Exclusive show preview: Intersec returns to Dubai

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Intersec is back for a 25th year celebrating a legacy of fire, safety and security innovation in Dubai

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Intersec, the leading international exhibition for fire, security, emergency services, safety, policing, and cybersecurity, is set to make history with its largest edition ever.

Taking place from January 16 to 18, 2024, at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the theme of this landmark edition will be ‘Innovating security tech for a quarter century.’

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the silver jubilee edition is poised to host 1,000 exhibitors representing over 60 nations, with approximately 25% making their debut.

Anticipating a substantial 20% year-on-year growth in international exhibitor participation and welcoming more than 45,000 trade visitors worldwide, Intersec 2024 has a reputation as a dynamic platform for innovation in the security industry.

This value of Intersec goes beyond exhibition floors, offering an extensive conference program that addresses the latest trends, challenges, and advancements in the various sectors.

Industry experts, thought leaders, and practitioners will convene to share insights, engage in discussions, and explore collaborative solutions to evolving security issues.

Additionally, the Intersec Awards Gala Dinner, a highlight of the event, will recognise and celebrate excellence in the industry, providing a platform for acknowledging outstanding contributions to safety and security.

Intersec 2024 is not just a trade show; it’s a comprehensive experience that reflects the evolution and impact of security technology over the past 25 years.

Intersec’s growth is reflected in its significant expansion, projecting a 20% increase compared to 2023, solidifying its role as a vital networking hub for global fire protection, safety and security industries.

Intersec 2024 is strategically divided into five pillars— Fire & Rescue, Commercial & Perimeter Security, Homeland Security & Policing, Safety & Health, and Cyber Security—each tailored to offer industry-specific solutions.

The event’s significance lies in its ability to bring together buyers, sellers, and decision-makers, functioning as a platform for networking, deal-making, and discovering cutting-edge technology and innovations in Dubai.

Each aspect of Intersec is aligned with corresponding government bodies, reinforcing the UAE Government’s dedication to these pivotal industries.

The Fire & Rescue segment collaborates with Dubai Civil Defence; the security sector is associated with Dubai Police and the Security Industry Regulatory Authority (SIRA); the safety sector receives support from Dubai Municipality, and the cyber sector is emphasised by the Cyber Security Council and Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC).

In the rapidly evolving landscape of fire and safety technologies, Intersec 2024 emerges as the epicenter for professionals eager to explore the latest advancements, forge meaningful connections, and witness live demonstrations.

Attracting a wide range of industry leaders, experts, and innovators, Intersec 2024 is the ideal platform for attendees to discover industry trends and engaging with innovative technologies.

Live demonstrations and innovative features

The bustling atmosphere of Intersec 2024 will be accentuated by innovative features, with live activations across all sectors represented at the exhibition.

The Attack Zone will provide exhibitors with an opportunity to rigorously test their products under the scrutiny of the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB).

Each product will be evaluated against LPCB standards, pushing the limits to determine breaching time and breakthrough capabilities.

These live demonstrations promise to captivate visitors while showcasing the resilience and innovation within the industry.

A notable feature of Intersec 2024, In{cyber}, is dedicated exclusively to cybersecurity, presenting cutting-edge solutions and fostering connections among global experts and innovators.

The purpose-built Future Defenders Hack Arena caters to various groups, from school students to CISOs, and the Intersec Innovators feature provides a space for SMEs to showcase products to potential investors.

Lastly, the Safety Walk offers an engaging catwalk display of industrial safety gear sponsored by EnSafe Evacuation Chair, Jutec, and Teijin, adding a dynamic element to the exhibition.

Global industry representation

A diverse lineup of exhibitors from around the globe is set to make a mark at Intersec 2024, showcasing the international representation within the fire and safety sector.

With more than 400 dedicated fire and safety exhibitors showcasing cutting-edge products and services, the fire section at Intersec 2024 spans five halls at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) and is the fastest growing sector the exhibition.

70% of the industry’s global market leaders will converge at this event, providing an unparalleled opportunity for industry professionals to engage and do business in the Middle East.

NAFFCO, as a key player in the fire and safety sector, is set to captivate attendees with a myriad of interesting exhibits at their stand.

Known for their commitment to top-tier firefighting equipment and safety engineering systems, NAFFCO’s display promises a diverse array of cutting-edge solutions.

From firefighting equipment to the latest advancements in fire protection systems, and informative showcases, NAFFCO’s stand is a must-visit destination for professionals eager to explore the forefront of fire safety technology.

Returning global exhibitors include Baldwin Boxall from the UK, HD Fire from India, Corodex from the UAE, and Inim from Italy.

These established participants bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the event.

Joining them are notable newcomers, each bringing a fresh perspective to the industry.

Pentair from the UAE, Kopler from Saudi Arabia, Fire Safety Science from the USA, SVT Products from Germany, Viking from Denmark, and Erse Kablo from Turkey are among the new exhibitors making their debut at Intersec 2024.

This mix of returning and new exhibitors underscores the global appeal and collaborative spirit that define Intersec as a pivotal platform for the fire and safety community.

Exhibitors at Intersec 2024 will add another layer with their offerings, including the Bronto Skylift on the DWTC plaza, providing select attendees with a unique opportunity to ascend and enjoy a breathtaking view of the exhibition and its surroundings.

Additionally, the Wisualarm stand will showcase a state-of-the-art Firefighting Robot, revolutionising firefighting capabilities and highlighting the industry’s commitment to leveraging automation for enhanced safety and security.

Insights and innovations at the Fire & Rescue Conference

The Fire & Rescue Conference at Intersec 2024, hosted by Dubai Civil Defense and taking place on the 16th and 17th of January, is a pivotal knowledge-sharing platform, addressing industry-shaping topics including challenges, prospects, benchmarks, regulations, and technological innovations.

Designed to elevate the industry’s standards, this conference will foster dialogues that contribute to excellence and preparedness in fire and rescue.

At this hub for professional development attendees can anticipate gaining valuable insights from expert speakers, participating in interactive discussions, and learning about the latest developments in the dynamic field of fire safety., the Fire & Rescue Conference at Intersec 2024 helps attendees to proactively contribute to creating safer and more secure environments on a global scale.

Key topics that will be discussed include Emergency Response Planning and Management, Building Fire Safety and Compliance, Industrial Firefighting and Hazmat Response, Fire Safety in High-Rise and Complex Structures, and Innovations in Fire Prevention and Detection.

These thematic sessions will delve into the latest trends, technologies, and strategies crucial for advancing fire protection and safety on a global scale.

Speakers for the conference include Gary Barthram, Chief Fire Officer at Heathrow Airport, UK, bringing a wealth of experience from managing fire safety in one of the world’s busiest transportation hubs, while Mohammed Saeefan, Fire Protection, Saudi Aramco, will share insights into the unique challenges and advancements in fire protection within the energy sector.

Mark Hardingham, Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council, will provide a comprehensive overview of national strategies and initiatives in the UK.

Terrance Wh Tsang, Chief Fire Officer (Kowloon) at the Hong Kong Fire Services Department, will offer valuable perspectives on fire safety practices in densely populated urban areas.

Their collective expertise will enrich discussions on topics such as emergency response planning, building fire safety and compliance, innovations in fire prevention, and the intersection of technology and firefighting.

Other conferences taking place at Intersec 2024 will include the exclusive Security Leaders’ Summit, the Cyber Security Conference, led by the UAE Cybersecurity Council, delves into Gen AI’s security and governance, while the SIRA Forum by the Security Industry Regulatory Agency fosters collaboration in the commercial security community.

The Safety & Health Conference covers topics such as ESG Practices and Innovative Horizons in Technology.

The Thought Leadership Pavilion by Access Control Executive Brief explores access control and smart lock industry trends.

Workshops include Drone Threats & Counter Measures and Emergency Crisis Management & Communication, offering practical insights and simulations for preparedness.

The Intersec Awards: A celebration of industry success

Intersec Awards Gala Dinner 2024 will bring together more than 300 nominees, key players, and government representatives to celebrate and strengthen relationships.

The Intersec Awards 2024 provide recognition of excellence and innovation within the security sector, acknowledging outstanding contributions in the fire industry, among others.

These awards serve as a testament to the commitment of individuals and organisations that continuously push boundaries to enhance safety and security.

The gala ceremony, set to take place at the Palazzo Versace Hotel, Dubai, on the evening of January 17, 2024, promises to be an unmissable occasion for the industry.

Among the categories, the fire industry features prominently in the Intersec Awards 2024, representing a pinnacle of recognition for excellence and innovation in the field.

The “Excellence in Fire Prevention Award” spotlights outstanding products or services that play a pivotal role in fire prevention, detection, suppression, or mitigation.

This category acknowledges contributions that ensure the highest level of safety in fire-related situations, promoting a proactive approach to fire safety.

In the realm of safety, the “Outstanding Safety Solutions Award” takes center stage, honoring exceptional products or services designed to prioritise the protection and well-being of individuals across diverse settings.

Recognising advancements that contribute to overall safety and minimise risks, this category underscores the importance of innovative solutions that enhance the safety landscape.

For projects making a significant impact on fire safety in the Middle East and Africa, the “Fire Safety Excellence Project – Middle East & Africa” category shines a spotlight on remarkable initiatives.

This award celebrates projects that demonstrate excellence in fire safety planning, implementation, and innovation, showcasing their positive influence on the community.

The Intersec Awards 2024, with these specialised categories, provide a platform to applaud and acknowledge the crucial advancements in fire and safety that contribute to a safer and more secure world.

Honouring those who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in the realm of fire safety and protection, these categories reward innovation and dedication within this critical sector.

Whether it’s recognising advancements in fire prevention systems, groundbreaking technologies in firefighting equipment, or pioneering strategies in emergency response solutions, the Intersec Awards serve as a platform to applaud the remarkable efforts that contribute to a safer world.

The Intersec Awards Gala Dinner will bring together over 300 nominees, key players, and government representatives, this event provides an invaluable opportunity for industry professionals to strengthen relationships, engage in meaningful conversations, and foster collaborations.

As the fire industry continues to evolve, the Intersec Awards 2024 offer a moment of reflection and celebration, highlighting the achievements that shape the trajectory of fire safety and protection for the future.

As Intersec 2024 unfolds, the fire and safety sector can anticipate a convergence of innovation, excellence, and dedication.

With live demonstrations, a diverse range of exhibitors, and networking opportunities, Intersec continues to be the premier platform for professionals shaping the future of fire safety.

Intersec Dubai will take place between the 16th and 18th of January at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai. IFSJ’s Stand Number is Stand 4.A28

This article was originally published in the January 2024 issue of International Fire & Safety Journal. To read your FREE digital copy, click here.

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