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SAE Media Group are proud to announce the 14th Border Security Conference, taking place virtually on the 10th and 11th of February 2021.

With COVID-19 spreading across the globe, the security and integrity of a nation’s borders has rarely been more important than now. Security protocols have been thrust into the global spotlight as border professionals have had to adapt and change their usual approaches while ensuring that their effectiveness is not compromised; a successful response has frequently hinged on the ability of a nation to prevent infected individuals from entering the country.

Amid this disruption, the problems of migration, cross-border criminality, and smart-borders have become even more critical as rogue elements seek to exploit the situation. These issues need to be addressed urgently by the international community.

In its fourteenth year, the Border Security Conference is moving online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; this will enable worldwide border professionals to meet these issues head-on. Bringing together border forces, airport and port personnel, industry leaders and key international agencies, the conference provides an excellent opportunity to meet with key industry stakeholders and to hear from some of the world’s leading voices. Border Security 2021 is a truly global event firmly established in the market – it is not to be missed.

Border Security 2020 is the perfect occasion to learn from and network with the most informed and renowned experts in the field of border protection. Tune into the two-day conference and benefit from insights delivered by first-class professionals, scientists, border force officers, and industry figures.

Themes for 2020:

  • COVID-19 and ensuring a safe, hygienic security protocols
  • Migration and the effects of COVID-19 on legal and illegal movement
  • “Smart Border” systems, including the EES and biometric scanners
  • Airport-specific security protocols
  • Automation, AI and Big Data: feasibility and uses at the border

The SMi Virtual Conference Platform will deliver the following benefits:

  • Live and On-Demand speaker content: Get online access to the latest strategies and case studies from your market!
  • Network with all event attendees: Connect, see who’s attending, chat and share contact details with all online delegates, speakers and sponsors
  • Exhibit a Virtual Booth: Pack your customized booth full of documents and videos, and even show who is manning the booth during the event and who is hosting meetings
  • Host & Join Meetings & Socials: Join preferred speaking sessions, host your own meetings and even host virtual networking socials with inbuilt Zoom functionality

Embassy of Canada, Rome, Italy; Advantech Wireless; Aeroporti di Roma; AREA SPA; Bartington; Borders & Immigration; Bundespolizei; C.I.E.R. srl; CAA; Camtech Consulting; Canada Border Services Agency; Department of Homeland Security; DHS/NPPD/OBIM; Directorate-General of Maritime Authority/Legal Office; Dutch Border Police; Embassy of Ecuador in Italy – Defence Aattache; Embassy of Ukraine in Italy ; ENANA; EU Satellite Centre (EU SatCen); Eu-lisa; EUNAVFOR MED – operation Sophia; European Commission – Joint Research Centre; Federal Custom Administration (Swiss Border Guard); Federal Police, German Embassy; FLIR Systems Inc; Griaule S.A.; Hard Head Veterans LLC; Hermes Airports Ltd; Hungarian National Police; Idemia; Identity for Services; INTERPOL; Italian Coast Guard; Italian Coast Guard Headquarters; Italian Defence; Italian Navy; Italian Navy General Staff; Italian Navy HQ; Leonardo S.p.a.; Marina Militare Italiana; Maryland Test Facility; Miami International Airport; National University of Service; NATO STO CMRE; NEOM; Portugese Navy; ReadID (Innovalor); Science Media Partners; Susteen; Susteen Inc; Swedish Police Authority; The University of Reading ; TNO; UAE GHQ; UN Migration Agency (IOM) ; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; United States Border Patrol; US dept Homeland Security; USA Department of Homeland Security; Vancouver Airport Authority; Vision Box; YVR;

Conference agenda



Chairman's Opening Remarks

Mr John Vine CBE QPM

Mr John Vine CBE QPM, Former Chief Inspector of Borders, UK Home Office



Czech Republic Response to COVID-19 and Working with Schengen

Mr Jiri Celikovsky, Head of Unit for Coordination of Schengen Cooperation and Border Control, Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, Interior Ministry, Czech Republic

  • Czech Republic border protection history and approach: rich emigration past v restrictive present
  • Emphasizing the capacity of the security apparatus
  • Evaluating the Czech Republic’s response to COVID-19 border closures: capacity and responsiveness
  • Future of Czech Republic border technology and techniques
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    Behavioural Detection and High Footfall Screening

    Mr Andy Palmer, Border Security Manager, Gatwick Airport

  • The creation and development of Behavioural Detection & Analysis programmes
  • The value and limitations of high footfall screening technologies
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    Staying Vigilant with Border Security During Global Emergencies

    Mr Didier Clergeot

    Mr Didier Clergeot, Coordinator Integrated Border management Task Force, Interpol

  • An insight into how criminal organisations have been exploiting widespread disruption during the COVID-19 pandemic and what this tells us about the weaknesses in our border security systems
  • Success stories and the lessons we can learn
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    Morning Break



    Estonian Police and Border Guard COVID-19 Response

    Mr Egert Belitsev, Head of Integrated Border Management Bureau, Estonian Police and Border Guard Administration

  • Overview of the Estonian response to the pandemic and the technical means to monitor travellers
  • Measures taken to monitor the quarantine regime
  • Changes to the structure of the Police and Border Guard and future modernization plans
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    Combatting Child Trafficking with Field Forward Rapid DNA and a Comprehensive Reach back Solution

    Mr Dane Plaza, Director of Federal Operations, Bode Technology, Bode Technology

  • Bode Technology has successfully developed and implemented a rapid DNA reach back center that supports Applied Biosystems RapidHIT ID instruments, from Thermo Fisher Scientific, across the country.
  • The comprehensive program encompasses geographically separated rapid DNA facilities, all of which rely on Bode's accredited laboratory that is staffed with trained analysts who are providing 24/7/365 reach back support.
  • Dane Plaza, director of federal operations at Bode Technology, will discuss challenges and successes with deploying instruments, training end-users, and providing real-time support to deliver scientifically supported results.
  • These principles can be applied to applications supporting law enforcement agencies utilizing this technology.
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    Lunch Break



    Happy Flow 2.0 Project Updates and How the use of a Digital Identity can Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 on Smart Border Processes and Passenger Facilitation

    Ms Annet Steenbergen, Happy Flow Project Lead, Government of Aruba

  • Updates on the Happy Flow project and progress towards the One ID vision
  • Mitigating COVID-19 risks: how have we adapted Happy Flow and what have we learned? What will this mean for our customers moving forward?
  • The future of Happy Flow and plans to bring in more partners to develop the experience
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    Lessons learned on implementing EES & Biometrics at the EU Borders

    Mr Jean-Francois Lennon, VP Head of Strategic Sales & Global Partnerships, Vision-Box

  • What the introduction of EU Schengen Smart Borders means for border control agencies?
  • How can Smart Borders technology build a safer and more secure Europe?
  • How implementation of biometric technology at land, sea and air border crossings can be less resource intensive and non-intrusive to travellers and still providing a high degree of security
  • Regarding the Entry/Exit System (EES), what will be the practical challenges Member States may face along the way?
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    Smart Borders Package: A German Perspective

    Dr Norbert Wilfried Reez, Project Leader Smart Borders, Bundespolizei

  • “EU Border Management 2.0” - How to get prepared for this
  • Digital Transformation - New challenges for border guards & border authorities
  • Border Security & Data Protection – Disentangling basic conflicting goals
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    Afternoon Break



    US Biometric Identity Operations for the 2020s: Looking Ahead

    Mr Patrick Nemeth, Director of Identity Operations Division, US Department Of Homeland Security

  • Overall US biometric identification systems and main lines of effort to provide a comprehensive and robust service
  • Where our adversaries are pushing ahead and how DHS is fighting back. How do we need to adapt for the future?
  • COVID-19 biometric experiences and lessons learned from the US to maintain homeland security whilst protecting civilians and staff from unnecessary transmission
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    Combatting Fraud and Criminality During the COVID-19 Crisis: The US Experience

    Mr Jason Thompson, Assistant Chief e3/Biometrics, United States Border Patrol

  • How cross-border criminal activity has changed and adapted during the COVID-19 crisis – what has the DHS done to combat these new approaches?
  • Safety of biometric scans and mitigating chances of transmission while processing
  • Safeguarding security personnel: our experience and what changes we are making in future
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    Countering Terrorism at the Border: Best Practice for 2020 and Beyond

    Mr Rocco Messina, Head Border Security and Management, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre

  • How cross-border terrorism has changed and adapted to the COVID-19 crisis, including shifting to digital
  • Post-COVID business-model adaptation for border security experts
  • Other countermeasures, both technological and procedural, needed to thwart terrorism beyond COVID-19 considerations
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    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Mr John Vine CBE QPM

    Mr John Vine CBE QPM, Former Chief Inspector of Borders, UK Home Office



    Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mr John Vine CBE QPM

    Mr John Vine CBE QPM, Former Chief Inspector of Borders, UK Home Office



    Technological Actions in Spain in the European Framework of Interoperability

    Dr Enrique Belda, Deputy Director General of Communications and Information Systems for Security, Spanish Ministry of Interior

  • Update on the Spanish border response processes and operational decision-making
  • Lessons learned and how we have performed as a protective force
  • Future border projects and how we will continue to modernize our borders
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    Threats to EU Borders and the Frontex response

    Mr Carsten Simon, Head of Risk Analysis Unit, Frontex

  • Threats to External EU Border in 2020 and into 2021 under COVID-19
  • Response including Standing Corps Deployment
  • Outlook in reference to Agency’s work on strategic foresight and multi-annual policy cycle
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    Cross Border Human Mobility Amidst COVID-19: Promoting International Cooperation and Digital Solutions

    Mr Baptiste Amieux, Regional Immigration & Border Management Specialist to the EEA/EU, International Organization for Migration

  • How COVID-19 has changed mobility across the EEA region
  • How to coordinate and cooperate for border opening/closing
  • Preparing for the “new normal”: how technology and policy will need to adapt to work with COVID-19
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    Morning Break



    Airpol: Airport security in a Changing World

    Police Commissioner Peter Nilsson, Head of Airpol, Airpol

  • Airpol’s work to prevent breaches of security
  • After the pandemic -what is the new normal?
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    The Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP): Safeguarding the Border at the Airport

  • Description of the project, structure and working methodology
  • Best practices for the implementation of Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces
  • Connection between Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces and PIUs
  • Moderator: Mr Cristian Fanelli

    Moderator: Mr Cristian Fanelli, Law Enforcement Expert and AIRCOP Regional Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

    Mr Manu Niinioja

    Mr Manu Niinioja, Law Enforcement Expert (Airports/Passenger Data), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

    Mr Ousmane Coundoul

    Mr Ousmane Coundoul, Drugs Programme Team, World Customs Organization

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, Name Witheld for Security Reasons, INTERPOL



    Lunch Break



    Entry/Exit System (EES) Progress and Implementation

    Mr Uku Sarekanno, Head of Executive Support and Stakeholder Management Unit/Head of Cabinet of Executive Director, Eu-lisa

  • Overview of EES progress and its intended effect to prevent irregular immigration, manage migration flows, and detect criminal activity
  • Integration with security databases: progress in creating standardized and effective connections with JHA Agencies
  • User-experience considerations: how is this being approached?
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    Incorporating API-PNR Into Luxembourg’s Border Security

    Mr Stephane Levy, Director of the Information Processing, Police Grand-Ducale, Luxembourg

  • Overview of API-PNR gateway and advantages for secure passenger data-sharing across partner organisations
  • Govlink: building an agile and appropriate data-sharing system for smaller airlines and private flights
  • Data security considerations and how these are inbuilt in API-PNR processes
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    Afternoon Break



    Border Security in Africa: Contemporary Aspirations and Opportunities

    Mr Christopher Suna Kayoshe, Political Officer for Strategic Security Affairs and Counter Terrorism, African Union Commission

  • The Africa-specific challenges of securing national borders and preventing illegal movement
  • The African Union’s role in supporting national security for member states and an overview of current initiatives
  • Looking ahead: what technological innovations and cultural shifts will affect border security in Africa and what are we doing to stay ahead?
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    Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mr John Vine CBE QPM

    Mr John Vine CBE QPM, Former Chief Inspector of Borders, UK Home Office

    Deputy Director General of Communications and Information Systems for Security
    Spanish Ministry of Interior
    Project Leader Smart Borders
    Law Enforcement Expert and AIRCOP Regional Coordinator for South-Eastern Europe
    United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
    Border Security Manager
    Gatwick Airport
    Regional Immigration & Border Management Specialist to the EEA/EU
    International Organization for Migration
    Head of Risk Analysis Unit
    Political Officer for Strategic Security Affairs and Counter Terrorism
    African Union Commission
    Director of Federal Operations, Bode Technology
    Bode Technology
    Coordinator Integrated Border management Task Force
    Head of Integrated Border Management Bureau
    Estonian Police and Border Guard Administration
    Assistant Chief e3/Biometrics
    United States Border Patrol
    VP Head of Strategic Sales & Global Partnerships
    Head of Unit for Coordination of Schengen Cooperation and Border Control, Department for Asylum and Migration Policy
    Interior Ministry, Czech Republic
    Former Chief Inspector of Borders
    UK Home Office
    Law Enforcement Expert (Airports/Passenger Data)
    United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
    Drugs Programme Team
    World Customs Organization
    Director of Identity Operations Division
    US Department Of Homeland Security
    Head Border Security and Management
    United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre
    Director of the Information Processing
    Police Grand-Ducale, Luxembourg
    Head of Executive Support and Stakeholder Management Unit/Head of Cabinet of Executive Director
    Happy Flow Project Lead
    Government of Aruba
    Head of Section
    Swedish Police Authority
    Head of Airpol
    Name Witheld for Security Reasons
    Head of National Border Policing Section
    Swedish Police Authority

    Sponsors and Exhibitors



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    Short Programme


    Full Programme


    Speaker Interview with Ms Annet Steenbergen, Government of Aruba


    Letter from the Chairman


    Border Security 2021 Brochure


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    As a worldwide leader in forensic DNA testing, Thermo Fisher Scientific has been supporting the criminal justice community for nearly 30 years. We are proud to introduce our latest crime fighting and border control tool, the FBI NDIS approved RapidHIT™ ID System, which enables law enforcement and border force officers to verify identification and familial relationships using DNA. Now you can generate forensic quality DNA profiles in virtually any setting in as little as 90 minutes—and no technical expertise is required.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Vision-Box improves convenience, efficiency and security in travel and border control, offering user-centric digital identity management solutions.

    Partner of the most prestigious Airports, Airlines and Governments, Vision-Box enhances passenger flow, establishes identity ground-truth through high performance enrolment, identification and authentication, while enabling large data transactions and actionable business intelligence.

    Vision-Box develops state-of-the-art touchpoints, custom front-end applications and collaborative orchestration software, towards a premium passenger experience.

    Vision-Box operates over 6,000 solutions and processes 700 million passengers per year at over 80 international airports, easing the live of a traveller every 5 seconds.

    Follow the journey on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. For more, visit www.vision-box.com!

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