Battery vs Hardwired locks

Metra Australia’s hardwired locker locks are easy to use and manage. Our web-based locker management software offers a real-time audit trail, reports, and the possibility to assign lockers from mobile devices. The locking solution is hardwired, does not use batteries, and is extremely environmentally friendly. It streamlines locker management, reduces ongoing operational costs, and is the ideal locker lock for fitness club changing rooms, end of trip facilities, or the modern office environment.

Are hardwired locks actually more expensive than battery-powered locks?

The perception in the marketplace tends to lean towards yes, that hardwired locks are more expensive. But whilst looking at the lifespan of the locks, and the required ongoing maintenance and replacement, you will quickly learn that hardwired locks can actually be less expensive than battery-powered locks.

As we also look to address environmental and climate considerations it is a business’s responsibility to take these concerns into account in all aspects of business, including minimizing their own ecological footprint. A facility with 1,000 lockers would require approximately 3000 batteries to run.  That is approx 70kg in batteries that would need to be replaced and properly disposed of annually.

How long would it take to actually replace all of those batteries?

Let’s break this down: Each lock has screws holding on cover plates to protect a total of 3 -4 batteries — so it is safe to assume 2 – 3 mins per lock to change the batteries.

 

For 1,000 locks

At the low end, we are talking roughly 2,000 minutes,

On the high side of our experience, 3,000 minutes.

=

33 hours – 50 hours

of labour time alone to replace 3,000 – 4,000 batteries

 

In summary, by considering the time taken to replace the batteries, the associated cost with new batteries (some battery locks on the market will have proprietary batteries in them that are only sold by the lock manufacturer) and labour, as well as disposal on the old batteries, all on a yearly basis – the move to hardwired locking solutions is a great business decision.

Call Metra today to discuss how a networked operating system can improve your business 1300 METRAAUS

 

5 benefits of using RFID technology

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags that contain electronically stored information. RFID chips can be incorporated in wristbands, key tags, fobs, the paper passes, and plastic cards. Each unique RFID tag can allow timely access through doors, turnstiles, and lockers.

See below 5 benefits to using RFID technology in your next locking solution. 

1) Data tracking

Because a person carries an RFID card with them, a smart-card system records her movements. For example, when a person enters a locked room with the card, the system notes the person, the date and time, and the activity.

2) Ease of use

Where a lost or stolen physical key can require you to replace the whole lock, an administrator can simply delete the lost/stolen tag’s access and program a new one.

3) Security

RFID key cards are much harder to copy than traditional keys, so offer peace of mind where unauthorized users are concerned. Key cards can also be deactivated to prevent an unauthorized user from gaining entry to a building or access to a storage locker.

4) Increased revenue and profits

For applications where access is required for a large number of people, for instance, gym members, getting traditional keys cut can be very expensive. With an RFID key card, replacements and cheap and easy.

5) Flexibility

RFID cards can be programmed and reprogrammed as the aspects of security requirements change. If an employee leaves, the card can be deactivated or reprogrammed for a new employee. It also allows changes to areas that personnel can access as their permissions grow and change.

Jobs we have recently completed utilizing RFID technology. 

– Transport for NSW Macquarie Park

– Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs

– SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre

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Transport for NSW Macquarie Park

Metra Australia are proud to once again be chosen by Transport for NSW to provide the latest in smart lockers. Together with Lockin we delivered a flexible and secure personal storage system that satisfies the needs of their staff.

The latest commercial office development at 45-61 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park is said to be one of Australia’s most contemporary business precincts. This project saw the team design and install 3,952 lockers set across six levels of the brand new office complex.

Each locker was fitted with the Metra HID Centralised Locking Solution (hard-wired, no batteries). Staff can access their assigned lockers via RFID media (smartcard or phone app) at one of the 64 Metra Reader Terminals, with genuine Bluetooth enabled HID technology, located within each of the locker banks.

Our integrated back office METRA ELS software solution meant staff were able to use their existing RFID media card for building access and locker access. Locker banks are located in various high traffic areas of each office space, including hallways, islands and built into plaster walls.

 

Loreto Mandeville Hall

Established in 1924, Loreto Mandeville Hall is an early learning, primary and secondary day school for girls, located in Toorak, Melbourne. METRA Australia recently completed the design and install of High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) lockers fitted with hard-wired electronic locks. Users conveniently access individual secure storage lockers via central keypad terminal.

 

Tuggerah

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and Sydney Trains are operating agencies under the transport cluster of the NSW Government. Established with the goal to deliver a safe, integrated and efficient transport system across NSW along with making NSW a better place to live, work and visit. METRA Australia partnered with TfNSW, Roads and Maritime Services and Sydney Trains to deliver a flexible and secure personal storage system that satisfies the needs of their staff.

Our class-leading electronic locks and locking system has been designed and installed across 11,000 lockers over more than 30 separate floors, located in over 21 different sites throughout NSW.

Download the Case Study

Transport for NSW (TfNSW)

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and Sydney Trains are operating agencies under the transport cluster of the NSW Government. Established with the goal to deliver a safe, integrated and efficient transport system across NSW along with making NSW a better place to live, work and visit. METRA Australia partnered with TfNSW, Roads and Maritime Services and Sydney Trains to deliver a flexible and secure personal storage system that satisfies the needs of their staff.

Our class-leading electronic locks and locking system has been designed and installed across 11,000 lockers over more than 30 separate floors, located in over 21 different sites throughout NSW.

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Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (GESAC)

METRA Australia completed a recent project at Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre. The team designed and installed High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) personal storage lockers, securely accessed via METRA Kiosk Touchscreen and central RFID Reader Terminal. Patrons, members and staff can also enjoy the convenience of payWave® cashless payments for locker rental.

Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs

METRA Australia designed and installed new premium grade lockers at Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs, Warnambool. The secure and convenient lockers were fitted with METRA’s patented hard-wired electronic locks and have self-closing doors. Members, guests or staff access lockers via RFID terminals using RFID smartcards or RFID wristbands.

 

Padua College

METRA Australia completed a recent project at Padua College, Mornington. Our High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) school lockers with self-closing doors were designed and installed with security and convenience in mind. The visual style was selected from our huge range of finishes and each locker door was fitted with an individual ASSA Abloy locker hasp.

For more information about our school lockers available in a range of flexible configurations, colours and finishes, with different locking options to suit all your student and staff storage needs click here.

SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre

METRA Australia supplied and installed new personal lockers in the Health Club at SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre. The High-Pressure Laminate (HPL) lockers feature corrosion resistant properties suitable for hard-working environments. Individual lockers are accessed via member, guest and staff RFID smartcards or RFID wristbands and the self-opening doors were fitted with METRA’s patented hard-wired electronic locks.

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