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Border Security

SMi Group are proud to announce its 10th Annual Border Security Conference which will be taking place in Rome on the 15th and 16th February 2017 in Italy.

This conference programme will explore how political issues affecting the border security community, such as increasing immigration in the Mediterranean as well as cross-border terrorism, can be combated and managed using innovative technological solutions. Enhancing surveillance and detection strategies, effectively utilizing manned and unmanned vehicles as well as biometric technology and exploring the threats against land, sea and air borders will take centre stage at this global event. These topics will be addressed by military speakers, border control and customs officials, solution providers, and technological experts on hand to present the latest information and developments in Border Security.

With increasing globalisation and freedom of movement enhanced by political pressures, ensuring secure borders is a focal issue for nations across the globe. Currently, this is perhaps more prevalent in Europe than anywhere else with increasing waves of migration and threats of terrorism raising tensions across the continent. Therefore, SMi’s 10th Annual Border Security Conference will explore the strategies and technologies required to develop next generation capability in this vital area of national defence.


Day 1
8:30
Registration & Coffee
9:00
Chairman's Opening Remarks
John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector, Borders & Immigration
9:10
Exploring the Italian Navy's Technological Capabilities and their Use on the Front Line of Migration in the Mediterranean
Rear Admiral Gianfranco Annunziata, 3rd Dept, Plans, Operations & Maritime Strategy, Italian Navy
9:50
Securing the Austrian border in the Carinthian province with enhanced security measures, a greater military presence and effective training
Brigadier General Walter Gitschthaler, Commander of the Provincial Military Command of Carinthia, Austrian Armed Forces
10:30
The role of the Italian Coast Guard and Maritime Rescue Coordination Center: search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean
Captain Sergio Liardo, Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Center MRCC, Italian Coast Guard
11:10
Morning Coffee and Networking
11:40
Creating a Cohesive and Effective Implementation of Border Controls and Immigration Law in Sweden
Detective Superintendent Patrik Engstrom, Head of National Border Policing Section, Swedish National Bureau of Investigations
12:20
Continuing to enhancing the effectiveness of security on the Finnish border
Samy Gardemeister, Director of Enforcement, Finnish Customs
13:00
Networking Lunch
14:00
Homeland Security; how the future of biometric technology will improve facilitation, security and the customer experience:
Mr Paul Hunter, Chief Biometrics Strategy/Biometrics Division, Us Citizenship And Immigration Services
14:40
The Future of DHS Biometric Identity Services- Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) Way Ahead
William Phillips, Director of the Identity Capabilities Management Division, ICMD, Department of Homeland Security
15:20
Afternoon Tea and Networking
16:00
United Nations SCR 2178 – Meeting the Challenge with Advance Passenger Data & Risk Assessment
Ray Batt, Director of Business Development , SITA
16:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Exploring Strategies to Effectively Manage Growing Irregular Migration and Cross-Border Crime in Europe
John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector, Borders & Immigration
16:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Exploring Strategies to Effectively Manage Growing Irregular Migration and Cross-Border Crime in Europe
Brigadier General Walter Gitschthaler, Commander of the Provincial Military Command of Carinthia, Austrian Armed Forces
16:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Exploring Strategies to Effectively Manage Growing Irregular Migration and Cross-Border Crime in Europe
Detective Superintendent Patrik Engstrom, Head of National Border Policing Section, Swedish National Bureau of Investigations
16:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Exploring Strategies to Effectively Manage Growing Irregular Migration and Cross-Border Crime in Europe
Samy Gardemeister, Director of Enforcement, Finnish Customs
16:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Exploring Strategies to Effectively Manage Growing Irregular Migration and Cross-Border Crime in Europe
Michael Gaul, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO HQ
17:10
Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One
John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector, Borders & Immigration
Day 2
8:30
Registration & Coffee
9:00
Chairman's Opening Remarks
John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector, Borders & Immigration
9:10
U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Strategic Approach to Implementing a Biometric Exit System
Colleen Manaher, Executive Director, US Customs and Border Protection
9:50
The IT challenges and opportunities facing eu-LiSA and the future of EU Smart Borders
Krum Garkov, Executive director, European Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT (eu-LISA)
10:30
Morning Coffee and Networking
11:00
Developments and Progress in the French API-PNR Project and Operational Feedback from the Systems Use
Julien Coudrey, Head of the API-PNR Project, French Customs
11:40
Utilising the Central Air & Naval Headquarters for effective open-sea deployment to manage Italy’s borders and the migration crisis
Colonel Paolo Emilio Recchia, Chief of Staff - Air Naval Operative Command Guardia di Finanza, Guardia di Finanza
12:20
Networking Lunch
13:20
Developing Europe’s existing satellite and transponder-based technology to more effectively track refugee movements in the Mediterranean
Markku Mylly, Executive Director, European Maritime Safety Agency
14:00
Ensuring an Efficient and Effective Use of Spaceborne Imagery and Derived GEOINT Products and Services in The Surveillance of Europe’s External Borders
Adriano Baptista, Head of Operations Division, EU Satellite Centre
14:40
Afternoon Tea and Networking
15:10
The importance of maintaining secure and cooperative borders to manage the asymmetric security challenges facing NATO
Michael Gaul, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO HQ
15:50
Border Management in Developing States – Building Capacity to Meet the Challenge
Jason Clarke, Border and Identity Solutions, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
16:30
Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two
John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector, Borders & Immigration

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