Sales and letting agents who curse their daily battle with keys and property access may soon have an easier life if a mobile-phone controlled door lock and property access system launched today takes off.
Klevio One is a ‘smart intercom’ that enables home owners and renters to open their doors with their mobile phones, and share ‘electronic keys’ with agents requiring access to their property.
Claimed to be the first of its kind in the UK, its introduction follows a pilot with 1,000 users in London and will be launched outside the capital later this year, backed with £1.2 million from several prominent angel investors including holiday company onefinestay.com.
Should the idea take off, Klevio claims, keys may become a distant memory for many homeowners and renters.
The property access system is essentially a digital online platform that enables existing intercom and door locking systems to be controlled from anywhere via a mobile phone app.
Landlords, for example, will be able to remotely open the door of a flat to a letting agent doing a viewing or investigating a leak.
“Keys were invented thousands of years ago, and having a piece of metal sitting in your pocket today feels odd,” says Klevio founder Demetrios Zoppos (pictured).
“Now imagine managing thousands of keys for lots of properties [and] the logistics are complicated. Users keep their existing locks and old keys as a backup, and the use of Klevio is not obvious to anyone outside the building.”
Greg Marsh, onefinestay co-founder and an early investor in Klevio, says: “Managing multiple properties is hard. At onefinestay we managed thousands of high end homes in city centres.
“And when we realised how much time we were wasting getting keys to our guests, we started working on the keyless entry system that has today been perfected as Klevio One.”