I watched Red, starring Bruce Willis and a huge cast of other oldies but goodies, last weekend. It was a pretty solid, entertaining action flick that didn’t try to be more than it was, and all-in-all, I enjoyed it. Having said all that, a further review of the movie is not what you’ll find in this post.
There was a scene (SORTA SPOILER) when Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker are busting into the CIA underbelly, and they run into a door with a lock on it that Bruce Willis’ character deems “impossible”. He subsequently gains access to the room behind the door by busting through the good-enough-for-government-work drywall (the movie is that kind of fantastic).
About 10 seconds after that scene, I said to my wife, “I wonder what kind of lock that was”…she didn’t care. I remained curious.
I thought I’d have a huge task on my hands, but when I Googled “red movie lock”, right there at the top was a link to this Actuator Systems page.
It turns out the company is quite proud of the cameo…they even throw in a Mr. Skin-style time stamp citing when the lock makes an appearance (51:33…incidentally, Mary-Louise Parker never takes her shirt off).
Anyways, the unit featured is the Actuator LC-200 PIN-entry/biometric deadbolt lock. Now, as you may or may not know, I’m a relative proponent of biometric technology when it’s employed on quick-access pistol boxes. However, I still can’t make the jump to trusting a fingerprint reader as the sole means of protecting access to anything worth more than a few hundred bucks. I welcome disagreement here, but I just don’t think biometric technology is quite there (it will be). That said, from what I’ve read, Actuator Systems is one of the best in the biz at developing fingerprint scanning devices.
What I love about the LC-200, other than the fact that it’s a movie star, is that you have the option of requiring both a successful fingerprint read and a PIN entry. This is very similar to the S&G Z03 safe lock, offering a supreme layer of hi-tech redundancy to your door’s security needs.
The number of CIA employees is classified, and I have no idea how many have access to the locked room in Red, but by employing the LC-200 biometric deadbolt locking system, it could be up to a thousand…that’s a really long, not-as-clever-in-writing-as-it-was-in-my-head way of saying, the LC-200 can store up to 1000 unique fingerprints, making it ideal for use in high traffic areas like apartment complexes and office buildings. Because tracking 1000 people would be a logistical cluster funk, the LC-200 also captures audit trails, which can be retrieved on a USB stick and viewed on your PC.
So far, from what I’ve seen, this black-ops door knob is pretty tight. I’m going to dig around and see if I can come up with some more information on it. When I do (assuming they don’t kill me for digging too deep), I’ll let you know.
Biometric Access Control Door Lock LC200 with 1000 Users and Audit Trail Capable.