This time, the expert magazine Protection and Security focused on smart solutions and new options for ensuring security and crime prevention

Prague, May 12, 2022 – A new issue of the journal Ochrana a bezpečnost has been published. On its website, Czech security experts and crime prevention experts focus on innovative technological tools that help in the public and private spheres to ensure security. The current issue also includes a look at the medium-term crime prevention strategy of the Czech Republic for the period 2022 to 2027 and news in the field of the use of artificial intelligence in the fight against crime. The Protection and Security magazine is published in printed and electronic form. Its distribution is targeted and free. The publisher is the International Institute for Security (MBI). On its website, the current and previous issues can be downloaded free of charge after previous registration.

The circular economy and the defense industry

The concept of circular economy is a method of production and consumption which, through sharing, leasing, re-use, repair, refurbishment or recycling, enhances existing products, raw materials and materials. In practice, this is not just about recycling waste, but also, for example, the right to repair or the sustainable design of products. This concept has its roots in ecology, but these principles are also highly relevant for the defense industry.

The European Defense Agency (EDA) has organized the Forum for Circular Economy in European Defense (IF CEED), whose members, composed of experts from EU Member States, are working on how to streamline the circular economy in the European Defense production chain. industry through information sharing. In such a way to protect classified or business sensitive data. For example, the implementation of part of the EU Waste Framework Directive or the use of so-called Digital Product Passports, which are used to collect all relevant product life cycle data, are being considered as recommendations.

The lack of critical raw materials and components due to the increasing technical complexity of defense technologies and dependence on imports in the defense industry in the event of a military conflict has plagued the EU for some time. However, this topic came to the fore in 2016, when the presidency of Donald Trump shook the confidence of European countries in the reliability of the United States as an ally within NATO.

Unfortunately, the current situation has shown that Europe is not immune to military conflicts either. At the same time, this situation is leading to a drastic increase in defense spending in European countries. The European defense industry will be under great pressure in connection with the deployment of a significant amount of military equipment in support of Ukrainian defenders, which will have to be replaced. At the same time, it is also necessary to take into account restrictions on exports from Ukraine (such as steel and iron ore) and sanctions adopted since the beginning of the Russian invasion on both sides, which will lead to further restrictions on raw materials for the defense industry.

The adoption of the principles of the circular economy has the potential to mitigate the effects of the current security environment and thus increase the defense capabilities of European countries individually and as a whole.

More on the IF CEED website

A new issue of our magazine has been published

We have prepared another issue of the “Ochrana a bezpečnost” magazine. The current issue focuses on crime prevention and the use of modern technologies in this area. You can read the interview with JUDr. Michal Barbořík, who currently works as the director of the Crime Prevention Department of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic. For example, we asked about the new Crime Prevention Strategy and the current situation of crime prevention

We also prepared a report from Worksop: New possibilities in the field of situational crime prevention, which we organized at the end of last year. The issue also focuses on a number of other topics, such as Project Numbers, the use of artificial intelligence in the fight against crime, or a specific demonstration of technology on CertiConVis software. Last but not least, we also prepared an interview with Ing. Jiří Jirkovský – CEO at VDT technology a. s. and swith JUDr. Rudolf Blažek – Chairman of the Board of the Mezinárodního bezpečnostního institutu, z. ú.

You can find the current issue and archive here(In Czech)

We participated in the European Crime Prevention Conference ECPC2022

More than 200 crime prevention experts from around the world gathered in Brussels on 28-29. of April for the European Crime Prevention Conference (ECPC2022). The conference is organized every 2 years by the European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN). The purpose of this organization is to increase and improve cooperation, coordination and exchange of information in the field of crime prevention. This conference also contributed to this goal.

Our representative was also present at the conference. Participants were able to attend a series of lectures led by European leaders in crime prevention such as Jaap De Waard or Paul Ekblom. In addition to joint lectures, we attended workshops on Myths in Crime Prevention, How to Manage Crime Prevention Projects and What Really Prevents Home Burglary.

At the conference, we met with many representatives of crime prevention authorities, for example from Poland, Ukraine, Spain, the Netherlands or Belgium, and of course a representative of the Crime Prevention Department of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic. There have been a number of interesting debates on various crime prevention topics, which have given us a lot of food for thought and ideas that we will certainly use in our work.

We believe that such events help to create a strong crime prevention system at both the national and international levels. At the same time, we hope that the next conferences will be at least as successful, rich in interesting topics and will be attended by more representatives of the private sector. Last but not least, we must also thank the organizers for the smooth running of the whole conference and we look forward to meeting again in 2 years.