UBM celebrates “another year of innovation, inspiration and industry excellence” for IFSEC International

The end user visitor cohort increased at IFSEC International 2015

The end user visitor cohort increased at IFSEC International 2015

UBM EMEA – the organiser of IFSEC International 2015 – has reported on a “hugely successful year” for Europe’s largest security event. Running from 16-18 June at ExCeL London, IFSEC International welcomed no less than 23,079 visitors through the doors, increasing overall attendance figures by 2% on the 2014 edition.

IFSEC International benefited from the co-located events within the Protection and Management Series (among them FIREX International), attracting an additional 4,536 visitors1 from across the venue as a whole. UBM EMEA explained: “This highlights the power of these shows being located alongside each other and demonstrates that the Protection and Management Series is the go-to event for sourcing the latest products and innovations while discovering expertise across the security, fire, facilities management and safety sectors.”

IFSEC International continued to attract senior decision-makers from across the security world, with a 14% increase in end user visitors and a 42% rise in directors and company owners visiting ExCeL.

Integrated security and Safe Cities

The show floor was extremely busy throughout the three-day event

The show floor was extremely busy throughout the three-day event

In terms of solutions, UBM EMEA’s figures show that video surveillance, access control and integrated security remain significant areas of interest, while the ever-burgeoning topics of Safe Cities, IT and cyber security “received more attention than ever before”.

As the security sector becomes increasingly globalised, IFSEC International retains its standing as a truly global event. 33% of total attendees emanated from 112 countries, along with exhibitors coming from 45 countries.

For the second year running, the UKTI Events Alliance worked with the British Security Industry Association to bring inward missions of Commercial Officers and relevant buyers from target countries to meet with UK-based organisations at IFSEC International.

Gerry Dunphy, event director for IFSEC and FIREX International, said: “IFSEC International once again exceeded all expectations for 2015. The atmosphere on the show floor was fantastic with plenty of innovation and industry expertise on display across the three days. We’ve received a great response from both our visitors and exhibitors. Now, we’re already looking forward to returning to London in 2016 and continuing to be the industry-leading event that showcases the latest security technologies from across the globe.”

Highlights and new launches

The all-new Inspirational Speakers Series proved popular with visitors

The all-new Inspirational Speakers Series proved popular with visitors

Additional highlights at IFSEC International this year included the launch of the Inspirational Speaker Series which attracted large crowds from across the security, safety, fire, facilities management and service management industries to the 400-capacity theatre located on the show floor at ExCeL.

Kicking off with Baroness Karren Brady CBE on the first day, followed by Sir Ranulph Fiennes on the second day and finishing with Sir Chris Hoy on the final day of the event, each speaker took to the stage to share anecdotes from their own illustrious careers and offer some invaluable advice on leadership and achieving success.

Another new launch for IFSEC International in 2015 was the Benchmark Innovation Arena which welcomed over 40 finalists for the annual industry awards. A series of ten-minute pitches and short Q&A sessions were hosted by leading companies including Bosch Security, UTC Fire & Security and Secure Logiq. This exciting new format devised by Risk UK’s sister title Benchmark Magazine provided visitors to IFSEC International with a detailed overview of the new products that are delivering tangible benefits to end users, integrators and security installers.


1Data scanned on show features and exhibitor stands using the show data capture device

*IFSEC International 2016 takes place from 21-23 June at ExCeL London. For more information about IFSEC International 2016 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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