When the goal of owning a firearm is protection, the speed at which you access it becomes just as important as storing it safely when it’s not in use. Gun safes provide an added layer of protection with gun ownership that protects family members and prevents theft. Biometric gun safe locks are the latest technological advances among safe manufacturers offering quick secure access to firearms or valuables.
When we think of home or office safes, the iconic large-dial combination lock types of safes is what may come to mind first, but the days of the cannonball safe are gone. Since we sit on the cutting edge of technology, the evolutionary path of safe technology is also seeing great benefits from today’s technology pool. Some of the biggest advancements in safe technology have come from the improvements made with locking mechanisms as safe manufacturers now offer biometric locking mechanisms as an option when purchasing a safe.
Biometric Gun Safe Anatomy
The term biometric refers to an automated user-identification method using physical traits. These physical identification traits include fingerprints, the iris, face, veins in the hand, signatures, thermograms, and voiceprints. Biometrics are more secure than traditional methods because they are more difficult to steal. Even before the days of CSI, detectives dusted crime scenes for fingerprints left behind as a means of identification.
As you know, everyone has a unique fingerprint, but with so many unique combinations for fingerprints, how do biometric gun safe locks work? Within each fingerprint are unique identifiers called minutiae points or the major features of a fingerprint. The biometric lock has a template stored in it’s database that matches these points onto their template and assigns a code to your print. Since this technology pulls from a digital database, it’s possible to store more than one fingerprint, and some have the capacity to hold up to 100 unique fingerprints. It’s a good idea to store more than just one of your own fingerprints and/or maybe more than one person’s print. If something happened to you, who else besides a locksmith would be able to open the safe?
The Good, The Bad, and The Biometric
The good news with biometric locks is no more lost or forgotten passwords. Another advantage of biometric mechanisms is the compact size needed for the touchpad and the low cost to produced them, making them optimal for small or large devices. The scanning surface for fingerprint biometrics is just over one half inch. The other obvious advantage of biometric lock is speed. With just one swipe of your finger it’s possible to gain access to a safe’s contents. Many people may have no need to quickly access their jewelry or important documents, but when it comes to home security, begin able to quickly retrieve a firearm could mean a great deal.
The disadvantages of biometric gun safes are minimal but definitely worth mentioning, one of which is smearing. If the identifying finger gets sweaty or wet, this will negatively impact the device’s ability to correctly match the fingerprint pattern denying access to an excited user.
About one third of American households own a firearm, keep yourself and your family safe with the responsible storage, and quick access provided by a biometric gun safe.
Check out this Biometric Gun Safe in Action:
Looking for more information on the technology behind biometric gun safes, visit our page of Biometric Safes