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ID WORLD's transportation security forum enjoys increased attendance

ID World : 04 June, 2009  (Company News)
Transportation Security Forum witnessed discussions on hub security, border control and ticketing with ID WORLD set to continue the debate in November this year in Milan
Wise Media's fourth Transportation Security Forum opened its doors in Paris on May 28, with the endorsement of the European Commission, to welcome an array of world-class speakers, panellists and delegates focusing on how to increase security, while facilitating the circulation of people and goods around the world.

The 186 attendees (13 percent up on the last event held in Amsterdam) and key players involved in the creation and operation of secure trade lanes and passenger routes, included central government representatives, border control and law enforcement authorities, as well as transportation administrators.

The truly global nature and focus of the event was illustrated by representation and participation from government delegates from Europe, America, Middle East and Asia including the European Commission, the UK Border Agency, US Customs and Border Protection and Department of State, the Dutch Immigration Service, the French Ministry of Immigration, the Austrian Ministry of the Interior as well as the German Ministry of the Interior.

In addition, the forum drew participation from a cross-section of representatives from international airports from Europe and the Middle East and a significant number of airlines such as Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, Continental Airlines and Iberia Airlines, as well as Belgian, Dutch, French and Italian rail operators and port authorities. This was complemented by discussion and presentations from key people in the transportation, hub and cargo security vendor community to provide an over-arching view of the industry from every perspective.

In essence, all combined to provide a detailed picture of the status of regulations and legislation, as well as best practices for hub security on a global scale. The event also highlighted state-of-the-art technologies available today to improve the performance of front-end and back-end processes in airports, railway stations and seaports.

"We are delighted that with the two days of intense debate and information sharing of issues in the transportation industry, the Transportation Security Forum once again established itself as the platform of choice for experts from this community," says Sophie de la Giroday, President of Wise Media.

"Much of the focus was about the customers, service provision and who would provide and pay for these services. Needs for more enhanced infrastructures and border security were weighed against the issues surrounding e-ID and privacy, while critical situations such as illegal immigration and its high risks to those migrating were discussed."

Technologies including developments in biometrics and the issues surrounding border exit were compared to the strict controls surrounding entry and were further linked to more generic safety and environmental issues as well as the securing of cargoes, the transportation of goods and the protection and efficient management of fleets on sea and land including the trucking industry.

On the second day of the Transportation Security Forum, Wise Media's NFC Academy met for the second time this year to explore and discuss successful deployments and profitable and sustainable business models for near field communications. Debate was brisk throughout the event with a strong emphasis on mobile ticketing, fare collection and next generation technologies and standards in NFC particularly in the world of transportation.

The NFC Academy is a year long initiative that went live in 2009 with a series of events featuring both a conference and a technology village. Its inaugural meeting was held in Abu Dhabi in February and was held as the first dedicated event ever in the Middle East under the patronage of the Minister of the Interior of the UAE, H.H. Major General Sheik Saif bin Al Nahyan, with the second, held in Paris alongside the Transportation Security Forum.

Both the Transportation Security Forum and the NFC Academy Conference will now take their message forward and continue their valuable discussions at their cardinal 2009 events at the ID WORLD International Congress, the eighth annual summit on automatic identification, in Milan on November 3-5, 2009.

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