An electronic strike alarm is an excellent modernization of the old-fashioned lock and key, being more customizable and reliable than is the case with traditional methods and easy to integrate with modern access control, resulting in a considerably more flexible solution.
Electric strikes are not dissimilar to standard strike locks, with both coming with a strike that is able to block the door latch. An electric strike alarm is installed on the same level as the door handles and is the electric lock that is most commonly used with wooden or metal doors.
The primary difference between an electric strike and a regular strike lock is of course that it is electrified and that electrical impulses are used to unlock it. The impulse moves the strike instead of the lock latch as in the case of an ordinary key.
Are electric strikes safe?
Electric strikes are very safe and secure as a method for latching doors due to the fact that it is impossible to activate them and thus open a door unless someone is in possession of a pin, card, or some type of remote device that is actually associated with the electric strike.
Electric strikes can also be wired up to fire alarms in order to ensure doors open in the event of an emergency.
The uses of electric strikes
An electric strike is a form of access control device that is intended for use with the locking and subsequent releasing of a door. Electric strikes are installed either on or within the frame of a door and can work together with mechanical door locks on the same principle of having the rotation of the keeper be electronically controlled.
Electric strikes are used in a great variety of locations including apartment buildings, offices, and government departments.
How to install an electric strike
Electric strikes are fairly simple to install as they will normally just assume the same place that is normally taken by a standard strike lock. If there is no existing strike lock, however, then a mold will need to be cut out in the wall and then be drilled in. Wiring will also need to be run through surrounding walls in order to reach a power source.
The electric strike will also need to be wired to the access control reader as the majority of basic electric strikes will deliberately not come with wireless access. Electric strikes will lock or unlock when an electrical impulse prompts it to do so, and those electric impulses will be governed by the access reader.
Electric strikes are a reliable and today fairly basic piece of hardware that can be used by anyone who is looking to dip their feet into the world of modern electronic access control. The configurable fail-secure or fail-safe mechanisms make them suitable for use in a wide array of different situations and environments, and they are easy to wire to any modern controllers or readers to ensure users receive an access solution that is completely future-proof.