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Sacramento Knox Box Rapid Entry Systems

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Sacramento Knox Box Rapid Entry Systems

If your local, Sacramento area business needs Sacramento Knox Box Rapid Entry Systems installed or serviced, Professional Lock & Safe can help. Call us today at 916-929-5595. You can also stop by our Rancho Cordova Lock & Key Kiosk, located at 2316 Sunrise Blvd, Gold River, CA. Knox Boxes are small safes that are mounted on walls. These safes store building keys in case Emergency Medical Services or the Fire Department need access to the building. This ensures they do not have sift through business keys at their station or force entry...

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CBS13 Covered Locksmith Scams In Sacramento

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Unfortunately, there are a number of locksmith scam companies ripping vulnerable customers off throughout the country. Sacramento is no exception. This is a deep rooted problem and it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Just look at this quote from the article featured in the link below:  “The Bureau of Security and Investigative Services regulates locksmith companies and employees in California. It received 281 complaints in the past two years, and has cited 17 locksmiths. No locksmith have had their licenses revoked in...

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Roseville – Request To Exit Sensors – Part 2

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The Exit Push Button is another common type of Request to Exit configuration. One of the more well known types of Exit Push Buttons are the red, circular buttons located near their corresponding doors. Often, facilities using these push buttons are required to label these buttons with “Push to Exit” text. The Access Control Panel is triggered when the Request to Exit button is pushed, and the door alarm is bypassed. There are inherent life-safety problems in both Request to Exit buttons and the REX sensors discussed in the previous entry....

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Request to Exit Sensors Sacramento – Part 1

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 There are three main types of Request to Exit sensors. These types are Electronic Presence Detectors, Mechanical Switches (embedded in the locks), and Mechanical Switches with close proximity push buttons. The locks that contain a Mechanical Switch are largely considered the best type of Request to Exit sensors. The majority of Electrified Mortise Locks and Electrified Panic Locks can be equipped with a Mechanical Switch as an accessory. Basically, before door becomes fully unlocked as the handle is turned, a switch is triggers the Access...

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Sacramento Exit Devices and Life Safety

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Any time you see an electrified lock on a door, chances are it is monitored to detect intrusions. When a door opens, it’s considered an intrusion, a authorized exit, or and authorized entrance. These doors have a door position switch, which keeps track of whether the door is opened or closed. The door position switch can not differentiate an intrusion from an authorized entry or exit, it only tracks the open or closed status. The access control panel is where the decision of whether an authorized opening has been made or not. The panel...

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Local and National Access Control Standards

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When choosing access control systems hardware for a facility, life safety and security have to be considered. When prioritizing, life safety comes first in every situation. People inside the building must be able to escape quickly in an emergency. That is why there are standards in place to keep access points up to code. The Life Safety Code is the central international Life Safety Standard in the United States. The National Fire Protection Association revises the Life Safety Code every three years, and the code is also known as NFPA 101....

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Sacramento Access Control – Proximity Cards

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Sacramento Access Control – Proximity Cards

Passive Proximity Cards Commonly, security cards are read either by swiping through or inserting into a card reader. Proximity cards use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to approve or deny credentials with a reader that is within the card’s range. There are two types of proximity cards, the newer ones are 13.56 MHz contact-less cards, and the older ones are 125 Khz.  Proximity cards use resonant energy, which means they are able to send data without an energy device or battery. The card contains a capacitor and a coil, which are...

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Sacramento – Safe Autodialers and Combination Guessing

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Autodialers - Autodialers are machines that can run through upwards thousands of combinations until they find a match. These machines are usually for specific lock types. There are also lock manipulation devices that are aided by computers. These are similar to autodialers, but they are able to listen to the lock and make logical decisions. Guessing the Combination - A surprising amount of safes can be opened by guessing the combination. Manufacturers often set safe combinations (known as try-out combinations) before the safes reach the...

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Sacramento – Scoping a Safe

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Sacramento – Scoping a Safe

If a locksmith technician cannot manipulate a safe, or a safe contains glass re-lockers, scoping a safe is a practical solution. When scoping a safe, a borescope is needed. A borescope is a tube (either flexible or rigid) equipped with optical fibers and a magnified eye-piece. Once a hole is drilled into a safe, the locksmith technician will insert the borescope into the hole, which enables them to observe a specific component of the safe. One of the more common scoping techniques is known as “scoping the key change hole”. Once the locksmith...

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Sacramento Access Control Systems

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Sacramento Access Control Systems

Access Control systems dictate who, when, and where a facility or resource can be accessed. In order for a user to gain access in a single factor transaction, they must provide the required credentials. Credentials can be a keypad combination, a biometric scan such as a fingerprint or retinal scan, or a swipe of a card containing the required information. So the user presents their credentials to the control panel, and the software on the control panel compares the provided credentials with the ones stored in the database. If the credentials...

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Sacramento Safe Combination Manipulation

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Sacramento Safe Combination Manipulation

One of the most tightly kept secrets of professional locksmithing is the art of lock manipulation. With this technique, Locksmiths attempt to figure out the combination of the safe, so they can open it without damaging it. Certain rotary lock combinations can be discovered by sound or feel. More complex safes add security by using lightweight wheels. False tumbler notches, or serrated wheels, make safe lock combinations tougher to detect by feel. Clutch-type driver wheels offer another type of combination security. A clutch-type driver will...

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Sacramento Safe Drilling

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Sacramento Safe Drilling

Sacramento Safe Drilling When skilled locksmiths are unable to crack a safe, sometimes drilling is required to either bypass or observe the lock mechanism. Because of this, drill-point diagrams are published by manufacturers for specific safe models. Locksmiths and safe manufacturers ensure these diagrams do not end up in the wrong hands, as drilling locks is commonly used in burglary attempts. With observational safe openings, a hole is drilled to provide line of sight to the internal lock mechanism. While watching the lock through the hole,...

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Sacramento Portal Passage

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Sacramento Portal Passage

Portal Passage If a person encounters an access control panel, they need authorization to gain access to the area. Most often, they will encounter a portal design to give access to authorized personnel only, and allow anyone to exit without needing authorizing. This authorization process involves either a biometric reader, keypad, card reader, or a combination of them. Portals typically have some sort of locking system that requires being unlocked in order to exit. Different request-to-exit sensors include Motion Detectors, Exit Touch-Bars,...

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ASSA ABLOY Mobile Showroom

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ASSA ABLOY Mobile Showroom

Today an ASSA ABLOY Mobile Showroom truck stopped by our office here in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento, Ca. ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions. They have a very professional presentation for a line-up of their products. These products are among our favorites to work with. Some of the products we saw include: Aperio Interface and HES / Medeco K100 Cabinet Lock. Securitron PowerJump ICPT Inductive Coupling Power Transfer. Adams Rite 4300 Steel Hawk Electrified Deadlatch. Securitron CEPT Concealed Electrical Power...

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Scalable Systems

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Scalable Systems

Naturally, access control system designs have become larger and more complex over the years. A lot of large systems start out small and grow with the needs of the company utilizing them. Non-scalable systems are systems that were designed without foreseeing the need to upgrade or expand in the future. Trying to upgrade these “unscalable” systems can be costly and frustrating. An example of an unscalable system would be one with access control panels which would only accept up to 64 card readers. If a 65th employee was hired and the company...

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