LockFest 2018 – International Lock Exhibition

LockFest 2018

The third year of international lock exhibition was placed in days from 22nd till 23rd September 2018 and we had the opportunity to be a part of it. International exhibition LockFest is dedicated not only to professional locksmiths, but also to public and to the managers of apartment buildings to achieve the overview regarding the new trends in development of securitity technologies and so on.

There were many of talks and presentations how to secure the property which were accessible to public, and also there were professional presentations and workshops to locksmiths only and special education and trainings to security forces, integrated rescue corps and governmental only.

As we are the honored members of AZKS (Association of lock and key services), we were glad to support with exhibition preparation. We arrived on Friday morning to hotel Thermal, where we were preparing the marketing banners of all exhibition main partners. The main LockFest partners were companies European Lockmaster Group, EVVA, dormakaba and ADBAR electonic key and another partners FAB ASSA ABLOY, MUL-T-LOCK, TOKOZ, ROSTEX, Viro, Hotel Thermal, Czech Republic Fire Brigade, Association of Czech Lockpickers, ČVUT in Prague FIT, Trezor Test and Karlovy Vary region. We were also working on visitor’s registration and the presents for them. During the Friday all the exhibitors were arriving to set up their booths and show the products

The same day in the evening the traditional Becherovka Welcome Drink was ready together with rich salat bar and banquet. There was also the possibility to taste all 4 kinds of favorite Becherovka, what is iconic Czech natural liquor made from herbs and local well known Karlovy Vary water. The first Becherovka was done in 1794 by Josef Vitus Becher and the recipe is valuable secret for more than 200 years. Officially the exhibition started on Saturday at 10 oclock in the morning. There were almost 2000 visitors during the LockFest weekend.

The Association of Czech Lockpickers booth with number 24 was ready and together with Locksmith CZ we were offering for sale professional lockpicking tools and there was a presentation of old safe locks. Some of those lock were older than 100 years. The R&D team introduced high tech machine which is able to open many of different safe locks. This machine you may know with its market name Robot Dobot Magician awarded by CES 2018 Innovation Award and iF Design Award 2018. With its high precision and exchangeable effectors the robotic arm can be used for many tasks as writing, drawing, laser engraving or even 3D printing. R&D team studied the robot and they were able to develop extension for combination lock decoding and opening by dialing all possible combinations. This extension thanks to its precise operation is able to open safe locks which can not be opened by any other available tools. Its main advantage is higher reliability during the high speed mode and lower price. This project was also introduced during the presentation on Saturday and Sunday beside of safe locks decoders for non destructive opening. The front Czech decoder manufacturer Petr Wittner designed and developed the decoders for safe locks as Mauer 74040 – 73042, Mauer 71111, Stuv 4.19.92, Cawi Wittcopp Optima 2648 and setup key for Secu 1000.

The most important part of ACL exhibition was public training area, where the ACL team was explaining how the lockpicking works and everyone can try to open the cylinder lock, padlock or even the doors by non destructive way. In this area was also the projection of lock quiz in Czech and English version and because our association was founded in 2010, we would like to share our history and our steps how we achieve our successes.

After busy Saturday there was Gala Dinner for all the exhibitors and everybody received glass of champagne as welcome drink. The Gala Dinner was launched by dance group Glamour from Sokolov. By the end of the dinner it was handed out the attendee certificates and the most interesting exhibition product was announced. The 1st place in category C – Opening technique was our project Dobot Magician The Locksmith Edition (The Locksmith tool of Future). During the evening there was dance, swing and pop music by SOKRAT orchestra.

The Sunday was not so busy as Saturday and at noon we had ready the talk Lockpicking as the art, when the lock is opened without its original key. This talk was fully dedicated to non destructive opening method, lockpicking was explained, by who and how its being done in Czech and also in the world. There was also ethical codex of lockpickers, thanks to it the lockpicking could be as a hobby or sport discipline without any security breach or threat, but on the other hand it could lead to improve the locking systems during its development. During the talk was also explained how the most common pin tumbler locks works and how some of them could be opened by lockpicking.

“As the ACL team we though that the exhibition was very successful not only for us as exhibitor and organizer but also for public and visitors. We gain next valuable experiences, new contacts and closed new colaborations with many partners.”   Presidium ACL