Problem Solver: Electronic Locks Offer New Possibilities

Jan. 2, 2015

Security systems have evolved greatly in the past decade. Where once mechanical lock-and-key systems were standard, now integrated, electronic access systems are also available. When considering options for a client, it is important to choose a system that is not only scalable to their needs but also adaptable.

Manufacturers recognize this need, and are developing products that help streamline the transition from mechanical keys to electronic key credentials. The latest electronic locking solutions are easy to install, easy to manage, and easy to use. When considering the fast-changing nature of high security systems, it is important to keep the following tips in mind.

Innovation based on customer needs

Innovation is a great thing. Today manufacturers offer electronic locks that allow customers to access doors using a keycard or even a smart phone. The systems they offer can also allow tenants the ability to quickly add and delete credentials, from anywhere. From the sleek, modern design of today’s locks to intuitive, cloud-based credential management, innovation has made the products available today better than ever.

But it is still important to understand your customers’ needs before recommending the latest and greatest products. If you have the chance, sit down with the building owner and ask them about the needs of their building. This will help you specify a system that is not more innovation and technology than they need, but is the right solution for their application.

Flexible, scalable, adaptable

When helping customers select locks for their facilities, it is important to keep in mind what their needs are today as well as tomorrow. So their lock system should be scalable so it can grow and change with their businesses.

Many Electronic locking solutions offer the scalability to allow building owners and mangers the ability to customize the system according to the size of the facility, the tenants’ needs and the budget. Once installed, many systems can be adapted to meet changing needs as the facility grows, or as tenants move in, move out, or reconfigure their space.

With the advent of cloud-based systems, locks can be connected to the network over Wi-Fi. This makes it easy for tenants to manage their system from anywhere using a computer or mobile device, making updates overnight. Locksmiths can also offer to manage the system as a value-added service to tenants.

Your customers will be pleased as they improve efficiency and reduce operating costs associated with managing keys and access. The transition to electronic credentials means easier overall management, and fewer lockouts that need to be dealt with immediately.

Easy to install

In the past, installing an electronic lock meant hardwiring a door, running cords through walls and linking it all to a control center with the risk of destroying a very expensive door. The transition from a mechanical lock to electronic credentials doesn’t have to be difficult, and many of today’s locks provide an easier alternative.

Look for locks that can be easily retrofitted into existing standard cylindrical door prep. This makes it easy to add electronic locks where they are needed, without having to drill holes, run wires, replace the door or modify the frame.

 By keeping the above in mind, you will be equipped with the arsenal to let your customers and clients know that electronic locks have been refined, offering them the best new form of security in the last decade. They will love the ease of accessing their space by smartphone or smartcard.