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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
15th March 2017 Issue no. 353

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Patlock sees sales boost after appearance on TV show

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A 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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Bosch partners with Sony on video security systems

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

Pro-Vision release new product catalogue

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Pro-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.

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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This Week's News

Global lock market

* Global-lock-market.jpgTechnavio analysts forecast the global lock market to grow at a CAGR of above 6% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.

The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global lock market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, Technavio analysts consider the revenue generated through the sales of locks at the manufacturer level.

The MLA cements itself as industry-leading association with new beginner's programme

Introduced in early 2016, the MLA's change to a Modular Training Programme has been a huge success, not only from a student numbers perspective, but also from a student feedback perspective! In fact, one recent student, Paul Medway, said: "... taught by two very knowledgeable tutors who were on hand when ever myself or fellow pupils needed some advice.

ABUS security & convenience with New 158 Padlock Combinations

* Abus-combo-padlocks.jpgABUS padlocks dominate the Keyed Alike commercial supply sector, while ABUS Combination Padlocks offer no key convenience via simple code changes made when staff changes or events dictate.

ABUS 158 Combination Padlocks are consistent UK market top sellers, with the range enhanced last year with Key Over-ride options added to this all-weather range.

Opportunities in key programming

Hickleys, the vehicle key programming specialist, are explaining the opportunities in key programming at a number of presentations being held around the country during 2017.

The ability to copy or program vehicle keys and remotes adds additional business to service and diagnostic garages, car sales and main dealers, plus key cutters and auto locksmiths. The afternoon/evening presentations will explain the equipment required, the Technical backup available and the methods used, offering a new service to your existing or potential customers.

'Mounties' asking for help after locksmith equipment stolen

* Stolen-van.jpgAirdrie RCMP is asking members of the public for any information they might have concerning the theft of a locksmith van from Mackenzie Way on February 27th.  Constable Jennifer Weedmark said an employee of ABOE Lockworks parked the van at the Mackenzie Way apartments where it was stolen sometime overnight.

GEO server lock ensures security of business data

* GEO-server-lock.jpgWith the growth of the Cloud and ever increasing amounts of confidential data, both business and personal, being held on servers it is more important than ever that that such data is protected and secure against unauthorized access.

Specially designed to fit most swing handle server racks, the SALTO XS4 GEO cylinder for swing handles enables IT managers to fully control who can access the server racks and when. It provides a comprehensive wire free fully stand alone electronic access control solution to secure access to server racks in increasingly important and sensitive locations.

Acquisition extends Pinkerton's European range

Pinkerton, a global provider of risk management services and solutions with offices in Central London and Uxbridge and a blue chip client roster across the UK, has boosted its operations in Northern Europe with the acquisition of security consulting services provider, Seccredo AB.

Stockholm-based Seccredo AB, which has been officially rebranded as Pinkerton, is renowned for the emergency support and assistance it offered Swedish citizens in locating missing family and relatives following the tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004, the year the company was founded.

British Security Industry Association endorses the national surveillance camera strategy for England and Wales

The Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, has launched a national surveillance camera strategy for England and Wales, which has been endorsed by the British Security Industry Association.

James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA, comments: "The strategy is a very worthy and successful attempt to draw together the multiple stakeholders across a diverse and critically important sector. The BSIA is proud to have been a contributor to the Commissioner's efforts at providing direction and leadership on the appropriate use of such systems to secure the protection of our communities whilst protecting individuals' rights to privacy.

Nominate your outstanding apprentice installers for industry award

* Industry-award.jpgAs the 10th National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has called for security companies to nominate their apprentice installers for the 2017 Apprentice Installer Awards. These esteemed awards recognise the very best emerging talent from the electronic security industry.

Awarded by the BSIA, the Apprentice Installer Awards acknowledge the achievements of second and third year apprentices involved in the installation of alarms, CCTV, access control or a combination of these systems. 2017 will be the seventeenth year that the awards have been presented with many past winners going on to enjoy a successful and rewarding career in the industry.

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Lockexpo 2017

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Just 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.

A clash of perspective?

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One 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.

AMG Systems launches new website and brand identity

AMG, 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.

Urmet specified for first phase of Elephant Park

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Multinational property and infrastructure company, Lendlease, is using IP video entry and access control from Urmet at a 16-storey apartment block and townhouses surrounding the largest park to be built in London for 70 years.

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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