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Show and tell
From 7-9 September, The Security Event makes its return to
the NEC in Birmingham and will be co-located with an all-new
exhibition entitled The National Cyber Security Show.
Security Matters learns all about what’s on offer for visitors
and seminar delegates from event director Tristan Norman
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Can you tell us about the
dateline and the venue for
this year’s editions of The Security
Event and The National Cyber
Security Show and why you
believe them to be must-attend
propositions for practitioners?
The shows will be running at the
NEC in Birmingham from 7-9
September in Halls 3, 4 and 5. The
Security Event is situated in Hall 3a and
The National Cyber Security Show will
be located in Hall 3.
Both events represent a fantastic
opportunity for practising industry
professionals to network and learn. They
truly are must-attend events for the UK’s
security industry. The appetite for a
physical security industry event is huge
as this is something the sector has been
deprived of for the last 18 months.
Everyone has struggled with the
situation driven by the pandemic. Now,
there’s a lot of catching up to be done in
terms of product launches, around new
ways of working and also, of course,
when it comes to peer-to-peer contact.
The world has changed significantly
in the wake of COVID. Those changes
are what we intend to cover in detail at
the NEC. There’s a genuine business
incentive for people to be there. For me,
this is shaping up to be one of the most
pivotal shows in recent memory.
The Security Event is running
for the second time. What’s
different about this year’s event in
comparison with the inaugural
show back in 2019?
The sheer size, scale and
magnitude of The Security Event
will be evident for all to see this time
around. We now have over 170
exhibitors booked to attend the
exhibition. It really is the UK’s security
industry under one roof and a platform
for visitors to enjoy and learn from.
That platform is designed to showcase
innovation, technical updates and how,
out of necessity, technology has taken
substantial strides forward during the
lockdown situation. There are now new
practices as people return to the
workplace. It has been a long time
without practitioners being able to be
hands-on with new products and see
live demonstrations of the innovations
that the industry has been diligently
working on behind closed doors.
How big is The Safety and
Security Series in terms of
scale? How many visitors are you
expecting to attend?
Taken together, the six events
collectively known as The Safety
and Security Series – ie The Security
Event, The National Cyber Security
Show, The Emergency Services Show,
The Health and Safety Event, The
Facilities Event and The Fire Safety
Event – boast over 900 exhibiting
companies. We currently have over
30,000 visitors registered to attend.
We’re talking about upwards of 55,000
m2 of floor and exhibition space. It’s the
largest event series we’ve put on here at
the Nineteen Group and it’s also the
largest series of its kind in the UK.
In terms of The Security
Event, what major brands
can visitors expect to engage with
at the show?
From the manufacturing point of
view there are some absolutely
fantastic brands in attendance at The
Security Event, among them Ajax
Systems, CSL, Dahua, Davantis
Technologies, PAC-GDX, Panasonic,
Pelco and Salto Systems.
Focusing on key distributors, there’s
ADI – this is the first time ADI has
attended a UK trade show in many years
– CCTV Direct, COP UK, Digital Direct
Security, Door Entry Direct, Fortus,
Security Dynamics and Oprema.
The Security Event is, of course,
underpinned by its Founding Partners,
all of whom will be at the NEC. They are
Anixter, ASSA ABLOY, Comelit,
Honeywell, Motorola Solutions, TDSi,
Texecom, Tyco and Videcon.
The Event Partners are ASIS
International’s UK Chapter, the
Association of Security Consultants, the
Tristan Norman (Event Director)