Information and communications technology (ICT) and CCTV technology convergence, integrated security systems, mass storage of CCTV footage and an increased focus on implementing intelligent building management systems that ensure energy and cost efficiencies.
These are just some of the local and international technology trends that visitors will be able to see, touch, hear and learn about at Securex 2008, which takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 25 to 27 June.
Since its inception 14 years ago, Securex has established itself as the definitive security, safety, fire and protection exhibition in South Africa. It is aimed at business and private individuals across the board, who are seeking solutions to meet the rapidly growing need for business and personal security, protection and safety.
Jack Edery, chairperson of the South African Security Association (SASA), explains why South Africans are becoming increasingly security conscious, "It is no secret that we are living in dangerous times, with crime - often violent in nature - affecting both private individuals and businesses at an alarming rate.
"Visitors to Securex will get a bird's-eye view of what is available to help them protect themselves, from physical security, including guarding, access control and alarms, to personal protection devices and more."
He sees a major trend towards 'visual' guarding, where cameras are deployed in areas where activations are not only heard by a signal but actually viewed realtime by a control room or handheld mobile - even on the other side of the world - within seconds.
In today's energy-starved environment, another trend will be towards generators and battery back-up, particularly in the security sector.
"We invite our members to visit the show to keep abreast of developments in the industry, as well as to attend some of the lectures that will run alongside the show," he says.
One company using sophisticated electronic visual security systems focusing on use of intelligent digital video recording technology and the integration of systems to achieve total security solutions is Protoclea Advanced Image Engineering.
The approach, says Dr Bennie Coetzer, managing director of Protoclea, is the integration of all security systems on a platform that permits seamless image and data monitoring, integration and transfer while at the same time maintaining the integrity and ongoing independent operation of each system.
"We saw the challenge for the industry as being the development of a platform that is able to integrate all of the systems while also allowing them to operate independently to fully achieve their original purpose," he says.
"Such systems include movement detection, fire/smoke detection, alarm systems, sprinkler fire protection systems, entry and exit monitors, parking control systems, object tracking systems, automatic number plate recognition systems and digital video recording (DVR) systems with hundreds of monitoring cameras."
Securex is the largest and most comprehensive show of its kind in South Africa and is the only show exclusively dedicated to the very latest developments in security, safety fire and protection.
Over 200 companies participated in Securex 2007 and the show attracted 5952 visitors travelling from all over southern Africa and the world to view and discuss the displays of the latest, market-leading products, services and solutions.
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