Sunday, 6 March 2016

Smart locks convenience vs security vs choice

We just returned from the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain - where we found a lot of smart home devices and smart city devices, but not many smart locks. Why is that? Smart locks are controlled by mobiles so we expected a decent spread at the event.

In case you've never heard of MWC before, its a combination of the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a conference featuring prominent executives representing mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners from across the world. 100,000 people descend on the town of Barcelona for a 4 day mobile feast and festival - with special guest this year Mark Zuckerberg Facebook founder/CEO . LEAPIN Digital Keys CEO was a guest speaker at the European Commission's Horizon 2020 SME Instrument session - Looking for Europe's Next Innovation Leader.

Other than VR on almost every stand corner at MWC, a common theme we found was the use of mobile and smart devices for energy efficiency.  

Show me energy efficiency
The energy efficient smart devices were often grouped with other smart devices such as sensors, camera's, hubs, and alarms. But we only found a small handful of smart locks - where were they all? At CES in Las Vegas earlier this year, there seemed to smart lock stands everywhere. 

Perhaps this article recently published by CNET sums it up:

When convenience trumps security: Why smart locks in the CNET Smart Home make me uncomfortable.

Our hunt for the right lock for the CNET Smart Home came up empty and left me feeling insecure.

CNET, the world's leader in tech product reviews, news, prices, videos, forums, how to's and more, outlined 3 main reasons why they are not ready yet to put smart locks in the smart home. These reasons included;
1. There isn't any standout
2. Connectivity and integration issues
3. Security concerns

Perhaps the sellers, the resellers, and the manufacturers of smart home devices are also well aware of the issues CNET outlined. Perhaps they are not ready to link a smart lock to their devices which they've worked hard to bring to the market, with the risk that something may go wrong with a smart lock and bring their products down.

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LEAPIN Digital Keys CEO presenting at MWC


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