How Australian fire fighters quickly reduce the effects of heat stress! Thursday 14 November 2019 @ 08:30

As the bushfire fight continues, the importance for fire fighters to reduce core body temperature in order to combat heat stress is vital. ABC news reported yesterday that a fire fighter collapsed after suffering from severe heat stroke. The Australian designed and patented hand and forearm water immersion product called the Arm Core Cooler Harness, cools core body temperature rapidly to combat heat stress. The product won the 2014 Fire Awareness Award. Studies have found that forearm immersion in temperate water is more effective in lowering core body temperature than passive cooling, mist sprays or cooling vests.

 Australian Fire Fighters combating heat stress

The novel, low cost and portable cooling product is becoming an essential part of the gear used by numerous fire and rescue services to speed up recovery. Click here for more product information. 

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Harcor’s B2B ordering portal’s use continues to grow with 2 new portals going live this month. Thursday 03 October 2019 @ 08:00

The powerful B2B ordering portal's functionality has unquestionably increased since its 2011 launch. Numerous ordering portals have gone live since then being tailored to the specific needs of some of Australia’s largest retail, security and commercial businesses. Security seals, bags and many other diverse products are now frequently procured online using the ordering portals.

 Security Seal - Portal Ordering

It is not only the simplicity of the portals that has impressed clients, the configurable widgets have enabled Harcor’s customer portals to meet and exceed their client’s various needs.

The real-time stock count widget results in full warehousing transparency. After a client’s prior supplier had not been able to fulfil their stock holding obligations, they stated that “had the supplier used an ordering portal with stock holding transparency, the supply shortages would never have occurred”.

Top 7 Harcor Ordering Portal Benefits

1: All client portals are locally hosted at Harcor’s head office in Sydney with onsite technical support.

2: The B2B portals are fully flexible regarding password management. Clients can select portal users and their passwords.

3: Multi browser support enables users to place orders from popular browsers including those installed on mobile devices.

4: Customisable portal branding & item categories. Only the items an organisation has approved for ordering are displayed on their portal, eliminating the potential for error.

5: No waiting for order confirmations. An email is sent out instantly when an order is placed. The order is also automatically uploaded into the system, further streamlining the supply chain process.

6: Easy and fast implementation. With ecommerce usage being a standard practice today, the portals require little to no training for most users.

7: Feature rich ordering experience. The ability to order from past orders, save favourite products and see live stock holding makes procurement so much easier!

For those companies that wish to take advantage of Harcor’s ordering portal technology, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable sales team.

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HARCOR Fire Fighter Bags and more on show at AFAC19 Tuesday 30 July 2019 @ 08:30

If you are looking for essential emergency kit such as robust fire fighter bags or innovative products like the Arm Core Cooler Harness that combats heat stress, visit HARCOR at AFAC19.

 Fire Fighter Bags on show

The show attracts visitors from the emergency services sector from within Australia and world-wide. The action-packed event will explore how the emergency management sector is transitioning and adapting to change. The event is running from 27 August to 30 August 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Harcor is looking forward to meeting customers at AFAC19.

If you have any questions for the team, you will find our friendly and knowledgeable staff at stand number 336.

Click here for AFAC19 registration.

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See our new range of Key Management Systems at Australia’s largest security event. Wednesday 19 June 2019 @ 09:00

The Security Exhibition & Conference returns to Sydney from 24-26 July. From physical security seals to key control technology come visit our stand (H46) to discover the solution that is right for your organisation. We will be showcasing key management cabinets, offering specialist security sealing advice and jelly snakes!

Key Management Systems at Security 2019

The security exhibition brings together the largest collection of electronic and physical security suppliers in the southern hemisphere, with leading security brands as well as small innovative businesses.Register today and meet us at the exhibition for answers to any questions you may have about security seals, security bags and key management products. We look forward to seeing you there.

Click here to register now for free entry.

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Nifty new digital lock key cabinet joins the key management range. Thursday 16 May 2019 @ 08:30

In addition to requests for sophisticated networked key control solutions, a quick ‘’out of the box’’ easy to use key management product was desired by clients.

Digital Lock Key Cabinet

The latest addition to our range surprisingly boasts a large number of excellent features, making it incredibly great value for money.

Firstly it has a 80 key storage capacity. What makes this cabinet unique is that it allows multiple configurations of the key panels. This enables storage of very large keys and tags by omitting a key rack to increase hanging space.

Secondly it comes with 80 acrylic key tags, that are smarty designed to perfectly hang on the hooks to avoid key rings mistakenly dropping. This may seem like a minor feature, but it is possibly the best one. What is more annoying than moving a key ring and accidently unhooking others. You can still use the hooks to hang standard key rings, if preferred.

The modern and practically designed key cabinets are built with heavy gage steel for durability and safety. The product can be easily mounted as it has three mounting points and includes fixings. You can set or change a custom pin in seconds.

For more information about this digital lock key cabinet click here.

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Security labels are being placed on petrol pumps to prevent skimming in the United States, will Australia follow? Wednesday 17 April 2019 @ 08:00

The United States Secret Service removes about 20 to 30 skimmers a week, reported the Valencia County News-Bulletin last month. This alarming figure has the industry looking for a better way to detect tampering early. Low-tech physical security labels are currently being considered the preferred solution to this type of credit card information theft.

Security Labels - Australia


A skimmer installed in the body of the petrol pump offering self-service payment is sometimes discovered only when the machine is opened for servicing. This was the case last month when a skimmer was discovered at a BP petrol station in West Chester Pike.

The Daily Times published an article detailing the discovery of the skimmer and quoted the police stating ‘’the internal skimmer device was embedded in the body of the petrol pump, which made it not discoverable until the pump was opened for service’’. 

As a security measure, petrol pumps are being sealed with security voiding labels. Non-residue security labels do not leave an adhesive film behind, but will show the void/open message on the label's surface when removed. Service station attendants can then routinely inspect security labels on each petrol pump. These security labels can also be used to alert customers to avoid using the petrol pump, if the label appears to be tampered with or has been removed.

Click here to view the latest selection of security labels. If you are looking for security stickers printed with logos, barcodes or something out of the ordinary, please contact us for assistance and professional advice.

References:

Julia M. Dendinger, News-Bulletin. (12/4/19), LL police need help to identify skimming suspect
http://www.news-bulletin.com/news/ll-police-need-help-to-identify-skimming-suspect/article_095735b8-450e-11e9-bee5-e37f47271053.html

MediaNews Group, (6/4/19), Second skimmer device at a BP station in region
https://www.delcotimes.com/news/second-skimmer-device-at-a-bp-station-in-region/article_37a33e16-3f97-11e9-b289-23d026028548.html

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New Key Management Systems to be demonstrated at Total Facilities 2019 Monday 18 March 2019 @ 08:30

Visit the Harcor stand at Total Facilities 2019 to interact with the latest key management systems and access control solutions. This includes the newly launched touchscreen key cabinets. The union between simplicity and advanced technology is evident when the system is demonstrated!

Key Management Systems at Total Facilities 2019


Total Facilities, which brings together over 150 exhibitors with 2,000+ of the nation's key facilities professionals, is being held 20-21 March 2019 at the ICC Sydney. Come down and see our expert team face-to-face and check out our latest key control innovations.

Click here for more information and to register online for free entry. If you have any questions for the team, you will find our friendly and knowledgeable staff at stand number H30.

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Harcor Security Seals starts major renovation, ensuring more warehouse space is on the way. Wednesday 20 February 2019 @ 08:30

The renovation to Harcor’s Sydney headquarters kicked-off this month and signifies the most substantial enhancement to its building since occupation in 2004. This has caused jubilation amongst the warehouse team as the company stocks over 8 million bag security seals alone.

Security seals warehouse space

No disruption to clients has occurred and none is anticipated. This is due to extensive preparation by the management team. Orders will continue to be dispatched in the timely manner that clients have become accustomed to.

The renovation is a testament to the company’s commitment to both clients and staff. With portal ordering gaining popularity and product ranges broadening, the need for warehouse growth seemed inevitable.

Key features of the revamp include: upgraded to the entrance, new board room, new showroom, new security seal stamping operation, new accounts and sales offices, bathroom and kitchen facelift, plus warehouse extension. Office painting, modern amenities and carpet replacement is also underway.

Harcor is eager to unveil the new face of the Sydney headquarters to its clients in the coming months. The renovation is scheduled for completion in April this year.

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Exploring the different types of Security Seals Tuesday 22 January 2019 @ 09:00

The primary use for a security seal is to deter and expose unauthorised access. Security seals like locks are designed for a specific purposes such as sealing cargo containers, meters, bags and much more. The purpose will determine the type of security seal applied.

Security Seals - Types

Security seals can be broken into two key categories:

Indicative Seals

Security seals that can be removed without the need for special tools. These seals are used in a wide variety of situations, either where the item to be sealed has no capacity, or necessity, for increased protection from forced entry.

Indicative seals do vary in pull apart strength. For example, the seals used for fire extinguishers have a low breaking strain, as rapid access is essential. These seals can be removed by hand. In contrast, the security seals used to seal tautliners generally have a higher pull apart strength. This increases the wear capacity and reduces the opportunity for chance crime. An ordinary cutting tool such as a scissors is normally used for removal.

These security seals also vary in design type, for example fixed length seals have a single sealing position versus adjustable length seals that have multiple sealing positions.

Barrier Seals

Barrier security seals cannot be removed without special tools. Barrier seals serve a dual-purpose: barrier protection and sealing. These security seals are used to prevent break-ins, protect cargo and improve supply chain integrity. This is achieved as removal tools are not always carried by thieves and removal is difficult to conceal.

Common barrier seal types include bolt, cable and bar security seals.

Bolt seals are regularly used to secure container and vehicle doors in order to protect high value cargo. Bolt cutters are normally required for removal.

Cable security seals also have a wide list of applications including sealing containers, dangerous goods, drums, equipment, hatches, doors and more. Cable cutters are generally required for removal.

Bar seals easily mount to containers and require both a power cutting tool such as an angle grinder and a cable cutter for removal.

Where to start

With so many different types of security seals available to you, please contact Harcor for advice on taking your security sealing to the next level.

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Key Management Systems, now with more features at your fingertips. Thursday 13 December 2018 @ 10:30

Last month Harcor unveiled the new IKLAS Key Management Systems in Australia. The next generation of systems are now being supplied with touch screens, and can be configured to suit a wide variety of business and security needs.

Key Management Systems - News

The touch screen models have increased speed of operation, ease of use and are very intuitive. This reduces administration time and improves user experience. Not only that, they also include a host of new features, such as:

• Various access modes for different users and dual authentication options.
• A one-time use password can be requested by visitors using the touch screen (sent to administrator for approval).
• Direct transaction report downloads from key cabinets in addition to access via web browser through TCP/IP interface.

Meeting the unique needs of our customers, with regards to managing the use and movement of keys in buildings and facilities, is a fundamental part of Harcor’s expertise. The product development team are confident that not only will the touch screen systems meet the needs of customers, some features will exceed expectations!

For more information about these Key Management Systems click here.

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