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The Mobile Remote – a revolution or an evolution?

The Mobile Remote – a revolution or an evolution?

The Mobile Remote – a revolution or an evolution?

We have over 140 000 residential districts in Poland and most of them have some sort of gates, barriers, or fences, which may raise the level of security, but still make our lives a little harder. We can’t get a cab to drive inside when we’re in a hurry, a courier with a large delivery, which should be unloaded at the door can’t get in either. In the latter case, unless we react in due time, we will have to deal with a large package left even hundreds of metres away from home.

There are many ways to access neighbourhood gates or barriers, but most of them need some special gadget like a card, remote, tag, etc. This has its advantages and disadvantages. To make them work, we need to be physically present at the barrier. And again, this raises the level of security, but still make our lives a little harder. If only there was some way to open the barrier for guests from the privacy of your home...

93% of Poles use their phones every day [1], some use them for 4-6 hours [2]. We cannot imagine leaving home without them, 82% of smartphone owners have them at hand even when they are resting or sleeping. Automotive corporations already have technologies to open cars with mobile apps. The number of apps in our phones keeps growing because we need them in our daily lives: to order food, call a cab, pay for parking, access a calendar or social media, etc. What it we could also have a parking gate remote, which we could give for single use to e.g. a courier or taxi driver?

The future of traditional opening systems is not so colourful. People don’t want to carry around remotes because they have to remember to always take them, they tend to lose them and replacing it often requires considerable costs. We are used to opening parcel lockers with our phones, a function, which appeared during the pandemic to ensure safety when collecting a delivery (no need to touch the screen). Opening the entrance to the neighbourhood can be just as safe and easy.

Furthermore, the tonnes of manufactured plastic remotes are a relic of the past and more and more companies are abandoning this material. The same applies to manufacturers of plastic gate remotes or access cards. Even pay cards are supposed to be more eco-friendly. We can pay with our phones (we no longer need to have a pay card and banks will probably soon start issuing them as an added service at a hefty price). Time for the Mobile Remote.

There is another aspect of applying technology in neighbourhood access control. Traditional remote management is not safe at all: if ours gets stolen or the renter fails to give it back after using the parking space, it will be way harder to recover access authorisations than in remote management systems. With the Mobile Remote, all you need is a few clicks to grant or revoke access, which is cheaper, faster, and more convenient.


[1] https://www.wirtualnemedia.pl/artykul/dziewieciu-na-dziesieciu-polakow-korzysta-z-komorki-72-7-procent-ma-dostep-do-internetu-badanie-uke

[2] https://www.telepolis.pl/wiadomosci/prawo-finanse-statystyki/smartfon-jak-dlugo-uzywa-polak-spi-z-telefonem

Author

Piotr Nizio
Parkcash CEO
Social activist and entrepreneur. Enthusiast of new technologies improving life in the big city. Co-founder of the ParkCash start-up. Specialises in marketing and building sales channels. Was socially involved in the projects of the WIOSNA Association. Enthusiast of change, team building, and supporting people in their development. Graduate of the Cracow University of Economics, Chartered Institute of Marketing, and Family Theology Academy.

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