Press & Announcements
Safe Ports' Parallel was represented by company Vice President, Michael Smallwood, at the 2017 Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) Summer Conference in Colorado Springs. This July 2017 event marked the 35th anniversary of the founding of MAPPS where the theme was "Past Reflections - New Directions." The program featured sessions that looked back on the history of MAPPS and its role in the geospatial community as well as looking to the future with discussions of trends, emerging markets, and new technology and applications.
The Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) hosted a group from Azerbaijan to the United States as part of a special program intended to support the efforts of the Baku International Sea Trade Port to become a regional hub serving growing domestic needs and boosting international trade in the region. During their visit to the United States, they came to Charleston as guests of the Charleston Council for International Visitors, a nonprofit organization which arranges all programming for IVLP groups in Charleston.
The Port of Baku is seeking assistance for developing its port operations, labor management system, and business development strategy. The group came to Charleston to gain insight that could be applied upon their return to Azerbaijan.
Safe Ports' CEO and President, Lucy Duncan, and Vice President, Michael Smallwood, invited the group to a Fourth of July celebration, sharing both an American tradition and Lowcountry hospitality to our visitors. Safe Ports applauds the efforts of this group in their mission to boost trade in Baku and looks forward to participating in the growth of this region.
Michael Smallwood, Vice President of Safe Ports, attended GEOINT 2017 Symposium hosted by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), June 4-7 at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas. The annual GEOINT Symposium is the nation’s largest gathering of industry, academia, and government and includes representatives from the Defense, Intelligence, and Homeland Security communities as well geospatial intelligence stakeholders from the commercial, federal/civil, state, and local sectors. With Safe Port's acquisition of geospatial technology leader, Parallel, Inc. in 2016, we are at the forefront of emerging trends and technologies in order to provide the most insightful, thoughtful, and innovative solutions possible.
Over 1,000 government, business, and civil society leaders met in Jordan for the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Middle East and North Africa, 19-21 May 2017, in Jordan. Safe Ports' CEO and President, Lucy Duncan, attended the conference to participate in the collaborative platform for shaping the future of the Middle East and North Africa through public-private cooperation. Top decision-makers from Gulf Cooperation Council countries, the Levant, and North Africa, as well as key international stakeholders from the United States, Europe, East Africa, and other regions, explored the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This new era in the global economy promises huge opportunities, resulting from the convergence of digital information and technological advancements in various economic fields. Safe Ports is committed to providing high-quality, secure logistics activities in this region.
Safe Ports' CEO and President, Lucy Duncan, attended this year's Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida, 15-18 May 2017. SOFIC is the premier venue for the Special Operations Forces community and Safe Ports was on hand to interact with SOF industry leaders and collaborate on the challenges, initiatives, and way-ahead in delivering the most cutting-edge capabilities into the hands of SOF operators. SOFIC provides a multitude of significant opportunities for networking, business intelligence, brand promotion, and product demonstration. Safe Ports used this opportunity to discuss the company's unique core competencies and services that would be of great benefit to the SOF community.
Safe Ports attended the National Defense Industrial Association's 33rd Annual National Logistics Forum in Tampa, Florida, 19 - 20 April 2017. This event brought together Government and logistics policy officials and practitioners to address the current challenges facing the delivery of logistics capabilities and services in the current and future environment despite severely constrained resources. This forum highlighted challengers, identified opportunities, and assessed future impacts on logistics support to Warfighters. Safe Ports took part in the technology display area to highlight their logistics and geospatial capabilities.
Lucy Duncan, CEO and President of Safe Ports, was invited to participate in the Hemispheric Conference on Port Competitiveness and Security: Finding the Right Balance at Storer Auditorium in Coral Gables, Florida. Lucy was on the panel for Tackling Security-Related Supply Chain Interruptions on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. She also introduced the speakers for the Successful Practices I: Competitive Port Security panel.
In a letter sent to Ms. Duncan after the conference, Jorge Durán, Chief of the Secretariat, Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) thanked her for her invaluable contribution to the conference. The contents of this letter can be read here.
This conference provided an international platform for public-private dialog on strategic actions that promotes efficient logistic operations while tackling relevant security concerns in the region’s port and maritime sectors. It iwas organized by the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (S/CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) in collaboration with the University of Miami Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER), HudsonAnalytix, and the Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the U.S. Department of Transportation and with the financial support of the U.S. Department of State. The event addressed key aspects of port security in accordance with competitive technologies, operations, and infrastructure.
Sergei Petrov, CTO at Safe Ports, describes how migrating EBS to Compute Cloud and why Oracle's Integrated Cloud platform with high performance, reliability, and reduced costs, has helped them increase their competitiveness in winning new business.