Today’s terrorism threat has led to an increased focus on security sector demand, from smart video cameras, biometric access control systems and attack-proof passive defences. However, the sector is experiencing growth driven by a more generalised demand: subsequently, many companies presented contextualised solutions, with smart domestic or authentic ‘safe’ city environments being re-produced for the stands, for technologies that are now inseparable from their application contexts. While cyber security has become an indispensable means to ensure the efficiency of complex systems, drones are being used more and more for all types of monitoring and rescue operations.

The three-day event highlighted a number of important themes that contribute to form an overview of the sector in a period of abundant opportunities, with security becoming less of a niche segment and more of a widely diffused technological resource in all and any context.

The threat posed by terrorism has, for example, brought the importance of a security network capable of identifying individual suspects and, above all, containing terrorist attacks, such as those that have disrupted the peace in numerous European cities of late, to the fore: the companies have proven themselves ready, thanks to cutting-edge technological solutions, such as smart video cameras capable of autonomously identifying abnormal situations within crowded environments, as well as particularly resistant anti-traffic barriers, capable of stopping a moving truck in its tracks.

Yet, in addition to security as a system of ‘defence’ against terrorism, SICUREZZA also focused on technologies capable of improving our everyday lifestyles, to ensure greater effectiveness and efficiency, including remote intercoms, smart or biometric locks, home automation management systems integrated with security and capable of reacting to attempted intrusions or break-ins, solutions for urban traffic and smart video cameras, capable of revealing the behaviour of customers in a store and analysing this for marketing purposes. The decision of many companies not to present their technologies ‘nude’ but to contextualise them was also interesting; they created complex scenarios within their exhibition spaces in order to simulate the situations or environments for which their solutions have been designed. Integration is not simply a theoretical objective: the companies presented solutions that were already connected, or could be easily connected, with other systems. Hence, it will always be easier to create complex environment monitoring networks with separate technologies, capable of interacting with one another.

Cyber security was the focus of various exhibition proposals, thereby confirming its role as a necessary means for the reliability and efficiency of security solutions, characterised today by the possibility of collecting vast quantities of data from the most advanced video surveillance and access control systems.

In addition to ‘invisible’ systems, there was also a focus on drones, with a special dedicated area. Today, SICUREZZA Drone Expo no longer revolves solely around various exceptional uses, but also represents a support activity for all the complex rescue or monitoring operations carried out by the Forces of Order or Armed Forces.