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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
9th April 2014 Issue no. 211

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International News

230,000 locks to be put on Abu Dhabi windows

Abu Dhabi's largest commercial and residential building management firm has announced plans to put more than 230,000 locks on windows and balconies in its buildings in the capital to prevent accidental falls, particularly children.

Brazil commences the introduction of mandatory tracking devices

Brazil has commenced the supply and fitting of mandatory tracking devices to vehicles, but there's already controversy regarding the price of the devices. 

Milestone hires new Directors for Marketing and Distribution

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Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has hired Inger Holm Vinther as Director of Corporate Marketing and Kitty Van Der Sluis as Director of Sales Distribution in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

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.

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.

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

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Surveillance 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.

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.}

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.

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This Week's News

Electronic jail locks fail

Ocean City officials say a "catastrophic" computer glitch caused the locks on jail cells doors to malfunction on their own, and now the town needs a six-figure repair. The state of Maryland town council located on the US east coast unanimously approved a $116,700 expenditure to fix the "Galaxy" computer system that controls not just jail cells, but doors and surveillance cameras.

The electronics problems did not cause any cell doors to open, because the system is designed to switch automatically to a manual override mode in case of failure. The jail stayed open and operational despite the security system failure.

Source: Delmarva

We have Mail: Avocet complains to Amazon

Jason Wainwright emailed LASN:


I'm trying to add a comment to a news story, but while I can type a comment there is nowhere to actual click add, just a link to Facebook (is this work or playtime) and various other sites that I thought had long ceased trading like AOL?

The comment I wanted to add is below:

Could I ask how they complained to Amazon and what the response was from Amazon or indeed did Locks & Security approach Amazon for a comment as is normal the media. Otherwise this reads not like a news story but a cheap publicity "stunt" for Avocet which I'm sure is not the case!

Y3K announces new range of HD CCTV solutions and 2014 price list

* Xvision.jpgCroydon based manufacturer and distributor of quality HD CCTV systems Y3K has announced a new exciting line-up of HD CCTV surveillance cameras and complete end-to-end solutions using the very latest CCTV technology. The new range now offers customers different levels of image quality and features suitable for nearly every application and any business - from SMEs up to multi-national corporations.

Y3K's new range of professional CCTV solutions including domes, bullets, PTZs, recorders, monitors and complete systems, will now be available in 960p HD and 1080p resolutions - Xvision HD 960H (960p) and Xvision Pro HD (1080p) respectively.

EU Court of Justice has ruled the Data Retention Directive invalid

"It entails a wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data, without that interference being limited to what is strictly necessary."

The main objective of the Data Retention Directive is to harmonise Member States' provisions concerning the retention of certain data which are generated or processed by providers of publicly available electronic communications services or of public communications networks. It therefore seeks to ensure that the data are available for the purpose of the prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of serious crime, such as, in particular, organised crime and terrorism. Thus, the directive provides that the abovementioned providers must retain traffic and location data as well as related data necessary to identify the subscriber or user. By contrast, it does not permit the retention of the content of the communication or of information consulted.

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No Love Locks campaign launched in Paris

* paris-love-locks-guardian.jpgFor some they are a symbol of everlasting love. For others they are a rusting eyesore. But now the "love locks" - padlocks engraved with the names of lovers - that line the rails of Paris's bridges may have met their match, as a campaign takes off to have them banned.

The No Love Locks campaign, which includes a petition that currently has over 1,700 signatures, was launched in February by two Americans living in Paris who were shocked at the extent of the trend across the city.

World Trade Centre security criticised

By Tom Vorenberg

Richard "Bo" Dietl is a former NYPD detective and the chairman and CEO of Beau Dietl & Associates (BDA), a New York-based security firm. He is critical of security efforts at the WTC site, an area that has already been attacked twice by terrorists.

"There have been some pretty embarrassing breaches of security at this site," he declared. "We have been lucky that none of these people had been engaged in terrorist or criminal activities."

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Avocet calls on Amazon to end lock snapping tool trade

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A West Yorkshire company has called on Amazon to ban the sale of tools specifically designed to assist in lock-snapping.

Brighouse-based Avocet Hardware, which manufactures the ABS snap-secure lock, says it is astonished that items such as a pocket sized snapper bar for anti-snap cylinders and a premium lock snapper bar are readily available to buy for as little as £34.95 on Amazon.

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Doors are opening for Allegion's new Briton 2300/2400 range

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Leading global provider of security and safety solutions, Allegion (formerly Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies), has launched a new range of door closers, specifically designed to offer market-leading cam-action technology at a competitive price point.

Internet security provider AVG blogs the 5 myths of staying safe online

by Michael McKinnon

When faced with the challenge of staying safe online, it's no surprise that we're all motivated by the best of intentions to help spread advice that on the surface seems reasonable and sound. However, as technology evolves sometimes the best advice fades and is quickly replaced by better tactics, in response to the ongoing fight against cybercrime.

Over the years I've found that many people have been left with outdated and now incorrect assumptions about how to stay safe - with much of the advice turning into myths.

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Castel provides modern security solution for Grade 1 listed Palace of Westminster estate

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Updating the security in an iconic Grade 1 listed building will always be a challenge. However, by using the latest in IP technology, the upgrade became a simpler task for the company installing the new security system, with Castel's Xellip IP intercom at the heart of the solution.

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

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Householders 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.

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

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The 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.

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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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.

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