ERA Protect Launch Next Generation of Smart Home Security is Backed by BSI IoT Kitemark

Bringing alarm and camera excellence, ERA Protect offers the ultimate in security confidence and even when there is a broadband outage, the built-in 4G roaming SIM allows crucial data to be sent to the secure ERA Cloud, all controlled by one intuitive smartphone app.

ERA Protect offers a multitude of capabilities and features that empower users to take charge of their smart security from start to finish.

BSI IOT Kitemark – an industry first

Extensive research and development by the innovative ERA team to deliver a completely different offering, has resulted in ERA being the first organisation to attain the BSI IoT (British Standards Institution Internet of Things) Kitemark.

BSI developed the IoT Kitemark in response to the rapid growth of internet connected products and is designed to help customers confidently and easily identify IoT devices they can trust to be safe, secure and functional. This verification is a reflection of both the hard work and investment made in ERA Protect to deliver the ultimate in accessible, but serious, security.

The ERA Protect difference

Siren

Building on previous product ranges to continue developing a serious security solution that can be relied upon and trusted, rather than a gadget, the ERA Protect range launches with an Alarm, Siren, Accessories along with an Outdoor camera and Floodlight camera.

The first major difference between ERA Protect and other alarm systems is the way the alarm and the cameras work together.  Wirelessly connected and operating fully in harmony, the settings allow cameras to be controlled via the same app and triggered as a complete system during alert situations.  What’s even more unique, is that if the broadband connection goes down, the 4G roaming SIM will still allow the video recordings from cameras to be stored to the cloud upon alarm trigger. The result gives a robust, security-driven system that can be tailored to fit individual needs – with all the help and support that ERA has become well-known for.

One ECO System – one app

All ERA Protect products are fully integrated and work seamlessly together using the intuitive, easy to use smartphone app. One simple app allows users to view and monitor their precious homes or premises at any time from anywhere in the world – via the high quality 1080p HD video imagery – giving them ultimate convenience and reassurance.

Being wireless, unlike time consuming, costly hard-wired systems, ERA Protect can be easily connected – and disconnected – should customers move house. In addition, the system can be added to at a later date – maybe an additional PIR or camera is required – giving great flexibility.

With no fixed long-term contracts to be tied into, ERA Protect’s subscription packages are optional and can be cancelled at any time should circumstances change.

Confidence is key

Floodlight Camera

Confidence is a key concept for ERA Protect – a theme that runs through every aspect of the system.

 

Completely revolutionary to a smart alarm smart system, ERA Protect offers a unique professional monitoring capability and ‘on the ground’ local authority response if required.  This means a house can be monitored by professionals and in an alert situation, someone will contact the authorities directly if it is a verified intruder.  This is a huge confidence boost for the elderly, or people away from home and not able to attend their own home in an emergency.  What’s more, the Professional Monitoring is available on short-term basis adhoc and no long-term expensive contracts are required meaning you can opt in and out of the professional monitoring when it suits you.

To give customers added confidence, ERA have also invested effort into small things which make big differences. For example, the motion detection in cameras is PIR driven which significantly reduces false alerts and therefore instils more confidence.

Cameras have protected wiring so vandalism is reduced and a lot of focus has gone into making sure the alarm system itself can’t easily be jammed or affected by power cuts.

ERA also offers the benefit of its experienced product specialists for help and advice, available to both installers and end users, via its UK-based Helpline.

Secure Security at its best

For those looking for total security, ERA Protect has been developed by a trusted security brand and built by security people – crucially, not gadget people. This simple fact makes all the difference to the end result.

For example, employing encrypted technology means that accounts, and importantly data, is safe and secure, whilst being wireless means that there are no cables to cut that would render the system inoperable. Where cabling does exist on the cameras, it is protected to defend against vandalism.

Alongside the IoT kitemark, reassuringly, the alarm settings and video recorded data are also secure and are held directly on ERA’s in-house GDPR-compliant Cloud Platform. This ensures that all data is safely stored within the UK and Ireland and does away with any compromised data storage risks associated with a third party.

The ERA Protect product range and service packages

There are three main products within the ERA Protect range: –

  • ERA Protect Alarm System– easily programmed via the app and features alerts sent via push, phone call or SMS notification to pre-programmed alert numbers for added peace of mind.
  • ERA Protect Outdoor Camera – boasts on-demand recording when in live view for instant recordings.
  • ERA Protect Floodlight Camera – discrete security as it looks like a floodlight only with no indication that it also incorporates a camera.

Allowing customers to tailor their security system to meet their individual needs, ERA Protect is available in a range of four Service Packages, with corresponding monthly fees. ERA Protect Basic has no monthly fee and means you can use the basic monitoring features of the alarm as well as making use of the live view capabilities from the camera.

Outdoor Camera

For those wanting camera back up to the cloud storage, but are not so concerned about 4G backup capability, it is simply £2.99 per month for up to 4 cameras.  Alternatively, for both camera cloud storage and 4G Roaming SIM backup, the ERA Protect Plus package is £9.99 per month.  Finally, if someone also wanted professional monitoring, the ERA Protect Plus Premium Package is £19.99 per month.

Tania Tams, Head of Marketing at ERA said, “With ERA Protect, we pushed security as far as we could go – and then we went further. Our three key concepts – firstly, our working security ECO system; secondly, confidence in our products and services and thirdly, our quest for ‘total security’ – have all driven the design, development and manufacture of ERA Protect and is reflected in our BSI IoT Kitemark attainment – a shining endorsement of our faith in providing truly secure security.

Coupled to this, the ERA Protect system is also approved by the Neighbourhood Watch, a much recognised brand in communities UK wide and packaging is supported with both the BSI IoT Kitemark and the Neighbourhood Watch logo.

“We can now deliver a truly new way of providing high quality, yet affordable smart security with the end user placed firmly at the centre and being totally in control. ERA Protect is different – in concept, in design and in delivery of results – welcome to the next generation.”

For further information on ERA’s brand new ERA Protect range of smart home security, visit www.eraeverywhere.com

1st Security is a registered ERA installer. For prices or information on the above products please contact us here.

Setting the Home Security Standard as the Clocks Go Back

As the nights get darker, it’s essential for more awareness around home security and the measures which can be taken to help prevent any unwanted attacks on homes. The dark winter months bring revenue opportunities for locksmiths, with homeowners investing in new home security products.

Darker Nights

Comprehensive and adaptable home security has never been so important, there were more than 350,000 domestic burglaries in England and Wales in the year ending March 20201, with November being the most common month for home break-ins2.

Many UK homeowners haven’t made the necessary security precautions to their home as required, and according to research from Co-op Insurance and Neighbourhood Watch3, even though more than half (51%) of UK adults have been a victim of burglary and/or attempted burglary, more than two fifths (44%) have not taken any measures to protect the property they live in.

As the nights get longer, it’s important to raise awareness around the significance of surveying current home security and what investments would be beneficial. The security campaign National Home Security Month takes place each year throughout October. Now in its eighth year, the initiative highlights the ways homeowners can keep their homes, families and possessions safe as the days get shorter – providing the ideal opportunity for trusted tradespeople to install necessary home security measures.

When it comes to security, homeowners are willing to spend more to ensure that their homes are securely protected. As a tradesperson it’s important that you are offering the highest quality security products and sound advice, to guarantee your customers are receiving the most effective solutions.

There are many vulnerable areas around the home which are often overlooked by homeowners. When advising a customer or conducting a home security survey, it would be beneficial to take note of these locations around the home, to suggest security changes which should be made, and the required standards for different products.

Here are some top considerations to take into account when surveying the security of a home:

Internal:         

  • Ensure good quality windows and doors are fitted with appropriate locks. This is especially important for the more easily accessible ground floor windows and doors, such as patio doors.
  • If the door handles are starting to become loose, they need upgrading. To achieve maximum security, ensure the handle is TS007 2-star rating and combine it with a 1-star or higher rated cylinder.
  • As lock snapping continues to be a threat, the quality of the lock cylinders is more important than ever. Check that the cylinders are rated at TS007 3-star Kitemark, endorsed by Secured By Design, like the 3 Star Euro cylinder lock, which provides anti snap lock protection for the property.
  • If there are external wooden doors in the home, make sure the nightlatch is working correctly and that a 5 lever mortice lock approved to standard BS3621 is fitted. If a 3-lever design is already installed, the homeowner may consider upgrading to a 5-lever mortice lock. This may also ensure they comply with insurance requirements. Products such as door bolts offer up sell opportunities and ensure the customer is securing their door the best they can.
  • Is extra security required in the home? Door chains can add protection against opportunists, whereas a letterplate restrictor can help prevent against letterbox fishing, a common tactic used to obtain car keys.
  • If their lock requires an upgrade, they may be interested in investing in a smart lock, such as the Yale Keyless Lock or the Conexis L1 Smart Lock which meets the smart lock BSI standard TS621:2018.
  • Does the home have an alarm system? Whether it be smart, or a more traditional wired system, a home alarm system can act as an efficient deterrent to any potential burglars. Smart alarms also have the added ability to be controlled remotely via smart phones or tablets.
  • Indoor cameras provide a low cost, effective solution to monitoring the interior of a home. They can be used as stand alone cameras or part of an integrated system, strategically placed to allow homeowners to keep a close eye on their valuables and most prized possessions. Smart cameras also have the added benefit of sending an alert to the smart phone or tablet of the owner if motion is detected around their home. Pet sensors are ideal for pet owners wishing to avoid their furry friends setting off alerts.

External:

  • Does the property have a shed or garage? Sheds and garages can often be filled with expensive tools and equipment. A standalone alarm can be useful for alerting the homeowners to any unusual activity in the shed. A padlock which is CEN 4 rated and tested to EN12320:2012 can provide maximum security and withstand the toughest weather conditions.
  • As gates can provide easy access for burglars to outside areas, security measures for these areas are essential. A weatherproof high security hasp and maximum or high security padlock, which is also weatherproof, can provide a high level of security and help to protect and access to the back of the house.
  • Is there a large outdoor area which needs to be monitored? A CCTV system will allow the homeowner to keep track of their external home security, and act as a deterrent to a potential intruder. A smart CCTV system also enables them to check parameters from their smartphone or tablet and night vision captures any activity that takes place under the cover of darkness

For the latest campaign information on National Home Security Month search for National Home Security Month on Facebook and Twitter (#NHSM20), or visit www.homesecuritymonth.com

 

1 ONS: https://www.ons.gov.uk

2 Co-op Insurance: https://www.co-operative.coop/prime-time-for-burglaries-yet-a-fifth-of-victims-dont-call-the-police

 

For a quotation or advice on any of the above Please call Carl at 1st Security or use our contact form Here.

DOM door hardware now with a ‘Silver Lining’

Today, implementing hygiene regimes and social distancing has become the new norm for society. Door handles and knobs are the most frequently touched surfaces in a building and are considered one of the worst areas to harbour harmful microbes.

DOM security is renowned for introducing products that are sustainable and to take our products one-step further adding our antimicrobial panic bars, digital handles, and digital cylinders.

We are pleased to announce that DOM has joined forces with Sanpura (antimicrobial technology provider) along with Gbneuhaus and Inver. These organisations are specialists in their field and are now supplying DOM with nano-silver ion technology, which is applied to the DOM Guard digital door handle. Pro digital cylinder and Panic hardware. Silver is a natural antimicrobial and is proven to prevent the growth and spread of many known micro-organisms, preventing up to 99.9% protection against bacteria, mould, and viruses.

Behind the science

Once contact is made with our antimicrobial range of door hardware, the slow and constant release of silver ions will react with the bacteria, preventing it from multiplying and eventually killing the micro-organism. This microbe-resistant technology will be applied to critical areas such as handles, doorknobs and handlebars.

By installing DOM Security’s antimicrobial range, facilities manager and building owners will be playing their part in protecting individuals by reducing the risk of cross-contamination and suppressing the infection level of common bacteria and viruses. Our products are suitable for all environments, especially hospitals, care homes, housing associations, leisure, education commercial office space, and the hospitality industry.

“Practising hygiene habits are essential”, comments National Sales Manager Mr Lloyd Chitty, “specifying our antimicrobial range into shared areas can help provide an added level of protection in addition to regular cleaning regimes.”

Are you interested in investing in these products to better equip your environment against harmful micro-organism? Contact your DOM UK sales representatives for more information on 0121 569 7790 or email us on sales@dom-co.uk

Securing Britain’s Business With Van Guard Locks

Leading British manufacturer of commercial vehicle accessories, Van Guard have recently entered the auto locksmith market by launching their own range of aftermarket Van Locks and shielding products.

With van security the fastest growing sector in van accessories due to the unfortunate rise in van & tool theft across the UK, Van Guard were able to utilise their wealth of manufacturing knowledge and tap into their previous experience in van security.

Leading British manufacturer of commercial vehicle accessories, Van Guard have recently entered the auto locksmith market by launching their own range of aftermarket Van Locks and shielding products.

With van security the fastest growing sector in van accessories due to the unfortunate rise in van & tool theft across the UK, Van Guard were able to utilise their wealth of manufacturing knowledge and tap into their previous experience in van security.

Back in the early 90s, Van Guard was formed as an off shoot of G.K. Land Engineering Co. Ltd, an aerospace engineering company, near Exeter Airport, Devon. Highly regarded in the South West for their high standard in precision machined components and industrial finishing, they were approached by a local utility company who were experiencing vehicle break-ins. This resulted in the development of aftermarket rear window grilles & blanks that provided a visual deterrent to opportunist thieves. Hence the name Van Guard.

The success of the window grilles allowed Van Guard to explore the van security market further by developing aftermarket Bulkheads, Tool Stores and Pipe Carriers – all products still going strong into today’s marketplace.

It’s all come full circle for Van Guard with the introduction of their own range of van security locks – Hooklocks, Deadlocks, Slamlocks, Slamhandles – and shielding products. Sheet metal fabrication is what they started off doing over 40 years ago, with Managing Director, Barry Woodward, joining G.K.Land as an apprentice back in 1981. With over 20 years specialising in the vehicle accessory market, their experience and reputation for manufacturing high class van kit gives auto locksmiths the confidence in what Van Guard have designed, manufactured and delivered. All bracketry is made from high-quality stainless steel, finished to the highest of standards, and installation being made simpler with clear & detailed fitting instructions.

Van Guard’s long-standing workforce and customer service team are committed to ensuring quality standards are consistently maintained and that the customer always comes first. It is a member of the Made in Britain Campaign and Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) and carries ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditations.

Back in the early 90s, Van Guard was formed as an off shoot of G.K. Land Engineering Co. Ltd, an aerospace engineering company, near Exeter Airport, Devon. Highly regarded in the South West for their high standard in precision machined components and industrial finishing, they were approached by a local utility company who were experiencing vehicle break-ins. This resulted in the development of aftermarket rear window grilles & blanks that provided a visual deterrent to opportunist thieves. Hence the name Van Guard.

The success of the window grilles allowed Van Guard to explore the van security market further by developing aftermarket Bulkheads, Tool Stores and Pipe Carriers – all products still going strong into today’s marketplace.

It’s all come full circle for Van Guard with the introduction of their own range of van security locks – Hooklocks, Deadlocks, Slamlocks, Slamhandles – and shielding products. Sheet metal fabrication is what they started off doing over 40 years ago, with Managing Director, Barry Woodward, joining G.K.Land as an apprentice back in 1981. With over 20 years specialising in the vehicle accessory market, their experience and reputation for manufacturing high class van kit gives auto locksmiths the confidence in what Van Guard have designed, manufactured and delivered. All bracketry is made from high-quality stainless steel, finished to the highest of standards, and installation being made simpler with clear & detailed fitting instructions.

Van Guard’s long-standing workforce and customer service team are committed to ensuring quality standards are consistently maintained and that the customer always comes first. It is a member of the Made in Britain Campaign and Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) and carries ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditations.

Codelocks’ expanding product range opens up new uses for digital and smart locks

Codelocks has been designing digital locks for over 15 years, and in 2019 was declared Keyless Entry Company of the Year by the National Locksmith Awards. In recent years, it has been adding smart locks to its growing range, combining the convenience of keyless operation with the extra control and functionality afforded by smart technology.

Its latest addition to the KitLock by Codelocks range is the KL1100 RFID. It is designed for lockers and cabinets, and highlights many of the advantages afforded by digital locks. With Remote Card Authorisation (RCA), a facilities manager can remotely manage cards from a computer using the Codelocks Card Management Client software (CCMC) and up to 250 locks within a lock group.

The KL1100 is suitable for both private and public lockers. In Private Function mode, the lock can only be opened with a card that has been registered with that lock – either by using the CCMC software or a standalone keypad programmer that can be bought separately. This gives staff or customers convenient and secure access to their own private locker. In Public Function mode, an operator can lock the KL1100 with any compatible card, and then unlock it with the same card. It is then ready for the next user – an ideal solution for shared facilities such as gyms and leisure centres.

Added features of the KL1100 include a block card and an audit card. The block card allows a facilities manager to quickly block and unblock users from accessing specific locks, while the audit card lets them easily upload a lock’s audit data to the CCMC platform. The KL1100 can also be set to open after a set period of time. This is useful for ensuring fair use where there is heavy demand for a limited supply of lockers. And for situations where extra security is required, there is a Dual Authorisation mode, where two authorised users must present a card to open the lock.

Codelocks also recently introduced its new Access range of standalone door controllers, opening up the benefits of keyless and digital locks for a wider range of applications. The card controlled A3 RFID, keypad controlled A3 Dual and A3 Vandal Resist door controllers are ideal for situations where doors and gates are locked magnetically or with electric strikes. One handy built-in feature of the Access range is the panic code or panic card. In the event of a client being forced to open a door against their will, they can enter a unique code, or present a unique card, which allows entry but also triggers an alarm. This functionality is an example of the way Codelocks designs its locks around the end user’s needs, always looking to provide the right solution for the customer.

When Porsche Centre Preston was looking for an adaptable, easy-to-use access control system, enabling its staff to easily programme locks accordingly for employee and customer access, the CL5500 smart lock range fitted the bill perfectly.

Codelocks’ Smart Locks range offers the ultimate in flexibility and control. These benefits are important for Porsche Centre, as it is able to restrict access to certain areas quickly and efficiently, ensuring cars and equipment are always secure. It also helps to reduce the operational costs of hiring a security service, and assists with the management of visitor, staff and delivery driver access.

Paul Pasquali, Group Operations Manager at Porsche Centre Preston explains, “As a prestige automotive retailer, the business needs an access control system that offers the utmost peace of mind. The unique entry codes, design of the lock and the ability to control access at certain times is very beneficial to us, especially as the vehicles and equipment on site are of such high value.”

Codelocks’ Smart Locks utilise wireless technology giving users the ability to connect remotely and choose between pushbutton code, smart card or smartphone access. NetCode is Codelocks smart way to generate and send codes for easy access. Through Codelocks online NetCode portal or via the Codelocks Application Programming Interface (API), you can create codes that have a specified start date, time and duration that will automatically expire. By automating code generation, the need for onsite staff is dramatically reduced. Businesses can recognise new levels of convenience without compromising on security.

 

 

Abloy launches mobile digital key and extremely weatherproof Bluetooth padlock

Announced today, the new ABLOY® BEAT locking solution includes a novel digital key, a mobile app and an IP68-rated, weatherproof Bluetooth padlock. The future-proof solution is designed to boost operational efficiency while securing critical infrastructure, commercial institutions and industry sites. ABLOY BEAT is managed with the visual ABLOY® OS user interface.

Finland-based security and locking solutions provider Abloy today unveiled its newest innovation in digital keys, the ABLOY BEAT. The new keyless solution combines three main components: a digital

key, a mobile application and a heavy-duty, Bluetooth padlock. All is managed with the visual ABLOY OS user interface.

Among businesses worldwide, there is a growing need for the convenience and accessibility of highly secure keyless access solutions – either as an addition to existing workflows or as a standalone solution. Especially in remote areas or situations where carrying a physical key can bring the possibility of corruption or even danger for the holder, a mobile solution is also in demand.

“BEAT is part of the ongoing ‘keyvolution’, heralding a new era of effortless connectivity, without a physical key. Yet there are no keyless locks. The key has just taken on some new forms. Leveraging on our heritage and expertise in high-level security, we have built a new digital key. It is encrypted with the most advanced Seos® credential technology, developed by HID Global. Used with your mobile device, the digital key provides best-in-class security and privacy protection,” said Jorma Issakainen, Vice President, ABLOY Critical Infrastructure.

Combining a digital key with a heavy-duty Bluetooth padlock

BEAT is designed especially for professional physical protection of critical infrastructure, businesses and industry sites. While securing property, it also offers customers improved operational efficiency, reducing both logistics and costs. It also saves on fuel emissions, making it a sustainable option. The solution is intended to be used in sectors like telecom and data centers, transportation and logistics, utilities (water, electricity, gas) and mining.

The digital BEAT key connects to the physical heavy-duty, Bluetooth padlock, designed to perform in harsh environments and remote areas. The padlock has an IP68 protection rating, a case-hardened steel body and LED indications for lock status. It complements the current ABLOY® SUPER WEATHER PROOF range of padlocks.

Future-ready to meet changing security needs

BEAT can be integrated with existing security workflow solutions in use, but it can also be implemented as a standalone locking solution with ABLOY OS. ABLOY OS enables managing keys, locks, and access rights on-the-go and remotely from a single, easy-to-use and highly visual interface.

BEAT is the latest addition to Abloy’s comprehensive and evolving digital portfolio of future-ready security and access control solutions. The news announced today is the first phase of the BEAT solution, and the company plans to unveil new features in the future.

With today’s launch the ABLOY digital portfolio now includes both keyless (BEAT), electromechanical (PROTEC2 CLIQ) and mechanical (ABLOY® PROTEC2) options. All options, including the mechanical PROTEC2, can in the near future be managed with the same ABLOY OS interface. ABLOY Competence Centers, sales units and distributors on six continents provide customers with technical expertise, professional service and support.

Starting from today, ABLOY BEAT will be made available globally in stages. It will be showcased on international trade shows such as Expo Seguridad (Mexico) in April, ISC Brasil (Brazil) in June, ISC West (USA) in July, as well as IFSEC International (UK) and GSX (USA) in September. Samples will also be available for examination at ABLOY distribution offices.

Follow ABLOY social media channels and Abloy.com for the latest information about upcoming events and market areas for ABLOY BEAT

Making the most of the great outdoors

Homeowners’ desire to make the most of their outdoor space combined with the increase in popularity and affordability of simple to install and use “Smart” security solutions means that selling video surveillance, wireless alarm and doorbell systems is a growing market opportunity for many installers.

Video surveillance systems are an increasingly popular part of customers’ security plans, used as both a visual deterrent and for gathering vital evidence.  The BurgCam Wi-Fi range offers a choice of outdoor zoom, dome, bullet and indoor cameras, all providing the ability to record directly onto an SD card and use as standalone units.  Super HD 2K resolution and the option to pair up to 6 cameras with a network recorder makes the BURGcam Wi-Fi range perfect for most home, small business & retail installations.

The easy to use BURGcam app provides real-time monitoring feed on smartphones, tablets and PCs.  It also allows pan, tilt and zoom control on the Zoom camera.  Together with the configurable notifications and alerts facility, this video surveillance system lets customers keep an eye on their property through their smartphone, whilst they’re relaxing in their garden.  It’s also worth considering installing external lighting, as in addition to bringing unwanted attention to uninvited visitors, it increases the time customers can use their outdoor space.

Homeowners’ desire to make the most of their outdoor space combined with the increase in popularity and affordability of simple to install and use “Smart” security solutions means that selling video surveillance, wireless alarm and doorbell systems is a growing market opportunity for many installers.

Video surveillance systems are an increasingly popular part of customers’ security plans, used as both a visual deterrent and for gathering vital evidence.  The BurgCam Wi-Fi range offers a choice of outdoor zoom, dome, bullet and indoor cameras, all providing the ability to record directly onto an SD card and use as standalone units.  Super HD 2K resolution and the option to pair up to 6 cameras with a network recorder makes the BURGcam Wi-Fi range perfect for most home, small business & retail installations.

The easy to use BURGcam app provides real-time monitoring feed on smartphones, tablets and PCs.  It also allows pan, tilt and zoom control on the Zoom camera.  Together with the configurable notifications and alerts facility, this video surveillance system lets customers keep an eye on their property through their smartphone, whilst they’re relaxing in their garden.  It’s also worth considering installing external lighting, as in addition to bringing unwanted attention to uninvited visitors, it increases the time customers can use their outdoor space.

A door with a view

Video doorbells are a step up from traditional doorbell and spyhole viewer combinations and represent an easy entry point into “internet of things” security systems for both installers and customers alike.

Burg-Wächter’s new Door eGuard DG8500 is an easy to fit video doorbell system for both house and apartment doors.  Activated by either a simple button push or the infra-red motion detector, this Wi-Fi enabled camera sends a notification to the free Tuya Smart app, which is available for both Android and iOS.  This allows home owners to easily see visitors to their house via their smartphone, even when they enjoying their garden or out and about.

The DG85000 features a 720P camera with 160 degree lens along with integrated infra-red LEDs, to give a wide HD quality view, even in low light conditions.  The in-built speaker and microphone utilise noise suppression technology to provide crystal clear two-way audio communication.  Convenience is further increased as the Tuya app is compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Home, allowing Door eGuard to fully integrate into the modern smart home.

Utilising the build-it PIR sensor, the camera can record whenever motion is sensed for playback later via the app – perfect for keeping an eye on unwanted visitors.  A micro SD card slot allows the recording of both video and audio without the need for expensive cloud-based storage services.

Marking the DG8500 out from the competition is the separate chime box that features 16 different ring tones.  The chime box is both battery powered and fully wireless with a 30m range, so can be placed anywhere around the home, and within earshot of the back garden.  The external unit is IP55 rated and comes with a sun-visor/rain-cover, ensuring the Door eGuard 8500 can survive the best (and worst) of the British weather.

The Door eGuard 8500 is a direct replacement for existing 2-wire doorbell installations, whilst a separate 12V power supply is available for fresh installations.

Beating the garden burglar

Burg-Wächter believes that effective security is all about building in layers, with the first line of defence for many customers being the perimeter.  A weatherproof padlock, hasp and staple helps keep garden gates, sheds and outdoor storage boxes locked.  Similarly a combination locking bolt is ideal for using in a number of garden and outside areas; from stopping children entering gated areas such as ponds and pools, to securing the shed and outbuildings that have dangerous garden chemicals or valuable equipment in them.

From barbecues and patio furniture, to gardening and leisure equipment, the value of items left in and around the garden can be substantial.  This makes them a prime target for opportunist thieves, particularly with summer just around the corner.

Whilst this may seem like a bit of a departure from core business, encourage customers to protect their considerable investment by offering them a garden security kit.  The simple combination of a weatherproof padlock, security cable/chain and ground anchor provides a number of convenient and effective security solutions; from allowing customers to leave their barbeque and patio furniture locked together in the garden, to offering additional security for equipment stored in the shed or garage.

It’s also worth considering installing a KeyMinder as a simple solution for letting the right person in and keeping the wrong person out.  More secure than hiding a key under the mat and/or leaving keys with the neighbours, KeyMinders are designed to ensure spare keys are always available without the need for cutting multiple duplicate sets.

Coming in a range of different sizes, KeyMinders can only be opened by someone with the right 4 digit code out of a possible 10,000 different user-resettable combinations.  Discretely mounted on an outside wall, the strong curved body is difficult to attack and provides good all round security.

   

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Security Advice leaflet for closed businesses launched

The leaflet is aimed at businesses who have either been instructed by the government to close in line with the Covid-19 guidance or have chosen to close, and provides advice and guidance to assist them review both their physical and cyber security to reduce the chances of falling victim to criminals.

To download the leaflet visit: https://www.securedbydesign.com/guidance/security-advice-for-businesses

For product procurement of police preferred products, visit: www.securedbydesign.com

Secured by Design and the Police Digital Security Centre are part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI), a police-owned non-profit organisation that works on behalf of the Police Service throughout the UK to deliver a wide range of crime prevention and police demand reduction initiatives.

Three tips to ditch the plastic for good in 2020

Posted on 1st January 2020 by 

Reducing the amount of plastic we use in our everyday lives is becoming more and more important to people and it is something that we are constantly striving to improve upon at APECS. Our industry uses a huge amount of plastic, not only in packaging and shipping, but also in day to day life with locksmiths, sales teams and technical staff out on the road.

Plastic was a wonderful invention; a cheap, strong, durable and malleable material for packaging, wrapping, bags, cups, bottles, furniture and just about everything else you can think of.

There is a huge downside to plastic though, and that is the impact that it has on the environment. Since the 1950’s, the world has produced 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic (that’s the equivalent of more than 800,000 Eiffel Towers) and only 9% of that has been recycled. Unfortunately, a huge amount of this plastic has ended up in the world’s oceans, with a reported 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic being present. The problem is so bad that if it continues at its current rate, plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean by the year 2050.

One of the major strengths of plastic is also one of the biggest problems; it takes a very long time to break down. Current estimates are that plastic takes 500-700 years to decompose, that means the plastic we are manufacturing today will still be on the planet for the next six or seven generations of our families lives.

Here at APECS, we are striving to reduce the amount of plastic we are using, both in our packaging and in our offices. 2020 will see us reduce the amount of plastic we are using in our packaging by up to 80%, as well as changing any plastic that we do use to 100% recycled or biodegradable plastic alternatives. We have also reduced the size of our cylinder packaging, meaning that we can fit more cylinders into each container, reducing our carbon footprint with less deliveries needed.

It is not just in our packaging that we have made changes though. In our London office, we have provided all of our staff with tote bags to ensure that they are not using plastic bags from shops. We have also given staff members metal water bottles to stop the need for buying plastic bottles when they are out on the road.

We realise that as locksmiths, you are on the road a lot of the day yourselves, and this results in buying lots of single use plastic items such as bottles of water, coffees and food containers. There are plenty of simple changes you can make in your own life to help with this issue though and these can also save you money at the same time.

Here are our top three tips to help reduce the amount of plastic you are using;

  • Buy a re-usable water bottle
  • Buy a re-usable coffee cup
  • Buy re-usable tote bags and use them for your shopping

These three small, simple changes will not only help the environment; they will help you save money. If you have a re-usable water bottle, you can get this refilled at most coffee shops free of charge. Another thing to keep in mind is that most of the high street coffee shops will now also give you a discount on your coffee if you bring your own re-usable coffee cup, so it’s a win-win for everyone! Save money and help save the environment.

Here at APECS we are looking to lead a sustainability shift in the lock and door hardware industry and we believe that if everyone does something, even small, to reduce the amount of plastic they use, we can have a big impact.