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The Quai Branly Museum

Supplier: Australian Security Technology
16 May, 2012

Company Profile - The Musée du Quai Branly known in English as the Quai Branly Museum and nicknamed MQB, is a museum in Paris, France that features indigenous art, cultures and civilisations from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

Situated close to the Eiffel Tower, the museum is located at 37, Quai Branly - Portail Debilly in Paris. The location and the museum are named for the physicist Édouard Branly.

Technology Objective

The museum complex encompasses several buildings, as well as a multimedia library and a garden. It is open 6 days a week with occasional evening hours. The museum's valuable collection is watched over by security officers, who utilise many sets of keys as part of their jobs.


Approximately 1000 keys needed to be kept secure and accessible 24/7; most of these keys give access to rooms in several buildings where valuable objects are displayed. To select a vendor, the museum wrote a competitive bidding process that included security and management reporting and the use of differing key management systems for keys depending on the level of priority.

Morse Watchmans Solution

KeyWatcher key control system helps guard against stolen or misplaced keys by only releasing assigned keys to users with the proper authorisation code. When a key is missing or overdue, an alarm alerts the security personnel of the situation. Simple and elegant in design, the wall-mounted key storage cabinet eliminates outdated lock boxes, unreliable manual logs and messy key identification tags. KeyWatcher records the access history of each key, including user, date and time of checkout/return.

The Results

The museum installed Morse Watchmans KeyWatcher for the high level priority keys (safe, ticketing) and Morse Watchmans KeyBank for less sensitive keys (duplicate keys).

The software generates a report which provides accurate and detailed information, such as which employees accessed which keys, who has taken out any given key and how long each key was out.

"With Morse Watchmans, not only can I secure my keys, the systems also allow speakers to book classrooms in advance using the reservation function. This is real progress compared to before when keys were accessible by everyone."

Serge RAFFIN - Security Manager of the Quai Bran