Nowadays, the smartphone makes it easy for us to keep an eye on the devices and applications of our daily lives. The lighting or room temperature in the house, refrigerator contents and now also bike locks.
A control of bike locks completely without a key or a number code is made possible by means of Bluetooth. Bluetooth is a radio technology that is integrated into all smartphones. Over a short distance, easy and secure data exchange is possible.
A Bluetooth lock is characterized by the fact that it is controlled via an app on the smartphone. In order to avoid unnecessarily straining the battery life of the smartphone, nowadays only the improved Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) wireless technology is used. This reduces the energy requirements for communication without neglecting the benefits of Bluetooth in general.
The differences between bike locks with Bluetooth are on the one hand in the style of the lock: From U-lock, folding lock to frame lock, there are many options. The scope of control in the app can also be very different. Depending on the functionality of the Bluetooth bike lock, the app offers appropriate control options.
The security of a Bluetooth lock
Access to Bluetooth bike locks is not easily possible. Common thieves work with bolt cutters and usually have little knowledge about Bluetooth LE technology. Bike thieves would have to become bike lock hackers.
The use of standardized encryption methods implements the highest security requirements. It is almost impossible to get access to a Bluetooth lock.
To hack a Bluetooth bike lock,
⤷ the thief must be very close to the lock,
⤷ he needs to know the individual key, which is exchanged between the bike lock and smartphone when connecting.
⤷ since all communication is highly encrypted it is nearly impossible to hack the lock
Combination of a frame lock with modern Bluetooth technology
I LOCK IT combines the modern Bluetooth LE technology with the classic advantages of a frame lock. The immobilizer is an ideal relief especially for short errands. The search for the key as well as the cumbersome application of a U-Lock to the bike stand is eliminated.
With I LOCK IT you just go, the bike lock automatically locks for you and opens as soon as you return. You do not even have to get your smartphone out of your pocket.
In addition, Bluetooth frame locks such as I LOCK IT can also be extended with a plug-in chain so that two different locks are used. Both are completely keyless and are controlled by a smartphone app.
Functions of the Bluetooth lock I LOCK IT
The intelligent bike lock opens and closes fully automatically via Bluetooth connection to your smartphone. It is not necessary to close manually, but the possibility exists at any time. As an alternative to the smartphone, there is a remote control that can be used independently to open and close I LOCK IT.
“The automatic mode, which can be turned off, is a comfort gain, especially if you want to park the bike for small errands just briefly.” Mario Hommen, Journalist (zeit online)
I LOCK IT APP
You can download the I LOCK IT App for free. It supports Apple and Android systems. The I LOCK IT App turns your smartphone into a digital key. The configuration options are very extensive: setting the range for opening and closing, managing sounds, battery indicator, sharing function and much more.
“I have been using my ilockit since the summer and am very satisfied. It is practical in everyday life. The first app version was not that great, but with each new version, the features were significantly better and it got new features every time. ” Jule A (Google Play Store)
I LOCK IT immediately identifies a theft. A 110 dB alarm sounds, frightens the bike thief and thus secures your bike. In addition, the Bluetooth bike lock notifies its owner by message on the smartphone. This feature is available in Bluetooth range. Since most people park their bikes in the vicinity of the apartment, this is not a problem.
“Every lock can be cracked with the right tools and time but both together give me a good feeling personally as it also has an alarm and informs me on the phone. As long as the range is not too big! ” TROOP (Amazon)
If the technology strikes for various reasons, you have the possibility to open or close I LOCK IT at any time. Based on a color code defined by you during the initial setup of I LOCK IT in the app, you always have access to the Bluetooth lock.
“In the test, I had the impression that I was dealing with a well thought-out product. Be it unlocking with an easy-to-remember click code thanks to association with colors […] “Frederick P. (Gadget Rausch)
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