CES on Track for January
From Dockers to Digital Hollywood, the show will go on.CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, is forecasting healthy attendance for its January 8 through 11 event in Las Vegas. The numbers are shaping up to be "on par with the last two shows, both of which had more than 110,000 attendees," according to Lisa Fasold, director of communications for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the organization that sponsors CES. Nearly 2,000 exhibitors have signed up to wow the public with the latest and greatest in digital video, high-end audio, wireless communications, accessories, CE fashion, consumer technology networking, broadband, mobile electronics, content media, business technology, and Internet technology. The exhibitors list includes: America Online, Canon, Hitachi, Intel, JVC, Kenwood, Microsoft, Olympus, Palm, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sanyo Fisher, Sharp, Sony, Sprint, Toshiba, Verizon, and Zenith. CES booths will be in the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Las Vegas Hilton, the Riviera Hotel, and the Alexis Park Hotel.
Security will be tighter than in previous years, but not as restrictive as the measures taken at last months Comdex. The Comdex ban of bags in the convention center made news, but CES has no such plans. Before attendees enter the show floor, their bags will be searched, however. On-site baggage checking will be free. There will be tighter security for freight and packages coming to the floor. Also, attendees will need two forms of ID to pick up badgespersonal ID, such as a drivers license, and business ID.