An electronic lock (or electric lock) is a locking device which operates by means of electric current. Electric locks are sometimes stand-alone with an electronic control assembly mounted directly to the lock.
Electric locks may be connected to an access control system, the advantages of which include: key control, where keys can be added and removed without re-keying the lock cylinder; fine access control, where time and place are factors; and transaction logging, where activity is recorded. Electronic locks can also be remotely monitored and controlled, both to lock and unlock.
Digital door locks provide a low cost, easy to install security solution for buildings that require a reliable means of access control but where the allocation of keys or cards is unpractical due to the volume of people entering and exiting the building.
Because of the variety of models available, digital door locks can offer an effective access control solution for anything from heavy duty applications such as airports to low security requirements such as office stationary cupboards.
Where are electronic locks used the most?
They are typically used in public buildings such as hospitals, offices and schools, which can have a number of digital locks located throughout the building to secure different areas, or for domestic properties where numerous carers or nurses need independent access.