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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
21st June 2017 Issue no. 367

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This amazing 17th Century lock has a few clever mechanical tricks

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... it even counts how many times it has been opened!

In the 17th century, security was often a matter of mechanical ingenuity rather than the kinds of technology we rely on today such as cameras and alarm systems. If you wanted to keep someone out, you had to physically bar them, or devise a mechanism that would-be intruders couldn't solve.

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Security Union: European Commission welcomes the Council's commitment to improve information exchange and border management

Following the adoption by the Justice and Home Affairs Council of the conclusions on information systems and interoperability and the general approach on the Commission's proposal for a European Travel and Information Authorisation System (ETIAS), Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King made the following joint statement:

Bored and distracted employees biggest potential security risk

Employees who become distracted at work are more likely to be the cause of human error and a potential security risk, according to a snapshot poll* conducted by Centrify, the leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, at Europe's leading infosecurity event, Infosec Europe in London this week.

While more than a third (35 per cent) of survey respondents cite distraction and boredom as the main cause of human error, other causes include heavy workloads (19 per cent), excessive policies and compliance regulations (5 per cent), social media (5 per cent) and password sharing (4 per cent).

VR pioneer founds border security start-up

Virtual reality pioneer Palmer Luckey has founded a start-up concentrating on technology to police borders and large events, reports the New York Times.

Always at home with Urmet's CallMe app

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Urmet has launched CallMe, a call-forwarding system that enables customers to answer their video door phone remotely, from anywhere in the world, using a smartphone or tablet.

CallMe is aimed at individual homes and small to medium-rise apartment blocks. It enables residents to speak with visitors, open gates and open doors - all using a mobile device.

Niu Solutions launches disaster recovery product

IT solutions and infrastructure service provider, Niu Solutions, has launched its latest Disaster Recovery as a Service product (DRaaS).

The offering gives firms cost-optimised cloud platform delivery and incorporates orchestration and automation technologies that can minimise the recovery time, ensuring access to critical data in the event of a catastrophe.

New York forces smart lock maker to improve its security

By Rob LeFebvre

The New York Attorney General's office settled with Safetech to provide better security for its smart locks. Smart locks promise the security of a traditional lock without the need to carry around a key.

Most can be unlocked with a mobile app or an RFID-equipped card you can store in your wallet. Unfortunately, they're also pretty easy to hack open. The office of New York's attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, announced a settlement  with one such smart lock manufacturer.

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Boon Edam's popular Lifeline Optical Turnstile series now "Made in the USA"

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Boon Edam has announced that a completely new production line for its Lifeline Optical Turnstiles is now operational at the company's Lillington, NC factory.

These are the first turnstiles of the Lifeline Series now officially "Made in the USA."

Yale's smart solution secures National Technology Award

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Yale UK has won Consumer Product of the Year for its Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock at the National Technology Awards. Beating off stiff competition from Parcelly, The Bank of Ireland and Boosty, it was Yale's Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock that triumphed.

Customers take opportunity to see ABUS production first-hand

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The start of April saw the start of several ABUS customer visits planned to strengthen and build understanding of what makes ABUS cylinder production so special.

ABUS have always sold its cylinder systems by endorsing the USPs that make ABUS cylinder suites special:

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This Week's News

Start your IFSEC journey with the BSIA - stand B1300

* BSIA-IFSEC.jpgIFSEC International returns to London's ExCeL this week, over the 20th - 22nd June 2017, bringing the world's leading security brands together under one roof.

As the leading trade association for the private security industry, the BSIA has once again partnered with IFSEC and will have a strong presence at the show.

Aurora unveils long range facial recognition sensor

* Aurora.jpgPioneering facial recognition specialist Aurora unveiled its latest next-generation technology development: FaceSentinel LR, a long range sensor that extends Aurora's industry-leading near infrared capabilities to a wider range of distances, making it suitable for applications such as queue management, surveillance, and VIP identification.

The specialist biometric imaging and illumination technology is designed to work with the latest versions of Aurora's Deep Learning-based Facial Recognition engines.

Globalstar to show how satellites deliver 24/7 security for assets and remote workers at IFSEC

* SPOT_Trace_front.jpgGlobalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., the leader in satellite communications and emergency notification technologies, will showcase leading edge solutions to safeguard people and assets at IFSEC International 2017 (London ExCeL, 20-22 June 2017). 

Visitors to the Globalstar stand C1610 can learn how its suite of communications and tracking products can help protect valuable equipment and cargo, provide security and peace of mind to lone workers, and help users stay in contact with colleagues, family and emergency services even in areas outside of mobile phone coverage.

Veracity showcases end-to-end Command & Control solution at IFSEC

Veracity, a leading provider of innovative and intelligent solutions that solve real-world challenges in IP video systems, is showcasing a new suite of products at IFSEC 2017 which neatly brings together the three cornerstones of its successful business: IP transmission, storage and display.

Following on from its acquisition of security Command & Control software manufacturer icomply Ltd, Veracity's largest-ever IFSEC stand is built around a walk-through Control Room, promoting its integrated security management platform powered by the powerful VTAS Pro.

Maxi Android and Quadra/Mini Wi-Fi IP kit to debut at IFSEC

* MAXI-ANDROID.jpgComelit will be showing its extensive range of video entry, home automation and CCTV solutions, featuring the best in contemporary Italian design at IFSEC International (20th-22nd June 2017, stand G1150, Excel, London).

Among the new launches on display at the show is the Maxi Android door entry solution, featuring high-end technology in a 7-inch tablet-style panoramic monitor. Compatible with Comelit's ViP system, it features a capacitive touchscreen and swipe functions. The monitor is able to be loaded with 3rd party Android Apps.

Hickleys Training Academy up to 50% off!

* Hickleys-Training-Academy.jpgThe Hickleys Training Academy is the leading centre in the UK for Auto Locksmith training covering everything from one day product or vehicle specific courses to courses run over multiple days allowing students to learn and qualify for a new trade.

Further expansion has now enabled us to offer a range of traditional locksmith training including lock picking, safe opening and other specialist courses.

Locks giant Assa Abloy to spend £3 million on improving Willenhall HQ

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The money is being invested at its UK head office and main manufacturing centre in School Street, including the development of a new Innovation Centre.

Although new jobs are not expected as a result of the investment, Assa Abloy says it demonstrates its commitment to the Black Country site. Renovation and improvement of the existing facilities will start this summer, with a three-phase project of work due to be completed next year.

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Cloud security firm Netskope raises US$100 Million

Netskope, a security startup based in Los Altos, Calif., has raised $100 million in funding, says business magazine Fortune.
Netskope is what's known as a "cloud access security broker," meaning that it acts as a gatekeeper between businesses and cloud-based apps.

"Every single customer and industry is being turned upside-down because of the cloud," Netskope CEO Sanjay Beri said. "Many of the incumbents are being caught with their pants down."

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Modern vehicles vulnerable to tech-savvy thieves

The Metropolitan police warn that an increasing number of vehicles are being stolen by criminals exploiting electronic controls. Once inside the vehicle, the thieves plug a device into the on-board diagnostic port (OBD), which allows them to download the vehicle's electronic information on to a blank key.

Allegion appoints John Hiscock to lead UK's South West business team

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Allegion UK - part of Allegion plc, a leading global security products and solutions provider - has named John Hiscock as business development manager of its business development team in the South West.

Simply Keys 2017. WOW! What a great show!

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Thank you to everyone that came, we had record numbers of customers, great feedback on the all aspects of the show, lots of prizes won and a great response to the jaw-dropping deals.

IFSEC International 2017 introduces exclusive on-site discounts programme

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IFSEC is introducing a GroupOn-style programme of exclusive discounts to give security professionals another reason to visit Europe's largest annual security trade show.

CSL, Vanderbilt and Anglia Tool Centre are among the many exhibitors that have signed up to the IFSEC Discounts scheme, which gives visitors - who pay nothing to get into the show - discounts and incentives they will simply not be able to get anywhere but London ExCeL between 20-22 June 2017, when the show is held.

BSIA members excel at industry influence

Members of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) have once again featured in the IFSECGlobal.com Top 50 most influential in Security and Fire list 2017, which was announced today ahead of this year's IFSEC International.

GJD announces technical service provider agreement with VMS

GJD, a world class leading designer and manufacturer of professional external detector equipment and LED illuminators has announced a new service deal with VMS, a provider of installation and maintenance services within the Audio Visual, Networking and Security markets. The innovative approach aims to strengthen GJD's customer relations and provide unparalleled levels of field support.

Lockdecoders is on the road again.

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On Saturday 24th June Lockdecoders are holding a roadshow event in Newcastle. This is a great opportunity to talk directly to the Lockdecoders experts, see our products and network with us and other customers.

Lockdecoders will be showing the Miracle A9 Premium and the new Magic 2S portable engraving machine.

This show will be hosted by SKS. Also at this show are various other manufacturers like JMA, Maxus, Ifam, Codelocks, Yale and Era.

Times: 10am - 5pm
Venue: George Washington Hotel. Stone Cellar Rd, High Usworth Washington, Washington, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE37 1PH (Clinton suite)

South Bank Patrol officers praised for their actions following Westminster terrorist attack

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Corps Security, the leading provider of specialist security services, has recognised five of its officers for their actions during the immediate aftermath of the Westminster terrorist attack, which left four dead and over 50 injured.

BSIA celebrates increasing membership growth in its 50th year

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The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is pleased to report a marked increase in membership growth this committee year, welcoming on board 26 new members since July 2016. These figures represent a 37% year-on-year increase, with the BSIA welcoming 19 members during the July 2015 - May 2016 committee year.

UK cyber security start-up raises £2.5m as WannaCry lifts demand

By Cara McGoogan , The Telegraph

British cyber security start-up Panaseer has raised $3.25m (£2.5m) in the wake of the global WannaCry ransomware attack to develop its product and make further inroads into the US.

Panaseer uses data analytics to look for risks within companies' computer systems and mitigate them before they can be used by cyber criminals.

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