JSaRC Update – 20 January 2020

Published on 20 January 2020

Welcome to the latest JSaRC Update, the first of 2020.

Looking ahead to the new decade, a message from Angela Essel, Head of JSaRC

I hope you had a wonderful festive season and feel refreshed, ready to face the challenges of the year ahead. Here at JSaRC, we will continue our work to support and bring together Industry and Academia to meet the national security challenges facing the United Kingdom.

I’m personally looking forward to our showcase exhibition, Security and Policing 2020, which takes place from 3-5 March at Farnborough. Innovation and technology will once again take centre stage, with around 300 exhibitors demonstrating the latest solutions and approaches to improving security and law enforcement. Added to this, with our innovative immersive features and information-packed speaker programme, we’re hoping to present our most informative and successful show to date. I hope to see you there.

Looking further into the year ahead, we will be continuing to provide support for the implementation of a number of programmes, including the Counter Drone Strategy, Crowded Spaces, Online Harms and Border and Aviation security.

Within the context of CONTEST, we will be working with our Industry and Academic colleagues to deliver solutions to the broader and ongoing challenges.

We cannot succeed without the help and support of our partners from industry and academia. So, this year we will be looking at ways to further expand our secondee programme to engage a wider audience and provide greater opportunities to play an active and important role across the work we do.

Happy new year,

Angela Essel, Head of JSaRC

Join JSaRC as a secondee partner

JSaRC is looking for industry and academic secondee partners!

Our unique team is typically made up of a mix of civil servants and seconded experts from industry and academia. JSaRC has a varied work programme and we find the balance of secondees and civil servants ensures we have the right range of skills needed to help us to deliver highly successful results and outcomes. Our secondee partners are completely embedded into JSaRC. We currently have secondees working with us from Airbus, Smiths Detection and Microsoft. It is important to note that secondee partners are not paid or employed by JSaRC or the Home Office, they are always placed with us by a company or organisation who continues to fund them whilst on secondment.

If you want to find out more about secondment opportunities at JSaRC, contact us by emailing jsarc@homeoffice.gov.uk

Have you registered for Security and Policing 2020?

There’s still time to register for Security and Policing 2020, the Home Office event hosted by JSaRC. This year’s exhibition promises to be the most informative, immersive and interactive Home Office event ever. Key features include two immersive features demonstrating technology and innovation in the areas of knifecrime, aviation travel and crowded places. The show will also host an information packed keynote speaker agenda which will provide a platform from which senior government and law enforcement representatives, industry and academic experts can share views, knowledge and insights of the security landscape in 2020.

New for 2020 is the Fusion Forum, an interactive and accessible ‘theatre’ on the exhibition floor, designed to promote new and integrated ways to delivering security solutions across government, industry and academia. It will include a range of exciting new content to incorporate a blend of keynote addresses, fusion panel sessions and live industry challenges.

This year, and in response to the ever-changing security landscape, we’ve broadened the visitor access criterial to include those working for UK registered companies providing security solutions as well as Security and Policing officials.

The event is free to register for, so if you want to stay ahead of the latest policy developments and initiatives, register here.

Extension to participate in our Immersive Features – Security and Policing 2020

We have extended our deadline for submissions to participate in our two exciting immersive features; one demonstrating the latest security technology within the aviation and travel sector and another focusing on solutions for tackling knife crime.

If your organisation would like to get involved in these features, please complete the application form before 12:00hrs on 30 January 2020.

Security and Policing 2020 Video Poster Competition for early career researchers

JSaRC, Academic RiSC and the Home Office Science Advisory Council (HOSAC) are providing an opportunity for PhD and early career researchers, to demonstrate their research that relates to any aspect of national security using a video poster. The video poster will be played on a screen in the Academic RiSC stand at Security and Policing 2020. The application deadline is 14 February 2020. Further information is available by clicking here.

CPNI Survey: Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning (AI/ML) in security products

New AI and autonomous technologies offer a potential step change in functionality of technologies already used within protective security. As part of the UK Government’s strategy to support the UK’s innovations and developments in this technological area, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) are looking to understand current and anticipated near term implementation of AI/ML in security products and use of such products by the UK’s National Infrastructure sectors.

CPNI have put together a short survey which will help them to gain insight into the current and future application of AI/ML in security products. The survey should only take about 10-15 minutes to complete and your response will be anonymous unless you choose to provide your contact details for a possible follow-up. Access the survey here.

Additional £35 million funding for Violence Reduction Units

Police and crime commissioners will receive an additional £35 million to continue funding specialist teams to tackle violent crime. This early intervention approach forms one part of the government’s drive to tackle serious violence. The full article can be found here.

The JSaRC Team