Hardware and security firm Davcor has released a guide to locking in better master key systems for now and the future.
There are many considerations to make when implementing a master key system, some simple, some more complex. Davcor’s ‘10 best practices when implementing a master key system‘ goes through a few, and features commentary from locksmiths around Australia on each.
- Patent life. This protects against unauthorised reproduction of keys. Choose a system with a long patent and a tight dealer network.
- Environment/application. Almost all systems are fine for office interior settings, but exposed sites like ports, beaches, roadsides or utilities, for example, require special consideration for choosing the right products.
- Key control. How will you implement a key register to keep track of who has keys, or if they’re lost or damaged and need replacement?
- Are the keys robust? Master keys get a workout and must be strong, waterproof and bend proof to ensure longevity of the system.
- Locksmith. Choosing the right locksmith, one who’s a member of a professional locksmith association, will provide peace of mind.
- Difficult to copy. 3D printing technology has changed the key reproduction landscape. Having a key that’s difficult to read means one that cannot be easily reproduced by recording its cuts or 3D printer reproduced using a photo.
- Scalability and expansion. If you currently manage 1000 locks, for example, what happens when you add another 1000 locks to the system? Davcor recommends you should have a minimum of 100 percent expansion capability.
- Security. Your system should be resistant to bumping, picking and other attacks.
- Master keying matrix. This is how your system is designed or what keys fit which doors. Keep it simple and consider grouping key holders.
- Dealer network control. Ensure the system you choose is distributed through a tightly regulated dealer network.