Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition 2019 to focus on ‘Ethical Use of Surveillance Technologies’

Global MSC Security has announced the theme and agenda for the 21st Edition of its Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition (for which Risk Xtra is serving as Official Media Partner). Running on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 November 2019 at the Bristol Hotel in central Bristol, the event provides a platform for practising security specialists, law enforcement professionals, academics and policy-makers alike to debate the ‘Ethical Use of Surveillance Technologies’.

Tony Porter QPM LLB MSyl, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner at the Home Office, will provide insights into the challenges and solutions facing the video surveillance industry in a presentation entitled ‘The Future of Video Surveillance in Open Society’. Porter will address what future regulation looks like, as well as how the National Surveillance Camera Strategy devised by his office will respond to the evolving world of Artificial Intelligence, integrated surveillance and civil liberty challenges.

Highlighting the positive impact surveillance technologies combined with traditional policing techniques can have on investigations will be Peter Spindler MSyl, the Gold Commander for the police response to the 2015 Hatton Garden Vaults diamond and bullion heist and managing director of PSA. In a presentation entitled ‘Technology and the Hatton Garden Vaults Heist’, Spindler will explain how ‘analogue’ criminals were defeated by ‘digital detectives’.

Academic insight

Providing academic insight to the ethics debate will be Allyson MacVean, Professor of Policing and Criminology at Bath Spa University. MacVean has co-edited the ‘Handbook of Policing, Ethics and Professional Standards’ and also co-authored the series of publications entitled ‘Police Ethics and Values: Policing Matters’.

Dafyd Llewelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys Police, will outline how he took the initiative to link CCTV in 18 towns across his force area to be monitored at the police headquarters in Carmarthen.

David Eaton, the strategy and planning officer (CCTV project manager) at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon & Cornwall Police, will be joined by Kevin Thomas, area manager for resilience, mobilising and service training at Cornwall Fire and Rescue. Together, they will discuss the monitoring of CCTV of the various towns and cities across Cornwall from the Fire and Rescue Command and Control Centre.

Derek Maltby

Derek Maltby

Speaking about this year’s event, Derek Maltby (managing director of Global MSC Security) informed Risk Xtra: “Whether it’s the use of facial recognition or the adoption of machine learning, Artificial Intelligence and robotics, we need to consider the ethical implications of new surveillance technologies. The aim is not to inhibit innovation and adoption, but rather to ensure we steer the right course with the right safeguards and regulations in place.”

An exhibition preview will open on the afternoon of Monday 11 November, followed by a gala charity dinner that will raise money for The Lily Foundation. In addition, the winner of the 2019 Gordon McLanaghan Award for Security Innovation will be announced.

The conference takes place on Tuesday 12 November and is free-to-attend for delegates and end users, with members of The Security Institute able to receive double Continuing Professional Development points for attending.

The 2019 Global MSC Security Conference and Exhibition is supported by Genetec as headline sponsor. They’re joined by the other event sponsors Synectics, Bosch, the DSSL Group and 360 Vision Technology.

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