Pittsburgh to host ESX 2010

June 9, 2009 - The Electronic Security Expo (ESX) will head to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA in 2010. Scheduled for June 14-18, the CSAA and NBFAA owned and sponsored event will feature programs that take advantage of the unique market strengths of Pittsburgh and its emergence as a fun, convenient and affordable convention destination.

All-Star Hosts. ESX 2010 will be co-hosted by two industry-leading integration and monitoring companies - Pittsburgh, PA-based Guardian Protection Services and Vector Security. SDM magazine ranked Vector 7th with $176 million in security installation and monitoring revenue in 2008 and Guardian 9th with over $126 million in revenue. As ESX 2010 All Star hosts Guardian and Vector are contributing to the development of the overall education and special events plan, including senior executives from their companies as presenters in ESX's increasingly peer-to-peer education program and providing tips on uniquely Pittsburgh entertainment options.

ESX Focus Areas. For 2010, ESX will continue to cover a broad range of security technologies, applications and integration/monitoring company management disciplines and business practices. The ESX show floor will be populated by manufacturers and distributors of video surveillance, electronic access control, intrusion and fire alarms, custom electronics, monitoring services and consulting and business services. The ESX seminar program will maintain its structure with tracks of courses covering: Business Development & Management, Installation Management, Sales & Marketing, Central Station Operations, Video/Access/Integration, Fire Detection, IP-enabled/Networked Security, and New Leaders. ESX will also be establishing focuses on important areas of opportunity and growth for the security integration and monitoring industry.

• ESX 2010 Advanced Application Focus: Telehealth. Demographic and health care industry changes are driving demand for a new suite of products and services designed to provide health monitoring, diagnostics and health care provision via electronics and telecommunications network. Electronic security companies are well positioned to participate in the emerging telehealth value chain. ESX 2010 will offer general session, workshop and seminar content to help integrators and monitoring companies understand and pursue these opportunities. The Pittsburgh connection? The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, not only a research institution but a $7 billion+ annual provider of health care services in the middle Atlantic states.

• ESX 2010 Vertical Market Focus: Securing Factories & Plants. While Pittsburgh is no longer a steel manufacturing city itself, it is still the corporate headquarters of major manufacturers such as U.S. Steel, PPG and food processing giant, Heinz. It is also home to one of the country's leading education institutions for robotics and production management in Carnegie-Mellon University. ESX will tap these strong local resources to develop education programs that clue integration companies into the cutting-edge security needs at factories (large, small, heavy and clean) and process industries facilities.

• ESX 2010 Business Practice Focus: Installation Management. Managing system design, installation and service is one of the core engines and keys to profit and growth for an electronic security company. The ESX 2010 seminar program is placing special emphasis on this track to tackle the most urgent and important topics and recruit the most knowledgeable presenters in the discipline.

About Pittsburgh and its Convention Center

• Travel. Pittsburgh is within 500 miles of more than half the U.S. population and less than a 90-minute flight from 50% of North America's population. It is under six hours by car or train to nine states, Washington, D.C. and Canada. J.D. Power & Associates recently rated Pittsburgh International Airport number one in the United States and number two in the world.

• Setting & Feel. Rugged hillsides shelter a new wave of high-tech and service industries, along with pioneering health systems and universities. Befitting its reputation as one of America's most livable cities, Pittsburgh boasts a low crime rate and abundant tax-free shopping at great prices. The city offers a wonderful combination of big-city amenities and small-town feel.

• Easy Access to Fun. Pittsburgh's riverfront trails lead visitors on a scenic path that connects the David L. Lawrence Convention Center with the Cultural District, Point State Park, PNC Park and Heinz Field, and the Strip District, a marketplace and nightlife hot spot. Only two miles in diameter, the city's size makes it easy to walk to hotels, retail stores, theaters and restaurants. From upscale downtown department stores to suburban shopping malls and eclectic neighborhood boutiques, visitors find plenty of places to exercise their spending power. For dining, Pittsburgh's diverse ethnic heritage inspires and influences the flavors found at a wide range of restaurants running from casual to five-star. Fine neighborhood pubs, comedy clubs and popular hot spots dot the South Side, Strip District and Downtown.

• Cultural Attractions. Few cities of any size can match Pittsburgh's cultural attractions. A world-class symphony, elegant ballet and renowned opera mix with adventurous installation art and the classic collections at the Carnegie, Frick and Andy Warhol museums-not to mention a unique look into Pittsburgh's past at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center and Sports Museum.

• The Convention Center & Staff. With a swooping roofline embracing its riverfront setting, the light and bright David L. Lawrence Convention Center is a remarkable building - and the perfect setting for any meeting. Located in the hub of Pittsburgh's cultural, business and entertainment district, the Center is the first and largest certified "green" convention center in the world and is the only meeting venue to be awarded the Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council. The $375 million facility is the cornerstone to western Pennsylvania's hospitality industry and truly a design and engineering gem.
The staff of the Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau is committed to its customers and has garnered numerous awards, including Meetings & Conventions magazine's "Gold Service Awards," Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine's "Award of Excellence," and "Pinnacle Award." Pittsburgh also received a "2004 Top Destination Award" from Facilities & Destinations magazine, based on such criteria as quality of convention center, accessibility, attractiveness of destination and professionalism of staff.

Industry Leaders Weigh In

"We are thrilled to be steering ESX to Pittsburgh in 2010," said CSAA president, Bud Wulforst. "For those who don't know, Pittsburgh has transformed itself into a green, high tech haven, filled with interesting attractions. We are particularly pleased to be connecting with local leaders of the security and other industries to create a uniquely valuable and memorable education experience in 2010."

"ESX is establishing a track record of selecting fun, affordable venues that are extremely convenient for travel for much of the nation," said Michael A. Miller, president of the NBFAA. "We are also engaged in more rigorous advance planning each year and looking to tap unique local knowledge bases in every city we visit. It helps keep the information and advice at ESX fresh and attendees coming back year after year."

"Vector Security is proud to serve as All-Star Host of ESX in our headquarters city," said John Murphy, president and CEO of Vector. "Our staff is working hard with CSAA, NBFAA and the event staff to plan an exemplary event, drawing on the local business and market strengths of Pittsburgh and the city's plentiful attractions and diversions."

"Guardian is pleased to step up as an ESX All-Star Host in 2010," said Russ Cersosimo, Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Protection Services. "We are happy to contribute our business and technical leaders as advisors and presenters and to provide tips on how all who visit the event in Pittsburgh can maximize both their learning and enjoyment."

For more information on exhibiting or attending ESX 2010, contact us at 877-628-9558 or info@ae-ventures.com.