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News from the locksmith industry, also contains new product releases and other actual information.


15th April 2019
New CodeGUARD 5 from UNION meets latest BS 8607 grade 5 standards

The recently introduced grade 5 standards provide the most stringent level of security and access control for mechanical push button locks to date. Providing an extremely strong level of attack resistance, grade 5 was introduced because of the need for a high-security push button lock, and UNION is the first manufacturer to answer this need.

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22nd January 2019
Secure smart standards

The new TS621:2018 standard, created by the Door and Hardware Federation, has been adopted as the recognised standard for smart locks by the British Standard Institute (BSI), and has received the coveted Kitemark status.

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19th December 2018
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

It’s that time of year again when friends and family think about the Christmases of the past and plan for the coming holiday with their loved ones in mind.

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10th December 2018
Vanderbilt integrates Aperio® with latest ACT Enterprise access control solution

The decision by Vanderbilt to integrate products from ASSA ABLOY Access Control’s leading Aperio® portfolio with ACT Enterprise will enable customers to easily add mechanical locks to their access control system.

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12th November 2018
Squire’s new Inigma BL1 takes gold

It’s the trailblazer for Squire’s new high security electronic locks and cylinders technology launched at IFSEC, which features Squire’s new digital security system called Inigma.

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1st November 2018
SMARTair® now available through ASSA ABLOY Access Control

The easy-to-manage SMARTair® system is now available to professional security installers from ASSA ABLOY Access Control, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions. SMARTair® is an effective, fully-scalable access control system that can be installed quickly and easily by security installers. Available in offline and wireless online versions, SMARTair® is a flexible, […]

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23rd October 2018
Yale becomes first manufacturer certified by Element under new STS218 scheme

Yale Door and Window Solutions has become the first manufacturer to be certified by Element Materials Technology (Element) under the new STS218 letterplate security scheme. The scheme, which tests letterplates for burglar resistance, anti-corrosion and durability, is a recent addition to the testing offering at Element’s supersite in Wednesbury, UK. It certifies to TS008 standard, […]

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1st October 2018
Homeowners unaware insurance premiums raised by lower-quality locks

Many UK homeowners don’t realise that failing to include locks which meet British Standards can invalidate an insurance policy or lead to higher premiums. National Home Security Month in October reminds us all, however of the importance to remember that while searching for home insurance quotes, insurance companies will ask for details about the type […]

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20th December 2017
Merry Christmas!

Christmas is our favourite time of year The sights, the sounds, the happy tear Joyous wishes do abound Goodwill to all mankind…

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11th September 2017
Electro-mechanical evolution makes ongoing training for locksmiths more important than ever.

Surge in electro-mechanical hardware and integrated building systems means locksmiths need ongoing training in more areas than just the mechanics of the locks, says Allegion UK Commercial Leader Pete Hancox. In the UK, locksmiths come from all walks of life, taking a variety of routes to join the trade. Ask any locksmith about how he […]

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21st August 2017
A Hole-In-One for the Securefast Smartlock system

Located in St Andrews, the legendary home of golf, stands the Kinnettles Hotel Spa, a bespoke luxury 5-star hotel that as recently undergone a major refurbishment programme, in partnership with published Scottish interior designer Pat Renson who has designed the hotels unique collection of distinguished Suites. Incorporated in the high specification refurbishment was the installation […]

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28th July 2017
FastLatch – a new range of push fit tubular latches and privacy bolts

UNION, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has launched the FastLatch, a new range of push fit tubular latches and privacy bolts. Designed with a stylish and modern appearance for interior doors, FastLatch is both aesthetically pleasing and easy to install due to […]

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