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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
10th August 2016 Issue no. 325

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Expand your business into safe opening

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At the Hickleys training academy we offer high quality training on all types of Domestic, commercial and Auto locksmithing skills, our trainers are active locksmiths ensuring their knowledge and skills are current and cutting edge, being technical leaders in their chosen subject you will receive the best possible training and be able to put your new skills to work straight away.
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ALEX -The only Auto Locksmiths Exhibition in Europe gets closer


Sponsored by KAPdiagnostics

Held on 1st and 2nd October this very popular exhibition is for technicians who make and re-programme keys to vehicles.

All the leading suppliers of the equipment needed to perform this work will be exhibiting at the show. Even if you're only mildly curious, come and see what it is all about. Check the website www.alexpo.co.uk for more details or to register for free. There will be product demos and brief 'how to do it' demo's as well.


Old vs New - Rise of the Machines

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We live in a digital age and technology has become an essential part of our lives, whether it's 4K super HD TVs, computers or smartphones, machines are all around us. Technology is trying to make our lives easier, but is this always the case? Technology is prevalent among the door hardware industry and brands such as SimonsVoss offer innovative, clever and secure keyless locking solution.
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Why is the EU appointing a British security chief after Brexit?

Britain's representative to Brussels has been nominated to be the EU's new counter-terrorism security commissioner despite the UK voting to leave the European Union.

Sir Julian King has been given the key role by Jean-Claude Juncker, even though the European Commission President previously warned that British "deserters" from the EU would have to "face the consequences" of "being regarded as a third country, which won't be handled with kid gloves."

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GJD launches Laser-Watch

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GJD, one of the world's most innovative leaders in British manufacturing and design of professional external detector equipment, recently launched the Laser-Watch, a long range IP connected laser surveillance sensor.
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Your luggage HACKED: Group creates 3D printable master key for major line of TSA-approved luggage locks

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Three hackers have developed and released a 3D printable master key used by Transportation Security Administration, which opens Safe Skies luggage locks.

During a talk given on Saturday, the three hackers showed the 3D-printable model of the Safe Skies master key.

In addition to the key, they also discussed methods of collecting intelligence, which led to the compromise of Travel Sentry master keys in 2015 and vulnerabilities in the Safe Skies lock design. Travel Sentry and Safe Skies are TSA recommended travel locks for luggage. They became popular in 2003 to prevent theft.

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Urmet wins prestigious Fitzrovia project

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Urmet, the international manufacturer of video door entry solutions, have secured the order to supply the latest IP door entry systems for a new development of luxury apartments at a £500 million mixed-use development near Oxford Street in London's West End. 
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ALEX - the only Auto Locksmiths Exhibition in Europe

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Why? The cutting and replacing keys to vehicles has become quite a high tech trade. From the need to prevent the theft of vehicles and the simple cutting a new set of keys electronic methods were introduced. As each of these appeared they needed a legitimate way to reproduce replacement of extra keys.
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Fortress / Strongbolt / Yale decoder

Another snippet from the latest issue of sister-publication Locks & Security Magazine:

By Geraint Jones of GJ Locks

What do these 3 have in common? They can be decoded and opened non destructively in less time than it will take you to read this article. If you're proficient with drilling mortice locks you should be able to drill and pick any of these locks in about 4 minutes. However the downside of drilling them is obvious:
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Veracity help Police Scotland protect The Open

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Veracity, a leading provider of innovative, intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage and display has provided key technology to Police Scotland's Communications vehicle infrastructure protecting last week's Open Golf Championship in Troon.
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This Week's News

Surprise: a lot of smart locks have terrible security

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Gadget makers love the Internet of Things. Just look at connected refrigerators, connected tampons, and connected pregnancy tests as some examples. As I've said before, and I'll say again, the security of these devices is often inadequate. This week at DEF CON, two researchers, Anthony Rose and Ben Ramsey, emphasized this point by demonstrating how they easily compromised 12 different Bluetooth Low Energy smart locks using cheap hardware that cost around $200 altogether.

Some devices, including the Quicklock Doorlock & Padlock and the iBluLock Padlock, stored passwords in plain text. Anyone with a Bluetooth sniffer could gain access. Other locks, including the Ceomate Bluetooth Smart Doorlock and the Elecycle EL797, were vulnerable to replay attacks, which means the researchers grabbed data over the air when a legitimate user unlocked the lock, and they then just replayed that data to gain access.

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Hickleys Code Service goes from strength to strength

* PIN-code-service.jpgWhen carrying out vehicle key programming one of the initial considerations is how are you going to get the vehicle security code and maybe the mechanical key cut code? The Hickleys code service offers security pincodes, key cut codes, Immobiliser Codes, Radio Codes & EKA Codes via a simple online system using the VRM (Registration Number) or Vin number.

Once you have passed the stringent security check you can log on to the Hickleys website 24/7 and request codes. The availability of codes is ever changing, so only the codes that are currently available are displayed on the code request page.
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Prices cut on Keyline at Tradelocks Open Day

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Discounts like you've never seen! Those who attend have been promised huge discounts on everything from cloning machines and accessories, including the Megamos Xtreme and the 884 Decryptor Mini; as well as chips, horseshoes and much, much more. Need to update your trade counter? Looking at updating your services or just in the need for a new machine? This is the time with offers across the Keyline range, including deals on machines like the Falcon and Ninja Laser!
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Castel IP Intercom chosen for redeveloped Mersey Wharf Business Park

* mersey-wharf.jpgMersey Wharf is a 33-acre Business Park and Wharf in Bromborough. Located on the Wirral in northwest England, the rejuvenated facility has adopted two-way IP audio-video intercom designed and manufactured by Castel.

Security at the site is at a premium and the operators needed an IP-addressable solution at a main entrance station where visitors can call tenants on the estate. They also wanted to control entry at multiple single-gate, barrier and turnstile access points elsewhere on the perimeter.
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Gateway family services entrust Guardian24 to protect outreach teams

Guardian24 - the UK and Ireland's leading lone worker protection provider, have been entrusted to protect Gateway Family Services' outreach staff via Smartphone apps.

As a Community Interest Company, Gateway Family Services works with the NHS and Local Authorities to provide health and well-being services to communities in Birmingham and the West Midlands. These services are delivered by Pregnancy Outreach Workers and Health Trainers, who give one-to-one advice to clients in the community; often working alone which puts them at greater risk should an incident occur.
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Comelit's IP Video Surveillance solution installed at major restaurant chain

* Comelit-cam.jpgA McDonald's restaurant within a retail park in County Durham is using an IP CCTV system supplied by Comelit UK. Systems integrators See-AV are installing a 32-camera network video system, including a 36-channel NVR, for recording images.

McDonald's is currently refurbishing hundreds of its premises across the UK including the option to order food from touchscreens to minimise queuing time, the introduction of table service at many locations and upgrading of the CCTV.
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Home security door locks: 3 keys to balanced security

By Ralph Goodman

Security is at the root of all human want. There is a base desire to hold on to the things you have acquired during your life, as well as your life itself. The key to that peace of mind is balanced security, in which home security door locks play a key part.

But how do you get this type of balance? There are three essential building blocks needed to attain this safety stability. Within each key there is a necessary internal balance in addition to the general balance of the overall security. By keeping all of these ideas in mind, you will be on the road to achieving more effective safety.

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Chris Valentino joins Xvision to expand project division

* Chris-Valentino.jpgChris Valentino has joined Xvision as Head of Business Development. A Y3K company, Xvision designs CCTV, networking, access control and door entry products from its Surrey headquarters.

Chris will be expanding Xvision's reach as the company continues to serve value-added distributors and installers working on major projects. He comes to Xvision after performing a similar role for Florida-based IC Realtime, where he led a UK start-up and created routes to market that quadrupled European revenue.
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The Last word

Another 'taster' from sister publication Locks & Security Magazine:

By Dave Bellis

I’ve been retired from the profession for a year now but, like the sad old man that I am I keep in touch with the industry through the PLF forum (link below) and, secondly, this magazine. Some of the articles are very interesting (Nigel take a bow) however, there are inevitably pieces praising the virtues of the latest locking product. How much more security it offers, how well it may be regarded by one noble organisation or another and how much more effective it is against some improbable sort of attack. 
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Drivers urged not to stop for anything other than marked police vehicle

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Following a second theft of a vehicle on a motorway in Essex this week, police are advising motorists not to pull over if requested to do so by anything other than a marked police vehicle.
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Key to Success

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Hickleys, the vehicle key programming specialist, are explaining the opportunities in vehicle keys at two presentations being held in Milton Keynes and Leeds this month.
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Have you registered for the Tradelocks Open Day?

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With a cohort of industry experts and manufacturers announced; discounts and deals on almost every product range, free training, free beer and a free BBQ, Tradelocks Open Day is set to be one of the biggest events in the locksmith calendar!
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Comelit's SimpleHome Home Automation empowers residents at assisted-living complex

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Comelit is working alongside Atlas Fire and Security (NI) to install its SimpleHome intelligent home automation system at a supported living community in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
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ALEX -The only Auto Locksmiths Exhibition in Europe - just weeks to go


Just weeks to the show of shows, everything for the vehicle locksmith new and old will be at this show. Can you afford to miss show bargains?

Held again at the Belfry Hotel Nottingham just 1 mile from the M1. Free to register pre show or on the day, lots of free parking, great bar food and all day bar. Come and see what it is all about - Sponsored by KAPdiagnostics who will have 3 new products to show over that weekend.

www.alexpo.co.uk


Tradelocks Open Day discounts revealed!

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Tradelocks Open Day, which will take place on the 20th of August 2016, has promised to be a day full of deals and discounted products - and Tradelocks have revealed their first deal as the countdown to the big event begins!
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Alpro on door duty in Dorset

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St Michael's Middle School in Wimborne, Dorset, is using transom door closers from Alpro as part of a £220,000 refurbishment. Alpro's overhead transom closers are a means of hydraulically controlling the opening and closing of an aluminium door.
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Upgrading physical perimeter security for a water treatment plant

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The Challenge: To upgrade physical security measures at the main entrance of a critically important water treatment facility. The Solution: The priority was to deliver the means to apply strictly controlled and monitored pedestrian and vehicular access and egress to ensure the security integrity of the site.
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Meet the experts at the Tradelocks Open Day

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Tradelocks have announced a host of industry leading professionals including Chris Belcher and Martin Pink will be in attendance at their Open Day event on the 20th of August. Everyone in the locksmith world knows and respects Chris Belcher and now is your chance to speak to the man himself.
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Essex village pays for its own security guards to fight crime after police cut patrols

A well-off village has hired a private security firm to deter criminals after it was abandoned by police who scrapped local beat officers. Crime levels have soared in well-to-do Tiptree, Essex, since its police station was closed five years ago, leaving the elderly and vulnerable scared to leave their homes.
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Allegion gets behind fire door safety week

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Specialist security manufacturer, Allegion, will be showing its support for Fire Door Safety Week (FDSW) with a host of awareness activities.
FDSW takes place 26th Sept 2016 to 2nd Oct 2016, with the aim of raising awareness of the critical element of fire safety in every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building.
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