UniKey, the company that developed the technology behind Kwikset’s Kevo smart lock, has gone from a prototype on ABC’s SharkTank to delivering more than 100,000 units, thanks to a partnership with North American residential lock maker Kwikset.
Media reports and awards stages at the 2014 CES painted a clear picture, home automation and the Internet of Things (IoT) are leading the next phase of the technology revolution. The market for home automation devices is estimated to hit $10 billion this year, growing to $44 billion by 2017, according to wireless industry group GSMA.
With its place in the smart lock market assured, UniKey is poised to drive solutions beyond residential locks, making smartphones the key to more than just the front door. UniKey’s President Phil Dumas, who delivered multiple mass market solutions to the access control industry prior to founding UniKey in 2010, sees a world where UniKey will eliminate the everyday keys, PINs & passwords.
UniKey continues to enable companies to provide innovative access control solutions to their product offerings. In partnerships with market leaders in their respective industries, UniKey technology is moving beyond the front door.
Kevo is made available to consumers by retailers beyond traditional lock resellers, such as merchants like Apple and Best Buy. Kevo is sold by Kwikset in the USA and Weiser Lock in Canada. Kwikset and Weiser are leading brands of the Hardware & Home Improvement division of Spectrum Brands Holdings. Kevo launched in October 2013, and can be purchased from leading online resellers and retailers including: Apple.com, Amazon, Best Buy, Brookstone, Future Shop, Home Depot, Lowes, NewEgg and Verizon Wireless.