As the Counter Terror Expo being held at Kensington Olympia in London enters its final day – Michael King, Online News Editor at PTI, offers an insight into the international conference exhibiting a wide variety of security solutions to counter threats such as theft and terrorist activity for many different industries.
First and foremost, the event was bursting with security professionals and military personnel alike, some exhibiting video surveillance technology, a form of prevention which seems to be a popular trend in the port industry, while others were utilising sniffer dogs to detect the illicit trafficking of drugs.
Among the exhibitors to attend were Southwest Microwave, a company specialising in perimeter intrusion detection systems. In the past it has provided security solutions for London Gateway and the Panama Canal.
Public safety and security technology leader NEC were present to talk about the importance of facial recognition, cyber securities and situational awareness. This is a prevalent issue for ports, particularly in the US, where the US Coast Guard is currently implementing a cyber security strategy that aims to secure around 3,600 seaports.
ISS Global, bespoke software specialists for the identifying, analysing and exploiting of information were there to discuss intelligence and data sharing between agencies.
Maritime security organisation Synectics, who provide integrated end-to-end surveillance control systems, provided a brief statement on the main security issues impacting port and terminal performance and the combination of measures needed to counter these threats.
Among the guest speakers to be presenting their solutions were Laurent Olmedo, Programme Director for Global Security at CEA, who articulated the importance of scientific innovation in preventing cyber security threats.
As the overall theme of the event focused on technical solutions to combat terror threats and theft of valuable assets, it raises questions as to whether alternative methods such as animal security can be successfully integrated into some of the more traditional forms of detection and prevention, such as thermal imaging, CCTV and infra red technologies