Directory of Companies Dropping ISC West 2020By: John Honovich, Published on Mar 06, 2020
UPDATE March 2020:
UPDATE April 2020: ISC West 2020 Cancelled Again, Rescheduled For October 2020
As companies continue to drop out of ISC West, this is a central directory to see who is dropping out.
Note: The directory is not complete as not all companies are publicly announcing this and some are planning to simply no show or send only a skeleton staff, as Reed, the organizer, is offering no refunds. If you know of a company that is missing, comment below or email us at email@example.com
The list below is ordered based on booth size:
- 100+ China companies, including ~39 from the main show floor, covered here
- JCI Security Products - 45' x 100' Booth - read our coverage of JCI dropping, note replaced by a booth nearly 90% smaller for JCI integrator
- Exacq, Software House, Kantech, DSC, etc. drop as part of JCI
- Milestone - 50' x 60' Booth - read our coverage
- Stanley Security - 40' x 50' Booth
- Avigilon - 30' x 50' Booth - Avigilon was the first non-China company to publicly pull out
- Convergint - 30' x 40' Booth
- Seagate - 30' x 40' Booth
- LTS - 30' x 40' Booth
- Geovision - 20' x 50' Booth
- Moog - 20' x 50' Booth
- ipConfigure - 30' x 30' Booth - announced / discussed here
- ENS - 30' x 30' Booth
- 3xLogic / Stanley Products - 30' x 30' Booth
- Keri Systems 20' x 30' Booth
- Knightscope 20' x 30' Booth
- Dell 20' x 20' Booth
- Vicon 20' x 20' Booth
- ComNet 20' x 20' Booth
- Cobalt Robotics 20' x 20' Booth
- DSX 20' x 20' Booth
- Arteco 20' x 20' Booth
- Akuvox 10' x 20' Booth
- CIAS Security 10' X 20' Booth
- Nightingale Security 10' x 20' Booth
- Videoloft 10' x 20' Booth
- Airship Industries - discussed here
- Watchnet - 10' x 10' Booth
- IPVM - 5' x 10' Booth but we will still provide the show bags which very few will likely (literally) touch
- Ambarella - Meeting Room
- Intel - Meeting Room
- Oncam - withdrawing from the 7 previously planned partner booths (Aimetis, Genetec, March, Milestone, Mirasys, OpenEye, and Salient)
- Platesmart - 'not sending staff to ISC West but will have its technology in its three previously planned partner booths (Axis, Digital Watchdog, and Milestone)'
There are many others, e.g., a manufacturer commented:
I'm posting this undisclosed because I don't think this is public knowledge yet, but the CEO of my employer just sent a message stating that our company's participation in ISC West is cancelled unless the person is a speaker or judge.
The ISC West official floorplan is being updated periodically, though it is often behind the rapidly changing events.
Officially Cancelling Has Little Benefit
One of the challenges is that companies officially canceling with the show bring little practical benefit as Reed is providing zero refunds. ISC West though did mention:
We will be organizing and updating our floorplan, updating our mobile app and website pre-show to provide our attending customers and media with the most up-to-date information of who will be exhibiting, and for the tailored recommendations we provide to attendees. In addition, we can alert vendors of your decision. We would advise anyone that is cancelling to check with their vendors to see if there are cancellation fees and to cancel their orders.
As well as:
We will also keep a list and alert vendors in case freight gets delivered into a booth that has been cancelled.
JCI Products Now Out
JCI confirmed to IPVM, saying:
Security Products is withdrawing from ISC West due to the increased impact and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.
We might have few employee attending the show for various commitments but we will not have a booth.
Last week, JCI's participation was called into question as the company enacted an 'air travel suspension.' At first, JCI planned to "participate with limited staff", with the company adding to IPVM, "Obviously things may change due to external conditions."
Cutting Exhibitor Staff Common
Almost all exhibitors that we have heard from say they are cutting their staff going to the show. The primary reason given is that a significant portion of their customers have told them they are not attending, so fewer people are needed for the booth. The secondary reason is that some employees are not comfortable going due to coronavirus risk and many manufacturers do not want to force them to go (see the controversy over the Hanwha waiver).
Israeli Quarantine For Returning From ISC West
Israeli companies and their employees are now unlikely to come as they face a 2-week quarantine returning from the show, as the Jerusalem Post reports:
[Israel] Citizens returning from international conferences will be required to enter quarantine as well.
One exhibitor told us since Reed will not provide a refund, they plan to send a skeleton staff only, adding that this "feels like we have no choice but to risk employee's health to avoid loss of finance and business."
Axis Still In But Monitoring
Axis commented to IPVM:
Axis plans to attend ISC West, and, like other companies, we are closely monitoring developments and intend to communicate any changes to our customers and partners.
Many Waiting For Next Week To Make Final Decision
Many exhibitors are waiting for next week to make a final decision, hoping that new information (either positive, e.g., a decline in new coronavirus cases or negative, spike, etc.) helps them make a final determination.
For example, this exhibitor's explanation reflects both of those trends:
In my opinion the show should be canceled/postponed if the people responsible would have a conscience at all ...
While we have not yet taken a final decision for our company about participating/cancelling we have decided to significantly reduce the number of our booth staff to
- right size it for the expected reduced quantity and quality of visitors
- ensure that only real volunteers reapply to attend without feeling any management or peer pressure
Many Conferences Cancelling
This is part of a general trend, as the WSJ recently reported:
Organizers in Asia, Europe and North America have canceled or postponed at least 440 trade shows and exhibitions in response to the coronavirus this year, including scores during the past week, according to German expo trade magazine m+a.
Some conferences that decided to proceed were also finding that unpopular, as exhibitors demanded refunds amid declining attendance and safety concerns, and at least one major event reversed course and canceled.
They also cited another West Coast trade show this month that aimed to go forward but relented and canceled / postponed:
Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural and organic foods and products trade show, initially chose to go forward in Anaheim, Calif., this week, even as it estimated that as many as 60% of the expected 87,000 attendees wouldn’t come.
But late Monday, organizer New Hope Network called it off, planning to reschedule it sometime before summer.
The situation continues to evolve and we will continue to update the directory. Again, any additions or corrections, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org