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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
11th December 2013 Issue no. 196

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International News

US company launches robot security guard

The night watchman of the future is 5 feet tall, weighs 300 pounds and looks a lot like R2-D2 - without the whimsy. And will work for US$6.25 an hour.

A company in California has developed a mobile robot, known as the K5 Autonomous Data Machine, as a safety and security tool for corporations, as well as for schools and neighborhoods.

"We founded Knightscope after what happened at Sandy Hook," said William Santana Li, a co-founder of that technology company, now based in Sunnyvale, Calif. "You are never going to have an armed officer in every school."

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VBH launches new greenteQ hardware catalogue

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Hardware supplier VBH has launched the latest issue of the popular greenteQ Window & Door Hardware & Ancillaries catalogue.

9th ETSI Security Workshop

15 - 16 JANUARY 2014, Sophia Antipolis, France.

The annual ETSI Security Workshop has built a reputation of being a premier event on Security. It brings together the latest from those developing International Standards and security experts to discuss recent developments, share knowledge, identify gaps and co-ordinate on future actions and work areas.

The mayor of Jersey City is planning to open a pair of mysterious safes built into a wall of his City Hall office.

Mayor Steve Fulup says he has no idea what they may have been used for, or whether anything might be inside. But he is planning to have a locksmith open them in December. City officials think they have been around for generations and not opened for many years.

Mayors who have served over the past 30 years say that they don't have any answers about them. But one bit of lore is that they may have been used to store kickbacks from city workers to Mayor Frank Hague, who ran the city from 1917 to 1947.

Source: newstimes.com

An-San Key machines from Hickleys

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The An-San range of duplication key machines are now available exclusively from Hickleys at great prices. The machines are engineered to an exceptional standard and offer great features whilst delivering excellent accuracy, robust design and importantly very competitive prices.

Milestone open platform video integrated with ShotSpotter gunshot detection and HawkEye Effect digital mapping

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Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS) has been integrated by EIA, Inc. with ShotSpotter gunshot detection and the Hawkeye Effect digital mapping to help the Nassau County Police Department fight criminal firearm activity.

IFSEC India 5-7 December, New Delhi

IFSEC India returns in 2013 to bring the latest technologies and innovation to top professionals interested in operating in the Indian market. With over 9,000 security and fire professionals looking to network and 220 world leading companies displaying their tailored solutions expected at this year's show, this is a must-attend event to network with your clients, suppliers and peers and stay abreast of industry trends if you are looking to learn more about industry within India.

Navtech Radar Wide Area Solution in Valencia Airport, Spain

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New AdvanceGuard surveillance solution detects perimeter breach and follows intruders, making it easier, and faster, to direct the intercept security patrols.

Valencia Airport in Spain has become one of the latest European Airport to conform with new EU Regulations (EC 300/2008) stipulating that measures for perimeter intrusion must be in place by 2015.

UAP TradeLocks launch Plasticine Mortice Lock Impressioning Set

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After 12 months in development and a very large investment, UAP TradeLocks has launched the first of six TradeLocks' Mortice Lock Impressioning Sets. The first to be released is the Legge Black British Standard Set.

SBD publishes global Smart Key database

SBD has just published its Global Smart Key Database saying it is the ultimate reference guide available in the market today. Data includes over 1,000 vehicle models from 3 regions (US, Europe, China).

- Photo library for 49 vehicle manufacturers (including door handle types, trunk and smart start buttons)
- Details include system pricing and supplier information
- Systems are categorised into different types with simple terminology

Inventhelp inventor develops improved lock system

Home invasions and break-ins are the stuff of nightmares, but the hard truth of the matter is that these crimes are dark facts of life for some unfortunate families and business owners. To offer protection against these violations, an inventor from Murray, Utah, created a prototype for The Power Locks.

Y3K revolutionises high-definition CCTV market with affordable HD 960H 4-camera kits

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Y3K, the UK's leading manufacturer and distributor of HD CCTV systems, is to strengthen its range of high-resolution cameras by offering HD 960H cameras and DVR kits at prices that will make this new technology affordable to everyone for the first time.

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This Week's News

Locksmiths Exhibition 2014 - 7 new exhibitors confirm attendance

Next year's Locksmith's Exhibition will feature no less than six first time exhibitors, proving that the show has become an integral part of the locksmith industry's calendar.

The show runs on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March 2014 at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.

We have Mail: Warning - counterfeit key cutting machines

We have to report to you all that a keycutting machine, the X6, made in China appears to be coming to the UK market. It is not clear who will be selling it. It appears on a website which claims to be associated with a well known trade supplier but we also hear that a firm in Devon will bring it to the market.

The X6 has been made with pirated software and firmware copied from the Miracle A5 and A4 machines, made by our colleagues Red Technology in South Korea and for whom we are the sole UK representative and agents.

Locksmiths Exhibition 2014 - sponsors announced

The Locksmiths Exhibition has confirmed two main sponsors for next year's show. They are SKS and Advanced Access. Both companies have been regular exhibitors at the show in previous years.

Show organiser Mick Friend says: "We are delighted to have SKS and Advanced Access as joint sponsors for next year's show. They head a growing list of some 70 companies who'll be showing in Nottingham on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of March."

Hickleys appoints new Managing Director

* Duncan_Robin2.jpgHickleys, the long-established local motor trade and healthcare company, has announced the appointment of Robin Huish as Managing Director, taking over from Duncan Meikle who moves to the position of Chairman.

Commenting on the appointment, Duncan Meikle said, "Robin's career with Hickleys is a remarkable success story. He joined the Company 40 years ago as an apprentice auto-electrician but it was not long before his managerial talent was recognised."

Security firms ripped off elderly, regulator suggests

Vulnerable elderly people may have been ripped off by home security system suppliers acting as a price-fixing cartel, regulators say.Four security firms were found to have broken competition law.The Office of Fair Trading said their behaviour "likely" meant "higher prices were paid by many elderly and potentially vulnerable people."

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The most difficult luxury vehicles to break into

Last year, the National Insurance Crime Bureau reported that overall car theft rose by 1.3 percent in 2012, the first increase in eight years. As car theft and vandalism climb, car manufacturers are getting increasingly savvy with improving security systems, especially for higher-end vehicles. To get a real picture of how difficult or easy it is to break into luxury vehicles, us-Locksmith.com, a Miami Locksmith company, conducted a survey of more than a dozen locksmiths that make a living "breaking into" cars when customers are locked out.

UAP TradeLocks donate £2000 to Children in Need

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TradeLocks, leading supplier of specialised Locksmith tools, pledged to donate a percentage of every invoiced raised during Children in Need week. The company then made the decision to double the donation to help disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK.

Emsworth Yacht Harbour gains all weather security with MOBOTIX

* harbour.jpgMOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of a successful project at Emsworth Yacht Harbour (EYH) situated at the northern end of beautiful Chichester Harbour.

Private investigators prosecuted for ‘blagging’

The ICO reports that two men who ran a company that tricked people into revealing personal details about their customers were prosecuted by the ICO on 20 November. The pair will now be sentenced, along with five colleagues who previously pleaded guilty to the same offence, at a separate hearing on 24 January 2014.

The company, ICU Investigations Ltd, worked on behalf of clients to trace individuals, primarily for the purpose of debt recovery. The court heard the company had routinely tricked organisations including utility companies, GP surgeries and TV Licensing into revealing personal data, often by claiming to be the individuals they were trying to trace. Clients included Allianz Insurance PLC, Brighton & Hove Council, Leeds Building Society and Dee Valley Water.

SSAIB assesses first company to new British Standard for Investigative Services

* Probe-Investigations_SSAIB.jpgSSAIB, the UK's leading fire, security and telecare certification body for organisations, recently completed an assessment of Probe Investigations (UK) Ltd in a pilot scheme that tested the company against the newly published British Standard 102000 for Investigative Services.

Security cameras to be installed across Venezuela

30,000 security cameras will be installed across Venezuela under a US$1.2 billion scheme inaugurated by President Maduro on, amid ongoing efforts to tackle street crime. Aimed at reducing crime though the installation of security cameras in public places, SIMA will be rolled out nationwide, "town by town" according to Maduro.

For now, however, the system has only been implemented in Miranda state, where it's currently headquartered. Within two years the system will be functioning in 16 Venezuelan cities, interior and justice minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said during the opening of the Miranda facility.

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Thieves 'using fake locksmith stickers to mark houses'

Thieves fronting as locksmiths are using fake stickers to flag up London properties that could be easy to burgle. The conmen are pretending to distribute marketing material as they check the robustness of security on doors and windows.

Those homes that are believed to be easy targets are then marked with a tiny transparent sticker that advertises a "24-hour locksmith", the Evening Standard reports.

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