Remember a time when sophisticated home security systems were something you only saw in Sci-Fi films? Well, that’s now become a reality.
Technology today is drastically different from what it was a couple of years ago. If you told someone a decade ago, that in the near future people would have the ability to control modern appliances using cloud networking, they’d believe that you’d lost your mind. Today, the internet of things makes it possible.
Lock manufacturers haven’t been left behind either. They’ve been keeping up with the latest trends to bring you the best that modern door locks have to offer.
This article explores the latest advances in door security that are changing the way people secure their homes and business premises. Read on to learn more.
Keyless Door Locks
If you’ve ever been stuck outside your door on a dark rainy night fumbling around for your keys, then you know how incredibly frustrating this can be. A keyless door provides a welcome alternative to traditional keys.
Numbered keypads, for instance, offer a great alternative to traditional keys. Simply punch in your unique code to unlock the door as opposed to using a physical key.
The chances of an intruder guessing the correct key code combination are slim to none making it a great way to secure your home. What’s more, you can set your codes to expire on a specific day or time.
You can even set it to expire if the incorrect code is entered a certain number of times in the course of the day. If you are expecting guests, you can text them a temporary code they’ll use to let themselves in and out of your home.
It offers convenience all while ensuring your house remains secure. The benefits of using numbered keypads in your door locking system are limitless.
There’s also the keyless door locks that rely on key cards. However, these are more suited to hotels and offices rather than for use in residential homes.
Remote Door Locking Systems
Smartphones have become the lifeline of the modern world. People use their mobile devices to check-out at grocery shop counters, navigate through traffic, shop online, and lots of other helpful things.
It was only a matter of time before this technology played a role in home security systems. Today, there are apps you can install to monitor your home remotely.
You can even virtually lock and unlock your door from wherever you may be. You don’t have to be physically there.
The beauty about it is that you can now connect your phone to your smart lock using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth technology. Simply walk up to your door and hold your phone up to the lock to unlock it.
Unless you’re dealing with a sophisticated burglar who has the time and ability to hack into your Wi-Fi lock, it’ll certainly thwart the average intruder who shows up with lock picking tools.
Biometric Door Locks
Biometric door locking systems were once a futuristic fantasy for sci-fi lovers. Now, they are a budding reality. These work by creating secure credentials using your unique fingerprints or eye retina patterns.
These are impossible to replicate. You become the key to your own door. Biometric door locks not only offer unmatched security but they give you the quickest means of accessing your home or business.
You simply place your finger or palm on a scanner and voila! You’re in. It’s less cumbersome than having to fish for your physical keys.
You can integrate your biometric locks with your home security system and manage them using your smartphone app or using your desktop PC. As is the case with keyless door locks, you can add, delete or change your saved bio-credentials as needed. This proves to be quite convenient in the event you have guests over and have to grant them temporary access.
Remote Monitoring Systems
If you’re away on a family vacation, remote monitoring is a convenient way to keep an eye on your home or business even when you’re thousands of miles away. It allows you to receive real-time footage of happenings inside and outside of your home.
The systems come installed with features that allow you to enable or disable your security system. You can even send fire or intrusion alerts to your local police or fire department. What’s more, it allows you to stream the security camera feeds to view them from wherever you are.
Installing home security technology is cheaper than it’s ever been before. It’s easy to install and smarter than ever. You can install cameras in strategic locations around your home to monitor who’s at your door, in your house or in your backyard.
Modern Door Locks: Bluetooth vs WI-Fi
Smart door locks are arguably the best new innovations in home security. They work by automatically unlocking the door for you when they detect your presence using your smartphone of key-fob.
More sophisticated systems allow the smart devices to connect to the home automation system and instruct devices like the smart thermostat to enter into energy-saving mode when nobody’s home. Choosing between Bluetooth or Wi-Fi locks ultimately depends on which side of the fence you sit.
While Bluetooth locks are generally more secure, Wi-Fi locks offer a lot more functionality. But, because Wi-Fi is used for internet connectivity, the locks are exposed to potential online security breaches.
These are the crème de la crème of active security systems. They use motion sensors to detect your presence therefore, locking or unlocking the door.
The motion sensors are installed on doors and windows and use waves and winks to identify you. Home sensor kits can detect movement in different parts of your home like corridors and rooms.
You can integrate the home sensors with your smartphone device or desktop app to send motion-trigger alerts to you when the sensors are armed. These alerts can be in the form of text messages or emails.
Other sensor systems have indoor sirens that go off when triggered. They provide real-time visual footage and audio warnings in case there’s any security breach.
Smart Garage Door Systems
Remember a time when you had to hide the garage door key under a rock? If you’re still doing it, there’s a better alternative.
With smart garage door systems, managing the ins and outs of your garage has never been easier. You can conveniently control the opening and closing of the garage door using your smartphone.
Simply get a network adapter. Register the device with your service provider and then plug it into your home router. Next, download the device’s app to your smartphone device and you’re ready to roll.
You’ll be able to control the garage door using your app even when you’re not in the vicinity. If someone accidentally leaves the garage door open, the app will tell you how long it’s been open for.
What’s more, these systems come with motion detectors that you can install on the garage doors. These are particularly important if you have small kids or pets that could be running in and out of the garage while the doors are closing.
Door-Base Smart Locks
These locks add a modern twist to your traditional locks. As the name implies, door-base locks are installed across the base of your door. They prevent intruders from kicking in the door to gain access to your home.
It is also burglar-proof since it deters thieves from picking or bumping your locks. The lock extends from the base of the door right up to the wall above using the structure of your home to secure the door.
As is the case with most smart locks you can install an app to your smartphone and sync it with the lock. When the lock detects that you are approaching your door, it collapses down to allow you to open your door smoothly. Most of them usually come with a key-fob.
These are one of the most secure and reliable locks out there. They use electric current to produce a magnetic force that keeps the doors shut. This force is so strong that the doors can’t be forced open without a confirmed access method.
They are built to withstand high pressure and are made up of 2 components: The electromagnet and the armature plate. The electromagnet gets attached to the door frame while the armature plate is attached to the door itself.
The lock chosen depends on the strength of the electromagnetic force generated by the voltage that passes through it. If you want a higher-strength force, expect to fork up some extra bucks for it.
When the lock is energized, it creates a magnetic field around it. This is what creates an electromagnet. The electromagnet and armature plate get attracted to each other strongly enough to keep the door from opening.
Since the system needs electrical power to keep the door locked, the locks are fail-safe in the event of an emergency. The door would simply unlock to allow people to safely exit through the door.
Fob-Enabled Smart Lock
A fob-enabled smart lock essentially means that you can lock or unlock your door without having to use a smartphone. You carry a key-fob in your purse, backpack or pocket which you would then use to touch the lock to open it.
As long as they key-fob is part of the same home security system, it can lock multiple doors in your home that have the fob-enabled locks installed. In other words, the key can open your front door, back door, garage door… – you get the picture.
Types of Doors to Secure with Smart Locks
It’s a common perception that smart locks are reserved for front-door installation only. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
You have to secure all areas of your home that have doors that could potentially be used to access your home. If you have rooms in your house that you want to keep out of reach from others, installing smart locks there is a good idea.
Knowing which doors you need to be secured will determine the types of locks you need to buy and how much getting new door locks might cost you. Below are some of the doors in your home you need to secure.
The Front and Back Doors
Most people use smart locks on their front doors but forget about their back doors. Any brand will work fine provided you ensure that you buy the correct lever handle-sets.
These come as either left-handed or right-handed lever handle-sets. Also, check for those that are designed to be used outside.
Bedroom and Bathroom Doors
When buying smart locks for your bedroom or bathroom, make sure they’ve been labeled “for interior doors”. It helps to choose those that match the style and color of your interior décor.
Sliding Glass Doors
Sliding glass doors are the easiest for burglars to break into your home. Unfortunately, there are no smart locks that can secure these doors against break-in.
Nonetheless, there are some 2-way keyless locks you can use for locking. That’s it.
Most smart locks for garage doors are easy to install. Most brands will work fine with your garage doors. However, ensure you get those that work with your home’s Wi-Fi signal and also come with motion sensors as part of the package.
The Bottom Line
Keeping your doors secure is the logical first step in keeping your home or business secure. With the giant leaps in technological security, modern door locks are not only functional and convenient; they do a pretty awesome job in keeping intruders out of your home.
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