Mechanical, electronic, digital locking systems

What are mechanical locking systems?

Mechanical locking systems are often the easiest way to secure buildings, whether we are talking about schools, company premises or your own apartment. People and objects are protected by locking cylinders and door locks. This conventional locking system exists in different variants, the security of which can be supplemented with various functions. This makes it possible to map organisational structures with different access authorisations so that each person group has access to the right areas.


Where are mechanical locking systems used?

These days, it is small to medium-sized companies, residential buildings and public buildings which tend to use mechanical locking systems, preferably in areas where relatively few changes are expected to the granting of access rights. The number of key holders and staff turnover are low in such places.


A key on an extended hand

What are the disadvantages of a mechanical locking system?

A mechanical system is a very rigid system where modifications always involve a great deal of work. If access authorisation structures change extensively, the system quickly reaches its limits.

This entails a great deal of time and expense if many keys are in circulation or a larger building complex is involved.


What are electronic/digital locking systems?

Electronic and digital locking systems are based on the same technology in all types – from a simple system at a vehicle access point to a high-end design in places such as universities: Locking cylinder with software-controlled technology. This creates many options and even highly complex structures can be mapped and managed effectively.

Digital locking systems are thus significantly superior to a mechanical version in terms of convenience and security. It makes life easier, especially for companies, when it comes to issuing and managing keys or access authorisations. It is also very advantageous that the system can trace at any time who was in a building at a specific time and where exactly they entered. Access rights can also be quickly assigned and withdrawn, meaning rights can also be issued to suppliers or guests for a short time, for example.


Which components form part of an electronic or digital locking system?

Three components are fundamental in a digital locking system: door components, identification media and software.

  • Door components
    These include locking cylinders and readers that use RFID technology and can be installed in different variants (reading station, mobile end device, etc.). The components are connected to the in-house network.
  • Identification media
    These are detected and identified by the system. Media include transponders or smart cards, for example. All identification media work contactlessly, which minimises wear.
  • Software
    To manage the system, software is required that handles the processes and controls the hardware. This allows access authorisations to be conveniently managed, access authorisations to be changed and adapted quickly and access media to be swiftly deactivated in the event of an incident.
A screen displays SimonsVoss software

What areas of use are there?

Anyone considering using an electronic locking system has different requirements. A private household, for example, has completely different requirements to a university. But no matter where a system is installed, users undoubtedly benefit from a digital locking system as it can be adapted to individual requirements.

In large companies and institutions, access authorisations must be as flexible as possible since not only employees need access. External personnel such as suppliers and cleaning staff do too. One advantage is that a frequent change of keys, such as in schools, universities and hospitals, does not cause any great inconvenience as access authorisations can be quickly changed. And if a credential is lost, it can be quickly deactivated and security is restored.

In the case of residential buildings, small systems are able to cover everything. If a residential complex is extended over time, it is advantageous that the locking system has no limits and can be expanded at any time. Building complexes can still be monitored centrally and online.

Hotel operators also appreciate the advantages of digital locking systems. Instead of using magnetic cards that are susceptible to wear, locking devices can be opened contactlessly and efficiently using a smart card. A digital locking system is also easier for staff to use as it can easily issue, deactivate or replace identification media without the need for technical staff.

Whether they form part of a hotel, company premises, a public building or a private residence, all system set-ups also benefit from the option of using smartphones as a key. Smartphones use an app to send access data to the reader and access is enabled if there is valid authorisation.





What other benefits are there?

You benefit from additional security as digital locking cylinders and identification media enable you to achieve maximum security. The cylinder is also secured mechanically so that even external force will prevent unauthorised entry.

You can also enjoy increased convenience since you no longer need to carry many keys with you. Instead, you have all access authorisations in a single RFID credential so you can open locking devices conveniently and contactlessly.

Using a digital locking system provides you with better control access to rooms: If people need to be grouped and may only enter certain areas, you can configure their authorisations individually and adjust settings at any time with just a few clicks.

Cost savings shouldn’t be forgotten either, of course. If a key is lost in a mechanical system, all cylinders must be replaced and new key sets must be issued. Costs can quickly escalate to a five-figure sum. In a digital locking system, the credential is simply deactivated and security is restored in record time.


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