Magnetic Key Cards Advantages

Magnetic Key Cards Advantages


Magnetic key cards are cards with a magnetic strip or stripe that is inserted into a locking device to unlock a certain door or group of doors. Magnetic key cards often look like credit cards in size and shape, along with the magnetic strip at the back side. They are mostly used in situations where different levels of security are needed or where locks or access may need to be changed frequently. Magnetic key cards have become commonplace in the lodging industry. Many other businesses and industries use magnetic key cards to limit access to company buildings or to certain areas within company buildings.

Magnetic key cards provide several benefits over traditional keys.

  1. Security In the hotel industry, magnetic key cards are not marked with room numbers. Traditional hotel keys usually come with a room number engraved on the key or at least attached to a tag on the key. Anyone who gained possession of the key would know the room number and gain access to the room as well. Auditing and tracking of entry and exit thru accesses can also be done through logs done in the system used by the hotel or company.
  2. Limiting Access Magnetic key cards can be used by companies that want to prevent non-employees from entering the premises or that want to restrict admittance to specific areas. Magnetic key cards can be programmed to allow only certain area privileges to individuals.
  3. Cost effectiveness Magnetic key card systems eliminate the need for changing locks and keys when a guest or an employee has taken off with or lost a key. A lock can be reprogrammed to accept only certain magnetic key cards, and refuse the magnetic key card that has been stolen or lost. This also takes less time than having to changing the locks and keys (physical). Magnetic key cards also take away the hassle of having to carry multiple keys if one has numerous locked/restricted accesses or doors. Magnetic key card manufacturers are now also using recycled materials (paper and plastic) for their production of magnetic key cards.
  4. Marketing opportunities

Businesses can print information on the magnetic key cards to promote their brand or advertise services and products. They can also partner with certain businesses to have their products or their respective partners services printed on their key cards and vice versa.