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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
18th October 2017 Issue no. 382

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International 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).

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

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Drones are an innovative tool that can be used to carry, for example, a camera that can take aerial photos.

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

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

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.

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This Week's News

Security employers lead the way with apprenticeship training at 'Banham Academy'

* FFES-Course-Apprentices.jpgBanham Academy is on a mission to provide industry-leading security engineering skills training to apprentices throughout the South East.

The Academy was founded in 2014 in response to both a noted skills shortage and as a means of providing the UK's youth with practical, implementable skills, which lead to rewarding careers in the security system sector. Banham Academy provides only the most up-to-date training and apprenticeships, and are a valuable resource for employers seeking to keep their staff at the forefront of the security technology industry.

KRACK attack - what to communicate

* KRACK.jpgIt was announced (Monday, 16 October, 2017) that the globally used WPA2 Wi-Fi security protocol has been broken. This standard is the most commonly used security standard used by Wi-Fi networks around the world. The attack targets (and breaks) the 4-way handshake that establishes the use of the unique encryption keys for that session.

The attack is called KRACK by it's author Mathy Vanhoef. The security community is still learning the details and understanding it's impact, so if you can hold off on communicating about it, we would recommend it until everyone has a more complete picture. Long story short, no need to panic. However, if you need to communicate something, here are some basics.

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Kwikset releases its first sleek, modern electronic lock

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It is the first Kwikset electronic deadbolt to forego traditional keys in favor of a low-profile design.

SSAIB's leading role in police forces' pioneering drones deployment

* Dorset-police.jpgSSAIB, the UK and Ireland's leading security and fire certification body, has helped two police forces in their pioneering use of drones for a variety of crime-related objectives. SSAIB has certificated Dorset Police, as well as the Devon and Cornwall force, to the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice.

Keeping the burglars out with steel windows

* Steel-Window-Security.jpgDifficult to force because of the inherent strength of their frames, steel windows are not liked by burglars. One of the best deterrents to a prospective thief is the traditional 'cottage' style steel window, divided into small frames, with interlocked steel glazing bars.

Steel Window Association members also offer W40 steel windows that comply with Secured by Design requirements.

Veracity continues to deliver 30% growth as demand for IP video, transmission and storage solutions increases

Veracity, a leading provider of innovative, intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage and display, has completed its 12th year of continued growth. Continuing momentum includes over 30% increase in staff across a range of geographies, rapid expansion of a recent acquisition, new offices in the UK, India and the Middle East and new appointments to its leadership team as well as continuing, accelerated revenue growth.

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Home automation at landmark development in York

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It 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.

Sky's the limit for Ocucon

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Ground-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. 

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.

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