Changing Tides Security launched four new products at Securex 2005, the shock padlock, the portable guard monitor, the fake gunshot box and the flip hammer de-mining system.
The shock padlock is the first of its kind in South Africa. It is a padlock that can be used to lock gates, safes, shops, workshops and other areas that need secure padlocks. It works like a normal padlock which is armed with an electronic key switch. It reacts to vibrations from a hacksaw, hammer, Jawbreaker and gate shaking. A starter gun blank cartridge makes a terrifying explosive echo in its aluminium shell, terrifying a thief into fleeing and also alerting people in the area to the attempted break-in.
The fake gunshot box allows you to protect yourself when an intruder is inside your house or business. At the push of a button this product scares off or generates considerable apprehension in a trespassing criminal by setting off a loud sound resembling that of a powerful firing gun. It is a safer means of defence when compared to the use of live ammunition or worse still, physically combating criminals.
The sleeping guard sound blaster (or foot pedal wake up system). A sleeping guard is not only in violation of a security contract, but a beacon to intelligent and active danger. When standing or seated, a foot pedal system indicates for the guard to press on it within a 30 minute period. A computer print-out further monitors time between foot pedal pulse intervals. The new revolutionary system makes any attempt to exploit the silence of the night for a sleep to be automatically punished by a screeching siren.
The flip hammer de-mining system is a mechanical on-the-spot anti-personnel landmine detonator that is safe, affordable and can be used again and again, with minimal supervision. It is triggered remotely with the flick of a switch and on activation impacts the embedded landmine to detonate. We are currently negotiating an extension of a research project with SADC on humanitarian de-mining technology. This is a machine that saves lives.
A noticeable trend is the greater integration of CCTV into software programs and communication systems. The fake gun shot box easily applies itself to CCTV application or solution. Since, not only can CCTV show you the crime taking place, but the criminal can be scared away by pressing a button that triggers a gun shot charge in a hidden place.
New products the company has in development include the production of element burglar bars. These burglar bars heat up to 200°C when a criminal tries to break them. This makes it impossible for the criminal to gain access, even with gloves. When a burglary is taking place, the burglar bars and even the door handles will heat up to 200°C like a stove element. This is called thermal handling, and this is the next pro-active weapon against crime. The company's aim is to create systems that are not dangerous but aggressive and intimidating.
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