Secutech India 2015 assembled government officials and commercial firms to exchange market knowledge The fourth edition of Secutech India closed successfully from 12 – 14 March 2015 at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. Bringing together 123 exhibitors from 10 countries and regions, the fair spanned over 10,000 sqm of exhibition space and attracted 15,354 industry professionals and buyers from 12 countries throughout the three-day event. Jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd and Asian Business Exhibition & Conference, Secutech India was supported by the Government of Maharashtra and various leading industry organisations. Officiating the opening ceremony was Mr Shri Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao, the Honourable Governor of Maharashtra. He shared at his keynote address: “Secutech India is maturing into a world class platform, and I am impressed by the quality of exhibitors and products, as well as the speaker line-up which will soon present on critical security issues. Police force, safety and security professionals must visit this show to see the development in safety products, features and preventive measures which they can adopt. I am hopeful that the seminar discussions and Secutech India itself will benefit the city.” Opening the ceremony also were other Government of Maharashtra officials, together with representatives from Bengaluru City and the commercial sector. They included: Mr Dhananjay Kamlakar, Mumbai Police, Government of Maharashtra Mr MV Deshmukh, Fire Advisor, Government of Maharashtra Mr B Dayananda, I.P.S. Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Bengaluru City Mr Ramakant Jha, Managing Director & Group CEO, Gujarat International Finance Tec – City Company Ltd Reflecting on the 2015 show’s results, Mr John Shi, General Manager for Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd noted, “Secutech India 2015 has recorded stable growth in terms of the exhibition size and number of participants. I am proud that the show has become an annual gathering for industry players to join together and seize business opportunities available in the emerging India market. In light of the Indian Government’s roadmap to achieve “100 Smart Cities”, demand for advanced security and safety technologies is expected to surge and support the market’s growth beyond 2015. The show will not only continue to facilitate trade but also promote idea exchange to cope with the challenges in the future.” "The show will not only continue to facilitate trade but also promote idea exchange to cope with the challenges in the future" Exhibitors and visitors praise making new business connections at the fair Participants reinforced the idea that Secutech India is an effective trade platform in Asia. Many of their objectives were to network, conduct industry research and launch new innovations. Responding with enthusiasm was Mr Pema Lin, Regional Sales Manager of Merit Lilin Ent Co Ltd from Taiwan. He shared, “Merit Lilin have been participating at Secutech India for years. Every edition, we learn about the needs in the Indian market through discussions with both existing and potential clients. In 2015, we are presenting a newly developed host of new IP and surveillance solutions which were customised for the banking, jewelry and industrial segments in India. Without a doubt, Secutech India is helpful for us and we will definitely come back for the next edition.” Fellow Indian exhibitor, Larsen & Tourbo Ltd also reflected similar sentiment. Mr R Srinivasan, Vice President and Head of Renewable Energy, Smart Grid & Security Solutions for the firm mentioned: “The personal meetings, dialogues and panel discussions at Secutech India provided us a wonderful chance to connect with industry professionals and articulate all aspects of a smart city from a master system integrator’s perspective. Integrated security solutions combining infrastructure and IT are the need of the hour and we are here to showcase our comprehensive range of solutions. The response has been very positive at the show.” Honeywell, one of the market leaders in the safety and security industry, joined the exhibitor line-up again in 2015. Mr Shirshendu Gupta, Head of Marketing for the company noted: “Secutech India is a very good industry platform allowing us to reach visitors of high quality and get in touch with end-consumers and consultants. Our main aim at the fair is to strengthen our brand presence in West India and certain key verticals, which Secutech India has helped us achieve well.” "We can see a lot of interesting innovations and explore the upcoming trends here thanks to the top quality exhibitors" Having participated at Secutech India since the show’s establishment, loyal exhibitor QNAP Systems Inc from Taiwan has witnessed the growth of the show. In 2015, the company has enlarged their booth space to display their unique integrated solutions for storage and NVR systems. Mr Alvin Wu, Sales Manager of the Surveillance Business Division in the company expressed: “India is an important market for QNAP. Therefore, we participate at Secutech India together with our local agent and partner to raise brand recognition in the market. I am pleased that as a Taiwanese brand we are well received in India. Local professionals applaud the quality and cost effectiveness of our products. Through the show, we are able to meet existing clients and develop contacts with prospective customers and partners. It is important to be present at trade fairs so as to raise brand awareness in the country.” During the three-day fair, visitors were offered a diverse assortment of products and solutions from world-class brands to help them keep up with the latest trends. Mr Nitin B Avhad, Assistant Manager – Security & Vigilance for BSE Ltd (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd) came together with his team to source innovations to upgrade existing security measures in his company. He noted: “I saw a wide range of advanced access control solutions, surveillance systems and IP-based products, which are of very high quality. We are able to compare similar systems and I have found an access control system by Safe Pvt Ltd, which effectively limits the entry of visitors to only approved destinations. We will probably close this deal after further discussion. The show is remarkable for us to keep pace with industry advancements and to source products. I will recommend the show to my colleagues and peers.” Mr Dilshad Gani of Winsor Technologies Pvt Ltd is a system integrator coming from Kolkata particularly for the show. He mentioned: “This is my first visit and I am interested in office and home automation solutions. I am impressed with innovative technology and products available here. I paid a visit to my existing partner, Hikvision, and learned about their new products, such as their new series of analogue camera and Wi-Fi router NVR. I have also talked to some other brands and I think the show offers a wealth of knowledge for all industry players. The trip is beneficial to my business and I will certainly consider coming back again next year.” Industry expert, Mr Vijay Bhatia, Joint Director – Security, World Trade Centre (India) also applauded the show’s significance. “I have been working in the security industry for 24 years. For me, Secutech India is a leading trade fair which allows industry peers to network and exchange ideas. At the same time, we can see a lot of interesting innovations and explore the upcoming trends here thanks to the top quality exhibitors,” he said. Concurrent conference on Smart Cities proves popular "Secutech India is a leading trade fair which allows industry peers to network and exchange ideas" Over the fair’s first two days, Secutech India Safety and Security Conclave (SISSC-2015) assembled government officials and commercial firms to exchange market knowledge and look at the most challenging security issues India is now facing. With the key theme of “Smart Cities”, the conference invited more than 40 industry experts who were engaged in a series of thought-provoking discussions, covering issues and opportunities such as network security, banking security, and oil & gas and energy in the intelligent-cities-to-be. Mr Pramod Bhatt, Director, Security & Intelligence of Sanofi India Ltd was a guest speaker at the session “Smart Security Solutions for Smart Cities”. He noted: “Having attended conferences and seminars around the world, I can say that Secutech India is on par with international standards. Organised alongside the exhibition, they are well attended and hence offers a genuine opportunity for manufacturers, vendors, speakers and corporate professionals to connect for business opportunities. As a speaker, I am inspired by my fellows and very delighted to have attended the event.” Conference delegates shared mutual satisfaction for the Conclave’s exceptional quality. Mr Sanjiv Munj, Head Security – South Asia, Hindustan Unilever Ltd shared: “The conclave is an interactive and informative platform where I get updated on what is latest in the market. The discussion is insightful. It covers topics not only relevant to what is currently happening in the industry, but also how the future of security in smart cities will look like. It is very interesting!” The next edition of Secutech India is scheduled to take place from 14 – 16 April 2016 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, India.