If you are searching for a way to keep your business secure, you might be in the market for keypad locks. Running a retail store can be hectic enough, but with the holiday shopping season on the horizon, the rush is almost here. You’ll also need to pay more attention to your office building since employees are going to be going in and out on vacation again. Leave the old system of locks and keys behind and use the latest technology to keep your business secure. Here are advantages and disadvantages for you to consider.
You Don’t Need Keys: Despite the name, keypad locks don’t need physical keys. Your employees can put in a code that allows them to open the door. These locks can be improved to use Bluetooth technology, or touch screens so that regular buttons can’t be scanned for fingerprint evidence and allow intruders to figure out what the code is that way. Biometric security measures such as fingerprint scanners or retinal scanners can also be used, although these are much more practical when used to protect interior rooms of your building rather than make it the backbone of the security system around your perimeter.
Remote Control: Keypad locks can be used in residential and commercial settings. Another way to help protect your property is to give your employees access to a special app that gives them remote control over keypad locks as they approach, so they won’t need to dig out keys.
Track Entry and Exit: Keypad locks can also send alerts and notifications whenever the attached doors are interacted with; although this is much more useful in busy homes with kids coming in and going out, you can also use to keep the doors locked after a period of inactivity.
Grant Temporary Access: You can also use keypad locks to give important visitors their own access codes. These codes grant them access for a set period – on the day they come to visit, or only for a few hours before or after lunchtime when you know you will be there to greet them.
Functionality Issues: As great as keypad locks are, occasionally there will be problems. Weather changes can cause the locks to malfunction, and glitches and other bugs can cause them not to work. It’s best to have a master key as a backup option for when technology fails.
Battery Power: Sometimes, your electronic keypad locks will be battery-powered. The batteries will last for six months and can go up to a year, but after that, they will need to be replaced.
The Potential for Hacking: Unfortunately, keypad locks can be compromised by hackers. If you are planning on using these locks, it’s a smart investment to step up your cybersecurity measures. It doesn’t happen often, but you can’t be too careful when it comes to your business.
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