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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
21st July 2010 Issue no. 35

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Vehicle remote repairs with universal kits

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Hickleys the leaders in vehicle key programming have launched two new universal kits, ideal for shops wanting to offer remote repairs as well as keys.

Often the only problem with the remote is that the rubber buttons or the plastic case is broken.

The Universal remote rubber case offers 4 of each of 18 different rubbers covering a range of European vehicles and priced at £89.00. The remote case kit offers 1 of each of 29 different types and comes in a drawer system for easy storage, the kit costs £339.00.

These kits complement existing range of Remote battery kits, key cloning keys and transponder kits.

When it is a good thing to wrap your bike round a tree

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Stolen bikes could be a thing of the past if a new idea for bike security takes off.

Young inventor Kevin Scott has come up with a 'bendy bike' that literally wraps around a tree or lamp post and locks to itself, instead of using the usual bike locks.

A traditional bike at each end, the centre is made of glass-filled nylon sections that snap back into a rigid frame and can be ridden as normal.

Kevin was awarded second prize in the UK-wide New Designers 2010 competition.

Meanwhile, locksmiths and bike shops can still expect to see sales of more traditional security solutions continue.

Milestone launches XProtect Essential

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Now smaller businesses can have advanced surveillance features that are easy to learn yet able to expand for future needs - all at competitive pricing.

Mul-T-Lock key change is personal

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Mul-T-Lock has adapted its standard card and key products to allow locksmiths the opportunity to brand key heads with their company details and ensure they are the first port of call for security enquiries.

Work related deaths across Europe: latest figures released

Across Britain, the number of people killed at work has fallen to a new record low with 151 workers dying at work in 2009/10 - down 15% on the previous lowest total of 178 in the year before. The rate of fatal injury for 2009/10 represents a statistically significant decrease compared to the average rate for the previous five years. The figure of 151 worker deaths is 31% lower than the average for the past five years (220).

Tradelocks team up with Chris Belcher to bring you quality tools at Tradelocks prices

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Tradelocks has signed an exclusive agreement with Chris Belcher to produce the Belcher Reversible Pocket Curtain Pick 5g and 7g Tools plus the Belcher Button Gauge. This is a major accomplishment for Tradelocks and enables locksmiths to get top quality Belcher Tools but at Tradelocks prices. Designed to open British Standard Mortice Locks, these tools are renowned for being among the best in the world.

Euro locks take on new shape with ASSA

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Ironmongery and door hardware manufacturer ASSA is changing the face of Euro locks with a new design feature.

Key cloning exchange scheme

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Advanced Diagnostics are offering an exchange scheme for anyone wanting to upgrade their key cloning abilities to the AD900Pro. There are savings of up to 65% when you exchange your existing cloning machine with a new AD900Pro.

The AD900Pro can be purchased as a cloning kit, professional kit or comprehensive kit allowing you to tailor an AD900pro to your individual requirements.

All of the kits include the latest Phillips Crypto id46 cloning built in to the tool as well as the other key cloning abilities for various fixed code transponders, Texas crypto and Phillips crypto transponders. The exchange campaign finishes on the 30th Sept 2010.

The AD900Pro can be purchased from Advanced Keys or Hickleys.



CBC's integrated Radar Vision system protects solar farm's perimeter

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Leading surveillance solutions provider CBC (Europe) has helped protect one of Europe's largest solar farms, in Portugal, using its ground-breaking Radar Vision detection system operating alongside rugged C-AllView PTZ surveillance cameras.
Working in conjunction with specialist independent security integrator Integrated Security Design Ltd (ISD-Tech), CBC was asked to devise an operationally effective way of securing this large site containing over 2500 solar panels - each the size of a house, with a total surface area of around 100,000k sq.km. The site's resulting power generation output is more than 45 megawatts when running at full capacity.

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In this week's issue:

- It's a wrap may now refer to something other than filmaking - bike security!

- UNION and Yale introduce new support schemes for locksmiths

- Hickleys launch universal repair kits for car key remotes

- DG Supplyline launches its product catalogue on line

- while in the hi-tech world of perimeter surveillance Mobotix notches up a significant zero failures anniversary and Milestone Systems launches Xprotect Essential, an out-of-the-box solution for the smaller business.

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This Week's News

TLJ two

* matt_cronin.jpgDue to the continued growth and demand for it's range of Biometric Fingerprint and Electro-mechanical locks / Access Control systems, specialists in this field TLJ have appointed two new business development managers.
Matthew Cronin (left) is to head up sales in the South, and Tony Corcoran (right) in the North.

* tony_corcoran.jpgTLJ Technical Director Luke Martin says the appointments are "A direct response to our meeting customer demands, due to the continued appraisal conducted within organisations, across all sectors of the commercial and leisure industries, who are looking to upgrade and install this form of enhanced security.

Chinese impressed by Pickersgill-Kaye's lock making excellence

* pickersgillchina160.jpgUK lock manufacturer Pickersgill-Kaye's successful export drive into the Far East has been officially recognised after the company was chosen for a visit from a high-powered Chinese trade mission on a fact-finding tour.
Several key figures from the Chinese Embassy, led by economic and commercial minister counsellor Mr Zhou Xiaoming, and the China Chamber of International Commerce visited the Yorkshire businesses to get a better understanding of UK companies' potential for breaking into the difficult China market.

A joint China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) and UK Trade Investment (UKTI) initiative to promote the opportunities between the two nations, the itinerary included a tour of the Leeds-based firm where thay were shown around its facility by manufacturing manager Simon Barnes and quality manager Jeff Moore.

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ERA gets Polish approval

* ERA_GARRISON.jpgLocks and hardware specialist ERA has further enhanced its drive into European markets with the approval of two new locks accredited by the Polish authorities.

Building on ERA's initial success with a bespoke door lock design for the Polish market - which was achieved in conjunction with leading door manufacturer, Porta - the Garrison Lock range has now been expanded to appeal to a wider market.

Thieves jailed following SmartWater operation

* SmartWater_convict1.jpgMatthew David Morgan, 25, and 22-year-old Shaun Devey were both sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for their part in a burglary in Morriston, Swansea.

* SmartWater_convict2.jpgThe Swansea Council property had been targeted in previous raids, during which copper piping had been ripped out and stolen. So the authority fitted a SmartWater device, which sprays a high-tech liquid on intruders. The solution stays on skin and clothes, so any sprayed offenders will carry evidence of their crime wherever they go.

Chubb at Heart's heart charity bike ride

* CaH_bike_team.jpgASSA ABLOY's Chubb at Heart team has completed the British Heart Foundation's annual London to Brighton bike ride, raising £1,440 for the charity.

15 staff from Yale and UNION, who are inheriting Chubb security products, joined more than 27,000 people on Sunday 20 June to cycle 54 miles from Clapham Common to the Palace Pier.

400+ Infinova cameras safeguard world's tallest hotel

* Rose_Rayhaan_hotel.jpgRose Rayhaan by Rotana, the world's tallest hotel, uses a combination of Infinova pan-tilt-zoom, fixed and dome cameras in order to protect its guests, staff and property. Located on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, the 72-story hotel towers 333 m (1,093 ft) and features 482 rooms and suites.

With such a massive edifice to be a temporary home to many of the world's most affluent guests, management knew that watching over the hotel would be an important job. A surveillance system would be needed to help protect customers and assets as well as to control access. A major objective would be to monitor anti-social elements from disrupting the hotel and its guests.

Mobile video demonstrated at Farnborough Air Show

Vemotion and Helimedia demonstrated the potential of using mobile phones to view video from helicopters at Farnborough Air show this week in conjunction with their partner Helimedia.

The product testing is based on a pole-mounted CCTV camera overlooking the runway at Farnborough and proves the Vemotion claim of being able to transmit live video images to a mobile phone - allowing the user complete situational awareness, wherever they are.

Roadside locksmiths responsible for increase in burglaries and car theft in India

According to a report in The Times of India duplicate keys made by roadside locksmiths are making it easier for burglars and car thieves to rob almost at will. For instead of breaking in through a vulnerable door or window burglars simply walk in through the main door using the copy they have had made.

As duplicate keys are easily made, there has been a spate of such burglaries.

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A dirty protest pensioner remains defiant after tipping human excrement on the heads of a locksmith and bailiff.

The unfortunate pair arrived at the home of Halifax resident John Skelton to evict him following non-payment of council tax. The old boy had been saving his own waste for a few days in anticipation of such a visit and opened a window when they knocked on the door.

The unlucky locksmith looked up, took the mess full in the face and, not surprisingly, was promptly sick.

Mr Skelton was arrested and charged with assault, but remains unapologetic for both the non-payment and the dirty protest, blaming the council's neglect for his late wife's early demise.

DG Supplyline launch online catalogue

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DG Supplyline, the specialist wholesaler for UPVC repair and replacement parts, have recently launched an online version of their component part catalogue on their website.

"Zero Failure Rate" as Mobotix solution enters its seventh year protecting one of Britain's largest independent schools

Mobotix AG, a leading manufacturer of complete high-resolution IP video systems have released details of an installation of its Mobotix CCTV solution at Bromsgrove School that has helped protect pupils, staff and property across a 100 acre site for over seven years without fail. The project which was designed, implemented and maintained by NS Optimum Ltd includes 35 cameras delivering megapixel quality as part of a combined data, voice and video network.

Private Mobile Networks enhances Rapid Deployment Unit with improved range, battery life and ruggedised chassis

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TeleWare powered technology now deployed in Europe, Middle East, Far East, Canada and the USA by military, emergency services and governmental agencies

Milestone Partner Awards 2010

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Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software, held its Partner Open Platform (MPOP) event at the Heathrow Marriott Hotel June 16th and 17th, where the annual awards for outstanding achievements were revealed: GVD Limited in Ireland and King Communications & Security Limited in Scotland.

IFSEC - sitting at the heart of the security industry

IFSEC, the world's largest annual security exhibition, allowed its 22,743* total attendees to explore the most cutting-edge products and technologies as well as benefit from an extensive educational programme and unparalleled networking opportunities when it took place from 10-13 May 2010 at the NEC Birmingham. In addition to the positive feedback received from visitors, the event's success was clearly demonstrated by record-breaking rebooking figures for the 2011 event.

Samsung appoints two new Technical Engineers

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Samsung Techwin Europe Ltd has strengthened its technical support team with the appointment of Andrew Maynard and Darren Conquer as Technical Engineers.

Major performance upgrade for Vicon Dome Cameras

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Vicon will be adding yet more performance and functionality to its fixed-dome ranges during 2010. This will mean enhancements of the V910, V926, VC-600, VC-700 and SurveyorVFT fixed dome models.

Locksmith sues Google over alleged 'click fraud'

Seattle-based 123 Lock & Key says in its court papers that when it began advertising on a 'pay per click' scheme with Google it received around 15 clicks throughs a day, with around 8 out of 10 being followed up by a phone call.

This level of activity remained stable for a period of months, then shot up to between 100 to 150 click throughs a day, often, it is claimed, with a flurry of clicks within a single minute.

"These clicks never converted into phone calls," says the company. As a result the company ceased advertising on Google.

A Google spokesperson said the company has "devoted significant resources to protect advertisers from invalid clicks."

Steve Bull draws the Yale World Cup promotion prize

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Despite the England team's disappointing performance in South Africa, we still have a World Cup winner.

Chubb at Heart rides for charity

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ASSA ABLOY is entering a 'Chubb at Heart' team for the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) annual London to Brighton charity bike ride.

Milestone Systems honoured with Royal Export Award

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His Royal Highness Prince Henrik has awarded five Danish companies with King Frederik the Ninth's award for Excellence in Export as recognition of their success in international markets. For the IT technology sector, the honour went to a global leader for open platform IP video management software: Milestone Systems.

Samsung wins CCTV Manufacturer of the Year Award

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Samsung has been voted CCTV Manufacturer of the Year for the second successive year by the readers of Professional Security Installer magazine.

Two new Genies

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Genie CCTV new Area Sales Managers for Central and South East England

Michael Boughey joins the company as Area Sales Manager for Central England, with over 11 years experience in the security industry having success with a number of manufacturers' such as Merit Lilin and Mayflex as well as system integrators like Secom and ADT where he held positions in engineering and project sales.

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