Keyed Entry vs. Keyless Entry01/11/2017 Back To Blog
Two of the most popular choices in today's security industry are the traditional locks that require keys, and the keyless entry systems that are relatively new and have taken the industry by storm. Are these systems overrated though, or are they actually everything they are cracked up to be and more?
Let's talk about these two entry systems a little bit so that you can know whether or not to stick with the traditional lock and key systems, or to upgrade to the newest systems that are gaining popularity.
Keyed Entry Lock Systems
The tried and true key and locks definitely have their advantages over the more modern keyless entry systems that are available today. The first one being that there is a very little chance for error when it comes to a mechanical lock. It isn't going to run out of batteries anytime soon, it isn't going to have any circuit shorts or electrical issues, etc. It's flawless over and over again, as far as being able to unlock your door.
Another pro to the traditional keys and locks are that no one can unlock your door unless they have that key, with the exception of the very rare individuals that may be able to pick it, of course. However, with electrical locks, they may be vulnerable to hacks, security breaches, and anything else that every other electrical piece of equipment is vulnerable to. On top of that, if you may need to tell anyone the code or trust someone with the code and then they spread the word around, everyone knows your code and you're not even aware of that. However, with a traditional key in your possession, you can rest assured that you are the only one with it.
Keyless Entry Lock Systems
Just like with the lock and key alternative, keyless entry systems have their advantages as well. The first one being pretty evident – there is no key! Keys can be a pain to keep up with, as well as easily misplaced by you or your kids or anyone else who might have one.
Another advantage is that with lock and key systems, if you leave the key in your house and your door ends up locked before you close it, then you are locked out. With a simple code to type in on a keypad, you never have to worry about that with a keyless entry system.
Keyless entry systems allow for easier access because of the fact that you don't have to keep up with keys, you don't have to fumble with keys at the door, and you don't have to have countless copies made for your family or for yourself if you misplace them often.
No matter which option you go with, consider what the use for your lock will be, weigh out the pros and cons, and go from there!