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Issue: January 2011
By: Frank Bisbee

Datacom/Telecom Glossary
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We should support our troops in all ways possible. SEMPER FI.

Here is an important message from

Operation Finally Home

By Belynda Holt Pinto

Our nation is protected every day by the selfless men and women who serve in our armed forces. Some of them sacrifice their very lives for our freedom and some of them sustain tremendous injuries that will affect them for life.

One great example of how someone from our industry is giving back is the story of Dan Wallrath. He is a contractor in Texas who has started a program called Operation Finally Home. This program provides homes to wounded and disabled veterans to help them get their lives back on track.

To see the incredibly moving work that Dan and his team are doing for our veterans please click the following link:

If you are interested in helping Operation Finally Home they are in need of contractors, supplies, and donations to help make their program a success.
 Here is a link to how you can become a part of this amazing story

We should support our troops in all ways possible. SEMPER FI.

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee
"Heard On The Street" Monthly Column
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Jacksonville, FL 32257
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Megladon® Announces New Product Upgrades for CATV Node Tails with HLC® SCRATCHGUARD® Terminations Sold Exclusively Through Draka Communications

Austin, Texas, December 4, 2010 – Megladon Manufacturing Group announced product upgrades to the line of CATV Node Tails sold exclusively through Draka Communications. The original product combined the bend insensitive qualities of Draka’s BendBright XS SM glass with Megladon’s HLC Scratchguard terminations. Integrating these two unique technologies has provided the fiber optic market with a superior product that minimizes insertion loss, optical return loss and bend loss while improving overall durability and reliability.

The announced product line upgrade deals specifically with the harsh outdoor conditions that these assemblies encounter. The normal anodized aluminum entry connector has been replaced with a brass product that prevents corrosion and surface deterioration at a higher level. In addition, the PVC furcation tubing on standard node tails has been replaced with a Hytrel product that creates significant protection against the temperature cycling many areas in the US experience. Temperature cycling is one of the primary causes of in-field broken glass and intermittent failures.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




I could not agree with you more about your above statement.  The other day I was in the left lane to turn on I75 and a guy slowly pulled up behind me and as I looked in my rear view mirror and he was texting a message.  I thought well he seems to be able to do this and drive as well.  Then as I kept watching him he stopped texting and realized he had gotten in the wrong lane and abruptly changed lanes to the right forward lane and almost hit a person already moving in this lane.  He was oblivious to the fact that he was in the wrong lane while texting and endangered another driver when he crossed a double yellow line trying to enter the forward lane.

So your words are right on.  By the way, I never TEXT in a car.

Steve Dale, Executive Director

NLVCA – National Low Voltage Contractor Association


BICSI NEWS MAGAZINE (a BICSI’s publication) January/February 2011 issue is a new benchmark of excellence in the ITS industry

BICSI NEWS MAGAZINE (a BICSI’s publication) January/February 2011 issue is a new benchmark of excellence in the ITS industry This issue shows a continuing trend towards a better reflection of the ITS industry through BICSI. From successful “case history” stories to tricks of the trade, this magazine is on target. Each issue reflects the professional world of Infrastructure and Transport Systems in an interesting and informative format that educates the reader. We commend BICSI and Betsy Conroy, Editor for delivering the goods (in print). We hope to see the BICSI NEWS MAGAZINE or at least many of these fine articles on the BICSI website.


BOMA - Important Announcement — National Issues Conference

Congress has announced their 2011 legislative calendar, scheduling the week of March 20 as Constituent Work Week, which means they will be in their home districts during the dates of the BOMA International National Issues Conference, March 21-22.  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) introduced a completely overhauled Congressional calendar including a new schedule that brings lawmakers to their home districts for a full week each month.  Consequently, we are canceling the National Issues Conference in Washington for this year and asking BOMA members to invest those resources locally to meet with their U.S. Representatives and Senators at their district offices.  These meetings will establish key relationships that will help reinforce our message when we meet with our representatives on Capitol Hill next February 2012.  With hotel, logistics and other meeting conflicts (such as the regional conferences) canceling the conference and focusing our efforts on meetings in the local districts is our best option.

The year 2011 is going to be a tough one on a variety of important issues facing our industry including carried interest, energy and tax reform.  It remains imperative that BOMA’s voice be heard loud and clear to lawmakers.  While we will not be storming the halls of Capitol Hill this spring in mass, it does open up an opportunity for your local association to set up appointments with your representatives while they are in your home districts the week of March 20.  Just as we do with the National Issues Conference, BOMA will provide you with the position papers, background materials, tools and leave behind packets to assist you with these meetings.  Additionally, we will be holding a free “How to Lobby Webinar” the week of March 7 (specific date to be announced shortly) to walk you through the issues, talking points and pointers for conducting successful meetings in the district.

Thank you for your understanding of why we need to recraft this important meeting this year.  And, even more importantly, thank you for your support in conducting your own “National Advocacy Days” during the week of March 20.

Best personal regards,

Ray Mackey
Chair, BOMA International


Blizzards are bad for business? UPS is a must

Bad weather often produces power outages that last from minutes to hours. Para Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of power protection and management products including the Minuteman® Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) for computers, servers, peripherals, voice and data communication systems, security systems and other mission-critical equipment.

Para Systems also provides the longest warranty plus excellent telephone reseller sales and configuration support.



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Prysmian launches public offer for Draka shares

by Stephen Hardy  - Lightwave
January 6, 2011

JANUARY 6, 2011 By Stephen Hardy -- The potential battle for control of Draka Holding NV is underway, as Prysmian has launched its public offer for ordinary shares of the Dutch fiber and cable manufacturer. Meanwhile, upstart bidder Tianjin Xinmao S&T Investment Corp. Ltd. asserted December 20 that it too would proceed with its proposed bid, Bloomberg and other media outlets reported. However, the company seems unexcited about the prospects of initiating a hostile takeover.

Prysmian is offering €8.60 in cash plus 0.6595 newly issued Prysmian ordinary shares for each Draka ordinary share. That equates to a total transaction value of €840 million. Xinmao, with backing from China Minsheng Banking Corp. and Rabobank, has offered an all-cash package worth €1 billion.

Prysmian’s offer is valid from today through February 3. An extraordinary meeting of Draka shareholders will take place January 26 to discuss the Prysmian offer.

Prysmian first announced that Draka had accepted its offer November 22, 2010 (see “Prysmian lays out Draka takeover offer”). However, the offer contained an out clause that, for a price, would enable Draka to accept competing offers. Xinmao seized the opportunity almost immediately to announce its larger bid (see “China’s Xinmao to make all-cash bid for Draka”).

Despite the lower value of the offer, Draka has stuck with Prysmian as its preferred purchaser. “In determining its position, the Boards have also taken into consideration the positive advice received on 4 January 2011 from Draka's central works council, the current status of the discussions with Xinmao and the conditionality and execution risks attached to both the existing Offer by Prysmian and the potential offer by Xinmao,” Draka stated in a release issued yesterday.

“Draka has not received any further updates on the status of Xinmao’s potential offer since Xinmao’s press release, dated 20 December 2010,” the statement added. Bloomberg quoted Joop Krant of Catalyst Advisors, Xinmao’s financial advisor in the potential transaction, as saying Xinmao would not launch a hostile bid for Draka.


Wisconsin adopts latest edition of NFPA 1, Fire Code

January 13, 2011 – The state of Wisconsin has adopted the most recent edition of the National Fire Protection’s (NFPA) NFPA 1, Fire Code. The adoption became effective on January 1, 2011.

“Today, perhaps more than ever, it is essential to provide the latest tools and training to the firefighters and building professionals charged with protecting people from fire,” said Joe Hertel, program manager of the Safety and Buildings Division, Department of Commerce. “This code adoption will help to ensure that the people and buildings of Wisconsin are getting the best protection possible.”

Recognized worldwide and adopted statewide in 18 states, NFPA 1 provides requirements necessary to establish a reasonable level of fire safety and property protection from hazards created by fire and explosion. Its primary purposes are to address basic fire prevention requirements and to reference or extract the fire prevention and protection aspects of many other NFPA codes and standards.

“The Wisconsin Fire Service has a great deal of confidence in NFPA 1 as our fire code,” said Chief Gregg Cleveland, chair of the state fire code committee and chief of the La Crosse Fire Department. “With NFPA 1, we know that the fire service has an equal voice in working with other fire safety and building professionals to address issues that are important to protecting fire fighters and the people and property in our communities.”

Wisconsin has participated in training and is scheduled for additional future trainings through programs developed by NFPA and offered to states that have adopted NFPA 1 and other key NFPA codes and standards. Instruction provided by NFPA technical experts covers the codes’ requirements and the numerous ways they can be utilized and enforced. This training is free to government code enforcement officials.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.


Free, Easy Access To Key Government Data On Electrical Contractors & Electricians

Info on electrical contractors from the 2007 Economic Census, and official government projections for electrician needs in 2018 – printed in six 2010 issues of tED magazine – was recently posted to The EleBlog (

 “After the December issue posted, I noticed that these data did not appear to be available anywhere else online,” explained Joe Salimando, freelance writer/editor for the magazine and proprietor of The EleBlog.

“You can wade through the Census Bureau site and the BLS projections, of course. And anyone who receives the print issue of tED, or has registered for the digital edition at, has seen or can access these articles.

“But most contractors don’t read a distributor magazine. I obtained permission to post these articles on The EleBlog – accessible without needing a password.”

Each brief blog posting includes a link to a PDF download. The topics:

2007 Electrical Contractor sales by state:

’07 work by building type:

Maintenance Grows Fastest:

Direct sales outpace subcontracting:

11,000 more ECs in ’07 (than in ’02):


BLS projections for Electrician needs in 2018 (vs. actual figures from 2008):

ABOUT THE ELEBLOG: Hosted at, the site covers info of interest to electrical contractors, construction and economic trends, and also includes an occasional post about elephants.


Siemon Announces 40Gb/s Hybrid QSFP+ to SFP+ Fanout Cable Assembly for High-Speed Data Center Interconnects

Multi-legged, low power passive copper cable assembly allows users to connect four ports of SFP+ based equipment to a single 40Gb/s QSFP+ interface

Watertown, Connecticut – January 5, 2010 – Siemon, a leading global manufacturer of IT network cabling and infrastructure systems, announces the release of a new QSFP+ (Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus) to SFP+ (Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus) hybrid passive copper cable assembly. These hybrid fanout cables break a single 40Gb/s QSFP+ connector into four individual 10Gb/s SFP+ connectors, allowing users to connect multiple ports of SFP+ equipment to QSFP+ based equipment with a single, easy-to-manage assembly.  

The direct-attach hybrid assembly’s four hot-pluggable SFP+ connectors are factory-terminated to twin-axial shielded cable to provide superior signal integrity in support 10+Gb/s high frequency data rates The assemblies are impedance matched to ensure interoperability with SFP+ host ports and minimize insertion loss.  

The four 10Gb/s SFP+ legs feed into a single 40Gb/s capable QSFP+ connector.  The 4-lane QSFP+ form factor interface supports up to 10Gb/s per lane, providing 40Gb/s composite data transfer rates.  In terms of both physical connector space and data throughput, a single QSFP+ connector can replace up to four standard SFP+ connections, providing greater port density and reduced system cost.  Manufacture of Siemon’s SFP+ and QSFP+ interconnects is automated, eliminating assembly variations for consistent and industry leading signal integrity, including a unique termination process that optimizes cross talk and return loss performance.

The Siemon QSFP+ to SFP+ hybrid cable assemblies were developed as a cost-effective means of integrating higher-performance QSFP+ equipment with current SFP+ systems in high-performance computing (HPC), enterprise networking, video networking and network storage applications.  Each end of the hybrid assembly is compliant to the SFF specifications that define the mechanical and electrical requirements for interoperability.

Designed for channel lengths up to up to 5 m, these low-power interconnects are compatible with a wide array of data protocols, including InfiniBand 4X SDR, DDR, QDR as well as Ethernet 10G, 40G (IEEE-802.3ba) and SONET electrical failover 40G links. They also support Fibre Channel SAN 10G, 40G and SAN; RapidIO and Myrinet 40G systems links. Siemon offers application specific assembly solutions such as varied EEPROM programming options, wire gauges and custom lengths.

This interconnect is part of the Siemon's high speed interconnect family, which includes their Moray QSFP+ Active Optical Cable assemblies and MTP optical fiber Plug and Play solutions as well as a variety of innovative high-performance structured cabling products.

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


CABA NewsBrief

Home Systems

3-D Blu-ray discs enter new year with some catching up to do
One of the hottest trends for the TV industry in 2010 was the proliferation of 3-D devices such as HDTVs and Blu-ray players. One area that needs to catch up in 2011, according to this report, is the development of more 3-D Blu-ray discs, of which only about 40 were released last year. Home Media Magazine (1/3)

Video: Will CES boost the tablet battleground?
The 2011 International CES kicks off this week in Las Vegas and is expected to be a coming-out party for several companies hoping to upset Apple's stranglehold on the tablet computer market. ClipSyndicate/Bloomberg (12/31)

Verizon touts energy savings with home control system
As expected, telephone and FiOS TV provider Verizon is rolling out its own “connected home” home control system, to compete with those from ADT, Comcast and others, and will include some energy management functions such as thermostat, energy readers, smart appliance and smart power strip control. Electronic House (12/29)

Philips introduces remote control wand
Philips promises remote controls with direct pointing and 3D gesture control with uControl. The system consists of an infrared camera and RF transmitter in the remote and an infrared LED beacon unit tracking the user's movements. On CE (12/27)

Broadband-over-power line gets a boost with Broadcom's Gigle buy
Broadcom has closed its purchase of Gigle Networks, which develops technology that is designed to support broadband home networking over existing power lines. The maker of telecom semiconductors paid $75 million to add Gigle's system-on-a-chip solution to its product suite. American City Business Journals/Los Angeles (12/28)

Holographic phone calls are just a few years away, IBM says
The near future is filled with exciting technological advancements that promise to change the way humans interact with one another, IBM says. According to the company's predictions, within the next five years the industry will deliver computers that can predict traffic, batteries that recharge themselves by breathing air and 3D holographic phone calls that will bring Grandma right into your living room. (12/27)

Rovi buys OTT provider Sonic for $720 million
Rovi, a provider of next generation guidance solutions including TotalGuide, discovery, metadata, advertising and networking technologies and Sonic, a provider of digital video processing, playback and distribution technologies, both leaders in the digital entertainment industry, together will bring an end-to-end solution that enables integration across the ecosystem. The acquisition of Sonic will enable Rovi to broaden its solutions to content owners, device makers, retailers and operators. Telecompetitor (12/22)

Intel prepares for "perfect storm" involving "smart" CE devices
Intel is working with a variety of hardware and software companies to develop a line of Internet-connected "Smart TV" products, such as HDTVs and set-top boxes, that will be on display at the 2011 International CES next month in Las Vegas. "Everything is coming together to create a perfect storm," said Wilfred Martis, general manager for retail consumer electronics in Intel's digital home group. "It's really going to enhance the TV-viewing experience." Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.)/Dow Jones Newswires (12/22)

TV maker Vizio aims low-cost strategy at tablets, phones
Vizio, which carved a profitable niche by producing low-cost TV sets, will try to duplicate that success in the wireless arena with the introduction this week of an Android-based tablet computer and smartphone aimed at consumers who are looking for less-expensive alternatives to Apple products. Also this week, laptop maker Lenovo will release a pair of tablets, according to published reports. Bloomberg (1/2)

Netflix, YouTube are popular among owners of Web-connected TVs
A study by The NPD Group reports that 57% of Internet-connected TV owners use the devices to watch television shows and movies on Netflix, while 47% tap into YouTube and 54% access music and photos. The research company said that Web-tethered sets now make up almost 12% of flat-panel TV sales, a 38% increase over 2009. Home Media Magazine (12/29)

Nintendo issues health warning on its 3DS
Children 6 and younger should not use the 3-D functionality in the soon-to-launch Nintendo 3DS because it could harm the development of their eyes, the company said. Nintendo said that all of those who play the new handheld device, which allows for 3-D play without special glasses, should take a break from the machine after 30 minutes, and if they start to feel ill, they should stop immediately. InformationWeek (12/29)

Apple is said to be planning iPad 2 for more carriers
Apple's iPad 2 will bring more wireless carriers on board via a Wi-Fi + 3G version for CDMA networks, according to an Asian media source, which says the company is eager to meet the demand for 3G-capable tablets. The publication also reports that Apple will ship half a million of the new devices next month. One analyst pointed to a strong holiday season for iPad sales even as strong competition looms. Barron's/Tech Trader Daily (12/28)

M2M technology powers a boom in connected devices
The rise of machine-to-machine communications sparked a boom this year in so-called connected devices, a market that analyst firm Berg Insight expects to grow by 32% a year to reach almost 300 million connections by 2015. Berg estimates that the number of M2M subscribers rose 46% this year, to about 81 million worldwide. (12/27)

Study: By 2014, most TVs sold worldwide will be Web-enabled
More than half of all TVs sold around the world in 2014 -- 54% of them -- will have the ability to connect to the Internet, according to a study by Futurescape. In the same time frame, 40% of all televisions sold in the U.S. will be Internet-connected, the study said. The report said the rise in Web-capable TVs will be fueled by the increasing popularity of social media portals. MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (12/27)

Google downplays reports on Google TV delay
A spokeswoman for Google dismissed as rumor and speculation recent media reports that the company has asked Logitech to stop production of a companion device to the new Google TV platform. Instead, Google's Gina Weakley said, the search-engine giant's goal "is to collaborate with a broad community of consumer electronics manufacturers to help drive the next-generation TV-watching experience, and we look forward to working with other partners to bring more devices to market in the coming years." United Press International (12/27)

Sony to put $1.2 billion into production of image sensors
Sony said it plans to spend $1.2 billion in its next financial year to double production of the image sensors that wind up in consumer-electronics devices such as digital cameras and smartphones. The company also said it hopes to ship about 23 million digital cameras during its current fiscal year, which closes in March. The Wall Street Journal (12/28)

Despite streaming options, Blu-ray sales still grow
The increasing availability of low-cost streaming-video options may have cut into traditional DVD sales, but more advanced Blu-ray discs are on track to have a big 2010. While the DVD business fell 13% during the first three quarters of the year, according to Nash Information Services, Blu-ray receipts were up 75% going into the holiday shopping time frame, and Blu-ray discs now are on pace to close out the year at about $2 billion in sales. The Wall Street Journal (12/24)

In consumer electronics, everything old is new again
The latest trend in cutting-edge consumer electronics is to wrap the gee-whiz devices in a retro package. Examples of the timeline-warping movement include old-time manual typewriters that have been rigged to work as USB keyboards and $4,000 nostalgic jukeboxes that are actually iPod docks. New York Times (12/22)

CEA's Shapiro says innovation should drive U.S. growth
Gary Shapiro 's new book, "The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream," contends that America should return innovation to the heart of its economic policy. Billed as "a blueprint for America's success in the new century," the book will be available on and Dealerscope (12/22)

Global set-top box market to hit 206 million units in 2014, report says
The global set-top box market will reach 206 million units in 2014 after growing at an annual rate of 4%, according to a report from Screen Digest, a media analysis firm. The report predicts that the pay-TV industry will make up nearly two-thirds of the annual STB market through 2014. Home Media Magazine (12/21)

Apple nears 1 million-unit milestone with Apple TV device
Apple will surpass the 1 million-unit sales mark for the device this week, the company announced -- about three months after it unveiled a $99 version of the device. The company says its customers rent and buy 400,000 TV shows and 150,000 movies every day. Reuters (12/21)

Growing pains are not likely to hamper 3-D TV
The nascent 3-D television industry is entering a phase that all new technologies must pass through, where competing standards, a variety of product choices and a lack of unified technologies leave many aspects of what the future of the technology will look like up in the air. Think Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD, but the uncertainty appears to be having little effect on 3-D TV adoption, with 70% of broadcasters preparing to introduce 3-D content during the next 18 months, according to IMS Research. (U.K.) (12/16)

Study: Web-connected devices gain ground with consumers
Internet-connected consumer electronics, according to a study from Parks Associates, are attracting the attention of consumers. The research firm says even though nearly a quarter of all U.S. households own at least one connected device, about 3 million broadband homes will purchase a Web-connected TV this year. "Connected devices are the future of content consumption and entertainment in the living room as they capture the broader trends of integration among different silos in consumers' lives," Parks principal analyst Kurt Scherf says. (11/30)

Home repairs shouldn't be part of family budget cuts
As families tighten their budgets, there are some things homeowners should never cut out, experts say. Home maintenance can end up costing much more if it is not taken care of in a timely fashion. Cox Newspapers (1/4)

On-body computing coming soon
"Skinput" is an armband that projects a virtual keyboard onto a user's palm or forearm and reads the sounds of tapping on different parts of the body, and it eventually could be used to control electronic devices like MP3 players or cellphones using "on-body computing. Ottawa Citizen (12/30)

NPD Group to acquire In-Stat
The NPD Group announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire In-Stat LLC, an analyst-based research company focused on the mobile and digital entertainment industries. The acquisition will further strengthen NPD’s analyst businesses by expanding its global coverage in these market sectors. NPD also owns DisplaySearch, an analyst services firm and the worldwide leader in flat panel display and electronics market research and consulting. Research (1/5)

ZigBee Alliance begins developing 3-D sync standard
The ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, residential, commercial and consumer applications, recently announced it is developing a new standard to deliver the ultimate 3-D viewing experience, ZigBee 3D Sync. The standard will create more flexible and efficient 3-D connections between 3-D HDTVs and 3-D glasses. ZigBee Alliance (1/4)

Manufacturers of "smart TVs" will make their pitches at CES
If the flood of new product announcements already coming out of the 2011 International CES is any indication, so-called "smart TVs," which can blend traditional viewing with downloadable applications and the Web, will enjoy a robust year ahead. "Smart TV is an inevitable trend," said LG Electronics' Baeguen Kang. "As people experienced smartphones and tablet PCs, the larger screen on a TV is very attractive for apps and Web content." The Wall Street Journal (1/3)

Large Building Automation

Philips to deliver customized energy-efficient lighting solutions through acquisition
Royal Philips Electronics announced that it has acquired Optimum Lighting LLC, a privately owned company specializing in customized energy-efficient lighting solutions for the office, industry and retail segments. This acquisition complements Philips’ customer-centric innovation capabilities and strengthens its global leadership position in professional lighting solutions. Webwire (1/5)

CABA releases 2011 North American Intelligent Building Roadmap
The Continental Automated Buildings Association, through its Intelligent & Integrated Building Council and new Research Program, has completed its 2011 North American Intelligent Building Roadmap. The Roadmap research project was designed to outline long-term opportunities in the intelligent building industry. (1/5)

Institute for Building Information Modeling in Canada launched
On August 11 and November 30, 2010 in Ottawa, Canada a number of organizations joined forces to create a new entity called: The Institute for Building Information Modeling in Canada (IBC). Construction Links (12/9)

Green building industry is expected to grow in 2011
Green building is a burgeoning field, and 2011 is expected to bring more innovations to the industry, according to this article. Some trends to expect include more emphasis on indoor-air-quality products such as low-VOC paints and finishes; lean construction practices that minimize waste, materials and time; and more stringent building and energy codes. The use of building information modeling, smart connected buildings and fuel cells is also expected to increase. (12/28)

Dutch art goes large on LED
Lighthouse LED screens are at the centre of a burgeoning new trend in the Netherlands for art installations, which is taking the concept of large exterior screens and making them interactive, allowing people to be part of the content displayed on the screens. DailyDooh (1/3)

California adopts greenest building codes in U.S.
Newly constructed hospitals, schools, shopping malls and homes in California will be some of the greenest in the world, after a state commission voted unanimously to approve the most stringent, environmentally friendly building code standards of any state in the nation. San Francisco Chronicle (1/15)

Siemens Energy acquires the eHouse manufacturing business of IES
Siemens Energy, Inc. is expanding its business portfolio by acquiring an eHouse manufacturing division of Integrated Electrical Services, Inc. (IES), a leading national electrical and communications service provider based in Houston, Texas. Formerly known as Tesla Power & Automation, this newly acquired business provides custom packaging of electrical equipment and drive systems into custom manufactured enclosures called eHouses. ECN (12/16)

New certification program focuses on energy use in buildings
The Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certification certifies individuals’ ability to audit and analyze residential, commercial and industrial buildings, including determining project scope, collecting data, analyzing building performance, interpreting results, evaluating alternatives, submitting recommendations for energy conservation measures and assisting with the implementation of these recommendations. ASHRAE (12/20)

NIST offers up resources for IPv6 migration effort
In an effort to promote the migration to IPv6 and to improve security, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is offering two resources, one of which provides insight on IPv6's new and expanded protocols and an in-depth view of the differences between IPv4 and IPv6. (12/29)

Government gets $4.5B to "green" buildings, slash energy bill
The federal government is searching for a way to trim its $25 billion annual energy bill. The federal government -- the largest energy consumer in the U.S. economy -- now has $4.5 billion in stimulus funds at its disposal to "green" buildings and fund environmentally friendly retrofits. The government aims to curb its own greenhouse gas emissions 28% by 2020. National Geographic (12/23)

The emergence of integrated systems
"Integration" and "interoperability" are buzzwords discussed in the security industry for quite some time — do we dare say decades? The consensus is that having systems that work together is key to effective solutions for end-users in a variety of vertical markets, including residential, commercial, healthcare, transportation and others. But it's imperative that integrators, dealers, technology developers and manufacturers provide open solutions at more than just the initial handshake level and more deeply into the system solution.. SecurityInfoWatch (12/13)

Video: Microsoft Kinect to help in medical surgery
A team of researchers from the Virtopsy Project based at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Bern in Switzerland, has demonstrated a working concept which allows Microsoft’s Kinect device to help medical practitioners access data and images in the operating theatre. The gesture and voice controlled prototype allows control of the OsiriX PACS (picture archiving and communication system). InAVate (12/17)

Smart buildings are set to become more popular
Smart buildings -- and the management of them -- are poised to boom, according to Pike Research. The group says by 2016, smart building management will be a $2.4 billion industry compared to a $900 million industry this year. The growth will come as more investors and landlords realize the greater returns to be had from using lighting optimization software, energy analytics systems and energy waste-detection software. Fast Company (12/22)

Video: From the top
Get the latest insight by top executives in ICT with TIA Now's debut program, "From the Top." In this newly launched program for TIA Now, Tim Harden, AT&T's President of Supply Chain and Fleet Operations will give you his assessment of the future of telecommunications. Following the presentation by Harden, George Arnold of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and now the National Coordinator for Smart Grid Technology for NIST will present his unique perspective on smart grid and its future in ICT. Enjoy this edition of "From the Top" and look out for new segments with ICT executives in the coming weeks. TIA Now (12/21)

Army adopts new green building standard
The U.S. Army has incorporated Standard 189.1, a green building standard set by ASHRAE that addresses energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, site sustainability and water use efficiency, in its new sustainable design and development initiative. The Army's policy applies to the construction and renovation of all new infrastructure in U.S. territories as well as its permanent facilities overseas -- a footprint of more than 950 million square feet. Environmental Leader (12/22)

BIM can help cut life-cycle costs for building owners
Building information modeling technology can help building owners avoid unpleasant surprises when construction is complete. Eight percent of the total life-cycle cost of a structure occurs once construction is complete -- making the modeling of data management, energy efficiency and other building functions an imperative. The one obstacle is that BIM and facilities-management tools have yet to be integrated. Daily Commercial News (12/20)

Telecoms have the potential to take lead in the cloud
Telecom companies are perfectly leveraged to stake a claim in the cloud-services sector if they adopt the tools needed to properly make the transition, according to IBM Tivoli's Denis Kennelly. To capitalize on these assets, telecoms must focus on integrating their cloud offerings into a converged network platform and adopting or enhancing maintenance solutions such as automated provisioning, virtualization management and usage metering. (12/31)

Opinion: Predictions for smart buildings in 2011
According to Jim Sinopli, Managing Principal at Smart Buildings LLC, traditional building management systems (BMS) from major international manufacturers will become obsolete. The major systems are slow to adopt the latest IT software and applications, their interfaces are not the customizable dashboards users are looking for, their applications suites aren't broad enough and they will have to be completely retooled to handle demand response applications. Smart Buildings LLC (1/4)

Smart Glass Company's executive team expands
Research Frontiers Inc., a pioneer in the development and commercialization of high-performance energy-efficient SPD-SmartGlass technology, announced that effective January 1, 2011, Jack Derby and Gregory Grimes have been appointed as new members to its expanded Board of Directors, and Seth Van Voorhees has joined the company as its Vice President - Business Development and CFO, a newly-created position. CityBizList (12/31)

Carnahan wants to 'green' federal buildings
Last month, President Barack Obama signed into law a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis, and three colleagues that aims to make a small dent in those costs by training workers to reduce the amount of energy used in federal buildings. The new law, called the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act, directs the federal government's landlord agency -- the General Services Administration (GSA) -- to identify the skills that federal energy managers need to operate buildings in line with industry best practices. The agency would then work with industry and colleges or training centers to teach workers those skills. St. Louis Beacon (1/4)

Opinion: HVAC and the American Dream
Rob Falke was contacted by a sharp young college student requesting an interview concerning the American Dream and what it meant to the HVAC industry. The discussion, and his paper that followed produced some ideas that can serve us all well. What is the American Dream and what does it look like to our industry in 2011? (1/5)

PNNL and partners to help commercial buildings cut power use
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is teaming up in a public/private partnership to dramatically reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings by retrofitting existing structures or designing new ones. (1/4)

Member Press Releases

Laney College offers New Building Automation Certificate and AS Degree Program
Starting January 24, 2011, Laney College's Environmental Control Technology Department will offer an exciting, new two-year program in Building Automation Systems (BAS). This will prepare students to install, service, operate, maintain, and troubleshoot commercial automation systems which use computers to control Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), energy management, lighting and security systems. Graduates can seek employment as building automation and control systems technicians with manufacturers, vendors, service companies, and large facilities such as hospitals, office buildings, government and educational facilities.

Other Items

New Offerings Create Largest, Most Diverse LFI Conference in History
CNL partners with MatrikonOPC for secure OPC connectivity solutions

EMerge Alliance Introduces First Registered Products for DC Power Distribution
EMerge Alliance advances DC power distribution platform to focus on energy efficient data centers

InduSoft partners with MatrikonOPC for OPC connectivity
Cortexa Releases New In-wall iPad Dock
SmartGrid Forum Explores Smart Grid Opportunities for Broadband Service Providers

MatrikonOPC Introduces KNX OPC Server for Green Buildings and Data Centers

FieldServer Technologies Gateway aboard Latest U.S. Navy Advanced-Tech Destroyer

CABA Research Spotlight

Green Specs/LEED Specs
This report by Kalin Associates Inc. provides guidance to building specifiers on how to evaluate product claims about green attributes for incorporation into building designs. "By our definition, green products are those which maintain or improve the human environment while diminishing the impact of their use on the natural environment-in other words, sustainable." Characteristics of green products include green manufacturing, recycled contents, recyclable, low toxicity, and biodegradable. Who selects green products (owners, architects, engineers, and contractors) and when in the design/construction timeframe are they selected are discussed. A detailed checklist is included. Read the full report as published in CABA's Public Research Library. Paid CABA membership provides you access to the full CABA Member Research Library.

Education & Training

CABA to hold Digital Home Forum
CABA’s Digital Home Forum, hosted by 3M, and to be held Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 3M World Headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota will bring together leading companies dealing with integration of consumer electronics and other cutting-edge technology throughout the home. Attend the forum to 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. Members of CABA’s Connected Home Council will share their research and insights, along with details about their current activities. Forum participants will be encouraged to openly discuss the research strategies as they relate to the industry and their respective organizations. Register now.

Free Webcast: Sustainability Planning: Short and Long Term Objectives
“Sustainability” means different things to different people. This webcast to be held Friday, January 21 at 12:30 pm ET spotlights global leaders in commercial real estate who will help define sustainability goals, create a realistic timeline for accomplishing those goals, and demonstrate how to measure success. We will discuss the role of managers, owners, tenants, vendors, and other stakeholders in implementing a successful sustainability program and achieving short-term and long-term results. You’ll learn how to implement both physical and social changes that will improve the performance of your business, increase the value of your real estate assets, and contribute to environmental stewardship.

Webcast: OPC UA in Building Automation
Just a quick reminder that the OPC Foundation and MatrikonOPC co-presented webcast - OPC UA in Building Automation - will be happening next Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 at 11:00 am ET. Attend this presentation to learn how OPC, the de facto standard for open data connectivity, can virtually eliminate your data integration challenges and more specifically - how OPC UA based applications are especially well suited to let you do more with your BA data than ever before.


CABA Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council to hold meeting at AHR Expo 2011
Please join CABA on Monday, January 31, 2011 for the CABA Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council meeting and reception at AHR Expo 2011. Highlights from the CABA Intelligent Buildings Roadmap 2011 will be shared by Frost & Sullivan. The meeting and reception will be sponsored by LIGHTFAIR INTERNATIONAL. The event will start at 4 pm and will be held at Renaissance Las Vegas, which is located next door to the Las Vegas Convention Center. To RSVP, please contact Tony Disipio at

CABA undertaking "Aging-in-Place" study
The CABA Research Program is undertaking a new research project entitled "Formulating a Growth Strategy for the Aging-In Population". The purpose of this study is to identify a potential new market space by helping seniors remain longer in their home. Areas of consideration involve understanding the various inputs and outcomes of specific jobs/activities within the home that affect the aging adult as they move about the home and take care of basic necessities. This research project will help organizations understand the opportunities for value creation amongst different groups within this population. Ingersoll Rand and TELUS Corporation have committed to participating in this study. To learn how your organization can become involved in this study, please contact John Hall, CABA Research Director at 613.686.1814 x227,

CABA completes Intelligent Buildings Roadmap 2011
The Continental Automated Buildings Association, through its Intelligent & Integrated Building Council and new Research Program, is pleased to announce the completion of its 2011 North American Intelligent Building Roadmap. The Roadmap research project was designed to outline long-term opportunities in the intelligent building industry. The Roadmap provides an understanding of the collective influence of emerging trends within the intelligent building industry, such as energy efficiency, renewable technology, IT convergence and the integration of buildings with the smart grid.

CABA supports NextGen Home Experience at 2011 International Builders' Show
The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is pleased to announce that it will co-sponsor a VIP reception on January 12, 2011 at the NextGen Home Experience during the 2011 International Builders' Show. There is an opportunity to support CABA at this function. Download the sponsorship package to learn more about this opportunity. For additional information, contact George Grimes, CABA Business Development Manager, at 613.686.1814 x226 or at


BUYOUT COMPLETED - CommScope shareholders approve Carlyle buyout

CommScope shareholders approve $3.9 billion Carlyle buyout

On Thursday December 30, 2010, 4:55 pm EST

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) -- CommScope Inc., which supplies infrastructure to wireless carriers, said Thursday its shareholders have overwhelmingly approved its $3.9 billion takeover by asset manager Carlyle Group.

CommScope had agreed to be acquired for $31.50 per share in October. That was a 36 percent premium over its closing price before it announced it was in talks with Carlyle.

The company said about 99 percent of the shares voting Thursday voted to approve the acquisition. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011.

Carlyle invests in a broad range of industries, with about 8 percent of its holdings in consumer and retail companies.


Draka Communications to Highlight Cost-Effective Flame Rated Cable Solutions at BICSI® 2011

Claremont, North Carolina, (NYSE EURONEXT: DRAKA) – Draka Communications Americas will highlight a new family of fiber cables designed for space-limited applications and cost conscious network designers involved in campus and in-building applications at the upcoming BICSI Show January 16-20 in Orlando, FL. Visitors to Draka's booth # 1301 will be able to view Draka's ezPREP® Gel Free Central Loose Tube Cable family. This streamlined cable design, is available up to 12 fibers and provides multiple features and benefits desired by today's network operators and
installers, such as:

Available in riser and plenum flame ratings and can be deployed in all indoor

Low-Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) constructions available

25% smaller when compared to traditional stranded loose tube cable

40% lighter when compared to traditional stranded loose tube cable

Aluminum interlock armor can be added to increase durability

"This cable design provides a fiber drop solution that simplifies installation practices and lowers overall network cost. This Draka cable product family is standards compliant, can address any fire code listing requirement and can be adapted to a number of special applications. The small cross section and excellent handling properties make this cable a versatile product for enterprise and campus uses", states Dean Yamasaki, Product Manager at Draka Communications Americas.
"Since the entire product family is designed for indoor-outdoor applications, its use eliminates the necessity for a transition point upon cable entry into the building, which is another cost savings value-add."

Draka's Central Loose Tube cable is available in a wide variety of fiber types including Draka's BendBright® family of single-mode & multimode bend insensitive fibers. Draka has sold over 6 billion feet of Bendbright bend insensitive fibers since 2006.

Remember: If you have gotten paranoid about counterfeit or non compliant connectors or patchcords, DRAKA uses Megladon Mfg. ScratchGuard® HLC terminations. Greg Williams, Draka Product Marketing Manager said, “Only the best for our customers.”

About Draka

Draka (Euronext Amsterdam: DRAK), headquartered in Amsterdam, has 9,400 employees in countries worldwide and 2009 revenues of over € 2 billion. Draka has a presence in 31 countries in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia.

Draka's activities are divided into three groups: Energy & Infrastructure, Industry & Specialty and Communications. Draka Communications with its four business units, Telecom Solutions, Multimedia Specials, Optical Fiber and Cable Solutions is a global market leader in the development, production and sales of fibers, cables and advanced network solutions. For more information visit us online at


New FOA Lecture Series on Fiber Optics on YouTube

The FOA has begun offering a new series of lectures on fiber optics on its YouTube channel. Two lectures are already online and many more will be added in the future. The lectures are intended to help anyone learn about fiber optics and to cover special topics relevant to FOA curriculum for training organizations.

The FOA lectures are short (about 10 minute) lectures covering basic topics relevant to fiber optics. The first lecture, Fiber Optics & Communications, provides a basic introduction to how fiber optics is used in communications systems, including telephone and the Internet, wireless, CATV, security, Smart Grid and more. The second topic, Fiber Optic Safety, covers a very important topic, how to work safely with fiber, and dispels some of the myths of fiber safety.

Future lectures will cover specific technology issues about which we are often asked such as how fiber works, how it is manufactured, how datalinks transmit data over fiber and how fiber is tested. Topics of current interest such as changes in standards or new applications will also be covered in the lectures.

The FOA Lecture Series can be found on the FOA YouTube Channel at

The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. is an nonprofit professional society chartered to promote fiber optics through education, certification and standards. Over 230 FOA-Approved schools around the world have certified more than 32,000 fiber optic technicians. The FOA provides technical information free to the industry to promote the proper application of fiber optics and premises cabling. 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, email  or call 760-451-3655.





Highland Heights, Kentucky – January 3, 2011 – General Cable’s Franklin, Massachusetts manufacturing facility, which produces a complete line of GenSPEED® Brand data communications, NextGen® Brand fiber optics and Carol® Brand specialty electronics wire and cable for signal transmission, alarm, sound and security, and professional audio/video broadcast markets, has been selected by Penton Media's IndustryWeek magazine, the leading publication among senior manufacturing executives, as one of the 10 Best Plants in North America. IndustryWeek’s Best Plants Award Program, which started 21 years ago, is an annual salute to outstanding manufacturing facilities that are on the leading-edge of efforts to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction, and create stimulating and rewarding work environments.

"IndustryWeek’s annual Best Plants competition evaluates manufacturing facilities in multiple categories, recognizing that operational excellence is not delivering good quality at the expense of on-time delivery,” stated IndustryWeek’s Editor, Jill Jusko, in the publication’s January issue. “Neither is it meeting productivity goals at the expense of worker safety or by working harder but not smarter. It is a comprehensive focus on excellence in all areas, with an unstoppable focus on improvements that will further increase competitiveness and enhance customer satisfaction.”

General Cable’s Franklin plant will receive a commemorative award during ceremonies scheduled on January 26, 2011. This honor recognizes the plant’s world-class manufacturing capabilities and its commitment to continuous improvement.

Competing plants reported management practices and plant performance in categories such as quality, customer and supplier relations, employee involvement, application of new technologies, productivity, cost reductions, manufacturing flexibility and responsiveness, inventory management, environmental and safety performance, new product development and overall market results. The top 10 selected winners demonstrated the rewards that are credited to manufacturers who strive for perfection and never ease up on their efforts to improve.

“General Cable is once again pleased to receive this award from IndustryWeek in recognition of our manufacturing excellence,” said Greg Lampert, President and Chief Executive Officer of General Cable North America. “We use the IndustryWeek competition as a benchmark for comparing our manufacturing performance against the best in the world. I would like to commend Mark Thackeray, General Cable’s Senior Vice President of North American Operations, Jim Clark, Franklin’s Plant Manager, and their respective teams, for setting demanding goals and providing the tools and training for our associates to achieve them.”

“Lean Manufacturing, combined with Six Sigma quality improvement tools, continues to drive major improvements in all our manufacturing operations,” added Mark Thackeray, Senior Vice President, North American Operations. “Our strategy to achieve manufacturing excellence has made General Cable a much stronger company today. Lean thinking is part of our culture of continuous improvement, along with the engagement and contribution of our associates—something we call ‘OLPC’ or Operator-Led Process Control. The Franklin plant is operating very close to our ideal vision of OLPC.”

“Since 2001, General Cable has had nine plants selected as finalists in IndustryWeek’s Best Plants competition. Seven of those plants have gone on to achieve the title of one of the Top 10 Plants in North America,” continued Thackeray. “They are Altoona, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., in 2003 and 2009; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 2005; Tetla, Tlaxcala, Mexico, in 2006; Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A., in 2007; Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.A., in 2008, Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, in 2009, and now, Franklin, Massachusetts, U.S.A. in 2010. This achievement recognizes our Company’s world-class manufacturing capabilities, as well as the mindset of continuous improvement shared by all General Cable associates worldwide.”

Our associates’ focus on manufacturing quality products, coupled with outstanding on-time delivery, gives our customers the confidence to partner with us to serve their product needs,” said Jim Clark, Franklin’s Plant Manager. "This award recognizes the hard work and dedication of all the associates in Franklin who have changed this facility around with a focus on continuous improvement.  We are very proud of our accomplishments and to be recognized with this prestigious IndustryWeek Best Plants Award."

The complete list of winners and an in-depth profile on General Cable’s Franklin, Massachusetts, data communications, fiber optic and specialty electronics cable plant can be found at

General Cable (NYSE: BGC), headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets. Energy cables include low-, medium- and high-voltage power distribution and power transmission products. The Industrial and Specialty segment is comprised of application-specific cables for uses such as electrical power generation (traditional fuels, alternative and renewable sources, and distributed generation), the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, mining, industrial automation, marine, military and aerospace applications, power applications in the telecommunications industry, and other key industrial segments. Communications wire and cable products transmit low-voltage signals for voice, data, video and control applications. General Cable, with annual revenues over $4.3 billion, has 47 manufacturing facilities in 25 countries and offers competitive strengths in such areas as breadth of product line, brand recognition, distribution and logistics, sales and service and operating efficiency. Visit our website at


Latest Class of BOMA 360 Designees Demonstrate Excellence in Building Operations and Management

29 Buildings receive BOMA 360 Performance Program® designation

 (WASHINGTON—January 6, 2011) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International today announced the 29 buildings that make up the latest class of buildings to earn the BOMA 360 Performance Program designation. The BOMA 360 Performance Program is a groundbreaking program designed to recognize commercial properties that demonstrate best practices in building operations and management. Since the program’s inception in Spring 2009, 180 buildings have been designated.

The BOMA 360 Performance Program evaluates properties on six major areas of building management: building operations and management; life safety/security/risk management; training and education; energy; environment/sustainability; and tenant relations/community involvement. The comprehensive nature of the BOMA 360 Performance Program means that every aspect of building performance is assessed and scores are based on how buildings meet an extensive checklist of best practices.

“Market research indicates that building owners and managers are looking for ways to differentiate  their buildings in the marketplace and be more attractive to tenants,” noted BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. “The BOMA 360 Performance Program does exactly that by recognizing outstanding achievement in every area of building operations and management.  BOMA 360 designees stand above the crowd as they enhance asset value and set new standards of excellence.”

The new class of BOMA 360 buildings includes:

10 South Riverside Plaza
Chicago, Ill
Owned by: 10/120 South Riverside Property LLC
Managed by: HPT Management Services LP

120 South Riverside Plaza
Chicago, Ill
Owned by: 10/120 South Riverside Property LLC
Managed by: HPT Management Services LP

1225 Eye Street NW
Washington, D.C.

Owned by: 1225 Eye Street NW Associates LLC
Managed by: Piedmont Government Services

1625 Eye Street
Washington, D.C.
Owned by: BFP 1625 Eye Co. LLC
Managed by: Brookfield Management LLC

222 Berkeley         

Boston, Mass.

Owned by: Equity Office

Managed by: Hines

400 Virginia Avenue LLC
Washington, D.C.

Owned by: 400 Virginia Avenue LLC

Managed by: Piedmont Government Services

580 Building           

Cincinnati, Ohio     

Owned by: 580 Investors, LLC

Managed by: Cassidy Turley

800 North Brand    

Glendale, Calif. 
Owned by: Wells REIT Glendale CA, LLC
Managed by: Piedmont Office Management

9211 Corporate Blvd              

Rockville, Md.

Owned and Managed by: Piedmont Office Realty Trust

9595 Wilshire
Beverly Hills, Calif.

Owned by: CalSTRS
Managed by: CB Richard Ellis

Carter Burgess Plaza             

Fort Worth, Texas  

Owned by: MS Crescent One SPV, LLC
Managed by: Crescent Real Estate Equities Limited Partnership

CNL Center             

Orlando, Fla.          

Owned by: CNL Plaza Ltd.
Managed by: CNL Commercial Real Estate


Vienna, Va.            

Owned by: California State Teachers' Retirement System  

Managed by: CB Richard Ellis

IDS Center              

Minneapolis, Minn.                

Owned by: MB Minneapolis 8th Street, LLC
Managed by: Inland American Office Management LLC

Kearns Building     

Salt Lake City, Utah               

Owned by: Kearns Building Joint Venture

Managed by: Hines

Key Tower             

Cleveland, Ohio      

Owned by: Wells Real Estate Funds

Managed by: Jacobs Real Estate Services

Mid America Plaza
Oakbrook Terrace, Ill

Owned by: TR Mid America Plaza Corp./KBS Realty Advisors
Managed by: CB Richard Ellis

One Atlanta Plaza
Atlanta, Ga.

Owned by: CSHV One Atlanta LLC Managed by: CB Richard Ellis, Inc.

One Brattle Square

Cambridge, Mass.  

Owned by: Wells REIT -One Brattle Square LLC

Managed by: Piedmont Office Management

One Metro Center
Tampa, Fla.            

Owned by: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Managed by: Taylor & Mathis of Florida, LLC

Pacific Plaza
Walnut Creek, Calif.

Owned by: California State Teachers' Retirement System  

Managed by: CB Richard Ellis

Pershing Point Plaza              

Atlanta, Ga.           

Owned by: California State Teachers Retirement

Managed by: CB Richard Ellis

Santa Clara Tower 1              

Santa Clara, Calif.  

Owned by: Santa Clara Towers, LP Managed by: Shorenstein Realty Services, LP

Schlumberger Solutions Center

Houston, Texas      

Owned by: 5599 San Felipe Ltd

Managed by: Tanglewood Property Management Company, LLC

TIAA-CREF Southern Service Center

Charlotte, N.C.       

Owned by: TIAA-CREF
Managed by: Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

U.S. Bancorp Center
Minneapolis, Minn.

Owned by: Piedmont Office Realty Trust
Managed by: Piedmont Office Management.

Wayne Lyman Morse United States Courthouse
Eugene, Ore.

Owned by: General Services Administration
Managed by: Public Buildings Service

Wells Fargo Plaza
Houston, Texas

Owned by: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and Metropolitan Tower Realty Company, Inc.
Managed by: CB Richard Ellis, Inc.

Wilshire Landmark I              

Los Angeles, Calif. 

Owned by: CSHV Wilshire Landmark, LLC
Managed by: CB Richard Ellis, Inc.

To view all the buildings that have received the BOMA 360 designation, visit

For more information on the BOMA 360 Performance Program, visit


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 16,500-plus members own or manage more than nine billion square feet of commercial properties. BOMA International’s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at



New CEP Prep Courses Available on the NAED Learning Center
Are you thinking about taking the Certified Electrical Professional (CEP) exam, but are not sure how to prepare for it? The NAED Learning Center is now offering a new set of courses to get you ready for the exam. Each course includes worksheets designed to identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses in specific areas for outside or inside sales in order to help guide them to success during CEP certification. Courses include:

CEP – Outside Sales Preparatory Course
Module 1 – Selling Products and Services
Module 2 – Managing Accounts
Module 3 – Using Company, Industry and Personal Resources
Module 4 – Sample Exam

CEP – Inside Sales Preparatory Course
Module 1 – Selling Products and Services
Module 2 – Preparing, Processing and Managing Sales Orders
Module 3 – Enhancing Customer Relationships and Services
Module 4 – Using Company, Industry and Personal Resources
Module 5 – Sample Exam

The CEP prep courses can be purchased individually, as a package, or through our VIP Access to the NAED Learning Center. Learn more about the CEP exam ( Contact Member Services at 888-791-2512 or to order these courses today.

Greenest of the Green Award
Has your company gotten on board with the green movement? Get noticed for your efforts! tED magazine’s GreenRoom publication has created a new awards program that will showcase the ‘Greenest of the Green’ NAED electrical distributor member.

Designed to recognize electrical distributors that have taken an active role in greening their own operations, entrants should have completed one or more of the following:

Built or retrofitted a facility with energy efficiency products

Implemented sustainable warehouse and/or building enhancements

Installed energy efficiency products (lighting, sensors, etc.) in the office or warehouse

Installed renewable energy sources

Implemented energy saving fleet management strategy

Created and/or implemented a corporate sustainability policy

Achieved or applied for LEED Certification or EnergyStar documented score

Winners will be presented with the award at the 2011 NAED National Electrical Leadership Summit in San Diego, featured on the cover of the July 2011 tED GreenRoom supplement, video coverage, and recognition in three NAED/tED electronic newsletters. Enter the competition at


NAED Names David M. Crum as Incoming Western Region Vice President-Elect

Industry veteran with 14 years of experience in the electrical distribution channel

ST. LOUIS… The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) has named David M. Crum, vice president of sales and marketing, Crum Electric Supply Company, Inc., Casper, Wyo., as the incoming Western Region vice president-elect. The Western Region Council elected Crum by majority approval to serve as vice president for 2012-2013.

“It truly is an honor to be selected by my peers as the incoming vice president-elect,” said Crum. “NAED is an invaluable tool to this industry and I encourage all of our members to take advantage of the networking and educational opportunities the association has to offer.”

Crum has been in the industry for 14 years and has served on NAED’s Western Region Council since 2004. He believes that participating in NAED allows distributors to get to know, understand and engage with their peers and industry associates. Crum stated that NAED is full of resources to help develop employees along with many tools to improve efficiency on the operational side of the business.

Crum is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Finance. Crum attributes his interest in electrical distribution to growing up in the business, and enjoys the variety of opportunities and customers he has encountered throughout his career.

Founded in 1976, Crum Electric Supply has ten branches in Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, and Utah. Crum Electric Supply Company focuses on distributing products to industrial, commercial, residential, contractor, and government customers. The company was also named 2006 Affiliate of the Year for Performance by Affiliated Distributors (AD).

As an NAED regional vice president-elect, Crum 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 Rocklan Lawrence, president and CEO of National Electric Supply Inc., in Albuquerque, N.M. Beginning in May, Andrew Akers, vice president of D & S Electrical Supply Company in Pocatello, Idaho, will take up leadership for 2011-2012.

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.


NEMA Launches Vids for Grids with Smart Grid Educational Videos

ROSSLYN, Va., January 10, 2011—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has launched its “Vids for Grids: New Media for the New Energy Workforce” (V4G) program with the first two videos of a 12-video series that demonstrates a best practice in integrating new media into engineering core curricula.

“Switchgear,” filmed at NEMA member Eaton Electrical, explains how high voltage and large currents can be controlled efficiently in a large industrial facility as well as a university campus.  “Surge Arresters,” filmed at NEMA member Hubbell Power Systems, shows how distribution arresters and ground lead disconnectors improve grid reliability. They are available at  

Future videos will address capacitors, conductors, connectors, dynamic line ratings, energy storage, flywheels, industrial automation, lighting management systems, and meters. NEMA expects to release one new video per month.

According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, there is a dire need for workforce training in the electric power sector.

“Smart Grid is our future,” he said. “An aging workforce has created a brain drain in the electric power sector. This series will introduce Smart Grid concepts to tomorrow’s engineers.”

In collaboration with member manufacturers, the series features Smart Grid equipment, explains electrical engineering concepts, and portrays careers in power engineering. Curriculum has been developed in conjunction with Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University.

V4G is one of 54 Smart Grid workforce training programs funded the Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly referred to as ARRA or the Stimulus. It is the only one funded in Virginia and the only one awarded to a non-profit association.

NEMA members participating in V4G include A123, Beacon Power, Cooper Power Systems, Eaton Corporation, Hubbell Incorporated, Itron, Leviton, Rockwell Automation, Southwire Company, Thomas & Betts, and The Valley Group (a Nexans Company). Video services are provided by Metro Productions.

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

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HARMAN continues to develop line of loudspeaker packages for Leviton and Leviton Renews Exclusive Partnership with HARMAN

January 11, 2011 — Bothell, WA:  Leviton announced today that it has renewed and expanded its partnership with audio equipment manufacturer Harman. Under the agreement, Leviton will continue to sell JBL® and harman kardon products, and Harman will continue to develop a line of loudspeakers and loudspeaker packages exclusively for Leviton.

The line of JBL speakers features indoor in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, all-weather outdoor speakers, home theater speakers, subwoofers, and a complete surround sound home cinema system. In addition, Leviton will continue to offer the harman kardon A-BUS® multi-room amplified audio system.

“JBL and harman kardon are recognized, trusted names in home audio,” said Dean Lipke, director of marketing and customer service for Leviton Network Solutions. “The power of these brands, combined with Leviton’s reputation with builders and strong relationships with distributors and contractors, creates a perfect solution for equipping homes and MDUs with reliable home networking connectivity and quality entertainment systems.”

All of Leviton’s Connected Home solutions, including the harman kardon and JBL home audio solutions, are available through the company’s residential products reseller network. For more information, visit

About Leviton Network Solutions

Leviton Network Solutions is part of Leviton Manufacturing, Inc., a century-old company offering more than 25,000 products and devices for homes, businesses, and industries. The Network Solutions division is dedicated to producing complete network infrastructure systems for the enterprise, data center, government, education, health care, and residential markets. Copper, fiber, and power solutions include structured cabling systems, enclosures, PDUs, and much more. All Leviton products are engineered to exacting standards and offer guaranteed performance. For more information, visit


Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Introduces Industry’s First Dual-Heater, V-Groove Fusion Splicer

The Type-46 fusion splicer features a built-in dual heating system, making it the fastest fixed V-groove splicer on the market for faster deployment and cost savings for data center, enterprise network, FTTx, Fiber-to- the- Home, central office, and other network applications.  The unit is compatible with Sumitomo’s field installable connector, the Lynx2 CustomFit ® Splice-On Connector.

Research Triangle Park, NC, December 9, 2010  —  Sumitomo Electric Lightwave   (, a leader in fiber optic product manufacturing announced today the availability of the industry’s first fixed V-groove fusion splicer with a dual heating system.  The built-in dual heating system of the Type-46 TomCat® plus fusion splicer improves splicing efficiency and productivity by 70%.

The splicer’s advanced electronic design, which accommodates a built-in dual heating system and simultaneous operation, streamlines the splicing process and reduces the bottle neck of “heater wait time” by 88%, making it the fastest V-groove splicer on the market.  With a typical heater cycle time of only 40 seconds and splice cycle of only 14 seconds,  TomCat plus speeds deployment and reduces labor time and costs. 

By incorporating passive diameter alignment splicing technology, TomCat plus yields the repeatable and consistent low loss results required for the increased reliability and performance for today’s data center, enterprise network, outside plant, structured cabling, and FTTx applications. Designed for portability, user-friendliness, precision, and speed — without foregoing affordability― the TomCat plus also features automatic heater and splice start functions, a 5.6 inch adjustable monitor, internal memory for up to 2,0000 splicing points, and adjustable battery-saving settings. 

“As the first company to have innovated and introduced simultaneous dual-heater operation technology to the industry, we are pleased to launch yet another dual-heater splicer that further improves efficiency and lowers deployment costs  for our customers, comments Joshua Seawell, Sumitomo’s product manager for its Lightwave Network Products division.

The RoHS compliant Type-46 TomCat plus joins Sumitomo’s Type-25e TomCat handhelds and Type-39 FastCat splicer that can be used with the Lynx2 CustomFit Splice-On Connector for on-site customized field terminations. 

About Sumitomo Electric Lightwave:  Sumitomo Electric Lightwave (SEL), located in Research Triangle Park, NC, is dedicated to tailoring  fiber optic networks  through the manufacturing of optical fiber cable, ribbon-configured network solutions, fusion splicers & accessories, termination products, FTTx solutions, and its FutureFlex®Air-blown Fiber® System. SEL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Electric Industries, a global leader in the innovation, development,  and manufacturing of products to advance the information and communications industry. For more information, please call 800-358-7378, email us at, or visit us at             


CERRO WIRE - Creative Wire Solution Speeds Construction at Chicago Hospital

When the busy Chicago area Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare broke ground on a new, fully integrated 50-acre hospital campus in 2008, the size and complexity of the huge new facility left little room for delays or errors in the construction process. The electrical contractors for the project decided they had to think outside the box for the more than 35 miles of building wire needed. 

Using SLiPWire, a THHN product that does not require additional lubrication for pulling, saved time and money because cables did not have to be lubricated for each pull. The hospital was also the first major project to use a new wire feature called True Sequential Footage, which installers found to be a valuable time saver in determining how much wire was left on a reel, where the installers were in a pull, and in planning future pulls. 

Rather than use the standard method of delivering master reels and cutting lengths at the job site, the project relied on a creative cutting solution, where cuts were run inline at the wire jacketing line. Reels were delivered with the exact length needed for each wire pull location.

The fortunate combination of the lubricated wire, accurate wire measurement, and the creative wire cutting solution helped ensure that the complex building wiring was completed on time and on budget.

Multifaceted hospital project demanded creative solutions

Founded in 1926, Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare serves more than 400,000 patients in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst.  To assist with a growing demand and to provide greater convenience for its patients, Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare broke ground on a new, fully integrated 50-acre hospital campus in 2008. 

The new facility offers patients access to high quality inpatient care in a new 866,000 square feet acute care hospital with 259 private rooms over 5 floors, a full array of outpatient services in the existing Elmhurst Memorial Center for Health, and a variety of physician offices in two new proposed medical office buildings. Interconnection between all the buildings and an innovative design and layout will make it easier for patients to go from physician visits to diagnostic testing, to inpatient or outpatient care. 

In addition, the CyberKnife Center of Chicago will also be moving to the new campus. CyberKnife provides a computer-controlled radiosurgery system, and the new center will be the first in the Chicago area to feature the next-generation CyberKnife equipment and technology.

Meade Electric, the project’s electrical contractor, knew that the building wire supplier chosen for the project had to be able to provide the highest quality product and exceptional delivery to meet the needs of such a large and complex, multi-building project.  Meade chose Cerrowire to provide building wire, in cooperation with Steiner Electric and Callas/Kingsley Electrical Sales, Cerrowire’s manufacturer’s representative agency. 

Wire product saves time and money

One of the reasons Cerrowire was selected was its new product, SLiPWire, a thermoplastic high heat-resistant nylon-coated (THHN) wire that does not require additional lubrication for pulling.  Meade was looking to save time and money by not having to lubricate the cables for each pull. SLiPWire is a co-extruded cable, meaning the PVC and Nylon layers of the jacketing are extruded onto the cable simultaneously.  This results in a much better looking and superior performing cable, since the two layers have a much tighter bond.  Meade employees found that this kept the SLiPWire cables from tearing and allowed the product to bend and corner much more easily.

“Cerrowire’s SLiPWire nearly self-pulled,” said Dan McGovern, Meade Electric’s project manager.

In February of 2010, Cerrowire interviewed Meade Electric installers when the job was about 80 percent complete and about 40 percent of the wire had been energized. They found very few problems with the wire, including remarkably few nicks or tears, and no grounds or shorts.

The SLiPWire cables also feature True Sequential Footage, which uses a footage mark to document remaining wire, beginning with zero at the bottom of the reel and ending with the finished length at the top. The accurate footage mark allows for quick identification of the re-order point, guaranteeing the full purchased wire length and reducing random lengths.

True Sequential Footage uses Doppler lasers to ensure precision far more accurate than a mechanical counter. The non-contact capabilities allow for zero slip and zero wear compared to a contact counter during the cutting process. Testing indicates that the measurement system is accurate to one-tenth of a percent.

Normally, a wire distributor would cut the wire and serve the end user (contractor). The Elmhurst project made use of a creative and collaborative solution in which the cuts were run in line at the insulation jacketing line of Cerrowire’s manufacturing plant, and then packaged onto smaller reels exactly to the length needed for a particular pull. Meade reviewed drawings and decided on the cuts required and provided Cerrowire with a list of what was required for a particular portion of the job and the order in which they wanted the material to arrive.

“On a job of this size, installers may spend more than 18 months pulling wire, so scheduling wire delivery is very important,” said Cerrowire’s Marketing Manager Dale Crawford. Cerrowire had an employee at the wire plant serving as a liaison to the contractor, who worked as a scheduler to ensure good communication and guarantee the plant had the lead time needed to produce and deliver wire to keep up with the construction progress. Close coordination meant cuts would be made as they were manufacturing the wire and footage could be run exactly to what was needed. No cutting needed to be done by installers, which saved significantly on time.

As Meade’s project manager McGovern explains it, the system worked because of a collaborative effort that consisted of the contractor supplying information on wire lengths needed for the schedule in a timely manner, a distributor who was willing to act as a coordinator rather than providing cutting service, and Cerrowire’s ability to produce inline these specific lengths with markings for where it goes on the job.

Foremen cite sequential footage guarantee as key to project success

Of all the interesting features of the project, the hands down winner from the point of view of the job foremen was the wire’s accurate footage marking.  If for any reason a pull was interrupted and identification of where the wire was going was removed, installers could look at the markings and use the building plans to quickly identify exactly where each piece of wire belonged. No guess work was needed, even though all identification may have been removed.

Meade Electric foreman Bob Sinnot said, “I loved the footage marks. They are the best thing about the wire.  You start with the top of the reel, and you know how much you pulled off and how much is left on there.  When your next pull comes up, you know how much you have left to use, instead of guessing or peeling it all off and trying to take a measurement.  It is really nice.”

Foreman John Becker agreed. “The numbering on the cable is a really useful feature.  So many times you have to re-reel a reel, because one feeder is short.  You can lose track, but with this product, you just have to look at the number, and you can instantly tell where you are.  From day to day, you know where you left off, just by looking at the numbers.” He added, “The cable itself seems tougher than other brands. We found that when we used the hydraulic bender, we could bend the wire in an absolute 90 degree angle, and there was absolutely no rippling or breaking of the jacket.”

The collaboration between Meade Electric, Cerrowire, Steiner Electric and Callas/Kingsley Electrical Sales was a team effort that facilitated timely delivery of the product without incident, allowing the complex project to stay on schedule and within budget.



Allowing for precision wire cutting and cost control

Cerro Wire LLC, a leading manufacturer of copper electrical building wire and cable, introduces True Sequential Footage™, a sequentially printed cable reel that provides accurate wire length with each cut. True Sequential Footage prevents the need to carry excess cable inventory, providing precision length, accurate footage, and cost control.

True Sequential Footage uses a footage mark to document remaining wire, beginning with zero at the bottom of the reel and ending with the finished length at the top. The accurate footage mark allows for quick identification of the re-order point, guaranteeing the full purchased wire length and reducing random lengths. This better controls end-of-reel scrap.

The need to carry excess inventory is reduced with the precision cutting allowed by True Sequential Footage. Wire normally lost on each cut made with less accurate cutting systems (3 to 8 percent) is saved when True Sequential Footage’s precision footage marking system is used. 

True Sequential Footage uses Doppler lasers to ensure precision far more accurate than a mechanical counter. The non-contact capabilities allow for zero slip and zero wear compared to a contact counter during the cutting process. Rigorous accuracy tests show that Cerrowire’s measurement system produces an accuracy of better than plus or minus one percent.

“Cerrowire developed True Sequential Footage to address a problem that plagues every electrical distributor – the need to carry more inventory to cover wire cutting inconsistencies,” says Rick McDonald, President of Cerrowire Electrical Distribution. “True Sequential Footage isn’t just one of our best products; it’s one of the best and most innovative products out on the market.”


QuickTreX® Launches Fiber Whips™ Pre-Terminated Fiber Optic Assemblies

Custom factory pre-terminated fiber optic assemblies come with dB loss test results.

Clark, NJ – January 11, 2011    QuickTreX®, a manufacturer of high quality datacom products, announces the launch of Fiber Whips™ Pre-Terminated Fiber Optic Assemblies. The custom pre-terminated assemblies are expertly crafted of the finest materials and are factory terminated and tested, delivered with dB loss test results for quality assurance. Fiber Whips can be installed by those with limited fiber optic termination knowledge. 

Fiber Whips are made with high quality ceramic ferrule connectors, which are staggered inside for less bulk. Each connector is individually plastic wrapped to prevent contamination by pulling lubricants and/or other contaminants. They are available in ST, SC, or LC connector types.

For various uses and applications, Fiber Whips have many options of fiber types, fiber core, connector types, lengths, and number of strands. Available in Singlemode, Multimode and 10Gig Multimode fiber types, the Fiber Whips can be ordered in lengths ranging from 50-5000 feet, depending upon the type of assembly required. Many options are available on specific indoor (plenum) and outdoor types. See the list below.

Pulling eyes constructed of super-strong polyethylene mesh can be factory installed on one end, both ends or none, and are recommended for easy installation and a level of protection when pulling. The mesh tightens itself around the strands and connectors, keeping them securely in place, which provides a high level of protection for each fiber strand and each connector. The end clip is made to swivel freely to prevent the cable from twisting during the pull. Heat shrink tubing adds to the strength of the pulling assembly. Two-millimeter color-coded buffer tubes are installed on each strand for extra durability before, during, and after the pull.

“Popular with end-users and installation contractors, Fiber Whips™ Pre-Terminated Fiber Optic Assemblies require no training and no startup costs, and are the best and most reliable factory termination with very low back reflection,” says Tony Casazza, President of QuickTreX. “These connectors require precise pre-measurement as well as potential lead time when ordering,” he adds.

To obtain additional information, call QuickTreX at 800-642-8320 or visit the website at

Types of QuickTreX Fiber Whips™ Pre-Terminated Fiber Optic Assemblies

Indoor (Plenum) Pre-Terminated Assemblies
Multimode, 10-Gig Multimode, Singlemode.
2, 4, 6, 12, and 24 Strand.

Factory pre-terminated. Comes with dB loss test results. Factory installed optional pulling eyes over the terminated ends are recommended for a level of protection when pulling. High quality ceramic ferrule connectors. Available in 4, 6, 12, and 24 Strand.

Fiber Types: Multimode, 10-GIG Multimode, Singlemode
Connector Types: ST, SC, LC
Available Length: 50 - 5000 Feet
Pulling Eye: one end, both ends, none
Fiber Core: 62.5/125, 50/125

Indoor/Outdoor Pre-Terminated Assemblies
Multimode, 10-Gig Multimode, Singlemode.
4, 6, 12, 24, and 48 Strand.

Factory pre-terminated. Comes with dB loss test results. Factory installed optional pulling eyes over the terminated ends are recommended for a level of protection when pulling. High quality ceramic ferrule connectors. Available in 4, 6, 12, 24, and 48 Strand.

Fiber Types: Multimode, 10-GIG Multimode, Singlemode
Connector Types: ST, SC, LC
Available Length: 50 - 5000 Feet
Pulling Eye: one end, both ends, none
Fiber Core: 62.5/125, 50/125

Indoor/Outdoor Interlock Armor Pre-Terminated Assemblies
6 and 12 Strand.

Factory pre-terminated. Comes with dB loss test results. Factory installed optional pulling eyes over the terminated ends are recommended for a level of protection when pulling. High quality ceramic ferrule connectors. Available in 6 and 12 Strand.

- Excellent crush and impact resistance
- Superior flexibility and bend limiting properties
- Complete rodent protection
- Saves installation cost - eliminates metallic conduits or raceways
- Rugged tight-buffer design for ease of termination, installation and long life
- Ideal for industrial - factory applications, physical security applications

Fiber Types: Multimode
Connector Types: ST, SC, LC
Available Length: 50 - 2,000 Feet
Pulling Eye: one end, both ends, none
Fiber Core: 62.5/125, 50/125

Outdoor Pre-Terminated Assemblies
Multimode, Singlemode.
4, 6, 12, and 24 Strand.

Factory pre-terminated. Comes with dB loss test results. Factory installed optional pulling eyes over the terminated ends are recommended for a level of protection when pulling. High quality ceramic ferrule connectors. Available in 4, 6, 12, and 24 Strand.

Fiber Types: Multimode, Singlemode
Connector Types: ST, SC, LC
Available Length: 50 - 5,000 Feet
Pulling Eye: one end, both ends, none
Fiber Core: 62.5/125, 50/125

Outdoor With Messenger Pre-Terminated Assemblies
Multimode, Singlemode.
4, 6, 12, and 24 Strand.

Factory pre-terminated. Comes with dB loss test results. We can factory install optional pulling eyes (see options below) over the terminated ends for a level of protection when pulling (recommended). High quality ceramic ferrule connectors. Available in 4, 6, 12, and 24 Strand.

Fiber Types: Multimode, Singlemode
Connector Types: ST, SC, LC
Available Length: 50 - 5,000 Feet
Pulling Eye: one end, both ends, none
Fiber Core: 62.5/125, 50/125

About QuickTrex

QuickTreX® is a manufacturer of high quality datacom products - such as copper cabling hardware, fiber optic cable assemblies, tools and testers - catering to the low voltage cabling industry for use in premise networks, security, and electrical applications. QuickTreX was founded to fill a need for products that are in tune with the technicians who use them. The QuickTrex R&D team is continually researching, staying ahead of developing trends in the market place, in order to offer quality innovative products.

To obtain additional information, call 800-642-8320, or visit the website at


Both Shielded and UTP Versions of Siemon’s Z-MAX 6A Cabling Systems Verified for ISO/IEC 11801 Category 6A Component and Channel Compliance

Independent, third party testing confirms that shielded and UTP Z-MAX 6A connecting hardware and cable achieve both component compliance and full channel compliance with the published version of ISO/IEC 11801

Watertown, CT.  December 15, 2010. Independent, 3rd-party ETL testing confirms that both shielded and UTP versions of Siemon’s Z-MAX 6A connectors and cable exceed all category 6A component performance parameters specified by newly published amendment 2 of ISO/IEC 11801, 2nd ed. and both IEC 60603-7-51 and IEC 61156-5 for category 6A connecting hardware and cable.  As the ISO/IEC category 6A component performance requirements are more stringent than those set for category 6A components by TIA-568-C.2, achieving ISO/IEC compliance is considered a stron gerindicator of overall category 6A system performance capabilities.

Performed by Intertek, an industry-recognized ETL testing provider, the assessed NEXT loss, return loss, insertion loss, FEXT loss, TCL, TCTL, DC resistance, DC resistance unbalance, PSANEXT loss, and PSAFEXT loss performance.  The Z-MAX 6A shielded and UTP connecting hardware and cable showed performance headroom across all tested parameters.

In addition to component compliance to the more stringent ISO/IEC requirements, independent 3rd-party testing conducted by UL verifies that Siemon’s Z-MAX 6A shielded and UTP end-to-end systems both exceed category 6A/class EA channel requirements specified by ANSI/TIA-568-C.2 and amendment 1 of ISO/IEC 11801 2nd ed.  Z-MAX channel compliance includes both 100m, 4-connector topologies and short-reach, 5m, 2-connector topologies.  This short link capability is particularly beneficial in data centers, where cabling channels are typically shorter.   Shorter overall lengths can reduce cabling costs, decrease cable slack and create more easily managed pathways to improve airflow and thermal management.

“Along with the ISO/IEC and TIA category 6A channel test results, this ETL confirmation of component compliance further cements Z-MAX performance leadership,” Explained Robert Carlson, Siemon’s VP of Global Marketing.  “Z-MAX has remained the highest-performing, fastest to terminate shielded or UTP category 6A system since its launch in January 2009.”  

Carlson attributes the Z-MAX 6A connector’s high performance and industry leading termination time to its an exclusive linear termination module. The linear Z-MAX termination module eliminates split and crossed pairs and allows conductors to be laced quickly into position without pair crosses, thereby maintaining and protecting cable pair geometry for optimized transmission. This efficient conductor lacing process, combined with the simple, patent-pending Z-TOOL™ allows both shielded and UTP Z-MAX 6A outlets to be terminated in as little as 60 seconds from start to finish, including cable preparation.

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

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

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The Coming Renaissance of Electrical Contracting

By: Houston Neal

Houston joined Software Advice in 2007, just shortly after the company was started. He spends most of his day writing for the company blog and getting the word out about Software Advice's resources. He enjoys researching and reporting trends in software and technology, and has a particular interest in mobile technologies.

Director of Marketing, Software Advice
on 2/10/2010

In the next ten to twenty years, “electrical contractor” will no longer be a suitable job title for electricians. They will transition into “energy contractors” to support the fast-growing green construction market.

We see this as a coming renaissance in electrical contracting. There has been a revival of interest in the electrical trade as home owners and corporations adopt alternative methods (e.g. solar, wind, etc) to power buildings. What’s driving this? Federal incentives, lower material costs and savings from reduced energy spending.

Projected Growth of Renewable Energy Jobs for Electricians

A study by the American Solar Energy Society projects renewable energy jobs for electricians to grow approximately 900% by 2030, just in the state of Colorado.

To take advantage of upcoming opportunities, electricians will need to “green” their skill-set and re-brand themselves. We’ll share more on this later. First, let’s take a look at the trends driving this change.

Green Construction is on the Rise
According to a 2009 Booz Allen Hamilton study, green construction will skyrocket over the next five years. The report projects green construction to generate $554 billion dollars in GDP, provide $396 billion in labor earnings and support or create over 7.9 million jobs from 2009 to 2013. These figures are way up from the previous 8-year period. From 2000-2008, GDP from green construction was just $173 billion, labor earnings was $123 billion and number of jobs created was 2.4 million.

Economic Growth from Green Construction

This growth comes directly from increased demand for green buildings, which is largely driven by cost savings from reduced property operating expenses, and by new regulations from federal legislation (e.g. American Clean Energy and Security Act).

Clearly, environmentally friendly construction affects the architecture engineering construction (AEC) industry collectively. But how will this impact electricians?

Electricians are in High Demand
The growing green construction market will create new demand for electricians. And to keep up with demand, electricians will need to diversify their skill-set. We obviously expect to see electricians working on solar photovoltaic and wind turbine installations, but that’s just the beginning. They’ll work on building retrofits, mass transit and light rail projects, “smart” electrical grid transmission systems and more. Here are a few examples of the unique places we expect electricians to find work:

·     Lighting system upgrades – There are an estimated 2.2 million commercial buildings in the U.S. that have antiquated lighting systems (old fixtures, ballasts, lamps and controls). Additionally, all federal buildings are required to switch to Energy Star lighting products by the end of 2013 (in accordance with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007). Some of these upgrades can be handled by the local maintenance guy, but others will require the expertise and skill of electrical contractors.

·     Parking lot electrical outlets – A state bill in Minnesota will require half of new parking facilities to include outlets to charge electric vehicles. Who will install these docking stations? Electricians of course. Members of the Minnesota Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 292 are already preparing to provide labor for these projects. If successful, we expect other states and cities to follow Minnesota’s example.

·     Wind turbine manufacturing – According to a report from the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), a typical 250-person wind turbine manufacturing company has two electricians as employees. This isn’t a large number, but it’s an example of the variety of job opportunities available.

·     Electric vehicle electricians – Jobs for electricians will also emerge in adjacent industries. For example, electricians will need to be trained in auto mechanics – or auto mechanics will need to be trained in electrical contracting – in order to meet demand for electric vehicle maintenance. And the career outlook is good: electric vehicle electricians make an average of $39-$59 thousand a year.

For additional information on green job opportunities for electricians, check out this article from the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

LEED Creates New Opportunities
Projects applying for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status are growing just as fast as the rest of the green construction market. With many LEED credits being electric- and energy-related, electricians will have an opportunity to win work on these projects. However, they’ll need to get versed on credit requirements, and should even consider becoming a LEED accredited professional (AP). LEED projects get an extra point for having an AP on the job, which could be a selling-point when bidding on jobs.

Here’s a sample of credits that require the knowledge and skill of electricians.




Alternative Transportation — Low-emitting and Fuel-efficient

Sustainable Sites (SS) Credit 4.3

Install alternative-fuel fueling stations (e.g. stations for charging electric cars) for 3% of the total vehicle parking capacity of the site.

Light Pollution Reduction

Sustainable Sites (SS) Credit 8

Internal lighting - Reduce input power (by automatic device) of interior lights by at least 50% between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Electrician will select and install fixtures and controls to meet requirements.

External lighting - Light areas only as required for safety and comfort. Lighting power densities must not exceed ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 and must meet lighting control requirements from ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007. Electrician will perform photometric analysis to validate compliance of credit requirements.

Optimize Energy Performance

Energy & Atmosphere (EA) Credit 1

Demonstrate a percentage improvement in the proposed building performance rating compared with baseline building performance rating. The higher the building energy efficiency level, the more LEED points are awarded. Electrician will work with utility company to assess energy performance and identify most cost-effective energy efficiency measures.

On-site Renewable Energy

Energy & Atmosphere (EA) Credit 2

Install and use on-site renewable energy systems (solar, wind, etc) to offset building energy costs.

Green Power

Energy & Atmosphere (EA) Credit 6

Engage in at least a 2-year renewable energy contract to provide at least 35% of the building’s electricity from renewable sources (wind, solar, wave, geothermal, or biomass). Calculation of two-year expected energy use is required, along with kWH cost of the green power from the serving electric utility. Electrician should provide projected monthly cost required to obtain this point.

Controllability of Systems—lighting

Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Credit 6.1

Provide individual lighting controls for 90% (minimum) of the building occupants to enable adjustments to suit individual task needs and preferences.

Provide lighting system controls for all shared multi-occupant spaces to enable adjustments that meet group needs and preferences.

Electricians Must Act Now
With so many opportunities on the horizon, contractors need to make sure they’re ready to win jobs. To get started, they must gain the skills and knowledge to take on green projects. Both the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) offer education programs for green electrical work.

Next, contractors should market and promote their new green credentials. Update your website and other marketing materials, syndicate a press release to trade magazines and local media, and get more exposure online by joining directories (e.g. or advertising in search engines.

Finally, update your bidding process to make sure you win those green electrical jobs. You’ll need to bid accurately to ensure job profitability, but competitively to make sure you win the job. This means having up-to-date pricing information on materials and labor. Good electrical estimating software will have specific capabilities to estimate solar panel installations and other types of renewable energy jobs.

Really good article, I agree that more electricians should look at green alternatives.

Comment by David Builderman
February 11, 2010 @ 11:50 am

Interesting and insightful article. Good jobs in the future that cannot be outsourced.

Comment by Gary Stearns
February 14, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

As a commercial real estate investor and developer, I believe what Houston Neal is speculating about makes sense. Traditionally, we in the industry rely on engineers to point out energy saving opportunities in our buildings. However, in general we do not speak with engineers as often as we speak with electricians and mechanics who more frequently visit our buildings in response to routine repairs and maintenance. As such, if these parties were more versed in energy saving opportunities connected to their particular trade, they are in an excellent position to make suggestions to clients. Building manager clients will certainly listen if the ROI is attractive. For example, switching from T12 to more efficient T8 lighting and electronic ballasts could easily be done by an electrical contractor. The key is that the electrical contractor must be able to provide an estimate of the cost and the return on investment. The same would be true for the installation of an energy management system in the building. Electrical contractors will certainly need training in this area, but the returns could be quite lucrative.

Comment by Anthony Buonicore
February 17, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

This is a really great article! It’s clear that you have done your research. I look forward to seeing whether or not your predictions will come true – though I’m sure they will! Great points.

Comment by Lesley LEED AP
February 19, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

This is a very interesting article that has clearly been researched. I would like to point out that the electricians themselves are the labor hired by electrical contractors. The shift brings up particular concepts especially in respect to the entire industry being taken over by this more powerful “energy contractor.” The theory is good, but many contractors are set in their old world ways and may not make this transition since they are happy being electrical contractors. On the other hand, this energy concept would allow an existing contractor to expand his or her business into other markets and hopefully in turn return a larger profit. We may even see a merge of new companies that never existed specializing in particular areas of energy. I am sure those who are supportive of the USGBC would like to see an increase in this kind of subcontractor, for a good one would seem to be more environmentally friendly and possibly more beneficial to a seasoned developer. Finally, I would point out that Anthony is completed right when he brings up return on investment since developers are really the ones who get loaned the money from banks and the ones who decide what to do with the money! Maybe we will see an increase in developer education too!? J/K it is too bad that most developers are too busy riding around in their boats to be studying up and researching great concepts like these!

Comment by Matt Black
February 19, 2010 @ 6:09 pm

Very good future lies ahead for Electricians.

Comment by Wayne Frese
March 1, 2010 @ 8:40 am

Yeah, they need to get up to speed fast to take advantage the swelling “green” racket, especially in the public sectore. Seems like nothing can stop it, not even common sense in many cases.

Comment by CMS
April 29, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

I am one of those electricians expanding their horizons. Neal Hit it on the mark I will be reading more of his articles. I belive you will see the oldd ccontractors go by the way side and new ones emerge from this green technology.

Comment by John Wright
April 30, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

This is best for the planet

Comment by Landis wright
May 26, 2010 @ 11:09 am

We will be seeing a lot of jobs in line with this industry in the future.
A growing number of electricians installs telephone, computer wiring and equipment, and fire alarm and security systems. They also may connect motors to electrical power and install electronic controls for industrial equipment.

Comment by Barry Atkins of Electrical Test Equipment
August 30, 2010 @ 2:39 am



Siemon Adds LC Fiber Optic Adapter Lock to its LockIT™ Line of Secure Network Accessories

Innovative adapter lock can be used to secure LC optical fiber ports in data center equipment, patching fields and work areas

December 21, 2010 – Watertown, CT - Siemon, a global leader in network infrastructure, announces the launch of its LockIT LC optical fiber adapter lock.  Joining Siemon’s LockIT line of secure network connectivity, this new, tamper-proof adapter lock protects against unauthorized access to unused LC ports.  The adapter locks require no special connectivity and can be utilized to secure nearly any LC optical fiber-based network infrastructure.  The LockIT system is designed to provide physical layer security without adding complexity or impacting overall functionality and density.
The LockIT adapter lock snaps securely into any industry-standard LC port, blocking cord access and preventing tampering. Removable only with a specially designed key, the lock fits flush within the port, providing full access to adjacent  ports regardless of density, and it is brightly colored to allow network personnel to quickly identify locked ports.  These new secure components are system and cabling performance independent, allowing it to secure any active equipment LC port, or passive LC patching,  plug and play or work area port..

The Siemon LockIT product family also includes a comprehensive line of secure copper RJ-45 network connectivity, including a tamper-proof RJ45 outlet lock and lockable patch cords in shielded and UTP 10Gb/s category 6A and category 6 configurations.  The LockIT RJ-45 copper outlet lock, patch cord and new LC fiber adapter lock all utilize the same universal key, included with the system.

“The obvious benefit is a very cost-effective and easily-implemented deterrent against malicious access to the network through unsecured connectivity,” explained Tony Veatch, Siemon Director of Product Management.  “But LockIT is also an excellent way to protect against accidental connectivity errors, acting like a ‘lock-out/tag-out’ system for the network infrastructure. We see great interest in such a solution in public areas including conference rooms, airports and classrooms.  This simple, effective product is suitable for industries such as transportation, finance, retail, hospitality, and education, as well as in mission critical data center applications.”

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


The Future of the Network Revolves around TIA 2011

As the next billion users come online, the complex web of technologies that make up the global network will face critical issues that must be addressed to keep everything spinning.

Keeping up with the exponential need for bandwidth, the demands of users for a 100% reliable always-up network that is protected from disruption, and keeping their information secure is a big job. Success depends on innovation and cooperation within the industry. TIA 2011: Inside the Network focuses on solutions for the most important information communication technology issues we will face in the coming years. Join your peers and industry leaders at TIA 2011: Inside the Network, May 17-20, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. Registration opens February 1, 2011. Visit for details.


TIA Statement on Matt Roberts Taking the Helm of United States Information Technology Office in Beijing

Washington, D.C. (January 3, 2011) – Grant Seiffert, President of the Telecommunications Industry Association, released the following statement today about Matt Roberts, who has just joined the United States Information Technology Industry Office (USITO) in Beijing as Managing Director.

“Matt brings an enormous wealth of China experience to his new position as Managing Director of USITO.  With over 20 years of experience of leading and building organizations in China, Matt is ideally suited to leading USITO as it represents our member companies in the important Chinese market.”

“Matt has a unique blend of experience in policy advocacy, business development and government relations that will make USITO an even more effective voice for the U.S. high-tech industry in China. We are delighted to welcome him aboard.”

Mr. Roberts has worked in leadership positions at numerous organizations in China, including, BlackInc China and, Dow Jones Company. He succeeds Dr. John Chiang, who is leaving USITO after two years of dedicated and valuable service.

TIA is one of five parent associations of USITO.  Founded in 1994, USITO was established with the primary goal of assisting innovative U.S. high-tech companies to access and further open the world's single largest emerging market for information and communications technology products and services.

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.

Join TIA at its new annual industry event - TIA 2011: Inside the Network - at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, May 17-20, 2011.

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

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


HCM is First Cable Manufacturer to be UL Verified TIA 568-C.2

Manchester, NH, January 5, 2011

Hitachi Cable Manchester is pleased to announce that it is the first cable manufacturer in the world to receive TIA 568-C.2 verification from Underwriters Laboratories.  The verification, which covers all Category 5e, 6 and 6A copper communications cables, demonstrates that the cables meet the performance requirements of the TIA standard.  End users installing cables with UL verification can be confident their infrastructure will support any and all applications intended for that category of cable.  The 568-C family of standards is replacing the 568-B family, which was released in 2001, as well as all subsequent addenda.

About HCM

HCM, located in Manchester, NH manufacturers a complete line of copper and fiber optic cables for the communication industry.  Over 3,500 different cable products are manufactured at this facility.  In addition to Category 6A cables, products include Category 6 and 5e cables, outdoor Category 5e and 6 cables, indoor and outdoor fiber optic cables, armored fiber optic cables as well as plenum-rated indoor/outdoor fiber optic cables.

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 

About Underwriters Laboratories

UL is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for more than a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems for more than 66,000 manufacturers annually. In total, there are more than 20 billion UL Marks appearing on products worldwide each year. UL's global family of companies and network of service providers includes 68 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving customers in 102 countries. For more information, visit:



WindTronics Builds National Installer Network Through Alliance with NECA


New alliances with NECA and other skilled worker organizations create green jobs and easier access to wind energy for consumers and businesses.


Community Center Off to Bright Start Thanks to St. Louis Electrical Connection


A new North St. Louis community center will open in 2011 with new electrical service to support medical, business and other needs thanks to a $20,000 donation by the Electrical Connection – a partnership of NECA’s St. Louis Chapter and IBEW?Local Union 1.


NJATC Introduces Rigger/Signal Person Train-the-Trainer Course


The NJATC’s new two-day Rigger/Signal Person Train-the-Trainer course will be offered initially at six of our joint training centers in the near future. These classes are primarily for outside AJATC instructors, company and local union safety directors, and other individuals who will be teaching and issuing the qualification cards now being required by OSHA, but all members are eligible to enroll.


Stand Down to Help Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls


NECA’s Southeastern Line Construction Chapter is urging participation in a “Safety Stand Down” on Tuesday, January 11. NECA’s national organization encourages all contractors, inside and outside, to consider joining in this activity aimed at preventing worksite injuries — either on that date or a day of your choosing. Let the chapter know if you're participating.


NECA Responds to OSHA 2011 Regulatory Agenda


Jerry Rivera, NECA Director, Safety, reviews OSHA's 2011 regulatory agenda and breaks down what actions could affect electrical contractors and NECA's planned responses to those items.


Join Us for a Free Webinar On Recordkeeping



US Department of Labor Agencies to Host Live Web Chats



Graybar Donates $250,000 to ELECTRI International


In a "give back" program sponsored by Graybar and Graybar ESP program manufacturers, a portion of every 2010 purchase by NECA-member contractors of participating manufacturers’ products was earmarked as a direct contribution to ELECTRI International. As a result, the Foundation has $250,000 more to invest in critical industry research, management education, and supervisory training programs.


Last Newscast of 2010: Watch Now!


While 2010 was a rough year for the electrical construction industry, NECA members have made important strides in breaking into new markets, changing some of the ways they’re doing business, and forging new connections.


Perfect Storm Makes This Perfect Time to Combat Employee Misclassification


The economic downturn, budget deficits at all levels of government, increased auditing by the IRS, and the continual proliferation of anti-misclassification legislation have created a “perfect storm,” making this the right time to step up the assault on employee misclassification on all fronts.


New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania Get Tough on Worker Misclassification


Nearly three dozen states have adopted, or are considering adopting, laws to combat worker misclassification. New laws recently passed in New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania take a particularly tough stance, with some providing for multi-year incarceration for violators.


Chapter Executive Gauthier Promotes EVs and Oregon's NECA-IBEW Team



Developing Guidance on Crane & Derrick Rule Tops OSHA's To-Do List


Developing guidance for enforcing the final rule for cranes and derricks in construction is slowed by the sheer size of the regulation and some points of contention. Nevertheless, OSHA is moving forward on this task as well as rule-making related to confined spaces, responsibility for identifying workplace hazards, PPE, highway work zones, and nail guns.


Online Grounding & Bonding Course Offers Essential Learning — Plus CEUs, Low Cost, and Convenience!


Grounding and bonding fundamentals and the different requirements necessary for their correct application are fully discussed in an online course offered through NECA’s Management Education Institute. It provides 0.8 continuing education units (CEUs) upon completion and costs only $75 with a NECA-member promotional code ($85 for non-members)


NECA Newscast - December 2010

While 2010 was a rough year for the electrical construction industry, NECA members have made important strides in breaking into new markets, changing some of the ways they’re doing business, and forging new connections.

Watch the latest (and last 2010) NECA Newscast to hear what NECA CEO John M. Grau, NECA contractors, and the NECA Women’s Peer Group have to say about good things on the horizon for the industry.

NECA has provided over a century of service to the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA’s national and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development.



NECA 2011 San Diego is your place to meet your peers, discover new products and services, explore new markets, grow your company's business and boost productivity, train with the experts and enjoy the best San Diego has to offer!

October 22-25, 2011 - San Diego

North America's Most Important Electrical Event assembles the industry's experts to address the issues that affect your business everyday such as:

·         Best Practices

·         BIM

·         Energy Audits

·         Energy Code Compliance

·         Labor Relations

·         NEC 2011 Code Changes

·         NFPA Compliance

·         Project Labor Agreements

·         Workforce Productivity

·         Smart Grid Technologies

·         Electric Vehicles

·         Transmission and Distribution

·         Solar and Wind Energy

·         Security and Life Safety

“This show is a must do for the exhibitor with big goals this year.” Frank Bisbee, Editor of Heard On The Street (HOTS) monthly news column.


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