The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by the increasing need for enhanced physical security measures, the rise in smart home and smart office solutions, and the demand for seamless integration with digital systems, as well as growing importance of technologies such as biometric authentication, encryption algorithms, tamper detection mechanisms, and secure communication protocols for robust cybersecurity measures. In the last three years alone, there have been over 4.1 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Cybersecurity in technology: programmable electronic locksBuy the report here.

However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilizing and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

190+ innovations will shape the technology industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the technology industry using innovation intensity models built on over 1.5 million patents, there are 190+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, trusted platform modules, signcryption, and homomorphic encryption, are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Zero knowledge proof, physically unclonable functions (PUFs), and multi-factor authentication are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are AES encryption and encrypted content distribution, which are now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for cybersecurity in the technology industry

Programmable electronic locks is a key innovation area in cybersecurity

Programmable electronic locks are technologically advanced locks that offer users the ability to set and customise access codes for secure entry. These locks find widespread usage in both commercial and residential environments to bolster security measures.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 250+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of programmable electronic locks.

Key players in programmable electronic locks – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to programmable electronic locks

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Carrier Global 34 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Mobis 46 Unlock Company Profile
Assaloy 303 Unlock Company Profile
Alps Alpine 37 Unlock Company Profile
Toyota Motor 397 Unlock Company Profile
Cubic 44 Unlock Company Profile
Suprema 54 Unlock Company Profile
Spectrum Brands 48 Unlock Company Profile
Texas Instruments 51 Unlock Company Profile
Tokai Rika 50 Unlock Company Profile
NXP Semiconductors 27 Unlock Company Profile
Hyundai Motor 54 Unlock Company Profile
Honda Motor 68 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 34 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 31 Unlock Company Profile
Denso 120 Unlock Company Profile
Walmart 84 Unlock Company Profile
Deutsche Post 86 Unlock Company Profile
Kia 25 Unlock Company Profile
Sumitomo Electric Industries 37 Unlock Company Profile
Ford Motor 197 Unlock Company Profile
SENTRILOCK 29 Unlock Company Profile
Level Homes 43 Unlock Company Profile
iLOq 61 Unlock Company Profile
OOO "Carnival" 69 Unlock Company Profile
Superpedestrian 64 Unlock Company Profile
Huf Hulsbeck & Furst 72 Unlock Company Profile
Gogoro 88 Unlock Company Profile
Nuro 131 Unlock Company Profile
Tekion 22 Unlock Company Profile
Sb IP 31 Unlock Company Profile
Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho 26 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Toyota Motor is the leading patent filer in programmable electronic locks. The company’s patents are aimed at a server receiving the first identification information unique to a user of a vehicle from a first terminal device and receiving the second identification information unique to a user of a second terminal device from the second terminal device. The second authentication information, which is generated based on the first identification information stored in the first storage unit, is transmitted to the second terminal device.

A vehicle verifies authenticity of the second authentication information acquired from the second terminal device based on the first identification information and the second identification information acquired from the second terminal device, and the first authentication information stored in a second storage unit. A storage is unlocked only when the authenticity is confirmed.

Other prominent patent filers in the space include Assa Abloy and Ford Motor.

By geographic reach, Nuro leads the pack, followed by Cubic and Level Homes. In terms of application diversity, Gogoro holds the top position, followed by Texas Instruments and Superpedestrian.  

Cybersecurity innovation in programmable electronic locks has revolutionized the way people secure physical assets and spaces. These locks utilize advanced technologies and cryptographic mechanisms to provide secure access control and protection against unauthorized entry.

To further understand how cybersecurity is disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Cybersecurity.

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GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.