Sensor solution provider HENSOLDT successfully carried out the initial fitting and operating activities of its newly developed electro-optical vision system SETAS (See-through Armour System) with the British Army’s Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) in Bovington. This activity was to capture, understand and then minimise potential operating issues in the future. Fitted on a ‘Warrior’ Infantry Fighting Vehicle, SETAS demonstrated its potential to give full situational...
Building Intelligence, global provider of cloud-based visitor, vehicle and vendor management software, SV3, has announced that they will be exhibiting at the 2019 Global Security Exchange, Sept. 8-12, at McCormick Place in Chicago. They will be showcasing a variety of new features designed to further streamline the visitor check-in process and enhance employee access management. SV3 cloud-based software SV3 now offers a completely new portal to provide access for new employees SV3 now enables...
Avigilon Corporation, a Motorola Solutions company, has announced the launch of its Avigilon H5SL camera line. H5SL camera The H5SL camera is simple and intuitive to install, with a modular design that easily snaps into a variety of base options, helping users to get up and running in minutes. End-users have the flexibility to choose from various lens types, including a new long-range lens that allows them to see with more clarity at farther distances, while audio and input and output connect...
Snap Network Surveillance Pty Ltd. (“Snap Surveillance”), the developer of the world’s first and only AI-based intelligent tracking software for large-scale security camera networks, has announced the establishment of North American operations based in San Diego, California. This new office will focus on the United States and Canada regions as well as provide additional support to Central and South America. The new San Diego office will function as a demo center for the compan...
SALTO Systems, global manufacturer of electronic access control solutions, will showcase its latest security innovations – including the flexible cloud-based SALTO KS Keys as a Service platform and the JustIN mobile application – at the Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2019 in Chicago, Sept. 8 - 12. Access control solutions SALTO continues to develop and expand innovative access control solutions that offer a variety of security applications"“SALTO has continued to develop and...
At GSX 2019, in booth 251, Hanwha Techwin America, a global supplier of IP and analog video surveillance solutions, will announce availability in September for Wisenet WAVE 4.0, the next version of their VMS (Video Management System) designed to support the advanced features and license-free onboard video analytics that are unique to Hanwha cameras. Wisenet WAVE 4.0 VMS Available from Hanwha’s network of authorised distributors, Wisenet WAVE 4.0 is ideally suited to meet the needs of cus...
The IoT is not only integrating devices and services, it is also bringing businesses together – particularly in the safety, security and fire sectors. This fact was demonstrated at the latest edition of Secutech Vietnam, where a record 380 exhibitors and 14,239 trade visitors converged to do business and learn about the latest products. Brands from 21 countries and regions lined up at the show, with many commenting that the market for smart solutions is becoming increasingly competitive. With a population of almost 100 million and construction projects taking place across the country, exhibitors were pleased to find opportunities not just in Ho Chi Minh City and the south of Vietnam, but across the entire country. Secutech Vietnam 2019 At the conclusion of the show, Ms Regina Tsai, the Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd said: “This 12th edition of Secutech Vietnam has delivered concrete business results. Apart from serving the smart city sector, the concurrent Fire & Safety Vietnam and SMABuilding events have helped industry players to collaborate, solve pain points, and take advantage of growth potential in the factory, residential and commercial property sectors. Through its concurrent events and fringe programme, we are proud that Secutech Vietnam continues to orient the regions’ safety, security and fire sectors towards a bright future.” Taking place at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre from 14 – 16 August 2019, the mood inside the exhibition hall was positive as exhibitors displayed their latest IoT, surveillance, fire safety, access control, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence technologies to trade buyers from across Vietnam. IoT, video, access control Aiming to find more partners in Vietnam, and so far we have met a lot of project owners and system integrators at the fair" Because of the increasingly competitive business environment, many brands decided to boost their presence at the fair by exhibiting at a dedicated booth, having previously been represented at Secutech Vietnam through local distributors. “The market is growing so fast that we need a platform to meet the right customers,” said Mr Charly Wang, the Regional Sales Director of Merit LILIN, a supplier of IP surveillance and video analysis solutions. He continued, “We are aiming to find more partners in Vietnam, and so far we have met a lot of project owners and system integrators at the fair.” Global security companies exhibit Apart from LILIN, other well-known brands in attendance included Avigilon, Bosch, Hanwha Techwin, Hitron, Kedacom, Nha An Toan (a Hikvision and ABB distributor), and ZKTeco. Organised by the Shenzhen Circular Economy Association and the Shenzhen Municipal Commerce Bureau, the Shenzhen Pavilion was one of four international pavilions at the trade fair. Hosting 20 leading suppliers including ANJIA, DOPHIGO, Feyond, GoldenVision, Harvest Kang and Jeas-Union, the pavilion showcased the latest solutions in smart building, smart home and transportation. The show’s international contingent also included nearly 40 companies in pavilions from Singapore, the Korea Fire Institute, and the Japan Fire Pavilion. Smart city and retail Aiming to meet trade visitors from across Vietnam, Hanwha Techwin were introducing their surveillance and service centre solutions for smart city, smart factory, and retail at the show. Mr Ta Quang Huy, the Country Manager of the company said, “We have exhibited at the show for four consecutive years because of the wide variety of visitors that come here, not only from Ho Chi Minh City, but also from major cities such as Danang, Hanoi, and Central Vietnam. Compared to last year, the visitor flow has increased, and clients seem to be focusing a lot on smart city.” At the fair’s concurrent SMABuilding event, exhibitors also painted a favourable picture of market prospects: “According to reports that we have read, the smart building market in Vietnam is expected to grow by 20 to 30 percent until 2030,” said Ms Bui Thi Huong Lan, the CEO Assistant at TechPro. “Our main objective at the fair is to promote our new biometric security solutions to the market. We are really satisfied with the results. In just one day we have received more than 100 potential clients at our booth that are relevant to the smart building and home markets, including contractors.” Fire safety solutions We manufacture a wide range of firefighting equipment, including specialised vehicles and ambulances" With a record-breaking scale of display, up 21% from 2018, visitors to the concurrent Fire & Safety Vietnam event were able to locate extinguishing systems, alarms, valves, personal protection equipment, CPR solutions, and fire dust detection systems from well-known brands such as D&C Vina, Funayama, Himax, Masflo, Nittan, Secom, SFFECO, Yun Yang, VT Plus, Quoc Nam and many more. According to an exhibitor at the event, Mr Radwan Halabi, the Export Director of NAFFCO, new construction projects have opened up a gap in the market for internationally certified products, “We manufacture a wide range of firefighting equipment, including specialised vehicles and ambulances. In the Vietnamese market, new projects are looking for internationally certified products, especially high-rise buildings and shopping malls. The results of our participation at Secutech Vietnam have been really good. The visitors here are very unique, and we have not met any visitors that are unrelated to our products.” New trends and technology With so many internationally renowned brands exhibiting at the fair, Secutech Vietnam 2019 proved itself to be the ideal destination for trade buyers to identify new trends and find appropriate products for their businesses. New at the show this year, the business matching service hosted more than 530 tours and meetings with more than 85% expressing their satisfaction with the service as an efficient way to target solutions of interest and establish new business connections. CCTV and AI “I have been visiting the show for eight years, and I can see that there are more brands joining each year. Almost all the key brands in the industry are present,” said Mr Dao Anh Dung, the Sales Manager of Sao Nam An. “So far, I have noticed that there are more CCTV solutions which are highly flexible and can be adjusted to customer needs. The AI technology is becoming more mature too.” Other visitors noted that there is increased interconnectivity between devices. Mr Nguyen Van Huynh, a Product Designer from Cty TNHH PCCC Sao Viet, said “We are a fire alarm system developer for commercial and residential uses. We are working on a new system and I am one of the technicians in the team. I am here to learn about market and industry trends so that we can adjust our products to fit market needs. I have noticed that there is increasing adoption of IoT and connective technologies to integrate systems. This is something that we are also working on.” Networking and sourcing Networking and sourcing opportunities apart, the trade fair offers an information exchange platform In addition to networking and sourcing opportunities, the trade fair also provided an information exchange platform that helped sector players learn about important growth areas. One of many sectors primed for future growth is smart factory, however the sector is still in a nascent stage. “At the moment there are not a lot smart factories in Vietnam but many manufacturers are expressing serious intentions to set up smart factories,” said Mr Long Nguyen, the CEO of Houselink and a speaker at the Smart Factory Conference. “A lot of the topics that we discussed at the conference are very practical for these manufacturers, and some attendees asked for further information after my presentation. Attendees can also find related products in the fairground, so bringing this conference to the show is really useful for the local industry.” Fire protection solutions Some of the key themes of the conference ranged from market updates, government policy, security, management efficiency, IoT applications, and fire safety. For fire safety professionals, there were plenty of industry insights on offer at a seminar dedicated to fire protection solutions. Speakers included representatives from the Vietnam Fire and Rescue Police Department and the Korea Fire Institute, who discussed regulations, UL certification, fire prevention in mixed-use buildings, intelligent alarm systems and more. Secutech Vietnam is jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd and Vietnam Advertisement and Fair Exhibition JSC. The next edition will take place from 20 – 22 August 2020 at SECC, Ho Chi Minh City.
ASIS International, globally renowned membership organisation for security management professionals, has announced its lineup of new Game Changer sessions for Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2019, slated to be held from September 8 to September 12, 2019 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Global Security Exchange 2019 will offer valuable insights and in-depth information on the latest security technologies and products that are rapidly changing today’s paradigm for security professionals. Global Security Exchange 2019 “The ever-changing landscape for security professionals around the globe remains complex,” said Christina Duffey, CPP, President, ASIS International. “As part of an on-going effort to continually enhance the value GSX provides for all attendees, our new Game Changers education track will provide multiple perspectives from thought leaders to not only help our audience stay informed about new and disruptive technologies, but also maintain a competitive edge and elevate expertise across their organisations.” The GSX 2019 Game Changer lineup features five thought-provoking sessions: Experts from the federal agency perspective, including Angela Stubblefield, Deputy Associate Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials Safety at Federal Aviation Administration and Joseph Rios, Chief Engineer for NASA’s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) project, will deliver a state-of-the-industry update on drones and how their use is expanding and changing. ‘The Ever-Changing Drone Landscape: What You Need to Know’, will cover upcoming regulatory issues along with expert predictions on the future of drones. Monday, 9 September 10:30 – 11:45 am CT. Digital transformation is now affecting every aspect of our home and work lives. In ‘Accelerating Digital Transformation: Insights and Applications’, attendees will learn how successful organisations are changing the fundamentals of business to keep ahead of the competition in today’s digital economy—and how this impacts a company's security programs. This session will be delivered by Brian Tuskan, Chief Security Officer at Microsoft Corporation, Phil Halpin, Senior Vice President & Head of Global Security at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., as well as panelists from other industry sectors to be announced. Monday, 9 September 1:15 – 2:30 pm CT. Cannabis is one of the hottest topics in the news right now, and its legalisation carries many implications for the security industry. GSX attendees won’t want to miss ‘The Current and Changing Cannabis Landscape: An Industry Overview’, in which Co-Founder and CEO of Marijuana Business Daily, Cassandra Farrington, will share current trends, state-by-state policy developments and changes in the U.S. and international marketplace. This objective and apolitical perspective will aid in understanding current challenges and what’s ahead for this fast-evolving industry. Tuesday, 10 September 2:00 – 3:00 pm CT. Helping professionals deliver strong leadership in today’s volatile security environment is the topic of ‘Using High Beam Leadership to Navigate Disruption and Change’, delivered by Scott Klososky, Founder and Principal at TriCorps Technologies. Attendees will discover which skills they need to grow, and how to apply them successfully in order to emerge stronger and more resilient. Wednesday, 11 September 3:45 – 4:45 pm CT. Deviant Ollam, Physical Penetration Specialist and Founding Partner/Lead Instructor at The CORE Group, will provide security practitioners with practical guidance for all aspects of penetration testing. In his session, ‘Finding Chinks in the Armor: Getting More Value from Your Penetration Testing’, Ollam—who literally wrote the book on practical lock picking—will offer his insights along with real-world examples of the kinds of vulnerabilities that are present and growing all around us. Thursday, 12 September 10:30 – 11:15 am CT. Entering its 65th year, Global Security Exchange (formerly the ASIS International Annual Seminar & Exhibits) is an extensive and comprehensive event for security professionals worldwide, dedicated to addressing fast-paced changes across the industry with a focus on immersive learning, revitalised networking, and a reimagined exhibit floor.
ASIS International, globally renowned association for security management professionals, has announced a special addition to its keynote lineup for the Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2019, to be held September 8-12 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. On Monday, September 9, from 8:30 am – 10:00 am, Ian Bremmer, Ph.D., the geopolitical expert and author, will address GSX 2019 attendees to officially kick off the paid conference program. His discussion will center around navigating the current geopolitical landscape as it pertains to security risks and hotspots, with insights into global trends, politics and economics around the world—both in emerging markets and on the political front lines. Risk assessment Dr. Bremmer is an acknowledged expert in foreign affairs and risk assessment" “Dr. Bremmer is an acknowledged expert in foreign affairs and risk assessment who can speak directly to many of today’s pressing international security issues,” said Christina Duffey, CPP, President, ASIS International. “We welcome his global perspective and look forward to his exciting presentation as it will undoubtedly be timely and educational for all GSX 2019 conference attendees.” Dr. Bremmer is a prolific thought leader and author, regularly expressing his views on political issues in public speeches, television appearances, and top publications, including Time magazine, where he is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large. He holds a PhD in political science from Stanford University and is the founder and president of Eurasia Group, a political risk research and consulting firm, and the founder of GZERO Media, a Eurasia Group company that provides coverage of global affairs. Global Political Risk Index (GPRI) Dr. Bremmer is credited with bringing the craft of political risk to financial markets—he created Wall Street's first global political risk index (GPRI)—and for establishing political risk as an academic discipline. His definition of emerging markets—"those countries where politics matters at least as much as economics for market outcomes”—has become an industry standard. “G-Zero,” his term for a global power vacuum in which no country is willing and able to set the international agenda, is widely accepted by policymakers and thought leaders. In 2007, Dr. Bremmer was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, where he is the founding chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk. He is the Harold J. G-Zero World Newman Distinguished Fellow in Geopolitics at the Asia Society Policy Institute and serves on the President's Council of the Near East Foundation, the Leadership Council for Concordia, and the Board of Trustees of Intelligence Squared. Dr. Bremmer has published ten books including the national bestsellers “Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World”, “The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?”, and "Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World."
inter airport Europe 2019, the International Exhibition for Airport Equipment, Technology, Design and Services will be held from 8 - 11 October 2019 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. This year, the show once again presents the Excellence Awards in the four exhibition categories interTERMINAL, interRAMP, interDATA and interDESIGN. In addition, a Special Award will be presented in the category ‘interFUTURE’, in order to acknowledge the recent industry trend of the airport of the future. The submission of entries from exhibiting companies at this year’s event is now closed. A variety of innovative equipment, products and services has been submitted. The advancements cover the airport of the future, improved security systems, intelligent passenger and baggage handling systems and much more. Airport industry awards The ceremony will take place in the Seminar Theatre in Hall C6 of the Munich Trade Fair Centre The winners of the Awards are selected via an online vote which is now open. The entire airport industry is invited to participate in the vote on the official inter airport Europe website. Airport professionals have a maximum of five votes – for one winner in each category. Voting closes on 6th September 2019. The winning companies in each of the five categories will be presented with an award at the inter airport Europe Opening and Awards Ceremony on 8 October 2019, at 11am. The ceremony will take place in the Seminar Theatre in Hall C6 of the Munich Trade Fair Centre. All exhibitors, visitors and the press are cordially invited to join. The opening times of inter airport Europe 2019 are from 8th to 10th October, from 9:00 to 17:00, and on 11th October, from 9:00 to 15:00. The advance ticket sale starts from August via the Online Ticket Shop. Entrance tickets are available online at favourable prices. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased on-site during all four show days.
According to Ms Regina Tsai, the Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd, the key for exhibitors is to tap into the diverse pool of trade visitors that will be filtering through the halls of the fair next month: “As Vietnam’s largest business platform for safety, security, fire and smart building products, the fair is able to attract the right mix of decision makers and purchasing managers from across the region’s growing vertical markets. From the standpoint of exhibitors, the fair is an ideal place to showcase new solutions.” She added: “We are delighted to be setting a new record for exhibitor participation and we are looking forward to hosting a productive three days of business at next month’s show.” Another strong turnout Last year, the fair achieved its highest ever visitor turnout as over 13,800 buyers journeyed to the show Last year, the fair achieved its highest ever visitor turnout as over 13,800 buyers (2017: 12,097) journeyed to the show. Thanks to this year’s uptick in exhibitor numbers, fair organisers are anticipating another strong turnout from channel players, including distributors, systems integrators and end users from factories, industrial zones, hotels and construction projects. Exhibitors will hail from 21 countries and regions, including industry pioneers in their respective fields such as Avigilon, Bosch, Hanwha Techwin, Hitron, KPS, LILIN, PHUC BINH, Nha An Toan (a distributor of Hikvision and ABB products), and ZKTeco. Strong distribution channels Algatec, a renowned brand name in the global security lock sector, after exhibiting consecutively at Secutech Vietnam for seven years, commented that, “Secutech Vietnam has always been an effective platform for us to network and interact with our local channel partners as well as industry players from surrounding countries. Through the show, we can showcase our products and develop our presence in this region. This will eventually enable us to build strong distribution channels,” said Ms Shirley Ng from the company’s sales and marketing division. Secutech Vietnam this year, held concurrently with SMAbuilding, will bring together best-in-industry systems and solutions, including product categories from surveillance cameras and video analytics software to access control and management platforms. For added value, and to meet demands from the smart factory and smart building sectors, the solutions not only focus on security, but also management efficiency and energy savings. Smart factory sectors Fire and Safety Vietnam will return at the fair for its 12th edition While the smart building and smart factory sectors are recurring themes at the show, the fair will also provide coverage to the smart city, smart transportation and smart hotel sectors. The Singapore Pavilion will accommodate leading-edge suppliers in the shape of Kedacom, Force21, Multron, Servo Dynamic, Worldtags, Ubergard and Teleradio, who will showcase a variety of network cameras, management platforms, RFID products, biometric solutions and more. With support from the Fire Department, Ministry of Public Security, Fire and Safety Vietnam will return at the fair for its 12th edition. A supplier of specialist rescue and fire fighting equipment, Pacific and Fire AEC, will be exhibiting at the event following a successful first participation in 2018. “At last year’s show, we gathered more than 100 relevant contacts from sectors such as public and industrial safety as well as fire rescue,” said Mr Dirk Bloxham, the Managing Director of the company. Firefighting equipment “This helped us to develop additional sales channels for our fire hoses, fire nozzles and firefighting equipment. We take a long-term approach to building relationships with dealers and end users from Southeast Asia. The relationship building process will begin again at the upcoming edition of Secutech Vietnam.” The company will be exhibiting alongside D&C Vina, Funayama, Himax, Masflow, Naffco, Nittan, Secom, Sffeco, Yun Yang, VT Plus, Quoc Nam and many more. Besides rescue and firefighting equipment, trade visitors will also be able to locate extinguishing systems, alarms, valves, personal protection equipment (masks, specialist clothing, and gloves), CPR solutions, and fire dust detection systems at the event. Making a welcome debut will be the NFES Japan Fire Pavilion, while the Korea Fire Institute will also be represented at a dedicated pavilion. There will also be a fire truck display from VT Plus, and a rescue boat showcased by local company Tan Vien Dong.
CLS is proud to introduce at Interpol World Singapore 2019 its brand-new Maritime Awareness System, a unique state-of-the-art platform for maritime intelligence. Extracting actionable Intelligence More and more data are available in the maritime domain today, making it quite possible to monitor large and remote areas. But without the proper tools to extract the information that matters, sheer quantities of data are frightening, overwhelming - and unusable. Thanks to its brand-new MAS platform, CLS gives a key tool to extract actionable intelligence from large quantities of data at a glance. Big data & machine learning CLS’ Maritime Awareness System (MAS) relies on big data CLS’ Maritime Awareness System (MAS) relies on big data, allowing one to receive, store, process and query in real-time huge volumes of different types of data: AIS, SAT-AIS, LRIT, VMS, SAR and optical imagery or ship information. These data are the basis for performing real-time or historical surveillance on an area, fleet, or vessel of interest - and for raising alerts upon events or specific behaviours. Automated detection & data security Based on 30 years’ experience working with the maritime industry, CLS developed algorithms to perform automated detection of ship’s behaviour and to ensure integrity and quality of data. A Trusted Solution for all kind of illegal acts at sea MAS is a trusted solution, helping those who need the right information at the right time for the best decision with an unquestioned level of security & reliability.
2018 was a good year for integrators and manufacturers across the board. The economy has been strong which manifested itself in many ways but in particular construction was booming. This was very good for the security industry, especially those integrators and manufacturers who provide services and products in the commercial space. Two of the most unexpected things that impacted the market, and will continue to impact it into 2019, are the trade war and the rapid rise of interest rates. I have been monitoring both very closely and didn’t expect the trade ‘skirmish’ to escalate into the trade war it has become. Similarly, interest rates have started to rise which was a bit of a surprise and one that will definitely impact the nation’s economy and by extension our market. Upcoming cloud-based trends Cyber has definitely taken a strong foothold in the industry and with the continued expansion of cloud-based services I see three main trends coming in 2019. The first is the rise of cloud-based products and service offerings that security integrators will have access to. While we have had a few key players already offering cloud-based solutions for a couple of years on the video side in particular, I see this really picking up steam across all other security and life safety solutions. This really leads into the second trend which is integrators adjusting their business models to leverage these cloud-based solutions into recurring revenue models as managed security service providers (MSSP). The ability for integrators to develop their own managed service portfolio will be key; PSA is already working with several partners to help bring a portfolio offering to our membership which is really exciting. I anticipate that we will see about 10% of security integrators take hold of this new model in 2019 and then expect that number to increase by around 10% each year until the majority of the security business is cloud-based and integrators accept the new model of being an MSSP. Finally, of course is cybersecurity. Cyber has definitely taken a strong foothold in the industry and with the continued expansion of these cloud-based services, it will be more important than ever to integrators, manufacturers and end users alike. MSSP portfolio offering The more progressive security professionals will see cyber as an opportunity, a part of the MSSP portfolio offering, rather than just a threat that we have been talking about for going on five years. The winners in this market will be the integrators and manufacturers who can adapt to all these changes, leverage new technologies we are seeing with AI and cloud-based solutions, and those who stick to commodity-based solutions will be left behind. There are some remarkable things happening with AI technology, analytics, biometrics PSA’s growth has been remarkable. We have exceeded our own growth plans year over year and have also exceed the market projected growth marks as well. We continue to add more offerings to our membership to help them stay ahead of the curve, which in turn helps us to do the same. Right now, we are investing in programs that provide data to our integrators to help inform their business decisions. Data is key for any business and PSA has spent a lot of time working with developers and our integrators to understand what the most meaningful data is they need and how we can best deliver that to them by way of dashboards and reporting tools. Future technology advancements The biggest challenge we face is really tied to the higher interest rates that we have seen so far this year and what lies ahead. We help future fund projects for our integrators so when we see higher interest rates, we must closely monitor that and make business adjustments along the way as well to flex along with those rate hikes. I have been in this industry a long time so clearly my enthusiasm for what the industry is doing doesn’t fade. But what makes it really exciting right now is really related to technology advances. There are some remarkable things happening with AI technology, analytics, biometrics – you name it. It is a very tech heavy industry that people can feel good about being a part of and is an industry that will continue to grow so the opportunities are endless.
In 1973, a brilliant economist named E.F. Schumacher wrote a seminal book titled ‘Small Is Beautiful:’ taking an opposing stance to the emergence of globalisation and “bigger is better” industrialism. He described the advantages of smaller companies and smaller scales of production, highlighting the benefits of building our economies around the needs of communities, not corporations. In almost every industry or market that exists in the world today, you're likely to find a difference in size between companies. Whether it’s a global retail chain versus a small family-owned store, a corporate restaurant chain versus a mom-and-pop diner or a small bed and breakfast versus a large hotel chain — each side of the coin presents unique characteristics and advantages in a number of areas. Disparity in physical security industry Customers are drawn to products and services from large enterprises as the big names typically imply stability This disparity very clearly exists in the physical security industry, and differences in the sizes of product manufacturers and service providers could have important implications for the quality and type of the products and services offered. All too often, customers are drawn to products and services from large enterprises, as the big names typically imply stability, extensive product offerings and global reach. And that's not to say that these considerations are unwarranted; one could argue that larger companies have more resources for product development and likely possess the combined expertise and experience to provide a wide range of products and services. But the value that a company’s products and services can bring isn’t necessarily directly related to or dependent on its size. In an age where the common wisdom is to scale up to be more efficient and profitable, it’s interesting to pause and think about some of the possible advantages of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Typically, “small” companies are defined as those with less than 100 employees and “medium” with less than 500. Providing social mobility Schumacher argued that smaller companies are important engines of economic growth. Indeed, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a group of 36 member countries that promotes policies for economic and social well-being, SMBs account for 60 to 70 percent of jobs in most OECD countries. Importantly, SMBs provide resilience in that there are often large economic and social impacts when big companies fail. Smaller companies are better for regional economies in general, as earnings stay more local compared to big businesses, which in turn generates additional economic activity. SMBs are also better at providing social mobility for disadvantaged groups by giving them opportunities and enabling them to realise their potential. Smaller companies are often more innovative, bringing to the market novel technologies and solutions such as Cloud, analytics, AI, and IoT New companies introduce new technologies There's no denying the role of start-ups when it comes to innovation. In the security industry, many new technologies (e.g. Cloud, analytics, AI, IoT) are first brought to the market by newer companies. In general, smaller companies’ products and services often have to be as good or better than others to be competitive in the marketplace. They are therefore often more innovative, bringing to the market novel technologies and solutions. And these companies are also more willing to try out other new B2B solutions, while larger companies tend to be more risk-averse. Customer service Aside from the quality of products and services, arguably one of the most important components of a security company’s success is its ability to interact with and provide customers the support that they deserve. Smaller companies are able to excel and stand out to their customers in a number of ways: Customer service. Customers’ perceptions of a product’s quality are influenced by the quality of support, and smaller manufacturers often possess a strong, motivated customer service team that can be relatively more responsive to customers of all sizes, not just the large ones. A superior level of support generally translates into high marks on customer satisfaction, since customers’ issues with products can be resolved promptly. Flexibility. SMBs have a greater capacity to detect and satisfy small market niches. While large companies generally create products and services for large markets, smaller companies deal more directly with their customers, enabling them to meet their needs and offer customised products and services. And this translates to adaptability, as SMBs become responsive to new market trends. By having a pulse on the market, smaller companies have much more flexibility in their supply chain and can adjust much faster in response to changing demand. Decision-making. Smaller companies are much more agile in decision-making, while larger enterprises often suffer from complex, tedious and lengthy decision-making processes. Communication is easier throughout SMBs, as smaller teams enable new ideas to flow and can solve problems faster. Job satisfaction Employees working for SMBs connect more directly with the company's goals and objectives, which in turn increases motivation and job satisfaction Employees working for SMBs connect more directly with the company's goals and objectives, which in turn increases motivation and job satisfaction. SMBs are also generally more connected to local communities and participation in community activities leads to a greater sense of purpose. Additionally, SMBs have a much smaller impact on the environment, which is increasingly becoming an important consideration for today’s employees and customers. Though Schumacher's book takes a much deeper dive into the large global effects of scale on people and profitability, the general impact of a company’s size on its products and services is clear. It’s important for all players in the security industry to remember that the commitment and dedication to product quality can be found in businesses of all sizes. Ensuring safety of people, property and assets Large manufacturers may catch your eye, but small business shouldn’t be forgotten, as they can offer end users a robust set of attributes and benefits. While all security companies are aiming to achieve a common goal of providing safety for people, property and assets, smaller businesses can provide extensive value when it comes to driving the economy, innovating in the industry, providing quality employment and offering superior customer service.
Brexit will bring sweeping changes to the way the UK not only interacts internationally, but also internally. With the country standing alone with regards to trade and exports, it is vital for us to be fully prepared. However, there is one area that I think needs much greater scrutiny—the UK technical skills gap. Tellingly, there is a palpable shortage of technical training and skills right across the UK economy. With the country’s economic strength relying heavily on cutting-edge technology and knowledge, the UK security industry has particular reason to be anxious of movement restrictions on internationally sourced expertise and resources, as well as a potential ‘brain-drain’ of domestic talent. There is a lack of quantity and quality of home-grown talent in the pipeline, and there is a greater availability of talent from overseas Need for security education There are two distinct aspects that need to be addressed when you look at the requirements of the UK economy with regards to technical expertise. First of all, there is the quantity and quality of home-grown talent in the pipeline, and secondly, there is the availability and desire of talent from overseas wanting to work in the UK. In my own experience, it can be quite a challenge finding the best technical expertise (in the numbers needed) from the UK alone. Currently, alongside our British employees, our business employs a sizable amount of international security talent, ensuring we can fill key roles with exactly the right people. As well as sourcing expertise from abroad, I passionately believe we need to properly support and educate the next generation of UK security professionals too, ensuring we can also find the right talent closer to home in the future. T-Levels provide valuable business experience which can be lacking in traditional academic courses Technology-level training for modern needs It is frustrating to see the current skills gap—particularly as I felt the UK Government began moving in the right direction when it reintroduced the excellent national apprenticeships scheme a few years ago. There is no doubt we will always need excellent academic qualifications and people trained in research and development, but equally a stint in further education is certainly not for everyone! Undoubtedly apprenticeships are an excellent way of encouraging hungry young talent into any industry with on-the-job training. Importantly, this isn’t just academic training either—it also provides valuable business experience too, which can be lacking in more traditional academic courses. There has also been a lot of interest in ‘T-Levels’ in the UK. These are technology level courses that are designed to offer specific training for modern technology needs. It is very encouraging to see the promotion of technology education in this way, designed to appeal to students that are looking for a solid career in the UK technology sector. Apprenticeships are an excellent way of encouraging hungry young talent into any industry with on-the-job training Focus on engineering and vocational education Unfortunately, it seems the UK is still somewhat behind our European cousins when it comes to technology education and training. Germany, for example, is a country that has traditionally excelled in these areas. The education system in Germany has heavily focussed on engineering and vocational-based training programmes, which has seen noticeable benefits for its technology sector. The Germans have continued to focus on this for decades, meaning the country’s economy has an excellent pipeline of well-trained talent available. Taking this approach would greatly enhance training in the UK too, supporting up-and-coming talent and helping the next generation reach its potential. A healthy influx of highly talented individuals from across Europe has helped to fill the UK skills gap over recent decades Meeting business and technology needs A healthy influx of highly talented individuals from across Europe has helped to fill the UK skills gap over recent decades. Undoubtedly, like many British businesses we have significantly benefited from this open and vibrant skills market. With the fine details of Brexit being negotiated at the moment, I hope this valuable source of skilled professionals won’t be denied to UK businesses. Even if there are more stringent controls moving forward, the UK must continue to open its doors to this expertise—certainly until we can reap future generations of home-grown talent. It’s interesting (and somewhat ironic) that when you look at some UK universities’ engineering faculties, they often have half or over half of their students from other countries. The UK has world-renowned education facilities that we should be proud of, and yet paradoxically, we are still not educating enough UK engineers. There is a keen interest in technology from younger generations that needs to be nurtured Skill-based training for economic growth International trading and people movement will change after Brexit, but I hope there will also be a significant evolution in the education system to close the UK skills gap. The UK has some of the best educational establishments in the world and a long history of innovation and entrepreneurial skills to make our technology highly commercial. Frustratingly, there is a keen interest in technology from younger generations—just look how addicted young people are to their screens. This keen interest needs to be nurtured and career choices in technology encouraged. With the right training opportunities in place (university education, apprenticeships and T-Levels), the UK can easily implement the tools to create the right opportunities. However, what is really needed now is an impetus from political leaders to address training needs and ensure the economy continues to develop and grow to meet the challenges ahead.
From robots to drones to counter-drone solutions, a range of new technologies will be displayed at ISC West 2019. The Unmanned Security Expo will return, including a dedicated complimentary education theater for attendees offering sessions on a range of topics. UAVs, UGVs and autonomous systems Also included will be demos of the best UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), UGVs (unmanned ground robotics and vehicles) and autonomous systems on the market. The market growth for unmanned technologies being used for security and safety benefits is progressing at a rapid pace. Let’s look at some of the exhibitors in the 2019 Unmanned Security Expo: Cobalt Robotics' robots are purpose-built for a specific use case, providing after-hours support and security for corporate locations Cobalt Robotics' robots are purpose-built for a specific use case, providing after-hours support and security for corporate locations. Indoor environments, which are confined and controlled, present fewer navigation challenges for robots, which can quickly become familiar with the surroundings and navigate easily through an office space. Indoor robots can provide benefits beyond security, too, such as facility management, promoting employee health and safety, and emergency response Compact surveillance radar (CSR) system SpotterRF provides the world’s most advanced compact surveillance radar (CSR) system for affordable wide-area, all-weather perimeter security and small force protection. Incorporated in 2009, the company attained profitability quickly and is ahead of forecasts. Dedrone has remained at the front of the issue of drone threats, integrating installations to military bases, stadiums, public events, and private individuals. The company has expanded its operations to include a new office in Washington, D.C, and has continued to upgrade its DroneTracker software. DroneTracker is the industry’s first airspace security solution that includes automated summary reporting for instant diagnosis of drone airspace activity. Airspace security and drone tracker Magos Systems is a state-of-the-art radar technology and perimeter protection solutions provider Magos Systems is a state-of-the-art radar technology and perimeter protection solutions provider. Founded in 2007 in Israel, Magos first specialised in advanced radar solutions for the military and defense markets. In 2015, Magos’ technology was declassified, allowing the company to focus on developing best-in-class systems for the commercial security market. Today, Magos radars are used in over 30 countries in critical infrastructure, data centers, electric utility sub stations, and oil refineries as well as in other commercial verticals like vineyards and car lots. Now, Magos is positioned to see increased adoption of its solutions in the U.S. Patriot One Technologies Inc. develops solutions to detect concealed weapons, utilising novel radar technologies. Their innovative radar technology provides first responders and security personnel valuable time in active threat scenarios. The technology offers stand-off detection of concealed threats typically employed in public locations. These are just a few of the exhibitors in the Unmanned Security Expo. They represent technologies that will help to shape the future of the security marketplace.
There is a new event on the calendar for the security industry in 2019: The Security Event 2019, 9-11 April, at NEC, Birmingham. For additional details and a preview of the new trade show and conference, we spoke with Tristan Norman, Founding Partner and Event Director, The Security Event. Q: It seems recently that some trade shows have been on the decline in terms of exhibit size and attendance. Why does the physical security industry need another trade show? Norman: I think there are numerous factors that play into the decline of trade shows in general and not something that is limited to the security industry. Those events that are suffering are no longer serving their target market or have failed to adapt to the changes in the industry they serve. However, what we are seeing now is the rise of focused, more “evolved” trade events which fulfil a gap in the industry event calendar and provide something new and fresh to a disillusioned audience. Q: What will be unique about The Security Event, and what role will it serve in bringing together buyers and sellers in the market? Where (geographically) will attendees come from? What we are seeing is a rise of trade events which provide something fresh to a disillusioned audience Norman: The driving ethos behind The Security Event is that we are “designed by the industry, for the industry.” We were able to start with a blank canvas and take onboard all the feedback from stakeholders throughout the security buying chain and create an event that is sustainable and fit for purpose. We see the role of the event as a very important one – to truly reconnect the currently fragmented UK commercial security industry, back at the NEC in Birmingham. We had originally anticipated that this would be an almost-exclusively UK event in year one. However, we have seen significant interest from potential visitors from across the wider EMEA region who are keen to do business in the UK. We formed a strategic alliance with Security Essen to help facilitate and strengthen our reach in these regions through additional marketing and PR activities. Consequently, early registrations indicate that it will be approximately an 80% UK and 20% international split. Q: What conference programming is being planned to augment the trade show event? Norman: Content will be delivered across three focused theatres, serving the needs of our audience throughout the buying chain. Emphasis will be placed on the latest technology innovations impacting the industry, practical advice on the most pressing issues facing security technicians, and important industry updates and insights. All sessions are focused on delivering tangible benefits to ensure professionals are equipped to stay relevant and to grow their business and we’re excited to be working with key industry bodies, innovators and experts to deliver the programme. We look forward to announcing those in coming weeks. Exhibitors want to re-engage with the thousands of industry colleagues who no longer attend other events on offer Q: Comparisons to IFSEC are inevitable. How will The Security Event be different than the IFSEC Security and Fire shows? What are the advantages of locating at Birmingham NEC? Norman: Both The Security Event and The Fire Safety Event, based at the NEC are completely different to any other trade show in the UK. We pride ourselves in creating a business platform that puts the exhibitors’ needs first, by limiting the size of stands and total number of exhibitors as well as creating a comprehensive CPD accredited educational programme for the visitors. Q: Which big industry players are supporting the launch of The Security Event, and what feedback are you hearing in terms of why they signed up at the show's inception? If a global manufacturer has a footprint in both the US and Europe, any tradeshow will be managed locally Norman: Our founding partners are Assa Abloy, Avigilon, Anixter, Comelit, Dahua, Honeywell, TDSi, Texecom, Tyco and Videcon. The full list of exhibitors and supporting partners can be found on our website. The reasons why they have signed up are very simple. They all see the exact same gap in the industry event landscape as we do. We believe there is a need for a 3-day channel focused commercial security exhibition based at The NEC in Birmingham. Our exhibitors want to re-engage with the thousands of industry colleagues who no longer attend the other events on offer. Q: Your 2019 show will be the same week as ISC West in Las Vegas. Do you think the competitive calendar will be a factor? Norman: In terms of our both our audience and our exhibiting base there is very little overlap with ISC West. Generally, if a global manufacturer has a footprint in both the US and Europe, any tradeshow will be managed locally so we haven’t observed any issues so far. We do acknowledge that having two shows at the same time globally isn’t ideal and we have moved our dates in 2020 to the 28-30 April to mitigate this going forward. The Security Event 2020 will not clash with Las Vegas' ISC West 2020 as it will in 2019, says Norman Q: How will you measure success in the first year of the show? What measurements (show size, number of attendees, exhibitor feedback, etc.) will constitute a "successful" first year for the show?Security Event will continue to evolve year after year, but will intent to stay true to the event's original concept Norman: Great question – the most important barometer of success for me and the team next April is the general industry reaction, after all, this show was created for them. Furthermore, it is vital to us that our exhibitors feel they have achieved their objectives for the show, whether it be quality, quantity of leads or raising awareness of a new product launch. We’ll also be keen to understand how satisfied visitors are with the event, including their views of the content, access to new products/services, effectiveness of the out of hours networking, etc. We are anticipating 6,000 visitors over the 3 days and I believe if we achieve this goal, we will have a strong rebooking on site, laying a great foundation for our 2020 event. Q: How would you expect/hope the show would continue to evolve in coming years? Norman: I hope over the next few years The Security Event cements itself as the industry’s favourite trade show and that exhibitors and visitors alike look forward to every year for both the business opportunities at the event and the networking outside of it. The Security Event will continue to evolve year after year, but I am determined that we stay true to our original concept and the principles on which the show was founded. After all, it is this formula that has proved to be so popular to date.
Newly modernised halls with lots of daylight will house hundreds of exhibitions and conference events at the upcoming Security Essen 2018 at Messe Essen, Germany. A new layout and hall numbering system will be unfamiliar to past attendees but promises to simplify the experience as it brings together attendees and exhibitors. European physical security market Security Essen is an international trade fair, but the emphasis is more on German, Austrian and Swiss companies. In all, Security Essen will feature 1,000 exhibitors from 40 nations. The trade fair has more of a continental European “flavour” compared to IFSEC, which focuses more on the U.K market. At the last Security Essen in 2016, organisers reported about 40,000 visitors including conference participants, VIP guests, members of various delegations and journalists. Security Essen 2018 has more of a continental European “flavour” compared to IFSEC, which focuses more on the U.K market “This year, we have sharpened the profile of Security Essen,” says Oliver P. Kuhrt, CEO of Messe Essen, a trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. “The trade fair has become considerably more digital, more modern and more interactive. Due to the optimised hall layout, we are offering our exhibitors and visitors the best possible experience with short paths and direct communication.” Newly modernised Messe Essen The newly modernised site of Security Essen will encompass eight halls, newly renumbered and with the subject areas reorganised, too. Visitors will find Services in Hall 1; Access, Mechanatronics, Mechanics and Systems in Halls 2 and 3 and the Galeria; Perimeter Protection in Hall 3; Video in Halls 5 and 7; and Fire, Intrusion and Systems in Halls 6 and 7. A helpful smart phone app, downloadable free from the Google Play Store (Android) or the Apple App Store (iOS), will be available two weeks before the event and include a show floor plan; the exhibitor list with booth numbers and contact information; and an overview of the supporting programme. A separate hall – Hall 8 – will house new Cyber Security and Economic Security categories. Cyber Security Conference At the new Cyber Security Conference, located prominently at the new East Entrance, experts will share their knowledge about the more pressing challenges and potential of cybersecurity. The programme opens and closes on 25 and 28 September with the main topic “Opportunities and Risks of Cyber Security”. On 26 September, discussions and lectures will centre on “Entry, Admission, Access: Identification Options”.A helpful smart phone app, downloadable free will be available two weeks before the event and include a show floor plan On 27 September, the topic will be smart homes and focus on “Connected Building, Security in the Buildings of the Future”. Speakers will include the president of Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security, who will address cybersecurity as a challenge for politics, business and society. The fair organises the conference in cooperation with the BHE Federal Association of Security Technology and the technical support of the Federal Office for Information Security. In Hall 8, a new Public Security Forum will enable visitors to experience digital security technologies for public spaces from the areas of sensors/IoT, cyber security and surveillance. The products and solutions will be installed in four different building scenarios (town hall, school, hospital and library) and it will be possible to test them extensively. The forum, including lectures and discussions, will target municipal decision makers and planners of public spaces. Comprehensive programme A Security Expert Forum in Hall 2 will present a continuous programme with more than 90 presentations during the period of the fair. Visitors will obtain information and solution ideas about all six subject areas covered at the fair, and the programme will begin with a keynote lecture each morning and finish with a live demonstration in the evening. On the first day of the fair (25 September), Security Essen’s Career Forum will introduce retrainees, students, trainees and graduates to companies from the security industry. Targeted and professional communication will be established between companies and job applicants to facilitate making contacts, developing networks, and filling actual vacancies. Thursday (27 September) will be observed as Fire Prevention Day, and a Drone Course will be provided each day in Hall 7. One day admission to Security Essen is €41; a four-day ticket is €105. Advance sale tickets are discounted.
The Security Industry Association (SIA) has expressed strong support for MI HB 5828 and HB5830, two bills designed to improve school security across the state of Michigan. Michigan Legislation In a letter to Michigan House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Chairwoman Laura Cox and Vice-Chair Rob VerHeulen, SIA CEO Don Erickson praised the bills’ creation of a comprehensive school plan and fund to enable local districts to procure security solutions to protect students from malicious perpetrators and update building code requirements to include security measures. “Sadly, our nation’s schools have increasingly become a soft target for mass violence – at Sandy Hook Elementary, recently at Stoneman Douglas High School and in many other attacks,” said Erickson. “We support holistic approaches to improving school safety and security in response to these tragedies – recognising there is no single action that can be taken that will, by itself, make our schools safe.” SIA is a co-founder of the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), a consortium of school security experts Improving school security SIA represents about 900 security and life safety solutions providers – companies that develop, manufacture and integrate technologies that help keep people and property safe from hazards. These industry leaders strive to introduce robust security solutions integrated into our nation’s K–12 public schools, private academic institutions, colleges and universities. In addition to serving member organisations working to improve security in schools and other environments, SIA is a co-founder of the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS), a consortium of school security experts that developed threat- and income-based guidelines for schools housing grades K–12 to implement appropriate, layered security measures. These guidelines are available to help guide school investments. Additionally, PASS provides integrators with risk assessments and white papers that can be used when working with schools to evaluate and establish the best security protections for their buildings. SIA believes state assistance like that in the Michigan legislation is a start to addressing key security gaps in schools and is especially critical to high-risk school districts or those with limited budgets.
Round table discussion
Technology advancements often come with new terms and definitions. The language of our marketplace evolves to include new words that describe innovations in the industry. In the skilled hands of marketers, terms intended to be descriptive can also take a new element of ‘buzz,’ often presaging exciting developments that will drive the future. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What new buzzword have you heard, and what does it mean for the industry?