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Get Ready for ESX 2009 With the 2009 Electronic Security Expo (ESX) coming up shortly, key industry professionals are already filling up their calendars with daily events, educational sessions and presentations and just plain...


Get Ready for ESX 2009

With the 2009 Electronic Security Expo (ESX) coming up shortly, key industry professionals are already filling up their calendars with daily events, educational sessions and presentations and just plain fun.

Scheduled for June 22 through 26 in Baltimore, last year’s inaugural show logged some 2,000 attendees. Advance attendee registrations are nearly triple the registrations received during the time frame for the 2008 event. John Galante, president of AE Ventures, producers of ESX, also agreed that this year’s turnout is already way ahead of last year’s show, thanks to a number of key factors which include a larger show floor at the Baltimore Convention Center; more conference offerings including advanced educational sessions for attendees, installers and integrators; and an expected increase of day-to-day attendees, based on Baltimore’s close proximity to major metropolitan areas in the East.

Following the educational track

A main topic of discussion for this year’s ESX regards the youth movement that the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and the Central Station Alarm Association are working to put in effect for 2009 and following shows to come.

“We wanted to address programming that would appeal to upcoming leaders,” said Galante.

The new leaders track is designed as a type of survival guide for newly promoted managers and teaches fundamentals of project and people management, applicable for new or promoted managers or companies in security.

Finally, the NBFAA is using ESX as the launch platform for its Young Security Professionals (YSP) Group, in which NBFAA is hosting receptions, meetings and special presentations for YSPs at ESX.

All Star Hosts

Chief Financial Officers, Jeff Hoffman and Ralph Masino from this year’s All Star Host companies, ASG Security and Vector Security, are presenting unique information on key performance indicators, Wednesday June 24 from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. The course covers business metrics that focus on job profitability and other facets of a healthy installation business.

Notifier Offers Mass Notification/Gas Detection Seminars

There are a wide range of mass notification solutions available today, some of which are UL listed for life safety and others that are not—a difference that all facility managers and building owners should fully understand.

Notifier, Northford, Conn., manufacturer of engineered fire alarm systems and part of the Honeywell Fire Systems Group, will be hosting a series of free, half-day seminars for anyone responsible for the design, selection and operation of fire and life safety systems in commercial, educational, industrial, retail, healthcare and hospitality facilities. Attendees will learn how changing mass notification codes and advancing gas detection technologies will impact them. Notifier’s life safety seminars will address the evolving codes and standards applicable to mass notification and its integral role as part of a comprehensive life safety solution. Participants will learn what type of systems and technologies will best suit their properties. The seminars will also demonstrate how gas detection can provide an added level of protection. Seminars will be held in New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Charlotte, Oakland, Houston, Orlando and Atlanta. For more information, visit www.notifier.com.

PBFAA Sponsors 2009 ESX

The Pennsylvania Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (PBFAA) is sponsoring this year’s ESX show, co-located with its annual exhibition which annually draws approximately 200 owner/operators and top management decision makers from Pennsylvania’s installing and monitoring companies for two days of education and networking. PBFAA will also host a Board of Directors meeting and a special general membership meeting on Thursday June 25, which will provide an update on state licensing issues during ESX.

2009 CALENDAR

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