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Keyless entry app Smarkle opens to UK market and launches crowdfunding bid

Posted by Ben Irelandon
Keyless entry app Smarkle opens to UK market and launches crowdfunding bid

A company offering smart phone-operated locks to help people rent out Airbnb rooms remotely has launched in the UK.

Smarkle – they keyless app which uses Bluetooth to lock and unlock the door – has just come through beta trials.

It has now launched a crowdfunding campaign through which investors get Smarkle products in return for their money and has raised upwards of $34,000 – 46% of its $75,000 target– on its first day, March 15.

Hosts have to retro-fit a battery-operated Smarkle lock on the inside of the door and download the mobile app.

They can set scheduled access to guests, as well as friends and family via smartphones. Hosts give access to guests for a specific time and date, so they can check in and out as per the arrangements of the rental. Access can also be granted to other members of the guest’s party.

The UK start up says its technology means hosts in the shared economy sector don’t have to ask friends or family to let guests in. It also has a keypad as an alternative entry method and says it is protected by “military grade encryption” and warns the host when the battery is running low.

The firm says its product is a “game changer” for shared economy accommodation rental.

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