Commercial locksmithing is more specialized and focuses primarily on access control, audit trail capabilities, and prox card (proximity card), RFID (radio frequency identification) or smart card (two-way communication prox card) enabled entry systems for small, medium or large businesses and government agencies.
- Commercial Hardware: Commercial hardware comprises: knobs, levers, deadbolts, panic exit hardware, cylinders and a large variety of lock accessories.
- Master Keying: Master keying is a mathematical calculation of keys used in a system to control access to areas throughout a building. Each office often has their own key, but a floor may have a submaster key that opens all offices. Each floor will have their own submaster, but a grand master key will open an entire building or several buildings, all stores within a geographical location or state-wide, depending on how large a key system is.
- Access Control System: Access control systems work similar to key systems, except that everything is controlled electronically with security credentials. It offers far greater control than a master key system in that it can limit access to a building to just the hours of operation, denying unwanted access.
- Key Control Systems: Key control systems are keys that are registered with the manufacturer, distributor and/or end user. The key blanks themselves are controlled so that unwanted duplication is restricted. This is beneficial for employers who want to control duplication for keys they hand to employees, so that if they let that employee go, there is some guarantee that a key has not been duplicated. However, with 3d printing, key duplication is possible, so the need for more electromechanical solutions is increasing daily.
- High Security Keys: High security keys are keys that have some innate pick, drill, bump, or tamper resistance built into the keys or the keyway. High security keys are almost always key controlled through the manufacturer and it gives a customer the comfort that surreptitious entry into their property is very unlikely.
- Audit Trail Systems: Audit trail systems are often paired with access control systems, but can also be attached to certain high security keys as well. Audit trail means that each use of a key or credential is recorded either within the key, the lock or by some other means so that an owner can audit the usage of the lock. This is helpful if a break-in occurs and the owner wants to know the last person who entered is and when they gained entry into the building.
- Life Safety Equipment Installation: Life safety equipment is now a reality for new construction, old construction, renovations and installations by both small and large municipalities. Life safety is the “…construction, protection, and occupancy features necessary to minimize danger to life from the effects of fire, including smoke, heat, and toxic gases created during a fire.” This includes fire alarms, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems and even panic exit devices or mag lock (electromagnetic lock) All these devices serve to detect, prevent or control fire so that people can escape a building that is on fire, safely.
- Code Compliance Expertise: Code compliance in locksmithing mainly revolves around either Life safety issues (as explained above) or American’s with Disabilities Act compliance. ADA compliance involves making a business accessible to people with Disabilities for both entering the building and exiting the building. Being current on all rules and regulations puts us above the rest of the competition in dealing with any issue that arises.
- Retrofit: Retrofitting is the application of changing hardware on a door to something else the door was not designed for, to adapt it to the specific needs of a customer. Adding maglocks to a door or a handicap operator to a door is an example of retrofitting. It requires knowledge of what is possible and the ability to turn an idea into a working plan of action.