Access Control - Handsfree Locking
Access Control continued from Yesterday....
I personally embrace the technology and long may it continue, innovation is the key to success. I think Yale’s focus on a keypad is wrong, I think it is to flawed and this USP in these days is a little weak. Walking up to your front door, the door recognising you and you press the handle down and the door opens is the only proper way of changing peoples views on electronic security and I believe the fob in the pocket or even the Mobile phone being the key is the future.
The crazy thing is, this technology is already out there, Paxton's Air System where they use an active card and a reader that will acknowledge the card when your about a meter away is already in existence. What they need to do in my opinion is package the technology, call it something like ‘home central locking’ get is rated from British Standards and push it to the insurance companies as viable alternative to old fashioned locks and keys.
CodeLock a company that I have wrote about before, already make combination locks that you can fit easily on your front door, what amazes me a little is why they still continue to use the Tubular locking latch in the middle. If it can be modified a little, it could work with a Yale Traditional Night Latch quite easily and in which case they could have been promoting the front door digital lock that would fit like the Yale one does now years ago.
We like digital cylinders and promote the German Company Simons Voss a lot on our site as you may already notice. Here is a company that is leading the way in design and technology, hate to say it but the Germans may be beating us on this front as well, but I have to take my hat of to these guys. They are wanting to see change, create new markets and push innovation as far as it will go. Making money is important, agreed but to have the inspiration to make something better and be creative, creates personal wealth and inner success and a sense of achievement. I want to be part of this and thus promote Simons Voss as a true innovative company with a superb quality driven product range.
What this means however, is you can now simply press a fob as you get within a foot of your door, turn the knob on the cylinder and unlock the door, not to dissimilar when you want to get out, with a whole host of permutations for access and egress there is a solution for any discerning client. Of course keying your doors alike is simply very easy, you just enrol your fob on as many cylinders as you want. In fact you can enrol your fob on your friends cylinders as well if both of you are so inclined.
Access control has not really got to a stage for a fit and forget solution yet, It has with alarms and CCTV and it will soon be the same with locks on your doors. Designs and door profiles will bec
ome standard because of the economy that standardising gives, this will make the process of people creating locking solutions easier and with that will come new and innovative locking solutions. Yale has correctly used their power in the market on most wooden doors where there is a Yale type latch to retro fit a keypad to that lock and door, thus making it easier for all to fit. Other manufactures will follow suite. Like Act and PAC, even big hitters like Kaba are probably sitting and watching in the wings so to speak, But the locking industry is changing and I am at least as with LocksOnline going to embrace it and try and sell the innovation.
Hope you have enjoyed my little rant on access control, I truly think fun times are ahead of us.
Watch this space :-)
Written byDarrel Walters
Head of the tech department
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