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Are smart or electronic door locks safe and secure?

A smart lock, also known as an electronic door lock, is a device used to manage and control door access. These devices are used extensively throughout our lives, from card readers in hotels to keypads in hospitals.

As part of the research for our latest security innovation, Smart Access, our team of experts have been analysing the viability of smart locks over the last two years, including which ones are the safest and most secure.

Old smart locks vs new smart locks

A few decades ago, fingerprint scanning was considered state-of-the-art technology; now, our phones have this feature built into them. This continual technological development has had a significant impact from a security perspective, with locks becoming safer over time.

Despite this product evolution, the most common smart lock designs remain the same:

RFID readers – common electronic door locks which use cards or fobs to receive and emit radio waves, signalling an authorised individual is trying to access the door

Biometric locks – any lock which uses a biometric reading as an identifier. This could be a fingerprint scanner, eye scanner or voice recognition system

Keypads – locks that require a specific code to be entered before opening the door and allowing access

During our research for Smart Access, we identified a few new smart lock designs. These alternatives provided additional levels of security and versatility, with one new lock standing out from the rest – the smart door cylinder. 

What is the smart door cylinder?

Smart door cylinders are wireless, secure, and cloud-enabled electronic locks. They differ from the competition as they are battery-operated, meaning that can be installed into most regular doors within five minutes and with little disruption compared to other electronic locks.

Additionally, through their cloud-connectivity, smart door cylinders can be managed and activated from anywhere. User access rights can be granted or revoked instantaneously through our Smart Security Platform, something which isn’t achievable with traditional smart locks.

This consistent online connection also enables the collection of invaluable access data to help users understand what is happening across their estate. As part of Smart Access, this data is sent directly to our Smart Security Platform, where clients can see exactly who has accessed which doors and when – insight that is difficult to obtain with traditional smart lock solutions.

To summarise, when compared to other electronic locks, smart door cylinders are more convenient, provide access to more insightful data and based on our calculations, can save up to 62% on access costs. And the best part? They are also extremely secure, boasting several security accreditations including BS TS621, EN 15684 and EN 1634.

Smart door cylinder

Can electronic door locks be hacked?

Our smart door cylinders meet the BS TS621:2018 locking standard, a recognised UK standard for smart locking devices. To achieve this new standard, the smart lock must undergo rigorous testing, including quality and durability tests, as well as physical attack testing.

As part of this, each smart lock must go through an electronic security assessment. This includes ensuring the lock is secure against advanced hacking methods, making the smart door cylinder certified as one of the safest electronic door locks available.

Plus, the mobile access key delivery system used for our smart door cylinder is enabled by LEGIC Connect, a digital key management platform that boasts end-to-end encryption and is used by global organisations including E.ON Energy.

Can smart locks be forced open? 

Alongside the physical attack testing required to meet BS TS621:2018, the smart door cylinder’s design has been specifically selected to provide exceptional physical security.

The design of the smart door cylinder is similar to a traditional deadbolt. Deadbolts are held in place and cannot be moved except by the physical rotation of the key. Our smart door cylinders cannot be moved except by the electrical rotation of the cylinder.

This means that if someone were to break the exposed portion of the lock, they would still be unable to gain access as the cylinder wouldn’t rotate. Plus, our smart door cylinders meet the EN 15684 standard, an additional security standard that tests the cylinder further through simulated attacks.

Smart door cylinder in use

What if the smart lock’s battery runs out?

Even if your smart door cylinder’s battery ran out, it would remain secure as it could not be rotated.

Plus, smart door cylinders have a battery life of three years. As part of our Smart Access package, we include annual maintenance and battery replacement to ensure that your cylinder is always ready to go. We also monitor and track the battery levels of each lock to prevent issues caused by faults or unexpected battery loss.

Are electronic doors locks suitable for fire doors?

The smart door cylinder meets EN 1634 specifications which cover extensive fire resistance and smoke control tests. Fire door suitability is also tested as part of the EN 15684 specifications, making the smart door cylinder a versatile lock solution that can work in all manner of settings and applications.

Implement secure electronic door locks with Smart Access

Our smart door cylinders are available as part of Smart Access, our latest service innovation that uses smart locks to replace external keyholders entirely, saving thousands of pounds per property, per year.

Using smart locks opens a world of possibilities by enabling the collection of key access data, which is housed and surfaced within our Smart Security Platform. This information allows you to see who has been where and at what times, as well as providing snapshots of access data across your estate, making Smart Access an incredible tool for assigning accountability and taking proactive steps to manage risk.

Learn more about Smart Access today or for bespoke advice tailored to you, as well as a free demo, get in touch.

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