A good security system ensures the safety of your business and private residence. One of the basic forms of security that is often overlooked is an effective and burglar-proof locking mechanism. Locking systems are the first line of defense against intruders and burglars. This is why all critical areas should always be locked to prevent unauthorized access.
Image 1: Pin tumbler with key
This may have something to do with the fact that we tend to geek out at Holicong over complicated security apparatuses, but we’ve always considered commercial master keys to be imbued with a certain sort of mystery. Maybe even a little romance.
After all, we’re talking about a key that can access every last lock in a multimillion-dollar skyscraper. A key that’s capable of opening every door in a sports stadium. A master key is a curious thing, and it’s a very powerful thing. You’d certainly never want to let a commercial master key fall into the wrong hands. It’s a key that offers access to every locked office, room and storage space in buildings where fortunes can be made and lost in the space of a day.
Small business owners, commercial property owners, and even apartment building managers all share a common problem: there are many doors that require locks or access control and all key holders are not made equal. A building supervisor needs to be able to access all areas, an apartment renter just one. A cost-effective way of providing limited access to groups of people without high-tech alternatives for business security systems is the use of a master key system.
Any lock that can be opened with a key works in the same basic manner. There are a set of several pins of differing sizes that otherwise prevent the cylinder, or tumbler from rotating. When the key is inserted, it moves these pins to varying heights, creating a gap or shear line that enables the tumbler to rotate. However, one way to add more than one key is to use two pins instead of one. This allows for two different shear lines, or more simply, allows two keys cut in a slightly different fashion to open the same lock.How Master Key Lock Sets Work
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As noted above, the primary use of a master key system is to restrict access to various locked areas so that only certain personnel can access them. There can be multiple levels of access possible, but the easiest way to explain it may be to imagine a hotel that offers regular rooms and luxury suites.
In that case, each traveler would receive a key that will only open the door to their room or suite. Cleaning personnel might only be assigned to the floors that offer the standard rooms and be able to access those floors or just one or two. Concierges or others that take care of suite users would only have access to those rooms. Any security staff would have access to all of those rooms, both luxury and regular, but perhaps not access to the back office, creating a sub-master key that enables them to open even more doors than the cleaning staff. Managers and building owners might then have the true master key that unlocks all of the doors in the building. Continue reading