Organiser UBM EMEA points to “hugely successful year” for IFSEC International

Organiser UBM EMEA has announced its post-show figures for IFSEC International 2016, at the same time heralding “another hugely successful year” for Europe’s largest security event, which ran from 21-23 June at ExCeL in London’s Docklands.

This year, IFSEC International attracted 27,052 attendees, which UBM EMEA states is “in line with the 2015 attendance” figures. The event saw a “huge” Day One and Day Two, with exhibitors said to be “overwhelmed” by the sheer volume of quality visitors.

Battling nature and politics on Thursday 23 June, with severe flooding in London, the South West and Essex hampering transport links to the venue and the UK’s EU Referendum taking place that same day, IFSEC International still managed to deliver over 7,000 visitors to exhibitors’ stands on Day Three alone.

Key audiences on the IFSEC International show floor saw growth this year, with a 7% increase in the installer and integrator footfall and significant international visitor participation measured at 34%. UBM EMEA believes strongly that this cements IFSEC International as the industry’s chosen global security exhibition.

IFSEC International also grew this year by dint of crossovers from co-located events FIREX International (which ran in the same hall at ExCeL), The Facilities Show, Safety & Health Expo and Service Management Expo, with a “higher interest in security” this year leading to an increase of show floor visits.

Gerry Dunphy

Gerry Dunphy

Gerry Dunphy, event director for IFSEC and FIREX International, commented: ‘’IFSEC International 2016 was another seismic experience for all concerned. A fantastic display of the very best in world class security products and solutions. The new areas this year such as Home Automation successfully showcased a whole new range of technologies available to security professionals, while the Drone Zone was an absolute floor-filler. It’s proof that IFSEC International can always provide exciting spectacles for the visiting audience.”

Dunphy added: “We’ve already planned the main themes for 2017, so the security world should look out for further developments in home automation, smart commercial buildings and borders and infrastructure protection. There’s something for the senior specifiers of strategic security management and those in the installer and integrator communities. IFSEC International is certainly a definitive destination for both engineers and installers.”

IFSEC International was very pleased to once again welcome the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) as a key supporter of the event. James Kelly, CEO at the BSIA, stated: “The BSIA is proud to promote the importance of quality as a key consideration within the security business sector. IFSEC International provides both security buyers and industry colleagues alike with access to valuable education and thought leadership.”

Video surveillance, cyber and access control

With security technology at the very heart of the IFSEC International community, this year saw the audience of 27,000-plus security buyers privy to over 20,000 different security solutions. Key to the product offerings were new launches across video surveillance, cyber, access control and integrated solutions, with new products revealed by companies including Suprema, Canon, Avigilon and IDIS.

With an enhanced focus on this year’s Physical and Perimeter Protection Zone, IFSEC International saw a growth to 22% of the audience attending to view products across perimeter protection, locking systems, safes and more. With increased security threats from terrorism, the need to protect businesses from external threats has never been greater. Therefore, this year’s success will develop into a fuller offering on the show floor as the event moves into 2017, with a new launch entitled ‘IFSEC Borders and Infrastructure’.

A further launch for 2016, the ARC Village, comprised of 13 exhibiting ARCs to meet the needs of attending installers. Attendance here surpassed expectations, with over 2,000 installers and integrators present across the three days. The ARC Village was hosted in conjunction with connectivity partner CSL Dualcom.

The aforementioned Drone Zone created a buzz throughout ExCeL as people visited to see how the security world can benefit from this innovative new offer, with demonstrations expertly piloted to showcase the opportunities of this new technology to the crowds. New legislation is still being drafted, with research indicating that the drone market will be worth $80 billion by 2025.

Inspirational Speaker Series

Each day, the Inspirational Speaker Series continued to attract large crowds from across the security, safety, fire protection, facilities management and service management industries to the 400-capacity theatre on the show floor. Speakers were again of a very high calibre, with Colonel Tim Collins OBE, Kate Adie OBE and James Cracknell OBE sharing their key insights on how they’ve overcome adversity and challenges in their extraordinary careers in order to achieve their goals.

In tandem, a security-centric seminar programme witnessed over 11,000 security professionals attending sessions focused on everything from tactical training through to security leadership techniques. The Tavcom Training Theatre was also as popular as ever.

The Protection and Management Series played host to a total of over 45,000 visitors at ExCeL across the three days. This represents a 4% increase on the 2015 numbers.

IFSEC International 2017 takes place from 20-22 June at ExCeL London. For more information about the event visit: www.ifsec.co.uk

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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