Intelligent Access Control

Tuesday, 15 April 2014  |  Codelocks Marketing

Standalone digital locks have been available in the market for many years. During this time a wide range of products have been developed to meet different access control applications.  At the entry-level end of the market, simple, single-coded mechanical locks are widely used to restrict access. Increasingly, these are being replaced with electronic products that have advanced programing features, allowing them to be used as an alternative to the more expensive networked systems. 

The main driver for the rise in popularity of digital locks is the obvious removal of the need to use and, more importantly, manage keys. Key management is a major consideration in any large building or office complex, as keys often get lost or stolen. But simply replacing a key does not necessarily regain ‘control’ of the lock. To do this, a new key cylinder and number should be fitted – which can be a very costly and time-consuming process if keys are lost on a regular basis. By comparison, if the code on an electronic digital lock is compromised, it can be changed on the door in seconds. It is for this reason we’ve seen a substantial increase in the range of applications for standalone digital locks. 

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Traditionally, facilities or estates managers turned to expensive card-based access control systems if they required a lock with sophisticated features. However, over the years battery-operated digital locks have become increasingly capable.