Increasing numbers of attendees at international security trade shows are a sign that the broader security market remains focused on this important issue.

Future Fibre Technologies (FFT), a leading provider of perimeter intrusion detection systems, is an active participant in international trade shows. September and October are particularly busy, with FFT exhibiting its technology at the 2010 Transport Security show in London, ISC East in New York, ASIS in Dallas and Milipol in Qatar, all of which attract large numbers of visitors.

Organisers of the recent Transport Security show in London, which highlighted and addressed increasing concerns over the security of critical transport infrastructures, reported significantly greater visitor numbers than in past years, reflecting a heightened level of concern over high-profile, actual and attempted strikes against transport targets.

Alec Owen, international client manager at FFT, says there are three main factors of driving growth in the security market: increasing threats, government legislation and government funding.

“Site security is all about the deterrence, detection and delaying of an intrusion long enough for an appropriate security response to be initiated,” Mr Owen says. “Critical national infrastructures must ensure they have a comprehensive security strategy and response mechanism in place to protect sites against intruders and potential attack.”

Recently released market research from IMS research reinforces this, revealing that the world market for perimeter security sensors is expected to grow at a strong yet steady rate until at least 2014, with the growth in fibre optic sensors outstripping the perimeter security sensor market growth by 28%.

The research data also recognises FFT as the largest single supplier of fibre optic perimeter security sensors, with a global market share of 31.5%.

“The last few years have seen significant advances in perimeter intrusion detection technologies, with improved reliability and accuracy, increased probability of detection (POD), with reduced nuisance alarms through their improved ability to discriminate between intruders and environmental disturbances,” Mr Owen says.

“Whilst security operators often face competing financial pressures, these new, highly effective perimeter solutions mean quality perimeter security may no longer be cost prohibitive,” says Mr Owen. “Security for critical infrastructures remains as important as ever.”