These devices can make the work of a locksmith unnecessary

person-790885_640There is almost no industry that is not affected by new media and communication technologies, such as the smartphone specifically or the internet in general. Schools allow their pupils to enrole themselves online, universities present massive open online courses (moocs) and even medial practitioners rely on the digital exchange of personal information of their patients. These examples clearly show that technology influences a huge part of our lives, even when we not knowing it.

But what about „traditional“ industries, such as locksmith companies, plumbers or roofer? How do they interact with these technologies? Do they really feel that their work has become unnecessarily or do they use these technologies in such a way that their work is enriched?

Let’s take the locksmith industry, for example. This is one of the oldest industries in America, but one that has managed to overcome all the obstacles that show up when society develops. Even nowadays, there are many locksmith companies opened, throughout the country. But aren´t there any devices that help the locksmith to do a better job?

Users are often more experienced with these devices

binoculars-1209011_640 These devices exist, but they are more often integrated on the user site. The locksmith employee doesn´t really use these devices for his daily work, however he knows these devices very good and can use them fairly easy or integrate them as a security means into the house.

For example, the user has an electronic device which is connected to his smartphone. This device is carried where the bunch of keys are normally carried. So the user doesn´t really feels the difference between a bunch of keys and the electronic device.

This device has a sensor that communicates with another sensor in the house. When there is a connection between these two sensors, that communicate directly via Wifi, data packages are exchanged and therefore the system checks whether the enter code is among these data packages. When there is a match. The door opens and the house owner can enter his house.

What are the advantages?

That means that it will not be a problem if you lose your bunch of keys or forget them on teh coffee table at work. Because with that electronic device you will be able to unlock the door anyway. But on the other hand, there are disadvantages too.

Like every device that is connected via Wifi, there are security aspects that you should take into account. Don´t forget that you don´t have a smartphone. You rather have a small computer in your pocket that allows you to make calls. Therefore you have to install a very good Anti Virus software. If you don´t do this and your code will be seen by someone you don´t want to see it, the chances are very good that you sooner or later will have someone that breaks into your house.

So to make yourself a favor and to prevent others from traumas, it is very important that you put much value into the security aspects.

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How must a technology be designed in order to be used?

phone-690091_640Like the author has state in another article, the future of the locksmith companies looks pretty good. Their customers get more and more used to the electronic devices, such as a bluetooth sensor, that makes sure that only you can enter your house without the noise of the alarm.

Not every technology is adapted

However, technology doesn´t always win or is integrated into the lives of the users. Take the Mini Disc for example. The Mini Disc had a much better sound quality than the CD and the files could be transferred pretty easy. But at the end of the day, the Mini Disc was not implemented on a big scale. So what went wrong or to put in another words: Which design aspects have to be integrated, when the electronic locksmith devices are designed?

First of all, it is important that the advantage of the device is clear to the user. Of course, it is a better way to protect your home form thief’s, but on the other side, if there is a big disadvantage that might outweigh the benefit, the chances are very good that the device wouldn’t be so popular.

The second aspect designers have to consider is that the usability has to be very high. It is almost common sense that usage problems do not contribute to the success of the device. In fact these problems are responsible for the usage stop of the device and contribute to a big portion to the very high number of non – users. In order to make sure that usability problems do not occur, it is recommended that the users test the device. Doing so, they might encounter problems that were not foreseen by the designer. This process helps to identify obstacles and it´s importance is extremely high.

What happens when the device gets lost?

There are numerous studies that show that the number one factor that contributes successfully to a device adaption is it´s usability. The person that neglects it, is clearly doing something wrong.
The third aspect that comes into play when we talk about the integration ooffice-730681_640f such device is it´s security. As pointed out in the other article, that device can help you to have a safer home, but on the other side it is extremely vulnerable, for those people who lose these devices.

It will be interesting to see, whether the designers integrate a „mayday functions“ into these devices, that help to prevent misusage.

This text clearly shows a couple of areas that are very important, when the new electronic devices shall become a success. When these aspects are not integrated or neglected by the designer it is very hard to imagine that these devices will be integrated on a large scale.

It is more likely that they will have the same destiny as the Mini Disc. I highly promising device that was not adapted by the users, just because of some bad timing and some neglected aspects by the designers.