Enrique Garrote (Madrid, 1992) armed himself one day with a lock pick and began picking locks. After this initiation experience, he began investigating the professionals in the area on YouTube. “There is no lock that can withstand expert hands”, explained Garrote, who, it goes without saying, is no burglar. On the contrary, he is someone who wants to make it more difficult for thieves.
Enrique is an industrial engineer and has been working for the past year in the waste treatment plant area of Valoriza Servicios Medioambientales. He is an innovator and a self-taught expert in locks.
He has just invented Lockey, a system which improves how electronic locks work. He developed it as part of the final project for his degree, which was awarded first class with distinction honours. A few weeks ago, he was given an award as part of the Entrepreneurship Project from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) for developing a preliminary business model to market his lock.
Lockey is easy to install, safe and does not require batteries or need to be connected to the power grid in order to work. We asked him what the secret was for it to work without being connected to the current, but he, as with all good inventors, held his tongue upon being asked this unfortunate question.
His invention, as he described, integrates smart features into doors, such as remote control through mobile devices, alerts and virtual keys. The idea also has its place in the business and industrial world, which can standardise both the installation and the control of this device.
The award from the UPM is enabling him to do a course and learn about all those subjects entrepreneurs tend to fail, such as finance, marketing and communication.
“I’ve already made a prototype and a physical mock-up. Now I’m working on the business and commercialisation model”, explained Enrique. In September, Lockey moves through to the next stage of the award. Winning would give new impetus, although, with or without it, the project is in it for the long haul.
“I like to innovate; I’m always seeing how the things around me can be improved. I also try to bring this spirit to my daily work”, said Enrique Garrote.
In the end, maybe in a little while, thanks to Enrique the guild of thieves will have to retrain as Lockey installers.