Cloud-based video analytics, AI and live-action firefighting…. Intersec 2019 opens next week in Dubai!
January 16, 2019

The 21st edition of the world’s leading trade for security, safety and fire protection is set to start early next week in Dubai, with more than 1,200 exhibitors from 54 countries.

Organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the annual three-day event is and supported by the Dubai Police, Dubai Police Academy, Dubai Civil Defence, the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA), and the Dubai Municipality, along with a further 35 international government partners, trade associations, and non-profit institutions aimed at advancing the global security, safety and fire protection landscape.

According to analysts 6WResearch, the Middle East market for physical and perimeter security, commercial and information security, fire protection, and drones, is currently worth a combined US$14.5 billion. This is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 13.5 percent over the next six years, valuing US$31 billion in 2024. Physical, perimeter, and commercial security, comprising monitoring and surveillance systems, restricted entry systems, access control, intrusion detection, and perimeter security, holds the lion’s share of the market, valuing US$10.8 billion in 2018, and estimated to more than double in value over the next six years to be worth US$23 billion by 2024.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the key contributors, currently comprising nearly 60 percent of the market for physical, perimeter, and commercial security (US$6.48 billion), on account of favourable government regulations, infrastructure development, and adoption of new technologies across industry verticals such as retail, hospitality, banking, aviation, transport, oil & gas and construction.

The Middle East fire safety systems and equipment market will also increase by eight percent annually says 6WResearch, valuing US$3 billion in 2024, from an estimated US$1.9 billion in 2018.  The markets for information security (from US$1.4 billion in 2018 to US$2.7 billion in 2024), and drones (US$510 million to US$2.4 billion), are also in-line for solid growth.

Elaborating on the new components of the show, Andreas Rex, Intersec’s Show Director, said “The new Intersec Future Security Summit is our most comprehensive conference programme yet bringing together more than 35 regional and international experts and government speakers.  Here, Artificial Intelligence, future foresight on security, emergency preparedness and response, and planning the security for the Dubai Expo 2020 are among the many topics that will be presented. Another new feature is the Safety Forum in Hall 8, highlighting challenges within the Middle Eastern health and safety industry and the benefits of adapting to international safety standards. From cloud-based advanced video analytics to integrated smart city technologies, or the world’s top fire-service vehicles and high-rise firefighting lifts, Intersec 2019 will put the spotlight on the latest global solutions that are moving the needle in keeping our societies safe and secure”

Colonel Expert Ali Hassan Al Mutawa, Assistant Director General for Protection and Safety at the Dubai Civil Defence, announced that at the show, the authority would present the Emirates Fire Safety Laboratory, the first of its kind in the Middle East, through which we plan to raise the level of safety and the quality of fire safety systems through the services we provide. The services to be delivered by the laboratory will include fire systems testing, inspection and certification using the most sophisticated technologies and devices.  The laboratory will also monitor and verify technical stipulations required in accordance with international standard measures, whilst issuing internationally accredited safety certifications.

The largest of Intersec’s six show sections is Fire & Rescue, with 431 exhibitors in 2019.  This is followed by Commercial Security (375 exhibitors), Safety & Health (142 exhibitors), Information Security (120 exhibitors), Homeland Security & Policing (90 exhibitors), and Physical and Perimeter Security (54 exhibitors).

The 15 country pavilions are coming from Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, and the USA.

Other conference highlights at Intersec 2019 include the one-day Intersec Fire Conference on 21st January, which will provide insights into the changing global trends in fire protection and its implications on the Middle East, while Dubai’s Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) Forum on 22nd January will also return with the latest updates in security law and industry regulations in Dubai. Returning popular features include the Drone Zone, an Outdoor Demo Area, and the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion.

Intersec 2019 takes place from 20-22 January 2019, with more than 1,200 exhibitors from 54 countries spanning 60,000sqm at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2017, 2016. and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at:
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