Master Key System

A Master Key That Opens Many Of Your Locks


One key opens many lock plus each lock has its own key for each user.

A master key system is a sophisticated method employed by locksmiths to provide secure and controlled access to multiple areas or compartments within a building or facility. It's a hierarchical system where various keys are assigned different levels of access, allowing authorized individuals to gain entry to specific areas while restricting access to others.

Here's an overview of how a master key system typically works:

  1. Key Hierarchy: At the core of a master key system is a hierarchical structure of keys. Each key is designed to operate one or more locks within the system. The keys are categorized into different levels based on the extent of access they provide.
  2. Master Key: At the top of the hierarchy is the master key. This key is capable of unlocking all locks within the system. It provides unrestricted access to every area secured by the system. The master key is typically held by high-level personnel, such as building managers or security officers.
  3. Sub-Master Keys: Below the master key are sub-master keys, also known as grandmaster keys or change keys. These keys have limited access compared to the master key but can still operate multiple locks within specific groups or zones. For instance, a sub-master key may grant access to all offices on a particular floor but not to common areas or restricted zones.
  4. Change Keys: Change keys are at the lowest level of the hierarchy. They provide access only to specific locks within the system. Each change key is typically assigned to an individual or a small group of users based on their access requirements. For example, an employee may have a change key that unlocks only the door to their office.
  5. Lock Core Configuration: In a master key system, the locks are configured to accept multiple keys. Each lock is equipped with a set of pins or tumblers that correspond to the bitting of different keys in the system. The locksmith carefully adjusts the lock cores to ensure that each key operates only the designated locks according to the hierarchy.
  6. Keying Plan: Creating a keying plan is a crucial step in designing a master key system. This plan outlines the hierarchical structure of keys and determines which keys are authorized to access specific locks. The locksmith works closely with the client to understand their security needs and devise a keying plan that meets those requirements.
  7. Key Control: Maintaining strict key control is essential for the security of a master key system. The locksmith keeps detailed records of all keys issued and tracks their distribution and usage. Key duplication is strictly regulated to prevent unauthorized copies from compromising the system's integrity.

Overall, a master key system offers a flexible and efficient solution for managing access to various areas within a building or facility. By carefully designing the key hierarchy and implementing robust security measures, locksmiths can provide their clients with a reliable and scalable access control system.