Are You Still Using Keys?

I’m sure you already know if you are reading this and are still handing out keys. It is not only really annoying, it is unsafe and negligent to learn how many business owners or home owners have no idea how many extra keys there are to their property or how many times someone has made an unauthorized copy. Or how about how many times someone has lost a key? Do you know when someone entered the property? I’m sure you don’t need to be convinced of this. I will get to the point and answer the most common questions we get asked about access control and electronic keyless locking systems.

How Much Does It Cost?

Standalone:

Standalone refers to how the lock is programmed and how it communicates. A standalone lock must be programmed at the door, usually does not record an audit trail of who entered, and it does not communicate to a control system or other locks. Standalone locks are individually programmed and work independent of other locks or systems in a building. Lower-grade residential keyless locks start at about $200-300 installed. Commercial-grade standalone keypad access control locks are about $500-1200 installed depending on the needed features.

Networked:

Networked systems can be wired or wireless. The most common are wired access control that connect a card reader or keypad to a door lock controller. Networked access control systems have the most features and the locks work together as a system. Common features include automatic lock/unlock scheduling, audit trail reporting, and deeper user control. Network access control systems start at about $2000-3000/door installed. These systems usually use a card, keyfob, or PIN code to enter the building door.

Examples:

Residential Standalone:
Schlage Keypad Lever – $200-300 Installed

This is a residential grade keyless deadbolt which works great for most homes. It uses 4 AA batteries to power the lock and you can program about 15-20 different user codes. No fancy features, no audit trail, just a simple home keyless deadbolt lock.

Commercial Standalone:
Yale Commercial Keypad Lock – $500-600 Installed

This is a commercial grade standalone keyless lock which works great for multi-family, retail, or small business or commercial office space. It uses 4 AA batteries to power the lock and you can program about 250 different user codes. No fancy features, no audit trail, just a simple business keyless deadbolt lock.

Commercial With Audit Trail & Scheduling:
Alarm Lock Commercial Keypad Lock – $1000-1100 Installed

This is a commercial grade standalone keyless lock that can log a user audit trail report and can be scheduled to lock or unlock based upon a time schedule. It is battery powered and you can program about 200 different user codes, can log 1000 events in the audit trail, and has 150 scheduled event options. This lock is also weather resistant.

Commercial Hybrid With Card Access:
Schlage Hybrid Card Access Lock – $1000-1100 Installed

This is a commercial grade hybrid keyless lock with proximity card, keyfob, and smartphone access. It can log a user audit trail report and can be scheduled to lock or unlock. It is battery powered and it can be connected to a Wi-Fi network for automatic updated from free host cloud software.

Networked Access Control:
Networked Access Control – $2000-3000/door Installed

This is a typical wired commercial access control system with proximity card reader, electric door lock, and system door controller. This system is controlled with software and can be programmed from a computer on the network to control who has access and to automatically lock/unlock on a schedule.

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