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The days of fiddling with your keys at your front door will soon be over, at least if we believe the people who are hard at work trying to come up with a safe algorithm and approach to digitally lock and unlock our doors. The traditional key has long been our most trusted tool to keep ourselves and our homes safe from intruders. New lock innovation is being created as we speak which incorporates our smartphones. The way it’s explained is simply as a proximity lock that is highly encrypted. Suddenly our smartphones would become the one tool for pretty much everything. But the question is, will it be safe enough? That is exactly what the people developing the ShareKey application are trying to solve.

The ShareKey app will enable you to install a digital NFC door lock and open it with highly encrypted key codes sent between the lock and your phone. Furthermore, the researchers and developers of the ShareKey app (Frauenhofer SIT) have implemented a QR code generator that could send an email or an SMS to the person authorized to enter. This will enable that person to unlock the door if nobody is home.

This concept is not new in any way, but the security behind it is what this ShareKey device and app are going to bring to the table. If their algorithm proves to be ultra secure, this could be used on any protected area where keys have long been the only means of opening it. This includes cars, homes, bicycles and safe deposit boxes. There are virtually an unlimited number of things we use today that have locks incorporated into them. Whether or not this ShareKey concept will become a success remains to be seen. Unfortunately, right now, not all smartphones support NFC technology. But the thought of having your smartphone hold the keys to anything you ever need to open is an appealing one. Even if we lose our smartphones, we would no longer have to call a 24/7 locksmith to open our doors. We’d simply ask a friend to download (authorized by us) a time-limited QR code to his or her ShareKey app which would open the door for us. The groundbreaking features and adaptations are, as I said, almost unlimited.

Frauenhofer SIT’s Digital ShareKey Lock App

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Author: Richard Darell

Richard Darell is the founder and CEO of Bit Rebels, a multifaceted online news outlet that reports daily on the latest developments in technology, social media, design and everything geek. Today this media entity welcomes more than 2.5 million unique visitors per month and is considered the go to place for people in constant motion. As an Internet entrepreneur, he is dedicated to constantly trying to develop new ways to bring content faster and closer to the end user in a more streamlined way. His excitement for statistics has allowed him to further develop systems that continuously produce accurate and fast-paced analytics to better optimize the approach by which Bit Rebels presents news and content. His graphic design background has proven to be an important tool when designing new systems and features for Bit Rebels since the development of solid and stable code depends entirely on their structure and implemented procedures. Richard currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden and directs the Bit Rebels offices in both Stockholm and Atlanta. You can reach Richard at richard@bitrebels.com

One Comment

Stacey

January 8th, 2013

What a fun concept! especially since I have a bigger habit of losing my key than my phone…but what happens when you get home and your phone is dead, and you are locked out??? hmmm

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