KOBN and SDW team up for QEII event.

With the continuing expansion of the government-issued security documents market, Krowne Online Broadcast Network (KOBN) has teamed up with Science Media Partners to become one of the conference organiser’s official media partners at the Security Document World (SDW) 2009 Conference and Exhibition, taking place in London on March 26 and 27.

The event, which has built a huge following, has moved into the QEII Conference Centre in the heart of the city to accommodate growing demand. As always, the highlights of the show will be a host of high-level government and company names, which will be presenting the latest developments in security documents and discussing progress on various ID-based schemes. As a media partner – and the event’s only broadcast partner – KOBN’s Security-News.tv (S-N.tv) channel will be on location on both days to get the low-down on some of the industry’s latest developments. Already signed up to give her views to S-N.tv’s international audience is Janice Kephart, director of National Security Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies in the US and a former counsel to the 9/11 Commission, as  well as representatives from UK government organizations. S-N.tv will also be recording a series of commercial interviews with companies such as Infineon, Giesecke & Devrient and Inspectron.

“SDW is a perfect platform for us to get insights from some of the biggest thinkers in the security document and identity world,” says Veronica Atkins, VP, Channel Broadcasting, KOBN. “S-N.tv has a strong reputation for broadcasting expert opinion and market insights from the security printing and ID arena to international audiences, and the high calibre of speakers at SDW 2009 makes this a natural fit for us.”

As a pioneer in broadcasting from high-tech industry events, KOBN believes the link-up will benefit everyone who attends as well as those who’re unable to. “Online broadcasting is a powerful medium that enables viewers to find out more about projects and industry leaders’ views,” says Atkins. “Through KOBN’s other broadcast channels, we have already demonstrated that the shelf life of a conference can be extended, as delegates often like to go back and revisit broadcast interviews several months after they took place. Furthermore, it ensures exhibitors and keynote speakers achieve even greater visibility.”
Videos from SDW will be streamed on the S-N.tv website from the beginning of April and can be accessed free of charge.

“We’ve been pleased by the number of firms and government organizations that have embraced the KOBN concept,” says Atkins. “We’ve already filled up our schedules for Thursday March 26. However, there are still spaces available for commercial interviews on Friday March 26.”
SDW 2009 will also be the launch pad for KOBN’s new glossy magazine ‘The VAULT’. Distributed quarterly to decision makers in the secure ID industry, this handy-sized publication is a mix of transcripts of previous S-N.tv interviews as well as original and insightful features that get to the heart of the most important issues in this sector. Issue one of The Vault features an article that shines a light on the operations of industry heavyweight DNP of Japan as well as a revealing interview with the German Ministry of the Interior. Recognizing that implementing ID schemes isn’t always plain sailing, the first edition also examines the five biggest misconceptions when implementing an ID project.

“The high-tech security industry remains upbeat about opportunities in 2009, and we will continue to capture these views through S-N.tv’s various media over the coming months,” says Atkins.