27 Feb 2017
Smarke launches their keyless access solution to make properties completely accessible using mobile phones – no more keys
A Lebanese startup, Smarke, is developing a set of connected hardware products that will allow people to access their properties using just their smart phones. Not only that, users can also share their mobile access with others who download the Smarke app. Whether it is homeowners, their loved ones or people who need temporary access, Smarke’s set of solutions drives keys out of the equation.
Demand for smart homes products are growing and Smarke will unlock the door to smarter living.
Smarke was part of the UK Lebanon Tech Hub International Accelerator Programme – cohort that went to the UK in September 2016 to gain access to British and European markets. When we spoke with Charly Bousaid, one of Smarke’s three co-founders, he said that they met with a large Airbnb and Homeaway community in London and received great feedback and reception on the technology. Smarke turned out to be the ideal solution for the growing shared property market, with the company signing many contracts with property manager clients during the three month program.
After three years of research and development, Smarke is finally launching its products to the consumer, with a special focus on MENA consumers. The company promises to change both the way people access their properties and the way they share access to their properties with others. In a world where we use our phones for all sorts of things, Smarke wants to drive the change in accessing our properties using just our smart phones.
With Smarke you can use your mobile phone to enter your apartment or grant immediate access to your property – whether you‘re nearby or halfway around the world. The Smarke keyless entry app gives you full control. You decide when others are able to check in and check out of your property – keeping the process secure, efficient and convenient. You grant access via the Smarke app to your guest‘s smartphone by specifying the dates and times of their visit.
The Smarke app uses Bluetooth to unlock and lock the door, so there‘s no need to rely on potentially hackable Wi-Fi or a vulnerable internet connection. The device fits on any Euro Profile Cylinder lock. It takes just minutes to install. More importantly, Smarke also allows you a keyless entry into your building using a uniquely developed intercom chip that goes inside your intercom unit inside your property.
Smarke’s home access range currently consists of three products: a smart lock, an intercom solution, and a keypad. All of these products are protected via military grade encryption – so you can relax in the knowledge that only people you have authorised can use it.
1. The smart lock retrofits onto existing Euro-profile type locks. It sits on the inside of the door, so no one will know that you have Smarke on your door and you can still use a key on the outside. Installation is extremely simple, taking up less than five minutes of your time and requiring no drilling, wiring, or professional assistance. It is controlled via Bluetooth by the Smarke mobile app that allows the owner to lock and unlock the door when in range of the lock, while also allowing the lock owner to send scheduled access to others who download the Smarke app on their smartphone. It is battery operated so there is nothing to wire or connect. If the battery is running low (it lasts up to 6 months), you are alerted via the app.
2. Smarke’s intercom solution is completely new to the market, and allows users to have a complete smart entry solution. Anyone with an existing intercom system can install the chip in their apartment, allowing you to access your building using your phone, while also being able to send a scheduled personalised access to others via the mobile app.
3. The keypad controls the smart lock via Bluetooth. It sits discreetly on the outside of the door, and offers users an alternative if they do not have their smartphones with them or their phone battery dies.
Smarke was initially designed in Lebanon but after going with the UKTH to the UK, development was moved to the UK, where early phase manufacturing will also take place.
On March 7th, they are launching a rewards crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that allows users to get their hands on Smarke’s products, at massively discounted rates, as soon as they are available. Right now the campaign is not live but you can sign up on their website to get alerts about the campaign on www.smarke.com/crowd.
The founders, Charly Bousaid, Bassam Beidas and Hady Abdelnour are looking for regional support to show the world that we can create high tech products and compete on a global basis. If you are someone who has ever been locked out or constantly has to pat-down all of your pockets before leaving a public place, you know what Smarke is all about! Back their campaign and go keyless.
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