Getting the Most Out of ISC West 2017

ISC West is an annual security conference that features educational offerings, networking events and thousands of vendor exhibitions.

The following story originally ran in Campus Safety’s sister publication Security Sales and Integration.

Advancements in facial recognition and video analytics. Data-centric approaches to the future. Robotics. Disruptive, game-changing trends. The latest in enterprise-level logical access control and security cameras galore. You could go on for far longer about what all goes on display and goes down in the education sessions at ISC West. Then there are all those ancillary networking sideshows to consider.

ISC West will be held once again at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, April 5-7.

Billed as the largest exhibition hall in North America dedicated to security, organizers say they are expecting upward of 29,000 installing security contractors, consultants, specifiers, end users and representatives from manufacturers, distributors and central stations, among other industry professionals.

The show will also host more than 1,000 exhibitors, showcasing products, technologies and services from across the physical and logical security landscape. A comprehensive educational program is also once again replete with sessions to keep security stakeholders abreast of technology trends and much more.

Dive into the following conference overview for the details you need to plan your schedule efficiently and effectively.

ISC West Networking, Awards, Keynotes & More

Numerous awards programs, networking events, product showcases and other related goings-on are being held throughout ISC West. Here is a sampling:

SAMMY Awards & SSI Industry Hall of Fame Induction – CS’ sister publication, SSI, has an open invitation to electronic security professionals from the installation and supplier communities to attend the 22nd Annual SAMMY (Sales and Marketing) Awards, along with 13th Annual SSI Hall of Fame induction at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas on April 4.

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AIREF Golf Classic – The Alarm Industry Research and Education Foundation returns with its 14th annual AIREF Golf Classic on April 4, offering participants a casual golf outing with other industry professionals, all the while supporting the organization’s research initiatives.

The activity will be held at the Revere Golf Club and includes breakfast and lunch, plus cocktails following the tournament. The event is the largest fundraiser for AIREF, a nonprofit organization that serves as the research arm of the electronic security industry. AIREF is engaged in initiatives critical to public safety, consumers and the alarm industry. Shuttle buses depart from Treasure Island promptly at 7:15 a.m. and the tournament begins at 8:45 a.m. Register at or email

New Product Showcase – SIA will announce the recipients of its annual New Product Showcase (NPS) April 5, 3 p.m., at the Venetian Hallway Stage, located outside the Global Expo. Established in 1979, each year the NPS program recognizes winners in several product and service categories along with the Judges Choice and Best New Product awards. There will be a special physical display area where installing security contractors and others can view each of the program’s entrants.

SIA InteropFest – Now in its fourth year, SIA will host a networking function to showcase various efforts of its standards program. During the SIA InteropFest attendees can see how technology providers are incorporating interoperability into their devices by leveraging the Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP). The function, which includes a reception, will be held April 5, 4-6 p.m., at the Sands Convention Center (room 801). Attendance is free, however, registration is required. Visit Pages/IndustryEvents/SIA-InteropFest. aspx to learn more or register.

Youth Scholarship and Outreach Programs of the Associations – SIA and ISC West are sponsoring the following events to raise funds for youth scholarships and outreach programs. For more information or to register for any of the following events, call (800) 437-7658, Ext. 3, or email

ISC’s Got Talent: April 4, 8-11 p.m., Rockhouse Bar, located in the Grand Canal Shoppes. Witness the return of singing duo Dos Associones (SSI Industry Hall of Famers George Gunning and Les Gold). Join more than 300 members of the California Alarm Association, Nevada Security Association, ESA of Utah, Arizona Alarm Association and in excess of 20 other organizations for this special welcome reception and mixer.

Leadership Breakfast: April 5, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Sands Convention Center (Galileo 1001-1004). Join members of local, state and national associations at the official beginning of the first day at ISC West followed by a keynote address at 8:45 a.m.

Nevada Security Association Public Safety Luncheon: April 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Sands Convention Center (Galileo 1001-1004). NSA hosts the Western states luncheon with a special focus on public safety, with guests from police and fire.

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