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Android can turn Smartphones into keys for Smart Locks

Smart locks represent an increasingly popular component in modern homes and their success depends not only on the high level of security they can guarantee to users, but also on their ability to offer different customization possibilities.

This type of lock, for example, in addition to being able to be managed remotely, allows you to use a temporary access code for sporadic access, define specific automatic locking programs, unlock the door with the mobile application when approaching the house, etc.

An important new objective for smart locks could soon be achieved thanks to the commitment of the sector’s giants and the main mobile device manufacturers: we are talking about the creation of a common standard that can simplify the transformation of the smartphone, or smartwatch, into a tool capable of unlocking smart locks with a simple touch.

According to what was recently reported on the social network X, Google is adding support for Aliro, a popular standard for smart locks and digital keys, to Android and in the latest version of Google Play Services a new service called AliroNfcApduService has been added. From what was found, the service is currently deactivated, but work on it has already started.

Smart locks are preparing to gain a great ally

Additionally, it appears that work to update the UWB stack with Aliro host support has also started to emerge in the AOSP code (Android base code). Remember that these are still just the first steps towards adopting the Amiro standard and we will probably have to be patient until the end of 2024 before we have the possibility of starting to enjoy the new service with Android devices.

Furthermore, recently the Connectivity Standards Alliance, the body that manages the development of the standard, announced that it does not plan to release any major innovations before the beginning of 2025. This means that to unlock smart locks with your phone or watch, you will have to wait. until next year.

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