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.
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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