It’s 40 years ago this month that the now ubiquitous cell phone made its first appearance. From its original two pound design to today’s sleek, razor thin form factor, the cell phone has revolutionized the way we communicate, both for business and personal use.
In business, apps can now be downloaded conveniently to a smartphone or tablet to allow users to extend their productivity beyond the office or regular work environment. By integrating mobile devices with key control and asset management systems, security personnel or other authorized users can see a wide range of live information and can interact remotely with the key control system. Critical real time information such as keys in use, overdue keys, alarms and system status can be accessed easily on a smartphone or tablet and ultimately provide for a safer, more secure environment. Notifications and events can be pushed automatically to authorized personnel, further enhancing key control and security.
Key control mobile apps enable management to maintain optimum control of physical keys at any time of the day or night or when away from the primary place of business. For example, while off site at a seminar or convention, a manager can remotely release a key to an individual called in to temporarily replace another employee who has called in sick. They can also easily schedule a report to be generated on their return to the office that shows all activity during their absence.
Key control and asset management systems are a proven technology for securing and tracking keys. In addition to the convenience of mobile access, other user friendly and time-saving features of key control systems include the ability to return keys to any key cabinet in the enterprise; a friendly interface with large buttons; and touchscreen displays with step by step instructions for accessing or returning keys. For added convenience, systems can locate which key cabinet a specific key is in, or determine who has it out and when it will become overdue.
Mobile access is just the latest convenience available for today’s high tech key control and asset management systems. It’s a technology that keeps moving forward.