Grant Tuchten

With the UAE drone market expected to experience significant growth, Intersec 2024 gets set to welcome 1,000 exhibitors, and 45,000 visitors, and showcase cutting-edge security, safety and fire protection innovations. 
According to a report by Innovius, the UAE drone market is poised to grow from $380 million in 2022 to $950 million in 2030. While safety regulations remain a priority, the utilisation of drones for various purposes, including gathering intelligence or posing physical and cybersecurity threats, will be a significant topic of discussion at Intersec 2024, which takes place from January 16 to 18, 2024 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).
The UAE plays a key role in the global drone industry, heavily investing in unmanned arial vehicle (UAV) technology. According to TechSci Research, Dubai holds a significant share (40.21%) of the UAE drone market, followed by Abu Dhabi (28.68%) and Sharjah (14.61%) from 2018 to 2023.
Drone cybersecurity
Governed by the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), cybersecurity threats and potential misuse of surveillance data pose significant concerns. To address these, the UAE has taken steps to bolster drone cybersecurity, enact robust privacy laws, and actively monitor for breaches to safeguard its expanding drone fleet and ensure responsible deployment. This includes suspending all flying operations for owners, practitioners and enthusiasts of drones, including drones and light sports aircraft by the Ministry of Interior in January 2022.
With drones emerging as a cost-effective means for gathering intelligence and presenting potential security threats, the Counter Drone Workshop at Intersec 2024 aims to address the challenges comprehensively. The workshop will take place on the sidelines of the Drone & Anti Drone Zone, with over 200 sqm of drone innovations alongside state-of-the-art anti-drone technologies from the world's leading defence and security manufacturers, including Skyfend, D-fend Solutions, Dat ConAEE Aviation AxEnd Inc.
Grant Tuchten, Portfolio Director at Intersec organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: "It is a crucial time to host this workshop in the UAE as we delve into understanding the imminent threats, anticipating potential scenarios, and identifying the most pertinent modes of threats. Through case studies and global incident analyses, industry experts will explore methods and technologies for detecting, neutralising, and, if necessary, eliminating drone threats."
Key players
Celebrating ‘Innovating security tech for a quarter century,’ Intersec's 25th edition, under the patronage of Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will welcome 1,000 exhibitors from 60 nations, with an anticipated 45,000 global trade visitors. Spanning 13 halls at DWTC, the event brings together key players, fostering connections, facilitating deals, and unveiling cutting-edge innovations in the security, safety, and fire protection industries.
Intersec 2024 presents a range of impactful conference programmes and event highlights dedicated to advancing global safety. These include the Security Leaders' Summit (ISLS), Cyber Security Conference, Safety & Health Conference, Fire & Rescue Conference, Thought Leadership Pavilion, Emergency Crisis Management & Communication Workshop, Attack Zone, Safety Walk, and the Future Defenders Hack Arena. The Intersec Awards will also honour exceptional accomplishments in critical sectors, while The Premium Club offers industry professionals a key networking platform.
The 25th edition of Intersec will encompass five broad product sections: Commercial & Perimeter Security, Homeland Security & Policing, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, and Cyber Security, offering tailored solutions for each industry segment under one roof.--TradeArabia News Service