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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
26th February 2014 Issue no. 205

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International News

AMG Systems secures critical national infrastructure in Nigeria

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AMG Systems, the British manufacturer of sophisticated Megapixel cameras and CCTV transmission technology, and systems integration partner Active Intelligence have co-operated on a nationwide contract that will help secure key national infrastructure in Nigeria, West Africa.

PSIM Pioneers ISM announce strategic OEM partnership with Indian Defence Company OIS Advanced Technology

Global brand ISM, a leading designer and manufacturer of security management software has signed a strategic OEM agreement with defence and homeland security company OIS Advanced Technology Pvt Ltd (OIS-AT).

Remote Solar Power CCTV Solution - with or without the sun

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Wavesight has launched its first complete remote power surveillance solution, designed specifically for CCTV applications - fixed or mobile - in remote locations where normal utility power is not available or is too costly to install. Utilising the latest in solar panel technology, the WaveRPS generates 72W of continuous off-grid power, which can be used to run a CCTV surveillance system.

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

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The 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.


Navtech Radar AdvanceGuard solution tightens security at Ostrava Airport.

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Four units scanning 360° every 1.5 seconds, detecting vehicles, human and animals in most weather conditions up to 1000 metres.

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.

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.

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This Week's News

Locksmiths' Exhibition visitor registrations

Registrations have never been at such a high level with upwards of 50 new visitors a day. We are still getting enquiries about stand space and we are now preparing to open up a small area just off the Atrium near the Lock Collectors to accommodate these requests.

Visitors should, where possible, download their ‘QR’ codes from the www.lockexpo.co.uk website and either print or save on their mobile phone for a quick scan by our reception team – Bringing a friend, partner, colleague you can request a ‘Guest’ badge when you hand over your ‘QR’ code to reception. If your Guest is working in the industry it would be better if they registered in their own right.

Below is the first part of a two-part highlight of what you can expect to see at the show:

A3 Axxium

* A3-axxium.jpgFollowing the success of the 2013 exhibition Axxium will show the latest version of our Electric Spindle complete with battery powered control system.

A4a Rockley & Son Ltd

Rockley & Son Ltd are the UK Importers of the revolutionary 3D Pro Xtreme Key Machine. The 3D Pro Xtreme Key Machine is claimed to be the most advanced key machine in the market.

Designed and manufactured in the USA by Laser Key Products the 3D Pro Xtreme Key Machine offers you the ability to cut Domestic, Automotive, Laser, Dimple, Tubular and Tibbe keys, to copy and to code all in one machine.

A5 Windowparts

* A5 windowparts.jpgWindowparts Ltd specialise in the supply of windows and door handles, locks, fittings and accessories for the door and window industry. Our products are varied and include hardware, locks, tools and ancillaries for the double glazing spares, repairs and maintenance market.

With the introduction and continued development of Flexi-Range, Windowparts is providing a range of easy to fit solutions for numerous applications. Come and visit us in the Atrium to see our range of show products and special clearance items.

A6 Brisant-Secure Ltd

* A6 Brisant.jpgBrisant will be launching the latest addition to their extensive range of anti-snap euro profile cylinders. The BRISANT “BS” BSI Kite marked cylinder.They stay faithful to the cause of “locks for Locksmiths.” The range has been designed to not only reduce your stock by half but also give you a true anti-snap cylinder at a reasonable price that you control!

Rumour has it the Brisant “BS” is not the only new cylinder to be launched at the show.

A7 Greenfox Upvc Hardware

* A7 greenfox.jpgGreenfox upvc Hardware is a family run business that offer a one stop shop for the cost conscious tradesman, for all your upvc door and window parts.

B2/B3 MPL (multipik)

* B2 - B3 MPL.jpgMPL (MultiPointLocks) & MultiPick Service have got some great new locksmith tools to demonstrate - hot off the production line in Germany - so drop by and try them out for yourself.

We're also booking discounted places on our 1:1 Advanced Locksmith Courses for those of you who want to improve your skills, or learn new ones. Why not come and talk to our head trainers themselves and see how we can help improve your business?

B5 Abus (UK)Ltd

* B5 ABUS.jpgABUS are one of the world's leading security products manufacturers. For 90 years ABUS have provided the good feeling of security and this year we launch the BSI 3-star rated door cylinder.Building on our reputation for quality security our new TS007 E90 BSI 3-star door cylinder is anti-bump, anti-snap and available as a euro profile, half/double cylinder and thumbturn in a range of cylinder sizes and finishes.

B8 Rainer Security Products Ltd

* B8 rainer.jpgRainer Security Products has been Arrow's sole UK/European distributor for over 25 years, supplying their Interchangeable Core Masterkey System. Our stand will display our full range of Rim, Oval and Euro Profile Conversion Cylinders together with custom Cylindrical and Mortice Locks, Padlocks and other associated locking equipment. Arrow's popular Revolution Touch Screen Digital Lock will also be on display, now available in three versions.

Special show offers on Revolution will be available on our stand and for the first time we will be demonstrating Medeco’s XT Electronic Locking System providing Controlled Access, Accountability and System Management across a wide range of locking formats including Interchangeable Core!

B12/B12A Mul-T-Lock (UK)

* B12 - B12AMTL.jpgMul-T-Lock returns to the Locksmith Exhibition to showcase its very latest innovative product offerings. Visitors will be able to view the MT5+ comprehensive high security portfolio, including high security cylinders and padlocks, unique locksmith key profiling and a dedicated all in one key cutting and engraving machinery.

On display is Break Secure XP, which remains one of the innovative few cylinder only solutions to achieve the coveted BSI Kitemark TS007 3* accreditation. Visitors will also see Smartair in action, demonstrating how easily it can upgrade any mechanical system to an access control solution.

B14 1010 Security

* B14 1010.jpg1010 Security is the online store for Municipal Security Ltd. We are suppliers of safe locks, key blanks, boltwork, safes, safe spares, drill rigs and safe engineer tools.

Municipal Security Ltd was established over 20 years ago to supply specialist security products to the security trade. Our online store, 1010 Security, has now made it possible for us to offer our products to a much wider trade market. 

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Lockexpo 2014 classes and seminars update

The UK's only annual Locksmiths' Exhibition will soon be here! In a small change to training this year, these classes are on offer:

Saturday - Cylinder Bumping & Other NDE Techniques 

Maximum 20 per class taken by Mark Ward
Saturday 13.00 duration 2 1/2 Hours

All students receive:

Bumping Info Hand-out sheet
1 x Free Bump Key

Skills for Security develop National Occupational Standards for Remote Monitoring Operations

Skills for Security, the sector's Skills and Standards Setting Body, has announced that the newly developed suite of National Occupation Standards (NOS) for Remote Monitoring 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 Remote Monitoring Operations will also be freely available on the National Occupational Standards Database, which can be accessed via: www.ukstandards.org.uk

Yale's new Tradezone is open for business

Security specialist Yale has launched a new online resource designed to support locksmiths throughout the year as part of its "IN YALE WE TRUST" initiative.

Skyguard announces lone worker protection collaboration with VSG

Skyguard, one of Europe's premier personal safety service providers has announced a distribution agreement with VSG in providing lone worker protection across the UK and Ireland.

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

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

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

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