Product Studio: Security Devices

Kwikset's SmartKey technology allows owners to rekey their locks in less than 30 seconds without removing the lock from the door. The user inserts an existing key into the lock, gives it a quarter-turn clockwise, inserts the proprietary learning tool, removes the key, and inserts a new key. SmartKey is available for deadbolts, handlesets, levers, and knobs.

The AP-5 wireless gate/door controller can control multiple entries, including vehicular gates, pedestrian gates, security gates, and office doors. The product withstands radio frequency noise and signal interference thanks to a built-in, 318-MHz super heterodyne receiver with an external antenna that picks up transmitter signals from up to 500 feet away.

The redesigned KeyWatcher system, used to manage and monitor keys, offers more storage space and convenience. Illuminated slots make it easier to locate keys, while the new design uses less wall space, blends in with offi ce environments, and also holds keys, lockers, or credit cards. A built-in fingerprint reader can be added.

The Schlage portfolio puts the style in security. Decorative styles in the company's L-Series mortise and F-Series tubular locks include merano and Manhattan, which were inspired by the Art Deco designs of the 1920s and 1930s, as well as accent and St. Annes, for those who prefer a traditional look.

Using a deadbolt has never been easier. The Turner Lock allows residents to lock their deadbolts from the outside without a key by turning the deadbolt ring. The cost, $45, is comparable to an average deadbolt, and the product fits all standard doors. Available finishes include polished brass, antique brass, satin chrome, satin nickel, and antique nickel.

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