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Our story

Making access smart and secure

Our company Digital Keys builds smart access control solutions for safety, security and smarter business operations. We’re leaders in Smart Access – a new era in smart building management, which is about devices, such as locks and alarms, embedded with electronics, Internet connectivity, and other forms of hardware (such as sensors), communicating and interacting with other devices over the Internet. The devices can be remotely monitored and controlled by people with software and apps or artificially intelligent systems.

Our Mission

Our mission at Digital Keys is to improve the way companies and buildings secure access to their assets, and their management of security, data, and human factor related behavioral risks. 

Steve Dunn

Co-Founder | Digital Keys

 

We believe in your security

 

 

In the 2000’s Steve, an Asset Manager in Local Government, found himself constantly overwhelmed with the management of access to council’s assets such as community centres, swimming pools, sporting stadiums, art galleries, conference centres, and libraries. Being in charge of distributing metal keys to the staff, volunteers, contractors, and community groups to access the properties was time-consuming, expensive and an ongoing security nightmare. It was impossible to know who held a metal key to the assets (keys can be cut for a few dollars in a few minutes at hardware stores), and who was letting themselves in at any time.  

 

Steve was also living an apartment building at the time with magnetic-stripe keycards, and he found the cards demagnetizing on a weekly basis, meaning constant lockouts of his apartment building. He soon learnt that its common for keycards to demagnetize when held against a mobile phone and other magnetized cards such as credit cards. Steve thought there had to be a better way to manage access other than metal keys and keycards.

Utilising NB IoT Technology

The year 2016 was a game-changing one for Digital Keys. It was then that the founders recognized NB IoT’s technology potential to ensure the security and reliability of access control systems that connect to the internet. This was a breaking point in answering the question, “How do you make sure that a lock can connect to the internet without being tampered with, and without any onsite network infrastructure”.

In 2017 and 2018, the Digital Keys team built a NB IoT smart access control system with the support of telecommunication companies for the purpose of bringing the most secure, the most reliable, and the most affordable system to the physical security industry. The solution got significant traction in the UK, where it was awarded a R&D grant from the European Commission.

The usability of the technology was recognized in other verticals and industries as well. Digital Keys then developed a complete end-to-end smart access solution including a NB IoT platform, API’s, digital keys apps, digital keys management software, and NB IoT smart locks. The NB IoT platform and API’s means many more products/services can easily be made smart, and safely connect to the internet.

 

In early 2019, Digital Keys launched their first commercial ready NB IoT smart access product into the EU marketplace and they have already sold thousands of units to construction companies, offices, sporting clubs, banks, hotels and security companies across Europe

Striving to bring you safety

Digital Keys has been working with Telecommunication companies for the last 3 years constantly testing, building, iterating and demonstrating the product to potential customers at trade shows across the world including Mobile World Congress, Mobile Broadband Forum, CES and others.

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