Exclusive: What can visitors expect at Intersec 2022?


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From 16-18 January, the global security community will gather in Dubai for the 23rd edition of Intersec.

The largest, most comprehensive event in Intersec’s 23-year history will be taking place soon in Dubai. The world-leading emergency services, security and safety event will mark its return in January 2022 with a ground-breaking, elevated new program, more opportunities for supplier buyer interaction whilst uniting global and regional leaders as they explore solutions for the rapidly evolving challenges facing the industry.

The 23rd edition of the flagship event will be staged under the theme of ‘Uniting the world’s leading industry specialists for the safety & security of future generations.’ The extensive development of the show will see the best minds in the industry participate in a new three-day conference program, with six industry pillars addressing the sector’s most vital issues and opportunities including the Global Security Leaders’ Summit, Protecting Future Connected Cities & Citizens Conference, Safeguarding Critical Infrastructure Conference, Agile First Responders Conference, The Cybersecurity Lab and a dedicated KSA Focus Day.

Practical advice and tools will be available through The Nexus Workshops and Future Foresight Workshops, whilst cutting edge technology will be featured across the Tech and Innovation Disruption Zone.

The world’s industry leaders including Executive Regional and International Government and Private Enterprise speakers will make for the most dynamic of industry conferences that will also include eminent speakers such as ex-MI6 Chief, Sir Alex Younger and many others.

What to expect

• 500+ Speakers             

• Six Conference Pillars                 

• 30+ Global Case Studies

• 1000‘s of Attendees      

• 90+ countries                                        

• 6,000+ products

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Intersec is honoured to have the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who said: “In January 2022 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the 23rd edition of Intersec will be back, presenting the most important platform of the year for businesses and governments to collaborate and continue on their paths of building a sustainable, safer and more secure world, for our generations and those that follow. We look forward to hosting our communities once again, safely, physically, live and in-person.”

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The event is also privileged to have the support of its Government partners. His Excellency Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police said: “We look forward to welcoming the entire international safety, security and fire protection communities to one of the world’s safest cities once again, where we can reconnect, rediscover and reignite our industries in one of the most important events of the year.”

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H.E. Lieutenant-General Expert Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi of the General Directorate of Civil Defense – Dubai added: “Intersec has been integral in the Dubai Civil Defence’s mission to adopt innovative solutions that are smarter, more sustainable and that better serve our communities while preserving the natural environment. Intersec’s 23rd edition in January 2022 will be the first major gathering of its kind for the world’s security, safety and fire protection industries and the Dubai Civil Defence looks forward to reuniting safely with our international partners and colleagues once again. ”

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H.E. Khalifa Ibrahim Al Saleis, CEO & Executive Director Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA) commented: “We look forward to meeting the global commercial security community at the 23rd edition of Intersec at the Dubai World Trade Centre, where we can exchange ideas, share knowledge and collaborate for a sustainable, safer, smarter and more connected world.”

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His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti, Head of the UAE Cyber Security Council stated: “The Cyber Security Council aims, during its participation in the global event, to shed light on the UAE’s innovative and advanced initiatives in cybersecurity and the country’s efforts to establish effective global partnerships, exchange experiences and unify global efforts to address cross-border cyber-attacks to enhance global digital security.”

Intersec has unmissable headline speakers, including global industry experts who are speaking in the UAE for the first time.

Intersec’s Expert Advisors play an essential role in the event.

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Sir Alex Younger, Ex MI6 Chief “I am delighted to be speaking for the first time in the UAE at Intersec and at a time when conversations for the security and safety industry have been thrust into the spotlight from recent global events. The Middle East has always fascinated me – the ever-shifting intricate dynamics of geopolitical relationships in the region and the impact they have internationally create a complex security landscape that I have been immersed in for much of my career. For this industry, Intersec offers the most valuable platform for knowledge exchange on the protection of citizens from existing and future threats and I look forward to sharing my perspective on a topic which remains a global priority.”

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Howard Leedham MBE, Specialist Security Consultant

“In the security sector, Intersec is synonymous with being the most important event for stakeholders to engage, share and learn from each other in order to tackle our most pressing challenges. I can think of no other platform that offers the breadth and depth of content, or the opportunity to network with experts from such a diverse range of industries. Needless to say, I am excited about what the upcoming conference has in store and am keen to contribute to conversations that will shape the future of security.”

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FC, Ethical Hacker

“There are pivotal events for the industry that provide platforms for learning, collaboration and critical thinking of strategic opportunities. Intersec is that event – bringing together the entire industry, we can learn from the past, initiate important connections today and focus on shaping the future of the industry by discovering and discussing the essential tools, methodologies and strategies that Intersec curates from across the globe at the event.”

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Sulaiman AlKaabi, CEO of Future Foresight Foundation, Abu Dhabi

“As someone who is deeply vested in the future of the UAE, Intersec is an invaluable platform to exchange knowledge and learn about the latest innovations and tools to enhance the quality of life for our people for decades to come. The show has built itself a stellar reputation for delivering quality content, packed with rare, actionable insights, I am delighted to be involved with Intersec and the Nexus Workshops that will bring a new dimension to the forthcoming edition.”

The largest gathering of suppliers with thousands of brands from 50+ countries

From Australia to the USA, Germany to Brazil, Hong Kong to Saudi Arabia, Intersec is renowned for showcasing global best-in-class products, services and solutions across all industry sectors.

This year be immersed in cutting-edge technology innovations, discover never-before-seen products, watch exciting product demonstrations – there is only one place where the entire industry gathers to connect with exhibitors and experience the most inspiring new products and solutions that are transforming our industry for the future.

Innovative global brands featured for the first time at Intersec

Intersec strives to bring the best global products and solutions to the event each year and TKH is one of the new companies you will see featured in 2022. 

Following the merger of seven companies just two years ago that brought complementary services together under one roof, Netherlands-based TKH Security is one of a new stream of companies lining up to exhibit at Intersec after the gap year to reach their audiences in one location. Specialising in the development of smart electronic security, safety and parking systems TKH Security offers complete innovative solutions for security management, video surveillance, parking facility management, parking guidance and asset & site management.

Meet the TKH Security team at Intersec for the first time in hall SA-F23.

French Pavilion

International Pavilions showcase expertise
Business France will once again foster business growth for French exhibitors by featuring two pavilions at Intersec 2022, bringing together innovative French exhibitors specialising in Commercial Security and Fire & Rescue securing coveted space at the event. Supported by La French Fab, French expertise will be represented across a variety of innovative solutions for the industry from perimeter and physical security to fire prevention and firefighting.

Located in halls 4 and Saeed 1, visit the French Pavilions to discover the best in French security and safety solutions

A passion to ‘Start-Up’

Intersec is bringing Start-Ups to the show floor in 2022 including AGRG, which simply had a passion to produce a manufacturer of exclusive smart home devices and access control systems.

Each reader and button is manufactured not merely by a digital-program controlled machine, but by a pair of very human hands. Each of the devices is processed by hand and retains the warmth of the hand of the wood-processing craftsmen. Restoring craft traditions is an important mission that AGRG.DESIGN supports and promotes together with the global design community. It values the uniqueness of each item, the natural texture of wood that you can only achieve by handling the woodworking. The provider wants AGRG Devices to fill your interior with life, to make it special and to give it a personality.

AGRG presents a new collection of readers and buttons made of an array of stabilised fine woods for home, office or country residence (made in Scandinavian, eco or minimalism style).

Do not miss the chance to check out AGRG in hall S1-H42

A world class 500+ speaker program with six conferences

As the world went quiet during global lockdowns the emergency services, safety and security professionals stepped up to protect and safeguard the wellbeing of millions of people. The Intersec community demonstrated agility, resilience, innovation and a sense of ownership as they responded to unprecedented demands.

Every challenge presents an opportunity to innovate and ideate – evolving smart cities, increased cybercrime, population growth, technology transformation, environmental change and post pandemic response have an impact on public safety and security.

Intersec 2022 is uniquely placed as the only event in the region bringing the entire ecosystem of emergency services, security and safety together at one time. Never-before-seen additions to the event will see cybersecurity and technology take centre stage, along with some of the world’s best speakers in the UAE for the first time.    

In this ground-breaking conference, an outstanding program addressing the sector’s most vital discussions will be delivered by six action packed content pillars based around market challenges and opportunities to provide a place to benchmark, innovate, collaborate, ideate and be inspired. Exclusive international headliners, unique discussions between regional and global leaders, technical breakthroughs, proven strategies and a focus on providing productive spaces for meaningful and productive learning, in addition to networking and collaboration. 

Intersec 2022 Content Platforms

Global Security Leaders’ Summit

Theme: Strategy, Foresight & Response for a Secure Homeland

Dates: 16 – 18 January 2022  

A hard-hitting three-day summit featuring global security leaders. Discussing, debating and exchanging perspectives on global security challenges, strategic initiatives and cooperation to foster the safety and security of all. Under the theme of ‘Strategy, foresight and response for a secure homeland’, it is to be hosted at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 16 – 18 January 2022. 

The event will be a think tank for global leaders in the security and homeland sectors. International and regional stakeholders from government authorities, policy makers, law enforcement, defence, emergency response and the private sector will converge to engage bi-lateral discussion of shared challenges and strategic, tactical and mission critical topics to ensure future security and cooperation of nations.

The Intersec leadership platform is ideal as a neutral industry platform to host topics of discussion that span the current threat landscape for homeland security, civil and criminal perspectives, future trends, physical security, maritime surveillance, cross border security, air and aviation and land operations and boundary security.

Expect to experience insight and information that you cannot source elsewhere. Exclusive international headliners, high level discussion between global heads of police, fire, safety and defence will ignite discussion and share perspectives. Sessions will include strategic leadership keynotes, headliners and panel discussions between law enforcement, intelligence and international agencies to mitigate risks. 

 Topics in the spotlight:

  • International keynote addresses and headliner insight sessions
  • Security in a pre and post pandemic world – Leaders’ insights into key learning points from the pandemic
  • Enhancing cooperation by removing national barriers to combat threats – the technology opportunities and challenges presented
  • The future of law enforcement building resilience and enabling innovation and future security
  • Homeland security – Maritime surveillance and security
  • Future foresight planning to enable national development
  • Capability building to keep pace with a changing threat landscape
  • Defending, protecting and securing national borders
  • Policy and regulatory landscape – the tools for action
  • Communication and control to enable effective international operations
  • And many more case study and country sessions.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Focus Day

Theme: Project Investment, Infrastructure & Strategy

Date: 18 January 2022

A one-day focused program, taking place on 18 January 2022, presenting Saudi Arabian mega projects, planning and strategy. Project leaders, government stakeholders and experts will share exclusive insights into the current challenges and opportunities presented by the rapid expansion of the region’s largest market.

Rapid development and strong leadership vision have escalated development and opened up the nation to tourism, business and an increased number of visitors, which while important for the development of the Kingdom, also come with a potential for increased risk. Expect to experience intelligence, up to date information and hear from those responsible for the safety and security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Product Categories: Homeland & Policing, Commercial Security, Perimeter & Physical Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Cybersecurity

Safeguarding Critical Infrastructure Conference

Dates: 16 – 18 January 2022

Theme: Defending, preparing, responding and building resilience 

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a surge in threats, a lot of which have targeted stakeholders and companies whose employees must now access critical infrastructure, such as industrial control systems (ICS) and operational technology (OT) networks, from home.

This industry leading conference provides a platform for stakeholders to discuss the challenges and opportunities in critical infrastructure, which keeps modern society going even during a pandemic, so it remains highly protected against physical and cyberattacks. Speakers will present case studies and successful initiatives put in place to further safeguard their nation’s critical infrastructure.

The Safeguarding Critical Infrastructure Conference brings together government services, law enforcement, civil defence, emergency services, oil, gas, energy, transport and telecommunications – the key pillars of many nations’ economic infrastructure. 

This year, Intersec brings a mix of presentations, panels and workshops to enhance further collaboration and shared learning between stakeholders. The conference will address topics covering ICSs, including protection for SCADA systems, plant control systems, engineering workstations, substation equipment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and other field control system devices.

Topics in the spotlight:

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Working together for the betterEnabling smarter and connected cities, services and systemsAssessment of global threatsMitigating risks to defend from threatsSector analysis: Oil, gas, energy and climate riskContingencies and risk-based security strategiesSector focus & deep dive: TelecomsProtection of transportation systemsProtecting financial systemsPhysical defence and security for managing a state and national emergency Industrial control systemsCyber risks for critical assetsRisk management

Confirmed Speakers:

  1. Shahab Siddiqui, Global Head of Cyber Security, Petrofac
    Presentation: Oil & Gas: Pipelines, Refineries & Production Facilities
  2. Charanjeet Singh, Senior Vice President & Head – Fraud & Risk, First Abu Dhabi Bank, UAE
    Panel Discussion: Digital risk in the financial sector
  3. Simone Vernacchia, Partner, Digital, Cyber Security, Resiliance & Infrastructure, PwC Middle East
    Presentation: Zero-trust approach to defend against cyber threats in critical infrastructure
  4. Prof. Ernesto Damiani, Director, The Center for Cyber Physical Systems (C2ps), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Khalifa University – Information Security Research Center (ISRC)
    Presentation: How to adjust your post-COVID cyber strategy
  5. Dr. Marwan Alzarouni, Director of Information Services, Dubai Electronic Security Center

Product Categories: Homeland & Policing, Commercial Security, Perimeter & Physical Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Cybersecurity

Protecting Future Connected Cities and Citizens Conference

Dates: 16 – 18 January 2022

Theme: Resilient, innovative and secure future urban environments  

Over the past decade exponential growth in the development of urban cities has occurred. Such environments are dynamic spaces for work, rest and play. Ensuring the sustainability, safety and quality of life of citizens is critical to economic development, investment and tourism.

In a world with ever-increasing threat levels this conference will focus on three distinct areas which include safe cities, secure future urban environment and connected urban infrastructure, highlighting how the development and expansion of urban cities has fuelled the demand for responsive and high-quality safety, security and fire operations.

The three-day conference program brings together global government leaders, municipalities, policymakers, consultants and technology experts to communicate, share ideas and identify solutions required to create and maintain safe and resilient cities using the latest cutting-edge technologies and best practices from around the world.

Content structure by day:

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Future Urban Environment Planning and designing secure environmentsInnovation and technologies in future citiesSafe Cities Strategic leadership insight on safe cities Innovation, interconnected and immersive: Reimagining security in micro cities  Regulation & standards Regulatory compliance for infrastructure security SIRA Forum

Confirmed Speakers:

  1. Nathan Pierce, Programme Director of Sharing Cities & Head of Smart London Team, Greater London Authority, UK
  2. Amy Siciliano, Public Safety Advisor, Halifax Regional Municipality, USA
  3. Martin Tillman, Director Middle East & Africa – Transport Mobility Planning, AECOM, UAE
  4. Laila Abdullah Al Hadhrami, Smart Cities Development Manager, National Energy Centre, Oman
  5. Jan Fox, Executive Director – Safe Communities, REACH Council for Safe Communities, Canada

Product Categories: Homeland & Policing, Commercial Security, Perimeter & Physical Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Cybersecurity

Cyber Lab

Theme: Into the Unknown

Dates: 16 – 18 January 2022  

Supported by: UAE Cybersecurity Council

Headline Sponsor and Co-Host: Huawei

The Cybersecurity Lab provides a platform where information security, emergency responses and safety professionals create a community village based around shared needs and objectives. 

Professionals actively involved in cybersecurity will network, discuss and evaluate best practice approaches and tactics to manage evolving cyber threats. Global luminaries will join the stage to share their cybersecurity insights, innovation and expertise. 

Against the backdrop of digital transformation, technology development and disruption; cybersecurity has become crucial for the safety of nations, corporations and civilians. From securing critical infrastructure to preventing data breaches, hiding online identity to securing business; cybersecurity is more than just encryption and changing passwords.

The Intersec Cyber Lab will host a diversity of cyber experts, from national leaders to public & private sector professionals, from cyber connoisseurs to advisors, hackers to responders and cyber economists to corporate buyers. The carefully crafted Cybersecurity Lab program includes topics that need evaluation, attention and discussion. The live demonstration of hacking and cyber games is sure to keep you glued to your seats.

This three-day event will bring together thousands of information security professionals for a never-before-seen program at Intersec.

Topics in the spotlight:

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Cybercrime at a glanceBuilding cyber resilienceCybersecurity for zero exploitation of humans The soft power of cyber knowledgeEnsuring our nation is safeOffice to counter cyber threats  Ethical hacking demonstrationsTalent development Red Vs Blue demonstration

Product Categories: Cybersecurity

Emergency management – The Nexus Workshops

Intersec is the only event at this scale to unite the emergency services, security and safety industry together at one time. From 16-18 January 2022, industry professionals will be able to join daily workshops on Before The Incident – Emergency Planning for Disasters led by experts from the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Incident Management – The importance of assembling the right team; led by Tim Briggs, Past President of IOSH, UK and Post Incident – The layers of incident investigation and reporting; led by Assar Hanza, Risk Engineering Director, ACE Energy Group. CPD accredited courses providing training and practical tactics for emergency responders from multiple disciplines. The most relevant content from world-leading speakers, delivering the most comprehensive program ever seen at the event is now open for attendee registration. As the region’s most cohesive industry solutions-based platform, Intersec’s Nexus Workshops are not to be missed. Register at www.intersecexpo.com

Looking ahead – Future Forsight Workshops

Planning to shape the future and developing tools and strategies to allow teams to analyse the impact of scenarios by forecasting trends, challenges and future implications are essential for the safety and wellbeing of nations. Three future foresight workshops are being hosted at Intersec: The Future is Amazing, Foresight Simulation Games and a scenario building workshop on How to Build your Future. This interactive and engaging workshop program is suitable for government planners, private sector security professionals, emergency responders and technologists.

The FridgeHigh-level closed door discussions

The focus on global Governments and private sector leaders to address current and future threats and opportunities in the emergency services, security and safety industry has never been more critical. Knowledge sharing, the development of innovative technologies that bridge industries, addressing issues and collaborating to advance solutions for the industry is of paramount importance – but not all discussions can happen in open forums. For the first time at Intersec, The Fridge is the event’s exclusive ‘behind-closed-doors’ meeting platform giving global organisations and Governments the unique opportunity to connect and conduct private meetings conveniently while they are at the show.

Fusion 4.0 – Three-day live hack and challenge

Partnered with Dubai Electronic Security Centre (DESC)

A competitive and immersive learning experience where cyber and IT professionals come together, collaborate and create solutions from scratch by ideating, prototyping, testing and gathering feedback from subject matter mentors. Intersec has teamed up with government partner Dubai Electronic Security Centre to deliver a revolutionary collaboration bringing together the most powerful minds from the public and private sectors to compete in mixed teams, battling it out over three days for a grand prize.

Tech Disruption Zone: Next-gen talks, presentations and pitches

In the last decade, technology disruption has become part of almost every discussion around business development, strategy and the enhancement of existing platforms. The reason is simple, powerful and interconnected technologies including the cloud, AR and AI, enable products and solutions to evolve at pace. The Tech Disruption Zone features presentations, product and innovation launches and latest cutting edge tech talks.

The Intersec Awards – Honouring the exceptional

The Intersec Awardsreturn at the 2022 event with a special focus on the great and good from the past 18 months, to shine a light on outstanding commitment, teamwork, excellence, innovation and achievement across a number of carefully selected categories.

Winners will be announced at a gala presentation attended by hundreds of industry leaders and contributors.


This article was originally published in the January 2022 edition of International Security Journal. Pick up your FREE digital edition here.

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