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Locks and Security News: your weekly locks and security industry newsletter
8th May 2013 Issue no. 167

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International News

Locks fail but no-one leaves jail

Hundreds of locks on cell doors at a US prison opened simultaneously over the weekend - but no one escaped. About 500 locks popped open inside the Montgomery County jail, prompting officials to declare a security emergency that included posting about 20 police cars on the perimeter of the facility.

AMG Launches 'mini' TotemCam360

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AMG Systems, the British manufacturer of sophisticated Megapixel cameras and CCTV transmission technology, launched their new 'mini' TotemCam360 at the main US security technology show - ISC West - in Las Vegas, USA.

Security officials face questions over Boston Marathon bombings

Top U.S. security officials face a grilling from lawmakers on Tuesday over whether authorities who have charged one man with the Boston Marathon bombings may have overlooked warning signs two years ago flagging the other suspect.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was formally charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death at a bedside hearing on Monday in his hospital room, where he was recovering from gunshot wounds suffered in shootouts with police.

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Yale helps locksmiths with fishing solution

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Yale is offering locksmiths a letter plate restrictor, which can reduce the risk of vandalism, theft and lock manipulation for consumers.

US passes cyber security bill

The US House of Representatives has passed legislation designed to help companies and the government share information on cyber threats, though concerns linger about the amount of protection the bill offers for private information.

This is the second go-around for the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act after it passed the House last year but stalled in the Senate after President Barack Obama threatened to veto it over privacy concerns.

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Lockdecoders USA will be at Just Cars showing the new Miracle A9 and the MiraClone

Lockdecoders USA is proud to announce that we will be at Just Cars being held in Las Vegas May 3-4, 2013 at the Las Vegas Speedway, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

The biggest iron lock in the world

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The biggest iron lock in the world is on display at Janadriyah Cultural Festival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The lock is 5 meters high and 2.44 wide and 60 cm thick and will be officially registered as a Guinness World Record next month.

Just Cars Las Vegas makes it 10

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Just Cars started 10 years ago this year with only 40 attendees meeting in New Hampshire. The following year I held the event in San Antonio, TX. my home town, writes Jim Hetchler.

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In this issue:

- Life is going to get tougher for van users - including lockies!
- IFSEC & FIREX on next week - and we have an exclusive extended free download trial offer for readers from Cathexis
- Yale launches new Doormaster products
- Smartwater turns the tide on cat converter thefts
- Liquid Voice protection for lone workers
- Safer ship travel with Milestone-Axis
- Danish Security Trainers visit UK

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This Week's News

Van users: life is going to get tougher

Van users have been reminded by The Fuelcard People of ever-tighter emissions controls. Steve Clarke, group marketing manager, said: "Life is already tough for anyone running vans or other LCVs, but those who fail to address emissions reduction will find it getting harder. As restrictions spread, the worst polluters will soon find themselves running out of road.

Already, larger vans and minibuses can only freely enter London's Low Emissions Zone - virtually the whole of Greater London - if their vehicle meets the Euro 3 standard for particulate matter. Otherwise, there is a £100 daily charge, imposed 24/7, with a non-payment penalty of £500.

Yale launches new Doormaster products

* Doormaster-GB-Kit.jpgYale has unveiled its latest pioneering Doormaster multipoint lock products following the range's successful launch in 2012. Development and improvement of the range has been made to ensure greater usability for locksmiths.

Both timber and composite doors may now be fitted with a new 16mm professional Doormaster multipoint lock which will act as a replacement for the majority of 35-45mm backset products.

Cathexis launches CatVision VMS at IFSEC 2013

Powerful and uncomplicated video management software will be available for free trial download - extended to readers of Locks and Security News.

IFSEC 2013 will see the debut of Cathexis' new CatVision VMS suite - a powerful new IP video management system which offers the ultimate in simplicity for installers, integrators and end users alike. At IFSEC Cathexis is offering visitors the chance to download a free trial version from their website to try it for themselves.

Liquid Voice in the heads of lone workers

Liquid Voice, a highly respected call recording and contact centre solutions specialists, has completed a successful IVR project for SitexOrbis, the UK's market leader in property and people protection services. The project as part of the SitexOrbis code5 lone worker protection service integrates call recording, IVR, GPS, scheduling and incident handling systems to help the 24/7 response team provide rapid assistance to 14,500 lone workers in a potentially dangerous situation. This is handled through their own BS8484 alarm receiving centre.

Safer Ship Travel with Milestone-Axis

Ship-safety.jpgMilestone Systems' open platform IP video management software (VMS) is installed in the Norwegian ship service called 'Hurtigruten' with network cameras from Axis Communications. An engine room fire in 2011 prompted renovations with innovative surveillance technology for safety and operational excellence.

Hurtigruten is a traditional ferry service for the transportation of goods and passengers between Bergen and Kirkenes in Norway. Serving the coastal population since 1866, it is both a transport route and a tourist attraction. The route currently has 11 vessels calling at 34 ports every day of the year, transporting more than 230,000 passengers.

Danish Security Trainers visit to UK

Danish-visit.jpgThe Danish Institute of Fire & Security (DBI), based in Copenhagen, successfully applied to the EU for funding to send 20 security trainers across to the UK in a partnership with Skills for Security, the Skills and Standards Setting Body and Issuing Authority for Apprenticeships within the Security Sector. The project aims to see how security training is implemented here in the UK and share best practices.

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Shortlist announced for the IFSEC & FIREX Awards 2013

UBM Live - organiser of IFSEC International and FIREX International, the world's leading annual security and fire events - has announced the shortlist for the IFSEC & FIREX Industry Awards 2013.

Carefully drawn up from the wide number of entrants across the security and fire sectors, the following categories have been shortlisted:

Genuine Lishi launch ultimate training kit

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Genuine Lishi have released the new auto-locksmiths 'bible' in the form of The Complete Genuine Lishi User Guide and Training Manual Kit.

Turning the tide on catalytic converter theft

The crime deterrent power of SmartWater forensic marking is to be made openly available to the commercial vehicle sector for the first time, it has been revealed. A new High Temperature Marker developed by global risk management specialists, SmartWater Technology Ltd, will tackle head-on the growing problem of catalytic converter theft that blights fleets and private motorists alike. The British company's latest innovation was officially unveiled at the Commercial Vehicle Show, held at Birmingham's NEC (April 9-11).

IronmongeryDirect locks down prices

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IronmongeryDirect, the UK's largest online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products to the trade, has locked down prices on thousands of products in its brand new catalogue (issue 88). And with an extended cut off time, customers can take advantage of these fantastic deals by ordering up to as late as 8pm for free next day delivery.

Locksmiths cheat death after van is 'sandwiched' at level crossing in Lincolnshire

Two men have told how they cheated death at a railway level crossing when the gates closed in on their van without warning as a train approached.

Steve Bulleyment corand Simon Bates were just 20ft away as the barriers in Metheringham, Lincolnshire,  started to shut.

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Winsted wins second Royal award

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Leading control room furniture manufacturer Winsted today announces that it has won the Queens Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category. This prestigious accolade marks the second consecutive year Winsted has been recognised in the Queen's Awards for Enterprise, having won its first in 2012.

Bike thefts have been slashed at Newcastle University simply by putting pictures of staring eyes above cycle racks.

The two-year experiment was carried out by a security manager at the campus who had seen similar studies suggest that people behave better when they feel they are being watched.

Academics found that bike racks which had eyes placed above them experienced 62 per cent fewer thefts than the previous year, while those without eyes saw thefts increase by 63 per cent.

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Oxford to house cyber security unit

Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced that a global centre for cyber security will be opened at the University of Oxford. The Global Centre for Cyber Security and Capacity Building will work to help countries develop comprehensive plans to deal with online threats.

The government will provide £1m to fund the centre for the next two years. Mr Hague said it would act as "a beacon of expertise."

Source: BBC News

Yale drives mobile support to locksmiths

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Yale has invested in a specialist customer support van to reach its national network of locksmiths. A specialist from Yale's team, Tim Jackson, will be travelling the UK in a bespoke van offering locksmiths guidance and advice on best use of products.

Deputy named as new head of MI5

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Andrew Parker the current deputy director of intelligence agency MI5 has been named as its new director general.

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