Schlage King Cobra Series 2 Locks and SNAP Programmer
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies is looking to fill an important void between mechanical keys and electronic locking systems with its new, improved Schlage King Cobra Series 2 Locks, SNAP programmer and SNAP! PC.
By Jennifer Brown
Created for small to medium sized business and facility managers, this
next generation in the Schlage King Cobra lock family, the King Cobra
Series 2 locks are more durable providing an easy to manage and
intuitive offline lock solution.
An upgrade from mechanical keys, King Cobra Series 2 and SNAP! let end
users secure doors, manage lists of authorized users and access an
audit trail from the lock to see who went where and when. The SNAP!
programmer is USB compatible and the SNAP! PC application is simple to
use, according to the company.
King Cobra 2 and SNAP! will also help locksmiths and security dealers
create new and recurring revenue streams to grow their business. By
upgrading their customers to electronic access control and, then,
managing those openings for the customer, revenues will grow.
“The King Cobra Series 2 (KC2) lock and SNAP! programmer
create a nexus between the simplicity of a USB Thumb Drive and access
control lock management. The system is specifically designed for the
end user with multiple locks and employees, who finds it impractical to
program each lock manually through the keypad, yet does not require the
fully featured functions of higher price lock and software solutions.
Examples include retail operations, small to medium sized businesses,
property management firms, commercial office buildings, schools and
many larger institutional facilities.”
Several improvements and features have been developed for this series
of KC locks. New features include the ability to be programmed using
the SNAP programmer and a new lock memory capable of storing up to 1000
individual users and 1000 audit trail events. Other features include a
keypad and an iButton credential reader, providing increased security
over mechanical locks.
The KC2 may also be used with more fully
featured software programs, such as Schlage Security Management System
Express, offering the ability to program time zones. It is a lock that
can grow with a customer’s needs. Weather-resistance has been improved
on the KC2 locks by providing an elevated level of waterproofing on key
Several models are available. The KC5000 Series 2 is
designed for cylindrical and mortise door preps. The KC2 Office
Function lock provides a convenient lock/unlock button on the inside of
the door, making it quick and easy to allow credential-free passage
during the day and credential-only access at night.
The narrow stile
KC9000 Series 2 locks are designed for use with aluminum doors that
rely on various latches and exit devices to secure the opening. The KCR
2 retrofit model supplies easy upgrading from a mechanical pushbutton
lock by matching the existing door prep and covering the lock footprint
for a clean finish.
“The SNAP Programmer and SNAP PC Application takes
off-line access control management to a whole new level, a much simpler
one,” emphasizes Nieshalla. “Our customers have asked us to make
software that manages people and doors and the handheld programmer that
delivers data to the lock more intuitive. The new King Cobra 2 locks
and SNAP! do not require certification or special training. More
importantly, the customer will not forget how they work, even when
there are weeks between uploading or downloading.”
With the King Cobra
2, programming ports allow the locks to be managed using the SNAP!
handheld programmer, a unique, USB-based device that moves information
from the computer to the lock. Partnered with the new, complimentary
SNAP! PC application, which is available for download on the Schlage
website, it is a valuable tool that is used to add and delete users, as
well as download audit trails from the lock.
The SNAP! PC application
is used to create a list of users and door names, which are then merged
together, determining who can go where and when and is extremely simple
to use. The intuitive layout, drag and drop control and functional
design let administrators manage a database of users, PIN codes,
iButton credentials and audit trails effortlessly. Files can be shared,
emailed or transferred between PCs. When finished working in the
application, the SNAP! programmer is connected to the USB port on the
PC. An “export” button is used to send all relevant information to the
Once locks are installed, the SNAP! programmer is then
taken to the lock and plugged in to download its instructions to the
lock. At the same time, an audit trail can be retrieved.