ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still room for sophisticated hardware in a software-savvy world
High-security locking systems, made up of the toughest bolts and impossible to pick or drill mechanisms, are still garnering a lot of attention among those seeking security solutions.
But even with the advances and options offered by electronics-based systems and access control, sometimes a strong lock is just what people are looking for, said Mike Groves, vice president at Federal Lock & Safe, Arlington, Va.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The hardware today is machined to very fine tolerances,Ã¢â‚¬Â Groves said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“These locks are designed to defeat people.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In addition, he said, referring to the key duplication controls that accompany these high-security offerings, Ã¢â‚¬Å“people have come to realize they want to know where their keys are and who has them.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The high-security keyed system, with pick- and drill-resistant features Ã¢â‚¬Å“is a booming part of our business,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Tom Harris, vice president-product management for YSG Door Security Consultants in Charlotte, N.C.
He said upgrading traditional locking systems often goes hand in hand with the addition of access control within a commercial application.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“People still use a lot of keys,Ã¢â‚¬Â he explained, adding while access control may provide a certain level of limitations to where people can go, a keyed system is yet another line of defense.
Groves of Federal Lock & Safe agreed. Many companies, he said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“are combining tough hardware with digital access control.Ã¢â‚¬Â Such approaches to locking systems, he said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“give people the flexibility and the security they need.Ã¢â‚¬Â
What used to be very complex and laborious, Groves said, looking back on his 15 years in the industry, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but technology has given us a real leg up with this hardware.Ã¢â‚¬Â