This South African App Makes Any Door Smart

“We developed our own Internet-of-Things device, CONNECT, that is easily installed and provides constant monitoring and instant response when using the app,”

This South African App Makes Any Door Smart

I know you’ve driven 10 minutes down the road or you arrived at work, and asked yourself that nagging questions: Did I close the garage or house door?”

Now, instead of freaking out, you can use a newly developed access management app to make your doors smart.

This South African app, known as OPEN allows users to make any gate, garage or door smart without changing the

Jacquis Tolsma, Founder and CEO of OPEN

Jacquis Tolsma, Founder and CEO of OPEN

door lock or motors.

Connecting your access points to OPEN means a more convenient way to control access without the hassle of keys.

This is a first all-round solution for homes, complexes and businesses in South Africa.

The app has been developed by 29 year old Jacquis Tolsma.

“We’re not reinventing the wheel, we just want to bring GSM technology into 21st century South Africa by making it simpler, convenient and controlled,” he says.

He says that even though GSM systems are already used to activate alarm systems and garage doors, OPEN is unique in granting access to any door, gate or garage that is made ‘smart’ through CONNECT, using an easy-to-use app.

“We developed our own Internet-of-Things device, CONNECT, that is easily installed and provides constant monitoring and instant response when using the app,” he explains.

Each CONNECT can control two devices and indicate whether the device is open or closed using off-the-shelf magnetic sensors.

OPEN gets even smarter

Through the geolocation functionality on smartphones, the app allows owners to set up which users must be in proximity of the access point to allow access – a first to the South African market. Owners can easily grant or revoke access from anywhere in the world if necessary. In addition, they will receive notifications when the device is opened or closed.

“Similar smart access technology has been used in countries like the United States, but the technology is limited to doors and is only compatible with deadbolt locks which are typical to the US and a few other countries,” says Tolsma.

The team behind OPEN realized that not everyone has a smart phone or mobile data. Or a phone’s battery might be depleted for that matter.  That is why OPENkeypad was developed. The new keypad technology allows rotating pin codes, another completely new entry to the market. Owners can now choose to have a new pin code messaged on specific days and times, with a use limit and a validity period for guests, employees, maintenance crews, agents or even delivery services.

Airbnb hosts and small rental owners will never have to leave a key under a pot plant or dash out of a meeting to let a guest in again.

The app will make it convenient for South Africans to manage their own Airbnb properties and increase their income. “OPEN allows you to forget your keys, and make use of this new technology to simplify your life,” Tolsma added.

Anyone can download the OPEN app from the website and sign up for a free account that features a panic button.

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