How our NB-IoT smartlock system works
Our smartlocks connect to the internet with a new technology called NB-IoT, built specifically for device to cloud communications so that you have the best security for your assets and buildings, and you are always in control of who goes where at what time with live notifications. See how it works below.
How to make a digital key and unlock
Smartlocks include iSIM's + 30MB pre-paid data* & IoT Modules (NB-IoT, LTE-M, LTE, 2G/3G)**
Log into Access Management Software
A user generates a request for a digital key for a specific lock in a booking calendar inside software for any future date and time.
Request arrives at NB-IoT Cloud Platform
Request arrives at our platform and here it is assigned a unique ID, and stored in the cloud software database.
Digital Key arrives at smartphone app
Unique ID is sent to users app - it appears as an unlock button, and waits to be pressed during selected time period by user
User hits unlock button in smartphone app
User hits app unlock button which sends unlock command into the platform to check validity/time and if validated the command is routed into the global NB-IoT network
Unlock command arrives at smartlock
Command arrives at the lock SIM, the lock wakes up, and activates the motor to unlock. Message is sent back to database about this unlocking event and forwards notification to account owner.
Hosted in public or private cloud environment for backend, apps/software + routes to Global IoT Network
NB-IoT Cloud Platform
Global IoT network/platform
Exists on existing mobile networks - available on 160 Nationwide Mobile Networks in over 60 countries^
Digital Keys app
and Access Management Software
MQTT, LWM2M, FreeRTOS
Local unlocking with NFC^^
Developer API- to 3rd party apps/software/platform
2 Factor Authentication
256 Bit SSL
Download apps for free from online stores to control access and unlocking for time-sensitive use
UDP, TCP, COAP
Features to help you better manage your assets
A simple, user-friendly, end-to-end smart access control system for use anywhere.
Easy Installation anywhere
It is not restricted by onsite power and onsite network infrastructure.
Higher Security with NB IoT
NB IoT is the only licensed IoT communications technology globally, offering enhanced security
Connected, cloud system
Facilitates physical security/access management of in new ‘connected’ ways
Better than Wi-Fi/BLE rivals
A system more reliable, more affordable and more secure than rival Wi-Fi/BLE smart locks
Many Opening Methods
Unlock with smartphone apps, software, time-sensitive PIN, NFC cards/tokens, metal key
No physical labour involved in key management and distribution (end-user self automated)
Meet Occupational Health and Safety requirements for employee tracking/reporting
Better customer experience
Stress free and easy access to the rented or managed property with digital keys
Your data is protected
Only you have access to your data, which is hosted in a public cloud such as Amazon Web Services in your local country, or our platform can be hosted in your private cloud environment. Your data is secure and doesn't leave your own country.
Aruba Beach Resort Digital Keys App project
Based on the Gold Coast in Australia, Aruba Beach Resort is a 3 star-rated three-storey walk up resort apartment building ideally situated only 200 metres from the beach, Casino and Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. Resort rooms have fully equipped kitchens and private balconies.
Task - The owners of the Resort had been using metal keys for room access since the resort was built in the early nineties and they had grown sick of paying locksmiths $150 to come out and replace locks atleast once a week from guests who had lost their keys, or forgotten their keys.
Solution Digital Keys built a self check-in app and system which enabled guests to self check-in on their phones and receive a unique time-sensitive code emailed to them to unlock their rooms. The guests were able to change the code to something they could easily remember like their bank PIN code. This way the guests just had to remember their PIN and enter into the numberpad locks on their room doors (and common doors) to let themselves in. Guests liked the fact that they did not have to carry around metal keys to access their properties.
Benefit The managers who live on site were happy to be able to sleep fully through the night again as they never had to get up to let in guests who had locked themselves out in the middle of the night. The cost savings from not having to pay locksmiths to come out to replace the locks quickly added up.
"The Digital Keys system is such a user-friendly system, anyone can easily pick it up and use it"
*All our NB-IoT smartlocks come fitted with a free iSIM card and 30MB of pre-paid data to connect to the Global IoT Network (NB-IoT, LTE-M)
Our iSIM's work in over 20 countries and last approximately 2-5 years (based on 3-6 activations a day). See available countries on our network coverage map page here.
^^Local NFC unlocking (with NFC compatible phones, cards, rings etc) can be used after programming the smartlocks once for time-sensitive use over NB-IoT network and writing to cards with digital keys app
**NB-IoT smartlocks powered by 4AA standard alkaline batteries (Life approx 2 years with 4-6 activations a day) or use 2 2450mAH lithium thionyl chloride 3.6V batteries to extend life to approx 5 years