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Huge ASIS convention to draw more than 20,000 to Dallas Oct. 12-15

ASIS International’s 56th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, one of the premier events for security practitioners worldwide, will be held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, TX, Oct. 12-15.

Hosted by ASIS International, the largest organization in the world for security management professionals, ASIS 2010 is a key destination for those seeking security solutions, says ASIS in a press release it issued earlier this month. 

The exhibition floor will cover more than 240,000 net square feet. Some 700 exhibiting companies will showcase the most innovative technologies, products and services on the market today, said ASIS.

More than 20,000 security, business and government professionals from more than 90 countries are expected to attend. Click here for registration information.

“For security practitioners from around the world, the ASIS Seminar and Exhibits is the single most important event each year,” said ASIS President Joseph R. (“Bob”) Granger, CPP. “Over the course of three days, attendees will be face-to-face with some of the foremost authorities in their profession, see hands-on demonstrations of the most advanced security product and service solutions available, and have the opportunity to establish and strengthen their professional network.”

Product and service categories include access control, alarms, biometrics, chemical trace detection, disaster recovery and crisis management, executive and VIP protection, guard services, information technology, hazardous material threats, perimeter protection, robots, surveillance, threat assessments, video surveillance and weapons/bomb detection.

Exhibits hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 12-14.

Admission to the exhibits is free to ASIS members. Non-members, with a business interest in security management, are welcome to register online for free passes in advance. After 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 8, on-site registration for the exhibits is available for $75.

The event in Dallas will offer a wide range of special programs, including:

ASIS Accolades, an awards competition that recognizes the security industry’s most innovative new products, services, and/or solutions. 

Educational programs will consist of more than 160 sessions covering the latest security topics and critical issues, as well as core security management best practices and strategies. Attendees will be able to select sessions from 18 tracks, which include crime and loss prevention; crisis management; critical infrastructure; government/military; homeland security; info/IT security; physical security; and terrorism. A track will also be presented in Spanish. 

General sessions on Friday, Oct. 15 include presentations on cloud computing, supply chain security and corporate ethics.

Pre-Seminar Intensives are optional, in-depth education programs scheduled prior to the official opening of the Annual Seminar and Exhibits. Topics include “Detecting Deception in Verbal and Written Statements”; “The Successful Security Consultant”; “Beyond the Basics: Next Steps for Protecting Faith-based Organizations”; “The Reality of Threat Assessment and Response”, and “Facility Security Assessment and Initial Conceptual Design.”

Keynote speakers are Pervez Musharraf, former president of Pakistan, and pilot Chesley Sullenberger III.

Following the Sept. 11th terror attacks, the United States sought President Musharraf’s support to fight the Taliban. With a vision for a modern, democratic, non-fundamentalist Islamic Pakistan, he was one of America’s greatest allies. President Musharraf will share his experiences on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 8 a.m.

Sullenberger became an international hero in Jan. 2009 when he and his crew safely guided US Airways Flight 1549 to an emergency water landing in New York City’s frigid Hudson River, saving the lives of 155 people. The Airbus A320’s two engines had lost thrust following a bird strike. Captain of what has been dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sullenberger is an aviation safety expert and accident investigator. He will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 8 a.m.

On Friday, Oct. 15, humorist and best-selling author Dave Barry will address attendees at the closing luncheon. For 25 years, Barry was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the U.S. and abroad. In 1988, the won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He has written 30 books.

Law Enforcement/Military Appreciation Day will be held Oct. 14. Active law enforcement and military professionals will be granted free admission on this day. Attendees must register on-site at the convention center. Law enforcement or military ID with photo is required. The complimentary pass includes admission to educational programs, the exhibit floor and the keynote address by President Pervez Musharraf.

Networking opportunities include the New Member Reception, Welcome Reception, Opening Ceremony, luncheons and the President’s Reception. The ASIS Foundation is sponsoring the Texas BBQ at Eddie Deen’s on Thursday, Oct. 14.

For more information on the ASIS International 56th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, please visit, call +1.703.519.6200, or e-mail [email protected].



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