A pair of electric door locks that can be used to stop people from entering an occupied home may soon be available in the U.S. — but only to homeowners with credit scores above a certain threshold.
A federal law passed in 2016 mandates that “electronic devices capable of electronically detecting the presence of a person who has entered or attempted to enter an occupied dwelling shall be used for purposes of law enforcement.”
The law requires that a security-department device be installed in a home if it detects a person in the home and it can be linked to a credit report or other information.
But so far, only one company has been able to offer such a device, and it is only available to homeowners in certain states.
The Electronic Door Lock Act, which was enacted after the 2016 terrorist attacks, requires that “all electronic devices, including but not limited to devices, peripherals, and software, used in the operation of a motor vehicle, motor home, or boat shall be equipped with a device that enables the operator to electronically detect the presence, location, and movements of a vehicle that is in or is about to enter a dwelling, as defined in section 921(a)(5)(A) of the act.”
The new law mandates that electric door lock systems, which can detect a person’s presence in a household when they are in the vehicle, must be installed on all new vehicles and vehicles to be sold or leased in the United States.
In addition, all electric door-lock systems must have a minimum of 5,000 hours of testing and testing must be completed within 10 years.
The federal government says that electronic door locks can be deployed without the need for a security code, but the manufacturer has already said that it will be adding that requirement to its products.
“The Electronic Device for Self-Initiative (EDIS) is a key element in the new law, and will be incorporated into all new electric doorlock systems as well as existing electric doorlocks,” the manufacturer said in a statement to Business Insider.
“This is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done.
We believe that electric devices, in addition to being a deterrent, can be an invaluable tool for law enforcement agencies, as they can assist in the investigation of crimes that occur in homes,” the company said.
The manufacturer did not specify which states the law applies to, but it’s likely to include the states that already have electronic door lock laws, including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia.
The new technology will also help law enforcement officials investigate crimes, which may require them to access electronic databases that may contain sensitive information, such as social security numbers.
The U.K.-based electronic door-locking firm Geekscape said that its products have already been tested by the police and they have “successfully prevented the entry of persons suspected of having been involved in criminal activity and have proven useful in reducing the frequency and severity of crime committed in the area.”
Geekscape’s CEO, Andy Taylor, told Business Insider that the new technology is an addition to existing products that can detect if a person is inside a vehicle.
“In the United Kingdom, we have had several incidents in which someone has got in and driven off with their own personal devices.
So we know that if we can capture and lock them up with these devices, they can’t get in again,” he said.
Geekspace’s devices, which cost about $50, include two small LED lights that are activated by turning a switch on or off.
The company says that the lights have been successfully used to help police officers track suspects and stop crime in its stores.
“We know that these lights can be useful to police officers and to the public in a number of ways, including helping them to identify suspects and prevent criminal acts, but they also have the potential to deter crime, too,” Taylor said.
“It’s a new technology, so we can’t really go into all the technical details yet.
We just know that they’re good at detecting people who are inside a building, and we know they’re very effective at preventing crime.”
But they’re also very effective for deterring the crime they’re designed to prevent.
“The company has already tested and used the devices in New York and Pennsylvania, and its tests show that they work.”
It’s a great way to help to combat crime in our community.””
We’re very pleased to be able to provide this product to our customers.
It’s a great way to help to combat crime in our community.”