Physical keys may not be high tech, but they’re a reliable and cost-effective way for businesses to secure their facilities. Good key management practices can save businesses time and money by eliminating key loss, preventing theft, and improving efficiency.
Today’s environment calls for heightened security and a comprehensive, holistic key control policy. The purpose of a key control policy is to keep property, and people private, safe, and secure. It should give your organization control over access to spaces and assets.
Not sure how to set up a modern security policy? Here are nine steps for creating a comprehensive key control policy in the modern world:
- Identify gaps in your current key control policy.
- Invest in a patented key system.
- Create a master key system.
- Rekey your facility.
- Create and distribute a key holder agreement.
- Conduct staff training.
- Make lost key and new access steps clear.
- Use trusted resources during key control planning.
- Consider an RFID-based key control system.
Business everywhere may be going digital, but physical keys will be part of security plans for a long time to come. And for good reason. Lock and key security provides an excellent level of security and access control, and it’s affordable for businesses of all sizes.
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Identifying the best security tools that actually align with your hotel’s needs can be challenging. Even just researching new systems can feel like wading through a sea of buzzwords. RFID, analytics, IoT. It’s frustrating trying to figure out what’s actually relevant for your particular facility.
Ameristar Gains in Efficiency and Ensures That Stringent State Regulations are MetPinnacle Entertainment properties are not strangers to automated key control and key management best practices, having implemented these many years ago. However, over the years, their initial experience with key control had shed light on opportunities for improvement, which were recently put into practice at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Iowa.
The Need for More Reliable Key Control
The organization’s first key cabinets relied on metal-to-metal contact for key tags to be accurately read by the system. Chris Hamblin, Director of Security and Facilities at Ameristar adds: “The reality is that metal-contact key tags get dirty and corroded over time, which affects the system’s ability to make contact, and its reliability. It’s labor intensive to keep them clean, and that often falls under the responsibility of Security.”