The IX International Exhibition of Technology for Defense and Disaster Prevention carried out in Lima Peru (SITDEF Peru 2023), presented the latest advances in defense, disaster prevention, and cybersecurity technology to more than 30,000 visitors. National exhibitors and representatives from 27 countries participated in the event.
“There were more than 150 companies from around the world dedicated to security, defense, and disaster prevention that participated in the event,” Christian Tocre Díaz, director general of SITDEF Peru, told Diálogo on June 29. “We’ve had presentations of everything from chips or campaign equipment to drones, missiles, airplanes and information technology, as well as anti-aircraft defense, surveillance and artillery systems.”
Tocre said that the biannual event, which for this edition took place May 18-21 in Lima, “seeks to provide tools and services to ensure security on multiple fronts, including cyber, drug trafficking, mining and illegal logging, and even the prevention of natural disasters.”
“SITDEF Peru 2023 contributes to the State in many ways, among them, and the most direct one, allows bringing state-of-the-art technology and learning about trends in security and defense,” Peru’s Defense Minister Jorge Chávez Cresta, said during the inauguration of the event. “It also improves prevention and response to natural disasters.”
For his part, Army General David Ojeda, commanding general of the Peruvian Army, highlighted SITDEF Peru at the opening ceremony as one of the most important exhibition platforms in the region, presenting the latest technological innovations for defense and disaster prevention.
He also stressed that technology influences the ability of the armed forces to successfully carry out their military actions and operations, to work in coordination with the armed forces of neighboring and partner countries, and to face common threats.
Companies from Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States among others, participated in the ninth edition of the exhibition. Air, land, and maritime vehicles; ammunition; anti-aircraft defense; engineering; integral security; field hospitals; satellite technology; civil defense; logistics; non-lethal weapons; epidemiological control apparatus; uniforms; and equipment were exhibited.
Among the featured exhibitors, US-based Motorola Solutions presented an integrated technology ecosystem for defense and natural disasters that combines voice, video, data, and analytics with artificial intelligence, as well as a back-up of cybersecurity solutions, designed to help provide defense and emergency personnel with a comprehensive 360-degree view of incidents, even as they unfold.
Motorola also introduced VB400 body cameras that enable high-definition recording and live streaming from the theater of operations in real time. The video system can operate in the most adverse weather conditions. With digital evidence management software, law enforcement officers can seamlessly upload and secure storage, while adding important details such as time, date, location, and incident data.
In addition to the technology exhibited, SITDEF allowed participating security forces to take part in seminars on various topics such as risk and disaster management, climate change, as well as various panels on cybersecurity, preventing cyberthreats, techniques used in cyberwars, preparing against cyberattacks, and cyber defense and cooperation.