The Smart Border Technology Forum
Governments in the Middle East and around the world are seeking better border protection measures against illegal immigrants and goods’ trafficking.
Cognizant of the strategic value of border protection, a critical pillar of homeland security, Senior Security and Intelligence Directors and Managers from across the GCC have pledged to participate in the upcoming first edition of the annual Smart Border Technology Forum.
Held under the patronage of H.H. Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s Minister of Interior and Deputy Prime Minister, the event will take place on September 24, 2012 at the Al Bustan Rotana hotel in Dubai, UAE.
The inaugural Smart Border Technology Forum will cover the full spectrum of border protection technologies and solutions. Among the areas to be featured are Command & Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR); Advanced border imaging/screening; and border surveillance.
Organized by IQPC, the event will be hosted by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (Dubai) and is expected to attract over 150 regional and global border protection and management experts.
One topic that is expected to be in focus at the event is the need for more integrated solutions for monitoring boundaries, vulnerabilities, and strategic locations or points of interest.
Abu Dhabi–based company Bayanat for Mapping & Surveying Services will showcase during the forum how CCTV cameras, infra-red and laser sensors, mapping and surveying and GIS technology can all be combined to achieve more effective monitoring, protection and control. Bayanat will use 3D simulations to demonstrate how integration is the best approach for applications related to land demarcation, urban planning and other related areas as well.
Bayanat will reveal how its comprehensive line of surveying, mapping and geospatial services are used to support the decision making process in the areas of border delineation and demarcation, border protection and support via geospatial systems, urban planning for emirates and municipalities, and land demarcation. During the forum, Bayanat will also showcase how Viewshed Analysis – a common function of GIS software that profiles an area on the ground visible from a specific location or locations – is vital to border protection planning and implementation.
Participants are looking forward to hearing about the UAE’s recently implemented E-passport technology, automatic E-gates and integrated biometrics systems.
Other highly anticipated points for discussion are the lack of immigration checks for boat crews, the latest and best technologies and practices for protecting and managing land, air and sea borders; anti-terrorism trends; and cutting-edge approaches to detecting trafficking operations and cross-border crime.