The 21st Century Security Keypad

The keypad has been a fixture of the access control world for a long time. The first pushbutton combination lock is credited to Alfred A. Peters in 1875. And since then, they have been a popular — and often a more affordable — option for securing doors when a customer doesn’t want to keep track of keys or cards.

Like any technology in today’s digital world, however, the access control keypad has evolved with the times and is hardly sitting around waiting to be obsoleted by futuristic technologies such as biometrics or mobile credentials. From a growing use in residential and multi-family dwellings, to an introduction of more aesthetic designs, new form factors and multi-functionality, the keypad can be the best fit for a variety of applications.

Maintaining the highest level of security requires ensuring that individuals may only have access to the specific areas they are authorized to enter, and keypads can be used as the primary access mechanism or in conjunction with some other form of access control like a card or proximity reader for multi-factor authentication. And while door access is the primary application for keypads, they are increasingly being used for other security applications like security lockers.

The use of keypads hasn’t shifted; they continue to be a good security option, giving great ease-of-use to end users who don’t require an audit trail and prefer not to give all their employees, or building occupants, cards or key fobs. As an entry-level access control device, keypads continue to be unequaled for simplicity of installation and ease-of-use.

Keypads still are mostly used in commercial access control, and for integrators, that is a stable source of revenue moving forward. But the new growth plan — the rapid growth plan — is in residential and multi-family residential settings. That is because of the ease of access and low cost of access management. We’re also seeing it expand in remote sites for business. For example, a remote cell tower where there is a small utility building is a prime location. You might have different maintenance people going to that site and having a key system for that may not be viable.

For end users, keypad solutions allow for easier access and reduce the burden of carrying keys. For integrators, the simplicity of integration, the ability to offer interconnected devices, and the ability to offer more security on new locations — such as gates or glass doors — means a chance to win more business.

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Post time: Dec-15-2018
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