SICUR 2016, Spain’s leading global security exhibition, closed its doors last 26 February. For four days Feria de Madrid halls 4, 6, 8 and 10 hosted security companies, associations, professionals and users in an addition that stood out for the significant presence of industry representatives and general improvement of all of the event’s parameters.
This is attested by the 42,294 professional visitors from 76 countries who registered this year, reflecting 8 por ciento more than at SICUR 2014. This year's edition also featured more products, showcasing the latest security solutions from 1,350 companies, with direct participation by 572 exhibitors, up 14 por ciento on last year.
SICUR’s ability to attract domestic visitors has also been notable. All Spanish Autonomous Communities and Cities were represented and 51.7 por ciento of the attending professionals were from outside Madrid. Attendance was particularly strong from Catalonia, Andalusia, the Valencian Community and the Basque Country. Meanwhile, international attendance was 8 por ciento of the total, with the biggest share going to Portugal, followed by the Latin American countries.
The 20 sessions held as part of the SICUR Forum also enjoyed a big turnout. This programme of workshops, round tables and presentations saw over 2000 attendees. At the SICUR Forum multidisciplinary topics of interest to security users from all industries were addressed in a dynamic and debate-friendly format. Forest fires, the fire protection standard and the introduction of fire extinction systems; two sessions centred on the firefighting world about the need for legislative initiatives regulating the fire brigades at the national level in Spain and about the ways that occupational hazard prevention applies specifically to this profession; a conference on occupational health from the perspective of emotional wellness; 20 years of the Occupational Hazard Prevention Act and the new PPE regulation, as well as a variety of talks about new scenarios and risks, cybersecurity, cyberdefence, a return on investments in security for cultural heritage, security in hospitals, night-time events and music shows, sporting events, emergency operations, the fight against home-made explosive artefacts and various sessions about municipal security were some of the topics examined in this edition, which also hosted the International Technology Transfer Convention.
The SICUR exhibition included the New Product Gallery, a space devoted to recognising companies’ R&D&I efforts. This time around, the gallery featured 41 cutting-edge products. There was also a rescue exhibition programme overseen by the Madrid City Council Fire Brigade, operational demonstrations of canine units by the Málaga Firefighters’ Consortium, Forest Rangers of the Community of Madrid, Emergency Military Unit, Mosses d’Esquadra (Catalonian police) and Ertzaintza (Basque police). A demonstration runway for RPAS (drones) in flight, an installation in Prevention Park showing training techniques to teach society basic notions of self-defence and an exhibition of old police vehicles called RETROPOL VI rounded off the activities on offer.