Biometric Locks – The Future Of Domestic Security?

fingerpring access for biometric locksFingerprint recognition was once something of the future, but in recent years biometric technologies have slowly been making their way into our lives. Everyday devices such as iPhones are now opened with the touch of a finger. With the advancements in technology, locking systems that incorporate these technologies have become less expensive, meaning they are no longer reserved for just the elite.

In this blog post, we will look at the benefits and potential drawbacks of incorporating biometric technology into your home along with biometric technologies now available at Thornhill Security.

How Does Fingerprint Recognition Work?

Human fingerprints are extremely detailed and almost completely unique, in fact, there are no recorded cases of two people’s fingerprints being identical – even in twins. For this reason, your fingerprint is your own completely unique key, it can’t be stolen, forged or tampered with.

Biometric locks work with an interface that can only be unlocked by the fingerprint registered to it; once the finger is scanned, the device converts the data from the fingerprint into a numerical template and opens if the fingerprint is recognised.

What Are The Benefits Of Biometric Locks Over Traditional Locks?

  • Many models of biometric locking safe also have keypad combination features
  • Biometric technologies remove the need for a key – saving the user time and eliminating the risk of misplacing keys or having them stolen
  • Fingerprint recognition eliminates the need to memorise a code combination
  • Latest advancements in technology mean that a dummy finger or print out of a fingerprint will not grant access as it looks for the heat and humidity of a real finger
  • Fingerprint locks are extremely easy to use, with most providing access instantly
  • Biometric locking safes enable you to add or remove access to users by removing their fingerprint, this is comparable to having to change the code on a traditional safe once you no longer wish for a user to have access

The Potential Drawbacks Of Biometric Locks

  • Like all electrical technologies, biometric locks can malfunction this is something that is more likely to occur in a biometric lock than a traditional key lock
  • You cannot easily grant somebody else access to the lock without psychically being there unless their fingerprint is also registered
  • Biometric locks generally come at a higher price tag than regular locks
  • Children’s fingerprints will have to be updated regularly – this is because they change so much with age

The First Biometric Safe Lock With VdS Certification Now Available At Thornhill

We aim to be at the forefront of technological advancements in the security industry, providing the latest innovations to keep you safe at home; recently, we added the Door eGuard, a digital spy hole and the TSE home set 4001, a keyless entry system to our extensive range.

We are proud to now be stocking the first biometric safe lock on the market with VdS certification, this fingerscan module operated lock is developed by Burg Wachter and offers a host of innovative features:

  • VdS certified – this is the independent certification agency for security technology in German, and is a well-recognised certification in the security industry
  • The safe features an optional programmable electronic lock that allows 10 unique 6 digit access codes
  • Up to 20 unique fingerprints are programmable
  • The scanner only recognises real fingers, any dummies or copies will not be granted access
  • The scanner works on all skin types, from extremely dry to humid skin

More Help and Advice

We are now stocking biometric technologies at Thornhill alongside our vast range of traditional domestic safes. If you want more help or information about the products featured in this post or recommendations about what products will best suit your needs – give us a call on 0117 9674994 and speak to one of our friendly team or see our dedicated web pages for your type of premises.


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