"Now we have locks controlled by smart-phone apps. That's a technology we'll be focusing on more for the house," Bayuk said, adding that the business continues to sell safes, as it did in the 19th century, but with 21st century technology.
'The Italian Job'
He still cringes when he sees all the indiscretions that are taken with real security technology in a movie where the characters devise elaborate schemes to defeat electronic security measures to grab a jewel or break into a safe.
"I always wonder who their technical adviser is," he said. "The best one I've seen is the 'Italian Job.' That's pretty realistic."
Bayuk is a member of ALOA Security Professionals Association, formerly the Associated Locksmiths of America, and Tom Demont, president of the ALOA board of directors, knows some of the history of Karpilow Safe & Lock.
Commenting that he doesn't know of any ALOA member with a longer history, he attributed the longevity of the business to it being passed down to subsequent family generations until it was bought by Greenberg.
"It was handed down from father to son. That's how most locksmith businesses continue," said Demont, owner of Technical Services in Pittsburgh. "And like all small businesses, it's the perseverance of the individuals who keep it going."
Keeping pace with technology is essential for a lock company, but it is a challenge for small businesses where employees and management are wrapped up in daily responsibilities, according to Demont, who said that the ALOA conducts classes on technology advances for its members.
"You tend to get wrapped up working in your business, rather than working on your business," he said. "There's a lot more schooling than there ever has been."
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