28 Jan New record at Intersec 2019 as visitor numbers surge
The 21st edition of Intersec took place from 20-22 January 2019, attracting 35,889 visitors from 126 countries. Participants enjoyed innovative product launches, demonstrations and forged new business partnerships in security, safety and fire protection. The numbers reflect a 23 per cent increase over the previous year.
The Commercial Security section was one of the largest presences at the three-day event, with 375 exhibitors. Other sections were Fire and Rescue, Safety and Health, Information Security, Homeland Security and Policing, and Physical and Perimeter Security.
Andreas Rex, Intersec’s show director, said: “A lot of exhibitors used Intersec 2019 to not only announce important strategic business partnerships, but to launch their latest products for the global marketplace.” He added, “The visitor response has certainly been the most pleasing aspect of the show this year … We expect the 22nd edition of Intersec in 2020 to be even more successful”.
Intersec is supported by the Dubai Police, Dubai Police Academy, Dubai Civil Defence, the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA), and the Dubai Municipality. A further 35 international government partners, trade associations, and non-profit institutions also participated this year.
Dubai Police was among the hundreds of exhibitors launching their latest solutions, and this year unveiled a hydrogen-powered drone which will be used to survey mountainous and marine areas.
Nearly two-thirds of the world’s top 50 security manufacturers were also on-board, including 17 of the top 20 incumbents comprising Hikvision, Dahua, ASSA ABLOY, Bosch Security Systems, Axis Communications, FLIR Systems, Hanwha Techwin, Tiandy Technologies, Avigilon, Infinova, Optex, VIVOTEK, CP Plus, Nedap, Raysharp, Milestone Systems, and Kedacom.
Meanwhile, smarter and safer cities were key themes that resonated throughout Intersec 2019. This was underlined by a Memorandum of Understanding signed at the show between Smartworld, a UAE systems integrator, and Honeywell Building Solutions – the global leader in connected buildings – to implement digitally transformed, sustainable, safe and efficient buildings across the UAE.
Attracting the most attention on the show floor were AI-based security and surveillance systems with applications across safe city and smart home security systems.
High-definition IP-Network cameras and analytics software used across various industries ranging from banking and retail to hospitality and oil & gas were also among those drawing greatest interest.
Intersec is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The 22nd edition returns in 2020. More information is available at: www.intersecexpo.com