It looks like the old-fashioned key and combination lock may be reaching their use-by date with the announcement today by Aussie tech company Dog and Bone, which is releasing a new patented first keyless Bluetooth padlock this month.
It’s called LockSmart, and it’s a tough, weatherproof Bluetooth padlock which eliminates the problems of traditional key or combination locks, giving users a keyless, trackable, secure solution for conveniently and portably locking and accessing possessions.
Using a compatible smartphone, which is one running iOS or Android with Bluetooth 4.0 or higher and Android 4.3, 4.4 or 5.0, the company says its LockSmart ‘lets users centrally manage access to single or multiple padlocks with one convenient application.’
Even better - you can ‘instantly share lock access, whether locally or remotely, track lock use, or revoke access anytime – all without exchanging one physical key.’
The applications for the LockSmart padlock includes bikes, lockers, sheds, gates and more.
Dog & Bone’s Co-Founder, Maria Ranchod noted that whether securing a bike, a locker or a filing cabinet, the way items are accessed, impacts on their security.
Ranchod said: “Security, access and management are issues we all face with the dated key and combination lock.
“LockSmart is much more than a padlock. Importantly, it is secure. Conveniently, it means carrying no keys. But at the same time, it simplifies the process of access management with the ability to exchange ‘virtual keys’.
“I could be half way across the world, yet instantly share access to my storage shed, boat shed or locker with the click of a button.
“When the pool cleaner or gardener comes to the house, I needn’t worry about being home to unlock the front gate. I can share access instantly, track when my lock is accessed and remove access just as quickly, even if I’m physically miles away.”
As you might expect, all lock activity can be viewed in the LockSmart application, which displays user name, date and time of use.
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For those wondering about LockSmart’s security credentials, it offers 128-bit advanced encryption – the highest Bluetooth security standard, and owners can choose to unlock the padlock using Touch ID, tapping the icon or passcode.
Ranchod added: “The security standard that LockSmart enjoys, combined with the capability to control and monitor access to locked items, gives users more confidence than ever that their possessions are securely stored.”
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What about battery life?
Well, a custom cell lithium-ion battery with the LockSmart provides up to two years’ power or as many as 3,000 opens before it needs to be re-charged.
The application advises when the lock is getting low on power, which can then be recharged via a micro USB tucked away in a weatherproof seal.
Dog and Bone say that LockSmart is constructed from high quality materials, and will be offered in two options.
The LockSmart Keyless Bluetooth Padlock at US $89.95 with 8mm hardened steel shackle and die-cast Zamak-3 Zinc Alloy body.
Then there’s the LockSmart Mini Keyless Bluetooth Padlock with 7mm shackle US $69.95.
The LockSmart padlock will be available online from November 15, while the LockSmart Mini will be available in December. More information is available at Dog and Bone’s website here.
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