Brian Sims

Latest innovations demonstrated live at International Security Expo

WITH NUMEROUS opportunities for practising professionals to source the latest innovative security products and solutions, the Nineteen Group-organised International Security Expo (for which Security Matters is once again serving as Lead Media Partner) is expected to draw in the crowds when it returns to London’s Olympia from 27-28 September for its 20th Anniversary edition.

While the show floor will welcome 300-plus international companies who’ll be showcasing their latest security developments, a carefully curated schedule of live demonstrations will offer first-hand insights into the workings of new products. Among the companies confirmed to appear at this year’s Product Innovation Theatre, Abloy UK, Everbridge, QinetiQ, MoonHub, Marshalls, DASA, BlackBerry and Metrasens will take attendees through a detailed product introduction complete with examples of real-life applications.

James Bryant (commercial development director for the EMEA region at Greyscan) will explore the development of trace detection and the requirements for new technologies to detect inorganic-based explosives and IEDs. Meanwhile, Simon Randall (CEO at Pimloc) is going to document the escalating use of CCTV and how to best manage privacy compliance at scale.

Gareth Balance (product manager for T3K Forensics, which demonstrates unique Artificial Intelligence solutions for automated mass data analysis) will take a deep dive into the company’s innovative Artificial Intelligence tools for data screening. There’s going to be an explanation of automated data screening and using Artificial Intelligence to detect illicit media content in files, documents, images and videos.

In addition, Timothy Coley (security exploitation manager for the Defence and Security Accelerator) is set to introduce the suppliers funded under the Innovative Research Call 2020 for Explosives and Weapons Detection, among them Iconal Technology, Fraunhofer UK and IRSweep as well as Metrasens.

Rigorous product testing

For those attendees looking specifically for demonstrations of the latest perimeter protection products and solutions, the returning Perimeter Protection Zone – running in association with the LPCB, supported by the PSSA and sponsored by Barkers Fencing – plays host to the LPCB Live Testing Lab. Here, the skills of a team of professional forced entry specialists will be pitted against a wide range of physical security products including security fencing, windows and doorsets.

Among the products being put ‘under the hammer’ will be Eagle Automation’s bi-folder gate, Selectaglaze’s secondary glazing systems, Barkers Fencings’ own palisade fencing with PIDS, Jacksons Fencing’s timber and weldmesh fencing and Frontier Pitts’ cantilever gate. The full testing timetable can be accessed on the event’s website.

Further, the Drone and Counter-Drone UAV Zone offers a dedicated area for world-leading suppliers to showcase their drone and counter-drone capabilities, while the Counter-EO UK and CBRN UK Pavilion features a series of scenario-based demonstrations specifically designed to showcase members’ products and capabilities in the Counter Threat Pavilion.

Innovations in the live arena

Away from the show’s product demonstration zones, attendees can witness thousands of products spanning a wide array of product categories, including screening and scanning, CCTV and surveillance, perimeter protection, Hostile Vehicle Mitigation, intruder detection and monitoring, access control and biometrics.

There will be system demonstrations from Astrophysics Inc, a leader in the field of X-ray R&D. The company will display its VI3D X-ray scanner, a new class of system featuring 3D MotionView software that combines three angled views into a ‘rocking’ image that reduces blind spots and enhances threat detection. To demonstrate its capabilities, Astrophysics will scan a test kit of inert weapons, sharps, stimulants and explosives.

Live demonstrations will also be delivered by NavTech. The award-winning designer and manufacturer of commercially deployed radar solutions will connect live to its demo site in the UK at 13:00 BST each day to display the capabilities of its radar and software, including wide-area surveillance, both inside and outside of the perimeter. Attendees will be able to understand the importance of knowing precisely what’s happening on a site and where.

Drone Defence is going to offer live touchscreen demonstrations of its AeroTracker platform, a cloud-based integrated airspace monitoring solution providing real-time flight viewing of both manned aircraft and UAVs. The solution also provides historic flight reports, which can be used in prosecutions in line with CPR35 regulations.

SeeQuestor will demonstrate how its award-winning video analysis platform significantly enhances the speed and accuracy at which users locate people, objects, vehicles or events of interest in live and recorded CCTV footage.

In another ‘first’ at the show, Apex Vanguard – the UK manufacturer of specialist surveillance and operational security camera systems – will be displaying its brand new camera: the HECATE K9. This is designed as the first camera to offer daylight, infrared and thermal live video/audio that can be transmitted back to the dog handler at up to 300 metres. A talk-back feature enables the dog handler to relay commands in addition to listening via a front-facing loudspeaker and microphone.

3D printing and the future of firearms

In addition to a series of free-to-attend public demonstrations, International Security Expo will play host to the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) closed-door event: Project INTERKNOW – 3D Printed Firearms.

Project INTERKNOW is the UK’s national response to the emerging threat of privately manufactured and 3D printed firearms. This joint enterprise between Counter Terrorism Policing, the Home Office and the NCA leads the national response to the threat posed by the criminal use of firearms.

The event will involve guest speakers from Europol, the Dutch Police, Kings College London and Armament Research Services covering the history of 3D printed firearms from the Liberator to current models.

Counter Terrorism Policing and the NCA will also outline the scale of the current threat, detailing Case Studies, investigative opportunities and intelligence requirements in a determined bid to enhance law enforcement and private industry’s collective response.

Rachael Shattock (event director for the International Security Expo) stated: “With just a couple of weeks until we return to London’s Olympia, we’re delighted to offer detail around some of the exciting live demonstrations that will be taking place on the show floor at this year’s International Security Expo. The opportunity to witness all of the latest security innovations live in person is an unmissable opportunity for practising industry professionals. We’re proud of the opportunities the event offers to suppliers and buyers in the security sector to come together and drive forward innovation in both safety and security.”

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