Directed Named CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award Honoree for Viper SmartKey

Vista, CA (January 7, 2014) – Viper today announced that it has been named an International CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its Viper SmartKey.

Viper has taken the company's award-winning Passive Keyless Entry idea and realized the next evolution with the SmartKey. Now a driver can automatically lock and unlock car doors simply by having a smartphone with the app on their person.

"Our engineers have worked hard to raise the bar and continue to devise ways that enhance the user experience," said John Durbin, Director of Project Management for SmartStart. "Consumers can use the Viper SmartKey which uses Bluetooth to communicate with the vehicle and let their phone do the talking for them.”

Now instead of a separate device that would send and receive signals, the driver's phone would communicate wirelessly with the car to lock and unlock the doors whenever within range.

The Viper SmartKey will be displayed in The Venetian at the 2014 International CES, which runs January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: The Official Media Event of the International CES from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, January 5 in South Seas Ballroom C at Mandalay Bay. Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering honoree products are also featured on CESweb.org/Innovations.

About the Innovations Awards

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
  • Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
  • The product’s intended use/function and user value
  • Why the product deserves the Innovations award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
  • How the design and innovation of this product directly compare to other products in the market place


About Viper

Viper has been a world leader in automotive electronics. It created the connected car category with the launch of Viper SmartStart in 2009 – the app that lets you start, locate and control your car from virtually anywhere in the world with your smartphone.