Second NCT C-IED Asia event raises awareness of security threats

The second NCT C-IED Asia event took place between October 29 and 31 to help raise awareness about the regional and international threat of Improvised Explosive Devices and discuss measures to combat the threat.

The event took place at the St. Regis Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, and attracted the Royal Thai Police, IB Consultancy, international experts, military personnel, civil stakeholders and companies that provide Counter-IED and explosive ordinance disposal solutions.

The event opened with a live demonstration of Thailand's C-IED capabilities. An IED was placed in the parking lot of the St. Regis Hotel. Royal Thai police trucks, K9 dogs and the EOD response team appeared on the scene and successfully detonated and neutralized the device to showcase Thailand's competence in EOD procedures.

The second day of the event was opened by the Secretary General of the Cambodian Mine Action Authority and Advisor to the Cambodian Prime Minister Chum Bun Rong. Major Vitor Felisberto from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's C-IED Center of Excellence and Pol. Colonel Kamthorn Auicharoen also spoke about new technological advances in the field and threats and challenges faced by the region.

The third and final day of the event included workshops and speeches from experts on C-IED intelligence, forensics and analysis. Khun Ying Porntip Rojanasunan gave a presentation on how bomb makers and bombers in Thailand were caught using forensics. Superintendent Jimmy Yuen of the Hong Kong Police also presented, showcasing a new robotic solution for C-IED threats.

At the close of the event, the leaders stressed the importance of international cooperation to help manage the threat of IEDs, unexploded ordinances and landmines in the U.S., Europe and Asia.