Locksmiths Replaced by Vending Machines?

By Brian Rhodes, Published Nov 05, 2012, 07:00pm EST (Info+)

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

****** *** ******* ***** ************* *** **** *****,*************** ***** ********* *** ****-********* *** cutting *******. *** ******* ******* *** process ** ***** *****: ********* ** key ** ****, ********* ** *** blank, *** ****** **** *******. ** additional ****** *** ********. ***** * customer ********* ***** ******** ** *** process:

Kiosk **********

****** *********** ****** *** *********** ********, that ******* * ***** ******** ** make *** ******, *** ********* ** different ** ******* ****:

  • *** ** ***:****** *** *********** **** *** ********** patterns ** ********* ****, ********* **** an******* ************ *** ******. ****** **** ******** that *** ** ****** ****** ** keys, *** ********* ** **** ** cut ***** ** ***** ************.
  • *****:****** * **** ***** **** **** 60 *******. ***** **** ** *** a *********** *********** **** *** **** required ** ******** ********* ****, ********* markets **** ***** *******, *********** **** MinuteKEY ********** ******* *** ******* *****.
  • ***********: **** *** ****** **** **** than $*.**. **** **** ** ****** with ****** ******* *** *********** ** hardware ****** *** **** *********** *********.
  • **** ****:******* ******* *** ******* ** ***** credit ** ***** *****. *** ***** features ** ********* ** ****** ****, make ******, ** ***** ********.
  • ****** ********* *********: *** ********* ************ *** **** common************* ** *********** *** ********** ********. Standard ***** ***** **** ** *********, but ******** ******* ****** ****** **** Kwickset's ***, *******'* *** *** ***, Yale's ***, *** **********'* ** ********. The ****** **** ******* ********* ********* fit **** ******* *** ********, *** do *** *** **********, *******, ** high-security **** ********.
  • **/* ************: ******* *** ****-******* ******* ** automated *** ******** ** ***** ********, it *** ** **** *******. **** simplifies ******** ************ *** *******, *** no ****** **** ** ******** ******* operators ** **** ** ******** *****.
  • "********** ** ****" *****: ** ***** *** **** ** not ****, *** ******* **** ****** the ******** [**** ** ****** *********] back ** *** ****** **** **** to ******** ****.

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*** ***** ******** ******* ********** ** traditional ****** *** *********** ********:

  • ** ****** *** ****** ** ********* a ***. ****** ***** *********** ******* that ******* *** **** ** **** which *** ******* ** *** ** what ***** ** ***** ** ****, MinuteKEY ********* *** ******* *** *** user **** ******* **** **** ****** a ***. *** **** ********* ** designed ** *** **** ** ***** steps, *** ** ********* ****** **** no ******* ******** ** ******** *** operation.
  • ********* ****** ********* ** ***** *** duplication ******** ** * ****-********* *******. Unlike *********** *** ******* ******** **** require ******* *****, *** ***** *********, and ******* ********* **** ******** ***********, the ******** ***** ** ******* * MinuteKEY ******* *** *********. ** ******** to ***** *********** ****, *** ************ and ****** ** *** '*** *******' is ********* **** *** ***** ******** to ****** **********. ***** *** *********** of ****** **** *** ****** ****-***** hours ** *** *** **** ******* are ********* ** ****, ***** ** a ********* ** **** **** *** keys *********** **** ** ********* *****.
  • ************ ** ***. ********* *** ********* with ******** ** ********* ***** *** Walmart (********* **** ** **** *********) to **** ********. *** ******* ****** several ******** ***** ********* **********, *** provides * '*** *******' *** ** *********.

*************

*************, *** ***** *** **** ********** compared ** ****** *** ***********.

  • **** ******: *** ********* ******** ** **** ***** key ****** *** **** **** *** copies, ***** ** * ************* ******* chance ** ******* *****. ****** * locksmith ** ******* *** ********** *** can **** * ***'* ******* ***** preset ***** *** ******* ********* ********, the ******* ****** ****** **** ** sees. ******* **** **** **** *** copies, **** *** ******** ****** ** variation *** ****** ** ******* * key **** **** *** **** ********.
  • ******** *****: ***** ******** *********** ** *********** **********, keys ******* **** "** *** *********" statements *** *********. * ***** ******** may ****** ** ********* * *** with **** * *********, *** * kiosk *** ** **** *********. ** long ** * ***** *** ** being ******, ***** ** ** ********* protection ******* ****** ************ ******, ***** can ********* ************ ******* *********** ********** ******** ***** ** ******** security.

Impact ** **********?

*************, ******* **** *** **** * valued ******* ****** *** **********. ***** key *********** ** *** *** **** challenging *** ******* ******* **** * locksmith ********* ********, ** ** * core ******* ******. ** ****** ***** with *** ****** ** ***** *********** machines, *** **** ** *********** **** has ******** **** **** ***** *********-**** work, *** ****** ******** ********* ** hardware ******, ***-*** *********, *** **** improvement *******.

*** ********* ***** ******* ************ *** product ** *********** *** **** *** human ***** **********. *** ********* ***** concept *** ****** ****** *** *** video ****** ****** (***:******************* *******), *** ***** *********** **** *** sporadic ****** ******** ** *** *******, the ******* ***** ***** ** ** more ********* **** * ***** **** of ******* **** ****** **********.

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