Although the thought of being able to carry one key that would allow you to access every door in your business sounds like the ultimate in convenience – you must recognize what a masterkey system is and weigh the advantages against the disadvantages normally found in masterkey systems.
A masterkey allows management, maintenance and security personnel to carry a single key to access designated groups of doors (or the entire building) while keys issued to non-management employees will open only single doors.
A big disadvantage is: more than one key will open a single lock. That means it is possible that a key, not intended to open a specific lock, might do so. Such a key is called a “Ghost Key”. Consequently, the masterkey system that is designed for your facility must be properly crafted to eliminate that possibility.
Once the system is in place, key control is the secret to the integrity of the system. Key records should be audited regularly and no keys duplicated without your specific authorization.
Should you masterkey? That’s a decision you should make after a careful analysis of your requirements. We can help you design, implement and monitor a masterkey system that won’t give you nightmares. How’s that for convenience?
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