National security in the Netherlands: 5 themes in focus

National safety

Together with our partners in the security domain, we stand for a safe and secure Netherlands. And now that developments are accelerating, it is more important than ever to link existing technology to new innovations. Discover the five themes we focus on.

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Developments within the security domain

Developments in the field of security are moving faster than ever. This is partly due to the enormous growth of information and the emergence of new techniques. Think of artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality and powerful sensors. These developments represent both an opportunity and a threat to the Dutch government and security organisations. That’s why together we contribute to safety and security in the Netherlands.

75 years of expertise

Our expertise in the field of security research is recognized all over the world. We have more than 75 years of experience in applications such as recognition, monitoring, digital transitions and innovation validation. This makes us one of the most reliable global partners for technology and innovation in the security domain.

We are constantly developing new knowledge and innovations focused on safety and technology trends. As a flywheel for innovation, we work on new applications that guarantee a safe and secure Netherlands.

We keep a close eye on developments that affect the security of the Netherlands. Within the National Security roadmap, we work with 5 main themes: Resilient professional, Smart security & surveillance, Intelligence in action, Rule of law & investigation, Critical digital infrastructure.

Joint forces is necessary

Within the security domain, we join forces to tackle security issues together. This includes the security of buildings and infrastructure, tackling nightlife violence and (international) terrorism.

Our key partners are the Ministry of Justice and Security and the affiliated national organizations such as the National Police, the Immigration and Service (IND) and the Custodial Institutions Agency (DJI). We also maintain close ties with the business community and other knowledge institutions, such as the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) and the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (KMar).

Working together on security in the Netherlands

We are looking for more partners within the security domain. Do you want to work with us on national security? Get in touch with us!

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