PSA-TEC 2008

The PSA Security Network recently held its annual PSA-TEC (Training, Exhibits, Conference) at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill. the week of May 5-9.   Always a festive event, it's a great way for PSA's vendors and integrators to network and learn more about the industry.  Throughout the week were education seminars, presentations, social mixers and entertainment, as well as one day dedicated to vendor exhibits.

I had the opportunity to attend the opening mixer Tuesday night and walk the show floor Wednesday.  Judging from the fact that the ballrooms for the opening mixer (and lunch the next day) were packed, this PSA show does well.  The foot traffic on the show floor did pick up during the day (like it did last year), but obviously some booths get far more traffic than others. 

In talking with integrators at the show, it was obvious that most of them know what they're looking for in a product or solution.  One trend that I noticed was that many integrators are interested in learning more about the different solutions available for video management.

Some vendors went above and beyond to answer questions for potential (or even current) customers.  Exacq Technologies, for instance, had TJ Johnson, manager of software engineering, on hand at the booth to take tech questions (and suggestions) about their software.  If a change were to be made to Exacq's software, he'd be the one to do it.

Here are some photos I took at the show:

Above: Here's a shot of the show floor from above--about half of the floor is shown. (This photo was taken through a window, so I'm sorry for the reflection.)

Above: Everyone took a break from the exhibits for lunch at noon.

Above: Over at DynaLock's booth on the left we have Scott Youzva, national sales manager, and Michael Liebensohn, sales engineer. (Youzva and Liebensohn are also known by some as the "Dynamic Duo.")

Above: Middle Atlantic Products had its new and improved LCD Desk System on display. Here you'll notice the front panel comes off to allow for easy (and tidy) management of cables throughout the desk.

Above: Pelco had some fun handing out prizes at the end of exhibits day. Their grand prize winner received a $500 gift card for Apple Inc.