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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
10th October 2012 Issue no. 139

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International News

The keys to the city: Retired locksmith selling master keys that will open subways, elevators and power stations

A retired locksmith is leaving the door open for anybody who wants to make themselves at home in various areas of New York City's infrastructure. Daniel Ferraris, 69, of Union City, New Jersey, is reportedly not asking questions as he sells the keys, which have some crying foul over a possible security breach.

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US nuclear site ends security contract following nun's break-in

The U.S. government's "Fort Knox" of weapons-grade uranium storage has ended its contract with a unit of international security firm G4S, two months after an 82-year-old nun and other nuclear activists broke into the site.

Security guard training organisations face scrutiny in Australia

Some government-approved organisations are under fire in Australia for providing security guard qualifications to people without any training, with potentially deadly consequences.

The following is a transcript taken from ABC's investigation into the system that's been exploited by 11,000 people in the past two years alone to avoid the tough training, probation and citizenship requirements in states like NSW and Victoria.

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Easydor opens the door to easier access

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New Easydor is an eco friendly wireless door operator that also acts as a door closer. This heavy duty, low energy opener is designed for institutional, high traffic manual opening in applications such as Education, Healthcare and Leisure facilities, making access much easier.

Investigation reveals cyber espionage technique used for government intelligence gathering

A joint investigation by the Guardian Newspaper and the Cyber Security Research Institute has revealed that nation states are now routinely deploying cyber espionage software across the internet.

Gartner: Worldwide security spending will approach $86 billion in 2016

Worldwide spending on security is expected to touch the $60 billion mark in 2012, up 8.4 percent from $55 billion in the previous year, according to research company Gartner -- this figure will approach $86 billion in 2016.

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We want security - but we don't want Big brother. Watchdog warns of potential backlash, see below. But if we have security, it needs to be effective. Worker suspended for missing dummy explosives in baggage hall screening at Manchester airport, see below. ALEX the Auto Locksmiths Expo is fast approaching. See the latest news below.

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This Week's News

Customers want the convenience of auto smart keys now, but are too concerned with security

Customers want the convenience of smart key now, but are too concerned with security and reliability to accept a smartphone key system just yet, says SBD's latest customer survey. Data sourced from SBD's new customer survey - Cautious to Converted: A Survey Of Existing And Potential Smart Key Customers In EU. 

ALEX is now less than 3 weeks away

ALEX.jpgVisitor pre-show registration is still going strong with visitors booked from all over the world. Do pre-book it will save time on arriving. The QR codes will be going out later this week, please print at a reasonable size making sure you have all the edges or bring your smartphone with the image on-board.

Two new exhibitors have joined us:  Keyprogrammers and Transponder Maker Pro. Anyone else? we have room for a couple more.

High-def CCTV cameras risk backlash, warns UK watchdog

High-definition closed-circuit television (CCTV) risks sparking a public backlash, according to the UK government's surveillance commissioner. Andrew Rennison told the Independent newspaper that "the technology has overtaken our ability to regulate it."

Surveillance cams now offer up to 29 megapixels, surpassing many cameras used by professional photographers.

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Airport security worker 'failed to spot fake bomb clearly designed to look like explosives as it went through X-ray machine'

An airport security worker has been suspended after she failed to spot a fake bomb designed to look like explosives as it passed through the X-ray machine. The guard did not detect the dummy explosive as it passed through Manchester Airport's 'air side' meaning it could have been taken on board a flight by a passenger.

It is believed that the woman missed the fake bomb because she was looking at her work rota at the time rather than watching the screen.

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DHF publishes guide to the specification of CE marked doorsets

* DHF doorset CE mark guide.jpgA comprehensive guide designed to help building professionals correctly specify CE marked doorsets has been published by the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF).

The DHF, the voice of the UK door and hardware industry, has produced the guide to make building professionals aware of the benefits of specifying CE marked doorsets rather than traditional multi-supplier sourced door assemblies.

Hacker cracks 4 million hotel locks with 'James Bond Dry Erase Marker'

This new hacker invention may look like a harmless dry erase marker, but in truth it's the ultimate electronic lock pick. In a post titled 'James Bond's Dry Erase Marker,' hotel hacker Matthew Jakubowski demonstrates how anyone can build this pocket-sized device which will open the lock on an estimated 4 million hotel rooms.

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Common Criteria Conference in Paris: cryptovision is awarded four certificates for ePasslet Suite

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As electronic identity documents continue to evolve, numerous applications have been implemented by national authorities worldwide for many diverse purposes, including machine readable travel documents and electronic passports, citizen identity documents, electronic driving licenses and vehicle registration records, social insurance cards and more.

Camargus launches world's first premier stadium video technology at IBC

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Camargus will be officially launching its revolutionary panoramic camera and video operator system for general availability at IBC 2012. The system has been productised into a scalable and highly modular platform spanning the panoramic view HD quality and live buffers up to 90 minutes.

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Security expert donates new safe to Grimsby charity shop after break-in

A charity is feeling as safe as houses thanks to a generous donation. More than £800 was stolen by thieves who raided the Grimsby and District Healthcare charity shop, in Freeman Street, Grimsby. Now, security and locksmith expert Richard Ellis has donated a new safe to the charity.

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Senior G4S executives resign over Olympics security failure

Two senior executives at G4S have resigned over the company's failure to deliver its contract for the London 2012 Olympics, but chief executive Nick Buckles has kept his job.

David Taylor-Smith, chief operating officer, and Ian Horseman-Sewell, managing director for G4S Global Events, are stepping down following the firm's failure to meet its Olympics commitments. The G4S board, though, has concluded Buckles should stay on "in the best interest of the company and all of its stakeholders."

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