The YEBOTECH SMARTCARD KEY is an electronic key with an electronic plug that programmes conventional locks so that they’re accessible exclusively to their “master” keys, giving consumers affordable access to greater security management. One YEBOTECH SMARTCARD KEY can be programmed as the master key for multiple locks, reducing the need to carry many keys. The keys fit a wide variety of locks ranging from door locks, padlocks and automotive locks, to locks on windows, guns and power tools, child-proofing for television channels or microwave ovens and anti-theft locks on consumer devices.
Master keys can be programmed to authorise additional keys, as well as revoke authorisations. They can also “wipe” locks, returning them to their original state in the event of an asset changing ownership, giving new owners the reassurance of exclusive access to installed locks. In addition, a master key can create new master keys, transferring control of the lock to other keys. The YEBOTECH SMARTCARD KEY is the size of a car-key and contains a battery which powers the locks. It is designed to carry a small SIM-sized smartcard on which authorisations are stored. This makes switching to a new key easy, in the event of loss or damage. A key can store about 130 authorisations, and a lock can issue about 240 authorisations. Key batteries typically last for several years.
The mechanical parts of the electronic plug uses a patented ‘clutch’ mechanism, thus allowing it to be made of plastic. This keeps manufacturing costs low and enables it to operate very fast – at low power – but without compromising security. The YEBOTECH SMARTCARD KEY was designed to resolve the problem of needing to carry bunches of keys for the wide range of locks individuals use on a daily basis. It is targeted at at the broad consumer market. It is the only such product in its price range and designed for such simplicity of use.
Design Team: Roelf Mulder, Richard Perez, Byron Qually, Ryan Fowler, David Wiseman and Dewald Koegelenberg
Design and Manufacture: Cape Town, South Africa and Singapore
Launch Date: 2009