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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
5th September 2012 Issue no. 134

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International News

UAP cylinders now an option for Borg customers

Borg 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.

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.

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Well it's good to be back into the swing of 'real life' once more as the holidays come to an end, but with the Paralympics currently holding the nation in thrall just as the Olympics did a couple of weeks ago, and with the current spell of sunshine, it seems like the Summer is unending. Well it will end, unfortunately. But to touch upon just one more pre-break item, do you remember the story about the so-called 'locks of love' padlocks being attached to Sydney Harbour Bridge that the authorities said they will remove? Well it seems the French are more romantic than the Aussies (no surprise there) and the local authorities in Paris have said that the ones on bridges crossing the Seine can stay.

Good news for the local locks shop that's anywhere near a bridge? Put an item in your local paper perhaps? Not everyone can get to Paris or Sydney.

So what have we got to look forward to next? ALEX the Auto Locksmith's Expo. Details on this page. 

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This Week's News

Master Locksmiths Association exposes scam operations

An initiative to expose scam locksmith operations from the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) has gained the support of the Trading Standards Institute (TSI).

To counter the lack of industry regulation - which has provided a fertile breeding ground for rogue traders - the MLA's two-pronged initiative includes funding the development of a nationally recognised locksmithing qualification and working to identify and report unscrupulous traders.

Hotel lock firm's security fix requires hardware changes for millions of keycard locks

Good news for the security of hotels and travelers: Onity, whose keycard locks can be found on at least four million rooms around the world, has a plan to fix a security flaw that could allow hackers to insert a homemade device into its keycard locks and open them in seconds.

The bad news: the fix requires hardware changes to every affected lock. And for hotels who want more than a bandaid-style repair, Onity wants its customers to pay for it.

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UAP Tradelocks partner with JB Key to benefit irish locksmiths

* JB-UAP.jpgLeading UK supplier and distributor of Locksmith tools, UAP TradeLocks, have entered into a distribution agreement with Dublin based hardware and security company, JB Key Co.

The agreement will see JB Key become the distributor for TradeLocks in the Republic of Ireland. This will mean that TradeLocks tools will be stocked in Ireland, so customers will benefit from faster delivery times and promotional prices.

Yales Doormaster works nights with Mike B's Security

* Mike-B-Security.jpgMike B's Security Locksmith Ltd has adopted Yale's Doormaster multipoint locking range to help provide a more efficient repair service, especially when called out at night to repair failing or broken locks on PVC-u, Timber or Composite doors.

Midlands based Mike B's has recently introduced the new Doormaster solution after a site engineer attended a Yale training day and presented back positive feedback, specifically identifying how easy the product is to install and the fact that is offers a true 'one visit, one repair' solution for multipoint locking.

Self-Expiring Visitor Badges now compatible with colour Inkjet Printers

Now visitor management systems can print self-expiring visitor badges on colour inkjet printers, thanks to a new product that Data Management, Inc., has added to its line of Visitor Pass Solutions.

Self-expiring visitor badges, which change colour overnight so they can't be reused, have long been available for direct thermal printers. But these print only in black and white, including visitors' photographs.

Urmet appointed to provide access control

* SIGNOhandsetb&w.jpgMarket-leading audio and video door-entry manufacturers, Urmet, are delighted to have been appointed as the supplier for the first two residential buildings at the 67-acre King's Cross Central development.

Using their latest full IP video door-entry and access control system, IPervoice, Urmet convinced main contractor Carillion, one of the UK's leading construction companies, that their system was simple to install, added greater flexibility for the building owner and was the perfect choice for high-volume, landmark residential schemes.

Security group offers short story prize

A security research group is offering $1000 for the best short story outlining a future nightmare scenario for Australia's national security.
This mirrors a similar challenge launched by the US Army after the September 11 terror attacks, with top Hollywood action screenwriters and directors invited to come up with scenarios for future terrorist attacks on the US.

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Queen's Award winner Winsted returns to Security Essen

* Winsted-desk.jpgLeading control room furniture manufacturer Winsted, will be returning to the bi-annual Security Essen show taking place 25-28 September.

Winsted, winners of the coveted Queen Award for Enterprise in International Trade, will be demonstrating the benefits of its flagship Prestige Sight-Line console, with advantages including its reconfigurable and expandable formats, allowing customization to meet customer-specific requirements.

In Paris, 'love locks' conquer all, even City Hall

* love lock.jpgThey say you can't beat City Hall, but Paris authorities who once took a dim view of the thousands of "love locks" adorning the bridges of the Seine river have had a change of heart.

Padlocks are attached to a fence by lovers on the "Pont des Arts" bridge. They say you can't beat City Hall, but Paris authorities who once took a dim view of the thousands of "love locks" adorning the bridges of the Seine have had a change of heart.

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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.

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.

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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