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11th December 2013 Issue no. 196
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The night watchman of the future is 5 feet tall, weighs 300 pounds and looks a lot like R2-D2 - without the whimsy. And will work for US$6.25 an hour.
A company in California has developed a mobile robot, known as the K5 Autonomous Data Machine, as a safety and security tool for corporations, as well as for schools and neighborhoods.
"We founded Knightscope after what happened at Sandy Hook," said William Santana Li, a co-founder of that technology company, now based in Sunnyvale, Calif. "You are never going to have an armed officer in every school."Full Story
15 - 16 JANUARY 2014, Sophia Antipolis, France.
The annual ETSI Security Workshop has built a reputation of being a premier event on Security. It brings together the latest from those developing International Standards and security experts to discuss recent developments, share knowledge, identify gaps and co-ordinate on future actions and work areas.
Mayor Steve Fulup says he has no idea what they may have been used for, or whether anything might be inside. But he is planning to have a locksmith open them in December. City officials think they have been around for generations and not opened for many years.
Mayors who have served over the past 30 years say that they don't have any answers about them. But one bit of lore is that they may have been used to store kickbacks from city workers to Mayor Frank Hague, who ran the city from 1917 to 1947.
IFSEC India returns in 2013 to bring the latest technologies and innovation to top professionals interested in operating in the Indian market. With over 9,000 security and fire professionals looking to network and 220 world leading companies displaying their tailored solutions expected at this year's show, this is a must-attend event to network with your clients, suppliers and peers and stay abreast of industry trends if you are looking to learn more about industry within India.
Valencia Airport in Spain has become one of the latest European Airport to conform with new EU Regulations (EC 300/2008) stipulating that measures for perimeter intrusion must be in place by 2015.
The sets are aimed to make the life of the Locksmith much easier when faced with many of the more common mortice locks. They comprise of everything required to impression a mortice lock and create a temporary replica key, allowing non-destructive entry in just minutes.
SBD has just published its Global Smart Key Database saying it is the ultimate reference guide available in the market today. Data includes over 1,000 vehicle models from 3 regions (US, Europe, China).
- Photo library for 49 vehicle manufacturers (including door handle types, trunk and smart start buttons)
Home invasions and break-ins are the stuff of nightmares, but the hard truth of the matter is that these crimes are dark facts of life for some unfortunate families and business owners. To offer protection against these violations, an inventor from Murray, Utah, created a prototype for The Power Locks.
The system secures the door against forced entry. The lock cannot be picked, and it can withstand being kicked in. The unit is designed to be virtually impossible to penetrate. In addition, it offers added peace of mind, and it is adaptable for use with any size or type of door.
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This Week's News
We have to report to you all that a keycutting machine, the X6, made in China appears to be coming to the UK market. It is not clear who will be selling it. It appears on a website which claims to be associated with a well known trade supplier but we also hear that a firm in Devon will bring it to the market.
The X6 has been made with pirated software and firmware copied from the Miracle A5 and A4 machines, made by our colleagues Red Technology in South Korea and for whom we are the sole UK representative and agents.
Show organiser Mick Friend says: "We are delighted to have SKS and Advanced Access as joint sponsors for next year's show. They head a growing list of some 70 companies who'll be showing in Nottingham on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of March."
Hickleys, the long-established local motor trade and healthcare company, has announced the appointment of Robin Huish as Managing Director, taking over from Duncan Meikle who moves to the position of Chairman.
Commenting on the appointment, Duncan Meikle said, "Robin's career with Hickleys is a remarkable success story. He joined the Company 40 years ago as an apprentice auto-electrician but it was not long before his managerial talent was recognised."
Vulnerable elderly people may have been ripped off by home security system suppliers acting as a price-fixing cartel, regulators say.Four security firms were found to have broken competition law.The Office of Fair Trading said their behaviour "likely" meant "higher prices were paid by many elderly and potentially vulnerable people."Full Story
Earlier this year, the National Insurance Crime Bureau reported that overall car theft rose by 1.3 percent in 2012, the first increase in eight years. As car theft and vandalism climb, car manufacturers are getting increasingly savvy with improving security systems, especially for higher-end vehicles. To get a real picture of how difficult or easy it is to break into luxury vehicles, us-Locksmith.com, a Miami Locksmith company, conducted a survey of more than a dozen locksmiths that make a living "breaking into" cars when customers are locked out.
TradeLocks, leading supplier of specialised Locksmith tools, pledged to donate a percentage of every invoiced raised during Children in Need week. The company then made the decision to double the donation to help disadvantaged children and young people throughout the UK.
MOBOTIX AG, a leading manufacturer of digital high-resolution, network-based video security systems has released details of a successful project at Emsworth Yacht Harbour (EYH) situated at the northern end of beautiful Chichester Harbour. The solution designed, installed and maintained by Switchnet combines day and night site monitoring, and wireless connectivity to reduce complexity and improve reliability.
The ICO reports that two men who ran a company that tricked people into revealing personal details about their customers were prosecuted by the ICO on 20 November. The pair will now be sentenced, along with five colleagues who previously pleaded guilty to the same offence, at a separate hearing on 24 January 2014.
The company, ICU Investigations Ltd, worked on behalf of clients to trace individuals, primarily for the purpose of debt recovery. The court heard the company had routinely tricked organisations including utility companies, GP surgeries and TV Licensing into revealing personal data, often by claiming to be the individuals they were trying to trace. Clients included Allianz Insurance PLC, Brighton & Hove Council, Leeds Building Society and Dee Valley Water.
SSAIB, the UK's leading fire, security and telecare certification body for organisations, recently completed an assessment of Probe Investigations (UK) Ltd in a pilot scheme that tested the company against the newly published British Standard 102000 for Investigative Services.
30,000 security cameras will be installed across Venezuela under a US$1.2 billion scheme inaugurated by President Maduro on, amid ongoing efforts to tackle street crime. Aimed at reducing crime though the installation of security cameras in public places, SIMA will be rolled out nationwide, "town by town" according to Maduro.
For now, however, the system has only been implemented in Miranda state, where it's currently headquartered. Within two years the system will be functioning in 16 Venezuelan cities, interior and justice minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said during the opening of the Miranda facility.
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A Newport, Wales, businessman hoping to open a new city nightspot next month is appealing for help to open and move a "massive" safe which is holding up work at the former tax office. Iftekhar Haris intends to open the Courtyard cafe-bar and nightclub on December 13 - but a large steel unit is currently blocking contractors building a wall necessary to complete the renovation on Cambrian Road.
A number of Newport locksmiths have failed in attempts to open the three-ft-by-three-ft fireproof box, while Mr Haris says the council have also told him they cannot help. Can you?Full Story
As the company's Rebecca Lee-Jones tells it:
"We convinced the MD to donate £5 for each order our customers placed that was over £200 +VAT, we begged our nearest and dearest to donate what they could, and we made sure everyone knew that we were growing our lip cozies for a damn good reason. Moustache growth made slow progress in the early days, many of the chaps took some flak for their non-visible soup strainers but regardless they persevered for the greater good. We documented every stage of facial hair growth with photo evidence which was publicly posted on our Movember web page www.3dgroupuk.com so that supporters could see our progress and offer words of encouragement.
This is the biggest so far and includes all the greenteQ products launched during the course of 2013. These include stainless steel lever/lever and pull handles, the Sigma Compact door hinge, new Kappa Pony Tail and Doctor door knockers, Alpha inline sliding patio door handles, Clearspan hardware for aluminium bi-fold doors and more.
Kent burglary detectives are asking homeowners to be on their guard against a technique that burglars have been known to use to identify vulnerable properties.
In other parts of the country, reports have been received of stickers being placed on doors or letterboxes of houses advertising a locksmith service. The sticker has a telephone number on it, but the number is not a registered number. If the stickers are not removed, burglars presume that the house is empty or that the owners are away.
He says: "The Locksmiths' Exhibition is now firmly established as the premier dedicated trade only exhibition for everyone in the locksmith and allied trades. Now in its sixth year it has become very popular with exhibitors and visitors alike."
The company has gained a reputation over the years for treating its customers during the holidays and it has now become a tradition to expect a sweet treat with an order during a seasonal period.
DVS managing director Shaun Bowie said the Italian company's products were an ideal addition to DVS's portfolio of CCTV equipment.
Thieves fronting as locksmiths are using fake stickers to flag up London properties that could be easy to burgle. The conmen are pretending to distribute marketing material as they check the robustness of security on doors and windows.
Those homes that are believed to be easy targets are then marked with a tiny transparent sticker that advertises a "24-hour locksmith", the Evening Standard reports.Full Story