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Published on June 3rd, 2014 | by Greg

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Kwikset 914 Deadbolt: Home Automation Begins At The Front Door

There is a lot of buzz in the home automation space- Google spending a good chunk of cash on one of the biggest names and hopping into the business was one signal, but yesterday brought another confirmation with Apple announcing what many suspected- their HomeKit platform that tries to combine different systems and vendors in one easy place. Today’s company is one of the announced partners, so we’re excited to see how it all works together.

The Kwikset SmartCode 914 Z-Wave Deadbolt with Home Connect is a great addition to the growing number of smart locks on the market. It’s fairly small, much less bulky than others we’ve seen, and the 10-button keypad is backlit for ease of use at night time or in darkness. Whether you have an apartment, condo, or a house, it can be critical to allow access to your home to visitors, repair workers, or babysitters- and trying to keep track or keys or get them copied can be impossible. Leaving them in a hidden rock or under the welcome mat isn’t safe, but with an electronic smart lock you can instantly create keys for anyone to use, even remotely. You can unlock or lock the door from afar as well. It’s the perfect solution for vacation rentals.

And you can revoke the keys just as quickly- so if you break up with your boyfriend, or don’t want your superintendent having permanent access, it’s easy enough to do. Up to 30 codes can be active at a time, and there is always a traditional key slot if needed. As you might expect, batteries are required- four AAs to be precise- but they are easy enough to install. As, for that matter, is the lock itself. We’ve seen a variety of home security systems, and found them simple enough for even the most beginner DIYer, needing only a screwdriver and 20 minutes or so. Like the last smart lock we saw, this one requires you to have a smart home system in place, specifically Z-Wave. There are several controller options, and all Z-Wave devices should work across the platform, allowing you to use different locks in different places.

Unlike many competitors, this one is BHMA grade 2 certified, with a ‘side locking bar technology that offers improved security by protecting against lock bumping’. The finish, and the deadbolt itself, all feel sturdy and rock-solid, and the system is pretty responsive as well- a couple of second delay is all we found from pressing the button on our smartphone to our door being unlocked. Available in three different color schemes- brass, nickel or bronze- expect to spend around $190 in stores and online.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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