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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
10th September 2014 Issue no. 231

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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.

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This Week's News

Ministry of Justice served with £180,000 penalty following encryption errors

The Ministry of Justice received a monetary penalty of £180,000 last week following a serious breach of the Data Protection Act. The breach was caused by the loss of an unencrypted hard drive at HMP Erlestoke in Wiltshire in May last year. The drive contained sensitive information relating to 2,935 prisoners. 

The ICO recommends that portable and mobile devices containing personal information, the loss of which could cause damage and distress to the individuals affected, should be encrypted.  

Smart new door closer is clever innovation

* Agrippa_Closer.jpgA new wire-free, digital fire door closer that uses smart technology to 'learn' the sound of a specific fire alarm has been launched by fire technology specialists Geofire.

Easily retrofitted to any door, this intelligent wire-free closer learns the sound of your specific fire alarm, releasing the door in the event of a fire. The closer is swing-free too, making the door responsively light to handle, and the simple answer to legally holding open fire doors to ease access.

Wavesight India and SmartWitness join forces to deliver transport CCTV solutions to the Indian market

* white-coach.jpgWavesight Wireless Solutions Pvt Ltd has announced a new partnership with UK-based SmartWitness. Wavesight Wireless Solutions Pvt Ltd, has signed an exclusive agreement with market-leading vehicle CCTV supplier SmartWitness to supply the SmartWitness range of transport solutions to the bourgeoning Indian market.

SmartWitness, a division of global CCTV manufacturer and distributor Y3K, already distributes its VOSA-compliant products, which have been approved for use in commercial vehicles, to over 50 countries around the world.

Key Unilever research and development site made secure by Castel

* barrier-intercom-unilever.jpgLocated on the Wirral, Merseyside, Unilever's main UK-based laboratory and research centre at Port Sunlight has upgraded its security system using the latest CAP IP intercom stations from Castel.

With over 750 scientists at the facility working on the development of many of Unilever's products and foods, there is a constant need for high levels of security and worker safety.

Visitor Pass Solutions product line now includes software: “eVisitorPass”

Now there’s a visitor management software program that fits any size business, school, or healthcare facility. The new “eVisitorPass” visitor management system, by Data Management Inc. of Farmington, Conn., USA, makes it easy for organisations to register, badge, track, and run reports on visitors of all kinds, including vendors, contractors, and family members.

This latest addition to DMI’s Visitor Pass Solutions product line combines secure cloud-based data storage with a simple app that installs in minutes. “eVisitorPass” starts with affordable essentials, and then lets users build from there.

Largest Scottish university centralises security

* UWS.jpgMilestone Systems open platform IP video management software (VMS) and network cameras from Axis Communications are helping all of the campus locations for the University of the West of Scotland to more efficiently manage security through one unified surveillance solution, designed, delivered and maintained by Boston Networks.

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is one of the country’s largest modern universities, providing higher education and innovative research, with campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley which indicates an important regional role in the communities.

SeSys delivers 500th ATEX certified digital IP CCTV

Camera developed by MOBOTIX Advanced Partner for extremely hazardous environments proves popular. MOBOTIX AGhas announced that SeSys, an Advanced Partner has shipped its 500th ATEX / IECEx digital IP CCTV camera based on a modified MOBOTIX core within a unique design certified for use within inhospitable, hazardous or explosive areas.

The SeSys ATEX and IECEx certified models offer high resolution images for live monitoring and can include integral storage to record any images for post processing or record keeping. Recording can be event driven based on motion, light, or an external trigger for example a temperature or water vapour sensor.

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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!

Company tackles people sleeping in bins with New Forest Locks

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Container 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.

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

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

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.

ISM announces appointment of new MD

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Stephen 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.

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.

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