Smart Locks Will Open New Doors to the Smart Home Lifestyle

Smart locks can open doors to the smart home lifestyle for homeowners


The following post is a guest contribution from Dave Pardo, social media manager with Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group.

CES 2018 gave me a new perspective to smart home technology – even beyond the convenience aspect. After visiting the Kwikset booth, I now know how smart locks can ‘open doors’ to the smart home lifestyle for homeowners.

Aside the many locks that Kwikset showcased, there were two that stood out for me… the Kwikset Kevo Touch-to-Open Smart Lock and the Kwikset Obsidian Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt.

Kwikset Kevo Touch-to-Open Smart Lock

Before watching this lock in action, I wondered ‘how innovative can a simple-looking lock can be?’… I had no idea. Picture yourself walking up to your front door, hands full (about 99% of the time for me), and then needing to find which pocket you put your keys into. Phew… I’m exhausted just thinking about this scene. Well, you can forget about fumbling for your keys, because all the homeowner needs to do is touch the lock for the deadbolt to retract and unlock the deadbolt. Because it works off Bluetooth technology, it knows when you and your smart phone are at your door, to activate once it’s touched. You can’t get any more simplistic than that. Now if only I had this lock on my high school locker… I would have seen less detention slips. Anyways…

Kwikset Obsidian Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt

After first looking at this lock and wondering ‘how can a black square boxy thing be a lock?’, I learned that this slick modern-looking touch combination keypad has a lot of smarts to it. You simply touch two numbers that are displayed on the keypad before entering your secret passcode to unlock the door. Why must you press the two numbers first, you ask? It’s so that you purposely and eventually spread finger smudges all over the keypad so that visitors cannot detect specific smudges, to find out which numbers are constantly pressed, to figure out your secret passcode. That’s smart, huh?

There you have it… the Kwikset Kevo Touch-to-Open Smart Lock and the Kwikset Obsidian Touchscreen Electronic Deadbolt… two smart home products that can give you the edge when your home is on the market. Because it’s proven, with smart home products installed, homes typically sell faster.

If you’re already affiliated with Coldwell Banker and want to learn more about our Smart Home initiative, visit CB Exchange and search “Smart Home.”

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Senior Manager, Public Relations & Giving for Coldwell Banker. Grew up in Sarasota and attended college at Western Carolina University. Athena wanted to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep so headed to Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. She has been with this awesome brand for more than 15 years and can be found generating buzz about CB in every way possible. Athena helps to grow the brand’s position as the most storied real estate company within the industry and has led many high-profile endeavors; she was at the forefront of the brand’s pioneering smart home campaign, raised $6 million in two years to build 130 Habitat for Humanity homes, and led the Homes for Dogs program in partnership with that resulted in tens-of-thousands of dogs finding their furever home. She currently leads the CB Supports St. Jude program, which encourages the Coldwell Banker network’s 96,000+ real estate agents to make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for every real estate transaction they represent. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or planning her next travel adventure. She's the proud mom of three cats Jolene, Ziggy and Lucy.

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