The International Fire & Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC) India Expo, South Asia’s largest security, civil protection and fire safety show, by Informa Markets in India, ran its 14th edition at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, 3-5 December. The three-day exhibition event was inaugurated by the Indian government ministers Shri. Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, Honourable Minister MSME and Shri. Kaushal Kishore, minister of state for housing and urban affairs. Yogesh Mudras, MD Informa Markets in India and Pankaj Jain, group director, Informa Markets in India were also at the show opening.
Organisers said the exhibition to drew over 8,000 business visitors and 150 brands as participants. The expo was supported by associations such as APSA, ASIS Delhi, ASIS Bangalore, CAPSI, ESAI, ELCINA, FOCUS, GACS, IISSM, World UAV Federation India Chapter along with MitKat Advisory as knowledge Partner.
Hon. Minister Shri. Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, said at the show: “IFSEC India 2021 is all about showcasing novel technologies and equipment in the security industry and bridging the gap between companies participating from around 40 nations. This is a great platform to highlight vital dimensions in surveillance, for a place as small as a public store to as big as an airport.
“We are all aware of the slowdown that the market witnessed due to Covid-19, and the wheel of our nation’s economy was kept churning by the MSMEs. In order to ensure their sustenance in the long term, our Honourable PM approved Covid relief fund of around 4.5 lakh crores to MSMEs. Our ministry is looking after the smooth implementation and we have a 45-day policy and addressal mechanism for individuals to take their due benefits.”
Minister of state Shri. Kaushal Kishore added: “We plan to herald a strong wave to make India a nation that becomes a leader in global supply chain by increasing the export potential to its maximum capacity. The security industry will be presenting myriad job opportunities to our citizens.”
Yogesh Mudras, MD Informa Markets in India said: “Increasing population, growth in urbanisation, expansion of trade, infrastructure and mass transportation systems are fuelling expectations for greater security measures, predominantly in critical national infrastructure projects. The federal government of India’s initiative of building vital infrastructure projects including new airports, mega ports, highway projects, metro systems and the development of smart cities across the country is allowing an ecosystem where businesses can develop and grow. This is also the age of smart technology and to match the pace of smart cities, the need for smart security and surveillance system is very critical. With our return in the in-person format, we look forward to the industry's support and encouragement, to take this a notch higher in the days to come. IFSEC India year-on-year aims to support industry players to collectively ideate, innovate, spot trends and enable the shift in India’s security paradigm from a defensive approach to a monitoring and a responsive one.”