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RFID News Roundup

Keysy RFID key card and fob duplicator receives funding ••• Turck announces UHF RFID smartphone reader ••• Voyantic, Brotech provide RFID testing equipment ••• iDTRONIC launches cylindrical reader-writer ••• Smartrac files patent-infringement complaint against Safeguard, USFI.
By Rich Handley
Dec 08, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Keysy; Turck; Voyantic, Brotech; iDTRONIC Professional RFID; Smartrac, Safeguard Business Systems, and USFI.

Keysy RFID Key Card and Fob Duplicator Receives Funding

Tiny Labs has announced Keysy, which it calls the world's first RFID key card and fob duplicator and storage device. The company reports that the Keysy has successfully completed first-round funding and will enter full-scale production next month.

Historically, Tiny Labs reports, copying key cards and fobs has been a time-consuming, difficult and expensive process, but the Keysy allows users to duplicate and store multiple cards and fobs on a single device, much like storing online passwords on a browser or password manager. "Why, in the name of security, did we give management companies, the ability to charge exorbitant fees for our own keys and, in many cases, even regulate who can have access to our own personal property and space?" asked Elliot Buller, Keysy's creator, in a prepared statement. "Security and convenience shouldn't be an either/or situation. You can do both."

The Keysy device
The idea for Keysy developed when Buller tried to obtain a second RFID card for his apartment to share with his family. Despite it not costing much to make, his landlord charged him more than $100 for a single duplicate—and he was not allowed to make another copy.

"From that moment on," Buller said, "I started thinking about a solution." He had been working as an engineer in Qualcomm's Office of the Chief Scientist on various projects, including gesture recognition, embedded file systems, wireless telematics for automotive and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) solutions. A few years and ten revisions later, the Keysy device is the result.

A recent Research and Markets report illustrates the continued rapid growth of the RFID industry, Tiny Labs reports, as it estimates that the global RFID market will more than double, from $16.2 billion this year to $38.0 billion in 2021. The Keysy device is designed to make it less time-consuming and expensive to make a copy of a digital key fob or card, the company adds.

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