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International Security Expo

by Mark Rowe

More than 300 suppliers will come together on September 27 and 28 when the International Security Expo returns to London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre. It’s free to attend; click here.

Those exhibitors will offer products in screening and scanning; perimeter protection; and Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM); intruder detection and monitoring; access control and biometrics; and CCTV and surveillance.

Unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, are becoming a part of everyday life, permeating more sectors of society. The expo organisers quote a study carried out by PWC study estimated that 76,000 drones would be in use in the UK by 2030, saving businesses £16bn and making a £42bn impact on the economy. And, while the growing opportunities and applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have driven that evolution, the technology has also brought security risks. Drone and counter-drone technologies will be on display at this year’s Expo with companies such as LiveLink Aerospace, D-Fend Solutions, Dedrone, Riegl, NavTech Radar, Robin Radar Systems, and QinetiQ – who were featured on this very subject in the May print edition of Professional Security Magazine.

A provider of anti-drone systems, BravoZulu will highlight its DroneRanger, capable of jamming cellular and satellite signals with coverage of frequency bands from 20-6000 MHz, and ranges of over 20km. Toshiba will highlight its components for multi-mission C-UAS solutions to detect, track, analyse and mitigate suspicious drones. This includes its long-range radar, RF Sensor, short and middle-range Radar and autonomous hunting drone.

Drone Defence will display its AeroSentry drone detection dome, AeroEye (optical AI drone detection), Paladyne E1000MP and E2000HH drone jammers, as well as their AeroPing remote-ID. Live demonstrations will also be available of its AeroTracker platform, for cloud-based integrated airspace monitoring, providing real-time flight viewing of manned aircraft and UAVs. That product provides historic flight reports, which can be used in prosecutions, in line with CPR35 regulations.

Among the exhibitors in screening technologies, 3DX-Ray Limited will showcase its AXIS-CXi mobile cabinet-based x-ray, using aviation-standard Materials Discrimination for screening mail, parcels and small baggage for potentially harmful items and contraband. Designed for places where space is at a premium, the CXi offers an inspection chamber and imaging area whilst retaining a small footprint. The company also offers ThreatScan Portable Systems, an integrated amorphous silicon portable x-ray inspection system with a primary display, computer, communications, and power supplies consolidated into a single, waterproof case. ThreatScan-LS1, ThreatScan-LSC and ThreatScan-LS3 are all line-scan x-ray inspection systems. They operate with the intuitive ThreatSpect software to produce sub-millimetre resolution images. GreyScan Detection will highlight its deployable CZE trace detection system designed to detect homemade explosive compounds. The ETD-100 inorganic trace threat substance detection is helping to close the gap in detection the manufacturer says by identifying trace levels of Nitrate, Chlorate and Perchlorate compounds as well as other inorganic substances.

And, as the anticipated Protect Duty in the UK will place responsibility on publicly accessible locations, and the requirement for businesses to take appropriate and proportionate measures to protect the public, new search and screening regimes may become more normal. Business owners attending the Expo will have the opportunity to witness screening technologies in action from suppliers including Smiths Detection, Astrophysics, Apstec Systems, Rapiscan Systems, Scan-X and ThruVision.

As for CCTV and surveillance, suppliers such as Vaylia, Bowman, Aspire Monitoring Services, Eagle Eye Networks, Everbridge, HALO Technologies and SeeQuestor will highlight the latest to monitor public and private spaces. Pelco (Motorola) will promote its video surveillance cameras, video management and recording systems, security software, and aligned services including its Sarix camera. The NDAA-compliant camera offers two imager module options to capture scenes and people of interest. OpenEye, the cloud video platform company, will highlight how its technology combines local recording with the cloud. Oddity will demonstrate its surveillance software that monitors video feeds in real-time, alerting security personnel of violent incidents, car crashes, perimeter breaches, or other incidents, with a detection speed of less than half a second.

Physical perimeter security is often the first line of defence against a malicious attack, critical for many Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) sites. Perimeter security suppliers including Pitagone, Marshalls, APEX Vanguard, ASL, CLD Fencing Systems, Jacksons Fencing and Lochrin Bain will be there. Abloy UK will be exhibiting its range of compliant, patented, locking and digital access products.

Attendees can watch live demonstrations of newly launched products and services in the Product Innovation Theatre. Suppliers are invited to find out how the Government’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) could provide them with funding support. With an open call for submissions, funding is now available via the Security Rapid Impact Open Call for Innovation, a channel for firms working in the security sector to pitch their ideas to Government. The initiative is designed to aid the next generation of solutions that could enhance UK security. Suppliers interested are encouraged to speak with the DASA Security Exploitation Team at the Expo.

Rachael Shattock, Event Director, International Security Expo, said: “With less than four weeks until we return to London Olympia, we’re delighted to offer a sneak peek into some of the exciting innovations and product areas that will return to the show floor at this year’s International Security Expo. There is no doubt, that once again we’ll be astounded by the level of innovation the industry continues to demonstrate, as it responds to ever-changing dynamics in the security landscape. 2022 has seen the industry being pulled in even more directions, as it prepares for the possible challenges emerging from modern warfare and geo-political tensions. By providing the critical link between Government, industry, academia and the entire end-user community, we can help to strengthen the relationships that are essential to improving global safety and security.”

To register to attend visit the Expo website.

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