Analysts are saying the Middle East is poised to be the epicenter of growth in the deployment of security and surveillance technologies.
Avigilon, a leader in high-definition and megapixel IP video surveillance systems, now has a new point man for the region. Tuesday (Jan. 5) it appointed Hadi Rayess as its sales director for the Middle East.
Rayess joins Avigilon from i3DVR, another Canadian video surveillance provider, where he managed the Middle East and Southeastern United States territories for seven years. While at i3DVR, Rayess built the company’s Middle Eastern business from the ground up and developed a distribution network across the region.
Prior to i3DVR, Rayess was the sales manager for digital imaging solutions at Agfa Geavart in the Middle East. Rayess has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Computer and Engineering College in Beirut, Lebanon.
“The HD surveillance market in the Middle East continues to grow at a rapid pace, along with the demand for the Avigilon HD Surveillance system,” said Dave Tynan, vice president of global sales and marketing at Avigilon. “With fourteen years of experience and strong industry connections, Hadi is well positioned to boost Avigilon’s market presence and meet the needs of our growing customer base in the region.”
It isn't just Avigilon that's bullish on the Middle East. A recent report from global analyst IMS Research says the global video surveillance market will have increased by 3 percent in 2009 (a slower rate than in the past, thanks to the global economic downturn)--and by 15 percent for IP equipment like Avigilon's.
IMS calls the Middle East "a prime example of a relatively immature video surveillance market that has experienced strong IP video surveillance adoption."
Security consultants and integrators operating in the Middle East are generally more IT-savvy than their European and American counterparts, IMS said.
And the IMS report, “Middle East CCTV and Video Surveillance – 2009 edition” says that while some areas within the Middle East--particularly Dubai--have been heavily affected by the economic downturn, the impact has been restricted to certain market verticals, and the region as a whole is forecast to grow strongly through 2010.
IMS Research www.imsresearch.com
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