Corps Monitoring Launches KeySafe integrated key holding solution

Corps Monitoring launches KeySafe – an integrated key holding solution

Corps KeySafe, the latest innovation from Corps Monitoring, combines the sophistication of a Sentrikey safe with the convenience of a nationwide network of accredited service partners to ensure quick site access, all managed by Corps’ state-of-the-art remote monitoring centre in Glasgow.

Corps Key Safe provides organisations with a C1-rated key safe, the highest-level security rating internationally which is used by numerous high street banks to secure their branches. Access to the key safe is by smartphone app, or by entering a one-day passcode. It provides valuable data such as a full audit trail of who has been granted access, when, and how long they stayed on site helping the organisation to understand their estate and understand problem areas.

For organisations needing a rapid site response, Corps KeySafe also includes a nationwide network of ACS accredited service partners enabling organisations to access local security personnel wherever they are in the UK.

The Corps Monitoring Alarm Receiving Centre in Glasgow provides a single online platform, giving a detailed and consistent audit trail across an organisation’s sites, from which reports can be generated and trends analysed.

“Gone are the days when security officers would have to carry keys or collect them from a secure office which could be many miles away,” says Rob Hill, Managing Director of Corps Monitoring. “Now, organisations can have a sophisticated key safe on site which ensures a quicker response as we can despatch the nearest security officer, or even grant access directly to contractors or the emergency services. Supported by our Alarm Receiving Centre, Corps KeySafe provides a one-stop-shop for keyholding across the country.”



Corps-Monitoring - Looking Back To Look Forward

January is always a chance to look back on the previous 12 months and look forward to the coming year and 2020 certainly gave us plenty to reflect on.

While the pandemic has undeniably been devastating too many lives and livelihoods, it’s also seen an enormous shift in the security profession. This year will see many of those changes permanently embedded into the way we do things.

Firstly – and most importantly – our people have been recognised as being essential workers, something that many businesses wouldn’t have thought about before. Security officers served on the front line of the pandemic and were a visible presence in empty buildings and those operating a skeleton staff. But less visible, but not less important, were those working in our Alarm Receiving Centre in Glasgow monitoring thousands of alarms and cameras across the country keeping people and premises safe and secure. Businesses now appreciate their security teams a great deal more and that change will be permanent.

While our monitoring teams support our customers, it’s important that we support them. Our teams’ wellbeing has always been our main priority but the pandemic has really brought this to the forefront. As a result,  our colleague portal has been improved up and now has a colleague wellbeing section that offers support on mental wellbeing, exercise and nutrition.

Like everyone else, our customers have needed to constantly adjust their security provision as the pandemic changed working practices. As part of being adaptable and flexible, we’ve seen officers change their shift patterns, often becoming more mobile. We’ve also been increasingly using our monitoring capability, as many customers complemented physical security officers with security technology. We believe this increased use of security technology will also be a permanent change, accelerating a long-term trend.

The pandemic has taught us a great deal. It’s sparked a new level of compassion and made us more united, collaborative, resilient and innovative. It has also elevated the importance of our frontline security workers – both officers and those in our monitoring centre. We have always been an advocate of the Living Wage and we will only beat that drum louder now. Security is not just about security anymore. It’s about keeping people and places safe and secure