Pennsylvania transit authority deploys KeyWatcher

Morse Watchmans solution tracks, communicates status of keys

Also keeping track of the keys at SEPTA is Morse Watchmans' KeyPro Performance Software, a user-friendly PC application that delivers real-time polling transactions, status, alarm and reporting capabilities for the KeyWatcher system. Activity reports can be customized to trace key movements by time, date and user code or biometric access data. The software enables the KeyWatcher system to be accessed and programmed conveniently and remotely via an IP connection. Priority email alerts can be sent to keep management informed of the whereabouts of high-security keys or if they have been accessed at odd hours. Management at SEPTA also uses the software to perform administrative functions such as accessing and programming the KeyWatcher system.

As a government agency, SEPTA's procurements are subject to competitive bidding, and Morse Watchmans submitted the winning bid in 1997 and again in 2008. SEPTA has 15 Key Watcher cabinets installed at its various facilities, including 10 cabinets in bus garages, two in maintenance shops, two in the money-counting facility and one in the operations control center. Around the clock, every day of the year, the system completes approximately 480 access/return transactions on an average weekday and about 100 over a weekend. About 100 users have access to the keys. The key cabinets range in size from 16-key capacity to 48-key capacity cabinets, and two of them include custom-designed lockers for securing bullet keys.

"KeyWatcher provides SEPTA with excellent value for the price," said Mr. Ruhl. "The KeyWatcher product is easy to use, reliable and durable, and requires minimal maintenance."

Upgrades are provided as requested by SEPTA, and Morse Watchmans is quick to respond to special needs such as the custom-modified locker for securing the bullet keys. The system has been so successful in addressing vulnerability and exposure to theft that all SEPTA keys are now secured in KeyWatcher cabinets.

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