Technology for Security: Convenience and Security with Smart Locks

Door locks that require keys have the advantage of being inexpensive and providing a basic level of security. The disadvantages of these types of locks, both doorknob, and deadbolt, is that they can be easily picked. Being locked out of a home or office is also a real possibility because the keys can be lost, accidentally locked inside the house or forgotten elsewhere. Other types of locks that provide different levels of security are also available and include the fingerprint, smart card, and number keypad locks. With advances in technology, different kinds of smart locks are now available that add functionalities the other regular types lack. Each of these smart locks has its own set of advantages and weaknesses. Let’s take a look at the advantages one can enjoy from keyless access with a smartlock.

Effortless access

Smart locks offer incredibly effortless access mainly via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi technologies. Through an app, these modern locks use smartphones to unlock and lock the door; giving access to those authorized. The exact working and features of each model vary. Some detect your smartphone approaching or leaving and automatically unlock the door. Others are manually controlled through a phone app. Others require a fingerprint scan to allow access while some include numeric keypads for inputting numeric codes. If the lock has a keypad, you can create several codes depending on the number of people you want to give access. The apps used can allow the creation of access codes for a limited amount of time for instance if you want to give access to a trusted worker for a specific duration only. You can also lock or unlock the door remotely. The bottom line is that with all these smart locks, you avoid the disadvantages associated with using keys.

Better security

Compromising a smart lock is difficult for the average intruder. Because the locks are keyless, the risk of lock picking is minimized. They provide better control over who gains entry through the door. Some make it possible to identify who tried to access it and when. In addition, if you are out and need to ascertain that the door is locked, the app on your smartphone can allow you to do that. Smart locks also use batteries that can last up to a year, and if running low, your smartphone app or the lock will alert you to change it.

Despite these advantages, smart locks also have some cons that you should know of. First, while they generally offer better security, the possibility of hacking exists and depends largely on the security measures put in place by the designer. If a hacker is somehow able to gain control of the app, s/he can manipulate the lock and let anyone in or lock one out. Further, if for any reason communication between your phone and the lock fails or the lock is unresponsive, one can be locked out. Newer models, however, include alternative ways of unlocking the door in case the primary smart control fails. Even with these disadvantages, smart locks can still be valuable additions to your home or office security systems. They can help you attain the level of security and convenience you desire as long as you carefully weigh the pros and cons as you select one.