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  • High Security Locks for Schools & University in Chicago

    Posted on May 5th, 2014 0 Comments


     

    Security at grade schools and universities is cherished by all individuals on campus, but maintaining a high-level of safety on school grounds can prove difficult balance between allowing and restricting access. Some areas off school property must be restricted to a small number of administrators, while other areas should allow access to most or all members of the school. A Mul-T-Locks system offers the solution to campus security by enabling school administrators to provide tiered levels of access to rooms and building on campus, while eliminating the security concerns of traditional locks.

     

    Electronic Locks that Enhance School Security

    Traditional locks can fall prey to lock picking or the use of stolen keys. With Mul-T-Locks, access to your school’s rooms and building are protected by electronic locks that use programmable keys. Mul-T-Locks keys can be deactivated immediately when an administrator notices the keys are lost or stolen, thanks to the system’s user-friendly software. In turn, new keys can be activated to replace lost keys just as quickly. There’s no need to rekey an entire build or complex when the master key has been lost or stolen. With a Mul-T-Locks system in place, you can deactivate the compromised keys and activate their replacements. 

    The electronic architecture of Mul-T-Locks systems provides for time-based usage. Keys can be programmed to work for specified periods of time each day before becoming inactive. Time-based programming is perfect for providing access to a room or building for janitors or teachers during designated windows of time each day, preventing after hours access. Time-based access is also perfect for generating guest passes. With Mul-T-Locks’ software, you can modify access rights anytime you need to.

     

    Locks with a History

    Mul-T-Locks and the Interactive® CLIQ® system combines to take your campus’ security to next level. With Mul-T-Locks, you can scale access rooms and building on campus. Some keys can be set as masters, while other keys can be programmed to work with a limited set of locks. The Interactive® CLIQ® system enhances your campus’ tier access by recording key usage. Each lock can be set to generate a time stamp each time they are accessed, so your school’s administrators will always know what key was used at a door and what time it was used. 

     

    Storage Facilities and Goods

    Accessing your school’s storage facilities or transporting goods between large distances is writhe with security risks. But with Mul-T-Locks’ electronic padlocks, your school’s goods and storage facilities will be protected by GPS and SIM-card security measure. The pad locks will report their movements or attacks via email, text messaging or the Mul-T-Locks software. In addition, keys to Mul-T-Locks padlocks can be programmed to function only at a specific locations. You don’t have to worry about your school’s goods being compromised en route to their destinations, as keys can be programmed to work only when the GPS-enabled locks have reached a specified location. 

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  • E-key Technology: The Lockitron

    Posted on March 13th, 2014 0 Comments

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    E-keys are unique because they improve upon the faults that traditional keys have. You cannot lose them and permanently compromise your security. If you’re late to come home to meet someone like a family member or a friend, you can send them an e-key and tell them to make themselves at home before your arrive. You can’t do that with a traditional key. Oh, and you can retract the e-key if you change your mind. Traditional keys cannot offer these options. E-keys significantly improve on these points. We’ve seen a number of keyless locks let’s see how this compares.

     

    What does the Lockitron boast?

    • Send an e-key to anyone, wherever they are and at any time.
    • Temporarily disable or permanently delete a user from the system.
    • E-keys have no expiration.
    • Traditional keys, and keyfobs are available
    • Access is as simple as walking up to the door.

     

    Usage Tracking

    • See who sent or accepted an e-key
    • See who was enabled or disabled access
    • See who was deleted from the system
    • See real-time push notifications when someone knocks on the door.
    • Check to see if you door was locked or not for peace of mind.

     

    The Lockitron is compatible with all phones and doesn’t need WiFi access to be used. The great thing about the Lockitron is that it has 24/7 support, so that if a phone is lost your locks won’t be vulnerable once you’re able to get into contact with a technician. We really like this lock. It’s one of the first big competitors we’ve seen take aim at the Kēvo by Kwikset. This lock hits the e-lock security market at the right time. Products like the Danalock by Poly-Control and The Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt, have drawn wide interest. All are different in appearance; all apply the functionality at the sake of being user-friendly, reliable and most importantly safe. 

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  • The Future of Key Copying

    Posted on March 6th, 2014 0 Comments

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    KeyMe copies keys. That’s it. But they do it through advanced scanning technology and robotics. According to them, although we have no actual science to back this claim, their keys are more accurately cut then at locksmith and hardware stores. Right now KeyMe has 24/7 kiosks around the city, five or so. At the kiosk you can print a key within minutes. If you need a key for delivery they can do that. And it doesn’t take too long. It costs about $20.00 to complete the order. Shipping and same day is also available. You can do all of this by adding their phone app and scanning your key into the cloud. Once it’s there, you’ll never have to fear throwing money into a locksmith’s pocket for a lockout again. The kiosk key costs $2-$5. That’s possibly a 100% price difference upon a locked out scenario. 

     

    How does it work?

    The first thing one does is download the KeyMe app. Once that’s downloaded, scan your key into the system. A small grid comes up. Your key should be about 4 inches away and under a white piece of paper for the required scan. From your phone you can request immediate keys or use a kiosk near you. It’s that easy. You can even go to a locksmith and have them duplicate the key if you don’t have the original on hand.

     

    Here are the benefits so far

    • Backup your keys
    • Share and duplicate keys 24/7
    • Request immediate delivery or planned delivery of keys
    • Never again get triumphantly ripped off by a locked out service.

     

    Security

    What are the security issues? Well, KeyMe has thought about that too: They promote that they store as little information about you as possible. They do not store information which links you to a residence. Well, that’s good. They also require verification of transaction. You need mobile registration and email certification for digital completion. At a Kiosk you need to finger print and credit card. Additionally, scanning of a key cannot be done in a “flyby” way. Meaning, someone can not just take a quick picture of your keys and get them duplicated. Email notifications are sent when any transactions are made to ensure your safety. The only issue we have is concerning how safe your information is on the cloud. They say it’s safe, but that would be the only thing to be weary of.

     

    The Wrap Up

    In reality, locksmiths are facing a lot of changes coming to their industry. Recently KeyMe teamed up with Shapeways and are working on how to scan and print keys on 3D printers. Overall, these scanning apps, and kiosks are only the beginning. Check out the current KeyMe locations. There are few, but they are coming to battle the E-key for the time being.

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  • Keyless Technology is Here to Stay

    Posted on February 5th, 2014 0 Comments

     

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    Smart Phones

    How many times have you lost a hotel room key? Most likely, a couple times in your life but help is on the way. As keyless entry technologies roar, hotels are beginning to adopt their use. Aloft Hotels in New York City and Silicon Valley are the latest guinea pigs adopting these technologies. Proposed technologies are said to gift one with a “virtual room key” while hoping that the check-in process is easier and that room key loss becomes extinct in itself.

     

    I dont want to wait in line

    Starwood CEO Frits van Paasschen believes that check-in lines are too easy to get swallowed in. So, with an Android 4.3 or higher and iPhone 4s or higher, smartphone goers will be able to skip the lines and the human interaction almost entirely. Although momentarily unclear, his vision seems to extend itself to all hotel management being tasked through smartphone use. He mentions, “… It will become table stakes for managing a hotel.” Whatever that means, we have yet to find out.

     

    Not Exclusive

    This feature isn’t going to be the exclusive access system. As far as we know, traditional losable keys will still be available for some time. The pilot program seems to favor persons who frequent these hotels and know the routine. Therefore they will favor an expedited entry, exit and payment option with their mobile wallet by clicking just a few buttons.

     

    How does it work?

    The technology at use is Bluetooth. What happens is this: your phone connects to a sensor in the door, (much like Kēvo by Kwikset), the technology renders your proximity and by using the app and like- binary codes allows you access to the room. The locks on the doors are battery operated, so in the event of a power outage they will still work in some way, but are possibly subject to Wi-Fi connection failure.

     

    Conclusion

    If all goes well, Aloft and W hotels will be equipped with these keyless entry, check-in and check-out technologies by 2015. That’s around the corner! Keep an eye on our posts to see what happens next. 

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  • The Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt

    Posted on January 27th, 2014 0 Comments

    Yale Real Living Deadbolt

     

    Reviews are in on the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt. The lock has a malleable design interface that adjusts to almost any door type and its sleek body adds a fashionable aesthetic. It comes in three different finishes. This hot locking device offers a number of great specs for users, but check out the good, the bad and the ugly before your go with the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt.

     

    The Good

    Privacy Mode – Lock out all key codes and allow access to entry when you want.

    Auto re-lock function – Easily enable or disable auto re-locking functions.

    Parlez-vous…? – The Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt speaks to you in three languages: French English and Spanish.

    Durable acrylic touchscreen – Screen illuminates for nighttime access and is durable and tamper resistant.

    Use on all doors – The Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt can be installed to any interior or exterior door.

     

    The Bad

    No current extreme weather testing – Unfortunately there are no reviews to see how people deal with this product in bitter cold climates. That’s a chilly risk.

    Bulky – You may need a large inside door space to use this locking apparatus. It looks nice, but it does take up some real estate.

    Temporary access is unavailable – Temporary entry access is unavailable, although you can manually sign in to grant someone access. The downfall is that you must delete their access number afterwards. If you forget, they may have your number stored until you delete it

    Access to online service – Is not available unless paid for and installed with various service providers. This requires you to purchase more apps or devices to fully use the product. That’s a bit of a pain and raises costs.

     

    The Ugly

    Batteries – Even though this lock has a lot of great features, the ugliest feature is the battery crutch. Be it that this thing runs out, you may be locked out of your home at the wrong time… However, one of the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt models comes with a key lock option. So the ugly is gets can be allayed.

     

    Conclusion:

    The best thing about the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt is that there are no basic system access fees. The bad side is that upfront the device costs a pretty penny and that you will only benefit from the entire design by spending even more money. Though, overall the device takes great strides in becoming one of the most tech heavy locks to hit the big consumer market.

     

     

     

     

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  • Key Selections at Chicago Locksmiths

    Posted on August 7th, 2013 0 Comments

    Keys are a part of our everyday life.  We have a bunch of them hanging off our key chain at all times.  One for our front door, one for our back door, one for our bedroom door, one for our safety deposit box, etc.  They all look the same as well, a nondescript shiny silver or gold.  So why not make them a little more interesting?  Currently, Chicago  Locksmiths have a selections of key designs to choose from any personality.  Check out some below!

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    You like the normal silver color of keys?  That’s fine.  These keys stand out not because of prints, but because of the cute designs on top.

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    There is always a key for sports fans.  Whether you support the Chicago Cubs or of the New York Mets or the LA Dodgers, you can get your team logo on your keys.

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    This is a calm, serene design.  Who wouldn’t want a key with a picture of the swirling universe on it?  It’s very in these days.

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    Here’s an iconic cartoon character!  If you’re a fan of the Pink Panther these are the keys for you.  Don’t lie!  You know the theme song popped into your head.

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    If you’re a Harley Davidson fan, you might like these key designs.  The tattoo-esque style is sure to make your keys stand out.

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    These are perfect for your punk princess daughter.  A little bit of pink, a whole lot of black, and feminine design with the right bit of edge. Get your key duplicated at Chicago Locksmiths


    Tips

    If you are feeling really unique, maybe you can find some antique keys.  You might have to switch to antique styled locks, but when you consider the overall effect, would say it’s worth it.

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  • How To Find A Legitimate Locksmith in Chicago

    Posted on July 25th, 2013 0 Comments

    Locksmiths are a dime a dozen in Chicago. So how exactly are you to know who is running a legitimate and who is just trying to make some money? It can be hard, especially if you don’t know what questions to ask or the company is being uncooperative. Still, there are hints and clues you can find to know whether or not the locksmith you are choosing is doing honest business.

    What’s Your Name?

    Be wary when locksmiths don’t have names. Illegitimate locksmiths might work under a number of different names to avoid getting caught. If you call the number and they answer with the generic “locksmith services”, ask the company for their legal name. Also look for their name on their advertisements. Notice if the ad looks similar to another with a different name. This could be indication that it is the same company operating under different titles. Also, when they arrive, study their car. While some locksmiths do use their own cars for small and quick project, it usually doesn’t happen. Instead, locksmiths drive vehicles with their business clearly marked on it. It might just be lettering on the side of the car or it might be an the entire van. Either way there is usually something that identifies them.

    Licensed?

    Ask them for their license and identification. In the city of Chicago, the government requires all locksmiths to be licensed with the state. This makes it easier for you as a customer. A legitimate company will provide you with their license number when you ask. Just plug the number into the state site and you can find out if the company is above board in a matter of seconds. Also, when the locksmiths arrives to help you, they should ask you for identification to make sure you have the authority to request the door open.

    Estimate

    Always get an estimate. A real locksmith will give a price range and he won’t stray from it. Ask for an invoice as well. Make sure any additional fee is itemized on the invoice including surcharges and mileage charges, etc. This invoice should include the name and address of the business. It’s easier to dispute the charge when you have physical evidence of the exchange.

    Insurance

    Insurance is important. Legitimate locksmiths are all insured just in case. That way, if they damage your property the insurance will cover your losses.

    Paying

    If possible, you should pay for your service by credit card. Nowadays, almost all cards have built-in fraud protection. This means if the company is not legitimate and the card senses it will halt the transaction and you won’t lose the money.

    Keep Them

    Once you manage to find a legitimate locksmith, keep their number in your phone or their card in your wallet. You never know when you need them again. It’s better to have locksmith you can trust in an emergency rather than fumbling on your phone trying to determine which website is trustworthy while you’re locked out in the freezing cold.

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  • Re-Key A Lock

    Posted on July 12th, 2013 0 Comments

    Locksmiths always say that they can a re-key lock, but who knows what that actually means? It’s easy enough to assume. They do something to the lock so that the old key no longer works. There are a number of reasons one might want a lock re-keyed. Maybe there was a break in. Or maybe you just lost your key and don’t want to risk someone trying to enter your home uninvited. Either way, the idea is simple enough. However, how exactly do locksmiths re-key locks?

    Well, if you are adventurous or think of yourself as a regular handyman, then you should know that they sell DIY re-keying kits at hardware stores. Each brand has their own kit so before you head out to the store, make sure to check out the locks you want to re-key.

    Now each kit is able to rekey six locks. It comes with pins, tools, and two keys. If extra pins are needed, those can be bought separate. The overall idea to re-keying each lock is the same. However, it is always best to read over the instructions anyway.

    Step 1

    Insert the key and make sure the lock is unlocked. Then, use the wire tool in the kit and use it to remove the doorknob by inserting it into the knob hole.

    Step 2

    Push the cylinder and pop it out of the knob sleeve.

    Step 3

    Using the retainer ring tool, push it against the retainer ring to remove it from the cylinder. Keep the ring because it will be needed later.

    Step 4

    You need to remove the cylinder plug. To do this, insert the key back into the cylinder and turn either right or left depending on the lock. Then, use the plug follower supplied in the kit and remove the plug. Make sure to keep a constant pressure. The plug contains the springs and pins in the lock. Though nothing will happen if these things fall out, it will be tedious to collect them all later.

    Step 5

    Dump out all the old pins and insert the new key into the cylinder plug. Following the instruction sheet, insert the new pins. They are color coded so it shouldn’t be too hard.

    Step 6

    Just as you took the lock apart, put it back together again. Stick the knob back into the door and voila! You have just re-keyed you lock!!

    Read more information about Re-keying locks

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