Week Beginning 13th March, Trade officers from over 15 countries met to prepare for HLS which will be held in Israel in November 2016.
The HLS conference recognises that in the 21st Century the world is facing new security threats, Israeli companies are seen as experts in the field and so HLS will showcase these solutions to the wider world.
The HLS training programme began in Jerusalem at the Ministry of Economy, where senior members, Ohad Cohen, Jonathan Hadar and Ehud Gonen addressed the group, updating them on the Start Up Nations progress in 2015 and the way in which HLS and Cyber threats were growing.
This was followed by a Q and A discussion with Eli Gorovici, VP Strategy and M&A of Security Products, at leading HLS company Tyco. He explained why Israel was a leader in the sector and their new accelerator – Tyco Innovation Tel Aviv which offers Israeli companies an opportunity to collaborate with Tyco, a $10 billion company, a global leader with extensive products and services portfolio, serving diverse sectors in over 200 countries. The program advances startups with business development by providing access to real markets and customers, and leading towards accelerated partnerships, reselling or commercial licensing .
The group then moved to Tel Aviv, where the Israeli Export Institute led a number of training sessions for the officers. The group then undertook a tour around Ben Gurion Airports Security Division, which showcased the leading Israeli solutions they are using within the airport to insure the highest levels of security.
Following this the group went to IAI Elta and met with Amnon Sorfin, head of HLS at ELTA with over 30 years experience in the army intelligence units. ELTA Systems Ltd is a group and subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries and one of Israel’s leading defense electronics companies and a global leader in the field of Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), Early Warning and Control, Homeland Security (HLS), Self-Protection and Self-Defense, and Fire Control applications.
Something that really stoodout about the space was the amount of orthodox workers there. They employ a large amount of students from The Mercaz HaChareidi for Technological Studies and the Jerusalem College of Technology – Lev Academic Center. Suggesting an open environment where all can flourish.
The trip was crucial in preparing the officers for HLS and gave a real insight into the solutions in the Cyber and HLS sector, that are coming out of Israel.