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Issue: August 2010
By: Frank Bisbee


Datacom/Telecom Glossary
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Bisbee’s Buzz

FIBER OPTIC CABLING is the highway for the information age

Transmission speeds are increasing to levels that were only science fiction a few years ago. The communications industry is wrestling with establishing fiber optic design standard operating procedures as we tackle new bandwidth demands.

If the costs are relatively equal, are you going to build a two lane road or a super highway?” Larry Johnson, Director and Founder of The Light Brigade www.lightbrigade.com.

The Light Brigade, the world's leading fiber optic training company, was founded in September 1986 to provide a growing population of fiber-optic end users in the Pacific Northwest expertise with the technology. The name "The Light Brigade" evolved from the concept of a group of specialists that could be called upon to assist clients with their fiber-optic needs and to serve as an engineering and installation consulting company. By the 1990s demand for training had grown, so the company minimized its contractor services, although high-level design and installation projects continued in order to acquire expertise for classroom applications. Over the last two decades, the company has trained more than 38,000 people from a wide variety of industries. The company is internationally recognized and is often invited to conduct short courses and to coordinate fiber-related special events at conferences around the world, including the annual Optical Fiber Conference, Outside Plant Expo, European Conference for Optical Communication, and many others.

FTTH – Fiber To The Home is an established industry goal for bringing the dazzling information highway to the populace. As the fiber-optic industry rebounds from the depressing economic conditions, the need for training will grow. The Light Brigade, like many other industry leaders and associations, is positioned to be a catalyst in this rapidly evolving field. CABA, BICSI, AFCOM, NECA, NAED, FOA, FTTH, and AIA, will continue to help The LIGHT BRIGADE and the communications industry advance… at the speed of light!

A quiet revolution in broadband is underway.  Across North America, a rapidly growing number of households are connecting directly into fiber optic networks, and thereby tapping into a new generation of high-bandwidth applications and services.  Fiber to the home networks now pass more than 16 percent of the homes on the continent, with more than five million households now receiving Internet, telephone and/or cable television services on direct fiber connections.  We are the Fiber-to-the-Home Council, a non-profit association consisting of providers of FTTH services and other companies involved in planning and building FTTH networks.

The Council is where our members come together to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Our mission is to educate the public about FTTH solutions and to promote the deployment of fiber to the home and the resulting quality of life enhancements such networks make possible.

Join us as we take fiber further into the future -- with Internet speeds capable of exceeding hundreds of megabits per second for both downloading and uploading information.  Be amazed at how high we can take high-definition television -- and at the spectacular 3-D TV services that are now in development.  Explore the world of telemedicine, telecommuting and the cloud computing applications that are already revolutionizing the way people live and work.  This is the world made possible by end-to-end fiber connections, delivered to your home by members of the Fiber-to-the-Home Council. www.ftthcouncil.org

The Fiber-to-the-Home Council is a non-profit organization established to help its members with planning, marketing, implementing and managing FTTH solutions. Council membership includes municipalities, utilities, developers, and traditional and non-traditional service providers, creating a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber-to-the-home. The mission of the Council is to educate, promote and accelerate fiber-to-the-home and the resulting quality of life enhancements. Its objectives are to supply a consistent and accurate view of FTTH, promote FTTH market development, and to be recognized by the industry as the fiber-to-the-home resource.

Now in its eighth year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council North America 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.

SMART BUILDINGS ARE GETTING SMARTER

Fiber Optic Cabling has already made big inroads into the communications designs for workplace. Convergence is occurring across the board in the world of commercial real estate. Both BOMA and NAIOP (the top Real Estate Associations) have recognized the opportunities and tenant values for intelligent building designs and services.

International Leadership

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is a not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies in North America. www.caba.org

The organization is supported by an international membership of nearly 400 companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government are also members.

CABA's mandate includes providing its members with networking and market research opportunities. CABA also encourages the development of industry standards and protocols, and leads cross-industry initiatives.

The organization was originally founded in 1988 as the Canadian Automated Buildings Association. The founding members included Bell Canada, Bell-Northern Research, Ontario Hydro, Hydro-Québec, Consumers Gas, Canadian Home Builders’ Association, the Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association of Canada, Industry Canada, Minto Developments Inc. and the National Research Council of Canada.

In 2006, CABA integrated the Internet Home Alliance, an association of technology companies committed to research and development within the intelligent home sector.  The working group now exists as CABA's Connected Home Research Council.

The Continental Automated Buildings Association is the industry authority for market research and product and service research and development.

arrow_red.gifCollaborative Research
Continental Automated Buildings Association works to manage market research and R&D projects between multiple partners.  The organization acts as an agnostic platform to ensure that realistic and neutral research results are achieved.

arrow_red.gifConnected Home Research
CABA's connected home research programs provides participants with critical market data that helps them refine their product development and marketing efforts.

arrow_red.gifIntelligent Building Research
CABA's intelligent building research programs document measurable benefits from technology implementations in high-performance buildings and also examines market size and benefits.

Thinking of going GREEN or just cutting your energy costs

Both CABA and USGBC have already accumulated extraordinary results in cost control and automation in the energy expense area. You must check them out.

www.USGBC.org

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.

The LEED® green building certification program is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for buildings designed, constructed and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. LEED addresses all building types and emphasizes state-of-the- art strategies in five areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection, and indoor environmental quality.

LEED Professional Credentials (LEED AP and Green Associate) recognize professionals who have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building techniques, the LEED green building rating systems, and the certification process. The LEED Professional Credentials program is administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), which was established with the support of USGBC to allow for objective, balanced management of the credential program.

YES… FIBER OPTIC CABLING is the highway for the information age.

There are numerous quality manufacturers and dependable distributors delivering the latest and greatest products for building these future highways today. Each month we strive to bring you the best of the best. We will try to capture the latest news on breaking stories and newly released products and tools. Check out the latest breakthrough advanced products from DRAKA and Megladon Mfg. and new tools from LANShack.

Traditional Cabling

Copper is not dead, but it does have all the appearances of a smoking earth bound spiral. The future investment opportunity seems a little bleak.

FINAL WORD:

Safety is too important to ignore.  Never Text and Drive.

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
(904) 645-9077 office
(904) 645-9058 fax
frank@wireville.com

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Draka Communications Americas Introduces Indoor MDU Drop Cable Capable of Tolerating 50 Bends and 200 Round Crown Staples

Date: August 9, 2010

Claremont, North Carolina, August 9, 2010 (NYSE EURONEXT: DRAK) - Draka Communications Americas, one of the leading fiber optic cable manufacturers, announces the introduction of a new line of indoor drop cables intended for use in multi-dwelling units and multi-tenant units. Branded under the name Draka Indoor MDU Drop, this fiber drop cable is designed to meet the rigorous installation conditions of apartments, condominiums, high rise buildings and business retail centers. Draka's MDU Drop Cable provides the installation contractor with peace of mind before, during and after installation. Using Draka's portfolio of bend insensitive fibers, the result is a fiber cable that offers forgiveness and robustness when installing and mounting the cable from the access point to the end user.

Available immediately, Draka's MDU drop cable is available in a wide variety of options to meet end user requirements:
   a) Choice of Draka's BendBright-Elite fiber (5 mm fiber bend radius) or Draka's BendBright-XS fiber (7.5 mm fiber bend radius)
   b) Indoor riser, Indoor Plenum or Indoor Outdoor riser ratings
   c) Bulk unconnectorized cable or with factory installed SCA connectors.

"This cable was designed and tested with the installation crew in mind. It will save time, money and rework because this new cable is forgiving and can be easily routed around common obstacles such as studs, conduit, exit signs, water and utility pipes, etc. Less time and effort will be required with pre-planning or pre-engineering the cable route" states Jack Rosko, Marketing Manager at Draka.

Draka offers two choices of bend insensitive fiber to be used with the MDU Drop Cable. Using Draka's premium BendBright-Elite fiber, the MDU Drop cable can tolerate up to 170 ninety degree bends and more than 500 round crown staples without attenuating more than 0.1 dB. Through the use of Draka's BendBright-XS fiber, the MDU Drop Cable can tolerate up to 50 ninety degree bends and 200 round crown staples without attenuating more than 0.1 dB. The MDU Drop cable meets OFNR / FT-4 flame ratings and is compliant with GR-409 and ICEA 596.

Draka introduced its first generation of bend insensitive fiber in 2002 and has since sold over six billion feet of bend insensitive fiber. Draka offers three levels of bend insensitive single-mode fiber under the BendBright brand name. In April 2010, Draka Americas also announced MaxCap-BB-OM3 and OM4, high bandwidth multimode fibers leveraging BendBright Technology, as the standard fiber in all 50 micron OM3 an OM4 multimode fiber cables.

About Draka
Draka (Euronext Amsterdam: DRAK), headquartered in Amsterdam, has 9600 employees in countries worldwide and 2009 revenues of over € 2 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 & Specialty and Communications. Draka Communications with its four business units, Telecom Solutions, Multimedia Specials, Optical Fiber and Cable Solutions is a global market leader in the development, production and sales of fibers, cables and advanced network solutions. For more information visit us online at www.draka.com/communications

Draka Communications Americas Media Contact:
Tina Bryant, Marketing Communications Manager
Phone 828.459.8772
tina.bryant@draka.com

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Earn CFHP Certification = Certified Fiber to the Home Professional (CFHP) certification program

The Certified Fiber to the Home Professional (CFHP) certification program is sponsored and operated by the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council. Certification at the CFHP level indicates a professional level of technical competence in FTTH and Fiber-to-the-Building (FTTB) related technologies and applications. Certification consists of study of FTTH architecture and deployment technology necessary to design and administer an FTTH network.

The CFHP program addresses job training skills for those interested in making the jump from legacy technologies to the FTTH technologies of today and the future. Whether or not you have optical fiber or FTTH experience, this course will provide the knowledge and skills required for managing, designing or planning FTTH networks. Typical roles could include management and supervisory staff, but also technical support managers and administrators, design specialists, telephony and network engineers and administrators, CATV/IPTV engineers and administrators, advanced network engineers and administrators.

This two day course offered by The Light Brigade is to train individuals in FTTH system competence. Following the course the on-line exam for certification will be conducted on the FTTH Council’s website, and the database of certified professionals will be maintained by the FTTH Council. Those who successfully demonstrate knowledge of the covered subjects through an online examination with a passing percentage of 80% or greater will achieve the CFHP designation and receive a certification diploma valid for three years. The CFHP certification will be entered into the CFHP database maintained by the FTTH Council for confirmation for prospective employers and others. The certification fee is $150 for the three-year period.

Upcoming Dates and Locations

September 16-17* — Las Vegas, NV
$850 — Register by August 23 and save $50!

December 9-10 — Phoenix, AZ

*The September course will be held at the 2010 FTTH Conference & Expo. Conference registration is not required to participate in this course. If you would to attend only the CFHP course, please indicate "CFHP Course Attendee" as the type of registrant you are.

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Megladon® Announces Node Tails with HLC® SCRATCHGUARD™ Terminations Are Sold Exclusively Through Draka Communications

Austin, Texas, October 27, 2009 – Megladon Manufacturing Group announced an exclusive agreement with Draka Communications to private label BendBrightXS node tails with HLC SCRATCHGUARD terminations. Integrating the HLC connector mating surface with Draka’s bend insensitive glass has provided the fiber optic market with a superior product that minimizes insertion loss, optical return loss and bend loss.

With the growing video on demand and streaming video content on the web, a need arises for high quality fiber optic products capable of withstanding this trend. Industry leaders and providers are having to transition into a more competent network infrastructure to conform to the now industry standard of high performance fiber optic networks.

Megladon’s SM APC HLC SCRATCHGUARD fiber optic terminations are ideally equipped for network installers that are utilizing high speed video networks. The HLC technology provides mating surface durability and low loss; paired with an Angle Polish Connector we now have a product that significantly reduces reflection, cutting down on interruptions in any given network.

“Since partnering with Megladon to offer scratch-resistant HLC technology in our CATV node cables last year, Draka has secured several key CATV accounts including several top MSO’s.  The technological superiority of this optical endface coupled with BendBright-XS bend insensitive fiber has generated significant inquiries about Draka’s advanced node cable assemblies for today's rigorous communications environments”, said Greg Williams, Marketing Director, Draka Public Networks.

“We are excited about our relationship with Draka Communications. They have used existing customer relationships to promote the HLC technology and secured corporate approval of the node tail product with major MSOs. In response to their focused effort, Megladon has agreed to exclusively terminate HLC node tails for Draka to market,” said John Culbert, President of Megladon.

For more information, please contact Draka’s National Sales Manager - CATV, Jack Graves at jack.graves@ draka.com or download a node cable spec sheet at www.drakaamericas.com/catv_connectorized_cable.cfm

Megladon® Manufacturing Group Ltd., a subsidiary of TyRex Group Ltd.®, is recognized as a leader in the fiber optic marketplace. Founded in 1997, Megladon made it their mission to provide customers with fiber optic products that far exceed industry standards. As technology innovators, Megladon created the HLC® (Hardened Lens Contact) termination, which has changed the market and taken it to the next level. For additional information on Megladon and their patented processes please visit the company’s website at www.megladonmfg.com.

For additional information regarding Megladon’s variety of fiber optic products please contact John Culbert at 512.615.4687 or by email at scratchguard@megladonmfg.com.

Megladon announces design upgrades to Node tails sold through Draka

1)       Brass entry connector is more durable than anodized aluminum

2)       Hytrel furcation tubing adds reliability during temperature cycling

“We have continued to improve our CATV node tail offering”, stated John Culbert, President of Megladon. “We began with the integration of Draka’s BendBright XS glass and Megladon’s HLC terminations. Now with the addition of a new entry connector and hytrel furcation tubing, this is a product that can withstand extreme conditions. The MSOs are deploying this product with a new level of confidence.”

12317 Technology Blvd Suite 100
Austin, TX 78727
t 512-491-0006
f 512-583-0848
tf 800-232-4810

www.megladonmfg.com

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FTTH Council Supports Broadband Plan's Connect Fund, but Says "Mend, Don't End" High-Cost Component of USF

(Washington) - In a filing before the Federal Communications Commission, the Fiber-to-the-Home Council reiterated its support for the National Broadband Plan's "Connect American Fund" (CAF), but also urged the FCC to reconsider its recommendations to reform the Universal Service Fund by ending a program that supports the efforts of rural telecoms to upgrade to high-bandwidth networks.

In its filing, the Council expressed concern that ending the "High-Cost" component of the USF and depending on the CAF to replace it will end up "stranding users in high cost areas" and making it more difficult to meet the Plan's goal of providing 100 megabit broadband service to 100 million U.S. homes by 2020.  Instead, the Council said, the FCC should consider reforming the High-Cost fund and using it in tandem with the CAF to more effectively encourage broadband deployment in unserved areas as well as broadband improvements in high cost areas.

Click here to download the filing. 

The Council noted that the High-Cost fund's approach of leveraging private investment for capital expenditures by providing support to carriers for their operating expenses has helped expand broadband deployment into previously unserved areas.  It said that rural telecoms receiving High-Cost support as a group spend up to $2 billion annually in new, broadband capable infrastructure.
 

"The CAF appears to be primarily focused on making 'dollar-for-dollar' grants for capital expenditures to construct broadband facilities in unserved areas," the Council said.  "In other words, because deployments in these unserved areas are unlikely to provide a sufficient return to attract investment, the CAF is not leveraging its funds.  This is understandable given the objectives of the CAF, but it is a very expensive endeavor."

In addition, given the fund's importance to the operating revenues of many rural carriers, the Council expressed concern that many private lenders are now holding up financing for network upgrades and deployments until the issue of Universal Service Fund reform is settled - something the Council noted is already hindering the efforts to rural carriers to help meet the goals of the National Broadband Plan.

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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Kendall Law Group Investigates ADC Telecommunications, Inc. Acquisition for Shareholders

DALLAS, Jul 13, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Kendall Law Group, led by a former federal judge and a former U.S. Attorney, is investigating ADC Telecommunications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADCT) for shareholders in connection with the proposed acquisition by Tyco Electronics. The national securities firm's investigation seeks to determine whether ADC and its Board breached their fiduciary duties by entering into the agreement without properly shopping for a deal that would provide better value for shareholders. If you are an ADC shareholder and would like additional information about your rights, contact the Kendall Law Group at 877-744-3728 or by email at skendall@kendalllawgroup.com.

Tyco and ADC announced today that they had entered into a definitive agreement under which Tyco would acquire ADC for $12.75 per share in cash in a $1.24 billion deal. ADC's latest financial filings for the quarter ended April 2, 2010 posting an income of 10 cents per share and a 7 percent increase in revenue to $274 million, beating Thomson Financial analysts' forecast earnings of 6 cents per share on revenue of $273 million. The results led a UBS analyst to upgrade ADC to "Buy" from "Neutral" and to raise the 12-month price target to $10.50, citing "a combination of better visibility into factors that would drive revenue growth for ADC and the company's management of costs" and noting a "possible boost from U.S. broadband stimulus funding in the second half of 2010." In addition, a Credit Suisse analyst raised his 12-month share price target due to ADC's "fiscal second-quarter results and outlook for third quarter show that business trends are improving."

Kendall Law Group was founded by a former federal judge, and includes a former United States Attorney, prosecutors and securities lawyers who are experienced in complex securities litigation. The firm has been counsel in numerous merger and acquisition cases nationwide, including some of the largest transactions in the United States.

SOURCE: Kendall Law Group

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NEMA Expands enLIGHTen America Campaign to Twitter and Blogosphere: Value of Lighting Retrofits Gains Momentum

ROSSLYN, Va., July 13, 2010—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has announced the expansion of its enLIGHTen America (eA) campaign to include blogging and a Twitter page. The expansion marks the most recent step in an initiative dedicated to building awareness of the value of lighting retrofits using the latest technology.

Since 2008, eA has been informing commercial building managers that lighting upgrades are not only a great source of money and energy savings, but also provide a great return on investment and increase overall asset value.

In its first year eA reached more than a million people in real estate and building management markets. It accomplished this by presenting at industry trade shows, publishing feature articles, and distributing press releases. While these venues have defined the campaign in the past, eA is embracing new opportunities presented through social media.

Campaign progress can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nemasavesenergy.

Members of the eA task force provided information on the Commercial Building Tax Deduction Program (CBTD) to a standing room only audience at “The Every Building Show,” sponsored by Building Owners and Managers Association International, in Long Beach, California. Their presentation highlighted information on payback and annual return on investment opportunities--giving attendees the information necessary to take advantage of the CBTD. Information regarding the CBTD and the potential benefits available to your organization can also be found on the NEMA blog, http://blog.nema.org/blogs/currents/default.aspx and at http://www.lightingtaxdeduction.org

According to Keith Ward, CEO of Luminus Devices and eA chairperson, in order for owners to understand the overall benefits of eA, “they need to understand what their systems provide today, what new lighting systems will provide tomorrow, and what the energy savings and environmental benefits would be in the future. Building this understanding has never been easier thanks to NEMA’s embrace of social media.”

For more information visit enLIGHTen America at http://www.nemasavesenergy.org/

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NEMA. Setting Standards for Excellence

Visit our website at www.nema.org

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NJATC & Union Built PC Partner to Further Web-Based Linemen Training Program

Upper Marlboro, MD ─ Upper Marlboro, MD ─ The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC) announced today that they had received a donation of a complete mobile laptop training-lab from Union Built PC, Inc., to be used to further the Blended Learning and other online training initiatives spearheaded by the NJATC in an effort to bring better, more current training solutions to apprentices and Journeymen.

When asked what goals the company had with this initiative, Brandon Weber, Managing Partner and owner of Union Built PC, replied “We're pleased to be able to offer our high-quality, IBEW assembled equipment to the NJATC, in an ongoing effort to assist the industry, the NJATC, and the JATCs in deploying technology that helps apprentices and journeymen meet their training goals. Especially as more young people come into the industry, using computers for online Blended Learning solutions is key."

Union Built PC assisted the NJATC in the launching of the Blended Learning program two years ago when it took a "road show" of laptops and projection equipment on tour with the Cengage, Delmar Learning crew as the program was rolled out to each AJATC.

At the Outside Conference in Alaska in May 2010, the AJATC directors gave universal positive feedback on the Blended Learning program, and many of the attendees who have been using Union Built PC equipment, software, and tech support to assist in deploying online training solutions also gave positive feedback about the quality of the equipment and the expertise that Union Built PC offers to all IBEW Locals, JATCs, and NECA contractors.

"We've had your laptops for over 2 years now, and we've been very happy with the quality; I can't say anything about tech support, because we haven't needed it!" said Virgil Melton, Director, SELCAT.

About the NJATC

The NJATC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1941 by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The organization is committed to developing and standardizing education in the electrical industry to properly and effectively train members of NECA and the IBEW; providing the electrical construction industry with the most highly trained and skilled workforce possible. Since its inception, more than 325,000 apprentices have completed NJATC training programs and become competent Journeymen, making the organization one of the largest training and apprenticeship programs of its kind. For more information, go to www.njatc.org.

About Union Built PC

A proud NJATC Platinum Training Partner, UBPC is approaching 10 years in business. It provides IBEW assembled laptops, desktops, and servers for Local Unions, JATCs, NECA Contractors, and non-profit organizations nationwide. The tech support team is in the United States and they are all members of IBEW Local 17. UBPC also provides websites, grievance management software, and web-based class registration/hours reporting applications. (www.unionbuiltpc.com; (877) 728-6466; (248) 910-3955)

About National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA’s national office and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development. For more information, visit www.necanet.org.

About The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

The IBEW is an international labor organization that has trained the most qualified electrical workers in the trade for more than 119 years.  With approximately 725,000 members in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Republic of Panama, the IBEW has members in construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government. For more information, visit www.ibew.org

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The DISTRIBUTOR - Some thoughts for reflection:

Accu-Tech is the Distributor with a bright future. The recent record of Modern Technology is a lot more than facts and dates. It is a wildfire of change. The improbable we do right away. The impossible just takes a little longer.
 
Many of the technological innovations of the last generation have become “must have for almost all of us, without regard for age. We can’t seem to live without these recent addictive techno products and services. The Internet tops the list for communications marvels.
 
FACTOID:
Radio took 38 years to reach 50 million users.
Television took 13 years to reach 50 million users.
The Internet took 4 years to reach 50 million users. It now serves more than one billion users.
The Internet is the fastest growing form of communications in history. Internet advertising is the most powerful advertising tools ever known. Last year internet advertising revenues reached more than $23 billion.

We are excited to see Accu-Tech focused on the Internet marketing. The Accu-Tech message is part of the greatest public forum the world has ever seen and it is barely out of it’s infancy. WELL DONE.
Your website is already an electronic powerhouse of information on the world wide web.
 
The age of high speed communications is unfolding and we see the need to overcome the speed bumps by rewiring America. Copper cabling has served us well, but it has speed and distance limitations. The real estate sector is focused on converged technology in buildings with automated services. They are trying to converge the areas:
- POWER
- CONTROLS
- COMMUNICATIONS (wired and wireless)
- SECURITY LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS
We should realize that the world of commercial real estate is a new target for our marketing as they attempt to develop smart buildings.

For another example of the rate of change, please consider cellular digital devices and phones.
Worldwide, in 1985 there were 11.2 million in service. Ten years later, there were more than 4 billion in service. That is a growth rate of 35,000%. Now there is one wireless device for every two humans on the face of the earth.
 
To paraphrase Clint Eastwood, “Do you feel like your grabbing the opportunities? Well, do you? Sport
 
How is Accu-Tech addressing the growing marketplace of the Internet? In 1995, Amazon.com opened for business selling books over the internet. Their revenues for the first two years totaled $15,000,000.
In 2005, Amazon.com revenues topped $19 billion. That’s an increase of 125,000%.

CHANGE HAS COME AMAZINGLY FAST.

One thing you can depend upon is the speed of innovation going forward is going to make the speed of innovations behind us look slow.

SO, HOLD ON TIGHT. THIS RIDE HAS JUST BEGUN. The information Age is growing up FAST.
This is the business of Accu-Tech. We wish you success, always.

Frank Bisbee - Editor
"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column
www.wireville.com
4949 Sunbeam Rd, Suite 16
Jacksonville, FL 32257
(904) 645-9077 office
(904) 237-0365 cell
(904) 645-9058 fax
frank@wireville.com

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Hardware and designs to cut expenses with FIBER OPTIC CABLING

Transmission speeds are increasing to levels that were only science fiction a few years ago. The communications industry is wrestling with establishing fiber optic design standard operating procedures as we tackle new bandwidth demands.

If the costs are relatively equal, are you going to build a two lane road or a super highway?” Larry Johnson, Director and Founder of The Light Brigade www.lightbrigade.com.

If you are looking for ways to differentiate your deliverables, design with fiber.

While fiber optic technologies are often discussed in terms of the value they offer network designers or end-users. One excellent example is preterminated cabling assemblies, also, the proper choices of cables or field termination methods used.  There are many powerful ways that fiber optic connectivity can improve your business without increasing operating costs:

Senior Systems Engineer (Megladon Mfg Group – Austin, TX) Daniel Hogberg, RCDD explained that the marketplace rapid shift to fiber optical cabling systems is driving the increased use of cable assemblies with factory-installed terminations. He added, “ You can’t match the quality in the field with poor working conditions. Bad lighting and dust are just some of the negatives on the job.” www.megladonmfg.com

By using a preterminated cabling assemblies – cabling infrastructures that have been preterminated and tested in the manufacturing facility prior to shipment – network installers can reduce the number of personnel required at each job site.  The result is the opportunity to either bid more competitively on a single project – requiring fewer personnel to do the same amount of work as a traditional installation. In most installations, whether local area network, data center or plant floor, up to 50 percent of the total project time can be spent on termination via splicing or field connectors. Preterminated cable assemblies deliver unsurpassed performance and time savings. The newest and most durable technology in this arena is the ScratchGuard HLC termination. 

In order to keep a project on schedule, a network installer may have to deploy multiple splice or termination technicians to a single location. The project manager for one leading fiber optical cabling system’s industrial customer had multiple splice technicians working side-by-side, daily, in the main computer room to terminate the several dozen fibers aggregating at that location.  By using a preterminated system, at the main crossconnect end, the manager could have sent out a single technician to plug the preterminated connector ends into modules and conduct the testing, taking a half day, at most. Meanwhile, other technicians could have been deployed to other revenue-generating projects. 

Fiber Optic Cabling Improves Your Competitive Edge

Fiber optic splicing and other more traditional methods of field termination are advanced skills that often take years of experience to perform well and, logically, draw higher labor rates. However, it is almost impossible to match the quality of the in the field/on the job to the factory installed connection While there will, almost certainly, always be times when field splicing and termination are appropriate choices, there is a distinct economic advantage for installation or integration businesses that can use a more “generalist” staff to take on network installation projects. 

A preterminated system connects so easily that it makes network connectivity something virtually any installer/integrator employee can do. Furthermore, as splice and connector technicians are added to the roll, this generally requires additional investment in the equipment they use, from VERY EXPENSIVE fusion splicers to connector tool kits.

Given the variability of hand-epoxying and polishing, a field-polished connector will rarely, if ever, meet the end-face geometry requirements of Telcordia GR-326, even with highly skilled technicians. 

Deploying more preterminated cabling systems enables network installers and integrators to maintain their current level of splicing and connectorization personnel and equipment without requiring additional investment when new, larger or simultaneous projects appear on the horizon.  The skill requirements and expense of fusion splicing are relatively clear, but many installation companies continue to rely on the time-consuming process of epoxying and then hand-polishing connectors in the field, a process that can result in less than ideal outcomes even with the most experienced technician. Epoxy-and-polish connectors also take several minutes per connector to terminate, which may have a negative impact on the number of personnel required to complete the project in a timely manner. 

For many network installers or integrators, fiber optic connectivity can be a challenge to business operations, either due to a lack of experience with fiber optics, or because their operational focus is on cable and conduit pulls versus termination.  It is not unusual for an installer to outsource the termination and testing portions of a network project due to lack of experience or staff and equipment necessary to conduct the work.  First, it is important to appreciate that in the past several years, fiber optic connectivity has actually become far easier and cost-effective to deploy than copper systems. The engineering for copper technology has become increasingly complex – and therefore more challenging to install – in order to keep up with bandwidth and distance, as well as the environmental performance concerns, such as electromagnetic interference. If splicing or connectorization is not part of the typical business model for an installer or integrator, he no longer needs to outsource this portion of the project but can instead use his standard personnel to complete the network installation.  While fiber optic technologies offer great value to end-users, their advantages for network installers and integrators cannot be ignored.

Fully preterminated solutions can greatly reduce cost, complexity or the need to outsource project elements, while careful consideration of the connectors, cable and hardware can also provide cost savings and simplicity benefits.  These advantages enable installers and integrators to grow their business and bid more competitively on projects without negatively affecting the bottom line. 

Check out the websites of DRAKA, Corning Cabling Systems, OFS, OCC, AFL and the rest of the cable manufacturers. Their websites are rich with information and it’s free.

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Megladon Announces New Product Release of Angle Polished LC HLC® ScratchGuard® Fiber Optic Terminations

Austin, Texas, August 2, 2010 – Megladon Manufacturing Group announced today the release of LCAPC terminations incorporating the HLC SCRATCHGUARD process. Angle polished connectors have been used for years in high speed video transport applications due to inherent low reflection characteristics. The fragile nature of fiber mating surfaces, however, has continued to plague an industry that is more competitive than ever.

With the growing video on demand and streaming video content on the web, a need arises for high quality fiber optic products capable of withstanding this trend. Industry leaders and providers are having to transition into a more competent network infrastructure to conform to the now industry standard of high performance fiber optic networks.

The SCRATCHGUARD™ Fiber Optic terminations (by Megladon Manufacturing Group) are a critical step forward in quality. The fiber optic connector is a crucial component and the “gateway to the fiber optic cabling network”. Damage to the connector due to repeated use has been the biggest problem for network managers, until now. The patented SCRATCHGUARD Fiber Optic terminations have virtually eliminated the problem.

Megladon’s SM LCAPC HLC SCRATCHGUARD fiber optic terminations are ideally equipped for network installers that are utilizing high speed video networks. The HLC technology provides mating surface durability and low loss; paired with an Angle Polish Connector we now have a product that significantly reduces reflection, cutting down on interruptions in any given network.

“As with the SCAPC connector, we now offer an LCAPC version that has scratch resistance, lower insertion loss than the industry standard, minimum reflection performance of -75dB and a tight geometry tolerance that the industry cannot believe is possible. Our customers now receive terminations that are virtually identical in every aspect.  This promotes network reliability” said John Culbert, President of Megladon.

Standard products incorporating the LCAPC HLC terminations include SM patch cords, trunk cables, splitter products and CWDM modules. They are also applied to Megladon’s bend insensitive glass products.

Megladon® Manufacturing Group Ltd., a subsidiary of TyRex Group Ltd.®, is recognized as a leader in the fiber optic marketplace. Founded in 1997, Megladon made it their mission to provide customers with fiber optic products that far exceed industry standards. As technology innovators, Megladon created the HLC® (Hardened Lens Contact) termination, which has changed the market and taken it to the next level. For additional information on Megladon and their patented processes please visit the company’s website at www.megladonmfg.com.

For additional information regarding Megladon’s variety of fiber optic products please contact John Culbert at 512.615.4687 or by email at scratchguard@megladonmfg.com.

12317 Technology Blvd Suite 100

Austin, TX 78727

t 512-491-0006     f 512-583-0848   tf 800-232-4810

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NAED President Enters the Blogosphere

Looking for an easy way to keep up with the latest industry topics and find out more details about what's going on at NAED? Check out NAED President and CEO Tom Naber's new blog.

From industry issues to the latest offerings from NAED, the president's blog is designed to provide insight on topics that matter to you. So far, posts have included:

Online learning of an EPEC proportion

A first impression is a lasting impression

A competitive advantage through education

Why should I train my employees?

You make a difference

www.naed.org  Besides reading Tom's posts, you can also leave comments and start a valuable conversation. Tom wants to hear from you – your comments could even inspire future blog posts. Visit the blog regularly for new posts or subscribe to the RSS feed.

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NEW at 2010 NECA Show! The Construction Zone Sponsored by Rexel

NEW at 2010 NECA Show! The Construction Zone Sponsored by Rexel

The National Electrical Contractors Association announced today that our first-ever NECA Show Construction Zone will be sponsored by Rexel, a leading distributor worldwide of electrical supplies .

The Construction Zone will be the prime location for catching your breath and taking in all that’s available on the NECA Show floor. This central networking lounge will be decked out in the familiar signs of a working jobsite, but the Construction Zone will actually be the best place at NECA 2010 Boston to take a break.

“We’re very excited that Rexel is making the Construction Zone a reality for NECA Show-goers this year,” said Beth Ellis, NECA executive director, convention/exposition. “It’s going to be great for people to have a place to catch up on business or just relax and catch up on the Sunday game scores.” The Construction Zone will be the perfect spot to grab something cool to drink at the cash bar, check email with free wi-fi, have a quiet conversation, catch up on the scores from Sunday’s NFL games, or tweet about your favorite NECA Show booth. During exhibit hours on Monday, Oct. 4 and Tuesday, Oct. 5, the Construction Zone will display product DVD’s, demos and other excellent features.

Rexel is making a splash with their sponsorship of the Construction Zone at the 2010 NECA Show, returning as an exhibitor after several years and requests from Show-goers to share their latest services. Rexel will also have a full display at NECA Show booth, #141.

“NECA contractors are extremely important to Rexel, and the Construction Zone is a great way to demonstrate our company’s commitment to the work they’re doing,” said Doris Chumley, marketing projects manager for Rexel. “Rexel is focused on providing innovative electrical solutions and equipment to improve comfort, performance, and energy efficiency, and our customers are professionals who understand their clients’ demands for excellent electrical construction. We’re looking forward to making new connections and renewing old contacts at the 2010 NECA Show.”

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The National Electrical Contractors Association is the voice of the $125 billion industry responsible for lighting, power, and integrated building systems across the United States. NECA’s national office and 120 local chapters advance the electrical contracting industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development. NECA celebrated its 109th anniversary this year. For more information, visit www.necanet.org . As the electrical construction industry’s largest event, the annual NECA Convention and Show draws attendees and exhibitors involved in all aspects of the expanding electrical construction industry.

Contact: Susan McCart
770-632-0044
sue.mccart@necanet.org

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NECA NEWS - INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP

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Best ELECTRI Studies Compiled In "Strategic Issues in Construction" Book Series

08/07/2010

J. Ross Publishing is working in cooperation with ELECTRI International to publish a series of practical guides for building and electrical contractors based on some of the best studies commissioned by our research affiliate. Dr. Eddy M. Rojas, professor of Construction Management at the University of Washington and a frequent ELECTRI research partner, is the editor.

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Only ONE WEEK Left to Secure Early Registration Rates for NECA 2010 Convention and Trade Show in Boston, Oct. 2-5

08/06/2010

Only one week left to lock in early registration rates for the electrical construction industry's favorite event, NECA's 2010 annual convention and trade show.

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Project Management Process Manual New From ELECTRI International

08/06/2010

A new research report published by ELECTRI International provides is a step-by- step manual that an electrical construction firm can use to implement a formal project management process.

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NECA's New Selective Coordination Standard Responds To Critical Needs

08/06/2010

NECA's newest National Electrical Installation Standard™ (NECA 700-2010, Standard for Installing Overcurrent Protection to Achieve Selective Coordination) addresses achieving selective coordination in electrical distribution systems as required for emergency systems, legally required standby systems, and critical operations power systems.

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New ELECTRI Report To Help Contractors Land LEED-NC Projects

08/06/2010

A new research report published by ELECTRI International provides a sample business proposal/capability statement for electrical contractors pursuing LEED-NC projects.

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NECA Contractor Evelyn Strange To Chair NAWBO National Board

08/04/2010

Evelyn Strange, president of NECA-member-firm Advanced Electrical Systems (AES) in Louisville, Kentucky, was installed as chair-elect of the National Board of Directors for the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) at NAWBO’s 2010 Women’s Business Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Cost Comparison: The REAL Value of NECA 2010 Boston

07/28/2010

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Milwaukee Electric Tool Wins NECA 2010 Industry Partner Award

07/19/2010

NECA is pleased to recognize the contributions of Milwaukee Electric Tool to the electrical construction industry with the association's 2010 Industry Partner Award.

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Updated NEIS On Commissioning Building Electrical Systems Reflects Latest Techniques NECA 90-2009

07/18/2010

An updated edition of NECA 90, Recommended Practice for Commissioning Building Electrical Systems (ANSI) is now available. This publication describes installation procedures for commissioning common newly installed or retrofitted building electrical systems and equipment. It was updated to reflect the latest techniques used in building and electrical system commissioning processes.

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OSHA's Proposed Rule for Injury and Illness Prevention Programs Raises Concerns

07/14/2010

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NECA 2010 Boston Leads the Charge to Recovery

07/13/2010

NECA 2010 Boston, the National Electrical Contractors Association’s annual convention and  tradeshow, is shaping up to be the best collection of management workshops, thought-provoking speakers, networking opportunities, product exhibits, and entertainment events in NECA’s history.

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NECA Updates Standard for Temporary Electric Power at Construction Sites

07/12/2010

NECA 200-2010 Standard for Installing and Maintaining Temporary Electric Power at Construction Sites is the latest revised publication in the National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS)® series published by NECA. NECA 200 describes installation criteria for temporary electrical power and lighting systems at construction sites, operating at 600 volts or less.

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BOMA Benchmarking Reports Shows Property Managers Tightly Controlled Operating Expenses in 2009

2010 Experience Exchange Report Details Income and Expense Data in More than 250 Markets

(WASHINGTON—July 13, 2010) Property managers tightly controlled operating expenses throughout 2009, according to the 2010 Experience Exchange Report (EER), released by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International in collaboration with Kingsley Associates. Analysis of operating income and expense data from “same buildings”—those who submitted data in both 2009 and 2010, whose total rentable area did not change by more than 10 percent and whose occupancy did not change by more than 15 percent—reveals that total operating expenses for U.S. private sector buildings declined by a little more than one percent. The decrease in total operating expenses illustrates what commercial real estate managers have noted all year: there is considerable pressure to reduce operating expenses and maintain strong net operating income. Rental income for all U.S. private sector buildings increased marginally, up one percent in 2009. For U.S. private sector downtown buildings, rental income increased 2.5 percent in 2009.

With data from 4,200 buildings in more than 250 markets, the EER® is the most comprehensive resource for financial performance information on private and public office buildings in the U.S. and Canada. It includes national trends analysis and city market-level reports, as well as reports for special use facilities, such as medical office buildings, corporate facilities, financial buildings, agency managed and all electric buildings.

“The recession has slowed the volume of sale transactions, placing tremendous importance on maximizing both asset value and net operating income through effective day-to-day management of buildings,” commented BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. “BOMA’s EER is an excellent tool for property managers and property owners to have in their arsenals. It gives them a concise snapshot of how their buildings stack up relative to similar types of properties across a comprehensive spectrum of income and expense categories.”

Additional analysis of the two year “same building” sample reveals the following trends in office buildings’ financial performance:

·         Control of utility expenses remains a high priority for most management teams. For U.S. private sector suburban buildings, utilities expenses decreased 9.6 percent during 2009, from $2.49 per square foot (psf) to $2.25 psf. In U.S. private sector downtown buildings, utilities expenses decreased 4.4 percent, from $2.48 psf to $2.37 psf.

·         Fixed expenses, including real estate taxes, continue to climb. For U.S. private sector downtown buildings, fixed expenses increased from $4.50 psf to $4.65 psf, a 3.3 percent increase. The jump likely reflects an increase in real estate taxes, which constitute the largest share of the fixed expenses category. Suburban buildings, however, only experienced a one-cent increase in fixed expenses, from $3.09 psf in 2008 to $3.10 psf in 2009.

·         For U.S. private sector downtown buildings, office rental income increased 2.5 percent, from $25.96 psf in 2008 to $26.62 psf in 2009, though total income dropped 1.3 percent, from $28.42 psf in 2008 to $28.04 psf in 2009.

·         For U.S. private sector buildings, retail rent increased 21.7 percent, from $17.65 psf in 2008 to $21.48 in 2009. Retail occupancy for all U.S. private sector buildings dropped 1.3 percent. For downtown properties, it decreased just 0.3 percent. Suburban properties saw a more significant drop in retail occupancy, a decrease of more than 10 percent.

·         Despite gains in retail rent, miscellaneous income dropped 11.0 percent, from $1.55 psf in 2008 to $1.38 psf in 2009. The drop in miscellaneous income may be due to a drop off in retail sales, as miscellaneous income includes retail income as a percentage rent from retail sales as well as gross parking income; tenant service income; and other income from such sources as vending machines, signage, late charges, health club, etc.

·         For all U.S. private sector buildings, fixed expenses, the largest portion of which consists of real estate taxes, have consistently been the largest percentage of total expenses (35 percent in 2009). Utilities were the second largest portion of total expenses (19 percent of expenses in 2009).

Now in its 90th year, the EER continues to be the single most detailed and most reputable source of benchmarking data representing the office building industry across North America. Last year, the EER transitioned to a new online format through the collaboration with commercial real estate research firm Kingsley Associates. The online format allows users to query data by market, submarket, building size, building type, age of the building, ownership type and more. The data can be exported into charts, PDFs and Excel files, allowing users to expedite analysis, build budgets faster and easily create presentations.

The 2010 EER, with data from 2009, is available now at www.bomaeer.com.

About BOMA International

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. Founded in 1907, its 17,000-plus members own or manage more than nine billion square feet of commercial properties. BOMA International’s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at www.boma.org.

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BOMA International Commemorates 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

BOMA Celebrates Two Decades of Helping Commercial Buildings Comply with Accessibility Codes and Standards

(WASHINGTON—July 26, 2010) The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law 20 years ago today. Since that day, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has devoted its efforts to help commercial building owners and managers improve accessibility in commercial building, ensuring that buildings are compliant with the most recent ADA standards and codes. The ADA, signed into law on July 26, 1990, is a landmark civil rights law guaranteeing the rights of people with disabilities and prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability.

BOMA International has been a recognized leader in accessibility since the ADA was signed into law and has had extensive input in key accessibility forums, including the ANSI A117 Committee and the ADA Accessibility Guidelines Review Advisory Committee.  Both committees have worked to set a foundation for consistency between accessibility requirements of federal law, model codes, and state and local regulations.

Over the past two decades, BOMA has also created an entire library of ADA compliance materials for commercial property owners and managers, including:

·       BOMA International’s ADA Compliance Guidebook: A Checklist for Your Building (1991);

·       The ADA Answer Book (1992);

·       Opening Doors: Your Guide for Accommodating Persons with Disabilities (1992);

·       Guide to ADA Accessibility Regulations: Complying with Federal Rules and Model Building Code Requirements (2003) and more.

“From the time of ADA’s passage, BOMA International staff, consultants and key members have played a critical role in ensuring commercial property owners and managers understand the laws and regulations for compliance,” stated BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. “We are very proud of our leadership and look forward to our continued involvement in the accessibility arena.”

New guidelines that amend the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) are currently undergoing review by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which was given enforcement responsibility of the ADA most directly affecting commercial real estate. BOMA has worked with participating groups to ensure the forthcoming changes are consistent, reasonable and clear. BOMA also called on DOJ to maintain a broad grandfather clause to protect existing facilities already in compliance with current ADAAG.

Learn more about BOMA’s work on accessibility laws, codes and standards.

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BOMA International Submits Comments to DOE on Data Access Issues

(WASHINGTON—July 21, 2010) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International recently submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in response to a request for information from DOE about data access issues in relation to the continued development of the Smart Grid. BOMA’s comments emphasize that, while the Smart Grid offers tremendous promise to improve the quality and reliability of power, reduce peak demand and decrease transmission congestion costs, it also raises privacy concerns over data ownership and access that must be addressed.

BOMA´s comments state that the property owner owns the consumption data and should be entitled to full privacy protections. In tenant spaces that are separately metered, the tenant owns the data. However, the owner/manager must be allowed access to whole-building, aggregate monthly energy consumption and cost, which the utilities must be compelled to provide upon request of the building owner or manager. That data is necessary for building owners and managers to accurately benchmark their energy usage, prioritize retrofit opportunities, and assess the effectiveness of energy efficiency programs or technologies in their building. BOMA also stressed that the aggregate data must be supplied at no cost to the building owner.

“The development of the Smart Grid has the potential to significantly increase energy efficiency and reduce costs but in order to be successful, it must be implemented in a way that respects the privacy rights of commercial building owners and their tenants,” remarked BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. “BOMA looks forward to working with DOE, federal agencies and other interested parties to implement Smart Grid technologies.”

Read BOMA International’s full comments to DOE.

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Unique Membership Organization Helps New York Property Managers Cut Operational Costs

Syosset, New York, June 21, 2010 -- Citywide Property Owners Network, Inc. announced the launch of the company’s unique membership organization serving
property owners, landlords and property and facility managers with buildings located
in the boroughs of New York City, and adjoining Westchester County, Nassau County and Suffolk County.

Citywide Property Owners Network (Citywide Network), which is headquartered in Bellmore, New York, helps property/facility managers that are members dramatically increase their buying power, lower their business operating expenses, and protect their business interests and legal rights.

By combining the aggregate purchasing needs of numerous property owners and management firms, Citywide Network leverages that combined buying power in order to negotiate volume group discounts for critical business services that are then passed on to Citywide’s member companies in order to help lower their operating costs.

Citywide Network provides price discounts that typically save members from 10% to 40% on the costs for many vital services that are essential to the property owner’s business, including: Landlord-Tenant Legal Services; Energy Cost Savings for electricity and natural gas; Energy-efficient Electrical, Lighting and HVAC upgrades; Construction, Remodeling and Retrofitting; Property, Casualty and Health Insurance; Advertsing and Marketing; and Tax Accounting Services.

The company combines the discounted services with in-depth Site Management and consulting support designed to help members maximize their operational efficiency“Citywide Network intends to focus our complete attention on reducing the daily aggravations and headaches New York property managers face, while providing them with a more cost-effective source for high-quality services,” said Citywide’s President, Hamlet Cardenas. “After working closely with property owners for over 20 years, we have seen many of the challenges they face. Citywide Network offers even the smallest property owner the opportunity to enjoy great savings typically reserved for only the largest companies.” 

Citywide Property Owners Network membership is available to the owners and managers of nearly any type of commercial property – residential apartment/ condominium/co-op buildings, commercial office buildings, retail stores and shopping malls, institutional/educational/medical/government facilities, including school districts, colleges and universities, court houses, town parks, and parking garages, as well as industrial distribution, warehouse, manufacturing and production facilities.   

“Because many New York property owners and managers face a continual need for legal resolution to their tenant issues, Citywide Network provides our members with expert legal advice and services for all phases of Landlord-Tenant and Real Estate Law, including litigation,” explained Hal L. Rose, Esquire, Citywide’s Vice President, Legal Services, In-House Counsel. “Citywide Network will vigorously advocate for the protection of the rights of every property owner that is our member regardless of the size of their holdings.”

Energy-efficient power and green construction services are also central to Citywide Network’s services. “We provide our members the expertise that allows them to reduce their energy consumption in several ways,” said Dan Carazo, Vice President and General Manager for Citywide. “For most buildings we can lower the electrical and gas utilities costs for the energy that is consumed by providing lower cost delivery of electricity and natural gas, and by recommending more energy-efficient lighting systems, motors, building controls and HVAC systems.”

For more information about Citywide Property Owners Network, Inc., contact:

Dan Carazo, 516-921-7199, or dan.carazo@joincitywide.com ,
or visit www.JoinCitywide.com.  

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FOA Publishes New Textbook On Outside Plant Fiber Optics

FOA Reference Guide to Outside Plant Fiber Optics

        The FOA has published a new textbook on outside plant fiber optics, the FOA Reference Guide to Outside Plant Fiber Optics. This textbook is designed to be used for training outside plant fiber optic technicians, studying for the new FOA outside plant certification and as a reference guide for anyone interested in outside plant fiber optics.  The book is available from the FOA eStore or Amazon.com for only $27.95 and will soon be available on the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle electronic book reader.

        Outside plant (OSP) fiber optics covers a giant topic, including applications like telephone and wireless backhaul, CATV, municipal networks, utility "smart grid" and any network installed outside buildings. The book covers all types of OSP installations including underground, buried, aerial and submarine along with the specialized components, installation techniques and testing requirements for these applications.
      This new FOA textbook is the third in a series of printed reference guides from the FOA covering basic fiber optics, premises cabling (fiber, copper and wireless) and now outside plant fiber optic cabling. This textbook was developed from new material on the FOA Online Reference Guide website (www.foaguide.org), the largest and most widely 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 fiber optics 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.

        The FOA has always tried to provide the world with sources of technically correct, unbiased information on fiber optics using both print and electronic media. With the FOA's experience in certifying over 30,000 fiber optic techs in the last 15 years, we have included the most up-to-date information and organized the materials to make them better arranged for training. Using new "publish on demand" technology allows the FOA to offer these new textbooks at a fraction of the cost of most other textbooks.

        The FOA Reference Guide to Outside Plant Fiber Optics will be used as the new reference guide for training students for the FOA Certified Outside Plant Fiber Optic Technician (CFospT) certification. 

Ordering Books
  The FOA Reference Guide to Fiber Optics, ISBN: 1450559670, is available at the FOA eStore (https://www.createspace.com/3429177) or Amazon.com for $27.95.

Review Copies
  Review copies of the book are available from the author. Contact Jim Hayes at jim@thefoa.org or 1-760-451-3655 to request a copy.

About the FOA
  The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. is an nonprofit educational organization chartered to promote fiber optics through education, certification and standards. Over 230 FOA-Approved schools around the world have certified more than 27,000 fiber optic technicians. The FOA offers free online introductory fiber optic programs 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 1-760-451-3655.

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Radio Frequency ID Transmitters on Lockout Tags Improve Efficiency & Safety

            National Marker Announces Partnership with N4 Systems to create RFID Lockout Tags

North Smithfield, RIJune 22, 2010  National Marker Company (NMC), a leading manufacturer of safety identification products, has formed a technology partnership with N4 Systems, a leading provider of integrated inspection, safety compliance and maintenance software, to provide the first Lockout Management System to prevent injuries and deaths from the unexpected release of energy while servicing machinery. These accidents comprise ten percent of all serious industrial accidents.

To help simplify tracking and management of lockout equipment, NMC has developed OSHA compliant lockout tags with radio-frequency identification (RFID) transmitters, increasing the level of communication between maintenance personnel, safety managers, and production personnel. Using Field ID, N4 System’s online inspection and safety compliance management system, the transmitter will associate data such as date and time the tag was affixed, the name of the employee who applied that tag, the reason for locking out the device, the location of the tag when the tag is removed and by whom. This universal access to lockout information should reduce accidents and simplify the lockout / tagout process, as well as optimize productivity and coordinate equipment downtime.

“These new RFID lockout tags will increase the visibility of lockout information through a facility,” says Robert Baxter, Marketing Director at NMC. “With the Field ID system we can revolutionize the way lockout processes are handled. Safety managers, facility managers and maintenance personnel can all be kept up to date on which machinery is out of service.”

"Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)" refers to specific practices and procedures to safeguard employees from the unexpected energization or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities. According to OSHA, approximately 3 million workers service equipment and face the greatest risk of injury if lockout/tagout is not properly implemented. Compliance with the LOTO standard (29 CFR 1910.147) prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year. These procedures can be as simple as putting a tag on a switch to warn employees not to use the device. Lockout/Tagout remains in the top ten OSHA violations for 2009, also ranking fifth in seditious violations for the same year.

NMC’s line of RFID lockout tags debuted in June 2010. To get more information about RFID lockout tags, visit the NMC website at www.nationalmarker.com or contact NMC at 800-453-2727.

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About National Marker

National Marker Company (NMC) is a leading manufacturer of safety identification products servicing a worldwide distribution network. NMC’s Research & Development Team is continually researching safety regulation changes, staying ahead of developing trends in the market place, and adding new and innovative products to an offering of over 15,000 stock products. Founded in 1934 and experiencing phenomenal growth over the last several years, we have expanded our custom capabilities, our core product categories of safety signs, tags, labels and tapes, as well as introduced new categories such as digital scoreboards, label printers, and safety accessories. NMC is a driving force in the safety identification industry and takes pride in partnering with distributors whose top priority is providing their customers quality safety identification products at affordable prices. To obtain additional information, call 800–453–2727, or visit our website at www.nationalmarker.com.

About N4

N4 is the creator of Field ID, an innovative solution that uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), barcodes, serial numbers, handheld devices and the Internet to automate Inspection and Safety Compliance Management (ISCM). Field ID is the world's leading Inspection and Safety Compliance Management (ISCM) system. Field ID makes safety simple. Field ID has revolutionized the way the companies manage their inspections and safety compliance creating safer workplaces around the world. Based on Field ID's real-time, multi-tenant architecture, Field ID combines a web based system with mobile computing and advanced identification (RFID) to make the world of paperless safety compliance a reality. Field ID provides easy to use inspection, traceability, compliance and maintenance tools for manufacturers, distributors, third party inspectors and end users. The Field ID Safety network allows partners, vendors and end users to share product safety and quality data for an incredibly advanced, yet simple to use electronic safety pedigree. Field ID customers around the world are tracking over one million cranes, ropes, personal protective equipment and other types of critical assets. Field ID offers the fastest path to safety success. For more information, please visit www.fieldid.com.

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GENERAL CABLE NAMES JOE ZAJAC MANAGER OF MARKET DEVELOPMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL BROADCAST & COMMERCIAL AV PRODUCTS

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY, July 26, 2010 – General Cable (NYSE: BGC) is pleased to announce that Joe Zajac has been named Manager, Market Development, Professional Broadcast & Commercial AV Products.  In this key role, Joe will lead the market and business development efforts for both the Gepco® Brand and Sheer Wire line of products. 

“I am pleased that Joe has accepted this position,” said Jay Lahman, Vice President and General Manager of Gepco® and Carol® Brand Products.  “Joe’s 25 years of experience in the broadcast industry as well as his 14 years in manufacturing, product development and field engineering give him insight into these markets. I believe his deep technical knowledge and ability to work across the organization will further strengthen Gepco’s position as a leader in the industry.”

Zajac joined Gepco in 1996 and has held the positions of Engineering Manager, Field Engineer and Operations Manager. For the last year, he has been Manufacturing Manager for Gepco products with responsibility of the Fiber lab, and the Assembly, Rewind and Shipping/Receiving areas. Prior to joining Gepco, Zajac was Managing Engineer for 10 years at Columbia College Chicago, where he where he has also been a part-time instructor for the last 20 years.

Zajac holds a Bachelor’s degree in Radio/Sound from Columbia College Chicago. As a member of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), he participates in the society’s Standards Committee and has served as editor of the Standard for Television-Hybrid Electrical and Fiber Optic Camera Cable (SMPTE 311M-2007).  He has received Certificates of Appreciation from the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the Engineer and Recording Society of Chicago (EARS).

About General Cable

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets.  For more information about General Cable, visit our website at www.generalcable.com.

About Gepco International

Gepco International, with headquarters in Des Plaines, IL, and distribution centers  in Burbank, CA, and Clifton, NJ, has been a leading manufacturer of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for over 28 years.  As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories. For more information about Gepco, visit our website at www.gepco.com.

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New ‘Hand Estimating’ Classes Catch On With Contractors

They are “refreshers” for some, new information for others. Introduced in response to requests from electrical and building systems contractors by McCormick Systems, these new “electrical estimating by hand” classes – which might seem to be the antithesis of what a computer software supplier should offer – have caught on like wildfire.

            “We introduced them in our newsletter in May, and before the month ended, we had several requests, including one from a large electrical contractor who asked us to bring a two-day ‘hand’ estimating course to his location,” said President Todd McCormick. “As we had heard from our customers, there is a strong appetite out there for a basic estimating class.”

            Unlike classes on the use of electrical and automated building systems software, these new “by hand” estimating educational offerings start “at the beginning.” They cover the elements of electrical estimating, starting (literally) with a clean sheet of paper. One class covers the basics, the other is an “advanced” class (taking those who have mastered the basics a bit further).

            “We’ve had other requests, as well,” Todd McCormick noted. “Some contractors and estimators want a refresher course. The basic class, is perfect for when a contractor has someone who might become a rookie estimator. It will also help those who think they might want to become estimators to take a look at the kind of work involved.”

            While these courses are taught by veteran estimating instructors who work for and with McCormick Systems, they are not about computerized electrical estimating and do not promote the company’s products. Essentially, the courses are about electrical estimating itself. “The industry, through our customers, asked us to prepare courses to help create new estimators and provide a refresher for those who’ve been doing the work for a while, and that’s what we’ve tried to do,” Todd McCormick explained.

About McCormick Systems

Privately owned McCormick Systems (Chandler, AZ) is the nation’s leader in software used for electrical and ABS estimating and project management. The company’s products enable contractors to quickly produce consistent, profitable estimates for electrical and voice-data-video work, and more.

            More information: www.mccormicksys.com or 800-444-4890.

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NEMA Commends Senate on Passage of Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act

ROSSLYN, Va., July 23, 2010—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) commends the U.S. Senate on its passage, by unanimous consent, of S. 3250, the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act. This legislation would help achieve President Obama’s goal of reducing the energy consumption of the federal government by training federal facility managers to implement and properly use existing energy-efficient technologies.

“NEMA commends the Senate for its fast action on this legislation and encourages the House to follow suit,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. “Training federal facility managers on how to properly use these existing technologies will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and help the largest domestic user of energy—the federal government—reduce its carbon footprint.”

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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Berk-Tek Introduces Low Skew Cable

New Holland, PA – August 3, 2010…Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company, a leading copper and fiber optic cabling manufacturer, introduces “Berk-Tek Low Skew” cable, a four-pair UTP cable, specifically designed for video applications, such as digital signage.  This cable offers a cost-effective alternative to RGB coax cables. In addition, it can support video transmissions to distances longer than traditional Ethernet, which is limited to 100 meters.

“Each pair of a standardized UTP cable, such as Category 5e, 6 and 6a, is manufactured with a different twist rate to minimize crosstalk between pairs, which is critical when running high-speed, high-bandwidth Ethernet applications,” explains Jim Frey, Copper Product Manager for Berk-Tek.  “However this difference in lay lengths creates ‘skew,’ which is the time difference between the fastest pair and slowest pair., Since crosstalk is not a big concern in non-Ethernet  video applications, the  pairs in a low skew cable have almost negligible twist variations, making the electrical signals on all four pairs arrive closer together – a nominal 2.0 nanoseconds for every 100 meters,” Frey states.  “As a result, the low skew cable minimizes ghosting or blurring of fast moving images,” he adds.

Berk-Tek’s low skew cable offers a similar diameter to Category 5e products.  Berk-Tek’s low skew cable is available in CMP (plenum) with an outside diameter of 0.186” and CMR (riser) rated with a 0.192” O.D.  Coax cable has diameters upwards of 0.5”. The Berk-Tek Low Skew cables are available in boxes and reels from Berk-Tek’s major distribution channels.  Additional information about this, or any Berk-Tek product can be provided by your local Berk-Tek sales representative of by visiting us at www.berktek.com.

About Berk-Tek, A Nexans Company

For more than 45 years, Berk-Tek has been a leading manufacturer of more than 100 different network copper and fiber optic cable products. The company has led in the development of high-performance and enhanced fiber optic and UTP cables designed to transport high-speed data and voice transmissions. Berk-Tek has major manufacturing facilities at New Holland, PA, Fuquay-Varina, NC and Elm City, NC. For more information, visit www.berktek.com.

About Nexans

Nexans, the worldwide leader in the cable industry, brings an extensive range of advanced copper and optical fiber cable solutions to the infrastructure, industry and building markets for telecommunications and energy networks. With an industrial presence in 29 countries and commercial activities worldwide, Nexans employs 21,000 people and had sales in 2006 of $8.8 billion. Nexans is listed on the Paris stock exchange as NEX. Visit www.nexans.com.  

Editorial Contact:         Carol Everett Oliver

Tel: 717-682-7336

E-mail: carol.oliver@nexans.com

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BICSI ANNOUNCES CANDIDATES FOR 2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION

Tampa, Fla., Aug. 10, 2010—BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2010 BICSI Board of Directors Election.

Candidates for the Position of Secretary

J. Carl Bonner Jr., RCDD, OSP, WD, Network Communications Supply Company, Milton, FL

Edward Boychuk, RCDD, Convergent Technology Partners, LLC, Flint, MI

Michael Collins, RCDD, CCDA, NCE, AT&T, Bellaire, TX

Christine Klauck, RCDD, NTS, JaffeeHolden, Norwalk, CT

Charles Lee Wilson, RCDD, NTS, OSP, Wilson Technology Group, Inc., Brooksville, FL

Candidates for the Position of Canadian Region Director

Henry P. Franc, RCDD, OSP, Belden, Mississauga, Ontario

Peter Levoy, RCDD, Anixter Canada, Mississauga, Ontario

Candidates for the Position of U.S. South-Central Region Director
(Serving members in AR, CO, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NM, OK, TN & TX)

Erkan Gunal, RCDD, NTS, CLICK2SEE.US, LLC, Centennial, CO

Gary E. Moore, RCDD, AmeriCom Automation Services, Inc., New Braunfels, TX

Paul Marek, RCDD, CCNA, AT&T, New Braunfels, TX

Candidates for the Position of U.S. Southeast Region Director
(Serving members in AL, FL, GA, NC, SC & VA)

Alvin B. Emmett, RCDD, AT&T, Ball Ground, GA

Mel E. Lesperance, RCDD, Affiliated Engineers, Inc., Tampa, FL

Rodney Casteel, RCDD, NTS, OSP, CommScope, Villa Rica, GA

Warren R. Law, PE, RCDD, NTS, OSP, LEED AP, Dulohery Weeks Engineers, Savannah, GA

Candidates for the Position of U.S. Western Region Director
(Serving members in AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA & WY)

Michael Cantrell, RCDD, California Data Center Design Group, Laguna Hills, CA

Robert A. Prichard, RCDD, NTS, NCE, Sparling, Inc., Seattle, WA

Todd Strand, RCDD, NTS, OSP, On Target Voice & Data, Irvine, CA

For a complete list of candidate biographies, please visit www.bicsi.org/election.

The BICSI Secretary is responsible for keeping accurate records and minutes of all meetings of BICSI and of the Board of Directors. The Secretary will be responsible for facilitating the review and updating of BICSI’s Bylaws and Board of Directors’ Operating Policies and Procedures.

A Region Director represents the members of his/her geographical region in the governance of BICSI. In addition to the duties as a member of the Board of Directors, each Region Director will be assigned the duty of Board Liaison to a standing committee. The Region Director will be an ex-officio member of the committee and shall communicate the concerns of the Board to the committee and the actions and concerns of the committee to the Board.

Newly elected officers will officially begin their two-year term at the Annual Business Meeting during the 2011 BICSI Winter Conference in Orlando, Fla., this January.

All individual and corporate members in good standing as of July 1, 2010, will be eligible to vote for Secretary. Region Director positions will only be voted on by the members in that region. Voting will open on Sept. 1 and will run through Sept. 30. The 2010 BICSI Board Elections will be conducted by Election Services Corporation.

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BICSI is a professional association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry. ITS covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security, and audio & 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.

Contact: Ashley Macaluso, amacaluso@bicsi.org, or Maarja Kolberg, mkolberg@bicsi.org, +1 813.979.1991

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Electrical Workers Convention to Utilize Green Power for its National Training Institute Events

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, NJATC, will utilize a Green Power Alternative Demonstrator, or G-PAD, for electrical generation at its Annual National Training Institute (NTI) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The G-PAD, is a portable electrical generation station using built-in solar panels and an extendable wind turbine. G-PAD collects and stores clean electrical power for numerous applications. 

“Having the G-PAD power our electrical needs for our outdoor events is a great way to highlight the new technologies in the electrical industry,” said Rick Hecklinger, Assistant Executive Director for the NJATC. The G-PAD was engineered and built by master craftsmen of the Electrical Industry of Central Ohio Labor Management Cooperation Committee (LMCC); comprised of members of the Ohio Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 683, and the Electrical Trades Training Center.

“The G-PAD is really what the National Training Institute is about – educating our membership on the cutting-edge trends in our industry and developing highly skilled, competent workers for the electrical construction industry,” said Hecklinger. “This collaborative initiative by the LMCC shows the forward thinking of our training commitment and readiness of our workforce for the changes in our industry,” added Hecklinger.

According to the website, www.the-gpad.org, the G-PAD unit delivers over 2,000 watts for 20 hours on battery power alone, which is equivalent to the energy consumption of a medium-sized home. It also has a solar generation capacity of 2,160 watts; wind generation capacity of 1,200 watts; solar generation surface area of 252 square feet; and a wind turbine that rises to 28 feet.

“We are thrilled that the Ohio Chapter of NECA and IBEW Local Union 683 are allowing us to utilize their G-PAD at our National Training Institute. This is what “green” electrical energy is all about,” said Hecklinger.

About the NJATC

The NJATC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1941 by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The organization is committed to developing and standardizing education in the electrical industry to properly and effectively train members of NECA and the IBEW; providing the electrical construction industry with the most highly trained and skilled workforce possible. Since its inception, more than 325,000 apprentices have completed NJATC training programs and become competent Journeymen, making the organization one of the largest training and apprenticeship programs of its kind. For more information, go to www.njatc.org.

About National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA’s national office and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development. For more information, visit www.necanet.org.

About The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

The IBEW is an international labor organization that has trained the most qualified electrical workers in the trade for more than 119 years.  With approximately 725,000 members in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Republic of Panama, the IBEW has members in construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government. For more information, visit www.ibew.org

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Introducing QuickTreX™ Wire Surgeon® RJ-45 Modular Crimping Tool

Special Introductory Pricing

Clark, NJ – August 1, 2010 -  QuickTreX™, a manufacturer of high quality datacom products, introduces its Professional Wire Surgeon® RJ-45 Modular Crimping Tool, with a very low effort crimp mechanism for less user fatigue. Ultra precise and manufactured with durable zinc alloy, which supports the product for accurate results on each crimp, this tool will last for years of continual use.

A Crowned Head™ pin arrangement accounts for flexing of the plug during the crimping process and reliably delivers evenly crimped pins. With a precise ratcheting mechanism, it crimps modular plugs in perfect and even parallel action. Calibrated to a nominal of .237", for most high quality RJ connectors, it maintains an impressive +/- .003 tolerance. This crimping tool meets FCC Spec 68.5 and works with QuickTreX, SS, Sentinel, as well as Tyco type plugs and many others.

The Professional "Wire Surgeon®" RJ-45 Modular Crimping Tool accepts both types of latch locking stand offs (2 or 3) for a proper crimp of cable jacket, while maintaining the integrity of the conductors "lay". The plug locks in place to maintain proper position to elevate movement. This allows the tool to crimp properly over the contacts while not damaging the plastic in the latch area, leaving a good clean crimp /connection. There is an accessible release button in the event the tool needs to be open prior to a full crimp.

SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER

To introduce the quality of QuickTreX products, the following introductory special is available through September 10, 2010. Use the Coupon Code to get the special pricing.

QuickTrex®  Wire Surgeon™ RJ45 Modular Crimping Tool

Reg. $119         Intro Special $77     Coupon Code: QTINTRO2

http://www.lanshack.com/QuickTreX-Professional-Wire-Surgeon-RJ-45-Modular-Crimping-Tool-P5742C0.aspx

For more information, call QuickTreX at 800-642-8320, or visit the website at www.quicktrex.com.

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About QuickTrex

QuickTreX™ is a manufacturer of high quality datacom products - such as copper cabling hardware, fiber optic cable assemblies, tools and testers - catering to the low voltage cabling industry for use in premise networks, security, and electrical applications. QuickTreX was founded to fill a need for products that are in tune with the technicians who use them. The QuickTrex R&D team is continually researching, staying ahead of developing trends in the market place, in order to offer quality innovative products. To obtain additional information, call 800-642-8320, or visit the website at www.quicktrex.com.

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Registration Now Open for Security Products 2010 Virtual Event

Security Products Virtual Event 2010

Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. CDT

Register today:  http://www.1105info.com/t.do?id=5402532:2907688

Make plans now to connect with fellow security professionals at one of the most comprehensive security events of the year... FREE from the convenience of your own office.

At the Security Products Virtual Event 2010, you can tour our virtual expo area, network with hundreds of colleagues, visit our vendor booths to learn about the latest products and strategies for 2011 and beyond, and attend can't-miss presentations from industry leaders, including:

-  "Video Management Solutions in a School Setting" presented by James Whitcomb, CTO of Video Insight, and two school end-users in IT security and physical security

-  "Cloud Computing, Cloud Storage" presented by Andres Rodriguez, founder and CEO of Nasuni

-  "Security Standards" presented by Bob Cutting, Video Analytics Chairman of PSIA and Vice President, Product Management, ObjectVideo

-  Plus more presentations to be announced!

Each presentation will be followed by a LIVE Q&A session.

Don't miss this once-a-year opportunity!  Register today at:
http://www.1105info.com/t.do?id=5402533:2907688

Or learn more at:
http://www.1105info.com/t.do?id=5402534:2907688

Event sponsors include DSX and Zebra Technologies.

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Siemon Announces New 40+Gb/s QSFP+ Passive Copper Cable Assemblies for High-Speed Data Center Interconnect Applications

4-lane low latency interconnect solution provides up to 10+Gb/s of bandwidth per lane to support server blade to box, rack-to-rack and shelf-to-shelf interconnects as well as high-speed networking and storage equipment applications.

Watertown, Connecticut – July 20, 2010 – Siemon, a leading global manufacturer of IT network cabling and infrastructure systems, announces the release of their 40+Gb/s QSFP+ (Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus) passive copper cabling products.  These shielded 4-lane copper cable assemblies were developed as a cost-effective, low-power option for high-speed data center interconnects up to 7 meters, ideal for applications such as high-performance computing (HPC), enterprise networking, video networking and network storage systems.

The QSFP+ form factor interface can replace up to four standard SFP+ connections, providing greater port density and reduced system cost. Advanced design and manufacturing processes, such as precision wire stripping and a unique automated termination process result in optimized Cross Talk control and Return Loss. The same automated processes result in Siemon’s QSFP+ assembly’s consistent and industry leading signal integrity performance.

Interoperable with compliant SFF-8436 interfaces, Siemon’s QSFP+ copper interconnects are fully compatible with a wide array of data protocols/interfaces, including InfiniBand 4X SDR, DDR, QDR and FDR as well as Ethernet 10G, 40G (IEEE-802.3ba) and SONET electrical failover 40G links.  They also support Fibre Channel SAN 10G, 40G and SAN; RapidIO and Myrinet 40G systems links. Other applications include CameraLink2 Video Vision networking, Digital Signage networking, Converged and Unified fabric networking as well as NUMA, QSnet, AuroraIO, RocketIO, StratixIO, VITA-55 and VITA-VXS systems links.

Siemon also offers application specific assembly solutions integrating QSFP+ interfaces in hybrids, hydras and other value-added configurations as well as varied EEPROM programming options, wire gauges and assembly lengths.

This interconnect is part of the Siemon’s high speed connectivity products that include Moray Ô QSFP+ AOC’s and MTP Plug and Play solutions as well as a variety of innovative category cabling products.

Learn more about Siemon’s high-speed interconnect products at: www.siemon.com/sis

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About Siemon:

Established in 1903, Siemon (www.siemon.com) is a global industry leader in the development and manufacture of high quality, high-performance network cabling solutions. Siemon’s Interconnect Solutions business unit (SIS) specializes in the development of high-speed interconnects. Headquartered in Watertown, Connecticut, USA, Siemon operates directly in over 30 countries and, through its channels, services customers in over 100 countries. Siemon offers a comprehensive suite of copper and optical fiber cabling systems. With over 400 patents, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and is actively involved with numerous industry standards organizations around the world.

www.siemon.com/sis

www.siemon.com

Media Contact:

Brian Duval

MarCom Manager

Siemon

101 Siemon Company Drive

 Watertown, CT 06795

Ph: 860-945-4380

E: brian_duval@siemon.com

Product Information Contact:

Tom Pike

Product Manager

Siemon Interconnect Solutions

Ph: 860-945-8499

E: tom_pike@siemon.com

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Siemon’s Z-MAX 6A Shielded Connecting Hardware Verified for ISO/IEC 11801 Category 6A Component Compliance

Independent, third party testing confirms that Siemon’s Z-MAX 6A achieves both component compliance and full channel compliance with the published version of ISO/IEC 11801

Watertown, CT.  July 23, 2010. Independent, 3rd-party ETL testing confirms that Siemon’s Z-MAX 6A shielded connector exceeds all category 6A component performance parameters specified by newly published amendment 2 of ISO/IEC 11801, 2nd ed. and IEC 60603-7-51 for category 6A connecting hardware.  Performed by Intertek, an industry-recognized ETL testing provider, the testing assessed NEXT loss, return loss, insertion loss, FEXT loss, TCL, TCTL, DC resistance, DC resistance unbalance, PSANEXT loss, and PSAFEXT loss performance.  The Z-MAX 6A shielded connecting hardware showed performance headroom across all tested parameters.

In addition to component compliance to the more stringent ISO/IEC requirements, independent 3rd-party testing conducted by UL verifies that Siemon’s Z-MAX 6A shielded end-to-end system exceeds category 6A/class EA channel requirements specified by ANSI/TIA-568-C.2 and amendment 1 of ISO/IEC 11801 2nd ed.  The complete Z-MAX 6A shielded channel consists of Z-MAX 6A outlets, Siemon category 6A shielded cable and Z-MAX 6A patch panels, as well as Z-MAX 6A patch cords, which feature a design integrating a precisely tuned printed circuit board (PCB) into every plug for enhanced signal integrity and unparalleled end-to-end system performance.

The Z-MAX 6A shielded connector’s high performance is driven by an exclusive, patent-pending linear termination module that eliminates split and crossed pairs. The linear Z-MAX termination module allows conductors to be laced quickly into position without pair crosses, thereby maintaining and protecting cable pair geometry for optimized transmission.

The Z-MAX 6A shielded outlet also features exclusive diagonally-oriented IDC contact technology. This unique diagonal configuration maximizes distance between contacts within side-stacked outlets compared with traditional rectangular contact layouts. Maximizing pair-to-pair separation between adjacent outlets minimizes alien crosstalk. The enhanced noise resistance in shielded Z-MAX systems enables ultra-high density patching, accommodating up to 48 ports within 1U (one rack mount space).

The innovative combination of Z-MAX linear termination module and outlet is also at the heart of the system's best-in-class termination time. Using the simple, patent-pending Z-TOOL™, Z-MAX 6A shielded outlets can be terminated in as little as 60 seconds from start to finish, including cable preparation. To further enhance flexibility and user-friendliness, Z-MAX work area outlets feature an exclusive hybrid design that allows both flat and angled mounting orientations with the same outlet. Enhanced high visibility printed icons provide a complete color -coded identification system.

Z-MAX 6A is supported by multiple work area faceplates and surface mount options in addition to a full suite of Siemon data center cabinet, rack and cable management products.

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Siemon Network Cabling Systems Support IBM’s Enterprise Modular Data Center (EMDC) Solution

Watertown, CT USA, July 20, 2010, Siemon, a global leader in network cabling solutions, is proud to announce that its products can be implemented as a part of IBM’s enhanced Enterprise Modular Data Center (EMDC) program.  EMDC is a large data center design concept which uses pre-engineered design strategies allowing customers to meet unpredictable business and IT demands.   By building to a design that allows customers to increase density and footprint as required, clients can scale their data centers when needed without disruption to existing operations.

To bring this vision of large modular, plug and play data centers to the market, IBM and Siemon will work collaboratively with IBM and its global ecosystem of the world’s leading data center physical infrastructure providers. End-to-end Siemon solutions that complement IBM’s EMDC solution include high-performance Z-MAX category 6A and TERA category 7A twisted pair copper cabling systems, 10, 40 and 100-Gigabit-Ready fiber optic cabling solutions, MapIT G2 Intelligent Infrastructure Management System and innovative VersaPOD data center cabinets.  

Siemon’s full network cabling infrastructure solution set, as well as their expert support network and global footprint fully aligns with IBM’s vision that data centers can be constructed in a flexible way with the ability to scale on-demand and significantly reduce initial capital and operating costs.  In addition to Siemon’s network cabling and data center infrastructure capabilities, the IBM EMDC collaboration includes existing and new partners in power, cooling, monitoring and management and data center architecture and engineering to help clients design, build and operate data centers.

“More than 60% of CIOs around the world are expecting significant change brought by soaring data volumes, increasingly complex analyses and ever larger populations of users.  The struggle to respond to changing IT requirements to fit business demands is outdating a classic approach to building large, monolithic data centers which have to last 20 or more years.” said Steven Sams, vice president, Global Site and Facilities Services.  “By working with Siemon to deliver innovative data center infrastructure, IBM enhances its global ability to lead data center innovation and meet changing requirements with a very flexible plug and play approach -- allowing data center capabilities to be added – and paid for - when and where they are needed.”

As part of a supplier agreement between IBM and Siemon and based on IBM client requirements, EMDC solutions may be deployed with Siemon’s high-performance cabling systems, including the IBM-branded FTS I-Line. Launched globally as part of IBM’s Fiber Transport System (FTS), the IBM FTS I-Line is a specialized offering of high-performance plug and play pre-terminated fiber cabling, developed specifically under Siemon’s strict quality guidelines. Constructed of laser optimized multimode and singlemode fiber optic cable and components, the IBM FTS I-Line provides IBM’s global customers with future-proof support of critical data center links including 10 Gb/s as well as future 40 and 100 Gb/s applications. Utilized within the EDMC, the IBM FTS I-Line offers a highly flexible and scalable cabling infrastructure, capable of supporting a wide range of vendor equipment configurations with simple plug and play implementation.

IBM’s EMDC may also be supported by Siemon’s high-performance twisted pair copper cabling solutions, including end-to-end shielded and UTP copper cabling systems ranging from category 5e to 10Gb/s category 6A to the highest performing fully shielded category 7A TERA system.   Global access to Siemon’s comprehensive line of copper cabling systems allows IBM to ensure that its EMDC solutions are outfitted with the a high quality, high performance cabling infrastructure to help maximize their clients return on investment and deliver best in class products to supports their clients’ requirements, anywhere in the world.

To learn about Siemon’s comprehensive line of copper and fiber optic network cabling solutions, visit: http: www.siemon.com

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IBM’s Enterprise Modular Data Center is one member of the IBM data center family ® of solutions to drive greater advancements in energy efficiencies by making data centers more flexible in matching IT needs to capital and operating costs. 

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Snake Tray Introduces Revolutionary Cable Conveyance and Installation Racks for Solar Panels

Snake Trayâ is proud to announce the Solar Snake Trayâ, a revolutionary weatherproof, hand-bendable cable conveyance that quickly and securely carries DC circuitry from solar panels to their terminations.

The patented stainless steel product incorporates a unique “lobster trap principle” which allows outdoor-rated cable to be effortlessly and securely installed while protecting it from hurricane force winds! Solar Snake Trayâ has built-in mounting rings, called “Snake Eyesâ,” every four inches for easy installation. Eight-foot sections join together with a single stainless steel connector requiring only a hex key to secure.

Snake Trayâ cable management products have experienced extensive testing in both indoor and outdoor environments including large government, aerospace and military installations, mining and train tunnels and challenging industrial applications worldwide.

Solar Snake Trayâ was developed from needs among leading solar plant installers to save time and cost on every installation. The product has saved scores of hours on Snake Tray’s own factory solar installation which will produce over 110% of the manufacturing firm’s electrical power needs in 2010, making Snake Trayâ one of the first hard goods manufacturer operating purely on self-generated solar power. 

Snake Trayâ also offers a wide variety of installation brackets to interface with any brand of solar panels racks including Snake Tray’s new ballasted, all-weather racks called Solar Snake Racksâ - also installed on Snake Tray’s factory solar array.

Snake Trayâ manufactures a series of innovative products for all applications of cable management and power distribution, all designed and proven to significantly save on labor, time and materials. Snake Trayâ products are Made In USA.

For information on Snake TrayŇ call 800-308-6788, email info@snaketray.com, or go to www.snaketray.com.

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NEMA Helps Channel Combat Counterfeits

By Darlene Bremer

http://www.counterfeitscankill.com/news/?fa=show&id=4464&cms=1

It is widely recognized by the U.S. and its trading partners that the manufacture and sale of counterfeit products is a crime involving the theft of intellectual property rights, including patents, trade, service and certification marks, and copyright. According to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., there are not only economic consequences from trafficking in counterfeit goods, including injury to the reputation of the rights-holder reduced tax revenue for governments, but potential harm to the deceived consumer, whose health and safety may be adversely impacted.

NEMA advocates for the creation and enforcement of measures that remove counterfeit products from the marketplace and penalizes those that traffic in counterfeit products. The association also assists its members with protecting their investment in their brands, and communicates with the U.S. government, other trade groups, and the public about issues presented by counterfeit electrical products.

The association’s Web site has several useful tools available for electrical contractors and distributors, manufacturers, and the public to use in the fight against counterfeit products, including a downloadable paper about technologies for authenticating products.

Brand protection technologies can be mainly categorized as overt, covert, forensic, and digital. Overt technologies on products allow a customer to readily see a mark of authenticity. Some, however, will be semi-overt in that they may be viewable by eye, but typically need some type of special lighting or viewer to be read. Covert technologies will not be visible at all, and will require a special tool for detection. Forensic technologies will likewise not be visible, and will require very specialized laboratory equipment and analysis for detection. Digital technologies can only be detected via electronic means. Most companies employ “layered” solutions for their product authentication, with different levels of protection designed to best ensure the ability to detect between counterfeit and genuine product.

For more information, go to www.nema.org/gov/anti-counterfeiting.

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Introducing QuickTreX™ Professional Technician Tool Kits

Special Introductory Pricing

Clark, NJ – August 1, 2010  -  QuickTreX™, a manufacturer of high quality datacom products, introduces its Helios and Kronos tool kits, designed for electrical technicians, cable installers, systems installers for security, building automation, etc. Unlike other kits on the market, QuickTreX kits contain the appropriate tools needed for these professional service technicians. Both tool kits are equally durable and the contents are the same. The difference is in the styling - the Helios has an attaché case design and the Kronos has a rugged look.

SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER

To introduce the quality of QuickTreX products, the following introductory specials are available through September 10, 2010. Use the Coupon Codes to get the special pricing.

Helios or Kronos Tool Kits

Reg. $835.00     Intro Special  $560.00     Coupon Code: QTINTRO1

Each kit contains the following (Click Here for Detailed Description of the each of the contents in the Kit)

LANTEST-PRO 8 Cable Tester with 8 Remotes

QuickTreX™ Professional "Wire Surgeon®" Impact Termination Tool

QuickTreX™ Professional "Five In One" Modular Crimping Tool

QuickTreX™ Wire Surgeon® Wire and Kevlar Scissors

QuickTreX™ E-Z UTP Cable Stripper

Fenix E20 LED Flashlight

FlashLight PAL™

27-pc. Pro Screwdriver Set

58-pc. Ratchet Driver and Bit Set

Kobalt 9" Linesman Pliers

Kobalt 8" Long Nose Pliers

Kobalt 7" Diagonal Pliers

20-oz. Jacketed Fiberglass Claw Hammer

8" Adjustable Wrench

8" and 10" Groove Joint Pliers (Qty 1 Each)

Precision Diagonal Cut Pliers

4" Scratch Awl

Telescoping Inspection Mirror

6" Wallboard Saw

Folding Utility Knife

QuickTreX™ Level

QuickTreX™ Tape Measure

3M™ Lexa™ Fighter Protective Eyewear Clear AF Lens

VisorMag™ - VM-14

9 Pocket Handy Pouch

2 Plastic Parts Jars

Carson TriView™ - TV-15

Latex Dipped Work Gloves

QuickTreX Adjustable Hat (OSFA)

Case

For more information, call QuickTreX at 800-642-8320, or visit the website at www.quicktrex.com.

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About QuickTrex

QuickTreX™ is a manufacturer of high quality datacom products - such as copper cabling hardware, fiber optic cable assemblies, tools and testers - catering to the low voltage cabling industry for use in premise networks, security, and electrical applications. QuickTreX was founded to fill a need for products that are in tune with the technicians who use them. The QuickTrex R&D team is continually researching, staying ahead of developing trends in the market place, in order to offer quality innovative products. To obtain additional information, call 800-642-8320, or visit the website at www.quicktrex.com.

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NECA 2010 SHOW BOSTON = A MUST DO EVENT

KEY DATES:

  • Sep 10–12 2009

Exhibitor Move-In

Sep 12–15 2009

The Show

Sunday

Sep 13

11:30am–5pm

Monday

Sep 14

11:30am–4pm

Tuesday

Sep 15

10:30am–2:30pm

Schedule at a Glance

More Information

At The Convention

Schedule

Special Events

At The NECA Show

The NECA Show is packed with valuable opportunities; take advantage of our exciting schedule and plan now!

About Boston

Enjoy the best of Boston! Discover the best places to visit, eat, and stay during your time at the NECA Show.

News

You Gotta Have the Stamp: OSHA 10 Hour Course at NECA 2010 Boston Will Deliver It

08/11/2010

OSHA’s 10-Hour safety course has been the standard for general industry and electrical safety for years, but only recently did owners and general contractors begin demanding to see stamped cards verifying a worker’s successful completion of the course. We know you don’t have any time to waste, so we’ve gone the extra step to ensure that [...] more

Guest Post: Connecting at NECA 2010 Boston

08/05/2010

by Nate S. Oland, National Account Executive, Federated Insurance I’m really looking forward to the upcoming convention in Boston! It sounds like NECA has some great activities planned, and I intend to participate in as many as I can.  September 15, 2010, marks the one-year anniversary since Federated was chosen as an Official Partner of NECA. [...] more

New at 2010 NECA Show! The Construction Zone Sponsored by Rexel

08/02/2010

We’re thrilled to announced that our first-ever NECA Show Construction Zone will be sponsored by Rexel, a leading distributor worldwide of electrical supplies . The Construction Zone will be the prime location for catching your breath and taking in all that’s available on the NECA Show floor. This central networking lounge will be decked out in [...] more

Cost Comparison: The REAL Value of NECA 2010 Boston

07/28/2010

by Beth Ellis, NECA executive director, convention/exposition The deadline to take advantage of early registration savings is coming up soon – August 13 – and I don’t want you to miss any of the opportunities NECA has put together for our annual convention and trade show this year. I’ve included the complete convention brochure, as well [...] more

There’s Only ONE Official NECA 2010 Boston Housing Company!

07/26/2010

It has been brought to our attention that there is yet ANOTHER organization now posing as the official housing company for the NECA 2010 Conference in Boston. We would like to reiterate that CMR is the ONLY official housing and registration agent for the NECA 2010 Boston Show. No other housing [...] more

Jerry Rivera Geeks Out Over Safety Sessions at NECA 2010 Boston

07/19/2010

YEEHAW! Okay, I just had to release that sudden burst excitement that NECA Boston 2010 brings to all of us working in electrical construction. Let me start by saying that the entire event will have some great activities, exciting displays and awesome training opportunities. But you know me — when it comes to safety, I just can’t [...] more

Off to a Great Start: Opening Reception featuring A Grand-Slam Night Out at Jillian’s!

07/16/2010

The opening reception for NECA 2010 Boston will get your NECA team spirit going for a fun-filled, entertainment-packed evening at Jillian’s-a great location with a great view of all the action at Fenway Park, on a night one of the greatest rivalries in baseball play out as [...] more

Only One Month Left to Get Early Registration Rates!

07/13/2010

Early registration closes August 13, so you’re running out of time to save on your registration for the electrical construction industry’s premier event! If you’ve already registered, we’re thrilled that you’ll be joining us in Boston, Oct. 2-5! We’re putting together a great program, and we’re continuing to update the resources and refine management and technical [...] more

Help! I’ve already registered, but now I want to add a pre-convention workshop to my registration!

07/06/2010

First of all, congratulations to you for taking advantage of NECA 2010 Boston’s pre-convention workshops. (We start them on Friday, Oct. 1 so folks attending the Oct. 2 Board of Governors meeting can participate, too.) Second, you can add pre-convention workshops and tours to your existing registration online or call Katie at 301-215-4506 for help. If you [...] more

NJATC Executive Director Mike Callanan Reviews the NECA 2010 Boston Brochure

06/11/2010

Did you get a chance to pick up your NECA 2010 Boston brochure yet? I was quickly sorting through my daily mail last week when I came across the NECA 2010 Convention brochure. Wow, was I impressed! I know what you’re thinking: Ok, so I admit, I am a training guy, and it really [...] more

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Broadband Subscribers Continue to Give High Ratings to End-to-End Fiber Services

(WASHINGTON) - Consumer appreciation of fiber to the home (FTTH) services is steadily growing as satisfaction rates among those who subscribe to all-fiber networks continue to outpace those for other broadband access technologies such as cable modem and DSL, according to a new report commissioned by the Fiber-to-the-Home Council.

The survey of more than 1,000 FTTH subscribers and 600 other broadband subscribers, drawn randomly from an online panel of more than 50,000 consumers by the research firm RVA LLC, found that 41 percent of broadband subscribers recognize the term "fiber to the home," compared to 28 percent who did so in a similar survey in 2009. 

Meanwhile, 71 percent of FTTH subscribers report that they are "very satisfied" with their Internet service, compared with 53 percent for cable modem subscribers and 52 percent for DSL.  And with regard to high definition television performance, 73 percent of FTTH TV subscribers say they are "very satisfied," compared with 61 percent for satellite customers and 45 percent for cable television subscribers. 

Download a copy of the survey report here.

The survey, which also asked respondents to measure and report the speed of their Internet connectivity via www.speakeasy.net, found that average FTTH download and upload speeds continue to stay well ahead of cable and DSL.   Based on these reports, FTTH currently has a median download speed of 16.6 Mbps and an uploadspeed of 4.5 Mbps, an increase of 219 percent for download and 350 percent for upload speeds over the three years RVA has conducted this survey.

Compared to tests from consumers with other types of broadband, FTTH download speeds on average are 1.5 times faster than cable modem download speeds, and 5.7 times faster than the median DSL download speeds.   In terms of upload speeds, FTTH is 3.2 times faster than cable modem and 5.7 times faster than DSL.

As of April 2010, fiber to the home services were available to more than 16 percent of North American homes and were connected to nearly six million of them.  RVA President Mike Render will unveil his latest report on FTTH deployment statistics at the 2010 FTTH Conference & Expo, scheduled for September 12-16 in Las Vegas.

In response to an open-ended question in this latest consumer survey, FTTH subscribers identified Internet speed, video picture clarity and consistency of results as the top benefits of their all-fiber service.   The survey also found that a wide variety of potentially high bandwidth applications are currently accessed over fiber, led by shopping from home, gaming, and uploading large files.  Advanced applications, such as two-way video conferencing, are also increasing in use.

A total of 13 percent of FTTH users report operating a home-based business, of which 75 percent are reportedly more efficient or wouldn't be possible without FTTH.   Based on survey input regarding revenues received from home-based business, RVA estimates that increased efficiencies from FTTH may already add as much as $9.9 billion to the US home-based business economy

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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Fall 2010 courses from BAC and BuildingGreen

In the seven years that BuildingGreen has partnered with the Boston Architectural College (BAC) on its online Sustainable Design Certificate Program, this is the most exciting list of courses we've yet offered! I'm thrilled to be part of BAC's effort and to pass along this invitation to participate.

BAC's continuing education curriculum in sustainable design is the largest and most comprehensive in the country. We are offering 29 different courses during the two fall sessions. These courses can be used to help fulfill four different BAC certificate programs in sustainable design, or they can simply help expand your background in various aspects of green building.

Take a look at the list of courses below for Session 1 (August 30th through October 23rd) or Session 2 (October 25th through December 17th). Some of these courses may fill up quickly, so if you're interested, I'd suggest you sign up as soon as possible.

To learn more (and register) go to www.the-bac.edu/green, call 617-585-0101 or send an email to the BAC's Director of Sustainable Design, Lance Fletcher, AIA, LEED AP.

Best regards,

Alex Wilson
Founder and Executive Editor

Here's the line up of courses for the Fall 2010 Semester in the Sustainable Design Certificate Program. Registration is now open.

FIRST SESSION: AUGUST 30 - OCTOBER 23

  • Building Envelope
  • Daylighting and State-of-the-Art Electric Lighting
  • Energy Modeling in Building Design
  • Environmental Systems
  • Getting the Green Building You Want: Construction Management
  • Green Practice: Energy and Air Quality Principles
  • Life Cycle Assessment of Building Materials
  • Marketing Sustainability
  • Materials, Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Site Design, Landscaping and Site-Water Issues
  • Solar Energy: Design with the Sun
  • Sustainable Communities: Land Use, Transportation and Planning
  • Sustainable Design as Way of Thinking
  • Sustainable Design in Practice
  • Sustainable Design of Healthcare Facilities
  • The Urgent and Hopeful Future of Sustainable Design

SECOND SESSION: OCTOBER 25 - DECEMBER 17

  • Environmental Systems
  • Global Perspectives on Sustainable Design
  • Green Practice: Energy and Air Quality Principles
  • Green Residential Remodeling and Renovation
  • Green Roofs/Green Walls
  • Greening Existing Buildings
  • Greening the City
  • High Performance Design and the LEED Rating System
  • Learning from Sustainable Design through History
  • Legal Issues in Sustainable Design: From the Building to the City Scale
  • Materials, Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Residential Energy Modeling
  • Sustainable Design as a Way of Thinking
  • Sustainable Neighborhoods
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • The Economics of Green Building
  • The Zero Energy Home: What, How and If

Instructors are building industry experts. All courses are online, instructor-led, interactive, asynchronous and limited to 15 students each. The eight-week courses are offered at the graduate level and earn 1.5 credits. Many courses earn 24 AIA HSW/SD Learning Units and some are approved for 17.5 GBCI continuing education hours.


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