SecuTech 2000: March 31-April 3

Nearly 10,000 security professionals from around the world descended upon the Taiwan World Trade Center March 31-April 3 for the third annual SecuTech show. Travelers to the show were welcomed by beautiful, sunny spring weather outside, while inside they were treated to hundreds of exhibits and dozens of seminars, press conferences and presentations. The overall enthusiasm level of exhibitors was very high, as the show was about a third larger than in previous years. And, attendance for the 2001 event is expected to double.

Seminar highlights included Sensormatic Asia/Pacific‘s “Video in the New Millennium—Video Server” and A&S Magazine‘s “The Market Potentials for Future Development of Remote Transmission” sessions. A&S is an industry and publication partner of Security Sales. Other noteworthy events included the Security Industry Training Organization’s (SITO) introduction of its Internet training courses and the presentation of the second annual MIT Excellence Awards, which recognized 10 products from among 55 entries.

HID was one of a handful of U.S. manufacturers to exhibit at SecuTech; however, most of the major companies sent representatives to walk the floor and make the rounds. One of the Taiwan-based equipment manufacturers that really stood out was IR-Tech, which displayed its full line of CCTV products that rival high-profile companies from around the globe.

Adding to the success of SecuTech was the convenience of the venue, which is adjacent to the Warner Brothers Pavilion and all of its Western-oriented eateries, as well as the many interesting attractions to visit away from the World Trade Center. Taipei is a friendly, hassle-free metropolis similar in feel to New York. Whether getting around by train or taxi, transportation is inexpensive, safe, clean and punctual.

The area is a melting pot of Chinese cultures that features a plethora of restaurants offering delicious specialties, such as dim sum and hot pots. The timing was just right to sample spring oolong tea, a delicacy reaped from the first green leaves of the tea plant and only available for a short period during spring time.

Other sites to see include the Art Glass and National Palace museums. The Art Glass Museum, which was founded by a Taiwanese film director and now has 20 affiliates around the world, features a historic perspective of great works of blown glass art. The National Palace Museum sits in a lush forest atop a hill and features the world’s foremost collection of Chinese art.

As a getaway from the hustle and bustle of it all, take a journey some 90 minutes up into the nearby mountains for a dip into one of Taiwan’s many hot springs. Sitting in your little stone room and soaking up steam, while the sounds of birds singing emanate from the surrounding lush vegetation is the perfect way to unwind after a hectic, albeit rewarding security conference and exhibition.

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