Thousands attend ISC West 2021 as the security industry reconvenes in person
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ISC West has made its return as a live event in Las Vegas. More than 10,000 security and public safety professionals—many of whom had been waiting for 28 months since the last time the show happened in person—attended the three-day expo and conference dedicated to the business, people, technology and trends in a physical and converged security industry that faced massive COVID-induced changes.
Despite being the first security-related show to return after pandemic restrictions postponed most large live events for more than a year, exhibitors and attendees flocked back to the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. More than 400 companies braved mid-July desert temperatures solidly in the triple digits to join a kinetic expo floor that included the biggest names in security and startups alike showing off the latest technology in access control, drones and robotics, video surveillance and analytics, biometrics, smart home and other sectors.
“It’s been very exciting to re-engage with the industry in person here this week,” said Will Wise, Group Vice President of RX’s Security Portfolio. “ISC West is the first major physical and converged security event to take place in the US since 2019. Attendees, exhibitors and speakers have been raving about the quality of audience and the collective energy of the community taking a big step forward for the market.”
The education program at ISC West featured keynote addresses from Boeing CSO, David Komendat and former FBI agent and law enforcement analyst, James Gagliano, in addition to 65 other sessions that included active shooter workshops, how to evaluate security technology, the convergence of cyber and physical security, navigating return to work, drone use and defence and many others.
And, for the first time, ISC West offered security professionals the ability to experience the show and attend conference sessions virtually. The event streamed all 65 educational sessions, the keynotes and several exhibitor product training & case studies, with interviews and check-ins from the expo floor. There was also a virtual-only keynote from Tracie Martin, Principal Security Engineer for IoT at Amazon Web Services.
By D.J. Murphy, Editor-in-Chief, ISC News