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15th November 2017 Issue no. 386
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Two of Allegion's smart technology brands will join the Schlage label to offer a unified access control portfolio. Global leaders in physical access control solutions Allegion have moved to merge their two leading access control product brands under the Schlage brand in order to offer unified solutions to their customers for products using proximity, smart and biometrics technologies.
by Andrew Liptak
In October, home device maker Ring unveiled a new security system called Ring Protect, designed to tie together a home's cameras, lights, and doorbells. Last week, a judge ordered Ring to stop selling products at the center of an ongoing lawsuit brought by security company ADT, pending its resolution.
Earlier this year, ADT filed a lawsuit against Ring, alleging that the company misused proprietary information that it received when it acquired another home device maker, Zonoff, when that company went under earlier this year. Ring hired around 75 employees from the defunct company, including its CEO, Mike Harris.
This year's Asia's Fab 50 list has been published and Dahua Technology, a leading solution provider in the global video surveillance industry, has made it into the top 50 of this exciting register of companies.
The smart home market continues to heat up, and the legacy giants do not want to get locked out: quite literally. This morning (19th October), Assa Abloy, the $23 billion Swedish lock giant that owns Yale and many other brands - announced that it is buying US-based smart lock maker August Home to double down on new technology.
Terms of the deal are not being disclosed but we have asked both August and Assa Abloy and will update this post as we learn more. Pending regulatory approvals, Assa Abloy says the acquisition will close in the fourth quarter of 2017.Full Story
BAE Systems Australia - a firm on the shortlist to win a $35bn navy frigates contract - has confirmed it was the contractor that lost a 1,000-page manual on the security upgrade to Parliament House.
The loss of the manual was raised by Labor in a Senate committee hearing on Monday. The name of the contractor was kept secret during the hearing but emerged in media reports on Tuesday.Full Story
National Business Crime Solution (NBCS), a not for profit organisation that enables the sharing of data between law enforcement agencies and the business community in order to reduce crime, has introduced its latest pioneering fraud detection initiative. Praesidio - the Latin word for protection - is a data sharing solution that offers insight into persistent offenders who commit fraud against multiple online businesses, helping companies develop a more effective loss prevention strategy.
This Week's News
LASN had this email the other day from Irene Harris who is looking for any information about a Willenhall lock factory operated by her forebears. If anyone can help Irene, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we shall pass your email on to her:
"I wondered if any of your readers might have any information about a former lock factory at Willenhall? My ancestors were R&E Keats, whose factory many years ago was based in premises currently used by Guardian Locks. I can find nothing at all about this factory or the owners so would be grateful if anyone can help with any information." Kind regards, Irene Harris
Smart locks refer to electromagnetic locks designed to operate using smartphones, laptops or similar mobile devices. These locks are typically operated through a mobile app, email or SMS using communication technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart locks are also capable to monitor and send alerts for any skeptical events to the homeowners.
The increasing installation of smart locks can be attributed to the growing popularity of home automation across different regions. Smart locks enable enhanced control enabling the users to lock/unlock the door remotely, irrespective of their location.
The ICO is inviting registrations of interest to attend the 2018 Data Protection Practitioner Conference at the Manchester Central Convention Complex on 9 April 2018. You can register your interest and provide your contact details here. Registration closes on 8 December 2017.
The ICO will be allocating places around 12 January 2018 and are usually only able to offer one place to each organisation with exceptions made for very large data controllers. If you are offered a place, the ICO will need the following to confirm: a £50 fee, and any dietary and access requirements. However, they will not ask for this information or payment until mid-January 2018.
The agenda is still taking shape, so your suggestions are welcome - email email@example.com
Dunalastair Hotel set in the heart of Kinloch Rannoch, was first converted into a hotel at the turn of the last century and originally constructed as a Highland Sporting Lodge. In 2014 the hotel started its multi-million pound refurbishment; creating 32 luxury suites along with an onsite cafe and refreshment area.
An important aspect of the hotel managements refurbishment plans was to incorporate the very latest access control technology into the new venue, allowing the staff complete flexibility in the management of guest checking in and out, monitoring movement around the premises, together with the ability to provide real-time cancellation and logging in facilities.
Send For Help - the largest lone worker protection firm in the world - has seen annual turnover break £8m for the first time - a rise of 30% on the previous year - as organisations across both private and public sectors increasingly seek ways to protect their employees using state of the art technology.
The business was founded in 2010 by brothers James and Will Murray. It operates three subsidiary brands; Skyguard, Guardian24 and Peoplesafe - a competitor owned by Rocksure Systems, which the Group acquired in June in a deal worth £10m. The subsidiaries protect more than 100,000 people through key-fob sized GPS safety devices and apps, which are linked to an alarm receiving centre staffed at the company's headquarters in Epsom, Surrey.
Named after the curvaceous roads that cling to mountain and cliff-sides offering spectacular views, the Corniche is a stunning riverside development of three high-rise buildings in central London, providing panoramic vistas of the Thames. Their elliptical form and sweeping curves are evocative of the wide bends of a corniche.
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York is one of the most popular tourism hotspots in the North but in light of the horrific attacks on Manchester and London, the cathedral's governing body the Chapter of York has taken the decision to up security.
By Gareth Corfield
Encryption? Passwords? Nah, why use those... Detailed security arrangements for London Heathrow airport, including the Queen's precise route every time she passes through, were found on a USB stick left in a West London street, according to reports.Full Story