DRIVE AND TEXT.
are seeing increased numbers of accidents that are attributed to drivers
distracted by texting.
new problem on America's
highways is called DWT or Driving While Texting.
new survey found that one in four cell phone users text while they drive. The
consequences are often dangerous and can be deadly.
than 80 percent of Americans have cell phones and these days a growing number
of people spend more time communicating via text messages than they do talking.
The Governors Highway Safety Association
(GHSA) is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of
states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides
leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic
safety, influence national policy and enhance program management. Its members
are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety
funds and implement state highway safety plans.
Cell Phone Driving Laws
state cell phone driving law highlights include the following:
Cell Phone Bans for All Drivers: 5 states (California,
Connecticut, New Jersey,
New York and Washington),
the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from talking on handheld cell phones while
the exception of Washington
State, these laws are all
officer may ticket a driver for using a handheld cell phone while driving
without any other traffic offense taking place.
Cell Phone Bans: No state completely bans all types of cell phone use (handheld and
hands-free) for all drivers, but many prohibit cell phone use by certain
segments of the population.
Drivers: 21 states and the District of
Columbia ban all cell use by novice drivers.
Bus Drivers: In 18 states and the District
of Columbia, school bus drivers are prohibited from
all cell phone use when passengers are present.
Messaging: 13 states and the District of
Columbia now ban text messaging for all drivers.
Drivers: 10 states prohibit text messaging by novice drivers.
Bus Drivers: 2 states legally restrict school bus drivers from texting while
8 states have laws that prohibit local jurisdictions from enacting
restrictions. In 6 other states, localities are allowed to ban cell phone use.
states, such as Utah and New Hampshire, treat cell phone use as a
larger distracted driving issue.
speaking on a cellphone to be an offense only
if a driver is also committing some other moving violation (other than
American Automobile Association (AAA), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and State Highway Safety Offices.
need to reinforce this safety message to all of their staff. DWT is illegal in
some locations and unsafe any place.
But that’s just my opinion,
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ADC sales continue to fall and workers will be axed
Telecommunications Inc. reported (June 3,2009) a net loss for its fiscal second
quarter and said it will shed workers to cut costs. Sales dropped 30 percent to
$275.1 million from $393.2 million.
said strong sales in China
boosted results, with the government investing to help service providers expand
high-speed networks. The U.S.
showed some signs of recovery, with spending from carriers up.
spending in Europe remained
"significantly below the prior year due to the ongoing impact of the
recession." The downturn, combined with a strengthening U.S. dollar,
continued to hamper sales in Latin America as
well, ADC said.
company will be cutting staff from operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, but said details have not been finalized. It
expects to take $15 million to $25 million in restructuring charges over the
third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2009 and the first quarter of 2010.
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General Motors = Good Move or Big Government Mistake?
Carlini’s Comments, MidwestBusiness.com’s oldest column, runs every Wednesday. Its
mission is to offer the common man’s view on business and technology
issues while questioning the leadership and visions of “pseudo”
CHICAGO – Now that the
government is a major owner in GM, what would you like to see changed there? I
said in Dec. 2008 that they should have let the market take its course and let
GM go into bankruptcy back then. I wrote:
Nothing is going to change once the automakers get their bailout
of billions of dollars. Once they get it, will that change the buying habits of
the populace? Is it going to change your buying habits?
Bailouts don’t create customers. They guarantee the status quo to
those that should be making drastic changes.
Taxpayers pumped more money into it to let it gasp a couple more
months. In that time, great strides were made to come to some type of
agreed-upon deal for its survival. It really didn’t come out well.
The company is still shutting down plants. Those who thought they
were immune to getting laid off are now trying to figure out how they’re going
to get anywhere near the pay and benefits they got at GM. Many people will
still lose jobs.
Other union organizations that have used the automobile industry
to base their salary and benefits demands on better see what’s happening. The
“gold standard” of the private sector has become fool’s gold. Salary and
benefits have gotten way out of hand. Deep cuts and layoffs have become common
because the company can no longer deliver on what was promised.
Do You Have Your New Car on Order?
How many people are honestly going to go out and buy a GM car to
support this renaissance? For that matter, how many people are going to go out
and buy any new car to boost the economy?
The economy is still wavering. The key element that’s missing to
build a stronger economy is jobs. Without solid jobs that pay a decent wage,
big-ticket items aren’t being purchased. Those who thought the consumer is
going to buy our way out of this recession (or depression if you’re one who has
lost a job) are completely wrong.
Stimulus jobs? Those are all short-term jobs in more or less
one-shot projects. What happens after the road is paved or the bridge is put
up? Some analysts are starting to raise these questions as others still believe
the stimulus will help turn around the automobile industry and everyone will
start buying cars again.
While car markets are stagnant, there are some interesting
developments since GM declared bankruptcy. A Chinese company named Sichuan
Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co. is planning to buy Hummer.
This might become a company to watch as China gets a direct foothold into
the American car market as well as an established name within the international
market. As for GM, it was also mentioned that they are trying to spin off
Saturn and Saab. Would you go out and buy one right now?
Transparent Urban Factories
GM didn’t run an efficient company. When the comparisons are made,
they made twice as many cars as Chrysler yet had four times as many employees.
If any new plants were built in the United States today, they would
look very different and employ a lot less people.
The Volkswagen plant in Dresden,
Germany is very
different. It looks more like a modern art museum than it does a factory. You
have to watch the video on it to get a full appreciation on what
could be built in an urban setting.
They began building Volkswagen Phaetons there and also build
Bentley Continental Flying Spurs that share the same body frame. The Bentleys
outsell the Phaetons even though they are double the price. Not many people
want a $90,000 Volkswagen, but many more want a Bentley for $180,000. Go
Could GM build a factory like this in Chicago
If I saw this being built in an urban setting and quality cars being
manufactured, I would gain more faith in GM’s future and the residual benefits
promised by the stimulus package.
Carlinism: No matter what mileage you get,
buying a used car that has already been built saves more energy than buying a
new one. More energy is spent building the car rather than driving it.
Watch James Carlini’s interview
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development that’s currently being broadcast to more than 1.4 million homes.
Check out Carlini’s blog at CarlinisComments.com.
James Carlini is an adjunct professor at Northwestern
University. He is also president of Carlini & Associates.
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AGENTIS ENERGY™ TO UNVEIL SMART GRID TECHNOLOGY AT NPE2009
Innovative Wireless Sensors and Software Quantify Use and Cost in Real
Time for Devices that Consume Electricity, and Identify Opportunities for
Energy Efficiency in Many Industries
ELMHURST, ILLINOIS, U.S.A., June 3, 2009: The new
company Agentis Energy™ will make its debut at NPE2009 with a web-based
interface that enables plastics processors and other manufacturers to monitor
the energy consumption of every electrically powered device in the plant and
use the information to save on energy costs. The company will participate in
the NPE exhibit of Fast Heat Inc., a partner company of Agentis Energy (Booth
After raw material, energy is typically
the second- or third-largest operating cost for a processing plant. The new
Agentis Energy technology, called The Acuity Solution, tracks kilowatt-hours of
electricity usage in real time on a per-device or per-job run basis, and
calculates costs according to whether the usage took place during the
electrical utility’s peak or off-peak times.
“Until now, processors have paid their
monthly utility bills with little or no knowledge of the factors contributing
to what is, after all, a really big expense,” said Tim Stojka, CEO of Agentis
Energy. “The Acuity Solution is an easy-to-install, easy-to-use system that
enables them to account for every kilowatt-hour of energy use and, for the
first time, to confidently manage their energy consumption and reduce utility
The data-gathering units in the Acuity
Solution are sensors that are readily installed on any electricity-using device
in a processing plant, including all of the equipment making up a production
line. These sensors are connected to multi-channel nodes, which convert the
information wirelessly over the Internet to the Acuity server. The
company’s specific energy consumption data can then be viewed through a secure
connection via any web browser.
Details on the Agentis Energy and The
Acuity Solution, including a soon-to-be-completed website and software
demonstration, will be available at the Fast Heat exhibit at NPE2009. The trade
show takes place June 22-26 at Chicago’s
AGENTIS ENERGY supplies a web based
interface solution coupled with wireless power sensors that enable any business
using multiple electrical powered devices to monitor electricity consumption in
real time, calculate electrical costs on a per-device basis, and use the
resulting analysis to manage associated expenses. Called The Acuity
Solution, the technology provides customers with electricity visibility, peak
vs. off -peak cost reporting, and customizable alerting and analytics. Agentis
Energy is based in Elmhurst,
USGBC's Greenbuild Conference and Expo Three Time Recipient of IMEX Green Meetings Award
3, 2009 (Washington, DC) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today
announced that it has been awarded the IMEX Green Meetings Award in recognition
of the 2008 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, which took place in
Boston, Mass. This is the third time that the USGBC has accepted this
honor for demonstrating an unwavering dedication to minimizing the show’s
impact on the environment. Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and
expo dedicated to green building, and convenes the building industry for three
days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building
tours, seminars and networking events.
this is our third year receiving the prestigious IMEX Award, we’re even more
humbled by this accomplishment given that our Boston show was the largest
conference in Greenbuild’s seven year history, hosting nearly 30,000 attendees
and featuring the largest exhibit hall yet with 1,400 exhibits,” said Kimberly
Lewis, Vice President of Conferences and Events for the USGBC. “We’re
looking forward to continuing to help transform the global meetings industry at
this year’s Greenbuild show in Phoenix,
IMEX Green Meetings Award is presented in partnership with the Green Meeting
Industry Council (GMIC). The Award sets stringent standards and judges
applicants against their ability to demonstrate innovative efforts to
significantly minimize the environmental impact of a meeting or conference. A
judging panel, which consists of senior industry experts, examines a variety of
success measures. They include energy efficiency, air and water quality, water
conservation, waste minimization and environmental purchasing criteria. Judges
also ask applicants to explain their economic indicators, if and how their
meeting helped commitment to change within the local community, and also how it
Lewis accepted the award on behalf of the Council last week at an IMEX Gala
Dinner in Frankfurt, Germany. This past March, USGBC’s
Conferences and Events team was recognized as the first organization in North America to receive certification under BS
8901:2007, the world’s first certifiable sustainability management system
standard for the events industry.
U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo
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.
Greenbuild 2009 will be held on Nov. 11-13, 2009, in Phoenix, Ariz.
This past year’s conference in Boston,
Mass. drew more than 28,000
attendees and featured more than 800 exhibit booths. Visit www.greenbuildexpo.org
for more information. To view last year’s Greenbuild show, go to www.greenbuild365.org.
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IDEAL Introduces LanTEK II Cable Certifiers
Introduces LanTEK II Cable Certifiers Next generation testers allow technicians
to certify LAN cabling to TIA, ISO and IEC performance standards up to 1GHz in
as little as 14 seconds
IL, March 11, 2009 -- IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., a global leader in data
communications technology, today announced its latest generation of LAN cable
certifiers - the LanTEK® II. This new family of three certifiers provides performance
certification of LAN cabling to TIA, ISO and IEC performance standards, making
it the most comprehensive line of cable certifiers in the industry.
three models to meet copper certification requirements from 350 to 500 to 1000
MHz, and full fiber optic certification of multi-mode and single mode fiber
optic cabling, our new line of LanTEK® II certifiers offer an all-inclusive
solution for installation, maintenance and certification of LAN cabling,"
said Dan Payerle, Business Unit Manager of IDEAL's DataComm Test Division.
LanTEK® II certifiers deliver outstanding performance, diagnostics and speed.
Complete Category 6/ISO Class E tests are performed in only 14 seconds,
including the saving of full graphical data. Test results are displayed on an
ultra-bright, high-resolution LCD that facilitates faster analysis and easier
navigation of the graphical user interface.
II cable certifiers supersede the LanTEK® series and represent the sixth
generation of LAN cable certifiers offered by IDEAL following its 2001
acquisition of the LAN Certifier Division of Wavetek.
three models of the LanTEK® II allow users to certify all LAN cabling
II-350 certifies applications up to 350 MHz which includes Category 5E and 6
(ISO Class D and E);
II-500 with a frequency range of 500 MHz supports Category 6A and ISO Class EA;
II-1000 sweeps to a full 1 GHz for ISO Class FA and other mixed media
applications such as CATV over twisted pair.
hardware of the LanTEK® II achieves many dramatic improvements over its
predecessor, such as the large 4.3" WQVGA display with bright,
energy-efficient white LED backlighting that is viewable in any lighting
condition and at a nearly 180 degree viewing angle. In addition, a new lithium
ion battery reduces weight and increases work time to an amazing 18 hours
between charges. The batteries feature two charging modes: a standard 8 hour
charge when the battery is charged in the handset, or for a fast 4 hour charge,
simply remove the battery from the handset and plug the power cord directly
into the battery.
meet the expanding storage needs of technicians, the LanTEK II features a large
internal memory with capacity for up to 1,700 Category 6 measurements with
graphs. Plus, the certifier's standard USB interface supports USB keychain
memory drives for quick offloading of saved tests. Push-to-talk (PTT)
functionality with the included talk sets eliminates annoying noise.
the previous generation, LanTEK® II still features the patented measurement
system which unlike any other certifier allows both channel and permanent link
measurements with a single universal test adapter. Users can simply replace the
high quality patch cords with a new set of off-the-shelf cords rather than
replace costly proprietary modules or hard-wired link adapters.
II also continues to offer the patented DualMODE measurement system that allows
a copper link to be tested against two different performance standards with a
single Autotest. This makes it easy to test a link to current standards as well
as measure the performance margin against future standards with higher
performance requirements, all while adding only 1 second to the Autotest time.
LanTEK II cable certifiers are immediately available with models starting at
All are packaged in a lightweight carrying case that features a hard yet
flexible outer shell and a form fitting EVA foam interior to protect the
instruments during transport.
INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. IDEAL is
one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and
supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance,
data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries. www.idealindustries.com.
INSTALLER OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED AT BICSI CONFERENCE
Reigning Champion Jessie
Spearman takes home title for second year.
Md., May 13,
2009— The second annual Cabling Skills Challenge came to end during last
night’s BICSI Exhibition and Reception. In total 24 BICSI-certified competitors
participated in the challenge:
Steven Hartley, ITS Installer 1, Staley, Inc.
Vincent Santucci, ITS Installer 1, Vision Technologies
James Sundy, ITS Installer 1, Staley, Inc.
John Barczak, ITS Installer 2, RKB Electric and Supply LLC
Brant Carson, ITS Installer 2, Varia Systems, Inc.
Jason Caviness, ITS Installer 2, IES Commercial
Andrew Davis, ITS Installer 2, Vision Technologies
Jeffrey Johnson, ITS Installer 2, Staley, Inc.
Nicholas O'Connell, ITS Installer 2, Staley, Inc.
Olen Brown, ITS Technician, Union Pacific Railroad
Alex Castillo, ITS Technician, ACE Contractor
Joseph D'Urso, ITS Technician, Vision Technologies
Daniel Dosch, ITS Technician, Netcom Technologies Inc.
Frank Gonsalves, ITS Technician, Union Pacific Railroad
George Henderson Jr., ITS Technician, Information Innovators Inc.
Christopher Honeycutt, ITS Technician, MTM Technologies
John McDonnell, ITS Technician
Sydney Mortiniera, ITS Technician, Stout Communication
Onyeka Okafo, ITS Technician, James Electrical Control, Inc.
David Redrow, ITS Technician, Echo 24
Timothy Roberts, ITS
Technician, Access Communication Services
Jessie Spearman, ITS Technician, Vision Technologies
Stephen Stamp, ITS Technician, James River
Kevin Whittle, ITS Technician
completing several events—including structured
cabling; copper cable terminations; fiber termination; cable assembly; cable
troubleshooting, technical support; professionalism; and a written competency
exam—winners of each level were named during Wednesday morning’s award ceremony.
1st — Vincent Stantucci, Vision Technologies
— James Sundy, Staley, Inc.
— Steven Hartley, Staley, Inc.
1st — Andrew Davis, Vision Technologies
— John Barczak, RKB Electric and Supply LLC
— Jeffrey Johnson, Staley, Inc.
— Jessie Spearman, Vision Technologies
— Timothy Roberts, Access
— Stephen Stamp, James River
overall winner with the highest score of the competition was rightfully named
BICSI Installer of the Year. Jessie Spearman, ITS Technician, of Vision
Technologies walked away with the honor, and $5,000, for the second year in a
row. Other awards included a UniCam Toolkit and a Deluxe Fiber Toolkit donated
by Corning, a Testifier Pro and Optical Probe from JDSU, a Rhino 6000 Hard Case
Kit from DYMO, a two-year BICSI membership and various other gift cards, tools
and packages from Unique Firestop, Siemon, STI, Sumitomo, Mohawk, Abesco ,
Kitco, Klein and RANDL. In total, the grand prize was worth over $15,000. First
place winners in the other categories won prizes totaling over $2,000.
couldn’t believe that I won again,” said Spearman. “But win or lose, being here
is a great experience. Before the competition, I thought BICSI was just a
training organization, but through these conferences I’ve learned BICSI is more
about career development and helping people grow. Since the last competition, I
was promoted from foreman to supervisor and now I oversee Vision Technology’s Virginia office
Cabling without a license is risky and costly
Florida and Georgia statewide, you must have at
least a low voltage or Limited Energy Electrical license to install or maintain
telephone or data cabling. NO EXCEPTIONS except for the operating telephone and
cable television companies. We hear “I didn’t know”
all the time… or they want to argue with me and say they don’t need to have a
low voltage license for what they do. But ignorance is not an excuse for
We clipped this information from a
website of low-voltage resources. I thought it may help with understanding the
“rules of the road” for communication cabling
Did you also know that if you are caught
installing cabling without a license you can be fined and or have a cease and
desist put on your activities.
Did you also know hiring a person with a
license does not qualify your business and is still unlicensed activity.
You must have your own license and the
business must be qualified by the state.
You also cannot sub contract a licensed
person to do a job on another persons property. Per the State of Florida and Georgia.
Licensed person must perform the work
and bill the customer that owns the site directly.
Now 38 of 50 states require low-voltage
licensing for voice/data.
For more information, please visit MyFloridaLicense.com.
Unlicensed Contracting Sting Yields 14 Arrests
May 7, 2009
CLAY COUNTY—The Department of Business and Professional
Regulation, in partnership with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, completed a
two-day contracting sting operation, resulting in 14 arrests (notices to
appear) by the CCSO and 23 citations issued by DBPR.
“We are committed to taking proactive measures to keep the public
safe and protect them from unlicensed and unscrupulous contractors,” said
Secretary Charles W. Drago. “We will continue our partnerships with local
law enforcement to ensure Floridians are protected.”
DBPR targeted individuals found advertising via the
Internet. The suspected unlicensed contractors were asked to submit bids
for work including, plumbing, roofing, home theatre installation, security
surveillance, electrical outlets and installation of electrical panel boxes.
When the individuals arrived to deliver the bids, they were asked to provide
proof of licensure. Those who could not provide proof were arrested and
“This operation involves even more than our agency helping DBPR
enforce unlicensed contractor violations,” said CCSO Lt. Barry
Abramowitz. “We also worked to protect our citizens from individuals who
would enter their home or business with illegal narcotics, or in one case, a
registered sex offender representing himself as a licensed contractor. We
discovered both during this operation this week.”
Citation amounts varied based on whether the individuals offered
to do both construction and electrical work or only one of the services.
Individuals issued notices to appear by the CCSO and cited by DBPR
Christopher M. Rogers
Eric D. Keathly
Daniel J. McKenzie
Steven Darby Ford
William Samual Turner
Robert Allan J.
Walter Robert Laun
Christopher Wayne Mann
Bubby Mern Shepherd
Jacob Oval Perry
James Ervin McGhee III
Victor Daniel Davila
Here are some tips to help consumers protect themselves against
Always ask to see the State of Florida license.
Note the license number and verify that the license
is current and in good standing. To check a license, call 850-487-1395 or visit
Ask for references and check each one.
Do not pay cash and be cautious of writing checks
made payable to individuals, especially when dealing with a company.
Get everything in writing, including a detailed
description of the work to be completed, a completion date and the total cost.
The department’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate
fairly. The department licenses more than one million businesses and
professionals ranging from real estate agents, veterinarians, and accountants
to contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit MyFloridaLicense.com.
can run but you cannot hide!!!! There are groups that insist on compliance with
the laws that govern our industry
What can I do? The NLVCA says there is a
lot you can do…
According to the National
Low Voltage Contractors Association website, enforcement of State
licensing statutes has become their top priority. “This illegal activity
has got to be stopped” says Mr. Steve
Dale the President of the NLVCA. According to Mr. Dale stopping
unlicensed activity is an issue the NLVCA is passionate about. Many
unlicensed individuals and companies lack the proper training, experience,
frequently violate safety codes, do not comply with continuing education
requirements, or carry the required insurance such as worker compensation,
general liability, errors and emission, and in most cases they don't pay their
required taxes. Their contracts with consumers are also invalid and unenforceable
in the courts. Mr. Dale says “Its not just the consumer or public that is
hurt by unlicensed activity, it’s the legally licensed contracting company who
is greatly effected. It’s their livelihood that’s being negativity
impacted. How much work is lost to illegal activity? According to
Mr. Dale he say’s he frequently speaks with licensed contractors who tell him
of work they have lost to an unlicensed competitor and how angry they are about
it. It not easy sometime to “Do the Right Thing” anyone can sell a
service for less, when they don’t have to follow the rules and requirements
legal business owners have to. According to Mr. Dale… “We as licensed
contractors must take a strong stand and only then will unlicensed activity
subside. We have to bring together consumer awareness and product
venders, installing and service companies and develop strong relationships with
licensing boards and the licensed contractor for support and to expose and
combat the issue head on.” One voice in the dark does not resonate much
but many voices speak loud and clear, and we all need to work together to get
the message out.
Combating this issue has been an ongoing problem for many State
licensing boards. For example; the State of Florida has more unlicensed activity than
many other states due to its economic growth and the transient nature of the
population . According to Mr. Dale many low voltage companies residing
outside the State of Florida conduct business
illegally without a state, county or city electrical or low voltage license.
So what can you do? Report
unlicensed activity to your state’s licensing board or to the NLVCA website http://www.nlvca.org/file_complaint.php. The NLVCA has begun
a program to track down unlicensed individuals that install low voltage systems
illegally and are a danger to the safety of the public and hurt the
industry. The program is designed to work with the company or individual
to help them become legally licensed. Until they become licensed they are
required to stop any business activity in that state. There is no reason not to
become legal, it can take as little as two months to get licensed in most states.
The NLVCA acts as the conduit between the company, consumer, the legal
low voltage contractors and the state, county, and city licensing boards. The
NLVCA works with state, county and city licensing boards and the state attorney
general. In continued and repeat unlicensed activity cases provide the
necessary information and evidence for legal action and prosecution. www.nlvca.org
support licensing because it adds to an increased level of public safety.
61G6-7.001 Specialty Electrical Contractors.
The following types of specialty electrical contractors may apply
to be certified under the provisions of Part II, Chapter 489, F.S., and Chapter
61G6-5, F.A.C., above. In order to be admitted to a specialty contractor
examination, the person must show 6 years of comprehensive training, technical
education, or broad experience on the type of electrical or alarm system work
for which certification is desired.
(1) Lighting Maintenance Specialty Electrical Contractor. The
scope of certification of a lighting maintenance specialty contractor is
limited to the installation, repair, alteration, or replacement of lighting
fixtures in or on buildings, signs, billboards, roadways, streets, parking lots
and other similar structures. However, the scope of the certification does not
include the provision of, or work beyond, the last electrical supplying source,
outlet, or disconnecting means.
(2) Sign Specialty Electrical Contractor. The scope of
certification includes the structural fabrication including concrete
foundation, erection, installation, alteration, repair, service and wiring of
electrical signs and outline lighting. The scope of certification shall not
include the provision of, or any electrical work beyond, the last disconnect
mean or terminal points. However, a contractor certified under this section may
provide the electrical entrance requirements for metering and main disconnect
of remote billboards or signs which are independent of any structure or
building and which require no more than twenty-five (25) kilowatts at two
hundred fifty (250) volts maximum.
(3) Residential Electrical Contractor. The scope of certification
includes installation, repair, alteration, addition to, replacement of or
design of electrical wiring, fixtures, appliances, apparatus, raceways, conduit,
or any part thereof, in a 1, 2, 3, or 4 family residence not exceeding 2
stories in height, and accessory use structures in connection with the
residence. The electrical service installed or worked upon is limited to single
phase, 400 ampere single service.
(4) Limited Energy Systems Specialty.
The scope of certification of a limited energy systems specialty contractor
includes the installation, repair, fabrication, erection, alteration, addition
to, or design of electrical wiring, fixtures, appliances, thermostats,
apparatus, raceways, conduit, and fiber optics (transmission of light over
stranded glass) or any part thereof not to exceed 98 volts, when those items
are for the purpose of transmitting data, proprietary video (satellite systems
which are not part of a community antenna television, cable television, or
radio distribution system), radio frequency, central vacuum, or electric locks,
data distribution networks, home theater systems, surround sound systems,
public address systems or telephone systems.
(a) The scope of certification is
limited to electrical circuits and equipment governed by the applicable
provisions of Articles 725 (Class 2 and 3 circuits only), 770, 800, 810, and
820 of the National Electrical Code, 1984 Edition,
or 47 C.F.R. Part 68.
(b) The scope of certification shall not
include work performed by public utilities exempt under the terms of Section
489.503(5), F.S., or exempt due to the regulatory jurisdiction of the Florida
Public Service Commission.
(5) Utility Line Electrical Contractor. The scope of certification
of a utility line electrical contractor means a utility contractor whose
business includes all types of transmission electrical circuits, distribution
electrical circuits, and substation construction done for investor owned
electrical utilities, city municipal electrical utilities, and cooperatives
under the rural electric authority between point of origin and point of
Specific Authority 489.511(5) FS. Law Implemented 489.503(14),
489.505(19), 489.511(5) FS. History–New 1-2-80, Amended 7-29-84, 10-14-84,
Formerly 21GG-7.01, Amended 2-23-86, 12-24-87, 6-21-89, 3-3-92, Formerly
21GG-7.001, Amended 1-28-96, 12-25-96, 6-11-97, 12-24-97, 7-19-98, 10-7-99,
2-17-00, 4-30-01, 4-30-03, 9-16-07, 12-2-08.
support licensing because it adds to an increased level of public safety.
Safety is too important to ignore. Frank Bisbee
IBS and low-voltage licensing State by State
The Electrical Contractor Magazine www.ecmag.com
– the official publication of NECA (National Electrical Contractors
by Edward Brown
Published: July 2008
IBS and low-voltage licensing
Licensing for integrated
building systems (IBS) work is a pretty confusing subject—not too surprising
for a field experiencing rapid expansion and change. In fact, the very idea of
something called integrated building systems is new. It encompasses fields of
work that have, until recently, been considered separate. On the other hand,
licensing for electricians has been around for a long time, and even though
there continue to be changes in power wiring technology, the basic structure
remains fairly constant.
first question that needs to be asked regarding IBS work is, “Which areas of
work are to be covered by the license?” A review of licensing requirements
quickly reveals this question is far from settled. For power wiring, it’s
generally understood that the National Electrical Code (NEC) is the accepted
code that is the basis for licensing. But for low-voltage work, the laws vary
from state to state and can even vary within states from county to county and
city to city. So rule No. 1 is you must check the state and the specific
locality where you’re planning a project that includes any kind of low-voltage
work to make sure you meet the requirements well in advance.
going into the details of licensing, it’s important to understand the
difference between “licensed” and “certified.” A government agency issues a
license according to the laws of a specific locality. A certification is issued
by an independent organization that specializes in a particular area of work.
look at the state-by-state listing on www.neca-neis.org makes very clear the
level of variation. One pattern that can be seen from reading through these
requirements, however, is the most common requirements are for fire and
are some exceptions. Starting with the easiest, there are no statewide
low-voltage licensing requirements in Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Dakota,
Ohio and Wisconsin. While Colorado,
have no statewide requirements, localities in these states do have them.
South Carolina, for example, has pretty
straightforward requirements. They also are typical, in that the license
requirements are for fire alarms and burglar alarms.
contractor can apply to the state for a burglar alarm license, fire alarm
license or both. According to the instructions posted on South Carolina’s Web site,
www.llr.state.sc.us, Document #130, all applicants must pass a technical exam
plus an exam on the South Carolina Code of Laws that regulate alarm businesses.
In addition to the specific exams required by the state, burglar contractors
must be certified to NTS Level I by the National Burglar & Fire
Alarm Association National Training School
(www.alarm.org). NTS Level I requires that the applicant take a three-day
Certified Alarm Technician course followed by a two-hour, multiple-choice
examination. And “[a]ny owner, partner, officer or employee of a licensed
burglar alarm business who accesses a client’s property or burglar alarm
records must be registered with the department and must submit a criminal
background report for each employee.”
alarm contractors need National Institute for Certification in Engineering
Technologies (NICET) Level II certification (www.nicet.org). That level of
NICET certification requires two years of supervised work in the field in
addition to an extensive exam. The exam to achieve Level II includes 30
different subject areas, including basic metric units and conversions and such
topics as National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards, system
acceptance and periodic tests, detector spacing and signal processing.
other clauses of note:
licensees must designate a primary qualifying party who • has passed the required examinations and is a
full-time employee holding a managerial or supervisory position.”
alarm business must conduct business in the name in which • the license was obtained. The license belongs to
the alarm business, not the qualifier.”
applicant must submit with the application a current • insurance Certificate of Comprehensive General
Liability Insurance providing for a minimum coverage of $100,000 …”
licensed for low-voltage work in California is
more than a little different from South
Carolina. In South
Carolina, the only two low-voltage categories are
fire and burglar alarm systems. In California,
however, those are the only two low-voltage categories that don’t require a
special license. According to its contractors’ licensing Web site
(www.cslb.ca.gov), all you need is a general electrical contractor’s
license—C10—to do fire alarm system work. But if you dig a little further, you
discover that in order to pass the C10 exam, you need to study, among other
resources, the National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72). Take a look at that code,
and you’ll find that Section 4.3.3 requires using “qualified” fire alarm
states: “Installation personnel shall be qualified or shall be supervised by
persons who are qualified in the installation, inspection, and testing of fire
alarm systems. Evidence of qualifications or certification shall be provided
when requested by the authority having jurisdiction. Qualified personnel shall
include, but not be limited to, one or more of the following:
“Personnel who are factory trained and certified for fire alarm system
installation of the specific type and brand of system being installed
“Personnel who are certified by a nationally recognized fire alarm
certification organization acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction
“Personnel who are registered, licensed, or certified by a state or local
by requiring the electrical contractor license for fire alarm work, the state is
calling out these specific qualifications—not so very different from South Carolina after
all. But it takes probing to figure it out. Fortunately, California
maintains a very useful helpline (800.321.CSLB) to answer all your California state
security, in California “Individuals who install, maintain, monitor, sell,
alter or service burglar alarm systems are exempt from licensure under the
Contractors License Law … provided they are licensed by BSIS [Bureau of
Security and Investigative Services].” The BSIS requirements include that there
is a qualified manager who passes a criminal background check, has two years of
experience in burglar alarm work and passes a two-hour, multiple-choice exam.
requires a C-7 license for low-voltage system contractors. According to the
requirements for this category, a “communication and low voltage contractor
installs, services and maintains all types of communication and low voltage
systems which are energy limited and do not exceed 91 volts. These systems
include, but are not limited to telephone systems, sound systems, cable
television systems, closed-circuit video systems, satellite dish antennas,
instrumentation and temperature controls, and low voltage landscape lighting.”
order to get the license, you must have at least five years of experience in
your field working at the journeyman level; submit an application; and pass two
2½-hour, multiple-choice exams. The first exam, required for every category of
work, is the law and business exam, which has questions relating to business
management and construction law. The second exam covers low-voltage systems.
You can obtain study guides and also check out the list of suggested reference
books. The C-7 study guide outlines five major sections in the exam:
“Job Planning and Estimating
and application of plans for low voltage •
with codes •
with owner, architect and other trades •
and labeling •
methods and testing equipment •
End Use Equipment Installation
of data/voice equipment •
of audio/video equipment •
of other low voltage equipment •
System Performance Testing, Troubleshooting And Repair
of low-voltage systems and • components
Worker and Job Site Safety
of work site hazards •
work practices” •
of legal licensing requirements, each political jurisdiction imposes
regulations on the work done and who may do it. I’ve already mentioned
certification requirements that may form a part of the licensing procedure.
Even more certain, regardless of the legal licensing requirements, is that
every locality will have codes to regulate the building trades. So for example,
in Iowa, where there are no statewide
low-voltage licensing regulations, a contractor who wants to install fire alarm
systems would be bound by NFPA 72, which, as I outlined under the California requirements,
calls for specific levels of “qualified” workers.
an electrical contractor wants to take on low-voltage work for the first time,
he or she will have to sort through some often confusing regulations.
good first step would be to check out the listing of state •
licensing regulations at www.neca-neis.org. This listing gives a state-by-state
summary of low-voltage licensing requirements and, even more importantly,
contact information for the relevant state offices.
to the appropriate authority where you intend to work, and •
research exactly what is needed, including “licensed,” “certified” and
“qualified” personnel. Make sure you are clear about whether the actual
installer needs to be licensed, or just supervised by a licensed person.
important item to watch out for is that in a number of •
states, such as Minnesota,
the electrical contractor license also covers low-voltage work, so an
electrical contractor doesn’t need any further special low-voltage licensing.
certain to find out how long the licensing process takes. •
It usually involves an application, which may be time consuming, and studying
for and passing an exam.
also will usually require personnel who have a • specified number of years
also may require certifications by national • associations in the
particular low-voltage specialty for which the license is being sought.
licenses also call for regular renewals every so many •
years and require that the license holder take a number of continuing education
classes during each renewal period.
regulations are very general, and some are very specific with regard to
particular subspecialties, which may be many. For example, Louisiana,
Nevada, New Mexico,
subspecialties, which may be too many.
example, Louisiana, Tennessee
require different licenses for residential and commercial work. Minnesota distinguishes
between contractors and technicians. In other states, e.g., South
Dakota and Virginia,
low-voltage work is covered by the regular electrical contractor license, but
the contractor is responsible for meeting the applicable low-voltage standards.
IBS technology expands, it is becoming increasingly crucial that the quality of
workmanship in this area be ensured. It is, therefore, likely that as time goes
on, low-voltage licensing requirements will become more widespread and
requirements requires sorting through often confusing regulations, which can be
quite different from locality to locality. It will pay off in the long run to
spend the time early on to make sure that you learn exactly what has to be
BROWN is an electrical engineer,
technical writer and editor. He has served as managing editor for SECURITY +
LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS magazine. For many years, he designed high-power
electronics systems for industry, research laboratories and government. Reach
him at email@example.com.
Reprinted with permission from Electrical Contractor Magazine www.ecmag.com
CommScope Inc. division racks up a big loss for patent infringement
TruePosition Inc. has been
awarded $19.7 million in additional damages in a patent-infringement case
against Andrew Corp. in U.S. District Court in Delaware. This brings the total price
tag for patent infringement pay out
to almost $43 million for the Illinois-based Andrew - a division of CommScope Inc. of Hickory.
TruePosition was previously awarded
$23.25 million after a jury decided in September 2007 that Andrew infringed on
a TruePosition patent for a technology used to determine the location of
The latest award followed a finding
that Andrew continued to ship products with the infringing technology even
after the trial. It comprises $10.1 million in compensatory damages, $9.6
million in punitive damages, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest, plus
costs and attorneys’ fees.
TruePosition, a provider of wireless
location products, is based in Berwyn,
Pa. It is a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corp. of Englewood, Colo.
Andrew designs and makes
communications equipment and systems at facilities in 35 countries.
CommScope acquired the business in
December 2007 for $2.65 billion. www.commscope.com
DuPont to cut 2000 jobs
DuPont said that it plans to eliminate
2,000 — or about 3 percent — of its jobs as part of a restructuring estimated
at saving the company $225 million annually by 2010.
The restructuring will primarily take
place in the coatings and color technologies, electronics and communication
technologies, performance materials and safety and protection segments,
according to a regulatory filing Thursday.
DuPont said the program will result
in a one-time pretax charge of between $340 million and $390 million in the
second quarter of 2009, according to the filing. Of that amount, $225 million
will be related to severance and benefit costs, and about $145 million will be
asset write-offs. The company also expects to incur a $35 million cost related
to the dismantlement and removal costs and accelerated depreciation associated
with implementation of the plan.
DuPont expects the job cuts to be
completed in 2010.
Based in Wilmington, Del., DuPont,
led by Chief Executive Officer Ellen Kullman, develops products and services
for the agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and
transportation markets. It has 59,000 employees worldwide, according to the
Retrofitting Commercial Buildings
May 17, 2009
According to a recent report, energy efficient retrofits in the
commercial building sector will grow substantially in the coming years,
especially in light of the recent American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Pike Research, www.pikeresearch.com, Boulder,
Colo., a consulting firm for global clean
technology markets, recently released the study, Energy Efficiency Retrofits
for Commercial and Public
Buildings, which looks at
market opportunities, drivers, barriers, and best practices in commercial
According to the study, the total opportunity for major green
renovations in the commercial building sector is approximately $400 billion
throughout the coming years.
While monetary savings is a big benefit of green retrofit
projects, this study shows costs will not be the primary factor for the
majority of projects. The drive for energy efficient retrofits will be
developed based on objectives to lower the carbon footprint, increase employee
productivity, and raise property values.
“High-performance green building space experiences lower vacancy
rates and commands a premium price, compared to conventional space,” says Clint
Wheelock, managing director, Pike Research. “Because of this, commercial
building owners are adopting green retrofits as a market differentiator. The
favorable retrofit business model will fuel steady momentum until most
commercial building space has been retrofitted for energy efficiency.”
According to Pike Research, the U.S. commercial building market
represents one of the largest opportunities for reducing carbon emissions and
Continental Automated Buildings Association www.caba.org
The Continental Automated
Buildings Association (CABA) is a not-for-profit industry association
dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building
technologies in North America.
The organization is supported by an international membership of
nearly 400 companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation and
retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation.
Public organizations, including utilities and government are also members.
CABA's mandate includes providing its members with networking and
market research opportunities. CABA also encourages the development of industry
standards and protocols, and leads cross-industry initiatives.
The organization was originally founded in 1988 as the Canadian
Automated Buildings Association. The founding members included Bell
Research, Ontario Hydro, Hydro-Québec, Consumers Gas, Canadian Home Builders’
Association, the Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association of Canada,
Minto Developments Inc. and the National Research Council of Canada.
In 2006, CABA integrated the Internet Home Alliance, an
association of technology companies committed to research and development
within the intelligent home sector. The working group now exists as
CABA's Connected Home Research Council. www.caba.org
New VoIP Enterprise Service Kit from Fluke Networks Reduces Installation and Problem-Solving Time for VoIP Phone Systems
of three crucial test tools meets growing demand for comprehensive, affordable
VoIP installation solution
EVERETT, Washington – Fluke Networks, provider of innovative
Network SuperVision Solutions™ for the testing, monitoring and analysis of
enterprise and telecommunications networks, announces the availability of the VoIP Enterprise Service Kit,
designed to ensure successful deployment of VoIP
phonesover existing network infrastructure. By using the three
vital test tools included in this kit – a cable qualification tester, an inline
performance tester and a digital probe – technicians can quickly eliminate the
most common problems plaguing VoIP installations.
The VoIP Enterprise Service Kit fills a void created by
existing test tools that only check cable integrity – without looking at VoIP
performance – and tools that only look at the VoIP phone, without testing the
cabling’s ability to transmit voice traffic. The new kit reduces the risk
of rework and call-backs by testing both infrastructure and phone
performance while the technician is on site.
The VoIP Enterprise Service Kit is built around the CableIQ™ Qualification Tester.
The CableIQ tester checks cable bandwidth to ensure it will support Voice Over
IP requirements. This can prevent hours of downtime and troubleshooting
when VoIP equipment is installed on cabling with insufficient bandwidth.
Also in the kit is the NetTool™ Series II inline testerwith
VoIP Testing Option. NetTool allows users to see into VoIP calls by
placing NetTool between the IP phone and network. Users can now quickly
diagnose phone boot-up and call control problems as well as measure key call
quality metrics without the need of a costly, hard-to-use protocol analyzer.
The third fundamental tool in the VoIP Enterprise Service Kit is
the IntelliTone™ probe.
IntelliTone simplifies cable identification by responding to unique digital
tones which are unaffected by sources of interference that hinder traditional
tone-probe sets. Both the CableIQ Qualification Tester and NetTool Inline
Tester generate digital tone that can be located by the IntelliTone probe,
saving time during cable identification tasks.
The VoIP Enterprise Service Kit is one of several VoIP solutions
offered by Fluke Networks. Earlier this week the company announced NetAlly VoIP Assessment and
Troubleshooting Software, version 7.0. This new software
package helps eliminate risk associated with deploying or expanding VoIP
services by assessing the current state of the network and previewing the
service before it is deployed on that network. Assessing the network, a
requirement of many leading IP PBX manufacturers, makes VoIP deployments faster,
more successful and less costly by reducing post-deployment troubleshooting.
In addition to the CableIQ Qualification Tester, NetTool™ Series II inline
tester and the IntelliTone probe, the VoIP Enterprise Service Kit includes six
remote office IDs, used for identifying cable outlets at the far end of a
link. The VoIP Enterprise Service Kit is available for immediate delivery
through Fluke Networks sales partners worldwide.
Networks provides innovative solutions for the installation and certification,
testing, monitoring and analysis of copper, fiber and wireless networks used by
enterprises and telecommunications carriers. The company's comprehensive line
of Network SuperVision™ Solutions provide network installers, owners, and
maintainers with superior vision, combining speed, accuracy and ease of use to
optimize network performance. Headquartered in Everett, Washington,
the company distributes its products in more than 50 countries. More
information can be found by visiting Fluke Networks’ Web site at www.flukenetworks.com or
by calling (800) 283-5853.
Is Blue the New Green? IDEAL Launches "Get Green With Blue" Environmental Initiative
As part of ongoing efforts to promote environmental stewardship
and create healthy work environments, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. today launched its
new Get Green With Blue™ strategic initiative. Get Green With Blue is aimed at
educating electrical distributors, architects, electricians, and data
communications installers on how to properly use IDEAL products to meet
criteria for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green
Building Rating System™. www.usgbc.org
The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is a voluntary, consensus-based national
standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. It was
designed by leading experts in the construction industry to encourage and
accelerate global adoption of sustainable green building and development
practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and
accepted tools and performance criteria. Project ratings are achieved through
earning points in each of six LEED categories, including the use of products
that reduce light pollution, optimize energy performance, and improve indoor
"Our Get Green with Blue program will focus on product choices that our
customers can make in new construction or existing buildings that will result
in economically profitable, environmentally friendly, healthy and productive
places to work," explained Jim James, President and CEO, IDEAL INDUSTRIES,
INC. "For years IDEAL has manufactured products that can be used in
LEED-certified projects to help achieve certification and that are RoHS
compliant. Get Green With Blue underscores this long-term commitment to the
As the first step in the Get Green With Blue program, IDEAL is giving each of
its 2,000 distributors a detailed guide featuring advice and resources for
every aspect of an environmentally responsible construction project. This
invaluable tool also shows the LEED contribution of specific IDEAL products,
such as the PowerPlug™ disconnect, the VPM power analyzer, and the HeatSeeker™
thermal imager, in a matrix format to easily determine each product's LEED
impact. The company also plans on posting an on-line LEED calculator on its
website, as well as to host nationwide Get Green With Blue seminars for IDEAL
distributors and their customers.
Inside IDEAL, the environmental movement has taken many forms. For example, its
headquarters in Sycamore, Illinois
recently installed energy-efficient occupancy sensors and electronic ballasts,
plus has switched over to biodegradeable maintenance cleaners. Electrical
forklifts have replaced gas models to prevent air pollution, while all
packaging materials are now 100% recyclable. www.idealindustries.com.
is Open for NAED’s 2009 LEAD Conference, Orlando, Fla., July 30 – Aug. 2
Lead Through Economic Climate Change…Prepare for the Future
ST. LOUIS… The National Association of Electrical
Distributors (NAED) invites emerging industry leaders to Orlando, Fla.,
for this summer’s 2009 LEAD (Leadership Enhancement and Development)
Conference. The LEAD Conference is developed by industry professionals who
volunteer their time serving on the NAED LEAD Committee. This annual conference
is an industry favorite for “up and comers” in electrical distribution and
gives participants the opportunity to improve their management skills, network
with peers and trading partners in small group settings, and learn from
Education sessions for this year include:
Best Practices Sharing Round Table
Discussions. Join other emerging industry leaders for LEAD’s new Round Table
Discussion Session. You will have the opportunity to share ideas and best
practices with your peers in a comfortable, noncompetitive environment prior to
the official opening of the conference. Pre-registration is required for this
“How to Get and Keep the Best Customers
for Life—Your Economic Future Depends On It.” Dr. Don A. Rice, professor
emeritus from Texas
will help you deliver to your customers the service levels required to make
them “Customers for Life”. This two–part program addresses leadership for
challenging times by teaching new ways of thinking and taking positive action
to get the results you need now.
“Scenario Planning for the Electrical
Distribution Industry of the Future.” Lynne C. Levesque, Ed. D, consultant, researcher and author, will
explore the power of scenario planning and its application to the electrical
distribution industry of the future. Participants will spend time investigating
possible ways the industry could evolve over the next several years. The
session also explores the potential impact on the electrical distribution
industry from different trends in technology, demographics, human resource
issues, regulations, and globalization.
Burt Schraga, NAED chair-elect and CEO of the Santa Clara, Calif.
based Bell Electrical Supply will describe how he climbed the leadership ladder
by turning a job into a career. A 34-year veteran of the industry, Burt will
share his take on what the electrical distribution industry will look like in
the future. Brian Peters, NAED regional manager, will join Burt in updating
participants on what’s new at NAED and how these new resources and benefits can
impact your career.
In addition to these informative sessions, the conference also offers
networking opportunities, including an opening reception at Disney’s Boardwalk
Inn, Dutch Treat Dine-Around Disney, and a closing reception as the conference
concludes with a sky’s view of Epcot's amazing fireworks show.
Click here to register online.
The early bird registration deadline is June 25. For more information, contact
the NAED Conference Department at (888) 791-2512 or e-mail Rhonda Parkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAED is the trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution
industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps
electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED’s
membership represents approximately 4,400 locations internationally.
Nortel breakup seems near
Nokia Siemens Networks offered to buy
large chunks of Nortel Networks' businesses, including most of its carrier
networks unit and a research unit developing future wireless technologies,
according to the Wall Street Journal.
Additionally, an auction last week of Nortel's enterprise telecom business
attracted bids from Avaya and Siemens Enterprise Communications. The moves show
Nortel may indeed break itself up rather than trying to emerge from bankruptcy
protection as a single entity. Nortel has until May to restructure.
Nokia Siemens reportedly made an unsolicited offer for Nortel's carrier
networks business, including its CDMA group, which produced most of Nortel's
operating profit. Nokia Siemens could be trying to muscle into the North
American market, where Nortel had a significant presence until its struggles
began. Nokia Siemens also wants to acquire the Nortel unit focused on
developing LTE technology.
A Nortel spokesman did not comment on the specific deals being discussed, but
did tell the Journal that
"planning is underway and we are pursuing opportunities that we believe
will provide maximum benefit to our key stakeholders, including our creditors,
customers and employees."
Nortel was recently granted the right to pay top executives $7.3 million in
retention bonuses. The company posted a $2.14 billion loss in the fourth
quarter and a $5.8 billion loss for all of 2008. Its revenue declined 15
percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter, to $2.72 billion.
Wireless Patient Tracking in Disaster Management
By Mike McBride, Editor
Management Technology Magazine (merged with Communications NewsMagazine)
WASHINGTON STATE: An earthquake measuring
magnitude 9.0 on the Richter scale rocked the Cascadia Subduction Zone. It sent
30-foot waves smashing through Puget Sound,
sweeping coastal community out to sea and creating massive devastation. The
main tremor knocked out power and ruptured waterlines from Bellingham
Aftershocks, many of which were earthquakes in their own right, pummeled Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.
Thousands are missing and feared dead. Thousands more may be left homeless or
without power and water for indefinite periods. Hospitals and emergency
services were caught unprepared.
above scenario is fiction, but tomorrow, it could be fact. Are we ready? The
events on Sept. 11, 2001 showed the world what Americans are made of. Although
thousands lost their lives, including hundreds of first responders, triage at
ground zero took place and under the most extreme conditions. It is a tribute
to the efforts and training of those first responders that hundreds of people
survived. Could America
have been better prepared?
the Clarion Call
timely information-sharing and inadequate communications capabilities likely
contributed to the loss of emergency responders’ lives,” said Dr. Shyam Sunder
in a 2005 New York Daily News article. Sunder is deputy director of the
Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL) at the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST), and was the lead investigator during the
building and fire safety investigation of the World Trade
breakdown was the number one complaint made by the emergency personnel who responded
to disasters at the World Trade Centers
and Pentagon, and later Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. During Katrina, EMS rescued hundreds of walking wounded from the waters
and airlifted them to triage areas, only for them to become misplaced in the system,
sometimes for days. In response, Congress subsequently released billions of
dollars to help companies develop systems to improve communications and data
sharing between first responders and hospitals during mass casualty events.
of all sizes answered the call. One was Iomedex in Seattle, Wash.,
makers of MobileIRIS (Mobile Incident Response Information System), a wireless
patient tracking system that enables first responders to track the movements of
casualties through triage and treatment using bar codes. It also provides local
healthcare organizations with a common database from which to exchange
information and access patients’ electronic health records (EHR).
consists of a network of ruggedized, hand-held computers built by Hand Held
Products of Skaneateles Falls, N.Y., and powered by Microsoft PocketPC 2003.
The handhelds feature bar-code scanning and Adaptus imaging technology for
taking pictures of wounds, and connect by Wi-Fi or wireless data technology to
dedicated servers distributed in secure locations throughout the country. The
servers operate on Microsoft SQL Server 2000.
On April 17, 2006, the Boston Athletic Association, in cooperation with the
Massachusetts Department of Health and Massachusetts Emergency Management
Agency, used MobileIRIS technology to track 22,500 runners during the annual
26.2-mile Boston Marathon. Bar codes were imprinted on the runner’s bibs and
scanned whenever they stopped for services and re-entered the race. The idea was
not to track their every move throughout the race, as much as to note the
locations and times they entered and exited the route. In this way, the runners
were locatable within a short distance.
a USA Today article posted April 15, 2006, Nancy Ridley, assistant commissioner
for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is noted as saying the
marathon would provide a good training ground to test a patient tracking system
that could be used following a disaster. A terrorist attack might be another appropriate
first responders use the hand-held devices to transmit critical patient data
and incident information, including photographs of the casualty’s injuries,
directly into Iomedex’s database, the data is immediately accessible to
multiple providers and healthcare facilities 24/7. Emergency responders perform
the identification process during triage, at which time a bar code is scanned
and attached to the patient’s wrist.
the patient moves through the system, healthcare providers can access up-to-the-minute
patient history—a critical advantage during life-saving procedures—and track
the patient’s location simply by rescanning the bar code. The system allows ED
clinicians to study a patient’s condition and secure needed resources prior to
the patient’s arrival. In triage situations, where mass casualties are widely
distributed, such technologies could be critical in saving hundreds of lives.
for the Inevitable
Shortly after the 9-11 attacks, CEOs from across the nation converged to discuss
the topic of disaster preparedness. John Todd, M.D., CEO, Stevens
Hospital, was alarmed by a lecture
that covered the pitfalls experienced by the local Manhattan hospitals, and discussed a
hospital’s responsibility to be prepared in times of disaster. Stevens is
located in Edmonds,
Wash., on Puget Sound, 15 miles north of Seattle, near the Cascadia Subduction Zone—the most
extensive fault line in the Pacific Northwest—prime
earthquake country. Magnitude 6.0 or greater earthquakes in this area are not uncommon.
assessed the risk of an unprepared Stevens
Hospital being at the epicenter of a
major casualty disaster, such as an earthquake, or a terrorist strike on Puget Sound’s ports or one of the area’s nuclear power
plants. He focused on ensuring the hospital’s readiness as a safe haven, a
vaccination point or a decontamination center. Then in 2002, following a
similar federal mandate, Washington State’s Department of Health released an
“All Hazards Preparation” mandate, which required the healthcare community to
make all necessary preparations for a chemical, biological or environmental
Robert Mitchell, a retired
obstetrician and gynecologist who is now Stevens Hospital’s
bioterrorism response coordinator, had embarked on his own disaster
preparedness journey. The vulnerability of Washington’s ports, military installations,
nuclear power plants and borders were Mitchell’s greatest concerns. For a year
following 9-11, he attended state and local government planning meetings, and
late in 2002, he visited Stevens
Hospital and met with
Todd. Then, in 2003, Mitchell attended high-level military/uniformed first
responders meetings. “It was firemen, police, EMS,
the Coast and National Guards and me—the retired gynecologist,” he says.
Wanted: Specific Data Management Capability
For two more years, Mitchell traveled the country, participating in biological,
chemical and radiological response training. He even spent a week at the U.S.
Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in Fort Detrick, Md.
studying biological defense, while they prepared to depart for Iraq.
discovered a common need wherever he visited first responders. “They all wanted
a data management system that looked at four things,” he says. “Credentialing
responders, tracking casualties, tracking expenses, and resource location and
Mitchell returned to Stevens
Hospital with his
findings, Todd put him in touch with Iomedex CTO and Board Chairman Peter
Simpson. Stevens Hospital had been a beta-test site
during MobileIRIS’s development and had purchased the system one year earlier
to address issues that arose post 9-11.
knew nothing about computers at that time,” says Mitchell. “I could barely do
e-mail.” However, he recognized the significance of a sophisticated data
management system that would interface with a hospital’s existing legacy
systems, install without negatively affecting budget, and be up and running on
a moment’s notice in the event of an emergency.
Standardized EMS on a Regional Scale
Stevens and Iomedex are at the heart of a regional effort to standardize EMS using the MobileIRIS system. Participants include The
American Red Cross, a CERFP (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or
high-yield explosive enhanced response force package) unit of the Washington
State National Guard, Seattle’s Public Schools District, and seven hospitals,
seven fire/EMS departments, three county police departments, and Snohomish and
Pierce County Departments of Health and Emergency Management.
In 2005, the White House
released the report “National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza,” in which
President Bush states, “A new strain of influenza virus has been found in birds
in Asia, and has shown that it can infect
humans. If this virus undergoes further change, it could very well result in
the next human pandemic.” The report further states, “It is essential that the U.S. private
sector be engaged in all preparedness and response activities for a pandemic.”
9-11, many companies have taken up the disaster preparedness gauntlet, some
with their own wireless communications solutions. However, Mitchell believes
that limited on-the-job training and experience will hinder any system that is
designed to be deployed only during emergencies. To be truly effective, he
says, a disaster management solution must be integrated into all EMS and hospital ED daily activities in an entire region.
That way, all of the staffs are similarly trained and highly familiar with the
same technology, and can operate in unison during an emergency.
kinds of systems are very useful on an individual basis, but they become
powerful when they become regionalized,” he says. “No individual entity is
capable of responding to a disaster by itself. Unless [EMS]
can enlist the help of surrounding services, it will be a disaster within a
disaster in terms of response.”
strongly supports interoperability and standardization and claims they are the
two most powerful terms in the EMS industry.
“That’s the concept,” he says. “To put like tools [in the hands] of people with
the same training, who are using the same system, looking at the same data.
That’s a force multiplier.”
such as Stevens Hospital
and Iomedex are preparing for the unthinkable: disasters of such magnitude that
existing EMS systems may be inadequate.
Regional health institutions throughout the nation might be well advised to
examine similar disaster preparedness models. What’s good for the goose may
well be good for the gander.
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AT&T To Spend $17-18 Billion in 2009, Add 3,000
AT&T Inc. has said it plans to invest $17 billion to $18 billion in its
infrastructure in 2009 despite the recession and will add 3,000 new jobs. The
carrier says it’s still seeing increased demand for mobility, broadband and
video – and especially for mobility, with a veritable explosion in demand
expected once the economy turns around. It wants to capitalize on what growth
areas there are (wireless and IP). And it wants to be ready for the future.
“We expect demand will only escalate when the larger economy rebounds, and
AT&T’s continued strong network investment will help ensure that we’re
fully ready to support the next wave of economic growth said Randall
Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, in a statement. “We recognize the
continuing importance of investing in critical network infrastructure, which
plays a key role in driving commerce, innovation and job growth.”
AT&T said it will nearly double its U-verse residential fiber footprint,
hoping to pass 30 million homes in 2011, up from 17 million today. The carrier
will continue to expand its DSL reach as well to cater to those looking for
It all adds up to AT&T expecting to see data traffic on its core network
growing more than 50 percent year-over-year, so its global IP backbone is
getting a cash infusion too, including investment in subsea fiber-optic cables.
Fiber Optic Association has
been organized as a international non-profit professional society for the fiber
optic industry. Its charter is to develop educational programs, certify fiber
optic technicians, approve fiber optic training courses, participate in
standards-making processes and generally promote fiber optics. The FOA has
certified over 22,000 CFOTs (Certified Fiber Optic Technicians) through over
180 approved training organizations worldwide. www.thefoa.org
The NECA Show is top-rated – Sept in Seattle
Seattle Exhibitor Service Manual is Now Available
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successful operation of your exhibit during the show.
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Time Warner, AOL To Separate
Warner Inc. announced May 28, 2009
that its board has authorized plans for the complete separation of America
Online Inc. from Time Warner.
Warner, which owns 95 percent of
AOL, expects to purchase Google's 5 percent stake in AOL in the third quarter
of 2009, according to a news release.
separation will be another critical step in the reshaping of Time Warner that we started at the beginning of last
year, enabling us to focus to an even greater degree on our core content
businesses," Time Warner
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bewkes said. "The separation
will also provide both companies with greater operational and strategic
the proposed separation, AOL would become an independent, publicly traded
company. AOL's Web brands and services reach more than 107 million domestic
unique visitors a month. It will continue to operate its Internet access
subscription services in the U.S.
will be a great opportunity for AOL, our employees and our partners," AOL
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tim Armstrong said. "Becoming a
standalone public company positions AOL to strengthen its core businesses,
deliver new and innovative products and services, and enhance our strategic
options. We play in a very competitive landscape and will be using our new
status to retain and attract top talent.
we have a tremendous amount of work to do, he said, "we have a global
brand, a committed team of people, and a passion for the future of the
Warner seeks to complete the
proposed transaction around the end of the year.
and Time Warner merged in 2001 in a
deal worth $147 billion.
Tyco Donates Home Fire Sprinkler System To Habitat For Humanity House
Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products
(TFSBP) partnered with the Capital District Habitat for Humanity last fall and
donated a Rapid Response Home Fire Sprinkler System to “The Ted Abriel House,”
a home that received its namesake from an Albany-area (New York) fallen firefighter. Its completion
in October marks the first time the Capital District Habitat for Humanity
utilized a residential fire sprinkler system to protect a home and its future
Driving the movement behind the sprinkler
installation was Anthony “Chick” Granito, a volunteer coordinator with Capital
District Habitat for Humanity. Having worked with residential sprinklers since
the 1970s as the director of research for the National Fire Protection
Association (NFPA), Granito helped design some of the first residential fire
sprinkler systems. Understanding that they save lives and protect property,
Granito has been a longtime advocate of their installation in homes.
“We want this house to be used as a model for other
home builders in the area,” Granito said. “Residential fire sprinklers are
extremely important in any home, and we’re really hoping this creates a trend
in the community.”
Every new home in the Albany area may soon feature this life-saving
technology. Last September, the leading building code-making body in the United States,
the International Code Council, overwhelmingly approved residential fire
sprinkler requirements for single-family homes. The vote passed mostly due to
the support of the fire service, including many from the state of New York. It sets
groundwork for cities to adopt requirements, effective Jan. 1, 2011.
The Rapid Response system is always on call,
working to suppress fires rapidly and effectively. The system responds during a
threatening fire when surrounding air temperature rises and the sprinkler closest
to the fire activates. The sprinkler then sprays water over the flames, either
extinguishing them completely or suppressing heat and toxic smoke until the
fire department arrives. These systems have more than 20 years of proven,
reliable performance in the field.
Albany Fire Protection Inc. donated the labor to
install the fire sprinklers. On the home’s task force was owner Tom Kelly, as
well as John Legault, Peter Libertucci, Paul Winaroski, Tony Caiozzo and Lou
In January 2007, Ted Abriel, acting lieutenant of
the Albany Fire Department (AFD), was fighting a fire in the upper stories of a
high-rise apartment building when he suffered a fatal, massive heart attack.
His brother, also a firefighter, believes this is a very appropriate way to commemorate
his brother after his 15 years of service.
“I think this is a great way to honor Ted, as well
as all the firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty,” said Warren
Abriel, executive deputy chief for the AFD and Ted’s brother. “I’m glad Capital
District Habitat for Humanity decided to protect a family in need in my
According to the NFPA, more firefighter deaths
occur at residential fires than at any other type of structure fire. In 2007,
102 firefighters died in the line of duty. Nearly half of those deaths occurred
in residential properties. In addition, 68 percent of all firefighter injuries
occur in residential properties. Residential fire sprinklers are specifically
designed to contain fire in its early stages, greatly reducing the risk posed
to occupants, as well as firefighters arriving on the scene. www.nfpa.org
Belden Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend
LOUIS, May 19, 2009, the Board of Directors of Belden declared a regular
quarterly dividend of five cents per share payable on July 7, 2009 to all
shareholders of record as of June 12, 2009.
All the Right Signals - from industrial automation to data centers, from
broadcast studios to aerospace, from cutting-edge wireless communications to
consumer electronics, Belden people are committed to delivering the best signal
transmission solutions in the world. Belden associates work in copper cable,
fiber, wireless technology, connectors, switches and active components to bring
voice, video and data to your mission-critical application. With 2008 revenue
of $2.0 billion, Belden has manufacturing capability in North America, Europe
and Asia. To obtain additional information
contact Investor Relations at 314-854-8054, or visit our website at www.belden.com.
Wesco says Engel to become CEO in September
Wesco says COO Engel to become CEO in Sept., replacing Haley, who
will stay as exec. chairman www.wescodist.com
Electrical and industrial supplier Wesco International Inc. said
Wednesday it will promote its chief operating officer to president and chief
executive in September.
John J. Engel will succeed Roy W. Haley as CEO effective Sept. 1.
Haley, who has been CEO since 1994, will be executive chairman
until his term as a director expires in May 2011, the company said.
Stephen A. Van Oss will succeed Engel as chief operating officer,
also on Sept. 1, and will continue as senior vice president. He is currently senior
vice president of finance and administration, chief financial officer and is a
member of the board of directors.
Richard P. Heyse will replace Van Oss as CFO on June 15. He also
will become vice president. He currently serves as CFO of Innophos Inc., the
holding company of a phosphate manufacturer.
ACUTA SUMMIT TAKES IN-DEPTH LOOK AT UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS & COLLABORATION
May 19, 2009 – In an event designed to thoroughly explore the evolution of
unified communications and collaboration, ACUTA, the Association for
Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, will host a July 12-15 summit in Denver, led by its
members and by industry experts.
2009 ACUTA Summit on Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) promises to
evaluate all aspects of UCC and the ways in which colleges and universities can
converge their communications systems to enhance productivity and
Summit will feature panel discussions by
representatives of schools such as Marquette
University, Northern Illinois
University, University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, and other
institutions that are early adopters of UCC. Also presenting will be industry
analysts and experts such as Jay Lassman of Gartner, Gary Audin of Delphi, Phillip Beidelman of WTC, and representatives of
the industry-leading vendors.
panelists and attendees will address high-level topics such as how UCC is
currently being deployed in higher education, the most beneficial UCC
applications, stumbling blocks to deployment, various approaches that vendors
are taking to UCC implementation, the financial issues involved, and how
to make the business case for UCC on campus.
ACUTA will report the findings from an extensive survey of its member
institutions, reflecting the extent to which they are deploying UCC, the
challenges it presents, and how they feel the technology may benefit their
campuses. The survey’s findings will serve as the foundation for many of the
panels throughout the Summit.
is the only national association dedicated to serving the needs of higher
education information communications technology professionals, representing
some 2,000 individuals at 790 institutions.
communications and collaboration represent some of the most dramatic changes
that our members must consider and accommodate over the next several years,”
noted Jeri Semer, executive director of ACUTA. “This Summit will help them understand just what
UCC encompasses and how they can best implement it for maximum benefit to their
Summit will be held at the Marriott
in Denver. For
more information or to register for the Summit,
visit the ACUTA website at www.acuta.org or call 859-278-3338.
the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in
Higher Education, is an
international non-profit educational association serving colleges and
universities. Its core purpose is to support higher education information
communications technology professionals in contributing to the achievement of
the strategic mission of their institutions. ACUTA represents nearly 2000
individuals at some 790 institutions of higher education, with members ranging
from small schools and community colleges to the 50 largest U.S.
institutions. ACUTA’s Corporate Affiliate members represent all categories of
communications technology vendors serving the college/university market. For
more information, visit www.acuta.org or call 859-278-3338.
Confidence is High for Security of College & University Networks, Latest ACUTA Survey Finds
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, June 2, 2009 – Security
issues continue to concern the people who run higher education computer and
communications networks, but despite their need to remain constantly on guard,
they believe their networks are secure and that they are safer now than in the
are some of the key findings in the latest member survey by ACUTA, the
Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, which surveyed members attending its
recent Annual Conference in Atlanta.
survey asked members to identify the threats that most concern them and what
they are doing in response, as well as to grade their own networks’ security.
Survey respondents, representing scores of college and universities in the U.S. and Canada, gave their networks a
strong aggregate ranking of 3.7 on a scale of 1 (poor security) to 5 (best
percent of respondents said they believe their campus networks are more secure
now than five years ago, with six percent feeling less secure, and the
remainder seeing no change. Some have learned their security lessons the hard
way. Significant security breaches were reported by 47 percent of respondents,
and of those who were hit, 71 percent said the damage was at least limited to
only minor exposure of confidential information, along with some inevitable
area of their networks that the largest percentage of respondents consider most
vulnerable is the usage of mobile devices. Thirty-five percent of respondents
see these devices as a weak link in their security chain. Other top vulnerabilities
are internal controls (named by 30 percent of respondents), student downloads
(29 percent), student hackers (23 percent) and Internet access (20 percent).
most common approach to dealing with security threats is education of students
and staff, which 58 percent of respondents said they are doing. Tightening
internal controls and addressing problems through new and improved systems were
strategies each named by 44 percent of respondents.
to consider nine specific threats or weaknesses, respondents ranked them in
this order, based on what they view as their comparative danger: 1) viruses and
malware; 2) internal controls; 3) phishing or vishing; 4) student or external
hackers; 5) student downloads, 6) physical access; 7) spam; 8) mobile devices;
and 9) Internet intrusion.
other survey findings, 72 percent of respondents said their schools do have
individuals or teams who are dedicated to security, but only 18 percent of
schools use enhanced login, in which a user must type letters from a graphic or
identify an icon to gain access. Also, the number of schools that have delayed
any technology projects out of concern over security is fairly low, at 24
results of this survey demonstrate that ACUTA members are standing up to the
challenges of network security, by continually strengthening their networks and
attacking vulnerabilities that come to light," said Jeri Semer, executive
director of ACUTA. "Their goal is to protect not only the networks
themselves, but also the valuable confidential information that their
institutions store on those networks. The unfortunate truth about the
advancements in information communications technology is that the burden of
keeping networks safe has only grown more challenging.”
is the only international association dedicated to serving the needs of higher
education information communications technology professionals, with nearly
2,000 individual members at some 790 colleges and universities.
ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications
Technology Professionals in Higher Education,
is an international non-profit educational association serving colleges and
universities. Its core purpose is to support higher education information
communications technology professionals in contributing to the achievement of
the strategic mission of their institutions. ACUTA represents nearly 2000
individuals at some 790 institutions of higher education, with members ranging
from small schools and community colleges to the 50 largest U.S. institutions. ACUTA’s
Corporate Affiliate members represent all categories of communications
technology vendors serving the college/university market. For more
information, visit www.acuta.org or call 859-278-3338.
High-speed Internet service should be measured in gigabit speeds rather than megabit speeds
are the corporate executives and academics who talk about the quest for
excellence and the pursuit of quality in lofty speeches who rarely come up with
pragmatic solutions and profitability for their organizations?
they be demanding a high-quality gigabit network as part of the economic
platform for corporate applications as well as academic research pursuits? If
few of those people truly understand what quality translates to when it comes
to working on an infrastructure that’s the platform for global commerce, I then
call on the government leaders.
are all the politicians who are standing up and demanding an end to the status
quo in network infrastructure when there is a small sliver of light called the
stimulus package that can be used to fund some major projects that would have
huge residual value? Perhaps the “government leader” really is an oxymoron as
are the rebels and catalysts for change out there? They could be our last hope.
A former student of mine called me a “maverick” when it came to looking at
solutions for economic and municipal problems. Perhaps that’s what we need more
of in society. We can clearly see the status quo isn’t working.
it’s the gamers out there playing different games who are always complaining
about not having an edge because their Internet connection is too slow. Those
thinking that gamers are useless may be overlooking their “need for speed” and
their clear understanding of why speed is so critical in their applications to
win. This can also be applied to commercial endeavors.
Montgomery – a fellow commentator on the state of the network – asked me about
who should be championing the quest for a gigabit network. I thought about it
for a couple seconds and said: “I guess you and me.” Who else can be demanding
change except for us average people? We know that having a solid network
infrastructure can only alleviate job erosion, stagnant education and other
critical issues facing us in a negative economy.
evident that the corporate people haven’t gotten it right. I don’t see many
academics focusing on getting a stronger network platform for their work. I
don’t even see good curricula out there to train the next generation of
mavericks let alone catalysts for change who are focused on improving status
if any politicians could differentiate broadband from a waistband. Before any
funds are spent and/or wasted, we need to get them to understand the importance
of high-speed networks in gigabits rather than megabits. We need to start
funding only those endeavors that will leave a residual value to future
that should have been addressing widespread network updating have taken a
wait-and-see approach while other nations spent billions on infrastructure
used to address the digital divide in terms of who didn’t have network access
as compared to those who did. That definition has hit a vortex of declining
accuracy where now we can sadly say many are in a digital desert where all
levels of economic strata have been hit and the road to recovery includes
having a high-speed (gigabit) digital road to expand trade and commerce.
The Used to Haves
used to be a clear definition of the “haves” and the “have nots”. There is now
a whole new class called the “used to haves”. They are the underemployed. They
need to get into good jobs again if this country is to really turn around.
“used to haves” have lost homes, the ability to buy new cars and furniture and
have seen huge decreases in their general spending capability. That buying
power would include spending money on many things like room additions, trips
and other family endeavors that also generated other people’s jobs.
major expenditure now have to be postponed or entirely overlooked. These are
the same people who many politicians still think are working in high-paying
jobs and can handle tax increases and higher sales taxes to cover bloated
government budgets. Unfortunately, we aren’t still in 1999. In fact, we are 10
years past the golden age of technology.
on watching the doom and gloom from the major business TV channels, this new
class is growing and the trend has to be stopped and reversed. The more we put
“used to haves” back into substantial jobs, the better off the whole economy
will be including those who are the “haves” and the “have nots”.
Be a Good Little Drone
no more room for false momentum, glitzy ads and appeasing rhetoric when it
comes to declaring the updating of network infrastructure to higher speeds and
then not following through on it. Incumbent phone companies have been touting
all the speed and access people have by just adding DSL onto copper and telling
people they are well set for the Internet age.
have high-speed Internet access available. That should position you for all
your information challenges.” I have made the observation before that putting
DSL on copper is like putting a vinyl top on a stagecoach in the era of the
space shuttle. You’re being told that you’re all set for today’s travel demands.
this point, accepting the “that’s good enough” line when it comes to the
network infrastructure is unacceptable. Don’t buy off on accepting the status
quo. Real action must be taken now. Spending some money to develop new
broadband infrastructure can only produce a solid platform to build and expand
Carlini is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University. He is also president of Carlini & Associates.
Carlini can be reached at email@example.com or 773-370-1888.
Launches Groundbreaking Building Designation Program
BOMA 360 Performance Program Gives Commercial Properties the Competitive
Advantage in a Down Economy
(WASHINGTON—June 1, 2009)
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International today
announced the launch of the BOMA 360 Performance Program, a groundbreaking new
program designed to recognize commercial properties that demonstrate best
practices in building operations and management. The BOMA 360 Performance
Program is an online self-assessment that will evaluate properties on six major
areas of building management. The program comes at a critical time, as building
owners and managers are looking to differentiate themselves from competition in
a tight market.
BOMA 360 Performance Program is a truly revolutionary program that will add
value to commercial buildings at a crucial time,” commented BOMA International
Chair and Chief Elected Officer Richard D. Purtell, portfolio manager, Grubb
& Ellis Management Services, Inc. “This program takes a holistic view of
all aspects of excellence in building operations and management, making it
unique to the marketplace today.”
holistic nature of the BOMA
360 Performance Program means that every aspect of building
performance is assessed. Scores are based on how buildings measure up to an
extensive checklist of best practices, including emergency and disaster
planning and recovery plans, energy management, financial management,
equipment maintenance and education and training. Properties are evaluated in
the following areas:
operations and management
BOMA 360 Performance Program allows our firm to showcase and distinguish our
managed properties in the marketplace,” said BOMA International Vice Chair Ray
H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, chief operating officer and partner, Stream
Realty Partners, L.P. “By focusing on all major aspects of building operations
and management, BOMA 360 provides a multi-faceted benchmark comparing each
building to the industry’s best operating practices. Recognition as a
BOMA 360 Performance Building provides validation for management teams,
confidence for building owners and peace of mind for building tenants.”
The first class of BOMA 360 Performance Buildings will be
honored at the June 29 General Session of the 2009 BOMA International Conference &
The Office Building Show in Philadelphia, Pa.
more information or to apply for the BOMA 360 Performance Program, visit www.boma.org/GetInvolved/BOMA360.
in 1907, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is
an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated
organizations. The 18,000-plus members of BOMA International own or manage more
than 9 billion square feet of commercial properties in North
America and abroad. BOMA’s mission is to enhance the human,
intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through
advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at www.boma.org.
ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine Offers Tips to Boost Hospital Security
Surveillance Extends Security Staff’s Range, Offers Valuable Information
BETHESDA, Md., May 21, 2009 — New statistics on hospital security show that updated
video surveillance can help reduce crime in hospitals — where workers are four
times more likely to be assaulted on the job than workers in other
private-sector industries. In “The Power to Heal and More,” columnist Frank
Bisbee (firstname.lastname@example.org ) outlines equipment recommendations
based on FBI and Federal Bureau of Labor findings in the current issue of
ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR’s supplement, Security+Life Safety Systems magazine. www.ecmag.com
reports that properly located video surveillance cameras in these 24/7
environments can extend the range of the security staff and provide valuable
incident information,” said ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Publisher John Maisel. “He
offers specifics on where and how updated video surveillance cameras can
improve safety, reduce crime and make existing security personnel more
productive,” he said.
to Bisbee www.wireville.com , FBI statistics show that health care
professionals who deal with psychiatric patients, work in admissions, emergency
rooms and crisis and acute care units along with emergency medical response teams
experience the largest number of Type 2 assaults. To increase their safety,
recommended video camera locations include:
entrance of emergency rooms, waiting rooms and non-treatment areas within the
hospital entries: that offer other ways to gain entry into the emergency room
where patient disputes may continue from the streets; visible public monitors
that put all entrants on notice also offer a deterrent
desks and elevator banks
where controlled substances abound, including receiving docks
psychiatric and geriatric wards: to prevent kidnappings and patients from
garage: with many hiding places for an attacker to hide
column said that all hospital video should be transmitted to a central security
station to be recorded for crime investigations, and recommends live monitoring
for immediately response. Mass notification is also important in a full system,
along with access control, intrusion detection, lighting control, emergency
phones and alarm points such as door and window sensors.
the full article, go to: http://www.ecmag.com/index.cfm?fa=article&articleID=10050
CONTRACTOR magazine is published by the National Electrical Contractors
Association (NECA), Bethesda,
BuildingGreen and ecoScorecard Announce Partnership
Comprehensive product platform helps
architects and designers evaluate environmental attributes of building products
Brattleboro, VT (May 18, 2009)-BuildingGreen LLC, publisher of the
GreenSpec® Directory and Environmental Building News™ today announced a
partnership with ecoScorecard, an Atlanta-based organization advancing green
building by organizing and simplifying the product evaluation and documentation
for important environmental rating systems.
This partnership pairs a respected and independent source of green building
information with a platform that enhances the usefulness of green product
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Future Electrician Needs, Per Bureau of Labor Statistics Projections
table below was assembled from data generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics
(unit, U.S. Department of Labor). Every two years, BLS projects – for the
economy – future employment by occupation and by industry. The table below
comes from data BLS fashioned for 2006 (actual) and 2016 (projected) for electricians, for electrical power-line workers, and for helpers (which goes
with electricians, not line workers).
power-line installers and repairers
Legend: VH = Very
High; H = High; L = Low; VL = Very
Low; n.a. = not available
Bureau of Labor Statistics
table has to be landscape. You really can’t view it any other way.
figures for ELECTRICIANS are for journeymen electricians (professionals) in all
lines of work, NOT JUST electrical contracting.
This is important to remember. I do not know if the numbers of power-line
workers are for those working for line contractors ONLY or include those
working for electric utility companies.
10-year forecast is for the number of professional electricians needed by the U.S. to
increase from 705,000 to 757,000, a gain of 52,000 or 7.4%. But that’s not the
(in passing) the self-employment number. The government is reporting that more
than 70,000 electricians work for themselves. This is a stunning number. We can
get back to it at some point in the future, if you like.
“average annual openings” data is divided into two columns. If the BLS has
got its hands on the pulse of things (and – who knows?) – there are going to be
230,000 job openings for professional electricians between 2006 and 2016.
we’re adding only 52,000 professional electricians in that period, what does that mean?
means there will be 178,000 job openings caused by that many electricians –
people employed in the trade in 2006 – who will LEAVE THE TRADE for the
Retirement (there’s no specific projection of retirement
made, but you have to believe it’s the major factor)
(a relatively minor factor, I certainly hope!)
(i.e., electrician fired by employer, found something else to do).
(the electrician got hurt, can no longer do the work, now does something else
or is on disability)
preference (the guy/gal tried electrical work, didn’t like it, went off to
become a plumber).
“other” number there (79,000 job openings annually over the 10-year period, or
790,000) includes people leaving one company to work for another, layoffs,
people fired by one company who are hired by another employer, etc. The
electrician has a secure future.
a lot of NOISE in the 790,000 number, which is why I prefer (and highlighted in
red) the “net” number. On the other hand, it seems to indicate that companies
that employ electricians (including but not limited to electrical contractors!)
are going to go through that many hiring exercises over a 520-week period.
have a hard time believing the numbers for electrical power-line workers. I
think they are going to be a lot higher. Why?
you heard about the smart grid?
you aware of the dire state of repair of the power lines now installed?
you aware that we need to add TENS OF THOUSANDS of miles of new power lines,
just to accommodate wind and solar installations, as well as new power plants?
NO ONE can know is how many electricians who (once upon a time, four years ago)
planned to leave the trade at age 59 or 62 and retire (or move on to a job
that’s physically less challenging) have had to change their plans due to a big
shortfall in their 401(k) plans or other retirement savings. That number is NOT
reflected in the table below. God knows the answer, but he’s not telling (at
least, he’s not telling the BLS).
Finally, a comment on a key
factor also not embedded in the data: The downturn in construction is causing many
local union apprenticeship programs to cut back on the number of NEW
apprentices indentured in the five-year programs that turn out (graduate)
electrical journeymen. I don’t know a lot about the non-union apprenticeship
programs, unfortunately. But I do know that the union side, while relatively
smaller than the non-union in “market share,” trains a much bigger percentage
of future journeymen electricians.
one might conclude that if there is a future shortage of skilled electricians,
we are right now making it worse.
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How Many Electricians Work For Electrical Contractors?
I sent to you a table with BLS projections for professional electricians
working in the U.S.
in 2006 and projected to be needed for 2016.
obvious question I left unanswered was: How many of the 705,000 professional
electricians working in the U.S.
in 2006 were employed by electrical contactors? And how about 2016?
get to that answer, I used the BLS doo-hickey to generate the table that’s
below. It shows “Total, all occupations” of the people employed by electrical
contractors in 2006 (and projected for 2016). It also shows the Top 10
Projected 2016 employment
supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers
line installers and repairers
equipment installers and repairers, except line installers
accounting, and auditing clerks
and fire alarm systems installers
and operations managers
Note: Total, all occupation
is presented for comparison purposes.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
as you might imagine, is the #1 occupation. Here’s the sitch:
said in 2006 there were 705,000 professional electricians. It below identifies
443,111 of them working for electrical contractors (= 62.9%)
2016, BLS says, there will be 757,000 professional electricians. Below, it says
481,763 of them will be working for electrical contactors (= 63.6%).
you do the math, the nation needs to add 52,000 professional electricians by
2016 and 38,652 of those new spots (74.3%) are going to be created by
electrical contracting companies.
obvious question, if you read the previous piece, is: How many of the
electricians working for electrical contractors are going to be lost to
attrition, etc., and ultimately need replacing? There’s no answer provided by
obvious question is: Why did I put 10 occupations in the table below, if we’re
talking about electricians here? And I would guess the answer is obvious, too:
There are two categories of telecommunications workers given in the table
below, 47,000+ of them in 2006, supposedly in the employ of electrical
contractors. I thought you would find THAT of some interest.
BLS saying that electrical contractors employ 47,000+ telecom people? Or is it
including datacom/telecom contractors under the heading “electrical
contractor?” My guess is that, in reality, it’s the latter.
FOA NEWSLETTER FOR INSTRUCTORS AND SCHOOLS
The Fiber Optic Association
Important News on The Fiber Optic
Last week, we were informed that the list price of the The Fiber Optic
Technicians Manual was being increased 25% to $90.95 US$. We have told the
publishers that this price increase is unacceptable especially under the
current economic conditions and at that price the FOA could no longer justify
using this book, our own book, as a reference guide for our
We are currently negotiating with the publisher to see if we can get the price
lowered, but since Delmar was taken over by two "private investment
companies" and renamed Cengage two years ago, we have endured a continuing
series of price increases with no response to our complaints.
We are now looking at alternatives.
Of course, we have the FOA Online Reference Guide for those comfortable with a
digital reference source. We are examining options to provide a printed version
of the FOA Online Reference Guide that can be used for those who desire a
We have only a few books in stock at the old price so we cannot guarantee to be
able to fulfill any orders until this matter is solved. The book is available
from Amazon.com at a significant discount off the new price, cheaper than the
FOA could sell them to you.
We apologize for any problems this causes. We'll keep you updated on any
Printable Version of Online Reference Guide
We have already added a PDF printable version of the "Basics" section
of the FOA Online Reference Guide" - a complete reference for CFOT
training - for teachers and students who want to have a printed version. It's
for you to download - the link is just below the CFOT tests on the school
download site. You may print it for distribution to your students or give them
an electronic version. You should consider it as an alternative to the The
Fiber Optic Technicians Manual at the new high price.
Updated CFxT and CFOS exams
The CFxT and CFOS/T, CFOS/C and CFOS/S specialist exams have been
updated. For the first time, the CFOS/T/C/S exams are on the school download
The CFxT exam is a bit longer and includes some visual identification
questions. We think you'll like it better.
The CFOS/T/C/S exams are fully updated and we have solved the problem of
references for all the questions - they are all on the FOA Online Reference Guide.
Thinking About Teaching A CFOS Course?
We have changed the requirements for schools to teach for CFOS/T/C/S certifications.
Previously, these were lab-intensive courses that were expensive and time
consuming to teach. All that's changed. There are increased requirements for
classroom sessions to ensure proper knowledge for specialist certification and
more flexibility for hands-on sessions. For example, an OTDR, Unicam or Fusion
Splicing course could qualify. Take a look at the new CFOS/T/C/S
requirements and contact us if you have questions.
Remember: ALL instructors must have
the appropriate certification for the courses they teach - plus a CFOS/I. www.thefoa.org
House Approves NEMA Premium Motor Rebate Program
May 21, 2009—The
House Committee on Energy and Commerce has approved an amendment creating a
NEMA Premium motor rebate program. During committee work on the House of
Representative's climate change legislation, Representatives Tammy Baldwin
(D-WI) and Mike Ross (D-AR) offered an amendment to incentivize the adoption of
NEMA Premium motors.
amendment, which is nearly identical to an amendment the Senate Energy and
Natural Resources Committee adopted last month, incentivizes the purchase of
NEMA Premium motors by creating a federal rebate program. This amendment
approves $350 million to provide $25 per horse power rebate for NEMA Premium
motors. This provision also provides a $5 per horse power rebate for the proper
disposal of the inefficient, non-NEMA Premium motors.
Tammy Baldwin and Mike Ross recognize the importance of making our country
energy-efficient, while listening to the needs of their constituents,"
said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. "Congresswomen Baldwin
represents Wisconsin's Second Congressional
District, and Congressman Mike Ross represents Arkansas' Fourth Congressional District.
Both districts house America's
major motor manufacturers, and these two representatives have identified their
district's needs and have taken the necessary steps to address them."
NEMA is the association of electrical and medical
imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C.,
its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the
generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity.
These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and
residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology
Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical
diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products.
Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its
headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia,
NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.
Setting Standards for Excellence www.nema.org
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NAED Announces 2009-2010 Board of Directors
Schraga to Lead as Chair in 2009-2010, Followed by Henderson in 2010-2011
ST. LOUIS – The
National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) is pleased to announce
its new Board of Directors for 2009-2010. Led by the NAED chair, the Board of
Directors is a dedicated group of industry leaders who volunteer their time and
efforts to improve the association and the electrical distribution channel.
The 2009-2010 NAED Board Chair is Burt Schraga, CEO of Bell Electrical Supply
in Santa Clara, Calif. Schraga has worked in the electrical
industry for close to 35 years.
Throughout his career, Schraga has taken on many leadership positions within
NAED. He served two terms on the association’s board of directors from
1985-1987 and 1994-1996, and was also Western Region Vice President. He has
also chaired both the NAED Strategic Focus and Executive Conference Committees.
Schraga is currently chairman of the Elite Distributors Insurance Co. (EDIC)
and is a member of the Affiliated Distributors (A-D) U.S. Electrical Board.
Schraga’s new role became official at the conclusion of the 2009 National
Electrical Leadership Summit, held May 16-20 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
“The current economic situation provides its fair share of challenges and
forces us to do a little creative thinking. Dire situations inspire ingenious
solutions,” Schraga said. “We must redefine how we’re doing business and make
sure we’re going in the right direction as an association and as an industry.
So I have selected ‘Redefining Distribution: New Challenges, New Solutions’ as
the theme for my year as NAED Board Chair. Regardless the challenge, NAED will
be there to help develop and supply solutions.”
Jack Henderson, executive vice president of Hunzicker Brothers, Inc., is
Chair-Elect. He will work closely with Schraga to prepare for assuming NAED
board leadership in 2010-2011.
served in the industry for almost 40 years and has a long tenure on NAED’s
Western Region Council. In addition, his company is active in the association,
participating in many areas, including PAR, training with the NAED Foundation,
and attending conferences.
Henderson earned his Bachelor of Science degree
in business from Oklahoma City
University before joining
Hunzicker Brothers in 1970. Henderson
was hired as the office manager for the company. Prior to attaining his current
position of executive vice president in 1989, Henderson served as the company’s credit
manager, controller and assistant vice president.
Members of the 2009-2010 NAED Board of Directors are:
Burt Schraga, NAED Board
Chair, Bell Electrical Supply, Santa Clara, Calif.
Jack Henderson, NAED
Chair-Elect, Hunzicker Brothers, Inc., Oklahoma
Richard (Dick) Waterman, NAED Past
Chair, International Electric Supply Corporation Dallas,
Douglas Borchers, NAED Eastern
Region Vice President, Dickman Supply, Inc., Sidney, Ohio
Steve Anixter, NAED South
Central Region Vice President, Advance Electrical Supply Company, Inc., Chicago, Ill.
Bill Squires, NAED Western
Region Vice President, SMC Electric Supply, Springfield, Mo.
Fil Cerminara, NAED Eastern
Region Vice President-Elect, F & M Electric Supply Company, Inc., Danbury,
Ray Womack, NAED South Central Region Vice
President-Elect, Womack Electric Supply Company, Inc., Burlington, N.C.
Rocklan Lawrence, NAED Western Region
Vice President-Elect, National Electric Supply Co., Inc., Albuquerque, N.M.
Scott Lawhead, NAED Finance
Committee Chair, The Hite Company, Altoona,
Robert A. Reynolds, Jr., NAED Member-At-Large, Graybar Electric Company, Inc., St.
Christopher Hartmann, NAED
Member-At-Large, International Electric Supply Corp., Dallas, Texas
Charles Loeb, NAED
Member-At-Large, The Loeb Electric Company, Columbus, Ohio
Peter Bellwoar, NAED
Member-At-Large, Colonial Electric Supply Company, Inc., King of Prussia, Pa.
Joe Huffman, NAED
Member-At-Large, Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc., Westlake Village, Calif.
Jim Etheredge, NAED
Foundation Chair, Crescent Electric Supply Company, East Dubuque, Ill.
Sandra Rosecrans, NAED
Foundation Chair-Elect, City Electric Company, Inc., Syracuse, N.Y.
Stuart Thorn, NAED
Manufacturer Representative, Southwire Company, Carrollton, Ga.
Ronald Schlader, IDEA Vice
Chair, Crescent Electric Supply Company, East
Shaker Brock, LEAD
Committee Chair, Electric Supply Inc., Tampa,
As the governing body of NAED, the Board of Directors is accountable for the
effective performance and direction of the association, as well as
communicating to the membership about NAED’s activities and policies. Within
the framework of the association’s by-laws and policies, the Board of Directors
determines measurements for success, establishes policy imperatives, defines
the organization’s vision for the future, fulfills fiduciary obligations and
serves as champions of the association. NAED officers attend two NAED Board
meetings a year and are encouraged to attend all NAED Regional and National
Electrical Leadership Summit Meetings.
NAED is the trade association
for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking,
education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors
increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED’s membership represents
approximately 4,400 locations internationally. www.naed.org
NEMA CEOs Lead Smart Grid Adoption
ROSSLYN, Va., May 21, 2009—Top executives from eleven
NEMA member companies attended the White House Leadership Summit on Smart Grid
sponsored by the National Institute for Standards and Technologies (NIST) on
May 18. Hosted by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and Secretary of Energy
Steven Chu, the summit gave the Obama administration a forum to discuss
manufacturer priorities relative to the rapid deployment of Smart Grid. The
meeting also provided industry motivation for accelerated efforts in standards
development and adoption. The summit validated views expressed by NEMA
President and CEO Evan Gaddis during testimony before the Senate Energy and
Natural Resources Committee in March 2009.
one of the manufacturer’s concerns, Gaddis said, “A primary goal is to ensure
that the focus on interoperability standards for Smart Grid encourages
innovation and does not penalize pro-market activities.” He further noted that
“NEMA is pleased with the accelerated pace NIST has shown on the Smart Grid
standardization effort, and we are working with our members to identify
additional manufacturer recommendations for Secretary Locke and Secretary
on the momentum from the summit, NIST convened its second two-day workshop on
Smart Grid on May 19 and 20. Several NEMA staff and more than 70
representatives from 21 NEMA member companies were included in the list of
almost 700 registrants invited to review and make recommendations on existing
and missing standards for Smart Grid.
has been involved in the NIST Smart Grid efforts since Title 13 of the Energy
Security and Independence Act of 2007 named NEMA to develop a Smart Grid
interoperability standards framework. Priorities for this effort include
developing better wide-area situational awareness for utilities; raising the
bar on demand response performance; and incorporating emerging technologies in
renewable sources, energy storage, and electric vehicles. Information about
NEMA’s Smart Grid activities, including a transcript from the White House press
event, is available at http://www.nema.org/gov/energy/smartgrid/secretaryChu.cfm.
NEMA is the association of electrical and medical
imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C.,
its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the
generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity.
These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and
residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology
Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical
diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products.
Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its
headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia,
NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City. www.nema.org
NEMA Provides Input to Congress on High Performance Federal Buildings
ROSSLYN, Va., May 20, 2009—NEMA, a leader in shaping
federal policies pertaining to high performance buildings and a founding member
of the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC), has
joined other members of the coalition in issuing a report that focuses on
federal buildings as principal targets to incorporate characteristics of
Russ Carnahan, (D-MO), who co-chairs the HPBCCC, requested that the coalition
craft a report for Congress that will help achieve high-performance in federal
buildings. This report, Producing High-Performance Federal Buildings,
was delivered to members of congress as a guide for upcoming legislation. A
copy of this report can be found at http://www.nema.org/prod/be/upload/HPBCCC_Recommendations.pdf.
of this report include requirements for:
life-cycle analysis and decision-making for the acquisition of federal
building commissioning for the federal building stock
project delivery including whole building design, procurement, and construction
for federal buildings
information modeling and support building data interoperability for federal
education and training and higher levels of competence in the federal building
design, property management, operations and maintenance, and procurement
storage, dissemination, and utilization for federal building performance data
to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, Congress is looking to HPBCCC for
recommendations of energy-reduction measures in federal structures.
am pleased that Congress feels confident in the HPBCCC’s abilities and
contributions, so much so that it is willing to reach out and ask for input on
such important policies as high-performance federal buildings,” Gaddis
said. “NEMA joins other members of the HPBCCC in providing a wealth of
expertise, proficiency, and knowledge.”
a private-sector coalition, provides guidance and support to the
High-Performance Building Caucus of the U.S. Congress to promote and showcase
best practices in building design, including accessibility, aesthetics,
cost-effectiveness, functionality, historic preservation, productivity, safety
and security, and sustainability.
NETcomm Québec 2009 Rapidly Selling Out
Ont., May 2009 — The NETcomm Québec 2009 Conference & Trade Show June 10-11
in Montreal at the Delta Centre-Ville (Official Conference Hotel) is rapidly
selling out. The Early Bird rate, which gets you into NETcomm both days for nearly
half off, expires at the end of May.
Québec 2009 Conference is the second in a series of regional conferences
NETcomm is conducting across Canada
this year. The conference format combines a trade show-like forum with a series
of educational seminars and technical workshops related to all aspects of
communications networks and connectivity solutions.
consist of contractors, installers, integrators, designers, engineers,
communications specialists, etc., who work in public administration,
transportation, telecom, security, electrical and cabling installation, network
design and installation, and purchasing and operations management.
currently lined up include:
Triple-Play Service Assurance in a Digital Environment
Fiber Characteristics and Outside Plant
Effectively Managing your VoIP Network
Component Compliance for Cat6A Performance
High-Definition Multimedia Interface Fundamentals
No-polish FO Connector - A Solution for Multiple Applications
Certifying and Qualifying Your Communications Infrastructure
Dynamic Power Architectures for Data Centres
Remote Management for IT & Service Provider Equipment
IP Access Control & IP Surveillance
Deploying Wireless Local Area Networks
* N.B. Presentations
subject to change without notice.
more information, and to learn about remaining Exhibiting and Sponsorship
Opportunities, visit www.netcommshow.ca and click Québec. While you’re there,
be sure to sign up for our free newsletter, which includes regular conference
New Micro OTDR from IDEAL Certifies LAN, Campus and WAN Fiber Networks
SYCAMORE, IL, June 2, 2009 -- IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC
introduced a handheld Optical Time Domain Reflectometer
(OTDR) offering high measurement precision, fast data acquisition, ease-of-use
and a variety of useful features.
The IDEAL 33-960 Micro OTDR is designed for the
installation and troubleshooting of LAN, campus and WAN fiber networks where
increasing bandwidths require more in-depth testing and certification. Its
feature set - highlighted by precise measurement, a one-button 'Autotest'
function, and short attenuation and Event Dead Zones - results in a unit that
provides accurate characterization of connectors and splices, as well as fast
and reliable fault location even on the shortest of network links. A Manual
Mode enables users to define all test parameters. There is also a Real-Time
mode for troubleshooting and identification of intermittent problems.
Multilingual PC software to manage traces and test data is
included with the 33-960. The software's AUTO mode makes interpretation of
traces straightforward, while its EXPERT mode allows more experienced users to
evaluate test data using up to 4 markers for attenuation in dB and dB/km,
optical return loss and reflection. With adjustable PASS/FAIL limits, the
software gives a clear indication of the quality of links being tested. Test
results can be exported in Bellcore™ format, making them compatible with
worldwide OTDR standards. Test results can also be printed or stored as PDF
Two options are available on the 33-960: the 33-960-MB
Certifying OTDR and Macro Bend Detector, and the 33-960-VP Video Inspection
The 33-960-MB option turns 33-960 OTDRs into full
certifying instruments. A single summary screen delivers all key measurement
values. Installations that specify "Tier-2" certification will find
this option invaluable as it gives instant PASS/FAIL results for every link
without having to resort to cumbersome manual evaluation of traces. It also
benefits less experienced users by providing clear decision points on whether a
link is good or bad. The 33-960-MB option includes a Macro Bend Detector, which
was developed to help users pinpoint areas along a single mode fiber where the
bend radius is too small. This feature is particularly useful when
troubleshooting at splicing cassettes or patch cords where macro bends can
cause excessive attenuation. Without this option, macro bends are very
difficult to detect or are often confused with splices.
The 33-960-VP video inspection probe helps users document
and troubleshoot fiber optic installations by providing visual inspection of
connectors. Unlike optical microscopes, video probes offer 100% eyesight
protection as well as the ability to store connector images on the OTDR for
later download to a PC via the unit's USB port. Dirty connectors are one of the
primary reasons for failures in fiber optic networks.
The 33-960 is immediately available in two models.
The 33-960-10 MM is a multimode OTDR for 850 nm and 1300
nm. It provides accurate measurements even on very short multimode links such
as backbones. MSRP is $8,299.00. (U.S.)
The 33-960-30 Quad OTDR provides all the same features as
the MM version above, however it also incorporates an additional test port for
1310 nm and 1550 nm making this OTDR the all-in-one solution for multimode and
single mode test needs. MSRP is $10,930.00. (U.S.)
Each unit comes in a kit containing a rugged carrying case,
software, rechargeable batteries and a wall charger. The units also come with
interchangeable fiber adaptors with a wide variety of available configurations.
Phase Track II is an ultra-thermally stable flexible coaxial cable
Track II is an ultra-thermally stable flexible coaxial cable that can
significantly improve performance in phase sensitive systems. The cable has the most phase stable
dielectric material available to provide superior phase tracking performance
from cable to cable with the lowest phase change through its temperature range.
the best absolute phase change characteristics in a cable allows system
engineers to reduce frequent phase calibrations, simplify system error
correction software, and increase system availability and accuracy.
phase performance achievement in Phase Track II cable is the result of a newly
engineered dielectric material produced by Times Microwave Systems. The material called TF5 is
thermally-mechanically balanced and is the
most significant breakthrough in coaxial cable technology in decades. Phase Track II’s TF5 is the most stable
dielectric material available and virtually eliminates the wide phase changes
that other high performance PTFE dielectric cables have with temperature
changes. Phase Track II has low loss characteristics and its light weight make it well-suited for both
ground based and airborne systems.
Microwave Systems has 60 years experience in designing innovative,
high-reliability, coaxial cables and assemblies for demanding interconnection
problems. An engineering oriented organization, the company specializes in the
design and manufacture of high performance flexible and semi-rigid coaxial
cable, connectors, and cable assemblies for RF transmission from HF through
CEREMONIES CONCLUDE AT 2009 BICSI SPRING CONFERENCE
Md., May 13, 2009— BICSI, the association supporting the information transport
systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment,
officially closed its 2009 BICSI Spring Conference in Baltimore with many
exciting events, great achievements and rave reviews. Over 1,700 professional
attendees participated in this week’s events.
had a great time! I started out in the pre-conference classes and particularly
liked the wireless update class. That was an amazing class and I was able to
catch up on new wireless technologies,” said Bill Foy, RCDD, NTS, OSP, WD, with
the Foy Group in Abington, Md. “The BICSI Conference gave me the opportunity to
also catch up with my counterparts from all over the world, to trade ideas and
strategies regarding customer retention and attracting new customers in our
current economic situation.”
credentialing exams taken during the conference resulted in 24 new Registered
Communications Distribution Designers (RCDDs), along with two Network Transport
Systems (NTS) Specialists, three Outside Plant (OSP) Specialists, and one new
Wireless Design (WD) Specialist. Under the directive of NxtGEN, the specialist
credentials are now available to qualified applicants without the RCDD
BICSI Conference is an excellent way to understand emergent technology,” said
Don Phares, RCDD, NTS, OSP with
of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb.
“It’s a great place to ask your peers for their advice, recommendations and
past experiences. I enjoy the fellowship of meeting my peers over the years at
BICSI conferences. I would not otherwise meet these peers in my home state of Nebraska.”
announcements from the association included the release of the Electronic Safety & Security Design
Reference Manual, 2nd edition, the upcoming release of the ESS
credential and the Telecommunications
Distribution Design Reference Manual, 12th edition, at the Fall Conference. New BICSI
social media platforms were released as well, including LinkedIn, Twitter and
Facebook. Most notable were the several followers tweeting #BICSISpring during
keynote speaker Martin Piplits, international business expert, spoke to
attendees about the importance of remembering that it's not enough to have
motivated employees, you need to have the right tools, too. He helped small and
medium-sized business owners with strategies for surviving in this tough
Monday evening, attendees and
exhibitors shared a unique Baltimore experience
at “Springtime in Baltimore–A
Taste of Fell's Point." The event was hosted by the BICSI Northeast Region
and the presenting sponsor was RTKL. Supporting sponsored by Middle Atlantic
Products, Great Lakes Case & Cabinet Company and Superior Essex. The Attendees
enjoyed the steamed Maryland Blue Crabs from Chesapeake Bay and corn on the cob
at historic Fell’s Point near the Inner
the conference, the closing keynote speaker Scott Burrows shared an
inspirational story of the accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down
and diagnosed a quadriplegic, forcing him to learn survival strategies
including vision, mind-set and grit. Through his amazing stage presence and
motivational speech, he taught the attendees how to maximize their potential,
develop more powerful beliefs and how to achieve the impossible, both
personally and professionally.
nightly BICSI Reception and Exhibits continued to draw good crowds to explore
the latest ITS products and solutions, providing an opportunity for the
attendees to learn new methods, practices and solutions in the marketplace. In
addition to learning and networking, the attendees were able to participate in
the “I Can Do That!” mini challenges provided by participating exhibitors.
These gave attendees an opportunity to compete and experience the full essence
of the BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge.
Spearman, BICSI ITS Technician, with Vision Technologies, Inc., won the Cabling
Skills Challenge for the second year in a row. Vision Technologies, Inc. also
sponsored the first-ever Skills Challenge live feed on the BICSI Web site. The
three-day event featured 24 ITS Installers and Technicians testing their skills
and knowledge in various cabling challenges. Many of the competitors are
planning to eventually go for their Registered Communications Distribution
Designer (RCDD) credential under the new NxtGEN program.
always, you just can’t come to a BICSI Conference without learning something in
the industry,” stated Rich Thorpe, RCDD, OSP, with Communication Specialists
Inc. in Woodinville, Wash. “What a great way to get CECs! I just
like the socialization and networking, and to be able to compare my experience
with others from around the world–it’s my favorite thing.”
is a professional association supporting the information transport systems
(ITS) industry. ITS covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety &
security, and audio & video technologies. It encompasses the design,
integration and installation of pathways, spaces, fiber- and copper-based
distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports
the transportation of information and associated signaling between and among
communications and information gathering devices.
provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and
companies in the ITS industry. We serve more than 23,000 ITS professionals,
including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the
fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and
automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional
registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ITS professionals in
delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for
continual improvement and enhanced professional stature.
in Tampa, Florida,
membership spans nearly 90 countries. For more information, visit www.bicsi.org.
HellermannTyton Announces New Assorted Fir Tree Bundling Clips
WI (May 14,
HellermannTyton, a global leader in cable management solutions, announces the
launch of the Assorted Fir Tree Bundling Clips in three variations. The bundling
clips are designed to provide a straightforward and robust method for routing,
mounting, and securing wire harnesses to mounting holes.
Assorted Fir Tree Bundling Clips feature a unique staggered fir tree design
that provides one of the lowest insertion forces in the industry, reducing the
installer’s efforts for an ergonomically friendly installation. At the same
time, the bundling clips provide a high pull out force which results in extreme
longevity of the mounted wire harness in its final application in the
field. The clips also feature anti-sliding bars which prevent the cable
tie or tape from slipping off the clip if the bundle is in a high vibration
Assorted Fir Tree Bundling Clips are available in three sizes to best accommodate
the mounting requirement. The product offering includes:
TC6FT6 – Orients the bundle directly over the mounting
hole. For use in applications with standard panel thicknesses between
TC6FT6LG – Orients the bundle directly over the mounting
hole. For use in applications with large panel thicknesses between 0.7-18.0mm.
SOC8FT6 – Orients the bundle 90 degrees from the mounting
hole. For use in applications with standard panel thickness between 0.7-5.75mm.
Success in Business and Mastering the 2008 Code Changes - A Summer Seminar
Mike Holt live for two days this summer and take your business to the next
level. Day 1 will include Mike's dynamic presentation of how to navigate
the current economic times plus how to focus on the basics to keep your
business running on track. Day 2 will be the best code seminar you have ever
attended, while Mike gives you an overview of the most important 2008 Code
Changes. Mike will leave you motivated and inspired and ready to make
concrete plans for your business. This event is held in two locations: Orlando, Florida
(July) and Coral Springs (August) and satisfies the Continuing Education Requirements in many states. For more
information please contact 888.632.2633 or visit www.Mike.Holt.com and
click on Continuing Education.
Primary Research Group has published The Survey of College Purchasing
New York, NY- Primary Research Group
has published The Survey of College Purchasing Managers, ISBN
#1-57440-124-6. The study presents data from 50 college purchasing
departments with a mean annual budget $153 million and a range of $100,000 to
$1 billion in purchasing spending. Bargaining power has shifted
from sellers to buyers in many key markets and the report relates how
purchasing departments are taking advantage of the shift.
The report also details their policies on a broad range of
critical higher education purchasing issues, including: use of credit and
purchasing cards, reimbursement and arrangement of faculty & staff travel,
level of involvement in supplier selection of the purchasing department for a
broad range of goods and services, use of consortiums, use of auction sites,
thresh holds for bid requirements, size and remuneration of purchasing
department staff, warehouse logistics, sale of surplus or used materials, green
purchasing policies, and trends in purchasing in many areas.
Just a few of the report’s many finding are that:
† Mean spending on salaries for the
colleges in the sample was $550,642 while the median was $307,500.
Colleges with more than 25,000 students averaged $1.23 million in purchasing
department salaries, and one college spent $2.3 million.
† Mean annual earnings from the sale
of surplus or used materials, furniture, computers and other items was
† Nearly 69% of the colleges sampled
say that they will spend less on faculty travel to conferences in the current
academic year (2009-09) compared to last year. Close to 44% said that they will
spend a little less while 25% said that they would spend a lot less.
† Close to 39% of the colleges in
the sample observe a percentage limit beyond which they will not reimburse for
† A mean of 37.1% of travel paid for
by the college is contracted through travel agents; the spread was enormous,
from 0 to 100%, and the median was 27.5%.
† For more than 54% of the colleges
in the sample revenues from sales of surplus or used items by the purchasing
department went into a general college fund
† 54.55% of the colleges in the
sample maintain vehicles that they make available to faculty, staff or both for
† The mean number of cards issued
for the public colleges in the sample was an astounding 1680.
† More than half of the purchasing
departments in the sample are significantly involved in the selection of
shipping and transportation services. More than a fifth of public colleges
often make the actual supplier selection while only 10% of private college
purchasing departments do so.
The 115-page report is available for $144.00 from Primary Research
Group Inc. For a list of participants and complete table of contents, or
to order, visit our website at www.PrimaryResearch.com
or call us at 212-736-2316.
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Forecasts 3.1 Percent Loss for ICT Industry in 2009
First Overall Decline TIA Has Ever Predicted, but Recovery to
Begin in 2010 as Broadband Stimulus Funds Are Injected Into Economy
Washington, D.C. b For the first time in its 23 years
of forecasting for the information and communications technology (ICT)
industry, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is projecting a 3.1
percent decline in revenue for the overall global ICT market in 2009 due to
global economic conditions. In the U.S., revenue will suffer a 5.5
percent decline in 2009.
a press conference held today, TIA released the 2009 ICT Market Review & Forecast,
TIA's annual market intelligence report filled with data and analysis. (Watch a
Webcast recording that
includes the narrated presentation and a question and answer session.)
revenue will remain weak in 2010, with a modest 1.2 percent increase, the
longer-term outlook is much brighter. Globally, TIA projects a strong rebound
for the ICT industry after 2010, citing a 6.4 percent revenue growth in 2011
and a 7.9 percent increase in 2012.
telecommunications revenue is expected to decrease by 6.4 percent in
the next two years, but rebound by 14.4 percent during 2011-12. The
effects of the current Stimulus Package, which carves out investment dollars
for broadband, will enable growth throughout the ICT industry and beyond.
will be a driver for recovery in all areas, from healthcare IT to smart grid
technology, public safety networks to education, as well as for businesses and
consumers," said Grant Seiffert, TIA President. "While TIA was
instrumental in obtaining the $7.2 billion for broadband, other funding for
energy, health IT and R&D will also spur recovery, especially in reviving
some of the hundreds of thousands of jobs lost recently. The sum of increased
productivity and revenue amongst all other industry segments whose growth
broadband deployment contributes to is often underrated and perhaps
demand for high-volume data applications is driving all segments, say the
independent, unbiased analysts at Wilkofsky Gruen Associates who help to
develop the Market Review &
Forecast. Despite the recession, TIA predicts that wireless and
business data revenue will grow by 73 percent during the next four years to
$110 billion in 2012 from $64 billion in 2008. years out)
target audience includes equipment manufacturers, service providers, software
vendors, content providers and the media. Sectors covered in the publication
up for TIA RSS news feeds.
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global
information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development,
advocacy, tradeshows, business opportunities, market intelligence and
world-wide environmental regulatory analysis. With roots dating back to 1924,
TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless,
information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications.
Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and
market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety,
transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment.
TIA co-owns the SUPERCOMMB.
tradeshow and is accredited by the American National Standards Institute
(ANSI). Visit tiaonline.org.
TIA's Board of Directors includes senior-level
executives from ACS, ADC, ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, ANDA Networks, ArrayComm,
AttivaCorp, Avaya, Bechtel Communications, Inc., Cisco Systems, Corning
Incorporated, Ericsson, Inc., GENBAND, Inc., Graybar, Henkels & McCoy, ILS
Technology, Intel Corporation, Intersect, Inc., LGE, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia
Siemens Networks, Nortel, Panasonic Computer Solutions Co., Qualcomm, Research
In Motion, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation, Tellabs, Tyco Electronics,
Ulticom, Inc., and Verari Systems. Advisors to the Board include FAL
Associates, Orca Systems and Telcordia Technologies.
analysis shows that economic recovery during 2011-12 will be driven by pent-up
New NVR Brings Toshiba Versatility, Quality and Value to Megapixel Camera Recording
IRVINE, CA, May 15, 2009 -- Toshiba Surveillance & IP
Network Video, a business unit of Toshiba America Information
Systems, Inc., today announced the availability of its next generation of
Internet-based network video recorders (NVR). With a feature-set highlighted by
a space-saving 3U chassis and support for 32 IP cameras, the new Toshiba IPS Series
makes it amazingly simple to create a networked video surveillance environment
by delivering the ease-of-use and reliability that marks all Toshiba products.
Toshiba IPS Series NVRs are fully compatible with
Toshiba IP network cameras and those of other leading manufacturers including
AXIS®, Sony® and Panasonic®. Cameras are recorded at their encoded resolution,
including super high-resolution megapixel cameras, without degradation in video
quality. On-board software provides security administrators with simultaneous
recording, playback and remote streaming of live video images retrievable on
their remote or local PC, along with comprehensive search capabilities of
archives. Microsoft® Windows® XP is embedded as the operating system.
To save space for other critical peripherals Toshiba IPS Series NVRs feature a sleek, black 3U chassis (5.8" x
17.25" x 19.5") that mounts into any standard rack. In addition
to a 32-channel version, IPR Series NVRs are
available in 16- and 8-channel versions with optional 500 GB, 1TB or 2TB
hard-drive storage. Equipped with the Intel® Core™ 2 Quad 2 GHz processor, IPS NVRs efficiently handle multiple megapixel cameras
simultaneously, enabling the crystal-clear recording of these
The IPS is exceptionally flexible by design. It lets users define settings on a
per camera basis including their resolution, motion detection, alarm recording,
and frames-per-second (fps) up to 30 fps per camera. Video can be recorded from
both local and global cameras via the Internet, and is stored using efficient
MJPEG compression to optimize video storage space. In addition, cameras
featuring PAN/TILT/ZOOM can be remotely controllable by the IPS, bringing added
versatility throughout the surveillance operation.
"With simplified user setup, the ability to coexist with a variety of
other network devices, and powerful processing speeds, our new IPS delivers a
real-time solution that makes it possible for locations as diverse as shopping
centers or single-family homes to receive the benefits of network video
surveillance," said Sergio Collazo, Director of
Sales and Marketing, Toshiba Surveillance & IP Network Video. "IPS
technology is a natural complement to our popular networking cameras for
capturing, recording and distributing IP surveillance video."
For information on Toshiba surveillance solutions, visit www.toshibasecurity.com.
Or call 1-877-855-1349.
The latest on LEED’s
LEED's Latest Overhaul: Itself
BusinessWeek, May 18, 2009
The alignment of the individual rating systems, along with the new
thresholds and the introduction of the 100-point scale, should simplify the
documentation and certification process. In addition, they also help establish
a framework that can accommodate more building types and market-specific
requirements over time. However, the goals of the overhaul are more ambitious
than streamlining and rationalizing the system. The larger aim was to provide
incentives for project teams to deploy those strategies with the greatest
potential for environmental or human-health-related benefit, with
greenhouse-gas reduction at the top of the priority list. "LEED 2009
emphasizes the critical issues of energy, transportation, and water, and makes
them the most important," says Rand Ekman, AIA,
director of sustainability at OWP/P, Chicago.
This prioritization is achieved by redistributing points among the
various LEED credits to emphasize some over others. To formulate this
reallocation, USGBC staff, committees, and consultants started with an
inventory of 13 aftereffects of human activity created by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and known as "TRACI." Short for
"Tool for the Reduction and Assessment of Chemical and Other Environmental
Impacts," TRACI includes categories such as fossil-fuel use, ozone
depletion, and global warming.
Next in the reallocation process was prioritization of the TRACI
categories. To assign a relative importance to each, the LEED 2009 team relied
on a tool developed by the National Institute for Standards and Technology
(NIST). Ultimately, the council created a matrix that established the
relationship between existing LEED credits and the TRACI categories. The matrix
served as the basis of a spreadsheet for calculating the number of points each
credit is worth.
Energy and transportation credits came out as big point winners in
this analysis, primarily because of the importance assigned to controlling
carbon emissions. For example, strategies intended to increase energy
efficiency and the reliance on renewable power generated on-site can earn
projects up to 26 points, versus 13 when compared to the previous LEED for New
Construction. A location close to public transportation, which also has the
potential to reduce occupants' energy use, counts for six points, up from only
one in the old system.
Some credits with a less direct link to slowing global warming
also have heavier emphasis in LEED 2009. For example, ambitious water
conservation goals can help garner as many as 10 points, double the number
Green Building Update Points to the Future
Reuters/Matter Network, May 22, 2009
This latest LEED update continues the development of benchmarks
for sustainability and incorporates new research and innovations gathered from
the current market. One notable change in the LEED 2009 system is a greater
emphasis on energy efficiency and CO2 reductions by more heavily weighting
their points that are accrued to obtain certification.
LEED 2009 also incorporates regional credits that award points to
buildings based on locally significant issues. The purpose of Regional Priority
Credits (RPCs) is to incentivize achievement of
credits that addressenvironmental issues specific to
particular geographic areas.
RPC's are identified by the USGBC chapters and regional councils,
and areas are reference by ZIP code. Each specific area has six RPC's per
rating system. Aproject may earn up to four bonus
points as a result of earning RPC's, with one bonus point earned per RPC. This
may seem confusing, so hiring an experienced LEED Accredited can help
streamline the project through thecertification
process, and it also earns a project an additional LEED credit.
By updating the LEED certification process, the USGBC continues to
promote the "triple bottom line" -- environmental responsibility,
social well beingand economic return. As LEED
continues to gain recognition as a benchmark for sustainability, building
owners and developers should consider the benefits of a LEED project
Going Green One Portfolio at a Time
California Real Estate Journal, May 21, 2009
To meet demand from its customers with hundreds of assets, the
USGBC has been working through a variety of challenges with corporations,
retail chains, universities, government agencies, building owners and property
managers for more than two years to develop a portfolio approach to achieving
A pilot for the portfolio program was launched in November 2006 to help organizations
find a more efficient way to improve the performance of the buildings in their
portfolios and reduce their impact on the environment while streamlining the
certification process under the LEED rating systems.
The pilot program has 40 companies with 1,745 buildings totaling
135 million square feet across all property types.
Marc Heisterkamp, director of commercial
real estate at the USGBC, explained that the portfolio program is not a LEED
rating system. The program doesn't provide a rating for buildings in a
portfolio; it certifies a company's process for seeking LEED ratings for the
assets in its portfolio.
Heisterkamp said that the USGBC hopes to bring the
portfolio program out of the pilot phase during the third quarter of this year,
about two quarters later than originally planned.
"There's a number of challenges," Heisterkamp
said. "We feel strongly that it's a necessary change to broaden the market
for green buildings but maintain the integrity that LEED has become known
Susan Haifleigh, director of
sustainability for Boston-based VFA Inc., said there is a lot of interest in
the portfolio program from building owners and occupants who would like to see
a streamlined process for certifying the buildings in their portfolios.
VFA consults with government agencies and corporations on facility
management and capital planning strategies across national portfolios. The
company has been involved in numerous conversations with the USGBC about its
portfolio program, but does not have any clients involved in the pilot.
"We will all be curious to see what they're going to
do," Haifleigh said.
She said it is a good thing that the pilot includes assets across
a variety of markets and a number of different organizations, including
colleges and universities, government agencies, commercial real estate owners
Economic Update - Despite Recession, Green Building Continues Apace
Commercial Property News, May 19, 2009
In public development, which includes examples of early adopters
of green building techniques in the first place, various governments are still
pushing hard for green. Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives
passed H.R. 2187, also called the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public
School Facilities Act, by a vote of 255 to 177. H.R. 2187 is a $6.4 billion
school modernization bill with the specific goal of building new schools and
retrofitting existing schools to be more energy efficient. The measure would
also serve to create jobs, perhaps as many as 136,000, according to the
Economic Policy Institute.
A similar bill passed last year, but didn't make it into law. CNN
cited the head of the U.S. Green Building Council, Rachel Gutter, as a
supporter of the measure, but naturally there was dispute in Congress about
cost of the bill and the specter of deeper federal meddling in education. The
matter now goes to the U.S. Senate; if it passes there, President Obama is
certain to sign it.
Public projects might temporarily be at the forefront of green
development, but private real estate hasn't forgotten about it, either. In
fact, green is still part of the equation for a business looking ahead to an
"Green building standards are here to stay," William Birck, president of Chicago-based Reed Construction, told
CPN. "Not only are they a responsible choice for the environment, but
green building also offers numerous cost savings for owners and users,
especially as operational costs decrease over the lifetime of a facility."
The projects don't necessarily need to be massive,
headline-grabbing ones, he added. Even through the recession, there will
continue to be smaller green projects, such as the 11,630-square foot buildout that Reed just completed within the Marquette Building in Chicago, one of the earliest
skyscrapers still standing (vintage 1894). The occupant of the space, the Metro
Metropolitan Planning Council, is seeking LEED Gold certification for the
project, which features reclaimed barnwood features,
glazed movable partitions and recycled glass countertops.
In the future, Birck posited, such
features will not come at much of a premium. "During a recession, people
find ways to do things much more economically, and the same is true for green
building construction," he said. "The cost of materials for LEED-certified
construction is decreasing as more manufacturers and vendors are beginning to
offer these products."
USGBC Offers Resources for Governments to Save Energy and Money by Building Green
Green Building Nonprofit
Releases ‘Top 10 Ways to Use Recovery Funds’
May 13, 2009 (Washington, DC) – The U.S. Green Building Council
(USGBC) continues to provide resources to help state and local governments
nationwide take advantage of the economic recovery opportunities presented by green
building, including the newly released “Top 10 Ways to Use Recovery Funds for
From investing in green schools and home energy retrofit programs to creating a
revolving loan fund, this list can be used by governments from small towns to
metropolitan cities and counties as well as state governments looking to make
the best use of federal economic recovery funding. The full document can be
downloaded by following www.usgbc.org/government to the Green Economic
Recovery Resources page.
Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of
energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green
building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity.
Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a
national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million
“A strong economy and a healthy environment go hand-in-hand. Governments and
business alike have recognized that the triple bottom line of economic,
environmental and social sustainability is the key to thriving and prospering
today and into the future,” said Rick Fedrizzi,
President, CEO and Founding Chair, USGBC. “Smart use of federal economic
stimulus funding by improving the efficiency of our existing building stock as
well as our new buildings and communities will create green jobs that save
energy, water and taxpayer money.”
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) represents a tremendous and
unprecedented opportunity for green building. Governments are acting fast to
take strategic steps to identify not simply shovel-ready, but shovel-worthy
projects that will play a vital role in the short-term and long-term strength
of the economy. USGBC is working collaboratively with state and local
governments across the country as they think holistically about how to use
recovery dollars to maximize sustainability in the built environment.
By following www.usgbc.org/government to the Green Economic
Recovery Resources page, you can also find such resources as a matrix outlining
how specific provisions of ARRA are relevant to green building, a recorded
series of webcasts on implementing recovery funds, the Roadmap to Sustainable
Government Buildings, and many other tools. Local governments that are
looking for more holistic guidance on sustainability planning may also want to
review the Playbook for Green Buildings + Neighborhoods at www.greenplaybook.org.
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a
prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and
energy-saving green buildings.
With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 20,000
member companies and organizations, and more than 100,000 LEED Accredited
Professionals, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to
soar to $60 billion by 2010. The USGBC leads an unlikely diverse
constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations,
elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.
USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500
executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the
preeminent green building leadership, membership, policy, standards, education,
and research organization in the nation. www.usgbc.org.
A new safety publication for the Electrical Industry
Finally there is a book that is devoted exclusively
to all NEC requirements that directly relate to fire and
electrical shock hazards. Mike Holt has just released a new book
called the 101 Essential NEC Rules (Based on the 2008 NEC). These 101
rules were chosen by Mike as the most relevant safety rules that every
electrical professional needs to be aware of. This is a great
reference tool for code compliance, electrical training, and is ideal
for weekly safety meetings. This book distills all of the code rules down
to the 101 that really address the issues of safe electrical installations and
should be in the hands of every electrical professional.
Available in book or Power Point formats. For more information
RHINO 6500 is a cool tool
RHINO Professional Labeling Tools - First Desktop Labeling
System – now rated best solution
The RHINO 6500 Professional Labeling Bundle is
rated number one because it offers unparalleled ease-of-use, exclusive
functionality and advanced PC Connectivity.
RHINO Professional Labeling Tools proudly confirmed the market
success of the RHINO 6500 desktop
labeling solution, its newest and most powerful label printer and RHINO CONNECT™
Software bundled together. Built from the ground up to support the
demanding labeling needs of the electrical, datacom,
security, construction and MRO markets – and others – the RHINO 6500
delivers an ultra-powerful assortment of exclusive features at a very
The RHINO 6500 offers
the same advanced features as the recently launched RHINO 6000, plus
additional functionality and a desktop orientation that expands usability to
new customers, markets, and applications not previously served by the existing
RHINO product line. One of the major new capabilities of the RHINO 6500 is
batch printing, which allows users to easily download, print, and automatically
cut large labeling jobs – ideal for preparing labeling kits for manufacturing
environments and multiple site cabling installations.
“We are passionate about products that understand what
cabling contractors want and need in professional labeling solutions,”
commented Richard Brammer, Cabling Projects Director
of Communication Planning Corp. (Jacksonville, FL),“The RHINO 6500 Labeling
Bundle is an innovative, value-added product that helps users improve
efficiency, save time and money, and make their work look more
professional. Brammer added, “We first saw this
labeling tool at BICSI. It was love at first label. RHINO
Labeling Tools are the best value in the market today.”
Like the RHINO 6000
hand-held label printer, the desktop RHINO 6500 printer
features PC connectivity for increased versatility. This allows users to
create label files on their computer using the included RHINO CONNECT™ software
or other Windows®-compatible software (i.e. Excel) and print directly to the RHINO 6500 or
download the file for use at the jobsite. This feature is especially useful for
electrical panel assembly, cable harness shops or multi-building/site projects
that require all labels to be consistent and uniform. Other features of the RHINO 6500 include
a library of over 250 categorized industry terms and symbols, plus built-in
memory to store over 1,000 custom labels including terms, symbols, graphics,
and even logos.
Creating nearly any type of label is quick and easy with the RHINO 6500. RHINO’s patented “Hot Keys” allow instant formatting of
horizontal and vertical cable wraps, wire flags, fixed length, vertical, patch
panel, terminal block, serialized, reverse-serialized, barcode and other label
types. These advanced “Hot Keys” allows users to create complex labels with
only a few keystrokes, reducing labeling time and making the labeling task as
simple as possible.
Mechanically, the RHINO 6500 is also
superior to other label printers. It is designed with features such as a large
backlit screen with multiple label display, motorized auto-cutter, industrial
casing with an integrated protective bumper and easy label access, label
cartridge size sensor, automated label cartridge insertion/ejection system, and
a user-friendly QWERTY keyboard. It also handles industrial-strength
RHINO labels up to 1” wide.
The RHINO 6500 is a
prime example of the powerful features DYMO has added to this printer directly
from user input.
We understand that the RHINO 6500 label
printer retails for $349 and includes RHINO CONNECT™ labeling software, labels,
USB cable, AC adapter and a quick-charge lithium-ion rechargeable battery. www.rhinolabeling.com
It’s a good investment.
NEW INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL WRITING SERVICE UNVEILED
Ed Brown, editor of the B2B electrical industry magazines,
Security and Life Safety Systems and NEC Digest, author of many articles, and
an experienced electrical engineer, is offering his services to the electrical
After many years as an engineer designing electrical/electronic
systems for industry and over seven years of editing two major magazines, and
writing a wealth of articles, Ed
feels that it is time to strike out on his own and has started a new company,
the Writing Engineer (www.writingengineer.com).
Said Brown, “These aren’t typical times so doing things as usual
won’t work. I want to use my technical expertise and my ability to explain
complex subjects in clear language to illuminate the many pathways that are
emerging at this moment. New technologies are on the verge of revolutionizing
how we live. Green technology, energy efficiency, renewable resources will be a
central focus for business. The integration and control of lighting, security,
surveillance, voice, data and video communication, life safety and fire
protection is poised for exponential growth.”
is bringing greater changes in our lives than in all of previous history.
Ed can help you
get your message out in all of these rapidly growing areas. For manufacturers,
he can explain how your products mesh with today’s emerging needs, how your
products are part of the broader picture; he can help you reach the people who
need to understand the benefits that you offer. Since he was a hands-on
engineer, he understands what designers and contractors need to know so that
they can stay abreast of the changes. He can take your products and explain
them in language that the designers, installers and users will understand.
Services from The Writing Engineer:
Write and distribute your press releases.
Develop content for your website.
Write articles, case studies and white papers for publication.
Use his wide range of industry contacts to get your message placed
where it will do the most good.
For contractors, he can help your marketing efforts by doing case
studies of the projects you’re proud of.
Assemble technical training material and manuals.
Produce corporate brochures.
Ed writes a
monthly column on Integrated Building Systems (IBS) for Electrical Contractor
magazine, in which he has covered a wide range of subjects, from lighting to
HVAC to security and networked video. One of his major interests has been on
how to use IBS to reduce energy costs. His feature articles have presented an
overview of integrated building systems and a survey of low voltage licensing
regulations. He explained programmable logic controllers (PLCs),
surge suppression and switching power supplies, and he did a detailed project
profile on the construction of a brand new subway station in downtown Manhattan.
All of his articles for Electrical Contractor can be found at
Ed Brown can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or by telephone at 212-924-0023.
FIBER OPTIC CABLING - WEAKEST LINK USED TO BE THE CONNECTOR
A recent gathering of network services companies reviewed all the
latest developments in technology to improve their distribution of television,
telephone and broadband services to their customer (subscriber) base. Several
impressive demonstrations of the fiber optic cable confirmed the improvements
in bendable cables that could still deliver the top performance needed. “Fiber
To The Everywhere” FTTE is becoming a rapid reality as performance demands move
far beyond the copper based cabling capabilities.
AFL, OFS, and Corning have studied the cost of bringing Fiber To The Desktop
(FTTD). All the preliminary numbers for total life cycle costs show that fiber
is now in parity or lower in costs than traditional copper based UTP
(unshielded twisted pair) cabling.
Hind sight is 20/20. Many analyst who have looked at all of the
costs for the entire backbone cabling distribution system for typical
commercial real estate buildings have concluded that the best move was to have
installed single mode fiber optic cabling initially. The consumer would have
completely bypassed the migration strategy of the copper cabling category game.
From the progression from CAT 3 through CAT 7, the single mode fiber optic
cabling delivered the performance and at greater distances than the copper
The copper cabling connectors have made remarkable advancements.
However, the fiber optic cable connectors seemed stalled in break though
technology for many years. Recently, we have found a remarkable leap ahead for
the FO connectors. The new patented process of laser hardened connectors seem
bullet-proof to traditional problems. The attendees at the gathering saw a
demonstration of hundreds of insertions with this new connector and the follow
up test showed no degradation. This new super durable connector is now
available from the leading distributors like Cable Organizer, Graybar, Rexel, CSC, and Anixter. The product with these new
connector capabilities is Megladon Mfg’s ScratchGuard™. www.megladonmfg.com
Look for more breaking news from Megladon
Manufacturing in July.
Copper cabling’s market share is shrinking and will continue to do
so for the near future.
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