Unlocking the secrets of Wi-Fi locks

There’s a burgeoning market in the lock world, and its name is wireless.

With just 20 percent of doors currently covered in a typical access control deployment, there is plenty of room for growth, especially for wireless electronic locking solutions.

Wi-Fi LocksKey management is one of the top reasons for turning from conventional locks to wireless. Traditionally, when a worker is fired from a company, a student graduates from college and exits the dorm, or someone just misplaces their set of keys, this requires having to go to the actual door to change out the lock. With a wireless based solution, operators need only to disable the individual’s credential in the system, rather than re-keying the door.

Of course, not every door is appropriate for wireless locks. So how do you determine when wireless locking systems are a good fit for your situation?

Here are some dos — and don’ts — to consider when evaluating the use of Wi-Fi locks for a facility.

DO consider wireless locks for those areas where wired locks are difficult or too costly to install. Improvements in wireless technology and in the locking mechanisms themselves are enabling more end users to deploy wireless for many door access situations, from office doors and computer rooms to dorms and shared spaces like health clubs and boardrooms, as well as individual cabinets and drawers.

DO think about the advantages of wireless, such as its expandability, portability and accessibility in situations where running wire isn’t appropriate, such as an historic building.

DO review what kind of information your wireless lock will share with you. It’s not just about making it easier to add and remove door users, but you can also track access granted and access denied information, see the lock position and, in some more advanced cases, see the state of the door itself. And wireless locks will only continue to offer more information as the technology advances.

DON’T forget to test for signal strength. A wireless lock only makes sense if the signal is strong enough to support the technology. Not all wireless points are created equal, so be sure to review the specifications for the lock you want to install.

DON’T overlook the benefits AND the risks of an offline wireless locking system. Like online systems, there is no need to change out the locks. However, there is an added risk of delays in updates to an offline lock, which are typically performed through the presentation of credentials to the offline lock.

DON’T deploy wireless locks to critical and perimeter doors. Even though real-time technology is improving, critical access doors aren’t the right choice for wireless locks because of wireless limitations and reliability today. Wired locks are still the best choice in this situation, as they are ideal for areas where you need to go into lockdown mode or cannot afford a delay in response or a breach in network security.


What other pros or cons can you site on the use of Wi-Fi Locks? Please leave me a comment below.


Source: Tyco Blog

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