Since their debut in the marketplace more than 20 years ago, automated key control systems have maintained their popularity as an essential security tool for seamlessly managing and tracking facility keys. They are regularly found in casinos, correctional facilities, health care institutions, hospitality and retail businesses, multi-family buildings and educational campuses.
One of the reasons for their popularity is the continual improvement to the operating technology that provides added levels of convenience, integration and security. Some of the new features that have made the systems more convenient to use include a smart phone app that offers users an efficient way to manage control of building keys while on the go. It enables authorized users to see a wide range of live information and to interact remotely. Another is enhancement of the notification function. Newer systems allow alerts to be sent with much more information and with time stamps specific down to the second.
Integration has been improved because of open protocols that enable connectivity to access control and other systems provided by a range of integration partners, allowing systems to be connected to edge devices via RS-232 or networked via Ethernet. For instance, selected management can be alerted via email if a high security key has been accessed or not returned on time. Additionally, in integrated network-enabled key control systems, authorization codes can be changed instantly to help prevent incidents such as allowing access to a recently terminated employee.
Maintaining the security of keys stored in the system has always been at the forefront of a key control solution. Today, key control systems feature rugged all-steel construction, tamper-proof alarm mechanisms, touchscreens with scratch-resistant hardness and backup power supplies that ensure proper function if power is lost.
The evolution of key control technology has not only maintained the popularity of the system but has moved it into its rightful place as a critical component of a cutting-edge security system.