When shopping for Home Security options, keep an eye open for biometric locks and scanners. These advanced systems offer personalized protection, combined with the latest technology and widespread innovation that has finally dropped prices to reasonable levels.
The word “biometric” refers to a scanner that measures your biology. For protection purposes, biometric devices scan fingerprints, iris patterns, palm prints, facial features, and similar factors that differ from person to person. Systems at major corporations and government organizations have used biometrics for years, but now the tech has finally trickled down to the consumer level. In addition to all the other features Home Security can offer, systems can now track individual physical characteristics for increased safety.
For residential devices, fingerprint scans are used more commonly than anything else, since they are quick and easy and avoid the contortions needed for face or eye scans. Some more advanced (and more expensive) devices use palm readers instead, but palm readers take up more space and only work where there is plenty of room. When shopping, plan on searching for only convenient fingerprint devices … unless you are looking for commercial scanners.
The biometric benefits are easy to spot: Only you and the other select people you have “keyed in” or told the system to accept will be able to access your house or valuables. Losing your keys, forgetting to lock the door, and worrying about picked locks all become unnecessary. Here are five ways you can install biometrics around your home for better security:
1. Keyless Door Locks
By far the most common application for biometric scanners, door locks read your fingerprint before unlocking doors. Simple in theory, simple in execution, these locks come in a vast array of shapes and sizes to fit any type of door. When biometric fingerprint readers first turned up on the market, they had limited designs and most homeowners refused to consider door handles that did not fit their plans. The market responded and today you can find dozens of door-fingerprint combinations.
Most of the locks are designed for front doors or doors inside your garage and have a metallic look. All they need is a thumb-sized scanner somewhere on the handle. Some have locks or deadbolts that lift up into secret scanner compartments if you really want to hide how your door works.
Others combine fingerprint scanning and keypads for extra protection. Prices range between a couple hundred and several hundred dollars, depending on how many security layers you want and how advanced the system is. The most expensive scanners can remember the history of fingerprints and hold many “allowed” print profiles for friends and family.
2. Better Safe Security
Sometimes, the traditional number lock on your safe is not enough. For advanced, highly personalized safe security, you can choose a biometric option instead. These biometric home safes use either fingerprint analysis or palm print scanners to protect the contents.
While you may feel that a biometric scanner is overkill, they can be useful. Thieves who would steal an ordinary home safe with plans to break into it later can be dissuaded by the sight of a professional biometric lock. Also, biometrics allows you to limit who can access the safe to only one or two people. Not only is this useful for jewelry and key documents, but it becomes a valued safety feature for gun cabinets and firearm safes, where contents can be deadly in the wrong hands.
3. Computer Locks
Several different computer devices join biometrics, but they all offer essentially the same benefit. Until you scan in your fingerprint, your computer remains locked. No need to remember a password or click all the right boxes to start your desktop — just one quick scan and all systems begin automatically. This feature is welcome in a busy household where you want to protect computer projects or limit computer access to certain people or certain times of the day. Laptops often have fingerprint scanners built in, but for the desktop version you have your choice: Scanners come on mice, keyboards, and as standalone units.
4. Data Locks
Data locks are similar to computer biometrics, but stay movable and specifically help protect your digital data. You can find these locks on USB drives, flash drives, and external hard drives, all the devices that let you transport large amounts of data from computer to computer.
Rather than letting anyone with the device access the data inside, or relying software encryption programs, biometric scanners keep information safe until you want it accessed, no matter what. These devices range between about a hundred dollars and several hundred for versions that can hold more data.
5. Wireless Locks
Wireless locks are a more adaptable variation on door locks. Biometric security companies like Brickhouse offer several different kinds of wireless scanners. They fit in your hand like a remote control, read your fingerprint, and send a coded signal to your door to pop it open.
This feature allows you to open the door from inside the house without needing to get up and manually unlock it. Some versions can also save time. Other products allow you to create a remote wireless access point, keeping the scanner separate from the safe or lock.
Home security has become a necessary part of our lives in this 21st century, and it’s time to start looking at the best and creative ways you can protect your family and property.