Security 2014, held in Melbourne last week was an enjoyable show with decent visitor numbers, especially on Day 2, a great atmosphere and certainly the best layout I’ve seen at an Aussie security expo. 

The Best New Product Award went to Iomniscient for its IQ FACE, a product designed to enhance public safety and security by providing end users with the unique ability to detect, capture and identify a face in a crowd using face recording, matching and recognition technologies, with Hills’ Xandem TMD intrusion detection system being a finalist. 

Best Shell Scheme Stand Award went to Jacques, with Netcomm Wireless a finalist. Best Custom Stand 36sqm & Under Award went to Seadan Security with finalist being AME Systems. Best Custom Stand over 36sqm was taken out by Salto with finalists being Hills Ltd and LSC.

According to organisers, Diversified Communications Australia, more than 4,500 security industry professionals from Australia and as far as the Netherlands converged on the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for the 29th annual Security Exhibition and Conference earlier this month – making it the most successful event in its history.

Traditionally held annually in Sydney, Exhibition Manager, Kylie McRorie said moving forward the event will be shared between Melbourne and Sydney so will alternate between the 2 cities year-on-year.

“This year we achieved a record number of individual registrations for Melbourne and had 167 brands exhibiting, despite this being the first time in more than 10 years the event was held in Melbourne,” Ms McRorie said.

The 30th annual Security Exhibition and Conference will be held at Sydney Olympic Park July 8-10, 2015.

“Next year will no doubt be our biggest yet as we celebrate the event’s 30th year. 80 per cent of the show floor has already been booked,” Ms McRorie said.