June 25, 2013 | LaGuardia Community College
Long Island City, NY—June 25, 2013—KeyMe, a resident of NYDesigns, a small business incubator located on the campus of LaGuardia Community College, today launched in five 7-Eleven stores across Manhattan its first-of-their-kind, self-service kiosks that provide customers with 24-hour access to their home or office keys, safely and securely.
“The kiosks permit customers to make on-the-spot duplicate keys as well as store a digital copy of their keys,” said Greg Marsh, CEO of KeyMe, “which can be accessed in the event of a lockout.”
To design, develop, prototype and test the kiosks, the company, which has been a NYDesigns tenant since the start of 2012, tapped into the incubator’s fabrication resources such as its laser cutter, 3D printer and several other traditional fabrication tools.
“NYDesigns has been an immense and invaluable community for us to be a part of,” said Mr. Marsh. “There really is no other place in New York where we would have been able to access the tools, advice and resources to develop the hardware that makes up the foundation of our business.”
About NY Designs
NYDesigns, part of LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York, supports and promotes design entrepreneurs from all backgrounds and stages of growth. NYDesigns is committed to helping designers secure smart, long-term growth by intersecting creativity with sound perspectives in business and management. Initiatives include: a residency program for design companies at critical stages of growth; a membership-based fabrication shop for design businesses and professionals; professional classes, workshops and events responsive to developments in the creative industry; and a community forum investigating issues significant to the design professions, anchored both physically at our headquarters in Long Island City, Queens and virtually at www.nydesigns.org.
KeyMe kiosks offer a quick, easy and convenient way to access your house, office or apartment keys. At any KeyMe kiosk, customers can scan and store digital copies of their keys and create duplicate copies via the kiosks anytime they need them, 24 hours a day. Based in New York and founded in 2012, the company is funded by Battery Ventures, the founder of Coinstar and the founder of Virgin Mobile, among others. For more information, please visit http://www.keyme.net.