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International Lock Conference — Dublin May 22, 2015
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 and social events. Topics discussed will include current and future trends in the lock industry, lock standards and compliance regulations in Europe, forthcoming licensing and legislation for locksmiths and installers, and much more.
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These 3-D printed skeleton keys can pick high-security locks in seconds
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.
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The Yerka bike lock: Will it werka?
Bikes are easy targets for thieves. You can bring in heavy industrial cutters and cut the heaviest lock in full public view and nobody will stop you. Even if you follow the fifty pound rule, if somebody wants it, they are going to get it. But what if the bike that you get isn't worth getting? That's what happens with the Yerka bike. Chilean engineering students Juan José Monsalve, Andrés Roi, and Cristóbal Cabello came up with a clever mechanism that lets you pop open the down tube, then you pop your seat post through a hole in one end of the down tube and lock it into the other half of the down tube. Voila.
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  The Lock. Loaded.
With Schlage’s new Touchscreen Deadbolt, we’ve created a door lock that combines all of our best security features into one lock- redefining what it means to be secure. Our innovative touchscreen feature, gives you the convenience of going keyless and no-longer having keys to lose, hid, carry or forget.

Review: Lockitron Internet-connected smart door lock
Apple Insider
Building on early success with a deadbolt replacement solution, hardware startup Apigy designed Lockitron as a standalone product that can be operated over the Internet via wi-fi, or directly from an iPhone through Bluetooth 4.0. Like many hardware startups, however, Apigy encountered a number of problems during manufacturing, missing deadlines due to unforeseen complications and quality control issues.
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A better front door: What will it take for smart locks to succeed?
Just a decade ago, the web was in the midst of transforming consumer behavior through e-commerce, online banking and information discovery. Now the Internet is shifting users' psyches again — this time through the Internet of Things. Starting with home automation and wearable technology (Google Glass, Nest, Apple HomeKit), IoT is on the cusp of pervading other facets of consumer life and industries. Smart locks — smartphone and/or app-controlled door locks — are a particularly interesting example.
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Delve into DIY security with these connected cameras
DIY security gives you greater flexibility over your connected home, allowing you to setup each gadget as you see fit and avoid subscription-based services that lock you into a contract. Still, the install-yourself systems vary widely. The all-in-one units typically come with a built-in camera while the accessory-based kits tend to offer them a la carte, as an optional add-on after your initial purchase.
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North Carolina school district adds security cameras to elementary schools
Time Warner Cable News
Students in North Carolina's Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools now have an extra layer of security as they head back to class. The district's 43 elementary schools are now all outfitted with sophisticated camera systems. "We have eight cameras that are monitored by the police, administrators and district security," said Meadowlark Elementary Principal Neil Raymer.
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Break ice with these team-building lessons from ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
By Brie Ragland
For those who are unfamiliar with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, its genius lies in the simplicity of the concept. Basically, you challenge people you know to pour a bucket of icy water on their heads or donate $100 to the ALS Association — all in an effort to generate support and awareness of the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. At first glance, it may seem as though this type of challenge does not fit with your business model or coincide with your business plan. However, given a second glance, there are definite lessons to be learned here.
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Both leadership and management are the foundations of success
By Betty Boyd
Just as a building needs a foundation, so too does an organization. In this fast-paced world of business, the organization's success or failure hinges upon how both leadership and management work together. The concepts of leadership and management are not new, but too frequently are interchanged. However, each has its own meaning and methodology in regards to an organization's success. So, how can an organization use leadership as a guiding force? People make all the difference.
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Google boosts page ranking for secure sites — Is it worth the change?
By Mackenzie Ferch
In response to an increase in breaches of user security, Google is doing what it can to promote cybersafety and secure connections. Google recently announced its decision to boost the page ranking of those sites and entities that maintain the safe, secure connection of HTTPS and has begun to make the largest updates since 2010. For organizations and websites yearning to maximize their search engine optimization, the question is whether it's worth it to make the switch from HTTP to HTTPS.
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