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Secutech 2022: Day 1 wrap-up

Secutech 2022: Day 1 wrap-up
Secutech, Asia’s largest security trade event and’s sister exhibition, opens April 27 after a two-year hiatus due to covid. This article provides a wrap-up of Day 1 of the show.
Secutech, Asia’s largest security trade event and’s sister exhibition, opens April 27 after a two-year hiatus due to covid. This article provides a wrap-up of Day 1 of the show.

The show, in its physical format, is returning to Taipei after it was held last time in 2019. The event was cancelled both in 2020 and 2021 amid the pandemic. This year, despite a sudden surge in COVID cases in Taiwan, the show is returning to Nangang Exhibition Hall featuring 220 exhibitors (plus another 70 taking part digitally via Secutech Hybrid).

Taiwan Vice President William Lai graced the show with this presence, saying at the opening ceremony: “Taiwan is in a great position to develop cutting-edge security technologies. In terms of timing, the post-pandemic era provides a great opportunity for digitization. Geography-wise, Taiwan’s strategic position in the Indo-Asia region makes developing security all the more important. People-wise, both President Tsai and myself have been pushing for digitization and AI for industry upgrade purposes, and today’s event marks a fruition of those efforts.”

“We can certainly see a strong spirit of innovation this year in response to changing security priorities amid the pandemic,” said Regina Tsai, GM or organizer Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd – Taiwan Branch. “East Asia, and Taiwan in particular, has always been a pacesetter in terms of security innovation and this is reflected across the show floor with more thermal imaging, video analytics and low touch access control solutions. Secutech is first and foremost a place where innovations can be explored and where high-level technical discussions can be held. It is these strengths that will create the right conditions for business to thrive this week.”

Despite the covid cases spike, floor traffic for the first day was greater than expected, with attendees seeking out the latest solutions by Taiwan manufacturers, who are showcasing their offerings that entail cutting-edge technologies from AI, IoT, 5G to cloud.

AI dominant theme

Askey's small cell device for
IoT data transmission.

Indeed AI is a dominant theme, with the organizer debuting a new AI Video Analytics Pavilion featuring exhibitors such as Canon Marketing Taiwan, Bosch, NetBridge Genetec, aira, VIVOTEK, LILIN, 3S Systems, TDV and Panasonic.

Canon itself is making its debut in Secutech, showcasing its solutions combining the four major brands under its umbrella: Axis, Milestone, Briefcam and Arcules. The company targets various sectors especially law enforcement, who can benefit by Briefcam's AI-enabled smart video search already integrated with Milestone. Arcule allows users to further leverage the benefits of cloud, which is gaining momentum in security.

Cyberlink meanwhile is showcasing its cutting-edge facial recognition engines that are highly rated by NIST and can be integrated with a variety of VMSes. SIs and users can further leverage the company’s SDKs to develop their own facial recognition solutions for both security and non-security purposes. Hipower Solution demonstrates its AI technology for railway applications, able to detect potentially dangerous vehicles, pedestrians and obstacles.

Intelligent transportation

Intelligent transportation was another major theme. Vacron for example showcases its fleet management solutions, consisted of AI-based onboard cameras, DVRs and management software. Drivers who show signs of fatigue or dangerous behavior will be alerted to them. The data will also be reported to fleet operators for future management purposes.

Askey meanwhile is showcasing its “demand-side smart bus solution” consisted of onboard units, roadside units and other sensors for example IP cameras. With the solution, data such as the number of passengers at a bus station can be relayed to the bus operator/driver who can then make relevant routing or planning. Such “on demand” model will be the way of the future, according to the company.

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