“Level Five is looking to expand into South-East Asia, South Africa and Eastern-Europe. These markets have heightened their security needs, for different reasons, and are facing challenges in terms of building up their homeland security programs. We are also looking to expand our activity in the European regulatory market”, said Mr. Alon Wainer, Co-CEO of Level Five, HLS Consulting in an exclusive interview given to Epicos.Could you please describe the current place of Level Five in the national and international market?
Currently Level Five is leading the Israeli Market in the sphere of designing security checkpoints and training security screeners and X-ray operators. We have trained and qualified screeners from various security sectors: mass transportation security, military police and border guards, prison guards, screeners guarding government buildings and many more. Our experience, in terms of diversity, project magnitude and the volume of people we've trained, is unparalleled in Israel.
As for the international market, Level Five is the first choice for Israeli integrators who carry out projects abroad. We have participated in projects in the US, Central America, Eastern Europe and India. Could you please describe briefly the history of Level Five?
Level Five was founded in 2002 by veterans of the IAA (Israeli Airport Authority). Our first project was a security risk assessment we performed for a US airport as a sub-contractor for an Israeli integrator. Our first projects in Israel included establishing security screening outfits for the Israeli court guard and training security screeners for the Israeli railways.What are the main sections of security that Level Five is active in?
Level Five's main area of expertise is people and baggage screening. We specialize in:
- Designing checkpoint and screening procedures
- Consulting clients who which to purchase screening technologies.
- Training operators of various screening technologies (X-ray, CT, WMD, ETD)
Level Five is very active on the Israeli security training market. We have trained thousands of security guards, screeners and operators.Could you please describe us the Level Five team?
Level Five is managed by Alon Wainer and Yaniv Stern.
Mr. Wainer is a Co- CEO at Level Five HLS consulting. Mr. Wainer served For 9 years in various positions in the security division in Ben-Gurion airport in Israel, where for 4 years he was the manager of the security technology integration and training department. During his years in Ben-Gurion Mr. Wainer was in charge of integrating new screening technologies, training security personnel in all the aspects of people and baggage screening and operating weapon ad IED detection technologies; he instructed planned and supervised checkpoint, X-ray, CT and EDS operators courses. Mr. Wainer was also in charge of training the explosive detection unit which specializes in IED detection in various items.
Alon Wainer was an integral part of the team that lead the IAA through the process of transforming its security array from a profiling based system to a technology based system. Mr. Wainer is an expert on screening technologies and has advised manufactures on MMI (man-machine interface) issues, operational testing and evaluation and marketing. Mr. Wainer is very experienced in security personnel training, designing security check-points, security procedures and protocols and content management for security training.
Mr. Wainer holds an M.A degree in History from Tel-Aviv University and is currently a PhD student.
Yaniv Stern is currently Co-CEO at Level Five Security responsible for sales. Mr. Stern served for nine-years in the IAA. He filled various managerial and training roles in the Israeli international Ben-Gurion Airport and for the national airline El-Al.
Mr. Stern was in charge of training and qualifying security managers and was personally involved in the assessment and construction of procedures and protocols concerning profiling and security management methodologies. Working with the directing authority, the ISA, he was part of the team reforming the security supervisors to the technological challenges they faced moving from classical questioning regimes to the Hold-Baggage System (HBS) and the utilization of state-of-the-art foiling technologies.
Mr. Stern's main areas of expertise are establishment and maintenance of holistic security layouts, training and certifying security managers, training development including tailoring and conducting 'train-the-trainer' seminars as well as implementing monitoring regimes
Mr. Stern is a graduate of Bar-Ilan University and a postgraduate of Lincoln University.
Our team of instructors and consultants has all served in the Israeli security arena, in various operational and technical positions in governmental institutions (ISA, MOD, IDF etc.).
Level Five offers:
- HLS trainers and coaches
- First-aid paramedics and first-responders instructors
- Security engineers and low-voltage systems experts
- Intelligence and counter- reconnaissance
- Armed-personnel trainers (firearms and hand-to-hand combat)What are the main projects that Level Five has implemented so far?
Level Five has implemented many interesting and challenging projects in Israel and abroad. Amongst the projects that were most challenging we can name the following:
- Establishing a Security checkpoint unit for the Israeli court guard
- Designing an automated parcel inspection system for the Israeli Customs
- Training Hundreds of screeners, Guards and x-ray operators a year for the Israeli Railways.
- Training cargo screeners for the Israeli customs.
- Training Security Managers for a hotel chain in India.What are the next steps and priorities of the company?
Level Five would like to expand its activity on the international market as a prime contractor or in an alliance with European or US integrators. We feel we have a lot to contribute to the international security market and that we haven't exploited our potential on international market yet.
Level Five has also expanding its offer to our clients by adding products to the services we already provide. Level Five is currently developing training aids such as simulant kits, instructional videos and content for computer based learning. Is there a specific country or region that Level Five would like to expand?
Level Five is looking to expand into South-East Asia, South Africa and Eastern-Europe. These markets have heightened their security needs, for different reasons, and are facing challenges in terms of building up their homeland security programs. We are also looking to expand our activity in the European regulatory market. The EU is very proactive in sponsoring think tanks and research groups. We have participated in several research projects as sub-contractors. Now we are looking to come out from behind the scenes, perhaps by partnering with a European company. Could you please make a comment the new challenges that security faces in the international scene?
Although we are experts on screening technologies, in our opinion, the human factor a decisive factor when it comes to stopping terror attacks. It has been proven in recent terror attacks that technology, on its own, cannot provide the answer. Terrorists study technologies weak point and exploit them. Sometimes this is done, as in the case of the ‘Christmas bomber’, by reverting to almost primitive methods.
Therefore, the biggest challenge facing the HLS market, and more specifically, the people and baggage screening market, is creating a security system that integrates both human and technological aspects. This can be done by performing changes on a regulatory level to provide the screeners with adequate tools to combat terrorism without infringing civil rights.