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Issue: February 2010
By: Frank Bisbee


Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces


BISBEE’S BUZZ

“HOTS - Heard On The Street” Monthly column is always one step ahead. HOTS offers the news and resources to keep you informed of the ongoing developments that constantly transform the ITS industry. As a HOTS reader, we strive to keep you notified you of significant advancements and changes to the field. With HOTS, you’re the first to know.

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee
"Heard On The Street" Monthly Column
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frank@wireville.com

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About QuickTechTriX... We're All About Networking

We heard from a very reliable source that LANshack.com is currently in the process of developing a new website called QuickTechTrix.com. If you can believe all of the reports, they intend to make this website the best resource on the web for knowledge and social networking for all of those who are in the low voltage cabling field. The following are some of the new features being developed for this new site:

1) Social networking for cabling professionals that will integrate seamlessly with other sites like Facebook and other Social Networking venues

2) A totally new search engine that is "Industry Specific" and strictly geared for Premise Cabling, Security, Wireless, Electrical, etc.

3) Free ads for companies looking to hire and people seeking jobs in the Industry.

4) Industry Related Forums that will be moderated by knowledgeable professionals. …..MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!!

5) A wealth of Articles, Tech-Tips, and even "How-To" Videos.

6) Many features that invite user participation.

There are supposedly many other features that are "top secret" that even our contact was not privied to. The site is being kicked off with a "Tool Survey" that is initially by invitation only but is currently in working form. You can access it by going to http://www.QuickTechTriX.com/toolsurvey and using the password Tec-Cat. All respondents will get an email after completing the survey with a randomly generated number that can win premium prizes like LED Flashlights, Tool Cases, etc. The results of the survey will be compiled and used for an article on Technician's Tool Kits. If you love tools, than take this survey.

Let's see if this new site can live up to all of its hype.

Frank Bisbee

"Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

www.wireville.com

QuickTechTrix is a subsidiary of Atcom Services, Inc. Incorporated in the State of New Jersey in 1993. Atcom Services, Inc. has had a presence on the web for 12 years (at the time of this writing) with www.LANshack.com ecommerce superstore. LANshack.com has been serving the Telecommunications and Electrical Industries with a great variety of articles, information and products during that time.  In our employ we have seasoned professionals in the Telecommunications and Electrical Industries with many years of combined experience and various certifications and accreditations.

In recent years, we have reached out and networked more and more with other professionals through our immense contact base that we have gained through our many years in the business so as to enhance our knowledge and product offerings. We realize what a powerful tool we have in networking with our vast contact base of peer professionals. It was through this process of networking that we came up with the idea to start a website that would be all about the coming together of minds in our industry to serve for the better cause of all.  We started by creating a list of Professional Associations that serve our Industry and extended and related Industries. When we finished the list, we were awe struck by the sheer number of Associations that we found which are serving our Industry, (currently thirty-two ) many of which, we didn't even know about until starting this project. There may even be more? We have not even scratched the surface yet. There are Standards associations (like UL for example) and Government entities (like the FTC for example). Thousands of IBEW and CWA local unions across the Nation. Professional Magazines and Periodicals, Newsletters, Learning Institutions and Tech-Courses, , and of course we cannot forget Wireville's HOTS (Heard On the Street) that is an incredible resource for gossip, changes and happenings in the Industry. The enormity of it all can be sort of overwhelming when you think of it. And yet, as they say "It's a Small World".  What about the theory called "Six Degrees of Separation"? Here at QTT we will not rest until we achieve only one or two degrees of separation (for most people in our profession) or at least we can try.

Being a member of a professional trade association surely is a great way to stay in touch with current knowledge and network with peers about your industry. Take BICSI (Building Industry Consulting Service International) for example. BICSI is probably one of the largest Telecommunications Associations in the world. And yet a vast portion of people in our industries never even heard of BICSI. Many BICSI members never even heard of CABA (Continental Automated Buildings Association), and then there's the huge entity called NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association). And it goes on and on. Our mission at QuickTechTrix (QTT) is to change all of that. We are about networking professionals from every possible segment of the industry.

www.quicktechtrix.com and don’t miss some great prizes with the tool survey on line www.quicktechtrix.com/toolsurvey

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Concert Technologies Defines the Standards of Previously Convoluted Terminology and Improper Installation of the Demarc Extension

Until Now, Federal Law Mandated a Demarc Extension for Every Telecom Circuit Delivered in the U.S. Without Guidelines

DULLES, VA, JANUARY 15, 2010 –  Concert Technologies, the nationwide installation and international rollout leader, today announced the launch of its Demarc Extension Nationwide brand and associated website which defines the previously non-existent standards for a demarc extension.

FCC part 68 regulation and federal law mandates every telecommunications circuit to have a demarc extension. This is the critical cabling and equipment that extends a circuit in the building from the local access provider’s demarcation point to the edge customer’s premises equipment. There are thousands of circuits delivered weekly to organizations across the country with each circuit requiring a demarc extension. Without the standardization of terms and installation practices, there is a high risk of negative impact to the delivery, performance and maintenance of critical telecommunications circuits and their access to the internet and other network connections outside of a facility.

“This has been a problem in the industry for over three decades,” said Dennis Mazaris, developer of Demarc Extension Nationwide and President of Concert Technologies. “The lack of industry standards and terms has caused confusion, delayed communication flow and finger pointing, as well as issues in overall service delivery. With a decade and a half of experience deploying technology nationwide and globally, we have taken the initiative in defining and standardizing a demarc extension, the single most critical cabling component within a facility.” 

Benefits to the Industry

The Demarc Extension Nationwide initiative standardizes the previous confusion within the telecommunications and technology industry.  The Demarc Extension Nationwide brand was developed for the following purposes:

To deliver an accelerated and exceptional level of nationwide service, including international capabilities, for the installation and maintenance of demarc extensions.

Eliminate management needs and effort by providing all demarc extension services from a single nationwide provider.

To provide clear and concise information to the telecommunications market and facilitate the understanding of specifications and installation practices for the demarc extension.

In addition to information to help solution providers, end users and the industry at large understand and properly identify what a demarc extension is, the website also includes the following:

Defined Demarc Extension and Associated Terms

Diagrams and Configuration Options

Standardized Naming Conventions and Definitions

Demarc Extensions History and FAQs

Demarc Extension Nationwide Services

Manufacture specifications for cabling and equipment for demarc extensions based on circuit type

About Demarc Extension Nationwide

Demarc Extension Nationwide is a brand of Concert Technologies and was developed as the telecommunications industry leader of nationwide installation services and education of the demarc extension. In addition to providing these nationwide installation and maintenance services, the brand sets the standards and supplies the necessary information to facilitate the understanding of specifications and installation practices for demarc extensions. Visit Demarc Extension Nationwide online at www.demarcextension.com

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ACUTA Alert:  Areas of Refuge

In the Fall, 2009 ACUTA Journal, Contributing Editor Curt Harler wrote an article regarding the important topic of “Areas of Refuge” in campus buildings.  The Legislative/Regulatory Affairs Committee would like to draw your attention to some key points in this article, and we urge you to read the entire article at http://www.acuta.org/?2728.

An Area of Refuge (AOR), also known in the Americans with Disabilities Act as an Area of Rescue, is a location in a building designed to hold occupants during an emergency, when evacuation may not be safe or possible.  An AOR serves as a designated meeting point behind a firewall within a building, where disabled persons or anyone unable to evacuate can gather and await assistance or rescue.

An AOR requires an identifiable emergency lifeline link to a central station.

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that an AOR system be included in all newly constructed multi-story buildings and public accommodations, as well as in existing multi-story facilities undergoing significant renovations.

The location and specific requirements for AORs are inconsistent and vary widely. They are generally prescribed by various local and state codes and are usually enforced by the fire marshal. It is important for ACUTA members to become knowledgeable about what is required in their locales. No dominant code-writing body has defined the complete AOR system or process.

AORs are generally defined in the International Building Code (IBC), the International Fire Code (IFC), NFPA 101 provisions of the National Electrical Code (NEC), and ADA.

However, the local authority often has more specific rules on issues such as fire resistance, size of rooms, distance between AORs, smoke proofing, and separate ventilation.

Most companies that supply emergency equipment have systems to allow a person to punch a button and summon help.

As an example, the California Building Code, which is considered advanced, defines the need for two-way communication in an AOR with a central control point or the PSTN, including both audible and visible signals.

Common locations for AOR devices would be next to an elevator or in exit stairwells. Some municipalities require AOR devices on every floor above or below the main egress level. Others require them on every fourth or fifth floor above or below the main exit level.  It is important to check your local code.

Technological means exist to avoid interruptions in service, such as battery back-up and fire-rated cabling.

Important equipment considerations include features as self-diagnostics (alerts when “out of action”), ability to call in and out, compliance with ADA standards, good sound quality and sufficient volume.

Codes will also specify the answering points, locations and connection requirements for  AORs, and they vary by jurisdiction.

Since construction and renovation are constants on most college campuses, planning for AORs is an essential part of the design and construction process.  It is essential to become familiar with national codes and standards and the requirements in your locale, and to develop a good working relationship with your local authorities that are responsible for enforcement.   Proper attention to AORs and their associated communication systems could save lives on your campus in an emergency.

ACUTA Legislative/Regulatory Affairs Committee

ACUTA
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Lexington, KY  40503-2486

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Brian Ensign of Legrand Ortronics Elected to BICSI Board of Directors

New London, CT, January 13, 2010 – Legrand | Ortronics, a global leader in high performance network infrastructure solutions, is pleased to announce that Brian Ensign, RCDD, NTS, OSP, CSI, was re-elected by the BICSI membership as Northeast Regional Director and to serve a second term (2010 - 2011) on the BICSI Board of Directors.

"I've enjoyed working with the BICSI association for the current term and am looking forward to a second term of working to support both global and local BICSI strategies," said Ensign.  Ensign and his fellow newly elected BICSI officers will be inaugurated in January 2010 at the BICSI Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Ensign is the Director of Training and Technology for Legrand|Ortronics and has been involved with the industry and BICSI for the past 17 years.

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Draka to Introduce Bend-Insensitive Versions of Industry Leading Multimode Fibers at BICSI

High capacity multimode fiber product line, MaxCap, enhanced with Draka's bend-insensitive BendBright technology

Amsterdam, January 8 - Draka Communications, the number one manufacturer of multimode fiber, will introduce bend-insensitive versions of its premium high bandwidth multimode product line, MaxCap, at BICSI Winter Conference & Exposition in Orlando (Jan 17-21, booth 1325).  MaxCap-BB-OM3 and MaxCap-BB-OM4 combine two of Draka's industry leading technologies, high capacity multimode fiber and BendBright bend-insensitive fiber technology.  Draka’s industry best global multimode market share of 25%, confirmed by the CRU Group - KMI Research, is widely recognized.  To date, more than 1 million fiber kilometers of Draka fiber with BendBright technology have been deployed worldwide.

"Draka has always been in the driver’s seat for high capacity multimode fibers, leveraging the versatility, precision and flexibility of the PCVD manufacturing process,“ says Gerard Kuyt, Product Line Manager Multimode Fiber at Draka Communications. “The new MaxCap-BB-OM3 and MaxCap-BB-OM4 offer provides our customers  with premium bending performances in high-end multimode fibers for demanding applications."

Datacenter (Ethernet) and storage (Fiber channel) markets are rapidly adopting higher data rates (10GbE/8GFC) and migrating to higher capacity (40GbE/100GbE, 16GFC) solutions. High-capacity multimode fibers are ideal for 10 Gb/s link applications which require a higher power budget, for example when more connectors are needed in datacenters. Optical solutions using high data rate optical fiber cables are also a key to the evolution of datacenters towards lower energy consumption and reduced carbon footprints, easing the environmental burden. In some demanding configurations, such as challenging cabling routes with tight corners, small footprint datacenters or Active Optical Cables (AOC), Draka’s new bend-insensitive multimode offer will provide important additional power margins compared to the bending performance of regular multimode fibers. Reliability of the multi-mode fiber systems   will be further improved with such 10Gb/s multimode fibers implementing the BendBright technology.

MaxCap-BB-OM3 and MaxCap-BB-OM4 are a result of optimizing Draka’s patented Plasma-activated Chemical Vapor Deposition (PCVD) fiber production process. Building upon the superior bandwidth characteristics offered by PCVD the use of BendBright technology enables improved bending performance without any sacrifice or trade-off on bandwidth or other performance specifications of the fiber.

“ By using our newest MaxCap-BB-OM3 and MaxCap-BB-OM4, our customers can bring the benefits of the large and consistent bandwidth characteristics of our MaxCap-OM3 and MaxCap-OM4 fibers to environments that were previously at the limit of system margins for designers, or into more compact and higher count cable designs for ever better bandwidth at ever lower footprint“, adds Gerard Kuyt.

About Draka

Draka (Euronext Amsterdam: DRAK), headquartered in Amsterdam, has over 9000 employees in countries worldwide and revenues of € 2.7 billion. Draka has a presence in 32 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia.

Draka’s activities are divided into three groups: Energy & Infrastructure, Industry & Speciality and Communications. Draka Communications with its two business units, Telecom Solutions and Multimedia Specials, is a global market leader in the development, production and sales of fibers, cables and advanced network solutions. More information at www.draka.com.

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ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine Wins Two Gold FOLIO: Eddie Awards

BETHESDA, Md., December 7, 2009

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine has won its first Gold FOLIO: Eddie Awards, honoring excellence in magazine and online editorial. ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR was awarded two Eddies for its January 2009 issue and its Web site at www.ecmag.com in the Business-to-Business, Energy/Utilities/Engineering, Full Issue and Web Site Categories. The list of winners is available at: http://www.foliomag.com/2009/2009-eddie-awards-winners.


“We’re honored to be recognized this year, especially among the level of excellence from such a wide variety of publications,” said ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Publisher John Maisel.


 ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR’s January 2009 issue was titled Construction Forecast 2009. Along with the cover story, focus articles included “BIM: The Future Today;” “Are You Ready? Lighting Innovations;" “The Alternative-Energy Quandary;” “Changes to NFPA 70E-2009 Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, Part 1;” “Occupational Safety We Can Believe In;” “Landscape Lighting: Part Art, Part Science;” “Specify This;” “Make the Access Control Connection;” and “Underground Report.”


ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR’s Web site continues to undergo changes with enhancements including expanded content, more targeted searching, a dedicated video page that will also include sponsored multimedia elements, a white papers archive and more additions and search upgrades. The latest addition is one of the most effective and detailed electronic media kit that we have ever seen. Check it out:  http://www.ecmag.com/mediakit/

Published by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Bethesda, Md., ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR delivers 85,300+ electrical contractors and 68,000+ electrical contracting locations, more than any other industry publication. Telephone: (301) 657-3110. Web site: www.ecmag.com.

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2010 Marks Several Anniversaries for the Fiber Optic Industry

Here are two of the key anniversaries with two questions for each topic.  The first question is the easy one and the second is more difficult.

1)  In 1960 this acronym "Light Amplification of Stimulated Emission of Radiation" started a revolution that today allows high speed voice, video and data communications at gigabit data rates.  Besides being the key to the fiber optic communications industry, It is used as a measurement tool, for surgery, is at checkout counters, and in all CD and DVD players. 

1A)  What is this invention?  (Laser)

1B)  Who invented it? (Theodore Maiman)

2)  In 1970 this company manufactured the first optical fiber that met the 20dB/km attenuation benchmark identified by Charles Kao in his paper released in 1966 defining optical fibers for optical communication systems. 

2A)  Corning

2B)  What was the actual attenuation value that was achieved (16.9 dB/km)

For further information on these questions or the history of fiber optics visit.  WWW.FOHistory.org  

Larry Johnson, Director and Founder FiberStory Ljohnson@FOHistory.org

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Set Your 2010 Training Schedule for Fiber Optics from The Light Brigade

Their classes are excellent. A good investment in your team.

http://www.lightbrigade.com/literature/Training_Brochure.pdf

New 2010 Fiber Optic Training Schedule

Tukwila, Washington — The Light Brigade announces its complete 2010 training schedule, featuring dates for the national locations for all of The Light Brigade’s fiber optic training courses. Included in this year’s brochure are:

NEW! Fundamentals of Fiber Optics teaches how to properly design, install and maintain LAN and premises-based fiber optic systems.

NEW! Fiber Optics for Utilities focuses on the specific challenges of designing and installing aerial and underground fiber optic networks in power utility transmission and distribution rights-of-way.

Fiber Optics 1-2-3 focuses on the design, installation, testing and maintenance of fiber optic communication systems for voice, video, and data applications.

Our Advanced Hands-on Modules are one-day advanced training classes that focus on a specific fiber optic discipline.

FTTx for Installers and Planners focuses on the unique requirements of Fiber to the User networks.

Fiber Optics for ITS is specifically designed for those working with modern intelligent transportation systems.

Fiber Characterization: PMD, CD, and ORL focuses on building and maintaining high-speed networks.

A complete list of our Staff Development training DVDs.

To request a copy, please call (206) 575-0404, or email sales@lightbrigade.com

About The Light Brigade, Inc.

The Light Brigade, Inc., is the world’s leading fiber optic training company having trained over 35,000 students in its public and customized classes. The curriculum covers the entire spectrum of fiber optics from basic theory and design to maintenance and testing, through advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM, SONET, PMD/CD, and fiber-optic video transmission. The Light Brigade also produces professional-quality educational DVDs and CDs, a self-paced computerized training module, and self-study courses. For more information on The Light Brigade’s educational programs, visit www.lightbrigade.com

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NECA Returning to Boston for 2010 Convention and Trade Show

Revolutionary Power. Renewable Solutions.

For more than 80 years, the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has been bringing the nation’s leading electrical contractors together with manufacturers, innovators, suppliers and service providers to make our electrical construction industry the strongest in the world. In 2010, NECA will host its annual Convention and Trade Show to Boston, Oct. 2-5.

NECA’s convention and trade show are the leading events for the electrical construction industry, featuring classroom and hands-on education, active networking opportunities and open discussion forums where electrical contractors can address the critical issues facing their industry.

“The NECA convention is where I come to get recharged,” said Rocky Sharp, Madsen Electric, Tacoma, Wa. “No matter how tough a year it may have been, I know I’m going to hear some kind of good news there. Either it’s a new product that saves time on a job, or a new way to connect with customers – it always helps. It always gives me a new perspective and a renewed outlook.”

“We broke all previous attendance records for our 2009 pre-convention workshops and management seminars in Seattle, largely because our training focuses on topics that matter to electrical contractors,” said Beth Ellis, NECA executive director, convention/exposition. “We ask them what issues are affecting how they do business, what aspects of the industry they want to learn more about, and sessions are led by experienced instructors. Contractors know that the NECA convention is the best deal when it comes to management education.”

NECA 2010 Boston will also feature an expanded Energy Solutions Zone with new “building green” resources at the NECA Show; special safety sessions for line contractors; and a keynote speech from ocean explorer Bob Ballard, who located the wrecks of the Titanic, Yorktown, and more.

Learn more about NECA 2010 Boston at www.necaconvention.org, become a fan of NECA Convention on Facebook, and get updates via Twitter, twitter.com/NECAConvention.

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The NECA Show - Contractors Connecting The World With Power + Lighting + Integrated Systems

Your invitation to present a NECA Technical Workshop

Please accept this invitation to submit a Technical Workshop for the 2010 NECA Show in Boston, October 2-5, 2010.

This year, the NECA Staff, along with the consultation of the NJATC, are looking for revolutionary solutions for the growing challenges of electrical contractors and their customer demands.

This benefit is exclusive to confirmed NECA Show 2010 exhibitors and exhibiting NJATC training partners.

More Info & Submittal Form Here

Deadline: Feb. 18th

www.necaconvention.org  - October 2-5, 2010 - Boston

National Electrical Contractors Association

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Updates:  The NECA Show - Contractors Connecting The World With Power + Lighting + Integrated Systems

National Electrical Contractors Association • Convention – Exposition
October 2-5, 2010 ▪ Boston Convention & Exposition Center

Contact:            Sue McCart, Marketing
                        770-632-0044 or sue.mccart@necanet.org

SMART GRID PROJECTS AWARDED BY DOE

The U.S. Dept. of Energy announced Nov. 24 that it has selected 32 smart grid projects to receive a total in $620 million in ARRA funds. The DOE funding will be complemented by more than $1 billion in private-sector matching funds for those projects.

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NECA ENDORSES REBUILDING AMERICA INTIATIVE

A coalition of business, labor and consumer advocates came to Capitol Hill recently calling for action to address America’s immediate needs for job creation and energy security. They were joined by congressional leaders — including Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and

Representative Peter Welch (D, VT-at large) — who understand that retrofit projects provide for job creation and economic growth.

NECA is among the more than 50 trade associaitions, labor unions, businesses, manufacturers, that have endorsed the goals of the Rebuilding America proposal.

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EC Magazine Brings Home The Folio Gold (Twice!) For Editorial Excellence  

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine has garnered its share of honors in the past, but now, for the first time ever, NECA's monthly publication has earned two awards at the highest (gold) level from Folio in the largest awards competition in magazine publishing.
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LIGHTING UPGRADES PRESENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS
Energy-efficient lighting generally is considered the easiest, most profitable investment compared to other energy-saving building systems.  Approximately 25 billion square feet of existing U.S. commercial building stock still features lighting that meets pre-1980 standards and uses the least-efficient lighting systems the law allows. These buildings represent today’s best candidates for lighting upgrades.  Read More…

STILL TALKING ABOUT THE LAST SHOW

“Our primary goal as a Premier Partner of NECA and supporter of The NECA Show is increasing industry recognition of our INDURA® Ultra Soft® line of flame-resistant fabrics. Our presence at the show and exposure as a Premier Partner of NECA really helped drive people to us.

The recognition we received as Premier Partner of NECA at the Opening Ceremony, the show graphics and other means really got the word out that we strongly support NECA and The NECA Show. Our brand presence and show floor experience was excellent. Despite the challenging economy, booth traffic was terrific -- ten times what we expected.” Westex

EXHIBIT in the NECA SHOW • SECURE YOUR 2010 LOCATION!
Prime Space going FAST in our expanded hall! 
View the 2010 NECA SHOW exhibit hall here

CONTRACTORS CONNECTING THE WORLD WITH POWER + LIGHTING + INTEGRATED SYSTEMS

NECA • 3 Bethesda Metro Center • Suite 1100Bethesda MD 20814
Contact Katie at Katie@necanet.org or 301-215-4506 for Attendee Info
Contact Julie at julduda@necanet.org or 770-632-0044 for Exhibit Info

www.necaconvention.org  www.necanet.org

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ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine Enhances Web Site

More Content, Easier Searching, New Video/Sponsored Multimedia Features

BETHESDA, Md., December 11, 2009 — ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine at www.ecmag.com now offers expanded content, more targeted searching, articles grouped by ratings, a new video page and sponsored multimedia features for deeper resources and easier navigation.

“As the primary resource for electrical contractors, we’re continually working to enhance both the print and online versions to anticipate our subscribers’ changing needs,” said John Maisel, publisher of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine from the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). “Our Web site aims to deliver more in-depth content, easier searching and more opportunities for sponsored content and project features,” he said.

The updated site allows topic-specific searching in areas such as codes/standards/safety, green building, lighting, management essentials, residential and systems, culling together all archived content. A new video page will feature ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR videos and Webinars as well as sponsored videos from manufacturers and other trade allies. Additions and enhancements will also include sponsored white papers and case studies, and two article groups ranked by top-rated and most popular ratings. The landing page was also eliminated, now integrating its content with the original homepage.

New elements include:

Subject Tags and Tabs: the new subject tag bar combines select subjects into umbrella topics; for example, the new Management Essentials tag will display articles about estimating, financial and other topics that cover the business side of electrical contracting.

Homepage Changes: migrates the entirety of the current issue to the homepage

Clickable Archive Pages: enhanced functionality; user-friendly to search content

Top Rated and Most Popular Articles: three or four stories appear on the homepage with links to the top 50 rated and most popular articles

Dedicated Video Section: devoted to video content, primarily to feature product demonstrations and other news from industry manufacturers

Recharging the Industry: completely reader-driven, features readers’ success stories about projects involving American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds

White Papers Archive: more material and easier access, including case studies

Follow Us: on Facebook and Twitter; ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR also has a LinkedIn Group and a newsfeed.

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RoHS Is Important – Heavy Metals Are Dangerous

CPC-Communication Planning Corporation offers RoHS compliant cabling materials. Safety is too important to ignore. www.communicationplanning.com

What is RoHS Compliance?

Overview

The EU (European Union) first adopted this directive in 2003. The acronym "RoHS" stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive. It restricts the use of the following six substances in the manufacturer of electronics components:

Lead

Mercury

Cadmium

Hexavalent chromium

Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)

Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)

The directive applies to equipment as defined by a section of the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive.

The following numeric categories apply:

Large and small household appliances.

IT equipment.

Telecommunications equipment (although infrastructure equipment is exempt in some countries)

Consumer equipment.

Lighting equipment—including light bulbs.

Electronic and electrical tools.

Toys, leisure, and sports equipment.

Medical devices (currently exempt)

Monitoring and control instruments (currently exempt)

Automatic dispensers.

What's the Real Danger?

The reason for the implementation of RoHS compliance is the increasing levels of e-waste or high-tech trash. Since technology is growing so rapidly, many consumers and businesses are throwing away their old, obsolete equipment, thus filling landfills across the world with hazardous materials. Though efforts have been made to "recycle" these electronics, they are doing more harm than good. Adult and child workers in foreign countries are being poisoned by these heavy metals such as lead and mercury. Not only that, but these products are then being shipped back to the US with the hazardous materials still in them.

Will the US adopt similar Directives?

Right now, only California has passed a law prohibiting the sale of electronic devices that are prohibited under the EU RoHS Directive, but on a much smaller scale including LCDs, CRTs, etc, and only covers the four heavy metals: Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, and Hexavalent chromium (please see SB 20: Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003, or EWRA, for more info).

Other states are contemplating passing similar acts, but the US as a whole is not likely to adopt these directive in the near to medium term.

What are the Benefits?

Health: RoHS helps reduce damage to people in third-world countries where the e-waste is commonly transported to. Since RoHS requires the use of lead-free solders and components, we're seeing immediate health benefits for electronics industry workers in manufacturing operations.

Reliabiity: Many of today's leading electronics are RoHS compliants including Apple's iPod, Motorola's RAZR, Dell and HP computers and servers, and much more. According to AMD:

"There is no change to fit, functional, electrical or performance specifications. Quality and reliability standards for RoHS compliant products are expected to be identical compared to current packages."

Conclusion

The EU RoHS Directive is a great achievement for the world as a whole. As more and more countries adopt these standards, tomorrow's landfills will be less contaminated and its industrial workers healthier.

Communication Planning Corp offers many RoHS-compliant products including Category 5e and Category 6 patch cables, surge protectors, and other consumer electronics. We expect to keep adding these types of products as time goes on hoping that one day our world will have less and less of these toxic heavy metals and chemicals in the landfills and in our workplaces.

Other Information on RoHS Compliant Cabling

What is RoHS? Print

ROHS is an acronym for Restriction of Hazardous Substances and is often used when refering to the EU Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and Council January 27, 2003 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

When will the the directive be in effect and enforced?
As of July 1, 2006 all electronic and electrical products put on the European market must comply with EU Directive 2002/95/EC. There are no exceptions for pre-existing inventory which means that manufacturers products must be compliant before the July 1, 2006 cut off date.

Which hazardous substances are restricted?
Lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls(PBB), or polybrominated diphenyl ethers(PBDE) Article 4.1 Prevention

What are the Maximum Concentration Values (MCV)?
The maximum concentration values are expected to be .1 weight percent lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls(PBB), or polybrominated diphenyl ethers(PBDE) and .01weight percent cadmium in homogeneous materials.

Lead - Pb
Mercury - Hg
Cadmium - Cd
Hexavalent Chromium - Cr(V1)
Polybrominated Biphenyls - PBB
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers - PBDE

 0.1% Max Concentration
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 0.01% Max Concentration
 0.1% Max Concentration
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What is an example of a homogeneous material?
A homogeneous material is a single substance such as PVC (Polyvinylchloride) which is commonly used in wire and cable products as insulation and jacket material.

What type of cable products are affected?
Any Electrical or Electronic cable with a voltage rating not exceeding 1000AC or 1500DC which will be put on the European market (member states of the EU) either as a stand alone product or as a component of another product.

Are there any exemptions?
Yes.

- Wire and cable with a voltage rating over 1000AC or 1500DC
- Large scale stationary industrial tools. A machine or system, consisting of a combination of equipment, systems or products, each of which is manufactured and intended to be used only in fixed industrial applications
- Spare parts for the repair or for the reuse of electrical or electronic equipment put on the market before 1 July 2006. Per Article 2.3 Scope
- Lead, when used as an alloying element, in steel up to .35% lead by weight, aluminum up to .40% and in copper up to 4% by weight

Is there a mark or approval process required for RoHS compliance?
No. By placing products on the European market after July 1, 2006 producers are declaring the product to be compliant with the RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC. Therefore it is a "self declaration" by the producer.

http://www.cmtcables.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=35&Itemid=71

Reader comment on RoHS and US codes:

“When I read your note regarding lead in cables, I called the EPA to inquire about its impact on Indoor Air Quality in relation to cables in return air plenums. I was told that the new restrictions did not apply to Indoor Air Quality but only to Outdoor Air. The EPA, OSHA, NFPA,GSA UL nor any other Code or industry watchdog cares about Indoor air quality enough to discuss lead content in re-cycled air except to deny that it happens.

        Other than Frank Bisbee, has anyone else tried to address this issue in the USA ?”

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Leviton Professional Brian Hansen, RCDD, Becomes BICSI President

January 15, 2010 – Bothell, WA: Leviton today announced that Brian Hansen begins his term as BICSI President next week. Hansen is a specification sales engineer for Leviton Network Solutions, covering the North Central region. He has worked in the telecommunications industry for more than 23 years as a consultant, contractor, and network engineer.

Hansen replaces Edward J Donelan, outgoing BICSI president, and will serve as president through January, 2012. In the November/December 2009 issue of BICSI News, Donelan praised Hansen, describing him as “the hardest working, most persistent BICSI president to come.” BICSI is the leading professional association supporting the information transport systems (ITS) industry.

Brad Leland, vice president of sales for Leviton Network Solutions, gave Hansen similar praise. “It is because of great talent like Brian that Network Solutions has risen as a market leader. His tireless efforts to advance industry knowledge and collaboration make him the ideal choice as BICSI president. We are proud of Brian and his well-deserved new role.”

Hansen has a distinguished record of service and leadership. He previously served as BICSI President-Elect, one term as BICSI Treasurer, and two terms as the BICSI North Central Region Director. He is active as the chair of the BICSI Installation Sub-Committee and currently sits on the BICSI RSS, Ethics, and Finance & Audit Committees. Hansen started the Green Building Technology Alliance (GBTA), which he chaired until just recently. Comprised of many organizations within the industry, the GBTA develops Innovation Technology Credits for the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® certification system. He holds RCDD, NTS, and CSI certifications. www.bicsi.org

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2010 BICSI BOARD OF DIRECTORS INTRODUCED AT ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

Brian Hansen begins his two-year term as BICSI President.

Orlando, Fla., January 20, 2010—The 2010 BICSI leaders were presented to the membership during the Annual Business Meeting at the BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla. The 12-member board is being led by new President Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS. Hansen has worked in the industry for 24 years and will be drawing from his experiences while leading the Board. He will spearhead implementation of the updated BICSI Strategic Plan.

2010 BICSI Board of Directors

President: Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, Spec Engineer at Leviton Network Solutions, based out of Rosemount, Minn.

President-Elect: Jerry L. Bowman, RCDD, NTS, CISSP, CPP, TPM, SPM, Senior Vice President of Global Services for Beacon Solutions in Cincinnati, Ohio

Treasurer: Robert “Bob” S. Erickson, RCDD, NTS, OSP, WD, Owner of Communications Network Design in Haysville, Kan.

Secretary: Christine Klauck, RCDD, NTS, Data Center Engineer, Leviton Manufacturing Company, based out of Brookfield, Conn.

U.S. Northeast Region Director: Brian S. Ensign, RCDD, NTS, OSP, CSI, Director of Training and Technology at Legrand North America, based out of York, Pa.

U.S. North-Central Region Director: Chris Scharrer, RCDD, NTS, OSP, WD, Independent Consultant at DCS Technology Design, LLC in Chelsea, Mich.

U.S. Southeast Region Director: Mel E. Lesperance, RCDD, Project Engineer, Affiliated Engineers, Inc., Tampa, Fla.

U.S. South-Central Region Director: Michael A. Collins, RCDD, CCDA, NCE, Associate Director, AT&T Southwest, Bellaire, Texas

U.S. Western Region Director: Todd L. Strand, RCDD, NTS, OSP, Owner of Strand Solutions Sustainable Energy Consulting, Irvine, Cal.

Canadian Region Director: Richard S. Smith, RCDD, NTS, OSP, Manager, Bell Aliant Cabling Solutions, Moncton, NB

European Region Director: Rita Recalcati, Program Marketing Manager EMEA, Anixter, Milan,
Italy

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (ex officio): John D. Clark Jr., CAE, BICSI, Tampa, Fla.

BICSI is a professional association supporting the information transport 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.

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New President & Downloadable Manuals Presented At Bicsi Winter Conference

Orlando, Fla., January 20, 2010—Beginning Friday, more than 4,500 industry professionals gathered at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort to participate in committee meetings, knowledge sharing, networking in the Exhibit Hall and educational seminars. Many of the Pre-conference seminars were left with standing room only and the Annual Business Meeting drew a crowd of more than 1,800 as Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, assumed his new role as President.

First time Winter Conference attendee, Craig Miller, RCDD, from EXCEL Management Systems, Inc., was impressed with the show, “I’m pleased to see such a high attendance in this economy,” he said. “It looks to me like there’s going to be a resurgence in the ITS industry.”

During his conference opening address, John D. Clark Jr., CAE, BICSI Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, announced the release of a new product. BICSI manuals are now available via electronic download, eliminating shipping costs and providing instant access to educational material and best practices. Downloadable manuals will further globalize access to the entire BICSI publications library.

The Opening General Session continued with a keynote presentation by renowned speaker Jon Gordon, author of the international best seller, “The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work and Team with Positive Energy,” as well as three other titles. Gordon injected energy into his presentation with lively examples of ways to live a life filled with positivity.

During the Annual Business Meeting, proceeding the keynote, the 2010 BICSI Board of Directors was presented to the membership. Board members include: President Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS; President-Elect Jerry L. Bowman, RCDD, NTS, CISSP, CPP, TPM, SPM; Treasurer Robert “Bob” S. Erickson, RCDD, NTS, OSP, WD; Secretary Christine Klauck, RCDD, NTS; as well as Region Directors Brian S. Ensign, RCDD, NTS, OSP, CSI; Chris Scharrer, RCDD, NTS, OSP, WD; Mel E. Lesperance, RCDD; Michael A. Collins, RCDD, CCDA, NCE; Todd L. Strand, RCDD, NTS, OSP; Richard S. Smith, RCDD, NTS, OSP; Rita Recalcati; and Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer John D. Clark Jr., CAE.

The General Session technical seminars presented on topics ranging from antenna systems to emergency communications, as well as twisted-pair cabling. “The 40Gbps over twisted-pair cabling presentation was the single best content I’ve seen in the past five years,” said Scott Harrison, RCDD, of Telmon, Inc.

The Exhibit Hall opened on Sunday evening and continued through Monday and Tuesday. The show drew more than 150 exhibitors and 2,068 evening visitors. With the Cabling Skills Challenge arena and 20 new exhibitors, the Hall was abuzz.

“The quality of the attendees has been outstanding this year. There seems to be genuine interest in new technologies with respect to power distribution,” said Brian Adams with Geist Manufacturing. “We’re looking forward to all the other BICSI shows coming up—especially Montreal.”

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The top rated FO connector makes winning marks for performance and durability at BICSI

The folks at Megladon have made some radical breakthroughs in the area of fiber optic cable connectors. The new technology is a major step ahead for fiber optic cabling to surpass the functionality of copper in ease of use. Imagine MACs (Moves, Adds, & Changes) without the fear of connections being damaged by scratching. The Megladon ScratchGuard® family of products delivers performance without worry. Corning connectors could not match the performance.

See the attached PowerPoint for specifications on this remarkable technology. Ask for ScratchGuard or equal.

www.megladonmfg.com 

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Awards Banquet Honors BICSI Members & Industry Leaders


Thought leaders of the ITS industry are recognized for passion and dedication.

Orlando, Fla., January 21, 2010—Last night, Winter Conference attendees came together to celebrate and honor some truly remarkable individuals who have contributed to BICSI and to the industry in very special ways.

The David K. Blythe/University of Kentucky Award for Outstanding Member of the Year recognizes the volunteer spirit of BICSI members, and spotlights one individual as the BICSI member of the year for outstanding efforts in promoting BICSI’s educational programs and commitment to professional development within the industry.

The 2009 Outstanding Member of the Year is Betty Bezos, RCDD, ESS, NTS, OSP, WD. After finishing college with a degree in civil engineering, Bezos earned experience in several different aspects of the industry. In 2000, she became a BICSI Master Instructor. As an innovator when it comes to education, Bezos views our rapidly changing field as a challenge to provide the best education to professionals around the globe. The desire to meet that challenge is evidenced by how much she has participated in new course development.

BICSI developed the Larry G. Romig Committee Member of the Year award in recognition of the volunteer work performed by its members and to honor one individual for exemplary efforts and dedication within a BICSI committee. It is named in honor of BICSI’s first Executive Director, Larry Romig.

This year’s Committee Member of the Year is John Rupf. Rupf has been involved in several BICSI committees, including the Education Advisory Council, Ethics, Registration and Specialties Supervision (RSS) Committee and Technical Information and Methods (TI&M) committees. He’s contributed as a TI&M Committee Subject Matter Expert for transmission information for many BICSI manuals, including the Principles of Transmission chapter of the 11th edition of the TDMM. Rupf recently retired as a tenured professor at Southern Polytechnic University in Georgia and holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering, as well as a second master’s in Computer Science.

Awarded by the University of South Florida, College of Engineering, the Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry recognizes the lifetime achievement or major accomplishment of an individual in the telecommunications industry.

This year’s winner of the Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry is Jonathan Jew. Jew has devoted countless hours of volunteer time, effort and expertise that have resulted in immeasurable benefits to BICSI members and ITS professionals globally. He has been a Subject Matter Expert contributor to numerous BICSI manuals and has acted as a co-chair, vice-chair, editor and a project lead on many standards and working groups.

The Presidential Eagle Award, selected by BICSI’s President, is presented to individuals who have exhibited leadership, sacrifice, faith in BICSI and dedication over a period of time. This year, John and Denise Adams were recognized for their volunteer hours and commitment to BICSI. The Adams’ are known for doing anything they can behind the scenes to ensure a great conference experience for attendees. They have devoted countless hours of volunteer service to BICSI while expecting nothing in return and are the true embodiment of what our organization stands for.

The Ray Gendron/BICSI Cares Scholarship offers funds to BICSI members or their immediate families for ITS education. This year BICSI is proud to award the scholarship to Lucien Brandon. Brandon is the son of BICSI member Kathy Brandon. He attends Auburn University where he is majoring in Building Science, and he is on schedule to graduate in December of this year.

The evening concluded with a performance by David Garibaldi, a performance artist who paints to music, and a “Blues Brothers” tribute show by Jake & Elwood’s Blues Revue. 

BICSI is a professional association supporting the information transport 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.

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Dupont W.Va. Worker Dies After Toxic Gas Exposure, 01.25.10

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal officials are investigating a series of leaks that shut down a DuPont chemical plant in West Virginia and resulted in the death of one worker. Other workers may be affected.

DuPont officials temporarily stopped production at the sprawling Belle plant over the weekend after three leaks were reported.

One leak went unnoticed for a week.

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Federal Investigation At DuPont After Leaks, Worker Death

January 26, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says a four-member team of investigators is heading to DuPont's idled chemical plant in Belle.

The board says it expects the team to be on site Tuesday to start investigating a series of leaks that resulted in the death of one worker and the operation's temporary shutdown over the weekend.

The board says it's aware of six other leaks at the plant since 2006. DuPont officials put the sprawling plant on safety shutdown after three leaks were reported, including one that went unnoticed for a week.

On Saturday, a worker was exposed to the chemical phosgene. Company officials confirmed Monday that Carl Fish died on Sunday. Plant spokesman Roger Hess says DuPont decided to temporarily cease production so operating procedures could be reviewed.

For more information on the potential toxic gas output: http://tuberose.com/Teflon.html

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DuPont CEO Kullman gets pay increase, bonuses

WILMINGTON, Del.- Feb.4, 2010 (AP) — DuPont Co. directors have approved a salary increase and bonuses for CEO Ellen Kullman.

The company said in a form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday that Kullman's salary will increase from $1.2 million to $1.3 million in recognition of her additional role as board chairman.

The board also has approved a short-term bonus of $1.5 million to Kullman for last year, and a target short-term bonus for this year of about $2 million. DuPont, based in Wilmington, Del., said Kullman was entitled to about $1.7 million for 2009 but asked for a smaller amount.

Kullman also was granted a long-term incentive award, effective Wednesday, valued at $6.5 million.

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There Is Always Something New At CSC

WESCO/ Communication Supply Corp.There is some cool CSC news to report however, as they just launched a brand-new, contractor-friendly cable packaging box for Low Voltage cable. Check out the video. http://www.gocsc.com/reelsimple/

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Megladon Mfg. ScratchGuard HLC Fiber Optic connections are the new "strongest link" in the information superhighway

Connector Specifier Magazine reminds us that Connectivity plays a crucial role in high-speed networking.

User demand for ever-faster network transmission has driven standards-making bodies to produce ultra high-speed protocols, designed to handle today's and tomorrow's network traffic. The physical infrastructure that supports these transmission speeds, particularly the connectivity technologies within that physical infrastructure, plays a basic but critical role in ensuring network throughput.

Recent studies and comparison tests show the patented HLC connector from Megladon Mfg. Out perform

Corning, Berk-Tek, Belden, and General top of line F.O. connectors. The BICSI conference in Orlando was buzzing with the surprising results placing Megladon ahead of Corning’s best.  The Megladon Mfg. ScratchGuard™ HLC is apparently the most durable connector with the highest performance in both single and multi mode configurations. To better understand physical design and performance characteristics of connectors that make them capable of supporting established, new and emerging network-transmission protocols visit: www.megladonmfg.com

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A new study suggests that driving while texting makes you six times more likely to crash

DEWD, U think DUI is bad, try DWT

It's no surprise that driving while texting (DWT) falls under the category of driving while stupid (DWS).

It's even been compared with driving under the influence (DUI). Still, anywhere from one-third to 60 percent of teens admit to texting behind the wheel.

Yet another study--this one out of the University of Utah--reinforces the fact that driving while texting is incredibly dangerous (PDF).

Drivers who text are about six times more likely to crash than those paying full attention to the road, this study says, and their reaction times are on average three times slower than the reaction times of drivers talking on cell phones.

According to the study's results published in the Human Factors journal:

Drivers apparently attempt to divide attention between a phone conversation and driving, adjusting the processing priority of the two activities depending on task demands. This requires drivers to switch their attention from one task to the other. When such attention-switching occurs as drivers compose, read, or receive a text, their overall reaction times are substantially slower than when they're engaged in a phone conversation."

The study was done on just 20 men and 20 women (ages 19 to 23) in a driving simulator, so it may or may not translate directly to what happens on the road. In the simulations, drivers tended to follow other vehicles more closely when texting and had worse reaction times, which includes being slower to hit the brakes.

Reading text messages also affected braking time more than did composing messages.

The National Safety Council has called on state and federal lawmakers to ban the use of cell phones and text-messaging devices while driving, which several states have already done.

Elizabeth Armstrong Moore is a freelance journalist based in Portland, Ore. She has contributed to Wired magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and public radio. Her semi-obscure hobbies include unicycling, slacklining, hula-hooping, scuba diving, billiards, Sudoku, Magic the Gathering, and classical piano. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET.

Courtesy of Canada’s Top Cabling Magazine – www.cnsmagazine.com

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ITU sees 5 billion mobile subscriptions globally in 2010

After reaching an estimated 4.6 billion mobile cellular subscriptions by the end of 2009, ITU expects the number of mobile cellular subscriptions globally to reach five billion this year, driven by advanced services and handsets in developed countries and increased take-up of mobile health services and mobile banking in the developing world.

"Even during an economic crisis, we have seen no drop in the demand for communications services," says ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré, who spoke at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

"I am confident that we will continue to see a rapid uptake in mobile cellular services in particular in 2010, with many more people using their phones to access the Internet."

ITU expects to see the number of mobile broadband subscriptions exceed one billion globally during 2010, having topped 600 million by the end of 2009. With current growth rates, Web access by people on the move -- via laptops and smart mobile devices -- is likely to exceed Web access from desktop computers within the next five years.

http://www.cnsmagazine.com/issues/isarticle.asp?aid=1000359463&link_source=aypr_CS&link_targ=DailyNews

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CNS Magazine reports Bell ready to deliver the world's first all-IP Games

With only two days until the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Games, Bell Canada says it is ready to deliver the first-all IP Games in history.

As a Premier National Partner and Exclusive Telecommunications Partner to the 2010 Winter Games, Bell is providing the critical communications services required to stage Canada's Games.

This includes a dedicated Olympic fiber network, wireless voice and data services, broadcast support, and Internet portal services.

IDC released a report recently that examines the implementation and delivery by Bell of the end-to-end communications network and managed services for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

“The resulting network architecture, while very similar to next-generation converged networks being deployed by large national and multinational enterprises around the world, goes further because it has been built from scratch,” the research firm noted. For further details, see the Nov./Dec. 2009 online edition of CNS.

www.cnsmagazine.com

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CommScope To Reduce Omaha Workforce, Consider Options for Facility

CommScope, Inc. On Thursday January 28, 2010, 12:00 pm

HICKORY, N.C - CommScope, Inc., a  leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, plans to reduce its workforce by approximately 110 people at its Connectivity Solutions Manufacturing Inc. facility in Omaha. The layoffs will take effect in March and reduce the facility’s workforce to fewer than 400 people.

CommScope also is analyzing options for the facility’s future as it works to become more efficient and protect the profitability of its business. These options include expanding the use of contract manufacturers and potentially closing the Omaha facility and relocating production to other, lower-cost, CommScope locations.

“A combination of difficult circumstances—including facility underutilization, high labor costs, customers’ spending slowdown and their demand for lower-cost products—is causing CommScope to consider all options for serving our customers, while simultaneously protecting the profitability of our business,” said Eddie Edwards, president and chief operating officer, CommScope. “These actions are difficult yet unavoidable, and we regret the potential impact on our employees.

“We remain committed to global competitiveness and outstanding service to our customers. As we analyze manufacturing alternatives, we intend to ensure that customers continue receiving the superior service that they have come to expect from CommScope.”

The drive to become more competitive and challenging global conditions also have affected a number of CommScope’s other facilities. In the past two years, CommScope has reduced workforces globally and closed facilities in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, England, Italy and the US in order to reduce cost and protect profitability.

About CommScope

CommScope, Inc. (NYSE: CTV - News)( www.commscope.com) is a world leader in infrastructure solutions for communication networks. Through its Andrew Solutions™ brand, it is a global leader in radio frequency subsystem solutions for wireless networks. Through its SYSTIMAX® and Uniprise® brands, CommScope is a world leader in network infrastructure solutions, delivering a complete end-to-end physical layer solution, including cables and connectivity, enclosures, intelligent software and network design services, for business enterprise applications. CommScope also is the premier manufacturer of coaxial cable for broadband cable television networks and one of the leading North American providers of environmentally secure cabinets for DSL and FTTN applications. Backed by strong research and development, CommScope combines technical expertise and proprietary technology with global manufacturing capability to provide customers with infrastructure solutions for evolving global communications networks in more than 130 countries around the world.

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Draka and Plumettaz partner on FTTH productivity tools

Feb 9, 2010

Optical fiber and cabling company Draka Communications has announced a partnership with Swiss cable-laying specialist Plumettaz to develop new cable-laying productivity products tailored to FTTH deployments. The first announced result of the partnership is a new technique and tool for fiber cable branching within customer premises. The new offering will be called the SmartDrawXS in Draka’s portfolio and branded independently by Plumettaz as the DomoJet. The hand-held device is designed to reduce the need for splicing and skilled labor, while simplifying the task of branching fiber inside the customer premises. It can enable an estimated saving of between 15 to 30% of costs customer premises fiber installation costs, says Draka. The technique is applicable to both outdoor and indoor plant applications.

Visit Draka
Visit Plumettaz

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Fluke Networks is spreading the word on a trade up program for the DSP to the DTX

Fluke Networks is spreading the word on a trade up program for owners of the beloved, but now obsolete DSP series testers with fiber modules.  Service and support for the DSP is ending and industry standards have evolved since we replaced it with the DTX CableAnalyzer series.  It’s time to finally upgrade to the DTX CableAnalyzer for fiber testing, and Fluke Networks is helping to do that with a generous offer. The DTX meets the latest industry standards for launch conditions and reference methods for new styles of connectors.  And Fluke Networks will be able to support the DTX for years to come.

See the blurb on this from Eye on Networks newsletter below:

Limited Time Offer: Make sure your fiber tester is up to standards – upgrade to the DTX CableAnalyzer today

Trade in your DSP for a DTX CableAnalyzer and see what you’ve been missing. The DTX uses revolutionary technology that supports the latest fiber standards, does your fiber testing in a fraction of the time, and is fully supported by Fluke Networks.
http://images.delivery.flukenetworks.com/eloquaimages/clients/flukenetworks/%7bd4039ffa-8416-45ca-8be3-2c85a8a599bd%7d_arrows_small.gifLearn more at www.flukenetworks.com/GoodbyeDSP  

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Fluke Networks’ News and IT NETWORKING

New White Paper: “Deploying Network TAPs for Improved Security”
Learn how network security professionals deploy TAPs to reduce the costs and complexity of intrusion detection systems (IDS) and specialized security probes. The right combination of inline, aggregating and span TAPs provides the visibility and redundancy these security solutions need to keep network traffic secure from external and internal threats.
View more and download the network TAPs White Paper

Introducing 'Wired to Wireless' Blog    
Follow veteran Fluke Networks test expert Mark Mullins as he learns about Wi-Fi testing and shares his insights along the way in the new "Wired to Wireless" blog. 
View Mark's blog 

Live Webcast: Monitoring Application Performance from end-user perspective
February 25, 2010; 10:00 am PT, 1:00 pm ET
Learn how to monitor and troubleshoot end-user application experience from multiple sites and VLANs.  You’ll see how to measure actual application traffic from the user and other critical points in the network so you can pinpoint and understand where the issue is; either the end points or the path between them. 
Register to attend the live webcast

Live Webcast: Solving ten top problems network technicians encounter
February 18, 2010; 10:00 am PT, 1:00 pm ET
Learn about 10 common problems network technicians encounter; their symptoms, causes, and resolutions. See how the right network analyzer can significantly speed troubleshooting, resulting in substantial annual savings.
Register to attend the live webcast

Now Available:  Network Maintenance and Troubleshooting Guide:  Field, Second Edition
“Good network troubleshooting books are rare…I found topics covered in Network Maintenance and Troubleshooting Guide (NMATG) that were never discussed in other books…NMATG brings a whole new dimension to network analysis, particularly at the lowest levels of the OSI model.”  Amazon Review  
Learn more about the book and purchase a copy online   

Fluke Networks’ Acquisition of ClearSight Networks Strengthens its Position as the Leader in Network Analysis www.flukenetworks.com

Fluke Networks’ recent acquisition of ClearSight Networks, a leading provider of network analysis tools for real-time application monitoring, protocol analysis, and troubleshooting, extends Fluke Networks’ product line and expertise in protocol analysis and strengthens our position as the leader in network analysis.

ClearSight Analyzer (CSA) is a premium software protocol analyzer and Network Time Machine (NTM) is a real-time network traffic monitoring solution that employs deep packet inspection and stream-to-disk storage capacity for historical analysis. CSA software is a feature rich and easy-to-use protocol analysis solution for laptops. ClearSight’s NTM monitors and captures every packet in a two-way traffic flow for up to one month’s worth of data from a single GbE link. NTM supports both 1G and 10G Ethernet connectivity in portable and distributed versions.

Whether 1G, 10G or WiFi, local networks pervade all aspects of business operations and Fluke Networks delivers a full line of systems, analyzers, and tools that enable engineers to deal with the proliferation of IP-based applications and services, including IP voice and video.

“ClearSight’s network analysis solutions maximize network engineers’ ability to actively monitor critical links carrying high volumes of network traffic for performance bottlenecks, security anomalies, and intermittent disruptions,” said Arif Kareem, President, Fluke Networks. “Their powerful historical analysis, when coupled with ongoing deep packet inspection and monitoring, provide the comprehensive visibility needed to isolate, diagnose, and resolve problems before they impact network performance.”

arrows_smallRead the following articles to learn more:
- The VAR Guy, "Fluke Networks Makes Acquisition"
- Channel World, "Fluke Networks Acquires ClearSight Networks"
- EE Times, "Fluke Networks Acquires ClearSight Networks"

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Greenprints conference in Atlanta, March 1 -2 is one of the region's best events for green building professionals

TURNING GREEN INTO GOLD

We want to encourage you to join us at the Greenprints conference in Atlanta, March 1 -2. Register on or before February 19 to save $55.

We feel that Greenprints is one of the region's best events for green building professionals. Two days of workshops, speakers, networking and a trade show offer some of the most valuable professional development you'll get in one place.

BuildingGreen's founder and executive editor, Alex Wilson is one of the three master speakers. In addition to two presentations he will be a panelist in the luncheon keynote. 

Come talk with BuildingGreen staff in booth # 10. Be great to see you and hear about your latest projects, challenges and ideas.

Hope you can make it!

Take care,

Jerelyn Wilson, Outreach Director

jerelyn@BuildingGreen.com

PS If you or someone you know would like to attend the Green Trade Show only, email Jerelyn Wilson your address and we will send you a free pass.

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Harger Celebrates 50 Years, 1960-2010

GRAYSLAKE, Illinois – February 10, 2010 - Harger Lightning & Grounding was established in 1960 and has become a world leader in the lightning protection and grounding industries. Founded on the principles of honesty, integrity, and technical expertise, Harger has been satisfying the lightning protection and grounding needs for people domestically, as well as internationally.

Harger Lightning & Grounding is a full line supplier of lightning protection, grounding equipment and Ultraweld®/UltraShot® exothermic welding materials for the electrical and communications industries. Their hands-on involvement in these markets is not limited to manufacturing. Harger also provides design and engineering services and specializes in offering total systems solutions for their customers. They strive to stay on the cutting edge of technology, offering designs in the latest AutoCAD format. Harger’s many years of experience has given them full understanding of what it takes to provide a complete functional lightning protection and grounding system.

Harger has the staff and facilities to handle their customer’s special requirements. Their complete engineering and manufacturing departments have the capacity to produce special items, as well as modify the standard component line. They continue to be innovative in their product offerings in order to meet the special needs of their customers. Harger has built its reputation providing a broad line of quality products at a competitive price, coupled with extra-ordinary service.

Harger Lightning & Grounding would to thank all their loyal customers for helping them with their growth and success over the past 50 years.

301 Ziegler Drive, Grayslake, IL 60030

847-548-8700 • 800-842-7437 • Fax: 847-548-8755

Website: www.harger.com • Email: hargersales@harger.com

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Hitachi Cable Manchester adds Vice President of Sales for Premise and Fiber

Manchester, NH, December 2, 2009  

Todd Thurston has joined HCM effective November 30th as Vice President of Premise and Fiber Sales.  Todd previously worked for HCM from 1993 to 1996 as a Regional Sales Manager.  Since then Todd has held Sales Management roles at Essex, Nordx/CDT, and Commscope. Most recently, Todd was the Vice President of Sales for Mohawk Inc.  Todd will report to Lynne Humenik, Executive Vice President.

Todd brings a wealth of experience in the strategic sale of premise and fiber optic products.  We are looking forward to growing HCM’s sales with Todd’s assistance and direction.

HCM, located in Manchester, NH manufacturers a complete line of copper and fiber optic cables for the communication industry as well as round and flat electronics cables.  Over 3,300 different cable products are manufactured at this facility. 

To learn more about HCM products and where you can purchase them, please contact HCM toll free at 800-772-0116 or visit the HCM website at www.hcm.hitachi.com. 

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HCM Receives Honorable Mention from New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services

Concord, NH, November 24, 2009 – Hitachi Cable Manchester (HCM) continues to be a leader in green initiatives. 

On November 23, New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services awarded Honorable Mention to HCM for its submission for the Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention.  Governor John Lynch presented the plaque to HCM representatives.

Since 1996, NH’s DES has been providing recognition to companies who have chosen to limit and or decrease the impact that their company has on the environment.  These companies have initiated programs that address environmental concerns such as reducing waste, recycling, energy reduction and alternative energy.  HCM currently has 21 green initiatives that it has undertaken in an effort to further limit the environmental impact of its manufacturing facility.  Over the last few years, HCM has significantly reduced the amount of waste it generates while simultaneously increasing recycling efforts.  HCM also dramatically reduced the amount of methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) that it generates.  This was accomplished by transitioning to water based products.

The winner of the Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention for 2009 was Southeastern Container, Inc. of Hudson, NH.  Also receiving honorable mention was BAE Systems of Nashua, NH.

HCM, located in Manchester, NH manufacturers a complete line of copper and fiber optic cables for the communication industry.    In addition to category cables, products include round and flat electronics cables.  HCM also specializes in custom cable constructions. Over 3,300 different cable products are manufactured at this facility.

To learn more about HCM products and where you can purchase them, please contact HCM toll free at 800-772-0116 or visit the HCM website at www.hcm.hitachi.com. 

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Home Technology eMagazine Article – Feb 2010 = Is structured wiring relevant in today's new home construction?

HomeToys Interview - Structured Wiring in 2010

 Interview with Grant W. Sullivan, Leviton

 Grant W. Sullivan is currently the Marketing Manager for Leviton Mfg. Co. He is a 19-year veteran of marketing residential systems with expertise in structured wiring and home automation technologies. Formally trained in broadcast sales and management, he’s shared his marketing skills with Leviton Manufacturing, the Z-Wave Alliance, X10 (USA), and Nintendo.

1. Is structured wiring relevant in today's new home construction?

Definitely yes. It's common to hear end user refer to wireless as "good enough" because the Internet has become such an important center in our lives. But at the same time many of these users have not considered the important of the emerging technologies that have a mandatory reliance on a hard-wired structured wiring system in the home. Nothing is faster than a hard-wired home network today. Not 3G, not N, G or B Wi-Fi. If the end user wants the speeds and bandwidth necessary to support today's modern consumer electronics, make sure a wired-network is the backbone for the structured wiring system.

2. Does a home buyer pay more for a pre-wired home --- if so, approximately how much does it add to the cost?

The benchmark for a basic structured media system that includes telephone, video and data distributed network remain around 1% of the value of the home. The costs of basic structured wiring system in new construction remains relative to the cost of the home. The costs will always be lowest during the new construction phase, when the walls are open and the drywall has not been installed. This is a good time to consider stepping up to the Gigabit and HOME 6 data networks along with an active video distribution network, as these technologies will maintain the longest performance benefits to the homeowner. It took the market around three years to begin the transition from CAT 5e to CAT 6. Over the life of a new home, three years is a short amount of time.

3. What are the benefits to a home builder who pre-wires his homes?

Because the wires and cables reside in the walls, they are the most costly elements to upgrade after the drywall is up. If a contractor installs the fastest and most advanced cables available at the time of construction, then future upgrades become more profitable. For example, if a contractor installs CAT 6 cabling in a home, but terminates the data connectors with HOME 5e, then they have an upgrade path. They can come back to the homeowner in the future and provide a relatively low labor-cost upgrade by replacing the connectors with HOME 6 connectors.

4. With the growth of wireless technologies, such as Wi-Fi, is structured wiring still necessary?

Wireless networking is valuable because of its convenience factor. But, wireless remains a secondary system that retains a reliance on a hard-wired structured wiring system. The wireless needs to connect to something from the ISP, right? Nothing today is as fast as a wired Gigabit data network in the home. Likewise, nothing is more reliable. It certainly is convenient to access the Internet over Wi-Fi using a smartphone, laptop of netbook. It really is a trade-off between convenience and performance. Although an "N" router may appear to be "good enough" today, as more consumer electronic technologies place a reliance on Internet access, today's wireless technologies may not have the necessary bandwidth to support all the simultaneous connections. Wired networks do perform best today and have excessive bandwidth to continue to support advanced uses.

5. If a major renovation is planned is it worthwhile to include structured wiring or is this a case where wireless makes more sense?

Structured wiring is retrofit capable. When the in-wall wiring is accessible during the construction phase, it is the best time to update the network cabling. Use this time to also upgrade the components inside the structured media center. Replace the cabling to support CAT 6 speeds, and update the router for Gigabit performance. Typically today, the minimum coaxial cable installed for video is RG6. Combining that quality of cable with an active video switcher will increase the distributed signal quality through the system. Leviton's Active Video Distribution Module has a unique feature called unity gain which equally distributes a video signal quality throughout the system, matching the incoming video signal quality. This is preferred over passive video splitters that lose signal strength and degrade quality, especially on the long cable-length runs.

6. Are product manufacturers recommending structured wiring over wireless for their products in general?

Wireless is for convenience and not typically speed. Many consumer electronic technologies today are built to maximize a wired-network, and then offer an option to add wireless connectivity through attachments, dongles or USB adapters. For example, leading video game consoles contain Ethernet ports and the primary method connection to a network, while, wireless is secondary. Certainly. media servers such as AppleTV, Window's Media Server, the Roku/Netflix box, and storage servers such as Drobo and many more gain best performance when connected to a hard-wired network.

7. As 2010 begins, explain some of the newest innovations in the structured wiring industry.

The structured wiring industry is experiencing a flux due to the slow-down in the housing market. Leviton has take this as an opportunity to develop over 120 new products and increase innovation to be prepared when the market continues recent signs of improving. The patching connections inside the Structured Media Enclosure can now benefit from the revolutionary Ultra High Flex patch cables, and the new bootless patch cables. Both deliver affordable solutions to minimize the amount of cables inside the structured media enclosure. The Home 6 Ultra-High Flex can support full CAT 6 performance, in an amazingly slim cable.

The engineers at Leviton have been busy and created a line of residential connectors named HOME 5e and HOME 6, designed for optimum performance in a residential environment. These affordable data connectors come in either a tool-free design (no punch down tool required) or a standard punch-down styles.

8. Why does Leviton consider structured wiring important enough to reinvest heavily into the market?

Leviton is a leader in the structured wiring industry. With over 1100 products in the Leviton 2010 Connected Home Catalog, the company is demonstrating its leadership by introducing over 120 new products in 2010. Leviton believes that the market has been affected by the housing market which has experienced unprecedented changes. Throughout these challenging times, a company can either sink or swim, deciding to pull out of the market completely or invest into the future. Leviton chose to swim by investing in product development. In the second half of 2009, the housing market has began to show signs of coming back. Leviton wants to remain the top structured wiring provider today and when the home starts rise again. And there is no question that the market will return.

9. Is industry certification, such as UL, still necessary today? Have non UL products influenced the market?

The Internet is a wonderful place to shop. However, it is possible to get burned -- so to speak -- when the entire consideration for making a purchase if based on price alone. Leviton Connected Home products retain UL listing certification for the purpose of ensuring the customer can expect quality products. Be aware of low-cost import patch cables, jacks and other structured wiring components purchased online. Not all products from other less-known brand follow the same certification and quality guidelines that Leviton requires. The use of low-quality materials, plastics and thinner conductive surfaces may appear to be equal quality on a web page, but in performance they can lack quality and even result in being a hazard. Leviton's Connected Home products are available though selected reputable distributors throughout the world. Ask a professional contractor for Leviton products by name to be sure the best quality and company reputation is behind each product.

10. Do you see the new home market and hence the structured wiring market picking up in 2010?

Yes, economic indicators and reports are indicating small, positive gains are underway to start 2010. But the industry has changed. Many builders and developer have consolidated or simply gone away. The available inventory of new homes is beginning to dwindle, which will result in new construction starting.

The residential market is coming back smarter and more innovative than ever before. New homes that are ready to integrate modern consumer technologies are becoming a valuable differentiating feature for new home buyers. Homes built to support HDTV, next-generation high-speed Internet access, audio, video gaming and other popular consumer electronics products will all be more appealing in the re-emerging new home market.

Home Technology eMagazine is a good publication. Subscribe today

http://www.hometoys.com/ezine/10.02/sullivan/index.htm

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ICC Rewards Program for Installers and Contractors is a good value

ICC, offering end-to-end structured cabling solutions for data, voice, audio, video, and fiber optic connectivity for commercial and residential installations, announces a new website feature: The Elite Installer Rewards Program, available to all ICC contractors. Elite Installer Rewards Program for structured cabling solutions, available to all ICC contractors. The rewards program provides product information and savings on ICC high-quality voice, data, audio, video, and fiber optic products include modular connectors, faceplates, patch panels, patch cords, UTP cable, cable management racks, fiber optic solutions, raceway solutions, residential Net.Media Centers and more. ICC manufactures commercial and residential structured cabling solutions governed by strict ISO 9001:2000 standards. "For more than 20 years, ICC has delivered big brand quality without the big brand price to thousands of voice and data contractors.

Now contractors will be able to realize even more profits on quality installation. They can save thirty to sixty percent when they use Elite Installer Rewards points to save on the tools they need. It's easy to earn points and free to join - you just go to ICC.com and click on MyPoints," says Marco Costa, ICC Product Manager. The network cabling site also features a new shopping cart tool that, according to Costa, "makes it easy for Elite Installers to redeem their points and take advantage of our premium products, proven performance, and competitive prices." In addition to thousands of products, voice and data contractors can find a comprehensive knowledgebase resource on cat6 cabling at ICC's Cat6 Knowledge Base. Designed to support contractors, cat6.com provides information about cat6 cabling products, certification training, network applications, LAN testers and more. Industry links and a database of cat6 cabling distributors, and a downloadable brochure, verification report and system planner are some other features of cat6.com. www.icc.com

ICC HISTYORY

Founded in Cerritos, California in 1984, ICC is an independently-owned company that provides hardware to the telecommunications industry. ICC has been supplying solutions to the telecommunications industry for over 20 years, and has grown from what was once a small company to become a major industry player. As part of our ongoing commitment to quality, ICC is registered as a company compliant with ISO 9001 standards. Customer service, quality, and technology are our trademarks. We have built our reputation on them so that we can provide superior interconnectivity product designs and solutions for you. We stand behind our mission statement.

Quality
ICC products are consistently rated higher in performance and overall value by industry installers. Our stringent quality control procedures assure that ICC products have been inspected and/or tested to comply with strict FCC, TIA/EIA, and UL standards. The comprehensive ICC warranty programs confirm that we stand proudly behind our products and our products meet or exceed industry standards such as UL, CSA and TIA/EIA. ICC is a proud member of BICSI and TIA/EIA.

Value
Our research and development engineers are at the leading edge of the rapidly changing technology, and continue developing applications, procedures, and products to provide flexibility and convenience for our customers. As a result of this unceasing pursuit to exceed customer expectations, ICC products have emerged as “the tools of the trade” throughout the industry by supplying superior performance at extremely competitive prices.

Innovation
ICC has become a highly respected manufacturer of innovative products, by providing peak performance and intelligent solutions to the telecom industry. Throughout the industry ICC is acclaimed as a preeminent source for developing imaginative, precision products engineered to enhance productivity, provide superior quality, and increase efficiency.

Customer Satisfaction
Our customer care professionals set the standard for excellence in customer care throughout the industry because we believe customer satisfaction is crucial in a highly competitive marketplace. We are taking steps to build even stronger relationships with our distribution partners, and customers by expanding our stock availability at ICC and throughout our distributor network allowing us to process, fill and ship orders in record time. Product information and assistance from our staff of technical experts and customer service representatives is readily available.

Our engineering department designs and develops new product to achieve peak system performance for our customers. We make it our business to know the needs of our telecommunications system customers, and we even guarantee our ICC components with a 30-Year Certified System Warranty. ICC’s Quality Control Department inspects and tests every component before it leaves our warehouse to ensure strict compliance to FCC, TIA/EIA, and UL standards. As a result, we have one of the lowest defect and return rates in the industry!

http://www.icc.com/icc-history-i-8.html

14700 Alondra Blvd.

La Mirada, CA 90638

(888) ASK-4-ICC toll free

(562) 356-3111 corporate

(562) 356-3100 fax

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Learn how building automation can maximize energy webinar from Building Operating Management Magazine

TURNING GREEN INTO GOLD

Not only can a building automation system increase energy efficiency and decrease operating costs for your organization, the investment can pay for itself in under five years.

And the benefits of a building automation system don't end there.

Join us for "Maximizing Energy Savings with Building Automation" on Thursday, February 18, to learn more.

Find out how the success of a building automation system installation doesn't happen on its own. Instead, it relies heavily on your understanding of the systems' potential. When you know how to ask the right questions - which you'll learn in this Webcast - you have a much higher chance of ending up with a fully functional, cost-effective system that maximizes energy savings throughout a building.

In this 60-minute, no-cost Webcast, you will learn about building automation's role in energy savings. The Webcast will detail:

- Basic strategies (what every facility should be doing)

- Understanding energy costs/energy bill analysis

- Beyond the basics (BAS functions the facility manager should be aware of)

- Using enzymes that "eat" away deposits on drains and pipes

Sign up today for "Maximizing Energy Savings with Building Automation." Attendance is free, but space is limited.

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NEWS from NECA

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Free Webinar February 17 On Improving Safety Program Management

02/01/2010

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Annual OSHA Posting Requirement In Effect February 1 Through April 30

01/31/2010

Employers with 11 or more workers are required to post in their workplaces a summary listing the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2009 and were logged on the OSHA 300 form. This summary (OSHA Form 300A) must be displayed from February 1 through April 30 in a common area wherever notices to employees are usually posted.

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Many Contractors, Chapters Face March 31 Deadline For Filing LM-10 Form

01/31/2010

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Building Star Energy-Efficiency Incentives Could Create 300,000 New Jobs

01/30/2010

NECA and the other members of the Rebuilding America coalition are urging Congress to support a package of rebates and tax incentives that could create hundreds of thousands of energy-efficiency retrofitting jobs this year.

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New OSHA eTool Explains Generation, Transmission and Distribution Standard

01/28/2010

OSHA has notified NECA of a new eTool now available on its website. It provides a detailed review of the requirements of OSHA's Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution standard (29 CFR §1910.269).

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ELECTRI Council Concludes Successful Meeting

01/22/2010

At its January meeting, ELECTRI Council members select six projects to launch in 2010. Link to meeting title to review proposals and powerpoint presentations of each project approved. If you are interested in participating on a Project Task Force, contact the ELECTRI office at 301-215-4539 or lac@necanet.org

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"OSHA Listens"

01/21/2010

OSHA Listens is a meeting to solicit comments and suggestions on key issues facing agency.

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Free Webinar: Recordkeeping, Preparing for OSHA Enforcement Emphasis

01/18/2010

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March 1 Entry Deadline For NECA District Safety Excellence Award Program

01/13/2010

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Special Safety Website For NECA Members Subject To Ongoing Improvement

01/11/2010

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ELECTRI Goes Green With New User-Friendly Procedures For Distributing Reports

01/04/2010

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Optical Cable Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2009 Financial Results

ROANOKE, Va., Jan. 29 / Optical Cable Corporation today announced financial results for its fiscal year and fourth quarter ended October 31, 2009.

Fiscal Year 2009 Financial Results

OCC's consolidated net sales for fiscal year 2009 decreased 4.0% to $58.6 million from $61.0 million for fiscal year 2008.  The Company believes that the decline in net sales is primarily attributable to the global economic recession.  The sale of enterprise connectivity products, which were consolidated for the full year, added $13.0 million to OCC's consolidated net sales during fiscal year 2009.  These products, which were consolidated for only five months during fiscal year 2008 after the May 30, 2008 acquisition of SMP Data Communications, added $8.0 million to OCC's consolidated net sales during fiscal year 2008.

Gross profit decreased 17.9% to $19.8 million for fiscal year 2009, compared to $24.2 million for fiscal year 2008.  Gross profit as a percentage of net sales (or gross profit margin) for fiscal year 2009 decreased to 33.9% compared to 39.6% for fiscal year 2008, largely due to lower gross profit margins for enterprise connectivity products.

OCC recorded a net loss of $1.9 million, or $0.34 per basic and diluted share, for fiscal year 2009, compared to net income of $2.2 million, or $0.36 per basic and diluted share, for fiscal year 2008.

Contributing to the net loss during fiscal year 2009 were non-cash, non-recurring special charges.

The Company recorded a charge of $344,000 to write-off certain intangible assets associated with the acquisition of SMP Data Communications and pre-tax losses of $1.6 million associated with the SG&A expenses of a start-up business in which OCC acquired a controlling interest on August 1, 2008.

Fourth Quarter 2009 Financial Results

Consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2009 decreased 23.6% to $14.1 million compared to net sales of $18.4 million for the comparable period last year.  The sale of enterprise connectivity products added $3.3 million and $4.7 million to OCC's consolidated net sales during the fourth quarters of fiscal years 2009 and 2008, respectively.

Gross profit decreased 29.6% to $4.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2009 compared to $6.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2008.  Gross profit as a percentage of net sales (or gross profit margin) for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2009 decreased to 34.4% compared to 37.4% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, as manufacturing costs were spread over lower volumes and as the lower gross profit margins associated with the enterprise connectivity products historically sold by SMP Data.

Communications contributed a dilutive gross profit margin effect for a full twelve months versus only five months in fiscal year 2008.

OCC recorded a net loss of $90,000, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, compared to a net loss of $10,000, or no earnings per basic and diluted share, for the same period last year.

Contributing to the net loss during the quarter were non-cash, non-recurring special charges.

The Company recorded a charge of $153,000 to write-off certain intangible assets associated with the acquisition of SMP Data Communication and pre-tax losses of $446,000 related to the start-up business in which OCC acquired a controlling interest on August 1, 2008.

The Company's results in the fourth quarter of 2009 were positively impacted by cost reduction initiatives.

During fiscal year 2009, among other actions to curtail expenses, OCC reduced headcount by approximately 10% and negotiated new shipping contracts.

Management's Comments

Neil Wilkin, President and Chief Executive Officer of OCC, said "OCC finished fiscal year 2009 with positive cash flow from operations, positive EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), and a strong balance sheet, all despite the severe economic recession impacting our industry.  In light of the significant revenue declines that our industry experienced in 2009, OCC performed well relative to many competitors. Importantly, we also achieved improved operating results in our fourth quarter as compared to our third quarter of 2009, as OCC began to realize the benefit of cost reduction initiatives implemented earlier in the year."

"Fiscal 2009 was challenging for our company, our industry, and the global economy, but we have taken the right steps to strategically position OCC for long-term success in our markets.  We are confident that by continuing to execute on our strategic plan and by completing the integration of our recent acquisitions, we can deliver improved shareholder value," stated Mr. Wilkin.

Company Information

Optical Cable Corporation is a leading manufacturer of a broad range of fiber optic and copper data communications cabling and connectivity solutions primarily for the enterprise market, offering an integrated suite of high quality, warranted products which operate as a system solution or seamlessly integrate with other providers' offerings.  OCC's product offerings include designs for uses ranging from commercial, enterprise network, datacenter, residential and campus installations to customized products for specialty applications and harsh environments, including military, industrial, mining and broadcast applications.  OCC products include fiber optic and copper cabling, fiber optic and copper connectors, specialty fiber optic and copper connectors, fiber optic and copper patch cords, pre-terminated fiber optic and copper cable assemblies, racks, cabinets, datacom enclosures, patch panels, face plates, multi-media boxes and other cable and connectivity management accessories, and are designed to meet the most demanding needs of end-users, delivering a high degree of reliability and outstanding performance characteristics.

OCC is internationally recognized for pioneering the design and production of fiber optic cables for the most demanding military field applications, as well as of fiber optic cables suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, and creating a broad product offering built on the evolution of these fundamental technologies.  OCC also is internationally recognized for its role in establishing copper connectivity data communications standards, through its innovative and patented technologies.

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

OCC primarily manufactures its high quality fiber optic cables at its Roanoke facility which is ISO 9001:2008 registered and MIL-STD-790F certified, its high quality enterprise connectivity products at its Asheville facility which is ISO 9001:2008 registered, and its high quality military and harsh environment connectivity products and systems at its Dallas facility which is MIL-STD-790F certified.

Optical Cable Corporation, OCC, Superior Modular Products, SMP Data Communications, Applied Optical Systems, and associated logos are trademarks of Optical Cable Corporation.

Further information about OCC is available on the Internet at http://www.occfiber.com.

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Security Products Magazine reports on Travel Security Tips

http://secprodonline.com/articles/2010/02/08/travel-security-tips.aspx

The National Crime Prevention Council offers tips for travelers to be safe and secure while on the road.

Don’t answer the door in a hotel or motel room without verifying who it is.

If a person claims to be an employee, call the front desk and ask if someone from the hotel staff is supposed to have access to your room and for what purpose.

When returning to your hotel or motel late in the evening, use the main entrance of the hotel. Be observant and look around before entering parking lots.

Close the door securely whenever you are in your room and use all of the locking devices provided.

Don’t needlessly display guest room keys in public or carelessly leave them on restaurant tables, at the swimming pool, or other places where they can be easily stolen.

Don’t draw attention to yourself by displaying large amounts of cash or expensive jewelry.

Don’t invite strangers to your room. Place all valuables in the hotel or motel’s safe deposit box.

Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle. Check to see that any sliding glass doors or windows and any connecting room doors are locked.

If you see any suspicious activity, please report your observations to the management.

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Statistical HUMOR -We are in trouble…

The population of this country is 300 million.

160 million are retired. 

That leaves 140 million to do the work. 

There are 85 million in school. 

Which leaves 55 million to do the work. 

Of this there are 35 million employed by the federal government. 

Leaving 20 million to do the work. 

2.8 million are in the armed forces preoccupied with killing Osama Bin-Laden. 

Which leaves 17.2 million to do the work. 

Take from that total the 15.8 million people who work for state and city Governments. And that 
leaves 1.4 million to do the work. 

At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals. 

Leaving 1,212,000 to do the work. 

Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons. 

That leaves just two people to do the work. 

You and me. 

And there you are, sitting at your computer, reading this column . 

Nice.   Real nice.!!!!

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Verizon revenue losses results in more job cuts

Verizon's wireline business struggles continued to rear their ugly head in Q4 09. While wireless once again continued to thrive with the addition of 2.2 million mobile subscribers, Verizon's wireline revenues dropped 3.9 percent to $11.5 billion during the quarter.

For Q4 09, Verizon reported a net loss of $653 million versus $1.24 billion in Q4 08. A big contributor to that loss was the $3 billion in charges it had to incur from last year's layoffs. However, overall revenue increased 9.9 percent to $26.1 billion.

Although landline losses of 460,000 subscribers were slightly down from last year, the bigger concern here is that Verizon saw its broadband access revenue and subscriber numbers drop during Q4 09. During the quarter, Verizon added 153,000 FiOS TV and FiOS subscribers, missing analyst expectations of 200,000. For the year, Verizon failed to meet its 1 million video subscriber addition goal as it only added 943,000 new FiOS TV customers. At the same time, Verizon lost 107,000 DSL subscribers in the quarter, versus only 68,000 in Q4 08.

These factors have driven Verizon to announce that it would cut even more staff from its wireline employee roster. Verizon said it plans to lay off more than 10,000 employees in 2010. In 2009, Verizon let 13,000 employees go, ending the year with 117,000 employees.  

Not everything was doom and gloom on the wireline side, however. One diamond in the wireline rough was the business services segment, which generated $1.6 billion in revenue, a 6 percent increase over Q4 08. What contributed to the business growth was the continued adoption of IP-based services, managed services, Ethernet and security. IP service revenue alone increased 8.6 percent year over year.

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Who is James Carlini – a profile of an industry expert and a great writer

JAMES CARLINI

James Carlini, MBA, is a certified Infrastructure Consultant and President of Carlini & Associates, Inc.  His firm provides executive advising on technology procurement, international marketing and mission critical networks as well as due diligence for corporate capitalizations and venture funding.  He also performs expert witness services in both civil and federal court for major organizations.

He has advised major projects ranging from a six-building complex in Silicon Valley for the Santa Fe Southern Pacific Development Company to being the Mayor’s Consultant on the planning and design of the Chicago 911 Center (rated #1 in the country by the Dept. of Homeland Security) and advisor to clients including ABBOTT Labs, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, First Chicago, GLOBEX, JVC,  and the new DuPage National Technology Park, an 800-acre intelligent business campus built to provide a facility to take products from R&D to rapid commercialization.

He has also reviewed over 36,000,000 square feet of commercial real estate for infrastructure issues including major buildings in Chicago, Milwaukee, Seattle, Phoenix, Kansas City, and Century City and Beverly Hills, CA for various property management firms.

He is an expert witness on major network infrastructures with cases ranging from reviewing the entire market of fiber optic services for AT&T in a multi-million dollar lawsuit to a multi-million dollar lawsuit at a $1.6 Billion casino complex in Las Vegas.  He has appeared in civil & federal courts as well as public utilities commission hearings with clients including the US Dept of Justice, AT&T, the City of Chicago,

Verizon(Sprint) and PageNet.

He has also served as an award-winning adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University in both the Executive Masters level and the undergraduate program for two decades developing and teaching courses in technology management, team dynamics, marketing and international applications of technology.  He also developed a curriculum for an undergrad degree in Communication Systems.

1993                             Received Outstanding Instructor Award from the AITP

1995                             Awarded the Northwestern University's ALUMNAE PROFESSOR'S AWARD for development of the new Communications Systems  undergraduate curriculum.

1996                             Awarded the Northwestern University Distinguished Teaching Award.

2003                             Chaired panel discussion on “SECURITY Since 9/11” for Digital Frontier Conference for NU Kellogg Graduate School.

2004                             Speaker at the International Call Center Management Conference.  Also a judge for “Best in Show” Call center product.

2005                             Spoke at Harvard Club, NY City, on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act Impact on IT.

He submitted a white paper on “Intelligent Infrastructure: Insuring Security for Regional Sustainability” and was selected to speak at the Department of Homeland Security’s Workshop on Aging Infrastructure at Columbia University in New York City in July, 2009.  (White paper was published later in October 2009 in the George Mason University’s School of Law CIP Report)

He coined the phrase “location, location, connectivity” in a BUSINESS 2.0 Magazine article (Dec. 2004) interview about moving businesses out of Silicon Valley and has seen these three words become the new “three most important words in Real Estate”.

He also served as the chairman of the definitions committee of the Intelligent Building Institute in Washington, DC in the late 1980s.

In 1985, he pioneered the concept of Measuring a Building’s IQ and has written many articles in various trade publications including Real Estate Review, Commercial Renovation, and a chapter in Johnson Controls’ book, INTELLIGENT BUILDING SOURCEBOOK entitled “Measuring a Building’s IQ”.  (Prentice-Hall 1988).  He work on comparing intelligent amenities within commercial buildings was a breakthrough in how buildings were marketed.

He has appeared on various TV and radio programs to discuss economic development, intelligent business campuses and broadband connectivity as they relate to regional sustainability:

-           Interview on COMCAST’s Newsmakers Program (2009) on Critical Issues Facing Illinois’ economy;

-           Illinois Channel interview at the Municipal League Conference (2008) on Economic Development and Broadband Connectivity which provides a good overview of book).

 (http://www.illinoischannel.org/CarliniJames080926.htm);

-           Interview on the Illinois Channel at the Illinois Municipal League Conference (2007) on the Three Critical Issues Facing Illinois (Network Infrastructure, Job Erosion and Education Issues);

-           Interviews on the Strassman Report (California) on the Economic impact of Broadband Connectivity 2007, 2008 and 2009;

-           CBS-TV in Wichita on ATM Crimes (also addressed the Wichita Crime Commission on ATM Crimes - 2001);

-           Investigative reports for both FOX and CBS News on Wireless Network Security and E911 as well as “Municipal Broadband and its Impact on Local Economies” on a Chicago public access show;

-           Panel discussions on the Stock Market Observer in the late 1990s (WCIU-TV); and

-           Chicago Tonight With John Callaway discussing Caller-ID (WTTW).

Carlini was also the keynote speaker delivering “Location, Location, Connectivity” at the Broadband Properties SUMMIT 2008 as well as a featured speaker at Motorola’s 311 Municipal Customers Conference in Windsor Canada (2008).

In 2007, he was a featured speaker at the annual winter conference of BICSI in Orlando as well as the national Rural Telecon Conference in Springfield, Illinois speaking about Intelligent Business Campuses: Keys to Future Economic Development

Also in 2007, he addressed the Illinois House of Representatives’ Technology Committee on “Three Critical Issues Facing Illinois: Job Erosion, Network Infrastructure Issues and Education.”

He has spoken on municipal broadband issues as well as the economic viability of new network infrastructures and wireless services.  He spoke at the 2006 Infrastructure Council of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce on Technology Infrastructure of Illinois.

In November 2006, at the Milwaukee Wireless Initiative symposium at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, his keynote speech was “What Cities Considering Wireless Should Consider”.

In 2005, he spoke at the Harvard Club in New York City on The Impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act on IT infrastructure.  At the 2004 SUPERCOMM tradeshow, he chaired a panel discussion that included the FBI, IBM and Pepsi (their CTO) on Enterprise Network Security.

He published several white papers in the International Engineering Consortium’s Annual Review of Communications and  Annual Review of Broadband Communications  that were used as part of his courses at Northwestern University including:

            -           “Aiming for Quality in Technology Investments” – 1996

            -           “Prioritizing Strategic Information Technology Plans for Global Corporate Divisions” – 1999

            -           “E-Commerce: Understanding the Real Impacts of Branding and Sales” – 2001

            -           “Continual Technology Improvements in Enterprises: Applying Six Sigma and Information Technology” – 2003

            -           “Intelligent Business Campuses: Keys to Future Economic Development” – 2008

He recently served as an elected official, Village Trustee and was appointed liquor commissioner.  He also served as Chairman of the Utilities Committee as well as a member of a regional cable commission and Kane County 911 task force.

Prior to establishing Carlini & Associates in 1986, Carlini was the practice area director for telecommunications and computer hardware consulting for Arthur Young (now Arthur Young) as well as various technical and marketing management positions at Bell Laboratories, Motorola and Illinois Bell.  (Included extensive Bell System training and several grad courses at MIT.) Contact 773-370-1888.

 james.carlini@sbcglobal.net

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Medical center balances network needs (article)

Grove Hill’s new cabling infrastructure supports both its bandwidth and flexibility needs in a single solution.

A common dilemma for IT professionals is selecting a network infrastructure that can offer future-proof support of the organization’s most bandwidth-intensive applications and users without over compensating for less speed-critical connectivity needs. A healthcare organization could install multiple channels of varying cable types and performance levels or, as Connecticut-based Grove Hill Medical Center did – choose a single cabling solution.

Grove Hill Medical Center offers services ranging from routine check-ups to the latest diagnostic imaging. Home to more than 70 physicians, Grove Hill covers 19 medical specialties, including cardiology, oncology, orthopedics and radiology, as well as housing administrative and patient-service offices. When Grove Hill began the upgrade to its network cabling infrastructure, it did so with a wide range of network applications, users and challenges in mind.

Like any facility dealing with critical and secure transmissions like patient information and diagnostic data, network performance was a primary concern. Beyond just current needs, Grove Hill was focused on supporting future performance requirements.

“Just five years ago, from our radiology department, we might transfer 10-12 DICOM radiology images per day,” says Carl Labbadia, IT director. “Now, we process 150-200 per day and those files are getting exponentially bigger with better imaging technology. Today’s 16-slice CAT scan can generate a 2000 image, 2 GB file and tomorrow’s will only grow. Network speed and bandwidth are critical to real-time transfer and analysis in the medical field and the cabling needs to be ready to support it.”

While the bandwidth-intensive diagnostic applications posed a performance challenge, the equally important administrative office and patient room connectivity supplied their own set of considerations. At Grove Hill’s current levels, these areas and applications do not require the bandwidth supplied to the imaging facilities. Instead, flexibility was the prime concern.

“In an internal study, we found that 25 percent of our four network technicians’ time was spent running new cabling channels to deliver additional services to expand staff capabilities and improve patient experience,” explains Labbadia. “This could be a new phone or video feed in a patient room, a data connection in a treatment room so that a physician can review treatment options on a laptop, or just a new printer at the front desk. Running a new channel every time was not only time consuming and disruptive, it made efficient infrastructure management pretty challenging and had the potential to overwhelm our pathways.”

High-speed cabling selected

Ideally, Grove Hill’s cabling infrastructure would support both its bandwidth and flexibility needs in a single solution. It was able to achieve this with Siemon’s Category 7A TERA cabling solution.

Offering bandwidth of 1,000MHz, the Category 7A solution more than met Grove Hill’s current diagnostic-imaging requirements. It supports speeds in excess of 10 gigabits per second, while providing additional headroom for future advancements. Category 7A utilizes fully shielded cable, known as S/FTP, in which each individual pair is wrapped with a foil shield, along with an overall shield around all four pairs. The individually shielded pairs virtually eliminate crosstalk between pairs within the same cable and, in combination with the shield braid, provide superior noise immunity versus unshielded cable.

The TERA connector maintains cable shield integrity and noise immunity into the outlet through a quadrant design that isolates each pair within the interface. This standards-based design fits within an RJ-45 footprint and can be integrated into RJ-based equipment via hybrid TERA to RJ patch cords.

In addition to enabling high-speed data transfer, the combination of fully shielded cable and the interface also provides a unique solution to Grove Hill’s need for flexibility in addressing frequent moves, adds and changes within its less bandwidth-intensive applications. Through “cable sharing,” up to four applications can be supported over a single Category 7A cable and outlet.

The standards-accepted practice of cable-sharing is made possible by the connector’s four-quadrant design, which allows easy access to individual channel pairs via hybrid patch cords combining 1-pair, 2-pair and 4-pair TERA-style plugs terminated to appropriately wired RJ-45 or RJ 11 Ethernet plugs. This capability allowed Grove Hill to support a variety of application combinations in a single channel.

A future-proofed network

“Cable sharing is solving an ongoing challenge for Grove Hill,” explains Labbadia. “In the end, we are focused on patient needs and delivering services that enhance patient care. But predicting what services we will need in the future has always been difficult. With a TERA channel, we have a one-to-all capability. If we need a phone in a patient room, a TV, an Ethernet connection so a physician can review treatment information with patients – we already have the connectivity in place. We just plug in a patch cord.”

The design and installation of the system was managed by ASI, a Siemon certified installer and overseen by Grove Hill’s IT team. Working with Siemon’s technical services group, a TERA cabling-system design was implemented that precisely matched connectivity to application, function and user.

Grove Hill’s imaging and other bandwidth-intensive diagnostic areas utilize full 4-pair Category 7A bandwidth to handle current and future file-transfer needs. Each patient room is supplied with one TERA channel to manage potential connectivity needs through cable sharing. www.siemon.com.

Already, Labbadia and his team are taking advantage of the flexibility, adding phones, video and data connections on an as-needed basis. Two channels were added to physician offices, one for large diagnostic files and the other for flexible support of voice, printers and video. In the administrative offices, three drops were provided to every two-employee workstation, typically supporting two computers at 100 Mbs, two analog phones and a printer – leaving five pairs (or one full channel and one pair) open for future needs.

“Between the TERA product benefits and the support from ASI and Siemon on developing a design to take advantage of those benefits, we installed a cabling infrastructure that lets us better leverage technology for the patient,” says Labbadia. “Both behind the scenes and in ways patients can readily see, the performance and flexibility of our cabling system will help improve our level of care for years to come.”

Reprinted with permission of Health Management Technology  Magazine (Feb. 2010)   www.healthmgttech.com             

Ken Anderberg  -  Publisher/Editorial Director

941-966-9521

kanderberg@healthmgttech.com

Health Management Technology  Magazine has added an editorial track in 2010 – Network Infrastructure – to address the issues of the IT director. One of their six weekly newsletters focuses on Network Infrastructure; and one of their six Web microsites also focuses on this topic.

One of the GEMsGovernmentEducationMedical sectors

It just makes sense because the healthcare market is becoming a hot one for the infrastructure vendors. We are seeing more interest as the market directs more emphasis on the growing revenue opportunities in IT solutions for HEALTHCARE.

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The Fiber Story - The Colladan Award?

Each year at the Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) the most prestigious award presented is the John Tyndall award.

Most people do not know who John Tyndall was or why the award is named after him.  In 1854 John Tyndall, demonstrated total internal reflection (which is the principle that fiber optic transmission uses) in a series of lectures he gave. 

But the truth is that Total internal reflection for guiding light was first scientifically demonstrated by Daniel Colladon at the University of Geneva in 1841 a full 13 years prior to John Tyndall’s demonstrations.  Daniel Colladon’s experiment involved collecting sunlight and piping it through a tube to his lecture table. A lens focused the light through a water tank and out along a water jet squirting from a small hole in the other side of the tank. Total Internal Reflection trapped light rays in the water stream, bouncing along the curving arc of water until the jet broke up.

When later physicists looked back for the origins of light guiding, they came upon Tyndall’s account. By then Colladon’s papers were buried in scholarly libraries, unreferenced and forgotten, so John Tyndall is wrongly credited for the discovery by most in the fiber optics industry. 

This years “Tyndall” winner is C. Randy Giles. Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent
for his work “for seminal contributions to advanced lightwave communications networks including erbium-doped fiber amplifiers, fiber Bragg grating-based subsystems, and MEMs crossconnects.” The award will be presented March 23rd at OFC 2010 in San Diego.

PO Box 349/Skykomish/WA/98288/ph:425.830.5939

www.fohistory.org Written by Larry Johnson, Director of FiberStory (www.FOHistory.org)

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Kevin Kiziah Is Named President of Automated Systems Design, Inc. (ASD)

CEO Bob Eskew appoints Kevin Kiziah president of ASD, a four-time Inc. 5000® company.

ATLANTA, Ga. — Automated Systems Design, Inc. (ASD), a nationally recognized manufacturer of structured cabling products and high-speed networks, announces that vice president Kevin Kiziah has been promoted to president of ASD. Founded by CEO Bob Eskew in 1986, ASD now employs approximately 33 associates nationwide and more than 700 Authorized ASD Installers (AASDIs, pronounced “as-dee”). In 2009, ASD completed more than 4,400 different projects for clients in over 2,250 zip codes. With a growth of 42.25 percent between Q3 2008 and Q3 2009, ASD was named a Top Ten Growth Company by Entrex Private Company Index (PCI).

ASD provides manufacturing and installation of cabling products, design and install of security and access control systems, and Voice over IP installations. In addition to designing and installing technology for customers, ASD also provides project management for national clients that seek a single point of contact, including projects that involve moves, adds, or changes.

ASD is also a manufacturer and service provider of structured cabling systems and cable components for voice and data for commercial offices, including iCAT-ITS Category 5E, Category 6E, and 10-Gigabit Category 6a cables. ASD’s iGLO-ITS fiber optic products are based on theMTP style of connectorization known as Snap ‘N Glo. ASD products, which are made at the company’s seven manufacturing plants located throughout the world, are sold under the brand names iCAT-ITS™ and iGLO-ITS™.

Kiziah began working with ASD in 1995 in the sales department. In 1997, he was responsible for opening a branch office, and he became a regional sales manager in 1998. In 2001, Kiziah was promoted to vice president where he was responsible for the daily operations of the company. Now, in his new role as president, Kiziah will focus on continuing to drive the growth of ASD while maintaining high quality services and products.

“When I started with ASD, we were a relatively small company in the Southeast,” said Kiziah. “Today ASD delivers daily support to many Fortune 1000 companies for any type of low voltage technology,” said Kiziah. “As Internet Protocol (IP) has grown, so have our services. If a device has an IP address, ASD can deploy that device anywhere throughout North America with a single call, something our clients have come to appreciate over the years.”

For more information about ASD, visit www.asd-usa.com.

ABOUT ASD

ASD, a four-time Inc. 5000® company, is a nationally recognized manufacturer of structured cabling products and high-speed networks. Founded in 1986, ASD specializes in providing turnkey, reliable and cost-effective custom communications systems, as well as access control and CCTV services. ASD is certified by Avaya. For more information, visit www.asd-usa.com or www.icat-its.com.

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BOMA International Publishes Standard Operating Procedure Manual Guidebook

(WASHINGTON—Feb. 17, 2010) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is pleased to announce the release of the new  Guide to Developing a Standard Operating Procedure Manual, which aims to assist property professionals with developing or updating a standard operating procedure (SOP) manual for their commercial properties. SOP manuals are critical in property management, and aggregate policies, procedures, instructions and directives so that buildings can be managed safely, efficiently and consistently.

“We are excited to publish the new Guide to Developing a Standard Operating Procedure Manual, which will serve as a vital tool for property managers looking to develop or update a SOP manual,” remarked BOMA International Chair James A. Peck, RPA, FMA, senior director of asset services, CB Richard Ellis.

“This unprecedented publication simplifies the often daunting process of compiling building policies and procedures into one cohesive document, and will allow property professionals to manage their properties even more effectively.”

BOMA’s new Guide to Developing a Standard Operating Procedure Manual is a downloadable publication and features  easy-to-read, step-by-step guidelines on how to create an SOP manual, with detailed outlines of 18 commonly-used sections, including Tenant Emergency Plan, Lease Administration,

 Accounting and Reporting, Business Plans and Re-Forecasts, Contracts/Contract Services, Management Office Operations, Physical Operations, Safety and OSHA Compliance, Fire and Life Safety Systems, Security, and more. The guide also provides business tips from the author and a comprehensive listing of additional resources.

BOMA’s new guide is authored by Marc Fischer, MBA, CPM®, RPA, CCIM, a seasoned industry practitioner and frequent lecturer on commercial real estate topics.

The guide will be particularly helpful for buildings applying for the BOMA 360 Performance Building designation, which requires that buildings have a SOP manual in place. The BOMA 360 Performance Program is a groundbreaking new program designed to validate and recognize commercial properties that demonstrate best practices in all major areas of building operations and management.

For more information and to purchase BOMA’s Guide to Developing a Standard Operating Procedure Manual, visit the BOMA Bookstore.

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 18,000–plus members own or manage more than 9 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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CABA Completes North American Intelligent and Integrated Building Technology Market Sizing Study

January 25, 2010

The Continental Automated Buildings Association has released a comprehensive North American market sizing study examining intelligent and integrated building technology.

The study provides a detailed quantitative and qualitative assessment of the current and future markets for intelligent control systems in non-residential buildings so that industry players can undertake strategic planning as they launch new products and services.  In addition, the study provides a review of the existing demand for intelligent building control integration and convergence.

"We are ecstatic to have released such a comprehensive data-rich survey on the size and potential of the marketplace," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO.  "Our on-going customer and vendor research reinforces our belief that despite challenging economic conditions, the intelligent and integrated building technology sector will still experience growth within specific segments within the next five years and new opportunities for innovation."

The UK-based Building Services Research and Information Association conducted the market study on behalf of CABA. BSRIA's Worldwide Market Intelligence unit has over 25 years experience in global market research and have conducted studies in affiliated CABA subsectors such as air conditioning, heating, IT cabling, piping, bathroom equipment, building control systems, renewables, facilities management and contracting.

The study found that energy conservation is the most important driver for growth in the intelligent and integrated building technology marketplace.  Major market players are currently adjusting their product and service offerings to accommodate smart grid development.  In addition, on the demand side, the research found that advanced technologies are taking on a wider role in integrating building services such as lighting controls, fire detection and alarm and physical security systems.

"Our study focuses on a large range of concerns involved in the design, manufacture and installation of intelligent buildings controls," stated Jeremy Towler, Principal Consultant at BSRIA.  "The study's results allow heavily-invested industry stakeholders to make informed decisions surrounding product development and product lifecycle management."

The study is designed to assist: building controls manufacturers; systems integrators; controls contractors; facility management companies; energy management service companies; original equipment manufacturers of heating, ventilation and air conditioning hardware; architects; building services consultants; security, fire alarm and lighting control companies; telecommunications and computer hardware manufacturers; network and structured cabling suppliers; and installers.

Funding partners that participated in CABA's market sizing study included: Belimo Air Controls Inc., Consolidated Edison Co. of NY, Convia/A Herman Miller Company, Delta Controls, Encelium, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Honeywell International/Tridium, Inc., IBM, Johnson Controls, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Philips Lighting, Robinson Solutions, Siemens Building Technologies, Square D/TAC/Schneider Electric, Trane/Ingersoll Rand, Distech Controls, Ortronics/Legrand, Cisco Systems, Ontario Power Authority (OPA), Optimum Energy, LLC, GainSpan Corporation, CommScope Inc., Unitech Electronics (Taiwan), Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc., UTC/Carrier/Automated Logic Corporation, U.S. Department of Energy/Pacific Northwest National Labs and Government Services Administration (GSA).

The report has been released to the funding partners and will be made available for purchase to the rest of the industry after a three-month embargo.  Companies enquiring for details and pricing can contact Don O'Connor, CABA's Business Development Manager at oconnor@caba.org or 613.686.1814 x226.

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CABA NewsBrief

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is a leading industry association that promotes advanced technologies in homes and buildings in North America.  More information is available at http://www.caba.org.

§         Startup aims to push Internet TV to the next level
Move Networks, a startup firm based in American Fork, Utah, is looking to create partnerships with companies to develop and deploy a robust IPTV service with a wide variety of channels. Move Networks' financial backers include media behemoths such as Comcast, Microsoft and Disney. The Wall Street Journal (2/3)

§                     Blu-ray expected to dominate over-the-top home Web services
Blu-ray players could supplant gaming consoles as the leader in over-the-top home Web services, according to Colin Dixon, a senior partner at The Diffusion Group. The number of homes with broadband-capable televisions is expected to increase to 360 million by 2014 -- up from 128 million today. ConnectedPlanetOnline.com (2/2)

§                     Video: Wedding innovation with business value
Prith Banerjee, director of HP Labs, discusses the new mission of corporate research labs and the challenge of managing innovation to create business impact. McKinsey Quarterly (2/1)

§                     Smart home applications reach watershed
John Antonchick, a market consultant specializing in consumer products and technologies, provided an overview of new energy management products and standards that leverage home area networks in the latest edition of CABA's flagship publication, iHomes & Buildings. CABA iHomes & Buildings magazine (2/3)

§                     Entropic, BroadLight join forces on new home networking products
Building on the growing deployment of MoCA enabled devices into the home, Entropic Communications, Inc., a leading provider of silicon and software solutions to enable connected home entertainment, and BroadLight, the leading supplier of GPON semiconductors and software, recently announced they are joining forces to deliver best-of-breed home networking solutions for service provider markets. CNNMoney.com (2/3)

§                     Podcast: Best Buy customer service focus of M2M Radio
Eddie Mora, customer service manager at Best Buy located in Union Square, New York, N.Y., joined Peggy Smedley of M2M Radio to talk about what consumers are really saying about connected devices. Mora also highlighted some of the newest and most popular connected devices Best Buy has to offer. M2M Radio (1/18)

§                     D-Link recognized for new products at CES 2010
When the curtain closed on the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, D-Link, one of the world's largest computer networking companies for home and business, returned home with 15 best product honors. PR-inside.com (2/2)

§                     Intel’s Atom-powered home automation system helps save energy
Intel has unveiled its latest Home Automation System that runs on the company’s energy-efficient Atom processor and features a large 11” touch-sensitive OLED display. The OLED panel is expected to be developed by Sony. ecofriend (1/11)

§                     Ember strengthens European sales channels for its ZigBee technology
Ember, a leading provider of low-power, wireless mesh networking technology, today announced the appointment of Texim Europe and Ismosys as channel partners for its ZigBee networking systems. Ember's ZigBee networking systems -- chips, software and tools -- simplify the complexity of integrating embedded software, networking and RF for developing low-power, wireless products in Smart Energy, connected home and other remote monitoring and control applications. PR Newswire (2/1)

§                     Apple is the leader in high-end PC systems
When it comes to saturating the high-end PC market, Apple's Mac products have done the trick. New research from NPD reports Macs now represent 90% of computing systems priced above $1,000, a big jump from 79% a year ago. Electronista (2/1)

§                     Sony signs on with MOSAID for wireless-technology access
The patent portfolio license deal with Sony is MOSAID Technologies' latest coup in providing patented intellectual property, and it could mean advanced Wi-Fi capabilities to come in Sony computing devices. MOSAID's wireless-patent portfolio is now being used across the mobile handset, notebook, gaming consoles and wireless infrastructure markets. TMCNet.com (2/1)

§                     Doubling up projectors a good workaround for home cinema
As anamorphic home-cinema systems take root, installers and users are still challenged by some technology obstacles, and one good workaround is the use of a two-projector approach as it doesn't create video processing or lens distortion. And, best of all, it's not as costly as many would expect. CEPro.com (2/1)

§                     HAL in the house
Imagine turning on your lights, opening your blinds or firing up your heater without getting up from your chair. It used to be that things like these could only happen in movies, but now there is a touch-screen remote control you can use to activate home appliances. Haaretz.com (1/31)

§                     For TV shoppers, Super Bowl brings super savings
The Super Bowl may prove superlucrative for TV sellers given the slew of discounts and price cuts under way by retailers including Best Buy and Wal-Mart. Sears is giving a 5% cut on any set bought before game day, as long as it costs more than $499. Dealerscope (1/31)

§                     Video game environment becoming an entertainment hub
The three titans of video gaming -- Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony -- increasingly are looking to offer consoles that not only play games, but also function as entertainment hubs, according to this report. Microsoft, for instance, is testing a version of the TV game show "1 vs. 100" that could be played via the company's Xbox Live service. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)/Kotaku (1/30)

§                     Several new home automation products certified by ZigBee Alliance
The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications, announced the certification of 11 devices from five different companies using ZigBee Home Automation. There are now 28 products certified to help consumers and professional installers create smart homes that control home appliances, lighting, heating and cooling, energy use and security. PR Newswire (1/26)

§                     Retailers limit DVD sales to thwart kiosk competitor
The battle to grab and keep DVD movie lovers' attention is heating up among top retailers, including Wal-Mart and Target, and movie-rental players such as Netflix as new distribution deals come into play. Variety (1/28)

§                     CE industry primed for strong sales rebound
Big growth in consumer electronics is expected this year thanks to increasing demand for LCD TVs, set-top boxes and appliances, according to research firm iSuppli. The firm expects revenue to increase from $312.3 billion last year to $317.3 billion in 2010. Dealerscope (1/28)

§                     Microsoft may have phone in Zune's future
An upgraded Zune MP3 player may carry the ability to make phone calls, according to a published report that cites driver files in a recent firmware update for the Microsoft device that points to inclusion of voice software. One analyst has already predicted that Microsoft would introduce the "Zune phone" at a global event next month or that the company could elect to wait until the CTIA WIRELESS® conference in March. InformationWeek (1/28)

§                     HDTV gaining big ground with American consumers
By 2013, industry watchers expect, three out of four U.S. households will be watching television on HD sets. Right now, according to Opinion Research, adoption stands at two-thirds of homes boasting an HDTV. The future for 3-D HDTV isn't as rosy despite increased vendor product activity. Digital Trends (1/28)

§                     Video: Apple introduces iPad
Apple is striving to revolutionize the publishing industry as it did the music industry with its iPod. On Wednesday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs revealed the much-hyped iPad, a tablet computer with a starting price of $499. The iPad offers a touch-screen keyboard and can display e-books, applications, full Web pages and more. "At that price, they'll sell millions," said Hakim Kriout, a portfolio manager at Grigsby & Associates. "It's very, very affordable for what it does. This is going to add a huge revenue stream for Apple." ClipSyndicate/Press Association (U.K.) (1/28)

§                     Will users embrace the iPad?
Apple's intentions to drive forward a new class of mobile-computing devices with the debut of iPad have industry watchers wondering how and where such multimedia gadgets will be embraced by users and businesses. Some experts say they believe there's room for all-in-one tablets and niche devices that just do one thing well. The Wall Street Journal (1/28)

§                     Study: A rosier picture for digital camera sales in 2010
Worldwide digital-camera sales will increase 3.8% this year, to 110 million units, according to a new report. The industry suffered some in 2009, when global digital-camera sales came in at 106 million units, an 11.6% drop from the 2008 total of 119 million. CNET/DeepTech blog (1/26)

§                     Sharp attempts revolutionary rethink on TV color
Sharp in March will begin rolling out new TVs under its Aquos brand that attempt to alter the way people have viewed TV color for decades by adding a fourth color to the long-held red-blue-green model. By adding yellow, the company says, the sets will be able to display more than a trillion colors, including some that are difficult to show on LCD TVs. The Wall Street Journal (1/27)

§                     Microsoft plans to enter the tablet market
Apple is expected to announce its tablet computer this week and to take the lead in a category that many believe will be a hot one this year. Microsoft also is planning to enter the market, although it likely will tackle the sector via hardware partners such as Acer and Hewlett-Packard. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled a Windows 7-powered prototype HP tablet earlier this month. InformationWeek (1/25)

§                     Study: By 2013, Blu-ray revenue will exceed that of DVD players
By 2013, manufacturers of Blu-ray players still will sell fewer units than their DVD player counterparts, but revenue generated by the Blu-ray systems will be four times that of the DVDs, according to a new study by In-Stat. "In North America, significant price drops of Blu-ray players drove unit shipments to triple in 2009," said In-Stat's Michelle Abraham. "The cost differential between standard definition DVD and Blu-ray is becoming much smaller, and new features such as IP/network connectivity are becoming increasingly important. Blu-ray is finally starting to make significant" market advances. Marketnews Magazine (1/25)

§                     Company envisions holographic gaming
A Los Angeles company named Provision Interactive Technologies is developing a system that will project holographic images three feet in front of a video screen. Curt Thornton, the company's chief executive officer, said that the system would work with video games and that Provision had tested it with the Xbox, Wii and PlayStation consoles. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (1/25)

§                     Control4, Sonos announce home control partnership
Control4 and Sonos have announced that the latter's multiroom audio system now can be controlled by the former's home-automation system. Using the Control4 interface, which also manages home functions such as lighting and temperature, users can create playlists, browse music and send those tunes to any ZonePlayer hooked up in the network. CEPro.com (1/25)

§                     Apple's tablet: What will the device mean for app developers?
With Apple set to finally draw back the curtains from its tablet device Wednesday, the device is expected to bring a new dimension to portable applications by providing developers with a larger screen to unleash their creativity. "The larger screen really plays to the imagination and clearly gives app developers a new kind of canvas," said Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. The New York Times (1/24)

§                     Microsoft combines Windows Media Center, Zune, Xbox units
Microsoft is merging the groups that handle its Windows Media Center and Zune software businesses with those that oversee the Xbox and all of the company's other gaming activities. Microsoft called the move, which followed the departure of corporate Vice President Enrico Rodriguez, a "natural evolution." Electronista (1/22)

§                     EnOcean and BACnet to develop interoperable specification
BACnet International and the EnOcean Alliance, an international consortium of 130 companies from the building sector, today announced its cooperation with BACnet's Wireless Networking-Working Group to develop a vendor independent gateway specification for integrating EnOcean-based wireless energy-harvesting nodes into one of the world's leading data communications protocol for building automation and control. PR Newswire (12/24)

§                     Schneider Electric introduces first industrial biometric switch
Schneider Electric recently announced it is launching the world's first industrial switch to use biometric fingerprint-recognition technology in order to grant employee access to sensitive areas and machine functions. Water Online (2/2)

§                     Johnson Controls releases upgrade to Metasys Building Management System
Johnson Controls recently released its latest version of its building management system: Metasys version 5.0. The update delivers greater visibility into building operations and energy usage through multiple system enhancements, including Web-enabled reports and summaries compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms, and wireless controls and sensors. AutomatedBuildings.com (1/19)

§                     Smarter buildings seen as green solution at Davos
Participants at the World Economic Forum at Davos state that bold action to bring green building to scale is the fastest way to meet current economic and environmental challenges, put millions to work in green jobs and save families and businesses billions of needed dollars. Huffington Post (1/27)

§                     First LEED certified NFL stadium ever to be built in L.A.
A design for the new Los Angeles NFL stadium is in the works and it is set to be the first NFL stadium ever to become LEED certified. Designed by Aedas, a global architecture firm, the Los Angeles Stadium might be finished as early as the 2011 football season, although what NFL team will make its home there is still unknown. Inhabitat (2/2)

§                     California adopts first mandatory U.S. green building standard
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently announced that the California Building Standards Commission has adopted the nation’s first mandatory Green Building Standards Code: CALGreen. The program, which takes effect on January 1, 2011, will require all new buildings in the state to be more energy efficient and environmentally responsible. EnergyBoom Policy (2/1)

§                     Gaining visibility into buildings' real-time energy performance
Although energy use can account for up to 70% of an MIT building’s operating cost, exactly where and why that consumption occurs is not obvious. And when a blip in a building’s internal workings can lead to even higher costs, it helps to know what’s going on, energy-wise, around the clock. MIT Energy Initative (1/22)

§                     HVAC could help healthcare sector save millions
More than $6.5 billion—that's how much healthcare organizations spend on energy each year, and that amount is rising to meet patients' needs, according to EnergyStar, a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through energy efficiency. As CFOs look for innovative ways to trim expenses from the budget, they should look no further than the HVAC and lighting systems. Media Health Leaders (2/2)

§                     NextGen Home approaches near zero
The NextGen Home Experience gathered the hottest, most up-and-coming products, used the building industry’s best practices and showcased them all in a finished 1,800 square-foot NextGen Home, erected right on the parking lot of the Convention Center for the 2010 International Builders' Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, Nevada. CABA was the sole endorsing association of the effort. U.S. Department of Energy (12/1)

§                     First framework for U.S. smart grid interoperability released
The United States Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released version 1.0 of the “Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards” describing a high level conceptual reference model for the smart grid and identifying 75 existing standards that are applicable, or likely to be applicable, to the ongoing development of the smart grid in the U.S. Metering.com (1/20)

§                     CEDIA University announces streamlined education offerings for 2010
The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) has unveiled its 2010 schedule for CEDIA University education, which features a new Power Hour webinar series as well as a streamlined roster of events throughout the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. CEDIA University has placed a focus on affordability and accessibility, with more than 50 webinars and dozens of regional offerings slated, all at discounted rates. Sourcews (1/28)

§                     Smart grid could reduce U.S. energy use by 12 to 18 percent
The smart grid could reduce the United States' energy use and CO2 emissions by up to 18 percent by 2030, according to a new report from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Of this, 12 percent would be direct reductions, while up to almost 6 percent could result indirectly. Metering.com (1/29)

§                     Building automation considerations: assessment and integration
Today's facility managers are faced with many challenges, from rising costs of resources (fuel, electricity, manpower) to tighter facility management budgets. Building automation advancements in the last few decades have solved many problems, but have often been fragmented into specialty systems that require very specialized hardware, software and training to manage the resources. AutomatedBuildings.com (2/1)

§                     Reliant Energy takes first smart-grid enabled products to market
Reliant Energy began offering the first of its products that incorporate smart grid. The firm is offering suite of smart energy products and services enabling customers to manage their electricity usage, promote energy efficiency and lower overall energy costs. Restructing Today (1/19)

§                     ASHRAE updates HVAC principles
A new textbook that allows engineers to build on their knowledge of HVAC design procedures and methods has been published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). ‘Principles of Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning’ builds on the information in the 2009 ASHRAE handbook, ‘Fundamentals’, and contains the most current ASHRAE procedures and information on building HVAC systems, from basic principles through design and operation. ConstructionWEEKonline.com (2/2)

§                     Study: Building automation systems market to exceed $36 billion in 2015
Despite being a traditionally slow growth area and one that was impacted by the latest economic downturn, the market for Building Automation Systems will grow 3% globally from 2009 to 2015, when the total market will reach a value of more than $36 billion. This forecast is contained in a new study from ABI Research. Newsblaze (2/3)

§                     New green rating system to improve Jakarta buildings
Eight major property developers in Greater Jakarta are hoping to obtain green building certification for newly built properties, says Green Building Council Indonesia. Under the green rating system, buildings are assessed based on six criteria: the appropriateness of site development; energy efficiency and refrigerants; water conservation; indoor air health and comfort; and building environment management. Jakarta Post (2/1)

§                     MatrikonOPC announces Supra Controls as a Gold Level Partner
Supra Controls becomes India’s first control systems integration firm to be accepted into the MatrikonOPC Integrator Partner Program. Specializing in the electrical, instrumentation, and control integration fields, Supra Controls now standardizes on MatrikonOPC™ products for its OPC data connectivity solutions.

§                     Other Items

Exhibiting Opportunities at GLOBE 2010, March 24 - 26, Vancouver, Canada
MatrikonOPC and OMNI Flow Computers, Inc. deliver secure data connectivity

Meridian Health partners with Cypak to develop healthcare solutions

Meridian Health Joins CABA

GLOBE 2010 Early Bird Deadline Fast Approaching!

MatrikonOPC Takes the Lead on OPC Cyber Security

FieldServer Technologies at AHR 2010

EMerge Alliance Passes 50 Member Milestone, Builds Support for New DC Power Distribution Standard

§                     Smart Grid: A Practical View
This paper describes some of the features of an electric smart grid. A smart grid overlays information technology on the elements of the electric grid. Losses of electricity (conversion to wasted heat) may occur due to faults to ground and resistive transmission pathways. The grid needs to be monitored for these faults with a distributed communications network, similar to a cellular telephone network. An Internet Protocol-based network is recommended. Read the full report as published in CABA's Public Research Library. Paid CABA membership provides you access to the full CABA Research Library, which has grown by over 300 new reports within the last two years.

§                     Webcast: Right from the Start - Commissioning for High Performance Buildings
On April 21 at 1 pm ET, hear from leading commissioning experts about how commissioning supports a smoother construction process, maximizes energy and cost reductions, and provides a facility that operates as intended. This program will define the “what, why, when, and who” of the commissioning process and provide you with tools to commission your high performing building. This free webcast is sponsored by the ASHRAE Chapter Technology Transfer Committee with support from ASHRAE’s High Performing Buildings Magazine.

§                     Webinar: Demystifying Net Neutrality
Net neutrality is one of the hottest topics on the regulatory horizon and is poised for action in 2010. The chairman of the FCC has called for new regulations, but a recent court decision has thrown into question whether the FCC even has proper jurisdictional authority. Meanwhile, how net neutrality is resolved will have broad-ranging consequences for ecosystem participants across the spectrum: cable operators, ISPs, video providers and others. Join The Diffusion Group [TDG] on February 4 at 2 pm ET to sort through the pros and cons of net neutrality. Register for the webinar now.

§                     CABA to proceed with energy management research project
CABA's Connected Home Research Council will be proceeding with its next collaborative research project: "Energy Management as a Managed Service". The following organizations have committed: Direct Energy, TELUS, Tyco Electronics, Sigma Design (Z-Wave Alliance/CopperGate), Trane/Ingersoll Rand/Schlage and Whirlpool Corporation. The Council is actively inviting two more companies to become active in the project. Contact Don O'Connor, CABA's Business Development Manager at 613.686.1814 x226 or oconnor@caba.org for more information.

§                     CABA Completes North American Intelligent and Integrated Building Technology Market Sizing Study
The Continental Automated Buildings Association has released a comprehensive North American market sizing study examining intelligent and integrated building technology.The study provides a detailed quantitative and qualitative assessment of the current and future markets for intelligent control systems in non-residential buildings so that industry players can undertake strategic planning as they launch new products and services. In addition, the study provides a review of the existing demand for intelligent building control integration and convergence.

§                     CABA presents at Smart Energy Canada
Ron Zimmer, CABA President & CEO, presented at the Smart Energy Canada event in Toronto earlier this week. The presentation highlighted CABA's intelligent building research and initatives, especially those concerning the transformation of the current electricity system into a smart grid. Download the presentation free of charge immediately.

§                     Attend the Council's Digital Home Forum
On Wednesday, March 3, 2010, CABA's Connected Home Research Council (CH-RC) will hold the Digital Home Ecosystem Forum, hosted by Microsoft Corporation. The Forum will bring together leading companies dealing with integration of consumer electronics and other cutting-edge technology throughout the home. Learn about current trends in the digital and connected home from a wide range of companies working in this space and explore future research opportunities. to attend the event, please register at: http://www.caba.org/connectedhome/forum.

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Concert Technologies’ Podcast Introduces First Ever National Truck Roll Program to Reduce Carbon Footprint up to 70%

DULLES, VA, FEBRUARY 18, 2010 – Concert Technologies today announced the release of its new podcast, entitled “Concert Close: Maximize the Green Efficiency of Multi-Site National Rollouts of Technology.” The interview-style podcast acknowledges the concerns of the Information Technology Systems industry, lead by the international non-profit association, BICSI, to provide green initiatives for technology contractors across the globe. Concert Technologies’ Green IT Deployment Program, “Concert Close,” is providing the industry’s first methodology to reduce truck rolls and travel time to customers requiring nationwide and international deployments of technology infrastructure. As a result, fuel consumption and carbon emissions are significantly reduced. Discussing the initiative is Executive Vice President of Concert Technologies, Tom Suder.

About “Concert Close”

“Concert Technologies sets the example for Nationwide and International Technology Rollout companies and the Information Technology Systems (ITS) industry in general by demonstrating how our rollout methods can reduce the cost and consumption of fuel as well as harmful emissions on the environment,” explains Tom Suder.

The podcast addresses the positive impact of the domestic “Concert Close” program. The interview lays out the foundation of the initiative explaining how and why Concert Technologies has mastered multi-service deployments of different technologies using as few truck rolls as possible and staying within a 40-mile distance of rural customer sites. The “Concert Close” method eliminates fuel consumption and carbon monoxide emissions by up to 70%.

“By being in 91 countries, we are well on our way to increasing our global local workforce to be able to provide the same ‘Concert Close’  capabilities as domestically”, said Dennis Mazaris, Concert Technologies, president.

About Concert Technologies

Concert Technologies, founded in 1995, is a privately-held technology service company based in Dulles, VA. It is the leader in the accelerated delivery of nationwide rollouts and global technology deployments for government, commercial and international organizations. Utilizing the Maestro Technology Rollout System, it quickly implements, installs and manages multi-site, multi-service, multi-technology infrastructure projects. Visit Concert Technologies online: www.concerttech.com

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Designing for Next Generation IP Video Webinar

Please join: Vicon and Security Products

Topic: Designing for Next Generation IP Video - Understanding the Dynamics Between Megapixel Cameras, Storage and Everything in Between.

Date: Wednesday - March 10, 2010

Time: 2 PM (EST) 11 AM (PST)

Register Today at:

http://www.1105info.com/t.do?id=4242025:2907688

Overview:

This webinar will discuss how new introductions in IP video technology are influencing system design considerations, and how changes in one part of a system may affect the entire network.

Specific topics will include:

* The impact of megapixel cameras on bandwidth and storage

* The next generation of storage architecture

* The added value of integrated solutions

This webinar may be of interest to security dealers, integrators, end-users, consultants and A&Es.

Speaker:

Richard Koharik

Vicon A&E Services Manager

Dick has worked within the electronic security industry for over 25 years. During this time, he's been involved with designing, engineering and training for projects in many sectors, including Corrections, ITS, Gaming and Airports. In his current role, he is Vicon's primary contact for architects and engineers, providing training, design assistance and general support.

Guy Arazi

Vicon Digital Products Manager

Guy has been with Vicon since 2004 and previously held managerial positions with several Israeli high-tech companies. His in-depth technical knowledge and understanding of the security marketplace allows him to serve as point-person between Vicon's R&D, engineering, tech support, sales and marketing for all products within Vicon's digital product line.

A Q&A session will be held during the last 15 minutes of the Webinar.

Date: Wednesday - March 10, 2010

Time: 2 PM (EST) 11 AM (PST)

Register Today at:

http://www.1105info.com/t.do?id=4242026:2907688

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Electec introduce the Next Generation in Wiring Systems

Electec Ltd., a Canadian innovator of Manufactured Wiring Systems is proud to introduce EZ-Wiring®, the leading-edge in modular wiring systems (MWS) and the first environmentally-responsible reusable and relocatable building wiring system.

Many engineers, architects and consultants today are frustrated with the lack of sustainable and eco-friendly building wire and cable solutions.  Unchanged designs and methods have yet to foster a new model for planning, installing and maintaining wiring systems – until now.

Built with RoHS-compliant and low-smoke, zero-halogen (LSZH) materials, Electec deliver the safest and most eco-friendly MWS available today. 

In addition to a non-toxic, non-corrosive construction, EZ-Wiring enables a cost-effective reuse and relocation of building wire and cable.  Modular “plug-and-play” field connections are intuitive, safe and easy to use.

For more information on The Next Generation in Wiring Systems® click http://www.electeconline.com/.

About Electec
A leading-edge manufacturer of modular wiring systems (MWS), Electec is the only GreenSpec™ listed manufacturer of modular wiring systems for branch circuit and voice/data applications.  Electec manufactured wiring systems are industry proven with hundreds of installations across North America.

Contact Electec
For further information contact Chris Pezoulas, VP Business Development at 613-836-0300 x226 or cpezoulas@electeconline.com

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Fiber University” Is Back

Free Online Training Website Started By FOA

The famous "Fiber U" (Fiber University) fiber optic training courses have returned, now part of the free educational programs offered by The Fiber Optic Association. Fiber U is being updated and expanded with modern online-learning technology. Lennie Lightwave has joined the FOA too! Fiber U is online at www.fiberu.org.

Fiber U was the famous fiber optic training conference and online training pioneer where many fiber optic techs got their start in the 1990s. Fiber U offered comprehensive vendor-independent training at annual events and as part of many conferences and trade shows. Fiber U Online offered some of the first online training courses anywhere.

The FOA will develop Fiber U to provide free online learning opportunities to help everyone learn more about fiber optics and cabling and prepare for training by FOA-Approved schools. Courses will be offered at the basic and advanced level to allow learning the basics, refresh and/or expand your knowledge.

The Fiber U website will provide self-study programs for those wanting to learn about fiber optics and to prepare for taking courses that will provide the hands-on skills required to become a fiber optic tech certified by the FOA. Available now are links to online self-study programs for those wanting to learn more about fiber optics. In the future, we'll be adding more self-study programs, video and online webinar lectures and other education resources the FOA will provide free to help everyone learn more about fiber optics.

About the FOA

The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. is an nonprofit educational organization chartered to promote fiber optics through education, certification and standards. Over 250 FOA-Approved schools around the world have certified more than 29,000 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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MOHAWK ANNOUNCES THE ADDITION OF NET-REPS, INC TO THEIR SALES FORCE

Leominster, MA, February 2, 2010: Mohawk, a leading manufacturer of fiber optic and copper cable products, is pleased to announce the appointment of Net-Reps, Inc. to their sales force. Net-Reps, Inc. was founded by Jesse Meyer, RCDD and Ryan McCray in 2008.

Jesse has worked in the Data Comm industry for over 14 years. He has experience in Distribution, Contracting, and Manufacturer Representation. He has cultivated many strong relationships in the Southern Virginia market, and has a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech.

Ryan has been actively selling in the Data Comm industry for over 10 years. Ryan has developed solid relationships with Distribution, Contractors, and End-Users in the Northern Virginia and Maryland markets. Ryan has a B.S. in Education from the University of Maryland.

Through knowledge, energy, service, and integrity, Net-Reps, Inc. creates and maintains long term relationships with individuals in the entire sales channel (Manufacturer, Distribution, Contractors, End Users, Specifiers) to increase market share, and give their manufacturers the best possible representation.

For additional information, Net-Reps, Inc. can be contacted as follows:

Net-Reps, Inc.

8944 River Crescent

Suffolk, VA 23433

(757)321-0633


Mohawk is headquartered in Leominster, Massachusetts, and has been providing fiber and copper cable innovations for over 50 years. They dedicate 210,000 square feet to today’s most advanced facilities for the design, development and production of copper, fiber optic, and hybrid wire and cable. Mohawk, an ISO9001 certified company, develops products to meet and support TIA/EIA, ISO/IEC, ICEA and NEMA standards.

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Motorola Wins GPON Deal with Medicine Park Telephone Company; Continues to Drive Rural Broadband Upgrades

New fiber-to-the-home deployment reflects Motorola’s broadening GPON customer base, and continued consumer demand for faster broadband

Horsham, PA – 4 February, 2010 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced that Medicine Park Telephone Company has selected the Motorola gigabit passive optical network (GPON) solution for its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband delivery. The rural telecom operator will now be able to offer dramatically higher-capacity broadband services, including faster internet access and richer, more personalized media experiences.

Rural markets are increasingly at the new frontier for the most powerful broadband technologies. As a result, Motorola is leveraging a distributor relationship with Power & Tel to reach these often-underserved regions with a proven FTTH solution. Power & Tel is making it easy for telecom companies like Medicine Park to access Motorola’s GPON technology, and Motorola, in turn, is providing a fast and efficient way for these providers to deliver new internet and television services. With a fully-integrated RF return path for video delivery, Motorola is helping Medicine Park upgrade data speeds while also introducing new video offerings that use Motorola’s widely deployed line of RF set-tops. 

“Motorola has an unparalleled track record in FTTH networks with customers large and small around the world,” said Edward Hilliary Jr. of Medicine Park. “We chose to work with Motorola because of its technology and its real-world deployment experience. We’ve also been impressed with the way Motorola develops evolving technologies, making sure that the network upgrades we make today can support the demands and innovation of tomorrow.”

Medicine Park represents a growing number of rural operators eager to offer a wider set of broadband services to subscribers,” said Joe Cozzolino, senior vice president, Motorola Home & Networks Mobility. “By providing a customizable GPON solution, we are helping companies like Medicine Park transition to the next generation of broadband and RF video delivery. Not only does Medicine Park benefit, but subscribers throughout its rural footprint also reap the rewards of faster Internet access and higher-quality video services.”

Motorola’s GPON portfolio includes the Motorola AXS2200 optical line terminal (OLT), the Motorola ONT1400GT single-family optical network terminal (ONT) and the Motorola ONT6000 for multi-dwelling units. Motorola’s FTTP solutions inherently support SCTE-51 – or Motorola RF return path functionality – for easy integration with Motorola video headend and RF set-top solutions.

Motorola's Home & Networks Mobility business delivers fully integrated and customizable media solutions enabling operators to provide personalized, rich media experiences to their subscribers. As a global video leader in digital entertainment devices, digital and IP video headends and digital video processing, Motorola brings its video expertise to bear as operators – wireline, wireless, cable and telco – seek to evolve their networks for the future. For more information on Motorola’s GPON products, click here.

For updates, visit our blog at www.mediaexperiences2go.com and follow @motomedia2go on Twitter.

About Motorola
Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and focused on advancing the way the world connects.  From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to high-definition video and mobile devices, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile.  Motorola (NYSE: MOT) had sales of US $22 billion in 2009. For more information, please visit www.motorola.com.

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THE NECA SHOW IS FAMILY FRIENDLY

THE NECA SHOW

CONTRACTORS CONNECTING THE WORLD WITH POWER + LIGHTING + INTEGRATED SYSTEMS

NEWS UPDATE ▪ February 2010

NECA will allow children to attend the NECA SHOW during all posted exhibit hours beginning with NECA 2010 Boston, October 3-5.  All children must be registered, and receive a badge. Depending on age, children may be charged for admission. All children must be under supervision of an adult at all times on the show floor.  No children will be allowed on show floor during set up or tear down.  The previous policy only allowed children on the show floor for one day with an abbreviated schedule

“For many, electrical contracting is a family business involving generations working side by side to grow the company”, said Beth Ellis, NECA Executive Director, Convention – Exposition.   “We also find that several small firms use the convention as their annual vacation destination too. This new policy is a positive change for contractors with young families.   In today’s economic climate, it just makes sense for families to combine business with pleasure. We want to make it more convenient for the future leaders of our industry to attend.”

Most family business owners presume that at least one of their children will eventually want to take over the company. Children often assume several different positions within the company in order to learn all aspects of the business. “Our decision to allow children to attend the entire NECA Show facilitates the learning process for younger generations”, said Dan Walter, NECA Chief Operating Officer. There are over 250 exhibiting companies that offer the latest in product and service innovations each year. The NECA Show is a valuable learning opportunity for children and adults alike.”

Plan to attend the NECA 2010 Boston, October 3-5, 2010 at the state-of-the-art Boston Convention and Exposition Center.  For more information about NECA 2010 Boston, visit www.necaconvention.org for regular updates or call (301) 215-4506.

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NEMA’s Business Confidence Indexes Post Positive Results to Kick Off 2010

ROSSLYN, Va., January 27, 2010—The Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions rebounded in January, rising nearly 9 points to 57.1. The index is derived from responses to a survey circulated to senior executives of NEMA member companies, and a value above 50 indicates that more respondents reported that the business environment improved from the previous month than reported that it worsened. The index had fallen below 50 in December for the first time in five months, but this latest reading suggests that the modest improvements in conditions that characterized much of the second half of 2009 have persisted into early 2010.

Moreover, the EBCI for future North American conditions pushed further upward in January while posting its second consecutive monthly gain. Rising 14.3 points to 78.6, the index recorded an eleventh straight reading above 50, and reached its highest level since December 2004. This result reflects widespread sentiment that business conditions will improve over the next six months.

Click here for the complete January 2010 report.

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.

NEMA. Setting Standards for Excellence

Visit our website at www.nema.org

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New IDEAL VDV PRO™ Cuts Testing Time for Voice, Video and Data Networks

SYCAMORE, IL, February 12, 2010 --  To improve the ability of technicians to provide superior service during voice, data and video installations, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. today introduced its new...

...VDV PRO™ Cable Tester now featuring a bright backlit full dot-matrix screen that is easy to read in dark wiring closets, and is viewable in extreme low-light environments.

Ergonomically designed for handheld orientation, the VDV PRO is the industry's simplest to use cable diagnostic and verification solution, allowing technicians to quickly check the integrity of virtually any cable found in a residential or commercial VDV installation, including telephone wiring, data network cabling, and video/security alarm wiring.

Overwhelming positive feedback on the original IDEAL VDV Multimedia tester introduced over three years ago drove requests for the next generation VDV PRO, says Dan Payerle, IDEAL's Business Unit Manager: "We listened carefully to what users of the first VDV Multimedia told us they needed, including faster testing. As those requirements evolved with changing technology, we responded accordingly with the more advanced VDV PRO."

The VDV PRO has an integrated RJ11/12 (voice), RJ45 (data) and coax F-Connector (video) interfaces directly into the top of the unit, reducing the time needed when transitioning between voice, data, and video cable testing, plus doing away with the expense of replacing lost adapters. Accessories enable the VDV PRO to also support BNC and RCA connectors, commonly used in cable, satellite and video surveillance systems. An integrated tone generator offers four unique analog tones to almost instantly locate and isolate wire pairs in voice, data and video testing.

In addition to the main unit, the VDV PRO has a detachable remote with RJ11/12, RJ45 and Coax F-Connector interfaces that store securely in the main unit's base for ready availability and fast cable testing. The unit has the capacity to support up to eight remotes to serve larger installations.

The VDV PRO brings the full range of testing capabilities to technicians working in commercial and residential facilities:

VOICE TESTING

The VDV PRO™ will test 3-pair USOC and 6-position RJ-11/12 jacks for voice cable integrity. Voice testing will detect RJ-11 (1, 2 or 3 pair), and also show Normal or Reverse for pins 1 through 6.

DATA TESTING

The VDV PRO confirms the quality of installed shielded or unshielded twisted pair cable to T568A/B (RJ45) standards. The full dot matrix screen shows a "PASS "or Miswire" to indicate reversals, shorts, splits, breaks and opens. It will also test cable for shield continuity and the presence of voltage. In addition, the VDV PRO will measures the length of UTP, STP and Coax cable during initial test results along with displaying the distance to a specific fault by displaying a graphic wiremap on the LCD. When connected to its remote the VDV PRO will display wire map for 10Base-T and Token Ring.  In addition, the VDV PRO is able to blink a "HUB" to identify the port the cable link is connected to. It will also identify network operation when connected to an active LAN port.

VIDEO TESTING

Primarily used in CATV and security camera coax systems, the VDV PRO provides quick verification in multi-run coax terminated with F-connectors of opens and shorts. Coax mapping is possible with up to eight color-coded coax remotes. The RCA and BNC adapters allow the VDV PRO the ability to test just about any A/V connector type.

PRICING & AVAILABILITY

The IDEAL VDV PRO is immediately available in three complete kit configurations: Part # 33-770 with one Remote and an MSRP of $269, Part # 33-771 with 8 Remotes and an MSRP of $369, and Part 33-780 at an MSRP of $299 with one Remote and a Probe to identify cable runs. All three kits come in a sturdy storage case complete with all necessary accessories.

ABOUT IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.

IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. IDEAL is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.

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Leviton Enhances Line of FastCAM® Fiber Connectors and Accessories

Popular SC and LC fiber connectors now compatible with new Visual Fault Locator

February 5, 2010 – Bothell, WA:  Leviton today announced new enhancements to its FastCAM pre-polished fiber optic connectors. The company’s FastCAM SC and LC fiber connectors are now compatible with a Visual Fault Locator (VFL) to test for fiber continuity, and the connectors now allow termination on 250 µm, 900 µm, 2 mm, and 3 mm fiber cable.

The pocket-sized VFL assists in diagnosing optical fiber damage by using a bright red laser to locate faults, including tight bends, breaks, and defective connectors. The tool includes a 2.5 mm ferrule interface, 1.25 mm adapter, and soft carrying case.

In addition, Leviton now offers two new tool kits for FastCAM terminations. One includes the LYNX Cleaver, lint free dry wipes, alcohol pads, jacket stripper, and a pocket to hold a VFL, while the second adds a work tray and gooseneck LED.

Leviton’s pre-polished FastCAM connectors provide precision mechanical termination of single-mode or multimode fiber, without the need for proprietary tools, epoxy, or hand polishing. The connectors are available in ST, SC, and LC styles in standard 50/125 µm and 62.5/125 µm, 50/125 µm Laser Optimized multimode, and single-mode fiber types.

The FastCAM connectors, VFL, and FastCAM tool kits are available through Leviton’s reseller network.

About Leviton Network Solutions

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

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Enhanced McCormick Software Now In Use - V9.2 Offers Updates, Improved Integration

Version 9.2 of the basic software from McCormick Systems is now in the hands of electrical and building systems contractors and their estimators. It offers numerous upgrades and enhancements that, combined, enable higher estimating and project management productivity – and flexibility.

“Our customers asked us for many of these changes and upgrades,” explained Todd McCormick, president. “We listened. For example, previously we had just two tabs on one of the system’s functions, the Job Screen – labeled ‘active’ and ‘inactive’. Customers asked for more. Now, the customer can have as many as 20 of those tabs.”

What does that do? Let’s say a company has three estimators: Now, it can have tabs under the name of each (Tom, Dick, Harry), for tracking purposes. Or, if desired, a contractor with offices in several places (Phoenix, Las Vegas, Sacramento) can segregate information and track it in that way.

Basically, this one upgrade adds many options. Company executives (and/or estimators) can now see information in the Job Screen in any way desired. The information can be broken down, quickly, as needed. “Really, this isn’t a big deal,” McCormick continued. “It’s just an example of how these upgrades enhance the way electrical and systems contractors can use our systems.”

Other changes involve information suppliers NECA and Trade Service. Integration with the Traser SX and Supplier Exchange services from Trade Service is now a no-brainer. Similarly, the system now includes automated weekly updating of NECA labor units.

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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New Rugged, Pocket Sized Fiber Optic Tester from Fluke Networks Makes FTTx Testing Quick and Easy

Telecom fiber technicians now have an easy to use, rugged, low cost tool for performing simple fiber testing

EVERETT, Washington – February 10, 2010 – Fluke Networks today announced the Fiber OneShot Optical Test Set, an innovative, pocket-size fiber optic test set that greatly simplifies the traditionally complex task of fiber testing at the telecom central office, node, hub, residence or business.  Designed with an intuitive one-button test capability that presents results in simple to understand numbers, users can accurately verify if a fiber is active or find the distance to a break, end, dirty end face/bulkhead or reflective event in just seconds.  Additionally, the Fiber OneShot has no dead zone, delivering results on fiber links from zero to 9,999 feet.

“Traditionally, field telecom technicians have had to drag out large, complex, fragile OTDRs in order to conduct simple fiber testing to find a break or and end of a fiber segment, ” said Paul Alexander, marketing manager, field test equipment, Fluke Networks. “This could cause delays in workflow due to the difficulty of using a complex instrument for a very common task. With one button, Fiber OneShot users quickly get accurate and essential test results that they can depend on to complete their job.”

Built for ruggedness, the Fiber OneShot ensures trouble-free operation by incorporating an energy absorbing holster over an impact resistant case to withstand drops and impacts. Together with a heavy-duty tethered end cap to protect the fiber adapter, the Fiber OneShot can withstand the rigors of daily use, even in tough environments.

Testing benefits that increase productivity

Fiber OneShot’s ease-of-use is designed specifically to increase user productivity with key features that allow technicians to get fiber answers quickly. They include:

New CheckActive™ feature, which alerts the user if an optical signal is on the fiber

Instant-On, no boot/load time

Test Fast, which enables expedited fiber testing with one button in a few seconds

No dead zone, which enables technicians to locate of fiber faults at 1 meter

Quick and accurate measurement of the length (break, end, dirty end face/bulkhead, or reflective event) of fiber from 0 - 9,999 feet (note* 0 - 6,000 meters displayed in metric mode)

Essential fiber test results displayed numerically (no interpretation needed)

X-Large liquid crystal display with programmable backlight, which enables use in any environment

Availability

The Fiber OneShot Optical Test Set is available for order and delivery through Fluke Networks’ sales channels worldwide.  More details can be found here.

About Fluke Networks

Fluke Networks provides innovative solutions for the installation and certification, testing, monitoring and analysis of copper, fiber and wireless networks used by enterprises and telecommunications carriers. The company's comprehensive line of Network SuperVision™ Solutions provide network installers, owners, and maintainers with superior vision, combining speed, accuracy and ease of use to optimize network performance. Headquartered in Everett, Washington, the company distributes its products in more than 50 countries. More information can be found by visiting Fluke Networks’ Web site at www.flukenetworks.com or by calling (800) 283-5853.

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Legrand Ortronics Introduces New Lumen™ Pre-polished Fiber Connectors for Quick and Reliable Fiber Field Installations

New London, CT, January 19, 2010 – Legrand Ortronics, a global leader in high performance network infrastructure solutions, introduces Lumen™ pre-polished fiber connectors. The new Lumen connectors bring an unprecedented level of ease and reliability to fiber field installations, by reducing installation times to two minutes or less, on a prepared optical fiber, without the need for special installation tools or equipment.

The re-usable pre-polished connectors feature a built-in window, in the connector body, which allows a visible fault locator (VFL) to be used to verify proper installation during assembly. The connector may also be reapplied up to five times simply by deactivating the fiber locking feature, re-cleaving the fiber, and then reinstalling the connector.

Lumen LC connectors are available in 50 micron LOMF, single-mode, and 62.5 versions. SC and ST versions will be introduced later this year. The connectors work well with both 900 micron buffered distribution type fibers and 250 micron buffered fibers installed with a 900 micron breakout kit.

Legrand Ortronics also offers all the tools necessary for field termination of the Lumen connectors. A complete reusable connector kit option includes all the fiber preparation tools necessary to terminate the connector, including a battery operated VFL light source, cleave tool and handy support handle to hold the VFL and connector during field assembly. The complete field tool kits come in a rugged tool pouch with pockets to hold each tool and spaces to add additional tools if needed.

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Legrand Ortronics Introduces New Self-terminating Category 6A FTP Workstation Jacks for Faster, Easier FTP Installations

New London, CT, January 19, 2010 – Legrand Ortronics, a global leader in high performance network infrastructure solutions, introduces a new self-terminating Category 6A FTP jack for workstation applications. This rugged cast-encased shielded keystone jack is rear-loading and features an innovative tool-less termination process that dramatically reduces installation times.

The tool-less jack termination enables fast, easy, and reliable installation of FTP/shielded cable. An installer-friendly wire lacing feature includes a wiring diagram, maintains pair geometry, and limits untwisting of pairs. Closing the jack housing fully seats the lacing cap onto the jack insulation displacement contacts (IDCs), terminating all four cable pairs at the same time. Rugged die cast metal construction creates an integral shield which provides 360 degree coverage, while a supplied cable clamp provides a fast, secure and reliable shield/ground wire connection.

These new shielded keystone jacks mount into all TechChoice faceplates, frames, and bezels for broad support of FTP at the workstation.

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CRAIG CONSULTING SERVICES

BICSI Training Schedule

January – June, 2010

Dates                                                    Class

JANUARY

1/25 –1/29                                             ITS Installer 2 Copper     (IN 225)

FEBRUARY

2/1 – 1/5                                               ITS Installer 2 Fiber        (IN 250)

2/8 – 2/12                                              ITS Technician               (IN 350)

2/22 – 2/26                                            BICSI   PM 100/125      

MARCH

3/1 –3/5                                                ITS Installer 2 Fiber        (IN 250)

3/8 – 3/12                                              ITS Installer 2 Copper     (IN 225)

APRIL

4/12 – 4/16                                            ITS Technician               (IN350)

4/19 – 4/23                                            BICSI   OSP110

4/26 – 4/30                                            ITS Copper                                (IN 225)

MAY

5/17 – 5/21                                            ITS Fiber                                   (IN 250)

5/24 – 5/28                                            ITS Technician               (IN 350)

JUNE

6/14 – 6/18                                            ITS Copper                                (IN 225)

6/21 – 6/25                                            ITS Fiber                                   (IN 250)

Classes marked in RED are taught by BICSI Master Instructor

Schedule subject to change based upon Customer requests.

James R. (Ray) Craig RCDD/NTS Specialist

Belden Training Schedule

February– June, 2010

Dates                                                    Class

FEBRUARY

2/16 – 2/17                                            Belden 303 Design                     Wichita, KS

2/18 – 2/19                                            Belden 700 Install                      Wichita, KS

2/23 – 2/24                                            Belden 700 Install                      Denver, CO

2/25 – 2/26                                            Belden 002 Data Center  Denver, CO

MARCH

3/16 –3/17                                             Belden 303 Design                     Kansas City, MO

3/18 – 3/19                                            Belden 700 Install                      Kansas City, MO

3/24                                                      Belden Refresher Class  Dallas, TX

3/29 – 3/30                                            Belden 303 Design                     Tulsa, OK

3/31 – 4/1                                              Belden 700 Install                      Tulsa, OK

APRIL

4/6 – 4/7                                               Belden 303 Design                     Omaha, NB

4/8 – 4/9                                               Belden 700 Install                      Omaha, NB

MAY

5/11 – 5/12                                            Belden 303 Design                     Houston, TX

5/13 – 5/14                                            Belden 700 Install                      Houston, TX

JUNE

6/8 – 6/9                                               Belden 303 Design                     San Antonio, TX

6/10 – 6/11                                            Belden 700 Install                      San Antonio, TX

Classes marked on red are Belden directed classes.

Schedule subject to change based upon Customer requests.

James R. (Ray) Craig RCDD/NTS Specialist

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Spending on Wireless Data to skyrocket from $43B in 2009 to $93B in 2013, TIA Analysts predict in 2010 Mobile Report

TIA Releases Mobile and Wireless Communications Report From 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast

Arlington, Va. – Despite the recent economy, the overall outlook for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry has never been better. Fueled by the popularity of smartphones, spending on wireless data will more than double during the next four years to $93 billion from $43 billion in 2009, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) reports in its 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast.

On the eve of the world’s largest mobile event, TIA is releasing the mobile component of its 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast as a tool for ICT industry decision-makers and technologists to use at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

“In business, information is the most precious commodity,” said TIA President Grant Seiffert. “Coming out of the recession we don’t want to delay delivery of the most comprehensive and valuable market intelligence and analysis. TIA is sharing as much as we can as soon as possible to help the ICT industry capitalize on the opportunities we see in the growth cycle ahead.”

Seiffert hosted a Webinar with economist Arthur Gruen, principal author of 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast, which TIA has published annually for 14 years.

They answered these questions, and more:

  • Why will demand for wireless data be the principal driver for overall spending growth?
  • What percentage of overall unit sales will smartphones account for by 2013?
  • How much will mobile data affect infrastructure investment this year?
  • How will increased demand for services push timetables for bringing 4G networks online?

Watch for future Webinars on Landline Communications, Enterprise Equipment and International Markets in the coming weeks, as TIA speeds the latest market intelligence from the 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast to its members and subscribers throughout the first quarter of 2010.

TIA’s 2010 Market Review & Forecast is the definitive report for the ICT industry. Be informed before Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona and visit TIA President Grant Seiffert there at TIA’s Networking Happy Hour.

The Mobile and Wireless Communications report is available online. To purchase go to http://www.tiaonline.org/market_intelligence/mrf/index.cfm.

Watch on demand the Webcast of TIA Webinar on Mobile and Wireless Communications recorded on Feb. 10, 2010. Contact Mike Snyder at msnyder@tiaonline.org for slides from the presentation in PDF format.

Sign up for RSS feeds on TIA News.

About TIA

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

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

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

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SUPERCOMM® 2010 Shelved

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Washington, D.C. – Convention planner EXPOCOMM told USTelecom and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) it will not manage the SUPERCOMM® trade show in 2010, due to financial projections for the show this year. As a result, the two associations jointly decided to cancel the event that was tentatively set for this fall. USTelecom and TIA said they have enjoyed working together on the show, and look forward to future collaborative efforts.

About TIA

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

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

About USTelecom

The United States Telecom Association, USTelecom, is the premier broadband trade association representing service providers and suppliers for the telecom industry. USTelecom represents companies offering a wide range of services across the communications platforms, including voice, video and data over local exchange, long distance, wireless, Internet and cable services.

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The distinguished CSC Security Team (the best of the best), adds Tim Holloway to CSC's Security team as Vice President, Security Solutions Marketing

 Communications Supply Corporation (WESCO) www.gocsc.com just announced the addition of Tim Holloway to CSC's Security team as Vice President, Security Solutions Marketing. In this newly created role, Tim will assume responsibility for all security-related product management, supplier relations, technical support, and marketing functions. Tim comes to CSC most recently from Anixter, where he was Vice President of Technology-Security Solutions. Tim brings a wealth of experience to CSC, and will focus a majority of his initial efforts on continuing the incredible momentum already underway with critical initiatives such as FTL, ReelSimple, and CSC's Security Integrator message and offer. Tim has huge credibility within the IP Security Marketplace. HOTS (www.wireville.com ) has already gotten feedback from the top security suppliers and integrators, applauding this move.

Holloway will report directly to Frank LaPlante (V.P.) in his new  role, and will work side-by-side  with Shelby Beard to ensure a flawless handoff and execution occurs between Security Marketing efforts and Security Sales initiatives. Shelby Beard will continue his efforts directing all security-related sales efforts within CSC, and will ensure the regional low voltage security team remains locked at the hip and engaged in pushing CSC's customer-facing security efforts. We welcome Tim Holloway to the CSC team, as CSC continues their efforts to keep CSC the best Security Distributor in North America. CSC is helping you to use technology to transform your home and workplace into a safer environment..

Frank Bisbee- Editor

"Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

www.wireville.com

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TIA WEBINAR - How Will Smart Devices Drive Mobile Growth in 2010?

Spending on Wireless Data Will More than Double During the Next Four Years – Skyrocketing from $43B in 2009 to $93B in 2013 – Predict TIA Analysts

Arlington, Va. – Despite the recent economy, the overall outlook for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry has never been better. Fueled by the popularity of smartphones, spending on wireless data will more than double during the next four years to $93 billion from $43 billion in 2009, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) reports in its 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast.

On the eve of the world's largest mobile event, TIA is releasing the mobile component of its 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast as a tool for ICT industry decision-makers and technologists to use at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

TIA will host a Webinar on Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. on Mobile and Wireless Markets. Register today for the free Webinar and submit your questions in advance. Media representatives are invited to attend.

"In business, information is the most precious commodity," said TIA President Grant Seiffert. "Coming out of the recession we don't want to delay delivery of the most comprehensive and valuable market intelligence and analysis. TIA is sharing as much as we can as soon as possible to help the ICT industry capitalize on the opportunities we see in the growth cycle ahead."

Seiffert is hosting the Webinar with economist Arthur Gruen, principal author of the 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast, published annually by TIA for 14 years.

They'll answer these questions, and more:

How is growth in wireless data demand affecting the various industry sectors?

What percentage of overall unit sales will smartphones account for by 2013?

How much will mobile data affect infrastructure investment this year?

How will increased demand for services push timetables for bringing 4G networks online?

Watch for future Webinars on Landline Communications, Enterprise Equipment and International Markets in the coming weeks, as TIA speeds the latest market intelligence from the 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast to its members and subscribers throughout the first quarter of 2010.

TIA's 2010 Market Review & Forecast is the definitive report for the ICT industry. Be informed before Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona. To schedule an interview with Grant Seiffert in Barcelona, please contact TIA PR Director Mike Snyder at msnyder@tiaonline.org.

Sign up for RSS feeds on TIA news.

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

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

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

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Unum Selects All-in-One IP Communications Software Suite from Interactive Intelligence

Company selects software to improve efficiencies for distributed contact centers and work-at-home users

INDIANAPOLIS and CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Feb. 4, 2010 – Unum (NYSE:UNM), a provider of employee benefits products and services, has purchased the Interactive Intelligence (Nasdaq: ININ) all-in-one, IP communications software suite, Customer Interaction Center® (CIC).

Unum selected the Interactive Intelligence software to improve efficiencies for its distributed contact centers and work-at-home users.

“The technology previously supporting our contact centers was largely dated and came from multiple vendors,” said Unum’s vice president of IT communications services, Randy Chapman. “It could simply no longer effectively support our business goals, particularly with the expansion of our distributed contact centers and work-at-home service representatives.”

Unum selected CIC over competitive products after a request-for-proposal resulted in Interactive Intelligence receiving the highest score.

“We went with CIC because its single-platform, all-in-one architecture gave us all the functionality we required, along with simplified management and a low total cost of ownership,” Chapman said.

In addition to CIC, Unum purchased add-on applications for outbound/blended dialing and campaign management; multichannel recording and quality monitoring; workforce management; and automated customer feedback surveys.

“We anticipate numerous benefits as a result of deploying the CIC software suite, including improved service through real-time customer feedback data and consolidated reporting,” Chapman said. “We also expect increased service efficiencies through new features such as skills-based routing across multiple sites and blended dialing.”

Unum is in the process of rolling out the Interactive Intelligence software across its multiple contact centers located in Chattanooga, Tenn.; Columbia, S.C.; Portland, Maine; and Worcester, Mass. When deployment is complete, the Interactive Intelligence software will support more than 1,000 Unum customer service representatives, of which 40 percent are at-home workers. The company also plans to integrate CIC with its resident CRM applications, as well as other existing customized applications.

About Unum
A Fortune 500 company, Unum is a market leader in employee benefits with expertise in disability, group long-term care, group life, and voluntary benefits. Working with nearly 40 percent of the Fortune 500, Unum has been the U.S. market leader in group disability insurance for 33 consecutive years. Through a family of businesses built over 160 years, Unum helps more than 170,000 employers worldwide and provided $6 billion in total benefits to customers in 2008. Unum is headquartered in Chattanooga, Tenn., and has significant operations in Portland, Maine, Worcester, Mass., and Glendale, Calif. Subsidiaries include Colonial Life in South Carolina and Unum UK in England. The company employs nearly 10,000 people worldwide. For more information about Unum, visit www.unum.com, or call 866.679.3054.

About Interactive Intelligence

Interactive Intelligence Inc. (Nasdaq: ININ) is a global provider of unified business communications solutions for contact center automation, enterprise IP telephony, and business process automation. The company was founded in 1994 and has more than 3,500 customers worldwide. Interactive Intelligence is among Software Magazine’s top 500 global software and services suppliers, is a BusinessWeek “hot growth 50” company, and is among Fortune Small Business magazine’s top 100 fastest growing companies. The company is also positioned in the leaders’ quadrant of the Gartner 2008 Contact Center Infrastructure, Worldwide Magic Quadrant report. Interactive Intelligence employs approximately 650 people and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. It has 14 offices throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Interactive Intelligence can be reached at +1 317.872.3000 or info@inin.com; on the Net: www.inin.com.

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Ventas to Serve as Presenting Sponsor of BOMA’s 2010 Medical Office Buildings and Healthcare Facilities Conference

(WASHINGTON, DC—January 27, 2010)   BOMA International announced today that Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR) will be the Presenting Sponsor of BOMA’s 2010 Medical Office Buildings and Healthcare Facilities Conference, to be held May 5-7, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

“We are honored to sponsor the 2010 Medical Office Buildings and Healthcare Facilities Conference in our home city of Chicago,” said Vincent Cozzi, vice president, Acquisitions, Ventas, Inc.  “This conference is the most important gathering of the year for medical office owners, developers, and managers, and we are delighted to be a part of it.  Medical office has become a strategically important component of our business, and we value this once-a-year opportunity to interact with the leaders in the industry.”

“We’re thrilled to have Ventas as our Presenting Sponsor this year,” added Danny Prosky, executive vice president, Healthcare Properties, Grubb & Ellis Realty Investors and 2009-2010 Co-Chair, BOMA’s Medical Office Buildings and Healthcare Facilities Committee. “As one of the market leaders, their expertise and insight are a tremendous asset to the conference.”

Healthcare real estate has emerged as its own asset class in the last decade, and demand in this sector is widely expected to increase in the coming years as the population ages and its healthcare needs increase. Proposed healthcare reform is also expected to help boost demand by shifting care to lower-cost ambulatory settings, such as medical office buildings.

This year’s conference will examine the implications of proposed healthcare reform and explore the potential impact for healthcare systems’ financial wherewithal; for physician practices; and for healthcare real estate owners, developers and managers. The conference will also provide insights into capital availability, with speakers and panelists spotlighting both the debt and equity markets. Healthcare systems’ strategies for delivery of care in rural markets, as well as for designing facilities that embrace patient-centered care principles, will also be part of the educational sessions.

“ 2010 promises to be an interesting year for healthcare real estate, with healthcare reform pending, the credit markets loosening and transactions beginning again,” noted Gordon Soderlund, executive vice president—Strategic Relationships, The DASCO Companies, LLC, and 2009-2010 co-chair, BOMA’s Medical Office Buildings and Healthcare Facilities Committee. “We expect that the conference will generate some great dialogue about all of these issues.”

Registration and information about the education program for BOMA’s 2010 Medical Office Buildings and Healthcare Facilities Conference, to be held May 5-7, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, is now available online at www.boma.org/MOB.  

About Ventas

Ventas has long been involved with BOMA’s Medical Office Buildings and Healthcare Facilities Conference and with the committee that develops and hosts the annual event.  Ventas, Inc., an S&P 500 company, is a leading healthcare real estate investment trust. Its diverse portfolio of properties, located in 43 states and two Canadian provinces, includes seniors housing communities, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, medical office buildings, and other properties. More information about Ventas can be found on its website at www.ventasreit.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 18,000-plus members own or manage more than 9 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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WBT Advances Basket Tray Technology Article by Gregg Winn

Over a decade ago, wire basket tray was introduced into the US marketplace.  Since its initial labeling as ‘grocery cart’, many users have come to understand its benefits, flexibility and overall lower installed costs versus other forms of cable support.  This education, coupled with an increased effort and awareness of proper cabling pathways, spaces, and management, has led to wide acceptance by users and contractors.

Fast forward to early 2008. WBT was formed by the management group from Flextray after its acquisition by B-Line.  This group had pioneered the initial introduction of wire mesh tray into the US, and was now given the opportunity to again introduce a next generation of tray to support today’s solutions.

As cabling and media have exponentially evolved since basket trays inception in the late 1990’s, tray has remained relatively unchanged in that time.  However, today’s cabling speeds, bandwidth and constructions require support that eliminates or minimizes any stresses, bending or pressure points, to insure the cabling operates at its designed efficiency and capacities.

The basic construction of a wire tray consists of longitudinal wires, 10’ or 12’ in length and the cross or ‘rib’ wires, spaced every 4” in various lengths to comprise the width and depth of the tray.  Standard tray depths are 2, 4 and 6”.  Traditionally, round wires have been used in both the line and cross wires in manufacturing tray sections.

As more and more users are installing deeper trays (4, 6 and even 8”), the current construction of basket tray utilizing round crosswires every 4”, has the potential to create pressure points on the cabling media placed on the bottom of the tray, with the weight of cables placed above it.  Some consultants will specify inserts to provide a flat bottom to the tray, to alleviate the issue of a minimal cable support surface area, caused when a round cable is supported by a round crosswire.

Just as cabling has evolved, WBT is providing a next generation of basket tray, one that offers a substantial increase in cabling support to eliminate the issues of pressure points and cabling stresses.  Utilizing a shaped or flattened wire, it is somewhat of a cross between traditional wire mesh and ladder rack.  The construction has the benefits of traditional wire tray, in that fittings are site configured, utilizing the same mounting/installation hardware, and splice fittings. 

Independent testing verified that the WBT shaped wire tray provides a minimum of 400% more support for cables installed in the tray, and that bending strain and cable pressure is reduced between 33% and 65%.  It isn’t often that you use performance and cabletray in the same sentence, but with many cabling infrastructure budgets reaching into the 7-figure area, why not install a tray system that insures peak performance of the cabling media.  Any new 6A installations should utilize the WBT shaped offering.  The premium between standard round and shaped wire is minimal, and on many larger installations WBT can provide a shaped wire solution that costs less than the others ‘older’ designs.

WBT also provides the round/round construction where users may be installing control or security cabling, which does not have the same issues and requirements that data cabling does.

Other WBT innovations include offering both the standard 10’ tray sections, and also 12’ sections.  The 12’ tray lengths reduce splicing hardware and labor by 20%.

All of WBT’s tray sections include the T-weld for installer and cable safety.  All WBT products, whether plated or painted, offer UL Classification. No longer do installers need to field remove the paint at the splicing points to achieve a UL ground.  And lastly, WBT takes Green Marketing and puts some meaning behind the marketing.  Tray sections are comprised of post consumer recycled steel. WBT offers Millcerts as to steel content and finishes, which may be applicable towards LEED credits.  WBT also avoids the harsh post production cleaning chemicals and plating by providing the industry’s first Cleaned Pregalvanized finish.  Even WBT’s catalogs are printed on recycled materials.

www.WBTray.com , or at 888 4WB TRAY (888 492 8729).

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NAED NEWS

NAED Names Andrew Akers as Incoming Western Region Vice President-Elect

Industry veteran with 25 years of experience in the electrical distribution channel

January 19, 2010

ST. LOUIS… The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) has named Andrew Akers, vice president of D & S Electrical Supply Company, Pocatello, Idaho, as the incoming Western Region vice president-elect. The Western Region Council elected Akers by majority approval to serve as vice president for 2011-2012.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve NAED and the Western Region as the incoming vice president-elect,” said Akers. “The people are the most important part of NAED and I look forward to helping the organization achieve its goals.”

Akers has served in the industry for 25 years and serves both on NAED’s Western Region Council and the Western Region Wind and Solar Energy Task Force. Akers is passionate about the work he does on the task force; he even has a wind turbine under construction at his house. Additionally, D & S Electrical Supply’s staff includes full-time energy auditors that assist customers with energy saving products and services.

Akers is a graduate of Idaho State University, with a BBA in Business Management and Organizational Behavior. A husband and father of four, Akers grew up around the electrical distribution industry and was inspired by his father to join the business.

Since 1980, D & S Electrical Supply has serviced Idaho from two locations, Pocatello and Idaho Falls. In previous years, the company has been given the designation of being one of the “Top 50 Small Businesses” in the country by the Small Business Administration. D & S Electrical Supply focuses on distributing products related to the “green movement” for industrial, commercial and residential customers.

As an NAED regional vice president-elect, Akers will serve on the NAED Board of Directors, help lead the region’s conferences, council meetings, and other events. He will also participate in NAED’s Membership and Strategic Focus Committees.

The Western Region is currently under the leadership of Bill Squires, vice president of SMC Electric Supply in Springfield, Mo. Beginning in May, Rocklan Lawrence, president and CEO of National Electric Supply Inc., in Albuquerque, N.M., will take up the regional leadership for 2010-2011.

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

http://www.naed.org/News%20Room/NAED%20Press%20Release%20011910.html
http://www.naed.org/News%20Room/NAED%20Press%20Release%20010810.html
http://www.naed.org/News%20Room/NAED%20Press%20Release%20010510.html

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Windstream buys NuVox

Windstream just added another arrow to its respective service quiver as it completes its acquisition of privately-held CLEC NuVox for $647 million.

Following earlier acquisitions of some smaller independent ILECs last year--a list that includes D&E Communications, Lexcom and Iowa Telecommunications--NuVox was the first acquisition of a CLEC that Windstream has made in its ongoing M&A fest.

With the acquisition of NuVox complete, Windstream gains about 90,000 business customers in what it calls "complementary markets" in 16 Southeast and Midwest states, giving the ILEC greater reach into the burgeoning SMB market segment.

"NuVox is a great strategic fit for Windstream. The NuVox markets are contiguous to our properties, and the transaction bolsters our strategy to focus more on the business customer," said Jeff Gardner, Windstream president and CEO in a release.

But as the new year progresses, speculation will likely linger around when Windstream will make an even bigger purchase of either another large CLEC or perhaps a fellow tier 2 ILEC such as Consolidated Communications or maybe the beleagured FairPoint.


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