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Why Choose NB IoT

Smart Access

NB IoT does away with Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and other insecure technologies. NB IoT Smart Access has better connectivity, less energy expenditure, greater reliability, greater security and greater affordability.

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Digital Keys

NB-IoT Smartlock

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Kisi Wi-Fi/BLE Smart Access

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August Wi-Fi/BLE

Smart Lock

Codelocks OTP/BLE

Smart Lock

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Typical RFID

Keycard Lock

API Integrations

Battery powered

2-5 years

approx 6 months

approx 6 months

approx 2 years

Typically mains powered

Internet Connected Smartlock

Mobile Network Connectivity (NB-IoT/LTE-M)

No onsite equipment required

No onsite power required

Works with keycards

Multiple locks on one account

Live event notifications(tracing/audits)

Access Management Software

Cancel Digital Keys in app/software

No onsite Wiring

Time-sensitive use

Compare smartlocks.

Setup costs

$0

Approx $5000

Approx $300 (routers, modems, bridges, telephone line)

Battery life

No onsite equipment

One account for smartlocks at various sites

Works with NFC Mifare keycards/tokens

2 years

3 months

Requires modems, routers, bridges, mesh network, ISP

Mains powered

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Wiring, card encoder box, onsite PC/ software, controller box, programmer

Internet connected 

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No onsite power

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Requires mains power for the onsite equipment

2048 bit RSA encryption + 128 bit SSL encryption + DLTS + VPN + licenced network

Security and encryption

Hacked; subject to man-in the middle attacks

128 bit SSL encryption + congested, unstable, inscure network. Hacked

Timed access control

Costs per lock

$250-$350

$500-$5000

$300-$700

5G IoT Smartlocks

RFID Keycard locks

Wi-Fi/BLE Smartlocks

Discover the differences between NB IoT smart access and other brands

Other brands require alot of onsite network infrastructure and power to deliver connected access - learn more below

NB IoT Smart Access          

Lock type

Commercial Mortise Lever

Padlock

Residential Deadbolt attachment

 

Connectivity and features

NB-IoT, NFC, LTE-M, CAT-M

Keycard, Phone unlocking, software unlocking, PIN unlocking

Live audits/events to phones

Designed for all uses

API Integrations

Onsite Power Required

No

Onsite Equipment

None

                               

Kisi Smart Access          

Lock type

 

Keycard Reader

 

 

 

 

Connectivity and features

Wi-Fi, BLE, cabling, NFC

Keycard, Phone unlocking

Live audits/events to phones

Designed for commercial use

API Integrations

 

Onsite Power Required

Yes

Onsite Equipment

Controller Box

Onsite Internet/Wi-Fi 

                               

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August Smart Lock          

Lock type

 

Residential Deadbolt attachment

 

 

 

Connectivity and features

Wi-Fi, BLE

Phone unlocking

Live audits/events to phones

Designed for residential use

API Integrations

 

Onsite Power Required

Yes

Onsite Equipment

Wi-Fi Bridge

Onsite Internet/Wi-Fi 

                               

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Yale Smart Lock          

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Lock type

 

Residential lock

 

 

 

Connectivity and features

Wi-Fi, BLE

Phone unlocking

Live audits/events to phones

Designed for residential use

API Integrations

 

Onsite Power Required

Yes

Onsite Equipment

Wi-Fi Bridge

 

Onsite Internet/Wi-Fi 

                               

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RFID Keycard Lock          

Lock type

 

Commercial lock

 

 

 

Connectivity and features

No connectivity (closed system) cabling 

Keycard unlocking

Need to physically visit lock to get audit

Designed for commercial use

Onsite Power Required

Yes

Onsite Equipment

Wall Controller box 

Programmer for live audit, encoder box for writing to keycards

                               

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Compare RFID Keycard System

RFID KEYCARD SYSTEM

NB-IoT SYSTEM

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Connectivity

NB-IoT, LTE-M, CAT-M, 2G, 3G fallback

Onsite infrastructure

None

Methods of unlocking

Card (NFC), PIN, software/smart phone unlocking 

Cost

From $250-$350 per door cost*

Audits

Live audit trail to cloud/smartphones/software