IFSEC International is one of Europe’s largest integrated security event, with tens of thousands of visitors attending ExCeL, London, 18 – 20 June 2019. Registration is now open.

IFSEC International, the hub for the security industry, announces that installer registrations from the North have already grown by 4%, while installer registrations from the Midlands have grown by 5%, matching its annual growth from London, South East, South West and international installation companies.

Educational security seminars

This is thanks in no small part to IFSEC’s Installers Concierge program, dedicated to connecting key installers from the Midlands and North with exhibiting manufacturers and distributors to partner on specific security projects.

IFSEC also works to attract installation companies with its hands-on educational security seminars, demos and training

Alongside its heritage at the centre of the security installer, engineer and integrator calendar, IFSEC also works to attract installation companies with its hands-on educational security seminars, demos and training. This includes IFSEC’s Show Me How demonstrations, a programme of security kit demos across CCTV, Intruder and Access Control; the Converged Security Centre, an integrated security showcase in partnership with Vidsys; and the Future of Security Theatre, created for tactical security training with Tavcom. These 50+ security sessions and demos make IFSEC the centre for installation companies to equip themselves with the knowledge they need for a truly competitive edge against their competitors.

Security installation projects

A small sample of those responsible for mass-scale security installation projects that have registered for IFSEC, and will discover the security solutions demonstrated by IFSEC 2019 exhibitors, include:

  • Head of Procurement – Banham Group
  • Chairman – Corps Security
  • Managing Director – Pointer UK
  • Support Services Director – Profile Security Services
  • Chairman – Kings Secure Technologies
  • Operations Director – Mitie Fire and Security
  • Managing Director - Frontline Security
  • Engineering Support Manager – SECOM
  • Risk & Security Manager EMEA – CBRE
  • Chief Procurement Officer – Securitas
  • Account Manager - Noonan
  • Director of Security - Interserve
  • Security Manager – Wilson James
  • Head of Group Installations & HSSE – Makeen Energy Group
  • Head of Distribution & Manufacturing – Mitie - VSG
  • Technical Director – Banham
  • Head of Security – OCS Group UK Ltd.
  • Director of Security – Interserve Support Services
  • Contract Director – Man Commercial Protection Ltd

Procurement relationships

IFSEC welcomed tens of thousands of visitors, and IFSEC 2019 has been shaped to capitalise on this huge marketplace

Last year, IFSEC welcomed tens of thousands of visitors, and IFSEC 2019 has been shaped to capitalise on this huge marketplace, shining a greater spotlight on procurement relationships between visitor and exhibitor. Over 500 security suppliers will be exhibiting, showcasing the latest in security solutions and technological advances across intruder, cyber, perimeter protection, access control, CCTV and more.

Those looking to attend as a visitor can register now for a free ticket to IFSEC 2019 and see the latest security technology put to the test, learn from world-renowned industry leaders and network with fellow security professionals at Europe’s largest integrated security event, ExCeL London.

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