Locksmithing etc. Feb 2012

New BEA Electric Strikes BEA has introduced three 12-24V AC/DC electric strike models that are UL/ULC listed for up to 1,500 pounds of static strength. The Rim Exit, No Cut and Universal Cylindrical electric strikes feature field-selectable Fail Safe...

Batteryless Bianchi Keyline electronic key head covers look identical to the battery equipped models.



When you present an estimate, should you show separate prices for parts and labor or do you just combine them into one amount?

What percentage of your estimates are successful?

If you win every estimate, are your prices too low?

If you do not win many are your prices too high?

Has any customer ever asked you to lower your estimate?

Have you lowered the estimate?

Let us know what you do. E-mail jerry.levine@cygnus.com.


ASSA ABLOY Mobile Keys

Mobile keys are the latest credential for user access using a smart phone with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. Near Field Communication is a set of standards for smart phone devices to establish advanced two-way contact and contactless communications. The information stored can be sent by RFID Radio Frequency Identification systems enabling credit card information and access control credentials to make purchases or gain access.

The ASSA ABLOY Mobile Keys credentials are stored in the secure element, tamper resistant memory in the smart phone device. The credential is temporary and can be revoked even if the phone is lost or stolen.

The ASSA ABLOY Mobile Keys Platform offers key and access control in residential, commercial and hotel applications.

For more information, visit www.assaabloy.com


Illinois Landlord Law

A new Illinois rental law requires that the key bitting be changed after a tenant leaves and before the apartment can be rented. This law is in affect only for counties with more than 3 million people.


Smart Phone Credit/Debit Card Reader

A number of companies have developed apps and readers that enable businesses to accept credit cards using their smart phones. The credit/debit card is swiped through the reader. The technology can process MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover cards on a smart phone or even an Apple iPad. This enables locksmiths on a service call to take a credit or debit card wirelessly as long as there is a signal.

The reader is plugged into the smart phone’s headphone jack. The reader size and shape varies by company. Some readers operate with BlackBerry devices. Most, if not all readers operate with Android and Apple products. Many of the readers are free or the purchase price is rebated. All of the apps appear to be free. The companies that offer these services are very different. The fees and percentages range dramatically.

Some of the companies that offer these readers and apps (and their web sites) are:

Intuit GoPayment: http://gopayment.com/

MerchantAnywhere: http://www.merchantanywhere.com/

PAYware Mobile: http://www.paywaremobile.com/

PhoneTransact POS System: http://www.phonetransact.com/

ROAMpay: http://www.roamdata.com/

Square: https://squareup.com/

The positive side is for the merchant, who can now accept credit and debit cards just about anywhere. The down side is for the consumer who now has to trust that the person swiping their debit or credit card is not also voluntarily becoming a statistic of identity theft.


Ilco Engrave-It™ Pro

The Ilco Engrave-It Pro is a computer operated cutting tool that incises text and designs into a hard surface, whose machining style is “diamond drag” or rotary cutter. The Engrave-It Pro software operated on a PC lets the locksmith select from a range of common tasks such as lettering or to create custom settings using a variety of preprogrammed fonts and marking styles. The product being engraved is placed onto a specifically designed holder and then the machine removes the material creating the engraving. Features of the Engrave-It Pro include sequential numbering/custom lettering for marking keys and lock cylinders. To create the different designs, two solid carbide cutters and a diamond stylus are included.

The Engrave-It Pro comes with three, 24-key holders; Schlage, Ilco Neuter Bow, and Best style interchangeable core. There are two cylinder holders; 7-pin interchangeable core and rim/mortise lock cylinder.

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