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The phrase “door technology” is a bit oxymoronic – it’s just a door, isn’t it? But like everything else, hi-tech is doing wonders for doors – or more specifically, locks. Israel’s SDS Home Security Automation has developed an innovative, unique, and paradigm-breaking lock system that automatically locks and bolts doors, and allows homeowners and workers to open doors securely and safely, using codes and RFID tags – and making keys a thing of the past, says company CTO Naftali Sadan. “It’s the most innovative locking system in the world, putting you in complete control of who comes and goes,” he says.

It would be easy to mistake to mistake the SDS system for just another digital locking system – but it’s much more, says Sadan. “We don’t sell locks; we sell the world’s first lock operating system.” The product, which is called “A Door Intelligent Operating System” (better known by its acronym, ADIOS), turns “any ordinary lock into a smart lock, making the house or office into a smart one. This system is ideal for large families where kids are constantly losing keys, and for offices where many people come and go. Only those with the right code or other method to open the door can get in, and changing the code or entry criteria is simple,” Sadan says, meaning you can allow access to whomever you want for a limited period of time – and never have to worry about their using a key or code they “forgot” to return.

Besides codes, the ADIOS system allows access using other innovative methods, like RFID tags, biometric fingerprint scanners, remote control from a PC or laptop, and doors that open when you dial a phone number from a cellphone – or any combination thereof. “Users can choose the method they feel most comfortable with, and they can easily change codes, phone numbers, and other access methods,” says Sadan. “So if you want to grant one-time access to a service person, you can let them use their cellphone to enter the house, and then remove that access code from the system.” If an emergency situation pops up, no problem – you can send an SMS to your door and open it remotely for the plumber or electrician!

ADIOS is on guard not only when your door opens – but when it closes, as well. “We have two unique advantages over everyone else,” says Sadan. “One, our system checks not just who goes into the house or office, but who leaves as well, and makes sure that the door is locked and bolted. And two, you don’t have to replace the door or the lock, and there are no unsightly wires involved. Everything is wireless, and the only thing that gets installed is a small, thin control box on the outside of the door, and a ‘smart cylinder’ to communicate with the control box.” With ADIOS’s system, you never have to worry about locking the door – because the door locks and bolts itself (you can see the system in action on Youtube).

This is a great improvement over the current system of door locking on standard un-smart doors, says Sadan, which require that you lock them as a conscious act – as they have for the past 200 or so years. “A door won’t bolt itself,” he says. “Ours is the only system that checks not only when someone enters a door, but exits as well. And when someone does, the door gets closed, locked, and bolted – automatically.” With the remote network access ADIOS provides (via wifi, cellphone, and Bluetooth), you are in control of your door locking system at all times, from anywhere in the world.

Putting all the elements together, Sadan says, the ADIOS system can provide a solution for almost any situation. “For example, we recently had a situation where a handicapped, wheelchair-bound individual who is unable to use a key due to her handicap. We equipped her with an RFID bracelet which she just waves at the door when she approaches. The door opens and when she is inside, it closes, locks and bolts itself – with no extra effort on her part,” Sadan says.

The system is currently available in Israel, and works with any security door with a “Rav-Bariach” style lock (the system costs about NIS 3,000, installed). Sadan says he was a bit surprised that two of the areas where ADIOS is a big seller are Bnei Brak, and the Beit Yisrael section of Jerusalem. “Between the children, sons and daughter-in-law, and the rest of the extended family, there could be dozens of keys floating around. If someone loses the key, the family is now at risk, so they change the lock or the cylinder – and now have to buy new keys for everyone. It’s a huge hassle.”

Besides that, Sadan says, the more people who have access to the home, the greater the risk that someone will forget to lock the door. “There is a very high rate of burglaries in Hareidi neighborhoods, because thieves know they can find an unlocked door without much effort. Our system makes sure that the door is safely locked at all times.” The same logic works for offices, as well, where numerous people come and go; with ADIOS, there’s no need to worry about someone forgetting to lock up, or that a former employee “forgot” to return a key.

SDS has also begun exporting the system, to South America – especially Colombia, where Sadan says it is very popular – and Italy. “Electronic doors are very popular in Italy,” he says, “but most of the doors have their locking system built into the doors. As a result, the doors are very expensive – and very expensive to maintain and fix. Our system offers better security at a far lower price, and works on nearly any door.” ADIOS users can say “adios” to key and lock hassles for good!

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