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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
30th September 2015 Issue no. 282

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

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Will smart locks ever completely eliminate house keys? Schuyler Towne, one of America's top competitive lock pickers, isn't so sure.

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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Pro-Vision offer 4K cameras from Panasonic

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Pro-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.

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.

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This Week's News

MLA Expo 2015

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Free entry to see new products, handle the latest tools and security products and experience excellent locksmith training.

The show is open from:

Friday 2nd October 10:00 - 17:30
Saturday 3rd October 10:00 - 17:30
Sunday 4th October 10:00 - 15:00


Tradelocks free locksmith training at MLA Expo

* Lishi-bug.jpgUAP Tradelocks showed locksmiths and security specialists alike, how to get the best of their auto locksmithing technology with Genuine Lishi training by genuine locksmith professionals.

It's that time of year again, the Master Locksmith Associations locksmith and security tradeshow exhibition in Telford. The Expo will take place between the 2nd and 4th of October and is an excellent opportunity for those in the profession to debut the latest technology, showcase all their leading products as well as announce new offers.

Michelle Watkins joins Codelocks' sales team

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As well as supporting business development and providing existing customers with product support, Michelle will also help broaden the company's relationships with OEMs, builders' merchants and architectural ironmongers.

Charity chooses Guardian24's personal safety smartphone app

Guardian24 - the leading lone worker protection solution for the UK and Ireland, are working with Northern Ireland based charity, Niamh (the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health), to protect their lone working support workers. By equipping them with Guardian24's smartphone safety application, Niamh's staff can quickly and discreetly call for help in the event of any emergency.

Niamh is the largest and longest established independent charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing services in Northern Ireland.

GJD's perimeter detection solutions for the digital age

The external perimeter protection industry is continuously evolving to meet dynamic security requirements. GJD, a world leading British security manufacturer of external detector equipment and LED illuminators has quickly adapted to the digital era by creating advanced IP and digital solutions.

Sweet taste of success for Sunderland firm providing security for 500,000 honey bees

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German supermarket Aldi asked Hadrian Technology to install four high-definition CCTV cameras to protect eight hives outside of its UK headquarters at Atherstone, Warwickshire. Aldi installed the insect observation hive as an interesting feature for staff and visitors, who will be able to watch 500,000 busy bees flying in and out of the hives on a giant screen in the retailer's reception area.

Hikvision IP CCTV system secures Ghana's International Airport

Ghana's 'Kotoka International' can now claim to meet ACC3, the highest accreditation in the aviation industry.

Hikvision, a global leader in video surveillance equipment, and their Central African partner, Skylinks Technical Services Ltd, have recently completed the installation of an IP CCTV surveillance network for Aviance Ghana Ltd at Kotoka International Airport.

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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.

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

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UAP 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.

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

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Direct 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.

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.

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