Category Archives: Electric locks

Motorised garage doors: why do they need a lock?

Let’s talk again about garages and security, more specifically motorised doors.
If you choose to install an automated door on your garage you are looking for convenience, but it also often believed to be more secure, compared to an up-and-over door which opens manually. Is this always true?

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This is the right electric lock for a heavy door or gate

One of the typical uses of electric locks is closing main entrance doors. The problem is that a main entrance door can also be very heavy, especially if it is a large wooden door. But a large metal gate is also very heavy. In situations of this type a common electric lockcan break frequently as it is excessively stressed at every opening and closing. Continue reading

How to protect your motorcycle with an electronic GPS anti-theft device without the need for an installer

The security increases exponentially when protection systems which work with different technologies are combined together, such as mechanical and electronic ones. This is because thieves, just like other (and most respectable) professionals, tend to specialise in different fields and the number of individuals who are able to neutralise both a mechanical and an electronic system is much less than those who are able to overcome just one of the two. For this reason, if protecting your motorcycle with a good quality mechanical anti-theft device makes good sense, adding an electronic alarm is even better. Continue reading

An electric lock can be tampered with if it possible to reach the power supply cables; this is not the case with the Viro Block-Out

All electric locks have a potential weakness. If a burglar manages to reach the power supply cables they can be cut and then used to send an impulse to lock to open it. The Viro Block-Out electric lock has been designed precisely to avoid this problem and provide more security.

The power supply cables of electric locks are often exposed at one or more points and can be used by burglars to send an “illegal” “impulse to the lock and thereby open it.

The power supply cables of electric locks are often exposed at one or more points and can be used by burglars to send an “illegal” “impulse to the lock and thereby open it.

The feature which makes this lock unique, so much so that it is protected by a patent, is the presence of a dead-bolt inside the latch. Continue reading

5 handy functions to consider before installing an electric lock

What one generally requires from an electric lock is for it simply to open when the button is pressed and ideally to continue to do so for years without breaking. But a good electric lock can do so much more. Let’s look at 5 advanced features which make the best electric locks, such as Viro ones, easier to use and more versatile. Continue reading

3 useful management functions for remote opening of a door with an electric strike

As we have seen, electric strikers allow remote opening of a door fitted with a common mechanical lock, where you cannot or do not want to install a normal electric lock, such as in the case of French doors and interior doors. But how does it open? Pressing a button to trigger a lock seems such a simple action that it would not leave much room for choice. Continue reading

Sliding gates protect the items of most value, but are the least protected. Why?

Some things seem normal just out of habit, but if you stop to think for a moment they don’t make sense. One of these is the fact that automated sliding gates are not closed with any type of automatic lock. Some are closed by manual locks or padlocks, thus defeating the convenience of automation.

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5 things you need to know before buying or changing an electric lock

Locksmiths know them well, as they are one of the most common causes of requests for their intervention. We are talking about electric locks which close the pedestrian gates and access doors. The are easy to use and secure, but far too often they are the source of problems . Problems which can largely be avoided by choosing an electric lock with the following features: Continue reading

How an electric lock for pedestrian accesses works

We do it every day. We push the button, the lock of the gate or door opens and we leave home. We don’t normally try to understand how the mechanism works, we are only interested in the fact that it does work. But when something fails, or when we need to buy a new lock, it is important to understand how things work, so you know what to do or what to choose.

In this short video we see what happens inside an electric lock for pedestrian accesses when the electrical pulse is given or the key is turned.

In a future blog we will see which features should be taken into consideration when buying a sturdy and reliable electric lock, which is able to operate without problems.

You can see the catalogue of Viro electric locks here