Advancements in technology have enabled companies to create products that improve usability and convenience. Perhaps the most prominent example of how technology has revolutionized ease of use is through touchless access control methods, such as keyless entry. This feature has been most observable in the automotive industry where modern cars have quickly implemented this type of technology through different models. Recently, this type of technology has also been applied to houses and other living areas. As a result, it offered homeowners and tenants the benefit of security, while also providing accessibility. In this article, we are going to take you through the key details of how this security system works.

What is it?

The traditional entry method for things that are secured with locks is through physical keys, which feature ridges that match with a certain locking mechanism. Aptly named, touchless access control methods do away with physical locks and keys over other security and authentication processes. This security system can be programmed to open or unlock through various methods ranging from radio-frequency identification (RFID) in a key fob to different biometric access procedures.

How does it work?

As mentioned earlier, touchless access control methods can feature different security measures as a means to prevent unwanted and unauthorized use. The simplest and most common method of security in this type of system is through RFID. Basically, RFID matches your electronic key with an electromechanical lock, which then unlocks if it reads your RFID either through clicking buttons on the remote key, tapping it on a surface, or even by just standing in close proximity with the lock. No matter what procedure you do, touchless access control does not require users to physically insert a key and turn it. This type of home security system can also be locked by a password, a pin, or other biometric security authentication, including voice, retina, fingerprint, etc. Finally, this security system can also compound and stack a variety of authentication measures to increase the level of security. This means that users can authenticate via fingerprint or they may also choose to input a numeric pin instead if fingerprint verification is not practicable. 

How is it safe?

Touchless access control is considered to be a safer and a much more accessible option compared to traditional locking methods. First, it is less prone to errors and failures, such as a misplaced key, a broken key, or a worn-out lock. Second, it is less prone to robbery and  theft. This is because perpetrators won’t be able to simply pick your lock and get inside your living space as it is usually the case with traditional locking methods. Third, it provides you with more control over who has access to a certain area or place. For example, other family members can be provided with passwords or be programmed with biometric security access so that they also don’t have to carry physical keys with them. Lastly, it can be easily changed and re-programmed. Traditional keys will have to be replaced along with their locks if you want to change your keys or replace worn-off locks. Unlike traditional keys, users can easily change passwords or program another biometric security if they want to change up their system. As a result, unauthorized users will have a much harder time infiltrating your security system.

Is it reliable?

The reliability of touchless access control systems have gone up over the years as companies develop additional features, such as manual locks and power backups. Because these systems naturally involve electronic parts, the most common threat of security is with power outages and failures. In order to combat this, manufacturers have built multiple layers of backups and safeties in case such a scenario will occur. Most commonly, touchless access control systems will provide users with an option to manually unlock or to include a power backup. These failsafes provide users with the peace of mind that they can still gain access during emergency cases.


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