Orlando, FL (March 11, 2005)–Yesterday, thousands took to heart NSCA’s new slogan, “Our Silver Anniversary–Your Golden Opportunity,” as they poured into the Systems Integration Expo at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center in search of solutions to provide their clients back home. Whether they came to check out the exhibition floor, attend classes and seminars, or just network (the old-fashioned person-to-person kind), attendees surely found what they were looking for.
While the NSCA has been doing this for 25 years, that hardly means that it runs the Expo by rote. Taking the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, break it,” to heart, the association has been adding new areas in recent years, such as the Security Life Safety Pavilion and this year’s new Network Integration Center.
Such additions broaden the horizons of integrators who come to the show, but they also bring new attendees from other related professions. NSCA president Randy Vaughan reported, “After last year, I heard lots of manufacturers talking about how they’d met interesting people at the Expo who had other things that they brought to the table, and that was refreshing.”
In an ironic turn, the Digital Signage Showcase can expect some very local visitors-representatives from the Orange County Convention Center. Executive director Chuck Wilson explained, “They have a system in place, but they don’t understand thoroughly the content and how to deliver it in a way that makes sense for them, so they’re interested in seeing what’s possible. They’ll be overwhelmed and much more informed about how they can use their own internal system better for future conventions that come in. It’ll show them new ways to use what they already have as an infrastructure.”
An estimated 11,000 attendees will walk the show floor over the course of the Expo, exploring the booths of nearly 600 exhibitors on hand presenting their wares, but there’s also a variety of educational offerings available as well. Today alone, there are classes on everything from networked AV, to IR and FM solutions, to “Just what is good music?” Education registrations are up this year, according to NSCA, and that may well be due to a wide variety of new offerings.
Lest anyone forget that this is the Expo’s silver anniversary, the NSCA is giving away $25,000, or “the ultimate service vehicle,” replete with “all the decals like an NSCA member would have on private company trucks,” according to Wilson. If the winner elects to take the truck, it may well be the perfect vehicle for a road trip to next year’s festivities, when the Systems Integrators Expo lands in Las Vegas, March 16-18, 2006.