PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 04, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As an IT professional specializing in digital cloud solutions, Peter Wiegandt
believes the revolutionary technology of cloud computing has a great deal of possibilities--from providing consumer services to streamline data for government agencies. As such, Wiegandt is interested in the continued used of cloud-based apps that can help make consumers' lives easier and more affordable. One example of such use is the KeyMe program that recently gained attention in a new Information Week article.
Information Week explains the technology behind KeyMe, "The company, which launched last year, recently released a free iOS app that offers a simple and secure way to store photographs of keys and share keys with others. Key images can be used to create physical copies at locksmiths and KeyMe kiosks. How does it work? To properly scan a key, you must photograph the front and back of the key on a white sheet of paper, according to Mashable. Photographs must be taken from four inches away and the key must be detached from a keychain. The free mobile app stores this photograph in the cloud and determines the key type and serial numbers, which can be given to any locksmith to duplicate it from scratch. While photo storage is free, it costs about $10-15 to access the information--much less than the average locksmith's fee."
In response, Peter Wiegandt comments, "KeyMe is a great example of how versatile cloud computing can be. Even more intriguing is that this program helps provide a very tangible solution through the cloud--a concept that many consumers still find intangible. The fact that you can safeguard yourself from being locked out through this simple program, pay as you need to and complete the process at a physical location really speaks volumes to how cloud computing can contribute to the self-service world. While it seems that the program has some kinks to work out, it will be interesting to see if this program becomes more widely implemented."
While some may note that the service is innovative, many remain concerned about the security of a cloud-based program that handles such sensitive information. For Peter Wiegandt, any company operating off a cloud system must make sure that they take all measures to ensure security. However, he notes that KeyMe offers a good example of how data can remain safe in the cloud.
Specifically, the article reveals, "[Founder Greg] Marsh said that the system is safe and never asks for address-related information, except for mail-order purposes. In those instances, address information is deleted after keys are mailed. The photography method used to store the images also prevents 'flyby' photography, so others cannot snap and store your keys without your knowledge.
KeyMe also uses advanced password protection and encryption levels and provides email alerts for any account activity. The app is just as secure as a physical key, and accordingly should be shared only with those you trust."
"Marsh and his development team really took the time to make sure their app was secure for consumer use. Those employing similar cloud-based systems would be wise to follow their example," Peter Wiegandt concludes.
Peter Wiegandt is currently President and CEO of Tec 360 and CresCloud. He is also President of Dell Latinamerica and Chairman of Regata Copa Mexico.