The International Security (ISC) West conference, slated to unfold April 2-4 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, is just around the corner. Spanning nearly every corner of the security sector, guests and presenters can expect to be the first to witness astounding new cutting-edge technology before it hits the market.

A total of 75 educational break-out sessions also splits up the action, covering topics across the security gambit. Newcomers to the industry as well as established veterans will have plenty to learn as the greatest minds in security share their progress, give their insights and reflect upon the latest breakthroughs throughout the sector. Hour-long workshops cover broader commercial topics such as Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Prototyping Services and “Increasing sales and customer satisfaction,” as well as laser-specific ideas like using IP audio surveillance to enhance security management systems.

As far as exhibits go, last year’s major unveilings were numerous. Guests saw the likes of 3M’s MiY-Touch (a light, fast, trend-setting indoor biometric reader), 3XLogic’s VIGIL PRO 3 (an HD SCI digital recorder for automated security cams) and Bosch’s series 612 (a super powerful James Bond-esque thermal camera with 36x zoom and object detection of up to 2.5 miles).

ISC West is the largest on-location security expo in North America, with more than 1,000 featured exhibits being hosted across its three-day span. In preparation for the event, ISC West gives its guests critical education programs and online planning tools that help them stay up to date and informed on the exhibits that align most with their own industry and interest.

Aside from the inevitably mind-boggling exhibits, ISC West is an opportune time for those in security to meet each other and network. Very few places have such a concentrated centralization of like-minded professionals, so if you’re looking to rub elbows with representatives from some of the biggest names in the game, like Panasonic, Honeywell and Samsung, look no further. Exhibits range from providing improvements on established tech, such as gate maintenance and fire sprinklers, to more cutting-edge developments like RFID implants and innovative clean energy solutions.

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ISC West is run by the Security Industry Association (SIA), a Maryland-based trade association founded in 1969. SIA, which also puts on the ISC East conference every year, is governed by the vision “to be the primary resource for the global security industry.”