The 2004 NSCA Systems Integration Expo®--March 19-21 in the Las Vegas Convention Center--promises to be the largest NSCA show to date with an exhibit floor 26 percent larger than past exhibits.

Integrated systems technologies for the commercial marketplace will be highlighted in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall, targeting electronic systems designers and installers. More than 500 exhibits feature audio, a/v presentation, stage and lighting, tele/data and video. New in 2004 is the addition of the Security/Life Safety pavilion, a 15,000 square foot space sponsored by the PSA Security Network. The pavilion will feature more than 80 of the security industry’s most recognizable names, including Bosch, GE Interlogix, HID, Honeywell, Pelco and Sanyo.

Also new to the 2004 NSCA Expo is the Digital Signage LIVE Showcase, co-sponsored by NSCA, ActiveLight and UEMedia. Covering in excess of 5,000 square feet and set up as a small city, the pavilion features computer software exhibits and other solution providers, including Adtec, Alpha Video, ComwerX, Convergent, Display Devices, EDR Media, Enseo, Magenta Research, Magic Box, Mercury Online Solutions, SCALA, Synapse Digital, Visual Circuits and Webpavement. Sponsorship for the pavilion has been provided by Barco, NEC and NEC/Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Samsung, SCALA, Sharp, SMART and Sony. The Digital Signage Solutions Workshop - slated for March 21- is sponsored by Pioneer.

Systems professionals in attendance may also take part in what is considered the industry’s premiere conference for integrated commercial systems. 400 plus hours of education are planned, spanning five tracks: audio, business, security/life safety, hosted by PSA, systems integration/convergence and video. Each track offers something for any job description and is categorized at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.

Another new component to NSCA is the offering of systems certification exams. Professionals may take the certified electronic systems technician (C-EST™) exam on Sunday, March 21 starting at 9am. The C-EST™ is a pre-requisite to NSCA’s more advanced designation, the electronic systems integrator, or R-ESI™. A written exam and a hands-on skill demonstration are included to certify.

The Systems Integration Expo® is produced and managed by the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA), the leading advocate of the electronic systems industry. More information about the association may be found at