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French Security Equipment Manufacturers Keen to Increase Their Presence in the Middle East

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As a key event in the protection and security sectors, fourteen French companies will take part in Intersec 2022. Considered as a major challenge in the region, this security-focused trade show will allow reconnecting with the industry players in order to enhance the protection of businesses and industries across the Middle East.

A French Pavilion with a major objective: develop collaborations with both public and private stakeholders in the region
The UAE represent a particularly attractive market for French players in the security sector with a lot of investments opportunities. On the one hand, the commercial security and infrastructure protection market is expected to reach $7.4 billion by 2024, and on the other hand, fire safety and rescue is a sector that is worth around $699 billion in 2021. These trends bode well for future collaboration. For these reasons, French security experts are eyeing the GCC market with high interest and will be present on the French pavilion at INTERSEC to promote their solutions and know-how.

Taking into account the strategic importance placed by the UAE on data management and security, to address digital sovereignty challenges, that got bigger with the pandemic and the increase of digital transformation, the key technologies that will be presented on the French pavilion at Intersec align perfectly with the local needs. Indeed, the French exhibiting companies that have been selected to participate specialise in cybersecurity, firefighting and rescue solutions, perimeter and physical security including monitoring and maintenance devices to ensure environmental protection.

Amongst these companies, we can find innovative solutions such as biometric keys to protect the user’s identity through built-in fingerprints analysis, next-generation optical fibre sensor systems for infrastructure maintenance and monitoring, optronics for monitoring extended sites, industrial thermography, test applications and infrared metrology, access control equipment, fire-fighting systems, coated technical textiles and protective clothing, to name just a few.

Whereas the UAE positions national security as a top priority over the next ten years with $10 billion to be invested in the sector, France is willing to strengthen agreements and co-operation measures by introducing specific solutions that remain crucial for the security of the country. With an existing solid presence in the region, through technical co-operation agreements, military and security assistance for air, land, maritime forces, as well as in the area of civil security, the UAE recently reinforced their long-standing partnership with France through a strategic deal of €17bn defence contract involving a major French group along with mid-sized companies.

Considered as an industry of excellence, the French security industry had revenues of €28bn in 2020, of which approximately 50% came from exports. It is highly technological and represents 130,000 highly qualified jobs, mainly in the fields of electronic security (44%), physical security (33%) and finally cybersecurity (23%). Many technological innovations are specific to the sector and France is very well positioned both in terms of industrial players and scientific know-how. It relies on significant skills in engineering and industrial processes from the defence and digital sectors (biometrics, smart cards, etc.). Its ranks include major international leaders in their fields, a dense fabric of dynamic and innovative SMEs, as well as numerous start-ups.

It also relies on world-class R&D (19 competitiveness clusters and 36 academic laboratories), which enables France to excel, in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, behavioural biometrics, in innovations combined with safety features. France is one of the top three countries in the world in the area of post-quantum technologies (cryptographic developments), in real-time analysis of wide-area observation data.

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Axis Communications to Participate at World Police Summit 2022

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Axis Communications is participating in the 2022 edition of the World Police Summit (WPS) and will demonstrate how its market-leading network video and audio products can be leveraged by policing and law enforcement entities and enterprises to serve as the bedrock of a comprehensive surveillance and security ecosystem.

The summit, which will take place from 14 to 17 March at the Dubai Exhibition Centre, Expo 2020, in the UAE, brings together policing officials and experts from around the world to discuss current trends and technologies and to debate topics relevant to the future of the sector.

“We have a strong relationship with the law enforcement authorities in the Middle East and are proud to be showcasing our solutions for smart cities and traffic management at the World Police Summit. Additionally, we are also collaborating with video analytics firm Irisity, to demonstrate the true power of analytics,” says Ettiene van der Watt, Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa at Axis.

Axis will be demonstrating the following solutions:

  • Multisensor and Multidirectional cameras for city surveillance
    Multisensor and multidirectional cameras provide seamless 180° coverage with great detail and minimal distortion. With their seamlessly stitched images, multisensor cameras also eliminate blind spots. They are well suited for railway stations, metro stations, and airports and for squares, stadiums, campuses, and parking lots. They’re also ideal for perimeter surveillance around critical infrastructure, public or government buildings, banks, and healthcare centres.
  • A smarter approach to traffic incidents and offenses
    Combining high-quality images with automated edge-based video analytics allows the detection, verification, and response to incidents quickly and efficiently. When combined with intelligent automatic incident detection software, the traffic cameras reliably spot actionable incidents with significantly fewer false alarms.
  • Audio for security
    Axis network audio systems ensure that important communication takes place at the right time, in the right place, and with the sound quality needed to keep citizens safe and secure. Emerging audio technologies can also help smart cities flexibly tackle issues that are having a direct and detrimental effect on citizen wellbeing.
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Argus Systems to Participate at the World Police Summit

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Argus Systems has announced that it will be participating in the World Police Summit being held at Dubai Exhibition Center Expo 2020 from the 14th to 17th March 2022. Argus Systems has partnered with Video Internet Technologies Ltd (VIT Ltd) and Outlook Limited to showcase and exhibit all in one multi-vision visualization solutions. Law enforcement and smart city solutions are designed specifically for addressing a variety of use cases such as homeland security, policing, aviation, transportation, and mobility applications.

Argus will be represented at the show by their management team and companies’ top executives Rohit Khubchandani, the Chief Executive Officer, and Yuriy Bukhtiyarov, the Chief Technology Officer. “We are very excited to announce our participation at the World Police Summit a first of its kind global platform in the Middle East Region for policing and law enforcement hosted by Dubai Police, we will be showcasing our state-of-the-art multi-vision all in one visualization and smart city solutions,” added Khubchandani.

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Bulwark to Show Off All-Round IT Security Products and Services Offering at GISEC 2022

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With an intense focus on boosting the IT security, communications & technology industries in the Middle East region, UAE-based Bulwark Technologies, one of the pioneering IT cybersecurity specialized Value-Added Distributor has an array of internationally acclaimed products lined up to be showcased at the Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) 2022. Gearing up for the mega-event, the company has reiterated the importance of building a strong, integrated security infrastructure in the region and has also predicted market exigency & introduced apt technologies at the right time.

Located in Hall 6, stand C-49, Bulwark will highlight its end-to-end security solutions and customer-centric distribution strategies during the show. The pioneering Value-Added Distributor would join hands with its strong cybersecurity specialized vendor portfolio for GISEC 2022.

The company will be offering the latest technologies and new product launches spanning Digital Risk Protection, Hardware Security Modules, Encryption, Smart-ID/PKI Solutions, Web Application Vulnerability Scanner, Data Classification, Data Loss Prevention, Secure Managed File Transfer, Encrypted Flash Drives & Disc Drives, Email Security & Archival, PIM/PAM, Secure Remote Access/Workspace Virtualization, Insider Threat Prevention, Employee Monitoring, Enterprise Mobile Management solutions, Cyber Skills Development / Training platform, SIEM in addition to their other security technologies at the event.

“Bulwark, being a cybersecurity-focused VAD operating for more than two decades, GISEC is a great platform for demonstrating our product portfolio to targeted partners & customers in the region. With the region’s huge demand for cyber security, we look forward to receiving excellent & evoking responses from our vendors, partners & customers during the event,” says Jose Thomas Menacherry, Managing Director, Bulwark.

The company claims that value addition has been at the very core of Bulwark’s operations since its inception in 1999, making the company grow from strength to strength. Bulwark today has an established network of over 500 resellers throughout UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and other ME countries, and the Indian sub-continent region. The company has recently opened its office ‘Bulwark Saudi’ in Riyadh for providing better services to partners and customers in Saudi Arabia.

“Bulwark has struck timely strategic partnerships with leading global IT innovators over the years, resulting in the extensive range of security offerings by the company today. Home to more than twenty-five brands, Bulwark has established an excellent track record in delivering world-class products and excellent customer service,” the company said in a statement.

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