2005 ASIS Expo Special Report:ASIS Expo 2005: When Is Record Attendance Not Record Attendance?

ORLANDO — The numbers may have not told the whole story at the 51st Annual ASIS Int’l Seminar and Exhibits in Orlando, Fla.

Officially, ASIS representatives say there were more attendees at this year’s ASIS Expo than any that proceeded it. However, that differed with the assessment of a majority of exhibitors and attendees who expressed to Security Sales & Integration that this year’s event from Sept. 12-15 at the Orange County Convention Center seemed lighter than years past.

ASIS officials say a record 19,600 security professionals attended the 2005 expo perusing the wares of 860 exhibitors. Ed Davis, vice president of marketing for installation aid manufacturer American Fibertek, said there very well may have been a record crowd at the show, but they also had plenty to do away from the exhibit floor with the multitude of educational seminars and other outside events.

“The show has gotten so large that it’s hard to go to the seminars and then see the exhibits in one day,” Davis said, though he added attendees might have benefited from a sparser show floor by getting more time with exhibitors. “It was a case of quality vs. quantity.”

No matter the number of attendees, there was definitely plenty for those at the show to take in.

Security system design consultant Roy Bordes, president and CEO of The Bordes Group Inc., said the big trend he saw at this year’s show was the number of exhibitors showing video tracking products.

Bordes said while the smaller companies have been developing video tracking during the past few years, it will be the bigger players that will move it forward. “It’s like anything else in this industry, Small companies develop it and the big guys take it and advance it,” Bordes said.

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