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Issue: July 2011
By: Frank Bisbee

Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces

Bisbee’s Buzz

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 born before:

·         '      television

·         '        penicillin 

·         '       polio shots

·         '       frozen foods

·         '       Xerox 

·         '       contact lenses

·         '       Frisbees and

·         '       the pill


There were no:

·         '       credit cards

·         '       laser beams or 

·         '       ball-point pens


Man had not invented:

·         '       pantyhose 

·         '       air conditioners 

·         '       dishwashers

·         '       clothes dryers 


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, "Sir".

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 your cousins. 

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 junk  

The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam....  

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 afford one?

Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.  


In my day:

·         '      "grass" was mowed,

·         '      "coke" was a cold drink,

·         '     "pot" was something your mother cooked in and

·         '     "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.

·         '     "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office,

·         '      "chip" meant a piece of wood,

·         '     "hardware" was found in a hardware store and

·         '    "software" 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.


But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

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Jacksonville, FL  32257


CREATIVITY AT WORK - Beacon Solutions Awarded $1.2 Million in New Business

Expands Scope of Services With Two Existing Clients--

LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 23, 2011 / Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group, Inc. (OTC BB: BEAC) (, 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 $1.2 million.

The 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.

The 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.

"These 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 "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.

"On 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.

Bruce 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."

About Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group, Inc.

Beacon 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, Prague, Czech 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 BB)  

Beacon 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.

Today, 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.

For 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 connected world.

Today 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 more innovative.

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Beacon maintains regional headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dublin, Ireland, Prague, Czech Republic and personnel located throughout the United States and Europe with services to clients provided globally.  


Fiber Optic 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 technology.

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.


The 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 sensitivity. 

The 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 surface.


The 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.  


The 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 [5].

In 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 [6] 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.

The 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. 


Now 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 issues.  

The 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.


Megladon’s 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.

The 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.

Megladon’s HLC process provides an end-face that meets all UPC geometry criteria and is compatible with all PC and UPC interconnects.

While 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. 


[1] Designer’s Guide To Fiber Optics, AMP Incorporated, Harrisburg, Pa., 1981.

[2] Fiber Optics, CRC Press Inc., James C. Daly, Editor, 1984.

[3] D. Crosthwait, R. Shah, G. Brown and R. Mays, Texas Instruments Inc. (SRDL), “Effects Of Pulsed Laser Irradiation On Thermal Oxides Of Silicon”, (1980); and R. Shah, R. Mays and D. Croswait, Texas Instruments Inc. (SRDL), “Characterization Of Thermal Oxides Of Laser Annealed Silicon”, (1981). Papers presented to The Materials Research Society, Boston, Mass. In 1980 and 1981.

[4] Any session of The Materials Research Society Proceedings since 1984.

[5] LaserFocusWorld, May 2002.

[6] Analytical Reports NST-020715 and NST-020802 for Megladon, Micro Ohotonics Inc., Ethel Poire, July, 2002.


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DuPont sued over herbicide said to kill trees

Fri, 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, Michigan.

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 in sight."

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 ivy.

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.

The 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 - News) 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.

Regular quarterly 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 ( 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 industry partners.

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

Cybersecurity Technology

Defense Innovations

Small Business

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

February 8, 2011 – Tukwila, WA

Professionals 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.

Prior 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.

Following 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.

Certification is not directed at specific vendor equipment, but rather at establishing a professional competence regarding a broad base of utility fiber optic based technology.

“The 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.”

The 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.

"The 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 utility environment.”

“The 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.”

The 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 or The Light Brigade online at


 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


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 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 reporting capabilities.

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 Directory.
  • 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 future."

About Tracer:

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® ( 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, England.

About ShoreTel:

ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOR - News) is the provider of brilliantly simple Unified Communication (UC) solutions based on its award-winning IP business phone system. We offer organizations of all sizes integrated, voice, video, data and mobile communications on an open, distributed IP architecture that helps significantly reduce the complexity and costs typically associated with other solutions. The feature-rich ShoreTel UC system offers the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) and the highest customer satisfaction in the industry, in part because it is easy to deploy, manage, scale and use. Increasingly, companies around the world are finding a competitive edge by replacing business-as-usual with new thinking, and choosing ShoreTel to handle their integrated business communication. ShoreTel is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in Austin, Texas, United Kingdom and Sydney, Australia. For more information, visit


RAB Telecommunications - downloading a FREE copy of Sharpmark’s Labeling Software, providing the complete labeling solution

RAB 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 producing labels.

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.


DISTRACTED DRIVING = Don’t Do It. (2011)

Communications and Driving Do Not Mix

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 not mix.

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 effective.

"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 message.

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 2006 study.

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 bus drivers.

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 near-crash:

• 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 greater

• Talking on a phone—1.3 times greater

• Driving while drowsy—4 times greater

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 .

Reprinted with permission from Electrical Contractor Magazine

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.


DAIKIN AMERICA INCREASING CAPACITY OF FEP AND ETFE with a $60 million capital investment IN Decatur, AL

Plenum cable manufacturers and their customers can breathe a little easier as Daikin America steps up investment and production in the USA.  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 Daikin America. “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.


NECAs NEWS May – June - July 2011

NECA Supports Legislation Backing Use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) on Transportation Projects


NECA 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


As 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


The Executive Management Institute has been thoroughly reviewed, revised and rewritten. Join us, September 21-25 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada for 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 Access


Want to be awarded .8 CEU’s to assist in license renewal? Click here to learn more about the online NECA Grounding & Bonding course.


ANSI Electric Vehicles Standards Panel to Cooperate on Roadmap to Support Electric Vehicle Infrastructure


NECA 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


Core 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 these documents.


Good News On Pension Plan Disclosures From FASB Meeting


On 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 members!


Education, Enlightenment & Entertainment at 2011 Academy Meeting


The 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


NECA 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


A 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 industry.


New and Improved EMI To Debut this Fall


NECA's 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, Canada


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


The 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!


We 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 Contractors


By 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 to Washington. NECA contractors are urged to get involved in hosting these roundtable discussions in their communities.


NECA Members Selected for OSHA Advisory Committee


Thomas Marrero, safety 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


Coming 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


The 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


The 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 industry.


Prefabrication Report Finds Increased Productivity for Electrical Contractors


NECA 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 Construction Industry.


2011 NECA Women's Peer Group Summit


Taking 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, May 12.


NECA Endorses Bill to Fast Track Deployment of Electric Vehicles


NECA 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


NECA 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


NECA 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 requirements.


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 Training


 The 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


The 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 Bargaining


A 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


This 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


A 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 Non-

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 Code.

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


JULY 2011 - The Final Launch Of NASA's Space Shuttle Program

7/8/2011 11:47 AM Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida 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, Discovery, Columbia 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?


The NEW POWERHOUSE - The Electrical Contractor Continues To Evolve

During 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.

Virtually 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.

Today, 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.

Technological advances 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 requirements.

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 rewiring America 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 buildings
• 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

The electrical 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 and safety

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 option.

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 opinion,

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column


First phase of Prysmian/Draka integration completed

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 acquisition.”
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.


Effective Fiber Troubleshooting Methods

By Seymour 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. 


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:

1.       Identify the link that is down and go to one end of that link.

2.       Disconnect the active equipment’s patch cord at the patch panel.

3.       Attach a light source to the port at the patch panel.

4.       Go to the next connector in the link and disconnect it.

5.       Measure the optical power at this point.

6.       If the loss is high, then the segment under test is at fault.  If the loss is not high, reconnect the connector.

7.       Go to the next connector in the link and disconnect it.

8.       Measure the optical power at this point,repeating with subsequent connections and tests until the high loss link segment is found

9.       Clean and inspect the near-end connector’s end-face for contaminants.

10.   Reconnect the near-end connector and go the far-end connector.

11.   Clean and inspect the end-face for contaminants.

12.   Reconnect the connector and re-measure the optical power

13.   If high loss is still a problem, use an OTDR to identify the exact location of the problem.

a.       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 troubleshooting.

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 module.


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.

1.       Identify the link that is down and go to one end of that link.

2.       Disconnect the active equipment’s patch cord at the patch panel.

3.       Attach a VFL to the port at the patch panel to shine visible light down the fiber.

4.       Turn off the room lights if feasible.

5.       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 next step.

6.       Walk along the fiber path looking for the VFL light.

7.       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.

8.       Open the patch panel at the far-end and look for the VFL light escaping from the break.

9.       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.


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.


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 VFL.

1.       Identify the link that is down and go to one end of that link.

2.       Disconnect the active equipment’s patch cord at the patch panel.

3.       Attach FiberQuickMap™ to the port at the patch panel (figure 2 and 3).

4.       Press “TEST”

5.       Go to the fault and fix.

6.       If high loss is still a problem, use an OTDR to dig deeper.

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.


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 documentation instrument. 

Reprinted with permission from PennWell Publications – Cabling Installation & Maintenance Magazine



New Fiber 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.

·        Transmission systems.

·        Multimode bandwidth.

·        Multimode loss budgets.

·        Single-mode dispersion.

·        Single-mode loss budgets.

·        WDM systems.

·        ROADMs.

·        FTTH.

·        System integration.

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.


AFL Launches Rugged, Easy-to-Use Variable Optical Attenuator

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.

About AFL
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. of Japan. For more information, visit


BICSI = Enhance Your Knowledge at a Technical Education Summit

BICSI 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!


Boyd R. Zoccola Named Chair of BOMA International

(WASHINGTON—June 26, 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. 


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



§                     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. (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. (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. (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. Trends (7/7)

§                     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. (7/12)

§                     HAI distributed audio system wins ADEX Platinum Award for Design Excellence
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

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§                     IP touted as next-gen technology for electrical and mechanical building control
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 Park, its 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. (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. (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) (6/29)

§                     Skanska exec: "Deep Green" building means redefining owners' values
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. (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 & development
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. (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

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§                     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.

§                     Other Items

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


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 site.

  CABA Research Spotlight

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§                     The Business Value of BIM in Europe
This report from McGraw Hill Construction investigates BIM (Building Information Modeling) adoption in the U.K., France, and Germany. 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 

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§                     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 operational technology.

§                     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.

 CABA News

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§                     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 launched
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 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

§                     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.



Improves safety and efficiency of inventory and stock keeping

Cerro 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.

Wire 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.

For 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.

“We 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. 

Cerro 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.  


BOMA - 14 Commercial Properties Win The Outstanding Building of the Year Awards

BOMA International Honors the Best of the Best in Commercial Real Estate

(WASHINGTON—June 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, D.C.

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 Services Administration.

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 Investors, LLC.

In the Suburban Office Park Mid-Rise category, the winner is Howard Hughes Center, 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 Hills, Calif. 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 Commerce Center, Duluth, Ga. The property is owned and managed by Parmenter Realty Partners.

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 Company.

In the Over One Million Square Foot category, the winner is Wells Fargo Plaza, Houston, Texas. 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



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.

Brian Roddy, 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
EV market.”

General Cable Provides the Broadest Range of Performance

The 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.

General 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.

“The 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.”

CarolGrene 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.

General Cable 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

Going Green with General Cable

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).


Longtime 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 fulltime."

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 marketing campaigns.

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.

About TIA
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 entertainment.


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 industry.

“The 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 things.”

Marchant 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 buildings.

After 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 training programs.

Joe’s 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 in Dallas.

His 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.


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


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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

As 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.

The Light Brigade currently offers the following tool kits:

Cable 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

We also offer customized tool kits, which can be tailored to meet your specific tooling needs. For more information or to receive our custom tool kit brochure, please call (800) 451-7128, email, or visit 


New NAED Course Offers the Basics of Strengthening a Company’s Bottom Line

Bottom Line Basics teaches associates from all levels how to play an important role in company profitability

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.”

Business 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 of Business
  • Module 3: Measuring Profitability
  • Module 4: Profitable Pricing Strategies
  • Module 5: Building a Strong Bottom Line

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 or 888-791-2512.

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


NEMA Participates in ANSI Electric Vehicle Standards Panel

ROSSLYN, 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.

According 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 the U.S. 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 Standardization (ISO).

“As 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.”

Other 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.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.


The Latest Issue Of The FOA Newsletter Is Now Online

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 Connectors!

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 Reference Guide.

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 themselves.


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.

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Looking for a job in fiber optics? The FOA "Jobs" Website provides advice to help you find a job in fiber optics:  

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Outside Plant Design Reference Manual (OSPDRM), 5th Edition, Now Available

Tampa, 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.

This 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.

With 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

·         Cabling Topologies

·         Pathways and Spaces

·         Splicing Hardware

·         Bonding, Grounding (Earthing), and Electrical Protection

·         Right-of-Way

·         Project Design

·         Maintenance and Restoration

·         Other Technologies

·         Special Design Considerations

The 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

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries. For more information, visit


National Fire Protection Association - NFPA NEWS


NFPA Catalog launches new web user interface


IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger elected to NFPA Board of Directors


NFPA Journal covers challenges in warehouse fire protection, problem of unwanted alarms and 2010 firefighter fatalities report


NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program releases new DVD


National health and safety advocates warn against consumer fireworks


NFPA releases report on home fires


NFPA's Firewise Communities Program announces new advisors

06/28/2011 releases additional code resources

06/27/2011's Firewise Communities hits 700th community mark

06/24/2011 announces new Certificate of Educational Achievement program

06/23/2011’s Backyards & Beyond Wildland Fire Conference to be held in October

06/23/2011 awarded contract to update FEMA’s Ready Business web content

06/16/2011 completes Third Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service


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.

What 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 changing regions.

No. 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


Process delivers large-scale green building certifications for existing facilities into standard practice  

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

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The 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, 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 homes registered.

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


Analyst Says 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 8,000 jobs.

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 expense reductions.

"Job cuts will help right the ship," said Marshall.


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