July 3, 2007â€” The National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) and Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) announced today the formation of a new joint venture to own and produce the Electronic Security Expo (ESX). ESX will focus as no other event before on the product, technical and management training needs of installing and monitoring companies and the trends toward integration and Internet Protocol (IP) enabled security systems in the commercial, industrial, institutional and residential markets.
Organized by EH Events, producers of the awarding-winning Electronic House Expo show series as well as other fast growing events for the technology and construction industries, the annual event will debut in the Nashville Convention Center, with seminars running June 25-27, 2008 and exhibits June 26-27. More than 150 exhibitors and 3,500+ attendees from across the country are projected at the inaugural event.
"Our members are looking for a dedicated forum that will provide them with ideas, products and services to expand their businesses and increase profitability," said John A. Murphy, president of CSAA and CEO of Vector Security, the sixth largest alarm company in America. "Events that traditionally addressed this need are now focusing heavily on other audiences like end-users and government and defense practitioners. CSAA believes that the time has come to offer an expanded trade show and conference program that will be of value to both large and small members of both associations. That's what this event will be all about and why we are launching it."
"NBFAA members recognize, and are moving with, the trend toward systems integration and IP based technology," said George Gunning, president of NBFAA and CEO of USA Alarm Systems of Monrovia, CA. "Most of our members are already heavily engaged with access control, video surveillance, IP-enabled security, ID systems, outdoor protectionâ€”the full range of security and life safety technologies in addition to our traditional strengths in burglar and fire alarm systems. Our 2,500 member companies want to do more security systems integration with other home and building systems. We are excited to be sponsoring an industry-owned event that will help the installing and monitoring companies move forward faster in the integrated systems realm."
As owners and sponsors of ESX, CSAA and NBFAA will host meetings and industry functions in conjunction with the event and be integrally involved in the development and delivery of the ESX keynotes, general sessions, and the best education program ever developed for integration and monitoring companies. The associations will also work with EH to produce special seminars and a recognition program aimed at illuminating industry best practices of installation and monitoring companies, and programs to attract and recognize the next generation of industry leaders. The event will also offer attendees and their guests opportunities to network and relax during first-class social and entertainment events. .
"We are delighted to be teaming with the largest and most prestigious security integration and monitoring associations to produce this event," said John Galante, vice president of EH Events. "Our event focus is differentiated and targeted to real needs. Our venue is a true destination that offers both family and sophisticated business entertainment options and great affordability for exhibitors as a right-to-work state. And our association owners and sponsors' strong support means exhibitors will gain exposure to top decision makers from the biggest, best and most progressive installing, integrating and monitoring companies in the world. Together, we will build an always-innovative, always-compelling annual event of which CSAA and NBFAA will be proud stars."
Priority exhibit space selection for the event will be conducted in August 2007. To obtain an ESX 2008 exhibitor prospectus and information on space selection number reservations, contact John Galante at EH, 703-352-9211, firstname.lastname@example.org.