The mechanical key has a competitor.
Whilst it will be a long time before it is completely gone the electronic key is starting to make it’s self known.
Currently Electronic access comes in a varirty of forms, key pads, key fobs,finger print, eye retina,swipe cards,smart phones, watches,ipads and other tablets, and probably soon, implants.
There are a few brands of locks available to accept some of these types of devices.
As Locksmiths we are a bit cautious about embracing the early stuff, we like to be sure that there are spare parts available for anything that we sell. Hardware stores seem to be able to get away with selling cheap junk with no concern for spares but Locksmiths are a little more caring. Maybe it’s because we know of all the things that can go wrong.
I think that it all requires a cautious approach at present.
In most cases you will still need to carry the override key for when the battery goes flat, so no gain there.
This post says it well
Locksmiths are aware of all the brands that are currently on the market and will eventually choose what we consider to be the most reliable. My guess is that Assa Abloy will be a big supplier to the quality market, Locksmiths included.
One of the big problems with electronics is that it is always tempting the hackers to beat it.
Something that should be considered is that once you install these devices you will probably want to remove it when you change residence. This will leave a hole in the door that needs to be filled, either with another type of lock or filler.
Next topic I cover will be electronic vehicle keys.