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Intersec Dubai welcomes the crowds, fire & rescue sees biggest growth – while SSN Gulf takes the pulse of exhibitors

THE SECOND day of security showcase Intersec Dubai saw the crowds really settle down to business, and there was a note of optimism in the air for what 2016 could add to bottom lines.

SSN Gulf has once again been a main media partner for the show and we found that innovation was the buzz word of the event so far, with the focus was new markets and new partnerships. Added to this, the possibilities of nearby Iran opening up are seen as immense.

Around 1,290 exhibitors from 55 countries are on show displaying an array of brand new products and solutions at Intersec 2016. Spanning 50,000 sq m, the 18th edition of the three-day event is 10 per cent larger than the previous edition, with more than 2,400 brands on show across seven focus areas of Commercial Security, Fire and Rescue, Safety and Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Information Security, and for the first time in 2016 – Smart Home and Physical & Perimeter Security.

Fire and Rescue recorded the largest year-on-year growth, increasing in size by 27 per cent with 374 exhibitors on board, while 40 exhibitors in Information Security means the fast-growing section dedicated to combating cyber threats has doubled in size in both exhibitor numbers and exhibition space.

Commercial Security remains the largest individual section with 543 exhibitors, while Physical & Perimeter Security (49 exhibitors), Safety & Health (167 exhibitors), and Homeland Security & Policing (99 exhibitors) are also widely represented.

“Intersec sets the pace for the ever-evolving safety, security and fire protection needs of the Middle East, which has transformed exponentially over the years,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Intersec’s organiser, Messe Frankfurt Middle East. “The show has grown to become not only the foremost business development and idea exchange platform for the global safety and security industry, but an ideal launchpad for innovative ideas and products.

“The widely-attended forums alongside the exhibition are also vital sounding boards where regional professionals interact with and learn from leading international experts about the latest trends and developments within the industry,” added Pauwels.

At least 100 new products will be launched over the three days, including the world’s first and only remote controlled firefighting support machine from Kuwaiti company Tankco at the Fire & Rescue section.