The second and final day of the Securing Asia & Africa 2014 continued to witness the formation of strategic partnerships between visiting international delegations from Asia and Africa with Western and Asian suppliers of homeland security technological solutions. The exhibitors included leading companies in the industry such as Indianeye Security Pvt. Ltd., Security Watch India, Pearson Engineering, Strategic Support Services (SL) Limited, and Westminister Group PLC among many others. Zada and Facewatch collaborated at Securing Asia and Africa 2014 to demonstrate how important their technologies are to each other.
The products offered at the exhibition ranged from a revolutionary personal safety mobile phone application, robust robots with applications for investigating and analysing threat, face recognition technology, IED simulators, and rail systems.
During the course of the summit, the buyers and sellers of the latest homeland security technology were able to make a number of business meetings and negotiations, as well as enjoy a series of fascinating speeches from the industry’s leading experts and officials. Day 2’s presentations demonstrated the concurrent theme of the increasingly complex reality of the future, which will pose new threats to the internal security of Asia and Africa.
The speakers included Jonathan Paris, Senior Advisor of the Chertoff Group, who referred to demographic trends and consequently the continual growth of megacities across Asia and Africa as a key challenge to cyber security. Dr. Gal Luft, Co-Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security Senior Advisor, United States Energy Security Council outlined both the changing technological and human behavioral dimensions of securing critical energy infrastructure in the cyber era. For his closing remarks at the end of the two highly informative and enlightening days of the conference, Harry Dhaul highlighted the future of freedom and its consequences for international security, which are yet to fully play out on the global arena. He also spoke about the business of trusting ideas and democracy, identifying a key challenge for the future will be reaching agreements between different world views from contrasting cultures.