While we were all sleeping safe and sound in our beds, more than 30 people were killed, and dozens others injured, in Brussels overnight. Reports suggested that, at first, there were two shots fired in the departure hall at Brussels Airport in Zaventem.
Then someone shouted something in Arabic. Shortly afterwards, two explosion rocked the facility. Ann Fransen, spokeswoman for Brussels Airport, stated:
‘We can confirm that there have been two explosions in the departure hall. We called the emergency services on the ground — they are now providing first aid to the injured.’
Source: International Spectator, via Twitter
This can only be described as a disgusting and cowardly attack.
The Belgian royal prosecutor confirmed the attacks were linked to terrorism. He announced that the airport was the target of a suicide attack.
If we think back to late last year, Brussels was one of the first European cities to impose a security lockdown. The Paris attacks sparked legitimate fears around the continent. Brussels responded in kind. The local government was even forced to cancel their New Year’s Eve fireworks celebrations because of threats.
It may be hard for us in Australia to understand. Yet those in Europe are probably wondering how things have gotten so bad. Even though some of us might not understand, we can all sympathise. Those unfortunate enough to be affected by such attacks have lost friends and loved ones. These continuous attacks cannot keep going on forever.
Surely, you’d imagine that many companies right now are developing tech to stop attacks like this happening again in the future. And, as it happens, there are.
In fact, earlier this year global security services were urged to work together in solving this growing problem. The hope is that a collective group of specialist will be able to tackle the problems posed by ISIS and other extremists.
Keeping us safe
Department 13 [ASX:D13] is currently working on a counter drone platform. What this means is that D13 has developed technology where it is able to detect, stop and redirect drones away from certain spaces.
Why is this helpful? Drones aren’t all that hard to come by. The research company MarketsandMarkets believes that the global ‘drone market is expected to reach US$5.59 billion by 2020.’ Drones are now used in various industries, from agriculture to sporting events.
But there’s a risk that drones could be increasingly used for terrorist attacks. Let’s just imagine, in the not too far future, drones become the new play toy of Melburnians. Of course, in some parts of the world, drones are sold in mass quantities to consumers. But let’s stick with Melbourne for now.
Drones are now everywhere in this future we’ve created, meaning we’ve become desensitised to their presence. Would it not be sensible to have some control over where these drones are allowed to fly?
If not, how easy would it be for one of these attacks to happen again via a drone? If anything, bombings could be carried out more easily. There is now little risk to those mentally deranged enough to carry out such acts.
But, thankfully, companies like D13 might be able to stop and prevent such attacks from happening. While D13 isn’t doing that great this year, down 19%, the need for companies like them is almost a requirement in this day and age.
While most security companies listed on the ASX deal with cyber security, the growth of security companies, keeping us safe in the physical world, is on the move.
Junior Analyst, Money Morning
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