With a greater emphasis on security than ever before, the security industry has pushed forward, in effort to invent new locks and systems. In the end, the demand, along with several, incredible, technological advancement has resulted in the creation and implementation of keyless entry locks and systems.
Keyless entry is very much what it sounds like. This type of lock or system eliminates the need of and us of standard keys for entry or access. Instead, access is granted by other means, such as codes, cards, signals, and even biometrics. Abolishing keys creates less hassle, fewer events of duplicated access items, and increased security. Keyless entry, which is most commonly associated with vehicles, has also become popular on the commercial frontier, but most recently, has taken the private, residential world, by storm.
Different Kinds of Keyless Entry
• Remote – Utilize a digitalized key that sends a unique signal to the receiver, when a button is pushed. (e.g.: garage door openers, car alarms and remote starters)
• Proximity – The electronic key emits a signal, which is identified by the receiver, it is within a specified proximity or range. (eg: new vehicles unlock and allow you to start the car, without pushing any buttons or putting a key into the ignition
• Mechanical Key Pads – Replace standard locks and require a code or combination to unlock the mechanism. Mechanical keypads do not use any type of electricity, but are purely mechanical. Therefore, only one code can be set and the code needn’t be entered in a specific order. The correct buttons or keys just have to be pushed. (e.g.: pharmacies, medical supply rooms, or record rooms)
• Digital Key Pads – Require a specific combination, which must be entered in the exact order. Its electrical/digital nature also allows for several different codes to be programmed in so different individuals may be use their own combinations. (e.g.: commonly used to open garage doors, from the outside; gate access in residential facilities; and used on higher-security areas)
• Swipe/Key Cards – A card, the size of a credit card, includes a magnetic barcode or chip, which is swiped in or tapped against a reader. They can be programmed for customized access and can be changed at any time.
• Biometric – The highest, most advanced form of keyless entry, which utilizes biological recognition for identification and access. Features such as, fingerprints, hand mapping, retinas, voice, DNA, and a few others are scanned as the baselines and then recognized upon future scans for access. (e.g.: fingerprint scanners in Disney, used in government facilities, research facilities, banks, etc.)
Keyless entry locks and systems offer a variety of countless benefits, depending upon the type of lock/system. Most common to all of them, however, is that they eliminate the hassles and problems associated with keys, including having too many, as well as losing them or having them stolen. Keycards and codes, which get into the wrong hands can be easily reset or deactivated, unlike standard keys. All of the keyless entry models are more difficult to break into and offer higher to advanced levels of security. Choosing the right type of keyless entry lock or system depends on many different variables including the purpose, the number of people using it, the nature of the building or room, and more.