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The week that smart locks and dumb locks went mainstream

This week locks hit the mainstream media in big ways. We had the launch of the ‘Amazon key-in-car’, whilst at the same time, stories about millions of hotel keycards being hacked were published in Forbes, Wired, BBC, Fox and many other press outlets. The ‘Amazon key-in-car’ even featured on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, although this wasn’t the first time the show had lampooned Amazon Key – last year when ‘Amazon key for your home’ first launched, the Late Show and many other late-night comedy shows did bits on Amazon Key. Amazon key, when it was first launched late last year, copped a lot of criticism, with many people rejecting the idea of giving Amazon access to their home. See Ste

10 things that happen to a lock when you connect it to the internet

Connecting locks to the internet is a new phenomenon, bringing new opportunities, and allowing locks to reach their full potential. Up until the internet came along, a traditional lock’s only feature was; Securing a property or space with a metal key. In simple terms, a lock owner could use a metal key to let themselves into their space (that is to access a space), whilst at the same time, keeping all those people that didn’t have the key to that lock, out of that space. Simple right? If the owner of the lock, wanted to give someone else access to their space, such as their family members, they would have to; 1. visit a tradesperson, commonly called a ‘locksmith’, who had the right tools to