MEA access security market to hit US$500mn in three years

IntersecTaking place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Intersec would feature more than 1,200 exhibitors from around the world. (Image source: Messe Frankfurt)Strong demand for access security systems in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) has paved the way for the world’s leading commercial security providers to attend the 17th edition of Intersec in Dubai from 18-20 January 2015

Worth US$200mn in 2014, the MEA access control market is estimated to grow 15 per cent annually up to 2018, when it will reach nearly US$500mn, consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan has predicted.

The double-digit growth has been fuelled by increased infrastructure spending across the region, with wireless locks, IP-enabled devices and iris detection systems among the latest access control technologies to be showcased at Intersec 2015.

Taking place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Intersec will feature more than 1,200 exhibitors, with 300 specialising in access control systems such as access cards, physical access like locks, bollards, turnstiles, gates; and biometrics like finger prints, palm geometry, vein, and facial technology.

Among the world’s top ten commercial security providers exhibiting at the three-day event is Swedish lock manufacturer ASSA ABLOY launching a range of new products including Yale ENTR – a wireless smart lock solution that allows users to control door locks from smartphones, tablets and other bluetooth enabled devices.

Vice-president of business development, Middle East, at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions Tarek Marawan said, “Emerging markets, especially in the Middle East and Africa are very important for us due to upcoming opportunities, and through platforms such as Intersec, we can make consultants, system integrators and end-users aware of our latest offerings and local presence.”

Canadian safety and security specialists GENETEC would showcase its innovative Security Center, which unifies IP-based video surveillance, access control (Synergis) and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) into one platform.

GENETEC Middle East regional director Firas Jadalla added, “This is GENETEC’s 10th year at Intersec, and along with many of our hardware and software partners, we will showcase our open-platform, IP-based Security Center which heightens an organisation’s ability to manage, record and respond to a wide range of situations —with specific focus on access control and our new Sipelia communications module.”

Other global commercial security providers showcasing their latest access control systems at Intersec 2015 include ARH, Bosch Security Systems, Business Automation & Security Systems, Panasonic, Samsung Techwin, Videotec, Kaba Central Services, and Nedap.

UAE-based players like Al Falak Middle East, one of the region’s largest security specialists, which is targeting 15 per cent to 20 per cent annual business growth leading up to the Dubai Expo 2020, would also showcase its strength. Another local firm Al-Taaraf Electronics is expected to launch its Display Command and Control Centre and other Physical Security-related products at Intersec 2015.

According to Sohaib Siddiqui, projects director at Al-Taaraf Electronics, “As more and more public infrastructure comes about across the Middle East and Africa, the need to have better and more complex access control and security systems will increase incrementally.

“We foresee security to be of utmost importance all over the globe, and the new security directives taken by most countries in the Middle East will definitely boost security sense at all levels of society.”

Access and entrance control comprises the second largest product area at Intersec’s Commercial Security section – the largest of all five dedicated sections at the three-day event, including Information Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, and Homeland Security & Policing.

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Intersec’s organiser, Messe Frankfurt Middle East, noted, “With the emphasis on achieving safe and secure working and living environments becoming a priority for establishments across the Middle East and Africa, it is not surprising that we are witnessing growing interest in access control systems and products.

“As the region’s leading trade and networking platform for safety and security, Intersec is the ideal venue for buyers to source innovative, cutting-edge security solutions to suit their needs.”

The 17th edition of Intersec would feature conferences, seminars and workshops covering Fire Safety; Commercial Security; Occupational Safety and Safety Design in Buildings.

The last edition in January 2014 featured 1,213 exhibitors and hosted 24,766 visitors from 131 countries, which made it the largest and most international trade fair for security and safety in the world.

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