[MWC] Smartphone-Based Smart ‘Key’ a Boon for the Sharing Economy

By March 05, 2014

Baimos Technologies has filed a patent for its BlueID technology, which gets around using physical keys in a variety of situations, especially where people need to share access to a given facility.

How can locking mechanisms be streamlined to make our everyday lives a bit easier? By getting rid of physical keys altogether, is the answer from Baimos Technologies, a Munich-based firm which has just patented the BlueID technology.  At the MobileFocus Global event hosted by Pepcom in Barcelona last week, Baimos representatives unveiled BlueID, which transforms your smartphone into a unique key that will check phone-based ID in order to provide secure access to equipment, premises and facilities.  We wanted to do away with the need to use smart cards or keys and provide a digital access medium,” David Schmidl told the audience. The Baimos spokesman pointed out that, apart from convenience to individuals, this invention will be of especial value to companies looking to develop products and services for the sharing economy.

Patented access-ID technology

In contrast with other types of digital keys, the BlueID software development kit can be used to incorporate the technology into any application whose purpose is to provide access to any kind of facility, space or system from a mobile phone. The kit is specially intended for developers wishing to integrate BlueID into new or existing M2M systems based on Java and OSGi platforms. Once a developer has adapted the technology to his/her application, the commands can be carried out in complete security in a fraction of a second just by pushing the button in the smartphone app. The command is then sent from the mobile app via a short-range wireless network such as Bluetooth Smart, WiFi or Near Field Communication. This means that commands can be executed even in a place – such as a deep parking garage – where Internet connection cannot be obtained.

A wide array of ‘sharing’ applications

“BlueID technology is extremely useful in all sharing scenarios,” underlined David Schmidl. Some of the practical uses of this new ID technology are unlocking your apartment door, switching on your car engine, or opening a car park exit barrier. Schmidl reckons the technology will be very useful to a sharing service such as accommodation-finding platform Airbnb. “People will no longer have to meet up to exchange keys – everything will be done using a BlueID app,” he predicts, though of course apartment owners might actually prefer to see the person who will be staying there. Meanwhile however, a number of major automobile manufacturers will this year be announcing the launch of mobile services incorporating BlueID functionality, reveals Baimos Technologies.

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