The traditional door lock hasn't changed much over the past century. On the other hand, your business's security needs are always evolving and unfortunately, it's getting harder for ordinary locks to keep up. Keyless locks offer several distinct advantages over their traditional counterparts that can benefit your business and its security needs:
You Have a Wide Variety of Locks to Choose from Based on Your Security Needs
The keyless lock market is filled to the brim with a wide variety of different lock types, each tailored to address unique security challenges:
- Mechanical – Mechanical locks are simple, easy to install and they don't need battery or main power to function. However, code combinations are usually limited to four digits and changing these codes must be done on a lock-by-lock basis.
- Electronic – Electronic locks offer more numbers, more combinations and an easy-to-use and sometimes illuminated keypad. Some models even offer Wi-Fi connectivity for secure remote code changes and other features.
- Card key – Instead of using a traditional key, you simply swipe or bump an access card in order to gain access. This type of lock prevents code-sharing among personnel, plus security staff can easily track card key access statistics using advanced software.
- Biometric – A biometric keyless lock is the most advanced (and consequently most expensive) option available. Unlike other locks, biometric locks take a fingerprint and/or retinal scan of authorized personnel, matching these scans with a built-in database of allowed users before granting entry. These locks typically offer the highest possible levels of security, especially when paired with other security measures.
The system you choose depends heavily on your desired price point, as well as your building's unique security needs. For example, small offices can benefit from a simple mechanical keyless lock, whereas buildings where confidential or sensitive information is held and processed can benefit from electronic or biometric keyless entry.
Keyless Locks Speed up Ingress and Egress
Regardless of which type of keyless entry system is chosen, keyless locks help move employees through secured areas faster than typical keyed locks. Speed and ease of access is especially important during peak periods (shift changes, lunch periods, etc.) where foot traffic is at its heaviest.
No longer do you have to see employees wasting their time and effort with a ring full of nearly identical keys. Card access can also be integrated neatly into ID badges, further eliminating clutter while improving convenience.
With a Keyless Lock, Typical Lockpicking Strategies Are out of the Question
Keyless locks are a great way to discourage and prevent break-ins. Without a traditional lock tumbler, any and all traditional attempts to pick the lock are foiled the moment an intruder sets sight on it. Combined with other security features that help prevent most other types of forced entry, a keyless lock is a valuable tool that can help safeguard valuable spaces and equipment.
Changing Lock Codes Is Much Easier than Changing out Locks or Re-Cutting Keys
Losing a key for a traditional lock usually means having a skilled commercial locksmith create a duplicate key. This can be time-consuming and potentially expensive. Revoking someone's access credentials is a much tougher task – if they're not willing to give up their keys, that refusal could create a serious security risk until every lock associated with that key is replaced.
Keyless locks eliminate the fear and expense of losing a physical key. It's much easier to recover a lost entry code or create a new access card with a keyless lock system. With biometric access, you won't ever lose your fingerprint. Security staff can also change or revoke entry credentials from the comfort of a computer terminal or with a few simple adjustments at the door lock itself.