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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
26th November 2014 Issue no. 242

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International News

Hikvision's DarkFighter PTZ nominated as "CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year" in IFSEC's Security & Fire Excellence Awards

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As the world's first 1080P Full HD ultra low illumination PTZ network camera. Hikvision DS-2DF8223I-A(AEL) delivers full color images in conditions that would defeat conventional monochrome IP cameras and competing low-light cameras

Locksmiths in Malta

by Joseph Mizzi, San Gwann

In Malta, locksmiths (key cutters) are not registered in any way and this means anybody can trade as a locksmith without a licence, irrespective of competence or background.

Body Camera trial proves successful in Lancashire

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FGH Security is working in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary to prevent crime and make sure people in the region have a safer night out. This year FGH Security dramatically increased the number of body cameras used by its staff following a highly successful trial in the use of them to reduce alcohol related crime and disorder.

BSI launches first global risk management standard for supply chains

British Standards Institution, the global business standards company, has this week launched PAS 7000, a universally applicable supply chain information standard for suppliers and buyers at organisations of all sizes around the globe.

Hikvision adds Ultimate Gain Glass to Enhance Performance of EXIR Network Bullet Cameras

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Homes, offices and small-to-medium enterprises are set to benefit from the addition of Hikvision's advanced EXIR Bullet network cameras to its easy IP solution line-up.

Introducing the new CES Flavours Quality Suite

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CES Security Solutions Ltd has just launched their Quality Suite range of finishes. Presented in a fun and aesthetically pleasing tin the CES Flavours Quality Suite offers 22 different colour options.

SmartTower CCTV shortlisted for 'CCTV System of the Year'

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VPS Site Security are delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist for the IFSEC Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2014, in the CCTV System of the Year category, announced recently.

The innovative technology was chosen to help to secure unique Ryder Cup TV coverage last month, protecting the television compound at Gleneagles.

Security specialist certgate joins Natural Security Alliance to develop new form factors for strong authentication

The Natural Security Alliance an industry consortium dedicated to delivering a strong but convenient authentication standard for transactions across the globe, has announced that certgate, a global leader in mobile security technology, has joined the Alliance to develop new implementations of the Natural Security standard.

Murphy USA standardises on 3xLOGIC business intelligence solution

3xLOGIC, Inc., a leading provider of integrated intelligent security solutions, has announced the planned nationwide deployment of the company's VIGIL surveillance systems at over 1,200 Murphy USA convenience store locations.

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This Week's News

CCTV: Why standards need to adapt to Technological developments

* bsia.jpgThe CCTV sector is continuing to experience rapid change due to technological innovation. Simon Adcock, Chairman of the British Security Industry Association's (BSIA) CCTV Section, explains why legislation, regulation and standards must also adapt if they are to serve their purpose effectively.

Replacement Car Keys expands rapidly to cover 70% of US

ReplacementCarKeys.net has recently announced they now cover more than 70% of the United States, with comprehensive listings of qualified and recommended locksmiths capable of creating car keys.

ReplacementCarKeys.net is a website that has been getting a lot of attention lately, it specialises in providing comprehensive listings of locksmiths who have come recommended by customers.

Genuine Lishi NightVision tube and case video demonstration

* Lishi-nightvision-tube.jpgUAP Limited has recently made an informative, "how to" video which perfectly highlights how to use the innovative, easy-to-assemble Genuine Lishi NightVision packaging, designed to join each tool together to form a case.

This video is now available to watch on YouTube, so you can get the most out of Genuine Lishi equipment and ensure that products are used effectively in order to guarantee they reach their maximum potential. Click on the link below for the Genuine Lishi NightVision Tube and Case Demonstration.

BQT solutions supplier of Cobalt locks to bank office tower in the UAE

* BQT-Cobalt.jpgMaxSec Group Limited has announced that its BQT Solutions Locking division has received an order for the supply of over 500 Cobalt locks for a prime office project in the Middle East. 

"We have been advised by our distributor, Secure Access Technologies that the office accommodation in Abu Dhabi is for a Saudi Arabian Bank and is the first of two buildings to be constructed on the site," said MSP’s CEO, Geoff Cleaves.

VPS acquires Camwatch

VPS has announced the acquisition of Camwatch, a specialist security provider to a wide range of sectors in the United Kingdom. The transaction completed November 2014, last week. Based in Greater Manchester, Camwatch has over 10 years' experience in developing security products.

Over the last few years, Camwatch has developed an innovative CCTV solution that supports the security of construction and remote sites. In addition to this Camwatch's ATM locking bar is currently deployed in over 4,000 cash machines in the UK for a range of blue chip customers. Camwatch has its own accredited alarm and video Monitoring Centre. 

Investing in a secure future

* Yale-New-starters.jpgFollowing significant growth over recent months, security specialist Yale is investing in the future of the sector with the appointment of two new team members.

Graduate Tom Eling has been appointed as National Sales Merchandiser and will be travelling the country in a bespoke Yale van, offering customers guidance and advice on security products. He takes over from Tim Jackson, who has been promoted to the role of National Account Executive.

Castel selected for major German supermarket chain

* Bespoke-Aldi-SS-entrance-panel.jpgGerman supermarket giant, Aldi, best known for its ultra-low prices and 'stacked-up-high' goods in its stores, has selected Castel to supply IP intercom systems for its new regional distribution and staff administration centres across the UK.

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Overhead transom door closers from Alpro have been installed at a student accommodation development in Bournemouth.

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The transom closers are a means of hydraulically controlling the opening and closing of aluminium doors.

They are being used at Dorchester House, a 540-bed residence let exclusively during term time to Bournemouth University and students on Kaplan International Colleges programmes.

New CCTV system saves distribution centre thousands

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Hadrian Technology's innovative CCTV system gave their client the evidence needed to save time and money on insurance claims

Security company Hadrian Technology, based in the North East of England, has installed a cutting-edge CCTV system for an Irish retail distribution centre to combat false injury claims which has paid for itself within six months.

Pigram joins AMG

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As Ethernet and IP (Internet Protocol) become more the technology of choice in systems, AMG has been leading this trend, becoming a UK Centre of Excellence. The company is now building a new team for growth, and Andrew Pigram has taken up the position of Sales & Marketing Director. At the same time Sara Bullock takes up a new position as Business Development Director.

Locksmiths' Exhibition 2015

'Sponsored by UAP/Tradelocks'

With still 4 months to go the Lockexpo 2015 has all SOLD OUT. A wait list will be started and if enough exhibitors ask, then there is an additional exhibition space that can be used.

Mick Friend commented that this show is as popular now as it was five years ago, "low costs, great location and a charming organiser" are the keys to its popularity!

Back to normal? What's that?

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Asks Dan Smith in his regular blog, from which LASN publishes extracts.

So the madness of the ALEX show and the aftermath that ensued has now died down and we can all get back to a bit of normality.

New security qualifications to be launched in 2015

A new suite of qualifications for learners hoping to become licensed security operatives is to be launched in January 2015, with Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance ('HABC') assisting in their development.

Updated surveillance guidance fit for challenges of 2014 and beyond

Surveillance cameras must only be used as a necessary and proportionate response to a real and pressing problem. That was the warning issued by the ICO as it published its updated CCTV guidance last month.* 

Axis Security scores a hat-trick at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards

Axis Security, a leading provider of bespoke security services, has for the second year in a row been selected in three categories at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards, including Security Guarding Company of the Year, an award the company won both last year and in 2011. This is also the fifth consecutive year that Axis Security has been nominated for this prestigious award.

Upcoming CCTV Code of Practice launch and webinar discussion

The ICO is publishing its updated CCTV Code of Practice next month. The guidance takes into account developments in the use of CCTV and other forms of video surveillance since the guidance was first published in 2000. This will include everything from automatic recognition of car number plates through to the personal information collected by flying drones.

The code will also mark the launch of the new ICO webinar service. The first webinar will be held a few days after the launch of the new CCTV Code of Practice. The webinar will give a unique opportunity to watch a live presentation carried out by the ICO policy team discussing the guidance, and allow you to send them your questions.


Leaving for a new job? Don't walk off with personal information

The ICO has warned employees leaving for a new job that taking personal information collected by their former employer with them when they leave is a criminal offence.

The warning comes after a paralegal, who previously worked at a Yorkshire solicitor's firm, was prosecuted for illegally taking the sensitive personal information of over 100 people when leaving for a rival firm. The employee was fined £300 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £438.63. Unlawfully obtaining or accessing personal data is a criminal offence under section 55 of the DPA.

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