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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
28th October 2015 Issue no. 286

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Advisor helps absentee-owned business, employees thrive

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By 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

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A 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.

New from Lockdecoders complete tool kit for Mercedes

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Complete 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


GJD expands its D-TECT IP range

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GJD, 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.

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.

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This Week's News

Introducing PhysHack

* PhysHack.jpgPhysHack provides physical testing and security assessment services. Simulating a real life threat against a business or organisation in an agreed and controlled arrangement will provide the best proactive assurance of the effectiveness of defences.

This is offered not only as an external threat actor but also as an insider, as a way of discovering what internal staff may be exploiting; whether that be abusing IT system access, stealing information or property assets, or taking advantage of internal facilities.

A lock pick with leverage

* Multigauge.jpgGot a mortice lock that needs picking? The Multi Gauge Mortice Lever Lock Pick has been designed for ease of use, functionality and effectiveness on multiple mortice locks, and is available now from Tradelocks!

Designed by leading locksmith professional Chris Belcher, this fantastic lock pick is made to open all curtain bolt thrown mortice locks, including BSI rated locks, and locks from the Chubb detainer series.

Leading charity RNIB turn to Guardian24 for lone worker protection via smartphone app

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) have turned to Guardian24 to help provide their Duty of Care to the charity's lone workers by equipping them with the latest in smartphone app technology. The software enables users to quickly and discreetly raise an alarm in the event of an emergency, even when the phone's keypad is locked.

New from Lockdecoders: Miracle M501 manual laser duplicator

* M501.jpgMiracle M501 is of a new generation of key duplicating machines from Lockdecoders. The machine is perfect for left and right-handed users.

- Reduced vibration levels
- Easy and accurate tool setting
- Suitable for cutting laser, dimple ?and tubular keys
- Bright LED light
- Adjustable handle for left ?and right-handed users
- Electro-mechanical decoder?and cutter calibration sensor
- Rotating angled jaw


Databac Group signs distribution agreement with Matica

* Matica-XID8300.jpgInternational card personalisation equipment manufacturer, Matica Technologies has appointed Databac Group as its Authorised Value Added Distributor (AVAD) in the UK and Spain.

Under the terms of the agreement, Databac will support, supply and grow the network of Matica's Authorised and Technology Partners.

Rogue traders claim to be Trading Standards Officers to obtain money

Trading Standards has received reports of rogue traders impersonating Trading Standards officers to obtain money.

Last week a resident in Canterbury opened their door to a man wearing a uniform and speaking with an Irish accent. The man claimed to be investigating work done to their driveway and asked for a phone number. Later that same day a man telephoned the resident and told them they had to pay £3500 to the court which they would receive back with their compensation.

Urmet video entry at former Walthamstow greyhound- racing track

* walthamstow-stadium.jpgLondon and Quadrant (L&Q) Housing Association has opted to use Urmet's 2-wire video door entry and access control systems at its new Walthamstow Stadium Development.

The former Grade II-listed Art Deco greyhound-racing track, which first opened its gates in 1933, provides 294 new homes, predominantly in the form of apartments. Visitors announce themselves at the entrances to the apartment blocks using Urmet's 2Voice two-wire colour video system. The external video entrance panels, from Urmet's award winning Elekta range, are compatible with both Urmet's IPervoice (IP) and 2-wire systems.

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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?

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