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29th October 2014 Issue no. 238
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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.Full Story
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The dates for 2015 are 7th and 8th March at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham University. Please see the website www.lockexpo.co.uk for further exhibitor details.
There are a few new faces and a couple of returning exhibitors so the mix as always will be good for the industry. Because of 'Mothering Sunday' the dates for 2016 have shifted slightly to February 27th and 28th - Please note your forward diaries.
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A survey of over 1,200 mobile apps by 26 privacy regulators from across the world has shown that a high number of apps are accessing large amounts of personal information without adequately explaining how people's information is being used.
The survey by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) examined the privacy information provided by 1,211 mobile apps. As a member of GPEN, the Information Commissioner's Office examined 50 of the top apps released by UK developers. The key findings from the research were:
A Northern Virginia locksmith has sued Google, Yellowbook (hibu) and Ziplocal under multiple state and federal laws, including the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), "to remove fraudulent locksmith listings from their search results."
The complaint alleges that Google and the other defendants permitted illegal locksmith listings in search results causing $8.4 million in lost earnings/profits to the plaintiff, which was at one point an advertiser in each of the defendant services.Full Story
Automotive technology expert SBD and global information assurance firm NCC Group have announced a unique and strategic partnership to improve automotive cyber security.
The partnership combines the expertise of SBD in connected car architectures and automotive security with NCC Group's expertise in cyber security testing. Together they have created the Automotive Secure Development Lifecycle (ASDL) to help vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers mitigate cyber security risks when developing connected cars.
Recently, UAP Tradelocks have extended their Window Restrictor range by adding Fixed End Window Restrictors. These window restrictors are ideal for anyone that offers door and window security in their shop.
Their design means that they cannot be unlocked by a user, making them ideal to be used in hospitals, schools, mental institutions and hotels, and for times when you what to make sure that the window will not be fully opened.
Milestone Arcus embedded Video Management System is maturing into intelligent cameras. Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), is announcing the next step for open platform technology driving innovation through embedded solutions.
Milestone Arcus is a video surveillance platform designed for low-complexity, low-cost deployments, uniquely customised for the selected hardware devices of Milestone partners. In combination with Milestone Interconnect as a key building block for future scalability of Milestone-powered systems, this allows end users at any time to remotely monitor all edges of the video management network using Milestone XProtect Corporate VMS.
Hikvision's range of Easy IP solutions is boosted with the launch of a sophisticated Infrared Pan & Tilt IP camera. The DS-2CD2Q10FD-IW 1MP Mini IR PT network camera is in compact size yet features HD720p real-time video with motorized pan and tilt.
The discrete housing also incorporates a built-in microphone and speaker, an SD card slot supporting on-board storage of up to 64 GB, a 100 MB/sec Ethernet interface plus Wi-Fi connectivity.
Boon Edam Inc. has announced the hiring of new sales staff and the creation of new roles and departments to meet continued high demand for its security entrance products and revolving doors. The company has experienced record sales in the past four years, much of the growth coming from the sales of security products to Fortune 500 companies.
"Today's large corporate customers are installing security entrances for a wide variety of applications in the US and globally," said Greg Schreiber, Vice President of Sales.
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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!
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).
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.
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.Full Story
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.
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.