ICAP Patent Brokerage is selling the patents that use quick response codes and smartphones for locks.
In a recent press release, ICAP Patent Brokerage had revealed that it would be selling a number of patents that disclose a type of system and a method for controlling locks (such as in the case of business, home, and hotel doors) that use QR codes and smartphones.
This technology would eliminate the requirement for traditional metal keys or plastic programmable cards.
The patents that use these QR codes as a part of the keyless locking systems are being sold on behalf of inventors April Rogers and David Bohn. The patent portfolio is being made available for purchase at the Internet of Things IP Auction. This comes at a time when the use of quick response codes is rapidly broadening beyond the area of mobile marketing, to which it had been essentially restricted for the last few years. Other areas into which it has been branching include informational purposes (such as in tourism signage) as well as for added security verification in mobile payments.
The use of QR codes for these purposes is beginning to make more sense with the popularity of smartphones.
The idea behind the QRcode based keyless locking system is that people would be able to lock and unlock doors without the need for traditional metal keys. Instead, they would be able to display a unique barcode on their device screen, which they have obtained through a mobile app or even by way of an email, so that a device at the door location can read it.
The users of the “keys” receive their own unique quick response code that is linked to the doors to which they will have access. Each door has its own scanner that can read the barcode displayed on the user’s mobile device. That reader connects to the mechanism of the door lock through a processor (such as a remote processor or a microcontroller that is accessed over a network), which then autonomously issues the command for the door lock to be opened when the proper barcode has been read.
The QR codes provided to each door user can be both managed and generated over a third party private server that the end client (or its agents) will maintain.