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Airport security, traffic accidents in focus

Staff Reporter / 19 January 2013

Dubai Police are looking for ways to ramp up airport security, as the emirate’s largest-ever three-day conference on regional security, safety and fire protection came to an end.

The Intersec conference held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre ended on Thursday, with organisers expecting it to be the most successful edition ever, once final figures are computed. Trade visitors, buyers and major corporate companies were present, while 990 exhibitors from 54 countries showcased their offerings at the region’s premier security and policing event.

“This is the biggest edition of Intersec we have had in its 15 years. All of the world’s top 10 security companies were featured here. We had exhibitors from over 50 countries and from every aspect of the entire spectrum of security,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of organiser Epoc Messe Frankfurt.

“It is unbelievable the products you could find on the show floor. There was everything you would expect from a security event and more — safety equipment for the construction industry, car park passes and management for large scale developments.”

Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Police and relevant local authorities also attended the event, with Dubai Police exhibiting in a range of sectors. Deputy Director Col Humaid Al Ansai said the exhibition highlighted vital new trends in the numerous security industries.

“Among the areas we are paying close attention to is airport security which is growing in importance with more than 50 million people travelling daily worldwide. We are also closely examining methods to reduce traffic accidents.”

Tyco Security Products applications engineer Marc McNicholl said his company had made many new deals, mainly with Asian and local customers. Tyco launched the brand new Emerald Access Control and Video Surveillance technology, which uses smart phone apps with an inbuilt intercom.

Conferences held alongside the main event highlighted key issues affecting the international security and safety community. Fire Safety Regulations, hazards  and fire safety in large constructions were some of the topics discussed on the first day, aviation security was under the spotlight on the second day, while the final day featured a  Dubai Police workshop on video surveillance systems.

The 4th UAE Fire Fighting Challenge Championships held in the outdoor arena also proved highly popular. Top teams of emergency responders and firefighters from the GCC and Europe competed with each other in tests of strength, tactics and skill in simulated emergency conditions.— news@khaleejtimes.com


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