Locks come in all shapes and sizes. Door locks do, too. And now, with advanced security technology, you have a wide variety to choose from. With that variety comes some confusion, too. As we here at Conzer Security talk with our customers and potential customers, we see the confusion about the difference between automatic door locks and smart door locks.

About Smart Door Locks

The primary factor that differentiates one from the other is that the smart door lock requires a person to identify themselves before the door allows them to unlock it and enter.

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)

Electronic door locks, which are the smart door locks, originated with keypads and a specific code, or pin number, allowed entrance. Now, although still available, the steel number pad is often replaced by touchscreens panels. In addition, as noted in the list above, smart door locks also use radio frequency identification (RFID), biometrics and Bluetooth capabilities in identifying the person trying to gain access.

As a point of reference, the technology for fingerprints is similar to the Touch ID capability on smart phones and other devices.

Updates have been made and new locks today can unlock without actually swiping a coded RFID card. This means employees no longer have to dig into purses and bags to enter the building – and this saves time and aggravation, especially when their hands are full. This same feature is available for Bluetooth or NFC enabled devices. When you come close enough, the signal will open the door without any other 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 lock during a power outage. Some are outfitted with knobs that allow people to open the door from the inside. An alternative is a fail-safe electric strike door lock that unlocks 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. Current passing through the electromagnet is attracted to the armature plate keeping the door shut.
  • Electrified Door Hardware

Which Door Lock is Best for Your Business?

One of the reasons the team at Conzer Security doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to security is that every business has its own unique situation. If you are a manufacturer, you might be trying to secure a production floor, a research and design division, as well as a warehouse full of inventory. The needs for each entrance and egress may be completely different from the others. If you are a retailer or service like a hair salon, your needs will be unlike the manufacturing company.

Each situation lends itself to a specific kind of door lock and credential and management system. For instance, because there are no interconnecting parts to the electromagnetic lock, certain configurations might not be recommended for high-security applications. They are more suitable for businesses or office with a lot of traffic.

In addition to door locks, access control security systems are another way to use technology to prevent access to your facility and maintain the integrity of your buildings. An access control security system can be integrated into your security protocols and even your video surveillance system to provide a far greater level of security in your business.

Your business is unique. Contact us to discover what it means to have Conzer Security partner with you to create a tailor-made solution for you.