The Evolution of Access Control from Traditional Locks to Smart Gating Systems

In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need to worry about securing our houses and deterring criminals. Unfortunately, though, this is not the case, and so we need to protect our homes or businesses with locks and gating systems. In this article, we will briefly touch on the history of door locks and explore how access control has evolved over the years – from the traditional key to a more modern, smart gating system. Let’s get into it.

The lock and key

The first ever lock and key is thought to have been invented by Theodorus of Samos in the 6th Century BC, and evolved through Egyptian, Greek and Roman times to something recognisable today. The principle of Egyptian wooden locks is still used in the manufacture of mechanical locking systems in the 21st Century. 

Though still widely used today, traditional locks are great for home access, but when it comes to businesses where multiple people need access, a more robust and high-security system is required.

The introduction of the electric keycard

The 1980s brought with it the need for more robust and convenient access control methods, which led to the development of electronic access systems. They marked a significant step forward in the evolution of access control. Key cards, PIN codes, and electronic key fobs started to replace traditional keys, especially in commercial buildings, shops and offices, and are often still used in these environments. These systems offer enhanced security and can be quickly reprogrammed when access privileges change.

Smart Gating Systems

The 21st Century brought with it the introduction of smart gating systems. These systems incorporate state-of-the-art technology to provide an unparalleled level of security and convenience. They are designed to streamline access control processes, making them more efficient and user-friendly. They can be used on both commercial and residential properties, and can offer a range of features.

Mobile Access

Smart gating systems enable users to access a building or facility through a smartphone app, eliminating the need for physical keys or cards. These access systems are frequently used at commercial properties, such as 24 hour gyms and entertainment venues.

Remote Management

Facility administrators can remotely control and monitor access through systems such as ours, making adjustments in real-time and ensuring heightened security.


Smart gating systems can seamlessly integrate with other building systems, such as video surveillance and alarms, creating a comprehensive security infrastructure that gives you the extra peace of mind that your property is secure.


These systems often include advanced analytics that are able to track and manage access data, providing valuable insights into building usage.


Certain smart gating systems can incorporate advanced biometric authentication methods for an extra layer of security, such as face recognition, finger-print control or retina scanning.

The Future of Access Control

As we move forward, the evolution of access control continues. We can expect to see even more advanced and interconnected smart gating systems. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will play a crucial role in identifying and preventing security threats. 

Access control will become increasingly user-centric, with personalised settings for each individual, enhancing both security and user experience.

How Dependable can help

The evolution of access control from traditional locks to smart gating systems reflects the ongoing quest for enhanced security, convenience, and efficiency. While traditional locks served their purpose for many years, and do still continue to do so for residential environments, the rapid advancement of technology has ushered in a new era of access control. 

As we continue to embrace smart gating systems and cutting-edge technology, we can look forward to a future where access control seamlessly integrates with our daily lives, providing unprecedented levels of security and convenience.

If you’d like to find out more about our physical deterrents, barrier and gating systems, or our surveillance cameras, please get in touch today and discover how we can help you.