As technology advances, electronic door locks are becoming increasingly popular for businesses. Trading the traditional lock and key entry for a swift and convenient keyless entry, this form of door lock comes with a host of advantages. We’ll look at the different applications of RFID electronic door locks, along with the features and benefits they come with.
What is an RFID lock?
RFID is an acronym for Radio Frequency Identification. This refers to a non-contact technology in which electromagnetic fields within a reader automatically identify digital data encoded within RFID tags. In the case of an RFID door lock, the key (usually in the form of a card or fob) is the tag.
How do RFID locks work?
RFID key cards transmit a signal on a specific frequency to the card reader, via a smart chip embedded inside the plastic. There will typically be a reader attached to the door which reads the information stored on the card, and releases the door lock when the card is presented within a sufficient proximity of the reader. Once the lock has been released, the door can be opened and will automatically lock once the door is closed again.
Where are RFID locks typically used?
The nature of this lock makes it a great choice for access control in many different industries and applications. They can be used for member access to facilities such as gyms, educational institutions and healthcare facilities. The locks are also suitable for securing enclosures such as storage units, lockers and cabinets.
Benefits of RFID keyless entry locks
There are many advantages to using keyless entry locks for businesses over traditional lock and key entry. Electronic door locks using RFID technology offer convenience and added security benefits for users, including:
RFID key cards are much harder to copy than traditional keys, so offer peace of mind where unauthorised users are concerned. For example, if a former member of staff had an extra key cut they could gain access to the building without authorisation once they had returned their original key. Key cards can also be deactivated to prevent an unauthorised user gaining entry to a building or access to a storage locker.
Some RFID electronic door locks, like the ones available from Lowe & Fletcher, come with a steel override key for emergency access.
Due to the non-contact nature of the keyless entry lock system, the issue of fumbling around for keys is avoided. This is especially beneficial when someone has their hands full and needs to open a door. The key can be slotted into a lanyard which can be waved in front of the reader, hands-free.
The size of the card is almost identical to that of a regular ATM or ID card, making it easy to store. As we generally carry these cards with us most of the time, it makes it less likely that the card will be forgotten when going to work, or anywhere else where card access is required.
As RFID locks come with a range of different cams and spindle lengths, they can be fitted to a wide range of doors and furniture. This makes them suitable for use in many different businesses and applications.
For applications where access is required for a large number of people, for instance gym members, getting traditional keys cut can be very expensive. This also comes with the extra cost if locksmith services are required in the instance of lost or misplaced keys. With an RFID key card, replacements and cheap and easy.
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