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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
3rd December 2014 Issue no. 243

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International News

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

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UAP 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.

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.

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This Week's News

Top marks all round for the TradeLocks Open Weekend

* UAP-Open.jpgOn the 22nd-23rd November, over one hundred and fifty locksmiths travelled from far and wide to UAP Tradelocks HQ in order to attend the highly-anticipated TradeLocks Open Weekend - and what a success it was!

People from all over the United Kingdom-including Scotland, Ireland and Wales (and even customers from France) were eager to take part in educational, informative workshops and detailed demonstrations, carried out by the best in the business.

Is your website vulnerable to ‘oldest hackers’ trick in the book’?

A hotel booking website has been fined £7,500 after becoming the latest victim of one of the ‘oldest hackers’ tricks in the book’. The ICO is warning organisations that they must act now to protect themselves from SQL injection attacks – which remain one of the most common forms of online attack.

Worldview Limited was served the penalty following a serious data breach caused by a vulnerability on their website, which an attacker was able to exploit to access the full card details of 3,814 customers. They would have received a £75,000 penalty were it not for the company’s financial situation.

Skyguard scoops lone worker honours at security excellence awards

MySOS-mandown.jpgSkyguard have been recognised for their continued outstanding contribution to Lone Worker protection at the recent IFSEC Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2014, beating some tough competition in the 'Best Deployment of Lone Worker Technology' category.

Presented at the prestigious Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in London attended by over 1,000 Security industry experts, Director Will Murray received the award on behalf of the company.

Burglars mess with your head not just your home

Police in Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley have been working together in a major cross-county campaign to tackle burglary - the first of its kind.

Officers from each force co-ordinated activities during the three week initiative from 27 October to 16 November 2014, to halt border-hopping offenders and encourage the public to protect themselves from becoming a burglary victim. The result was a reduction in burglary offences.

New HD video quad from Ovation Systems delivers high quality images to enhance monitoring capability

* FourSight.jpgOvation Systems, a leading global developer of high performance video surveillance solutions has announced the immediate availability of FourSight-DVI, a new HD video quad display monitoring system.

Designed for fixed and portable installations, it enables up to four PAL or NTSC cameras to be viewed on a single high resolution LCD display with outstanding clarity. Available at around 50% of the cost of traditional multiview systems, FourSight-DVI provides a cost effective and easy to deploy solution for organisations operating in a broad range of market sectors including security, audio visual and oil exploration.

New report shows how healthy workplaces are managing stress

One-quarter of workers in Europe report feeling stressed at work all or most of the time - and a similar proportion say that work affects their health negatively. Psychosocial risks; for example, monotonous tasks, high work intensity, tight deadlines, work-life imbalance, violence and harassment from the public or from colleagues, contribute to work-related stress.

A new report, published as part of a Europe-wide campaign Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress gives a broad overview on psychosocial risks at European workplaces and gives examples on the way forward at political as well as company level -all illustrated with real-life examples and case studies.

Hikvision hosts trip to China for key European customers

* Hikvision-visit.jpgHikvision, a leading supplier of video surveillance equipment and solutions, recently hosted a diverse group of European customers at the company's headquarters in Hangzhou, China.

Thirty-three customers from across Western, Central and Eastern Europe, spent six days in China, where they learned about Hikvision's assortment of unique products, and were treated to cultural outings. The trip provided Hikvision's customers with firsthand insight into the company's commitment to product research and development, and also allowed for Hikvision to showcase the breadth and depth of its product offering through visits to the manufacturing production and quality control facilities.

Microsoft's robot security guards

* microsoft-robot-security.jpgRobots are increasingly replacing humans in a variety of mundane tasks, like bolting a car together or making lollipops, but now they are moving into the security business.

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CCTV: Why standards need to adapt to Technological developments

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The 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.

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.

Investing in a secure future

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Following significant growth over recent months, security specialist Yale is investing in the future of the sector with the appointment of two new team members.

Castel selected for major German supermarket chain

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German 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.

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.

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