Having spoken previously about some of the more complex and modern keyless ways you can switch over from the traditional house key to other entry methods Ive decided to take this opportunity to look at a low tech but none the less exciting product fresh on the market such as keyless bolts.
First brought to my attention a week or so ago I have been examining a range of keyless bolts and padlocks. Now these arent in the same vain as the Simons Voss or Paxton locks that use sophisticated electronic mechanisms to secure your premises but still offer a unique approach to security.
No-Ke is new company that has designed an expanding range of keyless bolts and padlocks that were originally destined for the equestrian and canine security markets due to their unique operation. These locks are considered low security because they are easy access; the irony of the description is not lost on me but once you see and use the device all becomes crystal clear. These bolts and padlocks were designed to keep animals within their enclosures but without the hassle of having to unlock with a key every time but still stopping horses and dogs from nudging open a traditional bolt. The Padlocks are operated by pressing down two round stainless steel plates simultaneously; this disengages the sear and opens up the shackle. The bolt version is opened by depressing a single round stainless plate, the bolt is spring loaded so with a simple yet satisfying click of the button it is disengaged and you are free to enter.
For me these types of lock are something the market has been crying out for, for years. They offer the ability to maintain some security in kennels and stables, keep animal welfare safe and allow you as an owner or care giver to have easy access in case of an emergency.Taking a closer look at the bolt unit, it truly is a nicely engineered product. Made in Great Britain, the shell is solid aluminium and comes anodized in a range of colours, the bolt and internals are made out of high quality marine stainless steel, they are weather proof and made to the highest of standards. I was so intrigued with the appearance and dexterity of these that I gave the owner of the company a ring to bend his ear on these, Im glad I did as I gleamed some interesting information about some up and coming products, most notably a version of the spring bolt that has a fully integrated SMS alert system to let you know instantly via mobile phone if an un-authorised person tries to gain entry to the area controlled by the bolt.
Coming up in the future I can see a lot of uses for these types of locks, not only for equestrian and livestock but also for schools and nurseries etc where area control is important but equally important is the ability to have a fast and uncomplicated exit from an area in an emergency. So what would my conclusion be?
Watch this space!