The Milipol exhibition, which brings together homeland security officials and top security tech from around the world, kicked off in Paris on Tuesday, just four days after the horrific terror attacks in the heart of France’s capital city.
Milipol’s venue, the Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, is about 8 miles from the Stade de France, which was targeted in Friday’s attacks.
The exhibition is a biennial event under the patronage of the French Ministry of Interior. It is conducted in partnership with the French National Police and Gendarmerie, Civil Defense, French Customs and other key partners like INTERPOL.
The fight against terrorism has always been a fundamental part of the event. It is a place where the leading security minds share lessons learned and find solutions to current threats. Top security technology is also on display.
Access to Milipol is always extremely restricted and limited to qualified security professionals and military or government representatives that have been vetted and approved in advance. Following Friday’s terror attacks, Milipol announced that the event would proceed with enhanced security measures.
Teams critical to protecting civilians in their home countries did not let the attacks deter them from attending in Paris.
Companies committed to bringing their very best tech for the fight against terrorism have also showed up in force.
On Wednesday Milipol briefings focus on assessing the global terrorism threat, lessons learned and “Safe Cities.” In addition to recent events, experts will be discussing plans to ensure that next year’s European soccer championships in France will be safe.
Tech to Fight Terrorism
Milipol Paris gives teams the chance to review and identify new technologies that could help security services prevent attacks and to better respond to them – all in one place.
More than 900 companies brought their latest and greatest from 49 countries to the last Milipol in 2013.
Nearly 26,000 visitors from 150 countries attended and reviewed a full spectrum of homeland security tech that was on offer. There were 161 official delegations representing 97 countries walking the floors, attending briefings and meetings – and of course buying.
Whether protective equipment for first responder in chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attacks or tech to enhance forensic analysis, security experts will have lots of tech options to choose from.
The full range of next gen gear for special operations, law enforcement and counter-terrorism teams is here.
Keeping Public Spaces Secure
For teams specifically looking for new solutions to protect sites, companies have brought heaps of tech options to help protect public places. There are also tech solutions for trains, subways, ports and airports. Many companies focused on controlling borders are also here.
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