May. 14, 2018

News From London East End: IFSEC 2018 Show Preview

Security is the world’s most critical challenge and Ifsec International is here to drive global safety. It is here to innovate, inspire and transform professionals, products and places. The global security landscape has shifted. 2017 saw attacks take on new shapes, become more insidious and more intrusive. In order to keep pace with these ever-evolving threats, Ifsec is evolving too – with a change directed by Ifsec’s visitors from 19th – 21st June 2018 at ExCeL London.

2018 marks the beginning of Ifsec’s evolution, with three carefully curated days designed to give answers to security questions keeping the industry up at night. Ifsec’s unparalleled seminar programme is a testament to this.

IFSEC Keynote Arena
New to 2018 and in partnership with City Forum and London First, the Ifsec Keynote Arena will welcome leading security strategists from government, academia and industry to drive and reflect on topics around ‘Securing The Open Society of 2030’. By taking a pivotal role in leadership and attracting a world-class calibre of speakers, this feature sets a new standard for security events around the world.
The brand new Keynote Arena will also connect visitors to inspirational global learnings from industry pioneers, including Christian Horner, Team Principal of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Frank Gardner, the only British journalist permanently assigned to cover the ‘War on Terror’ as they tackle today’s biggest security questions across CCTV, cyber criminality and emerging threats.

Connecting Physical Security and IT
Also new to 2018, the Converged Security Centre, by Vidsys, which complements the show’s focus on the convergence between physical security and IT, striving to help understand the role as an installer, integrator and end user. Powered by the pioneering architects of Converged Security and Information Management, this will feature a range of simulations and case studies detailing the capabilities of a fully converged security system.
Ifsec is evolving and is designed to deliver the message that security is critical in today’s society.

Security professionals around the world are asking to be shown their way around the future of integrated security, and Ifsec 2018 has been built around this request. Following extensive research, Ifsec’s focus is expanding to encompass the growing convergence between physical and cyber security.

Attack Testing and Drone Zone
The Borders & Infrastructure Expo is home in the heart of dedicated areas: The Future of Security Training Theatre, the Drone Zone, the BRE Global/LPCB Attack Testing Zone and the adrenaline-packed finals of the Engineers of Tomorrow competition. Collectively, Borders & Infrastructure Expo focuses on products, solutions and learnings for large scale security issues faced by border control, critical national infrastructure, transport, healthcare and key strategic assets. Watch expert technicians from LPCB/BRE put perimeter and protection solutions to the test in a series of real-life attacks, live on the Ifsec show floor. Witness LPCB accredited fencing, shutters, doors and covers tested against non-certified alternatives and see how they fair. Back for its third year, the Drone Zone is larger than ever before. Exhibitors with drone and anti-drone technology will be once again brought into a dedicated area of Ifsec to showcase their high-quality UAV products. It is a unique chance to see the live application of UAVs and better understand how they can help you protect your business and play a critical part of contemporary security management.

‘Show me How’ Demonstrations
In response to the pleas of the global security industry, Ifsec 2018 will show how to install the latest kit, show you what it does and show you what it takes to maintain it. Ifsec will show how everybody can take advantage of emerging opportunities and which vendors to trust. A vital part of this are the ‘Show me how’ demonstrations: Wherever a designated technician or enabler is wearing a Show Me How badge, visitors can expect a detailed explanation of a product. Ifsec will bridge the knowledge gap, and take the lead on demonstrating the latest technology. Make real-world sense of products through hands-on demonstrations.

The Global Security Conversation
Ifsec International is also introducing the Government Pavilion, new for 2018. The Government Pavilion adds further momentum to the show’s mission to host the global security conversation. In connecting the wider security industry to governmental bodies in such a way, Ifsec acts as the vessel of communication, driving and reflecting on critical industry movements whilst providing leading bodies with the platform they need to share their expertise and answer the questions security professionals have about the changing security landscape.

Education and Seminars
The Ifsec International security seminar and conference programme has been drastically re-vamped for 2018. As a direct result of their extensive customer insight, Ifsec have designed the education programme to fully reflect the requirements and anxieties of the audience.
City Forum and London First will also co-host security summits and masterclasses at Ifsec 2018. To secure a place at one of the security summits visitors will need to book their ticket in advance. With a catalogue of world-class speakers, the two half-day security summits add further authoritative impetus to Europe’s largest annual security trade show.

Introduced to give security strategists a focused opportunity to hear and debate a formidable range of subjects, the half day summits take place on Wednesday 20th June and Thursday 21st June in the gallery suites between 9:45am to 1:00pm, away from the exhibition floor and will focus on the following key themes:

  • Wednesday 20th June 2018: Thinking through the impacts of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – humans, machines and data
  • Thursday 21st of June 2018: Smart safe cities, people and resilience

Speaker’s Corner
An extension of ‘Show Me How’, the dynamic Speaker’s Corner is where solution providers showcase their most cutting-edge products in 15-minute time slots, followed by interactive Q&A sessions.

The Future of Security Training Theatre
A rare chance to sit down and be taught by experts in essential CPD accredited presentations. The Future of Security Training Theatre will help you learn exactly how to make sense of the future – and how to capitalise on the emerging possibilities that come with it.

Engineers of Tomorrow

The Engineers of Tomorrow competition, which sees young engineers and apprentices compete against each other in a live installation challenge, returns to Ifsec International for its 20th year. This year the competition is taking a further step towards tackling the growing engineering skills gap by adding a live installation challenge for fire apprentices, as well as for those from the security sector, following a successful trial in 2017. The competition will pit more than 60 young engineers – working in teams of two – against each other. Heat winners will be invited to the Security & Fire Excellence Awards in November 2018, where an overall winner will be announced and claim a £1,000 prize.

Other Shows
Ifsec International is also known for the other five shows which are held alongside: Firex International, Facilities Show, Safety and Health Expo, Service Management Expo, Smart Buildings. Fire safety is at the forefront of everyone’s minds and is a priority in the national agenda following the tragic fires witnessed in 2017. Firex International welcomes over 17,000 fire safety professionals from across the globe to share best practice and remain up to date on changes in legislation. Watch live demos of and understand the latest life safety solutions, and hear from industry leaders under one roof, over three days.


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