With reports less than two weeks ago that Nashville's Music City Center - site of the 2020 Electronic Security Expo (ESX) - would be used for expanded hospital bed capacity for COVID-19 patients, it seemed only a matter of time before ESX would be canceled. Unfortunately, Monday was that day.
As announced on the ESX website late Monday: "Based on the well-being of our community, the leadership of ESX has chosen to cancel Electronic Security Expo 2020 (ESX 2020), originally scheduled for June 9-12 in Nashville, Tennessee. Knowing how important ESX is for our community and the electronic security and life safety integration and monitoring professionals that rely on the event for best practice sharing and business advice, we held out hope we would be able to hold ESX in 2020.
We are unable to reschedule ESX in 2020 due to the unavailability of the venue during a time which makes sense for our attendees. Please mark your calendar to join us for ESX 2021, which will take place June 15-18, 2021, in Louisville, Kentucky."
If you are still interested in seeing what products would have been on display on the ESX show floor, check out an exclusive ESX Product Spotlight, which appeared in the May issue of Security Business magazine.
Show organizers also said on its website that they are exploring alternatives to deliver a portion of the ESX 2020 programming through virtual channels.
"While we understand that peer-to-peer connections are an irreplaceable aspect of attending ESX, we remain committed to serving our community with relevant, timely content and insight," the statement says.
There are no details about any virtual events at this time, but attendees are encouraged to check back on www.ESXweb.com for updates.
Show organizers also said they are working with hotel partners to automatically cancel reservations made in the official ESX 2020 housing block.