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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.
 

• Hear global perspectives on the developing threats at national borders
• Meet and network with senior military decision makers as well as technological experts in the Border Security Community
• Hear from military and border control experts on how they are effectively managing borders across Europe and the rest of the World in response to the migrant crisis as well as to the threat of cross-border terrorism
• Explore the technical solutions in R&D, production and implementation and how these are being effectively utilised to enhance border security
 

Afghanistan Ministry of Interior; African Maritime Safety and Security Agency; AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH; American Embassy; Arma dei Carabinieri/Prime Minister's Office; Army of Carabinieri - Scientific Investigations Department of Rome; C.I.E.R.; Corpo Forestale Dello Stato; Crossmatch ; De La Rue; Direzione Centrale Anticrimine Della ; Dutch National Police; E.A.A.S.P; EAASP / Royal Gibraltar Police; Ecuadorian Navy; Embassy Of Canada; Embassy of the Republic of Turkey; Embassy of Ukraine in Italy ; EU Naval Force; EUBAM; European Commission; European Commission Joint Research Centre; Europol; Federal police; Finnish Customs; FLIR Systems Ltd; FOB African Maritime Safety and Security Agency; French Customs; French Navy; Frontex; Gardline Geosurvey Ltd; General Dynamics Mission Systems; German Customs; German Embassy Rome; Globavia; Guardia Civil; Guardia Costiera - Italian Coastguard; Guardia di Finanza; Hitachi Europe Ltd; Homeland Security; I.S.P.R.A; International Organisation for Migration; International Organization for Migration; Interpol; IOM - International Organization for Migration; Italian Coast Guard; Italian Navy; Italian Space Agency (A S I); Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence; LAMBUSSIE KARNI DISTRICT ASSEMBLY; Marina Militare Italiana; Maritime Authority Directorate, Portugal; MDI ; Military Corp of Italian Red Cross; MINISTERO INTERNO; Ministry of Interior of Spain; Mittler-Report Verlag; NATO Science & Technology Organization; OSDIFE; Police Department; Polizia di Stato; Portugese Navy; Royal Marechaussee; Safran Morpho; Sagem Defense Security; SAP Belgium NV/SA; SAP Italy; SITA; SITA Inc; Sovereign Order of Malta; State Border Guard Service; UNHCR; Universitat Konstanz; University Of Rome Tor Vergata; US Embassy; US Embassy Rome; US Naval Forces Europe; Vancouver Airport Authority; Vision Box; WCC Development BV; XTAR;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

John Vine

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

Rear Admiral Gianfranco Annunziata, 3rd Dept, Plans, Operations & Maritime Strategy, Italian Navy

• An overview of the challenges facing the Italian Navy
• Adapting technology and military means to paece time requirements
• Lessons learnt from recent operations and the continued importance of the Navy’s presence

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

Brigadier General Walter Gitschthaler, Commander of the Provincial Military Command of Carinthia, Austrian Armed Forces

• An overview of the implementation of security measures on the Carinthian province border in response to growing pressures
• Training exercises and cooperation with the police divisions to ensure Austrian forces are prepared for increasing migrant flows
• Operational feedback from experiences on the Austrian border

10:30 The role of the Italian Coast Guard and Maritime Rescue Coordination Center: search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean

Captain Sergio Liardo

Captain Sergio Liardo, Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Center MRCC, Italian Coast Guard

• The mission and focuses of the Italian Coast Guard and the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center
• The Coast Guards technical capabilities to guarantee the effective communication and motoring of the Mediterranean
• Future requirements and goals to enhance the protection of lives at sea and the security of Italy’s maritime borders
 

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

Detective Superintendent Patrik Engstrom, Head of National Border Policing Section, Swedish National Bureau of Investigations

• A unique overview of border control and security operations within the central border management division- a national law enforcement agency 
• Operational feedback from the expanded mandate following the reform of the Swedish National Police in 2015
• The challenges associated with mass migration and lessons learnt from 2015/2016 

 

12:20 Continuing to enhancing the effectiveness of security on the Finnish border

Samy Gardemeister

Samy Gardemeister, Director of Enforcement, Finnish Customs

• An overview of the main threats dealt with on the Finnish-Russian border and how customs control operates to control the risk
• The importance of cooperation with Russian colleagues to maintain efficient border management
• Developments in new technological equipment and strategies to continue improving border control
 

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

Mr Paul Hunter, Chief Biometrics Strategy/Biometrics Division, Us Citizenship And Immigration Services

• Exploring the current and future use of biometric technology at US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
• Overview of how biometrics are collected and used across the Department of Homeland Security today
• A strategic look into the future of biometrics at USCIS and the Department
 

14:40 The Future of DHS Biometric Identity Services- Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) Way Ahead

William Phillips

William Phillips, Director of the Identity Capabilities Management Division, ICMD, Department of Homeland Security

  • Short overview of OBIM’s mission and current IDENT capabilities
  • Status update on the HART procurement
  • Explanation of the scope and capabilities of the new HART system
  • In-depth discussion about HART’s development by increment;
  • Increment 1- Core Foundation
  • Increment 2- Multimodel Biometric Matching and Full Performance Test Environment
  • Increment 3- Web Portal and Person-centric Services
  • Increment 4- Candidate Verification Tool (CVT), Analytics, and Reporting

     

  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea and Networking

    16:00 United Nations SCR 2178 – Meeting the Challenge with Advance Passenger Data & Risk Assessment

    Ray Batt

    Ray Batt, Director of Business Development , SITA

    With the growing threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters and acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, UNSCR 2178 encourages member states to collect analyse traveller data and recommends the provision of interactive advance passenger information to be used to better safeguard national borders.

  • Hear how Advance Passenger Processing (APP) can respond to UNSCR 2178 more effectively
  • How Passenger Data Exchange with PNR & APP contributes  to an overall  layered security approach with pre-travel risk assessment
  • The benefits of Exporting the Border to a point of departure, and how the use of iAPI (APP) provides the best answer with pre-board vetting and government guidence
  • How APP prevents travel and identifies threats
  • How it improves the risk assesssment process by using better quality data
  • How APP is a win-win for Government and Carriers
     
  • 16:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Exploring Strategies to Effectively Manage Growing Irregular Migration and Cross-Border Crime in Europe

  • Current challenges and problems faced due to the increase in irregular migration and cross-border crime
  • Strategies and technologies implemented to better manage the continued flow of migration
  • The importance of continuing to develop collaboration and coordination with allied nations to further enhance border security and management
  • John Vine

    John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector, Borders & Immigration

    Brigadier General Walter Gitschthaler

    Brigadier General Walter Gitschthaler, Commander of the Provincial Military Command of Carinthia, Austrian Armed Forces

    Detective Superintendent Patrik Engstrom

    Detective Superintendent Patrik Engstrom, Head of National Border Policing Section, Swedish National Bureau of Investigations

    Samy Gardemeister

    Samy Gardemeister, Director of Enforcement, Finnish Customs

    Michael  Gaul

    Michael Gaul, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO HQ

    17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    John Vine

    John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector, Borders & Immigration

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    John Vine

    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

    Colleen Manaher, Executive Director, US Customs and Border Protection

    • CBP is conducting extensive testing and analysis of new, cutting-edge biometrics to further enhance its ability to combat threats, streamline the inspection process, and expedite the flow of travel and trade.
    • CBP has deployed targeted biometric entry/exit projects towards the goal of a comprehensive entry/exit system.
    • CBP is seeking expertise from industry on biometric exit solutions that can be seamlessly integrated into CBP operations.
    • CBP is developing partnerships with the air industry to innovate the inspection process with advanced technology and transform the traveler experience.
    • CBP will continue to enhance its biographic data systems to support its biometric capabilities.
     

    9:50 The IT challenges and opportunities facing eu-LiSA and the future of EU Smart Borders

    Krum Garkov

    Krum Garkov, Executive director, European Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT (eu-LISA)

    • An update on the eu-LISA programme to maintain internal security in the Schengen countries
    • Benefits of the memorandum between eu-LISA and Europol enhancing IT architecture, increasing operational capabilities, and providing IT services to eu-LISA customers around the world
    • Improving application development, biometric system maintenance, and network and data storage enhancements
     

    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

    Julien Coudrey, Head of the API-PNR Project, French Customs

    • An update on the aims and timelines of the French API-PNR system
    • Analysing the data and feedback from operational use of the system
    • Future challenges for the programme: fulfilling the requirement to integrate the API-PNR project with airlines
     

    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

    Colonel Paolo Emilio Recchia, Chief of Staff - Air Naval Operative Command Guardia di Finanza, Guardia di Finanza

    • Exploring current operations of the Air & Naval operations command with a focus on migration
    • Optimizing naval vessels and air craft to efficiently patrol Italy’s territorial waters
    • Feedback from recent operations in the Mediterranean
    • Future goals to safely and securely manage Italy’s borders
     

    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

    Markku Mylly, Executive Director, European Maritime Safety Agency

    • Implementing drones with video, infrared sensors and chemical “sniffers” for detecting ships
    • Improving the time efficiency of detection technology
    • Enhancing detection versatility: drone-mounted cameras monitoring migrant movement during daylight hours, infrared sensor tracking at night
     

    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

    Adriano Baptista, Head of Operations Division, EU Satellite Centre

    • The mission of the European Union Satellite Center
    • The support to FRONTEX activities
    • The technologies utilised to provide GEOINT products and services derived from the analysis of satellite imagery and collateral data
    • Working with Copernicus services to provide maritime surveillance, border surveillance and support to EU external actions
     

    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

    Michael Gaul, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO HQ

    • The impact of rising tensions and strains on border security within NATO nations
    • The importance of NATO to the management and control of borders
    • A focus on Eastern European borders: Lessons for NATO and its partners

    15:50 Border Management in Developing States – Building Capacity to Meet the Challenge

    Jason Clarke

    Jason Clarke, Border and Identity Solutions, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

    • Equipping the developing world to meet the challenge of managing migration and securing their borders
    • Capacity Building in Border Management including the installation of Border Management Information Systems
     

    16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    John Vine

    John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector, Borders & Immigration

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    Crowne Plaza Rome St. Peter's Hotel & Spa

    Choose the relaxing Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s hotel, home to a luxurious spa minutes from Rome’s historic city centre. Treat yourself to an in-room dining experience at Crowne Plaza Rome-St. Peter’s and relax on your balcony overlooking the hotel’s outdoor pool, tennis courts or gardens. Come to the St. Peter’s Spa to let off steam in our sauna and Turkish baths, or rest on the loungers around our heated indoor pool.

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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