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Security Experts Urge FG To Embrace Integrated Technology For National Security

Posted: Oct 16, 2015 at 6:44 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Security experts on Thursday in Lagos urged the Federal Government to use reliable integrated technology to curb security challenges in the interest of national security.

The experts gave the advice at the Integrated Technology for National Security Conference, organised by Afrisec Distribution and Consulting Ltd, in collaboration with Bosch Security Systems.

Mr Andries Nouwens, the Regional Director, Eastern Europe and Africa, Bosch, said there were lots of security challenges in Nigeria.

According to him, Bosch is ready to collaborate with the Federal Government to ensure a safer Nigeria.

Nouwens said that the country needed to have robust technology against vandalism and environmental conditions.

He added that terrorism was a big threat in many countries, noting that security system had a lot of equipment that could detect some suspicious behaviours.

“For example, if somebody is leaving a bag with maybe a bomb in it, we have cameras that can see the person that is leaving the luggage behind.

“The camera automatically gives an alarm to tell the control room to check out the bag before something happens. We have cameras with Intelligence Video Analytic (IVA) which analysis pictures and gives alarm.

“Whenever you install surveillance cameras in cities, the crime rate goes down drastically, you scare away criminals,” Nouwens said.

The regional director said that the company was active in over 150 countries and tailored their products to meet local requirements of the markets by finding the right solutions to a particular country.

Also, Mr Edward Van Trotsenburg, the Managing Director of Afrisec, said that the company was in partnership with Bosch in order to protect people and their assets.

Trotsenburg said the security technology products from Bosch would also force those concerned to act or respond immediately.

“So, instead of waiting for three to four days before knowing that a crime had been committed, you are able to know immediately that a crime is about to happen and you respond to stopping it.

“If we are able to respond swiftly before crime is being committed, all parts of Nigeria will be safer,” he said.

Mr Vince Onyekwelu, a consultant with Vince Network Ltd said that the focus of the conference was to appraise the technologies of Bosch and Afrisec with a view to bringing them on board to help Nigeria with issues of national security.

He explained that in technology security system, there were four stages and once any of the stages was breached, a country would lose the fight for national security.

According to him, the stages are the Consumer, the Installer, the Distributor and the Manufacturer.

He added that “at this point in Nigeria’s national security challenges, it is imperative that Integrated Technology Systems are looked into.

“These will be used to help Nigerian private and public sectors, military and law enforcement agencies in the fight against terrorism, kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery, theft and other public disorders,” he said.