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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
8th March 2017 Issue no. 352

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Electromechanical evolution

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Jeffrey Bennett, Commercial Leader for Allegion in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, discusses why we are seeing a convergence of electronics into mechanical door hardware.

Money magazine asks: Is your locksmith ripping you off?

By Kaitlin Mulhere

Ask a group of people to describe their memories of paying for a locksmith, and you're likely to hear a series of adjectives along the lines of "too much," "expensive," "hundreds," or "rip off."

Paying to be let back into your own car or house, like coughing up your hard-earned cash on a parking ticket or a water heater replacement, is a special kind of nuisance. But are locksmith prices really so bad? Professional locksmiths, perhaps unsurprisingly, don't think so. But even the professionals admit that the service is ripe for ripoff artists.

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Google, Bing, Yahoo sued in class action Anti-Trust Lawsuit for alleged use of false information

A group of thirteen locksmith operations from eleven states and Washington DC have joined Baldino's Lock & Key of Newington, Virginia in US District Court in DC in an amended complaint alleging that the three major search engines, Google, Bing, and Yahoo which together dominate the search market, flood their search results with false listings and fictitious map business addresses.

Irish distribution partnership for IEVO

A new distribution partnership between ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of biometric recognition systems, and Dublin's Northwood Technology looks set to open up the potentially lucrative Irish market.

Locksmith known for cracking safes as well as jokes remembered

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By Mary Ellen Godin

Phil Hobbs got his nickname "Drill Bits" after he successfully cracked a bank vault called the "Mosler Monster" at the former Permanent Savings & Loan, Meriden, Connecticut, USA.

The 83-year-old founder of Phil's Lockshop Inc. was also a practical joker. Hobbs died Friday after spending a lifetime helping others unlock doors, crack safes, share a laugh, and understand God.

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Genes Lock and Key earns 2016 Angie's List Super Service Award

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Genes Lock and Key has earned the home service industry's coveted Angie's List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.

Genes Lock and Key has been awarded the Angie's List Super Service for eight consecutive years since 2009.

Cyber security readiness study finds widespread shortcomings

By Owen Gough

A study of 3,000 companies in the UK, US and Germany, conducted for specialist insurer Hiscox, reveals that more than half (53 per cent) of businesses in the three countries have ill-prepared security to deal with cyber-attacks.

The Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2017 assesses firms according to their readiness in four key areas - strategy, resourcing, technology and process - and ranks them accordingly. While most companies scored well for technology, fewer than a third (30 per cent) qualify as 'expert' in their overall cyber readiness.

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Marks USA locks earn Miami-Dade County component approval for proven strength, reliability

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Marks USA, a division of Napco Security Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce its cylindrical and mortise locks have received a Notice of Acceptance (NOA) from the Miami-Dade County Regulatory and Economic Resources Board and Code Administration Division, and have been tested to comply with Florida Building Code, including the High Velocity Hurricane Zone - known to be some of the toughest standards in the country.

Ex-FBI man spills on why hackers are winning the security game

Comfortable illusions about how security is working are crippling the ability of government and industry to fight the threat, a former member of the FBI's netsec team has told the BSides San Francisco 2017 security conference.

Society is operating under the illusion that governments and corporations are taking rational choices about computer security, but the fact of the matter is that we're drowning under a sea of false positive, bad management, and a false belief in the power of technology to save us.

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This Week's News

Lockexpo 2017

* learn.jpgJust a note to say what a great show last weekend's Lockexpo was. The show 'was brilliant' and those are not my words. Although numbers on 2017 were slightly down at 1,000, the quality of the attendees was excellent.

Many exhibitors reported that time waster levels were nil, and enquiries and intelligent questions extremely high. BUT it is not about numbers, we could easily expand the boundaries of the count and say 2,000 but what would the point be?

Patlock sees sales boost after appearance on TV show

* Patlock-TV.jpgA Shipley firm has secured a boost in sales despite an unsuccessful bid for funds on TV's Dragons' Den. Craig Knott, 46, invented Patlock, a device which aims to cut household burglaries across the UK, after an attempted break-in at his Bradford home in 2009.

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A clash of perspective?

* Allegion-benjamin-janzen.jpgOne could imagine that architects and door hardware pioneers would constantly be clashing - the former strives for aesthetic perfection while the latter for functionality, safety and security. However Simon Osborne, Commercial Leader of Allegion UK, believes that it need not be this way.

A frustrating game of give-and-take. That is what the common architect's mindset must be when it comes to door hardware.

Bosch partners with Sony on video security systems

* Bosch-security.jpgBosch and Sony have announced they are partnering on video security systems, with the co-operation including sales and marketing as well as technical collaboration.

As part of the sales and marketing partnership, Sony's video security sales and marketing associates have joined a newly formed dedicated team within the Bosch Security System organisation.

Pro-Vision release new product catalogue

* Pro-Vision-2017-catalogue.jpgPro-Vision, the UK distributor of security equipment has recently launched its latest 216 page product catalogue (dated March 2017) featuring the very best in branded CCTV, Access Control and Public Address equipment.

David Westwood, External Sales Manager for Pro-Vision told us, "The very latest products from Bosch, Dallmeier, IDIS, Panasonic, Pelco and Samsung Wisenet are included in the publication.

AMG Systems launches new website and brand identity

* AMG-PRODUCT-3-COL.jpgAMG, the UK manufacturer of intelligent, industrial grade, reliable edge-of-network transmission solutions, has launched a new website and refreshed its brand identity to better reflect its position as a market leader in the provision of specialist Ethernet and IP systems and products.

The new brand identity and website updates offer a visual representation of AMG's capabilities as the only UK-based manufacturer of Ethernet switch technologies.

Locksmiths of America provide update in Class Action lawsuit

There are many legal issues arising out of the unfolding case of the Locksmiths vs the Search Engines. In their Motion to Dismiss, the search engines allege they are not responsible for their content. According to the motion, they are allowed to say anything with immunity under the Federal Communications Decency Act.

The Locksmiths of America class action lawsuit allege the search engines are responsible, unless a reference can be found from another search engine, web page, link or source, as the CDA requires not Google, Bing and Yahoo as the source.

Urmet specified for first phase of Elephant Park

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Veracity acquisition of icomply delivers true end-to-end security system integration for Command & Control

Agreement expands portfolio of innovative, independent, security system solutions with flexible integration within surveillance, alarm receiving, incident control, reporting, building management and other applications.

Comelit towering above Highgate Hill

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System integrator, MRFS Group, has installed Comelit's ViP system, complete with energy monitoring/display (using SimpleHome), at the landmark Vantage Point building above Archway Underground Station in north London.

Send For Help one of the first to be certified to new BS 8484:2016 Lone Worker Standard

Send For Help - the largest lone worker protection provider in the World is one of the first companies to be successfully audited against the latest version of BS 8484:2016 - the standard for the provision of lone worker device services.

Pickersgill-Kaye on track to become a centre of excellence for rail sector

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Lock maker Pickersgill-Kaye, which became a trading division of ASSA ABLOY Limited from February 1 2017, is set to become a specialist production base for the rail industry following the announcement of significant new investment in the Yorkshire business by the owner and global leader in door opening solutions.

Pitch-er this - your business name up in lights at Wembley

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Checkatrade, title sponsors of the Checkatrade Trophy, support and raise the profile of over 23,000 professional Trades across the country every day. On Sunday April 2nd, two new members will have the chance to see their business name up in lights at the home of English football.

Police forces' body-worn video achieves Surveillance Camera Code of Practice

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SSAIB, the UK and Ireland's leading security, fire and telecare certification body, announces that two police forces have pioneered the introduction of body-worn video (BWV) technology in accordance with the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice.

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