Top types of locks used in the healthcare industry include mechanical, keypad, offline, wireless, and online locks.
1. Mechanical Locks
- This is a basic-level type of lock used to secure doors until a release mechanism is initiated, which typically includes a legacy key system, lever, knob, or thumb-turn.
2. Keypad Locks
- This type of lock requires a numerical code before granting access to a facility or property.
- The code can be easily changed and keypad locks re-keyed electronically as deemed necessary. A digital touchscreen lock, combining a robust cylindrical lockset with a digital touchscreen is an additional feature that can accompany keypad locks.
3. Offline Locks
- Offline locks have their databases stored in the locks themselves, enabling the tracking and audit trail of all entrants into a secured place. This makes them best suited for inventory control in areas such as maintenance/housekeeping closets or pharmacy storage rooms.
4. Wireless Locks
- Unlike an offline lock, this type of lock incorporates the use of standard WiFi connections through which it transmits logging data to a centralized access control system.
5. Online Locks
- These types of locks enable real-time access the control and monitoring of secured entryways via an online connection with the building’s centralized control system.