Electronic and biometric locks are an increasingly popular way of securing your home or premises from unwanted intruders or unauthorised access. The primary attraction of these technologies is their convenience, which dispenses with the need for keys or codes.
Electronic locks are programmed devices that contain a reader. They are released by passing a card key over them. The card key has a chip which communicates with the reader, and permits access. These systems are especially prevalent in the hospitality industry, where hotels need to manage secure access to a large number of rooms for a diverse range of users. Other commercial environments also utilise this technology to provide selective access to certain portions of a building. The activity of each individual card - including details such as the time and location of use - can be downloaded for enhanced security.
Biometric locks work on the principle of analysing certain physiological characteristics before a mechanism is released to permit further access. This is typically your fingerprint, though other technologies utilise the iris of the eye for identification. A fingerprint scanner records your print and transfers the image to a chip, which stores the records of a number of authorised users. If the print matches any of the recorded versions, it releases the lock mechanism. Biometric data is also difficult to steal or replicate, making it a very secure security solution.
When contracting a locksmith ensure they have police clearance and a confidentiality policy so your privacy and security are not compromised when they gain access to your home or premises.
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