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Touchscreen Variant for Kwikset Lock

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Kwikset reveals an updated version of the SmartCode 914 deadbolt lock at ISC 2014-- one featuring a touchscreen and UL certification.

Kwikset LockThe touchscreen allows customers to activate the lock with a simple touch. It automatically detects correct codes and, of course, unlocks doors.

A dedicated button allows for one-touch locking, while Home Connect technology (in both Z-Wave and Zigbee versions of the lock) handles integration with other home automation components.

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Control4 Partners With Security

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Control4 automation and control solutions get more surveillance camera and network video recorder (NVR) support following the implementation of the Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP) by 5 security vendors.

Control4The companies in question are LILIN, Channel Vision, Planet, QNAP and Snap AV.

Surveillance camera and NVR integration within a Control4 system provides customers with remote property viewing via smartphones and tablets. It also adds the Control4 4Sight service, with automatic response triggers according to "actions" (such as text alerts if a person approaches the door or flashing lights if the door is opened late at night) identified by security cameras.

Homeowners can also check camera footage and remotely command the home from their mobile devices.

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The Smart Lock Opportunity

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According to NextMarket Insights door lock upgrades are the next potential growth business-- the analyst forecasts the global smart lock market is to grow from $261 million in 2014 to $3.6 billion by 2019.

Smartlock"The mainstreaming of the smart home is driving innovation in previously forgotten categories of home hardware and systems," the analyst says. "Established security and home hardware companies increasingly face competition from upstarts who are introducing a new breed of smart and connected locks into the market."

Initial smart locks are Z-Wave- and ZigBee-based, and come integrated within a whole-home solution. However the second smart lock wave is simpler, with Bluetooth LE, wifi and (eventually) NFC connectivity providing a low-cost and easy entry point into smartphone-based connected access control.

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Simplicam Boosts Security with Facial Recognition

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SimplicamArcSoft claims to make internet-connected cameras more useful as a means of home security as it presents Simplicam at CES 2014, a wifi camera equipped with facial recognition.

Unlike other wifi camera systems requiring one to manually check through footage, Simplicam features motion, sound and facial detection software supposedly able to notify users of potential intruders.

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A More Affordable Smart Lock?

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Danish home automation vendor Poly-Control claims it is the first to "take an affordable smart lock product out of the prototype stage and into the consumer market" with the Danalock key-free door lock solution.

Dana-lockAs well as a relatively low  ($99) price tag the Danalock differs by being easy to install-- it does not replace the existing deadbolt but fits into the inside face of the door, allowing use of existing, physical keys.

“Installing Danalock takes a screwdriver (included in the box), 10 minutes, and a download of our app to a smartphone," the company claims.

The Danalock comes in circular or square variants with wireless connectivity coming through either Z-Wave, Bluetooth or both. The Z-Wave version allows remote operation over the internet and integration with home automation systems, while the Bluetooth version connects only to mobile devices via app. Power comes through standard batteries, so locks stay on in case of power outage.

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No PC or Tablet for Lorex Security

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The latest Lorex security webcam does not need a PC or tablet to operate effectively-- the LWX3451X Wireless Home Monitor ships with an own handheld 4.3-inch display handling feed viewing duties.

Lorex webcamSetup also requires no PC, since an included Wifi Cradle takes care of connections with home wireless networks. Once the Cradle connects to a wifi network, customers just need to dock the monitor to view video either remotely or locally.

Smartphone and tablet owners can replace the monitor with an iOS and Android Lorex Care app.

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An iDoorCam to Answer Doors

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iDoorCamThe iDoorCam has a proposition for customers not wanting to get up to answer calls at their doors-- a webcam-equipped doorbell allowing one to check who is at the door on an iDevice via wifi.

Inside the rugged circular package are a camera (day and night vision), speaker, microphone and motion sensor. It is easy to install on walls (just like any regular doorbell), and users only need to connect it to wifi network once it gets power.

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