Electronic Locks

When used on classroom doors and tied into a centralized access control system, electronic locks provide the following increased security benefits:

Centralized Lockdown

In centralized lockdown systems, the perimeter and/or interior locks are connected to an access control system. This provides the ability to remotely or centrally lockdown the school in case of an emergency.

  • All connected doors lock down in seconds with centralized command
  • Eliminate the need to issue keys to lock down the classroom
  • Relieves teachers from each having to lock their classroom in an emergency
  • Instant notifications can be sent to the administration staff or SRO alerting others a lock down has been initiated
  • Real-time monitoring whether the door is closed, latched and/or locked
  • Eliminate the need to issue keys to lock down the classroom
  • Instant management of who and where cards can be used, eliminating the risk of lost keys


  • All rooms are immediately locked down without a key or card
  • No one has to go to a door and lock it during an emergency
  • No keys or cards required, so key holder does not need to be present to secure the room


  • Software-based security systems require additional staff training and expertise

Security Tip

Authorized school personnel, law enforcement and emergency responders should always be able to gain access to a classroom with a key or credential to help occupants in emergencies.

Local lockdown

Like mechanical lockdown with keys, stand-alone electronic locks on classroom doors require staff to use their credential at the door to quickly lockdown the classroom in case of an emergency.  However, electronic stand-alone locks still provide additional security over mechanical locks.

  • Use of credentials instead of keys allows for:
    • Ease of adding and deleting users provide immediate key control
    • Elimination of cutting keys, changing locks, and getting keys back when staff turns over
    • Easily provide substitute teachers with access and lockdown capability to the rooms where they’ll be teaching
  • Ability to schedule when doors will lock and unlock
  • Accountability to know who goes in which rooms and when
  • Ability to migrate to a centralized online access control platform in future
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