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Security Middle East editor, Claire Mahoney talks to Jamil Al-Asfar, senior sales manager, IDIS Middle East & Africa about the challenges involved in supplying one of the biggest bank security systems upgrade in the region The Middle East has some of the most stringent video storage...

The IP camera market is set to grow from its current market value of more than $8 billion to over $20 billion by 2025; as reported in the latest study by Global Market Insights, Inc. Rise in the demand for modern security solutions to enhance road...

Meraj Khan, business development manager - Critical Infrastructure, Axis Communication Middle East looks at how if you protect the core of your operations the benefits will be felt across the key security related areas of your organisation What is Critical Infrastructure? Critical Infrastructure is a broad...

Timothy Compston explores why the vetting and screening of airport workers is high on the aviation security agenda thanks to a series of major terrorist incidents The vetting of those employed at airports is one aspect of security that has been raised by many commentators as...

As one of the Middle East’s first companies dedicated to the pursuit of improving quality of life, Bee’ah is setting a benchmark in AI capabilities within the region and around the world through smart platforms. It has now teamed up with Johnson Controls and Microsoft...

Today the video surveillance camera technology landscape is changing beyond all recognition thanks to powerful 'system-on-a-chip' architecture. We lift the lid on today's cameras to find out more about the features being adopted including more advanced processing - like AI (Artificial Intelligence) based video analytics...

Timothy Compston checks out the latest Point-Of-Sale (POS) security solutions that are ringing the changes in the battle against customer theft and staff fraud including a new system gaining traction that advanced algorithms to deter the growing problem of theft at self-service check-outs There is little...

Doors are opening to the cloud for access control. Timothy Compston asks are there any hurdles that still need to be overcome for the cloud's wider adoption for access control? As more and more business functions become reliant on the cloud - essentially off premises computing...

A recent spate of drone incidents at two of the world's busiest airports over have brought anti-drone technology once again into the spotlight. Aviation authorities in Dubai however have been ahead of the game on this for some time as Philip Ingram MBE reports The closure...

“Today the industry still has the tendency to tackle common problems with proprietary solutions.” Security Middle East speaks to Johan Jubbega, president of the newly-formed Open Security and Safety Alliance which aims to offer of more collaborative approach to today's security challenges by offering specifications for a...

Philip Ingram MBE discusses his five trends for the security industry year ahead with Jamil Alasfar, senior sales manager Middle East & Africa with South Korean CCTV manufacturer IDIS and Johan Paulsson, CTO with the giant that is Axis Communications There are five major trends influencing...

The Middle East and Africa recorded a 27-fold increase in contactless transactions during 2017. Timothy Compston finds out whether contactless payment adds up security wise  The move to near field communication (NFC) - or radio frequency identification (RFID) - contactless payment methods is proving to be...

Body-worn camera specialist Edesix have already delivered their solutions to the Dubai Police. Now a growing interest in their products in the region as seen this fast-growing security tech company open a regional office and partner with leading VMS solution providers, Milestone and Genetec. We...

Tim Compston looks at the security techniques that are taking off at airports to pick up on suspicious items on passengers or in their baggage With the volume of passengers going through airports soaring at a prodigious rate and the ever-present threat of terrorism, operators are...

Timothy Compston looks at how security vendors are responding to the raft of different regulations and specifications across the Middle East for security and surveillance equipment When discussing regulations in the context of video surveillance solutions there are several factors which come into play. For example,...

Timothy Compston looks at how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is making an impact on security and surveillance In the wider world AI (Artificial Intelligence) is very much in the news, whether that be in the context of self-driving cars; the first AI computer system conducting a convincing...

Timothy Compston investigates the steps being taken by manufacturers to ramp-up cybersecurity and how such concerns are influencing purchasing decisions following the growing problem botnet/DDos incidents affecting cameras on the network Today, more than ever, providers of physical security systems are investing in cyber protection for their...

 Timothy Compston investigates the logic of deploying robots for security and public safety With the sight of security robots starting to patrol perimeters, shopping malls, and some police forces in the region even talking about deploying robots to supplement their existing resources, we consider how long...

Analyst Albert James Galloni looks at how intelligence generated by financial information can be a valuable asset in security terms  Financial services are one of the fastest-growing sectors in the Middle East, currently increasing in revenue, contribution to the GDP and strategic commercial importance across the Gulf...

Joe Charlaff finds out more about a new technique that claims to be able to detect whether a drone camera has you under surveillance  The use of drones for surveillance is no longer in the realms of science fiction. We are now in an era in...

Timothy Compston discovers that there is a real buzz around sound analysis for security and public safety The volume of security-related applications where sound is playing a role is certainly on the rise, whether that be on the biometrics front in the form of voice recognition...

Dubai Police and SIRA (the Security Industry Regulatory Agency) are about to extend the requirements for HVM bollards from the current requirements to protect buildings such as hotels, malls and high value stores to encompass ‘Crowded Places'. Security consultant Sam Samuels takes a look at...

The drive towards smart cities means that more transport systems are being integrated with traditional network surveillance equipment. But as the number of connected devices increases, so does the cyber risk. Philip Ingram reports   According to a 2016 EU Transport sector economic analysis report, transport plays...

Manufacturers of PSIM systems must stop penalising end-users with costly upgrades and maintenance agreements if the true benefits of integration are to be enjoyed, writes Stephen Smith, managing director of Integrated Security Manufacturing Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) systems have come a long way in an...

Changing Middle East government security strategies are opening up major opportunities for much needed security expertise in the region says ME based security consultant Jean Perois    In the GCC, critical infrastructure has seen a spectacular transformation. While in the past it focused on mainly hydrocarbon production...

Mobile surveillance solutions sometimes result in a compromise in detection performance and accuracy. But as Eric Olson explains, a new integrated sensor approach means that they no longer have to Perimeters are getting more and more complicated to defend, and at the same time, security budgets...

Timothy Compston takes the temperature of the thermal imaging market and finds there is a lot of hot competition and some cool contenders for market share The thermal camera landscape is changing fast as uncooled camera and sensor prices fall and more traditional video surveillance camera vendors add...

Hostile Vehicle Mitigation solutions specialists, Frontier Pitts, says that it has seen a surge of interest in its temporary and permanent barrier and blocker solutions over the last year from all over the globe. The company has been responsible for multiple projects of this nature in...

Cities around the world are adopting ever smarter, joined-up solutions to keep their citizens safe in the face of terrorism and crime, as well as ensuring other key aspects of city life – like traffic – are moving in the right direction. Timothy Compston reports   IHS...

The inaugural edition of Intersec Saudi Arabia concluded its debut run this May in high style, welcoming 6,131 Saudi trade buyers at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events. The visitor count was nearly double than what was anticipated by organisers Messe Frankfurt Middle East and...

In this special blog, Steven Malone, director of Security Product Management at Mimecast looks at what you can do to improve your cyber resilience in the wake of the recent Wannacrypt ransomware attack The global reach and considerable impact of the WannaCrypt (WannaCry/Wcry) ransomware is a wake-up call...

Timothy Compston navigates through the latest anti-drone solutions that have been developed to clip the wings of the soaring number of drones taking flight Few would argue that, when deployed correctly, drones – or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) – act as a powerful force multiplier for...

With Genetec this year celebrating two-decades in the security industry, Timothy Compston spoke to Pierre Racz, president and ceo, about cyber security, causing controversy and how he’s a software geek at heart   Pierre Racz, founded Genetec back in 1997. Since then, Genetec has been transformed into...

Philip Verner, EMEA sales director, CEM Systems/Tyco Security Products looks at the access control trends to that will be influencing the security market this year “There are many trends and topics which will dominate the security industry this year. These include the growth of ‘smart security...

Security companies, tech giants and telecoms providers are all jostling for a share of the smart homes market and planning for the anticipated moment when IoT goes mass market   Growing awareness and acceptance of automation technology among consumers, increasing internet connectivity and a well- developed infrastructure...

Johan Paulsson, CTO, Axis Communications gives his view on the top technology trends in the security market that will influence the industry the most in 2017   On a global level the world is going through turbulent times with conflicts, political uncertainty, an ongoing refugee crisis and...

Milestone Systems announced the appointment of a new regional director at Intersec. Christian Ringler takes over from long-serving Peter Biltsted who who recently retired. Claire Mahoney caught up with Christian at the show to find out how he plans to run Milestone’s regional operations. These days...

Claire Mahoney speaks to Costa Boukouvalas, CEO of Dubai-based surveillance storage company AgilityGrid about how their business has adapted and grown alongside the need for greater data storage and retention in the UAE ...

The demand for interoperability and multi-platform/device integration exploded in 2016. Jonathan Lewit, chair of ONVIF's Communication Committee and director of Technology Leadership for Pelto by Schneider Electric, discusses this uptake, as well as ONVIF's new profiles, the importance of member involvement and the organisation's vision...

Customer demand for better quality cameras to cope with emerging security threats is growing, say leading developers. SME reports. In the Middle East the CCTV purchasing trend over the last few months has been an encouraging one, according to leading manufacturers who are predicting a buoyant...

Stephen Smith, managing director of ISM, says some PSIM manufacturers are misleading the market, both in regard to what their technology is capable of and how much they should pay for the pleasure of installing it. "In the September/October issue of Security Middle East, an article...

Alida Scholtz was appointed as chief executive officer and managing director of G4S UAE in 2016. She tells SME about her leadership style and the wave of positive reforms she is implementing at the company I feel that as a leader you need to get your...

Leading PSIM developers are now Looking to offer integrated security systems aimed at the growing needs of Large scale enterprises and the increasing trend for smart city applications. SME reports PSIM solutions has been developed over the last decade to let organisations integrate unconnected security applications...

Security Middle East looks at the value of thermal imaging cameras for use in perimeter applications and finds that when it comes to accurate detection at a distance they are hard to beat ...

Do more CCTV systemsmake us more secure? According to Jean Turgeon, vice president & chief technologist at Avaya, it's all in the network. Millions of CCTV are being deployed around the world. Is this enough? Deploying more security cameras can only help in discouraging people from committing...

Every government around the world takes the safety and security of its elected representatives and personnel extremely seriously. This is certainly the case in Jordan where the 150 elected representatives in the national parliament recently benefited from a complete upgrade of their CCTV surveillance system. The...

There will be something for everyone at this year's IFSEC, be they manufacturers, distributors, installers and integrators or end users. SME provides a rundown of what to expect this June. Returning to ExCel London for the third year running, the addition of some exciting features looks...