IT WAS a busy week for the security, fire and safety industry as experts and technology providers gathered for the fifth edition of IFSEC South-East Asia.
The annual event, which took place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, showcased the latest technological advances in the security industry and attracted about 12,000 trade visitors over three days.
Around 350 world-leading brands from more than 45 countries exhibited their latest products, services and solutions in access control and biometrics, CCTV, cybersecurity solutions, fire detection, home automations, intelligent buildings, perimeter protection and physical security.
Seminars and conferences were also held throughout the event for industry players to exchange ideas and experiences on current issues and available solutions.
Since foreign investors are placing the spotlight on Asean countries, UBM Malaysia co-chairman General (Rtd) Tan Sri Mohd Azumi Mohamed urged them to be prepared for the challenges and changes ahead.
“Most Asean countries will experience rapid development in various sectors, and the economic boom will have a direct impact on security as well.
“Modernisation of the cities will escalate the demands for better and smarter security solutions, especially with the current Internet of Things (IoT) technology,” he said.
“IFSEC SEA is proud to be the centre of the region’s security, fire and safety industry by bridging governments, law enforcers, cities, municipals, property developers, end users and buyers with the world’s best technological experts, investors and manufacturers.
“This event helps visitors in equipping their cities, facilities, commercial areas and residential establishments with the right systems or products,” said Mohd Azumi during the opening ceremony of the exhibition, which was organised by UBM Malaysia.
Royal Malaysia Police Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department deputy director Deputy Comm Datuk Zainal Abidin Kasim, who represented Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department director Comm Datuk Tajudin Md Isa, officiated at the opening cereemony along with other dignitaries.
Focusing on the current needs of the industry, this year’s exhibition highlighted the need for drones as the usage of unmanned aerial vehicles has gone beyond law enforcement to include other industries as well such as forestry, agriculture and construction.
A special Drone Zone was set up at a corner of Hall 1 where about 10 drone manufacturers and solution providers featured their products’ manoeuvrability and functionality to help visitors gain insights into this technology.
UBM Asean managing director M. Gandhi suggested that drones could cover a wider parameter in terms of security purposes.
“Instead of having so many security guards patrolling your factory, you can have one or two drones with cameras flying over to monitor the premises.
“Even though drones can be costly, they are worth it, judging from what they can do,” Gandhi pointed out.
However, the right legislation is needed to ensure they are not misused, he said, adding that there were exhibitors promoting anti-drone technology that can disable drones from entering areas such as airports.
Aside from that, cybersecurity and data protection were highlighted at the exhibition, focusing on ways companies can detect and protect information from going out.
On the same day, it was also announced that the expo would be expanding its presence to Bangkok next year onwards, to be held at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Centre from Nov 14 to 16, 2018.
With the Bangkok edition, the event is expected to alternate between that and the Kuala Lumpur instalment on even and odd years respectively.
“This strategy will provide more business and networking opportunities for exhibitors and visitors of IFSEC SEA. It’s also a very important step to promote Asean cooperation among member countries,” said Gandhi.
A new segment of IFSEC SEA will be introduced in Bangkok for the first time – Polsec (Police Security) – focusing on police security.
This will highlight the latest technology and products including ballistic helmets, body armour, electronic anti-theft system, electronic counter surveillance and fingerprint-matching systems to help law enforcers with their daily challenges.