The use of electronic locks has become the modern way to replace the use of keys or in other places the additional of extra features of security automation such as the use of remote locking and unlocking. While electronic locks have traditionally been used on cars, these days you can easily find many cutting edge security providers that offer electronic lock options for businesses and homes. For the traditional home security lock, there is a bolt or latch that crosses the opening between the door frame and the side of the door to prevent unauthorized access; at other times this may be a spring bolt that is secured by springs that allow the door to close but not reopen when it has been locked and will remain that way until it is unlocked. There is a visible element that allows the locking and unlocking by moving the latch or bolt.
Your traditional home security lock employs different variations of the pin and tumbler methods where the lock cylinder is secured in place via a small line of metal pins all of which consist of a lower and upper half. When someone inserts and turns the key, the uneven serrated edge will ensure that the pins move a certain distance each. The cylinder will only turn when every single pin has been moved just enough to create the required separation between the lower and upper halves of all the pins.
The electronic lock on the other hand has its own parts that are known as actuators; they connect the cylinder or the bolt to a miniature motor that is buried deeply within the frame or the door. The motor will be run using a simple electrical impulse and there are several options available for triggering the motor. There are electronic locks that use electronic card readers while others use wireless remote control sensors or via keypads. Whatever the style you choose, the electronic lock is configured in such a way that it starts the motor driven actuator only when it receives the right electronic input.
You want to be careful and well-informed when choosing the locking mechanism for your home because every method has its advantages and disadvantages. You want to remember that physical keys for your home security lock such as the metal keys or the electronic lock’s handheld remotes and keycards can easily get damaged or lost and the numerical key codes can be forgotten or you can have someone who is unauthorized memorizing them. The greatest advantage of electronic locks is that you can easily and quickly change key codes which are not as involving as trying to change physical locks and keys, something that will require involving an expert locksmith.
You can also combine some physical and electronic control systems on patio locks on the same door for added security; you may have seen people that have a physical key that can be set up to be used as emergency backup but they use the electronic key pad or remote controlled entry for the day-to-day use.