Guide to Motorized Locks
Something that I've found lately is that demand for motorized locks and locking equipment is on the rise. One could ponder the reasons why until the cows come home but what I would say the overriding factors are the benefits of security with easy of access, and why not?
Typically I find queries about motorized locking link back to up and coming businesses that have found that customer footfall is putting a burden on traditional locks that are great for locking up at night but have a major disadvantage when being used on selected access areas, such as staff only areas and other sensative areas that require a strict policy of access control.
To make things a bit easier for you, the potential customer I thought I'd just some up a couple of different approaches to this way of access control. The first being the type of operation, put quite simply it is wether you want the lock itself to be powered or just the strike or keep (the metal block that sits in the frame). Whats the difference? Well both are great options and can be used with a vast array of accessories such as keypads and card readers to interface with the locking hardware.
So starting off with an electronic strike, this is commonly found on the main entrance to apartment blocks, you know, the type where you press the button, speak to a resident and they can then 'buzz' you in. The buzzing that you hear when being let in is basically power being sent to the strike which then opens and allows the door to open in turn. In this situation is is not the lock that is opening but rather the mechanics that keep the lock closed to the frame.
The other main method for an access control solution is to have power actually running to the lock itself, the strike or keep is inanimate because the power is sent directly to the deadbolt or latch, for a brief period of time when directed the lock opens, allowing access, then depending on model will lock automatically when the door is closed (don't forget to order a door closer to make the most of this security feature!). An advantage of this is that generally this type of locking is more secure as it does not depend on a strike that contains moving parts.
An old time favorite is the Cisa 11921 & Cisa 11630, they have been very popular over the last few years and with good reason as they are tried and tested with good reliability however there is a new kid on the block in the guise of the Diaz MVM! Its versatile, hard-wearing and can be used on gates and doors, inside or out!
If you're in the market for a new electric lock then why not have a look at the ones above or give us a ring to discuss your requirements over the phone? What have you got to lose?