The organisers of Security and Counter Terror Expo 2018 have announced that Sir Michael Fallon MP, former Secretary of State for Defence and member of the National Security Council, will host the inaugural Counter Terror Awards during the event. The awards ceremony will take place at Olympia, London on 6 March 2018, with an audience of European security leaders, including senior counter terror police officers, and heads of security from both the private and public sectors. The Counter Terror Awards have been launched to recognise the efforts of organisations in both the public and private sectors. It rewards those that have made significant contributions to counter terror strategy in the UK and overseas and helped mitigate the diverse range of terrorist threats that nations and businesses face every day. Ten different awards will be up for grabs on the day, including the Transport Security Award, Counter Terror IT Product Award and Counter Terror Policing Award. Recognising contribution to national security In addition to presenting the 10 top awards, Sir Michael Fallon, who held office for three years between 2014 and 2017, will give an address on the UK security sector. He commented, “I’m delighted to be hosting the first Counter Terror Awards at SCTX this year. The sharing of information and best practice is absolutely critical in our united fight against terrorism and the coming together of such a large number of leading European security professionals is a great way to facilitate that. Whether it’s cyber or physical attacks, the UK has demonstrated that it leads the way in protecting civilians and assets, and it’s important to recognise the people and organisations that contribute to our national security.” David Thompson, event director of SCTX, added, “Sir Michael brings a wealth of experience to the event and we’re looking forward to his address from the time he spent leading the UK’s armed forces and protecting the security and interests of the country." The shortlist for the ten categories has been announced, with the winners recognised for their contributions to reducing the threat from global terrorism.
Organisers of Security & Counter Terror Expo, the UK’s leading national security event, have announced the launch of a unique live technology showcase at its 2018 event. The Integrated Security Showcase will feature a live security operations centre where visitors can see innovative technologies, solutions and services in action, helping them to identify unique solutions that can be used in a variety of installations to tackle the latest security threats. A carefully curated array of products will be displayed in the area, with facial recognition, hostile vehicle identification, cyber threat mitigation, intrusion detection, perimeter protection, CCTV, video surveillance and biometric solutions all working in harmony. Among the suppliers taking part in the new Integrated Security Showcase are Bosch Security Systems, Custom Consoles, HARP Visual Communication Solutions, Frontier Pitts, Warrior Doors, Technocover, Fast Lane Turnstiles and Zenus Biometrics, who will each unveil their latest technologies, solutions and services.Chemring Technology Solutions will show visitors how its VehicleScan technology can identify foreign objects concealed under vehicles Communal entrance and high security doors systems Warrior Doors will bring its market leading, communal entrance and high security doors systems to the new show feature, while Zenus Biometrics’ facial authentication software will show visitors how its facial recognition can be easily integrated with existing hardware to offer the fastest and easiest check-in solution by identifying key personnel by searching a database of faces in real-time. Custom Consoles will demonstrate its security control room desks and video monitor mounting systems. The manufacturer of project-specific and modular broadcast, process-control and security furniture will provide one of its SteelBase control desks for use within the showcase, which can be easily configured to provide an ergonomically efficient working environment for any size of control room. Harp Visual Communications Solutions’ complex audio-visual solutions will also be on display, with the company demonstrating how multiple image sources can be integrated and displayed on one continuous screen surface – all processed through its own video wall processor, MERLIN. Bosch Security Systems will provide its video management and CCTV systems Also joining the Integrated Security Showcase, Bosch Security Systems – a global supplier of technology and services – will provide its video management and CCTV systems, while Fast Lane Turnstiles will introduce its high-tech entrance control systems for pedestrian throughput. Revealing how security professionals can defend and prevent threats from unauthorised drones, Drone Detection Systems will demonstrate its drone detection and intervention solutions, designed to detect all type of civilian drones (RPAS, UAS). In addition, Technocover will supply a cutaway mesh cage unit to emphasise the benefits of physical security access solutions, used to protect specific assets, Frontier Pitts will underline the essential role its security barriers play in regulating and restricting vehicle access, and Chemring Technology Solutions will show visitors how its VehicleScan technology can identify foreign objects concealed under vehicles.Frontier Pitts will underline the essential role its security barriers play in regulating and restricting vehicle access This new feature is to educate security system integrators Speaking about the Integrated Security Showcase, David Thompson, Event Director, Security and Counter Terror Expo, said: “This new feature is a unique, interactive learning environment designed to educate security system integrators, architects, consultants and end users looking to protect and secure critical assets from potential threats. It will offer exhibitors a chance to reveal the latest technologies live to an audience of senior buyers, while offering visitors a unique insight into real-time operations and the chance to discuss the ever-evolving range of threats, operational strategies and technologies to shape future policy.” The Security & Counter Terror Expo (SCTX) will run from 6-7 March 2018 and will also include a number of networking events.
The event will showcase a wide range of product innovations from more than 350 exhibitors Terrorism has become part of everyday life. Over the past 12 months, Europe has experienced some the deadliest attacks in its history and the threat level remains high worldwide. One of the main issues facing global security professionals today is the breakup of the so-called Islamic State’s caliphate. Following the liberation of Mosel and the assault on Raqqa, it is becoming increasingly likely that terrorists from more than 80 countries will begin to return to their home countries. This represents a new challenge for security services across Europe. The return of highly trained and ideologically driven individuals will no doubt further increase the threat level across Europe. Protecting critical assets and people Those who retain a desire to commit acts of terrorism will continue to seek new ways to avoid detection, as we saw in December with the German Christmas market attack. It means the security industry must evolve and stay one step ahead by investing in new technologies and intelligence solutions that protect critical assets and people from today’s threats. In May 2017, Security & Counter Terror Expo (SCTX)—the UK’s leading national security event for private and public sector security professionals—will return with a comprehensive programme designed to keep attendees one step ahead of those intent on committing terrorist acts. Alongside an exhibition of more than 350 businesses, experts from across the globe, including representatives from NATO, Europol, MOD, Metropolitan Police and critical national infrastructure organisations, will explore the latest strategies to prevent, protect and prepare for future attacks. Border control Taking place at Olympia, London, from 3rd to 4th May 2017, SCTX remains the only event that unites security professionals from all four corners of the world. Working in partnership with the Department for International Trade (formerly UKTI), the event is expected to welcome a record number of delegations, building upon the 10,000-plus visitors who attended in 2016 from more than 100 countries—including France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Italy, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, UAE, Canada, and the US. "The terrorist threat is changing almost daily; this creates countless issues for security professionals" The two-day event, aligned with the Home Office’s seven security capabilities, will showcase the latest innovations from major suppliers, as well as niche technology providers. Visitors to SCTX 2017 will find a plethora of new solutions, equipment and services designed to assist critical national infrastructure protection, border control, cyber security, major events, offender management, policing and counter terrorism, and the emergency services. David Thompson, Event Director, said: “The terrorist threat is changing almost daily; this creates countless issues for security professionals. SCTX is an essential platform, it provides a secure environment to source the latest solutions and define effective strategies to current threats.” Drone and counter drone technology “The 2017 show will showcase the most innovative technologies and provide those tasked with keeping nations, assets, and businesses safe with a platform to learn from industry leaders. Ultimately SCTX will help security professionals remain one step ahead of those intent on carrying out attacks.” The exhibition has established itself as an international hub where the industry elite come together to identify the security sector’s most significant innovations and new product launches. SCTX 2017 will showcase a wide range of product innovations from more than 350 exhibitors, including those supplying the latest in drone and counter drone technology, virtual reality, surveillance control systems, high security fencing and much more. Pelco by Schneider Electric, Airborne Drones UK, e2v Technologies, Yuneec and GEOQUIP are among the major multinational companies booked and will join more than 120 new exhibitors offering cutting edge services and security solutions to the industry. Radio Frequency Communications Jamming systems First time exhibitor K9 Electronics will be showcasing its range of Radio Frequency Communications Jamming systems for both covert and overt operations. The UK-based company designs and manufactures jammers that can defeat drones at a range of five kilometres. "Our primary focus is counter terrorism and countering the potential threats that drones carry" Glenn Darien, Director of K9 Electronics, said: “Our primary focus is counter terrorism and countering the potential threats that drones carry. Our systems are currently being used in the Middle East, USA and South East Asia by various government organisations.” “At the show, we will be exhibiting our new handheld tactical Drone Jammer Gun made for portable use and the covert, briefcase style Drone Jammer. Both have a one kilometre effective Jamming range and are very directional, ensuring that they will have minimal effect on surrounding communications when used correctly.” VideoXpert video management platform Following a successful show last year, Pelco by Schneider Electric is returning to SCTX 2017. The company that specialises in security cameras and surveillance systems will be demonstrating its leading VideoXpert video management platform. It will also demonstrate its latest camera technologies, including Opetra multi imager cameras and new low light static and PTZ ranges. With 127 counter terrorism operations taking place in Europe last year, highlighting the sheer scale of the problem facing security professionals, it has never been more important to share expertise and best practice. Security professionals, law enforcement agencies, government officials and military will attend the annual World Counter Terror Congress to discuss future threats and define joint responses to national security. With topics ranging from terrorist funding, counter radicalisation tactics, the emerging threats, privacy and technology, 20-plus high ranking officials and academics will lead the congress, providing invaluable trends and information to more than 400 attendees. "The threat facing the UK and other nations is, and will remain, high for the years to come" Securing critical national infrastructure Richard Walton, the former head of the Met's Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) and now a special adviser to Security & Counter Terror Expo, said: “The threat facing the UK and other nations is, and will remain, high for the years to come. Security professionals must use the World Counter Terror Congress to develop their understanding of where the threats are coming from and identify ways that they can be prevented—a unilateral approach it is the only way we will stop attacks in the future from happening.” The World Counter Terror Congress will feature six sessions, covering policy and strategy responses to the changing terror threat; radicalisation, de-radicalisation and preventing radicalisation; geopolitical security briefings; encryption, communications and security; security for critical national infrastructure; and emerging terror networks and tactics. Among those confirmed to speak are Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE, QC; Rob Wainwright, Director at Europol; Dr Jamie Shea, Deputy ASG, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO; Raffaello Pantucci, Director of International Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI); and Thomas Wuchte, Head on Anti-Terrorism Issues, Action Against Terrorism Unit, Organisation for Security & Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Cyber security Cyber security was once again thrust into the spotlight recently, with Russia’s alleged involvement in the US Election. The overall number of incidents the US experienced the previous year, totalled at 77,000, a 1300% increase over the last decade. The importance of increased cyber security at a national level is now recognised globally, with the UK government creating the National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ, in October 2016. The free-to-attend Cyber Threat Intelligence Conference at SCTX will host the industry’s leading figures who will explore the latest cyber security strategies and share real life case-studies. Addressing most important security issues Running across two days in partnership with techUK, the representative body for the UK’s technology industry, the programme will feature the NCSC Chief Executive, Ciaran Martin, who will provide a keynote address on the current and future threat in cyber space and how prepared the UK is. Other speakers confirmed for the conference include Peter Wood, CEO, First Base Technologies; Nader Heinen, Regional Director, Advanced Security Assurance Advisory, BlackBerry; Ron Gregory, Estates & Facilities Compliance Manager, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust; and Jenny Radcliffe aka 'The People Hacker'. "The cyber terrorism threat grows immeasurably year-on-year" Talal Rajab, techUK’s Head of Programme, Cyber and National Security, said: “The cyber terrorism threat grows immeasurably year-on-year and we as an industry, must grow, adapt and react in equal measure. The Cyber Threat Intelligence Conference at Security & Counter Terror Expo provides the opportunity to learn from and meet with some of the key figures in the sector addressing the most important issues we face today.” Safeguarding critical national infrastructure In addition to securing the ever-expanding cyber space, protecting national infrastructure and businesses is critical for the effective running of nations. Terrorist groups want to propagate the notion that no one is safe from attack in the western world and everyday life could be disrupted at any time. Security professionals therefore must look at the best way of protecting communications networks, the emergency services, energy plants, financial institutions, governments, health services, transport links and natural resources. The Critical National Infrastructure & Business Resilience conference will aim to aid public and private entities to identify, assess, prioritise, and protect critical infrastructure and key resources. Allowing them to mitigate deliberate efforts to incapacitate or exploit a nation’s CNI. The conference will feature a series of presentations from experts on how to protect CNI and business, citing real life examples and case studies and instructing how to create effective strategies utilising cyber, physical security and staff. Securing borders and transport hubs Running alongside the Critical National Infrastructure & Business Reliance and Cyber Threat Intelligence conference, the Border & Transport Security Conference will focus on the most critical issues facing borders and transport hubs. Devastating attacks on transport hubs such as Atatürk international Airport in Turkey and attacks on Brussels Airport and Metro Station, as well as the mass movement of people throughout the world, poses serious problems for security professionals—with borders being exploited by those seeking to do us harm. "The addition of the Counter IED Zone at SCTX serves to highlight the changing nature of terrorism" The free-to-attend Border & Transport Security Conference will allow fellow practitioners to share best practice and explore the latest capabilities for secure border and transport management. Visitors will be able to hear from the likes of Bart van Hofwegen, Chief Security National Tactical Command, Ministry of Defence of the Netherlands; Jirí Celikovský, Head of Unit for Coordination of Schengen Cooperation and Border Control, Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic; Peter O'Broin, Director, Airport Operator’s Association; and many more. Explosive detection Public and private sector buyers, influencers and government delegations from across the globe will attend SCTX to enhance their current and future security capabilities. At Advanced Technologies Live, visitors will be able to see and hear more about innovative solutions through a series of live demonstrations. Attendees can view the latest products from the likes of Aerialtronics, dataminr and Aaronia. New to the event for 2017, Security & Counter Terror Expo will be partnering with DSEI—the world leading defence and security event—to launch the Counter IED Zone. As well as showcasing best practice in reducing the threat of IEDs, live demonstrations will enable EOD, CIED, CBRNe, Defence, Law Enforcement, CT and Security professionals identify new strategies to disarm and detect devices. Exhibitors featuring in the Counter IED Zone include Bomb-Jammer, MIB-Electronic, ISSEE and Med-Eng. Duncan Reid, Event Director of the DSEI, said: "The addition of the Counter IED Zone at SCTX serves to highlight the changing nature of terrorism. The threat is multifaceted and the security industry must seek out innovations that will help them detect and prevent attacks. This element of the show will help mitigate future threats and help personnel respond more effectively.” Security & Counter Terror Expo 2017 will be co-located with Ambition—the EPRR Expo—and Forensics Europe Expo.
Security & Counter Terror Expo 2016 discussed ISIS and future terrorist threats Following an increase in terrorist activity across the globe, a record number of security industry professionals gathered in London for Security & Counter Terror Expo (SCTX) 2016, to discuss how to tackle extremism and prevent future attacks. 9,517 security professionals from 109 countries travelled to London in April for the latest installment of SCTX, which incorporated leading forensics show Forensics Europe Expo and Ambition – the event for the emergency preparedness, resilience & response (EPRR) community. The event organisers, Clarion Events, reported that the number of visitors was up 17 percent on the 2015 event, with one in ten representing a police or counter terror force. 354 companies showcased their latest products, technologies and services, alongside a series of seminars and the eagerly anticipated World Counter Terror Congress. David Thompson, Event Manager at Security & Counter Terror Expo, commented: “This year’s event was extremely important due to the recent events in Europe. Many countries have a high threat level in place and it is vital to be implementing the best strategies to tackle extremist behaviour and prevent future attacks from happening. We developed the SCTX programme around these themes, ensuring international security professionals went away with a clear idea on how they can better protect the public and infrastructure.” The World Counter Terror Congress One of the main attractions of this year’s event was the World Counter Terror Congress, which was attended by almost 1,000 high level delegates, including diplomats and high-ranking police officers. Covering policy and strategy in a number of key areas, such as de-radicalisation and preventing attacks, the congress featured dozens of high profile speakers, including Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Jamie O’Shea (NATO), Rob Wainwright (Europol) and Scott Wilson of the National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ. “The 2016 show was highly successful and we aim to build on that next year by providing a conference programme and exhibition" Naturally, ISIS was high on the agenda. Jorge Berto Silva, Deputy Head of Counter-Extremism for the European Commission, discussed the “justified concern” that ISIS was planning attacks using chemical or biological weapons, while highlighting strategies to stay one-step ahead of the group. Rob Wainwright, the head of Europol, also revealed a belief that the extremist group was keen to carry out more spectacular attacks in Europe. Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former Foreign Secretary and former Chairman of the Intelligence & Security Committee of Parliament, said: “With the safety of millions of people on the line, security professionals have an increasingly important role to play as the threat evolves. Events such as the World Counter Terror Congress provide the ideal platform to discuss the latest advances in counter terror tactics and to debate how far is it possible for the UK and its security services to protect the country from terror.” Bob Broadhurst, former Gold Command for the Metropolitan Police Service during the London Olympic Games, added: “Groups like ISIS are intent on causing as much disruption as possible and it’s no surprise to hear that they’re thinking about planning sophisticated future attacks. What’s clear is that nations need to be prepared to prevent these atrocities from happening. The World Counter Terror Congress provides an excellent forum for experts across the globe to present their latest research, strategies and advice to governments and police forces, as well as those tasked with protecting businesses and infrastructure from attacks.” Protecting infrastructure and businesses Alongside the congress, SCTX provided four additional, free-to-attend conference streams that focused on infrastructure, cyber threat, transport and advanced technologies. Located on the show floor, the sessions were at capacity throughout both days, with visitors keen to hear the latest thinking from internationally recognised experts. The Critical National Infrastructure & Business Reliance conference featured a presentation examining the terror policy and strategy responses The Critical National Infrastructure & Business Reliance conference featured a series of presentations examining the policy and strategy responses to today’s terror threat. Among the 20 high-ranking officials and academics who presented was Thomas Wuchte, Head of Anti-Terrorism Issues, Action Against Terrorism Unit, OSCE. He discussed the latest initiatives of the regional organisation in the protection of critical national infrastructure in Europe. “We rely on a sophisticated electric energy infrastructure to bring us water, light, heat, and the power to run the many tools and devices we use almost every minute of our waking lives. If it were to stop functioning, so would life as we know it,” said Wuchte. “The lesson we need to learn is that it is crucial to be aware of the vulnerability of the infrastructure we rely on. We need to invest thought, time and money into its protection. The key to ensuring that a disaster will never happen is minimising the possibility that it could.” The evolving cyber threat The techUK-sponsored Cyber Threat Intelligence Conference brought together those who work to prevent cyber terrorism and crime – one of the security industry’s growing concerns. Among the topics discussed was an overview of global cyber security threats and how to mitigate against them. Key speakers included Chris Gibson, Director at CERT-UK; Richard Parris, Chairman and Chief Executive of Intercede; Professor Chris Hankin, Director at the Institute for Security Science and Technology; and representatives from the National Crime Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit. Talal Rajab, Programme Manager for techUK's Cyber, National Security and Criminal Justice programmes, added: “What was once considered a niche area in the wider national security debate has emerged front and centre in many government's priorities. Security & Counter Terror Expo offers us the ideal platform to present the latest, invaluable thinking from some of the most prominent figures.” Preventing transport attacks With transport links increasingly a target for terrorists, aeroplanes, mass transit buses, rail terminals, ports, vehicles and transport facilities all face the risk of future attacks. The SCTX Transport Security Live sessions focused on discussing effective solutions to prevent and detect future atrocities. Key stakeholders from the government, police, aviation, maritime, public transport, and rail sectors attended the sessions that featured international case studies and the latest developments in protecting transport networks, hubs and passengers. Highlighting the latest technologies Public and private sector buyers, influencers and government delegations from across the globe attended SCTX to explore how the latest technology can be matched to their current and future needs. Advanced Technologies Live played a key role in delivering this as visitors were able to see and hear more about innovative solutions that the industry has to offer through a series of live demonstrations. "We need to invest thought, timeand money into its protection.The key to ensuring that a disasterwill never happen is minimising thepossibility that it could" Day two of the event saw a focus on drones. With technology developments enhancing their capabilities, the devices are becoming increasingly important to the security industry. As a result a number of leading businesses, including Yuneec, UAS Flight Ops and Aeraccess, showcased their latest solutions at the show. A platform for the latest services, solutions & technologies The exhibition at SCTX has established itself as an international hub where the industry elite come together to identify the security sector’s most significant innovations and new product launches. This year was no different with a wide range of product innovations on display, including the latest in high security fencing, cybersecurity modelling, simulation and training platforms, surveillance control systems and drone technology. Geoquip, CLD Fencing, NEC, Aselsan and Jacksons Fencing were among the major companies at 2016 show. Among those showcasing new technologies was Yuneec International, one of the world's most influential high-tech companies in electric aviation. It showcased the new Typhoon H at SCTX, which incorporates a 720p down link and extensive new features, including capturing 4K video and 12 megapixel images, making it one of the most advanced available. BBI Detection demonstrated its simple to use IMASS (Integrated Multiplex Assay and Sampling System) platform for Biothreat Detection and Explosive Detection at the show. It also discussed its development pipeline which includes a new Chemical Warfare Agent Detection system, which is due to launch next year. LOCKEN, a pioneer in cable-free access control based on a unique digital smart key, showcased its new Bluetooth enabled electronic Cyberkey, Wi-Fi capabilities and the MyLocken mobile app at this year’s show. Meanwhile, Abloy UK showcased its PROTEC2 CLIQ Connect system, which includes a range of compliant and secure electric locks, and LPCB-rated padlocks. Globalstar, which provides mobile satellite voice and data services to governments, commercial users and individuals around the world, presented a number of solutions including SPOT Gen3 that provides security and peace of mind for remote and lone personnel who carry out activities in areas with unreliable or no mobile coverage. The pocket-sized GPS messenger is a rugged and affordable device that uses the company’s low earth orbiting satellite network to allow remote workers to send an SOS with just the touch of a button. Emergency services instantly receive GPS location information and help is immediately dispatched to the person or people in distress. Planning for the 2017 event During the event, Clarion Events announced that the 2017 edition of SCTX will return to London at the later dates of 3-4 May. David Thompson added: “The 2016 show was highly successful and we aim to build on that next year by providing a conference programme and exhibition that ensures the world’s security professionals can source innovations and identify new tactics and strategies. We look forward to working with all our key partners over the coming months to develop an event that serves the needs of all our stakeholders.”
BAE Systems' presence will enable security professionals in the transport arena to source solutions to protect business BAE Systems has announced that it will be exhibiting at Security & Counter Terror Expo 2016 in London this April. BAE's Maritime Services division will be showcasing its comprehensive range of design and manufacturing capabilities at the event for the first time on stand I41. Modules for high integrity applications The company will focus on two key areas of the security industry during the show. The first is the manufacturing arm of the company that focuses on design and manufacturing services, which allows BAE Systems to deliver highly complex electronic integrated systems, sub-systems and modules for high integrity applications. The second major focus will be CRISTAL, a Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Incident Simulation Tool for Analysis, developed by BAE Systems’ modelling and analysis consultancy CORDA. The tool could provide evidence-based decision support to BAE Systems, government departments, and other commercial organisations, allowing them to understand the effectiveness of decontamination strategies, inform procurement decisions and derive resource demand. Suppliers from security and counter-terror domains Steve Pook, Business Development Manager for BAE Systems Maritime Services, said: “Security & Counter Terror Expo will provide us with a fantastic platform to engage a wide range of industries, customers and suppliers in the security and counter-terror domains. “We will be highlighting our manufacturing capability and pioneering evidence-based decision making tools. The event will allow us to network with key industry decision makers, while reinforcing existing partnerships and identifying potential new customers.” David Thompson, Event Director, said: “BAE Systems is one of the world's largest security solutions contractors and we are delighted they are exhibiting at SCTX 2016. Their presence will enable security professionals in the transport arena to source the very best solutions to protect their businesses.” Security & Counter Terror Expo 2016 is co-located with Ambition – the EPRR Expo – and Forensics Europe Expo.
The Security & Counter Terror Expo will provide valuable knowledge to those tasked with protecting nations and assets Over recent years the threat of terrorism has increased exponentially and today terrorist activity is undertaken on an almost a daily basis. In 2015 alone, there were more than 380 recorded terrorist attacks by violent non-state actors for political or unknown motives. These attacks are now wide reaching and intercontinental. The Nigerian government is just one example, it has been combating the ever increasing Boko Haram insurgency for over a decade, while elsewhere the undercurrent of political instability in the Middle East continues to be a breeding ground for both Al-Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State. Yet the advent of global terrorism has not been exclusive to war-torn and typically unstable nations. Over the past 12 months, Europe has played host to some of the deadliest attacks in its history. Paris has been the epicentre of terror activity with Islamic extremists carrying out a series of co-ordinated attacks at six locations, including the Stade de France stadium and the Bataclan Theatre in central Paris. Global threat of terrorism The threat is constantly evolving and is currently at a significantly high level worldwide. Following recent events in Europe, the issue of national security and counter terrorism is now firmly at the top of government agendas. Returning to Olympia, London from 19 – 20 April 2016, Security & Counter Terror Expo, will help nations improve border control, critical national infrastructure protection, cyber security, major events, offender management, policing and counter terrorism, and the emergency services. It will showcase the latest cutting-edge technology and provide those tasked with protecting nations and assets with valuable knowledge through a series of conference sessions. David Thompson, Event Director, said: “The recent global events have reminded us that the security can’t be taken for granted. Targets are becoming more diverse, as are the methods employed by those that seek to do us harm. “With the safety of millions of people on their minds, security professionals have an increasingly important role to play as the threat evolves. Security & Counter Terror Expo 2016 is aligned with the Home Office’s seven security capabilities and will offer industry experts the perfect platform to source the latest technology, discuss important issues with likeminded peers and hear from the leading voices in security and counter terror policy.” Innovation at Security & Counter Terror Expo The exhibition has established itself as an international hub where the industry elite come together to identify the security sector’s most significant innovations and new product launches. "Security & Counter Terror Expo 2016 is aligned with the Home Office’s seven security capabilities," says David Thompson, Event Director Security & Counter Terror Expo 2016 will showcase a wide range of product innovations from more than 240 exhibitors, including those supplying the latest in high security fencing, cybersecurity modelling, simulation and training platforms, surveillance control systems and drone technology. Geoquip, CLD Fencing, NEC, Aselsan and Jacksons Fencing are among the major multinational companies to already confirm their presence at 2016 show and will join more than 50 new exhibitors offering cutting edge services and security solutions to the industry. This year visitors will find a number of exciting product launches. Having recently successfully completed 8.5km of security fencing and associated gates at the Eurotunnel Terminal, Coquelles, France, Jacksons Fencing will launch its full range of LPS 1175 SR1 - SR5 security rated fencing systems on stand K40. Peter Jackson, CEO of Jacksons Fencing, commented: “Security & Counter Terror Expo acts as a broad and direct communication channel to one of our key markets, allowing us to engage with prospects, as well as existing clients. It is a great platform for us to showcase our latest innovations and provides us with a great insight into what’s happening in the security sector – all under one roof.” Lincoln Security will be launching its latest range of locks, eLOQ, on stand C82. The devices are electronic and contain no wiring or batteries allowing them to be deployed anywhere, instantly. The solution also features unique electronic keys that can be programmed to open locks based on time and date restrictions, while also providing a full audit report of who has unlocked the eLOQ. Also confirmed, HGH Systèmes Infrarouges will showcase its wide area surveillance systems, for critical infrastructure protection, based on its award-winning 360-degree thermal camera, the SPYNEL, and its automatic intrusion detection and tracking software, CYCLOPE. Speaking about the decision to return to Security & Counter Terror Expo 2016, Gildas Chauvel, Marketing Manager, said: “We are able to meet high level, influential security professionals who specialise in protecting critical national infrastructure and homeland security and the show affords us the opportunity to discuss our solutions with potential new customers.” Discussing new strategies to tackle terrorism With counter terrorism firmly in the spotlight, more than 400 security professionals from across the globe will attend the high-level paid-for World Counter Terror Congress, from 19 – 20 April 2016. Reflecting the international nature of the exhibition, the Congress will feature speakers from national, international and supranational institutions. The World Counter Terror Congress will feature six sessions, covering policy and strategy responses to the changing terror threat; radicalisation, de-radicalisation and preventing radicalisation; geopolitical security briefings; encryption, communications and security; security for critical national infrastructure; and emerging terror networks and tactics. Focusing on the four key areas outlined in UK government’s CONTEST strategy, the congress will be opened by John Hayes MP, the UK’s Minister for Security. As the person ultimately responsible for the country’s counter-terrorism, security, serious organised crime and cyber-crime strategies, he will deliver a speech on extremism, border security and international counter terror strategy. A total of 29 high ranking officials and academics will lead the congress, providing invaluable trends and information. The leading security professionals are set to discuss a variety of topics such as extremism, border security and the UK’s international counter terror strategy. Covering current counter terror and security tactics, extremist propaganda, and the expansion of ISIS it is not to be missed. "Security & Counter Terror Expooffers the ideal platform for theindustry to learn from some of themost prominent figures, whilenetworking with key decision makers” Cyber security takes centre stage Following the recent increase in cyber threats, Chancellor George Osborne pledged that the UK will spend £1.9bn over the next five years to deliver a series of initiatives to protect the economy and infrastructure, grow cyber companies, and deter adversaries. Security & Counter Terror Expo will mirror these advances in the industry, showcasing cutting-edge technology and exploring the latest cyber security strategies at the free-to-attend Cyber Threat Intelligence Conference. Starting on April 19th, leading figures will discuss the latest solutions and strategies at the two-day conference. Presented by techUK, the representative body for the UK’s technology industry, the sessions will bring together all those who work to prevent cyber terrorism and crime. Among the topics to be discussed will be an overview of global cyber security threats and how to mitigate against them, protecting the “smart” critical infrastructure and overcoming the cyber security skills shortage. Key speakers will include Chris Gibson, Director at CERT-UK; Richard Parris, Chairman and Chief Executive of Intercede; Prof. Chris Hankin, Director at the Institute for Security Science and Technology; and representatives from the National Crime Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit. Talal Rajab, Programme Manager for techUK's Cyber, National Security and Criminal Justice programmes, added: “What was once considered a niche area in the wider national security debate has emerged front and centre in many government's priorities. Security & Counter Terror Expo offers the ideal platform for the industry to learn from some of the most prominent figures, while networking with key decision makers.” Protecting critical national infrastructure In addition to safeguarding the digital frontier, security professionals are tasked with the protection of critical national infrastructure (CNI). Terrorist groups continue to not only threaten civilians, but also communications networks, the emergency services, energy plants, financial institutions, governments, health services, transport links and natural resources. The Critical National Infrastructure & Business Reliance conference will aim to aid public and private entities to identify, assess, prioritise, and protect critical infrastructure and key resources. Allowing them to detect, prevent, deter, devalue, and mitigate deliberate efforts to destroy, incapacitate or exploit a nation’s CNI. The conference will feature a series of presentations examining the policy and strategy responses to today’s terror threat. Leading figures will discuss the latest advances in the protection of critical national infrastructure in Europe, staff responses to extreme events and the impact on national infrastructure organisations and critical information infrastructure protection in financial services. Providing invaluable insight and information, more than 20 high ranking officials and academics will feature during the conference. Representatives from the likes of the National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ, the Home Office Centre for Applied Science & Technology (CAST) and the Israeli Ministry of Transport will discuss a variety of topics. The lively and engaging sessions will focus on the latest advances in the protection of critical national infrastructure in Europe, staff responses to extreme events and the impact on national infrastructure organisations. The potential for UAVs in the protection of critical aviation infrastructure will also be covered. Security & Counter Terror Expo will collaborate with The UK Drone Show to showcase the latest drone technology Driving the transport security agenda Running alongside the Critical National Infrastructure & Business Reliance and Cyber Threat Intelligence conference, the Transport Security Live will focus on discussing effective security solutions for the global transport infrastructure. The global terror threat is high and transport networks are a favoured target. The free-to-attend Transport Security Live Conference will showcase international case studies and the latest developments in protecting transport networks, transport hubs and passengers. The conference will bring together the key stakeholders from government, police, aviation, maritime, public transport, and rail to discover best practice, the latest solutions and developments in transport security. Comment on the importance of Peter Cook, Chief Executive Officer, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry said: “Terrorists will stop at nothing to cause maximum damage and that includes targeting critical national and global infrastructure. Preventing these kinds of attacks has never been more essential especially as 90% of all global trade moves by sea. Events like Transport Security Live are critical as they bring together a diverse group of professionals to exchange ideas in the hope of creating a safer and smarter transport network for all”. Cook will be joined by the likes of Dvir Rubinshtein, Manager, Aviation Security Operation Centre, Israeli Ministry of Transport; Inspector Chris Boyle, Strategic Partnerships – Prevent, National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ; and Peter Cook, CEO, Security Association for Maritime Industry. Witness cutting edge technology Public and private sector buyers, influencers and government delegations from across the globe will be attending Security & Counter Terror Expo to explore how the latest technology will enhance their current and future security needs. At Advanced Technologies Live, visitors will be able to see and hear more about the latest technologies and innovative solutions that the industry has to offer through a series of live demonstrations. Attendees can view latest innovations from the likes of Canon, The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory which is part of the Ministry of Defence, CEA and Squarehead Technologies On the second day of the event, Security & Counter Terror Expo will collaborate with The UK Drone Show to showcase the latest drone technology for the first time in the show’s history. Attendees will see live demonstrations by some of the UK's top drone operators and companies. Designed to showcase the very latest in aerial and terrestrial unmanned vehicles, this new area will allow greater flexibility for product demonstrations than ever before. Richard Wright of the UK Drone Show said: "This is a very busy and exciting year for us, and the collaboration with Clarion's Defence & Security Division brings our experience of the UAV/drone industry to a sector that will see huge benefits from this rapidly developing technology". David Thompson, Event Director, said: “The 2016 event is set to be the best yet. The calibre of speakers at this year’s show highlights that Security & Counter Terror Expo is the place to be for security professionals from across the globe.” Security & Counter Terror Expo 2016 is co-located with Ambition – the EPRR Expo – and Forensics Europe Expo.
CTX to showcase the latest technology, equipment, and training services which will strongly assist anti-terror services Counter Terror Expo (CTX), the leading international exhibition and conference dedicated to mitigating the threat of terrorism, will be staged at Olympia, London on April 21 and 22, 2015. The event comes at a time when the threat from terrorism across much of the world is at heightened levels. As the threats have increased and mutated, so the responses of countries, government agencies, and non-government actors have had to change almost beyond all recognition. CTX: mitigating terror threats CTX is expected to attract thousands of buyers and specifiers from government, military, policing, emergency services and private security. Mitigating terror threats is an international issue and the CTX exhibition will be a global gathering with visitors expected from over 100 countries. Over 300 suppliers, from leading UK and international primes to specialist SMEs will be exhibiting their latest technology and equipment for law enforcement and security personnel. The next edition of CTX will see the exhibition floor divided into four key zones, each reflecting a vital element to the safety of a nation. These include: Policing & Special Operations; Advanced Technologies; Transport Security Live; and Cyber Threat Intelligence. Visitors to the Policing & Special Ops Zone will have an opportunity to see the latest in counter terror training from Caliber-3. Based in Jerusalem, Israel, the company is fully certified by the Israeli Defence Forces, Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Defence, Police Forces, Ministry of Homeland Security, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Among Caliber-3's list of clients are SWAT teams from all over the world and large private and public companies, law enforcement agencies, global security agencies and private companies. Col. Sharon Gat CEO and Founder of Caliber-3 said, "We have very motivated enemies who attack civilians in cities. We cannot wait for them to come and we have to be prepared. We take our job very seriously as people's lives are at risk. The values behind Caliber-3 lie behind the human factor of the soldier or security guard as they consider people to be the most important factor when it comes to professionalism. The reason why Caliber-3 cadre were all soldiers in Special Operations units and continue to serve actively in their respective IDF reserve units, making the training that Caliber-3 instructors provide combat tested and cutting-edge". Green Light Making its CTX debut is Green Light Ltd, a London-based aviation security training and consultancy company which "The role of training, equipment and technology are inevitably increasing in importance as the global terror threat perseveres" offers training courses and seminars on behavioural analysis. Green Light also conducts full scale training exercises for airline staff to prepare for hijackings and unruly passenger management. "[Green Light has] attended CTX as visitors for many years," said Philip Baum, the company's Managing Director, "and we realised that our services may have been traditionally targeted at the aviation industry, but the application of common-sense should be embraced by all those who genuinely want a risk-based, outcomes-focussed approach to security". While technology undoubtedly plays a crucial role in the detection of terrorist threats, the equipment alone cannot provide a comprehensive solution. As Baum illustrates, "consider the terrorist with an internally concealed device. No archway metal detector is going to identify the threat; it's down to the security professional to recognise a deviation from baseline behaviour. Green Light training provides these vital skill sets for upholding national security". Advanced Laser Imaging Advanced Laser Imaging (ALI) produces 3D Situational Awareness equipment and software. An understanding of a physical location is key to the preparedness, planning and the ability to respond effectively in Counter Terror (CT) operations. ALI's 3D laser scanning equipment and the software generate detailed, accurate, fully immersive and navigable real life 3D versions of towns, cities, shopping centres, offices, stadiums, airports, or other key locations - interiors and exteriors - for personal computers. Paul Snudden, CEO at ALI, said "This has got to be the norm for any resilience and CT programme - it had proven to dramatically improve preparedness and response capability in live and test operations - we look forward to contributing to the resilience of the cities and countries around the world". 3DX-Ray 3DX-Ray Ltd is a British designer and manufacturer of x-ray inspection systems for the security market whose range includes portable, conveyor and vehicle scanning equipment. At CTX the company will be releasing the lightweight ThreatScan-LS1 panel which is the only detector on the market that can scan to less than 3mm from the ground. 3DX-Ray's newest product, the K-120 will also be on show. "The work done by our domestic security services is admirable and it is vital that we continue to support them" Internal Sales Account Manager, Kim Walker said, "As a UK manufacturer we are delighted to be able to announce the release of our new portable products at ... Counter Terror. We will be showcasing the complete range of our portable equipment which covers all user requirements in this market space. Counter Terror Expo is the ideal venue to enable our global client base to come and view the entire range in one place and evaluate the latest released products. ICOR, which designs and manufactures EOD and SWAT robots, will use CTX to showcase its flagship EOD Robot. Known as the MK3 CALIBER, the technology is used as the National Training standard for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's (RCMP) Explosive Training Unit; and distributed internationally through the US Department of State's Anti-Terrorism Assistance program. HTSI Hidden Technology Systems International (HTSI) is a specialist developer and manufacturer of covert tracking systems, surveillance devices and related security products. An exhibitor at CTX, the company's products range from in-vehicle tracking hardware for monitoring of vehicle activity, quick deployment magnetic devices for law enforcement usage, personal units for VIP protection, and discreet devices for covert tracking. David Thompson, CTX Event Manager said, "The role of training, equipment and technology are inevitably increasing in importance as the global terror threat perseveres. The work done by our domestic security services is admirable and it is vital that we continue to support them with the most effective, efficient and innovative tools from companies around the world. CTX is at the forefront of the effort, showcasing the latest technology, equipment, and training services which will strongly assist our anti-terror services both here in the UK and abroad".