The Electronic vs. Traditional Commercial Lock Debate

The Electronic vs. Traditional Commercial Lock Debate

Posted on August 17, 2020 by A-1

Did you know that two out of every 10 Americans don’t own a smartphone? While the vast majority of us enjoy the conveniences and technological advances that smartphones provide, they’re not for everyone. The same goes for a variety of other items we use daily: coffee makers, sprinklers, locks and more.

If you’re a business owner, you’ve likely debated whether or not you should replace traditional locks with electronic ones. Smart devices make all of our lives easier, but when it comes to commercial locks, are they any better for your business than traditional locks? Let’s take a look at both sides of this debate.

Pros and Cons of Traditional Locks

Just because a lock is traditional in design and function doesn’t mean it lacks security. High-security locks can be resistant to picking and bumping, but still maintain that familiar look and function. Many business owners prefer traditional locks over electronic locks and that’s perfectly fine. It mainly depends on whether you want extra control over when, how and where people access your building (or an area of it). Here are some of the pros and cons of traditional locks.

Pros of traditional locks:

  • Straightforward and easy to use
  • Trusted by the industry for years
  • More affordable than smart locks

Cons of traditional locks:

  • Basic types can be picked or bumped
  • No extra functions or technology
  • Only one-or-two entry methods

Pros and Cons of Electronic Locks

Some business owners prefer the conveniences and additional features of electronic/smart locks, however. While no lock is perfect, these types of commercial locks definitely have their advantages. Electronic locks can vary in quality and security level, though (just like traditional locks). Here are some of the pros and cons of electronic locks.

Pros of electronic locks:

  • Video and audio options
  • Control who has access to certain areas
  • Also control time of day for access
  • Option to get alerts on your smartphone
  • Several entry method options (keypad, passcode, key fob, fingerprint, etc.)

Cons of electronic locks:

  • More expensive than traditional locks
  • Has the potential to be hacked
  • Possible interruptions in wireless connection
  • Can lose power due to a failure or drained battery

Whether you’re interested in upgrading to electronic locks at your business or you want to maintain or repair your traditional locks, A-1 Locksmith is here for you. Give us a call at (972) 284-7500 to discuss your needs.

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