The Internet of Things, also referred to as IoT, is the conglomeration of devices that collect and share data via the internet. If something is connected to the internet, other than a PC or smartphone, it is likely included in the definition of IoT. For example, these may be considered part of IoT:
- Smart thermostats
- Smart appliances
- Fitness bands
- Security cameras
- Smart TV’s
In fact, if it has the word “smart” in front of it, it likely means it is able to be connected to the internet and communicate without human control. Predictions by leading tech companies anticipate that by 2025, over 41 billion devices will make up the Internet of Things.
While some of these devices are pure novelty, such as toys, others are providing more customization and ease, such as automatic lighting and smart lockers.
Intelligent lockers are one innovation in the IoT space that are proving to be invaluable. These lockers are connected to the network in a way that allows control and flexibility, something standard lockers are missing. Intelligent lockers have smart design including security features like pin-numbers, biometric, or keycard access.
These security measures mean:
- No more lost keys
- No more rekeying lock
- No more key tracking
- No more lock-outs
- Access can change anytime it’s needed
- Greater security
Because of digitally stored pin numbers, biometrics, or keycards, all intelligent lockers can be deactivated or activated from a single control panel. This means rekeying due to staff turnover, broken locks, lost keys, and abandoned lockers have all become a thing of the past.
Technology is Making Security Stronger
Digital access with intelligent lockers create automatically generated access logs which increase accountability and security. In fact, intelligent lockers are already being used in government, law enforcement, and educational settings to protect assets, limit access, and safely store weapons, evidence, or high-value items.
Knowing who accessed what, when, and where, is now as simple as generating a report, remotely and at any time of day or night. Controlling this is also easier than ever. One can limit locker access to only the correct person at the right time to better manage high-value equipment or resources.
As IoT continues to grow and technology advances, the capability of everyday items will become more intelligent, helping us to streamline processes and protect assets. The need for intelligent lockers is already here and IoT has contributed to their success through technology that supports easily controlled entry and data collection. DeBourgh Manufacturing is an industry leader, providing top-of-line intelligent lockers for industries and businesses that need safer, more secure, and highly efficient locker systems.
DeBourgh All-American Lockers prides themselves on their all-steel and metal hybrid, US-made lockers, known for long-lasting strength and aesthetic congruency. Founded in the Minneapolis, MN area in 1909, it is owned by the same Berg family, now in their fourth generation. Military, first responders, schools, healthcare & fitness centers, office, and commercial properties rely on DeBourgh’s secure, innovative, and intelligent access locker systems for a variety of needs. If you are looking for a quote or more information on our products, contact us at 1-800-328-8829 or visit us online at DeBourgh.com.