Essen, day 1, continued

There's been a debate amongst the staff all day as to whether Essen is bigger than IFSEC. So I looked it up. IFSEC says 30,257 "professionals come together" this year. I'm guessing that means exhibitor attendees, plus regular attendees, plus various and sundry speakers, etc. But maybe not. Maybe that's just registered attendees. Security Essen says this: 1,027 exhibitors from 47 countries presented their products and services at the SECURITY Essen 2006. With some 40,000 trade visitors from 79 countries and an exhibition area extended to over 75,000 m², the world fair for security and fire protection recorded its best result so far in its successful history and clearly increased its lead as the world's No. 1 fair in this branch of industry. But I can't say that's really definitive, as there are some numbers open to interpretation there. Also, there's nothing that says Essen is as big this year as it was in 2006--other than my eyeballs, which seem to confirm it hasn't shrunk. But I won't judge by the first day of the show here, anyway, since it's a four-day show and I think tomorrow will be when the crowds matter.