Biometric Gun Safe

Biometric Gun Safe

A biometric gun safe is the same as a fingerprint gun safe, and that is, simply a safe that is used to hold a gun (or more), and, has a biometric lock.

Biometric gun safes have been designed and marketed for the simple reason that 1.) gun owners need to keep their firearms secure and safe from strangers or young ones and 2.) gun owners need quick access in times of an emergency., i.e., someone may be breaking into their homes.

The Technology of a Biometric Gun Safe and How It Works

A biometric gun safe (sometimes referred to as a fingerprint gun safe) has a lock that is based on biometric technology. Biometrics is defined as the science of measuring, analyzing and studying biological data. This bio data is typically related to humans and in most cases refers to fingerprints, voice, retina scans, facial patterns or maybe even DNA.

Out of all the biometric technology that exists today, fingerprint biometrics is probably the most prevalent and widely used technology. This development has led to miniaturization and fine tuning of the essentials such that reliable and dependable biometric fingerprint locks can be made and sold at reasonable costs for the everyday home owner.

The surface of the skin on our finger tips is made up of ridges and valleys. A biometric scanner will “read” our finger prints and then take that information and encode it into some kind of digital information that is then stored and used to identify a finger print.

Any authorized person touching the bio lock will get access to the contents. Now what makes an enrolled person? Any person who has his/her finger prints scanned and entered into the bio lock system.

Fingerprint Storage

On a biometric gun safe, scanning and enrolling a person is pretty straightforward. The safe manuals describe the steps necessary to capture this finger print data and only takes only a minute or two to do.

The number of finger prints that can be stored in these small home safes varies by manufacturer. Some allow 15 while others allow 30 or 50 and some even more.

You may ask why would I need 50 fingerprints in my memory. I don’t want 50 people to have access to my gun safe. Yes that is true. We don’t want a lot of people to have access. However, it is wise to store your fingerprint multiple times. This allows you some leeway when the scanner is reading your finger. Theoretically, your finger needs to be in the exact same position every time it is scanned. We all know this is not possible and finger reading systems are a little forgiving. But just in case, if you have your fingerprints stored in varying positions, you do not need to worry about having it in the same position each and every time. You may also want to add more than one fingerprint and maybe even add some from each hand. So the more you have available, the more you can do.

Fingerprint Lock Reliably

How reliable are these fingerprint locks? Very! Obviously they are not fool proof and make errors but according to statistics published by the manufacturers they are very reliable.

As you have seen on TV, fingerprint locks can be broken into. But, on those shows there are a lot of things happening that won’t happen at home, i.e., it is out in the public some where, where people can have access to it and “play” around with it and try different things with it. With a home biometric gun safe, the safe will be at home away from everyone, such that if a burglar ever broke intro your home, he/she couldn’t possible come up with the where withal to break into in such a short period of time.

Biometric Gun Safe

LockState LS-SC1000

Other Potential Problems and What To Do

Other problems the biometric lock might have is that it could either open the safe for some unauthorized person or not open it for you or an another authorized person. The probability of this happening are referred to as False Acceptance Rate and False Rejection Rate, respectively. Anything less than 1% (i.e., one time in 100) is considered very good and acceptable. One reason why one might get a high rejection rate is because of the sensitivity of the scanner. If it is too sensitive, it will reject more than it should. However, with these home safes, the sensitivity is cut down so this doesn’t happen.

So what do you do if your biometric gun safe won’t open? Most safe manufacturers include a back up key to be used the first time you open the safe and then anytime you have a problem with it and it won’t recognize your finger print. The key should not be used as the main point of entry.

The Bottom Line of a Biometric Gun Safe

...is that it is very reliable. They are quick and easy to open. You don’t have to remember any codes or combinations and you don’t have to fumble around for any keys. These things are hard enough to do when you are panicked. Think of how much harder it would be to do this in the dark – which is most likely when you would need to do something like this.

For more information, check around this review site and read about the different manufacturers and what they have to offer. There is much to learn about a biometric gun safe and it is quite interesting.

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