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As an avid security enthusiast, chances are you’ll want to know what new technology is on offer in this arena, what innovations are making waves and which people are exerting influence. Fear not, weary traveller, for the information you seek is contained within these very pages!

I personally feel that a good security expo brings out the child in all of us; at the risk of succumbing to a tired metaphor, one does almost feel like a kid in a candy store when attending one of the many security-oriented events held throughout the year. The myriad gadgets, technological innovations and space-age intelligence generally on display at security events always leaves one feeling undeniably inspired by the sheer power of human endeavour, no longer cowed by an uncertain future but rather excited at the prospect of a secure one.

CENTURION is fortunate enough to have participated in a number of these prestigious events in the past – and will certainly continue to do so in the future – and we hereby submit for your reading pleasure a small sample of what you can look forward to in the year ahead.

  1. SecurExpo 2013

This relatively new entrant to the world of security conventions was held for the first time in Harare, Zimbabwe in March of 2012. SecurExpo, which saw a very successful launch at the Royal Harare Golf Club last year, draws participants from all sectors of the economy and focuses on all facets of security including cybercrime, cable theft prevention, computer forensics, etc. If SecurExpo 2012 was anything to go by, this event is sure to becomeZimbabwe’s premier showcase for integrated security solutions.

The theme for this year is “Integrated Security, providing Global Protection”

Venue: Harare, Zimbabwe.  For more information contact Conrad Chibanda, [email protected]

Dates: 13 to 16 March 2013

  1. Secutech 2013

The official Secutech website bills the event as “The business platform for global security manufacturers to demonstrate corporate values”. Sounds good to me!

The 16th annual Secutech international exhibition and conference for electronic and information security, fire and safety will be held in Taiwan and will showcase innovations in areas such as surveillance, access control, personal safety and police equipment.

Venue: Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center in Taiwan

Dates: 24 to 26 April 2013

Website: www.secutech.com

  1. Mine Site Security Conference

With Africa holding the world’s largest producer of platinum and one the largest producers of gold, it is only natural that integrated security solutions would be such an important factor when it comes to the safeguarding of our valuable subterranean resources. Of course, access control is also important from a safety perspective as it is imperative that the identities of all employees engaged underground at any given time are known and easily accessible. And so, the Mine Site Security Conference was born.

Venue: Park Inn, Sandton

Dates: 28 to 29 January 2013

Website: www.miningsitesecurityafrica.com

  1. IFSEC 2013

As far as security expos go, this is the biggie. This writer, for one, cannot help but succumb to almost juvenile excitement when thinking about the row upon row of hi-tech gear. Last year saw the event play host to almost 6000 visitors and some 200 exhibitors – will these numbers be exceeded at IFSEC 2013?

According to IFSEC SA’s website “IFSEC South Africa is the leading Commercial Security, Homeland Security and Fire exhibition on the African continent”.

Note that IFSEC also boasts international legs, including one in the UK and one in Nigeria.

Venue: Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand

Dates: 18 to 20 June 2013

Website: www.ifsecsa.com