Could smart locks be set to replace keys?

With smart technology fast becoming part of our everyday lives, it was only a matter of time before we replaced the traditional lock-and-key entry/exit to our homes with a digital equivalent. As a staple item in hotels over the last few years, key cards have not only replaced the antiquated hotel key but now also enable access to hotel facilities. Similarly, many new cars have fob rather than key access, making it harder for thieves to break in and steal your car.

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It is hoped that the new innovative smart keys that use digital combinations will have the same effect and put off any would-be burglar. With the growth of IoT (Internet of Things) throughout our home, such as smart TVs, kitchen appliances and meters, it was only a matter of time before the way we access our homes became revolutionised by using either a smartphone, key card or key fob.

Virtual keys

Not only is it believed that this will make our homes safer but also that this will allow us to allow other people to our homes virtually, such as a carer or cleaner, eradicating the need for outdoor key safes. Responding to the technological needs of the 21st century, such products have evolved over recent years to deliver the connection between the homeowner, the home and technology.

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Using the most up-to-date encryption coding, the home owner will be able to encrypt credentials to provide the required number of people with access to their home. Through the use of a Bluetooth app, smartphones will be able to unlock, control and configure doors. No matter which way you decide to access your virtual locks, they cannot be copied; therefore, there is no need to change your locks ever again.


It is expected that demand for this kind of lock is going to rise significantly over the next few years, with plenty of access to stockists around the UK and Ireland, including Dublin windows and doors companies such asĀ This revolutionised way of opening our doors may be too much for some of us, although there are definitely reasons to make the change.


Although some of us may rebel against the ever-evolving use of technology, can you imagine the relief of never losing your keys again?