Hailed as the country’s premier security show the 16th annual India International Security Expo (IISE) 2013 grew twice its size from 2012 and promises to be bigger in 2014! The show was held at Delhi’s Pragati Maidan from September 26-29 and showcased an elaborate display of security technology and equipment. For four days, a steady stream of visitors flowed into Pragati Maidan, to witness a display of security technology that was in tune with rising threats and response capabilities. The co-organisers of the event, CISF and Security Promotion Group of India (SPGI) were unanimous in declaring that their hard work had paid rich dividends even as the vibrant CMD of India Trade Promotion Organisation, Mrs. Rita Menon, simply said that she was satisfied, but being the perfectionist she is, declared that the next year’s show would iron out any glitches that may have been present this year. This sincere commitment from her was well received by the exhibitors.
The man behind the success of the show Mr. Vikram Sahgal, GM Security, ITPO, said that he had been extremely satisfied with the conversations he had with the exhibitors and visitors over four days. “It is indicative that the exhibitors have got value in the show because by Day 3 of this show, we had already received 80 per cent booking for IISE 2014. Effectively we have barely 20 per cent space left and I am going to request the CMD to permit us to extend the area and open up Halls 12 and 12A of Pragati Maidan because the queries are still coming in” said Mr Sehgal who was possibly the most visible person during the four day event.
A change in the visitor’s profile that was seen at this year’s expo was that there were scores of electronic security system integrators from all over India doing the rounds. Clearly the unique hospitality scheme of ITPO to welcome and honour them by offering up to two complimentary room nights at choice hotels in Delhi had paid off!
A special focus this year were the multiple displays of weapon simulation stalls that attracted much attention with security personnel from CISF, CRPF, NSG, BSF and state police forces checking out their shooting skills.