What: Annual educational conference and trade show for security industry professionals addressing everything from pandemic flu to identity theft and wireless video surveillance.
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center
Date 2008: Sept. 15–18
Date 2007: Sept. 24–27
2007 floor space: More than 275,000 sq. ft.
2006 floor space: More than 270,000 sq. ft.
No. of attendees, 2007: 24,000
No. of attendees, 2006: 22,230
No. of exhibitors, 2007: 925
No. of exhibitors, 2006: 900
Producer comment: "The world is not necessarily a safer place every year," said Michael Stack, executive director of ASIS. "There is a lot of new technology coming forward, new tools and techniques people need to be aware of."
Exhibitor comment: "I get the best leads from this show because I get an end-user lead—the customer who will be installing [the product]," said Paul Trouten, national sales manager at security system provider and longtime ASIS exhibitor Magal-Senstar Inc.
Breakdown: The event has grown steadily, and this year drew a record number of attendees, expanding its reach by about 7%. More than 150 educational sessions helped drive that growth in an industry shaped by current events, convergence and a wealth of new technology, Stack said.