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INTERPOL WORLD 2019 – Exclusive Interview with the organizer, Anita Hazenberg – Director of Innovation Centre Directorate at Interpol Global

Zoltán Tűndik



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We had to pleasure to catch up with Anita HAZENBERG, the Director of the Innovation Centre Directorate at INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, organizer of INTERPOL WORLD 2019.

PICANTE: What determined you to organize Interpol World?

A.H.: Coinciding with the opening of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore, the first edition of INTERPOL World took place in 2015. Two years later, the second edition was held in 2017 just right after I arrived from the Netherlands Police to become the new director of INTERPOL’s Innovation Centre. I was asked to organize the next edition of INTERPOL World for 2019 and I have a strong desire for it to be a forum where we can together develop INTERPOL’s global innovation agenda through the activities we organize. The focus of the Innovation Centre is very much on providing innovation capabilities for INTERPOL’s 194 member countries, and we find it very important that all together, with all participants, we set that agenda, and that we have a clear understanding of what is needed. Many people think innovation is only about new emerging technologies. However, it also means being able to react here and now. If something happens, you can trust and rely on law enforcement that they are there to solve the problems. It’s about changing culture and procedures, it demands a total change of mindset.


PICANTE: Why Singapore?

A.H.: Apart from the support and foresight of the Singapore Government which offered us a fantastic location to build our INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation here in the Lion City back when the INTERPOL President hailed from this great city, Singapore is a country with a strong focus on innovation and law enforcement. It’s only apt to also have the new Innovation Centre and INTERPOL World 2019 in Singapore.


PICANTE: What should the attendees expect from the Interpol World conference?

A.H.: Inspiration and awareness are vital components of INTERPOL World 2019. In the previous editions, exhibitions were a bubble that mirrored the developments in the business world. This year, we want to add another bubble into the constellation, and that is the bubble of working together and finding solutions to contemporary problems. This is why we have different sets of activities including motivational keynotes, plenary sessions, 32 co-creation labs, and working groups. In the co-creation labs, a law enforcement representative presents a contemporary problem and experts from the business and academic worlds respond. At the same time, we have also organized meetings of four INTERPOL law enforcement working groups to continue their discussions and collaboration: the Chief Innovation Officers Expert Group, Darknet and Cryptocurrencies Working Group, Drone Expert Group, and INTERPOL-UNICRI Working Group on Artificial Intelligence for Law Enforcement. In addition, the Chief Information Officers of INTERPOL will gather together during the event. Imagine, these five groups already constitute about 250 law enforcement senior officials and experts, add to these the participants and visitors for the exhibitions and co-creation labs, and you have an event of magnitude.


PICANTE: Who are the “top-selection” speakers of the conference? What’s their add-value to the tech world?

A.H.: All of our speakers for INTERPOL World 2019 are top-notch. However, I want to highlight a topic that should play a significant role in all discussions during INTERPOL World, that of ethics, privacy and human rights. The motivational speaker for the second day of the programme, Dr. Ayesha Khanna, will discuss ethics and privacy issues, as their relationship with law enforcement still faces questions and gaps that need to be answered. For example, do police still have the trust of our population and communities? As machines and algorithms get more and more sophisticated in their abilities to interpret and process information, people raise more questions on how police deal with their data. Thus, there is a challenge for law enforcement to be transparent. This is an overarching theme that will be emphasized during INTERPOL World.


PICANTE: What changes do you see as being short-term possible to implement in the cyber-security world after the conference?

A.H.: First of all, I hope it’s not only the cybersecurity world because I think innovation is much broader. Apart from cybersecurity, we will also talk about disruptors; ethics, privacy and trust within our communities; drones; identification technologies; smart systems; what would 5G mean to law enforcement; augmented reality; and a myriad of other topics pertinent to policing and law enforcement. The coexistence of the motivational keynotes, co-creation labs and working groups at INTERPOL World makes it a comprehensive conference for collaborating on solutions that hopefully could be effectively implemented in the near future.

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About INTERPOL World 2019

INTERPOL World 2019 will take place between 2-4 July at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre. 

INTERPOL World is a global co-creation opportunity which engages the public and private sectors in dialogue, and fosters collaboration to counter future security and policing challenges. INTERPOL World comprises of three interlinked activities: a series of niche and targeted platforms for knowledge exchange culminating in strategic co-creation labs to discuss the challenges and solutions for combating the crimes of the future; an exhibition that serves as a business and networking event for manufacturers, distributors, and Research and Development organizations to offer innovative products and cutting-edge technologies to public and private entities involved in law enforcement, security and likeminded industries. INTERPOL World will also host a series of INTERPOL working groups (by invitation only) focusing on innovation, artificial intelligence, drones and darknet cryptocurrencies.

Police, public, security professionals and commercial buyers from around the world will convene in Singapore to forge mutually beneficial alliances leading to faster, more accurate responses to global security and public safety threats.

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About Anita Hazenberg

Ms Anita Hazenberg assumed her current duties as the first Director of the Innovation Centre Directorate, INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore on 1 July 2017. In the increasingly complex policing operating environment characterized by rapid technological breakthroughs, the Innovation Centre was set up to engage global law enforcement in strategic futures planning and to co-create solutions to emerging law enforcement challenges.

In the past 36 years of her career in the Netherlands Police, Ms Hazenberg was involved in various operational duties across the Netherlands specializing in ‘Violence against Women and Children’ and ‘International Police Cooperation’. She progressed into the international foray to take up several trailblazing roles, including as the Director of the European Network of Policewomen (ENP); the first Programme Director ‘Police and Human Rights’ for the Council of Europe (France); the founder and first Director of the School for Police Leadership; the first Coordinator for International Strategic Alliances and Deployment of the Staff of the Dutch National Police Commissioner; and as the initiator and Conference Director of the global annual law enforcement think-tank consisting of top-level executives – ‘Pearls in Policing.’ Ms Hazenberg holds two Masters, one in Public Administration and one in Change Management.

In the current digital age where technology has led to the fast convergence of the physical, digital and biological worlds, Ms Hazenberg believes that global law enforcement must better anticipate future challenges, and formulate innovative, efficient and resource-efficient solutions in response to criminals constantly looking to exploit vulnerabilities. The writings are already on the wall, and the global policing community must be ready to tackle the inevitable challenges that lay in the horizon.


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CyberSecurity – The dangers that lurk in the IoT segment and beyond, Keynote Session with Martin Stoefler (OSM Solutions) at TCE2019 Prague

Zoltán Tűndik



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IT Security specialist to share key information about the dangers that lurk in the IoT segment at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019.


IoT security has recently become the subject of the examination after a number of high-profile incidents where a common IoT device was used to infiltrate and attack the larger network has happened. Implementing security measures is critical to ensuring the safety of networks with IoT devices connected to them and a number of challenges prevent the securing of IoT devices and ensuring end-to-end security in an IoT environment.

The idea of networking appliances and other objects is relatively new, security has not always been considered top priority during a product’s design phase.

A major issue which is often reported with IoT security is the use of hardcoded or default passwords, which can lead to security breaches. Even if passwords are changed, they are often not strong enough to prevent infiltration.

Another common issue facing IoT devices is that they are often resource-constrained and do not contain the compute resources necessary to implement strong security.

At PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019), which will take place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague, Martin Stoefler, Co-Founder & Compliance Expert at OSM Solutions will highlight the key aspect of IT Security and CyberSecurity when it comes to dealing with IoT and AIoT.

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About Martin Stoefler

Martin is heading the compliance services section of OSM Solutions. He has filled a lot of different roles within his 17-year spanning career in IT Security. With a solid technical background, he has proven invaluable for security management, design, implementation, and evaluation work that he is focusing on today.

The type of projects Martin has taken part of a range from penetration testing of large international banks, designing and implementing anti-spam solutions for ISPs, technology migration withing high-risk security areas, design & creation of security departments to market entries in newly created, highly regulated legislative environments and a lot more.

In the last few years of his career as Head of Security for an international B2B gaming-platform provider, his main focus was the compliance and security of the complex solution offering, the coordination between internal & external stakeholders and the management of audits for regulated gaming markets.

As a side project, Martin has designed and implemented a compliance product which will be launched by OSM Solutions shortly.

PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.


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Canada’s First 5G Wireless Network for Open Innovation is Open For Business

Vlad Poptamas



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Canada’s first pre-commercial 5G wireless testbed is up and running, creating the backbone of Canada’s digital economy and drawing interest from small- and medium-sized companies (SME) to develop and test new products and services. Yesterday Vic FedeliOntario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Pierre FitzgibbonQuebec’s Minister of Economy and Innovation, received a progress update on the Evolution of Networked Services through a Corridor in Quebec and Ontario for Research and Innovation known as ENCQOR 5G.

ENCQOR 5G includes the first pre-commercial fifth-generation wireless network for open innovation in Canada housed at five hub locations in Ontario (OttawaTorontoKitchener-Waterloo) and Quebec (Montreal and Quebec City). The update hails the start of business collaboration in key areas such as transportation including connected and autonomous vehicles, remote healthcare, virtual/augmented reality, smart cities, fintech, industry 4.0, energy, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT).

“Technology is changing the way we live, work and do business — building our digital infrastructure is key to supporting an innovation economy and the next generation of jobs for Ontarians,” said Minister Fedeli. “Through this partnership, we are leveraging Ontario’s strengths in information and communications technologies and paving the way for future innovation and growth across sectors. 5G access shows Ontario is open for business.”

“Thanks to ENCQOR, to date, nearly 150 Quebec companies and organizations are carrying out or planning tests at the Montréal and Québec innovation sites to prepare for receiving 5G technology and to measure its benefits for their products and services,” said Germain Lamonde, Chairman of the Board of Innovation ENCQOR. “These facilities offer high connectivity, high capacity, low latency and all the promises of the 5G revolution. Many entrepreneurs, employees and managers of SMEs are now aware of these new capacities and can lean on them to innovate and become leaders of this revolution.  And we are very proud of it.”

ENCQOR 5G brings together SMEs, industry, government, researchers and academia in both Quebec and Ontario to collaborate on the commercialization of disruptive products, processes, and services, providing a first-to-market advantage and to improve the ability of SMEs to scale.

“I am excited at the progress we are seeing through this innovative collaboration positioning Canada as a leader in development of 5G technologies.” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “From enabling doctors to perform surgeries-at-a-distance and unclogging our congested streets through AI-enhanced city planning, 5G technology will change the way we live, work and engage with one another.  To prepare for the future, we must be bold, visionary and decisive.”

Applications are now being accepted in both provinces for entrepreneurs to submit their project proposals to help accelerate the development and adoption of digital technologies.

ENCQOR 5G includes five digital technology leaders (Ericsson, Ciena Canada Inc., Thales Canada Inc., IBM Canada, and CGI) as well as provincial coordinators INNOVATION ENCQOR, Prompt and CEFRIO in Quebec and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) in Ontario. The five-year ENCQOR 5G project is made possible in part by funding from the Canadian government and the provincial governments of Quebec and Ontario and is expected to create 4,000 jobs including 1,800 specialized 5G jobs.


Ericsson Canada
“Ericsson is a global leader with 22 publicly announced 5G contracts around the world. 5G mobile networks will provide new critical capabilities such as ultra-high capacity, super-high reliability and low latency, which will allow businesses to develop creative new solutions to unlock use cases that are simply not possible with 4G networks today,” said Graham Osborne, Head of Ericsson Canada. “Ericsson has provided the 5G mobile infrastructure in both Ontario and Quebec for the ENCQOR network. The ENCQOR program will enable early access by enterprises to a pre-commercial 5G infrastructure to develop and demonstrate a new wave of solutions for the economy of the future. Ericsson believes this initiative will enable Ontario and Quebec to develop a leadership position in the 5G market that will drive jobs and economic growth.”

“ENCQOR paves the way for organizations to get a realistic view of how 5G will improve the way we communicate and interact,” said Scott McFeely, Senior Vice President, Ciena. “ENCQOR’s 5G wireless testbed platform, equipped with Ciena’s packet-optical technology, gives open access to small- and medium-sized enterprises to develop and test new 5G applications and use cases, which will push us even closer to experiencing the next generation of mobile digital communication.”

Thales Canada Inc. 
“ENCQOR reflects Thales’ commitment to ensuring Canada is a leader in the global 5G digital transformation,” said Mark Halinaty, President & CEO, Thales Canada Inc. “Thales builds and develops its digital expertise around four major digital technologies which play a key role in critical decision-making chains: connectivity and mobility, big data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. We are proud that our expertise and technology powers key Canadian R&D activities and supports the engagement of SMEs across Ontario and Quebec, enabling rapid access to global business opportunities. Today’s announcement further demonstrates the importance of ENCQOR to the development and commercialization of Canadian 5G technologies which will support all aspects of our society, from safer commutes and smarter cities, to access to new economies.”

IBM Canada
“Our development initiatives in silicon photonics interconnections have been an integral part of IBM’s innovation efforts to respond to our clients’ growing needs in AI and high performance computing, including quantum and big data management,” said Louis Labelle, the Director in Chief of the IBM Canada Bromont plant. “The support we have received thus far through the ENCQOR consortium has been essential in accelerating our efforts to transform industries through the assembly and testing of key components in high bandwidth networks. We look forward to continued success and collaboration with our partners.”

CGI Canada
“ENCQOR hubs in Quebec and Ontario will fuel innovation and collaboration between CGI, academia and small/medium business,” explained Mark Boyajian, President of CGI’s Canada operations. “CGI’s expertise in Smart Grid solutions will support ENCQOR participants as we build a new generation of services and solutions for utilities, municipalities and other industries that exploit the clear benefits of 5G.”

Ontario Centres of Excellence
“Access to cutting edge technology like the ENCQOR pre-commercial 5G wireless testbed is key to the success of SMEs as they test and develop new products in Ontario,” said Claudia Krywiak, Interim President and CEO, OCE. “The ENCQOR 5G platform gives companies in many sectors of the economy a first-to-market advantage that can translate into jobs, national and global growth and an increased ability to scale.”

BluWave-ai (ENCQOR Program Participant)
“5G technologies are key for many of the emerging applications in the digital economy where machines are connected through these high-speed connections. At BluWave-ai, we are leveraging IoT sensors from renewable energy-oriented equipment like solar panels and batteries in electricity utility networks to aggressively displace fossil fuels with real time controls. To do this we need to have distributed AI prediction, optimization and subsequent management of utility networks leveraging high speed communications between the cloud and those IoT sensors,” said Devashish Paul, CEO, BluWave-ai. “Programs such as ENCQOR provide us with real world venues to test these technologies before deploying in complex utility networks and we’re proud to be a partner with OCE on this”.

Mnubo (ENCQOR Program Participant)
“The ENQCOR project is an exceptional opportunity for our SMEs. The Montréal and Québec Innovation Sites provide companies with resources and infrastructure to enable them to experiment with 5G products and services. And soon, practical workshops will aim to help those who do not yet have projects in development or who want to better understand 5G,” said Frédéric Bastien, President and CEO, Mnubo. “ENQCOR will offer them access to software and prototype equipment in order to carry out integration activities that will ultimately improve the competitiveness of Quebec businesses here and abroad.”


SOURCE Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.

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Qianze Blake Yeung: “Focusing on the development of Greater Bay region will strengthen China’s competitiveness and promote economic development”

Vlad Poptamas



Senior economists and experts engaging during the Economic Forum
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The Eighth China (Guangzhou) International Finance Expo was held in Guangzhou from June 21 to 23, highlighting a variety of products that integrate finance with high technologies and during which economic issues were discussed in a series of highly charged forums.

The three-day event offered 14 thematic exhibition zones including the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Finance Exhibition Zone and the Financial Culture Exhibition Zone which were set up for the first time since the expo’s inception in 2012. The total exhibition area covered 45,000 square meters.

According to preliminary statistics, there were more than 100,000 visitors in the past three days, of which nearly 10,000 people attended the forum, nearly 300 journalists from more than 90 mainstream media locally and abroad came to the forums for interviews, nearly 7,000 related publicity reports, more than 1 million live video news viewings and network broadcasts, and more than 1 million WeChat impressions of the annual financial event.

During the International Forum of the Bay Area Economic Development, Blake Yeung, Managing Director of Qianze Asset Management Limited, together with Giles Chance, Professor at Tuck Business School of Dartmouth University, Doctor of Economics of London University and World Bank expert De Giorgi, Mr. Zeng Zhihua, Senior Economist of the World Bank, and Mr. Cai Weixing, Vice President of Nanling Scholar and Finance College of Guangdong University of Finance and Economics, conducted a discussion on “Opportunities for Investment and Development in the Bay Area”, focusing on investment opportunities and risk control in the application of big data, artificial intelligence, Internet and 5G technology.

During the forum, Blake Yeung shared his insights, “China’s adjustment of its current economic structure has led to certain shortfalls, such as a reduction in regional trade. China’s focus on the development of the Great Bay Area, including the reform and development of its manufacturing industry will boost its market competitiveness greatly, thus promoting China’s economic development in the future.

Following the event, Guangzhou Qianze Asset Management Co., Ltd. held its inaugural “Qianze BDAI Seminar” in GuangzhouJune 23. The conference attracted nearly 1,000 guests from Mainland ChinaHong KongTaiwan and Korea. Blake Yeung, Panjal Chandra, Qianze’s Director of Systems Development, and Julian D. Meyers, Director of Credit Risk Management, also attended the meeting.

As China’s economy develops rapidly, grasping the opportunities within the Greater Bay area, capitalizing on advanced science and financial technology, combining 5G with finance looks to be the choice strategy ahead for Qianze Asset Management.

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