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SMi Group are proud to announce the 15th Border Security Conference, taking place on the 7th and 8th of February 2022.

With COVID-19 spreading across the globe, the security and integrity of a nation’s borders has rarely been more important than now. Security protocols have been thrust into the global spotlight as border professionals have had to adapt and change their usual approaches while ensuring that their effectiveness is not compromised; a successful response has frequently hinged on the ability of a nation to prevent infected individuals from entering the country.

Amid this disruption, the problems of migration, cross-border criminality, and smart-borders have become even more critical as rogue elements seek to exploit the situation. These issues need to be addressed urgently by the international community.

Bringing together border forces, airport and port personnel, industry leaders and key international agencies, the conference provides an excellent opportunity to meet with key industry stakeholders and to hear from some of the world’s leading voices. Border Security 2022 is a truly global event firmly established in the market – it is not to be missed.

Border Security 2022 is the perfect occasion to learn from and network with the most informed and renowned experts in the field of border protection. Tune into the two-day conference and benefit from insights delivered by first-class professionals, scientists, border force officers, and industry figures.
 

Themes for 2022:

  • COVID-19 and ensuring a safe, hygienic security protocols
  • Migration and the effects of COVID-19 on legal and illegal movement
  • “Smart Border” systems, including the EES and biometric scanners
  • Airport-specific security protocols
  • Automation, AI and Big Data: feasibility and uses at the border

Embassy of Canada, Rome, Italy; Advantech Wireless; Aeroporti di Roma; AREA SPA; Bartington; Borders & Immigration; Bundespolizei; C.I.E.R. srl; CAA; Camtech Consulting; Canada Border Services Agency; Department of Homeland Security; DHS/NPPD/OBIM; Directorate-General of Maritime Authority/Legal Office; Dutch Border Police; Embassy of Ecuador in Italy – Defence Aattache; Embassy of Ukraine in Italy ; ENANA; EU Satellite Centre (EU SatCen); Eu-lisa; EUNAVFOR MED – operation Sophia; European Commission – Joint Research Centre; Federal Custom Administration (Swiss Border Guard); Federal Police, German Embassy; FLIR Systems Inc; Griaule S.A.; Hard Head Veterans LLC; Hermes Airports Ltd; Hungarian National Police; Idemia; Identity for Services; INTERPOL; Italian Coast Guard; Italian Coast Guard Headquarters; Italian Defence; Italian Navy; Italian Navy General Staff; Italian Navy HQ; Leonardo S.p.a.; Marina Militare Italiana; Maryland Test Facility; Miami International Airport; National University of Service; NATO STO CMRE; NEOM; Portugese Navy; ReadID (Innovalor); Science Media Partners; Susteen; Susteen Inc; Swedish Police Authority; The University of Reading ; TNO; UAE GHQ; UN Migration Agency (IOM) ; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; United States Border Patrol; US dept Homeland Security; USA Department of Homeland Security; Vancouver Airport Authority; Vision Box; YVR;

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

John Vine

John Vine, Former Chief Inspector of Borders, Borders & Immigration

9:00 Host Nation Address: Independent Assurance of the UK’s Borders and Immigration Functions

David Neal

David Neal, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration
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• Insights into how UK Borders and Immigration is independently assured.
• Strengths and weaknesses of the current system
• Plans for modernisation after Brexit and Covid-19
 

9:30 Behavioural Detection & Analysis - The Advancement of Understanding, Recognition and Standards

Andrew Palmer

Andrew Palmer, Director General, International Association of Behaviour Detection and Analysis
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• The benefits and limitations of utilising Behavioural Detection
• Tackling myths and misconceptions
• Measuring the success of a disruption effects approach to security
 

10:00 Optimising Security at British Ports

Andrew Billings

Andrew Billings, Group Head of Security, Associated British Ports
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• Overview of the changes being made by Associated British Ports to secure UK borders during a global pandemic
• Challenges of searching passengers and vehicles in a COVID compliant manner
• Working with regulators and adapting quickly to a rapidly changing regulatory environment
 

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 A Systems Engineering Approach to Borders

Richard Gutsell

Richard Gutsell, Borders, Identity and the Digital Economy, Atkins Ltd

• Delivering a systematic and strategic approach to Border security
• Meeting Digital, Infrastructure and Operational challenges,
• Deploying a multilayer strategy
• Modelling Borders in Digital environments
 

11:30 Improving the EU’s Visa Information System (VIS) for the post-COVID era

Uku Sarekanno

Uku Sarekanno, Head of Cabinet of the Executive Management, Eu-lisa
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• The modifications being made to the VIS in response to emerging challenges in migration and security
• Extending the scope of VIS to cover longstay visas and residence permits
• Challenges of integrating the VIS into the overall database framework of the EU and how it will assist other systems such as the Entry and Exit System and the European Travel Information Authorisation System
 

12:00 Reopening the Schengen Area after a Global Pandemic

Denise Kwantes

Denise Kwantes, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission – DG Migration and Home Affairs
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• Overview of the European Commission’s approach to managing the Schengen area during COVID-19
• Working with Member States to lift internal and external travel restrictions in a coordinated manner
• Lessons learned and plans for the future
 

12:30 D4FLY: Enhancing the Efficiency and Security of Identity Verification at Border Crossings

James  Ferryman

James Ferryman, Project Coordinator, The University of Reading
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• Biometric technologies for the verification of traveller’s identity on-the-move through 3D face, iris, and somatotype recognition
• Smartphone applications for enhanced traveller verification
• Advanced face morphed attack detection
 

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Combatting Migrant Smuggling in Europe

Damien Thuriaux

Damien Thuriaux, Head of Immigration and Border Management, IOM

• Overview of IOM’s efforts to assist Member States in building and strengthening their capacities to directly intervene in migrant smuggling operations
• Implementing effective border control measures and ensuring the concerted action of law enforcement agencies
• Assisting in enhancing regional and international cooperation among key States and advocating for the exchange of best practices
 

14:30 Mapping Migration Flows: Implementing the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) & Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) in The Gambia

Stephen Matete

Stephen Matete, Immigration and Border Management Programme Manager, IOM
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• Facilitating evidence-based decision making on migration governance
• Challenges of implementing the DTM and MIDAS, IOM’s information systems designed to track and monitor population mobility in West Africa
• Improving understanding of the effects of COVID-19 on migrant vulnerability

 

15:00 Afternoon Coffee

15:30 UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme

Christine  Bradley

Christine Bradley, Chief of Section, Countering Terrorist Travel, United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT)
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Strategic context and international framework for passenger data
Overview of the UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme
Key areas of support: legal, operational, transport industry engagement, technical
 

16:00 Training and On-the-Ground Programmes in Africa to Boost Border Management Skills

Didier Clergeot

Didier Clergeot, Operations Coordinator, Interpol
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• INTERPOL-led border management operations in West and East Africa highlight the importance of strong security measures to detect individuals using fraudulent travel documents
• Accessing INTERPOL’s I-24/7 secure police communication system outside the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) for direct access to the Organization’s criminal databases
• Reinforcing frontline officers’ knowledge and skills

 

16:30 Combatting Transnational Organised Crime in Southeast Asia

Esteban Felipe De La Torre

Esteban Felipe De La Torre, Regional Coordinator, Policy and Outreach, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
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• The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) collaboration with the Association of Southeast Asia Nations’ (ASEAN) efforts to improve border security
• Expanding and strengthening Border Liaison Offices in Thailand
• Promoting multilateral approaches to border management in the Mekong region in the form of cross-border information sharing
 

17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

John Vine

John Vine, Former Chief Inspector of Borders, Borders & Immigration

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

John Vine

John Vine, Former Chief Inspector of Borders, Borders & Immigration

9:00 Innovating the Future of Travel through Facial Biometrics and Public-Private Partnerships

Diane Sabatino

Diane Sabatino, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, US Customs and Border Protection

 • Expanding the use of facial biometrics to further secure and streamline travel at air, land, and sea while protecting the privacy of all travellers
• Integrating biometrics into the travel journey wherever identity verification is required and supporting travel recovery efforts
• Working closely with a variety of travel stakeholders and international partners to reimagine the future of travel using biometrics, mobile options, and other innovative processes

 

9:30 Modernising Biometrics in the US Department of Homeland Security

Patrick Nemeth

Patrick Nemeth, Director, Identity Operations Division, USA Department of Homeland Security

• Progress of the US Office of Biometric Identity Management’s (OBIM) efforts to transition from the Automated Biometric Identification (IDENT) System to the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) System
• Mitigating the privacy risks of HART’s implementation, such as those posed by deepfakes and the unintended sharing of sensitive information
• OBIM’s ambitions for HART, including its ability to perform multiple matching operations and store a more diverse range of biometric data (DNA, palm, voice, scar and tattoo etc.) in support of the DHS’s strategic goals
 

10:00 Session Reserved for Sponsor

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Airport Security in a Changing World: AIRPOL’s post-Pandemic Approach

Peter Nilsson

Peter Nilsson, Head of Airpol, Police Commissioner, Airpol
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• Airpol’s work to prevent breaches of security after COVID-19 and the adoption of seamless travel
• How are airport intelligence networks helping to secure borders and ensure emerging threats are mitigated
• Developments in the prevention of terrorist attacks in European airports
 

11:30 Aruba Happy Flow 2.0 and Aruba’s Post-Covid Smart Border Vision

Annet Steenbergen

Annet Steenbergen, Project Lead Aruba Happy Flow 2.0 , Government of Aruba
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• Updates on the latest from Aruba’s Happy Flow 2.0 and what was done to mitigate the need for Covid health credentials from travelers
• How will the acceleration of the digitization of passenger data impact border security and passenger facilitation?
• The use of a digital wallet and digital identity will change the passenger experience

 

12:00 Optimising Heathrow Airport’s Security

Kirsty Lockie

Kirsty Lockie, Border Force & Corporate Security Manager, Heathrow
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Overview of Heathrow’s efforts to refresh
and transform its security operations during
and after a global pandemic
• Implementing Passenger Self Service and
adopting the latest biometric technology
• Developments on the Heathrow Passenger
Identity Project

12:30 Airport Operations after COVID-19

Derek Provan

Derek Provan, CEO, AGS Airports
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• The changing market environment
• The purpose of airports
• Technology aligned with service
 

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Session Reserved for US Border Patrol

Raul Ortiz

Raul Ortiz, Chief, US Border Patrol, US Customs and Border Protection

• Insights into the US Customs and Border Patrol’s adoption of sUAS for airbourne reconnaissance, surveillance and tracking
• Comparing the efficacy of vertical landing vs fixed wing sUAS for different border operations
• Case Studies of success on both the Southern and Northern borders
 

14:30 FOLDOUT: Making Border Surveillance Smart and Seamless

Georg Melzer-Venturi

Georg Melzer-Venturi, CEO, Eutema Research Services
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• Overview of the EU’s FOLDOUT project, which aims to provide effective surveillance technology for foliage penetration
• Combining the latest machine learning algorithms and multi-altitude sensor platforms under a single, simple user interface
• Developing border surveillance technologies in compliance with legal and ethical requirements
 

15:00 Afternoon Coffee

15:30 Changing the Border: The Dutch Border Police’s Perspective

Bartjan Van Duijvenbode

Bartjan Van Duijvenbode, Innovation Manager, Dutch Border Police

• Lessons from the ongoing Dutch response to the pandemic
• Future proofing Schiphol
• Managing border security bottom up
 

16:00 Implementing ABC Gates and a New Passport Solution in Estonia

• Insights into the Estonian Police Border Guards’ collaboration with HID Global to produce Estonia’s new passport and accompanying software
• The automation of border crossing and the creation of Estonian national facilitation programme
• Increasing the efficiency of border crossing and the security of travel documents
 

Karoline Paide

Karoline Paide, Adviser-expert, Estonian Police and Border Guard Board
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Kerstin Kirsel

Kerstin Kirsel, Leading border officer, Estonian Police and Border Guard Board

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

John Vine

John Vine, Former Chief Inspector of Borders, Borders & Immigration

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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.

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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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