On 26 November, the Dutch security cluster HSD presented the ‘National Innovation Agenda for Security 2015’. The agenda provides an overview of innovation needs and opportunities in the Dutch security sector and must ensure that innovation investments are used as efficiently as possible. It was officially presented to the mayors of The Hague, Enschede, Tilburg and Eindhoven, representatives of the Ministry of Security and Justice, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and to representatives of businesses and knowledge institutions during a board dinner. These parties will implement the agenda for a more secure and more prosperous world with a growth in available jobs and turnover.
Security is an important prerequisite for social and economic development. It also is an innovative sector, which contributes to the earning power of the Netherlands. Within the rapidly growing national security cluster The Hague Security Delta (HSD), 150 businesses, governments, and knowledge institutions currently collaborate on innovations and knowledge in the broad field of security. The National Innovation Agenda for Security (NIAS) directs this innovation processes and ensures that investments in the security sector are handled effectively.
"The agenda makes it easier for parties to coordinate their innovation efforts, to cooperate, and to develop innovations that meet current and future procurement routes," explained Peter Elias, project leader of the NIAS and management team member of HSD. “This creates a more predictable market for the providers of innovative products and services, making it possible for them to flourish both economically and socially.”
The NIAS designates 16 concrete spearheads, on which businesses, governments, and knowledge institutions can start cooperating right away. The Municipality of Hague, Twente Safety and Security, and the Dutch Institute of Technology, Safety and Security for instance take the lead in improving public safety and security. They will specifically focus on issues like secure societies and empowerment of citizens. Next to this, Siemens, Capgemini, KPN, Thales, Fox-IT, TNO, Trigion, Authasas, Aerialtronics, T-Xchange, iCOPP / ENAI, InnovationQuarter, The Hague University, the Ministry of Security and Justice, and the Ministry of Defence have committed themselves to the NIAS. They will focus on complex issues surrounding cyber security, sensor technology, identity issues, and secure critical infrastructures.
Ministry of Security and Justice’s Innovation Policies and the European ‘Grand Challenge’ of Secure Societies
The Ministry of Security and Justice has been closely involved in the development of the agenda. Themes derived from the Ministry’s security-innovation policies are included in the NIAS and vice versa. In addition to this, the content and approach of the NIAS are seamlessly connected to the European Commission’s innovation ambitions, formulated in the research programme Horizon2020 – Secure Societies. This provides a solid foundation for the formation of consortia that can perform this European agenda.
Click here for the official NIAS report (in English)
Click here for the official NIAS report (in Dutch)
Click here for the official press release in Dutch