Assa Abloy Joining Smart Technology Fray

The largest producer o0f locks in the world, Assa Abloy, is turning its focus to the largest emerging market for locksmiths and lock makers. This emerging market is the production of smart technology enabled phones. The Sweden based company has already been beaten to the punch by numerous smaller American companies, but is still looking to use it clout as the largest lock maker in the world, to force their way into the smart lock market. Smart locks look to give home and business owners the utmost in convenience. Not only can customers easily access their locks directly from their phones, but sending time specific access to other individuals who have smartphones is as easy as pushing a button.

Why look to smart locks now?

There are many reasons that getting into the smart lock industry is a wise move for all established lock companies, however those companies which have selected to just begin development now are already behind schedule. The August Smart Lock has already begun to be shipped to those customers which pre-ordered the product and Lockitron is looking to do so in the near future. Specifically August will be available to the residential market by October of this year, making it one of the first mass produced smart locks to hit the market. This release should be buoyed by the fact that August now has a deal with Apple that will allow for the most easy access possible from iPhones.

This quick action by smaller start-up companies should not scare a lock manufacturing behemoth like Assa Abloy. Due to their large scale distribution and development capabilities it would not be a shock that Assa Abloy were able to quickly develop and send to market a smart lock which rivals the functions of August and Lockitron. Assa Abloy would be smart to capitalize on this as soon as possible now that smart locks are projected to be a 3.6 billion dollar industry within the next five years this would be a sharp increase of the current number of 261 million dollars. Assa Abloy have gone on the record to say that they know this is likely a technology that customers will desire and they want to be at the forefront of production once smart locks become common enough for mass production.

In Assa Abloy’s case, they must hope that they have not already missed the boat in regard to smart locks. With smaller companies like August and Lockitron already hitting the market, it would behoove Assa Abloy to develop a plan for expansion into smart technology as soon as possible. With technological prices decreasing, as smart phone use increases, these smart locks are poised to make a huge boom in use. It remains to be seen if it will be easy for Assa Abloy to enter the fray, when they do decide to, but the partnership that August has with Apple puts August in the best position to be successful going forward. It will be interesting to see what Assa Abloy is able to produce or if their share of the market will be much smaller due to delayed response to customer desires.

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Safety Concerns as Digital Key Duplication Increases

More and more service providers are getting into the digital key duplication business. The premise is solid and seems to help homeowners avoid a great deal of hassle. All a homeowner has to do is take a picture of the front and back of their key and send the pictures off to a key duplication service for cutting and then shipping back to your location. The entire process takes just a few days and can have you with a spare key in just a few minutes. However, this ease has draw security concerns from some sceptics who believe that having key duplication so widely available in a digital manner can lead to an increased security risk.

One of the biggest security concerns is the ability for another person to take a picture of your house or apartment key for duplication, without you knowing so. Digital key duplication services fight this possible security concern by making the users input both a picture of the front and the back of the key. Key duplication companies claim that only an authorized user would have the time to take a close-up of both the front and back of the key. Additionally, if someone did make a copy of your key and use it to break into your home, key duplication companies claim it is easy to track these violators down thanks to the credit card that they would need to use, in addition to the billing address provided with this credit card. While these ideas seem solid at first glance, it seems that there are ways for criminals to get around the security of digital key duplication services.

Of course in addition to security concerns that surround the physical safety of your key, many potential digital key duplication service users are concerned about the safety of their keys once the picture is sent to the duplication company. So far there have been no security breaches for any of the major digital key duplicators in the United States, but it still stands to see whether there become more security concerns as hackers become more aware of these increasingly popular service. Duplication companies claim that they are doing everything in their power to ensure that your keys stay as secure as possible while in the duplication process. In addition to their security measures, check out some of our safety tips below.

Tips for keeping your house keys safe

  • Keep keys in your pocket rather than an exposed lanyard or belt loop
  • Never give an individual an entire key ring, only the key they need
  • Use keys that say “Do Not Duplicate”
  • Keep spares in a secure location

At the moment it seems that key duplication services are doing enough to keep customers safe, however is that concern worth the hassle saved by going to your local hardware store. Many hardware stores complete the duplication of standard house keys for just a few dollars and make an easy way to have spares made for your home. Unfortunately for vehicle owners, digital key duplication services do not have the capacity to provide you with replacement car keys. Remember to always ensure that the digital key duplication company you are choosing is reputable, after all, they will now have access to the piece of equipment that keeps your home inaccessible to outsiders.

Common Chrysler Car Key and Ignition Problems

It can be a very unsettling feeling, not being able to start your vehicle, and can leave you completely stranded. Our professional technicians are trained to handle any problem that may arise from your key or ignition and will have you quickly back out on the road again. We have found that cars produced by the same manufacturer tend to have the same causes of ignition and key malfunction. Below we have detailed some of the most common Chrysler car key and ignition issues that may effect your the function of your vehicle.

Two problems that you may encounter with the key and ignition of your Chrysler are that your key will not turn in the ignition, or the key can become stuck in the ignition itself. You may think that an issue like this may be caused by your car key, but the problem can actually be caused by the ignition. By calling Phila-Locksmith you can make sure that you will have service completed by a professional who will be able to solve any issue that you may be having with your Chrysler ignition. Inside of your car’s ignition there are small wafers which give the ignition a unique fit for your specific key. When these become damaged or are shifted out of position this can cause the key to not function properly.

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Phila-Locksmith has car keys for just about every Chrysler model including transponder and remote keys.

If you request to have your Chrysler ignition fixed by Phila-Locksmith, you know that our professional will be able to complete the service for you. If your key will not turn in the ignition or becomes stuck, the first thing that our locksmith does is remove the ignition cylinder from its housing. Once the cylinder has been removed our professional will check the integrity of the ignition to determine if it will be able to function once the service has been completed and the ignition reinserted in the housing. There are two options for your Chrysler ignition service from here; if the ignition is still functioning our technician can change the wafers, if not the entire ignition must be replaced with a new one.

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Pitcured above is a Chrysler ignition cylinder with replacement wafers pictured as well.

By replacing the wafers in your vehicle’s ignition, our technician is able to return your ignition to functioning order, but must also cut you a brand new car key. This is because those wafers act similarly to the pins inside of your average house lock. In order for the key to fit inside of the ignition where the wafers have been replaced, a new key must be cut to those unique wafers. By replacing wafers when possible rather than having the entire ignition switched, you are able to save a greet deal of money on your ignition service. Dealerships will not attempt to replace wafers and will simply replace your entire ignition no matter what the issue is. This leaves you paying much more than necessary for your Chrysler ignition service.

Whichever ignition or car key problem that you may be encountering, count on Phila-Locksmith to be able to resolve the issue for you, without the need for a towing charge. Our technicians can also help you to save money by completing professional repair services which the dealership is simply unwilling to offer. No matter which model Chrysler you may have, choose Phila-Locksmith to be able to assist you with car key and ignition services, 24/7.

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First August Smart Locks Begin Shipping

Coincidentally, last August Phila-Locksmith profiled the August Smart Lock which was getting ready to hit the residential security market. The first pre-orders for these locks began to ship last week and customers must be ecstatic about finally receiving their smart locks. August Smart Locks offer homeowners convenient access to their home’s lock anywhere in the world. This allows for owners to allow access to their friends and family, even if they are running late. Since you can arm and disarm your from anywhere in the world, you never have to worry about forgetting to lock your door again, you can simply double check from the app on your smart phone.

The shipping date for August smart lock pre-orders had been delayed, however, this may be a welcomed delay for customers. The delay is believed to have been caused by August’s integration with the Apple HomeKit on the iOS 8 system. Apple’s HomeKit allows for  iOS 8 user to be able to access multiple home security apps from one convenient universal home security app. This also includes Siri integration, for even easier access through voice command.

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The August Smart Lock puts the security of your home right in the palm of your hand.

Pre-orders were available for the discounted price of $199.99, but once the August Smart Locks hits markets in October, the price will be $249.99. The August Smart Lock is one of a few smart technology enabled locks which Phila-Locksmith has profiled, however; it is the first of these residential smart locks to hit the market.

Customer reviews after these pre-orders ship should be very telling about the reliability and usefulness of the smart lock itself. At first glance, it seems that the August Smart Lock would be a smart and sensible purchase for anyone who is looking to improve the amount of convenience that they have in their residential access. Integration with the iOS 8 operating system should give the popularity of August a big boost, as they look at trying to capitalize on the popularity of Apple’s iPhone.