Electronic locks are something to consider in any residential or commercial space. Here are some of the biggest benefits and drawbacks to think about.
Electronic lock installation gives you many more ways to access a space. Electronic systems can be programmed to contain chips that read a key card without you even having to place the card up to the access panel. They can also use key codes instead of a card so that you don't have to carry anything with you at all.
Pro: Flexible Access
If you have a lot of people who need access to your home or office only for a short time, it's easy to use electronic locks as a way to grant access and then take it back easily. You can program a passcode for someone and then delete it from your registered passcode system at any time. This is very helpful, for example, when you are running a vacation rental out of a part of your home and you don't want to be there in person to give keys, or don't want to have the possibility that someone will copy the key and come back later.
Con: Expensive to Install
Electronic locks can be more expensive to install than many other kinds of locks. If you already have deadbolt locks in place, however, ask your locksmith whether it would be possible to use those locks within your electronic locking system. The other main component is the control panel. If you want to have a comprehensive locking system that is linked with your fire alarm and other house stats, there may be some additional installation involved with that too.
Con: Hackers Are Out There
Another issue that crops up is that there are people who will try to hack into electronic locking software. Thankfully, the systems tend to have pretty good encryption that foils most attempts. There are often security updates that your locksmith can help you apply to make sure that your locks have the latest version of the software at all times.
Overall, you will probably find that there's much more good than bad when it comes to electronic locks. As with any new technology, there are some things to work out before it becomes a mainstream technology that's affordable to all. But if you can afford the added security and convenience of electronic locks, it's often a good investment.
Contact a company like All Lock Inc to learn more.