Dubai to spotlight AI’s role in safety planning for future cities

Live-action firefighting and emergency rescue operations, drone demonstrations, and a revamped conference discussing Artificial Intelligence, safety planning for cities of the future, and securing the Dubai Expo 2020, are some key features of Intersec 2019, as the final preparations are laid ahead of its big opening in Dubai next week.

The 21st edition of the world’s leading trade for security, safety, and fire protection takes place from 20-22 January 2019, with more than 1,200 exhibitors from 54 countries spanning 60,000sqm at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The annual three-day event is organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, and supported by the Dubai Police, Dubai Police Academy, Dubai Civil Defence, the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA), and the Dubai Municipality, along with a further 35 international government partners, trade associations, and non-profit institutions aimed at advancing the global security, safety, and fire protection landscape.

Acccording to Andreas Rex, Intersec’s Show Director, visitors to Intersec 2019 can see the latest in advanced technologies and solutions that are the future of a smarter, safer, and more secure world.

“With 15 country pavilions, six dedicated show sections, seminars and workshops, live demonstration areas, countless product launches, and nearly two-thirds of the world’s top 50 security manufacturers on-board, Intersec 2019 is the major annual gathering for thousands of industry professionals eager to start 2019 on a positive note,” said Rex.

“The new Intersec Future Security Summit is our most comprehensive conference programme yet bringing together more than 40 regional and international experts and government speakers.  Here, Artificial Intelligence in video analytics, future foresight on security, emergency preparedness and response, and planning the security for the Dubai Expo 2020 are among the many topics that will be presented.

He noted that another new feature is the Safety Forum in Hall 8, which will highlight challenges within the Middle Eastern health and safety industry and the benefits of adapting to international safety standards.  “From cloud-based advanced video analytics to integrated smart city technologies, or the world’s top fire-service vehicles and high-rise firefighting lifts, Intersec 2019 will put the spotlight on the latest global solutions that are moving the needle in keeping our societies safe and secure,” Rex said.

Meanwhile, Colonel Expert Ali Hassan Al Mutawa, Assistant Director General for Protection and Safety at the Dubai Civil Defence, also spoke today about the authority’s plans for Intersec, “The Dubai Civil Defence has been providing a number of solutions and innovations in the field of safety and fire protection, which has led to increased efficiency and effectiveness of services provided in the fire and rescue operations,” said Al Mutawa.

“At the 21st edition of Intersec, we’ll present the Emirates Fire Safety Laboratory, the first of its kind in the Middle East, through which we plan to raise the level of safety and the quality of fire safety systems through the services we provide.

“The services to be delivered by the laboratory will include fire systems testing, inspection and certification using the most sophisticated technologies and devices.  The laboratory will also monitor and verify technical stipulations required in accordance with international standard measures, whilst issuing internationally accredited safety certifications.”

Other conference highlights at Intersec 2019 include the one-day Intersec Fire Conference on 21st January, which will provide insights into the changing global trends in fire protection and its implications on the Middle East, while Dubai’s Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) Forum on 22nd January will also return with the latest updates in security law and industry regulations in Dubai.

Returning popular features include the Drone Zone, an Outdoor Demo Area, and the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion.  Intersec is held under the patronage of Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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