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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
11th October 2017 Issue no. 381

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Nest expands into home security with first security system designed to be easy on residents, tough on intruders

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Nest Labs, Inc. has announced a home security solution that includes the Nest Secure alarm system, Nest Hello video doorbell, Nest Cam IQ outdoor security camera, and corresponding software and services.

PDQ Manufacturing Receives 2017 Industry Award

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PDQ Manufacturing is the 2017 recipient of the Greater Philadelphia Locksmiths Association's Industry award. PDQ, based in Lancaster County, Pa., is a premier manufacturer of lock and security hardware and systems.

New museum traces the evolution of locks

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It sits inside a sprawling, aged industrial building under the Van Horne-Rosemont overpass in Montreal, and is probably the last place you would expect to find one of the most unusual museums in the city. The Aaron M. Fish Lock Museum and Educational Centre wouldn't be out of place in some chichi downtown location, but its builder and curator, Aaron M. Fish, sought a location close to where he grew up and has spent much of his working life.

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Boon Edam to feature security entrance integrations with leading access control solutions at ASIS

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Boon Edam Inc will be emphasizing integrated access control solutions that both authenticate authorized passage and prevent tailgating in Booth #4003 at the 63rd ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits in Dallas, Texas from September 26th-28th. The manufacturer is also the official Turnstile Sponsor for the Exhibition.

Y-cam Skill enables Alexa control of Protect Alarm

Y-cam Solutions, a leader in smart home security since 2007, announces Y-cam Skill enabling Alexa control of Protect, a complete Triple Layer smart security system designed to actively monitor your home and reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary. Simple to set up, the Y-cam Skill provides greater control using voice activation to manage your Smart Home Security.

One Day time-expiring visitor badges

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Visitor Pass Solutions, a division of Data Management, Inc., has developed a new brand for its industry-leading temporary badge product line. "One Day(tm) Time-Expiring Visitor Badges" bolster security protocols and simplify visitor management at schools, healthcare facilities, corporate campuses, and more.

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This Week's News

Advanced Lock and Key Achieves Master Locksmith Accreditation

Perth, Australia, based locksmiths, Advanced Lock and Key, have their Master Locksmith Accreditation from the Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia (MLAA).

The MLAA is "recognised and respected as the peak organisation for locksmithing professionals in Australia and New Zealand." This accreditation assures customers that Advanced Lock and Key is a qualified and licensed security industry professional, and abides by an established code of conduct and ethics.

Home automation at landmark development in York

* st-leonards_place.jpgIt may be known as Yorkshire's 'Regency Gem', but St Leonard's Place - a Grade II-listed crescent in York - has very 21st century home automation and video door entry systems from Comelit fitted in many of its luxurious homes.

Offering spacious apartments, elegant mews homes and outstanding townhouses, the development by Rushbond presents a range of luxury accommodation for residents with high-end lifestyles.

Danish company develops an anti-drone system for stadiums and prisons

* Anti-drone.jpgDrones are an innovative tool that can be used to carry, for example, a camera that can take aerial photos.

Drones are predicted to have a bright future when it comes to acting as carriers of other objects. However, drones can unfortunately also be used for illegitimate purposes.

Sky's the limit for Ocucon

* Ocucon.jpgGround-breaking new surveillance technology is set to revolutionise the ability of UK businesses to defend against fraudulent cases of slips, trips and falls - currently estimated to cost more than £800 million a year. The world's first Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) system - Ocucon - will provide unlimited storage for unlimited cameras within the cloud.

New business development team for Flowmon Networks

Flowmon Networks, a European vendor developing next generation monitoring and security solutions for enterprise network infrastructures, has announced a formation of a new business development team. 

The axis of the team is made by newcomers Stuart Smith (Sales Engineer) and Darius Hamdani (Business Development Manager) and a former Flowmon's Key Account Manager for the enterprise segment Filip Cerny (Business Development Manager) coordinating the team.

Multi-Service Ethernet Switch: combine networks to reduce costs and provide a seamless legacy upgrade path, says AMG Systems

* AMG.jpgOne of the trickiest aspects of transitioning from analogue to IP security networks is deciding on just how to manage the changeover and upgrade process.

While many CCTV systems have moved to IP, there are a number of access control, intrusion and detection systems which still need to be kept in the analogue domain. Where to start, then, when you have important security and non-security systems which need to work in conjunction with IP video and data networks?

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Rogue locksmith whose rip-offs were repeatedly exposed on BBC's Watchdog kills himself

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A locksmith conman, who was exposed on BBC's Rogue Traders for charging shut-out residents rip-off prices, killed himself after being made homeless, an inquest heard. Mark Makowski, 46, hanged himself in a Travelodge hotel room, in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, just weeks after being released from prison and having all of his assets seized.

He appeared on Rogue Traders and then Watchdog, before being sent to prison in 2010, having been convicted of fraud offences in connection with his locksmith business.

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New date announced for free cyber security seminar

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A free-to-attend, half-day seminar which aims to help security buyers and installers to navigate the complex world of cyber security is being held in Solihull on Thursday 2nd November.

Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and supported by the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the event will include presentations from a wide range of cyber security experts, with a particular focus on the potential vulnerabilities of 'connected products' - meaning any security product that can be accessed or operated remotely via the internet (intruder alarms, video surveillance systems and access control) - and how these vulnerabilities can be combated.

BSIA endorses guide to preventing false Hold-Up Alarms

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The BSIA has contributed to a guide which aims to help installers of Hold-Up Alarm (HUA) systems to reduce the number of false alarms.

Comelit ViP securing Sheffield Children's Hospital

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A children's hospital is benefitting from enhanced new levels of security thanks to the installation of an IP video entry system from Comelit. The ViP system at Sheffield Children's hospital has been integrated with the hospital's existing unified Cisco infrastructure network.

Major cyber-attack will happen soon, warns UK's security boss

A "category one" cyber-attack, the most serious tier possible, will happen "sometime in the next few years", a director of the National Cybersecurity Centrehas warned. According to the agency, which reports to GCHQ and has responsibly for ensuring the UK's information security, a category one cybersecurity incident requires a national government response.

In the year since the agency was founded, it has covered 500 incidents, according to Ian Levy, the technical director, as well as 470 category three incidents and 30 category two, including the WannaCry ransomworm that took down IT in multiple NHS trusts and bodies.

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Security technology to be experienced in innovative new format

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Dahua Technology UK and Ireland is giving security professionals the opportunity to experience first-hand some of the world's most ground-breaking technology - in a brand-new format.

Allegion encourages locksmiths to embrace keyless access control technology

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Allegion UK will showcase its flagship SimonsVoss MobileKey system at Europe's largest exhibition trade show for locksmithing and security, the MLA Expo, in Telford from 6th-8th October.

D&E Architectural Hardware at MLA Expo

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Visitors to D&E Architectural Hardware on stand No. 170 will be invited to attempt to open a box locked with the Geminy product. Anyone successful in opening the GEMINY product within the allotted time, using ONLY the tools provided, keeps the £500.00 cash inside.

The Drumm Geminy, is a unique security product available in the UK exclusively from D&E.

Security guards 'had role in £7m heist at airport'

His planned "loo break" was part of a movie-style plot to stage one of Britain's biggest cash thefts, a court heard yesterday. Ranjeev Singh deliberately lingered outside the lavatory while his fellow guard Mohammad Siddique drove off with the money.

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