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Black & Decker previews high-tech locking system


March 11, 2009

Black & Decker's Remote Access Control

Black & Decker's Remote Access Control

March 12, 2009 Black and Decker is giving homeowners a way to lock up their daughters when they aren’t even home. The company's new motorized locks are designed to complement the emerging electronic ‘smart homes’. They can be activated remotely and can even directly control home security and automation systems, and vice versa.

In contrast to ‘electronic’ locks that require the user to manually actuate the bolt to lock or unlock the door, Black & Decker’s electronic motorized lock throws the bolt and provides the ability to lock and unlock doors via a RF remote control, Web-enabled mobile phone, security system touch panel and/or a secure Internet connection. Wireless and remote access-enabled Black & Decker locks also feature SmartKey technology with BumpGuard protection that allows homeowners to re-key their lock themselves without removal from the door.

The new systems also feature two-way functionality so that homeowners can use customizable codes to arm the home security system when the door is locked and disarm the system when the door is unlocked. Likewise, home automation systems can be configured to automatically set home lighting, music and climate controls based on the code used to unlock the door. The units eliminate the need for hard wiring as they operate on 4 AA batteries that provide one year of life based on 15 uses per day. They also fit all standard doors and replace all standard deadbolts and are available in three finishes.

Aimed at security conscious homeowners the new systems might even help give OCD sufferers some freedom by allowing them to make sure they’ve locked the house from a remote location – and maybe not. The systems are expected to be released later this year but there was no word on what this kind of home security convenience will cost you at the time of publication.

Darren Quick

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag. All articles by Darren Quick
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