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3rd September 2014 Issue no. 230
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The European Locksmith Federation are pleased to announce as part of the ELF Convention in Dublin in May 2015; there will be an International Lock Conference along with product exhibitions, educational classes & social events.
The innovation here is simple: the frame of the bicycle becomes the lock.
The system features a horizontal keyway that takes a reversible key combining a high level of both technical and legal copy protection.
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It doesn't seem that just 5 years ago Tradelocks launched in the UK market. Five years ago the Locksmith Industry had no knowledge of Tradelocks or Genuine Lishi, yet today they have more than 30 distributors and export to 25 countries!
Five years ago Locksmiths had no real access to affordable tools to make their lives easier. Five years ago there was just the MLA expo, and no trade publications except Keyways or online ezines - today there are 2 ezines and 3 trade magazines covering the UK.
One of the hairier unintended consequences of cheap 3-D printing is that any troublemaker can duplicate a key without setting foot in a hardware store. But clever lockpickers like Jos Weyers and Christian Holler already are taking that DIY key-making trick a step further: They can 3-D print a slice of plastic or metal that opens even high-security locks in seconds, without even seeing the original key.
Weyers and Holler's trick is to 3-D print a "bump" key, which resembles a normal key but can open millions of locks with a carefully practiced rap on its head with a hammer. Using software they created called Photobump, the two engineers say it's now possible to easily bump open a wide range of locks using keys based on photographs of the locks' keyholes.
Safety and security specialist Allegion (formerly known as Ingersoll Rand) has announced the completion of a project to provide an electronic access control system for B&B Hotels Italia - the Italian brand of the European hotel chain B&B Hotels Group, which has more than 300 hotels across the continent.
Well-established in the low cost quality hotel sector, the B&B Hotels Group launched in France in 1989. Each individual hotel is characterised by a minimal and modern design, comfortable accommodation, and budget price, while the B&B Hotels Italia brand has also earned the reputation of a chain which meets its guests' needs, offering a friendly, welcoming service.
UKCM is encouraging waste companies and local authorities to take better precautions and keep containers locked when they're located in problematic areas in order to prevent rough sleepers taking shelter in them.
Having installed 16 AdvanceGuard solutions, and with a considerable number of airports currently under installation, Navtech Radar have the experience and industry knowledge needed to deliver radar PIDS which are compliant with the standards and recommended practices (SARPs) of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) security manual 8973.
IQinVision's next generation IQeye Sentinel delivers up to 12MP resolution and is ideal for outdoor applications. It offers vibrant, crisp images using cutting-edge imaging sensor and encoder technology capable of producing 4K Ultra HD video at 30 frames per second.
Skyguard - Europe's premier personal safety service, are pleased to announce that Quattro Telematics are the latest organisation to join their Business Associate Programme.
With offices based in the UK, Ireland and Switzerland, Quattro Telematics are a leading European provider of vehicle tracking and workforce management solutions. The partnership allows Quattro Telematics to distribute Skyguard's MySOS lone worker safety solution to clients across the UK and Europe, complimenting their existing product portfolio.
Stephen Smith is the new Managing Director of ISM taking over from David Jenkins, founder of ISM and the original PSIM pioneer. Smith's appointment coincides with his 25th year at ISM and follows a seven-month succession-planning period.
Smith said: "I have big boots to fill having worked with David for the last 25 years. It will take some getting used to but having access to him in a consultative capacity is reassuring and invaluable."
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Tech giant Google faces a lawsuit claiming it allows fraudulent locksmiths to advertise on its search engines, diverting business away from legitimate locksmith companies. Source: wsbtv.com/news
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by Martin Beckford, Mail On Sunday
Police are urging motorists to search out their old-fashioned crook locks after modern car security systems have become an easy target for thieves.
Organised gangs who steal luxury models to order are thought to be behind an increase in car thefts, having mastered how to get around high-tech security devices. They can trick the 'keyless' ignition systems found in top-end cars with blank microchips that can be reprogrammed to start the engine. Others use 'jammers' to stop cars locking when drivers press their remote keys after parking.Full Story
According to 'Access Control', a new Market Update by market intelligence provider, Key Note, new construction orders in the UK rose by 14.8% in 2013.
Hopefully you will not encounter any legal issues in the course of your work, but if you do it might be useful to be aware of what the legal profession must do to keep the personal information they handle secure.
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