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5 048 visitors, including 1 147 first-time attendees, visited the recent Securex fire and security technology and services exhibition in Johannesburg, which saw 170 exhibitors display their products and services.
Securex 2017, held at Gallagher Convention Centre from 30 May to 1 June, brought together 121 local (75%) and 53 international exhibitors showcasing their solutions on 3 388 square metres of stand space, the organisers have said.
“We welcomed 177 international visitors from 27 countries. Again showing that the exhibition has the ability to attract desirable customers, 16 African countries were represented in the visitor numbers. Given the fact that feedback from our exhibitors clearly indicates a desire to increase their footprint in other SADC countries, this is a very favourable statistic,” said John Sterley, Portfolio Director at Specialised Exhibitions.
Similarly, the exhibitors expressed high levels of satisfaction at the level of decision making represented by the visitors. “Last year we exhibited at Securex for the first time and as a result of our presence there we won a large contract to provide a maintenance service on the X-Ray inspection equipment at a number of sites for a large South African parastatal. I tell everyone who asks ‘Why Securex?’ that it is a completely worthwhile investment in growing your business. We are thrilled at the exposure the show provides us with,” said Naomi Sekae of Pabalelo Security.
“We felt that Securex would be the ideal platform to present our offerings to the African market and we have not been disappointed. We launched a number of our new products and there was great interest in our Mission Control product. The organisation of the show was excellent, with an abundance of marketing before the event driving a lot of traffic to Securex,” says Martine Billmann from Genetec in Canada.
Apart from the wide array of local and international security and fire offerings, Securex’s value–added visitor attractions again drew in the crowds. Speaking at the ESDA breakfast, Emma Sadleir drew a very sobering picture of the legal issues that can arise from social media, cautioning that for instance, screenshots have become a way of making what should be transient either semi- or even completely permanent. She added that there is evidence that we are chemically addicted to social media on our mobile devices.
Sadleir cautions social media users to be hyper aware that we are surrounded by people who over document which can lead to confidentiality issues. She warns that the law remains unchanged with regard to your social media post whether you delete it or not. Once it has been posted, it is in a public forum.
The InFIReS Workshop, hosted by FPASA, saw a variety of topics being discussed, including an update on InFIReS and NatFIRe; Improvement of veld fire management through sector mapping; and the management and inspection of a pump and tank installation for fixed automatic suppression systems. Several vendor presentations took place and video footage of recent large fire incidents internationally was presented, with input supplied by the audience.
The Securex Seminar Theatre was once again at capacity. For the first time, Genesis K9 Group (GK9) hosted a stand where regular live demonstrations of highly trained security and detection dogs captivated the visitors.
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