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Why the KRACK hack is bad for smart locks.

What a week it has been for smart locks! In the last week, we had 3 massive events which will have resounding effects on the smart lock industry for quite some time. Firstly we had the first ever smart lock company acquisition - August was acquired by the world’s number one lock manufacturer Assa Abloy for an undisclosed amount (see here). Secondly we had the launch of Amazon key which allows delivery drivers to access customer’s houses to drop off packages through the use of a smart lock and accompanying security camera (see here). And thirdly, we had the KRACK hack - another widespread vulnerability affecting practically everyone and everything that uses Wi-Fi was revealed on Monday, allow

Here's How Digital Keys Works in 5 easy steps

Utilising the latest NB IoT technology, its so easy to use Digital Keys. For users/guests you don't have to do anything different to what you normally do now when you make a booking for a room. Once you receive your digital key, all you have to do is either hit the unlock button in the app, or to get your digital key from a third party booking, all you have to do is copy and paste your check-in reference number from your booking confirmation email into the digital keys app once, and then the unlock button will appear so you can unlock your door. At the time of the end of the booking (also known as check-out) the digital key will no longer work. Check out the infographic below to see how easy

Where is travel data mining?

They say that data is the new oil. The giants that deal in data include Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft – and they also happen to be the five most valuable listed firms in the world. Their profits are surging: they collectively racked up over $25bn in net profit in the first quarter of 2017. Industrial giants such as GE and Siemens now sell themselves as data firms. But which companies are the big data distilleries in tourism? Smartphones and the internet have made data abundant, ubiquitous and far more valuable. Whether you are going for a run, watching TV or even just sitting in traffic, virtually every activity creates a digital trace—more raw mat

NB IoT Smart locks FAQ's

How do NB IoT Smart locks work? After a guest makes a booking in the normal way they do now, (whether at the OTA, the hotel website, on the phone, or on the hotel app) they can use digital keys. On the hotel app, the digital key automatically downloads to the app. For all other booking here is what happens; After the booking is made, our system (via API’s) extract the booking details, such as name, time and date of check-in details, email address, and assigns a random unique ID to these details, e.g 567 890. This ID is then stored in our cloud data base, and it is emailed to the guest (at the time of choosing by hotel, e.g 24 hours before check-in). When the time comes of the check-in and th