Securitas UK secures ASIS International’s 2016 European Security Conference and Exhibition

The Business Design Centre: Home of the 2016 ASIS European Security Conference and Exhibition

The Business Design Centre: Home of the 2016 ASIS European Security Conference and Exhibition

This year’s ASIS European Security Conference and Exhibition, which is running at the Business Design Centre in London from 6-8 April, is being safeguarded by trained and licensed security officers from Securitas UK.

The ever-popular event is attended by the most senior security professionals in Europe and includes a full conference programme, panel debates and an exhibition showcasing the very latest and best in terms of cutting-edge security services and solutions.

Delegates are also availing themselves of a number of behind-the-scenes professional security tours of some of London’s landmark buildings, including the British Museum.

As well as providing the on-site security, Securitas is serving as a Platinum sponsor of the event, and has representatives on hand to provide information about the company’s bespoke protective services and solutions approach.

As part of the conference programme, Russell Handley (regional business development director for the City of London at Securitas UK) is delivering a presentation under the heading ‘Intelligent Security: Using Technology to Make Smarter Security Decisions’.  The presentation looks at how to develop greater business intelligence by harnessing the Big Data gathered through increasingly sophisticated and innovative security technology in order to provide greater business intelligence, leading towards insights that influence key business decisions.

Securitas’ security officers are welcoming over 600 visitors across the three-day event and providing access control for the meeting and exhibition areas as well as security protection to attending dignitaries and speakers.

David Clark CPP PCI PSP

David Clark CPP PCI PSP

Having undertaken a full risk assessment of the main venue as well as the evening event locations, Securitas is working closely with ASIS and other national agencies – including the police – to ensure the event is a success.

David Clark CPP PCI PSP, chairman of ASIS UK Chapter 208, said: “I was delighted when it was confirmed that Securitas would be supporting the ASIS European Conference this year. The very nature of the event means that it’s both high profile and high risk. This, of course, presents many challenges. As the UK Chapter chairman, it’s essential for me that this event is safe and secure and that there’s minimum impact on delegates despite extraordinary security measures having to be put in place.”

Clark added: “I’m confident that Securitas will meet and exceed the security requirements for the event, from initial risk assessment through to event closure and de-installation. ASIS is very well supported by Securitas, and I’m sure that maximum effort will be given to ensure the safety and security of the venue and our people.”

ASIS and HID Global joint study to be presented and distributed at ASIS Europe 2016

Last month, ASIS International and HID Global conducted a survey among European security professionals to identify the level of understanding of access control and contactless smart card technology.

Questions focused on the differences between 125 kHz cards and 13.56 MHz cards, understanding of the protection of the Card Serial Number (CSN or UID) and the use of ‘credentialing’ technology.

The completed study is being made available for the first time at ASIS Europe 2016. A presentation of the study outcomes is being given today as part of the conference’s technology and solutions track, which is open to both delegates and exhibition visitors alike.

Geert Coremans CPP, area security manager for The Rezidor Hotel Group, was one of the ASIS members who assisted in preparing the survey content. “This study is part of our ongoing efforts to keep security professionals informed about technology developments that impact key areas of our responsibility,” explained Coremans. “The role of the security manager has never been broader or more complex, and ASIS is fully committed to helping security practitioners succeed in today’s challenging environment.”

*Detailed information on the ASIS International European Security Conference and Exhibition for 2016 is available online:

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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