Electronic access devices will replace house keys just like the keyboard replaced pens and pencils.
How inexpensive can electronic / networked door access get for homes? That seems to be one of the biggest questions / issues for this.
$100, $200 per door for product? Then install?
How many doors do people have in their homes?
Do apartment buildings / condos have incentives to pay for / standardize on electronic / network access?
IPVMU Certified | 07/30/14 12:23am
interesting statement but I feel we are still many many years away from that being the case... manufacturers must not even see that happe happening soon, if so they would not make electronic locks that also accept standard keys...
Electronic door locks remind me of the electronic keypads on many modern safes. There are some advantages but if the batteries die, you have no way to open them. I agree with Keefe, an electronic lock with a manual bypass makes more sense for now, until someone invents an electronic lock that is as durable and reliable as a key lock or a mechanical combination lock.
Chesapeake & Midlantic
One of the first things I did upon moving in was install one of these.
Mechanical, so there's no power to worry about, quickly and easily reprogramable, so I don't have to worry too much about giving out my combination to cleaners or housesitters or etc, and I don't have to carry keys. Simple and cheap. I see no advantage to an electronic version unless there's logging or alerting or something, which I don't need. And these things last forever.