An SPL restricted keys system will prevent unauthorised key copying giving you your peace of mind. You will always know who has a copy of your keys.
A restricted key system utilises patent protected keys and lock barrels to restrict access to your building or complex and stop unauthorised duplication. The special patented keys are only available to approved agents, i.e. you won’t find them at the local hardware or key cutting shop and details about who is authorised to have them duplicated are recorded by SPL.
SPL will not cut a duplicate key without a letter or order signed by one of the signatories for your system. This gives you complete peace of mind, knowing how many keys are in circulation at any one time.
Not to be confused with keyed alike systems, where all locks are keyed under the one key, a master key system is a term used to describe how we manage and control keys, and limit access through individual doors.
A master key system is a group of locks and keys which are constructed in such a way as to allow authorised keys past the lock whilst restricting unauthorised keys.
The system is built around a master key that will give access to all of the locks in the system, this then allows the main key holder to access all areas when required. This type of system is particularly useful to landlords, hoteliers, schools, office complexes and other large or small premises.
This simply means that if you are a landlord, only one key is needed to access all your properties rather than fumbling around with large bunches of keys whilst assuring each tenant holds his own unique key to his or her lock. Or a worker may need access through the front gate and to their office door and as such, a key can be given to them which only allows that access. However the master key will allow the manager access to every lock in the building.
As the name implies these systems restrict the availability and distribution of key blanks and barrels. There are many providers of restricted key products through locksmith channels and they all have a registered or restricted design pattern on a key or barrel. The restricted system provider supplies to the locksmith the system under an agreement that is both legally and ethically binding. This ensures the integrity of the restricted product.
The biggest advantage of this system is the locksmith controls the system. Whenever the client needs additional keys they must order the keys with a signed request. The client nominates a responsible person within their organization to be the designated signatory and a sample of that person’s signature is kept on file to verify each order. In addition, all restricted keys are individually stamped with system number, rank and sequential generation, which can be used to track keys and design of the system.
Unfortunately the freedom of expression that has come with the Worldwide Web also has a downside and the security industry has not been excluded, there is now an abundance of websites only too willing to share for fame or fee ways to breach many security systems. The first to suffer has been the humble “in line pin cylinder” which is the basis of approximately 98% of all locks in Australia. The solution is to install one of the high security locking systems now available such as Abloy Protec which is used extensively by private, commercial and government end users who demand the ultimate in high security master key systems.
Restricted key systems have been the industry standard worldwide for many years and is a very cost effective way to ensure security over locks and keys.
Contact SPL today for expert advice on how to secure your home or business.
A restricted key is a key that can only be cut by an authorized Locksmith with authority from an authorized person who manages the key system.
Restricted keys are designed by a manufacturer who registers or patents the design of the key to prevent copying. The manufacturer then sets terms to the Locksmithing industry on how the keys are able to be used.
This comes in 3 levels:
It is possible to have a restricted system transferred between Locksmiths. However, this requires the receiving Locksmith to have or be able to have the profile of key that the system is on.
For example, if the system is on an open broach, then it can be transferred to any Locksmith who has the profile. However, if the system is on an exclusive profile, then the system cannot be transferred as the manufacturer has made an agreement to only allow that Locksmith to have that profile of key. In this example, if a transfer was needed, then it is possible to contact the factory and arrange for the system to be factory controlled.
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