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.

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