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Intelligent lock VS electronic lock VS mechanical lock, what kind of door lock do you want to start with?
Sep 03, 2018

Intelligent lock VS electronic lock VS mechanical lock, what kind of door lock do you want to start with?

The evolutionary history of locks shows that the earliest wooden locks have a history of 5000 years. In the 1940s and 1970s, the locks entered the era of mechanical locks and electronic locks respectively. In 2010, the locks entered the era of intelligent locks.

In the age when intelligent locks, electronic locks and mechanical locks coexist, it seems that there are many strategies for selecting a door lock. However, the suggestions may not be universal. It may be more meaningful to objectively give the scope of application of mechanical locks, electronic locks and intelligent locks.

Mechanical lock: though not to death, it is over.

Even in the age of intelligent, mechanical locks are not all bad. The greatest advantage of mechanical locks is that the scheme is mature enough, the product is mature enough to fit almost all scenarios, and there is little user education cost.

In China, electronic locks have developed for 10 + years, intelligent locks for 5 + years. By 2018, mechanical locks still occupy at least 80% of the terminal market share, indicating the degree of familiarity and dependence.

Some people say that because of the competitive advantage in price, mechanical locks are still the mainstream. In fact, mechanical locks will lose their price advantage, or even though mechanical locks will maintain the price advantage, but the price will no longer be a priority factor for users to buy door locks.

The fundamental reason for the elimination of mechanical locks is not because of its low security level, but because the entire building and its home, hotels, office, commercial and other space all mechanical equipment and all electrical equipment are tending to IOT, become IOT terminal equipment, mechanical locks can not be an exception. At present, the mechanical lock is already done by Jiang LAN.

Of course, even in the IOT era, the marginalization of mechanical locks does not mean the complete disappearance of mechanical locks, it will still be an indestructible "lock strong", will still be in a small range and a certain scenario to be purchased and used by a small number of users.

Safety, mechanical lock safety performance of the determinants in the lock core, lock core is divided into A, B and C levels. If equipped with C lock core, mechanical lock safety is also guaranteed, and there is wide range of applicability.

Durability, mechanical lock without power supply, there is no continuity, as long as the lock core and lock body is not bad, you can always use.

Cost-effective, the mainstream price of mechanical locks between 150-500 yuan, security requirements are not too high for users, can still enter the mechanical locks.


Electronic lock: though it can be introduced, it will be a flash in the pan.

Electronic lock is actually the combination of fingerprint lock, password lock and other locks, the most representative is the fingerprint lock - that is, no access to the Internet, no intelligent ability of a lock, in addition to fingerprint unlock, it also integrates password unlock, card (magnetic card, TC card, TM card) unlock, and retains the key unlock mode.

Electronic locks differ from mechanical locks in that they include electronic modules, they differ from intelligent locks in that they do not connect to the Internet and do not have intelligent capabilities, and the scale and speed of electronic locks tending to IOT-based depend on their ability to play with intelligent locks - to be exact, the game between the two sides awaits intelligent lock security events. Once the security risk of intelligent lock networking is equal to that of electronic lock networking, electronic lock will move towards networking and intelligent.

At present, although fingerprint locks can be used as entry-level options, fingerprint locks may also be a flash in the evolutionary history of door locks.

Safety, electronic lock safety performance, mainly depends on the use of which fingerprint identification technology, lock core security level reduced to secondary status. The security of optical fingerprint sensor is relatively low, and the safety of living fingerprint sensor is substantially improved. No matter what fingerprint recognition technology is adopted, the safety is more than one order of magnitude higher than that of mechanical locks.

Convenience, since fingerprint is recommended as the preferred way to unlock, and passwords, cards and keys and other unlocking methods only to meet a small number of users and substitutes exist, about 1 second unlocking speed, fingerprint lock basic convenience is still guaranteed.

Durability, although the lock core and lock body of the fingerprint lock is still mechanical, but the electronic module needs power to provide standby for flight, most of the fingerprint lock life time on the market is less than a year or a year or so, battery replacement frequency users barely accept. We should pay attention to the reliability of fingerprint identification module, which requires more brands to compare horizontally.

Cost-effective, fingerprint lock mainstream price between 2000-3500 yuan, 60% of consumers choose 1000-2500 yuan price fingerprint lock. At present, fingerprint locks have less than 20% of the market share. For users who have high security requirements but mind the price of intelligent locks, fingerprint locks can be used as an entry-level choice.

Smart lock: youth is coming, more wisdom future.

Compared with the fingerprint lock, the intelligent lock is not only simple to add the networking function, the real intelligent lock should be a high-level security function of the computer, the purpose is the basic function of security defense, easy access to extended functions, high-level function of scene management and scene services, far from a variety of unlocking, remote. Authorized, real-time view and so on can be covered.

If mechanical locks and fingerprint locks are almost 100% manufactured by locksmiths, then intelligent locks are manufactured by different factions, such as IOT, ICT, door lock startups, Internet companies, household appliances companies, traditional locksmiths, and so on. The overall scheme, performance configuration, industrial design, APP interaction and even product concepts are quite different.

At present, although the share of smart locks is small, but Fanghua is emerging, representing the smart family, smart apartment and all other smart life scene the first window, access to the future is even more inevitable.

Security, intelligent locks join the network, real-time viewing, real-time alarm, remote authorization and other functions are neglected, the core difference is whether the intelligent locks and curtains, balconies and other security equipment joint deployment, build indoor and outdoor 360 degrees * 24 hours of security nets, the general difference is reflected in the traditional sense of fingerprint identification, Lock core level. With the addition of real-time alarm and joint defense, the security of intelligent locks has been enhanced in all directions than fingerprint locks.

Similar to non-networked fingerprint locks, fingerprints are also recommended as the preferred mode of unlocking. Other unlocking methods such as passwords and keys are reserved only for standby. Smart locks are more convenient than fingerprint locks in that they can support password unlocking under remote authorization. At the same time, the fingerprint unlocking speed of intelligent locks is faster than fingerprint locks. For one thing, most of them are in 0.5- 1 second.

Durability, intelligent lock battery life is generally designed to be longer than the fingerprint lock, but intelligent lock because of the addition of networking features, so its durability is not limited to battery life, but also depends on whether the intelligent lock embedded system supports OTA upgrade, depends on whether the intelligent lock APP openly promises short cycle iteration. This is precisely the most important consideration for users to start intelligent locks. Battery life is just a matter of daily experience. Firmware and APP will determine how long or even if a smart lock will last.

Cost-effective, intelligent lock mainstream price between 2500-4000 yuan, more than 80% of consumers choose 2500-3000 yuan price intelligent lock. Smart locks have a market share of less than 5% in 2018. However, smart locks have become the black technology representative and high face value of door locks. Smart locks are the best choice for users with high safety and appearance requirements.