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Do you recollect the problem you had to face the last time you lost your car’s keys while several kilometres away from home? Now, you can prevent the incident from occurring again with the help of an app.
A New York-based KeyMe has come with a solution by changing how we duplicate our keys. Its iOS app lets users take a photo of their key and upload it to the cloud to print a new one on the fly. The company has made hundreds of thousands of keys.
KeyMe has almost two dozen automated locations in the greater New York City area, as well as a few scattered around in states like Florida, Arizona and Arkansas.
A person who has lost his key has to just take a photograph of their home, office or car key. The app then uploads that image to the company’s system. A press of a button tells the app to deliver the key to the user in the mail. Even easier, one can travel to one of KeyMe’s kiosks and have a new key printed in less than a minute.
Part of KeyMe’s security measures against quick scans of other people’s keys involve asking users to photograph both sides of the key and to use a blank white sheet of paper in the background.
The thieves cannot abuse it as it requires a finger print to use its kiosk, an e-mail account to sign up and a credit card and address to print a new key. The company officials said, no crime of the use of keys in the crime has been reported.