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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
19th June 2013 Issue no. 173

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Lenel to offer Traka USA Key Management Solutions to North and Latin American customers

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Traka USA, a leading developer of intelligent key and asset management solutions around the world, and Lenel Systems International Inc., a market leader in integrated access and video software solutions, announced an agreement to offer Traka USA Key Management Solutions to Lenel's North America and Latin America customers through Lenel's Value Added Resellers (VAR).

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This Week's News

EU websites track users without warning, against own rules

European institutions are tracking users of their web sites, in breach of the EU's own data protection rules, EurActiv has learned. The fact has been confirmed by Europe's data protection watchdog, in an interview with EurActiv, while Brussels is reviewing privacy legislation to tackle the abuse.

The European Data Protection Supervisor, Peter Hustinx, said that institutions were aware of the problem, that new guidelines are being drawn up to deal with the issue, and that his own office avoided using EU institutional software last year  because he realised they were "inappropriate."

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MiraClone comes out as No.1 in Australasia

MiraClone.jpgThe Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia commissioned a report by its Training Director, Jeremy Phillips. He tested all of the leading transponder cloners and included Lockdecoders' MiraClone even though it is not an entry level cloner but an advanced Eeprom machine and lost points because it is naturally more expensive.

Overall the MiraClone still came out tops and here are some comments from the report, reproduced by permission:

UAP TradeLocks' VAT Free Summer

* product shot summer vat.jpgUAP TradeLocks, leading supplier of specialised locksmith tools, is celebrating the start of the Great British Summer by covering the cost of the VAT for all products on the website.

Unlike the British weather, Locksmiths can rely on TradeLocks to brighten up their summer by offering its customers 20% off all orders over £100. The promotion runs across all products on the site including new additions such as the current product of the month, the Citroen/Peugeot Genuine Lishi 2-in-1 Set, the MAX6MUM SECURITY retail range and Chris Belcher's Super Snapper Bar.

What to know when you're locked out of your house

"Phone, Keys, Wallet." We all live by that check list as we are running out the door, but sometimes one of those items can fall off your radar. Locking yourself out of your house might be one of the costliest lapses out of the three, because if a family member or friend cannot deliver a spare set of keys, your next call could be a locksmith who will use your situation as a ripe business opportunity.

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A new range of low cost DVRs from VDT direct

* VDT-Direct-New-DVR.jpgVDT Direct, the leading developer of rapid deployment video alarm solutions, has launched an innovative range of low cost DVRs. Costing from just £120, they can be generically integrated with the innovative WebEye CMS cloud-based alarm monitoring solution and will meet the needs of smaller scale users in a wide range residential, retail and commercial applications.

'The Security Oscars' are open for nominations

The nomination process for the 2013 Security Excellence Awards - organised by UBM Live - is now open. Celebrating its 15th year in 2013, this highly prestigious industry awards scheme is specifically designed to commend and honour the very best professionals, projects and processes which both the UK and international security sectors have to offer.

New security for Statue of Liberty

With the Statue of Liberty scheduled to reopen on July 4, New York officials are pressing the parks department to reconsider new security procedures that they believe put the monument at "greater risk" for a terrorist attack. At issue is the point where visitors are screened for Statue of Liberty tours. The National Park Service has said it plans to move security screenings to Ellis Island, after visitors have taken ferry rides from New Jersey and Manhattan. Those wanting to visit the statue will undergo a second screening.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Smartcard-based security from Certgate also available for the new BlackBerry 10 OS

* certgate.jpgCertgate, the IT security company from Nuremberg, Germany, also ensures additional hardware-based security in the new BlackBerry 10. BlackBerry, a leading global company for wireless innovation, has initiated closer cooperation with certgate, a specialist in IT security, so that it can continue to offer its customers hardware-based security where required.

Global security software market worth $19.2 billion in 2012

Global security software market revenues rose 8 per cent to $19.2 billion last year, spurred by practices like bring your own device (BYOD), among other issues, global research firm Gartner claims. Worldwide revenues from security software market totalled $17.7 billion in 2011, the firm added.

"The evolution of new threats and working practices, such as bring your own device (BYOD), is driving spending on security," according to Research Director Ruggero Contu.

Another potential muslim terrorist slips through the net - this time in Australia

Australian PM Julia Gillard has ordered a high-level probe into apparent intelligence and immigration failures that meant an Egyptian asylum-seeker convicted of terrorism charges was housed for nearly a year in low-security detention.

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MOBOTIX re-invents motion detection and reduces false alarms

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MOBOTIX AG has unveiled the MxActivitySensor - a revolutionary technology that registers traveling movement of people and objects, while dismissing redundant changes and movement in the scene. This drastically reduces the number of false alarms. Through the development of the MxActivitySensor, MOBOTIX has re-invented a method for intelligent video motion detection.

Greater Locksmith to make substantial donation to Amici children's charity

Greater Locksmith, a prominent locksmith & security company operating in the Toronto, recently announced that it would make a substantial donation of 5% of all locksmith revenues generated in the first week of June to Amici, a registered charitable organization. Amici is dedicated to sending children from low income families to overnight summer camps all across Ontario.

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) shortlists SmartAlarm Gold system from VPS in the BIFM Awards 2013

VPS are the largest vacant property specialists in Europe, securing more than 90,000 properties and employing over 2000 staff in 100 locations across the UK, the US, and mainland Europe. They specialise in securing, maintaining and managing vacant property across a wide range of customer and industry sectors, working with facility managers, local authorities and the UK's leading construction companies, property developers, estate managers and insolvency practitioners.

British Transport Police focus on roads and ports to target stolen scrap metal

British Transport Police (BTP) officers across the country last week carried out a series of linked operations with a number of agencies to enforce recent changes to the laws governing scrap metal dealing across England and Wales.

Undercover locksmith investigation on TV

"I'm mad as hell," Jerry Goodwin exclaimed, standing on his back deck in Acworth, "They said it'd cost about 100 bucks." He was talking about a bill he got from a locksmith who replaced his lock, reports US TV Channel 11Alive.

"It was 424 dollars! They said, 'Oh yeah it'd cost a 100 bucks', a 30 dollar call out and 70 dollars, to replace the lock."

Jerry Goodwin is not alone. The Governor's Office of Consumer Protection has been getting complaints about locksmiths, accused of gouging customers.

EU directive on network and information security: call for evidence

The European Commission published a proposal for a directive for network and information security on 7 February 2013. This was accompanied by a cyber security strategy that contains non-legislative measures on a broad range of issues. These documents can be found on the European Commission website.

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At-risk industrial units should consider benefits of a Keyhold

Operators of industrial units can prevent employees being threatened or injured or disturbed out of hours when attending security alerts, if they look at a Keyhold from Sector Security that will safeguard both employee safety and wellbeing.

Westminster locks out metal theft with Taylor-made bin device

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Westminster City Council will be rolling out a new waste bin container-locking device across the borough this summer following successful security trials earlier this year.

The patented bin container locking device from Taylor, Slam-Lock, has been developed in conjunction with the council and waste contractor Veolia Environmental Services

It is designed to deter metal theft in the borough and will support the council in its waste reduction efforts.

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G4S boss quits

Chief executive Nick Buckles, who was instrumental in creating the G4S business through the merger of Securicor and the security businesses of Group 4 Falck in 2004, stands down.He is to retire from the company and will be replaced on June 1 by Ashley Almanza, who has held senior roles at oil and gas group BG Group.

G4S's Olympics failure saw Mr Buckles appear before MPs, during which he admitted it was a "humiliating shambles for the company." Extra military personnel had to be called in to fill the gap left by G4S's failure to supply enough staff for the £284m contract for the Games, held in London last year.

Yale books 'safecation' for locksmiths

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Yale is turning up the heat on potential sales for locksmiths this summer through its first 'Safecation' campaign. Building on the success of Yale's 'We Love Locks' initiative - launched in February - the company is assisting locksmiths in giving Britain a safe summer through increased security awareness and use of its products.

Free bike locks handed out to commuters

Free bike security locks were on offer at Bedford Railway Station recently in an attempt to cut the number of cycle thefts, reports Bedford Today.
First Capital Connect (FCC) and the British Transport Police (BTP) stepped up their campaign against cycle crime at Bedford railway station by handing out free high security locks worth around £40.

Tributes to locksmith and charity worker Andy

The funeral of a well known Seaford locksmith, who had been working in the town for more than 30 years, was held at St Leonard’s Church in Seaford on Friday May 24.

Andy Anderson, who opened County Hardware in the town, passed away peacefully on Friday May 10, aged 80, with his wife of 51 years, Barbara, by his side.

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