Intersec 2016 Day 3 News Report
The curtains came down on Intersec 2016 in Dubai today, with exhibitor feedback confirming the 18th edition of the world’s leading trade show for security, safety, and fire protection as the most successful ever in terms of both technological innovation and international participation.
From humble beginnings in 1999, when it featured just 61 exhibitors from 13 countries, Intersec has developed into a global powerhouse, this year featuring 1,290 exhibitors from 57 countries, many of which launched their latest products in the international security and safety market.
And it’s no coincidence that they chose the annual three-day event as the prime launch platform, with exhibitors across the board confirming strong leads came by their stands to do business from as far away as the USA and Australia, to Romania and Turkey.
While still to be confirmed by organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, early indications are that the official visitor number count this year will by far surpass the 27,300 from 118 countries in 2015, as the show buzzed with activity across the seven focus areas of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Homeland Security & Policing, Safety & Health, Information Security, and for the first time in 2016 – Physical & Perimeter Security, and Smart Home. The Security Media Publishing team were told by many exhibitors that the quality of the visitors to their stands was better than ever.
Fibrenetix, a Danish manufacturer of Video Optimised Servers and Storage Solutions, was among the many international players launching new products to market, including its Armoured Vehicle Cameras and Long Range Cameras for Border Control and Homeland Security.
Jes Nagel, CEO of Fibrenetix, said many exhibitors and visitors choose Intersec as their annual ‘must-attend’ showpiece due to the ample business networking opportunities provided, while supportive regional government authorities openly welcome and adopt the latest technologies available in the market.
“Middle East rulers, especially those in UAE, are at the forefront of video surveillance and homeland security and understand the importance of having legislation in place to ensure public places, airports, hotels, shopping malls and ports are monitored 24/7,” said Nagel.
“They have legislated to ensure the density of cameras covering every corner of public spaces can be quickly and easily accessed by the authorities in case of an event. I feel that European governments have a lot to learn from rulers in the UAE and indeed the wider GCC with regards to public security, video surveillance, and homeland security.”
Exhibiting for the second time at Intersec 2016, Nagel added: “Intersec this year is even more international than last year, I’ve noticed. We have people coming here from Romania, Iran and Turkey which I didn’t expect. We would usually expect these types of visitors to attend big shows in Europe, however they are all coming here to see new technology and innovations so it’s an interesting development to see them come here and see the latest technology available.”
Turkish firefighting vehicle manufacture, Volkan, was among the debut exhibitors at Intersec 2016. Duygu Tecim, Corporate Communications Manager at Volkan, said the Middle East and North Africa accounts for 50 per cent of its export market, yet one of its most promising business leads over the three days came from the USA.
“Geographically many visitors are of course coming from the GCC countries as well as from Iran, India, and we even had two guests from the USA that are looking for a partnership to build a European specified fire truck for the American market,” said Tecim.
“We’re already working in the USA market but it’s good to meet with them here at Intersec. Roughly we’ve received more than 300 really serious leads that we can get in contact with following the show and start discuss potential partnerships.”
Harry Kwon, General Manager at Korean manufacturer IDIS, one of the world’s largest commercial security providers, added:
“This year Intersec had more visitors from both the international as well as local markets – it has been a very busy time throughout the exhibition with high footfall at our booth.
“Middle East customers require high capacity storage, so we have launched a new MVR that supports 130 terabytes and a new camera that covers 360 degrees view. Most important is that it also has self-standing ability. We are definitely looking forward to returning next year.”