Padlocks have evolved to be more secure with built in access control and no traditional key. Bluetooth technology has come to traditional padlocks. Bluetooth padlock locks offer keyless security usually controlled by your smart phone.
The mechanical part of any padlock is what provides the physical security. This includes the padlock body and the shackle. These parts and the material that they are made of is what gives any padlock physical security. Bluetooth technology alone does not make a padlock secure.
Features of Bluetooth Locks:
- Unlock with your smartphone
- Give others temporary access to your padlock
- Monitor access and retain history
- Never worry about a lost key or combination
- Low battery indication on the lock and smartphone app
These are some of the standard features. The manufacturer will provide an App that will control access to their padlock. These apps will provide additional features and security depending on the app. Just like any app that we all use the Bluetooth apps can be updated and upgraded with new features. The manufacturer will usually provide these apps at no charge; however, some will have additional features such as on-line unlimited history storage for an additional yearly fee.
You will find two levels of Bluetooth padlocks, standard users and enterprise or commercial user. An enterprise or commercial Bluetooth padlock is usually constructed of higher grade materials, such as hardened body with hardened steel or boron alloy shackles. The manufacturer will usually host on-line access control and history through their app. This will allow an administrator to control access to a lock instantly. There will usually be a yearly recurring fee for the service.
This technology has been used on door locks for the past few years. Before it could come to padlocks the electronics of the lock had to make much smaller and then fitted onto the padlock without interfering with the mechanical parts of the lock. Now that this problem has been fixed you should start seeing many manufacturers jump on the Bluetooth padlock wagon. In future years electronic locks will take over the job of mechanical locks by offering superior access control.
Soon you will see Siri, Alexa and Google incorporate commands that will get much better at controlling Bluetooth locks. I believe that before this happens they need to prefect voice recognition, so that the owner of the lock is indeed the voice that Siri, Alexa and Google understand and no other voice.
George Uliano is a security professional with years of law enforcement and security experience. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Business graduating with honors. George holds three U.S. patents on different locking principles. This combination gives George and His Company Locking Systems International Inc the unique ability to provide its customers with the correct security at an affordable price.