What do key cabinets, electronic key tethers and IOT (Internet of Things) have to do with key loss prevention? Check out the February edition of Locksmith Ledger International’s article on Institutional Application of Key Cabinets. The article details a variety of institutions from colleges and universities to health care facilities to government agencies and their unique requirement for key control. A variety from simple to complex key cabinets are also featured with cost per key ranges and features to aid in selecting the best key cabinet to provide security to valuable master keys. The article also features the Gravity electronic key tether which is a beneficial supplement to key cabinets. While the key cabinets secure master and critical keys while not in use, the Gravity secures the master and critical keys to the user and prevents key loss while in the field. The combination of a key cabinet that fits the needs of the institution plus the utilization of the Gravity by personnel in the field provides the ultimate in key control protocols.
The Tile Mate a small plastic square you hook to things likes your keys (among anything else you want to attached it to) and supposedly is designed to prevent key loss . However, you must have a cellphone with you and have the smartphone app. It is only AFTER you mark your keys as lost on your cell phone app, that the chip in the tile will ping (audible alarm only) your phone when you’re within 150 feet of the lost keys.
So in order for the Tile Mate to work, (1) you have to have a cell phone and (2) use the app AFTER you notice your keys are missing. Also, you can’t change the batteries and once they are dead, you must get a new Tile Mate. Perhaps a decent solution for your personal keys but if you are responsible for master or critical keys at work, the Tile Mate is inadequate.
With the Gravity, you don’t need a cell phone, and you are notified via THREE alarms (vibration, audible and strobe light) BEFORE you are separated more than 10-15 feet from you keys.
In summary the Gravity is the ONLY preemptive electronic key tether device on the market. It alarms three ways BEFORE you lose your keys. Batteries last 6-9 months and the Gravity comes with a one year warranty. The Gravity is an industrial grade product for janitors, security officers and building engineers – anyone that is responsible for master or critical keys.