The Difference of Passive Electronic Locks
Very few companies have key control managed and many cannot pass a simple seven-point key control adequacy test Business Protection Specialists. If access control is important to a company, we believe facilities, design, and construction leaders need to be thinking about how to achieve access control more effectively while moving away from traditional mechanical locking solutions. Some companies are already using standalone electronic access control devices which are better than mechanical locks in that setting, but even they have several shortcomings:
- Higher sustaining costs as administrators must make trips to the door to upload changes and download records.
- Inability to change access privileges and conduct audits from a centralized control point and a common database.
- Inability to receive alerts of door alarms if a door is breached by being held open too long or forced open.
So, the next emerging trend is the increasing use of passive electronic locks which overcome many of the shortcomings of mechanical or offline locks.
1. Cost saving
To begin with, the largest potential contributor to costs savings when installing passive electronic locks come at the installation stage. After calculations from a recent cost savings report, experts examined the likely costs of a project involving 100 door installations, with labor cost savings for those who chose passive electronic locks estimated to be a staggering 82.5%.
Wireless installation is much faster; it is also less intrusive. Leading passive electronic locks to require little or no drilling around the door, whereas wired access control needs cabling through and partly around the door. You can upgrade building security without inconveniencing your staff or disturbing everyday work routines.
2. Energy saving
According to the Harvard Business Review, energy efficiency has become one of the “key levers for business success”. A key-powered passive electronic lock consumes less energy than traditional wired locks, which normally work via magnets connected permanently to electricity.
Passive electronic locks work differently. They only ‘wake up’ when presented with a credential for which they must make an access decision. This translates into another potentially large saving on your annual energy budget: more than 70%, or thousands of dollars over a typical access control installation’s lifetime.
Other related energies and material costs are also lower for passive electronic locks. During operation, the key only needs change for one or twice a year. For example, a Vanma smart key can be used for 1000 unlock and lock operations after charging for 2 hours.