2001 International Security Conference and Exposition (ISC): April 4-6, Las Vegas

The 2001 International Security Conference and Exposition (ISC) Las Vegas show proved to be the largest and most international ISC show. More than 15,000 security professionals arrived to the Sands Convention Center to check out the latest in security products, systems and technology. And, more than 600 exhibitors from 67 countries occupied 172,000 square feet of exhibit space. Whatever dealers were looking for, the ISC show had it all.

This year’s show shared space with The Home Automation Show and Conference, which featured more than 30 exhibitors displaying products related to the integration of home entertainment with security—from structured cabling and central vacuum stations to network device servers and complete automation systems.

Although the dry Vegas desert winds created electricity outside the venue, the buzz on the show floor was the variety of products. Digital video recorders (DVRs) from manufacturing companies such as Ademco, Samsung GVI and Applied Integration Corp. were well represented. In the systems integration category, various companies such as NICE Systems and Ortega InfoSystems presented software-based, open architecture systems that can be integrated with virtually any company’s existing security system (e.g., access control and CCTV, tied with remote monitoring). Biometrics with access control products was another type of technology popular at the show.

Some new products unveiled at the show were the Pure Digital FiberLink Video/PTZ system by Communication Specialties Inc., eWebCCTV by V-Protect and the DTC5000 Series of card printers from Fargo Electronics Inc. Rokonet also launched its line of access control products at the show.

ISC included different technology pavilions, including a Korean pavilion. There were even two small and separate, yet busy, pavilions on computer security and security hardware products.

Aside from the thousands of products, the show also included a slew of conferences and seminars. April 1 was the kickoff date for Crossroads 2001, held by Security Associates Int’l Inc. (SAI). The four-day event included seminars for independent security dealers, such as “Increasing Labor Productivity and Profits” and “Getting the Most from Dealer Access Programs.”

ISC conferences such as “Access Control Fundamentals,” “Is Biometric Security Going Mainstream?” and “Home Communications Cabling and Beyond” gave dealers the opportunity to choose issues that would be discussed at different levels. One particular seminar, “Why Do We Need Standards in the Telecommunications Industry?” dicussed how standards are becoming a consensus in the security industry.

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