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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Authorization is the function of specifying access rights to resources, for example an authorized key for a door lock.

For high security scenarios, multiple authentication factors are desirable and may be required. Traditional single factor authentication was based on something the user had, which could be an authorized (working) key or credential. A second factor might be something the user knows, which might be a PIN (Personal Identification Number). A third authentication factor could be something the user is, in other words, a biometric characteristic such as a fingerprint.

By custom configuring electric keyswitches, PIN keypads, biometric terminals and credential readers, multiple authentication is possible.

SmartKeyTM may be adapted even further by implementing masterkeying, and sectional masterkeying.

Security may be further enhanced by combining SmartKeyTM with 125 Hz proximity technology; HID 13.56MHz iClass and HID multiCLASS readers.

A SmartKeyTM 125Hz Conversion shell will work with a standard Proximity reader as well as a HID multiCLASS reader. A SmartKeyTM iClass Conversion shell will work with both a HID iClass reader and a HID multiCLASS reader.

So even though a SmartKeyTM system can be deployed so that a key is used as a way to carry the SmartKeyTM module, there are many other ways where the SmartKeyTM module and the key to which it is attached can be both incorporated into the access control security management. For example a system could be devised which require the a SmartKeyTM and a valid PIN in order for the key to open the door.

A proprietary electronic Keyway Code is embedded into each SmartKeyTM reader and SmartKeyTM conversion shell. When a SmartKeyTM conversion shell is presented to a SmartKeyTM reader, it first checks for a PEK match between the credential and the reader. If there is a match, the reader transmits the encoded ID data to the access controller as it would with a standard credential and reader.

This unique capability is available to a limited number of resellers under the SmartKeyTM Registered Partner Program. When a Registered Partner signs up, that partner is issued a unique Proprietary Electronic Keyway (PEK) Code which is encoded in their SmartKeyTM Conversion Shells. This guarantees total exclusivity on a national basis. See the SmartKeyTM website, www.smartkey.ca, for details.

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