Locksmiths Replaced by Vending Machines?

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Nov 05, 2012

Is the venerable locksmith on the way out? First, big box retailers set up their own departments to duplicate keys. Now a vending machine does it all automatically without any human intervention. Is the concept poised to succeed? How does it impact your security? In this note, we examine MinuteKEY's offering including its strengths and weaknesses.

MinuteKEY Machine

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