GEM sector –
Govt – Education - Medical
As fiber-optic technology
improves and prices drop, federal users who once assumed there would be
only copper wires connecting their desktops to the network are starting to warm
up to the idea of fiber.
However, copper remains a
formidable hurdle. Long deployed by the telephone companies, fiber- optic cable
started showing up on the desktop when video, satellite imaging, virtual
reality and secret, classified applications demanded it. Fiber was also the
proven solution for long-distance, high-bandwidth and security requirements.
Fiber was preferable to
copper for top-secret Sensitive Compartmentalized Information networks because
copper emits electromagnetic interference that can be tapped by a skilled snoop
who is near the cable. With optical, there is no such interference.
"In a copper LAN, each
wire is like a mini antenna," said Paul Farrance, chief technical officer,
General Services Administration’s Federal Technology Service. "You could
just sit there and copy all the traffic. So fiber has historically been used
for security purposes."
But the high cost of glass
fiber and the installation difficulty compared with copper stalled fiber’s
expansion on the desktop for years. Meanwhile, copper technology just kept
getting better, giving users even more reasons to postpone fiber.
Hardware incompatibility has
been a chief cause of installation difficulty with fiber, according to users.
Although copper users have always assumed standardized jacks, fiber-optics
vendors each had their own nonstandard jacks. They were not compatible with
each other or with copper jacks.
When the Davis-Monthan Air
Force Base in Tucson was installing its 3M Corp. Volition fiber-optic system,
the base resolved the jack incompatibility problem by using media converters
supplied by 3M. But the media converters add an additional cost to the
installation, noted Rick Bracht, chief of network operations, Communications
Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB. "Cisco [Systems Inc.] does not support 3M
Volition’s VF 45 jack. And right now, there are three or four companies out
there all pushing their own fiber-optics jacks," he said.
The root of the jack problem
lies in the physical dimensions of the jacks themselves. "All these
companies are trying to get their two strands of fiber to plug into a jack approximately
the same size as an RJ 45, the Category 5 copper LAN connector jack,"
The jacks that are on the
market today have accomplished just that. "About two years ago, vendors
changed the mechanics of how you connect fiber," said Dan Silver,
government marketing manager, 3M Telecom Systems Division, Austin, Texas.
"Today, fiber jacks are more like copper jacks — smaller, less expensive
and easier to use. Plus, the cost of a fiber-optic jack today is only three
dollars, compared with twenty dollars per jack two years ago."
Vendors have also learned to
adjust to the inevitable incompatibilities of proprietary products. Even though
Cisco supports the MT-RJ jack, instead of 3M’s VF 45 jack, it is not locked in.
"If 3M Volition became the driving technology, it would be very easy to
modify our boards to accommodate it," said Mike Rau, senior manager of
federal consulting for Cisco Systems, Herndon, Va. "We built the boards to
be able to adapt to any standard." Now that the problem of jack size has
been resolved, it’s economics standing in the way. "The fact that fiber
jacks are now the same size as copper jacks is a major improvement," Rau
noted. "Copper interfaces on switches and hubs are still less than fiber,
but the price differentiation has started to decrease."
As technological improvements
have created peaceful cohabitation between fiber and copper, users have begun
to install them together. "The standard architecture I deploy today is
copper horizontally to the desktop but fiber to the computer room and fiber in
the computer room between the servers," said Michael Haskett, manager of
Advanced Networking Solutions at Signal Corp., a federal systems integrator in
Fairfax, Va. When choosing between Gigabit Ethernet via Category 5 enhanced
copper or fiber- optic cable, Haskett said he prefers fiber. Although the
initial cost is higher, there is a healthy return on investment, he said.
Others tend to agree.
"The copper industry has
continued to improve the technology, so it’s not obsolete," said 3M’s
Silver. "But every time you improve it, you have to pull it out and
replace it, so you’ve lost your investment. All it takes is once in 20 years
and you can justify the extra 10 to 15 percent cost of fiber over the closest
equivalent speed copper can deliver."
The Veterans Health
Administration has set a standard of fiber optics in the backbone and copper to
the desktop in its Veterans Integrated Service Networks and its Offices of
Information nationwide. Because of the increasing capability of copper and the
high cost of fiber, the VHA chose to wire desktops with Category 5 copper,
which can get up to Optical Carrier 3 speed, meaning 155 megabits/sec if it’s
Asynchronous Transfer Mode.
"By being able to run
lower bandwidth ATM like OC-3, you don’t need fiber-optic cable. You can use
Cat 5 cable," said Ernest Bundy, project manager, telecommunications
infrastructure project, Office of Information at VHA. Bundy is using Marconi
North America Inc. switches and routers and Signal Corp. as the VHA’s systems
integrator on the proj-ect. Still, he has fiber in the back of his mind.
"If you know you are going to keep increasing your bandwidth requirements,
you may well want to install fiber at the desktop. It depends on how long you
want to plan ahead," Bundy said.
…Plus much much more
opportunities in fiber
Frank Bisbee -
"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column
FOR FIBER IN THE USA = replace CMP copper cable
In the USA, there is approximately 18 million
miles of CMP rated copper communications cable that have been installed
in the return air plenum spaces – in schools, hospitals, offices, government
buildings, etc. However, it is against the law to install this type of
cable in military: planes, ships, tanks, or confined spaces.
Toxic TEFLON - offgasses when exposed to heat..
Possibly the biggest mistake the Chemical Industry ever made.. = surpasses
tobacco and asbestos!!!
DuPont scientists list the hallmark human
symptoms of polymer fume fever as tightness of chest, malaise, shortness
of breath, headache, cough, chills, temperatures between 100 and 104°F, and
sore throat, based on a survey of complaints registered by workers who were
struck by the illness. Based on this suite of symptoms, cases of polymer fume fever from
home exposures could easily be mistaken for the common flu. The toxic particles and gases identified as Teflon offgas
products, and the temperature at which they are first identified in the
studies reviewed, are shown below, with toxicity information that is drawn
primarily from high dose animal studies, the only source of information
available for most of the chemicals:
464°F - Ultrafine particulate matter: Teflon produces very small (ultrafine) particles which are very toxic, causing extreme lung damage
to rats within 10 minutes of exposure. Longer exposures cause death. At higher temperatures, Teflon also produces toxic gases. Some
scientists have found that the particles and gases together are responsible for
Teflon's toxicity, perhaps because the gases adsorb to the particles, which
because of their small size can lodge deep in the lower respiratory tract.
680°F - Tetrafluoroethylene (TFE): The National Toxicology Program considers tetrafluoroethylene
(TFE) to be a "reasonably anticipated"
human carcinogen because it is known to cause cancer in
laboratory animals, but has not been adequately studied in people. In rats,
inhaled TFE causes tumors of the kidney tubules, liver, blood vessels in the
liver and one form of leukemia (mononuclear). Mice that breathe TFE develop tumors of
the liver and tumors that develop in blood vessels in the liver or white blood
680°F - Hexafluoropropene (HFP): In people, air exposure to fluorocarbons like HFP can lead to eye,
nose and throat irritation; heart palpitations, irregular heart rate,
headaches, light-headedness, fluid accumulation in the lung (edema) and possibly death.
Long-term exposure in workers
is associated with decreased
motor speed, memory and learning. In mice and
rats, inhalation of hexafluoropropene (HFP) causes kidney lesions, decreased numbers of a
type of immune cell (lymphocyte) and increased urination. HFP also causes increased numbers of chromosomal abnormalities in
hamster ovaries. HFP can also be added to pesticides as an "inert"
ingredient, which does not mean that it is non-toxic, but only that is not the
pesticide active ingredient. Another example of a pesticide inert ingredient is
butyl benzyl phthalate, a chemical well known to cause serious birth
defects of the male reproductive system in laboratory animals.
680°F - Trifluoroacetic acid (TFA): Very few studies have looked at the toxicity of trifluoroacetic
acid (TFA), but those that have found decreased growth of fetal rat
bone-forming cells (osteoblast) and cartilage cells (chondrocytes),
and neural tube defects in rat embryos at high concentrations. Other studies
show that HCFC-123, a hydrofluorocarbon that breaks down into TFA, causes enlarged liver and decreased
levels of glucose, triglyceride and cholesterol in adult animals. But, it is unclear whether these effects are due to HCFC-123 or a
metabolite. A monkey study found the TFA concentration in the fetus was two to six times higher than
in the mother's blood following dosing with HCFC-123. The
long-term environmental impacts of TFA are unknown, but it is extremely
persistent and toxic to plants. TFA is also a breakdown product of many hydrochlorofluorocarbon
(HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used as replacement for chlorofluorocarbons
(CFCs), which are potent ozone depleters used in refrigeration systems,
aerosols and other products. Recently, scientists have suggested that high
levels of TFA in the environment could be partly due to heated Teflon and other
fluoropolymers because measured environmental levels are higher than predicted,
based on breakdown of HCFCs and HFCs alone.
680°F - Difluoroacetic acid (DFA): Very little is known about the toxicity of difluoroacetic acid
(DFA), although kidney toxicity has been reported in rats.
680°F - Monofluoroacetic acid (MFA,
fluoroacetic acid or compound 1080): Monofluoroacetic
acid is extremely
toxic, doses as low as 0.7 to 2.1 mg/kg can kill people. Initially, people report nausea, vomiting, numbness, tingling, anxiety,
muscle twitching, low blood pressure and blurred vision. If exposure is high enough, people can
have irregular heart rate (ventricular fibrillation), heart attacks, and severe
convulsions leading to respiratory failure. MFA quickly
breaks down into a chemical called fluoroacetate. Sodium fluoroacetate was previously used as a powerful rodent
killer (rodenticide). In the body, it breaks down into sodium and
fluoroacetate, which is responsible for the toxicity. Sodium fluoroacetate
kills rodents, and other animals, by inhibiting the tricarboxylic acid cycle
which transforms energy found in food to energy the body uses. Sodium fluoroacetate also causes heart
and respiratory failure, central nervous system depression and damage to the
testes, including decreased sperm production.
680°F - Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA): Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) has recently come under significant EPA scrutiny. According
to Stephen L. Johnson, Assistant Administrator of EPA's Office of Prevention,
Pesticides, and Toxic Substances, the EPA" will be conducting its most
extensive scientific assessment ever undertaken on this type of chemical".
EPA is concerned about PFOA
because it never breaks down in the environment, is found in the blood of over
92 percent of Americans, and is very toxic to rats and monkeys. PFOA causes four types of tumors in rats: liver, pancreas, mammary
gland (breast) and testes. PFOA also decreases thyroid hormone levels, a known
risk factor for impaired brain development, and delays sexual maturation in
laboratory animals. PFOA is especially toxic to the young because it kills
young rats at doses that do not kill parental animals. Industry scientists
estimate that it takes 4.4 years for people to eliminate just half the amount
of PFOA found in their bodies. EPA is taking a close look at PFOA because
levels found in the blood of people are too close to levels in rat blood that
harm the animals.
878°F - Silicon tetrafluoride (SiF4): Silicon tetrafluoride is a highly toxic, corrosive gas. In the lungs, moisture causes the silicon particles to
separate, releasing toxic hydrofluoric acid and also coating the lung with
silicon particles. Inhaling hydrofluoric acid can cause eye
and throat irritation, cough, difficult breathing, bluish skin color caused by
lack of oxygen, lung damage and fluid accumulation in the lung (edema). Long
term exposure can cause weight loss, decreased numbers of red and white blood
cells (anemia and leukopenia), discoloration of the teeth and abnormal
thickening of the bone (osteosclerosis).
887°F - Perfluoroisobutene (PFIB): Perfluoroisobutene (PFIB) is extremely
toxic and inhalation can lead to fluid build up in the lung (edema), a
condition that can lead to death. PFIB is
listed in the Chemical Weapons Convention as a Schedule 2 compound. PFIB is about ten times more toxic than phosgene, a highly toxic
corrosive gas also listed as a chemical weapon. In water,
PFIB breaks down into hydrogen fluoride which is also very toxic (see
below). Short-term symptoms of PFIB exposure in people include bad taste in
mouth, nausea and weakness. Lung edema occurs about one to four hours after
exposure, which is life-threatening in some cases, but in most people clears up
in about 3 days.
This is the big brother to phosgene
932°F - Carbonyl fluoride (COF2): Breakdown of Teflon (PTFE) in air is the major source of carbonyl
fluoride exposure. Carbonyl
fluoride is the
fluorine version of phosgene, a chlorinated chemical warfare agent. Carbonyl fluoride fumes can irritate eyes, ears and nose. More
serious symptoms of exposure include chest pains, breathing difficulty, fluid
accumulation in the lungs, weakness, liver damage and increased glucose levels.
Because carbonyl fluoride breaks down into hydrogen fluoride and carbon
dioxide, it causes many of the same toxic effects as hydrogen fluoride (see
932°F - Hydrogen fluoride (HF): Hydrogen fluoride (HF) is a toxic corrosive gas, and can cause death to any tissue it comes into contact with,
including the lungs. The toxicity of HF is due to the fluoride
ion and not the hydrogen ion. Breathing HF can cause severe lung damage, such as fluid buildup in the lungs (edema) and inflammation
of lung passages (pneumonia). The fluoride ion (charged particle) is
extremely toxic. It is a small ion and weak acid that diffuses quickly and can
pass through tissues with relative ease. Fluoride ions inhibit cell respiration, decreasing production of
ATP, the major form of chemical energy used by the body. Fluoride attacts cell membranes causing cells to die. The fluoride
ion is negatively charged and naturally likes to react with positively
charged ions in the body like calcium and magnesium. When fluoride and calcium bind, creating a
"precipitate," a life-threatening condition of decreased calcium (hypocalcemia)
can occur. Left untreated, decreases in calcium (and
magnesium) can cause
abnormal heart rhythm leading to heart attack, muscle spasms and death. Calcium administration is the main treatment for HF poisoning.
Hydrogen fluoride (HF) is possibly the most reactive
material known to man. About 49% of Teflon outgases as HF.
1112°F - Trifluoroacetic acid fluoride
Trifluoroacetic acid fluoride is toxic, mostly because it
breaks down into hydrogen fluoride, which is very toxic, and trifluoroacetic
acid. The few studies that have looked at the toxicity of TFA found decreased
growth of fetal rat bone-forming cells (osteoblast) and cartilage cells
(chondrocytes), and neural tube defects in rat embryos at high
concentrations. Other studies show that HCFC-123, a hydrofluorocarbon that
breaks down into TFA, causes
enlarged liver and decreased levels of glucose, triglyceride and cholesterol in
adult animals, but it is unclear whether these effects are
due to HCFC-123 or a metabolite. A monkey study found TFA in the fetus was two
to six times higher than in the mother's blood following dosing with HCFC-123,
a hydrofluorocarbon that breaks down into TFA. Fluoride ion (charged particle)
is extremely toxic. It is a small ion and weak acid that diffuses quickly and can
pass through tissues with relative ease.
Fluoride ions inhibit cell respiration,
decreasing production of ATP, the major form of chemical energy used by the
body. Fluoride attracts cell membranes causing
cells to die. The fluoride ion is negatively charged and naturally likes to
react with positively charged ions in the body like calcium and magnesium. When
fluoride and calcium bind, creating a "precipitate," a
life-threatening condition of decreased calcium (hypocalcemia) can
occur. Left untreated, decreases in calcium (and magnesium) can cause abnormal
heart rhythm leading to heart attack, muscle spasms and death. Calcium
administration is the main treatment for HF toxicity.
1112°F - Octafluorocyclobutane (OFCB): Octaflurocyclobutane is a fluorine-containing gas that is used in the semiconductor
industry, sold as Zyron 8020 by DuPont. According to DuPont, inhaling high
levels of octafluorocyclobutane can cause heart beat irregularities, unconsciousness and death. People with pre-existing heart conditions may be extra vulnerable.
Only a few toxicity studies in animals are available for octafluorocyclobutane.
In one study, rats exposed to a one-time-only inhaled exposure of
octafluorocyclobutane lost weight and had abnormal breathing. Dogs that inhaled
high concentrations (10-25% air), and were dosed with the stimulant
epinephrine, had heart problems. According to DuPont, tests for genetic damage
in insects are "inconclusive."
1112°F - Perfluorobutane (PFB, Trade
Name CEA-410): As a global warming chemical, perfluorobutane
has a long half-life in the upper atmosphere and has
over 8,000 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Perfluorobutane is not as acutely toxic as other PTFE off-gases,
but has not been tested for long-term effects.
1202°F - Carbon tetrafluoride (CF4,
perfluoromethane): In addition to being a long-lived
fluorinated Teflon "off-gas," perfloromethane is used in the
semiconductor industry, is a refrigerant and propellant and a byproduct of
aluminum production. The U.S. government is encouraging these industries to
decrease emissions of perfluoromethane because it is a potent greenhouse gas, with a global warming potential almost
6000 times higher than carbon dioxide, and can last in the environment for
50,000 years. In the past, perfluoromethane has been used
in pesticides as an "inert" ingredient; a label that has nothing to
do with toxicity but only means the ingredient is not the main active
pesticide. Inhaling fluorinated hydrocarbons like carbon tetrafluoride can cause
eye, ear and nose irritation; heart palpitations; irregular heart rate;
headaches; confusion; lung irritation, tremors and occasionally coma.
Extends Customer Service Hours
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 18, 2016– Graybar, a leading
distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and
provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, today
announced that it is offering extended customer service hours nationwide
through a centralized National Customer Service Team in St. Louis.
National Customer Service Team can help customers place orders, check order
status, obtain proof of delivery, pricing and product availability before and
after the traditional business hours of Graybar’s more than 260 branches
can continue to call their local branch for service during regular business
hours. Support though the National Customer Service Team is available Monday
through Friday from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. CST and Saturday and Sunday from
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by calling 1-800-GRAYBAR (1-800-472-9227).
primary goal is to make it easier for our customers to do business and complete
their projects,” said Scott Clifford, Graybar’s Senior Vice President, Supply
Chain Management. “Extending the breadth and depth of our customer service
program nationwide demonstrates our ongoing commitment to working to our
Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one
of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the
distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking
products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics
services. Through its network of more than 260 North American distribution
facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers,
helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed,
intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.
Designs a Headlamp with all the Must-Haves for the Jobsite
26, 2016 (Lincolnshire, IL) – Klein Tools (http://www.kleintools.com),
for professionals since 1857, launched its new Illumination line, including a headlamp (Cat. No.
56220) designed specifically for electricians. It features an
anti-slip silicone strap that comes pre-adjusted to fit a hard hat. The
lamp has a 45-degree tilt, and can be used in spotlight mode (150 lumens, six
run hours) or floodlight mode (50 lumens, 10 run hours). It is also
impact and water resistant.
headlamps used on jobsites now are designed for activities like camping and
hunting,” said Laura Ranieri, senior product manager. “They often include extra
features like colored LED’s or strobe lights that electricians don’t use. We
designed ours to include essential features used daily by electricians and
uniquely secured it with a silicone strap which stays put and won’t stretch
Klein Tools’ new Illumination product line includes:
Headlamp (Cat. No.
- Anti-slip silicone
strap comes pre-adjusted to fit a hard hat
- Lamp has 45-degree
tilt for varied beam direction
- Spotlight mode:
150 lumens, six hours of run time (3xAAA batteries included)
- Floodlight mode:
50 lumens, 10 hours of run time
- Impact (6ft. drop
protection) and water resistant
Focus Flashlight (Cat. No. 56223)
focus: forward for spotlight and back for floodlight
- Aluminum body with
cushion grip handle and rubberized power button
- 215 lumens, six hours
of run time (3xAAA batteries included)
Penlight (Cat. No.
- Aluminum body with
cushion grip handle and rubberized power button
- Soft-on feature for
quick reference lighting; click to stay on for extended usage
- Pocket clip for
- 36 lumens, five hours
of run time (2xAAA batteries included))
Clip Light (Cat. No.
- Rubber overmold for
protection and grip
- Pocket clip is magnetized
for hands-free options
- High mode: 150
lumens, 6 hours of run time (3xAAA batteries included)
- Low mode: 50
lumens, 10 hours of run time
For more information visit our website at www.kleintools.com or contact your local
Since 1857 Klein Tools, a family-owned and
operated company, has been designing, developing and manufacturing
premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. The majority of Klein tools are
manufactured in plants throughout the United States and are the number one
choice among professional electricians and other tradespeople. For more
information, visit www.kleintools.com.
Contributes to NAED Education & Research Foundation
Support helps foundation
develop vital programs
LOUIS … The National Association of Electrical Distributors today
recognized the generous support of Legrand for their contribution to the NAED
Education & Research Foundation.
funds go toward providing industry-leading education and research programs for
the $70-billion electrical distribution channel.
support is the lifeblood of the NAED Foundation,” said Michelle McNamara, NAED
senior vice president and executive director of the NAED Education &
Research Foundation. “The contribution from Legrand will help us provide the
tools, training and knowledge vital for the success of our members. We are
honored and thankful for their support.”
more than 45 years, the NAED Foundation has provided members with the latest
industry information, valuable education tools and industry research
initiatives. Tax-deductible contributions are funding new courses such as
Selling Green 101 and EPEC Automation; both are currently in development.
For more information about contributing to the NAED Foundation, contact Erika
TenEyck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution
industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps
electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED's
membership operates in approximately 4,400 locations internationally.
named as new Viavi President and CEO
Test and measurement firm Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV) has named Oleg Khaykin
as president and chief executive officer (CEO). He also joins the company's
board of directors. The appointments, effective February 3, 2016, sees him
replace interim president and CEO Richard E. Belluzzo, who will again focus on
his duties as chairman of the board of directors.
Belluzzo stepped in as president and CEO after Thomas Waechter depart left the
company, shortly after it was formed when JDSU split into two entities (see "President and CEO Waechter departs Viavi" and "Viavi Solutions, Lumentum begin life as JDSU is
Khaykin comes to Viavi from Silver Lake Partners, where he was a senior
advisor. Prior to that position, he was president and CEO of International
Rectifier from 2008 until its acquisition by Infineon AG in January 2015.
Khaykin also has served as COO of Amkor Technology and vice president of strategy
and business development at Conexant Systems. Earlier in his career he spent
eight years with The Boston Consulting Group and, prior to that, was an
engineer at Motorola.
"Viavi has an impressive leadership position in network instrumentation
along with highly innovative software solutions to meet the evolving needs of
next generation communication networks. Viavi also has strong leadership and
technological excellence in anti-counterfeiting solutions for currency
authentication," said. Khaykin. "I am looking forward to the exciting
challenge and opportunity to build success at Viavi and creating value for our
customers, shareholders and employees as we execute our strategy."
For more information on test systems and suppliers, visit the Lightwave Buyer's
February 3, 2016
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Essex Launches PowerWise™ Fiber, Expanding Its Suite of Cables Designed to
Support PoE Applications
buildings are smarter than ever before, relying on numerous intelligent devices
to control our lighting, our climate, and our security. These intelligent
environments require cabling systems that are just as capable and versatile.
For these environments, Superior Essex is launching PowerWise™ Fiber, a
premises optical fiber cable coupled with copper conductors to support
Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) applications, including those with distances that
exceed the standard 100m provided by category cables. Power-over-Ethernet is a
method of distributing power and data to a device using communications cabling,
and plays a critical role in smart buildings where numerous devices, such as
Nest, intelligent LED lighting and security cameras, can be powered and
controlled using a single cabling system. With the launch of this cable,
Superior Essex now offers a complete Power-over-Ethernet cabling solution, with
its PowerWise CAT 5e+ 4-pair PoE cable powering and controlling devices at
distances of up to 100 meters, and its PowerWise Fiber cable supporting
additional power and data transmission over greater lengths throughout an
initial PowerWise Fiber cable design consists of two (2) – 2 mm bend-resistant
G.657.B3 single mode fiber simplex interconnect cables and two (2) – stranded
16 AWG copper conductors. The use of G.657.B3 fiber allows the cable to be
installed in environments where the pathway may require a number of 90° turns,
yet the attenuation loss will be the lowest of any other typical single mode
fiber type. The two simplex interconnect cables allow direct and secure
connection to LC or SC type mechanical connectors. The core is surrounded by strength yarns that
provide the cable with the tensile strength to meet the distribution cable
requirements of ANSI/ICEA S-83-596. The cable is UL Listed CL3R-OF, CMR-OF and
customers required a small, flexible and durable cable for applications that
exceeded the 100 meter reach limitation of Power-over-Ethernet and twisted-pair
category cables,” says Dr. Paul Neveux, Director of Global Product Management
for Premises Fiber products at Superior Essex. “We designed this composite
power and fiber cable especially for security camera applications where the
reach often exceeds 100 meters. In
addition, using G.657.B3 single mode fiber assures that the signal will not be
attenuated even with bend radii as small as 5 mm.”
For more information about this
product, visit the product
page. Contact your inside sales
representative for questions regarding pricing and availability.
Superior Essex International LP
Dr. Paul Neveux, Director of
Global Product Management, Premises Fiber
About Superior Essex
Essex is a leading manufacturer and supplier of communications cable and
accessory products serving the communications industry and related distribution
markets for over 80 years. Product lines include Premises and Outside Plant
(OSP) copper and fiber data cables, Wireless and Distributed Antenna Systems
(DAS) coaxial cables and accessories, Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) closures,
Fire Alarm and Security (FAS) cables. Superior
Essex is a trade name for Superior Essex International LP and other companies
of Superior Essex Inc. SuperiorEssex.com
Finalizes Rule to Adjust Monetary Based Size Standards For Inflation
– The U.S. Small Business
Administration (SBA) finalized an interim final rule that adjusted monetary
based small business size standards (i.e., receipts, assets, net worth
and income) for inflation. The final rule was published in the Federal
Register on January 25th and will be effective immediately.
June 12, 2014, SBA published an interim final rule increasing all industry
specific monetary based size standards (except for size standards for most
agricultural enterprises that are set by statute) by 8.73 percent to reflect
the inflation that occurred since the last adjustment for inflation in
2008. The changes became effective July 14, 2014. These changes
were in addition to the recent revisions as a result of the SBA’s comprehensive
size standards review mandated by the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs
final rule, as well as the June 12, 2014 interim final rule, can be
viewed/downloaded at www.regulations.gov,
identified by the
following RIN number: RIN 3245-AG60.
also adjusted its program specific monetary size standards with the exception
of the new alternative size standard based on tangible net worth and net income
that applies to SBA’s 7(a) and 504 loan programs. The new alternative
standard was established under the Jobs Act and will remain in effect until the
SBA establishes a permanent alternative size standard for these programs.
rule also clarified that the size standard exception for “Leasing of Building
Space to Federal Government by Owners” under footnote 9 in SBA’s table of size
standards applies to all industries in North American Industry Classification
System (NAICS) Industry Group 5311, Lessors of Real Estate.
rule also deleted references to Surety Bond Guarantee size standards for
contracts awarded in the Presidentially declared disaster areas following
Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005. It also deleted the
determination date for eligibility under the agency’s Economic Injury Disaster
Loan (EIDL) Program in connection with Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
estimates that more than 8,400 additional businesses will gain small business
status under the adjusted size standards and become eligible for SBA’s
financial and federal government procurement programs. These changes can
possibly lead to $150 million to $200 million in additional federal contracts
and 80 additional loans, totaling about $30 million, to small businesses.
size status of small businesses participating in federal procurement programs
as either a prime contractor or subcontractor may have changed for some
industries as a result of size standards changes published in the July 12, 2014
interim final rule. To reflect the status under the revised size
standards, small businesses should review the changes and re-certify their
entity’s small business status within their entity’s System for Award
Management (SAM) registration at www.sam.gov.
White Paper entitled, “Size Standards Methodology,” which explains how
SBA establishes, reviews, or modifies its receipts based and employee based
small business size standards, is available at http://www.sba.gov/size.
more information about SBA’s revisions to its small business size standards,
refer to “What’s New with Size Standards” on SBA’s Web site at
Announces 2016 Officers and New Board of Directors Members; Adds 15 New
Arlington, Va. (January
28, 2016) – The Telecommunications Industry Association
(TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of
high-tech communications networks, today announced its 2016 officers and ten
new and re-appointed members of the TIA Board of Directors.
The 2016 Board officers will
be Walker & Associates President Mark Walker as Chair; Heard
Consulting Principal David Heard as First Vice Chair; Dell Inc. Vice
President and General Manager of OEM Solutions Joyce Mullen as Second Vice
Chair; Adtran Chairman and CEO Tom Stanton as Chairman Emeritus; Power
and Telephone Supply Company CEO Jennifer Sims as Treasurer and Ericsson
Chief Technology Officer and Head of Strategy for North America Glenn Laxdal as
“Under the guidance of these
officers and the TIA Board of Directors, the association is well positioned to
serve as the voice of the communications industry,” said TIA CEO Scott
Belcher. “As communications markets and technologies continue to reshape
our world, TIA will serve to accelerate our members’ business growth through
policy, technology, and innovation. We are privileged to have the best in
business leading us in our mission.”
In addition, the following
new and re-elected members will join the TIA Board of Directors serving a
Associates President and CEO Betty
Cisco Vice President for The Americas of Global Government
Affairs Jeff Campbell;
Dell Inc. Vice President and General Manager of OEM Solutions
Joyce Mullen (re-elected);
Network Power Vice President of
Global Marketing Gary Neiderpruem;
Consulting Principal David Heard;
McCoy Senior Vice President of
Corporate Services Dan Pigott;
Communications CEO Charles Vogt;
KGP Logistics President Trevor Putrah (re-elected);
Panasonic Vice President of Wireless Strategy Victoria
Telephone Supply CEO Jennifer Sims
Telit CEO of Telit IoT Platforms Fred Yentz.
Gray Beards Consulting President Jake MacLeod and WirefreeCom, Inc.
President Anil Kripalani were elected to serve as senior advisors to the TIA
Board of Directors.
For a complete list of
members on the TIA Board of Directors and advisors, click here.
The TIA Board of Directors
also approved 15 new member companies since November, including the nation’s
largest provider of shared wireless infrastructure, Crown Castle
(NYSE:CCI). In addition, TIA continued to add diversity to its membership with
its newest members representing communications software and hardware
manufacturers; service line, mobile broadband, data center, and tower design
consultants; and the suppliers helping to build our nation’s broadband
infrastructure. TIA is pleased to welcome the following companies to the
For a complete list of TIA
members, click here.
Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global
high-tech communications networks through standards development, policy and
advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and
networking. TIA enhances 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.
Visit tiaonline.org for more details.
TIA is accredited by the
American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s
Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org
Follow TIA on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and TIA NOW for the latest updates.
Electric Lightwave Launches 9 New Products at BICSI Winter in Orlando
Raleigh, NC – 1/25/2016 – Sumitomo Electric Lightwave (SEL), a Sumitomo
Electric Industries Group company, will unveil 9 new products at the BICSI
Winter Conference in Orlando, FL. The event will take place at Rosen Shingle
Creek Convention Center from February 1-3. The nine products will vary from new
cassettes to ultra-high fiber count cable and connectivity solutions. The new
products are centered on simplifying network designs for end-users.
“Our research and development
will take center stage at BICSI Winter as we launch products, many of which we
consider to be game changers for the fiber optic industry,” noted Kevin
Mistele, Vice President of Marketing and Manufacturing for SEL. “Our new
products are the outcome of listening to our customers’ needs, and responding
to them. We hope you will stop by our booth at BICSI and see firsthand the
exciting new products we’re planning to exhibit.”
Products that were launched at BICSI Winter:
Fiber Count Cables including 1152f, 1728f with patented pliable ribbon
OFNR ribbon cable, 864f
OFNR ribbon cable, 864f
OFCR interlocking armored cable
Center Tap Module
gender and polarity change capable, MPO Cable Assembly
For more information about
Sumitomo Electric Lightwave’s products, services, or upcoming tradeshows visit www.sumitomoelectric.com or call
toll-free at 1-800-358-7378.
Sumitomo Electric Lightwave
will exhibit at booth 818. For more information about the exhibit or
educational courses by BICSI, visit www.bicsi.org.
About Sumitomo Electric
Sumitomo Electric Lightwave
(SEL) is a recognized leader in optical fiber technologies and solutions for
data center, enterprise, and communication networks. Drawing from research and
development from its parent company, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Sumitomo
Electric Lightwave offers a variety of advanced products in ribbon technology,
air-blown fiber, fusion splicing, PON technologies, and connectivity solutions
including splice-on connectors. For more information on Sumitomo Electric
Lightwave or its products, visit www.sumitomoelectric.com
or call toll-free at 1-800-358-7378.
Connections To Rise Tenfold In 2016, Says Deloitte
January 13, 2016 | By Sean Buckley
by telco and cable providers like AT&T (NYSE: T) and
CMCSA), the number of gigabit Internet connections is projected to rise
tenfold to 10 million by the end of year, with residential connections
accounting for about 70 percent of the total, says Deloitte Global.
research firm said that rising demand will be fueled by increasing availability
and a decline in broadband service prices.
2015, Deloitte noted that the number of Gbps tariffs almost doubled in just
three quarters, from just over 80 to more than 150. The 10 million subscribers
are likely to be a portion of 250 million customers expected to be on networks
capable of gigabit speeds by the end of the year.
for gigabit services has continued to drop over the past three years. As of the
end of 2012, the average entry level price was over $400. This is in contrast
to the end of the third quarter of 2015, where the average had fallen to under
$200, and the lowest package from Singtel was priced at under $50.
Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG)
had set a price threshold for 1 Gbps services by offering its plans for $70 a
month, a move followed closely by AT&T, Grande Communications and LUS
Fiber. However, AT&T's $70 offering requires customers to have their
Internet browsing tracked. Grande offers 1 Gbps for $65 a month, while LUS, a
municipal provider, offers 1 Gbps for $62.95 when purchased as part of a bundle
with TV and a two-year contract.
not surprisingly, the advent of music and video streaming is pushing the need
for higher bandwidth. According to the report, video streaming services have
progressed from offering 0.5 Mbps streams, inferior to standard definition (SD)
TV, to bandwidth capable of supporting ultra-high 4K resolution, using 25-50
Mbps, or up to 100 times more capacity.
predicts that there will be 600 million subscribers on networks offering a
gigabit tariff by 2020, or over half of the world's connected homes.
efforts by service providers to roll out 1 Gbps services, the near-term reality
is that the majority of Internet users won't purchase a 1 Gbps service.
Gbps subscriptions should surge this year (albeit from close to nothing to
niche) the sharpest inflection point for the service may be in terms of
perception," said Deloitte in the report. "For homes, the perceived
reasoning for Gbps service will likely evolve from meeting the needs of a single
application running on a single device to meeting the aggregate demand from
multiple devices. Although a Gbps connection for a single device may be
overkill, consumers are likely to continue accumulating connected devices in
the long term."
- see the release
Special report: Gigabit Wars: The best
prices for 1 Gbps service from ILECs, MSOs and municipal providers
Fiber’s L.A., Chicago Plan shows it’s serious about network expansion, Wells
January 14, 2016 | By Sean Buckley
GOOG) ongoing buildout of its 1 Gbps-capable FTTH service in six metro
areas and exploration into entering Los Angeles and Chicago is a sign that the
service provider is looking to make a larger impact in the broadband market,
says Wells Fargo in a research report.
the service provider announced that it at it sees Chicago and Los Angeles
as two potential service rollout targets.
significant about these markets is their sheer size. The two cities combined
are the home to 6 million people, making them the two largest metros Google
Fiber has talked to about building out service.
positive sign for Google Fiber is that it also named Gabriel Stricker as Head
of Policy and Communications, who returned to the company following a stint at
Twitter. In his new role, Stricker will oversee Google Fiber's communications
and public affairs.
believe this announcement, along with the appointment of Google executive
Gabriel Stricker as Head of Policy and Communications for Google Fiber, are
indications that Google is getting more serious about its fiber
expansion," said Jennifer Fritzsche, senior analyst, a research report.
Chicago and Los Angeles, Google Fiber said in September it was talking to
Louisville, Ky., and San Diego. Later in October, it cited Oklahoma City,
Jacksonville, and Tampa as three other potential targets.
it began construction in eight other markets -- including Austin, Texas, Provo,
Utah, Kansas City, Kan., Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Raleigh/Durham and Charlotte,
N.C., and Nashville. It also has other expansions planned for Phoenix, San
Antonio, Portland, Ore., and San Jose.
additional potential beneficiary of Google Fiber's planned fiber build could be
network construction company Dycom, who is rumored to be one of its customers.
Google Fiber eyes
Chicago, Los Angeles as potential 1 Gig destinations
Off 2500 Employees While Adding 500,000 Customers
foundering carrier posted a solid quarter, reporting 501,000 postpaid net
additions, up from just 30,000 year-over-year, and an adjusted EBITDA of $1.9
billion, far outpacing Wall Street estimates. It posted net operating revenue
of $8.1 billion, however, falling just shy of analysts' expectations of $8.2
reported a net loss of $836 million, down from $2.38 billion a year earlier.
raised its guidance for EBITDA in fiscal year 2015 from its previous
expectation of $6.8 billion to $7.1 billion to a range of $7.7 billion to $8
billion. It set preliminary guidance for fiscal year 2016 adjusted EBITDA to an
approximate range of $9.5 billion to $10 billion.
saw the highest number of postpaid ports in its history, indicating the
aggressive 50 percent-off campaign it launched in mid-November was effective
during the critical holiday season. Sprint's churn was 1.62 percent, down 68
basis points from the year-ago period and marking its best year-over-year
improvement in 12 years.
shares, which had slid dramatically during the past two weeks, were up more
than 13 percent in pre-market trading on the news.
initially planned to release quarterly earnings next week, but bumped up the
announcement to help ease investors' concerns. The operator confirmed earlier
this week that it was slashing 2,500 jobs in a third round of layoffs as part
of a broader cost-cutting effort. Click here for that
also looking to trim its network expenses, and a recent Re/code report indicated
the carrier would move aggressively to relocate its equipment from land leased
from tower companies to government-owned locations. That report also said
Sprint would transition to using microwave for backhaul rather than paying
other operators to use their fiber-optic cables to link Sprint's wireless
network to telecom infrastructures.
Marcelo Claure said "the information wasn't correct" in that report,
although he declined to discuss any inaccuracies directly. Sprint's recent
share slide stemmed partially from skepticism over the carrier's ability to
dramatically transition to new network technologies without experiencing any
caused a lot of damage and a lot of confusion," Claure said of the report
during a post-earnings conference call. "What we're doing is we're
densifying our network" by deploying small cells to complement its
macrosites. Claure also denied the transition would cause any service
disruptions, saying "This is not a rip-and-replace strategy."
some key metrics from Sprint's quarterly report:
Subscribers: Sprint enjoyed
366,000 postpaid phone net additions during the quarter, a dramatic turnaround
from the 205,000 net losses it reported in the prior year quarter. The figure
was the highest net additions in three years for Sprint and marks a second
consecutive quarter of positive postpaid phone gains.
Financials: Aggressive cost-cutting
is already paying big dividends for Sprint, as the carrier said it has realized
$800 million in savings to date, $500 million of which occurred during the
latest quarter. It completed its first sale-leaseback transaction with Mobile
Leasing Solutions, which provided $1.1 billion in cash in December. "The
pace of cost reduction reveals a genuine sense of urgency at Sprint, something
that had been sorely lacking with previous management teams,"
MoffettNathanson wrote in a research note.
Handsets: Sprint's choice to
target lucrative postpaid smartphone users took a toll on its prepaid business,
however. The company reported prepaid net losses of 491,000 during the quarter,
down from 410,000 net additions during the same period in 2014. "You've got
to figure out where do you want to fight and where do you want to grow,"
Claure said. "We are keeping the customers that matter, but we're not
going to fight for unprofitable customers." Sprint executives also said
the company is de-emphasizing Virgin Mobile in favor of the Boost prepaid
brand, but they didn't disclose detailed plans.
LTE: The company
continued to tout its LTE Plus network, noting its recent deployment of
two-channel carrier aggregation in the 2.5 GHz band. It stated again that LTE
Plus has been expanded to more than 150 markets and is delivering speeds in
excess of 100 Mbps on supporting devices. Additionally, it noted that 76
percent of postpaid phone sales during the quarter supported LTE Plus.
Churn: Sprint credited
improvements to its network for helping to deliver the 1.62 percent churn,
"the lowest ever for a third quarter."
Summary: Analysts agree that
Sprint reported a solid quarter and has begun to reverse a severe slide. But
the carrier still has an enormous amount of debt that must be refinanced, and
its future is still uncertain in a market where two players dominate and a
third -- T-Mobile -- continues to build momentum. "After all the puts and
takes of accounting distortions, Sprint's results are clearly not as good as
they first appear," wrote MoffettNathanson. "But they are still
undeniably improving, and none of this diminishes Sprint's apparently genuine
progress in reducing costs.
- see this WSJ article
- see this Re/code
- see this Sprint press
Sprint slashes 2,500
jobs as cost-cutting measures continue
The firings will
continue until morale improves ?
January 28, 2016 | By Sean Buckley
(NYSE: S) recently said during its fourth quarter earnings call that it would be
using a mix of 2.5 GHz spectrum and dark fiber for small backhaul -- a move
that could potentially benefit various competitive wireline carriers who have
aggressively built out fiber networks in anticipation of the emerging small
cell backhaul trend.
the majority of the dark fiber backhaul activity has come from Verizon, which
uses it in small cell markets.
opportunity will attract a host of different players: tower providers (American
Tower and Crown Castle), traditional competitors (Level 3, Southern Light,
Tower Cloud, and UPN) and dark fiber-centric players (Wilcon, SummitIG and
Cross River Fiber). What's attractive about dark fiber for these providers is
these agreements are multiple years long, providing a long-term revenue stream.
being a more expensive solution and not revealing any partners yet, Sprint sees
dark fiber as a way to control bandwidth allocations. Unlike a lit service
where an operator has to request their wireline provider partner to provision
bandwidth, dark fiber allows Sprint to make upgrades themselves.
working with competitive providers, Sprint could also reduce backhaul costs it
typically pays to the ILECs for special access circuits. The carrier recently
said that it pays up above $1 billion a year for such circuits.
small cell plans are sizable with plans to add up to 70,000 small cells to its network. Since the small cells will
be placed in various parts of the U.S., various competitive providers could
compete for Sprint's dark fiber business.
providing fiber is one part of the small cell backhaul equation. A number of
service providers are offering, or are in the process of developing, turnkey
small cell services. These turnkey services, which have become Small Cells as a
Service (SCaaS), include site acquisition, permitting, installation and even
network management. However, none of their approaches are the same. Continue ...
Securing the Future of the IoT - February 2 | 10am ET / 7am PT
Progress on Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA) and Its Relationship to
LTE-U and MulteFire - Wednesday, February 17 | 2pm ET / 11am PT
CISCO to buy
Jasper for $1.4 Billion to pursue IoT
February 3, 2016
Cisco said it will
spend $1.4 billion to acquire Jasper Technologies as it steps up its pursuit of
the IoT market.
Jasper powers a number of IoT applications like Amazon's Kindle book downloads,
and the company works with a wide variety of mobile operators including
isn't the most high-profile brand in tech, the company made several big moves
last year as the IoT market began to get legs. Among other announcements, it
announced a deal to integrate its Control Center with IBM's IoT foundation
platform to provide end-to-end services for IoT devices in the enterprise; it
began working with Microsoft to integrate Azure IoT Suite with its own
platform; and at last year's Mobile World Congress it unveiled separate
IoT-related partnerships with SAP and Salesforce.
claims to manage and power a variety of connected devices and services for more
than 3,500 enterprises in 100 countries worldwide, and it has partnerships with
27 service provider groups. In 2014 Jasper announced it would power AT&T's
connected car operations.
purchase of Jasper will help the vendor expand beyond its traditional network
business and further into the IoT, which will increasingly leverage multiple
new devices and technologies.
views Jasper as a unique IoT service platform that is disrupting a massive
market with strong strategic alignment with Cisco," wrote Rob Salvagno,
Cisco's vice president of corporate business development, in a blog post.
"Jasper's ability to build strong relationships with both enterprises and
service providers makes them distinctive in the IoT industry."
the acquisition, Cisco will play a major role in managing the network for both
gateway-centric and cellular IoT solutions," agreed Steve Hilton of
MachNation, an IoT market research firm. "Enterprises will no longer have
to use multiple vendors to manage the IoT, LAN and WAN environments. The
combination of Cisco and Jasper technologies will make it easier for businesses
to connect. IoT connectivity management and IoT network management will
hopefully become more simple."
more consolidation is on the horizon as enterprises increasingly have needs
that cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are ill-equipped for. "As expected, IoT
supplier consolidation," tweeted Lee
Doyle of Doyle Research in response to Cisco's acquisition of Jasper. .
The move not
only marks a major expansion of Cisco's IoT business, it accelerates the
company's transition to a business model based on recurring revenues based on
software as a service, Salvagno said. Like Cisco, Jasper doesn't typically
serve end users directly but rather partners with carriers to sell and deploy
serve multiple vertical markets including automotive, home automation and
security, transportation and logistics, and industrial equipment. And while the debate continues
over just how much of a role cellular technologies and networks will play in
the IoT, Salvagno said mobility is playing a crucial role as IoT deployments
roll out around the world.
we're seeing more and more is that mobility is a key part of that solution,
whether it's (for) backup or because the (device) is moving," Salvagno
said in a conference call following the announcement. "And the service
providers have made great progress on that, really powered by Jasper. I think
(Jasper) has been the key to success for the service providers."
and Super Rod donate £1 million of products to more than 10,000 apprentices in
~Klein Tools continues
supporting tradesmen with quality tools and hands-on training in the U.S. and
February 4, 2016
(Lincolnshire, IL) –Klein® Tools (http://www.kleintools.com),
for professionals since 1857, and Super Rod (http://www.super-rod.co.uk/), a leader in wire installation tools, today
delivered the first shipment of more than £1 million worth of products and
resources to JTL, a top not-for-profit electrical training program in the
United Kingdom. As part of a five-year program, the donation will supply Klein
Tools’ products to more than 10,000 apprentices studying at JTL’s flagship
National Center of Excellence in Birmingham. Today more than 1,500 tool kits
were donated at 76 City Electrical Factors locations across England and Wales.
“This donation between Klein
Tools and Super Rod ensures convenient access to equipment and education for
those interested in becoming electricians,” said Malcolm Duncan, managing
director of Super Rod. “We want to continue attracting people to this great
career and are committed to putting those individuals on a pathway to success.”
JTL supports more than 5,000
young people in apprenticeship disciplines including, electrical, plumbing,
heating and ventilation and engineering maintenance fields. The organization
works with about 3,000 businesses in the United Kingdom to help place
apprentices in corresponding positions.
“These tools and
instructional materials give our students a great foundation at the start of
their careers,” said Jon Graham, chief executive of JTL. “We teach the
importance of working with safe, quality-proven tools, and this donation puts
apprentices on track toward long and successful careers as electricians.”
Klein Tools has made a
similar donation to the NJATC, the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training
Committee in the United States. More than a million dollars of tools and
instructional materials have been delivered during the five-year program. The
success of the U.S. donation made it possible to expand the program to other
markets, including the United Kingdom.
grandfather started Klein Tools because people came to him to fix poorly
manufactured tools that kept breaking. From then on, Klein began making the
highest quality tools to ensure electricians could get the job done safely and
correctly,” said Mark Klein, president of Klein Tools. “It’s important for us
to provide apprentices with the right products and education, so they can
continue making advancements in this trade. Expanding this program into the
United Kingdom allows Klein the opportunity to help train the next generation
of electricians overseas.”
Klein Tools has also launched
a similar donation program with Australia Training institutions AIG and Master
# # #
1857 Klein Tools, a family-owned and operated company, has been designing,
developing and manufacturing premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools.
The majority of Klein tools are manufactured in plants throughout the United
States and are the number one choice among professional electricians and
other tradespeople. For more information, visit www.kleintools.com.
innovate, deliver – Super Rod puts customers at the heart of everything they
do. This approach has enabled them to develop the world’s leading cable
installation system, delivering millions of hours of labour savings for its
customers. Focused on the needs of the professional electrician, Super Rod
continuously seeks industry innovations to provide the best hand tool solutions
for their customers. For more information, visit www.super-rod.co.uk.
CABA Event for Technology in San Diego, CA
Upcoming CABA Intelligent
Buildings & Digital Homes Forum Conference -- KEYNOTE: Cybersecurity &
At the upcoming CABA
Intelligent Buildings & Digital Homes Forum Conference in San Diego
April 26th - 28th. “The Internet of Things is
only as good as the Internet of Reality: the Network Infrastructure.”- JAMES
In the age of global
cyberattacks, corporate and government enterprises which have some type of
cloud-based network solutions should be looking at a strategic design focus
that guarantees a very secure intelligent infrastructure unsusceptible to
cyberattacks or natural disasters.
Hardening an organization’s
data center as well as its networks (and clouds) is a critical step to insuring
its business continuity. In today’s corporate business environment, many
organizations cannot survive if their core applications are out-of-service for
a couple of days.
recovery” as it is a dated term and dated concept.
Business continuity, where
enterprise and building operations continue through the duration of the
disaster, is a more robust design approach to systems, building/facilities, and
Get pragmatic insights and
visionary concepts from the DaVinci of the Intelligent Building Movement – James
Carlini at the upcoming CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital
Homes Forum Conference in San Diego April 26th - 28th.
Register here - https://www.caba.org/CABA/AnnualConference/Registration.aspx
ALSO: Carlini will be addressing a special,
regional IBEW Conference in Detroit, MI (Warren, MI) on February 24th
on Intelligent Infrastructure and regional Economic Development.
James Carlini, President
CARLINI & ASSOCIATES
Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum
San Diego in San Diego, CA
April 26 - 28,
GE To Move
Headquarters To Boston
January 13, 2016
Following a three
year search, GE has announced that it has selected Boston for its corporate
“GE aspires to be the most competitive company
in the world,” said GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt. “Today,
GE is a $130 billion high-tech global industrial company, one that is leading
the digital transformation of industry. We want to be at the center of an
ecosystem that shares our aspirations. Greater Boston is home to 55 colleges
and universities. Massachusetts spends more on research & development than
any other region in the world, and Boston attracts a diverse,
technologically-fluent workforce focused on solving challenges for the world.
We are excited to bring our headquarters to this dynamic and creative city.”
GE has been considering the composition and
location of its headquarters for more than three years. The Company began its
formal review in June 2015, with a list of 40 potential locations. Boston was
selected after a careful evaluation of the business ecosystem, talent,
long-term costs, quality of life for employees, connections with the world and
proximity to other important company assets.
There is no material financial impact to GE
related to the cost of the move. Working with GE, Massachusetts and the City of
Boston structured a package of incentives that provides benefits to the State
and City, while also helping offset the costs of the relocation to GE. GE will
sell its offices in Fairfield and at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City to
further offset the cost of the move.
The content of GE’s headquarters will also
change, with more emphasis on innovation. In Boston, GE will have roughly 800
people; 200 from corporate staff and 600 digital industrial product managers,
designers and developers split between GE Digital, Current, robotics and Life
Sciences. A GE Digital Foundry will be created for co-creation, incubation and
product development with customers, startups and partners. The remainder of
administration will be placed in shared service operations throughout the
GE has a significant existing presence in
Massachusetts, with nearly 5,000 employees across the state in businesses
including Aviation, Oil & Gas and Energy Management. In 2014, GE moved its
Life Sciences headquarters to Marlborough, and in 2015 GE announced its energy
services start-up, Current, would also be headquartered in Boston.
headquarters will be located in the Seaport District of Boston. Employees will
move to a temporary location in Boston starting in the summer of 2016, with a
full move completed in several steps by 2018. GE will host a public briefing in
Boston with government officials, and business and community leaders, on
February 18, 2016.
Three Patents for New Technologies
Spartanburg, SC – January 25, 2016 – AFL, a leading global fiber optics
manufacturer and service provider, has been awarded three patents for new
technologies used in the enhancement of AFL’s Optical Connectivity and Apparatus (OCA) products.
Ted Lichoulas, engineering manager, Roger Vaughn, product technology manager,
and Wink Courchaine, senior engineer received a patent for an Optical Fiber
Event Sensor that allows continuous monitoring of network assets such as fiber
distribution cabinets. The sensor creates an event by inducing a set
amount of attenuation when compressed or released depending on the application,
as in opening and closing a door. A single fiber is looped through all of the
sensors in series so that multiple assets can be monitored. An optical
monitoring device (OTDR) connected to the fiber then scans for these
attenuation events and alerts an operator when and where they occur.
Rich Cubala, OSP product specialist and Craig Henderson, regional sales
manager, secured a patent for a splice tray rail system. Responding to market
demand for better organization of splice trays, the team implemented a rail system
that allows for easier access. The trays are attached to a rail connector plate
that allows the splice trays to be moved easily from the stack and over the
rails to access an individual tray without disturbing other trays and splices.
Kheng Seng, director of supply chain for OCA, received a patent for a secured
fiber optic connecting system and method using offset fiber position in a
single-fiber connector. The combination of the fiber’s offset distance from the
ferrule’s longitudinal center axis and its angular offset relative to a key on
the connector housing provides a unique position achieving secured mating for a
pair of connectors.
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility,
broadband, communications, enterprise and OEM markets as well as the emerging
markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, renewables and
transportation. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic
cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment,
connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service
portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications
companies supporting OEM, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.
Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional
products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical
and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada,
Europe, Asia and Australia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC and
is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information,
Ilsintech scores big with BICSI attendees = ALL-IN-ONE Fusion Spicer
Fusion Spicer REALLY
DELIVERS. The demos at BICSI were very impressive and VERY FAST- All 5 functions:
stripping, cleaving, cleaning, splicing, sleeving, are in a single unit.
- Thermal stripper in ALLINONE
system : It prevents cracks on the fiber usually caused by using manual strippers.
(Cracks on the fiber : the main reason of A/S and maintenance cost)- Applied
model : Swift S5, R5, F1
Ilsintech -- Since 1982,
founded as a high precision tools manufacturer with management motto,
“Challenge and Innovation”, ILSINTECH leads and pioneers the processing
equipments for optical fiber, other tools and accessories. Launching the first
optical fiber termination products in 1999, in order to meet the customer's
needs for highly efficient and reliable quality products, ILSINTECH has been
developing and introducing various products for processing optical fibers such
as strippers, cleavers, multi pack, core alignment splicers, clad alignment
splicers integrated with thermal auto stripper and cleaver, Fusion Splice-On
Connector(FSOC) and many other related accessories.
Keyman S1, the core alignment optical fiber
fusion splicer, was launched successfully in 2007 and its sales skyrocketed in
the world market with the highest competitiveness in its reliability,
efficiency and price. ILSINTECH is a leading supplier of 8 degree angled cut
cleaver for optical fibers in the world. This 8 degree angled cut cleaver has
been popularized, all over the world with its excellent performance. In 2010,
Swift F1, a state-of-the-art FTTH mini Fusion Splicer (thermal auto stripper,
single action cleaver, air-pump cleaner, clad alignment splicer and sleeve oven
are integrated into one small unit), together with simple/easy-to-assemble
low-cost Fusion Splice-On Connectors(FSOC), had been launched. Swift F1 splicer
and its Splice-On Connector(SOC) benefit users the most EFFICIENT and ECONOMIC
SOLUTION in spreading high-speed FTTH networks.
ILSINTECH is very proud of being qualified as
the first class manufacturer of precision technology products, ISO 14001, OHSAS
18001 certified, holder of many domestic and international patents. Also
ILSINTECH products have passed strict quality standards of major international
certification. ILSINTECH, highly appreciated for the fastest customer service
by worldwide customers, will keep putting every possible effort to serve its
valued customers with leading-edge technology products as a total solution
provider in optical fiber industry in the world.
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demos at BICSI -- ALL-IN-ONE Power/Fiber armored cable for security cameras
plus a host of other applications
a brand of Certicable Incorporated (Farmingdale, NY), stunned the BICSI
attendees with their launch of its newly patented Micro Armor Fiber (MAF) power
cable. This plenum rated “power in the jacket” fiber optic cable is designed to
provide an all-in-one cable solution for security camera connectivity.
Based on its Micro Armor Fiber (MAF) technology, the company says the outer
diameter of the new cable is minimized, enabling the most efficient use of
space and materials. The cable consists of aramid strands and 12 to 48
multicolored 250 μm fibers packaged in a high performance PVC jacket.
"[Our] Micro Armor Fiber core cable offers unparalleled bandwidth
potential from single to 144 strands for both single and multimode usage,” says
Roman Krawczyk, chief technical officer for TiniFiber's product line.
TiniFiber adds that its MAF technology minimizes the outer diameter of the
cable through a stainless steel tubular coiling process that adds maximum
tensile strength and bend radius, while yielding an outer diameter that is
similar to a conventional fiber-optic cable housing.
Krawczyk continues, “Cost value proposition is something taken very seriously
at TiniFiber. TiniFiber will add value to every project as the defacto 'best in
class' Micro Armor Fiber solution. There is not a security solution that cannot
benefit from the installation of Tinifiber into their project. The security
industry can spec in the TiniFiber and have confidence that the system will not
fail or be disrupted due to the cable installation."
Micro Armor Fiber® by TiniFiber™ was launched in 2015
as a patent-pending solution that promises to be “The Only Fiber Optic Cable
You Will Ever Need.” The solution is designed for ALL project usages, including
data IT, premises, aerial, indoor/outdoor, tight spaces, burial, DAS, Security,
Pro A/V and much more.
UPDATE: TiniFiber® by CertiCable was
awarded the U.S. Patent for the Armored Flexible Fiber Optic Cable 11/10/2015
Farmingdale, NY – CertiCable Inc., the parent company to TiniFiber® has
announced today that the U.S. Patent office has awarded U.S. Patent No.
9,182,562 B2 for the stainless steel Micro Armor Fiber™ developed to protect
the fragile fiber glass within the cable jacket.
Fiber™ is a new product category that incorporates a tightly wrapped stainless
steel coil designed to provide the lightest, strongest and most flexible
for Riser, Plenum, Indoor/Outdoor, LSZH, Direct Burial, Industrial and Harsh
Designed to lower
the installation cost of support systems, pathways and manpower labor hours
Armor Fiber™ is approximately 65% smaller and 75% lighter than typical Aluminum
Interlock Armor (AIA) fiber
Smallest OD and
very high flexibility allows for easy installation into tight pathways, risers
Available in OS2,
OM1, OM3 and OM4 from 1 to 144 Strands (250u/900u/Ribbon)
pre-termination is available with MTP/MPO, LC, SC, ST, MU, etc…
Fiber™ patch cords are half the size and approximately 100 times the strength
of conventional jumpers
Corning ClearCurve® and InfiniCore® as a standard
Warranty against rodent attack and manufacturing defect
Learn more about Certicable's TiniFiber Micro Armor Fiber at www.tinifiber.com.
Together – BOMA and You
know the value that BOMA generates for the commercial real estate industry, but
do you know the powerful impact that BOMA has, as an association, on the
economy, the workforce and society at large? For our first vlog of the new year, I would like to take
a step back and explore BOMA’s place in the broader universe of associations
About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
International is a federation of 91 BOMA U.S. associations and 18
international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and
managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10.4 billion square
feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.8 million jobs and
contributes $227.6 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance
a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and
BOMA International is a primary source of information on
building management and operations, development, leasing, building operating
costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes,
legislation, occupancy statistics, technological developments and other
more about BOMA International's 100-year history.
are BOMA's Members
BOMA International's members are building owners,
managers, developers, leasing professionals, corporate facility managers, asset
managers, and the providers of the products and services needed to operate
Does BOMA International Do?
- Monitors and lobbies pertinent legislative,
regulatory and codes/standards issues. Learn more
about BOMA’s advocacy work.
- Publishes The
BOMA Magazine, the official publication of BOMA
- Produces a
variety of leading industry publications, including:
- A comprehensive suite of building
measurement standards, including Office Buildings: Standard Methods
of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA – Z65.1 2010
- The Experience
Exchange Report® (EER®) - the industry
benchmark for nearly 100 years, which contains income and expense
data for office buildings across North America
- The industry’s first green lease guide
- Hosts the BOMA
International Annual Conference & Expo every June; conducts
seminars on topics including office marketing and leasing, asset
management, technology, and security and emergency preparedness
planning. BOMA International sponsors a Winter
Business Meeting and hosts the National
Issues Conference. The Outstanding
Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards are the industry's most
prestigious and coveted awards in commercial real estate. The TOBY
honors buildings based on community impact, tenant/employee relations
programs, energy management systems, accessibility for disabled people,
emergency evacuation procedures, building personnel training programs and
overall quality indicators.
- Designates excellence in building management and
operations through the BOMA 360
Performance Program, groundbreaking program designed to validate and
recognize commercial properties that demonstrate best practices in all
major areas of building operations and management.
BOMA International and BOMI International Expand
Areas of Collaboration
February 11, 2016
(Washington, D.C. – February 11, 2016) The Building
Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International and BOMI International,
the Independent Institute for Property and Facility Management Education,
announced their collaboration on several new initiatives including an asset
management certificate program to be offered at the BOMA
International Conference & Expo, exploring
international distribution of education offerings including courses leading to
the commercial property management professional RPA® designation,
enhancing joint outreach to commercial real estate company training directors,
and facilitating joint events between the respective boards of directors of
“We have found growing synergy between our education offerings
and see opportunities to collaborate with BOMI International in ways that
provide impactful education and training for today’s and tomorrow’s
workforces,” said Kent Gibson, BOMA International Chair.
”BOMA International represents a significant segment of the
markets we serve and we recognize the opportunities that joint collaboration
between our organizations can provide to the industry and professionals we both
serve, “said Dave Fagone, BOMI International Chair. “Training, development and
education of the incoming and next generation of property and facility
management professionals is critical to the success of our industry.”
The first collaboration, an asset management certificate
program, “The Business of Buildings: The Property Manager’s Guide to Asset
Management” will be offered at BOMA’s June conference. This six-hour
course focuses on the fundamentals of asset management to help property
managers better understand the asset management function. Following the
conference, BOMA and BOMI will modify the program for future use by BOMA local
associations, conferences and potentially online instruction. In response
to requests from BOMA’s affiliated organizations outside of North America, BOMA
and BOMI International are pursuing an agreement to jointly offer their
training abroad. From timely, topical education provided by BOMA to
foundational education provided by BOMI International, they will seek to match
their offerings to international market needs.
Together they continue to seek ways to anticipate and target the
future training needs for the commercial real estate industry and to develop
offerings to match a rapidly evolving marketplace. BOMA and BOMI International
are committed to at least annually meeting with training directors to determine
professional development needs, as well as convening their leadership groups
together to brainstorm and partner where beneficial. Based on that outreach,
they will identify areas where collaboration creates the most value in addition
to their individual offerings.
About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a
federation of 91 BOMA U.S. associations and 18 international affiliates.
Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial
property types including nearly 10.4 billion square feet of U.S. office space
that supports 1.8 million jobs and contributes $227.6 billion to the
U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry
through advocacy, influence and knowledge. Learn more at www.boma.org.
About BOMI International
BOMI International, a nonprofit educational organization founded in 1970,
provides critical education and expertise to personnel with property, facility,
and building systems management responsibilities. More than 27,000 industry
professionals hold one or more BOMI International designations, and over 90,000
property and facility management professionals have turned to BOMI
International’s courses, certificate programs, and industry-standard
designations to meet their continuing education, professional development, and
staff training needs. Learn more at www.bomi.org.
Announces “Get Real Value from the Right Labels” Guidebook
more about the benefits and options for wire, cable and component marking
Wis. (January 19, 2016) — Brady (NYSE:BRC), a global
leader in industrial and safety printing systems and solutions, today announced
Real Value from the Right Labels Guidebook. This guide explains the value
of an effective wire, cable and component marking system, label considerations
and examples, and more.
it comes to installing, managing and updating hundreds to thousands of wires on
a daily basis, the right labels can make a big difference,” says Chris
Gauthier, regional product manager, Wire ID for Brady. “Not only do durable and
professional-looking labels help to create an aesthetically flawless
installation that you can be proud of, but they lead to increased efficiency,
profitability and customer satisfaction. That’s because they provide the
consistency you need to find just what you’re looking for and quickly complete
the task at hand.”
Get Real Value from the Right Labels Guidebook explains the variety of benefits
of labeling, label durability and feature considerations, and the elements of a
complete labeling system. It also provides visual examples of labels for wires,
cables, components and facility identification.
more and find out what it takes to establish an effective labeling system by
downloading the Get
Real Value from the Right Labels Guidebook.
Brady’s complete product offering, visit BradyID.com.
Brady Corporation is an
international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and
protect people, products and places. Brady’s products help customers increase
safety, security, productivity and performance and include high-performance
labels, signs, safety devices, printing systems and software. Founded in 1914,
the Company has a diverse customer base in electronics, telecommunications,
manufacturing, electrical, construction, medical, aerospace and a variety of
other industries. Brady is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and
as of August 1, 2015, employed approximately 6,400 people in its worldwide
businesses. Brady’s fiscal 2015 sales were approximately $1.17 billion.
Brady stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol
BRC. More information is available on the Internet at www.bradycorp.com.
ARTICLE by James Carlini – the first of many to enrich the readers experience
with ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine
for Resiliency in 21st-Century Power and Network Infrastructures, Part 1
Published: January 2016
By James Carlini
Welcome to the initial
column of Intelligent Infrastructure Insights. We are going through a huge
paradigm shift in real estate today. There is a convergence of next-generation
real estate, intelligent infrastructure (power and network connectivity), technology
(smartphones, Wi-Fi & DAS networks) and their combined impact on regional
economic development. This clearly spells new opportunities for the
market-savvy electrical contractor.
In addition, electrical
contractors are seeing more markets open up for low-voltage projects as well as
the traditional high-voltage projects. This column will help electrical
contractors understand the changes in the market, the new opportunities, and
the new ways of capturing new business for their companies and their employees.
introduction, let’s start uncovering the current trends and transactions:
Tomorrow is not the time to start building
for tomorrow. Future regional viability tomorrow depends on building and
maintaining a solid, resilient infrastructure today.
true for both power and network infrastructure. Both are going to have to
support a larger and more broadband-voracious set of edge technology accessing
mission critical applications in the coming years.
an essential term many organizations are becoming aware of as they implement
more mission-critical applications. Electrical contractors need to
understand this if they want to chase new opportunities within the industry
The game has changed; Cheap solutions do not work
Today, one out
of three applications are considered mission critical. That number is growing
to one out of two applications. Robust networks and redundant power sources
need to support these enterprise-wide applications.
focuses on business-continuity concepts where networks and systems remain in
service compared to a disaster recovery strategy, where the approach is an
orderly shutdown of systems and/or services for a period of time, followed by
an orderly and speedy recovery from failures and disruptions. It is an
important concept to understand because there has been a shift from employing
disaster recovery concepts to establishing business continuity concepts in many
The six R’s of mission-critical systems
The six R’s of
mission-critical systems should be adhered to in all important intelligent
infrastructure (network and power grids): Reliability,
Redundancy, Robustness, Resiliency, Resistance-to-Attacks, and Rigorous Regular
As more organizations
rely on sophisticated applications to sustain their business, they need to
ensure they are building network infrastructure that can remain operational
when unforeseen disasters occur. This infrastructure will enable them access
these applications during the aftermath of such disasters.
recovery meant invoking an orderly shutdown of systems when a disaster strikes
and when it is clear, the systems are turned back up and business resumes. The
organization incurs a downtime, and it could be a couple of hours, several
days, or even more than a week where all business stops.
With a systems
design focus of “business continuity," when a disaster occurs, the
business continues to function and nothing is shut down. It continues to run,
impervious to outside disruptions and events.
recovery” and “business continuity” are very different strategies in the way
systems, networks, and applications are designed, implemented, and maintained
for an organization. The costs to implement either strategy are different as
Working with a
client like the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, they would want the highest
resiliency for their networks. The reason is simple. They cannot afford any
downtime with hundreds of trillions of dollars in transaction values running
through their networks annually.
marketplace, leading-edge organizations are more dependent on mission-critical
networks and applications that support their core businesses and governmental
responsibilities. These technologies need to be resilient and robust for the
organizations to thrive in a very competitive market. This translates into new
opportunities for the electrical contractors that do not reflect the
"cheapest cost solution” strategy.
decades ago, I first said this, and it still holds true today:
Leading-edge organizations do not maintain
their position using trailing-edge technologies.
What is an
hour of downtime worth? You can calculate this value. When you can measure the
cost of downtime, the cost for resiliency can be compared to what the cost of
this discussion in next month’s column.
MBA, is a strategist for mission-critical networks, technology and intelligent
infrastructure. He has been the president of Carlini & Associates since
1986. He is author of "LOCATION
LOCATION CONNECTIVITY," a visionary book on the convergence of
next-generation real estate, intelligent infrastructure, technology, and the
global platform for commerce.
for Commerce” definition of infrastructure and its impact on economic growth
has also been referred to by the US ARMY Corps of Engineers in their Handbook,
“Infrastructure and the Operational Art.” (2014)
His firm has
been involved with applying advanced business practices, planning and designing
mission critical network infrastructures for three decades.
He served as
an award-winning adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University’s Executive
Masters and undergraduate programs for two decades (1986-2006). He has
been the keynote speaker at national and international conferences.
appears in civil and federal courts as well as public utilities commission
hearings as an expert witness in mission critical networks, network
infrastructure and cabling issues.
He began his
career at Bell Telephone Laboratories (real-time software engineering),
AT&T (technical marketing & enterprise-wide network design support for
major clients) and Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young, Director of
Telecommunications & Computer Hardware consulting).
Contact him at
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work, lighting, maintenance, control, electrical work, voice/data systems,
security, fire and life safety, fiber optics, home and building automation
systems, integrated building systems applications and others applicable to the
field. The magazine is part of the National Electrical Contractors Association,
but serves the entire electrical construction industry. The 85,000+ readers
include business owners, partners, presidents, engineers, estimators,
purchasing agents, project managers, supervisors, foremen, electricians and
others. ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine is the official publication of the
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).
ECmag.com is the fastest
growing and most visited site by electrical contractors in the industry and
offers the broadest array of digital information available, all of which is
fully searchable with archives going back to 2000. ECmag.com contains videos,
webinars, white papers and a whole lot more.
The mission of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine
· Circulation: Our Circulation mission is to identify
and reach professionals working in electrical contracting firms who in the
aggregate, are responsible for a minimum of 90% of the total market dollar
volume as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. Circulation is
industry-wide, regardless of any association or other industry affiliation. To
accomplish that mission we regularly and aggressively use our own and outside
market research to provide detailed documentation of the activities, specific
interests, future needs and demographic makeup of our total audience.
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reveals 12 tech trends to watch this year from the pages of CONNECTIONS +
Anticipating strong customer demand for the
next waves of digital business technologies, information technology (IT)
industry executives view the year ahead with a general sense of optimism,
according to the IT Industry Outlook 2016 released
today by CompTIA,
the industry’s nonprofit trade association.
Maintaining its momentum, CompTIA’s IT
Industry Business Confidence Index recorded an uptick of 1.2 points heading
into the first quarter of the year. While a range of economic concerns have
affected the Index, the rating component covering the IT industry continues to
“The Index indicates industry executives
see far more positives than negatives,” said Tim Herbert, senior vice
president, research and market intelligence, CompTIA.
“Businesses of all sizes increasingly
recognize the need to remake their workflows and customer engagement practices
with an eye towards digital transformation. If investments in these
technologies accelerate, and the economy holds steady, growth could lean towards
the upside of the forecast.”
In its IT Industry Outlook 2016 CompTIA
identifies 12 trends that are expected to further make their mark on the IT
industry, IT channel, IT workforce, and broader economy in the year ahead.
Moving Beyond User Interface: User
Experience Drives Technology Initiatives
Tech Policy Gets a Seat at the Presidential
Election Issues Table
Digital Business Encompasses More than the
Organizations Strive to Develop More Tech
Cloud is the New Electricity
Companies Go On the Offensive
The Chase for Analytics Heats Up (Again)
The Software Layer Gets Much More Attention
IT Channel Trends
Vendor Partner Programs Strive to Reach
So Who’s a Vendor Anyway?
Skip the Data Centre Build-out – Everyone
Getting Closer to the Customer
“Cloud computing, mobility, social,
workforce automation, big data, the Internet of Things and other disrupters
will continue to expand their reach in 2016,” Herbert said. “Many organizations
will move beyond the experimental, early adopter stage into broader, more
varied uses of these technologies as they seek to capture the benefits of
becoming a digital business”
The outlook is based on
a December 2015 survey of 673 IT industry companies in Canada, the
U.S. and the U.K.
ABOUT Connections + magazine
The magazine for ICT professionals
With the cabling, networking and mobile
industries now impacting everything from how people heal to how people work it
is time to create a new magazine for ICT professionals. Connections+ will be
targeted at personnel in the Information and Communications Technology fields
and provide insight and commentary from experienced journalists, industry
analysts and telecommunication experts.
The scope of Connections+ readership has
grown tremendously to include individuals who purchase, design, specify,
install, maintain and test structured cabling, networking and telecom products
as well as facilities management specialists and senior IT executives who are
responsible for overseeing the implementation and installation of these
formerly Cabling Networking Systems, will be sent to 60,000+ IT specialists —
15,000 will receive the print edition and an additional 45,000 in an electronic
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you have problems? Dupont now faces more than 3,550 lawsuits over Toxic Cancer
Causing Teflon Chemical
Once great Chemical
maker DuPont will be faced with up to 40 trials a year, starting April 2017
involving plaintiffs who say they developed cancer from a toxic chemical used
to make Teflon that leaked from one of the company’s plants in West Virginia.
laid out by U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus in the Southern District of Ohio
during a hearing Wednesday is aimed at pushing the parties closer to resolving
more than 3,550 lawsuits.
Teflon® FEP is used in many plenum cable products.
could have a material impact on Chemours Co (CC.N),
since liability for litigation connected with the chemical C-8 was passed on to
the firm spun-off by DuPont in 2015. The cases have been filed by individuals
who say they developed one of six diseases linked to perfluorooctanoic acid,
also known as PFOA or C-8, which was found in their drinking water. Their cases
are consolidated before Sargus.
JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED - The initial 40 trials will be selected
from between 250 and 300 lawsuits brought by individuals who say they
contracted kidney or testicular cancer from C-8. "People shouldn’t have to
wait ten years for a trial," Sargus said, according to a transcript of the
plaintiffs' lawyer, Michael London, called Sargus' plan "a good
Most of these lawsuits
center on claims DuPont used C-8 at a West Virginia plant for decades despite
knowing it was toxic and had been found in nearby drinking water.
cancer claims are moving forward to trial, DuPont has said in court filings
that 90 percent of the litigation involves less deadly conditions such as high
cholesterol and thyroid disease.
DuPont LOST THE
FIRST CASE -- To help estimate the aggregate value of individual suits in mass
litigation, it is common to hold a series of bellwether, or test trials. The
first C-8 bellwether ended in October with a $1.6 million verdict for a
plaintiff who had kidney cancer. Four other trials are scheduled for 2016.
was the named defendant, Chemours said it would cover DuPont’s liability for
the first verdict. Chemours agreed to take on some of DuPont's legal
liabilities when it was spun off from the company to house its performance
said an unfavorable outcome from the lawsuits could have a "material
adverse effect" on its finances. Chemours stock on the NYSE has fallen 80
percent since it was spun off.
Launches Transceiver Product Line
1, 2016 – New Holland, PA – Berk-Tek,
a Nexans Company and leading manufacturer of network infrastructure solutions, launched
a new transceiver product line at the 2016 BICSI
Winter Conference and Exhibition. The new product line includes optical
transceivers for both Ethernet and Fibre Channel protocols.
Berk-Tek’s transceivers are
100% compatible with all major switch and server manufacturers through a
partnership with ProLabs, the leading global independent provider of OEM
compatible networking solutions. Additionally, when Berk-Tek’s 40GBASE-SR4
enhanced transceivers are paired with Berk-Tek’s GIGAlite™-10XB glass, the
company guarantees enough power budget to support a 40G link distance up to 500
meters. This is more than three times the reach guaranteed with
standard-compliant fiber and transceivers. The enhanced transceivers are also
available for Short Wavelength 8G and 16G Fibre Channel.
“As bandwidth increases, the
reach and number of connections that each link can support decreases. This is
especially relevant with our data center customers,” states Mike Connaughton,
Data Center Market Segment Manager for Berk-Tek. He adds, “Our TEK Center has
been working with data center customers for years to help them overcome this
inverse relationship. Up until now, our engineers were able to achieve
additional reach by employing our premium GIGAlite glass. But with no control
over transceiver performance, they were limited to the cabling. Now, they can
take it a step further by pairing GIGAlite glass with our enhanced transceivers
to support links well beyond the limits defined by the standards.”
Berk-Tek is promoting its new
transceiver product line with the tagline “Own the Link.” This supports the
company’s position that Layer 1 network infrastructure – or “the link” – is
comprised of not only the cabling and connectivity, but also the transceivers.
Connaughton states, “A transceiver’s performance has more to do with the
associated cabling than the host IT equipment. It makes sense to specify the
transceivers and the cabling together in order to determine the optimum
In addition to optimized
performance, using Berk-Tek transceivers in conjunction with GIGAlite glass
simplifies maintenance of the entire link. For example, if there’s a problem
with a link, the customer no longer needs to call several different
manufacturers for support. Berk-Tek provides technical support for all
components in the link. For more information, please visit: www.berktektransceivers.com
Berk-Tek, A Nexans Company
than 50 years, Berk-Tek has been a leading manufacturer of more than 100
different network copper and fiber optic cable products. The company has led in
the development of high-performance and enhanced fiber optic and UTP cables
designed to transport high-speed data and voice transmissions. Berk-Tek has
manufacturing facilities in New Holland, PA and Fuquay-Varina, NC.. For more
information, visit www.berktek.com.
Nexans brings energy to life through an extensive range of cables and
cabling solutions that deliver increased performance for our customers
worldwide. Nexans’ teams are committed to a partnership approach that supports
customers in four main business areas: Power transmission and distribution
(submarine and land), Energy resources (Oil & Gas, Mining and Renewables),
Transportation (Road, Rail, Air, Sea) and Building (Commercial, Residential and
Data Centers). Nexans’ strategy is founded on continuous innovation in
products, solutions and services, employee development, customer training and
the introduction of safe, low-environmental-impact industrial processes.
In 2013, Nexans became the first cable player to create
a Foundation to introduce sustained initiatives for access to energy for
disadvantaged communities worldwide. We have an industrial presence in 40
countries and commercial activities worldwide, employing close to 26,000 people
and generating sales in 2014 of 6.4 billion euros.
Nexans is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, compartment
For more information, please consult: www.nexans.com
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Crowned King of PoE
2016. Watertown, CT — Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure
specialist, is pleased to announce that its patented Z-MAX® and MAX®
RJ-45 jacks and TERA® jacks deliver the industry’s most reliable
jack-plug connection for superior support of the latest PoE applications.
In an effort
to improve the electrical and mechanical performance of traditional modular
jacks, Siemon invented and patented a curved or “crowned” contact shape for its
modular jacks. In additional to achieving the industry's highest transmission
performance and eliminating the risk of permanent contact deformation due to
mechanical stress, Siemon’s crowned jack contacts provide superior support for
remote powering applications.
a jack-plug connection under a PoE load produces an arc that erodes the gold
plated jack-plug contact surfaces at the arcing location. When this erosion
occurs in the area of the fully mated position, the result is an unreliable
connection that can cause degraded network performance and bit error rates.
While some manufacturers have succeeded in ensuring that erosion on jack
contacts is separate from the fully mated position, their contact geometry does
not ensure the same for plug. Erosion on either the jack or plug contacts
results in an unreliable connection.
Siemon’s patented crowned contact geometry places arcing damage to the both the plug and jack
contacts away from the fully mated position,” explains John Siemon, vice
president of global operations and chief technology officer for Siemon. “This
allows our customers to connect and disconnect to the latest PoE applications
with zero risk over the lifetime of the system —it’s what makes our jacks King
the Internet of Things (IoT) places more PoE-enabled devices on the network,
from IP phones and surveillance cameras, to wireless access points, building
automation devices and LED lighting. With PoE standards in development that
will enable even higher power delivery over all four pairs of a network cable,
the ability of Siemon Z-MAX, MAX and TERA jacks to maintain reliable, stable
connections throughout the life of the system is more important than ever.
jacks have been third-party tested and certified to be in full compliance with
IEC-60512-99-001 standards that specify the maximum allowable resistance change
that mated connections can exhibit when subjected to insertion and removal
cycles under PoE load. For superior end-to-end PoE-enabled systems, Siemon
jacks are ideal for use with Siemon’s Category 6A and 7A shielded cables that
are qualified for mechanical reliability up to 75°C (167°F) to ensure superior
heat dissipation in remote powering applications.
learn more about Siemon’s superior support for PoE via crowned jack contact
geometry and to access the third-party test report, visit:
in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specializing in the design and
manufacture of high quality, high performance low voltage infrastructure
solutions and services for Data Centers, LANs and Intelligent Buildings.
Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics
expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suites
of copper and optical fiber cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management,
data center power and cooling systems and Intelligent Infrastructure Management
solutions. With more than 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon
Labs invests heavily in R&D and the development of Industry Standards,
underlining the company’s long-standing commitment to its customers and the
industry. Through an ongoing commitment to waste and energy reduction, Siemon’s
environmental sustainability benchmarks are unparalleled in the industry,
including 179% global carbon negativity and zero-landfill status.
Siemon Interconnect Solutions (SIS) is a
Siemon business unit comprised of a team of dedicated technical sales
professionals supported by Siemon Labs, mechanical, electrical and signal
integrity engineers committed to solving industry and customer driven
interconnect challenges. We provide custom network infrastructure solutions to:
OEM's, Leading Manufacturers, Value-Added Resellers and System Integrators. www.siemon.com
Expands Reach to Grand Forks, North Dakota
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 1, 2016 – Graybar, a leading
distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and
provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, today
announced the opening of a new facility in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Grand Forks is located at 4434 16th Avenue Circle N and will operate
Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with after-hours emergency
service available. The branch is approximately 9,000 sq. ft. and will serve
Grand Forks and northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. Graybar Grand
Forks can be reached at (701) 402-2950.
a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in
North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical,
communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply
chain management and logistics services. Through its network of more than 260
North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from
thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure
their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information,
visit www.graybar.com or call
Trade Up to
the Ultimate Performance in Clamp Meters with the IDEAL "Cash for
SYCAMORE, IL, FEBRUARY 4, 2016 -- Technology moves fast... IDEAL Electrical is
helping electricians move faster with its Cash
for Clamps sales promotion running from now until April 30, 2016.
Cash for Clamps rewards buyers of new IDEAL TightSight Clamp Meters
with valuable rebates when they send in their old clamp meter. For the purchase
of a TightSight 660A model the electrician will receive a $50 (U.S.) rebate, or
$75 if they buy the 1000A clamp model. Rebate forms are available at IDEAL
distributors or online at www.clamp-meter.com.
the IDEAL TightSight clamp meter has the exclusive TightSight bottom display
for safe reading from virtually any angle, an advantage when accessing cables
deep within a distribution panel or when measuring overhead. With TightSight,
there is no more need to twist the meter or risk pulling on an energized
conductor. The easy to read backlit displays feature large numbers and icons so
the electrician always sees the correct reading. The clamp meter
alsoincorporates an on-screen low battery indicator that warns the user an hour
before power is shut off to avoid inaccurate readings.
as it is smart, the TightSight features a hardened meter case and rugged dial
construction that withstands heavy-duty commercial and industrial work. HFR
makes the meter immune to electrically noisy areas when measuring AC current,
DC current, AC/DC voltage, frequency, resistance or capacitance.
The IDEAL TightSight clamp meter is available in four professional quality
models: 660A with or without DC current measurement, and 1000A with or without
DC current measurement. Each is ergonomically engineered to feel comfortable,
even when the user is wearing heavy gloves.
more information about IDEAL Electrical products, visit www.idealindustries.com.
About IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. is a global, diversified family business designing and
manufacturing superior products and tools for professional tradesmen in the
electrical, wire processing, data communications, aerospace, automotive and
construction industries. The 99-year old company was founded in 1916 on the
premise of forging ideal relationships with customers, employees and
communities. The company has consistently grown and expanded under four
generations of family ownership.
IDEAL Electrical is a Division of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. The division is a
global leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of enhanced energy
management systems, products and technologies for professional electricians,
design engineers and facilities executives.
Up Sales Efforts in Illinois
Division Promotes Two Sales Managers, Hires New Manufacturing Representative in
SYCAMORE, IL, JANUARY 21, 2016 -- IDEAL ELECTRICAL, one of the world's
largest manufacturers and suppliers of quality tools, connectors and testers
for electricians, is ramping up its sales force in Illinois with the
announcement today of two key promotions and the addition of a new manufacturer
representative. These steps should prove valuable to its efforts to
execute long-term business plans, grow as a company and enhance service to
As of February 1,
Jeremy Corn will be taking sales responsibility for IDEAL Electrical products
in the Central Illinois territory. A business-oriented sales profession who
first joined IDEAL in 2000, Corn had been Area Sales Manager in the
Chicago territory for the past five years. In Central Illinois, he will
likewise be responsible for supporting IDEAL distributor and major end-user
relationships, providing training, and demonstrating new products, along with
managing promotional activities and conducting market analysis.
In addition, Andy
Salemi has been promoted to the position of Key Account Area Manager for the
Chicago territory. He was previously the territory's Senior Area Sales Manager
where he was instrumental in the strategic direction and execution of
Chicago territory sales. Both Corn and Salemi will report directly to Matthew
Barrett, Regional Sales Manager of Central United States sales.
Andy have proven themselves to be valuable team members who have bolstered our
sales and strengthened our distributor relationships throughout the Chicago
area. They bring exemplary track records to their new positions," noted
the past five years IDEAL sales have continued to exceed expectations in the
Chicago area, especially following the introduction last year of its AUDACY™ Wireless
Lighting Solutions brand. AUDACY's local manufacturer's representative
company, KSA, has now been added to support sales of IDEAL Electrical products
in the Chicago area. KSA 's sales efforts will led by Andy Salemi.
explained: "KSA has established itself as the premier representative of
lighting and lighting controls in Chicago metropolitan area. We welcome their
Electrical division to our Chicago team, and look forward to seeing the
combination of IDEAL Electrical and KSA in action."
Learn more at www.idealind.com.
Controls to Combine with Tyco in Tax-Inversion Deal
Johnson Controls Inc. and Tyco International
PLC agreed to merge in an inversion deal that will place the combined company's
headquarters in Ireland.
Under terms of the agreement, Johnson
Controls will own about 56 percent of the merged company. The new firm will be
renamed Johnson Controls PLC and maintain Tyco's Irish legal domicile.
So-called inversion deals, in which
U.S.-based companies acquire foreign-based businesses to take advantage of the
more favorable tax status, have become more popular - and controversial - in
Networks To Buy BTI Systems
Juniper Networks has agreed to acquire privately held
packet-optical transport systems specialist BTI Systems. The company is not
announcing terms of the deal "as the terms are not considered to be
material to our financials," in the words of a blog posted on Juniper's
ARTICLE - “Why
Your Grandfather Would Outsell Today’s Salesperson” by John Chapin
the development of the internet, social media, and the “new” relationship and
solution selling techniques, there seems to be a belief out there that today’s
salespeople are superior to those of the past. As you can probably gather from
the title, I don’t necessarily agree. Here’s why.
Three key factors that
give the old guard an advantage over the new guard
Preparation and sales
When my dad went for training
at I.B.M. in the early 60s, it was primarily sales training. Yes, you learned
the product too, but they made sure you knew everything about selling: getting
through the gatekeeper to the decision maker, how to present your product,
overcoming objections, closing, follow up, and how to build solid, long-term
relationships. Everything was scripted and you role played until you could
recite everything verbatim if someone woke you from a sounds sleep at three in
the morning. They also covered the important basics such as how to dress, the
right way to shake hands, and to pop a breath mint before a sales call while
avoiding garlic during the workweek.
days I am amazed by the lack of sales skills I run into on a daily basis. If I
walk into almost any sales meeting and blurt out objections, stalls, and other
prospect obstacles they have been running into every day for years, salespeople
stall, stammer, and trip over their tongues as if it’s the first time they’re
hearing what I’m throwing at them. I even give people objections during the
interview just to see what their best, current response is to something simple
like, “I can get it cheaper down the street.” If they’ve been in sales for any
length of time, they’d better have a good, quick response to that one. Add to
that the fact that many salespeople these days seem to be much more lax with
dress, manners, and etiquette in general. Knowing how to sell, having a good
handshake, and other “basics” should be common sense, but that common sense,
which was common decades ago, is more the exception than the rule in today’s
Dedication and commitment
When it comes to dedication
and commitment, you’re not going to beat The World War II Generation. They were
also tough to beat when it came to living up to promises and their word. When
you hired someone from that generation they understood that they had an
obligation to the company, their boss, and their family for whom they needed to
Regarding one of the biggest issues
today: accountability, decades ago people were responsible enough to hold
themselves accountable. My dad tracked his calls and kept a call sheet, but
these were success tools as opposed to something his manager used to make sure
he was doing what he was supposed to be doing. My dad’s generation would never
consider fudging a call sheet or hiding out in a coffee shop or movie theatre
when they were supposed to be out making calls. Yes, there were a few of those
people back then but not many, and they weren’t employed with that company for
very long. When it came to another major issue motivation, simply putting in an
honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay, along with taking care of the
company, the customers, and one’s family, was all the motivation one needed. It
didn’t matter how you felt on a given day, the question was about the
obligation and commitment you signed up for.
That generation also brought
character traits and a work ethic to the job that we rarely see these days. All
of this comes back to the dedication and commitment they felt toward others and
the obligation in knowing that if you’re taking a paycheck from someone, you
owe them your best.
Focus on people
World War II Generation would never be accused of being the “me” generation. My
dad was the number one sales rep in New England for over 30 years for I.B.M.
and Diebold Banking Equipment because, like most people of his generation, his
objective was to help and serve other people. Decades ago I think there was
much more of a focus on other people and more of a
“the-customer-is-always-right” mentality. While many talk about past
salespeople beating people up and having one more close than they had
objection, I find that the best of the best have always sold the right way, with
a focus on the other person. And by the way, there is no “new” relationship
selling. Even 60 years ago, the best have always focused on the relationship
and what’s best for the other person, thinking of themselves, their product,
and their company second.
of the above said, are there hard workers out there today who are committed?
Yes. Also, social media, technology, and new sales ideas are tremendous tools
to warm up cold calls, pinpoint prospect pains, and continue to connect and
communicate effectively with prospects and customers. So although I’ll take the
work ethic and character traits of someone from the World War II Generation
using a car, pay phones, and keeping track of prospects on index cards, every
day of the week and twice on Sunday, imagine the best of both worlds. Start
with someone hungry, with a blue-collar mentality, and a thick skin who isn’t
afraid to show up early, leave late, and pound the pavement making more calls
than anyone else. Combine that with someone who cares about people, studies
their craft and knows their product. Who practices, drills, and rehearses their
presentation, answers to objections, closes, and anything and everything
they’re likely to run into during the day. Finally, add knowledge of social
media and technology, using it in a supporting role, in the background, and not
as the foundation for their sales efforts. Yes, those people are out there. No,
they are not easy to find. Time to get to work.
John Chapin is a sales and
motivational speaker and trainer. For his free newsletter, or if you would like
him to speak at your next event, go to: www.completeselling.com John has over 28
years of sales experience as a number one sales rep and is the author of the
2010 sales book of the year: Sales Encyclopedia. For permission to reprint,
# 1 Sales Rep w 28+ years’
experience, Author of the 2010 sales book of the year: SALES ENCYCLOPEDIA
(Axiom Book Awards) - The largest sales book on the planet (678 pages).
508-243-7359 - 24/7
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Association – FOA January 2016
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Celebrates 50 Years of Data Communications Excellence
New London, CT – February
1, 2016 –Today at the 2016 BICSI
Winter Conference, Legrand®, a global leader in high-performance network
infrastructure hardware announced the commencement of their 50 years of Data
Communications Excellence celebration. The Data Communications division of
Legrand was founded as Ortronics® in 1966 in Norwich, CT. Since the inception,
Legrand’s Data Communications division has grown continuously with the
acquisitions of many great brands, including Wiremold®, Cablofil®,
Electrorack®, Quiktron®, C2G®, and RapidRun®.
Legrand will kick off the
celebration at BICSI Winter in Orlando, Florida January 31- February 4th. Make
sure you stop by booth #407 where they will be handing out pins honoring the
years of customer partnerships as well as other great items promoting the
milestone. New products will be featured in Legrand’s booth, including the
Transceivers, and a new display featuring RapidRun® Optical .
Festivities are planned throughout
the year across all Legrand locations to commemorate the anniversary. A
celebratory event including past customers and distributors as well as retired
employees will be held in June.
“I am very proud to be part of
the Data Communications Division of Legrand’s 50 year anniversary celebration.
The organization continues to reach new heights each year and we have the team
and tools in place for continued success in the years ahead,” said Mark Panico,
president of Legrand Data Communications.
About Legrand Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and
digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for
use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for
customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high
added value is a prime vector for growth. Legrand reported sales of $6.0
billion in 2014. Legrand has a strong presence in North America, with a
portfolio of well-known product lines that include C2G, Cablofil, Electrorack,
Middle Atlantic, Nuvo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Quiktron, Vantage,
Watt Stopper, and Wiremold. Legrand is listed on Euronext Paris and is a
component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI,
Corporate Oekom Rating and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.com.
Building Expert James Carlini to Keynote CABA Forum
The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to announce that
James Carlini has been confirmed as the main keynote speaker for CABA's
Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum.
MBA, is President of Carlini & Associates, a consultancy that has been
focused on mission critical networks, technology, intelligent infrastructure
since 1986. A former award-winning adjunct faculty member at Northwestern
University in both its Executive Masters and undergraduate programs, he
developed and taught courses in technology management, team dynamics, Six
Sigma, network security, and international applications of technology. He is
author of "LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY, Next-Generation Real Estate,
Intelligent Infrastructure, Technology, and the global Platform for
Commerce". Currently, he is writing his second book "NANOKRIEG:
BEYOND BLITZKRIEG", a book about Military Infrastructure, Strategies &
Tactics to fight the War on Terrorism.
scheduled to speak on "Cybersecurity and Intelligent Infrastructure".
CABA's Forum, to be held at the Handlery Hotel San Diego, will feature
exclusive track sessions and workshops that examine the impact of the Internet
of Things (IoT) and cybersecurity on intelligent buildings, consumer demands
for privacy and trust in connected homes, interoperability between competing standards
and protocols in commercial buildings and connected home market channels. The
event will also feature exciting intelligent building and smart home facility
tours, which will include some of San Diego's most notable connected homes and
Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum will be held at the same time as
LIGHTFAIR International, North America's largest annual architectural and
commercial trade lighting show: April 28-28, 2016 in San Diego.
The event will
bring together leading organizations involved in the integration of intelligent
building systems and connected home technologies. CABA estimates that over 150
industry stakeholders will gather to discuss current trends in the intelligent
and integrated buildings and connected home sectors.
will be an opportunity to attend the organization's Council meetings and
network with the majority of CABA Board of Directors during the entire event.
The Forum will also feature evening networking receptions. The majority of
CABA's Board members will be in attendance due to a regularly scheduled Board
meeting held in conjunction with the Forum.
information and registration for attendees is now open online at: http://www.caba.org/forum and highly discounted early bird
pricing and hotel rates will be in effect for a limited time.
Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is a leading industry association that
promotes advanced technologies in homes and buildings in North America. More
information is available at http://www.caba.org.
Report – Prepared for the Bandwidth Tsunami …or Face the Barrier of
do today's experts in education technology networks have to say about
bandwidth needs in higher education, and how to strategize for meeting future
In this special report, you'll gain valuable
insight from our panel on the impact
of the coming bandwidth tsunami on higher education.
Download today for more on:
- What's driving the massive growth in bandwidth
- Current and emerging applications driving network
- Key build-versus-buy considerations
- Network upgrade funding tips and tactics
Vis is the Next Big Thing in Infrastructure
S.C. – Milliken
Infrastructure Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of Milliken &
Company, today announced it will officially launch the Vis™ brand, a new line of high
performance cable management and infrastructure optimization solutions, at the 2016 BICSI Winter Conference &
Exhibition, held Jan. 31-Feb. 4, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. Visitors to
Milliken’s Vis booth (#828) at the BISCI show will learn more about the new Vis
product lineup, including Vis Divide, a segmented high-density polyethylene
(HDPE) rigid conduit that provides dedicated pathways for the placement of more
than one cable in a single conduit without damaging the cables, and Vis Tape,
an industrial grade pull tape featuring long-lasting print legibility and
durability, print length accuracy and soft feel.
“In our Vis products, we’ve
combined over 150 years of innovation with Milliken’s long and successful
history with providing practical solutions for infrastructure challenges. The
result is a product line that addresses the modern demands in
telecommunications and power cable installation and management,” said Dale
Willis, vice president for Milliken Infrastructure Solutions, LLC. “Vis Divide
and Vis Tape make the deployment of cables significantly easier while offering
solutions that will help to reduce cost on every project.”
Vis Divide offers a distinct
advantage over other HDPE conduits by allowing for the placement of multiple
cables into a single conduit. Vis Divide includes a fabric divider molded
directly into the conduit that provides operators deployment flexibility and
efficiency—optimizing network infrastructure space and easing cable
replacement. By maximizing capacity—thus requiring fewer conduits on a job—Vis
Divide also helps to lower long-term costs of projects by reducing operational
costs, including boring/trenching, transportation and replacement.
Like all Milliken products,
Vis Divide offers long-lasting reliability. Vis Divide conforms to ASTM F-2160
and ASTM D-3350 standards and specifications. The product is currently
available in a 1.5” DR 11, 2 cell configuration, but additional sizes and cell
configurations are planned line extensions.
Vis Tape was
designed using Milliken’s MPrint™ technology, an entirely new process, which
results in an industry-leading print durability and legibility standard for
measurements and other markings. Installers can rely on Milliken’s process for
creating Vis Tape’s highly accurate print lengths—with sequential markings
every two feet—to ensure cable runs are correct each and every pull. Vis Tape’s
non-abrasive coating also helps to prevent conduit damage during cable
Tape features an ultra-soft feel for their durable tape, which eliminates the
rigidness commonly found in other tapes and ropes. Vis Tape is manufactured
with low elongation properties to reduce snap backs, providing a safer
alternative to pull ropes.
Milliken’s Vis Tape is
available in a standard and detectable version in a variety of tensile
strengths, ranging from 1,130 to 2,500 pounds.
To learn more
about Vis from Milliken, visit www.visisthefuture.com.
About Milliken Infrastructure Solutions
Infrastructure Solutions, LLC offers a range of smart, practical innovations
focused on exploring new materials and installation-friendly methods to make it
easier and more efficient to rehabilitate, repair, and strengthen
infrastructure. Headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the company’s
extensive range of products – from fiber reinforced polymer and geopolymer
mortar systems, to geosynthetic composite concrete mat and cable management
products – offer solutions for oil, gas and industrial; storm and
sanitary; buildings and parking facilities; transport infrastructure; and
telecom markets. Milliken Infrastructure Solutions is a subsidiary of Milliken,
a global innovation leader that has over 2,200 U.S. patents - and more than
5,000 patents worldwide - since its founding in 1865. To learn more about
Milliken Infrastructure Solutions, visit infrastructure.milliken.com.
For 150 years,
Milliken has been innovating with the purpose to explore, discover and
create ways to enhance people’s lives. Our community of innovators has
developed one of the larger collections of United States patents held by a
private U.S. company. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines, including
specialty chemical, floor covering and performance materials, we work around
the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and
safety, and help make this world more sustainable. For more information,
visit www.milliken.com and join us on Twitter and Facebook.
CABLE Awarded Conductor For Oklahoma Gas & Electric Cimarron Project
Utilizing E3x™ Technology
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY, FEBRUARY 2,
2016 — General Cable (NYSE: BGC) announced today that it has been
awarded the conductor portion of the Cimarron to Mathewson transmission project
by Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E), the largest electric utility in the
state of Oklahoma, to address the need for additional electric transmission
capacity for the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. The Cimarron to Mathewson
project is a new network upgrade and will consist of a 345 kV transmission line
that is intended to increase capacity, enhance reliability and system stability
for the state’s largest urban region. OG&E will construct and own the line
as part of the regional transmission plan developed by the Southwest Power
order to assist OG&E in keeping pace with the ever-growing demand for
Cable will apply its groundbreaking E3X™ Technology to a TransPowr®
1590 kcmil ACSR Lapwing bare overhead conductor that will interconnect a new
transmission line within OG&E’s Canadian County Oklahoma service territory.
The patent-pending E3X Technology is a thin, durable coating applied to the
surface of any General Cable overhead conductor that is engineered to improve
grid efficiency by lowering operating temperature reducing power losses and
increasing power carrying capacity, allowing greater efficiency and lower total
system costs without compromising on safety and compliance.
are excited that Oklahoma Gas & Electric selected General Cable to support
the Cimarron to Mathewson transmission project,” said Joshua Katzman,
Vice President of Sales, General Cable Electric Utility Products. “As a leader
in safety, quality and innovation, General Cable is pleased to partner with
OG&E to add electric transmission capacity and enhance grid reliability by
using our E3X Technology.”
For more information about the E3X
Technology please visit http://e3x.generalcable.com
OG&E, a subsidiary of OGE Energy Corp.
(NYSE: OGE), serves approximately 822,000 customers in a service territory
spanning 30,000 square miles in Oklahoma and western Arkansas. Visit our
Website at www.oge.com
About General Cable
General Cable (NYSE: BGC), a Fortune 500 company
headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a leader in the development,
design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of aluminum, copper and fiber
optic wire and cable products for the energy, construction, industrial, specialty
and communications markets. General Cable is one of the largest wire and cable
manufacturing companies in the world. It operates manufacturing facilities in
its core markets and has worldwide sales representation and distribution. Visit
our Website at www.generalcable.com
A Sold Out
Exhibit Hall, Industry Awards, Memorable Keynote And Moving Charity
Presentation Bring BICSI Winter Conference To A Close
Orlando, Florida, February 4, 2016—BICSI, the association
advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community,
brought the 2016 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition to a close this
afternoon. Thousands of attendees from all over the world gathered at the
five-day conference to gain industry knowledge, take in the
latest ICT products and services, and network with colleagues.
During Wednesday night's annual Awards Banquet, BICSI celebrated the
accomplishments of several individuals who have displayed great dedication to
BICSI and the ICT industry. The awards given on the evening of Wednesday,
February 3, 2016, include:
- Awarded by the University of South Florida,
College of Engineering, the Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the
Telecommunications Industry recognizes the lifetime achievement or major
accomplishment of an individual in the telecommunications industry. Andrew
Jimenez was given the award for his work throughout his 20-plus year
career in the fields of telecommunications testing and product
by BICSI’s President, the Presidential Eagle Award is given to individuals
who have exhibited leadership, sacrifice and faith in BICSI and the
industry as a whole, showing dedication to a greater cause over a period
of time. This year’s award was presented to Bob Erickson for his work on
numerous BICSI committees and task forces, as well as for his
contributions during his tenure on the BICSI Board of Directors.
David K. Blythe University of Kentucky Award for Outstanding Member of the
Year recognizes the volunteer spirit of BICSI members, and spotlights one
individual for outstanding efforts in promoting BICSI’s educational
programs and commitment to professional development within the industry.
For his amazing dedication and pride in BICSI, including taking on
multiple volunteer tasks, the award went to Bob Hertling, RCDD, OSP.
honor of all the work done to grow BICSI globally, the Global Outstanding
Member of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has gone above and
beyond to promote BICSI and encourage membership around the world. For his
work in promoting BICSI throughout the CALA District, Rick Ciordia, RCDD,
DCDC, RTPM, CT, PE, took home the award this year.
Larry G. Romig Committee Member of the Year award honors individuals for
exemplary efforts and dedication within a BICSI committee. The Larry Romig
award was presented to Peter Levoy, RCDD, Chair of the BICSI Cares
Committee for his tireless efforts and commitment to the charity arm of
BICSI, BICSI Cares.
the conference, 14 Installers and Technicians competed for the chance to
become the next Installer of the Year in the ninth annual BICSI Cabling
Skills Challenge. Every year, the Cabling Skills Challenge competitors
represent the best of the industry, and the overall winner receives a
check for five thousand dollars. For the second year in a row, Alberto
Luna, Technician, took home the title and the winnings.
Ray Gendron BICSI Cares Scholarship went to Nick Plueger, Installer 2,
Copper. Plueger attends Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb., and majors
in Computer Information Systems and Networking. He will graduate this
summer and will then work toward his master's degree.
"All of the
award winners are truly deserving," said BICSI President Brian Ensign,
RCDD, NTS, OSP, RTPM, CSI. "I have had the pleasure of working with many
of them, and they display a deep love of and passion for BICSI, the ICT
industry and the work they do. Congratulations to the winners, and I look
forward to seeing more of their amazing contributions in the years to
Following the awards, the evening concluded with a
musical performance from eighties legend JT Taylor, former lead singer of Kool
and the Gang.
On Thursday morning, BICSI Cares, the charitable arm of BICSI that supports
children’s charities and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, made a
donation to the Boca Raton, Fla.-based Kindness Shared Happiness Squared, a
non-profit created to distribute happiness to children. BICSI Cares collected donations
from attendees throughout the conference, and 100 percent of the funds were
given to the charity.
Following the BICSI Cares presentation, attendees were treated to an
inspirational Closing Keynote address by J.R. Martinez. Martinez is a
best-selling author, motivational speaker, actor, advocate and wounded U.S.
Army Veteran. He travels the world spreading his message of reslilence and
optimism, reinforcing the fact that one's path in life is decided by one's own
ability to adapt and overcome.
In addition to the Keynotes, attendees were able to learn from more than 25
technical sessions over the course of the conference. Topics discussed included
higher-power PoE; design considerations for 4K systems; the evolution of blue
light infrastructure at the University of Florida; and more.
"I've been to many BICSI conferences since the 1980s, and this conference
is packed! The education has been great, and there are a bunch of RCDDs and
others here that I can network with," said Andy Potter, RCDD, of ICE Communications
in Lawrence, Kan.
Exhibitors were happy with the bustling Exhibit Hall and were able to share
their products and services with attendees and visitors. "We love
BICSI!" said Wayne Bunce or Jonard Tools in Tuckahow, NY. "The
traffic has been excellent. We've been coming to BICSI conferences for more
than a decade, and we'll definitely be coming back for more!"
BICSI President Ensign adjourned the conference early
Thursday afternoon, thanking everyone for attending and encouraging them to
come to the 2016 BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition, May 2-5 in Niagara
Falls, Ontario, Canada.
2016 BICSI Winter Conference Exhibit Hall Sold Out
Tampa, Fla., Jan. 14, 2016—BICSI, the association supporting the
information and communications technology (ICT) industry with information,
education and knowledge assessment, is pleased to announce that the 2016 BICSI
Winter Conference Exhibit Hall is sold out with no exhibit space remaining.
The 2016 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition is being held January
31-February 4 in Orlando, Florida. The conference features several days of
education, exhibits, networking and technical presentations.
A BICSI Conference is one of the best places to see all of the new ICT industry
developments in the same place. Exhibitors will be offering the latest and most
critical products and services in the voice, data, electronic safety &
security, project management and audio & video technologies. Many companies
are launching industry-changing products at BICSI conferences and will be
displaying them both at their booths, as well as in the New Product Pavilion.
"BICSI launched the New Product Pavilion last year, and it was a great
success," said BICSI President Michael Collins, RCDD, RTPM, CCDA, NCE.
"The Pavilion gives companies the ability to really spotlight their latest
and greatest, and attendees get the opportunity to take an even closer look at
products that they can use in their careers. This brings yet another
value-added aspect to the Hall. We are very happy to have filled the Exhibit
Hall with relevant, state-of-the-art exhibits; this benefits both the attendees
and the exhibitors, giving everyone a significant return on their
Any companies still wishing to purchase exhibit space at the 2016 BICSI Winter Conference
can be put on a waitlist.
In addition to the sold-out Exhibit Hall, conference highlights include:
- More than 25 educational sessions
- Networking with fellow ICT professionals
- 2016 BICSI Board of Directors inaugurated at the Annual Membership
- Annual Awards Banquet featuring entertainment from JT Taylor,
former lead singer of Kool & the Gang
BICSI thanks the following conference sponsors:
- Diamond Level Sponsor: Hyperline Cabling Systems
- Gold Level Sponsors: Telegärtner and Whoop Wireless
For a complete list of conference
sponsors and other conference details, visit bicsi.org/winter.
BICSI is a professional association advancing the information
and communications technology (ICT) community. ICT covers the spectrum of
voice, data, electronic safety & security, project management and audio
& video technologies. It encompasses the design, integration and
installation of pathways, spaces, optical fiber- and copper-based distribution
systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports the
transportation of information and associated signaling between and among
communications and information gathering devices.
BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals
and companies in the ICT industry. We serve nearly 23,000 ICT professionals,
including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the
fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and
automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional
registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ICT professionals in
delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for
continual improvement and enhanced professional stature.
Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 100
Launches New Remote Power Manager
New product offers power monitoring and management from anywhere in the world
Dallas, TX – January 25, 2016 – Para
Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the Minuteman RPM1521E, the latest
in a line of remote power management products, featuring a variety of upgraded
features and capabilities. Designed to eliminate downtime and costly service
calls, this new RPM offers individual outlet control with remote re-start,
monitoring, and management over all connected devices making it ideal for
security systems, retail point of sale systems, telephone/VoIP systems, servers
and network peripherals.
Minuteman’s 2-port RPM1521E is a useful tool for system administrators who
manage one or more remote locations. From an easy-to-use web-based interface,
the user can easily control power to attached devices from virtually anywhere
using any standard web browser. This remote management capability reduces
downtime and provides fast resolution to equipment lock-ups.
“As we all know, locked-up systems are a fact of life, and whenever a device
fails, the only method for restoring the device is to cycle power or reboot,”
stated Bill Allen, director of marketing for Para Systems. “With the cost of an
average trip to fix a failed device in a remote facility currently estimated at
$350 an hour, the RPM can quickly pay for itself when attached devices need to be
rebooted and you don’t have to send a technician to a remote location to merely
cycle power off and then on.”
The RPM1521E has a “ping” feature that automatically senses that a device is
locked up or no longer functioning. Users can program the RPM to send a text
message or email to individuals or groups when a device has stopped working.
Users can also program the RPM to immediately reboot if a lock-up occurs or the
attached device can be manually re-started remotely with the click of a mouse.
Attached devices can also be power cycle sequenced, plus power shut-downs and
re-starts can be easily scheduled.
The RPM Series connects to a network via a CAT5 connection. Once an IP address
is assigned, connected devices can be monitored, controlled, and managed via a
secure web interface, allowing administrators to remotely resolve issues.
Access is controlled with a user name and password, and other security features
include SYSLOG, Web API function and SSL encryption, along with HTTPs and TLS
email encryption. SNMPv2 and v3 are also supported. Each port provides
surge protection to connected equipment with a surge energy rating of 800
Joules. The new model also has a cTUVus safety certification which is tested to
The full line of Minuteman remote power management products includes the 2-port
RPM1521E, as well as 8, 16 and 24-port versions. All Minuteman remote power
management products feature a 3-year limited parts and labor warranty. The
RPM1521E’s are now shipping in the U.S. through Minuteman’s nationwide network
of distributors and resellers, as well as authorized distributors in Canada,
Central, and South America.
For more information on the RPM1521E and other products from Minuteman, visit
About Para Systems, Inc.
Para Systems, Inc., based in Carrollton, TX, is a leading provider of power
protection products. The company’s Minuteman brand of comprehensive power
protection solutions includes both single phase and three phase uninterruptible
power supply (UPS) products, along with a full line of surge protectors, power
distribution units, and remote power management systems. Minuteman products
protect telephone/VOIP systems, computers, network servers and peripherals,
security systems, audio/video equipment, and industrial applications. The
Minuteman brand of products is sold through a network of distributors and
resellers throughout the United States, Canada, Central, and South America.
Para Systems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Components Corporation of America,
headquartered in Dallas, TX, whose roots date back to 1916. For more
information, visit www.minutemanups.com.
Networks Expands Hardened Fiber Ethernet Solution Offering with Mini Media
Media Converters Enable Cost-Effective Conversion in Small Spaces and Outdoor
Minneapolis, MN – January 19, 2016 — Transition
Networks, Inc., the fiber network integration technology expert, a wholly
owned subsidiary of Communications
Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ-GM: JCS), today announced a new family of hardened
mini 10/100/1000 Ethernet bridging media converters (M/GE-ISW-xx-01), enabling
cost-effective conversion of copper to fiber in extreme or outdoor 10/100/1000
unshielded twisted pair (UTP) environments.
environmentally hardened mini media converters support a wide temperature range
for reliable operation in extreme conditions, such as outdoor enclosures or
other challenging locations. Measuring only 1.8 inches wide by 3.3 inches deep
by 0.8 inches high, the converters add the benefits of fiber – increased data
throughput, distance and security - to a hardened Ethernet network within a
very small footprint.
media converters provide numerous economic benefits by affordably integrating
fiber infrastructure and legacy copper equipment. They install easily and
allow networks to be turned up quickly through features like Auto-Negotiation,
AutoCross, Active Link Pass Through and Automatic Link Restoration, which
automatically establish, configure and restore optimal links. They also
increase the scalability of a network by providing rate conversion, distance
extension, support for jumbo frames, and choices of fixed fiber connectors or
open slots for small form factor pluggable (SFP) connections.
There are three
converters in the family with fixed fiber connectors (SC, LC, SM) and one
converter with a small form factor pluggable (SFP) opening for flexible
connection options. Link budgets for the converters range from 7.5 dB to 10.5
converters enable reduced capital expenditures by affordably integrating fiber
infrastructure and legacy copper equipment. And the compact design of the mini
media converter makes it ideal for locations with space constraints,
particularly at the network edge.
“Our goal is to
provide our customers with the best tools for delivering fiber connectivity
simply and cost-effectively,” said Curt Carlson, Product Manager for Transition
Networks. “We’re excited to announce these new mini converters to allow our
customers a plug, play and walk away solution that will reliably meet their
needs in harsh environments, even in the smallest locations, such as alongside
outdoor security cameras or other remote equipment.”
are available in two formats, Layer 1 and Layer 2, referring to the
functionality of the converter in relationship to the Open Systems
Interconnection (OSI) model, which defines standards and promotes
interoperability between various manufacturers of network equipment. Layer 1
media converters are ideal for applications where quick throughput and low
latency are top priorities, such as data centers, big data analytics, and
financial institution networks requiring immediate processing of data with
little to no delay. Layer 2 converters can support multiple network speeds on
the copper side—such as connecting Fast Ethernet to Gigabit Ethernet networks
or half-duplex legacy networks to more modern full-duplex networks—which is
often needed in enterprise, manufacturing and government networks. Layer 2
converters may increase latency in order to provide this flexibility.
Networks’ portfolio offers go-to solutions for both Layer 1 and Layer 2
media converter applications. Mini media converters are provided in fixed
configuration, for simple installation when you need to “just convert it.”
Alternatively, the company’s ION Multi-Service Integration Platform offers a
full line of more feature-rich modular conversion solutions for secure network
About Transition Networks, Inc.
Transition Networks, Inc. is an industry leader with over 25 years
of experience designing fiber integration products that deliver the security
and reliability for today’s networks while future proofing for tomorrow.
Offering support for multiple protocols, any interface, and a multitude of hardware
platforms, including Hardened Ethernet, Carrier Ethernet, CWDM, 1G/10G
Ethernet, SFPs, PoE and PoE+, Transition Networks gives you the power to
deliver and manage traffic reliably over fiber in any data network – in any
application – in any environment. Based in Minneapolis, Transition Networks
distributes hardware-based connectivity solutions exclusively through a network
of resellers in 50 countries. Transition Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary
of Communications Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company (NASDAQ-GM: JCS).
For more information about Transition Networks, please visit www.transition.com.
Essex Launches PowerWise Fiber, Expanding Its Suite of Cables Designed to
Support PoE Applications
Atlanta, GA – February 1, 2016
Today’s buildings are smarter
than ever before, relying on numerous intelligent devices to control our
lighting, our climate, and our security. These intelligent environments require
cabling systems that are just as capable and versatile. For these environments,
Superior Essex is launching PowerWise™ Fiber, a premises optical fiber cable
coupled with copper conductors to support Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)
applications, including those with distances that exceed the standard 100m
provided by category cables. Power-over-Ethernet is a method of distributing
power and data to a device using communications cabling, and plays a critical
role in smart buildings where numerous devices, such as Nest, intelligent LED
lighting and security cameras, can be powered and controlled using a single
cabling system. With the launch of this cable, Superior Essex now offers a
complete Power-over-Ethernet cabling solution, with its PowerWise CAT 5e+
4-pair PoE cable powering and controlling devices at distances of up to 100
meters, and its PowerWise Fiber cable supporting additional power and data
transmission over greater lengths throughout an environment.
This initial PowerWise Fiber
cable design consists of two (2) – 2 mm bend-resistant G.657.B3 single mode
fiber simplex interconnect cables and two (2) – stranded 16 AWG copper
conductors. The use of G.657.B3 fiber allows the cable to be installed in
environments where the pathway may require a number of 90° turns, yet the
attenuation loss will be the lowest of any other typical single mode fiber
type. The two simplex interconnect cables allow direct and secure connection to
LC or SC type mechanical connectors. The core is surrounded by strength
yarns that provide the cable with the tensile strength to meet the distribution
cable requirements of ANSI/ICEA S-83-596. The cable is UL Listed CL3R-OF, CMR-OF
“Our customers required a small,
flexible and durable cable for applications that exceeded the 100 meter reach
limitation of Power-over-Ethernet and twisted-pair category cables,” says Dr.
Paul Neveux, Director of Global Product Management for Premises Fiber products
at Superior Essex. “We designed this composite power and fiber cable especially
for security camera applications where the reach often exceeds 100
meters. In addition, using G.657.B3 single mode fiber assures that the
signal will not be attenuated even with bend radii as small as 5 mm.”
For more information about this
product, visit the product page.
Contact your inside sales
representative for questions regarding pricing and availability.
Superior Essex International LP
Dr. Paul Neveux, Director of
Global Product Management, Premises Fiber
About Superior Essex
Superior Essex International
LP is a leading manufacturer and supplier of cable, wire and accessory products
serving the communications industry, energy industry and related distribution
markets for over 80 years. Product lines include Indoor and Outside Plant (OSP)
copper and fiber data cables, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) coaxial cables
and accessories, Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) closures, fire alarm/security
(FAS) cables, and low/medium voltage energy cable products and accessories.
Superior Essex International LP is a subsidiary of Superior
Essex Inc. SuperiorEssex.com
Employee-Based Size Standards for Manufacturing and Other Industry Sectors
WASHINGTON–The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published
two final rules to revise small business size standards for Manufacturing
industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector
31-33 and industries with employee-based size standards that are not a part of
NAICS Sector 31-33, Sector 42 (Wholesale Trade), and Sector 44-45 (Retail
Trade). The final rules were published in the Federal Register on
January 25th and will be effective February 26, 2016.
part of its comprehensive size standards review required by the Small Business
Jobs Act of 2010, SBA evaluated employee-based size standards for all 364
industries in NAICS Sector 31-33 and 57 industries and five exceptions that are
not in NAICS Sectors 31-33, 42, or 44‑45 to determine whether they should
be retained or revised.
the first final rule, SBA increased size standards for 209 industries in
Sector 31-33. SBA also increased the refining capacity component of the
Petroleum Refiners (NAICS 324110) size standard to 200,000 barrels per calendar
day total capacity for businesses that are primarily engaged in petroleum
refining. The rule also eliminates the requirement that 90 percent of a
refiner’s output being delivered should be refined by the bidder.
the second final rule, SBA increased the employee-based size standards for
30 industries and three exceptions and decreased them for three industries
that are not in Sectors 31-33, 42, or 44‑45.
in the second rule, SBA amends Footnote 18 to SBA’s table of size standards by
adding the requirement that the supply (i.e., computer hardware and software)
component of small business set-aside Information Technology Value Added
Resellers (ITVAR) contracts must comply with the nonmanufacturing performance
requirements or nonmanufacturer rule. In the proposed rule, the SBA
sought comments on eliminating the ITVAR exception under NAICS 541519 (Other
Computer Related Services) together with its 150-employee size standard.
In the final rule, SBA maintains ITVAR exception” under NAICS 541519 with
the 150-employee size standard.
second rule also eliminates the Offshore Marine Air Transportation Services
exception under NAICS 481211 and 481212 and Offshore Marine Services exception
under NAICS Subsector 483 and their $30.5 million revenues based size
standard. Accordingly, the rule also removes Footnotes 15 and 18 from the
SBA’s table of size standards.
new size standards will enable nearly 1,650 more businesses in those industries
to obtain or retain small business status; will give federal agencies a larger
pool of small businesses from which to choose for their procurement programs;
and will make more small businesses eligible for SBA’s loan programs.
reviewing size standards, SBA takes into account the structural characteristics
of individual industries, including average firm size, startup cost and entry
barriers, the degree of competition, and small business share of federal
government contracting dollars. This ensures that small business size
definitions reflect current economic conditions and federal marketplace in
those industries. Public comments on the proposed rules are also
important to this process. The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 requires
SBA to review all size standards at least every five years.
White Paper entitled, “Size Standards Methodology,” explaining how SBA
establishes, reviews, or modifies its receipts based and employee based small
business size standards, is available at http://www.sba.gov/size.
more information on SBA’s revisions to its small business size standards for
various industry sectors, click on “What’s New with Size Standards” on
SBA’s Web site at http://www.sba.gov/size.
ShoreTel – 5
Business Phone System Trends to Watch in 2016
At ShoreTel, we’re
looking ahead to an exciting new year of innovation for IP phone systems and
unified communications that empower today’s always-on workforce. Here are five
trends we see shaping up in 2016:
More organizations will cut the cord on desktop phones. As smartphones become
the primary business communication device, more organizations are rethinking
their business phone strategy. Many businesses are eliminating their desk
phones entirely, and instead workers use softphones and high-quality headsets to
communicate using laptops or other mobile devices. It’s a trend that’s
accelerating, especially in organizations where workers want to be free to roam
and collaborate, rather than be tied to their desks.
The best part is that
with mobile unified communication (UC) software, workers can have enterprise-grade
communication capabilities wherever they go, including videoconferencing with
room-based systems, peer-to-peer video, web conferencing, calendar access, CRM
integration, instant messaging and presence—as well as desk phone features like
extension dialing, conference calling, company directory, hold and call
It’s a cost-savings
win too, because businesses don’t need to buy desk phones as well as the
associated wiring, power, maintenance and support. But if your organization
wants stylish desk phones with crystal-clear sound, don’t worry, ShoreTel has them.
The popularity of hybrid business phone systems will
rise, as organizations want to lighten the IT load. The less time
businesses spend managing any IT system, the more resources they have for
activities that will drive revenue and enhance customer loyalty. That’s the
driving factor behind the move to cloud services of all kinds, including
business phones. With a managed service, organizations can keep pace with the
latest UC and phone features without making a capital investment or fuss with
But the reality is that most companies
already have an on-premises phone system, and with a hybrid phone system they
can migrate to the cloud on their own terms. Businesses can keep their
on-premises phone systems but take advantage of new capabilities and
applications in the cloud. And new sites and remote offices can easily be added
to the cloud service, while other locations continue to use their on-site phone
systems. Regardless of whether the service is delivered on-premise or from the
cloud, everyone enjoys the same UC and phone capabilities.
Contact centers are even more important in the era of customer
experience. According to Gartner, 89 percent of companies
surveyed believe that the customer experience will be the primary basis for
competition by 2016. Businesses need to look at all the ways they are
interacting with customers and optimize them for expectations of an always-on,
A good place to start is the contact center.
Most contact center communications take place over the phone today, but
customers expect to be able to flip their service channels. They can chat with
support if they’re watching TV or send an email if they’re just not a “phone”
person. The customer experience—and contact center interactions—needs to be
seamless across multiple channels.
modernize their service and support interactions with a cloud-based contact
center. With contact-center-as-a-service,
businesses can easily add contact center capabilities beyond voice, including
email, chat, workgroups and analytics. Using a cloud service puts sophisticated
contact center capabilities in the hands of small and medium businesses.
WebRTC, which lets you make phone and video calls from
your browser, is on the upswing. WebRTC gives web browsers the ability to make
phone calls, video chat and peer-to-peer file share without plug-ins. It has
great potential for customer support because customers don’t have to download
anything before they can communicate.
are recognizing the benefits of browser-based communications. According to Webtorials, 47
percent of IT professionals surveyed had used WebRTC or planned to use it
within 12 months.
SIP trunking adoption goes mainstream. SIP trunking is used
to connect an organization’s headquarters, branch offices and data center to
itscommunication service provider. SIP
trunks replace legacy telecom connections, enabling organizations to embrace UC
more easily, make communications more reliable and create a virtual call
center. SIP trunking can result in cost savings—up to 40 percent of your voice
expenditure by one estimate.
There’s a lot of
growth in the SIP trunking market. Market analyst firm IHS Infonetics found that 45 percent of enterprises
in North America that are using premises-based PBX used SIP trunks for some of
their voice connectivity requirements in 2015, and predicts that will rise to
62 percent by 2017 as the use of legacy T1 and other lines decrease.
Businesses can take
advantage of these trends to make their communications more effective, their
businesses more responsive and employees more productive. We’re excited about
the year ahead.
About ShoreTel, Inc.
ShoreTel, Inc. (SHOR) is a leading provider of
brilliantly simple IP phone systems and unified communications solutions powering today’s
always-on workforce. Its flexible communications solutions for on-premises,
cloud and hybrid environments eliminate complexity, reduce costs and improve
productivity. Recognized for its industry-leading customer experience and
support, ShoreTel’s innovative business phones, application integration, collaboration
tools, mobility, and contact center applications enable users to
communicate and collaborate no matter the time, place or device, with minimal
demand on IT resources. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has
regional offices and partners worldwide. For more information, visit www.shoretel.com.
and the ShoreTel logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of ShoreTel, Inc.
in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks, trade names and service marks
herein are the property of their respective owners.
Corporation is North Florida’s leading ShoreTel dealer.
Since 1980, CPC has provided quality service for their
communications and cabling needs. CPC and ShoreTel can deliver unified
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Donation Supports Youth in FIRST® Robotics Competition
2015. Watertown, CT – Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure
specialist, is pleased to announce its recent donation to the FIRST® Robotics
Competition, a global high-school program that provides students with a real-world
engineering experience. FIRST®
(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) is an
international, K-12 not-for-profit founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s
interest and participation in science and technology.
In the FIRST Robotics Competition,
more than 3,100 teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds,
design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to
perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors—all under strict rules,
limited resources and time limits. Siemon’s contribution of more than 3,000
Ethernet patch cords are part of the generous donations that help ensure FIRST participants
received the best experience possible. The patch cords were included alongside
a variety of switches, controllers, motors, circuit breakers, connectors and
other electronic components in the 2016 Kit of Parts, the competition’s
kick-off kit provided to each participating team at FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff on
Saturday, January 9, 2016, which marked the beginning of their design and build
excited and grateful to be able to support FIRST
with this donation and help some of our nation’s best and brightest high school
students become the next generation of engineering and technology
professionals,” says John Siemon, vice president of global operations and chief
technology officer for Siemon.
for this donation was John Siemon’s active involvement with the Yale Science
and Engineering Association (YSEA), whose strategic alliance with FIRST includes regional
and national support of teams and events through its members. Noted for its
philosophy of cooperative competition, FIRST
relies heavily on the generous donations and extensive network of corporations,
educational and professional institutions, foundations and individuals.
According to FIRST,
the funding, mentorship time and talent, volunteers and equipment donated by
these organizations and individuals are vital to ensuring that FIRST continues to grow
and fulfill its mission of inspiring young people to be science and technology
For more information about FIRST and the FIRST Robotics
Competition, visit www.firstinspires.org.
For more information about Siemon, visit www.siemon.com.
in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specializing in the design and
manufacture of high quality, high performance low voltage infrastructure
solutions and services for Data Centers, LANs and Intelligent Buildings.
Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics
expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suites
of copper and optical fiber cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management,
data center power and cooling systems and Intelligent Infrastructure Management
solutions. With more than 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon
Labs invests heavily in R&D and the development of Industry Standards,
underlining the company’s long-standing commitment to its customers and the
industry. Through an ongoing commitment to waste and energy reduction, Siemon’s
environmental sustainability benchmarks are unparalleled in the industry,
including 179% global carbon negativity and zero-landfill status.
Interconnect Solutions (SIS) is a Siemon business unit comprised of a team of
dedicated technical sales professionals supported by Siemon Labs, mechanical,
electrical and signal integrity engineers committed to solving industry and
customer driven interconnect challenges. We provide custom network
infrastructure solutions to: OEM’s, Leading Manufacturers, Value-Added
Resellers and System Integrators.
Timothy Young as Incoming Western Region Vice President-elect
Industry veteran brings
experience and energy to council role.
ST. LOUIS… The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) has
named Timothy Young, district manager, Interstate Electric Supply – a district
of Crescent Electric Supply Company, as the incoming vice president-elect of
the Western Region. Young was elected by the Western Region Council, which
represents NAED member companies in the Western U.S.
“I am deeply honored by my
appointment as the VP-elect for NAED’s Western Region,” said Young. “NAED
brought me to this industry thru tED
magazine, educated me with amazing courses such as EPEC and
educational sessions and provided networking opportunities. To me, the
ultimate privilege is to give back to industry that has given me so much.”
Young has been in the industry 26
years and has served on NAED’s Western Region Council since 2014.
As an NAED regional vice president-elect,
Young will serve on the NAED Board of Directors, help lead the region’s
conferences, council meetings, and other events.
John Maltby, president and CEO of
Maltby Electric Supply, currently directs the Western Region Council.
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
more than 5,100 locations internationally. www.naed.org
Jim Carlini – NANOKRIEG© IN CLOUD COMPUTING: BATTLES WITH MICRO-SECOND
If we are involved in a
cyber-war, where are the Frontlines? Should we be spending more time (and
money) in figuring out cyber-warfare, instead of conventional warfare?
(Part of this article
is an excerpt of Carlini’s upcoming book, NANOKRIEG: BEYOND BLITZKRIEG)
In the middle of World War
II, very basic and primitive computers were designed to improve accuracy for
naval gunfire. The first computers ran complex mathematical applications to
calculate trajectories and gunfire from large battleships. The size of
the computer was huge and was made up of vacuum-tube technology. You could
literally walk into the computer. (And needed to, when a tube went bad and you
had to replace it)
Since then, computers shrank
in size and costs, but their computing power and applications to various
industries grew exponentially with new minimalization of circuits and
integrated chips, as well as efficiencies designed into power applications
supporting the computer. Their applications became almost universal in every
commercial application possible from:
- inventory and industrial
- to accounting and payment
- to manufacturing,
computer-aided design, and shop floor systems,
- to managing all financial
transactions and stock exchange server farms.
Computers were also used in
various weapon and war applications from fire control systems for controlling
multiple gun systems aboard ships and airplanes, to guidance systems on rockets
and missiles, to strategic game simulation used in analyzing various conflict
scenarios with various enemies and terrorist organizations.
NANOKRIEG: WAR BEING WON AND
LOST IN MICROSECONDS
As Sun Tzu, the author of The Art of War stated, “Quickness is the
essence of the war.”
Today, attacks aren’t
measured in days or even hours. A whole war can last only a couple of seconds –
or less. Battlefields are now in server farms and across the
network. Some wars could happen and no one would even know about
them. Most are not reported – and you can understand why.
No company or financial firm
wants to announce their protective measures are inadequate and that all their
internal confidential information has been compromised.
We have already seen in
multiple instances, where people’s credit card and personal information is
stolen. Where were the safeguards? Where were the defenses against
According to IBM, almost one
out of four financial institutions (23.8%) are still exposed. Is your
money sitting in one of these institutions?
In less than a second, 1000s
of pinpoint attacks on different targets can be executed by high-speed
transaction processors. Stocks could plummet. Bank accounts could
be wiped out – or transferred. Certain controls in power grids and other
utilities, like maximum temperature levels or power load levels, could be
Weapons do not have to be
flown into the battle zone or brought in by big transport ships, they are
carried in by the network. Trojan horses, worms, viruses, and other destructive
malware weapons do not need huge supporting logistics or long timeframes.
They can be sent off in a microsecond on an electronic pathway to the “war
Riches and treasures do not
need heavy equipment or convoys of trucks to pull them out, they can get taken
out on the network as well. Electronic valuables have no physical weight, just
There are no Frontlines any
more, only virtual lines within electronic borders in Nanokrieg.
As I have mentioned in a
whitepaper, “The speed of response equals victory, or at least, survival.”
EMP: IS YOUR DATA CENTER
An Electro-Magnetic Pulse
bomb (EMP) was a threat scenario discussed in the Cold War-era. An EMP
bomb is not a bomb that is dropped and strikes a target or a city. An EMP bomb
could be exploded 100 miles above the earth and its coverage is a much wider
With more terrorist
organizations around the world and countries like North Korea, this type of
threat has been given more credence as to being a real possibility.
The delivery system for an
EMP bomb is a lot more imprecise than a guided, intercontinental missile.
All it needs to have is a simple rocket that can get it out into space above a
country. It does not have-to-have pinpoint accuracy as a missile launched
to hit a particular city or facility.
The effects of an EMP bomb is
that all unshielded electronics go dead. The generated electronic “pulse”
fries all the electronics in computers, cars, data centers, buildings, and
anything that is unprotected. Basically, a well-placed EMP bomb can throw
a whole region back into the 1700s. No vehicles, no computers, no radio,
no TV, nothing electronic functions anymore.
Data centers as well as the
power grid should be protected from this type of attack. Building amenities
should include the ability to shield tenants’ electronics from an EMP attack.
The more electronics that are shielded, the less impact an EMP will have on a
Some organizations are
discussing the effects of an EMP and what it would do to the total
economy. They are identifying those rogue nations and terrorist groups
that could use a weapon like this.
Some articles are popping up
in the mainstream press about EMPs but unfortunately, some reporters have no
clue as to what EMPs entail. One such article is in the Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/01/15/no-you-dont-really-need-to-worry-about-an-emp-attack/
) He talks about the “improbability” of having an EMP bomb because in
order for it to be “effective”:
It requires a missile
that can deliver the bomb to a precise point in the atmosphere.
Precise point? Look at the
map. The beauty of the EMP bomb is that you do NOT have to have pinpoint
accuracy, you just need to get it up over a region.
My advice to the reporter is
to stick with what he knows and not delve into infrastructure and electronic
warfare issues that he knows nothing about. All you need is to deliver
the bomb 100 miles above the earth anywhere over the United States and you will
effect a LOT of territory. He tries to make it into a “Republican issue”
which is total nonsense. This is why most people have turned away from
the Mainstream media. Facts are not being represented.
North Korea is working on a
satellite that will orbit the earth 100 miles away which is the perfect
location for an EMP bomb. At this point, this is not science fiction or a
theoretical threat, it is cold reality.
EMP bombs are definitely part
of the arsenal of Nanokrieg and they are very effective as to knocking out
civilization as we know it. EMPs should be viewed as a force equalizer
for those countries which do not have all the money and resources to sustain a
huge military force. All you need is one well-placed bomb 100 miles or so
above us. And well-placed does not equal “accurate”. Just look at
the map to see the spread.
Carlini’s visionary book, LOCATION
LOCATION CONNECTIVITY is available on AMAZON.
Carlini-isms at www.TWITTER.com/JAMESCARLINI
Copyright 2016 – James Carlini
Display the Future of Data Center and AV Networks at 2016 BICSI Winter
Leviton will preview Category 8 copper,
next-generation fiber and advanced AV controls that prepare networks for future demand
Wash., January 26, 2016 – Leviton
recently announced that they will show the latest in data center copper and
fiber network systems at the 2016
BICSI Winter Conference, from February 1–3, at booth #1119. Attendees can
preview the Atlas-X1TM Category 8 Copper Cabling System for the
first time, and get a hands-on look at advanced multimode fiber connectivity
and new IT/AV controls. These solutions are designed to equip customers with
flexible and scalable infrastructures, capable of supporting future data and AV
network requirements like more frequent tech refreshes and rapid growth.
on a unified connector form-factor across Cat 5e, Cat 6, Cat 6A and Cat 8
applications, the Atlas-X1 System allows for a seamless migration from
1G to 40G networks. Attendees can get an early look at Leviton Category 8
connectivity and complementary Berk-Tek Category 8 cable in advance of emerging
standards. In early 2015, Leviton announced that Atlas-X1 connectivity and
Berk-Tek cable had been tested to meet connectivity performance standards found
in the current draft 2.0E of the TIA-568-C.2-1 Category 8 proposed standard and
can support the operation of IEEE 802.3bq 25G/40GBASE-T applications up to 30
Violet OM4+ Opt-X® Unity solutions — including fiber trunks,
cords, cassettes and more — were recently installed by eBay Inc. when upgrading
its data center networks to 40G. These solutions will be on display at the
booth, while eBay’s award-winning project will be featured at a lunch-and-learn
session titled “Go Inside an eBay Data Center.” Attendees can learn how eBay
and Leviton collaborated to create longer multimode cable runs, greater density
and a design that helps the company easily migrate to network speeds of 40G,
100G and beyond. The event will be held during BICSI on Tuesday, February 2, at
the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. The lunch-and-learn has limited space and
attendees must register at Leviton.com/LL16.
Leviton AV solutions help prepare classrooms and conference rooms for the
latest technologies like UHD displays with 4K resolution. Visitors to the booth
can see new additions to Leviton’s plug-and-play IT/AV Systems, such as
innovative wallplates that connect, switch and extend multiple high-definition
AV signals to displays or projectors. Leviton IT/AV Systems can extend signals
up to 100 meters over HDBaseT™ certified links with no programming required.
information about the BICSI Winter Conference can be found at bicsi.org/winter/2016.
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