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SMi are pleased to announce the return of their 7th Annual Border Security Conference returning this year to Sofia, Bulgaria February 26 -27, 2014.

National Borders are a security issue for all Governments Globally. Vulnerable or insecure borders are akin to the promotion of illegal and potentially threatening activity towards a nation.
Global Governments are tasked among other things to protect their citizens, their economies and their resources. In order to make safe the above, the borders that run along the nations boundaries must be impenetrable to unauthorised or unrecorded crossings.

Returning to Bulgaria, SMi’s Border Security 2014 Conference will feature discussion on current concerns in Eastern Europe and around the world. As a relatively new member of the European Union, Bulgaria faces geo-political challenges unlike many of its co-members. Along with Romania, it is also doing everything it can to be accepted in to the Schengen Area. This necessitates effective border policing and this position as a border security hot spot makes it an ideal and intriguing venue.

Border control is incredibly challenging particularly when a border runs for thousands of kilometres often through hard and varied terrain. With the added pressure of some borders running through hostile environments steps must be taken to ensure all hazards and any potential threat stays beyond the border and does not penetrate into a nation. SMi’s Border Security Conference will highlight the key emerging efforts of international border control agencies.

Border security has long since moved on from the lone patrol footman walking along a barbed wire fence. Now, governments employ the use of sophisticated software technology for monitoring individuals as they move through borders. This method requires constant technological development and the addition of cross border agency cooperation.

Industry is replying to the demand for border security technology with a host of technological advancements that will serve to combat the risk of Border crossings by individuals or goods alike.

SMi’s Border security Exhibition space will act as an innovation showcase housing the latest offerings from key industry representatives.

Not only are there human factors to consider, now boarders are being breached by goods or currency, often to fund crime, or to pose a threat to citizens within a boarder. SMi's Border Security 2014 will serve to promote debate and discussion aided by an impressive line up of key Military and govenments officials that will draw on real life senarios, coupled with distinguished industry subject matter experts that can deliver upto date briefings on the very latest technology that the community is developing.

Sea ports, Airports, International Train Stations and Inter-country Highways all have their own unique boarder security challenges - This year SMi Border Security 2014 will explore the use of UAS’, UAV's and Radar systems that can be deployed to track intruders or airborne crossings, whilst specialist Sonar and Small Craft Detection systems can be deployed to monitor sea or waterway access.

Keys themes for this year will include;

  • Terrorism and Transnational Criminal Organizations
  • Emerging Technologies to Address Mission Threats
  • Border Enforcement by Land-Air-Sea
  • Joint forces Efforts
  • Maritime and Port Security
  • Border Management in Conflict Zones
  • Border Security Big Data
  • Integrated Border Management

Military and Government

Border Guard; Border Police; Border Patrol; Coast Guard; Customs; Immigration; Homeland Security; Port Security; Aviation Security; Border Agency



Biometrics; security consultants; private security; operations; integrated security solutions; border management; maritime protection; fencing; container scanning; vehicle scanning



Previous attendees include:

ARINC; ARINC EMEA; Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation; Booz - Allen & Hamilton; Booz Allen Hamilton; Border Guards; Bureau of Border and Alien Police, Slovakia; Cassidian; Cassidian Saudi Ltd; Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance; DEFENDEC; Defendec OÃœ; Estonian Academy of Security Sciences; FLIR Commercial Systems; FLIR Commercial Systems BV; Hungarian National Police; Interpol; IOM Bucharest; Military Technical Academy, MoD; Ministry of Administration and Interior; Ministry of Interior, Republic of Serbia; Ministry of Internal Affairs 'Alexandru Ioan Cuza' Police Academy; NATO Headquarters; NIGERIA CUSTOMS SERVICE; OSCE Chairman-in-Office; Panasonic Computer Products Europe; Pilatus Aircraft Ltd; Public Safety Canada; Raytheon Systems Ltd; Regula Baltija; Regula Baltija Ltd; Romanian Border Police; Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force; Safran Morpho; Sasia Security-risks.com Pvt Ltd; Serious Organised Crime Agnecy (SOCA); SGS Group; SITA Inc; State police Zürich / airport division border control; Swiss Border Police; Thales; Thales Communication & Security; UK North West Counter Terrorist Unit; UKTI Defence and Security Organisation; Ultra Electronics - AEP Networks; University of Malta;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Martin Dubbey

Martin Dubbey, Director, Dextera Global

9:10 Home Nation Address: Border Security System of the Republic of Bulgaria

Mr Zaharin Penov

Mr Zaharin Penov, General Commissioner, Director, Chief Directorate Border Police, Bulgaria


  • Strategy and organisational structure
  • New technologies and modern technical means in border control
  • Cooperation with neighbouring countries – an efficient tool in combating illegal migration and increasing the border security;
  • Active participation in FRONTEX coordinated activities
  • 9:50 Irregular Migration and its’ Effect on Crime Worldwide

    Martin Dubbey

    Martin Dubbey, Director, Dextera Global


  • An overview of Irregular Migration
  • A look at the Haiti Case Study
  • Human Trafficking
  • Links to Terrorism?
  • Law Enforcement
  • 10:25 New Technology for Mobile control to the Border Guard Corps BGC

    Pierre Wuillemin

    Pierre Wuillemin, Head of Biometrics and ID, Swiss Border Police

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 Risk Management as a useful/helpful tool in order to improve/enhance border security

    Peter Waldbauer-Hable

    Peter Waldbauer-Hable , Criminal Police Department, Criminal Police Department


  • The origin of risk management (in order to describe where it comes from)
  • Risk management used in the economic system
  • Application of risk management within border security organisations (some examples of the practical use)
  • Specialized risk management versus general risk management
  • A unified "drawer-system" concept of general risk management
  • Main risks concerning border security
  • Implementation of a general risk management system - challenges, pitfalls and benefits
  • 11:55 Mobility in field - Daily work improvements for border guard officers

    Jacek Wielgus

    Jacek Wielgus, Business Development Manager, Panasonic Computer Products Europe


  • A review of US export control reforms
  • ECR impact on exports for US Exporters
  • Practical considerations for EU supply chain partners
  • 12:35 Trafficking of Human Beings at the borders

    Alberto Andreani

    Alberto Andreani, Programme Officer, OSCE Chairman-in-Office


  • General trends and patterns of trafficking in human beings
  • Modus Operandi of traffickers
  • Intelligence and evidence gathering at the borders
  • OSCE Responses
  • 13:10 Networking Lunch

    14:10 End-to-end border management: an integrated approach to traveler intelligence and true identity management

    Ricardo Letosa

    Ricardo Letosa, Senior Business Development Manager, SITA Inc

  • The border management challenge – accelerating clearance while improving detection
  • The role of biometrics and passenger data analysis in verifying passenger identity
  • A review of global implementations – case studies
  • Future trends for traveller intelligence solutions
  • 14:50 Mass Gathering Events as Challenge for International Border Security

    Roberto Mugavero

    Roberto Mugavero, Safety Engeenering Project Manager, University Of Rome 'Tor Vergata'


  • Mass Gathering Events: Definition and Characteristic
  • Prospect, Issues and Risks
  • New Scenarios
  • Security of Mass Gathering Events


  • 15:25 Afternoon Tea

    15:45 Multi-threaded Intelligence Led Border Management

    Andrew Priestley

    Andrew Priestley, Business Development Director, Government & Security, Rockwell Collins ARINC

  • Pre-travel API, PNR and visa issuance – data obtained and process undertaken to identify known risks and understand potential threats and patterns
  • Biometric authentication – Verification of passengers against travel documents
  • Traveller authentication – Ensuring the person who checks in is the traveller who travels
  • Managing the arrivals process – Persons without documents, inadmissible travellers
  • Managing the stay and departure of the traveller – Use intelligence analysis once more to ensure traveller is permitted to leave
  • 16:25 Best practices regarding border check systems in Romanian Border Crossing Points (B.C.P.’s)

    Tony Mihaitoaia

    Tony Mihaitoaia, Specialist officer within the directtorate for Survaeillance and Border Control, Service for Border Crossing Control, Romanian Border Police


  • E – APIS
  • Body scanner for drug detection
  • Second Line of Defence (radioactive substances detection)
  • Automatic System for Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Martin Dubbey

    Martin Dubbey, Director, Dextera Global

    9:10 UK Inspectorate of Borders and Immigration Key Note address

    John Vine

    John Vine, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, UK


  • The Independent Chief Inspector for Borders and Immigration in the UK will present findings from his high-profile inspection reports looking at border security functions across the UK’s airports and ports
  • An insight into how the Chief Inspector and his team carry out effective, impartial and robust inspections aimed at improving the UK’s border
  • 9:50 The Integrated Border Security System (I.B.S.S.)

    Petrus Neacsu

    Petrus Neacsu, Police Chief Commissioner, Romanian Border Police


  • I.B.S.S. implementation: status and challenges;
  • Systems Integration within the Operational Coordination Centre (O.C.C.); 
  • Future developments
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 Verification of the different tactics to fight against illegal activities from the seaside

    Chavdar Ormanov

    Chavdar Ormanov, Osdife President, Associated Professor in Department of Navigation, Technical University - Varna

  • Creation of the fight against illegal activities tactics;
  • Development of the virtual environment;
  • Development of the vehicles virtual model;
  • Collection of the playing teams;
  • Conduct the simulation of the modelling situation;
  • Verification of the chosen tactics
  • 11:40 Borders and Borderlands - A Space of Common Interests and Common Challenges

    Jon Trumble

    Jon Trumble, Customs Adviser, OSCE


  • Is it a risk? A threat? Or an opportunity? - Getting past the bad to see the good.
  • The complexities of demarcation and delimitation.
  • The battle against corruption
  • The economics of the freedom of movement.
  • Sharing information and nurturing border security and management partnerships
  • 12:20 The Schengen evaluation mechanism - The new approach to evaluate external borders

    Marek Adamczyk

    Marek Adamczyk, Adviser Government Centre for Security, Border Guards


  • What is a Schengen evaluation?
  • Schengen evaluation mechanism – legislative base
  • An evaluation of external borders – general introduction
  • Information gathering
  • Methodology of an evaluation to be used
  • Drafting
  • FRONTEX Schengen evaluators’ trainings
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:30 Keeping the balance between protecting borders and protecting the rights of those in need of protection

    Petia Karayaneva

    Petia Karayaneva, Protection Officer, UNHCR


  • Europe as a region of migration and protection
  • Trafficking and smuggling
  • EU external borders
  • The role of UNHCR
  • Access to the territory in Bulgaria and in Central Europe
  • 15:10 Security-Border Crossing, International Railway Corridors

    Wlodzimierz Ternawski

    Wlodzimierz Ternawski, Chief Expert on Security Matters, P K P Polskie Linie Kolejowe S A

  • Railway relationships between east-west (Europe-Asia)
  • UIC Working groups “Crossing the borders : Schengen area and other zones” and “Security-Borders crossing, Internationals railways Corridors” – activities, tasks, results. Cooperation in cross border matters with Frontex and DG JLS
  • Illegal immigration and its impact on railways relations
  • Smugglings and its impact on railways relations
  • EU funds for modernization of railway border crossings
  • Conclusions
  • 15:50 Securing EU borders with Space Assets – Myths and Reality

    Adriano  Baptista

    Adriano Baptista, Head of Operations Division, EU Satellite Centre


  • User requirements: Everything, Everytime, Everywhere challenge
  • Sensors: Suitability of commercial earth observation satellites for border surveillance/monitoring
  • EU SATCEN contribution: Strengthening border security with space-based technologies and derived imagery analysis products and services
  • Role of European institutions/agencies in collaborative border management: European projects and programs
  • 16:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

    16:35 Afternoon Tea and Close of Day Two


    Delegate Guide


    Article: When smaller is better


    Article: Port security. Gothenburg case study


    Article: See more, detect more


    Article: Common Sense


    Article: Chain Reaction


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