After societies relied on mechanical keys for thousands of years for security, the world of access control now has technology transforming the industry.
Despite the growing appetite towards digital and high-tech entrance solutions, mechanical keys and locks remain the most popular market solutions due to their durability and affordability. Especially in residential settings, they're the most ubiquitous entrance methods and continue to record stable growth.
The first automobile in history hit the roads on New Year's Eve of 1879. Developed by the German engineer Carl Benz, they sported details like an automatic intake slide, a controlled exhaust valve, and a high-voltage electrical vibrator ignition with a spark plug. However, they lacked an essential element that many modern automobiles have: Car keys.
First known keys in history were wooden sticks used some 6,000 years ago in Ancient Egypt and Babylon. Today, following the astonishing technological developments and digitization, so many things can be a key. Devices such as a card, a smartphone, or body parts including fingerprints, voice, or eyes can authorize users to access an area.
Keys respond to one of the most fundamental human needs: Security. They protect homes, safeguard businesses, and fortify privacy. However, if acquiring access to one's most valuable belongings is as easy as a walk to the nearest key-cutting stand, are keys really fulfilling their raison d 'être?