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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
31st July 2013 Issue no. 179

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Undercover Investigation: Car locksmith prices differ from ads

By Eric Flack

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

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MOBOTIX 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.

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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This Week's News

UK Access Control market contracted by 1.3% in 2012

According to Access Control, a new Market Update from market intelligence provider Key Note, the UK access control market fell by 1.3% in 2012, after the market contracted by 1.6% in the previous year. 

The UK Access Control market has been affected by the recent economic downturn, weak business investment activities, and a declining construction market. In 2012, the value for business investment at chained volume measures was significantly lower than it was in 2008. Business investment activities are important for the access control market, as they provide new buildings which often require security systems, as well as renovating and upgrading existing ones.

VW demands British court censor scientific paper about car security

The Birmingham University co-authored paper highlighted security flaws in the security system used by Bentley, Porsche, Audi and others. The paper mathematically explored the software behind the code, highlighting many of the security holes and weaknesses of the system. 

Volkswagen's request to block the paper's presentation was based on the fear that the information could "... allow someone, especially a sophisticated criminal gang with the right tools, to break the security and steal a car."

While the Dutch-and-British authors of the paper counter that "... the public have a right to see weaknesses in security on which they rely exposed ... industry and criminals know security is weak but the public do not."

Source: Jalopnik

Smart Key fitment in Europe to double in the next 5 years

* Smart-key-forecast.jpgThe smart key market is set to generate revenues of €7.5 billion in Europe by 2018 with fitment rates reaching 50% according to SBD's latest Smart Key Forecast.

SBD's forecast takes into account a number a potential growth scenarios to give our clients a more realistic market outlook and provides users with an easy-to-use interface to analyse the smart key market in Europe, including:

- Overall trends (unit sales, fitment rate, revenue)
- Service trends (lock, unlock, smart & emergency operation)
- OEM trends (market share)
Supplier trends (market share, OEM contracts)

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Lockdecoders offers time to pay

Lockdecoders announce that qualified customers can now have extended credit for major purchases of £1500 and over.

No interest is charged, just a small administration fee of 3%. Customers can buy the firm’s range of automatic key cutting machines, engravers and high-end eeprom and cloning devices with the payments spread over 3 months.

Atlanta locksmith found guilty of deceptive practices and ordered to pay $112,000

The Governor's Office of Consumer Protection has found Atlanta Solution Locksmith guilty of "unfair and deceptive practices" and demanded the company pay nearly $112,000 in restitution and penalties.According to an investigation, ASL also said its employees were bonded and that the company was a member of Associated Locksmiths of America, but neither claim was true.

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TradeLocks light up Genuine Lishi

UAP TradeLocks has put the spotlight on Genuine Lishi and is giving away free Genuine Lishi Torch Attachments with every 2-in-1 purchased. TradeLocks has not put a limit on how many free torches one customer can get, so if a single customer orders one hundred Genuine Lishi 2-in-1s they will receive one hundred free torches.

This offer is subject to availability, so you'll need to get your orders in quick. 

Conference for CCTV representatives to discuss how to improve the use of CCTV

Following the riots in London of August 2011, the Metropolitan Police will be holding a conference on Wednesday 18th September 2013 at New Scotland Yard for all representatives of the CCTV sector to discuss lessons learnt, good and bad practice and how to improve the overall effectiveness of CCTV.

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville, Metropolitan Police said "CCTV continues to be the biggest contributor to successful prosecutions of rioters and looters from 2011.  During the course of the investigation into the disorder many lessons have been learnt in relation to use of CCTV.  

Security researchers claim millions of sim cards vulnerable to hacking

Researchers at Security Research Labs have discovered a vulnerability on SIM cards, which will allow hackers to take control of a phone. The vulnerability relates to cards using Data Encryption Standard (DES), developed in the 1970s.

Security Research Labs said with over seven billion cards in active use, SIMs may well be the most widely used security token in the world.

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'killer heels'!

* gun-heels.jpgLending new meaning to 'killer heels' an idiot tries to wear handgun shaped heels through airport security! 

Considering we live in an era where the possession of too much hand sanitiser is enough to strike fear in the heart of airport security, you'd think passengers would exercise a little caution when it comes to carry on items - you know, like leaving the gun-shaped paraphernalia at home.

You'd be wrong. Last week, one LaGuardia-goer tried to pass through airport security in a pair of pistol-shaped high-heeled shoes.

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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

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

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

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PSIM 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."

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.

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