TU Delft and Amsterdam Security partners
- 13 June, 2017
- Amsterdam Security
DSyS will join forces with Amsterdam Security. "Together we form an ideal testing ground," says Van Gelder.
Why not use models for the evacuation of polders in the event of a terrorist attack, or why not use innovative security camera applications for face recognition when guiding complex flows of passengers? The TU Delft Safety & Security Institute (DSyS) believes in this kind of cross combination and, for that reason, has been performing innovative research for years across various specialist fields. In order to be able to test this in practice as well, DSyS is always looking for partners and, when it comes to safety and security, it has now found one in Amsterdam Security. "Together we form an ideal testing ground!"
Pieter van Gelder, Professor of Safety and Security Science at TU Delft and director of the Delft Safety & Security Institute, explains, "Amsterdam Security is the public platform in the field of safety and security. For DSyS it is therefore the perfect place to show what we, as TU Delft researchers, are involved in. For example, DSyS is developing so-called 'living labs' where, for instance, a polder or a city centre are reconstructed or simulated. Companies and organisations can join in to find out whether the proposed solutions also work for them. In addition, DSyS is always looking for test locations in the 'real world' where theory and practice can be linked together. During Amsterdam Security we are keen to make contact with companies that understand the added value of this and that want to cooperate with us."
Speakers, simulations and robotics
DSyS is not only going to show a number of simulations on the exhibition floor, but will also be arranging − in cooperation with UTwente − a large number of speakers in the field of safety, safe living and working environment, disaster prevention, crisis management and security. For example, Ricky Curran from Aerospace Engineering will be speaking about the Airport Innovation Initiative, Bas Kolen from DSyS about evacuation modelling in the event of floods, and Genserik Reniers from DSyS about security and hazardous substances. DSyS is also going to join forces with the Robotics Institute to focus on technical innovation and robotics (including drones) in relation to safety and security applications.
Cooperation a must
Just like Amsterdam Security, DSyS is concentrating primarily on support for management in organisations. Pieter van Gelder adds, "In practice more and more risks are falling under the responsibility of the CRO, or Chief Risk Officer. We are researching numerous issues that these officers are confronted by. How do you identify the risk and then add structure? How do you position this in a greater whole and ultimately set the right priorities? We are seeing this being done more and more through the analysis of Big Data. That not only throws up privacy-related questions, but also questions about the way in which sources are linked and how security is arranged for all that data. Possible solutions can only be assessed in practice by cooperating with industry and the SME sector. Amsterdam Security offers an ideal opportunity to cooperate on this!"
Clear trend: IT and physical security come together
Which current developments is Van Gelder seeing in the field of safety and security? "Since time immemorial the security industry has had clearly recognisable sectors, such as perimeter monitoring and related access management and control systems. Here there is a clear relationship with safety, in which you do not simply want to give everyone access to your critical operational processes. Such a relationship between various function areas is also evident in the context of computer usage and the storage of sensitive company data. You can see that the functions of systems administrator and physical security guard are growing closer and closer together. The development of the Internet has added a new dimension to this. These days criminals can enter a company more easily online than by scaling a fence or breaking down the back door. What is more, the collateral damage is often many times greater due to the failure of parts of the operational process."
According to Pieter van Gelder, systems administrators play an important role in preventing and resolving these kinds of risks. "However, the physical security guards and the management must make their colleagues aware of these kinds of risks and of how to deal with these types of threats. Technical innovation provides a partial solution, for example through the use of drones and more and more intelligent cameras." Successive terror attacks have demonstrated, however, that these types of technical solutions are, on their own, insufficient. What is more, there is almost no integrated approach. DSyS is researching the possibilities of continuing to develop systems in order to facilitate integration. This is leading to efficiency and, with that, cost benefits and a safer environment."