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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
5th July 2017 Issue no. 369

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

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BEST 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.

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.

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This Week's News

Last chance to book for industry's premier awards ceremony

* BSIA-Awards.jpgWith limited places available, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is advising people to avoid disappointment and book their places now for their upcoming Annual Lunch.

This year's event boasts a brand new, glamorous venue, taking place at the Grand Connaught Rooms near Covent Garden on Wednesday 12th July 2017 also marks the Association's 50th anniversary, with the lunch promising to be an exciting celebration of the achievements of the industry's leading trade Association over the past five decades.

Codelocks continues its wave of innovation with two new affordable mechanical locks

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Leading lock manufacturer Codelocks has introduced two new additions to its range of easy-to-install locks, with the announcement of the CL50 and the CL160. The new locks follow a raft of product releases, as Codelocks continues to invest heavily in research and development.

The CL50 and the CL160 are affordable mechanical push button locks that provide a comprehensive range of functions for light duty entry control.

Skills for Security one of the first to offer the new Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship Standard

* sfs-apprentice.jpgSkills for Security is proud to be among the first of the training providers to offer the brand new Fire, Emergency and Security Systems apprenticeship standard.

The new apprenticeship focuses on employer designed standards to ensure that the training and assessment apprentices receive meets precise industry standards. It is at Level 3 and mapped out as a three year programme, replacing the previous Security Systems frameworks, which were offered at both Levels 2 and 3.

dormakaba launches Quantum Pixel, the 'next generation' of quantum locks

* dormakaba-Quantum-Pixel.jpgQuantum Pixel collects a wealth of lock activity information to support productivity analytics.

"Our newest addition to the Quantum series portfolio, the Quantum Pixel, provides a minimalistic appearance while providing all hardware features and technology today's global hospitality market, designers and architects are seeking," says Mike Lopes, dormakaba senior product manager, Lodging Systems.

SSAIB audits first company to latest ISO 9001 standard

* SSAIB-ISO-9001.jpgSSAIB, the UK and Ireland's leading security, fire and telecare certification body, has certificated its registered firm, MRP Alarms, to the latest ISO 9001 quality management systems standard.

Importantly, while Harrogate-based MRP Alarms was already audited to the previous (2008) version of ISO 9001 for the installation of wired and wireless intruder alarm systems, it sought benchmark certification to this updated ISO 9001: 2015 standard as part of the company's commitment to the highest level of quality assurance for its residential and commercial customers.

Twin Cities locksmith charged with assault... again

* Twin-Cities-lockie.jpgA Twin Cities locksmith featured by KARE 11 Investigates last month faces new charges, and now a warrant is out for his arrest. Todd Shiber, the owner of Metro Lockout, is charged in Ramsey County with two counts of fifth-degree assault, disorderly conduct, and destruction of property from an incident that happened December 10th.

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Research reveals millions are at serious risk of hacking and don't know it

Millions are at serious risk of hacking and don't know it - with fitness trackers, smart TVs and even children's toys among the most vulnerable items, according to new research from consumer security specialist, BullGuard.

Excluding smartphones, tablets and PCs, the average UK adult owns three internet-connected devices, including locks, pet trackers and web cams.

Thomas Lausten new CEO of MOBOTIX AG

* Thomas-Lausten.jpgThomas Lausten assumes responsibility as the new CEO of MOBOTIX. On March 27, 2017, the supervisory board has appointed Thomas Lausten as new Chief Executive Officer.

Worthing locksmith who 'loved helping others' will be remembered

* Colin.jpgAn entrepreneurial grandfather, who ran a thriving Worthing locksmith business for around 44 years, has died at the age of 69. Family man Colin Attle, of Roedean Road, who 'loved helping others', died after enduring a short illness 'with extreme bravery and fortitude' on Friday, June 16.

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

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

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

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Mitie'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.

Dakota Hotels selects MOBOTIX for intelligent yet discreet video surveillance

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MOBOTIX 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.

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.

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