History of InstaKey

For over 30 years, InstaKey has been working to make our client’s lives easier through our innovative products.

To date, we:

  • Have produced 3.5 million+ serialized keys and 723,000+ user-rekeyable lock cylinders
  • Are utilized in 148,000+ locations encompassing over 399,000+ doors
  • Service 800+ clients and manage 82,000+ key holders

Here’s how it all started…


Big things are on the horizon. Stay tuned for the future of InstaKey innovation.



InstaKey introduces key control for any mechanical lock and key system.

Key Control


InstaKey introduces the key control Dashboard in the latest SecurityRecords.com release. Through the addition of this visual display, key control is even easier to accomplish.

History 2014


InstaKey introduces the Fuel Dispenser lock program to help put a stop to credit card skimmers a the pump.

History 2013


SecurityRecords.com® version 3.0 is released, improving the overall performance, aesthetics and the administrative rights suite.

Security Records


SecurityRecords.com® is patented, making InstaKey the first entity to successfully patent the ability to manage access devices online.


Introduces the key control management program encompassing restricted keys, user-rekeyable lock cylinders and web-based key management software.

Making Key control simple


SecurityRecords.com® key management software is released allowing the industry’s first web-based software platform.

Security Records


InstaKey products and offerings are expanded to meet market demand. Test markets are established outside of the continental United States. Feasibility of marketing, distribution, and service concepts are tested.

Hstory 1995


Shield Security Systems re-branded to InstaKey Security Systems becoming primarily devoted to the development, distribution and support of proprietary technology.

History 1990


While in search of a simpler alternative to re-coring a facility after hours, Shield Security Systems conceives the concept of InstaKey rekeyable cylinder technology. Engineering begins, the first prototype cylinders are created and the first patent is filed under Shield Security Systems.