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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
22nd January 2014 Issue no. 200

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New product release from AKL - Counter Top Transponder Tester

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The Advanced Keys TDB004 Counter Top Transponder Key Tester offers a simple check to ensure a key or remote control has a working transponder fitted and also a fast and easy way to check if the transponder is responding.

The tale of the fake Rolex

By Victor Southern, Lockdecoders

Once upon a time there was a wonderful firm of Swiss watch-makers. So skilled were they that their watches became a symbol for quality.

Rolex! Who has not heard of them? Who has not desired one? So, it came to pass that in a land in the East men who had not acquired those skills found a way to make watches that looked like the wonderful Rolex.

The mechanisms were rougher and cheaper, the tick was louder, the hands moved erratically, the "gold" plate wore off but still the trademark Rolex would be on a wrist.

"See my Rolex" you could say, and "by the way can you tell me the right time?" A rusty "Bolex", not a trusty Rolex.

Liberty access control - no control panels required

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Viscount Systems has introduced Liberty, a scalable IP Access Control system that does not require control panels.

Each Liberty kit includes a Nano Cube web server, a 2 door IP Encryption Bridge, and 2 RFID readers. The system can be expanded at a low cost by simply adding additional IP encryption bridges and readers.

Optional accessories include input/output IP bridges for monitoring auxiliary doors, and IP bridges for controlling elevators.

Kar Auction Services acquires high tech locksmiths

KAR Auction Services, Inc., a provider of used vehicle auction services, announce the acquisition of Miami, Fla.-based High Tech Locksmiths (HTL), which specializes in products for the automotive industry. HTL is the largest provider of transponder, remote, high-security and car smart keys in North America. KAR Auction Services, Inc. CEO Jim Hallett made the announcement.

"I am pleased to welcome Jay Wiener and his entire team to the KAR family," said Hallett. "High Tech Locksmiths utilizes technologically advanced equipment and processes that will benefit customers across the KAR business units. This acquisition allows us to provide a more consistent level of service to even more locations nationwide."


Specialist products strengthen Carl F Groupco's portfolio

Following a successful amalgamation and re-launch in 2010, Carl F Groupco reports that specialist products are playing a key role supporting its growth. Sitting alongside staple lines, specialised fittings support the company's ability to provide tailored hardware solutions and an added value advantage.

Statistics from 2013 show an upward trend in Carl F Groupco sales for FUHR's CE marked 870/871 emergency and panic multipoint door locks, with some lines increasing in sales by up to 90%. FUHR stable door hardware has also proved popular with sales up by 66% during 2013.

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This Week's News

Locksmiths Exhibition 2014 - 63 exhibitors fill the show

This year's event will be the 5th annual Locksmiths Exhibition at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham and it's set to be the biggest and best ever.

Over the 8th and 9th of March we're preparing to welcome 63 exhibitors and over 1,000 visitors. This is a truly national and international exhibition with visitors arriving from all over the UK, Ireland, and beyond.

SALTO introduces new SALTO GEO electronic cylinder for cam locks

SALTO Systems has added a new SALTO GEO electronic cylinder for cam locks to its model range, offering an easy way to boost security of these commonly used locks.

Cam locks are typically used to secure cupboards, document cabinets, school lockers, electrical panels etc. and usually consist of a base, which contains a keyhole, and a long tailpiece or tongue known as a cam. Cam locks are one of the simplest of lock fastenings. .

Nearly half of South Koreans have their bank details stolen (including the President) as anti-fraud worker arrested

The theft of personal information from more than 100million South Korean credit cards and accounts, reportedly including those of President Park Geun-hye and UN chief Ban Ki-moon, has ignited a storm of anger and litigation against credit firms.

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Research report highlights Viscount - Microsoft revenues share agreement

SoundView Research, a leading independent research firm, recently published an updated report on Viscount Systems, Inc. a developer and manufacturer of IT-based solutions for physical security systems. The report is entitled, "Microsoft Partnership Deepens."

The research report states, "Microsoft has formalized their strategic technology partnership with Viscount to include revenue sharing when new end-user business comes in from the marketing programs and support provided by Microsoft Global Security.

Private investigators prosecuted for 'blagging'

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.

MOBOTIX announces agreement with NBM Distribution

Partnership between CCTV pioneer and specialist distributor brings innovative technology to cabling installers, IT professionals and end-users across the UK.

MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has signed a new UK distribution agreement with NBM Distribution Limited, a specialist supplier of data network cabling architecture solutions and security products which came into effect on December the 1st 2013.

Cryptovision starts product offensive against surveillance

Not a day passes without news of international and domestic surveillance activities of the so-called 'Five Eyes states' (the US, UK, New Zealand, Canada and Australia). Due to this threat, the demand for encryption technology has increased tremendously in recent months and German cryptology suppliers are uniquely positioned to profit from this development.

German cryptographic technology has acquired an excellent reputation, in stark contrast to the USA, France, Israel and a few other countries producing crypto solutions as the German state has never interfered with crypto vendors. Therefore German crypto products have never been under suspicion of containing hidden backdoors.

Mul-T-Lock and Newark & Sherwood do their homework for school

* John-Davies-school.jpgNewark & Sherwood Locksmiths has worked with John Davies Primary School to design a scaleable security solution to upgrade the facilities from mechanical locking to access control, using Mul-T-Lock's innovative SMARTair system.

Nottinghamshire based John Davies Primary School promotes positive behaviour by creating an atmosphere of trust, security and mutual respect. With a new headteacher in place, upgrading security on site was placed as a high priority for pupils and staff.

PDC in Europe combines with BIG France, BIG UK and CIPI Europe into one Global People ID company

As part of Brady's continuing effort to streamline our businesses, work more efficiently and get closer to our customers, PDC in Europe are combining with BIG France, BIG UK and CIPI Europe to form one company.

The objective of the integration is to build a leading Global People Identification company, focused on innovation, quality and excellent customer service. Our aim is to provide the most innovative and widest range available of People Identification products such as badges, wristbands and lanyards.

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Locksmiths Exhibition 8/9th March EMCC - Nottingham

Sponsored By Advanced Access and SKS - the ONLY annual exhibition for the Locksmith industry

Hotel rooms at discount prices may still be available direct from the Orchard Hotel 011587 60862

60 exhibitors have confirmed their attendance and a couple 'thinking' they may be a bit late as the last 3 starter stand go and that leaves one big stand available.

Individuals and businesses are encouraged to become 'Cyber Streetwise'

The UK government has launched a new campaign to change the way people protect themselves while shopping, banking or socialising online in order to avoid falling victim to cyber criminals...

Criminals pilfer ATMs with malware infected USB drives

Robbing ATMs is nothing new. There's the everlasting stick-em-up, the bogus card scheme, ATM phishing, and more. But, it appears new ways are being invented to pull off successful cash machine heists. It was recently revealed that thieves were able to access loads of ATM money by injecting machines with malware using USB drives, according to the BBC.

These break-ins involved both low- and high-tech techniques. Apparently, the criminals manually cut holes in the machines to plug in USB sticks that then installed malware on the system. Once the machines were infected, the robbers would patch the holes on the dispensers.

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Security men who not only monitor crime but stop it from happening

David and Niall set up Netwatch after a friend's bad experience - and turned it into a global success. Using the most advanced camera technology, the company can identify when intruders are attempting to break into a premises and, using leading-edge two-way communication software, they can speak directly to these intruders, shouting specific warnings such as "You in the red jacket, you are being watched by security cameras, please leave this premises immediately!"

Approximately 90 per cent of the company's customers are from the commercial sector and include factories, offices and warehouses, garages, golf courses, GAA and rugby clubs and a growing number of church buildings.

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Workforce will double at site of Willenhall lockmakers

The former Willenhall Locks factory has been bought by 1st Access UK Ltd which is also based in the town and is investing £100,000 in the first expansion phase.

The company, which was set up six years ago by Willenhall-born ex firefighter Jason Loydon and his partner Vikki Lindop, had a £2 million turnover last year and currently employs around 25 workers.

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GB's Olympic security to be beefed up after bombings

British Olympic Association chief Lord Coe will consult with Prime Minister David Cameron, Special Branch and security chiefs on extra safety measures to protect Team GB during next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Security firm denies its cold calls are misleading

A home security company says it has provided more than 50 tape recordings to trading standards to put to rest claims it may have been misleading potential customers.

UDS Solutions has been cold-calling homes in New Addington, near Croydon, Surrey, to sell its monitored alarm systems recently. But the council was alerted with some residents saying the company might have been wrongly claiming to be working with police and the council.

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Don't deflate the van tyres for winter

Van users are being advised not to follow outdated advice on winter driving. Steve Clarke says: "There is a long-held view that reducing tyre pressures will increase grip on awkward surfaces. This might be all right for driving over desert sand, but it is certainly not safe for winter driving." As marketing manager for The Fuelcard People, part of Fuel Card Group, he has been working with van users for years and knows the challenges they face.

Yale recruits to strengthen trade support for 2014

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Gemma Attiwell has been employed as Business Development Manager, and will focus on developing new and existing customers across the independent trade market. Gemma has a strong, 10-year background in working with the locksmith market, as well as various other trade customers from her previous employer Avocet Hardware.

Leading Wiltshire security trainer offers apprenticeships

Westbury-based security services training provider The Formative Group is currently on the lookout for 16-18 year olds for its next Security Services Apprenticeship, which starts in January next year.

The group gives teenagers the opportunity to gain valuable skills and life experience through its apprenticeship, with the chance to continue their training in a range of NVQ courses.

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Allegion new name for Ingersoll Rand's security technologies division

Allegion has been unveiled as the new name for Ingersoll Rand's Security Technologies division following the spinoff from its parent company.

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