|The Kiwi.ki intercom buzzer smartlock|
Over the last 5 years we have built many different prototypes and done many different beta trials. We built and trialed our first hotel self check-in smartphone app back in 2011. In 2012 we built interfaces to a PMS and Channel Manager for more efficient hotel management, and for self check-in via Online Travel Agencies. In 2013/2014 we built a digital key API, refined the smartphone apps, and interfaced to more Channel Managers, PMS's and completed more installs and trials. In 2015 we built a Software Development Kit and Hardware Development Kit and started providing this to lock manufacturers so they could make their existing locks smart.
Airbnb hosts should also be aware that they are also exposing themselves to greater risks of distributing their metal keys to strangers on Airbnb, where the stranger can copy or lose, or keep a metal key (and say they've lost it) and come back anytime in the future and let themselves in again, and steal assets, or attack the people in the property they have unauthorized unlimited access to. Airbnb hosts should also be aware that hotels chose to replace metal key locks from about 30 years ago, as it was also about them saving money in never having to replace a lock if a key was lost/stolen, or if a lockout occurred.