Organisers of the region's largest Security, Safety, Fire and Police event, 'Intersec 2006', have announced that the eighth edition, set for January 29 - 31 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, has grown by 30% compared to its last showing.
Organised by Messe Frankfurt, it gathers together the world's specialists in the areas of police, security, fire, health and safety. More than 400 exhibitors are taking part including industry leaders such as Panasonic, ADI International (Honeywell), Dedicated Micros, Norbain, Simons Voss and Pelco. Running parallel with Intersec is major conference programme presenting crucially important information about contemporary security, fire and safety issues.
In fact, the programme is so up to date it includes valuable but alarming case studies gleaned from experiences such as the catastrophic terrorist attacks as recent as the London bombings in July. Featuring acclaimed specialists such as Andrew Trotter QPM, Deputy Chief Constable of the British Transport Police, Frank Cruthers, First Deputy Commissioner of the New York Fire Department, and Simon Ancliffe of Evacuation Strategies, the programme is a 'must see' event.
Intersec is being produced with the support and co-operation of many local government departments, including His Excellency Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamin, Commander in Chief of Dubai Police and Colonel Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, Director of Dubai Civil Defence.
According to Ms Imke Huelsmann, Intersec's show manager, "The growth and success of Intersec is attributable to the increased number of international companies recognising the opportunities that exist in the Gulf area. Most GCC countries have major projects underway that require increased attention to security and safety needs," she said. "Many of the show's visitors come from Africa where many countries are investing in new homeland security, border control projects and national ID Cards."
In recent years Intersec has established specialist sections reflecting theses needs, particularly for Police, Fire and Health & Safety. These are represented in four specialist zones under the identities of MEPEC, MEFEC, MESH and MECSEC. 'MEPEC', the Middle East Police Exhibition & Conference, focuses on suppliers of products and services for the police force and homeland security, forensic equipment, biometrics, smart cards, armored vehicles and C4I.
'MEFEC', the Middle East Fire Exhibition & Conference is the another core sector. It deals with civil defence and fire issues, attracting exhibitors with products such as fire trucks, emergency vehicles, smoke detectors, alarms, extinguishers and rescue equipment.
The third and arguably the fastest growing category at Intersec is the Health & Safety section. 'MESH', the Middle East Safety & Health Exhibition & Conference., covers the whole area of safety in the workplace and PPE, currently a hot topic in the region with many employers voluntarily establishing better and safer codes of practice.
The final and largest zone of all is 'MECSEC', the Middle East Commercial Security Exhibition & Conference. The features the latest hi-tech products such as CCTV, biometric testing equipment, access control systems, locks, gates, perimeter security, DVR and surveillance cameras.