Locking industry trends, part 1: Think bigger, think better

If you are managing a small building with only a few people, you may just about be able to cope with an outdated mechanical locking system. You might think you are saving money by not investing in a state-of-the-art digital or mobile locking system; but think about when a key gets lost, stolen or simply not returned. You would have to invest a lot of time and money to ensure that your building stays safe – locks would have to be changed and keys would have to be reissued.

If, however, you are managing a larger property, for example, a student house or an office where residents or employees change constantly and keys are frequently lost, the cost of maintaining the building’s security with a mechanical system multiplies exponentially.

Due to high turnover rates and complicated key logistics in larger properties, an electronic/electromechanical system is the best way to maintain the highest levels of security and efficiently manage access rights. Of course, replacing a mechanical system with a digital or mobile locking solution means an investment. But think about the savings in lifecycle costs let alone the savings in administration time.

Electromechanical systems offer many flexible benefits from the user perspective. Access rights can be quickly and simply assigned, changed and revoked. Time limitations can be set up to make sure the right people have access to the right areas at the right times. And administrators can have an up-to-date overview of all the locks and keys in the system at all times.

Key users are happy, administrators have the possibility to maintain full control and management of the system and property owners will see how the cost savings boost the value of their buildings. It’s a win win win situation!

If you would like to learn more about how iLOQ’s digital and mobile access solutions are making life accessible and users’ daily lives more convenient, visit our website. And if you have any comments or questions about locking systems in general, please post a comment below. We’re happy to help.