If you thought IFSEC was just wall to wall CCTV – think again.
IFSEC is launching several new features and revamping some existing favourites for its 2017 edition.
The security industry is evolving fast in terms of technology (eg the rise of IP, cyber security and the internet of things), the threat landscape (eg growing terror and cyber threats) and how the supply chain does business.
Based on the needs of a changing audience, IFSEC is introducing new services, technologies, seminar theatres and show areas to enhance the experience in 2017 and cater to the entire supply chain, in the UK and internationally.
Here are five of the brand new, or revamped, features for 2017.
1. Borders & Infrastructure Expo
Long the go-to event for security installers, IFSEC International has been adapting to its increasingly diverse visitor demographic for several years now.
That is why 2017 marks the launch of Borders & Infrastructure Expo. Catering to senior security professionals from government, utilities, transport, logistics, sports stadia and events, and border control and law enforcement, Borders & Infrastructure will provide solutions and education around counter terror, border security and the protection of critical national infrastructure.
This brand new event within IFSEC 2017 will host leading suppliers of innovative solutions in cyber, perimeter, UAVs, surveillance and other cutting-edge technologies. The expo will also feature an exclusive meeting service to pair high value buyers with exhibitors, as well as a dedicated seminar theatre tackling security trends, pitfalls and best practice for high-security sectors of critical national importance.
2. The Drone Zone
Officially launched at IFSEC 2016, the Drone Zone will return to ExCeL London bigger, better and now more appropriately housed, centre stage, within Borders & Infrastructure Expo. Whether you want to find out more about the diverse uses of drones in aiding your security strategy, are looking to protect your organisation against drones, or simply want to see this incredible technology in action, the Drone Zone will provide some compelling aerial theatre in the heart of IFSEC.
You’ll have the chance to speak to experts from leading drone manufacturers and, of course, see them in action, flying above your head within ExCel London.
3. Free Meeting Service
To ensure IFSEC International continues to be a place to do business for the international security industry – and is not seen as just another trade show – the 1 to 1 meeting service has been revamped for 2017.
Acting as matchmaker, the service gets you face time with exhibitors who can help you secure the solutions you need. Use the meetings service to pre-book your meetings ahead of your visit – a vast improvement on the traditional exhibition format, where you’re left hovering, frustrated, for the crowds to clear on an exhibitor’s stand.
This free service guarantees meetings with the people you want to meet, along with the chance to capitalise on thousands of in-show special offers and pricing deals IFSEC is known for. You can then spend the rest of your time learning best practice in any of the four theatres, or networking at the bar.
4. Brand new seminar theatre
IFSEC 2017 will feature a brand new seminar theatre. Hosted within Borders & Infrastructure Expo, the Borders & Infrastructure Theatre will feature seminars, case studies and panel debates dedicated to counter terror, border security and the protection of critical national infrastructure. Anyone with a standard IFSEC pass can access the Borders & Infrastructure Theatre.
Installer-focused content, meanwhile, will now be found in the Tavcom Theatre, where security installers, engineers and integrators can get a first-hand view of the latest products, under the guidance of Tavcom’s award-winning trainers (The Installer Theatre has been scrapped for 2017).
The ever-popular Security Management Theatre will this year have an even bigger focus on getting the best out of IP surveillance, access control, intruder alarms and other security technology, while the Smart theatre is branching out from last year’s home automation focus to cover smart commercial buildings, integrated security solutions and the internet of things.
5. Installer World
Not forgetting the thousands of installers, integrators and engineers who return year after year, in 2017 IFSEC will be dedicating a specific area to this community. Installer World will bring together manufacturers and distributors, the Anglia Tool Centre Tool Zone, workwear, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition, recruitment consultants and a networking bar – all in one place.
Offering a diverse audience new reasons to visit and expanding the appeal to the wider industry, IFSEC 2017 is set to be the best, most ambitious show yet. Whether you’re an installer, integrator, head of security, consultant, or work in government or law enforcement, don’t miss the only large scale security show to take place in Europe this year.
IFSEC International is held in ExCeL, London, 20 – 22 June 2017. The FSA stand - C230 is located in the FIREX part of the show, opposite the VIP lounge.
You can register for a free pass to IFSEC International - here.