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SMi Group are proud to announce its 13th annual Border Security Conference taking place in Rome on the 11th and 12th February 2020.

With the migrant crisis ongoing in the Mediterranean, issues emerging surrounding the return of foreign fighters and the ever-present threat of cross border criminality, Border Security stands at the forefront of planning for countries and international organisations.

Border Security 2020 will be a high-level conference, bringing together military staff, government figures and key individuals involved in enhancing border security capabilities of nations on a global scale. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to meet with key industry stakeholders and to hear from some of the world’s leading individuals.

Now in its thirteenth year, the event has established itself as a market leader in this sector, covering the most pertinent topics in border security year on year. Unlike other events, we strive to deliver real insight and learning experiences through the expertly selected speakers who run our presentations, ensuring the latest developments from all parts of the community (industry and military) are covered in detail.

SMi’s Border Security conference will return as the leading event for industry professionals and government officials around the world dealing with border security implementation, technological solutions and effective policing strategies. A truly global event, delegates will hear from government speakers, international organisations such as Interpol, euLISA, Airpol and IOM, as well as industry on the latest developments in the field of cross border security and countering threats.

Themes for 2020:

  • Automated International Border Control Systems and Associated technologies (AI etc.)
  • Mitigating European Refugee and Migrant Crisis/Protection of EU External Borders
  • International Cooperation, Information sharing and Communication on countering cross border threats
  • Security Management Systems (SeMS) in Aviation Security
  • Biometrics/vs Biometric Free border controls
  • Preventing the use of fraudulent documentation
     
  • Heads of Border Security Programs
  • Heads of Border Police
  • Police Commissioners
  • Heads of Airport Security
  • Heads of Airport Operations
  • Heads of Immigration and Customs
  • Border Management Experts
  • Biometrics Experts
  • Security Policy Managers
  • Directors of Maritime Operations
  • Heads of Innovation and Technology

Past attendees have included:

Embassy of Canada, Rome, Italy; Advantech Wireless; Aeroporti di Roma; Airpol; Arma dei Carabinieri/Prime Minister's Office; Borders & Immigration; Brussels Airport Company; C.I.E.R. srl; Cellebrite; Comando Generale della Guardia di Finanza ; Department of State; Ecuadorian Navy; Elbit Systems Ltd; Embassy Of Canada to Italy; Embassy of Poland; Estonian Police and Border Guard Administration; EU lisa; EU Naval Force; Eunaformed; EUNAVFOR; European Union Dedication to Turkey; Europol; Federal Police, German Embassy; Finnish Customs; Frequentis AG ; Gatekeeper Intelligent Security; Gatekeeper Security U.K. & Europe; General Authority of Saudi Customs; German Federal Police; Government of Aruba; Guardia di Finanza; Heise Media Service GmbH & Co. KG; Hungarian National Police; Idemia; Idemia Identity & Security France SAS; Identity for Services; Integrated Biometrics; International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD); International Organisation for Migration; INTERPOL; IOM - International Organization for Migration; Italian Army; Italian Coast Guard Headquarters; Italian Navy; Joint Research Centre; Leonardo; Leonardo S.p.A.; Marina Militare Italiana; Ministry of the Interior; Ministry of the Interior Department of Public Security Central Directorate of Immigration and Border Police Immigration Service; MSAB; National University of Public Service Fle; NATO STO CMRE; Neom; Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe; P.G Court Consulate Congo; Polish Border Guard; Portugese Navy; Portuguese Navy; Prime Minister's Office (Israel) - National Cyber Directorate ; SAP Belgium NV/SA; secunet Security Networks AG; SITA; Swedish Police Authority; Swiss Border Guard; The University of Reading ; UAE GHQ; UN Police Division; Unisys Corporation; Unisys Italia S.r.l; University of Wolverhampton; US Commercial Service, US Embassy; Vancouver Airport Authority; WorldReach Software;

Conference programme

8:15 Registration & Coffee

8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr John Vine

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

9:00 Facilitating Biometric Identity Services for the US Department of Homeland Security – Operational Look at the Systems/Process of IDENT/HART

Mr Patrick Nemeth

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

  • An overview of one of the largest automated biometric identification systems in the world
  • What it means to be an “identity as a service” provider
  • 9:40 Challenges at the United States border

    Mr Jason R. Thompson

    Mr Jason R. Thompson, Assistant Chief, United States Border Patrol HQ, Enforcement Systems Branch-Biometrics, Department of Homeland Security

  • Combating family fraud and human trafficking with biometrics
  • Legal and other special considerations needed when working with children
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    10:20 Gold Sponsor Vancouver Airport Authority

    Ms Keri Phoenix

    Ms Keri Phoenix, Manager Innovative Travel Solutions, Vancouver Airport Authority

    11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:30 Effective border risk management at our international airports and the role of emerging technologies specifically facial recognition systems

    Mr Christopher Maston

    Mr Christopher Maston, Port Director, Miami International Airport, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security

  • A discussion surrounding the key elements of effective risk management strategies at our international airports: threat picture, selectivity strategies, officer skillsets and management techniques
  • Leveraging facial biometrics to secure our international airports at entry/exit
  • The importance of developing field laboratories supported through executive planning forums and a collective willingness to innovate
  • The value of creating a shared vision for risk management and traveller facilitation through effective government/industry partnerships
  • 11:50 Best Practices in Border Security and Management (BSM) Within the Context of Counter-Terrorism: Global Efforts to Build Capacities

    12:00 Biometric Exit USA: LH Perspective

    Mr Patrick Sgueglia

    Mr Patrick Sgueglia, Product Manager Regulatory, Lufthansa

  • LH Overall Biometric Strategy (why are we doing this and what benefits do we see for our paxs?)
  • Where is LH currently using Biometrics and with who (focus on US in particular: MIA and other SITA projects MCO/BOS)
  • How can CBP TVS be used at other Airport touchpoints (e.g. Fast Bag Drop USA Project in FRA)
     
  • 12:30 Session Reserves for Sponsor

    13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Supporting Member States efforts through Technology for a Safer Europe

    Mr Krum Garkov

    Mr Krum Garkov, Executive Director, eu-LISA

  • Providing high-quality efficient services as a long-term solution for the operational management of large-scale IT systems - essential instruments in the implementation of the asylum, border management and migration policies of the EU
  • Eurodac: the second-generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) and the Visa Information System (VIS)
  • Facilitating the sharing of information on criminal matters, enabling the coordinated investigation of crimes that no longer respect national borders
     
  • 14:30 The Importance of Improving Networking Capabilities of National Security Forces as a Multi-lateral Response to Security Threats

    Mr Manuel Navarrete Paniagua

    Mr Manuel Navarrete Paniagua, Head of Department , Europol

  • The current climate surrounding transnational, cross border terrorism in Europe
  • Irregular migration and its impact on counter terrorism strategies
  • Returning foreign fighters and the need to track individuals posing threats to national security
  • Current initiatives to utilise and improve upon international police networks when fighting criminality
  • 15:00 Profiling, targeting and real time operational communication at airports in the Global South to fight transnational organized crime and terrorism

    Ms Cecile Plunet

    Ms Cecile Plunet, AIRCOP Global Coordinator, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

  • Current challenges faced by law enforcement at airports across the Global South, in terms of institutional, human, technological and technical capacities
  • Support provided by UNODC, INTERPOL through the Airport Communication Project
  • Focus on the collection and analysis of passenger data
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea

    16:00 Panel Discussion: Biometrics and Seamless Travel

  • Discussing initiatives for seamless travel across land
  • Protecting biometric systems against fraudulent schemes
  • Challenges, threats and opportunities
  • Mr John Vine

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

    Mr Christopher Maston

    Mr Christopher Maston, Port Director, Miami International Airport, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security

    Mr Patrick Sgueglia

    Mr Patrick Sgueglia, Product Manager Regulatory, Lufthansa

    Ms Keri Phoenix

    Ms Keri Phoenix, Manager Innovative Travel Solutions, Vancouver Airport Authority

    16:40 Biometrics in Border Control: the Israeli Case

    Ms Yasmin Livne

    Ms Yasmin Livne, Director - Policy and Planning, Prime Minister's Office (Israel) - National Cyber Directorate

  • Assessing and learning from past challenges
  • Current initiatives in place
  • Maintaining effective controls
     
  • 17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mr John Vine

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

    8:15 Registration & Coffee

    8:50 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mr John Vine

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

    9:00 Presentation Details: The Portuguese (PRT) Maritime Authority - Maritime Police in European Border Control Operations

    Vice Admiral Luis Carlos de Sousa Pereira

    Vice Admiral Luis Carlos de Sousa Pereira, PRT Maritime Authority Director-general / Commandant, PRT Maritime Police, Portugese Navy

  • The Sea - a multidimensional and multidisciplinary space
  • PRT Maritime Authority and European Coast Guard Functions
  • Surveillance, control and information sharing in PRT jurisdictional waters
  • PRT Maritime Police participation in FRONTEX Operations
     
  • 9:40 U.S. Navy Initiatives for Border Protection at Sea: an overview of the Navy’s Identity Dominance System (IDS) and Biometrically Enabled Access Control – Husbanding (BEACH)

    Mr Mike Jones

    Mr Mike Jones, Identity Dominance System Technical Lead, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division

  • IDS and identity collection at sea
  • BEACH and identity vetting and ship biometric access control in port
  • The value of biometric database population and data sharing
  • 10:20 Session Reserved for Sponsor

    10:50 Morning Coffee

    11:20 Speaker to be Announced - Operation Sofia EU NAVFOR

    11:50 Integrated Border Management outside of the EU IBM theatre: differences, challenges and perspectives

    Mr Borut Erzen

    Mr Borut Erzen, Head of Border Management and Security Programme, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

  • EU IBM concept vs. “global IBM concept”
  • Challenges
  • Perspectives and the need for amendment of the existing IBM concept in EU external cooperation
  • 12:20 Border Security in unstable scenarios, challenges and opportunities in the Central Mediterranean migration route

    Mr Marco Mantovan

    Mr Marco Mantovan, Project Manager, IOM - International Organization for Migration

  • General update of the Central Mediterranean migration flows, and security-oriented patterns
  • Border management vs border security in crisis and post-crisis context
  • Challenging extremely volatile environments from the public and private perspective
  • 12:50 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Recent Advances in Automated Recognition at the Border

    Mr Marek Rejman-Greene

    Mr Marek Rejman-Greene, Director, Identity for Services

  • The challenge of secure integrated services at borders
  • Case studies of integrated airport operations using biometrics
  • Future possibilities
     
  • 14:20 Best Practices in Border Security and Management (BSM) Within the Context of Counter-Terrorism: Global Efforts to Build Capacities

    Ms Christine Bradley

    Ms Christine Bradley, Programme Manager, United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism

  • Overview of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT) and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT)
  • Overview of UNCCT’s Global Programme related to Border Security and Management (BSM)
  • Global Efforts and Strategies to Build Capacities: Biometrics, Specialized Projects/Training, Human Rights @ borders 

     

  • 14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 Panel Discussion: Interoperability between Government and International Bodies

  • Maintaining a comprehensive approach to mitigation: closer cooperation and responsibility sharing
  • Outlining measures to tighten Europe's external borders
  • Technological advancements
  • Mr John Vine

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

    Ms Cecile Plunet

    Ms Cecile Plunet, AIRCOP Global Coordinator, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

    Mr Miklos Pek

    Mr Miklos Pek, Border Management and Migration Expert, UN Migration, IOM

    Mr Borut Erzen

    Mr Borut Erzen, Head of Border Management and Security Programme, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

    Mr Fabrizio Di Carlo

    Mr Fabrizio Di Carlo, Specialized Officer, INTERPOL

    15:50 Frontex and Interpol collaboration to improve frontline document checks through FIELDS project

    Mr Fabrizio Di Carlo

    Mr Fabrizio Di Carlo, Specialized Officer, INTERPOL

  • The use of fraudulent travel documents is a recognized threat affecting global security as well as border control worldwide.
  • Border control officers are required to operate under tight time constraints and know a growing number of new types of travel/identity documents
  • Provide real time information on fraudulent travel document to border guards is a global challenge
  • How FIELDS is going to merge INTERPOL & Frontex respective values to enhance border checks
     
  • 16:20 Mitigating Migration Crisis in Europe/Protection of EU External Borders

    Mr Miklos Pek

    Mr Miklos Pek, Border Management and Migration Expert, UN Migration, IOM

  • Understanding migration
  • Migration towards Europe
  • Migration in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
  • Approaches, mechanisms to protect the external EU borders
     
  • 16:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mr John Vine

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

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Mr Christopher Maston

    Mr Christopher Maston

    Port Director, Miami International Airport, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
    Mr Jason R. Thompson

    Mr Jason R. Thompson

    Assistant Chief, United States Border Patrol HQ, Enforcement Systems Branch-Biometrics, Department of Homeland Security
    Mr Patrick Nemeth

    Mr Patrick Nemeth

    Director, Identity Operations Division, Department of Homeland Security
    Ms Keri Phoenix

    Ms Keri Phoenix

    Manager Innovative Travel Solutions, Vancouver Airport Authority
    Vice Admiral Luis Carlos de Sousa Pereira

    Vice Admiral Luis Carlos de Sousa Pereira

    PRT Maritime Authority Director-general / Commandant, PRT Maritime Police, Portugese Navy

    , EU NAVFOR - Operation Sofia

    Mr Borut Erzen

    Head of Border Management and Security Programme, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
    Mr Borut Erzen

    Mr Christopher Maston

    Port Director, Miami International Airport, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
    Mr Christopher Maston

    Mr Fabrizio Di Carlo

    Specialized Officer, INTERPOL
    Mr Fabrizio Di Carlo

    Mr Jason R. Thompson

    Assistant Chief, United States Border Patrol HQ, Enforcement Systems Branch-Biometrics, Department of Homeland Security
    Mr Jason R. Thompson

    Mr John Vine

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

    Mr Krum Garkov

    Executive Director, eu-LISA
    Mr Krum Garkov

    Mr Manuel Navarrete Paniagua

    Head of Department , Europol
    Mr Manuel Navarrete Paniagua

    Mr Marco Mantovan

    Project Manager, IOM - International Organization for Migration
    Mr Marco Mantovan

    Mr Marek Rejman-Greene

    Director, Identity for Services
    Mr Marek Rejman-Greene

    Mr Mike Jones

    Identity Dominance System Technical Lead, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division
    Mr Mike Jones

    Mr Miklos Pek

    Border Management and Migration Expert, UN Migration, IOM
    Mr Miklos Pek

    Mr Patrick Nemeth

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

    Mr Patrick Sgueglia

    Product Manager Regulatory, Lufthansa
    Mr Patrick Sgueglia

    Ms Cecile Plunet

    AIRCOP Global Coordinator, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
    Ms Cecile Plunet

    Ms Christine Bradley

    Programme Manager, United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism
    Ms Christine Bradley

    Ms Keri Phoenix

    Manager Innovative Travel Solutions, Vancouver Airport Authority
    Ms Keri Phoenix

    Ms Yasmin Livne

    Director - Policy and Planning, Prime Minister's Office (Israel) - National Cyber Directorate
    Ms Yasmin Livne

    Professor James Ferryman

    Project Lead, PROTECT, The University of Reading
    Professor James Ferryman

    Vice Admiral Luis Carlos de Sousa Pereira

    PRT Maritime Authority Director-general / Commandant, PRT Maritime Police, Portugese Navy
    Vice Admiral Luis Carlos de Sousa Pereira

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    Workshops

    Countering Emerging Threats in Document and Identity Verification in Border Security
    Workshop

    Countering Emerging Threats in Document and Identity Verification in Border Security

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    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.

    CPD Certificates

    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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