Sunday, June 24, 2012

London Expo Workshops Will Impact Every Aspect of Freight and Logistics Security

From Pirates to Petty Theft Industry Looks at Global Problems Facing the Supply Chain
Shipping News Feature

UK - WORLDWIDE - Certain subjects remain at the top of the agenda for all companies which operate in the freight and logistics sector, environmental concerns, fuel prices and, particularly in the past few years, security. With the Transport Security Expo being held in London later this year there has never been so much interest from disparate sections of the industry. Now, in its 10th anniversary year, the industry leading annual gathering of security professionals has unveiled an expanded workshop programme for the forthcoming event. These seminars are targeted to deliver a rich source of detailed information presented by leading industry experts and the programme has been expanded by popular demand.

Reflecting concern expressed about the ability of the transport sector to thwart another major attack against principal assets, the workshop seminar programme identifies the key threats in each arena and presents a range of answers to them. Within the context of the aviation, maritime, public transport and supply chain sectors, six workshops will thus focus on passenger screening, freight and cargo security, terminal and facilities protection, perimeter security & hostile vehicle mitigation, shipping protection and rail security, an ambitious program intended to cover all major areas vulnerable to attack.

To ensure the workshops maintain the standards expected the sessions will be chaired by a suitable collection of industry ‘big hitters’ including Ian Taylor, Editor, Cargo Security International; Chris Yates, Principal, Yates Consulting, Graham le Fevre, Former Head of Security, British Army, Graham Basset, UK Vice Chairman, Operation ASIS, Steven Jones, Maritime Director, SAMI (Security Association for the Maritime Industry) and Roy Cooper, Publisher, Professional Security Magazine.

Transport Security Expo conducts extensive research and engages in widespread outreach annually, to aid in understanding the needs of the industry it serves and this activity concludes that there are several key factors which need addressing. With the demand for air travel increasing, airports must innovate to ensure an appropriate balance between the competing needs of utmost security, greater revenue generation and an improved passenger experience.

The threat trajectory is evolving and the probability of attacks against terminals and supporting facilities is considered a persistent threat with no easy solution whilst the freight and cargo channel remains an extremely vulnerable avenue of attack, particularly from a new generation of devices that are difficult to detect by normal screening methods. Additionally a painful history demonstrates a pressing requirement to combine traditional perimeter security measures with hostile vehicle mitigation techniques to ensure a robust defensive posture against an increasingly wide range of external threats.

With the threat of so called ‘sea crime’ expanding globally year on year both in terms of techniques and geographical area, and despite the deployment of substantial naval assets in many of the worlds more notorious hotspots, piracy on the high seas remains an intractable problem for which self-help appears to be the only practical solution.

Major security challenges continue to bedevil national rail operators including protecting passengers using such an open and vulnerable transport infrastructure from acts of terrorism and protecting valuable and safety critical assets against organised and opportunistic theft and vandalism.

Alongside the extensive conference and exhibition programme, the series of workshops delivers a valuable insight into the technological options available to the transport industries, as they grapple with an evolving threat horizon including rising incidences of criminal activity. This year’s event is being held against a backdrop of continuing tension on the world stage, an industry wide threat level that remains high and with fundamental policy and operational changes under consultation even up to and including government level. These factors will drive the debate, inform decision making and direct purchasing decisions when Transport Security Expo next convenes at London Olympia on 14-15th November 2012.

Transport Security Expo features an expanded exhibition, conference and workshop programme with two-thirds more floor space. Delegates, exhibitors and visitors will also benefit from on-site, purpose-built catering and other enhanced services.

For more information, please contact NINETEEN EVENTS  +44 (0) 208 542 9090.