The International Security Expo (co-located with the International Disaster Response Expo) has announced that 2019 saw ‘record numbers’ for the event, with 12,576 international visitors, a 7% increase on 2018, travelling from 112 countries for the two-day event.
The event, which took place from 3-4 December 2019 at Olympia London, also reported that feedback from exhibitors and visitors had been ‘overwhelmingly positive’, citing the security of the event, which had temporary Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) barriers outside the venue, in addition to a new ‘High Footfall Screening’ solution in place at the entrance to allow for a faster flow of visitors and VIPs into the venue as one of the reasons for this.
Chief executive at Nineteen, Peter Jones, said: “There is a truly international flavour now and our vision is to grow the show into the largest and most credible security event globally. With an incredibly talented team, and under the chairmanship of Former Security Minister, Admiral Lord West I look forward to seeing the show go from strength to strength in the coming years.”
Group event director in charge of the Security and Disaster Response Series at Nineteen, Tristan Norman, added: “International Security Expo was once again an exceptional event. Opened by Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, the lead for Counter Terror Policing in the UK, the 200+ high calibre speakers, number of international delegates and range of UK government agencies supporting sets us aside from other shows in this sector.”
The event included 12 conference, summit and workshop theatres which provided almost 250 CPD certified sessions on a variety of topics including: cyber security; drone and counter drone; forensics; protecting crowded places; aviation and transport security; crisis management and business continuity; designing in security; global counter terrorism; and serious & organised crime. Speakers included: senior representatives from the FBI and NCSC; Commissioner of the City of London Police; just retired Deputy Director from the NCA; a former member of Al Qaeda and MI6 spy; a former US Secret Service Agent and Chemical Weapons expert; the UK’s Cyber Ambassador to the USA; and many others.
The product innovation theatre displayed a number of security solutions for attendees to observe. Among the products covered were CCTV & surveillance, access control, perimeter protection, communications, screening and scanning, tracking and monitoring to name a few.
The event also featured the“Realities of Terror” thread for the first time, with speeches from those affected personally by terrorism: former hostage Peter Moore who survived being held captive in Iraq for over 2 years; Figen Murray who introduced Martyn’s Law in memory of her son who was murdered in the Manchester Arena bombing; and Helen Scott, who was affected when the Pan Am 103 flight blew up over her house in Lockerbie.
Another key feature was the immersive aspects, which included a cyber demonstrator that took audiences from a hacker’s bedroom through to a police arrest, the Border Force Sea Container which gave a physical demonstration of how far criminals go to hide contraband, a live explosion detection from Counter EO UK, real-life training in armed weapon and police scene of crime testing via virtual reality headsets from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue, and a demonstration of how leading products stand up to rigorous testing from the LPCB test lab.
Norman said: “There’s significant momentum to the event with over 85% of exhibitors rebooking onsite for next year and many taking much bigger stands, we are also proud to have continued support from all 20 Premier Partners. The 2020 event will build on the huge success of this year’s show including a much wider cyber offering, increased International Delegation programme and expansion into the National Hall at Olympia to allow for the growing number of exhibitors and visitors.”