Automatic Door Locks in Home Automation Systems

IMG_0231_2Automatic Door Locks are just another way of referring to electronic door locks. After all, without electricity, how would they automatically lock? But how automatic are these locks, really? What effort do you have to put in if you want to make sure that it stays locked, and then what kind of effort do you have to put in to unlock it? The answers are simple. First, electricity keeps the door locked, so as long as there’s electricity, it’ll stay locked. And unlocking it so that you can get in the door isn’t overly complicated – usually it’s as simple as entering a passcode or having your Bluetooth phone on you. Below is some more detailed information on how electronic locks automatically lock. Also described are some of the kinds of electronic locks that you can install so that your home has automatic door locks.

How Electronic Door Locks Are Really Automatic Door Locks

When an electronic door lock is installed, there is an electric current that operates it. These are most often going to be connected to a central access control system, but occasionally they have an individual electronic control mechanism within the lock itself. Whichever system it is, as long as the system is running properly, the locking mechanism will be powered. That means that as long as there’s power (basically, indefinitely), the door will be locked. Only through telling it to open or unlock will the system be deactivated, and then only temporarily as you open the door to get inside.

Types of Automatic Door Locks

  • 459838_35454449Keypad – Some automatic door locks are simple keypads, where you enter a passcode, numerical code, password, etc. so that you can enter. These will automatically unlock the door upon the correct entry of the code.
  • Security Tokens – Not so common for residential use, but still a viable option, these locks require only that you swipe a security card or token of some sort. Usually it is an RFID card, or a Radiofrequency Identification card, which the base will read and detect the appropriate information that allows you to enter.
  • Biometric Readers – Automatic door locks have gotten increasingly complex; more expensive (but also more secure) models will scan a part of your body and then, if it’s recognized by the system you’ve set up, unlock the door so that you can enter. This works with fingerprint scanners, hand scanners, and even finger vein readers, which look past the skin of your finger to read the pattern of your veins.
  • Smart Locks – These are probably the most automatic options of the automatic door locks available. Smart locks can be connected to your mobile device through WiFi or a specific app; some work only with iPhones while others work with all smartphone devices. The lock itself has low grade Bluetooth energy technology to detect a registered phone nearby. Depending on the kind of lock, the person may be able to walk right in (the lock having detected the phone in the person’s pocket or purse) or the person may need only tap the handle with a finger.

The technology available to us today allows us to do amazing things for home automation. Described above are some of the more common automatic lock options, and most of them require little more effort than an initial setup and then regular actions like tapping your finger, entering a code, or simply walking up to the door with your phone on your person. And really, you can’t expect your automatic door locks to get much more automatic than that.

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