Designed to draw on the combined skills and expertise of the security community, the Total Security Summit returned once again this year bigger and better than ever. Taking place on March 14th & 15th at the outstanding Radisson Blu, London Stansted; the event brought the industry’s key figures together for two days of match made face-to-face meetings, interactive seminars and endless networking opportunities.
Unlike trade shows and exhibitions, attendance to the Total Security Summit is strictly limited to senior security professionals and the most innovative product and service providers in the industry ensuring no time is wasted. Maximising productivity, the Total Security Summit team uses a unique matchmaking formula to bring like-minded delegates and suppliers together for a series of face-to-face meetings. Allowing delegates and suppliers to get to know one another on a personal level, after all evidence confirms we are much more likely to do business with companies we have met face-to-face.
This year’s event was therefore unsurprising well-attended by some of our biggest household names including American Express, easyJet, the Post Office, Sainsbury’s, the University of Cambridge, amongst many others.
Product and service suppliers were carefully handpicked based on the security requirements of attending delegates. Hosting the likes of ATEC Security, Crimestoppers, Gallagher Security, Honeywell, Nedap, Sony Europe, TRAKA and many more; this year’s event covered all angles of security from CCTV and access control to education and training.
On top of this, here at the Total Security Summit, we welcome some of the most prominent industry influencers including ISMI, Security Institute, Loss Prevention Magazine, ASIS International, RISK UK, 1st Security News, Security Cleared Jobs, Copybook and HJA to share their skills, knowledge and expertise.
We kicked off this year’s event with an interactive group session with Sony Europe’s Marc Roth shedding his wisdom on camera systems of the future. Marc discussed the impact of the ever-increasing megapixels offered by cameras and what this can mean for security. Touching on concerns over bandwidth and frame rate limitations to higher megapixel cameras, the CCTV expert provided realistic solutions to problems faced by many security professionals today.
Marc did a great job at mentally preparing the crowd us for a busy two days. Over the course of day one, delegates and suppliers got together to discuss potential security threats and solutions through our face-to-face meetings, networking breaks and over a delicious lunch at the Radisson Blu’s Filini Restaurant.
To finish the day off, we had a choice of two seminars the first with ASIS International’s David Clark and the second with the National Security Screening Agency’s Paul Wallis. David joined us to discuss the challenges presented by securing a dedicated facility, highlighting the risks and threats involved. Next, Paul presented an introduction to security screening personnel; focusing on the screening process and the problems it may entail.
After a busy day and a short break, it was finally time for some fun! With a handful of relaxed networking opportunities over our gala dinner, drinks and some evening entertainment; we ensure attendees get to know each other that little bit better. We had a fun-filled evening in store for our guests; a Fun Money Casino, a Reaction Board and to top it all off an F1 Simulator Competition. Everyone had a great time and got stuck in battling to win a bottle of champagne!
The next day, we were all up bright and early – ready for another productive day. To start the day off, David Thorp from the Security Institute presented a group session on avoiding the spectre of skills extinction; touching on how the nature of CPD is rapidly changing and how security professionals can keep their skills up-to-date in an industry that is constantly changing.
After a thought-provoking seminar, it was time for another set of face-to-face meetings and some much-needed coffee breaks! A lot of positive interaction went on during the final business meetings of the day and everyone was pleased with the contacts they had made. We had a final networking lunch and before we knew it, it was time to go back to the office but this time armed with a handful of useful contacts.
Accurately described as the “best event in the industry” by long-serving attendees Nedap; the Total Security Summit has long established itself as the primary place for security professionals to get their fix on the latest industry trends, updates and innovations. After another positive two days, the Total Security Summit has firmly re-established its position as market leader.
Roger Holden, Director of Business Development at Crimestoppers comments on this year’s event;
“This has been an extremely productive use of our time with the opportunity of meeting potential buyers under one roof over a day and half, we made some very useful contacts. It was also a valuable opportunity to gauge our market, trends and our offerings.”
The next Total Security Summit will be taking place on October 17th & 18th 2016 at Whittlebury Hall Hotel, Northampton. For the next event, expect even more seminars covering a broad range of topics relevant to security professionals today. To book your place onto this event or to register your interest, please click here.
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