The Gateman SB740 is our latest Biometric Digital Door Lock on
offer and it is set to take the world by storm! (if
not for it's price!)
Getting it out of the box
When we got our hands on this unit, we were very, very excited as our guys in
Korea had been playing with it for some time already and they were raving about
it. We simply couldn't wait to get our sweaty paws on it!
Like other rim locks, this model is designed to be simple enough for the
handyman, the occasional DIYer or the ubergeek to put together. Instructions for
installation are in illustration format and everything (except tools and drill
bits) are included in the box.
Once we got it out of the box, we were eagerly drooling over the sleek design,
and the fingerchip too! It's the first time we've seen such a clean integration
of new technologies in a long time!
Ultra fast recognition and unlocking
Once we got it mounted up on our demo door, we did some test runs and to our
surprise, it recognised and unlocked the door in what we believe to be record
time. It was so fast, we had to compare it back-to-back with our other locks.
It lost out to the RFID range by only 1 to 1.5 seconds, max. If this is
compared to taking your wallet, keytag, purse, keychain, mobile phone or
keypouch out of your pocket to get to the front of the RFID lock, the SB740 will
beat all RFID locks hands down! (though in that position, you'd not be able to
scan your fingerprint on the front of the lock. :P)
Comparing it back-to-back with our other biometric models, the SB740 simply
outshines them all. The only differentiation, would be the hefty price-tag to
pay for it, as compared to our other rim-lock biometric models.
We were so excited with the recognition, we had to test it out with other
people. 2 of our staff brought it for their daily appointments and we got 3 more
orders on Thursday alone. First-movers don't really care about price-tags, that
is what we have found out. An amazing product is worth every cent of its
exhorbitant price-tag. Trust us!
Features, features, features!
Most of the features are listed on the side bar. But we still want to name a
For the current biometric locks we sell, we always get questions on whether
we are able to delete individual fingerprint templates of users, whether we are
able to set a security level so that fingerprint registration is possible only
after accessing that level (via PIN or fingerprint) and whether we can set the
lock to use both PIN and password. The answer to all that, with the SB740 is
Normal mode : Enter using PIN or Fingerprint
Mode A : User is given an ID during registration. Enter using "mode A PIN" or
Mode B : User specifies a 4 digit PIN during registration. Enter using PIN, then
(In both Mode A & B, de-registration of a user can be done via his or her ID or
4-digit PIN respectively.)
Also outstanding, is the capability to add remote controls to wirelessly
control the lock. This uses Gateman's patented Wireless Floating ID technology
as well. What can we say, we were very impressed at the improvements.
Improvements over older rim locks
By and large, we could name a few drastic improvements over older rim-locks.
The night dead-bolt is now child-proof. In most locks, the deadbolting is
simply a toggling of a switch. Some companies make it stiff to prevent
mischievous children from locking themselves in. The SB740's inner body sports a
new design of a 2-handed deadbolting technique. This makes it impossible for a
child to perform. SB740 1, other rim locks 0.
The break-in alarm is now increased to 80dB. LOUD! Compared to the
chirping of other rim locks, SB740 2, others 0.
Wireless Floating ID (mentioned in the previous section). SB740 3.
Installation wise : improvements have been made to ease the placement of the
inner-body plate and mounting it together with the outer body. We should stop
the onslaught now. We still want to sell our other rim locks!
Design, Ease of use, Durable Material
On the outside, the lock body exudes cool and sophistication. It looks hardy
and strong and could probably stand up to the test of time. Still this lock is
not meant to be used on doors which are openly exposed to harsh weather such as
tropical rainfall, blizzards and extreme heat, since electronics are the main
On the inside, the much improved rim-lock body makes up for the appeal which
most rim locks fail to provide. The double bolts give a sense of strength.
On the whole, the SB740's PIN programming, Fingerprint registration, usage
and functions are all user-friendly and we don't really want to say this, ID ten
the features of this lock standing out from the rest of the field, add to that
the wireless remote control capability to that, add a fantastically loud burglar
alarm, add child-proof internal deadbolting, and the super-sleek, savvy exterior
body and VIOLA, we have a piece of art in our hands. Also, the single rib / fin
/ spine protruding at the centre of the SB740's front body does add a hint of
sturdiness to the total outlook of the lock.
We believe this lock will move and shake the current biometric lock market.
With just 3 demo units in hand and pictures on our site, we have sold some 11
units already, even before formally launching it.
To all who pre-ordered the SB740, we have emailed this page to you to let you
know what WE think of the lock and we promise you won't be disappointed!
P.S. As promised, we have put up pictures of the side view,
the inner body and some close-ups.
Thank you for the overwhelming response. The SB740 is now obsoleted and is replaced by the newer Yale Gateman YDR4110.