Cannon Safe was first to introduce battery-powered, pushbutton safe locks into the marketplace in 2001. The advantage of rapid entry was apparent and significant. For those with children the ability to open a safe quickly was a substantial benefit. For example, gun owners could keep their firearms stored securely until a few moments before retrieving them.

The problem was that battery-powered pushbutton safe locks worked only as long as the life of the batteries, which was a deal breaker for me and probably thousands of other prospective buyers. My old mechanical safe didn’t grant me immediate access to the contents, but I didn’t need to worry about battery life, which was a relief, especially while traveling.

Safe manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon and soon pushbutton safe locks were as common as cats. But for holdouts like me, the drawbacks of battery-powered locks continued to outweigh the benefits. In addition, mechanical safes have a long history of keeping their contents secure. Initially, how did buyers know that pushbutton locks would be reliable over time? Although pushbutton locks have now proven their reliability, I still wasn’t budging.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: Recently a safe locking system was announced that provides both immediate pushbutton access and the long-term reliability of a mechanical lock. Cannon Safe ( above, calls the new dual-access lock the EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) locking system. The unique advantage is that if an EMP from a solar flare or a nuclear airburst occurs, the owner still can enter the new line of Cannon safes using the mechanical lock. Currently Cannon is the sole safe manufacturer ofering a dual-access safe lock and has successfully carved out an important and sizable market niche.

According to Cannon Safe president Aaron Baker, “Cannon’s EMP lock is the cutting edge of high-security lock technology. It allows the ultimate user experi- ence with the ease and security of a Type 1 high-security lock with the peace of mind of a mechanical override, all of this rolled into the ultimate UL Type 1 rating. At Cannon Safe we have been the drivers of safe innovations and technology advancements since 1965. This is a huge step forward for safes and for the experience a safe owner will have in the future.”

Baker continued, “Cannon is proud to be the only safe company to ofer a lifetime, hassle-free, zero cost warranty on their safes. If a customer’s safe is ever damaged due to a fire, natural flood, or burglary Cannon will cover all costs including locksmith, freight, parts, etc. to repair or replace the safe, even if the owner is not the original purchaser.”

The EMP locking system doesn’t necessarily cost the consumer more money: it comes standard on all Armory, Cannon, and Commander series Cannon safes. This consumer thinks Cannon has created a product that solves the problem for those wanting immediate access to contents, and needing reliable access in the event of EMP or battery failure.


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