04 Jul '11, 9pm

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SAN FRANCISCO - Pockets and purses are slowly being emptied of one of civilisation's most basic and enduring tools: The key. New technology lets smartphones unlock hotel, office and house doors and open garages and even car doors. The technology is a not-too-distant cousin of the technology that unlocks automobiles or key cards remotely by waving at electronic pads. What's new is that it is on the ubiquitous smartphone. The phone simply sends a signal through the Internet and a converter box to the lock. Other systems use internal company networks, like the General Motors (GM) OnStar system, to unlock car doors. Because nearly everyone has a cellphone, a number of start-ups, lock companies and car-makers are betting on broad acceptance of the technology. Recently, Mr Dwight Gibson, vice-president for connected home solutions at Ingersoll Rand, said he used the system to le...

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