Safe technology has come quite a long way since the days of the old bank vault being secured by a gigantic wheel that looked like it belonged on a pirate ship.
Today, you can quickly (and almost instantly) unlock a safe with nothing more than your fingerprint provided you have taken the time to research and invest in a high quality biometric safe solution.
Definitely one of the more popular systems today for those that want elite level security and protection in their safe while at the same time having the ability to gain access to their valuables or possessions without having to worry about misplaced keys or forgetting a combination, the right biometric safe can change absolutely everything about the safety and security of your belongings.
But you’ll need to make sure you are investing in the right set up and solution for your particular needs, which is exactly why we crafted this quick guide.
How do biometric safes work?
Biometric safes are pretty advanced as far as safe technology is concerned.
Using the unique identifying information that your body provides (which could be a retinal scan, a facial scan, voice recognition pattern, or just a quick fingerprint scan – or any combination of those options and so many more), a biometric access system is easy to use since you’ll never be able to lose the key or forget the combination.
All you have to do is place the identifying bodily object on the biometric scanner and hold it for just a quick second, and the advanced technology and detection algorithms built right in will do the rest of the “heavy lifting” for you.
Provided there is a match to the biometric information on file, the locking mechanism will release and you’ll be able to gain access to the safe much more quickly than you would have been able to otherwise.
Why are biometric safe options so popular?
There are many different reasons that biometric safes have become so overwhelmingly popular today, including (but certainly not limited to):
- Almost instant access to your safe without a combination or key
- The ability to “hardcode” biometric information from multiple people to grant access to the same safe
- Instant alarm notification when unauthorized access is attempted
- Almost always built with advanced capabilities (including waterproofing and fireproofing) other safes may not have
The real reason to use a biometric/fingerprint safe option over any other is that you’ll be able to protect your valuables with the kind of securities is simply unable to be cracked – because you (and you alone) are physically in possession of the key at all times just by being yourself.
Anyone that has ever forgotten a combination, lost a set of keys, and had to call in a locksmith or safecracker – and pay them hundreds or thousands of dollars to gain access to a safe – understands just how valuable this extra layer of simplicity really is.
What do I need to focus on what I want to buy a new biometric safe?
Buying a safe with biometric access system is shockingly similar to buying any other safe, with a couple of noticeable differences.
For one, you’re going to want to make sure that you are purchasing a biometric safe that includes other locking mechanisms in the event a digital failure. You’ll want to go with something analog like a keyed access or a combination lock so that you can still gain access to the contents of your safe should the biometric sensors fail.
Secondly, you’ll want to make sure that you are investing in a high quality safe that is designed and engineered with security and safety in mind first and foremost. Too many of the otherwise great biometric safes out there right now are designed for ease and convenience, which is a bit of a double-edged sword when it comes to protecting your valuables.
Do you really want to have ease and convenience pop into your mind when you are talking about protecting the things that are most valuable to you? Not too many would.
Next, you should look into a safe that has the kind of capacity that you can use right now (this very minute) as well as room to really grow into in the future. Too many people and a purchasing a safe that seems like it’s going to be more than enough for your current needs, not really anticipating the fact that your needs will change in the future.
Unless you want to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on safes all the time you’ll want to buy something that you can continue to leverage with a bit of extra space.
Hopefully now you’ll be able to invest in a high quality biometric/fingerprint safe that you never have to worry about!