Salto KS and Cameramanager: a winning duo
25 June 2018
SALTO Systems, a leading global manufacturer of electronic access control solutions, launched KSconnect – an integration platform powered by SALTO’s KS Keys as a Service cloud-based access control – at IFSEC in London. The first KSconnect integration – with Eagle EyeCameramanager – offers SALTO KS end users a powerhouse security solution of access and video anywhere, anytime.
“One of the greatest things about the cloud is the ability to collaborate and when we developed our SALTO KS Keys as a Service cloud-based access control product, we prepared it to be integrated with many different cloud environments,” says Marc Handels. “We are excited about our first SALTO KS KSconnect integration with Panasonic Cameramanager video surveillance".
SALTO KS, with more than 2,000 systems, offers an innovative cloud-based access control solution, which is especially embraced for retail, co-working spaces and Rental properties with vastly better functionality and performance than is possible with a traditional solution.
Knowing that cloud-based access control like SALTO KS is often just one part of an effective security solution, SALTO developed KSconnect. SALTO KSconnect allows for SALTO KS cloud-based access control to be integrated with other security applications – like video surveillance – for a more comprehensive solution.
The first integration is a partnership with Panasonic Cameramanager, a cloud-based video management product from one of the leading names in video surveillance. Cameramanager is the ideal video surveillance solution for small to medium-sized businesses, such as stores, hairdressers, cafes, and many more. Cameramanager users can view and manage cameras anywhere and anytime with the ability to watch stored HD footage via computer, smartphone, or tablet.
And thanks to the integration with Salto KS, you will be able to manage your doors, locks, security credentials and video surveillance from one single account.
Peterson Standard vs Slender Picks
06 June 2018
Thin or Thick: why choose slender or standard Peterson picks
Customer is locked out, you approach the lock but you can’t fit your pick into the keyway or you find really hard to manoeuvre the pins inside the lock. Good chances are you are attacking a lock with a narrow “paracentric” keyway.
To solve this issue, most manufacturers have come up with different widths for their picks. This gives you more options when choosing your picks but, on the other hand, can make it harder to choose the set that is right for you and the locks you normally find in your job.
Three widths to pick them all
As you can see in the picture below, Peterson picks come in three different widths.
A different width means a different degree of flexibility and stress resistance and, as you can already guess, different pros and cons. To find out more about the benefits of each width, watch our short explainer video here:
To sum up
Which Peterson picks should I get?
If you work on locks with a standard keyway, you should get a “standard” 0.025” picks (click here to see the range) that will still be very useful in most locks and will generally last longer than a thinner pick.
If you are already finding a lot of locks with narrow keyways in your area or you want to be ready for any lock you may encounter, then you should definitely add a selection of slimmer picks to your sets. Although thinner and so a bit more prone to breaking than a standard 0.025” pick, Peterson Government Steel guarantees an excellent resistance and durability so that you won’t need to change them every month.
If you are heavy handed on the lock, then the new line of 0.018” slender picks (click here to see the range) is a good compromise that should perfectly suit your style of picking. They are quite thin so to give you enough room to work on the pins while offering a greater level of resistance to stress and tension of lock picking than the slimmer 0.015” picks (click here to see the pick sets).
InstaCode Subscription vs InstaCode Live: how to choose the best solution for your business?
InstaCode Subscription or InstaCode Live? What are the differences? Which one should I get? If those are the questions that keep you awake or you simply want to know more about this fantastic key data software, keep reading this blog post as we are going to analyse what features and benefits they share, what sets them apart and help you decide which is the best solution for you and your business.
Firstly, InstaCode 1-year Subscription and InstaCode Live are two “variants” of the same data software for key cutting machines with one main difference: InstaCode Subscription consists in a subscription (the clue is in the name) to a software that you install onto a pc or laptop and you can then run offline. InstaCode Live is a licence that gives you access to an online service from a device of your choice (the browser of your pc, the smartphone app you name it etc.).
Before talking about their differences though, let's take a look at what features and benefits they have in common.
Main common features:
Single vs Multi:
The first big difference between the two variants is the platforms and devices that they work on. You can run InstaCode Subscription only on a Windows pc or laptop thus being a good option if you have a shop or don't plan to use it on the go that often. You also won't need to chase wifi signal around the shop or worry about the internet going down right when you need to access your software as it runs offline once you have activated it.
InstaCode Live gives you much more flexibility because you can run it on and access the online service from multiple platforms (Windows, IOS, Android) and devices (pc, laptop, tablet, smartphone etc.). This means, for example, that you can download the InstaCode app to your phone and easily access codes even from a van or the side of the road. A very welcome addition especially if you are a mobile or an auto locksmith.
The only downside is that it requires an internet connection at all time so you may lose access to the service if you are in an area with poor internet connection.
Here things start to get really interesting as the pricing structure is one of the most important differences between InstaCode and InstaCode Live.
Whereas the only option available for Instacode Subscription is a one-off yearly payment, InstaCode Live comes in various plans as you can see from the table below:
This might be a very attractive feature if, for example, you only focus on domestic services or if you are an auto locksmith who only needs automotive codes and information. You can choose a plan tailored to your needs, so you don't subscribe to (and waste money on) features that aren't relevant to your business and you will never use.
To sum things up here is a table providing a brief comparison of the two options:
If you still have some questions, please call us on 0131 555 0909 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW Silca T80+ Chip
11 May 2018
The New Silca T80+ Wedge Chip is now available to youNOW IN STOCK AND READY TO ORDER [updated 01/06/2018]
The Silca T80+ transponder chip is the unique solution for cloning transponders for many Ford®, Toyota®, Hyundai® and Kia® models worldwide. The Silca T80+ solution also pre-codes 80-bit transponders for Subaru® vehicles and gets them ready for programming with your key programming device such as Abrites AVDI, Advanced Diagnostics etc. Carbon chip will fit entire range of Silca keys, Silca original remotes and Xhorse remotes.
Cloning: Toyota, Ford, Kia, Hyundai
Programming: Toyota, Ford, Kia, Hyundai and Subaru
Click here to order your chip
Verify Your Mr Li's Original Tool
09 April 2018
Mr Li's Original Tools Verification is Here
Mr Li has implemented a new verification system that will guarantee that you are getting tools that offer only the highest level of quality and design. This system consists of a very special sticker attached to the back of each tool featuring a verification code.
Verifying your tools is the only way to ensure that you are getting TRUE Mr Li's Original Tools quality and that your tools will allow you to easily pick and decode the most popular vehicle locks on the market.
About the Verification Label
The label on the back of your tools includes four different ways to verify you have purchased a Mr Li's Original Tool:
How it Works
Verifying your tools is easy. All you have to do is:
All our MR Li's Original Tools are come with the new verification label to offer you best tools on the market so that can confidently take on any job. Click here to check out the full range.
Xhorse Condor Mini: How to Cut HU16T key blanks
17 April 2018
Discover how to use the Xhorse Condor Mini to cut HU162T key blanks for new VAG locks
Update your Xhorse Condor Mini to version V5.03 and follow our step-by-step guide to cut keys for new VAG locks:
ID48 Cloning For VVDI2 Is Here.
21 March 2018
Introducing the ID48 transponder cloning Software for your Xhorse VVDI2
We are excited to introduce the new ID48 cloning solutions for your Xhorse VVDI2 that will allow you to clone transponder chips for some of the most popular makes and models on the market.
The ID48 (96bit) Online Cloning software licence allows you to snoop the vehicle data from the ignition switch and calculate online
Makes and models supported (for guidance only): All car types with ID48 transponder chips.
With the ID48 Offline Cloning software licence, you can clone ID48 transponder chips just by connecting your device to the OBDII port of the vehicle.
Makes and models supported (for guidance only): Any model where you can read the CS/PIN from ECU (majority of JCI new type dashboards 2016-EOS; Volkswagen Scirocco; Audi Q3; Tiguan keyless go system; some 24C64, 24C32 dashboards etc.)
To use the ID48 cloning function, you also need the Xhorse Id48 transponder chip.
New lease plans available to you
15 February 2018
Boost your business with new equipment
We are really happy to introduce new lease plans on our range of key cutting machines that will help you get hold of the equipment you need to grow your business.
What are the advantages of a lease plan?
Additionally, our leasing plans offer:
Interested in leasing a new key machine? Check our range of key cutting machines to find out more about the lease options available to you. Alternatively, send an email to email@example.com or call us on 0131 555 0909 to discuss with our dedicated team of experts.
*Please note: All leasing options are subject to approval.
How to set up your Salto KS System - part one
07 February 2018
How to register your Salto KS IQ Unit, Doors and Tags
In a three-part blog post series, we will cover the basics of setting up your Salto KS system. This first part covers how to register your Salto KS account, activate an IQ unit, add doors and tags to your system.
Step 1 Register your account
Step 2 Activate an IQ unit
Step 2 Add a door to your account
Step 3 Connect the new door to an IQ unit
Step 4 Register one or more Salto KS tags to your account
When you receive your tags for the first time or when you receive new tags you have to register them to your system.
ERA 3-star Fortress keys cut by code
01 February 2018
New ERA 3-star Fortress keys cut to the trade
As we keep expanding the range of keys available to the trade, we can now cut the new ERA 3-star Fortress keys by code using genuine key blanks.
Get in touch with us and you will be able to offer your customers keys for one of the most popular cylinders on the market without stocking any key blank.
To send your enquiry, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0131 555 0909. Our experienced sales team will be happy to help you.