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15th January 2014 Issue no. 199
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Following a successful amalgamation and re-launch in 2010, Carl F Groupco reports that specialist products are playing a key role supporting its growth. Sitting alongside staple lines, specialised fittings support the company's ability to provide tailored hardware solutions and an added value advantage.
Statistics from 2013 show an upward trend in Carl F Groupco sales for FUHR's CE marked 870/871 emergency and panic multipoint door locks, with some lines increasing in sales by up to 90%. FUHR stable door hardware has also proved popular with sales up by 66% during 2013.
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The Advanced Keys TDB004 Counter Top Transponder Key Tester offers a simple check to ensure a key or remote control has a working transponder fitted and also a fast and easy way to check if the transponder is responding.
The Tester offers key shops and other point of sale businesses the ability to show customers that their car, truck or motorcycle key has an electronic transponder located inside the key, which will help the sales of transponder key replacements. The shops and outlets can explain to the customers why there is a need to have a spare key due to the cost of lost key replacement when transponders are involved.
Hotel rooms at discount prices may still be available direct from the Orchard Hotel 011587 60862
60 exhibitors have confirmed their attendance and a couple 'thinking' they may be a bit late as the last 3 starter stand go and that leaves one big stand available.
The UK government has launched a new campaign to change the way people protect themselves while shopping, banking or socialising online in order to avoid falling victim to cyber criminals...
With more than 11 million internet-enabled devices received as gifts during the Christmas period, Cyber Streetwise will help in the fight against online criminals.
By Victor Southern, Lockdecoders
Once upon a time there was a wonderful firm of Swiss watch-makers. So skilled were they that their watches became a symbol for quality.
Rolex! Who has not heard of them? Who has not desired one? So, it came to pass that in a land in the East men who had not acquired those skills found a way to make watches that looked like the wonderful Rolex.
The mechanisms were rougher and cheaper, the tick was louder, the hands moved erratically, the "gold" plate wore off but still the trademark Rolex would be on a wrist.
"See my Rolex" you could say, and "by the way can you tell me the right time?" A rusty "Bolex", not a trusty Rolex.
Each Liberty kit includes a Nano Cube web server, a 2 door IP Encryption Bridge, and 2 RFID readers. The system can be expanded at a low cost by simply adding additional IP encryption bridges and readers.
Optional accessories include input/output IP bridges for monitoring auxiliary doors, and IP bridges for controlling elevators.
Robbing ATMs is nothing new. There's the everlasting stick-em-up, the bogus card scheme, ATM phishing, and more. But, it appears new ways are being invented to pull off successful cash machine heists. It was recently revealed that thieves were able to access loads of ATM money by injecting machines with malware using USB drives, according to the BBC.
These break-ins involved both low- and high-tech techniques. Apparently, the criminals manually cut holes in the machines to plug in USB sticks that then installed malware on the system. Once the machines were infected, the robbers would patch the holes on the dispensers.Full Story
KAR Auction Services, Inc., a provider of used vehicle auction services, announce the acquisition of Miami, Fla.-based High Tech Locksmiths (HTL), which specializes in products for the automotive industry. HTL is the largest provider of transponder, remote, high-security and car smart keys in North America. KAR Auction Services, Inc. CEO Jim Hallett made the announcement.
"I am pleased to welcome Jay Wiener and his entire team to the KAR family," said Hallett. "High Tech Locksmiths utilizes technologically advanced equipment and processes that will benefit customers across the KAR business units. This acquisition allows us to provide a more consistent level of service to even more locations nationwide."
David and Niall set up Netwatch after a friend's bad experience - and turned it into a global success. Using the most advanced camera technology, the company can identify when intruders are attempting to break into a premises and, using leading-edge two-way communication software, they can speak directly to these intruders, shouting specific warnings such as "You in the red jacket, you are being watched by security cameras, please leave this premises immediately!"
Approximately 90 per cent of the company's customers are from the commercial sector and include factories, offices and warehouses, garages, golf courses, GAA and rugby clubs and a growing number of church buildings.Full Story
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The former Willenhall Locks factory has been bought by 1st Access UK Ltd which is also based in the town and is investing £100,000 in the first expansion phase.
The company, which was set up six years ago by Willenhall-born ex firefighter Jason Loydon and his partner Vikki Lindop, had a £2 million turnover last year and currently employs around 25 workers.Full Story
British Olympic Association chief Lord Coe will consult with Prime Minister David Cameron, Special Branch and security chiefs on extra safety measures to protect Team GB during next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi.
A home security company says it has provided more than 50 tape recordings to trading standards to put to rest claims it may have been misleading potential customers.
UDS Solutions has been cold-calling homes in New Addington, near Croydon, Surrey, to sell its monitored alarm systems recently. But the council was alerted with some residents saying the company might have been wrongly claiming to be working with police and the council.Full Story
Van users are being advised not to follow outdated advice on winter driving. Steve Clarke says: "There is a long-held view that reducing tyre pressures will increase grip on awkward surfaces. This might be all right for driving over desert sand, but it is certainly not safe for winter driving." As marketing manager for The Fuelcard People, part of Fuel Card Group, he has been working with van users for years and knows the challenges they face.
Westbury-based security services training provider The Formative Group is currently on the lookout for 16-18 year olds for its next Security Services Apprenticeship, which starts in January next year.
The group gives teenagers the opportunity to gain valuable skills and life experience through its apprenticeship, with the chance to continue their training in a range of NVQ courses.Full Story
Allegion has been unveiled as the new name for Ingersoll Rand's Security Technologies division following the spinoff from its parent company.