A child loses the keys and cannot get in. A familiar situation for many parents whose workday could suddenly change. What if the parents could open the home door by remote control or send a virtual key to the child’s smartphone? The Finnish IT company and Trusted Cloud Partner Lukoton designs various smartphone-operated locking solutions that remove the need for actual keys.

In principle, everything is simple: Lukoton designs access control systems that open doors without using a key. A control unit suitable for most existing locking solutions is installed into the door. The user’s smartphone has an application that asks for the right key from the Lukoton Key Cloud. If the user has the right to open the lock in question, Key Cloud sends a standalone secure key to the phone, and the phone transmits it to the lock. The cloud service makes it easy to manage access rights and monitor usage log information.

Lukoton’s solution also improves the actual security of the residents in the building. Lukoton has developed an application called 112OVI (112DOOR). By using the app, first-aid personnel can enter the premises without having to wait for someone to open the door.

Lukoton won the Elisa Innovation Challenge competition at Slush 2016 with its 112OVI application. The reasons for awarding the prize were that Lukoton had created a solution by which locking homes is possible using a technology that is completely hidden and provides both safety and ease. See the video



A light smartphone-operated access control system

Traditional access control in apartment buildings and the like is a complicated task. Hannu Katajamäki, Lukoton’s CEO, is of this opinion and explains:

“Housing companies often give keys to the management companies that need them. Those who visit the building irregularly have to sign for a key separately. Since each building has its own keys, an unreasonable amount of time is spent in picking up and returning keys. “

A smartphone and cloud-based access control
is a lot safer than a traditional key which could be copied.

If it is possible to send the key to someone’s smartphone things become a lot easier.

“The caretaker can go straight to the location and concentrate on his actual work.”

According to Mr. Katajamäki, a smartphone and cloud-based access control is a lot safer than using traditional keys which can quite easily be copied. The smartphone operation utilises a secure encrypted code. Unlike smartphones, traditional keys leave no traces of their use.

Hannu Katajamäki has long experience in designing various technical solutions. When he came to Lukoton, he saw great possibilities in Lukoton’s idea of combining IoT technology and cloud services to lock mechanisms.

“I am really enthusiastic, because we have the chance to change the world with new and innovative products.”

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Retrofit hotel lock by Lukoton, IoT gateway and Safemove-software by Bittium.

Lukoton was founded in 2014. The company received EU's Horizon 2020 funding for the productising and market testing of the 112OVI product. Lukoton has utilised the Trusted Cloud project for developing the information security of its applications. Bittium, a company specialising in wireless technologies, has been an important partner. The IoT gateway built by Bittium has made it possible to add new adaptations for the system.

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Hannu Katajamäki opens lock with a smartphone

IoT-gateway to locks

Lukoton’s lock adapter is used to transform traditional door locks into smartphone-operated locks. The smartphone connects the locks to the Key Cloud. In case you want to control or operate the lock using remote access, the lock must be connected to the Internet in an secure way. Lukoton, together with Bittium, has developed an IoT Gateway that is compatible with the lock adapter. This makes it possible to operate and control the lock remotely.

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According to Hannu Katajamäki, this kind of a solution is cost-effective for housing companies and also for hotels.

“Most hotels still use magnetic cards for opening doors. The magnetic cards are easily damaged and get lost and it takes a lot of time to manage them. If, for instance, a housekeeping person loses a card, the worst scenario is that an alteration must be made to each door’s card reader.”

The solutions based on RFID cards and mobile door opening mean that the card can be printed at the hotel reception or the key can be saved into the customer’s smartphone. The RFID identifier is a microchip that includes an antenna that sends and receives radio-frequency queries. The RFID reader transforms the radio signal into a digital form.

By using the Lukoton lock adapters and the Gateway, hotels can manage their doors in a centralised manner. If necessary, the software of all the doors can be updated simultaneously.

“With this solution it is possible for a chain of hotels to manage even all the locks of all its hotel rooms centrally from one location.”

Ari Turunen

January 2017

More information

http://www.lukoton.net.

Lukoton won the Elisa Innovation Challenge competition at Slush 2016 with its 112OVI application. The reasons for awarding the prize were that Lukoton had created a solution by which locking homes is possible using a technology that is completely hidden and provides both safety and ease. See the video

http://yksityisille.hub.elisa.fi/slush2016-avaimet-puhelimeen/.

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