Swedish company Assa Abloy will be collaborating with Apple in the development of a new door-unlocking system which will be rolled out across the U.S. later this year.
Since it’s formation in 1994, Assa Abloy has built up a strong reputation within the security industry. Well known as the company behind the Yale lock, they are a good choice for Apple to collaborate with, both being leaders in their respective fields.
As part of the Worldwide Developers Conference hosted by Apple this week, Apple launched a new function for the iPhone which will allow for people to be able to unlock the door to their house, or their car, for example.
The function makes use of the existing NFC Chip already found in most smartphones, which up until now has been used for services such as Apple Pay.
The collaboration is specifically focussed upon a university-based project, where the digital door-unlocking system will be rolled out across six universities around the U.S. The unlocking system will be available for both students and staff, and they will also be able to use the digital system to make payments on campus.
"For example, you can pay for snacks, laundry and dinners around the campus area” it reads on the official Apple website.
It is no surprise that Apple has chosen to collaborate with Assa Abloy, having previously worked with them to build Apple’s security system. Rumours of this new collaboration have circulated prior to its announcement, due to speculation from within the industry.
With a reported revenue of 76 000 billion SEK (£6 500 billion) in 2017, it is expected that the value of Assa Abloy will rise considerably following this collaboration.
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