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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
22nd October 2014 Issue no. 237

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GuardTrax pioneers Milestone video integration

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Connecting security officers with mobile Alert-Confirm-Respond Technology.

GuardTrax has announced the completion of a game-changing integration of the GuardTrax officer phone app with Milestone XProtect video management software (VMS). This solution delivers unique threat alert, identification, video verification, resolution and reporting capabilities for security guarding companies, mobile patrols and in-house units.

MOBOTIX presents new IP video solutions

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MOBOTIX presents a new compact sized Hemispheric camera, and introduces new software developments. 

i25 - a new compact sized Hemispheric camera

The revolutionary Q25M has given birth to a brand new hemispheric camera, which is nearly half the size.

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This Week's News

You'll need a flexible key to open "the weirdest lock on earth."

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It's been said there's no such thing as an unpickable lock. That may be true - but this innovative lock assembly just bested one of the Internet's most famous lock-pickers, who calls it "the weirdest lock on Earth."

The pin/tumbler mechanism found in simple cylinder locks is notoriously easy to beat. Armed with patience and a few hairpins, most anyone can learn to pick such a lock. But the pin/tumbler lock you see here is another story entirely. The keyway of its lock assembly is curved.

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3D Group: Trade shows and new products

* 3DG2.jpg3D Group has been so busy that the weeks are just flying by!

We were all getting ready for the ALExpo at the Belfry hotel in Nottingham. We are lucky that this key trade show occurs so close to home as tradeshows are really hard work and it's nice to be able to go home to your own bed at the end of a busy day on stand!

Aussie lockies give a helping hand

By Stephanie Kay

Staff from an Australian locksmith company recently travelled to another town to work in the shop of a family affected by a violent home invasion.

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The FREE Genuine Lishi App - an Auto Locksmith's best friend

* Lishi-app.jpgOver the past few months, Genuine Lishi has rapidly expanded their product ranges, and took the market by storm with the introduction of the Genuine Lishi NightVision  3-in-1 tools, which are able to pick and decode car doors, trunks and even ignitions. What's more is that these tools use special NightVision technology which lights up the tool at night without the need for torches or other light sources!

However Genuine Lishi has now taken their development one step further with the introduction of the FREE Genuine Lishi app, which is available on both Apple and Android devices!

Security China 2014: first looks at 2nd-generation HDcctv-compliant equipment and 3rd-generation technologies

Surveillance video standards organisation the HDcctv Alliance will host a technology and product Gallery at Security China 2014, in Beijing October 28-31. The first certified HDcctv 2.0-compliant products will be shown by Dahua and Shany. Intersil and Semtech will demonstrate long-reach solutions considered for the HDcctv DT 3.0 standard.

Nigel Rose launches the Arregui Moveable Hook Key Cabinet

* Cabinets.jpgNigel Rose has just launched this new combination of Arregui Key Cabinets on which they incorporate Lockey Digital Door Locks.

Made from light grey painted steel the safe contains numbered key tags and includes height-adjustable moveable retaining hooks with reference numbers in the upper part (includes numbering strips).

Security spend by Indian firms has come down by 17 per cent

Average security spend by Indian firms has come down by 17 per cent to $ 4 million this year even as information security breaches have become more frequent and damaging. According to consultancy firm PwC, Indian companies spent an average of about $ 4.8 million on security last year.

This is despite the average cost of a security incident for Indian companies spiralling to $ 414 in 2014, from $ 194 in 2013.

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BBV 'flying' at the Farnborough Air Show

* Vulcan.jpgThe Farnborough Air Show attracts a large contingent of commercial aviation specialists, as well as thousands of families who enjoy spectacular flying displays as well as the attractions that the air show has to offer.

Security and safety during the July 2014 event was as always, a priority for the organisers, with an effective CCTV operation being essential. It needed to spot other potential issues, too: vehicle access and crowd movement; anything that may have impacted the comfort of the general public.

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ExMesh to launch 'Approved Contractor' training and certification

ExMesh, an industry leading manufacturer of perimeter fencing systems, is to launch an "Approved Contractor" scheme later this year to provide fencing installation contractors with high levels of support in selling and installing their fence and gate systems. Ultimately, the desired outcome is for fencing contractors to have the skills and knowledge required to deliver customers with the highest quality installations of ExMesh products throughout the UK.

CISA celebrates IHG compliance

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Leading global security provider, Allegion, has received a milestone accolade for its CISA contactless locks, as one of the world's leading hotel chains has confirmed the range on its list of locks in their Brand Safety Standard.

The three killers no longer working at Castlecourt shop in Belfast flagship mall

By Ciaran Barnes 

Until recently scheming Colin Boles and Roy Craig worked at Timpson Locksmiths at the CastleCourt complex in Belfast city centre, cutting keys and manning the tills. 

Customers who use the store, which has the motto "great service by great people", had no idea that the seemingly friendly faces at the counter are two of Northern Ireland's most notorious young killers.

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DVS to distribute powerful NVR and VMS products from NUUO

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DVS, said to be the UK's fastest growing specialist distributor of IP surveillance equipment, is now distributing a range of products from renowned manufacturer NUUO. DVS will stock two primary categories of NUUO products: powerful Linux-based network video recorders, and Video Management System software.

Comelit announces software update to VIP door-entry system

Earlier this month, Comelit UK, the Hertfordshire-based division of the global Comelit Group, invited a select group of architects, consultants and systems integrators to attend a special seminar hosted aboard Will, a former Thames river sailing barge.

The 2014 Alex show "busier than ever"

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The 2014 Alex show is now over, we moved to a new venue where we could all fit into one space and without a two day hike to the hall. We had a steady stream of visitors and Sunday was actually busier than Saturday. The exhibitors all reported a busy show with real quality visitors all asking great questions. We had visitors from all over Europe and I heard several non-English conversations. It was also pleasing to see so many ALA members.

The Master Locksmiths Association backs national home security month

This October, the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) - the leading trade association for the locksmithing profession - is supporting National Home Security Month, which is now in its second year.

The national initiative aims to highlight ways in which the public can keep their homes and families safe, and provides advice through its website, www.homesecuritymonth.com, where users can also register for a newsletter providing security information.

Zedlock 'Machinery Innovator of the Year' finalist in British Farming Awards

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Zedlock director, Bruce Robertson: "I invented the Zedlock because I was looking for a more secure alternative to a padlock and chain. In the yard at the farm I have an Ifor Williams trailer, amongst other equipment, and I was only too aware how easy it was to crop a chain with bolt cutters or smash the padlock with a hammer. 

Lockdecoders introduce Miracle A9 engraving at ALEX

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This new feature of the Miracle A9 was released at ALEX www.alexpo.co.uk in Nottingham on October 4th/5th 2014. 

The software to facilitate engraving is contained in Update 7.6 which was released on September 29th. This brings to the locksmith still more features in the All-In-One machine, the Miracle A9.

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