Argus Control, located in Brasilia, Brazil, was having issues with its inventory. To combat it, they turned to ECKey, Lancaster, Pa.


Argus specializes in video and access control security systems for residential and small commercial customers and keeps a large amount of inventory on hand. Every month items would go missing, so Argus was seeing losses from missing products as well as hundreds of hours spent tracking down the missing items. Often, the missing inventory was not stolen, but it was found to be in a salesman’s truck or was with an installer; but the inventory was still unaccounted for and not available.


 “We were having issues of equipment being taken from the inventory without any documentation,” explained Cristóvão Resende, COO, Argus Control. “At the beginning of each month, when we checked the inventory, there were always items missing. After we installed ECKey, that problem was solved.”


Argus Control installed ECKey Bluetooth readers to manage access to the inventory room where they had tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of goods. ECKey’s VIZpin cloud-based service lets Argus send, revoke and monitor electronic keys anytime from anywhere -- something they could not get from a keypad. Card reader access systems that offered those features were more than three times as expensive. With ECKey, they have all the access features they need at a fraction of the cost and virtually no administrative costs.  “We were able to gain full control of our inventory with a minimal investment,” Resende explained.


The ECKey system has been installed for more than a year and the savings are significant.  “Now we know where all our assets are and this is saving inventory and time, so we can focus on running our business, Resende said.