Electronics are growing in acceptance in commercial and institutional applications. Electronic locks provide an efficient alternative for controlling access and eliminating "lost and misplaced key" problems. Electronic locks can provide audit trail, enabling companies to know who went where and when.
Most hotels are now equipped with card access lock mechanisms. Locks and security are moving towards cards instead of keys. Several companies are producing electronic locks for residential applications.
Locksmiths began installing lever handle locks and low power operators to accommodate building codes and ADA.
Delayed egress devices were introduced in the 1990s, but did not play a role in locksmith installations until 2000 or later.
With electronic access control being used for commercial, industrial, and institution operations, American Security Products (AMSEC) developed the SafeWizard®, an access control system designed around a safe. The SafeWizard controls access for up to 40 users, and maintains a log of the over 8,000 audit entries.
The Mas Hamilton Power Lever, a self-powered stand alone, electronic door lock, was introduced in the 1990s. Securitron began offering its MagnaCare Lifetime warranty.
This decade will be remembered having the capability to surf the internet 24 hours a day. Locksmith can visit many lock hardware manufacturers' websites to obtain technical information as well as templates and installation instructions after business hours. Beginning around 2000, the cost of a basic computer was less than $400. As a result, more and more locksmiths are computer literate and have access to computers. Some locksmith service vehicles are now equipped with a laptop computer, GPS and a cell phone.
Sargent & Greenleaf
First Changeable Combination Lock
Mortise Pin Tumbler Lock (Flat Key)
1st Liquid-based Door Closer
Paracentric Key Inventor
Corbin Master Ring Invented
"Cylinder" First Used to Describe Lock
Key Duplicating Machine
Hugh Clark Russwin Von Duprin
First Exit Device (1904-1911)
Invents Jimmyproof Rim Lock
IC Core Invented
Master Laminated Padlocks
Ilco Universal Code Machine Invented
Cylindrical Lock Patent
Introduced Chicago Ace Lock
Briggs & Stratton
Sidebar Auto Lock
Invents Manipulation-proof Safe Lock
ALOA is Started
Starts Safe School
Introduces 1850 Deadbolt
Falcon Lock Company Started
Key Coding System
Keso Locks Introduced
Medeco High Security Invented
Introduces Locking Steering Wheel
Framon Code Machine
Lab Introduces Pin Kits
1200 CM Code Machine
Introduces Locks in USA
Briggs & Stratton
Commercial and institutional locksmiths will be needed to install mechanical locks and master key systems for many years to come.