Today’s commercial locks are a combination of tried and true systems that are often integrated with electronic entry and security technology.
With modern-day security concerns, many businesses today use keycard for access control systems. So in a sense, these businesses’ doors are always locked because anyone opening the doors at any time must have an entry code or keycard/fob they swipe to unlock the door.
Keycard for access control systems have a lot of advantages. Of course, they secure the premises against unwanted intruders 24/7. They are also useful for tracking employee access. If someone loses their card, it’s a minor security breach, but much less of one than if they lose a physical key. Keycard systems can easily be updated to deny a lost card, so they don’t require any physical changes to the lock itself, which would be the case if a key is lost.
Here are some other types of commercial locks to be aware of for commercial businesses.
Cylindrical Lever Locks
Cylindrical lever locks are common for commercial applications mainly because they’re built for heavier usage than similar residential lock designs. They can be operated with a key or combination push button.
Mortise locks are one of the most robust, heavy-duty types of locks available and are used in commercial environments with very heavy use. The deadbolt of these locks is housed within the lock body, which makes it less accessible and more resistant to forced entry.
This sounds like an odd name for a lock, but panic bars (aka crash bars) are actually very common on commercial properties.
The panic bar is the bar you push to open the door when exiting a building. Pushing the bar automatically unlocks the door, but of course this only works from the inside. When the door closes on the outside it remains locked.
Panic bars are used in places like stores, restaurants, or theaters where there may be a large number of people inside the building. If there is an emergency, people can exit the building without having to engage a rotary door handle.
In fact, this type of lock was invented in response to an event in London in 1883 in which there was a fire and many people died because they couldn’t open the door to the exit. Thus, the name “panic” bar.
Electric Strike Locks
Electric strike locks are the actual physical mechanism used with keycard and keypad systems. These have an electric strike plate that is engaged when the circuit is broken, which is what happens when you swipe your keycard or input the correct keycode.
Electric strike locks are more technologically advanced, but with that comes an added level of complexity. If you’re not trained to work on this type of lock, you don’t want to mess with it.
Instead, contact the pros at Bill’s Lock and Key for all your commercial lock needs in Albuquerque. The safety and security of your business depend on locks, and you can depend on us to make sure your locks are working perfectly.