Smartphones replace keys in smart door locks

Physical keys could increasingly become a thing of the past as technology catches up.

from Las Vegas – Gabriel Bestard-Ribas got tired of his house keys scratching his smartphone in his pocket, so he combined them.

result was a Goji lock, which senses when a resident’s smartphone is
near and not only unlocks a door but greets the resident by name.

It’s just one of the trends of “smart locks” on display at the Consumer Electronics Show that ends here Friday.

keys were always scratching my phone, so I thought why not build them
in,” said Bestard-Ribas, founder and chief executive of San Francisco
startup Goji.

His creation fuses mobile Internet technology with
centuries old lock mechanics. A free Goji application installed in
smartphones uses Bluetooth connectivity to let the lock know a person is
near and, if it is a resident or someone given a “digital key,” a
personalised welcome message displays and the path is opened.

One response to “Smartphones replace keys in smart door locks”

  1. Keri Smith Avatar

    I'm not sure how I feel about electronic locking systems. What if your phone dies? Case in point: I once locked my keys in the house along with my cell phone. Thank goodness for the local locksmith in mankato!

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