KUSA – This week, Scott Yates and Gregg Moss sat down for the regular Tech Tuesday to discuss a Denver startup that aims to make rental properties both safer and smarter.
RemoteLock from LockState has developed keyless entry door locks and safes since 2004, but began to focus its efforts on WiFi systems in 2011. In 2013, it developed its first internet-connected building access management system, a completely cloud-based network allowing anyone with a need to keep a door or area safe to do so remotely and via the Internet.
Among the many current technology trends, short-term rentals and locks may not seem to have much in common, but LockState is connecting the two, allowing homeowners, resorts, and short-term landlords alike to use WiFi-enabled locks.
The concept is simple: install a lock on your door or safe, and program a keycode for access. But unlike traditional keyless locks, LockState enables you to remotely access and change your door from any computer, smartphone, or tablet, thanks to WiFi capability.
The technology has become particularly useful for vacation resorts and short-term rentals. In November, LockState announced that it had struck a partnership with Airbnb, enabling hosts using the app to easily integrate the technology into their rentals.And this is a successful tech company that’s breaking with some traditions of tech companies. For example, it’s not located in Boulder or the LoDo neighborhood, but on Colorado Blvd. Regardless of location, it’s clear that this company has figured out a way to merge the old world of locks with the new world of Airbnb and other new-tech companies.