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7th May 2014 Issue no. 215
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The mechanical lock industry is experiencing an increased penetration of Chinese suppliers into the international market and despite the growing popularity of access control systems driving the adoption of electronic locking devices, mechanical locks are not projected to falter any time soon.
By Jessica Jerreat
Intelligence agencies are working with airline experts to improve defenses against cyber attacks which could be used to bring down a plane. A new program involving government and aviation employees has been set up outside Washington DC as security experts warn the current systems are vulnerable to attack.
Currently, a hacker could bring down air traffic control systems, break into navigation equipment or even potentially take over the controls of a plane.Full Story
Like its little brother, the Mantis 80 is available with a range of stylish stainless steel covers, allowing architects and designers a much greater degree of freedom to integrate perimeter security with modern buildings and landscaping.
KeyMe, the Long Island City-based startup that's looking to upend the $5 billion locksmith biz in the US - is turning the key on a national expansion.
The company, which operates key-making kiosks in local stores, has just bagged $7.8 million in funding that it will use to add hundreds of kiosks across the country within the next 12 to 18 months, KeyMe founder and CEO Greg Marsh told the NY Daily News.Full Story
The product is called the Viper Smartkey and it works with your smartphone to turn your keyless entry system into an automated affair.
Using this system, you won't have to press a button on the door of your car or fish for a key fob to lock or unlock doors.Full Story
An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery.
It may be good business for hardware stores and locksmiths shops, but the global popularity of placing 'locks of love' on bridges can cause real damage. The idea is that the lovers write their names or initials on a padlock, fasten it to a bridge and throw the key into the river. Thus locking their love forever. I may be an old cynic, but I'm not alone, as the item in last week's issue about the campaign to ban the idea in Paris (where it is believed the idea started) illustrates.
The following item is from a local paper near the Port of Tacoma, NW coast of the USA. You can clearly see the effect the weight of the padlocks has on the side rail.
The first thing Ayse Kiil noticed Monday when she walked to the end of the Bridge to the Beach at Chambers Creek Regional Park, was the top cable of the protective barrier, sagging under the weight of roughly 60 padlocks.
Taking advantage of Monday's summerlike weather, the University Place resident and her husband, Glenn, were in search of a padlock they'd left there a month earlier.Full Story
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Facewatch and Littoralis are pleased to announce that they are working together to develop an integrated business crime service to enhance their ability to support Police, Partnerships and Businesses in the reduction and prevention of crime.
This will be effected by integration between DISC, Littoralis' secure online platform for information sharing between local community groups such as BCRPs and BIDs with Facewatch's leading secure Digital Crime Reporting and CCTV analytics system.
MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of a project at Wm Morrison Supermarkets that is helping to secure access and reduce management complexity across 40 critical sites supporting the retailers "farm to fork" business strategy.
This wireless, self-powered device enhances the functionality of the industry standard SecureSeal Data reusable seal used on each trailer door to provide an automated audit trail of security sealing to Mothercare's loss prevention team.
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Theft of heating and diesel oil has been a problem for many years and we see an increase in this type of crime whenever the price of crude oil rises. A rise in the price of fuel at the petrol pump inevitably leads to a rise in the cost of heating oil. This makes oil a more attractive proposition for the thief and they are now actively targeting fuel tanks at farms, transport depots and domestic properties. The thief may be using the oil for their own central heating or selling it on at a handsome profit.
These tanks can contain thousands of pounds worth of oil and it therefore makes good sense to take a few precautions to protect them. The purpose of this information is to give you a few ideas about what can be done to make life more difficult for the thief, ideas that if your business is based in a rural area, you might use to advise existing and potential customers.
Security firm G4S will be considered for government business again after it was barred from bidding for new contracts in a row about overcharging.
The company agreed to repay £109m after an audit found it charged too much for providing electronic prisoner tags. The Serious Fraud Office is examining G4S and Serco over the contracts.Full Story
Two penalties recently served by the ICO on Kent Police and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service have highlighted the need for organisations to understand precisely what personal information they are collecting and where it is being stored.
As far as the Heartbleed SSL bug is concerned, it exists in the OpenSSL software that is used for secure web communication in the majority (at least 65%) of secure sites (those with a prefix of https:// where your browser will display a closed padlock during access).
The Brighouse company was bought out of administration by the Jain family in February 2012 and since then the focus has very firmly been on restoring Avocet's standing as one of the leading names in the hardware industry.