Over the weekend I read an article on Wired.com written by Andy Greenburg regarding the KeyMe App that is gaining traction in this industry for all the wrong reasons.
As a homeowner and consumer, I was personally alarmed at the ease of key duplication, and as someone who works in the security professional industry, it concerned me further for different reasons.
The article is posted to our Facebook and Twitter Accounts and Andy writes about a visit to his building in New York where his neighbor tossed his keys to Andy, and before Andy made it to his neighbors door, he was able to scan in the key to duplicate it. Andy writes “My neighbor lives on the second floor of a Brooklyn walk-up, so when I came to his front door he tossed me a pair of keys rather than walk down the stairs to let me in. I opened the door, climbed the stairs, and handed his keys back to him. We chatted about our weekends. I drank a glass of water. Then I let him know that I would be back soon to gain unauthorized access to his home.”
As a general consumer and homeowner, ease and quickness of key duplication through an automatic machine raises an eyebrow. What’s more is, according to the article, the lack of security that KeyMe offers for this, as Andy has pointed out in his article where he walked in to his neighbors house by duplicating his key very easily without his neighbors approval or knowledge. Furthermore, the article points out that KeyMe offers duplication of high security keys, and those labeled “do not duplicate” (which was already know is not necessarily secure to begin with, but when a robot is duplicating keys rather than a person, it’s alarming that the robot was programmed to allow duplication in the first place).
Where do we go from here? I don’t have an answer, it’s open for discussion. I merely bring this up for awareness, and personally raise an eyebrow as to how far KeyMe has gone in such a short time.
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Kathleen Kempf is the Marketing Manager at IDN-H. Hoffman.