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The Humble House Key: An Uncertain Future?

Have you ever taken the time to think about the fact that a unique, small metal key completely controls the security of your property and possessions? It’s a bizarre idea, when you think about it – especially in this ultra-secure day and age. It’s almost surprising to think that anyone with the right key can gain unhindered access to your home, so why has the metal key lasted the test of time so well?

Digital Passwords

Now that we’re well into the swing of the 21st century, our lives are dominated by passwords and 4-digit PINs. The majority of us use the internet, and as such probably have a password or two memorised in order to sign in to our favourite websites. Even those who have managed to avoid the internet altogether have to memorise their banking PIN in order to use their card. These security measures help us to prove that we are who we say we are, and allow us to gain access to things which are meant just for us. Someone else with your bank card wouldn’t be able to access your money without the PIN, whereas someone with your house key (and your address!) would be able to access your home with very few issues.

Simplicity Works

Although looking at it this way may seem alarming, it’s worth thinking about the practicalities of having a metal key. As long as you cankeep it safe on your person, you’re able to access your home quickly, even when the internet is down or if there’s a power cut. You don’t need to remember a code or password in order to unlock your door – all you need is the key. In an increasingly digitised world, the humble house key looks very outdated, (especially when you consider that over 80% of current vehicles use an electronic key or keyless ignition) but the fact is that it works.

Key Cards

Hotels and some modern apartment buildings are already doing away with the idea of keys and using cards instead. If you’ve ever stayed in a hotel, whether it’s upmarket or budget, then it’s likely you will have been given a card which gets you into your room. The benefit of these is that, should you forget to return it during check-out, the hotel wouldn’t need to change the locks. They would simply change the electronic signature for that particular room so that your card can no longer be used to access it.

Using an electronic card system instead of a metal key sounds like a step forward, but it wouldn’t get rid of the ease in which someone else could access your property.

Electronic key pad

The Future

We’re bound to see more innovative and modernised solutions as the years go by, but whether the public will embrace a completely different type of locking system is another matter. The traditional key as we know it has been around since the Ancient Egyptians & Babylonians invented it (around 6,000 years ago!), and although there have been many attempts to change it; the principle has remained mostly the same. In some areas fingerprint and retina scanners are being used to identify those who are allowed access to properties or areas within buildings. While this may seem very futuristic, it could be a possible next step where home security is concerned.

VPS247 Keys & Locks

Here at VPS247we’ve always strived to keep up with new products and innovations, and you can be assured that the locks we provide are all up to date and of the best quality. Even though the principle has remained the same, keys and locks are always being updated and improved to ensure excellent security, strength and style. If you’d like to find out more about the different types of locks we offer, call us on 0345 145 0130.