ISC East 2018 exceeds expectations

Attendance up 23 percent as conference continues its resurgence
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

NEW YORK—ISC East, in collaboration with premier sponsor the Security Industry Association (SIA), reported strong growth results at the conclusion of this year’s industry event, held in New York City this past November.

The International Security Conference & Exposition is the Northeast’s largest security trade show, where close to 7,500 security and public safety professionals convened this month to meet experts from over 300 leading security brands, all while co-locating with the launch of Unmanned Security Expo New York and Infosecurity North America, Europe’s leading information security event.

Welcoming 85 new companies and brands and close to 1,000 more industry professionals compared to 2017, the ISC East exhibit hall bustled and featured expanded in-depth content-including new technologies and product categories, more special events/networking opportunities, and a variety of all-new complimentary education through SIA Education@ISC and Unmanned Security Expo New York.

“It was exciting to see such a robust expo floor and high attendance growth with our New York event this year, all while matching up to our brand theme of Comprehensive Security for a Safer, Connected World,” Mary Beth Shaughnessy, event director for ISC Security Events, said in the announcement. “The top attended education sessions were formed around a diverse spectrum of topics including cyber-physical integration, converged security for smart cities buildings, the impact of IT and AI on video surveillance/intelligence, critical incidents prevention and mitigation, plus drones, drone-detection, drone-regulations and policies, and more. The present and future is bright for ISC East and we are committed to providing great solutions and education for this community.”

Over the past four years, the ISC East Show Floor has grown by more than 60 percent in square footage and has come to be known as “the highlight of the year,” stated by Linda Esposito, Security Specialist of US Postal Inspection Service. “The extensive variety of vendors and professionalism of the ISC staff make it one of the best shows out there."

In addition, Alex Pachikov of Sunflower Labs, a first-time exhibitor at Unmanned Security Expo, commented, “[This] was the perfect venue for us to introduce the Sunflower Labs drone-based security system. We had the perfect audience and fantastic exposure to potential customers, installation partners and system integrators.”

Additionally, while Unmanned Security Expo presented 15-plus sessions dedicated to the in-depth issues, policies and opportunities for UASs and UGVs, the SIA Education@ISC East program offered 25-plus complimentary education courses and highlighted two distinct keynote speakers for the first time at ISC East—Philip Halpin, senior vice president & head of global security for Brown Brothers Harriman, and James A. Gagliano, retired FBI supervisory special agent, CNN law enforcement analyst, and adjunct assistant professor at St. John’s University.

“SIA Education@ISC East 2018 was a great success, with hundreds of conference attendees participating in our education sessions, engaging keynotes and hands-on workshops,” Don Erickson, CEO of the Security Industry Association, said in the press release. “This year’s sessions highlighted cutting-edge topics like the move to smart cities, convergence in the security industry, the use of artificial intelligence in video analytics, and how some legacy connections leave modern access control data vulnerable to hacking.”

Other highlights included the first-ever SIA Women in Security Forum Breakfast; the new Mission 500 Hygiene Kit Building; the ever-popular ASTORS Homeland Security Awards; ISC East’s Featured Product Showcase featuring some of the most innovative product technologies; a high-profile celebrity appearance of former NY Yankees Player Tino Martinez (sponsored by Rapid Response, a SIA member), the signature ISC East grand opening ceremony (sponsored by Speco Technologies, a SIA member), and the  Crack the Tap Cocktail Reception (sponsored by Autel Robotics).

ISC East 2019 will be held Nov. 20-21, 2019 at its continued home base—New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Center.