IFSEC 2020 Is to Be Held in September at ExCeL London

IFSEC International and all its co-located shows have been rescheduled as a result of the current, yet ever-changing situation with COVID-19. This includes FIREX International, Safety & Health Expo, Facilities Show, Intelligent Building Europe, Workplace Wellbeing Show, Counter-Terror Expo and others. The events are now arranged for 8-10 September 2020.

Chris Edwards, Group Director, Informa Markets said:

“We have been closely following developments since COVID-19 began spreading, and we have consistently been mindful of its potential impact on global events like ours.


By working closely with our venue partners ExCeL we have now been able to secure rescheduled dates for these events, which will now serve as an opportunity for our clients and exhibitors to regather in September – it gives the market time to recover as demand catches up.”

Originally set to go ahead in May 2020, the decision to reschedule was made both by the exhibitors and stakeholders, to ensure the events can continue to operate effectively and maximise business participation.

Gerry Dunphy, Strategy Director of IFSEC International and FIREX International said:

“In order to provide some much-needed clarity in this uncertain time, our events team will be contacting exhibitors and partners to discuss the rescheduled dates, answer any enquiries, and to ensure we can deliver the same event experience as originally planned.


However, a series of events of this scale requires careful planning and organisation, so we ask for understanding in advance for any disruption this change may cause.”

What is IFSEC International?

IFSEC International is regarded as Europe’s biggest security exhibition, with over 30,000 security professionals coming from around the world. It is an event for everyone in the security industry, giving manufacturers, installers, consultants, distributors and end-users access to more than 500 exhibitors with the newest products and solutions available.

It is co-located with other events, including but not limited to; FIREX International, Facilities Show and Intelligent Building Europe. Consequently, its reach extends further than simply the security industry it also concerns building management, fire safety and information protection.

It is free for visitors to attend IFSEC and all corresponding co-located shows. Despite the rescheduling, existing exhibition bookings and visitor pre-registration for 2020 will be transferred to the new dates.

What’s the When and Where?

IFSEC International will take place at ExCel London on Tuesday 8 September 2020 – Thursday 10 September 2020. The opening hours are 10am to 5pm on all three days.


One Western Gateway

Royal Victoria Dock


E16 1XL

Website: www.excel-london.co.uk

Who attends IFSEC International?

IFSEC and its co-located events are popular, in 2019, there was 34, 746 visitors across the three days. This is a 7% increase in visitors per exhibitor from the previous year.

The four main groups of attendees are security installers, security integrators, security equipment distributors and security end-users. Across the groups, all levels of employment visit the events from CEO, Vice President of Security, to Managing Director and General Manager.

Students are allowed to attend IFSEC, permitted there is a prior arrangement. However, anyone under 16 is prohibited at all times.

What Should you Know when Attending IFSEC?

When attending IFSEC, everyone must adhere to the Code of Respect. There is a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and the use of inappropriate images, activities or materials. Visitors and exhibitors are encouraged to contact the staff if they see anything unusual or a violation of the Code of Respect.

The instructions of staff must be followed. Attendees are asked to show patience with all event staff particularly with bag checks and random searches, which will take place on all three days.

Attendees must not leave not personal property unattended and should carry a recognised form of ID. Also, staff and attendees must wear their passes at all times, passes should be disposed of inside the event or at home, following the last visit

CCTV is placed throughout the venue, operating 24 hours a day. Canine Security, Uniformed and covert Security Guards will be working at the events.

What Can You Find at IFSEC?

There is a lot to see and do when attending or exhibiting at IFSEC, uniting products and solutions across all facets of the security sector. This includes a specific keynote area to hear from leaders in government, law and industry on societal issues, as they see it. In the Government Pavilion, questions on the security landscape will be answered by professional leading bodies.

There is a dedicated LPCB testing zone, showing how LPCB accredited solutions fair against the alternative. Anything you’re interested in; you can be shown how to use, talk it over in one of the many networking areas or through a one-to-one meeting with a supplier or provider. IFSEC centres around collaboration and gives the space to progress knowledge and your business.

Which Types of Security are Addressed?

One of the main draws of IFSEC is the offering of the best security solutions and products from all avenues of the security industry, bringing in big crowds each year. The 2020 event will feature perimeter security solutions like bollards, fencing and barriers. It will also educate professionals on the increasing dangers of cyber-attacks and implementing cybersecurity measures.

As well as, welcoming video surveillance and CCTV suppliers, promoting the newest access control inventions such as biometric systems. In addition, it will build on the progress of IFSEC 2019 in regard to smart security and introduce the latest advances in intruder detection and alarm systems.

Why Should You Visit IFSEC International?

It is renowned for its networking opportunities, unlimited industry access and educational factors. It interests those both new and old to the security industry.


IFSEC is attended by security professionals, from all over the globe to build their industry knowledge and get to know each other. There are dedicated networking spaces, allowing you to speak to people from all parts of the sector and those attending other co-located shows. It encourages one-to-one meetings with suppliers, to discuss requirements and shape professional relationships.

Industry Access

There are over 500 event exhibitors and more than 10,000 products on offer. By attending it gives the business access to the latest security technology, access control systems, security solutions and video surveillance. It offers face-to-face experience, understanding how the products work and how it may influence your business short term and long term.


IFSEC operates a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited conference programme, developed by the Security Institute. The most up-to-date information on changes in the security sector is available to all attendees, via seminars and workshops. This may be topics such as 5G or the increasing risk of cyber-attacks, aimed at improving the industry through more informed businesses with higher skill levels.

What Can IFSEC do for your Business?

Brand Recognition

Because the events are open to all types of professionals in the industry from installers and government officials to end-users, it gives businesses a good opportunity to improve brand recognition among a wider customer and supplier base. At the 2019 shows, 32% of visitors were from outside the UK, elevating brands not just nationally but internationally.

Manage Your Global Supply Chain

In 2019, 75% of attendees were at the events to source new products, services and technologies. With visitors and exhibitors from 113 countries and boasting a combined spending power of around £23 billion, businesses can use that as a chance to better manage all aspects of their supply chain.

Diversify in the Industry

IFSEC can draw more professionals than any other UK event, from London, further South and up North. With multiple security solutions on display and its co-located events, it gives businesses access to visitor base diversity they will find difficult to replicate anywhere else.

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