2016 Israeli HLS Delegation in the United States (wrap-up)

May 16-19, A delegation of 11 Israeli companies with high-tech solutions for the homeland security space visited the United States for meetings with local companies and agencies. The delegation , organized by the Israel Export Institute, traveled up and down the Northeast, meeting with organizations from some of the biggest and most important security agencies to small but effective integrators in their markets.
The delegation featured companies with security solutions for communications, video sureveillance/analytics, drugs/explosives detection, facial recognition and command & control.
On Monday, May 16, the delegation kicked off with a visit to the Boston area, hosted by the New England- Israel Business Council.

On Tuesday, the delegation continued on to NYC, where the group pitched to agencies and companies at a morning reception hosted by Greenberg Traurig in the iconic MetLife building. Following the breakfast, the group headed downstairs to Grand Central Terminal, where they had a chance to meet with representatives from the MTA PD and ask questions about the agencies operations. Finally, in the afternoon, the companies were hosted by senior security personnel from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at their offices in the World Trade Center. At WTC, the companies pitched with and networked with key figures and decision makers who are deploying security technology at PANYNJ sites.

On Wednesday, the Israeli companies boarded a bus and headed to Newark, NJ, to exhibit at the “New Jersey- Israel HLS Technology Summit,” hosted along with the New Jersey Innovation Institute at NJIT, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the BIRD Fund, and the New Jersey- Israel Commission.

The conference was attended by members from industry, infrastructure and local emergency services. Speakers included

  • Dr. Chris Rodriguez, Director of NJOHSP,
  • Steve Gutkin, Deputy Director of NJOHSP,
  • Mike DeGidio, Director of Security Operations and Programs for PANYNJ,
  • Gilles Perez, HLS and Aerospace Director at IEI,
  • Christopher Runn, Asst Commissioner and NJ Dept of Health,
  • Christian Schultz, Manager of Business Interruption at PSE&G,
  • Dr. Ken Budka, Sr. Partner and Emergency Communications expert at Nokia Bell Labs.

Following the speakers and panel discussion, the Israeli companies sat for 1:1 pre-scheduled and on-the-spot meetings with conference attendees. On the eve of the conference, around 40 conference attendees pre-registered for more than 200 1:1 meetings.

On Thursday morning, the Israeli delegation arrived in Philadelphia for a day of visits with the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce. The highlight of the visit was a meeting with the Delaware River Port Authority.  More info at

For more information about this activity, and about Homeland Security solutions from Israel, contact Josh Berliner at the Israel Economic Mission in NYC.