What Are The Top Brands Of Access Control Systems?

What Are The Top Brands Of Access Control Systems?

What Are The Top Brands Of Access Control Systems?

 

When considering access control for your business, you want a security technique that you regulate to allow resources in a computing environment. Access control secures physical (campuses, buildings, and rooms) and logical (computer networks, system files, and data) resources. There are four categories when it comes to access control:

  • Role-based access control: Regulates access to resources based on the user’s role within the company. Roles vary depending on the authorization of job, ranking, and responsibility.

 

  • Discretionary access control: The owner approves or denies access via an access policy. In other words, the owner determines object access privileges.

 

 

Keeping these types in mind, here are a few brands of access control to look into for your business:

 

Protection 1

Protection 1 has the highest approval rating when it comes to their customer service. Available 24/7 and provides training to whoever needs to monitor this system in your company. Their platform, eSuite, reports and provides an analytics system that feeds you security data surrounding your business. Protection 1 also has a visitor management feature where you can print guest ID badges to give access to visitors.

 

ADT

Already one of the top brands in security, ADT offers exceptional access control products such as door readers or keypad readers that require both physical credentials and a PIN code. Perhaps their biggest eye-catching feature is their web browser and mobile app interfaces. The mobile app allows you to nearly control everything from your phone. You can lock/unlock doors remotely, allowing employees who forget their ID’s access.

 

Kisi

Kisi is all about the modern day organization as they offer cloud controlled hardware, integrating all security systems into your already existent IT setup. All of Kisi’s apps are optimized with about 50,000 on each platform. Kisi’s Reader Pro is a modernized NFC & BLE reader/controller, that is rated one of the most modern door readers out there. It allows secure mobile and card-based unlocks giving you end-to-end encryption.

Tips to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Tips to Protect Your Home While on Vacation

Tips to Protect Your Home

While on Vacation

Have you ever left for a trip and then suddenly become overrun with the anxiety that you may have forgotten to lock a door or window before you left? So much so that even though you’ve already been on the road for an hour or are about to board your plane, you almost want to turn right around and run back to be sure. It’s a terrible feeling when you’re unsure if your home is safely locked and secure while you’re gone, but here are a few steps to take before you step out the door to help ease those worries.

  • Security System 

    If you are someone who happens to have a security system, notify the company that you will be away. Whether it’s just a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, it’s smart to inform the company and have peace of mind that they’re looking out for you.

  • Lock it up 

     Sometimes the easiest solution is the most forgotten one. Be sure to lock ALL your doors, windows, and garages. Some homeowners love their neighbourhood so much that they’d never expect anyone to break in, leaving their home unlocked all day, every day. However, you can’t think like that. Anything can happen when you’re away and intruders will stop at nothing to break in and take everything they can.

Be sure each of your locks is properly working and, as you walk around the perimeter of the house, to lock each and every entrance. This way as you’re on the road travelling, you’ll remember that you locked that back kitchen door before you left.

  • Hide the goods 

     Anything of great value to you, whether material or emotional, put away in a secure place within your home. Be sure that nothing can be seen from your windows. Put all valuables in a hidden safe or even a secret storage place that an intruder would never find.

  • Housesitter

    Ask a neighbour, friend, or family member if they may be able to stay at your house while away. Even if they can’t stay all night, ask if they can visit frequently to take in the mail and park a car in your driveway, giving the presence of someone being home.

  • Outside spare keys 

     We all know about the spare key hidden under the doormat. How? Because literally, everyone does it. Or even that plastic rock out in the flower bed that has a ‘secret’ compartment for your spare key. Just do yourself a favour and don’t leave any spare keys outside. Burglars know all the tricks. If someone is watching your house while away, be sure to leave the key with them or even a neighbour.

  • Don’t advertise 

     So you’re all excited about getting away on that dream vacation you’ve been looking forward to all year long. So much so that you want everyone to know about it. So where do you tell them? Probably on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. But you might want to watch what you say. If someone, even a stranger on the internet, can find out you’re away, then your house is an easy target. Also think twice when using the “checking in” function on Facebook or Foursquare. Then they’ll definitely know you’re nowhere near home.

The most effective method to Get a Broken Key Out of the Door

The Most Effective Method To Get A Broken Key Out Of The Door

When your keys suddenly break off in your lock chances are that you are going to feel a sense of dread and helplessness. Unfortunately, such instances happen when you least expect, and you shouldn’t have to worry. This guide will explore some of the most effective ways to get a broken key out of the door.

Key Extractor

A key extractor is one of the best solutions to removing a broken key. Most people wouldn’t think of having such a tool, but when your key breaks off, you can easily purchase it on select hardware stores or online for a few dollars.

To achieve desirable results when using an extractor, you need to place it along the keys bitting inside the keyway. In doing so, you will hook the key’s teeth with the hook on the extractor. Once the keyway is placed along the bitting, all you’ve got to do is to turn and pull, and your key should be out. It’s important to note that the extractors come in different variations and you need to pick the design that best suits your need.

Super Glue

Although this technique might seem counterintuitive, it will only work if the edge of the key is visible. If you want to get out your key, you need to take a small match or wire and add glue. Exercise cautious when doing this because too much glue may harm the lock and not having enough will prevent the key from sticking.

Also, you need to hold the wire/match edge against the key when applying pressure so that you don’t push the key further into the lock. Most importantly you need to wait for the match/wire edge and the glue to bind before you can pull.

Tweezers

While tweezers might seem like the best alternative when removing your key, they can end up worsening the situation if you don’t take the necessary precautions. When using tweezers, you need to ensure that they can open wide enough to fit on the side of the key. Given the warding that’s present on most keyways, your average tweezers won’t fit. Also, take note that Tweezers work best if there is part of the key protruding from the keyhole.

The Jigsaw Blade

If you don’t prefer buying a specialty key extractor you can design one using a jigsaw blade, but this only works with a mini hacksaw blade. When using the jigsaw all you need to have is a thin piece of metal that can fit together with your key. Alternatively, you can break the blade with nose pliers since it makes it easier to insert the serrated edge.

This allows the blade to go in easier and also hook on the key easier. With a turn and pull your key should be out and if this doesn’t happen on the first attempt, you need to try again. This method will come in handy if you have the means to travel to a hardware store or you have some blades lying around.

Residential lock repair

Residential Lock Repair in Arizona

Sadly, many people are familiar with the term “deferred maintenance”. They usually find out about it when they defer something long enough that it finally breaks on them at a very inconvenient moment and turns what was an annoyance into a serious problem. House keys can be like that. They work just fine for years, but gradually they wear down a little bit so you have to jiggle them in the lock when it’s cold, or hot, or just when you don’t insert the key exactly the way it likes to be inserted.

In any event, the day comes when jiggling doesn’t work at all anymore, and the dreaded reckoning with deferred maintenance lands in your lap. Even with keys in hand, you’re locked out of your own home– but how is that possible?

It’s possible because the lockset in your door has a number of small moving parts, particularly a series of small pins and springs that move when your key is inserted into the lock. Over time, dust and grease can build up to the point where these parts won’t move as they are supposed to. They can also wear down or break so they won’t move at all. They could even work perfectly but your old key has been used so may times that it has worn down to the point of no longer being functional. In any case, your key doesn’t turn in the lock and you are going to require the services of a qualified residential lock repair technician to get things moving smoothly once again.

Now you might be wondering why you should fix your current cranky lockset rather than just buying a new one. The answer is actually quite simple. First off, you will need a locksmith to get your door open for you anyhow. Next, you would probably prefer paying to fix one lock or one key rather than paying to have all of the other door locks in your house replaced so that your one house key fits them all. Also, fixing one malfunctioning lock uses a lot less of the planet’s resources than buying several new sets– so you can save money and the planet at the same time.

As one the Valley’s premier residential lock repair specialists, we can get you into your home as fast as possible and at the lowest cost as well. We will arrive at your home with all of the tools needed to get you inside right away. In addition, we also stock our vans with a full assortment of everything else that might be needed in case your old lock is, in fact, irreparable. No matter what you may need to get everything working smoothly once again, or at what time of the day or night you might need us, we can make it happen for you.

So give Arizona Locksmith a call at  (602)344-9599 and we will dispatch one of our service vans to your address immediately.

The Future Of Keys And Car Security

The Future Of Keys And Car Security

The Future Of Keys And Car Security

Ah, 2017. Based off of the vision films like “Back to the Future” had for this decade, we should all be flying around in our cars and running around in hoverboard gangs. Unfortunately for us, we haven’t quite achieved the progress the visionaries of the eighties believed we would. However, there have still been major advancements in technology across the board, including improvements in the realm of keys and car security. One of the biggest innovators in this field is Tesla, the company trying to make the daily use of electric vehicles by the average American less of a novelty and more of a reality. Along with their innovative car designs, the company has developed a brand new system used by their vehicles for locking, unlocking, and protecting your car.

Tesla Key Designs

The new design implemented by Tesla completely eliminates the need for keyholes in the doors or even the car itself, helping to promote the security of the car by eliminating a few of the potential access points for car thieves to break in through. It also makes it a more convenient product for the consumer, eliminating the need for metal keys entirely and allowing them to operate remotely at all times when it comes to locking and unlocking doors and popping the trunk and hood of the car. 

AZ Locksmith is a leader in the industry and can do a mobile key fob programing for you meaning we will come to you, call us today!

How To Unlock A Car Door Without A Key

How To Unlock A Car Door Without A Key

Unlocking a Car Door Without a Key

We’ve all been there. That horrible, slow motion moment when your hand grasps your car door and begins to swing it shut, all while your brain is screaming at your arm “STOP! THE KEYS ARE INSI—” *click*. When you find yourself in this situation, don’t be too alarmed! There are a couple of methods that you can use to gain access to your car without having to call in a locksmith, ranging from the bizarre (ever heard of the tennis ball technique?) to the highly professional utilization of an inflatable wedge.

Right off the bat, let’s start with that tennis ball technique! Apparently, you can drill a small hole through a tennis ball, place that hole over the keyhole in your car, and squeeze, forcing the air out of the ball, into the keyhole, and opening the door. This technique has been met with a great deal of controversy, as it worked for some people and failed others, prompting the Mythbusters themselves to give it a whirl!

Next, we’ll move on to a more common technique using a metal coathanger. This technique is especially popular due to the ready availability of coat hangers, whether they’re bought from a nearby store or pulled from your own coat closet. Watch the video for more information.

Finally, the most heavy duty technique that won’t cause damage to your car requires a bit of forethought, as you’ll need to purchase an inflatable wedge. With this method, you slide a plastic wedge in between your door and the frame of the car to create space for the inflatable wedge, then slide in the deflated wedge and begin to inflate it, slowly creating a gap between the frame and door and allowing you to slip a coat hanger or similar tool through the door to open it up.

After giving all of these options a try and still not having any luck don’t forget to call your local Phoenix locksmith!