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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
8th August 2012 Issue no. 132

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International News

Turbo Decoders from Lockdecoders

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Peter Southern advised us all the way from ALOA that they are slowly ramping up the production of the currently much sought-after Turbo Decoders.

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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British sportspeople have not been renowned for their ability to come first for some time, but here we are rivalling the very best on the London 2012 medals table! Many put some of this success down to inspiration from the very vocal and visual support of the home crowd and I have to agree.

Results of a study carried out by a Canadian manufacturer has shown that those who are passionate about the training courses they're on, go on to increase sales by 45% over the following 12 months, while some even increase sales by a massive 275%!

It occurs to me that if employers can find ways to inspire their workforces and employees can do their bit in inspiring their colleagues, this will go some way to repairing the damage to the global economy and help lift us out of the doldrums.

We have nothing to lose by trying, have we...

Meanwhile we have the latest update re the Auto Locksmiths Expo (ALEX), and of course Euro Access continue with their extremely popular Summer promotion. Now all we need is to actually have a Summer! 

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This Week's News

Burglaries down thanks to home security

Figures released recently by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of recorded domestic burglaries has fallen four per cent compared to the previous year. The ONS, has attributed the decline in its figures to falls in large-volume offences such as vehicle crime and burglaries due to the rise in domestic security such as window locks, alarms.

UAP cylinders now an option for Borg customers

* BORG-UAP-PLUS.jpgBorg Locks now offer the UAP+ Zero Lift Cylinder as an option with their Key Override Gate Locks. This is great news for UAP TradeLocks as they have enjoyed a good working relationship with Borg Locks for the past six months since they became the master distributor for their digi-locks.

The Auto Locksmiths Show latest

Is already looking to be a great success with over 500 pre-registered vistors. The demonstration area is proving popular even though there is a charge for watching the live demos (show entry is free). Demonstrations are selling very fast. Hickleys are offering a £10 voucher for anyone attending their demos off show purchases.

Tradelocks are also offering £10 off a £100 spend at the show if you attend their demos.

EU Commission vows to boost EU security industry

The plan envisages a stronger internal market for the security industry harmonising standards and certification procedures for security technologies, and better exploiting the links between civil and defence security research.

New funding schemes are proposed including a 'pre-commercial procurement' to validate results stemming from EU security research projects and check on the impact to society of new security technologies at the research stage.

Leading certification body SSAIB inaugurates security screening scheme

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Olympics security staff jobs after games?

We do not want to see the legacy of these games, which have been such a source of national pride, to be that those recruited from the ranks of the unemployed to secure the games forced back on the dole says GMB.

GMB, the union for security staff, is calling on employers across the UK to assist GMB members employed as Olympic security staff to find work after the games to stop them being returned to the dole.

Securefast unveils ENTRA

* Entra.jpgWith a reputation for taking the lead in new innovations, Securefast have introduced the new ENTRA Access Control system, which is being promoted as simply the best value access control product on the market.

Launched at the recent IFSEC international security exhibition, the UK designed and manufactured ENTRA offers an on-line access control system that is easy to program and comes complete with free software that is compatible with Windows7, XP Business or server 2003. The system incorporates SQL sever database with scheduled automatic backup and archiving.

Wanted: locksmith to open doors to world of spy secrets

Handy with a lock pick? Watched all the James Bond movies? Want to see the world, meet interesting people and break into their embassy to steal their secrets? The Australian Secret Intelligence Service might have the job for you.

In a new notice on its careers webpage, ASIS, Australia's foreign intelligence agency, is looking for a ''corporate locksmith.''

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News in Brief

Interline's profit falls 8 pct on acquisition cost

Interline Brands, which makes products for locksmiths, hardware companies and professional contractors, said its net income fell by 8 percent in the second quarter as it booked charges related to its deal to be acquired by a pair of private equity groups.


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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:


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.

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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