Printed from the blog of Lori Greene, AHC/CDC, CCPR, FDAI
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
Email: lori_greene@irco.com, Blog: www.idighardware.com or www.ihatehardware.com


Jul 30 2014

WW: All Points Electric

Category: Glass,Wordless WednesdayLori @ 12:28 am Comments (2)
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This week’s Wordless Wednesday post is surveillance video of a break-in at All Points Electric in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.  Dummy.

For educational purposes, what type of glass breaks like this?


Jul 28 2014

Wired: The App I Used to Break Into My Neighbor’s Home

Category: Locks & KeysLori @ 12:57 am Comments (13)
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Joe Prosser from LaForce, Inc., sent me a link to an article in Wired magazine, which describes the procedure for key duplication using KeyMe, a service that allows you to upload photos of keys and pick up duplicate keys from kiosks in NYC.  You can read the full article here – Wired: The App I Used to Break Into My Neighbor’s Home, and here’s a short excerpt:

My neighbor lives on the second floor of a Brooklyn walk-up, so when I came to his front door he tossed me a pair of keys rather than walk down the stairs to let me in. I opened the door, climbed the stairs, and handed his keys back to him. We chatted about our weekends. I drank a glass of water. Then I let him know that I would be back soon to gain unauthorized access to his home.

Less than an hour later, I owned a key to his front door.

What I didn’t tell my neighbor was that I spent about 30 seconds in the stairwell scanning his keys with software that would let me reproduce them with no specialized skills whatsoever. The iPhone app I used wasn’t intended for anything so nefarious: KeyMe was designed to let anyone photograph their keys and upload them to the company’s servers. From there, they can be 3-D printed and mail-ordered in a variety of novelty shapes, from a bottle opener to Kanye West’s head. Or they can be cut from blanks at one of KeyMe’s five kiosks in the New York City area.

A short video introducing KeyMe:

What are your thoughts about this type of service?


Jul 25 2014

FF: Rod Guards

Category: Fire Doors,Fixed-it Friday,Panic HardwareLori @ 12:58 am Comments (8)
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Despite the panic hardware (not fire exit hardware) installed here, this is a fire door, according to Daniel Davis.

Hospital Pair a

Rod Guard a

Products installed as part of a fire door assembly must be listed or labeled for that purpose.  Components that are not listed or labeled must not be attached to the fire door and may void the label.  In two recent cases I have seen non-listed protective guards for hardware as well as blinds installed on fire doors.  The AHJ required them to be removed and the holes filled appropriately – with steel fasteners or the same material as the door and frame (there is also a fire door caulk available).

Thanks for the photos, Daniel!


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