New 7-Eleven Kiosks Scan And Store House Keys For Emergency Copies

Five 7-Eleven stores in New York City are getting kiosks this week that will let customers digitally scan their house keys, then store the data so the kiosk can cut a new key whenever it's needed. The kiosks, developed by a local startup called KeyMe, store the key data encrypted in the cloud and require fingerprint authentication before cutting a new key. Scanning a key is free; cutting a new key from stored data is $20. (A visit from a Manhattan locksmith is $150.) The kiosks also make on-the-spot key copies starting at $3.49, but that's not new. Here's a problem that is: What happens when a customer scans his apartment key and trusts that to be his backup for when he loses his keys, then returns one day to make an emergency copy and then discovers that the retailer has gotten rid of the kiosk? Story

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