Most of us have heard or seen digital locks being used in the movies, and have wished for the convenience and safety it brings with it. These have been around for quite a while now and are even affordable to install in your very own home. This proves to be extremely useful as fumbling for lost keys in the dark or preventing burglaries which some of these advanced digital locks promise, has been an evolutionary feat.
When looking for locks out there, it is best to understand the primary types that are available in the market, like the type of locking mechanism they use and the look-and-feel along with its practicality in your life. The best way to get about this is to first speak to your door supplier in Singapore about the types of hasps and which one they would recommend catering to your specific need. Below are a few of the types of digital hasps available in the market today.
Digital locks first emerged with a keypad that allowed the user to set a security code which could be used to unlock the door. However, with the advent of touch technology, physical buttons on digital locks are being less used and is replaced with more convenient touch buttons for security codes. Touch pads allows for not only number based codes but also pattern based codes by swiping, like the all too familiar phone unlock screen.
However, with increasing concerns for security, card based and blue tooth based digital locks are available as well. This prevents burglars from being able to watch a code /pattern being entered in to a touch or physical keypad. Card based digital hasps use an advanced technology called the Radio Frequency Identity (RFID). This allows for ease of access when it comes to unlocking doors, which can easily be unlocked without needing to physically swipe the card across the lock, and can be used even through a handbag or backpack for convenience. This means you won’t have to fumble in the dark to find your card in the depths of your bag in a hurry. It would be best to check, however, if your digital lock expects you to physically swipe your card over the sensor if you’re looking for this convenience.
Like how Bluetooth headphones and speakers work, you can wirelessly connect and unlock your door with Bluetooth-enabled digital locks. It is configured to your mobile phone and is quite convenient as smart mobile phones are increasingly becoming an extension of one’s self. The issue of leaving your ‘keys behind’ would be a thing of the past; however, in case your phone battery charge runs out, these hasps usually have an alternate unlocking mechanism to back you up. This is the base technology for the use of smart technology, other forms could use more advanced unlocking methods through mobile phone apps implemented throughout with the idea of smart homes and the Internet of Things.
Lastly, the ones you see in the movies that use biometric sensors to scan your finger, palm or retina to identify unique people based on biological features for entry. This is the most convenient form as it is non-reliant on keys, cards or phones. But may prove to be a hassle if you need to let the gardener in while you are away at work, unlike with smart technology that can operate your hasps remotely from wherever you are.
It would be best to do some research into the many types of locks you can invest in and understand which suits your lifestyle best. Be it looking for a card less unlocking mechanism or one that will only activate for unique individuals – the decision is yours to make with a variety of choices to pick from.