International Gulf Trading Company (IGTC)-Chubb Fire Qatar – the country’s leading supplier of fire safety equipment and security solutions – has further expanded its portfolio of world-class security product offerings by introducing Traka’s key management system to the Qatari market. With traditional key custodians often faced with management and tracking challenges of conventional keys, Traka’s intelligent, electronic key management systems provide full control, monitoring and recording functions in the use of keys for any physical asset such as buildings, facilities, equipment and even vehicles.
“Security solutions include the proper management of keys to vital assets of a company,” said Mr. Rami Batrawi, General Manager of IGTC-Chubb Fire Qatar. “Improper management of such keys, either due complicated management procedures, negligence or criminal intent may lead to costly business losses and unwanted security breaches. “Under conventional setups, keys are usually kept behind a security desk where staff will issue them, make notes and collect signatures – many of which are quite illegible,” Batrawi explained. “And in less security minded complexes, keys are simply kept in a manager’s cupboard, left hanging on hooks or locked in a desk drawer.
“With Traka’s key management system, all these will become obsolete and businesses will be better secured and protected from any unwanted security risks and breaches which may then cause much bigger damage like theft, tampering or even fire,” Batrawi further explained. “We are confident that IGTC-Chubb Fire Qatar’s offering of the Traka key management system will help secure business establishments and spare them from such problems.”
Under Traka’s system, keys or keysets are permanently attached using a tamper proof security seal to a metal iFob. The iFob is an extremely strong nickel plated brass cylinder, which contains an electronic chip, giving it a unique identity. Thus, the keys are effectively electronically tagged. The iFob, with keys attached, locks into a receptor strip within the key cabinet until released by an authorised user. Once the appropriate user profiles and key details have been entered into the software, Traka ensures that only authorised staff is allowed access to the key cabinet - and only then, to designated keys. The system automatically records when a key is used and by whom on a central database. This information is available via the cabinet's data display or on an administrators PC.
Employees request access to the key cabinet can be made by using a PIN code, magnetic ID card, proximity token or by biometrics fingerprint recognition. If the request is valid, the cabinet door will open, and the keys permitted for use by that user will be illuminated. By pressing the release button next to a permitted key, it will be released and the transaction written to system memory - who, which key and, at what time. To return the key, the holder must again secure admission to the cabinet and then replace the iFob in its designated position. If this is not done, the system will prompt the user to move the iFob to its correct position. All information is again logged - and if any key is returned by a user who is different to the person who took it, it is immediately flagged-up as a warning.
Multiple key management cabinets can also be controlled from the same administrators PC. This enables companies to have several cabinets in one building, or many cabinets networked together from a number of remote sites. Knowing who has a key at any instant in time can be easily checked using the real time Traka32 software or by simply going to the cabinet and enquiring at the on-line data display.