Keyless Entry is the latest in connected car technology. Providing your staff with the ability to lock and unlock your vehicles using a smartphone, the Smartrak PoolCar mobile app, RFID or building access card. Smartrak has expanded its Mobility portfolio to include Keyless Entry as it continually looks for ways to make sharing resources more effective and efficient for your organisation. Staff make a reservation through Smartrak’s PoolCar pool booking, then head directly out to the carpark and unlock the car. No delays stopping off to pick up the keys.
The Smartrak PoolCar mobile app provides bluetooth functionality to support the locking and unlocking of a vehicle when out of cellular coverage e.g. underground garage.
No more trekking across campus to get the car keys. Walk straight from your office to the car park and unlock the car from your smartphone.
Save time accessing vehicles and finding keys
Use existing smartphone or access cards to access vehicles
Seamlessly integrated with PoolCar pool booking
Bluetooth functionality available when out of coverage (via Smartrak PoolCar mobile app)
How it works
RFID Card / Staff Pass
Technical Integration Information
Inside the vehicle, a ‘black box’ gets wired into the car’s electrical system by an installer – typically an automotive electrician – using an installation guide that we provide.
This black box taps into the various electrical circuits of the car, such as central locking and immobilization (a.k.a. starter cut). Whilst the black box is compatible with most makes and models, the actual installation may vary according to make and model and hence the need for a professional installer who has access to vehicle wiring diagrams and/or be able to probe wires without setting off airbags.
Embedded inside the black box is a cellular modem and micro-controller which runs our firmware. Our modems and SIM cards will operate in over 140 countries and we can even cater for use cases where there is no cellular reception, such as Smartphone + Bluetooth or RFID/Proximity cards.
Our cloud platform primarily consists of an API endpoint for your software to integrate with and a translator that bridges API commands to the device firmware over 3G/4G cellular connection.
The cloud platform handles all aspects of security, cellular data transmission and data exchange. For instance, when you need to send commands to the vehicle, such as unlock the doors, your software simply makes an API call to our platform and waits for the return code.
When certain events happen inside the car, such as Ignition On, an event is pushed up from the vehicle to our message queue. As part of the provisioning process for Keyless Entry, you can specify your own API endpoint that we will push these events to – i.e. a webhook.
Your developers then integrate our API endpoints to control the hardware inside the vehicle. Examples include locking the doors, turning on power to an external RFID reader, and so on.
An important distinction to note when an API call is made, the action will be performed. It is up to your developers to code logic wrappers around these API calls. For instance, only send the unlock command if the user has a valid booking and they are a paid-up member.
As an alternative to developing your own systems, you may like to our own software, Smartrak’s PoolCar pool booking solution, which is fully integrated with Keyless Entry out-of-the-box and is highly customisable.
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