Change has come faster than we realize, until we look back.
One evening a grandson was talking to his
grandmother about current events.
The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the
shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general..
The Grandmother replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was
' polio shots
' frozen foods
' contact lenses
' the pill
There were no:
' credit cards
' ball-point pens
Man had not invented:
Man hadn't yet walked on the moon
Your Grandfather and I got married first, .. .... ... and
then lived together..
Every family had a father and a mother.
Until I was 25, I called every man older than me,
And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man
with a title, "Sir."
We were before gay-rights, computer- dating, dual
careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good
judgment, and common sense.
We were taught to know the difference between right and
wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country
was a bigger privilege...
We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with
Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the
evening breeze started.
Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the
evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.
We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric
typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's
speeches on our radios.
And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out
listening to Tommy Dorsey.
If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan' on it, it was
The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school
Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.
We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy
things for 5 and 10 cents.
Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a
Pepsi were all a nickel.
And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your
nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, . .. . but who could
Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.
In my day:
' "grass" was
was a cold drink,
was something your mother cooked in and
music" was your grandmother's lullaby.
were helpers in the Principal's office,
meant a piece of wood,
' "hardware" was
found in a hardware store and
wasn't even a word.
And we were the last generation to actually believe that a
lady needed a husband to have a baby.
No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say
there is a generation gap.
Grandma asked: How old do you think I am?
ONLY 59 years old
Change has come faster
than we realize until we look back.
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But that’s just my opinion,
Frank Bisbee - Editor
"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column
Rd, Suite 16
Jacksonville, FL 32257
CREATIVITY AT WORK -
Beacon Solutions Awarded $1.2 Million in New Business
Scope of Services With Two Existing Clients--
Ky., June 23, 2011 / Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group, Inc. (OTC
BB: BEAC) (http://www.askbeacon.com/),
an emerging global leader in the design, implementation and management of
high performance Information Technology Systems (ITS) infrastructure
solutions, today announced two existing Fortune 100 clients have requested
new ITS infrastructure engagements with combined revenue of approximately
first new engagement, expected to deliver $900,000 in revenue, is with one of
Beacon's three current Fortune 500 pharmaceutical clients. Beacon continues
to win incremental ITS infrastructure engagements with this pharmaceutical
company resulting from Beacon's long history and knowledge of the client's
existing facilities throughout the world. Beacon is the chosen provider to
implement the ITS standards established to ensure consistency of services as
the client opens additional facilities. For this next engagement, Beacon will
install standards-compliant fiber and backbone cabling and build-out of a
telecommunications room in one facility. Beacon has also been requested to
assess and document more than 30 sites in the United States, Asia Pacific,
Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, which typically will lead to
implementation that multiplies the original spend by 5 to 6 times.
second new engagement is with Beacon's national grocery store chain client
and is expected to add approximately $300,000 in revenue for Beacon over the
next 90 days. Phase 1 of this prototype project will involve Beacon providing
multiple ITS design and construction-related professional services, as well
as coordination of service delivery for Phase 2. Phase 2 of the project will
initially roll out to slightly less than 100 retail stores. Beacon's ITS
Construction Management team will coordinate the installation of ITS
equipment and infrastructure, including managing the specifications and
logistics for the distribution channel partners to deliver material to the
stores prior to installation. Once installation is completed in the initial
stores, Beacon will provide post-installation services that will include
moves, adds, and changes to the cable infrastructure, drawing updates and
removal of pre-existing non-compliant cabling and connectivity. Beacon
expects to be awarded additional waves of this ITS solution to additional
stores within this client's more than 2,000 store chain.
new engagements from two of our Fortune 100 clients is strong evidence of the
strength of our technology-based solutions approach and reflect how
corporations see the value of our national and global ITS services,"
stated Jerry Bowman, President and COO of Beacon (and the incoming President
of BICSI www.bicsi.org).
"Both of these clients have been with Beacon for multiple years, and we
continue to help them take their businesses to the next level. While our
institutional knowledge of their networks and ITS infrastructures is
important, they continue to reengage our team for additional ITS projects
because we are solving tomorrow's global business issues with timely,
predictable and relevant professional services.
another note, we are still aggressively trying to finalize the contract
relationships with several large clients we expect to announce over the next
90-days. We are still working with several Fortune 1000 multi-national
clients, large education institutions and US government-backed stimulus
program projects. While the award process is not as fast as we prefer, we are
getting consistent feedback from the clients that Beacon is positioned to
move forward with these contracts once all of the client's internal
decision-making and financial processes are complete. In today's challenging
economic times, we are seeing and hearing from many directions that capital
dollars continue to be released more slowly, as IT and ITS spend is impacted
by the slow global economic recovery. The fact that these two clients
continue to move forward with new projects is a strong endorsement of their
business outlook and faith in Beacon," he continued.
Widener, Chairman and CEO of Beacon concluded, "These two new
engagements represent another example of long-term clients reaching back to
Beacon to implement additional ITS infrastructure solutions. Many times, we
are awarded the initial project as a proof of concept in a limited number of
locations. Once the solution is operational, it often evolves into multiple
engagements, and ultimately a national or global rollout. This is another
validation of our refined sales strategy, to focus on large clients who have
the capability and business needs to deliver recurring contract awards that
contribute to our continued organic growth."
Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group, Inc.
Enterprise Solutions Group is an emerging global leader in the design,
implementation and management of high performance Information Technology
Systems ("ITS") infrastructure solutions. Beacon offers fully
integrated, turnkey IT infrastructure solutions capable of fully servicing
the largest companies in the world as they increasingly outsource to reduce
costs while optimizing critical IT design and infrastructure management.
Beacon is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, with a regional headquarters in Dublin, Ireland,
Republic and personnel located throughout the United States and Europe.
Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group is an emerging
growth, high-performance provider of advanced IT solutions with a commitment
to the proactive optimization of client companies’ operations. (OTC: BEAC or
Solutions was formed by the merger of four independently successful companies
in the IT and Telecom service sectors. These organizations came together to
create a unique, fully integrated, single source IT/Telecom company.
Beacon Solutions is a leading provider of high performance Information
Technology Systems (ITS) infrastructure solutions, with emphasis on ITS
assessment, design, engineering, implementation and on-going management and
maintenance of the clients ITS infrastructure.
over 30 years, our team has enabled companies in a variety of industries to
dramatically reduce costs, improve product quality, and enhance overall
corporate performance. We offer complete, integrated solutions to our clients
that leverage best-in-class products and services to inspire confidence in a
more than 4,000 companies, from small businesses to Fortune 500 firms, have
chosen Beacon. Beacon's end-to-end, industry-specific solutions drive
increased efficiency, build competitive advantage, and help companies become
Headquartered in Louisville,
Kentucky, Beacon maintains regional
headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio,
Republic and personnel located throughout the United States and Europe
with services to clients provided globally.
cabling connections - HLC Technology: Why is it so valuable?
Megladon Manufacturing's HLC (Hardened Lens Contact)
technology is what sets their products apart from others on the market today.
The patented technology (ScratchGuard™) produces the only durable, high
performance patch cord in the communications and cabling industry. Today's
high speed fiber optic networks demand the highest quality connections to
ensure reliable performance. Contamination, scratches, and poor geometry
degrade network performance and cause failures during peak traffic. The
cabling industry needs a reference quality connection with durable mating
surfaces to improve network performance and reduce system failures. The
communications customers and subscribers demand it. Megladon's HLC
SCRATCHGUARD Patch Cords prevent maintenance issues and traffic failures,
improve customer satisfaction and reduce costs. This unique technology has
set the standard for mission critical applications for virtually all carriers
and their network controllers. Recent tests confirm the HLC still delivers
the best performance available.
The basic transmission premise is the ability to transmit
a signal at point A and receive the same signal at point B. The transmission
capability across a fiber far exceeds that of a copper line. The use of fiber
optic technology, however, is far more technical. In today’s world, the fiber
optic end-user is required to possess cleaning techniques, maintenance
procedures, handling and trouble-shooting skills to address interconnect
issues. It can seem, at times, the technology does not work. Achieving repeatability
is a nightmare. Techniques and products need to be developed to alleviate the
issues that prevent the end-user’s success.
The techniques used to terminate and polish fiber optic
assemblies and interconnects have changed very little over the past ten
years. Automated polishers and visual inspection equipment have been
introduced to aid in the repeatability of the manufacturing process. Also,
interferometers and end-face geometry criteria were introduced to develop
interconnect standards in the industry. These enhancements, however, have not
solved many of the obstacles that are inherent with the use of fiber optic
These obstacles are encountered by the end-user on a
daily basis. They include end-face scratching, dust and other airborne contaminants,
films and residues, and alignment issues. All of the mentioned obstacles lead
to increased loss, return loss and performance degradation. At the system
level, repeatability is compromised. What works today may not work tomorrow.
The industry needs a durable interconnect
that eases the use of fiber optic transmission.
MEGLADON’S HARDENED-LENS CONTACT (HLC®)
method of producing the HLC (lensed fiber ends via laser action) fiber
optic assembly offers many advantages, the most prominent of which are durability
(long-term, repeated ease of use in real-world environments with consistent
performance) and manufacturing repeatability with reduced processing
HLC assemblies produced will typically provide a combined hardness
(resistance to scratch and dig) and surface roughness (typical 3 or more
times) that exceeds that which can be achieved with traditional polishing
processes. In our HLC process, the end of the fiber as well as the
immediately surrounding epoxy and ferrule surface, go through a rapid
thermally driven and controlled recrystalization process that results in
several well-known and well-established benefits. The most important of
these from the practical use and durability aspects include the generation
of an integral lens structure, surface passivation, and the “healing”
of micro-defects residing in the volume of the materials below the
BENEFITS OF USING A LENS
benefits of using a lens structure on the end of an optical waveguide such as
a fiber have been well known and publicized for more than 20 years [1, 2] as
illustrated below in Figure 1 from the “Designers Guide To Fiber Optics” by
AMP Incorporated (1981). While most splices and connectors in use today
use strictly mechanical measures to control and connect the propagation of
light from one component or waveguide to another, the lens approach is an
optical approach which greatly reduces many of the alignment and loss issues
that are faced with the all mechanical approach to coupling and
alignment. However, until the development of the HLC structure which
automatically and routinely generates an appropriate lens that is an integral
part of the fiber termination itself, most uses of the pure optical coupling
(lens) procedure were rarely utilized because of the costs and complexities
of implementation involved in commercial applications.
BENEFITS OF PASSIVATION,
REFLOW AND DEFECT HEALING
benefits of passivation, reflow, and subsurface micro-defect healing via the
use of a rapid thermal process such as with a laser beam are also known and
now established within the micro-electronics arena [3, 4]. Likewise,
laser annealing is now having a tremendous impact in both the micro-machining
and high energy/micro-optics arenas as well .
the HLC process, the end-face goes through a rapid melt and reflow process at
the surface, which acts to “harden”, smooth and passivate
(reduce dangling bonds) the surface. Recent tests conducted by Micro
Photonics Inc. with a diamond micro-tip stylus  have demonstrated that not
only is the fiber itself harder or less prone to scratching than a fiber end
using standard polishing/finishing processes, but the surrounding epoxy and
ferrule surfaces were hardened as well. These tests alone, however, do
not tell the whole impact of the HLC process.
same structures used in the scratch tests also show a surface smoothness that
is typically 3-6 or more times better than assemblies manufactured using a
standard UPC polishing procedure. These observations are even more striking
in the surrounding regions of the end surface including the epoxy and ferrule
regions. Tests have also been performed using ion etching of the surface that
show a reduction of dangling oxygen atoms by more than 10x over traditional
preparation and polishing procedures.
to the issue of durability and the enhancements offered by the HLC
process. The overwhelming issues within today’s fiber optics arena are termination
and connectivity or coupling from one component to another. Further
examination reveals that contamination and cleaning issues and implementation
in other than clean room environments primarily cause these
HLC process addresses all of these issues head-on and provides an INTEGRATED
single step process that works reliably and repeatedly within real-world
environments. Contaminants of any type enjoy dangling bonds and
particularly those relating to the gaseous elements. Dangling bonds are
a stellar feature of groove or rough surface features and micro-features such
as dislocations, contaminants, cracks, etc. within the main body of a
material and will tend to migrate towards the surface over a period of time
due to thermal variances [3, 4]. Therefore, something other than a slow
bake-out process or standard cleaning process is required in order to provide
a long term, and repeatable solution to practical implementation and usage.
Hardened-Lens Contact (HLC) termination process provides the durable
interconnect that the fiber optic industry is seeking. The method of
producing HLC (lensed fiber ends via laser action) fiber optic assemblies
offers many advantages over a conventional polishing/finishing process.
process subjects the end-face to a rapid melt and reflow. The fiber as well
as the surrounding ceramic ferrule and epoxy regions becomes a hard, smooth
surface that resists scratching, films and residues, and the accumulation of
airborne particles. The process also prevents leaching of contaminants from
below the surface. These benefits provide a durable fiber optic end-face that
is easy to clean and produces repeatable results in a real world environment.
Another benefit is the integrated lens that is automatically formed
during the termination process. The lens is an optical approach that is well
known and greatly reduces many of the alignment and loss issues that are
faced by the industry today.
HLC process provides an end-face that meets all UPC geometry criteria and is
compatible with all PC and UPC interconnects.
the industry has continued to provide cost reductions based on more efficient
manufacturing methods, the real issues have not been addressed. Fiber optic
assemblies manufactured in Asia have become
so inexpensive that they are considered disposable. This is not what the
majority of end-users require. They want something that will work. Megladon
listened to these end-users and developed a better assembly and interconnect
that provides real value to its customers.
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Optics, CRC Press Inc., James C. Daly, Editor, 1984.
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DuPont sued over herbicide
said to kill trees
Jul 15 2011
NEW YORK - DuPont was sued on
Friday by a Michigan golf club that alleges
its widely used Imprelis herbicide kills trees, reflecting a growing
nationwide problem being investigated by a top U.S. regulator.
Imprelis, conditionally approved for sale last
October by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is lethal to mature
landscape trees including Norway
and Colorado spruce, white pines and other
evergreens, according to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Delaware.
The plaintiffs include operators of the Polo
Fields Golf & Country Club in Southfield,
In the complaint, they said Imprelis has caused
"the loss of thousands, if not tens of thousands, of mature pine and
spruce trees," and the nationwide damage "is mounting with no end
Kate Childress, a DuPont spokeswoman, in an
emailed statement said the Wilmington-based company is evaluating the
lawsuit, but is confident that the case is "unfounded" and will
oppose it vigorously.
She also said DuPont is investigating whether
Imprelis "contributed to the observed symptoms." DuPont said it
has, as a precaution, advised customers not to use Imprelis near Norway
spruce and white pines.
An EPA spokesman said that agency has received
reports from "numerous states" about problems with Imprelis.
He said the EPA is in the early stages of an
investigation, and expects this month to begin an expedited review to decide
whether changes are needed in how Imprelis is used.
The Polo Fields lawsuit alleges negligence,
consumer fraud and damage to land, among other claims, and seeks class-action
status on behalf of Imprelis users in Michigan and nationwide. It seeks
triple damages and other remedies.
"Had DuPont tested Imprelis appropriately
before distributing it to the marketplace, it would have found that these
widely used trees were susceptible to being killed," said Christopher
Keller, a partner at Labaton Sucharow representing the plaintiffs.
"There are certainly at least tens of millions of damages from the
forestry that is being killed.
"My understanding is that this is the first
lawsuit, and certainly the first seeking class-action status," he added.
On its website, DuPont calls Imprelis "the
most scientifically advanced turf herbicide in over 40 years," targeting
broadleaf weeds such as dandelion, clover, plantains, wild violet and ground
DuPont said the product went through more than
400 trials, is intended for use only by lawn care professionals, and is
approved for use in all U.S.
states other than California and New York. The active
ingredient is aminocyclopyrachlor.
According to the EPA approval notice, Imprelis
was intended to provide "selective broadleaf weed control in cool season
and certain warm season turfgrasses" on lawns, golf courses, parks
cemeteries, athletic fields and sod farms.
DuPont is one of the world's biggest chemical
companies, with $31.51 billion of net sales in 2010. DuPont shares were down
10 cents at $53.92 late Friday afternoon.
case is Washtenaw Acquisition LLC et al v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co,
U.S. District Court, District of Delaware, No. 11-00624.
For more information on similar legal problems
faced by DuPont, Google search “DuPont Benlate”.
Chemical Giant - DuPont Declares Third Quarter Dividend
WILMINGTON, Del., July 15, 2011 / Chemical Giant - DuPont (NYSE:DD -
declared a third quarter common stock dividend of 41 cents per share payable Sept. 12 to
stockholders of record Aug.
15. This dividend is the same as what was paid in the second
quarter 2011. This is the 428th consecutive quarterly dividend since the
company's first dividend in the fourth quarter of 1904.
dividends of $1.12-1/2
per share on the $4.50
series preferred stock and 87-1/2 cents per share on the $3.50 series preferred stock also
were declared, both payable Oct. 25, 2011, to stockholders of record Oct. 7, 2011.
DuPont is one of the
world's biggest chemical companies, with $31.51 billion of net sales in 2010.
DuPont (www.dupont.com). Founded in 1802, DuPont is operating in
more than 90 countries.
FOSE is the largest and most comprehensive government
information technology event in the country
FOSE is the largest and most comprehensive government information
technology event in the country. Celebrating its 35th year, FOSE has evolved
along with technology to feature the newest and most exciting integrated IT
products and services, as well as executive-level education on the latest IT
trends. No other event delivers more than 10,000 senior-level IT decision
makers from federal, state, local, and international government converging to
learn, network, share experiences, and evaluate solutions from over 400
FOSE is a forum for bridging ideas and innovations between the
public and private sector. Gain insight into upcoming federal IT initiatives
at the two-day conference dedicated to meeting
your mission's unique challenges. Discover the latest products and services
on the expo floor -- also featuring
hands-on solutions through expo theater demonstrations.
This year, the FOSE conference tracks are aligned directly with
the technology marketplaces found on the show floor, delivering fast, simple
access to the education, tools, technologies and strategies you need in each
of the following areas:
Data Center & Network Technology
Mobile & Wireless Technology
FOSE is technology for the missions of government.
The Light Brigade to Launch Training Classes for UTC Fiber Optic
Professional Certification Program during UTC TELECOM 2011
8, 2011 – Tukwila, WA
in the growing utility fiber optic network industry will have the opportunity
to become officially certified in fiber optic network technologies through a
certification offered by the Utility Telecom Council (UTC). The first UTC
Fiber Optics Professional (FOP) Level 1, 2, and 3 Certification examinations
will take place May 9 – 10 in Long
Beach, CA prior to
UTC TELECOM 2011, an annual conference managed by the Utilities Telecom
Council (UTC), a global trade association representing utilities and their
vendor partners on critical communication issues.
to the UTC Certification exam, a preparation course will be conducted by The
Light Brigade to prepare utility professionals to take the UTC certification
exams. Further information on the curriculum, study materials and fees, as
well as a link to register for the course, can be found on both The Light
Brigade’s and the Utilities Telecom Council’s website. An option to combine
registration for the Fiber Optic course and certification with attendance at
UTC TELECOM 2011 is also being offered.
each preparatory course level, the certification examination will be made
available. To achieve the three-year
UTC FOP designation, exam takers will have to demonstrate knowledge of fiber
optics as indicated by a correct score of 80 percent or greater on the
exam. Names of those who pass the exam
will be entered into the UTC FOP database maintained by the UTC for
confirmation by prospective employers and others.
is not directed at specific vendor equipment, but rather at establishing a
professional competence regarding a broad base of utility fiber optic based
Light Brigade, working in conjunction with UTC, will develop the training
classes to prepare utility professionals to take and pass the new UTC Fiber
Optic Professional Certification Exams,” stated Larry Johnson, Director and
Founder of The Light Brigade. “Having a specific utility-based certification
program will further support the communications industry by addressing the
design, installation and maintenance of fiber optic networks that are unique
to the utility right-of-way environment.”
course and the certification examination will address topics such as critical
building, aerial and underground fiber optic networks on distribution and
transmission, as well as rights-of-ways issues. Key parameters such as
network design, installation, testing, troubleshooting and operations of
fiber optics networks utilizing OPGW, ADSS and Loose Tube fiber optic cables
will be covered in detail.
rapid growth in fiber optic networks by utilities is creating a demand for
professional staff that is trained in the design, installation and operations
of fiber optic technology." said William R. Moroney, President and CEO
of Utilities Telecom Council. "The purpose of the UTC FOP certification
is to define recognized competency levels in the knowledge and skills
required to design, build and operated fiber optic networks in the unique
UTC FOP certification is the first of several critical utility communications
certifications that UTC will be launching,” noted Moroney. “These certifications will be valuable
professional development tools for utility telecom and IT professionals as
well as essential management tools for their supervisors.”
program is aimed at utility installers, technicians and supervisors for the
UTC FOP Level 1 and for utility engineers, designers, supervisors, and
management staff for the UTC FOP Level 2 and Level 3. Anyone interested in
receiving an email notification on future course dates and examination
procedures should visit the Utilities Telecom Council online at www.utc.org
or The Light Brigade online at www.lightbrigade.com.
The Light Brigade
The Light Brigade, a division of AFL,
is the world’s leading fiber optic training company having trained over
40,000 students in its public and customized classes. The curriculum covers the
entire spectrum of fiber optics from basic theory and design to maintenance
and testing, through advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM, SONET, PMD/CD, and
fiber-optic video transmission. The Light Brigade also produces
professional-quality educational DVDs and CDs, a self-paced computerized
training module, and self-study courses. For more information on The Light
Brigade’s educational programs, visit www.lightbrigade.com.
Utilities Telecom Council
The Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) is a global,
full-service trade association dedicated to creating a favorable business,
regulatory, and technological environment for members. Founded in 1948, UTC
has evolved into a dynamic organization that represents the broad communications
interests of electric, gas, and water utilities; natural gas pipelines; other
critical infrastructure entities and other industry stakeholders. Visit www.utc.org for more information on UTC and its services.
OAISYS to Exhibit as a Platinum
Sponsor at ShoreTel's 2011 Annual Champion Partner Conference
TEMPE, AZ--(Marketwire -
07/14/11) - OAISYS, a leader in business call recording and contact center
management solutions, announced today it will exhibit as a Platinum Sponsor
at ShoreTel's Annual Champion Partner Conference in Chicago, July 19-21.
OAISYS will appear in booth #2.
As an active member of
the ShoreTel Innovation Network, OAISYS' Talkument® and Tracer solutions have been validated for interoperability
on ShoreTel's latest unified communications (UC) system, ensuring end users'
ability to benefit fully from the combined array of ShoreTel's IP
communications and OAISYS' call recording, interaction management and
Working through its
network of channel partners in the Americas and its subsidiary
OAISYS, Ltd., in the European/Middle Eastern/African (EMEA) region, OAISYS
has significantly enhanced and expanded its support of ShoreTel's dedication
to "brilliantly simple" communications for businesses of all sizes
and in all verticals.
During the conference,
OAISYS will showcase version 7.0 of its award-winning Talkument and Tracer
call recording and professional interaction management solutions.
Version 7.0 delivers key
functionality for the enterprise market and feature enhancements for state
and local government. Specific features incorporated into version 7.0 of the
OAISYS software solutions include:
- Active Directory Integration: This feature
reduces the complexity of system management, enabling OAISYS recording
solutions to retrieve user account credentials and groups from Active
- Enhanced Screen Recording
Flexibility: Tracer Screen Recording functionality can now be enabled using
an expanded variety of triggers, such as through voice activation,
integration with a predictive dialer or other third-party application.
- Quality Monitoring
Enhancements: OAISYS evaluations have been enhanced to allow categorical
grouping of evaluation criteria, customized effectiveness codes for
total business process alignment and a more flexible user interface.
Among enhancements of
specific focus to users in state and local government are:
- Automatic Location Identification
(ALI): ALI is a physical address service that corresponds with a phone
number. It is commonly used in public safety contact centers to identify
the location from which a call originates.
- Spoken-Time Overlay: This feature
reflects the real time in which a call took place and can be heard
during playback of the recording. The functionality is used to
synchronize other data review and for verisimilitude when calls are
played back for juries and other third parties.
"We are proud and
honored to count ShoreTel as one of our major global partners," said
Brian Spencer, president of OAISYS. "Their dedication to innovative
solutions and comprehensive communications at a reasonable total cost of
ownership, coupled with their exclusive focus on the channel, matches
perfectly with our own vision, and we are pleased to exhibit at this year's
Conference as a Platinum Sponsor."
"OAISYS has been a
member of ShoreTel's partner programs since 2007 and we've enjoyed great
joint successes with customers who understand the value of a complete,
best-of-breed, UC solution," said Kevin Gavin, chief marketing officer
at ShoreTel. "We are looking forward to seeing the latest and greatest
of their call-recording solutions demoed for ShoreTel's vast worldwide reseller
and distributor network -- priming the pump for even greater successes in the
Tracer is the industry's
leading call recording solution for contact centers. Tracer also leverages OAISYS
PVD technology paired with advanced contact center management features,
including customizable employee performance evaluations, live and auto call
monitoring, quality and resource utilization reporting and synchronized
desktop video recording capabilities.
OAISYS® (www.oaisys.com) is a leading developer of call recording
and contact center management solutions for a wide range of organizations,
from small- to medium-sized businesses to multi-site large enterprises. The
OAISYS voice documentation and interaction management solutions help companies
within a variety of industries -- including healthcare, automotive
dealerships, financial services, and the public sector -- attract and retain
customers by digitally capturing phone-based interactions for simple
retrieval, playback and management. Compatible with leading business
communications system providers, OAISYS Tracer and Talkument applications help companies improve risk
management, quality assurance, customer retention, dispute resolution,
regulatory compliance requirements and other critical business concerns.
OAISYS is headquartered in Tempe, Ariz. OAISYS
Limited is located in Cambridge,
ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOR
is the provider of brilliantly simple Unified Communication (UC) solutions based on its
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ShoreTel UC system offers the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) and the
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RAB Telecommunications - downloading a FREE copy of
Sharpmark’s Labeling Software, providing the complete labeling solution
Telecommunications will better service the demands of the telecommunications
sector, data and electrical installers within Canada. Canadian customers can
expect improved lead times on orders and reduced carriage costs.
Through RAB Telecom customers can purchase the full Sharpmark Labeling range
as well as downloading a FREE copy of Sharpmark’s Labeling Software,
providing the complete labeling solution.
Sharpmark’s range of labels have been designed to cope with the increasingly
harsh environments that network cabling has to tolerate. Cable labels in
particular, spend their lives on twisted cables, exposed to high temperatures
or harsh cooling, depending on their specific location within a site.
Sharpmarks self-laminating cable labels have been designed to withstand these
harsh conditions, providing a water resistant, durable cable label.
Sharpmarks range includes labels for Data Jacks, Patch Panels, Tie-On Cable
Labels as well as Cabinet and Logo labels. Sharpmark labels are supplied on
American Letter and A4 sheets and printed in seconds using a standard laser
printer, so there is no need for additional spending on expensive printing
equipment. Simply enter the required text into the Sharpmark Labeling
Software and hit print. This system allows customers to print labels in the
office ready to be installed on site, reducing the time spent on site
The Sharpmark Cable labels, supplied on US Letter sheets, are currently
available in Four sizes: (SLL4LU, SLL10LU, SLL12LU & SLL24LU) for cables
up to 35mm in diameter.
Network Connections Group USA,
is the main distributor for Sharpmark Labels, Y Raps, Magnamole and Cable
Project CAD in the USA, Canada, Mexico
and South America.
Graham Barker, Leader of Network Connections Group USA, and Sharpmark
Solution’s main distributor in the America’s, explains “ As a result of
increased customer demand within Canada, we’ve decided the best way to
service our customer needs is to bring on a distribution partner within Canada.
This will allow us to improve delivery times across the region.
DRIVING = Don’t Do It. (2011)
Communications and Driving Do
by Frank Bisbee
Originally Published: October 2007
An electrical contractor
can be a mobile army of thousands of vehicles, and a threat to the safety of
workers is growing. In an age defined by the convenience of cell phones and
other technology, we’re beginning to see some communications and driving do
You've seen those drivers
on the road, phone to the ear and driving brain almost in neutral. You've
done it yourself, fumbling with phone dialing, reading or sending a text
message. Then there is checking e-mail.
Operating cell phones or
the growing realm of electronic devices makes the road riskier for everybody.
Many advocates for improved road safety are screaming. Some states, and even Washington D.C.,
have even started to ban cell phone use while driving.
One of my friends in Washington D.C.
suggested that identifiable photos of the vehicle, driver (on the phone) and
location could be sent in for a $10 bounty. The offender would receive a
citation for $75 and points on their license. That might make the enforcement
"You are just an
accident waiting for a place to happen when you text message and drive,"
said Michelle Shannahan, vice president of operations at Communication
Planning Corp., Jacksonville, Fla. “Any competent driving instructor will
tell you the same thing. Unfortunately, the highway casualty count continues
to rise, while we fail to ban texting while driving. Just watching other
drivers talking on their cell phones and not paying attention to the traffic
makes me angry."
A Zigby Interactive poll
this summer found 83 percent thought texting while driving should be illegal.
But among respondents 18 to 24, the support for a ban dropped to 48 percent.
That age group also was most likely to text while driving. Sixty-six percent
of them had done so, compared to 16 percent of cell phone owners overall. The
nationwide poll of 2,246 adults had a margin of error of 2.1 percent.
To many in Generation
Y—currently aged 18 to 24—doing those things while driving is a way of life.
These drivers routinely say they welcome technological advances such as
voice-activated devices but not more government regulation.
Some typical reactions to
laws and enforcement to improve safety on the highway are uninformed. For
example: A ban on texting while driving is a "horrible idea." it
takes only a few seconds to read a text message and then shoot back a
five-word response. If you don’t text in heavy traffic or bad weather you
will be okay. In contrast, cell phone calls can go on for several minutes,
and people also spend more time eating in cars than it takes for a text
The potential crackdown
also has stimulated research aimed at making technology more driver-friendly.
In the car of the future, a driver could keep both hands on the wheel while
giving verbal commands to operate communications devices, even dictating
e-mails and text messages.
"Within the next
decade, your vehicle is going to be as connected to such electronic services
as your home or office." said James Carlini, a well known communications
consultant and technology visionary “The big question is when will the
technology-makers make it safe for the road."
Automakers also are
rolling out voice-recognition devices and not just for hands-free phone
calls. Mercedes-Benz offers voice-activated features in its C-Class cars to
select a radio station or CD track. The system also "reads out
loud" text messages and translates common text-message expressions, like
"LOL," which translates to laughing out loud. Ford and Lincoln
Mercury will sell a similar system on select 2008 models, including the
ability to pick songs from iPod or MP3 players by speaking the choice. Those
features appeal to car buyers who shop for the latest in technology.
All that technology tends
to give drivers a false sense of security, according to the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration. Dialing a cell phone is more dangerous than
talking on one, but because people spend more time talking than dialing,
those conversations cause just as many crashes, the administration found in a
No states have banned
cell phone use by all drivers, but a handful have enacted laws that state
drivers can use only hands-free cell phones, according to the Governors
Highway Safety Association. Sixteen states have laws restricting cell phones
for teenage drivers. Florida
has no regulations on cell phones. Georgia bans their use by school
According to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the following are some common
activities of drivers and how much they increase the risk of a crash or
• Reaching for a moving
object—9 times greater
• Looking for an
object—3.7 times greater
• Reading—3 times greater
• Dialing a cell
phone—almost 3 times greater
• Applying makeup—3 times
• Talking on a phone—1.3
• Driving while drowsy—4
The AAA recommends the
following tips for using your cell phone in your car or truck:
• AAA's first tip: Don't
use a cellular phone while driving. But if you must, continue with this list.
• Familiarize yourself
with the features of your cell phone before you get behind the wheel.
• Use the cell phone only
when absolutely necessary. Limit casual conversations to times when you're
not trying to safely operate a motor vehicle.
• Plan your conversation
in advance, and keep it short - especially in hazardous conditions such as
bad weather or heavy traffic.
• Let the person you're
speaking with know you are in a vehicle.
• Do not engage in
emotional conversations while trying to drive. Pull off the road to a safe
spot before continuing this type of conversation.
• Do not combine
distracting activities such as talking on your cell phone while driving,
eating and tending to a child.
• Use message-taking
functions and return calls when you are stopped at a safe location.
• Ask a passenger in the
car to place the call for you and, if possible, speak in your place.
• Secure your phone in
the car so that it doesn't become a projectile in a crash.
BISBEE is with Communication Planning
Corp., a telecomm and datacomm design-build firm. He provides a free monthly
summary of industry news on www.wireville.com .
with permission from Electrical Contractor Magazine www.ecmag.com
The Electrical Contractor magazine is
the top rated industry publication for the electrical contractors in 2010 and
the first half of 2011. ECMAG addresses all of the traditional electrical
industry issues PLUS Automation-Control-Communication-Environmental-Security-Safety
OPPRTUNITIES. This is not your daddy’s world. The EC is now involved in a
vastly expanding role in the industry. Technology is changing our world and
the Electrical Contractor magazine is introducing the readers to a dazzling
new world of business expansion in spite of a dreary economy.
INCREASING CAPACITY OF FEP AND ETFE with a $60 million capital investment IN Decatur, AL
manufacturers and their customers can breathe a little easier as Daikin America steps up investment and production in
Daikin America, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd. of Osaka, Japan
has announced a $60 million capital investment to expand FEP and ETFE
melt-processible fluoropolymer capacity in its Decatur, Alabama
facility. The expansion will be completed in October 2012 and will increase
both ETFE and FEP supply by over 50%.
Worldwide demand for
fluoropolymers is increasing and as the global economies continue to recover,
the need for specialty, melt processible grades such as FEP and ETFE is
growing sharply. “Application areas such as wire and cable, photovoltaic
(PV), aerospace, and automotive are just some of the major markets where FEP
and ETFE are seeing increased use”, said Donald Shaw, Director of Sales for
“With tight supply in both product lines, we are accelerating the
installation of this capacity to meet our customer’s needs. The newly
installed capacity will be evenly split between FEP and ETFE”, Shaw went on
to say. According to Gary Stanitis, Director of Marketing at Daikin America, “The
bulk of the immediate demand growth is for Neoflon™ FEP, driven by the
strength of the plenum cable market. Daikin remains strongly committed to the
plenum cable market, which continues to be the single largest application for
fluoropolymers in North America. Also, we
are projecting demand for ETFE to accelerate over the next two years, as
photovoltaic and architectural film markets continue to grow and mature.”
Daikin America Inc., one
of the largest fluoropolymer suppliers in the US,
is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd. of Osaka, Japan.
Daikin Industries has been in the fluorine chemistry business since 1933 and
is Japan’s leading
manufacturer of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, as well as Japan’s
largest producer of fluorochemical products. www.daikin-america.com
NECAs NEWS May
– June - July 2011
NECA Supports Legislation Backing Use of Building Information Modeling
(BIM) on Transportation Projects
joined fellow members of the buildingSMART alliance in supporting H.R.
2089, “Technology Helps Revamp, Evaluation and Expedite Design Act of
2011" that encourages using BIM on federal transportation projects.
Yates Electric Earns Safety Award for Shipyard Work
BASS Electric Lights Up Terminal 2 at SFO for Energy Savings
San Francisco commercial electrical
contractor BASS Electric recently completed electrical work on energy-saving
lighting and an innovative new baggage conveyor system for the brand-new
Terminal 2 of SFO. The upgrade is expected to reduce electrical energy
consumption by 2.9 gigawatt hours per year and natural gas consumption by
116,000 therms per year, resulting in a reduction of 1,640 tons of CO 2
emissions per year.
Rosendin Goes Greener With Fleet Of All-Electric Forklifts
part of its commitment to promote ecological responsibility, Rosendin
Electric recently deployed a fleet of energy-efficient all-electric forklifts
in its Bay Area warehouses. This move is the latest in the contractor’s
efforts to “green” its operating fleet.
NECA Accepting Applications for New & Improved EMI
Management Institute has been thoroughly reviewed, revised
and rewritten. Join us, September 21-25 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario,
the 2011 EMI. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. Download the application form and register for the 2011 EMI today!
Online Grounding & Bonding Course Offers CEUs, Low Cost, and Easy
Want to be awarded .8 CEU’s to assist in license
renewal? Click here to learn more about the online NECA Grounding & Bonding
ANSI Electric Vehicles Standards Panel to Cooperate on Roadmap to
Support Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
is working with the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI)
newly-formed Electric Vehicles Standards Panel to provide a uniform system of
standards for electric vehicle infrastructure.
Now Available to Schedule: Hard Hat Productivity Course
Updated ConsensusDOCS Reflect Industry Changes
construction contracts available through ConsensusDOCS (a comprehensive library
of 90+ documents that cover all contract document needs, incorporate best
practices and fairly allocate risk) have been updated to better reflect
today’s industry. NECA members are eligible for a significant discount on
Good News On Pension Plan Disclosures From FASB Meeting
Wednesday, June 29, 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board
reconfirmed it’s prior decision that it will NOT be requiring employers
participating in multiemployer defined contribution pension plans to
routinely disclose estimates of their potential withdrawal liabilities in
their audited financial statements. This is a significant victory for NECA
Education, Enlightenment & Entertainment at 2011 Academy Meeting
2011 annual meeting of the Academy of Electrical Contracting focused on
bolstering NECA’s Mentoring Program, featured an extremely well-received
keynote address by 94-year-old former Olympic runner and WWII POW survivor
Louis Zamperini (subject of the bestseller Unbroken), and saw the
selection of seven outstanding contractors for induction into the Academy
during NECA's Convention this fall.
Electrical Contractors Can Explore Renewable, Energy-Efficient
Projects at New Energy Forum, Oct. 22
will kick off its 2011 Convention and Trade Show in San Diego with an all-new, one-day Energy
Forum for the electrical construction industry on Saturday, Oct. 22.
New Study Endorses Better Buildings Initiative for Energy Efficiency
study released June 13, 2011, by the Real Estate Roundtable, the Natural
Resources Defense Council, and the U.S. Green Building Council (in which NECA
is an active participant) endorses the Obama administration’s Better
Buildings Intitiative which could give rise to a new energy-retrofit
New and Improved EMI To Debut this Fall
Executive Management Institute has been thoroughly reviewed, revised and
rewritten to reflect the changing needs of NECA’s membership in an
ever-changing industry. The debut session of the new and improved EMI will be
held Sept. 21-25 at the Pillar and Post Hotel in Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario,
NECA 2011 San Diego Registration Now Open!
Online registration for NECA’s annual convention and trade show, Oct.
22-25, in San Diego, is now open! Early
savings for NECA 2011 San Diego
events, pre-convention workshops, and the all-new Energy Forum and weekend
packages will be available until August 29. Attendees can
also make hotel reservations when they register for the meeting.
NJATC And Thomas & Betts Collaborate On National Training
National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical
Industry and Thomas & Betts Corporation have agreed to develop a joint
national apprentice-training program which will include scholarships,
equipment donations, and the establishment of a T&B-branded Grounding
& Conductivity Academy
to train all new IBEW electrical-industry entrants.
NECA Mentoring Program Won't Work ... Without You!
are currently inviting member contractors to join the NECA Corporate Program
— as mentors OR proteges. A downloadable brochure provides details.
White House Roundtables Present Hosting Opportunity for NECA
the end of the year, Obama administration officials will have visited at
least 100 communities in all 50 states to hear from businesses across America, and they’ll bring what they hear back
NECA contractors are urged to get involved in hosting these roundtable
discussions in their communities.
NECA Members Selected for OSHA Advisory Committee
manager at NECA member company Zenith Systems LLC, Seven Hills, Ohio,
was selected to serve on OSHA's Advisory
Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH). NECA
contractor William Hering, corporate safety & health director for S.M. Electric,
who will serve as The Association
of Union Constructors’ (TAUC’s) representative to ACCSH.
FASB Tentatively Agrees To Ease Up On Multiemployer Plans
disclosure requirements for multiemployer pension plans might not be
as onerous as first feared. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)
has “tentatively” decided to drop its most threatening proposal — the
requirement for disclosing potential withdrawal liabilities.
First Annual Safety Professionals Conference Earns High Marks
first annual NECA Safety Professionals Conference, held recently in Dallas, was a success,
attracting more than 90 registrants. The main theme was the importance of
striving for a zero energy work environment through a shared-responsibility
approach to safety.
Special Programs For Electrical Contractors at NTI 2011
2011 National Training Institute at the University of Michigan,
July 30-August 5, offers special programs for electrical contractors and
their key personnel from both the inside AND outside branches of our
Prefabrication Report Finds Increased Productivity for Electrical
contractors were asked by McGraw-Hill to participate in a study about the use
of prefabricated components. Those study results were released on May 11 in
McGraw-Hill’s latest SmartMarket Report, Prefabrication and Modularization: Increasing Productivity in the
2011 NECA Women's Peer Group Summit
time out of the office and away from family isn’t easy for any working women,
but members of NECA Women’s
Peer Group made the time to attend the group’s second annual Summit in Pittsburgh,
NECA Endorses Bill to Fast Track Deployment of Electric Vehicles
applauds the introduction of the Electric Vehicle Deployment Act (HR 1685)
and is working hard to promote passage of this legislation.
NECA Support Electric Vehicle Deployment Legislation
has put its full support behind H.R. 1685, the Electric Vehicle Deployment
Act that would implement several incentives and programs to foster adoption
of electric vehicles (EV) and EV infrastructure.
Future Leaders Hold 2011 Annual Conference -- Best Attendance Ever!
Pittsburgh hosted NECA’s 2011
Future Leaders of the electrical contracting industry annual meeting May
12-14, at the Renaissance Hotel. The meeting was the best-attended in recent
memory, attracting young, emerging electrical contractors, and industry
professionals from across the country who are taking on greater
responsibilities within their companies and NECA.
NECA Contractors Speak Out for Small Business, Construction Issues
held its largest Legislative Conference ever last week, with nearly 150
contractors visiting close to 500 Members of Congress to discuss repeal of the
3% withholding tax, the misclassification of workers, and prevailing wage
D.C.'s Electrical Alliance Bringing EV Charger Training Home
NECA's Washington D.C.
Chapter has announced plans to sponsor an electrical vehicle
infrastructure training course early next month for employees or staff members
of state licensed and bonded electrical contractors. Participants can
receive Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP)
certification after completing the course and passing a written exam if they
are state licensed or certified commercial/industrial electricians,master
electricians, or electrical administrators.
JATC Recognized for Completing Maryland Energy Grant Electrical
Electrical Alliance’s Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) was
recently honored for completing energy and electrical training funded by the
Maryland Energy Sector Partnership. The Electrical
Alliance is a cooperative effort of the Washington DC Chapter,
NECA and International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers (IBEW) Local 26.
3% Withholding Tax on Contractors Postponed For One More Year
IRS has postponed the starting date for a rule to require the government to
withhold 3 percent of nearly all payments made to contractors. NECA will use
the delay to continue working for the real solution — full repeal of
this burdensome and unnecessary regulation.
Clarification: Substance Abuse Testing Is a Mandatory Subject of
reminder to NECA members and chapter offices: You must coordinate
substance-abuse testing for bargaining unit (i.e., IBEW) employees with the
programs negotiated between the NECA chapter and its corresponding IBEW local
unions through collective bargaining.
Dozens of NECA Members Attain Safety Honors
article presents the impressive list of all the winners of NECA’s Safety
Excellence Awards and Zero Injury Awards based on 2010 performance. Congratulations!
NECA and Friends Focus on EVSE at UL Electrical Council Meeting
recent meeting of UL’s Electrical Council centered on creating a safe and
accessible charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, a commitment shared
by the organizations represented there. It also spurred a lot of interest in
the new NECA EVSE Workshop!
"Beyond the Light Switch" Documentary Premiers on PBS
A new PBS documentary sponsored in part by the
Southeastern Michigan Chapter, NECA and IBEW Local 58, BEYOND THE
LIGHT SWITCH adds a much-needed and balanced
perspective to a national energy debate.
Data Center Cabling for 10GBASE-T & an important
message from Siemon
Siemon’s Valerie Maguire Issues Cautions on Using Category 6 or
Compliant 26 AWG Cabling for Support of 10GBASE-T in the Data Center
A recent report by the industry market research firm IDC
provided the record-breaking news: more than one million 10 Gigabit Ethernet
ports were shipped during the 2nd quarter of 2010. A likely bet is that the
majority of these switches are being deployed in the data center. As
10GBASE-T network equipment becomes increasing available, data center
decision makers will want to take advantage of the cost savings, convenience,
and flexibility provided by deploying 10 Gb/s technology over balanced
twisted-pair copper cabling. But to actually enjoy these benefits, care must
be taken in the selection of twisted-pair cabling media.
Some vendors are positioning category 6 for support of 10GBASE-T
in new data centers. While it is true that category 6 cabling may provide
limited support of 10GBASE-T in some environments, its usage is limited to
reduced-length channels in legacy installations and is subject to additional
alien crosstalk mitigation and testing requirements that may prove
challenging and time-consuming.
To ensure 10GBASE-T capability, Siemon recommends Standards
compliant category 6A or higher for data center environments.
This stance is supported by TIA and ISO/IEC data center
Standards, which explicitly specify that the minimum grade of cabling to be
deployed in the data center is category 6A. The working draft of
ANSI/TIA-942-A states that category 6A is the recommended grade of horizontal
and backbone cabling to install in new data centers. ISO/IEC 24764 states
that main distribution cabling systems supporting
data centers shall be designed to provide a minimum of class EA
(equivalent to TIA category 6A) channel performance.
The Standards message is clear: category 6 is not recommended
for new 10 Gb/s data center deployments.
According to Standards, previously installed legacy category 6
channels of less than 37 meters (121 feet) in length should support the
10GBASE-T application and channels between 37 meters and 55 meters (180 feet)
may or may not support the application, depending upon the alien crosstalk
environment and degree of alien crosstalk mitigation. Supporting 10GBASE-T over
installed legacy category 6 requires alien crosstalk field tests on every
channel, which can be time-consuming and not fully conclusive.
More troubling still is the recent trend towards using non-compliant
cables constructed from 26 AWG (0.4 mm) conductors over a restricted length
channel topology. Cables with 26 AWG conductors do not comply with any TIA or
ISO/IEC Standard for horizontal cable requirements, which mandate the use of
24 AWG (0.5 mm) or larger conductors. Any claim that these cables are
category 6A, 6, or 5e compliant is a violation of the Uniform Commercial
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in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance network
cabling solutions. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global offices,
manufacturing and service partners throughout the world, Siemon offers the
most comprehensive suite of copper (unshielded and shielded twisted-pair) category 5e, category 6 (Class E), category 6A (Class EA) and category 7/7A (Class F/FA), and multimode and singlemode optical fiber cabling
systems available. With over 400 patents
specific to structured cabling, from patch cords to patch panels, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development
of industry standards, underlining the company's long-term commitment to its customers
and the industry.
JULY 2011 - The Final Launch Of NASA's Space Shuttle
7/8/2011 11:47 AM Space
shuttle Atlantis blasted off from Kennedy
on Friday, marking the final launch of NASA's space shuttle program.
NASA is retiring its
flagship fleet after 30 years of service. Atlantis, along with Endeavour,
and Challenger, have collectively carried humans more than a half a billion
miles in orbit around the Earth, spanning 130 flights.
"Final liftoff of
Atlantis. Shoulders of the space shuttle. America will continue the
dream," an official from NASA's launch control announced.
What’s next to retire? Copper Cabling?
POWERHOUSE - The Electrical Contractor Continues To Evolve
the past year, Renaissance Research & Consulting (New York) concluded several in-depth
market research projects (commissioned by NECA – National Electrical
Contractors Association and the ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine). The research
was focused on the types of work and impact on design and specification by
the “electrical contractor” in 2009. The findings show that the EC is far
more involved with low-voltage systems than previously understood.
all ECs surveyed (over 96%) have installed and maintained low-voltage
systems. The majority have handled low-voltage lighting (controls/ballasts)
and automation work for commercial and residential. As of the study,62% of
the ECs have designed & installed communications low-voltage
cabling/connectivity. In the last 18 months, we have seen a dramatic
increase in the number of electrical contractors involved in low-voltage
work, especially communications.
The ECs move into low-voltage market began about 40 years ago. Back then,
low-voltage communications cabling was often referred to as “sissy wiring” by
the titans of electrical contracting industry, but no more.
the ECs are reaping billions from the previously ignored telecom/datacom
market. Their market share is growing much faster than the economy. The
integration of systems in the buildings is driving automation and the “smart
building”. Intelligent buildings maximize productivity of the utilities and
substantial savings over previous designs. The ECs,
employing design/build offerings on technology across the scope of
traditional power and low-voltage, are
taking a bigger bite of the market than many experts predicted.
The title of “electrical
contractor” has different meanings.
Depending on whom you
ask, the title of “electrical contractor” has different meanings. Generally,
most people say an electrical contractor installs power distribution systems
and lighting fixtures in a building. If we lived in the 1930s, you would be
close to accurate.
have changed the role of the electrical contractor. Like the extended hand,
the electrical contractor now installs systems for power, control,
communications, security and safety. Plus, the electrical contractor is
tasked with the challenge of integrating these systems to automate the
structure and maximize the functionality of the combined systems.
These notes are a quick
view of the migration toward the information technology methodology that has
greatly expanded the role of the electrical contractor in today’s building
The EC as a
communications contractor for voice, data and video
Wired for communications
& wireless (low voltage)
The communications industry has challenged the electrical contractor to
tackle the information technology (IT) requirements for networks supported by
low voltage and fiber optic cabling. Many local area networks (LANs) have
been upgraded to handle the increased transmission speeds and the exploding
demand for additional bandwidth. Many experts forecast a need to upgrade the
LANs to fiber optic backbones in order to meet future speeds and volume of
traffic. While the high voltage distribution systems remain relatively
stable, the low voltage picture is showing strong signs that we may see a
in the next decade. Moore’s
Law supports this projection.
Moore’s Law is a computing term that originated around
1970; the simplified version of this law states that processor speeds or
overall processing power for computers will double every two years. A quick
check among technicians among several computer companies shows that the term
is not very popular, but the rule is still accepted. To break down the law
even further, it specifically states that the number of transistors on an
affordable central processing unit (CPU) would double every two years.
If you were to look at
processor speeds from the 1970s to 2009 and then again in 2010, you may think
the law has reached its limit or is nearing the limit. In the 1970s processor
speeds ranged from 740 kilohertz (kHz) to 8 megahertz (MHz). From 2000–2009,
there has not really been much of a speed difference as the speeds range from
1.3 gigahertz (GHz) to 2.8 GHz, which suggests the speeds have doubled within
a 10-year span, not the 2-year span Moore’s Law suggests. However, we are
looking at the speeds and not the number of transistors.
In 2000, the number of
transistors in the CPU numbered 37.5 million, while in 2009 the number went
up to an outstanding 904 million. This is why it is more accurate to apply
the law to transistors than to speed.
With all this talk of
transistors, the average technician or computer user may not understand what
the figures mean. A simpler way to explain is that the earlier CPUs on the
market had a single speed or frequency rating while the newer models have a
rating that refers to more than one CPU.
If you’ve purchased a
computer recently, you might have an idea of what this means as salespersons
may have sold you on the wonders of multicore CPUs. In the above example, the
speeds over a large number of years went between 1.3 and 2.8, which is barely
double, but it’s relevant to note that the 2.8 GHz processor is a quad core,
while the 1.3 GHz processor is a single core. This means the actual power of
the 2.8 GHz processor would be found if you multiply by four, which gives you
a whopping 11.2 GHz.
Due to the rapid growth
rate of technology in the past few years, most computer technicians you speak
with—whether they have heard of Moore’s Law or no—will tell you that CPU
speeds double each year. Though Moore’s
Law had said every two years, this rapid increase in technological production
has lessened the period in the minds of technicians and users alike.
The electrical contractor
makes it smarter
Smart building systems
There are so many names for the science of automating buildings.
"Environmental control" may best describe what the electrical
contractor is doing. When electrical contractors are installing systems for
controlling building temperature; heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC)
equipment; lighting; life safety/fire; security; etc., they are controlling
their customers’ environment. Now, electrical contractors are in the
environmental control industry. Since, historically, the industry has
segmented itself, we will keep the individual headings for now, but one of
the goals of electrical contractors is to have all players at least
acknowledge that they are in the same industry.
• Environmental control—includes all traditional building controls
• Lighting control—the integration of automatic lighting control for
• Sensors, actuators and end devices—including adjustable speed drives,
chillers, complete packaged air conditioning
• Fire and life safety—integration with the integrated building systems (IBS)
or smart buildings.
• Security—integration for the tenants of the IBS
• Elevators—integration for the tenants of the IBS
contractors (a.k.a., control contractors) of the world bring life to all
automation designs and new control concepts. The automation industry is only
as good as our electrical contractors. Never before has the need to be
informed and to have quick access to organized industry information been so
critical. The electrical contractor to the rescue again.
The electrical contractor
as security contractor for access control and video surveillance
With the growing need for
improved security and the simultaneous shrinking of budgets, many building
owners are turning to the electrical contractor for upgrades to their
security systems. While video surveillance does not replace a live security
force, it permits around-the-clock coverage over a much larger area. Many
businesses report that the video surveillance system is a strong deterrent to
crime and employee theft in their facilities. Specialty security contractors
once dominated this area of services. However, as systems began to integrate,
the electrical contractor became the preferred contractor. Security and
safety are too important to ignore.
The electrical contractor
as disaster recovery contractor for power, control, communications, security
The national weather service just released its forecast for the 2011
hurricane season. The concept of dealing with a disaster and recovery is at
the top of the list for the astute planner. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan as well
as the recent outbreak of deadly tornados are fresh in our minds as we think
what we would do. Many planners have already contacted their preferred
electrical contractor with a request to survey their facilities and develop
an emergency plan. A business without power or communications is not an
Clearly, the growing role
of the electrical contractor remains strong in a weak economy. The electrical
contractor wears many hats as it serves our needs for today and into the
future. If you are trying to guide your children to a strong and successful
future, you can’t go wrong with the new world of electrical contracting.
Many of the major
manufacturers of low-voltage technology and products (including security)
continue to lack marketing support for and focus on the electrical contractor. It is like they haven’t figured out what, where,
and how electrical contractors buy their products. Check the advertising in
electrical trade publications, and you will see that many manufacturers still
don’t get it.
But that’s just my
Frank Bisbee - Editor
"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column
First phase of Prysmian/Draka
July 13, 2011
Prysmian, a provider of energy and telecom cables, is unveiling a
new mission, strategy, and organizational structure, following its
acquisition and integration of Draka.
The Group intends to promote both the Prysmian and the Draka
commercial brands under the new Prysmian Group corporate umbrella.
“We have put together the best of the two companies, with the
goal of designing an organization that is lean, efficient, and fast in
managing change and promoting innovation while being able to stay close to
customers and markets,” says CEO Valerio Battista.“Now we have the right
people in place and the ideal conditions for achieving the annual earnings
target of between €530 and €580 million in ADJ Ebitda. This will also allow
us to start reducing the level of debt, which has risen due to the
The new Group's matrix structure organization revolves around two business
units: energy cables and systems and telecom cables and systems. Most of the
product lines will be managed by both geography and business, from building
wires and underground power transmission and distribution, to fiber-optic and copper telecom
cables and special cables for industrial applications in the renewable energy
and oil & gas industries. The globalized product lines (submarine cables,
optical fiber and telecom components, cables for
the automotive, transport, and aerospace industries, flexible pipes and
umbilicals for the oil & gas industry, and special cables for elevators)
will be managed cross-nationally by business.
The launch of the new structure ratifies the birth of the new Prysmian Group,
with €7 billion in turnover (pro-forma 2010) and a presence in 50 countries
with 98 plants and 22,000 employees, says a spokesperson.
The company’s mission is to support the sustainable supply of energy and
information as drivers in the development of communities, providing customers
with superior cable systems based on state-of-the-art technology.
The Group will retain and promote both the Prysmian and Draka
commercial brands, as well as create the new Prysmian Group corporate brand.
Goldstein, David Schell
As more OM3 and OM4 multimode fiber is installed in
enterprise networks to support 10, 40, and 100 gigabit traffic, fiber
infrastructure reliability has never been more critical. Preventing
network downtime, or facilitating its recovery, is essential for all
enterprise technicians. It is no longer acceptable for the technician
to spend costly time troubleshooting using a trial and error process before
elevating the issue to another technician with OTDR experience. Every
technician needs to have tools “on their belt” capable of pinpointing the
problem within seconds.
Likewise, the installation technician is deploying more
factory terminated pigtails and trunks. These installations commonly
involve plug-and-play products with 12-fiber Multifiber Push-on (MPO) or
Multifiber Termination Push-on (MTP) connectors. FTM Consulting
projects that the market for these types of installations will grow at nearly
17% annually through the year 2015 [i]. These plug-and-play
installations future-proof the infrastructure but can complicate the troubleshooting
process if it fails the certification tests. Once again, costly time
spent guessing at the problem must be eliminated and replaced with the
ability to identify the problem with certainty and efficiency.
The most common problem occurring with a multimode fiber
link is high loss. This may manifest itself in many ways including
dropped link connection, high retransmission rate, slow network performance,
failed loss certification test, etc. A power meter and light source,
commonly used for certification testing, may help confirm high loss on a link
but it cannot identify the location of the high loss. A “dumb” test
tool, such as the Visual Fault Locator (VFL), requires continuous visual
contact with the cable to identify the location of a fiber break, but cannot
identify loss locations.
The only product on the market today that can efficiently
identify the location of breaks and high loss incidents (i.e., connector) in
both uncovered and covered cabling is an Optical Time Domain Reflectometer
(OTDR). But given their complicated settings and advanced analytical
capabilities, OTDRs are frequently the tool of choice for the certification
and documentation of “as-built” installations and not for front line or initial
troubleshooting. Unfortunately, the expense of OTDRs usually means that
only one is available and very few technicians actually know how to use
it. The set up time and re-learning curve of the OTDR usually drives
the technician to try other methods before pulling out the OTDR or elevating
the problem to another technician with OTDR experience. Additionally,
it is typically unavailable when needed. Its size and cost usually
relegates it to an out-of-the-way shelf or storage at a central office.
TRIAL AND ERROR TROUBLESHOOTING: POWER METER
Typical troubleshooting methods tend to fall into the
trial and error category. The steps a technician may take to find and
fix a high loss problem tend to be the following:
Identify the link that is down and go to one end of
Disconnect the active equipment’s patch cord at the
Attach a light source to the port at the patch
Go to the next connector in the link and disconnect
Measure the optical power at this point.
If the loss is high, then the segment under test is
at fault. If the loss is not high, reconnect the connector.
Go to the next connector in the link and disconnect
Measure the optical power at this point,repeating
with subsequent connections and tests until the high loss link segment is
Clean and inspect the near-end connector’s end-face
Reconnect the near-end connector and go the far-end
Clean and inspect the end-face for contaminants.
Reconnect the connector and re-measure the optical
If high loss is still a problem, use an OTDR to
identify the exact location of the problem.
Re-termination is sometimes used as a
troubleshooting method. However, the fault location is not known so
this is just a guess – one that gets expensive quickly – about which
connector to re-terminate.
Note that once the high loss segment is found, the exact
fault location is still unknown. The technician must guess if the fault
is at the near or far-end connector, at a tight bend in the fiber, or some
other fault. The above troubleshooting process merely reduces the
amount of guesses required to identify the fault. Ultimately, the
number of connections, lengths of the links, and overall distance between the
two end points of the channel are all variables that often result in hours of
In those instances where a technician is performing
certification testing on a single segment at a time, very little time is
necessary to isolate a problematic segment. But even in these cases,
the technician must still guess at which end the fault is located. The
guesswork is compounded when installing plug-and-play products because the
problem could be at the front or rear connector of each fiber cassette
TRIAL AND ERROR TROUBLESHOOTING: VFL
Another common failure in multimode fiber links is a
break. Within an enterprise environment the break could occur anywhere
within the floors, walls, ceilings, etc. In a multimode campus environment
the break could occur anywhere within many thousands of feet of cable.
It is common to search for breaks using a VFL. While these instruments
can pinpoint the exact location of a break, they are not very useful in
determining where to start looking, as the following typical VFL
troubleshooting process illustrates.
Identify the link that is down and go to one end
of that link.
Disconnect the active equipment’s patch cord at the
Attach a VFL to the port at the patch panel to
shine visible light down the fiber.
Turn off the room lights if feasible.
Open the near-end patch panel and look for the VFL
light escaping from the break. If the break is not found, then go to
Walk along the fiber path looking for the VFL
Periodically pinch the fiber along the path to see
if the VFL light is getting that far. If the light is not getting that
far, then the break has been passed.
Open the patch panel at the far-end and look for
the VFL light escaping from the break.
Repeat the process again or use an OTDR to identify
the location of the break.
Another reliability issue that Fluke Networks frequently
receives questions about is the impact of connector reflectance, often caused
by improperly (factory or installer) terminated connectors or
contamination. High connector reflectance can translate into high bit
error rates. The laser used in the active network equipment
(switches/routers) may become noisy if its light is reflected back into it,
ultimately resulting in errors or lost packets. Measuring reflectance
cannot be done with VFLs or power meters; until recently, the only way to
locate a connector with a high reflectance has been with an OTDR.
SOLUTION: FIBER TROUBLESHOOTER
The previous discussion of troubleshooting techniques
illustrates the wasted time and effort associated with troubleshooting
without an OTDR. However, making an OTDR available to every technician
at all times is simply not feasible due to its learning curve and primary
function and value as an extended certification instrument. Therefore,
another solution is required. The solution must be a tester that is as
effective as it is easy to use, small enough to keep on hand at all times,
fast, accurate, and only requires one technician to handle.
OPTICAL FAULT FINDERS VS. FIBER TROUBLESHOOTERS
One class of tools that meets some of these requirements
is an instrument known as the optical fault finder oroptical fault locator.
While simple to use, these tools have not seen widespread acceptance as
troubleshooters because their capabilities were usually limited to finding a
single break in the fiber. They could not find high loss incidents,
connectors with high reflectance, or multiple faults, all of which are also
common causes of fiber failures; in short, they were not capable of what
technicians needed to troubleshoot effectively.
In an effort to satisfy the needs of technicians tasked
with troubleshooting fiber networks, Fluke Networks started research into
technologies that retained the troubleshooting effectiveness and capabilities
of certification OTDRs yet could be understood and operated as easily as
optical fault finders. The result is a new class of tester that is low
cost, easy to use, small, rugged, fast (6-seconds) and accurate. Fluke
Networks’ Fiber QuickMap™ is an example of a new generation of Fiber
Troubleshooters that leapfrogs the limited capabilities of optical fault
locators, and is a tool that every technician should have on their tool
belt. Instead of displaying confusing data and traces to decipher, new
troubleshooters such as the Fiber QuickMapsimply show the distances to any
potential sources of fiber failure or distances to any potential sources of
high error rates.
New Fiber Troubleshooters such as the Fiber QuickMap not
only find breaks in the fiber but also locate high loss incidents.
Since high loss is the most common failure mode of multimode fiber, a
“troubleshooting tool” without this feature is ineffective. Fiber
QuickMap does not provide loss measurements but does have an adjustable
threshold for loss so that any incident with a loss higher than the threshold
will trigger a warning on the display for that incident.
As previously mentioned, connector reflectance are
becoming more important in today’s high speed networks. Early fault
finders did not bother with identifying and measuring reflectance. As a
result, the reflectance, which cause echoes, only confused early fault
finders and made them unreliable. Effective Fiber Troubleshooters such
as the FiberQuickMap™ are designed specifically for multimode installations
to identify and measure all reflectance within the link under test. A
numeric readout of the reflectance value is provided and an adjustable
threshold is available to produce a warning on the display, for that incident,
if it exceeds the threshold.
Multimode infrastructures often have many connectors
within a single channel. Therefore, an effective troubleshooting tool
must be able to measure many incidents. Unlike early fault finders, new
Fiber Troubleshooters such as the Fiber QuickMap can measure up to 9
“incidents”. These incidents may be loss incidents, reflective
incidents, or both.
If we now revisit the typical troubleshooting procedures
discussed earlier, it becomes very easy to see how the features of this new
category of Fiber Troubleshooters make any and every technician more
efficient. With Fiber Troubleshooters such as the Fiber QuickMap, the
technician only needs to follow the steps below by plugging the tester into
one end of the channel and testing – no need to learn different trial and
error methods based on whether you are troubleshooting with a power meter or
Identify the link that is down and go to one end of
Disconnect the active equipment’s patch cord at the
Attach FiberQuickMap™ to the port at the patch
panel (figure 2 and 3).
Go to the fault and fix.
If high loss is still a problem, use an OTDR to dig
Fiber Troubleshooters replace the common practice of
blind trial-and-error troubleshooting by instantly identifying which
connector is faulty so that it can be fixed.
The ability to find multiple loss and reflectance
incidents also enable the “mapping” of the channel. Mapping the channel
allows the technician to quickly confirmconnectivity or installation quality
by verifying all the links and connections in the channel.
Unlike OTDRs, Fiber Troubleshooters specialize in
troubleshooting, not certification. As a result, it is not necessary
for them to test a broad spectrum of wavelengths. Because all high
speed applications in the enterprise are specified at 850 nm on multimode
fiber, it is not uncommon for Fiber Troubleshooters such as the Fiber
QuickMap to only test at 850nm.
BENEFIT OF ISO 11801 COMPLIANCE
Due to the increasing speeds at which fiber networks now
run, reflectance measurements have become more important than ever before.
The irony of this trend is that fiber connector end-face integrity is perhaps
one of the biggest problems facing installers and test equipment suppliers.
High reflections at connectors can cause bit errors. This is another
area where a Fiber Troubleshooter is more effective than a fault finder.
In recent years, the fiber optic experts attending
Standards meetings have included reflectance measurement requirements in
multimode cable plant installation documents, most notably ISO/IEC 11801. In
the past, only singlemode reflectance was a concern. With the emergence of
high-speed multi-gigabit networks, the problem facing singlemode networks is
now an issue with multimode fiber networks. Within the cabling installation
and testing Standards, return loss is defined for a single event which by
definition is called reflectance. While traditional, continuous wave, optical
return loss meters can measure the reflectance of a connector at the end of a
very short test cord, they do not have the resolution to measure connectors
along a network.
As a Fiber Troubleshooter, the FiberQuickMap™ Multimode
Troubleshooter has the ability to not only identifying connector locations
but also measure their reflectance. As a result this tester can be used
to check compliance with ISO/IEC 11801 as a compliment to certification
testing with an optical loss test set.
Fiber Troubleshooters are a new class of fiber tools that
retain the troubleshooting effectiveness of OTDRs but are as easy to use as
basic instruments such as VFLs and optical fault finders. While a
troubleshooter such as the FiberQuickMap™ shares some of the diagnostics
capabilities of an OTDR, it is far from a substitute. Rather, it
compliments an OTDR by enabling field technicians the capability to quickly
and effectively troubleshoot multimode fiber infrastructures, freeing up the
OTDR to be employed in its primary function as a certification and
Reprinted with permission from PennWell Publications – Cabling
Installation & Maintenance Magazine
Optic System Design Training DVD
TUKWILA, WASHINGTON — The Light Brigade is
pleased to announce its newest menu-based DVD, titled Fiber Optic System
Design. This DVD demonstrates how to design a fiber optic transmission system
that will suit your requirements now and for years to come. The content
focuses on issues that are critical when designing local, metropolitan, and
wide area networks, including physical layout, component integration, and
calculating loss budgets.
The DVD’s individual chapters discuss a myriad of design
processes from simple point-to-point networks to the more advanced DWDM,
ROADM, and FTTH/FTTB systems. Special focus is given to the factors that can
degrade signal quality, including attenuation, dispersion (for single-mode
fibers), and bandwidth (for multimode fibers). New technologies for 100 Gb/s
systems are discussed, and challenges and examples are provided for various
applications. The chapters include:
The design process.
Bonus materials provided on the DVD include a student quiz, with
matching instructor version, written in Microsoft Word format to allow for
customization for your specific needs.
About The Light Brigade
The Light Brigade, Inc. is the world’s leading fiber optic training company
and has trained over 41,000 students in its public and customized classes.
The company provides fiber optic training courses, DVDs, a computer-based training module, and fiber-optic certifications. www.lightbrigade.com
AFL Launches Rugged, Easy-to-Use Variable Optical
SPARTANBURG, SC – June 21, 2011
AFL is launching the new NOYES® VOA6-SM Variable Optical
Attenuator. Designed for telecom and broadband link activation tasks, the
VOA6-SM allows the user to "dial in" attenuation values for the
purpose of confirming optical link budgets and operating margins or for
determining the optical padding value required to match power levels.
Unlike other VOAs in its price range, the 45 dB Optical Return Loss of the
VOA6‑SM makes it the best choice for use with DFB-based transmitters
and other devices that can be damaged or degraded by higher levels of
reflected power. The VOA6‑SM is calibrated at 1310, 1490, 1550 and 1625
nm, making it ideal for FTTx and other single-mode fiber applications.
"The VOA6-SM was developed to give our customers an alternative to
complex and costly laboratory-grade Variable Optical Attenuators," said
George Rose, general manager of AFL's Test and Inspection Division. "Its
simplicity minimizes training and speeds deployment while its thumbwheel
attenuation control allows precise, one-hand operation. We are delighted with
the response we have received thus far from our customers."
Ideal for field tasks, the handheld VOA6-SM operates on an internal Li-ion
battery and includes a 10-minute auto shutdown, a 60-second backlight power
down feature and retains its attenuation setting even while turned off. This
permits it to be temporarily installed in a network node should a fixed
attenuator be unavailable. The VOA6‑SM comes with FC connectors, an AC
adapter, a battery charger and carry case.
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility,
broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets
as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics,
medical, renewable and intelligent grid. 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 telecommunications companies supporting both the
central office and outside plant 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,
Europe and Asia. The company is
headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd.
For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com
BICSI = Enhance Your Knowledge at a Technical Education Summit
is pleased to announce that registration is open for the final two Technical
Education Summits of the year: October 28-29 in San Antonio, Texas, and November 4-5 in Seattle, Washington. Consider this your
invitation to attend one or both of these exciting, two-day events!
Each Technical Education Summit combines the best elements of BICSI Conferences
and Region Meetings, offering quality education, networking and exhibits in a
condensed format so you can spend less time away from the office!
Register today for either or both the San Antonio and Seattle Summits to take advantage of all they have to offer.
Registration includes all meeting materials and admission to educational
sessions and exhibits, as well as breakfast and lunch both days. BICSI
Members and ITS Installers/Technicians qualify for a reduced registration rate.
What are you waiting for? We'll see you there! www.bicsi.org
Boyd R. Zoccola Named Chair
of BOMA International
2011) Boyd R. Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc., has
been named Chair and Chief Elected Officer of the Building Owners and Managers
Association (BOMA) International. Zoccola was sworn in Sunday at the 2011 BOMA
International Conference and The Every Building Show® in Washington, D.C.
His term runs through June 2012.
Zoccola has spent more than 20 years in commercial real
estate, including roles owning, operating and developing real estate. Zoccola
joined Hokanson Companies Inc. in 1989. In his role as executive vice
president, he focuses the majority of his efforts in the area of development
and has been intimately involved in the development of more than $500 million
of real estate. He is an Indiana Real Estate Principal Broker.
He has been involved in BOMA International in a variety of
capacities, both on the local and international levels. He served for four
years on the BOMA International Executive Committee and six years on the
Finance Committee. He has also been active in BOMA´s Medical Office Buildings
Committee. He served as president of BOMA/Indianapolis from 2007-2009.
Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international
federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations.
Founded in 1907, its 16,500-plus members own or manage more than nine billion
square feet of commercial properties. BOMA International’s mission is to
enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real
estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and
information. On the Web at www.boma.org.
Rogers powers up 4G LTE wireless network
Rogers Communications Inc. has become the
first telecom operator in Canada to turn on a commercial long-term evolution
(LTE) wireless network, giving it a near-term marketing advantage as
competition increases dramatically in the sector. Fourth-generation (4G) LTE
networks can provide significantly higher speeds than the third-generation
networks currently in use in Canada.
Globe & Mail (7/7)
Can the mind control your home systems?
A medical engineering company in Austria is
working on home control that uses your mind instead of a standard touchpad.
According to New Scientist, G.Tec of Schiedlberg is currently testing a
system that takes brain signals and translates them into commands in order to
give disabled people control over their surroundings. Using mind control,
participants can open and close doors, control lights and thermostats, and even
publish Twitter posts. Electronic House (7/8)
In-Stat: IP-based set-top box revenue to rise in North America
In-Stat forecasts that Internet
protocol-based set-top boxes will see an increase in revenue of 22% this year.
The market research firm also expects that 17% of all set-top boxes sold in
2011 will have DVRs. MediaPost Communications/Media Daily News (7/11)
STMicroelectronics acquires Arkados to expand digital home/smart grid
capabilities Semiconductor solution provider STMicroelectronics is
enhancing its powerline communication (PLC) capabilities with the completion of
its acquisition of the semiconductor assets and intellectual property of
Arkados. Metering.com (7/8)
Report: Premium VOD demand is tepid
The Los Angeles Times reports that
consumer demand for premium video-on-demand services first offered in the U.S.
by DIRECTV and four movie studios has been underwhelming. Looking for an
alternative to declining DVD sales, the studios were offering new films 60 days
or more after their theatrical releases, causing some controversy with theater
owners. Los Angeles Times (7/8)
Opinion: Powerful mobile devices could outpace consoles in gaming
John Carmack, founder of PC gaming company
id Software, says the next big industry wave will be carried out by mobile
devices. "It's unquestionable that within a very short time, we're going
to have portable cellphones that are more powerful than the current-gen
consoles," he said. MocoNews.net (7/8)
Microsoft reportedly considers subscription video service
Microsoft is considering the launch of a
subscription video service that would be branded under the Zune name, according
to this blog post. The rumored service is expected to be separate from the live
Xbox TV service recently revealed by the company and would likely offer videos
to stream on Windows Phone 7 smartphones and Windows PCs. Electronista/The Daily (7/9)
IDC revises 2011 tablet market estimates upward
Increased competition has prompted IDC to
amend its 2011 tablet sales forecast upward by 6.2%, indicating a strong
rebound from the first quarter, when unit sales fell 28% from the previous
period, largely because of a post-holiday slump. Meanwhile, Google's latest
analysis of its Android software shows that more people are using the
2-year-old Android 1.5 than both tablet versions combined. eChannelLine USA Daily News (7/1)
Georgia Tech researchers tap ambient energy sources
Electromagnetic energy from cellphone
networks, radio and television transmitters, and satellite communications
systems is being captured and used to power communications chips,
microprocessors and wireless sensors under research done at the Georgia
Institute of Technology. Georgia Tech's School of Electrical
and Computer Engineering professor Manos Tentzeris is leading research into the
emerging technology, using inkjet printers to create energy-scavenging paper
and flexible polymers. EE Times/Europe (7/8)
Netgem to debut home-cloud multimedia solution for hand-helds
Customers of Monaco Telecom will soon be
able to watch video content from their digital library on their hand-held
devices thanks to new home-networking technology from France's Netgem. The technology
consists of software that turns a user's set-top box into a multimedia server. Rapid TV News (U.K.) (7/8)
Report: Mobile phones help drive growth in smart home market
The number of smart home installations is
growing more than 30% each year, according to research firm Berg Insight. It
predicts that the market will hit $9.5 billion by 2015. The technology is
growing in popularity as more consumers begin using smartphones, the firm says.
Other drivers include the growing demand for energy efficiency and new
smartphone apps from providers such as Verizon and Comcast. ElectronicHouse.com (7/7)
Global consumers expected to make big shift to digital content
Consumers worldwide will spend upwards of
$52 billion on digital media by 2014, Futuresource Consulting predicts. Digital
content will make up almost half of all media purchases, compared with about
25% in 2010. Packaged video will account for about $33 billion in sales by
2014, compared with $42 billion last year, the firm says. Rapid TV News (U.K.) (7/7)
Survey offers surprising statistics about gamers
Today's average video game player isn't a
teenager, data show. In fact, the average gamer is 37 years old, according to
the Electronic Software Association. Gamers over 50 account for about 30% of
all players, while women make up about 40%. Almost 75% of American households
have at least one gamer. ElectronicHouse.com/Digital Trends
Freescale processors target medical, home/office applications
Freescale Semiconductor launched three new
lower-end processors and a power management chip for applications in auto,
home/office automation, medical equipment and tablet computers, among other
uses. Following the i.MX508 processor, which integrated an E-Ink display driver
with Freescale's Cortex A8 processor core, the chipmaker debuted the i.MX503
and i.MX502, which substitute an LCD driver for the E-Ink display driver, and
the i.MX507, which doesn't have an integrated graphics processor. EE Times (7/11)
AHAM calls on EPA and DOE to recognize smart appliances
Following July 6's release of a joint DOE/
FERC National Action Plan calling for a national forum to jump start the
development of demand-response programs that could significantly reduce
electricity usage during periods of high demand, the Association of Home
Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) is urging DOE and the EPA to adopt a petition
submitted to the ENERGY STAR program in December 2010 by AHAM, NRDC, and several
efficiency and consumer organizations, coordinated by the American Council for
an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), to recognize the benefits of smart
appliances and hasten development of the smart grid. Electric Energy Online (7/7)
Europeans prefer all in one 'packages' for Internet, phone and TV
Four out of ten Europeans households are
buying "bundled" internet, phone and TV services from a single
provider, a new Eurobarometer survey shows. The survey also found that 65% of
people limit their mobile phone calls because of cost and that calls over the
Internet are becoming increasingly popular. The E-Communications Household
Survey was carried out between 9 February and 8 March 2011 using a sample of
27,000 households that are representative of the EU population. Europa.eu (7/12)
HAI distributed audio system wins ADEX Platinum Award for Design
Home Automation, Inc. (HAI), the leading
manufacturer of integrated automation and security products since 1985,
announced that Design Journal magazine awarded the Hi-Fi 2 by HAI whole
home audio system with a Platinum Award for Design Excellence. HAI (7/8)
Google Wallet will enable smartphone transactions
Recently, Google Inc. announced Google
Wallet, a virtual wallet and set of services to allow smartphones with an
embedded near field communications chip that will enable consumers to purchase
products via tap and pay at thousands of retail merchants. The announcement
identified many financial partners, including MasterCard, CitiCorp and
FirstData. Google expects the service to go live later this summer. RCR Wireless News (7/6)
Large Building Automation
IP touted as next-gen technology for electrical and mechanical building
Building automation systems that control
HVAC, lighting and security systems are nothing new, and neither is Internet
Protocol, or IP, a common electronic communications method used by devices such
as computers, servers and routers to send packets of data and other content
among devices over an electronic network, such as the public Internet. Digital Commercial News (7/12)
Tridium announces new features for the NiagaraAX framework
Tridium, recognized as the global leader
in automation technology and device-to-enterprise integration, today announced
several new features and enhancements for the company's flagship software
platform, The Niagara Framework with the release of NiagaraAX 3.6. These
initiatives include support for battery-less JACE embedded controllers and
802.11 WiFi on selected JACE's, heightened security features and a number of
usability enhancements. Tridium (6/29)
New FIATECH Director named
FIATECH is pleased to announce Raymond E.
(Ray) Topping, previously interim director, has been selected by The University
of Texas and the FIATECH Board of Advisors to serve as its director and will
assume the position on a permanent basis effective immediately. FIATECH is an
industry consortium that provides global leadership in identifying and
accelerating the development, demonstration and deployment of fully integrated
and automated technologies to deliver the highest business value throughout the
life cycle of all types of capital projects. FIATECH (7/7)
Medicare will cover additional telehealth services
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services wants to make additional telehealth services eligible for Medicare
coverage, but its proposed rule on reimbursing doctors provided few clues on
how far CMS will go in expanding its tent. CMS issued new general guidelines --
involving the proven clinical effectiveness of specific telehealth services --
for deciding on coverage. InformationWeek (7/8)
Texas university breaks ground on sustainability lab
The University of North Texas broke ground
last week on Discovery
1,200-square-foot research facility that will cost $1.15 million to build. Discovery Park is intended to become a testing
space for new sustainable technologies. The building uses solar panels,
geothermal and wind energy and is connected to a smart grid. Its materials are
all removable so that new sustainable materials can be tested as they are
developed. Denton Record-Chronicle (7/10)
PG&E releases smart grid plan
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
(PG&E) has published its vision for the smart grid and a broad plan for
modernizing its electric infrastructure to deliver a host of energy and cost
savings to customers. Metering.com (7/5)
DOE partners with Appraisal Foundation to focus on energy performance
On June 13, DOE announced a new
partnership with the Appraisal Foundation to facilitate access to energy
efficiency and building performance information for commercial buildings. The
goal is to provide appraisers nationwide with the information, practical
guidelines, and professional resources they need to evaluate energy performance
when conducting commercial building appraisals. This will help investors,
building owners, and operators to accurately assess the value of energy
efficiency as part of a building's overall appraisal. Energy.gov (6/13)
LEED pilots a demand response credit
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is
piloting a new credit in their 2012 rating system to assess demand
responsiveness. Originally launched in 2010, the revised and enhanced Demand
Response Pilot Credit establishes guidelines that are anticipated to increase
participation in automated demand response programs. Leading industry experts
from the Demand Response Research
Center at Lawrence Berkeley
National Lab (LBNL), Schneider Electric and Skipping Stone contributed to the
development of the credit. U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Skanska exec: "Deep Green" building means redefining owners'
Moving to "Deep Green"
construction means getting clients to think of value in terms of life cycle,
not just initial cost, according to Elizabeth Heider, chairwoman-elect of the
U.S. Green Building Council and senior vice president of Skanska USA Building.
In this interview, Heider discusses how returning to authentic design and
looking ahead to innovations can work together, and how a building's energy
waste can be decreased by altering operations and user behavior. The Guardian (London)/Skanska (7/5)
Apple iPad reinvents commercial automation
The iPad isn’t killing demand for touchpanel
control -- it’s rejuvenating the automation market. Touchpanels are going to be
used more in commercial electronics integration. Every installation over $2,000
may soon be sporting a shiny, new, large-screen, high-resolution touchpanel. Commercial Integrator (7/5)
Best practices in using video analytics for outdoor security
Video analytics can boost security efforts
by automatically alerting personnel to take action when a security event
occurs. Intelligent sensors never tire, can cover large distances and “see”
what the eye would miss, even in absolute darkness. Based on such intelligent
analytics, people can make smart decisions when actual violations happen. John
Romanowich, CEO of SightLogix believes that the key to effective application of
video analytics in the outdoors is to use best practices in equipment selection
and installation. SourceSecurity.com (7/12)
FCC's tech center shows off benefits of high-speed Internet
The Federal Communications Commission is
set to open a Technology Experience Center
Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The center will showcase the uses of
broadband spectrum with innovative products. All products are being donated by
20 companies, including Comcast, Verizon, Microsoft and Panasonic. National
Cable & Telecommunications Association President Michael Powell will join
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to help cut the ribbon. Broadcasting & Cable (7/11)
Kinect trained to keep an eye on you
Gesture recognition has taken a step
further as researchers from Cornell
University develop a
program that can “train” a Kinect device to recognise activities and work out
what humans are doing. It is conceivable that the solution could be implemented
in digital signage to provide inexpensive yet sophisticated diagnostics and
allow advertisers to effectively tailor content. InAVate (7/11)
CANMET opens new technology research lab
NRCan’s new, state-of-the-art laboratory
in McMaster Innovation
Park, Hamilton, Ontario
– CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory (CANMET-MTL) – opened its doors on
February 23, 2011. CANMET-MTL’s research activities are aimed at finding
materials-based solutions for Canada’s
energy, transportation and metal manufacturing sectors. Natural Resources Canada (7/6)
OpenADR Alliance selects two firms for product compliance &
The OpenADR Alliance, a nonprofit
corporation created to foster the development, adoption and compliance of a Smart
Grid standard known as Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) announced today
that it selected QualityLogic Inc. to develop a conformance and
interoperability test tools and Intertek Group PLC to provide testing and
certification services for OpenADR compliant products. The selection follows
competitive process through a recent Request for Proposals (RFP) process
seeking companies to bid on the supply of test tools and testing and
certification services. AutomatedBuildings.com (7/12)
The U.S. Government Approach to Smart Grid
This article by Dr. Ken Wacks examines how
the Obama Administration is responding to the mandate to improve the
reliability, security, and availability of electric power in the United States.
CABA's iHomes & Buildings magazine (7/14)
Podcast: Lighting retrofits saves money and reduces maintenance
Betsy Pooley, director of building
services with Aultman Hospital in Canton,
Ohio, shares her
lighting-retrofit success stories, including the use of LED technology. FacilitiesNet (6/9)
Member Press Releases
Schneider Electric to Deliver Transformational Energy Management
Capability with Cisco
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in
energy management, today announced at Cisco Live, Cisco’s annual IT and
communications conference, that it has teamed with Cisco to provide an
innovative comprehensive energy management solution that monitors and manages
energy consumption across all building domains. With this combined solution,
building owners and managers, architects, contractors, and IT managers will now
be able to optimize energy efficiencies and business operations to save energy.
EMerge Alliance Adds New Members to its DC Power Standards Movement
Cablevision Selects Affinegy Software to Deploy,
Manage and Support Optimum Online Boost Plus
Affinegy Announces Home Portal v2.0
Affinegy Wins NCTA CIO.IT Competition
Cortexa Launches Energy-Saving Integration Packages
ENCELIUM INTRODUCES POLARIS 3D™ AT LIGHTFAIR
ENCELIUM TECHNOLOGIES’ TERRY MOCHERNIAK SERVES AS
FEATURED SPEAKER ON “ADVANCED LIGHTING SOLUTIONS” WEB CAST BY COR ADVISORS
DELTA CONTROLS Inc. announces the appointment of David C. Gill to the
position of Executive Vice President
CABA members can post their media releases by logging into the CABA Web
CABA Research Spotlight
The Business Value of BIM in Europe
This report from McGraw Hill Construction
investigates BIM (Building Information Modeling) adoption in the U.K., France,
The adopters are more committed to BIM than Americans. 38% of those surveyed
are adopting BIM with an expected increase to 75% in two years. The key
benefits are reduced errors, reduced time for specific projects, and the
ability to offer new services. Details of the survey are included with case
studies. Read the full report as published in CABA's Research Library. Paid CABA membership provides you access to the world's
largest collection of connected home and intelligent building research: CABA Member Research Library.
Education & Training
Webinar: The Future of Green Buildings
Are “green” buildings just a passing trend, or is
sustainability in real estate here to stay? CoR Advisors will hold a webinar on
Friday, July 22, 2011, at 12:30 pm ET to discuss the current focus on energy
management and environmental consciousness within the real estate industry, and
how this phenomenon has changed the way we manage and operate buildings. Join
Brenna Walraven, former Chairman of BOMA International and Managing Director of
USAA Real Estate Company, Brad Molotsky, EVP and General Counsel of Brandywine
Realty Trust, and Kevin Kampschroer, Director of the Office of High-Performance
Green Buildings at GSA, in a discussion of the merits of “going green” – from
energy savings to marketing differentiation.
Webinar: Breakthrough Best Practices for Blending IT and OT
Join experts from Duke Energy and Accenture on
Tuesday, July 19 at 10:30 am PT as they share insights on one of the toughest
challenges electric utilities will face in SGN's next "Lessons from the
Real World Webinar": merging data from information technology and
Free Webinar: Home Health Technology
The statistics are in - the aging population is
growing faster than ever and service providers and family caregivers are
turning to technology as a solution. Find out why this industry is growing so
fast, why dealers/integrators are a necessary component, and 10 steps to
quickly get started during this CEDIA webinar, to be presented by Laura
Mitchell, VP Marketing for GrandCare System, on July 26 at 3 pm ET.
Access CABA information from Web-based social networking feeds
CABA is pleased to introduce a wide array of
Web-based social networking tools for the industry and its membership. CABA is
utilizing Twitter and its own blog newsfeed to distribute news. CABA is also
using Flickr to distribute photos and maintains a YouTube Channel to distribute
video. You can access all of our social networking feeds through FriendFeed. Take a look.
CABA's "State of the Connected Home Market 2011" study
CABA launched its "State of the Connected
Home Market 2011" research study on June 29, 2011. The 2011 State of the
Connected Home Market study will identify key emerging areas of opportunity
over the next two years to advance the connected home space in the U.S. and Canada. The following CABA members
will be participating in this ground-breaking research: 3M Company, ADT, Best
Buy Co., Inc., Bosch Home Appliances Corporation, Consolidated Edison Company
of New York, GE Energy, Hydro One Networks Inc., IBM, Ingersoll Rand/Trane/Schlage,
Landis+Gyr, Microsoft Corporation, New York State Energy Research and
Development Authority (NYSERDA), Pacific Gas & Electric,
Schneider-Electric, Sempra Utilities, Shell International, Southern California
Edison, TELUS, Verizon Wireless, USNAP Alliance and Whirlpool Corporation. The
Steering Committee will have their first face to face meeting that will take
place at Best Buy World Headquarters in Minneapolis,
MN. July 20, 2011. For
information on pre-buying the research study please contact George Grimes at
613.686.1814 ext. 226 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how.
CABA launches "Smart Grid's Impact on Intelligent Buildings
2011" study today
CABA launched its landmark "Smart Grid's
Impact on Intelligent Buildings 2011" research project by on July 7, 2011.
The following CABA members will be participating in this research study which
will examine the impact of smart grid and net zero technology on commercial
buildings: Belimo Air Controls, Brandywine Realty Trust, Cadillac Fairview
Corporation, CommScope Inc., CoR Advisors, Diebold Incorporated, Distech
Controls, GE Energy, Grundfos Pumps Corporation, USGSA, Honeywell
International, Hydro-Québec, InfoComm International, Ingersoll
Rand/Trane/Schlage, Johnson Controls, Legrand/Ortronics, Natural Resources
Canada, Philips Research North America, Public Works and Government Services
Canada, Robinson Solutions, Schneider Electric, Sempra Utilities, Shell
International, Siemens Industry, Inc., Southern California Edison, Tridium
Inc., Verizon, and Viridity Energy. To learn how your organization can still
become involved in this research study through the CABA Research Program,
please contact George Grimes at 613.686.1814 ext. 226 or at email@example.com.
CABA introduces new members
CABA is pleased to add ADT Security Services,
Inc., BSH Bosch Home Appliances Corporation, Calico Energy
Services, Iowa Network Services, Inc., OpenADR Alliance, Shell
International E&P Inc., Southern California Edison Company and USNAP
Alliance to its membership roster. These new
members know that CABA provides more information about integrated systems and
automation in homes and buildings than any other source. Joining CABA means
affiliation with an organization that is dedicated to advancing technology and
integrated systems in home and buildings, creating opportunities for our
members' business activities and serving as the preferred global source of
information, knowledge and networking for key stakeholders. Join today. www.caba.org
ELIMINATE STOCKING AND
INVENTORY HEADACHES WITH CERRO WIRE
CERRO WIRE ANNOUNCES PACKAGING, SHIPPING AND DELIVERY ADVANTAGES
Improves safety and efficiency of inventory and stock keeping
Wire LLC, a leading manufacturer of copper electrical building wire and cable,
announces its unique packaging, shipping, and delivery advantages, which make
wire reels easier and safer to ship, and improve inventory and stock keeping.
reels are labeled with large tape announcing the wire size, making it far
easier to view wire size from a distance than standard labeling practices. Wire
size is also printed directly on the wire in a large size (MaxPrint) to improve
identification. Items placed on a pallet of mixed goods are carefully
organized, with products grouped together and labeled with an itemized label
which includes a piece count for that pallet, making verifying inventory with
shipping manifests more efficient. Barcode scanners insure a very high
rate of accuracy in the picking process. Cerro Wire also labels special cut
reels, so the customer knows exactly where that reel needs to go on a job site.
reels that must be shipped upright on their flanges, Cerro Wire uses an
innovative vertical cradle pallet, which ensures that the reels do not roll in
the truck and can be unloaded easily in an upright fashion. Most other wire
manufacturers nail reels in place, so the customer has to remove nails and
other packaging materials before unloading the reel. Manufacturers that ship
large reels flat on their sides force distributors to use unsafe flipping
techniques to unload the reel that risk breaking reel flanges and risk damaging
wire. Cerro Wire ships it the way the customer wants it, whether vertical
on a cradle pallet or flat on regular pallets.
have given a tremendous amount of thought to developing packaging and shipping
techniques that help our customers tell how much of each type of stock keeping
unit is on a pallet,” said Barry Medendorp, Director of Supply Chain. “Nothing
is hidden, labels face out and we layer all goods; we also group items together
so products are easy to locate.”
In addition to improved packaging and shipping practices, Cerro Wire
offers industry leading fill rates, shipping the vast majority of its orders in
2 days or less and 100% complete. Delivery times are quick because the company
emphasizes in stock availability and flexible multi-site manufacturing.
Wire LLC, a leading manufacturer of copper electrical building wire and cable,
supplies its products to wholesale electrical distributors and retail home
improvement centers across North America.
Cerro Wire’s Electrical Distribution Division offers building wire for
residential, commercial and industrial use. Our operating philosophy focuses on
customer service, low cost operations, simplification and innovation. Our
employees operate manufacturing and distribution facilities around the United States.
Cerro Wire is a Marmon Wire & Cable/Berkshire Hathaway company. www.cerrowire.com
BOMA - 14 Commercial Properties Win The
Outstanding Building of the Year Awards
International Honors the Best of the Best in Commercial Real Estate
29, 2011) The commercial real estate industry honored 14 commercial properties
with The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Award last night at the
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International’s annual
conference, held June 26-28 in Washington,
The TOBY winners
were recognized for excellence in office building management and operations in
specific categories of building size or type. To win the international award,
the office buildings first won both local and regional competitions. Judging
was 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. A team of expert industry professionals also conducted a
comprehensive building inspection.
The winners of
the 2011 TOBY Awards include:
In the Corporate Facility
category, the winner is Hearst
Tower, New York,
N.Y. The building is managed by Tishman Speyer Properties and is owned by
the Hearst Corporation.
In the Earth category, the
winner is FBI Chicago Regional Office, Chicago,
Ill. The property is managed by USAA Real Estate Company
and owned by FBI Chicago Partners LLC.
In the Government Building
category, the winner is Wayne Lyman Morse United
States Courthouse, Eugene,
Ore. The property is owned and managed the U.S. General
In the Historical Building
category, the winner is Theodore Levin U.S.
Courthouse, Detroit, Mich. The property is owned and managed
by the U.S General Services Administration.
In the Industrial Office Park
category, the winner is World
Park @ Union Centre, West Chester, Ohio.
The property is owned and managed by Duke Realty Corporation.
In the Medical Office
Building category, the winner is Physicians Medical
Center of San
Diego, San Diego,
Calif. The property is managed by Cambridge Healthcare
Management Corp. and owned by Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego.
In the Renovated Building
category, the winner is Metropoint 600 Building, St. Louis Park, Minn. The property is managed by Cushman & Wakefield
and owned by BPG Properties, Ltd.
In the Suburban Office Park
Low–Rise category, the winner is Pleasanton Corporate Commons, Pleasanton, Calif. The property is managed by Hines Interests, LP and
owned by 6200 Stoneridge Mall Road
In the Suburban Office Park
Mid-Rise category, the winner is Howard
Los Angeles, Calif. The property is owned and managed by Equity Office.
In the buildings Under
100,000 Square Feet category, the winner is 21900 Burbank Boulevard, Woodland
The property is managed by PM Realty Group and owned by Woodland Burbank
Corporation, a project by American Realty Advisors.
In the 100,000 to 249,999
Square Feet category, the winner is Gwinnett
Duluth, Ga. The property is owned and managed by Parmenter
In the 250,000 to 499,999
Square Feet category, the winner is 300 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, Calif. The property is managed by Hines and owned by 300
Capitol Associates NF LP.
In the 500,000 to One
Million Square Feet category, the winner is Fox
Plaza, Los Angeles, Calif. The property is owned and managed by Irvine
In the Over One Million
Square Foot category, the winner is Wells
The property is managed by CB Richard Ellis and owned by Metropolitan Life
Insurance Company and Metropolitan Tower Realty Company, Inc.
The TOBY Awards
are sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Professional*.
About BOMA International
The Building Owners
and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of
more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. Founded in 1907,
its 16,500-plus members own or manage more than nine billion square feet of
commercial properties. BOMA International’s mission is to enhance the human,
intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through
advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at www.boma.org.
GENERAL CABLE - NEW CAROLGRENE™ ULTRAFLEX®
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CABLES TO LAUNCH AT PLUG-IN 2011
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY,
July 13, 2011 – General Cable (NYSE: BGC) will launch its new Carol® Brand
line of CarolGrene™ Ultra
Flex® Electric Vehicle (EV) Cables at Plug-in 2011 on July 18th-21st
in Raleigh, NC (General Cable Booth #615).
CarolGrene cables, when terminated in accordance with industry
standards, supply charging power to all electric vehicles on the market
today. The CarolGrene EV Cable line is
the most comprehensive UL 62 approved product offering with three standard
jacket types as well as custom-designed solutions for any type of Level 1,
Level 2 or Level 3 NEC 625 charging station application.
General Cable’s Director of OEM Sales, said, “High quality cord and cordsets,
with a proven track record of performance, are a critical element to EVSE
safety, customer experience and the advancement of the
Provides the Broadest Range
CarolGrene EV All-Rubber Jacket type offers the most durable cord on the market
and has been the industry standard for rubber cord for 40 years. With superior chemical and abrasion
resistance, the CarolGrene rubber construction will withstand daily abuse and
temperature extremes in the harshest of environments, making this product ideal
for commercial and industrial applications.
Cable’s CarolGrene EVE Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) Jacket is incredibly
lightweight for easy handling and features superior flexibility in comparison
to other TPE jackets. Additionally, the
CarolGrene EVE cord with TPE can be molecularly bonded to caps and connectors
for lasting strength, even in rough applications.
introduction of the CarolGrene UltraFlex EV Cable is a valuable addition to our
Carol Brand Portable Cord line and rounds out our offering,” said Todd Sweeney, Product Manager, Carol
Brand Cord & Cordset Products, General Cable. “CarolGrene is the most flexible TPE jacket
on the market today and continues the legacy of quality, innovation, and
superior performance the Carol Brand is known for.”
UltraFlex Cables also offers a polyvinylchloride (PVC) jacket construction and
can be ordered in standard configurations or custom designed to meet your
demands. You can choose your jacket type, color, and print your name in
the print legend for private labeling.
General Cable’s engineering expertise and manufacturing flexibility
allows you to build a construction to suit any type of application, including
options for power, signal, data, and fiber hybrid cables. Additionally, all designs are compatible with
SAE J1772 connector systems.
Keeps You Connected
Whether it’s providing
superior engineering support for new product innovation, solving a specific
application problem, or answering a technical question, General Cable’s
Carolgrene Wire Wizards make magic happen.
With over 50 years of experience behind us and an intense focus on Lean
Sigma practices and extensive certifications, including the ISO/TS 16949
certification, Carol® Brand leads the industry in quality and
innovation. We are focused on one goal – fulfilling your needs with quality
products, availability and service.
About General Cable
General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a
Fortune 500 company headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a global
leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of
copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy,
industrial, specialty and communications markets. With annual revenues approaching $5 billion,
General Cable is one of the largest wire and cable manufacturing companies in
the world. It operates 47 manufacturing
facilities in 25 countries and employs more than 11,000 associates. Visit our Web site at www.GeneralCable.com.
Going Green with General
General Cable has
accelerated its environmental commitment, addressing its Green Alternative
Approach by identifying greener opportunities and promoting green cabling
solutions wherever feasible. This
includes promoting our existing green products; partnering with key customers
in their green endeavors; identifying and providing resources for green product
gaps; and participating as members in the U.S. Green Building Council and
collaborative ventures such as the Green Suppliers Network (GSN).
ICT Industry Engineer Herb Congdon Joins TIA as Associate Vice President of
Technology and Standards
Arlington, Va. – Herb Congdon, Campaign
and Systems Marketing Manager for TE Connectivity (formerly Tyco Electronics),
is joining the staff of the Telecommunications Industry Association as TIA's
Associate Vice President of Technology and Standards on July 25.
Congdon has served on TIA
engineering committees, TIA marketing sections and other industry standards
committees and has a proven track record of results in 15 years of
participation in multiple leadership positions (Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary,
Editor) in TIA TR-42, User Premises Telecommunications Cabling Infrastructure.
He served as Chair of TR-42, as well as subcommittees TR-42.1 Commercial
Building Telecommunications Cabling (568-B.1) and TR-42.8 Telecommunications
Optical Fiber Cabling Systems (568-B.3).
"As a volunteer on
TIA's engineering committees, Herb has provided dynamic leadership for many
years, helping to guide TIA's standards development efforts and growing markets
for the industry," said TIA President Grant Seiffert. "We welcome him
aboard, fortunate that we can now take advantage of his deep industry knowledge
Congdon has been elected
President, Treasurer and Secretary of the Professional Engineers of North
Carolina and is currently the Past-President.
A subject matter expert in
telecommunications technologies, Herb has been a featured presenter on a wide
variety of market, industry and technical topics for TIA, the Building Industry
Consulting Service International (BICSI), the Association for Information
Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA), the FOSE
Conference and Exposition (a military/defense trade show), International Wire
& Cable Symposium (IWCS) and others. He has written many market-focused
documents including published articles, white papers, training modules and
podcasts. Recently, he was awarded the Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in
the Telecommunications Industry by BICSI and the University
of South Florida, College of Engineering.
Prior to working at TE
Connectivity, Congdon worked as an engineer and product specialist at Siecor
Corporation (now Corning Cable Systems). He has served as project manager for
over 20 large-scale projects including federal government and healthcare
Congdon is a licensed
Professional Engineer and a veteran of the U.S. Navy's nuclear submarine
program where he served with distinction as a commissioned Nuclear Engineering
Officer and Squadron Operations Officer.
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global
information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards
development, advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence and
networking. Since 1924, TIA has been enhancing the business environment for
broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite
and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications
in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public
safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and
Joe F. Marchant Honored
with BOMA International Chair’s Award
(WASHINGTON – June 29,
2011) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International
2010-2011 Chair and Chief Elected Officer Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM,
partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P., recognized
Joe F. Marchant with the Chair’s Award last night at the 2011 BOMA
International Conference, held June 26-28 in Washington, D.C. The
Chairman’s Award is the highest recognition presented by the BOMA International
Chair and is bestowed annually upon those who through innovation, talent and
dedication have set new standards of excellence for the commercial real estate
Chair’s Award is presented to Joe in recognition of his many years of
dedication and commitment to our organization,” commented Mackey. “Along with
his lovely wife Clara Marie, Joe has been an inspiration to so many of us
throughout the association. His thoughtful insights, friendly
encouragement and artful persuasion have propelled all of us to achieve greater
recently retired after serving as Executive Vice President of Dallas BOMA for
22 years. Dallas BOMA is one of the three largest local BOMA associations and
represents more than 650 members that include representatives from
approximately 150 commercial real estate companies that manage more than 850 Dallas area office
a career in the United States Air Force and prior to BOMA, Joe served as the
chief executive officer of an international support company in the commercial
design industry where he produced training films and conducted international
education includes an Associate of Science degree from Murray State College,
Tishomingo, Okla.; a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with teaching fields
of Speech and English from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas; a
Masters of Art degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of
Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. and additional course work at the University of Texas
college teaching experience includes online college writing courses of the University of Phoenix;
speech communications and public speaking at Brookhaven
College; writing courses at North Lake College; speech courses at Anchorage
Community College, Anchorage,
Alaska; and Effective Communication at the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School. Joe retired from
teaching in 2008 to return to studying oil painting and spend more time
traveling with his wife.
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an
international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated
organizations. Founded in 1907, its 16,500-plus members own or manage more than
nine billion square feet of commercial properties. BOMA International’s mission
is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial
real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and
information. On the Web at www.boma.org.
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WAN optimization can support online storage initiatives
Turning to the cloud for storage can have a dramatic impact on a business' network. To support an online storage and backup initiative, companies can invest in WAN optimization solutions to reduce capital investments and maximize performance.
WAN optimization can improve network performance while also reducing bandwidth use by approximately 95 percent, CloudTweaks reports. This can support a cloud backup and storage program by freeing the network to transmit large quantities of information to the data center.
In a WAN optimization solution, bandwidth is saved by managing traffic to isolate large data packets or bandwidth-hungry data flows. By controlling these forms of network transmissions, secondary traffic can be temporarily paused while the large packets are sent. This lets the large packet be sent in a matter of seconds, freeing the network for other systems the rest of the time.
This is especially important in cloud backup and storage solutions, the report said, because companies often need to send large data packets to and from branch offices to a common destination.
WAN optimization can be an ideal way to support any cloud initiative. TechTarget reports many cloud vendors are emphasizing optimization as a way to improve SaaS performance and reliability.
Unified communications becoming prevalent in small business settings
Small businesses are increasing their investments in unified communications and the various network equipment needed to support UC deployment.
Unified communications technology is a powerful tool for small businesses, industry expert Tom Craig recently said in an interview with eWeek, because it can empower small businesses to compete with major corporations.
However, small businesses still struggle to match what large companies can do in terms of providing customer service and support during all 24 hours of the day, Craig said.
Companies that deploy robust unified communications platforms can overcome this challenge, Craig told the news source. By unifying their on-premise, mobile and hosted telephony technologies to support unified communications, businesses can expand their reach outside of the office and give consumers constant access to customer service representatives.
Craig said connecting various unified communications is possible if small businesses focus on deploying advanced technologies, such as cloud computing, that will reduce capital investments and help companies leverage sophisticated network infrastructure.
In many data centers, virtualization is becoming a key architecture to support unified communications technology. According to a recent CRN report, many organizations are virtualizing unified communications to foster network efficiency within the platform.
IPv6 could cut companies off from consumers
IPv4 addresses are running dry quickly, and businesses must respond by upgrading their network equipment to handle the IPv6 address protocol.
According to a recent Data Center Knowledge report, many experts are comparing the IPv6 transition to the Y2K issues that threatened to put computers out of commission at the turn of the century. However, Y2K was based primarily on theory, while the IPv6 protocol is definitely coming, and companies cannot simply hope it will not affect them, the report said.
Many businesses will not see a major need for upgrades this year, according to the report, because routing protocols will let them get by with IPv4 for a little while. However, the need to be IPv6-ready will become especially important once consumers switch to the protocol because IPv6 consumers will not be able to access company websites for businesses operating in IPv4.
The transition to IPv6 comes amid an exciting period in the data center networking industry, as a recent Synergy Research Group report found data center networking investments grew by 22 percent in 2010. WAN optimization and application delivery controllers were among the most important areas for new investment, the report found.
Using Green IT initiatives to generate ROI
For many businesses, the idea of going green is one they want to support, but cannot afford. As a result, some companies slowly adopt energy efficient systems for green IT, but only to replace failed components over time.
According to a recent Forbes report, companies can adopt strategies to successfully integrate green IT ideals into their systems while generating a return on investment.
One of the most popular ways to improve environmental efficiency, the report said, is to engage in data center consolidation. By virtualizing servers and operating them at a higher utilization rate, data centers can operate with significantly less equipment. This results in dramatically lower power and cooling costs that can generate a substantial return on investment.
To successfully consolidate a data center, businesses need to consider investing in efficient network equipment to support the large quantities of data that will be traveling through fewer machines.
A recent TechTarget report explains companies using new technologies, such as virtualization and cloud computing, to support a data center consolidation project need to also upgrade their networks to handle new demands that correspond with growing data storage needs.
The Light Brigade - Fiber Optic Tool Kits and Hand Tools
the leader in fiber optic training, The Light Brigade understands the special tool
needs of technicians and what it takes to do the job in a safe, efficient, and
effective manner. Our tool kits were developed with the insight and feedback
from experts in the industry. We include options for these tool kits that allow
technicians to order variations based on personal preferences without driving
the cost of the kits up with unnecessary or redundant tools.
Light Brigade currently offers the following tool kits:
Preparation Tool Kit: A basic tool kit designed for
fiber optic cable preparation and closure/enclosure preparation for splicing
inside or outside. For loose tube or premise cable applications where the right
tool is needed to strip, clean and prepare fiber optic cable for splicing and
termination. Part Number T-KCP
Emergency Restoration Tool Kit: A specialized tool kit designed for loose tube
outside plant applications where fiber optic cable damage has occurred and a
quick repair kit is needed to support emergency restoration. Includes hand
tools for fiber cable preparation and closure preparation, mechanical splices,
and a basic cleaver. Part Number T-KERM
Master Splicer Tool Kit: An all-inclusive master tool kit specifically designed for fiber optic cable preparation and closure/enclosure preparation. For
loose tube or premise cable applications where the right tool is needed to
strip, clean and prepare fiber optic cable for splicing and termination.
Includes specialized tools needed to do mid-cable access procedures and prepare
special fiber optic cables such as OPGW, ADSS, MicroCable, and armored loose
tube for splicing or termination. Part Number T-KMS
also offer customized tool kits, which can be tailored to meet your specific
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New NAED Course Offers
the Basics of Strengthening a Company’s Bottom Line
Basics teaches associates from all levels how to play an important role in
ST. LOUIS… The National
Association of Electrical Distributors’ (NAED) is pleased to announce its
newest course offering, Bottom Line Basics. This course teaches associates the
basics of how distributors make a profit and why it is important for them to
remain profitable and competitive in the marketplace.
“No matter what
the job title, everyone at a company can have a positive impact on
profitability,” said Michelle McNamara, NAED vice president and executive
director of the NAED Education & Research Foundation. “Bottom Line Basics
presents concepts and strategies that all associates can apply to their work to
help the company achieve its business goals.”
owners, branch managers, human resources managers, and training managers will
want to include Bottom Line Basics as a part of their overall training program
not just for the sales force, but for all distributor associates. The
entry-level course covers how to protect and improve profit margins; promote
efficiency and accuracy; and increase value and customer satisfaction.
There are five
modules included in the Bottom Line Basics course, followed by a final exam:
- Module 1:
Understanding Net Profit
- Module 2: The Basics
- Module 3: Measuring
- Module 4: Profitable
- Module 5: Building a
Strong Bottom Line
Basics is available exclusively on the NAED Learning
Center, and can be
included as part of a VIP Access package. To purchase this course, contact NAED
Member Services at email@example.com or 888-791-2512.
the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry.
Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps
electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED’s
membership operates in approximately 4,400 locations internationally.
NEMA Participates in ANSI Electric Vehicle Standards Panel
Va., June 23, 2011—Member company representatives and staff of the National Electrical
Manufacturers Association (NEMA) participated recently in the first
face-to-face meeting for the newly-formed Electric Vehicle Standards Panel
(EVSP) of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). With an initial
scope that focuses on the consumer-class of electric vehicles (EVs), the
mission of the EVSP is to develop a roadmap for the U.S. standardization effort.
to the opening remarks by ANSI President and CEO Joe Bhatia, the panel’s
efforts are designed to be complementary to other standardization activities in
and abroad, including as those of the National Institute of Standards and
Technology (NIST) Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), the International
Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International Organization for
you would expect, because of the impacts on the U.S. electrical infrastructure NEMA
figures very prominently in the work of the EVSP,” said Paul Molitor, NEMA’s
Assistant Vice President for Smart Grid. “Our staff and our members are
actively involved at every level of the panel, and we are looking forward to
improving our understanding of the issues and creating closer relationships
with our counterparts in the electric vehicle world.”
organizations and institutions involved with the panel include the U.S.
Department of Energy, the Government Services Administration (GSA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
(IEEE), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Underwriters Laboratories
(UL), and several domestic and international automobile manufacturers.
is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers.
Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington,
D.C., its approximately 450
member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and
distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in
utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications.
The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division
represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment
including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of
NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA
also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.
The Latest Issue Of The FOA Newsletter Is Now
In This Month's Issue
Encircled Flux in Flux
Is This The Obituary For Copper Wire?
Really "Old Tech" Helps
Install New Tech Fiber
More Ways To Spot Counterfeit Cable
FOA iPad App Now Available
Are We Headed To Another "Tech Bubble"?
Update Report on Broadband in America
Fiber U at OSP Show in September
Fiber U Training Conference For Africa?
3 New FOA YouTube Videos- Splices and
One Controversy After Another!
While it seems that the controversy over the compatibility of
bend-insensitive fiber is dying out, another is taking its place:
"encircled flux" and the new multimode cable plant test standard.
Is the standard workable today or is it still in "beta"? This
topic is covered in the FOA newsletter and a new web page in the FOA Online
Details in the FOA Online Newsletter.
The FOA "Fiber U Conference" is coming - at the OSP Expo.
Come to Cincinnati
in September for Fiber U programs on Smart Grid, Fiber for Wireless, GB
FTTH and a special afternoon of hands-on sessions on state of the art
components and equipment with hands-on training by the manufacturers
FOA iPad APP
Got an iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch? You can get a new FOA APP that
takes our basic book and turns it into an interactive self-study program.
All for the same price as the iBook itself. Details in the FOA Online Newsletter or on the Apple iTunes store.
Plus there are more job opportunities in this month's newsletter.
Go To The FOA Newsletter
Looking for a job in fiber optics? The FOA "Jobs" Website
provides advice to help you find a job in fiber optics: http://www.thefoa.org/jobs/jobs.html)
Did you know your FOA certification requires you maintain your
FOA membership? (Check your ID Card - it shows the expiration date.)
Did you know when you renew you get discount coupons to purchase FOA
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BICSI RELEASES NEW EDITION OF OUTSIDE
Outside Plant Design Reference Manual
(OSPDRM), 5th Edition, Now Available
Florida, July 1, 2011—BICSI, the international association supporting the
information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and
knowledge assessment, announces the release of its Outside Plant Design Reference Manual (OSPDRM), 5th edition.
new edition of the OSPDRM offers a
complete update to the previous edition. A new chapter has been added which
includes sections on passive optical networks, wireless broadband, and
intrusion detection and alarm circuits. In addition, the original 13 chapters
from the previous edition have been condensed into 11 chapters, with much of
the 4th edition material reformatted into new appendices. The chapter on
Pathways and Spaces underwent a major revision with the addition of detailed
design information on aerial, underground and direct-buried infrastructure.
a total of 909 pages, the OSPDRM, 5th
edition, contains 11 chapters and six appendices. Chapters include:
Introduction to Outside Plant
Cable and Connector Types
Pathways and Spaces
Bonding, Grounding (Earthing), and Electrical Protection
Maintenance and Restoration
Special Design Considerations
manual is available in print, CD-ROM, downloadable and multi-user versions.
This manual replaces the 4th edition and will be used in conjunction with
BICSI’s outside plant (OSP) suite of courses in the coming months. Those
wishing to may purchase a combination of the 4th and 5th editions at a
significant discount. More information on the manual and the available discount
can be found at www.bicsi.org/publications.
Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA,
BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries. For more information, visit www.bicsi.org.
Fire Protection Association - NFPA NEWS
Nortel patent portfolio sells for $4.5 billion
Nortel Networks Corp. has concluded a successful auction of all
of its remaining patents and patent applications. After a multi-day auction,
a consortium emerged as the winning bidder with a cash purchase price of US$4.5
billion. The consortium consists of Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research
In Motion and Sony.
The sale includes more than 6,000 patents and patent applications
spanning wireless, wireless 4G, data networking, optical, voice, Internet,
service provider, semiconductors and other patents. The extensive patent
portfolio touches nearly every aspect of telecommunications and additional
markets as well, including Internet search and social networking, the company
said in a release.
"Following a very robust auction, we are pleased at the
outcome of the auction of this extensive patent portfolio", said George
Riedel, chief strategy officer at Nortel. "The size and dollar value
for this transaction is unprecedented, as was the significant interest in the
portfolio among major companies around the world."
The sale is subject to applicable Canadian and U.S. Court approvals which will be sought
at a joint hearing expected to be held on July 11.
The Next Big Boom Towns in the U.S.
is clear is that well-established patterns of job creation and vital
demographics will drive future regional growth, not only in the next year, but over
the coming decade. People create economies and they tend to vote with their
feet when they choose to locate their families as well as their businesses.
This will prove more decisive in shaping future growth than the hip imagery and
big city-oriented PR flackery that dominate media coverage of America's
1: Austin, Texas
This is no surprise. Austin consistently sits
atop Forbes' annual list of the best cities for jobs and scores highly in other
demographics rankings. It is the third-fastest-growing city in the nation,
attracting large numbers of college grads, immigrants and families with young
children. (according to Forbes)
USGBC Launches LEED Volume Program for
Operations & Maintenance
large-scale green building certifications for existing facilities into standard
Washington, D.C. – (June
27, 2011) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced that LEED
Volume Program for Operations & Maintenance is now available for existing
green building projects. The track, which focuses on operations and maintenance
needs, debuted at the 2011
BOMA International Conference held in Washington, D.C.
“With the launch of the
Operations & Maintenance track, LEED’s largest users are now able to make a
sizable impact in greening their existing building portfolio as well as
achieving green design and construction of their new builds,” said Scot Horst,
Senior Vice President, USGBC. “Because existing buildings make up the vast
majority of the U.S.
building stock and the existing building market is nearly 100 times larger than
the new construction market, tools like this are essential to reducing energy
consumption from this sector.”
The LEED Volume Program
streamlines the certification process for high-volume property owners and
managers of existing buildings and new construction projects. Utilizing a
prototype-based approach, the program enables large-scale builders, owners, and
managers to achieve consistency in green building improvements, allowing them
to earn LEED certification faster and at a lower cost than would be possible
with individual building reviews.
The Operations &
Maintenance track was shaped by 11 commercial real estate firms, national
retailers, hospitality providers, colleges and universities, local and state
governments and federal agencies, including Cushman & Wakefield, Bentall
Kennedy, City of San Jose, Kohl’s Department Stores, Stop & Shop, Bank of
America, University of Florida, American University, University of California
Santa Barbara, Wells Fargoand InterContinental Hotels Group.
“The LEED Volume Program
benefitted both our corporate tenant and investor clients by providing a
streamlined and cost-effective approach to certification,” said John Santora,
Client Solutions, Cushman & Wakefield, a Volume Pilot participant. “It also
allowed us to educate and empower our management professionals so that they are
now able to implement sustainable operations and practices at our properties.”
Currently, 18 Cushman & Wakefield properties are certified, representing 8
million square feet of commercial real estate.
“Achieving one of the
nation’s first groups of certifications using the LEED Volume Program for
Operations & Maintenance across such a diverse portfolio of assets
demonstrates our strong belief in the importance, long-term value and
opportunities presented by improving the sustainability of existing buildings,
in addition to new construction,” said Christian Gunter, Vice President,
Bentall Kennedy, which has certified 45 buildings representing over 8 million
square feet of commercial space through the LEED Volume Program.
More than 625 building
projects have certified through the LEED Volume Program, including Starwood
Hotels & Resorts, The PNC Financial Services Group, Best Buy, Marriott,
Citigroup and Starbucks Coffee Company. USGBC launched the program for the
design and construction of new building projects at its Greenbuild
International Conference & Expo in November 2010.
To learn more about the
LEED Volume Program, visit www.usgbc.org/LEEDvolume.
U.S. Green Building
U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future
for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a
community comprising 79 local affiliates, nearly 16,000 member organizations,
and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the
driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the
U.S. GDP from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of
builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations,
elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. For more
information, visit www.usgbc.org, on Twitter, Facebookand LinkedIn.
The U.S. Green Building
Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the
design, construction and operation of green buildings. Nearly 40,000 projects
are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating
systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50
states and 120 countries. In addition, more than 11,000 homes have been
certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with more than 52,000 more
By using less energy,
LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers;
reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for
residents, workers and the larger community.
For more information, visit
Cisco Could Cut 11,500 Jobs By August
Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) may have to cut as
many as 11,500 jobs (9% of their workforce) to help it reach its goal of $1 billion
in cost savings and keep it competitive, writes Gleacher & Co. analyst
Brian Marshall in a research note on the networking giant.
The company, he said, raised its headcount by some 10,000 in the
past eight quarters but saw slower revenue growth. Cisco currently has a
workforce of 73,400 compared with the 44,000 it had in 2001 when it trimmed
Rivals Juniper Networks (NASDAQ:JNPR) and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) continue to nip at the
company's heels, and Cisco continues to lose share in its key Ethernet switching
segment. CEO John Chambers in May promised to cut $1 billion in expenses from
Cisco's bottom line over the next 12 months. He said he'd dump underperforming
businesses and products and ax as many jobs as it took to get expenses more in
line with revenues.
Cisco's fourth quarter earnings call is set for Aug. 10, at which
point the company is more likely to discuss details about its workforce and
"Job cuts will help right the ship," said Marshall.
REMEMBER TO RECYCLE, REDUCE AND REUSE