10,000 visit fourth edition of exhibition to learn about latest in security and safety devices

IFSEC SEA 2016 showcased over 350 companies and brands across 42 countries, including national pavilions of the UK, Singapore, China and Taiwan.— KAMARUL ARIFFIN/TheStar

THE Security, Fire and Safety Exhibition and Conference South-East Asia (IFSEC SEA) kicked off its fourth edition at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

IFSEC SEA launched by Deputy Home Minister Masir Kujat continues to be the region’s leading security, fire and safety exhibition, with the aim of sharing expertise with South-East Asian markets.

“This event is timely as safety and security are cornerstones of Malaysia’s stability and economic development.

“To continue keeping Malaysia safe and secured, a high level of operational excellence and preparedness is crucial, and the involvement of all stakeholders, be it the public or private sector, is of utmost importance,” he said.

More than 10,000 visitors comprising security, fire and safety professionals converged to access the latest solutions in closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems, surveillance, biometric access, perimeter security, access control and other sectors available in the market.

The three-day event showcased over 350 companies and brands from 42 countries including national pavilions of Britain, Singapore, China, South Korea and Taiwan.

In addition to the main exhibition, seminars and conferences were also held throughout the event.

Speaking at the launch, United Business Media (M) Sdn Bhd (UBM) co-chairman General (Rtd) Tan Sri Mohd Azumi Mohamed said the programmes were a platform for business opportunities and insight-sharing among industry players to keep them up-to-date with the latest technologies.

“It is not only about the commercial aspect, but above all, providing global innovations and expertise to the security, fire and safety markets in the region,” he added.

For the first time this year, International Workplace (IW), a globally recognised learning and development provider, participated in the array of interesting programmes by organising a free two-day seminar.

The seminars featured six topics, highlighting occupational, safety and health issues including “Transitioning to ISO 45001: the new International Standard for Occupational Safety and Health.”

Through its agency National Computing and Information Service, South Korea’s Ministry of Interior presented the country's cybersecurity strategy entitled “Public-Private Collaboration in Response to Cyber-attacks.”

Meanwhile, CyberSecurity Malaysia came on board with a one-day paid training session themed “Cyber Security Risk Management for C-Suite” to provide more insights on cybersecurity threats.

Another highlight was the annual IFSEC Technology Showcase in which industry experts displayed the latest comprehensive security solutions.

“Working under the umbrella of the Home Affairs Ministry (MOHA), the private security industry complements the role of national agencies and auxiliary forces in security and preparedness to safeguard the economy of the nation,” said Asian Professional Security Association (APSA) president Datuk Seri Mustapa Ali.

The Police Narcotics Criminal Investigation Division deputy director senior assistant commissioner Datuk Mohd Nadzri Zainal Abidin said new and emerging technologies were playing an increasingly crucial role in the daily work of frontline officers.

“Exposure and keeping updated on the latest trends and development will improve effectiveness and readiness in combating crime, allowing us to remain resilient in the dynamic environment,” he added.

Also present were UBM Malaysia business development director Eliane Vandoorn, UBM Asia Asean business managing director M. Gandhi as well as delegates, ministry officials and policing bodies.

“IFSEC SEA has been progressing well with an approximate 10% increase in visitors every year.

“This year, the pre-registration online witnessed a 13% increase compared with last year’s number of visitors,” said Gandhi.

UBM Malaysia is the organiser of IFSEC SEA.

IFSEC South-East Asia 2016 was supported by government agencies and associations such as MOHA, Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry, Royal Malaysia Police, British Security Industry Association, APSA Malaysia Chapter, American Society for Industrial Security Malaysia Chapter, CyberSecurity Malaysia, Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia, National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health United Kingdom and IW.

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