Nowadays, smartphones make it easy for us to keep an eye on the devices and applications of our daily life. The lighting or living temperature in the house, the contents of the refrigerator and now also bicycle locks.
A control of bicycle locks completely without a key or number code is made possible with the help of Bluetooth. Bluetooth is a wireless technology that is built into all smartphones. Simple and secure data exchange is possible over a short distance.
A Bluetooth lock is characterized by the fact that it is controlled via an app on the smartphone. In order not to unnecessarily strain the battery life of the smartphone, only the improved Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) radio technology is used today. This reduces the energy requirement for communication without sacrificing the benefits of Bluetooth in general.
The differences between bicycle locks with Bluetooth are, on the one hand, in the type of lock: from U-locks, folding locks to frame locks, there is a lot. The scope of control in the app can also be very different. Depending on the range of functions of the Bluetooth bike lock, the app offers appropriate control options.
The security of a Bluetooth lock
Getting access to Bluetooth bike locks is not easy. Classic thieves work with bolt cutters and generally have little knowledge of Bluetooth LE technology. Bicycle thieves would therefore have to become bicycle lock hackers.
The highest security requirements are implemented through the use of standardized encryption methods. It is almost impossible to access a Bluetooth lock.
To hack a bluetooth bike lock,
⤷ the thief must be very close to the lock,
⤷ It requires the individual key that the bike lock and smartphone exchange when connecting.
He can only receive this if he is in the immediate vicinity of the Bluetooth bicycle lock when it is initially set up.
Combination of a frame lock with modern Bluetooth technology
I LOCK IT combines modern Bluetooth LE technology with the classic advantages of a frame lock. The immobilizer is an ideal relief , especially for short errands. There is no need to search for the key or to put a U-lock on the bike stand.
You close I LOCK IT simply by pressing a button and it opens automatically when you come back. You don't even have to take your smartphone out of your pocket.
Bluetooth frame locks such as I LOCK IT can also be extended with a plug-in chain so that two different locks can be used. Both work completely keyless and are controlled via a smartphone app.
Functions of the Bluetooth lock I LOCK IT
The intelligent bicycle lock opens automatically via a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone and can be locked simply by pressing a button. As an alternative to the smartphone, there is a hand-held transmitter that can be used independently to open and close I LOCK IT.
"The automatic mode, which can also be switched off, is a gain in comfort, especially if you only want to park the bike for a short while for small errands." Mario Hommen, journalist (zeit online)
I LOCK IT APP
Download the I LOCK IT app for free. This is supported by Apple and Android systems . The I LOCK IT app turns your smartphone into a digital key. The configuration options are very extensive : set the range for opening and closing, manage signal tones, battery indicator, sharing function and much more.
"I've been using my ilockit since the summer and I'm very satisfied. It is practical in everyday life. The first app version wasn't that great, but with each new version the functions got significantly better and new features were added every time." Jule A (Google Play Store)
I LOCK IT recognizes a theft immediately. A 110 dB alarm sounds, which scares bike thieves and thus secures your bike. In addition, the Bluetooth bicycle lock notifies its owner via a message on the smartphone. This function is possible within Bluetooth range. Since most of them park their bikes near the apartment, this is not a problem.
"Every lock can be picked with the right tool and time, but both together give me a good feeling personally because it also has an alarm and informs me on my cell phone. As long as the range isn't too big!” TROOP (Amazon)
If the technology fails for various reasons, you can open or close I LOCK IT at any time. You have access to the Bluetooth lock at any time using a color code that you specified during the initial setup of I LOCK IT in the app.
“During the test, I had the impression that I was dealing with a well thought-out product. Be it unlocking with a click code that is easy to remember thanks to association with colors […]” Frederick P. (Gadget Rausch)