November 18, 2008 Keys have served mankind well for thousands of years yet we all know the horrible feeling associated with misplacing those ubiquitous chunks of jangling metal. Now Kwikset, the makers of the SmartScan biometric keyless entry system, are looking to lighten the load on people’s keyrings with their next generation SmartCode Signature Series keyless entry deadbolt.

The SmartCode Signature Series allows consumers to create two unique access codes – one code to be used by residents and another code to be given out for temporary access providing the option to quickly and easily change it to eliminate any risk of the code falling into the wrong hands. The unit features a brightly lit keypad and motorized deadbolt, which instead of making the lock “accessible” for locking or unlocking uses the motor to move the deadbolt. This allows for true “one finger” door unlocking with no additional handle turning required.

Additional convenience and security is provided through the system’s automatic door locking feature that can be activated or deactivated by the homeowner and all SmartCode deadbolts are accessible with a key when needed as back-up. The SmartCode Signature Series is designed to seamlessly replace any existing deadbolt as it requires no hard wiring and is powered by four AA batteries with an expected one-year battery life. It also fits all standard doors without requiring new screw holes.

The SmartCode Signature Series features Kwikset’s SmartKey technology with BumpGuard protection and passes the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Grade 1 lock picking standard, UL 437, par. 11.6. They are also available in three finishes – Polished Brass, Venetian Bronze and Satin Nickel.