Driven by government identity management programmes, criminal identity and surveillance and private sector initiatives such as employee ID, the global market for biometric products is projected to surpass Dh27.19 billion by 2012.
This growth augurs well for Epoc Messe Frankfurt, organisers of Intersec trade fair and conference, scheduled to take place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from January 18 to 20, where as many as 30 companies will showcase products in the biometrics field.
"The global biometrics market is teeming with opportunities, trends and growth drivers and we are positive that the companies exhibiting at Intersec trade fair and conference will have the opportunity to network with patrons strategic planners, systems integrators, equipment developers and companies and professionals looking to explore the current and future landscape of the biometrics industry," said Angela Schierholz, Senior Show Manager, Epoc Messe Frankfurt.
Global biometric revenues are projected to grow from Dh11bn in 2007 to Dh27.19bn in 2012.
The key areas for growth include fingerprint non-AFIS biometrics followed by face recognition and iris recognition.
Asia and the Middle East in particular are expected to be the largest global markets for biometric products and services.
Biometric technologies that will be displayed at Intersec trade fair and conference include areas such as fingerprint scan, face recognition, automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) and live-scan, iris recognition, middleware and biometric identity management software, vein recognition, multiple-biometric, hand geometry and voice recognition.
"The biometric segment of our show will have widespread appeal to those involved in law enforcement, military, municipalities, federal government, financial services, hospitality, health care, high-tech and telecom, industrial manufacturing, retail as well as transportation," said Schierholz.
Over the years, Intersec trade fair and conference has grown in stature.
Intersec this year will be spread across an area of 500,000 square feet, with expected footage of over 20,000 visitors.
Alongside the growth of the trade fair, the conference too is gaining in prominence.
The conference will feature presentations by more than 60 high profile speakers, on topics for the subject "fighting terrorism and serious organised crime".
The commercial security stream of the conference will feature pivotal topics, such as convergence of IP and physical security, analysis of video IP, security and biometrics based on eyeball reflexes, intelligent video surveillance and many more.
Intersec trade fair and conference enjoys the support of numerous national and international trade and government organisations namely Dubai Police, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), and Build Safe Dubai.
Intersec trade fair and conference is now firmly established in the international calendar as one of the foremost homeland security and policing, commercial security, fire and rescue, counter terrorism, information security, and safety and health exhibitions.
The fair will have about 1,000 exhibitors from 50 countries, with a visitor attendance of 20,000 from over 100 countries.
It is the premier forum for the worldwide safety and security industry, providing the perfect opportunity to network and pursue business contacts.
Epoc Messe Frankfurt is a subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt, the world's largest trade fair organiser with its own fairground.
It conducts over 150 events worldwide with 15 subsidiaries across Europe, Asia, America, Africa and the Middle East, and brings 800 years of experience to Dubai, the strategic hub for the region.