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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
27th August 2014 Issue no. 229

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Device locks down classroom or commercial door to block intruders in seconds

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In just the last 18 months alone (between December 2012 and June 2014) there have been 74 school shootings in the US. In response, an influx of products have hit the market in an effort to help save lives in the wake of these seemingly inevitable tragedies.

New ABUS Bravus Locking System

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ABUS announces the release of Bravus, the new 'no compromises locking system' available in the UK from October 2014.

The system features a horizontal keyway that takes a reversible key combining a high level of both technical and legal copy protection.

Fire kit packs now available for Codelocks mechanical and electronic latch locks

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Codelocks is now selling fire kit packs for its mechanical and electronic latch locks that when fitted enable the locks to be installed on 30 or 60 minute fire-rated doors.

Panasonic has Tomorrowland under control

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Panasonic was chosen to provide 30 security cameras for Tomorrowland, the world's largest electronic dance music festival.

Allegion's Schlage HandPunch helps build Olympic legacy

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Allegion has completed a project to provide a biometric access control system at one of Europe's largest ever construction projects, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with the system installed verifying the credentials of over 10,000 workers during an 18-month build project.

MOBOTIX expands thermal camera range

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MOBOTIX has introduced the new thermal sensor modules for the S15D, being the first thermal devices to use MOBOTIX' revolutionary dual flexmount video cable technology. This is available with all S15D upgraded to software version MX-V4.2.1.43.

Milestone Systems combines physical and video Security with its new XProtect Access Control Module

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Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has released XProtect Access Control Module 2014, an add-on product for partners and customers using Milestone video surveillance solutions.

Castel launches new intercom unit

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Castel, suppliers of communication, intercom and access control solutions, has launched a new intercom unit with in-built reader (CAP IP Reader). This product can either be used as a standalone item or is easily integrated into an existing Castel installation.

SoloProtect from lone worker specialist Connexion2

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Managing Director of Connexion2, Craig Swallow, says: "Changing working patterns and updated legislation continue to make lone worker safety a very important issue in every workplace. Our products, which are BS 8484 accredited, continue to be the market-leading as we remain focused on delivery of high quality, fit for purpose solutions."

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This Week's News

International Lock Conference 2015

The European Locksmith Federation are pleased to announce as part of the ELF Convention in Dublin in May 2015; there will be an International Lock Conference along with product exhibitions, educational classes & social events.

Sponsored by ASSA ABLOY the conference features speakers and topics from an international line-up:

ALEX 2014 - not long now!

ALEX-LOGO.jpgALEX - The only exhibition to specifically promote the auto locksmithing side of the industry is about to run for the third year. Sponsored for the second year by KAP diagnostics.

Exhibitors this year are:- KAP Diagnostics (sponsor) SKS - Lockdecoders - Locksure Insurance - Advanced Keys - NW Keys - SILCA - Key Programmers - Trackit 247 - Locks4vans - Hickleys - Dand E - 3D Group - Davenport Burgess - Lock Doktor (Ireland) - Reallygoodseo - Locks and Security Magazine.

Dig out your steering locks, drivers urged, as car thieves get high-tech

by Martin Beckford, Mail On Sunday

Police are urging motorists to search out their old-fashioned crook locks after modern car security systems have become an easy target for thieves.

Organised gangs who steal luxury models to order are thought to be behind an increase in car thefts, having mastered how to get around high-tech security devices. They can trick the 'keyless' ignition systems found in top-end cars with blank microchips that can be reprogrammed to start the engine. Others use 'jammers' to stop cars locking when drivers press their remote keys after parking.

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UK Access Control market boosted by increased construction activity

According to 'Access Control', a new Market Update by market intelligence provider, Key Note, new construction orders in the UK rose by 14.8% in 2013.

The construction of new buildings is a main determinant for demand in the access control market. In 2013, the UK access control market grew by 2.9%, after witnessing weak growth in the previous year. Audio and video entryphone systems are a low-cost solution for access control installers. Keypad access-control entry systems have been extremely popular for the past few years, and the market is now fairly mature.

Cutting-edge CCTV installed to protect 900-year-old manuscript

* Boldon-Book.jpgHadrian Technology's HD CCTV system means North East museum can exhibit valuable manuscript. South Shields Museum and Art Gallery has invested in a state-of-the-art CCTV system in order to secure a sought-after manuscript for its latest exhibition.

Sunderland-based security specialists, Hadrian Technology, installed the new cameras in advance of the museum's 'The Boldon Book' exhibition, which runs until 2 November 2014.

ICO 'sounds the alarm' over data breaches within the legal profession

Hopefully you will not encounter any legal issues in the course of your work, but if you do it might be useful to be aware of what the legal profession must do to keep the personal information they handle secure. 

The Information Commissioner has issued a warning to barristers and solicitors about the need to keep personal information secure. The warning comes after 15 incidents involving the loss of personal information by legal professionals have been reported to the ICO within the past three months.

Yerka, a bike that cannot be stolen

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The innovation here is simple: the frame of the bicycle becomes the lock.

How to go from toddler to teenager in online marketing

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New HD-SDI periscope camera for tactical surveillance applications

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The new camera includes an HD-SDI interface to transmit uncompressed surveillance images in 1080p resolution at full frame rates over coaxial cable making installation a quick and trouble-free process. It uses a a Sony day/night camera module with image stabilisation and transmits HD images at high speed to be received at distances of up to 100 metres without requiring repeaters.

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News in Brief

Tech giant Google faces a lawsuit claiming it allows fraudulent locksmiths to advertise on its search engines, diverting business away from legitimate locksmith companies. Source: wsbtv.com/news

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Hickleys training course dates

Hickleys has published its training course dates. The courses last from one to 10 days and are as comprehensive as you would expect from one of the country's leading suppliers of tools to the locksmithing trade.

The courses include Electronic Keycutting, Eeprom and Microprocessor Programming, Auto Locksmith Training, and, as a means of gaining an additional revenue stream for this sector, Air Conditioning Training.


Alpro on menu in Cardiff

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Transom door closers from Alpro Architectural Hardware have been installed at Le Bistrot Pierre on Caroline Street in Cardiff. The venue, which is in the heart of the city and near the Millennium Stadium, is the eleventh to open in a family of individually-themed restaurants serving award-winning provincial French food.

Hickleys Zed-FULL immobiliser solution roadshow

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Hickleys, the vehicle key programming specialist, are touring the country offering presentations and demonstrations on the new "all in one" Zed-FULL programmer at various locations around the country. This is your chance to see this new machine in operation, understand the features and see how the Zed-FULL can expand your business.

Docklands inventor seeks crowd-source funding for portable lock

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By Adam Barnet, East London Advertiser

A new portable lock to keep people safe when they are on the move has been invented by a London Docklands entrepreneur, who is looking to crowd-source funding for his business.

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Association of Security Consultants make Imbert prize awards

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The Association of Security Consultants (ASC) has made its annual awards under the Imbert Prize with support and sponsorship from Samsung Techwin. 

David Jenkins retires as MD of ISM, takes on role as chairman

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David Jenkins, Managing Director, ISM is retiring in the same year that ISM celebrates its 25th anniversary. Jenkins has built an enviable legacy for the British born and bred manufacturing brand. Stephen Smith, Sales and Marketing Director will become the new Managing Director.

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