The necessity to protect our assets and loved ones using door security is not a new notion. Various types of door locks have been around for thousands of years. About 600 decades ago, the Egyptians developed a type of lock that preceded our modern locks. This type of lock is often referred to as the pin tumbler. Made entirely of wood, this lock used pins inside of a casing. A wooden key would correspond to the pins and when inserted, would disable the pins allowing the user to open the lock. This mechanism was similar to modern locks.
Now, the majority of the keyed locks we see are mere customizations of this 150-year-old design. While things remained relatively the same for a long time, we recently saw another leap in the innovation of door security about 20 years ago. Approximately 20 years ago, a problem was afflicting the hotel industry. Door lock manufacturers realized that hotels needed a more secure way of protecting guests. To cope with this challenge, they introduced a type of lock that made use of the electronic deadbolt and electronic latch.
The features surrounding electronic locks changed around 10 years ago. With the onset of the smart home concept, residential lock manufacturers realized that incorporating the commercial electronic door lock system into an affordable residential lock would make the door lock more convenient for customers. The homeowner can now discard the key and use other methods to lock and unlock different types of door locks. These innovations to door security include smart locks that can be opened with a password, RFID tags, biometrics, and Bluetooth connected mobile applications.
We have reached a point where we can conveniently afford to lose a key. Few smart locks even have up to 250 individual codes so that you can track individual movements of those coming and going across the door. Few are even Wi-Fi capable so you can lock and unlock your door from anywhere with internet connectivity. Most smart locks allow us to integrate with other smart devices inside a room or building.
Persistent innovations have brought door security into the folds of the smart building. With such advancements in enterprise security, it’s difficult to predict where we will end up. However, it’s safe to say we are now safer.