Five Basic Criteria Determine the Quality of A High-Security Locking System
Today’s high-security locking systems are even stronger than they were a few years ago. When installing or upgrading a mechanical lock, a system must meet five basic criteria to be considered high security.
1. Prevent unauthorized key duplication.
Locking systems without tightly controlled key duplication procedures can quickly become vulnerable to unauthorized access. Therefore, the first step in protecting your property and valuables is to choose a utility patent key system.
After the utility patent is obtained, the key manufacturer issues the key control agreement, which is signed by the locksmith and the end-user. Only this particular locksmith has the right to duplicate the key; it is illegal for another party to produce a key that can be used in a patent lock. The agreement protects all parties involved and enables legal recourse in the event of a breach of the agreement.
2. Certified against pick-up, collision and physical attacks.
The best performing high security locking systems typically include multiple pins in different positions and configurations in the cylinder, each performing a different role in preventing unauthorized entry. Most include a unique combination of side pins, finger pins, lift pins, and other movable components.
Underwriters Laboratories uses UL437 as a standard to evaluate door locks and cylinders against prying, stamping (imprinting the pin in the lock with a blank key), and forcible entry methods (such as drilling, prying, pulling) ability. Effective high security locking systems have this rating.
3. It provides significant mastery capacity to accommodate large installations.
The standard master key system is designed with just five pins that allow only a few thousand possibilities of keying combinations. High-security key systems contain additional pins and other mechanisms in the cylinder, which facilitate thousands of extra possible key combinations. This enables the key system to include change keys, master keys, and any additional customized keying scenarios.
4. It integrates with other existing security technologies.
Even with an effective high-security key system, one size certainly doesn’t fit all. Larger organizations require multiple levels of security, depending on where the door is located and what is being protected.
The most effective high security key systems will be integrated with existing mechanical key systems, smart key systems and high-tech access control systems. This allows users to define the level of security required for each opening, keeping costs in check by installing more complex high-security solutions only when necessary. Users continue to enjoy the convenience of carrying only one key as the high security key system is integrated with the existing locking system.
5. Easily retrofit with existing hardware to avoid additional costs for upgrades.
Often, a building or project manager will choose to install a standard security system, only to discover years later that occupants actually need a high-security key-lock system. So is it necessary to replace all existing door hardware to fit the new system? The most effective high-safety systems are designed by using high-safety cylinders that can be easily retrofitted to existing door hardware.