Airbag for subscription? It ceases to be funny

Ai-1, security as IoT

The manufacturer of the vest for motorcyclists, equipped with the aforementioned airbag, is the Klim company. The device is packed with electronics and sensors and communicated with the manufacturer, and the company has prepared a bizarre sales system for its product. After the “initial” purchase, which costs $ 400, the customer has to activate their electronics.

As of today, there is still a one-time purchase option, costing another $ 400, but at the same time a monthly subscription option of $ 12 a month or $ 120 a year has been introduced. If we do not pay for the next period, the vest will be deactivated after 30 days.

Current problems

With this product, I see at least two, let’s call them “current” issues. First of all, in this day and age, when hackers take control of even electronic chastity belts, creating IoT devices out of this type of system seems unwise to me.

There are plenty of lunatics and blackmailers, and I bet that a broken device can even be remotely activated by a person who will gain control over it. In the case of a niche vest, it may not seem like a threat, but if such a model would be adopted by larger, for example, car companies …

Secondly, depending on the application of the security function and network communication, the product may be permanently deactivated at some point. If a company collapses its leg and goes bankrupt, it does not necessarily need to think about how to secure the product for the future. And even if he does, a random bug could make her bane in some time. Moreover, in the case of such products, this threat will also apply to those who unlocked it with a one-off payment.

Matter of time?

Unfortunately, it seems that most companies will strive for such a model and subscriptions will start to appear in products that we would not have thought before could be so billed. Producers will try to implement such billing as much as possible, because it is convenient, safe for them and allows for easy price manipulation. It is only up to us whether they succeed. Sometimes the fight with this fashion may require us to choose a product a little worse than the subscription one, but if we go the easy way, soon we will settle everything in this way.

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