IFSEC International 2017

Borders & Infrastructure Expo makes triumphant debut while Professor Brian Cox draws event’s biggest-ever keynote audience

Taking place at ExCeL London from 20th-22nd June, IFSEC International 2017 is the only large scale security event in Europe. This year offered three days of product launches, live demonstrations, networking, meetings and education to an audience from 116 of the world’s countries. 

Borders & Infrastructure Expo makes triumphant debut

Perhaps the most significant new feature introduced for the 2017 edition was Borders & Infrastructure Expo. Sponsored by Genetec, this show within a show featured the Drone Zone, live attack tests carried out by BRE Global/LPCB in the Attack Testing Zone, a VIP Meeting Service, the UK Home Office’s JSaRC and a dedicated seminar stream.

Focusing on solutions and learning for large scale security threats, Borders & Infrastructure provided a platform for exhibitors never before seen at IFSEC to meet with a new audience of high level security professionals from government, energy, utilities and transport.

Following its debut last year, the Drone Zone was back larger than ever in 2017 and was well at home within the new Borders & Infrastructure Expo. 2017 also saw a larger focus on anti-drone solutions, with a range of exhibitors such as DeDrone showing off their solutions to protect your organisation against UAV technology, reminding visitors the significant threat this developing technology can pose as well as the vast security opportunities. 

In the dedicated Borders & Infrastructure theatre, former IATA (International Air Transport Association) chief John Hedley argued that “we’re making life too easy for terrorists” on day one to an overflowing crowd. This set the tone for the rest of the 3 days, with a wide range of seminar sessions well suited to this high level audience, covering a range of topics including border control, anti-terror, major event security and cyber securing critical infrastructure.

Professor Brian Cox draws IFSEC’s biggest ever keynote crowd

Across the boulevard in ExCeL’s North Hall, Television Physicist cum 80’s pop-star Professor Brian Cox gave a thought-provoking lecture on the origins of the universe in front of a record audience at the Honeywell-sponsored Keynote Theatre. 

Addressing a packed audience, the TV presenter and physicist extraordinaire said he had asked the organisers “if they needed me to talk about safety and security. They said no; just talk about the universe.”

Other keynotes included double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes, rugby union Referee Nigel Owens MBE and Falklands War veteran Simon Weston CBE, which all provided a well-balanced contrast to the four security specific seminar streams within the main area of IFSEC International.

4 seminar streams place further emphasis on education

The seminar theatres were particularly busy in a year when security-related issues have rarely been out of the national and international headlines. In the Security Management Theatre, a packed audience heard how video analytics was “oversold and underutilised” but key to preventing terror attacks.” 

The Tavcom Theatre, meanwhile, featured presentations on cybersecurity, preparing CCTV evidence for the criminal courts and how to optimise your network for CCTV, this year housed within Installer World and focussing more specifically on education for this area of the market.

As well as the Borders & Infrastructure Theatre, IFSEC 2017 also introduced the Smart Theatre focussing on the growing world of home automation, smart commercial buildings and integrated security and building management systems. Topics included the risks and vulnerabilities posed by IoT systems, smart data and analytics, and the vast opportunities smart technology poses to both end users and installers.

IFSEC 2017 in numbers

  • 27,658 visitors across 3 days
  • 35% of visitors came from overseas, with 116 countries represented
  • 3,514 visitors had a security budget of over £1m
  • 578 exhibiting companies from 39 countries

IFSEC International will be back at London’s ExCeL next year for 3 days, from 19 – 21 June 2018.

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