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Issue: July 2012
By: Frank Bisbee


Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces


Bisbee's Buzz

Teflon FEP is TOXIC? Visions for the future and drivers for the industry

DuPont www.dupont.com officials acknowledge that C-8 is a Carcinogen. C-8 is used in the manufacture of Teflon® FEP, a major component in making billions of feet of plenum rated (CMP) communications cable.

DuPont is making major changes and revving up the Teflon business. DuPont, no longer the number one chemical maker in the United States, is moving away from its traditional businesses, like textiles. Benlate related legal costs and settlements soared into the billions. It seems like everything that has gone wrong was somebody else's fault and the management team is irreproachable.

Teflon® FEP, once thought to be the safest material for communications cabling, is now being scrutinized for sublethal toxic fumes that can incapacitate and overall product toxicity/corrosivity. These issues, coupled with potential legal consequences for the C-8 situation, could have a major negative impact on the strategy to expand the Teflon® business.

In the world of communications cabling, the NFPA 90A Committee www.nfpa.org  may be considering a new testing criterion for all cables used in air plenums. At this time it appears that the only insulating material that can deliver the performance AND meet the new fire testing criteria is FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene). Several industry experts have attacked the current NEC plenum code as commercially driven and not a step towards improved safety.

 The final decision will ultimately rest with the vote by the general membership of NFPA. CMP-rated plenum cable made with DuPont Teflon ® FEP (due to limited supply and increased demand) will result in more bloated prices - a safe prediction, even if copper costs remains stable.

Toxicity testing is required to assure the public safety.

In any event, there are many factors at work to determine the future for DuPont and the communications cabling industry.

Remember: Safety Is Too Important To Ignore.

But that's just my opinion...

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

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frank@wireville.com

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Belden Announces New Line of Environmentally-Friendly Cables

ST. LOUIS June 2012

Belden (NYSE:BDC), a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, announces new low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) jackets on some of its most popular and reliable standard cables. The environmentally-friendly cables are an extension of the company’s GreenChoice solutions for customers looking for green alternatives to traditional products.

GreenChoice LSZH-jacketed cables are fully-recyclable, halogen-free and meet all current environmental standards, including WEE, REACH, RoHS and Prop 65. Halogen-free GreenChoice cables are non-toxic and can be deposited in landfills.

GreenChoice cables are particularly beneficial when installed in control and instrumentation applications, computer and CAD/CAM equipment, power supplies, audio, personal computers, POS and automotive – wherever humans or animals are in close proximity to the cables and could be exposed to halogens.

Qualified for LEED Credits
The GreenChoice product line meets the requirements of LEED Pilot Credit 54 for up to 2 LEED points per installation to help builders achieve the next level of LEED certification. In addition, LEED certification may lead to tax breaks on the building dependent on state law.

Off-the-Shelf and Meet Belden’s Exacting Standards
GreenChoice cable has the same robust electrical properties as its Belden Classics counterparts and is manufactured to Belden’s exacting standards in an ISO 9001 North American facility with the same 25-year warranty. GreenChoice cabling uses the same AWM and UL rating systems as Belden Classic Cables.

Availability
All GreenChoice cabling is available off-the-shelf in 500 and 1000 ft. put-ups. Belden also offers LSZH cables as standard products in its Shipboard product line. LSZH jackets are also available on special order for most Belden classic cables.

For more information on Belden GreenChoice cables, see Belden’s Product Bulletin #370, visit www.Belden.com or call 1-800-BELDEN-1 (1-800-235-3361).

Please visit our website for more information on compliance with environmental initiatives.

About Belden
St. Louis-based Belden Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets cable, connectivity, and networking products in markets including industrial automation, enterprise, transportation, infrastructure, and consumer electronics. It has approximately 6,800 employees, and provides value for industrial automation, enterprise, education, healthcare, entertainment and broadcast, sound and security, transportation, infrastructure, consumer electronics, and other industries. Belden has manufacturing capabilities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, and a market presence in nearly every region of the world. Belden was founded in 1902, and today is a leader with some of the strongest brands in the signal transmission industry. For more information, visit www.Belden.com.

 

Americans Increasingly Turn to Renewables for Power Needs

by Rick Laezman
Published: June 2012

 

 

Despite the rhetoric, popular sentiment and public policies favoring green power, it may be surprising to realize that alternative-energy industries are still the underdog in the transformation of how we generate and consume power. The fact remains that nontraditional sources still face a Herculean task in their quest to capture U.S. market share and, in so doing, unseat fossil fuels as the primary source of energy.

Success can be measured along the way as renewables make progress toward overtaking fossil fuels.

According to data released recently by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), renewables usage is growing at a rapid pace, and in the process, their total share of national energy production is also expanding. The most recent issue of the EIA’s Monthly Energy Review reveals that renewables usage grew by 27.12 percent in the three years from Jan. 1, 2009, to Dec. 31, 2011. In contrast, total domestic energy production increased by only 6.72 percent. More specifically, natural gas and crude oil production grew by 13.66 percent and 14.27 percent, respectively. Nuclear power grew by only 1.99 percent, and coal dropped by 7.16 percent.

Regarding total share of production, renewables accounted for 11.74 percent of domestic energy production in 2011, an increase of almost 2 percent, from 9.85 percent in 2009.

Hydropower accounted for the largest share of renewables at 34.62 percent of domestic renewable production. However, other sources were adopted at a faster rate. Wind power was the fastest growing renewable power source during the three-year time frame, with an increase of 113.92 percent. The next fastest growing renewable sector was biofuels, which went up by 46.58 percent. Solar-power use expanded by 28.09 percent.

Looking just at the electricity sector, the numbers are even more compelling. Within that sector, nonhydro renewables usage grew by 54.6 percent.

Reprinted with permission from the ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine - Published by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Electrical Contractor magazine reaches 85,300+ electrical contractors and more than 68,000 electrical contracting locations, more than any other industry publication. Contact: (301) 657-3110 / www.ecmag.com.

 

General Cable's Acquisitions On The Move

Recently, General Cable Corporation (BGC) entered into an agreement to acquire majority stake in Procables S.A (Procables), a privately owned manufacturer of a broad range of wire and cable products. The company will acquire 60% share in Procables for $45 million and the remaining 40% share will be held by the Sredni Group. The transaction is subjected to regulatory approval, with closure expected in the second half of 2012.

Procables has two manufacturing facilities, one in Bagota and the other one in Barranquilla. The products manufactured include low and medium voltage power cables, building wire, industrial, communications and bare aluminum conductors as well as operating copper and aluminum rod mills. Procables generated revenue of $120 million in 2011.

General Cable is engaged 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. This acquisition complements the company's existing product portfolio and is expected to be accretive in the first full year of operation.

General Cable will benefit from the strong regional commercial strategy and extensive distribution network of Procables. This, combined with the technical and operational expertise of General Cable, will help it to expand its product portfolio and the value proposition to the Andean Region customers.

This is the second acquisition by the company during 2012. Earlier, General Cable announced the acquisition of Alcan Cable, the wire and cable business of Rio Tinto plc (RIO). The acquisition will be made at $185 million in cash. Alcan Cable serves the energy and construction markets in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China. It employs approximately 1,050 associates in its aluminum cable manufacturing and distribution facilities.

The combination of Alcan’s expertise provides manufacturing, logistics, and purchasing synergy to the company’s North American businesses. Further, greenfield operation in China is expanding, and Alcan’s presence in these markets provides additional opportunity. The deal is expected to create shareholder value in the near term. www.generalcable.com

 

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ShoreTel’s Cloud Division Announces Mobile UC

Integration with ShoreTel Mobility extends business voice and unified communications applications to smartphones

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

ShoreTel®(SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple premise and cloud-based business phone system and communication solutions with fully integrated unified communications (UC), today announced the release of ShoreTel Mobility for customers of ShoreTel’s M5 cloud division. The solution extends the voice and unified communications (UC) applications businesses love to the smartphone. The initial launch will support iPhones and subsequent releases over the summer will add support for other smartphone and tablet devices including Android and Blackberry. Users are able to leverage a single converged device for both business and personal communications, and access desk phone and UC capabilities on their iPhone without having to learn a new interface.

In addition to offering users a dual persona, ensuring easy separation of personal and business identities on a single mobile device, ShoreTel Mobility automatically and securely selects the best available network – Wi-Fi or cellular – without any action by the user. The solution is available to ShoreTel’s Cloud Division clients for a monthly fee per user.

“I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on the ShoreTel Mobility application. I've been wanting this for 4 years now and I'm glad that M5, as part of ShoreTel, will be one of the first in the market. I have no doubt that true corporate mobility will improve productivity for our remote and traveling employees,” said Derek Stewart, Finance and Operations manager at Foursquare.

“The way people work has changed. Instead of fighting the trends of mobility and bring-your- own-device, we are empowering our clients to embrace them by extending our cloud phone system capabilities to the device that users love the most – their own,” said Dan Hoffman, ShoreTel Cloud Division President. “The solution represents a win-win, giving our customers the ease of using the device that is already in their pocket and giving the enterprise a way to reduce costs, while maintaining a consistent corporate identity and caller experience.”

Users enjoy the following benefits:

  • Identity – Business calls to and from any ShoreTel Mobility user are made using their business phone number, not their personal mobile number. This means corporate identity is maintained and the company, not the employee, owns the contact relationship. Employees no longer need to reveal personal mobile phone numbers and can instantly tell if an incoming call to the mobile device is personal or work related.
  • Convenience – Users can leverage all of the benefits of the M5 cloud business-phone system that they enjoy when using a desk phone including: transferring calls to other employees and utilizing four-digit dialing. Coaching tools such as barge and whisper are available to management.
  • MetricsMobile calls are no longer omitted from the phone system’s business intelligence. Records for business calls made to and from the mobile device are included along with desk phone calls, giving management true visibility into employee performance and the health of the business.
  • Network Flexibility - ShoreTel Mobility can significantly reduce direct dial and international roaming charges on the smartphone by utilizing software that switches networks automatically, intelligently and securely between wireless and cellular for the best available coverage at any given moment.

For more information about ShoreTel Mobility in the cloud, the M5 Unified Communications Suite, or other products, please visit www.m5.net.

Communication Planning Corporation is North Florida’s leading ShoreTel dealer.

Since 1980, CPC has provided quality service for their communications and cabling needs. CPC and ShoreTel can deliver unified communications. www.communicationplanning.com

Contact Michael Shannahan, Vice President – Communication Planning Corporation (Jacksonville, FL) Tel. 904-645-9077 or michael@communicationplanning.com

 

Our appetite for Wireless (broadband) knows no limit. Demand for Wireless Broadband Soars

by Rick Laezman
Published: June 2012

You can never get too much of a good thing. That seems to be what Americans are thinking when it comes to their wireless connectivity.

According to a recent survey from CTIA-The Wireless Association, Americans love mobile devices, and they want more.

The semi-annual survey released in April revealed that U.S. wireless data traffic more than doubled from 388 billion megabytes (MB) in 2010 to 866.7 billion MB in 2011. The 123 percent increase is attributable to a number of factors. Not surprisingly, the number of active smartphones and wireless-enabled PDAs grew from 78.2 million to 111.5 million over the same period. According to the survey, almost 95 percent of these devices are capable of transmitting wireless data.

CTIA noted that, to handle Americans’ demand for wireless data, mobile providers continued to make significant investments in their infrastructure, from upgrading networks from 3G to 4G to increasing the number of cell sites, improving coverage and capacity. In 2011, they reported $25.3 billion in capital expenditures, a 2 percent increase from the year before. With those investments driving the trend, 2011 was the largest annual increase of operational cell sites, with 283,285 at year-end, an increase of 30,299 from the year before.

Americans’ growing attachment to wireless devices beyond their cell phones, such as tablets and e-readers, has also fed the demand for wireless data transmission. The survey notes that wireless subscriber connections grew by 7 percent, from 311 million in 2010 to 331.6 million in 2011. More important, penetration reached more than 104 percent, confirming that many users had a subscription for more than one device.

Not only did the number of smartphones and wireless PDAs grow last year, but the number of active data-capable devices, such as e-readers, also grew by 9 percent, from 270.5 million in 2010 to 295.1 million in 2011. The number of wireless-enabled tablets, laptops and modems also grew by a whopping 49 percent from 13.6 million to 20.2 million. Minutes used also increased by 2 percent, from 2.241 trillion to 2.296 trillion.

Users also enjoyed a little bit of relief last year. As usage and the number of devices rose, the average local monthly wireless bill declined. The average cost dropped by 21 cents, from $47.21 in 2010 to $47 in 2011.

Reprinted with permission from the ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine - Published by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Electrical Contractor magazine reaches 85,300+ electrical contractors and more than 68,000 electrical contracting locations, more than any other industry publication. Contact: (301) 657-3110 / www.ecmag.com.

 

ShoreTel Grows Market Share 19% - ShoreTel ranks third in the U.S. telephony market

Synergy Research shows ShoreTel continues to make inroads into U.S. Telephony market

 

ShoreTel®(NASDAQ; SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple premise and cloud-based business phone system and communication solutions with fully integrated unified communications (UC), continues to gain market share despite an overall down market, according to recent data published by Synergy Research Group. In its market share summary report for the first quarter of 2012, Synergy found that ShoreTel is the fastest-growing player in the U.S. enterprise IP telephony markets out of all leading vendors in Q1 2012. SUNNYVALE, Calif.

 

According to the Synergy Research data, ShoreTel ranks third in the U.S. telephony market. ShoreTel grew its U.S. enterprise IP telephony revenue market share from 6.5 percent in Q4’11 to 7.7 percent in Q1’12, resulting in market share growth of 19 percent. In contrast, the Synergy report shows Avaya and Mitel both experienced declines in market share of 9 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

 

“These continued market share gains reflect our company’s continued growth,” said Peter Blackmore, ShoreTel CEO. “With over 22,000 enterprise customers worldwide and product availability in 47 countries, our prior investments in the company’s sales team, distribution, product development and branding have paid off, and we expect them to drive significant long-term revenue growth and worldwide momentum.”

“In this economy, no one can afford to take a chance on big complicated systems, even from brand name vendors,” said Allen Behnke, director of safety, security and telecom for Green Bay Area Public School District. “We wanted a complete, straightforward, easy-to-use reliable solution, and ShoreTel demonstrated how it was possible—brilliantly simple became very evident.”

 

“Accelerating worldwide revenue growth faster than Cisco, Avaya, Mitel or Microsoft, ShoreTel is growing the quickest out of the leading Enterprise IP Telephony vendors at a rolling 4 quarter average of 18.5%,” said Jeremy Duke, founder and chief analyst at Synergy Research Group. “ShoreTel’s growth is even more pronounced when looking at the U.S. market, where they are growing five times faster than their nearest competitors.”

 

About ShoreTel, Inc.

ShoreTel, Inc. (SHOR) brings unmatched flexibility, choice and value to brilliantly simple business phones systems and unified communications (UC). With its award-winning premise-based IP phone system with integrated unified communications, contact center capabilities, and its proven hosted VoIP services, organizations of all sizes can select the best option for their needs. ShoreTel’s ongoing mission is to eliminate costly complexity and give customers the 24/7 freedom to leverage rich voice, video, data and mobile unified communications capabilities they need. ShoreTel is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in Austin, Texas; Rochester and New York, N.Y.; Chicago, Ill.; Maidenhead, United Kingdom; Sydney, Australia; and Singapore. For more information, visit www.shoretel.com.

 

WESCO International, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Conney Safety Products

PITTSBURGH, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- WESCO International, Inc. (WCC), a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications MRO and OEM products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistics services, announced today that it, through its operating subsidiary WESCO Distribution, Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Conney Safety Products, LLC, a premier distributor of MRO safety products headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. Closing is expected to occur in July 2012.

With revenues of approximately $85 million, the addition of Conney Safety Products is expected to significantly strengthen WESCO's safety products and service portfolio and enhance the company's e-commerce capabilities. Conney will function as a center of excellence supporting the safety needs for WESCO's customers, including its Global Accounts, Utility and Integrated Supply customers.

Mr. John J. Engel, WESCO's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated: "The addition of Conney to the WESCO team supports our One WESCO growth strategy and expands our MRO supplier base, enabling us to bring additional safety products and services to our customers. This acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings by at least $0.10 per diluted share in the first year of operation."

Michael Wessner, Conney Safety Products' Chief Executive Officer, commented: "We are pleased to become part of the WESCO team. Our companies have a similar culture and operating philosophy that will enable us to continue to provide a superior level of service to our customers, while pursuing new opportunities in an industry with significant growth potential."

WESCO International, Inc. (WCC), a publicly traded Fortune 500 holding company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair and operating ("MRO") and original equipment manufacturers ("OEM") product, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistic services. 2011 annual sales were approximately $6.1 billion. The Company employs approximately 7,300 people, maintains relationships with over 18,000 suppliers, and serves over 65,000 active customers worldwide. Customers include commercial and industrial businesses, contractors, government agencies, institutions, telecommunications providers and utilities. WESCO operates eight fully automated distribution centers and approximately 400 full-service branches in North America and international markets, providing a local presence for customers and a global network to serve multi-location businesses and multi-national corporations. www.wescodist.com

 

Smart home revenues to reach an estimated US$60 billion by 2017

A new report from Juniper Research has valued the ‘Smart Home’ market at $60 billion by 2017, rising from $25 billion this year. The increase will be driven by strong growth within the Smart Home Entertainment segment, along with contributions from other segments including Smart Monitoring & Control and Smart Health.

The report ‘Smart Home Ecosystem: Connected Devices, Service Models & Revenues 2012-2017,’ noted that there are many definitions that can be attributed to the smart home concept and these definitions have evolved over the years to include different facets of connected life such as entertainment, control, security and health.  “With the role of broadband connectivity moving beyond its traditional use cases, new applications and enhanced services have emerged such as connected TVs, home automation systems and smart meters,” the research firm said.

“These new and improved applications, connected via broadband (mobile or fixed) network systems, will increase the service revenue attributable to the area."

The new report observed that no stakeholders or individual members of the smart home ecosystem can succeed in isolation and that operators, content providers and vendors need to collaborate for a mutually beneficial business model.

 

Green Homes Continue to Grow Across the U.S.

LEED for Homes surpasses 20,000 certified home milestone

Washington, DC - (June 13, 2012) - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced that more than 20,000 homes across the U.S. have earned certification through the LEED for Homes program. LEED for Homes is a national voluntary certification system that provides guidance and verification that homes are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and healthy for occupants.

"There are green homes, and then there are LEED homes. This milestone is evidence that the residential market is increasingly recognizing this fact," said Nate Kredich, Vice President of Residential Market Development, USGBC. "LEED for Homes is moving the residential market further and faster towards high-performing, healthy homes that save residents money."

The collection of LEED-certified homes is as varied as the whole of the residential market - from multi- to single-family, from market rate to affordable housing. Since the launch of LEED for Homes in 2008, more than 20,000 residential units have certified with nearly 79,000 additional units in the pipeline. Over half of all LEED-certified homes are in the affordable housing category.

Recently-certified projects include:

  • Eight LEED Platinum certified affordable homes in the Coconut Cove development in Cape Coral, Florida, developed by Southwest Florida Affordable Housing Choice Foundation, Inc. and built by Owen-Ames-Kimball Company
  • AMLI at Escena, the first two LEED Gold low-rise multifamily buildings in Texas, built by AMLI Residential
  • KAPSARC Villa B-19 in Riyadh, one of the first LEED for Homes International Pilot projects to certify - located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the LEED Silver home is one of 191 single family production homes built by SK Engineering and Construction as part of Phase I for KAPSARC

Green homes are expected to grow to between 29% to 38% of the residential construction market by 2016, equating to $87-$114 billion, according to a 2012 McGraw Hill Construction study. To learn more about LEED for Homes, visit usgbc.org/LEED/Homes.

About the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org, on Twitter , Facebook and LinkedIn.

About LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building program is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Nearly 46,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising 8.8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 120 countries. In addition, more than 20,000 residential units have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with nearly 80,000 more homes registered.

By using less energy, LEED-certified spaces save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. Learn more at usgbc.org

 

 

NetZero Co-Founder Ron Burr Named Chief Revenue Officer of CallFire, as Company Aims to Reshape Telecom

Internet Industry Pioneer Seeks to Capture Mind Share -- and Market Share -- in Cloud Telephony

SANTA MONICA, Calif.  (June 19, 2012) – In a move designed to raise its profile in the telecom sector and further establish it as a leader in cloud telephony, CallFire (www.callfire.com) announced that NetZero co-founder and former CEO Ron Burr has joined the company’s executive team as Chief Revenue Officer.

A web telephony pioneer and serial entrepreneur, Burr will oversee sales and marketing while expanding the range of clients served and building vendor, partner and investor relationships, according to CallFire CEO and Co-Founder Dinesh Ravishanker.

CallFire provides a cloud-based enterprise VoIP platform that powers voice and text messaging campaigns enabling businesses, government agencies and grassroots organizations to instantly and affordably communicate with key audiences.  Founded in 2007 by Ravishanker and a small group of talented computer science graduates from the University of California, Irvine, the University of Southern California and Harvard University, CallFire has achieved just under $10 million in sales, is profitable and has attracted more than 50,000 users to date -- without venture funding.

“We are excited to welcome a leader of Ron Burr’s caliber to the CallFire executive team,” Ravishanker said.  “Ron’s extensive industry experience, knowledge and relationships will be invaluable as CallFire builds both mind share and market share in the burgeoning cloud telephony services marketplace.”
“Dinesh and the other co-founders of CallFire have proved they have what it takes to thrive as a team during the many ups and downs of bootstrapping a company and building a world-class technology platform,” Burr said.  “They have the energy, the passion, and the integrity it takes to transform this sector.  I look forward to contributing to that achievement.” An Internet industry pioneer, Burr founded NetZero and saw it through early growth to its dominant position as one of the world’s largest Internet Service Providers.  In addition to holding eight Internet technology patents in online advertising and market research, Burr was named one of the “25 Top Unsung Heroes of the Net,” by Interactive Week, one of the “21 people leading us into the 21st Century” by Response Magazine, and one of the “Top 50 IT executives at xSPs” by InfoWorld. He joined WebVisible, a leading provider of local online marketing software and services, as chief operating officer in 2009 and was elevated to CEO in 2010. Prior to that, he was chief product officer for LRN, the leading application service provider for online education and solutions enabling clients to manage enterprise-wide governance, ethics and compliance processes.  He also served as chief strategy officer of Jambo, a leading pay-per-call Internet company targeting local business; CEO of Layer2 Networks; a partner with international IT consulting firm IMPACT Software; a senior technology consultant for IBM; and vice president of software engineering with Vault Corporation.   Burr also serves as advisor and Board member to several technology companies and venture capital firms.

About CallFire

CallFire simplifies telephony, making sophisticated, expensive carrierclass telecom capabilities available through an affordable, easy-to-use GUI and API platform.  Any business, from start-up to enterprise, can reach its customers on any device, over voice or text, using CallFire’s massively scalable, cloud telecom platform.  CallFire products includeVoice API’s, BusinessTextMessaging,VoiceBroadcastLocalPhoneNumbers,CallTracking,IVR,PowerDialingfor agents and more. Call analytics enable CallFire’s 50,000 users to reach customers more often using textmarketing, virtualnumbers, autodialers and mobilemessaging. To learn more, visit www.CallFire.com.

 

2012 BICSI European Conference & Exhibition Concludes

Brussels, Belgium, June 20, 2012—BICSI, the international association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, concluded its 2012 BICSI European Conference & Exhibition on Wednesday, June 13, at the Dolce La Hulpe Brussels Hotel in Brussels, Belgium. The event brought together ITS industry professionals and exhibitors from all over the world for three days of networking and knowledge sharing.

The European Conference included 13 technical presentations focused on topics such as data center infrastructure improvement, transformative technologies in physical and cyber security, data center design, AV system design, energy legislation affecting data centers, new FTTE technologies, in-building cellular wireless, multimode fibers for future enterprise networks, converged cabling and more.

Many delegates commented that the technical content of the 2012 BICSI European Conference & Exhibition was superb, calling it one of the best European conferences to date.

In addition to the technical sessions, delegates were able to enjoy Exhibit Hall hours, where ITS vendors were available to speak with conference delegates about their latest products and services. “We are pleased with the educational spirit and quality that we experienced during the 2012 BICSI European Conference, said Rainer Stiehl, VP of Marketing for Extron Europe. “We are committed to BICSI Europe and will be exhibiting again in 2013.”

The conference also featured evening events after the closing of the Exhibit Hall on Monday and Tuesday. Monday’s After Hours involved a presentation by Ray Keden, RCDD, of ERICO International in San Leandro, California, USA. His presentation, titled, “Gaining the Competitive Advantage with Non-Continuous Cable Supports,” offered many BICSI credential holders the opportunity to earn an additional continuing education credit (CEC). As an added bonus, the audience was also able to watch the France vs. England game of the Euro 2012 championship via a simultaneous broadcast on a second screen during Keden's presentation.

Tuesday’s Networking Reception highlighted the announcement of Gautier Humbert, RCDD, as the European Member of the Year. The award is presented to a member of the European Region who has made a significant contribution to BICSI and the ITS industry as a whole throughout Europe. As the BICSI Eastern European Chair, Humbert has overcome language and cultural barriers while managing to position BICSI as a professional and proactive organization. He was also instrumental in the organization and implementation of the first ever BICSI Romania Conference in 2011.

"Gautier's dedication and commitment to BICSI over the years has allowed for BICSI to grow in Eastern Europe," said European Region Director Greg Sherry, RCDD, NTS, WD. "He demonstrates all that is best in BICSI volunteers, and this award is well deserved."

"The BICSI European Conference serves a number of very important functions," said Jerry L. Bowman, RCDD, RTPM(i), NTS, CISSP, CPP, CDCDP, BICSI President. “It’s easy to forget that Europe is a collection of countries with a wide variety of cultures and challenges. This conference is much more than education, networking opportunities and vendor exhibits—it is a unique opportunity to bring together this diverse European community in one place. There is always a very high concentration of industry leaders from the various countries, and it is simply a pleasure to see them all one place. We also had a number of North American members at the conference this year, but I would encourage even more members from North America to experience next year’s BICSI European Conference at the Celtic Manor Resort, which is considered to be the gateway to Wales.”

BICSI would like to extend a thank you to all of the sponsors of the 2012 BICSI European Conference & Exhibition:

  • Silver Conference & Exhibition Sponsor: DYMO Rhino Industrial Labeling Tools
  • Conference Totes Sponsor: MaxCell Fabric Innerduct
  • BICSI After Hours Sponsor: ERICO

BICSI would also like to thank Inside Networks; Industrial Ethernet Book; Communication Solutions; Network Communications News; Datacentre Solutions Europe; Datacentre Solutions UK; and Cabling and Wireless as its 2012 BICSI European Conference & Exhibition Media Partners.

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Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries.

 

Siemon Labs Testing Highlights Performance Risks of Low-Cost Generic Fiber Optic Assemblies

Including randomly selected fiber jumpers from both high-quality global brands and low-end generic suppliers, these benchmark tests show generic assemblies failing to meet minimum performance levels on critical industry standard parameters.

June,12, 2012 - Watertown, CT, USASiemon, a leading global manufacturer of IT network cabling and infrastructure systems, has released the results of comprehensive benchmark testing on optical fiber assemblies.  Performed by Siemon Labs, these tests included randomly selected fiber jumpers from 5 well-known global brands, including Siemon, as well as jumpers from 4 low-cost generic assembly houses. The results clearly showed a significant performance gap between the global brands and the generic products, with a significant number of generic assemblies failing to meet minimum standards requirements across a range of performance-critical parameters.  To review the full test results, download the new Siemon whitepaper “A Closer Look at Fiber Optic Cable Assemblies” at www.siemon.com/go/fiberjumper.

In terms of optical performance, Siemon Labs tested all assemblies for Insertion Loss (IL) and Return Loss (RL).  While all assemblies passed minimum IL requirements, 3 out of 4 generic suppliers had RL failures.  “The optical performance results show how substandard assemblies continue find their way into otherwise high-performance networks,” explained Robert Carlson, Siemon’s Vice President of Global Marketing.  “While you may only field-test for IL, substandard RL performance will negatively impact transmission and degrade overall channel performance – even if the assembly passes IL field-testing.” 

In addition to optical performance, the tests also covered standards-based requirements for fiber end-face geometry, specifically fiber end-face radius of curvature, apex offset and fiber height.   These three critical mechanical characteristics of the fiber end-face control the alignment and actual physical contact between fiber cores to ensure reliable signal transmission.  While only one global supplier assembly experienced an end-face failure, none of the generic assemblies passed all three minimum requirements.  The generic brands fared even worse against Siemon’s more rigorous internal performance requirements.

Standards-based visual inspections were also performed, and the results highlight the potential performance impact of contamination and fiber core defects. Fiber core fractures and contamination on ferrules, alignment sleeves or dust caps degrade IL and RL performance, making test results completely unpredictable and causing unnecessary problems such as wasted time in trouble-shooting test failures and false passes that cause non-compliant channel performance on “day two.”  With the exception of Siemon assemblies, all samples exhibited some form of contamination and failed visual inspection. After proper cleaning, 75% passed with some defects and 25% failed even after cleaning.

While lab tests on optical parameters and connection attributes provide a very strong indicator of an assembly’s overall quality and performance, it does not guarantee that the assembly will survive in the real world.  Siemon Labs performed mechanical reliability testing against standards requirements for Cable Pull, Flex, Torsion and Retention, parameters designed to ensure that assemblies can endure the mechanical stresses of installation and maintenance in a real-world network and still deliver reliable, long-term performance.   These tests once again showed a large quality gap, with all global brands indicating 100% passing results while not a single low-cost supplier made it through without significant failures.

The full results of the Siemon Labs testing highlights the significant risks in specifying low-cost generic fiber jumpers over well-known, quality global brands as well the dangers in considering a passing IL field test as an indication of overall assembly performance.  Substandard RL, non-compliant end-face geometry and poor mechanical reliability dramatically increase the likelihood that generic assemblies will degrade overall network performance. 

“Users make significant investments in fiber network equipment for its ability to deliver high-bandwidth performance,” explained Carlson.  “And that performance is choked by cheap, substandard jumpers.”

Adding an example, Carlson continued, “A 24-port, 10GbE fiber switch costs about $10,000.  If an OM3 LC fiber jumper costs about $20 from a generic supplier and $25 from a high-quality global brand, you’d save a total of about $120 if you used generic jumpers with that switch.  Is  $120 in jumper savings worth jeopardizing the performance of a $10,000 piece of equipment?  If you factor in potential downtime, troubleshooting and replacement jumper costs, using anything less than the highest quality jumpers makes no sense.

The full results of Siemon Lab’s fiber assembly testing are included in the new Siemon whitepaper entitled: “A Closer Look at Fiber Optic Cable Assemblies”, available online at http://www.siemon.com/go/fiberjumper

For a quick and easy overview of Siemon’s fiber assembly testing, check out the infographic on Siemon’s Network Infrastructure blog: http://blog.siemon.com/infrastructure/?p=664

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About Siemon

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

 

Cool Tools: Testers -  ECMAG Article by Jeff Griffin

Be sure to study up

by Jeff Griffin
Published: June 2012

No alarm, surveillance or control system can be considered complete until tested to confirm it meets industry standards and will perform to specifications.

Field-testing installed communications cabling is critical to ensure the proper operation of security and life safety systems, said Dan Payerle, business unit manager at Ideal Industries (www.idealindustries.com).

“Even the most experienced installer can make routine mistakes that are not obvious through visual inspection and only become evident when tested,” Payerle said. “And while rare, defective components can also find their way into an installation. Trying to find a defective component that is the source of a performance problem without the assistance of a field tester can lead to many hours of trial-and-error troubleshooting.”

Andre Rebelo, Extech (www.extech.com) global communications manager, emphasized that there is no room for error when wiring and testing security and life safety systems.

“Without exaggeration,” Rebelo said, “people’s lives depend on a properly tested configuration. Proper testing also means getting the job done right the first time. Missing a fault in wiring or fiber can result in installations that run long as the task switches from systematic testing to hunt-and-peck troubleshooting.”

A network is totally dependent on adequate cabling infrastructure for successful performance, said Harley Lang, Fluke Networks (www.flukenetworks.com) product marketing manager.

“Cabling is only as good as the quality of the installation practices and components,” Lang said. “Unless it is certified with a cable tester, it cannot be known if a link or channel will be able to support the demands of the network. Most network owners and contractors own multiple types of tools and use them selectively for the tasks they undertake.”

Ideal’s Payerle said most basic yet essential testing is for proper continuity and polarity. For coaxial and twisted-pair cabling, a basic wire map tester will catch the vast majority of problems associated with termination errors.

“When selecting a wire map tester, make sure that it includes a test for split pairs,” he said. “The most inexpensive testers omit this critical function and will pass a cable that in actuality will not operate above 10 Mbps, even though the installer expects the Cat 5e or Cat 6 cabling to operate at 1,000 Mbps or more.

“For coaxial cabling used in video surveillance, it is important to test the loop resistance of the runs to ensure good picture quality. It can be tested with a simple digital multimeter using the ohms function. The loop resistance should be no more than 10–15 ohms. Test it by shorting the center conductor to the shield at one end of the cable and measuring the resistance across the center conductor and shield at the other end. One of the most typical causes of picture quality issues is the use of copper-clad steel coaxial cable rather than 100 percent copper coaxial. Copper-clad steel is used in CATV/satellite applications but should never be used for CCTV,” Payerle said.

Continuity and polarity tests ensure the fiber is not broken and that it is routed to the intended location.

“Continuity testing is performed with a visual light source, which can be an LED [light-emitting diode], laser or even an incandescent flashlight with an adapter to hold a fiber optic connector. After testing continuity, optical fibers should be tested for insertion loss to make sure that there is no excessive power loss from bends or poor terminations,” Payerle said.

The cost of testers varies widely based on functions and capabilities. Payerle summarized testers and cost ranges for testers for the three primary types of cables used in security, alarm and control systems.

Twisted-pair copper
A wire mapping tester with split-pair capability ($75–$300) is the minimum required test. Additional features such as length and TDR capabilities and support for multiple remotes can speed up troubleshooting. Wire mapping tests do not measure the performance of the cabling; they only verify that continuity is correct.

To measure the performance of twisted-pair cabling, there are two classes of field testers available. Qualifiers ($1,000–$1,500) work by performing a series of tests that ensure the cabling will support the desired application, most commonly gigabit Ethernet.

Beyond qualifiers, certifiers ($5,000 and up) can be used to test all the electrical and radio frequency (RF) characteristics of the cabling to verify that the installed performance meets industry standards such as Cat 5e, 6 or 6a. Certifiers also are used to providing warranty coverage that may be offered by the cable and connectivity manufacturers.

Coaxial cable
Many twisted-pair wire mappers also include adapters to test coaxial cable for continuity and length, Payerle said. For CCTV applications, a digital multimeter ($25–$300) is essential to test loop resistance (less than 15 ohms) and port termination values (76–90 ohms). There also are specialty CCTV meters available ($400–$800) that test the voltage level (measured in IRE units) coming from a camera, which is useful in troubleshooting camera and cabling issues.

Fiber optics
Payerle classified the most basic tester as an LED continuity device ($25–100) that can be used to check the continuity of short multimode cables. A step up is a visual fault finder ($200–$350) that uses a powerful laser light source instead of an LED. The laser injects more power, making the tether useful on both multimode and single-mode cables at distances of several miles. Additionally, the laser light will shine through most plastic buffer tubes, which helps the technician visually locate bends, kinks or breaks in individual fibers.

An optical power meter and light source test kit ($500–$3,000) measures optical power loss in a system.

“This is vital when testing that loss of the cabling system is matched to the electronics in the optical network. Optical receivers operate within a certain range of power and an optical test set is the only way to ensure proper operation of the system,” Payerle said.

Multipurpose testers
Most mid-range testers for twisted-pair cabling will have at least some capability to test coaxial cabling by using adapters, he said. Performance qualifiers and certifiers usually can test twisted-pair, coaxial and fiber optic cabling.

“A qualifier with fiber optic options can be had for about $2,000 and provides testing and printed documentation to prove the performance of the installed cabling system,” Payerle said. “Fully loaded certifiers with all the options for coax, multimode and single-mode fiber optic testing can cost $15,000 or more.”

GRIFFIN, a construction and tools writer from Oklahoma City, can be reached at up-front@cox.net.

Reprinted with permission from the ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine - Published by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Electrical Contractor magazine reaches 85,300+ electrical contractors and more than 68,000 electrical contracting locations, more than any other industry publication. Contact: (301) 657-3110 / www.ecmag.com.

 

Fiber Optic cables installations shifting. Now we are seeing a huge increase in the use of pre-terminated and patchcords

Pre- terminated fiber is a huge labor saver and a great way to insure quality transmission. As a rule of thumb this old adage is only a half truth. Many cable manufacturers are offering pre- terminated fiber cable, however they are reluctant to disclose the connector fabricator that is being pre-terminated and or the test results on the cable after it is connectorized. That situation may add up to a big bad surprise for the contractor and the customer.

The law of HYPE. If they say that all the terminations are basically the same often enough, will that make it true? That’s called Delusional marketing. Someone, probably a political strategist cooked up the strategy that “Perception is everything.” Well when it comes to the cold hard world of fiber optic cabling and performance, having the right termination is “business critical”.

When it comes to Pre-terminated fiber or Fiber optic patchcords, one patented process is distinctively superior.

HLC® Technology

Megladon's HLC (Hardened Lens Contact) technology is what sets our products apart from others on the market today. Our patented technology produces the only durable, high performance interconnect in the industry. Today's high speed 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 industry needs a reference quality connection with durable mating surfaces to improve network performance and reduce system failures. Their customers demand it. Megladon's HLC SCRATCHGUARD® Patch Cords prevent maintenance issues and traffic failures, improve customer satisfaction and reduce costs.

 

 

Features:

  • Low Maintenance matings
  • Reference cable quality
  • Dust and scratch resistant
  • Extended lifespan
  • Withstands multiple matings
  • Easy Cleaning
  • Compatible with all existing connectors
  • Lowest signal loss in the marketplace
  • High quality components

Benefits:

  • Repeatable network performance
  • Network reliability
  • Easy to install
  • Reduced network down time
  • Increased customer satisfaction
  • Saves time and money

HLC SCRATCHGUARD® Patch Cords Specifications

HLC passes the Scratch Test.

 

Fiber optic cables can be easily damaged when they're misaligned while being inserted into test equipment or a hardware port. Here is a side by side comparison of Megladon's patch cords and a standard UPC cable. Each was given an identical amount of error when inserted into a port. The HLC cable is undamaged.

Check the graphics in the white paper : http://www.megladonmfg.com/hlc_technology2.html

INTRODUCTION – the Fiber Optic Technology Challenge of Connectivity & Transmission

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 can be 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 insertion loss, return loss and performance degradation. At the system level, repeatability is compromised. What works today may not work tomorrow. The industry needs a durable interconnect that eases the use of fiber optic transmission.

MEGLADON’S HARDENED-LENS CONTACT (HLC®) TERMINATION PROCESS

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 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.

BENEFITS OF USING A LENS STRUCTURE

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 as illustrated below in Figure 1 from the “Designers Guide To Fiber Optics” by AMP Incorporated (1981). While most splices and connectors in use today use strictly mechanical measures to control and connect the propagation of light from one component or waveguide to another, the lens approach is an optical approach which greatly reduces many of the alignment and loss issues that are faced with the all mechanical approach to coupling and alignment. However, until the development of the HLC structure which automatically and routinely generates an appropriate lens that is an integral part of the fiber termination itself, most uses of the pure optical coupling (lens) procedure were rarely utilized because of the costs and complexities of implementation involved in commercial applications.

BENEFITS OF PASSIVATION, REFLOW AND DEFECT HEALING

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. Likewise, laser annealing is now having a tremendous impact in both the micro-machining and high energy/micro-optics arenas as well.

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. 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.

DURABILITY

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 (US Patent 6,413,450 and others) 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. 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.

SUMMARY

Megladon’s Hardened-Lens Contact (HLC) termination process (US Patent 6,143,450 and others) 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 end-face geometry characteristics with less than 50% of the tolerance of off-the-shelf UPC assemblies. The result is a reference grade assembly that 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.

Megladon Manufacturing Group, Ltd. was created as a subsidiary of Tyrex Group, Ltd. on January 1, 2000 after spending three years as an incubated division. Megladon became the first company to emerge from the Tyrex Partnering Program.

In 2000, STG 4Fronts, a technology incubator specializing in optical research and development was created as a subsidiary of Megladon. With knowledge from and relationships within the scientific community, this entity was created to provide Megladon and the Fiber Products Group with intellectual property in the fiber optic arena. The first project, the Hardened Lens Contact (HLC) for fiber optic patch cables was a huge success. The project was completed within a tight budget and timeline. The technology was patented and transferred to the Fiber Products Group for application engineering, creation of manufacturing processes and marketing. The result was a core technology with far-reaching effects in the fiber optic industry.

Today, Megladon promotes the same original culture that has made us successful over the years. Megladon’s company culture is based upon the Tyrex Diamond Disciplines: Economic Prosperity, Entrepreneurship, Employee Well-Being and Community Citizenship. We believe all four aspects must be not only present, but in balance, in order to succeed.

Our quest as part of the Tyrex Family is to become “special” as well as successful. This includes a longevity factor that claims we are “Built to Last.” With our individual commitments to our customers, vendors, communities and each other, Megladon is building a strong foundation that will prove invaluable in the years ahead.

Quality is another integral piece of the Megladon company culture. We strive to incorporate the highest level of quality in every transaction. This includes all communications and tasks involving any customer, vendor, employee or community in which we reside. This philosophy allows Megladon to ensure the quality of our products and services are a result of our overall quality mentality.

Megladon Mfg. – your source for ScratchGuard HLC connectors & Patchcords

12317 Technology Blvd Suite 100 Austin, TX 78727

512-491-0006 Phone 512-583-0848 www.megladonmfg.com

For additional information on the expanding role of fiber optic cabling:

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Don't Installers Know How To Test Fiber Optics? FOA Message

Several manufacturers have recently stated that their biggest problem with installers is the do not know how to test fiber optic cable plants properly. It's a problem with both conventional installations (pull cable, terminate and splice) as well as prefab systems (made in factories and simply placed at the site.)

Here at FOA, most of the technical questions we get are about testing. A sample of recent ones showed most of the problems related to OTDRs, generally either users not knowing how to interpret the test results and relying on the auto test button when it gave bad data. A new one showed up recently - a user at a government facility wrote into the installation paperwork that the entire fiber optic cable plant was to be tested just with an OTDR, but the cables were only 50-200 feet long! Most OTDRs would never see cables this short.

FOA is trying to make it easier to learn about the proper way to test fiber. Our new standards on testing summarize what you need to do (or put in a contract) in one page. We just added self-study programs on testing on our online self-study website, Fiber U (http://fiberu.org). And we're always willing to help people with their questions.

Fiber optic testing is not difficult if you understand the basics. Not knowing that can be very expensive, as some contractors we know have learned the hard way.

Fiber Optics Dominates Communications

Fiber optics has become the predominant communications medium, not just for telephones, but also for cable television, security systems and computer networks. Even wireless antennas are connected on fiber. Workers in all these fields are expected to understand how fiber optics technology works and how it is used and, in many cases, be competent in its installation. Training and certification in these areas has become extremely important and The Fiber Optic Association is here to help.

What is The FOA?

The FOA is an international non-profit educational organization that is dedicated to promoting professionalism in the field of fiber optics through education, certification and standards. Founded in 1995 by a dozen prominent fiber optics trainers and industry personnel, it has grown to now being involved in:

Providing technical information for everyone through our website, Guide, YouTube and social media (LinkedIn and Facebook)

Setting standards for and administering technical certification programs

Evaluating and approving training schools

Developing textbooks, courses and training programs which are given to FOA-approved schools for their use

Training and certifying instructors

Participating in industry standards activities and writing our own standards

Publishing email and online newsletters about technology and industry news

Promoting fiber optics applications and education through participation in industry forums

To date (March, 2012), the FOA has approved about 250 training programs in more than 30 countries, including technical high schools and colleges, professional training organizations, major fiber optic manufacturers and companies offering employee training programs. Over 37,000 techs have successfully completed requirements for FOA certifications. FOA certifications are recognized by the US Department of Labor and in most countries around the world.

FOA Guide: The World's Largest Compilation of Fiber Optic Information - Free

The FOA has worked since its inception to create a compilation of technical information on fiber optics and premises cabling and make it available to everyone for free. While there are thousands of pages of technical information on fiber optics on the web, most of it is marketing-oriented, making it difficult to get unbiased information. The FOA can call on its membership which includes some of the most experienced and qualified people in the industry to create technical information that is indeed unbiased, technically accurate and written in a fashion that is easily understood. The FOA Online Reference Guide has become the largest and busiest technical website on fiber optics and premises cabling and is available in printed and eBook formats. The FOA also has many videos on YouTube including lectures on fiber optics and hands-on examples of many standard practices.

FOA Certifications

The FOA recognizes the value of certification in today's job markets, where employers evaluate potential employees by their certifications. By offering certifications that are developed by a board of industry experts and are not affiliated with any particular vendor or training organization, FOA provides an independent means for them to judge potential employees.

FOA certifications are recognized by the US Department of Labor and in most countries around the world.

The FOA has focused on helping teachers add certification programs on fiber optics and premises cabling into their current curriculum. Fiber optics has been included in courses as diverse as A+ and Cisco computer training and electrical apprenticeships. Some of the companies that use FOA certification in their own training programs include Corning, AFL, IBEW/NECA, CWA, NASA, FAA, Cisco, Daimler-Chrysler and Lockheed-Martin.

What Is The Value Of FOA Certification?

Certification means that someone gets a certificate, and there are many different reasons they may receive one and from what kind of organization they get it from. The value of a certification depends on its source.

Manufacturers often offer certification to customers, sometimes requiring it as part of an affiliates program. Training focuses on the manufacturer's products and is given by applications engineers or sales personnel. Standards for qualifying for a manufacturer's certification vary, sometimes only requiring attendance at a short training course. Today many large fiber optic manufacturers offer FOA certifications.

Some companies specialize in offering certifications; they are basically testing companies that have specialists create certification exams in many different fields in which they believe there is interest in such a product. They are not specialists in the technologies for which they test. They may or may not create and sell training curriculum. Instructor qualification and training also varies.

Professional societies often offer certifications in the technology of their interest. They can call on experts in the technology to create complete programs focused on that technology that ensure the certified members are highly knowledgeable and competent. The FOA joins IEEE, ISA, SCTE and other professional societies in offering recognized technical certifications.

As the international professional society for fiber optics and cabling, the FOA goal is to improve the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) of professionals in this technical field. We are recognized as a non-profit educational organization. We set standards for training, require instructors to be FOA-certified and only approve schools which meet our high academic and professional standards. We invite experienced workers to join the FOA directly but all must have proper credentials and pass the appropriate FOA certification exams. FOA advisors are experienced (many have been in the fiber business as long as fiber optics has been a business) and working in the field every day, so FOA curriculum, reference materials and certification all are the most up to date possible.

The goal of the FOA is to assure employers that an FOA-certified person is highly qualified for working in the field of fiber optics; someone you can hire with confidence.

How Can The FOA Help You?

For Instructors, Schools and Training Organizations - The FOA offers a range of services including instructor training and certification, technical and training materials and support that leads to becoming an "FOA-Approved Training Organization." The FOA lists all approved schools on the FOA website as a guide to students looking for quality training.

The FOA "Train-The-Trainer" program leads to a certification required for all FOA fiber optic instructors, the CFOS/I. This program prepares instructors for creating and teaching hands-on courses for fiber optic technician training and lab courses for university level programs. Instructors receive an extensive set of training materials for both classroom and lab sessions.

For Students of FOA Approved Schools - FOA Certification Programs open up job opportunities and assure customers of worker competence. Passing the various levels of the FOA certification program will demonstrate a level of competence in the fiber optics field to employers or customers, whether the worker is new to the industry or looking to move up. FOA certified techs can join the FOA LinkedIn network.

For Everyone In The Industry ­ The FOA website offers a monthly online newsletter covering industry news and technology. The FOA Guide section offers an extensive library of technical information and tutorials on fiber optics. Numerous links to other relevant websites are included. And full information on the FOA and its programs are available for everyone.

For More Information, check out the rest of The FOA website: www.TheFOA.org

 

Cloud Control and the evolving Cloud Control Languages "CCL" – A Look Into Our Future From AutomatedBuildings.com

Much of my life was spent discovering the power of control languages in the newly invented direct digital control systems. With these powerful languages I was able to do what had never been done before, create relationships never imagined, and achieve amazing solutions for both operations and energy reduction - it was the best of times. For more than you would ever want to know about that view our Our Ongoing Open Control Programming Language Discussions. I feel a sense of déjà vu in this month's issue Cloud Control. The reach of the data, the speed of retrieval, the interaction with anything and everything plus the ability to visualize large amounts of data quickly will allow the kids today to do what has never been done before, create relationships never imagined, and achieve amazing solutions for both operations and energy reduction - it is the best of times. One of the advantages of spending five decades in an industry is the ability to see history repeat itself. Building to Cloud to Building "B2C2B" will revolutionize Building Control as the control languages of DDC did in the early 1980’s. It will allow new relationships and interactions to be created with internet anywhereness and everybuddyness {OK I just made that word up even Google cannot find it} but allowing input from a greater audience. Early control languages opened the dialog to only a few that understood the control languages, but Cloud Control Languages opens the dialog to all stakeholders via web robots and online generated visualizations of results. It is now clear the evolving Cloud Control Languages "CCL" and easy to use robots will leapfrog augmenting existing control languages while greatly extending the reach of the control strategies beyond the building. Concepts such as OpenADR, interaction with time of day billing, real time weather reactions, analyzed input from social media etc. will become the norm.

Last month’s well-read article spoke to this “the technology imbeds customer business rules and objectives (energy, maintenance, comfort and sustainability) directly into the suite of solutions. Through their automated technology they determine the optimal operational balance that is unique to a facility.”

In this month's article Using G-Bots to Detect Defects Terry Casey describes using Elemental Analysis, Rules Engines and Particularly G-Bots, a revolutionary Remote Service Delivery Technology

From this article more insight to evolving cloud control; A Holistic Approach to Building Operations Ideally, CEMS can integrate multi-vendor systems into one monitored environment supported through a single platform from which users can control all of the other systems. This vendor-agnostic capability to integrate and manage from a single platform is the true value of today’s emerging CEMS offerings, as the approach allows for legacy component integration as well.

I have got to admit I did not see this cloud connection with control coming; scan the Code from the unit of equipment and immediately pull up the relevant information required for maintenance, management and troubleshooting. In the future, DGLogik envisions QR codes becoming an integral part of mobile BMS applications and will continue to offer users this technology as a standard piece of the design toolkit.

We have many articles this month speaking to Cloud Control evolution.

We have just updated our mission statement with this thought in mind, Who we are connected to and the value they bring to our products and services defines who we are and likely who we are to become. Our Mission - To Foster and be Part of all the evolving Connection Communities. It is interesting to review our evolving mission since 1999.

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How is Technology Transforming Your World? Getting Smart About It

Do you want to be a winner? Education can increase your success rate dramatically.

In the new world of electrical work including telecom and datacom, getting the right training is too important to ignore. In the changing electrical industry, there are a few “best choices” to get that critical training. One of the best is Mike Holt.

There are thousands of successful contractors and installers who have benefited from Mike Holt’s training. The resultant revenue for his students is easily in the billions. Mike Holt training is part of a new wave. Emerging technologies are transforming our business facilities into much more efficient systems. Integrated systems are the new driving force that electrical and low-voltage contractors are discovering. Smart Grid, Intelligent Buildings, Integrated Systems are already paying big dividends for the consumers and the contractor. Mike Holt training can open the door to this dazzling set of opportunities while obsolete practices dwindle and fade. EDUCATION is crucial in order to seize the “brass ring”.

Mike Holt -The Man Behind The Name...

Mike Holt worked his way up through the electrical trade from an apprentice electrician to a master electrician and electrical inspector. In 1973, Mike was certified as an electrical instructor and in 1975 became an electrical contractor. From their inception, Mike’s electrical classes were so successful, that by 1980 he stopped electrical contracting to completely devote his time to electrical training. www.mikeholt.com

Mike did not complete high school due to circumstances and dropped out after completing 11th grade. Realizing that success depends on one’s education, he immediately attained his GED, and ten years later he attended the University of Miami’s Graduate School for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Mike continues today to stay current in all aspects of his education. Because of his education experiences, he understands the needs of his students, and strongly encourages and motivates them to continue their own education.

EDUCATOR

Mike is internationally recognized as one of America’s most knowledgeable electrical trainers. He has touched the lives of many thousands of electricians, inspectors, contractors and engineers. His dynamic and animated teaching style is relaxed, direct and fun. Perhaps Mike’s best quality is his ability to motivate his students to become successful.

He is devoted to providing quality training aids such as seminars, videos, books and software that enhances job performance, personal confidence and career growth. The quality that sets Mike apart from the others is his ability to motivate his students to become successful. Mike’s experiences as an electrician, inspector and contractor help him develop training programs that the electrician understands and enjoys. His ability to take the intimidation out of learning is reflected in the success rate of his students.

CODE EXPERT

Mike has devoted his career to studying and understanding the National Electrical Code, the foundation of the electrical industry. Researching the NEC all these years and understanding its background has not only made Mike an expert, but it has earned him the respect of his peers.

Companies and organizations across the United States and Mexico have used his expertise in English and Spanish to help them pinpoint the exact meaning of the NEC. In addition, his insight has been helpful in litigation problems, where the exact meaning of the Code is necessary.

AUTHOR

Mike is a well-respected author and developer of software, books and video training programs. He has mastered the art of explaining the complicated in a simple but direct style. His ability to simplify technical concepts makes him one of America’s most sought after speaker in the electrical trade. His extensive use of illustration in all of his training programs makes learning fun. His articles have been seen in numerous magazines, such as Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M), CEE News, Electrical Design and Installation (EDI), Electrical Contractor (EC), International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI News), The Electrical Distributor (TED) and Power Quality (PQ) Magazine.

Since 1973, Mike has written or taught on practically every subject in the electrical trade, from grounding and bonding, to estimating, to power quality and low voltage systems.

TRAINER AND INDUSTRY EXPERT

Companies across the United States have utilized the services of Mike for in-house training and expert advice. His unsurpassed speaking ability has encouraged companies such as ATT, IBM, Boeing; associations such as NECA, IAEI, IBEW, ICBO; and government agency such as Mexico, U.S. Navy, Grand Coulee Dam, etc. Mike’s appeal lies in his ability to teach a variety of subjects to individuals that have different degrees of expertise. He even has taught the NEC to the Navajo and Ute Indians, and in Spanish in Mexico!

THE MAN

Mike resides in Central, Florida, is the father of seven children, and has many outside interest and activities. In 1988 he became the National Barefoot Waterskiing Champion. He has set five national records and in 1999 he again captured the National Barefoot Waterskiing Championship. Mike enjoys motocross racing (YZ125), white water rafting, racquetball, playing his guitar, and spending time with his family. His commitment to God has helped him develop a lifestyle that places God first, then family, self and career.

Mike Holt

Mike@MikeHolt.com

About Mike Holt Enterprises

Mike Holt worked his way up through the electrical trade from apprentice electrician through electrical contractor, to become one of the most recognized experts in the world as it relates to electrical power installations. He was a Journeyman Electrician, Master Electrician, and Electrical Contractor. In 1974, Mike realized there was a need for quality electrical training and opened Mike Holt Enterprises.

Today, Mike Holt Enterprises is the leader in all aspects of electrical training. Mike and his entire staff are dedicated to making the industry safer through training and state-of-the-art products. Mike’s background as a struggling student, who dropped out of high school and later went on to get his GED and eventually attend The University of Miami, has helped him understand the needs of his students and the customers using his products. As a result, he has set a standard that all products must be easy-to-understand, focused on the essentials, and include lots of detailed illustrations to help the materials come to life.

What sets Mike Holt Enterprises apart from other publishing companies is that from its very beginning it was created to serve the needs of the electrical community exclusively. Mike has always wanted to make sure that the focus was aimed at meeting the needs of electrical professionals. His books are designed to make the electrical student not only learn the material, but enjoy the process. His DVD programs bring electrical experts from across the country into livings rooms and classrooms to discuss the various aspects of each subject.

Mike has realized his vision over the last 30 years of creating a company that takes care of its customers, provides high quality training, and continues to find ways to improve the safety of the industry.

888.NEC.CODE (632.2633)  3604 Parkway Blvd, Ste 3, Leesburg Fl 34748 www.mikeholt.com

 

Nokia announced Thursday that it plans to cut 10,000 jobs by the end of 2013 and will shut down facilities in Germany, Finland and Canada

It’s the latest round of cuts for the Finnish smartphone manufacturer, which announced more than 10,000 layoffs last year, the Associated Press noted. The company has struggled to compete against smartphone makers such as Apple, Samsung and HTC, losing its hold as the world’s top mobile phone producer in April. Nokia was still third — behind Apple and Samsung — in tech analysis firm IDC’s May release. The company still managed to grab 8.2 percent of the global market share, but it was a 50 percent decrease from the same period last year.

The global market for tablet computers is also growing faster than expected, according to a new research report.

 

A federal judge in Texas has rejected a legal challenge to Facebook and leading investment banks over the company’s initial public stock offering.

The company has seen some success since Nokia and Microsoft struck their partnership for smartphones last February and Nokia put its own Symbian system out to pasture. The Nokia Lumia 900 was well-reviewed — particularly because the phone took some colorful design chances — but sales weren’t strong enough to propel Windows Phone and the handset into serious contention with the iPhone or Samsung’s top-flight devices.

Nokia will have to move quickly to transition its phones over to Windows Phone and hope that Microsoft’s operating system will manage to crack Apple and Google’s one-two hold on the smartphone market.

 

In the meantime, the company said the latest round of layoffs “sharpens” its strategy.

“We are increasing our focus on the products and services that our consumers value most while continuing to invest in the innovation that has always defined Nokia,” said Stephen Elop, Nokia’s president and chief executive in a news release. “However, we must re-shape our operating model and ensure that we create a structure that can support our competitive ambitions.”

The company’s research and development department will be the first hit with layoffs, likely because of the Windows transition. A report from Slashgear said that Nokia’s chief financial officer Rick Simonson said that the company would also consider selling some of its patents, but only “with the right price.”

 

With its tech pedigree, Nokia has assembled some important patents in its time — something it proved when it hit HTC, Research in Motion and ViewSonic with a series of patent suits in May.

In addition to announcing the layoffs Thursday, Nokia also cut its outlook for the third time in a little over a year, saying that it expects to see larger losses. The smartphone maker also announced it will sell its luxury Vertu brand, while picking up assets from the mobile imaging company Scalado, which helps mobile phone manufacturers make better camera phones.

 

How To Sell Energy Efficiency from tED magazine

By Bridget McCrea

Getting customers to look past their checkbooks and invest in energy efficient equipment isn’t always easy

In a world where an increasing number of individuals and companies are preoccupied with saving energy and making environmentally conscious choices, selling energy efficiency to clients is surprisingly difficult. In fact, many companies are so focused on the upfront costs of energy efficient-oriented installations and retrofits that they overlook the long-term value of such investments.

“You really have to initiate a financial discussion first with these projects,” advises Doug Borchers, vice president of sales and marketing at Dickman Supply in Sidney, Ohio. The distributor started selling energy efficient options about four years ago and in 2011 opened a separate green energy solutions division. The good news is the over the last four years the typical customer has awakened to the value of energy efficiency, says Borchers. The bad news is that economic conditions and financial issues frequently stand in the way of the customers’ “green” aspirations.

Cutting to the Chase

To break through barriers that prevent customers from investing in energy efficient options, Borchers suggests a one-on-one discussion with the customer’s CFO, controller, president, general manager, or “whomever is writing the checks for the company.” Electrical distributors who ignore this step and instead work directly with engineers will quickly find their RFPs shot down by the company’s decision makers, says Borchers.

Another good strategy is to create a direct link between energy savings and ROI – a comparison that no CFO can afford to ignore in today’s penny-pinching business environment. Work terms like “payback period” into your energy efficiency upgrade bids and highlight the amount of time it will take for the retrofit’s savings to kick in (especially if the timeframe is impressive).

Be sure to relate those numbers to specific ROI percentages. For example, a project with a three-year payback will deliver a 33% ROI, while one with a four-year timeline will yield a 25% ROI. Such comparisons can go a long way in helping to convince non-engineering types of the value of energy efficient investments.

Borchers says other critical points to cover include the 5- and 10-year cash flow paybacks on the project. “You really have to sharpen your pencil because this isn’t traditional selling; you can’t just approach the engineering department and show them your latest and greatest whiz-bang product,” he says. “It’s a financial discussion with a decision maker. Initiate it any other way and you’ll just be wasting your time.”

An Educational Approach

Selling energy efficiency also requires an educational approach that the sale of traditional electrical products doesn’t necessarily warrant. The customer that’s been using compact fluorescent light bulbs across all of its locations without incidence for 25 years, for example, will need to be educated on the value of the more expensive, but more energy-efficient and longer lasting, LED bulbs.

During those discussions, Borchers says sales reps should point out not only the energy efficient qualities of the LEDs, but they should also educate the customer about available utility rebates, upcoming product phase-outs, and other activities that could impact their long-standing purchasing patterns.

“Start by getting the customers’ attention with the short paybacks on energy efficiency,” says Borchers, and “then hit them with the other issues that they may have to deal with – or rebates they won’t qualify for – if they don’t upgrade. Cover all of these bases and you’ll have a much better chance of getting them onboard.”

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McCrea is a Florida-based writer who covers business, industrial, and educational topics for a variety of magazines and journals. You can reach her at bridgetmc@earthlink.net or visit her website at www.expertghostwriter.net <http://www.expertghostwriter.net> .

© 2012 The Electrical Distributor. All rights reserved. www.tedmag.com

 

WESCO International, Inc. Completes the Acquisition of Canadian-based Trydor Industries

PITTSBURGH, July 5, 2012 /  WESCO International, Inc. (WCC), a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications MRO and OEM products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistics services, announced today that WESCO Distribution, Inc., through its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, has completed the previously announced acquisition of Trydor Industries (Canada), Ltd., headquartered in Surrey, British Columbia. This acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings by at least $0.05 per diluted share in the first year of operation.

WESCO International, Inc. (WCC), a publicly traded Fortune 500 holding company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair and operating ("MRO") and original equipment manufacturers ("OEM") product, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistic services. 2011 annual sales were approximately $6.1 billion. The Company employs approximately 7,300 people, maintains relationships with over 18,000 suppliers, and serves over 65,000 active customers worldwide. Customers include commercial and industrial businesses, contractors, government agencies, institutions, telecommunications providers and utilities. WESCO operates eight fully automated distribution centers and approximately 400 full-service branches in North America and international markets, providing a local presence for customers and a global network to serve multi-location businesses and multi-national corporations.

 

ACUTA Webinars - Open Doors To Enhanced Services – Two Upcoming Opportunities

ACUTA has two upcoming webinars.  Both are free to ACUTA members and highlight interesting findings from recent surveys.  (They do charge nonmembers $129.) Here’s a brief explanation of each. 

·         Wednesday, July 11, at 1:30 pm EDT: “What’s on the Radar for Higher Ed IT?” – This webinar will cover the results of a survey on what technologies are important now and whether they will become more or less important in the future.  It also provides insight on how campuses can prepare now for technologies that are up and coming. 

·         Monday, July 30, at 1:30 pm EDT: “ResNet Trends and Practices in Higher Education” – Past President Joe Harrington will report on ACUTA”s first annual State of ResNet Report in this webinar.  This study sheds light on current diverse practices, contributes to developing standard and augments the ResNet knowledgebase, better equipping IT administrators to make decisions in the future.

Plan now for the ACUTA Fall Seminar in Houston!

October 14-17, 2012

Track 1. Voice Communication Trends

Track 2. ICT Supporting the Campus--Facilities, Safety & Instruction

ACUTA - the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, is an international non-profit educational association serving colleges and universities. ACUTA represents over 1900 individuals at more than 700 institutions of higher education with members ranging from small schools and community colleges to the 50 largest U.S. institutions representing diverse Carnegie classifications in all 50 states, Canada, New Zealand, and Slovenia. ACUTA also has Corporate Affiliate members, representing all categories of information communications technology vendors who serve the college/university market.

ACUTA
152 W. Zandale, Suite 200
Lexington, KY  40503-2486
Phone: 859/278-3338
www.acuta.org

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Trouble Shooting Fiber Optic Cabling Connections – a real life excerpt

Trouble Shooting Fiber Optic Cabling Connections = Obstacle:

“We are having trouble passing signal through some SC/UPC connectors. We noticed that some of the problem connectors have a much stiffer spring that holds the tip out.  Using the UPS freight scale, some of these problem connectors need 5 lbs pressure required to retract the tip. Most others seem to only have about 2 lbs. Will an imbalance of force between the connectors be a problem?   Will 5 lbs of force unsnap the connector?”

Expert Advice = Response:

You will see a decrease in performance when excess pressure is applied to the mated pair. You can easily verify this by applying pressure on any two connectors in a mated position while monitoring performance with a loss test set or OTDR. The resulting force temporarily distorts one or both end faces causing dispersion and reflection or creates bend loss/microfractures in the glass behind the ferrule.

There is a spring force standard but the spring in this case is not the issue. During the termination process, it is important to prevent the Kevlar from contacting the epoxy. When curing a connector, the epoxy initially becomes very thin and will wick up the Kevlar forming a rock hard strength member. The 5lbs you are measuring is not the spring force but the spring pushing against a strength member that will not move. In many cases, the glass will break when the ferrule is depressed. In other cases the mated pair may pass a loss test but if microfractures have occurred, they will propagate over time like a crack in a windshield.

You are experiencing a sloppy termination process without good quality controls. Using name brand products will always provide a more stable network preventing troubleshooting cost. The hardware will never work better than the “light pipes” you use.

We use bend insensitive fiber for almost all of our customers to prevent bend loss and our patented HLC termination process to minimize insertion loss and return loss. The tempered end face also adds durability with a longer life span.

Editor’s note: All fiber optic termination hardware is not equal.

www.megladonmfg.com

 

10 safety signs to identify during your plant walkthrough - BRADY

By: Tom Campbell, BRADY Global Portfolio Manager, Safety & Compliance

Safety signs are a primary way to communicate important warnings and messages to your employees, on-site contractors and other visitors. To make sure your facility has the right safety signs placed in all necessary locations, it’s important to conduct visual plant walkthroughs on a regular basis.  A good methodology to facilitate these walkthroughs is to reference a safety signage checklist that you’ve developed from your various safety policies and procedures.  Many organizations conduct these walkthroughs on their own, while others hire an independent consultant or auditor.  Either way, this type of audit is an essential part of maintaining a safe workplace. 

OSHA 1910.145, Specifications for Accident Prevention Signs and Tags, provides standards and specifications to provide clear and concise messages. Other OSHA regulations then apply these sign standards to the specific safety topics that each addresses.

Effective plant walkthroughs can ensure that your facility has the necessary warning signs to keep your plant safe and visual. Keep the following 10 types of signs in mind when you are conducting this walkthrough. This list will help ensure that your facility has the most relevant safety signs displayed in their proper locations and that they are meeting OSHA regulations and clearly communicating the intended messages.

1)       Exit/ Evacuation signs:  OSHA requires visible emergency response exit and evacuation routes. Any doorway or passage along egress routes that could be confused for an exit must indicate its actual use. Every authorized exit sign must be either constantly illuminated by a reliable light source, or be sufficiently self-luminating by use of photoluminescent (glow-in-the-dark) materials and be of distinctive color.

These signs should further be placed in every location where the direction of travel may not be obvious. Each sign must have the word “Exit” in plainly legible letters not less than six inches high or less than three-fourths of an inch wide.

Examples:

·         Exit sign (text only): leads employees to safety in case of an emergency.

·         Exit sign (with arrow): should be placed as guide to nearest exit location.

2)       Fire signs: OSHA requires signs that indicate the location of fire extinguishers and fire hose cabinets so they are readily accessible in case of an emergency. Walkthroughs can be used to ensure that all necessary signs are present and can be conspicuously identified.

Examples:

·         Fire extinguisher: identifies portable extinguishers.

·         Fire alarm: identifies areas where fire alarms are present.

·         Fire evacuation: guides individuals to use stairways or other routes during fire.

3)       Electrical Arc Flash Hazard signs: OSHA requires signs that indicate high voltage areas in order to provide sufficient access and working space be maintained around energized electric equipment.

Examples:

·         Danger: High Voltage: identifies high voltage areas.

·         Danger: Battery Charging Area: identifies areas in which batteries are charging.

A newly revised NFPA standard, NFPA 70E-2012, mandates that arc flash labels be placed on all electrical equipment, including switchboards, panel boards, meter socket enclosures and motor control centers that would require maintenance while energized. These labels must contain:

1)       Nominal System Voltage

2)       Arc Flash Boundary

3)       One of the following:

a.       Available incident energy and corresponding working distance

b.       Minimum arc rating of clothing

c.       Required level of PPE

4.)     First Aid signs: OSHA requires that first aid supplies be identified and readily available at all times in case of a medical emergency.

Examples:

·         Eye wash: identifies areas that offer first aid solutions for instances when eyes may be contaminated by foreign materials or substances

·         Safety showers: identifies areas that offer first aid solutions for instances when the body comes in contact with hazardous chemicals

·         AED: identifies the location of Automated External Defibrillator in case of an emergency situation.

·         First aid stations: indicates stations that provide care or treatments before regular medical aid can be obtained

5.)     Flammable/Combustible signs: OSHA requires conspicuous warning labels be placed on containers and areas that contain flammable or combustible liquids, vapors or materials.

·         Examples:
Danger- No Smoking, No Open Flames, No Sparks: identifies areas where precautions should be taken against ignition of flammable vapors and hydrogen gas.

·         Flammable: Keep Fire Away:  identifies areas that could result in materials combusting due to flammable reaction

6.)     Personal Protection signs: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be provided and used when a hazard capable of causing injury or impairment through physical contact, absorption or inhalation. PPE signs, symbols and accident prevention tags serve as a reminder of the requirements.

Examples:

·         PPE signs: include reminders about appropriate and required eye protection, hearing protection, foot protection and head protections. These reminders include messages about wearing a hardhat, face shields, eye protection, respirators and more.

7.)     Hazardous Areas signs: OSHA requires “Caution” accident prevention signage to warn against potential hazards and unsafe practices. Hazardous signs instruct employees of area protocol.

Examples:

·         Biohazard signs: used to identify equipment, rooms and materials which contain, or are contaminated with, hazardous agents.

·         Caution or Danger-Hot: helps identify areas with areas of extreme heat and danger

·         Hazardous waste storage signs: identify areas that require caution due to the storage of hazardous waste.

·         Radiation signs: offers messages for radiation danger, microwave warning signs and other radioactive warning messages. OSHA 1910.97(a)(3)(i), requires radiation areas to have radiation warning messages with pictogram symbol of a red isosceles triangle above an inverted black isosceles triangle, separated and outlined by an aluminum color border. The warning message should appear in the upper triangle. 

8.)     Confined Spaces signs: warns employees of areas that require authorized permits or specific instructions for entering into a potentially hazardous confined space.

Examples:

·         Danger- Confined Space: helps identify confined workspace areas. These confined space signs include warnings for authorized or permit entry areas. Confined space signs can also indicate specific instructions to employees for space entry.

9.)     Machines and Equipment signs: alerts of dangerous areas in operating areas and machine use in order to warn and protect employees from hazards that could cause personal injury or equipment failure.

Examples:

·         Operation warnings: includes warnings of automatic start-ups, emergency shut-downs and machine guard requirements

·         Pinch signs: identifies areas that require hands to be clear of in-use equipment in order to avoid pinching, or worse.

10)      Slips, Trips and Falls signs: identifies areas where there is a general need for instructions and suggestions to maintain safety in aisles, passageways, stairways and balconies of a facility.

Examples:

·         Caution-Slippery Floor: helps warn of areas where individuals could easily slip or fall due to slippery or wet surfaces

·         Watch your step: indicates areas that may have uneven or irregular floors

Other facility areas where signage notifications are either required or commonly identified according to industry best practices include utility and production feed pipes, shock hazard locations, lockout/tagout and employee right-to-know signs.

Plant walkthroughs can help make sure that all areas in your facility provide proper signage to communicate messages for emergency situations and to avoid accidents. Signs may not need to be placed directly on the hazard, rather, in adjacent locations that are most visible to those in proximity. This helps individuals identify key signal words (danger, caution, warning, notice and biological hazard) and corresponding safety symbols before they approach the hazardous area.

To determine if your facility has proper signage and warning devices, you should either develop your comprehensive checklists and follow-through with qualified company personnel, or utilize a third party expert consultant  to conduct your facility signage walkthroughs. As the result of their extensive experience conducting audits of this nature with other clients, this expert may well be able to identify additional safety signage and labeling needs that you would not have considered.  Ultimately, do whatever it takes to ensure that your facility is prepared for future OSHA audits and, above all else, provides for a safe working environment for your employees.

Need more help identifying signs in your facility? Check out Brady’s additional resources:

Facility Signage Walkthrough: Brady’s plant walkthrough that identifies facility labeling, identification and signage in one service.

Facility Safety Signage Audit Service: Ensures the accuracy and completeness of a facility’s safety signage and pipe marking needs.

Facility Slips, Trips and Falls Audit Service: Full assessment of facility including itemized steps to minimize slips, trips and falls.

Tom Campbell is the global portfolio manager focused on Safety & Regulatory Compliance Solutions for Brady Americas. For more information about signage or facility plant walkthroughs, visit www.BradyID.com/signs

Brady Overview:

Brady Worldwide, Inc. is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect premises, products and people.  Its products include high-performance labels and signs, safety devices, printing systems and software, and precision die-cut materials.

 

Swisscom Plans Fiber To The Street Expansion - from Lightwave

June 29, 2012

Lightwave Staff

Incumbent operator Swisscom is planning to provide homes and businesses outside the major urban centers with ultra-high-speed internet connections using fiber to the street (FTTS). At the end of 2013, Swisscom will start to roll out optical fiber to within a distance of around 200 m from homes, bringing it significantly closer to the customer.

Swisscom has already connected 90 percent of the population to FTTC, and in 1998 began a long-term project to extend optical fiber to homes and businesses (FTTH). The operator says it connects an average of one home or business to the fiber-optic network every two minutes across 40 towns and municipalities. In collaboration with its partners, Swisscom says it will have rolled out fiber to around a third of Swiss households by the end of 2015.

Swisscom now plans to provide ultra-high-speed Internet and multimedia services to areas that are not going to be connected to FTTH in the coming years. To do so, Swisscom will extend optical fiber to a point close to the building, which it calls fiber to the street (FTTS). The remaining distance to the homes will be covered by the existing copper cables. This hybrid fiber-optic technology enables bandwidths of up to 100 megabits per second, and the operator anticipates that bandwidths of 400 Mbps and more will become possible in the coming three to four years.

This summer, Swisscom will be launching three FTTS pilot tests in the municipalities of Charrat (Valais), Grandfontaine (Jura) and Flerden (Grisons) and in November, the first customers will be able to access services via the new technology. Swisscom will also provide wholesale offers to other service providers over the new access technology to support competition.

Swisscom says that its network will continue to rely on a mix of technologies, and is testing alternative possibilities such as expansion of the fiber-optic network to the building and improvements to the existing FTTC infrastructure. Mobile communications technology is also being upgraded. Swisscom says it is investing around CHF 1.7 billion ($1.79 billion) in the expansion of Switzerland’s infrastructure in 2012 alone, some CHF 400 million more than in 2010.

Reprinted with permission from Lightwave (PennWell Publications) www.lightwaveonline.com

 

BOMA Benchmarking Report Shows Income Increases as Utility Expenses Continue to Decrease

2012 Experience Exchange Report hints at more sustained recovery for commercial real estate.

To view this release online, visit http://www.boma.org/Resources/news/pressroom/Pages/pr062012.aspx

(Washington, D.C – June 20, 2012) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, in collaboration with research firm Kingsley Associates, today released the 2012 Experience Exchange Report (EER). The report showed a 2.5 percent increase in private sector base rent income, which could indicate a more sustained market recovery.

Despite increases in operating and fixed expenses, with standard operating expenses up 1.3 in 2011 percent and operating plus fixed expenses up 4.2 percent in 2011, the private sector saw modest increases in rental and total income of 2.7 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively. This is encouraging news after last year’s income numbers dipped.

The EER findings also indicate that the number of square feet per office worker decreased 2.9 percent last year, from 315 square feet per person in 2010 to 306 square feet per person in 2011.  This data is consistent with other industry trends showing office space per worker is decreasing as organizations turn to more mobile work options and open office floor plans.

“As the commercial real estate market makes its way back to normalcy, building owners and managers are beginning to see income levels improving,” commented BOMA International Chair Boyd R. Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. “The market is recovering but still tenuous. The EER numbers also indicate that property professionals continue to operate their buildings as efficiently as possible, making strong asset management more critical than ever.”

The Experience Exchange Report is commercial real estate’s premier income and expense data benchmarking tool. It provides valuable insights into the performance of more than 5,400 buildings, in 250 distinct markets, across 125 cities in The United States and Canada. The EER allows users to conduct  multi-year analysis of single markets, and analysis of special use facilities such as medical office buildings, financial buildings, agency managed, corporate facilities, and all-electric buildings.

Private-Sector Office Building Income Trends

·         Private Buildings in the U.S. saw a 2.5 percent increase in base rent from $21.61 per square foot (psf) in 2010 to $22.15 psf in 2011.

·         The average building’s rent abatements increased 14 percent, from $1.07 psf in 2010 to $1.22 psf in 2011.

Private-Sector Office Building Expense Trends

·         Amortized tenant improvement costs in Private Buildings saw a 10 percent increase, from $2.09 psf in 2010 to $2.30 psf in 2011, possibly indicating tenants moving into new space or current tenants improving existing space.

·          Repair and maintenance costs saw a 2.7 percent increase, from $1.87 psf in 2010 to $1.92 psf in 2011.

·         Utility costs declined for the third consecutive year as BOMA members continued to refine their asset management skills and eliminate unnecessary cost. Utilities decreased 2.5 percent, from $2.38 psf in 2010 to $2.32 psf in 2011.

Now in its 92nd year, the EER continues to be the single most detailed and most reputable source of benchmarking data representing the office building industry across North America. In 2009 the EER transitioned to a new online format through the collaboration with commercial real estate research firm Kingsley Associates. The online format allows users to query data by market, submarket, building size, building type, age of the building, ownership type and more. The data can be exported into charts, PDFs and Excel files, allowing users to expedite analysis, build budgets faster and easily create presentations. The 2012 EER encompasses income and expenses from 2011, reported voluntarily from industry practitioners, and is available now at www.bomaeer.com.

About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. Founded in 1907, its 16,500-plus members own or manage more than nine billion square feet of commercial properties. BOMA International’s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at  www.boma.org.

 

Connector Supplier gets New Managing Editor, Dan Heilman

We’d like to introduce Dan Heilman as the new managing editor for Connector Supplier, Cable Assembly Supplier, Interconnection World/Connector Specifier electronic newsletters, and websites. Dan has been a professional writer and editor for more than 25 years, and has contributed to dozens of publications covering a wide range of subjects. Most recently he was managing editor of a Minneapolis daily business newspaper. Prior to that Dan was editor in chief of ComputerUser, a consumer technology monthly.

How will Dan’s arrival impact the way you work with us? Dan, supported by Amy Goetzman, who has edited the Bishop family of publications for more than six years, will be able to devote time to enhanced content development; he’ll be able to reach out to manufacturers and OEMs for timely news and complementary features; and he’ll work with me on new editorial guides and other opportunities to support all connector manufacturers, distributors, and cable assembly suppliers.

I’m looking forward to the many ways that we’ll be able to improve our communication with the connector industry and advance the Bishop products by working with Dan and Amy. Feel free to reach out and introduce yourselves to them. Dan can be reached at dan@connectorsupplier.com or 651.226.7369; contact Amy at amy@connectorsupplier.com.

Here’s to a great future!

Alice Tanghe, Managing Director, E-publications
Connector Supplier • Cable Assembly Supplier
Connector Buyers Guide • Connector Specifier • Product Showcase
A Division of Bishop & Associates Inc.
P: 763.559.3633atanghe@connectorsupplier.com .

 

Fluke Networks Announces First Auto Multi-Segment Analysis Capability For Both Portable and Rack Mount 40 Gbps Stream-to-Disk Solutions – Speeds Troubleshooting by Factor of Five

New version of Network Time Machine gives network professionals ability to analyze multiple segments of high-performance links where and when they need it 

CISCO LIVE, SAN DIEGO – June 12, 2012 Fluke Networks today announced a new version of Network Time MachineTM (NTM), the first packet analysis appliance that provides automated multi-segment analysis (Auto MSA) capability for both portable and rack mount solutions for up to 40 Gbps network traffic. Network professionals will now have the flexibility to use both rack mount and portable versions, or even the Fluke Networks OptiView® XG Network Analysis Tablet, to gather packet information across multiple tiers within the data center or a distributed network. This delivers a complete view of the transaction process and isolates points of failure nearly five times faster than competing solutions.1


By 2015, server unit growth with 40 Gbps Ethernet interface is expected to grow by more than 40 percent, which represents new challenges isolating packet delays and losses across different network segments.2 “Both our enterprise and carrier customers need to be able to troubleshoot high speed links whether they are in the data center or out in the field,” said Mitsuru Onodera, executive officer for information and communication technologies at Toyo Corporation. “Solutions like the new version of Network Time Machine are key in helping enhance troubleshooting wherever it’s needed.”


“The investments our customers are making in 40 Gbps pipelines are tremendous, and they need to ensure they’re maximizing the investment,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of Fluke Networks. “The newest version of Network Time Machine demonstrates our continued commitment to keeping pace with the technologies our customers are using and helping them drive value and performance from their infrastructure.”


The new version of Network Time Machine can capture 20 Gbps stream-to-disk (Tolly Group Certified3) and the portable version can capture 10 Gbps stream-to-disk, and will be available in September. For more information, please visit Fluke Networks.


About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and datacenters. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com or call +1 (425) 446-4519.


  1. Based on internal Fluke Networks research of competitive market solutions.
  2. Cisco Market Need for 40 Gigabit Ethernet Report, 2012
  3. The Tolly Group, 2012

 

IDEAL Introduces New SignalTEK II as a Cost-Effective Solution to Qualifying Network Bandwidth

Cable installers save money by using a single multifunction tester for copper, fiber and PoE

SAN DIEGO, CA, June 19, 2012 -- Using a full cable certifier isn't always the most efficient choice when confirming if network cabling has been installed correctly, especially in residential, small business and even industrial Ethernet environments that don't require certification to EIA/TIA or ISO/IEC standards.


In those cases, the new IDEAL SignalTEK II multifunctional handheld cable and network qualifier is a cost-effective alternative to certifiers. Perfect for small- to medium-sized LANs, SignalTEK II will validate that copper or fiber cabling is capable of supporting bandwidth-heavy Voice, Data, Video (VDV) and IP-based video surveillance applications over 10/100 Megabit or Gigabit Ethernet. SignalTEK II then generates documentation verifying network connectivity and job completion to initiate customer payment.


"Being a multifunctional device for both fiber and copper, the SignalTEK II offers major cost savings, as it eliminates the need to purchase separate testers for different media," explained Dan Payerle, business unit manager of IDEAL Industries Networks. "SignalTEK II also troubleshoots throughput problems in existing installations so a separate transmission tester isn't required - presenting more savings."

 

Qualifies IEEE 802.3ab Gigabit Standard

SignalTEK II is targeted at data cabling installers, IT administrators, systems integrators and facilities managers who need to demonstrate that new and existing cabling installations meet performance and reliability expectations. A bi-directional "pass/fail" test of a network's links based on IEEE 802.3ab determines within seconds whether the installed cable can support higher bandwidth applications such as VoIP or Gigabit Ethernet without problems. Additional active network troubleshooting capabilities of PoE and PoE+ maximize return on investment.

 

Tests Across Switches and Hubs

Qualification and troubleshooting can conveniently be performed either through hubs or switches all the way to the server, streamlining qualification and maintenance troubleshooting.

 

Qualifies Bandwidth & Cabling Capacity

According to Payerle, one of the unique capabilities of SignalTEK II is that it can qualify and certify the correct installation of copper and fiber cabling to determine if it is capable of supporting VDV and CCTV applications: "This unique capability is further enhanced by enabling the operator to specify the load, number of PCs, VoIP phones or IP CCTV camera, on the network and SignalTEK II then generates the equivalent load to ensure the network's switch can handle the traffic without error."

 

Latest Testing Features for Modern Networks

With multiple network troubleshooting features including wiremap by pin with distance to fault, cable tracing and verifying Ethernet connectivity, SignalTEK II is a highly versatile and cost effective handheld tool. Capable of multiple performance testing, SignalTEK II can be operated rapidly and with minimal user training giving the installer or network administrator a high level of confidence and accuracy not found in other testers in the price range.

 

SignalTEK II simplifies cable installations through its intuitive controls, auto test functions, a virtual keyboard and a 2.8" backlit color screen. Novices will be able to fully operate SignalTEK II within minutes of removing it from the box. The interface minimizes training requirements while improving productivity in the field because routine test can be completed in less time. Additionally, SignalTEK II is IPv6 and PoE+ compatible, ensuring a future-proof investment.

 

Rugged and Robust Design

For all its advanced technologies, SignalTEK II is not a fragile instrument. Its rubber-molded housing can withstand drops, making it perfect for the installer whose workplace requires a rugged and robust tool. Plus, when RJ45 connections are damaged or become worn due to spark erosion, an RJ45 insert can be exchanged in the field to eliminate costly downtime, as there is no need to return the unit to an IDEAL service center.

 

Where to Buy

SignalTeK II is available now through all major datacomm distributors. For more details, visit http://www.idealindustries.com/wheretobuy/datacomm.jsp.


For more information about IDEAL Industries Networks SignalTEK II, visit http://www.idealindustries.com/products/datacomm/testers/signaltek2.jsp

 

ACUTA eNews June 2012

We hope you will take a moment to look at the new format for the ACUTA eNews. Not only is this issue filled to overflowing with news you can use, now you can view the eNews by flipping through the pages magazine style. We hope you’ll find this new format pleasing, easy-to-use, and maybe even exciting! www.webtorials.com
 
Here are some of the articles in this issue:

  • Photo Gallery from the 2012 ACUTA Annual Conference
  • Meeting Member Needs with Excellence
  • What's on Your Desk?
  • IPv6 Transition: The Time Is (Finally) Here
  • Social Intelligence: Bringing Human Touch to the Online Workplace
  • Board Report
  • Annual Dues Reminders Mail July 2
  • Press Releases - Job Postings - RFIs/RFPs - Special Deals! - Corporate Webinars - Info Links

Click to view on Windows/MAC - iPad/iPhone - Android tablets/phones

Adobe PDF version also available

ACUTA - the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, is an international non-profit educational association serving colleges and universities. ACUTA represents over 1900 individuals at more than 700 institutions of higher education with members ranging from small schools and community colleges to the 50 largest U.S. institutions representing diverse Carnegie classifications in all 50 states, Canada, New Zealand, and Slovenia. ACUTA also has Corporate Affiliate members, representing all categories of information communications technology vendors who serve the college/university market.

ACUTA
152 W. Zandale, Suite 200
Lexington, KY  40503-2486
Phone: 859/278-3338
www.acuta.org

Follow ACUTA on Twitter: http://twitter.com/acuta

 

Pella Corporation Joins CABA Board of Directors

June 19, 2012

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is pleased to announce that Pella Corporation has joined its Board of Directors.

Pella Corporation is a leader in designing, testing, manufacturing and installing energy-efficient windows and doors for new construction, remodeling and replacement needs for residential, as well as light and heavy commercial applications in North America and select countries overseas.

Pella's Senior Director of Advanced Engineering and Quality, Larry Ehlinger, represents the company known for innovation on the CABA Board. Ehlinger oversees advanced technology, quality, and business development at Pella.

"I am very pleased to welcome Larry Ehlinger and Pella Corporation to the CABA Board," said Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "Mr. Ehlinger's appointment brings additional technology and business development expertise to our association."

Ehlinger joined Pella Corporation in October 2002 as Director of Manufacturing Engineering, responsible for custom machine design and build, corporate process engineering, and the company's continuous process improvement engineering.

Ehlinger earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1986 from Iowa State University and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 2001.

"I am honored to serve on CABA's Board," said Ehlinger. "CABA equally advances systems integration and automation in both commercial buildings and residential homes markets. Joining the progressive leaders and industries actively involved in CABA helps enhance the industry and drives innovation."

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

About Pella
As a family-owned and professionally managed privately-held company, Pella is known for its 87-year history of making innovative products, providing quality service and delivering on customer satisfaction. Headquartered in Pella, Iowa, the company is committed to incorporating new technologies, increasing productivity and practicing environmental stewardship to create satisfied customers.

Pella manufactures quality windows, patio doors and entry door systems sold through a Direct Sales Network operating Pella Window & Door Showrooms across the United States and Canada and select building materials retailers. For more information, call 888-847-3552 or visit http://www.pella.com. Follow Pella on Twitter.com at @Pella_News, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pellawindowsanddoors and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/pellawindowsanddoors.

 

Manufacturers, Distributors, Software Providers, Equipment Makers, Fleet Marketers – All Focused on Contractors . . . ALL IN ONE PLACE!!!

THE PLACE:           Las Vegas, Sept. 30-Oct. 2 2012 - http://www.necaconvention.org/

EVENT:                 The NECA Show (held in conjunction with The NECA Convention)

WHO’S INVITED      NECA members are invited to The Convention

(YOU)

Electrical & datacom professionals are invited – FREE – to The Show!

. . . Yes, HOTS reader – this means you!

EXHIBITORS
275-plus entities are already signed up, including leading manufacturers (Schneider, Siemens) and distributors (Anixter, Graybar, Rexel, WESCO) of electrical & datacom products. See updated Exhibitor List: http://bit.ly/NLNhcD

WHAT’S                     (1) admission to Show floor Sun. Sept. 30, 11:30 to 5

INCLUDED               (2) Show floor admission Mon., Oct. 1, 11:30 to 4

                                    (3) Tues. Oct. 2 show floor admission: 10:30 to 2:30

                                    (4) Free admission to 19 Technical Sessions (held on

                                                the show floor).

SESSION TOPICS  . . . include solar, EV charging, submetering + building

                                    automation, Lighting Controls, lightning protection, LEDs

                                    construction-specific mobile apps, Induction lighting,

                                    digital A/V, jobsite productivity MC cable & much more!

WHAT TO DO NOW            A.  Go to http://bit.ly/NLjoce

                                    B.   Click on “Invitation Code Registration”

                                    C.   To get all this for FREE – enter code HO12

http://www.necaconvention.org/

 

Megladon Announces New Product Release of Rack Mount Ultra Dense CWDM Modules

Austin, Texas, June 11, 2012 – Megladon Manufacturing Group announced today an addition to their WDM product family serving fiber optic cell backhaul and CATV markets. The Ultra Dense CWDM modules preserve valuable rack space in head ends while promoting extensive channel capability in a modular design for expansion.

The Ultra Dense CWDM modules are used to transmit multiple wavelengths down a single fiber eliminating the need for multiple long haul trunk cables. The module houses dual, bidirectional 1x8 CWDMs built on an LC connector foundation. This is accomplished in a 2RU frame that can hold up to 19 modules. This provides a density of 38 1x8 CWDMs in 2RU of rack space.

Earlier CWDM modules utilized SC or SCAPC connectors which limited density because of connector size. In these cases, a 4RU distribution panel would hold a maximum of 12 1x8 CWDMs or a total of 108 SC ports. By incorporating the LC connector, the port count is increased to 342 in one-half the size.

“We were presented with an obstacle faced by one of our long time customers. They needed maximum channel count in a minimum amount of space.” stated John M Culbert, President & Partner of Megladon. “We were able to design a solid product that met their current needs, reduced cost and provided the ability to grow long term”.

The HLC (Hardened Lens Contact) patch cable by Megladon is recommended for use in these products. CWDMs are sensitive to optical return loss and the HLC products are designed to provide minimum insertion loss and return loss enabling the network to function in a reliable manner.

Megladon’s WDM product family includes WDM, CWDM and DWDM products that are built to customer specifications. A variety of wavelengths, connector types and package designs are available.

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

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

12317 Technology Blvd Suite 100 Austin, TX 78727  p 512-491-0006  f 512-583-0848. tf 800-232-4810

www.megladonmfg.com

 

ecoInsight Releases Energy Audit 2.1 for iPad  - NAED Energy Audit Solution

Updates give NAED Energy Audit Solution powered by ecoInsight new capabilities for assessing motors and drive efficiency

ATLANTA and ST. LOUIS … ecoInsight Inc., provider of energy-efficiency software solutions to the lighting and electrical industry, has released Version 2.1 of its market-leading Energy Audit application for the iPad.

Available on the NAED Energy Audit Solution powered by ecoInsight, this new release builds upon the industry-leading app for lighting audits with added functionality for collecting motors and drives data during onsite audits.

The new version helps sales professionals, motors, drives and automation specialists, and others in the electrical industry:

  • Take and mark up photos during on-site facility walk-throughs;
  • Capture audio and text notes during important customer conversations;
  • Record motor and drive information in the field using customizable operating profiles and field-based drive upgrade recommendations; and
  • Audit efficiently and effectively with enhanced functionality based on user feedback.

“We are excited about ecoInsight’s release of the Motors and Drives iPad Audit Module”, said Mike Brown, director of motion and drives marketing at Schneider Electric, who beta tested the new version. “With its ability to collect data, pictures and audio, this module will deliver significant time savings to energy professionals who need to collect and analyze data on existing motors and drives systems.”

On track to generate more than $1 billion in lighting retrofit proposals this year, ecoInsight has become an indispensable tool for thousands of lighting professionals. Now, with functionality to record motors and drives data and effortlessly share this data within their organization, ecoInsight users have another tool that helps them develop energy efficiency upgrade proposals faster than ever.

“Over the last year, we experienced explosive adoption of our lighting audit solution,” said Sean McCloskey, CEO of ecoInsight. “The productivity and sales gains our user community is reporting as a result of our app is tremendous. With the additional functionality the Motors and Drives Module brings, we are significantly extending our value to our existing users and at the same time creating an iPad audit app for people whose primary goal is upgrades to inefficient existing Motors and Drives.”

To date, nearly 1,100 subscribers from more than 170 members of the National Electrical Distribution Association have taken advantage of the previous version of the NAED Energy Audit Solution powered by ecoInsight to boost their efficient-lighting proposals. The launch of version 2.1 expands auditing services for helping customers in need of energy-efficient motors and drives.

“This powerful, technology tool gives our members a new, convenient way to collect, process and evaluate complex motors and drives data exactly when and where they need it – in the field and on the jobsite,” said NAED President and CEO Tom Naber. “We’re thrilled to be bringing these competitive capabilities to our members.”

To learn more or sign up for an overview webinar, visit  www.ecoinsight.com  or  www.naed.org/energyauditsolution/

About NAED
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 represents approximately 4,400 locations internationally. www.naed.org

About ecoInsight Inc.

ecoInsight provides mobile and on-demand applications to electrical and lighting professionals in the growing energy efficiency market. ecoInsight reduces the time it takes to plan energy efficiency projects by over 40 percent. ecoInsight’s applications allow people to collect, analyze and collaborate on complex energy data, saving significant time and money in developing energy efficiency proposals for customers. For more information, please visit http://www.ecoInsight.com/.

 

NECA/IBEW Team Strings The Wire For Wallenda’s Successful Historic Walk Across Niagara Falls – That was amazing…

As Nik Wallenda prepared for his historic tightrope walk across Niagara Falls on June 15, 2012, union craftsman working with O’Connell Electric completed the critical job of stringing the wire that carried the daredevil across the raging waters of the tenth largest waterfall in the world.

The Rochester, NY-based O’Connell Electric was selected for the job based on its extensive experience stringing high tension wires, sometimes stretching for more than a mile.  Founded in 1911, the company, a member of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), is one of the nation's top-ranking contractors, covering every major industry segment. The craftsmen tasked with the wirework were drawn from Local 1249 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

At 1,800 feet in length, Wallenda’s cable across the falls weighs nearly seven tons – too heavy for a helicopter to carry.  Instead, a chopper first flew a lighter, high-tension wire from one side of the gorge to the other.  Once secured, the NECA/IBEW team attached the heavier cable to one end to the lighter wire, then unspool the final cable with the help of machinery.  The final cable never touched the water.

Before the event, says Randy Fletcher of O’Connell Electric in an interview with WRZQ of New York, "It'll take about 20 hours of prep time to be ready to pull the cable across, then a good eight or nine hours to get the wire across, so you're talking two-and-a-half to three days to install it.”  Huge anchors sunk deep into bedrock will anchor the rigging on Terrapin Point of Goat Island on the US side of the falls and at a spot near Table Rock on the Canadian side.  The company has been planning the high-wire act for nearly ten months.  The union crews practiced by stringing a wire outside the Seneca Niagara Casino, which Wallenda successfully crossed.

French-born Jean-François Gravelet was the first funambulist, or tightrope-walker, to cross Niagara in 1859, but unlike the early daredevils who strung their lines more than half-a-mile below the falls, Wallenda was the first to walk directly across the thunder and spray of the plummeting water.

ABC devoted its entire prime-time schedule to the event, with three hours of coverage beginning at 8:00 pm EST.  The historic walk was sponsored in part by the National Labor-Management Cooperation Committee (NLMCC), a joint organization of NECA and the IBEW.

About NLMCC, NECA and IBEW

Through their joint marketing organization – the National Labor-Management Cooperation Committee (NLMCC) of the organized electrical construction industry – NECA and IBEW together work to:

           Reach customers with accurate information about the industry;

           Achieve better internal communication between labor and management; and

           Support efforts to recruit and train outstanding apprentices and journeymen in order to provide a skilled and reliable workforce.

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

With 725,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields – including construction, utilities, telecommunications and manufacturing – IBEW is among the largest member unions in the AFL-CIO.  IBEW was founded in 1891.

More information can be found at www.NLMCC.com.

 

NEMA Joins Coalition for Current Safety Codes in Support of Advancing Public Safety

ROSSLYN, Va., June 12, 2012—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) joined the Coalition for Current Safety Codes (CCSC), a new coalition created by the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), which publishes the National Electrical Code® (NEC). The coalition will advance public safety by advocating the timely adoption of current building, sustainability, electrical, and life safety codes. 

NEMA is already heavily involved in the code development process for ICC and NFPA codes, and its field representative program has been a strong advocate of the timely adoption and consistent enforcement of current edition safety codes.

“The timely adoption of the National Electrical Code and other safety codes is fundamental to protecting the lay public who, without thinking, routinely uses electrical products of all kinds,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. 

“NEMA members automatically design safety into their products, but proper installation of their products is also a critical element of personnel and property protection. Delayed adoption of the NEC and other codes opens the door for installation errors, particularly with new products.  Delays also prevent the public from enjoying the safety benefits of new technologies such as arc fault circuit interrupters and tamper proof receptacles. NEMA urges local authorities to adopt the NEC and other safety codes in accordance with the schedule recommended by fire and electrical safety professionals,” Gaddis said. 

NEMA’s point of contact for participation is Vince Baclawski, Senior Technical Director, Codes and Standards. He can be reached at Vin_Baclawski@nema.org.

To learn more or join the coalition, visit its website at www.coalition4safety.org.

NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Worldwide annual sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. www.nema.org

 

NAED Releases Performance Benchmarks for Electrical Distributors

NAED Performance Analysis and Employee Compensation reports offer look at state of today's electrical distribution industry

ST. LOUIS -- In a sign of economic uptick, sales for the typical electrical distributor increased more than 16 percent between 2011 and 2010, according to new data from the National Association of Electrical Distributors. The year-to-year change is double the increase that occurred between 2010 and 2009.


These numbers come as the association today released the 2012 NAED Performance Analysis Report Highlights and the 2012 NAED Employee Compensation Report – two leading benchmarks used by the industry to gauge distributor sales and business performance, operational costs, and employee pay and benefits.


The typical distributor surveyed, based on median PAR figures, earned annual sales of $62.6 million, achieved a gross margin of 21.1 percent, and experienced an inventory-turnover ratio of 4.3 in 2011.


The PAR also showed electrical distributor profit margins increased to a median of 3 percent in 2011 from lows of 2.4 percent in 2010 and 1.1 percent in 2009. Among the top-performing 25 percent of “high profit” distributors, the 2011 profit margin was 6.4 percent, up nearly two percent from last year’s margin.


“Financial performance varied widely among the typical firm and high-profit firms in 2012,” wrote PAR author Al Bates of the Profit Planning Group. “Of greatest consequence, the typical firm had a 8.7 percent pre-tax return on assets (profit before taxes expressed as a percentage of total assets) while high-profit firms generated an ROA of 19.8 percent.”

 

High-profit Distributors See Bigger Gains, Lower Costs

High-profit distributors, as determined on pretax ROA, earned annual sales of $81.8 million in 2011, a 20.2 percent change from the year prior, the PAR revealed.

In addition, high-profit distributors experienced lower operating costs than typical distributors. The biggest divide between the two came in general and administrative expenses: Such costs consumed 24.3 percent of the typical distributor’s gross margin; by contrast, they took up 18.5 percent of a high-profit distributor’s margin.

Similarly, payroll expenses absorbed 11.5 percent of high-profit distributors sales, while they made up 13.1 percent of the typical distributor’s sales.

 

Compensation Heads ‘Back to the Future’

As sales and margins increased in 2011, distributors renewed investments in employee compensation and benefits. The Employee Compensation Report, which pulled data from distributors in a broad range of industries, showed compensation up for top management and outside sales forces at companies across the board. In fact, outside sales compensation increased 8 percent, the report showed.

An increasing number of typical NAED distributors also gave employees merit raises in 2011. Last year, 48 percent of these distributors gave employees merit raises – up 9 percent since the last report in 2010.

“In distribution, compensation and benefits results in 2011 could be characterized as going ‘back to the future,’” said the Profit Planning Group’s Bates, who also authored the 2012 NAED Employee Compensation Report. “In 2011, the economy was far from robust, but was a long way from moribund as well. As a result, overall compensation and benefit programs moved back towards where they were in 2007.”

 

Health Benefits Continue Climb

As employee pay climbed in 2011, so too did health-insurance costs. For typical distributors, the cross-section survey results showed:

  • Annual family premiums increased nearly 30 percent between 2007 and 2011;
  • Employer-paid percentages fell to about 60 percent of total premiums, depending on the type of plan, from 75 percent in 2007; and
  • The annual deductible more than doubled between 2007 and 2011, while co-pays rose more slowly.

Other benefits like educational assistance and flexible scheduling remained popular, especially with NAED’s electrical distributors. In fact, 58 percent of surveyed NAED distributors offered employees educational assistance, compared to 42 percent of cross-industry respondents.

 

Survey Methodologies

The 2012 NAED PAR Highlights is based on 2011 operational data provided by 132 NAED distributors surveyed by the Profit Planning Group on behalf of NAED between January 2012 – April 2012. Participants received a free copy of the PAR Highlights, featuring statistical breakouts by sales volume, customer emphasis and warehouse sales.

Data from the biannual Employee Compensation Report came from 81 NAED members in cooperation with 1,125 distributors from 26 other trade associations. The survey results, compiled by the Profit Planning Group, are based on 2011 data gathered in early 2012.

 

To purchase these reports, contact NAED Member Services at (888) 791-2512. NAED will distribute next year's PAR surveys in January 2013. At that time, participating NAED members may also opt for purchasing customized reports for their firms.

 

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. www.naed.org

 

 

Automated Systems Design Celebrates 25 Years in Business

Automated Systems Design (ASD) turns 25 and continues to grow stronger.

Atlanta, GA – Automated Systems Design (ASD), Inc. is celebrating 25 years in business this month. Bob Eskew, CEO of ASD, founded the company in 1987, but it was not an easy decision. In 1987, Eskew had a secure position with General Motors (GM), and he had to decide if he was going to stay with GM or venture out on his own and officially launch ASD.

“I had to make a decision,” recalls Eskew, “Stay with the cradle to grave security of GM or venture out on my own. It was one of the hardest decisions I ever made, but also one of the best decisions. When I left GM to start ASD, my mom cried and the rest of my family laughed. No one could understand why I would do such a crazy thing.”

Now 25 years later, ASD is a leading service provider and manufacturer of information transport systems. In recent years ASD’s sales have topped $20,000,000. The company has grown to include 35 associates and a network of more than 700 AASDIs (Authorized ASD Installers). ASD is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, with an additional office located in Hickory, North Carolina.

Over the years, ASD has earned numerous awards and recognition, including being named a five-time Inc. 500/5000 company. ASD has also been named a two-time Top Growth Company by the Entrex Private Company Index (PCI). In 2011, ASD was named a Stevie Award finalist, and in 2012, ASD won the bronze Stevie Award for Customer Service Department of the Year in the telecommunications category.

Over ten years ago, ASD began manufacturing structured cabling products. The company now carries a full line of high-performance iCAT-ITS™ copper offerings, including CAT 5E, CAT 6E, and 10-gigabit CAT 6a cables, as well as iGLO-ITS™ fiber optic products. For more information about ASD, visit www.asd-usa.com.

About Automated Systems Design, Inc. (ASD®)

Automated Systems Design, Inc. (ASD®) offers the leading manufacturing, management and maintenance of nationwide custom turnkey information transport systems. Since 1987, ASD has remained committed to delivering cabling products that promote and support industry standards. ASD provides solutions for national clients seeking a single point of contact. Services include, voice and data cabling (structured cabling), VoIP phone systems, security/access control, wired/wireless surveys and systems, sound masking and paging, audio visual/digital signage, point of sale system installs, 24/7 maintenance and data center build-outs. As a manufacturer and direct seller of high-performance iCAT-ITS™ copper and iGLO-ITS™ fiber optic cabling and products, ASD has streamlined the supply chain, saving customers up to 30 percent. ASD offers a lifetime warranty on ASD services and products. All ASD services are performed by a network of more than 12,000 trained and qualified AASDIs (Authorized ASD Installers), pronounced “as-dees.” ASD is a five-time Inc. 500/5000 company. For more information, visit www.asd-usa.com.

 

Afone Turns to Ekinops for Data Center Interconnection, Reliable Delivery of Multiprotocol Services

PARIS, June 12, 2012 – Afone, a French-based provider of telecom services to businesses, has deployed equipment from Ekinops, a leading supplier of next-generation optical transport equipment for service providers, to interconnect its data centers and enhance its delivery of multiprotocol data services.

Afone focuses on telecom, payment, and security services for enterprises and retail businesses, and also functions as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) for enterprises and residential customers. It turned to Ekinops for a solution that would provide flexible, cost-effective, and reliable data center interconnection transporting SDH, Gigabit Ethernet, and Fibre Channel protocols.

The Ekinops 360 transport platform, with its T-Chip (Transport on a Chip) technology, allows Afone to transport multiple protocols very efficiently, maximizing the use of fiber infrastructure.

The Ekinops 360 provides industry-leading economic efficiencies unmatched by other transport solutions in the market.   In addition, the Ekinops 360 provides for a level of reliability far exceeding similar solutions.

“Ekinops is the company best suited to meet our needs. The Ekinops 360 gives us the flexibility we need to aggregate different protocols, it is economical and has the highest reliability,” said Guillaume Rousseau, head of engineering at Afone. “Support is very important to us and Ekinops promised and delivers superior support.”

“Today, the increasing migration to cloud-based services has elevated data centers to paramount importance for service providers such as Afone,” said Rob Adams, vice president of marketing for Ekinops. “The competitive cloud computing market requires moving massive volumes of data among these centers, with the utmost reliability and affordability.

”The Ekinops equipment that is now filling Afone’s needs does so cost-effectively because of the unique Ekinops T-Chip technology. The T-Chip concentrates the equipment’s transport intelligence into a highly compact and efficient design that Ekinops can custom-program to meet the precise needs of the service provider customer. This approach serves to reduce costs, footprint, ongoing power consumption, and delivery times to customers.”

About Ekinops

Ekinops is a leading supplier of next generation optical transport equipment for telecommunications service providers. The Ekinops 360 addresses Metro, Regional, and Long-Haul applications with a single, highly-integrated platform. Ekinops is a market-leading innovator in 100G transport with its unique all-in-1RU® approach that truly optimizes optical networks. The Ekinops 360 system relies on the highly-programmable Ekinops T-Chip® (Transport-on-a-Chip) that enables fast, flexible and cost-effective delivery of new services for high-speed transport. Using the Ekinops 360 carrier-grade system, operators can simply increase capacity of their networks – CWDM, DWDM, Ethernet, ESCON, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, and uncompressed video (HD-SDI, SD-SDI, ASI). Ekinops is headquartered in Lannion, France, and Ekinops Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary, is incorporated in the USA. For more information, visit Ekinops at www.ekinops.net.

 

Data Center Provider InfoRelay Chooses Ekinops to Interconnect Washington, D.C., Area Facilities

PARIS, June 27, 2012 – Data center and network solutions provider InfoRelay has selected and deployed the Ekinops 360 optical transport platform to interconnect multiple data centers and co-location facilities in the Washington, D.C., area, Ekinops announced today.

The regional network includes InfoRelay’s latest data center, Dulles Exchange, in Herndon, Virginia, which is being inaugurated Thursday with a grand opening celebration.

Ekinops, a leading supplier of next generation optical transport equipment, is supplying InfoRelay with its Ekinops 360 transport platform. InfoRelay will take advantage of Ekinops’ ability to flexibly and efficiently aggregate multiple service types and rates over fiber.  The initial deployment will provide transport for Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and 10G LAN services over a high-capacity fiber-optic infrastructure.

InfoRelay was looking for a solution to link its four data center operations in northern Virginia, which are home to a large variety of network providers, federal clients, and large enterprise customers. InfoRelay evaluated the Ekinops solution along with several other manufacturers’ products and chose Ekinops following nearly a two-month trial.

“We needed a scalable, reliable, and cost-effective solution that supported all the necessary protocols, such as Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, video, and SONET,” explained Russell Weiss, president of InfoRelay. “We were also looking for a platform that would allow us to provide lit services to those strategic customers of ours looking for bandwidth between facilities. We found that Ekinops provided us with that flexibility at the right price points and our trial confirmed that the Ekinops solution was the right choice.”

InfoRelay, founded in 1995, provides on-demand data center and cloud hosting services, guaranteeing 99.999 percent uptime with extremely low latency to almost anywhere in the world. Its overall network capacity exceeds 200 Gbps of Internet connectivity. Like its other facilities, InfoRelay’s new Dulles Exchange data center is highly secure, diversely connected to multiple fiber networks, and has a highly redundant infrastructure.

“With the advent of cloud computing, data centers are seeing a surge in capacity requirements for interconnecting their facilities.” said Rob Adams, vice president of global marketing for Ekinops. “They require a platform that is operationally simple and extremely reliable, making our 360 platform the ideal choice.”

The Ekinops 360 is Ekinops' flagship next-generation optical transport platform, providing DWDM and CWDM (dense and coarse wavelength division multiplexing) on a single platform for metro, regional, and long-haul applications. It handles service rates from 100 Mbps to 100 Gbps. It offers a broad portfolio of services including SONET/SDH, Fibre Channel, FICON, video, Ethernet, and Infiniband.

About Ekinops

Ekinops is a leading supplier of next generation optical transport equipment for telecommunications service providers. The Ekinops 360 addresses Metro, Regional, and Long-Haul applications with a single, highly-integrated platform. Ekinops is a market-leading innovator in 100G transport with its unique all-in-1RU® approach that truly optimizes optical networks. The Ekinops 360 system relies on the highly-programmable Ekinops T-Chip® (Transport-on-a-Chip) that enables fast, flexible and cost-effective delivery of new services for high-speed transport. Using the Ekinops 360 carrier-grade system, operators can simply increase capacity of their networks – CWDM, DWDM, Ethernet, ESCON, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, and uncompressed video (HD-SDI, SD-SDI, ASI). Ekinops is headquartered in Lannion, France, and Ekinops Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary, is incorporated in the USA. For more information, visit Ekinops at www.ekinops.net.

About InfoRelay

InfoRelay Online Systems, Inc. delivers enterprise-level managed services and wholesale data center services to thousands of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and Federal agencies. InfoRelay improves its clients’ efficiency and profitability through the company’s array of reliable IT services. By demonstrating unparalleled levels of responsiveness, concern, and overall service, InfoRelay establishes a unique trusting relationship with each client, allowing InfoRelay to act as a 24x7x365 extension of its clients' IT departments. For more information, please visit www.inforelay.com or call (703) 485-4600.

 

FTTH Council to Host Learning Program at New England FiberFest Exhibition

WESTFORD, Mass. - As fiber optic industry leaders gather here this week for the New England Fiberoptic Council's FiberFest trade show, the FTTH Council Americas will host a program of presentations and panel discussions on high-bandwidth, all-fiber telecommunications networks, with a special focus on deployments in the New England region.


The full-day workshop, with networking sessions to coincide with FiberFest exhibit hours, is open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, June 13, at the Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center. Admission is $150 and includes a continental breakfast, a networking luncheon and a closing reception.  More information, including online registration and an updated agenda, can be found on the workshop event website, where attendees can complete their online registration in advance.


In addition to the FTTH Council's learning program, networking sessions will be scheduled to coincide with exhibit hours for the FiberFest, which typically brings in hundreds of people who have an interest in various optical technologies. 


Featured speakers will include Matthew Polka, President of the American Cable Association, and Monica Webb, Executive Committee Chair of WiredWest, a municipal cooperative of 40 Massachusetts towns that is working with state and local organizations to build a state-of-the-art fiber-optic network to serve residents. The event will also include representatives from three New England telecom network operators discussing their experiences in deploying fiber to the home systems, as well sessions on FTTH market development, legislative and regulatory issues, and the newest optical access technologies and fiber deployment approaches.

The FTTH Council estimates that more than 1,000 entities across the U.S. and Canada - almost all of them small telephone companies, competitive broadband providers or public utilities - are already providing services over FTTH networks, and that the vast majority of them expect to grow their fiber footprint in the immediate future. The Council estimates that FTTH networks are now available to one-fifth of U.S. households, with more than eight million homes connected with end-to-end fiber.

Following the workshop, on June 14 and 15, the FTTH Council's partner The Light Brigade in conducting a two-day exam preparatory course for the Certified Fiber to the Home Professionals Program (CFHP) at the Westford Regency Inn. The course is structured to certify competence in overall FTTH theory, terminology, topology, equipment and system cost estimation. More information about the program can be found on the FTTH Council's website. 

About the Fiber-to-the-Home Council Americas  

Now in its eleventh year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections - as well as companies that manufacture FTTH products and others involved in planning and building FTTH networks.  The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home.  Its mission is to accelerate deployment of all-fiber access networks by demonstrating how fiber-enabled applications and solutions create value for service providers and their customers, promote economic development and enhance quality of life. The Council organizes North America's largest annual FTTH event, the FTTH Conference & Expo, which will be held September 23 - 27, 2012 in Dallas, Texas at the Hilton Anatole.

 

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Datalink Deploys Virtual Data Center Infrastructure at Velocitor Solutions

Datalink-Designed Solution Scales Economically, Speeds New SaaS Deployments

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., (DATE) – Datalink (NASDAQ: DTLK), a leading provider of data center infrastructure and services, today announced  the completion of a $1.1M unified virtual data center (VDC) infrastructure deployment for Velocitor Solutions, a Charlotte, N.C.-based mobile/wireless software as a service (SaaS) vendor serving transportation/logistics, direct-store-delivery, field service and field sales customers. The new data center environment will enable Velocitor to quickly add SaaS capacity for company services ranging from mobile accounting to GPS vehicle tracking, help ensure 24x7 application availability, and support Velocitor’s internal staff.

"We had exploding demand for our SaaS offerings that caused our data center environment to grow by 200% in just one year. We had to constantly deploy new server and storage hardware at two locations to support new customers," said Rich Pacella, President, Velocitor Solutions. "We turned to Datalink for guidance on how to streamline our infrastructure to save time and money, position us for continued growth, and optimize the customer experience."

Datalink served as strategic advisor on the project; designed and deployed compute, network and storage components into a single, unified FlexPod™ architecture featuring technologies from NetApp, Cisco, and VMware; and deployed site-to-site failover and disaster recovery capabilities. FlexPod is a pre-tested, optimized and pre-validated data center solution supported by Datalink as part of the company’s VDC migration strategy for large and midmarket enterprises. 

Datalink is also providing its OneCall SM Unified Support services to supplement original equipment manufacturer (OEM) support programs and provide streamlined solution-level assessment and resolution. Leveraging the support services teams, best practices, and data center expertise of OneCall, Datalink will assume ownership of each reported incident, conduct initial triages, and resolve issues. Should incidents be escalated to OEMs, Datalink will shepherd all incidents until a resolution is achieved.

“This project is a prime example of how Datalink is using its VDC expertise to help customers take advantage of newer cloud-based data center technologies that can help move their business forward,” said Paul Lidsky, Datalink President and CEO. “By focusing on converged data center architectures that incorporate virtualization, private cloud computing and advanced networking, we are enabling customers, like Velocitor, to gain agility, efficiency, and performance that are critical to business success.”

The revenue of this project was recognized in the fourth quarter of 2011.

About Datalink

A complete data center solutions and services provider for Fortune 500 and mid-tier enterprises, Datalink transforms data centers so they become more efficient, manageable and responsive to changing business needs. Datalink helps leverage and protect storage, server, and network investments with a focus on long-term value, offering a full lifecycle of services, from consulting and design to implementation, management and support. Datalink solutions span virtualization and consolidation, data storage and protection, advanced networks, and business continuity. Each delivers measurable performance gains and maximizes the business value of IT. For more information, call 800.448.6314 or visit www.datalink.com.

About Velocitor Solutions

Velocitor Solutions is a leading software development firm specializing in the design, development and deployment of mobile and wireless software solutions. Combining comprehensive business process analysis and methodologies designed specifically for mobile initiatives, Velocitor ensures its clients gain a significant return on their technology investment. Through its software solutions, Velocitor has helped improve the productivity, efficiency and customer service offerings for companies in a variety of industries with field forces ranging from 10 to over 4,000 mobile users.  For more information call 704-731-5380 or visit www.velsol.com.

 

TIA Files Comments on EPA ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Telephony Product Certification

Says Consumers Will Benefit if Program Continues to Implement ‘Realistic & Achievable’ Standards

ARLINGTON, VA (June 29, 2012) - The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today filed comments with the EPA in response to the draft program requirements for telephony.  In addition to making several technical recommendations on applying the program to modern telephony, TIA commended the program’s outreach to industry to ensure that the requirements of the ENERGY STAR program evolve to reflect technology developments, while enabling companies to innovate best-in-class technologies.

“TIA members have long been supporters and participants in the ENERGY STAR program,” said TIA President Grant Seiffert.  “As a Standards Development Organization (SDO), TIA has seen first-hand how voluntary, market-driven standards lead to innovation in our industry.  ENERGY STAR has played a critical role in providing incentives for the innovation of energy efficient technologies inways that mandates cannot.”

The comments also stated that TIA members greatly value the ENERGY STAR certification, and rely on this certification to market their products to retailers and consumers.

To access the full comments, please visit here.

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobilewireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.

 

More Than 1,600 Wireless Technorati Pack 2012 Connected World Conference for Networking, Deal Making, and Thought Leadership

Chicago, Ill.  June 26, 2012: Connected World magazine Editorial Director Peggy Smedley summed up the essence of the 2012 Connected World Conference with her keynote speech: It’s a connected life. This refers to the interconnected data that weaves through our lives with ever-increasing ubiquity. The three-day conference attracted more than 1,600 registered attendees including wireless executives, developers, technologists, IT professionals, journalists, and futurists.  

Nearly 50 exhibitors, including conference sponsors AT&T, Novatel Wireless, RACO Wireless, Telit Wireless Solutions, and ThingWorx packed the hall, all demonstrating their piece of the connected world. 

The must-see Connected Car Pavilion gave attendees a firsthand glimpse into how technology and automotive are merging, featuring tech-rich models from Audi, Cadillac, Chrysler, Chevy, Jeep, and even luxury brand Porsche.

The Distracted Driving Pavilion allowed attendees to take a Safe Driving Pledge and learn about new technologies from MiX Telematics, Voice Assist, and Global Mobile Alert.

Three unique Hackathon sessions drew hackers from around the Chicagoland area to develop one-of-a-kind M2M applications, using platforms offered by Exosite, ILS Technology, and OSIsoft.

Highlights of the three-day conference included: 

The Carrier Panel featuring Glenn Lurie, AT&T; Mansell Nelson, Rogers Wireless; Wayne Ward, Sprint Nextel; Jeremy Korst, T-Mobile; and Janet Schijns, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, moderated by Peggy Smedley, Connected World magazine. This panel discussed the coming of LTE; debated the issue of spectrum limitations and the idea that new and emerging markets demand even more from a highly robust data network. Attendees learned which carriers are making strong commitments to 4G, which are still supporting 2G, in addition to 3G and 4G, and which markets are ripe with opportunity for M2M in the coming years. 

Design and Cognitive Psychology Research on Distractive Driving at the University of Kansas, a presentation by Gregory Thomas, Center for Design Research, University of Kansas and Chelsie Hadlock, University of Kansas: The KU Center for Design Research is engaged in designing a “smarter” automotive dashboard console. The collaboration is between experts in engineering, design, and cognitive science to develop a new class of “AID (Adaptive Information Displays)” that can intelligently assess road and driver conditions and adjust the driver’s in-car experience to anticipate their needs and demands for safety while recognizing that driver attention is at a premium.

See a recap of sponsor and exhibitor announcements from the event at:

www.connectedworldmag.com/conference/index.php?q=Press-Release

Here’s What Attendees Had to Say Regarding the Event

“The Connected World Conference in Chicago was excellent,” said Michael Metcalf, CEO and chairman, Voice Assist. “I was surprised by the number of key executives we were able to meet within just a few days. We found a groundswell of support for our hands free safe driving solution.”

“The Connected World Conference is such a beneficial show in the industry, and one we would not miss,” said John Horn, president, RACO Wireless. “As an exhibitor, we meet attendees on the show floor who are looking for new partners in their endeavors. For attendees, the Exhibit Hall provides an array of the latest technologies, giving you the opportunity to create an entire value chain in one location.”

“Connected World Conference is a great opportunity to continue to collaborate with the key folks driving this exciting industry segment,” said Jeth Harbinson, vice president, global sales and marketing, Cycle30. “We enjoyed our participation this year.”  

About the Connected World Conference:

The 2012 Connected World Conference sets the stage for what’s next in M2M and connected devices. Bringing together technology-conscious consumers and upwardly mobile entrepreneurs with tech-minded professionals, it is the industry event for individuals looking to either create or consume the latest emerging devices and technologies. While uncovering the latest connected gadgets on the market today, see what's in store for the next generation of the connected car, home health, fitness devices, connected home, and how they will be used in our everyday lives.

www.connectedworldmag.com/conference

 

NECA NEWS – News from the National Electrical Contractors Association

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Baker Electric Achieves 400+ EV Charger Installation Milestone

07/08/2012

Baker Electric recently announced its 400th Electric Vehicle (EV) residential charging station installation. As of the end of June 2012, the company's actual total topped 417 residential installs, with another 143 commercial installations completed.

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NECA Contractor Tells the Truth about Apprenticeship Training

07/08/2012

A provision is a city ordinance that requires contractors working on city projects to be a party to a state-sponsored apprenticeship program is coming under fire from some people who claim the requirement is an "attempt to carve out a protected enclave for organized labor." Susan Mailman, president of NECA-member Coghlin Electrical Contractors and Network Services, sets the record straight with a powerful OP-ED piece.

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Invitation to Pilot Test Basic Foremanship, Part 2

07/07/2012

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Academy Fellows Get Education & Reinvigoration at 2012 Meeting

06/26/2012

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NECA Contractors Earn Top Safety Honors

06/22/2012

NECA proudly salutes the dozens of member companies that earned our association's top safety honors.

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NECA Welcomes New Student Chapter at Alfred State College

06/22/2012

With the establishment a NECA Student Chapter at Alfred State College in New York, there are now 26 of these groups in operation across the country to encourage young people to consider careers in electrical contracting management.

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Announcing David L. Pogue, Keynote Speaker for 2012 Energy Forum

06/21/2012

The 2012 NECA Energy Forum will focus on the business realities of the energy solutions market, and the Forum’s keynote speaker David L. Pogue certainly knows the economic benefits of using green energy technologies.

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Four Finalist Teams Selected for ELECTRI Green Energy Challenge

06/18/2012

ELECTRI International’s annual student competition, The Green Energy Challenge, has four finalist teams: Georgia Tech, Iowa State University, University of Washington, and Youngstown State University.

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NECA-IBEW Team Essential to Wallenda's Niagara Falls Highwire Walk

06/16/2012

The "tightrope" Nik Wallenda traversed on his historic walk across Niagara Falls had been painstakingly installed by NECA-member firm O'Connell Electric, relying on highly skilled linemen from IBEW Local 1249.

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When Young Women and the World of Construction Meet, It's "MAGIC"

06/15/2012

The San Diego Chapter, NECA will participant in the MAGIC Camp hosted by the National Association of Women in Construction to give high school girls the opportunity to learn about the countless avenues of employment available to women in the construction industry.

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Readers Rank Electrical Contractor Magazine Highest

06/15/2012

An independent survey finds that most readers prefer NECA's Electrical Contractor magazine over its competitors — and most prefer the print edition over the web version.

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Duke Study Suggests Union Membership Does a Body Good

06/14/2012

A new study conducted by the Sociology Department at Duke University finds that more unionized American workers consider themselves healthy than do their non-union counterparts, an indication that union membership is good for the body as well as the paycheck.

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Federal Contractors Fight Proposed Hiring Quota for Disabled

06/13/2012

Contractors and industry advocates are pushing back against a proposal by the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs that would require 7 percent of federal contractors' employees to be workers with disabilities.

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Solar-Savvy Eland Electric Honored for Environmental Stewardship

06/08/2012

NECA-member Eland Electric was recently honored with the Green Bay (Wisconsin) Area Chamber of Commerce's Environmental Stewardship Award. Company owner Rick Eland was the first certified Solar Installer in Wisconsin.

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OSHA Publishes Questions & Answers on Cranes and Derricks Standard

06/07/2012

OSHA has issued a list of 52 frequently asked questions intended to clarify how employers should interpret the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

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Benefits of Safety for Electrical Industry Made Clear at 2012 NECA Safety Professionals Conference

06/05/2012

NECA hosted its second annual Safety Professionals Conference in St. Louis, May 20-23. The NSPC is the only conference exclusively focused on the skills, processes and tools used by electrical construction safety pros.

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Invitation to Pilot Test New Course on Basic Foremanship

06/02/2012

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House Rejects Attempts to Limit Project Labor Agreements and Eliminate Davis-Bacon

06/02/2012

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NECA Helps Develop New Business Information Modeling (BIM) Standard

05/26/2012

The first-ever consensus-based standard governing building information modeling (BIM) for use in the United States includes a section on “Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection Systems (MEP) Spatial Coordination Requirements” that was developed by NECA, along with MCAA and SMACNA.

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Want to See Your Success Story on ElectricTV?

05/25/2012

We recently alerted NECA chapter offices to an opportunity to funnel story ideas on local NECA members to the ElectricTV.net team. We need to get customers on camera who can attest to the knowledge, skills, and abilities of IBEW electricians, and the quality services they've received from NECA contractors.

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Safety Risk Management Research Report and Evaluation Tool Now Available from ELECTRI International

05/22/2012

A new study from ELECTRI International and companion digital tool has added important cost-benefit information to the injury-prevention techniques line contractors and workers can use.

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Graybar Hosting Free Data Center Seminars

05/20/2012

NECA Premier Partner Graybar, Inc. will present "Planning for the Next Generation Data Centers" in Portland, Oregon (June 5), Los Angeles (June 26), Raleigh (July 17), Pittsburgh (July 24), and Austin (July 26). The half-day seminars are FREE.

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St. Louis Electrical Connection, Sachs Electric "Solarize" Busch Stadium

05/20/2012

The St. Louis Cardinals partnered with Microgrid Energy, the Electrical Connection and Sachs Electric to add solar panels to Busch Stadium. The installation will produce about 32,000 kilowatt hours of solar energy per year.

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Project Labor Agreements Stricken from Federal Defense Construction Projects

05/18/2012

NECA expressed deep disappointment over the vote by the House of Representatives to restrict the consideration of project labor agreements on military construction projects

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Tribute to Robert L. Higgins (1919-2012)

05/18/2012

Robert L. Higgins, NECA's executive vice president from 1965 through 1986, passed away May 14, 2012. NECA celebrates his accomplished life and his many contributions of lasting value to our association and industry.

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NECA Contractors Speak Out for Multiemployer Pensions, Tax, Energy Issues

05/15/2012

Nearly 150 NECA members visited their elected representatives last week in a series of over 200 meetings on Capitol Hill to voice their concerns on issues affecting the electrical construction industry, including the urgent need for multiemployer pension reform; permanent repeal of the estate tax, and incentives for energy-efficiency investments.

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Minority/Women-Owned NECA Members Earn "Diverse Supplier" Scholarships

05/11/2012

Utility holding company Ameren has awarded scholarships to enable leaders from three of its suppliers — BRK Electric, Donco Electrical Construction, and Miller Construction — to attend the Minority Executive Business Program at the Tuck School at Dartmouth College. These minority/women-owned companies are NECA-member firms.

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New OSHA Safety Campaign Addresses Summer Heat Hazards

05/10/2012

OSHA has just announced the availability of new resources aimed at reducing the number of illnesses and deaths caused by heat exposure this summer — including a free application for mobile devices that enables workers and supervisors to monitor the heat index at their work sites.

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NFPA EuroCon 2012 fire and life safety conference slated for Amsterdam

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NFPA issues safety alert on SCBA facepiece lenses

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06/27/2012

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NFPA announces second Firewise photo contest

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06/26/2012

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Fire Protection Research Foundation releases report on effectiveness of regulatory and planning tools for reducing wildfire risk

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06/21/2012

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Use of consumer fireworks dramatically increases risk of fire and injury

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06/20/2012

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Grant funds available for NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training

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06/12/2012

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NFPA's annual firefighter fatality report shows lowest number of on-duty deaths for second consecutive year

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06/12/2012

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NFPA focuses on Having Two Ways Out during Fire Prevention Week in October

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06/08/2012

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Special Achievement (1) and Committee Service (13) honored by NFPA

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06/08/2012

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NFPA recognizes individuals for accomplishments in fire and life safety with awards presented at NFPA Conference & Expo

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06/08/2012

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NFPA re-elects officers and elects new members to the Board of Directors

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06/06/2012

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U.S. Forest Service, NFPA and Ad Council launch PSA campaign encouraging Americans to adapt and prepare for wildland fires

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06/05/2012

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NFPA, ICC create coalition to advance public safety in the built environment

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06/05/2012

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NFPA Conference & Expo streams General Session live from Las Vegas

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05/25/2012

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Sparky the Fire Dog named Spokesdog for 2012 Hero Dog Awards

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05/25/2012

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Fire up the barbeque and not the house

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05/25/2012

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Metro Chiefs meet in Louisville

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05/23/2012

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Winners of 2012 William M. Carey and Ronald K. Mengel awards announced

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05/23/2012

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NFPA celebrates 10th anniversary of 20 official Firewise communities

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05/23/2012

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NFPA Conference & Expo heats up at Mandalay Bay, June 11-14

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05/14/2012

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Tragic accident prompts national warning on electric safety

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05/14/2012

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Arizona wildfires raise concern for community safety

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05/11/2012

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NFPA Journal offers added digital version with latest edition

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05/11/2012

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NFPA launches campaign to recruit code enforcers to technical committees

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05/03/2012

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Cathy Prudhomme joins NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program

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05/03/2012

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John Caufield named new mid-Atlantic regional director for NFPA

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05/02/2012

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NFPA co-sponsors Harvard University program fellowship for four fire officers

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05/01/2012

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Electrical failures or malfunctions are factors in more than 46,000 home fires

 

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CABA NEWSBRIEF – Continental Automated Buildings Association  July 5, 2012

CABA NewsBrief – Continental Automated Buildings Association  July 5, 2012 www.caba.org

Home Systems

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§                     Smart home revenues to reach an estimated US$60 billion by 2017
A new report from Juniper Research has valued the ‘smart home’ market at $60 billion by 2017, rising from $25 billion this year. The increase will be driven by strong growth within the smart home entertainment segment, along with contributions from other segments including smart monitoring & control and Smart Health. CNS Magazine (6/25)

§                     Video: IBM aims to improve shopping with AR application
Research scientists at IBM have unveiled a first-of-a-kind augmented reality mobile shopping app that will make it possible for consumers to pan store shelves and receive personalized product information, recommendations and coupons while they browse shopping aisles. IBM is a CABA member. InAVate (6/27)

§                     Google aims at the home with Nexus Q streaming device
Google stepped up its home entertainment efforts Wednesday, unveiling its Nexus Q streaming-media player to developers. The device, which will cost $299, links Android wireless gadgets and the Google Play store with audio and video devices. One new wrinkle: a social media feature that allows users to collaborate with friends to create playlists. In connection with Nexus Q, Google will now allow users to buy films from its Google Play store instead of just renting them. TV shows and magazines also are available. PCWorld (6/27)

§                     Exec: For next-gen TVs, it's what's inside that counts
The evolution of digital television will give rise to an array of platforms and services, each sporting its own bells and whistles, but making sure consumers can enjoy these new devices means building them on a reliable and cost-effective foundation. According to Weili Dai, the co-founder of Marvell, her company is already doing its part with its low-cost Armada 1500 chipset, which is less price-prohibitive than the Intel components that Google used to power its first-generation ITV. GigaOm (7/2)

§                     Report predicts mass transition to DTV through 2017
More than 8 in 10 TV households around the world will be connected to a digital television within five years, according to a report from Digital TV Research that estimates there will be more than 1.3 billion digital TV homes by 2017. Rapid TV News (7/3)

§                     Gaming consumers shifted buying habits online in Q1, report finds
Consumers are gradually transitioning away from purchasing new disc-based video games and are funneling more dollars into game downloads, according to a report from The NPD Group that found sales of digital content across alternative platforms rose 10% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2012. Consumers spent $3.4 billion on gaming during the quarter, according to NPD, with sales of new games on disc, used titles and rentals accounting for just over half of revenues. Home Media Magazine (7/2)

§                     Opinion: Hurdles slow wireless home automation, mHealth
Technology is enabling the creation of smart homes, but the jury is far from issuing a unanimous verdict regarding the commercial potential of connected houses and related in-home wireless applications. Fierce Broadband Wireless (7/1)

§                     CEA sees a coming boom in TV sales
A boom in television sales could occur from 2015 through 2017 as consumers look to replace models they bought in the mid-2000s, the Consumer Electronics Association's Shawn DuBravac said this week. DuBravac, CEA's chief economist and senior research director, said at CE Week that the forecast could be blunted if consumers opt to replace aging vehicles at that time instead of TVs. TWICE (6/28)

§                     Google TV brings Google Play into its fold
Owners of Google TV devices will soon be able to stream movies and TV shows from Google Play and share that content on a variety of Android devices, the company announced this week. Google said it would team up with NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Disney and other TV studios for content. CNET (6/29)

§                     Control4 delivers home automation starter kit for under $1000
Replacing a house full of switches and dials with a single remote seems a desirable proposition, but less-than-intuitive setup processes and fees that run far into the thousands make a disconnected home the only option for some. Like other home automation system manufacturers, Control4 has a bounty of offerings that can run up pricing into that out-of-reach range, but if you're looking to adjust audio and video in a single room, the new Starter Kit should get you going for just shy of a grand, including installation. Control4 is a CABA member. Engadget (6/28)

§                     Z-Wave will make home automation more mainstream
After many years, promises and false starts, the lofty vision of home automation technology is coming to fruition. Although it has gotten to where automation is almost a bad word, often replaced with controls, there are a number of newer technologies and associated products opening up exciting opportunities for security contractors willing to give it a go. Security Sales & Integration Magazine (7/2)

§                     Crestron Asia inks strategic alliance with O2K Technology Services
Crestron Asia recently announced at a press conference in Bangalore a strategic alliance with O2K Technology Services to offer integrated building technology solutions in India. O2K Technology also announced the creation of smart home division. PR Log (7/1)

§                     INSTEON launches iPhone-controlled LED light bulb
INSTEON claims to be first to market with a "networked remote control dimmable LED light bulb". Compatible with any INSTEON remote control, the bulb can also be paired with INSTEON's free iOS and Android app so that it can be turned on, off, or dimmed, using most contemporary smartphones. Cambodia Herald (6/21)

§                     Developers merge gaming, mobile health to make working out fun
With more than a billion people expected to use mobile-health technology by 2020, the sky is the limit for application developers looking to capitalize on the trend -- as long as they build products that engage consumers, says Eric Adams, senior editor of Men's Health magazine, who moderated a recent panel discussion on the future of mobile health. For panelist Megan Miller of Bonnier, this means ensuring that consumers have fun while they're improving their health. Dealerscope (7/2)

§                     GP510: the first dedicated ZigBee RF4CE chip for set-top box and gateway
GreenPeak Technologies, a leading ultra-low power RF communications semiconductor company for the smart home, announces the general availability of its GP510 communication controller chip, supporting all communication between ZigBee RF4CE enabled devices and the set-top box or gateway. The GP510 is GreenPeak’s answer to the increasing market demand for making the set-top box the ZigBee RF4CE hub for the home. GreenPeak Technologies is a CABA member. GreenPeak Technologies (7/5)

Large Building Automation

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§                     Worldwide intelligent lighting controls market to surpass $4.3 billion by 2020
Lighting accounts for about 25% of the commercial building sector's energy use. Lighting controls offer significant potential for reducing that energy use, and new technologies that have emerged in recent years have enabled a wide range of innovative strategies, from room-level awareness of occupancy and daylight sensing to building-wide coordination of a fully networked system. According to a new report from Pike Research, the global market for intelligent lighting controls will enjoy steady and robust growth over the rest of this decade, rising from $1.5 billion in 2012 to more than $4.3 billion in 2020. FinWin (6/28)

§                     BACnet International to collaborate with CABA on landmark research study
BACnet International has signed on as a sponsor of CABA'slandmark research study “Intelligent Buildings and the Bid Specification Process.” In doing so, BACnet International assists in reaching the objectives of the project, including greatly improving the understanding of the market imperfections and inconsistencies that exist in designing and implementing intelligent building projects, as well as making investment decisions on intelligent technologies. PRWeb (6/28)

§                     High turnout for Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology 2012 show
This year, the fair welcomed 26,147 visitors, a 148% increase from 2011. Of all visitors, 79% were domestic, while 21% came from overseas. Exhibition space also saw an impressive increase of 50% at the show’s ninth edition. The 2012 show attracted 261 exhibitors across two dedicated halls totaling 15,000 sq meters. Building HK Journal (7/2)

§                     Cisco’s Toronto innovation center is a laboratory for green technology
Last week Cisco Systems cut the ribbon on its Toronto Innovation Center — a place where developers and tech professionals can come together to integrate different building technologies in order to produce more efficient and sustainable building systems. Inhabitat (6/28)

§                     Three lessons learned on the future of smart buildings from IBCon
Smart building technologies promise significant energy savings and efficiency improvements for managing commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities. The IBCon event illustrated three key messages that must be understood and clearly communicated in order to promote widespread adoption of these technologies in the commercial real estate industry. Energy Collective (6/20)

§                     Smart glass market to reach $700 million a year
According to a new report from Pike Research, the market value for architectural and transportation smart glass, which stands at $84 million today, will grow to $693 million worldwide by 2020. Worldwide demand for smart glass will exceed 3 million square meters annually by 2020. MRO (6/27)

§                     More holistic approaches to building operations emerging
As demand for cost-effective energy and resource management continues to grow, intelligent automated building solutions can help other industrial institutions to reduce energy intensity, increase alternative energy sources, reduce operational costs and find interoperable solutions that integrate with legacy equipment without having to invest huge funds in new equipment. AutomatedBuildings.com (7/1)

§                     Smart building scholar receives Fulbright funding
University of Houston engineering professor Driss Benhaddou is joining the esteemed list of professionals to receive a Fulbright grant. The Fulbright Program, an international educational exchange program, awards 7,500 grants annually to applicants with excellence in academic achievement and demonstrated leadership in their careers. Benhaddou focuses his research on ‘smart buildings,’ structures that can regulate their own climate. Daily Cougar (6/21)

§                     Chemical Industry Trade Association condemns U.S. Green Building Council
American business leaders are speaking out in dismay over the American Chemistry Council's recent political attacks on the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED v4 (formerly known as LEED 2012) standard for offering a voluntary credit for avoiding chemicals of concern. LEED is a voluntary standard that enables builders to work toward goals of energy savings, less toxic materials, and other sustainable goals. Digital Journal (7/2)

§                     AirTight partners with Honeywell
AirTight is proud to announce their new alliance with Honeywell as a building controls associate partner. The decision to partner with Honeywell was an easy one for us,” said Greg Crumpton, President & Founder of AirTight. “Working with them will prove to be a great move for us and more importantly, for our customers." AirTight (6/29)

§                     Green construction moving into mainstream in Metro Vancouver
In the twelve years since Mountain Equipment Co-op built their first certified energy efficient retail space, green construction has moved from a novelty to the mainstream. Under the City of Vancouver's Greenest City plan, all permits for redevelopment over 500 square feet are required to meet the LEED Gold standard. The City has been providing incentives in the form of incorporating green building cost premiums into pro-forma analysis in rezoning process. Vancouver Sun (7/2)

§                     Opinion: Greener buildings for greener bottom lines
According to data reported by IBM’s Smarter Buildings initiative, buildings will become the largest consumer of global energy by 2025 if current usage trends continue, more than the transportation and industrial sectors combined. Not only are buildings consuming more and more electricity, emitting greater levels of carbon dioxide, and wasting more water, fewer and fewer occupants are actually using energy efficiently in their daily operations. While the trend’s negative impact on the environment is clear, the impact on commercial building owners is a far more complex discussion. IBM is a CABA member. BUILDINGS (6/28)

§                     New Wi-Fi enabled smart thermostat for commercial applications from ecobee
The new EMS Si thermostat offering features for commercial customers has been launched by ecobee. According to the company’s president and CEO, Stuart Lombard, the EMS Si is the most cost effective centralized solution to monitor and control a building's heating and cooling system, at a fraction of the price of a traditional building automation system. Marketwatch (7/3)

§                     Power quality investment leads growing North American distribution market
The global market for distribution automation equipment generated more than $11 billion in revenue during 2011, with forecast growth to more than $18 billion annually by 2017, according to IMS Research in a new report. Metering.com (6/21)

§                     Solar thermal scales new heights in China
Ask any six-year-old in a Chinese street, 'What's a solar water heater and what's it for?' Without hesitation they will tell you: 'A solar water heater is on the roof of a building to make hot water for the shower'. This story is told by Hongzhi Cheng, vice secretary-general of the Beijing-based Chinese Solar Thermal Industry Federation (CSTIF) and head of The Sun's Vision, a company based in the city of Dezhou in Shandong province. Renewable Energy World (6/27)

Member Press Releases

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§                     QA Graphics Helps Engineers Prepare Construction Specs for Dashboards
QA Graphics, provider of the award-winning Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard®, can provide standard dashboard specification details and prepare custom bid specs for construction projects that require an interactive display to educate occupants about sustainable building features.

  CABA Research Spotlight

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§                     Smart Grid Challenges & Choices: Utility Executives’ Vision for the New Decade
Steve Winter Associates and HR&A Advisors, in collaboration with Deutsche Bank and Living Cities, analyzed 231 energy retrofit projects, including over 21,000 individual units, in New York City. The report examined affordable housing consisting of four main fuel and electricity comparative building types and the effectiveness of various energy efficiency upgrades. Insights were developed in three key areas: 1. Pre- and post-retrofit building performance trends; 2. Reliability of savings projections; and, 3. Framing an approach to incorporate energy savings projections into underwriting. The report provides a solid analysis and argument for the financial underwriting of energy efficiency programs for multi-family buildings. Read the full report as published in CABA's Public 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: Smart Grid Impact on Intelligent Buildings
CoR Advisors will host a webinar in conjunction with the Continental Automated Buildings Association, to highlight CABA's recently completed collaborative research study that identified, defined and sized the main business opportunities presented by the growth of smart grids in relation to intelligent buildings. CABA’s “Smart Grid Impact on Intelligent Buildings” research study estimated that the North American smart grid marketplace will reach $8 billion in revenue by 2013 and will exceed $10 billion by 2015. The study found that the fastest growing components of the smart grid market are grid applications, followed by: demand response and peak load management, building energy management systems, and smart meters. Join us on July 20 at 12:30 pm ET for a full report of the findings from this landmark CABA research project.

§                     Event: 2012 SmartGrid Canada Conference
The 2012 SmartGrid Canada Conference will turn the spotlight onto the electricity consumer and on how utilities can engage them in the transformation of the electric grid. In partnership with the IESO, the conference will explore how the human equation will drive and shape the Canadian smart grid landscape. SmartGrid Canada is a CABA member.

§                     Webinar: Economics of Green Buildings
This information-packed, 90-minute webinar, to be presented by Kelly Gearhart of the Triple Green Building Group, LLC on July 11 at 1 pm ET, will explore how to: assess the costs and benefits of green building; understand return on investment; and review payback figures of green building design, construction and operations.

 CABA News

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§                     CABA launches white paper initiative
The Continental Automated Buildings Association will begin publishing its own white paper series focused on both connected homes and intelligent buildings. The white papers will provide strong ROI analysis to quantify the benefits of implementing fully converged technology through home and building automation, security and IT infrastructure.

§                     San Diego, California is the place to be in October
This October, Qualcomm Incorporated rolls out the red carpet for CABA’s Digital Home Forum on Thursday, October 11, 2012. The forum will bring together leading companies involved in the integration of consumer electronics and other cutting-edge technology throughout the home. After the CABA Connected Home Council meeting (CHC) Meeting on Friday, October 12, 2012, you are invited to be a VIP Guest of Qualcomm, at the Miramar Air Show. Save 15% off registration if you register prior to July 31, 2012 for the CABA Digital Home Forum at: http://www.caba.org/digital-home-forum. Make sure you confirm your attendance at the CHC meeting and Miramar Air Show with Tony Disipio at 613.686.1814 x228 or disipio@caba.org. Note: VIP seating at the air show is limited to a first-come, first-serve basis.

§                     CABA and ClimateTalk Alliance sign cooperation agreement
The Continental Automated Buildings Association and ClimateTalk Alliance have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at information sharing and working in a collaborative manner on intelligent home and intelligent building issues.

§                     CABA continues to gain, maintain industry support
The Board of Directors of the Continental Automated Buildings Association would like to thank and recognize the following CABA members that renewed their CABA Research Subscription/Membership. Your continued support of CABA is greatly appreciated.

§                                 CePORT, LLC (Member since 2005)

§                                 Global Cache (Member since 2007)

§                                 Siemens Industry, Inc. (Board member since 1992)

The CABA Board would also like to recognize the following new members that joined since the last CABA NewsBrief:

§                                 Comcast Cable (Board member)

§                                 Lumen Cache

§                                 STRIVA Business Solutions

As CABA is an international not-for-profit industry association, this support enables CABA to provide networking opportunities, research programs and information to the industry in regards to the advancement of connected home and intelligent building technologies.

For information about CABA Research Subscription/Memberships, please contact George Grimes, CABA Business Development Manager at grimes@caba.org or 613.686.1814 x226. To view a listing of 300+ CABA members go to: www.caba.org/members.

 

SECURITY PRODUCTS Hosts Numerous Powerful Webinars And They Are Often Available For Months Afterwards

Security Products magazine is a powerful publication that also offers many valuable educational materials online. They are responsible for helping to save lives and property. Check out this outfit.

www.1105media.com

http://security-today.com/Home.aspx

Currently offering:

Please join: EasyLobby and Security Products

Topic: How to Identify, Manage and Track Visitors Professionally and Securely

Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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

Register Today at:

http://click.1105info.com/?qs=14425b2f8db7c8580c471d433b7248ec0f0b69ac985b15365bac0d3f17dbd1ade990ba669e624c13

Overview:

EasyLobby Secure Visitor Management from HID Global allows you to manage visitors more professionally and securely. Automate the entire process of registering a visitor, printing a badge and capturing detailed information in seconds without typing.

Learn how to:

- Create watch lists to screen out unwanted visitors

- Allow employees to pre-register guests

- Integrate visitor management with access control to provide temporary card access for guests

- Allow guests to self register at a kiosk or using an iPad or tablet

- Set alerts so that you are notified about specific visitor behavior such as a guest who has not checked out in the time expected

Speaker:

Howard Marson, Vice President and General Manager - HID Global, EasyLobby

Howard Marson served as CEO of EasyLobby since 2002 and became Vice President and General Manager after the acquisition by HID Global in January 2012. During this time he has developed numerous strategic partnerships with industry leading security companies and has delivered major product upgrades each year to position EasyLobby as the technology leader in the industry. Prior to EasyLobby he has served as a senior executive in several technology companies and was also the founder and cofounder of several companies. Howard graduated from MIT with a bachelor degree in management and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management.

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

Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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

www.1105media.com

Security Products Magazine Launched New Website: Security  http://security-today.com/Home.aspx

DALLAS, Jan. 10, 2012 - Security Products magazine, the only integrated product magazine reaching the entire security market, officially launched its new Security Today website at security-today.com.

While the previous Security Products website showcased only the Security Products print magazine, the new site was created to reflect the brand’s integrated media platform in a dynamic way. "With the new look, Security Today promises to deliver the same compelling content visitors expect from Security Products, but in a more exciting package," said Sherleen Mahoney, Managing Editor for the site.

The Security Today home page has four main components: the slideshow, communities, the Reaction Blog, and the ability to search for content by product or market. The slideshow, which is updated weekly, highlights the most interesting and relevant content in the industry. A daily news section next to the slideshow features the most current industry news.

Below the slideshow and news items are the communities, each corresponding to the Security Products branded e-newsletters. The communities give visitors a more in-depth look at areas such as Dealers and Integrators, Government Security, Network-Centric Security, Education Security, and more. The home page also includes Reaction Blog, in which Security Products editors and featured guest bloggers share their perspectives on a range of compelling security topics and news.

About Security Products
Security Products and its brands are part of 1105 Media Inc.’s Security, Safety and Environmental Protection Group. Besides the Security Today website, products include print publications Network-Centric Security, Dealer Quarterly, Education Security, and Government Security; webinars; and conferences and exhibitions such as GovSec, GovSec West, Network- Centric Security, and Contingency Planning & Management.

About 1105 Media Inc.
1105 Media is a leading provider of integrated information and media in targeted B-to-B markets, including specialized sectors of the information technology community; industrial health, safety and compliance; security; environmental protection; and home health care. 1105’s offerings span print and online magazines, journals and newsletters; seminars, conferences and trade shows; training courseware; and Web-based services. 1105 Media is based in Chatsworth, Calif., with offices throughout the United States. Visit 1105media.com.

 

BOMA INTERNATIONAL Honors Outstanding Member Of The Year - 2012

(Washington, D.C. —July 10, 2012) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International honored three of its members with the Regional Member of the Year Award during the 2012 Every Building Conference & Expo, held in Seattle, Washington June 24-26. The Regional Member of the Year Awards are given annually to BOMA members who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to the association and to the real estate industry. www.boma.org

2012 recipients honored are:

Karisa Johnson, CPM, RPA, vice president, management services, Transwestern, BOMA/Austin, for the Southwest Region Outstanding Member of the Year. Johnson has been a BOMA member for nearly 15 years and serves BOMA at all levels. She is a member of the Board of Directors of BOMA/Austin, is chair of the Program Committee, and currently serves as chair of the Southwest Region The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY®) program. She is also a member of BOMA International’s Awards Committee and is a board member of Texas BOMA.

Cybele Thompson, RPA, FMA, CCIM, LEED AP, director, client services, Cushman & Wakefield, BOMA/Greater Los Angeles and BOMA/San Diego , was named the Pacific Southwest Region Outstanding Member of the Year. Thompson’s leadership, integrity, dedication and passion to the industry and the association earned her honors as BOMA/Greater Los Angeles’ Principal Member of the Year Award in 2011. She currently serves on the board of directors for BOMA/Greater Los Angeles and is past president of BOMA California and BOMA/San Diego.

Luci Smith, RPA, FMA, senior property manager, EastGroup Properties, BOMA/Orlando, was named Southern Region Outstanding Member of Year. An immediate past president of BOMA/Orlando and member of several committees at the state, regional and international levels, Smith is also a three-time recipient of the TOBY Award and has won locally in 2008 and 2011 and internationally in 2009.

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..

BOMA International was founded as the National Association of Building Owners and Managers. The association assumed its present name in 1968 as it broadened its reach to include Canada and other affiliates around the globe. Today, BOMA International represents 92 local associations throughout the United States and 15 affiliates in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa and the United Kingdom. BOMA's 16,500-plus members own or manage more than nine billion square feet of commercial properties in North America.

BOMA International is a primary source of information on building management and operations, development, leasing, building operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy statistics, technological developments and other industry trends.

Learn more about BOMA International's 100-year history.

Who are BOMA's Members?

BOMA International's members are building owners, managers, developers, leasing professionals, corporate facility managers, asset managers, and the providers of the products and services needed to operate commercial properties.

What Does BOMA International Do?

  • Monitors and lobbies pertinent legislative, regulatory and codes/standards issues. Learn more information on BOMA’s advocacy work.
  • Publishes The BOMA Magazine, the official publication of BOMA International.
  • Produces a variety of leading industry publications, including:
  • Hosts the BOMA International Conference and The Every Building Show every June; conducts seminars on topics including office marketing and leasing, asset management, technology, and security and emergency preparedness planning. In January, BOMA International sponsors a Winter Business Meeting and hosts the National Issues Conference.Presents The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards, the most prestigious and coveted awards in the commercial real estate industry. The TOBY honors buildings based on community impact, tenant/employee relations programs, energy management systems, accessibility for disabled people, emergency evacuation procedures, building personnel training programs and overall quality indicators.
  • Designates excellence in building management and operations through the BOMA 360 Performance Program, groundbreaking program designed to validate and recognize commercial properties that demonstrate best practices in all major areas of building operations and management.

www.boma.org

 

The Light Brigade® Launches New Fiber Optic Safety Training DVD

Tukwila, WA – July 11, 2012

The Light Brigade, AFL's training division, is releasing its newest menu-based staff development DVD, titled Fiber Optic Safety. This DVD serves as a training tool to enhance the fiber optic safety program of anyone who works with optical fibers or lasers, or who installs or operates fiber optic communication systems.

The DVD's 10 menu-selectable chapters focus on topics relevant to today's fiber technicians, including:

  • Laser types and classifications, how they operate and various control measures
  • National and international fiber optic and laser safety standards
  • Optical fiber handling and safety
  • Chemicals and right-to-know documentation
  • Fiber and laser testing and inspection equipment types and applications
  • The impact of high-power Raman and EDFA optical amplifiers
  • Safety practices during installation and restoration
  • Potential safety problems along with causes and possible solutions
  • Safety in confined spaces
  • Types of personal protective equipment

DVD bonus materials include a student quiz with matching instructor version, written in Microsoft® Word format which allows customization for specific safety needs.

Effective March 22, 2012, BICSI recognizes Fiber Optic Safety DVD training for the following BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs): one RCDD; one RITP; one Installer 2, Copper/Fiber; one Technician and one Certified Trainer.

Since 1987, The Light Brigade has instructed 43,000 attendees in its public and custom classes on fiber optic design, maintenance, and testing, as well as advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM and PMD/CD. In addition to creating custom courses tailored to any need or skill level, the company produces educational DVDs and CDs.

For additional information, visit www.lightbrigade.com or Fiber Optic Safety DVD.

About The Light Brigade
Since 1987, The Light Brigade has instructed 43,000 attendees in its public and custom classes on fiber optic design, maintenance, and testing, including advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM, and PMD/CD. In addition to creating custom courses tailored to any need or skill level, the company produces educational DVDs and CDs.

Contact
Dario DePaolis
Vice President/General Manager, The Light Brigade
1 (206) 575-0404
Dario.DePaolis@lightbrigade.com

 

Dan Chancey, RPA, Honored with BOMA International Chair’s Award

(Washington D.C.  – July 11, 2012) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International 2011-2012 Chair and Chief Elected Officer Boyd Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies, Inc., recognized Dan Chancey, RPA, with the Chair’s Award during the 2012 BOMA International Conference, held June 24-26 in Seattle, Wash. The Chair’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 Dan in recognition of his valuable contributions over the years, and in recognition of his consistent, loyal support of BOMA International,” commented Zoccola. “Dan is the quintessential voluntary member and leader, serving on just about every BOMA committee and council. As Chair of the BOMA 360 Council, his absolute dedication has helped transform it from a fledging designation program to a must-have building certification. He helped develop the strategies for the BOMA One baseline standards and has done exceptional work on the Green Task Force and Audit Committee. He also served two terms on BOMA International’s Executive Committee and as President of BOMA/Memphis for three terms. In whatever role he has taken on, he has always served with commitment and passion. He’s one of the most genuine and giving people I know.”

Currently a vice president, senior asset manager with Commercial Advisors Asset Services LLC in Memphis, Chancey began his commercial real estate career as a property manager at Clark & Clark before serving as general manager for Triple Net Properties and, later, for Grubb & Ellis Management Services. Chancey attended Bob Jones University and in 2006 was asked to attend the Emerging Leaders in Real Estate Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. Founded in 1907, its 16,500-plus members own or manage more than nine billion square feet of commercial properties. BOMA International’s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at www.boma.org.

 

Cyber Security Expert Winn Schwartau To Keynote Data Center World Fall 2012 = All National Disasters Begin at the Local Level

West Chester, OH – July 12, 2012 – Cyber security expert Winn Schwartau will deliver the keynote address at Data Center World 2012 this fall in Nashville, TN,  (September 30-October 3, 2012).  Mr. Schwartau will cover Disaster Recovery Plans, combating Cyber Crime and the threat of Cyber Terrorism and will highlight how national, as well as natural, disasters begin at the local level. 

AFCOM, the world's leading association for data center management professionals, delivered a study on Disaster Recover & Business Contingency that found that while almost 1-in-5 data centers have experienced a physical disaster, and 1-in-8 a cyber attack or data breach in the past three years, more than 1-in-5 still admit to not testing their plan during this same period. Those findings prompted AFCOM's Data Center Institute to publish a wakeup call for all data centers in last year’s report on disaster recovery.

“A 2011 study conducted by AFCOM, found that most data centers are not adequately prepared for disaster recovery or defense against cyber crimes,” said Jill Yaoz, president of the AFCOM association and chairperson of Data Center World.  “Our Data Center Institute report discovered that many data centers either don’t have a plan in place or don’t update and test those plans regularly.  Our selection of Winn Schwartau as the keynote speaker at Data Center World 2012 highlights the critical need for our industry to be prepared for the worst.”

Winn Schwartau, a Nashville resident, is recognized as one of the world's top experts on security, privacy, infowar, cyber-terrorism and related topics and he has testified before Congress and consulted as an expert witness. Mr. Schwartau was named one of the Top 20 Security Industry Pioneers in 2009 and one of the Top 25 Most Influential People for 2008 by Security Magazine. He was voted one of the Top 5 Security Thinkers for 2007 by SC Magazine for IT Security Professionals, and in 2002 he was honored as a Power Thinker and one of the 50 Most Powerful People by Network World.

Data Center World Fall 2012 will include more than 50 educational sessions covering all aspects of the data center and facilities management field including disaster recovery, DCIM, management, data center builds and design, facilities management, power and cooling, cloud as well as pertinent and topical peer-to-peer user sessions and round table discussions.

About Data Center World Conference
Data Center
World is produced by AFCOM (
www.afcom.com), the leading association supporting the educational and professional development needs of data center professionals around the globe. Established in 1980, AFCOM currently boasts more than 4,500 member data centers and 40 chapters worldwide, and provides data center professionals with unique networking opportunities and educational forums and resources through its bi-annual Data Center World Conferences, published magazines, regional chapters, research and hotline services, and industry alliances.  For additional information on the conference and exhibits, visit www.datacenterworld.com

 

Ideal Industries Networks Hosts a Free CEDIA Webinar for Business and IT Professionals

 Gigabit + Infrastructure: Building the Future with Fiber Optic and CAT6a Cabling

WHAT: Ideal and CEDIA are sponsoring a free webinar: Gigabit+ Infrastructure: Building the future with Fiber Optic and CAT6a Cabling.

Go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/123680752 for registration

WHEN: Thursday, July 19th, 2012, 1:00PM - 2::00 PM EDT

WHY: With the continued convergence of the consumer electronics and IT/Networking industries, almost every product in the marketplace comes equipped with a network jack, and streaming media apps can be found on virtually any video or audio source device. As the number of the devices and services that live on the home network continues to increase exponentially, the competition for bandwidth has become a serious concern. It is critical for integrators to re-evaluate current infrastructure offerings and look to solutions that will allow for future growth as well as higher levels of reliability and performance.

By attending this webinar, participants will gain valuable insights and knowledge around new infrastructure options including CAT6a and fiber optic cabling. The benefits and performance characteristics will be discussed as well as limitations and pitfalls to avoid when specifying these advanced infrastructure technologies.

WHO: Headquartered in San Diego, CA, IDEAL INDUSTRIES NETWORKS is an innovative manufacturer of Hand Held Network Testers deployed in LAN Installation, LAN Management and WAN Access. Products include LanTEK™ cable certifiers, LanXPLORER™ network analyzers, SIGNALTEK™ network qualifier, SecuriTEST™ CCTV testers, and NaviTEK® II network certifier. For more information, visit www.idealindustries.com/products/datacomm

CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has more than 3,500 member companies worldwide. CEDIA members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field. For more information on CEDIA, visit the association's website at www.cedia.org.

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


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