In London ExCeL for the second year, IFSEC 2015 was a successful and busy event for Secure Engineering. Held as part of the Protection & Management Series, IFSEC was placed alongside other leading events; Firex International, Safety and Health, Service Management Expo and the Facilities Show.
This huge event provides the opportunity for visitors to have access to a wide range of companies, providing products, services and advice for companies like Secure Engineering. 2015 marks our 27th annual visit to IFSEC. Each member of Secure Engineering’s team has a particular agenda for attending, and IFSEC International fulfils them all under one roof.
Directors Clifford Corne and Linda Doherty focused on the Facilities Show, and started their visit by attending a keynote speech given by Baroness Karren Brady, who talked of the challenges that she has faced as a woman working in a male-dominated industry. They were lucky enough to chat with Baroness Brady afterwards in the VIP area, where they discussed other challenges that arise for SMEs in the industry.
One of our primary reasons to visit is to source new suppliers, catch up with existing ones, and to find out about new and upcoming technology. Ground-breaking products were easy to spot, thanks to the Innovation Trail, where golden balloons were tied to stands that the IFSEC team considered to be of particular note.
James Thompson and Andy Hubbard visit from a technological standpoint. They were particularly interested in the new Paxton net10 building intelligence system, which interfaces with existing building infrastructure to control all aspects of heating, lighting, air conditioning intruder alarms and fire alarms.
Roy Thomson uses the show as a valuable networking tool. He visited existing suppliers and customers, and chatted with FM companies that are interested in our work. Roy was impressed by the new ANPR Samsung camera and their new approach in surveillance packages and applications. Our newest Systems Design Manager Bradley Tichauer enjoyed his first visit to IFSEC, chatting to OCS Facilities Management, and seeing familiar faces from Comelit, Linxforce, and BPT.
Chris Owen and Kate Tompsett looked at hemispheric cameras, access control systems, temporary and body-worn cameras, and caught up with Fermax, Redvision, Raytec, Paxton, and Samsung Techwin. Kate also visited FMJ, (Facilities Management Journal) who have previously published our articles on Access Control and Sustainability.
It was interesting to learn that Samsung Techwin’s new open platform video surveillance technology (CCTV cameras, domes, recorders and Ethernet switches within its IP network range) have been approved for use within Network Rail infrastructure. This was of particular note to Secure Engineering; one of the first companies to work on CCTV in the railway industry, installing cameras at 84 stations in the 1990s.
On the whole, exhibitors were positive about the event. The general consensus among suppliers was that the landscape of electronic security is changing, becoming more of a ‘volume business’. The differentiation is in the detail; the accessibility, support and ease of use for installers. This resonated with the team at Secure Engineering, who have always placed quality and good design at the heart of everything that we do.