Lehi, Utah – It didn’t star in “50 Shades of Grey,” but Safetech Products hopes its colorful Bluetooth- and NFC-equipped padlocks will get a lot of use when they become available in March.
The $79 Quicklock Padlock will join company’s selection of Bluetooth door locks available direct to end users through the company’s website.
SafeTech also plans to target online and brick-and-mortar retailers at an unspecified time.
QuickLock is targeted to consumers and small businesses, but it can also be used for industrial applications, the company said.
A free mobile app enables Android and Apple smartphones to open the lock via Bluetooth. The lock can also be opened using NFC-equipped key fobs, rings that slide onto a finger, and keycards. One phone can be used to control multiple padlocks, as can the NFC devices. A single Quicklock recognizes up to 50 NFC fobs, rings and keycards.
The app provides asset-management capabilities to track who accessed a lock and when, the company said.
The padlock comes with an internal, rechargeable lithium-polymer battery that lasts up to two years and can be recharged in a few minutes via USB, the company said
The $79 price includes one NFC keycard to open the lock. At $145, the lock comes with one keycard and one NFC-equipped ring. A package of a ring, keychain fob and card costs $89, excluding the lock.
Safetech Products is the sales organization owned by RPH Engineering, which developed backseat taxi displays, industrial door systems in hospitals and other secure locations, and products seen on the TV show “Shark Tank.” The company also developed the Gun Box, which uses fingerprint scanning and RFID rings to unlock gun-storage containers.
Several years ago, RPH Engineering branched out from doing only product development for hire and began developing products for direct sale to the public. The products include the Gun Box, Bluetooth/NFC-equipped door locks, and the Quick Lock Padlock. “More products are in design and scheduled to be launched later this year,” a spokesperson said.
See this video for a look at how the Quick Lock works.