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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
23rd September 2015 Issue no. 281

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International News

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

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Clarius 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."

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

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London 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.

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

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Working 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.

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.

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This Week's News

Why smart locks won't kill the old-fashioned key

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In many ways, America is a post-lock society. Most places are safe enough that home security isn't a huge concern, and in others, even the best locks aren't going to stop an intruder who really wants to break in. Locks are as much about portraying security as they are about actually keeping people out.

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UK locksmithing and security industry's biggest trade expo held

The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) hosted Europe's largest trade exhibition for the locksmithing and physical security industry. Suppliers and manufacturers met visitors from all over the world, including China, Australia and Russia, at the exhibition organised by the MLA - the leading trade association for the locksmithing profession - at the International Centre in Telford during the 3 day show.

The theme of this year's MLA Expo is 'Tomorrow's Locksmithing Today' to help encourage and develop a future generation to the historic profession.

Tradelocks demonstrate new Keyline key cutting machines at UK's largest locksmith tradeshow

* Ninja-Laser.jpgUAP Tradelocks presented their prevalent Keyline Key Cutting Machines at the UK's largest exhibition tradeshow for the locksmith and security industry.

Geofire highlights worrying fire door safety statistics

Fire Door Safety Week, 14-20 September 2015, reminds us of the vital role fire doors play in the protection of a building's occupants. Their correct specification, installation and use is paramount to the safety of all those who use a facility.

Clearly, however well intentioned, wedging open fire doors is illegal and provides no protection for a building and its occupants. In the event of a fire, fire doors are designed to stop smoke and flames from rapidly spreading through a building.

Pro-Vision offer 4K cameras from Panasonic

* Panasonic-4K-camera.jpgPro-Vision Distribution Limited, the distributor of branded CCTV and access control equipment, are pleased to announce that they can now offer the new 4K IP cameras from Panasonic.

Newcastle United FC selects MOBOTIX to help protect St James' Park with ultra-reliable and innovative IP-Video solution

* NUFC.jpgDirect Technology Ltd completes successful first phase of 130 camera deployment to protect 20 million annual visitors at the third largest stadium in the English Premier League.

MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of a project for Newcastle United FC to provide its St James' Park Stadium with a comprehensive IP-Video system to protect staff, visitors and property.

GJD's D-TECT 3 rated highly in Benchmark's independent product group test

* GJD310-D-TECT.jpgGJD, a leading British manufacturer and designer of professional external detector equipment recently achieved a high level recommended status in the Benchmark publication 'external detection' group test.

The company's D-TECT 3 external detector achieved 83% in the October 2015 issue, which was the highest score against competitive products.

McDonald's turns to Hikvision for Security in Malaysia

* Hikvision-camera-in-McDs.jpgHikvision, the global leader in video surveillance equipment, and their Malaysian partner, AAC Distribution Sdn Bhd, have recently completed a mass scale CCTV installation for McDonald's Corporation in Malaysia.

The huge project includes the implementation of 2,000 Hikvision 3MP Vandal-proof Dome Cameras across more than 300 McDonald's branches, all integrated with the food outlet's POS terminals and accounting system.

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Darker nights bring security sales

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As 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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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