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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
3rd September 2014 Issue no. 230

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International 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.

Yerka, a bike that cannot be stolen

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Every second a bike is stolen. The three engineering students from Chile behind this project have all been victims. That's why they came up with Yerka, a bike that cannot be stolen.

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

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.

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This Week's News

Happy 5th birthday Tradelocks!

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It doesn't seem that just 5 years ago Tradelocks launched in the UK market. Five years ago the Locksmith Industry had no knowledge of Tradelocks or Genuine Lishi, yet today they have more than 30 distributors and export to 25 countries!

Five years ago Locksmiths had no real access to affordable tools to make their lives easier. Five years ago there was just the MLA expo, and no trade publications except Keyways or online ezines - today there are 2 ezines and 3 trade magazines covering the UK. 

3-D printed 'Skeleton Keys' can pick locks in seconds

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One of the hairier unintended consequences of cheap 3-D printing is that any troublemaker can duplicate a key without setting foot in a hardware store. But clever lockpickers like Jos Weyers and Christian Holler already are taking that DIY key-making trick a step further: They can 3-D print a slice of plastic or metal that opens even high-security locks in seconds, without even seeing the original key.

Weyers and Holler's trick is to 3-D print a "bump" key, which resembles a normal key but can open millions of locks with a carefully practiced rap on its head with a hammer. Using software they created called Photobump, the two engineers say it's now possible to easily bump open a wide range of locks using keys based on photographs of the locks' keyholes.


Allegion completes Italian job

* CISA.jpgSafety and security specialist Allegion (formerly known as Ingersoll Rand) has announced the completion of a project to provide an electronic access control system for B&B Hotels Italia - the Italian brand of the European hotel chain B&B Hotels Group, which has more than 300 hotels across the continent.

Well-established in the low cost quality hotel sector, the B&B Hotels Group launched in France in 1989. Each individual hotel is characterised by a minimal and modern design, comfortable accommodation, and budget price, while the B&B Hotels Italia brand has also earned the reputation of a chain which meets its guests' needs, offering a friendly, welcoming service.

Company tackles people sleeping in bins with New Forest Locks

* Binlock.jpgContainer repair and refurbishment company, UK Container Maintenance (UKCM) has announced it will install "new forest locks" to containers in a bid to combat people taking shelter in containers.

UKCM is encouraging waste companies and local authorities to take better precautions and keep containers locked when they're located in problematic areas in order to prevent rough sleepers taking shelter in them.

Navtech Radar airport surveillance - flying ahead!

* Radar-overlooking-Plane.jpgNavtech Radar, is now claimed to be the world leading supplier of radar based Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS) for airports.

Having installed 16 AdvanceGuard solutions, and with a considerable number of airports currently under installation, Navtech Radar have the experience and industry knowledge needed to deliver radar PIDS which are compliant with the standards and recommended practices (SARPs) of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) security manual 8973.

IQinVision to demonstrate next generation 12MP/4K Sentinel at ASIS

* Sentinel-II.jpgIQinVision a market leader in high-performance HD megapixel IP cameras, has launched its new generation 12MP/4K IQeye Sentinel camera.

IQinVision's next generation IQeye Sentinel delivers up to 12MP resolution and is ideal for outdoor applications. It offers vibrant, crisp images using cutting-edge imaging sensor and encoder technology capable of producing 4K Ultra HD video at 30 frames per second.

Skyguard signs Quattro Telematics as distributor

Skyguard - Europe's premier personal safety service, are pleased to announce that Quattro Telematics are the latest organisation to join their Business Associate Programme.

With offices based in the UK, Ireland and Switzerland, Quattro Telematics are a leading European provider of vehicle tracking and workforce management solutions. The partnership allows Quattro Telematics to distribute Skyguard's MySOS lone worker safety solution to clients across the UK and Europe, complimenting their existing product portfolio.

ISM announces appointment of new MD

* New-MD-ISM-Steve-Smith.jpgStephen Smith is the new Managing Director of ISM taking over from David Jenkins, founder of ISM and the original PSIM pioneer. Smith's appointment coincides with his 25th year at ISM and follows a seven-month succession-planning period.

Smith said: "I have big boots to fill having worked with David for the last 25 years. It will take some getting used to but having access to him in a consultative capacity is reassuring and invaluable."

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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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ALEX 2014 - not long now!

ALEX - 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.

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.

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

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Hadrian 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.

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. 

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.

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