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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
22nd May 2019 Issue no. 458

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ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions leads the way in fire door safety

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ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland continues to lead the market by ensuring its range of door closers do not compromise fire safety regulations. At the end of 2017, several UKAS Accredited authorities withdrew certification for almost all door closers used on uninsulated metal fire doors. With around eight out of 10 metal fire doors sold in the UK being non-insulated, this left many doorsets deemed non-compliant.

Gira launch Video Home Station 7

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Gira, one of the world's leading full-range suppliers of intelligent system solutions for building management, is pleased to launch the new and award-winning Gira Video Home Station 7:

* a modern surface-mounted video and door communication system with 7-inch TFT touch display

Recently awarded a Red Dot Award 2019, the new Gira Video Home Station 7 is available from 1st May 2019 and designed to help your customers achieve a comfortable and secure living environment that embodies high-design.

ERA launches Lockdown - emergency door security

ERA, one of the UK's leading home security specialists, has launched Lockdown, the UK's first emergency barricade device designed to provide high performance security in the event of a threatening situation.

Nortech's standalone access control system is a reliable and cost-effective door controller

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People and vehicle access control specialist Nortech has launched its NanoQuest, a secure, single door self-contained access control system. This proximity card reader/access controller combination is small, powerful and supports up to 500 users.

Security bollard range launched to significantly reduce crime rates

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ATG Access, a leading British designer and manufacturer of road blockers, bollards and barriers, is helping to protect commercial properties and prevent ATM ram raid attacks with its leading security bollard range.

Dome camera installation simplified with Wisenet X Plus

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The new IP network Wisenet X Plus dome cameras from Hanwha Techwin have been designed to significantly reduce the time normally needed for installation, set-up and maintenance adjustments.

Norpass3 access control software provides high degree of security and personnel safety

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With Norpass, access control can be provided at all access points to gyms, fitness studios, health clubs and more to ensure that only authorised members and staff can enter the premises. Nortech recommends the use of its Mifare readers and smartcards that have a dedicated secure access control sector.

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This Week's News

ERA launches new installer scheme

* ERA-installer-red-siren.jpgERA, one of the UK's leading home security providers, has announced the launch of its exciting new Installer Scheme - brand new for 2019.

With the ever-growing demand for reliable people to fit traditional security products and, increasingly, smartware, ERA identified the importance of installers and wanted to commit to a meaningful business relationship supporting their work.

San Francisco bans facial recognition technology

Legislators in San Francisco have voted to ban the use of facial recognition, the first US city to do so. The emerging technology will not be allowed to be used by local agencies, such as the city's transport authority, or law enforcement.

Additionally, any plans to buy any kind of new surveillance technology must now be approved by city administrators. Opponents of the measure said it will put people's safety at risk and hinder efforts to fight crime.

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Vanderbilt and ComNet to highlight "Value Adds" at IFSEC

Vanderbilt, a global leader providing state-of-the-art security systems, announced today that they will jointly attend this year's IFSEC International with sister-company ComNet. The 2019 tradeshow takes place between June 18-20, at ExCeL London.

In addition to their flagship products and prominence in open platforms and integrations, both companies, under the ACRE banner, will also highlight their ability to aid customers in every step of their security journey.

Swann Smart Video Doorbell

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Answer the doorbell with your smartphone from anywhere; you can ask the delivery man to hide a package or leave with a neighbour.

- Free video storage
- Heat and motion sensing
- Weather resistant


WhatsApp discovers 'targeted' surveillance attack

Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed, according to BBC reports.

WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, said the attack targeted a "select number" of users and was orchestrated by "an advanced cyber-actor." A fix was rolled out and WhatsApp urged all of its 1.5 billion users to update their apps as an added precaution.

Access Control - The Good, The Bad and The Practical

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The way people access buildings has changed drastically over the years. Only a few years ago, simply having a key which fitted the corresponding lock used to do the trick. To enhance security and ensure only authorised people could access the building, this simple key system quickly evolved into a photo-badge method checked by a security officer for entry.

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Profitably replace Ford van locks

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The new Ford Rep locks from SVL offer the highest degree of added protection to van security. The driver's door lock is a known weakness in the security of Ford Transit and Transit Custom vans; a simple attack will gain entry to the vehicle and unlock the rear doors of the vehicle. No special knowledge, skills or tools are required and this can be achieved in seconds.

One in seven British homeowners have a security camera to spy on neighbours

New research has found that 40% of homeowners in Britain have some form of security camera on their property, primarily to deter potential thieves, use as evidence in case of a crime and monitor who is coming and going.

From security to intelligence: the evolution of the IP surveillance camera

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David Needham, UK and Ireland Sales Manager at Axis Communications, discusses how the rise of IP technology has created a shift towards greater levels of business intelligence and further collaboration with IT & security installers.

Valuing security from the start: Jacksons fencing research shows budget complacency preventing effective risk management

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* 20% of UK companies never test their security measures
* 22% of companies say the consequences of their physical security being compromised would be severe, including public disruption or even loss of life
* Two-fifths (41%) of companies only review risks after a breach has occurred, or don't review at all
* Budget is the greatest challenge (47%) for decision makers when specifying security measures

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