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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
26th October 2016 Issue no. 334

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International News

Many locks can be quickly opened: experts gathered in the Czech Republic to demonstrate how

By Marc Tobias

This is a four-part series on how the security of locks can be quickly circumvented with simple to sophisticated tools produced for locksmiths and government agencies. There is a specialized group of security experts, tool designers, and manufacturers that offer some incredibly well-engineered, clever, and often-sophisticated devices to open just about anything imaginable from the highest security cylinders to safes and even the most expensive cars.

Part I: Opening pin tumbler locks in seconds with Electro-picks

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Worldwide revenue for security technology forecast to surpass $100 billion in 2020

The first Worldwide Semiannual Security Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts worldwide revenues for security-related hardware, software, and services will grow from $73.7 billion in 2016 to $101.6 billion in 2020.

How Shannon Airport benefits from ultra-reliable CCTV capture

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Visual Management Systems and Veracity, a leading provider of innovative, intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage and display have announced a new installation of its COLDSTORE surveillance storage system at Shannon Airport that is helping to dramatically improve the reliability of CCTV recording while significantly reducing rack space, power and cooling.

Cyber risks changing small business landscape

According to new data from Symantec's 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, cyber security attacks are on the rise. But even more alarming is the fact that small businesses have become an even bigger target of these attacks. In 2011, small businesses were only targeted 18 percent of the time. By 2014, that number had scaled to 34 percent. Last year we saw another substantial increase, with small businesses now being targeted 43 percent of the time.

Visbox Technologies launches new HD-SDI HDMI-based video link system

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VisBox Technologies (VBT), a leading UK-based developer of surveillance and video transmission solutions, has introduced a new wireless video link system. The HD-SDI HDMI-based link delivers full 1080p HD uncompressed video at clear line-of-sight ranges of up to 300-700 metres with virtually no delay.

When fire safety and access control meet

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With the new innovative Briton 571 EL solution, Allegion has created the first Briton electromechanical exit device that can be truly integrated with access control.

In high footfall buildings such as schools, offices and hospitals, it is often the case that employee and staff entrances will also be one of the fire exits for the building.

EU to push new security rules amid IoT mess

by Brian Krebs

The European Commission is drafting new cybersecurity requirements to beef up security around so-called Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as Web-connected security cameras, routers and digital video recorders (DVRs). News of the expected proposal comes as security firms are warning that a great many IoT devices are equipped with little or no security protections.

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The BMW KeyPRO Package from 3DG is able to programme BMW keys from 1998 - 2012 in as little as 30 seconds without the need to EEPROM. Watch here

To find our more visit 3dgroupuk.com

Allegion's CISA eGO to launch at independent hotel show

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Specialist security manufacturer, Allegion, is set to launch its eagerly awaited CISA eGO contactless lock in the UK at the Independent Hotel Show in October.

T3 tools "take industry by storm"

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Genuine Lishi T3 is aimed at the most dedicated auto locksmith professional and stands for Tough, Technically Advanced Tools.

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This Week's News

Locksmiths and security professionals: How safe are your customers?

It’s home security month and a new study of the UK’s home security measures by Ironmongery Direct has been released in infographic format. For the entire locksmith and security industry, the results contained within are worth analysing, as they paint a promising picture for both sectors for many years to come.

The report studied the Office for National Statistics’ latest security release and found that there are 1,920 burglaries per day in the UK. This breaks down to 1.33 burglaries per minute! While this figure is down 71 per cent from similar statistics 20 years ago, the threat of burglary still illustrates the demand for good security measures in order to protect a homeowner.  

Lockexpo March 4/5th 2017 East Midlands Conference Centre

Stand sales are continuing at a fast rate with over 75% sold to date. Exhibitors seem keen to continue with this excellent show and it's higher than average visitor footfall.

Visitor registrations continue at a higher than normal rate thanks to our excellent marketing team. Check the website www.lockexpo.co.uk to see who has booked and to register for free. Hotel rooms are now on a slightly better rate by calling the Orchard hotel and quoting 'Locksmiths exhibition.'

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Google trials new advanced verification process for locksmiths local listings

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Google is trialling a new method for reducing scams, forcing plumbers and locksmiths to go through an advanced verification process to appear in local search results.

The search engine giant is putting the extra security measures in place to stop con artists who appear in local Google search results. The locksmith scam is the most well-known, but other trade types have also been targeted.

The advanced verification process is currently being trialled on plumbers and locksmiths based in the Greater San Diego area of California, but in the future it may be rolled out to more businesses. There's speculation that it may eventually apply in the UK, and that more trade types will be affected.

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Treat yourself this Halloween with Tradelocks Promotions!

* TL-KD900.jpgNo trick just treats this Halloween from Tradelocks as they put on some very special promotions! Until Thursday the 27th of October you can get your hands on the latest innovation from KeyDIY - the KD900+ - for just £99 + VAT!

The KD900+ works in the exact same way as the KD900 but instead of a standalone machine it works with your smartphone. The KD900+ comes with remotes, cables, blades and a UBS just like its predecessor; however the machine must be switched on and connected via Bluetooth to your mobile phone.

The bike lock that makes thieves vomit - literally

* Skunklock.jpgBike riders worry constantly that their machine will get stolen whenever it's locked up on the street. Well, a US company might mean you'll never have to worry again after developing a lock that is sure to make would-be thieves vomit. Literally.

Called SkunkLock, this steel U-Lock is designed with a built-in deterrent of very potent and legally compliant gas that escapes when the lock is cut open.

This formula has the ability to compromise sight, cause shortness of breath, induce vomiting and permanently sticks to the clothes worn by the bike thief. Although someone has pointed out that the effects of the lock during shipping, or to innocent bystanders might be an issue...

Security experts question Chinese webcam maker's response to cyberattack

By Josh Chin

Security experts are questioning efforts by a Chinese electronics company to fix problems with webcams hijacked in a major attack on U.S. internet infrastructure, highlighting the complexity of the security threat posed by internet-connected devices.

In a statement released through social media on Monday, surveillance-camera manufacturer Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology Co., said it had issued software patches and planned to recall webcams from the U.S. after reports linked the devices to the massive denial-of-service attack that made websites including Twitter and Netflix unreachable for part of the day Friday.

Xiongmai pushed back against the idea that its devices played a key role in the attack, but said it nevertheless wanted to "face the problem head-on and put customers' interests first."

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Pickersgill-Kaye clinches another major order from Hitachi

* PK-Handle.jpgPickersgill-Kaye has won another significant order from Hitachi Rail Europe to manufacture emergency door handles, this time for the fleet of AT300 bi-mode electric/diesel trains being built for Great Western Railway.

The fleet of AT300 trains are closely related to the 800 and 801 trains Hitachi is supplying for the multi-billion pound Intercity Express Programme (IEP), one of the biggest rail projects in the world for which Pickersgill-Kaye is already contracted to supply the Emergency Egress Device (EED) and Emergency Access Device (EAD) through to 2020.

Alpro take racing line at Silverstone

* Silverstone-Business-Park.jpgPull door handles from Alpro are being used on office buildings at Silverstone Business Park. The park is a high-performance technology and motorsport cluster adjacent to the Silverstone Circuit which is the current venue for the British Grand Prix.

The handles are Alpro's Functional 97 pull handles which cater for a broad user base since their wide diameter (38mm) makes them suitable for both general users and those who may have an impaired ability to grip.

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Amazon sells lock picks dubbed as a 'thief's dream'

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Thieves' tools like lock picks and devices to help break into cars are being openly sold by internet giant Amazon for as little as £2. While they are not technically illegal, the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) has described them as a 'burglar's dream'.

Police chiefs also expressed concern over the availability of the devices, some of which are disguised as pens to evade searches.

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Spotlight falls on attack-resistant locks after security row

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A row over the online sale of lock picks and other thieves' tools to the general public has accelerated interest amongst locksmiths and security professionals in locks that successfully resist attack.

3D Group sponsors Lockexpo 2017

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Lockexpo 2017, running on the 4th and 5th of March 2017 at The East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham is being sponsored by 3D Group, THE automotive Locksmith supplier.

Commenting, show organiser Mick Friend said, "3D have been with us from the start and I'm really happy that they have decided to sponsor us in 2017, which will be their eighth year as exhibitors, and our biggest year yet. The show grows in size every year and we're only looking forward to further growth in future."

G4S to give security staff cameras to detect weapons and suicide vests through clothing

G4S is to supply its security staff with cameras which can spot suicide belts and guns through clothing in a bid to foil any Paris-style attacks, after agreeing deal with software development company Digital Barriers.

The security firm is understood to be giving the cameras to its staff working at large events such as sports fixtures or concerts with the intention of screening people more effectively, rather than traditional search methods, which take a longer amount of time and often lead to queues.

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Tradelocks on Tour!

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Following the success of their Open Day in August, Tradelocks is going on tour! The locksmith tool provider will be touring the UK with all their latest tools, products, deals and of course experts who will be meeting with customers across the country. The Tradelocks Roadshow will be hosted in a different town each month giving customers from around the UK an opportunity to come along and see them, hassle free, without the travel.

The History of Locks Museum - our next exhibition

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Our Next Exhibition - 4th & 5th March 2017, LockExpo, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ, UK. This now well established annual event is free to attend, register and more information at: www.lockexpo.co.uk. The on-site Orchard Hotel (Tel: 0115 876 0900), with preferential rates, is convenient for those wishing to stay overnight.

Lone worker protection provider, Send for Help Group reports record growth for fourth year running

The Send for Help Group - the world's largest lone worker protection provider, are pleased to announce record growth and profits for the financial year 2015/16. The figures, published in Send for Help Limited's Annual Report found that for the year ending 31st March 2016, turnover was up 81% year-on-year and operating profits had also increased by 42% within the same period.

Pro-Vision appoint new Area Sales Manager

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Pro-Vision Distribution, the national distributor of branded CCTV and Access Control equipment, have further strengthened their external sales team with the appointment of Steve Dunning as Area Sales Manager for the North of England.

Another success for ALEX

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ALEX The only dedicated exhibition for auto technicians and locksmiths was a huge success. This niche show has always been well attended by the specialist and they came this year to buy new equipment.

We welcomed visitors form a large section of Europe. The demonstration area was popular with visitors as we have a unique viewing system so the audience can sit and watch the experts explain their equipment rather than try and crowd around a vehicle.

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