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Issue: April 2010
By: Frank Bisbee


Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces


Bisbee’s Buzz

LOOKING FOR GOOD EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS AT A BARGAIN?

Bisbee’s Buzz  - April 2010

Look at the trade journals and association news publications. These publications are packed with the latest and greatest news and how-to-do-it guidelines for the contractors and consumers. AND, the magazines are usually at no fee to the subscribers. When you are trying to compensate for a difficult economy, but you still need to keep you team up to speed, READ.

The media representation at BICSI was “stronger than new rope”.  CNS - Cabling Networking Systems (Canada’s Leading Cabling Publication) released its twelve-year anniversary Issue.  Time flies when you are having fun.  Also the ACUTA Journal www.acuta.org  was an unexpected and valuable offering to the BICSI members.  This association publication represents a significant market sector for communications. 

Electrical Contractor Magazine,& Security and Life Safety Systems Magazine, tED (the Electrical Distributor Magazine),  the new and improved BICSI News, and CI&M - Cabling Installation and Maintenance were all big hits with the BICSI attendees. 

Print Media VS Internet

Wireville was a blog before there were blogs. The Heard On The Street (HOTS) Monthly Column is complimentary to the PRINT MEDIA.

Truth is, traditional print will continue to be the medium of choice for most professional audience markets for the foreseeable future. To abandon or deny the viability of PRINT MEDIA is folly (or much worse). To deny print's legitimate and dominate place in the information stream is business suicide.  (Didn't we have a “dot com” bust recently?) Hasn't the main stream highlighted the fact that the highly touted "blogs" even on Google etc are having real trouble gaining revenue traction?? 

Electronic is great and will continue to grow in importance in the overall information and revenue stream.  It has allowed publishers to broaden their market, exposure to it and their audience...but notice that among all the hype...they still talk in increases in % rather than in real dollars vis a vis their total revenue stream???.  ie: You can go from $1. to $3. and claim a 300% increase.  But where's the bottom line that will pay the bills??  If we go in print from $8M to $8.6M, guess the 11.6% seems comparatively puny...As a publisher, which would you rather have???  Truth is, you need to sustain, grow and invest in that which "brung you to the dance"...and not ignore the obvious profitable partner just waiting for the next dance.  

What I believe will (needs to) happen is that various electronic info sources will continue to proliferate, grow in sophistication and breadth of offering...unique to their growing capabilities (beyond trying to replicate what is already in print).  They will become economically viable as a true partner with print in delivering a complete menu of critical, and unique information as well as reliably measurable advertising results to their audience. Today, except in rare circumstances, the electronic media sites simply are not profitable, and increasingly, not well measurable.   Lot of hype, mixed with hope.  If used and measured properly, traditional print will ultimately work synergistically with electronic media to help drive more traffic, more quickly (sales starts...not just traditional "leads") to legitimate advertiser web sites and direct contact than any other current vehicle.

The real need is to establish a marketing synergism between what print uniquely offers and the additional unique contribution of enhanced web efforts. Too many people become enamored with "the latest" in technology, assigning it an out of proportion influence...way too early in the overall education process...and probably more damaging long term...promulgating the latest as the ultimate "savior" for a medium that up to now is not in need of a "savior". What is really needed is intelligent dissemination of critical information to a well-defined audience using print where appropriate, and electronic where applicable, and delineating the differences, and utilizing the potential synergy. They are different...not antagonistic.

Anyhow, we continue to develop methods to deliver our information package based on providing the most complete, diverse, and appropriate to the specific medium capabilities possible. Our goal is to insure that our readers...using whatever single or combination (most likely) of media resources comfortable to them, can use PRINT MEDIA as their primary source of information critical to their success.  Jumping on current "bandwagons" and effectively "changing horses in mid stream" is in my opinion, very risky business.  Sometimes they get "flat tires in the middle of the stream or the parade".  Not good.

That's why PRINT MEDIA is taking time to develop the most comprehensive, easy to use, most responsive web site to offer their customers as much information...sometimes like...sometimes quite different from the print product as possible based on their needs, The PRINT MEDIA’s ability to deliver whatever is pertinent in the most efficacious way and continue to update and expand its content to keep it viable...and profitable.

PRINT MEDIA continues to invest serious monies and people resources to maintain., improve and grow their market leading print products. 

There is no single answer to supplying credible, incisive, and current information to this ever so rapidly changing $130B market.   Granted, there are cheaper ways to do it...but then, that's just not the PRINT MEDIA style.

Anyhow, as I often say...at least that's just my opinion.  

BTW: DWT - driving while texting is deadly. Don’t do it or tolerate it in your organization.

Safety is too important to ignore.

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee
"Heard On The Street" Monthly Column
www.wireville.com
4949 Sunbeam Rd, Suite 16
Jacksonville, FL 32257
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frank@wireville.com

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Without the tools, we’re just a bunch of pretty faces

We technicians use tools from many different disciplines. As most of us know, personal tools are special and a matter of pride for the tech.

There is a real Cool Tool Forum where you can make your voice heard and express your love for tools: http://www.quicktechtrix.com/QuickTechTrix/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3

The first post is  "Confessions of a Tool Junkie" by Tony Casazza. Tony, the head of a growing manufacturing and distribution business, is one of the most energized and entrepreneurial fellows we know in the communications and datacom business. He is in the process of developing this site, but the Forum is operational, so you have a unique opportunity to contribute your thoughts and ideas while it is still a Beta site. Who knows where your ideas could lead?!

We also suggest that you go on-line and take the TOOL SURVEY. Another way to get your voice heard! BTW: they are giving some prizes! Pass it on. http://www.lanshack.com/toolsurveyad.aspx

LANshack.com

Division of Atcom Services, Inc.

Toll Free: 888-568-1230

Phone: 732-396-3600

Fax: 732-396-8528

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At BICSI, it’s never boring

The third annual BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge featured BICSI’s some of the best information transport systems (ITS) installers testing their skills and knowledge as they competed for the title of Installer of the Year. The event was held in conjunction with the exhibition sessions during the 2010 BICSI Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida. Competitors for the challenge were selected from the field of entrants based on qualifying criteria such as professionalism, quality of resume, and work experience.

“The Cabling Skills Challenge offered a substantial opportunity for BICSI Registered Installers and Technicians to highlight the expertise they’ve gained through years of training and experience working in the ITS industry,” said Dan Morris, RCDD, chair, BICSI Installation Committee. “We are very excited to develop the event as part of our continuing effort to broaden our outreach to the heart of our industry; the installers and technicians.”

The third annual Cabling Skills Challenge events included cooper cable terminations, fiber optic cable termination, cable assembly, and a writte4n competency exam (that’s where I lost it). Jessie Spearman, an ITS technician with Vision Technology Inc. (Glen Burnie, MD) won the stiff competition and was named BICSI Installer of the Year for the third straight time. In addition to a nice trophy, Jessie took home US$5,000 in prize money.  You have to have the right tools and know how to use them. BICSI is vendor neutral and encourages the support of education for the technicians in the communications industry.

The 2010 BICSI Winter Conference, was held in January 2010, in Orlando, Florida. The conference hosted more than 4,666 plus 154 Exhibitor companies attendees.

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BICSI is a professional association supporting the information transport systems (ITS) industry. ITS covers the spectrum of voice, data and video technologies. It encompasses the design, integration and installation of pathways, spaces, fiber- and copper-based distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports the transportation of information and associated signaling between and among communications and information gathering devices.

BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ITS industry. We serve more than 23,000 ITS professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ITS professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature.

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 90 countries. For more information, visit www.bicsi.org.

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Light Brigade Grants Tutorial Distribution Rights to IEEE

TUKWILA WASHINGTON — The Light Brigade announces that the company has granted the IEEE nonexclusive worldwide rights to market, sell, and distribute Light Brigade Staff Development continuing education materials as part of the IEEE eLearning Tutorials program. This learning program, part of the IEEE Expert Now platform, allows individuals, corporations, universities, government agencies, and other parties access to and use of The Light Brigade’s tutorials. IEEE Expert Now has been approved as an authorized provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), and all Expert Now eLearning Tutorials qualify for Continuing Education Units.

The tutorials explore topics ranging from the basics of fiber optic theory and technology to advanced subjects such as active and passive device technologies. Each of 24 topics is approximately one hour of digital content that focuses on a specific fiber optic technology, product series, or discipline. Each tutorial features animations, graphics and live footage organized into video chapters that can be watched individually or in a group setting. The tutorials are designed as an educational tool and include knowledge quizzes. Each tutorial has been peer reviewed for inclusion in the IEEE eLearning library of tutorials.

A complete list of the topics and more detailed information can be found here.

About The Light Brigade
The Light Brigade, a division of AFL Telecommunications LLC, is the world’s leading fiber optic training company having trained over 38,000 students in its public and customized classes. The curriculum covers the entire spectrum of fiber optics from basic theory and design to maintenance and testing, through advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM, SONET, PMD/CD, and fiber-optic video transmission. The Light Brigade also produces professional-quality educational DVDs and CDs, a self-paced computerized training module, and self-study courses. For more information on The Light Brigade’s educational programs, visit www.lightbrigade.com.

About IEEE
IEEE is the world’s largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing and technology information around the globe.

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Catching Tiger by the Tail

By Ralph C Jensen

Mar 29, 2010

Every professional sport has a start to the season, or in the case of golf, the Masters in Augusta, Ga. will serve as the first of four major championships during the year for the PGA. The Masters is an invitation-only event, but security is not taken lightly.

This year, the Masters and security will go hand in hand. This year, Tiger Woods will make his return to the links after a lengthy and conspicuous leave of absence.

The venue, the Masters, is always held at the Augusta National Golf Club. And for security experts, it presents a large amount of space and thousands of fans, but hopefully, minimal problems.

With Woods returning to competition next week, the focus is on security preparations.

At last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club, Phil Mickelson shared the fairways with a former FBI agent, who now works for the PGA tour as part of the security group composed entirely of ex-FBI agents, a group that was formed in 1997 -- the year after Tiger Woods won his first Masters.

At Bay Hill, the security staff included the former FBI group, 65 officers from the Orange County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office and another 160 security volunteers and 70 private agents from the local security company to keep professional golfers safe.

Because PGA Tour officials want to ensure Woods and his competitors enjoy their employment free of hecklers and in the worse case, physical harm, security services have been working diligently to find ways to increase security without turning Augusta National into a police state.

Augusta National officials will not comment on security plans in place. They never have, but what is known is that entry onto the club grounds will be tight. It always has been that way and you can expect a large and experienced contingent of uniformed and plainclothes guards from the Pinkertons, who will help Tiger from being caught by the tail.

About the Author

Ralph C. Jensen is editor-in-chief of Security Products magazine.
reprinted with permission from Security Products Magazine

http://secprodonline.com/articles/2010/03/29/catching-tiger-by-the-tail.aspx Copyright 2010 1105 Media Inc.

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Cable Television Pays A Big Price For Service Problems

In a recent interview, we learned that the CATV (MSOs) have learned the high price of lost business to competitors like Direct TV, Dish TV, Verizon, AT&T etc. Most of the customer losses are driven by service problems. The business manager added, “A lost customer may take more than three years to forgive us, and give us another chance. Some never come back. We also discovered the disgruntled ex-customer will tell everyone that they did not like our service. That is almost impossible to overcome. Nowadays, we don’t cut any corners in order to provide the best service.” Do the math.

The CATV providers have begun new steps to insure a reduction of the customer losses. Several of the carriers that we interviewed referred to upgrades in their infrastructure at critical points like:

  • Head Ins
  • Drop Cables
  • Cell Towers
  • Long Lines

Fiber Optic Patchcords & Terminations and fiber optic cables with improved bend radius are focus points for the areas of upgrades.

The solution = The Future of Fiber Optics using the best connectors and highest rated cable SAVES CUSTOMERS

Best Connectors = Megladon HLC® Fiber Optic Patch Cords featuring SCRATCHGUARD
When your application is Business Critical, Megladon's HLC cables are the most rugged and reliable choice. 

www.megladonmfg.com

Best Cable = Draka develops, engineers and manufactures all kinds of fiber optic cable solutions for all kinds of cable (CATV) television

  • Telecommunications carriers
  • CATV and video operators
  • Utilities
  • Enterprises
  • Government agencies (federal, state, and local)

Draka Communications is one of the world’s largest optical fiber producers, with more than 25 million miles of fiber deployed in North America alone. Draka Communications Americas is the only co-located fiber and cable facility in North America. Draka Communications clients in North America are served from Draka's unique site in Claremont, North Carolina which is home to a 125-acre corporate campus & Americas headquarters, over 1 million square feet of manufacturing space and the only integrated optical fiber and cable facility in North America

Draka Communications Launches 300 lb Drop Cable with Bend Insensitive Fiber
 
Draka’s BendBright family of bend insensitive fiber allows for smaller and lighter drop cable helping the market achieve green initiatives in the last mile
 
Draka Communications – Americas announced an extension to its line of ezPREP® Central Loose Tube fiber optic drop cables by launching a new 300 lb. tensile rated design with a choice of three different levels of bend insensitive fiber. In September 2009, Draka and Tyco held a joint national webinar through OSP Magazine to educate the market on smaller and lighter outdoor cables and the associated hardware that would soon be available. These products are made possible in large part due to bend insensitive fibers and are an important part of the market’s desire to install environmentally friendly telecommunications networks.

“Draka believes in innovation that creates value for our customers and helps them do more, make more, save more and achieve more.  Our leadership in bend insensitive fiber technology gives us a wide range of opportunity to improve and reinvent the world of fiber optic cable, especially in the last mile.  In this case the customer gets a fantastic new product and one that helps them achieve their green initiatives,” states Greg Williams, Director of Marketing for Draka Communications - Americas.  “Smaller and lighter cables will allow for more fiber capacity inside of existing splice closures, cabinets and pedestals, and the potential is also there for hardware products to become smaller and more aesthetically pleasing.”

Tina Bryant (Draka’s manager of Strategy, Projects & Marketing Communications) reminded us to check out their newly enhanced website www.draka.com/communications.  It is packed with new resources.

In 2005 Draka was the first manufacturer to make bend-insensitive fiber standard in all drop cables.  Now all three bend insensitive fiber options are available, including BendBright, BendBright-XS, and BendBright-Elite.  This product complies with GR-20 and RUS standards, and is available with indoor or outdoor style connectors and with HLC ScratchGuard technology.
 
The HLC ScratchGuard process, developed by Megladon and utilized by Draka, is a critical step forward in quality and durability for drop cables.  Through a patented thermal process, the connector end face is hardened which produces a tempered fiber mating surface capable of resisting scratches, repeated plug-ins, and other harsh industrial elements. www.megladonmfg.com

Draka Communications is a world leader in the development, production and sale of optical fiber, cable and cable systems.  The Draka fiber advantage is rooted in the superiority of the trench assisted core profile and Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition (PCVD) process.  This process is inherently more flexible than other processes and, because it is Draka’s standard manufacturing process, it ensures the compatibility of the fiber with existing networks.  Research shows that other bend insensitive fibers with unproven designs may exhibit significant variations in performance and impact their use in the field.

Draka’s BendBright-XS Meets New G.657 ITU Categories for Bend-Insensitive Fibers

•    Ensures end-to-end fiber consistency with higher levels of performance from point-of-presence to customer    premises
•    Future-proofs FTTH access network infrastructure roll-outs
•    BendBright-Elite complies with new sub-category for extreme applications

October 21, 2009 - Draka Communications, a global leader in the cable and optical fiber industry today announces that its bend-insensitive BendBright-XS fiber fully complies with the ITU’s new G.657.A2 sub-category, a key component of the recently updated ITU recommendation. The A2 category brings 100% compliance with G.652.D, as well as a hundredfold improvement in bending performance.

The A2 sub-category raises the level of fiber consistency throughout access networks, from the Point-of-Presence (PoP) to customer premises. This will result in reduced  footprints for outside plant cables and connectivity, more resilient indoor cabling and end-to-end availability of full fiber bandwidth from 1260 nm to 1625 nm in PON or point-to-point configurations. This high level fiber standard will help future-proof FTTH access network infrastructure roll-outs.

“Using the right infrastructure is a winning strategy. Losing customers is no fun.”

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee

"Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

www.wireville.com

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CommScope to close Omaha plant in late 2011, eliminating 400 manufacturing jobs in Nebraska

CommScope Inc. has announced it will close its Omaha plant late next year, eliminating about 400 manufacturing jobs. The Omaha plant, operating as a Connectivity Solutions Manufacturing Inc. subsidiary, manufactures parts used in cable networks. CommScope said Wednesday those operations would be relocated to its other U.S. facilities.

CommScope President and Chief Operating Officer Eddie Edwards cited economic conditions in announcing the closure. CommScope estimates the restructuring will cost $45 million to $53 million, but it will save $18 million to $22 million a year by closing the Omaha plant.

CommScope, based in Hickory, N.C. says 70 workers that perform corporate duties will be moved to a new location in Omaha.

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FOA Publishes New Textbook On Premises Cabling

Only $19.95 from the FOA eStore or Amazon.com

            The FOA has published a new textbook, the FOA Reference Guide to Premises Cabling. This textbook is designed for as a reference book on premises cabling, to be used as a textbook for training premises cabling technicians or as a guide for studying for FOA CPCT certification. This textbook was developed from new material on the FOA Online Reference Guide website (www.foaguide.org) and  is complemented by hundreds of web pages on relevant topics. The book wlll be available from online booksellers like the FOA eStore or Amazon.com for only $19.95 and soon electronically on on the Kindle and iPad.

As every installer knows, premises cabling is no longer just “Cat 5 for LANs,” but is an integrated system utilizing copper, fiber and wireless connectivity to support LANs, phones, security systems, building management systems, video and more. Today, it’s important that every tech knows as much as possible about copper, fiber and wireless technology so they can deal successfully with all three in premises cabling systems. This book includes some topics not generally covered in cabling books, like coax and wireless because of their importance in today’s world.

The FOA has always tried to provide the world with sources of technically correct, unbiased information on fiber optics and premises cabling using both print and electronic media. With the FOA’s 15 years experience in certifying almost 30,000 fiber optic and premises cabling techs through over 250 FOA-Approved traning organizations, we have organized the materials in this new book to make it better arranged for training and learning. We have also added new materials on premises cabling network design and installation as requested by students, instructors and FOA members. A new curriculum for the FOA CPCT certification is available to training organizations also.

The FOA Online Reference Guide to Premises Cabling (www.foaguide.org) on the FOA website (www.thefoa.org) is probably the largest and most used reference site about fiber optics on the Internet. For those who prefer reading printed material, we offer this new book, a basic reference for premises cabling and a study guide for FOA certifications. Supplementary materials with even more depth on many subjects, are, of course, on the FOA Reference Guide website.

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NECA IN THE NEWS

Chapter Manager Defends NY Requirement For Multiple Prime Contracting On Public Works

04/04/2010

The Wicks Law, which requires that state and local government construction projects in New York seek competitive bids directly from plumbing, electrical and HVAC contractors in addition to the general contractor, faces another challenge of repeal. In response, Lawrence J. Bradley, executive director of NECA's Rochester New York Chapter, wrote an article defending the requirement. It was published recently in the Rochester Business Journal.

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ES Blog: NECA-IBEW LMCC in Central Ohio Rolls Out G-PAD

04/01/2010

Get the latest Energy Solutions blog posts directly in your inbox - subscribe online at http://energysolutions.necanet.org!

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Foundation Cross Border Meeting Unites NECA and Central American Contractors

03/29/2010

ELECTRI International – The Foundation for Electrical Construction, Inc., recently held its annual Cross Border Meeting at Ambergris Caye, Belize. Over 40 U.S.-based electrical contractors joined their industry colleagues from Mexico and Central America to see how the electrical infrastructure is evolving in their countries.

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New National Outside Portability Agreement Now In Effect

03/28/2010

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Online Registration Now Available For 2010 National Training Institute

03/28/2010

The 2010 National Training Institute at the University of Michigan, July 31-August 6, offers special programs for electrical contractors and their key personnel from both the inside and outside branches of our industry — and a deeply discounted registration fee for early registrants.

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Register By April 9 For 2010 Legislative Conference & PLC Summit

03/27/2010

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NECA Women Peer Group Fan Page Over 100 Strong!

03/24/2010

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Three More NECA Student Chapters Established

03/20/2010

We establish NECA Student Chapters to attract bright young people to careers in electrical contracting and to meet our industry’s needs for qualified managerial personal. The three universities where these organizations were recently established all have outstanding Construction Management degree programs.

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Latest EDL, "What 'The Smart Grid' Means For You & Your Building" Now Available Online as FREE Download

03/18/2010

"The Smart Grid" -- just three words, abbreviated in this piece as TSG -- has become an increasingly important element in discussions of how we can improve energy efficiency and reduce global warming. But many buildings owners may be left scratching their heads, wondering what, exactly TSG will mean for their operations--and bottom lines. (Read more at http://www.ElectricalDesignLibrary.com or at http://www.necanet.org/edl)

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ACTION ALERT: Voice Your Position to Congress on Heath Care!

03/17/2010

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Register ASAP For Legislative Conference And PLC Summit

03/14/2010

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Registration Now Open for 2010 Future Leaders Conference

03/11/2010

Join us May 13-15 at the historic and stunning Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee for the 2010 NECA Future Leaders Conference. Don't miss your chance. Register now!

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AEI 2010 Brings Chapters Together to Explore Economic Issues, Strategic Communicating

03/08/2010

NECA’s 2010 Association Executive Institute in Boston, March 1-3, gave chapter executives an insider’s look at the city that will host the association’s national convention and trade show, Oct. 2-5, and the opportunity to learn from their colleagues around the country about how NECA chapters are coping with a range of issues.

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Reminder: New EPA Lead Ruling Takes Effect April 22, 2010

03/07/2010

Any type of contractor who performs renovation or repair work that disturbs old, lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be “lead-safe” certified by EPA — or else risk hefty penalties.

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FREE Webinar: NECA's Electrical Contractor Safety Program - A Working Manual

03/04/2010

Electrical Construction is unique in many ways. Specific to safety the nature of our work mandates special attention to electrical energy without neglecting the hazards common to all construction trades. Until now assembling the components needed for a complete electrical safety written program has been an onerous chore. With NECA’s release of the Electrical Contractor Safety Program manual there is a solution. This new program offers written programs as well as guidance to references and resources needed to execute safety tasks. This webinar will review the manual as it applies to the required elements of an effective safety program for electrical contractors.

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Dutch Treat! NECA's 2010 International Study Mission To Explore The Netherlands

02/28/2010

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Senate Passes Limited Jobs Measure; Series Of Additional Bills On The Way

02/27/2010

The "Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act" was passed in the Senate and will go up against a much broader measure in the House. NECA intends to use every opportunity to have pension law reform and Building Star energy-efficiency Incentives included job-creation bills and other related legislation.

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NECA Supports Legislation To Curtail Worker Misclassification

02/21/2010

NECA is involved in lobbying efforts to advance legislation that would address a growing problem among unscrupulous employers that intentionally mis-label their workers as independent contractors rather than as employees.

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NECA Energy Solutions Blog Featured on ENR

02/17/2010

Don Fornes’s blog post on ENR, “The Coming Renaissance of Electrical Contracting” cited NECA’s Energy Solutions blog as a good source for information about the evolving role electrical contractors are playing in the green energy revolution and smart building system integration.

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President Obama Discusses Nuclear Power, Green Jobs Training at NECA Joint Training Center

02/16/2010

President Obama chose the joint training facility of the Washington, D.C. Chapter, NECA and IBEW Local 26 in Lanham, Md., to announce that his administration is guaranteeing $8 billion in loans to construct new nuclear power plants. The president also discussed federal investment in green energy job training.

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Optical Cable Corporation announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended January 31, 2010

OCC reported improved results of operations during the first quarter of fiscal year 2010, when compared to the same period last year.  The Company recorded a net loss attributable to OCC of $316,000, or $0.05 per basic and diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010, compared to a net loss of $742,000, or $0.12 per basic and diluted share, for the same period last year.  

The improvement in results is attributable to gross profit margin improvement and cost reduction initiatives started last year, partially offset by costs associated with adding military and harsh environment connectivity products to OCC's product offering following the Company's acquisition of Applied Optical Systems, Inc. ("AOS") on October 31, 2009.  Excluding the impact of the AOS acquisition, the Company believes it would have recorded net income before taxes in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010.  Additionally, during the first quarter of fiscal year 2010, OCC recorded a loss before income taxes of $364,000 associated with a business in which OCC acquired a controlling interest on August 1, 2008.

OCC's consolidated net sales for each of the first quarters of fiscal years 2010 and 2009 were approximately $15.0 million. Net sales increased in the Company's specialty markets (partially as a result of the acquisition of AOS) during the first quarter of fiscal year 2010 compared to the same period last year, but this increase was offset by decreases in net sales in the Company's commercial markets.

Neil Wilkin, President and Chief Executive Officer of OCC, said "Our improving results of operations reflect our efforts to reduce costs and achieve profitable growth.  We are pleased that we maintained our strong balance sheet in the first quarter while delivering positive EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization)."

"While we continue to expect challenging financial conditions through the first half of 2010, OCC is in an enviable position in our industry.  We have taken steps to grow our business organically and through acquisitions -- and now OCC provides the comprehensive suite of products needed by our customers.  We are confident that OCC is well-positioned for further growth and shareholder value creation as the economy improves," stated Mr. Wilkin.

Company Information

Optical Cable Corporation is a manufacturer of a broad range of fiber optic and copper data communications cabling and connectivity solutions primarily for the enterprise market, offering an integrated suite of high quality, warranted products which operate as a system solution or seamlessly integrate with other providers' offerings.  

Founded in 1983, OCC is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia with offices, manufacturing and warehouse facilities located in each of Roanoke, Virginia, near Asheville, North Carolina and near Dallas, Texas.   http://www.occfiber.com/.

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The Telecommunications Industry Association Launches Annual Event - June 2011 in Silicon Valley - Focused on ICT Innovation

TIA Debuts Pioneering Event Dedicated to Broadband-Enabled Technology Innovation, High-Level Networking, Education and Business Growth

Arlington, Va. – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) – the leader in advocacy, standards development, business development and intelligence for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry – announced today the launch of a new, distinctive event experience to satisfy industry demand.

The event, to be held June 7-9, 2011 in California's Silicon Valley, will promote broadband-enabled technology innovation, networking, education, and business growth at a time when the industry is forecast to emerge from the grips of the global economic recession. TIA is developing a fully integrated marketing and meeting platform, combining a unique live event with a state-of-the-art online show.

"TIA is offering the first industry-leading event with a combined physical and virtual presence," said TIA President Grant Seiffert. "With input from our member companies, we will produce a non-traditional, forward-looking conference and showcase, including an integrated online exhibition that adapts to technology advances and global economic shifts, as well as to the changing needs and buying trends of the ICT industry. As the trade association representing the entire industry – broadband, mobile/wireless, information technology, networks, cable, fiber, as well as smart apps, smart devices and Smart Grid technology – TIA is uniquely positioned to address real, day-to-day ICT concerns."

Seiffert added that the show will integrate aspects of the important work of TIA members in developing engineering standards, policy initiatives, market intelligence, and the environment.

With more than 25 years of experience in producing B2B events, TIA will mobilize resources and the ICT community to develop an event that builds a platform for the industry's future – rich in content and broad in scope - focused on innovation and the critical challenges facing the ICT industry.

"With buyers and sellers approaching the marketplace differently, TIA has polled ICT industry CEOs, analysts, vendors and purchasers to identify and respond to their evolving needs," said Seiffert. "Cost, return on investment, channels to market, innovation and product launches are viewed in a new light, and TIA is following these trends to ensure that we control costs for exhibitors while increasing the value of business development and executive interactions."

For more information on TIA's June 2011 Silicon Valley event, contact Taly Walsh, VP for Sustainability, Intelligence and Networking at +1.703.907.7744 or twalsh@tiaonline.org.

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Fiber-to-the-Home Council to Offer Professional Certification Program to Support Growing Need for FTTH Professionals

(WASHINGTON, DC) - The Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council - a non-profit organization of more than 200 companies and organizations dedicated to expanding the deployment of all-fiber, next-generation networks - has announced that it is developing the first-ever certification program aimed specifically at professionals who design, administer, and manage FTTH systems.

The announcement was made at OFC/NFOEC, the world's leading international conference for optical communications and networking professionals, which is underway this week in San Diego, CA.

The Certified Fiber to the Home Professional (CFHP) program, to be launched later this year will consist of a special curriculum and examination program to determine and certify competence in FTTH design, architecture, deployment and administration technologies.

The Council will serve as the sponsor and operator of the certification and testing platforms.  The program is aimed at accomplished professionals who wish to obtain industry certification of their skills, as well as to those who wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge in order to achieve the certification.  For the latter group, the Council is partnering with one of its members, The Light Brigade - a company that has 30 years of fiber optic training expertise - to develop a curriculum and study materials to support the certification program.

The course and the certification examination will address topics critical to the FTTH design and planning, including physical network architecture services (triple play) and topologies, the impact of bandwidth on FTTH system, standards and building codes, Ethernet networks, and future migration considerations. Also covered will be video systems, such as RF video versus IPTV, compression techniques, and RFOG and return paths.

The program is intended to certify competence in overall FTTH theory, terminology, topology, equipment and system cost estimation, and is not intended to involve competency in a particular vendor's equipment.

"The need for this kind of program has arisen because of the rapidly growing number of telecommunications providers that are now planning or building fiber to the home networks," said Joe Savage, President of the FTTH Council.  "It makes sense for our organization to establish a credible certification program for those individuals who are going to be building North America's next generation networks.  And we are delighted that The Light Brigade is going to contribute its expertise in fiber optic training to make this happen."

Anyone interested in receiving an email notification may sign up at the FTTH Council website, clicking on "sign up for our newsletter" and following the instructions for receiving information about the CFHP program.

About the Fiber-to-the-Home Council

Now in its ninth year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections - as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks.  The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Its mission is to educate the public and government officials about FTTH solutions and to promote and accelerate deployment of fiber to the home and the resulting quality of life enhancements such networks make possible.  The Council organizes North America's largest annual FTTH event, the FTTH Conference & Expo, to be held September 12 - 16, 2010 in Las Vegas.   More information about the Council can be found at www.ftthcouncil.org.

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REALLY, REALLY GREEN (part two) Improbabilities and possibilities

Special Report: 3.16.2010

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By Joe Salimando

This blog follows on part one, summing up what the late-January electric vehicle event and the early-February renewable energy event (both held in D.C.) led me to think.

While I'm enthused about the prospects for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), I'm not sure how "green" they really are. I have lots of reservations. It's pretty simple.

a. PEVs will get their power from the electrical grid.

b. 50% of what's on the U.S. electrical grid comes from coal.

c. What comes out of a receptacle isn't really efficient, generally & relatively speaking -- 31% to 37% of the energy used to turn the power-plant turbine comes out of the receptacle. Most of the energy is lost (much of it to the ventilation at the plant of steam into the atmosphere, some of it to losses in the transmission & distribution system).

So electricity (almost all of it, right now) is neither efficient nor non-polluting. Of course, the "vision" is that the PEV is going to replace the gasoline-powered automobile, and that's no bargain, either. Add in the fact that we import a lot of the crude oil and that no one seems to want a refinery around (we've not built a new one in the U.S. since 1978) . . . and you start to see the attraction of the PEV. In theory, the things won't pollute the air of the cities and suburbs in which they operate -- the coal pollution is "away," where the power plants are.

Heck, the PEVs are not just non-polluting in emissions terms. One problem the car-makers are working on is that the standard electric vehicle doesn't make noise. You can't hear them coming. Combine people walking around on cell phones (and texting on handhelds) in our streets with silent cars . . . and you can see the potential nightmare!

 

But Wait -- What About Coal?

Coal sucks. Let's abandon the whole "human-caused global warming" argument right now, to avoid political claptrap. That is to say: Subtract the "warming" stuff, and coal STILL sucks!

Coal mining pollutes our waterways. Coal strip mining makes lunar landscapes out of relatively beautiful places. And burning coal adds a lot of non-warming pollutants to the air, including (and especially) . . . mercury.

Lots of people have verbally crapped on "cap and trade" legislation. I haven't really looked into it. But my understanding of that is basic: Somehow, we have to put ON the electric utilities that burn coal all of the costs that they dump onto society. You might not like the idea of suddenly imposing costs on utiliies for what they are doing, but it makes sense (in a basic way of thinking). Essentially, "society" should have done this decades ago.

No, we didn't. As a result, coal-burning electricity is cheap. One result of that is -- surprise! -- we burn a lot of coal. Other results include the fact that we're just now getting around to looking at ways to use coal that don't pollute so much (like carbon capture and sequestration, which I don't think will ever work).

Of course, there are reasons to freak out about "cap and trade." We've already sent a lot of our manufacturing elsewhere. Are we now going to make it impossible -- excessively costly -- to use electricity here in the U.S.? Such restrictions don't exist in China, for example (they're building coal-burning power plants and not even bothering, according to what I read, to crush the coal before feeding it into the power-plant boilers!).

We're in a capitalist economy. What we need to do is to make the tens of millions of decisions that minimize energy use. You can't talk people into doing it. I don't think "guilt" works (I was raised a Roman Catholic, my grounding in guilt is pretty deep). So "cap and trade" rounds out to an attempt to find a way to get people to make better decisions.  

 

Getting To Really, Really Green

All the listening at the EV and renewable conferences is what led me back to that early-1978 snow storm in New York City. Yes, the city air was clean. Yes, there were no buses or cars running. So if we want to be green, we've got to go back to walking everywhere?

That's a bit much to expect, isn't it? Decisions that drive us to such an extent are not going to be taken.  

What's reasonable is to think we can replace coal-fired generation, over time. President Obama has come up with funding for new nuclear-power plants. That might be a step in the right direction, if the nuclear/utility industry can  build standardized nuke plants that pose reduced hazards AND come up with a way to get rid of the nuclear waste. [Yes, I know, you think nuclear waste disposal is a decision for politicians. Why? The nuclear power industry generates the waste, it needs to figure out the disposal issue.]

Waiting for that to happen seems impractical. How about energy efficiency? That seems the lowest-cost, safest, and easiest way to reduce the need for coal-burning power plants. When you look at the facts -- how much opportunity there is in just lighting retrofits, for example -- you realize that electrical manufacturers, distributors & contractors have studiously ignored one heck of a lot of opportunity.

What comes after that? Sure, we're going to build a lot of solar and wind power generation in the next few years. But along with that -- at least, what I think I've learned by attending these conferences -- is going to come a major effort to build energy storage facilities of all types[check out the California legislation on this issue]. Why? Solar and wind aren't reliable. We in the U.S. are used to 99.9999% power system reliability. The combination of renewables and storage is the only way to sustain that; California's first on the docket because it is approaching the 20% goal (set for 2010) of renewable generation, and has a further, higher (33%) goal for 2020.

 

Adding It All Up

So if you add it all up, we can get to "really, really green" via a combination of:

a. A serious ramp-up in energy-efficiency retrofits to existing buildings.

b. Sure, green new construction (that's happening, isn't it?).

c. Tacking on renewables to the power grid, along with the necessary storage to ensure reliability.

d. Perhaps putting a whole lot of new nuclear power plants in place, assuming problems can be overcome.

Does it take cap-and-trade to make these things more affordable? Maybe. If so, I'm not sure why anyone would be against it.

From an electrical construction point-of-view, all of this is great!

From a "green" standpoint, the fact that all of this seems to be happening (or starting to happen) right now is encouraging. It can't happen fast enough.

I can't answer the people of the year 2150 on human-caused global warming. All of the above might NOT seem like nearly enough -- these future residents of the planet may look back to the year 2010 and say "this wasn't enough, you should have done more." The only answer we can offer is; Well, we weren't sure about the real cause(s) of warming in the West, and the people in the East -- two countries with 2.4 billion residents -- appeared to be a lot more concerned with building their immediate economic futures than assuring the long-term environmental consequences.

I know that answer may not be enough. However, what's above seems ambitious enough at this moment; I hope we can get all of it done, quickly and intelligently. Don't you? 

 

Joe Salimando of EFJ Enterprises is a consultant, web content provider, and wordsmith based in Oakton, Va. To contact him, call 703-255-1428. See also The EleBlog

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AFL Releases New Noyes OFL250-50 Model Replacing the OFL200 Fault-locating OTDR

Longer range, shorter dead zones and integrated OPM among new features

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – March 22, 2010
AFL Telecommunications introduces the new Noyes OFL250-50, a hand-held, single-mode (1550 nm), fault-locating OTDR with an integrated optical power meter, laser source, and visual fault locator. Ideal for troubleshooting dark, single-mode fibers in local area, metro area and FTTx networks, the OFL250-50 OTDR locates cable cuts, open or high-loss splices, fiber bends and high loss / high reflectance connections. The high-contrast display is clear and bright in any lighting condition, including direct sunlight.

The OFL250-50 provides automatic and manual setup, precision event analysis, 12-hour battery life, internal data storage, and USB connectivity. OTDR and OPM test ports are equipped with tool-free adapters which can be changed in seconds.

With better performance and more features, the new OFL250-50 is the ideal replacement for the discontinued OFL200. For additional information, visit www.AFLtele.com.

About AFL Telecommunications
AFL Telecommunications is an industry leader in providing fiber optic products, engineering expertise and integrated services to the Electric Utility, Broadband, Telco, OEM, Private Network and Wireless markets. It has operations in the U.S., Mexico and the U.K. AFL Telecommunications is a division of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan.

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IP versus Analog - Which is Right for Me?

If you are looking to install a security surveillance system at your location, one of the decisions you have to make is whether to go with an IP or analog camera. Deciding on IP versus analog cameras is not necessarily a simple decision as there are advantages and disadvantages to each style of camera. We will explore some of these differences more in-depth so you can determine which option is right for you.

The main difference between the two camera types is the way in which the video signal is delivered. Analog cameras turn the images into a composite video signal that can be received by a television/monitor or recorded on a VCR or DVR (Digital Video Recorder). An IP-based camera, also known as an IP network camera, digitizes the video signal using a specialized encoder that contains an onboard web server. This allows the IP camera to act as a network device, thus allowing captured video images to be viewed not only through an existing network but also through a web browser that can be accessed through the Internet.  IP cameras are recorded on a NVR (Network Video Recorder) which is attached to the network.

Both analog and IP-based video cameras can transmit signals either wirelessly or through wired connections such as Cat-5 cables. IP-based cameras have the added benefit of being able to use switches, hubs, routers, or even the internet to allow the network to be expanded to far-reaching locations. In order to determine which style camera system is best suited to your needs, let’s take a closer look at some of the pros and cons of each style.

Pros of analog cameras

Lower cost -- Analog cameras generally cost less to purchase than IP cameras.  

Greater flexibility of design -- Analog cameras often come in a larger variety of designs such as mini covert cameras to large PTZ models. If you have unique surveillance needs you may find it easier to find the style of camera you need in an analog model.  

Superior compatibility -- It is much easier to mix and match cameras and brands if you use analog versions. This can make it easier if you already have existing camera equipment that you wish to incorporate into your surveillance system.

Cons of analog cameras

Lack certain features -- Many of the basic analog cameras often lack some of the more advance features such as digital zoom.

Potential interference problems -- If you are installing a wireless surveillance system, analog systems can have interference problems. More importantly, the resulting signals cannot be encrypted. This can potentially mean that someone else can view the signal.  

Long distance applications are more difficult -- If your surveillance needs encompass a wide area, analog cameras may not be your best choice. Analog cameras generally do not accommodate big distances, and getting them to work over broad ranges can be difficult.

Video signal conversion and transmission – Analog cameras take the digital image that is captured and convert it to an analog signal in order to transmit it to the viewing/recording equipment where it is often then converted back to a digital format to be recorded.  There is a reduction in quality due to this conversion process and the loss incurred in the transmission.

Pros of IP cameras

Greater Resolution – This is one of the most important advantages to IP cameras.  Most have an image resolution that is a minimum of four times greater than that offered by analog cameras.  HD images are possible with cameras that are able to deliver resolutions of 3, 5, 8 megapixel and beyond.  This often allows one IP camera to take the place of several analog cameras and can have the effect of delivering a far superior product at a reduced cost.

Better wireless reception -- IP cameras have encryption built right into them providing for a more secure network. Many options exist for transmission including point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, and mesh.  Interference can be minimized with some IP-based radios.  

Can utilize existing wiring -- Because IP-based cameras act as their own network device, you can often take advantage of existing network wiring within your location. This can make the installation task much easier.  

Remote access can be easier -- IP cameras are better suited for some remote surveillance needs.  There can be greater flexibility in how the video is accessed.

Pure digital transmission – Because the IP camera solution utilizes a digital format from capture to recording, there is no loss of quality in conversion or transmission as with an analog camera.

Cons of IP cameras

Higher cost -- Because of the additional technology that is built into each camera, the cost of individual IP cameras is generally higher than analog versions.  This gap is narrowing, however.  

Higher bandwidth required -- IP cameras will require bandwidth on your network that is not required with analog cameras. This can be reduced by taking advantage of some of the newer compression formats and technology that is available in the cameras.

Given the pros and cons of each camera type, the decision really comes down to your specific surveillance needs. The good news is, with products such as video encoders and hybrid recorders, analog and IP cameras can be combined within the same system to allow you to take advantage of both technologies. With an accurate assessment of your needs, the decision of which camera type to go with will become much easier.

Reprinted with permission from Accu-Tech (Stephen Chew) Stephen.Chew@accu-tech.com

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Will you be joining us at the BICSI Technical Education Summit in Denver, May 21-22?

Launch your career to new heights at the Summit. This two-day event includes:

Presentations reflecting global best practices

Vendor displays

Networking with the industry’s best and most experienced professionals

Don’t miss out! BICSI credential holders can obtain up to 10 CECs at the Summit. Registration is only $75 and a discounted rate of $35 is available for Installers and Technicians. Visit www.bicsi.org/summit for additional information.

Sponsor and Vendor Opportunities
If you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring, click here. Vendor tables start at only $400!

Mark your calendar to join us in Denver for the BICSI Technical Education Summit!

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BICSI Updates Strategic Plan

Dear BICSI Members,

Over the years, BICSI has truly come to understand the word ‘convergence’ in many ways. As an association, we’ve grown and expanded our publications and credentials to new branches within the industry as evidenced with our latest ESS credential and the soon to be released RITP. We continue to develop new manuals and standards, have increased our presence globally with conferences, and added new training courses—both instructor-led and online.

In April 2006, the BICSI Strategic Plan was first adopted, and your BICSI Board of Directors are committed to a complete review of this Plan every two years to ensure that BICSI leadership stays true to the road map, achieving the goals set forth in the Plan. This November, we worked to update and revise the Strategic Plan to reflect the many changes in our industry and ensure that the plan was still relevant.

The updated plan is focused on:

  • Core Purpose: To advance the knowledge and success of our members, their customers and the ITS industry.
  • Core Values: Integrity, Leadership and Respect.
  • Big Audacious Goal (BAG): BICSI will be a globally respected provider and driver of knowledge, credentials and standards, and an indispensable source of community to our members and the ITS industry.

In an effort to fully realize the impact of convergence in the industry, BICSI will begin to use Advancing Information Technology Systems as an updated tagline, replacing Advancing Information Transport Systems—substituting “Transport” with “Technology.” The ITS industry will now be referred to as the "Information Technology Systems Industry," as it covers the spectrum of all IP-based applications such as voice, data, CATV, CCTV as well as many others.

The Board of Directors and I are looking forward to carrying out the Strategic Plan while keeping our members’ and the industry’s best interests in mind. We ask for your help and support in making the transition from the information transport systems industry to the information technology systems industry.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President and thank you for your support as a BICSI member. I can assure you we will work hard to deliver on the promises outlined in the BICSI Strategic Plan.

Sincerely,

Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, CSI
BICSI President

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BROADBAND GROWTH STEADY IN 2009 WITH A REAL PICK UP IN EVERY REGION IN FOURTH QUARTER

IPTV has strongest growth year to date

24 March 2010, LONDON –Defying the global economic downturn by adding another 58 million lines of broadband technology in 2009, there are now more than 466.95 million broadband customers in the world according to statistics released today by the Broadband Forum. The report was announced at the IPTV World Forum in London, prepared for the Forum by industry analysts Point Topic and it shows a healthy annual growth percentage of 14.21% with strongest growth showing in fourth quarter.

IPTV had a banner year, adding more than 10.8 million subscribers (compared to 9.4 million in 2008). By year-end 2009, there were more than 33 million IPTV customers- an annual increase of 47%. Each quarter was stronger in 2009 than its corresponding 2008 quarter, and fourth quarter posted the strongest growth at 11%. 

This steady IPTV growth provided a significant addition to operators’ ARPU as many regions focused on enhanced service bundles. The growth was rapid in almost all markets with some countries more than doubling their IPTV subscribers during 2009.

Regional Highlights

Broadband
2008Q4

Broadband

2009Q4

yearly growth

market share

net adds 09

Asia

153,905,582

183,090,647

18.96%

39.21%

29,185,065

Europe

129,145,899

142,931,560

10.67%

30.61%

13,785,661

Americas

113,500,830

127,177,224

12.05%

27.24%

13,676,394

Middle East/Africa

12,269,412

13,718,675

11.81%

2.94%

1,449,263

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

408,821,723

466,918,106

14.21%

100.00%

 

The Asian market showed the strongest growth with China, the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam being the most significant contributors to Asia’s broadband dominance in 2009. Asia now accounts for 39% of the broadband market and 32% of the IPTV market.

China passed a major milestone in fourth quarter, now serving more than 100 million broadband subscribers, and holding the number one broadband country spot worldwide. This region also included the fastest growing major broadband countries in world; Philippines (over 60%), India (40+% growth) as well as Indonesia and Vietnam. Regarding IPTV- China, S. Korea, Japan and Hong Kong were all in the top ten list of territories.

According to Oliver Johnson, Chief Analyst at Point Topic, "As regulatory hurdles are cleared, many countries in the Asian region should be freed to market to and add more subscribers. With South Korea looking strong and China building on its acceleration in the latter stages of 2009 the region could easily dominate IPTV growth in 2010."

In the Americas, the top story was the strong IPTV growth. This region experienced the fastest IPTV growth in the world with 58% more subscribers in 2009 as compared to 2008. Both North and South American countries have started showing significant signs of IPTV adoption and the prospects for 2010 look good. The USA ended the year with more than 5.6 million IPTV customers, growing by more than 60%. 

Regarding broadband growth, the USA and Canada reported a steady growth throughout the year, while a slow down in Central and South America contributed to a lower growth rate for the region. The region as a whole added 13.7 million customers in 2009 (as compared to 15.9 M in 2008). The USA, with 85,287,100 subscribers, and Brazil, with 11,006,400, were in the top ten countries in the world.

In the European region, the success of premium bundles and keen competition in Europe drove the take-up of IPTV, particularly in France. Point Topic estimates that there are over 8 million IPTV subscribers in France (up from 6.1 million in Q4 2009). That is equivalent to 42% of France’s 19 million broadband lines. France, Germany, Russia, Italy and Spain all were in the top ten IPTV countries.

Regarding broadband, Europe now accounts for 30.6% of the market, serving more than 142.9 million customers by year end. There was a clear acceleration of subscriber growth with strong numbers from all major European markets in the last quarter. 

The Middle East & Africa (MEA) region experienced double digit broadband growth of 11.8 %, serving 13.7 million customers. Though significantly lower growth was reported in 2009 than 2008, the region reported the strongest quarterly growth of all regions in fourth quarter with a 3.3% uptake. 

Recently initiating IPTV rollouts, MEA is just beginning to show growth. Although still early in its adoption cycle, the market looks set to accelerate in 2010 according to Point Topic. 

In Summary
Ending the 2009 year strong in every region, broadband and IPTV are on a clear uptake. Specifications such as the recently released VDSL2 test suite (Broadband Forum technical reports TR-114 and TR-115) and the strong remote management protocol (TR-069) and its associated data models for new devices/services coming online, provide the tools necessary for today's service provider to rollout faster broadband offerings and quality bundles of services. 

To empower the next phase of broadband and IPTV growth, the Broadband Forum has launched key industry initiatives including work addressing IPv6 transition, DSL & fiber access, mobile backhaul, energy efficiency,
end-to-end architecture, TR-069 remote management and the launch of
the new Broadband Forum Certification Program.

"The continued increase of broadband coverage, speed and service offerings at affordable cost results in part from the Broadband Forum's work to improve broadband network operating efficiency, define versatile multi-service network architectures, and assure interoperability and performance of equipment from many vendors," said Tom Starr, President and Chairman of the Broadband Forum.  "The Broadband Forum, in collaboration with our industry standards partners, is providing the tools needed to address the call by government policy makers and consumers for increased broadband service availability and speed."

About the Broadband Forum
The Broadband Forum mission is to develop the full potential of broadband.  Following its union with the IP/MPLS Forum, the Broadband Forum is now the central body for next generation IP network specifications. This organization, comprising around 200 members of most of the world’s leading service providers, equipment manufacturers, chip vendors and other key organizations, defines and facilitates next generation networks for local broadband access, mobile backhaul, business services, IPTV, gaming and other applications, and is poised to address further developments as they arise.  The Broadband Forum’s formal BroadbandSuite™ Release Program, Technical Reports and specifications are publicly available at www.broadband-forum.org.

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LOW VOLTAGE CABLING PERMITS = RE-REVISED March 24, 2010 CITY OF JACKSONVILLE, FL

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

CITY OF JACKSONVILLE, FL

LOW VOLTAGE CABLING PERMITS = RE-REVISED March 24, 2010

March 24, 2010

Bulletin_E-01-10_Low_Voltage_Permit_Requirements RE-REVISED

MEMORANDUM                                    *****RE-REVISED March 24, 2010*****

BULLETIN E-01-10  REVISED

To:                    All Permit Applicants                   

From:                Thomas H. Goldsbury, P.E., C.B.O., LEED AP

                        Chief, Building Inspection Division

Subject:            Low Voltage Permit Requirements

                        DCA09-DEC-257

                       

Additions in underlined bold italics throughout.  Deletions crossed out.  Example

Upon further clarification from the State of Florida, since a license has been required to perform low voltage work for many years, the City of Jacksonville can not issue a temporary license.

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has issued the above referenced Declaratory Statement which confirms the requirement to permit low voltage work.  Therefore, effective April 5, 2010, an electrical permit will be required for low voltage work.  For residential low voltage work the inspection has been exempted similar to other minor electrical work, and thus upon payment of the permit fee the permit will auto expire.  For residential and/or commercial projects, when the low voltage work is being performed as part of an electrician’s main contract, it can be included in the Nature of Work for that permit and will not require a separate permit.

In general, the type of low voltage work that will require a permit will include, but not be limited to, security alarm systems, central vacuum systems, stereo/surround sound systems, irrigation systems, and low voltage lighting.  Thermostat wiring can be done by a mechanical contractor and does not need a separate permit if installed as part of another permit.  Similarly, low voltage irrigation wiring only, can be installed by a licensed irrigation contractor.

As low voltage irrigation wiring is a topic covered under the irrigation contractor trade exam, no additional examination would be required.   Please call 904-630-2091 for more information.

To aid in licensure, the Jacksonville City Council recently passed bill 2010-0067 (copy attached) which created a new category, Low Voltage Contractor.  Please read the attached bill thoroughly, it allows for a temporary license provided evidence is shown of three years of experience and a completed application.  The temporary license is only good until December 31, 2010.

Listed below are two exemptions from licensure as stated in FS 489.503.  Section (14)(a) exempts the said work from licensure, but not permitting.  Section (14)(b) exempts the work in its section from licensure and permitting.

(14)(a)  The installation of, repair of, alteration of, addition to, or design of electrical wiring, fixtures, appliances, thermostats, apparatus, raceways, and conduit, or any part thereof, when those items are for the purpose of transmitting data, voice communications, or commands as part of a cable television, community antenna television, or radio distribution system. The scope of this exemption is limited to electrical circuits and equipment governed by the applicable provisions of Articles 725 (Classes 2 and 3 circuits only), 770, 800, 810, and 820 of the National Electrical Code, current edition, or 47 C.F.R. part 68.

(14)(b)  The installation of, repair of, alteration of, addition to, or design of electrical wiring, fixtures, appliances, thermostats, apparatus, raceways, and conduit, or any part thereof, when those items are for the purpose of transmitting data, voice communications, or commands as part of a system of telecommunications, including computers, telephone customer premises equipment, or premises wiring. The scope of this exemption is limited to electrical circuits and equipment governed by the applicable provisions of Articles 725 (Classes 2 and 3 circuits only), 770, 800, 810, and 820 of the National Electrical Code, current edition, or 47 C.F.R. part 68. A company certified under chapter 364 is not subject to any local ordinance that requires a permit for work performed by its employees related to low voltage electrical work, including related technical codes and regulations. The exemption in this paragraph shall apply only if such work is requested by the company's customer, is required in order to complete phone service, is incidental to provision of telecommunication service as required by chapter 364, and is not the subject of a competitive bid. The definition of "employee" established in subsection (1) applies to this exemption and does not include subcontractors.

We have been asked to further clarify a few points regarding the type of work that must be permitted, and also the exemption in paragraph 14b above.

·         Any wiring in concealed spaces must be permitted

·         Making electrical wiring terminations must be permitted

·         Plug and play connections do not need to be permitted 

Example, a new home is constructed that includes wiring for a home theater system pre-wired in the walls.  The wiring must be permitted (can be included in electricians house permit if installed by him).  If separate company they must pull a $5 Auto-expire permit. When the home theater system is installed, if electrical terminations are necessary, a $5 Auto-expire permit is required.  If the pre-wiring just plugs into the home theater system, no permit is required.

The exemption of paragraph 14b is for employees of a company certified under chapter 364 (Telecommunication Companies).  The key point here being the company employees, not subcontractors.  If you are a subcontractor (receive a form 1099 from the company) you must be licensed and must pull permits.

Introduced by the Council President at the request of the Mayor and amended by the Transportation, Energy & Utilities Committee:

ORDINANCE 2010-67-E

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 342 (CONSTRUCTION TRADES REGULATIONS), SECTION 342.110 (TRADES, CRAFTS, CONTRACTORS AND SUBCONTRACTORS), ORDINANCE CODE, SO AS TO CREATE A NEW CONTRACTOR CATEGORY OF LOW VOLTAGE CONTRACTOR; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

WHEREAS, on November 4, 2009, the Construction Trades Qualifying Board (the “Board”) voted to recommend to City Council the amendment of Section 342.110, Ordinance Code, so as to create a new contractor category of Low Voltage Contractor; and

WHEREAS, on November 20, 2009, the Florida Building Commission issued Declaratory Statement DCA09-DEC-257 holding that the Florida Building Code requires that a permit be obtained for work related to low-voltage electrical systems for telephones, data transmission, fire and security systems, closed-circuit and cable television, paging systems and speakers; and

WHEREAS, the Board and the Building Inspection Division have both determined that the creation of a new local low voltage contractor category would be an appropriate action to facilitate the Florida Building Commission’s decision in Declaratory Statement DCA09-DEC-257,; now therefore,  

BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the City of Jacksonville:

Section 1.                    Amending Section 342.110, Ordinance Code.  Section 342.110 (Trades, crafts, contractors and subcontractors) of Chapter 342 (Construction Trades Regulations), Ordinance Code, is hereby amended to create a new subsection (t), Low Voltage Contractor, and, as amended, shall read as follows:

CHAPTER 342.  CONSTRUCTION TRADES REGULATIONS.

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Section 342.110.                       Trades, crafts, contractors and subcontractors. 

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(t)         Low Voltage Contractor.

(1)       For the purposes of this chapter, Low Voltage Contractor means a contractor whose practice and scope of work are limited to the installation, repair, fabrication, erection, alteration, addition to or design of electrical wiring, fixtures, appliances, thermostats, apparatus, raceways, conduit and fiber optics (transmission of light over stranded glass) or any part thereof not to exceed 98 volts, when those items are for the purpose of transmitting data, proprietary video (satellite systems which are not part of a community antenna television or radio distribution system) central vacuum, electric locks, data distribution, networks, home theater systems, surround sound systems, public address systems or telephone systems.

(2)  After December 31, 2010, it shall be unlawful for a person to engage in the business of a Low Voltage Contractor who does not hold a valid contractor certificate issued by the Board in that category, or in the category of a certified or registered electrical contractor or a certified or registered specialty electrical contractor.

 

(3)       Notwithstanding other provisions of this section, the Board may:

(i)         Establish a certificate of competency classification of specialty contractor known as a Low Voltage Contractor and certify persons in that classification as qualified to have the knowledge and skill to perform the work within that classification.

(ii)         Adopt rules to regulate the issuance, supervision and revocation of a Low Voltage Contractor certificate of competency, including the requirement for the appropriate examination as defined by (iii) below, proof of at least three (3) years of practical experience, the payment of reasonable fees not to exceed those of masters qualifying for other trades within the scope of this chapter, the issuance of temporary certificates, and other regulations found necessary by the Board to administer this paragraph.

(iii)        Issue temporary certificates for a Low Voltage Contractor upon completion of both an approved Application for Examination and Application for Contractor Administration Examination, and proof of at least three (3) years of practical experience.  Temporary certificates of competency shall be valid until the applicant successfully passes the appropriate certification examination with a grade of 75 or above, or no later than December 31, 2010.

Section 2.        Effective.            This ordinance shall become effective upon signature by the Mayor or upon becoming effective without the Mayor’s signature.

Form Approved:

 

____/s/ Margaret M. Sidman__________

Office of General Counsel

Legislation prepared by: James R. McCain, Jr.

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CABA NewsBrief

News for the automated homes and buildings industry

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Home Systems

iPad to play central role in home automation
Just a couple of more weeks until the coveted Apple iPad will be in the hands of the tech-hungry. Right out of the box, there’s a lot you’ll be able to do with the device. So what about using it to control electronic devices in your home? Electronic House (3/25)

Save energy with home automation
The phrase “home automation” probably doesn’t make you automatically think of energy savings. In fact, you’d probably think automating your home would use more energy. But, you’d be wrong. The fact is, home automation can actually save you a great deal of energy and therefore money. GreenPacks (3/22)

Study finds more people accessing the Web via TV, game consoles
A new study from Parks Associates says that 64% more U.S. households are using Web-connected game consoles as compared with the previous year and 36% more are connecting their PCs to TVs. The study went on to say that more than 75% of those with a PC-to-TV connection are using it to watch online videos. InformationWeek (3/30)

CE integrators still see challenges with 3-D TV
3-D TV may be the next big thing in the television industry, but CE custom integrators say there still are a few obstacles to overcome before they -- or their customers -- get on board in a big way. "It still comes down to whether the glasses will work with different TVs," said Kevin Hollister of Bjorn's Audio. "Customers are going to be asking, if they go to their neighbors to watch the big event, will their glasses work with the neighbor's set. That's still a problem. All the glasses should be the same." Dealerscope (3/30)

Rovi debuts system for media management
Rovi has introduced a software application called the Personal Media Manager. The offering -- which is compatible with Windows, Macintosh and Linux -- allows users to stream and share music, videos and photos that are connected to their home networks as well as update the content in their media libraries. TWICE (3/29)

Best Buy sees digital content a big lure for customers
Best Buy is on a quest to help consumers forge a stronger connection, and adoration, for mobile devices, home-based computing, Internet services and TV. It plans to deploy a Web storefront in the second quarter and is now using specific marketing programs in stores to showcase how consumers can consume content wherever and whenever they want. Best Buy also announced it will offer the Wi-Fi-enabled iPad in select stores beginning April 3. Dealerscope (2/28)

How green is your HDTV?
The most environmentally friendly HDTVs typically are LCD sets that also feature LED backlighting, according to this report. But while today's technology has made TVs greener, it isn't always easy to pick the ones that have the least effect on the planet. A more stringent Energy Star standard, version 4.0, will go live May 1. Forbes (3/29)

Netflix begins offering streaming service via the Wii
Before its official launch, Netflix has started shipping to some customers a disc that will allow them to tap into the company's instant-streaming content via Wii gaming consoles. It was unclear when the company would begin the full launch of the program, but a company representative said that "it will be soon." CNET/The Digital Home blog (2/25)

Review: TiVo's Premiere brings improvements to home entertainment
TiVo's new Premiere set-top box, which goes on sale this weekend, offers more storage as well as enhanced navigation, search and browsing capabilities than its predecessors, according to this report. But, while it "improves on previous models, its advances are more incremental than ground-breaking," the author wrote. USA TODAY (3/24)

ZigBee node now intergrated into SIM chip
Computer companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Dell, Sony and Acer are watching the early success of Apple's iPad tablet computer as they gauge their own future strategies for similar devices, according to this report. HP, in fact, apparently will hold top-level meetings within the next few weeks about a tablet-esque, keyboardless computer that would be called Slate. The Register (3/31)

ZENERGY House first green home remodel in Southern California
Advanced Telemetry, developer of the EcoView smart energy management system for light commercial and residential applications, recently announced the activation of its “EcoView Residential” solution in the ZENERGY House - a green whole home remodel project located in Studio City, CA. Of all available home energy management systems on the market, EcoView Residential was chosen as a mission critical element in this high performance comprehensive green home remodel – the first in Southern California that combines building science-based energy auditing with environmentally responsible design and construction to create a net-zero energy, healthy, whole house designer showcase. ZENERGY House (3/30)

Large Building Automation

Pure Green vs. Intelligent Green
CABA has been recognized in an article published by the Asian Institute of Intelligent Buildings for promoting the concept of bright green buildings. AIIB (3/31)

Improved building envelope clears way for new HVAC
An integrated design approach proved successful in the retrofit of a 1960s downtown Edmonton office building. The move doubled the original occupancy while increasing energy efficiency through the use of Alberta’s first chilled beam heating and cooling system. Journal of Commerce (3/31)

Developers find green building is 'good business'
Even with the economy and real estate business in the tank, building owners are looking for ways to make their properties more eco-friendly. But the driver in the decision to build and operate more energy and environmentally efficient properties has as much – if not more - to do with saving dough as hugging trees. The Dallas Morning News (2/19)

Schneider reveals ambitious plans to create virtual power plants
Execs at Schneider Electric say they were able to save 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour when they applied their new demand response initiative to NYC's Rockefeller Center. Now they're targeting 200 of Chicago's biggest buildings and expect to pull 150 MW out of the current demand of 800 MW. SmartGridNews.com (3/30)

Industry consortium to work on smart grid standards
OASIS, the international not-for-profit consortium promoting the use of open standards for the information society, has formed a new member group to focus on “smart grid” energy issues. OASIS Blue, as the new group is known, will look into standards for smart energy grids and “intelligent” buildings. BrighterEnergy.org (3/26)

CTIA keeps the industry buzzing
Machine-to-machine was front and center at the CTIA Wireless 2010 show this past week in Las Vegas, March 23-25, proving once again how pervasive the technology has become, enabling innovative products across many different vertical markets. From healthcare equipment, to retail solutions, to in-vehicle telematics systems, M2M is the underlying technology for a range of products and services. M2M (3/26)

SAGE introduces world's most energy efficient window glass
SAGE Electrochromics, Inc., recently unveiled the world's most energy-efficient window glass. The new suite of window glass products is the first to marry electronically tintable “dynamic window” technology with high R-value, triple-pane construction. The result is a window that provides greater thermal and visual comfort than any equivalently configured glazing product in the history of the industry. Business Wire (3/31)

Security firm reveals smart meters' vulnerability
According to an AP report, smart meters are vulnerable to hackers or other cyber attacks. Security firm InGuardians Inc., made that determination after being hired by three utilities to test smart meters’ security. Among the possible scenarios is remotely turning off a household’s power, either by reprogramming the actual meters or wirelessly by using a laptop. SmartMeters.com (3/31)

New power supply targets building automation applications
Equipped with 3 A fuse that protects power supply from over-current conditions, Series BPS converts 24 Vac to regulated DC power source for transmitters with 4-20 mA outputs. Output voltage can be field adjusted from 1.5-27 V using potentiometer. Snap-on bracket can be surface mounted to any flat surface. ThomasNet (3/24)

Ranking U.S. cities on building efficiency
Los Angeles and Washington took the top spots in the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s ranking of cities with the most energy efficient buildings. The EPA estimates that commercial buildings’ energy consumption accounts for 17 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. New York Times (3/24)

Member Press Releases

MatrikonOPC now offers industrial strength data connectivity for Q Series PLC
MatrikonOPC™ is pleased to announce the support for Q Series PLCs in the MatrikonOPC Server for Mitsubishi PLCs. For integrating with HMI, Historians, ERP and MES, the OPC Server for Mitsubishi PLCs offers direct access to not only A series and FX Series PLCs, but also all Q series PLCs. This OPC Server removes the hassle of purchasing and programming additional proprietary methods of communication, enabling users to access their data quickly.

Other Items

MatrikonOPC offers OPC connectivity for IEC 61850 Protocol
MatrikonOPC Joins Honeywell PKS Advantage Program

CABA Research Spotlight

Webinar: TIA Sees Growth on the ICT Enterprise Horizon
Learn more about key market drivers, trends and predictions at TIA's next Webinar in the 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast series - Growth on the ICT Enterprise Horizon - on April 1 at 2 p.m.. The free Webinar coincides with TIA's release of the Enterprise and Consumer Market report from the TIA 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast. The TIA-hosted Webinar features economist Arthur Gruen, principal author of TIA's 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast.

Sustainability Virtual Summits: Smart ICT
Presented by a prestigious list of ICT leaders, and supported by the United Nations, BSR and Forrester Research, Sustainability Virtual Summits: Smart ICT is the first virtual conference and tradeshow to present the case for a future-oriented ICT industry, to respond quickly to the challenge of sustainability. The virtual summit will be accessible online throughout March and April.

Webinar: Demystifying Free vs. Paid Online Video
Join Colin Dixon, The Diffusion Group's Senior Partner, Advisory, and Will Richmond, editor and publisher of VideoNuze as they examine how eventual business models for high-quality long-form online video will evolve. The webinar, to be held on April 8 at 2 pm ET, will also feature: Chris Wagner, EVP of Marketing at NeuLion, a leading provider of technology and services to content owners and aggregators; and Jason Krebs, EVP at ScanScout, a leading video ad network.

CABA News

Webinar: TIA Sees Growth on the ICT Enterprise Horizon
Learn more about key market drivers, trends and predictions at TIA's next Webinar in the 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast series - Growth on the ICT Enterprise Horizon - on April 1 at 2 p.m.. The free Webinar coincides with TIA's release of the Enterprise and Consumer Market report from the TIA 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast. The TIA-hosted Webinar features economist Arthur Gruen, principal author of TIA's 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast.

Sustainability Virtual Summits: Smart ICT
Presented by a prestigious list of ICT leaders, and supported by the United Nations, BSR and Forrester Research, Sustainability Virtual Summits: Smart ICT is the first virtual conference and tradeshow to present the case for a future-oriented ICT industry, to respond quickly to the challenge of sustainability. The virtual summit will be accessible online throughout March and April.

Webinar: Demystifying Free vs. Paid Online Video
Join Colin Dixon, The Diffusion Group's Senior Partner, Advisory, and Will Richmond, editor and publisher of VideoNuze as they examine how eventual business models for high-quality long-form online video will evolve. The webinar, to be held on April 8 at 2 pm ET, will also feature: Chris Wagner, EVP of Marketing at NeuLion, a leading provider of technology and services to content owners and aggregators; and Jason Krebs, EVP at ScanScout, a leading video ad network.

CABA News

CABA to hold webinar on market size study
CABA, through its Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council, will hold a webinar on its Intelligent and Integrated Buildings Technologies "IB Market Size in North America" Research Study on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm ET. The webinar will provide an executive overview of the research. The report provides an in depth analysis of the growing North American markets for integrated and converged intelligent building control systems ranging from environmental control technologies, fire detection, security, lighting systems and IT convergence. For more information about the webinar or research, please contact Don O'Connor, CABA Business Development Manager, at 613.686.1814 x226 or oconnor@caba.org.

Attend the CH-RC Digital Home Ecosystem Forum
CABA's Connected Home Research Council's Digital Home Ecosystem Forum will be held Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at Microsoft's headquarters. We are pleased that the "Is Home Control Heating Up?" session will feature: Carole Wiedmeyer of Zanthus; Kris Bowring, Best Buy; Ken Fairbanks, The Duchossois Group; and Dwight Gibson, Ingersoll Rand Residential Solutions. Learn more about the event or contact Don O'Connor, CABA's Business Development Manager at 613.686.1814 x226 or oconnor@caba.org for more information.

CABA highlights its research program
Ron Zimmer, CABA President & CEO, presented on CABA's recent North American market sizing survey focused on intelligent and integrated building technology at the FIATECH 2010 Technology Conference & Showcase. His presentation is available for free immediate download.

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Cablesys Now Offers CAT 6A FTP Patch Cords and Premise Cables

(La Mirada, CA)—Cablesys’ CAT 6A FTP Patch Cords have been tested exceeding all channel performance requirements in TIA-568-C.1 from 1 MHz to 500MHz to support the IEEE 802.3an standard for 10 Gigabit Ethernet. They are engineered with 50-micro inch gold plated contacts to ensure proper mating and eliminate the performance variability. They have a reduced PVC molded boot making patching simple in high density applications and have a snag-less latch making moves, adds and changes easy. Patch cables are available in up to 50 ft. in length.

CAT 6A patch cords and premise cables are designed with an FTP shielded solution delivering advanced performance and reliability in the most hostile and demanding datacom environments protecting vital network terminations from performance diminishing Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) causing alien crosstalk along the path of a signal.  Cablesys includes all these features into its CAT 6A products, so VAR and system integrators don’t have to worry about the network’s performance.  Best of all, Cablesys maintains high availability so product is always available when it’s needed.  To view Cablesys’ entire line of CAT 6A products, please visit us at www.cablesys.com or contact us at 800-555-7176.

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Carlini’s Comments - Job cut tsunami hits Elgin U-46 school district

(Big raises every year did not help)

Published at Wisconsin Technology News 3-23-2010  (www.wistechnology.com)

Deep cuts were inevitable and now we are seeing it happen as the first waves of cuts start trimming away both good and bad elements of schools and government bureaucracies.

Elgin School District U-46 in Illinois just announced they will be cutting teachers and staff in order to get their finances in line with what they are taking in as revenues. They are looking at cutting over 1,000 positions, 732 of them full-time teaching jobs. They should be commended for taking a very hard stand that is not popular, but necessary. Earlier, Kansas City announced the closing of half their schools. This is only the beginning of a big Tsunami I predicted. “It has to happen. It is inevitable.” (http://wistechnology.com/articles/7107/ )

Parental and taxpayer observations on the Elgin cut that appeared in the local Illinois newspaper, the Daily Herald(http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=366186 ), ranged in their sentiments:

We have all known for years that we could not afford the salaries and benefits for school teachers and administrators.

Most districts are in debt, pensions are under funded...but unions kept pushing for more, more, more year after year. If one district got a raise...others cried poor and demanded raises.

For years and years I have been saying that administrators have been way overpaid in school districts, but everyone sat back and did nothing, including teachers. I think teachers are underpaid. I also think many people in the corporate world are underpaid as well, however, and people in the corporate world have taken pay cuts, lost benefits, etc. We have had our property taxes raised and raised and raised over and over again, and not necessarily seen a great return on our investment.

Now some would side with the teachers and school administration with the worn out line that teachers are “underpaid and overworked” but we never see the numbers that are behind the salaries and raises.

In the case of District U-46, how did they get to a point where it was a crisis? Funny, how news reporters don't dig deep enough to uncover the raises and pay hikes. They did publish all the names of the teachers who were going to get laid off which really leaves me to question their journalistic integrity, but I will save that for another time.

POLITICALLY CORRECT IS NOT POLITICALLY ACCURATE

Pay increases have gotten ridiculous. It's time to wake up and smell the Starbucks. If money was thought to grow on trees, the forest was being cut down acres at a time for raises.

Here is something that I did not see in the articles I read. District U-46 has had some great pay raises for both their teachers and administrators in a five-year period. The latest information from a site that tracks all Illinois school districts (http://www.thechampion.org/article.asp?id=1073 ) show:

DISTRICT U-46

Average One-Year Pay Increase

Teachers

 Administrators

Inflation (CPI)

1998/1999 - 1999/2000

6.8%

8.8%

3.4%

1999/2000 - 2000/2001

10.3%

9.7% 

1.6%

2000/2001 - 2001/2002

11.0%

11.9%

2.4%

2001/2002 - 2002/2003

9.2%

9.0%

1.9%

2002/2003 - 2003/2004

8.8%

8.9%

3.3%

2003/2004 - 2004/2005

7.7%

8.4%

3.4%

Average Three-Year Pay Increase and Estimated Pensions:

Teachers

Administrators

Inflation (CPI)

1999/2000 - 2002/2003

 29.0%

 30.4%

 5.9%

2000/2001 - 2003/2004

25.8%

28.7%

7.6%

2001/2002 - 2004/2005 

21.4%

23.8%

8.6%

This is an eye-opener and pretty outrageous. Really outrageous like pigs at the trough.

29% for 3 years of raises for teachers and over 30% for administrators? It would be nice to see a chart on how many National Merit Scholarship winners they produced or full scholarship winners in any category - music, sports, academics in those same time periods.

Here are some individuals from that data base, but I have left their names off. As you can see the 29% represents an average, some got less, but some got substantially more :

Name

2001

2002

2003

2004

Yrs. Exp.

Increase

X

31,489

37,586

41,253

45,430

5

44.3%

Y

64,685

69,052

82,211

93,976

29

45.3%

Z

33,565

42,406

42,453

48,582

8

44.7%

A

51,072

57,191

62,180

78,100

12

52.9%

High raises also mean the future tax burden for pensions based on 75% of the final salary is going to be that much more as well. How many in the private sector get 75% of their final salary as a pension?

What was your raise last year? Or the year before? Or the year before that? Maybe you had to take a cut in order to keep your job.

No teacher will take a wage freeze, let alone a wage cut to try to save some of their fellow teachers who were laid off. It's pay me, pay me, pay me.

With politicians and school administrators trying to please everyone with promises and rosy speeches, most school districts are closer to the Elgin tidal wave of cuts than what most parents think. Better start cutting back now before the Tsunami hits.

BLUEPRINT FOR REAL CUTS

The priorities are all wrong with some of the proposed cuts that I have seen in these school districts because ALL levels should feel the austerity program and not just the bottom rung teachers with the least seniority.

Cut back some of the Assistant Superintendents as well as the high-paid, but no class-time desk jockey jobs like “curriculum development coordinator” and “communications coordinator”. Does a school district need a six-figure transportation director to coordinate buses?

Band, orchestra and sports are NOT frill classes. They should not automatically be top on the list to cut. They teach culture, discipline, team dynamics, good habits and other character traits that are not going to be learned in math, science or English.

Real cuts mean real money has to be cut out. One of the easiest ones to institute is NO ROLLOVER of SICK DAYS. That is a no-brainer, but ask a senior teacher about it and they are counting on that as their “last year” to milk the system.

Sick days accrue every year and if a teacher does not take them, by the time they retire they have about a whole year's worth of days that they simply tack on and say, “Pay me this year, I will be sick for the whole time.” This is a complete waste of money and should be one of the first things to be eliminated on a statewide basis - no exceptions.

Why should a teacher get paid for accrued sick days from thirty years ago? If you don't use them, you lose them. They do that in the private sector.

If the salary back thirty years ago was $12,000, why should all sick days be paid out today at $90,000- $120,000 salary levels? It makes no sense and should be a top priority in any state that has this type of insane benefit.

Other cuts should be reviewed. Pensions paid out to people that move out-of-state should be also adjusted by “cost of living”. This is the phrase always used by unions asking for more and more money because of the “cost-of-living” in Illinois, New York, New Jersey or where ever was high. Well it cuts both ways. If a school employee retires to a sunny state that has a cheaper cost of living, they should send back 20% of the pension back to the state they earned it in.

UNFAIR?? Not at all. They are taking all that money out of circulation from the state they made it in. They go live in a state where the taxes are cheap because they don't pay their teachers or government employees anywhere near what a Chicago, New York, or Boston area employee makes. So they don't need as much.

Austerity programs are never easily accepted. Ask any working family who have had to make cuts due to loss of job, loss of income due to having to take a lesser job, paying higher property taxes, and so many other hidden costs that don't seem to affect those making 4-5 times the inflation rate in yearly raises.

Platinum contracts begin to corrode real fast when there is no more money. Teachers AND administrators should take a 20% cut. That would help out U-46 and compared to the raises that they got in years past, that is not asking that much. To use a phrase they have used so many times, “Do it for the children.”

Carlini-ism: Taxpayers are overworked and underpaid, not teachers.

Recent columns by James Carlini

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Reprinted with permission 

Copyright 2010 - JAMES CARLINI

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New Industrial Cable Catalog Promotes Coleman Cable’s Expanded Industrial Cable Product Offering

WAUKEGAN, IL (March 31, 2010) – Coleman Cable, Inc. (Nasdaq: CCIX) introduces a new Industrial Cable Catalog.  This comprehensive catalog features over 160 pages of Coleman Cable’s expanded product offering of Portable Cord, Industrial Power Cables, Instrumentation Cables, Tray Cables and Lead Wire. In addition, this catalog contains the majority of standard industrial products, custom cable capabilities including the green energy and emerging markets, and an enhanced technical section. 

“The new Industrial Cable Catalog highlights CCI’s complete industrial product offering and provides information to choose either thermoplastic elastomer (Seoprene® SEOO), thermoset (Royal® SOO), or polyvinyl chloride constructions to meet the requirements of the most demanding commercial, OEM, and industrial applications,” said Gene Stang vice president of product management and market development at Coleman Cable.  “This also is the first catalog which promotes the Copperfield® brand, an industry leader in UL/CSA appliance, SAE automotive, military and industrial lead wire.”

About Coleman Cable Inc.

Coleman Cable, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and innovator of electrical and electronic wire and cable products for the security, sound, telecommunications, electrical, commercial, industrial, and automotive industries. With extensive design and production capabilities and a long-standing dedication to customer service, Coleman Cable, Inc. is the preferred choice of cable and wire users throughout the United States. The company is located at 1530 Shields Drive, Waukegan, IL 60085.  For more information, visit: www.colemancable.com

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Draka Communications Americas Launches New Website with Improved Features and Information

Claremont, North Carolina, April 7, 2010 (NYSE EURONEXT: DRAK) – Draka Communications Americas, a world leader in fiber optic cable, has launched a new website to better serve North American customers. Draka’s new website simplifies the structure and navigation paths so customers can easily obtain needed information about the company and its products and services.

Draka’s previous website www.DrakaAmericas.com will automatically link to the new global website www.Draka.com/Communications Visitors to the new website will have access to Draka’s broad range of fiber optic cable products, services and technical information. With over 15,000 varieties of fiber cables for indoor, outdoor, and specialty applications, Draka provides the website visitor with a positive customer experience.

Tina Bryant, Marketing Communications Manager said, “Our new website is a work in progress to help our customers find the information they need quickly and efficiently. The website will continue to evolve and include value-added information our customers’ request. We are always working hard to support the industry and assist our customers” Draka has differentiated their website by listening to the customers and adding resources to “beef up” the value for the visitor. WELL DONE.

John Culbert, President of Megladon Manufacturing (www.megladonmfg.com), told us “We found the DRAKA website is packed with very helpful information. We are inspired to upgrade our own site.”

About Draka
Draka Communications, with over 100 years of experience, is one of the world’s largest fiber producers and the number one multimode fiber producer. We are a leader in innovative optical fiber and cable solutions with a portfolio of over 15,000 cables for indoor, indoor-outdoor, and outdoor applications. Draka’s regional headquarters is located in Claremont, North Carolina in the only co-located fiber and cable facility in North America. Our 128 acre campus is home to a world class 1.2 million square foot manufacturing facility dedicated to the development, delivery and deployment of optical fiber and fiber cable networks. For more information, call us at 1-800-879-9862 or visit us online at
www.draka.com/communications.

“BTW: YES - they do accept cash & NO - there is no limit on how much you can order.” Frank Bisbee – Editor of HOTS. “DRAKA has been filling the needs of their customers with the best products for a long time.”

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Draka Introduces The First Ultra Low Loss Singlemode Fiber Cable Solution For Next Generation Networks That Perform Across The Full Range Of Telecom Wavelengths and Is Totally Compliant with Installed Base

Draka's ezDISTANCETM family of fiber cable delivers ultra low loss cable performance across a wide range of temperature extremes while maintaining G.652 backwards compatibility. Ideal for next generation networks such as high channel count 40G and 100G long distance routes or dark fiber networks.

Claremont, North Carolina, March 22, 2010 (NYSE EURONEXT: DRAK) – Draka Communications – Americas announces the introduction of a new line of fiber cables designed as a corner stone for next generation networks and dark fiber networks. Branded under the name Draka ezDISTANCETM Ultra Low Loss this new singlemode fiber cable family delivers exceptional performance in outside plant cable installations, and maintains total compliance and compatibility with in-place infrastructure for transparent upgrade and interconnection.

Draka's ezDISTANCETM Ultra Low Loss cable product
offers exceptional features such as:

  • Ultra low attenuation value in finished cable of 0.19 db/km at 1550 nm
  • 1260 nm to 1625 nm wavelength performance
  • 100% compliance with ITU G.652.D singlemode fiber, hence totally compatible with installed base
  • Low water peak at 1383 nm
  • Low PMD of <0.04 ps/sqrt(km)
  • Improved environmental performance
  • Standard splice procedures and equipment

Draka's ezDISTANCETM Ultra Low Loss extends the distance reach in long distance applications by improving the signal to noise ratio, thereby lengthening the distance between amplifiers. This loss improvement can be directly converted to extra system margin for network designers, which is of utmost importance for demanding 40 Gbit/s and 100Gbit/s network configurations where multi-degree tunable and reconfigurable nodes are implemented.

Available immediately, Draka is reaching out to the builders of next generation long haul networks and dark fiber networks with this new product. Draka's ezDISTANCETM Ultra Low Loss fiber cable product is an addition to Draka’s extensive portfolio of fiber cable solutions, ranging from access networks to ultra-long haul.

"Our leadership in fiber technology gives us a wide range of opportunity to improve and reinvent the world of fiber optic cable, both in the last mile and the long distance route. In this case the customer gets an amazing new fiber cable product that future proofs their long haul and dark fiber networks for years to come." states Greg Williams, Director of Marketing for Draka Communications - Americas. "We are very pleased to be the first to offer an ultra low loss fiber cable product that performs across the full 1260 to 1625nm band, tolerates extreme temperature ranges and also delivers guaranteed cable 0.19 db/km attenuation at 1550nm wavelength. By the way, these results are for an installed cable, not a lab setting."

About Draka
Draka (Euronext Amsterdam: DRAK), headquartered in Amsterdam, has 9,600 employees in countries worldwide and revenues of €2.0 billion. Draka has a presence in 31 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Draka's activities are divided into three groups: Energy & Infrastructure, Industry & Speciality and Communications.

Draka Communications, with over 100 years of experience, is one of the world's largest fiber producers and the number one multimode fiber producer. We are a leader in innovative optical fiber and cable solutions with a portfolio of over 15,000 cables for indoor, indoor-outdoor, and outdoor applications. Draka's regional headquarters is located in Claremont, North Carolina in the only co-located fiber and cable facility in North America. Our 128 acre campus is home to a world class 1.2 million square foot manufacturing facility dedicated to the development, delivery and deployment of optical fiber and fiber cable networks. For more information, call us at 1-800-879-9862 or visit us online at www.draka.com/communications.

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DuPont Co. spent more than $1.2 million in the fourth quarter to lobby

DuPont Co. spent more than $1.2 million in the fourth quarter to lobby on biotechnology, climate change and other issues, according to a recent disclosure report.

DuPont also lobbied on issues related to chemical regulation, defense, energy efficiency, chemical plant security, transportation, tax reform, trace and patent reform during the October-November period.

Besides Congress, DuPont lobbied the White House, the departments of Agriculture, State, Commerce and Transportation, and other federal agencies, according to the report filed March 2 at the House clerk's office.

DuPont and other major chemical manufacturers struggled during the recession as demand fell for their products.

www.dupont.com

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ESFI Awarded Prestigious Fire Prevention & Safety Grant from DHS/FEMA

ROSSLYN, Va., April 7, 2010—The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has been awarded a prestigious Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) Grant from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) for the second consecutive year. DHS/FEMA awards the grants annually to support fire prevention and safety efforts, giving priority to programs aimed at high-risk populations, like children and firefighters.

According to ESFI President Brett Brenner, thousands of people in the U.S. are injured or killed each year in electrical accidents and fires in and around the home. Lower income families and children tend to be at highest risk of these types of accidents due in part to a lack of electrical safety education. Home fires are particularly dangerous for children, who often lack the knowledge about what to do when a fire occurs.

With the funding provided to ESFI through last year’s FP&S Grant, ESFI teamed up with Scholastic Corporation to develop and launch a new electrical safety awareness program that delivers critical electrical and fire safety information to children in grades 3 to 5 in Title I (low income) schools. This program features dynamic teaching tools and educational resources, including detailed lesson plans and activities, and is currently being used in more than 25,000 classrooms nationwide. 

“Teaching children how to stay safe around electricity and prevent electrical and fire hazards will empower them to establish lifelong safety habits,” Brenner said. “With the additional support provided by the 2009 Fire Prevention & Safety Grant, ESFI will continue to deliver important electrical safety and fire prevention messages to schools across the country.”

ESFI will create a new program using educational resources developed with the help of feedback from students and teachers reached by ESFI’s 2008 FP&S Grant program. The new program targets the same at-risk student population and will provide teachers with materials they can use to incorporate important safety lessons, tips, and maintenance reminders for smoke alarms and portable space heaters into their annual curriculums.

FP&S Grants are part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), and are administered by the Grant Programs Directorate in FEMA. For more information about AFG and FP&S, visit www.firegrantsupport.com.

To learn more about ESFI and electrical safety, visit www.electrical-safety.org.

ESFI is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated exclusively to promoting the importance of electrical safety. ESFI proudly sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May, and engages in public education campaigns throughout the year to increase awareness of the steps that can be taken to prevent electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities in the home, school, and workplace.

Founded in as 1994 through a joint effort between Underwriters Laboratories Inc., the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), ESFI is North America’s only non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home and workplace.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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NEMA. Setting Standards for Excellence

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FACTOID – In North East, the commuter’s two seasons = winter & under construction

Sitting at home, working from my Manhattan apartment, I sometimes think about the old days when I commuted to work by car. What stands out most in my mind is the perpetual state of road construction. During my 30-mile drive from Manhattan to Connecticut I don’t think there was a single day when there was no construction at some point. One road in particular stands out because the “improvement” began the year my first son was born. And after the fixes were redone several times, the new and improved road (the Cross County Parkway in Westchester County) was finally ready for unobstructed use, just in time for my son Adam to celebrate his 20th birthday.

Ed Brown

The Writing Engineer

www.writingengineer.com

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New DTX-CLT CertiFiber® OLTS provides fast Tier 1 certification for both multimode and singlemode fiber

The DTX CableAnalyzer™ Series is a modular test platform that has become the benchmark for copper and fiber certification and the choice of contractors worldwide.   With the growth of fiber optics in the enterprise, some contractors desire to have a dedicated fiber certification tool.

The new DTX-CLT CertiFiber® Optical Loss Test Set (OLTS) provides a complete standalone Tier 1 fiber certification (loss, length, and polarity) solution for both multimode and singlemode fiber -  and allows you to cost-effectively dedicate a tool for fiber testing.

This new fiber loss tester leverages the familiar user interface of the DTX CableAnalyzer and the ability to test two wavelengths in two directions and automatically measure and record the length of fiber links to cut your testing time in half. 

Learn more about the new DTX-CLT CertiFiber.

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Free ANSI/TIA-568-C Technical Reference Poster

Want to learn more about the new ANSI/TIA-568-C standard – without sifting through hundreds of pages of inapplicable material?  You may be interested in a valuable reference tool from Fluke Networks – a TIA-568-C technical poster.  This large wall poster includes an overview of the new standard, and provides detailed information about the relevant pieces - the new testing requirements, reference methods, and more.   Measures: 24" x 36" (61 x 91 cm).

Request your free poster.

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Learn about “Encircled Flux” – The Newest Standard to Address Multimode Testing Accuracy

Have you ever tested a multimode fiber optic link with different light sources and noticed that your loss measurements can vary by as much as 50%?  Ever wonder why this happens – and more importantly, what it means for your test results for high-speed (10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet) networks?

The latest multimode launch condition standard is known as Encircled Flux and helps improve link-loss consistency for high-speed networks where it is critical to minimize measurement variability.

Learn more about Encircled Flux by reading this application note from Fluke Networks: Encircled Flux: The Newest Standard in Multimode Testing Accuracy.   <link to www.flukenetworks.com/fnet/en-us/findit?document=3403334>

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Free $20 Amazon gift card when you register your DSP Cable Tester

DSP Owners - Fluke Networks wants to keep you up-to-date on upcoming service announcements so register your DSP Cable Tester today and get a free $20 Amazon gift card.  This offer is available only in the United States and you must register by May 31, 2010.

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Industry Leaders to Be Honored with Achievement Awards at 2010 NAED National Electrical Leadership Summit in Chicago

Mike Barker of Springfield Electric Supply Company to Receive NAED's Highest Honor

ST. LOUIS… The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) will honor eight industry leaders at the 2010 NAED National Electrical Leadership Summit in Chicago. The award ceremony will take place during the closing event on Tuesday, May 18, from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. CDT at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

NAED ANNUAL AWARDS

J. Michael "Mike" Barker, president and COO of Springfield Electric Supply Company, in Springfield, Ill., will receive NAED’s highest honor, the 2010 Arthur W. Hooper Achievement Award. This honor is presented to an individual who has led an exceptional career in electrical distribution spanning many years.

Barker started his career at Springfield Electric in the early 70s as lighting showroom manager. Since that time he has served as manager of the consumer products division, marketing manager, vice president of marketing, and executive vice president.

Barker has been an active participant in NAED, dedicating both time and energy to the betterment of the association and the channel. Over the years Barker has held seats on the Channel Advantage Partnership and Regional councils as well as on numerous task forces and committees, and most notably, served as chair from 1999-2000. He remembers his term as a unique period in the history of association, as it had relocated from Connecticut to Missouri a few years earlier, establishing not only a new headquarters, but also bringing in a new staff.

Tammy Miller, CEO of Border States Electric (BSE) in Fargo, N.D., is the recipient of the 2010 NAED Distributor Distinguished Service Award. The award is given in recognition of outstanding and dedicated service to NAED and the electrical distribution industry.

Miller's accomplishments as CEO of BSE are impressive. She has led the company through big moments of convergence that include blending acquired companies into BSE's company culture and managing the growing pains associated with standing at the helm of a 100% employee-owned company—all while making a point of nurturing the communities in which the company has flourished.

Miller's record of service with NAED is quite extensive. In addition to her terms on a number of the association's boards, councils, and committees—including serving as the SPA Distributor Task Force chair and two terms as the Finance Committee chair—Miller holds the distinction of being the first female chair of NAED (she served from 2008-2009).

Phil Barrios, senior director of corporate marketing and e-business at Hubbell Incorporated, is being honored with the Associate Service Award for his consistent promotion and support of the tenets and goals of NAED.

Barrios is being recognized for his leadership on the IDEA board of directors and participation at the National Electrical Leadership Summit. As an associate member in a variety of positions with Hubbell Incorporated for the past 30 years, Barrios' exposure to NAED occurred through regional, marketing, and annual meeting events and from working on several task forces for NAED and NEMA.

Eaton Corporation will receive the 2010 NAED Industry Award of Merit. This award is presented in recognition of a company or individual in the electrical manufacturing business that has been exceptionally active in promoting and supporting the wholesale electrical distribution industry.

Eaton's promotion and support of the channel include membership in NAED's Education & Research Foundation and Channel Advantage Partnership Council, meeting sponsorship, and participation in various task forces and the NAED Learning Center. Eaton is also an IDEA founding member and shareholder.

NAED HONORARY LIFE AWARDS

NAED's Honorary Life Award recognizes retiring distributors and manufacturers who have made exceptional contributions to the channel during their careers. The following individuals will be honored at the NAED Awards Banquet.

William Genné, worldwide distribution manager (ret.) of Cutler-Hammer, actively promoted and supported electrical distribution. An active member of NAED for more than 20 years, Genné was a major contributor in helping to bring manufacturers and distributors more closely together for the good of the overall industry.

Tom Latanision is chairman of the board at Crescent Electric Supply, East Dubuque, Ill., (he retires in June after 10 years in that position) and serves as on the board of directors at Omni Cable. Prior to joining Crescent, he worked at Thomas & Betts until retiring in 1999.

Latanision became active with NAED in the 1970s, initially as a member of the Utility Committee, and later on the Industrial Automation/High Tech Committee. In 1990, he and a group of manufacturing colleagues formed the Manufacturers Committee; Latanision served as its first chair for six years. In 1992 he received NAED's Award of Merit.

John McBride, former chairman and CEO of Don Blackburn & Company, Livonia, Mich., has been an NAED member for 30 years. McBride was very active in his support and participation in the association—including serving on the regional council, on the board of directors, and as Central Region vice president prior to the merger with Southern Region. He was also chair of the Advocacy Committee Customer Subcommittee for three years and served on the Government Affairs Committee for two years.

Charles "Chuck" Steiner, former CEO of Branch Electric, Upper Marlboro, Md. (now a division of Rexel), currently serves on the Channel Advantage Partnership Council, and was the recipient of NAED's highest honor, the Arthur W. Hooper Award, in 2000 and NAED's Distinguished Service Award, in 1984.

A member of NAED since 1973, Steiner developed a distribution school-to-work initiative that he shared with the association. He has participated in multiple NAED boards and committees, served as chair of the NAED Education & Research Foundation and continues to support NAED by attending meetings and through financial contributions.

NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED’s membership operates in approximately 4,400 locations internationally.

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Leviton Urges Industry Professionals to “Switch” to Green Alternatives

“Make the Switch” Campaign Kicks off on Earth Day; Webinars provide training on easy-to-install, value-added products

Melville, New York, April 7, 2010 Leviton Manufacturing, a leader in energy-efficient electrical devices and sustainable solutions, is urging electrical industry professionals to choose “green” alternatives to standard electrical switches when specifying, purchasing or installing these devices in residential and commercial buildings. Leviton’s “Make the Switch” campaign kicks off on April 22nd, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and is designed to provide professional education and training on lighting control products that can easily install in place of traditional light switches to conserve electricity, trim energy bills and protect the environment. Webinar training on residential and commercial product installations will be conducted on April 22nd, and interested parties can sign up at www.leviton.com/green.

The “Make the Switch” campaign includes webinars for homeowners, contractors, distributors and other trade professionals, links to instructional videos on green living and a “going green” section on the Leviton website that features information on easy-to-install lighting control devices. Products such as dimmers, occupancy sensors, timer switches and compact fluorescent lampholders, not only conserve electrical usage, reduce energy bills and preserve the environment, but also help contractors and installers “sell up” higher-margin products to boost sales and profit.

 “Our ecosystem is at far greater peril than it was four decades ago when Earth Day was first celebrated. Climate change, pollution, landfill overload and other contaminants form a toxic combination of environmental hazards that jeopardize our planet and future generations. Today, we have an unprecedented opportunity to build a clean energy economy that will help protect our environment, but we must each do our part now to safeguard the earth’s resources,” said Jay Sherman, director of residential Marketing for Leviton.

Leviton’s “Make the Switch” campaign advocates that consumers replace light switches in their homes with dimmers, timer switches, compact fluorescent lampholders and occupancy sensors. The company is also urging commercial facilities managers to install occupancy sensors in areas where significant energy savings can be achieved through automated lighting control. The campaign presents opportunities for industry professionals to find out about new products that are easy to install and that can dramatically reduce energy usage in homes and businesses, while adding to their own bottom line. Occupancy sensor, dimmer and timer switch installations yield higher margins than simple electrical switches.

Leviton also urges electrical professionals to recommend that their customers install ENERGY STAR®- qualified appliances, insulation, and windows in construction projects, and remind them to turn back thermostats during the day when no one is home.

About Leviton

Leviton is a global leader in electrical wiring devices, data center connectivity solutions and lighting energy management systems. A member of the USGBC (United States Green Building Council), Leviton was founded at the turn of the 20th century, and has grown to become a preeminent leader in the industry. Today Leviton’s product portfolio consists of over 25,000 devices and systems used in homes, businesses and industry. Nine out of ten homes throughout North America have Leviton products installed in them. Builders, electrical contractors and other industry professionals rank Leviton products #1 in brand preference. Leviton energy-smart devices are the smart choice for smart professionals.

Last year, Leviton relocated its world headquarters to a “green” office complex that complies with all 6 LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) categories. Low-flow fixtures in the building use 1/3 less water than standard fixtures and energy-efficient lighting systems reduce lighting usage. Recycling stations throughout the building help reduce landfill and promote renewable manufacturing processes, and staff members who carpool or use hybrid vehicles receive preferential parking privileges, Leviton also recently upgraded its El Paso, Texas, manufacturing facility to reduce its energy draw and carbon footprint. For more information, contact Leviton Manufacturing www.leviton.com.  

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The Light Brigade to Develop Course Content for FTTH Council’s Fiber-to-the-Home Certification Program

TUKWILA, WA — The Light Brigade has teamed up with the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council to develop course content and instruction for a new Council program to certify FTTH professionals. The FTTH Council’s Certified Fiber-to-the-Home Professional (CFHP) program, to be launched later this year, is the only curriculum and examination program specifically designed to determine and certify professional competence in FTTH design, architecture, deployment and administration technologies.

The Council will serve as the sponsor and operator of the certification and testing platforms, with The Light Brigade providing relevant instructional materials to support the program. Using The Light Brigade’s 30 years of fiber optic training expertise, the course content will be structured to allow easy absorption and application of the FTTH technology options available to today’s system designers.

“The CFHP course and program is designed to support the development of fiber optic professionals with a high level of proficiency in designing and administering a FTTH network,” said Larry Johnson, Director and Founder of The Light Brigade.

“The need for qualified FTTH professionals is significantly increasing due to the expansion and growth of new FTTH networks and last mile broadband deployments,” said Patrick Dobbins, Vice President and General Manager of The Light Brigade. “The new CFHP training course content and FTTH Council Certification Program will assist the industry to assure that qualified professionals will be available to support FTTH network builds for the future.”

The two-day course will address FTTH design and planning, physical network architecture, video systems, Ethernet/IP networks, business and economic issues, and future migration considerations.

“The need for this kind of program has arisen because of the rapidly growing number of telecommunications providers that are now planning or building fiber to the home networks,” said Joe Savage, President of the FTTH Council. “It makes sense for our organization to establish a credible certification program for those individuals who are going to be building North America’s next generation networks, and we are delighted to have the The Light Brigade on board with us to make this happen.”

Anyone interested in receiving an email notification may sign up at the FTTH Council by clicking here, following the instructions for receiving information from the Council, and select the option of receiving news about the CFHP program.

About The Light Brigade
The Light Brigade, the world’s leader in fiber-optic training, coordinates and presents FTTx events and classes at prominent industry conventions such as OFC, ECOC, and the FTTH Conference. The company provides fiber optic training courses, DVDs, a computer-based training module, and fiber-optic certifications. For more information on The Light Brigade’s educational programs, visit www.lightbrigade.com.

About The FTTH Council
Now in its ninth year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections – as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks. The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Its mission is to educate the public and government officials about FTTH solutions and to promote and accelerate deployment of fiber to the home and the resulting quality of life enhancements such networks make possible. More information about the Council can be found at www.ftthcouncil.org.

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MITA Manufacturers, Government Agencies to Hold Medical Device Security Conference

ROSSLYN, Va., April 5, 2010— The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA), the medical division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has announced its participation in a medical device security conference, which will be held April 14-15 at Analytic Services, Inc., in Arlington, Virginia.

Information Security—Achieving Information Security on Federal Networked Medical Devices
will identify future federal medical device security needs, orient participants on emerging global standards, and discuss the range of commercial challenges facing medical device manufacturers.

Sponsored by the Department of Defense (DOD), the conference also will focus on supporting the interaction, planning, and engagement of federal agencies and industry in an effort to proactively anticipate emerging issues in ensuring the privacy, integrity, and availability of medical information and systems within federal networks. Speakers will include personnel from DOD, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Veteran’s Affairs Administration, and security experts from industry, leading security and medical device consultants, and IEC 80001 committee members.

MITA member companies that have already registered are Agfa HealthCare, Carestream Health, Fujifilm Medical Systems USA, GE Healthcare, Philips Healthcare, Siemens Healthcare, and Toshiba America Medical Systems.

Additional information about the conference, including the agenda, can be found at www.anser.org/Content.aspx?mid=298&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1 , or by contacting Analytics Services directly:

Analytic Services, Inc.

2900 South Quincy St., Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22206

703-416-2000 or 800-368-4173

MITA, the medical division of NEMA, is the collective voice of medical imaging equipment manufacturers, innovators, and product developers in the U.S. It represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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MITA. Seeing the Future of Medicine

Visit our website at www.medicalimaging.org

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THE RE-EDUCATION OF EDUCATION by James Carlini

James Carlini - as published in the Wisconsin Technology News April 2, 2010

(http://wistechnology.com/articles/7250/)

Carlini’s Comments,  Its mission is to offer the common man’s view on business and technology issues while questioning the leadership and visions of “pseudo” experts.

School system administrators don’t need more money for education, they need more education on how to spend money and cut waste.

In my last article, I observed “Deep cuts were inevitable and now we are seeing it happen.” Hopefully, we will see more of this cost reduction.

School districts waste a lot of money. Before they get any more funding from local, state or federal sources, they need to re-assess what they are teaching. They are not teaching what needs to be taught in order to prepare for a job in today’s global economy.

THE THREE Rs OF THE INDUSTRIAL AGE

The whole public school institution was developed to educate a workforce for the Industrial Age. Is it an anachronism today? Summers off are.

“Summers off” relate to having the family together for harvesting crops in the summer. How many school-age children really need to help with the family farm today?

The Three Rs that they still teach are left over from the Industrial Age: Rote, Repetition and Routine instead of what is needed today. The Three Rs were skill sets needed for routine factory jobs. Public schools were implemented to develop an “educated” workforce for factories.

What is needed for today and tomorrow’s jobs is FACT-based education: Flexibility, Adaptability, Creativity, and Technology skills. These are the skill sets that graduates need to compete in today’s workforce.

Unfortunately, schools also retain a lot of deadwood teachers that complain every year about the schools and yet they come back every September to collect a check. Why? They should go out and see how others have to work a full year for what they make in eight months.

One of the readers, a student teacher in music, of last week’s column suggested that I should come in and do her job.

ASPIRING TO BE A TEACHER?

This is in response to my reader who said “Do a year of teaching.” That would be a LOT easier than some of the jobs I worked in. Oh yeah, my first degree was in Music Education (had a full academic scholarship) and I was going to be a teacher (Band Director), but at the time in 1976, there were more teachers than openings.

As far as teaching right after graduating, I subbed day-to-day in Chicago for three months. I saw 20 years in three months, but that's another story. I moved on.

Work at a Big Six Accounting/Consulting firm and put in 70-80 hours a week on the job out-of-town. (that’s fourteen hours-plus days) That makes the ten-hour day the reader (student teacher) complained about, a breeze.

Fly to an assignment every week for 7-8 months straight, deal with ALL the airport security, baggage issues and waiting/delay times every week, every flight. Then, keep working the rest of the year because those salaried jobs are 12 months out of the year, not just eight. Okay, we did get four weeks off for vacation.

Work on mission critical networks where there ARE life-and-death issues tied to it or multi-billion dollar financial liabilities. No, make that trillion dollar liabilities (in the case of the Chicago Merc and GLOBEX), tied to any one-day downtime. Hopefully, this gives you a better appreciation of what some other careers entail.

My advice to aspiring teachers: Don't be like so many teachers who have preceded you. If you are already complaining before you even start and have that "20 year attitude" and you are just in student teaching, get out.

Don't complain in front of the students about your job or try to brainwash them into believing you’re so overworked and their parents have it so easy.

Good luck in your teaching, but if you are whining about it already, leave as you will not add to any student's academic or talent growth. Kids see through teachers that are lazy or just going through the motions. They are smarter than what some teachers AND parents give them credit for.

Be a role model. Be a good example. If you can't, get out. Get into something else.

I have seen the "products" of public school at the university level and have to re-program them to be more flexible, creative and adaptive. They have been trained with the industrial-age skill sets of the three Rs: Rote, Repetition and Routine instead of what is needed today. . Life is not regimentation. And regimentation is what gets ingrained in a Three R approach to education.

As I pointed out in the beginning, what is needed for today’s jobs is FACT-based education: Flexibility, Adaptability, Creativity, and Technology skills. Remember that the next time you write your lesson plans. Hopefully, you are not using the same ones you did fifteen years ago. Times do change.

Carlini-ism - There is a disconnect in teaching industrial age skills for post-information age jobs.

Carlini will be teaching “IT in Public Administration” at the Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology in May for the Masters in Public Administration Program. For more information call 773-370-1888.

Follow daily Carlini-isms on Twitter and check out JAMES CARLINI's BLOG here.

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NAED Education & Research Foundation Celebrates 40th Anniversary by Presenting Foundation Legacy Awards

Award Recognizes 10 of the Most Influential People in the Foundation’s History

ST. LOUIS… The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) Education & Research Foundation will honor 10 of the most influential people in the Foundation’s history with the Foundation Legacy Award. The award ceremony will take place during the NAED Education & Research Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Awards Banquet on Tuesday, May 18, from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. CDT at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

“What this group of people accomplished in the past 40 years, not just for the Foundation, but the industry as a whole is immeasurable,” said Michelle McNamara, vice president of NAED and executive director of the Foundation. “It was because of the vision of these individuals that the foundation exists as it does today—offering best in class industry-specific-training that you can’t find anywhere else.”

These industry leaders are being recognized for continuing to make the goals of the Foundation a priority in their companies and for inspiring others to carry on their legacy.

George Adams Jr., president and CEO, Electric Supply Inc., Tampa, Fla.

Edward Anixter (dec.; Englewood Electrical Supply, Chicago). Award being accepted by his son, Steve Anixter, president, Advance Electrical Supply, Chicago.

Bill Elliott, president, Elliott Electric Supply, Nacogdoches, Texas

Arthur Griswold, inside/outside sales, Northeast Electrical Distributors (a unit of Sonepar), Salem, N.H.

Robert Lemman, chairman, North Coast Electric, Seattle

Arthur Loeb (dec.; Loeb Electric Supply, Columbus, Ohio). Award being accepted by his son, Charles “Skip” Loeb, president, Loeb Electric Supply.

James Newton Sr., ret., Oakes Electric (now Horizon Solutions), Holyoke, Mass.

Walter Norton Sr., CEO, Norton Electric Wholesale, Los Angeles

Thomas Schmid (dec.; Crescent Electric Supply, East Dubuque, Ill). Award being accepted by his son, Dick Schmid, vice president, marketing, Crescent Electric Supply

Chuck Steiner, Steiner Family Entities, Beltsville, Md.

NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED’s membership operates in approximately 4,400 locations internationally.

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NEMA Publishes ICS 20 Informational Guide to Electrical Industrial Topics

ROSSLYN, Va., March 24, 2010—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published ICS 20-2009 Informational Guide to Electrical Industrial Topics.

This new publication provides information on various topics of interest related to the application and proper usage of electrical equipment in the global marketplace. Subjects include enclosure type ratings, wire sizing, and feeder and branch circuits.

ICS 20 may be downloaded at no charge, or a hardcopy purchased for $67, by visiting www.nema.org/stds/ics20.cfm, or by contacting IHS at 800-854-7179 (within the U.S.), 303-397-7956 (international), 303-397-2740 (fax), or global.ihs.com/.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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NEMA. Setting Standards for Excellence

Visit our website at www.nema.org

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NEMA Publishes ICS 3.1 Guide for the Application, Handling, Storage, Installation, and Maintenance of Medium-Voltage AC Contactors, Controllers, and Control Centers

ROSSLYN, Va., March 24, 2010—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published ICS 3.1-2009 Guide for the Application, Handling, Storage, Installation, and Maintenance of Medium-Voltage AC Contactors, Controllers, and Control Centers.

This publication, last revised in 1997, provides information regarding the application, handling, storage, installation, and maintenance of ac general-purpose medium-voltage contactors and Class E controllers. The guide has been updated to reflect changes in technology.

ICS 3.1 may be downloaded at no charge, or a hardcopy purchased for $75, by visiting www.nema.org/stds/ics3-1.cfm, or by contacting IHS at 800-854-7179 (within the U.S.), 303-397-7956 (international), 303-397-2740 (fax), or global.ihs.com/.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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Leviton Announces Ophera Video Entry System

It is innovative, stylish intercom solution is designed for MDUs and custom residential projects. 

April 6, 2010 – Bothell, WA:  Leviton today announced the launch of the Ophera Video Entry System, a state-of-the-art system that includes a hands-free receiver, two entry panel options, video distribution and amplification modules, and power supplies. The system has the ability to support up to four entry stations and a maximum of 100 apartments or suites. It also allows up to eight receivers to operate together as a room-to-room audio intercom group within an apartment or suite. 

The Ophera Hands-Free Receiver provides two-way communication over standard twisted-pair cabling. It features a 3.5" color monitor and an adjustable display that tilts 20 degrees. In addition,
it offers call waiting notification and mute, privacy, and door release control buttons. Each receiver includes three covers in white, arctic blue, and orange colors.

Users can choose between two types of entry stations: the 1-Button Color Video Entry Panel, or the 1-Button Panel paired with a Digital Entry Panel.  Both panels are weather-resistant. The 1-Button panel includes an integrated low-light color video camera with an adjustable angle view and LED backlit buttons. The Digital Entry Panel includes an LCD display with customizable text message and name directory features.

“The Ophera system offers an incredible amount of features while remaining user-friendly,” said Mark Dearing, RCDD, a product manager for Network Solutions. “The combination of high quality video and stylish design makes Ophera the recognized choice for MDUs.”

The Ophera Video Entry System, as well as all of Leviton’s Connected Home Solutions, is available through the company’s residential products reseller network. For more information, visit Leviton.com/videoentry.

About Leviton Network Solutions

Leviton Network Solutions was created more than 20 years ago to meet the growing need for telecommunications and high-speed data technologies. Today, the division is dedicated to producing complete network infrastructure systems for the enterprise, data center, government, health care, education, and residential markets. Copper, fiber, and power solutions include structured cabling systems, enclosures, PDUs and much more. All Leviton products are engineered to exacting standards and offer guaranteed performance. For more information, visit Leviton.com.

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The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. Newsletter Monthly News From The FOA March, 2010

The March, 2010 issue of the FOA Newsletter is now online.

In This Issue
Broadband News: Follow Funded Projects
 - Where is The US Stimulus Money for Broadband Going?
The Fastest Broadband Counties in the U.S.
OFC Conference & Show Report
Smart Grid is Fiber-Enabled
Bend-Insensitive Fiber Becomes Corning's Standard 50/125 Fiber - But it means changes in the way you test with it!
New FOA Premises Cabling Book Now Available
"Fiber U" Offers Free Online Training

Plus several new job opportunities in this month's newsletter.

Go To The FOA Newsletter

There is a lot of news in the FOA newsletter this month - it will take  a while to read but it's worth it.

We give you leads to websites that detail stimulus projects that involve fiber - most do! You can search by region to see who's doing what and where the jobs are. There are lots of new jobs in our jobs listings too.

FOA Director Tom Collins sent us an article on work he's doing on the "Smart Grid" program and how fiber is involved.

Big news is the availability of the new book "FOA Reference Guide to Premises Cabling". Here's the most up-to-date information on premises cabling including copper, fiber and wireless. And, as it is the FOA's goal to make technical materials affordable, it's only $19.95. Available from the FOA eStore or Amazon.com.
 
Now we're off to create a outside plant (OSP) book and certification. Deadline- mid-Summer 2010. Look for new materials on the FOA Reference Guide Website that will be incorporated in the book.

Don't forget the free online self-study program on Fiber U.

New FOA-Approved School Pages Make Finding Training Easier
We've updated our listings of FOA-Approved Training Organizations. Our new sortable table listing allows finding schools by name, location, certifications they offer and where they teach. Our new Google Map of FOA-Approved schools makes finding the school by location most convenient for you easier!

New FOA Fiber Textbook Available on Amazon.com

FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics
Order from the FOA eStore for only $24.95!

Quick Link To FOA Online Reference Guide
http://foaguide.org/

Renew Your FOA Membership (and Certifications!) Online
Here are the full directions on how to do it.

Quick Links...

FOA Website: www.thefoa.org

FOA Online Newsletter
FOA Online Fiber Optic Reference Guide
Tech Bulletins

Contact Information

phone: 760-451-3655  

FOA Website: www.thefoa.org

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More than 90 Percent of Damaging Lightning Storms Occur from April through September, Alset Warns

SEATTLE, April 6, 2010 – Lightning season, the period from April through September, is when more than 90 percent of damaging thunderstorms occur, Alset Corp. points out, so now is the time for companies with mission critical equipment located in rural sites to prepare for Mother Nature’s onslaught.

Alset is the developer of Lightning Shield, a new technology that protects equipment from harmful ground currents caused by nearby lightning strikes, providing protection that grounding and surge protection cannot fulfill

Based on storm data compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration over a 35-year period, 92 percent of lightning damage occurs from April through September. Telecommunications companies, utilities, railroads, airports and other industries that rely on remotely located equipment must be particularly vigilant during those six months, said Gary Fox, president of Alset Corp.

“Whether a company delivers high-bandwidth Internet or video services, or relies on its equipment for customer safety and status monitoring, it is critical that this equipment performs reliably in all weather conditions,” Fox said. “This is the time of year when equipment is most vulnerable, because of the frequency and severity of thunderstorms and the constant threat from lightning ground currents.”

Alset’s Lightning Shield protects against lightning ground currents, which occur when a nearby lightning ground strike radiates high-frequency energy through the earth’s surface to the equipment site. This energy can saturate the grounding system and force fault current onto the bonded power circuits leading to the exposed electronics. Eliminating this fault path through the electronics, by temporarily isolating the equipment from the power connection, protects the equipment for the duration of the lightning threat.

Surge protection is designed to protect equipment from lightning-induced current on telecom and power conductors. A grounding system is designed to quickly dissipate low frequency energy to earth. Neither technology can protect a site from lightning ground currents in areas where the soil conditions are highly resistive – such as sand, limestone, slate, and granite.

“Lightning Shield keeps lightning in the ground and off your circuits,” Fox said. “It protects your equipment and assures that your services aren’t interrupted, even in the toughest weather conditions.”

Areas of the U.S. that are most subject to frequent and potentially damaging storms are the Central Plains and the Southeast. This area, stretching from Colorado to Florida, sees at least 50 “thunderstorm days” in an average year. In the Deep South, those numbers range from 60 to 90 thunderstorm days annually.

“The combination of recurrent lightning storms in rural areas with resistant soil conditions is a prescription for lightning damage. But Lightning Shield protects electronic equipment from the high voltage ground currents that can cause so much damage,” Fox added. “Our technology detects imminent lightning and pre-emptively eliminates the potential fault path. By improving site reliability and significantly reducing repair expenses, Lightning Shield can pay for itself in just one thunderstorm.”

Lightning Shield is available in 50-amp (LS-50) and 200-amp (LS-200) versions for small and large remote sites. LS-ATS provides customized protection for high amperage facilities, such as wireless switches. Remote Manager rounds out the product line, providing control and remote test capabilities that enhance site management. Lightning Shield has been accepted by the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service for use on RUS-funded projects.

About Alset Corp.

Seattle-based Alset Corp. develops and manufactures equipment designed to protect against damage from lightning ground currents, also known as lightning ground potential rise. Alset sells its equipment both directly and through a network of manufacturer’s representatives. For more information about Alset and its lightning protection technology, visit www.alsetcorp.com.

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CNS magazine Interview With Peter Newman - Canada National Manager, Network Solutions with Leviton

Peter Newman, Canada National Manager, Network Solutions with Leviton, tackled a number of topics during a recent interview with CNS Editor Paul Barker. They included the introduction of the NxtGEN initiative by BICSI and the importance of PoE Plus.

CNS: Pete, you had hoped to participate in our recent industry panel, but couldn't make it due to a scheduling conflict. I am interested on your thoughts about two specific areas that were discussed. The first revolves around data centre advances from both a structured cabling and networking perspective: What can we expect to see over the next three years?

Newman: We have a growing infrastructure here at Leviton in terms of our ability to support data centres. We see not only opportunities from market growth, but also opportunities for product development to meet customer needs.

Clearly, bandwidth requirements will grow -- 40 Gig, 100 Gig and possibly even 400 Gig at some point.

10GBASE-T is going to become the standard for 10 gigabit over Cat 6A copper in the data centre, but it will be used mostly for small runs such as inter-equipment connections rather than running between rows or sections of a data centre.

As for fiber in the date centre, 40GBase-SR4 and 100GBase-SR10 will be deployed over standard OM3 50-Micron laser optimized fiber. This multimode fiber provides a migration path for the future. We're also seeing new equipment-to-equipment connectors for high bandwidth applications and short distances which include SFP+ and QSFP+ using twinax cable.

There is also the top-of-rack (TOR) equipment becoming more common. TOR changes the architecture of the IT infrastructure. You have fiber to top-of-rack and then direct copper attachments to the equipment within the racks. That allows you to run the fiber over longer distances and copper within the cabinet.

Finally, power and cooling will continue to be an ongoing issue with passive cooling being the preference to remove heat without requiring more power.

CNS: Secondly, is the overhauling of the RCDD program by BICSI and the introduction of the NxtGEN initiative a smart move in your mind?

Newman: When I first saw it and before I conducted any research into NxtGEN, I was skeptical and viewed it as another money-making opportunity for BICSI. To be honest, I was confused because I read the brochures and accessed the BICSI Web site, but I just wasn't getting it.

I wanted to believe they were going to fix things, but it just wasn't clear. I told Brian Hansen, their new president who just happens to work at Leviton, that my concern with the RCDD is that it has become watered down, and far too many people get an RCDD who don't really meet the requirements and cannot do network design. I asked him: Is this just more of the same because if it is, I just can't get behind it. He replied that BICSI actually knows that those were the problems. He actually got me encouraged.

Now I'm thinking this is a good thing. As it stands now, if people wanted BICSI training, their only opportunity was to go after the RCDD.

To do that, you had to have certain experience criterion. Frankly, some people were stretching the truth a bit and not being as forthcoming as they should have been on the recommendations and the sponsorships and the letters that were written for folks wanting to sit for the RCDD exam.

With NxtGEN, BICSI has increased the ITS experience requirement to five years. It's pretty hard to fake five years. Two years -- you might be able to get away with. And then for the new credentials such as ESS and RITP, someone can take those tests and get the credential without having to become a full RCDD. These are new credentials recognizing people who have specific design experience and expertise. They are pros in IT, but don't qualify to sit for the RCDD exam.

As it was explained to me and it makes sense: Add some more credentials that are not being passed off as the top rung RCDD credential and allow people to be mentored, or gain the requisite experience, to sit for the RCDD exam in the future if they so choose.

It does start to separate the folks who do actual design and work in the field. Over the long run it is going to help. Over the short run, we're still going to have a lot of legacy RCDDs who don't necessarily know what they are doing -- they wanted it for a sales or marketing positioning behind their name on a business card.

CNS: Leviton announced late last year that it had joined the Cisco Technology Developer Program. What is the program about and what does it entail?

Newman: Cisco has recently changed the program name to the Cisco Developer Network. We applied for the program which involves an extensive application process with Cisco. As part of that application process for example, we have to outline actual customer installations using the Leviton and Cisco equipment.

They approved us for the program. Once Leviton was part of the program we could submit products for the "Cisco Compatible" certification, which applies to specific products.

We submitted our replicator panels for testing. These panels are designed to replicate specific Cisco products. First in the series was the 9513 Replicator Kit developed to support the high density fiber based 9513 Cisco Switch. Cisco put this product through a battery of steps and acknowledged it was inter-operable with the Cisco equipment.

With Cisco Compatible offerings such as Leviton's Port Replicated Patch Panels and interconnect infrastructure, customers can more quickly deploy a broad range of Cisco Compatible business applications that can enhance the capabilities, performance, and management of their Cisco network.

CNS: Power over Ethernet appears to be a key part of your overall product strategy moving forward. What benefits does the recently approved PoE Plus bring to the table?

Newman: I have been waiting for PoE Plus. Once here it will put us in a great position to sell the benefits of larger cable and more robust connectors -- Category 6A. We can probably get away with Cat 6, but Cat 6A has a slightly larger gauge, which allows more power to be transmitted to devices such as pan tilt zoom cameras.

Leviton believes a complete security and IT infrastructure using structured cabling is the best approach for users. By using a structured cabling system for security, costs are minimized, infrastructure is standardized, and a migration path from analog to IP cameras is available immediately.

Rather than running co-ax cable and a power line or a data line, you can just run Category 6 or 6A and get all the power you need for all the motorized functions as well as all the data.

PoE Plus can also be used in Wi-Max base stations, wireless access points, and video phones. A key piece here is that you don't have to hire an electrical contractor. While this may not be so great in some circles, you won't have to run power to all those places in the ceiling or high up on the wall where you may want to run a data port for a camera or video phone. It centralizes the power and allows IT to control power and monitor usage. It provides immense value for users.

CNS: What goals did you set when you were named senior director of international business development in 2008?

Newman: Simply, it was to increase sales everywhere we have a Network Solutions presence. That included Canada, Australia, New Zealand, ASEAN, India, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. I ended up spending 80% of my time in the Canadian market because that's where I felt the growth opportunities were. In 2010, the title remains the same, but the focus for me is 100% on Canada.

That is all I do. My effective job title now is Canada National Director for Network Solutions.

CNS: Were the good numbers a result of the general make-up of this place?

Newman: Canada is one of our largest markets in terms of what Network Solutions sells outside of the U.S., which is no surprise. I looked at our market share in Canada as compared to the U.S. and it was not as high as I think it could be or should be.

I think I know how to change that.

When I put my business case together it was clear that the return on investment in Canada was very good. Leviton management agreed that Canada represented an excellent market in which to invest. Leviton has a sales organization in place, a marketing organization in place, and established distribution in place. In addition, Leviton Manufacturing of Canada, based in Montreal, is one of the few structured cabling manufacturers actually located in Canada.

CNS: In closing, wireless will continue to make inroads into the corporate space. What can we expect to see from the Leviton-Meru Networks wireless technology partnership?

Newman: Technology on the wireless side changes rapidly and dramatically; however, it is not Leviton's core competency. We thought it was better to go to market with a known and established high-end manufacturer.

We are able to offer through our specifications complete systems including what I call the wireless overlay. Organizations are not replacing the wired system with wireless, at least not yet.

We go to market with Meru because the system is easy to install and lends itself to our contractor base. The beauty of the wireless system offered by Meru and Leviton is the simplicity of the deployment using the single-channel network technology. No RF experience or site surveys are required to the install the system, and fewer AP's are required.

Also, Meru's people are 100% devoted to wireless and stay on top of developments in standards and technology. Cutting edge R&D combined with over 100 years in business. This is beneficial to Leviton and Leviton's customers.

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PlumChoice Enhances Remote IT Support Services with IP Communications Software from Interactive Intelligence

Deployment of all-in-one IP communications software suite helps improve customer service

INDIANAPOLIS and BILLERICA, Mass. – March 23, 2010 – PlumChoice, a provider of remote IT support services, has reported improved customers service as a result of using an all-in-one IP communications software suite from Interactive Intelligence (Nasdaq: ININ).

PlumChoice is using the software, called Customer Interaction Center™ (CIC), to serve customers more rapidly and efficiently by enhancing its SafeLINK Enterprise Service Delivery Platform. SafeLINK provides secure, partner-branded, anytime/anywhere technology support to consumers and businesses through telcos and other partners.

CIC provides PlumChoice with functionality for IP PBX, automatic call distribution, interactive voice response, unified messaging, desktop faxing, softphone, presence management, multichannel recording, blended dialing, workforce management, and automated customer feedback surveys. It replaced an existing communications system.

“CIC’s remote agent support, system monitoring, and ease of customization are helping us deliver topnotch service to end-customers, while optimizing our own resources,” said PlumChoice vice president of operations, Jon Helin. “In addition, the suite’s reporting, customer surveys, and workforce scheduling are helping us strengthen our quality assurance, agent training, and partner support efforts. For example, we’ve made some of CIC’s administrative capabilities available to our partners so they can schedule their own agents and track their productivity.”

PlumChoice uses CIC to support its 750 employees who are mostly remote located across the U.S., along with employees at its headquarters in Billerica, Mass., and at its regional Center of Excellence in Scarborough, Maine. The company’s U.S.-based, industry-certified agents provide 24/7/365 support for multiple technologies, including small business networks, PCs, Macs, smartphone devices, netbooks, MP3 players, network devices, printers, and digital cameras.

PlumChoice selected CIC based on its architecture and breadth of features after evaluating systems from Avaya, Cisco and others.

“CIC has given us everything we need on a single platform and from one vendor,” Helin said. “This eliminates the cost and complexity associated with integration.” As a software system, it’s also provided us with cost-effective scalability, and we get the added benefit of an open application programming interface so we can customize it rapidly based on customer needs.”

Reliability was also critical. “We needed a technology partner that offered optimal product reliability to support our around-the-clock operations, as well as viability as a company,” Helin added. “Interactive Intelligence offered us both, along with a technology vision that supports our mission of providing customers with superior service both today and over the long term.”

PlumChoice plans to extend its Interactive Intelligence deployment to support additional Center of Excellence locations throughout 2010.

About PlumChoice

PlumChoice pioneered the remote technical services business, providing 24x7 online repair and assistance for digital devices through top-tier telcos, ISPs, manufacturers, retailers/e-tailers and other business partners since 2001. PlumChoice's services are offered under the partner's brand, designed to generate new revenue streams, and provide anytime/anywhere technology support for partners' customers. Offerings include one-time fix, bundled solution, and subscription plan options for personal computers and laptops, networking, software applications, printers, peripherals, MP3 players, digital cameras, smartphones and other devices. Services are provided through U.S.-based, industry-certified agents. For more information, visit www.plumchoice.com/partner, call 1-866-811-3321 or email ir@plumchoice.com.

About Interactive Intelligence

Interactive Intelligence Inc. (Nasdaq: ININ) is a global provider of unified business communications solutions for contact center automation, enterprise IP telephony, and business process automation. The company was founded in 1994 and has more than 3,500 customers worldwide. Interactive Intelligence is among Software Magazine’s top 500 global software and services suppliers, is a BusinessWeek “hot growth 50” company, and is among Fortune Small Business magazine’s top 100 fastest growing companies. The company is also positioned in the leaders’ quadrant of the Gartner 2009 Contact Center Infrastructure, Worldwide Magic Quadrant report. Interactive Intelligence employs approximately 650 people and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. It has 14 offices throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Interactive Intelligence can be reached at +1 317.872.3000 or info@inin.com; on the Net: www.inin.com.

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FTTH Council Reacts to Federal Court Decision on "Net Neutrality"

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Joe Savage, President of the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council - a non-profit organization of more than 200 companies and organizations dedicated to expanding the deployment of all-fiber, next-generation networks - made the following statement in reaction to today's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that the FCC lacks the authority to require broadband providers to give equal treatment to all Internet traffic flowing over their networks:

The FTTH Council has supported the FCC's network neutrality principles, but we have opposed turning those principles into official rules, largely because of our concerns that restricting the ability of service providers to manage their networks would prove counterproductive to ensuring they could offer quality, affordable service.

To date, service providers have acted responsibly and in the best interests of their customers. That's simply good business. And the decision by the Court of Appeals will not change those practices.  Finally, the best way to alleviate any possible concerns about network management is to foster the growth of FTTH networks, with their enormous capacity and future-proof capabilities.

About the Fiber-to-the-Home Council

Now in its ninth year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections - as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks.  The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Its mission is to educate the public and government officials about FTTH solutions and to promote and accelerate deployment of fiber to the home and the resulting quality of life enhancements such networks make possible.  The Council organizes North America's largest annual FTTH event, the FTTH Conference & Expo, to be held September 12 - 16, 2010 in Las Vegas.   More information about the Council can be found at www.ftthcouncil.org.

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2010 Women in Industry Forum – NAED (Natl Assn of Electrical Distributors) June 13 – 16, 2010

La Fonda on the Plaza - Santa Fe, NM

Registration is now open

This year's timely theme is:
"Survival of the Leanest and Greenest." See everything this unique industry forum has to offer in terms of speakers, topics, take-aways, and networking: Download the full brochure here. Download the registration form here.

See the Women in Industry committee members involved in developing forum content that would deliver the maximum ROI for attendees and the companies that send them.

Questions? Call 888-791-2512 or send an email to customerservice@naed.org.

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Siemon Announces Expanded Options for Their Fast Terminating Z-MAX™ RJ-45 Network Cabling Connector

Available in category 6A shielded, category 6A UTP and category 6 UTP, Siemon Z-MAX  outlets now feature an optional spring-loaded door to minimize  ingress of dust and other contaminants

March 30, 2010, Watertown, CT — Siemon’s line  of Z-MAX network cabling outlets are now available with an optional spring-loaded hinged door, which protects the outlet’s internal components and critical connector mating surfaces from exposure to environmental contaminants such as dust.  When the outlet is in use, the door stays perpendicular to the outlet face, ensuring that it does not interfere with stacked or adjacent outlets in high density patching or work area applications.

The new door-equipped outlets share the same extended transmission performance headroom and straightforward fast termination features found in the original Z-MAX outlet.

Using the simple, patent-pending Z-TOOL™, all varieties of Z-MAX door-equipped outlets, including category 6A shielded versions, can be terminated in  60 seconds or less from start to finish, including cable preparation - the fastest RJ-based outlet termination in the industry.   All Z-MAX 6A outlets offer industry best category 6A performance margin across all critical cabling parameters as part of an end-to-end system.  Category 6 versions also provide significant standards performance headroom and the same user-friendly termination.

To further improve flexibility, the Z-MAX work area outlet features an exclusive hybrid flat/angled design that allows either flat or angled mounting orientations. Newly enhanced  printed icons can be inserted into the door or outlet face, providing a complete color coded identification system  that remains visible even when a cord is inserted.

Siemon’s Z-MAX line includes complete end-to-end category 6A/class EA systems in both shielded and unshielded configurations as well as category 6/class E UTP.  The full Z-MAX 6A channel consists of Z-MAX 6A outlets and patch panels, Siemon category 6A cable and  patent pending Z-MAX 6A patch cords that feature a precisely tuned printed circuit board (PCB) within every plug for enhanced signal performance.   The Z-MAX category 6 UTP channel features Z-MAX 6 outlets and patch panels, Siemon category 6 cable and category 6 BladePatch and MC patch cords. To explore Siemon’s entire Z-MAX line, visit:  http://www.siemon.com/us/zmax/

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About Siemon:

Established in 1903, Siemon (www.siemon.com) is an industry leader specializing in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance network cabling solutions. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global offices, manufacturing and service partners throughout the world, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suite of copper (unshielded and shielded twisted-pair) category 5e, category 6 (Class E), category 6A (Class EA) and category 7/7A (Class F/FA), and multimode and singlemode optical fiber cabling systems available. With over 400 active patents specific to structured cabling, from patch cords to patch panels, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development of industry standards, underlining the company's long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.

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Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Advises FCC on Technical Aspects of Allowing Regional Interoperable Broadband Public Safety Networks

Commission Should Grant Waivers for Build Out of Local and Regional Networks, Endorsing NPSTC Broadband Task Force's Recommendations for Interoperability Requirements as a Set of Voluntary Best Practices

Arlington, Va. – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) today submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with recommendations for technical requirements that will allow local and regional public safety entities to build out interoperable broadband public safety networks.

TIA urged the Commission to endorse the interoperability recommendations of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST) and National Public Safety Telecommunications Council's (NPSTC) Broadband Task Force (BBTF) as a set of voluntary best practices that local and regional public safety entities may adopt in deploying interoperable broadband public safety networks.

"As the National Broadband Plan makes clear," said TIA Vice President for Government Affairs Danielle Coffey, "the United States simply has not seized the opportunity to protect the lives of first responders and all Americans through the deployment of a nationwide interoperable public safety wireless broadband communications network. As the Commission continues its tireless effort to deploy a nationwide public safety network, regional entities can protect lives and inform the Commission as to best methods to ensure interoperability through early build out.

"However, the Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC), the entity that will ensure that public safety broadband applications, devices, and networks work seamlessly on a nationwide basis, must be certain that all interoperability requirements it sets are ubiquitously adopted. Thus, waiver grantees must augment or alter technology-neutral interoperability practices to comply with requirements ERIC determines are necessary for the deployment of a nationwide public safety broadband network," Coffey concluded.

Additionally, as ERIC considers roaming requirements, TIA suggested that the BBTF Report's multiple roaming definitions be evaluated in the context of technical feasibility.

TIA urged the Commission to ensure that both the public safety community and industry have a major voice in the determinations ERIC makes.

Read the comments (PDF, 33KB) filed today with the FCC on TIA's FCC filings page.

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About TIA
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, tradeshows, business opportunities, market intelligence and world-wide environmental regulatory analysis. Since 1924, TIA has been enhancing the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Visit tiaonline.org.

TIA's Board of Directors includes senior-level executives from ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, ANDA Networks, AttivaCorp, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Inc., GENBAND, Inc., Henkels & McCoy, ILS Technology, Intel Corporation, Intersect, Inc., LGE, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, Openwave, Inc., Panasonic Computer Solutions Co., Powerwave Technologies, Qualcomm, Research In Motion, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation, Tellabs, Tyco Electronics, Ulticom, Inc., and Wirefree. Advisors to the Board include FAL Associates, Orca Systems and Telcordia Technologies.

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Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Recognizes Significance of Earth Day for ICT Industry

Arlington, Va. – Forty years after the first Earth Day, people and organizations around the world are taking action and making commitments to sustainability. In recognition of the challenge of climate change as well as the opportunities presented to build a healthy, prosperous, clean energy economy, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) adds its own commitment on behalf of the companies it represents.

Through standards, advocacy, sustainability initiatives, publications and networking/educational opportunities, TIA is supporting its member companies and the information and communications technology (ICT) industry in promoting products and services that meet environmental needs, manage the problems of pollution and diminished natural resources, improve energy efficiency, and reduce carbon emissions. For more information on the many ICT Green initiatives designed to help companies with their sustainability efforts, please visit www.tiaonline.org or contact Taly Walsh, VP, Sustainability, Intelligence & Networking, TIA at twalsh@tiaonline.org.

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About TIA
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, tradeshows, business opportunities, market intelligence and world-wide environmental regulatory analysis. Since 1924, TIA has been enhancing the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Visit tiaonline.org.

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TIA WEBINAR - APRIL 1 - TIA Sees Growth on the ICT Enterprise Horizon

Spending on Convergence to IP Technologies Is a Key Driver Pushing Important ICT Sector Back to a Healthy - and Eco-Friendly - Growth Track

Arlington, Va. - As the U.S. economy gathers strength, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) predicts that new equipment purchases - postponed during the recession - will reinvigorate the enterprise and consumer market for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, beginning later this year.

The enterprise and consumer market - which consists of enterprise equipment and services in support of consumer information and communications technologies - is beginning to show signs of new growth. Spending on convergence to Internet protocol (IP) technologies is a key driver that will help push this important ICT sector back to a positive - and eco-friendly - growth track.

Learn more about key market drivers, trends and predictions at TIA's next Webinar in the 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast series - Growth on the ICT Enterprise Horizon - on April 1 at 2 p.m.. The free Webinar coincides with TIA's release of the Enterprise and Consumer Market report from the TIA 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast.

The TIA-hosted Webinar features economist Arthur Gruen, principal author of TIA's 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast.

Get answers to these questions, and more:

How much growth can we expect this year and through 2013?

What are the principal drivers for the enterprise and consumer markets?

What's the forecast for Web and Video conferencing?

What steps are carriers taking to facilitate IP transport?

How will environmental trends affect the market?

TIA's 2010 Market Review & Forecast is the definitive report for the ICT industry. TIA will provide complimentary copies of the newest chapter - "Enterprise and Consumer Market" - in PDF format to the first 30 TIA member company attendees who contact TIA with a promotional code provided at the end of the Webinar. For more information, contact TIA PR Director Mike Snyder at msnyder@tiaonline.org.

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About TIA
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, tradeshows, business opportunities, market intelligence and world-wide environmental regulatory analysis. Since 1924, TIA has been enhancing the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment.

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We found this wonderful photo report of the exciting BICSI Winter 2010 conference in Orlando

There is no question that the folks at Accu-Tech www.accu-tech.com are big supporters of BICSI (the organization and the members).

http://www.accu-tech.com/accu-insider/bid/33988/2010-Winter-BICSI-Day-3

I think that Stephen Chew of Accu-Tech created an excellent photo record of the event for the attendees and those that could not make it. It’s just one more reason why Accu-Tech continues to grow. Doing business with a distributor that supports the industry is $mart. Michael Shannahan, VP and Jeffrey Kinsman, Sr. Field Svcs. Technician of Communication Planning Corp. in Jacksonville, FL both commented, “It’s a no brainer. Accu-Tech understands our business and they deliver solutions.” www.communicationplanning.com

“As a BICSI member for more than 35 years, I tip my hat in respect to Stephen Chew and Accu-Tech for this fine report on BICSI.” Frank Bisbee, Editor – HOTS – Heard On The Street”

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Legrand/Wiremold High-Capacity Work Surface Portals

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (March 31, 2010) – Legrand/Wiremold has introduced high-capacity work surface portals that provide convenient table-top access to electrical, voice, data, video, and audio services.  Evolution™ Series work surface portals are based on the design of the popular Evolution™ Series poke-thru device.  These robust units have the capacity to accommodate large devices and cabling, yet install unobtrusively into any table top.

Evolution Series work surface portals differ from many table-top products in that the cover is fully closed, even when computers, projectors, and other equipment are plugged in and in use.  The cover assembly features two unique spring-loaded slide cable egress doors that provide access without using flip lids, doors, or pop-ups.  Power receptacles and voice, data, and A/V connections are mounted below the table surface, which protects the connections and minimizes obstructions on the table surface.

Evolution Series work surface portals are available in 6" or 8" sizes. Other options include surface- or flush-style and cord-ended or hard-wired versions.  Solid, die-cast aluminum covers feature durable, powder-coated colors: nickel, bronze, brass, gray, and black.

About Legrand/Wiremold

Legrand/Wiremold, headquartered in West Hartford, Conn., is the leader in wire and cable management systems, including metal and nonmetallic raceways, power-poles, poke-thru devices, floor boxes, Walker® underfloor systems, plug-in outlet centers, firestopping systems, and innovative architectural columns.  Please visit http://www.legrand.us/Wiremold.aspx  or call 1-800-621-0049.

About Legrand

Legrand is the global specialist in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks where people live and work. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for suppliers worldwide. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of products that includes Cablofil, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is actively expanding its market divisions that include Electrical Wiring Systems, Home Systems, Lighting Controls and Commercial Datacom.  Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value is a prime vector for growth. Legrand reported sales of $5.0 billion in 2009. The company is listed on Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the SBF120. FTSE4Good, MSCI World and ASPI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us


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