Access control is defined simply as ‘the selective restriction of access to a place or other resource’. Whereas smart access control or simply ‘smart access’ is generally defined as a combination of ‘traditional access control’ (i.e. with keycards/software or metal keys), with ‘smart controls via the internet’ (e.g. with cloud-based software, smartphone apps with digital keys, data analytics and more).
In recent times smart access can also commonly be called 'smartlocks'. These terms are somewhat interchangeable, however the term 'smartlock' is more commonly associated with residential use, whereas smart access is more commonly used in commercial applications.
Our company Digital Keys Ltd has built a smart access control system that doesn't need Wi-Fi to operate and connect to the internet – we have a SIM card imbedded in the lock, so they can be opened and operated anywhere there is mobile coverage, not just where there is a Wi-Fi system.
Our smart access systems have long lasting batteries, and they don’t need access to mains power. The batteries go into shutdown mode when not being used, so they last for years and years!
With a SIM card and battery imbedded in our smartlocks, we can operate virtually anywhere, and there is no expensive setup cost with an electrician for mains power or for the setup of a Wi-Fi system with mesh networks and all this other supporting infrastructure and equipment.
Our smartlocks work ‘out-of-the-box’ too. When you take them out of the box and power them up for first time, they automatically connect to the local mobile networks, and you simply need to log into your cloud-based software account and/or download a digital keys app to control them.