Cyber security takes centre stage at IFSEC SEA

by FARA AISYAH / Pic By AFIF ABD HALIM

Cyber security is one of the main highlights at the International Fire and Security Exhibition and Conference South-East Asia (IFSEC SEA) this year as the region experiences rapid development in online technology.

United Business Media (UBM) Malaysia co-chairman Gen (R) Tan Sri Mohd Azumi Mohamed said most Asean countries will also see swift progress in various sectors including construction, infrastructure, hospitals, utilities, manufacturing and commercial.

“Modernisation of the cities around the region will escalate the demands for better and smarter security solutions, especially with the current IoT (Internet of Things) technology.

“As technology moves towards connectivity and smart solutions for everything, the spending on security, fire and safety products will increase following global trends,” he said in his opening remarks at IFSEC SEA 2017.

Mohd Azumi said the economic boom will give direct impact on the security industry as well.

IFSEC SEA 2017 created a special “drone zone” wherein drone manufacturers could showcase their products’ manoeuvrability and functionality.

He said the use of drones has even widened to cover other industries besides law enforcement, such as forestry, agriculture, construction and more.

The three-day event taking place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from Sept 6-8 features companies such as Entrypass Corp Sdn Bhd, Seagate Technology plc, Guangdong Anjubao Digital Technology Co Ltd, Beijing Landwell Electron Technology Co Ltd and more.

UBM Asia — owned by UBM plc — the largest trade show organiser in Asia will continue to bring world-renowned fire and security brands to the emerging markets of South-East Asia in general, and particularly Thailand in November next year.

IFSEC SEA, which is the leading security, fire and safety event for the region, is going to be held alternately between Bangkok and Kuala  Lumpur starting from 2018.

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau president Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya said as the country is growing rapidly in multiple sectors, the essentials of the nation’s security preparedness should not be neglected.

“With IFSEC SEA moving to Bangkok, we hope Thailand’s industry players and users will benefit by meeting directly with leasing global brands and witnessing the latest products and technologies to be used in the nation,” he said at the official launch of IFSEC SEA 2018 — Bangkok Edition in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The growth of the closed-circuit television (CCTV) market in Thailand is driven by several factors, including business requirements and the growing need for safety and security for everyday use.

Axis Communications AB — a Swedish provider of end-to-end network video solutions — expects the CCTV market in Thailand to continue its growth trajectory after posting a 9.2% boost in 2016 to 4.3 billion baht (RM547.3 million) in total value, which is expected to rise to 5.7 billion baht by 2020.

Another reason for expanding the portfolio to Thailand first before the other South-East Asian countries, is because Thailand’s economy recently grew at its fastest pace in more than four years.

According to a new World Bank report, Thailand’s economic growth for the full year of 2017 is now projected at around 3.5%.

The country’s mega projects in infrastructure and transportation including smart buildings, surveillance systems, access control and biometrics, among others, will have a direct effect on the security industry.

The growing demand of IoT is expected to increase since Thailand’s Internet penetration is up to 42% with over 29 million users nationwide, which now ranks the eighth-fastest in Asia.