SECON 2015 Korea prepares for a busy show

This annual show is backed up by central and local government bodies such as MSIP(Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning), MOSPA (Ministry of Security and Public Administration), MOTIE (Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy) andGyeonggi-do Council and will be taking place from 18th to 20th March 2015 at the Kintex Exhibition Hall 1 in Iisan, Korea. 

SECON 2014, was held in the first quarter of this year, with participants from S1, ADT Caps, Samsung Techwin, LG Electronics, Kolong Benit, Hikvision, Panasonic, Tyco, Kumahira, Gunnebo, Optex, Advantech, Flir Systems, Artec Group and many more brands, all of them showcased brand new and some remarkable innovations at the show.

In 2015, participating companies are to exhibit existing and new security technologies from video security devices, entrance/exit control systems to biometric authentication solutions. The personal information protection tools are also covered as well as anti-terrorism equipment, AI traffic safety systems and IoT-related security solutions. They are there for the users to try out and experience.

According to the organisers, both the exhibitors and the audience expressed their satisfaction with the show this year. The responses in the survey from the organisers were very positive, as follows : 28% made a new deal; 20% saw their sales record rise; 17% said they had meetings with potential buyers; in the end, more than 85% assessed 'very satisfied' or 'satisfied'; and 53% submitted the application form for SECON 2015 before the event came to its conclusion.

It is anticipated that SECON 2015 will also be crowded with 450 or so local and international enterprises over 900 booths who will be seeking opportunities to advance into the socially expanding security market. The expected number of audience, calculated from the growth pattern over the past years, is 45,000.

The competition between the local brands and the international ones may also provide an interesting perspective, as the Korean companies are catching up with the international level and see the March event as a stepping stone towards the global market. Samsung Techwin have strengthened their network camera line up with the 3 megapixel S302 series. Similar efforts and results will be displayed by Idis, 4nsys, Cellinx System, Webgate, UDP, Win4net and HKCT.

The entry/exit control system market is also to be heated by competition. Gunnebo and Kumahira were the prominent leaders in this market, but the position is about to be threatened by Korean companies. Face recognition and iris scan technologies will be the two major categories in the field of biometric authentication.

A total of 10 or so big and small conferences and seminars including 'e-Government Information Security Solution Fair 2015' and 'e-Discovery Symposium' are also an unmissable part of the 3-day-long event. For the first time in the history of SECON, 'IoT Security Hall of Experience' will be set up in which they get to actually handle IoT-related security devices and tools.

SECON 2015, which will mark the commencement of a new 'security year' invites all who would like to step ahead in the ever-evolving land of security where IoT (Internet of Things), convergence and cyberspace security are on the rise.

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