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.