ShareKey enables users to transfer digital keys by email or MMS from their smartphone.

Will keys soon become obsolete? ShareKey is an app that enables doors to be unlocked with a smartphone and access can be shared at certain times to let others in, like a friend or maintenance worker.

The solution will be demonstrated by researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology in Germany at the CeBIT trade fair in March.

It works using NFC and to open a door, you simply need to hold your phone close to the lock. Electronic keys are sent to the user’s mobile in the form of a QR code attached to an email or MMS. Alexandra Dmitrienko from the SIT said:

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