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17th July 2013 Issue no. 177
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State officials say faulty locks may be a root cause of the deadly violence occurring in Georgia's high-security prisons. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that state facilities housing gangs and hardened criminals continue to deal with the dangers of doors that do not lock.Full Story
In 2009, the 10 News Investigators went undercover to help bust deceptive locksmiths. After the investigation, 10 News sat down with Victor Crist, then a State Senator leading the effort to regulate the locksmith industry. But a statewide bill to crackdown on dirty locksmiths died in the legislature.
But Crist hadn't forgotten the story, or the locksmiths. Last week County Commissioner Victor Crist, with the help of his fellow commissioners, moved to act. And they've got backup- professional locksmiths also want tougher regulation of these shady competitors.Full Story
A Chesterfield, VA, county locksmith will be appearing in federal court on July 16th to answer to charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. Harry Lee Palmquist Jr. told federal investigators earlier this year that he had been downloading child pornography for about a decade, according to an affidavit. Based on the document, Palmquist didn't come to the attention of investigators until September 2012.Full Story
The company has installed its self-service 'locksmith' kiosks in several 7-Eleven stores around New York City.
With the kiosk, people can store digital copies of their keys. If they lose their keys or get locked out of their apartments, people can simply go back to a KeyMe kiosk and create a spare key by accessing their digital copy.
Digital copies can be accessed via fingerprint scan so people can be assured that nobody else can access their keys. The kiosk is also equipped with high-level encryption and does not store any personal information.
Police in India have given agencies a 45-day ultimatum to get all armed security guards verified. Joint commissioner of police Maheshwar Dayal called a meeting of all the security agencies last week and directed owners to ensure verification of arms licences before hiring the guards.
In August last year, a little girl, Vaanya Chaddha, 5, was shot when a loaded double barrel gun of a security guard accidentally went off. The girl remained hospitalised for more than 10 days. Later, the police found that the guard had a fake arms licence.
Source: Hindustani Times
A U.S. security expert says he has identified ways to remotely attack high-end surveillance cameras used by industrial plants, prisons, banks and the military, something that potentially would allow hackers to spy on facilities or gain access to sensitive computer networks.
Craig Heffner, a former software developer with the National Security Administration who now works for a private security firm, said he discovered the previously unreported bugs in digital video surveillance equipment from firms including Cisco Systems Inc, D-Link Corp and TRENDnet.
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KAPdiagnostics Ltd, a leader in next generation auto diagnostic equipment, has become the overall sponsor of this year's ALEX auto locksmiths exhibition which takes place at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham on the 26th and 27th October 2013.
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In a month when the EU welcomed another member state and the way was opened for another EU country - Latvia - to join the eurozone, we might well be lulled into assuming that neither the EU dream nor the single currency are discredited after all and that things are looking up. Indeed, the OECD's composite leading indicator for the eurozone has now been at, or above, the long-term average trend line for the last three months in a row and GDP projections even for the current year are being revised upwards.
Locken UK, a specialist in cable-free access-control systems, has been chosen by UK Power Networks to help secure the electricity-supply infrastructure belonging to this major distribution network operator.
PanoCam360 races with Wavestore for Greaves Motorsport at Le Mans. Wavestore installed AMG-Panogenics' 360 degree panoramic cameras in the Greaves Motorsport pit area to allow the company's senior operations and technical personnel to analyse the team's performance when its cars stopped for refueling, tyre changes or repairs.
Russia's agency responsible for the Kremlin security is buying old-fashioned electric typewriters - a move reportedly prompted by recent leaks by WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden.
A 486,540-rouble (£9,860) order for the typewriters has been placed by the FSO agency on the state procurement website. The FSO has not commented on why it needs the old-fashioned devices but an agency source told Russia's Izvestiya newspaper the aim was to prevent leaks from computer hardware.
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The comprehensive training is designed for locksmiths who want to refresh their technical knowledge of digital door and cabinet locks. The sessions will take place between September and December at Codelocks' HQ in Newbury.
On the 24th June 2013 RhinoCo moved to their new offices and warehousing at Shawbury Park Farm, Shrewsbury, SY4 4JP.
UK Operations Director Lisa Lupton stated "We are thrilled to have moved to both bigger and better premises. With more office and warehouse space, we hope to provide an even better service to our customers."
SALTO Systems has seen its 1000th RFID lock installed into Jesus College, one of 31 individual colleges at the University of Cambridge.
Figures published earlier this year by law firm Pinsent Masons show that the number of corporate manslaughter cases rose to 63 in 2012, compared with 45 in 2011 - an increase of 40%. The firm also warns of an increased focus by the Crown Prosecution Service on corporate manslaughter claims, claiming that momentum is growing around enforcement of the 2007 Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act, with a number of new cases in the pipeline.
As the fast-paced development of telematics systems continues to provide an ever greater number of convenience features for car owners, what does this mean for car security?
A security company has been able to make £5m of savings for a police force a year after taking over its back office functions. Lincolnshire Police signed a £200m contract with G4S, the world's largest security company, last April. At the time G4S committed to making £3.6m - 13.6 per cent - of savings a year but in a report published reviewing the first year, the firm said it had been able to make savings of 18 per cent or £5m, the equivalent of an extra 35 officers on the streets.
As part of the partnership, 575 civilian staff were transferred to G4S.Full Story
The drive to increase levels of safety of powered automatic gates has taken a major step forward with the introduction of a comprehensive training scheme by the Powered Gate Group of the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF).