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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Finally, if the drill and pick resistance are not as important as just having patented key control, Medeco BiLevel mechanical cylinder should be installed.
If a locksmith encounters a customer using a restricted keyway who has become disenchanted with the current dealer, or who may be a candidate for a transitional upgrade to electronic, what benefits can the locksmith offer the customer to switch-over to Medeco?
In these cases, Medeco M3 Logic is an ideal product to transition them into, as they can install the Medeco product in the most critical doors to take care of immediate need and then install remaining as time or budget permits.
Can you explain the meaning of key control and its importance to the end-user and the locksmith?
Key control is a term we use in the industry very freely without realizing that the end-user doesn’t always understand. Simply put, without an effective means of key control – most effective being via tight control of utility patent – keys can be duplicated without any restriction or notification to the system administrator, thus introducing significant potential for loss or liability to the facility.
Would the M3 Logic be categorized as an electronic access control, or does it define a unique category?
M3 Logic and other eCylinders have essentially created the need for a new category of products that we’ve labeled as “Loss and Liability Control.” Loss and Liability Control provides greater flexibility than mechanical cylinders by offering scheduling and expiring keys along with audit trails, but not all of the immediate data and/or lock-down and integration options gained through traditional access control… and at a much lower price point than traditional access control.
What would you consider the minimum number of cylinders required to make an M3 Logic switchover feasible?
There is no minimum. We have systems with as few as one cylinder, up to tens or thousands of cylinders. That is the beauty of the M3 Logic eCylinder technology.
Who are M3 Logic’s competitors and how do they compare?
Other ASSA ABLOY brand companies have similar electronic cylinder products that leverage the same ASSA ABLOY proprietary electronic “CLIQ” technology. Each of these branded eCylinder products function in similar manner, and typically are chosen by end-users used based on the preference for the base mechanical system. Non-ASSA ABLOY group products do not have the significant advantage of being able to extend functionality of existing mechanical systems, nor do they typically have the depth of knowledge around complex keying and security needs.
What is required to become a Medeco dealer?
Medeco has many types of dealer agreements available depending on the desired quantity of cylinders. That is the beauty of the M3 Logic eCylinder technology: restrictions on the mechanical key system. This applies both to mechanical-only dealers and to eCylinder dealers since the M3 Logic eCylinder system is paired with the mechanical technology.
What investment is required for the locksmith to deploy and service an M3 system?
The locksmith would need to have the appropriate Medeco mechanical tools and components (pin kit, etc) to service the mechanical portions. For electronic system management, there are multiple options depending on whether the locksmith wishes to manage the systems from a local PC, or leverage the cloud-based management services available from Medeco. Many of these options allow the locksmith to deploy and service an M3 Logic system for nearly no investment.
How is pinning an M3 Logic cylinder and cutting an M3 Logic key different than pinning a conventional cylinder?
M3 Logic Logic cylinders use slightly different pins than their mechanical equivalent, so a different pin kit is required, but otherwise servicing is identical. M3 Logic keys can be cut on standard Medeco key cutting equipment.