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Vegas, Baby, Vegas!

Vegas, Baby, Vegas!

It’s the final countdown!

No, I’m not paying homage to the 80’s hairband Europe (although I absolutely get psyched from the opening riff of that song). I’m super excited because in just a matter of days, myself and my Security Systems News colleagues will be hopping on a plane and headed to Las Vegas for one of the security industry’s premier events on the calendar, ISC West.

Over the past several weeks, Publisher/President Sarah Flanagan, Editor Paul Ragusa, and Sales Manager Brad Durost and I have been filling out what is now a jam-packed spreadsheet chock full of appointments with the many manufacturers, consultants, integrators, associations, you name it, that we cover in our publication. 

For many of us, this may be the first ISC West that you have attended since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic that changed our whole way of life and work. For some of us, like myself, this may your first time attending ISC West. From what everyone has told me, it’s a trade show experience unlike any other, and then some.

Thank goodness I am packing comfortable dress shoes to walk up and down the aisles at the Venetian Expo because I fully expect ISC West to be “filled to the gills,” so to speak, with so many different companies offering up the latest technologies in the security industry covering access control, alarms, monitoring, video surveillance, etc.

Let’s not forget all the emerging trends in the security space that attendees will discover at ISC West, from robotics/drones to IoT security and IT, as well as smart home solutions and so much more.

In addition to the exciting products and trends on display on the show floor, there will be invaluable educational sessions presented by the Security Industry Association (SIA) throughout the week. The SIA Education@ISC West program is offering five days of critical information on the newest and most relevant technologies in the security industry. According to SIA, session attendees will learn about the most current business trends, technologies and latest developments, all with the goal of taking your security “to the next level.”  

Of course, along with the trade show and the educational program, the SSN team is very much looking forward to the Mission 500 5K/2K run/walk taking place on Thursday morning, March 24.

This annual fundraiser benefits children and families in need across the United States, and Security Systems News is extremely proud of sponsoring this event, along with the other sponsors of the 5K/2K walk.

Shameless plug No. 1 – if you have not yet registered for the 5K/2K walk/run, you can still register by visiting, or if you’re unable to attend or participate, you can participate as a virtual runner or walker. Sponsorship opportunities are still available at 

Shameless plug No. 2 – Please stop by the Security Systems News booth during ISC West. We are located at booth L29 in the lobby of the expo. Stop by our booth, say hi, pick up a copy of our publication. We would love to meet you or catch up in person. Putting a face to a name is always a good thing!

While I’m on this string of shameless plugs, I would be amiss if I did not give out a friendly reminder for those of you who have not yet registered for our own SecurityNext Conference next month in Nashville to please register as soon as possible. And for those who have already registered, please book your rooms as soon as you can for The Westin Nashville. Y’all don’t want to be shut out, so follow this link to register and book your room:

Can’t wait to see everyone at ISC West! As I pay homage to Vince Vaughn’s character Trent Walker in the movie “Swingers,” all roads lead to “Vegas, baby, Vegas!” 


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