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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
10th July 2013 Issue no. 176

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Tampa Bay's 10 News helps change locksmith standards

In 2009, the 10 News Investigators went undercover to help bust deceptive locksmiths. After the investigation, 10 News sat down with Victor Crist, then a State Senator leading the effort to regulate the locksmith industry. But a statewide bill to crackdown on dirty locksmiths died in the legislature.

But Crist hadn't forgotten the story, or the locksmiths. Last week County Commissioner Victor Crist, with the help of his fellow commissioners, moved to act. And they've got backup- professional locksmiths also want tougher regulation of these shady competitors.

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"Security and convenience are just as important as preserving the traditional look."

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The thing is, when you're asked to provide a door that's slightly out of the ordinary, hardware is often a stumbling block.

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Locksmith facing child pornography charges

A Chesterfield, VA, county locksmith will be appearing in federal court on July 16th to answer to charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. Harry Lee Palmquist Jr. told federal investigators earlier this year that he had been downloading child pornography for about a decade, according to an affidavit. Based on the document, Palmquist didn't come to the attention of investigators until September 2012.

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'Locksmith' kiosks replace lost keys at any hour

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If you have ever experienced being locked out of your apartment, you'll be glad of this new and unique locksmith service by tech startup KeyMe, according to an item in the New York Daily News.

The company has installed its self-service 'locksmith' kiosks in several 7-Eleven stores around New York City.

With the kiosk, people can store digital copies of their keys. If they lose their keys or get locked out of their apartments, people can simply go back to a KeyMe kiosk and create a spare key by accessing their digital copy.

Digital copies can be accessed via fingerprint scan so people can be assured that nobody else can access their keys. The kiosk is also equipped with high-level encryption and does not store any personal information. 

45 days for armed security guards in India to get verified

Police in India have given agencies a 45-day ultimatum to get all armed security guards verified. Joint commissioner of police Maheshwar Dayal called a meeting of all the security agencies last week and directed owners to ensure verification of arms licences before hiring the guards.

In August last year, a little girl, Vaanya Chaddha, 5, was shot when a loaded double barrel gun of a security guard accidentally went off. The girl remained hospitalised for more than 10 days. Later, the police found that the guard had a fake arms licence.

Source: Hindustani Times 

US security expert says surveillance cameras can be hacked

A U.S. security expert says he has identified ways to remotely attack high-end surveillance cameras used by industrial plants, prisons, banks and the military, something that potentially would allow hackers to spy on facilities or gain access to sensitive computer networks.

Craig Heffner, a former software developer with the National Security Administration who now works for a private security firm, said he discovered the previously unreported bugs in digital video surveillance equipment from firms including Cisco Systems Inc, D-Link Corp and TRENDnet.

Free Key Codes With Genuine Lishi

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UAP TradeLocks have launched a new Genuine Lishi 2-in-1 set which will enable Auto-Locksmiths to obtain the key codes for various Citroen and Peugeot models for free.

ACT gets hyper in France

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French retail chain Hyper U is using an access control solution from ACT at one of its largest stores, a 20,000-square-metre property with 200 full-time personnel at the western town of Savenay in the Loire Estuary. The integrator is 2ACOM who have installed the equipment in two phases after the end-user found the ACT solution to be robust, reliable and with the functionality needed to both secure the site and improve logistics by reporting on staff activity.

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

The 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.

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This Week's News

Free training from Codelocks

* Codelocks-training.jpgCodelocks plans to continue with its free locksmith training sessions into the autumn months.

The comprehensive training is designed for locksmiths who want to refresh their technical knowledge of digital door and cabinet locks. The sessions will take place between September and December at Codelocks' HQ in Newbury.

NEW premises & NEW catalogue launch for RhinoCo

* Rhinoco-Lisa.jpgRhinoCo Technology are pleased to announce the relocation of their UK office.

On the 24th June 2013 RhinoCo moved to their new offices and warehousing at Shawbury Park Farm, Shrewsbury, SY4 4JP.

UK Operations Director Lisa Lupton stated "We are thrilled to have moved to both bigger and better premises. With more office and warehouse space, we hope to provide an even better service to our customers."

MOBOTIX launches a new series of installation mounts

* Mobotix-mounts.jpgThe launch includes the S14/S15 SurroundMount, DualMount, HaloMount and SpeakerMount. With the new mounts, the users get easy-to-install solutions that create completely new application scenarios for S14/S15 platform.

SALTO installs 1000th RFID lock at Cambridge university college

SALTO Systems has seen its 1000th RFID lock installed into Jesus College, one of 31 individual colleges at the University of Cambridge.
Established between 1496 and 1516 on the site of the twelfth-century Benedictine nunnery of St Mary and St Radegund, whose ruinous buildings were adapted to house it, Jesus College like other colleges at the University is an independent self-governing body, with its own constitution, endowments and income.

Vemotion helps Swinfen Charitable Trust develop innovative telemedicine project providing real time video telehealth links over the mobile network in Nepal

* Swinfen-House-Nepal.jpgVemotion Interactive, specialists in live video transmission over low bandwidth connections, today announced its participation in an innovative telemedicine trial conducted by the Swinfen Charitable Trust in Nepal.

Speaking at a reception at the House of Lords hosted by Lord and Lady Swinfen on behalf of the Trust, Ian Foxley, Vemotion's Business Development Director described the collaborative trial to provide live video linkage from a remote hilltop village in Central Nepal.

Lone worker protection essential as Corporate Manslaughter cases rise

Figures published earlier this year by law firm Pinsent Masons show that the number of corporate manslaughter cases rose to 63 in 2012, compared with 45 in 2011 - an increase of 40%. The firm also warns of an increased focus by the Crown Prosecution Service on corporate manslaughter claims, claiming that momentum is growing around enforcement of the 2007 Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act, with a number of new cases in the pipeline.

Salvation Army - TLJ & AI Security work together to provide access control solution

* Booth-House.jpgTLJ's stand alone key card locks have proven to be a great success at Booth House in Whitechapel, London. TLJ worked closely with the Essex based company AI Security throughout the duration of the project; from the initial site survey, during the installation and training and continue to do so throughout the ongoing after sales support.

Locks failing on high security cells

State officials say faulty locks may be a root cause of the deadly violence occurring in Georgia's high-security prisons. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that state facilities housing gangs and hardened criminals continue to deal with the dangers of doors that do not lock.

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UK partners up for cyber security

The United Kingdom is partnering up with nine defense contractors and telecommunications companies as fear regarding the future of cyber security settles in. The program is called the Defence Cyber Protection Partnership and is designed to come up with stronger policies and standards for businesses of all sizes to adhere to. Companies included in the partnership are Lockheed Martin, Hewlett Packard, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, among others.

Kent Police have recently launched a fleet of mobile police contact points to enhance visibility of, and access to, the police particularly in rural areas

The fleet of 6 mobile police contact point vehicles will visit 180 locations, mostly small and rural, on a significant and systematic basis. The fleet will be operational from Wednesday through to Sunday. Over 180 locations will receive a regular visit in each two week period. The locations will be subject to review but will be spread all across the County.

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Will telematics systems open the door for car theft?

As the fast-paced development of telematics systems continues to provide an ever greater number of convenience features for car owners, what does this mean for car security? 

In the view of SBD, more convenience and more connectivity often means less security! Weaknesses from embedded software and multiple communication channels have already been highlighted by several academic institutions and if hackers can get into the Pentagon, you can be sure they will get into your car.

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Security firm G4S makes £5m of savings for Lincolnshire Police

A security company has been able to make £5m of savings for a police force a year after taking over its back office functions. Lincolnshire Police signed a £200m contract with G4S, the world's largest security company, last April. At the time G4S committed to making £3.6m - 13.6 per cent - of savings a year but in a report published reviewing the first year, the firm said it had been able to make savings of 18 per cent or £5m, the equivalent of an extra 35 officers on the streets.

As part of the partnership, 575 civilian staff were transferred to G4S.

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CES Security Solutions Ltd appoints Business Development Manager

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CES Security Solutions Ltd, a leading provider of state-of-the-art locking and security systems, has recently appointed Brian Ferguson to the role of Business Development Manager. He will be responsible for sales to architectural ironmongers and selected locksmiths and will cover the Midlands and the North of England.

New DHF training scheme to drive up safety levels in powered gate sector

The drive to increase levels of safety of powered automatic gates has taken a major step forward with the introduction of a comprehensive training scheme by the Powered Gate Group of the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF).

Greggs gets SmartWater protection

Leading high street retailer Greggs has turned to SmartWater to deter thieves and protect its staff and premises.

UAP TradeLocks' VAT Free Summer

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UAP 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.

'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.

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