bmobile applauds Safety, Security and Sustainability Expo and Conference
Port of Spain, Trinidad, July 1, 2017
Seeing the world through the eyes of a drunk driver, learning what to do if held up by a bandit and finding out which local company manufactures blocks that would allow a building to withstand a fire raging for four hours and hurricane force winds were just some of the fascinating insights visitors were exposed to at the first-ever Safety, Security & Sustainability Expo and Conference. The event was staged by the Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce, in partnership with the Ministry of National Security, from Thursday June 22nd to Saturday 24th at the Divali Nagar outdoor facility.
Coming in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Bret and subsequent flooding did not put a damper on the spirits and energy of the exhibitors and organisations, who treated visitors to a fascinating array of information, products and demonstrations which made the event exciting and rewarding to all those who were able to attend.
Among the sponsors included technology provider bmobile, which has an important portfolio of home and enterprise grade security solutions. Commenting on the three-day event, Darryl Duke, Senior Manager, Government, Security and Directories Business said, “As one of the lead sponsors, bmobile compliments the Chamber on an innovative, entertaining and extremely relevant and well-organised event. The Expo and Conference allowed visitors to obtain answers to all their security questions, in one place, from both the private sector and directly from the law enforcement officers present.” Duke noted that as the only national full-service telecommunications provider, “We work together with the Government, Corporate and Private entities to equip them with state-of-the-art security solutions and services at cost effective pricing to win the fight against crime.”
Police dogs Tess and Penny, were also a crowd pleaser as they demonstrated their skills at finding several dangerous items, including C4, a handgun and marijuana, which were hidden around the exhibitor hall. Also eye-opening was the Drunk Driver test that a Police Service breathalyser technician enthusiastically persuaded visitors to try. This involved putting on special goggles and trying to navigate the cones set up on the floor. The test, he said, explained why after an accident, drunk drivers would still insist that they could see fine, “It was the lamp post that moved,” he said with a grin.
The first stop for most visitors was the bmobile booth strategically located at the entrance of the Expo. There they were able to see first-hand the company’s CCTV and alarm monitoring products as well as download the yellow pages app.
Two police officers who visited the booth and downloaded the app learnt that not only would it provide them residential and business phone numbers and locations, but the “Around Me” feature would also tell them which businesses, for example restaurants or gas stations, were closest to them, while other features provided local news, cinema schedules and flight info.
Clive Bhola of Couva was particularly interested in bmobile’s security system. “You could be watching t.v. and still see what’s going on outside,” he noted. Sales Executive Sheldon Floyd also highlighted to visitors the system’s user friendly features, including being able to retrieve their own footage, as well as its expandability. “So you can start small and expand as large as you need to be,” he said. “That’s what a number of budget conscious customers are interested in. The ability of the system to grow with you.”
The Expo featured exhibitors from a range of sectors, including IT and communications, security and alarm, construction, law enforcement, self defence, road safety and disaster management; as well as Customs and other government agencies.
Chamber President Vishnu Charran said the idea of the conference stemmed from the crime situation in the country and especially in Central Trinidad. Thanking bmobile, “which has been very generous to us,” for its support, the Chamber President noted that because bmobile is so much a part of Trinidad and Tobago, just having bmobile’s name on the event got people to pay attention to the Expo.