Benefits of Electronic Door Locks Systems

There are many advantages to Electronic Door Lock Systems over traditional mechanical door locks. Some of those advantages include programmable security clearances, automatic door lock/unlock scheduling, and centralized management.  

Access controlled doors, used to secure areas, allow only authorized personnel to enter into secure areas.  Individual personnel can each have their own security clearances managed through the Access Control System (ACS) during specific scheduled hours.  This will negate the need to issue keys and to change the locks when the keys are lost or stolen.  When ID badges replace keys, you can have clearances set up, through the ACS, eliminating the security risk of keys being lost or stolen and a copy made and used in an inappropriate manner.  An employee that is leaving the company will simply need to have the database changed to reflect the departure, rendering the ID badge useless. The ACS also electronically records every entry, with a date and time stamp, in case access issues arise.

Electronic Door Locks Systems have the ability to use the ACS for many different sequential or concurrent schedules.  The entry doors may be unlocked automatically during business hours and locked back at closing time.  During holidays, a schedule can be set up and activated on the date to lock the building until the next schedule opening arrives.  Schedules also can be setup in depth to allow or deny individuals or groups access to secure areas during a set of pre-determined times.  Each secure area can have its own schedule or a group of doors may utilize the same scheduling.  

The centralized ACS can have many different features that will benefit the Electronic Door Lock System.  Security personnel or IT employees may access the database to make changes from the network or even off campus, using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).  Typical changes are creating, editing, or removing employee ID badges and clearances or modifying schedules.  Door locks can be unlocked or locked for any number of reasons, like maintenance or emergencies.  A complete lock down for a security emergency could be activated in seconds.  Depending on the type, the ACS may have the ability to integrate existing building alarm systems, panic buttons, fire alarms, and Close Circuit Television (CCTV) systems.  For example, once activated, a fire alarm signals the ACS to open all electronic magnetic locks automatically, for safety.  You can enhance security by integrating the CCTV system to track entry to doors with video.  Using a centralized server the security department or management can monitor the doors in real time or as needed to ensure student, tenant, or employee safety.  

The application for these types of systems vary widely. However, you will commonly find them in use in apartments, hotels, hospitals, businesses, classrooms, and dorms. Any place where the security and safety of the student, parent, employee, patient, guest, or customer are important.

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    Scott Adams

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    It’s really interesting that with electric locks, you can set them up to lock and unlock on a schedule. I have been looking for a lock to put on my house actually, and I was wondering what type to get. I can see how it would be nice to get an electric lock that automatically locks at night, so I don’t have to get out of bed to go lock the door.

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    Steve Dowdy

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    These are the new trend like now an electronic door system. I usually find this over hotels and offices but after I went to my friend’s house I was shock seeing an electronic door. He was upgrading his house security and this is part of them. It was too cool and when he says it is not much of investment I want to have one too.

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    Ralph Goodman

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    To some degree, I agree with the notion that electronic door lock systems trump traditional mechanical door locks. However, I think it is somewhat risky to fully buy into the belief that they are better without assessing their flaws.

    Electronic door locks that are part of an Access control system will definitely reduce the number of lockouts and lost key scenarios that people have to deal with. Furthermore, using these types of locks vastly elevates your key control.

    But what about the potential dangers these locks bring?

    I see so many people in the industry skirt around this topic rather than facing it head-on. There are some tough questions that need to be answered before the general populace is made to wholly buy into electronic door lock systems.

    For instance, what happens to your entire ACS system when power is lost? Also, by removing mechanical door locks, you also remove the necessity for physical access in order to override the lock. Doesn’t this end up leaving you more vulnerable and open to remote access attacks?

    Like I said, I agree with parts of the point you made, but I would have loved to see the flaws of this system explored as well. I believe this would give the reader a more balanced view of electronic door locks.

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    Margaux Ford

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    Thanks for the tips on the benefits of an electronic door lock system because it provides a programmable security clearance, automatic door lock/ unlocks scheduling and centralized management. My boss is considering on replacing the traditional mechanical door locks with an electronic one at work. Thanks for mentioning that access controlled doors, used to secure areas, allow only authorized personnel to enter into secure areas. Thanks for the advice!

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    Rhianna Hawk

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    I work at a daycare center and I was talking to my boss about getting electronic locking systems for our doors. We’re very small and local and operate out of a two-floor home that has been altered into a daycare center, so our security amounts to a locked gate and locks on the doors, but I think it would be easier for parents and personnel if we could give parents limited access through a database like you say, and then give full access to the teachers and employees. I think you make a lot of good points about the convenience and reduced risk of losing keys, so I’ll pass this info on to my boss and see if this convinces her to upgrade.

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    Dennis Sanchez

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    I thought it was cool when you mentioned that an electric lock system negates the need for having keys and locks changed. I’ve been researching different types of security systems that I could install in my home. I’ll have to take a look and see if I can get a keyless entry function for my doors.

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    Lyla Peterson

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    It’s great that electronic lock systems allow you to set up clearance for each individual employee. Since I manage a customer service call center, there are employees who are assigned to work at different times throughout the day, including night shifts. It would be so helpful if we could customize each employee’s access to the building.

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