Location: Villa Wolkonsky, Rome
Rome is the seat of the Italian Government. The state ministries are spread out around the city and it is the pivotal centre for the Italian Public Security Sector and its procurement system. The Italian Home Office (Ministero dell’Interno) is based here, as well as the police and the Carabinieri headquarters.
Italy has a strong reputation for purchasing high quality security products and sources many products from within Europe. The country is open to investment by foreign manufacturers, particularly those seeking Italian participation in R&D and new technologies.
The Italian Government is committed to on-going investment in the security sector, with particular emphasis on new and improved technology. UK Trade & Investment in Milan and Rome work closely with the Defence Attaché’s office in the British Embassy and with the Defence and Security Organisation (DSO) and UK and Italian ministries. UKTI DSO has an extensive portfolio of contacts including, Ministers and in the Senate and at the top level of Italian Security Forces.
UK products are well regarded in the Italian market and they continue to maintain an important market share. Advanced and innovative technology, in Counter Terrorism, Covert Surveillance, Counter IED’s, UAV’s and force protection projects, are of particular interest to the Italian forces as well as products in connection with urgent operational requirements such as cyber-attacks, illegal immigration and border security which remain a serious problem in Italy.
Some specific product areas that Italian security organisations have asked to see include; Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TSCM) equipment, Communications and equipment, Counter Surveillance equipment, Covert/Undercover operational requirements, Hi-Tech Crime equipment, Border Security Solutions, Detection equipment, Intelligence/Data Analysis and Specialised Search equipment.