Unconventional Access Control

This new type of access control allows tracking of keys throughout a facility by auditing the door lock cylinder and auditing each of the keys independently.


An access control system can be a big investment for many facilities. The cost could very well be more than their annual maintenance budget. At the same time, security requirements often mandate better access control systems. With the responsibility for the safety and security of employees and...


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Each key has an HID Prox chip built into the head of the key so that the key can be used as a dual credential within a Prox badge system. All HID Prox chips are available in specific facility systems including i -class. The system described in the article is based around the ASSA CLIQ C4 system.

The following companies offer patented electromechanical key systems:

ASSA High Security Locks: ASSA C4 CLIQ. www.assacliq.com.

Medeco High Security Locks: Medeco Logic CLIQ. www.medeco.com.

Mul -T-Lock High Security Locks: Mul -T-Lock IQ CLIQ www.multlockusa.com.

CLIQ TM is a trademark of ASSA ABLOY and its definition is electromechanical key and cylinder using a specific firmware platform. Each company offering the CLIQ product is based on their own individual company's design. Even though the basic concept is the same, each system functions differently. Review each company's product for the one that fits the specific needs of your customer.

Tom Demont is director of sales and marketing, ASSA High Security Locks and has 50+ years in the security hardware industry.

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