Digital locks; you've heard about them, seen them and might have used one, once or twice, and haven't given them much thought since. What makes them better than a good ol' fashion lock and key? Are digital locks just a trendy thing new homeowners buy into? We answer the top questions and concerns you and other people want to know before switching to a digital lock.
Are digital locks safe?
Yes, they are. Most models (even entry-level ones) feature secondary safety functions (e.g., anti-burglary alarm button and being accessible via your smartphone). What does this mean for you? Well, trespassers would have to contend with multiple deterrents besides the digital lock's bolt, and attempting to tamper with a digital lock usually means setting off an alarm or other safety features.
However, as with any IoT (Internet of Things) device, hacking is a (worst-case scenario) possibility. Before you stop reading and close this page, we feel it's important to reiterate that it's a 'worst-case scenario'. It would have been irresponsible not to tell you that they can be hacked.
Computers, cars, smartphones, fitness trackers, etc., are now, more than ever connected (the IoT) and make things more secure, convenient and efficient. Sure, a traditional lock is pretty effective. However, when picked or broken, there isn't anything to alert you or capture the intruder's identity (some digital locks feature cameras).
Can digital locks be hacked?
Yes, they can. But with reputable companies like Samsung producing digital locks, you can rest assured that software is stress-tested and patched regularly to ensure vulnerabilities are addressed. As with many other tech companies, their reputation and business depend on how secure they keep you, the user. And this is why we choose to work with and offer products from companies experienced in tech and security. While the price tag may be a bit higher, we think the peace of mind is worth it.
Can digital locks be picked?
While they can't be picked like how someone might pick a padlock or traditional mechanical lock, digital locks can still be physically manipulated. However, with multiple security layers built into and around most models, it's unlikely that would-be intruders will want to risk getting caught or identified for attempting a break-in.
Digital locks add convenience without compromising your security
Digital locks combine safety and convenience. Imagine this, you aren't around to let guests into your home. Instead of keeping them waiting at the neighbourhood coffeeshop, you can open your door or gate remotely to let them in. Some locks can generate OTPs (One-time passwords) as well. A guest uses it, and it expires. Simple and safe. And we think it's a lot safer than leaving the spare key in the shoe cabinet or under a pot outside your HDB apartment.
How durable are digital locks?
As with any product category available to you, the customer, the short but not satisfying answer is 'It depends'. We know, it's not very convincing. But our advice is to purchase your digital lock from reputable brands (e.g., EPIC) who are in the business of security.
Be assured that top-end digital locks, with all the bells and whistles, and those considered, entry-level, are all durable. The team at Liminal put together a collection of high-quality digital locks to fit various needs and budgets. This takes the guess-work out of your search for the right digital lock, and you have to do is message or call us and visit our showroom to have a chat so that we can match you to the right digital lock!
Are digital locks waterproof and weather-resistant?
Not all models are made the same. However, most of the digital locks in our collection have weather-resistant housing for essential components. This is especially important in Singapore if you're a HDB or condominium homeowner because main entrances are often more exposed to the elements along open-air corridors.
Are digital locks fire rated?
Different countries have varying standards for fire-rating. For example, an EPIC digital lock may have its fire-rating test in Korea; however, this won't be recognised in Singapore. The lack of internationally recognised standards makes fire-rating digital locks a grey area. Our recommendation? Suppose you require fire-rated digital locks for a commercial project. In that case, it's best to check with your supplier or consultant because they should know the product best.
What you should know before making the switch
While a digital lock can't guarantee your property will never be trespassed upon, it will make it more difficult and deter potential threats. To wrap it up with a list of reasons why making the switch is a good idea:
- Enhance security and deterrent
- Increase convenience and control
- Peace-of-mind when purchasing from reputable brands
- Choose from a variety of models to fit your needs and budget
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