LochIsle launches web services platform for door-lock system

Online access-control interface means one key could open every lock


OTTAWA, May 6 -- LochIsle Inc., a developer of web-based access-control technology, today launched its web services platform for the iLoch system, a patented door-lock solution that allows people and businesses to manage and monitor access control using a web interface. LochIsle has spent several years developing and field-testing the iLoch system for physical-access management in residential and commercial settings, and is now making its technology available for licensing by access-control system manufacturers and others with access-control requirements.

Unlike traditional locks, the iLoch grants or denies people access based on the access rights set by the lock owner using an online interface. Instead of traditional keys, the iLoch is opened with an iButton or other unique credential, a personal master key that can open any iLoch-enabled door its owner has permission to access at home, work or any other location. If an iButton is lost, the iButton owner can easily associate permissions to a new iButton using the online interface, rendering the lost keys inactive and eliminating the security risk traditionally posed by misplaced keys.

The iLoch offers the benefits of industrial access control to building managers, construction developers, architects, quick-service restaurant owners, retail managers and homeowners in a cost-effective, easy-to-use package. The projected cost for an iLoch system is less than half that of competitive solutions. LochIsle's long-range vision is for every person to carry an iButton, eliminating the need for physical key exchanges and the inherent associated risks.

"The iLoch system is the world's easiest, most convenient electronic access-control system and one day, all locks will work this way," said Gavin McLintock, founder, CEO and CTO of LochIsle. "We came up with the brilliant idea and security model, now we are looking for the right partners to manage hardware manufacturing and distribution. Our expertise is in web services development; our partners' expertise will be in manufacturing and selling locks."

Over the past year, the iLoch has undergone field trials with small businesses, homeowners and quick-service restaurants. It has proven effective, with users recognizing the ease of use and reduced security concerns because of the online access-control management system.

"We used to chase employees for keys and frequently change our locks," said Ian Kayser, owner of a Quizno's Subs in Ottawa. "Now, from home, I can control which employees have access, during what hours. It's given me peace of mind, cut my operations costs, and created accountability for my staff."

LochIsle's technology has been granted patents in the U.S. and Canada.The company is seeking opportunities to license its technology to partners that will manufacture and distribute iLoch-enabled system hardware while LochIsle maintains and operates the web interface as a web services company.

Founded in 2000, LochIsle is a web services company focused on tying identity and credentials to services. The company has developed the iLoch system, which allows lock owners to manage and monitor access to their doors using a web interface. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, LochIsle's technology has been tested by homeowners, small businesses and quick services restaurants in more than 25 locations across Eastern Ontario. For more information, please visit www.lochisle.com.