Though that fingerprint locks, retina scanners and voice-activated locks only existed in Mission: Impossible? Actually, they’ve been a staple in high-end homes for at least 10 years, and the technology has now advanced to a state where it is dependable, well-featured and affordable enough for the average homeowner. However, home security monitoring with biometric locks is still relatively new to most homeowners- we go over 8 quick facts you should know about it here.
Biometric locks are easy to install and use
Some people assume that biometric locks are difficult to install or use. Actually, they work in exactly the same way as a conventional lock, and are installed in exactly the same way. You may want professional help with the software setup and usage; however this is generally very user-friendly and kept deliberately simply.
You can also do home security alarm monitoring with biometric locks
Some software programs associated with biometric locks have the capability to not only manage different users, but log entries. Given that a small but significant percentage of robberies are committed by somebody known to the homeowner, this home security monitoring feature could be very useful.
Grease, dirt and sweat can affect the reading
Of course, if you have anything on your fingers that changes the appearance of your fingerprints, it might interfere with the reading. You would simply clean your finger and try again.
Buy local, or ask plenty of questions
Many of the manuals for biometric locks are written overseas, and broken English is obviously not ideal for helping you understand an unfamiliar home alarm security monitoring system. You can get around this by asking your sales consultant for an Australian-based brand, or simply by asking plenty of questions of the consultant to ensure you understand how to operate the lock.
False readings are highly unlikely
The chances that someone has enough points of similarity in their fingerprint to actually activate the lock without authorisation is extremely low; the chance that someone has those points AND wants to enter your house illegally is even lower!
Biometric locks need backup
Given the fact that biometric locks need electricity to work, they should have both battery backup and emergency key access available. Like your home security monitored alarm, you should get a model with inbuilt battery backup. In the case of an extended power outage, you can also get models with key backup. The keyed lock would only open the door if there were no power to the unit, however.