SSN News Poll: Companies get set for ISC West in 2018

Respondents show interest in The Connected Security Expo @ ISC West
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

YARMOUTH, Maine—ISC West 2018, which will be held in Las Vegas from April 11 through 14, is one of the biggest trade shows and gathering points for the security industry. From mid-February to mid-March Security Systems News gathered opinions from its readers on the upcoming show.

At time of writing, in mid-March, most respondents had decided whether or not they would be attending ISC West this year. Eighty percent are planning to go, five percent said they won’t be attending this year, and 15 percent were undecided.

At ISC West 2017, SSN editors heard from exhibitors and attendees that traffic was up on the show floor. After the show, SSN’s readers confirmed that, with 73 percent indicating that there seemed to be more people at the 2017 show than previously.

By responses to SSN’s most recent News Poll, traffic on the exhibit room floor could be comparable this year. Most respondents—65 percent—indicated that they plan on bringing about the same number of professionals from their company as in 2017.

“While the number of people we're sending remains somewhat the same, the mix is starting to include more IT/Cyber-security/Emerging Markets team members vs. traditional security and sales,” one respondent said.

Twenty percent of respondents said that their company is sending more people to ISC West this year, while 15 percent said they are sending fewer.

ISC West now holds several expos each year. In 2016, Reed exhibitions—which hosts ISC West—debuted The Connected Security Expo @ ISC West, which addressed the need for cybersecurity along with physical security. In 2017, Reed incorporated the Unmanned Security Expo, a space for exhibiting drone- and robotics-related security technologies.

News poll respondents showed the most interest in The Connected Security Expo @ ISC West—indicated by 80 percent of responses. Fifteen percent are looking forward to The Public Security & Safety Expo and 5 percent is most anticipating The Unmanned Security & Safety Expo.