Is keeping your key in the cloud one step too far?

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11 January 2019

KeyHero showcased at CES

Today is the final day of CES 2019 in Las Vegas – the world’s largest gathering of developers, manufacturers and suppliers of consumer technology. Whilst robots, driverless pods and the latest virtual assistant capabilities have snatched headlines, one that caught our eye was KeyHero.

KeyHero offers a digital solution for lost keys, using cloud technology. With KeyHero, consumers are able to back up a secure, digital copy of their physical key via a mobile app. They can then access it and make another copy, should they lose it.

Users scan and upload an image of their key via the app, which is then stored in the cloud. The image is encrypted and linked to a user’s phone number or email address – rather than home address, for obvious security reasons. Losing your house keys can be an expensive game, so in the US KeyHero offers an easily accessible service at Home Depot stores.

If the key is lost the image can be recalled via the mobile app and then recreated in a shop, instead of needing to call out a locksmith. All of the keys have to be scanned in-store to generate the image. For extra security, the staff in the partner stores generate a code to add to the app before the image is unlocked for key cutting.

Your key in the cloud
As ever, we’re looking at the security implications involved in this one. Whilst KeyHero assure that the digital images are encrypted and secured, we don’t know how they are achieving this. The key is not tied to your personal identity, but with a simple Google search it wouldn’t be hard to find out where someone lived. We instantly thought of 3D printing – if someone accessed the digital image of the key, they could surely 3D print a copy of it?

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