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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
28th November 2012 Issue no. 146

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International News

Vemotion launch security solution for transport asset protection

Vemotion Interactive, specialists in live video transmission over low bandwidth connections, have announced the launch of their new Transport Asset Protection solutions at the Transport Security Expo.

IFSEC Seeks Top 40 Security and Fire Industry Influencers

As IFSEC approaches its 40th year, the IFSEC team would like to know who you deem the 40 most influential players in the global security and fire industry today. From the hottest conference speakers, to the most followed tweeters, we want your help to compile a global list of the top 40 leading thinkers and innovators.

Soon security cameras will be predicting your next move

As if the prospect of being watched by security cameras wasn't unsettling enough, they may not only be watching you. Computerised surveillance software currently under development will also let them predict what you're about to do.

Lockdecoders is everywhere...almost

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Peter Southern, Managing Director of Lockdecoders Ltd, writes:

This has been a very busy year for me both in our product development and in my visits to assist our various Principal Distributors in the many countries in which we are represented. Those tasks have taken me this year so far to Norway, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey, France, the USA, Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea - some of those twice.

Security alert over print at home plane tickets that can be altered to avoid US security checks

Barcodes on airline boarding passes can be read using smartphones and altered to allow passengers through lighter security checks, an aviation security researcher has claimed. The U.S. Transport Security Administration (TSA) runs a programme called PreCheck which allows frequent fliers to be randomly chosen for 'expedited screening' before boarding domestic flights.

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The previously reported hack of card operated door locks widely used in hotels is now being used by burglars to gain access to guest bedrooms, according to mainstream news sources such as Forbes and the BBC (see below). According to Forbes, hotel guests have been returning to their rooms to find that items have been taken with no visible signs of unlawful entry. Staff access cards have been monitored and show no entry for room service at times when the theft has taken place. At least one arrest has been made, but with some 4 million card access locks of this type out there, we can certainly expect more. We can only hope so. The old key on a big plastic fob don't look so silly now do they?

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This Week's News

Security Training Malpractice

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has issued a Press Statement (NR2712) announcing the withdrawal of 1001 training certificates following their investigation into allegations of training malpractice, in partnership with Awarding Organisation HABC.

Of these qualifications, 654 have been used to obtain an SIA licence, which will be revoked unless the licence holders gain a valid qualification within 28 days.

Hotel burglars suspected of exploiting lock security bug

Burglars seem to be exploiting a bug in widely used electronic door locks to steal from hotels. The bug was first publicised at a hacker conference in July, showing how a simple electronic device could unlock doors in seconds.

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Lockdecoders show in Ireland

Lockdecoders tell us that their one day show in ireland over the weekend proved to be a success despite the last minute change of venue.

"We had 15 visitors on the day who we were able to spend quality time with", says Peter Southern. "And we sold a couple of machines."


ESCAR (Embedded Security in Cars) is the world's leading conference on all aspects of IT security in vehicles and has been running since 2003.

This year, ESCAR will be held on the 28th and 29th of November in Berlin, and SBD have been invited to present the findings of their latest research on electronic automotive security.

Fireco's door solution at University of London

* London-Uni.jpgFireco Ltd. has recently supplied and fitted automatic door operators for use at the University of London's College Hall undergraduate hall of residence to help ease disabled access in a number of locations, including the reception area, dining hall and laundry.

Simple-minded spies: Belgian State Security employees overshare information on Facebook and LinkedIn

You'd never catch James Bond or Jason Bourne doing this, I'm sure: dimwits working for Belgium's State Security Service are reportedly sharing the name of their employer on social networking sites.

A report in local newspaper De Standaard says Belgian State Security officials and politicians charged with overseeing the civilian intelligence agency have already expressed concerns over the LinkedIn and Facebook profiles of certain employees.

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VDT Direct expands sales team

* Leigh-Hughes_VDT-Direct.jpgVDT Direct, the leading developer of rapid deployment video security solutions, has announced the appointment of Leigh Hughes as sales executive. 

LAPD deployed Milestone video to monitor space shuttle Endeavour's final journey

* lapd-endeavour.jpgMilestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), provided 'the right stuff' as the technology for live monitoring with archived recordings when the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) needed to supervise every moment during the space shuttle Endeavour's recent weekend-long journey from the Los Angeles International Airport to its final home at the California Science Center.

Isle of Wight firm training piracy security officers

Ex-military personnel are being trained to be maritime security officers by an Isle of Wight company.

Flying Fish, in Cowes, has shifted its focus from sailing and watersports courses to private security training in response to increased demand.

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Locks at the Tower of London changed after a burglar broke in and stole the keys!

The locks at the Tower of London, home to the Crown Jewels, had to be changed after a burglar broke in and stole the keys. The intruder scaled gates and took the keys from a sentry post. Guards spotted him but according to reports, couldn't give chase as they are not allowed to leave their posts.

Thieves getting the message that war memorials are off-limits

Newly released figures have revealed that thefts from the nation's war memorials have fallen by around two thirds since the launch of an initiative to protect this key piece of the UK's heritage.

SSAIB launches UKAS-approved fire risk assessment scheme

SSAIB, the UK and Ireland's leading certification body for security organisations - providing a variety of electronic security, manned guarding services, fire protection, intruder, and other alarm systems - has unveiled an important and topical fire scheme.

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