Controlling keys and combinations can be a manager's nightmare. Loss of a set of keys, for example, can result in replacement of all affected locks--hopefully BEFORE a criminal has a chance to use them. A new lock technology will help with this problem.
Access Control & Security Systems Magazine's 2006 New Product of the Year is system of wireless locks (Randy Southerland, "Wireless Locks Open New World of Access Control", December 2006). Designed by SimonsVoss Technologies, the high security version of the lock system supports both an RFID transponder and biometrics to grant access to an authorized person. Access validation, allowed access times, and other management tasks are performed on a PC. The PC communicates with the locks via wireless.
Replacing a standard tumbler lock takes about 15 minutes.
Read SimonsVoss Added to Tri-Ed Distribution for more recent information about the introduction of this technology into the U.S. market.
Tom is a security researcher for the InfoSec Institute and an IT professional with over 30 years of experience. He has written three books, Just Enough Security, Microsoft Virtualization, and Enterprise Security: A Practitioner's Guide (to be published in Q1/2013). Before joining the private sector, he served 10 years in the United States Army Military Police with four years as a military police investigator. He has an MBA and CISSP certification. He is also an online instructor for the University of Phoenix.