Intersec 2017: A Review by GIT SECURITY
Impressions, Highlights and the Exhibition App
Intersec 2017 concluded January 24th at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition, with a new record in exhibitor and visitor participation ensuring the three-day event wrapped up proceedings on an all-time high.
According to organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, Intersec 2017 attracted 33,501 visitors from 129 countries, as they sourced solutions and networked with 1,304 exhibitors from 58 countries spanning 56,300sqm of exhibition space.
The five per cent year-on-year growth in both visitor numbers and exhibition size underlined the international importance of the annual showcase, where more than 150 exhibitors launched products across the seven show sections of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Information Security, Smart Home & Building Automation, and Physical & Perimeter Security.
“The Middle East commercial security, homeland security, and fire safety market continues to grow, and consequently there’s a strong need for technological advancements in solutions in terms of features, specifications, and upgrades,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East. “In an industry that is constantly evolving, and where more and more projects are being released into the market, the need of the hour is to be present at the right time with the right solution.”
“With its wide spectrum of the latest safety and security solutions and varied range of cutting-edge products from leading international brands, Intersec plays a crucial role by putting global and local providers directly in touch with regional and international buyers. The show’s success is due to it being able to efficiently provide market-specific solutions.”
The GIT SECURITY Hightlights
The GIT SECURITY Team was onsite and found some interesting developments and we would like to share our impressions and highlights and impressions with you. With 83 per cent of exhibitors based outside of the UAE, Intersec’s international participation was spearheaded by a 10 per cent year-on-year increase in exhibitors from Germany and the UK, as 82 German companies (64 pavilion and 18 standalone exhibitors) lined-up alongside 143 British companies (86 pavilion and 57 standalone exhibitors).
Key features this week at Intersec 2017 included an Outdoor Demo Area & Drone Zone, a Jobs & Careers Pavilion, the Techtextil Pavilion, a Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion, and a Smart Home and Building Automation Pavilion.
Video Surveillance Is Not A Commodity
This year, the video sector emphasised immensely on analytics and intelligent streaming as well as solutions. Intersec 2017 featured 17 of the world’s top 20 security solutions providers, including Avigilon, a Canadian-based full solutions provider of video analytics, network video management solutions, surveillance cameras, and access control solutions. Dave Dalleske, Vice President of EMEA Sales at Avigilon, spoke of the latest developments in Avigilon’s Appearance Search video analytics technology, a sophisticated search engine that sorts through hours of footage to locate a specific person of interest across an entire site.
But there is more to see on the video market: Bosch for example extended their video surveillance portfolio especially in the field of intelligent streaming for bandwidth reduction and intelligent noise reduction. They also showed their new services and solutions for both high-end and mid-range applications.
If visitors were looking for safe camera solutions for video surveillance applications within hazardous areas, Hikvision was one of the places to go, because they showcased their latest products. Idis not only celebrated their 20th anniversary at the show but revealed also new solution-based products and the Idis Solution Suite, an open architecture and enterprise-level video management software (VMS), that offers a highly responsive and cost-effective modular design and comes with free software and firmware updates.
While there are more and more multi-sensors to see on the show floor, the pioneer for multi-sensor cameras Arecont Vision take the necessary steps to stay at the forefront of technology. Arecont Vision has expanded their popular SurroundVideo panoramic indoor/outdoor camera series with fifth generation models that deliver important new features in a smaller size. These compact SurroundVideo G5 Mini cameras are the latest addition to the ground-breaking SurroundVideo multi-sensor panoramic family.
Pelco by Schneider Electric on the other hand was showcasing several of its latest solutions designed to address the challenges of vertical markets in the Middle East region. From the company’s powerful open platform VMS control and integration platform to explosion-proof HD cameras and new advancements in IP megapixel imaging, visitors to the Pelco booth found specific solutions they need to best secure their unique environments.
With new IP camera models and state-of-the-art video analysis functions, German security manufacturer Abus is positioning itself as a quality producer of video technology. The latest Abus IP cameras feature functions such as excellent backlight compensation and intelligent analysis functions like tripwire detection or intrusion detection.
The big video management heavy weights Genetec, Milestone and OnSSI/Seetec concentrated on presenting new versions of their VMS and demonstrated how strong their partner network is.
Access Control On The Rise
In this past year, it has been interesting to look for news on the access control market knowing that rather big developments were and still are in the making.
Morse Watchmans followed the integration trends with its new generation CPU for its KeyWatcher Touch. Salto on the other hand presented the new totally new reader Salto XS4 One, a part of the innovative Salto XS4 2.0 platform which offers a wide range of comprehensive and versatile products and allows Salto to provide a complete access control solution for diverse sectors. Salto also showed its innovative JustIN Mobile solution that allows cell phones to be used as access control credentials and the new Salto\KS cloud-based electronic locking solution.
Galaxy Control Systems showcased their advanced access control solution in interactive demonstrations that represented real-life applications. One could see the System Galaxy integrated with optical turnstile and door management solutions, time and attendance products, visitor management systems and smart card readers.
At the Simons Voss stand three solutions were in the spotlight: Door Monitoring Visualization, the virtual network and thirdly the online version of Mobile Key.
Paxton showed its access control system Net2, an advanced PC based access control solution. Net2 offers centralised administration and control of sites from one to thousands of doors and with up to 50,000 users.
Assa Abloy highlighted integrated, wireless, IoT-powered access control for businesses and homes. Among the innovations were key-based wireless access control. Cliq was on display, a security locking system based on high-end microelectronics, programmable keys, cylinders and padlocks. The Aperio battery-powered wireless locks integrate seamlessly with third-party access control systems from several market-leading manufacturers, allowing companies to extend access control to more doors without breaking the bank.
The new wAppLoxx access control system from German security manufacturer Abus comes with an innovative security concept, enabling the convenient opening or closing of the door either on site or on route using web or app access.
Dom Security is an independent European industrial group and a leading specialist in security products and services, dedicated to mechanical and electronic access solutions. What we saw at Intersec: Dom’s mechanical and digital locking solutions for large organizations, mechanical and digital locking solutions for home owners and small businesses, and latest locking equipment for industrial groups providing turnkey solutions.
Fire and Perimeter
Also seen at Intersec in Dubai: UK fire protection manufacturer Kentec, offering the most comprehensive range of conventional, analogue addressable fire detection and extinguishant control panels available. Custom build service is also highly regarded in the industry and utilizes Kentec´s expertise in control panel technology to design and build high quality product to exacting customer specifications. More recently Kentec has further increased their range and launched a Marine approved range of Analogue Addressable control panels. Many of Kentec’s products are tested and approved to international standards such as EN54, EN12094, UL and FM.
Italian perimeter protection specialist Sicurit presented their flagships - brand new IP Native Dual Technology and IR beam barriers designed for seamless integration and unparalled detection performances in extreme environmental conditions. Main vertical markets served (but not limited to) are: government buildings, airports, seaports, military sites, nuclear plants, refineries, communications facilities, industrial sites and any site requiring maximum security.
Successfull intersec Dubai App by GIT SECURITY
In collaboration with Messe Frankfurt Middle East, GIT SECURITY provided the exhibitors and visitors with a handy tool: The official intersec Dubai App. The GIT SECURITY team was proud to receive great feedback from a lot of visitors. Almost 3,000 users downloaded the truly remarkable tool with a 3D floor plan, highlights, theme tours and used it to navigate through the halls visiting intersec 2017.
New this year: a funny selfie feature function. Myriads of visitors took a selfie and sent their greetings around the world.
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