The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries’ SecureTech conference aims to put industry as well as their potential customers in the same room, providing opportunities for companies to learn what sort of technology is appealing.
First responders in particular are an “intimate” part of the security cycle because they are the first ones on the scene in most security situations, said CADSI president Tim Page. As an example of an industry opportunity, they require communications products that can connect with the Ontario Provincial Police, RCMP or Coast Guard, depending on the jurisdiction.
That said, the conference does not discriminate with one particular type of customer and will welcome all those with an interest in security to attend the sessions at the Ottawa Convention Centre Oct. 30 and 31, Mr. Page said.
“The key is for us not simply to get a horde of industry people talking to each other. It’s to get that mix of public policy and regulators together with the community that uses industrial solutions, and then the industrial solution providers,” he said.
“They can have a good chat and figure out where operational requirements are going, and how trends within the technology community are moving. So as needs evolve, the technology will be there to meet those needs.”
About 110 security-minded companies will showcase their work in booths at the conference. While delegate numbers are not finalized yet, CADSI aims to meet or surpass the 1,500 delegates that attended the inaugural conference last year.
This year’s theme is a dual focus on cybersecurity – a rising problem in security circles, according to Mr. Page – as well as perimeter security, which came into focus this year as the United States and Canada announced they would work to harmonize their border regulations.
Mr. Page noted that SecureTech will include land crossings, seaports and airports in its discussions on perimeter security.