Security technology focus for airport expo
Dubai, April 29, 2012
The latest technology and innovative solutions for airport as well as enhanced constituent service security will be under the spotlight at an upcoming airport exhibition Dubai.
Airport Show 2012 will be held under the patronage of Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman of Emirates Airline and Group.
It will be held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center from May 22 to 24 with the participation of over 178 exhibitors and thousands of visitors from over 60 countries.
Airport Show 2012 will also focus on more efficient operations and to meet the ever-increasing volume of passengers and cargo.
Mohammed Ahli, director general of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), said: "No matter how sleek and contemporary its architecture and design, an airport is always going to be judged by its security, service standards and the capability to handle peak periods and irregular operations.”
“For the airport operators, it’s crucial to alleviate these concerns by adopting innovative technology. Airports are seeking to improve security, find new ways of streamlining efficiencies, creating new loyalty solutions and offering enhanced services."
Internationally-renowned technology services companies from over 28 countries, including Germany, France, China, Denmark, Switzerland, UK and the US to name a few, will be displaying a wide range of innovative airport security products at the show.
Mohamad Bader-Eddin, show director at Reed Exhibitions Middle East, organizers of the show, said: “As the airport operators are working towards increasing security, productivity and profitability of their facilities, there is immense business growth potential for the companies.”
“Most of the GCC airports are in a fast-paced, multi-billion dollar expansion mode, requiring deployment of the cutting-edge and futuristic products and solutions to handle the phenomenal growth.”
The Airport Show, he said, will be an ideal platform for the airport operators to explore the current and future products and services in terms of airport security while providing convenient networking opportunities for both the key government officials and decision-makers and the technology companies.
Georges Hannouche, Arab world's leading aviation expert and CEO of Bayanat Airports- one of the exhibitors at the show this year, said one of the key challenges that airport operators face was finding a way to provide robust and effective security measures that can prevent and identify the full spectrum of threats while ensuring passenger satisfaction, legislative compliance and seamless infrastructure functioning.
According to IATA projections, the UAE, Kuwait and Jordan will be among the top 10 fastest growing countries, with the UAE projected to rank 7th for handling over 82.3 million international passenger by 2014.
The capacity of the UAE airports will be increased to handle 250 million passengers by 2020. Dubai International alone is expected to spend $8 billion in the capacity expansion. Dubai is expected to handle about 98 million passengers by 2020.
A report by Frost & Sullivan said US$86 billion will be spent by Middle East airports in expansion plans until 2025. According to the Middle East Airport Security Market Assessment report, the spending in this sector is estimated to reach US$57.7 million by 2015.
Brig. Pilot Ahmed bin Thani, head of Airports Security, Dubai, said: "The security is now part of the solution and not just part of the problem. In today’s complex global environment, establishing and maintaining safety and security throughout the airport is the single most important management priority.”
“Dubai Airports have proved to be successful in utilizing the best of technology that enhanced its performance and capabilities. Airport Show is very important platform for the decision-makers to explore the latest technology for enabling a better future." – TradeArabia News Service