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ANN ARBOR, MI -- A technology company that developed a keyless smart lock for homes is being recognized with an innovation award by the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show.
PassiveBolt, based out of Ann Arbor SPARK, was spun off from a June 2018 project by Continental, where Kabir Maiga worked on keyless car entry technology that conveniently allows anyone to unlock their vehicles by touching the door handle as long as the key fob was nearby.
What became a standard technology in more than 120 vehicles was something Maiga said he wanted to extend to home entry, with extra layers of security. So he created Shepherd Lock.
“Shepherd brings many firsts. It’s the first and only product that’s not just a door lock, it’s a home security device that monitors your lock 24/7," Maiga said. “The deadbolt... can be beaten. You can pick the lock. You can bump it. There’s no way to track when that can happen... We’re able to detect such activities.”