A car key used to be one of the simplest things that a person could own. This is no longer the case. Car keys of today are not that simple piece of steel, that you could get duplicated at your local locksmith or hardware store.
Even the most economical of modern cars come with a keyless entry system and even some models come with a push button starter that puts an electronic “Engine Start/Stop” button on the dashboard.
Hold on tight because we are just getting started. Newer SmartKey systems eliminate keys altogether by giving you smartphone compatibility. Drivers will be able to unlock, lock and yes, start their vehicles with their smartphones.
What is SmartKey?
Smart Key is a passive keyless entry system. The system has a remote/fob with a transmitter and receiver inside that allows keyless entry. In layman terms this means that a SmartKey takes the driver’s comfort to a new level. Lock, unlock and start the vehicle at the push of a button. All the while the key fob or remote is inside your pocket or handbag.
At first glance the Smart Key looks like any other central locking system remote, with lock and unlock buttons on it. But it is so much more than that. The little black remote looks ordinary but it holds pretty sophisticated technology.
How does SmartKey Work?
SmartKey uses radio waves and RFID technology to communicate with the vehicle. The sensors or antennas located inside the car recognizes the smartkey when the driver gets close, and the doors unlock automatically.
Once inside the car the driver only needs to push the “Engine Start/Stop” button, located on the dashboard to start the vehicle. And that’s it; all that remains now is to drive away.
How secure is SmartKey?
A car with SmartKey has a number of antennas and sensors installed at key points on the body, these receivers are used to detect a signal from the key fob. Even if the SmartKey or the antennas were to fail, there is a backup sensor on the windshield that lets the driver unlock the doors.
SmartKey uses rolling code encryption, which means that instead of using the same signal to communicate with the vehicle, the system transmits an encrypted signal every time the driver unlocks or locks the doors. This feature makes stealing the car very difficult as the signal cannot be recorded.
A control module is responsible for receiving the signal from the SmartKey fob. This system itself is highly sophisticated.
Here are some of the main features of SmartKey:
The biggest benefit and selling point for this system is that it does not need a mechanical key to unlock or lock your car. This can be accomplished by either pressing a button on the remote or just by going near the car.
Car Auto Lock:
SmartKey was created to boost the security features of an ordinary vehicle and this feature does exactly that. When the driver steps out of the vehicle and goes out of range, the control module locks the doors automatically. Did you think this was going to be that easy? Well you thought wrong. SmartKey disables the ignition and the car circuit. This is known as immobilizing the vehicle. So even if car thieves manage to break into the vehicle, they will not be able to drive off with it.
Push Button Start:
Once the driver has entered the vehicle, all that they need to do is to push a button to start the engine. The button is usually located on the dashboard near the steering column.
The way to start the vehicle with a push button start is really easy. First of all make sure that your SmartKey is on your person. Compress the brake pedal and press the Engine Start/Stop button.
Auto Window Up-rolling:
The window rolling feature works on basically the same principles. It relies on the key fob’s proximity or nearness to the vehicle. As soon as the driver steps out of the car and goes out of the system’s range, the windows roll up automatically. This will prevent the property inside the car from being stolen. It also makes your life simple and secure, because you can strike “close the vehicle’s windows” off your to-do list.