Key Control


Establishing secure keyed access is a high priority in all business markets. Whether managing facility, dormitory and classroom doors at a university campus, multiple doors and keyed locations at a complex and highly secure government facility, or the front and back doors of hundreds of retail stores across the country, efficient key control is an important issue.

To ensure that any facility has the desired level of keyed security, it is necessary to have a properly designed and supported key control program. Fundamentally, a key control program is an organized, formally documented and administered key system that controls the distribution of authorized keys while limiting the unauthorized acquisition of keys. The most effective programs also incorporate proven key control best practices providing complete system control. These best practices, or cornerstones, enable the key control program to provide the most efficient and cost effective means possible for managing and administering all aspects of the key system – regardless of the size or complexity of the keyed environment.

Best Key Control Solutions

A truly comprehensive key control program incorporating these cornerstones will include:

  • Restricted, individually serialized keys that eliminate unauthorized key duplication, and provide the means for each key to be uniquely identified and tracked.
  • A cost-effective rekey avenue that formally defines when locks should be changed, and provides meaningful reductions in cost and time when lock changes become necessary.
  • A web-accessible records management platform that houses all of the data for the key system, and enables multiple users to view and administer the data according to their level of authorization.
  • Dedicated program administration support that includes ongoing education, training, and the establishment of policies and best practices to help ensure the key control program remains secure and effective.

Traditional mechanical key systems have a number of inherent deficiencies that compromise security and stability. Key systems that include some, but not all, of the proven key control best practices very likely still have vulnerabilities. Only a mechanical key system which combines proven key control cornerstones and effective policies can provide the security and performance of a complete key control program.