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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
1st November 2017 Issue no. 384

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Assa Abloy acquires smart lock maker August Home

The smart home market continues to heat up, and the legacy giants do not want to get locked out: quite literally. This morning (19th October), Assa Abloy, the $23 billion Swedish lock giant that owns Yale and many other brands - announced that it is buying US-based smart lock maker August Home to double down on new technology.

Terms of the deal are not being disclosed but we have asked both August and Assa Abloy and will update this post as we learn more. Pending regulatory approvals, Assa Abloy says the acquisition will close in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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Dahua Technology Launches ePoE IP System

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Dahua Technology has launched a range of extended Power over Ethernet (ePoE) cameras, network switches and network recorders that enable integrators to go beyond usual transmission distances.
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BAE Systems says it lost 1,000-page Parliament House security manual

BAE Systems Australia - a firm on the shortlist to win a $35bn navy frigates contract - has confirmed it was the contractor that lost a 1,000-page manual on the security upgrade to Parliament House.

The loss of the manual was raised by Labor in a Senate committee hearing on Monday. The name of the contractor was kept secret during the hearing but emerged in media reports on Tuesday.

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NBCS introduces its online fraud detection initiative

National Business Crime Solution (NBCS), a not for profit organisation that enables the sharing of data between law enforcement agencies and the business community in order to reduce crime, has introduced its latest pioneering fraud detection initiative. Praesidio - the Latin word for protection - is a data sharing solution that offers insight into persistent offenders who commit fraud against multiple online businesses, helping companies develop a more effective loss prevention strategy.
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KRACK attack - what to communicate

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It was announced (Monday, 16 October, 2017) that the globally used WPA2 Wi-Fi security protocol has been broken. This standard is the most commonly used security standard used by Wi-Fi networks around the world. The attack targets (and breaks) the 4-way handshake that establishes the use of the unique encryption keys for that session.

The attack is called KRACK by it's author Mathy Vanhoef. The security community is still learning the details and understanding it's impact, so if you can hold off on communicating about it, we would recommend it until everyone has a more complete picture. Long story short, no need to panic. However, if you need to communicate something, here are some basics.

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Kwikset releases its first sleek, modern electronic lock

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With Obsidian, Kwikset offers homeowners who love modern design and technology a stylish and secure option for their doors. Obsidian is an extremely slim, modern, key-free electronic lock that can be controlled using a responsive touchscreen.

It is the first Kwikset electronic deadbolt to forego traditional keys in favor of a low-profile design.
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Keeping the burglars out with steel windows

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Difficult to force because of the inherent strength of their frames, steel windows are not liked by burglars. One of the best deterrents to a prospective thief is the traditional 'cottage' style steel window, divided into small frames, with interlocked steel glazing bars.
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Advanced Lock and Key Achieves Master Locksmith Accreditation

Perth, Australia, based locksmiths, Advanced Lock and Key, have their Master Locksmith Accreditation from the Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia (MLAA).
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Danish company develops an anti-drone system for stadiums and prisons

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Drones are an innovative tool that can be used to carry, for example, a camera that can take aerial photos.
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Multi-Service Ethernet Switch: combine networks to reduce costs and provide a seamless legacy upgrade path, says AMG Systems

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One of the trickiest aspects of transitioning from analogue to IP security networks is deciding on just how to manage the changeover and upgrade process.
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This Week's News

Fire doors: 10 checks that could save lives

Fire-Door-Exploded-diagram.jpgThe Grenfell Tower disaster has been a tragic wake-up call. We have seen how destructive fires can be and how much devastation they can cause in a short amount of time. It's high time we recognise the importance of fire doors and the crucial role they play in restricting the spread of fire and smoke.

According to a survey of more than 1,000 tenants living in flats by Atomik Research, 58 per cent of all tenants do not know who the 'responsible person' is for ensuring their buildings are fire safe. Even worse is that 53 per cent of people would not know how to spot a dodgy fire door, according to research shared by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) in September 2016.
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Keyprint Security launches the new Xhorse range to the UK.

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The new Xhorse range is ideal for locksmiths, auto locksmiths and key cutters who want to expand their services or just need a back-up kit for their van. With a very competitive price point, users will be able to save money without compromising on the quality of the services they provide.
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Register NOW for connected products and cyber security seminar

* seminar-news.jpgThe British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is encouraging industry practitioners and security buyers to register for their free place at its upcoming Connected Products and Cyber Security Seminar.

The free-to-attend event is taking place at the Greswolde Arms, Knowle, Solihull B93 0LL on Thursday 2nd November and is open to security and fire buyers and installers, or indeed anybody from either industry with an interest in improving their business' cyber security and data protection policies.
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G4S & Serco the power to arrest?

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USB stick found in West London contained Heathrow security data

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.

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Dahua enters Forbes Asia's Fab 50 list

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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News

Locksmithing industry's biggest trade exhibition proves to be "the best yet!"

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The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) has reported record attendance at its trade exhibition for the locksmithing and physical security industry. The bi-annual event, which was staged earlier this month in Halls 1 & 2 of the International Centre in Telford, had a footfall of 2,309 visitors - 50.3% up on the previous expo in 2015.
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Security guards jailed for role in £7 million Heathrow Airport heist

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Two security guards have been jailed after staging a £7 million fake robbery from their own cash-in-transit van outside Heathrow Airport. One of the pair was found several hours later tied up and left by a roadside, with the van abandoned and the cash missing in a bid to make it look like the two men were victims.

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Security employers lead the way with apprenticeship training at 'Banham Academy'

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Banham Academy is on a mission to provide industry-leading security engineering skills training to apprentices throughout the South East.
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SSAIB's leading role in police forces' pioneering drones deployment

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SSAIB, the UK and Ireland's leading security and fire certification body, has helped two police forces in their pioneering use of drones for a variety of crime-related objectives. SSAIB has certificated Dorset Police, as well as the Devon and Cornwall force, to the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice.
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Home automation at landmark development in York

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It may be known as Yorkshire's 'Regency Gem', but St Leonard's Place - a Grade II-listed crescent in York - has very 21st century home automation and video door entry systems from Comelit fitted in many of its luxurious homes.
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Sky's the limit for Ocucon

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Ground-breaking new surveillance technology is set to revolutionise the ability of UK businesses to defend against fraudulent cases of slips, trips and falls - currently estimated to cost more than £800 million a year. The world's first Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) system - Ocucon - will provide unlimited storage for unlimited cameras within the cloud.
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New business development team for Flowmon Networks

Flowmon Networks, a European vendor developing next generation monitoring and security solutions for enterprise network infrastructures, has announced a formation of a new business development team. 
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