You can imagine Desmond and Dorothea sitting around a table discussing back in 1991, working out the business plans for their new venture CodeLock Ltd.
I started up in a business a few years before them, but I remember their products coming on to the market, seriously cost effective combination locks that was denting a hole in the force of the day, Simplex - Unican.
I have always admired this British company, their marketing skills has this very impressionable front, quiet and subtle in their approach they seem to be every where but at the same time are not in your face with advertising. I have never had the opportunity to meet the owners, but I have fitted myself a good hundred or so of their products over the years.
One of the major advantages to their product range, is you dont have to go back to fix anything. Brilliant for us the installer and brilliant for the customer, perhaps it is this dedication to quality, excellently priced in the market that has allowed the company now over 20 years old to have a stable net worth and an admirable balance sheet.
I may be as bold as to say they were the first to bring out the code-locks that we see copied all over the place. Perhaps someone in the industry could confirm. Customers would know them better by have letters at the bottom of the key pad X Y Z C.
This code lock principle has been copied to death now by loads of companies, some perhaps not built to the same quality, in-fact I know they are not. CodeLocks do have a reputation to build a good quality product.
One thing that does amaze me, is the innovation of this company. I remember them launching their CodeLock 5000. Getting one for display, I was over whelmed with the quality of the build and totally understood why the price tag was respectively higher that normal CodeLocks. Some amazing features where had with the 5000, which leads me on to why I am writing this article, because CodeLock has done it again with their CodeLocks 2000 range.
This is truly another fantastic product from the stable, and coming in just over £110.00 (+ Vat) for an electronic combination lock is truly fabulous value for money and not only that, it has some amazing features as well.
Fire alarm inter-face - This allows you to wire a fire alarm that will make the door free access for 30 minutes in the event of an alarm activation.
Remote release, again you can momentary release the door from a remote location, door intercom, reception are just a few examples.
A massive 80 user codes can be stored in the keypad, the codes can be 4 5 and 6 digits long.
Up to 10, One Time Only codes can be used. This is a great feature for say, a delivery driver, or a friend that needs access, but you dont want to go through the hassle of changing codes every five minutes, simply give them a one time use code, it allows them to open the door once and then that code is deleted. Your security is now re-instated.
Having the opportunity to trigger the lock opening functions remotely has distinct advantages, should you wish to add proximity or biometrics access control to the door at a later date.
You can also use a hold open code, so in times when the door needs to be in free access, the hold open code can be entered and the lock becomes a normal latch handle until the code is entered again.
CodeLock are promoting this lock as an exact replacement to their mechanical range and are confident that the retro fit will only take ten minutes to complete and have made a video for it See Below to show just how easy it is.
OK the 2000 has been designed for light duty applications, for more industrial or heavy usage areas, go for the 5000.
I think CodeLock has done it again with this range, and I take my hat off to them.
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So well done guys for another fabulous product and best off luck for the future and see you in another 20 years :-)
Darrel Walters, Head of the Tech Department
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Codelocks designs and manufactures a range of digital keyless door and cabinet locks for organisations that need to control access within their buildings. The locks are easy to fit, easy to programme and are sold with everything you need in the box to fit them, including parts, instructions and templates. For more information visit www.codelocks.co.uk.