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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
25th July 2012 Issue no. 130

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Squires Stronghold SS50 combi marks a new generation of high security combination padlock

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Premium lock manufacturer Henry Squire & Sons Ltd has unveiled its new Stronghold(r) SS50 Combi, purpose-designed for convenience and extreme resistance against the threat of a sustained attack.

An Open Letter to anyone in the Locksmith Industry

By  T.F. Stern, writing in The Moral Liberal

Wesley Hottot, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, sent an email a while ago requesting I participate in shaping future legislation as pertain to the locksmith industry.  He suggested sending recommended changes in policies which regulate locksmith licensing in the State of Texas to The Texas Red Tape Challenge, a project arm of House Government Efficiency & Reform Committee, which will accept suggestions from all members of the locksmith industry until July 31, 2012.

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'We should hire McKinnon': US expert on cyber warfare calls attempt to extradite hacker 'ridiculous and punitive'

A U.S. government adviser on cyber warfare last night attacked his government's 'ridiculous' and 'punitive' attempt to extradite Gary McKinnon.
John Arquilla, a professor of defence analysis at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, said officials should instead be hiring the Asperger's sufferer.

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MOBOTIX Launches S14 FlexMount - The World's First Flexible Double Hemispheric Camera

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The S14 FlexMount from MOBOTIX, the world's first flexible double hemispheric camera, is now available. The camera, which is available in both mono (S14M) and dual (S14D) versions, features miniature lens units and offers a wide range of application opportunities. For instance, the S14D can be equipped with two hemispheric lens units with integrated microphone that are connected to the main housing via cables. This makes it possible to fully secure two rooms located next to or on top of one another with just one single S14.

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As we draw closer to October (once the summer is over in a couple of weeks it will be here before you know it) the Auto Locksmiths Exhibition announces that for the first time ever in the UK we will have a demonstration area with live video links to big screens. Sounds exciting!

More info below on the sessions available - book your place now to avoid disappointment later - and for OPAL members each session is free.

We're pleased to hear that at last someting is being done to encourage apprenticeships in this industry. We at the Security Media group have long been advocates of learning valuable skills properly and this is one of the reasons that we are solidly behind the Lockdecoders Golden Key Award (worth £500) open to young apprentices and trainees below the age of 25. So, if you know of a hard-working and keen learner deserving of such recognition get their names over to us now! For convenience you can use the NEWS link immediately below.

The Olympics starts on Friday and I'm sure we'll all enjoy watching it without any security disasters now that the police and military are plugging any gaps and after Bradley Wiggins showing the way in the Tour de France we think that we'll probably do at least as well as in Beijing. If not, we'll have something else to moan about... 

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This Week's News

Locksmithing Apprenticeship Framework 2nd July 2012

A new apprenticeship framework for Locksmithing has been announced by Skills for Security, the Standards Setting Organisation for the private security business sector.

Auto Locksmiths Exhibition announces demo sessions

The Auto Locksmiths Exhibition announces that for the first time ever in the UK we will have a demonstration area with lots of information being shown - if you are a beginner to Auto work, or are considering Auto work this is the place to be. Experienced Auto Locksmiths should have a great time as well, with some exciting new products on show.

New website helps householders protect their homes against lock attack

Vital guidance to householders on protecting their homes against the latest forms of cylinder attack has been issued by the lock industry.

The Door & Hardware Federation, which represents the UK's leading lock manufacturers, has produced a website that tells householders what they must do to ensure their external doors are secure.

Hotel key cards open to hacking, developer says

A hacker claims his $50 device can access millions of hotel rooms. A hacker has developed a device he says can act as a universal hotel key card to access millions of rooms around the world. Using a home-made gadget, security researcher Cody Brocious said he had mimicked a master key card to gain access to any room with an Onity lock.

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Yales doormaster key to saving locks for UPVC glazing repair specialists

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Alpro partner Visual Plus corporation

Belgium to exclusively distribute the new innovative range of Vortex magnets and associated accessories.

The Vortex magnet range is a new generation of face to face electromagnets. The magnets are smaller than a standard slimline magnet, but combine higher holding forces of 1500 kgs with lower current draw than standard magnets, making them both more efficient and ecologically friendly.

Live video from remote locations to the control room over GPRS/3G

Vemotion Interactive, specialists in live video transmission over low bandwidth connections, today announced a new unit that provides a reliable live video feed from virtually any location.

Milestone XProtect IP video helps protect staff, pupils and assets at Brampton Manor Academy

* brampton-manor.jpgMilestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has formed the centerpiece of a major surveillance upgrade in a 1,500 pupil school based in East London called the Brampton Manor Academy.

Keeping on the right side of clients

Employers of mobile staff such as cleaners, security and maintenance staff need a simple and cost effective method of keeping track of their remote workforce. Missed or late visits can jeopardise client relationships and manual processes add cost to payroll and invoicing. Understandably, given the prevailing difficult trading climate, clients are insisting on independent verification of visits. To keep on the right side of clients and gain an edge on competitors, employers of remote workforces are turning to electronic monitoring.

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999 emergency number marks its 75th anniversary

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In 1937, members of the public were given an easy to remember number to call in an emergency following the deaths of five women in a London fire.

The first call led to a would-be burglar being arrested within 5 minutes of the householder dialing the new number. Now that's a service we could use today!

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