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IFSEC hails ‘seismic experience’

IFSEC reports that it drew 27,052 attendees to its ExCeL venue in London Docklands. That was in line with the 2015 attendance, say organisers UBM.

The event exhibitors and visitors were battling nature and politics on the third day, as the UK’s EU Referendum was on the Thursday after severe flooding in London, the South West and Essex severed some transport links to the venue. IFSEC still managed to deliver over 7,000 visitors to exhibitor stands on day three.

Organisers point to an increase of the visiting installer and integrator professions by 7pc and international visitor participation at 34pc. IFSEC also grew this year through crossovers from the co-located events, FIREX, Facilities Show, Safety & Health Expo, Service Management Expo and Professional Clothing Show.

Gerry Dunphy, Event Director for IFSEC and FIREX International, said: “IFSEC 2016 was another seismic experience for all concerned, a fantastic display of the very best in world class security products and solutions. The new areas this year such as Home Automation successfully showcased a whole new range of technologies available to security professionals and the Drone Zone was an absolute floor filler proving that IFSEC can always provide exciting spectacles for the visiting audience. We have already planned the main themes for 2017, so the security world should look out for further developments in home automation, smart commercial buildings, Borders & Infrastructure for senior specifiers of strategic security management and Installer World – a definitive destination for engineers and installers.”

The BSIA (British Security Industry Association) was again a supporter of the event. James Kelly (Chief Executive), said: “BSIA is proud to promote the importance of quality as a key consideration within the security industry. IFSEC provides both security buyers and industry colleagues with access to education and thought leadership.”

An estimated 20,000 security solutions were on offer at this year’s event. New launches were across video surveillance, cyber, access control and integrated solutions, with new products from Suprema, Canon, Avigilon and IDIS to name a few.

For the first time a complete home environment was created within the show floor in the form of a purpose-built, smart house, sponsored by Yale. This setting, delivered by the Control4 platform, demonstrated the latest tech for automating the home for safety and security measures. There were examples on show from Merit Lilin, Nest, Invixium, 2N Communications and others, all of which integrated with Control4’s network.

The event for 2017 promises a new launch, IFSEC Borders & Infrastructure.

A further launch for 2016, the ARC Village, comprised of 13 exhibiting ARCs; over 2000 installers and integrators attended this area, designed to showcase Alarm Receiving Centres, hosted in partnership with connectivity partner, CSL Dualcom.

A new Drone Zone saw demonstrations piloted to showcase the opportunities of this new technology to visitors.

A further security-centric seminar programme saw over 11,000 attend sessions from tactical training through to security leadership techniques, including the Tavcom Training Theatre.

IFSEC also continued alongside the co-located fire, facilities, security, service management and workwear and uniform events, which as a total saw over 45,000 visitors at the ExCeL over the three days, a 4pc increase on 2015. Across the series, visitors looked for fleet management, fire integration and health and safety products and uniforms and more. The Safety & Health Expo drew over 13,800 attendees to ExCeL London, next door to IFSEC. Some 325 suppliers took part. The Inspirational Speaker Series held each day in the Keynote Theatre, sponsored by Honeywell (stand at IFSEC pictured) saw high profile speakers Colonel Tim Collins OBE, Kate Adie OBE and James Cracknell OBE.

UBM Live’s Protection & Management Series covers the fields of security, fire, safety, facilities and service management at IFSEC International, Safety & Health Expo, Facilities Show, FIREX International and Service Management Expo. In 2017 the events will run at ExCeL London from June 20 to 22.


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