Access Control - Exclusive to LocksOnline
LocksOnline is focusing this week on Access Control. We think that the UK need to focus of different forms of security, incorporating more electronics in the security of the front and back doors to our homes.
OK, no matter how you secure something the old way of doing things is by putting an obstacle between the door and the frame, normally this would be a bolt of some description.
Not that that is a problem as this lends itself to being probably the most efficient way of securing a door in a frame.
But what about the control method, and again this has been normally by the use of a mechanical key where you insert it into a hole, levers or pins engage in the correct sequence and there you go , you open or lock the door.
But as Sam wrote in an article last week, you use electronic locking systems on your car and to be honest it is now part of the norm, but in reality we still us old and in some cases very old technology to secure our front and back doors to our home and rely on this security to keep all our worldly posseions safe and secure.
I wrote an article many months back about the mobile phone becoming your key to your front door, and I still think that is the way we should be looking. The new IO6 update from Apple, if your an Apple fan has created an app called the Passbook which allows you to buy tickets on line, save them to this app and then all you have to do is show your phone at the event that you have bought tickets for. This would be the same for your airline tickets. Probably in the next year to two it will not me long for the phone to become your wallet and you simply transfer money from your bank to your phone credit or, your phone has direct access to your bank to make payments and check account status. Simply enter your four digit number into your phone whilst you are at the check out will confirm the payment whilst you see the amount you are paying on your phone. The receipt for the purchase is sitting in your inbox ready to store on your time capsule when you get home. Slightly digressing I know, but this is very real and it is happening today. I remember going to New Zealand back around 2002ish and they were then using chip and pin whilst us Brits was still signing for Credit Card Purchases.
We focused last week on the Yales New Electronic keypad for front doors, With the marketing might of the Assa Abloy Group, it would be interesting to see if there is going to be any mass exodus from mechanical keys to finger tips pressing buttons on an electronic keypad, I was up at Homebase last week looking at the getting a heater, and I saw the new Yale Digital Lock on display, hasten to add we are a little cheaper :-). But the point is that this new electronic age is starting to come to the forefront of our lives.
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