KEYPADS: Essential Elements in Security & Access Control

Wide Acceptance Boosts Popularity

Several models are available. The KC5000 Series 2 is designed for cylindrical and mortise door preps. The KC2 Office Function lock provides a convenient lock/unlock button on the inside of the door, making it quick and easy to allow credential-free passage during the day and credential-only access at night. The narrow stile KC9000 Series 2 locks are designed for use with aluminum doors that rely on various latches and exit devices to secure the opening. The KCR 2 retrofit model provides an easy upgrade path from a mechanical pushbutton lock by matching the existing door prep and covering the lock footprint for a clean finish.

“The SNAP Programmer and SNAP PC Application takes off-line access control management to a whole new level – a much simpler one,” emphasizes Nieshalla. “Our customers have asked us to make software that manages people and doors, and the handheld programmer that delivers data to the lock, more intuitive. The new KC2 locks and SNAP Programmer accomplish this and do not require certification or special training. More importantly, the customer will not forget how they work, even when there are weeks between uses.”

With the KC2 lock, programming ports allow the locks to be managed using the SNAP handheld programmer, a unique, USB-based device that moves information from the computer to the lock. The SNAP Programmer features a simple keypad layout, LCD screen, and an iButton port to register iButton credentials. Partnered with the new, complimentary SNAP PC application, which is available as a free download on the website, it is a valuable tool that is used to manage people and doors, as well as download audit trails from the lock.

The SNAP PC application resides on the user's PC and is used to create a list of users and door names, which are then merged together, determining who can go where and when. It is extremely simple to use. The intuitive layout, drag and drop control and functional design let administrators manage a database of users, PIN codes, iButton credentials and audit trails effortlessly. Files can be shared, e-mailed or transferred between PCs.

When finished working on the SNAP PC Application, the SNAP programmer is connected to the USB port on the PC. An “export” button is used to send all relevant information to the programmer. Once locks are installed, the SNAP Programmer is then taken to the lock and plugged in to download its instructions to the lock. At the same time, an audit trail can be retrieved.

“As needs grow and change for a facility, these new KC2 locks provide a pathway for growth,” adds Nieshalla.

Take a look at some more application specific models on the market:

Self-Contained Units

Speco Technologies SG-WR150 weatherproof ruggedized keypad and the SG-100 stainless steel indoor keypad are designed to meet most residential, commercial and industrial single door access control requirements. The electronics reside in these self-contained units. The SG-WR150 is a weatherproof indoor/outdoor surface mount device. A tamper resistant box is included. The SG-100 stainless steel indoor keypad is flush mounted into a single gang box.

Additional features of both units include: sounder; 130 users; input trigger for request to exit; independent relay outputs (5A/250V AC); adjustable time relay for up to 99 seconds for each relay output, or latched; each output is assignable by code; codes can range from 3 to 6 digits; and visual/audible function. For more information visit


Storefront doors are tough to equip with door control and electronic door locking due to constraints of the storefront construction and the severe demands typically placed on the hardware in such applications.

The TRILOGY DL1200/DL1300/PDL1300 Narrowstile PIN and PIN/Prox locks from NAPCO are for use with aluminum doors with Adams-Rite latch locks. There are 3 models in the Series. The DL1200 Series supports 100 users and is fingertip and/or keypad programmable; the DL1300 Series can maintain 2,000 users and includes 40,000 event audit trail and 500 event schedule. The DL1300 is also Keypad or PC programmable and includes 2 Lithium 3V batteries. The PDL1300 has PIN & PROX, and provides the same features as the DL1300 Series.

The DL1200 is an electronic keypad lock designed for use on aluminum storefront type doors equipped with common Adams-Rite type storefront locking hardware. The unit is compatible with both deadbolt as well as dead latch locks, so it can be used for full time access control applications, or