ISC West March 2020 Cancelled, Postponed to July 2020By John Honovich, Published on Mar 06, 2020
ISC West March 2020, scheduled to start in just 10 days, has been cancelled and show organizers are planning to replace it with a to be determined show in July 2020:
This comes after ongoing opposition to the show organizer's Reed's plans, and heavy company and attendee dropouts.
Just 2 days ago, Reed and SIA were adamant that the show would go on. For example, Don Erickson, SIA CEO, and main financial beneficiary of ISC West, then reiterated ISC West is 'not cancelled or postponed':
And just a day before that:
Now, it is being, at least, postponed.
In their press release, they mention:
extensive consultation with our partners in the global security community
That is corporate-speak for exhibitors were screaming at them and increasingly dropping out of the show, e.g., Milestone issued its drop out announcement minutes before ISC West announced this.
Reed / SIA Keeps All The Money / Manufacturers Face More Risk
On the plus side for Reed / SIA, they get to keep all the money paid, which would have been threatened if they straight cancelled.
For the manufacturers, now they need to ramp it up again in July, assuming Coronavirus warnings are gone. Plus, they face uncertain attendance. Rescheduled shows tend to have poor attendance, like the infamous ISC East 2012 rescheduled event. Moreover, summer is the worse time to have a business trade show (as many business people take vacations during that period), even notwithstanding the 100°+ F / 40°+ temperatures in Las Vegas.
Nonetheless, overwhelmingly, exhibitors and attendees are excited that they do not have to face the prospect of going to a show in 10 days with plummeting attendance and rising coronavirus risks.
NEW: IPVM Free Public Days Announced
NEW: On March 18th and 19th, what would have been the Wednesday and Thursday of ISC West week, we made IPVM 100% free / public so that the broader community can read and learn from our world-leading testing, tutorials, reports, statistics, etc. More to come on that.
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