Types of Keys used in hotels for effective Key control
The hotelguestroom key is normally issued to open only one room for which it was intended, viz. individualized key for each lock. If the guest room lock is in shut-out mode the guest room key can neither open it nor lock from outside of the room.
Below are few types of key configurations used in hotels:
A master key is designed to open a set of several locks. These locks also have keys which are specific to each one (the change key) and cannot open any of the others in the set. Locks which have master keys have a second set of the mechanism used to open them which is identical to all of the others in the set of locks.
For example, master keyed pin tumbler locks will have two shear points at each pin position, one for the change key and one for the master key.
The emergency key opens all guestroom doors, even when they are double locked. It can be used, for example, to enter a room when the guest needs help and is unable to reach or open the door. The emergency key should be highly protected and its use strictly controlled and recorded; it should never leave the property.
One procedure for emergency keys is to have them locked in a safe or safe deposit box and signed out by the individual needing one. The log should be dated and signed by the individual taking the key.
Floor Supervisors Master Key :
Key operates all sections on the floor/ floors supervised by the particular supervisor.