Medeco M3 Logic: The Next Logical Step In Key Control

Upgrade existing Medeco mechanical systems with electronic cylinders and keys to provide scheduling and audit for openings where greater flexibility and/or accountability is required.


When it comes to maintaining security with keys, the three most important rules are Control, Control and Control. Control the keyway and locks Control key distribution Control where and when the keys will work Controlling the keyway is perhaps the most obvious solution. Without a...


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When it comes to maintaining security with keys, the three most important rules are Control, Control and Control.

  • Control the keyway and locks
  • Control key distribution
  • Control where and when the keys will work

Controlling the keyway is perhaps the most obvious solution. Without a controlled keyway, once you hand a key to another person, your security is over since nothing will prevent that key from being copied.

If you do not distribute keys (because they are only to be used for emergencies to override a malfunctioning electronic system, for example), then the vulnerability involves how easily the door can be forced open or the lock can be bypassed (picked).

With a restricted keyway, the responsibility passes to the end-user to accurately record the number of keys that exist for a particular lock, and who was given a key. If the end-user is unwilling or unable to do this, control is lost and their doors are not secure.

Controlling where and when a key will operate a lock is impossible with a purely mechanical key and lock solution. That’s why they invented electronic access control.

An assessment of the facility, the openings to be controlled, and the number of users all need to be considered to arrive at the best solution for a particular facility.

Another issue is maintaining life safety while implementing higher security and electronic access control solutions.

Many people believe that higher security and electronic solutions tend to override the life safety characteristics of the conventional mechanical locking device.

One of the main drivers of the evolution of security and access control away from keys and towards credentials was the idea that credential- and software-based security offered substantial advantages over keys, so it is no surprise that access control specialists de-emphasize locks and keys while they focus on software and credentials.

Whether this emphasis is fair and balanced is up to each of us to decide.

We can probably all agree that the most concise approach is to use restricted keyways, pick/attack-resistant locks and maintain the control of access and accountability electronically.

You have to touch each base in order to score a home run.

As the security and access control markets mature and new technologies come on-line, end-users and system designers are re-thinking their tactics to address some of the unintended and unanticipated inconsistencies in their priorities and system design philosophies.

Medeco is a legendary manufacturer of locks and keys whose reputation has been built on their controlled keys and pick resistant locks. For several years they have also been refining their approach towards integrating the principles of mechanical key control with the realities of electronic access.

Medeco’s unique posture in the lock and security industry enables the company to connect the dots in a direct solution-oriented fashion, since they do not have equity in hardware and technologies which may have been relevant at some point in time, but obviously whose time has past.

Medeco3® incorporates three locking elements within the cylinder and on the key to produce an extremely pick proof, bump proof lock for home and business. The practice of unauthorized key duplication is eliminated, and the hardened steel inserts at strategic points resist drilling and other physical attack.

Medeco locks are UL437 Listing for product integrity and security. Medeco cylinders were the first products in the security industry to be certified as meeting BHMA’s newest and highest standards. This independent organization’s A156.30 standard was approved and adopted by ANSI to provide specific guidance as to which products can be considered high security cylinders.

Q&A: Medeco’s Joseph Kingma

Locksmith Ledger visited Medeco headquarters in Salem, Va., and interviewed Joseph Kingma, vice president, Medeco eCylinder HSAM Special Projects, ASSA ABLOY High Security and Aftermarket Group. Following are Ledger’s questions and Kingma’s answers.

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