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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
31st October 2018 Issue no. 431

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International News

Master Lock launches Digital Security Chest

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American super-brand Master Lock has announced a robustly safe Digital Security Chest that combats against fire, flooding and theft, protecting your family or business even in the most extreme emergencies.

Master Lock's 90-plus years of security expertise means users can rely on a product that has been perfected and designed from the ground up by a team of dedicated security professionals at the brand's headquarters in Wisconsin, USA.

Innovative electronic lock full of features and amazing battery life

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The 7910 Combi-Cam E Electronic Lock is compact, ergonomic and full of features such as two modes - single and unlimited users - master and service key override, RFID model, and more. Dramatically decrease future maintenance cost with up to a 10-year battery life.

Battery Life- Save Money and Hassle
No more frequent, scheduled battery changes with short life batteries. Save time, money and hassle over the life of the lock with the Combi-Cam E.

Opera iControl by AGB: the electronic lock with wall reader

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AGB 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.

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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This Week's News

ALEX visitor draw winner!

Tablet-device.jpgCongratulations to Bob Harris of RJ Harris Motor Engineers on winning the Lenovo Tab 3 Essential 7-Inch Tablet in our pre-registration draw!

Everyone who pre-registered for ALEX and attended on the day was eligible. Don't worry - you can still be in with a chance of winning a tablet, because we're running the same promotion for the March show. All you have to do to be in the draw is pre-register and then attend LockExpo on the 2nd and 3rd of March 2019.

Auro - is it worth the hype?

* Auro-IM100_Kit.jpgIf you haven't heard then let me fill you in, there is a new player in the industry named Aurodiag and they are bringing two brand new machines to the market.

The claims made about these machines are pretty impressive and so are the promotional materials, but is the hype real and do they live up to their claims? Well we have been putting the machines through their paces and seeing how they measure up..

Magenta Security Services offers significant support for SIA's next-gen qualifications

Magenta Security Services believes it is vital that the industry engage with the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to develop the next generation of licencing qualifications. This follows the launch of a month-long consultation by the SIA which began on the 26th September.

The consultation hopes to re-establish a suitable framework and potential new content for the licencing qualifications of the future. The SIA has invited the private security industry to share its views, deeming it 'essential' for guaranteeing the new specifications are fit-for-purpose.

Double contract win for Mitie's security business

Mitie's security business has been awarded two contract wins with IKEA and Springfields, which together are worth £5 million per annum. The new contract with IKEA has been awarded for three years whilst Springfields has extended its existing contract for a further three years.

At IKEA, Mitie will offer a range of security services on sites across the UK including manned guarding, gate duties, vehicle and individual searches, and managing the security control room. This is the first time IKEA has changed its security provider in the UK in nine years and has chosen to adopt a different model to its other European operations.

ACRE, AlertEnterprise strategic alliance to cement Global position

ACRE, a global leader in integrated technology solutions and services, announced that ACRE, Vanderbilt and its subsidiaries, has entered into a strategic alliance with AlertEnterprise to expand and diversify technology options for customers.

The AlertEnterprise suite of security convergence software, including its Physical Identity and Access Management (PIAM) solution, combined with the Vanderbilt Security Management Solution (SMS), will offer predictive analytics, compliance and advanced insider threat management capabilities to customers. This combination delivers large-scale enterprises and critical infrastructure customers the most advanced and tightly integrated security solution available anywhere.

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Build a better mousetrap...

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As 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.

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.

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