LAS VEGAS, (April 1, 2009) â€“ Black & Decker ® and iControl Networks today announced their partnership to create the ultimate in integrated wireless and remote residential access control solutions at the International Security Conference and Exposition (ISC West) in Las Vegas. This collaboration of innovation leaders will allow homeowners to remotely and wirelessly control Z-Wave equipped Baldwin ® and Kwikset ® brand door locks with the iControl Stay Connected â„¢ solution via any Web-enabled device. These innovative future solutions will be on display in the Black & Decker booth No. 2086 and the iControl booth No. 10141 at ISC West, April 1-3, 2009.
â€œThis integrated solution is unique in that the Kwikset and Baldwin locks feature electronic motorized deadbolts which allow homeowners to not only monitor the status of their door locks remotely, but actually lock or unlock them directly from their Web-enabled mobile phone or the Internet without a person physically touching the hardware,â€ said Jason Williams, senior product manager, Black & Decker Hardware and Home Improvement .
Remote access control is a key feature delivered by the iControl Stay Connected solution, the home management platform utilized by security companies to offer interactive services that extend the traditional security system feature set to include:
· IP-Enabled Security â€“ broadband and cellular-based â€œalways-onâ€ network connectivity between the security system and central monitoring station.
· Remote Management â€“ mobile and Web connectivity for personal monitoring and control of Kwikset and Baldwin brand door locks, security, lighting, video, energy access, and more.
· Interactive Video â€“ live video and event-based video clips and pictures viewable via mobile phone or the Internet.
· Real-time Notifications â€“ â€œAlways connectedâ€ event-driven e-mail or text message notification with video clips and picture attachments.
· Consumer Experience â€“ Attractive widget-based interfaces that are simple and easy-to-use.
â€œHome devices that used to function independently can now interoperate seamlessly via our open architecture, and deliver a much more compelling value proposition for homeowners,â€ said Greg Roberts, vice president of marketing, iControl Networks. â€œNot only can consumers remotely control locks from the Web or mobile phone, but unlocking your front door also automatically disarms your security system, turns on the lights, adjusts the thermostat and much more.â€
About iControl Networks
Palo Alto, Calif.-based iControl Networks is a venture-backed software and services company providing award-winning solutions for the home security market. iControl Networks partners with home security companies, Internet service providers and telecommunication firms to deliver the iControl Stay Connectedâ„¢ solution, the next generation of home protection and connectivity. Investors in iControl include Charles River Ventures, Intel and Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. For more information, please visit www.icontrol.com .
About Black & Decker Hardware and Home Improvement Group
Black & Decker Hardware and Home Improvement (BDHHI) Group is a division of Black & Decker, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of power tools, power tool accessories and security hardware. Today, the BDHHI Group includes some of the most recognizable hardware and home improvement brands in the world including Baldwin, Kwikset, Weiser Lock ® , Price Pfister ® and K2â„¢ Commercial Hardware by Black & Decker. For more information, please visit www.kwikset.com/accesscontrol or www.bdhhi.com/accesscontrol .