How Do Automatic Door Locks Work and Why Do You Need Them?
High-tech security technology now allows users to open or close locks automatically, remotely and keylessly. Automatic door locks can also be programmed to lock and unlock at pre-set specific times without human intervention. Integration with panic, intrusion, door position sensor and fire alarm systems is also possible with automatic door locks to prevent entry or release of individuals in specific areas. Advantages to using residential or commercial automatic locks include having doors that lock immediately upon closing, increased security without needing to remember to lock doors manually and the added convenience of managing door locks remotely.
Types of Automatic Door Locks
Electric Deadbolt Locks
Recommended for large cabinets and high security doors, electric deadbolts are automatic door locks equipped with direct-throw, solenoid-driven mortise bolts or a right angle bolt for narrower door frames. Compatible with nearly all access control systems, electric automatic deadbolt locks eliminate the costs of re-keying and replacing worn-out manual deadbolts while preventing illegal key duplications. Date and time-controlled electronic deadbolts further work to provide extra security for your home or business without revamping your existing security system.
Electric Strike Door Locks
Door Locks operating via 12-volt or higher electric currents are called electric strike locks, or fail-secure devices. This type of automatic door lock ensures a door remains locked during a power outage. However, they also come with door knobs that allow people to open the door from inside a room. Alternately, a fail-safe electric strike lock unlocks during power disruptions. Some electric strike automatic door locks are upgraded with buzzers that tell you when the door is being opened. Buzzing electric strike door locks offer extra security when you cannot physically be in another area of a multi-room building.
Magnetic locks (maglocks) consist of an armature and electromagnet plate that locks a door automatically when it closes. Maglocks work by attaching the armature plate to a door and an electromagnet to a door frame. Currents passing through the electromagnet device naturally attract an armature plate that keeps the door shut. Unlike electric strike locks, however, maglocks have no interconnecting components and may be unsuitable for extremely high security situations. In addition, bypassing an electromagnetic lock by interrupting its power supply is entirely possible. High-traffic business/office environments, for example, would benefit significantly from being secured with maglocks due to their easy and immediate operation and durability.
Magnetic Shear Locks
Home or business owners wanting an aesthetically attractive, fail-safe security system should consider dual-voltage (24 or 12 volt DC), magnetic shear locks. Suitable for aluminum, timber or armour-plated glass doors, magnetic shear locks offer features that ensure a door is immediately locked when the door is shut or released. Ideal for double-swinging doors, shear maglocks are constructed to be morticed into the frame and door and may be fitted vertically or horizontally.
Wireless/Remote Automatic Door Locks
Using a smartphone, tablet or other Internet-supporting device, you can unlock or lock doors remotely, receive notification that someone has arrived at your home or business and monitor how many times doors equipped with remote door locks are being opened and closed. You can also program doors to lock automatically at specific times, check the status of a remote door lock via mobile device or program buttons on your security system’s interface to immediately lock a door upon pushing the button. This allows you to completely control access to your home when you are not there. In addition, some remote automatic door locks offer alphanumeric combinations or keyfobs that can be changed as needed. Other wireless automatic door lock features include emission of audible tones for jam, unlock, lock and low battery situations and autolock capability that locks the door 10 seconds following unlocked entries.
Automatic Door Locks vs. Smart Door Locks
The main difference between these two types of door locks involves the identification of the person trying to access opening of the door. Smart door locks require a person identify themselves before the smart lock lets them open the door. Smart door lock identification types include fingerprints, retinal scans, voice prompts or coded swipe cards. On the other hand, automatic door locks powered by electrical currents lock upon closing and can only be opened by someone on the other side of the door or by interrupting power flow. While smart door locks provide an excellent security system for businesses involved in gathering sensitive information, concealing industry secrets or managing government data, automatic door locks are more convenient and accommodating for residential and commercial building owners.
For more information about the benefits of automatic door locks, call Great Valley Lockshop today at 610-644-5334 or fill out a free online estimate to speak to one of our helpful, licensed locksmiths.