The 21st edition of Intersec, which concluded its three-day run on 22nd January 2019 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, attracted 34,854 visitors from 135 countries, a 20 per cent year-on-year increase over the previous year (29,000 in 2018).
With 1,202 exhibitors from 54 countries, six show sections, 15 country pavilions, live outdoor demonstrations, a drone zone, and the new Future Security Summit, Intersec was at its very best, where new business partnerships shared the stage with innovative product launches.
Organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, Intersec 2019 took up a sprawling 60,000m2, with Fire and Rescue forming the largest section, comprising 431 exhibitors. Commercial Security was the next largest with 375 exhibitors, followed by Safety & Health (142), Information Security (120), Homeland Security and Policing (90), and Physical and Perimeter Security (54).
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.
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.
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, an 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.
The resounding visitor response to Intersec 2019 comes as demand for security, safety, and fire protection in the Middle East continues to climb. According to analysts 6Wresearch, the regional market for physical and perimeter security, commercial and information security, fire protection, and drones, is currently estimated to be worth US$14.5 billion, with this estimated to grow to be worth US$31 billion by 2024.
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.
The 22nd of Intersec edition returns in 2020. More information is available at: www.intersecexpo.com