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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...

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Northeast Security & Systems Contractors Expo (NEACC)
The Royal Plaza Trade Center
Marlborough, Mass.

Paragon Technology Expo 2009
University of Minnesota

NFPA Conference & Expo
McCormick Place, Chicago

9 – 11
GSA Expo
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, Texas


ESX Expo
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Md.


America’s Fire & Security Expo (AFSE)
Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami Beach, Fla.



Georgia World Congress CenterAtlanta, Ga.


Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, Calif.



PSA Convention
Frenchman’s Reef Marriott
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

The ABCs of Growing Your Business as a New UL Central Station

Scheduled for June 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Baltimore Convention Center, this half-day workshop discusses the benefits and requirements of a various Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listings for central stations. Attendees will learn how to prepare for a UL evaluation, when to apply and where to get answers to questions that arise throughout the process. Other key points addressed will focus on building configuration and equipment used that could provide up-front cost savngs. The course will be taught by Peter Tallman, section manager UL.

“There are several hundred central station operators who could benefit from the distinction and discipline associated with a UL listing,” said John Lombardi, president of CIA Security, Fishkill, N.Y., and chairman of the ESX Program Advisory Committee. “This session offers a way to concisely review both the advantages and resource requirements of pursuing a listing.”

Listen Up-Who’s Speaking at ESX

Francis X. Taylor, vice president and chief security officer, General Electric Company (GE), will provide the morning keynote address for ESX on June 24 at 10 a.m. on the topic of “Local Solutions for Global Security Threats.” SD&I magazine Publisher Carol Enman will introduce Taylor, and offer insights into the growing industry and its current and future directions.

James Johnson, Baltimore County Police Chief will be a featured speaker at the ESX Industry Icebreaker luncheon on June 23rd at 12:15 p.m. Chief Johnson will explain his motivation for advocating broader deployment of video.


Paragon Sponsors IP-Centric Conference

Paragon Solutions Group Inc., Corcoran, Minn., is sponsoring a free, comprehensive one-day technical conference on June 8 in the Twin Cities, presenting more than two dozen IP- and IT-centric topics.

“The Paragon Technology Expo 2009 has been taken to a new, higher level with this conference, in an effort to address the growing area of IP installations and convergence,” said Todd Vojta, president of Paragon Solutions Group. “Some of the premiere sponsors include Milestone Systems, Axis Communications, Open Options, Anixter, Identica and Agent Vi,” Vojta said.

Technology Expo 2009 events will be held at the impressive McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus. Topics on compression, IP communications and storage will dominate the program, which includes a keynote speaker, table top exposition and drawings for prizes. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information and to register online visit or contact Todd Vojta at (763)463-5000 or