electronic lock : Computer Hardware Buyers’ Glossary


electronic lock
A lock that is opened by a command from a computer. The computer decides whether to open the lock by reading a key card, having a pass number entered, validating a private key on a USB (Universal Serial Bus) flash drive, by recognising a fingerprint or iris scan. They are often used in hotels. The big advantage there is the key card stops working the instant the guest checks out. Advantages of key cards include: I would hope someday we will have a universal ID/key that is used for commerce and allowing access to home, office and anywhere else, such as a theatre after you have paid your ticket.

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