SIA Explores Drones, Robots and Counter-Drone Systems at ISC West


With drones and ground-based robots (along with counter-drone systems) becoming a growing part of the security industry, ISC West – April 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nevada – will once again dedicate a portion of the show floor to the Unmanned Security Expo. This year’s expo will feature exhibits (of course), technology demonstrations (watch an early version of Robocop go to work) and a dozen free education sessions (focusing on surveillance and emergency response use cases, defenses against drones and more).

In addition, the Security Industry Association’s (SIA’s) SIA Education@ISC West conference program will feature sessions on robotics technologies, including Meet the Jetsons: Understanding the Promise and Challenges of Smart Cities, and Robotic Aerial Security – Growth Trends & Best Practices. Learn more about SIA Education@ISC pricing and register here.

ISC and SIA have also planned events to give attendees the opportunity to network and learn from each other. A meet-up of integrators, practitioners and other attendees who are interested in drones and robots will take place at the Unmanned Security Expo Theater (Booth 2132) on Thursday, April 11, from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m.

SIA’s Drones and Robotics Working Group, meanwhile, is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, April 9, at 1:00 p.m. in Sands Expo Room 502. Group members will discuss ways to provide resources about these technologies to members of the security industry and practitioners, and ISC West attendees and exhibitors who are interested in participating are welcome to attend.

In September 2018, SIA released a report, Extending the Capabilities of Human Security Officers with Modern Robotics, produced by IDC in partnership with the Drones and Robotics Working Group, which highlights the evolution and impact of this technology and real-world scenarios for its use. Highlights include:

  • “The market for security robotics worldwide is projected to reach a total value of more than $2.8 billion by 2023, which is a compound annual growth rate of over 20%.”
  • “Where this technology has been successfully deployed, it is greatly enhancing the capabilities of human security operations in terms of range, risk identification, situation response, and more.”
  • “Security robots are being delivered to the market at an hourly rate roughly half that of human security officers.”

Finally, the SIA New Product Showcase at ISC West offers manufacturers of drones, robots and other security technologies the opportunity to submit their devices for awards that recognize innovations in security. So stop by to see whether a robot takes best in show – or if its AI produces feelings of disappointment if it goes home empty-handed.