Live from Las Vegas, It's ISC West

ISC West 2006 is live in Las Vegas, and it's proven to be the essential security show that event organizers claimed it would be. On Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., the show floor opened to a wave of security professionals who had come to see the latest products and services offerings and to catch up on education programs.

While no estimates were available as of Wednesday evening, many vendors estimated the attendance at least on par with the 2005 show, and there has likely been an increase in exhibitors.

On Tuesday, before the show started, we rushed right into the mood of ISC West with stops at ADI's new Vegas location (see story), a visit to North American Video's new facility, and the NBFAA awards ceremony which presented the Sara Jackson and Morris Weinstock awards for service to the organization and committment to the industry. Winners were Paul Baran of Bosch Security and Mel Mahler of ADS Security. The NBFAA event was hosted at the Tangerine Lounge & Nightclub in the Treasure Island hotel and Casino. This year's event was emceed by Merlin Guilbeau and Bart Didden, who kept the crowd energized throughout the evening.

Wednesday morning came early, and so did Tom Ridge, who presented a keynote address (perhaps an invective) to the industry, calling for its leadership in the security of the United States. See our full report on Ridge's address.

After that, the crowd wandered hither and fro, collecting materials on the new products and catching up on educational programs.

Check in later with for more updates from ISC West and stay focused on our ISC West page where you can read about the latest in technologies and products being introduced at this year's show, which continues through Friday, April 7.

Enjoy a brief photo tour from our first day of ISC West in the column at right.