The Middle East’s outstanding security and fire safety projects and products will share the spotlight next week, when they contest for the ultimate accolade at the region’s only awards ceremony dedicated to excellence in commercial security and fire protection. A stellar shortlist of 55 finalists from 150 entries has been selected for the inaugural Intersec Security, Safety and Fire Protection Middle East Awards, with the winners across 10 categories to be celebrated during a gala dinner on the 20th September 2018 at Dubai’s Habtoor Palace. Hotly contested fire categories include the Fire Protection Project of the Year, where the Dubai Frame, the Dubai Mall Fashion Avenue Expansion, and Route 2020 Metro Rail are among the five finalists. Meanwhile, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre Gate, Sheikh Zayed Sports City Stadium, and King Abdullah Economic City Hijaz in Saudi Arabia are the three finalists making the cut in the Security Public Assembly Project of the Year. It’s important to acknowledge the hard work and efforts that industry stakeholders undertake to ensure security and fire safety standards are maintained across the Middle East" The 1st Intersec Awards are organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, which also organises Intersec, the world’s largest security, safety, and fire protection trade fair which takes place every year and returns for its 21st edition in January 2019 in Dubai. Recognizing the work of security professionals Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “The Intersec Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the great work that security and fire protection-related professionals are contributing to keep our societies safe and secure, from manufacturers, authorities, consultants, and contractors, to the end-users and clients. “It’s important to acknowledge the hard work and efforts that industry stakeholders undertake to ensure security and fire safety standards are maintained across the Middle East, and we’re delighted with the industry response to these inaugural awards. “There have been exceptional examples of industry innovation in recent years, not only in functionality, but in other important areas such as sustainability, reusability, and aesthetics. The Intersec Awards brings the very best of these examples of industry best-practise, celebrated among industry peers and the public,” Pauwels added. Six security and four fire categories The Intersec Awards are good for the fire protection and security industries in general and particularly in the Middle East because they show the maturity that the industry has now reached in the region" The 1st Intersec Awards comprise six security categories (three project and three product categories), and four fire categories (one project and three product), with a 12-strong independent judging panel overseeing the shortlist and ultimately deciding the overall winners. Terry Johnson, Senior Fire Service Advisor at the Dubai Civil Defence, who was among the seven judges adjudicating the fire categories, said: “The Intersec Awards are good for the fire protection and security industries in general and in the Middle East in particular because they show the maturity that the industry has now reached in the region. “They also show how the industry has gained in confidence in its actual abilities over the past years, and there’s a shared benefit from all participating companies and stakeholders.” Driving innovation and improvements John Cowling, Director of AcuTech Consulting Group in the Middle East, who was part of the Security Categories judging panel, added: “Initiatives such as the Intersec Awards are beneficial because they drive innovation and improvements, thus motivating the regional security and fire safety industries to higher achievements. Security should be an enabler, and not prohibit operations, so we take a holistic approach to those that add value, and show new innovative designs" “They keep industry standards high because they promote competition, showing suppliers, manufacturers, as well as consultants that striving for continuous improvement adds value to the industry. “As judges, what we’re looking for is design, innovation and what adds value to businesses. Security should be an enabler, and not prohibit operations, so we take a holistic approach to those that add value, and show new innovative designs, which range from low tech and simplistic right through to the very high tech.” Seven key show sections at Intersec 2019 More than 250 industry professionals are expected to attend the inaugural Intersec Security, Safety and Fire Protection Middle East Awards in Dubai, which is partnered with Axis Communications as Platinum Sponsor, and ATEÏS as Categories Sponsor. The 21st edition of Intersec will take place from 20-22 January 2019 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, featuring more than 1,300 exhibitors from 59 countries, and covering the seven key show sections of commercial security, fire & rescue, homeland security & policing, physical & perimeter security, safety & health, cyber security, and smart home & building automation.
Many security professionals from across the globe will look to establish partnerships at Intersec 2018 Favourable government initiatives towards energy efficiency, a resurgent construction sector, and the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), will turn the Middle East smart home market into a US$1.86 billion dollar industry by 2022, according to a recent study. The Middle East Smart Home Market report, authored by analysts TechSci Research, said demand for smart lighting, HVAC, security and access control, entertainment, and other IoT-connected home devices will grow 28 per cent annually, with revenues more than tripling in value from an estimated US$536 million in 2017. Fast growing smart homes The December 2017 study said video surveillance, intrusion and fire detection, along with access control would be among the fastest growing smart home segments, with revenues from these applications reaching US$332 million by 2022, up from US$91 million in 2017. In the GCC, high per capita incomes and growing preferences for luxurious, networked and high-tech homes is also a key factor, with the UAE (US$203 million) and Saudi Arabia (US$182 million) comprising 38 per cent and 34 percent respectively of the entire Middle East smart home market in 2017. The two Gulf countries will hold a similar market share right up to 2022 according to the report, opening up plenty of opportunities for suppliers of home automation, security, entertainment, and energy management. Many players from across the globe will look to establish partnerships with regional real estate developers, consultants, integrators and installers at the upcoming Intersec 2018 exhibition in Dubai. Smart Home Pavilion The three-day security, safety, and fire protection trade fair runs from 21-23 January 2018 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, and features a Smart Home and Building Automation section. More than 30 of the event’s 1,300-plus exhibitors will be part of a dedicated Smart Home Pavilion, where they’ll showcase their latest home automation, security, access control, energy management systems, and multimedia technologies. Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Intersec’s organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “Smart, networked and tech-driven homes are making the transition from the realms of fantasy to reality, as increased consumer awareness, favourable legislation, and falling installation costs drive smart home demand across the world.” Security is integral “In the Middle East, security is an integral part of a home’s infrastructure, and deployment of security and access control systems such as wireless locks, IP-enabled devices, and iris detection systems, is increasing.” “The technology allows home-owners to monitor activities through their smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices from anywhere and anytime, and the latest solutions in the market will be on show at Intersec 2018’s Smart Home and Building Automation section.” Global manufacturers Bird Home Automation from Germany, and Italian companies Videx Electronics, FDF, Ksenia Security, and AVS Electronics, are among the global manufacturers sharing the stage at Intersec 2018’s Smart Home and Building Automation section, which at more than 300sqm, is 15 per cent larger than the previous year. First-time exhibitor Ksenia Security will launch Lares 4.0, an IP-based integrated smart system where users can control through a single source the entire home eco-system, including access control, CCTV, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), along with other IoT-connected devices, such as entertainment systems. Mobile user interface Flavio Zarlenga, Sales and Marketing Director at Ksenia Security, said Lares 4.0 can be controlled at home with a mobile user interface or remotely via a dedicated mobile App. “It’s possible to receive, even by e-mail, not only main alarm signals but also important information about the system status, while by means of the integrated web-server, users can remotely manage the system using smartphones or tablets,” said Zarlenga. “Lares 4.0 represents by far the most advanced and reliable solution in the digital revolution for both security and home and building automation.” “It can control lights, climate, irrigation, doors, windows, or any type of IoT-connected appliances, on top of all the security aspects such as video surveillance, intrusion detection, or access control. We’re fully aware of the huge potential in the Middle East Smart Home and Building Automation market, and totally confident in our new IoT Solutions to meet and exceed expectations,” added Zarlenga. Latest versions of audio and video access control kits “Our platforms are already fully integrated with the most important Home Automation Systems and, via cooperation with our local partners, we’ve recently developed some interesting projects in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, and Bahrain.” Elsewhere, Spanish manufacturer Fermax, a specialist in audio and video door entry systems, will showcase its latest versions of audio and video access control kits, along with new IP solutions for building communications and security. Elena Ravello, Brand Manager of Fermax said the company already has a strong presence in the Middle East, having worked on several projects across the region: “Fermax has been in the Middle East for more than ten years, and our door entry systems are installed in top reference constructions such as the Palm Jumeirah UpTown Motor City, and Princess Tower in Dubai,” said Ravello. Residential and commercial communications “Fermax targets residential and commercial communications along with the security markets, and Intersec gives us the opportunity to launch new products, explain personally the technical specifications and the benefits of our products as well as show their operation. We also want to enhance our brand globally, and we take advantage of this big event to meet our partners and customers, and of course find new clients from all the Middle East, North Africa and Asia regions.” AVS Electronics will also debut its new range of Raptor wireless home automation control panels at Intersec 2018, where it will demonstrate its KNX/MODBUS interface for seamless operation. CEO Fabio Baro said: “The latest trend in the smart home market is towards integration within systems. The more a solution can be integrated with other applications in today’s smart home environment, the more successful that solution will likely become.” New developments at Intersec 2018 Others at Intersec 2018’s Smart Home and Building Automation section include Nuesmart with its smart battery lock and CP Plus with its range of home automation solutions including VOIP-based services. In its 20th anniversary edition, Intersec 2018 will occupy 59,000sqm across 12 halls, with the show’s other six sections covering Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Perimeter & Physical Security, Information & Cyber Security, Safety & Health, and Homeland Security & Policing. New developments include a Drones Pavilion and an indoor Drone Zone, while returning features include the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion in the Fire & Rescue section, as well as an Outdoor Demonstration Zone of the latest fire rescue applications in action. A comprehensive three-day conference programme will be spearheaded by Dubai’s Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) Forum, while other topics will cover cyber security, drones, artificial intelligence, commercial security, and fire protection. Intersec 2018 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and supported by the Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defence, the Dubai Police Academy, SIRA, and the Dubai Municipality.
The Middle East homeland security market is on course for significant growth over the next five years, with revenues more than doubling in value from an estimated US$9.6 billion in 2017 to US$19.7 billion by 2022, new research has revealed. According to analysts Frost & Sullivan (F&S), the regional homeland security market, comprising monitoring and surveillance systems, restricted entry systems, and perimeter security solutions, will grow annually by 15.5 percent between 2017 and 2022, fuelled by security investments in major infrastructure projects and the ongoing expansion in the building and construction industry. Prioritizing Public Safety Saudi Arabia and the UAE dominate the regional market according to F&S, with Saudi holding a 45 percent share of revenue in 2017 The growth is particularly evident in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as governments prepare to bolster internal security measures in preparation for large-scale global events such as the Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022, and the Dubai Expo 2020. Saudi Arabia and the UAE dominate the regional market according to F&S, with Saudi holding a 45 percent share of revenue in 2017 (US$4.3 billion, followed by the UAE with a 16.6 percent share (US$1.6 billion). Demand is high for integrated solutions, with regional governments prioritizing public safety and security of critical assets. In response, global players are lining up their latest wares at Intersec 2018, the trade fair for security, safety and fire protection. The 20th edition of the three-day event takes place from 21-23 January 2018 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, and features a Homeland Security & Policing Section. Airport Security Technology More than 100 of the 1,300-plus exhibitors will showcase their frontline range of products and solutions at the dedicated show section, from airport security technology, armored vehicles and Special Forces equipment to electronics, surveillance and detection systems. “Vulnerability of large infrastructure has been a matter of concern for Middle East governments, prompting investment toward enhancing homeland security,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Intersec’s organizer Messe Frankfurt Middle East. “Internal police forces and public infrastructure projects, including street utilities, public car parking, stadiums, roads and buildings, will create huge demand as regional countries, especially in the GCC, look to create a smart and secure environment. For its part, Intersec has served as an unmatched business facilitator and networking platform for the international safety and security community for the last two decades. The exhibition has proved to be a popular launch pad for many security solutions in use today that ensure the safety and security of society and citizens,” he added. Technical Security Equipment Ironically, a notable Homeland Security & Policing exhibitor at Intersec 2018 specializes in counter surveillance According to F&S, monitoring and surveillance will account for the largest share of the Middle East homeland security market, and is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.5 percent to reach US$9.5 billion by 2022, from US$4.4 billion in 2017. Ironically, a notable Homeland Security & Policing exhibitor at Intersec 2018 specializes in counter surveillance; Research Electronics International (REI) has designed and manufactured technical security equipment to protect against illicit information theft and corporate espionage for more than 30 years. The US-headquartered company will showcase a suite of portable technical surveillance countermeasures equipment that quickly detects electronic surveillance devices including hidden cameras and microphones, eavesdropping bugs, and other transmitters. Counter Surveillance Technology Michael Scantland, International Sales Manager of REI, said due to the sensitive nature of the counter surveillance industry, the discovery of illicit eavesdropping devices is not universally shared. “Wrongful exposure of sensitive information including merger or acquisition planning, financial projections, or executive behavior can severely harm an organization,” said Scantland. “The mere perception of compromised information can lead to stock decline, negative publicity, damaged business relationships, and loss of customer confidence. From a counter surveillance perspective, there’s a growing trend where traditional eavesdropping techniques are coupling with advanced technology to create a greater threat. Examples include GSM-modified wireless keyloggers, Wi-FI IP cameras, and security cameras being hacked using malware and infrared light. As technology advances, these trends will continue,” Scantland added. Perimeter Security Solutions That will come as good news for Russian manufacturer RADIOBARRIER, which will introduce at Intersec 2018 its Autonomous Perimeter Security System According to F&S, upcoming stadiums for the Qatar World Cup 2022 and public transportation projects are set to boost the Middle East Homeland Security market’s restricted entry systems segment from US$3.14 billion in 2017 to US$6.18 billion in 2022, growing at a CAGR of 14.5 percent. Backed by several cultural and political infrastructure projects, especially in Saudi, perimeter security solutions will also double in size, growing at a CAGR of 14.8 percent, from US$2 billion in 2017 to US$4 billion in 2022. That will come as good news for Russian manufacturer RADIOBARRIER, which will introduce at Intersec 2018 its Autonomous Perimeter Security System, an Unattended Ground Sensor-based system for area surveillance and perimeter protection for zones with no power and communication infrastructure. Infrastructure Protection CEO Ravil Kalimulin said RADIOBARRIER is an ideal security solution for a wide range of public and commercial applications, from oil well clusters, refineries, nuclear plants and power towers, to remote facilities, military and air bases. “RADIOBARRIER is currently supplied to 25 countries and is securing more the 7,500 km worldwide,” said Kalimulin. “Intersec 2018 has been selected as a universal platform to showcase our products in the Middle East and North African region focusing on homeland security and infrastructure protection and to open up the new niche for us. We are at the demonstration stage in the region at that moment, but we’re sure that our system is in high demand and would be used in coming projects in the region very soon.” Critical Infrastructure Projects This is inclusive of everything from oil and gas sectors to sea and airports to critical infrastructure projects, as well as numerous other sectors" Elsewhere, another USA based manufacturer Gatekeeper will shine the spotlight on its Automatic Under Vehicle Inspection Systems (AUVIS) as well as both Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR) and Driver-focused (DriverCam) camera systems. Christopher Millar, CEO of Gatekeeper, said the versatility of its products, inclusive of the overall solutions provided, means its target markets are varied and wide. “This is inclusive of everything from oil and gas sectors to sea and airports to critical infrastructure projects, as well as numerous other sectors,” said Millar. "We’ve noticed an active change in the market for which customers and consumers are looking for pre-existing or new screening technologies that work automatically. This feature alone is what Gatekeeper prides itself on, in which we apply automated solutions to each and every one of our products." Biggest Security Exhibitions Also looking to make an impact with its long range motorized zoom lenses and fixed focal length lenses is VS Technology from Japan. The company designs and manufactures a range of over 500 machine vision lenses as well as a complete range of customized lenses. VS Technology’s Yamano Security Lens division also manufacturers some of the world’s highest quality CCTV lenses. Tatsushi Oda, Managing Director of VST Europe, said, “The main reason for exhibiting at Intersec is to improve our presence in the market. In addition, it’s a great opportunity to showcase our product range in one of the biggest security exhibitions worldwide. We’ll demonstrate our recently developed long range motorized zoom lenses, and at the same time, we’ll show off our near infrared as well as short wave infrared fixed focal length lenses for the first time. These can be used in facial recognition or number plate recognition systems.” Indoor Drone Zone Intersec 2018 will occupy 60,000 sqm across 13 halls, with the show’s other six sections covering commercial security, fire & rescue Intersec 2018 will occupy 60,000 sqm across 13 halls, with the show’s other six sections covering commercial security, fire & rescue, perimeter & physical security, information & cyber security, safety & health, and smart home & building automation. New developments include a Drones Pavilion and an indoor Drone Zone, while returning features include the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion in the Fire & Rescue section, as well as an Outdoor Demonstration Zone of the latest fire rescue applications in action. A comprehensive three-day conference programme will be spearheaded by Dubai’s Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) Forum, while other topics will cover cyber security, drones, artificial intelligence, commercial security, and fire protection. Intersec 2018 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and supported by the Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defence, the Dubai Police Academy, SIRA, and the Dubai Municipality.