IT ex­perts urge FG to ad­dress tech­nol­ogy se­cu­rity woes

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - From Nahimah Ajikanle Nu­rudeen, Lagos

In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy ex­perts have called on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to adopt tech­nol­ogy in ad­dress­ing the cur­rent se­cu­rity woes which has be­dev­illed the coun­try.

The ex­perts who con­verged in Lagos at an In­te­grated Tech­nol­ogy for Na­tional Se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence, or­gan­ised by Afrisec Dis­tri­bu­tion and Con­sult­ing Ltd, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with

Bosch Se­cu­rity Sys­tems main­tained that the call is in the in­ter­est of pro­tect­ing lives and prop­er­ties of Nige­ri­ans con­sid­er­ing high rate of crimes es­pe­cially kid­nap­ping and ter­ror­ism.

The Re­gional Di­rec­tor, East­ern Europe and Africa, Bosch, Mr An­dries Nouwens said the best ap­proach to var­i­ous se­cu­rity chal­lenges in Nige­ria at the mo­ment.

He said to help Nige­rian gov­ern­ment ad­dress the prob­lem in­formed Bosch de­ci­sion to part­ner Afrisec in bring­ing lat­est tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions in city sur­veil­lance to Nige­ria.

Ac­cord­ing to him, ter­ror­ism has be­come a big threat in many coun­tries, not­ing that se­cu­rity sys­tem has a lot of equip­ment that could de­tect some sus­pi­cious be­hav­iours.

Nouwens said Bosch is try­ing to repli­cate it’s achieve­ment in about 150 coun­tries across the globe and it’s al­ready pro­tect­ing 21 air­ports, 75 rail­way projects and more 100 ho­tels world­wide with prod­ucts tai­lored to meet lo­cal re­quire­ments of each mar­ket.

He said, “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.

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

Trot­sen­burg said the se­cu­rity tech­nol­ogy prod­ucts from Bosch is to fos­ter ac­tive re­sponses by se­cu­rity agen­cies in curb­ing crimes.

He said, “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.”

A con­sul­tant with Vince Net­work Ltd, Mr Vince Onyek­welu said the fo­cus of the con­fer­ence was to eval­u­ate se­cu­rity so­lu­tions from Bosch be­ing show­cased by Afrisec 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.

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