In the past few decades, domestic security has become increasingly digital and technology-driven. It’s inevitable that in the future, locksmiths’ skills will evolve to reflect these new developments. Let’s take a look at some of the latest developments in home security and the expertise you might need as a locksmith in the mid-21st century.
A wider world of security
Locksmiths used to be experts in mechanical security solutions. Old-style locks and keys work in a very physical way, and they need skilled professionals who are trained in a very specific discipline. These days, domestic security has expanded to include a range of electronic systems, from burglar alarms and sophisticated access control systems to biometric recognition solutions based on irises or fingerprints. As technology continues to develop, would-be locksmiths will need to keep their skills up-to-date in order to offer competitive security solutions that meet the needs of their customer base.
The Cloud is becoming a useful place to store documents and images. So, why not use it to back up other things – like keys? One intriguing new application called KeyHero. This application allows homeowners to upload a detailed image of their house key to a secure place on the internet. If the key is lost, the user can log in using a unique log-in to access the image. The user can then 3D print the image as an exact replica of the original.
Today, we can use our smartphones to control things remotely. Anything from domestic appliances to home security. Whether you’re checking your CCTV from abroad or granting access to approved visitors when you’re not physically there, the smartphone is likely to shape the future of the way we secure our homes.
The 21st century is an exciting time for biometrics. As the century advances, we can expect to see some truly amazing new developments in biometric security. We’ll see an increase in iris, face, voice, and fingerprint recognition technology, where the unique patterns peculiar to an individual are all they need to grant them access. At the same time, insertable microchips will allow a similar type of security. These microchips act in the same way as a key pass, letting individuals access areas that others can’t, based on the data contained in their digital profile.
What does it all mean for locksmiths?
Might all of these new developments make the role of the locksmith redundant? We think it’s unlikely. Perhaps traditional locksmiths will simply need to diversify, to master the technology needed to make these new inventions possible. The successful locksmiths of the future will need to master electronic entry systems, access control, and other hi-tech innovations.
Having said that, however sophisticated our security systems get in the future, the humble lock and key will always have a place in home security. These simple, mechanical inventions act as a physical barrier that’s hard to beat and are likely to be employed as a back-up in case digital systems fail.
For existing locksmiths to thrive in this new climate, many are choosing to specialise in a particular area, such as commercial security or property block management. At Fort Locks, we’re proud to specialise in a wide variety of different security disciplines. If you’re looking for the right home security solution for your home, check out our wide variety of cutting-edge domestic locksmith services.