saudi expo 5The Saudi National Security and Risk Prevention Expo, which started on 4 November 2018, focusses on security solutions and risk management, at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre

The event, which brought together 130 companies from 22 participating countries, centred on the areas of digital transformation and innovative security solutions for smart cities and other projects envisaged in Saudi Vision 2030.

The event, which is being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia, will bring together industry leaders, experts and consultants as well as leading local, regional and international companies specialising in security solutions and risk management, as well as workshops focussing on key issues related to innovation.

The three-day expo held under the patronage of Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif was inaugurated by Nasser bin Abdul Aziz Al-Dawood, the undersecretary of Interior Ministry.

At the inaugural ceremony, Sulaiman Al-Amro, the director general of the General Directorate for Civil Defense, said, “The event supports the kingdom’s ambitions set by Vision 2030 and is one of the most important milestones achieved under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”

He said that the kingdom’s authorities strive to further develop and boost the security sectors to address current and future challenges.

The event also features two forums. The first, titled “The future of Hajj safety and security forum,” delves into what Hajj seasons will require in terms of infrastructure, services and security facilities in order to create opportunities for organisations specialising the fields of security and risk prevention.

The second, “Smart Safe Cities Forum,” seeks to boost foreign direct investment in Saudi Arabia and support its objectives with regards to economic diversification.

Innovation awards will also be launched in six categories: virtual and augmented reality, drone detection, unmanned systems and robots, digital crime management and digital forensic clues, connected systems and smart security equipment and crowd control.

One of the many activities taking place at the event is the Smart and Safe City Control Centre, an innovative platform to showcase the latest security technologies that will present the first simulation of its kind in Saudi Arabia for emergency response, including equipment especially designed for this purpose, as well as advanced solutions for monitoring and command centres.