Kwikset Announces New Voice Control with Samsung SmartThings and Alexa

Kwikset smart locks can now be connected to Samsung SmartThings platform and voice controlled by Amazon Alexa-enabled devices

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When buying a smart lock, most consumers want remote access. However, you usually have to pay extra for this service from the lock manufacturer or pair your smart lock with a connected hub. Today Kwikset, a leading smart lock manufacturer, announced its new integration with Samsung SmartThings™. The integration will allow owners of Kwikset® SmartCode™ 910, 914 or 916 smart locks the opportunity to connect with smart home connected hubs Samsung SmartThings™ and Wink to control their Kwikset® SmartCode™ smart locks. It will also offer voice control using Alexa-enabled devices to lock their deadbolts.

"The integration between Kwikset, SmartThings and Amazon Alexa-enabled devices offers homeowners even more convenience by simplifying the way they interact with their locks. Homeowners can now say, 'Alexa, lock my door' instead of having to open an app," said Ashton Good, Kwikset Senior Product Manager, Spectrum Brands Inc. – Hardware and Home Improvement Division. "We're excited for Kwikset to work in cooperation with SmartThings and Amazon to greatly improve and simplify the homeowner's smart home experience, whether they are at home or away from home."

GearBrain has reviewed Kwikset's Kevo and like all good smart locks, it's easy to install, a lock made by an experienced lock manufacturer and has multiple ways to lock and unlock. However, Kevo is not compatible with Samsung SmartThings. Here are more details on the Kwikset smart locks that are compatible:

Kwikset SmartCode 910

SmartCode 910 is a five-digit, push-button smart lock from Kwikset. One of Kwikset's best-selling smart locks, SmartCode 910 is available in both traditional and contemporary styles and a range of finishes, to complement a variety of home aesthetics. It retails for $199 and is for the homeowner looking for a more affordable and traditional keyless smart lock solution. SmartCode 910 smart lock comes in these available styles and finishes: Traditional or Contemporary; Polished Brass, Satin Nickel, Venetian Bronze, Satin Chrome (Contemporary only), Polished Chrome (Contemporary only).

Kwikset SmartCode 912

Kwikset 912 is a five-digit, push-button smart lever and electronic deadbolt from Kwikset. Upgraded from the original model, the smart lever features a traditional design and can be installed quickly and easily. This smart lock is for homeowners looking for a smart solution for an interior room, such as home office, storage room or interior garage door, where the security of a deadbolt is not required. It retails for $199 and comes in three styles and finishes: Polished Brass, Satin Nickel, Venetian Bronze.

Kwikset SmartCode 914

SmartCode 914 is a 10-digit, push-button smart lock from Kwikset. Re-released in 2016, the lock features a traditional exterior style, sleek, metal interior, and quiet-drive locking system. SmartCode 914 is one of the top-selling smart locks from Kwikset. It retails for $219 and is for the homeowner looking for their first keyless smart lock The lock comes in three styles and finishes: Polished Brass, Satin Nickel, Venetian Bronze

Kwikset SmartCode 916

SmartCode 916 is a touchscreen smart lock from Kwikset featuring the company's patent-pending SecureScreen™ technology. SecureScreen technology helps prevent the problem of "smudge" attacks associated with touchscreen locks by prompting users to touch two random numbers first in order to display the full screen and enter the programmed access code, encouraging continuous use of the full screen to mask the correct access code. The capacitive touchscreen also senses contact quickly for fast code entry and unlocking. This smart lock retails for $229 and is for the modern homeowner who is looking for a sleek, secure smart lock that offers the convenience of smart home integration and can help keep them safe, The SmartCode 916 comes in three styles and finishes: Polished Brass, Satin Nickel, Venetian Bronze.

To learn more about Kwikset SmartCode and their integration with Samsung SmartThings and Wink, you can visit Kwikset site. The Alexa-enabled skill for Kwikset SmartCode smart locks and Samsung SmartThings is available for download from the Amazon store. However, please note the new lock API launch from Amazon does not currently support the "unlock" functionality.

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