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Issue: June 2011
By: Frank Bisbee


Datacom/Telecom Glossary
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Bisbee’s Buzz

THE MEAN SEASON IS BACK 2011

The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season has officially begun with weather experts predicting an "above-average active to extremely active season."

Well everyone, here's the first report and it looks like it's going to be another busy one! I'm sure these numbers may fluctuate a bit between now and then. Interesting to note that the 2011 season is forecast to be only 2 less storms than the 2010. Might we see the first U.S. landfall since 2008 and the first major landfall since Wilma? Who knows. But as we all know, the total number of storms haven't any relation to whether or not we'll see a landfall.

Colorado State University Hurricane Team Calls for Above-Average 2011 Hurricane Season in Early December Forecast

·                     Full 2011 early season forecast

FORT COLLINS - The Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University called for an above-average Atlantic basin hurricane season in an early extended-range forecast for 2011.

The report marks the 28th year for the CSU hurricane forecasting team which is led by Philip Klotzbach and William Gray.

The team anticipates 17 named storms, 9 hurricanes and 5 major hurricanes (Saffir/Simpson category 3-4-5) with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater for the 2011 hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. These forecast numbers for 2011 are close to the active Atlantic basin hurricane season experienced in 2010.

For 2010, the team accurately predicted well above-average hurricane activity for the Atlantic basin. Just as hurricane season began in June, the team called for 18 named storms, 10 hurricanes and five major (Category 3-4-5) hurricanes. Observed were 19 named storms, 12 hurricanes and five major hurricanes.

“The U.S. was extremely lucky in 2010 in that none of the 12 Atlantic basin hurricanes that formed crossed the U.S. coastline,” Klotzbach said. “On average, about 1 in 4 Atlantic basin hurricanes makes U.S. landfall, and therefore, we would expect to see more landfalling hurricanes in 2011.

"There is significant uncertainty with this earliest outlook, issued six months prior to the start of the hurricane season. Given the current upper ocean heat content anomalies in the tropical Pacific, we believe that El Nino conditions are unlikely. This could mean a more active hurricane season,” Klotzbach said.

“This forecast is based on an extended-range early December statistical prediction scheme we’ve developed based on 58 years of data,” Gray said. “At this point, we are uncertain whether La Nina conditions or neutral conditions are more likely for the 2011 hurricane season. Sea surface temperatures in the far North Atlantic remain at record warm levels, which is an indication that we are in an active multi-decadal period for Atlantic hurricane activity.”

The statistical model used by the CSU Hurricane Forecast Team explains a considerable amount of hurricane variability in hindcasts issued from 1950-2007. Over this time period, the three-predictor scheme correctly forecast above- or below-average seasons in 44 out of 58 years.

For the 2011 Atlantic basin hurricane season, the CSU hurricane forecast team predicts:

• A 73 percent chance that at least one major hurricane will make landfall on the U.S. coastline in 2011. The long-term average probability is 52 percent.

• For the U.S. East Coast, including the Florida Peninsula, the probability of a major hurricane making landfall is 49 percent (the long-term average is 31 percent).

• For the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle west to Brownsville, the probability is 48 percent (the long-term average is 30 percent).

• The team predicts the probability of a major hurricane making landfall in the Caribbean as 62 percent (average for the last century is 42 percent).

Along with today's report, the team has updated the Landfall Probability Web site that provides probabilities of tropical storm-force, hurricane-force and major hurricane-force winds making landfall at specific locations along the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts within a variety of time periods. U.S. landfall probabilities are available for 11 regions and 205 individual counties along the U.S. coastline from Brownsville, Texas, to Eastport, Maine. Probabilities are also available for Central America and the Caribbean. With the help of Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, the website is available to the public at http://www.e-transit.org/hurricane.

The hurricane team's forecasts are based on the premise that global oceanic and atmospheric conditions - such as El Nino and tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures - that preceded active or inactive hurricane seasons in the past provide meaningful information about similar trends in future seasons.

The team will issue seasonal updates of its 2011 Atlantic basin hurricane activity forecast on April 6, June 1 and Aug. 3.

GRAY RESEARCH TEAM
2011 EXTENDED RANGE ATLANTIC BASIN HURRICANE FORECAST
Tropical Cyclone Parameters Extended Range
(1950-2000 Averages in parentheses) Forecast for 2011
Named Storms (9.6) 17
Named Storm Days (49.1) 85
Hurricanes (5.9) 9
Hurricane Days (24.5) 40
Major Hurricanes (2.3) 5
Major Hurricane Days (5.0) 10
Accumulated Cyclone Energy (96.7) 165
Net Tropical Cyclone
Activity (100%) 180

But that’s just my opinion. Remember Safety is too important to ignore.

YES! It can happen to you.

Frank Bisbee
"Heard On The Street" Monthly Column
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Jacksonville, FL 32257

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HURRICANE SEASON HEIGHTENS THE NEED FOR A GOOD BACKUP PLAN.

Wise words from Huff Technologies (a well-respected IT firm in North FL) – A plan for unthinkable is a wise investment in your future.

Within your business plan you probably have included some sort of computer data backup plan. More than likely it includes some sort of process for getting your digital computer files (documents, spread sheets, etc.) saved or backed up. Not only should you backup your files, but also think about how your business will function in the event of a catastrophe.  In other words, most companies think of their backup plan as “my IT person said all of my files are backed up”. So, if a disaster happens, and by chance you have saved the tapes, disks, etc… do you know how to get your data back? Maybe find out what the process would be if your server and all of the information was gone and you needed it back. How long would it take to purchase new equipment and put everything back together? You might want to discuss this with your IT person, but I know it takes a week or two to get a server from Dell, and then a few more days to rebuild and restore data. Also, what if your data backup media is damaged or destroyed in the same disaster? Then what? I have heard horror stories of after the data restore “some of my stuff is missing”… and many times it is gone forever.

So what are the alternatives? Today, you hear about the “Cloud”. Cloud storage is where you use another company’s servers that are connected to the internet to store your data and files. Google, Microsoft, Amazon (and the list goes on) are all well known Cloud providers. However some other providers specialize in backup and disaster recovery. So instead of backing up your digital information locally to tape or other media, you can backup to “The Cloud”. One of these providers is called Carbonite (www.carbonite.com). You can backup the files on your personal computer for as little as $59.00 per year. This is a great option especially if you travel and use a laptop. However for business PCs, laptops, or if you want to backup your business server the price is higher. In addition, these providers are able to not only backup the files but also backup the entire server including operating system, email, databases, accounting information and files. One company that does this is called Doyenz (www.doyenz.com). Included as part of their service, with each backup they also test the data to make sure it was transferred from your server to their cloud servers correctly, and that it can be restored correctly. And last, as a part of the service if you do have a disaster they can restore your server and make it available in the cloud over the internet. So, as part of a Business Continuity Plan, you and your co-workers could continue to access your server and continue your operations by accessing your information in the cloud. Think of it this way, you and your employees have access to your server, data, etc. and you are able to work from a remote location until normal operations can be restored.

End result is that there is a better alternative to the old tape backup system and hoping your data is safe. You are now able to backup over the internet to the cloud, and in the case of a major disaster, keep your business functioning from a remote location. A year or two ago, this type of service was incredibly expensive. However, now like any other technology, cloud backup is becoming more common place, and… it’s now affordable for most everyone. Call us to discuss your plan.

Craig Bell – Sales Engineer

Huff Technologies

9310 Old Kings Road  Suite 1301

Jacksonville, Florida  32257

904-396-4170

cbell@hufftech.com

Huff Technologies has been serving the greater Jacksonville Florida area for more than a decade. We are committed to our local economy and community, helping small to medium businesses grow and prosper. We understand that all companies are not created equal and strive to provide individually tailored technology solutions. Partnering with our clients, we understand that their success leads to our combined success. www.hufftech.com

 

FIBER OPTIC CABLING CHALLENGES include connectors – Megladon Mfg has answers

Megladon HLC®SCRATCHGUARD™ Fiber Optic Patch Cords Withstand 1000 Matings

Megladon’s signature HLC SCRATCHGUARD fiber optic patch cables were utilized in durability testing simulating an in-field 1000 mating requirement. Multiple mating scenarios are experienced by network installers and maintenance personnel when certifying or troubleshooting fiber optic networks.               

The durability test was initiated using SM SCHLC processed connectors from several manufacturers to ensure the final product was not manufacturer sensitive. The mated pair was tested for insertion loss after each mating and visually inspected after each set of 100 matings. The mating surface was only cleaned when a substantial insertion loss increase was noticed (see data graph below).

Megladon’s HLC fiber optic terminations are known for their mating surface durability and coupling efficiency. This provides network installation personnel with an ease of use during network deployment and provides maintenance personnel a reliable network utilizing the highest optical performance patch cords in the industry.

“We are very excited to demonstrate our fiber optic technology in this way”, said Daniel Hogberg, Megladon Product Group Manager. “It is an extreme test that a standard product could not endure. When you look at the data, it raises the question why these products are not deployed in all networks”.

Megladon® LGX Fiber Distribution Panels

Megladon also offers standard LGX Fiber Distribution Panels to compliment its HLC® SCRATCHGUARD™ patch cords and trunk cables.  Also in the product line is a full suite of cable management products including fanning panels, storage and combination shelves.

By incorporating HLC SCRATCHGUARD patch cords and trunk cables into the distribution product line, Megladon is able to deliver the most robust turnkey solutions of any company in the marketplace.  These solutions can be shipped pre-tested and pre-populated for installation time-savings and increased network performance.  Megladon has experience in making complex fiber networks simple, and the versatile LGX Fiber Distribution System products create value within our customer’s networks.

“The addition of fiber distribution products is exciting and allows Megladon to diversify our product portfolio.  Being able to offer turnkey solutions with our HLC cables assemblies increases our value to the marketplace”, stated Daniel Hogberg, Product Group Manager at Megladon. He continued, “A mated pair of matched HLC connectors at the distribution panel provides the highest level of performance in a fiber optic network.”

Why is the ScratchGuard™ technology a big value in this new product? This patented new technology really delivers Durability and Dependability. For example we found out that the ScratchGuard technology has already made a big impact on portable fiber optic testing performance. Incredible but true: Test results showed that over 1000 insertions of the Megladon Scratch Guard™ Fiber Optic test cables used on the Fluke Networks amazing DTX CableAnalyzer™ showed virtually no degradation or scratching. www.megladonmfg.com   www.flukenetworks.com

Kevin Moy, Special Projects Supervisor for Communication Planning Corporation (a communications contractor based in Jacksonville, FL), told us that this new product has added a significant boost to the value of CPC’s solutions package. “We really save time and deliver a better installation with the Megladon LGX Fiber Distribution System products. Any reconfiguration is easier for field technicians.”  The Megladon product line supports the technician with terminations, connections, splices and convenient access within fiber optic networks.  www.communicationplanning.com   

Incorporation of Bend Insensitive fiber is next logical step for CATV Drop Cables

Megladon Manufacturing Group answered the request of the CATV industry today by providing bend insensitive fiber for node tail applications. Maximizing the number of customers served by each node has reduced the available space inside the node for fiber management. The result is attenuation and potential intermittent failures which are seen by customers as outages.

Managing the fiber inside the node is a big problem. There are typically six fiber strands that must be properly routed to specific ports. Service loops are added to ease repair and maintenance in the event issues arise after installation. The result is several meters of fiber that must be enclosed in the node without bending or pinching when the lid is closed. This entire process is completed from a bucket truck thirty or more feet off the ground.

Utilizing bend insensitive fiber is the answer the industry has been seeking for two primary reasons. First, the installation time is reduced which has an associated cost savings. The time savings is due to a more straight forward process and ease of certification. Second, the prevention of intermittent failures due to bend loss reduces the number of technician trips to the site and plays a key role in customer satisfaction and retention.

“We have watched the CATV industry struggle with loss issues at the node for many years”, stated John M Culbert, President of Megladon. “The addition of hardware inside the node to support more wavelengths has improved density while putting a strain on the reliability of the final solution. The addition of our HLC SCRATCHGUARD technology earlier this year removed many of the loss barriers and now the migration to bend insensitive fiber is the next logical step.”

Megladon’s Bend Insensitive node cables with HLC SCRATCHGUARD technology are the most reliable in the industry and utilize Draka’s Bend Insensitive fiber in both the 10X and 100X versions. The cables may be configured in various fiber counts, lengths and are supported with all standard fiber optic connectors including the SCAPC HLC. They are competitively priced and ready for immediate deployment.

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

 

Jon Taylor Joins Hitachi Cable Manchester

Manchester, NH, June 17, 2011

Hitachi Cable Manchester (HCM) with its manufacturing facility located in Manchester, NH, USA, is pleased to announce the hiring of Jon Taylor.

Jon, formerly the National Account Manager with Berk-Tek, A Nexans Company, joins HCM as their Mid-West Regional Sales Manager.  “Jon has over 15 years of experience in the communication industry.  His experience and his insight will be invaluable,” said John Joyce, Director of Premise and Fiber sales.  Jon’s focus will be managing all the sales representatives in his territory as well as enhancing relationships with key distributors, engineers and end users.

About Hitachi Cable Manchester

HCM is a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., Japan.  Located in Manchester, New Hampshire, HCM manufactures a complete line of high-performance copper and fiber optic cables for the communication industry.  Over 4,000 different cable products are manufactured at this facility. Products include Category 6 and 6A copper communication cables, indoor, indoor/outdoor and outside plant fiber optic cables, as well as round and flat electronic cables.  To learn more about HCM, please visit the HCM website at www.hcm.hitachi.com

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2010 (ended March 31, 2011) consolidated revenues totaled $112.2 billion. Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.

 

FTTH Council Urges FCC to Preserve "High Cost Fund" to Keep Rural High-Speed Broadband on Track

Says average broadband users will need 25 Mbps connections within five years

(WASHINGTON) - Maintaining the High-Cost universal service fund is critical to ensuring that the nation's broadband universal service goals are achieved, according to a document filed today with the Federal Communications Commission by the Fiber-to-the-Home Council, a non-profit organization that advocates for the expansion of next-generation broadband.

The Commission is considering severely reducing the High-Cost portion of the Universal Service Fund that supports rural carriers who currently provide broadband services in high-cost areas.  It would be replaced with a Connect America Fund (CAF), the aim of which would be to bring broadband to only unserved areas at a level of bandwidth that is generally below what is available in most urban and suburban communities - with a standard of about 4 megabits per second for download and 1 megabit for uploading.

Download the filing here.

In its filing, the Council said that continuing the High-Cost funding, which many rural telecommunications providers use to upgrade their broadband capabilities, will "maximize deployments of high-performance networks" in rural areas, while the fund's elimination would result in millions of rural residents not having enough bandwidth to access applications that will soon be standard in urban and suburban areas.

An estimated 8-10 million people live in areas where broadband providers are receiving support from the High-Cost fund.

Noting the emergence online of advanced video applications, cloud computing and a host of essential services in the areas of education and health care, the Council cited research concluding that consumer demand for symmetrical bandwidth will "easily exceed 25 Mbps within just five years."

While supporting reforms of the High-Cost fund to increase efficiency, the Council urged the FCC to retain the fund and combine it with the CAF and thereby accomplish the aims of both funds, "enabling users in unserved areas to finally be able to access broadband and users in high-cost areas to have access to the same high-performance broadband services offered in urban areas."

The Council provided a number of data points, including some presented by the FCC's own staff in the development of the National Broadband Plan, indicating that broadband users are already accessing and using services with symmetrical bandwidth of 25 Mbps, and that services related to telemedicine-related videoconferencing and to online education are already requiring in excess of 5-10 Mbps.  In addition, the filing referred to statements presented by the Commission on its website noting the importance of high-performance broadband services to small businesses.

"Broadband networks are deployed not to individual premises but to communities, and it is the overall demand from these communities that will accelerate higher-performance broadband," the Council wrote. 

The Council also cautioned that the possibility of ending the High-Cost fund has resulted in a number of private sector carriers already feeling the pinch from their lenders, who consider the continuation of the fund a critical factor in determining whether to make new loans for facilities upgrades.   

"By enabling these wireline service providers to continue accessing the High-Cost fund, the Commission will ensure that many more users will have access to high-performance broadband services" as they continue to secure lending to upgrade their services and offer more bandwidth to rural customers, the Council said.    

Many of those providers will invest in all-fiber networks to "future-proof" their systems against constantly accelerating bandwidth demands, the Council said, and thus the Commission should want to encourage near-term upgrades because immediate deployment of high-performance networks is most beneficial and capital efficient.  In addition, it wrote that "deploying FTTH networks leads to immediate and substantial operating cost savings," and it provides far greater performance returns than other technologies in comparison with the capital required to make the upgrades. 

About the Fiber-to-the-Home Council
Now in its tenth year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections - as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks.  The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Its mission is to educate the public and government officials about FTTH solutions and to promote and accelerate deployment of fiber to the home and the resulting quality of life enhancements such networks make possible.  The Council organizes North America's largest annual FTTH event, the
FTTH Conference & Expo, which will be held September 26 - 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.   More information about the Council can be found at www.ftthcouncil.org.

 

CSC Announces “The CSC Data Center Guy” Video Series

CSC has announced a brand new video series called “The CSC Data Center Guy” on The CSC Data Center Blog (dcblog.gocsc.com)!  Click here to view first episode today.

This video is the first in a series of short, fun and informative clips designed to educate customers about products that solve today’s most pressing data center challenges.  The CSC Data Center Guy is just a small sample of the original content readers of The CSC Data Center Blog are enjoying today.  If you’re not a subscriber just yet, head on over and enter your email – it’s 100% FREE and takes 5 seconds!  Believe me when I say nobody will want to miss any of these videos. 

 The latest video warns the customers of higher prices on plenum cables made with FEP and possible longer delivery intervals.

www.gocsc.com

 

FEP PRICE AND AVAILABILITY MAY BE A NEW ISSUE

Editor’s note: Learning that FEP is in short supply is like finding out they don’t have enough Jonestown Kool-Aid. FEP is a halogen material. In the European Union, their code requires LSZH ROHS Low Smoke – Zero Halogen & Restriction of Hazardous Substances. Many safety experts think that the US should change the NEC (National Electrical Code) on plenum cables. The National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 90A committee may consider this proposal when the FEP price and availability become unacceptable. Want to know more/ In the interim, on a case by case basis, building owners are considering changing from return air plenum spaces to ducted return air, because CMP plenum cable is not required (A possible major savings in the cabling budget).

http://www.wireville.com/news/Cabling%20Can%20Kill%20You.html

CABLING: What You Don't Know Can Kill You.

Halogen cabling can emit toxic fumes in a fire. Many international governments have moved to less lethal alternatives.
Why hasn't the U.S. done the same?

By Stephen Saunders - News Editor for Data Communications Magzine.

There’s something corporate networkers should know. Most of the cable they’re now pulling at central sites and branch offices across the U.S. contains halogens – chemical that give off toxic fumes when they burn. In a fire, halogen cable can release acid gases that sear the eyes, nose, mouth, and throat. The fumes can disorient victims, preventing them from escaping the blaze. They can cause severe respiratory damage. And they can kill. Recognizing this potentially deadly problem, a number of international governments have already standardized on zero-halogen cabling. But the U.S. National Electric Code, which serves as the basis for local standards in 45 sates, effectively forces net managers to use halogen-sheathed Category 5 UTP in the plenum spaces above ceilings and below floors in office buildings. And while some organization that are exempt from local building code – like the military and mass transit authorities – have banned halogen from their networks, most net managers have little choice but to obey the law.

And that, argue halogen-free advocates, could be fatal. Building plenums are typically used to circulate air throughout the workplace. If there’s a fire, they warn, heating and air conditioning ducts could become conduits for hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride, and the other gasses that cause far more fatalities than flames or visible smoke.

LIFE AND BREATH

For some critics, the difference between international and U.S. standards reveals start contrasts. “U.S. cabling codes are designed to save property. In Europe, we are more interested in saving lives, “ says Dario Erba, Manager for structured cabling at IBM Europe (Vimercate, Italy), which installs only acid-free cables.

Erba’s assessment my strike many as unduly harsh, but it raises an important concern: Given halogens’ lethal potential, why are they used in cabling at all?

There’s actually a method to this apparent madness. Halogens are an extremely effective fire retardant. Adding them to cable insulation increase its kindling point. “If the cable doesn’t catch fire, it won’t give off toxic fumes, says Lauren Caudill, senior development specialist for codes and standards at DuPont (Wilmington, DE). The chemical company is the leading manufacturer of FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), the most toxic halogen and the one used in the majority of cabling.

NO EASY ANSWERS

It’s a deadly double blind: Halogen insulation helps prevent cables from catching fire, but if the cable jackets do ignite the resultant fumes can drive up the death toll. And this dilemma has been at the heart of a decade-long debate about the continued use of halogen. “Fluorinated polymers are hundreds of times more toxic than zero-halogen cabling.” Comments Marcelo Hirschler, a consultant with BGH International Inc (Mill Valley, CA)< a firm that specializes in fire-safety issues. “They’re also far less flammable.”

To date, halogen’s defenders, which include DuPont and B.F. Goodrich CO (Akron, OH), have carried the day. But the opposition, whose ranks include manufacturers of zero-halogen cable, is running up the heat in hopes of convincing the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA, Quincy, MA) to change the current code. The amended standards will go into effect in 1999, but the deadline for filing proposed changes is late this year.

This isn’t the first time that halogen-free advocates have tried to alter the law, looking to ban halogen outright or allow zero-halogen cable to be used in building plenum. Thus far they’ve failed, partly because the onus is on the opposition to demonstrate that halogen-free cable will save lives. That’s been particularly difficult to do given that both types of cable – halogen and halogen-free produce carbon monoxide when they burn. And carbon monoxide is the leading cause of death in fires.

“There was a lot of argument about this six years ago, but the people in favor of zero-halogen couldn’t prove their case,” says Dave McCormack, assistant to the president of the International Association of Firefighters (St. Louis). McCormick believes the code should be changed to restrict the use of halogen cabling, which some tests show to be more than five times as toxic as its acid-free equivalent.

CATASTROPHIC CORROSION

This time around, however, the anti-halogen forces are taking a different track. They now argue that these chemicals should be outlawed because of the catastrophic effect acid fumes have on computer circuitry - causing millions of dollars worth of damage even in small fires. “Corrosivity is the Achilles’ heel of halogen cables,” comments Michael Keogh, corporate fellow at Union Carbide Corp. (Danbury, CT). “It ‘s a matter of machine toxicity, now human toxicity,” Union Carbide makes the raw materials used in both halogen and halogen free cable.

And where does all this leave net managers interested in eliminated halogen from their networks? Unfortunately, they don’t have many options. The law is clear: Meet the code or risk the consequences, which range from being fines by building inspectors or fire marshals to insurance companies that refuse to pay up in the event of disaster (se “The Insurance Angle”). Switching to fiber makes no difference, because its insulation is subject to the same code as copper. About the only way to legally install halogen-free cable is to run it in metal conduits. Trouble is, these conduits typically double the price of a cabling system.

STANDARDS SCHISM

International cabling standards were developed in response to events in the Falklands War. Research showed that most shipboard fatalities during the conflict were the results of the smoke from fires started by missiles and bombs rather than by the weapons themselves. “Acid gasses also prevented personnel from fighting the fires,” says Karen Long, a physicist at the Naval Sea Systems Command (Washington, DC). Long is responsible for developing fiber cabling standards for the U.S. Navy, which has decided to go halogen-free.

Many countries - including Australia, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, and the U.K. – have also moved to halogen-free cabling. And even in countries where the choice of cable is still left to the installer, zero-halogen is becoming the technology of choice, according to IBM’s Erba. “Halogen-free cables account for 40 percent of the total communications cable in Europe, “ he says. He believes that the remaining 60 percent is halogen sheathed PVC (polyvinyl chloride).

The easiest way to see the difference between international and U.S. cabling codes is to compare what they cover. International standards address three issues:

* fire resistance (how fast cable burns

* smoke density (how much visible smoke is produced)

* toxicity (how harmful the smoke is to human beings)

U.S. codes, in contrast, only address two of those criteria: fire resistance and smoke density. The National Electric Code is silent when is comes to toxicity. This is by design, not omission. “We try to stay out of health-related subjects. We’re electricians. We’re not in the health business,” says Joseph Sheehan, senior electrical specialist with the NFPA.

It should be noted, however, that the U.S. standards for fire resistance are more comprehensive and more stringent than their international counterparts. Three levels are defined. The first and least demanding applies to general-purpose cabling (such as that used to connect a phone to a wall jack). The second applies to cables installed in building risers. The third and toughest code is reserved for cabling installed in plenum spaces.

CHEMICAL CONDITIONING

The only way to meet the more demanding U.S. standards is to add one of several halogens to the polymer plastic used in cable insulation. PVC cable contains chlorine; FEP (also known as Teflon ® FEP) is made with fluorine.

FEP is highly fire resistant. It can withstand temperatures to 800 degrees F before it begins to break down. It’s also an extremely efficient electrical insulation which suite it to cable that carries high-speed data. Those two characteristics have made FEP the key component in plenum-rated Category 5 UTP (unshielded twisted pair) in the U.S. What’s more, FEP cabling has largely replaced PVC cable in building risers and elsewhere, despite the fact that it’s only legally required in plenums.

It’s a different story overseas. In order to meet rigorous international toxicity specs cable manufacturers avoid halogens altogether, instead adding metal hydrates to their polyethylene and polypropylene cable insulations. When heated, these chemicals release steam.

But halogen-free cables made with metal hydrates are not a fire-resistant as their U.S. counterparts. And once the metal hydrate is exhausted, the insulation burns freely.

Zero-halogen cable meets the two less stringent U.S. fire-resistance standards. It’s acceptable for general purpose use and for building risers. Bu tin order to obtain a plenum rating manufacturers would have to add so much metal hydrate to their insulation that the cable would no longer meet Category 5 UTP electrical requirements. “The flame retardant additives, “ explains Keogh, “do not have good electrical properties.”

Trying to sell lower performance CAT 3 or 4 cable into U.S. markets would be an exercise in futility. Corporations are now moving to higher speed LAN’s and need the superior electrical properties of CAT 5 cable to cope with bigger bandwidths.

BURNING ISSUES

When the PVC cables used in building risers burn they emit both hydrogen chloride (an acid gas) and dioxin, which Greenpeace, the environmental advocacy group, calls “the most toxic synthetic chemical known to science” (see table I). Long-term exposure to dioxin has been linked to a number of health problems, including cancer, reproductive disorders, birth defects, impaired neurological development, diabetes, and immune system suppression.

When FEP cable burns it releases hydrogen fluoride, an odorless invisible gas that is considerably more toxic than hydrogen chloride. Tests conducted at University of Pittsburgh in the 1980’s also indicate the presence of another, far more deadly gas, in FEP fumes – known in the cabling industry as “the supertoxin.” Some scientist theorize the gas is a fluoro-phosgene- the fluorine equivalent to phosgene gas used in World War I. The supertoxin was never properly identified, and research into it has now ceased. “We know there’s hydrogen fluoride, but that’s not the real problem,” says BGH’s Hirschler. “There’s something else in the gases, and nobody knows what it really is except that it’s highly, highly toxic.”

Not all researchers agree with Hirschler’s assessment. “Most people have largely put the supertoxin down as a laboratory phenomenon, not a real-world phenomenon,” says Edward Weil, professor at Polytechnic University (Brooklyn, N.Y.), which conducts research into halogen and halogen-free cabling.

FEP’s poisonous potential has prompted some grisly jokes at cabling companies. “The advantage of fluorine cable is that the fireman can see your body and step over it when they arrive to put out the fire,” says Paul Chalifour, senior manager of market development at Nordx/CDT, a subsidiary of Cable Design Technologies Corp. (Pittsburgh). Like almost all cable companies, Nordx sells halogen and halogen-free cabling.

LEARN NOT TO BURN

Champions of halogen-free cable are quick to point out that in a fire what can’t be seen is far more lethal than what can. Invisible gasses given off by burning material are the cause of more than 80 percent of fire deaths, according to research published in the British Medical Journal. In the U.S. that translates into as many as 6,000 deaths a year. And halogen’s opponents are sure that the chemicals are killers.

Most of the available data on cable toxicity was gathered after the State of New York changed its building code in 1988, requiring that all cabling products be tested for toxicity – the only state ever to do so. The tests were conducted by Anderson Laboratories (West Hartford, VT) on behalf of the National Electrical Manufacturers Associations (NEMA, Rosslyn, VA).

Anderson Labs measured cable toxicity on mice in a laboratory using the so-called Pittsburgh Test (named for the university where it was developed). In the test, a specific amount of insulation is burned, with the fumes shunted through a tube to four mice. This procedure is repeated with more insulation until two of the mice are dead. The insulation is then assigned an LC%) (life count 50) toxicity rating that indicated the number of grams of insulation that had to be burned to kill half of the test animals. The higher the LC50 rating, the less toxic the cable. Over 1,000 tests were conducted.

DATA COMMUNICATIONS obtained the LC50 ratings from the State of New York’s Hazardous Materials Bureau (see figure 1). They show that halogen free FEP cable is more than 5 times as toxic as halogen-free and 1.5 times as toxic as halogen PVC.

FEP FIGHTBACK

The NFPA, the nonprofit association that oversees the national code, doesn’t dispute FEP’s lethal nature. “If the plenum tests were based only on toxicity, Teflon ® FEP is probably the only material that would not pass,” says Arthur Cote, vice president and chief engineer. “It’s an order of magnitude higher in terms of toxic potency than almost any other material in use today.”

But Cote, who also is secretary of the NFPA’s toxicity advisory committee, doesn’t think the code should be changed, citing doubts about the Pittsburgh Test methodology.

Other halogen advocates also challenge the test results. Some argue that the findings are academic because the tests don’t mirror real-world conditions. “By the time the levels of heat in a building were high enough to release those gasses, everyone would be dead anyway,” says Al Scolnik, vice president of power distribution products at NEMA’s wire and cable division.

Halogen defenders also argue that autopsies of fire victims usually show carbon monoxide poisoning as the cause of death, not hydrogen chloride or hydrogen fluoride. And they all that cables only contribute a small amount of smoke to a fire. Computer simulations by the National Research Council of Canada suggest that less than 12 percent of the smoke comes from cable.

The anti-halogen forces have answers ready on all counts. For one thing, they argue that while carbon monoxide poisoning may be the direct cause of death in a fire, acid gasses can disorient victims and prevent them from escaping a burning building. What’s more, they assert that where cable is located is just as important as the smoke it gives off. Since building plenum is typically used by the air-conditioning system, wiring ducts can distribute toxic fumes throughout the work-place – even if a fire hot enough to release the fumes is restricted to a small area. “If there’s smoke in the plenum return it can be sucked back and redistributed,” explains Mike Kerwin, principal at Cablenet Systems Inc. (Woburn, MA), which installs cabling systems for corporations and educational organizations.

THE DUSSELDORF DISASTER

That appears to be what happened during a fire at Dusseldorf Airport in Germany last April in which 16 people where killed and more than 60 hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

The fire appears to have been sparked off by welders working in a combined ventilation and cable shaft in the main arrival hall. According to the British newspaper The Independent, “PVC-covered cables began to smolder, emitting cyanide, chloride, carbon monoxide, and possibly dioxin fumes that spread through the building’s ventilation shafts.” The International Herald Tribune reported that the “fire carried a flood of lethal fumes into elevators, ventilation ducts, and passenger lounges.”

That sort of disaster makes halogen opponents understandably nervous – especially since there’s far more cable in building plenums than ever before. “There wasn’t much wire above ceilings 10 years ago. Since then, the amount of cabling has gone up by several orders of magnitude.” Says Richard Bukowski, senior research engineer at the building and fire research laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, Gaithersburg, MD) “The bigger the fuel load, the bigger the concern over fumes,” he adds.

“There should be controls on where you can use halogen cable. The last place you want it is in a plenum. If you must run in there it’s essential that it’s contained in a rigid conduit or pipe,” says McCormack of the International Association of Firefighters. He notes that conduit is compulsory in only two U.S. cities: Chicago and New York.

PLAYING POLITICS

Critics of halogen cable also argue that cable manufacturers and chemical companies have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. FEP cabling is about 40 percent more expensive than halogen-free. DuPont has even more to lose; it has an almost total lock on the FEP markets, accounting for over 90 percent of production.

Some observers claim that the big cable and chemical manufacturers have used undue influence to prevent code changes. “The only reason we can’t spec halogen-free is because of political maneuvering by the cabling companies,” says Allen Kasiewicz, president of Trellis Communications Corp. (Manchester, HE), a cabling installer and consultancy.

But evidence backing up those charges is virtually nonexistent. And it’s worth noting that the NFPA limits the number of panelists from any one organization to prevent packing the committees that discuss code changes. Of course, there are loopholes. As well as its official delegates, DuPont staffers attend NFPA meetings under the guise of the Chemical Manufacturers Association. Still, its representatives only make up a fraction of the 400 people that are involved in the review process.

THE ACID TEST

As indicated, zero-halogen advocates are gearing up for a new campaign aimed at amending the next edition of the national code. But rather than once again taking the toxic tack, the latest push focuses on the catastrophic damage that smoke can cause to computer and networking equipment. “It’s the next big battle,” says Tom Ebert, engineering group leader at Underwriter’s Labs Inc. (Elkhart, IN), which is developing a new Corrosivity test.

Both sides agree that there’s a problem. “There are numerous examples of multimillion dollar damages after even a very small PVC fire,” says Paul Villien, coordinating manager at 3P Third Party Testing (Hoersholm, Denmark), an independent test facility.

“Even a smoldering fire can wreak havoc on a modern office. IT doesn’t have to be big enough to set off the sprinklers,” agrees Tom Chapin, member of the technical staff at Lucent Technologies (The recent AT&T consolidation, Murray Hill, NJ), which sells both halogen and halogen-free cabling.

THE BURDEN OF PROOF

Despite the apparent agreement, it’s by no means certain that the latest bid to permit the use of halogen-free cable in plenum airspace will be any more successful than earlier efforts. Once again, it’s up to the advocates of change to prove that halogen-free cables are safer - although this time the debate centers on hardware rather than human beings. And the pro-halogen group is already preparing its counteroffensive.

What may make the anti-halogen push even harder is that there’s less consensus on gauging Corrosivity than there is on measuring toxicity. Currently, there are about 20 different tests used worldwide.

In Europe, cable Corrosivity is generally matched to the PH value of the gas that’s emitted when the insulation burns. (Levels of 1 to 4 are deemed corrosive; levels of 5 and above are not.) When PVC burns it produces hydrogen chloride, which has a PH level of 1. When FEP insulation burns it releases hydrogen fluoride, which has a PH level of 3 to 4. When halogen-free cables burns it gives off steam, which has a PH level or 6.5 to 8.5.

But some observers believe PH values are only part of ht story. “Smoke particles can have a traumatic effect on closely spaces electronic components on a circuit board. And the PH test doesn’t measure the highly conductive ionic contaminants that can be produced when cable burns,” says Chapin.

Lucent has come up with a new test - called an interdigitated comb pattern - that it claims more accurately emulates the effects of fire on a PC board. The test bed comprises two interleaved copper combs. Smoke is passed across the combs, and the amount of electrical leakage is then measured.

Chapin says test results show that going with zero-halogen cable doesn’t guarantee fewer problems. “Some of the halogen-free cables are great. Bust some of them approach the Corrosivity of halogen cabling.” Given that finding, Chapin recommends that net mangers wait for cross-comparison testing of cables to be performed and the finding published before opting for any particular brand. But with so many different tests in use, net managers still have the problem of whose results to trust.

In the end, it may take more than testing, lobbying, or even common sense to force a change in the U.S. codes. “There’s an on-off attitude about fire safety,” says Rosalind Anderson, president of Anderson Laboratories. “If you haven’t killed anyone important recently, then it’s not an issue.”

Table 1: INSULATION ISSUES

Cable Insulation

Performance Ratings/ top data rate

Plenum Approved

Cost per 1,000 feet

Characteristics

By-products when burned

Toxicity Rating (LC50)*

Halogen FEP(fluorinated ethylene propylene)

Category 5 /100 Mbit/s

Yes

$275

Low smoke, high toxicity, highly fire resistant

Hydrogen fluoride, carbon monoxide

LC50 range = 16.1 to 77.1

Halogen PVC

Category 3 / 10/ Mbit/s

No

$100

High smoke, high toxicity; low fire resistance

Hydrogen chloride, dioxin, carbon monoxide

LC50 range = 10 - 20.6

Halogen-Free

Category 5 /100 Mbit/s

No

$160

Low smoke, low toxicity; fire resistant until metal hydrate exhausted

Steam, carbon monoxide

LC50 range = 4.4 - 15.

 

* Toxicity is measured using the LC50 rating, which indicates the number of grams of insulation that must be burned to kill half the mice in a lab experiment. LC50 ratings supplied by the State of New York Hazardous Materials Bureau.

UP IN SMOKE?

BUILDING CODES ARE CLEAR about what types of cabling can – and cant – be pulled through the plenum spaces below floors and above ceilings. Still corporate networkers worried about toxic fumes and office fires have a few options open.

Wrap it up Installing steel or fiberglass conduits or tubing inside building plenum gives net managers the option to run any kind of cable they want – including halogen-free UTP. The downside? Conduits can increase the cost of a cabling system by anywhere for 40 percent to 300 percent.

Mix it up Halogen-free cable cant meet U.S. fire-resistance standards for plenum spaces, but zero-halogen is OK for building risers. More and more cable installers are adding halogen-free to their catalogs, and they say that mixing cable won’t adversely affect performance.

Build a safe house One of the newest concepts in commercial architecture calls for the so-called areas of refuge that allow building occupants to sit out a fire in a sealed environment rather than attempting to feel the fumes and the flames.

Play politics State legislatures usually adopt the National Electric Code as a matter of course – but there’s no law that says they have to. Net managers who don’t like the code should say so. The Department of Public Safety is generally a good place to start.

Make some notice Net managers unhappy with the National Electric Code should know that anyone can propose changes to the spec. send suggestions to the Secretary of the Standards Council, NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, P.O. Box 9101, Quincy, Mass 02169. The deadline for submitting proposals for the 1999 code is November 8, 1996.

The Insurance Angle

Corporate Networkers Considering new cable need to pay equally careful attention to performance specs and the law. “If a company knowing has a code violation – and most do – then its liable in the event of a disaster,” says John Powers, principal consultant at Powers & Co. (Tewksbury, Mass), a consultancy that performs cabling infrastructure audits. According to Powers, 85 percent of the buildings his firm inspects are in violation of local codes. What’s the most common crime? According to Powers, its pulling new plenum-approved cable without first removing the old wiring. “We’ve all been guilty of it over the years,” he says. What makes the situation more complicated it that there are some instances when companies are permitted leave the older cable in place. “As a rule of thumb, if you’re working in the ceiling but there’s no major reconstruction, you can leave in old stuff in place,” says Michael S. Chambers, president of Comlink Inc. (Falls Church, VA), a cable installer. What constitutes “major reconstruction”? if permanent walls are being moved or ceilings pull down, then companies or their contractors my apply for a building permit. That automatically means a visit from a building inspector who will “make you take out the old cable,” says Chambers.

Hiring a contractor to perform a cabling audit is one way to ensure that a building meets code, but it can be expensive. “It’s a scam. Some companies will charge you a quarter of a million dollars to audit your entire building,” says Powers. He recommends that corporations hire a firm to spend two days auditing four or five major quadrants in the building, rather than the entire site. “It’s a waste of money to audit cable if you’re just going to pull it out anyway.”

Given what’s at stake, some companies may choose to bite the financial bullet rather than risk fines – or worse. “Its not the $1,000 spot fines that companies should be worried about, its litigation that can follow a fire,” says Chambers.


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Optical Transport Market Grew 10 Percent Year-over-Year to $3 Billion 1st Qtr 2011

2011 Market Revenues Forecast to Exceed $13 Billion

Optical Transport Market Grew 10 Percent Year-over-Year to $3 Billion 1st Qtr 2011

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – May 25, 2011 – According to a newly published report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, worldwide optical transport equipment market revenues grew 10 percent year-over-year to $3 billion in the first quarter of 2011. Dell’Oro Group predicts that the market will grow 9 percent to over $13 billion by year-end.

“As expected, the optical market declined sequentially in the first quarter due to seasonality, but grew a healthy 10 percent year-over-year in 1Q11,” said Jimmy Yu, Sr. Director of Optical Transport research at Dell’Oro Group. “This was the third consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth for the Optical Transport market following the market slump that began in 4Q08 which extended through the middle of 2010.

There was strong demand for optical equipment in North America and Latin America, where revenues were 17 percent and 34 percent higher, respectively, over the same period last year. The only region that showed a weak start to the year was China, where we estimate that optical sales declined 16 percent year-over-year,” added Mr. Yu.

The report also indicates that Huawei’s market share in 1Q11 declined by seven percentage points compared to the year-ago quarter to 18 percent, and that Alcatel-Lucent’s market share increased by two percentage points to 17 percent. The manufacturers with the third and fourth highest market shares were Ciena and ZTE.

 

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Corning "Sold Out," Blames Verizon


Corning has sold out its optical fiber cable capacity, blaming, among other factors, a 20% increase in orders from Verizon. "We're actually sold out in fiber right now," CFO Jim Flaws told the Reuters Technology, Media and Telecommunications Summit on Tuesday. Corning, which supplies glass for everything from televisions to network cable, will add new manufacturing capacity over the next year in order to cope with booming demand, according to Flaws. He cited an increase in fiber optic business in Australia and Canada, and in Japan, where networks are being rebuilt after the earthquake, as well as unexpected U.S. growth from Verizon.

Most other optical fiber cable manufacturers are reporting heavy sales demand on single mode FO cable. Intervals are now getting longer. The US government program to introduce broadband services on a widespread basis has created much of the current US demand and that program will extend over 18 months. The funds have already been allocated.

 

4YRS AGO -  June 2007  Last Iwo Jima Flag Raiser and IBEW Member Charles Lindberg Dies

Charles Lindberg, the last surviving member of the patrol that raised the first American flag at Iwo Jima in WWII and an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) electrician for 40 years, died Sunday, June 24, 2007. He was 86.

His death came shortly after the IBEW renamed one of its training centers in his honor. A report of the event will appear in the July 2007 issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR.

Lindberg received the Silver Star for bravery in his efforts at Iwo Jima. He also received the Purple Heart. The flag he and five other men raised was the first at Iwo Jima, but it was the second flag that appeared in the famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal. Lindberg explained this many times over the years.

"Two of our men found this big, long pipe there," Lindberg said in an interview with the Associated Press in 2003. "We tied the flag to it, took it to the highest spot we could find and we raised it. Down below, the troops started to cheer. The ships' whistles went off. It was just something that you would never forget. It didn't last too long because the enemy started coming out of the caves."

 

 

As the famous second flag raising took place, approximately four hours later, Lindberg was in combat.

After the war, Lindberg returned home to become an electrician. He is an alumni of the Minneapolis, Minn. JATC 292 Electrical Training Center, which has been renamed for him. He worked on several Twin Cities landmarks, such as the former Northwestern National Bank and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus.

In 1954, Lindberg was invited to the dedication of the Marine memorial in Washington, D.C., which carries the names of the second flag raisers. However, the Minnesota Legislature honored Lindberg in 1995 when it dedicated a large mural of the battle for Iwo Jima that contains his face in Long Prairie, Minn. There is also a bronze sculpture of his likeness at Soldier Field in Rochester, Minn.

A visitation will be held Thursday, June 28, 2007, and his funeral will take place on Friday, June 29, 2007, both in Richfield, Minn. He will be buried at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

We will not forget those who gave so much for our country.

 

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Optical Cable Corporation Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results

OCC Achieves Increases in Net Sales and Gross Profit

ROANOKE, Va., June 14, 2011 Optical Cable Corporation (Nasdaq GM: OCC) ("OCC®" or the "Company") today announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended April 30, 2011.  The Company achieved increases in net sales and gross profit for both the quarter and year-to-date periods compared to the same periods in fiscal 2010.

Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results

Consolidated net sales for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 increased 12.6% to $17.2 million compared to consolidated net sales of $15.3 million for the comparable period last year.  

Net sales to customers located in the United States increased 14.6% in the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 compared to the same period last year, and net sales to customers located outside of the United States increased 6.2%.

Gross profit increased 38.7% to $5.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2011, compared to $4.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2010.  Gross profit margin, or gross profit as a percentage of net sales, increased to 34.6% in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 from 28.1% in the second quarter of fiscal year 2010.

OCC recorded a net loss attributable to the Company of $90,000 or $0.02 per basic and diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011, compared to a net loss of $7.5 million, or $1.27 per basic and diluted share, for the same period last year.  

Fiscal Year-to-Date 2011 Financial Results

Consolidated net sales for the first half of fiscal year 2011 increased 15.3% to $34.9 million compared to net sales of $30.3 million for the same period last year.  Net sales growth during the first half of fiscal year 2011 was achieved over a broad customer base and product mix, with notable increases in both commercial and specialty markets.

OCC achieved consolidated net sales growth both in international markets and within the United States during the first half of fiscal year 2011.  Net sales to customers located in the United States increased 17.9% in the first half of fiscal 2011 compared to the same period last year, and net sales to customers located outside of the United States increased 8.3% compared to the same period last year.

Gross profit increased 26.4% to $12.4 million for the first half of fiscal year 2011, compared to $9.8 million for the same period in fiscal 2010.  Gross profit margin for the first half of fiscal year 2011 increased to 35.4% compared to 32.3% for the first half of fiscal year 2010.  

OCC achieved increased net sales and gross profit while also reducing selling, general and administrative expenses by 1.5% during the first half of fiscal 2011, compared to the same period last year.

For the first half of fiscal year 2011, OCC recorded net income attributable to the Company of $312,000, or $0.05 per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss attributable to the Company of $7.8 million, or $1.32 per basic and diluted share, for the first half of fiscal year 2010.  

The Company generated positive cash flow from operating activities -- with net cash provided by operating activities of $1.0 million in the first half of fiscal year 2011.  OCC also refinanced its $8.3 million in long-term debt during the second quarter of fiscal year 2011 -- reducing its fixed interest rate and extending the maturity date to April 2018.

Management's Comments

Neil Wilkin, President and Chief Executive Officer of OCC, said, "During the first half of fiscal 2011, we significantly improved our performance over the first half of 2010 as demand for our comprehensive suite of products drove sales growth in the U.S. and internationally.  At the same time we grew net sales 15.3%, we also controlled our costs during the first half of 2011 -- with SG&A expenses dropping 1.5%.  As we move forward into the second half of the year, we intend to build on our positive momentum to further grow sales, and use our demonstrated operating leverage to improve bottom line results."

Mr. Wilkin added, "We also strengthened OCC's financial position during the second quarter by refinancing our long-term debt -- extending the maturity date to April 2018 and reducing the fixed interest rate.  OCC continues to return capital to shareholders through a quarterly dividend, and we look forward to creating further value for shareholders as we execute our growth strategy, and OCC and our customers benefit from the expansion of our product offerings."

Company Information

Optical Cable Corporation ("OCC") is a leading manufacturer of a broad range of fiber optic and copper data communications cabling and connectivity solutions primarily for the enterprise market, offering an integrated suite of high quality, warranted products which operate as a system solution or seamlessly integrate with other providers' offerings.  OCC's product offerings include designs for uses ranging from commercial, enterprise network, datacenter, residential and campus installations to customized products for specialty applications and harsh environments, including military, industrial, mining and broadcast applications.  OCC products include fiber optic and copper cabling, fiber optic and copper connectors, specialty fiber optic and copper connectors, fiber optic and copper patch cords, pre-terminated fiber optic and copper cable assemblies, racks, cabinets, datacom enclosures, patch panels, face plates, multi-media boxes and other cable and connectivity management accessories, and are designed to meet the most demanding needs of end-users, delivering a high degree of reliability and outstanding performance characteristics. 

OCC® is internationally recognized for pioneering the design and production of fiber optic cables for the most demanding military field applications, as well as of fiber optic cables suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, and creating a broad product offering built on the evolution of these fundamental technologies.  OCC also is internationally recognized for its role in establishing copper connectivity data communications standards, through its innovative and patented technologies.

Founded in 1983, OCC is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia with offices, manufacturing and warehouse facilities located in each of Roanoke, Virginia, near Asheville, North Carolina and near Dallas, Texas.  OCC primarily manufactures its fiber optic cables at its Roanoke facility which is ISO 9001:2008 registered and MIL-STD-790F certified, its enterprise connectivity products at its Asheville facility which is ISO 9001:2008 registered, and its military and harsh environment connectivity products and systems at its Dallas facility which is ISO 9001:2008 registered and MIL-STD-790F certified.

Optical Cable Corporation, OCC®, Superior Modular Products, SMP Data Communications, Applied Optical Systems, and associated logos are trademarks of Optical Cable Corporation. www.occfiber.com.

 

ShoreTel Accelerates Savings in the Automotive Industry

ShoreTel integration with leading automotive applications and its powerful unified communications features help improve customer service and increase sales

Wednesday June 1, 2011, SUNNYVALE, Calif.- ShoreTel® (NASDAQ:SHOR - News), the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated unified communications (UC), today announced that an increasing number of organizations in the automobile industry are turning to ShoreTel for transformative IP-based communications solutions. ShoreTel’s flexibility and ease of integration with leading automotive business processes are key drivers behind the increase in adoption.

Designed and built for the IP age, the ShoreTel UC solution is easy to deploy, use and administer, making it an ideal choice for companies, like the 2,000 U.S. businesses in the automotive industry with more than 50 employees, who need a simple way to connect with customers and to reduce the IT resources solely dedicated to managing a complex system. Additionally, since the ShoreTel solution is based on an open architecture, automotive dealers can implement third-party solutions providing greater capabilities for system administrators and users that ultimately deliver extended value to their constituencies.

Using the ShoreTel open APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), ShoreTel Innovation Network validated member bridgeSpeak offers tools that enable auto dealers to connect their telecommunications tools with their databases for the DMS (Data Management Systems), CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and BDC (Business Development Center). This unlocks many new possibilities for how dealers can conduct their business more profitably and eliminates complexity caused by disparate, disconnected information systems.

"Customer service is a key differentiator in the automotive industry, and companies rely on the latest communications technology to optimize the customer experience,” said Mark Murawski, manager of implementation and support at bridgeSpeak. “ShoreTel's ease of deployment and use, along with its ability to easily integrate with our software solutions, lets automotive companies add the capabilities they need while reducing costs and closing more deals."

Customer Quotes

“ShoreTel was the only system out of five different manufacturers that worked perfectly during the initial demo, and we even visited labs of the other manufacturers. Seven months and two installations later I can’t say enough good things about the ShoreTel system and its integration with bridgeSpeak for screen pops and OAISYS for call recording. I love how easy it is to use, the mobility when I travel to our other location and its countless features, such as chat that lets our sales team interact with finance while talking to a customer and helps keep the transaction moving. ShoreTel is helping us close more deals than ever before, and we are still discovering helpful new features.”

- Judy Serra, Controller, Headquarter Toyota, Miami, Florida

"ShoreTel gives us the scalability and growth opportunities that other systems simply do not offer. With ShoreTel we were immediately able to save thousands of dollars a month by eliminating PBX programming costs and handling adds/moves/changes on our own. We are very happy with ShoreTel especially with the cost savings, the ease of programming and the ability for our employees to work from any location. In the automotive industry there are always many changes going on including staffing, locations, and office arrangements and ShoreTel makes it easier for us to take care of these changes quickly and with minimal impact to our users.”

- Greg Bennett, IT Director, Downtown L.A. Motors

“ShoreTel has proven to be a very reliable phone system for us. The sound quality is outstanding and we no longer have to use a PBX specialist for simple moves, adds, and changes. Integrating all of our dealerships with one ShoreTel system has been seamless, and has significantly reduced our monthly communication expenses and personnel costs. Salespeople can forward their calls to their mobile phones and we are connecting with our customers more quickly and efficiently. The integration of the bridgeSpeak application allows us to maximize our database to provide screen pop ups with the calling customer's information, and helps us proactively reach out to customers based on campaign criteria and other triggers.”

- Mark DeGroot, IT Manager, Betten Chevrolet Cadillac GMC, Muskegon, Michigan

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About ShoreTel

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

 

Do you feel lucky? BICSI News Editor’s Desk May/June 2011

Despite recent reports that state the economy is rebounding, the statistics are still rather gloomy. The unemployment rate is at 9.2 percent, but when I consider all those who are no longer eligible to receive unemployment benefits, those who are working part time but need to be working full time, those who are self-employed, and recent graduates who are trying to enter the work force, I believe that at least one in four people are unemployed or under-employed. That puts the actual rate closer to 25 percent. To top it all off, January saw 57,812 home foreclosures sold, but another 225,101 new foreclosures were added to the market just one month later. With a property value that has dropped to where I don’t qualify for a refinance, and with the insecure feeling of being a single mom living paycheck to paycheck, I am no stranger to the problems plaguing our economy. But yet, I feel lucky. Why? Because I work in the ITS industry.

I honestly believe that this is the place to be. The global IT market was one of few that saw growth in 2010, and forecasts predict it to expand again in 2011. I have spoken with many ITS companies that say they saw significant growth last year. This magazine is another sign that our industry continues to thrive. For the past five issues, BICSI News Magazine has consistently maintained a 30 to 40 percent increase in the number of pages than what we published in 2009 and early 2010. While including five or six articles per issue was once the norm, for this issue, it took nine to balance out the amount of advertising. So please keep those articles coming!

Then there are the articles themselves. In this issue, one covers government contracting opportunities and another patient monitoring systems in health care—two vertical markets that are doing quite well in our industry. Three of the articles discuss management strategies, which are really only needed if there are projects to manage. Yet another article looks at the difference between reducing energy consumption and ensuring sustainability in the data center—something that businesses are striving for as they look to achieve ROI on IT implementations that continue to take place. The articles on protecting WLANs and bend-insensitive multimode optical fiber also demonstrate that technology is continuing to advance.

While my heart goes out to those struggling in less successful markets like real estate and retail, I believe we are truly lucky to be in a dynamic, ever-advancing industry that continues to offer opportunity. I hope you all feel lucky too.

In the next issue… Look for yet another article on government projects and one on incentives and challenges for health care installations. For those interested in electronic safety and security systems, learn about megapixel technology for cameras.

Betsy Conroy – Editor

Reprinted with permission from BICSI News www.bicsi.org

 

CERRO WIRE INTRODUCES IMPROVED SLiPWire™ THHN CABLE JACKETED WITH SELF-LUBRICATING POLYMER

THHN cable reduces labor and installation costs

Cerro Wire LLC, a leading manufacturer of copper electrical building wire and cable, now offers SLiPWire™, a thermoplastic high heat-resistant nylon-coated (THHN) cable jacketed with a self-lubricating polymer that provides an improved, lower co-efficient of friction. SLiPWire™ reduces the time, labor and cost for installation, eliminates the materials and labor needed for lubricating the wire, and avoids messy clean-up activities. Independent testing confirms that SLiPWire is equivalent to, or better than, competing products in the copper building wire industry.

Intertek Testing Services, an independent testing laboratory, observed a test pull conducted at Cerro Wire’s Ogden, Utah manufacturing facility, comparing SLiPWire with competing pre-lubricated THHN products.  Intertek verified that the methodology and setup for the test was very well designed to replicate a typical installation and that SLiPWire™ is every bit the equal if not better than other contenders in the industry.

SLiPWire™ also uses Cerro Wire’s True Sequential Footage™ technology, the only sequentially printed cable reel that provides accurate wire length with each cut. True Sequential Footage prevents the need to carry excess cable inventory, providing precision length, accurate footage, and cost control. It also uses Cerro Wire’s Max Print® identification system to quickly identify the size of the cable, which aids in selection, inspection and prevents costly errors.

About Cerro Wire LLC

Cerro Wire LLC, a leading manufacturer of copper electrical building wire and cable, supplies its products to wholesale electrical distributors and retail home improvement centers across North America. Cerrowire’s Electrical Distribution Division offers building wire for residential, commercial and industrial use. Our operating philosophy focuses on customer service, low cost operations, simplification and innovation. Our employees operate manufacturing and distribution facilities around the United States. Cerro Wire is a Marmon Wire & Cable/Berkshire Hathaway company. 

Please visit our website at www.cerrowire.com for a complete description of our products and services.

 

AFL Opens New R&D Facility in Lowell, MA

LOWELL, MA – May 16, 2011 AFL is opening a new research and development facility in Lowell, Massachusetts, to support the company's rapid growth and to expand its product offerings for its FO TEST Div.The new 14,500 square foot R&D facility, located at 59 Lowes Way in Lowell, features optics and electronics laboratory development spaces, as well as convenient customer meeting and training facilities for up to 65 engineers and professionals involved in cutting-edge development of Fiber Optic Test and Inspection Equipment.

AFL has plans to expand its Test and Inspection Division professional R&D staff by more than 50% in 2011 and has chosen Lowell, Massachusetts as the optimum location to attract the talent needed to develop and innovate next generation Fiber Optic Test Equipment. AFL will continue to maintain the division's existing 30,000 foot facility and operations located in Belmont, NH.

"Locating our new R&D facility in Massachusetts accelerates our expansion plans and enables AFL to quickly recruit key professional talent. The Lowell facility is also near multiple colleges and universities allowing us to attract new college graduates and partner on development efforts," said George Rose, General Manager of AFL's Test and Inspection Division. "Expanding our operations in Lowell opens up the candidate pool of bachelor and advanced degrees to a population of over two million in the Middlesex, Essex, and Worcester counties. The location is also convenient to and attracts candidates from Southern New Hampshire counties of Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Merrimack."

AFL announced it is presently hiring new employees for the facility and has already brought on eight new employees since announcing the new facility location in 2011 and has relocated multiple other employees to this location.
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company's diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL's service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost telecommunications companies supporting both the central office and outside plant areas.

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

 

BOMA International and OSCRE Sign Memorandum of Understanding

(WASHINGTON—May 17, 2011) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International and the Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate (OSCRE) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the common goal of advancing the interoperability among information systems that exchange real estate related information.

BOMA and OSCRE have a common interest in several issues that will benefit the commercial real estate industry. Both parties have agreed to exchange information, participate in the other’s events, seek each other’s views in the development of new products, collaborate on data standards development in order to take advantage of work already accomplished, and develop special agreements for the promotion and distribution of each other’s products and services, among other goals.

“OSCRE has led the charge when it comes to developing standards for technological systems in our industry and we look forward to strengthening our relationship,” commented BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. “Our collaboration will allow us to work together on a variety of initiatives that will enhance the productivity of commercial real estate professionals.”

“BOMA has long been a leader in providing property professionals with the information and resources they need to perform better,” remarked Catherine Williams, OSCRE Chief Executive. “Our partnership will help make real estate information systems interoperable, making members of our industry even more effective.”

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

About OSCRE (the Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate)

OSCRE is a not for profit market led initiative that facilitates increased business productivity

through the development and delivery of standards across the real property sector. OSCRE’s mission is to drive the standards development process among key real estate stakeholders, including owners, tenants/occupants, investors, operators, developers, service providers, regulatory agencies, consulting firms, vendors and suppliers - to benefit all stakeholders and enable the real estate industry to function more efficiently in the digital economy. OSCRE is the only global e-commerce standards body for the real property sector. The organization is funded by its members, whose valued financial and professional contribution enables the continuation of the work of OSCRE.

For more information please visit our website at http://www.oscre.org.

 

BOMA’s Medical Office Building Conference Examines Healthcare Reform Legislation’s Effect on Real Estate

Capital Constraints, Regulatory Challenges and Physician Employment Trends also Featured

(WASHINGTON—June 16, 2011) Healthcare reform and the real estate implications of the implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act were the focus of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)’s 2011 Medical Office Buildings and Healthcare Facilities Conference, held May 4-6, 2011 in Dallas.  Both healthcare and real estate industry experts agreed that healthcare reform is here to stay in one form or another and will generate demand for outpatient facilities like medical office buildings and ambulatory care centers, though precisely how much new space would be required remains unseen.

Healthcare reform will also change the way that procedures are paid for; namely, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements will shift from a pay-for-volume to a pay-for-quality system, which will ultimately affect how physicians use space and what they can pay in rents, experts told the crowd of more than 650 healthcare executives and owners, developers and managers of healthcare real estate.   The conference featured industry experts from such firms as The Cleveland Clinic, Carolinas Healthcare, Methodist Health, Parkland Community Hospital, Trinity Health, HCA, Lifepoint Hospitals, MedStar Health, Inc., Ventas, HCP, Inc., Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT II, Healthcare Realty Trust, Standard & Poor’s, Morgan Keegan, Savills, LLC, and Cain Brothers, among many others.

Regulatory compliance and hospital monetization were also widely discussed. Regulations commonly referred to as “Stark laws” and anti-kickback statutes regulate physician self-referral under Medicare and Medicaid and underscore the need for highly-professional property management staff who can ensure compliance, many speakers said. The regulatory environment emerging in the wake of the Affordable Care Act—and the steep fines that accompany non-compliance—makes the use of third-party developers even more attractive for hospitals. As hospitals look to monetize their real estate assets to focus on their core mission of providing care, regulatory compliance concerns can also be addressed.

Experts touched on the movement toward hospital employment among physicians, which healthcare reform is also expected to accelerate, as well as the anticipated physician shortage that continues to grow. Attendees also toured the Baylor University Medical Center’s Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, where they got a first-hand look at how healthcare developer  Duke Realty worked with Baylor through complex strategic, financial, operational and regulatory issues to create a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center that is designed to be a center of excellence.

“BOMA’s MOB Conference provides a forum for industry leaders to exchange critical information about what the future holds for healthcare and healthcare facilities,” commented Gordon A. Soderlund, Senior Vice President, Business Development at Lend Lease DASCO and 2011 Co-Chair of the Medical Office Buildings and Healthcare Facilities Committee. “Our industry is confronting a tremendous amount of change, from healthcare reform and new regulations to shifting demographics. This conference brought together the major industry thought leaders and equipped attendees with information to help both healthcare systems and real estate companies refine their real estate strategies.”

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

 

Cablesys now offers 10G/40G/100G HD Fiber Solutions

Data centers across the globe are fast reaching their space limits and rising costs are forcing businesses to rethink their data center strategy. So how should you continue IT deployment and drive growth?  Simple.  Implement high-density (HD) fiber optic connectivity. Cablesys HD fiber products offer the highest performance and most cost-effective solutions within the industry; patch panels, adapter panels and MPO cassettes.

High-density (HD) fiber patch panels are the solution in premise backbone cabling, consolidation points, and data centers applications where port density, less pathways congestion and spaces are crucial for high bandwidth mission critical infrastructures. Whether end-users are installing fiber to the home (FTTH), business (FTTB) or curb (FTTC) Cablesys HD fiber patch panels and complementing solutions are ideal to simplify your design process, saving time and money.

They are designed to mount onto standard 19” racks and offer the highest fiber connectivity within one rack mount space allowing maximum space usage.  Get up to 288 fibers on one MPO patch panel and up to 96 fibers on one LC patch panel.  Fiber patch panels are constructed of 16 gauge steel and incorporate numeric silk screening for easy port identification.

For a flexible solution Cablesys’ HD fiber adapter panels are designed just for that.  There are push pins allowing them to be easily installed and removed from blank panels for quick moves, adds and changes. Get up to 216 fibers on one MPO adapter panel and up to 72 fibers on three LC adapter panel in one rack mount space.

For HD Plug and Play infrastructures use MPO cassettes. Cablesys has designed 24 LC fiber connectors on the front with an internal cable assembly converting to two female 12-fiber MPO connectors on the rear for a simple solution.  This enables you to utilize MPO trunk cables within the backbone infrastructure for faster deployment.  Cassettes are designed with push pins allowing them to be easily interchanged and come pre-tested, ready for immediate use.

For all your fiber needs Cablesys offers all that and more. Cablesys, headquartered in La Mirada, California, is a leading manufacturer of HD fiber connectivity and bundled fiber jumpers for 10G/40G/100G applications. Go on-line www.cablesys.com for more information.  For over 20 years, Cablesys has been working closely with its customers to provide friendly service and superior products at great prices.

 

Emerging Voice Infrastructure Sales Grew 30 Percent

Acme Packet and Broadsoft Benefit From Voice Market Trends

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – May 25, 2011 – Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, announced today that revenues in emerging voice infrastructure markets, which include Session Border Controller (SBC) and Voice Application Server (VAS), grew 30% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2011.  The two largest market share participants in SBCs are Acme Packet and privately-held Huawei, while the largest VAS market participants are Broadsoft and privately-held GENBAND.

“There are some exciting trends underway in the voice infrastructure market today,” said Tam Dell’Oro, President at Dell’Oro Group.  “While we had expected older softswitch and media gateway equipment sales to decline from last year, the Session Border Controller and Voice Application Server markets continued to experience exceptional growth.”

Overall, Carrier IP Telephony revenues of $1.8 billion fell three percent versus year-ago results.  Significant operator activity in the past two quarters has resulted in IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) deployment, which is estimated to have experienced 26% year-over-year license growth.  IMS is an Internet Protocol (IP) - based network over which both wireless and wireline networks can deliver advanced features such as video and high-quality voice calls.

“With Voice over Long Term Evolution technical demonstrations such as those at Verizon in the first quarter now behind us, we expect the IMS market may experience more strong growth in the future, with IMS core growth approaching $1 billion in the next five years,” Dell’Oro finished.

 

Ericsson acquisition of Telcordia to boost OSS/BSS strength

June 15, 2011

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has reached an agreement with Providence Equity Partners, LLC and Warburg Pincus to acquire 100 percent of the shares of Telcordia, the former Bell Communications Research, that specializes in mobile, broadband and enterprise communications software and services. Ericsson will pay $1.15 billion in the deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.

The acquisition of Telcordia will significantly strengthen Ericsson’s status in the growing operations support systems/business support systems (OSS/BSS) market, the company believes. According to figures Ericsson provided, the market for software and systems integration in 2010 reached $35 billion and is expected to show a compound annual growth rate between 6-8 percent between 2010 and 2013. The need for operators to efficiently handle the growth in mobile and fixed broadband traffic, as well as new types of connected devices, services and applications, while meeting customers’ expectations is expected to drive this growth.

In addition, what Ericsson termed “an attractive market for outsourced and hosted managed services,” should grow at a similar rate.

Telcordia, headquartered in Piscataway, NJ, generated revenues of $739 million during the last fiscal year ended January 31, 2011 and employs more than 2,600 people. The company was founded as Bell Communications Research in 1982 as part of the breakup of AT&T. The standards it generated for the Regional Bell Operating Companies remain in use, particularly among carriers in North America.

"The importance of operations and business support systems will continue to grow as more and more devices are connected, services become mobile and new business models for mobile broadband are introduced,” according to Hans Vestberg, president and CEO, Ericsson. “In this context, Telcordia brings very skilled people and knowledge, a large business in North America and other markets, as well as a good multivendor product portfolio."

 

Five Reasons Why You Can't Afford to Miss BOMA 2011

(WASHINGTON—June 6, 2011) The 2011 BOMA International Conference & The Every Building Show®, held in Washington, D.C., June 26-28, is commercial real estate’s most important gathering, offering insight from the industry’s foremost experts, the best education programming and cutting-edge solutions in building operations. Property professionals from across the U.S. and around the world come together to discuss current trends, best practices and learn firsthand what industry leaders are doing to stay ahead.

“Our industry is coming out of one of the worst recessions in decades. The BOMA Conference is focused on providing the strategies and tools that will prepare property professionals for success as the market recovers,” commented BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. “This year’s program is one of our strongest to date, featuring timely, relevant information and respected thought leaders with solutions that will help us lead the future.”

Here are five reasons why BOMA 2011 is commercial real estate’s premier education and networking event:

1.  The Industry's Best Programming—Bar None

Where else will you find political guru David Gergen, President and CEO of Vornado Realty Trust Michael Fascitelli and real estate strategist extraordinaire Dr. Peter Linneman under one roof?  Add to that the industry's best education program and attendees will have a full plate of great ideas and strategies to position them for success.

2.  The Networking Path to Success

The best way to come out on top after a recession is to be in the company of the best and the brightest. That's who will be at BOMA 2011, where attendees can network and share ideas with the best minds in commercial real estate.

3.  Innovative Solutions at The Every Building Show®

All the leading suppliers and state-of-the-art products and services for every type of building will be at the tradeshow—all under one roof. From solutions to increase operational efficiencies and enhance property values to reducing costs and boosting NOI, The Every Building Show suppliers have the solutions property professionals need.

4.  Location, Location, Location

BOMA 2011 will be at the world-class Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor in Washington, D.C., a spectacular new mixed-use community featuring more than seven million square feet of waterfront development.

5.  Flexible Registration Options

Affordable registration options are available for full conference, one-day, team admission and more. Property managers can also bring their building engineers for free. The only risk is not attending.

For more information, visit www.bomaconvention.org.

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

 

McCormick Systems Software Offered For Fast, Proven Plumbing & Mechanical Estimating

McCormick Systems, which has provided estimating software to electrical contractors since 1979, has taken a step in a new direction – offering its mature, sophisticated-but-simple system to plumbing & mechanical contractors.

The major difference: This system comes with a discrete database customized for plumbing & mechanical estimating, developed and fabricated in consultation with plumbing and mechanical contractors who have worked with McCormick over the years.

Contractors (and their estimators) who regularly bid on or negotiate for plumbing & mechanical projects can now select from a variety of options. McCormick offers software tailored for smaller companies up to sophisticated, networked systems.

Additionally, the company offers add-on such as CAD Estimating, a unique interface with OnScreen Take-Off software, a time-and-material billing system, and more.

“When we promote our products to the electrical field, we talk about the need for speed in estimating, especially these days,” President Todd McCormick said. “Our company was founded by my dad, who was an electrical contractor. So the focus, from Day One, has been on improving estimating productivity. “

“Our customers also tell us that our system is adaptable to their needs. They also say that our customer support is the best they’ve ever seen. “

“We intend to maintain these attributes, and enhance our reputation, in our continued work with plumbing & mechanical contractors and estimators.” 

About McCormick Systems

Privately owned McCormick Systems (Chandler, AZ) is the nation’s leader in software used for electrical and ABS estimating and project management. The company’s products enable contractors to quickly produce consistent, profitable estimates for electrical and voice-data-video work, and more.

More information: www.mccormicksys.com or 800-444-4890.

 

Diebold Joins CABA Board of Directors

June 10, 2011

The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to announce the addition of Diebold, Incorporated to its Board of Directors.

Diebold is a global leader in providing integrated self-service delivery, security and energy management systems and services.

Rod J. Reese will represent the company on the CABA Board. He currently serves as Diebold's director of energy Solutions, which interacts with the firm's security business unit.

"I am honored and privileged at this appointment," said Reese. "I look forward to making a strong contribution to the industry through this role and to strategically re-entrench CABA as the leading organization within the building automation space."

Diebold's security business unit designs, manufactures and integrates security and facility management systems for financial institutions, retailers, government agencies and commercial buildings. The solutions portfolio includes: access control, surveillance systems, alarms and energy management solutions, remote monitoring and managed services.

In addition to his responsibilities at Diebold, Reese is a member of the adjunct faculty at Kent State University Tuscarawas Regional Campus in New Philadelphia, Ohio, teaching various upper-level marketing courses.

Reese joined Diebold in 1994 as a product manager for pneumatic tube systems, after holding various sales and marketing positions in the capital equipment business and transportation industry throughout the United States and Singapore.

His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from West Liberty University, a Master of Business Administration Degree from Kent State University and advanced leadership training at the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University.

Commenting on his appointment, Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO, said: "I am delighted that Rod has agreed to join CABA's Board. His wealth of experience in energy solutions and broad international experience will be of significant benefit to the Board and to CABA as a whole. We very much look forward to welcoming him to the Board."

Reese resides in New Philadelphia, Ohio with his wife. They have two adult children.

 

Laurie Coleman Figy of Whirlpool Corporation Appointed to CABA Board

June 10, 2011

The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to announce that Laurie Coleman Figy of Whirlpool Corporation has been appointed to the CABA Board of Directors.

"CABA is very excited to announce the appointment of Laurie Coleman Figy to the Board," said Ronald J. Zimmer, President & CEO of CABA. "Her experience in consumer market research and emerging technologies will be a great asset to our organization."

Figy is a Senior Manager of Consumer Insights at Whirlpool. She is responsible for delivering objective, consumer-relevant insights to satisfy the ultimate mission of building desirable products that will captivate loyal customers.

Figy has been with Whirlpool Corporation for 10 years and has held positions in e-business, sales promotions, global information systems and most recently, consumer and marketplace insights.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Science in Management from Cornerstone University.

"CABA is known for its excellence in executing collaborative industry research and I am honored to be associated with such a prestigious group," said Figy. "I look forward to contributing ideas and insight on the CABA Board."

 

GE Energy Joins CABA Board of Directors

June 10, 2011

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is pleased to announce the addition of GE Energy to its Board of Directors.

GE Energy is one of the world's leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies. The company's energy business unit's work together to provide integrated products, services, and solutions in all areas of energy management and distribution including oil and gas, renewables such as wind, solar, biogas; nuclear energy, and smart grid technologies. In the past five years, under GE's Ecomagination strategy, GE has invested $5 billion in clean tech research to solve global challenges in critical areas including energy supply, management and distribution, water management and reuse, more efficient transportation, and energy efficient lighting. Earlier this year, GE announced the new Grid IQ™ Innovation Centre - Canada, the first Centre of its kind for GE in Canada to develop and manufacture grid modernization technologies. The Centre will encompass a global testing and simulation laboratory.

David Neely, GE Energy's Canadian Smart Grid Implementation Director, will represent the company on the CABA Board. In his role at GE, Neely works directly with utilities, city and policy groups regarding the integration of smart city and smart grid concepts. Prior to joining GE, Neely held positions within the defense industry advising and supporting government defense departments on the delivery of integrated command and control systems.

"This is an exciting time for energy management and distribution in Canada. Businesses and governments are seeking ways to reduce their operating costs and environmental footprint while managing energy demands. I look forward to working with CABA to advance energy optimization technologies for the grid and within buildings across our cities."

Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO, welcomed Neely's appointment: "I am delighted to welcome David Neely to the CABA Board as a noted smart grid expert. His addition to our Board will continue CABA's strong tradition of addressing a wide array of industry concerns surrounding energy consumption and efficiency."

 

RealView, LLC to Join CABA Board of Directors

June 6, 2011

The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to announce the addition of RealView, LLC to its Board of Directors.

CABA is an international trade association dedicated to advancing technology and integrated systems in homes and buildings, creating opportunities for its members' business activities and serving as a preferred global source of information, technology and networking for key stakeholders.

RealView, LLC is a Chicago-based software development company that offers mobile inspection and centralized fire and emergency pre-plan software solutions. Stephen J. Nardi, RealView, LLC President & CEO, will represent the company on the CABA Board.

"I am very pleased that Stephen Nardi has joined our Board," said Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "His contribution to our work will continue to ensure strong representation from an innovative and entrepreneurial provider of high-quality life safety applications for commercial buildings."

Nardi has 40 years of previous experience as a national corporate real estate developer and as a Chairman and CEO of a NYSE-listed real estate investment trust that owned and developed millions of square feet of office and industrial property throughout the United States.

He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association, the Center for Campus Fire Safety, the Chicago Real Estate Board, the National Association of Realtors, the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, the National Association of Industrial and Office Realtors, the Urban Land Institute, and the Chicago Development Council. He also serves on the Council of Regents of Loyola University Chicago.

"CABA is a world-renowned organization and I am happy to provide leadership to the association," said Nardi. "Our fast-growing industry only benefits from additional cooperation and interaction and I hope to foster more collaborative efforts within the home and building automation sector."

 

BTR NETCOM, Inc. Joins CABA Board of Directors

May 13, 2011

The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to announce the addition of BTR NETCOM, Inc. to its Board of Directors.

BTR NETCOM is a METZ CONNECT company, which specializes in products for the building cabling and automation market segments. Thomas Williams, director of BTR NETCOM's Datacomm divison, will represent the company on the CABA Board.

Williams also serves as Director for New Business Development at METZ CONNECT and has responsibility for development of distribution channels, sales and marketing of BTR NETCOM products and services, including new business development within OEM and enterprise cabling markets and participation in industry standards setting organizations.

"I am happy to welcome BTR NETCOM, Inc. and Thomas Williams to the CABA family," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "Thomas brings a wealth of experience to the table and can capably support our objective of advancing the building automation industry through his unique perspective."

Williams has over 20 years experience within the communications industry working with structured cabling system design manufacturers, installers, and distributors. Has been actively involved with many industry and standards setting organizations, such as BICSI, TIA, and ODVA. He has also written articles on structured cabling technology for industry magazines.

"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to serve on the CABA Board," stated Williams. "CABA will provide BTR NETCOM with an excellent opportunity to stay educated on the latest developments and technologies in the communications industry, while BTR NETCOM will able to provide CABA and its membership with industry insights through its manufacturing expertise."

CABA Enters Into Liaison Agreement with UPnP Forum

May 13, 2011

The Continental Automated Buildings Association and UPnP Forum have entered into a liaison agreement.

UPnP Forum is an industry initiative of more than 900 leading companies in computing, printing and networking; consumer electronics; home appliances, automation, control and security; and mobile products.

"CABA is very pleased to have entered into an agreement with UPnP Forum," said Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "UPnP is a unique and highly innovative organization, and we look forward to working with its membership to strengthen connected home interoperability."

The UPnP Forum's goals are to allow devices to connect seamlessly and to simplify network implementation in the home and LAN environments including remote access. Toward this end, Forum members work together to define and publish UPnP device control protocols built upon open, Internet-based communication standards.

As part of a continuing effort to strengthen areas of mutual interest, CABA and the UPnP Forum have agreed to work with each other to share market research and collaborate on areas of common interest, including: deployment of home networking, support for audio-video between home devices, smart grids, remote access to home networks and power management of connected devices.

"We are very happy to formalize the relationship between UPnP Forum and CABA," stated Dr. Alan Messer, UPnP Chair and President. "Discussion, cooperation and alignment between key industry players is key to enabling seamless home networking. Working together with CABA will foster closer cooperation to strengthen the connected home marketplace."

 

Southern California Edison Joins CABA Board of Directors

May 11, 2011

The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to announce the addition of Southern California Edison to its Board of Directors.

Southern California Edison, a subsidiary of Edison International, is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, providing 11 million people with electricity. Alok Singh, Manager, Design & Engineering Services, will represent the company on the CABA Board.

Singh has worked in the field of energy efficiency and sustainable building design since 1994. As a Manager with Southern California Edison's Design & Engineering Services group, he leads a group of technical professionals responsible for providing comprehensive engineering and energy solutions, design expertise, and project and program management services. Singh's responsibilities include providing leadership and oversight to the Statewide Emerging Technologies Program, which is focused on accelerating adoption of commercially available or near market-ready technologies in the marketplace. He is currently involved in a leadership role in numerous Zero Net Energy Demonstration Showcase projects at SCE.

"CABA is extremely gratified to welcome Alok Singh and Southern California Edison to its Board," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "His vast amount of experience and knowledge will ensure strong representation from a utility noted for its strong support for energy efficient technologies and initiatives."

Singh joined SCE in 2006 as a Senior Energy Efficiency Consultant within the New Construction Services group, where he provided technical and design assistance for the company's first LEED Gold-rated Service Center in Wildomar, California. Prior to joining SCE, Singh was the chief operating officer of a start-up energy services firm in Pittsburgh and worked on a variety of performance contracting and guaranteed saving projects.

Singh received his Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, India and is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP). He also holds an MS degree in Building Performance & Diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

"I am looking forward to working with CABA to contribute to the development and application of technology and automation solutions that will improve the comfort, productivity and efficiency of today's homes and buildings," stated Singh. "CABA contributes an important perspective to our industry, bringing a unique mix of companies, individuals and organizations together to advance the adoption of home and building automation solutions."

CABA has assisted SCE by supporting its "Office of the Future" research initiatives, while SCE is planning to participate in CABA's State of the Connected Home and Smart Grid's Impact on Intelligent Buildings research projects.

 

CABA Enters Education Partner Agreement with CoR Advisors

May 10, 2011

The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to announce that it has entered into an education partner agreement with CoR Advisors to provide valuable technology education to the real estate industry.

"We are extremely excited to have established a partnership with CoR Advisors," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "As an education partner, CABA will contribute to CoR Advisors' webcasts and seminars in order to share our collective knowledge and resources with the real estate community."

Areas of focus for educational programs include: green building solutions, energy management and reporting, advanced lighting strategies, building automation, alternative energy solutions, energy procurement, demand response programs, LEED certification, financial modeling and ROI analysis, intelligent building solutions, and other educational programs for owners, managers and tenants. For a calendar of upcoming programs, please visit www.coradvisors.net/CoRWebinars.html.

"Our goal is to raise awareness of new technologies and solutions that will make buildings more intelligent and energy efficient, as well as increase the demand for intelligent building solutions in the marketplace," said Darlene Pope, Founder and Principal of CoR Advisors. "Both CABA and CoR Advisors are committed to advancing the knowledge, practice, and skills of professionals in the building technology industry, so it makes sense that we should team up to offer these educational programs."

CoR Advisors provides professional education and consulting services to help commercial real estate owners evaluate and implement "best practices" in intelligent building technologies, energy management, and sustainable business practices. The firm's objective is to leverage state-of-the-art technologies and partner with leading service providers to deliver both short-term and long-term asset value to its clients.

More information about upcoming seminars will be announced in the CABA NewsBrief newsletter. Please subscribe at www.caba.org/newsbrief. For more information about CoR Advisors seminars and webcasts, visit www.coradvisors.net.

 

Utilimetrics and CABA Sign Partnership Agreement

May 9, 2011

Utilimetrics, the Utility Technology Association and the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) announced today that they signed an association partnership agreement that includes CABA's support of Autovation 2011, the Utilimetrics annual conference and exposition.

Autovation 2011 will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, DC, September 25 through 28. It is projected to be the largest utility automation conference and exposition in North America.

Autovation attracts electric, gas and water utility professionals from around the world seeking to maximize operations and share best practices. Participants represent cooperatives, investor- owned and municipal utilities whose stages of technology automation range from developing business cases and selecting vendors to installing smart meters to optimizing investments and preparing for the future.

"The Autovation expo is packed with the most innovative suppliers in the industry," stated Joel Hoiland, Utilimetrics CEO. "From meter manufacturers to billing service providers to suppliers of related products and services, the event brings together everyone you need to speak with under one roof. We are proud that CABA has committed to participate and will actively endorse this event."

CABA will attend the event and promote presentations that emphasize energy performance management, interoperability and applications that enable intelligent and green buildings.

"We are pleased to be working closely with Utilimetrics," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA president & CEO. "The organization's commitment to promote innovation in the energy efficiency field closely resembles that of CABA's commitment to promote connected homes and intelligent buildings. We hope this agreement forms the basis of a long, cooperative relationship between us.

 

CABA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Peak Load Management Alliance

May 3, 2011

The Continental Automated Buildings Association has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA).

The purpose of the PLMA, a not-for-profit organization, is to foster a community of expertise focused on demand response and its role in creating efficient electricity markets.

Unlike other commodities, the demand for electricity is inelastic. As a result, in times of short supply, the price for electricity has increased nearly 4,000 percent in some areas of the Unites States. This has resulted in great financial burdens for some electric suppliers who have a contractual obligation to continue supplying electricity to their customers at a fixed price despite the tremendous price increase on the wholesale electricity supply markets.

Through the Alliance, participating companies can bring forward useful information on price responsive loads, market structures and market rules. This includes information on market participants' roles, customer needs and actions and enabling technologies.

"Given the current direction of regulatory reforms, we believe it is important that those who demonstrate a commitment to expertise in this industry formalize their commitment," said Elliot Boardman, Executive Director, Peak Load Management Alliance. "This is why we have entered into an agreement with CABA."

Under the agreement the organizations will establish forums and openly exchange information in order to benefit a wide range of stakeholders including the utility industry; regulatory organizations; energy, building automation, telecommunications, controls and information technology vendors; technology companies; consumer groups; and government and non-governmental organizations.

"This memorandum of understanding provides greater visibility and recognition concerning the integration of smart grid and building automation technologies," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "We are extremely excited to be working with the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) to strengthen and enhance building technologies that limit price fluctuations in the electricity market in order to make energy more affordable and business processes more productive."

 

Sonexis Technology, Inc. Selected as an Alliance Member in ShoreTel Innovation Network

MONROEVILLE, Pa., June 16, 2011  -- Sonexis Technology, Inc., a leading provider of on-premise audio and Web conferencing platforms for the enterprise, today announced it has been selected by ShoreTel, Inc., a provider of brilliantly simple Unified Communication (UC) solutions, as an Alliance member in the ShoreTel Innovation Network. Sonexis is proud to continue its relationship with ShoreTel as an Alliance member in the ShoreTel Innovation Network.

Sonexis ConferenceManager provides a high quality, feature-rich collaboration solution for enterprise customers looking to implement a secure, cost-effective alternative to 'pay per minute' audio and Web conferencing. Sonexis customers derive significant cost savings over traditional conferencing service providers, and benefit from enhanced security, functionality, and reporting features that are inherent in the platform.

"Sonexis is committed to providing a comprehensive and complementary collaboration solution to ShoreTel customers and partners," said Dan Watkins, executive vice president of Sonexis. "ConferenceManager offers a robust and secure collaboration solution that can be seamlessly deployed to ShoreTel customers that require an expanded collaboration solution, while preserving prior investments. As an Alliance member in the Innovation Network, Sonexis can provide ShoreTel customers another option for enhanced audio and Web collaboration."

"We're pleased to have Sonexis and their ConferenceManager solution within the Innovation Network, complimenting ShoreTel's rich Unified Communications offerings," said Kevin Gavin, chief marketing officer at ShoreTel. "Sonexis has been a valuable technology partner since 2008 and we look forward to building upon existing success as part of our ongoing commitment to standards-based technologies and open-architected systems that give customers flexibility to implement solutions ideally situated for specific business needs."

Visit www.sonexis.com or www.shoretel.com to learn more about Sonexis ConferenceManager or the ShoreTel Innovation Network.

About Sonexis Technology, Inc.

Sonexis is a leading provider of in-house audio and web conferencing platforms for the enterprise. Sonexis ConferenceManager has set new standards for ease of use and security for communications and collaboration. Designed to work within existing voice and data networks, hundreds of leading organizations have deployed Sonexis ConferenceManager with minimal cost, effort or administration.  A subsidiary of Compunetix with headquarters in Monroeville, PA and a technology center in Tewksbury, MA, Sonexis can be reached at 888-4SONEXIS (888-476-6394) or www.sonexis.com.

About ShoreTel, Inc.

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

 

ICANN To Expand Top-Level Domain Names, Applications Start Jan 12, 2012

By TechCrunch.com, Updated: Monday, June 20, 9:22 AM

The ICANN board has voted to approve the new gTLD program, which was first announced three years ago. The new program will significantly expand Top-Level Domains (TLDs) to allow companies, organizations and even cities to turn their own brands into domain name extensions. Think .ADIDAS, .HOTEL, .BRUSSELS, .FACEBOOK and the likes.

Applications for new gTLDs will be accepted from 12 January 2012 to 12 April 2012.

ICANN board members voted 13 for, 1 opposed, 2 abstain on the first day of its international pow-wow in Singapore. Earlier this year, the organization’s board entered into a contract with ICM Registry to operate a .XXX top level domain name for adult websites and whatnot.

Currently, there are 22 generic top-level domains, including .com, .org and .net.

According to ICANN, newly introduced gTLDs may change the way people find information on the Internet and how businesses plan and structure their online presence.

“Internet address names will be able to end with almost any word in any language, offering organizations around the world the opportunity to market their brand, products, community or cause in new and innovative ways,” ICANN said in a statement.

However, it’s important to note that only “established public or private organizations” will be able to apply, and the price tag for a new domain name extension is steep – unless you consider $185,000 a bargain. Nevertheless, expect lots of interest even at that price.

Applications will have to show a legitimate claim to the name they are buying – ICANN is reportedly taking on hundreds of consultants to whom it will outsource the job of evaluating such claims. In addition, gTLD owners will be expected to maintain operational sites.

 

Oracle seeking billions from Google in Android patent battle

 

By Jason Ankeny

Oracle is seeking as much as $6.1 billion in patent and copyright infringement damages from Google

(NASDAQ:GOOG) as the companies continue their intellectual property fight over the Android mobile operating system.

Oracle alleges that Android "directly copied" elements of the Java programming language, acquired by Oracle in April 2009, when it purchased rival Sun Microsystems for about $7.4 billion. According to an Oracle filing released Friday, its damages total "in the billions of dollars," an estimate based on "both accepted methodology and a wealth of concrete evidence."

A June 6 letter from Google attorneys to U.S. District Judge William Alsup states that Oracle's damages expert contends Google would owe Oracle between $1.4 billion and $6.1 billion in damages if it is found liable for infringement. Google representation calls the projection "a breathtaking figure that is out of proportion to any meaningful measure of the intellectual property at issue," adding that even the low end of the range "is over 10 times the amount that Sun Microsystems Inc. made each year for the entirety of its Java licensing program and 20 times what Sun made for Java-based mobile licensing."

Google argues the damages expert's testimony should be disregarded, claiming the projection inflated Android licensing royalty rates that Google may owe. "Oracle's ‘methodology' for calculating damages is based on fundamental legal errors and improperly inflates their estimates," Google said in an email statement.

Oracle's original complaint, filed in August 2010, supplied few details about the alleged infringement, but an amended complaint filed in October includes specific examples of code attached as exhibits. The complaint states that "approximately one-third of Android's Application Programmer Interface (API) packages" are "derivative of Oracle's copyrighted Java API packages" and related documents.

"The infringed elements of Oracle America's copyrighted work include Java method and class names, definitions, organization, and parameters; the structure, organization and content of Java class libraries; and the content and organization of Java's documentation," Oracle alleges. "In at least several instances, Android computer program code also was directly copied from copyrighted Oracle America code."

Intellectual property activist Florian Mueller believes the Oracle lawsuit could force Google to restructure its Android business in both economic and technical terms. "It could very well be that a defeat in court would require Google to make fundamental changes to its Dalvik virtual machine--changes that would likely affect many if not all existing Dalvik-based (.DEX) applications," Mueller writes on his blog.

 

An Overview of Halogenated PVC and General Cable’s 17 FREE™ Offering

Written by:  Jason Draime and Rob Gould

General Cable’s 17 FREE™ Solutions

Overview

In 1926, Waldo Semon and the B.F. Goodrich Company developed Polyvinyl Chloride, or PVC, in a form that was flexible and durable enough for commercial use.  PVC is lightweight, strong, and chemically- and biologically-resistant, making it an ideal material for use in pipes, wiring, signs, clothing, and even those classic vinyl records.

Up until the early 1950s, cables were manufactured using rubber, cloth, a woven jacket, and usually tar to protect from moisture.  This material, when in contact with oxygen, becomes brittle over time and can break down, thereby reducing life expectancy.  PVC, however, will not corrode or become brittle under normal conditions and provides excellent physical characteristics, so it became an obvious successor to these cables.

What are Halogens and Why Do They Matter?

PVC consists of Hydrogen (H), Carbon (C), and Chlorine (Cl halogen), with other elements added to act as fire retardants (typically Bromine (Br) halogen), smoke suppressants and various other additives.  These additives alter the characteristics of the PVC to meet specific requirements by the end users.  Chlorine and Bromine reside in the 17th column of the periodic table of elements, within the group of elements known as the halogens.

When PVC is ignited, the Chlorine and Bromine react with free radicals produced by fire. The heat breaks the Chlorine and Hydrogen bonds, allowing them to combine with the other additives that may be present.  While this reaction greatly reduces the ability for the fire to burn, it also releases HCl (Hydrogen Chloride) and HBr (Hydrogen Bromide) fumes that turn into hazardous acids when combined with water from sprinkler systems or moisture in the mucous membranes (eyes and lungs if inhaled). 

Results

Typically, 50 million feet of Category 5e cable contains approximately 332,600 pounds of PVC.  This includes 89,800 pounds of Chlorine, and 6,650 pounds of Bromine.  Higher end Category 5e products such as General Cable’s GenSPEED® 5500 has additional material causing the amount of Chlorine and Bromine to reach 118,900 and 8,810 pounds respectively.  General Cable’s cable design is not unique among the industry, in that nearly all U.S. manufacturers use PVC in their cable construction.  What does make us distinctive is General Cable’s halogen-free cable line, 17 FREE™.  The halogen group on the periodic table (Fig. 2) can be found in the 17th column.  General Cable’s 17 FREE product family has eliminated all halogens from the cable while maintaining the same flame requirements, electrical performance and longevity. 

General Cable’s patent pending 17 FREE cable line eliminates halogens, resulting in a less hazardous cable construction as compared to traditional PVC based cables.          

Conclusion: Why Choose a 17 FREE™ Solution?

When designing a building for LEED certification, the use of General Cable’s 17 FREE line of products may qualify for LEED pilot credit (under USGBC’s Pilot Credit 2 program).  Buildings that are LEED certified use resources more efficiently compared to the standard building code and can provide a healthier working environment for people.  There are four levels of certifications—baseline, gold, silver and platinum—that offer a reduction in operations costs and possible increased tax incentives.

Incorporating General Cable’s 17 FREE line of cables into a building significantly reduces the health hazard of halogen-based fumes in a fire scenario, while still meeting industry standards.

 


55 Markets across the U.S. Embrace BOMA 360 Building Designation

Houston, Dallas and Atlanta Set Standard for Building Operations Best Practices

(WASHINGTON—May 25, 2011) Houston, Dallas and Atlanta lead the country in the number of buildings that have earned the BOMA 360 Performance Program® designation, an honor that recognizes commercial properties that demonstrate excellence in overall building operations and management. These three cities each have 20 or more buildings designated as BOMA 360 buildings since the program’s inception in spring 2009. Fifty-five markets across the U.S. have widely embraced the program. These markets include Washington, D.C., San Francisco, New York, Denver and Chicago.

“In this competitive commercial real estate market, the success in Houston, Atlanta and Dallas can serve as a model for building owners and property managers across the country who are looking to differentiate their properties,” commented BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. “BOMA 360 provides third-party validation that a building is operated and managed to the highest standards of excellence.”

The comprehensive nature of the BOMA 360 Performance Program means that every aspect of building performance is assessed, and scores are based on how buildings meet extensive criteria of best practices in the following areas:

Building operations and management;

Life safety/security/risk management;

Training and education;

Energy;

Environment/sustainability; and

Tenant relations/community involvement.

Combined, Houston, Dallas and Atlanta make up more than one-quarter of the current 230-plus BOMA 360 Performance Program buildings. Some notable properties include:

Houston’s Greenway Plaza, managed by Crescent Real Estate Equities

Dallas’s Rosewood Court, managed by Stream Realty Partners

Atlanta’s Riverwood 100 building, managed by Fifth Street Management Company, LLC

Research indicates that BOMA 360 buildings are market leaders.  According to a recent study conducted by Kingsley Associates, buildings that achieve the BOMA 360 Performance Program designation have higher tenant satisfaction scores in 47 out of 50 categories relating to tenant relations compared to commercial office buildings without the BOMA 360 designation.

“BOMA 360 has helped our building managers showcase the all-around strengths of their properties, which has helped position us as stronger market leaders,” remarked Robert L. Carlen, CPM, vice president of property management, Crescent Real Estate Equities.

To view all the buildings that have received the BOMA 360 designation, visit http://www.boma.org/getinvolved/boma360/Pages/360Buildings.aspx.

For more information on the BOMA 360 Performance Program, visit www.boma.org/GetInvolved/BOMA360.

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

 

Hitachi Cable Manchester (HCM) launches revolutionary Category 6 cable design

Hitachi Cable Manchester is pleased to introduce the result of significant research and development efforts, the new Category 6 Plus™ CMP cable. Utilizing state-of-the-art process equipment and a patented design, HCM engineering has been able to make significant improvements to an already successful product. The new Category 6 Plus™ CMP cable (part # 30025-8) features HCM’s new RAD (Reduced Area Design) filler that enables the cable to have an O.D. that is 15% smaller than the previous construction yet provide improved electrical performance. “The RAD filler is really a game changer” said Todd Thurston, Vice President of Sales for HCM. “The new design will benefit contractors and owners alike. The smaller O.D. permits improved conduit fill ratios and with higher performance than the previous model, owners can be certain they are getting the electrical performance they desire. Compared to the competition, we believe this product offers the best value on the market.” The new Plus™ cable is available in Reelex boxes or on reels.

 

Hitachi Cable Manchester Inc Receives 2009 Best of Manchester Award

Washington, DC June 8, 2009 - Hitachi Cable Manchester Inc has been selected for the 2009 Best of Manchester Award in the Nonferrous Wire Drawing & Insulating category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

Source: U.S. Commerce Association

 

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GEpco® International, INDUSTRY-LEADING BRAND IN PROFESSIONAL AUDIO AND VIDEO INTERCONNECT PRODUCTS, SUPPORTS NSCA MEMBERS


Reception to Honor System Integrators to be Held at InfoComm 2011

ORLandO, florida, june 9, 2011 — NSCA announced the industry leaders participating in its Member Appreciation Reception at InfoComm 2011, including Gepco International (InfoComm Booth 435), which continues its support of the integration community as a key supporter of the new event. 

“We are proud to continue our support of the NSCA community,” said Brian Lamar, Director of Sales for SheerWire™ by Gepco® Products, General Cable. “NSCA’s commitment to the industry and educational and professional development programs continue to offer continuous improvement opportunities to its members.”

Once again, NSCA will have a significant presence at the annual InfoComm industry trade show, June 15-17 in Orlando, Florida. NSCA’s Get Back to Business focus at this year’s show is helping integrators learn how to improve business performance and boost profits through NSCA member benefits, industry-specific business classes and networking opportunities.

NSCA will hold its Member Appreciation Reception in the NSCA Zone, Booth #543, from 3-5 p.m. on June 16th.  NSCA members can visit the NSCA booth anytime on Wednesday, June 15th during show hours or on Thursday, June 16th before 3 p.m. for an NSCA T-shirt and their ticket to the Member Appreciation Reception.

NSCA will also recognize 20 of the industry’s up-and-coming Movers & Shakers, the Lifetime Achievement Award winner and more during this casual networking opportunity.

Hundreds of NSCA members are expected to attend the NSCA Member Appreciation Reception, which will flow over into Gepco International’s booth as well. 

“Our members recognize the significance of Gepco International’s support of this event,” said NSCA Executive Director, Chuck Wilson. “Not only does it show their commitment to the future of the industry, but it also shows they recognize the importance of integrators and their contribution to the industry.”

For more information about NSCA’s Member Appreciation Reception, visit www.nscaatinfocomm.org.

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, and communications markets.  In August 2009, Gepco International was acquired by General Cable. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at www.gepco.com or www.generalcable.com.

Gepco International has been an industry-leading brand of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for 30 years.  As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories.

 

GEpco® International LAUNCHES SHEERWIRE™ by Gepco® line along with New FIBER and COPPER products at infocomm 2011

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, June 9, 2011 — Gepco International (InfoComm Booth 435), an industry-leading brand in professional audio and video interconnect products, is pleased to launch the new SheerWire™ by Gepco® line of Commercial and Pro A/V cabling products at the InfoComm 2011 Show June 15-17, 2011.  In addition to this new line, Gepco has continued its venture into active products and will debut its new
V-Light™ Active Fiber Cable System, as well as its expanded Gepco® Powered by MultiDyne® line of fiber optic transport products, with four new additions including the GP-2500 Bi-Directional Transceiver for Composite Video, Audio and Data. Gepco will also present three new Gepco® Brand High-Definition SDI Coax Cables for various HDTV applications.

Produced with the same technology and process control utilized in the manufacture of cables for broadcast applications, the SheerWire by Gepco line provides an unrivaled level of performance to the Commercial A/V Market. The new line features audio, video, automation and lighting control cables, as well as a complete range of assemblies in standard or custom configurations.

“In addition to delivering the exceptional quality and performance of Gepco® Brand products to the Commercial A/V Market, the SheerWire by Gepco line is a solutions-oriented portfolio of products with value-added programs for our channel partners, integrator partners and end users,” said Brian Lamar, Director of Sales for SheerWire Commercial A/V Products. “Rex Austin and Duane Selby, Regional Sales Managers for SheerWire, and I will be leading the effort to help our partners and end users take advantage of all SheerWire has to offer.”

Designed with easy-to-use copper connections, the V-Light Active Fiber Cable System offers the exceptional transmission distance of fiber without the hassle of keeping fiber optic connections clean. Based on the popular Gepco Brand V-CON connector system, V-Light offers a convenient, reliable and durable interface for high-speed serial digital video transmission over single-mode fiber with data transfer rates up to 1.485 Gbps.

Inside each weather-tight V-Light connector shell, the fiber is sealed and isolated, while the electrical signal is converted to an optical one (or vice versa).  Custom-length V-Light active fiber cables are available in two- or four-path versions with either uni-directional or bi-directional signal transmission. Combined with the V-Light panels, which come with two, three or four panel-mount connectors, they provide a unique and innovative solution.

Strengthening its partnership with MultiDyne Video & Fiber Optic Systems, a premier provider of fiber optic-based video and audio transport solutions for broadcast and pro A/V applications, Gepco has expanded its line of fiber optic transport products made by MultiDyne called Gepco Powered by MultiDyne with the addition of four new products. Products in the line are designed to convert an electrical signal to an optical one, allowing for much longer transmission distances, lower total weight of cabling and significant cost savings. Included in the new offerings are the GP-2000, a receiver and transmitter with fiber transport for video, six-channel audio and two-channel data; the GP-2500, a transceiver with fiber transport for two-way video, two-way eight-channel audio and duplex two-channel data; the GP-GE1000, a transceiver with fiber transport for Ethernet data; and finally, the GP-LB1400 LiGHTBoX™, a weather-tight portable fiber field acquisition system with multiple fiber transport solutions within one rugged case.

Certified to a 4.5 GHz bandwidth for HDTV transmission, three new Gepco Brand video cables include the extended-distance VHD1300 coax, the flexible, RG 11 Type VHD1100F coax, and the miniature plenum VDM230TS coax. With its precision-drawn 13-gauge solid conductor and low attenuation, the VHD1300 is an excellent choice for extended-distance, point-to-point interconnect, while the precision 14-gauge stranded center conductor and pliable TPE jacket of the VHD1100F provide flexibility, making it ideal for remote applications. Offering exceptionally low attenuation for its type while maintaining a reduced size and weight, the VDM230TS features a 23-gauge, pure-copper center conductor and is ideal for permanent installation in applications where high-density cable volume is being used and space is limited.

For you, the art of integration. For Gepco, the art of innovation. Together, the makings of a masterpiece.  Find out how to create your masterpiece at our 2011 InfoComm Show Booth #435 with Gepco® Brand, SheerWire™ and other General Cable products.  Gepco Solutions...Your Creation’s Canvas. 

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, and communications markets.  In August 2009, Gepco International was acquired by General Cable. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at www.gepco.com or www.generalcable.com.

Gepco International has been an industry-leading brand of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for 30 years.  As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories.

 

IDEAL Offers New Extended Warranty on LanTEK II Cable Certifiers, Eliminates Repair and Replacement Costs for Three Years

SYCAMORE, IL, June 13, 2011 -- IDEAL today announced an optional care plan for its LanTEK II cable certifier that eliminate worries for customers about unforeseen repair and replacement costs by extending the standard IDEAL 12-month factory warranty by two additional years for a total of three years of coverage. 

"Our Care Plan keeps your LanTEK® II in peak condition with free scheduled maintenance and calibration for three years," explains Dan Payerle, Business Unit Manage for IDEAL DataComm Test. "It also includes a free loaner when your LanTEK II comes in for repair, plus affordable rental units for those times when you need an extra tester."   

The three-year term plan is priced at only $1,850 for LanTEK II 350, 500 and 1000MHz models. FiberTEK FDX fiber certification modules from IDEAL can also be covered under separate care plans starting at $1,350.  

ANNUAL CALIBRATION 

One of the highlights of the Care Plan is the annual calibration. IDEAL service staff will test and replace worn accessories and cables to make sure the tester is giving the best results for Category 5E through Category 6A certification. Batteries, adapters, test cables and battery chargers will be replaced if they are performing outside of specifications, as will damaged carrying cases. At the end of the three year program period IDEAL will replace LanTEK II instrument housings and keypads so the tester will look as good as the day it was purchased. 

FREE LOANER 

As part of the Care Plan package, whenever a LanTEK II needs repair the user will receive a 1000MHz LanTEK II loaner the next business day to keep their business up and running. After receiving the loaner, the user can send their LanTEK II to IDEAL in a pre-paid shipping container. IDEAL engineers will inspect the tester, correct any problems and send it back in an average turnaround time of 4 days.

DISCOUNTED RENTAL UNITS 

Active service program users are given membership access to IDEAL's pool of rental testers that are fully inspected, calibrated and feature the latest software and accessories. This is the most affordable approach for those times when an extra tester in needed. Prices start at $150 per week.  

 


PINCHING PENNIES is no excuse for not getting training = BICSI CECs

List of BICSI CECs BICSI partners pitch in ... BIG TIME.

 

Course Title and Location

 

 

 

LEED and Firestop Products
Specified Technologies Inc.
200 Evans Way Suite 2
Somerville NJ 08876 USA 
908-526-8000
http://www.stifirestop.com

May-26-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Fiber Optics Design, Installation and Maintenance (2-Day)
The Light Brigade, Inc
837 Industry Drive 
Tukwila WA 98188 USA 
(206) 575-0404
http://www.lightbrigade.com

May-25-2013

RCDD

14

 

RITP

14

 

OSP

14

 

Installer 2

14

 

Installer 2, Copper

14

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

14

 

ITS Technician

14

 

Certified Trainer

14

 


 

Fiber Optics Design, Installation and Maintenance (4-Day)
The Light Brigade, Inc
837 Industry Drive 
Tukwila WA 98188 USA 
(206) 575-0404
http://www.lightbrigade.com

May-25-2013

RCDD

28

 

RITP

28

 

OSP

24

 

Installer 2

15

 

Installer 2, Copper

15

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

15

 

ITS Technician

18

 

Certified Trainer

28

 


 

Flextray Design and Install Applications
Cooper B-Line
509 West Monroe St P.O Box 30861
Highland IL 62249 USA
 
(800) 851-7415
http://www.cooperbline.com

May-25-2013

RCDD

2

 

RITP

2

 

Installer 2

2

 

Installer 2, Copper

2

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

2

 

ITS Technician

2

 

Certified Trainer

2

 


 

Integrated Physical Security
Anixter
2301 Patriot Blvd. 
Glenview IL 60026 USA
 
(224) 521-8530
http://www.anixter.com

May-25-2013

RCDD

4

 

RITP

4

 

ESS

4

 

Installer 2

4

 

Installer 2, Copper

4

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

4

 

ITS Technician

4

 

Certified Trainer

4

 


 

MAC Training
Mohawk
9 Mohawk Dr 
Leominster MA 01453 USA
 
(978) 728-5222
http://www.mohawk-cable.com

May-25-2013

RCDD

5

 

RITP

5

 

Installer 2

5

 

Installer 2, Copper

5

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

5

 

ITS Technician

5

 

Certified Trainer

5

 


 

Telecom Grounding and Bonding
Cooper B-Line
509 West Monroe St P.O Box 30861
Highland IL 62249 USA
 
(800) 851-7415
http://www.cooperbline.com

May-25-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

TIA 1179 Healthcare Overview
Mohawk
9 Mohawk Dr 
Leominster MA 01453 USA
 
(978) 728-5222
http://www.mohawk-cable.com

May-25-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

First Aid/CPR/AED
Henkels & McCoy, Inc
985 Jolly Rd 
Blue Bell PA 19422 USA 
703-550-6014
http://www.henkels.com

May-24-2013

RCDD

5

 

RITP

5

 

Installer 2

5

 

Installer 2, Copper

5

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

5

 

ITS Technician

5

 

Certified Trainer

5

 


 

OSHA 10-HOUR
Faith Technologies, Inc.
225 Main St. 
Menasha WI 54952 USA
 
(920) 751-9947
http://www.faithtechnologies.com

May-24-2013

RCDD

10

 

RITP

10

 

Installer 2

10

 

Installer 2, Copper

10

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

10

 

ITS Technician

10

 

Certified Trainer

10

 


Course Title and Location

Available Through

CECs Offered

 

The Living Infrastructure Data Center
CommScope, Inc.
3642 U.S. Hwy 70 East PO Box 879
Claremont NC 28610-0879 USA
 
828-459-5788
http://www.commscope.com

May-24-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

NTS

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Design and Installation Technology of LAN including IT Cabling Systems
BICSI Japan District
23-19-501 Mitsukechou 
Hiratsuka, Kanagawa   254-0045 Japan 

http://www.bicsi-japan.org

May-20-2013

RCDD

6

 

RITP

6

 

NTS

3

 

Installer 2

6

 

Installer 2, Copper

6

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

6

 

ITS Technician

6

 

Certified Trainer

6

 


 

NPI 100 Refresher
Corning Cable Systems
800 17th Street, NW 
Hickory NC 28601 USA
 
(828) 901-6950
http://www.corning.com

May-19-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

LAN Standards, News & Trends Report
Corning Cable Systems
800 17th Street, NW 
Hickory NC 28601 USA
 
(828) 901-5988
http://www.corning.com

May-16-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

NTS

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Carrier Ethernet Workshop
TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association)
2500 Wilson Blvd #300
Arlington VA 22201 USA
 
(703) 907-7744
http://www.tiaonline.org

May-12-2013

RITP

3

 


 

How to Create a Profitable Cloud Service Strategy
TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association)
2500 Wilson Blvd #300
Arlington VA 22201 USA
 
(703) 907-7744
http://www.tiaonline.org

May-12-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

NTS

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Telecom Crash Course: Content on the Network
TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association)
2500 Wilson Blvd #300
Arlington VA 22201 USA
 
(703) 907-7744
http://www.tiaonline.org

May-12-2013

RITP

3

 


 

The Mobile Broadband Revolution
TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association)
2500 Wilson Blvd #300
Arlington VA 22201 USA
 
(703) 907-7744
http://www.tiaonline.org

May-12-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

NTS

1

 

WD

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

The Open Network Business Case: The Roadmap to Open Network Architecutre, Operations, Products ....
TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association)
2500 Wilson Blvd #300
Arlington VA 22201 USA
 
(703) 907-7744
http://www.tiaonline.org

May-12-2013

RCDD

2

 

RITP

2

 

NTS

2

 

Installer 2

2

 

Installer 2, Copper

2

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

2

 

ITS Technician

2

 

Certified Trainer

2

 


 

TIA 2011 Inside the Network Conference
TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association)
2500 Wilson Blvd #300
Arlington VA 22201 USA
 
(703) 907-7744
http://www.tiaonline.org

May-12-2013

RCDD

5

 

RITP

5

 

NTS

5

 

WD

2

 

Installer 2

5

 

Installer 2, Copper

5

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

5

 

ITS Technician

5

 

Certified Trainer

5

 


 

Course Title and Location

Available Through

CECs Offered

 

Understanding OTT: The Evolution of Standalone and Hybrid Delivery Model
TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association)
2500 Wilson Blvd #300
Arlington VA 22201 USA
 
(703) 907-7744
http://www.tiaonline.org

May-12-2013

RITP

4

 


 

A Fiber-To-The-Antenna (FTTA) Case Study
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-11-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

OSP

1

 

WD

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Achieving IEC Standard Compliance for Fiber Optic Connector Quality
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Assessing and Responding to Outages "A Geospatially Enabled NOC"
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Best Practices for Successfully Deploying IPTV and Advanced Services Over FTTN
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

NTS

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Building a Truly Scalable Cloud Based VoIP Infrastructure
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

NTS

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Building Cell Site Infrastructure for Higher Profits
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

OSP

1

 

WD

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Carrier Ethernet Service Activation Testing - Best Practice
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

NTS

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Communications for Smart Grid
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

3

 

RITP

3

 

OSP

3

 

Installer 2

3

 

Installer 2, Copper

3

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

3

 

ITS Technician

3

 

Certified Trainer

3

 


 

Creating a Happy Marriage Between Providers and Vendors - A CBT Case Study
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 

Course Title and Location

Available Through

CECs Offered

 

Cutting the Cost of MDU and SFU Deployments through Altlernative Drop Call Technologies
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Evolving Li-ion Technology Reduces the Battery Weight Burden for Telecom Operators
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Expose the OSP Data
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Extending the Life of Your Copper Network Through Physical Layer Solutions
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

NTS

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Fiber U Hands-On Training
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

3

 

RITP

3

 

OSP

3

 

Installer 2

3

 

Installer 2, Copper

3

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

3

 

ITS Technician

3

 

Certified Trainer

3

 


 

FTTP/FTTN Improvements
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

NTS

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Future Proofing Your FTTH Network
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

NTS

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Gigabit Fiber to the Home
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

NTS

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Greening Up Your Network with Backup Power Fuel Cell Systems
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

OSP

1

 

WD

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

High Efficiency Retrofit: No Network Left Behind
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Course Title and Location

Available Through

CECs Offered

 

IEEE 1692-2011: Best Practices for Lightning Protection
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Illusive Bridge Tap "How Automatic Bridge Tap Detection Software Does the Work for You"
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Innovative IPTV Solutions for Small Carriers
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

NTS

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

IPTV - Shortcuts to Success
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

NTS

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Methods Used To Install Fiber Optic Cable
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

No Fiber, No Problem
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

OSP

1

 

WD

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Optical LAN Using Bridged GPON Technology
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

NTS

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Panel Discussion on Underground Facility Damage Prevention in the Telecom Infrastructure
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Pole Loading - New Technologies and Best Practices
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

OSP

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 


 

Practical Considerations for Meeting Cell Backhaul Capacity Demands
OSP Magazine/Practical Communications, Inc.
1320 Tower Rd 
Schaumburg IL 60173 USA
 
(773) 754-3245
http://www.ospmag.com

May-10-2013

RCDD

1

 

RITP

1

 

NTS

1

 

OSP

1

 

WD

1

 

Installer 2

1

 

Installer 2, Copper

1

 

Installer 2, Optical Fiber

1

 

ITS Technician

1

 

Certified Trainer

1

 

 

NAED - Registration is Open for AdVenture 2011 Electrical Marketing Conference

Conference features the latest marketing innovations and the Best of the Best Marketing Awards

ST. LOUIS… Registration is now open for AdVenture 2011, the National Association of Electrical Distributors’ (NAED) annual electrical marketing conference, August 15-17 at the InterContinental Chicago. AdVenture features high-impact sessions facilitated by a series of presenters who are experts in industry consultation, media, marketing, and other related fields.

“The AdVenture Electrical Marketing Conference is all about providing professionals in our industry with the tools they need to grow business, results, and profits,” said Joe Krashin, AdVenture committee chair and vice president of marketing at Western Extralite Co. “From social media to sustainability solutions, attendees are sure to walk away with innovative ideas they can implement at their companies.”

The AdVenture line-up includes a number of powerful education sessions and panel discussions such as:

·                     “Make Some Noise: Open the Throttle and Dominate Your Marketplace” – Ken Schmidt, former communications director, Harley Davidson.

·                     “Green Solutions in Marketing and Sales Panel” – Moderated by Joe Krashin, vice president of marketing, Western Extralite Co.

·                     “Sustainability and its Relevance to the Electrical Industry” – Christopher Walsh, vice president of product management, Juno Lighting Group/Schneider Electric.

·                     “Integrated Marketing Communications” – Marilyn Smit, co-owner, M45 Marketing Services.

·                     “Innovate Your Marketing Process – Designing New Ways to Get Product Information Where it’s Needed” – Sue Smith, professor of marketing practice, Syracuse University.

·                     “Sales and Marketing Integration Panel” – Moderated by Jill Mondin, sales program manager, Lutron Electronics Co.

·                     “Merchandising the IDEAL Way– Rob Conrad, sales training/development manager, IDEAL Industries, Inc.

·                     “Tips & Tricks for Taking Social Media to the Next Level” – Kelly McDonald, author of “How to Market to People Not Like You.”

·                     “Distributors in Cyber Space” – Panel moderated by Kelly McDonald, author of “How to Market to People Not Like You.”

tED magazine’s Best of the Best Awards program will take place on Monday afternoon, August 15. Visit http://www.naed.org/AdVenture to register online. The early bird registration deadline is July 15. For more information, contact the NAED Conference Department at (888) 791-2512.

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

 

NECA webinar on NFPA 70E Changes for 2012 set for June 23rd at 2PM

NFPA 70E Changes for 2012

Date: June 23, 2011

Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT

Working safely around electricity is one of the most important aspects of electrical work, and NFPA 70E is the standard that intends to safeguard employees during installation, inspection, or operation of equipment. Soon, the 2012 Edition of NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety will be released. This revision cycle had 548 proposals introduced that included many proposed changes, additions and clarifications. 

What can you expect from the new NFPA 70E? And how can you better protect your employees or yourself?

Jim Phillips will take you through the major proposed changes that for the new 2012 Edition of NFPA 70E, during an hour-long free webinar, held on June 23rd. The webinar is being sponsored by Siemens Industry Inc. 

Please register now at:

http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=318329&s=1&k=83BF50059C44A2C54DB35B19AAB3CFBC

Moderator: 

John Maisel, Publisher, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine 

Presenters: 

Jim Phillips, P.E. 

Allan Worthy, Senior Product Manager, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Some of the changes for 2012 to be covered include the following:

Footnotes previously found in the Hazard/Risk Category Classification Tables will be included within the table for each task.

Arc Flash Boundaries will be included in the Hazard/Risk Tables for each task.

A new Hazard/Risk Category Classification Table has been added for DC equipment.

A new table has been added for Approach Boundaries for DC Voltage Systems.

Elimination of the 125 kVA / 240 Volt exception with a new reference to IEEE 1584. 

The sometimes confusing category 2* protection has been eliminated and the HRC tables now have been reformatted to reduce misapplication. 

In addition, Jim will also take you behind the scenes with discussions about DC arc flash calculations, details of the IEEE 1584 125 kVA transformer exception and some of the latest arc flash research, testing and what it takes to perform an incident energy analysis.

Who is Jim Phillips?

Jim Phillips, P.E. is founder of www.brainfiller.com  and www.ArcFlashForum.com . With a career spanning 30 years, he has conducted more than 2,000 live electrical training seminars for tens of thousands of people from the U.S. and all seven continents. Jim is a member of the IEEE 1584 committee—IEEE Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations, Co-Chairman of IEEE 1584.1, which is a guide for specifying arc flash studies, and ASTM F18 Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers. He has developed over 25 training programs on a wide range of topics about electrical power systems.  Jim wrote the book “Complete Guide to Arc Flash Hazard Calculation Studies.”  

Please register now at: http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=318329&s=1&k=83BF50059C44A2C54DB35B19AAB3CFBC

 

NEMA Commends President’s Plan for a 21st Century Electrical Grid

ROSSLYN, Va., June 14, 2011—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) commends the president’s commitment to the development of a twenty-first century electrical grid as outlined in A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid: Enabling Our Secure Energy Future, which was issued by the Executive Office of the President, National Science and Technology Council yesterday at the White House.

The event brought together key industry stakeholders and government officials to discuss the opportunities and challenges of modernizing America’s electrical infrastructure, and to advance the national dialogue on the grid’s importance to job creation, energy security, and American competitiveness.  

“The equipment and technology being developed and deployed by NEMA member companies throughout the electrical grid is integral to the success of this plan,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, who attended the event.  “Combined with the efforts of the White House, Congress, state regulators, utilities, and federal agencies, these products will provide Americans with a modern, efficient, reliable, and secure electricity delivery system that will benefit consumers and businesses.”

NEMA was named by Congress in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 as a key partner in interoperability standards and protocols for deploying Smart Grid technologies.  

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.

 

EZ-FOLD Wall Mount Bracket

Wall Mount Bracket is an alternative to the heavier and pricier wall mount racks. It provides similar functionalities – to mount panels and equipments in a confine space – with less cost. The traditional wall mount bracket is too bulky to store and it is costly to ship because of the size of its fixed arms. Some manufacturers attempted to reduce the space by folding two arms with hinges only to create another deficiency – weak arms. Two arms are needed to have enough strength to support heavy panels, cables and expensive equipments and hinging the arms makes it dangerous to bear extra weight. By hinging two arms, it also sways the entire bracket and makes it unstable.

The EZ-FOLD Wall Mount Bracket is designed differently. It can be folded to only 2.5 inches in height and installers can easily stack them in the truck or store them in small spaces. When it is unfolded, the arms will extent to 15 inches to accommodate most of the equipments, panels, and plenty of cable storage space. The EZ-FOLD has two hinges for folding purposes.

Once it is unfolded and securely mounted, the two hinges do not bear weight anymore. Both arms are supported by stud or backboard mounting screws. The weight limit is also strengthened by the double-row screw mounting.

Additional features:

• Available in 2, 4, 6 and 8 rack unit sizes

• Divided hinge allows easy access every 2 RU

• Heavy duty 16 gauge steel

• Bridge lances everywhere for cable ties

• Optional cover for top and bottom

ICC is a leading manufacturer of commercial and residential structured cabling products governed by strict ISO 9001:2008 standards. With 25 years of innovation, ICC products have established a reputation of premium quality, proven performance and competitive prices supporting voice, data, audio, video and fiber optic connectivity. www.icc.com

 

NEWS FROM NFPA’S 2011 CONFERENCE & EXPO

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

www.nfpa.org/displaycontent.asp?categoryID=488&ItemID=51907

NFPA awards Philip J. DiNenno the prestigious Paul C. Lamb Award 

www.nfpa.org/displaycontent.asp?categoryID=488&ItemID=51908

NFPA announces 2011 Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year

www.nfpa.org/displaycontent.asp?categoryID=488&ItemID=51904

NFPA recognizes individuals for accomplishments in fire and life safety

with awards presented at NFPA Conference & Expo

www.nfpa.org/displaycontent.asp?categoryID=488&ItemID=51905

Special Achievement (3) and Committee Service (14) honored by NFPA

Awards presented at NFPA Conference & Expo

www.nfpa.org/displaycontent.asp?categoryID=488&ItemID=51912

NFPA celebrates Sparky the Fire Dog’s ® 60th birthday

Highlights included safety-themed birthday party with local kids and cake from “Cake Boss”

http://www.nfpa.org/newsReleaseDetails.asp?categoryid=488&itemId=51964

 

2011 BICSI EUROPEAN CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION CONCLUDES

Edinburgh, Scotland, 15 June 2011—BICSI, the international association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, brought its 2011 BICSI European Conference & Exhibition to a close Wednesday, 8 June, at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland. The event brought together more than 300 ITS and information and communications technology (ICT) industry professionals and exhibitors from all over the world.

The European Conference included 14 technical presentations focused on topics such as data centres, green IT, planning for disaster, AV system design and more. In addition to the technical sessions, delegates were able to enjoy Exhibit Hall hours, where several ITS vendors were available to speak with conference delegates about their latest products and services.

The conference featured two After Hours receptions, held Monday and Tuesday evening. Monday’s After Hours involved a presentation by Jon Pettitt of Munters Air Treatment. His technical session, titled “Reduce Data Centre Energy by Up to 90% with Indirect Evaporative Air Coolers,” offered many BICSI credential holders the opportunity to earn an additional continuing education credit (CEC).

Tuesday’s After Hours event was headlined by live music from the professional four-piece cover band, East of Java, and the announcement of Melanie Green of CNet Training as the European Member of the Year, an award presented to a member of the European Region who has made a significant contribution to BICSI and the ITS industry as a whole throughout Europe. In addition, a portion of the evening was dedicated to recognizing the first group of individuals to take the RCDD examination in Europe back in 1999.

“The 2011 BICSI European Conference & Exhibition has been a prime venue for an exciting three days packed with prime education and networking value,” said BICSI President Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, CSI, from Leviton. “In addition to the in-depth technical presentations and Exhibit Hall hours, delegates were able to enjoy two high-quality after hours events, which were particularly well received. The many networking opportunities at the exhibition, as well as during the social functions allowed ongoing discussions well into the evening hours.”

A highlight of the conference was the announcement of Joe Moye of Cable Connect Technical Services in Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, England, as the winner of the first ever BICSI European Cabling Skills Challenge during the After Hours event on Tuesday. Moye, along with six others, raced against the clock and each other to complete a series of industry tasks to correct specifications during Exhibit Hall hours on 6 and 7 June. As the winner of the Challenge, Moye will compete in the fifth annual BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge during the 2012 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

The conference closed with a presentation from BICSI Cares, the association’s charity arm. BICSI Cares ensures support for local charities in every location where a BICSI conference is held. Donations by delegates from the 2011 European Conference & Exhibition were given to The Teddy Bear Foundation, which provides funding to schools and organizations working with special need children. More information can be found at www.theteddybearfoundation.org.

BICSI would like to extend a thank you to all of the sponsors of the 2011 BICSI European Conference & Exhibition:

Bronze Conference & Exhibition Sponsors: Fluke Networks, MaxCell and Munters Air Treatment

Cabling Skills Challenge Sponsors: Corning, Belden, Brand-Rex, Mayflex, Networks Centre, Cablofil, CNet Training Limited, Excel,  Fusion, Mills, Support Comms and Rittal

After Hours - East of Java Sponsors: Cablelines Limited, CNet Training Limited and Siemon Cabling Systems

BICSI would also like to thank Communication Solutions, Datacenter Works, Data Centre Solutions (DCS), Inside Networks, NETCOMMS and Network Communications News as its 2011 BICSI European Conference & Exhibition Media Partners.

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BICSI is a professional association supporting the information technology 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, fibre- and copper-based distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports the transportation of information and associated signalling between and among communications and information gathering devices.

BICSI 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.

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

 

BICSI RECOGNIZES E-SHARP FZCO AS PROVIDER OF RITP CURRICULUM

Tampa, Fla., June 9, 2011—BICSI, the international association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, is pleased to announce that e-sharp FZCO, based in  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has been approved to teach BICSI’s curriculum for the Registered Information Technology Professional (RITP™) credential.

The RITP is BICSI’s newest credential. It is a knowledge-based designation for individuals who work in the ITS industry. Perfect for instructors, management and sales personnel, the RITP recognizes formal education and certifications in ITS and information science (IS).

Two of the trainers at e-sharp FZCO are now approved to teach BICSI’s ITP110: Analyzing Telecommunications Distribution Systems and ITP200: Telecommunications Distribution Review course material. Both of these courses support those wishing to pursue the RITP credential.

“We have noticed a ground swell of interest in the RITP and Installation programs,” said Kandasamy Ganesan, General Manager at e-sharp FZCO. “We are excited to be filling a need by teaching this curriculum at our facility.”

E-sharp FZCO is a BICSI Authorized Design Training Provider (ADTP). ADTPs are BICSI-approved organizations that offer BICSI-certified training. ADTPs utilize the same quality curriculum, classroom equipment and materials offered in a BICSI-conducted class. Organizations accepted into the ADTP program can offer BICSI ITS distribution design courses, providing designers and ITS professionals worldwide with access to training in the proper methods of design, integration and implementation of telecommunications and data technology systems and their related infrastructure.

“We are pleased to see the growth of global interest in the BICSI training and credentials programs,” said Mark Coppa, BICSI’s Vice President of Professional Development. “The RITP provides a new level recognition for ITS professionals. We look forward to expanding the scope of our partnership with e-sharp FZCO as they continue to increase their presence in the industry.”

In addition, e-sharp FZCO is working toward becoming an Authorized Training Facility (ATF). By meeting requirements similar to the BICSI classroom labs, BICSI ATFs are qualified to teach BICSI’s ITS Cabling Installation Program.

More information about the RITP credential can be found at www.bicsi.org/ritp.

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BICSI is a professional association supporting the information technology 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.

BICSI 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.

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

 

Record Number of Commercial Properties Earn BOMA 360 Designation

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 20, 2011) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has conferred 66 buildings with the BOMA 360 Performance Program® designation in the second quarter of 2011, making it the largest class of designees since the program’s launch two years ago. To date, more than 300 buildings have earned the BOMA 360 designation, which recognizes commercial properties that demonstrate best practices in building operations and management. The new designees will be recognized in a ceremony during the 2011 BOMA International Conference and The Every Building Show®, held June 27-29 in Washington, D.C.

“With more than 300 buildings in the program, it’s clear that the BOMA 360 designation is a critical tool for helping property professionals bolster tenant retention and increase asset values,” commented BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. “The designation has become a symbol in this industry for indicating that a building meets quality benchmarks in every aspect of management and operations.”

The BOMA 360 Performance Program evaluates properties in six major areas of building management: building operations and management; life safety/security/risk management; training and education; energy; environment/sustainability; and tenant relations/community involvement. The comprehensive nature of the BOMA 360 Performance Program means that every aspect of building performance is assessed, and scores are based on how buildings meet an extensive checklist of best practices.

Research indicates that BOMA 360 buildings are market leaders.  According to a recent study conducted by Kingsley Associates, buildings that achieve the BOMA 360 Performance Program designation have higher tenant satisfaction scores in 47 out of 50 categories relating to tenant relations compared to commercial office buildings without the BOMA 360 designation.

The new class of BOMA 360 buildings includes:

100 Summer Street        

Boston, Mass.  

Owned by: MA-100 Summer Street Owner, L.L.C.            

Managed by: Equity Office Properties

101 Second Street          

San Francisco, Calif.        

Owned by: Hines 101 Second Street LP 

Managed by: Hines

1250 Connecticut Avenue           

Washington, D.C.            

Owned by: Brookfield Office Properties               

Managed by: 1250 C Co LLC

1330 Post Oak Blvd.        

Houston, Texas

Owned by: TIAA CREF   

Managed by: Transwestern

1550 Wilson Boulevard 

Arlington, Va.

Owned and managed by: Brookfield Properties

1560 Wilson Boulevard 

Arlington, Va.   

Owned and managed by: Brookfield Properties

2000 L Street     

Washington, D.C.            

Owned by: 2000 L Co LLC             

Managed by: Brookfield Office Properties

2001 M Street, NW         

Washington, D.C.            

Owned and managed by: Brookfield Office Properties  

2100 Powell       

Emeryville, Calif.              

Owned by: Hines Watergate REIT LP      

Managed by: Hines Interests Limited Partnership

225 Franklin Street         

Boston, Mass.  

Owned and managed by: Equity Office 

245 Summer Street        

Boston, Mass.

Owned by: Fidelity Investments              

Managed by: CBRE

300 West 6th     

Austin, Texas    

Owned by: TPG-300 West 6th Street, L.L.C.         

Managed by: Thomas Properties Group, Inc.

303 West Madison          

Chicago                , Ill.        

Owned by: 303 Madison Chicago, LLC.   

Managed by: CB Richard Ellis, Inc.

33 Tower            

Minneapolis, Minn.        

Owned and managed by: Brookfield

4700 Falls            

Cary, N.C.           

Owned by: USREIF 4700 Falls LLC              

Managed by: Spectrum Properties

50 Fremont        

San Francisco, Calif.        

Owned by: TIAA-CREF  

Managed by: Hines GS Properties, Inc.

500 West Monroe           

Chicago, Ill.        

Owned by: Piedmont 500 West Monroe Fee, LLC             

Managed by: Piedmont Office Management LLC

53 State Street 

Boston, Mass.  

Owned by: Brookfield Properties 53 State Fee Co. LLC   

Managed by: Brookfield Office Properties

5444 Westheimer           

Houston, Texas

Owned by: Franklin Post Oak, LTD           

Managed by: Tanglewood Property Management

560 Mission Street          

San Francisco, Calif.

Owned by: NOP 560 Mission LLC              

Managed by: CommonWealth Partners

75 State Street 

Boston, Mass.

Owned by: Brookfield Properties 75 State Co. LLC            

Managed by: Brookfield Office Properties

BAC Colonnade

Coral Gables, Fla.

Owned by: Deka USA Colonnade LP       

Managed by: Cushman and Wakefield of Florida, Inc.

Banner Place     

Dallas, Texas

Owned by: Gaedeke Holdings II, Ltd

Managed by: Gaedeke Group, LLC

Bethesda Crescent (4600)

Bethesda, Md. 

Owned by: Bethesda Crescent (4600) Co LP        

Managed by: Brookfield

Bethesda Crescent (Wisconsin- 7401)    

Bethesda, Md.

Owned by: Bethesda Crescent (Wisconsin) Co LP             

Managed by: Brookfield

Bethesda Crescent (Wisconsin- 7475)    

Bethesda, Md.

Owned by: Bethesda Crescent (Wisconsin) Co LP             

Managed by: Brookfield

BHP Billiton Tower          

Houston, Texas

Owned by: TIAA-CREF  

Managed by: Transwestern

CityWestPlace B1            

Houston, Texas

Owned and managed by: Thomas Properties Group       

CityWestPlace B3            

Houston, Texas

Owned and managed by: Thomas Properties Group       

CityWestPlace B4            

Houston, Texas

Owned and managed by: Thomas Properties Group       

Columbia Center             

San Diego, Calif.

Owned by: 401 West A Street SD PT, LLC              

Managed by: SENTRE Partners, Inc.

Concord Road Corporate Center

Billerica, Mass.

Owned by: CalSTRS        

Managed by: CBRE

First City Tower

Houston, Texas

Owned by: FC Tower Property Partners, L.P.      

Managed by: CB Richard Ellis

Fourth & Walnut Centre              

Cincinnati, Ohio

Owned by: 105 East Fourth Street Holdings, LLC

Managed by: Cassidy Turley

Frost Bank Tower            

Austin, Texas

Owned by: TPG-401 Congress LLC           

Managed by: Thomas Properties Group

Interfin Building               

Houston, Texas

Owned by: TIAA-CREF  

Managed by: Transwestern

International Place II     

Sunrise, Fla.

Owned by: The Realty Associates Fund VIII, L.P.               

Managed by: Pointe Group Advisors

McGladrey Plaza

Minneapolis, Minn.

Owned by: Midwest Real Estate Holdings, LLC   

Managed by: NorthMarq Real Estate Services, LLC

Metropoint I     

Denver, Colo.

Owned by: CSHV Denver Tech Center LLC           

Managed by: CBREI / CalSTRS

Metropoint II    

Denver, Colo.

Owned by: CSHV Denver Tech Center LLC           

Managed by: CBREI/CalSTRS

Oak Summit      

Winston Salem, N.C.

Owned by: Hanesbrands Inc      

Managed by: Cassidy Turley

One Chestnut Place       

Worcester, Mass.           

Owned by: IPC Louisville Properties, LLC              

Managed by: CB Richard Ellis/New England

One Financial Place        

Chicago, Ill.        

Owned by: One Financial Place Property, LLC     

Managed by: HPT Management Services, LLC

One Market Plaza           

San Francisco, Calif.        

Owned and managed by: Paramount Group, Inc.

One Reston Crescent    

Reston, Va.        

Owned by: ONE RESTON CO LLC               

Managed by: Brookfield Properties Management LLC

Orange City Square        

Orange, Calif.

Owned by: SPUS05 OC Square, LLC         

Managed by: CB Richard Ellis

Pacwest Center               

Portland, Ore.  

Owned by: Pacwest Center LLC

Managed by: Ashforth Pacific, Inc.

Park Place          

Irvine, Calif.

Owned and managed by: LBA Realty      

RBC Plaza            

Minneapolis, Minn.        

Owned by: Brookfield DB Inc.    

Managed by: Brookfield

Roofing Concepts Unlimited      

Coral Springs, Fla.            

Owned and managed by: Giacobazzi Partners LLC            

Schaumburg Corporate Center 

Schaumburg, Ill.

Owned and managed by: Manulife Financial      

SSMP1 

Silver Spring, Md.            

Owned and managed by: Brookfield      

SSMP2 

Silver Spring, Md.

Owned and managed by: Brookfield      

SSMP3 

Silver Spring, Md.

Owned and managed by: Brookfield

Technology Business Center      

Chicago, Ill.        

Owned by: Wexford Science & Technology, LLC

Managed by: Cassidy Turley

TELUS Plaza       

Edmonton, Alberta        

Owned by: HOOPP Realty Inc.   

Managed by: Tonko Realty Advisors Ltd.

The Crescent    

Dallas, Texas     

Owned by: Crescent TC Investors LP      

Managed by: Crescent Real Estate Equities

The GEICO Building        

Dallas, Texas     

Owned by: GEICO           

Managed by: iON Management, Inc.

The Newbry      

Boston, Mass.  

Owned by: TIAA-CREF  

Managed by: CB Richard Ellis-N.E. Partners, LP

The Proscenium              

Atlanta, Ga.       

Owned and managed by: Manulife Financial      

The Wellesley Office Park           

Wellesley, Mass.             

Owned and managed by: Equity Office 

Twin Dolphin Plaza         

Redwood City, Calif.

Owned by: CA-Twin Dolphin Plaza Limited Partnership  

Managed by: Equity Office

Venture Center               

Raleigh, N.C.     

Owned by: MayfieldGentry Realty Advisors, LLC              

Managed by: Portfolio Property Management Global

Warren E. Burger Federal Building and United States Courthouse             

St. Paul, Minn.

Owned and managed by: U.S. General Services Administration 

Wells Fargo Tower          

Houston, Texas

Owned by: TIAA-CREF  

Managed by: Transwestern

Wilshire Courtyard         

Los Angeles, Calif.

Owned by: RREEF America REIT II Corp. BBBB     

Managed by: Transwestern

To view all the buildings that have received the BOMA 360 designation, visit http://www.boma.org/getinvolved/boma360/Pages/360Buildings.aspx.

For more information on the BOMA 360 Performance Program, visit www.boma.org/GetInvolved/BOMA360.

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

 


AFL Files Infringement Lawsuits Against Fiberoptic Hardware and SurplusEQ.com

Both claims cite violation of trademark, unfair competition, false advertising, and copyright infringement by unauthorized sale of Fujikura's fusion splicers

Spartanburg, SC – June 1, 2011 - AFL, a leading manufacturer of fiber optic products, filed two separate lawsuits yesterday—one against Fiberoptic Hardware, LLC, and one against SurplusEQ.com Inc. Both suits were filed with the Federal District Court of Arizona.

The complaints are similar in nature in that AFL is taking an aggressive position in defense of its fusion splicer product line. The individual complaints against Fiberoptic Hardware and SurplusEQ.com each provide evidence that the two companies independently committed various acts of unfair competition including false advertising in their unauthorized sale of "gray market" Fujikura fusion splicers. In addition, AFL asserts that Fiberoptic Hardware and SurplusEQ.com violated the Lanham (Trademark) Act, infringing upon Fujikura's trademark, and the Copyright Act.

The case number against Fiberoptic Hardware is CV 11-01081-PHX-MEA, and the case number against SurplusEQ.com Inc. is CV 11-01086-PHX-FJM.

AFL is wholly-owned by Fujikura Ltd. AFL is responsible for protecting Fujikura's trademarks in North America. AFL and Fujikura have successfully addressed issues with other companies that have infringed on the Fujikura trademark, and AFL will continue to vigorously defend all of Fujikura's and AFL's Intellectual Property inclusive of patents, trademarks and copyrights.

Fujikura is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and manufactures products for the telecommunications, electronics, automotive and energy sectors. Fujikura's fusion splicers are well-known for performance, productivity and reliability. AFL offers the most extensive line of Fujikura fusion splicers and related equipment for field splicing and factory/laboratory use. All fusion splicers sold by AFL are backed with a factory warranty and a 24/7 technical support team.

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

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

 

AFL Secures Patent for Optical Fiber Identifier (OFI)


Award represents first patent for company's Test and Inspection Division

Spartanburg, SC – May 18, 2011 - AFL, a global leader of fiber optic test equipment, announced that it was awarded a patent for "Signal Identifying Apparatus for an Optical Fiber," US Patent 7916983. This patent covers AFL's industry leading Optical Fiber Identifier (OFI) technology for detecting the presence or absence of an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) on FTTx fibers.

"AFL has a proven track record of leveraging the latest in technology to benefit our rapidly growing customer base," commented George Rose, Director for AFL's Noyes Test and Inspection division. This technology allows users to test Passive Optical Network (PON) fibers at an External Distribution Cabinet (EDC) without disconnecting fibers and disrupting services. This technology is now commercially available in AFL's OFI-FTTx fiber identifier.

The inventors of this technology are Mr. Jim Sanderson and Dr. Jianxun Fang, engineers at AFL's Noyes Test and Inspection Division. Jim Sanderson earned his BSEE and MSEE degrees from Virginia Tech and Dr. Fang earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M. The two inventors collaborated to solve the electronics and optics challenges of testing without disruption in PON networks.

"We are strongly focused on understanding and addressing our customers' needs. The OFI-FTTx was developed in response to our customers' need to test live PON Networks and identify and re-harvest dormant fibers without disrupting service," says Seán Adam, Director of Engineering for AFL's Noyes Test and Inspection Division. The patented OFI-FTTx technology – providing a tool to easily identify dormant fibers - is only part of AFL's PON testing strategy. AFL is committed to bringing innovation to PON testing with products including the OFI-FTTx and OFL280 FlexTester.

For additional information on AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

 

NJATC AND THOMAS & BETTS COLLABORATE ON NATIONAL PROGRAM  TO TRAIN FUTURE ELECTRICIANS

UPPER MARLBORO, MD ─ In response to the anticipated demand for electrical workers, the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC) and Thomas & Betts Corporation have agreed to develop a joint national apprentice-training program. The agreement also establishes a framework for all Thomas & Betts (T&B) programs and initiatives serving the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), for which the NJATC is the national training organization, the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the NJATC itself.

“Since my days as an apprentice and journeyman wiremen, more than 25 years ago, T&B has been a company that has stood for quality and excellence in every product that they have put their name on,” said NJATC Executive Director Michael Callanan. “I am so very pleased that this agreement formalizes a partnership that brings together two organizations committed to excellence in all they do and to the future of the electrical industry.”

The agreement expresses the mutual commitment of T&B and the NJATC to the following:

                      Develop programs, including apprentice scholarships and equipment donations, to train the entry-level electrical workers by leveraging the unique capabilities and resources of both organizations;

                      Establish for T&B an unprecedented level of access and exposure to IBEW and NECA apprentices and journeymen throughout their entire formal training and working careers, including continuing training;

                       Develop a T&B-branded Grounding & Conductivity Academy to train all new IBEW entrants into the electrical industry with the latest equipment and technology; 

                      Standardize and formalize all T&B programs and initiatives serving IBEW, NECA and NJATC under a master agreement and national program. 

“Thomas & Betts recognizes that the NJATC plays a significant role in the development of first-class electrical apprentices,” said David Kendall, director - industry affairs for T&B. “The immediate potential audience for this project will have in excess of 40,000 apprentices in training in more than 285 training centers in the United States and Canada. This agreement is an important collaboration of T&B, NJATC, their industry associates and training centers in the development of future electricians’ skills.”

About Thomas & Betts

Thomas & Betts Corporation (NYSE:TNB) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of essential components used to manage the connection, distribution, transmission and reliability of electrical power in industrial, construction and utility applications. With a portfolio of over 200,000 products marketed under more than 45 premium brand names, Thomas & Betts products are found wherever electricity is used. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., Thomas & Betts reported revenues of $2.0 billion and had approximately 8,750 employees in 2010. For more information, please visit www.tnb.com./

About the NJATC

The NJATC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1941 by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The organization is committed to developing and standardizing education in the electrical industry to properly and effectively train members of NECA and the IBEW; providing the electrical construction industry with the most highly trained and skilled workforce possible. Since its inception, more than 325,000 apprentices have completed NJATC training programs and become competent Journeymen, making the organization one of the largest training and apprenticeship programs of its kind. For more information, go to www.njatc.org/.

About National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the United States. NECA’s national office and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development. For more information, visit www.necanet.org/.

About The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

The IBEW is an international labor organization that has trained the most qualified electricians in the trade for more than 117 years.  With approximately 725,000 members in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Republic of Panama, the IBEW has members in construction, utilities, manufacturing, telecommunications, broadcasting, railroads and government. For more information, visit www.ibew.org/

 

NFPA completes Third Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service


Study finds improvements but needs continue for America’s fire departments

June 16, 2011 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today released the Third Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service, a study that looked at the current needs of America’s fire departments as compared to those identified in assessments done in 2001 and 2005. The goal of the project was to identify major gaps in the needs of the U.S. fire service and to determine if the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (DHS/FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) programs are continuing to reduce the needs of fire departments.

“Fire service needs are extensive across the board, and in nearly every area of need; the smaller the community protected, the greater the need,” said James M. Shannon, president of NFPA. “While we are seeing the positive impact of well-targeted grants, there is more to be done to ensure our nation’s fire departments are prepared to provide the necessary protection to their communities.”

The report looked at personnel and their capabilities, including staffing, training, certification, and wellness/fitness; facilities and apparatus; personal protective equipment, fire prevention and code enforcement; the ability to handle unusually challenging incidents; and communications and new technologies.

Selected Findings:

Nearly half (46%) of all fire departments that are responsible for structural firefighting have not formally trained all their personnel involved in structural firefighting, down from 55% in 2001 and 53% in 2005.

Seven out of ten (70%) fire departments have no program to maintain basic firefighter fitness and health, down from 80% in 2001 and 76% in 2005.

Nearly half (46%) of all fire department engines and pumpers were at least 15 years old, down from 51% in 2001 and 50% in 2005.

Half (51%) of all fire departments cannot equip all firefighters on a shift with self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), down from 70% in 2001 and 60% in 2005.

Two out of five (39%) fire departments do not have enough personal alert safety system devices (PASS) to equip all emergency responders on a shift, down from 62% in 2001 and 48% in 2005.

Except for cities protecting at least 250,000 population, most cities do not assign at least 4 career firefighters to an engine or pumper and so are probably not in compliance with NFPA 1710, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments, which requires a minimum of 4 firefighters on an engine or pumper.

Third Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service conducted by NFPA concluded:

Needs have declined to a considerable degree in a number of areas, particularly personal protective and firefighting equipment, two types of resources that received the largest shares of funding from the AFG programs.

Some innovative technologies that have not been identified as necessary in existing standards but are known to be very useful to today’s fire service – including Internet access and thermal imaging cameras – have also seen large increases in use.

Declines in needs have been more modest in some other important areas, such as training, which have received much smaller shares of AFG funds.

Still other areas of need, such as apparatus, stations, and the staffing required to support the stations, have seen either limited reductions in need (e.g., apparatus needs in rural areas) or no reductions at all (e.g., adequacy of stations and personnel to meet standards and other guidance on speed and size of response).

Fire prevention and code enforcement needs have shown no clear improvement over the past decade.

In all areas emphasized by the AFG and SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grants, there is ample evidence of impact from the grants but also considerable residual need still to be addressed, even for needs that have seen considerable need reduction in the past decade.

There has been little change in the ability of departments, using only local resources, to handle certain types of unusually challenging incidents, including two types of homeland security scenarios (structural collapse and chem/bio agent attack) and two types of large-scale emergency responses (a wildland/urban interface fire and a developing major flood).

The full report can be obtained at www.nfpa.org/needsassessment.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.
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Oberon, Inc. Announces Product Availability on Amazon.com


Wireless and Telecom Mounting Solutions Reach Small Businesses and Home Users

State College, PA – May 18, 2011 –

Oberon, Inc. has announced that select products from its line of wireless and telecom enclosures will now be available on Amazon.com.  Currently available products include the new Home and Office Network cabinet, a wall box for wireless routers and broadband modems, an outdoor NEMA4 Wi-Fi access point enclosure, three popular ceiling enclosures for wireless access points telecommunications and A/V equipment, the 1140/3500i-Skin Vanity Skin for Cisco Access Point, and the 34-ZDUAL-Kit Antennas.

Oberon was established in 1999 and primarily offers products to large-scale corporate technology buyers through national distributors.  Oberon products can be found in a wide array of government buildings, educational institutions, hospitals, hotels, and other settings where wireless networking security is paramount and aesthetic solutions are required.  The company, which posted 22% growth in 2010, sees its entrance into the Amazon market as a way to open its product line to new markets.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce our product line to a wider cross-section of the public," stated Scott D. Thompson, Oberon's President and Chief Engineering Director.  "Small businesses in particular will benefit from being able to more easily find and purchase solutions for mounting and securing their wireless networking and telecom equipment.  We have also found that sophisticated home users are actively seeking ways to secure their networking and computer equipment in clean, aesthetic ways, which is exactly what our enclosures and other products have been providing in large commercial settings."

Much of the impetus for the move was a result of Oberon's newest line of telecommunications enclosures, particularly the Oberon Model 1082 Home and Office Network Cabinet.  Measuring two feet square and extending four inches from the wall, this paintable cabinet with lockable door houses a variety of networking equipment including broadband modems, wireless routers, small network switches, power strips, network storage, external hard drives, and other components. The impact resistant ABS plastic door is virtually transparent to wireless signals at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, so the network cabinet is ideal for stowing wireless routers from virtually any vendor. The cabinet can also be used to stow wireless femto-cells. 

"For years, people who purchase our products have been telling us they'd like something similar in their personal offices and homes.  They want a way to protect equipment from theft, accident, spills, and dust, to keep it easily accessible without the visual and physical clutter of having equipment open to public view," explained Thompson.  "The Home and Office Network Cabinet is designed to be flexible, with moveable shelves and hook-and-loop strapping for a variety of configurations.  When someone says, 'I wish I had somewhere to stow this,' we want our product to be able to meet that need."

Oberon’s new WR-BOX is among the new Amazon.com offerings. This 9” x 14” x  3.5” plastic wall box is ideal for housing a broadband modem and wireless router from most major vendors, and associated cords and cabling. The WR-BOX can be either surface mounted on the wall, or recessed into the wall and attached to wall studs for a more professional installation. Again, the box is made from a plastic material which is virtually transparent to wireless signals, so it is an ideal location for stowing the wireless router. 

Also available on Amazon.com are Oberon’s plenum rated telecommunications enclosures for installing wireless access points, networking equipment, and A/V equipment (including projectors) in the ceiling.

Oberon products can be found on Amazon.com in the Electronics section under "Oberon, Inc."  For Oberon's full product line of secure, convenient, and aesthetic wireless access point and telecommunications enclosures, please call 1-877-867-2312 or see the Enclosure Selection Guide at http://oberonwireless.com/selection-guide.php. 

ABOUT OBERON, INC. - Since 1999, Oberon, Inc. has been providing products and services to integrators and end users of wireless LAN "Wi-Fi" network products. Oberon's wireless enclosures and antenna products are used where the RF coverage, infrastructure security, environmental robustness, and aesthetics are paramount in the network design and implementation.  Oberon offers ceiling-mounted telecommunications enclosures for Ethernet switches, patch panels, wireless controllers, and other networking and A/V components - ideal for structured cabling and Fiber-to-the-Enclosure (FTTE) deployments.

Oberon's products and services have helped thousands of integrators and end-users in the global healthcare, government, transportation and logistics, education, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing achieve reliable indoor network connection mobility.

 

OOPS Update!   Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill a Year Later

It’s been a little more than a year since the explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon Drilling Rig (April 20, 2010). In addition to the expected finger pointing, there have been a number of studies looking into its causes. The latest is a 288-page study by the US Coast Guard who released its findings on April 22, 2011.

Last year, I wrote in this blog:

“What happened was no surprise — it was deliberately ignoring the principles of good design and test (Brown’s Law) in order to reduce costs.” Let’s see if my statement ‘holds water’ after the Coast Guard’s yearlong investigation.

In a New York Times (www.nytimes.com) article on April 22, 2011, John M. Broder wrote: “Transocean’s failures included the ‘inhibiting’of automatic safety warning systems, a lack of drills for an emergency evacuation, the installation of electrical equipment in places where it could ignite gases, a lack of barriers to protect crew members from a blast or fire, and a history of safety violations that were not addressed, according to the study. The rig also did not comply with regulations regarding the integrity of internal watertight compartments, and the crew did not have proper training or knowledge of onboard safety systems, the Coast Guard found. ‘The investigation revealed that Deepwater Horizon and its owner, Transocean, had serious safety management system failures and a poor safety culture,’ the report said.”

According to a Reuters (www.reuters.com) article on April 24, 2011: “Transocean had numerous international safety code violations, repeated maintenance deficiencies including neglected safety inspections, and a record of safety incidents that were not properly investigated, the report said.”

Regarding the blowout preventer (BOP), the Associated Press (www.ap.org) wrote on April 22, 2011: “Despite recommendations that the blowout preventer — the device that failed to prevent the oil spill — be inspected every three to five years, Transocean did not arrange to have the Deepwater Horizon's blowout preventer recertified for more than 10 years, the report said.”

The Coast Guard is scheduled to release its full report on July 27.

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Survey Indicates FTTH Leads Other Broadband Services in Bandwidth Value, Consumer Satisfaction

(WASHINGTON) - Subscribers to fiber to the home (FTTH) services get considerably more bandwidth for the buck than those who receive their Internet and video services through cable or DSL, according to a new report commissioned by the Fiber-to-the-Home Council.

The survey of more than 2,000 broadband subscribers, drawn randomly from a nationally balanced panel of more than 3.2 million consumers by the market research firm RVA LLC, also found that overall satisfaction among FTTH users continues to lead that of other broadband subscribers, with those answering "very satisfied" at 74 percent - up from 71 percent a year ago - compared to 54 percent for cable users and 51 percent for DSL.

With regard to cost of service relative to download connection speed, the RVA survey results showed FTTH subscribers paying $2.91 a month per megabit of bandwidth, compared to $3.83 for cable subscribers, $16.40 for DSL, and $49.38 per megabit for fixed wireless services.

Download a copy of the survey charts here.

As of April 2011, fiber to the home services were available to more than 18 percent of North American homes and were connected to more than seven million of them.  RVA estimates that there are now 170,000 North American households receiving FTTH service with connection speeds of at least 100 megabits per second, and a total of 347,000 receiving 50 Mbps service.  Both of these figures were more than double those from last year's survey report.

With regard to consumer-tested download speeds, FTTH households continue to outpace subscribers of other services, with average speeds now at 19.7 Mbps - up from 16.6 Mbps in last year's survey - compared to an average 13.3 Mbps for cable households and 2.9 Mbps for DSL.  On upload performance, the relative gap between FTTH and cable modem was wider, with FTTH subscribers averaging 5.4 Mbps and cable subs averaging 2.7 Mbps, with 0.7 Mbps average upload speed for DSL.

"This year's survey shows that end-to-end fiber services are extending their lead over other broadband technologies in speed, value and customer satisfaction," said Dan O'Connell, President of the FTTH Council.  "We expect this trend will continue as bandwidth requirements for the latest video and other applications continue to accelerate, and growing numbers of consumers expect to be able to access them through their telecommunications providers."

The RVA survey continued to find popularity of FTTH services among people who work from home, with FTTH subscribers reporting working an average 1.2 days per month more from their homes than cable subs, and home-based businesses in FTTH households showing significantly higher annual revenues than those in households using other types of broadband - an estimated $54,891.   Based on this and on typical take-rates for fiber to the home services, RVA estimates that FTTH communities see an influx of $500,000 in home-based business revenues for every 1,000 homes passed. 

About the Fiber-to-the-Home Council
Now in its tenth year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections - as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks.  The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Its mission is to educate the public and government officials about FTTH solutions and to promote and accelerate deployment of fiber to the home and the resulting quality of life enhancements such networks make possible.  The Council organizes North America's largest annual FTTH event, the
FTTH Conference & Expo, which will be held September 26 - 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.   More information about the Council can be found at www.ftthcouncil.org.

 

NAED - Registration Now Open for 2011 LEAD Conference, July 21-24, 2011

Attendees will learn how to lead with enthusiasm and enhance their careers

ST. LOUIS… The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announces that registration is open for the 2011 Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Conference. The event will take place July 21-24, at the InterContinental Chicago. The conference is developed by industry professionals who volunteer their time serving on the NAED LEAD Committee. This annual event is designed for current and emerging leaders 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 industry experts.

“Companies and decision makers should look at the LEAD Conference as a means of employee retention,” said Rob Eberhart, LEAD committee chair and quotations manager for The Hite Company, Altoona, Pa. “If there is someone that they value or would like to have in a leadership role in the future, they should definitely have those individuals attend this conference.”

The LEAD Conference will feature the following sessions:

“Seven Points to Success” keynote address by Rulon Gardner, American Olympian Gold Medalist.

“Understanding Manufacturer/Distributor Relations” by Jay Johnson, associate director of the Global Supply Chain Laboratory, Texas A&M.

“What do Contractors Really Want From Distributors?” panel moderated by Ed Walker, branch manager, Frost Electric.

“2011 Talent Trends,”“Align Expectations and Set Goals” and “Building Your Brand” by Diane Thielfoldt, learning strategist and co-founder of “The Learning Café.”

Visit http://www.naed.org/LEAD to register. The early bird registration deadline is June 29. For more information contact the NAED Conference Department at (888) 791-2512 or e-mail Rhonda Parkinson at rparkinson@naed.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 operates in approximately 4,400 locations internationally.

 

Siemon Interconnect Solutions Announces Flat-Cable Category 6 Compatible Patch Cords

Siemon’s flat patch cords offer superior reliability and a low profile for improved routing and aesthetics inside data center cabinets and racks.

June 15, 2011, Watertown, CT, USA — Siemon, a leading global manufacturer of IT network cabling and infrastructure systems, announces the release of new category 6 compatible flat patch cords for in-cabinet network equipment connectivity.  These RJ45 copper cable assemblies support category 6 transmission performance in a low profile construction that provides for tighter bend radius and more easily managed cable routing.

These patch cords use 4 pairs of 28-gage cable in a rectangular cross section that is only 0.089” (2.2mm) thick.  The small profile allows two to three flat cables to be neatly bundled in the space of a single round 24-gage cable.

Typically, smaller gage conductors used in flat cables often result in unreliable connections.  Performance testing conducted on some commercially available flat cable cords showed a significant 5 dB drop in return loss margins.  Due to an improved contact design and cable construction, the Siemon product showed no return loss degradation after the same testing.

For more information and product data sheets on Siemon flat category 6 compatible patch cords, visit www.siemon.com/sis.

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About Siemon:

Established in 1903, Siemon (www.siemon.com) is a global industry leader in the development and manufacture of high quality, high-performance network cabling solutions. Siemon's Interconnect Solutions business unit (SIS) specializes in the development of high-speed interconnects. Headquartered in Watertown, Connecticut, USA, Siemon operates directly in over 30 countries and, through its channels, services customers in over 100 countries. Siemon offers a comprehensive suite of copper and optical fiber cabling systems. With over 400 patents, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and is actively involved with numerous industry standards organizations around the world.

 

Siemon Launches the VersaPOD™ 600mm Data Center Server Cabinet

May 31, 2011, WATERTOWN, CT – Siemon today adds a new 600mm (24 inch) wide cabinet to its VersaPOD™ line of data center cabinet and racks.  The VersaPOD 600mm cabinet is designed as a cost-effective option for server applications that do not require the innovative Zero-U vertical patching and cable management solutions offered with Siemon’s full-featured VersaPOD Data Center Cabinet.  The new 600mm-wide cabinet provides a quickly assembled, stable platform for data center and telecommunications room applications.  

The new 600mm cabinet shares a common appearance with the full-featured VersaPOD, allowing it to be deployed in conjunction with the full version to support standard cabinet applications while maintaining consistent aesthetics.  Like the full-size VersaPOD, the 600mm version features contoured, highly perforated doors that deliver 71% airflow for efficient thermal management. 

“Based on customer feedback, the Zero-U patching and cable management channels integrated into the full featured 760mm-wide VersaPOD are ideal for Network Switches and SANs, but may not be required in server cabinet applications, where many customers, such as those moving into colocation space, prefer 600mm-wide cabinets,” explains Carrie Higbie, Siemon’s Global Data Center Director. “Siemon responded to our customers’ needs with a 600mm VersaPOD that delivers the same look and many of the key benefits offered by the complete VersaPOD line.”

 An open floor design and multiple roof entry points allow flexible routing of horizontal and backbone cable.  Each VersaPOD 600mm unit includes provisions for vertical exhaust ducts; roof mounted cooling fans and additional accessories to promote hot aisle/cold aisle isolation, such as brush guards and grommets for cable access points.

Available in both 1000mm (40 inch) and 1200mm (48 Inch) depths to support deeper networking, server and SAN equipment, Siemon’s 600mm VersaPOD features 45U of highly configurable horizontal rack mount spaces.  Its standard 19 inch (480mm) mounting rails are depth adjustable in 5mm (0.2 inch) increments to easily accommodate a wide range of equipment types.  Each CEA-310-E, IEC-60297-2, UL 60950 and RoHS-compliant cabinet is constructed using a welded cold-rolled steel frame with an industrial five stage iron - phosphate pre-treatment with textured black powder coat finish, tested to 500 hours salt spray under ASTM-D610-01 and ASTM B117.

For more information on Siemon’s VersaPOD 600mm cabinet, as well as other Siemon network cabling and connectivity innovations, visit www.siemon.com

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About Siemon

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

 

Solar Snake Tray® Announces New Cable Tray That Attaches to Messenger Wire Rope for Solar Installations

Snake Tray is pleased to announce another new patented cable tray system to manage cables that quickly snaps on to messenger wire for the fastest installation on the market. Solar Snake Tray for Messenger Wire is designed to easily suspend from messenger wire and requires no hardware to mount.  Snake Tray nests together for economical shipping and easy material handling.  Snake Tray comes in hot dipped galvanized and stainless steel to protect from weather and other environmental conditions.

Snake Tray® manufactures a series of innovative products for the solar industry all designed and proven to significantly save on labor, time and materials. Snake Trayâ products are made in USA utilizing solar power generated from our roof top solar array.