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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
12th February 2014 Issue no. 203

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International News

Call for property owners to be social media savvy

Security systems expert, Hadrian Technology, is reminding property owners to be cautious when it comes to social media and home security. Research carried out by Legal and General has revealed that 84% of 18 to 35 year olds share photos and information on Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, that could put their possessions and homes at risk from 'digital' criminals.

Cyber security: Answering tomorrow's problems today

By Mark Brown Director of cyber resilience at Ernst & Young

In 2014 cyber security challenges will be the scourge of international business and its boardrooms. As businesses struggle to grow and prosper, their risk agenda remains in a constant flux caused by the rapid pace of technological innovation.

So how should UK companies respond to cybercrime?

The Lock Charmer (El cerrajero)

One for our Spanish-language readers, El cerrajero is a new film by Natalia Smirnoff about an Argentinian locksmith who has surprising insights about his customers lives.

"The so-called "Smoke Days" that occurred for a couple of weeks in Buenos Aires in 2008, when the city was blanketed in a malodorous fog of unknown origin, are the perfect backdrop for Smirnoff's story, with its occasional touches of magical realism, though her small cast of characters finally emerges as recognizably human despite the somewhat unnatural twists and turns of the story. After a world premiere at Sundance, this humble, 75-minute tale will work its modest magic at other festivals and in niche release in the Hispanosphere."

The Hollywood Reporter

'Integrated Electronic Security a layered approach' by Martin Grigg

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Martin Grigg, a security consultant with international standing, has written a physical security textbook embracing the IP revolution. The book covers sectors including CCTV, access control, perimeter intrusion, biometrics and video analytics.

Grigg believes that a new breed of engineer is needed to design, install and maintain modern, integrated security systems. The book is also aimed at students and at end-users who are looking to maximise the return on their security schemes.

Global car theft decreasing... or is it?

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With a fall in traditional theft and a rise in electronic theft through organised criminal activity are we at the start of the next vehicle theft pandemic?

There is no single profile to fit vehicle theft across the globe, and often not even across a single country or region.

SBD's Global Car Theft Guide identifies common themes and elements to help our clients start to better understand the bigger picture.


Imtech Toegangstechniek fully implements Field Service Suite from ORTEC and Sigmax

Imtech Toegangstechniek (Access and Security) engineers have already been using a mobile software application on a handheld computer for the past two years, and recently Imtech also implemented the advanced Field Service Suite planning system from ORTEC and Sigmax.

This allows planners to monitor the current situation on the ground in real time via a seamless link between the planning system and mobile devices in the field.

Security check firm said to have defrauded U.S.

The company that conducted a background investigation on the contractor Edward J. Snowden fraudulently signed off on hundreds of thousands of incomplete security checks in recent years, the U.S. Justice Department said last week, according to the New Yok Times.

The government said the company, U.S. Investigations Services, defrauded the government of millions of dollars by submitting more than 650,000 investigations that had not been completed. The government uses those reports to help make hiring decisions and decide who gets access to national security secrets.

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5 guns a day confiscated from US airlines

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has revealed some of the astonishing items confiscated at airports in 2013. Loaded guns, live ammunition, swords, throwing 'star' knives, dubious-looking containers of black powder, weapon replicas and even an 'inert' suicide bomber vest were all seized last year.

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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."

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.

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.

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This Week's News

Locksmiths' Exhibition latest

Just about all the available stand space has been sold - we have one or two odd spots for small table top stands but that is it. Pre-registration of visitors continues at a high rate. This year if you are bringing a family member, friend or colleague - we have 'Guest' tickets that will not have a QR code on the back for exhibitors to scan.

This week has seen Brisant, Avocet, Keyprint. Peterson tools and a new company Promethean Concepts all take space. The show is open 0930 on Saturday and 0900 on Sunday - Breakfast roll and hot drinks are available pre-opening.

Avocet's 3 star diamond superstar delivers UK's best defence against lock snapping

* ABS-3-star.jpgThe ABS snap-secure lock from Avocet Hardware not only delivers TS007 3-star protection against lock-snapping attack, it is also boasts Sold Secure's SS312 Diamond accreditation - a combination that officially makes ABS the safest snap-secure lock in the UK.

"Lock-snapping has increased significantly as a means of forced entry in recent years and with it so have the number of snap-secure locks on the market," said Avocet's Raymond Pearce.

Threats from electronic theft methods

Working with intelligence from police and vehicle theft investigators, SBD's latest report shows the variety of cars from the Kia Sportage to the latest Range Rovers which are now being targeted by thieves using electronic theft methods. The availability of programmable keys and the speed at which today's diagnostic tools operate has meant that some Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) are increasingly adopting this method of theft in preference to targeting the owner's key through house burglary, etc.

The recent ESCAR conference in Frankfurt showed how methods from other industries, such as embedded Hardware Security Modules could be applied to make automotive anti-theft systems more robust.


Skills for Security Common Core NOS reviewed and renamed - Essential Employability

Skills for Security, the sector's Skills and Standards Setting Body, has announced that the revised suite of National Occupation Standards (NOS) for Essential Employability (previously known as Common Core NOS) 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 Essential Employability will also be freely available on the National Occupational Standards Database, which can be accessed via: www.ukstandards.org.uk

Mul-T-Lock UK has launched an easy to follow video installation guide for its innovative access control solution, SMARTair.

* MTL-Smartair.jpgThe new video provides locksmiths with a handy step-by-step guide to allow successful installation, useage and maintenance.

The SMARTair solution is an all-in-one modern wire-free high security solution that provides complete access control and smart capabilities that can include authorisations, time scheduling, event logs and instant cancellations of lost or stolen cards.

Navtech Radar AdvanceGuard solution tightens security at Ostrava Airport.

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Ostrava Airport in the Czech Republic has become the latest European airport to conform to the new EU regulations, which stipulate that improved Perimeter Security measures must be in place by 2015.

AMG showcases Wonderbox series and PoE Ethernet Switches at Security Twenty 14 in Nottingham

* The-Wonderbox.jpgAMG, the British manufacturer of CCTV transmission solutions and sophisticated 5 Megapixel cameras, showcased their rapidly expanding Ethernet range at the Security Twenty 14 conference, which took place at the East Midlands Conference Centre (EMCC) in Nottingham last week. LASN readers will know EMCC as the home of the annual Locksmiths' `Exhibition.

Products on show included a series of ruggedised PoE Ethernet Switches, ideal for backbone transmission, plus the 'Wonderbox' range of hybrid multi-service Ethernet switches that bridge the gap between IP and analogue. The company also highlighted its Installation expertise, which enables AMG to offer total turnkey solutions for both analogue and IP based systems covering power, data infrastructure cabling and fibre.

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Locksmiths' Exhibition latest. Win £100 just for visiting!

What would you do with £100? It could be yours - at the SHOW on the reception desk will be a container - just drop either a business card or a slip of paper with your name - address - phone and e-mail and on Sunday at 1500 one lucky winner will win £100 - Each day one of the days cards will win £20.

As promised we have asked for some menu changes and these are they - Exhibitors will be able to pre-order food to be delivered to their stands - Visitors will have the very restful lecture theatre set out for meals with an order point and refreshments. Bar drinks can be brought through to the tables if you wish although the small lounge opposite the bar will be open.

Yale runs 'Trusted Faces' competition at Locksmiths' Exhibition

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If yours is a face that customers can trust Yale is giving you the chance to star in one of its ads... and win a Samsung Galaxy tablet!

PTS acquires CHQ

UK physical security consultancy CHQ has been acquired by global IT consultancy PTS. The merger allows PTS Consulting to provide physical security expertise as part of a combined offering that meets their customers' demand for converged IT, security and audio-visual solutions.

Turning to France for help

British security startup Darktrace has been joined by Andrew France, the former head of the UK's security nerve centre GCHQ, as its chief executive.

Darktrace technology allows the company to process streams of changing information very quickly and alert customers to possible threats as patterns change.

More than 4000 knives have been seized from visitors to the Scottish Parliament over the last three years

New figures show that 1497 members of the public passing through the security entrance at Holyrood were asked to hand over blades last year alone. 

In 2012, a total of 1380 knives were confiscated from the 400,000 visitors to the parliament.

Source: HeraldScotland.com

Tenant shot bailiff who was trying to evict him

A man has been found guilty of shooting at two people who came to evict him from his home. Andrew Stephenson, 49, of Strathleven Road, Brixton, opened fire at a housing association worker and a bailiff on the day he was supposed to be evicted from his home, a court has found.

A locksmith who opened the door for the bailiff was uninjured.

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Allegion puts spotlight on hospitality sector with new appointment

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Allegion has announced the appointment of Stefan Kobewka as Area Sales Manager for its CISA Hotel Locking Solutions brand, in a move which highlights the growing importance of the hospitality sector to the leading provider of safety and security products, formerly known as Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies.

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.

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.

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