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22nd November 2017 Issue no. 387
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Send For Help - the largest lone worker protection firm in the world - has seen annual turnover break £8m for the first time - a rise of 30% on the previous year - as organisations across both private and public sectors increasingly seek ways to protect their employees using state of the art technology.
Two of Allegion's smart technology brands will join the Schlage label to offer a unified access control portfolio. Global leaders in physical access control solutions Allegion have moved to merge their two leading access control product brands under the Schlage brand in order to offer unified solutions to their customers for products using proximity, smart and biometrics technologies.
by Andrew Liptak
In October, home device maker Ring unveiled a new security system called Ring Protect, designed to tie together a home's cameras, lights, and doorbells. Last week, a judge ordered Ring to stop selling products at the center of an ongoing lawsuit brought by security company ADT, pending its resolution.
Earlier this year, ADT filed a lawsuit against Ring, alleging that the company misused proprietary information that it received when it acquired another home device maker, Zonoff, when that company went under earlier this year. Ring hired around 75 employees from the defunct company, including its CEO, Mike Harris.
By Gareth Corfield
Encryption? Passwords? Nah, why use those... Detailed security arrangements for London Heathrow airport, including the Queen's precise route every time she passes through, were found on a USB stick left in a West London street, according to reports.Full Story
This year's Asia's Fab 50 list has been published and Dahua Technology, a leading solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, has made it into the top 50 of this exciting register of companies.
Forbes 13th annual Fab 50 list of the best big publicly traded companies honours corporate stars throughout the Asia-Pacific region. This year, China has grabbed most of the spotlight, with 29 of the 50 companies headquartered on the mainland. Dahua is one of 11 Chinese newcomers to the Fab 50, reflecting the country's deep pool of entrepreneurial talent. It is also the only video surveillance company on the list.
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British businesses face renewed threats from hackers following the recent 'Paradise Papers' document leak, according to a leading cyber-security expert. Andy Cuff, managing director of Computer Network Defence (CND), is warning all companies to be prepared for more sophisticated attacks.
As the leaked information has proven to be a commodity with great value, hackers will be more motivated to steal similar data. It is likely they will start to target areas geographically and will go after IP addresses without knowing which companies they belong to. The information gained can then be sold to the highest bidder or used as leverage or to embarrass governments and countries.
Comcast has expanded its partnership with Kwikset to integrate three more smart locks into its Xfinity Home platform. The deal means Xfinity Home customers can now choose from four Kwikset connected door locks to remotely control access into and out of their homes. The locks covered are the SmartCode 910 Deadbolt, SmartCode 912 Deadbolt Lever and SmartCode 916 Touchscreen Deadbolt, which join the SmartCode 914 Touchpad Deadbolt.
Features available to Xfinity Home customers include the ability to remotely view status, lock/unlock or open/close their doors, view lock/unlock or open/close events in the activity feed and create rules or automated commands to notify users if their doors are not locked, said Comcast.
Paxton, the UK market leader of electronic IP access control and door entry solutions, recently supported the BBC's DIY SOS team in their latest project to create a new, purpose-built support centre, with short term accommodation for young people living in and leaving the care system.
Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team headed to Swansea to support The Roots Foundation Wales, a charity part-funded by BBC Children in Need which offers wide-ranging support to children and young people.
Keith will work closely with installers and system integrators in order to identify new opportunities for Wisenet video surveillance solutions and provide pre and post sales support for medium to large projects.
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LASN had this email the other day from Irene Harris who is looking for any information about a Willenhall lock factory operated by her forebears. If anyone can help Irene, please let us know at news and we shall pass your email on to her:
"I wondered if any of your readers might have any information about a former lock factory at Willenhall? My ancestors were R&E Keats, whose factory many years ago was based in premises currently used by Guardian Locks. I can find nothing at all about this factory or the owners so would be grateful if anyone can help with any information." Kind regards, Irene Harris
The ICO is inviting registrations of interest to attend the 2018 Data Protection Practitioner Conference at the Manchester Central Convention Complex on 9 April 2018. You can register your interest and provide your contact details here. Registration closes on 8 December 2017.
The ICO will be allocating places around 12 January 2018 and are usually only able to offer one place to each organisation with exceptions made for very large data controllers. If you are offered a place, the ICO will need the following to confirm: a £50 fee, and any dietary and access requirements. However, they will not ask for this information or payment until mid-January 2018.
The agenda is still taking shape, so your suggestions are welcome - email email@example.com
York is one of the most popular tourism hotspots in the North but in light of the horrific attacks on Manchester and London, the cathedral's governing body the Chapter of York has taken the decision to up security.