Kwikset's Kevo is a Bluetooth deadbolt that has been on the market for about a year and a half, growing a reputation as one of the best keyless-entry systems for the consumer home. Just a few months ago, we were able to take the Kevo for a spin ourselves, and you can read the full review here. While the device was convenient, I wasn't impressed with the overall value on the dollar mainly due to the lack of remote unlocking/locking in addition to the pricing structure for eKeys.
While at the Consumer Electronics Show this past week, Kwikset unveiled a new service that will take care of both of these previous complaints adding remote unlocking and unlimited eKeys in a new service they dubbed ‘Kevo Plus'. Kevo Plus is a service that all existing and future Kevo owners can sign up for which adds premium features in exchange for an additional yearly fee which has not been announced yet.
According to the press release, Kevo Plus offers the following benefits:
- Remote Locking and Unlocking: Whether unlocking the door for a neighbor while vacationing across the world, or locking the front door behind your forgetful teenager from work, homeowners have total control over their door security from their smartphone anywhere in the world.
- Unlimited Anytime and Scheduled eKeys: Users can distribute an unlimited number of Anytime and Scheduled eKeys to others using the Kevo mobile app. Scheduled eKeys allow users to set date and time constraints for keys, which is ideal for nannies who need regular extended periods of home access at predetermined times.
- Real Time Activity Monitoring: Kevo Plus allows users to monitor real-time activity on all Kevo locks from their smartphones for an unlimited timeframe, so homeowners can view who is accessing their homes at any time for more peace of mind.
As of now, there is no exact release date for Kevo Plus although the press release does state that the membership plan will go live in Q2 of 2015.
In addition, Kevo also announced a partnership with the now Google-owned Nest Thermostat. The two devices can now work together to achieve an optimal home heating schedule by detecting when the deadbolt has been triggered and setting the temperature accordingly. This Nest integration is now available for any Kevo users who are running iOS 8, download the Kevo app (free) via the App Store to get started.
Source: Kwikset Press Kit
As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and our Managing Editor, Colt loves testing out the newest tech products/services. His goal is to help better educate other consumers to ensure the most satisfying purchases decisions on consumer electronics and services. When he is not working on creating new content, Colt enjoys spending time with his two Australian Shepherds, Mia and Zoey.