Once again in 2019, U.T.SEC – Summit for Drones, Unmanned Technologies & Security – will bring users, suppliers and experts covering every aspect of drones and security together at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 March. The patron of U.T.SEC is Hubert Aiwanger, Bavarian Minister for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy.
U.T.SEC 2019 encourages manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles and other unmanned vehicles, as well as suppliers of systems for surveillance, communication, drone defence, data transfer and position sensing, to engage in direct discussion with experts in perimeter and airspace protection and IT and crisis management, security managers from official agencies and executives in charge of procurement and public sector budgets.
Although there is an obvious benefit in sharing a location and time with Enforce Tac, the trade fair for police special forces with about 300 exhibitors and 3,500 visitors from official agencies in the hall next door, the main factor encouraging discussion is the interactive networking concept for exhibitors, visitors and associations that characterises U.T.SEC. This has now been further expanded for the third exhibition in the series: product presentations, forums and panel discussions offer a wealth of opportunities for visitors to share ideas with experts from the exhibiting companies and with industry professionals. The premium partner for this new arrangement is ESG Eletroniksystem- und Logistik GmbH.
In addition to the range of products and services from the exhibitors, the programme of U.T.SEC 2019 has many other informative highlights on offer. The main stage deals with the many possible uses of unmanned technologies. They can be a blessing, but also a potential threat that we need to identify and protect ourselves against. In addition to their uses in civil defence and disaster relief, another topic of key interest in the lecture programme on the main stage is therefore urban safety (“Safe City”). This is aimed mainly at members of official agencies and authorities with security functions, and also security service firms, regulators and companies with official duties.
The individual lecture panels deal with the topics of air security, protection against drones at airports, UAS-assisted positioning for official agencies and authorities with security functions, and a workshop on drones for the police, with the assistance of the Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei (German Police University).
The side stage is the forum for discussion and sharing ideas between all industry players: it is a place for exhibitors and visitors, experts from universities and newcomers representing start-ups to present and discuss the latest trends and developments. Everything with a single objective: to work together to shape the future of this still young field.
Powerful industry partners
U.T.SEC is supported by a network from the worlds of research, the economy and politics: the partners for U.T.SEC 2019 are UAV DACH e.V., the German umbrella association for unmanned air transport in Europe, and VfS e.V., the Association for Security Technology. UAV DACH e.V. has been in existence for 19 years and is the largest and most experienced German-language umbrella association for unmanned air transport in Europe. It represents the interests of more than 195 corporate members in the fields of research, manufacturing and practical application in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands. UAV DACH stands for acceptance, safety, reliability, quality and promotion of unmanned aviation.
With the expertise of its members, it supports the development of regulations and laws at national and international level. VfS looks after security concerns and logistical problems in areas subject to increased security requirements. These include correctional facilities as well as energy utility companies, airports, hospitals, forensic facilities, industrial firms, data centres, logistics facilities, public institutions, shopping malls, banks, and more besides. The goal of the association is to optimise technical and organizational activities to improve security in highly sensitive areas among different user groups.