Secure It With C.Q.R.iT Electronic Cabinets

Sometimes it takes a moment to understand the benefits when a new product first appears. When sales manager Jim Heath showed me his line of C.Q.R.iT cabinets, that was my initial reaction. The basic design embodies an electronic locking system which protects the contents of whatever is locked inside. A caption on the cover of their brochure states “exceptional solutions for key and portable item control.”

C.Q.R.iT cabinets (pronounced ‘Secure-It’) were originally designed as a system for tracking the process of signing keys in and out. According to customer requirements, C.Q.R.iT cabinets can be ordered with a locking system for entering a PIN on a keypad, using a prox card, reading fingerprints or using facial recognition. Multiple authentication options such as the use of PIN and prox cards are also available. Multi-colored LED lights in the key cabinet visually indicate which keys can be removed.

Unlocking operations can be restricted by user, group, time or quantity. When the door is unlocked, users can only access the key or keys they are allowed to remove. All other keys remain locked in place. CIC holder keys are used to retain each set of user keys on a key ring. Tamper-proof key rings are available. C.Q.R.iT key cabinets are available in various sizes.

In case of a forced entry, an alarm can be set to either audibly sound at the cabinet or be relayed to an existing alarm panel. All cabinet operating actions are automatically recorded and audit reports are instantly available.

Applications for a key control cabinet include new and used car dealerships, maintenance personnel in building complexes, real estate offices and every commercial application where short-term usage of keys is required.

Identical electronic locking features are included in a line of C.Q.R.iT locker cabinets. As example, police officers can store pistols or handcuffs during off-duty hours. User authorization is controlled electronically with full reporting of when an item is removed or replaced.

Locker cabinets can also be used for any temporary storage requirement. Staff members can use the cabinets for daily storage or patients could store personal items during a hospital stay. The C.Q.R.iT electronic system can be integrated with most existing access control systems so staff members can use their existing card system to operate C.Q.R.iT locker cabinets. Custom-sized cabinets can be constructed.

C.Q.R.iT eXtreme cabinets offer a high level of tamper resistance. C.Q.R.iT literature describes eXtreme cabinets as “hard on the outside and clever on the inside.” Door panels are recessed into the cabinet surface to deter prying. An inner cover plate extends the full height of the door for added locking mechanism protection. Hinge pins are concealed inside the cabinet when the door is closed. A 3-point locking system provides both vertical and horizontal locking.

eXtreme cabinets use the same software as both the C.Q.R.iT key cabinets and locker cabinets. C.Q.R.iT cabinets use a Keysecure Software system. Advantages include customizable alarms which can indicate forced entry, tamper detection or power outages, automatic E-mails to provide up-to-date information while off site, timers to indicate if items have not been returned on time, same user return making sure that the same person both removed and replaced the item, multi-custody which requires more than one person to be present during a sign out procedure, maximum keys out which restricts the amount of items a user may access at one time, time zones which set the time of day items may be removed, encrypted communication with 256-bit AES encryption, plus fully integrated network capabilities and an internal USB port to download information at remote sites.

More info: contact your local locksmith distributor or:, phone 816-974-8283 (Missouri).