Taipei, Wednesday, November 22, 2017 13:28 (GMT+8)
cloudy
Taipei
21°C
Digitimes Research: Smart lock market emerging in Japan
Hana Hu, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Monday 20 July 2015]

Development of the smart lock market has become active in Japan recently. Led by the launch of the 'Akerun' smart lock by Japan-based Photosynth, other vendors including Sony and Denmark-based Poly-Control have also stepped into the segment. Since smart lock systems can also apply to commercial markets such as real estate and the household service sector, the smart lock market in Japan is expected to surpass JPY1 trillion (US$8.05 billion), according to Digitimes Research.

Smart locks are automatic entrance/exit control systems utilizing smartphones or tablets to activate door locks. Most systems currently use Bluetooth for communications.

The Akerun smart lock is gaining momentum since installation cost of the system is low, while its operation is simple, Digitimes Research noted.

To cash in on the emerging trend, Sony has launched its 'Orio Smart Lock' system in cooperation with venture capital firm World Innovation Lab (WiL). The Orio will be more competitive than the Akerun in price since its price is only about half of the Akerun.

Realtime news
  • China Electric to offer energy-saving lighting

    LED | 2h 16min ago

  • Solartech to lay off 80 workers

    Green energy | 2h 23min ago

  • China hikes anti-dumping tariffs for Korea polysilicon makers

    Green energy | 2h 29min ago

  • Global 3Q17 NAND flash market posts 14% increase, says DRAMeXchange

    Bits + chips | 2h 39min ago

  • Laster Tech to see 4Q17 revenues increase

    Before Going to Press | Nov 21, 21:33

  • Global 3Q17 NAND flash market grows 14% on quarter, says DRAMeXchange

    Before Going to Press | Nov 21, 21:29

  • Xiaomi appoints former MediaTek co-COO as investment partner

    Before Going to Press | Nov 21, 21:29

  • Smartphone panel prices stay flat in November

    Before Going to Press | Nov 21, 21:27

  • Asustek tops Taiwan-based global brand in 2017

    Before Going to Press | Nov 21, 21:26

  • Digitimes Research: Global smartphone shipments to reach over 1.5 billion units in 2018

    Before Going to Press | Nov 21, 21:25

  • Gemtek building up LoRa base stations in Beijing

    Before Going to Press | Nov 21, 21:24

  • Car-use LED lighting demand to boom in China

    Before Going to Press | Nov 21, 21:22

  • KYEC to enjoy ramp-up of orders from Nvidia, Intel

    Before Going to Press | Nov 21, 21:19

  • OSE looks to swing back to profit in 2018

    Before Going to Press | Nov 21, 21:14

Pause
 | 
View more
Innodisk
China AMOLED panel capacity expansion forecast, 2016-2020
Global notebook shipment forecast, 2017 and beyond
  • China AMOLED panel capacity expansion forecast, 2016-2020

    This Digitimes Research Special Report examines the China AMOLED industry, focusing on the expansion capacity of the makers, the current implementation plans of major smartphone vendors in the market and the technological hurdles faced by the China makers.

  • Global AP demand forecast, 2017-2020

    Digitimes Research expects global AP shipments to surpass the 1.9 billion mark in 2017, with smartphones remaining the main application. Qualcomm will be leading the market in 2017, as other players continue playing catch up and scramble for funds to invest in more diverse applications.

  • Global notebook shipment forecast, 2017 and beyond

    This Digitimes Special Report examines key factors in the notebook industry, including products, vendors and ODMs, that will affect total shipments in 2017 and through 2021.