Beefing up security
Security, fire protection in focus at Intersec 2011
Increasing global concerns over safety and security issues is driving up spending on security technology, apparatus and appliances according to industry experts.
This trend is reflected in the Middle East, with the region set to spend around AED7.71 billion (US$2.1 billion) on security-related equipment and services, with the surge expected to increase by 50% until 2013.
Countries in the Middle East region are prime players in the market for security-related products and services,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Epoc Messe Frankfurt GmbH, organisers of Intersec, the region’s foremost networking and trade platform for safety and protection.
“The economy of fighting terror threats is one of the fastest growing in the world today, with average spending globally estimated to be around AED6.16 trillion annually,” said Pauwels.
“Security consciousness is widespread across the region today. A recent study by the Homeland Security Research Corporation indicated that spending on homeland security in the UAE alone is expected to double from AED20.2 billion (US$5.5 billion) to AED36.7 billion (US$10 billion) over the next ten years,” said Pauwels.
Industry leaders have estimated that, over the next few years, more than 60 000 buildings in Dubai will be fully equipped with direct alarm systems, to bring them in line with international safety best practices being actively promoted by the local authorities.
Additionally, the market for fire detection and suppression systems in the Gulf is expected to surge to AED4.11 billion (US$1.12 billion) in 2013, up from AED2.33 billion (US$635 billion) in 2008.
With the increase in new airport construction in the Middle East, the need to boost and modernise airport security in the region will increase spending in this sector to AED212 million (US$57.7 million) by 2015, according to research.
The Middle East Airport Security Market Assessment Report states that spending in this sector has a CAGR of 7.5% from 2008’s AED127.7 million (US$34.7 million). The study has estimated the region accounts for 14.4% of the global critical infrastructure protection market.
Frost & Sullivan indicates that UAE airport security spending has been estimated at AED31.6 million for 2009, accounting for as much as 23% of the total Middle East expenditure in the sector. Airport security will be one of the major focus areas in this year’s Intersec trade fair and conference.
“With the aviation industry in the Middle East on the high growth path, and new terminals and airports being planned or under construction across the region, airport security and surveillance systems will be an interesting topic at Intersec 2011,” said Pauwels.
“Dubai’s new Al Maktoum International Airport, currently under way at Jebel Ali, and already open for cargo flights, will eventually be the world’s largest passenger terminal.
Upon completion the airport will be five times larger than the current Dubai International Airport, and will handle 120-million passengers annually. This will drive demand for the latest in fool-proof security systems, perimeter security and surveillance gadgets,” said Pauwels.
“The increase in the levels of international terrorism has also necessitated a hard look into the current state of affairs in this sector by governments and security agencies as well as the private sector.”
According to IMS Research in its recent report entitled ‘Middle East Market for CCTV and Video Surveillance – 2010 edition’, the Middle East market for video surveillance equipment will grow by over 10% in 2010, while the region is forecasted to grow strongly towards 2013.
As global threat perceptions rise and awareness about the need to guard against internal and external security breaches increases, governments and local authorities around the world are turning to increasingly sophisticated means to detect and prevent these threats before they can occur.
This has led to an unprecedented rise in demand for parameter monitoring devices and video surveillance systems around the world, with the Middle East region among the prime movers in this regard.
“The awareness of the need to provide cutting-edge security measures to protect against ever more sophisticated threats is driving the demand for hi-tech surveillance and detection systems in sensitive civilian and military installations,” said Pauwels.
“According to recent research, the global market for perimeter security sensory systems will be worth AED1.6 billion (US$440 million) by 2014. This is being driven by new regulations being imposed by governments in the US, Europe and Asia regarding enhanced security measures at sensitive sites like airports, nuclear plants, power plants and other high-risk locations.”
Video surveillance and detection systems have become increasingly popular as a means of threat detection in cities worldwide. Video cameras are increasingly popping up at most places that have a large throughput of people on a regular basis. Recent market estimates expect that demand for video surveillance systems in Middle Eastern countries would grow by 10% in 2010, with even stronger growth forecast through to 2014.
Dubai alone is expected to spend AED500 million to install security cameras across the emirate.
There are currently 25 000 security cameras in Dubai, which is policed by 16 500 police officers and another 4 000 administrative staff who oversee security in the city.
Dubai is also expected to set up a modern forensics laboratory at an estimated overall cost of AED500 million, as it gears up to face the increasingly sophisticated threats posed by modern criminals.
The Homeland Security and Policing division of Intersec will feature the latest developments in threat management and prevention systems, monitoring and surveillance systems from leading manufacturers and security experts worldwide looking to tap into the burgeoning Middle East market.
Having attracted over 19 000 trade visitors and buyers in its last edition, the Intersec trade fair and conference remains the platform of choice for those with a stake in the safety, security, health and protection industries in the region and beyond.
Over 700 exhibitors from 50 countries participated in the 2010 event, which will be next held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 16 to 18 January 16 to 18.
The Intersec 2011 exhibition will be divided into different main areas of interest: commercial security and information security, aviation security, homeland security and policing, fire and rescue and safety and health.
The popular indoor demo area, an extensive outdoor demonstration programme on counter terror and tactical deployment, as well as the UAE International Firefit Championships and the Exhibitor Expert Forum, will also be part of the programme for Intersec 2011, which will be complemented by a major three-day conference running in parallel.
NAFFCO wins manufacturing excellence award
National Fire Fighting Manufacturing FZCO (NAFFCO), a leading manufacturer of fire fighting equipment, fire protection systems and safety engineering in Jebel Ali, has been awarded the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award 2010 for manufacturing excellence in free zones.
Currently NAFFCO is among the top five manufacturers in the global fire protection industry, with a geographical spread of its products to more than 100 countries.
This is the third time that NAFFCO has won, previously clinching the award in the exports and manufacturing categories. The company has also been recognised by the Dubai Quality Appreciation Programme 2008.
NAFFCO Group CEO Eng. Khalid Al Khatib expressed his gratitude on achieving this honour for the third time, and thanked the UAE government for its support of the manufacturing sector. “This prestigious award emphasises NAFFCO’s diligent endeavours towards excellence and commitment to quality products and services in the field of fire protection and safety engineering.
“This award is a boost to our motivation to adopt and set innovative best practices in the industry in order to become an international champion,” said Al Khatib.
NAFFCO has ISO 9001 certification, as well as accreditation from UL, LPCB and BV. It is a total fire protection solution provider for residential and commercial buildings, telecom centres, industrial installations, refineries, petchem and power stations. Its product range includes fire extinguishers, heavy-duty fire-hose reels, fire pumps, fire cabinet, fire doors, valves, fire hydrants, highly-advanced fire trucks and engines.