Kwikset Bridge Lets Kevo BLE Locks Play with ZigBee, Z-Wave Home Automation
Demo'd at ISC West 2015, Home Connect Bridge translates ZigBee and Z-Wave to Bluetooth (BLE), enabling smart home systems to communicate directly with Kwikset’s BLE smart lock.
Kwikset’s Kevo Bluetooth (BLE) smart door lock can finally integrate with home automation systems thanks to a new Home Connect Bridge—demonstrated for the first time at ISC West 2015—that translates ZigBee and Z-Wave commands into Bluetooth for controlling the lock.
When Kwikset introduced arguably the first Bluetooth door lock a few years ago, it didn’t do all that much. It didn’t connect to the Internet, for example. It only talked directly to a smart phone for local locking and unlocking functions.
Last year, Kwikset introduced the Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Gateway, a BLE-to-Wi-Fi device that finally enabled Kevo to connect to the Internet.
And now, at the International Security Conference (ISC) in Las Vegas this week, Kwikset is showing integration with ZigBee and Z-Wave via the new bridge.
Users could, for example, use a Z-Wave-enabled security system to lock the door automatically when the alarm is set to “Away.”
“Kevo, working in conjunction with a high-quality home security system, creates a stronger overall security scheme for the homeowner,” says Keith Brandon, director of Residential Access Solutions for Kwikset.
It is unclear if the Kwikset Bridge incorporates the Z-Wave security command sets for door locks, garage door controllers and other access-control devices—these command sets carry an added layer of security to Z-Wave communications – or if the locks are considered basic on/off devices with the security of a light switch.
It appears from the press release that the ZigBee and Z-Wave integration only enables a control system to lock and unlock the Kevo. At ISC we’ll see if the bridge provides feedback from the Kevo, such as when it was locked and unlocked … and by whom. These features are available with most native ZigBee and Z-Wave devices.
It appears also from the press release that there is no IP connectivity in the new Bridge, meaning you’d have to double-up with Kevo’s Bluetooth Gateway to enjoy Internet connectivity.
The Kevo Home Connect Bridge features an LED status indicator and pairing buttons for device enrollment.
Tech Developer UniKey Nabs $10M
In other news, the developer of Kevo technology UniKey announced today a $10M investment in a series A funding round that will enable the company to bring their smart lock technology to other manufacturers, new global markets and industry verticals.
Unikey investors include Samsung, Hass Portman and Broadway Angels.
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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