Sentry Biometric Gun Safe Review
When it comes to securing your firearms (along with other valuables), the “here and now” of precautionary safety is being gauged by two factors: the convenience of access to authorized users and the converse inconvenience or denial of access to those who are not authorized. some years ago, we were enveloped in the age of smart cards and keys that granted individuals an easy method for gaining entry into everything from a safe to an office building. Although this technology decidedly fulfills the first of the two requirements mentioned above for a quality secure-access product, a physical item can easily be compromised (usually through theft) and may not provide the owner with a sure-fire way to safeguard against the risk of having valuables such as guns wind up in the hands of someone who wasn’t originally intended to gain possession of them.
This is where biometrics come in. By scanning physiology rather than something that needs to be carried around, the gun safe owner has more discretion over who and how guns and ammunition are acquired from his/her vault. Unfortunately, even those who have no malicious intent (such as children) can easily grab a smart card or key from its usual location and open up a safe with zero effort. However, biometric indicators are playing an increasingly larger role in ensuring that only those who are truly authorized to enter the gun safe are ultimately able to do so.
According to Wikipedia info, “Biometric fingerprint identifiers are the distinctive, measurable characteristics used to label and describe individuals. They often categorized as physiological versus behavioral characteristics. The physiological characteristics related to the body shapes such as fingerprint, hand geometry, face recognition, DNA, palm print, iris recognition, retina, and behavioral characteristics are related to the person's behavior, including typing voice, rhythm, gait.”
The most common thing of biometric technology that is currently being used fingerprint scanning for gun safes. In fact, this is the only bio-enhanced entry-level incorporated into the vast majority gun safes on the market today with well-known companies offering a total of six gun safes featuring some form of the fingerprint scanning device.
Why Biometric Gun Safes?
Overall peace of mind is paramount when considering which method is the absolute best for storing your weapons, materials, ammunition and other belongings. Most of us live in an environment where potential unauthorized users routinely pass by a personal gun safe while visiting our home or office. This is why biometrics make so much sense in cases where a physical item can so easily be stolen or compromised in some other fashion. Simply put, biometric identifiers are unique to each individual – giving 100% control of access to the authorized user(s) while at the same time discouraging unwanted entrants such as kids, thieves, and anyone else who isn’t designated by the owner to open up the safe.
Even the best password can be forgotten, but fingerprint recognition offers an extra level of security without the need to worry about a (separate) inconspicuous location in which to store a key, pass card, password, etc. When it comes to “smart technology,” biometrics is where it’s at due to how physiological traits differ for each individual.
Of course, fingerprint scanner and biometrics aren’t only used for the safeguarding of guns and ammo, meaning that the use of such devices has been tested in other situations as well. Everything from logging on to a computer or starting the ignition of a motor vehicle to entering a restricted office area could soon be commonly controlled through biometrics rather than the traditional physical means that we’ve become used to in recent decades.
The technology itself is an exciting opportunity for gun safe makers and those who are looking for the most secure and practical way of storing firearms.
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