Exhibition attendance is an excellent barometer of an industry’s health. In this context, the 20 per cent increase in visitor numbers at Intersec 2019 – an established show staging its 21st edition – highlights the boom currently underway in the region’s security, safety and fire protection industries.
This boom is backed by the data. Recent surveys predict that, in the Middle East, relevant markets and sectors will grow by 10–15 per cent CAGR between 2018 and 2024. Some are expected to grow even more. The regional market for drones in security and safety applications, for example, is slated to rise from US$507m in 2018 to US$2.4bn in 2024.
It’s clear therefore why a record-breaking 34,800 visitors went to Intersec 2019, and numbers look equally strong this year. The event’s impact now spreads beyond MENA to major markets such as India, with visitors coming from 135 countries. It also embraces every corner of the industry, from commercial security to information security, smart homes, fire and rescue, safety and health, homeland security and policing, and perimeter and physical security.
This diversity makes Intersec an important industry meeting point, and source of technologies for the wholesale and retail trade, plus corporate buyers and governments. The event also includes the Intersec Intelligence Forum, bringing a range of learning and networking opportunities.