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11th Border Security Conference - 28/11/2017

Border Security: Insights from the German Border Control of the Future

With the migration crisis ongoing throughout the Mediterranean and mainland Europe, national security continues to be a priority for EU nations. Just recently, the European Parliament has announced the approval to store biometric details of non-EU visitors. At the same time, France and Germany have called for the right to reintroduce border controls within the Schengen zone due to terrorism threats.

In line with this, SMi is proud to announce that Mr Ralph Krueger, Director of Project Control of the Future, German Federal Police Headquarters, will be speaking at the 11th Border Security conference in Rome next February.

Speaking on Day 1 of the event, Mr Krueger will be presenting a session on strategies to enhance border security capabilities with a focus on the German Border Control of the Future. The talk will explore PNR, Entry/Exit and ABC gate projects that will enhance and renew border controls to meet EU Standards. Mr Krueger will also discuss the project timeframes, as they target operational functionality on the frontline at air and sea borders by 2020. Additionally, he will give updates and feedback from testing at Frankfurt airport and initial pilot projects.

Mr Krueger will be joining other key European speakers including:

  • Rear Admiral Gianfranco Annunziata, Deputy Head 3rd Department, Plans, Operations & Maritim Strategy and Head of Maritime Strategy & International Relations Office, Italian Navy Genaral Staff
  • Vice Admiral Luis Carlos de Sousa Pereira, Portuguese Maritime Authority Director General and Commandand Maritime Police, Portuguese Ministry of Defence
  • John Vine CBE QPM, Strategic Consultant, Borders & Immigration and Former Chief Inspector, Borders and Immigration, UK
  • Superintendent Patrik Engstrom, Head of Border Policing Section, National Operations Departrment, The Swedish Police
  • Dr Enrique Belda, Deputy Director General of Communications and Information Systems for Security, Spanish Ministry of Interior
  • Professor James Ferryman, Professor of Computational Vision, Computer Science, University of Reading and Project Lead, EU PROTECT

Other featured speakers include representatives from the US Department of Homeland Security, Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Italian State Police, Guardia di Finanza, Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Schiphol Airport, Airpol and more.

The full list of speakers, programme and topics can be found on

Border Security 2018 will provide delegates a platform to discuss application of technologies and strategies to implement next generation capabilities to secure land, air and sea borders in response to growing global threats.

Those interested in attending are advised to register on the event website. Early Birds discounts available.

11th Border Security Conference
21-22 February 2018
Crowne Plaza St Peter’s Hotel, Rome, Italy

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