Security

HAI MicroControl Remote Opens Deadbolt Door Locks

Home Automation, Inc. (HAI) MicroControl remote control provides the stand-alone ability to activate Kwikset ZigBee wireless door locks.


Jason Knott · March 30, 2012

Homeowner have keyfobs for their cars and alarm systems, so why not the front door lock?

The evolution of getting a home’s deadbolt door lock tied into automated control continues. Previous iterations have focused on ways to link the deadbolt to the alarm system. Now comes the ability to use a remote control to open a deadbolt.

The latest is an announcement by Home Automation Inc. (HAI) of its new MicroControl product, a standalone remote control for ZigBee wireless door locks. This functionality means that a home or business owner, without any other automation equipment, can wirelessly lock and unlock individual doors with a button push.

They can also use the same MicroControl to coordinate all of their wireless energy management devices, including thermostats and load control modules for compressors, generators, chillers, water heaters, pumps, fountains and more. The MicroControl provides homeowners or building managers a status of each lock and the ability to lock or unlock specific door locks.

In addition to stand-alone functionality, the MicroControl and ZigBee wireless door locks can be fully integrated into an HAI Omni or Lumina home control system means increased access control with cutting-edge electronic locks from various manufacturers. Users gain the ability to lock and unlock up to 16 doors from HAI Ethernet Touchscreens, keyfobs, and remotely via mobile Apple/Android devices. The HAI controller can lock and unlock the locks, in addition to monitoring the state of the locks. HAI systems may even be configured to automatically set lighting, music, and temperature based on the locked/unlocked status of the door.

The ZigBee integration has been specifically verified with the Black & Decker Kwikset SmartCode locks, but it should work with other locks that support the standard ZigBee Home Automation profile lock cluster.

The door lock integrations are compatible with all Ethernet-enabled Omni and Lumina controllers, including Omni Pro II, Omni IIe, Lumina Pro, and Lumina, utilizing firmware version 3.10 or later. The ZigBee integrations require usage of HAI’s MicroControl, HAI part number 81A00-2WHZB, or the HAI Zigbee Interface Module, HAI Part Number, 81A00-3ZB, running firmware 14.08 or later.

“HAI has lots of customers using the MicroControl as a stand-alone energy management system,” explains Jay McLellan, HAI president and CEO. “The ability to use the same infrastructure to integrate security in the form of wireless door locks is an affordable option for many retrofit situations or new construction.”



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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at jason.knott@emeraldexpo.com

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