Fingerprint Lock

Fingerprint Lock

A fingerprint lock is an excellent way to lock your gun safe or even your front door to your home.

Just in case you are not familiar with a fingerprint lock (sometimes referred to as a biometric lock), it is a lock which will open based upon fingerprints. Once your fingerprint is scanned and stored in its memory, every time you touch the lock, it will open and give you access to the contents of the safe.

How is this possible?

Barska Fingerprint Lock

Fingerprint lock

Well fingerprint locks are a type of biometric lock. Biometric deals with physical aspects of a person, namely fingerprints, hand size, retina, and facial configuration to name a few. Every person has these features and they are all unique to the individual.

While all of these technologies are advancing, biometric fingerprint technology is becoming so advanced that products are starting to hit the consumer market and at reasonable prices. This means their availability is becoming wide spread and accepted.

How Does a Fingerprint Lock Work?

You may wonder how a fingerprint lock works. Well our fingerprints are made up of ridges and valleys. The scanner scans our fingerprints and then runs this information through a fancy internal routine and comes up with a digital code or number which represents our fingerprint. It is this digital code that is linked to our finger print. Others have a digital code linked to their finger print. So when someone wants to open a fingerprint lock, they touch the pad, it reads it, does its calculations and if the resulting digital code matches one that is the system, entry will be allowed.

Fingerprint locks are very reliable. If there is going to be a mistake it will either not allow an authorized person into the safe or it will allow an unauthorized person into the safe. A measure of “error” is referred to as “False Rejection Rate” or “False Acceptance Rate”, respectively. Manufacturers claim that these rejection rates are much much less than 1%, but it is commonly accepted that a rejection rate of anything less than 1% is acceptable.

How Many Prints Can a Fingerprint Lock Hold?

Fingerprint locks come with varying options. Some allow up to 15 different prints to be stored, while others may allow 30, 50, 70 or even 100 fingerprints to be stored. While you may not want this many people to have access to y our safe, many people scan their fingers multiple times and also scan other fingers and both hands. Some think you never know how they may need to touch the pad.

The Advantages of a Fingerprint Lock

The advantages of the fingerprint lock is what makes them so popular and attractive. If you have a fingerprint lock on your home you don’t need to worry about carrying (or losing) your keys, you just touch the pad. Same with gun safes, you don’t need that key, or need to find the hidden key to open the safe. You also don’t need to remember any codes or combinations if you had an electronic or combination lock. Again, simply touch it and you are in.

Fingerprint locks for gun safes have the added benefit of being able to easily use them in the dark, as opposed to using a key or entering a code. This also implies that fingerprint locks are quicker to use and can be opened in a second or two. This is extremely important if you are trying to get your gun out of the safe in the middle of the night when it is dark and your heart is beating frantically.

What If I Can’t Open My Fingerprint Lock?

Lastly, most fingerprint gun safes will come with a backup key. This key is used when you first get your safe and it can also be used if your lock doesn’t open for some reason.

The Bottom Line is …

that fingerprint locks are very advantageous and very affordable. If you are looking for security and quick and easy access, both in times when you are in a rush or not, a biometric fingerprint lock is the way to go.

Electronic Locks

Electronic Locks

Electronic locks use a keypad in which you enter a numeric code. If the right code is entered, you are allowed access. These locks are sort of like the keypad on your bank ATM.

Electronic Locks Are Very Useful and Offer Many Advantages

Electronic locks are very useful, and are more useful in certain places. For example, electronic locks are very useful in businesses because of their many benefits. Since the lock is electronic, there are many things that can be programmed into it, in addition to having other features like these:

  • Multiple people all having their own code
  • Capturing a day stamp, i.e., when and by whom a lock was opened
  • Eliminates problems of lost keys
  • Eliminates problems of changing locks when someone leaves
  • Eliminate hiring a lock smith to do these things
  • Lock out a person after a number of incorrect attempts
  • Sound an alarm

Now many of these benefits don’t apply to your home safe, and you would not need them to. But as was said above, these electronic lock options are great in the right environment.

Electronic Locks

Electronic Locks

Cost of Electronic Locks

Electronic locks are slightly more expensive than the normal key or combination locks, but they bring with them added benefits as mentioned above so they may worth the investment. They also run off batteries and some even might be able to be connected to household power.

Other Possible Lock Options
Lastly, we won’t go into the details here but the only other lock we did not mention yet was the biometric or fingerprint lock. These are the most expensive of the bunch but they offer wonderful benefits such as super easy and quick access since all you have to do is touch the scanner pad. You don’t have to remember codes or combinations. The fingerprint locks are also easier to use in the dark and when you are in a hurry.

The Bottom Line is …
that if you are looking for a gun safe, in many cases, you’ll get a choice of what type of lock you want it, and it’ll be one of the three already mentioned. Any of them will be quite good, the one you need is the one that meets your needs and desires, and more often than not, the electronic locks are better than most.

Biometric Locks

Biometric Locks

Biometric Lock Basics

Biometric locks are becoming more and more commonplace as technology continues to explode. Fortunately, this also means the price of these biometric locks will continue to decline also.

So What Are Biometric Locks?

A biometric lock is a lock that opens without a key or code. This means you don’t have to fumble around for a key or fiddle with a pass code or combination. A biometric lock is simply a locking mechanism, which uses as its key, a unique aspect or trait of a individual, like voice, retina, or in most cases, a fingerprint.

This means all one has to do is touch the lock or speak or look into it and the lock will open. By far the most prevalent and common type of biometric lock is the fingerprint activated lock.

How Safe Are These Biometric Locks?

With most fingerprint locks, the chances of it wrongly opening (for an unauthorized person) or not opening (for an authorized person) is usually much much less than one percent. With the more expensive and sophisticated biometric locks, the chances of having these problems is much greater. However, these software systems can often be tweaked to be a little less sensitive, thus giving less false openings.

Practical Aspects of Home Fingerprint Locks

Now some practical aspects on what to look for in a home fingerprint lock, like on a fingerprint gun safe. There are many variations here because the options are all dependent on the manufacturer.

On just about all fingerprint locks, one can enter more than one fingerprint into its memory. The actual number varies. Some locks allow you to enter ten different fingerprints while others may allow up to 100 different prints.

In order to reduce the number of problems in opening a fingerprint lock, one’s finger and fingerprint pad should be kept clean and free of smudges.

When applying your finger to the pad, one must be as accurate and consistent as possible making sure your fingerprint is oriented the same way all the time. Depending on the reader, if your finger is a little skewed, it may not recognize it.

The Solution

Now something that can be done, if you have the storage capabilities of many prints, you can program your fingerprint in a number of different positions such that the next time you go to open it, if your fingerprint is a little off, it could still recognize it and open it.

Although all biometric locks are still more expensive than your typical lock, their popularity is continuing to grow as their sophistication increases while their price slowly decreases.