HAI Adds Black & Decker as Newest Connectivity Partner

NEW ORLEANS -- Home Automation, Inc. (HAI), leading manufacturer of integrated security and home automation products since 1985, announced today that Black & Decker has partnered with HAI to ensure seamless integration of their upcoming residential access control solutions.

These cutting-edge electronic motorized locks - developed for interoperability with home automation and security systems like HAI - deliver a wide-range of customizable access control options. Black & Decker's unique electronic motorized lock throws the bolt and provides the ability to lock and unlock doors via HAI's OmniTouch Touchscreens, consoles and keyfobs. Further, HAI's secure remote access software facilitates control from a computer, Smartphone, iPhone, BlackBerry, etc.

HAI will discuss the new integration during its "Access Control and Automation" trainings to be held April 1st and 2nd, 2009, in conjunction with the International Security Conference (ISC-West) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Additionally, Black & Decker will be demonstrating the integration in ISC Booth 2086, April 1-3, 2009.

"The HAI and Black & Decker partnership applies new meaning to the phrase, 'Peace of mind,'" explains HAI President, Jay McLellan. "For the first time, you can know that a door is actually locked, and not just closed."

Black & Decker's residential access control solutions feature two-way functionality where the door lock can directly control HAI security and automation functions, and vice versa. Homeowners can arm the home security system when the door is locked and disarm the system when the door is unlocked. Likewise, HAI systems can be configured to automatically set lighting, music and temperature based on the code used to unlock the door.

Intended for use in new home construction or retrofits, Black & Decker will utilize ZigBee® and Z-Wave® wireless protocols for the Baldwin® and Kwikset® home door lock brands.

"Over the last few years, it has become clear to us that the home security business is on the cusp of a major shift toward even greater integration between home security and home automation", said Jason Williams, senior product manager, Black & Decker Hardware Home Improvement. "This new technology from Black & Decker allows us to further develop the 'smart home' and advance the way we live and manage our busy lives."

HAI products are available through a worldwide network of Distributors and installing dealers in over 80 countries. For more information on HAI, please visit homeauto.com or send email.