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Issue: July 2013
By: Frank Bisbee


Datacom/Telecom Glossary
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Bits N' Pieces


Bisbee’s Buzz – The MUST DO Event of The Year

This fall, you want to be where the smart money is...

The NECA Show.

Oct. 12 - Oct. 15, 2013

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington
, DC

 

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

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NECA’S PRESIDENT’S DESK by Dennis F. Quebe

BIG SHOW GETS BIGGER (AND BETTER!) EVERY YEAR

YOU PROBABLY ALREADY KNOW the NECA Show is the largest exposition serving the electrical construction industry. But did you know that it’s still growing?

Trade Show Executive magazine recently recognized our annual event as one of the fastest growing trade shows in North America on two counts—in terms of number of attendees and number of exhibiting companies. It’s no surprise that the NECAShow shines in both categories; attendees and exhibitors strengthen and inspire one another.

More than 75 percent of NECA Show attendees say their top reason for going to the show is to find new products and services. Well, good news for electrical professionals who attend the 59th NECA Show Oct. 12–15 in Washington, D.C.; they will have the opportunity to meet more than 300 exhibitors. Exhibitions include electrical and datacom manufacturers; makers of power tools, hand tools, and site equipment; lighting suppliers; software vendors; distributors; and others.

Many of the exhibitors are well-known and have been serving the electrical industry for decades. Some are startups introducing innovations you didn’t even know you needed. All of them are eager to talk with you and help you find solutions. They will be displaying thousands of new products and services that can save you time and money on your bottom line and add profit to your job.

Veteran NECA Show attendees know there is no other place where you can talk directly with leading manufacturers and distributors, test drive products, ask about customizations, and speak with research and development teams about your specific needs all in one place at one time.

By the same token, companies that want to move their products from the warehouse to the project site know there are no customers more powerful than the astute, demanding professionals who attend the NECAShow. After all, 75 percent of NECA Show attendees report that they are either the “final decision-maker” for the purchase of new products and services or they are “part of the decision-making team.” More than eight  in 10 electrical contractors report having a “medium” or “high” level of influence on the overall electrical design or specifications with building owners or design team members, and, overall, ECs are able to select the brand or make brand substitutions about 70 percent of the time, according to this magazine’s July 2012 “Profile of the Electrical Contractor” research study.

Of course, NECA 2013 Washington offers a whole lot in addition to the NECAShow. The NECA Convention, which is exclusively for NECA members, and the management seminars held in conjunction with it are very important aspects of the event. So are the technical workshops that the exhibitors conduct right on the show floor. Choose from 19 of these short classes on such subjects as power, alternative-energy opportunities, improving productivity, new management tools, security, and life safety. They’re all free, like the NECAShow itself.

NECA2013 Washington also offers preconvention workshops that start Friday, Oct. 11. These seminars will present an in-depth look at top issues, including alternative-energy opportunities, updates in safety and Code changes, prefab construction, line construction, and new and innovative management strategies.

You can attend the Energy Forum on Saturday, Oct. 12, to discover new products and services, learn about best practices, network with your peers, boost your company’s productivity, and explore new markets. The forum wraps up in time for the NECA Green Energy Challenge, the annual competition for NECAStudent Chapters.

The two-day NECA Safety Forum starts Saturday, as well, with the fifth annual Safety Roundtable set for Sunday afternoon. Discussion will focus on changes in safety and health rules and best practices being adopted and implemented in the electrical industry.

And that’s just an appetizer from the professional development menu. NECA2013 Washington also means great networking opportunities, outstanding speakers, fabulous social events, and all the fun and excitement Washington, D.C.,has to offer. The hard part is choosing among all the options.

As you plan your itinerary, keep in mind that NECA has categorized the strategies, best practices and technical updates that will be presented by the industry’s leading experts into five distinct groups—management, electrical, energy solutions, line construction, and safety. NECA’s event planners recommend that you cover all the bases by bringing your key personnel so they can attend one track while you cover another.

Fortunately, an information-packed brochure is included in this magazine starting on page 97, and more details (and online registration!) are available at http://www.necaconvention.org. Please look the materials over and start planning your company’s participation now. It could take a while!

Reprinted with permission from the ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine. http://www.ecmag.com 

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine serves the field of electrical construction, including inside, line work, lighting, maintenance, control, electrical work, voice/data systems, security, fire and life safety, fiber optics, home and building automation systems, integrated building systems applications and others applicable to the field. The magazine is part of the National Electrical Contractors Association, but serves the entire electrical construction industry. The 85,000+ readers include business owners, partners, presidents, engineers, estimators, purchasing agents, project managers, supervisors, foremen, electricians and others.

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine is the Official Publication of the National Electrical Contractors Association. (NECA) ECmag.com is the fastest growing and most visited site by electrical contractors in the industry and offers the broadest array of digital information available, all of which is fully searchable with archives going back to 2000. ECmag.com contains videos, webinars, white papers and a whole lot more. –

See more at: http://www.ecmag.com/about-us#sthash.Q42IYU0d.dpuf

http://www.neca.org

The expanding role of the National Electrical Contractors Association. (NECA) now encompasses the entire scope of the Integrated Systems Contractors.

 

POWER – LIGHTING - CONTROLS – COMMUNICATIONS – SAFETY/SECURITY

And more…

NECA has been essential in helping member companies deliver vital communications services to rural consumers at reasonable prices. We manage a significant part of the rural telephone industry’s revenue streams so that people in areas served by small rural telephone companies can stay connected to the rest of America.

Today our members are delivering broadband to most of their customers. Just as NECA helped member companies deliver the best voice grade service everywhere, we are using our experience and expertise to facilitate the delivery of broadband everywhere and to help meet the ongoing challenges of increasing demands for higher broadband speeds.

The universal service fund has enabled ubiquitous deployment of basic telecommunications. It has also helped small telecommunications companies achieve widespread broadband deployment to much of rural America.

A strong, well-targeted USF can help ensure all rural consumers are part of the broadband revolution. Meeting the communications, economic and educational needs of rural America requires a stable universal service fund, especially if we are to achieve the stated goals of President Obama, to “lay down broadband lines through the heart of inner cities and rural towns all across America.”

Achieving ubiquitous state of the art broadband availability is critical to the task of reviving our national economy, helping create jobs, affordable state-of-the-art health care, and education opportunities in even the most remote parts of our country.

NECA believes a 21st Century regulatory regime must enable a reasonable balance between affordable end user prices, sufficient and sustainable universal service funding, and revenues from others that use rural networks. We support changes to existing intercarrier compensation and high cost universal service funding, but they must be realistic enough to ensure affordable pricing for rural consumers, on a par with consumers in more urban areas. We are prepared to devote our resources to successfully implementing fair and equitable reforms that will achieve our nation’s broadband goals for rural consumers.

NECA is a unique source of telecommunications industry data, and we are a proven source of reliable industry data analysis. We can therefore help legislators and regulators in analyzing the potential effects of their decisions.

www.neca.org

 

Registration Opens for 2013 FTTH - Fiber to the Home Annual Conference and EXPO in Tampa, September 30 – October 2. = A Timely and Powerful Conference

The quest for ultra high speed broadband will move into high gear in September when more than 2,000 leaders from across the broadband industry meet in Tampa, FL, September 30 – October 2 for the 2013 Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Conference & Expo.

According to the FTTH Council Americas, the organizer of the annual event, the conference’s highly acclaimed learning program will feature new elements, including an enhanced focus on helping FTTH service providers leverage their fiber advantage into higher customer demand and profitability. Also new this year is The Community Toolkit: Getting Gigabit for Your Town, a program track dedicated to offering practical information and how-to advice to civic leaders and local telecoms that are looking to deploy ultra high speed, all-fiber networks.

“As we saw in our initial Community Toolkit Conference last week in Kansas City, where we hosted representatives from hundreds of communities across the continent, fiber is now widely recognized as the linchpin for business success, economic growth and a better quality of life,” said Heather Burnett Gold, the FTTH Council’s President. “With that in mind, our annual conference will focus on connecting bandwidth-hungry communities and forward-thinking telecoms with the solution providers who can help show them the way to success.”

“Anyone who was not able to join us in Kansas City can get a similar learning experience in Tampa, as well as access to North America’s biggest and best trade show devoted to all-fiber connectivity,” said Gold.

With the theme “FTTH: Empowering Innovation," the conference will offer discussion panels, interactive presentations and keynote addresses focusing on the latest FTTH technologies, deployment techniques, and high-bandwidth applications that service providers and network operators can use to boost customer demand and assure the success of their networks. Other sessions will explore FTTH developments in Canada and Latin America, as well as in other regions of the world.

The event will combine a 130-exhibit trade show with a special "World of Applications” exhibit featuring hands-on demonstrations of next-generation applications and services enhanced by all-fiber connections.

The opening keynote for this year’s conference will be Tom Koulopoulos, chairman and founder of Delphi Group, a Boston-based think tank providing advice on leading-edge technologies and futures to global 2000 organizations. Koulopoulos is the author of the book Cloud Surfing, which looks at the dramatically changing forces and behaviors that are driving the way we work, live, and play in the hyper-connected cloud.

“Whether you are talking about business success for telecommunications providers, economic development in communities or the future competitiveness of nations, all-fiber connectivity has moved right to the center of the discussion. And this is the one event of the year where the entire fiber to the home industry gathers under one roof to plan our high bandwidth future,” said Dave Kiel of Corning Cable Systems, the chairman of the 2013 FTTH Conference & Expo.

According to the FTTH Council, nearly 10 million households in North America are now connected to fiber to the home networks. More than 20 network operators are now offering gigabit connectivity to their subscribers, including Google Fiber, which recently announced it would expand its gigabit services from Kansas City to Austin, TX and Provo, UT.

Details on the track sessions and panels can be viewed on the conference website, where online registration is now open.

Viamedia is Year-Round Platinum Partner of the 2013 FTTH Conference & Expo. ADTRAN, Corning, Dycom and OFS are Year-Round Gold Partners, and Graybar and TE Connectivity are Year-Round Silver Partners.

About the Fiber to the Home Council Americas

The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas 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 those involved in planning and building FTTH networks. 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. More information about the Council can be found at http://www.ftthcouncil.org.

[Attention reporters and editors: If you would like to apply for media credentials to cover this conference, please send an email request to media@ftthcouncil.org] By: David St. John

 

tw telecom Introduces 40 Gig and 100 Gig Connectivity for Enterprises

Benefits enterprises seeking private, secure, reliable network connections for Big Data applications

LITTLETON, Colo., June 27, 2013 / tw telecom inc., (NASDAQ: TWTC) a leading national provider of managed services, including Business Ethernet, converged and IP VPN solutions for enterprises throughout the U.S. and globally, today introduced its metro 40 Gig and 100 Gig Business Ethernet services in its 75 metro serving areas. The faster speeds complement its current 2.5 Gig and 10 Gig intra-market Ethernet services.

"The addition of these faster speeds will enable enterprises to more efficiently and effectively connect headquarters, remote offices and data center locations across the metro for a variety of Big Data applications," said Graham Taylor, Senior Vice President for Marketing at tw telecom. "We build our gigabit Business Ethernet services in direct, point-to-point connections so the infrastructure remains highly efficient; enabling customers to get massive transmission speeds to deploy their equipment and solution anyway they need."

For instance, a large financial services company can use tw telecom's 40 Gig or 100 Gig Business Ethernet services for higher speed connections to meet their growing bandwidth needs and for specific applications like storage management, virtualization strategies, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, and for transaction data back-up to off-site or data center locations. The enterprise receives immediate benefits that include private, dedicated bandwidth that is 100% secure, with optical ports and the entire wavelength dedicated to its exclusive use.

tw telecom Gigabit Business Ethernet Services are designed and built using Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology that in essence turns the typical fiber network into a super network of extremely high-speed, high-capacity private bandwidths. This service delivers real-time, predictable performance across the entire transmission path that is exclusive to the customer. The services are lit, fully-managed large capacity metro capabilities for the larger and more sophisticated enterprise customers and public sector organizations.

tw telecom is one of the top three providers of Business Ethernet throughout the U.S., according to leading industry analysts Vertical Systems Group and Frost & Sullivan. tw telecom continues to innovate around its Business Ethernet service platform that is the foundation for its Intelligent Network and future Constellation Platform(sm) vision. This customer commitment to innovation and delivering reliable network solutions, its resilient national fiber network, and an extensive product portfolio enables tw telecom to deliver consistent, secure, scalable and predictable network connections to enterprises throughout the U.S.

tw telecom, headquartered in Littleton, Colo., is a leading national provider of managed services, including Business Ethernet, converged and IP VPN solutions for enterprises throughout the U.S. and globally. tw telecom also delivers secure, scalable private connections for transport data networking, Internet access, voice, VPN, VoIP and security to large organizations and communications services companies. Employing a resilient fiber network infrastructure, robust product portfolio and its own Intelligent Network capabilities, tw telecom delivers customers overall economic value, an industry-leading quality service experience, and improved business productivity. Please visit www.twtelecom.com for more information.

 

Copper Cable Testers - Greenlee Communications has announced "a major update" to its Sidekick Plus line of multifunction test sets

Greenlee Communications has announced "a major update" to its Sidekick Plus line of multifunction test sets. In addition to the standard selection of copper cable testing tools, new options are now available for Step TDR, Wideband Analysis, and ADSL/VDSL Sync and Service testing, according to the company.

The new suite of ADSL/VDSL tests displays features such as DSL Showtime, Bits to Tone, Signal-to-Noise Ratio, and Upper Layer Testing (Ping, Traceroute, HTTP, and FTP). The ADSL/VDSL-equipped unit also features a full range of wideband tests and a step TDR to enable technicians to diagnose a wide variety of problems in copper-cable based communications networks.

“Our customers wanted an easy-to-use, feature-rich tester for their field technicians, and that’s what they found with the original Tempo Sidekick unit,” comments Roger Clitheroe, global sales director for Greenlee Communications. “The new Greenlee Communications Sidekick Plus reintroduces the multi-functional tester and provides new ADSL/VDSL features for today’s modern communications technicians.”

Rather than a complicated menu system, all main features are accessed on the Sidekick via a rotating mode selection dial. Easy set-up allows for a quick learning curve and lower downtime, as users can quickly select and familiarize themselves with the new features, contends Greenlee.

Target applications for the Sidekick Plus Multifunction Tester range from CATV, railways, government/military, and those who need to install or maintain a copper-based communications network.

For more than 140 years, Greenlee has been a provider of quality tools to the woodworking industry and, for over 70 years, to the electrical industry as well. Over 20 years ago, Greenlee made a commitment to the high technology necessary to keep pace with the changing needs of our customers. Proof of that commitment is in the modern facilities, state-of-the-art production equipment, and enhanced quality assurance programs which comprise the Greenlee way of doing business today. Our expanded EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) capabilities assure convenient, fast, and accurate exchange of information between Greenlee and its suppliers and customers. ISO 9001 Certification further assures customers worldwide of our ongoing commitment to quality products, service, and support. Innovative product design, manufacturing excellence, and customer response will keep Greenlee at the top of its industry, now, and well into the 21st century.

Greenlee – a TEXTRON Co. www.greenlee.com

 

Graybar Named a Top Workplace in St. Louis

Published 7/1/2013 5:56:43 PM


ST. LOUISGraybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, was recently named to the Top Workplaces list for the second consecutive year by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

 

Graybar ranked seventh in the large companies category, grouped with other area employers with 500 or more employees. The ranking is based on Graybar employees¹ responses to a series of questions about the company, including its leadership, career opportunities, training, compensation and benefits.

 

Graybar has more than 800 employees in the greater St. Louis area and employs 7,500 across North America. www.graybar.com

Graybar, a Fortune 500 company, specializes in supply chain management services and is a leading North American distributor of high-quality components, equipment and materials for a number of industries.

With more than $5.4 billion in revenue (2011), Graybar employs thousands of men and women at more than 240 North American distribution centers. As one of North America's largest employee-owned companies, Graybar has the power and stability of a big company coupled with the integrity and drive of a neighborhood business.

Founded in 1869, Graybar procures, warehouses, and delivers tens of thousands of electrical or communications and data products, components or related services to its customers. Graybar stocks and sells hundreds of thousands of items from thousands of manufacturers.

"As an employee-owned company, Graybar strives to provide an environment where employees can grow and prosper while contributing to the company's long-term success," said Senior Vice President, Human Resources Beverly Propst. "This recognition as a St. Louis Top Workplace demonstrates our commitment to working to our employees¹ advantage."

 

For more information on St. Louis Top Workplaces, visit http://gbe.me/stltopworkplace.

 

© 2013 The Electrical Distributor. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from www.tedmag.com  

A monthly textbook for the electrical distribution channel.
tED Magazine
is the voice for the top distributors in North America. From national chains to successful independents, tED is read by the top distribution companies in the industry. While targeted to the distributor salesperson, tED is also read by key executives. The publication is known for addressing the tough issues within the channel. If you have a message or product to get in front of the electrical channel, tED’s readers are the top performers and decision makers you need to reach.


Published every month, tED provides:
• Green initiatives and alternative markets
• Market trend data
• New product information
• Manufacturer marketing program roll-outs
• Best practices of electrical distributors
• Voice-data-video features
• Lighting features
• Economic outlooks
• News of both electrical distributors and suppliers

Also see: www.naed.org National Association of Electrical Distributors

 

Prysmian North America  - your source for Optical Fibers and more

Prysmian is market leader and "innovation driver" in all major Energy and Telecom cables business activities.
http://www.prysmianusa.com/about-us/prysmian_country/

Prysmian produces electrical cables - from extremely high to low voltage, for land, submarine and overhead applications - along with a vast range of accessories, and is the leader in turn-key projects of both underground and submarine cable links.

The development of materials, designs and processes enables Prysmian to offer a wide range of standard and specialist products for highly diverse applications. Prysmian is also the leader in cable products for critical applications (resistance to extremely high temperatures, fire, chemical agents and nuclear radiation).

Prysmian ranks as one of the world's leading producers of Optical Fibers and Telecommunication Cables. With multiple production facilities worldwide Prysmian supplies a comprehensive portfolio of state-of-the-art products into the telecoms industry:- Optical Fiber, Optical Cable, Fiber to the Home Solutions, Premises/Data Cable & Connectivity Hardware.

Main strengths of Prysmian

Prysmian, formerly belonging to Pirelli, has for more than a century grown as a truly multinational corporation, deeply rooted in all local markets throughout the world and has built upon his core sectors. It has achieved this position thanks to its geographical presence (53 plants in 21 countries and 5 continents); its outstanding human potential (more than 12000 people); its solid financial position (revenue of more than 5 €b in 2008) and its technical and managerial capability (thousands of intellectual property registrations since 1999).

Prysmian's main focus for future growth

Prysmian technological and research capability in terms of professional skills and resources will continue to be a great source of strength. This, coupled with customer close involvement and compliance with their requirements, enables Prysmian to manufacture and market high, high quality products and operate successfully from its bases around the world. Prysmian's priority is aimed at reducing the environmental impact of its processes and products. The management objective is focused on the achievement of an effective balance between personal accountability and team work, central guidance and local operating responsibility.

With over 20 years experience of manufacturing optical fibers, Prysmian is able to offer an extensive product portfolio made to achieve the highest levels of quality and performance. Coupled with a deep understanding of present and future requirements, Prysmian's product range is targeted at the differing needs of the market.

Advanced optics are the objective of leading-edge research being carried in Prysmian's Fiber Optics Labs R&D center in Milan, Italy and other R&D centers around the world. On the basis of these research capabilities, Prysmian Telecom Cables and Systems has become a world-leading technological partner for its clients. Prysmian Communications Cables and Systems North America serves the Canadian, Mexican and US markets through our Lexington, SC facility.

Prysmian Cables
700 Industrial Drive
Lexington, SC 29072


Telephone: 803-951-4800
Fax: 803-996-1812

Sales
Telephone: 800 669 0808
Fax: 800 951 5040

Email: comm.cables@prysmian.com

 

For Custom Connectorized Cables using Prysmian Fiber Optic Cables and the ultra- durable ScratchGuard™ HLC Patented Fiber Optical Cable Termination

contact Megladon Manufacturing Group (Austin, TX) www.megladonmfg.com   Tel. 800-232-4810

The SCRATCHGUARD™ Fiber Optic Patch Cords (by Megladon Manufacturing Group) is a critical step forward in quality. The fiber optic connector is a crucial component and the “gateway to the fiber optic cabling network”. Damage to the connector due to repeated use has been the biggest problem for network managers, until now. The patented SCRATCHGUARD Fiber Optic Patch Cords have virtually eliminated the problem.

“We have studied the Megladon Manufacturing products and spoken with several major network operations that are using these breakthrough products. The product exceeds anything else they have ever used.” said Frank Bisbee, Editor of the Heard On The Street column (www.wireville.com), “Jim Hayes, President of the Fiber Optic Association www.thefoa.org confirmed the need for education in the fiber optic communications industry as new solutions are coming to the marketplace like a tsunami.” Bisbee added.

The Hardened Lens Contact (HLC) process is a patented termination procedure that yields significant benefits in endface durability and overall optical performance. In the place of the typical scribe step in fiber termination, Megladon uses a CO2 laser to traverse the entire mating surface. This process changes the physical characteristics of the glass, and creates and integrated lens at the end of the connector.

Durability

The HLC laser process changes the physical properties of the glass at the endface to create a surface that is harder and smoother than before. These changes create a connector that is scratch resistant, and will withstand a higher number of connections relative to standard connectors. Megladon has done extensive tests concluding that HLC connectors do not degrade in performance over the course of 1000 mates.

Performance

The integrated lens created by the HLC laser process creates a connector that consistently performs at reference grade levels. Both SM and MM terminations yield best in class IL and ORL, and have reference grade endface geometry as well (GR-326 compliant). All HLC terminations are fully interoperable with all standard/existing terminations, and will increase the performance of any interconnect they are present in.

For Custom Connectorized Cables using Prysmian Fiber Optic Cables and the ultra- durable ScratchGuard™ HLC Patented Fiber Optical Cable Termination contact Megladon Manufacturing Group (Austin, TX) Tel. 800-232-4810

www.megladonmfg.com   

 

ShoreTel Salutes its "Made in the U.S.A." Customers

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of America's 237th birthday, ShoreTel® (SHOR) salutes its customers who manufacture and assemble products in the United States.

In today's competitive, 24/7 marketplace, more U.S. businesses are choosing to manufacture at home, with 500,000 manufacturing jobs created over the past three years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. ShoreTel, the leading provider of brilliantly simple unified communications systems, including business phone service, virtual office and enterprise mobility solutions, offers unprecedented choice and flexibility, and U.S. manufacturing customers in particular rely on its ease-of-use, management and low total cost of ownership to ensure their businesses thrive.

"ShoreTel provides communications solutions that enable companies of all sizes and across diverse industries to improve employee productivity, lower costs and increase customer satisfaction," said Don Joos, senior vice president of business operations at ShoreTel. "We tip our hats to our customers who manufacture in the United States, and are honored to be one of the solutions they depend on every day to deliver exceptional customer experiences."

U.S. manufacturers are reaping the benefits of ShoreTel's UC systems to streamline work processes, enhance customer service and improve employee communications. ShoreTel's roster of U.S. manufacturing customers includes Radiant Power Corporation, Mettler Toledo, Geater Machining & Manufacturing and Danmer Custom Shutters.

"At Radiant Power Corporation we design and produce power and sensor products for commercial aviation and marine equipment," said Nathan Traish, IT manager at Radiant. "We originally used a mix of analog phone lines and cell phones and needed a better communications solution. We implemented ShoreTel and have reduced our monthly costs by more than half, while improving communications with customers and employees, and increasing productivity."

Here's what other leading U.S. manufacturers have to say about ShoreTel's solutions:

  • "Mettler Toledo is a global provider of precision instruments and services. We were struggling with an old phone system and looked at most of the major players. Once we saw the ShoreTel demo we were sold. ShoreTel has met our original objectives and given us so much more. The system is so easy to manage - our receptionist does most of the administration, freeing our IT staff for other tasks. The phones have a rich feature set and are easy to use. The biggest impact we have seen has been the improved customer service using ShoreTel workgroups. Specifically, response time to customers has improved tremendously, management of agents is vastly better, and the advanced reports are providing metrics we use for continuous improvement." – John Petry, manager of information systems, Mettler Toledo
  • "Geater Machining & Manufacturing provides precision machining, sheet metal and aluminum fabrication for aerospace, defense, communications and tech industries. We had a very outdated phone system which was hard to program and keep updated. When I saw the ShoreTel demo I was blown away by all the features and ease of use and didn't consider any other competitors. We have cut our phone maintenance costs in half and love the ease of deployment with each new phone we put in the company." – Brady Robbins, system administrator, Geater Machining & Manufacturing
  • "Danmer Custom Shutters has been building hardwood and Thermalite shutters to fit any window or door since 1976. With ShoreTel Sky, agents and departments can customize their own phones to what is best for their customers' experience and department managers can make company-wide modifications from the web portal. The process is completely invisible to the customer and all they experience is a seamless interaction with our company." – Erik Berg, call center manager, Danmer Custom Shutters

About ShoreTel
ShoreTel, Inc. (SHOR) is a provider of business communication solutions whose brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, applications and mobile UC solutions promise a new rhythm of workforce engagement and collaboration. With costly complexity eliminated by design from its award-winning, all-in-one IP phone system, UC and contact center solution, and its industry-leading hosted phone system, workers enjoy a freedom and self-reliance that other providers can't match. Users have full control to engage and collaborate, no matter the time, place or device, for the lowest cost and demand on IT resources in the industry. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has regional offices and partners worldwide. For more information, visit shoretel.com or shoretelsky.com.

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

 

Molex Celebrates 75 Years of Innovation

Published 7/1/2013 5:37:25 PM

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LISLE, Ill.As Molex Incorporated begins its new fiscal year, the company proudly celebrates its 75th year in business serving customers in the global electronics industry. Providing innovative interconnect solutions to the world's leading manufacturers, the company's primary markets include data communications, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, aerospace and defense, medical and lighting. Molex sells more than 100,000 different products and ranks among the top three connector companies in the world based on annual revenue.

 

"Molex has built a legacy of innovation while growing from a small, local enterprise in Chicago's western suburbs to one of the largest connector companies in the world," states Martin P. Slark, vice chairman and CEO, Molex. "This milestone gives us an opportunity to reflect on where we¹ve been, as we look forward to a promising and powerful future."

Established in 1938, Molex earned an industry reputation for developing unique interconnect solutions for challenging design problems. Examples include: simple PCB connectors and stamped circuitry, as well as nylon plugs and receptacles for color TVs. Molex also introduced ever-smaller connectors and modular interconnects-the micro products of their day-and continues to be a leader in the miniaturization of electronic components.

 

From flowerpots in 1938 to high-speed HDMI connectors today, product innovation remains a cornerstone of the brand. Molex continues to invest five percent or more of annual net revenue in R&D, which ranks it among the highest levels of R&D investment in the electronics industry. In FY12, Molex released more than 200 new products, received 319 patents and sold 60 billion connectors.

 

"For 75 years, Molex has been proud to work with electronics industry leaders to develop new interconnection technologies that help change the way people live, work and play. With the increasing role electronics play in the lives of people all over the world, we know Molex will continue to provide the innovative solutions the industry requires," continues Slark. "As we celebrate this milestone year, we want to thank our global employees, customers, partners and the many communities that have supported Molex around the world. Without them, none of our success would have been possible."

 

© 2013 The Electrical Distributor. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from www.tedmag.com  

 

A monthly textbook for the electrical distribution channel.
tED Magazine
is the voice for the top distributors in North America. From national chains to successful independents, tED is read by the top distribution companies in the industry. While targeted to the distributor salesperson, tED is also read by key executives. The publication is known for addressing the tough issues within the channel. If you have a message or product to get in front of the electrical channel, tED’s readers are the top performers and decision makers you need to reach.


Published every month, tED provides:
• Green initiatives and alternative markets
• Market trend data
• New product information
• Manufacturer marketing program roll-outs
• Best practices of electrical distributors
• Voice-data-video features
• Lighting features
• Economic outlooks
• News of both electrical distributors and suppliers

Also see: www.naed.org National Association of Electrical Distributors

 

Here is a handy and very helpful guide for ShoreTel Partners and Customers

Please use the following contacts and the knowledge base.

ShoreTel Customers: Please contact your partner or ShoreTel SE, Dean Moore - dmoore@shoretel.com

For Partners - If you have quick questions that need quick answers, go to http://partners.shoretel.com/product_sales_tools and click on Chat NOW! to chat live with a ShoreTel representative.
We also have Live Chat on our corporate site www.shoretel.com

General Questions: Please refer to the ShoreTel Partner Knowledgebase:  http://partners.shoretel.com/support/

Channel Sales Center Contact Information
1(855) 200 0125
Channelsales@shoretel.com

Pre-Sales Engineering:
Please contact Dean Moore at 408-962-2574 or dmoore@shoretel.com
or
SE Help Desk: at 408-331-3531.

For Escalation
Regional Director: Peter Agricola at 408-331-3352 or pagricola@shoretel.com
 
Support Contract issues: Please contact Lance Lawson at (512) 551-7152 or llawson@shoretel.com.  
 
Order Issues:  If you have an order or shipping issue please direct your questions to Order Admin: oadmin@shoretel.com
 
Post-sales Technical Issues: If you have a post-sales technical issue that needs to be escalated; please follow the escalation procedure and call ShoreTel Technical Support at: (800) 742-2348.
Additional information can be found on the Partner Site at: http://partners.shoretel.com/product_sales_tools/services/technical_support/

Partner Site Issues:
 If you have any Partner Site login issue, please direct them to: shorecare_admin@shoretel.com
 
Licensing Issues: Note: do to the high demand for Licensing Key Requests for the ST14.x release, the current turn around time for these keys could be more then 5 working days.  
Licensing Key Requests or Questions can be sent to licensekeyrequest@shoretel.com
 
Implementation Services information/quotes: Please go to the partner web site: http://partners.shoretel.com/product_sales_tools/services/implementation/

Professional Services information/quotes: Please go to the ProServices web site: http://partners.shoretel.com/product_sales_tools/services/applications/
Please contact the Professional Services Team if you have an application question at: proservices@shoretel.com  
 
Thank you for your support,

Steve Halle
ShoreTel
Sales Manager - Tropics      
408.962.2694 - Voice/Fax/Cell
shalle@shoretel.com

About ShoreTel
ShoreTel, Inc. (SHOR) is a provider of business communication solutions whose brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, applications and mobile UC solutions promise a new rhythm of workforce engagement and collaboration. With costly complexity eliminated by design from its award-winning, all-in-one IP phone system, UC and contact center solution, and its industry-leading hosted phone system, workers enjoy a freedom and self-reliance that other providers can't match. Users have full control to engage and collaborate, no matter the time, place or device, for the lowest cost and demand on IT resources in the industry. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has regional offices and partners worldwide. For more information, visit shoretel.com or shoretelsky.com.

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

ShoreTel places Customer Service as Job Number One, and 2,3,4,5,6,7.8.9….

 

ARCOM Launches New SpecBuilder+Expert™ Platform

Expert System Uses Question-and-Answer Interface to Create Manufacturer and Trade Organization Specs

Salt Lake City, Utah (June 24, 2013) — ARCOM is pleased to announce the release of its new SpecBuilder+Expert platform, an innovative, expert system for creating manufacturer and trade organization specifications.

The SpecBuilder+Expert platform provides an online, software-as-a-service specification editor that incorporates an easy-to-follow, plain-language, question-and-answer interface. It is designed to address the needs of building product manufacturers and organizations that want “build-your-own-spec” functionality on their branded websites, at a fraction of the cost of creating their own system. The platform also provides expert help through a knowledge database displayed alongside the questions and answers, making specification creation more accessible and reliable to less experienced or non-dedicated specifiers.

Manufacturers can extend the platform to provide specification support to product representatives who assist design professionals by providing a tool to create accurate specifications customized to the manufacturer's products.

All finished specifications from SpecBuilder+Expert become a permanent part of a user's personal specification library, available for reuse or revision using the SpecBuilder+Expert editor. Exported specification sections contain a backlink that allows everyone who receives the document to bring up the free SpecBuilder+Expert editor showing the answers to the questions at the time the document was created. From there, users can make changes to how the questions were answered and build a new specification document.

"This initial release of the SpecBuilder+Expert platform is just the first step in providing real-time expert system and knowledge management capabilities to create construction specifications," said Christopher Bushnell, AIA, FCSI, CCS, President and CEO of ARCOM. "Combining ARCOM's expertise in specifications with the experience and know-how of industry organizations and building product manufacturers in a simple online interface will provide users with the industry's first interactive, intelligent specification system."

SpecBuilder+Expert launches with multiple Division 22 sections available at both the Zurn-branded ZurnSpec website and www.SpecBuilderExpert.com. Projects are in the pipeline to quickly add additional manufacturer and organization specification sections. ARCOM has announced that Master Painters Institute (MPI) will be the first organization to work with the SpecBuilder+Expert platform, with MPI providing expert input through its Architectural Decision Tree system. The platform will use MPI's online question and answer system for "best practice" selection of paint systems and products and will feed that information into SpecBuilder+Expert to create MasterSpec-based painting specifications.

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About ARCOM

ARCOM is the leader in construction specifications and exclusively publishes MasterSpec for The American Institute of Architects (AIA) for use by architects, engineers, specifiers, and design professionals for building projects. ARCOM publishes SpecText for use by engineers in water, wastewater, and infrastructure projects.

ARCOM also develops SpecWare® and SpecAgent®. SpecWare is a suite of specification productivity software tools that dramatically simplifies specification creation and use, from easy-to-use Masterworks to BIM integration. SpecAgent is a web-based resource designed to work with MasterSpec and SpecText that streamlines the process of building product research and manufacturer selection.

ARCOM is a Salt Lake City-based firm with more than 40 full-time specification development professionals: researchers, specification writers and editors, software developers, technical support staff, and customer service professionals.

 

ARCOM Announces Strategic Alliance with Master Painters Institute

Master Painters Institute is First Trade Organization to Integrate with SpecBuilder+Expert Platform

Salt Lake City, Utah (June 24, 2013) — ARCOM is pleased to announce a new strategic alliance and endorsement agreement with the Master Painters Institute (MPI), the leading publisher of painting standards and best practices, tester of paint products, and maintainer of tested and approved paint products in North America.

As part of this alliance, the companies will develop an innovative new Web-based specification tool that combines MPI's Architectural Decision Tree system with ARCOM's new SpecBuilder+Expert platform, for use by MasterSpec licensed users. This tool will use MPI's online question and answer system to select appropriate paint systems and products and will feed that information into ARCOM's SpecBuilder+Expert application to create MasterSpec-based painting specifications.

Paint manufacturers will also be able to create a proprietary version of the SpecBuilder+Expert tool through ARCOM's Product MasterSpec program. Manufacturers will be able to customize the specifications, add information about their products, and provide knowledge articles and other information to aid in decision-making for design professionals, who can access the specifications free of charge.

Additionally, MPI will exclusively endorse ARCOM products—including MasterSpec, SpecText, and SpecWare—as effective systems and solutions for producing, editing, and processing building and construction specifications. ARCOM will endorse MPI Standards as an effective system for finding and selecting paint substrates, paint systems, and paint products.

"The ARCOM team is very excited to begin a partnership with the Master Painters Institute, who is the expert in painting systems, products, and applications," said Christopher Bushnell, AIA, FCSI, CCS, President and CEO of ARCOM. "Combining MPI's expertise with ARCOM's new SpecBuilder+Expert tool will provide users with the industry's first interactive, intelligent painting specification system."

MPI President Barry Law said, “MPI has had an excellent relationship with ARCOM for well over 10 years. We both have worked toward bettering architectural painting specifications across North America. The next generation is now upon us with ARCOM’s incredibly innovative SpecBuilder+Expert Platform. It has been a long time since we have been as excited about this type of innovation in architectural specifications, and full marks go to the ARCOM team!

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About MPI

Master Painters Institute grew out of an association first started in 1899 then incorporated as a society in 1927. The Institute carried on the mission started by the association, in both Canada and the United States beginning in 1995.

In 2000, GSA replaced U.S. Federal Paint Specifications with those of Master Painters Institute, and GSA adopted the MPI Approved Products List. The same year saw the MPI standards and paint systems, and the MPI Approved Products List adopted by the U.S. Military’s Unified Facilities Guide Specification (UFGS).

Shortly after, ARCOM incorporated MPI Standards and paint systems into MasterSpec. This was followed by the Government of Canada’s National Master Specification and the replacement of Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) paint standards with those of Master Painters Institute.

About ARCOM

ARCOM is the leader in construction specifications and exclusively publishes MasterSpec for The American Institute of Architects (AIA) for use by architects, engineers, specifiers, and design professionals for building projects.  ARCOM publishes SpecText for use by engineers in water, wastewater, and infrastructure projects.

ARCOM also develops SpecWare® and SpecAgent®. SpecWare is a suite of specification productivity software tools that dramatically simplifies specification creation and use, from easy-to-use Masterworks to BIM integration. SpecAgent is a web-based resource designed to work with MasterSpec and SpecText that streamlines the process of building product research and manufacturer selection.

ARCOM is a Salt Lake City-based firm with more than 40 full-time specification development professionals: researchers, specification writers and editors, software developers, technical support staff, and customer service professionals.

 

Brown and Caldwell Leverages ShoreTel to Build Unified Communications, Projects Significant Annual Savings

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ShoreTel® (SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, including business phone systems, applications, and mobile UC solutions, announced environmental engineering consulting firm Brown and Caldwell, Inc. expects annual savings of around $300,000 using their suite of ShoreTel solutions. One of the largest environmental and civil engineering firms in the United States, Brown and Caldwell provides environmental consulting and engineering services to public and government agencies and private industries.

The company selected ShoreTel in spring 2012 for the brilliant simplicity of its distributed architecture, ease of deployment, and the mobility solution that delivers their ShoreTel UC solution to temporary job sites over Wi-Fi hot spots.

"The ShoreTel solution is simple and easy to support and we've been able to reduce our overall telephony footprint by 60 percent as well as maintain our staff level supporting the solution," says Mark Lencioni, senior manager of IS engineering at Brown and Caldwell. "Our device expenses and support maintenance costs are down, and we've significantly reduced our Instant Messaging and Conferencing contracts. When fully implemented, we expect savings to be around $300K annually. ShoreTel has been top notch and we are happy with the decision to go with them for our unified communications needs."

Brown and Caldwell have the full suite of ShoreTel offerings including the ShoreTel IP-PBX solution with integrated unified communications, ShoreTel Mobility, and ShoreTel Conferencing, with over 1,500 licenses across 45 locations. The company is currently beta testing the ShoreTel Dock and expects to realize additional savings once the device is rolled out.

The ShoreTel solution set allows for Brown and Caldwell to implement true unified communications for the company's large non-centralized project teams – with seamless transitions between looking at a peer's presence status, sending an instant message, or switching to a mobile call – no matter where in the country the office is located.

"Brown and Caldwell is committed to creating efficient, cost-effective solutions that promote environmental stewardship and long-term value for their clients, which is a perfect match for ShoreTel," said Don Joos, senior VP of business operations at ShoreTel. "With ShoreTel's superior product capabilities and proven lowest total cost of ownership, we look forward to a long working relationship with Brown and Caldwell."

About ShoreTel
ShoreTel, Inc. (SHOR) is a provider of business communication solutions whose brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, applications and mobile UC solutions promise a new rhythm of workforce engagement and collaboration. With costly complexity eliminated by design from its award-winning, all-in-one IP phone system, UC and contact center solution, and its industry-leading hosted phone system, workers enjoy a freedom and self-reliance that other providers can't match. Users have full control to engage and collaborate, no matter the time, place or device, for the lowest cost and demand on IT resources in the industry. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has regional offices and partners worldwide. For more information, visit shoretel.com or shoretelsky.com.

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

 

Mississauga Training Consultants TRAINING SCHEDULE

William Graham, CFOS/I, President
Mississauga Training Consultants
Res/Office: 289-232-3480   Cell: 416-659-8713
www.fiberoptictraining.com 
 
We conduct the following training programs at our training centre at 1125 Derry Rd, East in Mississauga and at the customers premises.
*  4  Day (CFOT)  Certified Fiber Optic Installer Course -  August 12 - 15th.,  -  Sept 23 - 26th.

*  2  Day  (CFOS/H)  Certified Fiber To The Home Specialist - August 21 - 22nd.,  October 3 - 4th.,
*  2  Day (CFOS/O)  Certified  Fiber Outside Plant Specialist Aug 19 - 20th.,  Sept 12 - 13th.,
*  2  Day  VDV Network Cabling Systems Inspection  - Aug 26 - 27th.Dec 2 - 3rd.,
*  1  Day Grounding and Bonding course for Communications Technicians  - Aug 23rd.Sept 27th.,

 *  Custom designed courses to address specific needs.

We conduct in house course across Canada and the US
We stock the largest stock of Fiber Optic hand tools, Fusion Splicers, Cleavers and consumable materials in Ontario if not in Canada,

To register for our programs please call:
 Shirley at :   289-232-3480
 
For more information please e-mail:mrfiber@outlook.com  or fiberoptictraining@live.ca 

 

It sounds like science fiction: antibiotic-resistant superbugs living in the ground turkey or beef patties at your supermarket

Shocking. Wait until you find out about the hazardous materials contained in some of the cables in your network.

But it's the truth.

When EWG broke down government data, we found shockingly high numbers: 81 percent of ground turkey and 69 percent of pork chops were contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

EWG leapt into action to create our new guide and help you make safer meat choices. You're not going to find this information anywhere else - industry and government just aren't protecting the public from superbugs.

If you count on EWG's ground-breaking research, we need your help to reach our goal of 5,000 donors before the midnight June 30 deadline. We're just 1,140 away. EWG can't give you the information you depend on unless we have the resources for this critical work.

Give $10 or more today so EWG can keep up the research that protects you and your family from hazardous bacteria. With a donation of $10 before our June 30 deadline, we'll send you our Tips to Help You Avoid Superbugs in Meat wallet guide free!

You'd think that government and industry would be spurred into action about something as dangerous and sickening as superbugs in our meat - but you'd be wrong. Especially when the numbers are staggering.

It's infuriating that their inaction is leaving the public exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But at EWG, we think it's unacceptable, and that's why we work so hard to alert you to these kinds of hazards. From the Dr. OZ Show to our Tips to Help You Avoid Superbugs in Meat guide, we're making sure consumers like you have the information you need to shop smarter for yourself and your family.

But we're not stopping there and we don't take the summer off - not when you need health and safety information about GMOs, seasonal produce, bug sprays and more.

It's up to you to help us reach 1,140 more donors to hit our critical goal of 5,000 donors before midnight June 30 so we can get all of our research done.

Donate $10 or more right now so EWG can continue the research that helps you and your family steer clear of superbugs. With a gift of $10 before our June 30 deadline, we'll send you our Tips to Help You Avoid Superbugs in Meat wallet guide free!

Thanks for ensuring that EWG can keep you safe and healthy this summer.

Sincerely,

Heather White
Executive Director, Environmental Working Group

www.ewg.org

 

A data center story for the ages: The fuel bucket brigade

The effort to save a NYC data center following Hurricane Sandy is remembered in a new film

Patrick Thibodeau

June 26, 2013 (Computerworld)

The improbable story of a New York City data center saved by a fuel bucket brigade is not told with fondness, even if there is a sense of pride and humor in its retelling.

Those involved recall the stink of diesel fuel in dark stairwells illuminated by flashlights. There was the sheer physical exhaustion of carrying buckets of diesel up 17 floors to deposit them into a rooftop generator's fuel tank. There was the sleeping on floors and the lack of showers, and the unrelenting stress of knowing that their efforts could suddenly unravel and the data center could fail.

And of course all involved had to live with the broader weight brought on by concern about the impact that Hurricane Sandy was having on their friends and relatives, and on New York itself.

The effort to save the data center during and after the October 2012 storm is captured in a documentary-style film that Peer 1, the data center owner, produced and showed Tuesday to a group of its customers and employees.

The film, featuring photos of data center rescue efforts and interviews with participants, doesn't attempt to romanticize the events or add a false sense triumph to the actions of those involved. It just lays them out, leaving viewers with a sense of sheer exhaustion as they watch the efforts of the participants and share their sense of uncertainty about the outcome.

Peer 1 posted the video on YouTube Wednesday night.

The concept of carrying fuel to the roof "seemed like a ridiculous idea," said Michael Pryor, president of Fog Creek Software, a large user of the Peer 1 data center, in an interview. "It just didn't seem feasible."

Pryor's idea, retold during the film, was to bring some extra pumps from a fish tank in his office to the nearby Peer 1 data center to see if they might help get fuel to the rooftop generator. During the screening, that suggestion drew healthy laughter from the audience, and Pryor himself now chuckles at the idea.

But the fact that he actually thought of using fish tank pumps helps convey the sense of urgency that the data center workers and customers experienced in the early going as they struggled to come up with ideas for keeping a rooftop generator running as it burned 40 gallons of fuel an hour out of a 200-gallon tank.

Fog Creek makes a software management platform used by developers, and the company and its customers would have suffered if the 5,000 square-foot data center at 75 Broad St. in lower Manhattan went down.

Peer 1 is a short walk from Fog Creek's offices, and as the software company grew so did its use of the data center. The data center provides Fog Creek's network and infrastructure for customer equipment.

There's an area set aside for Peer 1 customers to work on their systems.

Data center employee Jeffery Burns recalled that he heard the sound of a waterfall in the elevator shaft as floodwaters entered the lobby and eventually flooded the basement and disabled the fuel pumping systems.

"Everybody in Manhattan has the same problem, how to relocate infrastructure that -- for the last 50 years -- has safely lived in basements," said Michael Mazzei, manager of the Peer 1 Broad Street data center.

Despite the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, data centers won't be leaving Manhattan anytime soon. The island is one of the most networked places in the world.

The Peer 1 data center is in the former International Telephone & Telegraph headquarters building and has multiple network connections that give customers quick access and low latency. It's also a short walk to the waterfront.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg this month announced a multibillion-dollar, multidecade plan to protect the city from powerful storms, and from the impact of climate change. The plan includes the construction of barriers in low-lying parts of the city.

Bloomberg's plan has broad IT and telecommunications implications.

It seeks a higher level of reliability and service for telecommunication facilities. The specific recommendations include requiring new hospitals "to increase their IT and telecommunications resiliency by installing two independent points-of-entry for telecom and communication to reduce the risk of outages from a single supplier."

For Fog Creek, and likely many other businesses, the most significant long-term impact of Hurricane Sandy may stem from the fact that it caught the company without a backup plan. Fog Creek has been working to fix that weakness in the months since.

For instance, the software company has improved its data replication capabilities and is developing an ability to switch operations to a separate facility in an emergency. One tool now runs in Amazon's cloud service, though that migration had been planned prior to the storm.

The storm made clear to Fog Creek that it hadn't paid enough attention to the likelihood that something bad, like a massive storm, could ever happen, said Pryor. That was a positive outcome of the experience, he said, "because it did kick us in the butt and get us to fix a lot of things that were broken."

The bucket brigade wasn't the group's first move. Initially, they tried hauling 55-gallon drums up the 17 flights of stairs, but the physical exertion proved too much.

Gradually, though, a realistic plan came into place. The team acquired pumps, hoses, buckets and other supplies from Home Depot and other places. Organization, rules and efficiency followed.

One rule: "Go slowly, work safely, always have your flashlight," said Mazzei.

For 72 hours, the effort continued and the data center was able to remain in operation until a more stable fuel supply was established. For the future, one option the building owners are considering is installing submersible pumps that could operate during a flood, said Mazzie.

There were a lot of motivations at work in manning the bucket brigade. For customers, it was about keeping their businesses up. For the data center workers, it was about not failing.

No one is really taking credit for saving the data center.

Mazzei is very matter-of-fact about the effort, and describes it more as an organic process that developed on its own as ideas and processes emerged collectively.

Burns, a film editor who works part time at the data center, said the team rallied around Mazzei. "It was just really important to not let him down," he recalled, "not because he was going to get upset, but because he never let us down."

This article, "A Data Center Story for the Ages: The Fuel Bucket Brigade," originally appeared on Computerworld.com.

Patrick Thibodeau covers SaaS and enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @DCgov, or subscribe to Patrick's RSS feed. His email address is pthibodeau@computerworld.com.

 

AFL Introduces Fujikura Fixed V-groove Single Fiber

Spartanburg, SC – July 8, 2013 – AFL introduces the Fujikura 19S fusion splicer, a new fixed v‑groove single fiber splicer, the latest in several new field splicer solutions launched in 2013. The new 19S retains the proven ruggedized features pioneered by Fujikura, but incorporates automated and enhanced user control capabilities to further increase splicing efficiency.

“AFL's customers across North America have come to depend on AFL and Fujikura for quality, reliable engineering for their splicing needs. The revolutionary new features incorporated into this new generation of splicers illustrate once again why Fujikura is so dominant in the market,” said Greg Pickeral, product manager, fusion splicing systems for AFL.

The Fujikura 19S fusion splicer offers several enhanced features:

  • Automated and programmable wind protector
  • Fully ruggedized for shock, dust and moisture
  • Li-ion battery with 180 splice/heat cycles per charge
  • 5 mm cleave length for splice on connectors or small package needs
  • Sheath clamp or fiber holder operation
  • On-board training and support videos
  • Internet software upgrades
  • Multi-function transit case with integrated workstation
  • Fully compatible with the FuseConnect line of splice-on connectors

Fujikura released the 12S, 12R, 70S and 70R models earlier this year and plans to release the 19R, a four-fiber ribbon fusion splicer later this year.

Fujikura understands that service and support are just as important as excellent engineering. The 19S, like all Fujikura products, is supported by the most knowledgeable and responsive service team in the industry. While engineering innovation and quality products have made Fujikura a premier provider of fusion splicers, unparalleled levels of service and support are what have made Fujikura the leader in the industry.
 
For more information about AFL and its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.
 
About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.
 
Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

 

AFL Rebrands Optimal Cable Services

Melbourne, AU and Spartanburg, SC, USA – July 1, 2013 – AFL began its rebrand of Optimal Cable Services, a manufacturer of fiber optic cable and provider of connectivity products based in Melbourne, Australia, shortly after it acquired the company in February.

“As a leader in the North American market, we again have an opportunity to strengthen and broaden our customer relationships abroad—this time in the South Pacific,” said Aungwin Tin, general manager for AFL Australia. “We believe Optimal is fully capable of representing AFL’s customer-focused culture and we look forward to working with them to achieve great results.”

Since 1986, AFL has acquired over 30 companies worldwide. Through these acquisitions, AFL has provided reliable solutions to multiple industries in nations across the world. Maintaining an ISO 9001 standard since its formation, Optimal will continue to operate in Melbourne and provide quality products to growing markets in the South Pacific.

Tin added, “By combining our strengths in telecommunications, mining and general distribution markets, customers have the added benefit of a knowledgeable global leader committed to our customers first.” 

With a high demand for fiber optic cabling in Australia and access to valuable corporate resources, Optimal is expected to thrive under the AFL brand. In addition, Optimal will continue to offer its existing product portfolio, which includes assorted fiber optic cabling, testing and cleaning equipment, media converters and connectivity products.

For more information about AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

 

AFL Launches Fujikura Advanced Ribbon Fusion Splicer to North American Market

Spartanburg, SC – June 25, 2013 – AFL introduces the Fujikura 70R fusion splicer, the newest addition to Fujikura’s proven line of splicing products. With the 70R, Fujikura has again set a new standard delivering even faster, more precise splicing results while retaining all of the features and reliability that made its predecessor, the 60R, the premier product for ribbon splicing applications.

The Fujikura 70R fusion splicer offers several enhanced features:

·         Automated wind protector and tube heater with the world’s fastest heating time of 40 seconds for a ribbon protection sleeve

·         Long-life electrodes provide 1,500 splices

·         High resolution, 4.7-inch color LCD monitor with 90X fiber magnification for improved visibility in low-light conditions

·         Configurable automation allows the user to customize the automated functions

·         Powerful Li-ion battery supports 110 splices and heating cycles with each full charge

·         World’s first six-direction drop-proof design with fully ruggedized rubber casing

·         Dust- and rain-proof design provides superior protection

·         Innovative transit case design with detachable, built-in worktable

·         Video guides for operation and troubleshooting incorporated into the splicer software

·         Fully compatible with the FuseConnect line of splice-on connectors

“The 70R builds on the excellent track record set by the 60R. With the automated wind protector and tube heater, quality splicing is even faster. The tube heater clamps the splice protection sleeve from both sides, resulting in a shrink time of an impressive 40 seconds,” commented Greg Pickeral, product manager, fusion splicing systems for AFL.

In 2013, Fujikura is releasing several new products. Earlier this year, the 12S and 12R were introduced, along with the 70S. Fujikura will also soon add the 19S, a fixed V-groove single fiber fusion splicer and the 19R four-fiber ribbon fusion splicer.

Fujikura understands that service and support are just as important as excellent engineering. Like all Fujikura products, the 70R is supported by the most knowledgeable and responsive service team in the industry. While engineering innovation and quality products have made Fujikura a premier provider of fusion splicers, unparalleled levels of service and support are what have made Fujikura the leader in the industry.
 
For more information about AFL and its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.
 
About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.
 
Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

 

Agilent Technologies Introduces FPGA Development Kit for High-Speed Digitizers Powered by Mentor Graphics

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 25, 2013 – Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced  the U5340A FPGA development kit, powered by a custom Mentor Graphics design engine, for high-speed digitizers.

The U5340A enables customers to deploy advanced real-time signal processing into the FPGAs on board Agilent high-speed digitizers. The development kit leverages the full density and speed of the FPGA while ensuring the digitizer’s outstanding multi-gigasample-per-second performance.

The FPGA development kit enables original equipment manufacturers and researchers to easily design in high-speed signal acquisition and analysis. This software tool can help companies and research institutions protect their intellectual property and shorten time-to-market as they develop technologies for high-end applications such as medical imaging, environmental monitoring, time-of-flight spectroscopy and radar.

The custom Mentor Graphics design engine—including HDL Author, ModelSim PE and Precision Synthesis—is embedded in the development kit to support the design, synthesis, simulation and validation of signal-processing algorithms. Place-and-route and a bitfile-generation engines are included, also providing debugging capabilities.

To help users focus on creating solutions, the FPGA development kit also includes the following elements: a library of building blocks, from basic gates to dual-port RAM memories; a set of IP cores; and ready-to-use scripts that handle all aspects of the automated build flow. A full-speed design example and companion software ensure efficient system integration.

All cores are based on the AMBA AXI4 standard for easy integration and efficient use of their high-performance capabilities. Pre-synthesized and area-constrained IP cores accelerate the build and ensure repeatable results. The FPGA development kit also embeds complete calibration capabilities to ensure the unmatched analog performance of Agilent digitizers when used with end-user firmware.

“Agilent has been a long-time Mentor Graphics customer and has helped shape our FPGA development tools over the years,” said Valerie Rachko, marketing director for Mentor HDL and ESL design creation tools. “It was a natural choice for Agilent to select our creation, simulation and synthesis solutions for their customers in their new FPGA development kit.”

“Our close partnership with Mentor Graphics enabled us to create today’s most powerful FPGA development kit for high-speed digitizers,” said Didier Lavanchy, operation manager for Agilent’s high-speed digitizers group.  “We have used the kit to design firmware options currently available in our products, and beta customers have successfully implemented a variety of algorithms. For them and us, the U5340A has significantly reduced development time and, for the first time, made possible multi-gigasample-per-second real-time processing.”

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The first release of the U5340A FPGA development kit is available now for the recently announced Agilent U5303A PCIe 12-bit high-speed digitizer with on-board processing, and will be available for future products. Interested users can contact Agilent to discuss their application needs, evaluation possibilities and custom quotes at digitizers@agilent.com.

More information on the U5340A is available at www.agilent.com/find/u5340a.  Screen shots of the FPGA development kit are available at www.agilent.com/find/u5340a_images.

About Agilent High-Speed Digitizers

Agilent high-speed digitizers are the result of 300-plus years of cumulative research and development. This ensures the ability to achieve the most effective and reliable analog-to-digital conversion at high resolution and fast sampling rates. Information on ADC technology and applications is available at high-speed-digitizer.tm.agilent.com.

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics is a leader in electronic design automation software, enabling companies to develop better electronic products faster and more cost-effectively. Mentor Graphics’ innovative products and solutions help engineers conquer design challenges in the increasingly complex worlds of board and chip design. Information about Mentor Graphics is available at www.mentor.com.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company’s 20,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had revenues of $6.9 billion in fiscal 2012. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.

 

Agilent Technologies Introduces High-Precision 12-bit PCIe Digitizer that Delivers Multi-Gigahertz Real-Time Processing

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 21, 2013 – Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the U5303A, a compact dual-channel PCIe digitizer with 12-bit resolution, sampling up to 3.2 GS/s, and on-board real-time processing. It delivers unprecedented analog fidelity, high effective number of bits and very low noise.

The new digitizer offers outstanding performance in a small footprint: DC-to-1.8 GHz bandwidth, 9.1 ENOB at 100 MHz, 58 dB signal-to-noise ratio and very high data-transfer rates from an eight-lane PCIe 2.0 interface. As a result, the U5303A is an ideal 12-bit high-speed digitizer for systems in commercial, industrial, aerospace and defense applications. Uses include medical imaging, environmental monitoring, analytical time-of-flight, ultrasonic nondestructive testing and radar.

The versatile U5303A gives users the ability to integrate advanced real-time signal processing within the embedded Xilinx Virtex-6 field-programmable gate array. This is made possible by the Agilent FPGA development kit for high-speed digitizers. This software kit provides interfaces that leverage the full density and speed of the FPGA while ensuring the digitizer’s outstanding level of performance at multi-gigasamples per second.

“By coupling high resolution with high precision, the U5303A is one of the best products in its class,” said Didier Lavanchy, operation manager for Agilent’s high-speed digitizers. “Its development leverages innovations that were first introduced in the 12-bit AXIe digitizer, which was named a 2013 Best in Test winner by Test & Measurement World magazine.”

The U5303A PCIe high-speed digitizer extends Agilent’s portfolio of PCIe-based products and high-speed digitizer cards, which also includes solutions in the AXIe and PXIe formats. To ease integration of the module into a PC, the U5303A also includes a comprehensive set of drivers.

Availability

The U5303A two-channel, 12-bit, high-speed PCIe high-speed digitizer with on-board processing can be ordered now. Information about product configuration is available at www.agilent.com/find/U5303A.

High-resolution images are available at www.agilent.com/find/U5303A_images.

About the Agilent High-Speed Digitizers Team

Agilent high-speed digitizers are the result of more than 300 years of cumulative research and development experience in analog-to-digital conversion technology. This ensures the ability to achieve the most effective and reliable analog-to-digital conversion at high resolution and fast sampling rates. Information on the technology and its applications is available at high-speed-digitizer.tm.agilent.com.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics and communications. The company's 20,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $6.9 billion in fiscal 2012. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.

 

BOMA’s 2013 Annual Conference SHINES in San Diego

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By Amanda Marsh and Marissa Oberlander

SEAL TEAM SIX LEADER: NEVER QUIT

2013 Every Building Conference & Expo host city San Diego is a military town, so BOMA International brought in the cream of the crop to teach real estate pros what it means to truly lead, fight and never give up during Sunday’s General Session, sponsored by Yardi. Rob O'Neill, formerly of the elite SEAL Team Six, joined the Navy at age 19. He survived Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALS training—eight straight months of nearly impossible and physically demanding tasks (33 out of 180 guys made it in)—thanks to one maxim: never quit. Most details of Rob's daring and clandestine missions with SEAL Team Six are hush-hush, but he graciously shared stories of the personal growth and leadership techniques he developed along the way.

BOMA 360 GROWTH CONTINUES

Meet the individuals that helped 171 buildings in 37 markets over the past year become BOMA 360 buildings, who were honored during the Sunday General Session. More than 600 buildings have received the certification since the program's launch in 2009. The top five contenders: CBRE with 65 buildings; Piedmont Office with 48 and Brookfield with a close 46; Cushman & Wakefield with 33; and Hines with 26 BOMA 360-stamped buildings.

WELCOME PARTY: SAN DIEGO STYLE

Not only did BOMA/San Diego­ host this year's Every Building Conference & Expo in their hometown, but it celebrated its 50th birthday as well (50 is the new 30, just ask Madonna). To mark the occasion and continue the military theme, BOMA/San Diego hosted a giant Welcome Party, complete with music and fireworks, on the USS Midway, the historic U.S. Navy aircraft carrier that's now a floating museum. Guests danced and noshed on sliders, chili dogs and shaken salads served in martini glasses, which were enjoyed by Stream Realty's Ro Sipek, JP Morgan Chase's Izma Miller and BOMA/Austin's Robbie Williams.

WHAT TENANTS WANT

Occupant needs have changed drastically since BOMA International last conducted an office tenant survey. Hoteling, for one, was barely a whisper in 1999. BOMA unveiled its new 2013 BOMA Global Office Tenant Survey results at a press conference on Monday morning.

Three of the top five factors influencing overall tenant satisfaction are service related—property management; communication; and maintenance and engineering—said Kingsley Associates VP Phil Mobley, whose firm conducted the survey in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. One way to increase overall tenant satisfaction is to add health and hygiene amenities, he said. The survey found tenants in corporate and mixed-use facilities to be the most satisfied.

The office market outlook is pretty darned positive from the tenant perspective. 42 percent of survey respondents saw an increase in new employees over the past year, while 37 percent report a stable count.

Monday’s General Session, sponsored by Ingersoll Rand, continued the conversation with industry panel The Tenant Is King: What Office Tenants Want and How to Wow Them. “Giving great service doesn't cost a lot of money,” said The WOW! Awards chief executive Derek Williams (with JLL National Head of Customer Service, Australia Peter Merrett). “When you make a connection, that impact can be great.” Merrett said the simplest details can give someone a sense of pride—say thank you every day, not just periodically. Also on the panel were Kingsley Associate’s Phil Mobley, CBRE’s David Pogue and Gensler’s Robert Peck.

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY

Monday’s General Session also featured BOMA President Henry Chamberlain’s annual State of the Industry address. Key takeaways:

  • U.S. economy – stock market and housing are up, but CRE is slower to the recovery with vacancy rates at 15.3 percent – improving but not great.
  • Global economy – global capital office value up 2.5 percent in the past year with emerging markets accounting for more than half of world GDP.
  • Technology and Adaptability – Big data means research driven companies perform better. The “sensor revolution” is coming; when you walk in your building your key fob will call the elevators and turn the lights on in your office.
  • Global tenant performance – China and Russia are sticking with office space hierarchy, the U.S. and Germany moving toward shared space and hoteling.
  • Millennial makeover – team space, more natural light, BYOT (bring your own technology), high tech is high touch.

See the State of the Industry presentation.

THE NEXT GENERATION OF CRE

Four years ago, BOMA began inviting students interested in commercial real estate to the conference to educate them about the industry. This year, Career Day expanded to also include veterans transitioning out of military service—like Eric Feldman and Alex Galicia. Eric went to Afghanistan as a contractor twice—once as an Army solider and another time as a civilian, returning two months ago. And Alex is both a Navy and Army vet, having served in Iraq with the latter. These days, he runs his own San Diego-based company, BPI Plumbing, which won a veteran-owned small business award from the SBA, and he wants to learn more about working with commercial real estate firms. Career Day events included educational sessions, a hands-on commercial building tour and a networking event.

INTRODUCING… INDUSTRIAL DAY

To many folks, BOMA is analogous to office, but it loves the industrial sector, too—so much that it hosted its first-ever Industrial Day at this year's conference. BOMA brought on an all-star industrial cast to explain what makes industrial unique: Cushman & Wakefield's Ronald King, JLL's Brenda Crisp, Duke Realty's Jim Clemo and Chris Burns, Prologis' Peggy White and JLL's Amos Bracero. Industrial is a conservative way to invest your dollars, they said: it's less capital intensive; less subjected to economic ups and downs; involves less TI allowance; and has better overall returns

Liberty Property Trust's Shelby Christensen and Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR's Eileen Lewis tell us the industrial committee was formed to meet the needs of BOMA's property management and owner members who have industrial as part of their portfolios.

AN EXCELLENT EXPO

The San Diego Convention Center buzzed with more than 3,500 conference attendees, many of whom hit the tradeshow floor early and often. You may have seen folks walking around the Every Building Expo wearing camouflage t-shirts, including Kimberly-Clark Professional*'s Bill Cates and Dave Brummett, who'd snagged theirs at the BOMA Central booth. All proceeds from the t-shirts went to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the organization that helped recruit vets to Career Day.

The most innovative and knowledgeable product and service providers in commercial real estate exhibited at the Every Building Expo. Attendees escaped the sunny San Diego weather to walk the "green carpet" of the Green Pavilion & ENERGY STAR® Showcase to find out about eco-friendly products and services and visit the brand new Technology Pavilion. (See more about the Technology Pavilion in Conference Connect.)

LEADING THE WAY

If you're a woman looking to make it in commercial real estate, the women on Tuesday’s Leading the Way education panel—moderated by Melissa Jones of CBRE—have some advice for you. Cassidy Turley Executive Managing Director Marla Maloney (with RETS Associates principal Jana Turner) said it's critical to find a firm where you're a culture fit; hire a team that pushes you (even when it hurts) and embrace change. At RETS, Jana sees openings for women in high-level positions but struggles to find enough candidates. Her advice: Financial acumen and tech skills are a must. A big believer in education as a way to get women in the C-suite, Cushman & Wakefield’s Sandra Boyle says once you get that degree, be adaptable in the workplace and seek sponsors and mentors (like these fabulous ladies).

CELEBRATING THE OUTSTANDING
Buildings from BOMA/Greater Los Angeles won big at Tuesday night's International TOBY Awards, sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Professional*, closing BOMA International's Every Building Conference & Expo in San Diego. Scoring a hat trick, the market snagged three coveted honors, including the over-one-million-square-feet category.

The gang's all here to collect the TOBY for winner JP Morgan Investment Management's 2.3 million square foot Century Plaza Towers. Hines' Citigroup Center won the Earth category and the City National Plaza, managed by Thomas Properties Group, won for best Renovated Building. See the full list of TOBY Winners.

2012 BOMA Fellow Dave Hewett (far right) introduced the newest class of BOMA Fellows at the TOBY Awards ceremony: SUNY Buffalo's Don Erb, Capstone Property Management's Kent Gibson, Parmenter's Steve Harrison, Mazzei Realty Services' Edmund Mazzei, Real Estate Advisors' James Peck, Stream Realty's Ray Mackey, Studley's Catherine Pullen, Cushman & Wakefield's Richard Purtell and Colliers' John Scott. (Who knew red bow ties were so fashionable this year?)

BOMA Chair Joe Markling presented AlliedBarton’s Mike Coleman with this year’s Chair’s Award and BOMA/GLA’s Martha Cox-Nitikman with the Distinguished Service Award.

Wayne Baldock was honored for his Life Membership and the Regional Member of the Year was awarded to Don Dwiggins (In Memoriam) from the Pacific Northwest Region; Susan Engstrom from the Pacific Southwest Region; Lynn Vilmar from the Southern Region; and Ro Sipek from the Southwest Region.

BOMA International President Henry Chamberlain swore in new Chair and Chief Elected Officer Rich Greninger, managing partner of operations for Carr Properties in Washington, D.C. Greninger's main goals for his chairmanship include attracting young professionals and returning military veterans into the industry. “Property management has an aging demographic, so it's a fertile ground for vets to join the engineering ranks and young professionals into management and finance jobs,” he said.

Board of Governors Highlights
The Business of BOMA took place during the Board of Governors meeting on June 23, 2013 at the Every Building Conference & Expo in San Diego.

In his Report from the Chair, BOMA Chair Joe Markling, BOMA/Greater Los Angeles, remarked that BOMA had made progress in the past year expanding its international platform and working with other industry groups to begin to develop global measurement standards. Markling also noted BOMA’s work and success on codes and regulatory issues and the continued advance of industry benchmarking through the Experience Exchange Report. He emphasized the importance of working together to build new relationships and focusing on the next generation coming into commercial real estate.

BOMA Secretary/Treasurer Rebecca Hanner, CPM, RPA, BOMA/Raleigh-Durham, delivered the Financial Update, reporting that the Partnership Program and the Foundations of Real Estate Management course continued to perform well, beating budget expectations, and that the Medical Office Building Conference drew record attendance once again. Hanner also reported that BOMA International had met its reserve fund goal in 2012.

Markling and Strategic Planning Consultant Jean Frankel led a Strategic Plan Feedback and Discussion, opening the floor to delegates to comment on the strategic plan goal area discussions that took place during the “World Café” roundtable the day before. One delegate noted that the roundtable discussions were a great way to synergistically unite BOMA International with BOMA local associations. Another delegate said “Innovation” should be added to the list of goal areas, while another suggested that BOMA local associations should share more information on the local level. The comments and feedback from BOMA members will be considered as BOMA continues to develop its new strategic plan.

BOMA 360 Performance Program Council Chair Rob Brierley, BOMA Fellow, BOMA/Boston, reported that more than 600 building have received the BOMA 360 designation since the program launched in 2009 with 100 owner/management firms and 57 BOMA local associations participating. Brierley also recognized the winners of the BOMA 360 Local Participation Awards in the following categories:

  • More than 300 members – BOMA/Georgia and BOMA/Houston with 22 new buildings each
  • 150 to 300 members – BOMA/Metropolitan D.C. with 24 new buildings
  • Less than 150 members – BOMA/San Diego with 7 new buildings
  • Highest number of corporate portfolio submissions – BOMA/Houston

BOMA International CFO Brian Green informed delegates that the newly-released 2013 Experience Exchange Report (EER) includes revenue and expenses from more than 5,300 buildings in 257 markets. This allows BOMA to produce market reports on more than 115 cities and represents more than 912 million square feet. EER key findings showed that rental income saw a decrease of 2.91 percent last year, after having increased slightly the year before. The report also showed that expenses are down as well with total operating expenses decreasing by 3.9 percent. For the fourth year in a row utilities decreased, this time significantly at 9.01 percent, indicating that BOMA members continue to make asset management and energy efficiency a priority.

Government Affairs Committee Chair Susan Engstrom, FMA, RPA, BOMA/Greater Phoenix reported on the two new policy positions approved by the committee. The first position supports state, local, and federal efforts to increase penalties and deterrents for the theft of metal from buildings and infrastructure. The second position supports a federal immigration policy that matches willing employers with willing employees. BOMA International favors proposals which improve visa programs impacting the commercial real estate industry. Read the full policy positions.

Engstrom also reported that so far in 2013, BOMAPAC supported the reelection efforts of 13 members of Congress and has raised more than $27,000 (not including the $18,000 raised during the conference) and that the Industry Defense Fund Oversight Committee approved a $30,000 request from BOMA/ Denver Metro to help finance their efforts to challenge Xcel Energy’s proposal to raise steam rates and natural gas rates.

Chair of the Building Codes & Voluntary Standards Committee Kent Gibson, CPM, BOMA Fellow, BOMA/Utah, reported that the committee reaffirmed six codes and standards policies:

  • Accessibility Codes & Standards – approved by the Board at the 2005 WBM
  • Automatic External Defibrillators - approved at the 2005 WBM
  • Building Security & Emergency Preparedness – approved at the 2002 Conference
  • Energy Efficiency & Green Building Codes – approved at the 2010 WBM
  • ICC International Codes – approved at the 2008 WBM, and
  • Indoor Air Quality – approved at the 2005 WBM

A revision to the current Mold Policy was also approved as well as the recommendation to sunset the NFPA Building Code (NFPA 5000) policy. Two new policies were approved. The first opposes the inclusion of provisions mandating the installation of firefighter air replenishment systems in building, fire and other national model codes for new and existing buildings. The second opposes provisions in national model building codes mandating the retrofit of automatic sprinkler systems in all existing buildings.

During the Inclusive Membership Report, BOMA Senior Vice President Pat Areno announced that BOMA’s new Asset Management Series had a successful pilot run in early June and that the two-day, classroom course is now available for fall bookings. The first course in the series focuses on lease analysis, evaluation, negotiation and approval.

Chair of the Industrial Committee Eileen Lewis, RPA, FMA, BOMA/Greater Tucson, reported that BOMA was kicking off its first-ever Industrial Day at the annual conference with an education session, a roundtable discussion and a building tour of a LEED Gold industrial refrigeration building. Lewis also told delegates that BOMA is considering expanding BOMA’s Experience Exchange Report to include the collection of income and expense data for industrial buildings.

BOMA Vice President of Education and Meetings Amy Chisholm reported that the 2013 Medical Office Building Conference, held in San Francisco this past May, had a record-breaking 770 attendees with a conference program organized in four main categories: capital markets; compliance and regulations; leasing and management; and real estate strategies for hospital executives and health system executives.

BOMA Vice Chair John Oliver, BOMA Fellow, BOMA/Georgia, recapped the latest news from BOMA’s National Advisory Council, a program that continues to attract senior representatives of the nation’s largest commercial real estate firms. The most recent NAC Meeting in April featured a strong program on leading change, the economy, corporate workplace trends, effectively managing a mobile workforce, as well as a look at BOMA’s impact on federal legislation and regulations. The next NAC Meeting is scheduled for October 10-11 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Laura Ragans, RPA, BOMA/Orlando, chair of the Careers in Real Estate Taskforce, reported that new materials and tool kits for local associations were recently created to help establish local career outreach programs, and that 50 students and veterans participated in Career Day at the annual conference, which included a full day of networking, education and building tours. BOMA International worked closely with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America to recruit veterans to the program.

During the International Region Report, BOMA Canada Chair Peter MacHardy told delegates that he looks forward to building an even stronger relationship with BOMA International as both groups learn from past successes and missteps and as BOMA International continues to strengthen its international programming and outreach. BOMA Canada increased its participation in the EER Survey in the past year and is looking at the possibility of introducing the BOMA 360 program into Canada.

Nominating Committee Chair Lisa Hensley gave the Report of the Nominating Committee, followed by the official swearing in of the 2013-2014 BOMA International Officers:

Chair and CEO: Richard W. Greninger, CPM, BOMA/Metropolitan Washington, DC
Chair-Elect: John G. Oliver, BOMA Fellow, CPM, BOMA/Georgia
Vice Chair: Kent C. Gibson, CPM, BOMA Fellow, BOMA/Utah
Secretary/Treasurer: Daniel W. Chancey, RPA, BOMA/Memphis

And the swearing in of the 2013-2015 Executive Committee Members:
Shane Baggett, CPA, RPA, BOMA/Dallas
Susan Engstrom, FMA, RPA, BOMA/Greater Phoenix
Cary Fronstin, LEED GA, RPA, BOMA/Ft. Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches
Scott O. Jones, BOMA/San Francisco (second term)
Sheldon Opperman, BOMA/Wisconsin

BOMA International Elects 2013-2014 Officers

Richard W. Greninger Elected Chair and Chief Elected Officer

(SAN DIEGO - June 24, 2013) The Building Owners and Managers Association

(BOMA) International elected its 2013-2014 officers at the 2013 Every Building Conference & Expo in San Diego.

The Board of Governors of BOMA International elected:

. Richard W. Greninger, CPM, Managing Director, Carr Properties, Washington, D.C., as Chair and Chief Elected Officer for 2013-2014; . John G. Oliver, CPM, BOMA Fellow, Managing Principal, Oliver & Company, Atlanta, Ga., as Chair-Elect; . Kent C. Gibson, CPM, BOMA Fellow, President, Capstone Property Management, L.C., Salt Lake City, Utah, as Vice Chair; and . Daniel W. Chancey, RPA, Vice President, Senior Asset Manager, Commercial Advisors Asset Services, LLC, Memphis, Tenn., as Secretary/Treasurer.

Rich Greninger, who served as BOMA International's Chair-Elect for the

2012-2013 term, has 35 years of experience in commercial real estate encompassing acquisition, financing, leasing, operational management and dispositions.  He has served as Chairman of BOMA/Metropolitan Washington and Chair of BOMA International's National Advisory Council (NAC).  Greninger has testified before the United States Congress and Senate on behalf of BOMA International and, in 2009, he was honored with the Sidney Glassman Award, BOMA/Metropolitan Washington's lifetime achievement award.  At Carr Properties, Greninger is Managing Director of a 30-property office portfolio totaling approximately five million square feet located in the greater Washington, D.C. region.

John Oliver has held elected leadership positions for BOMA Georgia since 1988, including serving as President.  He has also played an active role at the regional and international levels, including serving as Vice Chair of BOMA International during the 2012-2013 term and as the Chair of BOMA's National Advisory Council for three terms.  In 2010, Oliver was honored with BOMA/Georgia's Huey Award in recognition of his dedicated service and was voted the Southern Region Member of the Year.  His recent work experience has included serving as Managing Director with Wells Real Estate Funds.

Kent Gibson has more than 25 years of industry experience.  He served as Secretary/Treasurer of BOMA International during the 2010-2011 term and has chaired the BOMA International Audit Committee, Finance Committee, Floor Measurement Standards Committee and Voluntary Codes and Standards Committee.

Gibson has contributed to several BOMA floor measurement standards, including Office Buildings: Standard Methods of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA

Z65.1-2010) and Gross Area of a Building: Standard Methods of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA Z65.3-2010). He also has served as President of BOMA Utah.

Dan Chancey served two terms on BOMA International's Executive Committee and as President of BOMA/Memphis for three terms.  He helped develop the strategies for the BOMA One baseline standards, has served as Chair of the BOMA 360 Performance ProgramR Council and has worked on the Green Task Force and Audit and Finance Committees.  Chancey currently serves as Vice President Senior Asset Manager with Commercial Advisors Asset Services, LLC in Memphis, Tenn.

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About BOMA International

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations, BOMA Canada and its 11 regional associations and 13 BOMA international affiliates.  Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types, including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports

3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP.  Its mission is to advance the interests of the entire commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information.  Find BOMA online at www.boma.org.

 

BOMA International Honors Outstanding Members at Annual Conference

(WASHINGTON – July 10, 2013) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International honored four of its members with the Regional Member of the Year Award during the 2013 Every Building Conference & Expo, held June 23-26 in San Diego.  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.

The recipients honored at this year’s annual conference were:

Don Dwiggins (In Memoriam), BOMA/Anchorage

BOMA Pacific Northwest Region Member of the Year

BOMA/Anchorage and the commercial real estate industry lost a dear friend when Don Dwiggins passed away earlier this year.  Dwiggins was a building owner and managed his own portfolio.  A member of BOMA/Anchorage for more than 20 years, he held multiple leadership positions within the local association, including President from 1997 to 1998 and Treasurer from 2001 to 2013.  He was known as the “Question Man” at monthly luncheons for always asking demanding but relevant questions of the speakers and presenters.  Dwiggins was active on several BOMA/Anchorage committees, including Advocacy/Legislation, Finance, Education and Membership.  He was critical on land use issues and helped to create balance for property rights.  His participation, energy and passion contributed immensely to the success of BOMA/Anchorage.

Susan E. Engstrom, RPA, FMA, BOMA/Greater Phoenix

BOMA Pacific Southwest Region Member of the Year

Susan Engstrom has been an active and influential member of BOMA/Greater Phoenix since 1994, serving either on the Board of Directors or as an officer from 1998 through 2013. Engstrom played a vital role in the progress that BOMA/Greater Phoenix has made in education, planning and governance in the past decade.  Her leadership, foresight and support have also driven a vibrant Young Professionals Group.  She also has been the backbone of BOMA’s advocacy efforts for years, serving as Chair of the local Government Affairs Committee for three terms and currently serving as Chair of the BOMA International’s Government Affairs Committee.

Ro Sipek, RPA, BOMA/Austin

BOMA Southwest Region Member of the Year

Ro Sipek has been a dedicated member and leader of BOMA/Austin for more than 15 years.  She served as BOMA/Austin President and as a Board Member of Texas BOMA in 2012.  As the current Chair of the Leadership and Development Committee, Sipek plays a key role in identifying and mentoring future BOMA/Austin leaders and prioritizes reaching out to young professionals to integrate them into all aspects of BOMA.  Her financial acumen has helped strengthen the long-term and financial health of the BOMA/Austin, and she is an active and long-time participant in Advocacy Days, taking commercial real estate’s message directly to state and local legislators.

Lynn S. Vilmar, RPA, BOMA/Greater Tampa Bay

Southern Region Member of the Year

Lynn Vilmar has been a member of BOMA/Greater Tampa Bay for more than 20 years.  Her commitment to BOMA is evident through her election to multiple offices in BOMA/Greater Tampa Bay, in BOMA Florida and three terms to the Board of Directors for the Southern Region.  She is also completing her second term as Vice Co-Chair of BOMA International’s State & Local Government Affairs Committee.  In 2012, Vilmar and her team received the Tampa Bay TOBY Award in the 500,000 to One Million Square Feet category and she was awarded the Property Manager of the Year Award.

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About BOMA International

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations, BOMA Canada and its 11 regional associations and 13 BOMA international affiliates.  Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types, including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP.  Its mission is to advance the interests of the entire commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information.  Find BOMA online at www.boma.org.

 

PHONE CALL ANALYTICS? JIHAD, BENGHAZI, TEA PARTY – WE CAN FIND THEM ALL – Article by Carlini

By James Carlini

Who said Jihad? Who is talking about the Tea Party? Who said Benghazi or NSA? We can search ALL phone conversations down to the specific word and bring up ALL calls that have those keywords (or whatever we type in). We HAVE technology to do that. In fact, we can go back almost a decade and find that voice analytics technology was available to the market back then.

Back in 2004, I was a speaker at the International Call Center Management Conference in Chicago and I was also a judge on innovative call center products for call centers that included brokerage houses.

The innovative product I selected was the Verint system that recorded all phone calls coming into and going out of the call center for brokerage houses. The capabilities of this system were mind-boggling. It could record all conversations and be able to data mine into each call any spoken word that you selected. It was built for brokerage houses to be more compliant with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act that wanted better reporting of corporate management for SEC compliance.

It was already in use at several brokerage houses so it was proven technology, it was not experimental or in a prototype stage. It was being used in the market nine years ago and focused on the new issues of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and compliance

From a compliance standpoint, a scenario might be something where a stock got traded up based on some insider trading and calls for “hot tips”. The SEC would want to investigate this abuse and could go in and audit a firm. If you had this system in place, you could easily look back into all the phone calls and search out single words and phrases that were spoken.

So if you had some problems people overselling Apple, GM or any other company, you could go in and request ALL phone conversations that included the word Apple or GM or General Motors and pinpoint all the calls as well as who made them. At that point, you could already do that with Emails and search for written words, but to go into stored phone calls and search voice conversations – that was really hot technology. Voice analytics were making a big splash in the industry.

WHO SAID JIHAD? WHO SAID TEA PARTY?

If the technology was already out about a decade ago, the capabilities of searching tens of thousands of phone calls existed for companies years ago. Creating a larger machine or a server farm of these machines to handle all the phone calls in the United States is not impossible.

In fact, it would be the natural progression of the product that once it was perfected for an enterprise application, like Merrill Lynch or Chase, it could be used for other broader applications and it would the perfect product where you want to capture all calls in the United States and sift through them later looking for words and expressions germane to what you are trying to uncover.

DO WE HAVE THIS TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT?

Of course we have this system in government. If companies were using the technology back 10 years ago, the technology has been perfected and its scalability has been perfected to cover all phone calls in the United States, if not the world. You need a huge amount of storage, but let’s face it – storage is cheap. You need a super-server, more likely a server farm that has 50-150 of these systems as data-mining machines to go after every phone conversation on ANY word or phrase.

So from an anti-terrorist approach, we can look for keywords in conversation like “the Taliban”, “Jihad”, and other key phrases to seek out terrorist cells. The problem is that we can also aim that technology into searching for other keywords or phrases like “gun control”, “Tea party”, “Benghazi” or any other word that ignites a reaction to those who could abuse this capability for their own political gains.

Let’s put an end to the question of whether or not the government could do this. From a technology perspective, they can. No four-star general or anyone in Congress is going to tell me different or tell me that the capability is classified. The capability has been out for almost a decade and based on my understanding of network technology, to grow this into a system to cover all phone calls is like growing from a 727 into a 747. Add on more storage and horsepower – and you have the machine that can cover the United States.

CARLINI-ISM : Sometimes tools that were made to help analyze and solve business problems can be twisted into tools that promote, protect or penalize political agendas.

Copyright 2013 – James Carlini 

James Carlini, MBA, a certified Infrastructure Consultant, keynote speaker and former award-winning Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University, has advised on mission-critical networks. Clients include the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, GLOBEX, and City of Chicago’s 911 Center. An expert witness in civil and federal courts on network infrastructure, he has worked with AT&T, Sprint and others.

Follow daily Carlini-isms at www.twitter.com/JAMESCARLINI

 

BOMA International to Host Students and Veterans at Career Day

(WASHINGTON—June 21, 2013) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International will be hosting more than 50 students, instructors and veterans at a special Career Day on Monday, June 24, 2013, at the 2013 Every Building Conference & Expo in San Diego.  The events scheduled for Career Day will provide college students and veterans transitioning out of military service with valuable insight into potential careers in commercial real estate.

Career Day began four years ago as Student Day, when BOMA International invited college students from various real estate programs to attend BOMA’s annual conference to learn about career opportunities in commercial real estate.  This year, BOMA has expanded the scope of the event by partnering with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) to also host veterans returning from the wars in the Middle East who are considering careers in the industry.

Participants will be assigned a mentor to accompany them throughout the day, making introductions to industry practitioners, answering questions and providing guidance.  The schedule of events for Career Day includes educational sessions, a hands-on commercial building tour and a networking event.

“BOMA International is pleased to welcome our heroes from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to our annual conference this year,” commented BOMA International Chair Joe Markling, managing director of Strategic Accounts with CBRE.  “Military experience translates well into commercial real estate careers, as our veterans bring to the table leadership and teamwork experience, technical skills and the ability to work well under pressure—all attributes valuable in our industry.  Through Career Day, BOMA hopes to guide the next generation of property professionals—both students and veterans—into meaningful and fulfilling careers in commercial real estate.”

Mike Coleman Honored with BOMA International Chair’s Award

(WASHINGTON – July 10, 2013) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International’s 2012-2013 Chair and Chief Elected Officer Joe Markling recognized J. Michael Coleman, BOMA Fellow, with the Chair’s Award during the 2013 Every Building Conference & Expo, held June 23-26 in San Diego.  The Chair’s Award is the highest recognition presented by the BOMA International Chair and is bestowed annually upon an individual who—through innovation, talent and dedication—has set new standards of excellence for the commercial real estate industry.

“One of the perks of serving as Chair of BOMA International is the opportunity to recognize one of our own with the Chair’s Award,” said Markling, managing director of Strategic Accounts with CBRE.  “Mike has made valuable contributions over the years and has been a consistent, loyal supporter of BOMA International.  He has worked closely with BOMA at the local, regional and national level and epitomizes excellence in leadership and partnership.  He is always supportive and generous with his time and resources and passionate about building relationships, sharing knowledge with others and developing the next generation of industry leaders.”

Coleman currently serves as Vice President of Commercial Real Estate with AlliedBarton Security Services.  He has held numerous leadership positions within BOMA International, including serving as the first associate member on BOMA International’s Executive Committee.  He also served as Chair of the National Associate Member Committee and has been an active member of the Preparedness Committee, where he helped spearhead post-9/11 security outreach efforts.

About BOMA International

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations, BOMA Canada and its 11 regional associations and 13 BOMA international affiliates.  Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types, including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP.  Its mission is to advance the interests of the entire commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information.  Find BOMA online at www.boma.org.

 

CERRO WIRE SLIPWIRE® THHN CABLE Chosen To Speed Tractor Plant Construction

SLiPWire® and True Sequential Footage Impress Customers

Cerro Wire LLC, a leading manufacturer of copper electrical building wire and cable, announces that its SLiPWire® THHN cable was chosen for the construction of the new Kubota Industrial Equipment (KIE) plant in Jefferson, Georgia. Cerrowire’s value-added features, including SLiPWire®’s self-lubricating polymer and True Sequential Footage, made the installation process smoother and quicker, while maintaining low cost.

The cable was selected as part of a joint decision by Kubota Industrial Equipment, their contractor Cedartown Electric, the electrical distributor Gexpro, and distributor Electrical Products, Inc. (EPI). “The job went very smoothly,” said James Moates, Cedartown Electric’s project manager, “Cerrowire was always responsive to my needs, interested in helping me rather than simply selling products. The wire features made a huge difference on our job.”

SLiPWire® is a thermoplastic high heat-resistant nylon-coated (THHN) cable, jacketed with a self-lubricating polymer that provides an improved, low co-efficient of friction. SLiPWire® reduces the time, labor and cost for installation, eliminates the materials and labor needed for lubricating the wire, and avoids messy clean-up activities. Using pre-lubricated wire also significantly reduces the possibility of injury from slipping on spilled lubricant that would otherwise have to be transported in buckets throughout the facility.

True Sequential Footage prevents the need to carry excess cable inventory, providing precision length, accurate footage, and cost control.  True Sequential Footage uses a footage mark to document remaining wire, beginning with zero at the bottom of the reel and ending with the finished length at the top. The accurate footage mark allows for quick identification of the re-order point, guaranteeing the full purchased wire length and reducing random lengths. This allows for much better control of end-of-reel scrap.

In addition, Cerrowire’s commitment to customer service and fast turn-around times impressed KIE. Cerrowire is dedicated to honoring wire footage guarantees and providing error-free shipping, and they offer emergency shipping to meet last-minute customer needs. To find out more about Cerrowire’s services and value-added features, see www.cerrowire.com.

 

Siemon Receives 2013 EPA Environmental Merit Award

Connecticut-based global network infrastructure recognized by the U.S. EPA for its benchmark achievements in environmental sustainability, including global carbon negativity and zero-landfill waste management.

June 26, 2013. Watertown, CT - Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, is pleased to announce that it was today awarded a 2013 EPA Environmental Merit Award in the business category for demonstrating a sustained commitment to improving New England’s environment and for recognition of environmental achievements accomplished during the previous year. This award comes on the heels of Siemon’s August 2012 announcement that its global operations achieved carbon negativity, as well as several other key environmental accomplishments.

Held each year since 1970, the EPA Environmental Merit Awards recognizes environmental commitment in a variety of categories. Winners are selected based on long-term effects on the environment, ability to address an environmental problem or need, collaboration with others and the use of innovative ideas or techniques. Siemon received the award in the Business Category for the following 2012 accomplishments:

  • Carbon negativity achieved across all Siemon global operations, offsetting global emissions by more than 179%
  • Zero-Landfill status achieved through an innovative waste management program
  • Yearly carbon output reduced by a combined 16,885.3 metric tons
  • More than 976 metric tons of waste recycled annually at Siemon sites globally
  • Reduction of water usage by 5% from 2011 usage through the use of a closed water loop system
  • Electricity consumption reduced by more than 5% via variable frequency drives (VFD) and other smart technology
  • Annual reduction of cardboard square feet by 1,991.6 via new packaging processes
  • Collaboration with conservation initiatives, including the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative, Moose Mountain Regional Greenways (MMRG) and the Branch Hill Farm
  • Ongoing employee incentives and innovative  technologies, such as the company’s clean solar energy system

“Having been ‘green’ long before the term was an industry buzzword and marketing tool, Siemon’s legacy of stewardship truly puts the company in a league of its own,” says Thomas P. Costello, Siemon’s Chief Financial Operator. “Siemon’s innovative environmental approach and stellar measurable accomplishments not only make the company truly worthy of the recent EPA Environmental Merit Award—they also makes each employee proud to provide an excellent model for how other companies can offset carbon emissions while protecting and preserving the environment.”

The 2103 EPA Environmental Award in the Business Category was accepted by Carl N. Siemon, President and CEO of Siemon, at EPA New England’s Boston location on June 26th. For more information about Siemon’s commitment to sustainability and the environment, visit: www.siemon.com/green.

About Siemon

Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specializing in the design and manufacture of high quality, high performance low voltage infrastructure solutions and services for Data Centers, LANs and Intelligent Buildings. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suite of copper and optical fiber cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management, data center power and cooling systems and Intelligent Infrastructure Management solutions. With more than 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and the development of Industry Standards, underlining the company’s long-standing commitment to its customers and the industry.

 

Parallel Infrastructure Offers New Fiber Optic Network along Florida’s East Coast, from Miami to Jacksonville

New Superhighway Promises Broader Capacity and Faster Data Transmission

JACKSONVILLE, FL(June 17, 2013) – Parallel Infrastructure LLC, a leading right-of-way (ROW) land management and communications infrastructure development company, today announced it is offering a new fiber optic network along its right-of-way (ROW) corridor that runs along Florida’s east coast from Miami to Jacksonville. These new fiber strands will offer increased speed and capacity and will be operational by the end of the year.

 

According to Parallel Infrastructure President and CEO, Frank Chechile, the company is already receiving interest from potential customers who want to take advantage of this new broadband infrastructure. “It’s been more than a decade since the last fiber cables were installed along this 351-mile corridor,” Chechile commented. “These new, low-latency strands can transfer large amounts of data faster, and are in high demand.”

 

The nature of the new, state-of-the art fiber infrastructure will allow companies to increase their capacity to support their needs without incurring additional operational expenses for each incremental bit transmitted. The network system will serve companies such as telephone and wireless carriers, utility companies, cable companies, data centers, municipalities, and other educational and healthcare businesses that transmit large amounts of data on a regular basis.  Additionally, the fiber will be used to support the needs of All Aboard Florida, the country’s first privately owned and operated intercity passenger rail that will provide service along Florida’s east coast.

 

“There are added economic benefits to expanding Florida’s broadband infrastructure,” added Chechile. “This project will not only create more jobs locally, but thanks to Parallel Infrastructure’s ability to combine two of the most sought-after assets in telecom—contiguous land and dark fiber—we are better positioned to attract more high-tech companies to the region and fuel the growth of existing companies.”

 

Parallel Infrastructure manages a total of 1,700 miles of ROW corridor across 22 states on behalf of a prestigious list of railroad landowners. According to Chechile, the company is investigating plans to construct similar fiber-optic networks along these routes over the next 24 months.

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About Parallel Infrastructure

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., with regional office nationwide, Parallel Infrastructure LLC is the first universal Right-of-Way (ROW) management and communications infrastructure development company focused on monetizing and maximizing the value of underutilized land assets along railroad and highway corridors for third-party clients. The company’s service offerings include real estate management services, telecommunications infrastructure development, and generating ancillary revenue streams through alternative ROW uses. Parallel Infrastructure is a wholly owned subsidiary of Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. For more information, visit www.parallelinfrastructure.com.

About Florida East Coast Industries, Inc.

Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. (FECI) is one of Florida’s oldest and largest full-service commercial real estate and infrastructure companies. Headquartered in Coral Gables, Fla., FECI has a rich history dating back over a century. Mr. Henry Flagler first established a predecessor company in 1892, which became a pioneer in the development of Florida's eastern coast. Today, FECI continues to transform Florida as the parent company to four distinct business lines including Flagler, a full-service commercial real estate company; All Aboard Florida, the United States’ first privately owned, operated and maintained intercity passenger rail; South Florida Logistics Services, an integrated logistics company that offers a wide range of logistics services and solutions; and Parallel Infrastructure, a leader in third-party Right of Way (ROW) management and development services. FECI is owned by private equity funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group LLC. For more information, visit www.feci.com

 

 

Have you ever read AutomatedBuildings.com? Maybe you should. Definitely worth checking it out

Since 1999 AutomatedBuildings.com has been an on line magazine and web resource. We provide the news and connection to the community of change agents that are creating our present definition of smart, intelligent, integrated, connected, green, and converged large buildings. Our virtual magazine and web resource provides a searchable platform for discussion and exchange while creating opportunities for B2B for all new and existing stakeholders.

The site is set up to provide current news and information with easy access to the evolutionary/revolutionary web sites in our industry.

  • The News Tab provides access to our On Line Magazine with News Releases and New Products.
  • The Resources Tab provides linkage to the industry, Archived - Industry Articles, Product Reviews, Industry Events, Training Sources as well as the ability to search the site.
  • The Products Tab takes you to our sponsors who allow us to provide our magazine/resource free.
  • The eDucate helps you learn about our industry.
  • The About Tab lets you know our Mission, how you can support us by advertising, how you can guide us with your interaction by email, as well as how to submit links and articles, and subscribe to our resource.

We hope you like what we are doing. If you do, "tell a colleague in the industry". If you don't like what we are doing, or know of a better way for us to achieve our goals, tell us via email and we will try to incorporate your suggestions in our site.

AutomatedBuildings.com is intended to be an interactive process to bind our industry.

I wish us all luck in the development of your resource www.AutomatedBuildings.com .

Ken & Jane Sinclair

AutomatedBuildings.com
Tel. (250)-656-5378
Email sinclair@automatedbuildings.com

Building Data Delivery

The new deliverable in our industry is data. Not that we are freed from providing our core deliverable of the best environmental control for the lowest possible energy use in a sustainable manner. It is just that we need to provide anywhere data to prove that we are achieving our original deliverable.  Whether you use Building as a noun or a verb it is now all about Building Data Delivery.

Our July issue is stuffed with many articles and interviews about how building data is being used and delivered. Much of the content has been fueled from the recent Realcomm/IBCon 2013 event and the Project-Haystack effort.

From Jack's report from IBCon; Big Building Data may not be a buzzword yet but a great deal of discussion took place around how Smart Connected Buildings produce a tremendous amount of data that can be used to improve operations. Whether that data is focused on energy, as discussed below, or operations, the challenge continues to be turning information into intelligence.  There were a number of examples of products designed to support that effort, and some that had even been developed by building owners themselves.

Steve Jones' article BAS Communities Need Bridges, Not Walls, provides and great introduction to the type of discussion we are hoping for at the Connected Communities Collaboration meeting at http://www.ahrexpo.com/Meeting is evolving online in a Linkedin Group.

Our four education programs for AHRExpo New York have just set theme - "Building Data the New Deliverable". As you can see we do not think this data thing is going to go away anytime soon.

So please take the time to review all these great articles, columns, reviews, new products, interviews and of course the steady stream of news about our rapidly evolving Building Data Delivery.  http://www.automatedbuildings.com/education/forums.htm

Ken Sinclair Publisher/Owner

www.AutomatedBuildings.com

sinclair@automatedbuildings.com

Phone 250-656-5378

 

IFC and WorldGBC Announce Global Partnership to Accelerate Green-Building Growth

Washington, D.C., July 8, 2013—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the World Green Building Council will collaborate to rapidly scale up the construction of green buildings in emerging markets. The new partnership demonstrates a shared commitment to enhancing the built environment and mitigating climate change.

The relationship will be announced at an event with several presentations:

  • “The Business Case for Green Buildings” by the WorldGBC
  • The debut of IFC’s EDGE application for mass market green building design and certification
  • U.S. Green Building Council on how green buildings respond to climate change

Title:                “Transforming the Built Environment in Emerging Markets”

Date:                Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Venue:             IFC
                         2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room L-101
                         Washington, D.C., 20433

Speakers:

  • Jane Henley, CEO, World Green Building Council
  • Prashant Kapoor, Principal Industry Specialist, Green Buildings, IFC
  • Roger Platt, Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Marcene D. Broadwater, Global Head of Climate Strategy and Business Development, IFC

Register to watch the webcast at http://gbtransformation.eventbrite.com/.

About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, mobilizing capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services to businesses and governments. In FY12, IFC’s investments reached an all-time high of more than $20 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs, spark innovation, and tackle the world’s most pressing development challenges. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

About the World Green Building Council
The World Green Building Council is a network of national green building councils in more than ninety countries, making it the world’s largest international organization influencing the green building marketplace. The WorldGBC’s mission is to strengthen green building councils in member countries by championing their leadership and connecting them to a network of knowledge, inspiration, and practical support. For more information, visit www.worldgbc.org.

About the U.S. Green Building Council
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 program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

 

NAED Supports the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013 - Legislation could put an end to punitive tax

ST. LOUIS….Today, the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announces its support of the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) and Representative Kevin Brady (R-Texas) re-introduced legislation on June 19, 2013, to permanently repeal the federal estate tax to finally put an end to this punitive tax on family farms, ranches, and businesses upon the death of an owner.

 

“Repealing the death tax will allow small business owners – including many NAED family-owned businesses-to invest more in their enterprises and less in accountants and attorneys,” said Tom Naber, NAED, president/CEO.

 

According to a study by former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, repealing the death tax would create 1.5 million additional small business jobs, and shave almost a percentage point off the unemployment rate.

 

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

 

Found: World’s Oldest Pair of Klein Tools Side-Cutting Pliers!

100+ years old pliers purchased for $10 at swap meet, now worth $5,000

June 27, 2013 (Lincolnshire, IL) – Klein Tools,  (http://www.kleintools.com/) for professionals since 1857, set out to find the world’s oldest pair of Klein side-cutting pliers and ended up finding them via a swap meet at the Sky Village Meet in Yucca Valley, California for only $10.

Dan Schmidt is the winner of a Klein Tools promotion that started in March of this year. His submission of a pair of 1904 pliers wins him $5,000 and the utmost envy from treasure hunters, pickers and ANTIQUES ROADSHOW™ fans everywhere.

Dan’s pliers originally sold for $3.60 in 1904. It was unique because it also included a special factory nickel plating which cost an additional 30 cents. True to Klein products, these pliers were still in good working condition.

“We were overwhelmed with the inquiries and heart-warming stories of Klein tools being handed down from one generation to another,” states Thomas Barton, product marketing manager. “Stories such as our second oldest pair from Robert Armstrong, Jr. really exemplify what the Klein Tools’ brand is all about. His pair of 1906 pliers were handed down to his father in 1941 while on the job as a line foreman in Dyersburg, Tennessee and then handed down to Robert.”

The oldest ‘original’ customer was Gerald Schumacher, 89 years old, who entered a 1956 9” pliers which he purchased in Colorado. It lasted for over 30 years on the job.

The youngest customer was Brody Tonelotti, 13 years old, who loves tools and searches yard sales for old tool boxes. In one container, he found a pair of 1952 pliers in good condition and thought it would last for a couple more generations of use. 

“The value placed on our products is exceptional,” said Mark Klein, a sixth generation Klein who serves as the company’s vice president of domestic sales. “As a company, our goal is to produce the highest quality product possible. In exchange, we are rewarded with incredible customer loyalty.”

For more entries and stories visit: http://www.kleintools.com/content/oldest-pliers.

Since 1857 Klein Tools, a family-owned and operated company, has been designing, developing and manufacturing premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. The majority of Klein tools are manufactured in seven plants throughout the United States and are the number one choice among professional electricians and other technicians. For more information, visit www.kleintools.com

 

The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. Newsletter June 2013

News From The FOA 
June 25, 2013The Latest Issue Of The  FOA Newsletter Is Now Online 

The Worst Aerial Cables? Send us your photos!
Lennie & Uncle Ted Free on iTunes
Salaries For Certified Techs
Soros Invests In UK FTTH Startup
What's Google Up To Now? Balloons?!
Have You Noticed The "Halo Effect"?
European Project To Design New Connector
FTTH Council Visits Google Fiber Hometown
New Community Broadband Networks Website
Having Problems With Your Netflix?

Much more to read in Worth Reading and Q&A

Lots more good reading in our May Newsletter!

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What's a Network? Learn about them at the new page in the FOA online Guide.

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Special Events Of Interest

FREE Webconference hosted by the TIA's Fiber Optics LAN Section!
The future VCSEL-LOMMF landscape in data centers   (LOMMF is "laser optimized multimode fiber) presented by Mabud Choudhury, CommScope 
Thursday, June 27th from 11:00 a.m. - 12: 15 p.m. EDT
Register Here.

Are you a member of the FOA LinkedIn groups? 

Have you seen the FOA YouTube video that shows why counterfeit cable can be dangerous.

Did you know your FOA certification requires you maintain your FOA membership? (Check your ID Card - it shows the expiration date.)

FOA Website: www.thefoa.org

FOA Online Newsletter

FOA Online Fiber Optic Reference Guide

 

Fluke Networks claims OneTouch AT v2 Speeds Troubleshooting of BYOD and VoIP Network Issues

New capabilities speed problem identification and remediation; new path performance tests validate wired and Wi-Fi network SLA compliance

ORLANDO, Fla., June 25, 2013 / -- CISCO LIVE – FLUKE NETWORKS today announced Version 2 software for the OneTouch AT Network Asistant, which adds new features making it easier for network technicians to isolate the root cause of end-user wired and wireless problems, fix or escalate those issues, and validate performance and SLA (service level agreement) compliance after changes are made.

Network technicians are spending 48 to 58 percent more time dealing with emerging wireless LAN and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) issues, according to a recent customer survey, and more than 37 percent report spending more time supporting VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), when compared to two years ago.

OneTouch AT has been updated with key features to help meet these new challenges,

BYOD Management: New automated Wi-Fi discovery capabilities (including 802.11ac devices) and Wi-Fi packet capture simplify smart device management and speed problem resolution.

Network Performance Acceptance Testing – New wired and wireless performance tests automate the measurement and assessment of end-to-end path performance to prove that network projects were successfully completed and that the performance meets design objectives.

Inline VoIP Analysis – New inline test provides visibility into IP phone initialization and call control processes, and VoIP conversation quality to simplify troubleshooting of IP phone problems.

"Today's network support organizations are being pressured to speed troubleshooting and project acceptance processes, but to do this successfully they need to standardize these processes and their tools," said Eric Anderson, product manager " OneTouch AT is uniquely positioned to provide teams with a portable tool that can not only speed the identification and remediation of network problems so they can meet new emerging challenges, but also provide a means to verify performance and system acceptance."

The OneTouch AT software update also includes a new Path Analysis test, a Multi-Port Statistics test, inline VoIP packet capture, and additional features for enhanced troubleshooting and management.


Fluke Networks is a leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. www.FlukeNetworks.com  

 

Liquid Telecom Deploys New Optical Network in Africa Using Ekinops Long-Haul DWDM Technology

PARIS, July 2, 2013 -- Liquid Telecom, the leading wholesale carrier in Africa, has chosen Ekinops, a leading supplier of next generation optical transport equipment, for its new long-haul DWDM network across South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The network features the longest uninterrupted fiber spans in the continent.

Liquid’s new optical network spans more than 2,500 km and was built to accommodate the growing demand for bandwidth in the region as well as the need for an ultra-long-haul transmission network. This expansion of Liquid’s Pan-African network will help bring the Internet to areas starving for reliable, high-speed access.

The new network carries multiple 10G wavelengths and can scale to support many more 10G and 100G services.

Liquid Telecom has built Africa’s largest fiber network, which runs from the north of Uganda to Cape Town. In total, its award-winning Pan-African fiber network spans more than 13,000 km across Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, and South Africa. Liquid’s fiber network is the first to cross country borders and covers Africa’s fastest-growing economies, where no fixed network has existed before. 

Liquid Telecom and Ekinops have been awarded at this year’s Global Telecoms Business Innovation awards the “Best Fixed Network Innovation” for their joint work in this project for building Africa’s longest single span fiber links. They have successfully deployed spans that cover more than 310 km without inline amplifiers.

Typical long-haul optical networks require an amplifier site every 100 km in order to amplify the signal. In rural Africa, with its wide open spaces, where the distance between towns can be more than 400 km, this is a major challenge. The costs of building an amplifier site every 100 km – including the power generator, site security, and roads to access the site – are enormous.

This was the main challenge for Liquid Telecom and one of the key reasons it chose Ekinops, a company that specialize in long spans thanks to its DynaFEC® dynamic forward error correction technology.

With normal spans, the network would have required 16 amplification sites but thanks to the long spans, Liquid Telecom was able to reduce the number of spans to five.

Nic Rudnick, CEO of Liquid Telecom, said, “Congratulations to everyone who worked on this project, which has set the standard for the industry. We choose to build and own our fiber networks in Africa wherever possible, and we trust Ekinops to help us cross the massive distances found in this continent.”

"Liquid Telecom is the leading wholesale provider in Africa," said Jonathan Amir, Ekinops’ vice president of sales in EMEA. “With our long haul technology we helped Liquid expand their optical network cost-effectively and overcome geographical challenges. Their network will enable millions of new people to connect to the Internet and we are very proud they chose us as their partner.”

About Liquid Telecom

Liquid Telecom supplies wholesale fibre optic, satellite and connectivity services in Africa. Its customers include Africa’s largest mobile network operators, ISPs, financial institutions and businesses of all sizes in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. Liquid has built Africa’s largest single fibre network which runs from the north of Uganda to Cape Town on a single thread. In total, its award-winning Pan-African fibre network spans over 13,000 km across Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho and South Africa. It is the first fibre network to cross country borders and covers Africa’s fastest-growing economies where no fixed network has existed before. Liquid’s wholesale network provides connectivity onto the five main subsea cable systems landing in Africa; WACS, EASSY, SEACOM, SAT3 and TEAMs. Working under various brands, the Liquid Telecom Group has operating entities in Botswana, DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, UK, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Liquid Telecom Group is a subsidiary of the Econet Wireless Group.

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.

 

Klein® Tools Introduces Improved Durability and Quality Test & Measurement Products

Multimeters and receptacle testers made tougher to last longer!

May 13, 2013 (Lincolnshire, IL) – Klein Tools, (http://www.kleintools.com/) for professionals since 1857, expands the Test & Measurement line with “Made in the USA” multimeters and receptacle testers with higher durability and superior quality. These new multimeters and receptacle testers were developed to withstand daily wear and tear on the job site. The meters are built to endure a ten foot drop and include a raised rubber boot for increased display protection. They also feature improved accuracy and an easy-to-access fuse and battery compartment.  The upgraded receptacle testers can withstand a six foot drop and include a new design that reinforces the prongs for longer life.

The MM5000 and MM6000 are True RMS professional meters that provide more accurate readings for all signals. The MM5000 and MM6000 have increased DC accuracy of ±0.3% and ±0.2% respectively. They include a low impedance setting to eliminate ghost voltages as well as a µA setting for checking flame sensors. The meters also have a large back lit display and analog bar graph to measure fast moving readings.  Both meters are double insulated, have a rubber molding for drop protection, and are CAT IV 600V rated. The MM6000 also has temperature and frequency settings for HVAC use and a 6000 count display.  MM5000N and MM6000N, NIST certified meters, are also available.

The RT500 and RT600 receptacle testers are designed to detect the most common wiring problems in standard 120V receptacles. These products test for correct wiring, open ground, reverse polarity, open hot, open neutral and hot and ground reversed. The RT600 also tests GFCI receptacles for proper operation. They have larger light indicators for greater visibility, fortified prongs for increased durability, and slip-resistant ribbing.

“It can be challenging to produce domestic electrical testers that meet Klein’s demanding level of durability and quality while maintaining an economical price point,” states Bruce Kuhn, Klein Tools product manager. “With these new, featured-pack meters and receptacle testers, we have also responded to customer demand for ‘Made in the USA’ meters while maintaining our standards and performance requirements at a cost-effective price.”

Through extensive field research and innovative design, Klein Tools’ new “Made in the USA” meters and testers, like all Klein tools, are engineered with durability and quality in mind. Klein Tools’ stringent testing and elevated requirements  such as drop tests, daily usage or abuse tests and increased accuracy standards,  all contribute to tougher, longer lasting, superior products. Klein is a registered trademark of Klein Tools, Inc.

Since 1857 Klein Tools, a family-owned and operated company, has been designing, developing and manufacturing premium-quality, professional-grade hand tools. The majority of Klein tools are manufactured in seven plants throughout the United States and are the number one choice among professional electricians and other tradespeople. For more information, visit www.kleintools.com

 

SBA - Aviator from Arizona Flies High as National Small Business Person of the Year; Runners-Up are from South Carolina and North Dakota

WASHINGTONAs a young boy, John L. Stonecipher grew up in Pasadena, Calif.  His future was forged as he watched police helicopters fly overhead.  By 18, he was certified to fly. By 19, with an instructor’s certificate in hand, he was teaching others the intricacies of helicopter flight.

Today, Stonecipher was named 2013 National Small Business Person of the Year by Karen Mills, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration during SBA’s celebration of National Small Business Week.

Stonecipher is President and CEO of Guidance Aviation in Prescott, Ariz.  He founded Guidance Aviation in 1998 and the company took residence at Prescott’s Municipal Airport.  From there, Stonecipher’s dream of creating a first rate, high altitude flight school literally took off.  The company’s progression is a testament to success.  Characterized by innovation and growth, the school soon won Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approvals, created alliances with the Yavapai Sheriff’s Office, won approval from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to train veterans, and received accreditation with Embry-Riddle UniversityYavapai College has partnered with Guidance Aviation and offers an Associate of Applied Science Professional Helicopter Pilot Degree Program.

Today Guidance Aviation has a staff of 55, fourteen aircraft and a waiting list of students ready to take flight into their futures.

“John is a perfect example of a person who is driven to reach his childhood dreams.  He exemplifies what it means to be an entrepreneur.  He has never given up and is always moving forward and up – literally and figuratively.  I couldn’t be more pleased to name him as this year’s Small Business Person of the Year,” Mills said.

Runners-up:

First runner-up is Noah Leask, President and CEO of Ishpi Information Technologies, Inc.

Mount Pleasant, S.C. 

Leask, a service-disabled U.S. Navy veteran, started a cyber-defense business out of his home with his wife Lisa, a former U.S. Naval officer.   He is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and he decided to name his business ISHPI, which means “to move forward” in the Chippewa language. The business supports U.S. counter-terrorism efforts through information operations and intelligence support services. Clients include the U.S. Central Command and the Department of Homeland Security.

In August 2007, ISHPI was accepted into the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program.  By 2009, federal funding cuts brought ISHPI’s string of successes to a sudden standstill. Two major contracts were cancelled, forcing Leask to lay off 30 employees.  Realizing that his company’s client acquisition methods were inadequate, he assembled a new senior management team focused on diversifying ISHPI’s customer base. With its renewed sales focus, ISHPI was able to win enough contracts to increase its revenue by more than 18 percent in 2011.  A year later, ISHPI had 109 employees in four locations nationwide.  Revenues increased nearly 250 percent over 2011.

Leask serves as the board chairman for the Tri-County Autism Puzzle Place Academy, and is a member of the Lowcountry Special Olympics and Unified Athletics committees.

I applaud Noah for his steadfast determination, community involvement and success in running his business. His innovation and inspiration are wonderful examples of the character and traits of America’s most successful entrepreneurs,” Mills said. 

The second runner up is Kari Block, Founder/CEO, Earth Kind, Inc.  Bismarck, N.D.

As the wife of a farmer, Block saw first-hand the damage that rodents could do to farm equipment. But at the time, there were no effective, non-toxic solutions on the market.  So she set out to create an earth-friendly, rodent-repellant made with biodegradable ingredients that were safe for children and pets.

Block formed Earth-Kind, Inc. in 1995 out of the corn cobs and essential oils that she formulated. As demand for the product grew, the need for faster and more efficient assembly of the product was essential. Block contracted to employ persons with developmental disabilities to assemble and package the products.  Earth-Kind’s product and packaging is biodegradable and the carbon footprint is just two percent.

Today, Earth-Kind occupies a 7,000 square-foot facility with plans for expansion and has posted an impressive 25 percent sustained job growth rate per year over the past three years.  Earth-Kind manufactures Fresh Cab™ Rodent Repellent, all-natural air fresheners and private label products for the professional pest management industry.

“Kari is a very active advocate and mentor to other entrepreneurs.  She takes great pride in helping others reach their business goals. Kari has taken her environmentally friendly idea and has watched it grow and flourish over the past 18 years. We are also proud that when she needed advice she reached out to the SBA Women’s Business Center for Technology & Business located in Bismarck, North Dakota, which helped guide Kari to successful business ownership,” said Mills.  Mills also went on to congratulate all the state small business persons of the year and the positive effect they have had on the nation’s economy.

The National Small Business Person of the Year and runners-up were selected from among the state winners in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The awards were announced at today’s National Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Northrop Grumman.

Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight through National Small Business Week the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.  This year’s events will be held June 17-21, in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offering tips, tools and trainings for small businesses to start, succeed and grow.  In addition to in-person events, small business owners can participate in online-only panel discussions on hot topics like social media and business financing starting daily at 4pm ET. All events, in-person and online, will be streamed live on www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek. Also visit this site for a full schedule of events and additional information. The event hashtag is #SBW2013.

Small Business Week 2013 sponsors include: Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, National Association of the Self Employed (NASE), Arlington Texas Chamber of Commerce, AT&T, ADP, AARP, LegalShield, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders (NAGGL),SCORE, Western Pennsylvania Small Business Network, Staples, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., Visa, Women Impacting Public Policy(WIPP),Staples, SuperMedia, TXU Energy, Verizon, Vox Global, Business Forward and Office Depot.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s participation in this cosponsored activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor’s, donor’s, grantee’s, contractor’s or participant’s opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs and cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least 2 weeks in advance, by contacting smallbusinessweek@sba.gov. Cosponsorship Authorization #SBW2013.

 

Alteva to Co-Chair UCaaS Professional Services Advisory Group

Alteva, in conjunction with Lawyers Service Group,  will educate businesses on the efficiencies of Mobile UCaaS

PHILADELPHIA, PA – June 26, 2013 – Alteva (NYSE MKT:  ALTV), a premier provider of hosted Unified-Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) , announces the creation of a new Professional Services Advisory Group, co-chaired by Alteva Channel Manager, Michael Harakal III, and Michael Lamond CPA, CFE for the Lawyer Services Group. The Professional Services Advisory Group was established to facilitate the rapid adoption of Unified Communications and Collaboration, ultimately increasing business development and productivity, while promoting energy efficiency and reducing operating costs.

“I’ve been involved with the implementation of emerging technologies for over 40 years. In contributing to the formation of groups like PwC US’ national marketing department, Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrator’s LegalTech Conference, and the national conference, I recognize that Unified Communications and Collaboration can have a huge impact on professionals,” comments Mike Lamond, President of the Lawyers Services Group, and Co-Chair of Alteva’s Professional Services Advisory Group.

Realizing the shift to mobile communications,  Alteva’s Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) solution enhances productivity and efficiency while simultaneously providing businesses with advanced features and functionality.

The Professional Services Advisory Group will utilize educational programs to introduce UCaaS and Collaboration to businesses, hosting a webinar and live event at Alteva’s state-of-the-art Innovation Center on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at  4PM EDT entitled: New Innovations in Personal Marketing. The presentation will address:

  • Why professional services marketing is becoming more collaborative and scientific
  • How this new generation of buyers and influencers are changing the way professional services firms should market
  • How the combination of research, strategy, unified communication and collaboration marketing can increase firm growth and profitability
  • How your communications platform can affect lead generation and business development
  • 3 key characteristics winning firms have over runner-up firms

      Register Here for the webinar.

 “Benchmark studies show that users can gain back an average of 60 minutes a day after implementing unified communications,” comments Michael Harakal III. “Multiply that by your employees’ hourly rate and instantly see the ROI.”

For more information on the Professional Services Advisory Group, please reach out to Michael Harakal at 215.789.4020 or Mike Lamond at 609.332.5404.

Stay tuned to Alteva for news on upcoming conferences, webinars and live broadcasts addressing the significance of unified communications and collaboration technologies.

For more information about Alteva, visit http://www.alteva.com. You can also follow Alteva  on Twitter @AltevaInc or call 1-877-258-3821.

Alteva (NYSE MKT:  ALTV) is a premier provider of hosted Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) that significantly enhances business productivity and efficiency.   Alteva’s UCaaS solution integrates and optimizes best-in-class cloud-based technologies and business applications to deliver a comprehensive voice, video and collaboration service for the office and mobile workforce. 

Alteva is committed to delivering meaningful value to our customers through a consistent, high quality and unified user experience across multiple devices, platforms and operating systems.  These attributes have positioned Alteva as a leading hosted communications provider and the partner of choice for a growing number of business customers nationwide and internationally. 

To learn more about Alteva, please visit www.alteva.com.  You can also follow Alteva on Twitter @AltevaInc or LinkedIn.

 

USGBC, Architects Commend Mayors for Renewing Commitment to Green Building and Sustainability

Slate of sustainability resolutions at mayors' annual meeting reflects work of mayors around the country to spur economic savings and create jobs through green building, clean energy and infrastructure investment

Las Vegas — (June 25, 2013) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) this week commended the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) for passing a slate of sustainability resolutions that renew its commitment to local green building and clean energy efforts that help spur economic savings and protect the environment. 

“Once again, mayors are showing courage and leadership by embracing a strong sustainability and green building policy agenda that helps communities save money, save energy and create jobs,” said Jason Hartke, vice president of national policy at USGBC. “As the first responders on the front lines in the battle to combat climate change, they are seeking out effective solutions and smart public policy that will help strengthen their local economies.”

 

The 10 measures passed include the support of resilient communities, stronger building energy codes, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants and improving infrastructure. The resolutions represent a powerful endorsement of support for implementing a sound sustainability agenda and were strongly supported and encouraged by AIA and USGBC, which are working together to advance local green building policy as part of their six-year strategic alliance.

 

“The passage of these resolutions reflects the ardent dedication of all our mayors who are working to revitalize the economy through infrastructure investment and clean energy programs as well as green building and smart transportation improvements,” said Paul Mendelsohn, AIA’s vice president of government and community relations. “They are taking a smart, integrated approach across all sectors of the economy to drive sustainability, improve health and advance the triple bottom line.”

 

The resolutions that passed this week include:

  • #9 Wellness in Real Estate, which commits to promoting buildings that “use a combination of criteria and features that will enhance the well-being of occupants and address growing preventable health concerns and costs;”
  •  #19 Transit-Oriented Development as an Economic Growth and Economic Development Strategy;
  • #29 Supporting and Advancing Resilient Communities, which commits to “support efforts by communities across the nation to advance sound resiliency policies and programs that (1) identify and plan for the risk and challenges posed by a changing climate, (2) deploy a skilled workforce to modernize critical infrastructure in the energy, communications, buildings, water, and transportation sectors, (3) strengthen the community as a whole to be a safer, healthier place to live;”
  • #38 Support to Double the Nation’s Energy Productivity;
  • #42 Endorsing the Maximum Achievable Building Energy Efficiency Improvements in the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code;
  • #50 In Support of the Renewal of the Federal Brownfields Tax Deduction;
  • #82 In Support of the Federal Historic Tax Credit;
  • #95 In Support of a Strong American Infrastructure, which commits to support “efforts by Congress, the Administration, and State governments to upgrade, expand, and strengthen American infrastructure by making the appropriate financial investments and by partnering and coordinating with local governments and stakeholders;”
  • #97 In Support of TIGER Grants; and
  • #98 A New Era for Urban Streets and Urban Infrastructure.

See all the resolutions here.

These 10 resolutions passed unanimously in Las Vegas this week at the 81st USCM Annual Meeting, which sets the national agenda for U.S. mayors. Together, the resolutions reflect the ongoing mission of mayors to accelerate investment in green building, promote smart growth and fortify critical city infrastructure.

About the U.S. Green Building Council

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 program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on Twitter and Facebook.

About the American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

 

Rock ‘n’ Roll Icons Bon Jovi to Perform at USGBC’s Greenbuild 2013

Performance at Temple University’s Liacouras Center will celebrate green building movement

Washington, D.C. – (June 26, 2013) – Rock legends Bon Jovi will perform before thousands of green building professionals and community members to launch the upcoming Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Greenbuild, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, will take place Nov. 20-22, 2013, in Philadelphia. Registration is currently open.


“Bon Jovi is the type of band that crosses all generational lines with its diverse and loyal fan base, and we are thrilled to have such an iconic group take the stage at Greenbuild,” said Kimberly Lewis, senior vice president, Community Advancement, Conferences and Events, USGBC. “Year after year, we strive to create the most dynamic, educational and entertaining green building event in the world, and Bon Jovi’s performance will give our attendees even more reason to enjoy this year’s conference.”

“We’re thrilled to help kick off Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia this year,” said Jon Bon Jovi, lead singer, Bon Jovi, “and to celebrate the environment, the mission of green building, and those at the forefront.”

 

The concert is part of Greenbuild’s opening plenary celebration taking place the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at the Liacouras Center. The event will also feature a keynote address from the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton. The three-day conference will take place at the LEED Gold certified Pennsylvania Convention Center, and shuttles from the convention center will be available to take conference attendees to the opening event.

Over the past three decades, Bon Jovi has sold more than 130 million albums worldwide and performed close to 3,000 concerts in more than 50 countries before more than 35 million fans. The band’s latest album, What About Now, was released in March 2013 and Bon Jovi’s Because We Can – The Tour will visit open-air stadiums in Europe and the U.S. this summer before visiting South America, North America, Japan and Australia in the Fall/Winter.

Jon Bon Jovi has been a proponent of green initiatives through his work with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. Among its efforts, the non-profit was a key partner in the HELP Genesis JBJ Soul Homes in Newark, N.J. This groundbreaking "green" construction project (51 new units of affordable housing plus support services for low-income and special-needs persons) was developed through a private-public partnership. Environmentally friendly "green" features were incorporated into the building, which is LEED certified and meets New Jersey “Green Future” standards.

About the U.S. Green Building Council

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 program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) and connect on Twitter and Facebook.

About Greenbuild

The Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, brought to you by the U.S. Green Building Council, convenes the industry’s largest gathering of representatives from all sectors of the green building movement. Three days of extensive educational programming, workshops, a vast exhibition floor and ample networking events provide unrivaled opportunities to learn about the latest technological innovations, explore new products and exchange ideas with other professionals. In 2013, Greenbuild entered a strategic partnership with Hanley Wood, which includes acquisition of the brand and plans to grow the conference globally. Greenbuild is a three-time recipient of IMEX Green Meetings Award, and the 2013 show will be held Nov. 20-22 in Philadelphia. For more information, visit greenbuildexpo.org and follow us on Twitter @Greenbuild and Facebook at facebook.com/Greenbuild.

About Bon Jovi

Over an illustrious career spanning three decades, BON JOVI has earned their place amongst global rock royalty. With more than 130 million albums sold worldwide to date, an extensive catalog of hit songs, and more than 2,700 concerts performed in 50 countries for more than 35 million fans, BON JOVI are the consummate rock ‘n’ roll band. WHAT ABOUT NOW, their latest (and 12th) album is out now and includes the hit singles “Because We Can” and the title track “What About Now.” BON JOVI’s “Because We Can – The Tour” (featuring state-of-the-art production, lighting, and video elements) kicked off in the U.S. in February with concerts slated in arenas and stadiums worldwide through the end of 2013. With a focus towards the future, BON JOVI is offering fans an unprecedented interactive experience via the free BON JOVI APP at the heart of the WHAT ABOUT NOW album and tour. The mobile application ties together the newest BON JOVI content and Augmented Reality technology to bring the BON JOVI experience to life through fans’ mobile devices. From the band being painted into the album cover artwork by internationally acclaimed Chinese fine artist Liu Bolin and then “stepping out” from that mural, to alternative versions of videos, and exclusive content launched off the pages of the tour program, BON JOVI is merging music, art, and technology through this groundbreaking endeavor.

For more information on all things BON JOVI (including “Because We Can – The Tour”) please visit www.BonJovi.com.

To download the FREE BON JOVI APP, please visit www.BonJovi.com/app.

About Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation

Since 2006, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation has existed to combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair. Through the funding and creation of programs and partnerships, we support innovative community efforts to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. It is the organization's goal to recognize and maximize the human potential in those affected by poverty and homelessness by offering assistance in establishing programs that provide food and affordable housing while supporting social services and job training programs. Our goal is to assist with rebuilding pride in one's self and one's community - one SOUL at a time. www.jbjsoulfoundation.org

 

USGBC’s LEED v4 Passes Ballot and Will Launch This Fall

The newest version of the LEED® green building rating system moves toward an official market launch at Greenbuild

Washington, D.C. — (July 2, 2013) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that its membership has voted to adopt LEED v4, the next update to the world’s premier green building rating system. The final overall vote was 86 percent in favor of adopting LEED v4. This includes 90 percent approval from the user category of the voting body, 77 percent approval from the general interest category and 89 percent approval from the producer category. The minimum overall percentage of votes needed for a passing vote was 66.7 percent.

“There are 46 countries and territories around the world and all 50 U.S. states (and the District of Columbia) represented in the voting pool for LEED v4, which includes an extraordinarily diverse group of industry professionals, manufacturers, educators and other green building leaders,” said Joel Ann Todd, chair of the LEED Steering Committee. “USGBC sets a very high bar for a rating system to be approved. The rating system must earn a significant percentage of the overall vote as well as a majority approval from each of the various LEED stakeholder groups. This ensures that rating system approval represents the full diversity of USGBC’s membership.”
 
Over the course of LEED’s development cycle, the program undergoes a series of public comment periods ending with a final ballot, during which USGBC members vote on whether to adopt the changes within the final proposed system.

“This update of LEED builds on the past while offering new requirements, preparing all LEED projects to achieve higher levels of building performance and positive environmental outcomes,” said Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED, USGBC. “This newest version of LEED challenges the market to make the next leap toward better, cleaner, healthier buildings. I am confident that people will also notice the improved usability of the system with an improved documentation process and more resources and tools to assist and support positive action.”
 
Starting this summer, USGBC will offer education on LEED v4 in the form of webinar suites, and the full program, along with reference guides, will be unveiled at this year's Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. Currently, there are more 100 projects pursuing certification through the LEED v4 beta program. With projects currently in the review phase, some will certify as early as this summer. Enrollment for the beta program is still open. Download the LEED v4 User Guide for details.

About the U.S. Green Building Council
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 program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on Twitter and Facebook.

About LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Every day, more than 1.5 million square feet of space is certified using LEED. Nearly 54,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising 9.7 billion square feet of construction space in more than 140 countries and territories. In addition, close to 40,000 residential units have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with more than 100,000 more homes registered. Learn more at usgbc.org/leed and review the Foundations of LEED development process.

 

Registration Opens for 2013 FTTH - Fiber to the Home Annual Conference and EXPO in Tampa, September 30 – October 2. = A Timely and Powerful Conference

The quest for ultra high speed broadband will move into high gear in September when more than 2,000 leaders from across the broadband industry meet in Tampa, FL, September 30 – October 2 for the 2013 Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Conference & Expo.

According to the FTTH Council Americas, the organizer of the annual event, the conference’s highly acclaimed learning program will feature new elements, including an enhanced focus on helping FTTH service providers leverage their fiber advantage into higher customer demand and profitability. Also new this year is The Community Toolkit: Getting Gigabit for Your Town, a program track dedicated to offering practical information and how-to advice to civic leaders and local telecoms that are looking to deploy ultra high speed, all-fiber networks.

“As we saw in our initial Community Toolkit Conference last week in Kansas City, where we hosted representatives from hundreds of communities across the continent, fiber is now widely recognized as the linchpin for business success, economic growth and a better quality of life,” said Heather Burnett Gold, the FTTH Council’s President. “With that in mind, our annual conference will focus on connecting bandwidth-hungry communities and forward-thinking telecoms with the solution providers who can help show them the way to success.”

“Anyone who was not able to join us in Kansas City can get a similar learning experience in Tampa, as well as access to North America’s biggest and best trade show devoted to all-fiber connectivity,” said Gold.

With the theme “FTTH: Empowering Innovation," the conference will offer discussion panels, interactive presentations and keynote addresses focusing on the latest FTTH technologies, deployment techniques, and high-bandwidth applications that service providers and network operators can use to boost customer demand and assure the success of their networks. Other sessions will explore FTTH developments in Canada and Latin America, as well as in other regions of the world.

The event will combine a 130-exhibit trade show with a special "World of Applications” exhibit featuring hands-on demonstrations of next-generation applications and services enhanced by all-fiber connections.

The opening keynote for this year’s conference will be Tom Koulopoulos, chairman and founder of Delphi Group, a Boston-based think tank providing advice on leading-edge technologies and futures to global 2000 organizations. Koulopoulos is the author of the book Cloud Surfing, which looks at the dramatically changing forces and behaviors that are driving the way we work, live, and play in the hyper-connected cloud.

“Whether you are talking about business success for telecommunications providers, economic development in communities or the future competitiveness of nations, all-fiber connectivity has moved right to the center of the discussion. And this is the one event of the year where the entire fiber to the home industry gathers under one roof to plan our high bandwidth future,” said Dave Kiel of Corning Cable Systems, the chairman of the 2013 FTTH Conference & Expo.

According to the FTTH Council, nearly 10 million households in North America are now connected to fiber to the home networks. More than 20 network operators are now offering gigabit connectivity to their subscribers, including Google Fiber, which recently announced it would expand its gigabit services from Kansas City to Austin, TX and Provo, UT.

Details on the track sessions and panels can be viewed on the conference website, where online registration is now open.

Viamedia is Year-Round Platinum Partner of the 2013 FTTH Conference & Expo. ADTRAN, Corning, Dycom and OFS are Year-Round Gold Partners, and Graybar and TE Connectivity are Year-Round Silver Partners.

About the Fiber to the Home Council Americas

The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas 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 those involved in planning and building FTTH networks. 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. More information about the Council can be found at http://www.ftthcouncil.org.

 

Silver Fox further enhances its thermal printer and labelling software

Silver Fox, a leading UK manufacturer of labelling solutions, has updated and upgraded both its thermal printer and its Labacus Innovator labelling software.

The company, which delivers solutions for the Oil & Gas, Power, Rail and Data & Telecoms industries worldwide which are designed to ensure fast and efficient identification of cables, wires, optical fibres, panels and equipment, developed both the printer and software to help engineers who’re working on time-critical projects to turn time into profit.

The link between Silver Fox’s software and its thermal printer has been further improved. Previously, Silver Fox offered significant savings in both time and label wastage when setting up a label run. Now, with the latest release, there are even greater potential savings - as engineers can plug the printer in and allow the software to automatically select and sort out the relevant USB port.

Using the methodology of continuous improvement, this latest enhancement means that the selection of the USB printer port is fully automatic. Moreover, since Silver Fox has already written its own printer driver, which is installed as part of the software, no additional printer drivers need installing.

“This attention to detail – making sure that the Silver Fox thermal printer and software works instantly, saving time and effort - is part of the Silver Fox philosophy,” commented Nick Michaelson, CEO of Silver Fox. “Another example of this attention to detail is the option for the user to underline ‘6’, ‘8’ and ‘9’ in the printed labels.

“This latter option for underlining is particularly useful for wrap-round labels where, for example, a number could be read as ‘600’ when it’s really ‘009’.  There’s a further option for ‘0’ to be ‘Ø’.

“Silver Fox works really hard - so our customers don’t have to.  This is true of everything we do,” he added.

Silver Fox has released a new version of its Labacus Innovator labelling software, which comes in three versions: Standard, Advanced and Professional. These differ only in the level of functionality.

“While the Advanced version is the most popular, the Professional version contains industry-leading features for importing and manipulating printing information,” said Nick. “Both these levels help users build or import data quickly and with the minimum of fuss - while the Professional level offers industry-leading spread-sheet manipulation and importation.

“Silver Fox software users are guaranteed the most up-to-date release because of a module incorporated into the software that automatically downloads the latest version from the Silver Fox website, free of charge.

“These updates are based on feedback from engineers across the globe. So, wherever users are based and however long their project, they can always be sure they’re working from the latest release - to help them produce labels quickly and efficiently; helping them turn ‘Time into Profit’,” he said

“Engineers want the reassurance and reliability that comes from working with a company that manufactures in the UK and that offers an extensive range of label options, with customer-focused technical and support services around the world. That’s one of the reasons they’re turning to Silver Fox.”

About Silver Fox Ltd

A leader in UK manufacturing labelling solutions using a special Plug’n’Play thermal printer or a standard office printer - ensuring fast and efficient identification of cables, wires, optical fibres, panels and equipment - Silver Fox delivers solutions for the Oil & Gas, Power, Rail and Data & Telecoms industries worldwide.

Silver Fox’s production of independently tested durable labelling is only part of the story. It also offers three levels of software, all of which are downloadable from the Silver Fox website, for free trial. Developed in conjunction with engineers over the past 15 years or so, these software solutions offer an array of unique time-saving options which, for the time-critical project, can turn time into profit.

Silver Fox tests its labels at recognized independent UKAS certified test laboratories in compliance with a number of different MIL and other standards. Silver Fox is ISO 9001:2008 registered. Silver Fox has spent over 30 years developing its products. Its commitment to global business was recognized in 2005 by the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade.

 

Snake Tray® is pleased to announce a new Airflow Manager for Computer Access Floors

Snake Tray is pleased to announce a new product Snake Air™, an airflow manager for computer access floors designed to allow MC Cable and copper/fiber cables to pass thru the floor without disrupting proper air flow in a datacenter or at workstations.  The Snake Air is design to segregate the two types of cables to prevent damage to the cables. Snake Air™ airflow manager installs flush mount to the floor and comes in a variety of sizes and colors to meet a customer’s specifications.

Snake Tray manufactures a complete series of cable management, power/data distribution systems and airflow managers.  Visit us online at www.snaketray.com to view our product lines.  All Snake Tray products are made in the USA.

For further information on the new Snake Air™ system please contact Snake Tray at 800-308-6788, email info@snaketray.com or visit www.snaketray.com.

 

Article from tED magazine - Tammy miller: A role model for success

Story by Jan Niehaus

Co-workers, mentors, industry colleagues, and community leaders agree:

Tammy Miller is the consummate, complete leader; she brings her strategic planning talent, financial savvy, and sincere compassion for people to the myriad challenges she embraces, consistently leading her teams to results that exceed everyone’s most optimistic expectations.

Focused, engaged, inspiring, confident, hardworking, strong, and highly re-

spected, Miller is a role model for success. She is also friendly, upbeat, supportive, empowering, a catalyst for change, accessible, a mentor, generous, and authentic;

in a word: charismatic. Because she possesses all of these qualities—in addition

to being candid, consistent, energetic, passionate and compassionate, dedicated,

and genuine—Miller is a unique and superlative leader. She is the CEO and

board chair of Fargo, North Dakota-based Border States Electric (BSE) and also

happens to be the eminently worthy recipient of NAED’s 2013 Women in Industry Trailblazer Award.

“A woman of her caliber—she easily got my vote,” said Katriona Hartin, strategic account partnership manager with Mayer Electric Supply in Norcross, Ga., and the 2012 chair of NAED’s Women in Industry group.

Miller won Hartin’s vote and that of every other member of the Women in Industry Committee; the decision to honor Miller was unanimous. “She could have been named Trailblazer long ago. Women from all companies—and men, too—admire her,” Hartin added.

Karen Clouse, president of Shat-R-Shield (shatrshield.com), chair-elect of the Women in Industry group, and herself the Trailblazer Award winner in 2011, agreed: “Tammy stands out as a successful woman in our industry. She was

the first woman to be the chair of NAED, which happened during NAED’s 100-year anniversary, and she adds value to any council, committee, or group that she works with. I always knew Tammy would be a recipient of the Trailblazer Award; it was just a matter of when. The time has now come.”

Miller responded to the news of her being honored with her usual grace and modesty. “It is a great honor to receive this award,” she said. “I look at some of the other women in our industry who have received this award in the past—amazing women like Phyllis Goodwin, Karen Clouse, and Nancy Goedecke. I am thrilled to join this exclusive group of distinguished women.”

“This award is about the empowerment of women,” noted Paul Madson. Madson served as CEO of BSE from 1984 until his retirement in 2001 and mentored Miller from her first week as BSE’s accounting manager in 1991. “I want to emphasize that 20 years ago, there were very few women involved in this industry, and most of them had come in because of family relationships. Tammy was pretty much a trailblazer. She made it on her own—a woman in a man’s business. It took a lot of guts to decide, ‘I’m going to be successful’—and then make it happen,” Madson said.

Madson recounted the tale of Miller’s first fishing trip with the guys: “We were a small company then—only six or seven branches, all in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota. I liked to get the managers together so they could get to know one another. “Once a year we would go fishing together on the Missouri River,” he continued. “We would stay out all day, 10 or so of us, mostly branch managers and guys from corporate. One year, we invited Tammy. She was probably the accounting manager or corporate controller then, and she didn’t know anything about fishing. She came to me, wondering whether she should go with us. She said, ‘I don’t know whether I want to go out and sit in a boat all day. I don’t know the first thing about fishing.’ I told her, ‘If you ever want to be a successful manager in this company, the best way for you to get to know your fellow managers is to spend time with them doing something that doesn’t have anything to do with business.’”

Miller, of course, went on the trip.

“She sat in that boat like a trouper from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and she was well accepted by the men on the fishing trip,” recalled Madson. “What she learned is that if she wanted to make it in a man’s world, she would have to go along with these guys. Since then, she has made it a point to be right there in the middle of the action, involved in everything that’s happening.”

Like Madson, BSE’s President Gary Miller (he is not related to Tammy Miller) also holds Tammy in high esteem: “I have worked alongside Tammy her entire career. I became president when she became CEO. She really is a unique leader, and the most obvious unique characteristic is that she rose to the top of our company as a female in the male-dominated industry of electrical distribution. Additionally,

her education and work experience were financial instead of technical. The entire executive team admires and respects her and her strengths in strategic planning, accountability, and communication. She keeps us focused on growing the company and increasing stock value, which translates to opportunities and rewards for employee-owners.”

Michelle McNamara, senior vice president of NAED, first worked with Miller on the NAED Finance Committee in the late 1990s and appreciates the same laser focus that BSE’s President Gary Miller identified: “I always admired Tammy’s no-nonsense approach. From day one, she exuded a keen business sense, one that was direct and to the point.”

According to Madson, Miller brought her characteristic candor with her to Border States: “One thing I remember about Tammy from her early days at the company is that oftentimes, when the president or the CEO comes up with an idea and presents it to the team—and this is not just at BSE, but in any company—people want to please the boss, so they agree with it. But Tammy was not reluctant to point out alternatives. She might say, ‘Well, that’s not a bad idea, but ….’ And sometimes she would just say that it was a terrible idea. She spoke up more often than the others. A lot of times, she would think about the idea and come back a day or two later with her notes and details or recommendations for enhancements to make the idea better. I’ll bet you anything she does that today with the people around her; she encourages them to have opinions of their own.”

Leading by example

Miller’s corporate, industry, and community leadership are lauded; her enthusiasm infectious; her energy boundless; and her efforts consistently and wildly successful.

“Tammy has been able to bring the breadth and depth of her experience—a perfectly meshed combination of compassion and business skills, including her accounting background and strategic planning expertise—to numerous nonprofit charitable groups; I have incredible respect for Tammy and what she’s doing,” said Jim Gartin, president of the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (GFMEDC).

In addition to serving as the treasurer of the GFMEDC, Miller serves as the co-chair of a regional initiative called the Valley Prosperity Partnership. “Working with the

economic development organizations in the Fargo-Moorhead and the Greater Grand Forks, N.D., communities, for the first time ever, we are putting together a regional strategic plan. Our goal is to bring together leaders in the Red River Valley region of North Dakota and Minnesota to identify strategic economic opportunities and improve our effectiveness with state government,” she explained.

Unifying communities and strengthening the bonds among business executives, government officials, and community nonprofit leaders are unique Miller talents. “Because of her position in the marketplace and her incredible community involvement, key business decision makers were quick to respond when she reached out. Tammy was instrumental in selecting members of the committee, and once the committee was in place, the whole project was funded quickly and at astounding levels,” said Gartin.

Miller offered insight into her success: “I work hard and expect others to work hard too. I am demanding but fair. People I work with often say they cannot believe all that they have accomplished. I think I create an environment where people want to be part of a winning team. They go the extra mile because they want to, not because they feel they have to.”

Kimberly Pladson, executive director of TNT Kid’s Fitness & Gymnastics Academy in Fargo, marvels at the remarkable esprit de corps that Miller cultivates on behalf of the community organizations she supports: “Tammy has an innate way of inspiring people, and she sets the bar high,” she noted. “Her tenacity is remarkable. When she’s part of an initiative, it just makes all of us very proud to be part of it too.”

Prompted by Sherri Sandvig, a BSE vice president who serves on TNT’s board, Pladson invited Miller to learn more about TNT’s program. “When Tammy saw the scope and scale of what we want to do, she agreed to serve on the steering committee,” Pladson reported. “She really cares about our community, and fitness is a big component.”

“The programming at TNT closely aligns with my passion for inclusion and fitness,” Miller elaborated. “I am working to help the organization buy and retrofit a building for inclusive gymnastics programs, helping children of all abilities—including special needs children—to experience the benefits of movement.”

“The process has moved so much faster because Tammy is involved,”Pladson added. “She’s getting us in front of the right people. For example, she recently co-hosted an event for TNT, where former Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Bart Conner [whose wife is Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci] came to speak. Tammy is an igniter. So many times I see her name on the list of board members, and I think, ‘What a blessing.’”

Miller offered this historical perspective on her commitment to community service: “Giving back to the community is part of my DNA. My parents were fine role models when I was growing up. Whenever something was going on in my small hometown of Brocket, N.D., or the surrounding community, my parents, Ralph and Gen Miller, were some of the first to volunteer. Even in retirement, my parents continue to be very active volunteers, helping to make their community a better place to live.”

She continued, “I also work in a giving environment. At BSE, our mission and values statement says, ‘We share our resources to enhance the quality of life in the communities where we live. Our employee-owners practice good citizenship and are encouraged to find ways to support and give back to their local community.’ One of the ways that BSE delivers on our mission and values is by supporting the United Way.”

Miller has been a United Way champion for decades, a story that Sherri Thomsen, president of the United Way of Cass-Clay, loves to share: “Tammy has become one of the United Way of Cass-Clay’s greatest supporters and advocates. She has generously given of her time, talent, and resources to better our community. She has encouraged hundreds of employees at Border States Electric to invest in our community with their energy and financial resources.”

Miller provided particulars: “Border States contributes to United Way in every community where we have a branch location. All 55 branches are encouraged to designate a week for events designed to raise money for their local United Way. We also make it easy for our employee-owners to make personal donations through payroll deduction. Our corporate and individual employee-owner donations to United Way total more than $250,000 annually. We also support the United Way by collecting needed items and providing paid time off for volunteer activities like Day of Caring, Day of Action, and the School Supply Drive.”

Miller has personally supported the United Way for more than 25 years, served on the board of directors, and chaired the United Way campaign in the Fargo-Moorhead community in 2010—a landmark year when the campaign topped $5 million for the first time.

Thomsen described the economic climate in the region and the United Way’s and Miller’s historic accomplishment: “We have a strong, thriving economy, with just 3.6% unemployment. Oil on the west side of the state has played a role, but people here are more conservative, so there have been no wide swings. Even so, we still couldn’t be sure in 2010 what the economic impact would be. Tammy had one-on-one meetings with area business leaders, which isn’t unusual since our campaign chairs usually meet with 25 to 50 CEOs. But Tammy had follow-up meetings, where she asked CEOs and other corporate leaders to reconsider their pledges to make sure we would meet our campaign goal.”

“It is one thing to say that Tammy is a catalyst, but here’s one statistic that exemplifies her long-lasting impact: In the past five years, from 2008 until 2013, giving by BSE employees—not including the company donations—has increased by 82%,” reported Thomsen.

The financial contributions are crucial, true, but Miller and BSE give so much more. “Through Tammy’s constant support, United Way has become a significant part

of BSE’s culture. Hundreds of BSE employees give both financially and through their involvement on the campaign cabinet, our HR committee, and the board of trustees, and in our 35 Under 35 program,” Thomsen explained.

The United Way’s 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership program selects area women in nonprofit organizations, faith communities, public agencies, schools, and for-profit

companies who are already excelling in their fields and provides additional opportunities for them to further cultivate their leadership skills.

“For the past five years, Tammy has been one of our keynote speakers,” said Thomsen of Miller’s role in the program. “But it’s not just that she’s a keynote. When a young woman asks for follow-up with Tammy, she will mentor her voluntarily, outside of the formal leadership program. One of Tammy’s greatest strengths and gifts is that she is very accessible.”

Miller makes a conscious effort to be available and truly present. “I do lots of public speaking and frequently get asked to meet for coffee or over lunch for a mentoring session,” she said. “If someone takes the lead in setting up the meeting and the agenda, I make the time.”

Miller credits Madson for teaching her this. “Paul Madson, one of my most influential mentors, demonstrated the importance of being accessible, getting to know people, and being an advocate for them,” she said. “Paul frequently reminded me that it was okay to slow down, walk around, and spend time with staff, visiting, getting to know them, and getting to understand their interests and challenges. Throughout my 20-plus years at BSE, I have tried to develop the people skills that Paul possessed. I believe most of our employee-owners would say I am accessible, a good listener, and genuinely interested in them, and that I always act in their best interest.”

Gary Miller would say that Tammy has succeeded and that her perceptions are accurate: “Tammy cares about the employees and the community,” he said. “She always takes the time to visit with anyone who wants to talk with her. She has a strong passion for helping others. She’s consistently upbeat and friendly. She leads by example, and all of us want to follow. She’s genuine.”

Miller brings these same invaluable qualities to the Women in Industry group, Hartin reported: “Tammy was one of the founding members of Women in Industry, and she has attended almost every function, including all of the Boot Camps. She always brings several BSE associates with her. There’s no question that she believes in the value of our Women in Industry organization.”

Achieving balance

With so many accomplishments, it’s hard to imagine Miller has time for any fun—but that is far from true for this busy lady.

“Tammy is dedicated to her friends and family,” noted McNamara. “There’s hardly a time when I see her that she’s not planning a surprise party for her parents, training for an upcoming race [Miller has completed 16 half marathons], or planning an exotic trip.”

Miller’s life is indeed multidimensional. “The professional accomplishment that I’m most proud of is our success at Border States. Personally, I am most proud of my 25-year marriage to Craig Palmer,” Miller said.

Despite the demands of growing a successful employee-owned business and leading any number of high-profile community initiatives, Miller and Palmer make time for each other, fitness, and international travel.

“Craig and I enjoy traveling and especially love Africa. We have been on photo safari in Africa three times, visiting South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.” The couple also shares a passion for fitness and wellness. “I maintain a healthy diet and try to work out every day,” Miller said.

For her immense talent, unwavering dedication, and pioneering leadership on behalf of the Women in Industry group, within the larger NAED organization, inside BSE, and throughout the communities in which BSE operates, Miller is the unequivocal 2013 Trailblazer.

Jan Niehaus is an active member of numerous environmental and building industry organizations and president of Communication by Design (communicationbydesign.net). She can be reached at Jan@CommunicationByDesign.net

Reprinted with permission from the ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTOR magazine (tED magazine) www.tedmag.com

About tED Magazine

A monthly textbook for the electrical distribution channel.
tED Magazine is the voice for the top distributors in North America. From national chains to successful independents, tED is read by the top distribution companies in the industry. While targeted to the distributor salesperson, tEDis also read by key executives. The publication is known for addressing the tough issues within the channel. If you have a message or product to get in front of the electrical channel, tED’s readers are the top performers and decision makers you need to reach.

Published every month, tED provides:
• Green initiatives and alternative markets
• Market trend data
• New product information
• Manufacturer marketing program roll-outs
• Best practices of electrical distributors
• Voice-data-video features
• Lighting features
• Economic outlooks
• News of both electrical distributors and suppliers

TedMag.com
As a complimentary product, tED Magazine offers TedMag.com to disseminate information immediately. With seven news sections and a weekly special report, TedMag.com covers industry news as it breaks.

tED GreenRoom
TEDGreenRoom.com, designed to be the electrical distributor’s resource center for selling energy efficiency and becoming Green. The site, along with tED’s new quarterly supplement with the same name, provides manufacturers with a targeted approach to market their Green products through the energy expert—the electrical distributor.

 

Z-Band (Video), Inc. Unveils Its Next-Generation RF Video Hub and Fiber Transmitter

Z-Band Inc., a leading provider of state-of-the-art RF video distribution systems, is pleased to announce the launch of “GigaBUD 1000”, the company’s fourth-generation active video hub and balun products designed to distribute high-quality television and internally generated video to Commercial, Healthcare, Government, Hospitality and Education markets.

“GigaBUD 1000” operates within the 54 MHz to 860 MHz bandwidth range and distributes 134 NTSC/6 MHz channels or hundreds of digital channels including dozens of HDTV 1080p channels over a structured, “568” Category cable system. Through the use of Automatic Gain Control technology, the video hub inconcert with an intellegent balun automatically splits, amplifies, slopes, and adjusts the input and output signals, ensuring precise signal level and superior viewing quality at each connected TV. The backbone cable can be either single-mode fiber and/or standard coax that can be cascaded to other hubs in a star topology.

“GigaBUD 1000” is equipped with the innovative “Mini Monitor” program that displays the operating condition for a particular hub based on input level, tone level of each coax output port, power supply status, ability to turn port on and off and temperature. When connected to the Z-Band Zip232 control unit, the hubs are capable of distributing RS232 signals to one television or an entire group, providing the user with simplified controlling power for on/off switching, channel selection and volume control.

Four “GigaBUD 1000” distribution hub models are available to meet the needs of a wide variety of users. The part numbers for the two 12-port units are the Z 1200 and the Z 1200-F, with the latter featuring Fiber RX. Z-Band also produces two 24-port units with part numbers, Z 2400 and the Z 2400-F. The Fiber RX models offer the option to include one single-mode fiber connector.

The user-friendly design of the “GigaBUD 1000” simplifies the installation process. Little technical expertise is required to maintain the unit while minimizing the long-term operating costs. With the system’s “plug and play” capabilities, adding more televisons is also easy, the system’s scalability makes it an excellent choice for organizations with future-proofing concerns.

At a weight of only 6.5 lbs. and dimensions of 12” L x 19” W x 3.5” H, GigaBUD offers maximum mobility. The unit fits easily into a standard size enclosure with mounting ears and also mounts in a standard 19” rack.

Z-Band is a Veteran-Owned small business heaquartered in Carlise, PA. The company was formed in 1999 by three former AMP, Inc executives. Z-Band’s sales have increased by more than 20 percent annually compounded over the past five years, and the company features a rapidly growing design house/integrator network. Companies interested in learning more about how “GigaBUD 1000” can provide enhanced video distribution capabilities for their operation or that would like a product demonstration can call 877-542-6972 or fill out and return the online contact form at www.z-band.com.

 

Fluke Networks Gives Telecom Technician Tool Belts an Extreme Makeover -New test sets are 62 percent lighter

Fluke Networks announced the TS54 TDR Telephone test set, which is 62 percent lighter and 20 percent more cost effective than other similar solutions on the market. The highly durable TS54 tester also passes a 20-foot concrete drop test and has a three-year warranty.

With more than 150 million fixed telephone lines in service in the U.S. alone, service provider technicians spend the majority of their day in the field with heavy tool belts that carry the equipment necessary to test today’s voice, data and video services. The TS54 tester combines the functionality of what were formerly three separate tools into one, which not only reduces tool belt weight significantly, but also helps reduce testing equipment costs per technician. “Whatever you want to call them: test sets or butt sets, the integration of three test sets into one, plus the added protection of a three year-warranty, allows us to offer our service provider partners with a significant reduction in the total cost of ownership,” said Ed Sztuka,.

Just as important is the wear and tear on technicians, Sztuka said. “OSHA health and safety guidelines stress that ‘loaded tool belts may weigh over 50 pounds and cause an increase load and contact stress on the lower back and hips.’³ The TS54 tester’s lighter weight and more ergonomic design are aimed directly at helping meet that weight reduction guideline.”

Technologically, the TS54 tester brings a full suite of new capabilities into an integrated telephone test set, all of which are essential to the ability to properly test today’s voice, video and data telecommunications systems. In addition to the integrated TDR, the TS54 features open/short circuit detection to 3,000 ft., a built-in toner with five tones, patented SmartTone functionality for exact pair identification, and glow in the dark keys and backlit LCD screen.

The TS54 tester is part of a new line of voice, data and video test sets, the TS Professional (PRO) Series, which also includes the TS53 and TS23 testers. These two products deliver a combination of seven or four multifunctional tests respectively, without TDR or toner features.

“Telecom service technicians and the test sets they use to assure performance are the unsung heroes of the telecommunications industry,” said Paul Alexander, marketing manager for field test equipment. “And with exponential growth in the use of telecommunications networks driving the need to transmit voice, data, and video seamlessly and reliably, the stakes are high. That is where the TS54 delivers. It’s lighter, easy to use, and combines the most critical testing needs into a single, durable, reliable test set that’s completely redesigned to help meet that demand.”

www.FlukeNetworks.com 

 

The Light Brigade® Introduces New YouTube Channel

Tukwila, WA –
The Light Brigade
has launched a new YouTube Channel that provides customers with the opportunity to view short clips from The Light Brigade's fiber optic training media library prior to purchase. The YouTube Channel offers clips from the following topics:

  • A Brief History
  • Light Basics
  • Fiber Optic Cable
  • Fiber Optic Splicing
  • Fiber Optic Connectors
  • Fiber Optic Patch Panels, Closures and Pedestals
  • Fiber Optic Testing
  • Troubleshooting a Fiber Optic Link
  • OTDR Theory and Operation
  • Fiber Optic Active Devices
  • Fiber Optic Passive Devices
  • System Loss Budgets

"Access to these videos on YouTube allows viewers to sample The Light Brigade's training media, making it easier for customers to select the video most appropriate for their needs," stated Dario DePaolis, vice president and general manager of The Light Brigade. "The training videos teach proper fiber techniques and disciplines, while providing the practical theory and application of various topics."

The Light Brigade, a division of AFL, produces high-quality DVDs and CDs filmed by professional cinematographers. Courses are technology-based and teach techniques applicable to many fiber optic products. In addition, The Light Brigade offers standardized courses that can be scheduled around the world as well as at their state-of-the-art training facility outside of Seattle, Washington. The Light Brigade also offers educational development services in which courses can be customized to a desired skill level or to focus on a specific subject matter.

For additional information on The Light Brigade, visit www.lightbrigade.com, email sales@lightbrigade.com or call 1 (800) 451‑7128.


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.

 


CABA NEWS BRIEF 7-18-2013

 

Large Building Automation

 

Building automation and controls market to grow $49.5 billion by 2018
SBWire
According to a new market research report "Global Building Automation & Controls Market (2013 – 2018): By Product (Lighting, Security & Access, HVAC, Entertainment, Outdoor, Elevator Controls, Building Management Systems (BMS)), Application & Geography (Americas, Europe, APAC, and ROW)" published by MarketsandMarkets, the total building automation and controls market is expected to reach $49.5 billion by 2018 growing at a CAGR of 11.2 per cent from 2013 to 2018.

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LEED v4 passes with 86 per cent voting body's approval
Engineering News-Record
A majority of the U.S. Green Building Council's members have approved LEED version 4, which paves the way for its launch at the November 2013 Greenbuild conference. The USGBC's response to concerns about the shift to LEED v4 coming too quickly is to let LEED 2009 and LEED v4 coexist. Registration by project teams will be allowed for either of the standards until June 1, 2015, after which LEED v4 will become the sole accepted standard. U.S. Green Building Council is a CABA member.

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Hydro-Québec uses automated lab to test many meters
Smart Grid Today
Hydro-Québec is busy showing other utilities in North America the work it did to easily test and integrate a variety of smart meters and other AMI technology into its internal IT systems, the utility's Pierre-Luc Lefebvre told us from his office in Montréal. Hydro-Québec is a CABA Board member.

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Half of all U.S. retail and hotel projects to be green buildings by 2015
Clean Technica
The growth of green building projects in the hospitality sector has been nothing short of spectacular over the past two years. The percentage of retail/restaurant owners reporting more than half their buildings as green jumped from 18 per cent in 2011 to 38 per cent in 2013, and should hit 52 per cent by 2015. In addition, the percentage of hotel owners reporting more than half their facilities as green rose from 28 per cent in 2011 to 48 per cent in 2013, expected to reach 62 per cent by 2015.

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6 ways M2M technology makes buildings smarter
GreenBiz.com
Today's M2M building management technologies can be used to perform real-time remote monitoring, commissioning and control of entire portfolios of buildings, processes that were not possible as little as five years ago. With today's advanced technology, owners can expect energy efficiency to improve 15 to 20 per cent in the first year, even at buildings with strong energy management programs already in place. In addition, smart building systems automatically can calculate carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions, thereby streamlining the corporate social responsibility reporting process.

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ENERGY STAR provides Portfolio Manager Guide
Buildings
ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager is an interactive energy management tool that allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment. Whether you own, manage, or hold properties for investment, Portfolio Manager can help you set investment priorities, identify under-performing buildings, verify efficiency improvements, and receive EPA recognition for superior energy performance.

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NASA device could to keep structures steady during earthquakes
AL.com
Fluid structure coupling, a NASA technology originally designed to steady rockets, could be used to mitigate the effects of earthquakes on buildings, according to this article. Researchers have developed a fluid stabilization device and tested it on the Dynamic Test Stand at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. The device "controls the interaction between the fluid and the structure," says Rob Berry, manager of the project at Marshall. "Not only could this technology be applied to existing structures that have problems ... it could change the way buildings and other structures are designed."

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Microsoft realigns products and services, targets user needs
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Microsoft is undergoing a broad "realignment" to ensure its products and services give users what they need, says CEO Steve Ballmer. New, innovative products will be emphasized, as will a focus on mobile and tablet offerings, Alexei Oreskovic writes. "Some analysts see [these] moves, which include centralizing business-oriented functions such as marketing and research expenses under separate units, as helping shore up Ballmer's control over the sprawling corporation," Oreskovic writes. Microsoft is a CABA Board member.

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Report: Intel's TV service is named OnCue
Gigaom
Intel's forthcoming TV service, which is expected by the end of the year, will be called OnCue, Janko Roettgers writes, citing patent applications. Branding and advertising for the service will likely be handled by OMD, Roettgers adds. The patent applications also reveal a logo and a potential tagline: "TV has come to its senses."

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Air-conditioning thermostat market shows no sign of cooling down
IHS
Driven by demand from Asia, global shipments of thermostats used for air-conditioning applications will rise by nearly 50 per cent from 2012 through 2017, according to the latest report on the thermostats market from IMS Research, now part of IHS Electronics and Media, which is a CABA member.

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Scientists strike gold with E-skin
InAVate
Scientists have developed a new type of flexible sensor that can sense touch, humidity and temperature simultaneously. The technology, which was created by a team at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology using small particles of gold and a type of resin, could have major implication in the field of robotics by helping machines better interact with humans and register changes in their environment.

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Do cheaper Ultra HDTVs pose a threat to top manufacturers?
Dealerscope
With less-expensive Ultra HD televisions arriving in the marketplace, Dealerscope interviewed executives at the top TV manufacturers about this development. Sony's Mike Fasulo said, "I don't see it as a threat. I see it as a terribly confusing situation for the consumer. I see some of it as irresponsible."

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Honeywell releases IntelliPathTM iGSMV4G Internet and 4G Communicator
Honeywell
Honeywell has released the IntelliPathTM iGSMV4G Internet and 4G Communicator. The iGSMV4G utilizes the Internet — the fastest, most affordable way to communicate — as the primary source of transmission and delivery of alarm signals to central stations, and it rolls over to GSM should the Internet become unavailable. Honeywell is a CABA Board member.

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Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology: Record breaking attendance
Eco-Business
The 2013 Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology fair has set new records for exhibitor and visitor attendance. Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, and reconfirmed its status as Asia's leading exhibition for the electrical engineering, building and home automation markets. Messe Frankfurt, the organizer, is a CABA member.

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Best Buy selling Pebble smart watch
CNET
The Kickstarter-born Pebble Watch receives notifications from Android or iOS devices via Bluetooth and has a growing collection of watch faces and supported apps, including Runkeeper, but it hasn't been easily available to many of those who pre-ordered. The Pebble will also get new retail packaging, a white box as opposed to the utilitarian Kindle-like cardboard sleeve that current Pebbles ship in.

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Home automation via your face: Here's Google Glassware for Nest
VentureBeat
Developer James Rundquist has just unveiled Glass Nest, an app for Google Glass that controls your Nest home thermostat. Nest is a highly automated "smart" thermostat made by the same folks who created the iPod. And, in case you've been on a silent yoga retreat for the past year, Google Glass is the eponymous search company's latest attempt to penetrate every aspect of your waking life.

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VERGE San Francisco offers CABA members special discount
GreenBiz.com
VERGE SF, a CABA member, will connect the brightest business innovators, innovative entrepreneurs, and leading public officials to illuminate the business opportunities created by radical efficiencies in energy, building, water and transportation technologies. VERGE tracks include: New Energy Systems, Next-Gen Buildings, Resilient Cities, Smarter Logistics, Sustainable Mobility and the Food-Energy-Water Nexus. The Next Gen Building track features speakers including George Salah, Director of Real Estate & Workplace Services at Google, and Lauralee Martin, CEO Americas at Jones Lang LaSalle, who will be discussing topics ranging from how an advanced building operates and whole-building design, to embedded sensors and data transparency. Save 10 per cent with our discount code VSFCABA when you register here.

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CABA launches 'Monetization of Connected Homes' research project
CABA
The Continental Automated Buildings Association, through its Connected Home Council, has launched a collaborative research study entitled "Monetization of Connected Homes." The purpose of the landmark study is to improve our understanding of consumer attitudes towards home automation, to explore business models currently in use by select industry participants and importantly, to identify areas of potential for maximizing profit. The following CABA members are confirmed sponsors of the study: ALARM.COM, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Arrayent, BOSCH, fifthplay, Hydro One Networks Inc., Hydro-Québec, IBM, Lowe's Companies, Inc., Moen Incorporated, Pella Corporation, Qualcomm Incorporated, Samsung, Schneider Electric, SecurTek Monitoring Solutions, Southern California Edison and TELUS. To explore this unique opportunity go to: http://www.caba.org/research/projects/connected-home-monetization. If you have any questions or would like to join this research project, please contact: CABA's Business Development Manager, George Grimes at 613.686.1814 x226 or Grimes@CABA.org.

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CABA's 'Life Cycle Costing Study' officially launched
CABA
Increasingly, end users in the intelligent buildings industry, such as architects, building owners, tenants, and builders are seeking ways to improve the cost efficiency of buildings and building-related systems and components. This landmark report offers organizations an exciting opportunity to collaborate and create one of the most timely research projects undertaken through the CABA Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council. This goal of this research is to help educate end-users with strategies to improve their competitive edge. For more information on this important research project, go to: http://www.caba.org/research/projects/life-cycle-costing. The following CABA members are confirmed sponsors of the study: buildingSmart Alliance, Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, Inc., CSA Group, Hydro One Networks, Hydro-Québec, Honeywell, International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Ingersoll Rand/Trane, Johnson Controls, Microsoft Corporation, PCN Technology, Inc., Philips, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Siemens Industry, Inc., Southern California Edison, The Siemon Company and WattStopper/Legrand. If you would like more information about the study or to become a sponsor, please contact: CABA's Business Development Manager, George Grimes at 613.686.1814 x226 or Grimes@CABA.org.

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Mark your calendar: November 19th Philly!
CABA
CABA's Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum is coming to Philadelphia, PA on Nov. 19, 2013... just in time for Greenbuild 2013 which will be held from Nov. 20-22, 2013, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This is the opportunity to attend the CABA Connected Home and CABA Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council meetings and network with the CABA Board of Directors, which will be meeting on Nov. 20 hosted by CABA Board member Penn State University and the EEB Hub. To learn more about the sponsorship and speaking opportunities, or if you would like to attend as a delegate, please contact CABA's Business Development Manager, George Grimes at 613.686.1814 x 226 or Grimes@CABA.org. You can view the sponsorship opportunities at: http://docs.caba.org/documents/CABA-Forum-Sposorship-Packages.pdf.

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Research Spotlight



Connecting cities: Achieving sustainability through innovation
CABA (via Cisco)
This report from Cisco discusses their Smart Connected Communities initiative, which helps to transform physical communities into "connected communities" that achieve economic, social and environmental sustainability. This report discusses the issue of urban development and the role of information and communications technology (ICT) on the sustainable development of cities. Read this report as it appears in CABA's Member Research Library, the world's largest collection of connected home and intelligent building research. CABA members have access to the Member Research Library as a membership benefit. The CABA Public Library is complimentary to all industry stakeholders and features over 500 reports.

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CABA acknowledges member support
CABA
The Board of Directors of the Continental Automated Buildings Association would like to thank and recognize the following new CABA members: Lowe's LLC and Darnell Group. CABA would also like to acknowledge the following renewing members: Honda Environmental Business Development and IBI Group. Your support of CABA is greatly appreciated.

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NFPA – National Fire Protection Association NEWS

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  • 07/15/2013 NFPA awards scholarships to fire safety students
  • 07/15/2013 Fire Protection Research Foundation announces winners of the 2013 William M. Carey and Ronald K. Mengel awards
  • 07/12/2013 NFPA Journal features mass notification system at Texas racetrack
  • 07/11/2013 NFPA’s Backyards & Beyond conference explores wildfire safety issues
  • 06/28/2013 State fire marshal and national fire officials urge the public to “Be Smart! Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals”
  • 06/26/2013 Use of consumer fireworks dramatically increases risk of fire and injury
  • 06/21/2013 Arizona wildfire raises concern for community safety
  • 06/19/2013 New effort underway to investigate and improve liquid integrity testing of protective clothing
  • 06/13/2013 Special Achievements (3) and Committee Service (9) honored by NFPA
  • 06/12/2013 Resources to cover wildfire season:Tips for homeowners to prepare homes, evacuate
  • 06/11/2013 Electrical Code Coalition launches website
  • 06/11/2013 NFPA's annual firefighter fatality report shows low number of on-duty deaths for second consecutive year
  • 06/10/2013 NFPA re-elects officers and elects new members to the Board of Directors
  • 06/10/2013 NFPA recognizes individuals for accomplishments in fire and life safety with awards presented at NFPA Conference & Expo
  • 06/06/2013 NFPA Conference & Expo mobile tools offered
  • 05/31/2013 Free app and eBook teach kids about fire safety
  • 05/23/2013 June and July are peak months for grilling fires
  • 05/20/2103 NFPA, IAFC and NVFC offer sweepstakes quiz for firefighters in honor of Safety and Health Week
  • 05/17/2013 NFPA's Firewise Communities Program tops 900th community mark
  • 05/16/2013 Upper Midwest wildfires raise concern for community safety
  • 05/09/2013 NFPA celebrates 10th anniversary of 34 official Firewise communities
  • 05/15/2013 NFPA Journal features 2013 NFPA Conference and Expo preview
  • 05/09/2013 Fire Protection Research Foundation releases report on lithium-ion batteries
  • 05/06/2013 Fire Service Based EMS Advocates Recognize National EMS Week
  • 05/05/2013 Southern California wildfires raise concerns for community safety
  • 05/01/2013 Nearly 50,000 home fires involved electrical failures or malfunctions

 

NECA – National Electrical Contractors Association NEWS

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·         Watch Or Download the Affordable Care Act Webinar with Tiffany Downs

Posted:Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:56:37 Z

Tiffany Downs discusses what NECA contractors must do to comply with the changes in health care coverage.

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·         Penn State, Iowa State and University of Washington Earn Finalist Spots for 2013 Green Energy Challenge

Posted:Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:39:37 Z

The 2013 annual Green Energy Challenge student competition, sponsored by ELECTRI International – the Foundation for Electrical Construction – is down to three finalist Student Chapter teams: The...

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·         NECA Welcomes Seven New Members

Posted:Sun, 14 Jul 2013 17:29:47 Z

ABC Electrical Services, Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa Chapter, Accredited representative: Leroy Clair. Creek Construction of Georgia, Leesburg, GA, Georgia Chapter, Accredited representative: Michael...

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·         ECPAC Update

Posted:Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:45:06 Z

Congratulations to NECA’s Puget Sound and Wyoming Chapters for reaching their 2013 ECPAC goals and becoming PLC Chapters!

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·         NECA on the Move

Posted:Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:45:01 Z

NECA's Government Affairs activities on Capitol Hill for the week of July 8, 2013.

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·         FY 2014 Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Labor, Health and Human Services and Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

Posted:Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:44:43 Z

On June 11, 2013, the Senate Labor, HHS and Education Subcommittee approved the FY 2014 bill that provides $165.6 billion in discretionary spending aimed to improve job training services, protect the...

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·         FY 2014 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill Passes House

Posted:Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:43:59 Z

On July 10, 2013, the House passed the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 (H.R. 2609) in a 227-198 vote. The $30.4 billion bill is $2.9 billion less than...

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·         Ways and Means Committee Holds Hearing, House Set to Pass Legislation Delaying ACA Provisions

Posted:Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:43:53 Z

The House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on the Delay of the Employer Mandate on July 10, 2013. Finally, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced that the House will vote next week on...

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·         NECA Top Three

Posted:Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:43:42 Z

NECA's top legislative priorities for the week of July 8, 2013.

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·         NIOSH Ladder Safety App Now Available

Posted:Thu, 11 Jul 2013 19:55:02 Z

Electrician construction workers routinely use extension ladders in their work, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed a free smart phone app to help them...

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·         Affordable Care Act Jeopardizes Multiemployer Plans; FREE Webinar July 16 Explains "What You Need to Know About Health Care Reform" to NECA Contractors

Posted:Sun, 07 Jul 2013 15:31:27 Z

Join us on Tuesday, July 16 for “The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on NECA Contractors.” Tiffany Downs, head of the Employee Benefits Practice Group for the FordHarrison labor and employment...

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·         Connect with Best & Brightest Managerial Candidates at NECA 2013 Washington

Posted:Sat, 06 Jul 2013 18:02:16 Z

NECA contractors who are looking for talent to fill managerial jobs and internships in their companies are urged to join in our Speed Interviewing and Networking Event, 2:30–3:15 pm. Sunday, October...

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·         Administration Delays Key Health Care Rule Implementing Employer Mandate

Posted:Wed, 03 Jul 2013 19:56:40 Z

The Administration on July 2, 2013 announced the one-year delay of a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would require businesses with more than fifty full time employees to provide...

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·         NECA Statement on Delay of the Employer Mandate of the Affordable Care Act

Posted:Wed, 03 Jul 2013 19:42:13 Z

NECA welcomes the news that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision requiring employers to provide health insurance for workers or pay a penalty will be delayed for one year, but continues to have...

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·         NECA on the Move

Posted:Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:47:02 Z

Marco and Kristen met with several Members of Congress the week of June 24, 2013.

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·         Senate Energy Committee Holds Hearing on Combined Heat and Power

Posted:Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:43:38 Z

On June 25, 2013, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held an Energy Subcommittee hearing on Local Energy Supply and Resiliency Act, S. 1205.

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·         IRS Taxpayer Advocate Releases 2014 Report

Posted:Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:37:12 Z

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson, who spoke at NECA’s 2013 Legislative Conference in May, released the mandated mid-year report to Congress on June 26 identifying her objectives for the upcoming...

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·         ECPAC Update

Posted:Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:37:01 Z

ECPAC totals continue to rise at the end of June 2013.

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·         House Judiciary Committee Approves E-Verify Bill

Posted:Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:36:51 Z

As the Senate passed their sweeping comprehensive immigration bill, the House Judiciary Committee approved a portion of the comprehensive bill to expand the electronic verification system. The Legal...

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·         NECA Top Three

Posted:Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:36:33 Z

NECA's top three legislative priorities for the week of June 24, 2013.

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·         Wallenda Completes Grand Canyon Highwire Walk on Cable Installed by NECA Contractor

Posted:Mon, 24 Jun 2013 17:05:39 Z

Nik Wallenda successfully secured his place in daredevil history with his tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon on Sunday evening. He completed the stunt without a tether or safety net 1,500 feet...

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·         Member News (Supplemental to NTW, Vol. 5, No. 26)

Posted:Sun, 23 Jun 2013 16:25:22 Z

NECA Welcomes 11 New Members 1electric, Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Chapter, Accredited representative: Stephen Harvey. Bogh Electric, Warrenton, OR, Oregon-Columbia Chapter, Accredited representative:...

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·         NECA Show Named to 'Fastest 50' Trade Shows List

Posted:Sat, 22 Jun 2013 18:37:52 Z

The NECA Show was recently named one of the "Fastest 50" by Trade Show Executive magazine because it is growing in number of exhibitors and total attendance. See what's in store for 2013!

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·         NECA Top Three

Posted:Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:34:54 Z

NECA's top three legislative priorities for the week of June 17, 2013.

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·         House Holds Hearing on Davis-Bacon

Posted:Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:33:53 Z

On June 18, 2013, the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections of the Education and Workforce Committee held a hearing on "Promoting the Accuracy and Accountability of the Davis-Bacon Act." The...
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