Physical Key Locks
Physical Keys are the safest in some aspects and the least safe in others. Physical keys are immune to computer hacking or any sort of digital exploitation but they are easily duplicated at your local hardware shop for just a few bucks. This means that if I go to a hotel and receive a physical key, I can just duplicate the key at a local hardware store and enter whenever I feel like it. Not the most secure of ways to keep your establishment safe if you ask me. I learned this from a hotel owner (Greg at AB Hotel in Antwerp.) as I overheard him explaining to another guest why they used electronic locks at the front door instead of a physical key.
– Immune to computer hacking
– Easy to duplicate
– Most expensive type of key
Keypads or similar combination locks are excellent for giving out to all of your guests so they can enter after hours and they don’t need any sort of physical key so nobody is locked out. These work best for large areas that you want everyone to have easy access to like the front door, pool or a common room.
It is also one of the least secure ways cause someone with ill intent could share the code and then anyone could just waltz in the hotel. Unique codes are often given to different guests to prevent this sort of foul play but I think it rarely happens.
– Not a physical key so guests are never locked out.
– Digital hotel metrics and analytics.
– Digital shut off if lost or stolen.
– Codes can be given away and anyone can just walk in.
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Magnetic Stripe Keycard Locks
Magnetic Stripe keycards are better than physical keys in my opinion but my least favorite of keys because they usually don’t have any holes to loop a lanyard through so they are easily lost, need to be removed from your purse or wallet to use it or the stripe can become dirty and not read properly. In addition, magentic stripe keycard locks usually have exposed card slots, which make the lock lose weatherproof capability. All of these could have been solved with the use of my personal favorite locks… the RFID lock.
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– Digital hotel metrics and analytics
– Digital shut off if lost or stolen
– A bit more afforable than RFID keycard lock
– Mag stripes get dirty and don’t work
– Plastic card easily breaks
– Need to be removed from wallet to work
RFID Keycard Locks
RFID Key is short for Radio Frequency IDentification Key and it uses tiny radio waves to read your card and let you in a particular room(know more about RFID). This technology is nothing new and is what retail stores use to prevent shoplifting. What I like the most about RFID is that I don’t have to pull anything out of my wallet. I just hold my entire wallet up to the door reader and it beeps or a light turns colors and then the door unlocks. Another benefits of RFID is that you are not limited to a keycard. You can use a bracelet or have it surgically implanted beneath the skin like something out of the Matrix (A common method used to ID pets but your guests might object to surgery at check-in). I think a bracelet would be nice so when you go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and you are half asleep, you don’t get locked out of your room cause you forgot your key. It’s on your wrist.
– Digital hotel metrics and analytics
– Digital shutoff if lost or stolen
– Can be used from inside of your wallet or pocket.
There are benefits and downfalls of each system but one of the benefits of all of the digital models is that it allows the hotel management to collect metrics and data to see how people are interacting with their establishment. When they scan in, where they scan in and how they can improve their hotel based on these metrics.
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