Types of digital door locks

Every business is unique, which means that the type of lock you choose will depend on your business’s own needs and each lock’s capabilities. 

Many locks, regardless of its type, offer multiple keyless ways to unlock the door in the event of a lost key or forgotten code. 

Keypad door locks

A keypad door lock model requires a PIN to unlock the door. They are very easy to install and maintain, and you can assign different codes to different users. You can change PIN at any time, allowing you to easily manage access to your building. 

Some models have protective mechanisms such as keypads that shut down after an incorrect code has been entered three times. Most newer models have a touch screen, but some have physical buttons. There are also combination keypad locks, which use a PIN in conjunction with another type of lock, such as deadbolts or handles. 

Keyless/wireless smart locks

Keyless and wireless smart locks are some of the most popular options. They allow you to connect to your locks over a Wi-Fi connection, so you can control your locks from anywhere in the world via a mobile app or remote. However, unless you purchase your locks as part of a smart home package, they may not come with a dedicated mobile app. 

Many smart locks offer Bluetooth capability, which can automatically unlock your doors once you get within a certain distance. You may also be able to use your phone or a key card and tap the sensor to unlock the door. 

Key cards/ Smart card locks

Key cards are a way to unlock your Bluetooth or radio frequency identification (RFID)-enabled smart lock. You simply tap the card against the lock sensor to unlock it. Key cards can be programmed to unlock multiple locks, so, for example, your one key card can let you into the front, side and office doors in your building. 

Fingerprint/Biometric door locks

Fingerprint/ biometric door locks are a popular and upcoming digital smart door lock option. You can unlock a door by having your fingerprint or (less commonly) your eye scanned. This is a very secure option, since fingerprints are all unique and are very difficult to copy. It’s also a convenient option for individuals who don’t have to carry a key card with them, which means they always have access. 

Fingerprint door locks work by scanning a fingerprint and converting it into a numerical template, which then tells the system to unlock the door. Because this system is so dependent on connectivity, thus look for a model with a backup option like a keypad or mechanical lock so you can still gain entry if your fingerprint cannot be scanned. 

Many models have a limit of 100 fingerprints that can be stored, so if your company is larger, a biometric lock may not be the best option for you. 

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