08 Jan Intersec 2024: Silver jubilee edition
Intersec has been going strong for an incredible quarter of a century and the 2024 edition of the show is set to be the largest ever. Find out more about what’s on offer at January’s must-attend event.
The Dubai-based show has more than earned its reputation as the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety and fire protection. Now, as it prepares to host its silver jubilee edition, show organisers have confirmed increased support from key UAE government bodies, as well as announcing a 20% year-on-year increase in international exhibitor participation.
In 2024, the show is taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 16-18 January, under the theme ‘innovating security tech for a quarter century’. And what a quarter century it has been. Back in 1999 automatic license plate recognition systems were being rolled out more widely across the Middle East, and the security profession was gaining momentum. But data theft was not yet daily news and CCTV cameras had their limitations.
Which brings us to now. A world where artificial intelligence is transforming those automatic license plate recognition systems and the way in which we secure people, places and information. And every day you can read about the latest cybersecurity breach while CCTV has transformed beyond recognition.
By bringing together buyers, sellers and decision-makers, Intersec is providing the perfect opportunity to stay ahead of the evolving security landscape and experience firsthand a raft of cutting-edge and innovative technology.
25 years of support
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the 25th edition of Intersec will see 1,000 exhibiting organisations from more than 60 nations – with around 25% of those appearing at the show for the first time.
In addition, some 45,000 trade visitors from all four corners of the globe will be attending the event. The show will be occupying 13 halls of the Dubai World Trade Centre with five broad product sections: Commercial and perimeter Security; Homeland Security & Policing; Fire and rescue; Safety and health; and Cyber Security – each offering tailored solutions and innovative ideas.
The show has received enormous support from the relevant UAE government entities. For example, Dubai Police and the Security Industry Regulatory Authority (SIRA) are affiliated with the security sector, while Dubai Municipality supports the safety sector, and the Cyber Security Council and Dubai Electronic Security.
Knowledge is power
But there’s more to discover at the show beyond the exhibitors. Intersec 2024 will also continue to set the stage for a safer and more secure world through its conference agenda. This includes the Security Leaders’ Summit which will explore trends in sustainable security and geopolitical risk intelligence; the Cyber Security Conference, which will delve deeper into the metaverse and its security risks and Zero Trust Architecture; and the Safety & Health Conference, which will focus on workplace safety and wellbeing.
Alex Nicholl, Group Commercial Director at Intersec organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “These conferences and workshops serve as the intellectual heartbeat of Intersec, providing a platform where pressing issues are dissected, innovative solutions are unveiled, and the seeds of progress are sown.”
Other interactive elements will also have their opportunity to take centre stage including the Drone Threats & Counter Measures Workshop; the Emergency Crisis Management & Communication Workshop; live demonstrations in the Attack Zone; a catwalk show of industrial safety gear at the Safety Walk; and the Future Defenders Hack Arena for both students and professionals.
The Intersec Awards will also be recognising outstanding achievements across key sectors and The Premium Club will be serving up a networking programme for industry professionals.
Nicholl added: “With two months to the largest edition of Intersec, we look forward to providing a platform for bringing the leading industry players together for three days of discovery, networking, knowledge sharing and most of all, driving the industry forward.”