A key blank (sometimes spelled keyblank) is a key that has not been cut to a specific bitting. The blank has a specific cross-sectional profile to match the keyway in a corresponding lock cylinder. Key blanks can be stamped with a manufacturer name, end-user logo or with a phrase, the most commonly seen being ‘Do not duplicate’. Blanks are typically stocked by locksmiths for duplicating keys. The profile of the key bow, or the large, flat end, is often characteristic of an individual manufacturer.
Despite common belief, keys stamped with “Do not duplicate” or “It is unlawful to duplicate this key” are, with few exceptions, perfectly legal to duplicate. Some key blank manufacturers strictly restrict the sale of their own blanks. Some blanks are made only in small volumes and are not widely available.
The State of California prohibits locksmiths from copying keys marked “Do Not Duplicate” or “Unlawful to Duplicate”, provided the key originator’s company name and telephone number are included on the key.
Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA), an internationally recognized association for locksmiths, considers such stamps to be ineffective at providing security for full article follow the link here
On the other hand, a key fob is a small handheld remote control device that controls a remote keyless entry system. When you press the button on your keys and hear the comforting chirp of your car’s unlocking mechanism, you can thank the humble but mighty key fob. But there’s a lot more to key fob technology than you might realize.
Key fobs are the perfect example of a technology that many people use constantly but don’t give much thought to. These tiny handheld devices have been revolutionary for the development of remote keyless entry systems, automotive and otherwise, and all it takes is a few minutes of losing yours to realize how important key fobs are for many people’s lifestyles.
What is a key fob? In today’s TechTalk article, we’ll look more deeply into that question, and we’ll talk about the many aspects of key fobs you might not have been aware of. We’ll also discuss why key fob cases are an important part of an RFID key fob system and how to choose the right one when you’re building a device or secure access system that requires a handheld remote control. Find out more here at FOB Toronto