Key Control For Access Control Tutorial

By Brian Rhodes, Published on Apr 16, 2018

End users spend thousands on advanced systems to keep themselves secure, but regularly neglect one of the least expensive yet most important aspects of all: Key Control.

Administrating who carries keys and which doors they open seems simple but many do not understand how vital it is to remaining secure.

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  • *** ******* ** ********** Issue
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key ring

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**** ******** ***** ** poor *** *******. **** these ********:

* **** *** *** set **** ****** ******* and ****** ******** *** panicked ********* ** *****, especially ********** *** ********** ********.

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Electronic ****** ** **** *** **** **********

**** ********** ******** *** cure-all ** ** '********** Access *******' *** *** problem ** ************ ****.

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Bad ******* ** ********** *******

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Three ******** ******** ** *** *******

** ***** ****, *** control ******* **** ***** elements:

  • *** **************: * *** ** who ******* ***** **** and ***** ***** ***** keys ****/****.
  • *** *******: * ******* ** stamping ** ******* **** (and ******* *****) ** uniquely ******** ****.
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Implementing *** *******

**** *** ***** **** the ***** ** ********* key ******* *** **** difficult ****** ** ********. Fortunately, ** ****** *** out ** ******* * system *** ******, ***** are * ***** ******** to ****** **********:

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  3. **** *******

Learn, ** ********* * ****** ******

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Serialize ** ************ ****** ****

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duplicate

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restricted

Keep *******

*** ***** **** ** most ********* *** ******* success. ******* * *** recording ***** *** **** issued ** * ******** person ***** ****** **** 'access ********' *** ********** and **********. **** *** does *** **** ** be *******, *** ****** simply ****** *** **** which *** *** **** doors **** *** *** access ** ****. **** information ** ****** *** investigations *** ********, *** help ******** * ***** understanding ** *** ** allowed ****** ** ******** locations ** * ********.

[****: **** ***** *** originally ******* ** ****, but ************* ******* ** 2018.]

Comments (1)

Great article, as usual. We're using the Morse Watchman key boxes extensively for our vehicle keys, as well as some of our keys to customer sites for which we have a right of way.

The rest of our keys are tracked using SimpleK, which has been excellent so far. We have about 70,000 locks to keep track of in our company, so organization is critical.

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