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Secure Cities 2015 - Post Conference Report

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Security Watch India (SWI) organized the seventh edition of its critically acclaimed security event 'Secure Cities 2015' at Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi on 9 September 2015. This event delivered a well researched, extremely relevant and unique high level forum to discuss the various facets of Secure Cities. PwC was the knowledge partner for this event.
 
Annually, ‘Secure Cities’ conference brings together the foremost security experts from government, police and paramilitary forces, law enforcement agencies, academia, security heads from various commercial organizations to share real-life experience, debate strategies, brainstorm issues, shape policy, explore new technological solutions and gain knowledge. The conference was supported by a unique showcase exhibition exposing latest technology and technique available to professionals in this vitally important arena.
 
Gen J.J. Singh (Retd.), Former Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and Former Chief of Army Staff, inaugurated the 2015 event, highlighting the multifaceted task of protecting people and assets and asserted that the conference aimed to present a vast canvas to address some of the key global security concerns. He added that it also confers recognition to various organisations for their excellence, innovative thinking and law enforcement. 
 
Participation of government and official representatives was high and the invited speakers and panelists were representatives from the government, security forces, police and disaster management sector and industry. Topics of discussion at the four key sessions were, Intelligent Security and Resilience in Urban Ecosystems; Security Risk Management and Critical Infrastructure Protection; Disaster Management and Emergency Response; and Securing cities from global threats.
 
Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi, BJP leader, gave the keynote address focusing on the importance of this initiative and said the private sector is a national asset, which needs to be protected in addition to public facilities. She asserted that the public at large is also responsible for supporting the security personnel engaged in this task. Proper and certified skill training is imperative and there is a need to change the definition of security personnel from unskilled labour.
 
Mr. Harry Dhaul, Director General, SWI, mentioned that one of the biggest threats to security is the disparity between the various sections of society and Mr. Maroof Raza, Mentor, SWI, highlighted the relevance of smart and safe cities today. He emphasized on the need for Smart cities that are safe, for this it was imperative to build the security component into Smart Cities.
Rajbikram S. Nayar, Chairman and Managing Director, Deco Nayar Group (Lead Sponsor of Secure Cities 2015), addressed the conference asserting that India is one of the most terror struck country and there is an urgent need to be secure. He stated that 20 out of 29 states are suffering from Maoist attacks and lack of successful counterinsurgency operations will hamper growth of FDI in India in the near future. There is a need for foreign collaboration to tackle narco-terrorism that is another serious cause of concern. One needs to think like a terrorist to counter terrorism. Today, relevant questions to be asked are if a local SHO is capable of investigating a terrorist? Or are we electronically and technologically updated to deal with security threats? The Ministry of Home Affairs needs to realise we need these technologies to create safe smart cities. 
 
In the last panel, Chiefs of Police, and Senior Ranking law Enforcement Personnel from across India to explored advancements in smart policing initiatives and discussed modern technology adoption that will be critical in ensuring the safety of our police and the people they protect. The speakers also focused on global threats like terrorism and cyber- crime.
 
The Secure Cities 2015 exhibition took place simultaneously where Panasonic and Aska Equipments Ltd were some of the key exhibitors to showcase their latest products and equipments. The exhibition created a significant network between Security Users, Providers/Manufacturers and Consultants from all over the world.  
 
As part of the event, SWI launched the "Innovation and Excellence Awards for Security and Policing 2015" to recognize and salute the excellence, competence and contribution of security personnel towards making India's cities safer. The awards honoured law enforcement organizations and projects/initiatives, which were exemplary and innovative in enhancing the level of internal security of India.  The winners of the awards were felicitated by Mr. K.P.S. Gill, Former DGP Punjab and Mr. P.C. Sharma, Former Member NHRC and Former Director CBI.
The awards winners were recognized under the following eight categories:
 
1. Innovative use of ICT for public safety & security
Name of Project: SPIDER POLICE & SPIDER APP SYSTEM
Winner: YATHISH CHANDRA GH IPS, District Police Chief, Kerala, City/State: ERNAKULAM RURAL POLICE DISTRICT, ALUVA, KERALA);
 
2. Innovative use of technology for women safety
Name of Project: Women Power Line 1090 SHAKTI,
Winner : Navniet Sekera, IG UP Police, City/State: Uttar Pradesh
 
3. Innovation in traffic management, regulation and enforcement
Name of Project: MTRAC-Mysore Traffic Improvement,
Winner: B. Dayananda, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Mysuru, City/State: Mysuru, Karnataka
 
4. Innovative city surveillance initiative:
a) Name of Project: Safe City Surat
Winner: Rakesh Asthana, Commissioner of Police Surat; Moin Sheikh, Director, Innovative Telecom & Softwares Private Limited, Surat, City/State: Surat, Gujarat;
b) Name of Project: Dhrishthi
Winner:  Satish Ganesh, Inspector General of Police , Law & Order, UP; Lt. Cdr. Jasbir Singh, Head Homeland Security, Mahindra SSG , City/State: Lucknow, UP
 
5. Innovative use of technology for security in mass transit
Name of Project: CCTV Surveillance System,
Winner: Prashant Rao, ED, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation , City/State: New Delhi
 
6. Most notable public awareness campaign:
Name of Project: CHILD FRIENDLY POLICING CAMPAIGN OF JHARKHAND POLICE
Winner: Sampat Meena, IG, Organized Crime and CID, Jharkhand, City/State: Ranchi, Jharkhand
 
7. Excellence in public private partnership in public safety and security
Name of Project: S4 (Surveillance System for Safe Society),
Winner: Mandeep Singh Sidhu, SSP Sangrur District, Punjab, City/State: Sangrur District, Punjab
 
8. Excellence in critical infrastructure protection
Name of Project: Integrated Security Management System
Winner: Comdt (Retd.) Raghuraman Thiruvengadathan, General Manager & Head Security, Essar Oil Ltd. Vadinar, Gujarat, City/State: Gujarat
 
Through such relevant security events, SWI works towards planning a secure tomorrow and enhancing security awareness and consciousness in Indian industry and civil society. SWI also plays the role of a guide and facilitator for potential investors interested in the Indian homeland security business.
 
 
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