Technology is advancing rapidly and products are slowly becoming better quality and experiencing longer lives, however I still feel it necessary to recommend to my clients to maintain that mechanical back-up “just in case”.
This is expressly why the locksmith industry will continue to exist, much to the negatives of some. BEST WIRELESS TRAIL CAMERAS
Locksmiths, for over 2 centuries have been designing, maintaining and creating systems and products designed to protect the assets of the marketplace. Locksmiths will continue to do so for the next 200 years, I’m sure.
When asked “Should We?”…..my first answer is based on determining the true benefits. But I always will recommend a mechanical backup.
The true benefits could be, no more keys to worry about (what about the proximity card – doesn’t this just take the place of a key?), the ability to perform audit trails (on sophisticated systems), combination entry (negates the need for a key, but requires a code to be remembered – this could lead to codes being shared – leading to a major security issue).
One of the best advances today is the advent of Bio-metric systems. Finger print identification systems can negate the need for a key or the need to remember a combination (you cannot lend your finger to someone else – can you?).
The marketplace should also remember that electronic security products are still expensive and not as generally reliable as mechanical security products. Locksmiths can provide restricted key control systems that enable end users to control who has keys to their properties. This is one of the least expensive and most secure methods for protecting assets, often without the need to replace costly hardware.