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Exhibitors from around the globe and new sectors featuring at Dubai Airshow next week

The Dubai Airshow 2015 will represent the center of the industry when exhibitors from all corners of the globe converge on Dubai next week.

Opening on Sunday 8 December at DWC, Dubai Airshow Site, the show’s impressive range of exhibitors demonstrates the global reach of the show, including Bell Helicopter from the USA, Tawazun Precision Industries from the UAE, Denel from South Africa and China National Aero Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC) from China.

Of the over 1100 exhibitors expected, one third of them are coming from around the Middle East region. Also highly represented on the show floor will be European exhibitors, with an almost equal amount of them coming from as far afield as the USA, with the 28% of exhibitors from the Americas and 29% from Europe.

Completing the global footprint of the show are exhibitors from Africa, Asia and Australasia, with New Zealand based first time exhibitor Martin Aircraft Company bringing its V4 engine composite airframe Martin Jetpack to display.

“The Dubai Airshow truly is the centre of the aerospace industry,” says Michele van Akelijen, Managing Director of Dubai Airshow organisers F&E Aerospace. “With exhibitors coming from over 60 countries including new ones from places such as the USA and Asia, we are expecting to see some very new and innovative additions to the show this year.”

Many exhibitors cite the international appeal of the show as an important reason to attend. Airbus identified the Middle East as one of the fastest growing regions in its latest market forecast, meaning the Dubai Airshow is in an ideal central hub for the industry to meet and do business.

It’s not just the exhibitors that are new at the Dubai Airshow 2015 – the show has added a dedicated 3D print pavilion, 3D Printshow Dubai. With Stratasys recently reported to have 3D printed more than 1000 in-flight parts for the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, and GE already developing and testing engines with 3D printed parts, the technology is a natural fit for inclusion in the Dubai Airshow.

Another new exhibitor is the newly formed UAE Space Agency, which was created in 2014 with the aim to regulate and support the UAE Space sector and contribute to the diversification of the national economy through providing a national advanced space industry.

Van Akelijen adds that “With the addition of the UAE Space Agency to our existing exhibitor list, we have added yet another dimension to the Dubai Airshow.” She continues, “The global space industry is worth $300 billion, and growing at 8% annually. The UAE’s investments in space technologies have already exceeded AED 20 billion (USD 5.4 billion), including UAE based companies Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) and Thuraya Telecommunications Company, all of whom will be exhibiting with the UAE Space Agency.”

Returning for 2015 will be the Gulf Aviation Training Event (GATE) which was launched in 2011 to address aviation training needs in the Middle East, and in addition there will be two new conferences taking place at this year’s Dubai Airshow: the Airport Safety & Security Conference, which aims to bring together the key experts to discuss important security aspects of the airport industry while looking at how big data and integration markets are driving upgrades and new investments in the airport security market; and the Offsets Conference entitled “Utilising Offset Investment to Develop Space and Aviation Technologies and Local Supply Chain Capability” which will address the utilisation of industrial cooperation, or “offset” investment to further develop aviation technology, supply chain capability and the UAE’s space industry.

The flying display will take place from 2:00pm daily featuring demonstrations from the UAE’s Al Fursan and Italy’s Frecce Tricolori, among others

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Dubai Airport Authority Trusts Genetec Omnicast IP Video Surveillance for Uninterrupted System Reliability and Growth at Two Major International Airports

Dubai Airport departure exterior

Business Challenge

Dubai Airports is the designated government authority in the United Arab Emirates which owns and manages the operation and development of both of Dubai’s airports – Dubai International (DXB) and Al Maktoum International (DWC). While Dubai International has been the main airline hub since 1960, welcoming over 68 million passengers per year and serves 260 destinations, upon completion, Al Maktoum International (which opened its doors to passengers in 2013) will become the largest airport in the world with an ultimate capacity of more than 160 million passengers annually.

When it comes to security and protecting the millions of passengers who frequent the airports every year, Dubai Airports require the very best security technology on the market. A decade ago, the organization sought to upgrade an existing closed-architecture analogue system, understanding before many other airports the value in an open-architecture IP-based video surveillance system.

Dubai Airports wanted to implement a more robust, user-friendly and scalable network-based platform that would be capable of handling over 1000 cameras, and accommodate its ambitious expansion plans. The new video surveillance system also had to be successfully implemented at other international airports. After much deliberation, Dubai Airports chose Genetec Omnicast IP video surveillance for its proven ability to scale up to thousands of cameras, while maintaining high system availability.

High Camera Count Is matched by High System Availability 

Today, Dubai Airports has over 6,500 cameras on the Omnicast system at Dubai International and another 1,200 cameras at Al Maktoum International, which were gradually upgraded in three phases.

The flexibility of the open architecture video surveillance system allowed Dubai Airports to preserve existing analog investments by simply adding IP encoders, while also installing newer IP camera models throughout the expansion. The most significant benefit of using Omnicast has been its ability to maintain the highest level of system availability.

Since each terminal and concourse has its own security team actively monitoring the cameras around the clock, the support for multicast streaming has been crucial to Dubai Airports. Multicasting helps to minimize network traffic and optimize bandwidth in installations where multiple users are accessing the same live video source. With a multicast transmission, operators actually connect to a multicast IP address of the video stream which is shared amongst all users. This adds another level of reliability to the system by ensuring the network is stable and optimized within this massive installation.

Cutting-Edge Features in Omnicast lead to Efficient Response

Since each subsystem has been installed independently, Dubai Airports has leveraged the Federation feature from Genetec to easily access any camera throughout the airports as if they were all part of a single system. From any workstation or control room, airport authorities with appropriate privileges can get a global view of their security operations, and handle live incidents with all video evidence at their fingertips.

With just under 8000 cameras to manage, and more expansion plans on the horizon, Dubai Airports is leveraging the interactive map-based interface called Plan Manager. Operators can quickly find cameras, change a camera’s field of view, or respond to alarms directly from a map of a specific terminal or concourse. This feature has significantly minimized the time and effort required by operators to find cameras, since they no longer have to memorize camera numbers or to search through long tree lists.

The open architecture of Omnicast has also enabled Dubai Airports to integrate with existing third-party access control systems. Access control events such as a door being forced open, access denied to a cardholder or a door remaining opened for too long, automatically prompt video of nearby cameras to display on screen. With this integration, operators have a comprehensive view of their surroundings, enabling a more efficient response and tighter control over restricted airport areas.

Continued Growth Assured with Genetec

The intuitiveness and complete reliability of the 8,000-camera Omnicast system has assured Dubai Airports that its continued system expansion will never be limited.

"We have the flexibility and peace of mind to not only expand and customize our system at our own pace, but we are also able to provide our operators with the tools they need to vigilantly maintain the highest levels of safety and security within our airports,” explained Senior Airport official.

Infrastructure at a Glance

Omnicast IP video surveillance system is managing a mix of analog and IP cameras from different manufacturers. Omnicast is also integrated with third-party access control systems and Barco video walls in multiple control rooms.

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International major’s line up at Dubai trade fair to showcase latest wares for world’s fastest growing air traffic market

Dubai, UAE: With the Middle East, and in particular the GCC, emerging as major international air travel hub, aviation security will be a key point of interest at Intersec 2016, the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection.

Investment in the airport security market continues to rise; a March 2015 report titled ‘Global Airport Security Technology Market Assessment’ by analysts Frost & Sullivan, estimated the global annual spend on airport security would surge to US$12.67 billion in 2023, up from US$8.22 billion in 2014.

The increase in investment comes as the Middle East outpaces global growth in air traffic; according to estimates by Airbus Industrie, over the next 20 years (2015-2034) air traffic in the Middle East is expected to grow 6 per cent annually, compared to the world average growth of 4.6 per cent.

This will drive a need for nearly 2,460 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at US$590 billion. By 2034, the fleet of passenger and freighter aircraft in the Middle East will almost treble from nearly 1,100 in 2015, to over 2,950 by 2034.

Which is why many of the world’s foremost security providers that specialise in aviation and airport security will showcase their latest solutions at Intersec 2016, which takes place from 17-19 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Smiths Detection, a global provider of technologies to identify chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) threats, is among the major names at Intersec 2016 with a full airport security portfolio in tow, from x-ray inspection equipment, to explosives and narcotics detection and people screening systems.

Smiths Detection’s varied solutions have been adopted at several global locations, including its HI-SCAN 10080 XCT, a next generation high-speed checked baggage explosives detection system (EDS), and RadSeeker, a handheld radioisotope detector and identifier designed to meet the U.S Homeland Security mission requirements.

Paul Baker, the Managing Director of Smiths Detection in the Middle East, said: “The increase in the number of global air passengers, particularly in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions, have played a key role in driving investments in airport security infrastructures.

“Passenger traffic at airports in the larger region has recorded fast paced growth. As per the findings of a recent IATA report, Dubai Airport announced growth projections of 126 million passengers by 2020 as aviation demand continues to soar. Additionally, passenger numbers in Qatar are expected to increase at a rate of 4.8 per cent annually until 2034, in preparation for the World Cup 2022.”

Exhibitors such as German company Bosch, Nedap from the Netherlands, and Genetec from Canada, are among other big international names to descend upon Intersec 2016 with a range of cutting edge airport and aviation security solutions, from perimeter security, command, control and integration, cybersecurity, communications, surveillance, access control, and screening.

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Intersec, said: “The rise of big three Gulf carriers, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad, is the driving force of international trans-continental travel. The growth in their travel hubs and the surge in passenger numbers passing through terminals, along with air freight and cargo, means global airport and aviation security majors are expecting the Middle East to become a big market for cutting-edge technologies and the latest in security systems.
“The highly-evolving nature of security threats to global air travel increases demand for the latest command and control facilities, enhanced security communication channels, access control and monitoring systems, all of which will be on show at Intersec 2016.”

Nuctech is another exhibitor at Intersec 2016 with a strong focus on airport security, and will return after having sourced projects through previous editions of the annual showpiece event for Dubai Police in Dubai Airports, Dubai Customs, Abu Dhabi Airport, Sharjah Customs, Ras Al Khaimah Customs and Ajman Customs.

“The trend of national and regional security inspection in the Middle East is getting more and more important,” said Yuan Youzhong, the General Manager of Nuctech Middle East. “The extension of existing airports and their facilities in preparation for mega events such as the Dubai 2020 EXPO and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar require more updated facilities including security systems.”

Other exhibitors at Intersec 2016 with aviation security solutions include 2N Communication from the Czech Republic; Adani from Belarus; AllGoVision from India; Italian company CEIA; Delv from Australia, UK companies Frontier Pitts and Rockwell Collins; Gesab from Spain, Swiss company WEY Technology; and UAE-based companies G4S and Intertech Vision.

Now in its 18th edition, Intersec 2016 will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors from 52 countries, spanning over 50,000sqm. The dedicated trade show focuses on the six core sections of Commercial Security; Information Security; Fire & Rescue; Safety & Health; Homeland Security & Policing; and for the first time in 2016, Smart Home and Building Automation.

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In 2013 the facial recognition market was valued at $1.17 billion and it is expected to grow at a continual annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.5% from 2014 to 2020, to hi $2.19 billion by 2019. This increased investment clearly demonstrates the security  industry’s growing confidence in biometric solutions, as do moves to replace passwords to access everything from smartphones to bank accounts with fingerprints, facial recognition and iris scanning. We’ve been finding out how key leaders in the field are seeing biometrics being used.

Gary James, Head of Sales & Customer Relations, Aurora, explained what he believes is driving investment in technology like facial recognition, saying, “After years of being the subject of far-fetched sequences in movies, where subjects are recognised in crowded streets from satellites, the key to growth has been a combination of improved technology but also the realisation that there are a range ofverification tasks (matching one to one, or one to a few) for which facial recognition is perfectly suited. As a biometric method, facial recognition is hard to beat because its hygienic (being totally non-contact), very fast and most of us remember to take our face with us wherever we go!”

Simon Gordon, Chairman of Facewatch, added, “I think that within three years we will expect our mobiles/cars/houses and even our favourite shops to recognise us, whether that is purely by face recognition or more likely by a combination of at least two measures where the data is important. We all rely on passwords and keys at the moment but this is inconvenient and insecure as can be seen by the constant ID theft and the fact that you can now apparently buy a device to unlock pretty much any modern high end car for £25!”

However, despite predicting that passwords will be replaced by biometrics, Gordon doesn’t think the existing technology we’re seeing in action on tools like smartphones is up to the job – not quite yet anyway
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“Within the next year or so I am sure it will be though,” he said, “I for one cannot wait to get rid of my passwords, but I do think where the authorisation is for high value transactions it will be necessary to have dual verification rather than rely on one biometric measure.”

James believes that the success of these kinds of deployments depends on a combination of the robustness of the technology and the compliance of the user.

“Last year we processed over 14 million facial recognition events at Heathrow for self boarding,” he said. “The experience would seem to indicate that as long as the application is well judged, the technology is more than up to the task and will only get better.”

The biggest objection within the industry to biomet rics taking the place of our passwords is the question of what happens if your biometric data is stolen. Changing your fingerprints is slightly trickier than changing a password. Gordon is realistic about the threat this poses, but he also raises a valid point that although a fingerprint can be forged, a facial recognition algorithm cannot be utilised to recreate someone’s face.

“There will always be clever people trying to break whatever security measures are built unfortunately,” he said, “however,a facial recognition algorithm cannot be used to recreate a picture of a face so no matter how good the algorithm (and each system will be different) there is only one face. If the detection is smart enough to recognise that the face is not a picture and combines it with, say, voice recognition, I think it will be pretty hard to fool. As least your face goes with you so no one can steal it without you knowing about it! No doubt it may eventually be possible to build some kind of mask and voice generating system as in Mission Impossible, but this is beyond the scope of most criminals!”

James is inclined to agree that perhaps fooling a biometric based system isn’t as simple as some critics make it sound. He said, “Most serious biometric systems are extremely adept at knowing whether they are being asked to process data from a ‘live’ being or not. We ensure this by using highly specialised sensors rather than ordinary CCTV cameras so people cannot present photographs, masks etc to impersonate others. I’m sure manufacturers of other types of biometric readers will
have overcome this challenge too.”

Another question critics of mass use of biometrics solutions have raised is managing insider threat and protecting databases that store biometric information. Aurora has worked security for the information it stores into its systems, James explained.

“Once individuals are enrolled into a biometric system, their identity exists as a ‘template’ rather than an actual picture or image of their fingerprint for another type of system,” James said. “This can only be interpreted by the biometric system which created it, making it useless to a third party. These templates are stored on computer servers so normal data security rules should apply too - thereis nothing different about the steps we need to take to protect this type of data. If you somehow managed to steal my biometric template, you would still need my actual face to use it anywhere. This is why biometric is the way forward for access control and many other verification applications.”

Gordon agrees that the threat to stored biometrics data is not all that different to the threat to any other sort of personal information, saying “Data will always be valuable if it can be used to gain value or advantage. If you could steal the biometric data used to authorise payments and somehow reverseengineer a product that would enable you to hack into bank accounts (say) then of course there is a threat. But this is no different to the threat of breaking in and finding passwords – the biometric data is like the lock but the real live face of an individual is the key so it’s no use stealing the lock, you want the key!”

Facewatch is an online digital crime and incident reporting system, linking businesses and police as well as the CPS seamlessly. It also in terms of crime prevention acts as a secure central database that stores watch lists for groups in a Data Protection compliant manner. Gordon explained that Facewatch is being linked to facial recognition and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) systems to enable business users to receive alerts when a match occurs. For example, when someone walks into a bar or shop who has been banned an alert will be pushed via a mobile app to the appropriate staff members. By acting as a central hub, Facewatch can enable businesses to share watch lists in a compliant manner no matter which biometric system they wish to use.

Aurora offers a product called FaceSentinel, which James told us, is the first application of Deep Learning (DL) in the security industry. DL is a form of artificial intelligence in which a computer ‘brain’ can be trained to recognise characteristics patterns by processing large amounts of data. DL has recently been applied to many tasks that are familiar to us in everyday life. In this application, DL manifests itself in increased recognition accuracy, wide ranging tolerance to the way subjects present to the sensor and overall speed.

Facial recognition in airports
Written by Bill Flind, Chief Executive, Ipsotek.

Ipsotek is a provider of advanced video analytics (VA) solutions with a number of critical security deployments in airports, augmenting its advanced VA solutions with facial recognition capability. Facial recognition has established obvious security uses within the airport market, however more recently than this has extended to operational uses. A typical example is journey time measurement, whereby facial recognition time-stamps a face (anonymously) as it joins a queue or at a pinch point and then measures the time taken for the same face to reach the queue end or the next pinch point.

Using this approach for many random faces provides very accurate journey or wait time information. However, it is not real time information. It only tells you the time it took your subject to get from A to B and does not moderate the result for something happening after your subject joined the queue. In an arrivals immigration scenario, an A380 flight of passengers could have joined the queue immediately after your subject. While he may have taken 20 minutes to reach the immigration desk, the true wait time for the A380 passengers is probably much higher and it will take some time for your journey time measurement to detect this. However, VA can make a real-time adjustment. In this case, the VA will pick up the sudden change in queue volume and adjust the estimated wait time. With several days of information and measured journey times for differing real-time volumes, the system can be calibrated to provide accurate real-time estimated wait times.

Ipsotek has deployed several airport systems that extended its VA forensic search capability to include facial recognition. These systems store all faces captured over a period of time, typically 30 to 60 days. The system can then be presented with a picture of a person’s face and search to see if that person has been in the airport in the last 30 or 60 days.

Future combinations of VA and facial recognition for airports will use facial recognition technology with Ipsotek's patented multi-camera tracker, Tag and Track (TNT). Facial recognition provides a very powerful addition to the TNT technology and the combination is in active development with alarge airport customer. Facial recognition not only improves the performance of the people tracking capability across a crowded airport, but will also automatically track people of interest in real time who are identified on a facial recognition watch list.

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 6.4 billion 'things' will be connected to the Internet by the end of 2016 expanding the Internet of Things with devices from toasters and kettles to cars and hospital equipment according to analyst Gartner. That figure represents a 30 percent rise from 2015 and this is predicted to grow further to reach 20.8 billion by 2020. In 2016 it is expected as many as 5.5 million new things will become connected every day. As a result, the growing Internet of Things will support total services spending of $235bn in 2016, up 22 percent from 2015, the analyst predicts.

Many of these devices will form part where homes are going and Security Media Publishing looks at ‘smart home’ trends for INTERSEC. The ‘smart home’ or ‘digital home’ is in the ascendancy says a recently published report by Barclays bank where they conclude that the average house buyer is willing to pay more for forward leaning smart technology integrated into a new home.

So what is a ‘smart home’? The Barclays report defines it as one, which includes both connected technology such as a smart thermostat that connects to a property’s internet and can be controlled through a remote device, as well as digital infrastructure that is integrated into the home, such as fibre optic broadband and solar panels.

Smart homes are incorporating many smart fire and security devices, including smart carbon monoxide and fire detectors that can alert your phone to something happening where you can use your smart CCTV to look at it and if it is a false alarm you can turn the alarm off, open the window and adjust your lighting, music and air-conditioning so your house just right for your arrival.

Interestingly, the Barclays report has revealed that when it comes to choosing technology to invest in, homeowners are putting practicality first. When choosing where to spend their money, the most common technologies homeowners think they would be likely to purchase in the future are in fact those that support a home’s infrastructure, such as USB connections (36 per cent) or super-fast broadband capability (51 per cent) and devices that save money rather than time, such as smart meters (35 per cent) and solar panels (27 per cent).

Whilst confusion over the range of technology in the market is a barrier for some homeowners, the Barclays Mortgages survey also found over half (61 per cent) of consumers questioned have lingering worries that an internet-connected system might be exploited by hackers to get hold of their personal details, with 58 per cent worrying that an unsecure smart network could reveal when they are away from home to potential burglars.

However, protection is at hand and leading the way in providing a VPN solution for internet connected devices id the Finish Cyber Security Company F-Secure.

“People are starting to buy all kinds of new smart devices to use in their homes and we know that these devices are already being hacked,” said Samu Konttinen, F-Secure’s executive vice president, consumer security.

“We’ve seen footage from nanny cams streamed online without people’s knowledge or consent, and it’s been proven that intruders can use something as simple as a connected light bulb to get access to people’s homes. Criminals are constantly developing new ways of turning people’s technology against them and security solutions need to evolve to meet this challenge.”

We approach protecting people by securing the internet-connected devices in their living space – including IoT devices that are unable to run traditional security apps by securing those devices through our cloud services with our VPN services to secure internet traffic going in and out of homes.

Konttinen added that these security and convenience capabilities would become more valuable as people upgrade their homes to include more smart devices – a trend that’s becoming more common. Gartner projects that people will have over 500 internet-connected devices in their homes by 2022.

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Middle East gains ground as major global market for security, safety, and fire protection industries

Dubai, UAE: The global significance of the Middle East’s security and safety market has been underlined by top German and US companies leading a large turnout of international exhibitors at Intersec 2016 next month.

The 18th edition of Intersec, the world’s leading trade show for security, safety, and fire protection, will feature more than 1,200 exhibitors from 54 countries when it opens from 17-19 January 2016 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

With 82 per cent of exhibitors based outside of the UAE, the global gathering at the three-day event is as impressive as ever, reinforced by 14 country pavilions from Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, USA, and for the first time, France, the Czech Republic, and India.

Much of the attention will fall on leading security and fire-related solutions providers from the USA and Germany, where 145 exhibitors from the two countries will cover 2,550sqm of exhibition space.

A total of 72 German exhibitors – including 58 at the government-backed German Pavilion, and 14 stand-alone exhibitors – will be headed by big names such as CCTV providers Bosch Security Systems and Grundig; access control specialists SimonsVoss; IT security provider G-Data; fire extinguisher manufacturers Doeka and Viking; and Haix, a manufacturer of safety shoes.
Grundig Security (ASP AG) will showcase its latest range of 4K Ultra High Definition and full HD TVI (Transport Video Interface) cameras and recorders at Intersec 2016, along with its ultra-low light performance cameras and IP (Internet Protocol) video range.

The video security solutions provider has been involved in a number of Middle East projects, including the installation in 2015 of a CCTV security system at the UAE National Archives. Grundig IP cameras are also providing 24/7 surveillance for the ongoing construction of the 14.6km US$1.25 billion Eurasia Tunnel connecting the European and Asian sides of Istanbul under the Bosphorus Strait.

Ludwig Bergschneider, CEO of Grundig Security, said: “Grundig Security offers advanced video security solutions for professional installers and integrators across a vast range of industries, from airports, oil & gas, transportation and government, to banks, retail and hospitality.

“TVI and 4K technology, along with Video Management Systems (VMS) are having a big impact in the Middle East and African market, and we anticipate a significant amount of interest in our products at Intersec 2016, where we can stay in contact with our customers, understand their needs, and provide them with ideal solutions.”

Meanwhile, the USA participation at Intersec 2016 has increased by 28 per cent year-on-year, with 73 exhibitors spanning 1,300sqm of exhibition space, indicating the strong interest in the Middle East by major USA commercial security and fire protection industry players.

The 31 USA Pavilion exhibitors and 42 stand-alone exhibitors are spearheaded by Fire & Rescue companies Task Force Tips, Kidde Fenwal, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Code 3, a manufacturer of emergency vehicle lights and sirens, is the USA Commercial Pavilion Anchor.

Greg Scott, General Manager of Code 3, said: “Intersec gives us the opportunity to meet with key decision makers from the Middle East market to discuss their needs, whether current or future. Additionally, our participation gives us one-on-one time to showcase our latest products and discuss their application to fit each agency’s needs.”
Elsewhere at the USA Pavilion, the NFPA will increase awareness about its educational and technical programmes dedicated to saving lives and reducing property loss throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

“Our international offices, covering the MENA region, Asia/Pacific, Europe and Latin America, work to advance the use and adoption of NFPA codes and standards throughout their territories,” said Jim Pauley, President and CEO of the NFPA.

“Intersec 2016 provides us the unique opportunity of meeting with stakeholders in both the public sector such as government officials and civil defence groups, as well as the private sector such as designers, installers, facility managers and consultants.”

Intersec is organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, and focuses on the six core sections of Commercial Security; Information Security; Fire & Rescue; Safety & Health; Homeland Security & Policing; and for the first time in 2016, Smart Home & Building Automation.

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO or Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “Safety and security, whether at the workplace, home, in cyberspace, or where people gather for leisure and entertainment, is of high priority today, especially with regard to the ever-evolving global security scenario. The latest security products and solutions from leading international players will be on display at Intersec 2016, which can contribute to making the world a safer place for all.”

New features at Intersec 2016 include a Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion at the Fire & Rescue Section, and a Jobs and Careers Pavilion, bringing thousands of safety and security professionals in touch with the right career opportunities.

The annual showpiece event will also feature a dedicated series of industry conferences held in cooperation with the Dubai Police and Dubai Civil Defence; the Occupational Health & Safety Conference will take place on 17-18 January, while the Middle East Fire Conference and the Critical Infrastructure Security Conference will both take place on 18-19 January.

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It is my pleasure to welcome you all to DIMDEX 2016, the international maritime naval defence and security exhibition that brings the world to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Now in its fifth edition, DIMDEX has grown year on year under the guidance of our patron, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar to become comparable in size with the largest shows of its type in the world. The continuous expansion of DIMDEX is a reflection of many things. First is the strong support shown by our patron, His Highness the Emir and the Qatar Armed Forces as organisers, to make DIMDEX an event of gravitas, prestige and international prominence. Second, DIMDEX is an event of outstanding quality, which will proudly be held in Doha - one of the region’s leading business hubs. We are delighted to see the repeated return of major defence industry players to the exhibition and elite leaders from many nations amongst the VIP delegations. Third, DIMDEX is a diverse and multi-faceted event comprising of an exhibition, conference, VIP delegations and the visit of a large number of warships to Doha Commercial Port. This means DIMDEX 2016 will again be the perfect place for key decision-makers, experts, vendors and buyers from all over the world to congregate and discuss the latest naval and maritime security solutions. With international attention once again focused on the security of the MENA region, we are optimistic about increased demand for the assets on display at DIMDEX 2016 as the need for sophisticated naval equipment to control and defend the MENA’s offshore waters grows. DIMDEX 2016 is on course to be the largest edition of the show to date in every respect and combined with a buoyant market, we are set for a historically successful event. We look forward to seeing friends old and new in Doha for DIMDEX 2016

His Excellency

Major General Hamad Bin Ali Al-Attiyah

Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Qatar

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