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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
3rd October 2018 Issue no. 427

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Forget smart locks: Locky makes your keys smarter

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By Denny Arar

Smart locks that afford easy keyless access to a home or office can be hacked, and can a pain to install. But what if you put the smarts in a case for a traditional key? Locky, which does just that, promises help for people who want to check whether a door is locked, or locate misplaced keys.

A KickStarter project that achieved full funding in just a couple of hours, Locky consists of a key case that communicates via Bluetooth to a smartphone app. Just slip the top of the key (the part that doesn't go into the lock) into the case, pair it with the app, and you're good to go.

There's also no need to change your key use habits: The bottom of the key folds into the case much the way a pocket knife swivels shut, keeping sharp key edges from scratching purses or clothes.

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Codelocks CL4520 smart lock makes its debut in the market this week

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Codelocks' CL4520 smart lock combines convenience, flexibility and a powerful mortice lock with a double cylinder. This fresh, new lock is ideal for buildings and environments that experience high traffic or for busy Building Managers seeking to streamline their activities.

Presenting the same lever and keypad as the popular CL4510 lock, the CL4520 takes security to the next level. It features a euro profile mortice sash lock with deadbolt and latchbolt safety function. This versatile lock can be set with or without a key-operated deadbolt feature allowing building managers to restrict or allow access by code.

75-year-old Cleveland man gets trapped in car for 13 hours after power locks fail

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A 75-year-old Cleveland man had a harrowing experience last month when his car's electrical system conked out and he was trapped inside for over 13 hours, unaware that he could've freed himself within seconds.

Peter Pyros got into the 2006 Cadillac XLR that was parked in his garage on Aug. 31, but found that it was dead when he tried to start it.
Instead of a lever, the XLR has an electronic push button door release which didn't work without power. Neither did the windows, roof or horn.

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Feature packed electric releases from Securefast

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The latest addition to the wide choice of Securefast electric locking and access control solutions, the new range of slimline AL900 series Electric Releases offers ANSI style door release and are supplied complete with stainless steel short or long faceplates for use in a wide range of metal and timber door applications.

The versatile AL900 electric release is designed to work with all leading brands of deadlocking night latch locks. With a holding force of 1000lbs, when an electrical current is applied to the mechanism the release will either open (Fail Safe) or lock into position (Fail Secure).

Mini Condor Electronic Key Cutting Machine with new battery adapter

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Here at 3D Group we pride ourselves on always looking for the most innovative products to bring to the market. We like to find products that save people time and money but also help to bring convenience too.

That's why we are now selling the Mini Condor Electronic Key Cutting Machine and the new Battery Adapter.

The Mini Condor Electronic Key Cutting Machine might be small, but it still comes with an impressive specification:

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This Week's News

A glimpse of the special offers available at this years ALEX show

Tablet-device.jpgMany of our exhibitors are bringing new products to ALEX - there may even be a few product launches! Here's just a taste of some of the great products and offers you'll be able to access:

Autowave Limited

Autowave will be bringing a wide range of remotes, transponders, key shells, blades and programing equipment including the latest Xhorse equipment all at competitive prices. They have lots of show deals and special prices just for us!

InventHelp Inventor develops advanced security system for schools

An inventor from Houston, Texas, has developed the School Alert System, a door entrance security system for school or commercial buildings.
"I was inspired to develop my idea because I believe too many schools are unsafe and vulnerable to attacks. I wanted to help make schools safe and save lives," said the inventor.

The patent pending School Alert System prevents active shooters or terrorists from gaining a foothold in a building. It protects schoolchildren and other building occupants from deadly attacks.

Vanderbilt releases new highly secure, easy-on-the-eye VR Mullion Readers

* VR-reader.jpgVanderbilt, a global leader providing state-of-the-art security systems, has released its new VR mullion card reader.

Designed for today's bright, clean interiors, Vanderbilt's VR mullion card readers are easy to install, use, and maintain. The reader, with keypad, maximizes the user interaction with arming, access, and messaging that results in enhanced user interaction "at the door."

'Get a Grip' on ladder safety

The Ladder Association, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to keeping people safe when working at height, is urging ladder users - and those responsible for managing the safe use of ladders - to take a fresh approach to ladder training.

In a sector blighted by myths and misconceptions, 'Get a Grip' on ladder safety is a new campaign that aims to put ladder training at the top of the height safety agenda. When it's right to use a ladder, use the right ladder and get trained to use it safely, says the Association.

A fish, a gun, a map of undivided India: India's old locks tell riveting tales

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Man's doorbell locks him out after thinking he's Batman

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Holy ding dong, a man's doorbell has gone viral after it locked him out of his own house when it thought he was Batman.

JavaScript developer B J May had a hilarious encounter with his smart home security system mid week, when his Nest Hello doorbell thought he was the caped crusader himself.

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ALEX 2019 - our fantastic exhibitors

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With under 3 weeks to go until ALEX 2018, we thought we'd tell you a bit more about our exhibitors. We have a great mix of regulars and new faces, with workshops and demos all weekend so you can get to know each supplier and their products and services.

KAP Diagnostics - our sponsor!
KAP Diagnostics have been extremely actively involved in the vehicle diagnostic field for numerous years. They are genuinely ahead of the game with the market-leading AVDI tool and strive to remain there in this ever-evolving field.

Demonstrations and Workshops at ALEX

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Make the most of your ALEX experience and take advantage of the free demonstrations and workshops that are on offer!

Here are some of the highlights:

KAP Diagnostics
KAP Diagnostics will be showcasing yet-to-be-released AVDI Abrites key programming software on one of the most popular vehicles in the market today. This will be the first public demonstration! Don't miss out. More details are to be announced soon.

Honda CRV 2017 - Key Programming - Key cutting - Remote emulating. Designed for beginners interested in entering the key programming market, the presentation will cover a typical job faced every day by Auto Locksmiths in either a "lost key" or an "additional key" scenario.

Investigation into national security vetting

National security vetting allows individuals access to government information, locations or equipment. In 2017-18, government considered more than 170,000 cases, including applications relating to civil servants, contractors and specialist staff such as those in the armed forces. Before 2017, most national security vetting in the UK was provided by two organisations: Defence Business Services National Security Vetting, and Foreign & Commonwealth Services National Security Vetting.

In its 2015 National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review, government announced that it would establish a single vetting provider.

In January 2017, United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) was created. During 2017, a number of UKSV's customers became concerned that it appeared to be taking longer to vet individuals.

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A hatrick that our clients will tell you is well deserved

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TC Security Services, part of TC Facilities Management (TCFM), have not only been placed in the top 2% of all SIA listed companies within the Approved Contractor Scheme in the UK, they have also passed the ISO 9001 and 14001 management systems audits which come in to force next month.

The 4-day visit by both auditors involved full scrutiny of the TC Security Services operation and for the ACS audit included visiting both the Head Quarters and satellite offices along with a mix of varied customers.

The maximum overall score on the ACS audit that can be achieved is currently 175 points. TC Security Services' score of 164 places them not only in the top 2% of all SIA listed companies within the Approved Contractor Scheme, it also showed an increase in the score awarded by the auditors in 2017.

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