The countdown has begun for the 21st edition of the world’s leading security, safety, and fire protection trade show in Dubai, with global suppliers zooming in on a Middle East market that is estimated to more than double in value over the next six years.
More than 1,300 exhibitors from 59 countries, including 18 of the world’s top 20 commercial security providers, are set to participate at Intersec 2019, which takes place from 20-22 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The annual three-day event, organized by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, covers the seven sections of Commercial Security; Fire & Rescue; Perimeter & Physical Security; Safety & Health; Homeland Security & Policing; Information Security; and Smart Home & Building Automation.
It will arrive as regional demand for these solutions soars at a compound annual growth rate of 15 percent from 2018 to 2024. According to analysts 6WResearch, the Middle East market for commercial and cyber security, fire protection, smart home solutions, and drones, worth a combined US$7 billion in 2018, will grow to US$16.4 billion in 2024.
Commercial security, comprising video surveillance, access control, and intrusion detection, holds the lion’s share of that figure. Valued at US$2.9 billion in 2018, the regional commercial security market will grow to US$7.4 billion in 2024 according to 6WResearch.
The Middle East fire safety systems and equipment market will also increase by 8% annually, valuing US$3 billion in 2024, from an estimated US$1.9 billion in 2018, while the markets for cyber security (from US$1.4 billion in 2018 to US$2.7 billion in 2024), smart home (US$344 million to US$869 million), and drones (US$507 million to US$2.4 billion), are also in-line for solid double-digit annual growth.
This all sets the scene for three days of busy networking and knowledge-sharing at Intersec 2019, which returns with the key support of long-standing Government partners such as the Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defense, Dubai Police Academy, Dubai Municipality, and the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA).
Among new official supporters, Intersec’s show Director Andreas Rex confirmed the participation of Kuwait Fire Protection Association, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA), the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), among new official supporters next year.
Rex said plans for a new three-day conference format is also underway, bringing together equipment manufacturers, integrators, consultants and services providers with regulatory agencies and government authorities.
“A two-day Future Security Summit will raise key issues on Artificial Intelligence, security Integration, emergency preparedness and response, data protection, IoT and much more. A range of practical workshop sessions are also being organized for security managers to support skills development, professional expertise on security risk intelligence, threat identification, and disaster management.
“The SIRA Forum will also return with the latest updates in security law and industry regulations in Dubai, while a one-day Fire Safety and Protection Conference will involve authorities, fire chiefs, engineers, fire fighters and emergency response professionals.”
Commercial Security will again be the largest section on Intersec 2019’s exhibition floor, with more than 450 exhibitors. Fire & Rescue is the next largest section at Intersec 2019, with more than 400 exhibitors expected, followed by Safety & Health (150 exhibitors) Homeland Security & Policing (100 exhibitors); Perimeter and Physical Security (100 exhibitors), and Information Security (50 exhibitors).
Returning popular features in 2019 include the Drone Zone, an Outdoor Demo Area, a Smart Home Pavilion and the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion. More than 150 exhibitors will be participating for the first time, while Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, and the USA comprise the 15 country pavilions.
Intersec 2019 is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.