Keeping your commercial building or public organization safe is of the utmost importance. It doesn’t matter if you are in charge of an office building, a hospital, a hotel, or a bank. All of these locations can benefit from high-security locks. Here’s a closer look at telling the difference between electric strike locks and their magnetic counterparts.
Door Lock Vocabulary
Before we continue, it might be helpful to define some terms you will hear about when it comes to locks and commercial security. Both types of locks are associated with access control systems; two phrases you will learn about include fail-safe and fail-secure. It can be hard to tell the difference between them. Fail-safe needs the power to keep the door locked. If power is lost or otherwise interrupted, then the security mechanism will release. This is usually the way magnetic locks work.
Meanwhile, fail-secure needs power to unlock the door. If there is no power, then the door will remain locked. This is usually the way electric strike locks work.
Electric Strike Locks
So, now we turn our attention to electric strike locks. They are electromechanical, which, in simplest terms, means mechanical parts are combined with electrical components. They are also paired with locksets and panic bars. The latch or bolt is held in place by electricity. Buttons, keypads, keycards, and fob readers will monitor the electrical flow to these components, and when the proper credentials are presented, the door will unlock. While the door will be locked from the outside, they are still accessible and will open from the inside.
Now, let’s turn our attention to magnetic locks. These locks rely on electromagnetics, which is how they got their name. The current runs through the magnet, which creates a seal. However, the locks only work as long as they have a steady supply of electrical power. So brownouts or blackouts can interrupt them and unlock the doors from both sides. When choosing the right locks for your company, you need to keep these design quirks in mind.
How to Choose the Best Lock
Finally, let’s have a look at how to choose the best lock for you. Is the door used on the exterior of the building, or somewhere inside? Are they adequately fire-rated, in case of emergencies? What is the door intended to be for, and is it safe to open when another emergency unrelated to fire occurs? These questions are more important than budgeting for them, even though that is also an essential consideration to make.
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