Electronics, Access Control & CCTV

The True Cost Of Losing Keys Highlighted By Prison Blunder

Abloy UK is highlighting the need for key security, following recent revelations that HMP Northumberland Prison incurred costs of up to £1million to change the facility’s locks after a guard was reportedly taken hostage and had his keys stolen. The Security systems had to be reviewed and locks changed, at an estimated cost of more than £500,000. In addition to this, moving…

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Nightlatches And Deadlocks – The Test of Time

Mick friend is joined by a couple of contributors to look backwards and forwards at the past, present and future of trying to defeat the burglar – and making a living as a locksmith. When I were a lad, writes Mick Friend, it was simple. Nightlatch cylinders and Union Oval profile cylinders. The Nightlatch cylinders came in differing flavours with the…

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CCTV Catches Another Crash Crook

A man has been sentenced for a false insurance claim after CCTV proved he wasn’t in his car when it was hit in a carpark. The James Young has pleaded guilty at Mold Magistrates Court and been sentenced to six months suspended for two years for a false insurance claim and ordered to pay £200…

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Does The Traditional Lock And Key Have A Future?

Martin Smith, product manager at IronmongeryDirect, discusses his predictions for the future of the lock and key Technology is constantly changing and evolving, meaning that there are always new and innovative devices and gadgets coming to market. For example, technology has advanced within the home to the extent that heating and lighting systems can now be controlled by a smartphone. And choosing a…

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ABUS Mechatronic Locking System: Security – Control – Convenience

ABUS’ Mechatronic range of door cylinders use cutting edge electronic technology combined with mechanical cylinder security for total access control and convenience. The innovative CodeLoxx cylinder range, manufactured in ABUS’ Seccor factory in Germany, offers a combination of protection against intrusion, using either, a digital combination code which can be set between 4, 5 and…

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Householders Leave The Door Open To Burglars

A recent YouGov survey has revealed that only a minority of British homes are protected by a burglar alarm… and uncovered irregular use by those that do have an alarm. Research conducted by You Gov for security provider RISCO shows that householders are leaving themselves open to theft. The survey of 4,237 British adults found that less than…

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Domestic PVC-U Door Access Control

Mick Friend gives the Keylex 700M from Securikey a good going over in his search for a decent answer to domestic access control via the ubiquitous plastic door. I have been working with the Keylex 700M from Securikey as a possible answer to domestic access control especially if there is a handle inside and out and you have to lock…

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Key Management Improves University Access Control

With almost 30,000 students,1,890 staff and 110+ service contracting companies some requiring 24-hour access to the site, Coventry University needed a secure method to manage its keys and access cards. Traka key cabinets were installed to ensure that pre-authorised contractors could gain easy access to areas of the campus at any time of the day or night, without compromising security.…

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Security That’s Small and Smart – XS4 Mini

SALTO Systems has earned itself a reputation for delivering secure, easy-to-install next generation electronic locking solutions without wires and without mechanical keys. Security, manageability and scalability are the company’s watchwords as it sells its products in over 90 countries through subsidiaries and/or offices in 24 countries. SALTO Systems’ success has been built on two technologies -…

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