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CES 2018 Beefs Up Security Plans Ahead of Show

Sandi Cain
, News Editor
December 22, 2017
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Arlington, Va. — Safety and security issues have increasingly taken center stage in the trade show industry over the past year. The preponderance of efforts to bolster security will be evident to those attending CES 2018 in Las Vegas, where show organizers have implemented a host of new security measures in and around participating venues, from parking lots to badge pick-up to onsite security at all venues. 

The Consumer Technology Association, which stages CES, announced the security measures well in advance of the show to alert exhibitors, attendees and media to the new procedures. These range from enhanced badge features to a mobile app that will provide both up-to-date safety information and a feature that enables those in attendance to report tips and contact security. 

The new safety app, called LiveSafe, will be available to all attendees and can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store. Users then can join the CES 2018 group for full functionality. The app allows attendees to report suspicious behavior as well as to access safety information provided by show organizers. 

Online registration ahead of the show is encouraged to speed entry, as those who register ahead of the show will be able to pick up badges at the airport or select partner hotels (visit for location/hours information). Badges will include a photo ID for all attendees and media. To pick up an ID, attendees also will be required to provide their birth date, a unique, verifiable email address, and a government-issued photo ID. No one will be granted entry to the show without a CES badge and government-issued photo ID. 

Bag searches will be performed at the entrance to all show venues, with all bags subject to search and wand screening. Each attendee may carry two small bags (smaller than12”x17”x6”) into all show venues and are encouraged to use clear bags to expedite entry. All rolling bags are prohibited — even laptop/computer bags. (Media with an official media badge will be able to hand-carry additional equipment into the show, but all equipment is subject to search.) Ample bag check facilities will be provided at LVCC, the Sands and the Venetian, in addition to attendees’ hotel rooms. 

Those visiting the show also will see an increased law enforcement presence both on the show floor and at all venues. K9 units also will be present at venue entry points and on the exhibit floor, bolstered by random security checks throughout the premises. 

CES officials issued the updates well ahead of the show and encouraged attendees to plan ahead, leave luggage and bulky clothes in hotel rooms, and allow ample time to enter any of the CES 2018 venues.

A list of hotels offering badge pickup can be found at

Reach Karen Chupka at (703) 907-7639

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