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Biometric Locks

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In this 21st century, the advances in technology have entered the world of locksmiths. Locks are no longer just mechanical devices operated by a physical key. No! They are highly sophisticated things that call into play the latest in biometric technology and the science of things.

Locks can now detect a humans walk, their respirations, the makeup of the eye and the final designator that is unique to us all, our fingerprint.

Biometrics heretofore has resided in the military domain with only the elitest few at the top understanding its capacity for identification and the security applications. This field is the technical term for the use of body measurements and the resulting calculations necessary to identify individuals and groups of people.

People involved in biometrics take into consideration several distinctive, calculated and measurable human characteristics that allow them to lable, decribe and authenticate humans. Further, the process of using identifiers is classified into both physiological and behavioral characteristics.

Physiological characteristics include the size of a person’s body, the shape, fingerprint, veins in the palm, facial structure and recognition points, the geometry of the hand, iris and retina recognition and even the odour or scent of a person.

Behavioral characteristics include an understanding of the daily patterns of a given person, their walk/gait, frequency of the voice and even the rhythm of their fingers as they type on the control panel of a lock.

It is important to note that other identification systems such as the use of passports, passwords, a personal identification number or a driver’s license have proven faulty and in need of further sophisticated features that counterfeiters cannot copy. All of these items can be duplicated and passed off as authentic with what are known as token based identification systems. Biometric identifiers are more reliable and cannot as easily be duplicated, thus increasing the security potential of a given lock and location.

The issue that has arisen with biometric data and identifiers is the possible invasion of privacy that could occur. How the information is used is of utmost importance as we increasingly live in a world of technology that seems to every day drive us toward “group think” as opposed to strong individualism.

Biometric Authentication

Biometric locks and their built in authentication methods take into consideration the chemistry, physiology and behavior of human beings. The suitability of each trait for any given lock is built around seven basic domains of understanding. (1)These domains or factors in authentication include the universality of a human trait that all humans possess. (2)Uniqueness is perceived to be different for each human requiring access through the lock at any given point. (3)The concept of human trait permanence is taken into consideration as a trait may change over a period of time. (4)Measurability is viewed as a factor determining the ease by which a trait is measured. (5)Performance is measured and determined in relationship to the speed, accuracy and robustness of the technology being used in the lock. (6)Acceptability is an algorhythm factor that is based on the human populations relative ability to accept the lock-biometric-technology as acceptable. (7)Circumvention is a word describing the ease with which a trait might be imitated thus compromising the lock.

Features to Look for When Purchasing a Biometric Lock

There are a few features you will want to make sure your lock has before laying out some cash. Take a look at each feature and see which ones are important for your application and need.

Live Finger Detection: Fingers can be duplicated using silicon casts. You will want a lock that has technology able to detect a finger that is actually human and alive.

Source of Power: Most biometric locks are powered by the house electrical grid. If the electricity into the house is compromised, then you will not gain entrance. Still other locks are powered by batteries. You will want to have a lock that has multiple power sources and a variety of ways to bypass it and enter.

Multiple Fingerprints: Consider the purchase of a lock that allows you to enter the fingerprints of a good friend or family member. This is in case you are inside your home and having some medical emergency. You may also need the fingerprints of a family member so emergency responders can enter your dwelling should the occasion call for it.

Built-In Alarm: If someone is tampering with the lock, you will want an alarm to sound. In addition, a sound such as a chirp to indicate a successful entrance will let you know if someone else is in your dwelling.

Mechanical Key: A biometric lock is the latest achievement in lock technology, but it can still fail from time to time. You will want to have a practical and mechanical means by which you can activate the locking mechanism in case of catastrophic failure of the algorhythm or changes in biometric data over time.

False Rejection Rate (FRR): You want a lock with a low FRR. No technology can be perfect 100% of the time. So, you want the number of times a particular model has failed to allow access to be low. Lock Construction and Materials: Choose a lock that is strong and made of titanium steel. Check its construction and ensure solid and cohesive strength in all areas.

LCD Display: Locks are known to be plain and without any significant indicators. An LCD display can show things such as access attempts, a readout of how many times access has been granted and time of access. You will also want a lock that will tell you why you have not been granted access, should that happen.

Low Battery Indicator. If you are using an isolated power source for your lock, then you will need to know when the battery may be low. If you let the batteries completely drain out, you will not be able to gain access to your home!

So, choose your biometric lock wisely. There are many from which to choose. But, if you just cannot make a decision, contact us here at 24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com. We will be glad to assist you.

You may also email us by using Mark@24houremergencylocksmithsbelfast.com

Alternatively, you may call us at 078 665 22422

 

 

 

 

 

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Turning a house into a home starts from the front door. Home security is a present and ongoing concern for homeowners and tenants.

Choosing a front door lock can be a minefield of information. You are spoiled for choice but sometimes you can feel overwhelmed. Here are 10 important things to consider when choosing a front door lock. 

 

1.Consider Function

Since you are choosing a front door lock the primary use of the lock will be for entry. This means high level of security and daily use, which will require durability. 

 

2.Consider Grade 

Lock grading varies from 1 to 3, with level 1 being the highest level of security. Naturally this will be the one you might choose for your front door. 

Deadlocks are a typical choice for a front door. A deadlock is a type of steel bolt, that extends into the door into the jamb of the door and strike plate of a door frame. To ensure a proper function the bolt must extend fully into the hole on the door jamb. 

The security benefit of a deadlock is that it can be locked from the outside and the inside.

3.Consider a nightlatch.

A nightlatch is a type of lock which was historically used during the night-time, hence the name “night”-latch. Night latches are commonly very sturdy and durable and are a mechanism which consists of a lock fitted onto the surface of a door and can be opened one of 2 ways. 1 being a key on the outside of the door and the 2nd way is automatic and locks when the door is closed. This can then be further enforced by flicking a switch up or down to prevent the knob from being turned to unlock the door. This switch would normally be turned at night before people went to sleep as it is the most secure way to use this lock.

 

4.Consider what material is your door

There are 2 common features in a standard door. 1 is that it’s hollow and the 2nd is that it has a molded skin or texture on it. Doors like these will likely be made out of wood and may have glass too if it’s a partially see-through door. Something that’s less obvious may be the strength of the wood that was used for your door. Check this either by simply pressing down into the middle of your door and seeing how easily it bends, if it bends unnaturally easy it’s likely that it’s quite thin and isn’t made out of a very strong wood.

 

5.Consider what type of door it is 

Linking back to the 4th point, depending on what type of door it is and how strong or durable it is you may want to consider the type of lock you’re using. For example, there’d be no point in spending a ridiculous amount of money for an incredibly secure heavy-duty lock when the door can barely stop a kick. With the same logic in mind there’s also doors that only reach their true potential when paired with a strong lock to make a perfect match and to give the user maximum security.

 

6.Consider A Rim Cylinder Lock

Commonly used on doors for apartments, rim cylinder locks are usually for front door locks and are also commonly used for emergency safety and panic rooms. The mechanism in this lock consists of a lock in which a cylinder rotates to move a bolt; tumblers are pins; inserting the key lifts and aligns the pins to free the cylinder to rotate. lock – a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed. If you have a panic room or just think that this is the lock for you then a rim cylinder is perfect.

 

7.Consider your budget 

I’m sure you know as well as the next guy that nothing in life as free, locks included. Certain locks compensate with loss or addition of features depending on price. Before deciding on which lock will benefit you most. It’s important to first make sure that the door that you have is durable and will pair well with whatever lock you decide to get. Things to consider would be, the size of the door that you’re getting, the material in which the door is made of, the price the door is, whether or not it’s customizable in a way that benefits you in a positive way and whether or not it looks nice with your home because no matter how safe you may want to be, no one likes an ugly front door. Now to help you figure out which lock you want would probably depend on the area that you live in (how rough it is, crime rate etc.) I personally think a nightlatch is the perfect front door lock as it has the versatility of being a very welcoming door as you can have it set to be permanently unlocked but then it also has the potential of putting your house under full lockdown.

 

  1. Consider strengthening your door frame and hinges

 

It is worth remembering , that hollow doors will give away possibly before the lock itself. Regardless of what type of lock you choose to install remember to use a heavy metal strike plate and install it properly. Your other option is to insert 3 inch screws into your existing strike box.

 

The hinges should be secured with at least 3 inch screws. This will ensure your front door itself is strongly attached to the wall and it will prevent easy unwanted access. 

 

Conclusion.

The unfortunate reality is that nearly 70% of all bulgrals gain access through the front door. Choosing the best lock for the front door of your home is an important decision. Keep this in mind when shopping. Obviously there’s also a back door so there’s no harm in doing some research into finding one of those that you like too and If I’m going to be real with you, if someone really wants to break into your house, they’ll find a way. Life’s short so pick a nice door and lock that makes you happy.

 

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