October 9, 2013 By Anthony Capkun
October 8, 2013 – Highfield Manufacturing Co. says its new e-lectroloc locking system incorporates the industry’s first programmable barrel lock and smart key, adding this “may very well be the last lock utilities have to buy”.
Access to every lock is controlled by the e-lectroloc system’s smart key. When the key connects with the lock, it identifies access privileges and activates patented technology to open the lock. No key to insert into a lock, and no key rotation is required for the lock to operate. One of the key’s benefits is its time-out feature, which allows the user to establish a pre-determined operating time to render the key inoperable. With the system, utilities can choose a single group and territory code, or they can opt for multiple territory codes across the enterprise. The system also includes a master key that contains multiple or all group territory codes.
Based on changing organizational needs, locks can be re-programmed to match new key codes, eliminating the need for replacements. The smart key gives users an audit trail that documents exactly when a lock is opened and confirms whereabouts and usage. Made of stainless steel and high-impact plastic, the key is built to stand up to frequent use; it has a rechargeable lithium battery with more than 500 uses per charge.
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