Electronic Hotel Locks - The Tech Behind the KEY!

In Part 2 of the Introduction to Electronic Hotel Locks, the focus is on the technology behind key cards and the physical properties of lock hardware. The aim is to provide an understanding of how electronic hotel locks work to ensure guest safety. The section also covers potential vulnerabilities of key cards and physical locks, sharing real-life stories of attacks to illustrate the importance of maintaining high levels of security in the hotel industry. The section concludes by summarizing the key takeaways from both presentations, with the hope of providing a comprehensive overview for better understanding the technology and security behind electronic hotel locks.

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What is the IAIL? The International Association of Investigative Locksmiths was established to follow the principles of forensic science in lock investigation. It was founded in 1999 by retired Lieutenant James Glazier of the Montgomery County, MD, Police Department and Don Shiles, chief instructor at the U.S. Army 902nd Military Intelligence School in Ft. Meade, MD.

Each member, by their acceptance of membership in the International Association of Investigative Locksmiths, shall subscribe to the following code of ethics:

  • To pursue their professional work in the spirit of fairness to their clients, with fidelity to security in conformance with appropriateness and with high ideals of personal honor.
  • To properly and impartially analyze and examine all material which is entrusted to their custody.
  • To conduct themselves in a dignified manner at all times; to avoid using any improper or questionable methods of soliciting professional work.
  • To refrain from associating themselves with or allowing the use of their name by any enterprise of questionable character, or in any manner countenancing misrepresentation.
  • To cooperate with other investigate locksmiths through the interchange of general information and experience.
  • To cooperate with local law enforcement officials and insurance investigators in all matters relating to the cases that they are working on and to diligently pursue the education of the consumer in relation to their security.
  • To encourage and promote loyalty for the investigative locksmith profession and interest themselves in public welfare, always ready to apply their special knowledge, skill and training to enhance the security of the public.
  • To consistently abide by all applicable licensing and business regulations. All members of IAIL must also follow and abide by the ALOA SPAI code of ethics.

The Certified Forensic Locksmith (CFL) exams have been rewritten and are now available to be taken by qualified personnel. You can hold multiple CFL certificates. What’s available now are CFL-General Forensics, CFL-Safes and Vaults, CFL-Automotive and CFL-Architectural Fire Door Assembly. There are two areas that attorneys look at for: expert witness credentials and certificates.

More is better! Complete your ALOA PRP credentials and start on your CFL credential today. Big news coming up in the next paragraph! Stand by for exciting news about the IAIL Forensics Conference in 2020. Read next month’s page for the exciting details. At our conference last November, we certified five new CFLs in two different categories. There were 23 attendees at the conference, and our forensic tool mark expert thrilled everyone with two days of tool mark examination and terminology. Thank you, Beta, for these exciting classes. That brings the total up to 52 IAIL members who have earned their CFL certificate. All must recertify every three years. I will be at SAFETECH in April in Tulsa, OK, teaching the two-day mandatory class for CFL-Safes and Vaults.

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