Locksmiths Hot for Next Gen Keychains

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jul 15, 2012

Q: What type of product excites the door hardware industry? A: Next generation keychains!

Despite sounding like a joke, a product capturing buzz on the showfloor at the recent ALOA Locksmith show was the 'Keyport Slide', a mechanical case that stores keys. In this note, we examine this product, detail pricing, and consider its value.

Product Overview

The manufacturer's promotional video below gives a quick overview of the product and its features:

Product Features

With Keyport Slide, up to 6 keys are stored in a retractable hard case. The advantage to this device instead of a keyring is that keys are protected against wear, and protect the carrier against injury. The 6 slding slots are configurable to carry either keys, or specialized accessories, like LED lights, bottle openers, or USB flash memory drives.

The device is roughly the size of a pack of gum and has a PVD finish: a coating similar to plating used for water faucets which results in a durable, scratch resistent coating. The unit includes 6 configurable 'blade' ports that can be outfitted to carry:

  • Automobile/Motorcyle/Boat Keys: Keyport supports all major types of 'Transponder Chip' automotive keys
  • Deadbolt/Padlock Keys: all major industry keyways and keying systems are supported
  • RFID/Barcode Blade: a blade can be outfitted with barcode strips, like those used in retail 'buyers club' programs, or in some forms of access control. The company is reportedly developing an 'NFC' enabled blade for future adoption in platforms like bus token payment systems, mobile banking, and access control systems
  • High Security Keys: blades supporting 'advanced' security keys, like those used in Digital Locks/eCylinders are available
  • Flashlight/USB Drive/Bottle opener: the Keyport permits the carrier to 'be a jack of all trades, master of none' with accessories like bottle openers and flash memory sticks

Additionally, each keyport is serialized at the factory, enabling a basic form of key management that tracks who carries a particular unit. Keyport provides a 'lost and found' service hosted on the company website.

Pricing: The Keyport base sells for $39 USD, and blade inserts cost between $4 and $34 depending on type.

Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox
Get Video Surveillance News In Your Inbox

The promotional image below depticts the Keyport holder and 'blade' accessories:

Product Utility

While the Keyport does not fundamentally offer new features, it does provide a unique way to keep track and store items commonly hung from a keyring. The durable finish, protective case, and serial number do provide limited advantages compared to unsecured keyrings, but the primary incentive of purchasing the unit is 'cool factor' and not 'security enhancement'.

Commerical security users may find value in using Keyport to secure keys for small keying systems instead of loose keyrings. However, the limitation of only six blades could limit utility to very small systems. Access control systems are not fully supported, as the Keyport does not support credentials beyond barcodes and RFID tags. This means those items will still be seperately carried.

Customers may find the process of having keyblades cut to be a hassle compared to on-site duplication/replicators found at hardware stores. In order to have a Blade cut, the customer must submit pictures of the front/back of an existing bitted key and upload the image to Keyport. This allow Keyport to send 'blanks' of the proper keyways back to the customer who can then have them cut at a locksmith. This additional step adds days to a duplication process that otherwise normally takes a few minutes. Another online review decribes this process, and the potential difficulties that may arise, in depth.

We spoke to several Locksmiths who think the Keyport Slide is novel for consumers and small commercial users, but falls short of providing value to other markets. Assembling a handful of 'important' keys in a serialized Keyport Slide and checking it in/out to assigned users may improve key security procedures in smaller organizations. Being able to carry several 'submaster' keys in a 'grand masterless' keying system in a single device is an advantage, but there is nothing that prevents an end user for creating a special, serialized 'keyring' either.

Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

Farpointe Data Conekt Mobile Access Reader Tested on Jun 13, 2019
California based Farpointe Data has been a significant OEM supplier of conventional access readers for years to companies including DMP, RS2, DSX,...
Dumber Techs, Bad Box Movers, Says Australian Distributor on Jun 10, 2019
Techs today are "dumber" than they used to be, despite better education and training and that makes a typical day "frustrating" for one...
OSDP Access Control Guide on Jun 04, 2019
Access control readers and controllers need to communicate. While Wiegand has been the de facto standard for decades, OSDP aims to solve major...
Vidsys New President Interviewed on May 31, 2019
A decade ago, PSIM was hot with projections then of a billion dollar market by now. This has not come close to happening. However, Vidsys, one of...
Access Control Job Walk Guide on May 22, 2019
Significant money can be saved and problems avoided with an access control job walk if you know what to look for and what to ask. By inviting...
Facial Recognition Systems Fail Simple Liveness Detection Test on May 17, 2019
Facial recognition is being widely promoted as a solution to physical access control but we were able to simply spoof 3 systems because they had no...
Maglock Selection Guide on May 16, 2019
One of the most misunderstood yet valuable pieces of electrified hardware is the maglock. Few locks are stronger, but myths and confusion surround...
Milestone XProtect 2019 R1 Tested on May 15, 2019
For the past few years, Milestone has released quarterly software updates XProtect VMS platform. What is new and how much impact do the updates...
Access Control Request to Exit (RTE) Tutorial on May 13, 2019
For access controlled doors, especially those with maglocks, 'Request to Exit', or 'RTE' devices are required to override electrified locks to...
Mining Company Security Manager Interview on May 10, 2019
First Quantum Minerals Limited (FQML) is a global enterprise with offices on 4 continents and operations in 7 countries with exploratory operations...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Sighthound Transforms Into Enterprise AI Provider on Jun 14, 2019
Sighthound is now rapidly expanding its R&D team, building an enterprise AI service. This may come as a surprise given their origins 6 years...
ADT Eliminating Acquired Brands, Unifying Under 'Commercial' Brand on Jun 14, 2019
ADT is eliminating the brands of the many integrators it has acquired over the past few years, including Red Hawk, Aronson Security Group (ASG),...
NSA Director Keynoting Dahua and Hikvision Sponsored Cybersecurity Conference on Jun 13, 2019
The technical director for the NSA’s Cybersecurity Threat Operations Center will be keynoting a physical security cybersecurity conference that is...
Farpointe Data Conekt Mobile Access Reader Tested on Jun 13, 2019
California based Farpointe Data has been a significant OEM supplier of conventional access readers for years to companies including DMP, RS2, DSX,...
Embattled $400 Million China Funded Philippines Surveillance System Proceeds on Jun 13, 2019
An embattled 12,000 camera surveillance system project that will cost ~$400 million will proceed.  The project contract was awarded, had its...
False Verkada 'Unrivaled' Low Light Performance Claim Removed on Jun 12, 2019
Verkada falsely claimed that it delivered 'UNRIVALED LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE' until IPVM questioned. In fact, Verkada's low light performance is...
Manufacturer Favorability Guide 2019 on Jun 12, 2019
The 259 page PDF guide may be downloaded inside by all IPVM members. It includes our manufacturer favorability rankings and individual...
Camera Course Summer 2019 - Register Now on Jun 12, 2019
Register for the Summer 2019 Camera Course.  This is the only independent surveillance camera course, based on in-depth product and technology...
Favorite Wireless Manufacturers 2019 on Jun 12, 2019
Many wireless options exist for video surveillance but how are integrator's overall favorites? 170 integrators answered the question: What is...
Carnegie Mellon AI Startup Zensors Profile on Jun 11, 2019
Zensors is a startup formed by Carnegie Mellon graduates from a Carnegie Mellon research project, offering customized models per camera that they...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact