Fingerprint door locks are becoming increasing popular for business and home security and there are many types to choose from. Thermal sensors detect if a real person is behind the fingerprint, but you can only find them on some models. Some models are designed and programmed to use one’s fingerprint and access code using a keypad/fingerprint combination. Biometric fingerprint locks however are the most popular among any kind of fingerprint lock. Biometric is the science and technology of authentication by measuring the persons physiological or behavioral features. In other words, it simply identifies a person’s ridge pattern using a built-in scanner. Biometric locks then use the scanned print and once a pattern is detected the user is able to gain access in or out of a keyless door lock. If you use biometric security, the keyless door lock is the only system to allow access completely keyless. Biometric locks only use the fingerprint authentication to lock and unlock doors.
BioAxxis, Biovault, ACT Atek, Zvetco and 1Touch XL are the leading companies and manufacturers among fingerprint locks. You can find many of their products online from numerous distributors. The 1Touch XL fingerprint lock is high tech and among the highest in quality. It features a built-in user management and audit trail, an easy to read LCD display screen on the back of the lock, you’re able to add or delete individual users directly on the lock and this lock stands alone as they say. Battery operated, no PC is required to use. It includes two laser cut dimple keys and is Bump proof as well as weatherproof. As the deadbolt automatically engages when doors close, 1Touch XL is closing the door on competitors by remaining the market leader.
I happened to catch a rerun episode of Myth Busters recently and to my surprise the guys were trying to prove fingerprint locks were not as reliable as they seemed. To an even greater surprise I witnessed the guys not once or twice, but three times prove the fingerprint lock was defective. No names were ever mentioned so we’ll never know which make and model they busted into. I’ve debated whether or not to write about the three different ways they gained access, but I’ve decided against it. Watch the show yourself; I’m not interested in delivering knowledge to would-be thieves. There are many pros and cons to any home security product. It’s truly up to the consumer and their needs. Even though the guys on TV were able to prove one model defective, it doesn’t speak for all. There are models out there that are more high-tech than others, you just have to be willing to pay.