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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...

Hikvision will be demonstrating that it is more than just the world's biggest video surveillance manufacturer at the forthcoming Intersec show in Dubai later this month. Not only will be it be showing its new explorations in the development of intelligent data,  including its H.265+ video...

Reed Exhibitions is teaming up with local company, Major Events International (MEI) to put together a summit for those involved in the security of major events. The Major Events Safety & Security Summit, an event covering implications of security for major events and all crowded places will...

Genetec will be showcasing a number of new high-end security and surveillance systems at Intersec which will be held from January 22 to January 24, 2017 in Dubai. The company has expressed its confidence in meeting the growing demand in the Middle East region’s retail and...

Iris ID, a leading provider of iris biometric technology has announced the Qatar National Bank (QNB) has begun using its Iris ID identity recognition solution to authenticate customers using the bank’s ATMs. The technology increases transaction security and convenience by allowing customers to have PIN-free...

The Promise Surveillance Solutions Summit, held on December 7 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, brought together an impressive crowd of security professionals from throughout the Middle East excited to experience demonstrations and learn key insights on the surveillance industry’s hottest trends and technologies. Hosted by Promise...

The rise of IoT (Internet of Things), and its convergence with video analytics is set to have a profound impact on the Middle East video surveillance industry, as the regional security sector’s traditional boundaries continue to blur. Global security solutions providers at the upcoming Intersec 2017...

Nokia and the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) have entered into a strategic collaboration to drive the development of an end-to-end UAS ecosystem that will make the UAE the first country in the world to allow the operation of drones by both...

Non-state armed groups carried out more attacks in October 2016 than any other month in the past 12 months, with over half of them in the Middle East and Africa, according to new data released today by IHS Markit, a leader in critical information, analytics...

The vast majority of successful cyber-attacks come about due to human error - the so-called 'human firewall', a chief security strategist has warned. Steven Malone, who works for email and data security company, Mimecast, says that 91% of cyber attacks start with email and addressing these human...

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, officially opened the 37th edition of The Big 5 and the co-located Middle East Concrete and PMV Live shows this week. Thousands of construction industry professionals gathered at the Dubai World Trade Centre to...

FST Biometrics has appointed Gary Drutin as Chief Executive Officer, replacing Major General (res.) Aharon Zeevi Farkash, who will shift his focus to the areas of innovation and strategy development. “We are very excited that Gary is joining our team, given his outstanding sales and marketing...

Milipol Qatar 2016, the leading event dedicated to homeland security in the Middle East, opens its doors today (31 October) for its 11th edition since launching in the Middle East in 1996. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir...

The declaration from a Dubai Government official that worker lives are being put at risk due to firms failing to properly clothe and protect them has been supported by global health and safety companies and manufacturers of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Raed Al Marzouqi, head of...

More than 50 leading organisations and solution providers in the region came together for the GCC Governance, Risk and Compliance Forum at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek at the end of September. This cross-sector B2B forum attracted chief risk officers, chief compliance officers, heads...

Huawei is working with Intelligent Security Systems (ISS) to provide enhanced safe city surveillance capabilities to law enforcement agencies around the region. Intelligent Security Systems will share with Huawei its expertise on the integration of smart video surveillance camera solutions to complement Huawei’s innovative cloud-based intelligent...

A Nedap solution for long-range vehicle identification and safe and convenient access control has been installed by Alpha Plus Security & Alarm Systems at the Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZA). The uPASS solution  is said to provide convenient vehicle access without forcing tenants to stop their vehicle...

The Middle East market for security, safety, and fire protection is on track for double digit growth over the next four years, as regional governments and the private sector look for improved technologies to better protect assets, people, businesses, and borders. Led by the Gulf nations...

Humans are better at recognising faces than algorithms, according to research at a British University. According to research undertaken by the Applied Psychology Unit at the University of Greenwich, so-called ‘Super Recognisers’ are humans with extraordinary abilities in recollecting facial features. And for every one recognition...

  A former director of operations and intelligence at MI6 has raised concerns about the threat to national security through vulnerabilities in IP (Internet Protocol) connected CCTV systems including components manufactured in countries that have a reputation for state-sponsored espionage. In an article published by British newspaper, The Times,...

Genetec, a leading provider of open-architecture IP security solutions, has launched a Decision Support System (DSS) that will provide security professionals in the Middle East with new levels of situational intelligence, system visualization, and incident management. Called Mission Control the new software which will be available...

There is a growing market for mobile surveillance solutions with rapid deployment according to PureTech Systems who has just launched a new three-pronged sensor approach that provides advanced video detection and autonomous sensor control for mobile platforms of vehicles with a total setup time of...

International critical communications organisation, the TCCA (Tetra Critical Communications Association )has welcomed network operator, Bravo, as its newest Middle East member. Bravo is the only licensed national operator in Saudi Arabia to provide wireless PTT communication solutions to the enterprise, government and industrial sectors across the...

Shukri Eid has been appointed managing director of Cisco Middle East's East Region where he will lead Cisco’s business in the UAE, Oman, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen. Commenting on Shukri’s appointment, Mike Weston, vice president for Cisco Middle East said, “This is a dynamic time where...

Hikvision has launched a new range of thermal cameras for hazardous areas which will capture vivid, high-resolution HD video of moving objects at resolutions up to 640 x 512 pixels, unhindered by either darkness or inclement weather. The cameras also feature three innovative functionalities for image quality...

A team of European scientists have created a real-time, hand-held chemical sensor with stand-off detection capabilities that will increase airport safety, reduce car emissions, and combat unnecessary food wastage. The device can scan from a distance of up to 30 metres and is capable of instantaneous,...

Researchers in India have developed a small mobile ATM that uses iris and fingerprint recognition for transactions. Developed by Evolute Company, the handheld devices with biometric verification can deliver all the services expected from a traditional ATM such as cash withdrawal, cash deposit and balance...

Smiths Detection has been awarded contracts worth almost £19m by Falcon Group to provide advanced detection systems for passenger checkpoint, hold baggage and cargo screening to airports across Egypt. The award for X-ray scanners, people screening systems and trace detectors is part of national programme to...

An Iris biometric identity authentication system has been installed for employee time and attendance across all of Sharjah's Co-Operative Society retail stores. The IrisAccess iCAM7000, from US company Iris ID Systems, has been be connected to the payroll system at company headquarters and provide accurate employee...

IDIS has announced that it will be a platinum sponsor of this year’s Smarter Dubai Forum for Safety and Security taking place at the Sofitel Downtown Dubai hotel on 20th September 2016. Following the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Ben Rashid Al-Maktoom, the United...

G4S has announced the appointment of Alida Scholtz as CEO and MD for its UAE operations. She brings a wealth of experience from service industries as well as the manufacturing sector, and will be reporting directly to Claude Allain, president, G4S Middle East and India....

It’s a busy time for ONVIF, the IP-based standards organisation that creates open standards for the physical security market, with two profiles scheduled for final release in 2016 and yet another currently in development. ONVIF steering committee chair, Per Björkdahl, updates Security Middle East magazine. Profile...

IDIS has appointed Wael Tanoukhi to the position of technical manager to support its growing customer base in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Based out of the IDIS MENA regional headquarters in Dubai, Wael will lead pre- and after sales technical support across...

To meet growing demand in the Middle East for its award-winning integrated security, access control and operations monitoring solutions, US-based global corporation Maxxess has appointed Mr Majid Shaikh to join the company’s regional head office in Dubai. In his role as professional technical support and pre-sales...

Leading security exhibition, Intersec, is making its debut in Saudi Arabia, offering global suppliers direct access to the Kingdom’s vast market where security spending continues to rise. Organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East in partnership with Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE Group), the inaugural edition of...

Independent, third-party certification organisation BRE Global continues to strengthen its international presence by opening an office in the Middle East. Located in Dubai, the office will promote BRE Global services in fire and security, in particular the world renowned LPCB certification brand which covers certification of...

Restrata has secured a major agreement with The National Falcon Company to provide critical security services at two of Egypt’s largest airports. Under the terms of the contract, Restrata will deliver a six-month training programme for several thousand National Falcon personnel, who have been tasked by...