Tuesday, January 11, 2011
HOMELAND SECURITY, BIOMETRIC TECHNOLOGY TO ATTRACT STRONG INTEREST AT INTERSEC 2011
SPENDING IS SET TO DOUBLE FOR HOMELAND SECURITY IN THE UAE IN THE NEXT 10
YEARS; UAE RANKED 4TH PLACE WORLDWIDE IN TOTAL ARMS EXPENDITURE
DUBAI: Homeland security, biometric technology, perimeter security and access control are expected to be amongst the
key areas of interest at Intersec trade fair and conference 2011, the premier trade and networking event for commercial
security, homeland security and policing, safety and health, fire and rescue and aviation security in the wider region.
According to organiser, Epoc Messe Frankfurt, security and safety concerns are increasingly gaining the attention of
government and corporate managements, as awareness grows about the need for greater preparedness to combat and
prevent terrorist and criminal threats. As a result, the market for homeland security, surveillance systems and policing
gear and equipment in the region is on a strong growth path.
Recent research estimates that UAE spending on Homeland Security is set to double from US$ 5.5 bn to US$ 10 bn in
the next 10 years*. Also the country ranked fourth place worldwide in total arms expenditure at approximately US$ 6.5 bn
set in the 2005 to 2009 period.*
The key drivers of this growth are expected to be biometric security, IT and infrastructure security and border and
perimeter protection. The Middle East region is an increasingly significant market for homeland security with heightened
awareness on the needs for enhanced safeguards to protect vital infrastructure and installations which are continually
Recent incidents have underlined the importance of CCTV and video surveillance in sensitive areas. As a result, Dubai
Police have announced that it will spend a further US$130 million plus, to enhance CCTV surveillance in blind spots over
“While no one can guarantee 100 per cent security, being prepared for any eventuality is vital,” said Major General, Dr.
Mohammad Bin Fahad, Director, Dubai Police Academy speaking to reporters at a press conference in Dubai. “Events
such as Intersec play a key role in underlining the importance of maintaining heightened levels of readiness and
“The emergency response strategies and experiences of security personnel from other parts of the world can teach us a
lot about how to respond to difficult situations,” he said. “Learning from these and adapting our response and readiness
drills accordingly will empower us with the expertise to meet any challenges,” he added.
Intersec 2011, which takes place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from January 16th to 18th,
reflects the trends and developments in the industry and is a must-attend event for professionals, key influencers, security
and government agencies, legislators, suppliers and service providers.
The exhibition is held under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and
enjoys the support of key government and trade organisations including UAE Civil Defence, Dubai Police, Institute of
Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and Secutech .
“Intersec has always been more than just a trade event. We engage with all stakeholders in an effort to enhance
the levels of safety and security in our environment,” said Ahmed Pauwels, Chief Executive Officer of Epoc Messe
Frankfurt. “Thanks to the invaluable help of local authorities and government bodies, we are glad to be able to work
together to ultimately achieve that goal,” he added.
There is also strong interest for the Intersec Security Conference running alongside the trade event which will be the
most comprehensive series of conferences and workshops staged at Intersec to date. This year, the conferences bring
together about 30 international safety and security experts, who will share their views and learnings on issues of vital
Intersec 2011 will also feature the UAE International FireFit Championship – a test of skills and tactics for firefighters
from international and regional squads, the Indoor Demo Area, an extensive outdoor demonstration of counter terror and
tactical deployment methods and the Exhibitor’s Experts Forum.