Copy keys from 200 feet away
Makes me wonder if anything is truly secure anymore.
Referred to as Sneakey, the system is capable of "teleduplication--extracting a key's complete and precise bitting code at a distance via optical decoding and then cutting precise duplicates," according to Sneakey's Web site.
Part of the project's mission is to make people realize that traditional keys are not really as safe as they might think. Relatively modest technology is now capable of the imaging and computer vision algorithms necessary to duplicate an image precisely, according to the group.
It gets worse. The group's software was also capable of extracting enough visual data to make a duplicate key from an image taken by a cell phone camera.
Not only that, but the keys photographed do not even have to be in profile. Sneakey's software can determine a key's bitting code--its series of unique cuts--from nearly any angle.