Intersec 2019 kicks off in Dubai

Austrian manufacturer Rosenbauer launched TIGON at Intersec 2019Intersec 2019, the trade fair for security, safety and fire protection, opened in Dubai on 20 January with 1,212 exhibitors from 54 countries

The annual three-day event will run until 22nd January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

This year’s highlights include the new Intersec Future Security Summit, featuring more than 40 regional and international experts and government speakers, while returning features include the Drone Zone, the Outdoor Demo Area for Live Firefighting and Emergency Rescue Operations, workshops and seminars to keep an expected audience of more than 30 000 visitors informed of the latest market trends.

World Premier of TIGON specialty firefighting truck at Intersec 2019

Intersec 2019 covers six exhibition sections Fire and Rescue (431 exhibitors), Commercial Security (375 exhibitors), Safety and Health (142 exhibitors), Information Security (120 exhibitors), Homeland Security and Police (90 exhibitors), and Physical and Perimeter Security (54 exhibitors).

Rosenbauer from Austria, a manufacturer of firefighting and disaster protection systems, unveiled TIGON, known as a ‘radically designed, extraordinarily all-terrain specialty firefighting vehicle for industrial use.’

“The special vehicle combines proven off-road expertise from Tatra and optimally designed drive components with outstanding extinguishing technology from Rosenbauer,” said Christian Mairzedt, senior vice-president and head of the Middle East and North Africa at Rosenbauer.

World’s top fifty security solutions providers in the spotlight

Nearly two-thirds of the world’s top 50 security manufacturers are also on-board Intersec 2019, 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.

Avigilon showcased its newly released Avigilon Control Center (ACC) 6.14 software with enhanced Avigilon Appearance Search technology across ACC sites. The Canadian headquartered company also highlighted its Avigilon Appearance Search technology, a deep learning AI search engine that easily works through hours of footage.

Paul Such, vice-president of sales for Avigilon in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, said Avigilon’s Appearance Search technology allows users to quickly locate a specific person or vehicle of interest across multiple sites that are connected to the same ACC client.

“We’ll also feature Avigilon Unusual Motion Detection (UMD) technology. UMD technology is designed to continuously learn what typical activity in the scene looks like and focus the operator's attention on atypical events needing further investigation,” he stated.

Artificial Intelligence and IoT in focus at Future Security Summit

Martin Gren, a co-founder of Axis Communications and inventor of the world’s first IP-Network camera, offered his views on the future of the global security industry.

“We see security needs increasing and new applications are enabled by new and complementing technologies,” said Gren. He added that while AI has shown tremendous improvements over the last few years, it’s still at an early stage.

“Everyone expects to see industry disruption from AI and Deep Learning, and this is an area that Axis is heavily investing in, but I think the true benefits are still several years away. Instead you will see AI help with regular basic algorithms, and personally, I think the market for audio is going to move from analogue to IP as it’s still currently 98 per cent analogue.”

Gren said the Middle East and the UAE, in particular, have always been an innovator in security and security technologies, on account of the region having limited exposure to traditional analogue technologies.

Middle East market on track for double-digit growth

Intersec 2019 takes place amid a Middle East market where demand for security, safety, and fire protection continues to climb. Andreas Rex, Intersec’s show director, commented, “The Middle East market for physical and perimeter security, commercial and information security, fire protection, and drones, is currently estimated to be worth US$14.5 billion. Analysts explained that this will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 13.5 per cent over the next six years, valuing US$31 billion in 2024.

With 83 per cent international participation, Intersec 2019’s 15 country pavilions are from Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, and the USA.

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