AI to transform region’s commercial security

Commercial security will be the second largest exhibitor segment at Intersec, a trade fair for security, safety and fire protection, which will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre next year, accounting for nearly a third of the 1,100 participants. Fire and rescue will be the show’s largest segment with over 400 exhibitors.
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Updated 31 December 2019

AI to transform region’s commercial security

The Middle East, with its predominance of critically vital hydrocarbon, energy and utility plants, needs set to become an early adopter of the latest AI-influenced identity and face recognition technology as commercial building security raises up the region’s infrastructure agenda, according to experts.

New insights from 6Wresearch estimate a 16.6 percent compound annual growth in the region’s commercial security market, which will reach $8.4 billion over the next four years, with owners and operators employing the very latest technology to ring fence their assets.

The forecasts are borne out by the commercial security sector at Intersec, a trade fair for security, safety and fire protection, which will run at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from Jan. 19 to 21 next year. Commercial security will be the second largest exhibitor segment at the show accounting for nearly a third of the 1,100 participants. Fire and rescue will be the show’s largest segment with over 400 exhibitors.

Danish exhibitor Milestone Systems, which provides open platform video management software (VMS) technology that helps ensure safety, protect assets and increases business efficiency, says the future of commercial security will be dominated by intelligent, AI-driven solutions.

“AI is a real game-changer,” said Amine Sadi, regional sales manager, Middle East and Africa, Milestone Systems. “AI systems can analyze massive amounts of data, which is beneficial for reviewing hours of surveillance footage. By learning how objects move and what they look like, the AI applications can rank the data and make decisions based on it. Machine learning and artificial intelligence assist by analyzing data that has not been organized or labeled in advance, finding discernible patterns and helping to search for unknown output to solve problems.”

“According to the World Economic Forum, more than 1 trillion sensors will be connected to the internet by 2022,” he added.

At Intersec 2020, Milestone Systems plans to unveil the latest version of its XProtect VMS and solutions specifically targeting the safe city, transportation and retail industries. The purpose-built, high performance Milestone Husky XSeries, a high-performance network video recorder will also be showcased.

Meanwhile, Italy’s Euklis, which manufactures technological solutions for security, video surveillance, access control and telecommunications, identifies face recognition as the new industry game-changer.

“It has a relevant impact in reducing residual risk, when the intention is to make the access to a critical infrastructure or an industrial site safer,” a company spokesperson said. “The key trends shaping the future of commercial security in the Middle East will be video surveillance, access control and integrated and centralized management of security systems on a common platform.”

At Intersec 2020, Euklis will demonstrate its FaRe 3.0 Hybrid — Identity and FaCe Recognition Platform.


Hyundai launches new i30 N in South Africa

Updated 19 February 2020

Hyundai launches new i30 N in South Africa

Hyundai Motors has increased its presence in South Africa by launching its first mass-produced high-performance car — i30 N — last week in Cape Town. 

The first model of the N brand, the i30 N is Hyundai’s first high-performance car, which has been developed with a key focus on its race-track capability and its ability to be a fun-to-drive everyday sports car. 

“Advanced technology and a high level of driver customization has been built into the i30 N, which means it can play the role of a comfort-oriented commuter as well as a race-track ready performance car,” the automaker said.

The i30 N has a 1,998 cc, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, with its maximum power output of 202 kW reached at 6,000 r/minute, while maximum torque is achieved from 1,500 to 4 700 r/minute. 

The power is delivered to the front wheels of the i30 N through a six-speed manual gearbox and has five different drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom, which can be accessed through two dedicated buttons on the car’s steering wheel. 

The i30 N has a rev matching function built-in to adjust the engine revolutions when the driver shifts from a higher to a lower gear, thereby ensuring smooth gear shifting. The dual muffler exhaust sounds add to the pleasure of commanding a high-performance vehicle.

Speaking at the launch, Niall Lynch, CEO of Hyundai Automotive South, said: “The i30 N is one of the most exciting cars Hyundai has made in the recent years highlighting Hyundai’s talented designers and engineers who are always setting new standards.

“It is a high-performance car meant to deliver a fun driving experience and I have no doubt there’s a bright future in store for the Hyundai i30 N in South Africa. It has already been described as a ‘game changer’ with more than 20,000 units sold across Europe since we started trading in 2017.”

The i30 N has stylish 19-inch wheels with 235/35R19 Pirelli P-Zero high-performance tires and red brake callipers featuring the N-logo. Aggressive bumpers with larger air intakes and a red character line, an aerodynamic rear spoiler with a triangular brake light, and a dual muffler exhaust complete the sleek, sporty look.

The i30 N also features the electronically controlled suspension (ECS) and electronically controlled limited-slip differential, which ensures an exhilarating drive with cornering capabilities that befits the i30 N’s hot-hatch character.

Customers can choose from five color options — Polar White, Performance Blue, Micron Grey, Phantom Black and Engine Red.

Hyundai plans to launch the i30 N model in the Middle East toward the end of 2020.