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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
7th August 2013 Issue no. 180

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

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The 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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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.

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This Week's News

ALEX the Auto Locksmiths Expo

ALEX is only 11 weeks away – If you're serious about vehicle work, if you really want to know more, then this is the show for you. Held over two days at the East Midlands Conference Centre opening 0900 both days, Breakfast will be available on site as well as great food at realistic prices throughout the day.

If you have previously registered then you can just re-print your QR- fast entry code or if not then just register.


VBH stocks Maco Automatic Lock

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Hardware supplier VBH has added the automatic locking Maco Z-TA multi-point door lock to its range of keyless door locking solutions.

Suitable for all Eurogroove doors, Z-TA features 3 locking latches, 2 hooks and a central deadbolt. When the door is closed all 3 latches pull the sash in against the frame, providing compression over the full door height.

UK Government is proposing that employers could be funded directly to purchase the apprenticeship training they want

Following recommendations from the Richard Review of Apprenticeships, the UK Government has decided to propose a shake up to the way apprenticeship funding is handled in England.

Business Secretary Vince Cable announced proposals to give employers freedom to choose the training that is most relevant and cost-effective to the needs of the Apprentices and their businesses, choosing from a range of available courses.

When its perhaps best NOT to have one key fit all!

All the locks on US nuclear missiles based in Britain had to be changed after an RAF technician discovered that his launch key also fitted in the slot reserved for an American operator.

The problem with the “dual key” control on Thor missiles occurred in the early 1960s but was kept from ministers and RAF commanders until 1983, files released last week by the National Archives disclose.

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Security Excellence Awards 2013 Announce Finalists

The Security Excellence Awards, organised by UBM Live, is pleased to announce the finalists for 2013. The industry’s most prestigious ceremony will once again present the worthy winners with their awards at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on 23rd October.

Carefully drawn up from the extensive number of entrants across the security industry, the finalists have been announced for the following categories: 

New application list released for KeyDIY

* KeyDIY.jpgAdvanced Keys has released the latest application list for the new KeyDIY system that the company introduced recently. KeyDIY is a new replacement system for auto locksmiths that aims to save money, stock, and time. You can see the new application list here:


National Occupational Standards for Security Search Operations - Approved

Skills for Security, the sector's Skills and Standards Setting Body, has announced that the new suite of standards for Security Search Operations have been approved by the United Kingdom Commission for Employment and Skills.

As with all National Occupational Standards developed by Skills for Security, on behalf of the sector, the NOS for Event Security Operations will be freely available on the National Occupational Standards Database, which can be accessed via: www.ukstandards.org.uk

Webinar: The Latest Trend in Access Control; How PSAP Software Can Eliminate Expensive Control Panels

During this webinar attendees will learn about the latest trend in access control; PSAP (Physical Security Application Platforms). Attendees will learn why US Government agencies and corporate users are choosing to migrate away from access control panels to lower cost and more secure server based PSAP card authentication using IP encrypted door triggers.

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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. 

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

Lockdecoders offers time to pay

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

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.

Warning to auto locksmiths

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

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.

Email Trojans to watch out for in your Inbox

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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.

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