Ashton, general manager at Belkin.