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June 28, 2008

Electronic Security Products - Should We? or Shant We?

Every so often, I am asked to recommend electronic locking products. Having been in the physical security industry over 25 years and worked in multiple continents, I have seen many and varied applications.

The electronic components in security products started way back in the early 20th century when the first electric strike was installed in an upmarket New York apartment complex.

Up until that time, multi-level apartment complexes required doormen and an escorted elevator trip. The advantage that the electric strike presented was the ability to enjoy a secure entrance unmanned 24 hours a day and 7 days a week at a significantly reduced cost.

Most electronic hardwired systems available today are required to be "fail-safe". This means that if the power fails or is interrupted, the device is un-secure. Many product manufacturers started putting in battery back-ups in their products to assist with security necessities.

The advent of wireless systems actually negates the fail-safe mentality until the battery runs out.....but even still many products have an in-built lithium polymer long life battery, to provide just enough power until the main source batteries can be recharged or replaced.

Technology is advancing rapidly and products are slowly becoming better quality and experiencing longer lives, however I still feel it necessary to recommend to my clients to maintain that mechanical back-up "just in case".

This is expressly why the locksmith industry will continue to exist, much to the negatives of some.

Locksmiths, for over 2 centuries have been designing, maintaining and creating systems and products designed to protect the assets of the marketplace. Locksmiths will continue to do so for the next 200 years, I'm sure.

When asked "Should We?".....my first answer is based on determining the true benefits. But I always will recommend a mechanical backup.

The true benefits could be, no more keys to worry about (what about the proximity card - doesnt this just take the place of a key?), the ability to perform audit trails (on sophisticated systems), combination entry (negates the need for a key, but requires a code to be remembered - this could lead to codes being shared - leading to a major security issue).

One of the best advances today is the advent of Bio-metric systems. Finger print identification systems can negate the need for a key or the need to remember a combination (you cannot lend your finger to someone else - can you?).

The marketplace should also remember that electronic security products are still expensive and not as generally reliable as mechanical security products. Locksmiths can provide restricted key control systems that enable end users to control who has keys to their properties. This is one of the least expensive and most secure methods for protecting assets, often without the need to replace costly hardware.

June 25, 2008

Chamberlain Garage Door Controls

Chamberlain, well known as one of the leading garage door operating systems manufacturers ahve recently released this wonderful new product competing with the Master version we published previously.

This Biometric Fingerprint activated wireless entry device is designed to work with most existing Chamberlain Automatic Openers.

Chamberlain's 942FP Fingerprint Keyless Entry makes home access even more effortless - no codes, no lost keys, ad nothing extra to carry. It uses fingerprint sensor technology to make access to your garage quick, safe, and secure.
  • Wireless, battery-operated (includes four AAA batteries)
  • Equipped with Security+ rolling code technology; Entry pad transmits a new code with every use
  • Reads up to 10 unique fingerprints so only the 10 registered users can gain access to your garage
  • Weatherproof slide-up protective cover

June 21, 2008

Panasonic BM-ET200 Iris Recognition Interface

Panasonic recently released this new product designed at the access control market.

The BM-ET200 offers more accurate, faster, non-contact entry/exit control utilizing biometric technology for iris recognition. The system can be used to check IDs in a variety of applications, including airports and entry/exit control for many types of industries. Simple and easy to configure, the BM-ET200 has recognition results in 0.3 seconds.

Detection of eyes: Automatic
Recognition Time: 0.3 seconds (minimum)
Voice Guidance: Yes (14-language)
Maximum Registration Stand Alone Mode: 50 Users
Data (per camera) Network Mode: 5025 users
Maximum Registration Data (per system): 10,025 users (4 cameras)
Power: 12V DC or 24 V DC
Dimensions (HxWxD): 7.5"x8"x3.0625"
Weight: 1.98 pounds

Fast, high-speed capture engine
Distance Guide Indicator
Three Settings for Voice Guidance
Tamper Detection
25 User License Included
Access Log Can be Searched by Time


June 19, 2008

What Does It Cost To Get Locks Changed?

Many enquiries that locksmiths receive, are about the cost to change locks.

Often, clients are meaning to inquire as to just changing the combinations of their existing locks, so they can maintain the same hardware on their doors.

Or when the keys to their house, office or automobile have been misplaced, stolen or even copied unknowingly (suspected), the have the need to re-code their locks.
Also many new home buyers or new tenants want to make sure that previous residents of their property can no longer gain entry.

Locksmiths across the country vary greatly in their fees. There are accepted industry averages published in locksmith publications like The National Locksmith magazine and the Locksmith Ledger magazine annually, but the going rate can vary from around $5.00 per keyhole to as much as $20.00 per keyhole for residential or commercial door locks and from $10.00 to $35.00 for automobile locks. Often this does not include labor for the removal and refitting of locks.

Master-keying is another charge that most locksmiths charge slightly higher fees for. Often, specialist products like Medeco or Multlock or Primus or Best or Assa or Abloy or Bilock products can incur significantly increased fees due to the higher cost for the pin or disc tumblers.

Locks210.com charges a standard fee of $10.00 per keyhole to re-key a standard residential or commercial door cylinder not including labor for removal and refitting. Master-keying is $15.00 per keyhole.

We can offer automobile re-keying services but prices are subject to application. There are many and varying brands and manufacturers of automobile lock cylinders, requiring multiple different keying kits. Stocking all possible kits to service all makes and models of foreign and domestic vehicles requires significant amounts of warehousing that directly impacts costs.

If the products are brought to us, we charge the same fees without labor of course.

Most locksmiths will provide the first 2 keys at no charge. For residential or commercial doors (not automotive) we provide the first 3 keys.

For an obligation free estimate contact us today on (314)266-1533.

June 16, 2008

Wireless Peronal Luggage Alarm

This wireless set comes with both a transmitter that you can attach to your luggage or purse as well as a wireless receiver. If the wireless receiver and transmitter get more than 5 meters away, the receiver will automatically being to beep to draw your attention, and all you have to do is push the alarm button and the transmitter will emit a loud alarm to tell you where it is or who has it. This set also features a useful anti pick pocket function, sending off a loud alarm if someone is unzipping your bag, as well as a vibration function letting you know if someone is tampering with your belongings. A great low priced, multi-functioning travelers accessory.

Manufacturer Specifications:

  • Wireless Alarm Transmitter + Wireless Alarm Receiver
  • Three Selectable Function Modes
    • Anti-Lost/ Pick Pocket Mode: Any Time Wireless Transmitter is 3~5 Meters from Wireless Receiver, Receiver will Beep.
    • Vibration Mode: If Mode is selected, when the Wireless Transmitter is Vibrated, Transmitter Will Alarm and Receiver Will Beep
    • Magnetic Mode: If Mode is selected, when Magnet Attached To Wireless Transmitter and A Zipper are Separated, Transmitter Will Alarm and Receiver Will Beep
  • One Touch Button for Any Time Alarm/ Finding Items
  • One Touch Buttons for Functions On/Off
  • Remote Control Distance: Aprox 7~9 Meters
  • Alarm Sound Output: 90dB
  • Power Source: Transmitter- x2 CR2032 Batteries, Receiver- x1 CR2032 Battery
  • Dimension: Transmitter- 60x35x20mm, Receiver-50x32x19mm (LxWxD)
  • Manufacturer Ref.: Z4EFGDZMXY97

Other Features:

  • Easy Use Keychain Design


  • Manual
  • Magnet Sensor
  • Magnet

June 5, 2008

Air Vent Safe

Most safes make it pretty obvious that your valuables are inside, usually due to the combination lock or keypad on the outside. You can hide stuff under your matress or behind various other things that a thief would want to steal, but that’s pretty unorganized. What if you could hide your valuables inside of something that’s so common, that it’s completely out of sight? How about an air vent? To install it, just cut out a section of drywall, and put in the compartment fastening it with screws. It opens with a mechanism that is hidden in the grill and no one will see your stuff thanks to a black divider. It will cost you $259.95, but you have to admit, it’s the best hiding spot.

June 4, 2008

BioAxxis Fingerprint Door Lock Named Best by Good Housekeeping Research Institute

Syracuse, NY (June 3, 2008) –The Good Housekeeping Research Institute has tested and evaluated the BioAxxis® BD1, biometric deadbolt and the Institute has rated it the best compared to the others on the market. A revolutionary new lock from BioAxxis Development Corporation uses your fingerprint instead of a key, forever eliminating the need to fumble in pockets or purses and improving home security and safety. The lock, called the BD1 for Biometric Deadbolt, has been featured on CNBC and received the top honor for design and engineering at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2007.

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute just tested a few of these new locks to see if they're worth the money.

"Fingerprint-scanning technology is showing up in a lot of consumer products nowadays. You see it on laptops and printers, and more recently on front door openers and garage door openers," said Stacy Genovese, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute's Engineering Director.

After careful testing the Good Housekeeping Research Institute concluded the BioAxxis® BD1 the most reliable biometric lock. Genovese states, “The BioAxxis lock held up to all our testing and proved to be best door lock we tested.” The institute tested the lock in a variety of ways.

"We had many people register as users so they could open the doors, and then tested it on lots of other people that weren't registered to make sure it wouldn't let them in. We also tested it in a rain tester and in a humidity chamber set at 30 degrees so you could get in the winter," Genovese said

Locks210.com is an authorised dealer of Bioaxxis products. For an obligation free appraisal or demonstration, contact us on (314)266-1533.

June 3, 2008


The Wordlock® family of combination locks are the first combination locks that allows consumers to set their combination using words NOT numbers. These products are the next generation in personal security. Words are easy to remember, numbers are easy to forget and Wordlock® products are unforgettable.

All Wordlock® products are designed with the consumer in mind. Each product allows you to reset the combination to a word or a phrase that has meaning to you and is easier to remember. Resetting the combination is so simple you can change it anytime you want and as often as you like.
Easy to Set • Never Forget™

Wordlock® was chosen by the US Patent office and QVC as one of the top new inventions of the year. These award winning products have been shown on Regis and Kelly, Home and Garden TV, ABC news.

Our family of products currently includes Padlocks(great for lockers, toolboxes, etc.) Bike locks and TSA recognized luggage locks to keep you secure at home and while you travel.

Do you have an old numbered combination lock in your house ? Can you even remember the combination ?
Its time to replace them all with Wordlock® products.


Logitec WiLife CCTV Security System

The WiLife system consists of indoor and outdoor cameras as well as a variety of night-vision accessories that easily connect to a PC via USB.

How It Works
The system begins working as soon as it is plugged in, all the cameras installed and installed the newest version of the software, WiLife Command Center 2.5 on a PC.

The quality of the recordings is surprisingly good.

You can access those cameras for free over the Internet, even via cellphone, and the system can alert you via e-mail if anything moves. Remarkable. Any prowlers wanting to help themselves would have VGA-quality color movies (no sound) of them in the act. Just the mere presence of such cameras, with their highly visible red and green lights (which can be easily turned off), serves as a strong deterrent.

Platinum Edition
This WiLife system newest software, the Platinum Edition add-on, costs $79.95 per year. It lets you electronically pan and zoom all the cameras and, most importantly, store footage online. That makes tons of sense, because if someone is robbing your house, the computer with all the WiLife footage will probably be one of the first things stolen.

The downside? It's not perfect. The system is geared toward recording footage, so live viewing of all the cameras isn't as smooth as it could be. Also, while the cameras all have good low-light performance, they require an optional infrared lighting system and special lens to actually see faces at night. Keep in mind, too, that you’ll need a powerful PC to handle multiple cameras and recordings.

Costing is around $1,100 to set up a complete system with five cameras. A starter kit with one camera is $260, and each additional camera is around $215.


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Danny was very professional and friendly at the same time. He not only gave me the quote and fixed the exterior door and explained his work. He was prompt and upfront about the work and did the work. He came in time took care of it on the same day. (Sasheethn K St Louis MO) June 2018d out problems but assured not urgent. Please feel free to have Danny pass out my number for my total experience review 314-351-5553

Charlie M. (St Louis, MO) November 2015

Danny was pleasure to meet and was very knowledgable. He explained several lock replacement options but I decided none of them were a good fit for a storm door, however, I did replace a lock on my entry door with a type of lock I had never seen before. I would highly recommend this company.
Patricia J (Bridgeton, MO) March 2014
They were prompt and showed up when he said he would show up. He knew his stuff. I had ordered new handles and he was honest enough to say that we don't need them that he can fix the doors and he did. Made me lock and unlock my doors to his satisfaction so that I knew what to do. Am very, very pleased with the service and cost.
Joyce K (Glencoe, MO) May 2015

Showed up on time for appointment. Was very knowledgeable about the project and offered a solution beyond what I asked to be done.
Stephen G (Chesterfield, MO) May 2015

Daniel was right on time, assessed the problems I had with two doors, made the repairs, and explained what caused the problems to begin with .... He is a "door expert" and a true professional. I highly recommend him.

Vince V (St. Louis MO) May, 2015

Danny was fabulous! He went over my concerns and he provided me with more than a fair quote. He was there when he said he was going to be there. I would highly recommend Danny. Cheers!
Denise S (Imperial, MO) May 8, 2014

Hired Danny to re-key locks on "new" house purchase. He advised to replace with new deadbolts & door knobs on 3 entry doors instead which I agreed with. All doors have 1 matching key & the safety of excellent quality product & workmanship. He also added new strike plate to door frame to complete project.. I recommend as your 1st & only call to a Locksmith.

Denise F (St. Louis, MO) April 3, 2014

Danny was very helpful in solving a pretty complex problem involving many lock.
Scott C (Eureka, MO) March 27, 2014

Needed patio door track to run smoothly. Arrived early, fixed door and explained what he was doing during repair. Quick and easy. Door works great, my wife will now speak to me, and I've become a better dancer.

Mike W. (Arnold/Oakville MO) July 2013

The owner spent a longtime with me on the phone helping diagnosis the problem. He was on-time, friendly and helped resolve my issue. I will definitely use him again!

Chris C (Lake St Louis, MO) July 2013

I had a very pleasant experience with Master Key Systems. They came out, did the job (which took longer than expected) and they did not change the price they quoted me. Now, I am not certain that it was a great value for the money because I don't have a comparison, but they did what they said, when they said, for the price they said. Enough said!!!

Antonio B (Saint Louis, Missouri) March 2013

Professional.. Upfront about charges. Fixed the sticky door within 20 minutes. I will recommend Master Key for exterior door issues.
Muthu R (Ballwin, MO) July 2012

Danny was a master craftsman, knowledgable and professional. I will be calling on him again in the future as well as passing on his services to friends and family.

Marsha L (Saint Louis, MO) July 2012

Danny was excellent! I called him on a Monday to fix a sliding glass door. He happened to have the exact part we needed (and it was not an easy find - we had looked everywhere) and he came over Tuesday evening. He stayed until 8:00 until the job was done, and cleaned up afterwards. He was courteous, professional, and efficient! I could not be happier!

Rachel P Maryland Heights, MO (July 2012)

He did an excellent job. Got there on time and quickly solved the issue. Was very pleasant and explained the situation and how to keep the door from sticking in the future. Would definitely use Master Key LLC again!

Neil F. (Saint Louis, MO) April 2012

Danny was very friendly and knowledgeable, although his apprentice seemed to do most of the work, Danny kept an eye on him to make sure it was done right. He had very reasonable pricing for re-keying.
Greg D (St Louis, MO) October 2011

He was extrememly fabulous and helpful and did a wonderful job. He was very professional.
Shannon M. (Arnold, MO) October 2011

Growing up spending so much of my time in Italy, the uniqueness of the Nova Classico left quite an impression on me. To be able to have and enjoy them in my own home here in the states is a nostalgic indulgence I'm enjoying beyond words. Thank you Danny for coordinating this transaction.

Joseph M (Chicago, IL) September 2011

great job. hired on the spot and he did job right then at great price

Ron B (Arnold, MO) July 2011

I searched the internet and found your services. I received three phone calls within several days. A service call was scheduled. Two gentlemen arrived promptly, analyzed the problem and fixed it.
James & Florenc M Saint Louis, MO July 2011

The repairman was on time and did an excellent job of fixing a very stubborn door lock. He was persistent and cleaned up the work area afterwards. I would use this service again.

Brenda F (Saint Peters, MO) June 2011

Danny at Master Key Systems has succeeded in making the purchasing of our Meroni door locks, from Italy, an absolute breeze. Even though I live in Australia with a 16hr time difference and was ordering door knobs from Italy that weren't in stock, the whole process was faultless. Danny was prompt and efficient with all his emails and made sure we had covered every possible variable so that the product I received was exactly as required. I would have no hesitation in recommending Danny for your next purchase.
Patrick Carr (Canberra, Australia)

Your product really helped because I needed to secure a nurse's station adjacent to a waiting room and needed a pocket door. Unfortunately, no real options were available to lock a pocket door effectively that would keep me compliant with HIPAA and secure an area that stores medical supplies. This was vitally important as this particular waiting room was for "waiting detox patients". Thank you very much.
Randall R The Fritz Clinic (Birmingham, Al) March 2011

Danny was very polite and knew what the problem was and how to fix it. He also gave me some information about other issues that could arise with my door and locks. Will hire again if I ever need that type of work done.
Jason M Imperial, MO March 2011

I had an exterior basement door that dragged when opening and closing. The hinges were not fitting properly and the door frame had shifted, probably due to the age of the house.The screwswould not go far enough into the wall without hitting stone...even using a special drill bit. Dan worked a long time drilling and sanding to shore up the door as best as possible. I know it will never be perfect. He could have easily sold me a new door and the same issue would happen. He was honest, thorough, and did an excellent job without charging me a fortune. I'm satisfied with the door now. If you want an honest, experienced man, Then Dan is the man

Roger M Saint Louis, MO March 2011

I purchased the Cowdroy P697 Pocket door lock with key over the internet. I emailed questions before my purchase and was provided with the answers quickly by return email. The purchase was quick and easy and the lock was shipped immediatly. Installation is quick and easy. But you do need to convert millimeters to inches (use the internet) in the installation instructions. And the lock looks great and works great. I will do business with them again. THANK YOU

Ed D (February, 2011)

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This site is to inform about historical and modern approaches to Keys and Physical Security products and services.
Locks210.com, established in 2006, offers residents and businesses of St Louis Locksmith premium quality products and services. As the Premier Bilock Extreme Security Dealer in The Mid-West,
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