Five products to look out for at Intersec 2017
Next-gen FM tech such as advanced contactless identification and control to 3D-printed keys that hide internal coding will be launched at the show next week
A study by research firm MarketsandMarkets found that the global biometrics systems market is expected to reach $24.4bn by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.9%.
Analysts from TechNavio forecast that biometrics in Middle East will grow even faster at a CAGR of 19.35% by 2019.
Much of this growth will be actively pursued at Intersec, the annual exhibition for security, safety, and fire professionals in the Middle East.
The 2016 edition of Intersec featured 1,289 exhibitors and welcomed more than 31,261 visitors from 128 countries, and it is entirely likely that these figures will expand when the show returns next week.
To be held between 22 and 24 January, 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Intersec will host the Fire Safety Conference and the Critical Infrastructure and Cyber Security Conference to provide attendees significant insights into the changing dynamics of the regional safety and security industry.
The following pages outline five product launches visitors should look out for at Intersec 2017.
The Stealth Key by UrbanAlps is touted to be the world’s first 3D printed metal key with hidden internal coding.
It is affordable and safe against 3D duplication and hides its mechanical security features internally – rendering the key un-scannable.
UrbanAlps claims to have developed a range of cylinder locks and un-scannable keys based on the Stealth Key concept.
No matter how many pictures or home 3D scanners are used, it cannot be copied: the simplest and affordable key copy protection.
New Age smoke detectors
After the Civil Defence in Sharjah launched an awareness campaign to encourage installation of smoke detectors in private homes, New Age Wireless Detectors became mandatory in all Sharjah villas, and will be rolled out across the UAE in 2018.
The company's range of products includes fire extinguishers, suppressants, alarms, and detectors, as well as fire fighting equipment, kitchen hood, and emergency lighting systems.
New Age's products have previously been installed at properties within the Ajman Free Zone Creek, and the buildings of Emirates Flight Catering and Sharjah Science Museum.
Thermarestor from Ilec-Imec Building Services is a fire prevention and heat detection system designed specifically for electrical installations and equipment.
By permanently monitoring electrical connections, any excessive temperatures will quickly be detected and the occupant notified, allowing them to take action to avoid a potential fire.
The company also provides services such as lighting, heating, cooling, and waste disposal.
Flyer Robots is offered by Sitebots, one of the few companies world to offer professional UAVs and full-service packages for companies, institutions and governments that need to secure borders and sites with critical infrastructure.
The devices can shoot high-resolution photographs and video clips aerially.
Temperature or gas measurements and numerous other applications are also possible.
Sitebots claims corresponding solutions are developed according to customer requirements.
STid Mobile IDA
STid's Mobile IDA has been developed with RFID, NFC, and Bluetooth technologies, bringing the access badge onto smartphones.
The app can allow various degrees of automation, such as opening doors through contactless identification.
When the tags (also known as transponders) are "woken" by the reader, a predefined communication protocol is used for data exchange between the items.
Unlike barcodes, RFID does not require the reader to be brought close to the product to enable the identification process.
Tags can be read in a range of a few centimetres to hundreds of metres in some cases, and can be read beyond the line of sight of the reader.
Depending on the model used, tags may have read-only functionality or allow additional information to be written to them.