I do not feel that key duplication is a real issue: the burglars will break the windows or the door…
Today the issue is not only the professional burglar, but rather an ex-employee, an ex-tenant, ex-cleaning employee….
Anybody can now easily duplicate high security keys using home 3D printers..
Yes, this is the case for basic security keys. That is what startups like key.me and keysduplicated.com make a living from.
Those require to use a home 3D scanner to scan the key. In 2015 Intel integrated 3D scanners to phones and tablets. Apple will soon follow. Their motto: we live in a 3D world, you should be able to take 3D pictures of what you like.
Unfortunately, keys with movable parts can also be copied.
They are capable. Our internal benchmarking of key copy protection using an Ultimaker 3D printer (<1000$) showed that most of the existing keys can be duplicated at home.
The mechanical part can be copied, but the electronics will still avoid the lock from opening. You should be aware that you only have one barrier left and that the electronics are mostly for convenience rather than security. Actually, it is well known that RFID technology has also been compromised (the most common in key chips). A determined attacker can purchase specialized equipment that can read and replay RFID cards.
The electronic combinations are 3-4 times more expensive. For instance, a mechanical cylinder lock and keys costs circa 100-200$ in Switzerland, a combination of such system with electronics is in the 700-1000$ range. Do you want to be the one to pay because the lock manufactures did not deliver a secure mechanical solution? It is unfair that you pay for their under-performance.
Correct, but do you like magnets next to your credit cards and mobile phones? Furthermore, it is an expensive option and we believe that this is not the best solution.
That solution exists since years, it is very cool and convenient. But it is neither reliable nor secure. Nobody believes that a phone is secure. Also think about the battery on the lock and on your phone. There is nothing that pisses off a customer more that not being able to get into his own house.
That is why 90% of locks sold worldwide are mechanical.
They do not, we have done it for 7 high security locks and the duplicates do not break.
Fair enough. At UrbanAlps we help people who care about their security and their family. We want keys to be secure again, we want lockers at train stations to be safe again, we want people to feel safe while they are sleeping at home.
1st step is to be aware that your keys can now be easily copied.
We have met with them and shown our duplication studies. They confirmed that key duplication by the masses is a real issue that can change many things: did I leave the door open or was my key duplicated?
Most importantly they would adjust their rates for customers with un-duplicatable keys.
It is very simple: for centuries keys have had external security features, what we do is to place some of them inside. The Stealth key is an additively manufactured metallic key which hides most of its mechanical security features internally – rendering the key un-scannable. A patent pending key that cannot be duplicated. It is a purely mechanical solution that is very hard to copy. It uses no magnets and no electronics.
No, it will not break. It is a metallic key with more than 99% density. Newest airplane engines from GE have similar 3D printed metallic parts inside.
Yes, it still works. We have done many dirt tests and designed the key interior to be self-cleaning with operation.
Ref. price 300€ cylinder + Stealth keys (the price is volume dependent). The price range is similar as other systems but which plays in a superior league.
We will do our product launch at Intersec 2017. We plan to arrive to certain European countries by 2017-2018.
At your local locksmith with a similar ID-card procedure as current systems.
Our current products are based on the Swiss cylinder profile and also the European profile. However, we plan to adapt to more markets later on.