Top Locksmith & Security Trade Shows You Don’t Want to Miss
As a locksmith, staying up to date with the latest industry trends and technologies is crucial to your success. Attending locksmith tradeshows is an excellent way to network with other professionals, learn about new products and services, and gain valuable insights into the industry. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the top locksmith tradeshows you should consider attending.
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Best Locksmith & Security Trade Shows in 2023
International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West)
March 28, 2023 – March 31, 2023; Las Vegas, NV
ISC West is one of the largest security tradeshows in the United States. While not specifically geared towards locksmiths, this event offers valuable insights into the broader security industry and is a great opportunity to network with other professionals.
ISC West is the largest security industry trade show in the U.S. It offers the chance to network with over 30,000 security professionals and explore the latest technologies in access control, alarms and monitoring, and video surveillance while discovering emerging trends in drones and robotics, cybersecurity and connected IoT, smart home, and more. ISC West also features educational programming and networking opportunities. The event is ideal for residential & commercial dealers/installers, system integrators, IT integrators/VARs, end-users from various vertical markets, law enforcement, and public safety, central station owners/managers, security specifiers and consultants, and more. ISC West also features keynote speakers who will discuss cybersecurity trends and best practices for business, leveraging technology in modern security operations for major events, and high-impact leadership.
ALOA 23 Convention & Security Expo
August 6, 2023 – August 12, 2023; Orlando, Florida
Join us for a week of education, networking, and fun with fellow locksmiths worldwide. The event offers over 200 full-day, instructor-led training classes through regionally sponsored classes, at the annual ALOA Convention & Security Expo, and through the ALOA Training Center. ALOA also provides a bookstore where members can purchase books CDs and videotapes on a wide variety of locksmith subjects. ALOA members can check out videotapes from the ALOA Video Library.
The event provides training to achieve certification in many different formats that include over 100 classes at the annual ALOA Convention at contracted regional conventions and at many locally sponsored weekend seminars throughout the year. ALOA has certified over 4,000 locksmiths nationwide with an additional 2,900 who are presently in the early stages of certification. Attendees will learn how to identify and duplicate keys, service and adjust key machines, rekey a variety of lock cylinders, make original keys for a variety of locks, code disassembly and impressioning, bypass and/or pick common locks, troubleshoot and service common cylinder and lockset malfunctions, identify common lock hardware finishes and functions, be familiar with Life Safety Codes and the ADA, design and key a simple master key system, and know combination lock operation and changing methods.
April 26, 2023; Quebec
June 14, 2023; Vancouver
October 25-25; Toronto
Security Canada is a series of tradeshows held across Canada that focuses on the security industry as a whole. While not specifically geared towards locksmiths, this event offers valuable insights into the broader security industry and is a great opportunity to network with other professionals.
Security Canada West is Canada’s premier security show that provides access to the latest products and services, helps attendees learn about new developments and trends, and provides networking opportunities. The event features education sessions, in-depth reviews of products by manufacturers, and discussions on market trends and mobile access. Attendees can also learn about creating smarter and safer places through industry-leading security technologies and integrations. Additionally, iLOQ will showcase their battery-free smart locks and keyless cellphone-based solutions that provide benefits for building owners, property managers, and end-users. Register now to take advantage of free registration and join top industry professionals and end consumers in one place.
Southern Security Expo
September 29, 2023 – September 30, 2023; Columbia, SC
Southern Security Expo is the largest security industry trade show in the southeast, bringing together the entire security channel from Locksmith to Security Integrator. Attendees can promote their brands, launch new products, and meet buyers with open projects. The event showcases the latest products, services, and technology in access control, video surveillance, network security products, wireless security products, and more. Education classes will be available on September 29, and the expo will take place on September 30. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and connect with hundreds of Security and Locksmith professionals and explore the newest technologies and solutions from Access Control, Video Surveillance, Smart Home Solutions, Automotive Smart Key Technology, and more.
October 20, 2023 – October 22, 2023; Telford, England
The MLA Expo is a UK-based event that is specifically geared towards locksmiths. It features a variety of exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services, as well as educational seminars and networking opportunities.
MLA Expo is Europe’s largest locksmith exhibition and is considered the security event of the year for the locksmith & security industry. The event will feature ‘THE GARAGE’, an auto locksmith exhibition area showcasing the latest products and developments in the auto industry. There will be over 80 training courses and seminars, with over 30 being free of charge. Visitors can attend various demonstrations and seminars being run by exhibitors in the Garage Seminar Area in Hall 1. The event is a great opportunity to learn about new products, get hands-on experience with the latest locksmith tools and security products, and take advantage of great show deals. Visitor entry is free, but registration is recommended to avoid morning queues entering the exhibition.
Yankee Security Convention
October 25, 2023 – October 29, 2023; Springfield, Mass.
The Yankee Security Convention is a five-day assembly of locksmiths and security professionals that features three days of education, with more than 25 classes, covering a wide variety of subjects related to the security industry. The event will include a 2-day weekend trade show with over 100 exhibitors and for 2023, the show floor will have many new sights and a number of new sponsorship opportunities. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet fellow industry experts, network and make connections at the convention and to register for the educational tracks offered at the show. In addition, the event will host PRP testing on Saturday, October 28 from 8 a.m. – noon. After show hours, attendees are encouraged to enjoy the excitement of downtown Springfield, trying their luck at the MGM Grand Casino, touring the Springfield Museums, visiting the Basketball Hall of Fame, and stopping in one of Springfield’s many bars and restaurants. Classes take place during the day and evening with all evening classes being free of charge.
Attending locksmith tradeshows is an excellent way to stay up to date with the latest industry trends and technologies. Whether you’re looking to network with other professionals, learn about new products and services, or gain valuable insights into the industry, there’s a locksmith tradeshow out there for you. So why not make plans to attend one of these top events today?