Stepping out of your front door and suddenly realizing you’ve left your keys inside could soon be a thing of the past.
A new app for smartphones and tablets may lead to keys being hung up for good.
The new software system called Kwikset Kevo securely stores electronic codes for multiple locks on your handheld device, basically turning your phone into a virtual bunch of keys.
The app works by sending a signal to the lock from the phone via Bluetooth with just one touch of a button. Users won’t even have to remove their handset from their pocket.
The app is currently only available for iOS devices but the company said it is working on Android and BlackBerry versions.
The Kwickset Kevo device costs £144 but that includes the new deadlocks that need to be fitted to the door for the device to work.
In the same way that spare keys can be given out to friends and relatives, this revolutionary new system allows users to send “eKeys” to be distributed among several people; allowing multiple users for one property at a time. The system can also detect when someone is already inside the building in order to prevent unauthorized access.
For a little extra peace of mind the system also uses physical keys, meaning residents can still gain access should they lose their phones or the battery runs out. More traditional fobs are also included for children who don’t own a smartphone, or for people who don’t have an iOS device.
The system is designed and manufactured by Hardware and Home Improvement, who intend to capitalize on the amount of people that now own a smartphone device. Their research has shown that 79 per cent of people aged 18 to 44 now have their Smartphone on them for at least 22 hours a day and they believe users will appreciate not having to carry around a bunch of keys everywhere they go.
“Kevo is the first deadbolt intelligent enough to communicate with a smartphone and unlock with a simple touch,” says Greg Gluchowski, from HHI.
“This technology is so convenient that users do not even need to remove the smartphone from their pocket or purse when unlocking their door.”
The system has been developed alongside UniKey, who used their expert technical know-how to assist with the app and Phil Dumas from the company explained his thoughts on the new lock, saying: “By uniquely combining existing mobile and Bluetooth technologies, we’re bringing your front door into the digital age without compromising the look or security of the lock.”
The Kevo smart lock package includes one deadbolt, one fob, two mechanical keys and two smartphone eKeys. You can even choose the finish of your deadbolt to match your front door; Satin Nickel, Venetian Bronze and Polished Brass.