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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
16th September 2015 Issue no. 280

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Salamander opens doors at large, prestigious locations

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Geofire's Salamander range of radio controlled fire door safety products suits large buildings such as theatres and stadiums, where acoustic units would not be suitable due to background noise, heritage buildings and buildings with asbestos where it is vital not to disturb the fabric of the building, whilst ensuring the safety of occupants in the event of a fire.

Urmet strengthens its range of 2-wire compatible door entry monitors

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Urmet has added to its range of residential door entry monitors with the release of the Miro hands-free video entry phone.

The unit is compatible with Urmet's 2-wire system (2-Voice) and other compatible external entry panels. This advanced feature-rich colour indoor station allows installers to give both clients and end-users the latest functions while still using only two non-polarised wires.

Remote power control through the GSM network? No IP address or network access required

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Powertxt Duo allows remote power control of two independent devices (e.g. router & switch or server) over the GSM network (mobile network) reducing downtime of your equipment to a minimum.

There are many IP Power Control devices on the market today but they all need access to your network making them a point of weakness within your infrastructure.

Patented World-first Wireless No keyhole metal door lock

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This novel lock from Hrise is a wireless, no keyhole, invisible, intelligent remote control lock with 4 wireless keys.

- No keyhole design: without the traditional keyhole, making the thieves feel at loss how to start to make illegal entry.

Comelit provides security for Embassy Gardens residential complex

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Working with installers, Blakegow, Comelit has provided access control for 639 apartments - both high-end and affordable - in a 60-acre mixed-use development site in Battersea, London.

The site will also accommodate the new US embassy.

Electronically locking misaligned doors

Are you looking for a locking solution for misaligned doors?

There are many reasons doors become misaligned including positive or negative air-conditioning pressure, weight, heavy usage, incorrect fitting and frame defects.

This often means that the electric strike or mag lock securing the door cannot provide positive locking which in turn results in a security risk and costly continual call-backs for the service technician.

Genuine Lishi Training Kit

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Genuine Lishi tools are renowned Worldwide as the leading brand in auto locksmith tools. Backed by an unrivalled lifetime guarantee against manufacturing faults, you know that when you order a Genuine Lishi tool, you are getting guaranteed quality, durability and manufacturing with care and precision.

Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

Fiat Chrysler's bad week just got even worse: the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recalled 1.4 million of the manufacturer's cars after a dangerous software flaw was revealed just days ago.

Minimising the risk of hacking and cloning to access control credentials

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Did you know that over 70% of businesses and organisations still use access card technology platforms that are over 30+ years old and provide no protection against hacking and cloning? Now there's a replacement business opportunity if there ever was.

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This Week's News

Darker nights bring security sales

* 83-Series.jpgAs the winter approaches burglaries increase in proportion to the longer hours of darkness. This sad fact presents an Autumn/Winter opportunity for retailers to offer consumers appropriate additional security.

Enabling sheds, outbuildings and equipment to be secured with ABUS will secure good sales, good profit and all round peace of mind. ABUS have padlocks for every possible application, from the solid steel ultra-secure Granit, through to convenient weather proof combination padlocks.

Mitie announces cyber partnership with Fujitsu

The total security management business of Mitie, the FTSE 250 facilities management company, has announced its partnership with Fujitsu in enterprise cyber security and intelligent building monitoring.

The partnership will allow both parties to promote each other's security products and services in the convergence arena, with Fujitsu bringing its cyber expertise and Mitie its managed security services, intelligent building monitoring, installation and maintenance of security systems and alarm receiving services via its convergence and technology centre, Mitec.

TSA master luggage keys can be 3D printed thanks to leaked photo of key patterns

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agency in the US has unwittingly given criminals easy access to TSA-approved luggage locks, after a media image of the organisation's universal master keys inspired lock pickers to design their own 3D printable versions and put the files on the internet for anyone to download.

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Innovations in GJD's Clarius LED illuminators

* Clarius.jpgClarius illuminators work in conjunction with any CCTV system to deliver high quality light throughout the day and night in order to provide crystal clear image quality. Keith Fenwick, Director of GJD said "Clarius units integrate with all security day/night CCTV systems, making them a great choice for large and more modest security projects."

Offering extensive cost savings and operational advantages, Clarius units are the preferred choice of LED illuminators for industries across the world. Featuring the latest surface mount LED technology, enhanced optical output and outstanding reliability, Clarius illuminators provide piece of mind that the area you wish to monitor is fully protected and safety of people is significantly improved.

Castel's IP intercom solution helps secure London Underground Maintenance depots

* london-underground-maint.jpgLondon Underground has embarked on a major security upgrade at its London maintenance depots. The facilities available at the busy sites include general maintenance, train-cleaning and driver rest areas. A large number of employees, suppliers and other visitors pass through LU's various depots on a daily basis.

Working alongside Honeywell Security, Castel has supplied an IP intercom solution that will help protect the sites from the theft of high-value plant and equipment and the ever-increasing problem of metal and cable theft.

Skyguard showcasing new personal safety device at Health and Safety North exhibition

Skyguard is exhibiting at this year's Health and Safety North event, held at the Bolton Arena. Taking place from 7-8th October 2015, the event will showcase Skyguard's new and improved MySOS device, along with the range of award-winning personal safety solutions.

The MySOS, which was already the smallest and lightest device in Europe, has now been made even smaller in this latest version, yet contains more functionality. Amongst other new features, the device now discreetly vibrates to confirm an alarm initiation, and has an extended battery life of up to 50 hours.

Stop the calls company fined for making nuisance calls

A company that claimed to run a service that stopped people receiving nuisance calls has been fined £50,000, after the ICO found it was responsible for large numbers of nuisance calls itself.

Bournemouth-based Point One Marketing Ltd (previously Conservo Digital Ltd) trade as ‘Stop the Calls’, marketed a call blocking device for phones, as well as a service that removes people from a cold call database. You can read more about the monetary penalty here.

ABM Rebrands GBM Support Services Group Limited

ABM, a leading provider of facility solutions, announced today the rebranding of GBM Support Services Group Limited, and its Eclipse and CGS businesses, under the ABM brand. GBM has been a leading provider of cleaning, security, building maintenance, waste and facilities management services for various retail, leisure, public sector, and commercial clients throughout the UK.

Comelit's IP video entry system ideal for London retrofit project

* queensmead.jpgWorking with security systems and building technology integrator Interphone Limited, Comelit has supplied its ViP video entry system for 193 high-end apartments at Queensmead Terrace in the St John's Wood area of London, near Lord's Cricket Ground.

The installation was a retrofit project where cabling options were limited and there was a need to minimise engineering time on site to reduce disturbance for residents.

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UK lockmakers meet the lock attack challenge

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UK police are continuing to warn householders about the vulnerability of domestic entrance door locks which burglars can defeat in seconds in order to break in.

1st Call Lockouts and Tradelocks announce a new and unique partnership

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"The industry needs a high quality training facility" says David Jennings, MD of UAP Tradelocks. "And Tradelocks have been considering launching our own facility based in Manchester. In fact Martin Pink has already written all the modules."

Sheffield's oldest locksmith's firm signs up for Great Run challenge

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Staff from Sheffield's oldest locksmiths will be hoping they have the key to success when they lace up their trainers to take on a 10k challenge.

Eight employees from H Harrold & Sons Ltd will run the Morrisons Great Yorkshire Run on September 27, as part of the popular Business Challenge.

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'A real need to focus on the challenge of drones’ EU data protection group sparks debate

Last month, the European Union’s Article 29 Working Party published its opinion on the use of drones. The group, which includes representatives from Europe’s various data protection agencies, collectively recommended the use of Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA) for any organisation considering the use of drones.

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