From their humble origins, to today’s high-tech wonders, the journey of prison lock is one of innovation, adaptability, and resilience. This exploration of the evolution in locking systems for correctional facilities, presented by Steel Cell highlights some key milestones which have reshaped prison security throughout the years. More bonuses?
In the beginning, all prison locks were mechanical. They were made of heavy metals and operated with large, bulky keys. These locks, while sturdy and relatively impervious to tampering, had some significant shortcomings. The management of keys was an issue. Losing a single key can compromise the security of a facility. These mechanical locks also lacked the capability to log or monitor access. This left a gaping hole in security oversight.
First, electronic locking systems were introduced. This was a major advancement in the security of prisons. The electronic locking systems that use keypads and magnetic card readers have brought new sophistication to the prison lock. The electronic locks allowed better monitoring and control of the access points. They also reduced risk from physical keys. They still rely on cards and codes that can be stolen or lost.
Biometrics was the breakthrough. Biometrics such as retinal or fingerprint scans are often used in modern prison lock systems to authenticate entry. The use of unique personal identifications has significantly improved security and virtually eliminated the risk associated with shared or lost access tools. Biometrics provided an easy way to track and monitor all access. This is essential in a high-stakes setting like a prison.
Smart locks are the future of prison security. Smart locks are often connected to Wi-Fi and other wireless technologies. They offer unmatched control and monitoring abilities. Remote control is possible, so you can lock down or change access with a click. They can be integrated with broader security systems to provide a holistic picture of security.