Revolutionary Door Lock? (Lockitron)

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Oct 07, 2012

This could be the biggest thing to hit access control in years. A Silicon Valley startup has developed a low cost 'smart' adapter for existing locks allowing users to remotely open and close their door from their smartphones. In just the first few days, they have sold over $1 Million of these units, online direct to customers. How big can this get? In this note, we examine its positioning, potential weaknesses and contrast it to traditional locks and Z wave mobile enabled door locks.

[Update 2014: Lockitron Tested]

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