How our NB-IoT smartlock system works
Our smartlocks connect to the internet with a new technology 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.
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
Data transfers, communications via UDP, TCP, COAP
MQTT, LWM2M, FreeRTOS
Local unlocking with NFC^^
2 Factor Authentication
256 Bit SSL
Download apps for free from online stores to control access and unlocking for time-sensitive use
Smartlocks include iSIM's + 30MB pre-paid data* & IoT Modules (NB-IoT, LTE-M, LTE, 2G/3G)**
Access Management Software
A user generates a request for a digital key for a specific lock in a booking calendar for any future date and time.
Digital Keys NB-IoT Cloud Platform
Request arrives here, it is assigned a unique ID, and stored in the database.
Digital Keys App
Unique ID is sent to users app - it appears as an unlock button, and waits to be pressed during selected time period
Global IoT Network
User hits app unlock button which sends command into the platform to check validity/time and if valid, command is routed into network
Command arrives at the lock SIM, the lock wakes up, and activates the motor to unlock. Message is sent back to database about event
Protocols and security features
All communications/data are encrypted and sent with special IoT/mobile network protocols as prescribed by GSMA/3GPP
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.
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
*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
NB IoT smart locks use a licensed secure communication technology built specifically for device to device communications/internet connections, unlike Wi-Fi/BLE and other wireless technologies which are not licenced, and which are built for human to human interactions, and are insecure and have been hacked.