Many people were concerned that moving IFSEC SA from Sandton to the Gallagher Conference Centre in 2011 would be a mistake. Fortunately, the first day of the event has proved quite the opposite and I think we can expect to see IFSEC a regular feature in Midrand for the near future.
Day one saw a steady, increasing flow of people to the event, with exhibitors I spoke to saying they had a continual stream of visitors to their stands. Despite the usual brochure collectors, they were also impressed at the number of quality prospects wandering the halls. The presentations in Hall 3 offered a variety of topics of interest and were generally well attended, which is also a change from last year’s status quo.
And while there is a significant international presence at the show, there is a large contingent of local manufacturers, from hardware and software developers that export globally, such as Cathexis, through to access control manufacturers like Turnstar, also a global player. Centurion Systems is also present on a large stand, making gate motors and access control technology seem quite green and exciting.
And for those interested in video surveillance, a trip to the C-Video Concepts stand will prove worthwhile as the company demonstrates the difference PIXIM technology makes in a camera’s resolution. Drop by in Hall 3 for a demonstration.
Imperial Armour, a local manufacturer of protective gear for the global market held a dramatic launch in the afternoon to introduce its new Elite Force range of tactical military wear for urban warfare and special operations. If you need a bulletproof laptop bag, you know where to go.
Another bit of news that escaped from the FSK stand was that Amecor, FSK’s holding company, has acquired Secequip. The two companies will continue operating as separate entities, but have agreed to stop throwing pies at each other.
Walking around the show has proven that, no matter how much you think you know about the security industry, there are always surprises in store. Today, I hope to escape Hall 3 see what is happening in the other halls.
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