Milipol Paris: open for business to CARTES visitors
Michael Weatherseed: "There is a direct crossover between CARTES and Milipol in the field of identification
For the first time ever, CARTES visitors will be able to pop into internal security exhibition Milipol Paris – and there are a lot of good reasons why you should, explains Milipol director Michael Weatherseed. For one thing, both shows share a common concern: security
Visitors wishing to maximise the potential of their visit to CARTES 2013 should think about also taking the time to look in on Milipol Paris, a separate exhibition for the internal security industry which is organised under the patronage of the French Ministry of Interior.
Michael Weatherseed, security unit director and director of Milipol, explains why: “Both CARTES and Milipol share a common concern: they are both about security,” he points out, “With Milipol it is internal state security and with CARTES it is secure payments.”
But there is not just a general link. “There is a direct crossover between CARTES and Milipol in the field of identification, including things like biometric passports and high level ID involving access control,” says Weatherseed.
Milipol Paris is put on in partnership with the French National Police and Gendarmerie, Civil Defence, French Customs, French Armament Procurement Agency, SCA and Europol. CARTES expects Milipol’s offer dedicated to access control and authentication technologies will be of particular interest to CARTES visitors – but there is much else to see too. Milipol runs for one day longer than CARTES, finishing on Friday.
When it comes to the differences between the shows, CARTES is further up the technology chain, with Milipol tending to concentrate on products such as hardware, with governments the main buyers.
“The major thing is: if you’re a company selling security products into government agencies and other authorities, Milipol is a very good place to come to because all those buyers will be there,” Weatherseed explains. “That’s very interesting – a lot of people at CARTES will be dealing with Milipol customers. We have over 900 exhibiting companies from 47 countries, and we’re expecting around 27,000 visitors.”
The increasing awareness of international terrorism – most notably since the attack on New York’s World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001 – has brought security to the fore and Milipol is the key place in which to catch up with the progress made in the technologies used to support the needs and requirements of the security services.
And this is also the first time CARTES and Milipol have been held on the same dates at the same venue – providing a unique opportunity for CARTES visitors. “It couldn’t be easier to visit,” concludes Weatherseed. “The exhibitions are next door to one another, with Milipol in Hall 5A.”
Milipol Paris runs from 19 - 22 November
Entry to Milipol Paris is free for CARTES visitors: you will need to show your CARTES pass together with a photo ID which matches the name on the pass.
What’s on offer at Milipol Paris 2013
• Transmissions • Communications • Localisation
• Authentification • Access control • Surveillance
• Optics • Optronics
• Consultancy • Training services
• Arms • Ammunitions
• Individual equipment • Fabrics
• Major risks • Crisis management • Civil defence
• Specific cross-functional technologies
• Governmental bodies and specialist press