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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
17th October 2018 Issue no. 429

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

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Kasp, 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.

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

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Latch, 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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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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This Week's News

Build a better mousetrap...

* ALEX-Show1.jpgAs Ralph Waldo Emerson never said, "Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door". Build a better exhibition with a gleaming reputation, and it seems locksmiths will beat a path to your venue...

The Auto Locksmiths EXhibition (ALEX), the only strictly auto locksmith exhibition in Europe, was held last weekend at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel. Locksmiths came in droves by car, rail and air from all corners of the UK and even across the channel!

We had visitors from Scotland, Bournemouth, Devon, London and even Ireland, Belgium and Holland, many of whom took advantage of the excellent overnight facilities available at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel. A few even floated in from wet Wales.

Opera iControl by AGB: the electronic lock with wall reader

* Opera-Control_amb.jpgAGB are a leading Italian manufacturer of locks and window hardware. With years of know-how in hotel locks, Opera iControl is the latest innovative electronic lock designed to be coupled with the wall readers of rooms management systems.

Compared to typical hotel locks, Opera iControl offers exceptional room security, auto-deadbolting the door with a magnetic latch and steel deadbolt. To exit the room, the guest pushes down the handle, releasing both latch and deadbolt conforming to anti-panic requirements. The lock is CE marked and fire-tested to EN1634 up to FD60.

Yale 'smart' security app crashes leaving dozens stranded

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Families up and down the country have been locked out of their homes after Yale's security system crashed causing chaos for households nationwide. People have been unable to lock and unlock their homes for more than 24 hours.

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Paul Grist joins Trigion as Security Director.

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Trigion 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.

SSAIB appoint Dougie Callander as new Manned Services Scheme manager

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SSAIB 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.

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

VPS, 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.

'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.

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