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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
1st August 2012 Issue no. 131

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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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Alpro partner Visual Plus corporation

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

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.

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.

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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Well I'm sure that we're all enjoying the Olympics; those of us in the South certainly appreciate the near-empty roads and trains in and around London, but not the empty seats at the venues. Oh well, now that the security fiasco has more or less blown over (well it would have done if the police had not lost the keys to the stadium!) it will give us something else to moan about. We British always win gold at that!

UAP Tradelocks has a terrific Summer deal through sister publication Locks & Security Magazine - details alongside this Comment!

Update for the Auto Locksmiths Exhibition below - now booking online.

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This Week's News

ALEX update

The demonstration schedule for the Auto Locksmiths show in October (27th and 28th) is now available on the website. Book early to avoid disappointment:


Locksmiths Exhibition 2013 is the smart choice

* LE logo new 2012.jpgThe Locksmiths Exhibition, held annually in early March at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham has now established itself as the number one choice for locksmiths and companies selling to locksmiths.

In 2012, the Locksmiths Exhibition staged its most successful show to date. The number of exhibition stands was at a record level (57) as were the number of visitors - over one thousand locksmiths attended over the two days.

Local authorities must consider legal obligations before requiring the installation of CCTV

The ICO has warned local authorities that they must consider their legal obligations before requiring the installation of CCTV equipment.

The comments come after the ICO issued Southampton City Council with an enforcement notice this week over its mandatory policy of installing audio recording CCTV equipment in all of the city's taxis and private hire vehicles. The cameras constantly record images and the conversations of both passengers and drivers.

13, 500 products available for next day delivery from IronmongeryDirect

The new IronmongeryDirect catalogue 83 offers an extensive choice of over 13,500 high quality ironmongery products. With more than 1000 great new additions, all ironmongery items now come with a minimum 5 year guarantee - as standard. Order the latest catalogue with over 800 pages packed full of unbeatable trade prices.

Turbo Decoders from Lockdecoders

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Unsafe Gun Safes can be opened by a three-year old

Writes Mark Tobias in Forbes

Americans love their guns, and every day someone in the U.S. is either shopping for or buying a gun safe. Small gun safes have become popular as an alternative security system for protecting both weapons and valuables, even though Federal law requires some sort of lock to be provided with every gun sale.

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Mul-T-Lock serves up security for Bishop Sutton Tennis Club

Mul-T-Lock and Thornhill Security have upgraded the security at Bishop Sutton Tennis Club from a mechanical solution to access control, quickly and cost effectively with the use of its innovative Smartair all in one security solution.

In the heart of Chew Valley, Bishop Sutton Tennis Club required a cost effective access control solution, which could solve key management issues and still allow all members an individual fob to gain access.

'The Cube' by Electrolux monitored by PanoCam360 Surveillance Solution

AMG-Panogenics, the British manufacturer of sophisticated 5 Megapixel cameras, announces that its PanoCam360, integrated with Wavestore's NVR with Video Management Software, has been selected by Southbank Centre for 'The Cube' by Electrolux.

The Cube offers a unique dining experience featuring some of the most exciting Michelin star chefs in the UK. The surveillance solution has been installed by Honeywell Building Solutions.

Transport Security Expo registration now live

Transport Security Expo has been the leading international event for Aviation, Maritime, Public Transport and Supply Chain Security professionals for the past 10 years. Taking place on 14-15 November at London Olympia - Transport Security Expo comprises an extensive conference and workshop programme, supported by one of the largest dedicated technology exhibitions held internationally each year.

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