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Key Control Systems – What’s in a Name?

Key control and management systems are most easily defined as an orderly and secure solution for the management of keys. Due to their increasing popularity, key control systems are also known as automated key systems, electronic key systems, key management systems, computerized key systems, key bank systems, key storage systems, key tracking systems, and so on.Regardless of the […]

Key Control Solutions Save Time and Money at the Dealership

Recent reports indicate that rising auto sales are contributing to the ongoing economic recovery. Auto dealerships that tweaked their operations with new marketing tools, streamlined internal processes and new technology such as automated key control systems during the down times are now poised to reap the benefits of those changes. A computerized key control system is […]

Key Control Software Drives Dealership Operations

The benefits of a key control and management solution for dealerships has been compellingly demonstrated. With so many physical keys in use, management needs a robust system for securing them, along with the vehicles and doors they represent. But beyond the physical security of these keys, there is a need to track and audit and […]

Key Control on a Budget

The budget process involves revenue and expenditure forecasting and often a review of company-wide operational costs. For many organizations, both large and small, the ongoing costs of replacing lost keys is a glaring expense, in addition to safety and security issues – but one that can be easily remedied with a purpose-built key management system. Key […]

Key Control Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

It is estimated the number of decisions that a person makes throughout the day numbers in the thousands. From major decisions regarding a large purchase to minor decisions as to what to eat for breakfast, each produces a final choice that may or may not prompt action. Making those decisions however requires identifying options and […]

The 4 Corners Of A Key Control System

When considering the implementation of an automated key control system, there are several points that need to be identified and addressed before that important final decision is made. Ultimately it comes down to four basic areas that can provide the foundation for a long-term successful key control and asset management plan. Those key parameters relate […]

Key Management & Control – THE BASICS

It’s never too late – or too early – to implement a key control and management strategy. A good key control and management system is organized and formal and addresses both access to and control of a dealership’s keys. When deciding which system best suits your needs, keep these 9 basics in mind: 1. Tracking: A […]

How To Improve Dealership Efficiency

Easy and Fast Access to Keys Quick, easy access to keys is only one of the many ways that automotive key control systems can benefit a car dealership’s day to day operations. Keys put into the system can be moved around the facility as the car moves, with a full data trail available at all […]

Key Control Systems: From Chaos to Efficiency

Before the advent and widespread use of electronic key control systems, key control was often a haphazard routine. Many organizations used an honor system to store and control building keys, while institutions such as correctional facilities or medical campuses used a more formal system requiring access activity to be hand-written in a log book. The […]

Car Dealership Key Management

The recent bouts of violent weather in the American southeast and Midwest had many car dealerships scrambling to protect their exposed inventory from damaging hail and severe winds. Easy and fast access to keys, held in car key management systems, enabled the dealerships to more quickly move cars to protected areas and limit the amount […]

Where are the Car Keys?

Applications for key security, control and asset management are limited only by one’s imagination. In any situation where there is a need to control access to keys, a key security system can be deployed. One of the most common and practical implementations though is in the automotive industry. Just think about it. Auto campuses and used […]

Key Control for High Volume Automotive Sites

Automotive dealerships have had a roller coaster ride in the past few years, with owners having to make hard choices to survive the economic downturn. They’ve additionally had to be more creative in their sales approach, more customer and service friendly as well as take more precautions with securing their inventories. To help solve the […]

Fleet Management Key Control

Automated key management systems used in motor pools and other fleet management operations are an effective tool for helping to improve efficiencies in fleet practices. Along with other new technologies that lead to best practices, fleet key control enables management to regulate and track vehicle usage and ultimately to contain costs. Authorized drivers can access […]

How to Shop for Key Control Systems

Shopping for and selecting a key control and management system can be a challenging experience. But it doesn’t have to be if a few simple guidelines are followed. First, determine what your needs are now and in the future. Next, research and compare what’s available. Finally, work with a reputable vendor/installer. By sitting down and […]

The ABC’s of Key Control

A. What is key control?Key control and management systems are an orderly and secure solution for addressing controlled usage and safekeeping of mechanical keys. The tamper-proof systems are designed so that only authorized users, using pre-programmed PIN codes, access cards or biometrics, can access keys and on-board advanced technology automatically records all access activity. B. Why […]

Auto Dealership Emergency Response and Key Management

Like any business, auto dealerships need to deal with emergencies such as extreme weather, fire, theft, vandalism, power outage, and accidents. Every dealership should have a written emergency response plan. Part of this plan must include how to manage the vehicles and vehicle keys in a crisis. An electronic key management system makes this easier. […]

An Electronic Key Management System Generates Useful Reports

An electronic key management system generates useful reports for automobile dealerships. The KeyBank Auto’s Live Key Report tells you where the keys are in real-time. Other reports help you manage the system and spot trends over time. Managers and administrative staff can run these helpful reports from the accompanying computer software, KeyWatcher TrueTouch. Here are […]

Four Ways Ease to Improve Key Control Effectiveness

Technology advances, intelligent software and integration capability are just a few of the attributes that have contributed to the increased flexibility and functionality of today’s key control and management systems. Yet beyond flexibility and functionality, ease of use plays a significant role in helping to ensure that a system is truly effective. To take full advantage […]