Electronic locks offer a smart approach to security. They allow you to come and go as you please, without the inconvenience of remembering keys. They can also monitor who is entering and approaching your home. This would prove particularly useful whilst you are on holiday or the property is vacant. Instead of working as conventional locks do, using a key, electronic locks often use keypads or push buttons, requiring a code for entry or make use of modern technology. In the most modern and up to date versions of this technology, locks can be opened using a smart phone app. With technology integral to the functioning of electronic locks, there are numerous advantages as well as some draw backs.
Most electronic locks come with a range of different entry methods. These usually include RFID, keypad, biometric (fingerprint), or Bluetooth. As technology is constantly developing, so are the locks.
Earlier electronic locks tend to use a keypad or pushbuttons, whereas modern locks commonly use a touchpad instead. These later models also have more security features to prevent burglars from figuring out your code.
Not dissimilar from traditional locks, RFID uses a key card or fob to allow access. However, rather than rummaging around in your bag to find a key, these often work across short distances, from your pocket or purse.
Much like many smartphones now operate, some locking systems now function by fingerprint identification. When using a biometric locking system, your property will only be accessible to those whose fingerprints have been scanned and set and thus recognised by the system.
Bluetooth enabled locks work by sensing and pairing with your smartphone’s Bluetooth ID and opening when you approach. However, most Bluetooth enabled or RFID locks also have a secondary means of operating, in case your phone’s battery dies or you lose your fob and thus cannot gain access to your property in this way.
The latest models of electronic locks are even able to function using apps that can be downloaded onto your smartphone. This places them in the category of smart technology, meaning they can also be used in conjunction with other smart devices you may have installed in your home.
Electronic locks are often perceived as being very pricey. However, as new technology is constantly developing, electronic locks are becoming more affordable in price. They are increasingly becoming the preferred mode of locking systems, moving security into the modern era. They are often priced in the range of £50-£250, with the more expensive offering more features.