The exhibits themselves are free. What do you mean by $150? It's whatever the cost of hotel and travel is.
If you have never been, I think it's worth going to.
It's basically though the same thing every year so it's not as exciting for repeat trips, unless you like Vegas, but that's a whole other story.
Probably no IPVM roundup this year!
And if you get really bored at the show, you can always unwind at Hogs and Heifers Saloon in downtown LV. I guarantee a visit will change your perspective ;-\
IPVMU Certified | 03/25/14 01:27am
what has two thumbs and paid for admission? this guy (holding thumbs up) hope to see many of you there...
The trick is to register for $150 but don't finish the process when it asks you to pay. In my business this called an abandoned cart. They must do abandoned cart analysis because the next day they sent me a free invite. This is common in retail, you log into an e-tail site, go buy something on website but abandon the cart just before you pay. In a few days you may get an offer, 20% off, $10 coupon, something to entise you to finish what you started.
I did this because I registered early. If you wait until 2 weeks before the show, just about every vendor out there sends you an invite if you previously attended the show.
It's hard to compare this to CES as it's 10X larger with 150K people vs. about 15K. The biggest draw to CES is the AVN awards (if you have to ask, fuggedaboutit). What's nice about ICS is there's no other big show going on so hotel is super cheap, I'm paying $18/nt for a 3 1/2 star hotel and I'm generally not cheap about hotels. Clearly the closer to the Venitian, the more you pay.
Chesapeake & Midlantic | 03/25/14 03:05am
If you're serious about security and you have the opportunity to go, you'll be there. If you can be there but aren't, you just aren't really in the security business.
Me, I can't get the time off work, and they won't pay for my plane ticket anyway. So I'll be here. If I could go, though, I would.
Btw, new product announcements are shaping up to be the weakest I have ever seen. If you are going, plan other entertainment. If you are not, be glad.
ISC West is one of the most important shows for anybody involved in the security / integration business. I've been religiously attending for years. Unlike the northeast shows where anybody with a pair of wire cutters and a screw driver gets in to a car, train, or bus and in a few hours they are able to attend. ISC West attendes are primarily senior level executives from most companies. Attending requires some serious time and financial investment. The 1st rule in economics is not what you know it's who you know. If you know your way around Las Vegas you can live like a king for very little money. I was @ CES one week for hotel and car $313.00 all fees included. ISC west I found RT air and hotel JFK - LAS via JetBlue NON STOP flights and the LVH hotel $527.51 for TWO people staying in one room. Yes, flight and hotel !!! For approximately $75 more you can stay @ the Hard Rock Hotel. Don't be misled by the low prices online most hotels have a resort fee ranging from $15 - $25 per night which is usually non negotiable. Some trade shows do negotiate with the hotels to waive the fee but you must register through the trade show company. Remember the old saying what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, that has changed to "WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS LANDS UP ON FACEBOOK" !!!!
Well thanks for reminding me that although I made my travel arrangements weeks ago, I had forgotten to register for the exhibits. So off I go to register and it's $80 online until April 1 then $150 on site. So one email to favorite vendor rep, and I'm registered for free. Took less time that actually registering on ISC web site.
so John, no party? Well then see you all there. See linkedin for my new position.
Product wise this ISC West will be very status quo. Anything new released or announced will be pretty ho-hum. The market is just in holding pattern right now. I have booked a record number of parties with free meals so that should make up for weak product offering. Especially with the winter we have had I don't mind hitting the pool instead of seeing another 5MP camera. I've noticed a higher amount of manufactures throwing parties this year. Anyone else seeing that?
Ben with StarDot Technologies here,
For anyone needing a pass, you are more than welcome to sign up for a free pass using StarDot's guest pass link .... save the $150 and put it on black!
whoa a million replies. worth it if you're in the biz because with all the chlidish vendors sometimes this is the only place you can get signal. everyone and his dog's cousin has a link to a vendor who gives away tickets. if you don't have a contact who's shared an email, dig harder in the social networks and online forums. good people will make an honorable attempt to share. vendors love it - they get paid for the traffic. why do you think the asian waifs scan your badge outside the camera vendor's booth even if you're running past at 100 mph?
i >>>really<< try to have an open mind about Avigilon even though I read IPVM.COM. And then John posts that video clip. Must I continue to conclude they are snatching defeat from the jaws of victory?
P.s. just turned on twitter (ghm) and I see some sort of ipvm beer meet-up tweet?