The ALOA 2014 Convention in New Orleans is upon us! While everyone enjoys and gains as much as they can from the conferences many classes and exhibits, ALOA would like to reflect on the past year in the industry. We would like to provide the readers of the ALOA Weekly Update a look at some of the past month's highlights. Our regular publication will resume July 31.
Teacher invents emergency school door lock NBC News June 11, 2014 - Daniel Nietzel, an Iowa teacher, invented a school door lock, which is designed to be installed in seconds. Nietzel is also a co-founder for Fighting Chance Solutions, a teacher run company that funded the invention and production of the "sleeve," which is meant to withstand 500 lbs. of force to keep dangerous intruders out of classrooms.
108-year-old safe cracked, reveals Denver school's history KCNC-TV May 22, 2014 - The contents of a safe hidden in the basement of a university in Denver has been locked away for decades, its combination unknown, no one was able to crack it to find out what was inside.
At Johnson and Wales University that mystery was finally revealed when a locksmith ventured into the basement of the abandoned building on campus, that was rumored to be haunted, and cracked open the walk in safe.
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Locksmith reacts to shooting death in Nebraska KLKN-TV May 30, 2014 - Locksmith John Firestine says he's served a number of eviction notices before. Usually, no one is home. But that wasn't the case recently when Firestine, along with a few Lancaster County Sheriff's Deputies, was confronted by a man with a gun.
"As soon as the door opened, the guy's standing there with a gun," he says.
He says the deputies needed to force entry into the home after opening the door, due to a piece of wood stuck in the doorway. That's when he says the victim lifted a gun, he says a deputy told him to put the gun down, but shots were fired in both directions.
Hiplok on security tips and wearable bike locks Bike Biz June 6, 2014 - According to author Jonathon Harker: Hiplok is backing our security special in the forthcoming July edition of BikeBiz — arriving with the bicycle industry.
To mark the occasion, we caught up with the co-founders of the innovative brand, Ben Smith and John Abrahams, who met while studying Industrial Product Design at Coventry University.
Ten years on, while working in the bike and design industries, they both faced the same issue that had plagued them at college — how to carry a secure bike lock without taking a cumbersome bag. They worked together on a solution, taking inspiration from bicycle couriers, and tested their wearable bike lock from the Californian canyons to the streets of London.
Cops can access your connected home data CNNMoney June 16, 2014 - Your lights are off and your doors are locked, but if you've got a "smart home" system, you may be offering cops a window into your house.
Smart home technology is the latest craze among big tech and telecom companies, which are rolling out products that allow people to remotely control things like lights and locks and view footage from security cameras via mobile devices. Apple became the latest company to get in on the act, unveiling a new software platform called HomeKit that will allow people to manage their connected devices with their iPads or iPhones.
Use KeyMe to digitize your house keys Yahoo News This is the coolest thing: KeyMe is a door key scanner app. With the free app on your iPhone, you can back up your house keys electronically. If you want — or desperately need — a new copy of a key, you can have one mailed to you, or you can take your phone to a local locksmith to have him make you a new key using the data you have in your phone.
Turn your webcam into a home security device with 1 app Slash Gear June 17, 2014 - If you've got a webcam lying around, you might be wondering what to do with it. Your computer probably has a pretty decent one you use as little as the webcam in the drawer, so that clip-on one is likely wasting away. A decent app, designed for home security, can breathe new life into your dusty old webcam.
Called iCam, the app is available for both iOS and Android, and works well with OS X or Windows.
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Google Nest buys home security camera company Dropcam NBC News June 20, 2014 - Nest, recently acquired by Google, has itself acquired personal home security camera company Dropcam for $555 million. Dropcam makes home security cameras that are simple to set up and can be accessed quickly and easily via an app or web browser. The company had previously raised about $50 million over five years to continue developing its product, and now that investment has paid off — to the tune of more than half a billion dollars. In a blog post, Dropcam described itself and Nest as "kindred spirits" aiming to improve historically frustrating home management technology.
Siri will lock your front door for you in iOS 8 thanks to HomeKit PadGadget June 22, 2014 - According to author "Lori": At this year's Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple told us about HomeKit, which is a developer software kit that will allow companies to create apps that work directly with Siri to activate compatible in-home accessories, like lights, locks and alarms. Today, AppleInsider has a glimpse into some of the things Siri will be able to do in the connected "smart home" in iOS 8.
8 ways to fail at being a manager By Christina Nava May 30, 2014 - For leaders, it's understandable that as the going gets rough, tensions rise up. It can be a stressful job running a company and being in charge of a good majority, if not all, of its employees. It's important to keep in mind that how you react to situations should be at a professional level, because as a manager you have chosen to take on a leadership role. With that said, here are eight unprofessional behaviors that need to be avoided when you're put in a leadership or management position.
3 ways to turn a small business in to a big business By Greg L. Alston June 12, 2014 - Too many small business owners take a bunch of money, throw it at a problem and hope it works. This is why the failure rate of new businesses is 44 percent by the end of the third year of operation. So in my never-ending quest to give simple answers to incredibly complex questions, I have attempted to give a quick explanation of: What makes a business successful and worthy of growing in to a big business? There are really only three things that matter.
Using social media to grow your email list By Mayur Kisani June 25, 2014 - Your email database is the most important and valuable marketing asset you will ever own. Email is the most personal and direct way of reaching customers. Social media can be a great supplementary tool — to engage prospects and customers, build relationships with them and also generate leads. The more leads you have, the more sales you can possibly make. It is a simple and direct relationship. Here's how you can use social media to grow your email list.
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