Kickstarter Funds Shepherd Lock Keyless Entry

Shepherd Lock, a smart lock from PassiveBolt Inc., has surpassed its $30,000 Kickstarter Goal with over $54,000 in funding so far. The lock turns existing single-cylinder deadbolt hardware into a touch sensor. Locking and unlocking the door with touch alone will work if the user has either a key fob or a smartphone key and is in the “Intelligent Authentication Zone”, an area within five feet of the door frame.

PassiveBolt Inc. founder Kabir Maiga and his colleagues come from the automotive industry, integrating keyless entry automotive technology into a smart lock intended for home usage. As opposed to locks such as the August Smart Lock which involve geofencing dependent on the user’s Bluetooth signal location, the Shepherd Lock requires that the user be within a much smaller zone and that the user actually touches the lock, Maiga said in an interview with Security Baron. He continued,

“Half of the time [geofencing] does not work. If you had a Starbucks in your lobby and your apartment is above, your smart lock could unlock even if you were in the Starbucks stories below. Our technology measures intent as the user actually has to touch the door to lock or unlock it.”

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Shepherd Lock

The lock has tamper protection, meaning it can detect, thwart, and alert the user of any picking attempts using artificial intelligence, according to the Shepherd Lock website.  The user will be able to tell if the door is locked, unlocked, opened or closed through apps for iPhone and Android. The lock also requires a Wi-Fi bridge that plugs into a wall outlet. As it runs by four AA batteries, installation will not require any drilling.

While development started in June of 2018, the Shepherd Lock is not available for shipment until February 2020, although it can be pre-ordered for $179. As one in four broadband households in the United States intended to buy a smart lock within the next year, according to a survey from Parks Associates, the Shepherd Lock could be a part of this increase in ownership.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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