Security business sector’s key players share knowledge and Best Practice advice at Total Security Summit

Designed to draw on the combined skills and expertise of the professional security community, the Total Security Summit has returned once again and is now bigger and better than ever. Taking place on 14 and 15 March at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted, the first of two 2016 events brought the industry’s key figures together for two days of match-made face-to-face meetings, interactive seminars and endless business networking opportunities.

Attendance at the Total Security Summit events – which are organised by Forum Events – is strictly limited to senior security professionals and the most innovative product and service providers in the industry. Maximising productivity, the Total Security Summit team uses a unique match-making formula to bring like-minded delegates and suppliers together for a series of face-to-face meetings.

Delegates and suppliers in discussion

This year’s March event was well-attended by security and risk management representatives from household names including American Express, easyJet, the Post Office, Sainsbury’s and the University of Cambridge.

Product and service suppliers were carefully hand-picked based on the security requirements of attending delegates. Hosting the likes of ATEC Security, Crimestoppers, Gallagher Security, Honeywell, Nedap, Sony Europe and TRAKA, the March gathering covered all aspects of security from CCTV and access control through to education and training.

The day began with an interactive group session featuring Sony Europe’s Marc Roth offering his wisdom on camera systems of the future. Roth discussed the impact of the ever-increasing megapixels offered by today’s cameras and what this can mean for security.

Touching on concerns over bandwidth and frame rate limitations around higher megapixel cameras, the CCTV expert provided realistic solutions to problems faced by many of today’s practising security professionals.

Day One and Day Two Programmes

Over the course of Day One, delegates and suppliers joined forces to discuss potential security threats and solutions through face-to-face meetings and networking breaks.

Two seminars ended the day, the first involving ASIS International’s UK Chapter chairman David Clark and the second the National Security Screening Agency’s representative Paul Wallis. Clark discussed the challenges presented in securing a dedicated facility, highlighting the risks and threats involved. Next, Wallis presented an introduction to security screening personnel, duly focusing on the screening process and the problems it may entail.  

David Thorp

David Thorp

Beginning Day Two, The Security Institute’s managing director David Thorp chaired and presented a group session on avoiding the spectre of skills extinction, touching on how the nature of Continuing Professional Development is rapidly changing and how security professionals can keep their skills up-to-date in a business sector that’s constantly evolving and adapting to circumstance.

It was then time for another set of face-to-face meetings. Much positive interaction occurred during the final business meetings of the day, and everyone was pleased with the contacts they had made.

Feedback from attendees

Commenting on the event, Roger Holden (director of business development at Crimestoppers) stated: “This has been an extremely productive use of our time. Given the opportunity of meeting potential buyers under one roof across a couple of days, we made some very useful contacts. It was also a valuable opportunity to gauge our market, the key trends within it and our own offerings.”

*The next Total Security Summit will be taking place on 17 and 18 October at the Whittlebury Hall Hotel in Northampton. To register your interest or book your place click here

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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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