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Ann Arbor’s PassiveBolt Inc named CES Innovation Awards Honoree for second consecutive year

PassiveBolt's Shepherd Lock uses touch sensing and facial recognition technology to grant users access.
PassiveBolt's Shepherd Lock uses touch sensing and facial recognition technology to grant users access. (PassiveBolt)

ANN ARBORPassiveBolt Inc. announced Monday it has been named a CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree for the second year in a row for its newest Shepherd Lock product.

The world’s most influential technology event, CES 2021 is taking place for the first time digitally now through Jan. 14.

Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Assiciation, the annual CES Innovation Awards program is a competition which recognizes groundbreaking consumer technologies across 28 product categories. Each product submitted is judged by a panel of industry experts spanning engineering, design, media and more based on innovation, design, aesthetic, engineering and functionality.

PassiveBolt’s Shepherd Lock Gen2 is a home lock which features keyless entry technology and provides access based on facial recognition and touch. It is the first-ever retrofit door lock which uses both of these technologies to grant access.

“We are thrilled to win this highly prestigious award two years in a row,” Kabir Maiga, PassiveBolt co-founder said in a news release. “This validates our team’s innovative thinking and the quality of our designs; thank you to the CTA for this recognition.”

For the face authentication technology in the new generation lock, PassiveBolt has been collaborating with 3D sensing technologies company ams.

“We are excited about our partnership with PassiveBolt,” senior marketing manager at ams said in a news release. “Today, keys, badges or smartphones provide access to buildings. Tomorrow, with secure 3D face authentication implementation, you are the key. PassiveBolt’s innovative product combines high security access control with a convenient user experience packaged in a well-designed product. The industry recognition is well deserved.”

PassiveBolt was a participant in Ann Arbor SPARK’s entrepreneur-in-residence program, a local business accelerator that provides startups and early-stage companies with grants, office space and mentorship.

For more information visit www.passivebolt.com

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Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.