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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
21st October 2015 Issue no. 285

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New from Lockdecoders Mercedes Expert Key Examiner

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Expert Key Examiner for Mercedes is a hand-held device that allows you to test full functionality of Mercedes Electronic Keys, including Infra red, Transponder, how many times the key has been turned and also the type of key used.

Also available as part of SuperMerc Kit.

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Traka opens doors to secure Community Schools

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Following David Cameron's announcement of the launch of 18 more state-funded schools recently, the numbers of community and extended schools are predicted to rise.

Traka, the key and asset management specialist, believes that technology is the answer to helping schools feel confident about opening their doors to the public without lowering safety and security standards.

SMART-i launches next generation of intelligent home security

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SMART-i, a Y3K company, has entered the Home Security market with a fully integrated range of wireless and simple-to-install security products. SMART-i allows you to monitor and manage security devices and home appliances from your Smartphone, combining three systems - CCTV, Alarms and Power Control - on one easy-to-use device.

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

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With 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.

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.

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This Week's News

Advisor helps absentee-owned business, employees thrive

* Keys-Plus.jpgBy Hope Belli Tinney

When Tabitha Beneke's father died in 2012 and she inherited his locksmith business, the three long-time employees of Keys Plus faced several possible scenarios, none of them pretty.

Beneke, who lived 2,000 miles away and had no experience with locks or with running a small business, could simply close the business. She could look for a buyer, leaving the workers in limbo for months, and, not finding a buyer, close the business.

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TDB005 Nissan Pin Code Wizard - now available from Advanced Keys

* ADV-Keys-TDB005.jpgA quick and affordable way for the Automotive Locksmith to obtain the NISSAN PIN CODE needed to program transponder keys and proximity keys.

The TDB005 is a product that plugs into the OBD and a connector to plug in to a programmer such as the AD100 Pro, AD100, T-Code, T-Code Pro, Zedfull, SKP900, MVPPro etc.

Tradelocks and 1st Call Lockouts opening doors for locksmiths

* TL-auto.jpgDo you want to start your career off on the right key? Tradelocks has teamed up with 1st Call Lockouts to bring a training course for locksmiths who want to enhance their technical skills and unlock a new career path in automotive locksmithing.

In the 8 day course participants will not only get the opportunity to test out their skills on real working cars, but they will be training in the UK's first Keyline School of Excellence - meaning exclusive training on the Keyline cutting machines.

October is National Home Security Month

As official supporters, MPL Locksmith Training have put together their own top tips for 'Keeping Your Home Safe & Secure This Winter.'

MPL Locksmith Training has put together a handy infographic with advice and top tips. Might be handy to print off or give the link to your customers.


New from Lockdecoders complete tool kit for Mercedes

* Merc-toolkit.jpgComplete Electronic Key Maker for Mercedes 1996-2010, also makes keys from 2010-2014 for Sprinter, Vito and Viano.

- An add on coming soon for most models up to 2013/2014
- Duplicating lost keys through electronic ignition.
- From original key-90% as some are sealed
- From electronic ignition- 70%
- From electronic ignition via eeprom - 90%
- Testing of Electronic Keys, Electronic Ignition and EIS/ESL
- Soldering and eeprom skills required
- Training courses available
- Portable Expert key examiner included


Property and construction security specialist, VPS, doubles up its finals places in the Security Excellence Awards

* vps-site-security.jpgThe UK's leading vacant property and security specialist, VPS and their sister company VPS Site Security, have uniquely been shortlisted in two categories this year for Security Excellence honours, following on from their selection for the British Construction Industry Awards.

Grade A award for TC Security Services

* Tor-Maidenhead.jpgTC Security Services, part of TC Facilities Management (TCFM), have been awarded the contract to provide manned guarding services to the "TOR" Grade A Office Headquarters in Maidenhead, Berkshire by Workman LLP. TC Security Services will be responsible for the total security and protection of the 67,777 sq ft building.

The contract commenced at "TOR" last month and early client feedback is very positive. The building, which is of an advance design, boasts excellent green design credentials including natural light, a double height reception area and outdoor space to maximise staff's quality of life and well-being.

GJD expands its D-TECT IP range

* D-TECT-IP.jpgGJD, a leading British manufacturer of professional external detector equipment and LED illuminators has expanded its D-TECT IP range with the launch of the new D-TECT 3 IP external motion detector, which utilises quad element PIR and microwave technologies and smoothly integrates with third party VMS providers and CCTV systems.

The D-TECT 3 IP works in conjunction with a bespoke and user-friendly web based interface, affording intuitive and quick online access.

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UAP Tradelocks make a legendary appearance at MLA Expo

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UAP Tradelocks brought a bit of extra character to the MLA Expo this year, with a host of Hollywood stars to meet in the form of Austin Powers, Lara Croft, Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin. What better way could there be of learning how to pick a lock than with Austin Powers himself?

Securikey safes shine at the MLA Expo 2015

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Securikey, a leading UK supplier of physical security products, had its busiest exhibition to date at the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) Expo 2015.

Sponsored in 2016 by UAP-Tradelocks

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The annual Lockexpo held every year at The EMCC, Nottingham University has all but sold out of exhibition space. Following on from the ever popular bi-annual MLA show, exhibitors have been booking the remaining stands. Commenting, Mick Friend the show organiser said, 'It looks like we may have to start a wait list and then use the theatre for an additional exhibition area.'

Many new exhibitors have come forward for 2016 making this another exciting weekend to look forward to.

More than 100 car models at risk of being stolen due to major key security flaw

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Scientist wins two-year legal battle with Volkswagen to publish damning research. Hundreds of thousands of British drivers are at risk of having their cars stolen after tech experts discovered how easy it is to hack their electronic ignition systems.

After a two-year legal battle with Volkswagen, University of Birmingham computer scientist Flavio Garcia and his colleagues Baris Ege and Roel Verdult, from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, have finally won the right to expose the major security flaw found in the keys of no less than 138 popular road vehicles - including the likes of pricey Porches, Ferraris and Audis. 

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Working on the Dark Side can increase your profits

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Everyone is looking to increase sales, increase profits, and to use their precious space better and more efficiently. But what if we told you that there is a way to do all that and more, with nominal investment, no skill required, and counter space equivalent to the average Laptop computer? So read on...

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?

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.

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