Secutech India 2018 opens this week amid growing industry demand for products in the security, fire and safety industries. The trade fair will take place in Mumbai from 5 – 7 April at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, and will provide regional buyers the opportunity to source products from some of the world’s leading safety and security brands.

With India’s accelerating economic growth continuing to drive industry demand, the fair presents an ideal opportunity for leading players to network and trade with each other under one roof. Under the themes of intelligent security, fire & safety and security solutions for manufacturing facilities, the fair will play host to some of the latest technological innovations.

Products and solutions will encompass cutting edge developments for manufacturing facilities, hospitals and schools

AI Enabled Smart City Solutions

Products and solutions will encompass cutting edge developments in areas including AI and deep learning technologies, low light cameras, smart city, traffic monitoring, license plate recognition and security for manufacturing facilities, hospitals and schools.

Showcasing these products and solutions will be some of the world’s most advanced companies as they compete to meet market demands in over 15,000 sqm of exhibition space. Represented amongst more than 120 participating companies will be key industry players including: Axis Video Systems, Boon Edam Entrance Technology, CP Plus, Dahua Technology, Enterprise Software Solutions Lab, Genius Vision Digital, Globus Infocom, Halma, HID, Honeywell, iComply Veracity Surveillance, Milestone Systems, Infinova, Naffco, Prama Hikvision, Seagate Technology HDD, Tyco Fire & Security, Uniview, Videonetics, Allied Telesis, Vivotek, and ZKTeco.

Fire Safety And Security Conclaves

Sourcing products from these companies will be buyers representing diverse vertical market sectors including transportation, construction, finance, retail, hospitality and real estate with approximately 25,000 buyers expected to be in attendance. These will include local manufacturers, commercial building owners, system integrators, distributors, real estate developers, project owners and government bodies.

In order to encourage networking and promote discussion relevant to the key issues facing India’s security and fire & safety industries, a series of specialized seminar programmes will be held during the fair. Two separate conclaves – the Safety and Security Conclave and the Fire and Safety Conclave will welcome industry and business leaders such as Puneet Garkhel (Partner, PwC), Mala Singh (Co-Chairman, IGBC Green Residential Societies Rating System), and Deepak Pokhariyal (Vice President, Reliance Industries).

The Security Consultant’s Association of India will co-organise the SECONA Shield Awards

Key Discussions

The platform will facilitate discussions on current trends and future developments relating to key industry topics including:

  • Smart cities and infrastructure, moving beyond the smart city paradigm
  • Critical infrastructure – risk mitigation strategies and integrated operations center
  • Banking and information security: preparing for the unexpected
  • New age technologies in the banking sector, convergence of cyber security and physical security
  • Intelligent IoT – the role of artificial intelligence

SECONA Shield Awards

Meanwhile, the Security Consultant’s Association of India will co-organize the SECONA Shield Awards. Taking place on 6th April, the awards will recognize top players in India’s security market. Nominations will be focused in 11 categories including innovative product of the year in security software, security product of the year, and safe city project of the year.

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