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2018-04-01

ISNR 2018 Closes on A High Note

Leading national security and resilience event consolidates its status as the most important gathering of its kind in the region
 
The eighth edition of the International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience (ISNR) concluded on 8 March 2018 in Abu Dhabi to consolidate its status as the region’s premier homeland security, safety and national resilience forum. 
 
Jointly organised by the UAE Ministry of Interior and Reed Exhibitions, ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018 took place under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. 

The event hosted more than 600 exhibitors from 55 countries and welcomed over 200 government buyers and delegates, participating alongside more than 25,000 local and international attendees.
 
Over the years, ISNR Abu Dhabi and its associated events have not only set the homeland security agenda but facilitated effective public-private collaborations for a safer region and world. They provide a unique opportunity to share industry insights and showcase the latest innovations in the sector, while responding to evolving threats in the Gulf and beyond.
 
ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018 placed special emphasis on current and emerging cyber threats and the high-tech security potential of AI, reflecting the priorities of the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence and Dubai Cyber Security Strategy. 

Major General Dr Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Inspector-General of the Ministry of Interior and Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018, confirms that: “The extremely positive outcomes achieved by ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018 validate the success of the UAE leadership’s vision for pioneering the latest sophisticated AI, as well as national and cyber security capabilities.”
 
Major Al Raisi honoured the participants of the UAE Firefighter Challenge 2018 and officials from the Government Buyers Programme. He also took the stage to announce the winners of the five-category Innovation Awards: 
• Avigilon Corporation in the Artificial Intelligence category
• Estmrarya Consulting for Virtual and Augmented Reality 
• Cognitec Systems GmbH in the Digital Crime Management and Forensics 
category 
• Azur Drones for Unmanned Systems and Robotics 
• DarkMatter in the Smart and Connected Security category 
 
Spanning the entire scope of homeland security activities, ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018 featured the Critical Infrastructure Protection, Future of Policing, and Infosecurity Exchange forums, as well as the second editions of two co-located events – Infosecurity Middle East and Major Events Safety and Security Summit (ME3S).
 
ISNR Abu Dhabi has drawn the participation of government delegations from friendly countries and prominent national security firms, including the US, the UK, France, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Turkey and South Korea. The UAE-based international cyber security firm DarkMatter supported the exhibition as its strategic partner while Safe City Group, a homegrown turnkey solutions provider for smart and safe cities, was the innovation partner with the roles of associate partners assumed by the Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Agency (CICPA) and the Signals Intelligence Agency (SIA).
 
A key supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software, Esri, supported the event as GIS partner, accompanying satellite imagery and GIS solutions provider Space Imaging Middle East serving as ISNR’s crime prediction partner. 

In addition, US multinational technology company Microsoft assumed the role of artificial intelligence partner. Other leading national security agencies participating in ISNR 2018 included the Abu Dhabi Police, the Dubai Police, the Signals Intelligence Agency (SIA), the National Emergency, the Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), and the National Search and Rescue Center (NSRC). 
 
Homeland Security Highlights
Nation Shield brings to you the following highlights of ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018’s dedicated homeland security and safety forum: 
 
Future of Policing Forum
Major General Dr Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi opened the first edition of the Future of Policing Forum as part of a packed agenda on day two of ISNR Abu Dhabi.
 
After the keynote address by Lt Colonel Sulieman Al Kaabi, Director of Innovation and Foresight Department at the Abu Dhabi Police, the Future of Policing forum hosted sessions entitled ‘The Need for AI Application Policies’ convened by Harshul Joshi, Senior Vice President for Cyber Advisory Services at DarkMatter, and ‘Artificial Intelligence: The Dilemma’ by Eric Moncet, Head of Sector in Charge of Citizen Security Business at Thales Group. 
 
These forums were an opportunity for industry thought leaders to examine the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) and its implications for security, while exploring risks in the short and long term. 
 
In his presentation, Harshul Joshi spoke of the need to understand and take into account of the full benefits and the risks of integrating AI into government systems. As Joshi noted: “As with any new technology, when we incorporate AI into critical systems, we need to assess risks and take appropriate safety measures. There are tremendous benefits to leveraging AI, but we need to implement government policies and regulations that cover third-party equipment and accreditation, certification, and technical assessments, to ensure that systems are safeguarded against cyber threats.”
 
Over at the DarkMatter forum, Harshul Joshi described how he manages governance, risk and compliance and cyber network defence streams. A strategic partner of ISNR Abu Dhabi, DarkMatter is an international digital defence and cyber security consultancy and implementation firm with head offices in the UAE, and research and development centres in Canada, Finland and China. 
 
Eric Moncet explained how AI can help governments predict, identify and resolve security issues, emphasizing that “AI is already being used in cities around the world, but it must be implemented wisely. AI requires an enormous amount of data from surveillance cameras, Internet of Things, and social media.

If integrated into operations successfully, AI can be a powerful tool for prediction and response by looking at data history and then automatically informing operators in real time. AI can help mitigate a range of illegal activities – from car theft to violence – or dangerous crowd developments.”
 
Thales Group has been a regular participant at ISNR and Eric Moncet is charged with prospects and innovation for solutions related to critical infrastructures protection and safe cities. Hence, Moncet also underscored the need for data security, adding that “Regulation, data privacy, and cyber risks must be addressed. Data needs to be protected to avoid being compromised and to ensure the confidentiality of citizens.”
 
Infosecurity Exchange Forum
A key feature of the Infosecurity Exchange forum was its focus on the potential of artificial intelligence to revolutionise national security. Here, priorities have shifted from traditional physical security and law enforcement systems to models that operate on the basis of AI. These models leverage the transformative promise of digital security systems and procedures.
 
One of the pillars of ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018 was the second edition of Infosecurity Middle East, which is the Gulf’s premier specialist event for securing vital data against evolving cyber threats.

The Infosecurity Exchange Forum presented a series of regional events under the banner of Infosecurity Europe and Infosecurity Middle East. These forums have traditionally helped to facilitate partnerships between specialised suppliers, technicians, and government entities.
 
In this year’s edition, a Strategic Leaders Opening Panel was moderated by Adrian Davis, Managing Director of ISC2. In a discussion on “Cyber Security in UAE: An Assessment of Main Threats, Challenges and Requirements for National Preparedness and Response”, Davis and his industry colleague assessed the threat of cybersecurity to businesses and national infrastructure. 

Commenting on increasing cybercrime in the UAE, Gilles Loridon, CEO of Global Security Network, reminded the forum that: “Although the country is physically very safe, the UAE is vulnerable to cyber threats because it is so technologically advanced with a highly developed essential infrastructure.”
 
Ramy Al Damati, Cyber Security Solutions Architect at Kaspersky, added that: “Because we now live in an interconnected digital world, attacks are increasingly very well organised and coordinated by criminals prepared to take advantage of vulnerable people such as children.” Meanwhile, Ahmed Al Falasi, Manager at Signals Intelligence Agency (SIA), concluded that: “Given the increased threat potential to the UAE, a whole methodology of threat response needs to be developed involving stakeholders and practitioners working together to help one another in addressing the growing threat.”
 
The Infosecurity forums featured a UAE CISO Panel moderated by Ahmed Qurram Baig, Founder of Ciso Council and Cisoconnect. One notable session was entitled “The New CISO’s Role and Challenges in UAE: Sharing Experience” and examined the growing responsibilities of CISOs in their operations and strategic objectives, as well as their control of storage and use of data gathered through AI.
 
Mobile Land Systems
As one of the region’s leading producers of military, police and armoured vehicles, Mobile Land Systems showcased a range of products at ISNR. The company also presented its electronics division, Advanced Future Systems, with a range of systems developed for VIP protection, prisons, and other government infrastructure.
 
All of MLS’s products are engineered and produced by its international team at its head office and factory in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE with research and development centres in South Africa and Italy. Other key products making a notable presence at ISNR were NAJA Compact MRAP, Cobra APC & Pickup Range, Composite Armour Cadillac Escalade and the inconspicuous B7 Armouring. 
 
Crime Prediction Engine
After three years of research and development, SIME’s in-house team has launched “Crime Prediction”, a predictive policing software that analyzes existing intelligence and crime patterns from police databases. Using sophisticated algorithms, Crime Prediction produces highly accurate data predicting when and where crime is likely to occur next.
 
Elistair Unmanned Orion
Elistair presented the Orion Unmanned Aerial System at ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018. The Elistair is an advanced tethered drone system providing continuous aerial coverage over large areas for law enforcement, public safety, private security, and military usage. Amongst its capabilities, Orion assures asset protection, event security, emergency communications, and crisis monitoring.
 
Olimp High-Speed Interceptor
Olimp was able to display its next-generation high-speed interceptor at ISNR Abu Dhabi. This 2018 show highlight was intended for shock actions by naval special forces, special police forces, coastguards and rescue anti-terrorism forces. 
 
Tudor Scan Aeria
ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018 also featured the Tudor Scan Aeria, the most advanced aircraft scanning devices currently available. The Aeria provides innovative security solutions for bomb-threat clearing.
 
Robocop Anti-Riot Suit
Nicknamed “Robocop “, the Anti-Riot suit provides the highest Impact Protection System. ISNR Abu Dhabi was another opportunity to present products tested and certified according to the British Standard of trauma norm (BS 7971-8:2003). 
 
Caprivi MRAP Twin-Turrets
The Caprivi MRAP has a V-Shaped armoured steel hull for full blast and ballistic protection. The Caprivi comes in a mix of variants, including APC, C2, Surveillance and Ambulance models, and with its capacity to mount twin turrets it is a fearsome beast.
 
Pulsed Radiation Area Monitors
Designed for control of impulse radiation during the operation of linear electron accelerators or other pulse action installations, this flexible and reliable area monitor drew considerable attention at ISNR. The system consists of АТ1123 X-ray and gamma radiation dosimeters along with the components of the АТ2327 Alarm dosimeter. 
 
Hybrid Electric Power Systems
IDE has entered the era of hybrid energy technology by developing and manufacturing advanced power stations and energy storage systems for small to medium power installations. This year’s ISNR Abu Dhabi saw the company introduce its Hybrid Electric Power Stations (HEPS) which combine conventional and renewable energy sources with modern energy storage banks under the supervision of smart Power Management Systems. 
 
RLL37/38™ Multi-Shot Launcher
The twin models of the RLL37/38™ Less Lethal Multi-Shot Launcher feature a semi-automatic advance mechanism. The model on display weighed only 3.75 kg with the inclusion of a forward and reverse round selection that eliminates the necessity to open the launcher. 
The next edition of ISNR will be from March 31 to 2 April, 2020.

 
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