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Western Digital to Show Off its Advanced Smart Video Solutions at Intersec Dubai 2023

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Western Digital will be showcasing its latest in smart video solutions at Intersec Dubai and visitors will be able to see innovations in high-capacity, high-performance storage solutions for advanced, AI-enabled, always-on smart video recorders, appliances, and servers. Debuting live, the company’s new hard disk drives (HDDs) are loaded with cutting-edge technologies, including OptiNAND technology, energy-assisted PMR (ePMR), triple-stage actuator (TSA), and HelioSeal to deliver the industry’s highest CMR areal density at 2.2TB per platter, resulting in 22TB CMR HDDs for its customers.

On display will be Western Digital’s new 22TB range of WD Purple hard disk drives (HDDs), engineered specifically for smart video and includes three product solutions: WD Purple Pro HDD, WD Purple HDD, and WD Purple microSD card. Offering improved efficiency for overall video playback, these devices bring reliable, surveillance-class storage that has been tested for compatibility with a wide range of smart video systems. WD Purple Pro drives are optimised to handle up to 64 single-stream HD cameras as well as many of the latest smart cameras that transmit multiple streams. It offers high reliability with an MTBF of up to 2.5 million hours for advanced smart video solutions that operate in 24/7 environments.

Moreover, the company will be showcasing its industry-leading Ultrastar DC HC570 22TB CMR hard drives to support cloud service providers (CSPs), video surveillance as a service (VSaaS) providers, telcos, and system integrators. Delivering the industry’s highest CMR areal density, these drives help customers store more data and videos in the same footprint, the lower total cost of ownership (TCO), and help meet sustainability goals. Additionally, one of the new technology innovations in its 22TB Ultrastar HDD is a feature uniquely enabled by OptiNAND that combines the performance of write cache enabled (WCE) mode and the data protection of write cache disabled (WCD) mode, offering the best of both scenarios without compromise.

And finally, visitors to the Western Digital stand (stand S1-J11) will also witness a live demonstration of its storage platform system, the Ultrastar Data102, addressing the demanding storage needs of large enterprise customers, storage OEMs, cloud service providers, as well as resellers/integrators requiring dense, shared HDD. With unique IsoVibe and ArcticFlow technologies for a cool reliable operation, the Data102 provides up to 2.2PB of raw storage in 4U using the company’s 22TB CMR HDDs in a compact and efficient form factor.

Intersec will be taking place in Dubai World Trade Center from January 17th to January 19th, 2023.

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Nedaa to Show Off its Latest Innovations at Intersec 2023

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Nedaa will showcase its industry-leading solutions and applications at the 24th edition of Intersec 2023, the UAE’s premier emergency services, security, and safety event. Taking place in Dubai from January 17-19 2023, the event is expected to draw leading security organizations and first responder agencies in the region and beyond.

Nedaa will display its range of advanced solutions along with partners Esharah Etisalat Security Solutions and Airbus. The Nedaa pavilion will feature live demonstrations of state-of-the-art products and applications deployed by these two major corporations which are entirely run on Nedaa’s networks. Nedaa has rapidly acquired a reputation for reliability and technology innovation among the various government and private sector entities that currently operate using its 4G network.

One of the highlights this year will be the future-proof COREMOTE Tactics solution which, operating on Nedaa’s 4G network, allows user entities to not only manage a mobile field force remotely but also create and provide situational awareness across multiple (hybrid) critical communication networks. In addition to situational awareness features, the unit features automatic vehicle location management, fleet management as well as a dispatching solution.

Another major attraction will be Esharah’s Everbridge Signal, a comprehensive set of Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) tools that offer fool-proof protection for organisations that are critically dependent on fast and secure communications. Airbus will display an array of its latest communication products run on Nedaa facilities, with its Tactilon Agnet solution occupying pride of place. Showcasing a host of smart features such as Tactilon Agnet Voice Assitant (AVA) and Tactilon Agnet Query, the system offers increased safety and efficiency in mission-critical communications for end-users. Other innovative solutions on display include Internet of Things (IoT) Wearing Vest and TACteam, a tool specifically designed to plan tactical aspects of operations in crisis rooms.

Speaking ahead of the event, Nedaa’s Chief Executive Officer H.E. Mansoor Bu Osaiba said, “In an increasingly uncertain world, the importance of public safety and security cannot be overemphasized. We at Nedaa take pride in contributing to this area, and especially in providing reliable, secure, and high-performing infrastructure and solutions to organisations tasked with maintaining this safety. When first responders, who operate in critical and high-risk, high-pressure environments, choose Nedaa, we cannot hope for greater recognition.”

H.E. Bu Osaiba added, “Going beyond security matters, in this digital era we are also helping to transition Dubai towards a new era of smart mobility and infrastructure and intelligent living in as smooth a manner as possible. Even as we engage with competitors and prospective customers from across the world at Intersec, we can legitimately claim to have contributed to, and be well aligned with, the vision of the UAE leadership that has made the country one of the world’s safest places to live.”

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Airbus to Show Off its Safety and Security Solutions at Intersec 2023

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Airbus is to participate in Intersec 2023, the leading trade fair for safety, security, and fire protection. With a host of international visitors set to attend in search of next-generation safety and security solutions, Airbus will showcase its latest communication and collaboration devices, applications, and services, backed by cutting-edge technologies and deployable across segments including public safety, transport, utility, industry, and defence.

“In today’s rapidly evolving digital transformation era, companies and industries alike require impactful innovations that harness technological capabilities to redefine safety and security practices and elevate operational capabilities to newfound heights. Yet beforehand, industry experts and leaders must become acquainted with the newest generations of specialised products that meet such criteria. This is why Intersec holds such influential gravitas across the region and around the world, and this is why Airbus is thrilled to be participating and demonstrating the value our exhibiting solutions can deliver amidst challenging, highly pressurized operating environments,” explained Selim Bouri, Vice-president for Airbus Secure Land Communications in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

“From security forces to emergency personnel, crisis response experts to public sector professionals, we are enthused at the prospect of once again engaging with representatives from different verticals, better understanding their specific requirements, and highlighting both the practicality and sustainability that accompanies our safety and security products,” added Bouri.

Airbus will showcase several innovations from its exclusive stand at Intersec 2023, to be located within the Nedaa pavilion. Among them is the Tactilon Agnet collaboration platform, designed to ensure mission-critical personnel carries out their duties in a smarter and safer manner. Using IoT-driven wearable sensors compatible with Android and regular iOS smartphones and radios, Tactilon Agnet enables enhanced communication and collaboration through instant and secure end-to-end information sharing, providing real-time data and actionable insights to bolster productivity and potentially save lives with support from Artificial Intelligence (AI).

This solution is being showcased alongside innovations including Tactilon Agnet Query and Tactilon Agnet Voice Assistant (AVA), which support public safety specialists in managing essential tasks on-site and convey key information without the need for smartphone interaction. Meanwhile, TACTeam, designed for planning mission-critical operations will be also on display and scheduled for demonstration. The event will take place from the 17th to the 19th of January, at Dubai World Trade Center.

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Intersec Dubai 2023 Opens Tomorrow With 800+ Exhibitors

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The 24th edition of Intersec opens at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) tomorrow spanning more than 48,000 square-metres and running across nine halls and the Trade Centre Arena. The event, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will feature 800 exhibitors from Australia, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, the Balkans, Russia, CIS, North and South America, North and South Africa, Asia, Scandinavia, the USA, and the Indian Subcontinent. The exhibitor profile represents a 54 per cent rise since 2022 with 180 new-to-show participants. Of the 55 nations represented by exhibitors, 10 will have their own national pavilions: Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Singapore, Turkey, and the UK.

“This year’s show will feature some of the biggest industry names, alongside new entrants to the sector,” said Alex Nicholl, Show Director of event organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East. “We have 42 newcomers from the Emirates this year, which means the UAE now accounts for 20 per cent of our exhibitor profile. Saudi Arabian participants are up 20 per cent too, while we have also seen particularly strong growth from India, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Turkey, Iraq, Qatar, Nigeria, and Egypt.”

Nicholl added that the growth is largely down to positive industry forecasts, high demand for solutions to combat increasing cybercrime, and strong international support from government and professional organisations, such as the UAE Cybersecurity Council, Saudi Arabia’s National Security Services – SAFE, and Huawei. Dr. Aloysius Cheang, Chief Security Officer, Huawei Middle East & Central Asia, said, “If you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, either you are looking the wrong way or you are the light. Start looking at the right way by being part of the community, joining events such as Intersec and start sharing because Cybersecurity is a team sport! And through sharing, you will become a beacon for others. This is why I am here and why Huawei is part of Intersec – to light up your future!”

Major new entrants include Thales of France, Singapore’s ST Engineering, Saudi Arabia’s SAFE, Germany’s AGMC/BMW, Israel’s D-FEND, the UAE’s Tabbara, Holland’s Robin Radar, Sigma Security of Greece, Poland’s Megavision, and VX Ray of the USA. The event will run from Tuesday until Thursday, with dedicated product showcases for commercial and perimeter security, homeland security, fire and rescue, safety and health, cybersecurity and special features, plus a powerful conference and knowledge-sharing programme.

Special features include the Attack Zone, which will be hosted by the Loss Prevention Certification Board and see exhibitors testing their products in live-action demonstrations; and the Safety Walk – sponsored by EnSafe Evacuation Chair, Jutec, and Teijin – which promises “a catwalk of industrial safety gear”. Meanwhile, the Tech Stage will unveil innovations, including virtual reality solutions, anti-drone technology, and new safety materials.

In the Start Smart Zone, start-ups will connect with decision-makers, buyers, and potential investors, while the purpose-built Future Defenders Hack Arena will see cybersecurity teams from schools, universities and CISOs compete for prizes and industry recognition. “Forecasts reveal an industry eager to invest,” said Nicholl. “The Middle East’s homeland security market is expected to grow annually by 14.5 per cent by 2024, while the commercial security market is set for 16.5 per cent annual growth to reach US$2.3 billion in value by 2026. Rising cybercrime is also fuelling demand with the Middle East and African market estimated to grow 14.35 per cent annually to 2030.”

Intersec this year also includes cybersecurity awareness sessions for students and sector professionals with Cybernode, a partnership between the Dubai Electronic Security Centre (DESC) and Thales, looking to up-skill the region’s cyber workforce. The main Intersec Conference features four dedicated streams and over 150 speakers. The invite-only, two-day Intersec Security Leaders’ Summit is a high-level strategic convention for policymakers and decision-makers to collaborate, innovate, and seek new technologies. The gathering will address government strategies, homeland security and policing commercial and perimeter security, and cutting-edge technologies.

There will also be an on-stage conversation around the development of a holistic approach to large event security management in which FIFA’s Director of Safety, Security, and Access will share learnings from the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Other conference highlights will be keynotes by DESC’s Dr Bushra Al Blooshi, Head of Research & Innovation, on pioneering the digital economy, and another by Adrian Whelan, SVP, Head of Global Security at DHL Express, focusing on a future supply chain security roadmap.

The UAE Cybersecurity Council will also host a dedicated Cybersecurity Conference with attendees hearing from government leaders, CSOs and CISOs across oil and gas, BFSI, healthcare, hospitality, and energy and utility industries. A dedicated Fire & Rescue Conference will be hosted by Dubai Civil Defence and will see the region’s fire and emergency service leaders delve into the key challenges, opportunities, standards, policies, and technology. Meanwhile, a highly focussed Safety & Health Seminar will explore MENA’s new regulatory changes.

Intersec 2023 will also recognise the best of the security and safety industries through its awards programme, which has attracted 1,256 entrants – including 54 that have been shortlisted to be recognised at a gala dinner at the Ritz Carlton DIFC on Wednesday 18th January. Messe Frankfurt Middle East anticipates Intersec 2023 will also deliver the event’s highest visitor turnout with pre-registrations showing an increase of 133 percent in 2021. Pre-registered visitors span 111 countries with first-time visitors coming from, among other countries, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

Intersec 2023 is supported by Dubai Police, the Directorate General of Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Municipality, the Security Industry Regulatory Agency, the UAE’s Cyber Security Council and Dubai Electronic Security Centre. The event has a comprehensive sponsor portfolio that includes NAFFCO, Saudi Arabia’s National Security Services – SAFE, Dahua Technology, Hikvision, Digifort, Western Digital, Ateis VELOX, Commport, Monitoreal, Honeywell, PERCo, FM Approvals, Huawei, Cellebrite, NX Digital Technology, Onvif, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. It will be open to trade visitors daily from 10 am until 6 pm.

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