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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
10th August 2016 Issue no. 325

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Expand your business into safe opening

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At the Hickleys training academy we offer high quality training on all types of Domestic, commercial and Auto locksmithing skills, our trainers are active locksmiths ensuring their knowledge and skills are current and cutting edge, being technical leaders in their chosen subject you will receive the best possible training and be able to put your new skills to work straight away.

Old vs New - Rise of the Machines

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We live in a digital age and technology has become an essential part of our lives, whether it's 4K super HD TVs, computers or smartphones, machines are all around us. Technology is trying to make our lives easier, but is this always the case? Technology is prevalent among the door hardware industry and brands such as SimonsVoss offer innovative, clever and secure keyless locking solution.

GJD launches Laser-Watch

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GJD, one of the world's most innovative leaders in British manufacturing and design of professional external detector equipment, recently launched the Laser-Watch, a long range IP connected laser surveillance sensor.

ALEX - the only Auto Locksmiths Exhibition in Europe

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Why? The cutting and replacing keys to vehicles has become quite a high tech trade. From the need to prevent the theft of vehicles and the simple cutting a new set of keys electronic methods were introduced. As each of these appeared they needed a legitimate way to reproduce replacement of extra keys.

Fortress / Strongbolt / Yale decoder

Another snippet from the latest issue of sister-publication Locks & Security Magazine:

By Geraint Jones of GJ Locks

What do these 3 have in common? They can be decoded and opened non destructively in less time than it will take you to read this article. If you're proficient with drilling mortice locks you should be able to drill and pick any of these locks in about 4 minutes. However the downside of drilling them is obvious:

Veracity help Police Scotland protect The Open

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Veracity, a leading provider of innovative, intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage and display has provided key technology to Police Scotland's Communications vehicle infrastructure protecting last week's Open Golf Championship in Troon.

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This Week's News

Surprise: a lot of smart locks have terrible security

* Smart-locks.jpgBy Ashley Carman

Gadget makers love the Internet of Things. Just look at connected refrigerators, connected tampons, and connected pregnancy tests as some examples. As I've said before, and I'll say again, the security of these devices is often inadequate.

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Hickleys Code Service goes from strength to strength

* PIN-code-service.jpgWhen carrying out vehicle key programming one of the initial considerations is how are you going to get the vehicle security code and maybe the mechanical key cut code? The Hickleys code service offers security pincodes, key cut codes, Immobiliser Codes, Radio Codes & EKA Codes via a simple online system using the VRM (Registration Number) or Vin number.

Once you have passed the stringent security check you can log on to the Hickleys website 24/7 and request codes. The availability of codes is ever changing, so only the codes that are currently available are displayed on the code request page.

Prices cut on Keyline at Tradelocks Open Day

* TL-Aug16.jpgFrom key cutters to cloning machines, locksmiths will be given the chance to get their hands on Keyline products at prices that have never been seen before - exclusively at the Tradelocks Open on Saturday the 20th of August.

Discounts like you've never seen! Those who attend have been promised huge discounts on everything from cloning machines and accessories, including the Megamos Xtreme and the 884 Decryptor Mini; as well as chips, horseshoes and much, much more. Need to update your trade counter? Looking at updating your services or just in the need for a new machine? This is the time with offers across the Keyline range, including deals on machines like the Falcon and Ninja Laser!

Castel IP Intercom chosen for redeveloped Mersey Wharf Business Park

* mersey-wharf.jpgMersey Wharf is a 33-acre Business Park and Wharf in Bromborough. Located on the Wirral in northwest England, the rejuvenated facility has adopted two-way IP audio-video intercom designed and manufactured by Castel.

Security at the site is at a premium and the operators needed an IP-addressable solution at a main entrance station where visitors can call tenants on the estate. They also wanted to control entry at multiple single-gate, barrier and turnstile access points elsewhere on the perimeter.

Gateway family services entrust Guardian24 to protect outreach teams

Guardian24 - the UK and Ireland's leading lone worker protection provider, have been entrusted to protect Gateway Family Services' outreach staff via Smartphone apps.

As a Community Interest Company, Gateway Family Services works with the NHS and Local Authorities to provide health and well-being services to communities in Birmingham and the West Midlands. These services are delivered by Pregnancy Outreach Workers and Health Trainers, who give one-to-one advice to clients in the community; often working alone which puts them at greater risk should an incident occur.

Comelit's IP Video Surveillance solution installed at major restaurant chain

* Comelit-cam.jpgA McDonald's restaurant within a retail park in County Durham is using an IP CCTV system supplied by Comelit UK. Systems integrators See-AV are installing a 32-camera network video system, including a 36-channel NVR, for recording images.

McDonald's is currently refurbishing hundreds of its premises across the UK including the option to order food from touchscreens to minimise queuing time, the introduction of table service at many locations and upgrading of the CCTV.

Home security door locks: 3 keys to balanced security

By Ralph Goodman

Security is at the root of all human want. There is a base desire to hold on to the things you have acquired during your life, as well as your life itself. The key to that peace of mind is balanced security, in which home security door locks play a key part.

But how do you get this type of balance? There are three essential building blocks needed to attain this safety stability. Within each key there is a necessary internal balance in addition to the general balance of the overall security. By keeping all of these ideas in mind, you will be on the road to achieving more effective safety.

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Chris Valentino joins Xvision to expand project division

* Chris-Valentino.jpgChris Valentino has joined Xvision as Head of Business Development. A Y3K company, Xvision designs CCTV, networking, access control and door entry products from its Surrey headquarters.

The Last word

Another 'taster' from sister publication Locks & Security Magazine:

By Dave Bellis

I’ve been retired from the profession for a year now but, like the sad old man that I am I keep in touch with the industry through the PLF forum (link below) and, secondly, this magazine. Some of the articles are very interesting (Nigel take a bow) however, there are inevitably pieces praising the virtues of the latest locking product.

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Drivers urged not to stop for anything other than marked police vehicle

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Following a second theft of a vehicle on a motorway in Essex this week, police are advising motorists not to pull over if requested to do so by anything other than a marked police vehicle.

This warning follows a second theft between junctions 28 and 27 on the anti-clockwise M25 at around 14:10 on Monday, July 25th.

Key to Success

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Hickleys, the vehicle key programming specialist, are explaining the opportunities in vehicle keys at two presentations being held in Milton Keynes and Leeds this month.

Why is the EU appointing a British security chief after Brexit?

Britain's representative to Brussels has been nominated to be the EU's new counter-terrorism security commissioner despite the UK voting to leave the European Union.

Sir Julian King has been given the key role by Jean-Claude Juncker, even though the European Commission President previously warned that British "deserters" from the EU would have to "face the consequences" of "being regarded as a third country, which won't be handled with kid gloves."

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Comelit's SimpleHome Home Automation empowers residents at assisted-living complex

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Comelit is working alongside Atlas Fire and Security (NI) to install its SimpleHome intelligent home automation system at a supported living community in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

The client is Triangle Housing Association and the project is a development of 13 wheelchair-accessible apartments, with staff accommodation, on a brownfield site at Hillsborough Old Road, near the River Lagan.

Alpro on door duty in Dorset

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St Michael's Middle School in Wimborne, Dorset, is using transom door closers from Alpro as part of a £220,000 refurbishment. Alpro's overhead transom closers are a means of hydraulically controlling the opening and closing of an aluminium door.

The units are on doors fabricated and installed by HH Aluminium of Southampton. These transom closers are contained within the transom header bar of a door and are therefore well suited to use in premises where attention is being paid to aesthetics. Features include dual closing speed to allow flexibility, three levels of spring strength and 90-degree hold open facility.

Upgrading physical perimeter security for a water treatment plant

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The Challenge: To upgrade physical security measures at the main entrance of a critically important water treatment facility. The Solution: The priority was to deliver the means to apply strictly controlled and monitored pedestrian and vehicular access and egress to ensure the security integrity of the site.

Urmet wins prestigious Fitzrovia project

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Urmet, the international manufacturer of video door entry solutions, have secured the order to supply the latest IP door entry systems for a new development of luxury apartments at a £500 million mixed-use development near Oxford Street in London's West End. 

Rathbone Square is a 2.3-acre project consisting of new office space, retail outlets, a public square and 142 luxury apartments. The buildings have been designed by Make Architects and are being constructed by Lend Lease for developers Great Portland Estates.

Meet the experts at the Tradelocks Open Day

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Tradelocks have announced a host of industry leading professionals including Chris Belcher and Martin Pink will be in attendance at their Open Day event on the 20th of August. Everyone in the locksmith world knows and respects Chris Belcher and now is your chance to speak to the man himself.

Essex village pays for its own security guards to fight crime after police cut patrols

A well-off village has hired a private security firm to deter criminals after it was abandoned by police who scrapped local beat officers. Crime levels have soared in well-to-do Tiptree, Essex, since its police station was closed five years ago, leaving the elderly and vulnerable scared to leave their homes.

Allegion gets behind fire door safety week

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Specialist security manufacturer, Allegion, will be showing its support for Fire Door Safety Week (FDSW) with a host of awareness activities.
FDSW takes place 26th Sept 2016 to 2nd Oct 2016, with the aim of raising awareness of the critical element of fire safety in every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building.

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