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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
13th March 2013 Issue no. 159

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International News

The Locksmiths' Exhibition March 2013


Early visitors had a warm reception with bacon or sausage baps and hot beverages available. Now that the hotel is completed a full English will be on the menu as well!



Talking to customers and prospective customers - that's what it's all about.

First ever winner of the Golden Key Award!

Amy Pass was a well-deserved winner of the inaugural Golden Key Awards, sponsored by Lockdecoders. The unanimous vote went Amy's way following nomination by her employer Tim Hart at Citylocks.


New executive for the Locksmiths Guild of Australia

There are some new faces and some reshuffling of national executive positions at the Locksmiths Guild of Australia Inc.

Yale showcases new campaigns at Locksmiths' Exhibition

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Yale will be showcasing a series of exciting new marketing campaigns alongside an array of mechanical and digital security products at 2013's Locksmiths' Exhibition.

Yale launches intelligent door viewer technology

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Yale has launched a new range of digital door viewers, providing locksmiths with an innovative new method of preventing distraction burglary. According to the Home Office, around 11,500 homes a year fall victim to 'bogus callers' entering their homes under false pretences. In the majority of cases, intruders pose as officials in order to gain access to homes with the intention of stealing cash and other belongings, such as car keys.

Samsung and Milestone bring calm to housing complex

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State-of-the-art implementation of IP video surveillance technologies reduces crime.

Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS) has been installed with Samsung network cameras in a surveillance system that has brought peace and confidence to the citizens of a neighborhood in Eastern France affected by criminal disturbances.

Locksmiths and firemen refuse to help in Spain evictions

First locksmiths and now firemen are unwilling to evict people from their homes in Spain. President of the Locksmiths Union, David Ormaechea, said that following several suicides, some locksmiths are no longer willing to carry out banks' orders to evict people from their homes.

"Families' lives were being ruined, and we were acting as executioners." He added.

Winsted debuts EnVision console and celebrates 50 years in business

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Leading control room furniture manufacturer Winsted Europe & Middle East has unveiled its brand new EnVision Command Console, designed and constructed specifically for today's control room technology. EnVision's introduction is Winsted's first product news for 2013, a year in which the company celebrates its 50th anniversary.

ACTpro Enterprise for door controllers and card readers

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Access Control Technology has released their latest access control software application, ACTpro Enterprise, for use with the ACTpro range of door controllers and card readers. Enterprise is a role based platform designed and built to meet the requirements of increasingly complex access control solutions where regular traffic places heavy demands on software.

Axxium to unveil remote control locks at the Locksmiths Exhibition

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Axxium Ltd will use this year's Locksmiths' Exhibition to launch a number of innovative new products which are capable of operation by remote control. They are suitable for high security applications for use in smart homes and also in assisted living applications.

Carlisle agrees sponsorship deal with Crimestoppers

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Carlisle Support Services has announced that it will be sponsoring Crimestoppers, the independent crime-fighting charity. The initial sponsorship deal will be for 12 months with an option to extend this by a further two years.

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Somehow it seems like the Locksmiths' Exhibition has only just finished! Of course, we're already working on the next one as many exhibitors have decided to reserve their stands early for next year, saying that this year's was the best event so far. To avoid disappointment, it will be first come first served, and this year's exhibitors will have priority over new bookings. So if you did not exhibit this time but want to be there next year, better make your reservation as soon as possible.

In a change to previously published information the dates for next year's show will be the weekend of the 8th & 9th March instead of the 1st & 2nd. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience but unfortunately this was beyond our control.

Our very next event is the Auto Locksmiths Expo (ALEX) October 26th & 27th. 

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This Week's News

SmartWater meets top independent specification

SmartWater's ability to withstand extreme weather conditions over the course of many years has earned it the highest level of independent approval following rigorous testing.

The forensic codes used within SmartWater's uniquely-coded marking solutions have been awarded 'Grade A External' classification under the recently launched national BSI (British Standards Institution) specification, PAS 820:2012.

Mul-T-Lock launches smart access control cylinder solution

Smartair_e-cylinder.jpgMul-T-Lock presents a new Smartair retrofit e-cylinder, which can instantly convert any door from being purely mechanical to access control, without the need to modify a door.

BYOD: Bane of IT departments or cost-saving productivity driver?

By Gabriella Griffith

IT professionals up and down the country are pulling their hair out and Apple is to blame. Well, maybe that's a bit strong but as the company often cited as the catalyst for the consumerisation of IT, the roots of the BYOD phenomenon were planted by devices such as the iPhone and the iPad. BYOD has been a massive buzz word in the corporate world for some time now, reaching way beyond the realms of technology departments.

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MOBOTIX App: premium solution now available on the App Store

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The newly-available MOBOTIX App is a mobile video management solution for Apple* iPhone, iPad, iPad mini and iPod touch devices that improves everyday convenience and security.

With this free-of-charge App, MOBOTIX users can access their video systems anytime from anywhere in the world and have mobile Internet access via WLAN (Wi-Fi) or UMTS/3G. Bandwidth-optimized remote access to live feeds and recordings, as well as an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand interface with a wide range of system functions make the MOBOTIX App an outstanding premium solution.

Roto: Have you heard the rumours?

Guess what? Someone told us that negative rumours are more likely to be passed on than positive ones. Have you heard that one too?

Do you know something else? Apparently, as a rumour travels, it "grows shorter, more concise, more easily grasped and told." We have that last one on good authority (actually, it's from a study called Psychology of Rumour, by Allport and Postman, published in 1947).

Site security boss fined for paying less than minimum wage

By Grant Prior

The owner of a London construction site security company has been sentenced for failing to pay his workers the National Minimum Wage. Kenneth Nnaemeka Ikerunanwa was fined £1,000 at Wood Green Crown Court after pleading guilty to failing to pay the security guards he employed wages that they were legally entitled to.

He was also sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, for under-declaring VAT due of at least £72,000 and ordered to pay £20,000 compensation. Ikerunanwa, the proprietor of Widescope Security Services, Tottenham, provided security guards to sites. He also pleaded guilty to failing to produce appropriate documents for HM Revenue and Customs compliance officers during their enquiries.

Almost 3,000 police officers volunteer for G8 security duty

The Police Service of Northern Ireland says nearly 3,000 officers from forces in Britain have volunteered to be part of the huge security operation for the G8 summit in County Fermanagh in June.

That is in spite of police unions in the rest of the UK advising their members not to volunteer until safety and insurance issues are resolved.

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Security Whack-A-Mole

Business security is like that game Whack-a-Mole. As soon as you get one pesky rodent taken care of, another one appears.

Fifty years ago, business security meant having good locks on the doors, filing cabinets and employee briefcases. Once email came along, business security grew to include software that monitors email for viruses and making sure that everyone only uses their corporate accounts.

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Bid for formal investigation into security services role in blacklisting scandal

Bid for investigation into blacklisting by security services. Lawyers have launched a bid for a formal investigation into the role of the security services in the construction workers' blacklist scandal. A formal complaint has been lodged with the Investigatory Powers Tribunal - an independent judicial body which hears claims about surveillance by public bodies.

Some victims suspect special branch police officers or spies from MI5 helped the now defunct Consulting Association to compile the 3,213-name list of construction workers.

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Would you like one of these?

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An iPad mini. Then get to the Locksmiths Exhibition 2nd March at Nottingham and look out for the Pinguard table stand.

They will be there Saturday only. Pinguard are late entries but they have an amazing range of shields for just about any code keypad.

Preview to the UAP TradeLocks Stand at The Locksmith's Exhibition

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UAP TradeLocks always pull out all the stops at The Locksmiths Exhibition to make sure they exceed their visitor's expectations and leave them talking about new things to come, and this year is no different. 

Overwhelming support for IFSEC London move in 2014

Following the announcement last week that UBM Live's Protection & Management Series will be moving to ExCel London from June 2014, UBM Live today revealed the overwhelming support received from the industry following the news.

Vital Rail Security has been awarded Approved Contractor Status (ACS) by the Security Industry Authority (SIA)

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The SIA Approved Contractor scheme requires applicant companies to complete a stringent auditing process (both internal and external) which allows the SIA to measure compliance against the relevant British Standards. The audit process is quite intensive and makes stringent demands on applicants who must demonstrate exceptional rigour when implementing procedural and operational guidelines in security disciplines relevant to those particular British Standards. The relevant vetting documentation for security screening is BS: 7858 while site and mobile patrolling is covered by BS: 7499.

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