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Posted by: In: Blog 09 May 2013 0 comments

Kwikset’s new Kevo door lock turns your iPhone into the simplest of digital keys. Just have your phone in your pocket or purse, tap the Kevo lock, and you’re in.


This lock is super cool. The Kevo looks like an ordinary lock, but the halo of light surrounding the keyhole gives it a vaguely futuristic look. An app links your iPhone to the lock using Bluetooth and the miracle of location services, eliminating the need to fumble through your pockets or purse for your keys. Just tap the lock with your finger and the halo flashes green, letting you know the door is unlocked. You don’t even need to take your iPhone out of your pocket.

Those of you with families or roommates will, of course, need more than one iPhone key, so the Kevo app lets you create electronic keys for other people. (Just remember they’ll need iPhones too.) It’s also a handy feature for giving, say, dog sitters or contractors access. As soon as they’re done with their work, just delete their key.

The Kevo knows when you’re inside, too. That way, some random punk walking down the street can’t simply tap the lock and wander in while you’re in the shower. This being 2013, the lock has various levels of encryption, making it difficult (though not impossible) to hack.

The Kevo lock runs on two AA batteries good for about a year. You can still use the Kevo lock with the Kevo Fob. It does basically the same thing as the iPhone and app, but you only get one fob per lock. If you live with multiple people, you’ll need to shell out extra cash for more fobs. The lock is expected to come out this summer. You can sign up for release details at the Kwikset website;

And if all else fails, Kevo can still work like a traditional door lock. But what’s the fun in inserting and turning a physical key on lock like this?

Posted by: In: Blog 15 Feb 2013 0 comments

Security is often based on knowledge

One interesting new device from Italian company called I’m who make a neat smart watch are about to launch a GPS tracker called the I’m Here.



The device looks very interesting indeed if you are searching for a personal tracking device.

The product will ship in May 2013 and in the UK will retail for just £110.

It includes a SIM card and comes pre-loaded with 200 activations and you can buy more for 00.05 Euros each.

We have one on order and look forward to its arrival on these shores.

From the i’m website

i’m Here’s technology is simple and efficient: from your smartphone you connect to i’m Cloud, which asks the device to find its position. Once identified, it shows you its location on Google Maps.

Using latest generation technology, i’m Here is able to transmit its location anywhere in the world. Its secret? i’m Here uses its integrated SIM to access the global GSM mobile network to transmit its position. It does this upon demand, if you ask it via the i’m Cloud service, or automatically at pre-set intervals. This is useful, for example, when sailing or hiking alone, when you want to let others know your position or when you’ve finished and want to analyze your route. And in the pocket or on the wrist of your child, it becomes an invaluable safety device.

In sports, i’m Here tracks the routes you take, whether you’re jogging, hiking, car racing or whatever. But it can also track down a lost suitcase or a stolen car. And in emergency situations, if you ever get lost, have an accident in an isolated area or simply want to notify others of your position or discover the whereabouts of your child, i’m Here is the perfect companion. Use your i’m Here straightaway thanks to the 200 inclusive geolocations. You can buy more, directly from i’m Cloud, at just €0.05 each.




Posted by: In: Blog 24 Jan 2013 0 comments

We have uncovered a new and affordable video door entry

It is simple to both use and install with just 3 components: external panel, interior monitor and door control unit

The system provides:

  • Intuitive, colour touch-screen monitor
  • Robust external panel comes with a keypad and RFID reader
  • Infra-red camera for low-light use
  • IP55 rating for use in all weather conditions

The Video Entry Systems comes in a discreet design that is suitable for a range of environments. The entry panel has an attractive brushed steel effect for a smart appearance and durability.

Installation of the exterior panel is flexible, with flush or surface mount options and can even be mounted onto a metal surface if required.

The interior monitor is available as a wall mount, or optional desk mount stand.

Operation – A visitor initiates a video call via the bell button on the external panel. Visitor access can be granted via the entry monitor, which features an intuitive touch-screen user interface. The internal monitor can be used via either the handset for private calls or in hands free mode.

When connected to an Access Control System, access to the building can be gained by using a PIN, Code and/or proximity token.

Contact SCS for more details and pricing.



Posted by: In: Blog 15 Jan 2013 0 comments

We are always on the lookout for interesting new security products.

This new camera caught our eye. It is released at a trade show in Dubai and we expect to have one in the SCS office before long.

EverFocus is launching network-based, compact-sized fixed domes for indoor installations and on-board monitoring applications. The indoor models and the mobile-specific models are making their industry debut at Intersec 2013, which takes place in Dubai from January 15 to January 17.

Both variants come in various resolutions of 1.3 megapixel, 2 megapixel and 3 megapixel, catering to all kinds of user demands.

Certified with IK10 rating and IP67 rating standards, the EMNs models are vandal-resident, weather-proof and capable of exceptional performances in numerous application environments. The mobile outdoor domes are also EN 50155-compliant for in-vehicle applications.

“We’re proud to present this newest addition to our IP-based product line,” said Jessy Lee, the director of system planning and development at the EverFocus Electronics Corporation. “With a diameter of only 100 mm, our versatile and installer-friendly mini domes offer the best possible value and cost-effectiveness to users.”

Models in the EverFocus EDN 1000 Series and the EMN 2000 Series are ideal solutions for all vertical markets, particularly retail stores, boutique shops, corporate offices, shopping malls and hotel lobbies.

Contact SCS for more details.

Posted by: In: Blog 06 Dec 2012 0 comments

Lockitron keyless entry

In our quest for interesting security devices we came across this new company with a wireless key-less entry system.

The company is called Lockitron and have just received funding from over 14,000 crowd sourced backers to bring their Lockitron key-less door product to the market place.

The company is interesting in that they applied via Kickstarter, the high profile crown sourcing site that has funded Pebble, Skallops and other fascinating hi-tech products. After Lockitron were turned down the founders branched out on their own with a goal of raising $150,000. Now, only a few week later they are sitting on top of $1.5 Million in pre orders. The catalyst was when the high profile website TechCrunch wrote about the company and product. The video report was seen by over 2 million viewers on YouTube.

The story about the funding has been widely reported in Inc. CNBC, PCworld as well as TechCrunch. While this is interesting the real story is about the lock.

The Lockitron door lock system enables you to replace your keys with your phone. Doors can then be opened from your iPhone from any location enabling you to let family or friends in to your house when you want from anywhere. By using local a local Bluetooth connection the door will automatically open when you approach it. How cool is that?

For an office this is incredibly useful as the need for keys is greatly diminished and you have instant remote control over the doors.

The device slips over an existing deadbolt in a doorway; these are very common in the United States and less common in the UK. The graphic below explain a little more.

Lockitron is compatible with most through-hole / cylindrical deadbolts (green checkmark). 

If you have an interconnected deadbolt (yellow X) you can use Lockitron by removing the interconnecting plate first. 

If you have a mortise lock (red X) then you can install Lockitron above your current lock by adding an additional deadbolt.



We have some on order and will be experimenting with them once they land in the CSC offices in May 2013.

Posted by: In: Blog 15 Oct 2012 0 comments

After the successful installation of a bar-code Access Control system at Powder Mills lake in Surrey the Albury Estate Fisheries wanted to extent the system to include Syon Park, the seconds of the five Albury Estate Lakes.

Syon Gate Access Control System with bar-code readerThis is a pedestrian only gate that permits members of the fly fishing club to enter the Syon Lake. The lake is particularly popular with anglers as it one of the few location to offer fly fishing in the London area. On a summer weekend the lake can see over 100 anglers, who don’t want to be disturbed by non-members accessing the lake area. The gate system is designed to permit members access and restrict the general public from entering the lake.

The system shares the member’s database from the existing Access Control system in use at Powder Mills. The central server is located in the Albury Estate Office in Albury. The challenge for SCS was to connect the Syon gate with the Albury server when Syon gate had no Internet connection. Syon does have good 3G coverage and this was the selected connection method to link the gate with Albury.

A specialised 3G router was sourced to provide an IP connection over the public Internet to link the Albury Server with the Syon Access Control. While the gate system stores all membership data locally it does communicate with Albury whenever the gate is opened and the Albury server alerts the fisheries bailiff staff that a particular angler has entered the lake.

The Access Control system is now live and the Estate plan to deploy additional control units at the other three lakes. 

Posted by: In: Blog 27 Jul 2012 0 comments

Albury Estate Fisheries add Access Control to Powder Mills lake in Chilworth, Surrey.

The Estate wanted to control access to its fly fishing lakes and instigated a project to determine the possible solutions. One key requirement was to utilise existing bar code membership cards as over 15,000 were in circulation having been distributed to members over the years.

SCS in conjunction with local technology firm Taybridge Consulting were commissioned to design and install an Access Control system for the lake at Powder Mills Fishery that could also be expanded to encompass additional lakes under the Estate’s management.

In April 2012 the system was activated in time for the new fishing season.

The system has been well received by the Estate and anglers alike.