Tuesday, December 28, 2010


As global threat perceptions rise and awareness about the need to guard against internal and external security breaches increases, governments and local authorities around the world are turning to increasingly sophisticated means to detect and prevent these threats before they can occur.

This has led to an unprecedented rise in demand for parameter monitoring devices and video surveillance systems around the world – with the Middle East region among the prime movers in this regard.

“The awareness of the need to provide cutting-edge security measures to protect against ever more sophisticated threats is driving the demand for high-tech surveillance and detection systems in sensitive civilian and military installations,” said Ahmed Pauwels, Chief Executive Officer of Epoc Messe Frankfurt GmbH, organiser of the Middle East’s largest and most comprehensive trade and networking event for the security, health and safety, protection and rescue industries – Intersec.

“According to recent research, the global market for perimeter security sensory systems will be worth AED 1.6 billion (US$ 440 million) by 2014. This is being driven by new regulations being imposed by governments in the US, Europe and Asia regarding enhanced security measures at sensitive sites like airports, nuclear plants, power plants and other high-risk locations,” Pauwels stated.

Video surveillance and detection systems have become increasingly popular as a means of threat detection in cities worldwide. Video cameras are increasingly popping up at most places with a large throughput of people. Recent market estimates expect that demand for video surveillance systems in Middle Eastern countries would grow by 10% in 2010, with even stronger growth forecast through to 2014.

Dubai alone is expected to spend AED 500 million this year to install security cameras across the emirate.  There are currently 25,000 security cameras in Dubai, which is policed by 16,500 police officers and another 4,000 administrative staff who oversee security in the city. Dubai is also expected to set up a modern forensics laboratory at a cost of AED 500 million, as it gears up to face the increasingly spohisticated threats posed by modern criminals.

The Homeland Security and Policing division of Intersec trade fair and conference 2011, will feature the latest developments in threat management and prevention systems, monitoring and surveillance systems from leading manufacturers and security experts worldwide looking to tap into the burgeoning Middle East market.

Intersec trade fair and conference 2011, which will be held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from January 16 to 18, will bring together decision makers, suppliers, distributors, security consultants, fire and rescue experts, police and security authorities and professionals involved in the health, safety, security and protection industry throughout the region and beyond.

In 2010, Intersec trade fair and conference attracted over 19,000 trade visitors and buyers and 700 exhibitors from over 50 countries. The next edition will be divided into different areas of interest: Commercial Security & Information Security, Aviation, Homeland Security & Policing, Fire & Rescue and Safety & Health and will also feature a three day conference running parallel to the exhibition.

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