To accommodate growing demand by consumers, lock manufacturers and locksmiths have come up with some extremely innovative solutions. One in particular has become incredibly popular: the master keying system.
What Is a Master Key System?
In simple terms, this type of locking mechanism is designed so that only people with authorization have the ability to gain access to different doors within one system and using just one key. For example, once employees of a corporation enter the main door, they would be authorized to have access only to specific doors that apply to their work, leaving other areas of the business inaccessible.
Although a master keying system is most commonly used for commercial office buildings, it can be installed in apartment complexes, condominiums/town homes, college dormitories, fitness centers, and public schools as well. With this system, there are fewer keys to keep track of, organization is greatly improved, and the owner has the ability to define which doors each person can gain access to.
Top Reasons for Choosing a Master Keying System
There are many benefits to a master keying system. However, the one at the top of the list is that it gives different people access only to areas of the building where they need to be. As an example, an IT department is usually segregated from the rest of the company for security purposes. For that reason, only people within the IT department, as well as company owners and officers, should ever have access to this area. A master keying system makes that possible.
- Limited Keys – In a large corporation, an employee may need to gain access to 10 different areas of the building. However, if all of those areas were secured with a locking door, the employee would be required to carry 10 different keys around. With a master rekeying system, just one key is used for all doors. Often this involves an electronic key card that is programmed accordingly.
- Organization – With fewer keys, it is much easier to stay organized as to who has a key and what access points are designated with each person’s key.
- Security – In addition to the big picture, each person having physical control of just one key helps enhance security. In this case, there is less chance of multiple keys being lost or misplaced, which could then easily be copied and used by someone without authorization. With a master rekeying system, if a key were lost or stolen, the key card would immediately be deactivated through the master system. A new key card would then be activated to replace the missing one.
- Scalability – Another benefit of using a master keying system is that it can be scaled to the growth of the company. As an organization expands, this system adapts easily. It is also possible to install a master keying system in phases. Rather than install an expensive system for areas that are not yet occupied, the system can be created just for areas that currently need it.