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Issue: June 2012
By: Frank Bisbee

Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

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Bisbee's Buzz

The Top 10 Things That ITS Installers Wish Designers Would Do

Often, the RCDD fills the role of a designer for the information technology system. The designer must interface between the customer and the ITS installer or technician who will ultimately deploy the cable, connectors and other components that make up the system. Based on more than 35 years of experience, following are some consideration for the RCDD, architect, designer and project coordinator that may increase value and satisfaction for the customer. However, an educated customer is still one of the best assets that you can capture. In my opinion, timing is everything and satisfaction is heavily impacted by perception.

#1 Specifications Should Not Prevent Installers from Sharing Ideas

The RCDD should embrace the broader experience that might be available from the installer. Many installation contractors have moved into the new fields that fall under integrated systems, such as power, lighting, controls, safety and security. Some of these applications are beyond the normal experience sphere of the RCDD who has been focused primarily of designing low-voltage copper and optical fiber structured cabling solutions. Sometimes, an outside idea can offer huge benefits for the client. However, the RCDD should not steal the ideas to share with the competition. That is a bad practice that could give the RCDD a bad reputation. Our industry is a small universe, and the Internet has a long memory.

#2 Job-site Safety Should Take Precedence

Job-site safety should be scrutinized and discussed in the design step. Many existing structures are filled with hazards and toxic substances. Asbestos exposure should be investigated prior to the bid, and hazardous materials and toxic substances must be identified prior to the bid and design selection. Millions of miles of existing cable contain lead in the jacketing materials. While that is not against the law in the U.S., putting installers and building occupants in a potentially harmful environment opens the door to a host of liabilities. For example, the dust of aging cable is likely to contain lead dust in concentrations that are thousands of times higher than recommended exposure limits. Lead dust is not water soluble—it goes home on installers’ clothing and is typically washed alongside children’s clothing, exposing the most vulnerable members of our world. Lead poisoning can affect small children by reducing their IQ permanently. Consequently, designing systems with cables that are compliant with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive is important. Safety is too important to ignore.

#3 Recognize the Trends

The evolution of many applications that place greater demand on networks is undeniable. Older category 3 and category 5 copper cables are no longer recognized due to a myriad of limitations. The technological march has become more like a sprint—we are demanding more speed and greater volume of information every year. Like the latest personal computer, most infrastructures are obsolete before the ink on the design is dry. As the saying goes, “You can pay it now or you can buy it later. It is always much more expensive later.” Optical fiber cabling and wireless systems offer some strong advantages to absorb the impact of obsolescence.

#4 Do Not Overlook Downstream Costs Profile

Maintenance activities and moves, adds and changes (MACs) are like rust to the big picture budget. Needing to replace or upgrade is only part of the future costs consideration. The limitations of a weakly-designed infrastructure place numerous inhibitors on the user’s productivity over time. The under-designed system can slowly choke the consumer of many operational and financial benefits. That is a penalty that should be discussed with the client and the installer.

#5 Include Product Waste Stream and Replacement in Lifecycle Costs

As an industry, we have learned a great deal about the lifecycle of products. Products that were acceptable a few years ago are now being analyzed for disposal fees. Electronic products and thermoplastics are no exception. Many experts forecast significant financial penalties to dispose of the electronic wastes and the cabling. Today we see recycling driving abandoned copper cable. The plastics on that cable may be a future liability. Some communities are already addressing these waste streams with big penalties.

#6 Require Technical Training Updates as Part of the Service Profile

Many installers are required to maintain state-recognized continuing education. The RCDD should be aware of these requirements and integrate their ongoing training to match the required curriculum. Many product warranties are only a snapshot in time and fail to incorporate the upgrades into an evolving warranty program. RCDDs should become familiar with these limitations and design around the future penalties associated with upgrades.

#7 Recognize Obsolescence

The momentum of technology advancements is unstoppable. The RCDD programs should contain a mechanism for manufacturers and suppliers to inject their new products and applications into the training. BICSI does not have the resources or structure to address this challenge. Opening the RCDD information resource gates to the industry puts it on an equal footing with the installer. Only by recognizing new solutions can the RCDD maximize the design role.

#8 Consider Cost Increases Before the Job

Pricing in an ever-changing world economy is a huge challenge. The RCDD should be cognizant of materials markets and the pricing trends. It prevents the installer from being improperly criticized for a failure to control cost parameters. Many projects are part of a much larger design path. Failure to reveal that design concept to the installer limits their ability to contribute valuable information to the customer.

#9 Recognize Cost Increases During the Job

Most installation contractors use distributors to supply material for today’s technology projects. The combination of the installer and distributor adds value to the project. The RCDD should be aware of the changing cost picture that both experience when schedules are altered. There should be a complete review by the RCDD whenever schedules or events change during a project.

#10 Do Not Conjecture Cost Increases After the Job

The RCDD should never infer to the customer that the installer’s unit pricing on the project contract will be the same for additions or post-project requirements. This places an unrealistic expectation on future cost levels. Timing is everything—MACs fall into a completely separate cost category. The RCDD is usually not involved with the MAC orders after the contract, but their projections remain even if they are far from accurate.

But that’s just my opinion,

Nothing goes to the bottom-line faster than reduced expenses.

Never text while driving… ever.

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

Megladon Manufacturing to the rescue

Megladon Manufacturing has a great new product to address a growing need in facilities that are strapped for space. The Fiber Optic backhaul growing demand for wireless facilities has challenged facility managers to fit more services into little spaces.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For additional information regarding Megladon's variety of fiber optic products please contact John Culbert at 512.615.4687 or by email at

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


Distributors Deliver Big Value – Commentary by Frank Bisbee

The $48 Rolex watch is obviously a counterfeit.  In the communications industry there are some counterfeit products.  Some are even labeled and packaged to look identical to the 'real deal'. 

Imagine that you found out that the installed cable did not meet the transmission requirements of the product you thought you bought, AFTER you just completed the installation a 700 station cabling system for a call center and bank.   While this is not a common occurrence, it does happen.  What safeguards can be put in place to minimize the chances of a horror story like this happening to you? 

The pace of technology in the communications network industry is moving so quickly that a purchasing agent would have to be dedicated to new products and improvements on a full time basis.  If the purchasing agent gave each vendor with a new product 15 minutes seven days a week, at the end of a year, the first vendors would be back in line with more new products and no decision would ever be made.  That is not a practical solution. 

Now, add to the frustration, the need for product testing and quality control and bingo - now you need another dozen or so full time employees.  Also, don’t forget the million- dollar test lab.  The problems are more than just evaluating the product on a stand-alone basis, now you have to put it to work in a real network to calculate the actual performance with other components.  To do that type of testing, you will require some real "high dollar" techs.  Throw that in your budget. 

There are powerful resources available that give real insurance to the quality control challenge. We have researched the communications industry and found a set of solutions from an unexpected source.  The world's largest electrical/datacom distributors, have programs for the communications cabling and infrastructure industry.  These programs meets the challenges of insuring integrity to the purchasing process with a level of quality control that we have found to be superior to all other product sources. 

Counterfeits or faulty products happen.  There are many things that a contractor could do to reduce or eliminate this scenario.  The most sensible approach to insuring you won't have this problem is the DISTRIBUTOR programs. 

By now, you should have gotten part of the message about why the DISTRIBUTOR programs is a "no-brainer" for the contractor.  Let's add a few other bonus points to the distributor value.  Face it; the distributor is the communications cabling and connector markets largest buyer.  For the manufacturers, maintaining the best working relationship possible with a distributor is an absolute must.  The distributor is the focal point for the products to meet, combine, and create the network systems required in the marketplace.  We don’t buy parts anymore.  We buy systems.  The systems must be integrated and maximized.  We buy system parts, but not "parts" parts. 

Today the process of developing a design and evaluating alternatives for the cabling network infrastructure is more challenging than ever before.  Functionality, performance, life-cycle term, and budget are thrown into the mix along with the entire technical specification.  In the world of communications infrastructure, using a distributor is a logical tool for the contractor.  However, we still see many contractors failing to use or capture the values available from the distributor. 

A distributor has more purchasing power than any other buyer in the marketplace.  The distributor is a high-volume repeat customer with the ability to enhance the manufacturer's product value.  the DISTRIBUTOR program commands and delivers competitive prices far more effectively than any contractor could ever hope to achieve.  Day after day, the DISTRIBUTOR program is one of the  biggest buyers in the world.  When there is a problem with a product, solutions must be found, remedies must be negotiated.  Once again, the DISTRIBUTOR program gives the contractor the big hammer to resolve technical "boo-boos". 

The time to find out about glitches or mismatches is not "after the fact".  The communications infrastructure was once a formula of 80% labor and 20% materials.  Today that formula has evolved to 52% labor and 48% materials.  Once the installation has been performed, a change-out could cost the contractor the entire labor investment.  That scenario is a death sentence for the contractors' profitability.  If you think lawyers are the solution for that type of problem, you have a lot to learn.  Your best bet is having a distributor that will go to bat for you with the manufacturer, using their clout to get the best resolution possible. 

It's one thing to make the sale. It's another thing to deliver it.  There are no mystical gurus in the back room at the contractors' office with a database of current connectivity solutions and the costs.  However, we found out that the DISTRIBUTOR programs can add virtually all-available information to develop the solution.  This is a great equalizer for any contractor to compete in the marketplace. 


Everybody knows that the customer will wait until tomorrow to order the network that they want yesterday.  Timetables and availability on the labor side is somewhat controllable by the contractor. Cables, connectors, and other required materials, are a challenge of inventory and usually outside of the control of the contractor.  Maintaining large inventories to service their customers is not a good business practice for the contractor.  We have all seen inventory building up in the contractor's warehouse AND that sometimes adds up to a small fortune.  Much of the contractor inventory that is not installed immediately usually ends up as junk.  Out of date, obsolete, or incomplete materials mean wasted dollars.  Most contractors don't manage inventory on a small basis. As an option, the contractor should turn to the distributor to offer that part of the business solution for their customers. 

Having all of the materials for the communications network is only part of the solution.  We must have the peripherals.  We need labeling and record systems.  We need testers and analyzers.  We need to stay abreast of technology, codes, and standards.  We also need to be able to predict the future.  Building barriers to obsolescence requires a vision for the future.  Planning for the future challenges while delivering today's solutions, is imperative.  Anything less is usually unacceptable.  If you are a contractor, you do not want to go it alone. 

Good advice: Use the DISTRIBUTOR programs. Capture their values and add them to your total solutions package.  This approach is the least expensive and most effective business insurance available. 

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank D. Bisbee


Communication Planning Corp.

Versatile and ShoreTel Form Allegiance

Offers Customers Increased Productivity and Collaboration for Mission Critical Business Continuity

ARLBOROUGH, MA--(05/29/12)- Versatile Communications, Inc., an accomplished consultant helping organizations solve business problems through technology integration, announced today they will begin selling and delivering ShoreTel Unified Communications solutions as part of their new Authorized Champion Partner program with ShoreTel.

ShoreTel, Inc. (SHOR) brings unmatched flexibility, choice and value to brilliantly simple business phones systems and unified communications (UC). With its award-winning premise-based IP phone system with integrated unified communications, contact center capabilities, and its proven hosted VoIP services, organizations of all sizes can select the best option for their needs. ShoreTel's ongoing mission is to eliminate costly complexity and give customers the 24/7 freedom to leverage rich voice, video, data and mobile unified communications capabilities they need.


Beating complexity from the word "go" results in a solution that helps to transform businesses by giving them the tools and the freedom to do what they do best. ShoreTel's solution adapts to a company's culture, processes, applications, and infrastructure, putting people first and the flexibility they need to work and collaborate -- however, whenever, and from wherever they need to be. Unparalleled ease of deployment and administration eliminates the need for expensive provider involvement, and frees up valuable IT resources to focus on vital projects that advance the business.


"Versatile strives to offer their customers increased productivity and collaboration for mission critical business continuity," states John Barker, President of Versatile Communications. "This partnership helps advance and grow both companies' market share in the UC industry, while ensuring every customer continues to be satisfied with their Versatile and ShoreTel experience."

"We're pleased to welcome value-added partners into the Champion Partner Program -- especially those that have a commitment to sales and technical training, infrastructure development and focus on customer service in delivering our innovative products and leading business solutions," said Annette Lorenz, Sr. Director Worldwide Channel Marketing at ShoreTel. "In this case, we are encouraged by Versatile Communications' commitment to value-add solution sales and delivery of ShoreTel Unified Communications systems."


About Versatile Communications

Versatile Communications provides comprehensive consulting services and a complete portfolio of infrastructure solutions. Our team offers IT innovations through consulting, integration, management and support services for heterogeneous environments. We assess, design, build and support solutions tailored to your infrastructure and business needs


TIME WARNER Cable loses another retransmission dispute, this time Louisville KY TV stations

than a week after Time Warner Cable settled a retransmission-consent dispute in Texas that left it unable to carry an NBC affiliate for five months, the MSO has lost the signals of two TV stations in Louisville, Ky., as a result of a dispute with privately held Block Communications.

Block pulled the feeds for Fox affiliate WDRB-TV and MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYO-TV at midnight, after Time Warner Cable rejected its demand for increased retransmission-consent fees. The dispute with Block is unique, considering the company also owns Buckeye Cable in Ohio, a cable system that has protested hikes in fees from broadcasters.

"When Block is negotiating as a cable operator, they too believe that excessive retransmission consent fees are out of line," Time Warner Cable said in a statement.

Time Warner Cable picked up the Louisville system earlier this year, when it acquired Insight Communications. The MSO's five-month battle with station owner Cordillera Communications in Corpus Christi, Texas, could make station owners in other former Insight markets in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky shutter, as Time Warner Cable has demonstrated that it is prepared to go several months without TV stations in its lineup in order to negotiate more favorable retransmission-consent fees.


2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Raised to 13 Tropical Storms

Colorado State University researchers on Friday raised their forecast for the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season to 13 tropical storms, with five hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

June 1, 2012

MIAMI - Colorado State University researchers on Friday raised their forecast for the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season to 13 tropical storms, with five hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

In April they forecast 10 tropical storms, with four strengthening into hurricanes and two becoming major hurricanes with winds of at least 111 miles per hour during the six-month season that began on Friday.

The revised numbers would still be slightly below average for hurricanes in the region that includes the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, the pioneering forecast team said.

"We have increased our numbers slightly from our early April forecast, due largely to our uncertainty as to whether an El Nino will develop later this summer as well as somewhat marginal Atlantic basin conditions," said Phil Klotzbach, lead author of the forecasts.

The El Nino weather pattern, marked by a warming of the tropical Pacific, tends to bring shearing winds that deter hurricane formation in the Atlantic. Several forecast groups have predicted El Nino would form by late summer, when the Atlantic hurricane season moves into its busiest period.

The CSU forecast includes the two Atlantic tropical storms that sprang up in May before the official start of the season. Tropical Storm Alberto formed and then fizzled off the South Carolina coast, while Tropical Storm Beryl came ashore near Jacksonville Beach, Florida, on Monday.

"Historically, pre-1 June activity has very little bearing on the rest of the hurricane season," said William Gray, who founded the Colorado State University forecasting team almost three decades ago.

Some 37.3 million people - 12 percent of the U.S. population - live along the coast from North Carolina to Texas in the region most often threatened by Atlantic hurricanes, the Census Bureau said.

An average season brings about 12 tropical storms, with six hurricanes and three major hurricanes ranking at Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson intensity scale.


Dish Network confirms plans to market “Dish Smart Home Services” to subscribers

Dish, Comcast, AT&T, and Verizion plan a wide range of “smart services” to both residential and commercial subscribers. Only the imagination will limit the range of applications that may flow BOTH WAYS over the information highway. Voice, Data, Video, Security, Safety, Specialized and Exclusive Services bring your cloud to your doorstep.

Interesting Questions about Authority

Big Brother will be watching everything all of the time.  Who monitors the monitors to the Internet and the Information Super Highway? The information police will be monitoring it all – 24/7… in the name of protecting everyone. It’s that or going off the grid. Have you committed a “thought crime” today?

Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) plans market home-automation services to subscribers under the "Dish Smart Home Services" brand, spokesman Aaron Johnson told FierceCable.

Last month, Dish filed trademark applications that would allow it to use the "Dish Smart Home Services" moniker to sell home automation and security services to its satellite TV customers. The applications show that Dish would also like to use the brand to market "medical assistance services," home-theater installation services and services involving the installation and monitoring of solar-energy systems and alternative-energy products.

Johnson said Dish already provides home-theater installation services to its satellite TV subscribers.  

"We expect to have more announcements about the services that we provide," Johnson said. While he wouldn't detail the type of smart-home services that Dish will offer subscribers, he said the trademark applications offer some clues. "You could imagine where we are heading," he added.

Adding home automation, monitoring and security services to its product portfolio could help Dish create a new revenue stream and help allow the company to compete with similar products from Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ), among other rivals.


Light Brigade gives us another great training tool

For a quick look at the Light Brigade’s fiber optic training offerings or a sample chapter from their new Fiber Optic Safety DVD you can check out YouTube at….

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Safety Video Teaser


ShoreTel Graduates Magna Cum Laude Among Education Customers

More than 1,400 educational institutions turn to ShoreTel to enhance communications among teachers, parents and students

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-ShoreTel®(SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple premise and cloud-based business phone system and communication solutions with fully integrated unified communications (UC), continues to see significant growth in the education vertical, with a double-digit growth rate quarter-over-quarter.

As teachers, parents and students demand higher quality communications services, school boards are under pressure to modernize classrooms and infrastructures at the same time education budgets are shrinking. As a result of pressures to do more with less, many schools are looking for more cost-effective phone systems that provide reliable communications with support for next-generation mobile smartphones and devices, while saving money and IT resources. In 2012, more schools than ever before – ranging from elementary and high schools to community colleges and universities – have turned to ShoreTel for brilliantly simple solutions that fit their communication needs – either on-premise or in the cloud.

“At a time when schools need to squeeze more from every dollar in their budget, ShoreTel has the answer,” said Troy Parish, vice president, GOV Programs, ShoreTel. “These are make or break times for the educational system, and schools that communicate better with all of their stakeholders will be in a stronger position to survive and thrive in the years ahead. ShoreTel is proud to bring efficiency, security and reliability.”

There are more than 1,400 ShoreTel education customers across the globe, including more than 1,150 K-12 schools and over 225 colleges and universities. The ShoreTel solution provides improved communication capabilities and enhanced security, safety and economic efficiency with easily incorporated third-party applications thanks to open integration – all alongside the lowest total cost of ownership in the industry.

“Critical communication, in its simplest form, is ensuring the right message reaches the right audience on the right device,” said Steve Horton, CEO of Syn-Apps. “Emergency alerts and operational functions such as intercom, bell schedules and announcements can all be integrated with the ShoreTel system allowing centralized management and reduced infrastructure costs.”

Schools across the country are choosing ShoreTel and deploying either their on-premise or in the cloud phone system with integrated unified communications to improve the connection between teachers, staff and students – and saving money in the process.

For example:

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

“Not only are we happy here in Information Technology, but campus-wide, the ShoreTel system has been received very positively. Everybody who’s attended training has given positive feedback about the ShoreTel UC system, and as people begin working with the phones, we’re hearing more and more great things.”
- Michael Chahino, Director of Network Operations and Information Security, Elgin Community College.

"When our existing vendor was purchased by another company, their maintenance model tripled our maintenance costs and they said they couldn’t honor the prices we had under contract. We rebid our maintenance, and left the door open to do a complete system replacement. We also had a new location coming on line that needed a new system. We chose ShoreTel because of the simplicity in rolling out the system, and their ongoing maintenance model seemed more affordable than their competition."
- Virginia Schorle, Director-Networking & Telecommunications, St. Louis Community College.

“We gained this state-of-the-art technology that’s simple to manage, for roughly the same price we were paying to maintain the old system. ShoreTel has given us so much more for our dollar. And we really like ShoreTel’s resiliency factor. If a switch goes down in the building, the ShoreTel system readily finds another switch to service the building. We didn’t have to pay extra for that, because failover is built into ShoreTel’s distributed architecture.”
- Grover Hibberd, Associate VP of IT Services, Georgetown College.

“We wanted a system that would make lecturers more accessible to students. ShoreTel offered us a scalable and cost effective solution that could extend to over 1,000 lecturers scattered across our many campuses.”
- Deryck Jones, Systems and Communications Manager at University of Wales Cardiff.

“Our Alcatel system would have required a hefty investment, even to get basic features such as voicemail and conferencing,” said Carlos Alberto Franco Reboreda, technology education coordinator for the University of Guadalajara, Arts, Architecture and Design Campus. “ShoreTel offered these features plus many more at an affordable price. It was simply much more cost effective to switch to ShoreTel.”

About ShoreTel, Inc.

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


Cabling Networking Systems magazine to explore the inside story of the data center and new developments

The July-August issue of CNS (Canada’s leading publication for the cabling industry) will explore the inner workings of the data centre, and specifically the multitude of new developments that are not only changing its shape and function, but an entire industry. No matter whether it has to do with the environment, design implementations, speeds and feeds, power and cooling or storage and virtualization, advances are occurring everywhere. It is an industry in transition. Paul Barker, Editor told us they have uncovered some amazing design information. This will be a great issue.

Did you know...


people read each issue of CNS due to average pass along readership!


of readers rated CNS Excellent/Good overall!


of our readers indicate they have direct purchasing influence within their organization!


indicate CNS meets the needs of their industry!


Ekinops Reduces Infrastructure Cost with Single Fiber Transport  for Cablenet

PARIS, June 5, 2012 – Cablenet Communication Systems Ltd., a telecommunications service provider in the Republic of Cyprus, has purchased equipment from Ekinops to maximize the capacity of its optical network. The deployed solution allows bidirectional transport over a single optical fiber, optimizing Cablenet’s fiber infrastructure.

Ekinops, a leading supplier of next-generation optical equipment, has provided Cablenet with the Ekinops 360 optical transport platform, which enables WDM – Wavelength Division Multiplexing – to increase the amount of traffic over a single fiber. Most optical transport systems require two fibers for transmission of optical data, whereas the Ekinops 360 transport system gives service providers the choice of single or dual fiber transport.  Ekinops provides one of the highest capacity single fiber transport capabilities in the industry.

Cablenet, which began as a cable TV provider in 2003, moved into fixed telephony and Internet access services, and by 2007 had launched the first triple-play package in its market. Now, thanks to investment in both international capacity and domestic networks, Cablenet offers high-bandwidth and other innovative services to residential consumers and businesses.

The Ekinops 360 transport system specializes in transporting large volumes of 10G services over a single fiber. It is also capable of transmitting long distances without in-line amplifiers. The combination of these two capabilities allows Cablenet to dramatically reduce its transport infrastructure costs.

"We selected Ekinops because of the company's ability to provide what we needed over a single fiber," said Antonis Vasili, technical director for Cablenet, "and we have been very pleased with its performance. Installation of the equipment went flawlessly and it has turned out to be a very robust and cost-effective solution both from a CAPEX as well as OPEX standpoint."

"At Ekinops, we have a unique focus on scaling the cost of transport, which starts with reducing the cost of a customer’s infrastructure," said Rob Adams, vice president of marketing for Ekinops. "Our ability to transmit large numbers of services over a single fiber combined with our ability to carry long distances without the need for in-line amplifiers reduces the initial high costs of infrastructure typically required when utilizing transport systems."

About Cablenet

Cablenet is a privately-owned company founded in 2003 that offers telecommunication services for the retail market (Triple play - Internet, Telephony and HD-TV), as well as providing a full range of high quality services to the corporate market. During its relatively short time of operation, Cablenet has built a remarkable telecommunications network, both in Cyprus as well as abroad. Cablenet’s backbone optical fiber network within Cyprus is fully redundant and interlinks the four major cities of CyprusNicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos – both at IP level as well as SDH. Within cities, Cablenet operates a wholly-owned pioneering Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) cable, as well as xDSL and Fiber (FTTB) networks. Abroad, Cablenet has secured significant international capacity on various cable systems that serve Cyprus and has built a resilient network with PoPs in London, Frankfurt, Marseilles and Athens. Using this network, Cablenet offers end-to-end MPLS-based (Layer 2 and Layer 3) circuits between Cyprus and Europe and beyond, as well as IP Transit services to other Carriers. For more information visit:

About Ekinops

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


Green Chemistry for Polymers

In the long-term industry will have to find substitutes for fossil fuels as supplies diminish and costs rise: so what is a sustainable resource for synthesis of conventional plastics?  At Green Polymer Chemistry 2012 in Cologne, Germany, AMI brought together experts from agriculture, chemical engineering, biotechnology, the polymer industry and sustainability managers from brand owners and the automotive sector to hear all the angles on this topic.

LMC International studies the agricultural including sugar, grains and oilseeds. Worldwide, corn wheat and cassava accounted for 1.7 billion metric tonnes in 2010/11, and sugarcane and sugar beet generated 160 million tonnes (the lead producer is Brazil).  On the vegetable oil side, palm predominates at 48 million tonnes (85% is grown in Malaysia and Indonesia) and is unique in being harvested from trees each year – the other oils are from seeds. The agricultural industry is already seeing a “battle for acres” globally. This began in 2002 with the drive to use bioethanol/biofuel, which increased demand for arable land for growing feedstock.  By 2010 the area under cultivation had expanded worldwide by 70 million hectares.  Besides biofuels, there are other factors such as the rise in per capita income in Asia, which means that consumers are eating more meat thus increasing the demand for animal feed.  More land can be cultivated from areas such as the Black Sea, South America and South East Asia if it is cost-effective. Bio-based plastics and other fine chemicals are now being produced from agricultural feedstocks and the challenge is to find sources that are sustainable in this global marketplace.

Brand owners and retailers have studied sustainable sourcing extensively, with all of the majors operating policies including Walmart, Carrefour and Tesco. Dr Jan Kees Vis at Unilever has been involved in projects such as the Sustainable Palm Oil roundtable; the aim of this brand owner is to double “the size of our company while reducing our environmental impact”.  This includes a plan to source 100% of agricultural raw materials sustainably: palm oil is the top material at 1.4 million tonnes per annum primarily for surfactants, then paper, soy and sugar, followed by other oils. Unilever has put together a Sustainable Agriculture Code and wants to use products with certification, such as Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade.  There are many other issues such as the need to ensure the security of food supplies. Thus brand owners will ask questions of suppliers about the sustainability, not just renewable sourcing, of new products.

The automotive industry is also pushing forward in this arena. The Ford Motor Company has some notable new developments in using renewable sources, such as soy polyol-based polyurethane foam, which cut CO2 emissions by 14.3 million tonnes. One problem is the large number of cars produced, currently 4.8 million per annum, so any material specified must be available in considerable quantity.  In the case of soy, the United Soybean Board was keen to find a use for the oil as the bean was being grown for animal meal and oil was a side-product.  There is also use of recycled materials and natural fibre reinforcements like hemp, sisal and wheat straw. 

Ford is using a bio-TPU from Merquinsa Mercados Quimicos (now owned by Lubrizol), which has a renewable source for the polyol component. The Brooks running shoe was switched to part bio-TPU in the sole two years ago, it is also used in Smith Optics ski goggles, and is compounded for injection moulding consumer goods.  The material offers up to 40% less CO2 emissions than classic polyurethane according to the PAS 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standard.

The Brazilian sugar cane industry is the largest in the world. Braskem has utilised this sugar as a source of feedstock to make its “green” polyethylene and polypropylene with current capacities at 200kty and 30kty respectively. 86.5 tons of sugar cane gives 7200 litres of ethanol and 3 tonnes of polyethylene.  Brazil has vast areas of arable land that could be used to develop this industry and Braskem is studying all aspects including ways to increase yield.  The company uses BonSucro-certified ethanol.

There have been several technology breakthroughs in the past year in producing substrate from cellulose (so-called second generation feedstock). The M&G Group has PROESA Technology and built a pilot plant in 2009. This generates C5 and C6 sugars in a continuous process.  The plant has been in operation for 400 days continuously and many enzymes and 15 types of biomass feedstock have been tested.  The Crescentino demonstration plant will have capacity for 40 ktpa cellulosic ethanol and will generate 15 MW of power from the lignin by-product to the grid, as well as selling the ethanol.   The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has examined the feedstock potential of the country’s forests, where growth rate of trees is expected to rise by 25% in the next 5 years due to global warming.   VTT has piloted the manufacture of ethanol from lignocellulose with UPM including recycled paper. Biomethane can also be used in the olefin supply chain: methanol to olefins (MTO), ethylene and propylene was investigated by Mobil in the 1980s and Total Petrochemicals built a demonstration unit in Feluy in 2010. VTT has also experimented with wood oils and the manufacture of LDPE from tall oil.

Biomass production amounts to 165 billion tonnes per year, 50% cellulose and 24% hemi-cellulose.  Sud-Chemie AG sees sugars as the new oil and has partnered with SABIC in the sunliquid process, which takes lignocellulose feedstock and converts it to fermentable second generation sugars or ethanol, which can be used to make monomers for plastics like PE and PET. Around 4 tonnes of straw yields 1 tonne of ethanol.  The sunliquid process works with different renewable feedstocks. The biggest potential source of lignocelluloses is rice straw in Asia at round 750 million tonnes.  Sud-Chemie also has a Liquibeet technology using enzymes to liquefy sugar beet.

Petron Scientech was founded in 1991 in Mumbai and Princeton and has ethanol to ethylene technology with a high conversion rate around 100% with close to 99% ethylene selectivity.  Reactor design has to factor in the highly endothermic reaction and heat recovery.  It has supplied technology to companies such as Oswal in India, which maximises use of sugar cane – sugar is sold, bagasse is sent to fuel power stations and the molasses is used to make industrial ethanol and from there to make polyethylene.  Greencol Taiwan (JV of CMFC and Toyota Tshuho) has taken technology to produce monomers for bio-PET and the new plant is due to start up in 2012.

There has been great progress towards production of fully bio-based PET. Avantium has generated a “technical drop-in” for the terephthalic acid component from furan dicarboxylic acid synthesised by dehydration and oxidation from carbohydrates. This FDCA can also feed into polyurethane and polyamides.  The partners in this work include Teijin, Coca Cola, Solvay, Rhodia and Danone.  The PEF material has been tested on commercial blow moulding, fibre and film lines and has a higher gas barrier than PET.  A pilot plant is being constructed at Chemelot in the Netherlands with capacity of 40 tonnes per year.

The Wageningen University has studied crops as chemical sources, looking at algae for fatty acids, dandelions for latex, and seaweed for biorefineries among many other projects. They have examined pathways to a wide range of biobased monomers including furans for polyamide and polyester production.  Biocatalysis is the preferred technology with relatively mild reaction conditions.

Novozymes has the largest market share of industrial enzymes worldwide and 60 years of experience.  The company sees renewable chemicals as a key to meet the demand from the growing world population, which is anticipated to reach 9 billion in 2050.  This will move the renewable chemicals industry from ”tech push to market pull”.  Current chemical engineering has been optimized for decades and the biotech industry needs to catch up and compete on cost and performance.  Genzyme has Cellic to produce ethanol from biomass at USD 2-2.5 per gallon and more competitive enzymes coming on stream now. The company is a partner in the M&G cellulosic ethanol plant and also involved in projects with Cargill, Braskem and ADM. The work with Cargill involves bio-acrylic acid production for applications from diapers to coatings and adhesives.

Other companies focus on the enzymatic routes to make monomers from renewable sources, like Global Bioenergies.  The focus is on direct fermentation to give products such as propylene and butadiene. Synthos is a partner in the latter project. The company develops possible synthetic pathways with corporate clients and uses databases of enzymes to find suitable catalysts for cloning in bacteria. A pathway to isobutene has already been established.

The use of more conventional catalysts has been reviewed by the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, which has been studying the production of monomers from vegetable oils.   The vegetable oil market in Germany amounts to 5.16 Mtonnes of rape seed, 50 ktonnes of  sunflower, and imported sunflower, linseed, soybean (from USA), castor oil (India), palm and coconut oil (Malaysia, Indonesia).  These oils can be used in synthesis of polyurethane, polyester, polyamide, polyacrylate and epoxy resin.  For example, Emery Oleochemicals has achieved ozonolysis of oleic acid which can be used in polyamide 6.9; Evonik has chemical pathways for ricinoleic acid to give polyamide 10.10 and 6.10; Arkema has polyamide 11 from 11-undecanoic acid from castor oil, and BASF has made polyamide 6.10 and polyols from sources such as castor oil.  The industry needs to become more competitive and this includes breeding strains of plant with higher levels of useful fatty acids, like high oleic sunflower oil. There is also potential to produce oils from bacteria or algae.

Several major chemical companies have prioritised sustainability including Royal DSM. The company is producing polyamide 410, thermoplastic copolyester and UP resin from bio-sources and comments that OEMs ask, “Is it competing with the food chain?”  Another factor is that like all renewable technology the price has to be comparable to existing products as the markets are not prepared to pay extra. The Biosuccinium project with Roquette to produce succinic acid in a yeast-based process is scheduled for large scale production (10kt) in Italy in 2012. There are also plans to make bio-based adipic acid, a precursor for polyamide 66.

Cathay Industrial Biotech based in China is the largest global producer of biobutanol with over 7 million gallons produced in 2011 and it is moving into lignocellulose technology.  The company has also commercialised a polyamide 5 monomer from lysine via decarboxylation to pentamethylenediamine, which can be combined with a biobased di-acid. One issue was bioprocess impurities, which represented a new challenge. The new monomer could be used in polyamide 5,10, 5,6, 5,4 or 5,X.  The company is looking for partners to develop these materials.

There is a lot of interest in technology to synthesise polymers from carbon dioxide.  Several companies worldwide are involved in the production of polypropylene carbonate including Bayer Material Science (BMS) and BASF in Europe, Novomer in the USA, SK Innovation in Korea, and Mengxi in China.  BASF is motivated by low monomer costs, reducing CO2 emissions trading and the abundant feedstock from power plants.  It is testing the material in several applications such as an ABS replacement in electrical appliances, in agricultural films and in paper coatings. One issue is the low activity of catalysts and the need to remove the catalyst after polymerisation.

BMS has generated polyether-polycarbonate polyols from CO2 for use in polyurethane, as well as producing the plastic polypropylene carbonate. The CO2 supply is scrubbed at the coal-fired power plant and then reacted with propylene oxide. It has taken the company time to reduce the by-products and improve catalyst use towards its “dream production” target level. Slab stock foam has been produced and tested.

The biobased chemical industry for fine chemicals is moving toward reality. One driver is the changes in cracker operation that will reduce the supply of elastomer C4-C5 monomers.  The Materia Nova Institute has reviewed the research into building blocks for polymers, including succinic acid (DSM, Bioamber, Roquette, Mitsubishi Chemical), sorbitol (Cargill, ADM, Roquette), propylene (Braskem, DuPont/Tate & Lyle), butadiene (Goodyear, Lanxess, Michelin, Synthos, Genomatica)  and caprolactam (Draths). Solvay has a pilot plant to generate 60,000 tonnes of partly biobased PVC in Brazil as another example. Vincent Berthe speculates that the biobutanol platform could become bigger than bioethanol: it can be made directly by glucose fermentation.

The question of sustainability revolves around the competition for land and the impact on agriculture. The NNFCC in York has studied crops for non-food use for many years and this is not novel – 40% of sugars and starch in the EU are already grown for other purposes than food. John Williams calculates that around 250-800 million hectares of land are available for crops for bioenergy and fine chemicals excluding forest, protected areas and land for increased food production.  The EU has renewable energy mandates that put pressure on the biomass supply chain. This makes predicting the future more difficult and 2030 and 2050 calculations are usually given based on several scenarios. The NNFCC overall prediction is that bio-based plastics will reach around 1% of the market by 2020 at 3-5 million tonnes, up to 10% by 2030 at 43 million tonnes and to 20% of the market in 2050 at 155 million tonnes.

The Green Polymer Chemistry conference in Cologne provided a unique opportunity for agriculture, biotechnologists, brand owners, venture capitalists and polymer experts to gather and debate the issues. Green Polymer Chemistry 2013 will be held at the Maritim Hotel, Cologne, Germany from 19-21 March 2013. Paper offers should be sent to Dr Sally Humphreys ( before the deadline of 14th September 2012.


Scarlett Group Names Dustin Theilacker Divisional Vice President of Consulting Services

Our thought leadership team represents the many talented and specialized principals and directors in our practice, who have the knowledge, insight and experience to provide potential solutions to your most complex business and technology issues.

Jacksonville, Florida June 1, 2012 -  Scarlett Group, LLC has announced that Dustin Theilacker has joined the firm as Divisional Vice President of Consulting Services. Theilacker has an outstanding background in leading strategic transformational programs, process improvement initiatives, and knowledge management. During his 17 years of IT experience, Theilacker has provided consulting services to clients within a broad range of industries. He has led full life-cycle programs for his clients from the initial strategy and planning stages through design, development, implementation and operations.  As CIO at Harden, he led the successful creation of company-wide technology related policies and procedures. Mr. Theilacker was also responsible for providing the technology vision and leadership in the development and implementation of information technology initiatives to improve operating efficiencies and increase revenue.

Theilacker’s career has been distinguished by his ability to identify client needs and partnering with them to develop a vision, then plan and execute programs generating significant business value. His determination and drive have earned him a reputation for “getting results” in multiple areas of business. He is widely recognized for his energy and dedication. His roles have included all aspects of Business consulting, application development, quality management, coaching and mentoring, business development, contract management, and best practice development.

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U.S. Green Building Council Announces Changes to LEED 2012

Changes address revised delivery and ballot schedule

In response to concerns raised by members, core LEED users and stakeholders, and in an effort to provide the marketplace a view of the full LEED program experience prior to ballot, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that it will delay ballot on LEED 2012 until June 1, 2013 (or potentially earlier in 2013 if USGBC members and the market indicate readiness for ballot). Because of this date change, LEED 2012 is being renamed LEED v4.

“LEED pushes the envelope to bring transformation to the market - that’s what we do,” said Scot Horst, Senior Vice President, LEED. “We remain committed to that, and to making sure that what we deliver is complete and can be successfully implemented.”
In addition to the ballot date change, other actions include:

  • Keeping LEED 2009 open for registration for three years
  • Continuing to ask for the market’s assistance in "test driving" LEED v4 to gain important insight during a time when improvements in usability infrastructure can be made
  • Committing to a fifth public comment that will open on Oct. 2, 2012, and run through Dec. 10, 2012 to take advantage of Greenbuild where USGBC will hold public forums and educational sessions on site in San Francisco. This will help stakeholders better understand requirements as well as any final changes that may appear in the new draft. Greenbuild will also serve as a platform to debut new forms, submittal documents and LEED Online enhancements that will help improve and enhance the user experience

Said USGBC President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi,  “This is 100% in response to our members’ desire that we give them a bit more time to absorb the changes in this next version of the rating system.  We want to do everything we can to ensure that the market can fully embrace LEED v4 because it represents significant progress on carbon reduction and human health. Greenbuild will provide us the perfect venue to experience the look and feel of the new system as an integrated package. Then we can take the first part of 2013 to make sure the consensus body has everything it needs for a successful ballot.”

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Article - Every Server Room Needs Cable Management and Labeling from BICSI NEWS

By Valerie Holstein

Server rooms are at the heart of every office. When one is not properly set up or maintained, the result could be chaotic. Proper cable management and labeling can mean the difference between a successful and high-functioning office and one that is derailed by connectivity issues and disorganized cables. Although it might seem like a minor issue, particularly to clients who are not well-versed in information technology systems (ITS), cable management and labeling is of the utmost importance for many reasons.

Cable Protection

One of the primary reasons for quality cable management is that network cables can become damaged when not stored properly. Network cables that are crammed into over-capacity cable trays and troughs can be crushed under the weight of other cables. Additionally, cables that are haphazardly stored can be subject to crosstalk. It is therefore important that cable trays are not filled beyond their specified capacity. If network additions make trays too crowded, update your storage system with larger trays that can effectively accommodate the number of cables needed.

It is also important to consider bend radius. When patch cords are left to hang off of patch panels, they sag under their own weight and gravity can take a toll by bending the cables beyond their minimum recommended bend radii. When this happens, the extra stress on the conductors could cause signal attenuation, preventing the network from performing to its full capabilities. Thankfully, there are some ways to circumvent this issue:

§         Basket-style cable trays with a smaller grid pattern to support cables will cut down on weight and gravity-induced sag between rungs. The use of shorter patch cords could also help lighten the load since they have less slack to weigh them down.

§         Angled patch panels allow you to connect cables at a 45-degree angle instead of a 90-degree angle, allowing the cables to gently slope away from the patch panel instead of being forced to curve sharply.

§         Strain-relief boots give patch cords extra support at their stress points (immediately behind the connector), making them less likely to sag or bend.

In addition to controlling cable housing methods and bend radii, it is important to limit the amount of abrasion to which cables are subjected. Exposure to sharp objects can not only scratch but also cut through cable jackets and insulation, leaving you with expensive and inconvenient cable replacements. This is especially an issue in areas where cable bundles penetrate raised flooring, or are run through multiple enclosure cutouts when adjacent server racks are ganged together.

In both cases, grommets are an ideal solution for buffering any sharp edges that can come into contact with cables. There are several categories of grommets available, and in many cases they can be interchanged to achieve the perfect level of cable protection for any application.

When dealing with cables in raised floor situations, brush grommets are effective at easing cables through floor penetrations. Brush grommets buffer sharp-edged cutouts like any other type of grommet, but because they are lined with bristles, they also have the added benefits of allowing airflow while inhibiting dust transfer, and gently holding cables in place even when they are disconnected. Because the bristles work their way between cables to fill empty spaces, loose cables are prevented from falling back through holes.

Two other effective grommet options are flexible cable grommets, which use flaps of flexible material to hold cables in place and restrict airflow (ideal for temperature-controlled enclosures), and grommet edging material, which is cut to length and pushed into place along cutout edges to create a buffered, less-abrasive surface.

Thermal Management

Thermal management is another important aspect of a well-maintained server room. When masses of cables are haphazardly stored together throughout a rack or enclosure, airflow will be limited and hot air from the components can become trapped. This can cause equipment to overheat and malfunction. Overheating can be curbed by using shorter patch cords, which reduces extra cable slack. Alternately, the use of horizontal and vertical cable managers, lacing bars and cable managers that fit between patch panels to route cables through designated areas, will leave plenty of open space for air to circulate around equipment, decreasing the risk of thermal issues.

Proper Labeling

Labeling is also a crucial part of cable management. Most server rooms are overrun with cables, and if they are not properly and clearly labeled, it can create a time-consuming and frustrating issue in the future. When attempting to update equipment or troubleshoot an issue, dealing with row upon row of unlabeled, identical-looking patch cords can make the task overwhelming. Spending a little extra time organizing and labeling each patch cord and port when they are initially installed, can significantly reduce the amount of time, energy and frustration in the future.

Time and frustration are not the only concerns. When cables are not properly labeled, there is a greater risk for accidents and server issues. Labeling prevents the wrong cables from being unplugged or moved during maintenance, and it can help prevent bigger mishaps like the accidental pushing of emergency power off (EPO) buttons. Server rooms and data centers can benefit from a wide variety of labels, ranging from patch panel port labels, to heat shrink and self-laminating wrap-around labels for patch cords, to foam control labels for EPO buttons.

It is also important to consider staff transitions when setting up your server room. It is not uncommon for a systems administrator to become familiar and comfortable with the network hardware and to avoid labeling as result. However, should that systems administrator leave and a new person takes their place, explaining the system without clear labeling can be difficult. The new systems administrator will be able to pick up where their predecessor left off, instead of having to waste time and energy tracing and identifying network cables.

Safety First

Yet another reason why cable management is crucial in server rooms is the prevention of other types of physical harm to cables and to workers. When power cords and other cables traverse walkways without being properly managed, they not only become a possible trip hazard for employees, but are also put at risk for under-foot crushing, accidental unplugs and inadvertent disconnection from outlets and jacks. Accidents, as well as injury to employees and cables, can be avoided by covering floor cords with simple cable protectors. Cord covers and cable protectors help in several ways—they anchor cords against the floor while putting a crush-resistant barrier above them, and are shaped to prevent accidental tripping.

Quality and Aesthetics

Lastly, it is important to remember that a server room is a reflection of your company and your quality of work. Just as it is important for a home to be clean and orderly when company arrives, it is important to show clients, investors and business partners that your workplace is organized and well-maintained. Tangled, unruly cables spilling out of disorganized server racks will appear unprofessional. The overall quality and aesthetics of your server room is a reflection of your organization style as well as your commitment to hard work, and it is never a good idea to give people the impression that you cut corners or do not plan ahead—untidy cables can even give the impression that you do not care enough to promote efficiency or to keep expensive equipment running at its peak.

Ultimately, cable management is a necessary part of every office. Today, almost every company requires information services, and without network hardware, most companies would be unable to function. By taking just a few small steps to safeguard your equipment and properly store, label and maintain cables, you can ensure that your server room will always be an efficient and high-functioning part of your office.

Reprinted with permission from BICSI NEWS

Valerie Holstein is the co-founder and CEO of She can be reached at


How We Started:

It all started back in February 2002, when Valerie Holstein and her husband, Paul, invested $30 into registering a web domain, and began operating from their home garage. Frustrated by the unruly cables around their computers and home theater system, they set out to offer simple but effective products that would help others organize the cord clutter in their homes and offices.

It turns out that they found a niche, and in the passing years they've not only expanded the company's product line to include electrical supplies, network products, home theater components, tools and testers, but also grown out of their garage and into 38,000 square feet of warehouse space in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. has become the one-stop shop that over 250,000 customers worldwide rely upon for over 42,000 products, comprehensive consumer resources, fast order turnaround, and stellar customer service.

Why We're Different:

Customer satisfaction is our first priority. We pride ourselves on the fact that anyone can dial our toll-free number 24/7/365, and be greeted by a live person on the other end of the line. Our Customer Service Representatives are second to none; they're expertly trained on the products we offer, and you'll find that they're also unfailingly friendly and accommodating, even to the point of referring a customer to one of our competitors if we can't give that person what they need within the time frame he or she requires. As one of our representatives recently said, "if you need it, we've got it… if not, we'll get it!" is a GSA-certified Woman Owned Business, and thanks to our extensive product line and unsurpassed service, we've had the honor of supplying an impressive lineup of well-respected organizations, which includes NASA, Boeing, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Lucent, Pfizer, Walmart, Kodak, Lockheed Martin, Wells Fargo, and many others.

Who We Are:

Still led by co-founders Valerie Holstein (President and CEO) and Paul Holstein (Vice President and COO), is powered by a diverse group of executives, IT experts, marketing professionals, web designers, product specialists, customers service representatives and logistics personnel from all over the world. In addition to our headquarters in beautiful South Florida, we also operate a subsidiary, CableOrganizer France ( out of Rennes, France.


Eaton to buy Cooper Industries for $11.8 billion

May 21, 2012

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corp (ETN.N) struck a deal to buy electrical equipment maker Cooper Industries Plc (CBE.N) for $11.8 billion in cash and stock and said it would shift its incorporation to Ireland to save on taxes.

The deal, Eaton's biggest ever, will allow the company to offer a broader range of electrical products, such as lighting and wiring devices, to markets ranging from mining to oil and gas and utilities, and help it expand in emerging markets while cutting costs, Eaton said.

The deal was the biggest of several announced on Monday. Analysts said acquisitions are one way for companies to grow in a sluggish global economy.

"It drives the point home that acquisitions are an increasingly important growth avenue in a slow-growth world," said analyst Matt Collins of Edward Jones. "Record low interest rates and solid balance sheets make it that much easier to get deals done."

Cleveland, Ohio-based Eaton will pay $72 per share for Cooper - $39.15 in cash and the rest in stock. Eaton shareholders will control almost three-quarters of the new Eaton Global Corp Plc, and administrative headquarters will remain in Ohio.

The pricing appears to be fair or "slightly expensive," valuing Cooper at 11.5 times projected earnings, JPMorgan analyst Ann Duignan said.

Cooper shares were up 26 percent at $70.24 in afternoon trading, the day's biggest gainer on the New York Stock Exchange. Eaton stock inched up 7 cents to $42.47.

Incorporating in Ireland will shave about $160 million off Eaton's annual tax bill, said Chief Executive Sandy Cutler, who will lead the combined company. But he said synergies, not tax reduction, were the primary motivation for the deal.

"It does afford us some global cash management and associated tax benefits, but (Irish incorporation) is really a byproduct of this transaction," Cutler told Reuters in an interview.

When Cooper incorporated in Ireland last decade, it was one of several U.S. industrial companies, including Ingersoll Rand (IR.N) and Tyco International (TYC.N), that picked either Ireland or Switzerland to help lower their taxes.

Re-incorporation is a legal move that rarely has any bearing on where a company's headquarters are located. U.S. companies have been re-incorporating in Ireland and Switzerland in recent years, instead of the offshore tax havens of Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, reasoning that Ireland and Switzerland offer better protection from U.S. tax claims than small countries that are more dependent on U.S. goodwill.

The tax component of the Eaton-Cooper deal is unique and is unlikely to be replicated by other companies, said Nicholas Heymann, co-group head of global industrial infrastructure at William Blair & Co in New York.

He said Cooper moved its incorporation to Ireland ahead of a change in U.S. tax laws that would have left it liable for a large tax bill.

Heymann said the deal sets up Cooper CEO Kirk Hachigian as a likely successor to Eaton's Cutler.

Cutler, in the interview, said it was not yet clear what role Hachigian would have in the combined company.


The deal could spur more consolidation in the electrical equipment industry. Increased demand for electronics and retrofits to improve energy efficiency is prompting multi-industry companies such as Eaton and ABB Ltd (ABBN.VX) to expand their electrical equipment offerings.

Swiss engineering group ABB bought U.S. electrical components maker Thomas & Betts in January for $3.9 billion to ramp up its presence in the world's largest market for low-voltage products.

Analysts have said electrical products makers Hubbell Inc (HUBb.N) and Acuity Brands Inc (AYI.N) could be attractive targets for industrial conglomerates such as France's Schneider Electric (SCHN.PA) and Germany's Siemens AG (SIEGn.DE).

More room for consolidation remains in the industry, said Shawn Severson, an analyst with JMP Securities. "The obvious one everyone is looking to is Hubbell. Hubbell is a mini Cooper - it's got a similar business mix."

Severson named Emerson Electric (EMR.N) and Schneider as potential buyers.


Century-old Eaton makes power systems for data centers, hydraulics used in machinery, and truck transmissions. It recorded 2011 sales of $16 billion. It has stepped up acquisitions in recent years, closing nine deals last year.

Cooper, based in Dublin, had 2011 sales of $5.4 billion, with most of its sales to utilities and industrial markets. Its products include safety systems, lighting, circuit protectors and wiring devices used in homes and commercial buildings.

The Cooper acquisition will reduce Eaton's costs by $260 million a year by 2016, while adding $115 million a year to revenue, Eaton said.

The deal is expected to close in late 2012, Cutler said. The new company will generate some 59 percent of its sales from electrical businesses, with hydraulic, aerospace and truck markets together making up the rest.

The deal will also help Eaton diversify geographically, said Catherine Avery, chief executive officer of CAIM LLC, which holds shares of the company.

"They're going to dominate that electrical power equipment segment," she said. "It's taking a long-term point of view and saying, 'There are areas of the globe that are expanding and when we do get into a better economic environment, we're going to be there.'"

Eaton said the deal is expected to reduce 2013 operating earnings by 10 cents a share but add to earnings thereafter.

Eaton has secured a $6.75 billion bridge financing commitment from Morgan Stanley (MS.N) and Citibank (C.N) to pay for the cash portion of the deal. It said it plans to issue new debt, use cash on hand and possibly sell some assets to pay down the loan.

Eaton last year had an effective worldwide tax rate of 12.9 percent, up from 9.5 percent in 2010, and had a tax credit in 2009, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company's U.S. federal income taxes in 2011 totaled $85 million, with an additional $2 million in U.S. state and local taxes, on U.S. profits of $375 million.

Its foreign taxes in 2011 came to $186 million on foreign profits of $1.18 billion.


Fiber Channel Switch Market Posts Best Ever Q1 Revenue Results, According to Dell'Oro Group

Brocade Realizes Record Revenue in 1Q12

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 31, 2012 / -- In a newly released Storage Area Network (SAN) quarterly report by Dell'Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, Fibre Channel switch revenues surpassed $476 million in 1Q12, the highest ever for a first quarter. Results of the quarter have culminated in Brocade gaining six points of revenue share in 1Q12, reaching above 71, and the highest since 4Q09.

"Brocade has had two consecutive strong Fibre Channel switch quarters, calendar 1Q12 being their best ever for Fibre Channel switch revenue, reaching just under $340 million. Fibre Channel continues to have legs and, while the unprecedented growth in unstructured data is increasing the need for file based storage alternatives, we have learned that Fibre Channel SAN storage in also being deployed in cloud service provider infrastructures alongside NAS systems," said Casey Quillin, Senior Analyst at Dell'Oro Group. "With Brocade's momentum, the continued ramp of Intel's Romley platform, and Cisco's fiscal year end and strongest month coming in July, we expect to see strength in the overall Fibre Channel market in the second half of 2012" added Quillin.

The report also discusses trends in storage area networking, the outlook for Fibre Channel switches and adapters, and alternative SAN technologies, such as FCoE.

About the ReportThe Dell'Oro Group SAN Quarterly Report provides complete, in-depth coverage of the market with tables covering manufacturers' revenue, average selling prices, and port shipments (by speed 1 Gbps (historical data), 2 Gbps (historical data), 4 Gbps, 8 Gbps and greater than or equal to 16 Gbps) for Fibre Channel switches and adapters, and 10 Gbps FCoE switches, controllers, and adapters. To purchase this report, contact Jessica Hsueh at +1.650.622.9400 x222 or email at

About Dell'Oro GroupAs the trusted source for market information about the networking and telecommunications industries, Dell'Oro Group provides in-depth, objective research and analysis that enable component manufacturers, equipment vendors, and investment firms to make fact-based, strategic decisions. For more information, contact Dell'Oro Group at +1.650.622.9400 or visit


General Cable Corporation to Acquire Alcan Cable (China & Mexico), the Wire and Cable Business of Rio Tinto

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tuesday, May 22, 2012

General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC - News) (the Company) announced today that it has agreed to acquire Alcan Cable, the wire and cable business of Rio Tinto plc (Rio Tinto) (LSE:RIO.L - News). The purchase price is $185 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments primarily related to working capital levels at closing as provided in the definitive purchase agreement. The Company expects to use its Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility to principally fund the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2012, subject to receipt of regulatory approval.

Alcan Cable employs approximately 1,050 associates in its aluminum cable manufacturing and distribution facilities servicing the energy and construction markets in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China. In 2011, Alcan Cable reported operating margins in the low single digit range. On an annual basis, the Company estimates the acquisition will contribute approximately $650-700 million in revenues at current metal prices. Over a cycle, Alcan Cable’s operating margin profile is expected to be consistent with the Company’s existing North American businesses as manufacturing, logistics, and purchasing synergies are realized. With these synergies, an improving North American market and an accelerating greenfield operation in China, the transaction is expected to create shareholder value in the near term.

“I have long admired Alcan Cable and their singular and long standing focus on being superb at their craft. Alcan Cable’s STABILOY® and NUAL® brand names are the gold standard for quality, packaging, and service in the North American aluminum cable industry. In addition, they are highly skilled in aluminum rod manufacturing and have built a state of the art facility in China that is successfully penetrating the domestic construction cable market. Alcan Cable’s rich history, like General Cable’s, exceeds 100 years. We look forward to sharing best practices and creating fresh career opportunities for the very dedicated and professional Alcan Cable team,” said Gregory B. Kenny, President and Chief Executive Officer of General Cable.

Gregory J. Lampert, President and Chief Executive Officer, General Cable North America, noted that, “The addition of aluminum construction cables further expands the range of products we offer to distributors serving electrical and industrial contractors and increases our capacity to efficiently serve our electric utility customers with transmission and distribution products.”

“Alcan Cable China has a 430,000 square foot, vertically integrated manufacturing plant in Tianjin, China and eight regional sales offices. Alcan Cable China is highly complementary to our two long standing partnerships in China representing a new route to market for our full range of products. The addition of Alcan Cable Mexico combined with our existing manufacturing capability in the country further enhances our ability to service the Mexican market,” said Mathias F. Sandoval, President and Chief Executive Officer, General Cable Rest of World.

General Cable (NYSE:BGC - News), 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, specialty, construction and communications markets. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at

Alcan Cable, a 100-year-old leader in the production of aluminum cable for the utility and building industries, offers a wide range of bare and insulated conductors to both the utility and distribution markets, supporting them with highly capable resources to ensure the highest value application of our products. For more information about Alcan Cable, please visit the Company’s Web site


Groundbreaking New Fluke Networks Tester (OneTouch™ AT Network Assistant) Troubleshoots the Most Common End-User Network Issues in About a Minute – June 2012

OneTouch™ AT Network Assistant optimized for network technicians to help close trouble tickets faster; tests wired and wireless networks from the client to the cloud.

EVERETT, Wash. – June 6, 2012 – Fluke Networks today announced the OneTouchTM AT Network Assistant, a new tool for network technicians that automates troubleshooting of the most common end-user issues in about a minute,1 greatly reducing the time it takes to close network trouble tickets and ensure end-user satisfaction.

Traditionally, network technicians spend more than an hour using a variety of tools such as protocol analyzers, PC utilities, and cable and network testers to solve network connectivity and performance issues, which provide limited, non-consolidated information.  The OneTouch AT tester combines that functionality into a customizable, handheld tool with a one-button auto test feature that offers users the fastest 2 way to troubleshoot end-user issues that generally take up 25 percent of a network technician’s workday to resolve.3 

“As a small team that’s always on the go, we can’t possibly have everything always at hand for network troubleshooting,” said Tony Peffley, systems and network administrator for Elkhart County in Indiana. “At least, that’s what I thought until I tried the OneTouch AT.  All I can say is ‘wow’ – it really covers everything from basic cable testing to overall network performance on wired, wireless and fiber.  So no matter what we face we’re ready.”

According to Fluke Networks’ vice president of the enterprise network analysis business, Gary Ger, that is exactly the kind of response the Fluke Networks’ innovation team had in mind when designing the OneTouch AT tester.  “Connectivity and performance problems can hide in a variety of places throughout the network, and today’s frontline technician cannot be an expert in them all. When a trouble ticket is submitted, most organizations deploy a technician to fix the problem, but many do not have standardized testing processes, and today’s tools can be complex and time consuming,” Ger said.  “The automated OneTouch AT was specifically designed to address these challenges, saving an organization, on average, approximately one man-week of troubleshooting each month.4

The key features of the OneTouch AT include:

•           One button auto test for faster problem identification

•           Ability to test 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, gigabit Ethernet copper and fiber

•           In-line copper and fiber packet capture

•           Cable wire mapping, Power-Over-Ethernet (PoE), and link testing

•           Remote access for enhanced collaboration with colleagues to speed problem resolution

•           Network and service performance analysis

•           Standardized, automated test scripts to ensure even the most novice user can troubleshoot problems

•           New form factor with smartphone touchscreen and enhanced ruggedness for durability in the field

The OneTouch AT Network Assistant will be available at the end of June. For more information, please visit Fluke Networks.

About Fluke Networks

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

1. According to internal Fluke Networks customer research comparing standard testing tools and best practice protocols.

2. Fastest root cause analysis of network and application problems claim based on current industry practices and tools, which do not allow troubleshooting both at the desk and in the field for both wired and wireless networks.

3. According to internal Fluke Networks research of network professionals.

4. According to internal Fluke Networks research of network professionals.

Henry Green, NIBS President, speaks at the 2012 NEBB Annual Conference

June 1, Gaithersburg, MD - Henry Green, President, National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), addressed attendees of the 2012 NEBB Annual Conference, April 26-28, Anaheim, CA.

During his speech, Henry provided an overview of various initiatives at NIBS and highlighted NEBB’s collaboration via the NIBS Consultative Council. NEBB is a member of the NIBS Consultative Council.

The NIBS Consultative Council is comprised of members that represent major aspects of the building community. The Institute is the unbiased forum for discussing issues and identifying opportunities within the building community.

Tom Meyer, NEBB Director of Technical Programs, serves as the Vice Chair of NIBS Consultative Council.

The Consultative Council advises and supports the Institute by making findings and recommendations for presentation to the President of the United States on developing and applying science and technology to improve the built environment in the public interest through standards, codes, regulations, and industry practices affecting the design, construction and operation of buildings.

NEBB is the premier international association of certified firms that perform testing, adjusting and balancing of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems in addition to building systems commissioning, building systems retro-commissioning, fume hood testing, building envelope testing, and cleanroom certification. NEBB is the leading source of industry information through its standards, procedures, publications, specifications, text books, study courses and newsletters.

Additional information on NEBB is available at


The Fiber Optic Association- the FOA is spreading the Fiber To The Office message worldwide

FOA was in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in May giving seminars on fiber optics. We met with many local users and discussed their work. Dubai is one of the most connected areas for broadband, ranked #2 in the world, a result of Etisalat, our telco host and FOA-Approved school in the region who has connected over 1.2 million homes with fiber. Part of the credit for UAE's broadband goes to the government who wisely decided that being a financial and technology center required the best broadband connectivity. It's working as planned, as they have many tech and financial companies based there already and a world-renowned computer animation movie house, Digital Domain, founded by James Cameron to do the computer graphics for Titanic, opening a facility there with 500 employees.

FOA's other school, eSharp Consultancy, focuses on IT, not telecom.

FTTO: Fiber To The Office

At our seminars in the UAE with eSharp Consultancy, Cliff Walker presented information on his work designing "fiber to the office (FTTO) networks. Cliff has worked on many networks in the UAE, including some big ones in the airports. He's using a concept he called FTTO to reduce cabling clutter and cost. The concept is based on using fiber to connect large switches in the equipment room to smaller switches with 4 ports at the outlet. These 4 port Gigabit Ethernet switches are connected to PCs or wireless APs using regular patchcords. Replacing multiple UTP cables with one fiber optic cable and big switches in telecom rooms with the smaller switches can result in considerable cost savings. You can read Cliff's paper on the airport system to see estimates of the cost savings using FTTO.

Read Cliff Walkers paper on FTTO.

The Fiber Optic Association

Fiber Optics Dominates Communications

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

What is The FOA?

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

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

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

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

FOA Certifications

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

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

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

What Is The Value Of FOA Certification?

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

  • Manufacturers often offer certification to customers, sometimes requiring it as part of an affiliates program. Training focuses on the manufacturer's products and is given by applications engineers or sales personnel. Standards for qualifying for a manufacturer's certification vary, sometimes only requiring attendance at a short training course. Today many large fiber optic manufacturers offer FOA certifications.
  • Some companies specialize in offering certifications; they are basically testing companies that have specialists create certification exams in many different fields in which they believe there is interest in such a product. They are not specialists in the technologies for which they test. They may or may not create and sell training curriculum. Instructor qualification and training also varies.
  • Professional societies often offer certifications in the technology of their interest. They can call on experts in the technology to create complete programs focused on that technology that ensure the certified members are highly knowledgeable and competent. The FOA joins IEEE, ISA, SCTE and other professional societies in offering recognized technical certifications.

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

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

How Can The FOA Help You?

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

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

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

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

For More Information, check out the rest of The FOA website:


TIA and Parks Associates to Showcase Latest Innovations in Consumer Electronics at TIA 2012: Inside the Network and CONNECTIONS™ June 5-7 2012 Dallas TX

Don’t miss this event… CONNECTIONS™:The Digital Living Conference and Showcase, co-located June 5-7 at the Premier ICT Conference, features keynote presentations from AT&T, Verizon & Best Buy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 31, 2012) —The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech global communications networks, and Parks Associates, the leading international market research and consulting firm focused on the connected consumer and residential technology solutions, today invited media to experience the newest consumer electronics and digital living technologies being showcased at TIA 2012: Inside the Network and CONNECTIONS™, June 5-7 in Dallas.

Parks Associates is co-locating the 16th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase at TIA 2012 and will present newresearch at the event on consumer trends, new technologies and service provider offerings for the connected home. The research firm reports over 25% of allvideo viewing in U.S. broadband households now occurs on platforms other than the television, such as PCs, smartphones, and tablets, creating multiple new service opportunities.

CONNECTIONS™ will gather executives for panel discussions on mobility, entertainment and content, connected consumer electronics, energy management, cloud-based value-added services, and more. Presentations will feature consumer research, analyst expertise and industry knowledge from high-level executive speakers, including the following keynotes:

"Beyond the Digital Life" - Kevin Petersen, SVP, AT&T Digital Life, AT&T Services

"The Connected Home: Heart of the Borderless Lifestyle" - Mike Ritter, Chief Marketing Officer, Consumer & Mass Business Markets, Verizon

"Security, Controls, Energy Management, Connected Appliances – Accelerating the Adoption of the Connected Home" - KristenBowring, Senior Director, Platform Lead Home and Energy Management, BestBuy

CONNECTIONS™ also features the Connected Home Pavilion, an area showcasing cutting-edge innovations in consumer electronics that are being pioneered by operators, manufacturers, and solution-providers for the connected consumer.

TIA 2012: Inside the Network is the leading event focused on the global communications network. AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, Verizon’s CTO Tony Melone, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell and other leading executives from Alcatel-Lucent, CenturyLink and GENBAND will deliver keynotes, while in-depth educational tracks will explore key ICT issues, challenges and innovations.

To obtain press credentials for TIA 2012: Inside the Network—including CONNECTIONS™ and the Connected Home Pavilion—contact Ashley Rook at or 202.429.4929. For more information and a schedule of events, visit To speak with a Parks Associates analyst or request consumer technology research data, contact Holly Sprague at or 720.987.6614.

WHO: Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and Parks Associates

WHAT: TIA 2012: Inside the Network and CONNECTIONS™

WHEN: June 5-7

WHERE: Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center, Dallas, Texas

Sponsors of TIA 2012: Inside the Network include Alcatel-Lucent (Host Sponsor), ADTRAN, AT&T, Big Data, Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, GENBAND,IBM, ILS Technology, Infinera, Intel, Juniper Networks, McAfee, Nokia Siemens Networks, Panasonic, Polycom, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave, Tata ConsultancyServices, TE Connectivity, Tridium, Verizon and Walker and Associates. The event is also supported by key industry groups, including BICSI, Connected Nation, Connected Texas, DAS Forum, FTTH Council, GreenTouch, IPSO Alliance, Metroplex Technology Business Council, OVCC, Parks Associates, Pario Solutions, QuEST Forum, Small Cell Forum, Telecom Crash Course and WiFi Alliance.

‘TIA 2012: Inside the Network’ to Feature Numerous Special Events and Activities During Three Packed Days

Taking Place in Dallas, June 5-7, Premier ICT Conference Includes Outstanding Keynote Line-up, VIP Dinner, R&D Tax Credit Presentation, U.S.-China ICT Forum and More

—The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) today announced a range of special events and activities at TIA 2012: Inside the Network, its flagship conference taking place June 5-7 in Dallas. TIA 2012: Inside the Network will explore emerging challenges, innovations and trends involving a range of topics—including security and privacy, M2M, cloud optimization, green ICT and other critical issues shaping the future of broadband networks. Speakers include AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, Verizon CTO Tony Melone, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell and dozens of other executives from companies including Alcatel-Lucent, GENBAND, Google, Facebook, IBM and more.

Newly announced opportunities and special events at TIA 2012: Inside the Network include:

·                     AT&T Ribbon-Cutting & TIA Membership Meeting. Companies from across the ICT industry will gather June 5 at 3 p.m. with AT&T CTO Krish Prabhu to kick off the premier event addressing telecom and broadband networks. Highlights include:

·                     Carrier presentation on global supply chain trends, featuring Tim Harden, AT&T President of Supply Chain and Fleet Operations

·                     Latin American Carrier Roundtable

·                     Opportunities to speak with TIA Board Members and President Grant Seiffert about industry trends and conference highlights.

·                     Executive ribbon-cutting ceremony (at 5 p.m.) to launch TIA 2012: Inside the Network

·                     VIP Dinner. A special invite-only opening evening dinner will feature Nick Pudar, OnStar Vice President of Planning and Business Development. Also keynoting at the event will be Gee Rittenhouse, Chairman of GreenTouch and COO, Software, Services & Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent. Note: limited seating is available for members of the media – please request an invite through Ashley Rook, or 202-429-4929.

·                     U.S.-China ICT Development Forum. TIA is joining with the U.S. Information Technology Office (USITO) to host a one-of-kind event featuring a high-level delegation of Chinese telecommunications industry officials and regulators, government researchers, equipment makers and mobile carriers. This special event will take place Thursday, June 7, from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Speakers will include:

o                                            Zhang Feng, Director General, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) Communications Development Department, People's Republic of China

o                                            Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale, Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing & Services, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

o                                            YI Zhiling, Chief Scientist, China Mobile Research Institute

·                     CTO Roundtable. Join leading CTOs for a discussion entitled the “Service Provider Perspective on Key Technology Challenges and Research Needs,” in which member company vendor CTOs will discuss research priorities with their service provider counterparts. Participants include Matt Beal, CTO, CenturyLink and Krish Prabhu, CTO, AT&T.

·                     R&D Tax Credit Program. More than $9 billion in government funds are available to private sector businesses involved in research and development. TIA is teaming up with alliantgroup—the nation’s leading tax credit and incentive assistance provider—to help ICT businesses claim funds that will allow them to compete, add jobs, and continue investing in innovation. For more information about the program, which is described during the Membership Meeting, visit

For a complete list of special events at TIA 2012, please visit

About TIA

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

About Parks Associates

Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company's expertise includes new media, digital entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security. Visit


Verizon to Acquire Hughes Telematics, Inc. and to Expand Capabilities in Automotive and Fleet Telematics and Accelerate Growth in Emerging Machine-to-Machine Services

NEW YORK and ATLANTA, June 1, 2012 / -- Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)(NASDAQ: VZ) and Hughes Telematics, Inc. (OTCBB: HUTC) today announced a definitive merger agreement under which Verizon will acquire Hughes Telematics, Inc. (HTI) for $12.00 per share in cash, or a total of $612 million.

The transaction will expand Verizon's capabilities in the automotive and fleet telematics marketplace and accelerate growth in key vertical segments, including emerging machine-to-machine (M2M) services applications driven by consumer trends and increasingly connected lifestyles. HTI is a leader in implementing the next generation of connected services for vehicles, centered on a core platform of safety, security, convenience and infotainment offerings. HTI offers a portfolio of services through its commercial fleet, aftermarket and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) offerings as well products and services for mHealth providers and users.

The Board of Directors of HTI has unanimously approved the transaction upon the recommendation of its special committee, and the transaction was unanimously approved by the directors of Verizon present and voting. The transaction has also been approved by a written consent executed by holders of a majority of HTI's voting shares.

The transaction is subject to the expiration or early termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust waiting period and other customary closing conditions.

The merger is expected to close in the third quarter of 2012, and Verizon plans to retain the existing management team and operate the new unit as a subsidiary within Verizon and operated as part of its Verizon Enterprise Solutions group. The business will continue to be headquartered in Atlanta.

"We expect M2M and telematics to drive significant growth for Verizon and we're taking an important step forward to accelerate solutions that will unlock more opportunities for existing and new HTI and Verizon customers," said John Stratton, president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "Joining Hughes Telematics' robust service-delivery platform and suite of applications with our existing assets will create a premier set of capabilities. In powerful combination with Verizon's global IP network, cloud, mobility and security solutions, Hughes Telematics' flexible service-delivery platform has the potential to reach beyond the automotive and transportation realm to create new opportunities in mHealth, asset tracking and home automation."

HTI will play a key role in Verizon's strategy to offer platform-based solutions tailored to specific industries. Verizon earlier this year launched a new practice focused on developing telematics solutions that leverage the company's cloud and information technology (IT), security, global IP network and communications, and mobility and M2M technology platforms.

Jeff Leddy, CEO of HTI, said, "This transaction provides Hughes Telematics' stockholders with a substantial premium over today's market price of our common stock. We are proud to join a world-class organization like Verizon which will help us continue to build and expand on our industry-leading services. This combination represents an exciting opportunity to accelerate our innovation of new services and global growth and to bring these services to more customers and industries worldwide."

Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and move society forward. With industry-specific solutions and a full range of global wholesale offerings offered over the company's secure mobility, cloud, strategic networking and advanced communications platforms, Verizon Enterprise Solutions helps open new opportunities around the world for innovation, investment and business transformation. Visit to learn more.

Verizon was represented by UBS Investment Bank and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. HTI was represented by Barclays and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and the special committee of the Board of Directors of HTI was represented by Moelis & Company LLC and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)(NASDAQ: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with 93 million retail customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 192,000. For more information, visit .

About Hughes Telematics, Inc.

Hughes Telematics, Inc. (OTCBB: HUTC) is a leader in implementing the next generation of connected services. The company offers a portfolio of location-based services for consumers, manufacturers, fleets and dealers through two-way wireless connectivity. In-Drive(R), HTI's aftermarket solution, offers safety, security, convenience, maintenance and data services. Networkfleet, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of HTI located in San Diego, California, offers remote vehicle diagnostics, an integrated GPS tracking and emissions monitoring system for wireless fleet vehicle management. A majority owned subsidiary of HTI, Lifecomm, located in Atlanta, Georgia, plans to offer mobile personal emergency response services through a wearable lightweight device with one-touch access to emergency assistance. Additional information about HTI can be found at .


AFL Introduces New NOYES® FLX380 FlexTester OTDR Family

Dynamic Range/Deadzone Conquers 1:32, 1:64 and Cascaded 1:8 PON Architectures

Spartanburg, SC and Lowell, MA – May 22, 2012
AFL is launching the new NOYES FLX380 FlexTester family of high‑performance, PON-optimized, multi‑function OTDRs. Equipped with fast, low‑noise circuitry that delivers best‑in‑class dynamic range at the 30 - 300 ns pulse widths needed for FTTx PON access networks, the FLX380 can be used in both multi-dwelling installations with short drop fibers as well as outside plant FTTx distribution network spans as long as 20 km. Delivering up to 41 dB of dynamic range and event, attenuation and PON deadzones of 0.8, 3.5, and 35 m, respectively, the FLX380 FlexTester is well-suited for PON installation and maintenance tasks.

"Testing through 1:32, 1:64 or cascaded 1:8 splitters requires high dynamic range. However, some OTDR manufacturers quote dynamic range specifications based on relatively long 10 or 20 µs pulse widths," explains Mike Scholten, senior product marketing manager AFL's NOYES Test and Inspection Division. "A 20 µs pulse will have a deadzone that hides 30% of a 10 km PON, making it impossible to see events on short subscriber links. We've optimized the short pulse width performance of the FLX380 FlexTester to enable users to locate loss or reflection events on short subscriber links."

The FLX380 FlexTester family includes the FLX380-100, a 1310/1550 nm OTDR designed for out-of-service verification testing, the FLX380-102, a 1310/1490/1550 nm OTDR with expanded wavelengths and the FLX380‑103, a 1310/1550/1625 nm OTDR that includes ServiceSafe™ Live PON OTDR with integrated PON Power Meter. All models integrate the OTDR, Optical Power Meter, Optical Light Source and Visual Fault Identifier into a rugged, handheld package weighing less than 2 pounds (0.84 kg). FLX380 FlexTesters offer instant-on power up and provide over 12 hours of continuous testing from the rechargeable, user-replaceable Li‑Ion battery pack.

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

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


AFL Receives Patent for Mechanical Splice Technology

Spartanburg, SC – June 5, 2012
AFL is the recipient of a patent for its mechanical splice technology. The patent was awarded to Patrick Dobbins, director of training and certification for AFL. This patent comprises new technology that eliminates the need for a special tool or fixture to open and close the elastomeric alignment groove that allows the cleaned and cleaved fibers to be properly positioned to facilitate a low loss mechanical splice. The splice itself has a fixture built into the mechanical splice, and is removed and disposed of when the splice is complete.

Dobbins has 32 years of professional fiber optic/telecommunications experience including system design, network design, engineering, construction, technical sales, product manufacturing, applications engineering and commercial management. Dobbins has held a wide variety of leadership roles at AFL over his 20-year tenure with the company. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Southern University.

AFL has received several patents since it was incorporated in Duncan, South Carolina, in 1984. This is Dobbins' second patent while with AFL.

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

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


BOMA International Announces Inaugural Class of BOMA Fellows

Ten Individuals Named 2012 BOMA Fellows for Ongoing Contributions to Commercial Real Estate

 (WASHINGTON – May 17, 2012) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is pleased to announce the inaugural class of BOMA Fellows. The individuals honored as BOMA Fellows have displayed exemplary and sustained contributions to the industry, their profession, the community and BOMA at all levels and have continually answered the call to leadership and service throughout their careers.

The honorees will use the "BOMA Fellow" credential after their name and will be called upon to serve BOMA in a variety of capacities. These may include teaching, authoring articles, mentoring new members or young professionals, identifying future BOMA leaders, serving as thought leaders to identify future trends, etc.

“The ten individuals honored as BOMA Fellows possess the talent and leadership skills that have helped them achieve success in their careers, but just as important is their continued commitment of service to the BOMA community and commercial real estate as a whole,” remarked BOMA International Chair Boyd R. Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. “As BOMA Fellows they will continue to give back to this great industry as they nurture the talents and skills of current and upcoming generations of industry professionals and leaders.”

Congratulations to the 2012 BOMA Fellows:

  • Robert M. Brierley, Brookfield Office Properties, Boston, MA
  • J. Michael Coleman, AlliedBarton Security Services, Philadelphia, PA
  • P. Marc Fischer, CPM®, RPA, CCIM, Transwestern, Columbia, MD
  • Patrick M. Freeman, RPA, SMA, CPM®, CCIM, LEED AP, Wells Real Estate, Norcross, GA
  • Thomas W. Gille, RPA, CAC Real Estate Management Company, Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Murray S. Greene, RPA, SMA, CPM®, Greene Commercial Real Estate Group, Inc., Hollywood, FL
  • David. W. Hewett, CPM®, FMA, RPA, CCIM, CRE, CFM, davidwhewett, inc., Hillsboro, OR
  • John G. Oliver, CPM®, Wells Real Estate Funds, Norcross, GA
  • Larry F. Soehren, CPM®, Kiemle & Hagood Company, Spokane, WA
  • Brenna S. Walraven, RPA, CPM®, USAA Real Estate Company, San Antonio, TX

The first class of Fellows will be honored at BOMA International’s annual conference in June 2012 in Seattle, Wash.


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


BOMA International Partners with DHS In Its "If You See Something, Say Something™" Campaign

Program to Help Bolster Security Awareness in Buildings across the Country

 (WASHINGTON – May 21, 2012) - The Buildings Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International announced today its partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in its "If You See Something, Say Something" public awareness campaign. The kick-off for this program will begin in eight different metropolitan areas but will be expanded into other cities as the program grows. The inaugural locations are Baltimore, Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Minneapolis, Orlando, St. Paul, Southwest Florida and the Washington, DC area.

"Now more than ever, security is a critical component in the day-to-day operation of all commercial buildings and BOMA’s partnership with DHS is just one more component to assist in this ongoing effort," said BOMA International Chair Boyd R. Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. "By joining forces with DHS in the "If You See Something, Say Something" public awareness campaign, BOMA International provides yet another tool to building owners, managers and their staffs that heightens the importance of security in an effort to keep their tenants safe and their buildings secure."

As part of BOMA International’s partnership in the campaign, flyers displaying the campaign’s logo as well as the BOMA local association’s logo will be provided free to BOMA members to download via the BOMA International web site and are to be displayed in the buildings’ break rooms. The flyers instruct building staff to report any suspicious activity using specific phone numbers designated for their local area.

The "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign--originally implemented by New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority and now licensed to DHS for a nationwide campaign--is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.

DHS launched the campaign in conjunction with the Department of Justice's Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative--an administration effort to train state and local law enforcement to recognize behaviors and indicators related to terrorism and terrorism-related crime; standardize how those observations are documented and analyzed; and ensure the sharing of those reports with the Federal Bureau of Investigation-led Joint Terrorism Task Forces for further investigation.

DHS will continue to expand the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign nationally to ensure America's businesses, communities, and citizens remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping the country safe.

For more information on the program, visit


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


Three Things To Look For When Purchasing Wire – ARTICLE by CERRO WIRE

Article from Cerro Wire LLC, a leading manufacturer of electrical building wire and cable, that speaks to the importance of using quality wire for all of your electrical installation needs. Because not all wire is exactly the same, even though it may appear so on the outside, it is important to look for three key things when purchasing wire to ensure that the wire you buy has been manufactured with quality in mind: that the wire is produced using length control techniques to make sure you get what you paid for; insulation is applied using co-extrusion; and wire is inspected with quality control equipment.

Three Things To Look For When Purchasing Wire

Simple ways to ensure wire you buy has been manufactured with quality in mind

Just as two cars may be of vastly different quality even though both have one steering wheel and four tires, not all wire is exactly the same, even though it appears to be on the outside. Those purchasing building wire should be aware that wire manufactured “on the cheap” may come in the same sizes as high quality wire, and may nominally meet the same UL standards, but that does not mean it will perform as well as better quality wire. To ensure that wire you buy can be easily installed and get the job done, look for three key factors that signal high quality wire: the wire is produced using length control techniques to make sure you get what you paid for;insulation is applied using co-extrusion; and wire is inspected with quality control equipment that measures dimensional control, detects defects, and tests for PVC insulation integrity.

Length control

The first factor to look for begins with asking this question – Are you getting exactly what you are paying for in your building wire? If wire you purchase is manufactured using length control, this is a question you can actually answer.When wire contains an accurate footage mark, it allows for quick identification of the re-order point, guaranteeing the full purchased wire length and reducing random lengths. This better controls end-of-reel scrap, prevents the need to carry excess cable inventory, providing precision length, accurate footage, and cost control.

For example, Cerrowire’s True Sequential Footage™ uses a footage mark to document remaining wire, beginning with zero at the bottom of the reel and ending with the finished length at the top. The accurate footage mark allows for quick identification of the re-order point, guaranteeing the full purchased wire length and reducing random lengths. This better controls end-of-reel scrap.

Cerrowire is the only wire manufacturer with a footage guarantee; footages on Cerrowire’s standard reels are guaranteed to be within +/-0.5 percent of the tagged footage. If the footage falls below that range, Cerrowire credits the customer for the amount of the product that is short or replaces the length of wire that is short. In addition, Cerrowire also reimburses the customer for reasonable, direct, out-of-pocket labor costs incurred as a result of the shortage,

Tandem extrusion versus co-extrusion

One of the key features of quality wire is insulation/jacketing that is smooth and consistent. There are two main methods for applying multiple layers of insulation/jacketing to wire: tandem extrusion and co-extrusion. With tandem extrusion, insulation/jacketing layers (for example, PVC/ nylon) are put on one at a time and the finished product is placed in a cooling bath. With co-extrusion, the two layers are applied simultaneously. This gives an advantage in diameter control. The PVC and nylon layers adhere to each other much better and when the product is cooled and finished, as it bends, the two layers bend together better.

With tandem extrusion, the PVC and nylon layers tend to separate from each other, especially in colder weather. The nylon can crack and fall off, so the wire might lose the resistance to gasoline and oil added by nylon. The product is said to “horse-collar,” a term that refers to the ripples that form along the inside of the tight circle when wire is bent. When wire horse-collars, the ripples may rip right off as the wire goes around a corner if it is tight in a conduit, exposing copper. In the process of installation, you lose the physical protection of the nylon layer and the insulation function of the PVC layer.

Use of co-extrusion rather than tandem extrusion to apply the PVC insulation and nylon jacket ensures a tight, yet flexible, nylon jacket that will not horse-collar or wrinkle and hang up or tear during installation. Even as the wire is cornering, the cable remains smooth and the two layers stay together. The method results in more consistent properties and a more durable product, far less susceptible to brittleness at low temperatures and stress cracking, which is prevalent with tandem extrusion. Although the end product may look similar, the co-extruded insulation will have better abrasion resistance, and the nylon jacket will be more likely to remain intact. The co-extruded jacket will be tighter, and the nylon will adhere better to the PVC.

Issues associated with faulty installation can lead to aborted installation if severe. The wire may have to be pulled out, causing loss of time and delay to construction schedules. If installed, it might be rejected by the owner on a job. If really acute, it could lead to damage to the PVC layer, failure of dielectric and a wire shorting out. In most cases, installers spot torn away nylon at the leading end, where the wire comes out of the conduit during installation, and the job is stopped while the wire is pulled out.

The need to eliminate horse-collaring, wrinkling, and its attendant installation problems, along with elimination of low temperature brittleness, were of sufficient gravity that Cerrowire began converting line by line to co-extrusion a few years ago. While a significant expense, the process has resulted in a better product, as well as eliminated a leading cause of customer service call and returns. This in turn has reduced labor costs and the need to reimburse customers when installation is affected. Issues with torn nylon have dwindled tremendously, and low-temperature cracking is virtually non-existent.

Equipment and testing – watch out for dimensional control, spot defect detection, and high voltage testing for PVC insulation integrity

The third tip centers on ensuring that wire you buy makes use of quality control and inspection technology. First up is ensuring dimensional control of PVC and nylon wall thickness. If the wire does not have adequate wall thickness, it may be subject to the chance of insulation penetration, which could cause a failure. Also, the wire’s dialectic strength is automatically reduced by reducing the thickness; there is more protection with adequate wall thickness.

To ensure dimensional control, the wire should be manufactured using a laser micrometer to monitor the wall thickness of the PVC insulation and nylon jacket as it is being extruded onto the wire and microprocessors control the process to insure that every foot of wire has the correct thickness of PVC and nylon. Laser micrometers are extremely effective in maintaining a consistent wall thickness.

A variation of the laser micrometer can also be used to include spot defect detection. The same sensors, processing the information differently, can spot defects and eliminate them before they could become a problem during installation.The sensors are like multiple curtains of light, crisscrossing the wire from different angles, taking thousands of samples per second over many feet of wire. Measuring the average wall thickness by how much light is blocked out, the computer microprocessor processes this data to calculate and compare with pre-set wall thicknesses. It also uses information from the same sensors to locate any instantaneous change in wall thickness, using other software to spot defects like high or low spots, or bumps.

The wire machine can be programmed to reject the spot. (In fact, the defect may or may not cause a failure, but installers pulling wire who see a deformity have to assume the wire would result in a probable failure, stop the installation, pull out all the wire and reinstall, leading to a great deal of lost installation time.)

When the laser results in a lot of rejections, operators can stop and take action to prevent further defects and correct the problem. The laser micrometer therefore prevents bad wire from going out, helps diagnose and correct problems, and results in an extremely high quality level.

Another manufacturing step that improves wire quality is conducting a high voltage test to ensure there are no defects in the insulation.Copper conductor being insulated is grounded at the beginning of the process coming off a reel or coil. After the insulation is applied, it goes through a “bead chain”curtain, which is energized to test a voltage, from 7.5 kilovolts for smaller sizes to 15000 volts for larger sizes. If there is a hole or weak spot in the insulation, as that section goes through the bead chain, the potential on the bead chain will arc out to the grounded wire inside. When this occurs, it sets off a visible and audible alarm and also ejects the package to one side as having a defect. In some cases the operator manually rejects the section and sends it off to be reworked (the defect area is cut out) or scrapped.

Quality manufacturing techniques will lead to quality wire

In short, within the general category of wire that complies with UL specifications, there is wire that barely meets the specification and wire that is well above it. And this definitely relates back to the performance of the cable in field.

The key is to have excellent control of manufacturing processes so there is not a great deal of variation. When selecting wire for your next building project, look for some of the extra product benefits and quality measures taken during the manufacturing process. Asking questions on the three key factors that establish that wire was manufactured correctly will prevent problems from happening during installation and end up saving you money.


For over 90 years...Commercial and residential builders have trusted the rugged strength and dependability that Cerrowire® represents. The wire and cable that bears the Cerrowire name is known industry-wide as a quality product whose continued innovation keeps us, and you, ahead of the curve. With unmatched customer service and guaranteed satisfaction, Cerrowire is your trusted source when your wiring matters most.


Connected World Conference - June 11-13, 2012 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill

Driving Smarter Decisions for the Connected World

The 2012 Connected World Conference sets the stage for what’s next in M2M and connected devices. Bringing together technology-conscious consumers and upwardly mobile entrepreneurs with tech-minded professionals, the Connected World Conference is the industry event for individuals looking to either create or consume the latest emerging devices and technologies.

This conference gives attendees a chance to explore the strategic shifts that new technologies will have now and into the future, both in the U.S. and across the globe. Machine-to-machine technology and connected devices are replacing many traditional hard-wired tasks. Consumers already use mobile devices to perform a host of duties. Toss in enabling social networking, as well as giving mobile workers the ability to access and manage corporate data, and you have the perfect mix for the emergence of many new products.

Whether you are a business professional looking for new simplified solutions, a seasoned “techie,” or a young professional interested in the latest tech “toys” this is the must-attend event for you. Learn about the latest connected devices on the market today and how they can be used in our everyday lives.

See what's in store for the connected car, smart grid, connected home, home health, and so much more by attending this event June 11-13, 2012 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill.

Register today to secure your opportunity to meet with these industry-leading companies exhibiting at the 2012 Connected World Conference. Whether you are a business professional looking for new simplified solutions, a seasoned “techie,” or a young professional interested in the latest tech “toys,” this is the must-attend event for you. 

See and touch some of the latest connected devices on the market today and how they can be used in our everyday lives.

In addition to the exhibitors, the show floor of the Connected World Conference will have:

A Connected Car Pavilion, featuring:

• Chrysler 300 

• Audi A8 

• Cadillac XTS

• Jeep Grand Cherokee

• Chevy Volt

• Porsche

The Gadget Giveaway on Monday, June 11, featuring products from:

• Apple

• Bushnell

• BodyMedia

• Viva

• Nike

• TomTom

• Temperature@lert

• Nest

• BlackBerry

• FitBit 

Plus, so many more.

A live broadcast of The Peggy Smedley Show on Tuesday, June 12.

A Hackathon Pavilion with three sessions. Teams can choose among Web Application, Mobile Application, and Enterprise Integration.

Time is running out to register! 

If you register by June 6, you can receive 20% off your conference pass with promo code 529.

Don’t delay. Register today!


Connected World Magazine Launches Distracted-Driving Page

Carol Stream, Ill. – June 7, 2012 – If you are looking for a place to learn more about distracted driving, your search is over. Connected World magazine today launched a new Webpage dedicated to educating visitors on the dangers of distracted driving and the technology available to aid in its prevention. 

Located online as part of the Connected World magazine Website, the publication’s newest addition provides a one-stop shop for distracted-driving details, including the latest content and statistics, as well as the Safe Driving Pledge for drivers to declare their commitment to safe driving. 

“We have come to a point where there can be no further excuses―we must use technology responsibly as a society. Our new page helps to ensure all drivers have an up-to-date, easy-to-navigate destination to find out what they need to know about distracted driving,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Connected World. “Distracted driving is a serious, life-threatening danger that is plaguing our roadways. I encourage all drivers, young and old, to educate themselves and pledge to be distraction free on the road.”

In addition, the new page also introduces visitors to the realm of technology available to cut down on distracted driving while in transit. 

“From a handsfree service from Voice Assist to driver safety and fleet-management solutions from MiX Telematics, technology can support those who wish to stay connected while on the road,” says Mike Carrozzo, chief editor, Connected World. “Businesses and consumers alike must take advantage of these solutions when any alternative is putting them in a life-or-death situation.”

Those taking the Safe Driving Pledge will also receive special offers for their responsibility. As a commitment to its readers, Connected World is also giving free subscriptions to pledgetakers. 

Visit the Connected World Website and take the pledge today. For even more information and to see this technology in person, check out the Connected World Conference, June 11-13 in St. Charles, Ill., which will feature a distracted-driving pavilion in the exhibit hall

About Connected World magazine

Connected World is for the ever-changing, fast-paced way that we look at technology for work and play. Every issue is packed with need-to-know ideas that keep us up-to-the minute and motivated about the newest gadgets and apps that allow us to stay connected with family, friends, and co-workers.

Whether you're looking for the latest connected devices, applications, or even curious about business innovation, you can find it all on the pages of Connected World.


Driver Gets Jail Time for Texting-While-Driving Death

A Massachusetts teenager this week became the first person in the state convicted of causing a traffic death while texting.

Aaron Deveau, 18, was found guilty on charges of vehicular homicide, texting while driving, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, following a 2011 crash that killed a New Hampshire man, according to CNN. He was sentenced to one year in jail, and had his license revoked for 15 years.

On Feb. 20, 2011, in a matter of seconds, Deveau's car crossed the center line of a Haverhill, Mass., street, crashing head-on with the vehicle of 55-year-old Donald Bowley Jr. of Danville, N.H. Bowley's girlfriend, Luz Roman, 59, was in the car at the time, and suffered serious injuries. Bowley died March 10, 2011, after being taken off of life support.

"I made a mistake," Deveau said during Wednesday's trial. "If I could take it back, I would take it back."

The Massachusetts Highway Safety Division issued a ban on all handheld cell phone use while driving, making it a primary offense for all drivers to send or read text messages while operating a moving vehicle.

The teen actually earned two and a half years behind bars, according to CNN, but Deveau will instead serve one year concurrently on both charges, while the balance is suspended for five years.

During the trial, prosecutors showed the jury the then-17-year-old high school student's phone records, which showed that he sent 193 text messages the day of the crash, including some in the minutes leading up to the crash, and dozens after it, Reuters reported.

Now Deveau will face the consequences of a practice in which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported teens are increasingly engaging.

According to the 2011 National Youth Risk Behavior Study released today, one in three high school students texted or emailed while driving a vehicle in the 30 days prior to participation in the survey.

"These findings … show that despite improvements (including more teens wearing seatbelts), there is a continued need for government agencies, community organizations, schools, parents, and other community members to work together to address the range of risk behaviors prevalent among our youth," Howell Wechsler, director of CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health, said in a press release.

Last month, meanwhile, a judge found that a woman could not be held responsible for texting a driver who crashed while responding to her message, the AP reported.

In February, the Department of Transportation proposed guidelines that would block all in-vehicle communications by a driver, including texting, dialing, Internet browsing, and even entering a GPS address by hand. That came two months after the NHTSA called for a nationwide ban on the use of personal electronic devices while driving—including talking on the phone, as well as sending and reading text messages.


DataNab Universal Monitoring and Control Devices Minimize Energy Costs for Senior Residential Home in Canada

DataNab devices at the core of a REHAU Smart Control solution to control complex, integrated HVAC systems across multiple zones

BURNSVILLE, MINN., May 22, 2012 – Castel De Flots Bleus in Cap Pele, New Brunswick, Canada is a residential housing facility for senior citizens.  With 60 approved dwelling units, it is among the largest special care homes of its kind in the entire country.

The sheer size of the facility — in combination with the local climate — translates to high monthly heating costs in the winter months when using traditional HVAC systems.  This year, the facility transitioned to a REHAU Smart Control solution featuring DataNab universal monitoring and control devices to reduce energy usage and costs.  The complete solution also eliminated approximately $20,000 in thermostats through the use of wall-plate temperature sensors.

Ron Antinori, owner and president of Climate Automation Systems, worked closely with REHAU to develop the efficient control solution for Castel De Flots Bleus.  Climate Automation Systems private labels its branded “env” intelligent climate control solution for REHAU and other companies.  DataNab I/O devices sit at the core of all these solutions, providing inputs to read various types of sensors such as temperature sensors, and providing outputs to control heat pumps, boilers and other building systems.

The Castel Des Flots Bleus solution features multiple DataNab Ai8_R13, Ai32, and AiO8 devices to support building systems across 110 zones, including four heat pumps, three air handlers, several cooling fan coils, two large buffer tanks and dozens of circulator pumps.  The DataNab devices are wired within Kele enclosures for maximum protection, with established “setpoints” to ensure efficient, building-wide energy usage and control.

“Our challenge is to simply have these building and HVAC systems make decisions based on temperatures and equipment status, and then send commands through the DataNab devices to make everything operate efficiently,” said Antinori.  “We couldn’t achieve what the customer requested without the DataNab solution.”

Antinori adds that the DataNab devices provide benefits to contractors as well as end users when it comes to price and ease of use.

“The DataNab devices are extremely cost-efficient at half to one-third the price of competing devices — without losing features,” said Antinori.  “It gives us the opportunity to combine our software with their hardware and deliver a total solution for the contractor that is nicely priced.  DataNab devices also offer features that confirm secure wiring and connections, saving contractors hours of headaches during commissioning.”

Antinori also recently shipped an “env” solution featuring 15 DataNab I/O devices to a large residential home in the Washington, DC area to manage and control HVAC systems and monitor energy usage across three mechanical rooms.  He notes that the new DataNab Ui28_PC2 device stands apart from competitive devices as it offers two pulse counters in addition to 28 universal inputs.  This will allow his residential customers to measure kilowatt hours, gallons per minutes, flow rates, BTUs and other measurements tied to utility meters.

“That’s a rarity in this price range,” he concluded.

About Climate Automation Systems

Climate Automation Systems focuses on joining technology with home environments with the aim to improve homeowner enjoyment and comfort, while bringing the way energy is consumed and utilized into balance with nature.  Founded in 2007, Climate Automation Systems offers the revolutionary env system, embraced by commercial retailers and home construction professionals as an ideal way to manage climates for homes – particularly those with radiant heat systems and large, challenging climate scenarios.  E-mail or visit for more information.

About DataNab LLC (
DataNab LLC is based in Burnsville, Minnesota, USA, specializing in network-based solutions in a variety of applications including audio streaming and distribution, process controls, energy management, building automation, remote monitoring, data acquisition and access control.  DataNab solutions are ideal for applications in AV, broadcast, security, building/facility management, alternative energy and other markets.

DataNab LLC: Toll-Free: 888-732-8262, Direct: 612-747-2981, Fax: 612-486-8974



Industry Support  Grows for NAED Education & Research Foundation

New contributions from Rexel Holdings USA, Legrand, Leviton combine to total $70,000

ST. LOUIS … The National Association of Electrical Distributors today recognized Rexel Holdings USA, Legrand and Leviton for their generous, individual contributions to the NAED Education & Research Foundation. 

The support, totaling $70,000, will help the NAED Foundation develop and maintain industry leading education and training.

“We are honored to receive such generous donations from these members,” said Michelle McNamara, NAED senior vice president and executive director of the NAED Education & Research Foundation. “It’s wonderful to see the industry stepping forward to champion the tools, training and knowledge so vital to our channel’s future.”

The contributions – a $20,000 gift from Leviton and separate $25,000 gifts from Rexel Holdings USA and Legrand – come as the annual campaign for the NAED Foundation continues through June. To date, 112 companies have contributed $268,000 to the campaign.

For more than 40 years, the NAED Foundation has provided members with the education and resources they need to grow and succeed. Past tax-deductible donations have led to the creation of Branch Management University, an online version of the Electrical Products Education Course, preparatory materials for the prestigious Certified Electrical Professional program and other initiatives.

For more information about contributing to the NAED Foundation, contact Erika TenEyck at

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.


Fluke Networks Gives Telecom Technician Tool Belts an Extreme Makeover

New test sets are 62 percent lighter, 20 percent more cost effective

EVERETT, Wash. — May 17, 2012 /— Fluke Networks today announced the TS®54 TDR telephone test set, which is 62 percent lighter and 20 percent more cost effective than other similar solutions on the market,¹ and changes the game for data and telecom technicians and companies everywhere in terms of ergonomics, cost and functionality. The highly durable TS54 tester also passes a 20-foot concrete drop test and includes an industry leading three-year warranty.

With more than 150 million fixed telephone lines in service in the U.S. alone,² service provider technicians spend the majority of their day in the field with heavy tool belts that carry the equipment necessary to test today’s voice, data and video services. The TS54 tester combines the functionality of what were formerly three separate tools into one, which not only reduces tool belt weight significantly, but also helps reduce testing equipment costs per technician. “Whatever you want to call them: test sets or butt sets, the integration of three test sets into one, plus the added protection of a three year-warranty, allows us to offer our service provider partners with a significant reduction in the total cost of ownership,” said Ed Sztuka, vice president at Fluke Networks.

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

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

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

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

The TS PRO Series is available immediately. For more information, please visit Fluke Networks. In addition, download “The Evolution of Test Sets in Telecom History” info graphic.

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

  1. Based on internal Fluke Networks research on average list of standard competitive products.
  2. International Telecommunication Union 2011
  3. OSHA, "Ergonomics eTool: Solutions for Electrical Contractors," n.d., (accessed March 29, 2012)


Goedecke Named NAED Women in Industry Trailblazer

Mayer Electric Supply Chairman and CEO recognized for exemplary leadership, 

commitment to industry

ST. LOUIS … The National Association of Electrical Distributors is proud to recognize Nancy Collat Goedecke, chairman and CEO of Birmingham, Alabama-based Mayer Electric Supply, with its 2012 Women in Industry Trailblazer award.

Presented at this week’s 2012 NAED Women in Industry Forum, the award honors Goedecke’s outstanding and dedicated service to the association, its Women in Industry Forum and the electrical distribution industry at large.

Nancy has served as a leader and role model for women working across our industry,” said Katriona Hartin, strategic account partnership manager with Mayer Electric Supply and chair of the NAED Women in Industry Committee. “As she’s reached success, she’s never stopped helping those around her also attain success. That’s true of her business, her associates and her community – she never hesitates to lend a helping hand or inspire people to aim high for their goals.”

A third-generation leader, Goedecke grew up working for Mayer Electric Supply, a company started by her grandfather. Upon earning a degree from Tulane University, she began her career as an elementary school teacher. Goedecke later re-entered the electrical distribution industry, working her way up through inside sales, telemarketing and customer service to management.

In addition to leading Mayer, Goedecke is active in the industry, giving her free time and experience to the NAED Government Affairs Policy Committee, the South Central Region Council and the Women in Industry Committee.

Equally committed to life and business in Birmingham, Goedecke serves on a number of boards throughout the community, including the local chapters of the American Red Cross and the United Way, BB&T Bank, Birmingham Jewish Federation and the Birmingham Business Alliance. She is the recipient of the Girl Scout Women of Distinction Award and the Junior League Shining Star Award.

Read more about Goedecke’s story in the June issue of tED magazine.


House Showcases Network of the Future with Leviton Connectivity

When technology radio commentator Ron Rosberg, aka the "Gadget Guru", decided to build his dream home he envisioned more than just a house. He wanted a place he could use to showcase the latest in home technology. After three years of planning and building, his dream was realized. The house, referred to by Rosberg as the Technology Lake House, is located on the shores of Clear Lake in Northern California, approximately 120 miles north of San Francisco. Aside from the impressive exterior features, the 4,400 sq ft house, 3-bedroom guest suite, and 6-car garage, the home's interior features more network connections than some office buildings.

Building a comprehensive home network
When Rosberg arranged for the remote-accessible cameras, wireless lighting system, flat screen TVs and music controls in every room, it became obvious that the house needed a strong network infrastructure to serve as the backbone. That infrastructure also needed to integrate seamlessly with the multiple systems involved. That's where Leviton came in. In addition to the Leviton electrical outlets that were already installed in the house, Rosberg also decided on Leviton connectivity for its ease of use and organization.

Eric Cox, President of 20/20 dB, Inc., handled the structured wiring installation for the Technology Lake House project. With help from Leviton Network Solutions' staff, he chose the Leviton products he needed to build a network that could support such a broad array of devices. In addition to the networking products, Cox also chose a Leviton 51110 series surge protection panel to safeguard the hightech equipment in the home against harmful power spikes.

"I didn't want miles of cable stuck behind coats in a closet," Rosberg said. "The way you [Leviton] design makes it a nobrainer for nice and easy installation." Instead of being piled in a closet, all the Ultra High Flex HOME 5e® and 6 Patch Cables, Twist & Mount Patch Panels, Premium CATV Modules, and Telephone Input Distribution Panels are organized neatly into three 42" Structured Media® enclosures for the main house and two in the garage for the guest suite.

Cox used QuickPort® wallplates, 3 GHz F-connectors, and Tool-Free CAT 5e and 6 HOME connectors in each room to connect all of the equipment. "There are five to six cables per room, so I like to use QuickPort connectors to color code the ports for the client so there's less confusion and they know what cables plug into what port," Cox said. Lowering the margin of error was particularly important for this project since Cox lived about three hours from the job site. "Proper labeling allows me to troubleshoot from afar; it helps me identify and solve a problem over the phone," Cox said.

Also important for this project was a network that could be easily upgraded to support the latest technology over the coming years. Leviton connectivity helped Cox prepare for what might be needed five years down the road. "Each room in the house has a network feed for future demands and access to the Internet via a hardwired line," Cox said. By using the Leviton QuickPort line, he will be able to easily make changes in each room as the home's network needs evolve.

What's next for the Technology Lake House
Though Rosberg moved in beforehand, the house was officially finished in early 2012. He is already keeping his eye out for new technologies to feature in his house, but for now he has "a very livable and very enjoyable" high-tech home.

Leviton Manufacturing is North America's leading manufacturer of electrical wiring devices, data center connectivity solutions and lighting energy management systems. Founded at the turn of the 20th century, we've grown over the past 100 years to become the preeminent leader in our industry. Today our product portfolio consists of over 25,000 devices and systems used in homes, businesses and industry.


IDEAL Shipping NAVITEK II Technician Tool

SAN DIEGO, CA, MAY 25, 2012 -- IDEAL Industries Networks, the networking technology division of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. (, announced today its first shipments of the NaviTEK® II frontline IT technician tool with the most advanced capabilities for conducting active and passive network testing across both copper and fiber networks.

NaviTEK II is an affordable, handheld network and cable verifier tester that makes troubleshooting LAN physical and network layers more efficient with features not available in any other tester in this price range including support for IPv6, 802.1X, Netscan and VLANs, and an advanced color LCD screen to view pin-by-pin wiremap.

User navigation through the tester's full capabilities is simple thanks to its 5-way navigation buttons and intuitive set of icons. Another key to its time-saving design is the ability to test both cabling and network performance using the same RJ45 interface, eliminating the need to disconnect the cable from the unit to switch between cable and network tests. Both IPv6 and IPv4 are supported, either address formats can be acquired using DHCP or assigned statically. Ping and Traceroute are also supported as well as Netscan that auto-discovers IPv6 and IPv4 network nodes.

The NaviTEK II can store up to 250 tests in five unique job folders. This large storage memory and job folder system helps organize results from multiple jobs without having to offload the information onto a hard drive, helping the technician be more efficient and better prepared for reporting.


NaviTEK II is available through all major electrical and datacomm distributors. For more details, visit

For more information about IDEAL Industries Networks NaviTEK II, visit


Industry's Rising Stars Recognized in tED Magazine's 2012 '30 Under 35' List

Initiative, Drive, Creativity and Leadership Set These Young Electrical Professionals Apart 

ST. LOUIStED magazine, the official publication of the National Association of Electrical Distributors, has released its first-ever "30 Under 35" list of rising stars from across the electrical industry.

Representing today's top emerging leaders, this list recognizes 30 talented young professionals who have the initiative, drive, integrity and creativity to move the industry forward in the decades to come.

"Bright, up-and-coming talent is the key to our industry's future," said Misty Byers, editor of tED magazine. "Judging by the competition's strong response, there are many valued young people in the electrical channel today, and that made narrowing the field difficult. Through their accomplishments, the individuals on this list demonstrate they have the skills and knowledge to lead."

The competition, open to electrical professionals 34 years old or younger,* drew nominations from mentors, managers, and other industry leaders working in electrical distribution, manufacturing, and related technology and service organizations. The tED editorial team blindly judged each submission, placing emphasis on such traits as dedication, innovation, leadership and people skills, commitment to training, personal integrity and work-life balance.

tED and NAED congratulate the 2012 "30 Under 35" professionals:

  • Matthew Allbritton, 32, senior sales representative, OSRAM Sylvania
  • Brett Anderson, 24, product data analyst & engineer, DATAgility
  • Brandon Bazemore, 29, regional customer service manager -- southern region, Electrical Equipment Company
  • Clayton Bond, 33, area sales manager, Rexel Holdings USA
  • Rob Eberhart, 29, quotations manager, The Hite Company
  • Andrew Esce, 32, vice president of operations, City Electric
  • John Gerber, 33, area manager, Rexel Holdings USA
  • Carlos Gomez Jr., 27, warehouse manager, Electric Supply
  • Matthew Greenwood, 34, project sales manager, Rexel Holdings USA
  • Nathan Hagemeier, 32, area sales director -- California, Nevada, & Hawaii, Lutron Electronics
  • Richard Harris, 31, division manager -- Denver, Facility Solutions Group
  • Rocky Kuchenmeister, 32, branch manager, K/E Electric Supply
  • Brian Logan, 34, customer support & maintenance director, Electrical Equipment Company
  • Robert Logan, 32, division vice president -- Pacific, Rexel Holdings USA
  • Tara Logar, 35*, Siemens Canada SPD account manager, Advanced Protection Technologies
  • Brandon Marken, 25, vice president of sales, EverLast Lighting
  • Heather McDonald, 32, commodity manager, Van Meter Inc.
  • Mildred Munjanganja, 32, vice president -- sales,
  • Jackie Nelson, 30, creative service manager, Madison Electric Products
  • Edwin Ojeda, 29, senior territory manager, Brady
  • Brent Palser, 27, sales/operations, Dickman Supply
  • Gena Redding, 31, director of marketing, Standard Electric Supply
  • Evan Regenstreif, 31, vice president of procurement, Regency Lighting
  • Adrienne Sander, 32, regional manager of industrial sales, Intermatic
  • Emilie Schouten, 33, director of leadership development & training, Rexel Holdings USA
  • Chase Vaughan, 27, marketing coordinator, Electrical Equipment Company
  • Whitney Walrath, 28, category manager -- lighting & energy efficiency, Rexel Holdings USA
  • Ricki Weisberg Ndege, 32, communications director, Affiliated Distributors
  • Amanda Witham, 30, financial operations manager, Crescent Electric Supply
  • Mike Yarabinee, 32, counter sales manager, Billows Electric Supply

tED will recognize these 30 honorees in its July print and online issues as well as during a special ceremony at the 2012 NAED Leadership Enhancement And Development, or LEAD, Conference, taking place July 19-21, 2012 in ChicagoRegistration for this event is now open; registrants who sign up before June 7 can save $200 with an early bird discount. Those named to the 2012 "30 Under 35" list are eligible for free registration when a paid attendee from his or her company is also registered.

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.

*34 at the time of nomination


Kathleen Mazzarella Becomes Graybar's 11th President and CEO

ST. LOUIS, June 1, 2012 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, announced that Kathleen M. Mazzarella has become the company’s 11th President and CEO, effective today. 

As President and CEO, Mazzarella oversees the day-to-day operations of the business and sets the strategic direction for Graybar’s sales and marketing efforts. She succeeds Robert A. Reynolds, Jr. who now serves as Graybar’s executive chairman, overseeing the company’s strategy and providing guidance to the executive team.

Mazzarella is a member of Graybar’s board of directors and most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer. During her 32-year career with the employee-owned company, she has held leadership positions in sales, marketing, human resources and strategic planning. She holds an associate degree in telecommunications engineering, a bachelor’s degree in applied behavioral sciences and a master’s degree in business administration. In addition, Mazzarella serves on the boards of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association (RCGA), NAW Institute and St. Louis Club. She also serves on the NAED Channel Advantage Partnership Council and the Advisory Board for the Webster University School of Business and Technology.

“I have the utmost respect for Bob Reynolds and admire the strong leadership he has provided throughout his 40-year Graybar career,” said Mazzarella. “Graybar has a long history of working to the advantage of our customers and our industry. I am honored to serve as President and CEO and look forward to working with Bob and Graybar’s entire leadership team to build a bright future for our company, our customers and our employees.”

Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of nearly 240 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.


CABA to Hold Digital Home Forum

The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to be holding its next Digital Home Forum in San Diego on October 11 and 12, 2012.

The event, hosted by CABA member Qualcomm, will bring together leading companies dealing with integration of consumer electronics and other cutting-edge technology throughout the home.

"We are extremely pleased to offer the highest-quality information and research to attendees of our ongoing Digital Home Forum event series," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "The beneficial information and industry intelligence that CABA members and industry stakeholders will gain from this event will exceed any expense involved in attending."

Industry stakeholders are invited to attend the Forum on October 11 to learn about current trends in the digital and connected home from a wide range of companies working in this space and explore future research opportunities. Results from the CABA landmark research project "Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Homes" will be shared with delegates.

Participants in the CABA Research Program will share their research and insights, along with details about their current activities. CABA's Research Program offers a range of opt-in technical and advisory research services designed to provide industry stakeholders with collaborative market research and R&D opportunities. Forum participants will be openly discussing their research strategies as they relate to the connected home sector and their respective organizations.

CABA's Connected Home Council will also hold a meeting in conjunction with the Forum on October 12. The Council examines industry opportunities that can accelerate the adoption of new home technologies, consumer electronics and broadband services within the burgeoning connected home market.

Through CABA's participation at both of these meetings, attendees will be exposed to the highest-quality market research that will provide their organizations with strategies to provide greater value to their customers and greater revenue to their balance sheets.

As an added bonus, attendees of both meetings will be invited as VIP guests of Qualcomm to attend the Miramar Air Show on the afternoon of October 12. Delegates will get a police escort to a VIP tent with food, refreshments and great views.

The Miramar Air Show is an annual event held at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in the San Diego area. The event is one of the largest military air shows open to the public, with total annual attendance estimated at 700,000. The show is annually held in October and is designed to coincide with Fleet Week. Note VIP seating is limited to a first come, first served basis, so register for the CABA Digital Home Forum today to confirm your attendance.

You can register for the event at

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


Will management be able to save Hewlett-Packard from lack of momentum?

Morale is in the dumpster at HP as the company wrestles with a huge workforce reduction. This reduction comes as no surprise to the market. HP management has been ineffective and, according to some outsiders, incompetent. The pace of change and the advancement of technology waits for no bureaucrat.

Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to cut its workforce by 25,000 to 30,000 employees, people familiar with the matter said, a record number for the venerable technology giant as it grapples with declining revenue and profits. Management strategies and marketing maneuvers over the past decade seem to have been following the “Kodak Playbook”.

Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Meg Whitman plans a companywide restructuring that will include the elimination of about 30,000 jobs.

Cuts in that range would constitute about 8% of H-P's total head count, which stood at approximately 349,600 at the end of October. The people familiar with the matter said that the cuts would be across the company and that the exact number wasn't yet final. In the interim, productivity is likely to collapse as the employees focus on the pending job eliminations. In the past, similar situations, (like AT&T downsizing and restructuring, and then more downsizing) have come close to totally paralyzing productivity. Expect some unusual gyrations and unexpected marketing programs to emerge as management struggles with ideas to “keep their jobs.”   Action must be swift and decisive or HP is likely to follow Kodak and other proud and “too big to fail” companies. Unemployment numbers are high and the economy is showing weakness in the recovery since 2008.     


NEMA Congratulates MITA for FDA Pediatric Imaging Award

ROSSLYN, Va., June 5, 2011—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) congratulates its Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) on receiving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Leveraging/Collaboration Award for developing a collaborative network aimed at reducing unnecessary radiation exposure from imaging exams to pediatric patients.

MITA is a long-time collaborative partner with the FDA on initiatives to promote the safe and effective use of medical imaging equipment.

“NEMA’s medical imaging members are world-leading examples of how industry can improve the lives of those most precious to us—our children.” Gaddis said. “I commend the work MITA has done alongside the FDA in this important effort.

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


Study Confirms BICSI RCDD Maintains Its Position As Gold Standard Industry Credential

Tampa, Fla., May 21, 2012—BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, has compiled and released the results of a study conducted on its Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD®) credential holders.

The study confirms continued relevance for the RCDD, which is BICSI’s strongest credential. RCDD credential holders serve the ITS industry with expertise in the design, implementation and integration of ITS and its related infrastructure. With more than 7,500 RCDDs worldwide, BICSI’s recent study found that 99 percent of those who currently hold the RCDD plan to renew and maintain their credential. Nearly 65 percent of RCDDs have held their credential for more than 4 years, while about 35 percent have maintained the designation for more than 10 years. Many of these RCDDs own their own businesses or are partners in a business. For those RCDDs who are not self-employed, about 60 percent say that their continuing education costs are completely covered by their employer.

While it is a relatively difficult credential to attain, a majority of RCDDs stated that they would recommend the credential to others in the industry that design and implement IT systems. The RCDD exam requires between 100-200 hours of study from BICSI’s Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM), which is now in its 12th edition. BICSI recommends studying the manual in conjunction with a BICSI exam preparation course.

Most individuals holding the RCDD credential are also BICSI members. More than 20 percent of RCDDs have been BICSI members for 16 years or longer.

“As an organization, BICSI is committed to offering the highest quality education and training to better serve the needs of these ITS industry professionals,” said John D. Clark, Jr., CAE, BICSI’s Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. “RCDD credential holders follow current standards and best practices and must meet continuing education requirements to maintain their credential. The RCDD is a core element of BICSI, and timely research will insure the gold standard quality of this credential. BICSI is pleased to continue providing essential education and credentialing programs to further support and advance information technology systems.”

An RCDD has demonstrated knowledge in the design, integration and implementation of telecommunications and data transport systems and their related infrastructure. These individuals are uniquely positioned to create the detailed design of a new system and/or integrate design into an existing structure. The RCDD is one of the highest design credentials in the ITS industry and is recognized worldwide, including by many private and governmental organizations.

“We have worked very hard to keep the RCDD relevant to both the credential holder and the employer or customer who uses their skills,” said Jerry L. Bowman, RCDD, RTPM(i), NTS, CISSP, CPP, CSI, BICSI President. “Keeping the RCDD relevant involves continuously updating the RCDD program, constantly refining the educational opportunities available to our credentialed stakeholders and managing the continuing education credits offered to them. This survey tells us that the RCDD is still relevant, in demand and clearly valued as a global mark of distinction for the ITS designer.”

Candidates for the RCDD credentials are required to have at least five years of ITS design experience or an equivalent combination of experience and industry certifications. For more information, please visit

BICSI is a professional association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry. ITS covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security, project management and audio & video technologies. It encompasses the design, integration and installation of pathways, spaces, optical 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.


EXFO and RAD Deliver End-to-End Monitoring with Unique Combined Solution

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA, May 22, 2012 – EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF) and RAD Data Communications announced today the availability of their new integrated solution for end-to-end monitoring of data networks.

This solution will lower operators’ capital expenses (CAPEX) by reducing network implementation time dramatically – from months to weeks or even days. As well, the joint solution slashes operational expenses by enabling faster and more detailed fault diagnoses and reduced mean-time-to-repair (MTTR).

By integrating RAD network interface devices (NIDs) with EXFO’s Brix System service assurance solution, network operators can now access a wider range of metrics than ever before, all collected and correlated on a single, Web-based system. This unique joint solution allows operators to monitor and test the performance of their services end-to-end and on a per-segment basis, without requiring expensive or time-consuming custom development for integration of multiple monitoring systems.

The result for operators is faster troubleshooting and improved operational efficiency, all while leveraging their existing equipment from both companies.

“This solution allows operators to monitor their networks from end to end and correlates all the relevant metrics in one integrated system,” said Claudio Mazzuca, Vice-President of EXFO’s Service Assurance Division. “Until now this was only possible if operators stitched these metrics together using expensive customized software. By integrating NIDs from RAD into the Brix System, we can reduce the complexity of any operator’s OSS and thus reduce their OPEX.”

The joint solution also supports performance testing directly from NID to NID, enabling operators to segment the network for active monitoring and troubleshooting purposes.

“The result is an extremely fast and cost-effective solution that can automatically collect, analyze and correlate NID data,” said Shoval Bolotin, RAD’s Director of Product Management. “The operator gets the full benefits of RAD’s advanced ETX family of NIDs with traffic engineering, advanced diagnostic and synchronization features, all fully integrated into their service assurance solution. This completely eliminates the costly and time-consuming custom development that is often required to correlate this data into the operator’s OSS. We’re very happy to have our NIDs managed by EXFO’s market-leading Brix System, which is the best-of-breed solution in the service provider’s performance monitoring market.”

While the integrated solution significantly reduces spending on OSS development, it also allows operators to minimize time-to-market and deliver an off-the-shelf solution in days or weeks, as opposed to months or years. The solution is standards-based and allows operators to leverage their existing investments in EXFO and/or RAD equipment. As well, the vendor-agnostic approach built into this solution makes it easy to implement in any network.

For more information, please visit either or

About EXFO

Listed on the NASDAQ and TSX stock exchanges, EXFO is among the leading providers of next-generation test and service assurance solutions for wireline and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The company offers innovative solutions for the development, installation, management and maintenance of converged, IP fixed and mobile networks—from the core to the edge. Key technologies supported include 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Ethernet, OTN, FTTx, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and various optical technologies (accounting for an estimated 35% of the portable fiber-optic test market). EXFO has a staff of approximately 1800 people in 25 countries, supporting more than 2000 telecom customers worldwide. For more information, visit

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For more information

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About RAD
Founded in 1981, RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access and backhaul equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, carriers, and enterprise networks, as well as utilities and transportation systems. The company’s installed base exceeds 12,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world, including AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom/Orange, Hutchison, KDDI, Telekom Austria, TeliaSonera, Telstra, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Vodafone. RAD is an active participant in industry organizations such as the IETF, Broadband Forum, ITU, and MEF. Its customers are supported by 32 offices and more than 300 channel partners in 165 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site:

For more information

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Director of Marketing Communications

(201) 529-1100, Ext. 286


North America's Largest FTTH Trade Show to Highlight Progress in Deployment of All-Fiber Networks, September 23-27, Dallas

Technology advancements, deployment experiences and gigabit services to emphasize that future connectivity is here and now

(WASHINGTON, DC) - The expansion of next-generation, all-fiber networks, and the growing number offering advanced gigabit services to their subscribers, will take center stage as 2,000 people from across the fiber to the home industry gather at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas September 23-27 for the 2012 FTTH Conference & Expo.


Keynoting this year's conference, the largest in North America devoted to fiber to the home technologies and services, will be Jonathan Adelstein, Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Bob Mudge, president of Consumer and Mass Business Markets at Verizon.


As RUS Administrator, Adelstein manages the federal broadband stimulus program for rural areas, in which the majority of funds were awarded to projects involving construction of fiber to the premise networks. At Verizon, Mudge leads the team that deployed FiOS, Verizon's fiber-based voice, video and high-speed data service. Leveraging Verizon's investment in future-proof technology, his team is bringing a never-before-seen level of connectivity to millions of U.S. homes, providing consumers anytime, anywhere access to their digital content as well as remote access and control of their homes.


Gathering under the banner "FTTH: The Future is Now," conference-goers will discuss the latest developments in bringing all-fiber broadband to communities across the continent and to the Latin American and Caribbean region, with a focus on how faster broadband is critical to success in the global economy.


"Our selection of keynoters for this event is evidence of how fiber to the home is fast becoming the technology of choice for both consumers and the companies that want to provide them with the level of connectivity and service that they'll need as bandwidth demands continue to accelerate," said Heather Burnett Gold, President of the Fiber-to the-Home Council Americas, the non-profit association that organizes the event.


"Clearly, the future belongs to those who have next-generation capacity to access the very latest online technologies, services and applications," she said.


According to the FTTH Council, more than 8 million homes in North America are now connected to fiber to the home networks, and nearly 1,000 companies have upgraded to FTTH in at least part of their service area.


The 2012 FTTH Conference and Expo combines a 130-exhibit trade show and special "FiberZone" featuring hands-on demonstrations of next-generation applications and services with an extensive learning program, including dozens of peer-reviewed track sessions and other presentations covering every aspect of FTTH - from network architecture, design and maintenance to FTTH services and applications, network operations and business challenges. 


Featured industry panels will include success stories from FTTH service providers and discussions on large carrier FTTH experiences, FTTH market analyses and deploying fiber to multi-dwelling units. For the first time, the event will offer two pre-conference learning sessions - the FTTH Starter Kit Workshop and the FTTH Advanced Technology Workshop - on Sunday, September 22, with both covered by the cost of a conference pass. 


The event will also offer a panel and track sessions aimed at the Latin American market, where nine countries are now seeing deployment of FTTH networks. These will coincide with a meeting of the FTTH Council's Latin American Chapter in Orlando during the week of the conference.


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


"This is the one event of the year when the entire FTTH industry comes together to share knowledge, see the latest technologies and develop strategies for achieving North America's ultra high-bandwidth future," said Kevin Bourg of Aurora Networks, a member of the FTTH Council board of directors and this year's conference chair.


Corning and Viamedia are the Platinum Sponsors for the 2012 FTTH Conference & Expo.

About the Fiber-to-the-Home Council Americas  

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


Southwire Company, Dow Electrical & Telecommunications Partner at Windpower 2012

Carrollton, GA and Houston, TX – May 31, 2012 – Southwire Company has announced it will feature its full line of wire and cable products for the wind energy market during the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER 2012 Conference and Exhibition June 3-6 in Atlanta, GA.

Southwire will welcome customers at Booth #1749 in Hall A, where it will exhibit its complete renewable energy solutions including wire and cable for turbines, towers and collection, overhead and underground transmission and substation wiring solutions.

“Wind is one of the fastest growing segments of our energy portfolio,” said Ron Burchfield, Director, Renewable Energy at Southwire. “As a full-line cable supplier for this market, we’re excited to meet our customers at WINDPOWER 2012 and discuss how Southwire’s solutions ensure reliable, cost-effective power throughout the life of their renewable energy systems.”

Southwire will also welcome Dow Electrical & Telecommunications (Dow E&T) to the booth. There, Dow E&T will feature its DOW ENDURANCE™ HFDC-4202 EC product, an advanced performance tree-retardant cross-linked polyethylene (TR-XLPE) MV insulation that builds on nearly 30 years of history in tree retardant materials which optimizes reliability, life cycle costs and installation for wind energy developers and owners.

“Dow is excited to partner with Southwire because quality materials combined with quality cable manufacturing delivers the best outcome for customers,” said Jim Rosborough, North America Commercial Director, Dow Electrical & Telecommunications. “Wind producers must ensure a reliable power connection for the duration of the turbine system lifecycle, and we look forward to working with Southwire to meet that need.”

“Southwire is proud to co-exhibit with Dow E&T at Windpower 2012,” Burchfield agreed. “We look forward to building on our successes in this market with products that cover the entire renewable energy grid, from wind nacelle to transmission line and every cable in between.” 

About Southwire

A technology and innovation leader for over 60 years, Southwire Company is the leading wire and cable producer in North America. Southwire manufactures utility cable products including overhead and underground transmission and distribution cable, building wire and cable, industrial power cable, copper and aluminum rod, and continuous-casting rod technology. For more information about Southwire products, services, and technical resources please visit

About Dow Electrical & Telecommunications

Dow Electrical & Telecommunications, a business unit in the Performance Plastics Division of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”), is a leading global provider of products, technology, solutions and knowledge that sets standards for reliability, longevity, efficiency, ease of installation and protection that the power and telecommunications industries can count on in the transmission, distribution and consumption of power, voice and data. Understanding that collaboration is essential to success, Dow E&T works together with cable makers, other industry suppliers, utilities, municipalities, testing institutes and other organizations around the world to help develop solutions and create mutual value that will sustain these industries for years to come. For more information, visit

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at


The Light Brigade® Introduces New YouTube Channel

Tukwila, WA – May 31, 2012
The Light Brigade
has launched a new YouTube Channel that provides customers with the opportunity to view short clips from The Light Brigade's fiber optic training media library prior to purchase. The YouTube Channel offers clips from the following topics:

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

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

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

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

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


The Light Brigade® Names De Paolis Vice President/General Manager

The Light Brigade, a leading fiber optic training provider, has named Dario De Paolis as vice president and general manager, responsible for strategic development and management of worldwide operations. De Paolis brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to the position. Past experience includes Danaher Corporation where he served as director of worldwide sales of a Fluke Corporation division, business unit manager and director of sales operations for AMPAC where he managed the overall results of a Latin American entity inclusive of three subsidiary operations in Canada, Australia and Brazil.

De Paolis joins The Light Brigade from PartMiner Worldwide Inc., a large independent distributor of integrated circuits and electronic commodities. As vice president of worldwide component sales, De Paolis managed the overall activities of the sales operations. Prior to his time with PartMiner, De Paolis was president and co-founder of a software startup company focused on providing IT Management Software solutions.

De Paolis is a graduate of Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology and is a graduate of the AeA/Stanford Executive Institute..

About The Light Brigade
Since 1987, The Light Brigade has instructed 43,000 attendees in its public and custom classes on fiber optic design, maintenance, and testing, including advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM, and PMD/CD. In addition to creating custom courses tailored to any need or skill level, the company produces educational DVDs and CDs.
The Light Brigade, visit, email or call 1 (800) 451‑7128


The Light Brigade Takes Fiber to Dubai

Tukwila, WA – June 6, 2012
The Light Brigade, the education and training division of AFL, extended its resources to Dubai for associates of Etisalat, a telecommunications corporation that caters to consumers, businesses, international telecommunications companies, ISPs, content providers and mobile operators.

Fifty engineers and managers were trained on the Certified Fiber-to-the-Home Professional (CFHP) program which is taught by The Light Brigade instructors and sponsored by the Fiber-to-the-Home Council. The course addressed planning and designing FTTH networks, next generation ten gigabit FTTH systems and how to address migration and growth. The ultimate goal was to receive CFHP certification from the FTTH Council.

"The United Arab Emirates' growth is impressive as is their implementation of an FTTH infrastructure," stated The Light Brigade's founder and CFHP course developer, Larry Johnson. "As growth continues around the world, The Light Brigade will continue to provide these training opportunities abroad so that new infrastructure is installed using the latest technology available."

The two-day course provides a firm foundation on which to build toward FTTH network design, planning and management responsibilities. CFHP designation is achieved with an 80% passing or greater score and is valid for three years.

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

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

WESCO’s CSC Named Premier Partner for PSA Security Network

PSA Security Network, the nation’s largest membership group for systems integrators, recognized WESCO Distribution’s Communication Supply Corporation (CSC) during its annual PSA-TEC Conference in Westminster, Colorado on May 16, 2012.  The “Superstar Award” is awarded to only two PSA partners annually and is deemed the highest honor by PSA security integrators.  This coveted award recognizes select partners for their "superior performance", and is voted on by PSA members in the areas of on-time shipping, customer support, lead generation, ease of returns and product performance.  WESCO’s continued investment in the security market over the past several years is clearly paying dividends for integrators across the United States.  With local stock from the industry’s top suppliers and a business model that exclusively goes through the integrators, WESCO’s CSC has started to build a real name for itself in the security space.

About WESCO International, Inc.

WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a publicly traded Fortune 500 company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair and operating ("MRO") and original equipment manufacturers ("OEM") products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistics services. 2011 annual sales were approximately $6.1 billion. The Company employs approximately 7,100 people, maintains relationships with over 18,000 suppliers, and serves over 65,000 customers worldwide. Customers include industrial and commercial businesses, contractors, governmental agencies, institutions, telecommunications providers and utilities. WESCO operates eight fully automated distribution centers and approximately 400 full-service branches in North America and international markets, providing a local presence for customers and a global network to serve multi-location businesses and multi-national corporations.

About Communications Supply Corporation (CSC):

Founded in 1972, Communications Supply Corporation (CSC), a subsidiary of WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC) distributes a full range of data communications and security solutions.  Together, CSC and WESCO form the largest electrical, data communications and security network in North America, with 400 full service branches and an international network designed to scale.  At CSC, we focus on one thing: servicing our customers.  Through our people, passion and expertise, we’ll gain a thorough understanding of your organization’s needs and deliver best-in-class products and services.  It’s this guiding principle that has turned us into the fastest growing data communications and security products distributor in North America today.  Editor’s Note: *Visit this website and connect with a wealth of information and resources.

About PSA:
PSA Security Network® is the world’s largest electronic security cooperative representing security system integrators. By combining purchasing power, resources of large vendor groups with the strengths and personal attention to detail of locally owned companies PSA system integrators improve security performance through their access to the latest electronic security products, education, certifications, best practices and other resources to develop cost-effective security solutions.


General Cable Has Joined Rockwell Automation’s Encompass™ Program

Highland Heights, Kentucky, June 7, 2012General Cable (NYSE: BGC) is pleased to announce that it has joined the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork as an Encompass Product Partner in the Americas region. By participating as a member of this program, General Cable’s customers will be able to quickly locate complementary products that best solve any application challenges. These products are critical components or connectivity solutions that extend and enhance Rockwell Automation installations.

“It is a tremendous accomplishment for General Cable to become a Rockwell Encompass Product Partner, Americas region,” Tom Bisson, Vice President of Electrical Distribution Sales, General Cable.  “General Cable was invited to become a member of this program, which has a limited membership based on how each member’s products will complement and enhance Rockwell Automation solutions, due to our expertise and innovation in wire and cable products and technologies.   We are excited about this membership, which will provide the impetus for future product development and other opportunities that will be on the forefront of Industrial Automation platforms.”

General Cable brings more than 165 years of wire and cable development experience to the Rockwell community. Membership in the Rockwell Automation Encompass program is an additional way for General Cable to continue to innovate and develop new technologies and solutions in collaboration with our valued partners.

“Our company provides a complete product offering to serve all markets, world-class manufacturing capabilities and technical expertise to its distribution partners and all Rockwell Automation customers and members, said Ryan Goard, Director of Sales, General Cable. “General Cable will include Electronics, Datacom, Industrial & Specialty and Portable Cord products in the Encompass program.”

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, specialty and communications markets.  For more information about General Cable, visit our Web site at

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs about 20,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

About the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork

General Cable is part of the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™ program, which includes business enterprise, sales and solutions, and product and technology partners. Through collaboration with Rockwell Automation, General Cable helps its customers improve time to market, lower total cost of ownership, better manage assets and lower manufacturing business risk. For more information, visit


USGBC and its Northern California Chapter launch the California Best Buildings Challenge at CGI America Meeting

On stage at CGI, President Clinton announces the six initial participants - Adobe, Genentech, Google, Prudential Real Estate Investors, SAP and Zynga - who have committed to a 20 percent reduction in energy, water and waste in two years across a portfolio of five million square feet.

Chicago, Ill. - (June 8, 2012) - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and USGBC’s Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC) will launch the California Best Buildings Challenge at the closing plenary event of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America), a meeting focused on finding solutions that promote economic recovery in the United States. President Clinton and USGBC President, CEO and Founding Chair, Rick Fedrizzi, will join three of the six inaugural commitment participants, Genentech, Google and Prudential Real Estate Investors (PREI®), on stage to announce the Challenge during the closing plenary of the popular event that draws more than 900 business, non-profit and media participants.

Inspired by the White House’s Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) and President Clinton’s pioneering work to promote sustainable buildings, the California Best Buildings Challenge consists of industry-leading firms with a strong California presence that have committed to reduce their building energy, water and waste by 20 percent in two years. Adobe, Genentech, Google, PREI, SAP and Zynga have stepped up to kick off the challenge, collectively committing five million square feet of building space from their portfolios.

“We are pleased to have these leading-edge organizations on board with this incredibly meaningful challenge,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, USGBC. “The California Best Buildings Challenge is raising the bar in terms of what is expected in the realm of corporate sustainability. We are eager to prove that curbing energy and water use and reducing waste by 20 percent in two years is not only possible, but a must-do. The goal is for this type of achievement to become the norm.”
USGBC and its Northern California Chapter are launching the California Best Buildings Challenge as a 2012 CGI America Commitment to Action and are working to inspire other leading companies to sign on. The commitment was selected by CGI America as an exemplary approach to addressing challenges in the clean electricity and efficiency space.
The plenary will be live webcast at

"As the founder of the biotechnology industry, Genentech is excited to be part of the California Best Buildings Challenge and we look forward to sharing best practices with other leading California companies. As we continually strive to create and deliver innovative medicines for patients, we also seek to employ new, more sustainable technologies and processes in order to minimize our impact on the environment," said Carla Boragno, Vice President of Site Services, Genentech.

"When it comes to greening our office buildings, we apply the same focus that we use for any of our products: put the user first. Improving the environmental performance of our buildings not only helps us reduce waste, save energy and water and improve indoor air quality, but also positively impacts the health and productivity of our employees around the world. Through our early participation in the California Best Buildings Challenge, we hope to inspire companies of all shapes and sizes to implement innovative approaches to reducing their environmental footprint,” said David Radcliffe, Vice President of Real Estate and Workplace Services at Google Inc.

"As a major investor in commercial real estate around the world, PREI is committed to our investors, our tenants, and each other to find creative, sustainable approaches to building, improving and managing property. We're excited to be part of the California Best Buildings Challenge as it is an opportunity to demonstrate that commitment by bringing out the best in us while improving our environmental practices," said Allen Smith, PREI’s CEO.

“SAP is committed to developing innovations that help run operations more sustainably for ourselves and our customers,” said Peter Graf, Chief Sustainability Officer, SAP. “A key part of SAP’s sustainability leadership is our dedication to environmentally-sustainable buildings, including optimizing the efficiency of our existing buildings and when creating new buildings from the ground up. By participating in the California Best Buildings Challenge, all companies have an opportunity to demonstrate how they are driving sustainability into their core business strategy and communities.”

“Zynga takes the challenge to reduce our environmental impact seriously and we are proud to be an inaugural participant of the California Best Buildings Challenge. We are committed to reducing the consumption of energy, water, and waste in our San Francisco headquarters building by 20% or more in two years. Zynga fundamentally believes that with innovation and diligence that we can achieve our commitment goals. We hope the Challenge will inspire other building owners and managers to do the same,” said Jim Morgensen, Vice President of Workplace, Zynga.

About CGI America
President Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) to address economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting in June 2011,CGI America participants have made more than 100 commitments valued at $11.8 billion. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will improve the lives of three million people, create or fill more than 150,000 jobs, and invest and loan $354 million to small and medium enterprises in the United States. The 2012 CGI America meeting will take place June 7-8 in Chicago. To learn more, visit

About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion.

CGI’s Annual Meeting is held each September in New York City. CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at

About the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, to be held this year Nov. 14-16 in San Francisco, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @USGBC, and Facebook at

About USGBC-Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC)
USGBC-NCC is one of the largest USGBC Chapters in the country, with 22,000+ constituents, 10,000+ LEED accredited professionals, and more than five percent of the world’s LEED-certified square footage. The chapter hosts more than 150 annual events, workshops, and conferences with regional, national and international organizations, and is a leading voice in green building public policy. To join the California Best Buildings Challenge, contact Ashleigh Talberth, Director of Special Projects, USGBC-NCC, at For more information, visit


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