Sera4 Exhibits at AfricaCom 2018

Demonstrating a deepening commitment to customers in Africa, Sera4 will return to Africa next month for AfricaCom, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa on November 13-15.

American Tower selects Sera4 for Latin America Perimeter Security

Sera4 has announced that they are equipping American Tower Corporation sites in Latin America with their Teleporte access control solution and AP3 Armoured Padlock for perimeter access control at sites throughout Latin America. The Teleporte solution, together with Sera4 padlocks and controllers, provide a truly keyless access management solution, solving a longstanding operational issue regarding physical keys. Locks can be opened securely through anyone’s modern mobile phone and the identity of the person entering the site is automatically recorded.

Sera4 AP3 padlocks are designed for outdoor use at remote sites. With a 10mm guarded shackle, AP3 provides a formidable level of physical robustness. With a 5-year expected battery life and convenient battery changes, the AP3 padlocks and very low impact on maintenance programs.

“Teleporte helps tower companies streamline their operations as they no longer have to get physical keys or cards to anyone who needs to access sites that can be geographically isolated”, says David Coode, CEO at Sera4.

Sera4 on display at CEPSI 2018

Anyone in Malaysia should come and see our MX5 controller integrated into the N’osairis booth at CEPSI 2018. There is a full-size door controlled by MX5 and a maglock to enter the experience. Our AP3 Armoured Padlock is on display as well! The exhibition runs from September 18-20.

Sera4 Exhibiting at TowerXchange Africa Meetup 2018

Sera4 will be exhibiting at the TowerXchange Africa Meetup on October 9 & 10 at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg.

Sera4 exhibiting at the CALA TowerXchange 2018 meetup

Come and meet us at the TowerXchange CALA Meetup, June 20-21 at the Boca Raton Resort Resort & Club.

Product Introduction: Armored Padlock

Today, Sera4 announces AP3,  an armoured padlock for easy deployment of keyless security anywhere. AP3 has features which were designed specifically for telecom towers, such as chain link tether points and an internal battery that typically lasts 5 years before needing replacement.  The AP3 body is designed for the abuses of years of outdoor and remote real-world use. The body is chrome-plated, making it very resistant to saws and drills. The AP3 is water-resistant with an IP66 rating, which is good for all non-submersible applications. The silicone cover adds a final layer of protection.

AP3 is sampling now and shipping in volume in the second quarter of 2018.

Sera4 Exhibiting at Andina Link 2018

Sera4 is preparing to participate in the Andina Link conference and expo in Cartagena, Colombia on March 7 and 8. We are excited to extend our trade event participations into South America and look forward to meeting new and existing customers and partners.

Product Introduction: MX5

Today, Sera4 announces MX5, our next generation of telecom cabinet and shelter lock controllers for critical infrastructure protection. MX5 improves on all aspects of the MXv4 controller that it replaces: it is smaller, consumes less power, and can accommodate more lock types. MX5 also comes with independent cable sets to make installation and any future repairs much easier.

MX5 is sampling now and shipping in volume in the first quarter of 2018.

Smart tech is the smart choice so long as it’s well-engineered

A few weeks ago, we learned about Amazon’s ambitious plans for Amazon Key. Amazon Key is a solution that allows Amazon delivery people to leave packages inside the home rather than outside the door. They do this by converting traditional door locks to smartlocks, which can be accessed by Amazon when needed. A camera is included to monitor the drop offs. I expect that Amazon has done their market research; They know that some consumers will prefer the risk of giving Amazon access to their home over the risk that packages could go missing. Additionally, the service avoids the inconvenience of having to wait at home for deliveries  This is the same tradeoff between operational efficiency and security that Sera4 solves for industrial infrastructure.

Smartlock security was put to the test at last year’s DEFCON conference, where hackers try to break security. Twelve out of sixteen tested smartlocks were hacked within 15 minutes using simple digital equipment. I had hoped that this would send a message to our industry to take security more seriously. Unfortunately, Amazon’s newly-released smartlock system has already been hacked. Although the current vulnerabilities don’t show how to unlock someone’s house without authorization, the security holes destroy trust in the video surveillance that is a core component of the Amazon Key system. I don’t feel confident to put this on my front door. I doubt anyone wants a lock on their house that let hackers walk in, no matter how “smart” the feature list appears.

Designing secure smartlocks is not easy. It requires both physical security and logical security. People have been designing for physical security for centuries. We’ve largely figured out how to do that. Designing for secure wireless control is a new area, where many designers are still just learning. It’s not surprising that they overlook things.  Security is Sera4’s specialty. Since we don’t aim to get our products in residential front doors, I hope that someone else brings secure residential smartlocks to market soon. If not, adoption is going to be very slow, or we’re going to have a lot of unexpected burglaries in the near future.

Sera4 Confirmed to Exhibit at MWC 2018

Sera4 is excited to share that we will be exhibiting in Hall 7 at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. MWC is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile telecom industry and takes place February 26 – March 1, 2018.