INTRODUCING TAPA EMEA’S NEW EYE-ON-TECH CORRESPONDENT
Hi everyone! Some of you may have come across me at TAPA conferences over the past eight years. My name is Frédéric Haegeman and I work for Honeywell Home and Building Technologies, focused on Security & Fire, based in Toulouse, France.
Before joining Honeywell in 2008 I ran the Global Accounts Division Europe for ADT with a special focus on the Transport & Logistics Vertical. This is where my interest started in the dynamic and sometimes complex supply chain security industry.
I was really excited when TAPA EMEA asked if I would take over the monthly Eye-on-Tech updates in Vigilant from Werner Cooreman.
Werner is a very knowledgeable man and a hard act to follow but I look forward to continuing his great work in delivering news of some of the latest developments in the world of supply chain security. As a regular reader of Eye-on-Tech, I find it a very useful source of product updates as well as news on some of the challenges facing security professionals. In the March 2017 issue, one of the subjects discussed was Cyber Security and only recently we were given a global reminder of the level of risk this presents with the Wannacry ransonware attacks. Cybercrime is certainly going to be a growing focus for TAPA as we look at its potential threat to global supply chains.
This will no doubt also be a strong theme running through presentations and delegate discussions at lFSEC 2017 next month, which takes place from 20-22 June at ExCel in London, and is expected to attract over 27,000 security professionals. According to the organisers, it is an opportunity to test over 10,000 of the latest innovations in security technology on offer from more than 650 industry exhibitors, and to discover future trends in four seminar theatres.
Eye-on-Tech Meeting Point at IFSEC 2017
For those of you attending IFSEC, a TAPA EMEA Eye-on-Tech Meeting Point will take place at the Honeywell booth (D250/D300) on:
• Tuesday 20 June at 16:00
• Wednesday 21 June at 16:00
• Thursday 22 June at 11:00
Drop by and tell us your suggestions for Eye-on-Tech.
Booking meetings at IFSEC
The Meeting Service for IFSEC is now live. Go to the website, select the exhibitor you wish to visit and pre-book your 1:1 meeting online. Organising your schedule in advance is an excellent way to ensure you get the most value from the event. IFSEC 2017 is also launching several new features and revamping some old favourites. These include:
• Borders & Infrastructure Expo
• The Drone Zone
• Brand-new seminar theatre
• Installer world
To find out more visit the event website at
If you can’t make it to IFSEC, we still want to hear your ideas for Eye-on-Tech. Our objective is to report information that really matters to the Supply Chain Security Industry. A 30-minute virtual meeting will be held at the end of June or in early July. If you wish to participate in the meeting or if you want to send your ideas, please contact:
Vigilant also asked Frédéric for his views on some of the opportunities and challenges facing supply chain security professionals…
With so many new and existing security technology products on the market, how can TAPA EMEA members keep abreast of the best solutions for their business?
It is true that many technologies are out there. And it doesn’t stop. Start-up companies invent new devices or software every day. While many technologies may sound cutting edge or glamorous, industry knowledge is equally important. TAPA members should verify if the technology manufacturer with whom they interact understands the needs
of the Transport & Logistics world. Does the technology provider know what supply chain security means? If you implement the ‘most advanced’ detection systems, for example, but they do not support TAPA’s Security Standards then they may be of limited value to a TAPA member.
What do you see as the biggest changes or developments that will positively impact supply chain security technology in the next 1-2 years?
Big Data Analytics. Each edge device is sending data to the application. More and more applications interconnect with each other. Consequently you consolidate tons of data from an x number of edge devices from multiple solutions. Step-by-step all this data will be available in single dashboards, doing analytics, identifying patterns and predicting threats.
What’s the next ‘big thing’ in terms of new technology solutions?
The security industry has different gears, depending on which technology you’re looking at. IP Video evolves at the speed of light, whereas intruder detection or access control solutions are more conservative in their development. Open Standards such as REST or SOAP protocols are providing easy interoperability with non-security related technologies. Drones can communicate with intruder detection systems. Computer racks will exchange data with the air conditioning system which, in turn, will notify the access control and early warning detection system.There are no limits anymore on integration.
We know that GPS jammers, for example, can be acquired by criminals at low cost and they have the potential to block far more expensive and sophisticated security tracking technologies. What is the security technology industry doing to try to prevent such attacks on supply chains?
This is a good question. Perhaps the way of thinking should be reversed at a technology level. Subject Matter Experts (SME) from the user side (transport companies) and SMEs from the technology industry perhaps need to join a workshop led by TAPA to look at issues like this? I see part of TAPA’S role to be helping its members become even more knowledgeable about supply chain security solutions that can help them achieve supply chain resilience.
We know about robotics in warehouses, driverless trucks, 3D printing, the use of drones for ‘last mile’ deliveries etc. Technology is going to revolutionise supply chains of the future. In terms of supply chain security, what are the risks and opportunities associated with such developments?
The opportunities are enormous, but so are the risks. The main risk will be cyber security. Security and IT used to be different silos within an organisation. Today, IT has become a physical security enabler. Yet that security network infrastructure must be protected by IT. Also, very importantly, security products manufacturers must improve the level of cyber security in their devices and software. We haven’t seen the end of this subject, to be continued….