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Issue: August 2008
By: Frank Bisbee


Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces


BISBEE’S BUZZ

WIRING THE SKIES

This year, we have seen several cases of U S commercial air fleets being grounded to check on safety issues. Then, we saw a news item on CNN about the wiring dangers that were uncovered by their investigative staff. The fire dangers seem to be wide spread and the fix is elusive.

Who is responsible for this safety breach and how can it be corrected?

You need to start with a Google advanced search for aircraft wiring and follow the results. You will think twice before boarding your next flight.

Fact Sheet on Aircraft Wiring Problems

The Project On Government Oversight follows a rich tradition of assuring that the government continues to work for the people it represents. Our nation was founded on the very principle that representation and accountability are fundamental to maintaining a strong and functioning democracy. Today, these principles espoused by our founding fathers are under attack as our federal government is more vulnerable than ever to the influence of money in politics and powerful special interests.

In the beginning, POGO (which was then known as Project on Military Procurement) worked to expose outrageously overpriced military spending such as the $7,600 coffee maker and the $436 hammer. After many successes reforming the military, POGO expanded its mandate to investigate systemic waste, fraud, and abuse in all federal agencies.

http://www.pogo.org/p/contracts/ca-021102-wiring.html

Cloaking the Arc with a Coat of Many Colors

By Richard Reek Monday July 24, 2006

 Article from Aviation Today Magazine

http://www.aviationtoday.com/asw/categories/commercial/2785.html

Kapton Wiring: The Silent Menace, by Lt. Jim Schmitt

Summer 2002

http://www.safetycenter.navy.mil/media/mech/issues/summer02/kaptonwiring.htm

This is an official U.S. Navy Web Site

A Dangerous Aircraft Wiring Product implicated in AIRCRAFT ELECTRICAL FIRES

http://www.vision.net.au/~apaterson/aviation/kapton_mangold.htm

Completely rewiring old jets is not an economic proposition due to the difficulty of getting at the location of much of the wiring in aircraft once they have been built.

RELATED WEBSITES:

KAPTON: 'Die by Wire' - transcript of Panorama TV documentary exposing the dangers of Kapton.

KAPTON: Why Aircraft Fall out of the Sky - expose of the dangers of Kapton wire insulation.

AIRCRAFT ELECTRICAL WIRE TYPES by Alex Paterson

Fact Sheet on Aircraft Wiring Problems - Project on Government Oversight (POGO)

Aircraft Wire Arc Tracking - by Patrick Price (deceased) - A resource guide to aircraft wiring.

International Aviation Safety Association (IASA) - A resource guide to aircraft safety and aircraft wiring.

RAF report into Kapton Wiring posted online by IASA

An Analysis Of The Conventional Wire Maintenance Methods by Susan Jeruto Kiptinness (PDF file 1mb)

'Aircraft Design Features that Enhance Safety' by Alex Paterson

But the warnings were not just limited to Aircraft Wiring, what about the nuclear reactors?

Information Notice No. 88-89:  DEGRADATION OF KAPTON ELECTRICAL INSULATION

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was created as an independent agency by Congress in 1974 to enable the nation to safely use radioactive materials for beneficial civilian purposes while ensuring that people and the environment are protected. The NRC regulates commercial nuclear power plants and other uses of nuclear materials, such as in nuclear medicine, through licensing, inspection and enforcement of its requirements.

http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/gen-comm/info-notices/1988/in88089.html

Remember: SAFETY IS TOO IMPORTANT TO IGNORE

Hopefully, the drafters of the NEC – National Electrical Code will learn from this safety issues in the airplane wiring and extrapolate the situation for additional testing of the wiring in buildings.  Please note that the communications cable used in the air systems in the workplace has never been officially tested for toxicity and related dangers. 

But that’s just my opinion

Frank Bisbee
"Heard On The Street" Monthly Column
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Industry News

UN Launches Plan for Safe Disposal of Computers

Old computer equipment can now be disposed in a way that is safe to both human health and the environment, thanks to a new initiative launched June 27 at a United Nations meeting on hazardous waste that wrapped up in Bali, Indonesia.

The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) will provide a forum for governments, industry leaders, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and academia to tackle the disposal of old computer equipment, including through global recycling schemes.

Its launch comes at the end of the ninth meeting of parties to the 1989 Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, which met to consider new guidelines for getting rid of old computer equipment, mobile phones, and other "e-waste" in an environmentally sound manner.

Among other things, PACE will develop technical guidelines for proper repair, refurbishing, and recycling of old computer equipment, including criteria for testing, labeling of refurbished equipment, and certification of environmentally sound repair, refurbishment, and recycling facilities.

"All stakeholders, including original equipment manufacturers, consumers, and recyclers, have a role in promoting environmentally sound management of used and end-of-life equipment," according to a news release about the initiative, which said that 100 tons of used computers could generate up to 39 tons of steel and 21 tons of other metals such as copper, aluminum, and gold.

"The technology and skills are available to promote proper repair and refurbishment that can extend use, provide employment, and make valuable equipment available to the poor," it added.

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Corning Cable Systems Introduces OTS-600 Series for Simplified Optical Network Certification in LAN Applications

Corning Cable Systems LLC, part of Corning Incorporated’s (NYSE:GLW) Telecommunications segment, introduces its new OTS-600 Series optical sources, meters, testers and kits with data storage capabilities. Designed with ease of use as a top priority, the series of units maintains all the functionality one expects from an optical tester.

Corning Cable Systems’ OTS-600 Series units have data storage for 10,000 results, USB data transfer interface and a video inspection probe port. Both the OT-600 and OS-400 units come standard with a 650 nm visual fault locator (VFL) for convenient troubleshooting of optical networks. Ease of use has been achieved using a large color LCD screen, soft-key menus and a testing wizard.

The OTS-600 Series features an intuitive certification wizard which takes the user step-by-step through testing. During the testing, the results are shown in tabular format making it easy for the user to view results. The table conveniently shows any saved data for a specified fiber, making reviewing and updating results simple and efficient.

The OTS-600 Series comes with OTS-View reporting software for creating comprehensive certification reports. The software allows the user to save, upload, manage and print reports. The software automatically transfers the unit model, serial number, date tested and other data from user input fields. The output of the report can be printed or stored electronically in HTML format for viewing with any web browser, CSV format for viewing with MS Excel or TXT for viewing with a document editor.

The OTS-600 Series comes ready for connector inspection with a built-in video probe port and software. The video inspection probe (VIP) allows for the inspection of a fiber optic connector’s end-face quality. The resulting images can be used as documentation of end-face quality and cleanliness.

Corning Cable Systems will be featuring the OTS-600 Series at the 2008 ACUTA Conference and Exhibition, July 13-17 in Las Vegas.

About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics.  Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences.  Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

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Corning Cable Systems Introduces Fusion Splicer for the Next Generation of LAN Applications

Corning Cable Systems LLC, part of Corning Incorporated’s (NYSE:GLW) Telecommunications segment, introduces its new OptiSplice® M90e Fusion Splicer, a feature-rich machine for networks where low-loss performance and high-end accuracy are imperative.

The latest addition to the OptiSplice Fusion Splicer product family, the M90e Fusion Splicer offers the active core alignment accuracy of Corning Cable Systems’ LID-SYSTEM Unit, along with the speed and versatility of a passive core-alignment technology known as the core detection system (CDS). The M90e provides an advanced set of features, yielding precise performance, while reducing training and maintenance costs, all in a compact, user-friendly fusion splicer. The splicer offers the industry’s fastest total splice cycle time (splicing and heatshrink) for a core-alignment fusion splicer, and it utilizes automatic fusion time to optimize each splice.

The accuracy of the LID-SYSTEM Unit and its power-through splice loss measurement method eliminates the time-consuming task of evaluating splices with an OTDR. The single-mode LID-SYSTEM Unit first optimizes core alignment in each of the X, Y and Z axes. When the fusion process begins, the OptiSplice M90e Fusion Splicer's unique auto

fusion time control monitors the power level through the splice and completes the fusing process when splice loss is at a minimum – ensuring an optimum splice. Finally, the LID-SYSTEM Unit measures splice loss by comparing power levels before and after the fusion process.

The M90e Fusion Splicer is equipped with a secondary method for core alignment (CDS) based on three-dimensional cameras. This technology allows for fast (13 seconds) single-mode core-alignment  on 250 or 900 micron-coated fibers, bend-insensitive fibers such as ClearCurve or fibers with live traffic. The M90e is also capable of automatically choosing the best alignment method for the application at hand.

The splicer contains precise and durable (P&D) electrodes, which are maintenance-free and can reduce the average splice loss up to 50 percent when compared to standard electrodes.

Corning Cable Systems will be featuring the OptiSplice M90e Fusion Splicer at the 2008 ACUTA Conference and Exhibition, July 13-17 in Las Vegas.

www.corning.com/cablesystems.

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Corning Cable Systems to Highlight Innovation in LAN and Data Center Applications at 2008 ACUTA Conference and Exhibition

Corning Cable Systems LLC, part of Corning Incorporated’s (NYSE:GLW) Telecommunications segment, will feature its innovative local area network (LAN) and data center solutions at the 2008 ACUTA Conference and Exhibition, July 13-17 in Las Vegas.

In its interactive exhibit (booth #900/902), Corning Cable Systems will feature an environmental representation of a LAN and data center network deployed with Corning Cable Systems products. Throughout the exhibit, customers will be able to see exactly where the products fit into their network.

The LAN exhibit will feature Corning Cable Systems’ Plug & Play AnyLAN Systems for both indoor and outdoor applications, which can be installed up to 50 percent faster per splice or termination point than traditional field installations. Plug & Play AnyLAN Systems feature a multimode or single-mode optical cable pre-installed with network access points at customer-specified intervals and a tethered, environmentally hardened MT connector. Once distance measurements for network access point locations are obtained, the preterminated system is manufactured and tested. The entire system is then packed and shipped to the customer on a cable reel for immediate deployment in the desired indoor or outdoor application.

The exhibit’s data center section will showcase Corning Cable Systems’ Plug and Play Universal Systems, a preterminated optical fiber cabling system that dramatically streamlines the process of deploying an optical network infrastructure in the data center environment. It greatly reduces fiber polarity as a factor in system design, redesign or installation through a value-added wiring solution.

Corning Cable Systems’ Plug & Play Universal Systems are 100G Ethernet ready, capable of reliably supporting transmission speeds up to 100G with laser-optimized 50um multimode fiber (OM3 fiber). The requirement for higher data rates is being driven by many factors, including video applications, virtualization and convergence. This increased bandwidth demand will result in the migration from 10G, to 40G and 100G, evidenced by the IEEE’s recent approval of a task force to develop guidance for 40G and 100G Ethernet data rates. Corning Cable Systems has completed testing to provide assurance that the deployment of its Plug & Play Universal Systems can support 100G Ethernet in accordance with the IEEE 802.3ba Standard.

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The interactive exhibit will also contain:

Plug & Play Systems Integrated Trunk Module, a pre-terminated 12-fiber MTP Connector trunk assembly integrated into a Plug and Play Systems module, in which the trunk cable is stored in the module and can be pulled out and deployed to meet exact length requirements, eliminating the need for precise pre-planning of cable length.

Plug & Play Systems Media Converter Module, which enables network cabling managers to use existing copper electronics while taking advantage of the data transport properties of high-density optical systems.

UniCam® PretiumPerformance Connectors, offering exceptional optical performance in a fast, easy field-termination solution.

Zeux Panel pigtail and assembly, factory-terminated patch panels that are compact, durable and secure. Combined with factory-terminated patch cords, the Zeux Panel eliminates the need for on-site terminations, resulting in fast, easy and cost-effective installations.

OptiSplice® M90e Fusion Splicer, offering the active core alignment accuracy of Corning Cable Systems’ LID-SYSTEM Unit, along with the speed and versatility of a passive core-alignment technology known as the core detection system (CDS). The M90e Fusion Splicer provides an advanced set of features, yielding precise performance, while reducing training and maintenance costs, all in a compact, user-friendly fusion splicer.

OTS-600 series tester with data storage capabilities, ideal for optical network certification. The unit has been designed with ease of use as the top priority, while maintaining all the functionality one expects from an optical tester.

For additional information on Corning Cable Systems products and services, contact a

customer service representative at 1-800-743-2675, toll free in the United States, or (+1) 828-901-5000, international, or visit the Web site at www.corning.com/cablesystems.

About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics.  Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences.  Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

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FIBER OPTIC INSTALLER CERTIFICATION

(5 Days) $1,038.00 CAD:

This five day, 60% hands on program takes the person from the point of knowing absoluetly nothing about fiber optics to the point where they can:

Install cable indoors and outdoors

Fusion and mechanically splice fibers

Install connectors of fibers

Troubleshoot, Document and Estimate a fiber optic system and all to the latest industry standards.

NOTE: THERE IS A SERIES DEMAND FOR CERTIFIED PEOPLE:

Students write the Fiber Optic Certification exam on the last day of the course and leave the course with their certificate and FOA registration number.

We have trained and certified more than 2,000 people in the Canadian military, government departments, telephone companies, Cable TV companies and installers from all industrial sectors.  Over 1,000 installers are listed on our website http://www.fiberoptictraining.com/installersx.html as well as about 140 of our customers http://www.fiberoptictraining.com/clients.html. We also have done in-house courses from Northern Scotland to Trinidad. If you have 6 or more people needing training, call us for a price.  http://www.fiberoptictraining.com/courses.html   (35 BICSI  CEC's awarded for completion of this course).

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FIBER TO THE HOME  (FTTX)  (2 Days)  $619.00 CAD:

Oh yes, fiber to the home is here with many of the small Canadian Telcos and cable companies aggressively installing fiber to the home to offer triple play (Phone, Internet & Telephone) at speeds more than 100 times faster than ADSL or other solutions.   One Company said: "WE WILL INSTALL FIBER TO THE HOME AS FAST AS WE CAN HIRE PEOPLE TO DO THE WORK" 

This two day course is an add on to the five day installer certification (CFOT) program.

http://www.fiberoptictraining.com/courses.html  (14 BICSI  CEC's awarded for completion of this course).

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VOICE, DATA, VIDEO  NETWORK CABLING SYSTEM INSPECTION  CERTIFICATION   (3 Days)   $727.00 CAD:

This three day course deals with all the standards and codes required to design, install and inspect a  Voice, Data, Video system to industry standards.

A separate module included in this course deals with writing and responding to an RFQ  (Request For Quote) 

You can only inspect what you specify and understanding how to specify standards and write a specification (RFQ) for your project can save any project thousands of dollars.

http://www.fiberoptictraining.com/courses.html   (21 BICSI  CEC's awarded for completion of this course).

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GROUNDING, BONDING, ELECTRICAL NOISE, HARMONICS   (1 Day)   $351.75 CAD:

This intensive one day course gives the technician a new insight into the necessity for grounding, bonding and lightning protection.  We cover the National and Canadian Electrical codes as well as IEEE and other standards to provide solutions to old problems such as abnormal amounts of failed circuit boards, lost data, system downtime and system destruction by lightning and other faults.

This course is a must for Communications and Electronic System installers.

http://www.fiberoptictraining.com/courses.html   ( 7 BICSI  CEC's awarded for completion of this course).

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We also STOCK  the largest amount of Fiber Optic Tools in the Greater Toronto Area. See our online catalogue at: http://www.fiberoptictraining.com/catalog.html.  Our tool and test kits are priced reasonably and are time tested. http://www.fiberoptictraining.com/kits.html

William Graham, owner and director of  Mississauga Training has conducted these course for more than 12 years. He is a director of the Fiber Optic Association and a CFOI (certified Fiber Optic Instructor). http://www.fiberoptictraining.com/director.html

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Fiber takes the lead for the smart data center design

Data Center Roadmap to 40/100 Gigabit Transmission Speeds
       — The Data Center Journal, June 2008

Read the full article by Doug Coleman:

http://datacenterjournal.com/content/view/1762/40/

10G and Beyond in the Data Center with OM3 Fiber
       — Cabling Business, April 2008

Read the full article by Doug Coleman:

http://www.corningcablesystems.com/web/library/litindex.nsf/$all/LAN-1016-EN/$FILE/LAN-1016-EN.pdf

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Graybar Joins U.S. Green Building Council

Membership Underscores Graybar’s Support of Green Building Industry

Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical and communications products and related supply chain management and logistics services, today advanced its support of sustainable infrastructure by joining the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  

As a member of the USGBC, Graybar will have access to green building resources and training programs. The company will also have opportunities to network with individuals from the more than 15,000 member organizations representing the building and construction industry.  

“Graybar is proud to join the U.S. Green Building Council,” said Dick Offenbacher, Graybar senior vice president – sales and marketing, electrical. “This membership underscores Graybar’s commitment to providing value-added, sustainable products and services to its customers.”  

The USGBC is a nonprofit organization established in 1993 to promote sustainable building and construction through educational resources and committee forums. In 2000, the USGBC developed the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation system as an independent benchmark for rating high-performance green buildings. The organization also offers professional LEED certification to individuals who demonstrate expertise in green building practices and principles.  http://graybar.com/

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Molex launches new and improved website

Molex Premise Networks launches its new website, the main hub of information for end users, specifiers, consultants and channel partners across the globe.  Following extensive research with its customer base, Molex has completely refreshed and enhanced its current web platform to facilitate easy access to corporate, technical and product information, and ensure maximum user-friendliness.   

The new comprehensive product database now features all Molex Premise Networks products and solutions from the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific regions, so that visitors anywhere in the world can view the entire Molex global product set.  Built within the website is an ‘intelligent’ functionality which “discovers” where the visitor is located and will display product relevant to that region.  Product pages will be continuously refreshed and updated with the added benefit of printing specification sheets directly from them or in an email friendly version to help customers respond in a timely fashion to urgent bids or proposals.

New to the site are specific pages for data transport solutions such as 10Gigabit, Category 6, Category 5e, IIM, Optical Fibre, Free Space Optics, Data Centres, Blown Fibre, and Plug and Play solutions, each featuring related products, technical articles and case studies, encompassing all relevant information in one accessible location.  In addition, the website contains a support centre with downloadable marketing literature, as well as all the usual Molex news and events.

The second phase of development, is to transition the existing Polish, Russian and Chinese language sites over to this new website infrastructure. Global Marketing Director, Anne Watmore, commented that: “We are really excited about our new global website and are confident that our customers and channel partners will be able to find the information they need with the minimum of clicks.”

Visit us and see for yourself at www.molexpn.com.

About Molex:

Molex Incorporated is the world’s second largest manufacturer of electronic, electrical and fibre optic interconnection products and systems, switches and application tooling. Based in Lisle, Illinois, USA, the company has over 70 years experience and operates 54 manufacturing facilities in 19 countries.

For over 30 years Molex has manufactured comprehensive UTP, FTP and Optical Fibre cabling products suitable for the transmission of voice, data and video imaging signals. As one of the original pioneers of structured cabling we have provided state-of-the-art communication solutions to some of the biggest organisations in the world.: www.molexpn.co.uk 

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Five Square ® Box Makes Communications and Fire Protection More Reliable and Cost Effective!

Imagine pulling category 6A cable and then realizing it could not be terminated in existing technology boxes. Then imagine having to downgrade to an older cable, only to have to change out both the cable and the boxes within several years to accommodate future high speed transmission rates!

Research indicates that there are multiple bend radius infractions when high speed cables such as Cat 5E and Cat 6 are installed in old technology boxes. Modern data and video technologies, especially the newer 10G Base T cables, require strict adherence to cable manufacturer’s minimum bend radius requirements. Moreover, it is not possible to install the more rigid 10G Base T cables in existing boxes and still maintain minimum bend radii.

RANDL Industries is proud to introduce the World’s First Telecommunications Outlet Box with a self contained cable management system! The RANDL Industries patented 5 Square ® Telecommunications Box with cable management facilitates the minimum bend radius requirements of cable manufacturers assuring that your cable functionality needs of the present and the future are met today. Simply stated, installing the RANDL Industries 5 Square Telecommunications Box with cable management today will save you money and efforts as your need for faster transmission rates are realized.

Improving cable and connecting hardware functionality was our top priority in developing the new 5 Square technology. The 5 Square with a depth of 2 ⅞” and a volume up to 81 cubic inches (double that of most boxes) supports categories 5E, 6, Augmented 6, 7, Augmented 7 and fiber optic cables. The 5 Square has an array of knockout arrangements with sizes from ¾” to 1 ¼” and plaster rings from flat to 1 ¼” deep to fit all your project needs.

The 5 Square for fire signaling appliances virtually eliminates ground faults and short circuits while allowing many additional conductors and cables to pass through; thereby, reducing conduit and associated labor…which equates to further cost savings.

After thirty years experience in the telecommunications and electrical construction industry, we know you take great pride in your projects. At RANDL Industries we realize the importance of using products that are designed specifically to accommodate the new high speed cabling and connecting products. After all, intelligent cabling deserves the intelligent choice…the 5 Square Telecommunications box!  www.randl-inc.com

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Researchers Designing Ventilation System To Protect Buildings From Chemical Warfare, Bioterrorist Attacks

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) in Canada have opened a new engineering lab to design a ventilation system that could protect schools, hospitals, and other public buildings from chemical warfare and bioterrorist attacks.

“Think of it as a complex fire alarm for industrial chemical spills, airborne diseases, and biological warfare strikes on vulnerable public spaces,” said engineering dean and lead researcher Janusz Kozinski.

“Whether an emergency starts with a terrorist’s biowarfare assault or a contagious disease seeping through a hospital’s air ducts, time is of the essence,” Kozinski said. “This system promises to give citizens and emergency workers in these scenarios the extra seconds they need to respond before it’s too late.”

The Early Warning and Response system (eWAR) addresses what Kozinski views as major threats to public safety -- the release of noxious chemicals and bio-agents into public buildings either accidentally through industrial spills or purposely through bioterrorist assaults that target ventilation systems. It could also address the threat of outbreaks by detecting diseases, such as chickenpox and tuberculosis, before they spread through a hospital’s air vents.

The new lab-scale set-up includes a model HVAC system that runs different simulations of potential building contamination scenarios. Using the model HVAC system, Kozinski and his colleagues will further investigate how humidity, air pressure, wind, and temperature influence the spread of noxious fumes and biochemical agents.

The lab’s research will help determine how eWAR can both filter harmful agents out of the air and activate warnings when airborne contaminants reach a critical density. In its current design, eWAR quickly notifies building residents about potential threats and conserves energy by only activating in times of potential crisis.

“We are expanding the scope of eWAR applications to cover a wider base of situations that may affect civilian populations, such as the spread of influenza, anthrax, or nerve agent sarin,” said Andre Dascal, a McGill University associate professor of medicine, microbiology, and immunology collaborating on the project.

Once fully developed, eWAR is expected to fill a gap in the bio-defence marketplace, where maintaining bio-security in public buildings is not economically feasible using current technologies. An integrated eWAR system could make detecting the myriad chemicals and bio-agents part of normal security procedures, essentially creating “immune buildings.”

“Shopping malls, government facilities, and commercial buildings are all waiting for a system like eWAR to give first responders enough time to evacuate people from public places before they are exposed to dangerous chemicals and biohazards,” said Suzanne L. Lebel, Chairman of Alert B & C. “As partners in the eWAR project, we will use our TRAKERTM instruments to rapidly detect and identify harmful agents.”

The eWAR project is a research consortium formed by the U of S, McGill University, Concordia University, the Biotechnology Research Institute, the Directorate of Public Health of Montreal, UV-Sterisource, and ALERT B & C.

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Siemens cuts 16,750 jobs as it looks to save $1.9 billion

Mega conglomerate Siemens AG will cut nearly 17,000 employees as it looks to save $1.9 billion (1.2 billion Euros) by 2010.

The layoffs will include 12,600 administrative jobs, as well as another 4,150 positions involving restructuring projects at its various units, for a total of 16,750 position cuts, equal to about 4% of the Munich, Germany-based company’s current 400,000 global employee base.

Further, Siemens said by 2010 it will consolidate its 1,800 separate businesses to fewer than 1,000 and take its 70 regional companies and transform them into 20 regional “clusters” as part of its restructuring.

“The speed at which business is changing worldwide has increased considerably, and we’re orienting Siemens accordingly. Against the backdrop of a slowing economy, we have to become more efficient,” Siemens President and CEO Peter Löscher (pictured) said in a statement this morning.

The only engineering-specific positions Siemens noted in its statement as impacted are in its mobility division, from which it plans to cut a total of 2,500 jobs worldwide. Some 700 of these jobs are in sales and administrative functions, while about 1,800 are in engineering and production, primarily in Europe, Siemens said.

About 5,250 of the worldwide jobs cuts will be at Siemens’ Germany locations, including its locations in Erlangen, Munich, Nuremberg, and Berlin.

The fact that most of the job cuts will take place in Germany, a country with very strong employment unions, presents its own set of obstacles for Siemens. When Nokia in January announced a 2,300-employee layoff on the planned closure of a Germany plant, it faced protests and disapproval from local politicians. And when Ulrich Schumacher resigned his position as CEO of Munich-based Infineon Technologies in 2004, reports pointed to local worker unions as driving the executive’s exit based on Schumacher's management style, views on outsourcing, and comments about possibly moving the company out of Germany.

Siemens will also contend with its already tarnished reputation in Germany, where authorities in October 2007 ordered the company to pay fines and taxes of about $538 million after a months-long federal probe into its "black money" scandal.

“We want to begin negotiations with the employee representatives quickly in order to make the cuts in a way that will be as socially responsible as possible,” Siemens’ Chief Personnel Officer Siegfried Russwurm said in the statement. “In this connection, we intend to consider the full range of instruments at our disposal – for example, transfer companies and part-time preretirement schemes. Only as a last resort will we terminate employment contracts for operational reasons.”

Siemens, which makes a range of products, from light bulbs and medical equipment to high-speed trains and power turbines, is no stranger to business restructuring and layoffs. The company in February foreshadowed today’s move when it announced the harsh telecommunications market had caused 3,800 job cuts at its wholly owned subsidiary Siemens Enterprise Communications GmbH & Co KG (SEN) and a restructuring plan that called for SEN to move from being a hardware supplier to a software and solutions provider. At that time, Siemens also announced SEN would give up its own manufacturing operations, selling its plant in Leipzig, Germany, and selling or funneling its telecommunications cable business into solutions involving a third party.

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Telcos go to court over municipal fiber

By Jim O’Neil

http://www.fiercetelecom.com/

Telecom service providers have gone on the offensive in a broad effort to stop--or at least delay--municipalities planning to build public fiber optic networks to compete for Internet, telephone and cable dollars.

"It's a national playbook," says Patrick Ottinger, general counsel for Lafayette, La., where the city has had to buck two lawsuit filed by BellSouth and Cox Communications in its effort to build a $125 million broadband system. "The longer they delay things, the better for them."

Telecoms, meanwhile, say municipalities have an unfair advantage with access to public monies and no need to return a profit.

"You can't use your powers as a city to create an uneven playing field," said David Goodnight, who's represented Qwest in fights with numerous cities.

The fight will go the full distance with so much at stake.

For more:
- See the National Law Journal story at Law.com

Related articles:
Judge won't block Chattanooga's muni-fiber network Chattanooga network report
One case for municipal telecoms Municipal telecoms report
Provo's disasterous iProve experience iProvo report

Read more about: Qwest, Internet Telephone, Fiber Optic Networks, Cox Communications

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Commentary - A new breed of information age media experts are out there

Using traditional methods is not over but it is very expensive on an individual contact cost basis.  Multimedia, web design, video, CD and DVD packages and duplication are just the beginning. There are a new class of market gurus developing tools that use technology to lower the cost per contact.

The Internet is bigger & better than anyone ever imagined.

In 1969, four research computers were connected to create the genesis of the Internet at the blazing server speed of 56 Kb. By 1990, there were 313,000 servers on the Internet. Today, Google.com by itself has more than 458,000 servers on line and some servers can operate at speeds of 92 terabits/second (two (2) billion times faster than the 1969 speeds).

Some experts estimate that 17% of the world population has used the Internet and the hypertext World Wide Web (August 6,1991). We may see that user group swell to 50% in the next few years. Internet growth has not slowed. In 1994, the Internet usage growing 2300% per year and Internet growth has not slowed.

Shocking statistics show the USA is third in usage behind China & Europe. However, the USA e-mail traffic has surpassed telecommunications and printed mail. Last year, there were about 170 billion e-mails per day (2 million each second). The introduction of cell phones/portable devices like the Blackberry and other smart phones is increasing the volume significantly. Estimates indicate that by 2010, the information flowing over the Internet will double every eleven hours. www.wireville.com

“The “information age” is bombarding us with messages across many medias. Now more than ever, it’s important to capture attention through creative, effective content delivery. They can develop custom content or take existing video, images and text creating new and effective presentations. No matter which service route you take, their talent and expertise can help you find the best possible results.”

According to Ed Vaks, Market Development Manager of Advantage Design Group (Jacksonville, FL) www.advantagedesigngroup.com

Association News

ACUTA

ACUTA Recognizes Innovative Technology Projects at Four Schools with Institutional Excellence Awards

Wayne State University in Detroit, Lee College in Baytown, Texas, and Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, have each been recognized for their information communications technology projects with an Institutional Excellence award from ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education.

ACUTA announced the awards during the organization’s 37th Annual Conference here. As the only international association dedicated to serving the needs of higher education information communications technology professionals, ACUTA represents nearly 2,000 individuals at some 780 institutions. Its award for Institutional Excellence in Communications Technology is ACUTA’s premier recognition of the work being done on college and university campuses.

Wayne State University, the award winner for schools with more than 15,000 students, was recognized for its WSU Broadcast Messaging Service. The service is used for emergency alerts, messages targeted to specific student groups, class cancellations, and other notices that can be sent from administration and faculty to students.

The service was developed internally by the university’s Computing and Information Technology staff, and is carrier-neutral, advertising free, and tightly integrated with Wayne State’s enterprise information, networking, and learning management systems.

Lee College, the award winner among schools with 5,000 to 15,000 students, was recognized for its Chambers County Community Network, or CCCnet. The network addresses the lifelong learning needs of local citizens, and the project included the installation of 10 minicomputer labs in underserved areas, connected by broadband wireless technology for high-speed Internet service.

The CCCnet project involved extensive construction to create the wireless network and computer lab facilities, as well as complex coordination efforts with local public agencies. An innovative public-private partnership is responsible for ongoing maintenance of the network.

Bryant University, the award winner for schools with fewer than 5,000 students, was recognized for its Collaborative Public Safety Network, the result of a unique partnership between the campus and first-responder agencies in three states. The project began with a network upgrade three years ago at Bryant, which was enhanced in 2006 with an IP Interoperability and Collaboration System, to improve campus operations and security by enabling direct radio communications between departments using various types of devices.

In 2007, the interoperable network was extended to public safety agencies, and the result is a virtual public safety network connecting dispatch centers and enabling shorter response times to the Bryant campus and to the community at large.

This is the second time Bryant University has won an ACUTA Institutional Excellence Award. It also won an award in 2005 for the initial network upgrade that has since led to the Collaborative Public Safety Network.

ACUTA gave an honorable mention to the University of Utah, for its wireless network providing connectivity and support applications to 45,000 users across 1,400 acres, more than 200 buildings, and some 2,200 access points. The centrally managed network includes innovative applications such as tagging and tracking an extensive inventory of art objects, for campus police mobile applications, and for paperless tracking of plant operations processes.

“This year’s Institutional Excellence award winners have an important common element, and that is the way that information communications technology is being used to great benefit for both the institutions themselves and their communities,” said Jeri Semer, Executive Director of ACUTA. “All of the winning applications reflect the inclusiveness that advanced technologies are making possible.”

The Institutional Excellence in Communications Technology Awards, sponsored by PAETEC, are part of each ACUTA Annual Conference. The conference is an opportunity for hundreds of representatives of higher education institutions to explore and discuss information communications strategies that support their organizations’ missions.

About ACUTA
ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, is an international non-profit educational association serving colleges and universities. Its core purpose is to support higher education information communications technology professionals in contributing to the achievement of the strategic mission of their institutions. ACUTA represents nearly 2000 individuals at some 780 institutions of higher education, with members ranging from small schools and community colleges to the 50 largest U.S. institutions. ACUTA’s Corporate Affiliate members represent all categories of communications technology vendors serving the college/university market. For more information, visit www.acuta.org 

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Corinne Hoch of Columbia University Moves into Presidency of ACUTA for 2008-2009

Corinne Hoch of Columbia University is the new president of ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education.

She officially takes office later this week at the end of the 37th annual ACUTA Conference here. At the conference, hundreds of representatives of higher education institutions are exploring and discussing information communications strategies that can best fulfill their organizations’ missions. ACUTA is the only international association dedicated to serving the needs of higher education information communications technology professionals, representing nearly 2,000 individuals at some 780 institutions.

Hoch, who has worked in communications technology for 31 years, has been with Columbia University for 20 years. At Columbia, she serves as Director of Client Relationship Management, responsible for public relations, communications, and training.

Harvey “Buck” Buchanan of Florida State University is another new officer, taking the position of president-elect for 2008-2009. At Florida State, Buchanan is Director of the Office of Telecommunications and Networking Services. Also newly elected are Board of Directors members Matt Fuoco of the University of Kansas Medical Center and Joseph Harrington of Boston College. Fuoco is Director of Telecommunications and Networking at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Harrington is Director of Network Services at Boston College.

They join these ACUTA officers: Riny Ledgerwood of San Diego State University, secretary-treasurer; Dr. Walt Magnussen of Texas A&M, immediate past president; Matt Arthur of Washington University in St. Louis, newly appointed director; and directors Randal Hayes of the University of Northern Iowa and Sandy Roberts of Wellesley College. Jeri Semer, ACUTA Executive Director, continues to serve as an ex officio member of the Board.

Hoch said she wants ACUTA to continue to emphasize cooperation among members in helping each other cope with the evolution of converged networks on their campuses.

“Changing technology has been an opportunity and a challenge for ACUTA members, and their evolving roles are signified in our recent organizational name change, reflecting an emphasis on information communications technologies,” Hoch said. “To help them, ACUTA will do what it does best – educate, inform, and provide as many opportunities as possible to network with their peers.”

About ACUTA
ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, is an international non-profit educational association serving colleges and universities. Its core purpose is to support higher education information communications technology professionals in contributing to the achievement of the strategic mission of their institutions. ACUTA represents nearly 2000 individuals at some 780 institutions of higher education, with members ranging from small schools and community colleges to the 50 largest U.S. institutions. ACUTA’s Corporate Affiliate members represent all categories of communications technology vendors serving the college/university market. visit www.acuta.

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AFCOM

AFCOM Predicts Increase in Data Center Greening, Cooling Initiatives Despite Down Economy

Data Center Institute to Disclose Member Survey Results in Keynote at Data Center World®

WHAT:  AFCOM, the leading association for data center professionals, will host its upcoming Data Center World in Orlando, Florida.  Data Center World is recognized as the industry’s foremost conference for continuing education, professional development and networking.

WHY:   Special Keynote:  Members of the Data Center Institute will present a special keynote “The Current Economic Downturn and its Impact on Your Data Center.” The presentation, based on a recent AFCOM member survey, will addresses the most pressing economic issues and trends impacting the data center, and will provide practical solutions to help companies survive, remain competitive and even thrive.

Real-time Intelligence: The educational agenda (50+ sessions) and high concentration of data center professionals and industry leaders presents an unparalleled opportunity to gather real-time intelligence. Conference tracks include: Greening/Facilities, Disaster Recovery, Data Center Management and Automation.

NASA Data Center Tour: Registration deadline: August 11, 2008. AFCOM has arranged a rare opportunity to tour NASA’s data center at the Kennedy Space Center and to see two space shuttles being primed for launch. The tour will be held on Saturday, October 4, and is open only to US citizens who are end users and conference registrants. Additional fees required; space is limited. AFCOM is not responsible for costs associated with hotel or travel made to attend this tour.

WHEN:             October 5-7, 2008

WHERE:           Orlando World Center Marriott – Orlando, Florida.   To register at the Marriott with the Data Center World discount, you must be a confirmed conference attendee.

HOW:   Registration is free for media and analysts. To register and/or secure more detailed agenda information, please visit www.datacenterworld.com or contact Layne Maly at lmaly@afcom.com.

About AFCOM:

AFCOM (www.afcom.com) is a leading association for data center professionals, offering services to help support the management of data centers around the world.  Established in 1980, AFCOM currently boasts more than 4,000 members and 32 chapters worldwide, and provides data center professionals with unique networking opportunities and educational forums and resources through its annual Data Center World® conferences, published magazines, regional chapters, research and hotline services, and industry alliances.

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AFCOM® Expands Chapter Program in U.S. and Abroad

AFCOM, the leading association supporting the data center industry, continues to expand its presence as a local resource for data center professionals with the addition of nine new chapters to its global chapter program.  

The new U.S.-based chapters include Greater Houston, Wisconsin, Western Pennsylvania, Omaha, Greater Minnesota and Northern California. New international chapters have been formed in the United Kingdom, Mexico City, and Melbourne, Australia.  Northern California, Mexico City and Melbourne will be officially chartered at the Data Center World® conference next spring.  

“The chapter program helps our members to interact with and learn from other data center professionals at the local level” said Michelle Morrissey, AFCOM’s member services manager.  “The program is considered by many to be our most valued platform for continuing education, networking and sharing solutions to challenges in the workplace.”

The total number of AFCOM chapters is now 32, up from six in 2003, representing a 500-plus percent increase.  Five more new chapters are expected to be formed in the coming months.   

For the full list of chapter locations, with contact information and meeting schedules, visit www.afcom.com.

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About AFCOM:
AFCOM (www.afcom.com) is a leading association for data center professionals, offering services to help support the management of data centers around the world.  Established in 1980, AFCOM currently boasts more than 4,000 members and 32 chapters worldwide, and provides data center professionals with unique networking opportunities and educational forums and resources through its annual Data Center World conferences, publications, regional chapters, research and hotline services, and industry alliances.

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CABA

FUNDING PARTNERS SECURED FOR CONVERGENCE OF GREEN AND INTELLIGENT BUILDINGS PROJECT

The Continental Automated Buildings Association has secured funding partners for a research study that addresses the operation, energy savings and long term benefits associated with commercial, institutional and multi-residential facilities that implement both intelligent and green building technologies.

The research project entitled "Convergence of Green and Intelligent Buildings" is a market positioning research study designed to demonstrate to building owners and end-users that a "greener building" can be achieved using intelligent building technology.

Organizations pledged to financing the study include BAE Systems, Cisco Systems, Inc., CommScope, Inc., Delta Controls Inc., Encelium Technologies Inc., the Global Environment Fund, Herman Miller Inc., InfoComm International, Johnson Controls Ltd., Legrand (Ortronics/The Wattstopper), Natural Resources Canada, Robinson Solutions Inc., Sloan Monitored Systems, Trane, Tridel Corporation, and Panduit Corp.

The research project will build a business case detailing return on investment and other tangible and intangible justifications supporting investment in both intelligent, and green technologies. The project will look at the influence of intelligent technologies on making a building greener through a compilation of case studies and other research material that best demonstrate key technologies, capabilities and benefits. The case studies will focus on technologies such as building and network management systems, building automation systems, lighting solutions, HVAC and sustainable energy technologies such as solar energy, wind power, rain water collection and recycled wastewater.

The final report will provide the funding partners with a means to showcase their technologies and their contributions towards both intelligent and green buildings through CABA's unique collaborative research model.

"CABA is undertaking this initiative because our organization is committed to increasing energy efficiency in the entire built environment by promoting green building practices," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "By definition, 'green building' means building structures that promote energy conservation using environmental friendly products and creating healthy living and working environments."

In the United States, buildings account for 45 per cent of total energy use, 25 per cent of water consumption, 70 per of electricity consumption and 38 per cent of total carbon dioxide emissions. CABA's objective through this study is to provide strategic recommendations that will demonstrate the positive environmental impact of today's intelligent, integrated building systems and building technology solutions. In other words, this research will determine specific methods in which property owners and building designers can reduce energy consumption and costs, increase the profitability of their building stock through investments in intelligent building technologies, while at the same time reducing the deleterious effects of energy consumption such as pollution and emissions.

Frost & Sullivan will conduct the research. The firm, which specializes in growth consulting, market research and financial and comparative analysis, also leads the industry in its analysis of green energy opportunities. CABA expects the report to be complete by August 2008. The report will freely distributed to end-user stakeholders, architects and builders after completion.

For more information about this research project, please contact Alex Detre, CABA's Research Director, at 613.686.1814 x228 or detre@caba.org.

About CABA
CABA is the only industry association to offer industry intelligence to stakeholders in all areas of home & building automation. CABA's resources cover areas such as HVAC, lighting, security, A/V, communications technologies, energy management and controls. A number of resources are available through the association including iHomes & Buildings magazine, research, CABA's forums, CABA's monthly eBulletin, Information Series reports, Event Reports and the CABA web site. Please visit www.caba.org for further information.

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FOA

New “Virtual Hands-On” Tutorial For OTDRs Includes Free Download Of OTDR Simulator

Lennie Lightwave’s Guide To Fiber Optics, the place many users and installers get started learning about fiber optics, has added a new “Virtual Hands-On” Tutorial For OTDRs (optical time domain reflectometers) which will allow readers to see how to use an OTDR properly. In addition, the site offers a free download of an OTDR Simulator.

OTDRs have traditionally been used in outside plant fiber optic installations to verify splices or for troubleshooting in long concatenated cable runs. Recently, OTDRs have been developed with better resolution which are being promoted for premises applications. In addition, manufacturers have developed autotesting software that promises to do all the hard work of OTDR test analysis. These two developments have led to more widespread use of OTDRs by techs who are not well versed on OTDRs and are causing problems in installations that could be avoided by user education.

To educate users – and potential users – of OTDRs, Lennie’s Guide has developed a step-by-step guide to OTDRs, showing how to set up the instrument, take data (which are called traces) and analyze them properly. In addition, readers may download a free OTDR Simulator to their PC which allows them to see on their PC how the OTDR is used for analyzing fiber.

Reading this “Virtual Hands-On” Guide For OTDRs and following the virtual guide with the OTDR simulator will allow users to better understand OTDRs, their proper application and their limitations.

The “Virtual Hands-On” Guide For OTDRs and OTDR  simulator can be found at http://www.vdvworks.com/LennieLw/.

 Since 1994, “Lennie Lightwave’s Guide To Fiber Optics” has been the most popular fiber optic website for those getting started in fiber optics, at http://www.vdvworks.com/LennieLw/.  Lennie’s Guide” and “Uncle Ted’s Guide To Communications Cabling” at http://www.vdvworks.com/UncleTed/ are provided by VDV Academy as a service to the communications industry.

VDV Academy offers complete instructional curriculum packages for teaching fiber optics and communications cabling. For more information on the VDV Academy curriculum, contact VDV Works at 760-451-3655, info@vdvworks.com or http://www.vdvworks.com

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FOA Offers New Guide to Fiber Optic Installation On The FOA “Tech Topics” Website

The FOA has added a new technical bulletin to its website that offers guidance for those installing fiber optic networks. The document was written for all contractors, installers, architects and engineers, project managers, network users, or others who are involved with projects that include fiber optics.

This 20 page PDF document covers the fiber optic cable plant process in 7 separate topics from planning the fiber optic cable plant installation process  through how to install, terminate and test the cable plant and, after installation, manage the fiber optic network. The material covers both premises and outside plant networks for almost any application.

“Installing Fiber Optic Cable Plants” is one of a series of Technical Bulletins that includes guides for designing fiber optic cable plants, installing, testing and troubleshooting and restoration.  All can be downloaded from the FOA Tech Topics website at http://www.thefoa.org/tech.

The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. is an nonprofit educational organization chartered to promote fiber optics through education, certification and standards. Over 200 FOA-Approved schools around the world have certified over 24,000 fiber optic technicians since 1995. The FOA offers free online introductory fiber optic tutorials for everyone and training for instructors at FOA-Approved schools.

For more information on the FOA, see the organization's website http://www.thefoa.org/, email info@thefoa.org  or call 760-451-3655.

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NAED

NAED Releases White Paper on Streamlining Distributor-Into-Stock Cost Communications

The Distributor-Into-Stock Cost Communications Process Efficiencies Task Force of the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) recently made available the white paper, “Recommended Best Practices in Distributor-Into-Stock Cost Information Communication,” which outlines ways to improve the communication of product and pricing information. The recommendations allow members of the electrical distribution channel to avoid miscommunications and errors, increase efficiencies, and enhance customer satisfaction.

When distributor-into-stock cost information is not 100% accurate, it impacts almost every department in a distributor’s and manufacturer’s organization including information technology (IT), customer service, marketing, accounts receivable, sales, and more. Errors add costs to the channel because purchase orders must be corrected, invoices must be adjusted, and deductions must be reconciled manually. Further, multiple shipments and invoices may occur for the same order, deliveries may be delayed, and out-of-stock situations may surge.

The task force identified three basic strategies for streamlining distributor-into-stock cost communications: standardize the information provided, standardize the format of the information, and automate the transmission and processing of the information.

In May 2007, the NAED Board of Directors passed a resolution stating their support of the task force’s efforts. The target date for manufacturers and distributors to implement the task force’s recommendations industry-wide is October 1.

Bernard T. Westapher, senior vice president of Panduit Corp. served on the task force and feels industry-wide standards for automating this process are paramount to the success of the industry. “Processing of shipment debits and credits is a huge cost for both the manufacturer and the distributor, and it’s absolutely essential to automate this process,” shared Westapher.

“The process will never be automated without specific standards and guidelines for the industry to follow. These costs cannot be taken out of the supply chain with proprietary systems. It has to be an industry-wide standard.” added Westapher.

OSRAM SYLVANIA Senior Sales Operations Manager Jerry Hagerman feels the greatest benefit of streamlining distributor-into-stock cost communication processes is that it frees up distributors’ and manufacturers’ time and resources to focus on what’s important. “Accuracy and speed is money – and money is resources and time. Neither the distributor nor the manufacturer has the excess resources to devote to making sure that we’re accurate. The old process of making sure we were accurate was deductions, and that’s all rework. We don’t have time for that anymore. We’ve got to let the systems manage the accuracy.”

Added Hagerman, “Of course, we need to manage the systems, but the systems need to communicate about the day-to day-stuff. Then distributors and manufacturers can take their resources that they used to devote to rework and put them into a much more profitable part of their businesses. That is to sell product. That's what the supply chain is all about - to sell current product offerings, add value to the supply chain, and bring value-added upsell products to the ultimate customer, thereby giving the customer the opportunity to improve their business."

To download the paper, visit NAED’s website, www.naed.org. The white paper is listed on the home page under “Defined Standards.”

ABOUT THE TASK FORCE

In fall 2006, NAED formed the Distributor-Into-Stock Cost Communications Process Efficiencies Task Force to meet the industry’s demand for improved communication of product pricing information. Led by Dakota Supply Group, CEO Todd Kumm and Square D/Schneider Electric, Channel Management/Operations Manager Ann Adams, more than 20 volunteers traveled to Chicago at their own expense for a two-day, face-to-face meeting hosted by Schneider Electric/Square D in January 2007. The task force members’ remaining interactions took place via conference calls.

“One of the beautiful things about serving on this task force was seeing both manufacturers and distributors working together toward a common goal. Of course, it happens all the time but this was a much more public example. The cooperation was very good and everyone on the task force helped out. It was refreshing because we accomplished a lot. It just shows what the power of a committed group can do,” shared Task Force Leader Todd Kumm.

For more information about the NAED Distributor-Into-Stock Cost Communications Process Efficiencies Task Force, visit the NAED website at www.naed.org or contact NAED’s Customer Service at 1.888.791.2512 or customerservice@naed.org.

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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2008 NAED HR & Training Conference September 15-17 in St. Louis

Conference Focuses On Mixing Generations, Managing Priorities, Mobilizing Technology

ST. LOUIS... The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) invites industry professionals in human resources and training roles to the second annual HR & Training Conference. This year's theme is "Mixing Generations, Managing Priorities, Mobilizing Technology." Attendees will hear speakers tackle critical issues facing organizations; learn valuable new skills; share and learn what works in best-practices panel sessions; and make and strengthen key industry connections in planned networking sessions. The conference takes place at the Sheraton at Westport Plaza in St. Louis, Mo., September 15-17.

Keynote sessions for this year include:

"Zap the Gap! How to Solve the Multi-Generational Puzzle" – Meagan Johnson, generational humorist, puts a hilarious spin on how to attract, train, market, manage, and retain people from every generation and not strangle someone in the process. Johnson will share tools to improve multi-generational relationships with clients, customers and co-workers.

"Time Management & Personal Leadership" – Steve McClatchy, founder, Alleer Training & Consulting, leads an interactive and entertaining session, examining the difference between personal management and personal leadership, showing how to effectively manage, plan and prioritize time.

"Tech Tools to Revolutionize Your Efficiencies" – Jeff Greene, executive director of client services for Gold Group, delves into the new technology tools that are currently on the market. This session will cover the most productive tools to help HR and training professionals get more done. Participants will learn how to connect with new employees and the mobile systems they use to navigate their world.

Other education sessions will focus on emerging trends in HR law, succession planning for smooth transitions and continued productivity, successful sales and management trainee programs, safety programs, incentives, and more. Certain sessions may qualify for HRCI Credits Education.

Registration for the HR & Training Conference is currently underway. The early bird registration deadline is August 4. For more information, contact John Kiso, NAED educational program manager at (888) 791-2512 or jkiso@naed.org. To register, visit www.naed.org.

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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Celebrate NAED’s Centennial Year at www.naed100.org

The NAED Centennial culminated in grand style at the 2008 National Electrical Leadership Summit held in May in San Francisco. From a keynote on electrical icons Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse, to a closing party with legendary band Foreigner, the 2008 National Electrical Leadership Summit provided attendees with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate a century of association success.

Whether you attended or not, you can now recapture some of the centennial magic through event videos and a photo gallery at www.naed100.org.

While you’re at the centennial site, see a list of more than 35 new distributors who have joined NAED through a special centennial membership drive, and be sure and check out the association’s first ever e-book “Lessons in Leadership, A Legacy for 100 Years and Beyond” as well as the commemorative issue of TED Magazine.

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NAED’s AdVenture 2008 Offers the “Inner Secrets of Success” to Industry Sales and Marketing Professionals, August 10-13 2008

 “Do you know the inner secrets of sales and marketing success?” That’s the focus of AdVentureTM 2008, the National Association of Electrical Distributors’ (NAED) annual electrical sales and marketing conference, August 10-13 at the Wyndham Chicago Hotel.

AdVentureTM features high-impact sessions facilitated by a series of presenters who are experts in industry consultation, sales, media, marketing, or other related fields. Ron Rosenberg, nationally recognized, award-winning expert on marketing and customer service, will deliver the keynote address, “The Inner Secrets of Outrageous Sales & Marketing: How to Dominate Your Market Niche”, on Monday, August 11. Rosenberg has authored several books and learning systems, and his expert commentary has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Smart Money, and Real Simple magazines.

The AdVentureTM line-up includes a number of powerful education sessions and panel discussions such as:

Questions That Sell: The Powerful Process to Motivate Customers to Buy From You” – Paul Cherry, President of Performance Based Results, Author

“Meeting the Sales Manager’s Challenge: A New Approach to an Old Problem” – Robert Nadeau, Managing Principal of Industrial Performance Group, Inc.

“The 4Cs of Truth in Communications™” – Isabelle Albanese, Author, principal of Consumer Truth® Ltd.

“Selling to Generation NeXt” – Mike Dandridge, Author, Principal of High Voltage Performance, Columnist for TED Magazine

“Create Demand Selling™ for Sustainable Technologies” – Bill Attardi, Principal of Attardi Marketing and Adjunct Professor at Monmouth University

“How to Market Your Value-Added” – Tom Reilly, Author, President of Tom Reilly Training

“The NEW Marketing Segmentation: How to Sell to People Not Like You” – Kelly McDonald, Principal of McDonald Marketing, named one of 2007’s Top 50 Hispanic Ad Agencies by Advertising Age

“Improving Margins and Customer Relationships with NAED Tools” – Ed Orlet, NAED Director of Development, CAP Council and Jim Lowe, Manufacturers’ Membership Manager, NAED

“The Nine Least-Expensive Marketing & Sales Techniques You’re Not Doing” – Jeff Greene, Marketing Futurist, Executive Director Client Services, Gold Group

TED Magazine’s famed Best of the Best Awards return to AdVentureTM with a special banquet presentation, held Tuesday evening, August 12, featuring entertainment by comedian David Naster.

The conference also offers networking opportunities, including Bobby’s Bike Hike “Lakefront Neighborhoods” Bicycle Tour, the TED Magazine hospitality suite, and Dine-Around Chicago.

AdVentureTM 2008 was made possible through the efforts of a nine-member industry committee consisting of electrical distributors and manufacturers. This conference is co-sponsored by TED Magazine, Electro-Federation Canada, IDEA, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), and National Electrical Manufacturer Representatives Association (NEMRA). The following manufacturers are also supporting the event by inviting distributors to use their co-op/market development funds to attend: Advance, Hubbell Wiring Systems, IDEAL Industries, Panduit, Philips Lighting, Sea Gull Lighting, and Siemens Energy & Automation.

Registration for AdVentureTM is currently underway. For more information, contact the NAED Conference Department at (888) 791-2512 or AdVenture@naed.org.

To register online, visit http://www.naed.org/meetings/AdVenture/main.asp.

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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NAED Receives ANSI/IACET Accreditation

The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announces it is an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units (CEUs), accredited through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). NAED members who successfully complete certain courses offered by NAED will have the opportunity to convert continuing education and training into credits they can apply toward professional certifications, including NAED’s new Certified Electrical Professional (CEP) program.

Students who successfully complete NAED’s Electrical Products Education Course (EPEC), Electrical Distributor Guided Education (EDGE), Warehouse Pro, Counter Pro, Advanced Inside Sales, Maximize Your Profit Power, and Voice-Data-Video (VDV) will receive one CEU for every 10 hours of instruction. ANSI and IACET officials reviewed NAED’s course materials, facilities and procedures, and certified they comply with the standards for quality continuing education and training established by these organizations.

“We are very pleased our education programs fall in line with the high standards and educational best practices set forth by ANSI and IACET,” said Michelle McNamara, NAED vice president and executive director of the NAED Education & Research Foundation. “Not only are we committed to making sure that NAED members have the best materials available to them for learning about the different aspects of electrical distribution, now their course hours can be applied to professional certification programs to ensure their career growth.”

NAED’s ability to offer CEUs greatly benefits those seeking the Certified Electrical Professional (CEP) certification. All those who receive inside or outside sales certification must be recertified after three years, which requires 30 credit hours of coursework that has been verified, transcripted or otherwise “officially” recorded.

For more information on the NAED Learning Center, courses offered or CEUs, contact NAED Customer Service at 888-791-2512, customerservice@naed.org or go to www.naedlearningcenter.org. Current NLC users may access the training using their regular NLC login and password. For more information on the Certified Electrical Professional program visit www.naed-cep.org or contact John Kiso at jkiso@naed.org.

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

NEMA Business Confidence Indexes Weaken in July

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions fell for a second straight month in July, declining by more than 4 points to 33.3. The index has spent 13 of the last 15 months at or below 50 points, signaling an extended period of weak business conditions. The survey’s measure of the mean intensity of change in current conditions also declined in July, falling to -0.7 from -0.3 in June (on a scale ranging from –5 [deteriorated significantly] through 0 to +5 [improved significantly]).

The EBCI for future North American conditions reversed a short string of gains in July, dropping more than six points to 31.25. Though still in excess of April’s 19-month low of 29.5, the index continues to anticipate contraction in the sector over the next half year.

Business confidence indexes for the other three world regions included in the survey all dropped in July relative to June.

Click here for the complete July 2008 report.

The Electroindustry Business Confidence Index gauges the business confidence of the electroindustry in Asia, Europe, North America, and Latin America, and is based on the results of a monthly survey of senior managers at NEMA member companies. Those companies represent more than 80 percent of the electroindustry.

NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its 430 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. These products are used in utility, medical imaging, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. Domestic production of electrical products sold worldwide exceeds $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing, Sao Paulo, and Mexico City.

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Register now for Illuminations Weekend, NEMA's 82nd annual meeting at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC on October 31 to November 1, 2008. www.nema.org/illuminations

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SCTE

SCTE BOARD’S STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS NAMED

The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) proudly announces today the names of the dedicated individuals who will serve as the chairs of the standing committees of the SCTE Board of Directors during the 2008–’09 term.

SCTE Board of Directors Chair Tom Gorman, vice president, field operations with Charter Communications, has appointed the six chairs. The standing committees and their newly named chairs are:

Engineering Committee—Charlie Kennamer, Comcast Cable Communications

Finance Committee—Greg Allshouse, Comcast Cable Communications

Membership Committee—Frank Eichenlaub, Cisco Systems

Operations Committee—Bob Legg, Suddenlink Communications

Planning Committee—Dermot O’Carroll, Rogers Cable Communications

Professional Development Committee—Rick Sullivan, Times Fiber Amphenol

The charters of the board’s standing committees are listed in the About Us section of www.scte.org.

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USBGC

Certification Bodies Announced for LEED Green Building Rating System Move will expand service, eliminate backlogs and comply with ISO standards

(Washington, DC) July 29, 2008 – As a part of the broader vision for LEED V3, the certification bodies for the LEED Green Building Rating System were announced today. Well-known and respected for their role in certifying organizations, processes and products to ISO and other standards, they are:

•    ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. (http://www.abs-qe.com)
•    BSI Management Systems America, Inc. (http://www.bsi-global.com)
•    Bureau Veritas North America, Inc. (http://www.us.bureauveritas.com)           
•    DNV Certification (http://www.dnvcert.com)
•    Intertek (http://www.intertek.com)
•    KEMA-Registered Quality, Inc. (http://www.kema.com)
•    Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Inc. (http://www.lrqa.co.uk)
•    NSF-International Strategic Registrations (http://www.nsf.org)
•    SRI Quality System Registrar, Inc. (http://www.sri-i.com)
•    Underwriters Laboratories-DQS Inc. (http://www.ul.com/mss)

In the spirit of the most successful LEED projects, this evolution in the certification process is being undertaken as an integrated part of a major update to the technical rating system which will debut in January as LEED 2009. The update will also include a comprehensive technology upgrade to LEED Online aimed at improving the user experience and expanding its portfolio management capabilities.    

Currently, all LEED project submissions are reviewed by USGBC with the support of independently contracted reviewers. In alignment with its vision of market transformation, beginning in January 2009, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), developers of LEED, will move administration of the LEED certification process to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), a non-profit organization established in 2007 with the support of USGBC. Working together with the selected certification bodies, GBCI will deliver a substantially improved, ISO compliant certification process that will be able to grow with the green building movement.

“During the past year, the dramatic growth in the number of LEED project certifications challenged us to apply our mission of market transformation to ourselves,” commented USGBC President, CEO, and Founding Chairman Rick Fedrizzi. “By learning from ISO, engaging with world-class certification bodies, and focusing on our mission, we’ve been able to create a solution that will expand our capacity to serve the community while letting USGBC continue to focus on improving the LEED rating system and delivering exceptional green building education.”

“Third-party certification is the hallmark of the LEED program,” added Alice Soulek, VP of LEED Development.  “Moving the administration of LEED certification under GBCI will continue to support market transformation by delivering auditable third-party certification. Importantly, it also allows UGSBC to stick to the knitting of advancing the technical and scientific basis of LEED.”

GBCI currently administers the LEED Accredited Professional program, in alignment with ANSI requirements for professional certifications.

About USGBC
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since USGBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 16,500 member organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED® green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 78 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

About GBCI
Established as a 501c6 nonprofit organization in 2007 with the support of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) administers credentialing programs related to green building practice. Programs administered by GBCI support the application of proven consensus strategies for measuring and improving the performance of the built environment, including the LEED Accredited Professional program and the LEED Green Building Rating System™.  For more information, please visit www.gbci.org.


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