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  • Updates on UAE Fire Safety and Life Protection codes completed and to be announced at Intersec 2017

    Updates on the UAE’s fire safety codes have been completed, with the proposed changes, developments, and new chapters to be announced at Intersec 2017 next week, an official from the Dubai Civil Defence said today (17 January). Lieutenant Colonel Ali Al Mutawa, Assistant General Manager......

  • New law governing Dubai security industry launched this month

    The launch of Dubai’s Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) will feature in a full conference programme at Intersec 2017, where leading decision makers will discuss a new law governing the Emirate’s security industry framework, guidelines and expectations. The SIRA Forum takes place on 24 Janua...

  • Unauthorised drones in Middle East take a nose dive as remote detection and disabling technology arrives in Dubai

    Drone detection and disabling technology, and a retail mobile solution using augmented reality are a couple of exciting examples of new product launches on show when the world’s largest security, safety, and fire protection trade fair opens in Dubai. Taking place from 22-24 January 2017......

  • PSIM manufacturers misleading the market?

    Stephen Smith, managing director of ISM, says some PSIM manufacturers are misleading the market, both in regard to what their technology is capable of and how much they should pay for the pleasure of installing it. “In the September/October issue of Security Middle East, an......

  • Hikvision to show more than just surveillance at Intersec

    Hikvision will be demonstrating that it is more than just the world’s biggest video surveillance manufacturer at the forthcoming Intersec show in Dubai later this month. Not only will be it be showing its new explorations in the development of intelligent data,  including its H.265+......

  • April summit to focus on planning security at major events

    Reed Exhibitions is teaming up with local company, Major Events International (MEI) to put together a summit for those involved in the security of major events. The Major Events Safety & Security Summit, an event covering implications of security for major events and all crowded......

  • Genetec to focus on unifying physical security at Intersec

    Genetec will be showcasing a number of new high-end security and surveillance systems at Intersec which will be held from January 22 to January 24, 2017 in Dubai. The company has expressed its confidence in meeting the growing demand in the Middle East region’s retail......

  • Qatar National Bank introduces iris recognition for ATMs

    Iris ID, a leading provider of iris biometric technology has announced the Qatar National Bank (QNB) has begun using its Iris ID identity recognition solution to authenticate customers using the bank’s ATMs. The technology increases transaction security and convenience by allowing customers to have ...

  • Security summit shows Promise in Saudi

    The Promise Surveillance Solutions Summit, held on December 7 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, brought together an impressive crowd of security professionals from throughout the Middle East excited to experience demonstrations and learn key insights on the surveillance industry’s hottest trends and technolo...

  • IoT to have profound impact on surveillance say Intersec exhibitors

    The rise of IoT (Internet of Things), and its convergence with video analytics is set to have a profound impact on the Middle East video surveillance industry, as the regional security sector’s traditional boundaries continue to blur. Global security solutions providers at the upcoming Intersec......

  • UAE to use drones for smart city security

    Nokia and the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) have entered into a strategic collaboration to drive the development of an end-to-end UAS ecosystem that will make the UAE the first country in the world to allow the operation of drones by both......

  • Record number of terrorist attacks in October 2016

    Non-state armed groups carried out more attacks in October 2016 than any other month in the past 12 months, with over half of them in the Middle East and Africa, according to new data released today by IHS Markit, a leader in critical information, analytics......

  • 91% of cyber attacks start with an email

    The vast majority of successful cyber-attacks come about due to human error – the so-called ‘human firewall’, a chief security strategist has warned. Steven Malone, who works for email and data security company, Mimecast, says that 91% of cyber attacks start with email and addressi...

  • Big 5 showcases cream of construction industry in Dubai

    H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, officially opened the 37th edition of The Big 5 and the co-located Middle East Concrete and PMV Live shows this week. Thousands of construction industry professionals gathered at the Dubai World Trade Centre to......

  • Dubai gets balling rolling for biometric roll-out across business schools

    A Dubai business school has provided the impetus behind the  the adoption of biometric time & attendance across its sister schools across the globe, according to Swiss company TBC (Touchless Biometrics Technology). The Hult International Business School in Dubai was the first site to test Swiss....

  • Live cyber-crisis to be re-enacted at RSA Conference in Abu Dhabi

    RSA® Conference has announced a number of pre-conference activities to take place on November 14th at RSA Conference in Abu Dhabi. The pre-conference agenda will be comprised of an exciting Learning Lab that is based on a cyber-crisis live exercise scenario in addition to a......

  • Qatar’s Ministry of Interior seals 11 contracts worth QR 260.05 million at Milipol

      The Ministry of Interior generated 11 contracts worth QR 260.05 million during Milipol Qatar 2016 which was held at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center this week. The 11th edition, which also marks 20 years since the leading bi-annual event was first held in Doha, attracted......

  • New CEO for FST Biometrics

    FST Biometrics has appointed Gary Drutin as Chief Executive Officer, replacing Major General (res.) Aharon Zeevi Farkash, who will shift his focus to the areas of innovation and strategy development. “We are very excited that Gary is joining our team, given his outstanding sales and......

  • Milipol Qatar 2016 opens for business

    Milipol Qatar 2016, the leading event dedicated to homeland security in the Middle East, opens its doors today (31 October) for its 11th edition since launching in the Middle East in 1996. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the......

  • F1 champion to talk about risk in the fast line at RSA Conference next month

    Two-time Formula One World Champion, Mika Hakkinen and motor racing corporate titan turned motivational speaker, Mark Gallagher will be joining security experts at next month’s RSA Conference in Abu Dhabi. RSA Conference 2016 Abu Dhabi takes place from November 15-16, 2016 at Emirates Palace H...

  • Saudi & UAE lead GCC’s growing US$1.36 billion fire safety systems market

    Saudi Arabia and the UAE are leading the upward trend for the fire safety systems market in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as stringent government regulations fuel demand for the replacement of existing and outdated equipment. According to consultancy firm 6Wresearch, the GCC’s fire safety......

  • Employers are to blame for 99% of work-related accidents in UAE

    The declaration from a Dubai Government official that worker lives are being put at risk due to firms failing to properly clothe and protect them has been supported by global health and safety companies and manufacturers of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). Raed Al Marzouqi, head......

  • Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait listed as top places in the region for hacks

    Cyber threats in the Middle East are growing rapidly with the average attack size in 2016 in the region significantly higher than the global average, according to the latest Arbor Networks Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report. So far this year, Saudi Arabia has been the top......

  • Leading companies gather in Dubai to talk about risk

    More than 50 leading organisations and solution providers in the region came together for the GCC Governance, Risk and Compliance Forum at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek at the end of September. This cross-sector B2B forum attracted chief risk officers, chief compliance officers,......

  • Huawei teams up with ISS for safe city surveillance across region

    Huawei is working with Intelligent Security Systems (ISS) to provide enhanced safe city surveillance capabilities to law enforcement agencies around the region. Intelligent Security Systems will share with Huawei its expertise on the integration of smart video surveillance camera solutions to comple...

  • Nedap secures parking areas at Dubai Airport Freezone

    A Nedap solution for long-range vehicle identification and safe and convenient access control has been installed by Alpha Plus Security & Alarm Systems at the Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZA). The uPASS solution  is said to provide convenient vehicle access without forcing tenants to stop their......

  • UAE to host first conference on protecting mass gatherings from cyber attack

    Protecting places of mass gathering with specific reference to cyber security will be the focus of the inaugural CYMASS Security Conference to be held in Dubai at the end of February 2017. Presented by Austability and Emirates Group Security, the event will bring together industry......

  • G4S appointed to manage security for Sheikh Suroor’s Private Office property portfolio

    Sheikh Suroor’s Private Office (SSPO) has appointed ASWAQ management services, ETRE and G4S Secure Solutions to manage the security of its multi-million dollar property portfolio, including the landmark Eitihad Towers. The new security management plan incorporates many of the requirements from manda...

  • Middle East security market set to double

    The Middle East market for security, safety, and fire protection is on track for double digit growth over the next four years, as regional governments and the private sector look for improved technologies to better protect assets, people, businesses, and borders. Led by the Gulf......

  • Region’s cyber security initiatives to be discussed at RSA Conference in Abu Dhabi

    The agenda has been announced for the RSA® Conference 2016 Abu Dhabi. The conference will be held from November 15-16, 2016 at Emirates Palace Hotel and will aim to showcase the progress made in regional cybersecurity initiatives. The event will explore the theme of ‘Connect to......

  • Humans better at recognising faces than algorithmns

    Humans are better at recognising faces than algorithms, according to research at a British University. According to research undertaken by the Applied Psychology Unit at the University of Greenwich, so-called ‘Super Recognisers’ are humans with extraordinary abilities in recollecting facial features...

  • IP CCTV can pose threat to national security warns former intelligence boss

      A former director of operations and intelligence at MI6 has raised concerns about the threat to national security through vulnerabilities in IP (Internet Protocol) connected CCTV systems including components manufactured in countries that have a reputation for state-sponsored espionage. In an...

  • Genetec launches Decision Support System (DSS) in Middle East

    Genetec, a leading provider of open-architecture IP security solutions, has launched a Decision Support System (DSS) that will provide security professionals in the Middle East with new levels of situational intelligence, system visualization, and incident management. Called Mission Control the new ...

  • Mobile surveillance market on the move

    There is a growing market for mobile surveillance solutions with rapid deployment according to PureTech Systems who has just launched a new three-pronged sensor approach that provides advanced video detection and autonomous sensor control for mobile platforms of vehicles with a total setup time of.....

  • Middle East’s largest Information Security training event open for registration

    The SANS Institute is aiming to address the region’s technical skills shortage in information security with a new intensive six-week course taking place in Dubai in November . The event will take place at the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort from November 5th– 17th, with three......

  • Bravo becomes Tetra forum’s newest Middle East member

    International critical communications organisation, the TCCA (Tetra Critical Communications Association )has welcomed network operator, Bravo, as its newest Middle East member. Bravo is the only licensed national operator in Saudi Arabia to provide wireless PTT communication solutions to the enterpr...

  • New MD for Cisco Middle East

    Shukri Eid has been appointed managing director of Cisco Middle East’s East Region where he will lead Cisco’s business in the UAE, Oman, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen. Commenting on Shukri’s appointment, Mike Weston, vice president for Cisco Middle East said, “This is a dynamic time......

  • Hikvision launches thermal cameras for hazardous areas

    Hikvision has launched a new range of thermal cameras for hazardous areas which will capture vivid, high-resolution HD video of moving objects at resolutions up to 640 x 512 pixels, unhindered by either darkness or inclement weather. The cameras also feature three innovative functionalities for imag...

  • Real-time bomb scanner to revolutionise airport security

    A team of European scientists have created a real-time, hand-held chemical sensor with stand-off detection capabilities that will increase airport safety, reduce car emissions, and combat unnecessary food wastage. The device can scan from a distance of up to 30 metres and is capable of......

  • Biometric micro-ATMs eyed for inclusion in India

    Researchers in India have developed a small mobile ATM that uses iris and fingerprint recognition for transactions. Developed by Evolute Company, the handheld devices with biometric verification can deliver all the services expected from a traditional ATM such as cash withdrawal, cash deposit and ba...

  • Smiths awarded £19m detection systems contract for Egypt airports

    Smiths Detection has been awarded contracts worth almost £19m by Falcon Group to provide advanced detection systems for passenger checkpoint, hold baggage and cargo screening to airports across Egypt. The award for X-ray scanners, people screening systems and trace detectors is part of national prog...

  • Iris recognition installed across Sharjahs Co-op stores

    An Iris biometric identity authentication system has been installed for employee time and attendance across all of Sharjah’s Co-Operative Society retail stores. The IrisAccess iCAM7000, from US company Iris ID Systems, has been be connected to the payroll system at company headquarters and pro...

  • IDIS platinum sponsor of the Smarter Dubai Forum

    IDIS has announced that it will be a platinum sponsor of this year’s Smarter Dubai Forum for Safety and Security taking place at the Sofitel Downtown Dubai hotel on 20th September 2016. Following the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Ben Rashid Al-Maktoom, the United......

  • Long range transmission forms heart of security solution for Durrat Al Bahrain islands

    Bahrain-based systems integrator, Absolute Electronic Technology (AET), and Chinese security manufacturer Dahua, have provided a range of weather-resistant HD network cameras and long range video transmitters, as part of a customised security solution for the Durrat Al Bahrain luxury artificial isla...

  • G4S appoints new regional CEO

    G4S has announced the appointment of Alida Scholtz as CEO and MD for its UAE operations. She brings a wealth of experience from service industries as well as the manufacturing sector, and will be reporting directly to Claude Allain, president, G4S Middle East and India.......

  • ONVIF overview of latest profiles

    It’s a busy time for ONVIF, the IP-based standards organisation that creates open standards for the physical security market, with two profiles scheduled for final release in 2016 and yet another currently in development. ONVIF steering committee chair, Per Björkdahl, updates Security Middle East ma...

  • IDIS expands in Middle East with key appointment

    IDIS has appointed Wael Tanoukhi to the position of technical manager to support its growing customer base in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Based out of the IDIS MENA regional headquarters in Dubai, Wael will lead pre- and after sales technical support across......

  • New appointment for Maxxess Middle East

    To meet growing demand in the Middle East for its award-winning integrated security, access control and operations monitoring solutions, US-based global corporation Maxxess has appointed Mr Majid Shaikh to join the company’s regional head office in Dubai. In his role as professional technical suppor...

  • Intersec makes debut in Saudi Arabia

    Leading security exhibition, Intersec, is making its debut in Saudi Arabia, offering global suppliers direct access to the Kingdom’s vast market where security spending continues to rise. Organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East in partnership with Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions (ACE Group), the...

  • Cortech event on control room management hailed a success

      Security software solutions provider Cortech Developments welcomed 60 delegates from across the region for its first Open Innovation Event (COIE) in Muscat recently. The COIE was a showcase for some of the latest advances in high security, fire and building control technology and a......