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Posted by: In: Blog 06 Dec 2012 0 comments

Lockitron keyless entry

In our quest for interesting security devices we came across this new company with a wireless key-less entry system.

The company is called Lockitron and have just received funding from over 14,000 crowd sourced backers to bring their Lockitron key-less door product to the market place.

The company is interesting in that they applied via Kickstarter, the high profile crown sourcing site that has funded Pebble, Skallops and other fascinating hi-tech products. After Lockitron were turned down the founders branched out on their own with a goal of raising $150,000. Now, only a few week later they are sitting on top of $1.5 Million in pre orders. The catalyst was when the high profile website TechCrunch wrote about the company and product. The video report was seen by over 2 million viewers on YouTube.

The story about the funding has been widely reported in Inc. CNBC, PCworld as well as TechCrunch. While this is interesting the real story is about the lock.

The Lockitron door lock system enables you to replace your keys with your phone. Doors can then be opened from your iPhone from any location enabling you to let family or friends in to your house when you want from anywhere. By using local a local Bluetooth connection the door will automatically open when you approach it. How cool is that?

For an office this is incredibly useful as the need for keys is greatly diminished and you have instant remote control over the doors.

The device slips over an existing deadbolt in a doorway; these are very common in the United States and less common in the UK. The graphic below explain a little more.

Lockitron is compatible with most through-hole / cylindrical deadbolts (green checkmark). 

If you have an interconnected deadbolt (yellow X) you can use Lockitron by removing the interconnecting plate first. 

If you have a mortise lock (red X) then you can install Lockitron above your current lock by adding an additional deadbolt.



We have some on order and will be experimenting with them once they land in the CSC offices in May 2013.

Posted by: In: Blog 15 Oct 2012 0 comments

After the successful installation of a bar-code Access Control system at Powder Mills lake in Surrey the Albury Estate Fisheries wanted to extent the system to include Syon Park, the seconds of the five Albury Estate Lakes.

Syon Gate Access Control System with bar-code readerThis is a pedestrian only gate that permits members of the fly fishing club to enter the Syon Lake. The lake is particularly popular with anglers as it one of the few location to offer fly fishing in the London area. On a summer weekend the lake can see over 100 anglers, who don’t want to be disturbed by non-members accessing the lake area. The gate system is designed to permit members access and restrict the general public from entering the lake.

The system shares the member’s database from the existing Access Control system in use at Powder Mills. The central server is located in the Albury Estate Office in Albury. The challenge for SCS was to connect the Syon gate with the Albury server when Syon gate had no Internet connection. Syon does have good 3G coverage and this was the selected connection method to link the gate with Albury.

A specialised 3G router was sourced to provide an IP connection over the public Internet to link the Albury Server with the Syon Access Control. While the gate system stores all membership data locally it does communicate with Albury whenever the gate is opened and the Albury server alerts the fisheries bailiff staff that a particular angler has entered the lake.

The Access Control system is now live and the Estate plan to deploy additional control units at the other three lakes. 

Posted by: In: Blog 27 Jul 2012 0 comments

Albury Estate Fisheries add Access Control to Powder Mills lake in Chilworth, Surrey.

The Estate wanted to control access to its fly fishing lakes and instigated a project to determine the possible solutions. One key requirement was to utilise existing bar code membership cards as over 15,000 were in circulation having been distributed to members over the years.

SCS in conjunction with local technology firm Taybridge Consulting were commissioned to design and install an Access Control system for the lake at Powder Mills Fishery that could also be expanded to encompass additional lakes under the Estate’s management.

In April 2012 the system was activated in time for the new fishing season.

The system has been well received by the Estate and anglers alike.