Comdex: Fewer Visitors, More Security

By Sumner Lemon, ITworld |  Opinion

The company has also enlisted the services of a
private security firm to help organize security measures.

Comdex organizers have responded to travel-related fears by exploring
the possibility of offering buses to ferry attendees who are worried
about flying to Comdex, said Rick Moore, head of communications for
Key3Media. The company has buses lined up to transport attendees from
cities like San Diego; Irvine, California; San Jose, California; San
Francisco; and Phoenix, Arizona, but "we haven't gotten a ton of
interest so far," Moore said.

Indeed some companies, like Sony, which plans to send up to 200 of its
staff from Japan to Comdex, have not allowed security fears to deter
executives from traveling to Comdex via air. "Plans have not been
finalized but at present Sony has made no real considerations regarding
the (security) situation in the U.S. Obviously, if something happens
between now and Comdex it might have a major effect," according to
Merran Wrigley, a Sony spokeswoman.

(Martyn Williams in Tokyo, Joris Evers in Amsterdam, Elizabeth Heichler
in Boston, Laura Rohde in London, and Douglas F. Gray in San Francisco
contributed to this report.)

For more information on Comdex Fall, visit
http://www.key3media.com/comdex/.

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