Commercial Locksmith Services to Expect in Australia

Have you misplaced your house keys? Are you locked out of your car? Do you need to fix new door locks? Do you need CCTV installation? Who would you call if you needed such services?

We rarely think about a commercial locksmith unless we get locked out of their homes or cars, or lose our keys. A locksmith is a professional who works with keys and locks. However, the duties of a commercial locksmith go beyond fixing locks and making keys.

a locksmith contractor working on a door

Different countries have different rules that govern how locksmiths operate. For instance, a certified locksmith needs to attain a certain level of education. Most of the professional locksmiths work on the site while others have shop premises.

Services offered by locksmiths

Locksmiths repair, install and adjust automotive, commercial, and residential locks and security devices. The professionals work in industrial, commercial, and residential establishments that require high levels of physical security that prevent unauthorised entry.

There is a misconception that locksmiths only deal with locks. While it is their area of expertise, they have other roles such as:

  • Key cutting: The craftsman cuts keys for any lock type- Padlock, cabinets, cars, etc
  • Window and door locks- They supply, install, fit and repair any locks on the door or windows
  • Offer entry to jammed or locked doors: The next time you lock yourself inside the car or house, a locksmith will come to your rescue
  • Replacing door locks: They replace faulty door locks and install new door locks.
  • 24-hour emergency locksmith service- When you lock yourself out, lost keys or changing locks for security reasons, the locksmith comes in handy.
  • Expert lock picking
  • High-security locks installation
  • Car key making
  • Business/House lockout locksmith services
  • Key replacement for lost or broken cars, houses, safes
  • Trunk opening and car unlocking
  • Remote and ignition keys
  • Auto lock/open car re-key
  • Security services- The locksmith repairs and opens safes. Also, they supply, install and move security safes and vaults
  • Auto locksmith- such as opening locked car doors, repairing car keys

Other additional services include:

  • CCTV repair and installation
  • Intercom systems
  • Installation and repairs of iron gates

While a locksmith repairs or installs a lock in a building, they become the default locksmith. Most of them will retain an extra key, by request, so that they can gain entry when the need arises.

Additionally, the locksmith should keep a record of the locks present, repair, replacement, and any other work undertaken. They should have a record of relevant information such as security systems with a code.

What does it take to be a commercial locksmith?

Most of the individuals often train under apprenticeship. Others will get a college diploma or degree. Some of the core competencies a locksmith should have included:

  • Electronic skills
  • Metal fabrication
  • Construction skills

However, there are other specific skills a locksmith can learn while working. Additionally, some states will require the experts to be licensed. There may be legal codes that rank the locksmith such as “Master locksmith” to mean the highest ranked locksmith.

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Welcome to Google’s Home

Earlier this week Google released its response to Amazon Echo, Google Home. While it lacks the buzz that the Pixel phone has, it still is an interesting piece of tech that should not go unnoticed. It also establishes the term “Smart Speaker” now actually is a thing.

What exactly is Google Home?

First announced during Google I/O it represents the first step towards Skynet’s global domination as well as Echo’s greatest competitor undercutting Amazon’s $180 offering by nearly $50. If you have an Android phone, you should already be familiar with the software powering Google’s newest gadget, Google Assistant. It’s responsive, intelligent, and has a sense humor, it’s the ideal friend if your friend did everything you asked while glowing, literally glowing I might add.

So what can it do exactly?

manage-yoru-daily-tasks-effortlesslyLike Alexa and Siri before it, home can set your alarm, cite details about your schedule or provide a weather forecast for the day. Like it’s two rivals, it works best when you’re invested in its company’s ecosystem, allowing voice operation of you Chromecast while moonlighting as a DJ with Google Music.

The unfortunate drawback to Home is it integrates with very few third-party apps, outside of Uber and Spotify. With Android and Chrome’s vast catalogue of apps, it is a little disappointing that there is not more third-party support. Though this is expected to change shortly. And while Home does play nice with a few smart home platforms Nest thermostat, Philips Hue lightbulbs and Samsung’s SmartThings platform, it ‘d be good to have more extensive options.

Should you buy it? It depends on.

If you’re already a card-toting proud member of Google’s ecosystem, it makes the most sense to you to add this to your gadget collection. If not and you do not use any of the support smart home platforms it becomes a bit murkier. Google plans to put significant Developer weight behind Home, and you can expect over time the device’s functionality to expand.

So while this may not be the best device for the early adopter, it has the potential to be as awesome as your grandfather that let you play video games and get a second serving of ice cream even after your mum said no.

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All there is to know about drone racing

Contrary to what you may be thinking, racing drones differ significantly from commercial consumer-grade quadcopters such as the new DJI Mavic (read the test dji mavic pro). Racing drones are medium-sized quads, custom built for competing purposes in first person view racing, besides the trending drone racing competitions held in the main cities worldwide.

Unlike the drones used for taking videos in real estate for instance, or perhaps, those used in surfing competitions, racing-grade quads are incredibly powerful and in most cases, custom-made by the owner to achieve the desired result, which is winning the race. If you are interested in the latest craze, – drone racing – here is all you need to know.

Amateur Racer?

an-example-of-lightweight-drone-for-racingIf you are just making a debut in the drone racing scene, it would certainly be in your best interest to start out small. It means going for the inexpensive ready-to-fly mini drones designed for beginners just like you.

The bottom line here is, you obviously are going to crash a lot before going pro and hence, paramount to learn the ropes without burning holes in your pocket or losing valuable resources while at it.

Investing in ready-to-fly mini-drones as a beginner is therefore of paramount importance and to some extent, inevitable. There are many good beginner models you can opt for, such as the popular Hubsan H107DX4 Quadcopter. It’s light, durable and cheap – the perfect cocktail of features for any beginner.

Buying a Drone Won’t Win You Races:

If you’ve been to one of those drone racing competitions, you are probably aware of the fact that most of the competing drones are customised and for a good reason.
Generally speaking, drone racers tend to tweak their aircraft a lot for that extra edge. To win, you need to continually upgrade the drone’s technology – modding – by installing new gears and making tweaks to your advantage.

In a nutshell, there are a few steps to follow if your primary goal is winning one of the coveted drone racing titles.

For starters, you should carefully pick your racing league and class so as not to make an embarrassment out of yourself. Signing up for a class made of high-powered drones with a standard quad can be frustrating. Secondly, choose your aircraft kit, RC controller, flight controller and FPV gear very carefully. Finally, modding your aircraft regularly until you win would certainly be in your best interest.

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Introducing drone racing to a bunch of kids!

The Bottom Line:

In a nutshell, drone racing is all about preference, meaning you have to decide whether your goal is to sign up for racing leagues or perhaps, compete in more formal match ups within your locality. In short, the race setting should dictate the type of aircraft, FPV gear and controller you go for.

While your budget should also be factored in your ultimate decision, remember that drone racing is purely about fun, so no need to sweat it or go beyond your means. There is a tonne of drone racing leagues all around the globe, and chances are, there is one close-by already and if not, should be coming soon.

More on drone races here http://thedroneracingleague.com

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5 Reasons Why Masters is Closing in Australia

Woolworths and its US joint accomplice, Lowe’s, have put about $3 billion in their tools and hardware franchise since 2009 and have not realised profits so far.
Actually, amassed misfortunes have gone up to around $500 million. They spent $43 billion on home improvement market. Of the $43 billion, Bunnings has caught around 18%, contrasted with Masters’ 2%. Here is exactly what went wrong.

1. Poor strategies

The company’s entry into big-box hardware has been nicknamed Project Oxygen, as it aimed to outsmart its main rivals Wesfarmers’ crown jewel, by distracting it from swinging around the new Coles supermarket chain.

What Woolworths did not understand is that Wesfarmers allows each and every business to run as a silo. Woolworths failed to realise that Wesfarmers business came together annually to negotiate massive media spend. Their strategy to compete head on with their rivals distracted them from their own business. Woolworth’s strategy to expand into home improvement pulled down the profitability of the group.

2. Wrong locations

a-staff-in-the-hardware-depatmentBunnings had 236 warehouses, 33 trade centres, 65 smaller format stores as of June last year. Masters had 62 stores at the same time and had slowed down its aspirations to roll out 150 stores in the next five years.

The quick rate of rollout gave Masters a presence in Australia. The problem came in its choice of sites. It failed to choose quality sites, value sites or delayed their progress. Masters has picked inferior locations, including those Bunnings, rejected, in its pursuit of rapid roll out. Rumour has it that Masters paid big prices to secure their locations.

3. Imperfect workplace culture

Masters has failed to develop a strong organisational culture to empower its employees.
Its employees lack the enthusiasm, smiles, and willingness and therefore pushed customers away. Flawed workplace culture results to the huge losses. For instance, Masters has a policy of insisting staff park their cars tail-in to the kerb, which is a clear indication of a rigid workplace culture.

4. Selling the wrong products

Masters has acknowledged it had the wrong selection of goods at the wrong season of the year.
Initially, it didn’t grasp the reasonableness of hardware and this lead to its business ties with Lowes, which is a clear indication that they run out of stock in Australia. It ignored high-margin basic equipment and entered the whitegoods sector, which is very competitive.

5. Bad shopping experience

Masters has recognised that its store layout has been unsatisfactory with customers. Its inability to accommodate the needs of its customers has impacted its closure.

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Update and News on the Greece Crisis

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has been making difficult political and financial decisions to adhere to the policies that were created by the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund to receive the 86 Billion Euros (240 Billion Euros in total) that are needed to balance the national debt and reopen the banks.

The Roots of the Crisis

greek flag and map

Greek flag and map

Their financial crisis began in 2009 and had worsened ever since international investors have pulled their funding through the selling of the Greek bonds. It has weakened their economic stability substantially and even with some private investments, Greece continues to deepen in their financial woes. Greece has had to make deep budget cuts, increase taxes and streamline government processes through the releasing of many positions.

European Union at the Heart

The European countries who use the Euro are somewhat responsible for one another as they are tied together through this currency. It has changed the face of Europe in several important ways uniting the countries and offering assistance to those countries in financial distress. There are safety measures as well to assure the autonomy of each nation, but it has proven that Greece, at the doors of bankruptcy, must receive assistance from its neighbours.

News and Recent Updates

Greece’s economy has not improved much since the overhaul and bailouts, and the overall economy has shrunk, and their unemployment rate has increased. The money that would have been used to assist in the quality of the economy is being used to payoff the loans that were given to Greece to get them out of debt. These debts are a heavy burden to the Greek people.

Anti-austerity movements in Greece

Anti-austerity movements in Greece

The European countries continue to feel frustrated with Greece’s inability to make the required plans that were to be implemented for the loans that have already been given. The Greek government is a slow moving machine in many ways, and this is causing many negative feelings towards Greece. Hopefully, Prime Minister Tsipras will be able to lead his country into a new and financially stable time.

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