Master Key systems offer control over the movement of people within a building or buildings to provide security and accessibility to the customer for their key holders, tenants or occupiers. Designs can be either on an open section key or on a restricted security key, registered to stop unauthorized duplication of keys. Britannia Master Locksmiths recommend using restricted security key system as this is more secure.
Britannia Master Locksmiths fit Master Key systems to domestic premises, multi tenanted buildings and flats, schools, colleges, universities, health authorities, council and local authorities, retail and offices or any business with multiple sites.
We can design Master Key systems to cylinder operated locks both euro and oval, padlocks, any combination of these locks.
Whether your need is a single security lock for your own front door, or a large establishment or company with multiple sites Admiral Security can help.
Home and Domestic
Britannia Master Locksmiths can fit a security lock to your own front door then register it to you, this stops duplicate keys being cut without your knowledge or say so.
Master Keying can evolve and designs get more complex, you may be responsible for a building with departments or area’s that need grouping, entrance doors which everyone can use, or special access to certain parts by cleaners, maintenance or deliveries, so this is when different security levels and importance of the keys are paramount in the design of any system.
We can design a system to suit your budget, this can be added to for future cylinders as long as it has been provisioned for in the initial plan.
Software Britannia Master Locksmiths use computer based software to aid design a Master Key system. This reduces the risks of problems such as with cross keying or ghost keys. The system automatically builds in any element for extra capacity, so you can add additional cylinders in the future if required.
Britannia Master Locksmiths would need to carry out a site visit in order to produce a master keying chart which is plotted on something similar to a graph/matrix. This is where we list all the doors, the types of lock and who needs access.
This needs to be approved by the customer before work commences as changes after this point may not be possible.
Things to appreciate when ordering
Master Key Terminology Explained
Keyed to Differ – KD
When a lock is individually keyed, it can only be opened by its own key and no other, just like your own front lock.
Keyed Alike – KA
This allows for a number of locks to be operated by the same key. Good examples being when someone wants their front and back doors working from the same key. Often on shops where they use several padlocks on shutters, the shutters themselves or cabinets, it is convenient to have the same key... it goes on and on...
Master-keyed - MK
This involves each lock having its own individual key which will not operate any other lock in a building or buildings, but where all locks can be operated by a single key, usually held by a owner, a warden, someone in security, a nominated key holder for the premises... this key is the MASTER KEY.
This can evolve and designs get more complex, you may be responsible for a building with departments or area’s that need grouping, entrance doors, which everyone can use, or special access to certain parts by cleaners, maintenance or deliveries, so this is when different security levels and importance of the keys are paramount in the design of any system.