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Issue: March 2012
By: Frank Bisbee

Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces

Bisbee's Buzz

CLOUD SERVICES - a cautionary tale

Copper or Gold - Theft That Reaps Small Payoffs To The Crooks But Huge Penalties To The Victims

Copper - cabling or HVAC hardware

Theft brings a hundred dollars to the thief but 10-20 thousand dollars in loss to the victim…. Not to mention downtime.

Long Distance TOLL FRAUD

Hackers make couple of hundred dollars but 100-200 thousand dollars in loss to the victims. The tariff protects the telco but not the subscriber. TELCOS are doing almost nothing to prevent the fraud or pursue the hackers.

Cloud Computing Services Hacker Related Charges

Cloud Computing Services has the same vulnerable area open to hackers… The cost of the fraud goes directly to the subscriber and the provider claims no responsibility.

The telco carriers and the cloud service providers take the same path when it comes to their customers being hacked… TOO BAD. PAY THE BILL, or we cut off the service and sue you.


Believe it or not, most integrated systems contractors do not fully understand what the "cloud" is. Yet the cloud services are in the news daily. It touches all of our lives, but is the cloud, in its present form, and the security measures to protect users ready for prime time? The consensus is "cloudy". Here is what a survey released recently, by a major respected firm has reported.

"Survey Reveals 68 Percent of Global Organizations Planning to Adopt Cloud Strategy" May 2011 Service management provider, XYZ corporation, today reveals the results of a global survey showing that more than half of IT professionals (51%) do not think their own internal service management software processes are mature enough to effectively manage cloud-based services."

The problem is that most of the IT professionals in the trade organizations are not sure of how much to rely upon the cloud and even in some cases what makes up cloud services. Cloud(s) are made up from computers, always linked or networked together as computer farms. These networks are sometimes hard connected to each other, and sometimes connected to other networks via IP connections.



In this new generation of cloud computing, purchases of hardware are much less of an issue than in the past. But payments for web Hosting, software hosting, storage, PBX hosting, and security suites as well as redundancy facilities never end. Does moving to the cloud make sense? There are many pros and cons associated with "Cloud" computing, and hosted solutions for the contractor’s client.


Points In Favor:

There are much lower start up costs. Not much equipment to purchase. There is less staff needed to maintain the equipment. There should be no need for future hardware upgrades. Simplicity. Hosting in the cloud can streamline many actions. The cloud grows as quickly as you expand. Cloud computing is very fast to implement number of work stations.

Then there is the fixed-Cost Advantage: Software provided online is upgraded and maintained by the provider, so the small business owner does not have to purchase the newest version of a software program or download fixes and patches. Not having to buy a program outright but entering into a monthly or annual contract (the "SaaS" or Software-as-a-Service model) is also appealing, as is the fact that many applications are offered for free. The fixed cost allows business owners to plan rather than be caught off-guard when a costly software or hardware upgrade must be purchased.


Points Against:

Then again, on the "con" side of moving to cloud computing: Security, security, security! Monthly payments never end. Ongoing cost of higher bandwidth demands increase total cost as the cloud grows to accommodate your needs. There is the natural inability of the client withstand outages or hacker attacks in the cloud. Sometimes there are definite poor performance issues. You can lose control of what happens at the host's location(s).


The Redundancy Myth: One of the misconceptions of cloud hosting is that it's hosted "in the sky and not in a datacenter," which is not true. Cloud hosting resides in a single datacenter.


Costs Uncontrolled: The cloud gives businesses a hands-free method to scale their hosting, however some problems can arise that are financially surprising. For starters, automatic scaling can make people extremely lazy. If you're not paying attention to your usage, you just might get a huge surprise on your next bill. One thing that's a rising concern is that hackers can run up their victims' hosting bills. One method that's being used by hackers is a simple low-level DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service), which won't take your site down but will keep your server very busy. Since you pay for usage with cloud hosting, your costs can spin wildly out of control. So if you're using cloud hosting, make sure to pay daily attention to your usage. This new area of costs associated with hackers could dwarf the toll fraud costs (which are growing to plague proportions). The hackers are not being aggressively tracked down and prosecuted because the costs are being charged to the subscriber (who is poorly equipped to stop the fraud).


Application performance may suffer. Your data might not be cloud-worthy. Under no circumstances should you put an application that provides competitive advantage or contains customer-sensitive information in the public cloud. Your application could be too big to scale. The bigger you are, the bigger your IT resource pool. And the bigger your IT resource pool, the less likely it is that you'll see any enormous financial advantage in outsourcing to the cloud.


IT Staff may be lacking. Exploring next-generation IT models requires an adventuresome spirit and technical astuteness. If you don't have the IT staff that is willing to stretch and learn new things, taking on cloud computing can be very frustrating.

Service Level Availability Agreements: Since these agreements are very detailed, it is essential to verify all the services being defined in the contract. These service agreements usually favor the provider and offer little protection or recovery to the subscriber. VERY IMPORTANT  You must understand the amount that you are paying for the quality of services you are receiving. Having just a few minor apps at your property, with less hardware, one must be prepared for the lag, or loss of the full program getting lost in the vapor that is the cloud.


Making False Promises  Every cloud computing service provider will promise to deliver your demanded services. However, the reality is that they provide different levels of quality and services when it comes to actually installing them. Thus, finding a reliable service provider is a tiring and time-consuming job.



If you've been drawn in by the low cost of entry and fast implementation of the cloud, heed this warning that every rose bush has thorns… even soft, fluffy, cloud hosting ones.

The future looks great down the road, but in the meantime there will be a great shakeout and much angst getting there. If Amazon and Sony can't get it right yet, what chance do YOU stand?

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee - Editor

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Cabling Intelligent Buildings for DUMMIES…

Today, few cable manufacturers have developed marketing strategies to sell cabling systems that are terminated in active components. This challenge to expand the value of their products is imperative. Cabling and connectors are now part of the "nervous system" of the Intelligent Buildings. They deliver power, lighting, control, communications, security, and life safety systems. These components also reach out to other IP networks and wireless communications.


Overview of 'Intelligent Buildings' And 'Intelligent Homes' Technologies

The field of Intelligent Buildings, Intelligent Homes, Building Management Systems (BMS) encompasses an enormous variety of technologies, across commercial, industrial, institutional and domestic buildings, including energy management systems and building controls. The function of Building Management Systems is central to 'Intelligent Buildings' concepts; its purpose is to control, monitor and optimize building services, eg., lighting; heating; security, CCTV and alarm systems; access control; audio-visual and entertainment systems; ventilation, filtration and climate control, etc.; even time & attendance control and reporting (notably staff movement and availability). The potential within these concepts and the surrounding technology is vast, and our lives are changing from the effects of Intelligent Buildings developments on our living and working environments. The impact on facilities planning and facilities management is also potentially immense. Any facilities managers considering premises development or site relocation should also consider the opportunities presented by Intelligent Buildings technologies and concepts. This free summary article is contributed by Gary Mills, a leading UK-based expert in the field of Intelligent Buildings, Intelligent Homes, and Building Management Systems.

The origins of Intelligent Buildings and Building Management Systems have roots in the industrial sector in the 1970's, from the systems and controls used to automate production processes and to optimize plant performances. The concepts and applications were then adapted, developed and modularized during the 1980's, enabling transferability of the technology and systems to the residential and commercial sectors.


The essence of Building Management Systems and Intelligent Buildings is in the control technologies, which allow integration, automation, and optimization of all the services and equipment that provide services and manages the environment of the building concerned.

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's) formed the original basis of the control technologies.

Later developments, in commercial and residential applications, were based on 'distributed-intelligence microprocessors'.

The use of these technologies allows the optimization of various site and building services, often yielding significant cost reductions and large energy savings. There are numerous methods by which building services within buildings can be controlled, falling broadly into two method types:

·        Time based - providing heating or lighting services, etc., only when required, and

·        Optimizer Parameter based - often utilizing a representative aspect of the service, such as temperature for space heating or luminance for lighting.

Heating - Time-Based Control

Time-based controls can be used to turn on and off the heating system (and/or water heating) at pre-selected periods (of the day, of the week, etc). Optimizer Parameters: whatever the conditions, the controls make sure the building reaches the desired temperature when occupancy starts.

Heating - Optimizer Parameter-Based (Temperature) Control Examples

·        Temperature control: protection against freezing or frost protection generally involves running heating system pumps and boilers when external temperature reaches a set level (0°C).

·        Compensated systems: will control flow temperature in the heating circuit relative to external temperature. This will give a rise in the circuit flow temperature when outside temperature drops.

·        Thermostatic radiator valves: these sense space temperature in a room and throttle the flow accordingly through the radiator or convector to which they are fitted.

·        Proportional control: involves switching equipment on and off automatically to regulate output.

·        Other methods can include thermostats, occupancy sensing PIR's (passive infra-red sensors), and manual user control.

Lighting Control Methods

Different control systems exist, again time-based control and optimizer parameter-based where a level of luminance or particular use of lighting is required.

·        Zones: lights are switched on corresponding to the use and layout of the lit areas, in order to avoid lighting a large area if only a small part of it needs light.

·        Time control: to switch on and off automatically in each zone to a preset schedule for light use.

·        Passive Infra-Red (PIR) Occupancy sensing: In areas which are occupied intermittently, occupancy sensors can be used to indicate whether or not anybody is present and switch the light on or off accordingly.

·        Light level monitoring: this consists of switching or dimming artificial lighting to maintain a light level measured by a photocell.

Building Management Systems And Intelligent Buildings - Energy Savings

Until recent years, energy efficiency has been a relatively low priority and low perceived opportunity to building owners and investors. However, with the dramatic increase and awareness of energy use concerns, and the advances in cost-effective technologies, energy efficiency is fast becoming part of real estate management, facilities management and operations strategy. The concepts are also now making significant inroads into the domestic residential house building sectors.

For lighting, energy savings can be up to 75% of the original circuit load, which represents 5% of the total energy consumption of the residential and commercial sectors.

Energy savings potential from water heating, cooling, or hot water production, can be up to 10%, which represents up to 7% of the total energy consumption of the domestic residential and commercial sectors.

Experiences from studies in Austria suggest potential heating and cooling energy savings are up to 30% in public buildings. Even allowing for the fact that buildings used in the study may have been those with particularly high energy usage, the figure is an impressive one. (Source: EU2 Analysis and Market Survey for European Building Technologies in Central & Eastern European Countries - GOPA)

Building Management Systems And Intelligent Buildings - Environmental And Greenhouse Gas Benefits

Greenhouse gas emission reductions depend on and correlate to reductions in energy use.

Intelligent Buildings and Building Management Systems technologies contribute directly to the reduction in energy use, in commercial, industrial, institutional and domestic residential sectors.

In short, Intelligent Buildings and suitably applied Building Management Systems are good for the environment.

Legislation and environmental standards; health and safety regulations; and global trends towards improving indoor air quality standards are all significant drivers of - and provide a continuous endorsement of the need for - Building Management Systems and the Intelligent Buildings technologies.

Government Initiatives around the world are also driving the development and adoption of Building Management Systems technologies. For example the UK Carbon Trust allows Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) to be offset against taxation on energy efficient systems, which enables savings of around 30% for all energy-related Building Management Systems and Intelligent Buildings equipment, and the associated installation and design costs.

Building Management Systems And Intelligent Buildings - Market Trends

Careful interpretation is required. In the USA & UK, adoption of controls technologies into the new build and major refurbishment sectors is relatively high: Estimates a few years ago of the UK market for Building Management Control Systems for new build and major refurbishment, all sectors, suggest market adoption of Heating controls 70%.

·        Hot water system controls 90%.

·        Air conditioning controls 80%.

However according to European Commission as many as 90% of all existing buildings have inapplicable or ineffective controls, many of which require complete refurbishment of control systems.

Moreover conventional control systems stop short of automated Intelligent Buildings full capabilities. A significant human element is required for optimal effective operation even if control systems correctly specified and installed.

Given typical installations and equipment there is often a difficulty for building occupants (residential) or managers (commercial) to operate them correctly. Usage and correct operation are vital for effective results.

Education of users; improved systems-design user-friendliness, and the provision of relevant instructions and information are all critical to enable theory to translate into practice, and for potential effectiveness and savings to be realized.

Building Management Systems And Intelligent Buildings - Practical Benefits

Energy-effective systems balance a building's electric light, daylight and mechanical systems for maximum benefit.

Enhanced lighting design is more than an electrical layout. It must consider the needs and schedules of occupants, seasonal and climatic daylight changes, and its impact on the building's mechanical systems.

Lighting Systems

Adding daylight to a building is one way to achieve an energy-effective design. Natural daylight 'harvesting' can make people happier, healthier, and more productive. And with the reduced need for electric light, a great deal of money can be saved on energy. Nearly every commercial building is a potential energy saving project, where the electric lighting systems can be designed to be dimmed with the availability of daylight. Up to 75% of lighting energy consumption can be saved. In addition, by reducing electric lighting and minimizing solar heat gain, controlled lighting can also reduce a building's air conditioning load.

Mechanical Systems

The HVAC system and controls, including the distribution system of air into the workspaces, are the mechanical parts of buildings that affect thermal comfort. These systems must work together to provide building comfort. While not usually a part of the aesthetics of a building, they are critical to its operations and occupant satisfaction.

The number one office complaint is that the workplace is too hot. Number two is that it's too cold.

Many people cope by adding fans, space heaters, covering up vents, complaining, conducting 'thermostat wars' with their co-workers, or simply leaving the office. Occupants can be driven to distraction trying to adjust the comfort in their space. Improper temperature, humidity, ventilation, and indoor air quality can also have significant impacts on productivity and health. When we are thermally comfortable we work better, shop longer, relax, breathe easier, focus our attention better.

In order to provide a comfortable and healthy indoor environment the building mechanical system must:

·        Provide an acceptable level of temperature and humidity and safe guard against odors and indoor air pollutants.

·        Create a sense of habitability through air movement, ventilation and slight temperature variation.

·        Allow the occupant to control and modify conditions to suit individual preferences.

Resistance To Building Management Systems And Intelligent Buildings Technology

·        "Our buildings are already energy-efficient." (Is the whole building energy-efficient, or is the landlord limiting his focus to common areas and gross leased spaces?)

·        "We prefer the equipment with the lowest first cost when fitting out tenant space." (Does the specifier have any idea who will bear the increased operating costs of such a strategy?)

·        "We need a two-year simple payback or less." (Is this still realistic, given that the percentage return on money markets is literally one-tenth what it was 20 years ago?)

·        "Tenants pay all energy costs, and will get all the savings." (Do tenants really pay all energy or just the energy over a pre-set base year or expense stop?)

·        "We're selling the building." (Should we assume then that lowering the operating expenses and reaping the increased asset value are not important?)

Intelligent Homes

Building Management Systems For Residential Applications

With the widespread adoption of digital technologies there will be a profound change in how we communicate with others. Even how, in our homes, we shop for goods and services, receive news, manage our finances, learn about the world, and, conduct business, manage resources, find entertainment, and maintain independence and autonomy as we enter old age.

These activities increasingly take place in the home. As our perception of banks, shops, universities, communities, and cities change in response to new technologies, so home building management systems are taking on an extraordinary new importance.

As it exists today the home cannot meet these demands or take advantage of new opportunities created by social and technological changes. Most people live in spaces poorly tailored to their needs.

Until recently, the majority of homes were wired with little more than the main electrical circuits, a few phone lines, and a few TV cables. Times have changed. Electrical and security system contractors routinely install low voltage communication network cables for a wide range of intelligent home or 'smart home' systems.

Services and equipment that utilize these networks include: security; home theatre and entertainment; telephones, door-phones and intercoms; PC and internet networks; surveillance cameras; driveway vehicle sensors; communicating thermostats; motorized window blinds and curtains; entry systems; and irrigation systems.

Smart Homes

'Smart home' is an alternative term for an intelligent residential building, or an intelligent home. A few years ago these concepts were considered futuristic and fanciful. Now they are reality. These terms are now commonly used to define a residence that uses a control system to integrate the residence's various automation systems.

Integrating the home systems allows them to communicate with one another through the control system, thereby enabling single button and voice control of the various home systems simultaneously, in pre-programmed scenarios or operating modes.

The development of smart home systems focus on how the home and its related technologies, products, and services should evolve to best meet the opportunities and challenges of the future. The possibilities and permutations are endless. Here are some examples:

Smart Home Example Scenario 1

A scenario such as 'I'm Home' could be triggered by pressing one button on a key-ring remote-control from your vehicle as you approach the driveway. The control system receives the key-ring remote-control's command. This will then trigger a pre-programmed sequence of functions. For example starting by turning on the lighting in the driveway, garage, hallway, and kitchen. It then disarms the security system, opens the garage door, unlocks the interior garage entry door, adjusts the heating to a preset temperature, and turns on the whole-house audio system playing your favorite cd, whilst drawing you a bath.

The control system is programmed to meet specific user requirements, initiating sequential automatic operation of the home systems, in response to 'one button' commands based on the situation and or time.

Smart Home Example Scenario 2

At 7:30 am and you awake to the sound of your favorite cd playing in the background; the lights in your bedroom switch on; 'fading up' to allow you to wake up in your own time. The downstairs intruder alarm system is de-activated. In the kitchen the coffee machine turns on to make a drink. The ground floor curtains and blinds open; the towel heater in the bathroom warms the towels. And you haven't even got up yet.

This simple example demonstrates how smart home technology will change people's lives. Designing systems that group together and automate everyday simple tasks, improve quality of life and reduce stress levels.

DON"T BE A DUMMY… Make your cabling designs SMART!!!

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column


Can Copper Cable keep up? Many experts say NO. It’s FIBER, FIBER, FIBER

As we move more information over our networks, the need for speed seem unquenchable. In many respects, copper cabling is dead. The speeds and distance requirements have reached and often exceeded the operational maximum of the copper infrastructure. COPPER IS OBSOLETE. So what do we do about it?

Start with getting educated on specifications of the cabling and the connectorization. It’s a whole new ballgame in fiber optics. Soaring broadband network demand for high-speed Internet will continue to drive fiber's growth in the network.  

The fiber optic cable installation industry will likely experience significant revenue growth over the next three to five years, confirmed by several reports including a report from industry market research firm IBISWorld.

Revenue is expected to continue to increase at an average of 5% per year to $5.5 billion by 2016. Wireless carriers are expected to expand fiber optic cable installation at higher rates, as more of them upgrade their networks and consumers increasingly demand high-speed Internet on their mobile phones.

"Broadband connections will also rise during the same period, albeit at slower rates than the previous five years," the firm said.

Larry Johnson, President of The Light Brigade (the leading fiber optic training firm) reminds us: "As we tackle the challenges of meeting the demands of high-speed Internet, data centers, new networking solutions with fiber optic cabling, we are constantly challenged to install facilities that have a barrier to obsolescence and maximum durability. Quality Control and Repeatability are crucial elements in the fiber optic cabling world."

At the same time the demand for fiber has increased, the requests for pre-terminated fiber has skyrocketed. John Culbert, President of Megladon Mfg. said the demand for the ScratchGuardR HLCR (Hardened Lens Contact) termination soaring. Megladon created the HLCR (Hardened Lens Contact) termination, which has changed the market and taken it to the next level.

Megladon Manufacturing Group took a monumental step for the Communications Network Carriers and CATV market by adapting the HLC process to angle polished connectors. Angle polished connectors have been used for years in high speed video transport applications due to inherent low reflection characteristics. The fragile nature of fiber mating surfaces, however, has continued to plague an industry that is more competitive than ever.

With the growing video on demand and streaming video content on the web, a need arises for high quality fiber optic products capable of withstanding this trend. Industry leaders and providers are having to transition into a more competent network infrastructure to conform to the now industry standard of high performance fiber optic networks.

The SCRATCHGUARDT Fiber Optic Patch Cords (by Megladon Manufacturing Group) is a critical step forward in quality. The fiber optic connector is a crucial component and the "gateway to the fiber optic cabling network". Damage to the connector due to repeated use has been the biggest problem for network managers, until now. The patented SCRATCHGUARDT Fiber Optic Patch Cords have virtually eliminated the problem. "We have studied the Megladon Manufacturing products and spoken with several major network operations that are using these breakthrough products. The product exceeds anything else they have ever used." said Frank Bisbee, Editor of the Heard On The Street column ( "Jim Hayes, President of the Fiber Optic Association ( confirmed the need for education in the fiber optic communications industry as new solutions are coming to the marketplace like a tsunami." Bisbee added.

Megladon's HLC SCRATCHGUARD fiber optic patch cords are ideally equipped for network installers that are utilizing high speed video networks. The HLC technology provides mating surface durability and low loss; paired with an Angle Polish Connector we now have a product that significantly reduces reflection, cutting down on interruptions in any given network.

Up until now Military, CATV and high speed video applications have not been able to take advantage of our HLC patented processes due to standardization on angle polish connectors. Now they can not only experience the HLC SCRATCHGUARD durability, but we added a reduction in insertion loss and reflection over traditional angle polish products. MILSPEC requirements of rugged durability in harsh environments is a further testimonial to the Megladon technology.

In the DATA CENTER market, Megladon Manufacturing Group Ltd., a subsidiary of TyRex Group Ltd., is recognized as a leader in the fiber optic connectivity technology. 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 HLCR (Hardened Lens Contact) termination, which has changed the market and taken it to the next level.

What is Business Critical?

HLC cables are well suited for use in the harshest environments and the most demanding situations. In testing and manufacturing, HCL patch cords can withstand constant plugging and unplugging for years without substantial damage or performance loss. The HLC surface provides minimal optical signal loss making it the ideal choice for video and cable TV applications. For the military and other remote location uses, when replacements are not readily available HCL cables are far more reliable. In Municipal communications systems involving 911 and emergency communications HLC cables have dramatically reduced troubleshooting calls. In any business where the highest performance levels are required Megladon's HLC, Hardened Lens Contact fiber optic patch cords are the clear choice. For additional information on Megladon and their patented processes please visit the company's website at


Out of the mouth of a child... HUMOR

A little girl was sitting on her grandfather's lap as he read her a bedtime story.
From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek.
She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again.
Finally she spoke up, "Grandpa, did God make you?"
"Yes, sweetheart," he answered, "God made me a long time ago."
"Oh," she paused, "Grandpa, did God make me too?"
"Yes, indeed, honey," he said, "God made you just a little while ago."
Feeling their respective faces again, she observed,
"God's getting better at it, isn't he ?"


BICSI Winter Conference 2012 Is In The Record Book

WOW… What a great conference. I heard only POSITIVE remarks from the attendees and exhibitors. The presentations were very well done. The entire conference flowed smoothly and the efforts by the BICSI staff were extraordinary. The site was a good choice too!!

Now, the bar has been set extremely high. Fortunately, that is not a problem for the BICSI staff and volunteers. BICSI has come a long way in 40 years. I have been there to personally witness the praiseworthy growth for 37 years. INCREDIBLE.

Thank you to BICSI for a job well done..

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column


ConEst releases SureCount v4 software – direct takeoff dramatically reduces contractors estimating time

We saw this and a whole lot more on demo at the BICSI conference in Orlando in February 2012. Powerful is a good description. Their family of software offerings are real time and money savers. Editor’s note

MANCHESTER, NH – (December 12, 2011) ConEst Software Systems, an award-winning technology innovator of digital takeoff, estimating, design build, project management and billing software for the electrical, low voltage and structured cabling industries, today announced their latest release of SureCount Symbol Recognition Software. This new release of SureCount, version 4.0, reflects the product's ongoing evolution as the top electronic takeoff and symbol recognition software for electrical, low voltage and data cabling contractors.
The most dynamic of SureCount v4's new features is the program's ability to send material quantities directly into ConEst IntelliBid's takeoff complete with precise labor units and material prices. SureCount's patented technology eliminates the time-consuming task of counting and measuring from paper drawings and gives estimators the ability to view electronic plans onscreen, count and highlight symbols, measure distances and generate takeoff reports organized by system and drawing, significantly increasing takeoff speed and accuracy. SureCount's auto-count feature gives estimators the option to automatically locate and count repetitive items for takeoff. Auto-count can highlight and count at an average speed of more than 80 symbols per second!
"Estimating technology continues to expand, led by ConEst and our team of innovators", said George Hague, president & CEO of ConEst. "This latest SureCount release significantly streamlines material takeoff and estimating to give contractors the technology edge they need to compete in today's fiercely competitive bidding market. SureCount v4 enables contractors to bid more with greater accuracy and successful projects that consistently produce higher profits".
Updates and enhancements in SureCount v4.0 include:
·         Direct takeoff to ConEst IntelliBid v7 estimating software
·         Adding components updates Takeoff Prompts automatically
·         Quick Measure for distances
·         Enhanced overlay feature
·         Enhanced auto-count capabilities
Availability: SureCount, Version 4.0, is available now. Please contact ConEst for pricing and additional product information +1-800-662-7687.
About ConEst Software Systems
ConEst Software Systems is a privately held corporation headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire serving customers worldwide since 1989. ConEst is the leading provider of a fully integrated suite of construction software solutions for estimating, design build, project management and billing software to the electrical, data cabling and low voltage contractor markets. ConEst products incorporate technology and user-friendly, timesaving features that enable their customers to manage the entire construction process from design and bid through project management and final billing to meet the demands of today's specialty construction industry. Learn more at


IDEAL Industries president, CEO joins board of directors


IDEAL Industries has announced that effective immediately, Jim James, president and CEO, will also take on the responsibility of vice chairman of the board of directors.

James has been with IDEAL Industries since August of 2008. He joined the company as president and CEO. He previously served as the president of ITW Building Components Group, a division of Illinois Tool Works.

"In his three years here Jim has skillfully guided IDEAL through a severe recession, brought a new commitment to efficiencies and lean processes, and spearheaded several acquisitions that provide opportunities and access to new markets for us. Our growth in sales, earnings, and market presence during Jim's tenure has been remarkable," said Dave Juday, chariman of the IDEAL Board of Directors. "Jim being named to a leadership role on the board is reflective of the board's confidence in his operational skill as well as the vision and commitment to strategy that he has shown."

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

IDEAL Industries hires national account manager


IDEAL Industries has named Matthew Barrett as national account manager for the company's electrical division.

Barrett has 16 years of sales and channel experience. Before joining IDEAL, he led the North American channel & alliance partners and marketing strategy for Zebra Technologies. Prior to his time with Zebra, Barrett was the senior global channel marketing manager for Panduit.

In his new role with IDEAL, Barrett will be responsible for leading the business development strategy to expand IDEAL's portfolio of national key accounts. He will report directly to Joe Saganowich, IDEAL's vice president of sales and marketing.


·                     February 13, 2012

·                     February 02, 2012
IDEAL Rebrands Data Communications Business Unit

·                     January 24, 2012
IDEAL Holder for Standardized LED Down Light Engine

·                     January 04, 2012
IDEAL Stars in DIY Network's Cool Tools with Chris Grundy

·                     December 28, 2011
The History of IDEAL Industries - an American Icon

·                     December 19, 2011
IDEAL Expands Leadership in Hand Tool Marketplace with New Line of Industrial Screwdriver Bits and Accessories

·                     December 05, 2011
IDEAL Combo Head™ Screwdriver Fits Virtually Any Combination Fastener, Eliminates Need to Purchase Additional Tools


FTTH - Portland Workshop to Discuss Fiber-Enabled Broadband and its Economic Benefits for Communities

WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the fiber to the home (FTTH) industry will gather in Portland, Oregon this month for a broadband workshop that will highlight the high-bandwidth, all-fiber telecommunications networks that are being deployed in the Pacific Northwest region.

The full-day of presentations and discussion has been organized by the national Fiber-to-the-Home Council, a group that promotes the expansion of faster networks.  It will take place on Wednesday, March 28, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Portland.

Featured speakers will include representatives from telephone companies and public electric utilities in Oregon and Washington that are operating FTTH networks in their communities.  They will be relating their experiences in deploying and operating the new high-bandwidth technology, as well as how customers are receiving it and the impact on economic development in their communities.

More information and an updated agenda can be found on the Portland workshop event page at the FTTH Council's website.

According to the market analyst firm RVA LLC, there are about 75 telecom service providers across Oregon and Washington that have upgraded to FTTH, and together they serve about 225,000 households.

"Many of these companies in Oregon and Washington, whether they are local telecoms or public utility districts, have been providing higher than average bandwidth for some time," said Michael Render, President of RVA.  "In fact, some residents in this region have been getting 100 megabit per second connectivity for longer than in any other region of the country, going back a decade or more."

"A number of communities in the Pacific Northwest have already found out how important fiber-enabled broadband is to their economic development," said Heather Burnett Gold, President of the FTTH Council.  "It's not only large employers looking for superior bandwidth in communities when they make location decisions, but FTTH also drives the proliferation and success of home-based businesses.  It all adds up to one thing - faster connectivity drives more growth."

The FTTH Council estimates that more than 770 entities across the U.S. and Canada - almost all of them small telephone companies, competitive broadband providers or public utilities - are already providing services over FTTH networks, and that the vast majority of them expect to grow their fiber footprint in the immediate future.

The Council estimates that FTTH networks are now available to one-fifth of U.S. households, with more than seven million homes connected with end-to-end fiber.

FTTH networks are capable of handling the enormous bandwidth demands that experts predict will be associated with emerging services in the areas of HD and 3D video entertainment, tele-medicine, telecommuting, distance learning and a host of other applications.

"Clearly, the fiber revolution is already well underway, and this workshop will be an outstanding opportunity to learn what today's forward-thinking broadband providers are doing to drive next-generation bandwidth and all of the business and lifestyle enhancements that will mean," said Gold.

The workshop is open to anyone with an interest in next-generation broadband. An agenda and registration information can be found on the FTTH Council's website,

Following the workshop, on March 29 and 30, the FTTH Council will be joining with its partner The Light Brigade in conducting a two-day exam preparatory course for the Certified Fiber to the Home Professionals Program (CFHP) at the DoubleTree by Hilton. The course is structured to certify competence in overall FTTH theory, terminology, topology, equipment and system cost estimation. More information about the program can be found on the FTTH Council's website.

About the FTTH Council North America:

Now in its 11th year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections - as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks. Its mission is to accelerate deployment of all-fiber access networks by demonstrating how fiber-enabled applications and solutions create value for service providers and their customers, promote economic development and enhance quality of life. More information about the Council can be found at


What’s new at BICSI 2012

Will You Join Us in Niagara Falls?
Register now for the 2012 BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition! Join BICSI, April 29-May 2, for all of the education, exhibits and events you have come to expect from a BICSI conference. This conference will bring the best in technical presentations, state-of-the-art exhibits and networking opportunities to the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Register today—we’ll see you there!

Next Up in the BICSI Webinar Series...
The next session in the BICSI webinar series will be presented by Bob Crain, PE, of Legrand/Cablofil. The topic is "Cable Tray Bonding and Grounding…Is There A Difference?" and will be held on March 14 at 3 p.m. Eastern. This low-cost webinar is a great way to learn and earn CECs toward credential renewal without having to leave your home or office! Follow the link for details and to register.

Is Your Company Being Showcased at the BICSI Caribbean Spring Conference? The 2012 BICSI Caribbean Spring Conference is on April 26 at Colegio de Ingenieros in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Time is running out for your company to be represented at this event. Click here to download your Sponsorship Application and submit it today!

Enhance Your BICSI Volunteer Efforts: Serve on the Board of Directors
BICSI continues to have a positive impact on the information technology systems (ITS) industry, and the Board of Directors plays a central role in this work. Consider nominating yourself to volunteer as a member of the BICSI Board of Directors if you feel you would be qualified to carry the position. Details on upcoming open Board positions for the upcoming September election, as well as for submitting your self-nomination, will be available soon.

BICSI News Magazine Now Available in Spanish
BICSI News Magazine, one of the ITS industry’s preeminent trade publications, is now available digitally in Spanish. To subscribe and begin receiving the magazine in Spanish, click here.
BICSI News Magazine
, una de las publicaciones comerciales más prominentes de la industria de los sistemas de la tecnología de la información (ITS), ya está disponible en formato digital en español. Para suscribirse y comenzar a recibir la revista en español, haga clic aquí.

Computer-Based Testing for DCDC Now Available
BICSI recently signed with Pearson VUE, the computer-based testing business of Pearson, to deliver BICSI's eight credentialing examinations. The Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC) exam is now available via computer-based testing. Other BICSI credential examinations will soon follow. For more information regarding the DCDC exam, click here.

New Board of Directors Announced
During the Annual Business Meeting at the 2012 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition, the 2012 BICSI Board of Directors was presented to the membership. Board members include: President Jerry L. Bowman, RCDD, RTPM(i), NTS, CISSP, CPP, CSI; President-Elect Michael A. Collins, RCDD, CCDA, NCE; Treasurer Brian Ensign, RCDD, NTS, OSP, CSI; Secretary Christine Klauck, RCDD, NTS; as well as Region Directors Christy Miller, RCDD, RTPM(i); Carol Everett Oliver, RCDD, ESS; Mel E. Lesperance, RCDD; Paul Marek, RCDD, CCNA; Todd L. Strand, RCDD, NTS, OSP; Peter Levoy, RCDD; and Brendan "Greg" Sherry, RCDD, NTS, WD; and Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer John D. Clark Jr., CAE (ex officio).


ACUTA Strategic Leadership Forum Focuses on “Leading for the Future…How to Connect the Dots”

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, March 7, 2012 – At this transformational time in higher education, information communications technologies are increasingly recognized as a critical strategic asset. IT leaders are developing new visions for their departments and their institutions—visions of strategically deployed technology that facilitates and supports teaching, learning, research, and management of the institution.

The 16th annual Strategic Leadership Forum April 30 and May 1, presented by ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, in conjunction with the organization’s 41st Annual Conference. The Forum blends interactive panel presentations by campus and industry experts with roundtable discussions to maximize participants’ opportunities to learn from each other.

The annual Forum, this year titled “Leading for the Future…How to Connect the Dots,” is for individuals in higher education with senior strategic-planning and decision-making responsibility. It is open to both members and nonmembers of ACUTA, the only national association dedicated to serving the needs of higher education information communications technology professionals.

The Forum will address a range of strategic issues facing colleges and universities, with particular attention to key areas such as the impact of cloud computing on the institution and the IT organization, technologies and services for which we need to prepare, and the relevance of higher ed today and how it is changing.

“The Forum provides an opportunity for IT leaders at the highest level to learn from each other as well as explore ideas and compare methodologies in a supportive, collegial atmosphere,” said Corinne Hoch, Executive Director of ACUTA. “The Forum always produces a lively exchange with plenty of practical solutions to take back to each campus.”

The 2012 Forum provides the opportunity for information communications technology leaders to hear not only how their peers are addressing today’s challenges, but also the perspectives of a range of industry thought leaders. Presenters sharing their insight and expertise at the Forum include representatives of institutions such as Indiana University, De Pauw University, Oakton Community College, Harrison College, Ball State University, Sewanee: The University of the South, Northwestern University, and the University of Kentucky.

Participants in the Forum also enjoy all the benefits of the larger ACUTA conference, which annually attracts several hundred representatives of colleges and universities across North America. The Conference runs from April 29-May 2 and includes its own broad range of informational presentations, networking opportunities, and exhibit area.

The Forum site is the beautiful JW Marriott Indianapolis. More information about the Forum and Annual Conference can be found at

ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, is an international nonprofit educational association serving colleges and universities. Its core purpose is to support higher education information communications technology professionals in contributing to the achievement of the strategic mission of their institutions. ACUTA represents nearly 2,000 individuals at more than 700 institutions of higher education, with members ranging from small schools and community colleges to the very largest U.S. institutions. ACUTA’s corporate affiliate members represent all categories of communications technology vendors serving the college/university market. For more information, visit  or call 859-278-3338.

Editor's note: ACUTA is one of the best opportunities that we can find for manufacturers and distributors to energize the marketing programs for new systems and technology applications. Most Universities are small cities with a need for all technologies available. It's the bleeding edge and they want the most effective solutions available. This incredible association is the seedbed for the future. They are training the trainers too.

We support ACUTA. It’s an remarkable association with a vision fixed on the future. We are entering a brand new era in so many ways and the journey has only just begun. The network is the only thing that touches everything. Hardware does not, the operating system does not, the network touches it all. Up until the 1900s, human knowledge doubled every 100 years or so. Today, it is every 2 - 3 years


Graybar to Host Free Data Center Seminars

Seminars present “Planning for the Next Generation Data Centers.”

ST. LOUIS, March 5, 2012 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, announced its plan to host a nationwide seminar series across six cities titled “Planning for the Next Generation Data Centers.” The events will consist of a free half-day seminar aimed at preparing data centers for the future.

Data center professionals from Chatsworth Products Inc. (CPI), Corning and Brocade will present on topics such as data center design strategies, cloud-optimized data centers and more. The presenters include Ian Seaton from CPI, Eric Klaiber from Corning and Andy Menard from Brocade.

“We are excited to offer our customers the opportunity to attend a free seminar that can help them prepare their data centers for the future,” said Karl Griffith, Graybar Director, Emerging Markets. “Data Centers are evolving, and we want to provide a forum for educating our customers on important topics that can work to their advantage.”

These data center seminars will be hosted in six cities, including:

  • St. Louis, Mo. - May 8
  • Portland, Ore. - June 5
  • Los Angeles, Calif. - June 26
  • Raleigh, N.C. - July 17 
  • Pittsburgh, Pa. - July 24
  • Austin, Texas - July 26

To register for any of the above data center seminars, please visit

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.


Ideal Intros Affordable, All-In-One Testing Kit Verifies VDV Installations

New Test-Tone-Trace Kit for Use in LAN, Data/Network, Coaxial, A/V, Security Applications

SAN DIEGO, CA, MARCH 21, 2012 -- IDEAL Industries Networks US, the network testing division of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. (, is giving installers and system technicians all the tools they need to accurately identify wiring errors in virtually any type of VDV application with the new Test-Tone-Trace Kit. Neatly packaged in a custom carrying case, this all-in-one tool kit performs the essential cable testing functions required in the Security, Data/Network, and A/V markets at a fraction of the price of buying testers and tools separately.


At the center of the kit is the IDEAL VDV Multimedia Tester. This versatile, handheld tester features an LCD screen to display Pass/Fail results and notification of wiring errors that require repair. Its built-in tone generator has four distinct tones that can be used to trace coax, RJ-45 and RJ-11 cables, plus any de-energized copper cable including speaker wires, alarm cables, and electrical wires. An included amplifier probe detects tone signals generated from the VDV Multimedia Tester for cable identification and location. Other accessories are a built in F-Port (Coax), RJ-11 Port (Phone), RJ-45 Port (Data), and additional coax adapters to test BNC (Security) and RCA (A/V) coax cables.


Using the new kit a technician can: 

  • Verify if new VDV installations are wired correctly;
  • Troubleshoot existing VDV wiring installations;
  • Locate hard to find cables;
  • Test and Identify all common errors in modular plug/jack terminations that lead to slow/no connections: Shorts, Opens, Miswires, Split Pairs, and Reversals;
  • Verify patch cables for proper wiring and continuity (RJ-45, RJ-11, F, BNC, RCA);
  • Identify shielded and 568A to 568B uplink cables;
  • Identify a single cable within a bunch of cables;
  • Tone & Trace entire cables, select pairs, or individual wires within a cable.

The Test-Tone-Trace Kit (IDEAL part #33-866) and other testing devices will be on display at the ISC West Conference in IDEAL booth 24131.  


For more information, visit 


Jerry L. Bowman Appointed President of BICSI

Tampa, Fla., March 20, 2012  BICSI, the international association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, is pleased to announce that Jerry L. Bowman, RCDD, RTPM(i), NTS, CISSP, CPP, CSI, has taken on the position of BICSI President.

Bowman has served on the BICSI Board of Directors for six years prior to this new role, including the past two years as President-Elect. Throughout his 15 years of BICSI membership, he has been a member and Chair of several BICSI committees and was instrumental in the creation and implementation of BICSI’s NxtGEN Program. In addition, he has contributed his time and efforts to several other industry associations and workgroups. Outside of this volunteer position with BICSI, he is the President and Chief Operating Officer for Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group, Inc. (OTCBB Stock Symbol: BEAC), an emerging global leader in the design, implementation and management of high performance ITS infrastructure solutions. At Beacon, Bowman is responsible for Sales, Global Account Management along with all day-to-day operations and global service delivery. Bowman also oversees the strategic development and execution of the company’s corporate business strategy which provides professional services to Fortune 1000 firms with multi-national and global enterprises.

During his tenure as BICSI President, Bowman is committed to prioritizing and focusing on core needs and growth within BICSI, as well as the ITS industry as a whole. His goals include ensuring the organization operates efficiently and consistently; integrating technology into the delivery of BICSI’s curriculum, testing and publications; and implementing the BICSI Board of Directors Strategic Plan.

“This is a great time to be President of BICSI,” said Bowman. “Our association is strong, financially and operationally sound and more relevant than ever; all at a time when the industry and our stakeholders need our publications, standards, training and credentials more than ever. BICSI will continue to provide the trusted industry leadership for which we’ve become known, adapting to the changes in our industry and the needs of our global membership.” Bowman’s presidential term began February 13, 2012, and will continue through January 2014.

BICSI is a professional association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry. ITS covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security, and audio & video technologies. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries. For more information, visit


Independent Study Shows Using MaxCell Reduces Green House Gases By 86.6 Percent And Dramatically Outperforms Industry Standard

WADSWORTH, OHIO (March 15, 2012) MaxCell, the exclusive provider of fabric innerduct solutions for multiple cabling applications, is making dramatically significant contributions to improving the sustainability of the innerduct and network construction industry, according to an independent study by ICF International.

As awareness and concern about climate change, energy consumption reduction and the use of natural resources continues to grow, MaxCell is taking substantial steps to quantify how they will help reduce carbon footprint when using innerduct, and demonstrating a strong commitment to sound environmental stewardship.

The analysis conducted by ICF looked to quantify a comprehensive carbon footprint for MaxCell to determine total carbon emissions associated with the product across its entire life cycle.  The assessment found that using MaxCell reduces lifecycle carbon emissions by 86.6 percent vs. High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) innerduct systems.

"At MaxCell, we’re continually striving to provide the utmost in environmentally friendly technology," said MaxCell Vice President Mike Miller.  "By improving resource efficiency and reducing Green House Gas (GHG) emissions we’re taking big strides in making a positive environmental impact on both the industry and our customers."

Using MaxCell products will result in considerable efficiency improvements, the report noted, offering environmental benefits gained from lightweight materials used in the product and its ability to fit three times as many network cable pathways in the same amount of space required for one cable pathway using HDPE innerduct.  MaxCell is a “no dig” solution that utilizes existing underground infrastructure more efficiently, instead of the alternative method of digging a new trench and laying additional conduit.

The raw materials used in manufacturing also have a significant impact on MaxCell’s reduced carbon footprint, with the process contributing to over 60 percent of MaxCell’s total product carbon footprint. 

Installation of MaxCell products is also a key component in reducing carbon footprint; almost half of MaxCell installation can be accomplished by hand, so the energy and emissions associated with installation are less than 10 percent of the total product carbon footprint.

The carbon savings associated with MaxCell are so drastic that for every million feet of single-cell MaxCell installed instead of HDPE innerduct, the resulting savings are 644 metric tons of CO equivalents.  These incredible GHG savings are equal to the annual emissions of more than 126 passenger vehicles on the road, or over 72,000 gallons of gasoline consumed.

“Our dedication to conserving valuable resources and helping to reduce GHG’s not only serves in strengthening our customers’ green credentials, but also works to reduce the carbon footprint of our entire industry,” added Miller.

About MaxCell

More than 200 million linear feet of MaxCell innerduct has been installed around the world in a variety of applications, including cable TV, telecom, power/utilities, municipalities, universities, corporate and hospital campuses, and military/government installations.  For more information, visit

About ICF

ICF International partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy, environment, transportation, social programs, defense and homeland security markets.

About the Assessment

ICF’s analysis was developed in compliance with the British Standard Institute’s Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2050.  The British Standard Institute developed the PAS 2050 with support from the Carbon Trust and the U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) . ICF used the Carbon Trust’s Footprint Expert™ tool, which is consistent with PAS 2050 standards, to estimate GHG emissions.


CABA and International Society of Automation Sign Memorandum of Understanding

March 14, 2012, The Continental Automated Buildings Association has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the International Society of Automation to promote ISA courses to the CABA membership.

ISA is recognized worldwide as a leader in non-biased, vendor-neutral education and training programs for automation professionals. Industry professionals, whether an experienced engineer, practicing technician, or newcomer to the industry, can hone their skills at ISA's regional training centers, through onsite training programs at their company, or via distance education. Many ISA courses are lab intensive to reinforce important skills.

ISA's extensive instructor-led curriculum is organized in three training paths. Although ISA's certification programs for technicians and automation professionals are not tied directly to ISA's training courses, the training paths are designed to cover the body of knowledge for technicians and automation professionals and can be helpful to those preparing for certification as an ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) or ISA Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST).

CABA has committed to promoting ISA courses that address building automation and control systems through the CABA Web site. Links to ISA courses are available for immediate access at:

"CABA is extremely pleased to enter into this agreement which strengthens its relationship with the International Society of Automation," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "One of the most important functions of CABA is to educate industry stakeholders and consumers about the advantages of intelligent buildings and the process for creating and maintaining intelligent buildings. We believe our agreement with ISA will lead to a stronger educated workforce."

"ISA is dedicated to working with its partners to enhance the quality of the workforce through its multifaceted education programs," said ISA Executive Director & CEO, Patrick Gouhin. "Our organization is thrilled to work with CABA to establish a list of available ISA education opportunities that will help the labor force in the building automation sector upgrade their skills."

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


NAED Recognizes New Certified Electric Professionals

102 Professionals Earn CEP Designation, Marking Industry Excellence, Experience  

ST. LOUIS … The National Association of Electrical Distributors congratulates the 102 individuals earning the Certified Electrical Professional -- Inside Sales™ or Certified Electrical Professional -- Outside Sales™ designation in January 2012 from CEP Certification L.L.C., a professional credentialing organization established by NAED to administer the CEP exam.

CEP is a leading professional designation for distributors, manufacturers and others serving the electrical distribution channel. Certification demonstrates knowledge and expertise on the products and services offered by the electrical industry, granting holders a new level of credibility and professionalism.

CEP certification identifies excellence in areas such as product knowledge, customer service, and sales, giving designees added credibility in the electrical industry. Recertification is required every three years to maintain integrity of the designation and promote ongoing education and professional development.

Since the first its exam in 2009, the CEP program has certified 446 individuals across 44 states, with 72 companies currently participating.

The following have earned the Certified Electrical Professional – Inside Sales designation:

James C. Adams


Columbus, Miss.

Eric S. Angell

Wesco Distribution

Omaha, Neb.

Richard W. Aycock


Decatur, Ala.

Johnny W. Baker

Shealy Electrical Wholesalers Inc.

Dunn, N.C.

Michael Barkley

Independent Electric Supply Inc.

San Francisco, Calif.

Matthew J. Blocker

Elliott Electric Supply

Tyler, Texas

Bob Boydstun

Hunzicker Brothers Inc.

Oklahoma City, Okla.

Will D. Bradshaw

Shealy Electrical Wholesalers Inc.

Ladson, S.C.

Denise L. Bramwell

Crum Electric Supply Co. Inc.

Rock Springs, Wyo.

Bonny M. Carlson

Dakota Supply Group

Aberdeen, S.D.

James V. Chandler Jr.


Tupelo, Miss.

Dennis M. Cieslak

Active Electric Supply Company

Elgin, Ill.

Joseph C. Clark


Tupelo, Miss.

James Clifton

Electric Supply Inc.

Tampa, Fla.

Rich Clingman


Durham, N.C.

Rock A. Copeland

WESCO Distribution Inc.

Hammond, Ind.

Charles A. Curtin

Mars Electric Co.

Cleveland, Ohio

Charles T. Davis


Tupelo, Miss.

David S. Dawson

Border States Electric

Nashville, Tenn.

Jennifer L. Deatrich

Electrical Equipment Company

Richmond, Va.

Robert L. Delph II


West Monroe, La.

Mike W. DeMitro

Mars Electric Co.

Willoughby, Ohio

Southall S. Dorsey

WESCO Distribution

Omaha, Neb.

Brandon M. Emerson


Decatur, Ala.

Michael S. Emmert

Crum Electric Supply Co. Inc.

Cody, Wyo

William L. Flick


Knoxville, Tenn.

Kenneth Jason Ford


Fort Myers, Fla.

Michael A. Fox


Duluth, Ga.

William J. Fuller

Stanton Industrial Elec. Supply Inc.

Pittsburgh, Penn.

Darren P. Giles

Mars Electric Co.

Willoughby, Ohio

John E. Godfrey


Greensboro, N.C.

John Halvey

Walsh Electric Supply L.L.C.

Colchester, Vt.

John M. Hammond


Mogadore, Ohio

Elizabeth A. Harden

Kirby Risk Electrical Supply

Indianapolis, Ind.

Travis Harrell

Hunzicker Brothers Inc.

Shawnee, Okla.

John M. Hatfield


Roanoke, Va.

Steven A. Heckenlaible

Dakota Supply Group

Aberdeen, S.D.

Gregory H. Helton

Hunzicker Brothers Inc.

Oklahoma City, Okla.

Avery Hill


Durham, N.C.

Cortney A. Hopper

All-Phase Electric Supply Co.

Albertville, Ala.

Gavin Hough

Captain Rod Sullivan Inc.

Sanford, N.C.

Jason B. Jackson


Memphis, Tenn.

Don R. Jewell

Mars Electric Co.

Chardon, Ohio

Tracy G. Jones


Raleigh, N.C.

Michael J. Lawrence

Steiner Electric Company

Elk Grove Village, Ill.

Barbara Lee


Mogadore, Ohio

Kevin M. Lee


Murfreesboro, Tenn.

James Miller


Mogadore, Ohio

Jamie A. Minnear


Orlando, Fla.

Frederick L. Morris


Duluth, Ga.

Donald A. Nuckles

All-Phase Electric Supply Co.

Danville, Va.

Marshall R. Oster

Dakota Supply Group

Aberdeen, S.D.

Michael B Patterson


Hendersonville, N.C.

Diana E. Powell


Greensboro, N.C.

Brian Railsback

Astro Controls Inc.

Irving, Texas

Erik E. Rannetsberger

Border States Electric

Willmar, Minn.

Lisa V. Reaves


Greeneville, Tenn.

Leonard A. Richards

Mars Electric Co.

Cleveland, Ohio

Charles S. Richardson

All-Phase Electric Supply Co.

Danville, Va.

Johnny Lionel Rogers

Shealy Electrical Wholesalers Inc.

West Columbia, S.C.

Dan J. Ryan


Roanoke, Va.

Benjamin R. Schaefer

Border States Electric

Pewaukee, Wisc.

Mark L. Shambley

CED/All-Phase Electric Supply Co.

Danville, Va.

Scott A. Shepherd

Hunzicker Brothers Inc.

Woodward, Okla.

Joseph R. Sipos


Knoxville, Tenn.

Thomas A. Stark

Electric Supply Inc.

Tampa, Fla.

James M. Swanson


Tupelo, Miss.

Shane M. Thurston Sr.

Shealy Electrical Wholesalers Inc.

Greenville, S.C.

Daniel A. Venable

Hunzicker Brothers Inc.

Stillwater, Okla.

Dwight W. Walters


Durham, N.C.

Blake A. Weiland

Dakota Supply Group

Sioux Falls, S.D.

Joseph W. Wells


Durham, N.C.

Kay A. Williams

WESCO Distribution Inc.

Hammond, Ind.

William A. Workman


Decatur, Ala.

Michael Zara

Warshauer Electric Supply Co.

Tinton Falls, N.J.

Robert Zielinski

Active Electrical Supply Company

Chicago, Ill.

The following have earned the Certified Electrical Professional – Outside Sales designation:

Frank J. Alley Jr.


Brevard, N.C.

Nick Barnette


Waynesville, N.C.

George P. Bonham

Harper Electric Supply

Lancaster, S.C.

Christine A. Burgess


Fayetteville, N.C.

Thomas L. Bushman

WESCO Distribution

Peoria, Ill.

Shane R. Carter


Duluth, Ga.

Robert S. Cheek


Durham, N.C.

Michael R. Clifton

Hagemeyer N.A.

Charleston, S.C.

Robert T. Crossan


Pinellas Park, Fla.

Randolph D. Fahrendholz


Fayetteville, N.C.

Mark Griffith

Hubbell Lighting Inc.

Greenville, S.C.

Steven A. Johnson

Columbia Electric Supply

Wilson, N.C.

Jimmy Keen


Vicksburg, Miss.

Randy Scott Kilby

EGI Associates

Clyde, N.C.

Matt Koski

Modern Electric Supply

LincoInton, N.C.

Richard Lovegreen


Roanoke, Va.

Robert R. Milliren

Elliott Electric Supply

McKinney, Texas

Sue A. Ness

Border States Electric

Phoenix, Ariz.

John L. Nowlin


Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Adam Penn


Cullman, Ala.

Travis L. Roland


Hendersonville, N.C.

Shelby K. Shellenberger

Elliott Electric Supply

Nacogdoches, Texas

Chris Singley


Raleigh, N.C.

Michael R. Tinnel

Kirby Risk Electrical Supply

Anderson, Ind.

Jay Tupa

Dakota Supply Group

Bemidji, Minn.

Danny B. Woodson

All-Phase Electric Supply Co.

Danville, Va.

For interested candidates, the next tests will occur on July 16-27. Visit for more information, including CEP Prep Courses, self-assessments, sample exam questions and more.

CEP Certification L.L.C. is a limited liability corporation established by the National Association of Electrical Distributors to develop and administer certification and recertification processes for the purpose of designating those individuals who have met CEP Certification professional knowledge standards. The mission of CEP Certification is to enhance the performance of individuals working in the electrical distribution industry by setting standards for the performance of industry job roles and assessing individuals against these standards.

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.


New Contractor Pricing and Value Pack Options for Siemon Category 6 Outlets

March 14, 2012 – Watertown, CT, USA.  Siemon, a leading global manufacturer of IT network cabling and infrastructure systems, offers new contractor pricing levels on its popular category 6 UTP MAX™ outlets.  With this new pricing program, contractors and installers can get Siemon’s high performance, US-made MAX 6 outlets at pricing levels that compete with low-cost, minimally compliant commodity connectors.

Unlike many minimally-compliant offshore connectors, Siemon’s US-made MAX 6 modules provide performance far exceeding category 6 connecting hardware performance specifications, delivering additional headroom and bandwidth to help ensure that the installed cabling plant performs as expected.

Cabling contractors also benefit from a number of installer-friendly features incorporated into the MAX 6 module. In addition to its fast, reliable and familiar punch-down termination process, the outlet’s S310™ termination blocks feature Siemon’ Pyramid™ wire entry system, which helps easily separate twisted pairs when lacing conductors, saving valuable time in the termination process.

Available in angled, flat and keystone mounting styles and a wide assortment of colors, the MAX 6 outlet’s compact design is ideal for high-density applications. Up to six modules can be utilized in a single gang faceplate and twelve modules in double gang faceplate.  The MAX jack’s low profile design is also ideal for space-challenged installations – its reduced mounting depth helps maintain proper cable bend radius in low-clearance work area environments such as in modular furniture.

In addition to the new contractor pricing, Siemon also offers a new Value Pack option for angled and flat MAX 6 outlets.  Consisting of 250 MAX 6 jacks, the Value Pack kits are designed to offer contractors additional cost savings on the most commonly used connectivity options.

For more information on Siemon’s new contractor pricing levels for MAX 6 outlets and the MAX 6 Value Pack, contact your local Siemon representative or local Siemon authorized distributor.  You may also visit for details.

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Electrical Contractors Phase In Alternatives to Incandescent Lamps

Federal Mandates Drive a Compliant Lighting Mix with Controls        

  BETHESDA, Md., February 24, 2012 — As federal mandates gradually phase out incandescent lamps over the next two years—along with T12 lamp/ballast systems this July—electrical contractors aim to partner on a compliant, alternative mix. According to Electrical Contractor magazine’s latest surveys, 60 to 80 percent of its readers directly influence or specify lighting brands and 40 percent of their projects are design/build. To deliver function and aesthetics with reduced consumption, they’re training in integrated lighting systems and sophisticated lighting controls—including light-emitting diodes (LEDs), compact-fluorescents (CFLs), fluorescent/LED combinations, OLEDs, fiber optic, halogen and induction lights.
           “We really have to understand the new types of lighting and their associated controls before we can start applying labor factors because the lighting industry is changing very quickly,” said Jim Breslin, estimator/project manager for Wm. A.J. Shaeffer’s Sons Inc. a King of Prussia, Pa. electrical contractor.
          In a down market, electrical contractors are increasingly involved in lighting retrofits and lighting replacement projects for exterior lighting, and in commercial and residential buildings to maximize utility incentive programs and rebates. Lighting controls are another fast-growing area.
          "We are going to reach out to manufacturers and request in-house training to get up to speed,” said Dan Gleason, project executive, Morrow Meadows Corp., an electrical contractor in City of Industry, Calif.
           The latest technologies to achieve green building certification including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) include T5 and T8 fixtures with integrated controls to reduce the number of fixtures required for a project by at least 10 percent and improve lighting quality and levels; CFLs and LEDs; appropriate controls including sophisticated addressable ballasts, daylight and motion sensors; bi-level switching; occupancy sensors; dimming ballasts; daylight harvesting; dimming fixtures/dimmable LEDs; ceramic metal halide (CDM) technology for atriums, parking lots and garages.
          Induction lighting with a long life of up to 100,000 hours is also reemerging as a hybrid between incandescent and fluorescent since it uses less power than either and provides high-quality light, has instant start and restrike capabilities and operates at a low temperature.

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


Snake Tray® announces that the Snake Bus® Power Distribution for under Access Floors is now available with an Integrated Current Monitoring System

Snake Tray is pleased to announce that Snake Bus®, the pre-wired power distribution system for under access floors is now available with a current monitoring system

to give facility managers real time data on current loads in either a digital or a color bar display. This current transformer technology allows for circuit telemetry without

directly connecting to the feeder circuit.

Snake Bus’ preconfigured system delivers 50 Amps, 3 Phase, 208 Volts providing over 15 Kilowatts of power in one easy-to-install track. Installations and retrofits are easily

done with the tap offs that deliver power to individual devices anywhere along the track. Snake BusÔ bus bar technology is energy efficient and can be easily reused for

changes and moves in the electrical plan. 

The Snake Bus with Integrated Current Monitoring System was just awarded EC&M Magazine’s 2012 Product of the Year Category Winner for Power Distribution.

For further information on the new Snake BusÔ Power Distribution System please contact Snake Tray at 800-308-6788, email or visit


Beacon Enterprise Solutions Highlights New Product Offering for Fortune 1000 Clients

-- New Enterprise Infrastructure Management Program Expands Product Scope for Major Clients --

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group, Inc. (OTC BB: BEAC) (, an emerging global leader in the design, implementation and management of high performance Information Technology Systems ("ITS") infrastructure solutions, today provides an overview of its Enterprise Infrastructure Management (EIM) documentation service offering to new and existing Fortune 1000 firms with national, multi-national and global sites.


Very few companies have remained at a steady state during the last few years – they are either growing through M&A activity or consolidating operations as a cost-cutting measure. As a result of the churn in locations and the introduction of unfamiliar standards and infrastructure, corporate management is increasingly forced to make facility and ITS decisions when creating budgets, planning for global rollouts and change management without having all of the facts about their enterprise infrastructure. Beacon's new suite of EIM documentation services provides the enterprise executive the ability to make informed facility and ITS decisions on mission-critical issues.

The Beacon EIM documentation program provides clients a unique, dynamic, view of their entire infrastructure, not just within their data centers. By incorporating data center management into the overall enterprise program, Beacon is able to to show connectivity and dependencies throughout the entire organization for all six (6) layers of technology, beginning with fixed, hardware and virtual infrastructure and ending with applications, services and business processes. Because of this the EIM program provides information for the both the dynamic, as well as static environment, which bridges the gap between basic facility needs such as power and those needs within the IT infrastructure. The end result is the Beacon client will have better overall facility and IT information to improve efficiencies for planning and managing the infrastructure.

The Beacon Enterprise Infrastructure Management (EIM) program contains the following elements:

·                     Real-time, 7X24 access with a GUI (Graphical User Interface)

·                     Local, hosted and cloud-based access

·                     The ability to query site data and build MS Visio logical and elevated drawings on demand

·                     The ability to use site data for planning across the entire enterprise or a subset of it

·                     The ability to easily field map and extract updated site data from existing/new as-built or MAC work submitted in MS Excel file format

·                     Provides optional access to real-time compliance from the closet level to a view of the entire global enterprise

Beacon's EIM documentation service is available to clients at six (6) different levels based on needs and requirements. Each level builds upon each other starting with basic infrastructure and then adding at each respective level, power, network equipment, servers and applications. Since clients often dispatch several vendors to collect the same information from the same sites, a return on investment can often be realized during the first year of this service and will compound in following years if the site goes under ITS management. Travel is a significant component of any physical site audit as technicians travel to multiple sites to gather data. Since all data can be gathered across all six (6) simultaneously there is an economy of scale plus 60-80% reduction in travel expenses. Clients can realize a 50% or greater reduction in site audit expenses the first year and can reduce planning time for future rollouts and projects to days instead of months.

"Growth and change are the enemy of the informed decision and a real obstacle to the deployment of any global ITS upgrade or rollout and often results in huge budget and timeline overruns, and even failure," explained Jerry Bowman, President and COO of Beacon. "If the corporate decision-maker doesn't have a real time snapshot of the enterprise's active and passive infrastructure, then planning and budgeting become a guessing-game. The EIM documentation service takes the guessing out of enterprise IT and Facilities planning and reduces project planning time and redundant travel expenses. We see this service as responding to real challenges that our clients are facing today, and believe this crucial service will provide clients a six to nine month return on investment, significantly reduced spend and shorter project ramp up times for consolidation and mergers. We expect to see a majority of our existing and new clients utilize this service, which typically results in revenue within 60-90 days of the engagement."

About Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group, Inc.

Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group is an emerging global leader in the design, implementation and management of high performance Information Technology Systems ("ITS") infrastructure solutions. Beacon offers fully integrated, turnkey IT infrastructure solutions capable of fully servicing the largest companies in the world as they increasingly outsource to reduce costs while optimizing critical IT design and infrastructure management. Beacon is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, with regional headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dublin, Ireland, Prague, Czech Republic and personnel located throughout the United States and Europe.

For additional information, please visit Beacon's corporate website:

Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group, Inc.

Bruce Widener, CEO of Beacon, +1-502-657-3507,,


EPA Recognizes BOMA International with 2012 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award

BOMA International earns fifth ENERGY STAR award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency

[Washington, D.C. – March 1, 2012] – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Building Owners and Manager’s Association (BOMA) International a 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. BOMA’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2012, which marks the 20th anniversary of ENERGY STAR.

BOMA, first recognized with the Partner of the Year Award in 2007, is the only real estate association to receive this honor five times. BOMA will be honored for its long-term commitment to energy efficiency through a number of innovations and implementations, including:

·         An expansion of BOMA’s Market Transformation Energy Plan – also known as the 7-Point Challenge, which calls on BOMA members and the commercial real estate industry to reduce the use of natural resources, non-renewable energy sources and waste production. Since its introduction in 2007, the 7-Point Challenge has been widely embraced throughout the marketplace, with endorsements from more than 130 member companies and BOMA local associations, representing more than three billion sq. ft. of office space. 

·         The launch of the BOMA STARS initiative in January 2011 to promote the importance of benchmarking energy consumption in commercial buildings through EPA’s Portfolio Manager and sharing that data with BOMA’s Master Account. This effort highlighted the effectiveness of the voluntary marketplace in reducing energy consumption without costly new mandates. Since its launch, more than 2,000 buildings have benchmarked and shared their data with BOMA International, an increase of more than 50 percent.

·         Significant energy consumption reductions of BOMA member buildings. Based on a sample set of 623 million square feet and an average building size of 250,000 square feet, almost 60 percent of properties that benchmarked and shared the data with BOMA have an ENERGY STAR rating of 75 or greater, this represents 70 percent of the total square footage of benchmarked buildings. Since baseline, BOMA buildings have shown greenhouse gas emission reductions equaling the carbon dioxide emissions from 171,272 passenger vehicles or from 2,031,364 barrels of oil consumed.

Across the U.S., top companies and organizations are leading the way toward a more energy-efficient future through participation in ENERGY STAR. Over the past 20 years, American families and businesses have saved nearly $230 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from more than 350 million vehicles with help from ENERGY STAR.

“BOMA International values its partnership with ENERGY STAR to increase energy efficiency in commercial buildings, and we are honored to receive our fifth ENERGY STAR award,” remarked BOMA International Chair Boyd R. Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. “BOMA has a proven commitment to reducing energy consumption through a voluntary marketplace, and this award is a testament to the success of programs like the 7-Point Challenge and BOMA STARS. We also congratulate our member companies who have been honored with 2012 ENERGY STAR awards for their efforts.”

The 2012 Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, employing innovative approaches, and showing others what can be achieved through energy efficiency. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program including energy-efficient products, services, new homes and buildings in the commercial, industrial and public sectors. Award winners are selected from about 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR program, EPA is proud to recognize BOMA International with the 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “BOMA and all our ENERGY STAR award winners are helping Americans find cost-effective ways to save energy in everything we do, which is good for our climate, our health, and our future.”

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


ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. About 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, buildings and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).


CABA's Intelligent Integrated Buildings Council (IIBC) Landmark Research study Webinar: Intelligent Buildings and the Competitive Bid-Spec Process 2012


CABA Research Program Webinar Announcement

The building technology and related services industry is fairly heterogeneous, where the ultimate decision on technology adoption, service integration, retrofit projects and other ongoing developmental plans are often dependent on the influence and need of various service partners. There is a noticeable divide between various stakeholders that lead to delays in technology adoption and implementation of service projects. This can be attributed to the variations in available incentives to stakeholders, and the fact that these are often not aligned properly to credit any particular category of stakeholder.

Often low-cost technology, with quick payback, is favored instead of smart controls and automated solutions that may have a higher upfront cost, but could potentially lead to measurable returns in the long-term. With contractors and integrators dominating the decision-making process and influencing building owners to commission projects on a budget for quick returns - a vast opportunity to incorporate smart building technology solutions appears to be largely ignored or indefinitely delayed at times.

This calls for the need for better awareness among building owners with regard to investing in future-proof smart solutions that can potentially lead to substantial cost reductions in the long-term. Beyond cost reductions, it is imperative that a closer look at energy intensity of buildings and their mechanical systems are taken into consideration when designing for long-term sustainability.

Against this background, the purpose of this collaborative Landmark Research study is to greatly improve the understanding of the Bid-Spec Process imperfections and the inconsistencies that exist in designing and implementing intelligent building projects, as well as making investment decisions on intelligent technologies.

This Intelligent Buildings Landmark Research project has been approved and has consensus endorsement by CABA's Board of Directors, and the IIBC Executive. After its introduction to the IIBC at AHR Chicago, in January 2012, CABA members such as Siemens Industry Inc., Philips Research, North America, and Diebold Incorporated have already committed to this study, with several organizations expressing interest in the project.

There will be a Project Manager to lead the webinar, to help participants identify the important and prevalent "pain points" confronting organizations in the Competitive Bid-Spec Process. This is to the end of forming a project Steering Committee for necessary research RFP development, to focus the project on the salient issues.

For all those interested in attending this Webinar, please register as soon as possible at:

To view or download the draft study research prospectus, please go to:

We look forward to your attendance and contributions to this IIBC Landmark Research project.

John Hall, CABA Research Director


Intelligent Buildings Drive Energy Savings from Lighting—What a Bright Idea!

CommScope Collaboration with Redwood Systems Incorporates Lighting into its Intelligent Building Infrastructure Platform


HICKORY, NC, March 12, 2012 - If an intelligent building can control temperature, security and other operational features, then it should also be able to turn on and off lights automatically. 

As more people discover that LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are a more energy-efficient and longer-lasting option than standard fluorescent bulbs, their popularity continues to grow. That increased popularity is leading architects and facility managers to become more interested in deploying an intelligent building platform that includes lighting controls, in addition to monitoring and managing things such as security, heating and cooling, computer networks and telecommunications. 

That’s why CommScope, Inc., a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has teamed up with Redwood Systems to integrate building-performance lighting into its Intelligent Building Infrastructure Solution platform. Redwood runs its platform over a low-voltage networking infrastructure, and deploys a fine grain sensor network that measures temperature, occupancy and light levels – an approach believed to be unique in the lighting industry. All of the data from the Redwood network is made available to facility professionals and can be seamlessly integrated with building automation systems to positively impact areas such as heating, cooling and security. 

“Information technology in buildings does not only refer to PCs and telephones,” said Morgan Kurk, senior vice president, Enterprise Solutions, CommScope. “It also includes a building’s automation system. With lighting accounting for as much as 35 percent of the energy used in commercial buildings, stringent building codes are now requiring greater energy efficiency from lighting systems. The Redwood platform’s ability to run over structured cabling and integrate with building automation systems made them a natural fit as CommScope’s lighting provider of choice.” 

By integrating Redwood’s platform with CommScope’s Intelligent Building Infrastructure Solution, facility managers can now deploy a complete intelligent platform that operates many different aspects of their buildings, including LED lighting that will also assist in reducing energy cost from lighting by an average of 75 percent, Kurk said. 

“Redwood’s collaboration with CommScope will help accelerate our goal of making building-performance lighting a reality for customers,” said Dave Leonard, chief executive officer, Redwood Systems. “CommScope is an established global leader in intelligent building infrastructure with an impressive roster of Fortune 500 customers and an extensive business partner network. By combining our proven technology with CommScope’s leading infrastructure solutions and network of experts, we can together provide customers with cutting-edge energy efficiency and building intelligence applications, as well as the confidence that they will be deployed in the optimal way.” 

CommScope’s collaboration with Redwood Systems demonstrates its continued push to develop and deploy intelligent energy efficient solutions in various telecommunications markets. During the recent Cisco Live! event in London, CommScope demonstrated how its SYSTIMAX® iPatch® Intelligent Infrastructure enhances the energy-saving potential of Cisco Systems’ EnergyWise® Energy Management Architecture. CommScope has also introduced energy solutions designed for the wireless and broadband/cable television markets

CommScope Intelligent Building Infrastructure Solutions is the common infrastructure that supports various customer requirements including:

  • one system for voice, data, video and building automation
  • better utilization of building cabling assets
  • compliance with all existing building cabling standards
  • open architecture, multi-vendor support of voice, data, video, LAN and building automation systems and applications
  • innovative cable management administration via solutions such as iPatch and SYSTIMAX VisiPatch® 

CommScope’s has successfully deployed its Intelligent Building Infrastructure Solutions globally. Examples include a project completed last year at Sunshine Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, delivering fast, reliable connectivity for applications ranging from body scanners to building control, and an intelligent solution at the Birdsville Independent School District in Texas


SYSTIMAX, iPatch and VisiPatch are registered trademarks of CommScope, Inc.

About CommScope

CommScope ( has played a role in virtually all the world’s best communication networks. We create the infrastructure that connects people and technologies through every evolution. Our portfolio of end-to-end solutions includes critical infrastructure our customers need to build high-performing wired and wireless networks. As much as technology changes, our goal remains the same: to help our customers create, innovate, design, and build faster and better. We’ll never stop connecting and evolving networks for the business of life at home, at work, and on the go. 

About Redwood Systems

Redwood Systems’ building-performance lighting solutions facilitate lower cost, higher-performing workplaces. Redwood has developed the world’s only smart building platform that powers and controls lights and a high-density sensor grid providing both best-in-class energy savings and granular monitoring of space utilization, temperature and power consumption. This award-winning approach uses patented networking technology and a low-voltage DC architecture for high reliability and scalability as well as low cost installation. With a growing roster of market-leading customers and partners, Redwood is building a reputation for customer success. For more information, visit


ConEst Recognized for Two of Constructech’s Top Products Commercial Awards for 2012

Manchester, NH, - March 1, 2012 - ConEst Software Systems today announced that it has been recognized for its revolutionary technology in the construction industry for the fourth consecutive year.  ConEst IntelliBid Estimating and JobTrac Project Management software solutions have been selected as Constructech magazine’s Top Products commercial award winners for 2012.

The Constructech Top Products honor technology solutions that have demonstrated the greatest innovations geared toward the commercial construction market.

“Much has changed in regard to technology solutions available in the five years since we began our annual Top Products awards.  The needs of industry professionals have evolved, and today, determining the right solution for your company can be difficult as you wade through a sea of options,” says Mike Carrozzo, chief editor, Constructech.  “Our 2012 Top Products winners provide solid solutions in areas from mobility to BIM, and so much more.  We truly believe these to be some of the best offerings found in the construction marketplace.”

“ConEst is honored to be recognized for our IntelliBid estimating and JobTrac project management software programs,” said George Hague, President and CEO of ConEst.  “Receiving this prestigious award is a testament to the innovation that ConEst consistently demonstrates as the industry’s leader in estimating and project management software solutions that exceed the expectations of our customers," Mr. Hague added.  “We pride ourselves on enabling our customers to win bids and manage their projects with success and repeatable profits in a demanding and highly competitive construction market.” 

About ConEst Software Systems

ConEst Software Systems is a privately held corporation headquartered in Manchester, NH serving customers worldwide since 1989.  ConEst is the leading provider of a fully integrated suite of construction software solutions for onscreen digital takeoff, estimating, design build, project management, service scheduling, and billing software to the electrical, data cabling and low voltage contractor markets.  ConEst products incorporate technology and user-friendly, timesaving features that enable their customers to manage the entire process from design and bid through project management and final billing to meet the demands of today’s specialty construction industry.


New INM Innovation-Integration-Implementation E-zine

The Official eMagazine of CSTI - A 21st Century Perspective on Intelligent Building Networking

Preview Of The First Issue Soon To Be Released

The following will be featured articles in our first issue, providing a taste of what we will present.

Integrated Systems – IP Solution:

Part 1 There is a tremendous focus on managing the entire building as an Integrated Network System. Having major vendors supporting this effort is made possible by embracing the Internet Protocol (IP) as the networking solution. Shown on the Planning Template, in this first issue we will discuss The IP Solution used as convergence of systems such as Voice, Data, Egress Security, CCTV, Fire/Safety, Audio and Video, HVAC, Wireless, Lighting Controls and Energy Management are critical when choosing the right Protocol.

This is a 5 Part series.

Power Over Ethernet Technology:

Reduce the need to provide electrical cables by designing a Power Over Ethernet System.

Industrial Ethernet Data Cabling:

Installation of an Ethernet cable from computer to the enclosure in the Plant floor’s industrial atmosphere. The special cables, jacks and cabinets required and installation techniques.

Design a Voice- over- IP Installation:

Asshown on the floor plan, the design of the equipment room, placement ofRacks and Cabinets, placement of patch panels, Jumper cables, distribution using 6A cable, running a cable tray through a fire wall, attaching cable tray to red iron and cabling to the outlets.

Departments: Editorial, Building Automation Network, Structured Cabling Systems, Data Center Networking, Intelligent Infrastructure, Integration, Safety, Testing, Training and Installation Solutions.

Leviton Launches New Mobile Device Station

Convenient charging location for smartphones and portable music players

Bothell, Washington, March 6, 2012 – Leviton Network Solutions, a division of Leviton Manufacturing, today announced the launch of the Mobile Device Station. The new product is a convenient wall-mounted cradle that provides storage for mobile devices and their charging cables.

The innovative Mobile Device Station easily attaches to a single-gang electrical box or low voltage mud-ring without requiring a double-gang box or any new holes in the wall. To install, simply screw the Mobile Device Station onto a Leviton dual-gang wallplate and install it in place of the existing single-gang wallplate.

The Mobile Device Station provides a safe and convenient place for storing a phone or portable music player while it is charging. The Mobile Device Station can also be installed next to a Leviton local source input, making it easy to use a smartphone or portable music player for multi-room home audio. The station also features integrated cable management to keep cables organized and protected.

“The Mobile Device Station’s low-profile look complements the wallplates in any home or office,” said Grant Sullivan, marketing manager at Leviton Network Solutions. “Its simple design and installation make it a must-have for all the portable devices in your home.”

The Mobile Device Station is offered in white, black, and light almond, and is available for both Leviton’s Decora® and Renu® brand wallplate styles. It fits most mobile phones, including the iPhone® and many Android phones.

The Mobile Device Station is available now at

About Leviton Network Solutions

Leviton Network Solutions manufactures high-performance data connectivity for customers around the globe, including complete network infrastructure systems for the enterprise, data center, government, education, health care, and residential markets. The division’s solutions include cutting-edge fiber optic and copper systems, PDUs, and customized make-to-order products. All Leviton products are engineered to exacting standards, offer industry-leading performance, and are backed by the industry’s best customer service and technical support. Choose the smart choice for a better network. Visit or

About Leviton

Leviton Manufacturing Company is one of the largest privately held global providers of electrical wiring devices, network connectivity solutions and lighting energy management systems. Founded at the turn of the 20th century in America, Leviton has grown to become one of the preeminent leaders in the electrical industry. Today Leviton's product portfolio consists of more than 25,000 devices and systems used in homes, businesses and industry. Proven to be a smart choice, nine out of 10 homes throughout North America have Leviton products installed in them. Builders, electrical contractors and other industry professionals rank Leviton products No. 1 in brand preference. For more information contact Leviton Manufacturing or visit,, or  


CABA Completes "Smart Grid Impact on Intelligent Buildings" Study


February 29, 2012,The Continental Automated Buildings Association has completed a collaborative research study to identify, define and size the principle business opportunities presented by the growth of smart grids in relation to intelligent buildings.

CABA's "Smart Grid Impact on Intelligent Buildings" research study estimates that the North American smart grid marketplace will reach $8 billion in revenue by 2013 and will exceed $10 billion by 2015. In 2011, the marketplace was estimated to have reached $6.6 billion.

The study found that the fastest growing components of the smart grid market are grid applications, followed by: demand response and peak load management, building energy management systems, and smart meters.

While building management systems are not projected to be the fastest growing segment of the market, the study notes that smart grid development will become a major driver for the development and deployment of more intelligent building technologies.

"The information and trends in CABA's "Smart Grid Impact on Intelligent Buildings" research study emphasize the need for innovative solutions to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of our power generation, transmission and consumption capacity," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "Intelligent buildings are prime examples of innovative technology that will aid in the deployment of new smart grid infrastructure. CABA is pleased to have undertaken a report which provides the industry with insightful business intelligence, in order to put sound strategic decisions into action."

Organizations that participated in CABA's project included: Belimo Air Controls Inc., Cadillac Fairview Corporation, CommScope Inc., CoR Advisors, Diebold Incorporated, Energent Incorporated, GE Energy, Grundfos Pumps Corp., Honeywell International/Tridium, Hydro-Québec, InfoComm International, Ingersoll Rand/Trane/Schlage, Johnson Controls, Legrand/Ortronics, LG Electronics, Natural Resources Canada, Philips Research North America, Priva North America, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Robinson Solutions, Schneider Electric, Sempra Utilities, Shell International Inc., Siemens Industries Inc., Southern California Edison, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Verizon, and Viridity Energy. The research was conducted by the BSRIA research consultancy.

CABA's report has been released to its funding partners and will be made available for purchase to the rest of the industry after an embargo period, which ends June 2, 2012. Companies enquiring for details and pricing can contact George Grimes, CABA's Business Development Manager at or 613.686.1814 x226.

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



NAED Names Shaker Brock South Central Region Vice President-Elect


Industry Leader Brings Experience and Energy to Council Role 

ST. LOUIS… The National Association of Electrical Distributors has named Shaker Brock, vice president of C&I Sales for Tampa-based Electric Supply Inc., the South Central Region vice president-elect for 2012-2013.

The election by NAED’s South Central Region Council means Brock will serve as vice president for the 2013-2014 term.

“I look forward to serving the South Central Region as its incoming vice president-elect,” said Brock. “I have met the most amazing people through NAED, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without their help.”

In his 11 years with the electrical distribution industry, Brock has taken an active role in NAED, having attended nearly every regional and national conference since 2003. In addition to serving on the South Central Region Council, he has participated on the Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Committee since 2006. In 2009, he was named chair of the LEAD Committee, which works to design networking and educational opportunities that help emerging leaders grow their career.

“The connections I’ve made through NAED have helped me tremendously,” he said. “I encourage everyone to make as many connections as they can because electrical distribution is such a relationship-focused industry, and you need those contacts to succeed.”

Brock is the third generation in his family to work for Electric Supply Inc., a distributor founded in 1970 by his grandfather, George Adams Sr., and led today by his uncle, president and CEO, George Adams Jr. With 124 employees, Electric Supply serves commercial, industrial and utility customers throughout Florida, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

When he’s not managing the family business, Brock likes to spend time with his wife, Melanie, and their two dogs. He also devotes 15 to 20 hours each week to triathlon training, which includes running, swimming and biking. Brock holds a degree in biology and minor in chemistry from the University of Central Florida.

As an NAED regional vice president-elect, Brock will serve on the NAED Board of Directors, help lead the region’s conferences, council meetings, and other events, and participate in NAED’s Membership Committee.

The South Central Region is currently under the leadership of Maureen Barsema, vice president and CFO of B J Electric Supply Inc. Beginning in May, Paul McCool, CEO of Revere Electric Supply Co., will take up leadership for 2012-2013.

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.



NAED Releases Results of First-Ever Technology Benchmarking Survey

Data Quality, e-Commerce, Mobility Top Distributors’ Tech Priorities  

ST. LOUIS... The National Association of Electrical Distributors today released findings of its first annual Technology Benchmarking Survey, a baseline for the industry that helps distributors strategically prioritize their technology investments.

The survey provides a first look at the channel’s technology landscape with executive input on priorities for web functionality, e-commerce, and adoption of mobile and back-office technologies.

“An investment in technology is an investment in the future of our industry,” said Maureen Barsema, vice president and CFO of B J Electric Supply and vice president of NAED’s South Central Region Council. “This survey helps NAED members plan for that future with data for making strategic decisions that can strengthen customer relationships, improve operational efficiencies, and attract the best and brightest workforce.”

In reporting their technology usage trends, survey respondents told NAED their “high or critical” priorities were:

  • Data quality:Nearly 93 percent of survey participants said “ensuring data in the business system is accurate and up-to-date” was a high priority, while 84 percent said “ensuring data security” was critical; 74 percent said access to reliable and accurate pricing information was a high priority.
  • E-commerce:Nearly 67 percent rated e-commerce a critical priority, and more than half said they offer online access to customer-specific pricing, personal product lists, ordering and log-in capabilities.
  • Strategic planning:65 percent of respondents said creating a strategic IT plan was a critical priority. Having such a roadmap could help address higher “big data” priorities.
  • Mobility:Nearly 60 percent of respondents rated the adoption of mobile devices as a critical priority. Less than half of respondents (46 percent) reported using RIM’s BlackBerry, while 27 percent said they used Apple’s iPhone; 20 percent of respondents used Google’s Android.
  • Web enhancements:58 percent of respondents said making web enhancements was a high priority. Of the 94 percent of respondents with company websites, 46 percent or more used web features like quote capability, basic search, manufacturer links and contact information.

NAED’s South Central Region Council commissioned the study, conducted online in the summer of 2011; results will be used by the association’s Strategic Technology Task Force to track adoption and create an education program for the industry. Visit to see the survey’s full results and methodology.


USGBC - New and Updated Credits Introduced into LEED Pilot Credit Library

Library provides a proving ground for LEED users to guide the improvement of LEED rating system

Washington, DC - (Mar. 2, 2012) - The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) next update to the LEED green building program, LEED 2012, will include various updates to credits within the LEED Pilot Credit Library. As a flexible, interactive mechanism for testing proposed credits in the marketplace, the Pilot Credit Library gathers real-time feedback on credit usability and ability to meet a credit's intent.

The Pilot Credit Library was established to facilitate the introduction of new prerequisites and credits to LEED through stakeholder engagement and collaboration on the testing and analysis of proposed requirements. This process allows USGBC to refine credits through LEED project evaluations before being introduced into LEED.

"The LEED Pilot Credit Library has been widely embraced by LEED users and has successfully created a forum for discussing the strengths and weaknesses of new and innovative credits," said Brendan Owens, Vice President, LEED Technical Development. "The LEED user community has actively engaged in pilot testing the existing credits and these new and updated credits incorporate their valuable feedback and help make LEED more dynamic and effective."

LEED 2012, which opened yesterday for third public comment, is the next step towards a global, performance-based application. The current LEED 2012 draft focuses on increasing the technical rigor of the rating system, improving the user experience and providing measurement and performance tools. Along with the opening of the public comment period, several key changes within the Pilot Credit Library will be presented.

"As part of the larger evolution of the Materials & Resources credit category, the new pilot credits shift focus towards a more integrated decision making framework based on life cycle assessment," continued Owens. "When considered as an integrated system, the credits encourage actions that move us towards a products universe focused on transparency and multi-attribute life cycle optimization."

Under the heading of Materials & Resources (MR), Pilot Credits 2 and 11, will combine to form a more encompassing chemical avoidance credit. Pilot Credit 54: Avoidance of Chemicals of Concern in Building Materials, encourages LEED project teams to avoid building materials that contain chemicals that are known to negatively impact human health, specifically in regards to cancer and reproductive toxicity.

In addition to these two credits becoming one, an additional credit will be added, Disclosure of Chemicals of Concern (Pilot Credit 62) and it addresses product transparency. Both newly added pilot credits, 54 and 62, will progress to LEED 2012. A pilot credit that addresses alternatives assessments is under development.

Another notable change within MR is a pilot credit split to more directly address product transparency and performance. Pilot Credit 43 is now divided into two credits - Pilot Credit 61: Material Disclosure and Assessment and Pilot Credit 52: Material Multi-Attribute Assessment.

A new Energy Jumpstart concept under the Energy & Atmosphere heading addresses the huge opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and building operational expenses by reaching the 75 percent of the market that the existing buildings energy performance prerequisite excludes.

"The pilot credit creates an on-ramp for these buildings and we hope to use it to engage project teams and building owners who demonstrate leadership by drastically improving the energy performance of their buildings," continued Owens.

Pilot Credit 67: Energy & Atmosphere Prerequisite 2 Alternative Compliance Path, or Energy Jumpstart, rewards significant improvement in building energy performance. It enables projects that have documented substantial energy performance improvement to satisfy the requirements of the Energy & Atmosphere Prerequisite 2: Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance and pursue LEED at the Certified level.

Ten additional pilot credits have been introduced into the library, and can be viewed online via The library currently contains 36 credits exploring everything from the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of building assemblies to bird collision deterrence.

The third public comment documents for LEED 2012 include technical refinements, scorecards and responses to comments from the previous public comment period and are currently available. Additional we have provided a list of pilot credits that have recently been added, revised, or closed.. Members of the public can comment on any substantive changes made since the second public comment period until public comment closes on Mar. 20. To learn more about LEED 2012, visit

About the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 79 local affiliates, nearly 16,000 member organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. GDP from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. For more information, visit, on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Nearly 45,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising 8.3 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 120 countries. In addition, nearly 19,000 residential units have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with over 75,000 more homes registered.

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


NECA SHOW NEWS – NECA 2012  in Las Vegas Sept.29 – Oct.2 at the Mandalay Bay = BE THERE - 2012 sponsorship opportunities announced

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SOCIAL MEDIA WALL  This exclusive sponsorship will provide high visibility for one lucky company.

We successfully launched our first social media wall last year. For Las Vegas, we will have two large media walls placed in lounges on the NECA Show floor. Several monitors will feature the convention video, Flickr feed of up-to-the-minute photos, and the NECA Convention Twitter feed.   

According to the 2011 NECA Convention attendee survey results, 77% said they either make the final buying decision or are part of the decision-making team. 

Exhibitors can stand out from the competition and generate more traffic for their booth with the right sponsorship!  Meet highly qualified prospects during the NECA Convention & Show and track your leads for a better ROI on your exhibiting experience.   

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Fluke Networks’ New OptiFiber Pro OTDR Redefines Enterprise Fiber Testing

Features of the new fiber tool include the industry’s fastest trace times, the only smartphone interface and auto datacenter configuration

EVERETT, Wash. – March 13, 2012Fluke Networks today announced the OptiFiber™ Pro OTDR, the first handheld OTDR (optical time-domain reflectometer) built from the ground up for enterprise fiber testing.  Performance breakthroughs of the OptiFiber Pro OTDR allow users to reduce costs associated with premise fiber testing, while enhancing productivity and improving network reliability.

The OptiFiber Pro OTDR creates a new standard for usability with a smartphone interface that supports gesture-based commands, and technology enhancements that simplify testing in datacenter environments.

“This tester changes the game for fiber troubleshooting,” said Doug Swalec, senior fiber application engineer at Panduit Corp. “The OptiFiber Pro OTDR’s new multi-touch, smartphone-like interface dramatically reduces the learning curve associated with using an OTDR. The simplified Datacenter Mode and project management tools will help industry technicians immediately deliver accurate test results and quickly archive and access data.”

Key new features include:

·       The first OTDR with a smartphone user-interface: Minimizes the learning curve typically associated with older OTDRs by greatly reducing complexity – helping any technician quickly become a fiber expert.

·       A simplified “Datacenter” Mode: Automates the process of setting test parameters, like wavelength or end-detection algorithms, significantly reducing set-up time and the complexity of learning how to troubleshoot datacenter problems.

·       The industry’s shortest event and attenuation dead zones: Tests connectors and patch cords as short as 0.5 meters.  This is critical in virtualized server environments, where connections are often less than one meter and hidden performance issues can severely decrease the reliability of datacenters and storage area networks (SANs).

·       Visual presentation of faults: Shows all fiber events graphically allowing any user to quickly and easily interpret OTDR trace results.

·       Built-in project management tools: Facilitates the assignment and tracking of all fiber testing projects for multiple users, increasing efficiency, enhancing project tracking visibility and enabling cost-effective device sharing.

·       Upgraded LinkWare™ management software: Eases the burden of workflow management, integrates test results, and keeps the OTDR up-to-date with the latest software.

“Enterprise fiber use is growing at 57 percent a year,* which increases the frequency and importance of fiber testing necessary to minimize issues that can be devastating to network operations,” said Jason Wilbur, vice president of datacom cabling and installation tools at Fluke Networks.  “Our new OptiFiber PRO is aimed squarely at the challenges our enterprise customers are facing today.  The tester’s new smartphone interface dramatically reduces the learning curve associated with using an OTDR, and the simplified Datacenter Mode will help industry technicians immediately solve problems in mission critical datacenter environments.”

Please visit the website for more information about Fluke Networks’ OptiFiber Pro OTDR or Fluke Networks’ industry leading suite of solutions.

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.


Commercial Broadband Solutions Standardizes on Siklu for Point-to-Point Wireless Ethernet

PETACH TIKVA, Israel, March 20, 2012 -- Commercial Broadband Solutions Inc. (CBS), a leased backhaul solutions provider, has selected Siklu’s EtherHaul E-band radio for point-to-point wireless Ethernet connectivity, Siklu announced.

CBS turned to Siklu to solve an urgent need for 100 Mbps links between locations for a healthcare facility customer in southwest Michigan. The customer needed a significant boost in capacity to meet growing bandwidth needs and improve patient care, but its existing wireless infrastructure could not handle the bandwidth or latency requirements of a key patient management software application. In addition, the wireless platform’s hardware limitations caused frequent periods of instability marked by an increase in latency, packet loss and decreased throughput.

CBS worked with MapleNet Wireless, a national leader in wireless communications technologies and a Siklu partner. While CBS initially examined solutions such as leased fiber, cable, and VPN, it ruled these options out due to their high up-front costs and long installation time. Recognizing that a point-to-point wireless connection would offer the quickest solution, CBS and MapleNet chose Siklu’s EtherHaul.

“We realized that CBS’s needs would be best met by a millimeter wave radio that delivers high capacity and is quick and easy to license and set up,” says Gene Crusie, MapleNet’s President. “Siklu’s EtherHaul E-band radio delivered on both the capacity requirements and speedy installation. In addition, it is also priced 80 percent lower than competing radios. None of the other microwave solutions we examined delivered on all three parameters concurrently – capacity, installation speed, and cost.” 

The EtherHaul has delivered consistent latency and throughput from the start for CBS’s healthcare customer, and its adaptive rate capabilities ensure high performance in all weather conditions. With a 1 Gbps capacity well above the initial 100 Mbps requirement, it allows CBS ample room for growth.

Additional benefits were realized by using standard Power over Ethernet (PoE) and CAT5 cabling that lowered installation cost and sped deployment. In addition, the sleek, low-profile design of the Siklu antennas made them more aesthetically pleasing to the end user than other products with a larger antenna form factor.

“CBS is so satisfied with performance, reliability and cost that they have standardized on the Siklu products for all short range last-mile leased circuits,” says CBS Lead Engineer Jason Estep.  “Implementation in additional locations has already started.”

“Siklu is delighted with CBS’s choice and thrilled to keep working with both CBS and MapleNet,” says Ilan Moshe, North America Business Development, Siklu.

Siklu will be showcasing the EtherHaul millimeter wave systems at ISP America 2012, Booth #306, March 26-30 in Orlando.

About MapleNet Wireless

MapleNet Wireless is the single source for wireless connectivity solutions. Located in Elkhart, Indiana, the MapleNet Wireless crews travel throughout the country building towers, deploying microwave backbones and engineering turn-key wireless IP services. MapleNet blends expertise in RF, TCP/IP and construction to offer clients a comprehensive suite of services. The company's client list includes utilities, education, healthcare, municipal and enterprise customers.  Learn more at

About Commercial Broadband Solutions, Inc.

Commercial Broadband Solutions is a backhaul provider focused primarily on providing high capacity fixed point to point connectivity for Data and Voice traffic. CBS has designed strategic points of presence to interconnect to the various regional fiber metro-networks as well as long haul fiber providers such as US Signal. CBS holds many FCC licensed frequencies in the 6 through 23Ghz spectrum as well as a nation wide spectrum lease in the 38Ghz band for last mile connections at capacities of 1Gbps. Learn more at:

About Siklu

Siklu has been committed to reducing the cost of high capacity wireless backhaul solutions since 2008. The company's success centers on an innovative silicon-based design of the millimetric wave radio system and components that has resulted in systems priced as low as 20% of competition. The EtherHaul radios deliver Gigabit speeds over the uncongested millimetric wave spectrum and are ideal for urban wireless backhaul of macro, micro and picocells. Serving providers around the world, Siklu Communication is based near Tel Aviv, Israel. Learn more at



The Home Depot and U.S. Green Building Council Launch New Database of Green Building Products

(Washington, D.C.) Mar. 7, 2012 - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in conjunction with The Home Depot®, has launched an online green home products database. The database: is a special microsite within that features products geared toward green home building, many of which may contribute towards earning LEED® points and prerequisites for the LEED for Homes program, making it easier for homeowners and builders to find the products they need. Currently, more than 2,500 products sold at The Home Depot are listed on the website.

“The LEED green building program helps homeowners measure green home performance across a range of categories, and products play an important role in achieving certification,” said Nate Kredich, vice president of Residential Development at USGBC. “This database represents just one of the many ways in which The Home Depot is advancing sustainable, efficient and healthy homes by supporting green building and green products.” 
“As the world’s largest home improvement retailer, we want to show our customers that building green can be easy and affordable,” said Lindsay Chason, senior manager of Environmental Innovation at The Home Depot.  “We have innovative, environmentally-friendly products that make LEED certification simpler.  Now through our partnership with U.S. Green Building Council and their LEED for Homes program, we are simplifying the process of bringing healthier, greener homes to reality.”

The green housing market is growing rapidly, having tripled since 2008. Green homes, which comprised 17% of new residential construction last year, are expected to increase by 29% to 38% of the market by 2016, according to a report last week by McGraw-Hill Construction, a part of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

LEED-certified homes are energy efficient, conserve water and vital resources, and integrate environmentally preferred products into the design and construction of a home. Nearly 18,000 housing units have received LEED for Homes certification, a number that has seen significant growth in recent years. Fifty percent of LEED for Homes projects are classified in the affordable housing sector, echoing a trend found in last week’s report from The National Association of Home Builders and the Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI). The data shows that nationwide housing affordability rose to a record level during the fourth quarter of 2011.

The USGBC and The Home Depot product database was a subject of intense interest during Modernism Week in California last month and debuted as part of the TED Conference during which Steve Glenn, CEO of LivingHomes, a LEED home builder since 2006 and the builder of the first LEED Platinum home in the nation, showcased LivingHome C6. C6 is the first affordable housing line from the pre-fabricated builder. Once sited in their final locations, C6 homes are designed to meet the requirements of the LEED for Homes rating system. The home was designed as part of a new partnership with Make It Right, a nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt and renowned architect William McDonough to build 150, Cradle to Cradle® inspired LEED Platinum homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each C6 will help support the efforts of Make It Right.

USGBC strives to integrate the principles and practices of social and economic justice within those of sustainable building - ensuring that low-income families will maintain access to decent, safe, and affordable housing, even as society’s standards for what is decent and safe continue to rise.

Green building offers opportunities to reduce energy and resource consumption, enabling lower utility costs and critical savings for owners, funding agencies and residents alike. Green developments are also designed to offer superior indoor air quality to protect residents’ health and reduce health-care costs, and often provide better access to public transit and local amenities, decreasing the financial burden of transportation. The green home product database released with Home Depot will assist homeowners and green building professional to achieve these tenants of sustainability, health and affordability in their housing projects.

About the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 79 local affiliates, nearly 16,000 member organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. GDP from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. For more information, visit, on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 44,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising more than 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 120 countries. In addition, nearly 16,000 homes have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with more than 67,000 more homes registered.

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

About The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,253 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China. In fiscal 2011, The Home Depot had sales of $70.4 billion and earnings of $3.9 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index.



NECA NEWS - National Electrical Contractors Association

NECA’s Vision

NECA is a dynamic national organization serving the management interests of the entire electrical contracting industry.

More About NECA

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the voice of the $130 billion industry responsible for bringing electrical power, lighting, and communications to buildings and communities across the United States.


NECA traces its origins to the birth of modern electricity. In 1901, a group of electrical contractors met at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY, where a major display of electric power had been installed. These contractors joined together to foster trade and reform abuses within their fledgling industry. Today, NECA continues their work, building on a legacy of protecting the public and making innovation possible.


Electrical contractors perform specialized construction work related to the design, installation, and maintenance of electrical systems. Whether high-voltage power transmission or low-voltage lighting, electrical contractors ensure these systems work in a safe, effective, and environmentally-sound manner.

NECA represents electrical contractors from firms of all sizes performing a range of services. While most NECA contractors qualify as small businesses, many large, multinational companies are also members of the association.


NECA’s national office in Bethesda, Md., four regional offices, and 119 local chapters across the country support the electrical contracting industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development. NECA chapters are independently chartered organizations who work with national field representatives to develop effective labor agreements and market initiatives.

NECA Programs and Services

NECA is dedicated to enhancing the industry through innovative research, performance standards, progressive labor relations, and workforce recruiting and training. NECA offers the most comprehensive educational opportunities of any electrical association, as well as the industry’s premiere trade show and management training. NECA also publishes ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine, the industry’s top source of information on electrical construction.

Industry Expertise Benefits the Customer

NECA contractors strive to be true construction partners with building owners, developers, and general contractors. A NECA contractor is the best resource for any and all electrical needs, including power supply, fiber optics, telecommunications, security systems, wireless networks, and lighting. NECA contractors set industry standards for traditional electrical systems, as well as newer integrated systems. They develop engineered solutions to meet existing and emerging customer needs. They also lead the industry in the practical application of new technologies.

NECA’s Labor Partnership

Ensuring fair wages and benefits, as well as a unified skill set and training, for electrical workers serves the best interests of the industry and NECA customers. NECA’s national office, chapters, and member contractors have long practiced constructive and responsible labor relations in concert with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the world’s oldest and largest union of electrical workers. Peaceful settlement of grievances and jurisdictional disputes are implemented at NECA’s national and local levels through cooperative forums.

Electrical Construction and the Environment

NECA members have practiced environmental stewardship and conservation throughout the electrical industry’s evolution. They see the move towards sustainable construction, alternative energies, and building “green” as an important next step in the process. “Green” projects do a great job of giving back to the communities where they are located – the same communities where NECA contractors live and work.

Buildings today are defined by their electrical and mechanical systems as much as by their design and materials. To the user, a building’s "environment" is shaped by lighting, climate control and communication networks. The heart and brain of a building are its internal systems. This is why NECA contractors have explored new ways to make these systems as sustainable as possible, and why NECA offers our contractors the tools and resources they need to integrate sustainable construction practices into their current operations.

Hazard Communication Standard Revised for Global Harmonization


OSHA is revising its 1983 Hazard Communication Standard to align with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System. The first compliance date employers need to be aware of is December 1, 2013, the date by which employees must be trained on new HazCom provisions relevant to worksites.


Online Registration Open for NECA Future Leaders Conference


Online registration is now open for the 2012 NECA Future Leaders Conference, which will be held April 18-20 in Dallas. Register before March 27, please.


Cross Border Success for Electrical Contractors, Industry Partners in Panama


Electrical contractors from all NECA districts met with their counterparts from other North and Central American nations for the ELECTRI International Cross Border meeting, March 7-9 in Panama City, Panama.


Women in NECA Leadership Summit, April 20-21, Room Block Closing Fast!


WIN’s housing block at the SAX Hotel Chicago, 333 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60654,, will close on MARCH 20!


Electrical Contractor Magazine Debuts Integrated Systems Contractor


With more than 85 percent of Electrical Contractor magazine's subscribers now actively involved in low-voltage systems, NECA's monthly publication introduces a new supplement to support readers working in this market.


Smart Energy Bill Introduced in House, Companion Bill in Senate


HR 4017 was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to help create private sector jobs, improve economic competitiveness and reduce our nation's energy use. Its co-sponors hope to merge this bill with S 1000, which was introduced in the Senate last summer.


ESFI Launches 2012 National Electrical Safety Month Resources


Emerging technologies, the electrical hazards associated with them and important consumer safety tips will take center stage during National Electrical Safety Month this May. The Electrical Safety Foundation International offers the resources you need to promote electrical safety in your community. And they’re FREE!


Bipartisan Bills To Improve Energy Storage In House And Senate


NECA applauds the re-introduction of legislation that would provide investment tax credits to promote adoption of the spectrum of energy storage technologies. But, additional approaches — beyond federal policy change — should also be explored.


Study Predicts Healthy Growth for Energy Storage Industry


A new study conducted by Dutch energy consultant KEMA for the Copper Development Association forecasts robust growth and lower cost throughout the energy storage market, which is essential to the widescale deployment of renewable energy sources.


J.M. Electrical Celebrates 10,000th Contracting Job


New England-based advanced integrated building systems specialists mark milestone and predict future for business and industry.


Cupertino Electric Wins 49ers Stadium Project


Cupertino Electric has been selected to perform the electrical work on the planned new $1.02 billion San Francisco 49ers stadium. Surprisingly, it’s NOT the company’s largest project to date.


Young Electric Shines on Chattanooga Airport Solar Project


Like many other airports, Chattanooga Metropolitan is using land not suitable for aviation purposes for alternative energy projects. Young Electric installed a solar farm for CMA that is expected to produce energy savings of $13 million over the next 15-20 years.


Marco Giamberardino Selected to Direct NECA Government Affairs


Active in government affairs for more than 20 years, Marco Giamberardino has joined NECA's national staff as Executive Director for Government Affairs, replacing Lake Coulson.


Utility Names Abbott Electric Tops In Ohio


Abbott Electric has been named AEP (American Electric Power) Gridsmart's top-producing electrical contractor in Ohio and a Preferred Solutions Provider in northeast Ohio for helping the utility's customers avoid 7 million kilowatt hours of wasted electricity in 2011.


WIN Leadership Summit Registration Now Open!


2012 WIN Leadership Summit

SAX Hotel Chicago, IL April 20-21

The 2012 WIN Leadership Summit will be held Friday afternoon, April 20 - Saturday morning, April 21 at the Sax Hotel in Chicago. Summit and housing registration are now open!. Please join us for this special event celebrating the accomplishments of women in electrical construction and exploring the ways women contribute to the growth of our industry. Register now >> View the Draft Agenda >>

The future of electrical contracting depends on our ability to engage with our colleagues and business partners. The WIN Summit is a unique opportunity to connect with the dynamic, entrepreneurial women of NECA – our members, chapters and LMCCs.

(NOTE: housing should be arranged by contacting the SAX Hotel Chicago at 1877-569-3742, Ask for the "NECA" Block; Room rate: $169/night for a Studio King.)

To learn more about Women in NECA or to join in the conversation, go to


NECA President Dennis Quebe, Cong. Mike Turner Discuss Construction Job Growth in Dayton


U.S. Congressman Mike Turner will join NECA president Dennis Quebe and the Miami Valley Alliance of Construction Professionals (MVACP)at a roundtable discussion about creating jobs and expediting Dayton’s recovery through economic development and utilization of the region’s skilled labor force and local businesses.


How States Evaluate Utility Energy Efficiency Programs


A new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) questions whether a national standard is needed for evaluating the effectiveness of utility ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs.


Passion for Business Wins Contractor $100,000 Technology Makeover


NECA contractor Jennifer Bias, president of Ficek Electric & Communication Systems, wowed competition judges with her passion for business and need for new tech equipment and thereby won $100,000 in free technology products and business services through the Women's Business Development Center in Chicago.



CABA NewsBrief – The Continental Automated Buildings Association

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies.

The organization is supported by an international membership of nearly 400 companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government are also members.

CABA's mandate includes providing its members with networking and market research opportunities. CABA also encourages the development of industry standards and protocols, and leads cross-industry initiatives.

The organization was originally founded in 1988 as the Canadian Automated Buildings Association. The founding members included Bell Canada, Bell-Northern Research, Ontario Hydro, Hydro-Québec, Consumers Gas, Canadian Home Builders’ Association, the Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association of Canada, Industry Canada, Minto Developments Inc. and the National Research Council of Canada.

In 2006, CABA integrated the Internet Home Alliance, an association of technology companies committed to research and development within the intelligent home sector. The working group became CABA's Connected Home Research Council.

In 2010, CABA's collaborative research scope evolved and expanded into the CABA Research Program, which is directed by the CABA Board of Directors. The CABA Research Program's scope includes market research for both large building technologies and home systems.


Large Building Automation

§                     Qualcomm Atheros gets closer to Internet of everything
Qualcomm Atheros has launched the AR4100P which is an integrated 802.11n single-stream Wi-Fi system-in-package with integrated networking stack.The AR4100P is the latest product within the Qualcomm Atheros Internet of Everything portfolio, which includes standards-based wired and wireless technologies that enable scalable IP infrastructure for smart energy, intelligent home, security, building automation and remote health monitoring. FudZilla (3/21)

§                     How to select electronic security systems vendors and manage construction
Once all the preliminary groundwork has been laid, it's time to consider vendor selection. The goal at this point is to ensure that each vendor understands the entire scope of the project and that the pricing is submitted in a format that allows for effective review and approval. As well, facility managers need to verify that the vendor is qualified to install, maintain and support the system. Building Operating Management (3/13)

§                     Development of BIM solutions could streamline project workflow
Collaborating on construction projects is a necessity but can be complicated when multiple programs are being used. BuildingSMART hopes that Open BIM can smooth out the workflow by letting software vendors use common definitions and requirements. Constructech (3/14)

§                     Marine base in California aims to go net-zero
The Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, Calif., has reduced energy use from fossil fuels to 48% of its consumption, surpassing the Department of Defense's goal of 50% by 2020. "We are attacking energy conservation from every aspect," said Randy Monohan, the station's utilities and energy manager. "We are using solar-power generation, reclaimed water and the power from the landfill. We have pinpointed the locations of massive energy consumption and gone through to fix each problem individually." DVIDS (3/12)

§                     Defense Department and Google going green in a big way
Sustainable building technologies and practices are getting high priority at the Department of Defense and Google. The Defense Department has allocated $1 billion for energy-efficient upgrades at its buildings, has made use of solar energy and is looking into smart glass. Meanwhile, Google is asking manufacturers about the contents of their building materials and using only the greenest ones to enhance the working environment for and productivity of its employees. (3/14)

§                     SDG&E launches smart grid privacy initiative
San Diego Gas & Electric and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada, released a joint paper to document the incorporation of Privacy by Design into SDG&E's smart grid initiative. This partnership is the first of its kind in the United States, and emphasizes the commitment of the company in designing, building and operating a secure, reliable and trustworthy smart grid that safeguards customer privacy from the start. San Diego Gas & Electric (3/8)

§                     Video: Printed electronics lead to interactive posters
Novalia, a UK-based printed electronics pioneer is part of a consortium of British companies showcasing the potential for interactive printed material at the SXSW event this week.
The group, which also includes agency Uniform, art group Found, musician King Creosote and Dr. Jon Rogers from the University of Dundee, have created a series of postcards and a poster which plays samples of music. InAVate (3/14)

§                     'Invisible wires' for transporting electricity
New Energy Technologies, Inc and NREL scientists are collaboratively developing a solar window technology capable of generating electricity on see-through glass, and have successfully collected and transported electricity using a virtually 'invisible' conductive wiring system. The ability to transport electricity on glass windows while remaining see-through is especially important to the eventual deployment of an aesthetically pleasing commercial product. Energy Harvesting Journal (3/19)

§                     Honeywell introduces cloud-based, energy saving advisory services
Honeywell has introduced Attune Advisory Services, a solution that can help building owners reduce utility bills and operating expenses. Attune Advisory Services help in making improvements to reduce energy and operations costs, and define an ongoing strategy to manage and optimise a facility. CNW (3/21)

§                     How sustainable construction affects profitability of buildings
The profitability of buildings in the commercial market is related to whether they are perceived as Class A, B or C buildings, according to the Building Owners and Managers Association. Class A's are the third-party-certified green buildings and are most sought after. "Green building is fundamentally altering real estate market dynamics, the nature of the product demanded by tenants, constructed by developers, required by governments and favored by capital providers," according to RREEF Research. Forbes (3/18)

§                     Five new smart grid standards from IEEE
The IEEE has announced five new standards for the smart grid, as well as a related modified standards development project. Additionally, IEEE has recently modified the scope and purpose of a standard which defines the emerging technology of “custom power” and detail guidelines and performance expectations for its application in improving power quality and control. (3/12)

§                     Opportunity to provide feedback on building energy survey
The U.S. Energy Information Administration is seeking stakeholder feedback on its survey instrument for the 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS). This survey will be fielded in April 2013 for reference year 2012. The survey will be finalized in June and EIA is requesting stakeholder feedback by Friday, March 30, 2012. All CBC members are encouraged to provide written feedback to the EIA. Feedback can be sent to Joelle Michaels, Survey Manager: Commercial Buildings Consortium (3/15)

§                     Smart meter interoperability and interchangeability in Europe
To stimulate the rollout of smart meters across Europe, the European Smart Metering Industry Group (ESMIG) supports the initiatives intended to improve the interoperability of components. ESMIG has adopted a set of open standards (originating in the European Commission) to which members’ products must comply. These standards will allow the competitive development of applications from various sources, creating business models for industry stakeholders, including consumers. (3/15)

§                     A mission control built to run a city
IBM has designed a new operations center for the city of Rio de Janeiro, coordinating all kinds of functions under one roof. The company hopes the project will lead to a new, worldwide business in city command and control coordination. New York Times (3/3)

§                     The era of the connected building
Chris Welling, Vice President, Sales, Canada at Honeywell Security & Communications notes that one of the biggest trends over the past few years concerning connected buildings has been the proliferation in use of mobile devices. Canadian Property Management (3/15)

§                     DoD boosts commitment to renewables, smart grid technologies
The Department of Defense is justly recognized as a leader in the adoption of renewable energy and smart grid technologies. DoD's recently released energy strategy implementation plan takes the military's commitment several steps further. (3/15)

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Home Systems

§                     Video: Will Internet TV doom the traditional remote control?
At IP&TV World Forum in London, several new software and hardware technologies were pitched by dozens of vendors to Internet TV operators. Many have concluded that the four-directional paradigm of the conventional TV remote control, used by many new-wave connected TVs, are no longer suitable for the new generation of multi-use television sets. (3/20)

§                     Household automation: the life of an LED
The light emitting diode LED has been around for years but it is only recently with the compulsory demise of the 150W and 100W traditional tungsten bulbs and the building regulations requirement of 75% energy efficient light fittings in new build that the industry has begun to get its act together and produce LED lamps and bulbs for the mass market. (3/8)

§                     Bell Canada acquires Astral for $3.4 billion, enhances media empire
Bell Canada has added another piece to its media services suite by reaching a deal to acquire Montréal-based Astral Media Inc. Under the terms of the deal, the service provider will acquire Astral's broad national media portfolio which includes top-tier TV, radio, digital and out-of-home properties. A key point of the deal is the ability to get more more content it can deliver over its emerging wireline-based Fiber to the Home (FTTH) and wireless-based LTE networks. FierceTelecom (3/16)

§                     Cisco to buy video software firm in $4 billion deal
Cisco Systems will pay about $4 billion to acquire NDS Group, a developer of video software that counts China Central Television and DIRECTV among its customers. NDS is owned by News Corp. and Permira Advisers, a private-equity firm, which took the company private in 2009. In April 2010, Cisco snapped up Tandberg for $3.4 billion. Wall Street Journal (3/15)

§                     Video: MIT breakthrough paves way for woven 3-D displays
Three-dimensional displays could soon be woven from light-emitting fibres barely thicker than a human hair, according to MIT researchers. In a paper published on the Nature Photonics website, the researchers claimed the woven flexible fibres could project different information to viewers' left and right eyes. The construction method means, theoretically, displays could be made to stretch kilometres. InAVate (3/16)

§                     Canadian gov't unveils new spectrum auction, changes to foreign investment
The Government of Canada has announced the policy framework for the 700 MHz and 2500 MHz spectrum auctions as well as changes to the foreign investment restrictions in the telecommunications sector. Specifically, Minister Paradis announced that: the Telecommunications Act will be amended to lift foreign investment restrictions for telecom companies that hold less than a 10% share of the total Canadian telecommunications market and that the government will be applying caps in the upcoming spectrum auctions to guarantee that both new wireless competitors and incumbent carriers have access to the spectrum up for auction. Industry Canada (3/14)

§                     Crestron launches interior design partner program
Crestron has announced its new Interior Design Partner (IDP) Program, which connects designers with the resources and tools to incorporate integrated technology as part of their designs and deliver the best client experience. By partnering with the premier brand of intelligent home and building solutions, designers stay informed of the latest integrated technology developments. BUILDINGS (3/12)

§                     Intel's Berryville promises better set-top box performance
Intel's new Berryville media processor promises video game console performance in a set-top box. The Intel Atom CE5300 boasts a dual core and advanced 3D/2D graphics abilities. "We've more than doubled the central processing unit performance with the CE5300. Today's set-top boxes are probably the most underperforming devices in the home," Intel's Keith Wehmeyer said. Light Reading Cable (3/19)

§                     Comcast urges fellow operators to join energy crusade
Comcast wants to use its influence in the cable industry to alert vendors and other operators to the need for more energy to supply Internet-based devices, Senior Vice President Mark Coblitz said at an industry energy forum last week. "It's more about a mindset. When we talk about innovation in this space, we're talking about how you change the way things are done," he told interviewers after his speech. (3/16)

§                     J.D. Power survey hails iPhone, LG, Sanyo as top handsets
J.D. Power and Associates gave Apple's iPhone a five-star rating in its customer satisfaction report on smartphones, while LG Electronics and Sanyo earned top billing for feature phones. Trailing the iPhone were HTC, Samsung Electronics and Motorola Mobility. The firm also found that smartphone customers, especially 4G network users, were mostly unhappy with their devices' battery life, and that design was the least important factor they considered in choosing new handsets. eWeek (3/16)

§                     Will Microsoft debut a new Xbox in 2013?
A new Xbox 360 console could be released next year, although Microsoft remains mum on the speculation. Unnamed sources told Bloomberg the new console could be unveiled in June 2013, but some analysts say Microsoft has no incentive to release an update anytime soon, given the Xbox's role in helping the company's entertainment division earn $8.91 billion in the fiscal year that ended in June. The Xbox continues to outpace competitors such as the Wii and the PlayStation. Bloomberg (3/15)

§                     THX shows the way in equipping a state-of-the-art home theater
Gizmodo paid a visit to THX headquarters in San Rafael, Calif., to pick up some pointers for setting up home theaters. Seating and the characteristics of the room are crucial starting points, this blog post notes. The size of the television screen should be appropriate to the dimensions of the room, and placement of speakers should deliver the full surround-sound experience. Other tips: Use a single remote to operate the electronics, and employ THX-certified products for optimal performance. Gizmodo (3/14)

§                     ELAN systems used for energy management in modular homes
Homeowners can use ELAN g! system to save energy in lighting and HVAC. To every new buyer of its eco-friendly modular homes, Karoleena Homes in Calgary, Alberta, now offers the Elan g! Entertainment and Control System. Electronic House (3/14)

§                     Intel's TV device might aim to pre-empt Apple
Intel's plan to roll out a yet-unspecified television device might be an attempt to beat Apple to the market using technology that competes with the ARM chips that dominate smartphones. Owning a content-streaming service would be an expensive proposition, however, as Netflix and others have learned. The Wall Street Journal (3/14)

§            and Verizon Wireless announce technology relationship and Verizon Wireless today announced an agreement between the two companies to leverage the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless network as the backbone for’s industry leading interactive security, home automation and energy management services. As a result, will be able to offer an even wider array of products and services through a dedicated, secure and completely wireless communication path between the customer premises and’s hosted services platform. (3/21)

§                     Vivint poised to lead smart home market
Vivint has claimed that its unique sales, service and payment model for smart home technologies has enjoyed early success. As a result of better price, ease of service, and mobile applications, Vivint home automation package, in conjunction with its existing security and energy management offerings are fuelling higher rates of consumer adoption. Sun Herald (3/21)

§                     Video: Apple sells 3 million new iPads in first weekend
Apple sold about 3 million new iPads in the first three days of sales, with the tablet already accounting for nearly 5% of all iPad traffic in the U.S., according to the company and online ad network firm Chitika. AT&T reported that Friday saw record sales and activations; the new iPad is the first to use the high-speed 4G networks of AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Investment firm UBS said its own small survey found that many iPad buyers were new to the tablet. ClipSyndicate (3/20)

Member Press Releases

§                     EMerge Alliance Advances DC Power to the Desktop
The EMerge Alliance – an open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe direct-current (DC) power distribution standards for commercial buildings – today announced it formed the Task Level / Furnishings workgroup to create a standard bringing DC power directly to the desktop.

§                     Other Items

Capital Review Group Announces Membership in Highly Regarded National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)
Philips Joins EMerge Alliance Board

Schneider Electric and UNLV Study: Misconceptions about Efficiency Initiatives and Impact on Customer Satisfaction Deters U.S. Hoteliers from Investing in Energy Management

Cortexa Automation Releases New Home Automation Ready (HAR™) Controller

Financing HVAC and Building Controls with Section 179D Deductions
Encelium's New Polaris 3D Lighting Control Software Application Available On December 15

AMX and ViewSonic Partnership Simplifies Projector-Controller Integration

Global Caché and Cortexa Build Partnership

AMX Ships Digital Signage Software that Streamlines Management of Enterprise-Scale Deployments Ahead of Schedule

CABA members can post their media releases by logging into the CABA Web site.

  CABA Research Spotlight

§                     Building Energy Efficiency Through Behavior Change
The latest Sustainability Essentials guide is hot off the press. These accessible guides are perfect for professionals who need a no-nonsense introduction to key themes in sustainable business. Produced by 2degrees in collaboration with Cushman & Wakefield, this free guide is required reading for both experienced professionals and companies at the start of their sustainablility journeys.

  Education & Training

§                     Webinar: New smart energy technology from ZigBee
The ZigBee Alliance will present a webinar, "New Features of ZigBee Smart Energy - Delivering Energy Management to Consumers Today," April 11, 2012, at 10 a.m. PDT. Register today to understand the latest features of the ZigBee Smart Energy standard.The webinar will explore all the new functionality of version 1.1, as well as the market trends that are driving ZigBee Smart Energy forward. You will hear from several industry experts who will share insight into how markets are taking advantage of these smart features to deliver energy management applications to their customers today.

§                     Webinar: The Why, When, and How of Network Convergence
Yankee Group and Alcatel-Lucent will hold a webinar on Friday, March 23 at 8 am ET to examine the risks and benefits of moving to a converged storage and data network. The webinar will also look at criteria which should be evaluated in defining a strategy for achieving a converged data center network along with best practice recommendations.

§                     Event: Education for a Sustainable Energy Economy
Centennial College and York University will bring together top educators and industry professionals on May 22 in Markham, ON to speak on developing a sustainable energy economy. The first 25 people to register for the Second Annaul E3 Symposium will receive a copy of Tom Rand's book: Kicking the Fossil Fuel Habit.

§                     Webinar: The Internet’s Third Act - The Connected Device Decade
Based on a Mobile Future report authored by former White House Advisor Jim Kohlenberger, this free webinar from US Telecom, to held held April 4 at 1 pm ET, will examine how the next wave of machine-to-machine (M2M) and other connected devices will further accelerate mobile opportunity and exacerbate the looming spectrum crunch.

§                     Webinar: Home Energy Management: Technologies, Markets, & Standards
While interest in how to better manage energy use in the home continues to rise in many stakeholder groups – home owners, builders, vendors, utilities, and so on -- no one seems to have cracked the code on a wide scale. Much of the technology already exists, from smart meters, smart thermostats, smart appliances, and networks and software to help run it all. But for the most part, full HEM systems have been relegated to high-end homes. Prices have fallen for some services and components, and that has stimulated interest for the mainstream consumer. But the market is still early in its development, there are standards issues, and cost related to benefits is still unclear. Featuring senior analyst Neil Strother and a key industry insider, this webinar by Pike Research, to be held April 17 at 2 pm ET, will explore the primary drivers and inhibitors, examine case studies of what has (and hasn’t) worked in HEM, and survey the key players as the market unfolds through 2020.

§                     CIB IDDS international workshop on April 18 in Ballston, VA
The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) will be holding a one-day international workshop on April 18, 2012, to showcase global research, technology and innovative practices in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). The focus of this workshop will be on Integrated Design & Delivery Solutions (IDDS). This event is being held in conjunction with a rare meeting of the CIB Board of Directors in North America.

§                     Case studies wanted for IBCon 2012 event
As a member of the IBcon 2012 Advisory Council, CABA President & CEO Ron Zimmer would like to invite you to submit case studies for the upcoming IBCon 2012 event, which will take place June 13–14, 2012 at the LVH Las Vegas Hotel. Along with featuring your case studies at the event, CABA is also looking to add your case studies to its extensive CABA Research Library. For consideration, please forward your submissions to John Hall, CABA’s Research Director, at:

 CABA News

§                     CABA to launch "Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Homes 2012" project
Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Homes 2012 is a brand new collaborative landmark research study designed to greatly improve the understanding of residential smart grid development and deployment in terms of: identifying market demand and growth areas for new products, comparing competing product strategies and communication of competitors, determining product preferences for end-users, developing messaging that resonates with target audiences, defining critical success factors to expand product offerings to end-user markets and establishing a market approach and foundation for strategic decision-making efforts. Microsoft Corporation, Pella Corporation, Samsung Electronics and TELUS have committed to participate, while several other organizations are interested. To become involved in this research project and to learn about the NEW Free Frost & Sullivan Bonus Report you can receive, please contact George Grimes, CABA’s Business Development Manager at 613.686.1814 x226 or at and or John Hall,CABA's Research Director at 613.686.1814 x227 or at

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

§                                 BTR Netcom, Inc. (Member since 2006) (Board member)

§                                 Cadillac Fairview Corporation (Member since 2003) (Board member)

§                                 Canada Green Building Council (Member since 2008)

§                                 Canadian Institute for Broadband & Information Network Technologies (Member since 1993)

§                                 Canadian Standards Association (Member since 2002)

§                                 Consumer Electronics Association (Member since 2005)

§                                 KMC Controls, Inc. (Member since 2003)

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

For information about CABA Research Subscription/Memberships, please contact George Grimes, CABA Business Development Manager at or 613.686.1814 x229. To view a listing of 300+ CABA members go to:


Harger Lightning & Grounding  - new product Uni-Shot

Single use ceramic mold, exothermically connects wire to ground rod.

GRAYSLAKE, Illinois – March 5, 2012 – Available now with UltraShot® and NUWTube™ weld metal, Harger Lightning & Grounding launches the Uni-Shot disposable molds, packaged 12 per box.

The Uni-Shot is an easy to use solution for customers who need to make only a few wire to ground rod connections. Packaged with the user in mind, Uni-Shots are now available with UltraShot cartridges for electronic users, note: USCONTROLLER is required. Also available with NUWTube cartridges, utilizing the traditional “pour and shoot method”, firing with a flint ignitor. Frames or mold handles are not required for either version. For part numbers, ground rod and wire size details please contact Harger Sales at  (USCONTROLLER, and Flint Ignitor sold separately.)

Harger Lightning & Grounding is a leading manufacturer of lightning protection and grounding equipment, as well as UltraShot® and Ultraweld® exothermic welding materials for the communications and electrical industries. Harger also provides design and engineering services and specializes in offering total systems solutions for their customers.

Harger Lightning & Grounding
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NFPA NEWS - The National Fire Protection Association

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is an international nonprofit organization that was established in 1896. The company’s mission is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

With a membership that includes more than 70,000 individuals from nearly 100 nations NFPA is the world's leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety.

Codes and Standards
NFPA is responsible for 300 codes and standards that are designed to minimize the risk and effects of fire by establishing criteria for building, processing, design, service, and installation in the United States, as well as many other countries. Its more than 200 technical code- and standard- development committees are comprised of over 6,000 volunteer seats. Volunteers vote on proposals and revisions in a process that is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Some of the most widely used codes are:

Public safety education
Sponsoring a variety of life-saving campaigns and training programs, the NFPA devotes much of its efforts to protecting lives and property through education. The organization provides many resources for fire, electrical, and life-safety instructions.

The outreach programs of NFPA include:

  • the annual Fire Prevention Week in October, a national campaign for which NFPA has been the official sponsor since 1922;
  • Remembering When®, a program developed to address the leading causes of injuries and death among older adults;
  • Risk Watch® and Learn Not to Burn®, programs developed to address the leading causes of injuries and death among children;
  • a variety of programs that focus on high-risk outreach;
  • and the resources and activities associated with Sparky the Fire Dog®, the official mascot of NFPA.

NFPA oversees the operations of several advocacy campaigns dedicated to increasing fire safety and awareness, including the Fire Sprinkler Initiative, Bringing Safety Home; the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes™; and the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks.

Professional development
Stay current with the latest fire and life safety requirements, technologies, and practices with NFPA´s expanded training offerings.

  • Led by NFPA staff and other nationally recognized experts, our seminars provide insight into the meaning, intent, and proper application of fire and electrical safety codes.
  • NFPA administers professional certification programs including Certified Fire Protection Specialist, Certified Fire Inspector, and Certified Fire Plans Examiner.
  • Each June, the NFPA Conference & Expo fosters the exchange of ideas among Association members. New and revised NFPA codes and standards are also discussed and voted upon at these meetings.
  • NFPA develops dozens of texts, guides, and other materials that target firefighter and other first responder safety and health.

Information resource
NFPA is the premier resource for fire data analysis, research, and analysis. This data helps guide educational outreach, support the work of NFPA Technical Committees, and frames the fire-loss picture for organizations, the media, and the general public.

  • The Fire Analysis and Research division produces a wide range of annual reports and special studies on all aspects of the nation's fire problem.
  • NFPA conducts investigations of fire incidents of technical interest to its constituents, including its Technical Committees and the broader fire community.
  • The Fire Protection Research Foundation plans, manages, and communicates research in support of the development of NFPA's codes and standards and educational and public-awareness efforts.
  • The Charles S. Morgan Library supports research and maintains the NFPA archives. It is one of the largest fire science libraries in the world.


  • NFPA Journal®, our members-only bimonthly magazine, covers industry news.
  • NFPA Journal® Buyers' Guide lists products and services from leading fire protection and fire service manufacturers and consultants.
  • NFPA Journal® Latinoamericano is the #1 source of fire, security, and life safety information in Latin America.
  • NFPA Journal Update, our members-only monthly e-newsletter, covers breaking news and coming events.
  • NFPA News provides status updates on the work of NFPA's technical committees and on other codes- and standards-releated activities.
  • necplus newsbriefs is a bi-monthly electrical industry newsletter.
  • NFPA Safety Source is a monthly e-newsletter for fire and life safety educators.
  • e-ACCESS provides fire and life safety information for people with disabilities.
  • Fire Technology is a quarterly, peer-reviewed technical journal.

Subscription Services

Member Sections
NFPA members are invited to maximize their membership benefits by joining one or more of our 16 industry-specific Member Sections. Section membership is FREE and included with your NFPA membership.

NFPA´s International Operations department works to develop and increase global awareness of NFPA, its mission and expertise by promoting worldwide use of NFPA’s technical and educational information.

Online catalog
NFPA's online catalog provides a direct way for customers to purchase NFPA codes and standards, companion products, and public education materials.

And now the NEWS:


Groundbreaking ACUTA Report Reveals New Trends, Challenges Facing Higher Education in its First Long-Term Study of Residential Networking (ResNet) Practices Across the Nation

The 2012 ACUTA State of ResNet Report Demonstrates Unresolved Tug-of-War between Meeting Student Demand and Planning for Future Challenges

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, March 22, 2012 - The Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA), the only international association dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of higher education information communications technology professionals, today announced the publication of its first annual ACUTA State of ResNet Report. The ACUTA report, a comprehensive survey designed to measure the broad variation in practice and policy within higher education and lay the groundwork for long-term trend analysis and benchmarking, is its first study  to target all higher education institutions in the United States with on-campus residential housing and to focus exclusively on issues affecting the residential student network. 

During a period of significant budget tightening, demands on the student network continue to grow at an accelerating pace, adding pressure on colleges and universities to address critical cost and management challenges.  The study addresses issues such as bandwidth and connectivity challenges, budget and staffing demands, and rising student expectations in an environment of competitive enrollment pressures and ever-changing network standards and technology. The ACUTA study will develop a long-term body of knowledge around an area where very little aggregate data currently exists.

“An unprecedented perfect storm is forming on the horizon of network technology while IT budgets tighten across the country,” said Joseph Harrington, ACUTA President and Director of Networking at Boston College. “In this changing environment, efficient management of the ResNet is fast becoming a top priority for CIOs. With this study, ACUTA will begin shedding light on diverse practices, actively contribute to developing standards and provide a central knowledgebase that will better equip IT administrators to make decisions for the future.”

Key Highlights of the 2012 ACUTA ResNet Trends & Practices Report include:

·         Unlimited Connectivity: A large majority (68 percent) of institutions allow students unlimited access to the ResNet, and more than 62 percent do not monitor bandwidth consumption.

·         Strained Resources: Nearly 50 percent of IT departments do not recover the cost of supplying bandwidth to residential networks, and nearly 60 percent of institutions cite a total capacity below the 500 Mbps threshold.

·         Limited Student Support: Less than 10 percent of schools offer around-the-clock support, and more than 65 percent of residents can only access support by phone.

The full report, available free at , provides further trends and insights into higher education’s ResNet structures, network infrastructure – present and future, and staffing service and support.

Residential Network Structures

The responsibilities of higher education CIOs and IT departments are continuing to expand as they grapple with complex issues such as technical support, security, bandwidth management and illegal file sharing.  However, the vast majority (69 percent) of universities and colleges have not considered outsourcing portions (such as support and maintenance) of the residential network system.  Only 9 percent of higher education institutions presently outsource significant portions to a non-university organization, while a scant 2 percent have previously outsourced these services. 

This study reveals a potential trend in outsourcing. About 4 percent of survey respondents indicate that their university/college is now considering outsourcing, and about 15 percent have considered this option but have yet to pursue any plans.

Network Infrastructure – Present and Future

The proliferation of mobile devices, the ever-increasing thirst for bandwidth and demand for wireless coverage emerged as three top concerns.  Despite anxiety over bandwidth management, the majority of universities and colleges (68.1 percent) allow students to connect unlimited devices to the ResNet.  In contrast, only 19 percent limit bandwidth to mobile and network devices.

Staffing Service and Support

ACUTA’s report suggests that there may be added potential to explore new channels of network assistance, such as through live chat, SMS text messaging and via social media. Currently a majority (65.2 percent) of residents must contact support by phone, and only 9 percent of schools provide 24/7 network support. Although there is a case for more web-based support, CIOs should have a contingency access plan if there are network connectivity problems.

About the 2012 ACUTA State of ResNet Report

In support of its mission, ACUTA contracted with Forward Analytics, a nationally-recognized market research firm, to design and conduct this study during the first three weeks of February 2012. The ACUTA ResNet study was conducted online and targeted higher education IT leaders or persons responsible for ResNet and infrastructure.  A total of 255 surveys were completed, representing 249 universities or colleges (six institutions had two respondents) within a sample population of 2,004 U.S. higher education institutions determined to have provided on-campus housing for students.  Of the respondents, 51.8 percent were from private organizations and 48.2 percent from public institutions.


ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, is an international nonprofit educational association serving colleges and universities. Its core purpose is to support higher education information communications technology professionals in contributing to the achievement of the strategic mission of their institutions. ACUTA represents nearly 2,000 individuals at more than 700 institutions of higher education, with members ranging from small schools and community colleges to the very largest U.S. institutions. ACUTA’s corporate affiliate members represent all categories of communications technology vendors serving the college/university market. For more information about ACUTA and its mission, visit or call 859-278-3338.


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