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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
10th October 2018 Issue no. 428

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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.

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

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Vanderbilt, 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."

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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This Week's News

Paul Grist joins Trigion as Security Director.

* Paul-Grist_Trigion.jpgTrigion Security, the specialist security solution arm of Facilicom UK, is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Grist as its new Security Director. He assumes responsibilities on 16th July 2018 and will succeed Neil Ricketts.

Grist brings many years' experience and knowledge to his new role and will be responsible for sales, marketing and strategy. He will be supported on Electronic Security by Dave Bonci; and on Manned Security by Sean Titheridge, who also joined Trigion earlier this month.


Introducing the 145 Kasp Marine Padlock Range - designed to weather any storm!

* Kasp-Marine-Padlocks.jpgKasp, the leading brand in security from Carl Kammerling, is launching a superb high quality Kasp 145 Marine Padlock Range. Specifically designed for outdoor use - even in extreme weather conditions - the 145 Marine range is perfect for withstanding corrosive salty air conditions in coastal areas.

Designed and manufactured to the highest standards and backed by the Kasp ten-year guarantee, Kasp 145 Marine padlocks are available in two security levels (medium and high); 40mm and 50mm, standard and long shackle, both keyed to differ and keyed alike combinations.

SSAIB appoint Dougie Callander as new Manned Services Scheme manager

* Dougie_Callender.jpgSSAIB have named Dougie Callander as the new scheme manager for manned services - after predecessor David Taylor made the decision to step down from the role over the summer.

With over 19 years of experience in the security industry - having entered straight out of school - the 37-year-old has spent the last 10 years working as a regional investigator for the Security Industry Authority (SIA), where he also completed a seven-month stint acting as regional investigation manager for their compliance and investigation department during 2012/13.

VPS in record five finals places in IFSEC's Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2018

vps-site-security.jpgVPS, the UK's leading vacant property, construction and transport security specialists, have won through to the final shortlist in five categories this year for top honours in the IFSEC Security and Fire Excellence Awards.

Last year they won Customer Care Initiative, a category they have been nominated again in 2018 for their market-leading super-portal, Insights. They have also been shortlisted in the Large Security Installer category and for Security Project of the Year.

Smart Lock company Latch raises $70 Million in Series B Funding

* Latch-Silver-Lock.jpgLatch, a smart lock company, has raised $70 million in its Series B funding round. The company was founded in 2013, but was run in stealth mode until 2016 when they announced they had raised $26 million. Founded by former Apple employees, Latch focuses on bringing smart lock technology to office and apartment buildings.

Latch is designed for urban areas and allows residents to open doors using either a magnetic key card, smartphone, or code. The Latch system also allows residents to create temporary codes for guests. This allows access for those who may come intermittently, like maintenance workers or plumbers, but also simplifies entry for those who supplement their incomes with Airbnb.

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Vanderbilt releases new version of access control software, ACT Enterprise

Vanderbilt, a global leader providing state-of-the-art security systems, announced today the release of the latest version of ACT Enterprise.

The new updates to the access control software were previewed at the IFSEC tradeshow in London in June and received a wave of positive feedback from visitors. These new features include integration with Vanderbilt's award-winning SPC intrusion system, a rules mapping engine, and a smartphone app.

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'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.

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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