Builders' Show: Remote-controlled deadbolt locks

Consumer Reports News: February 13, 2012 09:08 AM

If you can lock and unlock your car without a key, why not your home? That’s part of the appeal of SimpliciKey’s remote-control deadbolt door lock, which was on display at the International Builders’ Show. Owned by Electronic Warfare Associates, a Department of Defense contractor, SimpliciKey draws on its parent company’s high-security background.

A handheld key fob let’s you activate SimpliciKey from up to 50 feet away using a proprietary radio-frequency technology. There’s no hard-wiring needed: Four AA batteries do the work while encrypted code that discourages scanners and all-metal hardware with a traditional six-pin, bump-resistant keyway that helps keep out the crooks.

The lock also works with this backlit wireless keypad capable of storing up to 16 unique entry codes—OR, if you prefer, the usual key.

But wait, there’s more: Later this year, you’ll also be able to control SimpliciKey from anywhere—and even lock your door remotely if you forgot on the way out— using your laptop or smart phone. Kids locked themselves out? No problem. You’ll find SimpliciKey in three finishes at and through Home Depot and Costco starting at $149.

--Bob Markovich

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