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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
19th March 2014 Issue no. 208

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Home security made easy

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Security firm launches new affordable DIY CCTV which means footage can be accessed on iPads and smartphones, giving peace of mind to small business and home owners.

Study shows recycled computers give away our most personal information

A two-month Australian study commissioned by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), a global, non-profit, data protection watchdog agency, has found significant amounts of personal information left on recycled computers.

The Briton 9360 Electronic Digital Code Lock

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The manually programmable Briton 9360 Electronic Digital Code Lock has been designed for applications in multi-occupancy buildings and has been introduced with retrofit in mind.

Although the system can be used as a new installation, the electronic lock has the same fixing holes as the majority of mechanical digital locks enabling access control systems to be upgraded simply and quickly.

A1 Assa Abloy Ltd

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Assa Abloy Security Solutions products include master key systems, security and emergency locks, electric locking products, and supporting architectural hardware such as door furniture, hinges, door closers and escape systems.

A2 Yale UK

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Yale is part of the ASSA ABLOY group, the global leader in door opening solutions. With a vast range of products from digital locks to alarms, cylinders, mortice locks and night latches to replacement PVCu locks, it's no wonder that we have been producing the world's favourite locks since 1843. Be sure to stop by our stand to find out if you will feature in our ads!

A4 Locksmiths Supplies

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Will again have  a selection of hardplate drill bits, plus numerous specialist drilling solutions for the locksmith, rotary burrs, step drills etc. LS have continued to source and test new products over the past year, and will have a new range of German made drill bits with patented ‘Blu-Tec’ coating for greater heat resistance and longer life of the drills.

The Abloy Protec drill plus the solid Tungsten Carbide German ‘Locksmiths Drill’, are amongst the new products. 

B1 Innovative Lock Tools

Innovative Lock Tools is made up of four independent lock tool designers who bring to market high quality, new and innovative non destructive lock opening tools, decoders and safe servicing tools. Not only can you try out the tools for yourself, you can also get help and advice from the very people who designed and made them.

If you do not go to shows because 'there is never anything new to see' Innovative Lock Tools will prove you wrong!

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This Week's News

ALEX (Auto Locksmiths Expo) 2014

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A new venue has been contracted with better facilities for training and exhibitions space, in a hotel environment that has a pool and spa facilities as well as a gym, and more importantly, bars.

The new Venue is the Nottingham Belfry Hotel, Mellors Way, Nottingham, NG8 6PY just one mile from J26 of the M1.

Plans to teach children as young as 11 about careers in cyber-security have been announced.

New learning materials would be offered to UK schools to publicise jobs in the sector, the Department for Business, Innovations and Skills said.

A recent report said limited awareness of cyber-security as a profession had created a skills shortage. One expert said the UK was at risk of being "left behind and at a disadvantage globally."

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Breakthrough, wearable device, prioritises business text messages and instant personal alarming

* Smartbadge.jpgAtus, one of Europe's leading suppliers of advanced personal security and paging systems, has introduced an entirely new product category: the new AtusSmartBadge. It works in conjunction with a Smart Phone and immediately relays business-related messages sent to that phone.

But because the ultra-lightweight SmartBadge can be worn on a lapel or clipped to a shirt pocket, those urgent messages will be seen immediately.

Ramsgate Train Depot upgrades access solutions with Castel Intercom

* SoutheasternTrains.jpgOver the past year, Southeastern Trains has upgraded security at its Ramsgate Engineering Depot, where its trains are maintained, cleaned and serviced. Ramsgate is also an important location for the comings and goings of many of the company's staff.

The initial requirement for the project was to increase security at barriers in and out of the site, ensuring access was strictly monitored.

Locked-in lockie service a nice earner

US tax officials have disclosed that keys at two leased Treasury Department buildings in Washington have been 'compromised', and the agency has signed off on an emergency no-bid contract for a locksmith to change hundreds of locks.

The $32,000 sole source contract states that about 760 cylinders had to be re-pinned, and only one locksmith Baltimore-based Bill Lorenz Locksmith could do the job because that company designed the system for the Treasury buildings.

A Milestone for Paul Smith store security

* Paul-Smith-Store.jpgMilestone XProtect Corporate open platform IP video management software (VMS) with XProtect Smart Client and network cameras from Axis Communications are being deployed across all of Paul Smith's 45 stores as part of the UK-based retailer's first comprehensive, company-wide IT refresh.

Initially the new digital video system is being used for loss prevention but once it is fully implemented worldwide by the end of 2015, Paul Smith plans to use it for business intelligence to assist retail operations management.

Security expert cancels Vancouver talk to avoid tipping off terrorists after 'strong advice' from French officials

By Gordon McIntyre

French security expert Eric Filiol withdrew as a speaker at the CanSecWest conference in Vancouver for fear his presentation would be useful to terrorists.

One problem in the business of spreading high-tech news about cyber-warfare is that bad guys get the information, too. And that gets the attention of the spooks. With that in mind, one of the speakers who was scheduled to address the CanSecWest security conference at Vancouver's Sheraton Wall Centre withdrew because his presentation would be useful to terrorists.

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ACT secures Tunbridge Wells Hospital

* tunbridge-wells-hospital.jpgCBES has secured the Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Kent using proximity readers, door controllers and management software from Access Control Technology (ACT) as part of an IP-addressable system.

Built by Laing O'Rourke at a cost of £225m and opened in 2011, the hospital provides both complex and routine surgical and medical services. It has a trauma centre, accident & emergency department, orthopaedic centre and women & children's centre.

Target ignored data breach warning signs

Security researchers have analysed the much publicised Target breach but a new investigative report indicates that the company ignored the warning signs.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek recently launched an investigation into the malware that opened the door for cybercriminals to steal the personal information of about 70 million consumers at the end of last year.

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Lockexpo 2014 - the best yet

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The Locksmiths' Exhibition 2014 was rated as the best exhibition ever by the exhibitors and visitors alike. The EMCC was packed all day and exhibitors reported record sales, with three exhibitors selling out of stock from their stands, one returning back on Saturday night to bring more.

New fire door training programme answers concerns over fire door defects in buildings

A Fire Door Education Programme for professionals involved in the inspection, installation and repair of fire doors has just been jointly launched by BRE and the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF). This has been developed following widespread publicity and concerns that the integrity of fire doors is being compromised in residential apartment blocks and public buildings.

IFSEC International provides a solid platform for a buoyant market

London, 19 February 2013. IFSEC International, organised by UBM Live, continues to thrive as the only destination to serve the whole security buying chain, which has been solidified by its move to ExCeL London from 17-19 June.

Avocet's designer appointment

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Avocet Hardware has appointed Paul Collins as its product design and implementation manager.

The Brighouse-based business, which recently announced a further £2.1million investment from its owners, the Jain family, created the position in order to boost the company's product development capabilities at a time when it is pushing to firmly re-establish its position as the leading player in the home window and door security market.

B4 MLA/Sold Secure

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The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) is the longest established trade association for the locksmithing industry. Established over 50 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation promoting the skill and integrity of its 1,400 members, it helps promote standards of conduct, practice and materials within the industry, and is recognised as the industry's authoritative body. 

Sold Secure is one of the leading suppliers of test and certification services for security related products. Working with companies world-wide we assess products to see whether strict performance criteria are met and where applicable allow the use of the coveted Sold Secure approved logo.


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CES core strengths lie in our extensive range of locking systems, complemented by our standard and high security profile cylinders, as well as our furniture and specialist cylinder range. CES are able to provide the perfect solution for any requirement and in any field of application but particularly in Master key planning and implementation.

A3 Axxium

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Following 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

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Windowparts 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

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Brisant 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

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Greenfox 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)

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MPL (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

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ABUS 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.

B12/B12A Mul-T-Lock (UK)

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Mul-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.

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