Kwikset's Kevo lets you lock your home while on vacation in Tahiti

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Sean Cooper
January 5th, 2015
In this article: ces2015, kevo, kwikset, lock, security, Weiser
Kwikset's Kevo lets you lock your home while on vacation in Tahiti

Kwikset launched its Kevo Plus service today, which finally brings its number-one-requested feature to life: remote locking and unlocking. Launching in spring of this year, the service will enable new and existing Kevo lock owners to upgrade their systems via a Bluetooth-enabled gateway shipped with their introduction package. The Plus platform will come with unlimited Scheduled (for a home cleaning service for example) and Anytime eKeys, remote locking and unlocking and real-time monitoring. The gateway connects to your home's internet router and interacts with the Kevo lock via Bluetooth Low Energy to either track activity or activate the lock itself. Apple products are supported across the board, though Android support is currently limited to Lollipop on the Moto X, Moto G and the Nexus 6. No word on pricing for the Plus service, but with a bit of shipped hardware attached to the deal, we suspect it'll cost more than $20.

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We're used Kevo products in the past and the demo shown at the show apes that functionality, but with a couple new icons on the app's home screen. If your connected lock is locked, that icon glows on the main page and if it's open, that icon glows. Tap whichever icon you want and the phone communicates with the Kevo Plus service that, in turn, connects to your home gateway and completes the action. We definitely see the merit in always having a handle on your home's security and the instant access to your loved ones in a pinch. As long as the security bit stands up to scrutiny, Kwikset's automated lock business has just gotten a lot more attractive.

Mat Smith contributed to this report.

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