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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
24th July 2013 Issue no. 178

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MOBOTIX launches a new series of installation mounts

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The 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.

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

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Vemotion 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.

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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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 

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This Week's News

Warning to auto locksmiths

Locks and Security News has been advised of an incident that we now pass on as a warning to others.

An auto locksmith based in the London area took a call around 9PM at night recently and asked if he was able to work on a specific make and model of vehicle. He reassured them several times that he was.

Undercover Investigation: Car locksmith prices differ from ads

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Locking your keys in your car is a helpless feeling. You're on the side of the road and can't go anywhere, until a locksmith comes to rescue you.

Now a hidden camera investigation takes an eye opening look into just how much some of those locksmiths are charging stranded drivers. Are they jacking up the price once they're on the job?

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MOBOTIX launches M15 5 Megapixel Technology

* Mobotix-M15.jpgMOBOTIX AG has launched the new camera platform, M15 based on the new MOBOTIX 5 Megapixel Technology. It offers two exchangeable sensor modules and further builds on MOBOTIX 'innovative camera platform concept.

Employers urged to take extra care of young people starting summer jobs

Workers are far more likely to be injured in workplace accidents during the first few months of a new job than at any other time says the British Safety Council. With the holiday season approaching, employers are urged to pay extra attention to the health and safety of young people hired for temporary, summer work.

Sings like a Canary

A new 'intelligent' home alarm aims to make false alarms a thing of the past.

The Canary is connected to a wi-fi network, syncs with a users smartphone, and not only detects movement in the home, but sudden rises in temperature as well, signifying a possible fire. Once an alert is triggered the homeowner can either call police, remotely trigger the alarm, or just call a neighbour to check over the property. The more alerts sent, the more the device 'learns' the behaviour of the residents and aims to eliminate false alarms triggered by pets. The device will be available for around $199 or £129.

Mul-T-Lock secures specialist housing unit

* AIDs Housing2.jpgMul-T-Lock's patented security solutions have been installed by local locksmiths, J. Williams, at an AIDs housing unit in Dublin.

Dublin's Aids Fund Housing unit provides 24 self-contained apartments - across three properties - for single people and couples in the later stages of AIDs related illness who are homeless or unsuitably housed.

Internet security firm to create 400 jobs in Dublin

Security software firm Symantec is to establish a European customer support base alongside its existing facility in Blanchardstown which will create 400 new jobs. The company, which produces a range of content and network security software, said the new centre would provide a Europe-wide sales and support function to its customers.

ISM appoint industry expert Geoffrey Pye to aid overseas expansion plan and achieve 100% growth target within 5 years

* Geoffrey-Pye.jpgPSIM and intercom systems manufacturer ISM have announced the appointment of respected security industry expert Geoffrey Pye, (Former MD of Optex) as General Manager.

Pye will head up the ISM team, reporting to the Board with a remit to achieve what Stephen Smith Sales and Marketing Director describes as "Bold but attainable growth targets in the next 5 years."

Sony coughs up £250K ICO fine after security fears

Sony has begrudgingly abandoned its fight to contest a £250,000 fine handed down by the Information Commissioner's Office after its massive 2011 PlayStation Network data breach. The Japanese electronics giant was slapped with the fine back in January for breaching the Data Protection Act after the personal info of millions of Brits - including names, addresses and account passwords - were stolen by hackers who infiltrated its PlayStation Network systems.

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KAP diagnostics take overall sponsorship of 'ALEX' auto locksmith exhibition

KAPdiagnostics Ltd, a leader in next generation auto diagnostic equipment, has become the overall sponsor of this year's ALEX auto locksmiths exhibition which takes place at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham on the 26th and 27th October 2013.

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Locken offers smart key to secure UK Power Networks

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Locken UK, a specialist in cable-free access-control systems, has been chosen by UK Power Networks to help secure the electricity-supply infrastructure belonging to this major distribution network operator.

Free training from Codelocks

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Codelocks 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

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RhinoCo 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."

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.

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

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TLJ'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.

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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