Mechanical to Electronic Locking System Upgrade Options - Electronic Lock System | Key Access Control Solution - Vanma

Mechanical to Electronic Locking System Upgrade Options

Although electronic access control systems are the fastest growing market in the security industry, they have not completely replaced mechanical locks. Most application scenarios still require mechanical locks to provide security in the event of a power failure or system error.
As electronic access control continues to evolve, you will need a good strategy to guide your customers to an effective solution. However, a reliable and secure access control system does not have to be complex to be effective. Switching from a mechanical locking system to an electronic access control system offers many benefits, including greater security, avoiding the risk of key duplication, and faster disabling of lost keys.
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Why consider upgrading?

Security breaches are often a powerful upgrade driver. Controlling access to valid users and times, creating audit trails and adding alerting enhancements can give your customers more confidence that their assets are well protected.
Key control is a top priority for healthcare, research, information technology and defense contracting facilities. Government regulations, such as laws or industry standards restricting the release of medical information, often require effective key control. By upgrading to electronic devices with cards, key fobs, biometrics, or mobile credentials, users can more accurately and timely control who has access.
Two considerations will drive the type of upgrade a customer must have or really want: the level of security required and the equipment needed to make the system work.
Depending on the level of security required, entry-level key control may be sufficient. This will be accomplished by using a mechanical or electronic keyboard, card, key fob or mobile credential to operate to lock, trigger or exit the device. The next level would include an audit trail of who came in and when.

When you're trying to determine what equipment you need, you have to ask several questions:

Can existing hardware be upgraded, or will locking devices have to be replaced? Retrofit kits are available for existing mortise and cylinder locks and outlet fittings. Locked devices can have integrated access control or as a component, and access portals can be standalone or networked to the controller.
What type of interface will control the lock, how will it be connected, how will it be powered? Keypad, card, key fob, mobile credential or biometrics? What credentials do customers use? Electronic lock cylinders can be installed in existing mechanical locks or lock cylinders, the plug-in electronic core is very simple and can be easily switched from one position to another.
What solution fits each opening? Does the opening function work, or does it also require a door upgrade? Here, your door hardware experience provides you with key technical advantages.
A major reason is that the cost of online EAC solutions remains prohibitive for many end users, who must continue to rely on mechanical solutions. While EAC solutions remain expensive, more and more end users are seeing the value in the ability to securely and efficiently control access rights, monitor door status in real-time, create audit trails, and lock all doors instantly in an emergency.
So be sure to estimate existing hardware, power, and communication issues before upgrading.

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