Key Control – It’s a Zoo Out There

The new baby panda at Washington’s National Zoo has caused a flurry of excitement and the “panda-monium” caused web cams to be overwhelmed. Popular zoo exhibits such as the pandas as well as lions and elephants help maintain visitor attendance at the parks while sharks, octopus and the ever-popular seals are some of the top attractions at aquariums. Continue reading

Evolving Key Control Technology Adds Depth to Security Systems

The technology found in today’s physical security systems is notably more advanced than systems that were deployed even just five years ago. IP cameras were on the scene then but megapixel and panoramic capabilities were just beginning to appear. Access control systems offered integration capabilities but nothing compared to today’s “smart” access cards and systems. And who had even heard of or envisioned cloud technology, SaaS (Software as a Service) or data mining as an integral part of a physical security system. Continue reading

Key Control Systems Update Security of Mechanical/Access Keys

It used to be said that mechanical keys tell no tales. This was because there was no way to determine or prove who may have last used a key, when it was used, if and when it was returned or even where it might be now. Manual log systems were inefficient at best as a record-keeping/monitoring tool and the honor system relied on the integrity (and memory) of the individual. Continue reading

Key Control Systems Enhance Security in Semi-Public Venues

Physical security for semi-public buildings such as airports, hospitals, university campuses, museums and others tend to have unique challenges. The main reason for this is that semi-public facilities must accommodate a mix of personnel and outside people who have legitimate reason to be on site; patients and family at hospitals; students and visiting faculty on campus; temporary contractors at an airport, etc. Continue reading

Key Management Systems Enhance Operation of Day-to-Day Fleet Management

Whether the organizations are large or small, operate as a private enterprise or are municipal in nature, the challenges of fleet management are many and often apply across the board. Regardless of the application, management is always responsible for ensuring that all assets are fully utilized; problems are addressed and resolved quickly in order to maintain a smooth operation; and unauthorized use of company assets are controlled. Finding information quickly and scaling to meet growth demands are additional challenges along with managing all the data that a fleet operation can generate. Continue reading