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“No more worrying about keys. The convenience of keyless technology is now available at your fingertips. “ That is the message Kwikset is using to introduce the new SmartCode locksets. These Kwikset locks solve the lost or forgotten key question with a system which is easier and faster to use, compared to locating and inserting a mechanical key.
Kwikset SmartCode keyless entry locks contain five numbered buttons and a sixth button which Kwikset describes as a “lock button”. Each of the numbered buttons contains two numbers such as ‘12’, ‘34’, ‘56’, etc. Owner-programmed code numbers can be from four (4) to eight (8) digits in length.
Two different code numbers can be programmed into the SmartCode lock. This allows building residents to use their existing opening code while a second code can be issued to allow short-term users such as relatives or workmen to have access to the building. The second code can be quickly changed as needed while the users of the primary existing code are not affected by any secondary code changes.
Kwikset SmartCode locks are available as lever sets or deadbolt locks. Our sample is a deadbolt version which has a motor-driven deadbolt. Unlocking from the inside of the door is done manually by turning the thumb turn. Locking and unlocking from the outside can be done automatically by an electric motor. As the last number of a correct code is pressed on the keypad, the electric motor swings into action and retracts the deadbolt. The deadbolt can either be optionally set to automatically relock after 30 seconds or the lock button can be pressed after the door is closed and the bolt will be moved by the electric motor into a locked position in the strike plate.
Electronics can provide additional options and Kwikset SmartCode locks takes full advantage of the possibilities. A slide-up cover is located on the inside trim. Beneath the trim is a switch panel with four miniature switches. Switch #1 can set the indicator light on or off. When set to the ‘on’ position, and with the lock in a locked position, an LED light will flash intermittently red and orange every three to five seconds. If the lock is in an unlocked position, the LED will flash green every five seconds. If switch #1 is set to the ‘off’ position, the LED will only flash to indicate a low battery situation.
Switch #2 controls an automatic locking feature. When the switch is set ‘on’, the SmartCode will automatically extend and lock the bolt 30 seconds after the lock has been unlocked.
Switch #3 enables the Audio function when the switch is ‘on’. When enabled, a beep is sounded each time a button is pushed. This is helpful to indicate that the user has fully pushed each button of the combination. If continual series of beeps are heard while the resident is at home, it is an indication that some mischief is occurring outside their door.
Switch #4 has no function at this time. SmartCode keypad buttons can also be momentarily illuminated for night operation by pressing the centrally located ‘lock’ button. Lighting is then provided and each button is easily identified.
In case of a low battery condition, the interior LED will flash red every five seconds. A battery case is located on the top of the inner lock trim. The battery case is easily removed for replacement of four AA Alkaline batteries. According to Kwikset instructions, based on an average of 15 operations per day, the Alkaline batteries should last for over a year.
A key-operated lock cylinder is also provided which can be used for unlocking if necessary. SmartCode lock cylinders are equipped with Kwikset SmartKey technology for increased pick and bump resistance. SmartCode lock cylinders are another added sales feature.
The next generation SmartCode Signature series uses a more compact and sleeker outer escutcheon plate, making it look much more like original door hardware instead of an aftermarket add-on...
Kwikset is offering a large poster for display in locksmith stores. The poster contains an exploded view of the parts which comes in handy if a SmartKey lock should ever need parts or servicing.