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Issue 22 the newspaper for the security industry Security News Desk sits down with Dr Boghos Boghossian, Technical Director at Ipsotek, to discover how advances in video analytics are helping to drive this technology. • Read more – page 16 - 17 Video Analytics Given the number of people carried by what are effectively floating cities, a pertinent question to ask in this uncertain world is 'just how safe and secure are cruise ships?' • Read more – page 7 Cruise Ship Security Tim Compston weighs up the options to secure oil and gas facilities on and off-shore, and takes a look at the upsurge in demand for radar to protect security critical sites. • Read more – page 12 - 13 Perimeter Protection Next generation Video Analytics discover how ipsotek's technological advances are driving Video analytics to the next level Page 16 - 17 Issue sponsor The Trump effect Spotlighting Security Predictions for 2017 as we head into a new year, security vendors and industry experts have been spotlighting what they expect to be making waves security-wise over the next 12 months, and the lessons learnt from 2016. Amending the weak link in aviation security We also find out more about security on board planes: from the monitoring and protection of the cockpit door, to tackling issues like air rage and the by baggage handlers - as well as the challenges of security screening at airports. To read the full feature on aviation security, turn to pages 20 - 21. security news desk explores why the vetting of those working at today's airports is high on the aviation security agenda due to the series of major security incidents across both europe and the Middle east. To say 2016 has been a suprising year, politically, is quite the understatement. In Britain, we knew where we stood in the European Union. We thought we knew where we'd stand with another Democratic President. But here we are, making moves to leave the EU and looking across the pond with uncertainty at a TV personality come Republican President determined to "Make America Great Again". rough pointing, shouting and a variety of questionable rhetoric, Donald Trump won the contest to become President of the United States - but how will he really fare in one of the world's most powerful posts? For now, let us put to one side his rants both on the podium and via his online Twitter feed. Trump's contradictary statements concerning a range of critical topics throughout his election campaign, paired with a lack of any policy and military track record, may make him one of the most unpredicatble US Presidents we have ever experienced - particularly regarding his foreign policy and the effect his leadership will have on global security. One stance that seems set to continue ringing clear from the campaign trail to the White House is Trump's narrow focus on the United States itself, and its return to its 'former glory'. Whilst Obama, and we would expect Hilary Clinton, would have continued to take a wider view of the global security issues and encouraged America's influence beyond its borders, Trump seems particularly focussed inward, and if he were to continue taking this route there are a series of possible implications. For the UK, despite Trump's support for Brexit and declarations that he would treat the UK "fantastically" if he became President, it's dubious that the 'special relationship' that is so oen referenced between the two nations will hold as strong if the US Government's efforts are concentrated within. It will be particularly interesting to see this develop, especially as the UK moves to leave their influence within the European Union. To potentially lose the leaning power they had with the United States in determining foreign policy would be an unexpected swi kick to their position in global decision making. Team this with the way in which Trump has questioned the relevance of NATO and it's no wonder eresa May's offical congratulations to the President-elect on November 9th was so reserved. Moving further afield, one aspect of Trump's presidency that is likely to mirror Obama's is in steadily moving US influence out of the Middle East. Many within the region have expressed hopes that Trump's narrow world view will result in a more isolated, less-intervening foreign policy - which, to this point, has largely been considered by many over- excessive. e ramifications of this could be troubling, though. It is all but certain that with a Clinton Presidency, the promotion of democracy, security and human rights, not only in the United States but around the world, would be high on the priority list. For Trump this has never been a talking point, and aer the abusive rhetoric that was exposed, or outrightly spoken, during the campaign trail, will it ever be? A dismissal of global human rights could lead to both large cuts in US foreign aid and result in less pressure on those abusing human rights in the Middle East and elsewhere - particularly in terms of interrogation and intelligence gathering tactics. Also in store for the Middle East will be a clarification on the nuclear deal with Iran - a hot topic for Trump during the campaign trail, who claimed he would revoke Obama's deal. However, much like the wall that will not, and was never going to be, built, it is unlikely that Trump will pull out of this deal now in Presidency - unless the possibility of another Middle Eastern war is something he'd like to take on. Another interesting development will be the way in which Trump's friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin affects the global balance. Russian influence has been felt one way or another, both before and aer the election result, and if Trump were to move to support Russia's interests in Syria, it is uncertain how the rest of the traditional US allies, including the UK, will react. It is this uncertainty that is running through general discourse, not helped by recent reports that Trump has been bypassing the daily intelligence meetings that were treated as a priority in Obama's Presidency before him. However, perhaps what we're seeing here is not a President that does not care for global security, but one that has always known his knowledge here is lacking and has prepared accordingly. It has been reported that Mike Pence, his VP-elect, has been taking these meetings instead, and the recently assembled national security team includes a somewhat diverse team of security heavyweights that have experience in a range of national security challenges. ere have been mutterings that, although proposing to build a wall, rather than tear it down, Trump will become the next Ronald Reagan - to many a 'puppet President' that bows down to the party's bidding. In contrast, Trump's actions so far instead suggest a man who, unafraid to speak his mind, will lead the country his way - and will himself decide where the country's efforts will be concentrated - though is prepared to have others step up in areas where his abilities are limited. We can only hope that those who are appointed keep global security a priority, and not let any narrow-minded focus allow it to become an aerthought. To read what they have to say, and to make sure your own security practices are prepared for what is to come in 2017, turn to pages 8-9.

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