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Kwikset Convert Provides Keyless Entry, Home Automation

Kwikset has unveiled the Kwikset Convert, a Z-Wave Smart Lock Conversion Kit.

Kwikset has unveiled the Kwikset Convert, a Z-Wave Smart Lock Conversion Kit. The kit will turn mechanical locks—even non-Kwikset locks—into smart, electronic locks, providing the convenience of keyless entry and home automation. 

The Conversion Kit replaces the interior half of an existing lock without changing the exterior. Kwikset Convert can also be used for non-main entry doors where remote control/notification is desired.

For novices, Kwikset Convert, in combination with any one of dozens of Z-Wave home automation hubs, provides an easy-to-install, cost-effective entry into the home automation arena. For consumers who already have a home automation hub controlling various systems (e.g., lighting, heating, AV), Kwikset Convert extends automation capabilities directly to the front door.

An important feature of Kwikset Convert is the incorporation of the new Z-Wave 500 Series chip. The new chip provides a number of enhancements, including extended wireless range and wireless security features that reduce the vulnerability of the network during enrollment, as well as increased battery life. 

“Kwikset Convert will appeal to owners of both condominiums and vacation property whose homeowners associations require all exterior locks to be uniform in appearance,” said Keith Brandon, divisional vice president of residential access solutions at Spectrum Brands, hardware and home improvement division. “It will also be ideal for renters who aren’t allowed to change out their current locks.”

In conjunction with any one of a wide variety of Z-Wave-based home automation systems, the conversion kit utilizes the Z-Wave wireless protocol to enable remote locking and unlocking. As a result, users will be capable of remotely accessing and controlling the lock from anywhere in the world, using a smartphone, tablet or internet-connected device. Users can also get valuable information through their smart phone, letting them know whether a door is locked or unlocked.

Kwikset Convert is simple to install and features the same minimal, all-metal interior available in Kwikset’s SmartCode line. And once installed, the existing key can be used as a backup.

Currently, Kwikset Convert has been designed to work with locks from Kwikset, Baldwin, and Weiser (Kwikset sister companies), and Schlage. Available in brass, Venetian bronze, and satin nickel, MSRP of the Kwikset Convert Z-Wave Smart Lock Conversion Kit is $129.