Category Archives: Safes

Electronic safe with flat batteries: what do you have to do?

When it comes to buying a safe and you are thinking about an electronic model (which generally offers more services to the user, compared to a mechanical version), the first concern is often the possibility that the batteries will run out, thus not allowing it to be opened. This possibility does exist, especially for those who only use their safe occasionally.
What do you do in such cases?

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Technology at the service of security: the new Viro Ram Touch II safes – Part I

After talking about the 5 mistakes to avoid when installing a safe, we now want to present the development of biometric technology applied to the Viro safes and security cabinets.
We will see the advanced features which make Ram Touch II the most innovative of the biometric safes for home or office use.

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Security is also the possibility to control: advanced monitoring features of Viro Ram-Touch

A secure safe is not only a safe which is able to withstand attacks from a possible thief. The contents which it guards may also be put at risk in other ways, even if they are less obvious. For example, if the safe contains documents, works of art, precious items, weapons, or other metal objects, a potential danger consists of the internal humidity, which can promote the development of moulds on paper and fabrics or accelerate the oxidation of metals. Or the threat may depend on an unwise or incorrect use by one of the persons authorised to use the safe or security cabinet.

In order to also protect against these risks, the Viro Ram-Touch system, which is fitted to a wide range of wall and free-standing safes and gun and document cabinets, provides, through the convenient backlit control panel, 2 advanced monitoring functions: control of internal climate and audit trail. Continue reading

Open safes and security cabinets with a finger: the Viro Ram-Touch system

Anyone who has seen at least one police drama knows well that fingerprints are one of the surest ways to identify a person. They are a unique characteristic of every individual and cannot be reproduced. For this reason they are well suited for use also in the field of access control, where they also offer the advantage of always being, quite literally, “at your fingertips”.

In fact, although fingerprints were used in old movies only to identify individuals who had been present at the scene of a crime, in the more recent ones they are also used to provide access to laboratories and private premises. To enter you need to rest your hand or finger on a fingerprint reader and the bad guys go crazy trying to find a way to beat the system.

For once, what you see at the movies and read in novels is not a fantasy, but, on the contrary, a technology accessible to all. Continue reading

Are electronic security cabinets reliable?

As we saw in the previous blog, electronic security cabinets are the ideal solution, both from the point of view of security and ease of use, especially when the cabinet has to be used by more than one person, as they eliminate the problem of having to manage various keys, with the risk that they fall into the wrong hands. Moreover, biometric solutions also free from one from the problem of having to remember the access codes.

However, as there are so many advantages, some people worry that such a technologically advanced system, such as the electronic one, may be less reliable than a simple mechanical solution.

The reliability is given by the quality

In fact, manufacturing electronic security cabinets which are just as reliable as mechanical ones, but which are easier to use and more secure, is absolutely possible. However, it is true that not everyone is able to do so. In order to be reliable, the electronics of a security cabinet must in fact be designed and produced specifically for the task that it must perform, because it must satisfy several requirements, in the same way as for safes However, low cost security cabinets, especially if they are produced in the Far East, often use generic commercial electronic boards which have been adapted, and they are unable to fully satisfy all these requirements. One can therefore buy an electronic security cabinet with confidence provided a manufacturer specialising in this field is selected.

What happens if the batteries run flat?

One of the most common fears concerning electronic safes and security cabinets is that it is not possible to open them if the batteries run flat. Also in this case, the difference depends on the quality of the product. A good quality security cabinet warns well in advance when the batteries are running out, so that they can be replaced well before they are completely flat.

One of the features of well designed and manufactured electronic security cabinets is also that the battery consumption is constant and gradual, thereby avoiding the unpleasant situation in which until the day before the warning the batteries seemed to be charged and then just a few days later the cabinet will no longer open.

Lastly, a good quality security cabinet has a low power consumption, so the batteries need to be replaced only very rarely. Viro security cabinets, for example, are able to perform up to 10,000 operations with the same batteries before they run flat.

Nevertheless, especially if the security cabinet is rarely used, the batteries can run out without the user having had time to replace them. For this reason, electronic security cabinets are provided with a emergency key which allows them to be opened even when the batteries are flat. Since it is only to be used in true emergency situations, this key does not pose major security problems, as it can be easily kept in a place different from that in which the cabinet is located (it is important not to keep it in the cabinet itself!) However, some cabinets, such as the Viro Ram-Touch, even offer the possibility of connecting an external emergency battery pack, so that the cabinet can be opened and the internal batteries replaced.

The external battery pack connected to a Viro Ram-Touch cabinet.

The external battery pack connected to a Viro Ram-Touch cabinet.


An electronic security cabinet may be purchased without any concerns, provided that a good quality one is chosen. Viro, for example, has been manufacturing electronic safes and cabinets for 30 years, since it launched Ram7 in 1985; the first electronic safe made in Europe.

You can see the range of Viro security cabinets here.

Watch the advanced features of the Viro Ram-Rouch biometric opening system.

Low cost safes with a display? Why be wary of them

Between computers, smartphones and tablets we are literally surrounded by screens nowadays. It may therefore be natural to assume that even a safe must have its own small display. Indeed, one might consider that the presence of the display is an index of the quality of a safe, or at least of its technological content. In reality, however, the presence of a display is not always a good sign. Continue reading