Keyless Door Entry Systems

Keyless door entry systems eliminate the need for conventional physical keys and are used to control and manage access into a property using a variety of user authentication technologies such as biometric and smartphone contactless options.

Keyless Door Entry Systems

What are keyless door entry systems?

Keyless entry systems - sometimes referred to as contactless access control systems - eliminate the need for keys and are used to control and manage access into a property using a variety of lock and user authentication technologies.

Keyless entry systems help with security as they are set up to grant access to authorised people only and restrict access for the unauthorised, without the use of conventional keys which can be easily lost, stolen or duplicated.

Contactless access control using mobile phone

How does a keyless door entry system work?

Keyless entry systems use an electronic device to control entry into a building. Instead of a traditional key, this type of access control requires the users to have an ‘authentication credential’ that communicates with the keyless access control locks via proximity. Users need to be within a certain distance of the reader to trigger an unlock.

The most common keyless door entry system require an electronic or magnetic door locking mechanism, a proximity card reader or sensor, and the users need an authorised credential to prove their identity. When somebody wants to unlock the door, they must present their keyless credential near the reader. The access control system verifies the credential, and triggers the door to unlock once approved.

An authentication (or identification) credential may be in the form of an ID card, keyfob or increasingly, the users smartphone employing one or more of its wireless communication technologies

What keyless entry authentication methods are there?

Access Control RFID Authentication
  • RFID – (radio frequency identification) the most common ‘contactless’ radio frequency authentication method used in ID keyfobs and cards. Available in various frequencies.
    Available in both 126kHz and the more secure 13.56MHz versions.
Access Control NFC contactless authentication
  • NFC – (near field communication) is the latest generation of RFID contactless communication. It is the same technology used for contactless payments from credit/debits card and increasingly from your smart phone or smart watch.
    NFC allows for short range, secure access authentication using your smart phone as a 'keyless' identification device.
Access Control Bluetooth contactless authentication
  • Bluetooth (BLE) – (Bluetooth low energy) one of the more recent options for keyless entry via smart phone, Bluetooth Low Energy provides a contactless identity verification method with reduced energy consumption, making it a increasingly popular choice for authentication via portable devices.
    BLE allows for keyless entry without significantly draining users' smartphone batteries.
Access Control QR code authentication
  • QR Code Scanning – ideal for single-use or temporary access permissions (eg. parcel deliveries or service staff), a unique QR code can be generated with limited time/date/use quantities and sent to a visitor’s smart phone to be scanned at the access control endpoint device.
    An access QR code can be generated and distributed in a matter of seconds.
Access Control Face Recognition authentication
  • Face Recognition – This form of biometric authentication uses a high resolution cameras and AI technology to scan each individual registered user’s unique facial features for identity verification.
Access Control Iris Recognition Authentication
  • Iris Recognition – This form of biometric authentication uses a high resolution scanner for highly secure authentication via iris recognition.
  • Fingerprint Scanning – This form of biometric authentication uses a finger print reader to confirm authentication via the users unique finger print.
  • Keypad - typing into a keypad the correct pin code or password grants you access and entering the incorrect pin denies access into the house/premises.
  • Access Cards – usually the size of a credit card these can fit inside your wallet or purse. Access cards come with access permissions and can be entered into the system, swiped, or scanned using RFID technology to grant access through electrically-locked doors.

Akuvox X916 Door Intercom with smartphone access

What are the benefits of keyless door entry systems?

There are many ways a keyless entry system can benefit your home or premises such as:

  • Eliminates the needs for keys – keys can be easily stolen, misused, and even copied to make duplicates. Therefore, eliminating the need for physical keys is an added security benefit.
  • Ease of access - Since keyless entry systems do not rely on physical keys to unlock the doors, you can share the access code with trusted individuals so they can let themselves in even if you are not physically there.
    You can also give temporary access codes, the benefit of this is that if you no longer wish for them to use the codes later, you can instantly change them and restrict access for any future use.
  • Restrict access - Access control systems make it extremely difficult for intruders to gain access to the premises. This is because the digital locks that are used are far more difficult to bypass than mechanical locks.
  • Tracking access – a great benefit of using keyless entry systems is that it allows you to track who enters the building and when.
    If there is an incident of theft or break-in the tracking feature can help figure out how the intruders got in and who to hold responsible for it. You can check the codes entered at the time of the incident and see whom they belong.
  • Removing access rights immediately – with traditional keys if they are lost or stolen, or if you want to prevent access for someone, the advice is to change the locks. This is down to having no way of knowing who has your keys and how they might use them, it is a security threat.
    However when using a keyless entry system, removing access rights for people is fast and easy and cost free.
    If access codes are compromised or misused then a simple change to the codes instantlywithdraws any access privileges.
  • Remote access control - using cloud technology, a keyless entry systems allows you to both control and monitor access in homes from a remote location.
    You can add and remove access permissions, monitor and track access activity in your premises and lock/unlock the doors!

Where are keyless door systems used?

Keyless door systems are used in various applications such as:

  • Homes
  • Hotels
  • Shared Office Spaces
  • Multi Dwelling Units (MDUs) such as flats and apartments 
  • Sports facilities and leisure centres
  • Retail stores
  • Medical centres and hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Home security
  • Factories and warehousing

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