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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
28th June 2017 Issue no. 368

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Aurora unveils long range facial recognition sensor

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Pioneering 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.

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.

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This Week's News

Police apologise to innocent locksmith wrongly named as one of Hull's most wanted

Humberside Police have apologised to an innocent locksmith who secured a burglary scene after they named him as one of Hull's most wanted criminals. The force circulated a media appeal with details of eight suspects they wanted the public to help them catch.

Included was the name, photograph and address of Christopher Phelan who detectives said was wanted for burglary. However, Mr Phelan was not involved in the burglary. He had attended the crime scene in his capacity as a locksmith to secure the building, working alongside the police!

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BEST Access Solutions introduces Keystone Web, the latest digital key management program

* KeystoneWebdashboard.jpgBEST Access Solutions, part of the dormakaba Group portfolio of mechanical and electronic access control solutions, has released Keystone Web, the company's latest key management program.

Keystone Web is the upgraded digital security program of Keystone 600N5 for current BEST customers, designed to simplify and coordinate storage of an organization's keys, keyholders and door and building access information, allowing for easy management of multiple keys, doors and users from a single intuitive user interface.

How KeyMe is taking over the US$7.5bn locksmith industry

By Omri Barzilay

When Greg Marsh moved to NYC for business school, he and his wife got locked out of their new home. They had a horrible experience, as an unscrupulous guy showed up in an unmarked van and charged $300 to drill the lock. This experience got Marsh thinking about the locksmith industry and, later, to start KeyMe.

As he researched the industry, he became really excited about the opportunity: it's a massive, $7.5 billion/year industry in the U.S., which hasn't seen innovation decades. He believed technology could deliver unmatched value and customer experience for key duplication, lockouts and vehicle keys.

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Surge in electro-mechanical hardware makes ongoing FM training more important than ever

* Schlage_Ithaca.jpgAllegion UK Commercial Leader Pete Hancox suggests that facilities management training needs to keep pace with rapidly developing building technologies for building and occupant wellbeing.

In the UK, the staff who manage our facilities can come from all walks of life. Ask any facilities manager about how they got into the trade, and then go and ask another, and you will more than likely get two different answers.

ICO launches revamped data protection self-assessment toolkit ahead of GDPR

The ICO revamped the data protection self-assessment toolkit for SMEs, which includes: a checklist to help businesses and organisations get ready for the GDPR, and the ability to compare what you are currently doing around data protection to what you should be doing under the GDPR.


Mitie launch City Class service

* Mitie-City.jpgMitie's security management business has announced the launch of its City Class service to customers, industry thought leaders and influencers, at its quarterly thought leadership event, The Kurtzman Club.

Launching initially in London, the risk-led, premium City Class service, converging physical and IT security, has been designed to enable Mitie to focus on securing its customers' reputations, people, intellectual property and assets - delivered by an experienced team that understands the unique challenges of the capital and other major cities.

Dakota Hotels selects MOBOTIX for intelligent yet discreet video surveillance

* Mobotix-Dakota.jpgMOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of major installation for Dakota Hotels that is helping to provide a secure environment for guests and staff while remaining discreet and unobtrusive.

Dakota Hotels is a lifestyle hotel brand providing hospitality and restaurant services in boutique hotels based in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Milestone releases next-generation software for connected solutions

Milestone Systems, the globally leading open platform company in networked video management software (VMS), has released XProtect 2017 R2.

Milestone meets the increasing demand for connected business and video systems by releasing three new products - XProtect Essential+; XProtect Express+ and XProtect Professional+.

Cardinal Security strengthens its team with senior business development appointment

* Kelly-Stokes.jpgCardinal Security, the leading provider of dynamic and innovative security solutions, has announced the latest high profile appointment to its management team, with Kelly Stokes joining as its National Accounts and Business Development Manager.

Having worked in the security industry for almost 23 years, 39 year old Stokes brings her vast experience to the role, which has been gained through working in various account and service management positions with companies such as Assured Fire & Security and, prior to that, Kings Security.

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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.

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.

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