Residential security systems come in various fashions: from the standard pin-code activated alarm, to simple deadbolts, and even advanced security cameras that send signals over the Internet, where you can access the feed at any time. Weiser Lock, a brand under the Black & Decker umbrella, has introduced a new method of home security: the SmartScan biometric keyless entry system.
The most recognized consumer application for biometrics is likely fingerprint readers on laptop computers, which is slowly becoming a standard feature. Weiser Lock has taken this technology into consumer home security: residents simply swipe their fingerprint across the deadbolt door lock’s sensor, and the SmartScan technology will award entrance if there’s a match. Because SmartScan reads the sub dermal fingerprint patterns beneath the other surface layer of the skin, it is unaffected by dirty or worn down fingertips. The system can be used in both internal and external door applications, and more than 50 user fingerprints can be programmed into it.
A lock out feature permits three levels of access: continued, 24/7 access, temporary access, for people like house sitting neighbours or contractors; and restricted access for babysitters or housekeepers, for example.
“Consumer acceptance of biometric technology is accelerating,” explained Mark Wallace, Canadian Marketing Manager for Weiser Lock. “It is currently available on portable hard drives and IBM ThinkPad computers, as well as in grocery store checkouts, gas stations and automobiles. Biometrics is an emerging technology that can give consumers an increased level of home protection and peace of mind.”
Weiser Lock’s SmartScan technology is based on the company’s existing Powerbolt mechanical platform. It requires no hard wiring, and can be easily installed on most standard doors. It operates on an internal battery with an expected life of one year, based on 20 accesses per day. Weiser adds that the system is durable, and consumes minimal power.
SmartScan is available in a variety of finishes for a retail price of $199.
Published: 7/31/2007 9:37:07 AM