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What is an electronic cylinder or e cylinder? What is an Intelligent Key?

As a facility or property manager, you know your buildings in and out; From the number of floors and even the tenants who occupy the suites. We’ve talked before about how access control systems or key card systems can make it easier for you and your tenants to open doors and even restrict areas.  While this does make life easier, sometimes in large facilities, there is still a need for traditional mechanical locks and keys even with an access control system or key card system. Fortunately, there is a solution to bridge the gap between the two. 

Today we are going to answer the question:  What is an electronic cylinder or e cylinder? What is an Intelligent Key? 

 

At Loc-Doc Security, Our Mission is to help you protect your people and your property. We continue to share information like this to help you be informed so you can know the best solutions for the security of your property.

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At times, there are locations in a large facility where electricity or wires are unable to be run to areas that need to be secured or even the sheer amount of doors makes it impractical financially to install a card reader on every door that needs to have permissions. Traditional locks can bring a plethora of headaches whether it’s involving personnel changes or security breaches due to the vulnerability of traditional locks and keys. We’ve talked before in previous articles how easy it is for someone to copy your key at kiosks or even by snapping a photo! There is a way to bridge the gap between traditional mechanical locks and access control systems or key card systems where you receive the convenience of an electronic key and cylinder and the benefits of an audit trail!.

First let’s answer the question: what is an electronic cylinder or e cylinder?

An e cylinder, or electronic cylinder, is a combination of electronic and mechanical features. While it looks the same as a traditional mechanical lock, it has a chip built into the cylinder and the key internally.  The power is supplied by a small battery installed in the key which  eliminates the need for any wiring at the opening or lock. 

While it’s not an electronic access system, it still has many of the same characteristics from that system as well as a traditional mechanical cylinder combined. 

 

Where can I use an E Cylinder? 

Some areas in a building like break rooms, cabinets, kitchens, supply closets, storerooms, and bathrooms may not need the same kind of access control needed for private offices or conference rooms. With that in mind, these rooms can utilize an electronic cylinder. Once the electronic cylinder is installed, you have full control of when and who can access these rooms whether it is a common area or an area that you want restricted from the public. 

 

This access is through the special key that is electronically programmed. Once the key is programmed, it grants authorization to the holder. Any time a key is inserted into the e cylinder, it’s recorded with a time and date stamp and stored in both the key and cylinder. If you need to make changes, you can easily do that using software or at the lock itself with a special programming key.

 

This e cylinder, electronic cylinder, or intelligent key can augment an access control system already in place. Using programmable keys to open specific locks on a designated schedule provides an additional layer of controlled access on places like cabinets, elevators, storerooms, or even private offices.

If you’re interested in augmenting your current access control or key card system, schedule a free consultation with one of our professionals.

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