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Kwikset Creates Lock Without Keyway

By eliminating a keyway on its touchscreen deadbolt, Kwikset has created a new residential door lock design, merging a modern exterior, small all-metal interior and advanced mechanical and electronic security features. Eliminating the keyway also takes away the threat of lock-picking and lock bumping. If the four AA batteries run out of power, backup power can be supplied via a 9V battery. The keyway-less touchscreen contains the Z-Wave 500 Series chip which comes with a number of enhancements including increased wireless range and robust wireless encryption. The Z-Wave-based high definition LED touchscreen with cool white display senses contact quickly, auto detecting the correct code and unlocking the door. A dedicated lock button provides the user with one-touch locking. Product will be available by the end of 2016. www.kwikset.com.

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Retirements Prompt Jet Rep Changes

Jet Hardware has named new representatives to take over territories previously served by industry veterans who are retiring. Replacing Gene Simon in Illinois and also covering the Dakotas, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri is DCH Sales of Vesper, WI. Taking over for Neal Boynton of Peachcoast Marketing for the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi is Keith Tsantes of Tsantes & Associates, Matthews, NC. Both new firms have been representing manufacturers in the industry for over 30 years. www.jetkeys.com, 718-257-9600.

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Airtow Winch Trailer Has 2,000 Pound Capacity

The Airtow RS8-20 trailer, with a smaller footprint and a 2,000 lb. capacity, is designed for carrying smaller scissor lifts or lighter equipment. The trailer deck remains level as it raises and lowers using the easy-crank hand winch system. The 8-1/2 ft. long x 4-1/2 ft. wide deck rests flat to the ground, eliminating the need for a ramp. The trailer has an axle-less, rubber suspension system with a progressive spring rate for a quieter and smoother ride than conventional leaf springs. All trailers are powder coated with standard Royal blue color with removable 2”x 6” pine deck planks. There are over 20 other Airtow models available in flatbeds, utility, dump, enclosed and goosenecks with sizes ranging up to 16 ft. long and 12,000 lb. capacity. www.Airtow.com, 800-479-7975.

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Ilco Adds Mates to Painted Keys

Kaba Ilco’s patent pending Personali-Keys® Mates is a unique, non-traditional line of decorated keys. They are two separate and functional keys but when placed together, they form a complete design. The designs and shapes appeal to consumers as a way to express individual personality, harmony or a special connection. Keys are sold two per card. Kwikset®, Schlage® and Weiser® keyways are available as are merchandising displays. www.ilco.us

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LSI Places GSA Class on Kindle

Lockmasters Security Institute’s 10-day GSA Authorized Safe & Vault Technician & Inspector Certification Training Course manual is now provided to students in electronic form on a Kindle. The Kindle is pre-highlighted, bookmarked and loaded with videos for easy searching and referencing for students. The Kindle belongs to the student at the end of the course. Students are also given the course material on cd, so they can print all the material if necessary. Future Kindle courses may include Professional Locksmithing, Electronic Access Control, Comprehensive Security Specialist Training and more. www.lsieducation.com.

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Keyline Rolls Out Glass Transponder Chips

The Micro Series GK100 and GKM clonoable glass chips from Keyliine USA fit in the wide range of Keyline POD keys and work exclusively with the Keyline 884 Decryptor Ultegra and 884 Mini cloning tools. The GK100 clones Texas® Fixed (4C), Texas® Crypto (4D) and Philips® Crypto (ID46). The GKM is the first worldwide solution that can clone Megamos ® Crypto (ID48) and Megamos® Fixed Code with the TKM.Xtreme software update (purchase and activation required). A free software update is required to immediately start using the GK100. The GK100 is available in April 2016 and the GKM in May 2016. www.keyline-usa.com.

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QuickJim™ Develops Spiral Car Opening Tool

The QuickJim™ spiral car opening tool is a less invasive way to unlock vehicles. The tool curls under a car’s window to touch the unlock switch located on the armrest or door. Developed by Rod Herdman, a master locksmith with over four decades of car unlocking experience, the tool rotates out of the window the same way it rotated in, which prevents the tool from sticking in the door. The manufacturer says the tool produces five times more pressure at the tip than a wire tool, yet is three times thinner. When compressed, it will lay flat until it is needed again. QuickJim is manufactured in the US and is available in 10-inch and 16-inch diameters. www.quickjim.com.

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Jet Rolls Out Eight Motorcycle Blanks

Eight new motorcycle key blanks are now available from Jet Hardware The blanks are HYD15-NP, HYD16-NP, HYD17-NP, HYD 18-NP and HYD 19-NP for Harley-Davidson; HD117-PH and HD118-NP for Honda; and TMC3-NP for Triumph. All but the Honda key are available nickel plated only. www.jetkeys.com.

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Keyline Updates Decryptor Software

A software update for the 884 Decryptor Ultegra and 884 Decryptor Mini is now available from Keyline USA. The TKM Xtreme kit will now clone a wider range of Megamos® Crypto (ID48) transponders, including new models for Audi, VW, Volvo, Jeep, Porsche and more. The software update includes the TKM Xtreme activation head, which can be re-used to make a key. This update works exclusively online with the 884 Decryptor Ultegra and 884 Decryptor Mini and the Keyline Cloning Tool software or app. www.keyline-usa.com.

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Kaba Ilco Issues 2016 Auto/Truck Reference

The Ilco 2016 North American Auto/Truck Key Blank Reference is now available from Ilco distributors pr online at www.ilco.us in the Literature & Support, Key Directory & References section. The 34th annual edition of the free reference is designed to assist those cutting keys with an organized and easy-to-use resource.

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Stanley Debuts Smartphone Security App

A smartphone and cloud-based personal safety app which allows users to send alerts, including video and GPS location, directly to their security command center has been unveiled by Stanley Security Systems. The new STANLEY Guard security response app is designed to coordinate incident responses and provide a means of task management for facilities and institutions that manage their own security The STANLEY Guard command center platform provides businesses, schools, and other facilities an effective means to verify and dispatch their security resources and manage mass notifications. www.stanleysecurity.com.

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KABA Ilco Unveils Hard Case for AD Equipment

A hard case with custom molded interior and accessory storage for the Advanced Diagnostics MVP Pro or T-Code Pro. (ADA124) is now available from KABA Ilco Corp. This case exceeds stringent military requirements of MIL-C 4150J. An O-ring gasket around the bottom lid of each case insures protection against dust and water. The state-of-the-art pressure equalization valve compensates for the pressure inside the case caused by change of altitude, temperature changes, and high impact. The case measures 16.5”h x 15”w x 8.5”d and weighs 9.2 pounds. www.ilco.us, automotive programming products.

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SOPL Partners with Group to Verify Legitimate Locksmiths

In an effort to verify physical locations of locksmiths, the Society of Professional Locksmiths (SOPL) has launched a merchant verification compliance program in conjunction with Pro Compliance Inc. of San Diego County, CA. The intent is to provide document inspections pertaining to the legitimacy of the business. According to SOPL, locksmiths who participate in the process become a verified merchant which distinguishes them from unscrupulous scammers. The association further says consumers will know that a locksmith in compliance is fully screened and has a business address confirmed to be legitimate. Physical business inspections by third party insured Pro Complaint inspectors will include but not be limited to various aspects of business verifications such as photographs of the business and owner in front of business or service vehicle, as well as visual inspections of business documents. Continued monitoring of the locksmiths insurance certificate will also be provided, to ensure their insurance remains in full force. “ This valuable tool is now a standard operating procedure which not only assists the locksmith, it will increase consumer confidence for the industry,” said Terri Lee, president and CEO of Pro Compliance. The SOPL says this is an industry unification program for all locksmiths, not just members of the SOPL. “This initiative exemplifies self regulation,” said Tom Lynch, founder of the SOPL. “We are inviting everyone to participate regardless of affiliations. It provides evidence that a business has a legitimate establishment at the provided address whether it is a retail space or a home based mobile operator,” he added. www.SOPL.us

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Bopper Stopper Protects Electrical Units

The Bopper Stopper hinged cover with adapter plate from STI is designed to take hard knocks while protecting smaller electrtical units and provides a solid back for surface mount applications. Both the cover, adapter plate and its hinges are molded of super tough clear polycarbonate material. Backed by a three year guarantee against beakage in normal use, the Bopper Stopper comes complete with installation screws and gasket. www.sti-usa.com.

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Southern Lock Schedules Expos

Southern Lock’s 2016 Expos are set for April 20 in Pompano Beach, FL; May 25 in Charlotte, NC; and June 29 in Atlanta. Registration is not necessary and there are no costs to attend. Southern Lock’s newsletter will announce prizes and mini classes. To sign up for the newsletter or find more information about the expos, email Sladelfa@southernlock.com, or visit the website, http://bit.ly/1SnqpoW

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Ilco Intros Remote Opener

The Ilco EZ-4U universal residential remote can open up to four different doors and/or gates. The compact unit, which measures 1.375 inches by 2.375 inches, can replace many larger remotes, and is compatible with popular brands including Sears, Craftsman, Chamberlain, Genie, Linear, Liftmaster and Overhead Door. Programming can be done with the head to head add on procedure, eliminating the need to open the case or set or re-set dip switches. The remote can be clipped to a vehicle’s visor or added to a key ring using the provided lanyard. The unit is clamshell packaged and a counter display is available. www.ilco.us.

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Registration Open for Pure Auto

Registration is open for the first of three 2016 Pure Auto automotive locksmith training sessions at Lockmasters Security Institute. Instructed by Charles Fuller, Jeff Cooper, David Taylor and Randy Mize, the first session is scheduled April 18-22, with others set for July 11-15 and Sept. 19-23. The five-day curriculum includes one-day courses in domestic automotive, key generation, motorcycle key generation, intro to high security automotive and advanced automotive transponders. Locksmiths can register for any number of classes. Those who register for all five receive a Lockmasters credit. More information is available at www.lsieducation.com or by calling 866-574-8724.

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Omnia Names New President

Alexander (Alex) Comini has been named president of Omnia Industries, succeeding Alberto Comini, who founded the company in 1964. Alberto Comini continues as chairman. Earning a degree in industrial arts, Alex Comini is a graduate of Keene State Colege in New Hampshire and spent several years in advertising before joining Omnia 23 years ago. He has designed and been responsible for the manufacturing and promoting of a number of product lines, including Prodigy, Ultima, Classico and Traditions. He has been instrumental in supervising the selection and production of hardware specified for high profile buildings in New York, Miami, Chicago and Macau. Omnia crafts solid brass and stainless steel latchsets, mortise entry locksets, deadbolt locksets, narrow backset mortise locks and multipoint trim in over 90 knob and lever designs. The company also offers a wide range of decorative cabinet hardware, solid brass hinges and architectural hardware.

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Flake Publishes Two Catalogs

Two new catalogs are being issued by H.L. Flake. The 586-page Commercial and Access Control catalog includes Absolute Security, Adams Rite, Alarm Lock, ASSA, CCL, Don-Jo, Falcon, Hager, HPC, KABA Access, Marks USA, PLS, Schlage, Seco-Larm, Von Duprin and 100s more. The 210-page Quarterly Security Hardware catalog, complete with new products section, mails in early February or can be downloaded from the company’s website. H.L. Flake stocks over 28,000 SKUs. www.hlflake.com.

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Just Cars Registration Now Open

Registration is open and scholarship applications are now available for Just Cars 2016, which will be held at the Caribe Royale Hotel & Convention Center in Orlando, April 29-30. Now in its 13th year, the event specializes in the latest in automotive locksmithing. It features education in every exhibitor’s booth as well as various education stations and on-floor classrooms. A new event this year is the EEPROM Roundtable, where locksmiths can learn the latest about this vital computer technology and servicing techniques. Education stations on the floor will show locksmiths how to repair, identify and make motorcycle keys, how to repair instead of replace broken ignition systems, how to get chips out of keys and then read and clone them, how to repair damaged or failed GM instrument clusters with stepper motor failure, how to repair dead clusters, and how to impression Tibbe and other keys. Classrooms on the show floor will include an introduction to transponders and marketing, and an introduction to high security keys. Among the industry experts teaching at Just Cars in Orlando will be Chris Arend, Greg Brandt, Jim Broadhurst, Jason Franks, Derek Hooker, Jason Jaudon, Ben Turner and Steve Young. The Just Cars scholarship is available to any spouse, son, daughter, or grandchild of any locksmith who has attended the current expo or either of the two prior expos. The scholarship is also available to any member in good standing of the KeyPro.com web forum. All applications need to be date stamped 30 days prior to the upcoming Just Cars Auto Expo and sent to the board secretary. More information about Just Cars 2016 and the scholarship are available on the organization’s website, www.justcars.us.

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SmartCode Is Compatible With Legrand Intuity

Kwikset’s SmartCode deadbolt locks are now compatible with Legrand’s Intuity home automation platform, part of the On-Q line. Intuity brings together a wide array of stand-alone home technologies and devices into a unified ecosystem that provides simple home control of lighting, security, temperature, multi-room audio and more. www.kwikset.com.

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Connected Security Expo Debuts at ISC

A new security event where industry professionals will experience physical security from an IT security lens will be unveiled at ISC West April 6-8, 2016 in Las Vegas. Sponsored by the Security Industry Association, Connected Security Expo @ ISC West will be a conference led event which will be co-located with the ISC West show. It will explore the evolving role of chief information security officers as they continue to develop both a physical and logical security viewpoint. www.iscwest.com.

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Help Wanted

The National Locksmith is looking for an automotive specialist that has the equipment and ability to service most vehicle make and models, focusing primarily on the newer transponder equipped vehicles. Potential candidate needs to poses the ability to service all mechanical locks, produce duplicate keys of all types, program transponders, show vehicle opening procedures and have photography and writing ability to document and produce technical step-by-step articles

If interested send an e-mail inquiry with a phone number to us at TNLAutoSpecialist@gmail.com and we will get back with you to discuss further as well as monetary compensation.

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