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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
15th November 2017 Issue no. 386

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International News

Allegion energise Schlage access control portfolio

Two of Allegion's smart technology brands will join the Schlage label to offer a unified access control portfolio. Global leaders in physical access control solutions Allegion have moved to merge their two leading access control product brands under the Schlage brand in order to offer unified solutions to their customers for products using proximity, smart and biometrics technologies.

Judge blocks Ring from selling its security system pending the outcome of a lawsuit

by Andrew Liptak

In October, home device maker Ring unveiled a new security system called Ring Protect, designed to tie together a home's cameras, lights, and doorbells. Last week, a judge ordered Ring to stop selling products at the center of an ongoing lawsuit brought by security company ADT, pending its resolution.

Earlier this year, ADT filed a lawsuit against Ring, alleging that the company misused proprietary information that it received when it acquired another home device maker, Zonoff, when that company went under earlier this year. Ring hired around 75 employees from the defunct company, including its CEO, Mike Harris.

Boon Edam increases lead in Americas market share for pedestrian entrance control equipment

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Study shows company's overall market share more than double nearest competitor, new market leader for Speed Gate optical turnstiles. A recent report on the pedestrian security entrance market for the 2014-2016 timeframe establishes Boon Edam Inc., a manufacturer of revolving doors and security entrances, as the overall market leader by an impressively wide margin in the Americas (North, Central, and South America).

Keyprint Security launches the new Xhorse range to the UK.

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Following an exceptional response at the MLA Expo 2017, Keyprint Security is pleased to introduce the Xhorse key cutting machines and key programming devices to the UK. The Keyprint team will also provide their customers with full technical support to answer their questions and help solve any issue they might have.

G4S & Serco the power to arrest?

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In a shocking £290M privatisation deal, Serco and G4S - the same two companies who were stripped of contracts for tagging prisoners because a Serious Fraud Office investigation revealed they were charging for tagging people who didn't exist - are going to be trusted with the handcuffs by the government.

USB stick found in West London contained Heathrow security data

By Gareth Corfield

Encryption? Passwords? Nah, why use those... Detailed security arrangements for London Heathrow airport, including the Queen's precise route every time she passes through, were found on a USB stick left in a West London street, according to reports.

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Dahua enters Forbes Asia's Fab 50 list

This year's Asia's Fab 50 list has been published and Dahua Technology, a leading solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, has made it into the top 50 of this exciting register of companies.

Forbes 13th annual Fab 50 list of the best big publicly traded companies honours corporate stars throughout the Asia-Pacific region. This year, China has grabbed most of the spotlight, with 29 of the 50 companies headquartered on the mainland. Dahua is one of 11 Chinese newcomers to the Fab 50, reflecting the country's deep pool of entrepreneurial talent. It is also the only video surveillance company on the list.

Assa Abloy acquires smart lock maker August Home

The smart home market continues to heat up, and the legacy giants do not want to get locked out: quite literally. This morning (19th October), Assa Abloy, the $23 billion Swedish lock giant that owns Yale and many other brands - announced that it is buying US-based smart lock maker August Home to double down on new technology.

Terms of the deal are not being disclosed but we have asked both August and Assa Abloy and will update this post as we learn more. Pending regulatory approvals, Assa Abloy says the acquisition will close in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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Dahua Technology Launches ePoE IP System

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Dahua Technology has launched a range of extended Power over Ethernet (ePoE) cameras, network switches and network recorders that enable integrators to go beyond usual transmission distances.

BAE Systems says it lost 1,000-page Parliament House security manual

BAE Systems Australia - a firm on the shortlist to win a $35bn navy frigates contract - has confirmed it was the contractor that lost a 1,000-page manual on the security upgrade to Parliament House.

The loss of the manual was raised by Labor in a Senate committee hearing on Monday. The name of the contractor was kept secret during the hearing but emerged in media reports on Tuesday.

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NBCS introduces its online fraud detection initiative

National Business Crime Solution (NBCS), a not for profit organisation that enables the sharing of data between law enforcement agencies and the business community in order to reduce crime, has introduced its latest pioneering fraud detection initiative. Praesidio - the Latin word for protection - is a data sharing solution that offers insight into persistent offenders who commit fraud against multiple online businesses, helping companies develop a more effective loss prevention strategy.

This Week's News

Willenhall lock factory - can you unpick the mystery?

LASN had this email the other day from Irene Harris who is looking for any information about a Willenhall lock factory operated by her forebears. If anyone can help Irene, please let us know at news and we shall pass your email on to her: 

Smart Locks Market by application (Residential, Commercial, Hospitality, Industrial, Others) - competitive analysis and forecast 2017 - 2025

* Smart-locks-market-segments.jpgSmart locks refer to electromagnetic locks designed to operate using smartphones, laptops or similar mobile devices. These locks are typically operated through a mobile app, email or SMS using communication technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart locks are also capable to monitor and send alerts for any skeptical events to the homeowners.

The increasing installation of smart locks can be attributed to the growing popularity of home automation across different regions. Smart locks enable enhanced control enabling the users to lock/unlock the door remotely, irrespective of their location.

Data Protection Practitioner Conference 2018

The ICO is inviting registrations of interest to attend the 2018 Data Protection Practitioner Conference at the Manchester Central Convention Complex on 9 April 2018. You can register your interest and provide your contact details here. Registration closes on 8 December 2017.

The ICO will be allocating places around 12 January 2018 and are usually only able to offer one place to each organisation with exceptions made for very large data controllers.

Smartlock security in the Highlands

* Dunalastair-Hotel.jpgDunalastair Hotel set in the heart of Kinloch Rannoch, was first converted into a hotel at the turn of the last century and originally constructed as a Highland Sporting Lodge. In 2014 the hotel started its multi-million pound refurbishment; creating 32 luxury suites along with an onsite cafe and refreshment area.

An important aspect of the hotel managements refurbishment plans was to incorporate the very latest access control technology into the new venue, allowing the staff complete flexibility in the management of guest checking in and out, monitoring movement around the premises, together with the ability to provide real-time cancellation and logging in facilities.

Turnover and profits hit record high for Send For Help

Send For Help - the largest lone worker protection firm in the world - has seen annual turnover break £8m for the first time - a rise of 30% on the previous year - as organisations across both private and public sectors increasingly seek ways to protect their employees using state of the art technology.

The business was founded in 2010 by brothers James and Will Murray. It operates three subsidiary brands; Skyguard, Guardian24 and Peoplesafe - a competitor owned by Rocksure Systems, which the Group acquired in June in a deal worth £10m. The subsidiaries protect more than 100,000 people through key-fob sized GPS safety devices and apps, which are linked to an alarm receiving centre staffed at the company's headquarters in Epsom, Surrey.

Comelit door entry system reflects sleek lines of iconic luxury development

* corniche.jpgNamed after the curvaceous roads that cling to mountain and cliff-sides offering spectacular views, the Corniche is a stunning riverside development of three high-rise buildings in central London, providing panoramic vistas of the Thames. Their elliptical form and sweeping curves are evocative of the wide bends of a corniche.

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Locksmithing industry's biggest trade exhibition proves to be "the best yet!"

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The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) has reported record attendance at its trade exhibition for the locksmithing and physical security industry. The bi-annual event, which was staged earlier this month in Halls 1 & 2 of the International Centre in Telford, had a footfall of 2,309 visitors - 50.3% up on the previous expo in 2015.

Security guards jailed for role in £7 million Heathrow Airport heist

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Two security guards have been jailed after staging a £7 million fake robbery from their own cash-in-transit van outside Heathrow Airport. One of the pair was found several hours later tied up and left by a roadside, with the van abandoned and the cash missing in a bid to make it look like the two men were victims.

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