The Middle East’s outstanding security and fire safety projects and products will share the spotlight in Dubai next week, when they contest for the ultimate accolade at the region’s only awards ceremony dedicated to excellence in commercial security and fire protection. Security, Safety and Fire Protection Awards A stellar shortlist of 55 finalists from 150 entries has been selected for the inaugural Intersec Security, Safety and Fire Protection Middle East Awards, with the winners across 10 categories to be celebrated during a gala dinner on the 20th September 2018 at Dubai’s Habtoor Palace. Hotly contested fire categories include the Fire Protection Project of the Year, where the Dubai Frame, the Dubai Mall Fashion Avenue Expansion, and Route 2020 Metro Rail are among the five finalists. Meanwhile, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre Gate, Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium, and King Abdullah Economic City Hijaz in Saudi Arabia are the three finalists making the cut in the Security Public Assembly Project of the Year. Global security and fire safety trade fair The Intersec Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the great work that security and fire protection-related professionals do" The 1st Intersec Awards are organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, which also organises Intersec, the world’s largest security, safety, and fire protection trade fair which takes place every year, and returns for its 21st edition in January 2019 in Dubai. Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “The Intersec Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the great work that security and fire protection-related professionals are contributing to keep our societies safe and secure, from manufacturers, authorities, consultants, and contractors, to the end-users and clients. It’s important to acknowledge the hard work and efforts that industry stakeholders undertake to ensure security and fire safety standards are maintained across the Middle East, and we’re delighted with the industry response to these inaugural awards.“ “There have been exceptional examples of industry innovation in recent years, not only in functionality, but in other important areas such as sustainability, reusability, and aesthetics. The Intersec Awards brings the very best of these examples of industry best-practise, celebrated among industry peers and the public,” Pauwels added. Intersec Awards The 1st Intersec Awards comprise six security categories (three project and three product categories), and four fire categories (one project and three product), with a 12-strong independent judging panel overseeing the shortlist and ultimately deciding the overall winners. Terry Johnson, Senior Fire Service Advisor at the Dubai Civil Defence, who was among the seven judges adjudicating the fire categories, said: “The Intersec Awards are good for the fire protection and security industries in general and in the Middle East in particular because they show the maturity that the industry has now reached in the region.“ He adds, “They also show how the industry has gained in confidence in its actual abilities over the past years, and there’s a shared benefit from all participating companies and stakeholders.” Awards driving innovation in regional security Initiatives such as the Intersec Awards are beneficial because they drive innovation and improvements" John Cowling, Director of AcuTech Consulting Group in the Middle East, who was part of the Security Categories judging panel, added: “Initiatives such as the Intersec Awards are beneficial because they drive innovation and improvements, thus motivating the regional security and fire safety industries to higher achievements. They keep industry standards high because they promote competition, showing suppliers, manufacturers, as well as consultants that striving for continuous improvement adds value to the industry.“ “As judges, what we’re looking for is design, innovation and what adds value to businesses. Security should be an enabler, and not prohibit operations, so we take a holistic approach to those that add value, and show new innovative designs, which range from low tech and simplistic right through to the very high tech.” Intersec Dubai 2019 More than 250 industry professionals are expected to attend the inaugural Intersec Security, Safety and Fire Protection Middle East Awards in Dubai, which is partnered with Axis Communications as Platinum Sponsor, and ATEÏS as Categories Sponsor. The 21st edition of Intersec will take place from 20-22 January 2019 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, featuring more than 1,300 exhibitors from 59 countries, and covering the seven key show sections of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Homeland Security & Policing, Physical & Perimeter Security, Safety & Health, Cyber Security, and Smart Home & building Automation.
The latest trends in artificial intelligence and robotics in policing societies, along with major projects fuelling growth in the Middle East commercial security landscape, were among many talking points, as Intersec concluded its 20th edition in Dubai. Live demonstrations for attendees The world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection featured 1,337 exhibitors from 59 countries, while 29,532 visitors from 129 countries stopped by the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Sharing centre-stage were dozens of product launches, while live demonstrations of fire protection equipment and drones used across a wide range of applications kept thousands of buyers and industry professionals entertained and informed. The Dubai Police is one of Intersec’s long-standing Government Partners, along with the Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Police Academy, the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA), and for the first time in 2018, the Dubai Municipality. The Dubai Police is one of Intersec’s long-standing Government Partners Community safety This year from its exhibition stand, the Dubai Police had a strong focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter technologies to keep residents, visitors, and communities safe. It also showcased Robocop prototypes and new smart services that are already in place in its fully automated smart police station, which recently opened in September 2017. Brig. Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, Dubai Police’s Director General of Artificial Intelligence, gave an overview of the Government body’s vision toward using AI and robots in policing and protection. “The Dubai Police has a target to be the smartest police force in the world, and we’ve been working on a new strategy based on AI that will ultimately increase the happiness of our residents and build Dubai to be the safest city in the world,” said Al Razooqi.We’ve been working on a new strategy based on AI that will ultimately increase the happiness of our residents" AI to reduce crime “We plan to use AI to help us not only reduce crimes, but increase our ability to predict potential crimes before they happen, along with reducing traffic accidents. We’ve introduced a crime prediction system as well as accident prediction system that can study the behaviours of drivers.” He added: “With UAE car manufacturers, we’ll install sensors to study the behaviour of drivers and see how we can teach them the best way to drive. Vehicles will instruct police where they should cover based on data we have, and perhaps where there is crime.” Al Razooqi said Dubai Police plans to open another eight Smart Police Stations in 2018, and while AI and robots will in the future take over more routine daily jobs, that won’t mean less ‘human’ manpower. “There have been rumours that due to AI and robotics at Dubai Police, that there will be less police officers but this is not true,” he added. “We’re going to create more advanced positions, where they can provide a better service to keep our residents and visitors happy and safe.” Al Razooqi said Dubai Police plans to open another eight Smart Police Stations in 2018 Indoor drone zone Among the new features at the 20th edition of Intersec was an indoor Drone Zone, along with two dedicated conferences on Drones and Artificial Intelligence. Greg Agvent, Senior Director for CNN Aerial Imaging and Reporting, spoke at the Intersec Drones Conference about the potential uses for drones in information gathering. Agvent said that drones can be effective to not only deliver new perspective of journalism and reporting, but can also be important tools for data capture that can have much wider implications: “We’re still at the very beginning of acknowledging what drones can do,” said Agvent. “Right now, almost exclusively, we’re working with video, but what about thermal imaging and forward looking infrared, and what context and understanding can this add to a story?” We’re still at the very beginning of acknowledging what drones can do" Sensors “If we we’re covering search and rescue operations, what other sensors can we input? If we’re doing a story on drought, can we put a hygrometer on a drone and create data that supports the video story? There’re all sorts of opportunities for sensors to add new layers and context.” Agvent said that Middle East Broadcasters wishing to utilise drones need to engage with their respective civil authorities and manufactures, adding: “That’s what’s so important about events like Intersec.” “It brings people together, where professionals from a wide range of sectors can gather to understand about the latest technologies, regulations, and industry-best practice in an area that is on a high-growth trajectory. We can’t do this alone. Operators, regulators and manufacturers aren’t going to solve the equations by themselves.” With 483 exhibitors in 2018, Commercial Security represents the largest show section Seven show sections Organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, Intersec spans seven show sections of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Information & Cyber Security, Smart Home & Building Automation, and Physical & Perimeter Security. With 483 exhibitors in 2018, Commercial Security represents the largest show section, and features two-thirds of the world’s top 50 providers of video surveillance, access control, intrusion detection, analytics, and video management software. Intersec has proved over the years to be a fruitful business platform for global leaders and industry start-ups alike. Korean company IDIS has exhibited for the past several years, and has watched its projects and partnerships in the Middle East expand significantly as a result of contacts established during the show. Intersec has proved over the years to be a fruitful business platform for global leaders and industry start-ups Strategic partnerships “We’ve expanded our partner network with many due to the success of exhibiting at Intersec from 2015 to 2017,” said Harry Kwon, General Manager for IDIS in the Middle East and North Africa. “We’ve established new end-user customers and struck up strategic partnerships such as with G4S in Egypt and Saudi Arabia as a direct result of Intersec, with a number of projects now complete or underway.” “We were first introduced to Al Sulaiman Security Systems and Services (A4S) at Intersec two years ago and since then IDIS MENA has struck up a strategic alliance with A4S with the partnership paying dividends. Both companies are now working on 150 leads and ten live projects. And we’re thrilled to announce at Intersec 2018 our project with Al Sulaiman Jewellers, that comprises 100 IDIS camera solution across 18 branches as well as offices,” added Kwon. Meanwhile, Germany’s DoorBird was one of more than 30 companies in Intersec 2018’s fast-developing Smart Home and Building Automation section. A debut exhibitor in 2017, DoorBird returned this year to showcase the 2nd generation of its IP Video Door Station. We’ve established new end-user customers and struck up strategic partnerships such as with G4S in Egypt and Saudi Arabia Home video intercom Pierre Dinnies, DoorBird’s Key Account Manager said the 2nd iteration was developed specifically to handle extreme Middle East conditions, enabling users to access their home’s video intercom via their mobile device and DoorBird App anywhere in the world, in real-time. “DoorBird is the fastest IP intercom system in the market at this time. That means if a visitor rings a bell, it takes two seconds for the user to be notified anywhere in the world via their mobile device,” said Dinnies of DoorBird, which was launched in 2015. “It’s a bi-directional video-audio, so users can converse with visitors real-time.” “Users can also programme DoorBird so that it automatically locks and unlocks at designated times, allowing access to homes if required, for example, cleaning or maintenance companies. Everything is recorded and it can be integrated with existing home automation and security systems, so the opportunities are endless.” Users can also programme DoorBird so that it automatically locks and unlocks at designated times" Consultants, integrators & installers Of Intersec, Dinnies added: “We were very impressed with Intersec last year, and we met a lot of interesting people, so that’s why we decided to participate again in 2018. We need to meet consultants, integrators and installers and that’s who we meet here, from Germany and Vietnam and everywhere in between. It’s been a perfect show again this year.” With 83 percent international exhibitor participation, Intersec’s global footprint was underlined by 15 country pavilions from Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, USA, and for the first time in 2018, Russia. UAE participation was also high, growing six percent year-on-year, with 223 exhibitors covering 10,500sqm of exhibition space. With 83 percent international exhibitor participation, Intersec’s global footprint was underlined by 15 country pavilions Suppliers and manufacturers Visitors too were happy with the show. Fahad Al Qahtani is Operations Manager at ILT Total Access Control, which specialises in automation and access control systems: “Intersec makes it a lot easier for us to see all relevant suppliers and manufacturers in one place at one time. We’ve seen a lot of interesting products at the show this year.” Waleed Al-Mansour, Executive Manager for Security & Safety Corp in Saudi Arabia, was at Intersec 2018 to gain information about the latest firefighting and security alarm systems, along with CCTV products. “Intersec is a great opportunity to know what are the latest updates in the security, safety, and firefighting business. It’s a great chance for us to enhance our knowledge in the field, and we’re very happy with what we found this year. Every year it adds more to my knowledge in the development of systems relating to security, fire protection, and CCTV. Things are moving so fast and we have to keep updated.” Intersec is a great opportunity to know what are the latest updates in the security, safety, and firefighting business" World’s premier trade platform Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “Intersec 2018 has further cemented its position as the world’s premier trade platform of its kind for the security, safety, and fire protection industries.We’ve had participation from the majority of the world’s foremost safety and security brands and attracted a wide representation of global experts and key influencers to our safety and security forums. Twenty years is a landmark for both Intersec and the region’s standing as a major global security market.” “We intend to continue to build on our success and look forward to far greater developments and achievements in the future while working together with the authorities and the active support of the government.” Intersec is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The 21st edition will take place from 20-22 January 2019.
Favourable government initiatives towards energy efficiency, a resurgent construction sector, and the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), will turn the Middle East smart home market into a US$1.86 billion dollar industry by 2022, according to a recent study. The Middle East Smart Home Market report, authored by analysts TechSci Research, said demand for smart lighting, HVAC, security and access control, entertainment, and other IoT-connected home devices will grow 28 percent annually, with revenues more than tripling in value from an estimated US$536 million in 2017. The December 2017 study said video surveillance, intrusion and fire detection, along with access control would be among the fastest growing smart home segments, with revenues from these applications reaching US$332 million by 2022, up from US$91 million in 2017. Smart home security solutionsAccess control will be among the fastest growing smart home segments In the GCC, high per capita incomes and growing preferences for luxurious, networked and high-tech homes is also a key factor, with the UAE (US$203 million) and Saudi Arabia (US$182 million) comprising 38 percent and 34 percent respectively of the entire Middle East smart home market in 2017. The two Gulf countries will hold a similar market share right up to 2022 according to the report, opening up plenty of opportunities for suppliers of home automation, security, entertainment, and energy management. Many players from across the globe will look to establish partnerships with regional real estate developers, consultants, integrators and installers at the upcoming Intersec 2018 exhibition in Dubai. The three-day security, safety, and fire protection trade fair runs from 21-23 January 2018 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, and features a Smart Home and Building Automation section. More than 30 of the event’s 1,300-plus exhibitors will be part of a dedicated Smart Home Pavilion, where they will showcase their latest home automation, security, access control, energy management systems, and multimedia technologies. Remote wireless monitoring Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Intersec’s organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said, “Smart, networked and tech-driven homes are making the transition from the realms of fantasy to reality, as increased consumer awareness, favourable legislation, and falling installation costs drive smart home demand across the world. In the Middle East, security is an integral part of a home’s infrastructure, and deployment of security and access control systems such as wireless locks, IP-enabled devices, and iris detection systems, is increasing.” Smart, networked and tech-driven homes are making the transition from the realms of fantasy to reality" “The technology allows home-owners to monitor activities through their smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices from anywhere and anytime, and the latest solutions in the market will be on show at Intersec 2018’s Smart Home and Building Automation section.” IP-based integrated security Bird Home Automation from Germany, and Italian companies Videx Electronics, FDF, Ksenia Security, and AVS Electronics, are among the global manufacturers sharing the stage at Intersec 2018’s Smart Home and Building Automation section, which at more than 300sqm, is 15 percent larger than the previous year. First-time exhibitor Ksenia Security will launch Lares 4.0, an IP-based integrated smart system where users can control through a single source the entire home eco-system, including access control, CCTV, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), along with other IoT-connected devices, such as entertainment systems. Lares 4.0 for residential and building security Flavio Zarlenga, Sales and Marketing Director at Ksenia Security, said Lares 4.0 can be controlled at home with a mobile user interface or remotely via a dedicated mobile app. “It’s possible to receive, even by e-mail, not only main alarm signals but also important information about the system status, while by means of the integrated web-server, users can remotely manage the system using smartphones or tablets,” said Zarlenga. “Lares 4.0 represents by far the most advanced and reliable solution in the digital revolution for both security and home and building automation. It can control lights, climate, irrigation, doors, windows, or any type of IoT-connected appliances, on top of all the security aspects such as video surveillance, intrusion detection, or access control.” “We’re fully aware of the huge potential in the Middle East smart home and building automation market, and totally confident in our new IoT solutions to meet and exceed expectations,” added Zarlenga. “Our platforms are already fully integrated with the most important Home Automation Systems and, via cooperation with our local partners, we’ve recently developed some interesting projects in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, and Bahrain.” We’re fully aware of the huge potential in the Middle East smart home and building automation market" Video door security solutions Elsewhere, Spanish manufacturer Fermax, a specialist in audio and video door entry systems, will showcase its latest versions of audio and video access control kits, along with new IP solutions for building communications and security. Elena Ravello, Brand Manager of Fermax, said the company already has a strong presence in the Middle East, having worked on several projects across the region. “Fermax has been in the Middle East for more than ten years, and our door entry systems are installed in top reference constructions such as the Palm Jumeirah UpTown Motor City, and Princess Tower in Dubai,” said Ravello. “Fermax targets residential and commercial communications along with the security markets, and Intersec gives us the opportunity to launch new products, explain personally the technical specifications and the benefits of our products as well as show their operation. We also want to enhance our brand globally, and we take advantage of this big event to meet our partners and customers, and of course find new clients from all the Middle East, North Africa and Asia regions.” VOIP-powered home automation AVS Electronics will also debut its new range of Raptor wireless home automation control panels at Intersec 2018, where it will demonstrate its KNX/MODBUS interface for seamless operation. CEO Fabio Baro said, “The latest trend in the smart home market is towards integration within systems. The more a solution can be integrated with other applications in today’s smart home environment, the more successful that solution will likely become.” The latest trend in the smart home market is towards integration within systems Others at Intersec 2018’s Smart Home and Building Automation section include Nuesmart with its smart battery lock and CP Plus with its range of home automation solutions including VOIP-based services. In its 20th anniversary edition, Intersec 2018 will occupy 59,000sqm across 12 halls, with the show’s other six sections covering Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Perimeter & Physical Security, Information & Cyber Security, Safety & Health, and Homeland Security & Policing. Drones Pavilion New developments include a Drones Pavilion and an indoor Drone Zone, while returning features include the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion in the Fire & Rescue section, as well as an Outdoor Demonstration Zone of the latest fire rescue applications in action. A comprehensive three-day conference programme will be spearheaded by Dubai’s Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) Forum, while other topics will cover cyber security, drones, artificial intelligence, commercial security, and fire protection.
The Middle East homeland security market is on course for significant growth over the next five years, with revenues more than doubling in value from an estimated US$9.6 billion in 2017 to US$19.7 billion by 2022, new research has revealed. Integrated public security solutions According to analysts Frost & Sullivan (F&S), the regional homeland security market, comprising monitoring and surveillance systems, restricted entry systems, and perimeter security solutions, will grow annually by 15.5 percent between 2017 and 2022, fuelled by security investments in major infrastructure projects and the ongoing expansion in the building and construction industry. The growth is particularly evident in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as governments prepare to bolster internal security measures in preparation for large-scale global events such as the Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022, and the Dubai Expo 2020. Saudi Arabia and the UAE dominate the regional market according to F&S, with Saudi holding a 45 percent share of revenue in 2017 (US$4.3 billion, followed by the UAE with a 16.6 percent share (US$1.6 billion). Demand is high for integrated solutions, with regional governments prioritising public safety and security of critical assets. In response, global players are lining up their latest wares at Intersec 2018, the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety and fire protection. Airport surveillance to building security The 20th edition of the three-day event takes place from 21-23 January 2018 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, and features a Homeland Security & Policing Section. "The exhibition has proved to be a popular launch pad for many security solutions in use today that ensure the safety and security of society and citizens" More than 100 of the 1,300-plus exhibitors will showcase their frontline range of products and solutions at the dedicated show section, from airport security technology, armoured vehicles and Special Forces equipment to electronics, surveillance and detection systems. “Vulnerability of large infrastructure has been a matter of concern for Middle East governments, prompting investment toward enhancing homeland security,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Intersec’s organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East. “Internal police forces and public infrastructure projects, including street utilities, public car parking, stadiums, roads and buildings, will create huge demand as regional countries, especially in the GCC, look to create a smart and secure environment. For its part, Intersec has served as an unmatched business facilitator and networking platform for the international safety and security community for the last two decades. The exhibition has proved to be a popular launch pad for many security solutions in use today that ensure the safety and security of society and citizens,” he added. Homeland security and policing According to F&S, monitoring and surveillance will account for the largest share of the Middle East homeland security market, and is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.5 percent to reach US$9.5 billion by 2022, from US$4.4 billion in 2017. Ironically, a notable Homeland Security & Policing exhibitor at Intersec 2018 specialises in counter surveillance; Research Electronics International (REI) has designed and manufactured technical security equipment to protect against illicit information theft and corporate espionage for more than 30 years. The US-headquartered company will showcase a suite of portable technical surveillance countermeasures equipment that quickly detects electronic surveillance devices including hidden cameras and microphones, eavesdropping bugs, and other transmitters. "From a counter surveillance perspective, there’s a growing trend where traditional eavesdropping techniques are coupling with advanced technology to create a greater threat" Counter surveillance technology Michael Scantland, International Sales Manager of REI, said due to the sensitive nature of the counter surveillance industry, the discovery of illicit eavesdropping devices is not universally shared. “Wrongful exposure of sensitive information including merger or acquisition planning, financial projections, or executive behaviour can severely harm an organisation,” said Scantland. “The mere perception of compromised information can lead to stock decline, negative publicity, damaged business relationships, and loss of customer confidence. From a counter surveillance perspective, there’s a growing trend where traditional eavesdropping techniques are coupling with advanced technology to create a greater threat. Examples include GSM-modified wireless keyloggers, Wi-FI IP cameras, and security cameras being hacked using malware and infrared light. As technology advances, these trends will continue,” Scantland added. Perimeter security solutions According to F&S, upcoming stadiums for the Qatar World Cup 2022 and public transportation projects are set to boost the Middle East Homeland Security market’s restricted entry systems segment from US$3.14 billion in 2017 to US$6.18 billion in 2022, growing at a CAGR of 14.5 percent. Backed by several cultural and political infrastructure projects, especially in Saudi, perimeter security solutions will also double in size, growing at a CAGR of 14.8 percent, from US$2 billion in 2017 to US$4 billion in 2022. That will come as good news for Russian manufacturer RADIOBARRIER, which will introduce at Intersec 2018 its Autonomous Perimeter Security System, an Unattended Ground Sensor-based system for area surveillance and perimeter protection for zones with no power and communication infrastructure. "RADIOBARRIER is currently supplied to 25 countries and is securing more the 7,500 km worldwide" CEO Ravil Kalimulin said RADIOBARRIER is an ideal security solution for a wide range of public and commercial applications, from oil well clusters, refineries, nuclear plants and power towers, to remote facilities, military and air bases. “RADIOBARRIER is currently supplied to 25 countries and is securing more the 7,500 km worldwide,” said Kalimulin. “Intersec 2018 has been selected as a universal platform to showcase our products in the Middle East and North African region focusing on homeland security and infrastructure protection and to open up the new niche for us. We are at the demonstration stage in the region at that moment, but we’re sure that our system is in high demand and would be used in coming projects in the region very soon.” Public sector security with augmented intelligence Elsewhere, another USA based manufacturer Gatekeeper will shine the spotlight on its Automatic Under Vehicle Inspection Systems (AUVIS) as well as both Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR) and Driver-focused (DriverCam) camera systems. Christopher Millar, CEO of Gatekeeper, said the versatility of its products, inclusive of the overall solutions provided, means its target markets are varied and wide. “This is inclusive of everything from oil and gas sectors to sea and airports to critical infrastructure projects, as well as numerous other sectors,” said Millar. "We’ve noticed an active change in the market for which customers and consumers are looking for pre-existing or new screening technologies that work automatically. This feature alone is what Gatekeeper prides itself on, in which we apply automated solutions to each and every one of our products." Long range motorised zoom lenses Also looking to make an impact with its long range motorised zoom lenses and fixed focal length lenses is VS Technology from Japan. The company designs and manufactures a range of over 500 machine vision lenses as well as a complete range of customised lenses. VS Technology’s Yamano Security Lens division also manufacturers some of the world’s highest quality CCTV lenses. VS Technology’s Yamano Security Lens division also manufacturers some of the world’s highest quality CCTV lenses Tatsushi Oda, Managing Director of VST Europe, said, “The main reason for exhibiting at Intersec is to improve our presence in the market. In addition, it’s a great opportunity to showcase our product range in one of the biggest security exhibitions worldwide. We’ll demonstrate our recently developed long range motorised zoom lenses, and at the same time, we’ll show off our near infrared as well as short wave infrared fixed focal length lenses for the first time. These can be used in facial recognition or number plate recognition systems.” Event portfolios Intersec 2018 will occupy 60,000 sqm across 13 halls, with the show’s other six sections covering commercial security, fire & rescue, perimeter & physical security, information & cyber security, safety & health, and smart home & building automation. New developments include a Drones Pavilion and an indoor Drone Zone, while returning features include the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion in the Fire & Rescue section, as well as an Outdoor Demonstration Zone of the latest fire rescue applications in action. A comprehensive three-day conference programme will be spearheaded by Dubai’s Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) Forum, while other topics will cover cyber security, drones, artificial intelligence, commercial security, and fire protection. Intersec 2018 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and supported by the Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defence, the Dubai Police Academy, SIRA, and the Dubai Municipality.
As preparations continue ahead of Intersec 2018, the 20th anniversary edition of world’s largest trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection will be a notable milestone for a number of exhibitors that have grown with the exhibition since its inception in 1999. Pelco’s Intersec history Pelco by Schneider Electric is one of 13 companies at Intersec 2018 that exhibited at the inaugural edition 20 years ago, and will line up alongside more than 1,300 exhibitors from 58 countries when the three-day event opens from 21-23 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The American-based provider of security cameras, CCTV, and video surveillance systems had no direct presence in the Middle East until 2003 when it opened an office in Dubai, and has since established itself as one of the region’s major players. Pradeep Nair, Pelco’s Regional Sales Director for the Middle East and India, said: “Even with direct presence in Dubai, it took us a bit longer to establish our offices in other Middle East cities and Intersec helped as the major platform to meet new and current customers in a single place.” “Today, with a much larger presence and increased market share in the region, we see Intersec as a key platform to launch our new products and show our presence to the market.” Middle East business opportunities Nair said the Middle East continues to show tremendous opportunities in all business categories, which has been reflected in substantial growth for the regional security industry, while the market has easily adapted to the transition from Analogue to IP and advanced industry technologies. He added: “Today, Pelco’s product portfolio includes the best performing IP products in the Industry, which are completely open and offer great benefits to end-users. This has helped us win some key projects in the region and maintain a large market share over the last several years. Two thirds of the world’s top 50 security solutions providers are on board for Intersec 2018 “Some of our major regional references include shopping malls, metros, city surveillance, airports, prestigious hotels and many large oil and gas facilities. Our revenue has grown exponentially from 1999 to 2017, and from the first Pelco employee on the ground in 2003, we now have more than 30 employees across the region in various sales and support roles.” Intersec growth and success Much like Pelco, Intersec’s own growth has been immense since its debut show in 1999, when Pelco was one of just 61 exhibitors from 13 countries. Now two thirds of the world’s top 50 security solutions providers are on board for 2018, including 19 of the top 20. Nair said it was the quality and support both brands provide that is key to their respective growth and success over the years: “Pelco has always focused on maintaining its brand image and quality, even in challenging times, which has been the case with Intersec as well,” he said. “We anticipate that Intersec will continue to grow as the largest professional security show in the European Union and Middle East, as its footprint continues to expand with more exhibitors and attendees.” Regarding their solutions on show at Intersec 2018, Nair added: “Pelco will continue to focus on solutions that deliver meaningful innovations that deliver the specific features and functionality that users need for their specific video surveillance needs. “More specifically, we’ll feature specific solutions for oil and gas and city surveillance applications featuring our leading-edge VideoXpert Enterprise and Professional VMS and ExSite Explosion Proof IP Cameras, which are most relevant for this region.” Other companies exhibiting Other companies at Intersec 2018 that exhibited at the inaugural edition in 1999 include Teleste, Corodex, Dafoos Fire Protection, NAFFCO, Siemens, Zener Electronics, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), Technoalarm, Kidde Fire Protection, Kidde International, and Vicon Industries. UAE-based NAFFCO offers another success story of its remarkable expansion over the last two decades, not only in the Middle East, but internationally, having established itself as one of the world’s leading suppliers of life and fire safety solutions with a global network spanning over 100 countries. Intersec 2018 is expected to attract more than 31,000 visitors from 128 countries From a 12sqm stand 20 years ago, NAFFCO will occupy more space than any other exhibitor at Intersec 2018. The global powerhouse will cover 1,700sqm at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, from where it will showcase its vast range of UAE-made firefighting equipment, protection systems, trucks and vehicles. Support from government partners Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Intersec’s organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “Intersec has grown in size and scope over the past two decades, keeping pace with and reflecting the tremendous transformation in the regional safety and security market.” “It has evolved into a multi-level interactive and inter-connective event that’s instrumental in hosting some of the most significant product launches, market forays and new business partnerships in the industry.” Pauwels added much of Intersec’s growth and success is also due to the long-standing support of the show’s official government partners, which now includes the Dubai Municipality. “The Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defence, and Dubai Police Academy have been Intersec’s official partners for many years, and their support is crucial as we continue to expand the show together,” said Pauwels. “We’re delighted to also have the Dubai Municipality on board as an official supporter, which becomes even more important with major events such as the Dubai Expo 2020 drawing ever closer, and the need to keep critical infrastructure, assets, and people safe with the latest security equipment and technology.” Visitor expectations and new features Intersec 2018 is expected to attract more than 31,000 visitors from 128 countries visitors, and covers the seven show sections of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Perimeter & Physical Security, Cyber Security, and Smart Home & Building Automation. New features for 2018 include a Drones Pavilion and indoor Drone Zone, while a Wearable Security Pavilion will put the spotlight on advanced textiles including head-up displays, body cameras, embedded sensors, exo-skeleton communications and more. Programmes and events Returning features include the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion in the Fire & Rescue section, as well as an Outdoor Demonstration Zone of the latest fire rescue applications in action. Dubai’s Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) will also headline a three-day conference programme, where the Emirate’s security regulatory body will provide the latest updates on Dubai’s Regulation of Security Industry Law. Intersec 2018 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Intersec, the world’s largest trade and networking event for security, safety and fire protection, is set to celebrate two decades of remarkable success when it opens its doors in January 2018 in Dubai. Intersec 2018 exhibitors and visitors The 20th anniversary edition will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors from 58 countries, while over 31,000 visitors from 128 countries are expected to attend as they seek the latest solutions across seven show sections of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Perimeter & Physical Security, Cyber Security, and Smart Home & Building Automation. Occupying 60,000sqm across 13 halls and 10 per cent extra space at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Intersec 2018 has added a new Drones Pavilion and indoor Drone Zone, while a Wearable Security Pavilion will put the spotlight on advanced textiles including head-up displays, body cameras, embedded sensors, exo-skeleton communications and more. Intersec history From humble beginnings in 1999, when it featured 61 exhibitors from 13 countries, Intersec has developed into a global powerhouse, with 19 of the world’s top 20 security solutions providers among the 1,300-plus exhibitors on board in 2018. The three-day event, which takes place from 21-23 January 2018, has grown in-line with many of the exhibitors that have been with the show from the beginning. NAFFCO is one of 12 exhibitors at Intersec 2018 that participated in the inaugural edition in 1999. Since then, the UAE-based company has established itself as one of the world’s leading suppliers of life and fire safety solutions, with a global network spanning over 100 countries. Scaling new heights Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Intersec, said: “Intersec continues to scale new heights as the world’s premier showcase of the latest security, fire, and life safety solutions. Societies, governments and corporates are increasingly pulling out the stops to combat various threats and ensure the security of people, infrastructure, property and information. This has led to a resultant surge in demand for the latest safety and security products and solutions. From the beginning, Intersec has paved the way for leading safety and security providers to access regional markets and facilitated many of the beneficial partnerships and relations forged over the years. By continuing to prioritise the showcasing of the cutting-edge new developments and the latest technologies, we hope to continue to play a constructive role in making the region a safer and more secure place.” The commercial security market too has witnessed an upswing throughout the region, creating opportunities for suppliers of video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection Global presence Intersec’s impressive global presence over the last 20 years coincides with the Middle East region’s own rapid rise as a significant growth market for homeland and commercial security and fire protection. According to analysts Frost & Sullivan (F&S), the Middle East homeland security market, comprising monitoring and surveillance systems, restricted entry systems and perimeter security solutions, is estimated to reach US$17.05 billion by 2021, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.6 percent between 2015 and 2021. The commercial security market too has witnessed an upswing throughout the region, creating opportunities for suppliers of video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection. Valued at US$1.93 billion in 2015, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR (2016-2021) of 17 percent, reaching US$4.82 Billion by 2021, says F&S. Meanwhile, the Middle East fire safety market is expected to be worth US$4.4 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of 12.4 percent between 2016 and 2021. Commercial Security With more than 580 exhibitors, Commercial Security is the largest section at Intersec 2018, with more than two-thirds of the world’s top 50 security solutions players on board, including Hikvision, Bosch, Dahua, Assa Abloy, Tyco, FLIR, Hanwha Techwin, Axis Communications, Avigilon, Panasonic, Infinova, IDIS, and Milestone Systems. Philippe Kubbinga, Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa at Axis Communications, said: “Intersec is a very important event for us to showcase the latest advancements from Axis across products and solutions, demonstrate our strengths across key verticals with our partners and network with industry professionals. The Middle East market has continued to grow and we expect a further increase in adoption of the latest IP network solutions in the coming year with a great focus on smart and innovative technologies.” Returning features include the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion in the Fire & Rescue section and the Outdoor Demonstration Zone Peter Strom, President and CEO of March Networks, a leading provider of intelligent IP video solutions, added: “Intersec has played an important role in helping position March Networks as a well-recognised name in the region, and increasing exposure in our target markets. It’s very effective at bringing together key decision-makers and we look forward to introducing them to our newest intelligent IP video solutions.” Plans for 20th anniversary edition CP PLUS, a provider of advanced security and surveillance solutions is another long-time exhibitor at Intersec, and with big plans for the 20th anniversary edition. Gaurav Khemka, the Director of CP PLUS, said: “Our association with Intersec has been quite a long one, and it goes without saying that it is one of the best platforms to showcase our technologies and solutions. And as one of the global market leaders in security and surveillance Intersec is important to us. This time around we’ll have quite a few new launches to showcase such as Analog HD solutions in 4MP and 5MP; Indigo and Red IP Solutions powered by Insta Stream, Time & Attendance solutions equipped with Facial Recognition, Wi-Fi, 3G and battery support, PoE Switches and much more. We are excited and look forward to a continued association with Intersec fuelled by a similar goal and mutual growth.” Fire and Rescue Fire & Rescue is the next largest section with 400 exhibitors including NAFFCO, Fike, Honeywell, Hochiki, Oshkosh, and Siemens. Safety & Health and Homeland Security & Policing (both with 100 exhibitors), and Perimeter & Physical Security, Cyber Security, Smart Home & Building Automation (50 exhibitors each) wrap up the dedicated show sections. Returning features include the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion in the Fire & Rescue section, as well as an Outdoor Demonstration Zone of the latest fire rescue applications in action. A comprehensive three-day conference programme will also discuss and analyse new developments, innovations, legislation and changing paradigms within the Middle East safety and security industry. Intersec 2018 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and supported by the Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defence, the Dubai Police Academy, and the Dubai Municipality.
The event will focus on fire safety, access control, intrusion detection systems, and video surveillance Global players are counting down for the inaugural edition of Saudi Arabia’s foremost security, safety, and fire protection trade show in Jeddah, as exhibition space reaches full capacity ahead of opening in May 2017. Largest commercial security and fire safety market The inaugural edition of Intersec Saudi Arabia will feature more than 130 exhibitors from 25 countries when it opens from 2nd to 4th May 2017 at the Jeddah Center for Forums & Events, as they collectively take aim at the Middle East’s largest commercial security and fire safety market. According to analysts Frost & Sullivan, Saudi’s spend on commercial security, homeland security and fire safety was worth US$5.4 billion in 2016, comprising a 42 per cent share of the Middle East market that year. The impressive opportunities are underlined by a full house of manufacturers and suppliers at Intersec Saudi Arabia, with the show’s 22 official launch partners at the forefront of the 132 exhibitors eagerly anticipating the debut show. Protecting critical assets and people The biggest names in the business signed on as soon as organisers Messe Frankfurt Middle East and Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE Group) officially announced the show last year, which is also backed by government authorities the Saudi Ministry of Health and the Saudi Safety & Security Department. Ahmed Pauwels, CEO Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “Saudi Arabia is the pre-eminent player in security and fire protection for the entire Middle East, and in Intersec Saudi Arabia, we’re bringing this huge market to the doorsteps of the leading international players. “We’re delighted to join Intersec Saudi Arabia 2017 as the Saudi market is a very interesting market for our product" “The dedicated trade fair brings Saudi customers and partners in direct contact with suppliers of the latest technologies and solutions available in the market, so they can more easily and efficiently protect their critical assets and people.”Fire protection systems and firefighting equipmentIntersec Saudi Arabia’s launch partners include globally recognised names Hikvision, Dahua, Axis Communications, Nedap, Milestone, Bristol, CP Plus, dormakaba, Draeger, Genetec, Hanwha Techwin, Harco Group, HID, NAFFCO, Pelco by Schneider Electric, Promise Technology, Smiths Detection, and Nitin Fire Protection Industries. They’re joined by key local players Al-Alameya Group and ZMR Technology Distribution. The annual three-day event also features country pavilions from India, China, and the Czech Republic, while the Safety Design in Buildings Conference on 2 May, and the Intersec Middle East Security Forum from 3-4 May will put a dual spotlight on security upgrades and construction safety as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. UAE-based NAFFCO, a manufacturer of fire protection systems, firefighting equipment, and safety & security systems will be one of dozens of Fire & Rescue exhibitors eying a slice of a Saudi market that spent US$975 million on fire-related products and services in 2016. Comprehensive product portfolio at display Bristol from the UK, and German manufacturer Draeger will also share centre stage, as they turn the spotlight on their firefighting clothing and fire protection services respectively. Rizwan Ullal, Events Marketing Lead at Corodex Trading, the distributor of Bristol said: “Bristol looks forward to participating at the first edition of Intersec Saudi Arabia and considers it a vital platform where experts from all around the world are able to share new technologies, projects and partnerships.” Emad El Lahham, Head of Marketing at Draeger Arabia, added: “Draeger Arabia is happy to be launch partner of the very first edition of the Intersec Saudi Arabia. We believe it’s the right platform for us to showcase our solutions for fire services with a portfolio covering all aspects considering pre-incident, incident, and post-incident solutions. We look forward to meeting our target audience directly in the Kingdom.” “Bristol looks forward to participating at the first edition of Intersec Saudi Arabia” Intrusion detection and access control Meanwhile, the Commercial Security section will be spearheaded by the likes of Hikvision and Dahua, the world’s largest and fourth largest security solutions providers respectively in 2016 by revenue generated, along with Axis Communications, Nedap, and Milestone, which also all rank among the world’s top 25 solutions providers. They and many others will look to claim a big stake in a country that spent US$695 million on access control, video surveillance, intrusion detection systems, and video analytics in 2016.Mugees Ahmed, the Regional Marketing Manager for Milestone, which specialises in video surveillance and video management systems (VMS), said: “We’re delighted to join Intersec Saudi Arabia 2017 as the Saudi market is a very interesting market for our product. We believe that Milestone, as the number one VMS manufacturer can contribute to the security on the Saudi market with our Open Community approach.” IP video surveillance and license plate recognition Firas Jadalla, Regional Director in the Middle East and Africa for Genetec, which offers IP video surveillance, access control and license plate recognition, added: “We look forward to joining Intersec Saudi Arabia 2017. Our objectives for this show include reinforcing the Genetec brand in the Saudi market, as well as demonstrating and previewing technologies and trends that are shaping the physical security industry.”Intersec Saudi Arabia is one of ten Messe Frankfurt-organised trade fairs and events dedicated to the worldwide safety and security sector, and the second in the Middle East after the Group’s flagship show, Intersec in Dubai, UAE.It will present a comprehensive overview of the entire safety, security, and fire protection industries through six product sections of Commercial Security, Information Security, Perimeter & Physical Security, Homeland Security & Policing, Fire & Rescue, and Safety & Health.
At Intersec 2017, the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) was publicly launched Updates on the UAE’s fire safety codes have been completed, with the proposed changes, developments, and new chapters to be announced at Intersec 2017, said an official from the Dubai Civil Defence. Lieutenant Colonel Ali Al Mutawa, Assistant General Manager for Smart Services at Dubai Civil Defence, said the updated UAE guide for Fire Safety and Life Protection was completed in cooperation with public and private sector partners, and will ensure the provision of the optimum level of fire safety and protection for UAE residents. Keeping up with rapid development Al Mutawa said the Dubai Civil Defence added new chapters and revised existing chapters of the guide in order to cope with the rapid development in various economic sectors in the country. “Due to increased construction and infrastructure activity in the UAE, we want to keep up to international safety standards, and we constantly strive to evolve and be better than yesterday,” said Al Mutawa. “Chapters that have been updated include those relating to fire doors; cladding in buildings; access for Civil Defence trucks to reduce incident response times; and educating consultants, contractors and end-users on the latest modifications.” Al Mutawa was speaking at press conference for Intersec 2017, the world’s largest trade show for security, safety, and fire protection, which runs from 22-24 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The changes and developments in the UAE guide for Fire Safety and Life Protection will be announced on the first day of the Intersec Fire Safety Conference on 22nd January, where H.E. Major General Expert Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, the Director General of the Dubai Civil Defence, will deliver the inaugural keynote address. Life protection and building safety “Due to increased construction and infrastructure activity in the UAE, we want to keep up to international safety standards” Commenting on the latest revisions, Al Matrooshi said: “The new edition of the Guide explores the challenges of development in the future, and lays the scientific foundations to ensure the life protection and property safety in buildings and construction to be built in the coming years.” “At the end of each chapter, it includes special methodologies and applications in terms of inspection and maintenance, and the requirements of examining and selecting equipment and materials used in buildings and construction.” The Intersec 2017 press conference was also addressed by Ahmed Pauwels, the CEO of Intersec’s organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, who said: “Spanning 56,300sqm, and featuring 1,304 exhibitors, Intersec 2017 will be five per cent larger year-on-year when it opens next week.” “Not only is Intersec the world’s largest security, safety, and fire protection trade show in terms of exhibitor numbers, but with 58 exhibiting countries, it’s also the most internationally representative.” “That international diversity will be reflected in the solutions on show, and at least 140 exhibitors have officially confirmed they’ll launch new products.” Drone detection and disabling technology “Whether it’s drone detection and disabling technology, the world’s 1st fully 3D printed metal key, a mobile retail solution using augmented reality, or an IP video door station for smart homes, Intersec will be full of exciting new innovations seen for the first time in the region.” Another highlight at Intersec 2017 is the official public launch of Dubai’s Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA), a new body formed late last year by the Dubai Government to license, monitor, and oversee research & development in the Emirate’s commercial security industry. The SIRA Forum takes place on 24th January, where Khalifa Ibrahim Al Saleis, SIRA’s Executive Director, will outline SIRA’s new role, and provide an overview of the issuance of the new Regulation of Security Industry Law in Dubai. “Public safety and security remains vitally important in a world full of serious security challenges, and Dubai’s continuing growth as an economic hub, vibrant city and tourist destination, depends on its hard-earned reputation as a safe place to live, work and visit,” said Al Saleis. Perimeter security “The security industry has to rise to the challenge of maintaining this safety in an ever-growing diverse world city. Events like Expo 2020 only serve to highlight this need. SIRA will ensure that world class security solutions are recommended and implemented to maintain this reputation. It’s also empowered, as an agency, to reach commercial arrangements in areas which will enhance this aim of world class solutions for Dubai.” “Public safety and security remains vitally important in a world full of serious security challenges” With 17 of the world’s top 20 security providers on board, Intersec 2017 will spread over seven sections of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Information Security, Smart Home & Building Automation, and Physical & Perimeter Security. The 19th edition of the three-day event is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and officially supported by Dubai Police, the Dubai Civil Defence, and Dubai Police Academy. The annual showcase continues its upward trend in-line with a Middle East security and fire safety market that is set to post double digit growth. Predicted growth of Middle East security market According to research from analysts Frost & Sullivan, the Middle East commercial security market, comprising video surveillance, access control and intrusion detection, will grow annually by 18 per cent over the next five years, reaching US$4.8 billion by 2021 compared to US$2.2 billion in 2016. Prospects in the regional fire safety market are equally impressive, as unified standards and smart product integration steer the Middle East market toward 13 per cent annual growth between 2017 and 2021, when spending will reach US$4.4 billion, from US$2.5 billion in 2016. Meanwhile the Middle East homeland security market, comprising monitoring and surveillance systems, restricted entry systems, and perimeter security solutions was worth US$8.24 billion in 2016, and is estimated to grow 15 per cent annually to reach US$17 billion by 2021. Intersec’s conference programme includes the Infrastructure & Cyber Security Conference on 23-24 January, while other returning features include an Outdoor Demo Area where drones, armoured vehicles, and the latest in firefighting equipment will be on display; a Jobs & Careers Pavilion; and a Smart Home & Building Automation Pavilion.
Dubai security, safety, and fire protection showcase gets underway featuring 1,304 exhibitors from 58 countries Intersec 2017, the trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, got underway at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on 22nd January, featuring 1,304 exhibitors from 58 countries. The 19th edition of the annual showcase was flagged off by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who was accompanied by senior government officials, organisers, and high-ranking representatives from the regional security industry. Intersec growth Running for three days and spanning 56,300sqm, Intersec 2017 is five per cent larger than the previous edition, underscoring the prevalent opportunities in a regional security and fire safety market that will more than double in size over the next five years. According to analysts Frost & Sullivan, the Middle East commercial security, homeland security, and fire safety market was worth a combined US$12.9 billion in 2016, and is estimated to grow 15 per cent annually, reaching US$26.3 billion by 2021. At the opening ceremony, His Highness Sheikh Mansoor, said: “The UAE is committed to using the latest in security technologies to ensure the safety and welfare of all its residents and visitors.” “As the foremost international trade fair for the security industry, Intersec provides an important platform for engagement and interaction with leading international experts and plays a key role in enhancing the safety and security of the region.” Seven sectors Intersec 2017 spreads over seven sections of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Information Security, Smart Home & Building Automation, and Physical & Perimeter Security. The international significance is emphasised by the presence of 13 country pavilions from Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, UK and the USA. “The continued growth of Intersec draws attention to the fact that there remains a tremendous amount of potential to be unlocked in the Middle East security, safety, and fire protection markets,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of organiser, Messe Frankfurt Middle East. "With 83 per cent of exhibitors based outside of the UAE, Intersec is truly a global event" “With 83 per cent of exhibitors based outside of the UAE, Intersec is truly a global event. Its role is not only to provide a vital business networking platform, but to educate and inform about the latest technologies and trends driving the market.” Latest Milestone video management software Commercial Security is the largest section at Intersec, with 486 exhibitors, including 17 of the world’s top 20 security solutions providers. Milestone Systems from Denmark is participating for its 8th straight year, and is bringing its largest stand yet with the latest video management software and open platform IP video technology in tow. Thomas Lausten, the Vice President for Milestone Systems in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), said: “The Milestone organisation in the Middle East and Africa has seen an extensive expansion over the past few years, with several large implementations.” “From protecting key tourist areas and cultural treasures to leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneers, Milestone and its partner community effectively manage multi-site surveillance and security operations across the MENA region. Pairing our unique technology with the best people in the industry has proven a successful combination and we are proud to now be the market leader in EMEA.” Pelco Exsite Enhanced explosion proof camera Elsewhere, CCTV manufacturer and system provider Pelco by Schneider Electric is launching Exsite Enhanced – a high definition explosion proof camera designed to handle harsh environments such as Oil & Gas facilities. Pelco Global Vice President of Sales, Philippe Roux, said their key focus is on industry verticals such as Oil & Gas, municipal surveillance, hospitality and commercial, and he sees positive years ahead in the wider region. “The security systems market continues to grow in the Middle East and Africa with major countries gearing up for large global events like the Dubai Expo 2020, and the FIFA World Cup in Qatar,” said Roux. “The price of oil is also showing an upward trend, which will revive some of the large projects in the Oil and Gas market, while most Middle East Governments have increased their security budgets for 2017.” “These developments indicate continued growth in the professional surveillance and security market, and we anticipate owning a major share of this growth as we introduce new and exciting technologies, system solutions and product offerings with the best support in the industry,” added Roux. "We’re particularly interested in reaching police and security services, government bodies, embassies and very high net worth persons with security requirements" Purpose-built armoured vehicle Meanwhile, British car maker Jaguar Land Rover will rub shoulders with 98 other exhibitors in the Homeland Security & Policing section, and will shine the spotlight on its purpose-built armoured vehicles, including the Range Rover Sentinel. John Graham, the Global Strategy Manager for Armoured Vehicles at Jaguar Land Rover said the company is hoping to make further inroads in the regional market through Intersec 2017, and is making the Range Rover Sentinel available for immediate sale. “We’re particularly interested in reaching police and security services, government bodies, embassies and very high net worth persons with security requirements,” said Graham. “There’s a growing awareness that OEM armoured products are superior in terms of holistic protection than aftermarket vehicles, and threats are becoming more severe resulting in a need for higher levels of armoured protection.” Key features Key features at Intersec 2017 include an Outdoor Demo Area & Drone Zone, a Jobs & Careers Pavilion, the Techtextil Pavilion, a Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion, and a Smart Home and Building Automation Pavilion. A three-day conference programme, meanwhile is spearheaded by the Fire Safety Conference on 22nd January, where the Dubai Civil Defence is announcing the updated codes on UAE Fire Safety and Life Protection; and the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) Forum, where details about Dubai’s new Regulation of Security Industry Law will be provided. Intersec 2017 is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and officially supported by Dubai Police, the Dubai Civil Defence, and Dubai Police Academy.
Intersec 2017 featured 17 of the world’s top 20 security solutions providers Global product launches, live demonstrations, new bilateral agreements, and updated UAE fire safety codes were among the many highlights that shared centre-stage, as the curtains came down on the world’s leading trade show for security, safety, and fire protection. Record participation Intersec 2017 concluded on 24th January, 2017, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition, with a new record in exhibitor and visitor participation ensuring the three-day event wrapped up proceedings on an all-time high. According to organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, Intersec 2017 attracted 33,501 visitors from 129 countries, as they sourced solutions and networked with 1,304 exhibitors from 58 countries spanning 56,300 sqm. of exhibition space. The five per cent year-on-year growth in both visitor numbers and exhibition size underlined the international importance of the annual showcase, where more than 150 exhibitors launched products across the seven show sections of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Information Security, Smart Home & Building Automation, and Physical & Perimeter Security. Wide spectrum of safety solutions “The Middle East commercial security, homeland security, and fire safety market continues to grow, and consequently there’s a strong need for technological advancements in solutions in terms of features, specifications, and upgrades,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East. “In an industry that is constantly evolving, and where more and more projects are being released into the market, the need of the hour is to be present at the right time with the right solution.” “With its wide spectrum of the latest safety and security solutions and varied range of cutting-edge products from leading international brands, Intersec plays a crucial role by putting global and local providers directly in touch with regional and international buyers. The show’s success is due to it being able to efficiently provide market-specific solutions.” "The show’s success is due to it being able to efficiently provide market-specific solutions" Intersec 2017 featured 17 of the world’s top 20 security solutions providers, including Avigilon, a Canadian-based full solutions provider of video analytics, network video management solutions, surveillance cameras, and access control solutions. Avigilon Appearance Search technology Dave Dalleske, Vice President of EMEA Sales at Avigilon, spoke of the latest developments in Avigilon’s Appearance Search video analytics technology, a sophisticated search engine that sorts through hours of footage to locate a specific person of interest across an entire site. “For example, you have a situation where someone leaves an unintended bag in a public place,” he said. “That on its own is not all that intelligent. With Avigilon Appearance Search, you can take your video management system, see a bag, and identify the person that left it there, as it allows users to search all cameras across an entire site.” “That’s fine but what if that took place 20 minutes ago? The real question is where is that person now? Avigilon Appearance Search technology allows you to click on that individual and say not only where they are but where he or she came from, by identifying previous and last-known locations.” “It enables you to complete an entire story and use that intelligent aspect of your system to assist in investigations with real time event response, and hopefully be able to prevent something potentially catastrophic from taking place,” added Dalleske. CP Plus Cosmic and Astra cameras Elsewhere, CP Plus, a manufacturer of advanced security and surveillance solutions, launched Cosmic and Astra, two high definition (HD) cameras with Uni+ technology, offering compatibility across all previous and current technologies in CCTV surveillance. Gaurav Khemka, Director of CP Plus commented on its mutually beneficial relationship with Intersec over the years: “Our association with Intersec spans many years now, and it goes without saying that it has always been a great platform to showcase our technologies and solutions,” said Khemka. "Our presence over the years has given us numerous clients and we are appreciative of that" “Our presence over the years has given us numerous clients and we are appreciative of that. We look forward to continued association fuelled by a similar goal and mutual growth.” Dolphin firefighting system Intersec is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and supported by the Dubai Civil Defence, the Dubai Police, and the Dubai Police Academy. The Dubai Civil Defence had a major involvement in the 19th edition of the annual exhibition, where it announced the latest updates in the UAE Fire Protection and Life Safety Codes, along with several other major initiatives. His Excellency Major General Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, Director General of the Dubai Civil Defence, said: “At Intersec 2017, we’re showcasing three key initiatives; the first is the floating firefighting systems for water bodies that are used by the Civil Defence and Marine Rescue sectors.“ “The second is the Dolphin, a firefighting system that incorporates a jetski and a jetpack that will allow Civil Defence to tackle blazes from the water. These are in addition to the smart services working with a dashboard system to collect data from all the centres in Dubai and delivering it to the decision makers to apply it in their daily actions.” Empowering firefighters and rescuers The Dubai Civil Defence also signed an MOU with 911 Challenge Events Management, to jointly organise and host the 1st GCC Firefighters Challenge Championship 2018 in Dubai. The initiative is in line with the vision of UAE’s leadership that aims to innovate and modernise all sectors and areas, including safety and security. The 1st GCC Firefighters Challenge Championship 2018 aims to promote the competitive spirit among civil defence individuals and the public, as well as to empower firefighters and rescuers to further develop their competences and be ready to face challenges and overcome risk factors to protect lives of individuals and their properties. "Intersec 2017 was an excellent opportunity for UK companies to profile their capabilities in the fire and security sector and identify joint venture partnerships" With 83 per cent of exhibitors based outside of the UAE, Intersec’s international participation was spearheaded by a 10 per cent year-on-year increase in exhibitors from Germany and the UK, as 82 German companies (64 pavilion and 18 standalone exhibitors) lined-up alongside 143 British companies (86 pavilion and 57 standalone exhibitors). Identifying joint venture partnerships Adam Thomas, Spokesman for the UK Department for International Trade's Defence and Security Organisation said: “Intersec 2017 was an excellent opportunity for UK companies to profile their capabilities in the fire and security sector and identify joint venture partnerships.“ “It also provided a valuable opportunity for UK companies to network with companies in the UAE and across the world. We were delighted to have the opportunity to launch the UK Fire Resilience Offer and express our aspirations to continue to work with the Dubai Civil Authorities.” Key features this week at Intersec 2017 included an Outdoor Demo Area & Drone Zone, a Jobs & Careers Pavilion, the Techtextil Pavilion, a Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion, and a Smart Home and Building Automation Pavilion. A three-day conference programme meanwhile was spearheaded by the Fire Safety Conference on 22nd January, and the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) Forum on 24th January, where details about Dubai’s new Regulation of Security Industry Law was provided. The 20th edition of Intersec returns from 21-23 January 2018.
Public launch of Dubai’s SIRA features in power-packed conference line-up at Intersec 2017 The launch of Dubai’s Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) will feature in a full conference programme at Intersec 2017, where leading decision makers will discuss a new law governing the Emirate’s security industry framework, guidelines and expectations. The SIRA Forum takes place on 24 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, where Brigadier Khalifa Ibrahim Saleis, SIRA’s Director General, will provide an overview of the formation of the regulatory body and the issuance of the ‘Regulation of Security Industry Law’ in Dubai (Law No. 12 – 2016). Saleis said SIRA was formed by the Dubai Government with a wider remit than the Department of Protective Systems (DPS) it replaces, continuing all the licensing and regulatory functions held by DPS, but broadening its work further into research and development. Monitoring service providers “SIRA will more actively monitor service providers and set new general policies in Dubai’s security industry,” said Saleis. “It will also set down the specifications and standards which must be followed, and has the ability to update these as required, without the need to pass fresh legislation on each occasion that a revision is required.” Saleis said SIRA’s Law No.12 repeals Law No. 24 (2008) regarding security services providers, but the current technical regulations provisions of Law No. 24 remain in force and are currently being reviewed and updated. “The key element of the powers granted to SIRA is that such regulations can be amended without recourse to primary legislation,” he added. “This will make the process of adapting to progress in technology more nimble and timely where necessary.” The SIRA Forum takes place on the final day of Intersec 2017, the world’s largest trade fair for the security, safety, and fire protection industries, which runs from 22-24 January. "The Intersec Conference line-up has always been a big drawcard and attracts wide interest among the regional safety and security communities" Introducing SIRA at Intersec 2017 “Intersec is the largest gathering of security professionals across the Gulf and Middle East region,” added Saleis. “It makes perfect sense to use this opportunity to explain the changes being made to showcase the new expanded role of SIRA and to allow industry professionals to ask questions directly of SIRA representatives.” The three-day Intersec conference programme is supported by the Dubai Police and the Dubai Civil Defence, offering delegates an interactive platform to meet, network with, and hear from regional and international experts in fire safety, commercial and cyber security, emergency response, crisis management and infrastructure protection. Discussing security innovations Ahmed Pauwels, the CEO of Intersec’s organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said, “The Intersec Conference line-up has always been a big drawcard and attracts wide interest among the regional safety and security communities.” “With the SIRA Forum leading the way, it will once again feature key topics and focus on latest developments, regulations, innovative solutions, regional and international case studies on security challenges and improvement opportunities that exist across the region.” Intersec Fire Safety Conference In addition to the SIRA Forum, the programme includes the Intersec Fire Safety Conference on 22 January, where the Dubai Civil Defence will release an updated version of UAE fire safety codes. The two-day Intersec Critical Infrastructure and Cyber Security Conference on 23-24 January, meanwhile will discuss strategies for improving physical security, cyber security, protection and business continuity solutions to critical infrastructure and information assets. Latest solutions across seven security sections The 19th edition of Intersec will feature 1,304 exhibitors from 58 countries, while over 31,000 visitors from 128 countries are expected to attend as they seek the latest solutions across seven show sections of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Perimeter & Physical Security, Information Security, and Smart Home & Building Automation. The three-day event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and officially supported by Dubai Police, the Dubai Civil Defence, and Dubai Police Academy.
Intersec 2017 to host a record international coverage of exhibitors for security, safety, and fire protection solutions European exhibitors are making their presence felt at a trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, with the UK, Germany, Italy, and France leading the way in boosting exports to the buoyant Middle East market. Intersec 2017 will feature more than 1,200 exhibitors from 52 countries when it opens from 22-24 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, with 85 per cent (56,000) of exhibition space occupied by international companies. Record international coverage The record international coverage is spearheaded by a 10 per cent year-on-year increase in exhibitors from Germany and the UK, as 82 German companies (64 pavilion and 18 standalone exhibitors) line-up alongside 143 British companies (86 pavilion and 57 standalone exhibitors). With 51 exhibitors (30 pavilion and 20 standalone), Italy will again have a dominant presence at the 19th edition of Intersec, while a French Pavilion will debut among nine returning pavilions from Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and the USA. All will take aim at a Middle East commercial security and fire safety systems market that’s estimated to be worth a combined US$9.4 billion in 2017, according to analysts Frost & Sullivan. Security global trends “The strong international participation at Intersec underlines the enormous potential in the Middle East as an increasingly sophisticated destination for quality safety, security and fire protection products and services,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Intersec. “With security and safety high on everyone’s priority lists, Intersec 2017 will lay the platform for the latest global trends and developments, connecting leading international players with regional buyers.” "The Middle East is a greatmarket for UK exporters as the region appreciates innovativeand quality products which isat the core of Britishmanufacturing and services" The UK pavilion will feature the biggest names in the business across several of Intersec’s key sections, including Commercial Security (46 companies), Fire & Rescue (23 companies), Homeland Security & Policing (six companies), and Safety & Health (10 companies). Exhibiting security solutions provider Exhibitors headlining at the British Security Industry Association (BSIA)-backed pavilion include 360 Vision, Cortech, Norbain, Texcom, VCA, and Winsted. Standalone exhibitors include Tyco, the world’s 7th largest security solutions provider, and Bristol Uniforms, a leading global provider of emergency services protective clothing. Daren Wood, the BSIA’s Membership and Export Services Manager, said, “It’s testament to the continued importance Intersec plays in the international event calendar, that the UK Pavilions have built on the success of 2016, attracting even more exhibitors in 2017.” “The Middle East is a great market for UK exporters as the region appreciates innovative and quality products which is at the core of British manufacturing and services.” Inaugural French Pavilion Meanwhile, a 30-strong exhibitor line-up next year represents the largest ever participation at Intersec from France, including 10 in the inaugural French Pavilion. These include CNPP, Evolis, POK, Profoam, R-Pons, Spynel, STid, and Trackforce, a Software as a Service company specialising in web-based and mobile application platforms for real-time operational management of security services. Guirchaume Abitbol, President and CEO of Trackforce, said the company is currently working with one of the largest Middle East security companies to implement its solution in local malls and airports. “As an international company, growing at a great pace, we’re excited to release our products into the Middle East,” said Abitbol. “We’ll be showcasing our two main security operations management products at Intersec 2017 – a desktop software and a mobile app. We’ve been established in South Africa for the past two years and are just beginning to establish ourselves in the Middle East.” R-Pons will also demonstrate its unique capabilities as one of France’s leading manufacturers of firefighting equipment, including fire brigade equipment, hose reels, monitors and couplings. Intersec 2017 is expected toattract more 31,000 visitorsfrom 128 countries, as theyseek the latest solutionsacross seven show sectionsof Commercial Security Sébastien Chartier, Export Manager of R-Pons, said, “R-Pons will exhibit for the second time at Intersec, and our goal is to extend our export activity to the Middle East countries. The products we’ll show are specially adapted to petro-chemical plants.” “Our international recognition in the industrial, oil & gas, chemical, and fire brigade markets make us a key actor of the fire-fighting sector, and we’re convinced our range of high technology firefighting products will attract the attention and interest of visitors at Intersec 2017.” Innovations at USA Pavilion Also in the fire & rescue section in the USA Pavilion is Weflo Valve, which will display its UL / FM waterflow detectors, supervisory and pressure switches, along with new nozzle configurations for fire hydrants. Patrick Gray, Director of Market Development at Weflo Valve, said, “Approximately 25 per cent of our sales are to the Middle East, and we expect overall sales growth over the next 10 years, as customers in the region become more aware of our product lines.” Elsewhere, NVT Phybridge, a Canadian manufacturer of long reach Ethernet switches intended to aid customers extend their IP network simply and cost effectively, will present clients effective solutions to enable easy migration to IP security solutions. Steven Fair, Executive Vice President of NVT Phybridge said, “We’re expanding our sales in the Middle East and see this market as a big part of our growth strategy. We’re introducing new technology that will be able to deliver even more value to the building of new facilities looking to extend Ethernet to longer distances with PoE.” Commercial security sections Intersec 2017 is expected to attract more 31,000 visitors from 128 countries, as they seek the latest solutions across seven show sections of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Perimeter & Physical Security, Information Security, and Smart Home & Building Automation. The annual showcase will feature a three-day conference programme; the Intersec Fire Safety Conference on 22 January; the Critical Infrastructure Security Conference, from 23-24 January; and the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) Forum, on 24 January. Intersec 2017 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and officially supported by Dubai Police, the Dubai Civil Defence, and Dubai Police Academy. Save
Intersec 2017 focusses on IP-based video surveillance for retail sector offering The rise of IoT (Internet of Things), and its convergence with video analytics is set to have a profound impact on the Middle East video surveillance industry, as the regional security sector’s traditional boundaries continue to blur. Global security solutions providers at the upcoming Intersec 2017 trade show in Dubai said the retail sector is one of many industry verticals where video surveillance can offer bottom-line benefits far beyond loss prevention and control. Intelligent IP video analytics Swedish company Axis Communications is one of more than 1,200 exhibitors at Intersec, and will offer up a range of intelligent solutions based on IP (Internet Protocol) video analytics that have multiple applications across a range of sectors, including retail. Johan Åkesson, Director of Business Development for Retail at Axis Communications, said retailers who think of video surveillance as a loss prevention tool are missing a huge opportunity to leverage some truly powerful in-store intelligence. Real-time in-store surveillance “When retailers think of video surveillance, it’s usually in the context of loss prevention and security, but there’s a whole other arena where surveillance video provides enormous value: gathering real-time in-store intelligence to help improve margins,” said Åkesson. “With embedded analytics in network video cameras, retailers can not only observe customer behaviour in-store, but garner real-time statistics to improve store layout, product and display placements, and even identify bottlenecks and dead areas on the shop floor.” Axis Communications will display its entire range of intelligent security solutions at Intersec 2017, which runs from 22-24 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. It’s among the world’s top ten security solutions providers that will all be out in force at the world’s largest trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection. Retailers who think of video surveillance as a lossprevention tool are missinga huge opportunity to leverage some truly powerful in-store intelligence Video analytics solutions The 19th edition of the three-day event arrives as the global appetite for video analytics is expected to grow annually by 20 per cent, from US$1.69 billion in 2016 to US$4.23 billion by 2021, according to news portal Security.World. Dubai-based AgilityGrid is another Intersec 2017 exhibitor that will showcase its video surveillance hardware and software solutions, having already worked on a major project in a Qatar mall where it installed thousands of cameras and over 10 PB (petabyte) of storage. Security surveillance solutions Costa Boukouvalas, the CEO of Agility Grid, said there’s a strong demand in the retail sector for large-scale surveillance solutions, with Big Data playing a key role. “The trend for Big Data analytics and understanding more about customers and people’s behaviour in general is going to increasingly be applied to video analytics – from use of facial recognition and biometric software to recognising VIP customers when they enter a retail outlet,” said Boukouvalas. “Our large-scale solutions have ranged up to 10PB, 3,000 cameras and over 100 recording servers. At Intersec, we’ll also be showcasing a new hardware line that better caters to customers who have medium-sized solution requirements with virtualisation.” Exceptional performance security system Elsewhere, Korean-based surveillance solutions provider IDIS will return to Intersec 2017, and is looking to emulate the successful partnership it established with Sedar – a home furnishing manufacturer and retailer – at one of the show’s previous editions. Harry Kwon, General Manager of IDIS Middle East & North Africa, explained, “IDIS first exhibited at the Intersec in 2014, and at the time Sedar needed a state-of-the-art security surveillance system that offered exceptional performance without placing a heavy burden on company resources.” Central monitoring “By the time the Sedar team visited IDIS at Intersec 2014, the company had already reviewed and dismissed systems from around 40 other manufacturers. At our stand, Sedar finally found what it was looking for, and by 2015, it rolled out over 400 IDIS full-HD cameras and 40 network video recorders, all operated through IDIS Solution Suite to provide both local and centralised monitoring from its headquarters in Dubai. The solution has secured Sedar’s manufacturing facility, a 50,000sqm distribution centre in Riyadh, the company headquarters, eight major warehouse and 20-plus showrooms across the Middle East.” "IP-based surveillance systems have surpassed the boundary between passive monitoringand interpretative systemsthat can analyse and provide real-time intelligence" Added Kwon, “The IDIS solution enabled Sedar to benefit from rapid plug-and-play installation, minimal maintenance, outstanding resilience, storage and retrieval of footage. Additionally, the company has seen a 10% increase in staff productivity, experienced fewer reports of unauthorised access and potential concerns around employee behaviour and also has the ultimate scalability in order to support future growth.” IP solution for remote monitoring Other leading Intersec exhibitors showcasing IP-based video surveillance solutions for retail and other enterprise sectors include Hikvision, Honeywell, Bosch Security Systems, Dahua, Tyco, Flir Systems, iOmniscient, NIT, Nedap, March Networks, and LENSEC. Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Intersec, said, “IP-based surveillance systems have surpassed the boundary between passive monitoring of premises and establishments into interactive and interpretative systems that can analyse and provide real-time intelligence to remote control rooms for further action.” “Breakthrough technology and interactive systems will transform the way surveillance and monitoring is done across the world, and as the leading international security and safety trade platform, Intersec 2017 will be the launch venue of choice for the industry.” Intersec 2017 show sections Intersec 2017 will feature more than 1,200 exhibitors from 52 countries, while over 31,000 visitors from 128 countries are expected to attend as they seek the latest solutions across seven show sections of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Perimeter & Physical Security, Information Security, and Smart Home & Building Automation. The annual showcase is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and officially supported by Dubai Police, the Dubai Civil Defence, and Dubai Police Academy. Save
Intersec 2017 shines spotlight on emerging technologies as Middle East outpaces global growth in biometric solutions A Dubai university’s cloud-based biometric time attendance system is growing in popularity across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as the regional education sector joins other industries adopting new technology to boost safety and security. The Hult International Business School in Dubai was the first to test Swiss company TBS’s (Touchless Biometric Technology) 3D technology to record class attendance via a wirelessly connected kiosk and a touchless fingerprint sensor at the entrance of each lecture room, ensuring all students sign-in, even if they’re late. Instant synchronisation with real time control Alex Zarrabi, CEO of TBS, said the successful installation on the Dubai campus served as a persuasive example to Hult’s other locations, spanning over three continents; its readers are now installed in Hult campuses in London, Boston, and San Francisco. “All four sites on three continents are synchronised instantly, giving the college real-time and global control on their time and attendance data for all their students,” said Zarrabi, who will showcase the TBS 3D-Terminal and other biometric access control solutions at the Intersec trade show taking place in Dubai in January 2017. “The TBS solution allows seamless monitoring of student transfers between campuses, allowing for instant automatic and accurate tracking across different time zones. The benefits and its ease of use have convinced many universities. It’s not only solving attendance for Hult, but also for other prestigious colleges in the Gulf, such as Umm Al Qura and Hail universities in Saudi Arabia, and more than 1,000 schools for the Ministry of Education in Oman. This list is constantly growing,” he said. TBS is one of many exhibitors showcasing biometric and cloud-based security solutions at Intersec 2017, the world’s largest trade show for security, safety, and fire protection, which takes place from 22-24 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Rise of new technologies The rise in emerging technologies comes as the global market for biometrics systems is expected to reach US$24.4 billion by 2020, according to research firm MarketsandMarkets, growing annually by 18% between 2015 and 2020. Analysts from TechNavio forecast that biometrics in Middle East will grow faster at 19% annually up to 2019. The rise in emerging technologies comes as the global market for biometrics systems is expected to reach US$24.4 billion by 2020 Zarrabi said the rising popularity of biometrics in the Middle East is down to several factors: “The Middle East is a world-leader in biometrics, regardless of economic ups and downs,” he said. “There’s a higher awareness about safety and security issues and consequently customers plan to allocate the corresponding budget. Additionally, Tech-savvy GCC governments have an inclination for convenient modern solutions based on biometrics and allow their widespread usage”. Widespread usage of biometric solutions Added Zarrabi: “Biometric readers can be used not only for monitoring attendance, but also for regulating access to secure locations. Industries range from Energy sector, Corporations, Healthcare, Government, Education, Finance, Airports and more.” “TBS readers can perform both functionalities simultaneously, logging time and granting access. One example is Abu Dhabi Media Company, which uses 3D touchless finger scan on speed gates at the entrance. In one go, both attendance is logged and access is controlled.” Another exhibitor at Intersec 2017 with a wide range of biometric solutions is Matrix Comsec from India, which returns to launch its COSEC DOOR FMX, a high-performance Door Controller with a multispectral sensor that reads wet, dirty, elderly, and oily fingers. Sagar Gosalia, Senior Vice President for Marketing and Sales at Matrix Comsec said that the company’s biometric Access Control and Time-Attendance solution is hugely popular in the Middle East and African market: “The last 12 months have been quite exciting for us,” he said. “We’ve successfully executed a few major projects across the Middle East, installing Time-Attendance and Access Control solutions for Paris Group and Dulsco in Dubai, the United Development Company and Qatar Metro in Qatar, Khimji Ramdas in Oman, Al Mujdui in Saudi Arabia, and the Kuwait Oil Corporation in Kuwait.” “We’ve been a growing player in the Middle East and Africa, and would like to continue the same trend for the upcoming year. We aspire to grow at an average rate of 40% over the coming years,” he added. CLOUD based Access Control System Elsewhere, WatchNET from Canada is another exhibitor launching a CLOUD based Access Control System and Integrated Security Solution at Intersec 2017. Sathish Arya, General Manager for WatchNET in the Middle East and Africa said: “The Middle East market is good for video analytics as the demand is growing with an increased accuracy of products / solutions. As far as the Biometric market is concerned, it is growing faster in eGovernance & Identification solutions.” "Biometric technology andthe use of cloud-based securitysystems are the latest trend ineffective and efficient access control solutions" “We’ve received large and multi-location projects across the GCC, including more than 100 petrol stations, jails, and around 1,600 locations of integrated access control & CCTV solutions across the region. We’re experiencing 20% CAGR every year in Middle East.” Other exhibitors at Intersec 2017 specialising in biometric and cloud technology include AllGoVision from India, UAE companies Al Asma Technology, CP Plus, and Hanwha Techwin; Polish manufacturers Digital Guardian and Easy Clocking; Suprema from Korea; and Iris ID from the USA. Intersec 2017 Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Intersec, said: “Intersec, as the premier business networking and trade event for the safety, security and fire protection in the wider region, has served as a regional bellwether and launch pad for many new technological innovations.” “Biometric technology and the use of cloud-based security systems are the latest trend in effective and efficient access control solutions worldwide and will be showcased for the benefit of regional trade buyers.” In its 19th edition, Intersec 2017 will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors from 52 countries, while over 31,000 visitors from 128 countries are expected to attend as they seek the latest solutions across seven show sections of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Perimeter & Physical Security, Information Security, and Smart Home & Building Automation. Save Save
Intersec 2017 will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors from 54 countries The declaration from a Dubai Government official that worker lives are being put at risk due to firms failing to properly clothe and protect them has garnered the attention of global health and safety companies and manufacturers of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Worker safety Raed Al Marzouqi, Head of Occupational Health and Safety at Dubai Municipality, told delegates at the recently concluded BOHS Worker Health Protection Conference in Abu Dhabi, that 99 per cent of work-related accidents in the UAE are the fault of the employer. Al Marzouqi said companies operating in high-risk environments that fail to provide basic requirements to protect their employees will be penalised, “If you bypass the system and rules, authorities will take disciplinary action, if you do not provide the right training, right tools, and right protection for the workers you will be held responsible,” he said. “In a country like the UAE, we have a diversity of workers and when we take them in, we have an obligation towards them, like they do towards us.” The BOHS Worker Health Protection Conference was told of instances in which workers have suffocated due to a lack of protection to harmful materials, while others have died in falls from buildings because they were not wearing harnesses. Basic training in the construction industry is also often not being delivered properly, it was claimed. Technical textiles In response, international companies specialising in safety and health at work are rolling out a series of training programmes along with new technical textiles and PPE at the upcoming Intersec trade show, which takes place from 22-24 January, 2017, at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Derekduck, an innovator of nonwoven chemical protective clothing, is among more than 220 exhibitors at the three-day event’s Safety & Health section, and will launch two new products under its Ultitec brand name: the Ultitec 1800 lightweight, breathable waterproof protective clothing; and the Ultitec FR Plus flame retardant protective clothing line. Jason Lin, Derekduck’s General Manager, said its CE certificated type 6 to type 3 garments offer protection against hazardous particulates, liquid spreads, and chemical liquid jets, and were used in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and during Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant fallout. “In a country like the UAE, we have a diversity of workers and when we take them in, we have an obligation towards them, like they do towards us” Safety shoes “We’re proactively assisting our Ultitec distributors to develop our target Middle East and Asian markets,” said Lin. “We aim to popularise the importance of wearing protective clothing, as we believe that work safety is not only about focusing on PPE products, but more importantly, to establish and promote better work protection knowledge to management level for increasing worker safety.“For this reason, Derekduck provides a series of training sessions for our local markets’ distributors and potential customers by holding product training conferences, joint events and seminars. We hope that through Intersec 2017, we can continue to build the Ultitec brand exposure, and let more consumers know that Ultitec can provide better body protection and meet their needs.” Giasco, an Italian manufacturer of safety shoes that exports to more than 80 countries, is another Safety & Health exhibitor at Intersec 2017 that will launch its 2017 catalogue with several new styles and innovations. Purchasing decision Alessandro Schenato, Giasco’s Export Manager, said although in the past cost was a deciding factor in PPE purchasing decisions among regional companies, worker health protection is now more paramount. “Our business is increasing a lot in the Middle East in the last few years, due to the higher quality standards required in this market today compared to 10 years ago when the price was the main topic,” said Schenato. “We’ve noticed that Middle East companies today are focusing more on better quality PPE made in Europe, in order to offer a higher level of protection for their workers. Our innovative safety shoes offer the best level of safety due to high level of raw materials used by the most advanced technologies available in the market.” More than 1300 exhibitors Now in its 19th edition, Intersec is the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, and will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors from 54 countries. Safety & Health is one of seven sections at the annual showcase, and has witnessed rapid growth over the last five years, further underlining the importance of Middle East worker health protection. “With governments and regional industries increasingly prioritising worker safety and well-being, the importance of using the right protective clothing and safety equipment to ensure workplace safety becomes paramount,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Intersec. “We’ve noticed that Middle East companies today are focusing more on better quality PPE made in Europe, in order to offer a higher level of protection for their workers” “Intersec’s Safety & Health section offers regional trade buyers, contractors, engineers, labour suppliers and developers a unique opportunity to meet with and key global suppliers and manufacturers of the entire spectrum of PPE and technical textiles.”Techtextil Pavilion The Techtextil Pavilion in the Safety & Health section will also present the entire spectrum of technical textiles and nonwovens for professional and protective clothing, as well as the latest laminating technologies for coating, printing, finishing and other products and services. Meanwhile, other headline Safety & Health exhibitors offering a wide spectrum of professional and protective clothing, footwear, and PPE include Granberg, Draeger, Cofra, Delta Plus, Dickies, Nebosh, RRC International, Safety Jogger, and Texport. Granberg, a glove manufacturer, will showcase its speciality PPE gloves. The Norwegian company is rated AAA-maximum by Bisnode, and won the prestigious Red Dot Award 2015 for outstanding design for its 9001 & 9002 models. Dräger FPS-CPM 7000 integrated communication unit Dräger, a provider of medical and safety technology, will showcase the Dräger FPS-CPM 7000 integrated communication unit designed for fire protection services. The system is capable of transmitting clear signals with minimal static and prevents any interference. Koen Paredis, President of Dräger in the Middle East and Africa, said the company is targeting fire services, oil and gas industries, chemical and petrochemical companies and mining operators across the region.Intersec’s other core sections include Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Homeland Security & Policing, Information Security, Smart Home and Physical & Perimeter Security.
Dubai trade show to feature two-thirds of world’s top 50 solutions providers as regional security spend continues to rise The Middle East market for security, safety, and fire protection is on track for double digit growth over the next four years, as regional governments and the private sector look for improved technologies to better protect assets, people, businesses, and borders. Led by the Gulf nations of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, regional countries are making rapid strides to upgrade infrastructure and secure their countries, with research from analysts Frost & Sullivan (F&S) highlighting the tremendous potential that remains to be unlocked in the region. An industry white paper published by F&S outlined the latest trends and opportunities in the market, with spending in Middle East commercial, cyber, and homeland security, along with fire protection, and smart home building automation on a steep upward growth curve. Expanding growth rate According to F&S, the Middle East commercial security market, which includes intruder alarms, CCTV surveillance, electronic locks, perimeter protection, door alarms, access control and identification systems, is expected to be worth US$10.2 billion by 2020, growing annually by 24 per cent from its US$3.8 billion value in 2015. Similarly, the region’s homeland security market is forecast to grow annually by 21 per cent up to 2020, with market revenues increasing to US$34.2 billion, driven predominantly by investments in critical infrastructure, major events, and the need to counter perceived threats. Fire protection also has huge growth potential, with the Middle East’s fire safety market estimated to grow annually by 12.5 per cent from 2012 to 2020. During this period, the market will grow from US$1.6 billion to US$4.2 billion, making it one of the world’s largest fire safety markets. Intersec 2017 The latest figures come in the final countdown to Intersec 2017, the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, which is scheduled to be ten per cent larger year-on-year when it opens from 22-24 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. "Middle East organisations and end-users realise the impact of security and fire safety on their overall productivity and bottom lines" The 19th edition of the annual three-day event will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors from 52 countries, while over 31,000 visitors from 128 countries are expected to attend as they seek the latest solutions across seven show sections of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Perimeter & Physical Security, Information Security, and Smart Home & Building Automation. Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Intersec, said: “Middle East organisations and end-users realise the impact of security and fire safety on their overall productivity and bottom lines, while regional governments have always been committed to protecting critical assets and people in the face of perceived threats along with social and commercial interests.” “In this respect, the region has carved out a niche for itself in the global security, safety, and fire protection industries and Intersec, as the leading global trade platform with a pronounced regional focus, remains the natural vehicle for international manufacturers to showcase their wares to regional buyers.” “The coming edition will be even wider in scope and reach and will provide trade visitors a comprehensive look at what’s available to suit their varied needs, whether that be for governments and authorities, or for private sector end-users in aviation, oil & gas, construction, finance, hospitality, logistics, retail or healthcare,” added Pauwels. World top security companies exhibiting With more than 580 exhibitors, Commercial Security is the largest section at Intersec 2017, with more than two-thirds of the world’s top 50 security solutions players on board, including Hikvision, Bosch, Dahua, ASSA ABLOY, Tyco, FLIR, Hanwha Techwin, Axis Communications, Avigilon Panasonic, Infinova, IDIS, and Milestone Systems. Promise Technology, a leading developer of storage solutions for the surveillance industry, is a returning exhibitor in 2017, and will use the show to introduce some its most exciting solutions yet. John van den Elzen, Promise Technology’s Surveillance Business Unit General Manager, explained: “Promise Technology has been developing NVRs (network video recorders) and storage optimised for surveillance for years, and now we’ll launch a complete new product line with a management server, analytics server and recording server.” "The Middle East is showingvery strong interest in cloud-based storage solutions, and we’re working on this withan eye towards the growingtrend of smart cities" “With our business taking off in the Middle East due to the strong demand for storage, we’ll also introduce a new high-capacity surveillance storage block solution, which is ideal for deployments requiring a large centralised storage solution, offering an open-platform, simplicity, optimisation, and the most comprehensive partner ecosystem." Added van den Elzen: “The Middle East is showing very strong interest in cloud-based storage solutions, and we’re working on this with an eye towards the growing trend of smart cities. With the Dubai Expo 2020 coming up and the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, there are certainly opportunities for Promise to work together with our partners to further develop surveillance cloud solutions.” Growth of Information Security With more than 50 exhibitors, Information Security has been one of the major growth sections at Intersec, and has doubled in size every year since it was first introduced to the show in 2014, as security threats to businesses spread beyond the physical realm. Headline exhibitors confirming their participation early next year include Agility Grid, Al-Mazroui – ICAS, Commend, Dell, Easy World, Hanvon, Infosec, Matrix, Netronics, Quantum IT, and Rittal, a manufacturer of IT networking and Data Centre Physical Infrastructure solutions. Joseph Najjar, the Managing Director for Rittal Middle East, said: “Intersec, with its global recognition, elevates Rittal strengths on its IT Physical Security offerings to the market. Acknowledging the growing need for physical security for IT, our display of physical security offerings (IT Security Room and Micro Data Centre) will be a strong resilient proposition to the leading security consultants and clients who value their critical IT equipment and data centres.” “The physical display of the IT Security Room on our stand at Intersec 2017 will be, one of the realistic touch-and-feel showcase to experience our Promise - ' Our Expertise - Your Benefit'.” Smart Home & Building Automation Smart Home & Building Automation is the most recent show section added to Intersec’s vast product scope, as urbanisation and a new age of ICT (Information and communications technology) aids the march toward smarter integration of different functions like electro-mechanical controls, fire and safety security systems, and energy management. According to F&S, the Middle East Building Automation market is anticipated to grow 7.32 per cent annually with a revenue projection of US$ 560.5 million by 2020. Saudi Arabia and the UAE, with their large projects on housing and commercial construction, will drive demand for smarter and control-enabled buildings. The Middle East BuildingAutomation market is anticipatedto grow 7.32 per cent annuallywith a revenue projection of US$ 560.5 million by 2020 Among the 50 plus leading players in this section at Intersec 2017 are Fermax, Somfy, HDL, Videocom, Techcom, Hunt and Teleste, all of which will present their latest solutions to a regional market that’s beginning to demonstrate interest in the benefits of home automation and systems integration. World’s most influential exhibition Fire & Rescue (400 exhibitors), Safety & Health (100 exhibitors), Homeland Security & Policing (100 exhibitors), and Perimeter & Physical Security (50 exhibitors) wrap up the dedicated show sections at Intersec 2017, firmly underlining its position as world’s most influential exhibition dedicated to security, safety and fire protection. The show’s strong international flavour will be further enhanced by 14 country pavilions from Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, and USA. Returning features to Intersec 2017 include the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion in the Fire & Rescue section, which has doubled in size and will shine the light on fire-rated building materials such as facades, fabrics, doors, windows, paints, stucco, and egress systems. A Techtextil Pavilion in the Safety & Health section will also present the entire spectrum of technical textiles and nonwovens for professional and protective clothing, as well as the latest laminating technologies for coating, printing, finishing and other products and services. A GPEC (General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference) Pavilion at the Homeland Security & Policing section; a Job Pavilion, bringing thousands of professionals together with specialist security-related recruitment companies; and three industry conferences held in cooperation with the Dubai Police and Dubai Civil Defence wrap up the host of additional features. Save
Intersec Saudi Arabia 2017 is expected to host more than 100 exhibitors, including 22 launch partners Saudi Arabia and the UAE are leading the upward trend for the fire safety systems market in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as stringent government regulations fuel demand for the replacement of existing and outdated equipment. According to consultancy firm 6Wresearch, the GCC’s fire safety systems market was worth US $ 1.36 billion in 2015, with Saudi Arabia (US $ 598.4 million), and the UAE (US $ 394.4 million) comprising 73 per cent of the regional market. The other Gulf States of Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait accounted for US $ 367.2 million (27 per cent). Fire safety system market growth 6Wresearch said Saudi’s fire safety systems and equipment market is projected to grow six per cent annually from 2016 – 2020. By 2022, the market is estimated to be worth US $ 632.2 million, attributed to a recovery in the construction and real estate verticals. Other factors driving regional demand for new fire safety systems include government and transportation sectors, residential, retail, and hospitality verticals, while Saudi’s Vision 2030 and the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020 in the UAE is also likely to boost further growth. The latest market updates were told to more than 100 fire, safety and security industry professionals at a three-day Saudi roadshow promoting the upcoming Intersec exhibitions in Dubai and Jeddah. Intersec Dubai 2017 The first edition of IntersecSaudi Arabia meanwhile is expected to host more than100 exhibitors, including 22launch partners Intersec, the world’s leading exhibition for security, safety, and fire protection, runs from 22-24 January 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, while Intersec Saudi Arabia will take place from 2-4 May 2017 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events. In its 19th edition, Intersec 2017 will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors from 54 countries spanning over 55,000sqm of exhibition space, registering a 10 per cent growth over the previous year. Intersec Saudi Arabia 2017 The first edition of Intersec Saudi Arabia meanwhile is expected to host more than 100 exhibitors, including 22 launch partners; Al Alameya Group, Axis Communications, Bristol Fire Engineering – Corodex, the British Security Industry Association, CP Plus, Dahua, dorma + kaba, Draeger, Genetec, Hanwha Techwin, Harco Group, HID Global, Hikvision, Milestone, NAFFCO, Nedap, Pelco by Schneider Electric, Promise Technology, Smiths Detection, Tadween, NITIE, and ZMR. Fire & rescue section Fire & Rescue is one of seven show sections at Intersec 2017, and has nearly doubled in size over the last four years. The section, which attracted 350 exhibitors in 2016, is expected to continue its growth trend in 2017, having attracted the likes of Apollo, bsi, Bristol, Chemours, Fike, Hochiki, Grupo Komtes, LPCB, NAFFCO, Oshkosh, Rapidrop, Scott Safety, Securiton, SFFECO, Siemens, UL, and Velox. “Ongoing investments in the commercial, retail, industrial, hospitality, and the healthcare sectors, combined with upcoming high profile international events, means growth is the buzz word across all sectors in the GCC, and this also applies to the fire safety market,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Intersec, and Intersec Saudi Arabia. “Improvements in the enforcement of fire codes in the construction sector, and the constant need for fire protection and life safety means the GCC’s fire safety market is estimated to grow annually by 14-16 per cent to reach US$3.15 billion by 2020.” "Expenditures in the MiddleEast oil and gas sector are expected to increase by morethan 19 per cent for the 5-year period ending in 2017" “This robust demand for the latest equipment, fire protection and firefighting systems is reflected in the strong growth in the Fire & Rescue section at Intersec, while Intersec Saudi Arabia too will host the biggest names in the fire protection market,” added Pauwels. Oil & gas Oil & Gas is another key sector for the fire protection industry, and will be a key target area for Hochiki at Intersec 2017. The Japanese-headquartered company specialises in commercial and industrial fire detection and emergency lighting solutions, and will showcase its latest range of fire detection products designed specifically for use in oil refineries, gas processing plants and other high risk environments. “Expenditures in the Middle East oil and gas sector are expected to increase by more than 19 per cent for the 5-year period ending in 2017,” said Robert Head, Assistant Managing Director at Hochiki Middle East. “When operating in such hazardous environments, it’s important to ensure the building’s fire safety systems are robust and reliable. There is a variety of fire detection products designed specifically for use in oil refineries, gas processing plants and other high risk environments.” “Intrinsically Safe devices (IS) restrict the electrical and thermal energy in the circuit ensuring that ignition in an explosive atmosphere cannot occur; making them ideal for use in oil and gas facilities as well as chemical engineering plants. Hochiki have a wide range of IS devices, from smoke detectors to flame detectors, which have all been certified by BASEEFA to IECEx and ATEX,” added Head. New panel & product launches Global Fire Equipment from Portugal, a manufacturer of fire detection and extinguishing systems will return to Intersec 2017 with the launch of its new panels and several other products like PA/VA systems, and web enabled interfaces. "Our goal is to establish longterm partnerships with agents working in the security fieldwith the purpose of expandingour global presence whichcovers more than 70 countries" João Paulo Ajami, the Commercial Director for Global Fire Equipment, said, “We had several interesting projects in Saudi Arabia in the last 12 months, while exhibiting at Intersec has helped us launch several good distribution channels in countries like Kenya, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Tanzania, and Pakistan.” “Our goal is to establish long term partnerships with agents working in the security field with the purpose of expanding our global presence which covers more than 70 countries. Our systems are applied in residential, commercial and industrial sectors and its subsectors, since fire detection is applicable to almost all construction sectors.” Regional fire safety codes Elsewhere, Aman Fire Protection, an Oman-based fire protection engineering consultancy, will look to increase its business contacts at Intersec 2017 and explain the fire codes approvals process to those undertaking projects in the Middle East. Anthony Cole, Technical Director at Aman Fire Protection, highlighted the growing trend for better awareness of regional fire safety codes following recent fire incidents across the GCC. “There’s an increase in awareness for the need for review and approval of materials used in construction by fire protection consultants especially in high rise projects following the several high profile fires,” said Cole. “Oil & Gas, military, power and energy creation, large commercial developments such as shopping malls and integrated tourism leisure projects are the most important industries our business is targeting now.” Intersec’s other core sections include Commercial Security, Homeland Security & Policing, Safety & Health, Information Security, Smart Home and Physical & Perimeter Security. Save Save Save Save
Industry leaders will share centrestage at Intersec's new Smart Home section to showcase their latest technologies The increasing interconnectivity of smart home technology and its influence on safety and security will be under the spotlight this month in Dubai, as global manufacturers prepare to launch their latest high-tech smart home solutions at Intersec 2016. With analysts Gartner predicting 6.4 billion ‘things’ – from toasters and teapots to cars and hospital equipment – to be connected to the internet by the end of 2016 worldwide, the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) will support total services spending of US$235 billion in 2016, up 22 percent from 2015. The Middle East alone commands ten percent of the global smart home market according to industry reports, while Frost & Sullivan, another analyst, estimates that face recognition and smart access control technologies will be implemented in 21 percent of smart buildings in the region by 2018. New Smart Home section The growing regional opportunities will be underlined by a new Smart Home section at Intersec 2016, the world’s leading trade show for security, safety, and fire protection, which takes place from 17th-19th January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Industry leaders such as HDL, ASSA ABLOY, Honeywell, Dahua, CP Plus, Somfy, Techcom, Dorlet, and Invixium will share centre stage at the brand new section, as they showcase their latest home security, access control, energy management systems, and multimedia technologies. With a focus on technologies such as Zigbee, En-Ocean, Bluetooth and Z-wave, the dedicated area arrives following the recent decree by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to establish the Dubai Smart City Office, a government body facilitating Dubai's efforts to transform itself into the smartest city in the world. Frost & Sullivan estimates thatface recognition and smartaccess control technologies willbe implemented in 21 percent ofsmart buildings in the MiddleEast by 2018 Growing appetite for smart home technology Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Intersec, said: “The growing appetite for smart home technology is driven by the ability to access and control devices remotely without having to be present physically. This technology has also opened up myriad enhancements in communications and security systems. “Digital surveillance and access control systems, face and biometric recognition infrastructure as well as improved digital communications have all become increasingly popular for corporations and individual users, especially in Dubai, the home of Intersec for the last 18 years. “The new Smart Home section at Intersec 2016 is a starting point to showcase security technologies that support smarter, safer, and more energy-efficient buildings in Dubai, the UAE, and the wider Middle East,” added Pauwels. Smart Home is the most recent addition to the five other core sections at Intersec 2016 of Commercial Security; Information Security; Fire & Rescue; Safety & Health; and Homeland Security & Policing. Smart Home in security and safety Examples of Smart Home in security and safety include motion sensors, or fire and carbon monoxide detectors that are connected to the internet and can be controlled through a mobile phone. In the event of a break-in or fire, the sensors would send signals to the mobile phone, informing the owner to take appropriate action. Spearheading the charge at Intersec’s Smart Home section is Austrian access control solutions provider, EVVA, which is launching a series of new solutions headlined by AirKey, a cell-phone based electric locking system. “Our focus is usually on projects that require a certain security level or offer a high organisational complexity, for example with a complex master key system, which we have established in banks, insurance companies, offices, shopping malls and private houses around the world,” said Ulises José Lorente Gállego, EVVA’s Export Manager. “Compared to Europe, where EVVA has been established for many decades, the Middle East and Africa still has a lot of potential for development. Since electronic products are also getting more and more important, the growth rate in future years will definitely be one of the highest that we expect from our export markets.” The new Smart Home section atIntersec 2016 is a starting point toshowcase security technologiesthat support smarter, safer, andmore energy-efficient buildings Taiwan-based BSI Hardware is another Smart Home Intersec exhibitor launching its E-Home solution, which uses ZigBee Home Automation technology to control alarms, gas and water, CCTV, access control solutions, Wi-Fi cameras, intrusion alarms, digital locks, and video door phones. “The Middle East is our third largest major market with growth potential much stronger than many other markets,” said Kevin Chen, General Manager of BSI Hardware. “Certainly IoT is having a major impact on the regional security and safety market and this underscores the new technology in our E Home solution at Intersec 2016 as well as our intelligent home locking systems.” Other Intersec 2016 exhibitors with smart home solutions include German company Advancis, Electrowatt Controls from Qatar, InfinitePlay and GIBIDI from Italy, and Canadian manufacturer Mircom. New features at Intersec 2016 New features at Intersec 2016 include a Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion at the Fire & Rescue Section, and a Jobs and Careers Pavilion, bringing thousands of safety and security professionals in touch with the right career opportunities. More than 1,200 exhibitors from 57 countries are set to participate at the annual showpiece event, which will also feature a dedicated series of industry conferences held in cooperation with the Dubai Police and Dubai Civil Defence.
The global gathering at the three-day event is as impressive as ever, reinforced by 14 country pavilions The global significance of the Middle East’s security and safety market has been underlined by top German and US companies leading a large turnout of international exhibitors at Intersec 2016 next month. The 18th edition of Intersec, the world’s leading trade show for security, safety, and fire protection, will feature more than 1,200 exhibitors from 54 countries when it opens from 17-19 January 2016 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Record exhibitors from US and Germany With 82 per cent of exhibitors based outside of the UAE, the global gathering at the three-day event is as impressive as ever, reinforced by 14 country pavilions from Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, USA, and for the first time, France, the Czech Republic, and India. Much of the attention will fall on leading security and fire-related solutions providers from the USA and Germany, where 145 exhibitors from the two countries will cover 2,550sqm of exhibition space. A total of 72 German exhibitors – including 58 at the government-backed German Pavilion, and 14 stand-alone exhibitors – will be headed by big names such as CCTV providers Bosch Security Systems and Grundig; access control specialists SimonsVoss; IT security provider G-Data; fire extinguisher manufacturers Doeka and Viking; and Haix, a manufacturer of safety shoes. Grundig Security Grundig Security (ASP AG) will showcase its latest range of 4K Ultra High Definition and full HD TVI (Transport Video Interface) cameras and recorders at Intersec 2016, along with its ultra-low light performance cameras and IP (Internet Protocol) video range. The video security solutions provider has been involved in a number of Middle East projects, including the installation in 2015 of a CCTV security system at the UAE National Archives. Grundig IP cameras are also providing 24/7 surveillance for the ongoing construction of the 14.6km US$1.25 billion Eurasia Tunnel connecting the European and Asian sides of Istanbul under the Bosphorus Strait. Ludwig Bergschneider, CEO of Grundig Security, said: “Grundig Security offers advanced video security solutions for professional installers and integrators across a vast range of industries, from airports, oil & gas, transportation and government, to banks, retail and hospitality. “TVI and 4K technology, along with Video Management Systems (VMS) are having a big impact in the Middle East and African market, and we anticipate a significant amount of interest in our products at Intersec 2016, where we can stay in contact with our customers, understand their needs, and provide them with ideal solutions.” Increase in USA participation Meanwhile, the USA participation at Intersec 2016 has increased by 28 per cent year-on-year, with 73 exhibitors spanning 1,300sqm of exhibition space, indicating the strong interest in the Middle East by major USA commercial security and fire protection industry players. The 31 USA Pavilion exhibitors and 42 stand-alone exhibitors are spearheaded by Fire & Rescue companies Task Force Tips, Kidde Fenwal, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Code 3, a manufacturer of emergency vehicle lights and sirens, is the USA Commercial Pavilion Anchor. Greg Scott, General Manager of Code 3, said: “Intersec gives us the opportunity to meet with key decision makers from the Middle East market to discuss their needs, whether current or future. Additionally, our participation gives us one-on-one time to showcase our latest products and discuss their application to fit each agency’s needs.” Elsewhere at the USA Pavilion, the NFPA will increase awareness about its educational and technical programmes dedicated to saving lives and reducing property loss throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). “Our international offices, covering the MENA region, Asia/Pacific, Europe and Latin America, work to advance the use and adoption of NFPA codes and standards throughout their territories,” said Jim Pauley, President and CEO of the NFPA. Meeting point for public and private sectors “Intersec 2016 provides us the unique opportunity of meeting with stakeholders in both the public sector such as government officials and civil defence groups, as well as the private sector such as designers, installers, facility managers and consultants.” Intersec is organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, and focuses on the six core sections of Commercial Security; Information Security; Fire & Rescue; Safety & Health; Homeland Security & Policing; and for the first time in 2016, Smart Home & Building Automation. Ahmed Pauwels, CEO or Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “Safety and security, whether at the workplace, home, in cyberspace, or where people gather for leisure and entertainment, is of high priority today, especially with regard to the ever-evolving global security scenario. The latest security products and solutions from leading international players will be on display at Intersec 2016, which can contribute to making the world a safer place for all.” New features at Intersec 2016 include a Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion at the Fire & Rescue Section, and a Jobs and Careers Pavilion, bringing thousands of safety and security professionals in touch with the right career opportunities. The annual showpiece event will also feature a dedicated series of industry conferences held in cooperation with the Dubai Police and Dubai Civil Defence; the Occupational Health & Safety Conference will take place on 17-18 January, while the Middle East Fire Conference and the Critical Infrastructure Security Conference will both take place on 18-19 January.
Global providers will showcase latest aviation and airport security solutions at the event With the Middle East, and in particular the GCC, emerging as major international air travel hub, aviation security will be a key point of interest at Intersec 2016, the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection. Rise in airport security market investments Investment in the airport security market continues to rise; a March 2015 report titled ‘Global Airport Security Technology Market Assessment’ by analysts Frost & Sullivan, estimated the global annual spend on airport security would surge to US$12.67 billion in 2023, up from US$8.22 billion in 2014. The increase in investment comes as the Middle East outpaces global growth in air traffic; according to estimates by Airbus Industrie, over the next 20 years (2015-2034) air traffic in the Middle East is expected to grow 6 per cent annually, compared to the world average growth of 4.6 per cent. This will drive a need for nearly 2,460 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at US$590 billion. By 2034, the fleet of passenger and freighter aircraft in the Middle East will almost treble from nearly 1,100 in 2015, to over 2,950 by 2034. Which is why many of the world’s foremost security providers that specialise in aviation and airport security will showcase their latest solutions at Intersec 2016, which takes place from 17-19 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Smiths Detection at Intersec Smiths Detection, a global provider of technologies to identify chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) threats, is among the major names at Intersec 2016 with a full airport security portfolio in tow, from x-ray inspection equipment, to explosives and narcotics detection and people screening systems. The increase in the number of global air passengers, particularly in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions, have played a key role in driving investments in airport security infrastructures Smiths Detection’s varied solutions have been adopted at several global locations, including its HI-SCAN 10080 XCT, a next generation high-speed checked baggage explosives detection system (EDS), and RadSeeker, a handheld radioisotope detector and identifier designed to meet the U.S Homeland Security mission requirements. Paul Baker, the Managing Director of Smiths Detection in the Middle East, said: “The increase in the number of global air passengers, particularly in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions, have played a key role in driving investments in airport security infrastructures. “Passenger traffic at airports in the larger region has recorded fast paced growth. As per the findings of a recent IATA report, Dubai Airport announced growth projections of 126 million passengers by 2020 as aviation demand continues to soar. Additionally, passenger numbers in Qatar are expected to increase at a rate of 4.8 per cent annually until 2034, in preparation for the World Cup 2022.” Range of cutting edge airport and aviation security solutions Exhibitors such as German company Bosch Security Systems, Nedap from the Netherlands, and Genetec from Canada, are among other big international names to descend upon Intersec 2016 with a range of cutting edge airport and aviation security solutions, from perimeter security, command, control and integration, cybersecurity, communications, surveillance, access control, and screening. Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Intersec, said: “The rise of big three Gulf carriers, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad, is the driving force of international trans-continental travel. The growth in their travel hubs and the surge in passenger numbers passing through terminals, along with air freight and cargo, means global airport and aviation security majors are expecting the Middle East to become a big market for cutting-edge technologies and the latest in security systems. The extension of existing airportsand their facilities in preparationfor mega events such as theDubai 2020 EXPO and the 2022FIFA World Cup in Qatar requiremore updated facilities includingsecurity systems “The highly-evolving nature of security threats to global air travel increases demand for the latest command and control facilities, enhanced security communication channels, access control and monitoring systems, all of which will be on show at Intersec 2016.” Nuctech is another exhibitor at Intersec 2016 with a strong focus on airport security, and will return after having sourced projects through previous editions of the annual showpiece event for Dubai Police in Dubai Airports, Dubai Customs, Abu Dhabi Airport, Sharjah Customs, Ras Al Khaimah Customs and Ajman Customs. “The trend of national and regional security inspection in the Middle East is getting more and more important,” said Yuan Youzhong, the General Manager of Nuctech Middle East. “The extension of existing airports and their facilities in preparation for mega events such as the Dubai 2020 EXPO and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar require more updated facilities including security systems.” Other exhibitors at the event Other exhibitors at Intersec 2016 with aviation security solutions include 2N Communication from the Czech Republic; Adani from Belarus; AllGoVision from India; Italian company CEIA; Delv from Australia, UK companies Frontier Pitts and Rockwell Collins; Gesab from Spain, Swiss company WEY Technology; and UAE-based companies G4S and Intertech Vision. Now in its 18th edition, Intersec 2016 will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors from 52 countries, spanning over 50,000sqm. The dedicated trade show focuses on the six core sections of Commercial Security; Information Security; Fire & Rescue; Safety & Health; Homeland Security & Policing; and for the first time in 2016, Smart Home and Building Automation.