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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
7th October 2015 Issue no. 283

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International News

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.

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.

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This Week's News

Charter Global announce the launch of the FIRST EVER SR5 Security Rated (5) Shutter

* Obexion-SR5-Security-Shutter.jpgWith heightened levels of security across globe, Charter Global, manufacturers of the Obexion LPS 1175 range of security shutters have raised the bar in terms of security by introducing the first ever SR5 security rated shutter.

The 'Obexion MD SR5' is certified to LPS 1175, Issue 7, SR5 and is designed to provide the highest level of security available for high risk locations such as Critical National Infrastructure, Military and National Security establishments as well as high value public and commercial premises.

Working on the Dark Side can increase your profits

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We've all seen it before, the old locksmith shops and shoe repairers where the cobbler lovingly cuts a new key using machines that need patience, skill and attention. Oh and of course the gloves to stop fingers being cut, and eye goggles to stop swarf getting in their eyes. And you are right, this would never work in a trade counter environment.

Does your website have a leak?

As any developer knows, today’s websites and mobile apps can be complex beasts, with far more going on behind the scenes than the typical user realises. Central to getting the right functionality can be coordinating a range of sources to pull in content.

That can mean connections to many third party sources such as social media, weather, adverts and news feeds. Developers are also able to link to code libraries, such as jQuery or font definitions hosted on third-party websites. Problems can arise when the first party website leaks personal data to third-party sites by mistake. 

Read more in Does your website have a leak?

NZ locksmith finds key to success

Ted Ellens was struggling to pay his bills and working three part-time jobs to keep his locksmith business afloat. The 70-year-old used to jump-start cars and worked as a cleaner at Renwick Kindergarten to supplement his income running Marlborough Mobile Locksmiths.

"When you are wearing a lot of different hats, it's hard to be positive," Ellens said. "We went through the worst economic downturn I can recall in my working history. I was barely making my commitments. I was worn out physically, mentally and emotionally."

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Award-winning specialist security company launches new scaffold alarm at BuildShow 2015

The UK's established technology leader in specialist security systems, VPS Site Security, is launching its new range of scaffolding alarms at next week's BuildShow 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Every month hundreds of thefts and burglaries occur from buildings where scaffolding has been erected, and dozens of news reports highlight thefts of actual scaffolding itself. The value of such thefts and the costs of replacing as a result, for example, stolen lead roofing, are estimated to total over £150 million annually.

Milestone validates Microsoft Azure StorSimple integrated video surveillance

Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), has completed the testing and documentation that validates Microsoft Azure StorSimple 8000 series hybrid cloud storage (HCS) is fully supported for all XProtect software applications and services. In this integration, Microsoft Azure hosts Milestone XProtect video management software. 

Hikvision State-of-the-Art IP CCTV system protects bespoke vehicle company.

* GRW-South-Africa.jpgHikvision, a global leader in video surveillance equipment, and their South African partner Sensor Security, have successfully completed the implementation of a state-of-the-art IP CCTV system to protect GRW's bespoke vehicle manufacturing premises.

Surveilling the perimeter of this large facility and protecting the plant from unauthorized access was a key security concern for the company as manned patrols of the perimeter had proved ineffective.

AMG's new range of Industrial Ethernet Switches and Media Converters to be demonstrated at BEST 2015

* Andrew-Pigram_AMG.jpgAMG, the British manufacturer of CCTV transmission solutions and sophisticated 5 Megapixel cameras, will showcase their rapidly expanding range of Industrial Ethernet Switches and Media Converters at the British Exhibition of Security Technology. The conference will be held at the Royal Air Force Museum, in London, on 20th & 21st October.

Products on show will include the new MSES2 range of Industrial Ethernet Switches, an expansion on the original and successful MSES product line..

David Wilkinson announced as British Standards Institute GW/1 Chair

* dave_wilkinson.jpgDavid Wilkinson, Director of Technical Services at the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), has been appointed Chair of the British Standards Institute's GW/1 committee, which oversees standards development in the UK's electronic security sector.

As the UK's parent committee for all standards work in the field of electronic security, GW/1 acts as the 'gate keeper' for the UK, representing British Standards Institute at European and International levels and responsible for the UK's input into CLC/TC79 - the CENELEC technical committee responsible for harmonising standards for detection, alarm and monitoring systems.

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Tradelocks free locksmith training at MLA Expo

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UAP 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.

Michelle Watkins joins Codelocks' sales team

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Digital lock manufacturer Codelocks today announced the appointment of Michelle Watkins as its new regional sales manager for the north of England.

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.

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

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Staff from Sunderland-based CCTV company, Hadrian Technology, are getting a buzz out of their latest project after being asked to provide security cameras for a honey bee hotel.

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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