IFSEC has been held at the NEC in Birmingham for the last 16 years, but a decision was made to move to London for 2014. This was viewed as a ‘reboot’ for the show, which is a key event in the security industry’s calendar. The move to London was designed to give greater opportunities to international visitors, and to encourage those in the capital to attend.
For Secure Engineering, the switch to the new London venue was a convenient one; it was an easy journey from our Advanced Technology Centre in Kent. Overall, exhibitors seemed positive in their feedback, saying that the show had been busier than ever, and that it had attracted more visitors from the city.
Having attended for the last 25 consecutive years, IFSEC for Secure Engineering is about finding new trends, products and companies, and as technology changes constantly in the security industry, it’s the perfect chance to catch up under one roof. It is also possible to spot fun ideas, such as Pelco‘s range of customisable CCTV cameras – available in a rainbow of colours!
NICE Systems had some amazing new technology to show. Launching next year, their great new (as yet unnamed) system will allow users to create an avatar of a suspect, selecting hair, skin and clothing colours. Within seconds, the system extracts every pedestrian that matched the avatar, allowing the user to narrow down the results. When the suspect is isolated, it can then track their progress and work out their approximate location. This is currently being trialled at the SuperBowl games in America.
Exhibitions are a great opportunity to meet our existing suppliers, and find out about new products that they are offering. We visited Redvision, Raytec, Pelco, and Paxton Access. Samsung had an exciting new open platform system, that enables companies to create their own mobile app, customised to provide the perfect combination of video analytics. With this system, users can use functions such as people counting, license plate recognition, face capture, crowd management to create their own perfect system. We were impressed by Ievo‘s range of biometric access control readers, which are used for many applications, from children’s day care centres, to construction sites, gyms, schools and care homes. We were also pleased to meet with eligo, a recruitment company that recently helped us to find Martin Ivory; our newest Engineer.
The emphasis on technology and social media as promotional tools was apparent at the exhibition, with big screens featuring live interviews, tweets and comments from delegates, and an IFSEC app to help delegates plan their visit.
IFSEC 2015 promises to be even better; we look forward to returning next year!