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  • The Top 3 Questions to Ask When Purchasing Key Cabinets

    With a wide variety of lockable key cabinets to choose from, finding the ideal key storage system for your company is no simple task. The easiest way to approach the procurement is to first spend some time assessing your unique need and then move onto  researching different storage cabinet vendors. Here are three questions to keep in mind, that will help you speed through the process.

    How many sets of keys do I need to store?

    The answer to this question has two parts…today and in the future.  This will help you identify the kind key storage capacity you require, which will help you filter your choices of key storage cabinets. It’s important to choose a key cabinet that is modular and capable of expanding as your business grows and the number of keys being stored increases.

    Telkee key cabinets are flexible in nature and can be easily expanded by adding on panels with key hooks. This makes our lockable cabinets are popular option in the Australian market as it does not require purchasing new cabinets and they can be added to your existing Telkee key storage system.

    Are most of your keys 1-2 regular “house size” keys?

    The capacity of each cabinet is based on 1-2 regular house size keys per hook.  In many situations, like car yards or property management the set of keys has either oversized keys and remotes or have a large bunch of keys on a hook.  In this situation, the capacity of the key cabinet and each panel will be reduced by ½ of the standard capacity, sometimes even more.  For example, if you have lots of bunches of keys, you will not be able to fill the cabinet with the maximum number of panels and still get the door to close.  With oversize keys, you may need to use every other hook or every other row, further reducing the capacity of the cabinet in this instance.  If you are not sure what cabinet is right for you, give us a call and we can help.

    Who needs to access my key cabinet?

    The answer to this question will help you choose the right locking mechanism for your key safes. For instance, if the key storage system is for car rental company it’s important to choose keyless entry with a combination lock, along with a manager override key. Telkee lockable key cabinets can be upgraded to include  a mechanical keypad which allows sales staff to access keys during the day using just a combination, but at night the key safe can be secured by a manager using a standard cam key lock.

    Check out the different key cabinet lock upgrades available at Telkee key cabinets by visiting our website.

  • Choosing the Right Key Cabinet Solution for your Business

    The Telkee team have received so many questions on choosing the ideal lockable key cabinet, that we thought we should put together a quick “how to guide” with some importants pointers on making this decision. No matter what industry you’re in or the size of your business, a good key management system is a necessary part to keeping your property secure by minimising theft and loss - but with so many Australian lockable key cabinet options, how do you find the right one?

    The first thing to consider is what type of keys you’re looking to house in your key rack. If you’ll be using it for the storage of regular key bunches such as for buildings, school lockers, office, rooms, cupboards etc a regular key cabinet will do. However, if you are in the car sales or vehicle rental business and will be storing larger bunches of car keys, you will need to purchase vehicular key cabinets which have been customised with the right depth and spacing.

    You will also need to take into consideration the sizing you require. For instance will you be storing a smaller quantity of keys or will you require lockable key cabinets to store a large number of keys. With Telkee key cabinets you have the unique advantage of flexibility with its modularity nature, where you can expand the capacity of your existing key cabinet by simply adding an extra panel.

    Depending on your business need, you can also choose to upgrade the locking mechanism from a standard cam lock that all standard key cabinets come equipped with to anything from a bi-lock cam lock and 3 digit combo lock to keyless entry lock upgrades like a mechanical keypad with or without a slam latch door and manager override cam lock.

    When choosing key storage management, check what your key cabinets come with. While some manufacturers supply them as a cabinet only, Telkee key cabinets provides the necessary key management accessories like numbered key tags, perforated number sheets for easy retrieval and signature strips with your key cabinet purchase.

    Don’t forget to contact Telkee for all your key cabinet solution needs and enjoy a great selection, available at an affordable price along with a 100% guarantee.

  • What are the Different Lock Mechanisms Available for Telkee Key Cabinets

    When choosing a Telkee key cabinet for your business, different factors should be considered. The size of your business, industry you’re in, as well as the unique requirement for a lockable key cabinet are just some of the questions you will need to think about as they affect the final decision you make. One of the key advantages of purchasing Telkee key cabinets is that they are modular and offer easy expansion by just slotting in new panels to make room for extra keys as your organisation grows.  Telkee also allows easy lock upgrades to suit your needs. Here’s a brief look at the  key cabinet lock upgrades available for Telkee cabinets.

    3-Digit Combo Lock

    Upgrade to 3-digit Combo Lock

    This combination lock is the entry level option for strong keyless security in a lockable key cabinet. The compact lock mechanism is an optional upgrade for all Telkee cabinets and has a range of different users. Similar to one that you would find on a briefcase, luggage or toolbox, it can be either purchased along with your Telkee key cabinet so that the Telkee team can handle the fitting or you can fit it yourself as an upgrade.. Since the locking mechanism is secured by a 3-digit number combination, there is no need to carry around a key.

    Mechanical Keypad on a Slam Latch Door (with Manager Override Function)

    The premium lock upgrade available at Telkee, this two point locking system provides the benefit of keyless entry with a mechanical keypad, along with a slam latch door and  manager override function using a standard cam lock. This can be used on larger Telkee cabinet models such as the 530 , 686, 686L but not at max capacity since the slam latch encroaches into the cabinet by about 15mm and the therefore, the final panel cannot be fitted.

    Mech Key Pad + Slam Latch + Manager Override

    Any existing  mechanical keypad cabinet can be upgraded to slam latch on a Telkee 530 cabinet or larger as it has the same footprint with the same hole placements. However, you will need to purchase the new Mechanical keypad lock along with the slam latch door, as the slam latch mechanism cannot be used with the older mechanical keypad.

    While this double duty lock can be used for key storage cabinets in a variety of industries, it is ideal for a car yards and property management or vehicle rental business as the keys can be accessed by the sales team during the day using keyless entry, while at night the manager can secure the keys using the standard cam lock.

    Mechanical Keypad Only

    This secure push button lock has been used on Telkee key cabinets for the last several years. Offering convenient keyless entry to your key cabinet, this allows a 4-6 digit combination (numbers cannot be repeated) which provides owners with a million different combination options.

    The mechanical keypad can be selected as a lock upgrade on any Telkee key cabinet except the model 347 since it has rows of hooks on the inside of the door which interferes with the positioning of the mechanical keypad lock mechanism.  If you retro-fit a keypad, you will need to drill a couple of holes in the door to fit the MKP.

    Standard Cam Lock (provided with 2 keys

    Standard Cam Lock + 2 Keys

    This standard security lock comes with two keys and is the basic, entry level lock available on all Telkee key cabinets and adjustable shelf cabinets. Similar to a mailbox lock, this fundamental locking mechanism is popular across all industries for its simplicity and the ease it offers. If you lose your keys, the standard cam lock key can be replaced by any locksmith by just providing the cylinder code printed on the lock.

    Bi-Lock Cam Lock

    Upgrade to Bi-Lock Cam Lock

    A high security lock mechanism, the bi-lock cam lock is pick resistant and completely bump proof. This lock works for an organisation that has an existing high security or master key system in place, the bi-lock cam lock is a popular restricted keying system that is often purchased separately from a key cabinet and retrofitted. This unique locking mechanism has extensive retrofitting and compatibility features allowing it to be easily added to many existing locking systems by any locksmith.

  • How to Choose a TelKee Lockable Key Cabinet

    If you are looking to purchase a key cabinet solution from TelKee Australia, and you are not too sure which one to get, we are here to help. We have for you, not only ways in which you can use your TelKee Lockable Key Cabinet more efficiently but ways in which you use the accessories that come with the purchase as a value added service and what else you can do to ensure maximum key control and management.

    First off, you should be aware that TelKee Key Cabinets are ideal for offices and homes too, but some of the industries that the key cabinets are extremely beneficial to include government and state offices, hospitals and care institutions, real estate agencies, property management companies and automotive businesses that require key control and management. The fact that they are expandable and modular key cabinets is one of the key selling points at TelKee Key Cabinets Australia!

    The locking options allow you the customisability to fit your requirement. Choose from the variety of locks available for upgrades if the standard cam lock does not fit your security requirement. These include mechanical keypad lock, bi-lock, 3-digit combo lock or bi-lock cam. The mechanical keypad lock is also available with a manager override feature and can track access to the key cabinet.

    However, that’s not all; along with every purchase of a TelKee Key Cabinet, you also get to choose from the variety of accessories that will complement the key management system you hope to put in place. These include signature strips, split rings and index cards that have been designed to simplify and keep your business organised. For the entire range of key management accessories, check out the Telkee Accessories. Paired with a key control policy system, you will be able to run a tight ship. For insight into using a key cabinet in a real estate firm would be beneficial, make sure to read one of our former blog posts “Key Control Systems and How they Help Real Estate Management”, as well as setting up a policy for a government office can be found at “Government Office Key Management Policy”.

    Basically, when it comes to establishing a key control and management policy, you need to carry out three essential things;

    • Enforcing/maintaining maximum security of premises with reasonable usability of physical assets
    • Maintaining strict control over office key and lock systems including Master keys & duplicates as well as distribution amongst key authorities/personnel
    • Measures taken to record chain of accountability for key issuance and use/management of lockable key cabinets

    All the above can be carried out by a TelKee Key Cabinet, the only thing you will then need to figure out is how many keys you want to store and also whether you are planning on expanding that number (thus needing more capacity). Telkee can provide expansion panels with key hooks to store up to 550 keys to be fitted into the 686L TelKee Key Cabinet Model.

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