Upgrading Security With SmartKey™ Proprietary Electronic Keyways

SmartKeyTM Conversion Shells enable greater flexibility in the design of an access control systems by using combinations of patented keyways along with authorization and multiple factor authentication


All locksmiths recognize the value of a proprietary mechanical keyway. Proprietary keyways provide enhanced security for our customers by preventing unauthorized copies of keys from being cut. They can also prevent competitors from taking over our accounts. SmartKey™ is a new product which...


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All locksmiths recognize the value of a proprietary mechanical keyway. Proprietary keyways provide enhanced security for our customers by preventing unauthorized copies of keys from being cut. They can also prevent competitors from taking over our accounts.

SmartKey™ is a new product which allows conventional mechanical keys to be upgraded to state-of-the-art electronic access control credentials for use with HID 13.56MHz iClass readers, or with HID 125KHz and compatible proximity readers such as CanProx One from Cansec Systems Ltd.

Types of Key Systems:

  • Proprietary Key System is a distributor (or distributor network) wide keyway that only one distributor (or distributor network) can sell. This keyway can also be known as the “National Keyway.”
  • Patented Key System offers legally enforceable protection from “Look Alike” key blanks being manufactured and sold into the market. Patents eventually expire and therefore are no longer protected by the patent.
  • Network Security Key involves a password that can help protect wireless networks from unauthorized access. A network security key encrypts information sent form one network computer to another so that the information can only be read by someone who has the key
  • Non-Patented Key System has usually been manufactured for many years and offers no protection from key duplication.
  • Registered Key System offers no real or enforceable protection from key duplication. Many aftermarket key blank companies manufacturer “Look Alike” registered blanks.
  • Restricted Keyways are keyways and corresponding key blanks whose sale is limited by manufacturer but which offer no protection against unauthorized duplication.

The SmartKey™ system combines the elements of both mechanical key systems and network security to the electronic access control industry by embedding a Proprietary Electronic Keyway (PEK) Code in both the SmartKey™ readers and the SmartKey™ Conversion Shells.

When a key is presented to a reader, the reader first checks to see if the PEK code in the key matches the code in the reader. If it does not, the key is simply ignored. If it does, the encoded ID data is transmitted to the access control panel exactly as it would be with a regular prox credential and Wiegand-compatible reader.

A SmartKeyTM conversion product creates an electronic access control credential from a standard mechanical key. The upgraded SmartKey™ is used in mechanical locks just like before. No changes to existing locks are required.

Placing a prox coil in close proximity to a metal key typically reduces the read range to the point to where the credential has to physically touch the reader. However, the SmartKeyTM retains the read range to where the SmartKeyTM can read through the user’s hand.

SmartKeyTM uses mature and ubiquitous 125KHz technology, as this frequency provides the best performance when packaged with a metal key. 125KHz is used on many prox cards and readers from numerous vendors. HID 13.56MHz iClass readers, HID 125KHz and CanProx One from Cansec Systems Ltd. are designed to work with virtually any industry standard access control system, making it easy to upgrade.

SmartKeyTM Conversion Shells contain an embedded pre-encoded prox coil. When fitted over the bow of the key, the key is transformed into a dual technology access control credential. The key continues to work as a mechanical key but also is now a proximity credential as well.

SmartKeyTM Conversion Shells are currently available for Best, Schlage C/Primus, Schlage Everest and Jet Big Bow (which is available in several keyway profiles).

The conversion shell technology incorporates a design which positions the embedded transponder sufficiently away from the key’s metal bow, thereby reducing range attenuation. Additionally the SmartKeyTM Conversion Shell transponder has a specially designed coil which boosts the credential’s range.

 

Multiple Factor Authentication

A key component is the use of patented keyways along with authorization and multiple factor authentication.

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