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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
26th March 2014 Issue no. 209

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International News

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

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Atus, 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.

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

DHF answers householders' security fears following BBC Watchdog lock snapping expose

* Yale-Platinum-3-star-cylinder.jpgHouseholders concerned about the security of their homes are calling in locksmiths, installers and security professionals for advice following a BBC TV Watchdog Test House expose on the vulnerability of locks on most domestic PVC-u and composite entrance doors.

The BBC TV consumer programme revealed that many burglaries that occur in the UK each year are carried out by criminals snapping the Eurocylinder within the door lock, a process that can take just seconds.

Locks & security hardware procurement category market research report now available from IBISWorld

Buyers of locks and security hardware have a buyer power score of 3.3 out of 5.0. Scores closer to 5.0 indicate a higher level of buyer power. Buyer negotiation power is limited in this market because substitute products are scarce, related goods must accompany the majority of lock purchases and market share concentration is high, providing the top suppliers with more power over the market, says IBISWorld procurement analyst Aileen Weiss.

However, the commoditisation of most locks and the wide product distribution provide the buyer with some power to shop around and compare prices.

Alpro launch their new range of Optima CE marked surface door closers

* Alpro-StandardArmCloser_28A.jpgThe Alpro Architectural Hardware Division of IEC Limited announces the release of their new "Optima" range of fully CE certified surface door closers.

As a direct result of constant customer feedback for new products, the door closer range comprises, the Optima170 cam action closer with adjustable strength from 2-4, complete with sliding track and arm.

Genetec announces integration with ASSA ABLOY Aperio wireless lock technology

Genetec, a leading provider of unified IP security solutions, has announced it plans to support the ASSA ABLOY Aperio wireless lock technology in its Synergis IP-based access control solution. With an expected general availability in calendar Q2 2014, this integration will allow the Synergis Master Controller (SMC) - the intelligent IP door controller of the Synergis solution - to manage Aperio-enabled locking hardware, offering customers wireless lock capabilities within any networked access control deployment.

Aperio is a global wireless technology that provides an easy, affordable way to connect openings from doors to cabinets, within a new or an existing Synergis access control system via wireless communication (IEEE 802.15.4). The Genetec SMC will communicate directly with the Aperio w

ISC West 2014: HDcctv Alliance provides first look at HDcctv 2.0 technologies and products

* HDcctv-Alliance-Logo-R.jpgSurveillance video standards organisation the HDcctv Alliance will provide the security industry with its first look at the new generation of HDcctv 2.0 surveillance technologies and products at ISC West 2014.

The Alliance recently ratified the HDcctv 2.0 standards, which have been developed and agreed for equipment able to produce high-fidelity HD video without transmission delay and without the need for IP cameras or Ethernet cabling within a secured premises - meaning a significant cost-saving in many surveillance systems.

13th European Security Conference & Exhibition

ASIS International will host the 13th European Security Conference & Exhibition at the World Forum in The Hague, the Netherlands. Set for April 1-3, 2014, this unique conference will address a full spectrum of topics in security management such as: supply chain security, loss prevention, hotel security, intellectual property, oil and gas security, maritime piracy, terrorism, executive protection, internal theft and fraud, competitive intelligence, brand protection, physical security, cyber security, investigations, due diligence and global business issues.}

Horizontal learning - use examples, lessons learned, and case studies presented by security professionals who work in diverse sectors and geographies and apply them to your own situation.

Cyber security: the risks to small businesses owners

This year is already stacking up to be a seminal year in cyber security. We're only a couple of months into 2014 and we've already seen multiple stories highlighting the issue. In January, a large-scale theft of data on payment cards was uncovered, which affected 45 retailers in 11 countries. In February, we saw HMRC warning of tax rebate scams and there are reports emerging of fraudsters using online dating sites to ensnare victims.

Cyber security is not just an issue for large businesses. According to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), small businesses are now experiencing cyber security incidents only seen previously in larger organisations. In fact, according to their research, 87% of small businesses had a security breach in the last year, which is up from 76% the year before.

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Disposables UK Group selects MOBOTIX to secure new site and monitor production

MOBOTIX AG has released details of a project at Disposables UK Group that has helped to secure its new consolidated site while improving visibility over its production and distribution environments.

In July of 2013, Yorkshire based Disposables UK Group took a step nearer to achieving its ambitious five year growth plan with a move to a larger site in Meltham, near Huddersfield. The family-run business, which is one of the largest employers in Meltham, has invested £1.7m in new machinery, and has plans to almost double its current £16m turnover to £30m by 2018. The company manufactures and distributes paper disposables and associated cleaning and hygiene products for the 'away from home market.'

No small puff

According to a press release published in the Wall Street Journal, video and security technology company DirectView Security plans to open a Colorado office to support the expansion of its cannabis industry security and surveillance business.

In a quote "Both growers and dispensaries of marijuana have extensive state and local government compliance requirements when it comes to security."

Far out man.

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ALEX (Auto Locksmiths Expo) 2014

The only exhibition for auto locksmiths in Europe is on the move.

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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Ramsgate Train Depot upgrades access solutions with Castel Intercom

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Over 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.

A Milestone for Paul Smith store security

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Milestone 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.

ACT secures Tunbridge Wells Hospital

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CBES 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.

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.

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