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Are Physical Keys Obsolete?

Technology advancement is relegating some unique discoveries to the background. A little over a century ago, phone booths, digital cameras, and print magazines were in vogue, and none of us could believe they will become almost obsolete in a short time.

Though some people are using past products, the majority are in love with smart devices. Based on the foregoing, does it mean that the physical keys have been made obsolete by technological advancements? In this article, we will look into the impact of technological advancement on security.

Different lock and key options

  • Programmable Remotes

From every indication, this is an alternative to the mechanical keys. A typical example is the Universal Car Remote which can be purchased in the open market and programmed to match your car. It is compatible with most vehicles and can be used to lock, unlock, control the alarm or open the trunk. However, you can rely on the dealership for programming or consult an experienced locksmith.

  • Transponder Keys

The transponder keys are designed by integrating a chip called Radio Frequency Identification) inside the head of the key. The transponder keys have become so popular for manufacturers of basic and prestigious cars. It works by transmitting a low-level radio signal which must correspond with the brain box of the car. Just like the remote control found in every home, the ingenuity of the keys makes it popular. The transponder key adds an extra layer of security as well as makes things easier for car owners since they desist from carrying a bunch of keys.

  • Laser-Cut Transponder Keys

Consider this type of key as an advanced model that also provides security. It functions as a traditional mechanical key and a keyless entry system.

  • Remote/Key Combos

Designed to function as a combination of remote and key, the programming and configuration are always complex. There is a need for a qualified locksmith to cut or program the key.

  • Proximity FOBs

One of the new and effective discoveries in the automobile space, the proximity FOBS are as compactible as the remotes keys. The only difference is that you do not have to press buttons before they unlock your doors or start your ignition. However, the distance of the application has to be programmed at the time of installation. If you are not comfortable with the configuration, you can also make every necessary change in the future.

Although traditional keys are the most prevalent type of keys used for cars, the need to improve car security has made manufacturers invest in innovative discoveries. The new innovative discoveries mentioned above are likely to dislodge the traditional mechanical locks. Car owners that have not embraced the change should start putting it into consideration.

If you need to upgrade the security system of your vehicle, be assured that the experts at Top Atlanta Locksmith are ready to help. In case you have an emergency, we are readily available to get you back on the road. For all your locksmith needs, we have experienced professionals to get your security system back into tip-top shape in no time.