Manufacturer 1-on-1: Kwikset

Exclusive Q&A with Keith Brandon, the company’s residential access control guru

Currently, Z-Wave and Zigbee continue to lead the RF protocols of connecting multiple devices that work together within a home ecosystem today; but we see alternative low-power options emerging quickly through Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi that are opening up additional applications for connectivity as well as authentication. We are currently launching our Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadbolt that delivers an innovative smartphone authentication solution with a residential door lock. It really enhances the convenience of keyless entry by extending it to your phone. What’s more, it not only doesn’t require a key, it doesn’t even require a user code — just touch the deadbolt to lock or unlock, as your phone is now the key. This is just one example of how Kwikset is using innovation to deliver more value to the end-users and how these technologies will continue to converge even more over time.


In general, what can we expect to see from the traditional mechanical lock and electronic categories in the future?

Overall, we believe the electronic lock category will continue to grow as consumers look for more value in keyless entry and connected products. With this, the core mechanical locks will continue to blend into the electronic category as the innovative electronic features sit on top of what the basic mechanical lock security functionality provides today — securing the door of a home.


What about this particular product category — where and how is it evolving?

Electronic locks continue to expand functionality around connectivity and how consumers interact with their door locks within their homes in their busy day-to-day lives. We see additional expansion of the value that connected locks can deliver when working with other systems and devices in the home, as well as the evolution of how consumers can authenticate their identity with their door lock — from the traditional key, to a keypad, to their smartphone, and beyond. With Kwikset’s residential lock styles and finishes, we also want to deliver more style and aesthetics into our electronic products to ensure that consumers are not trading out these fundamental choices when selecting an electronic lock for their home.