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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Julia M. Dendinger, News-Bulletin. (12/4/19), LL police need help to identify skimming suspect
MediaNews Group, (6/4/19), Second skimmer device at a BP station in region
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 can be broken into two key categories:
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 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.
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.
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.
Why Security Seal printing is a popular branding choice. Tuesday 20 November 2018 @ 08:30
In the environment that we live in today, it is essential that businesses deter and expose unauthorised access. From containers to food bag deliveries and the vast number of other sealing applications in-between, security seals continue to be used to reveal tampering.
Security seals now more than ever also play a role in brand awareness. As businesses include security sealing as part of their operations and packaging, the branding featured on the seals demonstrates their commitment to security.
Having established the first, and to Harcor’s knowledge, the only dedicated security seal printing service in Australia, Harcor remain committed to offering custom security seal printing. Local printing operations includes both thermal transfer and hot foil stamping.
As many security seals have a limited print area, precision stamping is critical. Clients benefit greatly from the stamping experience and expertise offered by Harcor. The standard printing tapes that are carried in stock are black and white for thermal transfer printing; and black, white, blue, green, yellow and red for hot foil stamping.
As Harcor supply a large variety of security seals, branding options vary greatly from one seal to another. Not only do the branding options vary, certain seals can be branded in smaller quantities such as one thousand units while others require a greater minimum volume. Due to this, if you are looking to have security seals stamped with a logo, barcodes or something out of the ordinary, please contact Harcor for assistance and professional advice.
New Security Seal added to transportation sealing range. Friday 19 October 2018 @ 08:28
The new bolt security seal has been tested to ISO 17712:2013 and is C-TPAT compliant.
ISO 17712:2013 is the latest ISO standard, pertaining to security seals. For a security seal to be C-TPAT compliant it must meet or exceed the current ISO 17712 standards for a high security seal.
C-TPAT is a government program run by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection stating that “…a high security seal must be affixed to all loaded containers bound for the U.S. and all seals must meet or exceed the current ISO 17712 standards for high security seals.”
Purchasing security seals that are tested to the high security standard as classified by the most recent ISO 17712 gives you peace of mind that you are getting a high security seal, even if you are not sending cargo to the U.S.
It is not hard to find ISO 17712:2013 compliance claims on security seal styles that are not eligible for compliance. This makes it difficult to determine if any ISO 17712 claim is legitimate, unless you procure from a trusted supplier, that ensures the products not only has an ISO 17712:2013 certificate, but that the certificate is issued by an accredited ISO 17712:2013 testing laboratory. This is currently not difficult to confirm as only a very limited number of testing laboratories are accredited to perform ISO 17712:2013 testing.
Preventing unauthorised access to cargo requires having the right products in place. High Security Bolt Seals provides a physical barrier and deterrent to theft. Security seal serial numbering is also a crucial component of the seal’s security integrity. Harcor developed the Exact & Track system that successfully managers millions of serial numbers every year. The system securely stores serial number data, protects against serial number duplication and provides quick serial number tracking.
The new bolt security seal that has been added to the range is titled TAVSEAL-2. This bolt seal joins the One Seal and other industry leading logistic sealing solutions. The complete transport industry sealing range can be viewed by clicking here.
Security Seals, the first line of defence against unauthorised access. Thursday 13 September 2018 @ 08:30
Without applying a security seal to bags, doors, cabinets, packaging, meters, drums, fire extinguishers, containers and more they can be simply opened and closed without leaving a trace. Concerned that your contents have been accessed? This is where security seals come into play.
Security seals are a key deterrent to preventing unauthorised access due to being highly visible and quick to expose tampering. The sooner you are aware of unauthorised access the sooner the instance can be examined. Security seals can prevent unauthorised access being discovered; too far down the supply chain, or too late to effectively investigate.
Some security seals offer a physical access barrier requiring a cutting tool for removal. Others, such as the security seals used for fire extinguishers, have a low breaking strain so that the fire extinguishers can be accessed rapidly.
The emergency services industry, among many others, also use security seals to speed up inventory auditing. Fire extinguishers or medical cabinets that are no longer security sealed can be easily identified and inspected for restocking or servicing requirements.
This article’s image shows three examples of exposed tampering: the security label reveals a void/open text message while being partially removed from a surface, a cable seal’s wire unravelled when cut to prevent reattachment and a security seal’s material discolours instantly when an attempt is made to reattach two parts of the tail via a heating method.
In addition to the physical properties of a security seal, numbering is also a critical component of the seal’s security integrity. Harcor developed Exact & Track technology that manages millions of security seal serial numbers every year. The benefit being, secure serial number data storage, protection against serial number duplication and faster serial number tracking. View https://harcor.com.au/news/security-seal-numbering to find out more about Exact & Track.
Harcor offers a wide range of high security seals to suit almost all sealing applications. Click here to see the full range of security seals.