Viva Las Vegas: ISC West 2005 to draw 20,000 Industry attendees

SSN Staff  - 
Friday, April 1, 2005

As the security industry, dealers, integrators and end-users head west to the International Security Conference and Exposition at the Sands Expo and Convention Center - all 20,000 registered attendees at press time - will notice additions like continuing education units and sessions that bring dialogue from industry leaders about critical security issues.

Attendees get a slice of current topics, such as technology applications to risk analysis and homeland security in sessions - all fostering professional workplace tools for a successful and thriving business. Attendees can also see the latest in innovative products that will shape the market in the very near future.

The conference program, which begins April 5, 2005 and runs through April 7, will help the dealers, integrators and end-users guarantee they are a jump ahead of the curve when it comes to staying informed and educated on the most up-to-date security intelligence. The exhibition hall opens April 6 and closes at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2005.

This year’s ISC West has expanded in more ways than one. The average booth size has increased to 300 square feet from last year’s 250 square feet, according to Reed Exhibitions, the producer of the show. The annual new product showcase sponsored and presented by Reed Exhibitions and the Security Industry Association will include 20 percent more new product entries than last year. This increase is attributed to the fact that the industry is innovative and new technology is always on the horizon, according to Reed Exhibitions

While strolling through the 230,000 square feet of floor space, attendees will experience the products and services from 825 exhibitors at this year’s show.

More than 80 educational seminar and workshop programs will look at breakthroughs in the security industry with a focus on IP-based security systems and convergence, technology applications for various settings and homeland security.

Continuing education units will be available for the first time this year through the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Many of the educational seminars have National Training School accreditation.

Attendees can receive half a CEU per course. The application will be made directly to UNLV. Participants can sign up at the conference.

The application for the CEU offering is $25.00. (See below for Security Systems News’ editors’ picks)

As the security industry branches out, so do the associations that are seeking to make positive moves in the market. Women In Security Electronics, a non-profit group recently formed to do just that and mentor women of the industry. WISE, a group of men and women in the industry will look at opportunities of professional development, mentoring and networking.

Throughout the conference and show, industry professionals of all sectors can network at events such as the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association spring conference; the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation/NBFAA Golf Tournament and evening gala; and vender customer appreciation receptions.