All in all, you can choose from three types of keyless entry systems for business. Those include key locks featuring a combined keypad, locks with key fob control, and smart locks that take advantage of wireless protocols such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or Z-Wave for access control and remote lock management.
Locks with a keypad does not have remote management capabilities while a fob access system is operational only from a close distance. For their part, smart locks use a keyed lock, a key card access control system, or a combination of access controls to lock and unlock your property. Their distinguishing feature is remote control capabilities where the lock pairs with a key fob or your smartphone.
All keyless access control systems have one thing in common. Namely, lack of traditional keys. You lock and unlock such a system either using a key card, a key fob, or a mobile device be it a smartphone, a tablet, or another mobile gadget. A fob access system, for example, can use Bluetooth to operate your locks from distance. Nonetheless, such a system is operational at relatively close distances although it still be able to detect your presence within its operational range and lock or unlock doors automatically.
Wi-Fi systems have unrestricted range. Hence, armed with uninterrupted Internet connection you have access to your door locks anytime and from anywhere. Of course, the lock should be connected to your home or office Wi-Fi network to work.
A mobile access control system enables homeowners to check the system status remotely, manage all setting on the go, get alerts on specific events, as well as to open and close doors from any location using only their smartphone.
Major components of any access control system, wireless or not, include door readers, system state controllers, sensors, and detectors such as smoke, fire, and motion sensors. A smart mobile access control system will also feature equipment such as routers, modems, and/or wireless devices that enable remote connection to your system.
An automated keyless entry system can be fully integrated with your home automation system, which in turn means you will have various connectors and additional sensors used to lock or unlock doors and windows from anywhere in your home.
You can also program an integrated home automation keyless entry system to perform various additional tasks like switching lamps on and off, starting and stopping air conditioning, turning on a TV set in evenings when you are not at home providing additional security measures against burglary, etc. Thus, your keyless access system will comprise appliances that are usually not considered components of an access control system.
A key card access control system or a fob access system is a passive one by nature. These types of systems can be combined with a sort of alarm that is triggered by an active sensor but they are active by design.
In contrast, a mobile access control system provides functionality to check, manage, and operate door and windows locks remotely and on the go. One would argue that you need Internet connection to do so. Well, there are mobile systems that use other means of communication, and, with your main control panel placed indoors and secured by a power backup system, you get uninterrupted connection and system alerts.
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