May was the month for Securex 2019 and the event saw an influx of security practitioners to Gallagher estate where a variety of security companies put their best feet forward for three busy days. Hi-Tech Security Solutions was also at the show, both walking around to see who was doing what, and with our own stand.
This year’s show had a number of visitors to keep the exhibitors busy, although the final figures had not been announced at the time of writing. Most of the comments we heard from exhibitors throughout the show, however, were positive. Some said the numbers were down on last year, but they were happy with the quality of the people coming to their stands.
Once again, the seminar venue was a highlight of the show with interesting talks delivered over the course of the event, which were generally well attended. One criticism was that the venue was too small this year, with some people having to stand during some of the presentations.
There were too many exhibitors to mention every one of them in a review, but we highlight a few in this article as a cross section of what was on show.
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Starting as one entered the hall, ZKTeco’s stand was all about facial recognition. Visitors were treated to a demonstration of how the company’s facial recognition technology can enhance security right from access control and visitor management, to a large-screen display showing the surveillance benefits of its advanced facial recognition analytics.
Next door, Suprema had a range of devices on its stand, from its new facial recognition biometrics through to its fingerprint and multi-modal readers. It also displayed a range of rugged devices and had a section reserved for solutions demonstrating the integration of biometrics in various applications.
Arteco’s stand demonstrated some of the newer applications integrated into the company’s management platform, from its new logistics management solution through to facial recognition. It also gave visitors a preview of its latest platform, named Omnia, which will be highlighted in a future issue of Hi-Tech Security Solutions.
Paxton was again at Securex highlighting its new web interface as well as the apps it has developed to manage its access control. It also displayed its new audio monitor as well as the various integrations available to other systems, such as surveillance and biometric systems.
Turnstar’s stand featured a demonstration of some of its high-tech access control solutions featuring eye-catching LED lighting and fully motional mechanisms.
And then there was the individual from NorseGuard who spent the show punching glass and doing all he could to destroy the safety gloves he was wearing. His tireless efforts, unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), did not ruin his gloves, or hands.
AxxonSoft demonstrated its latest technology which had a strong focus on behavioural analytics in its video management software and the company’s deep learning technology, which has been adapted to tell the difference between humans and animals.
Graphic Image Technologies was also back, demonstrating a few cameras and the latest management platform from FLIR. The company has also launched a new dashcam that is not only easy to setup and use, but makes use of onboard and cloud storage to make it easy to manage various vehicles from a central control panel. We will feature more on this in a future issue.
Jasco is a name that has been around for a long time in the security business (as well as other businesses) and the company was on the show to highlight the consolidation of its security and fire divisions into one. The combined company will now be able to offer integrated security solutions to its customers.
Powell Tronics was another repeat exhibitor, demonstrating a range of access and visitor management solutions from its vendors as well as the integrated solutions the company has developed on top of these products for the local market.
Secutel had a stand with many of its products available for viewing. One section was devoted to one of its newer vendors, India’s Matrix Comsec. The company produces a range of access control systems, along with a web-based management platform. On the show it was demonstrating its solutions, including facial recognition, which by now readers will know was one of the mainstays of the show – and will be a big feature in the broader security market.
Hikvision also occupied a large stand with an array of products on display, as well as solutions for a variety of applications. Another Chinese company, Dahua was next door, also with a large stand packed with products and solutions from partners. Longse Africa also had a stand where it demonstrated a range of products, including a new smart PIR kit where an IP camera has a built-in detector, which can either be a PIR for motion detection, a gas detector, or a speaker.
There were innumerable other companies at Securex 2019, all of which spent the time and effort (and money) to make the event a success. And they succeeded in making the 2019 show an interesting, and busy event that was, once again, worth visiting.
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