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Intersec Forum 2017: more lectures and a broader thematic spectrum for planers and contractors

Mar 23, 2017

More than 40 speakers discuss digitalisation and security in tomorrow’s buildings. Exchange of information and guided tours to applied security technology

„This year, participants will be able to gather even more information at Intersec Forum.“

Iris Jeglitza-Moshage, Senior Vice President Messe Frankfurt

Participants in this year’s 2nd Intersec Forum in Frankfurt am Main can look forward to lectures by over 40 experts in the fields of digitalisation and security technology for modern building-services technology, as well as in-depth forums and numerous opportunities to make and cultivate contacts. The Conference for Networked Security Technology will be held in the ‘Portalhaus’ building of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre on 16 and 17 March 2017. All lectures will be held in German language.

The conference consists of a tightly-packed and varied programme of lectures and panel discussions, as well as forums on fire-alarm technology, emergency lighting, monitoring technology, admission control, residential security and IT / cyber security, as well as the opportunity to exchange ideas and information with colleagues during the evening get-togethers. The speakers include leading decision makers from manufacturers and users, such as Dr Stefan Hartung (Robert Bosch)Alexander Yeomans (Siemens)Arne Schönbohm (BSI) and Dr Ulrich Kipper (Fraport).Rounding off the programme will be talks by market leaders from the field of building automation, as well as representatives of the property business, public authorities and science.

Additionally, participants can take part in one of the exclusive guided tours of applied building-related security technology, such as the Operation and Security Centre (OSC) of Messe Frankfurt or the Baggage Control Center of Fraport. As well, they will be able to visit the concurrent ISH – The World’s Leading Trade Fair for The Bathroom Experience, Building Services, Energy, Air Conditioning Technology and Renewable Energies – free of charge on both days.

“This year, participants will be able to gather even more information at Intersec Forum: the programme has been expanded from two to five thematic forums, to provide more room for the thematic spectrum and the individual lectures. This is a good foundation for the continuation of this format” said Iris Jeglitza-Moshage, Senior Vice President Messe Frankfurt, during the run-up to the conference.

The conference begins on Thursday (16 March) with Dr Stefan Hartung, Managing Director of Robert Bosch GmbH, the President of the Federal German Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informations­technik  BSI), Arne Schönbohm, and Dr Ulrich Kipper of Fraport, who, in impulse lectures and a panel discussion, will cover the spectrum from the development of networked security systems to their application with key customers and IT implications.

Subsequently, participants have the option of choosing and pursuing their chosen themes further in special forums: the speakers in the Dialogue between planners and installers (Forum 1) examine the legal and commercial aspects of networked security technology along with the new professional requirements imposed on the industry.

Two forums are devoted to innovations in fire detection and emergency lighting (Forum 2) and they concentrate on the way networking interacts with fire alarm and security technology and on the visions for ‘adaptive’ escape routing systems, particularly for critical infrastructures. In Forum 3, speakers will discuss the Innovations for networking surveillance and access-control systems.

The second day of the conference (Friday 17 March) begins with two parallel forums. The topic of Residential security (Forum 4) is explored by speakers who look at the technical possibilities of modern residential security and the social dimension of increasing security in buildings, while Forum 5 takes an in-depth look at technical aspects of IT and cyber security.

Subsequently, all participants come together for a closing plenary session with three lectures by experts and a concluding discussion on the question of the new business models for manufacturers and service providers of networked security technology: Alexander Yeomans, head of the business segment Security Germany at Siemens, Bertram Canzler of the planning and consultancy company of the same name and Andreas Neef, managing partner at the strategic foresight consultancy Z_punkt, ask ‘Security meets Smart Building: who runs the business’.

In terms of content, the programme has been compiled by the Intersec Forum conference advisory council, a committee made up of experts from the fields of technical building services, building automation, systems engineering, electrical trades and the electrical industry, namely Günther Mertz, Managing Director of the German Association of the Building Services and Technical Installation Industry (Bundesindustrieverband Technische Gebäudeausstattung e.V. – BTGA), Dr Peter Hug, Managing Director of the Automation + Management Association for House + Building (AMG) in the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. – VDMA), Ingolf Jakobi, Managing Director of the Central Association of the German Electrical and Information Technology Trades (Zentralverband der Deutschen Elektro- und Informationstechnischen Handwerke – ZVEH), Peter Krapp, Managing Director of the Safety and Security Association in the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V. – ZVEI) and Dr Henrik Kelz, CEO of ZVEI-Service GmbH (ZSG)).

Intersec Forum is the future-oriented conference for everyone professionally involved with the planning, installation and digital networking of building-related security technology in the fields of fire-protection, surveillance, access control and building automation. The Cooperation Partner is the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V. – ZVEI).

Messe Frankfurt supports the global safety and security market with its ‘Safety, Security & Fire’ portfolio of events, which currently comprises ten trade fairs focusing on specific markets in Asia, South America, Africa, Europe and, in particular, the Middle East where the leading international trade fair for the sector, Intersec (Dubai, UAE), is held. Additional information can be found at

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Background information on the ZVEI

The ZVEI represents the common interests of the electrical industry and the associated service providers in Germany and in the international sphere. Around 1,600 companies, most of them small to medium sized, are members of the ZVEI.

The sector has 851,000 employees in Germany and over 680,000. In 2014, the turnover of the sector amounted to approximately € 172 billion.

Overall, the original impulse for one in three innovations in the manufacturing industry comes from the electrical industry. Further information:

Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating over €640 million* in sales and employing 2,364* people. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 30 subsidiaries and 55 international sales partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in 175 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at approx. 50 locations around the globe. In 2016, a total of 138* trade fairs were held under the Messe Frankfurt umbrella, of which more than half took place outside Germany.

Comprising an area of 592,127 square metres, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres. The historic Festhalle, one of the most popular venues in Germany, plays host to events of all kinds. Messe Frankfurt is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent.

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* preliminary numbers (2016)


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