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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
23rd October 2013 Issue no. 189

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International News

FrontPoint Security named best US home security company

A home security review site that combines customer and professional reviews to help homeowners pick the best security company, names FrontPoint Security to the number one position of home security companies for 2013.

Russian Winter Olympics security: "Prism on steroids"

Athletes and spectators attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February will face some of the most invasive and systematic spying and surveillance in the history of the games, documents show.

AMG enters Strategic Technology Partnership with Luxriot

AMG Systems, the British manufacturer of sophisticated Megapixel cameras and CCTV transmission technology, and Luxriot, market leading suppliers of Enterprise Video Management solutions in the USA, have announced a strategic technology partnership that will see the AMG-Panogenics 5 megapixel 360 degree PanoCam360 camera range integrated into Luxriot's signature Video Management Solution (VMS).

Winsted unveils WELS '3D Design' software version 4

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Leading control room furniture manufacturer Winsted has released the newest and perhaps the greatest version of WELS, its unique Winsted Equipment Layout Software (WELS) version 4.

Confessions of a Locksmith: An Insider's Guide to Securing Your Home and Business.

Melbourne's Toplock Locksmiths founder Justin Fankhauser says the majority of robberies are committed by opportunists. "They'll look for the weakest attack," he says. "If someone wants to get in they're going to get in, but what we try and do is make it less appealing."

Mul-T-Lock launches flex control

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Mul-T-Lock introducess a revolutionary new cylinder system with the capability to control access in set time periods for any business, retail or residential environment.

UK commits to help raise standards of private security industry

The UK joins new international oversight mechanism for private security companies to help raise standards of conduct across the industry.

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This Week's News

New exclusive previews at ALEX just announced

ALEX-LOGO.jpgMartin Pink and Richard Breslin, two leading experts in the use of auto lock tools, have just announced that they will be showing, for the first time in the UK, a newly developed range of 2 in 1 tools. These new tools include 2 in 1 picks for Mercedes, Honda and Saab. They are due for release once final testing is complete but this is your chance to get a first look.

Martin and Richard will be hosting a drop in master class at ALEX 2013 taking place this weekend (Oct 26 - 27) at the EMCC, Nottingham. You can find them in their own classroom on both the Saturday and Sunday.

KeyDIY from Advanced Keys at ALEX

* key-diy-uk.jpgShowing at ALEX this weekend Advanced Keys are the official UK & Ireland distributor for KeyDIY - KD200 a new replacement system for auto locksmiths. Claiming to save money, stock, time, we asked Kim Stanier of Advanced Keys some pertinent questions about the new product:

Q. How does the KeyDIY system reduce my stock?

Invisible security barrier is world first

By Margaret Canning

A technology company is working on an invisible microwave barrier to boost security at perimeter fences following an investment of nearly £600,000.

MicroSense Solutions based in the Northern Ireland Science Park uses microwave technology to develop detection systems for power plants, airports and borders. Its systems are so sensitive they can distinguish between people and animals.

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Reverse vandalism. CCTV footage seen by millions of people around the world shows that CCTV surveillance isn't always about crime.

* boston-cctv-bikerack.jpgLast month in Boston, Lincolnshire, the myth surrounding the idea that CCTV is used only as a deterrent to stop crime was well and truly exploded. On prime-time television, viewers around the globe witnessed a group of youths bending a previously vandalised bike-rack back into position, with CCTV images broadcasting the whole incident with crystal-clear quality.

LIVE Navtech Radar Wide Area Solution on show outside Olympia at Transport Security Expo

The Navtech Landrover - parked on the corner of Olympia Road and Hammersmith Road - will give show attendees first-hand experience of how the Navtech Radar and the sophisticated analytical software works to deliver detection and tracking of activity outside the show.

Dortronics Systems announces new electromagnetic locks at ASIS 2013

Dortronics Systems recently introduced two new electromagnetic locks for use with a variety of door and frame types at ASIS 2013. The 1107xD maglock and the 1107xEDR delayed egress actuating maglock offer smart features in a slim configuration and at a competitive price. Both units deliver fail-safe operation, releasing instantly upon command or loss of power.

Marketing guidance - organisations warned 'don't become the next nuisance caller'

This month saw the publication of new guidance for direct marketers explaining their legal requirements under the DPA and PECR. The guidance covers the circumstances in which organisations are able to carry out marketing over the phone, by text, by email, by post or by fax.

SSAIB unveils important accreditation 'double'

SSAIB, one of the the UK's leading security certification bodies, has notched up a double achievement with the news that it's gained UKAS accreditation for two increasingly important standards affecting companies operating in the security sector. SSAIB is now accredited for OHSAS 18001, the British Standard for occupational health and safety management systems, as well as ISO14001 Environmental Management Systems.

Viscount signs distributor agreement with Tri-Ed Distribution

Viscount Systems a leading edge high technology supplier of security systems and software, has announced that the company has signed a distributor agreement with Tri-ED Distribution to begin selling and stocking Viscount's new Liberty access control system at its 65 North American branch locations.

Tri-Ed is said to be North America's largest independent distributor of surveillance, low voltage, home automation and network infrastructure.

IFSEC Istanbul conquers the region

IFSEC Istanbul, organised by UBM Live, has closed its doors for 2013 following a very successful launch event on 30 September - 2nd October. The inaugural IFSEC Istanbul welcomed more than 2,000 visitors from across Southeastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East at the Lufti Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Centre, Istanbul, Turkey. More than 57 countries were represented and the exhibition attracted high level security professionals with buying power in excess of $10million.

Zapper launches Scan-to-Pay to help SMEs who suffer from late payments

* Zapper.jpgZapper's new Scan-to-Pay service help reconcile the £36.4bn currently owed to six out of 10 UK SMEs in late payments. The service makes invoice payments as quick and easy as taking a photograph.

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Lockdecoders news

"Not long ago we had to increase prices by 5% because of a drop in the value of the British Pound. That now shows an upward trend. We have no idea if this will continue but we are offering all our customers an extra 5% off all purchases ordered and paid for in October 2013.

Winter warning to protect heating oil supplies

An opportunity for savvy locksmiths and security consultants perhaps? At a time of year when supplies of heating oil are being replenished the police are urging homeowners to take steps to deter thieves.

Mobile security costs UK SMEs over £66 billion per year

SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, has announced the results of a survey* looking into the mobile security challenges faced by UK IT decision makers in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Parc Properties selects MOBOTIX Video Door Station to secure luxury Docklands development

MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of a successful implementation of its T24 Door Station technology at the prestigious City Harbour development in London Docklands to provide security and peace of mind for tenants within 86 luxury apartments.

London Security sees profits drop

Fire protection business London Security increased its revenue by 0.2 per cent to £47.8m in the first half, but profits suffered a decline. The company, which is based in Elland, West Yorkshire, builds fire-protection products and provides related services to more than 180,000 businesses across the UK, Belgium, Holland and Austria. It trades under the brand names Ansul, Nu-Swift, Total, Premier and Master.

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