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.

Thin or Thick: why choose slender or standard Peterson picks

Peterson picks: slender vs standard

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.

Peterson picks slender vs standard

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

Peterson picks

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:

  • They include cross-referencing for 132+ key blank manufacturers, over 70,000 references, 8000+ key code series and 3 billion+ (yes billions!) key codes.
  • They include Images of key blanks and keyways that display space & depth information, flat widths, angles, measurements, card number and other relevant key cutting information on vehicle and household keys.
  • They both offer a very intuitive interface.
  • Printouts of whole code series (for use in your van).
  • You can search for bittings across a range of code series.
  • They support for the widest range of key machines.
  • They both offer instructional guides for transponders and info on opening vehicles.

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.

Pricing Structure:

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 

The New Silca T80+ Wedge Chip is now available to you 

NOW 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.

For Cloning:

  • You can use the T80+ chips and your RW4 Plus/Fast Copy Plus (free update to version 04.06.91 available to you) with M-Box to clone Toyota, Ford, Hyundai and Kia transponder keys.
  • Toyota: You can clone standalone with no internet connection or snoop device required.
  • Ford, Hyundai, Kia: You can clone online and without a snoop device required.

For Programming:

  • Precode a transponder key with the T80+ chip and the Silca TRP setting and RW4 Plus/Fast Copy Plus. Use the precoded chip to program Ford, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia & Subaru models with your key programming device.

Main Applications:

Cloning: Toyota, Ford, Kia, Hyundai

Programming: Toyota, Ford, Kia, Hyundai and Subaru

Click here to order your chip

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: 

  • A hidden UV number corresponding to the coloured digit on the right side.
  • A randomly coloured QR Code.
  • A scratch coating covering a ten position randomly generated combination of ten letters and numbers.
  • A sequential tool management numbers.

How it Works

Verifying your tools is easy. All you have to do is:

  1. Scratch the coating off the verification code on the bottom of the label affixed to the back of your tool.
  2. Visit and click the Tool Verification link at the top of the page.
  3. Enter the verification code and your email address and confirm that the tool is verified successfully.
  4. Be secure in the knowledge that you own a true Mr Li's Original Tool.

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.

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:

  • Step 1 Select "Cut By Bitting" on the Main Menu and then enter the key reference HU162T-9 or HU162T-10 depending on the cuts of the key you have to cut. For the purpose of this guide, we will be using a 9-cut key blank.

  • Step 2 Tap “Key Decode”, select the key type and then tap (1) "Key Decode" to decode your customer’s key as shown in the below. (2) Alternatively, if you already know the height of the 9 bittings, simply enter them. Follow the on-screen instructions to cut the key.

  • Step 3 After you have successfully cut the horizontal cuts, go back to “Select Key Type” and proceed to decode the three vertical cuts remaining or enter the height of the bittings if you know them. Switch to position D of the M2 Jaw and use a key blank to hold the key you are cutting in position as shown in the images below. Follow the on-screen instructions to cut the key.

Click here to see the Xhorse Condor Mini in action

Introducing the ID48 transponder cloning Software for your Xhorse VVDI2

ID48 cloning for 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. 

  • ID48 (96bit) Online Cloning

The ID48 (96bit) Online Cloning software licence allows you to snoop the vehicle data from the ignition switch and calculate online


  • You can add spare keys with no quantity limits.
  • You need an Xhorse VVDI2 ID48 Data Collector (sold separately) to snoop vehicle data from the ignition switch.
  • Token-based: To clone a transponder chip you need one XHORSE Token for Cloning ID48 or 100 Bonus Points (1 token=100 bonus points).
  • When you buy this software licence, you will get 1500 bonus points = 15 tokens.

Makes and models supported (for guidance only): All car types with ID48 transponder chips.

  • ID48 Offline Cloning

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. 


  • Supports "all keys lost" situations
  • Supports keyless go systems
  • No soldering required
  • No tokens required

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.)

  • Xhorse ID48 Transponder Chip

To use the ID48 cloning function, you also need the Xhorse Id48 transponder chip.

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?

  • Manage your cash flow. You can spread the payment of your new machine out over several years, saving the burden of one-time payment. This will financially help you because it won't leave your business with a tight cash flow.
  • Great key machines are affordable. Because you can spread the payment, you can also invest in good quality equipment which might look too expensive or unaffordable otherwise.
  • Immediate access to the equipment your business needs. Because of cash flow constraints, you can fall behind your competitors if you keep putting off that much-needed investment. Leasing a machine means that you don't have to wait for savings to pay it upfront. Your new key machine can be in your shop or van and generate profit within days. 
  • An investment that pays for itself. With a shiny new machine in your shop or van ready to cut keys, you will say yes more often to your customers and increase your business. Ultimately, you will be able to repay your leasing with money generated by your new equipment.
  • Suitable for new, growing, or established businesses. Leasing a key machine can be a viable option to get the equipment you need to kick-start your locksmith or key cutting business.


Additionally, our leasing plans offer:

  • No hefty deposit or down payment.
  • Fixed rates for the length of the agreement.
  • Major tax advantages as every payment is 100% allowable against tax.

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 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 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 systemThis 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

  • Go to
  • Choose an email address and password to sign up.
  • You will get a confirmation email. Click on the link and fill in the extra information required. 
  • Click the "FINISH" button.
  • You can now log in to your account using your email address and password.

Step 2  Activate an IQ unit

  • Go to your Account menu and click “Hardware/IQs” on the left-hand side to activate an IQ unit. 
  • Click the IQ button and assign a name to identify your IQ unit and click the blue checkmark.
  • Find the activation code that you can find on the back of the IQ unit.
  • Enter the activation code and click the checkmark.
  • Your IQ unit is now active.

Step 2  Add a door to your account

  • Access your Account menu and click “Hardware/Doors” on the left-hand side to create a Salto KS Cloud Access Door.
  • Click the DOOR button and assign a name to identify your new door.
  • Click on the blue checkmark.
  • The new door will appear in your account but won’t be linked to your IQ unit yet.

Step 3  Connect the new door to an IQ unit

  • Go to System on the left-hand side of your Account Menu where you will find all the elements associated with your account.
  • Click the "EDIT" button.
  • Select the name of the IQ unit you want to assign the door to from the drop-down menu and click "MOVE".
  • The door is now assigned to the IQ you have chosen. Click "SAVE" to continue with the configuration.
  • Go to the door, present the maintenance card, follow the on-screen instructions and click "CHECK CONFIGURATION" when you are ready.
  • Your door is now connected to your IQ unit and configured.
  • You may also want to check your new door is working. In order to do so, go to the door and test it by presenting a tag. If no tag is registered to your system please go to step 4 of this guide and then test the door.

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.

  • Go to the Tags section on the left-hand side of your Account menu.
  • Click the "ADD TAG" button.
  • From the drop-down menu select the door you want to use to add the new tag(s) and click START.
  • A 2-minute countdown will appear. Go to the door and present the tag. As the tag is read by the door, its details will appear in your account.
  • Click STOP to stop the countdown when you are finished registering the tag(s).
  • All the tags registered for the door selected will appear in your account.

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 or call us on 0131 555 0909. Our experienced sales team will be happy to help you.