IFSEC 2011: Post-show review

The show floor has continued to shrink year-on-year and representation from a number of market players has either disappeared or declined dramatically.

05/24/2011


IMS research: excellence in market intelligneceHaving spent a few days at the IFSEC show in Birmingham last week, I made two key observations:

The Atmosphere:

Whilst the first day of the show was relatively dismal with attendance notably down on previous years, traffic on the show floor did appear to improve by the second day. From a video surveillance perspective, the show floor has continued to shrink year-on-year and representation from a number of market players has either disappeared or declined dramatically. I suspect that the unstable economic climate in EMEA and the increasing number and frequency of regional/local tradeshows has impacted IFSEC’s visitor and exhibitor numbers. Hopefully once the economic situation across EMEA stabilises, IFSEC will return to its pre-recession heyday.

The Technology:

The technology trends and products on show were generally the same as those shown at the recent ISC West show, with PSIM (albeit with greater European representation from CNL, Entelec, Securiton and Winguard) and HD transmission over coax being the major technologies being pushed at the show, alongside the omnipresent network video. 360 degree/panoramic security cameras also enjoyed an increased presence at IFSEC, with Dallmeier’s Panomera products winning the “IFSEC CCTV camera equipment of the year category”. These kinds of cameras cropped up all over the show floor in various guises, such as multi-sensor arrays, fish-eye lenses and hardware/software dewarping products. Whilst panoramic cameras are definitely not a new trend (companies such as Mobotix and Arecont Vision have had products on the market for a number of years), it seems that an increasing number of manufacturers are adding these cameras to their product portfolios. The current market for 360 degree/panoramic cameras is relatively small and it will be interesting to see how this technology push by manufacturers will be received by end-users. Whilst there are some compelling applications for these cameras, such as hotel lobbies and office reception areas, the panoramic field-of-view may not be to every security officer’s liking. An intuitive user interface will be essential for success in this developing part of the video surveillance market.



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
IIoT grows up; Six ways to lower IIoT costs; Six mobile safety strategies; 2017 Salary Survey
2016 Top Plant; 2016 Best Practices on manufacturing progress, efficiency, safety
2016 Product of the Year; Diagnose bearing failures; Asset performance management; Testing dust collector performance measures
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
What controller fits your application; Permanent magnet motors; Chemical manufacturer tames alarm management; Taking steps in a new direction
Tying a microgrid to the smart grid; Paralleling generator systems; Previewing NEC 2017 changes
Package boilers; Natural gas infrared heating; Thermal treasure; Standby generation; Natural gas supports green efforts

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
Motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role of plant safety and offers advice on best practices.
This article collection contains several articles on preventing compressed air leaks and centrifugal air compressor basics and best practices for the "fifth utility" in manufacturing plants.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
click me