BOLD - Smart Cylinder Lock for your Home Security
BOLD - Smart Cylinder Lock for your Home Security
Improve your Home Security with the Bold Smart Cylinder Lock. Easy installation, smartphone access sharing and designed for every door.
Improve your Home Security with the Bold Smart Cylinder Lock. Easy installation, smartphone access sharing and designed for every door. Read more
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Is the first Smart Cylinder Lock that improves your Home Security. It’s safer, more convenient, and installs just as easily as a regular cylinder lock.
SMARTPHONE ACCESS SHARING
Invite anyone from your contact list as a guest, set their access schedule, send them the invitation by text message, and you're done.
Your guest receives the invitation by text message, installs the FREE BOLD App, accepts the invite, and they're done.
As the owner you manage users anytime, anywhere, by simply updating their access profile.
BOLD is keyless, your smartphone is your key, but you can leave it in your pocket as you enter your door. The lock senses your approach, the door verifies who you are, and activates itself. Just turn the knob and simply walk in.
BOLD's attractive product design looks good on every door.
Colours & Finishes – BOLD's full metal housing comes in four variants. (Choose your favourite colour after selecting a reward.)
Personal Touch – Customise your door by replacing the outside knob for any other knob of your choice. You can find knobs with the standardised 8x8mm interface at your local hardware store.
Less is More – With BOLD unlocking and opening your door can be done with one knob, if you please. There is no need for a separate knob or handle anymore giving your whole door a more minimalistic look.
The elegant and simple remote gracefully fits in your hand and can be used as a back up. Please note: The remote DOES NOT come standard with every reward. Add €39 for every remote to your pledge.
HOME SECURITY UPGRADE
Mechanical Security – Take your door’s intrusion protection to a whole new level. BOLD's unique construction prevents extraction, breaking and drilling of the cylinder. These are by far the most common ways that burglars get in.
Digital Security – BOLD is committed to the highest level of digital security while providing the best-in-class user experience. Together with Ubiqu and their authentication token technology we can deliver both!
User Experience – For keyless entry and sharing access BOLD only needs your phone number and those of your guests.This makes using BOLD super simple whilst respecting your privacy. No email address, home address or other personal information will end up in the cloud. We won’t even ask you to create an account!
Digital Security – With respect to the electronics and digital security we decided to team up with a specialist company: Ubiqu. They bring simple and secure mobile app based authentication (token) technology. The same level of security as online banking using smart(bank) cards and readers but without the hassle. This is unique in the world! Ubiqu already has it’s technology running in demanding professional application for years. Together a derivative home solution will be created.
EASY TO INSTALL
Standard Cylinder Profile – BOLD will first be available in the most widely used cylinder profile: the 'Euro Profile'
If you're interested in the (UK) 'Oval Profile' please click here, or the 'Swiss Profile' please click here and let us know! A US style deadbolt might even be what you are interested in, let us know here!
Cylinder Dimensions – The outer and inner cylinder length can be configured on order. These can be determined by measuring your current cylinder (after selecting your favourite reward we will ask you for these dimensions).
> 3 YEAR BATTERY LIFE
One standard CR123A battery allows the lock to be active for more than three years. The BOLD app will start reminding you to replace the battery well in advance.
See how BOLD stands out and compares with the two most common smart lock categories:
‘Electrical Cylinder Locks’ - have proven their reliability, durability and long battery life in large and demanding professional applications such as large office buildings, hospitals, school campuses and airports. Also all electronics are nicely integrated in the knob. Unfortunately they work with badges or tags not your smartphone. Nowadays some work with ‘Near Field Communication’ (NFC) technology but this is not (enabled) on all smartphones (e.g. no iPhones) and you have to physically hold your smartphone close to the electronic lock every time you use it, just like a badge. For home applications an ‘electronic cylinder lock’ would require electronics on both the inside and outside knob (see picture in Comparison Table). On the outside of your house it’s costly to protect the electronics from the weather and hardly possible to get it vandalism proof which together is why they are still mostly used indoors in professional spaces.
‘Smart Motorised Add-Ons’ – have entered the market the past few years. You can enter keylessly with your smartphone in your pocket using the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) standard. And easily share electronic keys from your smartphone. The bulky product, filled with batteries, motors and gears, is mounted on the inside of the door and typically requires quite some configuration to work with the door lock. Unfortunately, by now they have also proven to be rather unreliable. The electric motor drains the battery in months rather than years, or simply fails when the door is stuck for any reason. Most of them should not be used on doors with, or near a window as they can be manually operated from the inside (after breaking a window). Finally for many smart features they rely on a separate (BLE to WiFi) connectivity gateway.
BOLD Smart Cylinder Lock – takes all the advantages of the ‘Electrical Cylinder Locks’; their reliability, ease-of-install, aesthetically small form factor and long battery life. On top of that we invented a new construction keeping all the electronics safely on the inside. It’s therefore much more robust against cylinder manipulation attempts by potential intruders also after breaking a window. Like ‘Smart Motorised Add-ons’ you can enter keyless and invite others from your smartphone. We worked hard to keep the battery life at more than 3 years. BOLD uses only smartphones for connectivity, no separate gateway. Finally your privacy is much respected as only telephone numbers are used. With BOLD you get the best of both worlds and more...
THE BOLD JOURNEY
About one and a half years ago, BOLD started as an idea. We first tested the major 'leap of faith' hypotheses that we had about smart locks and we benchmarked the competition. At that point we were certain enough about BOLD and we decided to “go for it”.
We worked feverishly, in an iterative manner, on the design and development, each time improving BOLD further. After finalising the 3D CAD product we carefully specified the features, sub-assemblies and manufacturing processes in collaboration with our preferred suppliers and manufacturing partners. We also kept track of tooling and manufacturing estimates to check and ensure the feasibility and ensure that the planning was still sound.
To turn BOLD into a solid sustainable business, capable of redeeming the required initial investments, and strong enough to continue to grow, we carefully described the core of our technology, the lock construction, in a patent application. However we believe it is best not to reveal the internal details in order to keep the intrusion protection level as high as possible.
For BOLD’s digital security we decided to team up with specialist Ubiqu. Their technology has been running in demanding professional applications for years. Together with this innovation partner we will create a derivative home solution for BOLD. Finally what remains is the redesign of part of the electronics hardware such that it fits inside the knob. Therefore the time line for the BOLD project looks like this:
The funding will be used to manufacture the BOLD rewards, invest in mass production tooling, electronics hardware miniaturisation and App design.
Risks and challenges
Industrial Manufacturing – tools and processes are the only way to deliver BOLD at an affordable price (149 Euro on Kickstarter). The BOLD Team has extensive experience in medium to large scale production and know what it takes. We have arranged suppliers and initial local manufacturing based on, somewhat more than, the campaign size. Nevertheless the success of the Kickstarter campaign might still highly influence our final choice for assembly partner/region. If we have to scale up, this will most probably become evident during the campaign and we’ll immediately start organising for it to avoid delays in delivery.
Digital Security – is not a topic to take lightly. Therefore we’re teaming up with an innovation partner and specialist in this field. Their digital technology solutions have been tested and operating in professional applications for several years. BOLD will not develop a digital end-to-end solution from scratch but use an adaptation of a proven professional solution. We have planned for a three month beta testing phase. Some minor last features and a visual make-over might be added in parallel to avoid delays in delivery.
Security Ratings – for locks is key. Not only the smart lock products, also the standards, certification/testing processes and requirement are still under development. We designed the BOLD to match and outperform existing published standards and studied certification tests. We will take a twofold approach with respect to certification: First we’ll focus on getting the highest existing three star rating. We have planned this process in parallel with the Beta testing as it’s essential for avoiding delays in delivery. Secondly; in the interest of our customers, we will push for more stringent requirements and more demanding tests for the ‘mechatronic lock’ certifications still under development.
Intellectual Property – in the lock industry has a long history and should be dealt with carefully. We took two months to study existing patent positions and drafting a patent on our core technology. Besides this patent all technologies we use are based on expired or abandoned disclosures. Therefore we’re confident not to infringe others but we can never fully exclude this risk. We have defined several options to deal with potential future claims all without jeopardizing the Kickstarter project and making sure you as a backer get what you pledged for.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Please add €39 to your pledge per remote you require. With an exception for the 'Kickstarter Combi' reward the BOLD remote is NOT included by default.
Keyless Entry, with your smartphone in your pocket is enabled by the Auto-Activate function and it works like this:
- Auto-Activate is OFF when you’re at home
- Auto-Activate registers when you’re away and creates an Auto-Activate GRANT
(e.g. when you’re more than 200 meters away from your locks using GPS)
- The Auto-Activate GRANT and TIMER are activated when entering the lock’s BLE range
- Now you have to use one of your locks within the TIMER period (e.g. 30sec.)
If you do not us the GRANT within the set time it will AUTOMATICALLY EXPIRE and you activate the lock using the app.
Also if you arrive home with multiple people, unused GRANTs will automatically expire. You don’t have to worry about your locks being activated when you’re at home.
Yes, A lock owner (administrator) is in full control and decides to enable or disable the Auto-Activate function on the invite.
When leaving your home you push the button on the inside knob once shortly. It will give a green light as feedback. The lock is now active for a limited time period (e.g. set at 10 seconds). Within this time period you leave and turn the outside knob to lock the door. At the end of the active time period a beep will sound to confirm the lock is deactivated again and your door is locked. If you need more time to leave simply press the button on the inside knob again or activate the lock from the app.
First, disable all access rights by (temporarily) revoking the electronic keys in the app of an administrator/lock owner.
If an administrator smart phone is lost us the second administrator. The app of the first administrator/owner will advise and remind the user to assign a second owner (optionally password protected) to a lock.
The lost phone’s access rights will be updated immediately if the phone is online or as soon as it gets online and a notification will be sent to the administrator/lock owner confirming the revocation. If the lost phone remains offline the administrator phone will have to update the respective lock by physically being brought in close proximity (within Bluetooth range).
For keyless entry using the Auto-Activate function it is sufficient to run the BOLD App in the background.
For extra security you can turn off the Auto-Activate function. You will then have activate the lock using the BOLD App.
There are many options for a backup and we recommend pick an option that suits your situation best:
- Grant a neighbour(s) or others (password protected) access and use their phone.
- Borrow somebody else’s smart phone and ask the second administrator (owner) to grant temporary access.
- Arrange for means to recharge your smart phone battery e.g. USB-cable in your car or a cheap battery powered usb-charger
- Use the remote as a backup
- Many smart phones are taking measures to prevent dead batteries such as stamina modes, automatically turn off and/or prompting the user below xx% capacity.
It happens, many have experienced the annoyances when forgetting their keys.
With BOLD there are many new ways to deal with such a situation:
- use a backup remote
- use a neighbour's phone with (opt: password protected) access rights
- borrow anyone's smart phone and as the lock owner to temporarily grant acces (opt: second administrator/owner)
This is a very prominent and underestimated problem for motorized add-on smart locks. If you're door is stuck chances are big a motorized smart lock will simply fail. (
The BOLD Smart Lock is NOT a motorized add-on! With BOLD you can apply all the manual force and skill you were used to when operating the old key cylinder.
First of all the BOLD Smart Cylinder Lock has an exceptionally long battery lifetime compared to motorized add-ons. In normal us you only have to replace the standard battery every three years (compared to months or even weeks for motorized smart locks).
The BOLD Smart Lock has a multi level empty battery warning approach:
- First only the administrator (lock owner) will receive a warning which will remain on the app (e.g. six months ahead)
- Then it will increase warning notifications (e.g. three months ahead)
- Then it will notify other users (using social pressure to motivate lock owner to replace battery)
- Then it will disable the Auto-Activate function
- Then it will decrease response time and use visual and audio warning signal seriously hampering normal use
Finally if the battery is unfortunately empty despite given warnings you'll have to find yourself an alternative way in to replace the batteries or hire a locksmith.
We are considering a service that calls users and sends a battery home. If you believe that's valuable please let us know.
The BOLD Smart Lock is designed for 25.000 activations within 3 years battery life. Which is around 20 times a day.
A standard CR123A battery which generally available because it is often used digital cameras.
The BOLD Smart Cylinder Lock superior intrusion protection and unique low pricing are partly a result of not supporting a mechanical key.
Disable all access rights by (temporarily) revoking the electronic key on the app of an administrator/lock owner. It is highly advised to always assign at least a second owner (optionally password protected) to a lock. An administrator phone will have to update the respective lock(s) by physically being in close proximity (within Bluetooth range).
You can use the remote as your daily/normal means for entering and locking your home. However you will have to use the BOLD App (on a smart phone) should you wish to invite someone else.
The BOLD Smart Lock is designed to comply with the highest certification ratings and standards. National certifying rating institutes include the German VdS and the Dutch SKG. International norms and standards include NEN-EN 15684 and the national TS007 standard in the United Kingdom.
Certifications can only be given for final products which is why we can not yet claim certifications at this stage.
The BOLD Smart Lock is equipped with a NightLock-mode which makes sure the lock can not be opened from the inside. The door can no longer be opened manually by pressing the button but only using a remote, on Auto-Activate or from the App.
In NightLock-mode the door knobs do not activate when the inside doorknob button is pushed. This is useful for when no one is home or whilst you are sleeping. If a burglar breaks a door window they still can't open the door from the inside.
NightLock-mode can be set to be permanently on, time scheduled or manually activated by pushing the inside knob button twice shortly.
As long as BOLD is not in NightLock-mode the door can be opened manually by pressing the inside knob button (no smart phone or remote required). Compared to traditional cylinders the situation is just like you left the keys on your door on the inside.
If BOLD is in NightLock-mode it is advised to leave a remote or a phone nearby. Compared to traditional cylinders the situation is just like you put the keys in a nearby drawer.
The BOLD Smart Lock with Duracore technology is much stronger than a traditional key cylinder making it virtually impossible to break.
- There is no plug for a mechanical key, and as such it cannot be extracted.
- It has hardened steel barriers (where all the vulnerable fine key mechanics used to be) making drilling virtually impossible.
- It has a solid shaft over the full length making it virtually impossible to break (traditional cylinders are very vulnerable right in the middle)
With respect to digital security BOLD uses end-to-end hardware encryption techniques (new in the industry) for an unrivaled security level. We partnered up with a specialist company with similar systems in demanding professional applications for years.
What if I already have ANTI CYLINDER EXTRACTION door furniture? - the final product will be compatible
In the final product design and materialization we’ll make sure the standard outer interface will accommodate for protrusion through anti cylinder extraction door furniture.
Yes, it works with every door lock system. No need to learn or configure.
It is an essential part of the product and will be available free of charge from the App and Play stores.
An internet connection is only needed when creating or receiving invites and the first time a user uses a specific lock. After that users can activate the lock without an internet connection.
There is virtually no limit to the number of BOLD smart locks that you can connect to.
The BOLD App allows for 100 free users per lock at one time.
Devices using Bluetooth Low Energy (the Bluetooth version required on your phone) can connect to multiple devices simultaneously.
We will develop a Windows app. The iOS and Android apps do have priority due to their market share, but a Windows app will become available.
The inside knob has a diameter of 46mm and a depth of 42mm. The outside knob has a diameter of 30mm and depth of 25mm.
Yes. If your country is not mentioned please contact us!
We will consider different hardware and software home automation platforms in the near future. No concrete plans yet.
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