This post examines the considerations for installing on the HDB metal gate which is a very popular request by Singaporeans. For those not familiar with Singapore, the metal gate (or iron grille gate door) is in addition to the wood door for every public housing ( ie. HDB) in Singapore (and to some extent Malaysia).
These are reasons given by customers (i.e. you) for a digital lock on the HDB gate:
Examples of biometric fingerprint Gateman Z10 on door and metal gate
It is more expensive to put a digital lock on the metal gate (than a wood door) because additional effort and components are needed:
By platform, we mean how do we go about putting a digital lock on the metal gate.
Examples of biometric fingerprint Gateman WF20 on door and metal gate
Quality/Bill of Materials:
Our prices for digital lock on metal gate reflects our focus on using proper materials and fit on the metal gate. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for, and in our case:
Examples of Gateman A20
We sometimes suggest that metal gate need not be locked and hence there is no need for a digital lock at all. But if you do find it necessary, engage us for the metal gate solution that use quality material, industry smallest enclosure, leading lock models and professional workmanship.
Sliding wood or aluminium/glass casement doors proves to be a challenge to most home owners and interior designers because the traditional digital lock bolt (the rectangular block of metal than comes out when locked) works only for swing open type door; for a sliding door, the bolt will - well just slide out from the hole.
This is where Gateman digital locks come in with their vertical clamp bolt style. When locked, it clamps onto the small strike placed on the other side, gripping the panels together very strongly.
You can choose pin, card and fingerprint Gateman digital lock for your next sliding wood or aluminium casement doors in Singapore. Only from Gateman, an iRevo brand, part of Assa Abloy group.
Reference: Gateman Z10, Gateman A20, Gateman J20 (pictures below)
If you have a small business shop front or an office with frame-less glass doors, then the Gateman Shine digital door lock is an ideal solution to quickly enable a keyless access:
Check it out here: Gateman Shine digital glass door lock.
Digital door locks in Singapore is slowly but surely moving into mainstream. One sign is the proliferation of suppliers and lock models. We start to see some of the third rate brands from Korea appearing in the Singapore market. Some of these will be re-branded under more traditional brands and will carry a higher price tag (after the re-branding). Some are contract manufactured and sources from the same manufacturer - so you will tend to see the same look and profile under different brands. Some are cheaply manufactured.
That said, we are always pleased with the Korean Gateman brand. They tend to focus on build quality. Take the Gateman J20-IH with the industry's monocoque rear body for extra strength and rigidity. You see this monocque body only in the higher priced Gateman Z10-IH and A20-IH models but it is now available in this entry model. So it may not have fingerprint (Z10-IH) or the best slim look (A20-IH) but it shares the same high quality rear body as the siblings.
The J20-IH rear body is way far superior to the plastic-heavy body you find in the third rate Korean branded or OEM'ed locks. Did I mention this J20-IH also has the advanced programming mode (as with A20-IH and Z10-IH?). Check it out the price here:
Gateman J20-IH digital door lock
This is a often asked question: what is the difference and which one is better - Gateman WF20 or Gateman Z10.
Well, it depends. In general, they are both good locks in the small fingerprint digital locks industry. Gateman makes the best and proven fingerprint locks over the last 8 years. We like to say: buy the one that looks best to you because that may matter more to you (how it looks). But if you are looking for other perspectives, we drew up a table below for further inputs.
Again, they are both good locks. Just go for one that your buying profile dictates ( price range , looks). Sometimes the door won't allow any of these locks to be installed - so check with us first with a few pictures of the door (or a condo name) - before you deep dive into the differences.
In summary, we believe Gateman Z10 delivers unparalleled premium build quality in the small fingerprint rim locks category. This is expected as Gateman is Korea’s #1 digital lock manufacturer and this company is dedicated to digital locks. In the non-premium category, the Gateman WF20 is definitely the one to go for as it shares some common attributes as the Z10.
A small rim digital lock such as the Gateman A20 is a very practical approach for any Singapore condominium with an existing door vertical push and pull bar.
It is easy on the budget.
It is easy on the eyes.
It is easy on the wear and tear.
But that's just our opinion. What do you think?
Hummingbird @ Interlock
Samsung did a great marketing job in creating appeal for their flagship Push n Pull lock. We have to do something special at the Trilinq condominium to fit the lock in between the tight space between the door handle and vertical pull bar.
Is a double door handle (one from the door and one from the lock) a rational approach from an aesthetic and usage perspective? What do you think?
Hummingbird @ Interlock
PS. Do you think this Gateman A20 approach is more practical on the aesthetics and on the budget?
We love this Gateman A20 digital door lock. The Gateman A20 - with it's attention to details - beats Milre, Epic, LogHome and Samsung digital locks hands down.
Even the 9V emergency battery terminal is nicely tucked in, to maintain the slim and elegant facade and to shield it from oxidation.
iRevo Gateman recently updated the Gateman F10 digital lock that has served users very well all over the world. Historically, there was the Gateman F10 ... and then the spin-offs Gateman F10, Gateman F10-Hook, Gateman F50, Gateman F50-Hook, Gateman F50-FD, and the more recent Gateman WF10, and not to mention the Yale 4110!
Today, we see the Gateman WF20, both a physical update and an electronics firmware revision to the family (and what a family lineage!) of Gateman fingerprint rim lock that is easy and practical to use with a very attractive price.
What's new and what's the same for the Gateman WF20?
Gateman WF20 is a welcomed update mostly in firmware for those looking for more controls in a lock settings. Current Gateman WF10 users should be very happy with what they have; the Gateman WF10 is one that has almost everything a normal user will care for and we for one will miss it -- and for that reason we stashed a few in our warehouse for our employees and for those who asked for it. If you are getting a new digital lock and wanted a fingerprint lock, the Gateman WF20 should be the top two in your consideration, with the other being a Gateman Z10.
This may be the most interesting biometric fingerprint lock we have ever seen.