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True Deadbolting in Electronic Locking

December 20, 2022
Deadbolting is ubiquitous with locking, typically referring to a bolt operated by a key or thumb-turn and distinct from a spring bolt or spring latch.

So, what is true deadbolting and why is it important?

Not every deadbolt is created equal, and a true deadbolt requires the following characteristics;

  • Will resist forced entry by holding the bolt in the locked position and,
  • Ensure that the bolt does not retract when applying force to the bolt itself

The second point is what separates the wheat from the chaff, as this does not apply to some deadbolt products in the market. These products do not physically latch the deadbolt, resulting in the ability to force the bolt back into the lock. Because of the lack of true deadbolting, doors with these products installed can be forced open when they are meant to be locked and secured.

All the above requirements are true for electronic locking as well, except instead of a deadbolt being operated by a key or thumb-turn, it is operated electronically by a control signal to operate a motor or solenoid. Without the ability to latch the deadbolt, even these high-tech locks can fall prey to the security vulnerabilities described.

As expected of any quality high-security lock, BQT Solution offers true deadbolting to ensure our locks remain robust. If you’re after the best deadbolts on the market to ensure your facility is secure, check out the entire locking range from BQT Solutions

BQT Solutions is a specialist in the development, manufacture and supply of high quality, high security card and biometric readers, electromechanical locks and related electronic security products.
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