Technological advances greatly favour increased security in buildings. The best proof of this is the development of electronic locks and access control systems, which are increasingly reliable and give higher performance. In this post, we will tell you what they consist of and what the main differences and similarities between both mechanisms are.
What is an electronic lock?
Unlike traditional mechanical models, electronic locks work with an electromechanical system that makes it possible to open and close doors by locking/unlocking the bolt. Notable among the many advantages of these devices are their safety and ease of use.
These ypes of locks are much more difficult to force than conventional locks, and so offer much higher levels of confidence, both for private users and establishment owners of various kinds. Also, as keys are not necessary, the risk of losing them or having to change the lock no longer exist, with the money savings that this implies.
What is access control?
It is a technological system that allows certain people to enter different areas, and is generally for collective use; guaranteeing that only those with previous accreditation are inside. In turn, they provide a time record of access flow without the need to hire physical surveillance personnel.
Access controls are installed at main entrances or garages, for example, to regulate access to common areas in hotels, gyms, offices, neighbourhood communities and tourist apartments. Thus, only duly authorised individuals may enter swimming pools, exercise rooms, lockers, dressing rooms, garages or lifts, for example.
Differences and similarities between electronic locks and access controls
The main differentiating factor is that electronic locks are intended for more restricted spaces (reserved for a small number of people), such as hotel rooms; while access control systems are used for areas with a higher traffic volume, such as institutional buildings or o leisure and sports centres.
Even so, both mechanisms share technological developments and have the same purpose: of helping to increase security in all kinds of areas. In addition, both locks and access control can be monitored remotely online, via either a computer or a smartphone, thanks to the connectivity between the devices’ Bluetooth and the Wi-Fi networks in the buildings via Gateways.
Types of electronic locks and access control
In recent years, the technological foundations of premises have evolved, providing levels of reliability and security never seen before. Currently, the most efficient electronic lock and access control models on the market are:
This has a keyboard which opens the mechanism after a numeric key or PIN code has been entered. Its main advantage is peace of mind regarding possible theft or loss, as memorising the password is enough to enter.
This is the type of device used most in hotels and work centres. It works with MiFare proximity technology and an item previously loaded with credentials. To activate the mechanism, you simply move the device closer to the electronic lock or access control. The most common device is a card, but it could be any format (e.g. a bracelet or keychain).
These are the most advanced models, using Bluetooth technology and a smartphone app to open. This is especially useful for hotel reservations and tourist accommodation, as you can check-in online and avoid unnecessary waiting at reception.
One of the most significant benefits of these devices is that they can integrate several technological solutions at the same time. Thus, various models combine opening via Bluetooth, MiFare proximity card and numeric code, so that users can choose the method most comfortable for them. Bluetooth, Code, Proximity and Online access control and EVO and Gaudi 2 electronic locks are some examples.
Security requirements for buildings vary according to their spatial and organisational features. If you are interested in installing electronic locks or access control systems with the best value for money for your establishment, please feel free to contact us. We will provide you with the information you need to guarantee the protection of your restricted areas.