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Locks come in all shapes and sizes. With today’s advanced security technology, you have a wide variety to choose from. With that variety comes some confusion, too.

One source of confusion is the difference between automatic and smart door locks. Let’s examine both types of locks

About Smart Door Locks

When a smart door lock is in place a person must provide identification to gain access
A smart door lock can use several different kinds of identification, including:
  • Proximity cards
  • Fingerprints
  • Retinal eye scans
  • Voice prompts
  • Coded swipe cards
  • Bluetooth ID via a digital device
  • NFC (Near field Communication with mobile devices)
The early electronic door locks consisted of an encoded keypad, usually made of steel. Those desiring entry had to key in the correct code. The steel number pad is often replaced by a touch screen panel. Today’s electronic door locks also offer many options to improve entry control. Please see the options listed above. Here are a couple of ways new technology improves electronic door locks:
The touch identification on mobile phones is available for door locks.
Locks today can unlock without actually swiping a coded RFID card. This means no more need to dig around in a purse or a bag for a badge. When the badge-holder is close enough a signal will open the door. There is no need for further interaction.

About Automatic Door Locks

  • Electric Deadbolt Locks (usually used for large cabinets and high-security doors). Electric deadbolt locks can be date and time controlled.
  • Electric Strike Door Locks (also called fail-secure devices). These are door locks that remain locked during a power outage. Some have knobs that allow people to open the door from the inside. Fail-safe electric strike door locks unlock during power disruptions or outages.
  • Electromagnetic Locks (maglocks). These work by attaching an armature plate to a door and an electromagnet to the door frame. The door remains locked as long as current is passing through the electromagnet.

Which Door Lock is Best for Your Business?

There is no “one size fits all” solution to securing your business. Every business has its own unique situation. Some may even need a blend of access control products. The needs for each entrance and exit may be different from the others. If you are a retailer or service like a hair salon, your needs will be unlike a manufacturing company’s needs.
You can also integrate an access control system into your
existing security protocols and surveillance video security system.
Conzer Security knows that your security needs are unique. Contact us and we will help you create a tailor-made solution for your business.

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