Traditional keys are rapidly becoming obsolete in many areas, a development that has now extended to the self-storage industry. Keep It Simple Storage (KISS), a US-based provider of advanced products designed to simplify the operation of self-storage facilities, has transitioned from manual locks to fully automated, remotely controlled, NFC-based system security locks.
With NFC-powered, battery-free smart lock solutions from Infineon Technologies AG, rental storage providers can securely lock storage locations using smart locks.
The KISS Smart Lock System enables owners and operators to switch from manual to smart locks without the need for disruptive add-ons like batteries, Bluetooth or cables. The system enables instant troubleshooting and remote issue resolution—features previously unavailable in the industry. These features eliminate common self-storage inconveniences such as auctions, lost keys, and lock changes. It also eliminates the need for operators to provide a 24/7 maintenance team for individual lock events. The smart lock is based on Infineon's NAC1080 microcontroller (MCU), a single-chip integrated H-bridge for passive NFC lock applications.
Robert Karp, founder of KISS, said: "We are introducing our new smart lock products to the world, which are the perfect combination of cutting-edge NFC technology and energy harvesting mechanisms. Not only do these locks ensure unrivaled security, but they also embody our commitment to A commitment to sustainability. It's more than just unlocking the door.
The NAC1080 integrates H-bridge and energy harvesting modules to implement smart actuators using fewer components in a single chip. Through the NFC interface, the NAC1080 MCU can control the device directly from a smartphone, allowing multiple storage units to be managed through the KISS lock system. Additionally, advanced local and cloud functionality can be extended via mobile apps. The NAC1080 also reduces the bill of materials and supports miniaturized product designs.
The MCU supports various operating modes and can be powered in passive mode using energy harvested from the phone via the NFC field, or battery powered in active mode. The NAC1080 also features an integrated AES128 accelerator and true random number generator for data encryption and decryption in an ultra-low-power environment. In addition to passive NFC lock applications, the NAC1080 can also be used in applications such as backup power for active lock systems and NFC interface ICs for electronic devices.
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