From the time the lock was born, the key was accompanied by it. The tradition of opening a lock with a key has been thousands of years, but the wheels of technological civilization are constantly advancing. Fingerprint, face, voice unlocking is also an improvement. Now that the world has entered the era of intelligence, traditional door locks will eventually become history, smart door locks are on the rise, and now the key can indeed be thrown away.
In the era when everything can be smart, smart door locks are also a big trend. So what is the charm of smart door locks that have attracted many industry giants to “compete”?
The golden age of smart door locks
When the voice of the Internet of Everything spreads to the home furnishing industry, traditional home furnishing companies wake up one after another. It turns out that smart home is the future direction of the home furnishing industry! The market pie of smart homes exceeding RMB 100 billion has not only attracted the traditional home furnishing industry, but also some Internet technology companies and home appliance companies have also focused on smart homes. All of a sudden, smart speakers, smart TVs, smart curtains, etc. appeared one after another in people’s field of vision. As the first entrance to the home, smart door locks are naturally favored by many players.
According to data from the National Lock Information Center, my country’s smart door lock industry began to develop around 2000. By 2015, there were about 600 smart door lock companies in my country, and more than 2,000 in 2018. In 2019, the smart door lock industry has broken out a “thousand locks war”. The industry reshuffle has accelerated, and companies continue to get out of the game, but there are also new entrants. By 2020, the smart door lock brand has exceeded two thousand. There are over a thousand production companies.
With the influx of a large number of players, the market for smart door locks has gradually been activated. According to the National Lock Information Center’s “2019 China Smart Door Lock Semi-Annual Report”, the national smart lock industry production and sales volume in 2019 was 7.6 million sets, with a total scale of 10-15 billion yuan. By 2020, the sales volume of smart door locks in China is about 16.4 million sets, a year-on-year increase of 17%. From January to February this year, the online sales of smart door locks were 392,000 sets, a year-on-year increase of 155%.
Recently, negative news such as fake fingerprints unlocking and IC cards being easily copied has caused huge panic among many users. But in fact it is not so terrible.
Let’s first look at the issue of fake fingerprint unlocking. Most news reports claim that copying and extracting fingerprints can be unlocked, but in fact the extraction and copying of fake fingerprints is not something ordinary thieves can conditionally do. Extracting the fingerprints left on the lock can only be done by professional institutions, and most of them can be done in the laboratory. The thieves have no conditions for extraction at all. In other words, if a thief has this ability, why take the risk of being a thief?
When making silicone fingerprints, if the user does not cooperate, how can the thief get the user’s fingerprint film? Besides, it takes at least 10-20 minutes to make a silicone fingerprint film, and it may not be successful. Therefore, making a silicone fingerprint film to unlock is not only extremely difficult to obtain user fingerprints, but also the production process is complicated and takes a long time, so it is not the first choice for thieves to commit crimes.
Let’s look at the IC card has been copied. From the current point of view, most smart lock IC cards have indeed been copied. But imagine that mechanical keys can also be configured. Most users choose to equip them with keys in order to prevent them from being lost. This is the same as IC card copying. If the IC card cannot be copied, it can only be solved by the merchant if it is lost. Therefore, copying the IC card is the same as configuring the key. If you feel insecure, you can also choose an encryption card.
On the question of hacker attacks. There is no absolute security on the network. As long as connected devices can be attacked, smart locks are no exception. However, most of the cloud services used by smart locks are provided by Ali, Tencent, JD, etc., let alone ordinary thieves. It may not necessarily have the ability to be a hacker.
However, when purchasing a smart lock, users must try their best to choose a big brand or a well-known brand, and also look at the reputation of this brand. Zhongke Huipu smart door lock adopts super c-level lock core, and exclusively develops patented fingerprint head algorithm, which can effectively protect family safety!
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