As preparations continue ahead of Intersec 2018, the 20th anniversary edition of world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection will be a notable milestone for a number of exhibitors that have grown with the exhibition since its inception in 1999.
Pelco by Schneider Electric is one of 13 companies at Intersec 2018 that exhibited at the inaugural edition 20 years ago, and will line up alongside more than 1,300 exhibitors from 58 countries when the three-day event opens from 21-23 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The American-based provider of security cameras, CCTV, and video surveillance systems had no direct presence in the Middle East until 2003 when it opened an office in Dubai, and has since established itself as one of the region’s major players.
Much like Pelco, Intersec’s own growth has been immense since its debut show in 1999, when Pelco was one of just 61 exhibitors from 13 countries. Now two thirds of the world’s top 50 security solutions providers are on board for 2018, including 19 of the top 20.
Other returning companies that exhibited at the inaugural edition include Teleste, Corodex, Dafoos Fire Protection, NAFFCO, Siemens, Zener Electronics, the British Security Industry Association, Technoalarm, Kidde Fire Protection, Kidde International, and Vicon Industries.
UAE-based NAFFCO offers another success story of its remarkable expansion over the last two decades, not only in the Middle East, but internationally, having established itself as one of the world’s leading suppliers of life and fire safety solutions with a global network spanning over 100 countries.
From a 12sqm stand 20 years ago, NAFFCO will occupy more space than any other exhibitor at Intersec 2018. The global powerhouse will cover 1,700sqm at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, from where it will showcase its vast range of UAE-made firefighting equipment, protection systems, trucks and vehicles.
Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Intersec’s organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said much of Intersec’s growth and success is also due to the long-standing support of the show’s official government partners, which now includes the Dubai Municipality.
“The Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defence, and Dubai Police Academy have been Intersec’s official partners for many years, and their support is crucial as we continue to expand the show together,” said Pauwels.
“We’re delighted to also have the Dubai Municipality on board as an official supporter, which becomes even more important with major events such as the Dubai Expo 2020 drawing ever closer, and the need to keep critical infrastructure, assets, and people safe with the latest security equipment and technology.”
Intersec 2018 is expected to attract more than 31,000 visitors from 128 countries visitors, and covers the seven show sections of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Perimeter & Physical Security, Cyper Security, and Smart Home & Building Automation.
New features for 2018 include a Drones Pavilion and indoor Drone Zone, while a Wearable Security Pavilion will put the spotlight on advanced textiles including head-up displays, body cameras, embedded sensors, exo-skeleton communications and more.
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.
Dubai’s Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) will also headline a three-day conference programme, where the Emirate’s security regulatory body will provide the latest updates on Dubai’s Regulation of Security Industry Law.
Intersec 2018 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
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