Homeland Security has captured the attention of large corporations and companies whose assets and employees are exposed to terrorist threats. Funding is available for companies that focus on bolstering security. The government contributes significant funding for those companies willing to...
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Homeland Security has captured the attention of large corporations and companies whose assets and employees are exposed to terrorist threats.
Funding is available for companies that focus on bolstering security. The government contributes significant funding for those companies willing to complete the funding for projects that improve security infrastructures.
Recent grants lean toward the upgrade of cameras over all other security infrastructures. The main reason for this is that cameras can easily be networked to governmental agencies, creating a “one-stop” shop for surveillance. This is a highly prized resource; therefore, funding is easier to get.
Institutional locksmiths sometimes wonder why the request to upgrade locks is turned down. These locksmiths are aware of the number of keys reported lost, misplaced, stolen or duplicated without permission. An upgrade that would involve the replacement of existing lock cylinders with high-security equivalents would directly enhance physical security.
Even in an environment where management is willing to fund security projects, getting upgrades to locks and keys is next to impossible. Unless spurred by tragedy or serious compromise, upgrades to locks and keys are not generally recognized as the best means to use precious funds. It is also difficult to gage the effect a lock upgrade would have to the overall status of security.
When a lock and key upgrade is installed, experienced managers know to expect an immediate improvement which will (slowly at first) decline over time. By the nature of mechanical keying systems, important keys are routinely misplaced, lost, stolen, copied, or given to the wrong persons. At no time during the service life will the upgrade be more secure that when it is first installed.
High-security keying systems strictly rely on patent-protection to keep keys from being duplicated or master keys from being reverse-engineered. Patents are usually in effect well before a customer invests into the high-security system so the all the customer can hope for is about a dozen years before the system becomes ineffective.
VIDEX CYBER PRODUCTS
There is a product that overcomes the inherent weaknesses in conventional keying systems by replacing the existing mechanical lock cylinder (inside the lock) with an electronic equivalent. Once converted, the new system has all the advantages of a key system, yet will outperform electronic access control systems.
The administration of CyberLocks® and CyberKeys® is similar (by design) to mechanical locks and keys. Therefore, the locksmith is the likely candidate to maintain the system.
CyberLocks® are electronic lock cylinders that easily replace the lock cylinders found in mechanical locks for doors, cabinets, drawers, padlocks, safes and more. Once replaced, the lock is only accessible by a CyberKey.
CyberKeys® cannot be duplicated like a key or cloned like a card. The information held in the key is encrypted and can only be read by the authorized source. CyberKeys® are programmed with access assignments and schedules.
Both CyberLocks® and CyberKeys® record who, what, when, and where with every contact. Even attempts to access locks where access is not granted is recorded and reported.
Once a CyberLock® is installed, it never has to be rekeyed in the field. This does not prevent an administrator from making a routine audit or downloading access history directly from the lock.
The CyberKey® Authorizer provides a way to communicate with keys over a wide area, while managing the system from a central computer. The Authorizer consists of two parts: the hub and the keyport. The Authorizer hub connects to the host computer either via Ethernet or via its built-in modem. In network installations, the hub and the database synchronize every few minutes. In modem installations, the hub receives instructions from the host computer on a regular basis, and stores these instructions in memory. The Authorizer hub connects to one or two keyports. Keyports can be installed wherever it is convenient for CyberKey® users, indoors or outdoors. Keyports consist of a CyberKey® connection, a numeric keypad, and a display. Each time a user inserts a key into the keyport and enters a PIN, the program information in the key is updated and the log of events is transferred to the computer via the hub.