The SIA Government Summit is where industry and government technology leaders meet, bringing together all facets of the security industry: executives, integrators, sales and marketing, and government relations professionals.
Confirmed keynotes to date include:
- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
- Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, chair of the House Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Subcommittee
- Sheriff Richard W.
Stanek of Hennepin County, Minn. (Minneapolis), also former Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety & Director of Homeland Security
- Don Salo, Director, Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency, Department of Defense
Summit conference sessions include:
- Preconference: General Services Administration (GSA) Contracting and the Security Industry. This SIA industry day features GSA officials Chris Redmond (Chief, Schedule 84) and Kay Ely (Director, Schedule 70).
- Keeping Air Travelers Safe: Rapid Growth in Airport Security Improvements and Financing Needs
- The Convergence of Cyber and Physical Security: Implications for Federal Agencies
- Smart Buildings: Integrating Security, Safety and Automation Technology for Government Facilities
- Securing the Electric Grid: How Utilities Will Meet the New Federal Standard for Physical Security
- Safe Schools: How School Districts are Funding and Implementing Security Improvements
- Law Enforcement Technology Trends: Body Worn Cameras and Integrated Video for Public Safety
Special registration rates available. Qualified government personnel, and members of the press, can register for free.
A four-year-old boy had his toy gun confiscated by “over-zealous” security staff at East Midlands Airport. James Hayward was also patted down by security staff as his toy was taken from him as his family were about to get on their flight to Lanzarote in Spain. His dad Phil Hayward, of Doncaster, said the search was “ludicrous” and that security staff should loosen up.
They took the Nerf gun which is priced at 6 and described as a “semi-automatic soft dart gun” by its manufacturers.
But East Midlands Airport, which offered to post the “gun” to the family’s home, defended the decision to uphold security. Mr Hayward, 44, said: “Fair enough they are thorough but it just seemed a bit ludicrous to take a plastic gun away from a four-year-old . I thought it was a bit over-zealous considering how many people were trying to get through security at the time.
“It came at the end of an hour and a half queuing, so we didn’t cause too much fuss because we didn’t want to miss our flight.” A spokesman for East Midlands Airport said: “The safety and security of our passengers is our first priority and all regulations on security are set by the government . This regulation states that no items may be permitted through security that resemble a prohibited item.”
On their return to the UK after the March 31 flight Mr Hayward bought James a replacement toy for 10 from eBay.