The primary goal of any keyless system is to eliminate access by keys, so the keys that do bypass these systems must be carefully guarded and never distributed casually.
People-counting systems are easy to install and maintain. When presented to retail customers, they are an easy sell.
There is no substitution for experience. When beginning locksmiths encounter problems, it behooves them to disassemble lock cylinders and take a close look at what is going on.
Two powerful techniques can assist locksmiths when assessing existing master key systems. These techniques work on all types of pin-tumbler locks, regardless of chamber counts, or progressions under the TMK.
Locksmiths who maintain master key systems in high-rises face specific challenges. Emergency response personnel must have immediate access to all areas of the building, on demand. Frequent tenant turnover generates rekeying requests. High rises are...
There is much to share with the customer who simply wants to “buzz” in. The savvy locksmith understands what the customer is looking for — convenience — and will explain all the details. There is more to it than “hogging” an electric...
The more commercial experience that a locksmith can glean, the better chances of qualifying for a government or institutional locksmith position. Usually an employer is not interested in residential or car-opening experience. Safe and vault work is a...
Hiring a master locksmith to inspect newly constructed commercial buildings can save the building owner thousands of dollars of rework. The value of a thorough inspection becomes evident.
The primary goal of fire codes is preventing fires, including concerns relating to the exterior portions of the building. The main purpose of the building codes is to protect public health, safety and general welfare as they relate to the construction and...
Want to learn more about CCTV? Forward-thinking locksmiths who have their eyes on this growing segment of the industry may benefit from some CCTV training courses. We have compiled a partial list of courses available from CCTV manufacturers and...
The strength of a multiplex key system is that it can drastically increase the power of a mater key system. The weakness is that many keyways are readily available
CyberLock® electronic lock cylinders easily replace the lock cylinders found in mechanical locks. Once replaced, the lock is only accessible by a CyberKey. Both CyberLocks® and CyberKeys® record who, what, when, and where with every contact.
Specific security concerns are controlled access to specialized areas, supply rooms and medical carts, especially to control the access to medications, drugs, syringes, and needles.
Two different methods can be applied to develop sub-master keys within an existing master key system: a traditional method and the unconventional “guerilla” approach, designed to get maximum results from minimum resources.
Whether working for a construction company or owner, commercial and institutional locksmiths may be furnishing or installing hardware specified by a set of plans.
Lock manufacturers are depended upon to control the issuance of key stock.
There are three components to a comprehensive security plan to deal with burglary.
Transit authority locksmiths primarily establish and maintain master key systems while issuing keys and keeping related records.
It's the responsibility of locksmiths to understand all components of steel fire doors. All hardware mounted to fire doors must be properly rated.
It is rare when a singular event leads to the replacement of a master key system. Usually, there are many symptoms that can be detected before a master key system is fully defective.
Removing figure-eight interchangeable cores can be done effectively as long as the locksmith is prepared in advance.
Effective policies and procedures are the basis for proper key management.
Avoid problems by doing your homework before altering the security design for a facility.
State exclusivity initially and in writing within contracts.
Manage projects through effective site surveying.