Is there a difference between Key Control Systems and Key Management Systems?
Yes! Key Control Systems are the physical hardware and software that aids a company in keeping track of their office space or building. Key Management Systems, on the other hand, are policies and procedures put in place for employees and executives of a company to follow in order to keep the space safe for people and business assets. Though Pop-A-Lock specializes in Key Control Systems, the policies and procedures you choose to put into action can change depending on your Key Control System.
What are the basic components of a Key Control System?
Generally, key control systems contain the following:
- Key storage cabinet: This is a secure location where all key cards or fobs will be kept (with the exception of upper level employees who are entrusted with higher levels of access). This cabinet is often computerized and has security features of its own.
- Key locking mechanism: These are the individual locks or scanners that will grant or refuse to grant access when prompted with a key card, fob, or PIN.
- Tracking system: The tracking system is the hub where all of the information (including access times and who accessed what) can be seen. It is the central part of the system as all of the information on authorization is also housed here.
Can these systems be integrated with others for higher security?
Definitely. Systems like these can be integrated with access control systems, which can alert management as to who has accessed what area of the building, as well as refuse to let an individual exit the building until a key they have in their possession is returned.
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