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Mechanical Locks Are Here to Stay


As a security manager of a large enterprise organization, you’re probably used to dealing with an electronic access control system. Cards, readers and controllers all determine in a fraction of a second who can, and can’t, open a locked door.

In some cases, you may use keypads, requiring employees to enter a personal identification number (PIN). And now, access control is going mobile. More enterprise organizations are using employees’ smartphones as credentials. Matched with Bluetooth technology, you might not even need to pull your phone from your pocket or bag to enter a locked door.

You know who’s been assigned which cards or codes. You know which doors an employee is authorized to enter. If a card is lost or stolen, it takes just a few seconds to replace it and void the missing card. PINs and smartphone codes can be changed almost instantly.

It’s all pretty cool stuff.

However, even the largest, most sophisticated organizations likely use mechanical locks as well. You’ll find them on closets, cabinets, interior doors, outbuildings and gates. They may be used as overrides for electronic devices – which is smart to have as a back-up, as electronic systems are susceptible to a multitude of problems and breaches.

If you shy away from having a mechanical lock and key back-up in place because it won’t be as easy to manage, it’s easier than you think.

Access control cards or PINs are managed on a keyboard. A mechanical key system can be managed in a similar manner. Take InstaKey’s as an example.  You can quickly access and analyze and review current key control information. In an instant you can see who carries which keys. You can determine which locks those keys open. You can remove a terminated employee and assign his or her key to another employee. Potential problems can be pinpointed enabling you to take action before a problem occurs. And all this information is readily available 24/7.

That’s all pretty cool stuff, too.

But keys tend to look alike, right? Aren’t they easy to copy? The integrity of a mechanical key system is not possible to maintain. Unless, it’s an InstaKey key system. Our key blanks are restricted, meaning they are only available from us or an authorized dealer, virtually eliminating unauthorized copying.  On top of that, each of our keys is imprinted with an individual serial number, making it easy to keep track of.

Lost keys can be a security threat. But, InstaKey has a simple solution. Just insert a special key into the cylinder and turn it 180 degrees. Just like that, the lock is changed without a call to a locksmith. If a card reader goes bad, you’ll need your security integrator to install and program a new one.

Mechanical locks have been providing business security for hundreds of years. And they will continue doing so for the long term. Work with us and we’ll help ensure your organization’s key systems are secure, efficient, and cost-effective. We’ve already proven our value in more than 148,000 locations.

Find out more about what InstaKey can do for your large organization. Click here to get started, or call our trained staff at 1-800-316-5397.


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