Biometrics are the unique physical characteristics of an individual which allow them to identify themselves or another person. They include fingerprints, facial recognition, voice prints and iris scans.
Samsung Biometric Door Lock: Samsung Biometric Door Lock is a biometric door lock with features such as voice activation, face detection and iris scanning.
The company claims that it uses “the most advanced technology” to ensure security. According to Samsung, the device is able to recognize your face, voice and even your eyes when they’re looking at the door from outside. You’ll have no problem opening the door with this device if you use these features correctly.
How does it work?
Well, first you open up the app on your phone and say what’s inside the room (or whatever) in which you want to enter. Then, the door will unlock automatically.
However, there are some limitations here. For instance, you won’t be able to leave through the front door. You’ll need to go into the back of the house instead.
Also, it doesn’t work well if someone else is already in the room with you (for example a roommate).
You can also turn off voice activation and face detection features in case you don’t like them too much. However, you can do the same with fingerprints, which is a more traditional method of opening the door and is probably more secure.
This lock comes in two models: the first model costs around $300 and it’s designed for single doors; the second one (like the one we mentioned above) costs around $800 and is designed for both interior and exterior doors.
Kwikset Biometric Door Lock: The first thing you’ll notice about the Kwikset SmartCode 916 Touchscreen Deadbolt, which uses a 9V battery and has an operating range of up to 30 feet, is that it comes in a wide range of finishes (Brushed Chrome, Colonial Brass, Distressed Antique Brass and many more).
The lock includes SmartKey Security that allows you to re-key the lock to another lock within seconds. Plus, it comes with auto-lock feature that will ensure the door locked after being open for a period of time.
And, to ensure maximum security, the company includes Security+3.0 technology which provides anti-pick shield, drill shield, impact shield and rust protection. Like with the previous lock, you can also turn off the voice activation feature so as not to alert a potential intruder that you’re home.
The device costs around $200.
Schlage Connect Biometric Door Lock: This unique product uses a built-in alarm to provide the highest level of security for an internal door in your home or office (or an external door if you like).
The lock has a beautiful design and comes in a variety of colors, so it will fit perfectly with the style of your house. You can also mount it in several different ways depending on your needs.
The alarm is fully programmable, so you can choose when and how it will go off (for example, if the door is open for more than 2 minutes, the alarm will go off at full volume).
The battery is expected to last at least 1 year. The Z-Wave lock allows you to lock and unlock remotely. Plus, the lock comes with a unique feature called “path testing,” which allows you to test if someone is in your house by sending a signal to the lock and sounding an alarm if it goes off (which means the door isn’t securely locked).
A noticeable disadvantage of this lock is that if the alarm goes off and you’re not home, no one will be able to turn it off remotely.
The lock comes with 1 year of free cellular monitoring. The price for this lock is around $270.
The Bottom Line
All the locks that we’ve listed above are high-quality devices that will be able to protect your possessions from any potential burglars.
If you want to have the most secure door, combine two or more of these locks and you’ll be able to sleep tight knowing that there’s nothing to worry about!
If you don’t have that much money to spend on a lock or you want to save even more, you might be interested in our article about ways to keep your home safe without spending any money.
Remember that a lock can only work if you use it properly. Be sure to read our security tips so you don’t become a victim because of carelessness.
If you want to protect more than just your front door, you might be interested in our review of the best home security cameras or if you want to keep an eye on things when you’re out and about then here’s a look at the best dash cams for cars.
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Programmable individualized security system for door locks by KS Clark – US Patent 5,083,122, 1992 – Google Patents
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Remote control system for door locks by G Lambropoulos, KR Pitera, RA Hair – US Patent 4,881,148, 1989 – Google Patents
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