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Issue: March 2015
By: Frank Bisbee


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NEW STATISTICS SHOW A HUGH INCREASE IN DISTRACTED DRIVING ACCIDENTS.

As you drive along the highways and byways, you have seen more and more drivers using their smartphones and cellphones to talk, read, or text. In the busiest traffic times you may have noticed that many drivers are reading and texting at stoplights. It is like a compulsion to turn the drive time into a “more productive activity”. However, the growing reality is that these distractions from driving are dangerous and sometimes deadly.

SAFE DRIVING includes the other driver too. We should promote more education on safe driving practices in our schools and in our jobs. DISTRACTED DRIVING is resulting in an epidemic of increased accidents. Every business has felt the sting of auto accidents. The costs continue to mount in many areas: direct loss, lost manpower, increased liability, reduced productivity, etc.

We can no longer ignore this area of concern. SAFE DRIVING pays huge dividends and has a big impact on the bottom line.

Teen drivers: keep your cell phones off and your friends out of the car. Those are the two biggest distractions for teens behind the wheel, and distraction is a far more significant cause of teen accidents than previously realized, according to new research.

Researchers with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed nearly 1,700 videos of teen-driving crashes taken from in-vehicle event recorders and found distraction was a factor in 58 percent of the accidents. Previous estimates based on federal data showed distraction contributed to only 14 percent of teen-driving crashes.

"Access to crash videos has allowed us to better understand the moments leading up to a vehicle impact in a way that was previously impossible," said Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study "provides indisputable evidence that teen drivers are distracted in a much greater percentage of crashes than we previously realized."

Teens have the highest crash rate of any age group in the US, and safety experts have long sought ways to better protect and educate young drivers.

Previously, researchers have relied on accident reports in compiling studies and analysis. But Foundation for Traffic Safety researchers believe those reports, which used to populate National Highway Traffic Safety Administration databases with distracted-driving data, may have far under-represented the role of distracted driving in many accidents.

Why? In part because it's hard for police officers to determine what caused distraction at accident scenes and drivers may be reluctant to self-report on their inattention or bad behavior. "There is often a lack of willingness on the part of drivers to report ... (and) this may be especially true for newly licensed teen drivers for whom the consequences are likely to be more severe," the report said.

Having access to video, audio and accelerometer data from the six seconds preceding a crash and the four seconds afterward gave the AAA researchers unprecedented insight into teen accidents.

Not only is distracted driving involved in six of every 10 teen accidents, they found distraction was a factor in 89 percent of road-departure crashes and 76 percent of rear-end crashes.

Cell-phones were a big source of that distraction. Their use was the second-most common form of distraction, according to the study, and researchers found that drivers had their eyes diverted from the road for an average of 4.1 seconds leading up to their crashes.

"Potentially distracting behaviors in general, and cell phone use in particular, were much more prevalent in the current study than in official statistics based on police reports," the AAA report found.No fatal crashes were included in the analysis, nor were crashes in which teen drivers were struck from behind.

The top cause of distraction for teen drivers was interacting with one or more passengers. Researchers found that to be the cause of 15 percent of distracted-driving accidents among the teen drivers.

That finding builds upon previous research from Texas A&M which found that drivers ages 15 to 17 were eight times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than those ages 18 to 24 if they were carrying one or more passengers.

AAA found that when two or more passengers were present, they "were significantly more likely to be making loud noises, moving around in the vehicle and texting/using cell phone than when only a single passenger was present."

One interesting note from the study: results indicated that more males were involved in single-vehicle crashes, 56 percent to 44 percent. The results were flip-flopped in vehicle-to-vehicle crashes, where females were behind the wheel in 53 percent of accidents.

AAA says roughly 963,000 drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 were involved in police-reported crashes in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available. These crashes resulted in 2,865 deaths and more than 383,000 injuries.

All of these teen drivers will be the young adults in a couple of years and we will be reaping the results of what we trained them on safety. SCARY!!!

NEVER TEXT WHILE DRIVING… EVER.

But that’s just my opinion,

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

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Fiber Optic Infrastructure Is The Future

AMERICA IS REWIRING AGAIN. Today we are faced with the reality of the Intelligent WIRELESS DEVICE. At the latest estimate, there are more than 7.1 billion wireless devices in use. That is about one wireless device for every person on the planet.


By 2011, mobility had already become a necessity, but what will mobile and wireless look like by the end of 2015? Currently, we are always in need of a wireless connection, and if you manage a hospital, school, campus or own a business, it’s becoming a necessity to provide wireless to guests too.


But just how important is it that you allow your wireless to stream video effortlessly in real time?  Or why do you need a network right-sized to support multiple devices and mass amounts of data? Why does your wireless need to be fast and secure?


These 2011 prediction have become the norm:

Video will dominate Mobile data traffic by 2015; Video usage online is also increasing

According to the new wireless and mobile forecasts, in just four years, two-thirds of the world's mobile data traffic will be video. The latest study from Arbitron and Edison Research, “The Infinite Dial 2010: Navigating Digital Platforms,” also revealed some promising trends about online video. These forecast growth numbers were met and exceeded.

Conducted in early 2011, the report surveyed 2,020 Americans age 12 and older. 38% of the respondents said they have watched online video last week. That is a 26% increase from 2006 when only 12% of respondents indicated they recently viewed online video.

While in 2008 online video consumed 2 hours and 20 minutes from people’s time per week, now it retains their attention for longer. In 2011, viewers reported they spent 3 hours and 26 minutes per week watching online video. These forecast growth numbers were met and exceeded.

Mobile Data Traffic To Rise 26x By 2015

By 2015, wireless and mobile experts are predicting we should expect global mobile data to hit 6.3 exabytes a month. To put this number in perspective, that is equal to every person on the Earth sending 1,000 text messages every second. Experts are also predicting that two-thirds of the data to be in the form of video, including TV shows, movies and video calls. Meanwhile, experts also say that in 2015, 56% of mobile traffic will come from laptops and netbooks, with 27% from smart phones and just 3.5% from tablets. These forecast growth numbers were met and exceeded.


Wireless and Mobile Access Speeds Will Increase 17x by 2015

These forecast growth numbers were met and exceeded. The average mobile network connection speed doubled from 2009 to 2010 -- and a tenfold increase is expected by 2015. Experts say that within four years there will be a mobile device connected to a wireless network -- not counting Wi-Fi connections -- for nearly every person on the planet.

To put these figures into perspective, today the average mobile connection generates 65 megabytes of traffic per month, equal to about 15 MP3 miles files. By 2015, the average mobile connection is anticipated to generate more than 17 times that amount, to a total 1,118 megabytes of traffic per month -- equal to about 260 MP3 music files.

Whether you manage a hospital, school, campus or own a large enterprise, you need to have wireless networks that can support the current needs and future needs of wireless and mobility.

 

WI-FI Access in Commercial Real Estate is a competitive requirement as the new criteria has become LOCATION, LOCATION, CONNECTIVITY. Network carriers continue to scramble to meet the exploding demand for WI-FI traffic. Behind the vast array of cellular towers is the only infrastructure capable of tackling the tsunami of increased traffic – FIBER OPTIC Cabling. The fiber optic backhaul to and from the cellular locations has increased in bandwidth demands as well as traffic load. Additionally, there is growing demand for better wireless connectivity inside the building.

 

Recently, Karl Griffith, Graybar Director of Emerging Technology introduced  Distributed Antenna System (DAS) slideshow that shows you how to take your DAS project from inception to completion. DAS is a hot trend in CRE – Commercial Real Estate.

 

FIBER OPTIC CONNECTIVITY must be repeatable and durable in the field. From the carriers’ hub locations to the remote cellular point, the number of physical changes has pushed the service staff to their highest number of reported service orders on record.

 

In the building, the Fiber Optic backbone cabling continues to extend from the intermediate distribution frame location all the way to the work zone. Only in rare cases, does the Fiber Optic cabling reach the desktop. However, the copper distribution structured cabling is shrinking to historic shortened lengths... i.e. long patchcords.

Megladon’s Angle Polished HLC® ScratchGuard® Fiber Optic Patch Cords Are A Life Saver For Network Managers.  Since 2011 – Megladon Manufacturing Group (Austin, TX) has been making a product which is perfectly suited for the Optic Local Area Network (OLAN). Originally designed to serve the 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. As the line becomes blurred between the TELCOS and CATV carriers, the competition has heated up to a fever pitch. The network companies are learning, sometimes the hard way, that a breach of service can send hordes of once loyal subscribers scurrying to the competition.

The patch cord is the weakest link in most fiber optic networks. This is an area where network managers should never cut corners. If you think this subject is being over-stressed, imagine standing in front of the executive committee and explaining how your savings on bargain patchcords just cost the company several thousand customer due to a service failure.

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. Add in the critical performance requirement of the added load of VOIP telecommunication services, today the demands of a growing network load at higher speeds are a formula for disaster if performance fails to meet the requirements.

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

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

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 2011 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 significant reduction in insertion loss and reflection over traditional angle polish products,” said John Culbert, President of Megladon.

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

For additional information regarding Megladon’s variety of fiber optic products please contact John Culbert at 512.615.4687 or by email at scratchguard@megladonmfg.com.

 

The Light Brigade will be demonstrating its fiber optic training expertise at OFC 2015 on March 23-26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center

OFC—A Dynamic Global Gathering

OFC is the largest global conference and exposition for optical communications and networking professionals. For over 40 years, The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC) has drawn attendees from all corners of the globe to meet and greet, teach and learn, make connections and move business forward. OFC attracts the biggest names in the field, offers key networking and partnering opportunities, and provides insights and inspiration on the major trends and technology advances affecting the industry. From technical presentations to the latest market trends and predictions, OFC is a one-stop-shop.

Don’t get left behind as America is rewires with FIBER. Like a tsunami, FTTx = Fiber To The X (everything & everywhere).

Light Brigade activities are: 

·       Short Course:  SC 409: Safety in Fiber Optics – From Components to Systems”. Monday March 23 9:00 -12:00

·         Short Course: SC 185: Hands-on Polishing, Inspection and Testing of Connectors :  Monday  March 23 2:30 -6:30

·         FTTx Resource Center: Booth 2556 :  Coordinated by the Light Brigade:  Over twenty companies will have on display their FTTx related products and services.  Clearfield is bringing their fiber and cable management trailer for product and application demonstrations while JDSU will be showing and demonstrating their latest fiber optic test equipment.

·         The Light Brigade is featuring three FTTx courses, Certified Fiber to the Home Professional (CFHP), FTTx – Outside Plant Design, and the FTTx for Installers and Technicians plus their on-line CFHP course.  In addition the FTTx related staff development training DVDs will be shown. 

Events at the Light Brigade Booth (1424).  Include the new High Speed Fiber Optic Networks DVD focused on 100 Gb/s+ transmission systems including chapters on advanced modulation formats, coherent detection and forward error correction.   Also, learn about our many fiber optic training options including  instructor led hands-on training courses offered in cities throughout the United States and Canada, custom training delivered at your company site anywhere in the world, e-learning and staff development DVDs. www.lightbrigade.com.

About The Light Brigade – “The Global Leader in Fiber Optic Training”

Founded in 1987, The Light Brigade has instructed over 50,000 attendees in its public and custom classes around the world on fiber optic design, maintenance, and testing.  This includes advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM, and PMD/CD. In addition to creating custom courses tailored to any need or skill level, the company produces educational DVDs and CDs.  Whether your application is voice, video, and/or data, or you are a service provider, contractor, or end user, The Light Brigade can provide critical training for your personnel to lower operating costs and improve installation efficiency.

837 Industry Drive
Tukwila, WA 98188

(206) 575-0404 • Fax (206) 575-0405
www.lightbrigade.com

Download the latest Light Brigade Training Catalog

OFC—A Dynamic Global Gathering

OFC is the largest global conference and exposition for optical communications and networking professionals. For over 40 years, The Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC) has drawn attendees from all corners of the globe to meet and greet, teach and learn, make connections and move business forward.

OFC attracts the biggest names in the field, offers key networking and partnering opportunities, and provides insights and inspiration on the major trends and technology advances affecting the industry. From technical presentations to the latest market trends and predictions, OFC is a one-stop-shop.

Get the Latest Technology, Products and Information

·               Optical Networking

·               Gigabit Ethernet

·               SDN and Networks

·               Test and Measurement

·               Optical Packets

·               Optical Interconnects/Switches

·               100Gb/s Hardware

·               WDM

·               Switches

·               ROADMs

·               VCSEL

·               Transport

·               Spatial Division Multiplexing

·               Integrated Photonics

·               FTTX

Who Should Attend

Company Category

·               Network/Communications Service Provider

·               Internet Service Provider

·               Content Provider

·               Data Center

·               Systems/Network Equipment Manufacturer

·               Components or Device Manufacturer 694

·               Test Equipment Manufacturer

·               Fiber and Cable Supplier

·               Enterprise

·               Government Agency

·               Investment/Venture Capital

·               Contract Manufacturer

·               Academia

Job Function

·               Executive Management (CEO, CFO, etc.)

·               Executive Technical (CTO, CIO, Chief Scientist)

·               R&D Director/Manager

·               Network/Systems Engineer

·               Network Architect

·               Researcher/Scientist

·               Marketing/Sales/Product Development Director/Manager

·               Professor/Educator

·               Purchasing Director/Manager

·               Student

·               Technician

OFC Fast Facts

  • 12,000+ attendees
  • 65+ countries represented
  • 550+ booths covering 300,000 sq. ft.
  • 800+ technical presentations
  • 40 years of industry leadership
  • Generating thousands of news articles each year, OFC reaches millions of people worldwide

2015 Hot Topics

  • 100G/400G network design and optimization
  • Amplification, fiber, and multiplexing techniques for capacity scalability
  • Cloud and data center networking
  • Digital signal processing for optical fiber communication systems
  • High-speed electronics and opto-electronics for terabit optical networking
  • Silicon photonics and integrated photonic subsystems for datacom and telecom
  • Virtualization and software defined networks (SDN)
  • Wavelength agile access networks

Flexible Registration Options

It's all here for you—in one location. OFC offers flexible registration options that suit every schedule and budget. Attend the technical conference and exhibits/show floor programming, or just the exhibits/show floor programming with a free Exhibits Pass Plus.

Don’t Miss California Beaming at the OFC!!! FIBER-FIBER-FIBER

Here is the link to OFC registration https://account.osa.org/eweb/dynamicpage.aspx?site=osac&webcode=loginrequired&url_success=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecompusystems%2Ecom%2Fservlet%2FOFCSSOLandingServlet%3Fusertoken%3D%7Btoken%7D

 

FreeAxez® to Showcase Whole-Building Cabling Distribution System at BICSI 2015

Bronze Level Sponsor Exhibiting at Booth #720

DELRAN, NJFreeAxez® kicked off 2015 by attending the BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition on February 22-26 in Orlando as a Bronze Level Sponsor. They displayed and demonstrated their quick-connect, whole-building cabling distribution system, inclusive of various models, at the show.

In 2014, FreeAxez won a Best of Show award at InfoComm 2014 and the FreeAxez Power system won a Best of NeoCon Gold Award in the Workplace Technologies category.

Visitors to the FreeAxez booth were be introduced to the FreeAxez 40 (1.6” height) and the FreeAxez 70 (2.75” height) systems. The FreeAxez 40 system incorporates an ultra-shallow power/voice/data floor box, which is the lowest profile solution available in North America, while the FreeAxez 70 system can accommodate most floor boxes available in the market with a 2.5” profile. An additional safety feature with FreeAxez system is the elimination of the NEC requirement for CMP Plenum communications cables that can release highly toxic gases (when heated). 

In addition, the FreeAxez Power 50 amp bus system will be displayed. FreeAxez Power fits hand-in-glove with the FreeAxez 70 model. It features longitudinal power tracks that allow devices to connect anywhere along the track.

Founded in 2001 by Earl Geertgens, FreeAxez is a sustainable flooring system that eliminates the need for coredrilling in the ceiling plenum by housing power, voice and data cables below a building’s floor coverings. The system allows for easy underfloor access to a facility’s cables and wiring, providing performance and design versatility for today’s modern office and high-technology environments.

FreeAxez is available for both new construction, as well as renovation, and can be installed in various settings, including commercial offices, conference/training rooms, emergency operations, classrooms, libraries, medical facilities and more. The system equips any space with its innovative quick-connect components and accessories to accommodate cable management requirements.

“We are very excited to share our game-changing products and systems with the BICSI community,” says Earl Geertgens. “What motivates our company is to provide innovative solutions to the marketplace – more about solutions that help people.”

FreeAxez is a Bronze Level Sponsor and exhibited at Booth #720.

BICSI, which focuses on advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community, hosts the 2015 Winter Conference & Exhibition at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center. For more information, visit www.bicsi.org/winter/2015/.

About FreeAxez®

FreeAxez® is an award-winning, all steel, quick-connect, whole-building solution. It provides easy underfloor access to a facility’s cables and wiring, providing performance and design versatility for today’s modern office and high-technology environments. It eliminates the need to run power, voice and data cables through ceilings or concrete — providing unparalleled capacity, reduced life cycle costs and improved workplace efficiency. For more information, visit www.freeaxez.com.

 

CABA's Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum Updates = Renaissance Hotel AUSTIN, TX - APRIL 14-16, 2015 - fiber optic AGENDA

Intelligent Buildings Track Session

Open Standards - The New Era of Networked Wireless Building Automation

SESSION DESCRIPTION

A new era of cellular and networked wireless building automation is being driven by open standards-based technology. Learn from subject matter experts how an open standards-driven architecture provides a simple, easy-to-use technology for controlling lighting, thermostats, plug-loads, fans and many more building related functions. An open standards-driven solution allows interoperability with devices from other vendors, which means competitive pricing, and the flexibility to customize the network to match the customer's specific energy control needs helping to speed the return on investment from three to four years to one to two years. Compared to proprietary wireless systems, which uses one company's hardware, software and devices, open standards-driven technology enables companies to expand the solution to future-proof their systems to meet new energy regulations, and provides the foundation for the Enterprise Internet of Things™ (E-IoT).

Wireless systems are typically organized using a "mesh" architecture. This means that each device in the network can communicate with a controller through multiple pathways, and can relay messages for its neighbors. Data is passed through the wireless network from device to device, using the most reliable communication links and most efficient path, until the destination is reached. A key benefit of the mesh approach is that if one device fails (which is rare due to the system's monitoring capabilities), the signal is re-routed so that other linked devices are unaffected. Buildings can gradually transform into a full wireless network for ease of space design and regulatory compliance.

In addition, end-users and companies can achieve actionable results through big data analytics. The mesh network's two-way communication means that not only can energy-management control systems send commands to lights and sensors; it can also receive information back from them. The control system can log each sensor's real-time state, measure energy usage, and communicate whether lights or a device are malfunctioning or need replacing. Through this two-way data stream, facility managers receive a host of decision-making information that allows them to maintain and tune settings in a timely way, as well as measure and verify the level of energy savings they are achieving.

Attend this session to understand how using innovative wireless technology to manage buildings can also provide operational efficiencies. This in turn can help reduce business risk through fault detection and proactive maintenance. Moreover, using open standards-driven software and networked wireless systems makes it easier than ever to control and manage most energy and other devices in a building.

Panel Speakers:
Dr. Walt Magnussen, Director - Texas A&M University
Mandeep Khera, Vice President, Marketing & Channels - Daintree Networks, Inc.
Richard Sherwin, CEO - Spot On Networks, LLC
Ronald J. Zimmer, CAE, CABA President & CEO
zimmer@caba.org, 613.686.1814 x230, http://www.caba.org
CABA Forum: http://www.caba.org/caba-forum-2015
LinkedIn (7,200+): http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2121884

 

CommScope Reports Fourth Quarter 2014 Results

CommScope February 20, 2015 6:00 AM

HICKORY, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (COMM):

  • Fourth Quarter Results Consistent with Most Recent Guidance
    • Sales of $828 million
    • Operating Income of $76 million and adjusted operating income of $139 million, or 17 percent of sales
    • Net income of $0.25 per diluted share, compared to a loss of $0.05 per share
      in the prior year period
    • Adjusted net income grew 34 percent year over year to $73 million, resulting in adjusted earnings of $0.38 per diluted share
    • Solid fourth quarter adjusted free cash flow of $116 million
  • Outstanding Calendar Year 2014 Performance
    • Sales increased 10 percent year over year to $3.8 billion
    • Adjusted operating income rose 30 percent year over year to $808 million, or 21 percent of sales
    • Adjusted net income grew 63 percent year over year to $427 million, resulting in adjusted earnings of $2.23 per diluted share
    • Adjusted free cash flow of $346 million

CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (COMM), a global provider of connectivity and essential infrastructure solutions for wireless, business enterprise and residential broadband networks, reported sales of $828 million and net income of $48 million, or $0.25 per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the fourth quarter was $73 million, or $0.38 per diluted share. A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to non-GAAP results is attached.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2013, CommScope reported sales of $847 million and a net loss of $9 million or a loss of $0.05 per diluted share. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $54 million, or $0.30 of adjusted earnings per diluted share.

“CommScope had an outstanding year by nearly all financial and operational measures,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Eddie Edwards. “We’re proud of our team’s accomplishments in 2014, in which we delivered 10 percent sales growth, generated record gross and operating margins and increased adjusted earnings per share by 39 percent. Our track record and the numerous strategic initiatives underway give us confidence that CommScope remains well-positioned for sustainable growth and success over the long-term.

“We intend to build upon this success through the planned acquisition of TE Connectivity’s Telecom, Enterprise and Wireless businesses. We believe this acquisition will broaden our position as a leading communications infrastructure provider and better position CommScope to meet the growing global demand for bandwidth in next generation networks.”

Fourth Quarter 2014 Overview

Fourth quarter 2014 sales declined 2 percent year over year to $828 million. Growth in the Enterprise and Broadband segments were more than offset by lower North American wireless sales. Foreign exchange rate changes negatively affected sales by 2 percent in the quarter compared to the prior year period.

After substantial growth in the first nine months of 2014, Wireless segment sales in the fourth quarter declined 9 percent year over year to $485 million. The fourth quarter decline was primarily due to a slowdown in North America, which was somewhat offset by growth in the Asia Pacific region. Foreign exchange rate changes had a negative impact of approximately 2 percent on Wireless segment sales in the fourth quarter compared to the prior year. Wireless adjusted operating income was $84 million for the quarter, down 25 percent year over year due mainly to the lower sales volumes.

Fourth quarter Enterprise segment sales increased 4 percent year over year to $213 million. The increase was primarily driven by growth in the Asia Pacific region. Enterprise adjusted operating income for the quarter increased 31 percent year over year to $43 million, or 20 percent of sales.

Fourth quarter Broadband segment sales increased 20 percent year over year to $131 million. The growth was primarily driven by increased investment in North America as cable operators push fiber technology deeper into their networks and invest to enhance the quality of their video and broadband offerings. The Broadband team delivered on its objective to return to historic levels of profitability by improving adjusted operating income substantially year over year to $13 million, or 10 percent of sales. The increase was driven by higher volumes and the benefit realized from ongoing cost reduction initiatives.

Operating income in the fourth quarter grew 27 percent to $76 million, compared to $60 million in the same period last year. Adjusted operating income, which excludes amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring costs and other special items, declined 1 percent year over year to $139 million.

GAAP net income rose substantially to $48 million, compared to a net loss of $9 million in the same period last year. Excluding amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring costs and other special items, fourth quarter adjusted net income increased 34 percent year over year to $73 million. Adjusted earnings were $0.38 per diluted share, up 27 percent year over year.

Adjusted net income and earnings per share rose mainly due to lower interest expense and a lower adjusted effective tax rate in the quarter. The company reduced interest expense by redeeming debt with the net proceeds from its initial public offering in October 2013 and through other refinancing activities. The lower effective tax rate in the quarter primarily resulted from higher pre-tax earnings, benefits of certain international tax structuring initiatives and legislation extending the R&D tax credit.

Calendar Year 2014 Overview

For the full year, sales increased 10 percent to $3.8 billion, primarily due to growth in the Wireless segment. Wireless sales increased significantly in North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe as a result of 4G/LTE rollouts in developed markets and 3G coverage buildouts in emerging markets. Wireless adjusted operating income was $600 million for the year, up 34 percent year over year due mainly to higher sales volumes, benefits from a favorable mix of products sold and successful cost reduction activities.

For full year 2014, Enterprise segment sales increased 3 percent. Large enterprises continue to invest in global information technology, data centers and commercial buildings in order to meet the ongoing demands for bandwidth and intelligence in networks. Enterprise adjusted operating income for the year increased 7 percent year over year to $167 million, or 20 percent of sales.

Broadband segment sales in 2014 rose 5 percent to $511 million, as double-digit growth in North America was somewhat offset by lower sales in other geographic regions. Broadband adjusted operating income more than doubled year over year to $42 million, or 8 percent of sales.

GAAP operating income increased 75 percent to $577 million, while GAAP net income was $237 million, or $1.24 per diluted share. Excluding the amortization of purchased intangible assets and other special items, the company generated $808 million in adjusted operating income, an increase of $188 million or 30 percent compared to 2013. Adjusted net income rose to $427 million or $2.23 per diluted share, up 63 percent and 39 percent, respectively, year over year. This year-over-year improvement is due mainly to higher sales volumes, favorable change in the mix of products sold, benefit from ongoing cost savings initiatives, lower interest expense and a lower adjusted effective tax rate.

Proposed Transaction with TE Connectivity

On January 28, 2015, CommScope announced an agreement to acquire TE Connectivity’s Telecom, Enterprise and Wireless businesses. TE Connectivity is a world leader in fiber optic connectivity for wireline and wireless networks, and the transaction is expected to be in excess of 20% accretive to CommScope’s adjusted earnings per share by the end of the first full year after closing and on a pro forma basis, excluding purchase accounting charges, transition costs and other special items. CommScope continues to expect the transaction will close by the end of 2015.

Outlook

CommScope management provided the following first quarter and full year 2015 guidance, which excludes the impact of the planned acquisition, amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring costs, transaction and transition costs and other special items. As previously outlined, the company’s outlook reflects a temporary slowdown in North American wireless carrier spending, the negative impact of foreign exchange rate changes and on-going product line trimming in the Broadband segment.

First Quarter 2015 Guidance:

  • Revenue of $800 million – $850 million
  • Adjusted operating income of $135 million – $155 million
  • Adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.33 – $0.38, based on a share count of 192 million weighted average diluted shares

Full Year 2015 Guidance:

  • Revenue of $3.65 billion – $3.80 billion
  • Adjusted operating income of $725 million – $775 million
  • Adjusted earnings per diluted share of $1.95 – $2.05, based on a share count of 194 million weighted average diluted shares
  • Strong free cash flow

About CommScope

CommScope (COMM) helps companies around the world design, build and manage their wired and wireless networks. Our network infrastructure solutions help customers increase bandwidth; maximize existing capacity; improve network performance and availability; increase energy efficiency; and simplify technology migration. You will find our solutions in the largest buildings, venues and outdoor spaces; in data centers and buildings of all shapes, sizes and complexity; at wireless cell sites and in cable headends; and in airports, trains, and tunnels. Vital networks around the world run on CommScope solutions.

 

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As revenues slump, Silver Spring and Itron seek markets beyond the smart meter
Greentech Media
Smart meters are a tough business to be in today. With U.S. markets in a post-stimulus slump and Europe's big deployments in holding patterns, companies supplying smart meters and the networks and software that connect them have been struggling. The share prices of big players in the field, such as Itron and Silver Spring Networks, have reflected it. But as both companies will tell you, they're not just in the smart meter networking business anymore.

   

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Robotics 2015 and beyond: Collaboration, connectivity, convergence
Robotic Industries Association
One of the most transformative periods in the robotics industry is upon us. It will be a period of collaboration, connectivity and convergence that will catapult us into a world teeming with automation in every aspect of our lives. It's already here in many forms. Our smartphones, our smart appliances, all the sensors in our cars. We just take them for granted. Someday, we'll take for granted our smart homes and smart offices, too.

 



20 Internet of Things trends to watch in 2015
IBM Center for Applied Insights
The Internet of Things (IoT) is in a stage of adoption very similar to what we saw in 2008-10 around cloud computing and in 2011-2013 around big data analytics. Those two trends have been fully defined, and enterprises are actively deploying mission-critical enterprise applications utilizing those technologies. In 2015 we will likely see increased hype around IoT, but we will also begin to see some companies take the lead and implement innovative IoT solutions that increase operating efficiencies, improve customer experiences and drive innovation.

 




The human health dangers of bird droppings associated with building HVAC systems
Pure Air Control Services
The most serious health risks arise from disease organisms that can grow in the nutrient-rich accumulations of bird droppings, feathers and debris. Not only are bird droppings an unsightly mess that can be difficult to remove and cause slip-and-fall accidents, they also harbor numerous human pathogens. How dangerous are bird droppings to human health?

 



NEMA standard addresses school emergency communications
FacilitiesNet
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published ANSI/NEMA SB 40-2015, Communications Systems for Life Safety in Schools. This standard covers the application, installation, location, performance, and maintenance of school emergency communications systems and their components.

 



Enhanced BAS with data analytics
AutomatedBuildings.com
In theory, a Building Automation System (BAS) provides all of the hardware and software required to analyze and operate all functions within a building. In reality though, what most of these systems do best is control the HVAC system. This leaves the task of evaluating building performance, deciding if it is optimal, and what changes might be required to improve efficiency to the operator. On most projects the end result is a BAS that is underutilized and system performance that is less than optimal.

 



ASHRAE proposes standard on energy use in data centres
FacilitiesNet
ASHRAE has proposed a new standard providing requirements for energy use in data centers is open for public input. ASHRAE Standard 90.4P, Energy Standard for Data Centers and Telecommunications Buildings, is open for its first public review until March 30, 2015. The standard would set minimum energy-efficiency requirements of data centers and telecommunications buildings for design and construction and for creation of a plan for operation and maintenance, and for utilization of on-site or off-site renewable energy resources.

 



Video: Marc Petock speaking at the Connected Community Collaboratory
YouTube
In this video Marc Petock of Lynxspring, a CABA member, speaks at the Connected Community Collaboratory about The Internet of Things and cybersecurity and building automation controls. This video, and many others, are available on CABA's YouTube channel. CABA members have their company product and services videos featured on our YouTube channel as a member benefit.

 

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Home automation comes of age
The Wall Street Journal
Home automation has made great strides in recent years, with wireless technologies enabling users to monitor and control more functions remotely. Yet many builders are including only the most basic elements of automation as standard features in the houses they build, leery that fast-changing technologies can't yet seamlessly automate all of a given home's devices and systems at a mass-market price.

 



LG to promote Super Ultra HD, OLED TVs
Yonhap News
LG Electronics plans to make a push for its organic light-emitting diode TVs this year and bring 11 Super Ultra HD TV models to market. LG's Super Ultra HD TVs will range in size from 43-inch to 79-inch displays. The electronics company wants to make OLED TVs more mainstream through partnerships with select firms in China and Japan. LG Electronics is a CABA member.

 



100M 4K TVs forecast to ship yearly by 2018
Advanced Television
Futuresource Consulting predicts that 100 million 4K TV sets will be sold annually by 2018, but asserts the sustainability of the growing market will largely depend on a steady output of 4K content. "We are seeing several 4K video services now available in the market, driven by over-the-top (OTT) video services, and we are beginning to see signs that broadcasters support will be forthcoming," Futuresource Director of Sales and Marketing Sarah Carroll said, adding, "However, with 8K on the horizon, there is speculation as to whether the window for 4K will be short-lived."

 



1 box, 1 app to bring subscription TV to all home devices
TWICE
VidiPath technology may soon deliver subscription TV to all Wi-Fi connected TVs, gaming consoles, PCs and mobile devices in a household through a single box, according to the Digital Living Network Alliance. Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and Comcast have expressed support to be VidiPath-compatible. DLNA, a CABA member, said it expects VidiPath products to be available by the end of the first quarter.

 



Qualcomm puts high-end features in less-expensive chips
Network World
Qualcomm said it will bring high-end smartphone features to lower-priced phones with the introduction in the second half of the year of its Snapdragon 618 and 620 processors. The company recently unveiled chips that include some features from its Snapdragon 800 series, which means midpriced phones may be able to support 4K video and faster 4G speeds. Qualcomm is a CABA Board member.

 



Apple may add virtual reality to iPhone capabilities
Phys.org
Virtual reality may be part of the iPhone's future now that Apple has been awarded a patent allowing the phone to be coupled with a headset for augmented or virtual-reality displays. The patent is essentially for a large frame that mounts the phone in front of a viewer's eyes.

 



Comcast teams with startup accelerator on Internet of Things facility
Multichannel News
Comcast Labs has joined forces with Boulder, Colo.-based startup accelerator Boomtown to launch one of the nation's first Internet of Things labs. The facility, which will be open to Boomtown clients and other startups, is meant to help Comcast "identify opportunities in the [IoT] space and help define areas of focus," a spokeswoman said.

 

 

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Chip firms put security center stage for the internet of things
Gigaom
Big names in the semiconductor world announced more secure hardware, while another outlined a framework it wants to offer startups to help bolster security when it comes to building connected devices.

 

Green buildings cost 25 per cent less to operate
Environmental Leader
Green buildings cost less to operate and have a smaller carbon footprint, according to the US General Services Administration.

 

High-quality multimedia distribution in commercial buildings
CABA
This CABA White Paper examines the increasing need for high-quality multimedia in commercial buildings and the options for a distribution infrastructure.

 

 

 

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Register for CABA's Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum
CABA
CABA's Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin, TX from April 14-16, 2015. The CABA Forum will be held in conjunction with Broadband Communities Summit 2015. Mark Strama, Google Fiber's Austin Chief, will be the opening day keynote speaker. On April 15, Steve Mustard, a software development expert, will deliver a keynote address on "Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity." Dr. Satyen Mukherjee, Chief Scientist, Senior Director Research Strategy North America at Philips and CABA Chair of the Board will deliver a keynote on "Lighting - Smart Buildings and Cities". Attend the Forum and meet over 1,000 industry professionals, including many owners/operators from multi-tenant unit (MTU)/multi-dwelling unit (MDU). If you register to CABA's Forum you can attend all of the Broadband Community Summit sessions and workshops for free! CABA is hosting a record nine workshops with subject matter experts! And as an added bonus, delegates to CABA's Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum can experience an integrated systems tour of AT&T Labs, IBM Labs and the Pecan Street Project. The CABA Forum will also be an opportunity to network with the CABA Board, CABA Connected Home Council and CABA Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council. Register today to take advantage of early-bird rates and the limited space on the delegate tours!

 



CABA launches new research project to identify zero net energy best practices
CABA
CABA, in conjunction with the New Buildings Institute (NBI), launched a $120,000 research project on Feb. 17 that will examine strategies and technologies applied in large commercial and multi-unit buildings, to identify zero net energy (ZNE) best practices that can become the references for developers, manufacturers, property managers, and property owners. Building automation systems and energy information systems will be characterized and building occupants and owners will be surveyed on the functionality and utilization of these systems. The results of this research will be used to value the system in relation to a ZNE outcome. The goal of this research is to identify the selection criteria, methodology, technology attributes, user preferences and role of the building automation and energy monitoring and information systems in ZNE buildings. The research project will also include case studies. We are actively seeking more sponsors to become involved in CABA's "Zero Net Energy Buildings: Building Intelligent Controls Driving Success" research project. Space is limited, but if you would like to be involved, please contact CABA as soon as possible. CABA member sponsors include: BC Hydro, Canadian Gas Association, Copper Development Association, Inc., EMerge Alliance, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., EnOcean Alliance, Honeywell International, Hydro-Québec, Integral Group, MechoSystems, Inc., National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL, NYSERDA, Siemens Industry, Inc., Somfy and Union Gas Limited. To become a sponsor and join the steering committee meetings, please contact Greg Walker, CABA's Research Director, 613.686.1814 x227, walker@caba.org.

 

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CABA White Paper: Improving organizational productivity with building automation systems
CABA
The worldwide emphasis on energy management and sustainability has stimulated the development of new building automation and IT technology, and the adoption and integration of these systems in smart buildings. The rate of adoption is dramatically increasing, resulting in increasing numbers of organizations housed in smart buildings with advanced building control technology. Beyond resource sustainability, there is growing interest in the potential for buildings to affect the health and well-being of occupants, and the productivity of organizations. This white paper, authored by National Research Council Canada, explores how the use of advanced building control technology can improve organizational productivity. It concludes with a call to action to developers, building owners, and tenant organizations to form a real estate movement that realizes the full potential of buildings to save energy and to be a factor in improving as contributors to corporate performance and environmental sustainability. "Improving Organizational Productivity with Building Automation Systems" is a white paper resulting from the interest of the CABA member organizations in this topic and the efforts of the CABA Intelligent & Integrated Building Council (IIBC) White Papers Sub-Committee. The working group that oversaw the creation of this paper consisted of CABA members, and industry and academic representatives from: Andrews University, Oxford Properties, TD Bank Group, Western University, and the U.S. General Services Administration.

 

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CABA acknowledges member support
CABA
CABA would like to thank the following new member: NYSERDA. CABA would also like to acknowledge the following renewing members: Broan-NuTone LLC, Navigant Research, Onity and Support.com.

 

 

 

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Bringing Coverage Everywhere - An Update On Fiber, Wherever It Is - ARTICLE by Jim Hayes from the pages of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine

Another year has passed, and we have nothing revolutionary to report about fiber optic technology—no instant-on connectors, dirt-cheap lasers or simple solutions to installation problems.

Published: January 2015

By Jim Hayes

Another year has passed, and we have nothing revolutionary to report about fiber optic technology—no instant-on connectors, dirt-cheap lasers or simple solutions to installation problems. About the only unique improvement we saw was discussed at an advanced technology meeting, where a developer of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) made the claim that he could do cheap 100-gigabits-per-second (Gbps) links if the fiber community would make some special single-mode fiber for him. That’s unlikely to happen anytime soon.

That doesn’t mean that no good things are happening on the fiber front. Fiber usage is growing steadily with some new applications, big names promoting older applications and some component developments that facilitate installations.

For the last few years, we’ve been talking about fiber’s use in wireless communications. This past year showed real growth in these areas, as wireless bandwidth started meeting consumer demand for mobile data and video. If you want good examples, look at sports facilities.

Recently, the San Francisco 49ers built a new football stadium to replace Candlestick Park. Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., seats about 70,000, and, during a recent game, about 60 percent of the fans using their smartphones and tablets consumed more than 1 Gbps of data for 2 hours, adding up to 2.13 terabytes of data during the game. The stadium has more than 700 cellular antennas, more than 600 Wi-Fi antennas, 12,000 Ethernet ports and a 40-Gbps fiber optic connection to the stadium. This is not even including the miles and miles of fiber connecting big-screen TVs, monitors and network TV broadcast feeds.

All sports facilities now have to provide this kind of wireless coverage, as do convention centers, airports and other large public spaces. Many of these structures already have distributed antenna systems for internal communications, but many are requiring upgrades as user demand grows. These internal systems are based on fiber optics, often sharing cables with their data networks, building security and management systems, closed-circuit television, and other building systems.

Fiber to the antenna on cell towers is another growing application driven by consumer demand for wireless bandwidth. With more than 300,000 towers in the United States and almost 4 million worldwide, this is indeed a big market. The current architecture uses fiber up the tower to a remote radio head that drives old-style passive antennas, but we are already seeing a new generation of active antennas that only need fiber and direct current (DC) power direct from the base of the tower.

In a similar technology upgrade, so-called “small cells,” which are small enough to hold in your hand, are starting to be used in metropolitan areas. The concept is similar to metro Wi-Fi, but it uses cellular connections instead. These miniature active antennas can be mounted anywhere—e.g., on street lights, traffic signals or the sides of buildings—to provide coverage to small areas where larger cellular antennas are impractical. Again, all they need is a single fiber to the antenna with some DC power.

Schools are now focusing on wireless to accommodate new devices being brought into the classroom. Last year, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler discovered that government grant money was available to wire classrooms but not install wireless or get schools connected on faster broadband. Wheeler changed that fast. Now that schools can be upgraded to good Wi-Fi coverage and faster broadband connections using government grants, expect to see a large number of school projects in the near future.

School administrators are also discovering the economies of converting to passive optical LANs (OLANs) based on fiber to the home (FTTH) technology. Colleges are adopting it because these facilities need many connections for classrooms, offices and dorms at high speed for wireless and wired connections (better for video). City school systems are adopting OLANs because an entire school system can run on a single passive OLAN system instead of having separate systems at each school. The savings are really big, even when these facilities have to run fiber between schools.

The government and military have adopted passive OLANs for several years now, but enterprise networks are just getting started. Some corporate users have been reluctant to adopt a new network architecture, but the push for OLANs by IBM and recent market entry by network giant Cisco should help convince the skeptics. New hardware focused on smaller LANs, down to 50 users, will also broaden OLAN appeal.

Single-mode fiber use is growing in data centers as owners look to 40- and 100-Gbps upgrades, and development has started on 400-Gbps. Data center architectures and speeds are convincing users to move to single-mode due to near-unlimited bandwidth, which simplifies the rapid upgrades needed to stay competitive in data center technologies.

The growth in passive OLANs and data centers means more single-mode fiber for premises cabling, so it’s time to upgrade your knowledge, skills and equipment to be able to take advantage of these opportunities.

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JIM HAYES – A MODERN GURU IN THE WORLD OF FIBER OPTIC CABLING

Jim Hayes “I'm a techie entrepreneur.”

Jim Hayes is president of The Fiber Optic Association. Along with his wife Karen, he runs The FOA as well as VDV Works LLC, a company providing technical support to the voice-data-video industry. VDV Works consults on technology, creates technical content for training purposes and offers training programs. Jim has several books in print and is a prolific writer of articles and columns on cabling for several publications. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences.

Jim and Karen started Fotec, a fiber-optic test-equipment company, in 1981. Jim has been involved in training and cabling and fiber-optic technicians since 1982, through the former Fotec as well as its offshoots Fiber U and Cable University.

Fiber Optics Columnist and Freelance Writer. HAYES is a VDV writer and trainer and the president of The Fiber Optic Association. WWW.THEFOA.ORG

Find him at www.JimHayes.com.

JAN 2015 ECMAG ISSUE .. THE YEAR AHEAD

Reprinted with permission from Electrical Contractor Magazine

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

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine is the Official Publication of the National Electrical Contractors Association. (NECA)

ECmag.com is the fastest growing and most visited site by electrical contractors in the industry and offers the broadest array of digital information available, all of which is fully searchable with archives going back to 2000. ECmag.com contains videos, webinars, white papers and a whole lot more. www.necanet.org

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Mission Statement

The mission of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine is three-fold:

Circulation: Our Circulation mission is to identify and reach professionals working in electrical contracting firms who in the aggregate, are responsible for a minimum of 90% of the total market dollar volume as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.  Circulation is industry-wide, regardless of any association or other industry affiliation. To accomplish that mission we regularly and aggressively use our own and outside market research to provide detailed documentation of the activities, specific interests, future needs and demographic makeup of our total audience.

Editorial Content: Our overall editorial mission is to provide our readers with the most complete information package available pertaining to their needs in both business management and everyday field working environments. Editorial is 100% staff written, with no unsolicited/unpaid editorial accepted. We present editorial in a graphically stimulating, instructive, and pleasant-to-read atmosphere.  

Advertising Content: Our advertising mission is to provide the most compelling, must-read customer (reader) friendly environment to maximize our customer's (advertiser) ability to communicate with their customers. Our mission is to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of their investment to the largest audience of decision makers in the industry.  

Published by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Bethesda, Md., Electrical Contractor magazine delivers 83,000+ electrical contractors and more than 68,000 electrical contracting locations, more than any other industry publication. Telephone: (301) 657-3110. Web site: http//www.ecmag.com.

 

Fluke Networks Introduces Link-Solutions—the Adaptable Toolset for Network Connectivity Testing, Documentation and Reporting

Combining “Zero Touch” cloud reporting, testers matched to individual skill levels, simplified workflow and project management, Link-Solutions meets IT team needs at an economical price

EVERETT, Wash. – March 10, 2015 – Fluke Networks today unveiled Link-Solutions, a combination of the industry’s most popular network testers and cloud-based reporting, which provides organizations greater flexibility and convenience in how they manage their network connectivity test results. Based on Fluke Networks’ popular LinkRunner and LinkSprinter hand-held network testers, Link-Solutions provides a cohesive way for PC and front-line technicians, field-managed IT teams, system integrators and VARs to conduct copper, fiber and Ethernet tests and then manage their test results—regardless of which testers they used—via a unified cloud-based dashboard. The company also announced the availability of the award-winning LinkSprinter outside North America for the first time.


An Adaptable Network Connectivity Testing Solution Designed to Grow with any Business

Link-Solutions comprises three products that work together to provide IT organizations unmatched flexibility in how they manage their network connectivity test results. As an organization’s network becomes more complex, they can use the more sophisticated components of Link-Solutions, which include: 


·     LinkRunner AT Network Tester. One of the industry’s most widely used handheld testers, the LinkRunner AT provides a complete copper and fiber optic network testing solution, including network connectivity at 10M/100M/1G, link status verification, PoE loading, connectivity type and signal strength. LinkRunner also features a one-button AutoTest, which performs a complete set of network connectivity tests for both copper and fiber, and quickly shows the results.

·     LinkSprinter family of pocket-sized network testers. In addition to the existing DHCP, Gateway and Internet connection confirmations offered by LinkSprinter 100 and 200, Fluke Networks is introducing a new model, the LinkSprinter 300, which measures cable status and length, and can also flash the hub port. One new feature common to both the LinkSprinter and LinkRunner AT devices is buffer size, which has increased to accommodate data from up to 10 test results, rather than the previous maximum of four. 

 

·     Link-Live Cloud Service. Tying together the test results from both the LinkRunner AT and LinkSprinter, this cloud service provides a unified view of all test results for a project in a single interface. Link-Live Cloud Service offers two subscription levels to suit the specific needs of each organization─a free “Essentials” service that comes standard with all LinkRunner AT and LinkSprinter tools, and a new “JobPro” service, which offers an expanded feature set for a subscription fee. The annual fee for the Job Pro service starts at $48 per year (USD) and includes unlimited testing and support for up to 10 testers.

In addition to these new features, Fluke Networks also introduced bundled pricing for Link-Solutions, which offers organizations a discount for buying either a full Link-Solutions kit containing both products, or a set of LinkSprinters in a five- or 10-pack bundle.

 

“Link-Solutions addresses multiple issues. Whether it’s simply providing a tester priced low enough so every team member can have their own tester, or matching testers to the skill level of each user, Link-Solutions brings unmatched adaptability and affordability to test results management,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of the Enterprise business unit for Fluke Networks. “Our cloud service runs on an intuitive interface that can be accessed from any smart device or computer, allowing users to review, edit and annotate LinkSprinter and LinkRunner AT results in just a few seconds. This is a huge leap in convenience and timesaving for anyone on a jobsite or managing a project—especially when using both tools at the same time.”


Link-Live JobPro Offers Sophisticated Features for Organizations with More Complex Needs

The Link-Live Job Pro service streamlines test results management and enables organizations to move smoothly from one tool to another:


·     Reporting and Analytics – Link-Live JobPro offers users the ability to generate detailed analytics pages from a combination of LinkSprinter or LinkRunner devices. The reports include graphical representations of test results and are completely customizable, including adding a company logo—an especially useful feature for system integrators and VARs that need to send reports to a client as evidence of a completed job.

·     Detailed Documentation – Link-Live JobPro allows users to attach photos from mobile devices to the test results. Technicians can run tests and take images of a wall jack or an installed device’s serial number—a benefit for installers who need to keep evidence of any completed work.

·     Simplified Workflow – Link-Live is browser-based, which means organizations need never download a smart phone app. Field technicians can simply use their smart mobile device to capture field data and add it to single or multiple test results as a comment. Comments can be pre-configured and as granular as necessary to provide reference for single or multiple tests.

·     Project Management – Users can organize test results for each project, based on job sites, specific buildings, a floor location, etc. in advance of starting actual testing. This highly customizable feature means test results can be pre-sorted and auto-filed as they are completed, including any images or comments that need to be associated with a specific test.

Link-Solution products are now available in select countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.Link-Solutions.com for more information.

About Fluke Networks

Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network performance monitoring and diagnostics solutions designed to streamline issue resolution and ensure an optimal end-user experience—even in today’s borderless enterprise. Leading organizations worldwide trust Fluke Networks to help solve their toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, SaaS, mobility, unified communications and data centers. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com or call +1 (425) 446-4519. 

For more information, follow Fluke Networks on Twitter @FlukeNetENTFacebook, or the LinkedIn Company or Group page. 

 

Leviton Announces Enterprise-Grade Plug-and-Play IT/AV Systems

Solutions come certified to HDBaseT Alliance standards and require no programming

Bothell, Washington, February 24, 2015 Leviton today unveiled industry-first IT/AV systems that combine category-rated structured cabling with audiovisual signal extenders over HDBaseT™ certified links, creating plug-and-play solutions with no programming required. The enterprise-grade systems allow contractors to extend AV signals over twisted-pair cabling with the same tools used for installing datacom infrastructure. They can then test and certify the installation to Ethernet standards to ensure high-signal performance after they leave the jobsite.

“Leviton IT/AV Systems can be installed, tested and verified as a category-rated link and certified to HDBaseT Alliance standards. This standards-driven approach gives people the confidence of a time-tested third-party validation process for infrastructure verification,” said Bill Lauby, Senior Product Manager at Leviton Network Solutions. “This level of quality allows us to offer a limited lifetime warranty on the cabling infrastructure when an IT/AV system is installed by a Leviton certified contractor, providing additional peace of mind.”

Leviton IT/AV Systems include:

·         HDBaseT-certified HDMI® signal extenders, and VGA and USB signal extenders These end-to-end extenders support interactive white boards, large-screen displays and projectors without the need for any programming, making them easy to set up.

·         HDMI Cables Commercial-grade Leviton HDMI cables are CL2-rated for in-wall use and feature an optional Cable Lock Kit to secure the HDMI connectors, creating reliable long-term connections in permanent installations.

·         Cat 6A twisted-pair cabling infrastructure — Using Leviton tool-free Atlas-X1™ QuickPort® Connectors, Atlas-X1 SlimLine Boot Patch Cords and Berk-Tek small-diameter LANmark™-XTP Cable, contractors can ensure high performance and protection from
alien crosstalk.

·         Multimedia Outlet System (MOS) — This popular front-loading system creates a consistent look and feel for all AV and network connections at the wallplate. It includes new XLR and speakON® modules, a pass-through module for transitioning cable through walls, and Stainless Steel Wallplates that are ideal for schools and public venues.

“The increasing convergence of data networks and AV in enterprise, education, government and healthcare projects has positioned low-voltage BICSI RCDD contractors as the next generation of AV installers,” said Lauby. “We are providing the products, systems and tools to help them increase project revenue and be the IT and AV experts for their customers.”

For more information, visit Leviton.com/ITAV.

About Leviton Network Solutions

Leviton Network Solutions delivers complete network infrastructure systems for enterprise, data center, government, education, health care and residential markets around the globe. Solutions include copper and fiber optic connectivity, power distribution units, and much more. All Leviton products are engineered to exacting standards, offer industry-leading performance and are backed by the industry’s best service and support. Builders, contractors and other industry professionals consistently rank Leviton products as the most preferred brand in the industry.  Make the smart choice for a better network. Learn more at leviton.com/ns or twitter.com/LevitonNS.

About Leviton

Leviton is the smart choice, providing the most comprehensive range of solutions to meet the needs of today’s residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Leveraging more than a century of experience, Leviton helps customers create sustainable, intelligent environments through its electrical wiring devices, network and data center connectivity solutions, and lighting energy management systems. From switches and receptacles, to daylight harvesting controls, networking systems, and equipment for charging electric vehicles, Leviton solutions help customers achieve savings in energy, time and cost, all while enhancing safety. For more information, visit www.leviton.com, http://www.facebook.com/leviton, http://twitter.com/leviton or http://www.youtube.com/Levitonmfg.

speakON® is a registered trademark of Neutrik AG.

 

NEW: Four-part Low-Voltage Cable Pulling Course from Concert Technologies

February 25, 2015

At the BICSI Winter Conference taking place this week, Concert Technologies introduced the information communication technologies (ICT) industry’s first Low Voltage Cable Pulling Course, which the company says is “designed specifically to educate installers and technicians through a four-part series of videos, workbooks and exams.”

The course offers the following benefits and opportunities, Concert explained.

  • An instructor package—A four-part course conveniently designed for instructors to guide students through the workbooks, videos and exams with a recommended-material kit to supplement the course instruction.
  • BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs)—Graduates of the course will receive 5 CECs toward BICSI’s credentials.
  • A lower-cost educational opportunity—ICT technicians and installers can use the Cable Pulling Course as an economical opportunity to advance their careers, or to expand their professional horizons by becoming a trainer.
  • Efficient new-installer training—ICT companies can use the course as an efficient training tool for new installers, establishing a solid foundation for the cabling to work together when pulling low-voltage cables.

Dennis Mazaris, RCDD, president of Concert Technologies and developer of the Low Voltage Cable Pulling Course, commented, “Until now there has been limited training options for instructing or learning how to pull low-voltage cables without having a large training facility or going into the field. This course allows the material to be presented in any space, regardless of size, with the combination of videos and workbooks.

Alberto Luna, a project manager with Total Network Consulting, a BICSI-certified Technician and the winner of Cabling Icon’s second season, added, “Being in the ICT industry for over 20 years, I have not seen any course for pulling low-voltage cabling that compares. The format of the course with the workbooks and videos gives you complete visual of fundamentals and techniques used by professional ICT installers.”

The complete course—four videos, workbooks, and exams—is available for $99.95.

Full details are available at cablepullingcourse.com.

 

Ruckus Wireless Continues Hospitality Wi-Fi Leadership with Launch of ZoneFlex H500 802.11ac Wall Switch

Marriott Hotels Franchise in Southeastern U.S. One of the First of Several Major Hotel Chains Around the World to Deploy Ultra-sleek, Low Profile, Smart Wi-Fi Technology

SUNNYVALE, CA – March 10, 2015 – Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) announced today the launch of the new Ruckus ZoneFlex™ H500 2x2:2 dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) 802.11ac indoor wall switch access point (AP), the industry’s first wired and wireless wall switch that uses Ruckus patented BeamFlex™+ adaptive antenna technology to deliver high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi in an ultra-sleek, low-profile design that can be quickly and discretely installed in a standard wall junction box. Ideal for offering converged services in hotel guest rooms, student residences, and multiple dwelling units (MDUs), the ZoneFlex H500 provides an easy way to offer multiple connections into a single room without multiple cables.

Equipped with four Ethernet ports for in-room access, the Ruckus ZoneFlex H500 can be used to connect a range of wired network devices such as IPTV set top boxes, VoIP telephones, or networked minibars. An IEEE 802.3af-compliant Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) port on the ZoneFlex H500 allows devices such as IP telephones to be powered directly from the wall switch, and the ZoneFlex H500 itself may be powered via PoE or DC power adapter. The ZoneFlex H500 requires just a single POE cable drop, reducing cabling, switch ports and power sourcing equipment, and it easily mounts to worldwide standard electrical outlet boxes (single-gang wall-plate width, 3.5 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches).

Sean Miller is the corporate director of IT for Point Clear Holdings (PCH) Hotels & Resorts, a unique Hospitality Management Organization that operates eight luxury Marriott and Renaissance Hotels in Alabama, which represent the Resort Collection on The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail located throughout the state. With the help of Ruckus Big Dogs partner and systems integrator Guest-tek, PCH is deploying new Ruckus ZoneFlex H500 wall switches at the 405-room Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, AL, their flagship property, installing an H500 in every other guest room, which provides excellent coverage for all 405 guest rooms.

“These new wall switches from Ruckus are perfect,” said Miller. “They don’t require any recabling, and are very cost-effective. We have Ethernet installed in every room, but have found the H500’s performance to be so exceptional that we didn’t need to install one in every single room, which is saving us time, money, and effort.”

PCH has already installed Ruckus ZoneFlex T300 Series outdoor 802.11ac access points to provide coverage in and around the Grand Hotel pool area, and ZoneFlex R700 3x3:3 802.11ac indoor access points for coverage in other public areas inside the Hotel, including the lobby, etc. 

Ruckus ZoneFlex H500 is Very Hospitable—Purpose-Built for Hotels

The Ruckus ZoneFlex H500 features a very sleek and lightweight yet secure design, which helps ensure a low profile, and offers front port access, which eliminates unsightly cabling and disruptive furniture placement inside hotel rooms. With dimensions of 171mm (h) x 90mm (w) x 29mm (d) and weighing less than half a pound (210g), it is very inconspicuous, minimizing the protrusion off walls to make in-room cabling and furniture arrangement simple. Cable channels on the back of the H500 allow legacy cabling, (e.g., for PBX telephones), to exit the wall junction box with the access point mounted. The ZoneFlex H500 can be deployed as a standalone device or centrally managed by Ruckus ZoneDirector™ controllers, the Ruckus SmartCell™ Gateway (SCG) 200 and virtual SmartCell Gateway (vSCG

Patented Ruckus BeamFlex+ technology is designed to enable the ZoneFlex H500 to transmit Wi-Fi signals in the best direction for each client device, which means more client device locations throughout a hotel guestroom receive the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) required to achieve the highest possible 802.11ac throughput rates. By using dual polarized antennas to adapt to mobile client device orientation, the ZoneFlex H500 increases signal strength reception by up to 3x. BeamFlex+ “hears” clients on both horizontal and vertical antenna polarizations, and compensates for device orientation–something ideal for mobile devices, and affords hotels the flexibility to mount the ZoneFlex H500 in any orientation without negatively impacting performance. The Ruckus ZoneFlex H500 also supports SmartMesh Networking, for additional deployment flexibility.

In addition to deploying the Ruckus H500, Miller says they will also be replacing a legacy HP system in the Hotel’s conference center with Ruckus ZoneFlex R700 APs. 

Miller concludes, “It is quite an investment to deploy new wall switches, which is why we chose Ruckus. The H500 is aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective, yet delivers the high-performance, high-capacity 802.11ac Wi-Fi we want to provide to our guests now, and for years to come. The H500 wall switch is awesome—it doesn’t require a lot of management—it just works. We believe it’s a very smart choice for PCH and our guests at the Grand Hotel.” 

Pricing and Availability 

Available this month throughout North America and most parts of Europe (ETSI), and in Q2 2015 in China, APAC, and other parts of the world, the new Ruckus ZoneFlex H500 Wi-Fi 802.11ac indoor wall switch has an MSRP of $365 (USD), and is available through authorized Ruckus Big Dog resellers worldwide.

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ABOUT RUCKUS WIRELESS

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus Wireless, Inc.(NYSE: RKUS) is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market. The company offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor “Smart Wi-Fi” products to mobile carriers, broadband service providers, and corporate enterprises, and has over 48,000 end-customers worldwide. Ruckus technology addresses Wi-Fi capacity and coverage challenges caused by the ever-increasing amount of traffic on wireless networks due to accelerated adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Ruckus invented and has patented state-of-the-art wireless voice, video, and data technology innovations, such as adaptive antenna arrays that extend signal range, increase client data rates, and avoid interference, providing consistent and reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. For more information, visit http://www.ruckuswireless.com.

BeamFlex, Ruckus, Ruckus Wireless, SmartCell, ZoneDirector, and ZoneFlex are trademarks of Ruckus Wireless, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other product or company names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

 

HP will acquire networking vendor Aruba Networks for about $3 billion, giving the manufacturer a strong boost in the enterprise WLAN market

Aruba, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., has about 1,800 employees. The company had revenues of $729 million in fiscal 2014 and has reported compound annual revenue growth of 30 percent over the last five years.

Together, HP and Aruba will deliver next-generation converged campus solutions, leveraging the Aruba brand. The new combined organization will be led by Aruba's CEO Dominic Orr and Chief Strategy and Technology Officer Keerti Melkote, reporting to Antonio Neri, leader of HP Enterprise Group, the companies said in a press release.   

Both companies' boards of directors have approved the deal.

"Enterprises are facing a mobile-first world and are looking for solutions that help them transition legacy investments to the new style of IT," said Meg Whitman, HP's  chairwoman, president and CEO in the release. "By combining Aruba's world-class wireless mobility solutions with HP's leading switching portfolio, HP will offer the simplest, most secure networking solutions to help enterprises easily deploy next-generation mobile networks." 

"Together with HP, we have a tremendous opportunity to become an even greater force in enterprise mobility and networking," Orr said in the same release. "This transaction brings together Aruba's best-of-breed mobility hardware and software solutions with HP's leading switching portfolio.  In addition, Aruba's channel partners will have the opportunity to expand their businesses with HP offerings. Together, we will build on Aruba's proven 'customer first, customer last' culture, creating an innovative, agile networking leader ideally positioned to solve our customers' most pressing mobility, security and networking challenges."

Cisco holds the No. 1 share position in the WLAN market. Aruba's share of the enterprise WLAN market increased to 11.5 percent in the third quarter of last year, up from 9.4 percent in the same period a year prior, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). Ruckus Wireless grew its market share to 6.3 percent.  

Of course, the deal is likely to kick off a round of M&A speculation for the other wireless networking firms. Re/code notes that shares of Ruckus rose on the possibility that it might be the next one to be acquired. Aerohive Networks, which went public last year, is another potential target.

 

New AFCI Receptacle From Legrand® Protects Homes And Helps Contractors Reduce Call-Backs And Inventory

Pass & Seymour AFCI Receptacle Increases Home Safety, Protects Against Electrical Fires Caused By Arc Faults

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (March 9, 2015). – Legrand, a leading provider of electrical wiring devices and home systems, today announced the availability of its new Pass & Seymour® Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) Receptacle.

Aimed at the residential market, AFCI Receptacles protect against electrical fires by detecting arc faults and de-energizing the circuit. 

AFCI protection is required by the National Electrical Code. AFCI Receptacles are a convenient method to meet code and protect many of the circuits in the home against electrical fires. 

In 2013, the Fire Analysis and Research Division at the National Fire Protection Association stated that an estimated 47,700 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2011 involved some type of electrical failure or malfunction as a contributing factor to the ignition of these fires. Consequently there were 418 civilian deaths, 1,570 civilian injuries and direct property damage to the value of $1.4 billion.

“An electrical fire can have catastrophic consequences for all involved,” said Bill Timmons, marketing manager of residential products for Legrand Electrical Wiring Systems. “Our new P&S AFCI Receptacle not only increases electrical safety in the home, but also provides significant benefits to contractors who install these devices.”

AFCI receptacles do not have to match the circuit breaker box brand like AFCI circuit breakers need to. They fit into any wall box in the living area of a home. Contractors no longer need to carry a variety of AFCI circuit breakers on their truck, they can carry a smaller and more streamlined inventory of AFCI Receptacles and always have the right product available.

Homeowners benefit because they no longer have to deal with the confusion of the circuit breaker box.  The AFCI Receptacle is conveniently situated in the living space, making the indicator light immediately visible if there is a problem. If necessary, the homeowner can easily RESET the device and conduct a regular TEST at the recommended intervals from the comfort of their living area. Contractors can also install AFCI receptacles with confidence and ease, knowing that there will be minimal callbacks from the homeowner, saving them time and money.

The device also has feed-through protection and is tamper-resistant. Its automatic and patented shutter system prevents children from inserting objects such as hairpins or keys.

The P&S AFCI Receptacle has a ground terminal back-wire for fast installation and an auto-ground clip assures a positive ground to metal box. The device is high-impact-resistant and its thermoplastic construction provides superior strength and durability.  It takes #14-#10 AWG stranded or solid, copper or copperclad conductors.  Two back-wire holes per termination add wiring flexibility and not only eliminate pigtailing, but also save box space. 

The 125V Pass & Seymour® AFCI Receptacle is Fed Spec, FSUL and UL and CSA Listed, and is available in 15A and 20A versions and a variety of colors.

The new Pass & Seymour AFCI Receptacle is available in the United States and Canada.

 

AFCOM Announces Data Center Manager of the Year Finalists for 2015 - IT Industry Leaders Honored at Data Center World in Las Vegas

West Chester, OH—March 17, 2015—AFCOM, the world's leading data center association, today announced the finalists for its annual “Data Center Manager of the Year” award. The 2015 finalists are Michael Cunningham, Director, University Data Centers at The University of Texas at Austin; Bryon Miller, SVP of Operations at FORTRUST and Brian Smith, Director, Critical Facilities at Cerner Corporation.  These ITprofessionals have all been recognized for outstanding leadership and excellence in the field of data center and facilities management and were nominated by their peers. The Data Center Manager of the Year winner will be announced during a special awards luncheon on Tuesday, April 21 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom at Data Center World Global.

AFCOM’s Data Center Manager of the Year Award recognizes outstanding leadership and excellence in the field of data center and facilities management. Award recipients are effective leaders who run highly efficient data centers, giving their company an edge in the industry. The award embodies a tenure of excellence, innovation, superior customer service, creating a positive teamenvironment and overall community focus.

Mike Cunningham, Director of University Data Centers, University of Texas at Austin

In addition to providing day-to-day leadership for the University Data Centers, Mike’s responsibilities include strategy, design, and engineering for data centers and infrastructure, and the coordination of the IT Service Organization’s business continuity program.  Prior to joining the University of Texas, Mike spent 10 Years at Dell Inc. as Director of Global Facilities Development and Sr. Engineering Manager in the World Wide Process Technology Group.  He was instrumental in expanding the Office, Manufacturing and Data Center portfolio across several continents.  Prior to joining Dell, Mike spent 18 years with IBM Corp. in various management roles in facilities and manufacturing engineering in the Personal Computer Division.

“Information and change is coming at us at the speed of light these days,” said Mike Cunningham. “This constant barrage can be dizzying at times.  “I attempt to live by the direction given to me from a former leader and mentor - Focus on the critical few areas where as a leader, you can make a difference.  Don’t get distracted by the trivial minutia that can boil up and overwhelm.  By looking at life in today’s data center through that lens, my team and I are able direct our focus to keep pace and excel!”

Bryon Miller, Senior Vice President of Operations for Fortrust

As the longest tenured employee at the company with more than 30 years of management experience, Bryon provides direct oversight for all aspects of data center operations including security, IT services, facilities, sales engineering, service delivery, 7X24 operations center, construction management and systems implementation and monitoring. Bryon is heavily involved in developing the organization’s processes and procedures and is responsible for FORTRUST’s extensive customized Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) systems.

"As a service provider, the best way to keep pace in an accelerated data center environment is to stay in tune with customer’s needs and expectations, whether the customers are internal or external,"  said Bryon Miller.  "By focusing on customer needs, data center operators will be able to identify areas of improvement and, if acted upon, will strengthen their data center. Another important factor is to keep abreast of the ever changing technology that supports a data center.  We must have the courage to implement new ideas that help us be moreefficient and effective."

Brian D. Smith, Director - Critical Facilities at Cerner Corp.

Brian is responsible for the data centers and teams who provide around-the-clock operations and support for Cerner’s remote-hosted clients and internal information technology (IT) services. Brian oversees the engineers who monitor, maintain and operate 3 corporate data centers and 10 remote-hosted service facilities. Throughout his 15-year Cerner career, he has held multiple roles supporting Remote HostingOption (RHO) for clients, which provides predictable, uninterrupted connectivity and 24x7x365 support. Prior to Cerner, Smith worked for LucentTechnologies and Broadcast Data Systems.

“Growth, innovation, and market pressures require a well-balanced and proactive approach to data center operations management, and the speed of change in our industry is only increasing,” said Brian D. Smith. “To keep pace on behalf of my company, I’ve focused on building a knowledgeable staff, leveraging business intelligence to better anticipate demand, and regularly connecting with peers and partners to stay abreast of the latest developments and proven strategies. With the right information in hand, and a team that delivers strong execution against our goals, I’m able to spend more of my time focused on the future needs of our business and clients, rather than being mired in day-to-day decisions.”

Data Center World is managed by AFCOM, a professional organization at the forefront of data center innovation for 35 years. The conference agenda—which includes over 20 user-led sessions this spring—is shaped by data center professionals and refined by attendee feedback. As a result, you’ll find a vendor-neutral environment, not sales pitches posing as education sessions.  

 

Alcatel-Lucent combines the best of Wi-Fi and LTE to enhance mobile Performance and offer a consistent high-quality subscriber experience USING RUCKUS WIRELESS

New Wireless Unified Networks capabilities seamlessly combine cellular and Wi-Fi® to more than double download speeds, significantly increase upload speeds and extend network range

“Ruckus Wireless believes that the LWA initiative has great potential for the growth of the wireless industry. We support Alcatel-Lucent's initiative to commercialize the integration and convergence of Wi-Fi and cellular networks, and will focus on introducing technologies that enhance Ruckus' leading carrier-class Wi-Fi networks for enterprise and service provider customers,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, Chief Operating Officer, Ruckus Wireless.  

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona Spain, March 2, 2015 - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is announcing its ‘Wireless Unified Networks’ strategy which blends the upload and download capabilities of Wi-Fi® and cellular technologies to enable higher capacity and give subscribers a more consistent and higher-quality mobile voice, data and video experience in high-traffic or low-signal locations. This approach will allow operators to combine standalone cellular and Wi-Fi networks into one unified wireless network for home, office, and outdoor environments.

As more people and devices become connected, one of the biggest challenges facing mobile operators and their customers is how to meet demand for secure, high-speed video and data with consistent high-quality whether subscribers connect over Wi-Fi or cellular networks. While both technologies continue to evolve, each has challenges that can impact the subscriber experience. By combining the unique strengths of Wi-Fi with those of LTE, it is now possible to offer the subscriber a truly compelling experience.

Up to now, operators would switch users between cellular and Wi-Fi to load-balance the network or users would manually switch between networks to seek optimum performance. Alcatel-Lucent’s solution unifies the user experience across Wi-Fi and cellular for the first time. As part of its Wireless Unified Networks strategy, Alcatel-Lucent is introducing two separate capabilities that blend Wi-Fi and cellular access. The Wi-Fi boost uses cellular to enhance the performance of Wi-Fi networks and the Cellular boost uses unlicensed spectrum to enhance the performance of cellular. Combined, they maximize performance for subscribers across both access technologies.

Mike Schabel, Vice President of Small Cells in Alcatel-Lucent said: “As an industry we have historically treated cellular and Wi-Fi as unique technologies. For example, the industry debates the merits of Voice/Data over Wi-Fi versus Voice/Data over LTE. From a consumer perspective, it should simply be Voice/Data over Wireless. With Wireless Unified Networks, we are excited to be taking the important steps to transform and greatly enhance the user’s wireless experience in the home, at work, and in dense venue networks by combining existing Wi-Fi and cellular networks into one high performance network.”

Alcatel-Lucent will present the capabilities of Wireless Unified Networks as well as its new multi-standard enterprise and residential small cells and compact metro cells on booth (3K10) in Hall 3 of the Fira Gran Via at Mobile World Congress 2015.

The Wi-Fi and Cellular boost capabilities

Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless Unified Networks strategy encompasses two new capabilities that can be deployed separately or combined for even greater performance gains. Alcatel-Lucent’s Wi-Fi boost technology combines the downlink of Wi-Fi with the uplink of cellular. This capability:

·       Requires an OS software update to existing user devices that are capable of both cellular and Wi-Fi transmission

·       Requires software updates in the network to blend the Wi-Fi and cellular access networks into a unified network

·       In typical homes, the Wi-Fi boost can increase download speeds up to 70% and increase upload speeds by an order of magnitude or more (compared to standalone Wi-Fi at the cell edge), while also doubling the Wi-Fi range

Alcatel-Lucent will trial the Wi-Fi boost capabilities in the second quarter of 2015 with commercial availability in the second half of 2015.  Alcatel-Lucent is introducing additional performance enhancements by adding a cellular downlink to the Wi-Fi downlink of the Wi-Fi boost. This is consistent with a developing standard known as LTE Wi-Fi Aggregation (LWA), and can more than double download speeds relative to standalone network capabilities.

“Ruckus Wireless believes that the LWA initiative has great potential for the growth of the wireless industry. We support Alcatel-Lucent's initiative to commercialize the integration and convergence of Wi-Fi and cellular networks, and will focus on introducing technologies that enhance Ruckus' leading carrier-class Wi-Fi networks for enterprise and service provider customers,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, Chief Operating Officer, Ruckus Wireless.

Alcatel-Lucent is collaborating with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, to demonstrate LWA at booth #3E10 at Mobile World Congress, exhibiting downlink throughput of 600 Mbps using commercially available Wi-Fi access points aggregated with Alcatel-Lucent’s 9764 MCO outdoor metro cell and a mobile device powered by a next-generation Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ LTE modem.

Alcatel-Lucent’s Cellular boost technology leverages the unlicensed spectrum bands to enhance the capacity and performance of a cellular network. Alcatel-Lucent is fully committed to supporting global trials of this technology based on local rules for coexisting with Wi-Fi and other users of the unlicensed spectrum, ensuring adherence to standards as they become available. As standards are ratified Alcatel-Lucent’s plans include the introduction of new LTE-U and Licensed Assist Access (LAA) capable small cells. Alcatel-Lucent will demonstrate LTE-U operating seamlessly with Wi-Fi at Mobile World Congress 2015. The company is committed to supporting trials in the second half of 2015 and commercially introducing the technology in early 2016.

Wireless Unified Networks

As part of its overall strategy to bring Wi-Fi and cellular networks together, Alcatel-Lucent is also showcasing many other elements of its comprehensive portfolio at Mobile World Congress, namely:

·       CloudBand™ management system, providing a fully integrated solution that orchestrates infrastructure, applications, and network in a single virtualized NFV platform.

·       Virtualized, massively scalable Mobile and Wi-Fi gateways, including enhanced evolved Packet Data Gateway (ePDG+) support and seamless concurrent use of cellular (licensed) and Wi-Fi (unlicensed) access connections to boost performance.

·       Virtualized IMS solutions that deliver a scalable and seamless communications experience across different access networks and devices.

·       Motive customer experience management and big network analytics that deliver a more consistent, high quality experience and provide insight into network, device and application performance across the network.

“Lately, we’ve heard a lot about LTE-U and LTE-LAA helping operators benefit from unlicensed spectrum in tandem with their licensed assets.  It’s important to see Alcatel-Lucent, as part of a larger mobile ecosystem, declare its support for these technologies.  It’s even better, however, to see Alcatel-Lucent look at unlicensed spectrum, LTE, and Wi-Fi more holistically within the context of its Wireless Unified Networks launch,” noted Peter Jarich, VP of Consumer and Infrastructure Services with Current Analysis.  “Blending the capabilities of Wi-Fi and Cellular to achieve performance gains beyond standalone networks, we can embark on new, exciting discussions around the go-to-market strategy for in-building wireless that embraces both technologies while improving the consumer and enterprise experiences.” 

 

STILL AN INDUSTRY STANDARD -- IDEAL T-Strippers Wire Strippers

SYCAMORE, IL, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 -- IDEAL first introduced its iconic T-Stripper® wire strippers back in 1957, selling more than 10,000 pairs the very first day they were available. Since then, T-Strippers have became an indispensable tool that apprentice electricians use on their first day on the job... and continue to use until they retire as Master Electricians. 

 

The original T-Strippers were created by an engineering team at IDEAL in response to the trend to insulate electrical wire with thermoplastic. Unlike the fabric or rubber that previously was used as insulation, thermoplastic could not be removed with a traditional wire knife. The T-Stripper was designed specifically for the more challenging thermoplastic, hence the "T" in its name. Over the years IDEAL has continued to upgraded the T-stripper, adding ergonomic and versatility features to improve performance and comfort, while retaining its original quality. 

In addition to the standard T-Strippers model IDEAL offers today, there are nine versions with unique features for job specific applications. At the forefront of these designs is the Kinetic Reflex™ T-Stripper incorporating an ergonomically curved handle and a stress-reducing Santoprene grip, along with the company's patented Thumb-Valley™ thumb guide and Pocket-Locket™ slide lock. The multi-purpose Kinetic Reflex replaces several tools from the tool bag by featuring a convenient pliers nose for extra gripping strength; precision-ground, knife type blades for clean, accurate wire cutting; heavy-duty Shear-Cut™ bolt cutters that easily shear both bolts and screws plus reforms the threads; a wire loop; and combination solid and stranded wire stripping holes for every popular wire gauge.

ABOUT IDEAL ELECTRICAL

IDEAL Electrical's trusted, innovative products are proudly manufactured in America. Best known for its wire connectors, a go-to standard for electrical connections around the world, IDEAL Electrical innovations also touch the sky, as nearly every commercial jet flying today was made using IDEAL INDUSTRIES wire strippers. IDEAL Electrical is proud to produce these innovative products for skilled tradesmen around the world, keeping them ahead of the challenges and changes of their respective industries.

Although IDEAL Electrical is where the IDEAL journey first began, it has grown into its own entity and our family of companies has become much more than just a manufacturer of electrical components. Known mostly for its iconic wire strippers and wire connectors, IDEAL Electrical has been an industry leader for nearly 100 years. Since starting out in a small, family kitchen in 1916, IDEAL Electric has become a global leader in electrical connection and manufacturing, continuing to innovate for the electrical industries of tomorrow. Learn more at www.idealind.com

 

MRV OptiDriver™ Platform Picks Up Additional Honor by Lightwave Innovation Awards

Multi-award recognized optical platform offers a unique solution to growing bandwidth needs

March 23, 2015 10:51 AM Eastern Daylight Time

CHATSWORTH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MRV Communications™, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRVC) (“MRV®”), a global provider of innovative packet and optical solutions, announced today that Lightwave, a leading technical magazine and online portal for the optical communications community, has awarded the OptiDriver™ optical transport platform with a 4.0 score within its 2015 Lightwave Innovation Awards program. This rating signifies a superb product that sets a new standard for performance and provides new, groundbreaking technical milestones. MRV’s OptiDriver platform enables a high-speed, intelligent network that is faster, cost-effective and easier to manage for data centers and service providers.

“Its ability to meet the demands of density and energy efficiency, as well as its ability to serve Ethernet, OTN, TDM and other applications makes it high on the list for evaluation by the industry. We are thrilled that the OptiDriver platform received such a great score.”

The 2015 Lightwave Innovation Awards review and recognize the industry’s most unique products and solutions that help optical communications professionals worldwide drive improvements and innovation in optical technology. Criteria used in the Innovation Awards rankings include, first and foremost, unique technology or application thereof, innovation, ease of use, efficiency, reliability and contribution to profitability. Award judges included industry executives and analysts from a wide variety of service providers, technology developers, industry analysts and journalists. Prior to OFC, the Lightwave Innovation Awards Special Edition e-Newsletter, featuring high-score award winners, will be delivered to over 50,000 professionals in the optical communications industry.

“In a year that saw a record-setting number of high-scoring products, the MRV OptiDriver platform was another standout,” said Tim Hermes, Group Publisher of Lightwave. “Its ability to meet the demands of density and energy efficiency, as well as its ability to serve Ethernet, OTN, TDM and other applications makes it high on the list for evaluation by the industry. We are thrilled that the OptiDriver platform received such a great score.”

MRV’s OptiDriver platform empowers high-growth cloud connectivity with the industry’s leading 10Gbps and 100Gbps density. The solution is engineered to support the latest advances in optical technologies, including intelligent ROADM networks and 100Gbps transport. Capabilities such as integrated testing and optical spectrum analysis allow the OptiDriver platform to significantly reduce the time required to turn up a network and greatly increase the visibility into the status of an operating network.

“As evolutions in cloud computing and streaming services continue to build momentum, bandwidth demands are escalating and show no signs of slowing down. Our customers require an intelligent solution that allows them to keep up with this demand while maximizing network and service resiliency,” said Zeev Draer, vice president of strategic marketing for MRV Communications. “OptiDriver is one of the industry’s leading power and space efficient platforms with remarkable flexibility and operational simplicity. Industry recognition for the OptiDriver platform has consistently validated our efforts to create solutions that enable our customers to meet their current network environment needs, as well as future needs as their network evolves.”

About LIGHTWAVE

For more than 30 years, Lightwave (www.lightwaveonline.com) has delivered trusted technical, application and business insights to senior-level decision makers for optical communications worldwide. Lightwave serves technology vendors, communications carriers and major enterprises with a complete and nuanced picture of the optical communications business environment. Lightwave is a valued information source for information related to FTTx, networking, equipment design, MSO optics, and test and measurement for corporate executives, department heads, project managers, network engineers and others making strategic decisions that are critical to the success of their businesses. Lightwave is a unit of PennWell Corporation.

About MRV Communications

MRV Communications is a global provider of converged packet and optical solutions that empower the optical edge and network integration services for leading communications service providers. For more than two decades, the most demanding service providers, Fortune 1000 companies and governments worldwide have trusted MRV to provide best-in-class solutions and services for their mission-critical networks. We help our customers overcome the challenge of orchestrating the ever-increasing need for capacity while improving service delivery and lowering network costs for critical applications such as cloud connectivity, high-capacity business services, mobile backhaul and data center connectivity.

For more information please visit www.mrv.com.

 

Superior Essex Announces CAT 6+ Low Smoke Halogen-free Cable

Atlanta, GA – March 17, 2015

Superior Essex announces the release of its CMR-rated CAT 6+ Low Smoke Halogen-free (LSHF) cable. This is the industry’s only CAT 6+ LSHF CMR that does not require a cross-filler or divider in its configuration while still exceeding industry specifications, which allows for increased flexibility and easier handling during installation. Additionally, this product offers a guaranteed 2 dB headroom in NEXT, PSNEXT, ACR, and PSACR, as well as a best-in-class warranty, and installation-efficient features such as CableID®, QuickCount®, and ColorTip®.

 

This is the first and only CAT 6+ LSHF cable to offer third-party verified Health Product Declaration™ (HPD™), which allows these products to contribute towards LEED points required for green building certification. This is also the first CMR-LSHF listed cable to offer third-party verified LSHF designation through Underwriters Laboratories, in accordance with the latest version of the IEC 62821 -1, -2 and -3 standards. LSHF cable products do not contain any red list materials in their compositions, and meet all RoHS and REACH standards.

 

The CAT 6+ LSHF CMR cable is designed for applications where low-smoke and fire safety are critical, such as in-building riser spaces. CAT 6 compliance ensures this cable will support 1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet. This cable easily surpasses the Grade 2 requirements specified in the ANSI/TIA/EIA-570-B Residential Telecommunications standard.

 

With the release of this cable, Superior Essex continues to reinforce its position as an industry leader of innovative technology and sustainable product solutions.

 

For more information about our LSHF cables, visit our product page.

 

More information about our HPDs and other sustainability initiatives can be found on our Environmental page.

 

Health Product Declaration and HPD are trademarks of Health Product Declaration Collaborative


About Superior Essex

Superior Essex International LP is a leading manufacturer and supplier of cable, wire and accessory products serving the communications industry, energy industry and related distribution markets for over 80 years. Product lines include Indoor and Outside Plant (OSP) copper and fiber data cables, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) coaxial cables and accessories, Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) closures, fire alarm/security (FAS) cables, and low/medium voltage energy cable products and accessories. Superior Essex International LP is a subsidiary of Superior Essex Inc. SuperiorEssex.com

 

Is There A Difference Between CMP And LSZH Plenum Type Cables?

PLENUM CABLE – RATED CMP MAY OUT GAS SOME TOXIC MATERIALS.

We compared CMP cables with LS-ZH [(Low Smoke – Zero Halogen) cables approved by the EU in Europe].

Here is a summary of the out gassed materials rendered as CMP cables (made with a halogen material = FEP - Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene) react under heat decomposition.

GASSES RELEASED FROM CMP CABLE

The toxic particles and gases identified as Teflon offgas products, and the temperature at which they are first identified in the studies reviewed, are shown below, with toxicity information that is drawn primarily from high dose animal studies, the only source of information available for most of the chemicals:

464°F - Ultrafine particulate matter: Teflon produces very small (ultrafine) particles which are very toxic, causing extreme lung damage to rats within 10 minutes of exposure. Longer exposures cause death. At higher temperatures, Teflon also produces toxic gases. Some scientists have found that the particles and gases together are responsible for Teflon's toxicity, perhaps because the gases adsorb to the particles, which because of their small size can lodge deep in the lower respiratory tract.

680°F - Tetrafluoroethylene (TFE): The National Toxicology Program considers tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) to be a "reasonably anticipated" human carcinogen because it is known to cause cancer in laboratory animals, but has not been adequately studied in people. In rats, inhaled TFE causes tumors of the kidney tubules, liver, blood vessels in the liver and one form of leukemia (mononuclear). Mice that breathe TFE develop tumors of the liver and tumors that develop in blood vessels in the liver or white blood cells.

680°F - Hexafluoropropene (HFP): In people, air exposure to fluorocarbons like HFP can lead to eye, nose and throat irritation; heart palpitations, irregular heart rate, headaches, light-headedness, fluid accumulation in the lung (edema) and possibly death. Long-term exposure in workers is associated with decreased motor speed, memory and learning. In mice and rats, inhalation of hexafluoropropene (HFP) causes kidney lesions, decreased numbers of a type of immune cell (lymphocyte) and increased urination. HFP also causes increased numbers of chromosomal abnormalities in hamster ovaries. HFP can also be added to pesticides as an "inert" ingredient, which does not mean that it is non-toxic, but only that is not the pesticide active ingredient. Another example of a pesticide inert ingredient is butyl benzyl phthalate, a chemical well known to cause serious birth defects of the male reproductive system in laboratory animals.

680°F - Trifluoroacetic acid (TFA): Very few studies have looked at the toxicity of trifluoroacetic acid (TFA), but those that have found decreased growth of fetal rat bone-forming cells (osteoblast) and cartilage cells (chondrocytes), and neural tube defects in rat embryos at high concentrations. Other studies show that HCFC-123, a hydrofluorocarbon that breaks down into TFA, causes enlarged liver and decreased levels of glucose, triglyceride and cholesterol in adult animals. But, it is unclear whether these effects are due to HCFC-123 or a metabolite. A monkey study found the TFA concentration in the fetus was two to six times higher than in the mother's blood following dosing with HCFC-123. The long-term environmental impacts of TFA are unknown, but it is extremely persistent and toxic to plants. TFA is also a breakdown product of many hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used as replacement for chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which are potent ozone depleters used in refrigeration systems, aerosols and other products. Recently, scientists have suggested that high levels of TFA in the environment could be partly due to heated Teflon and other fluoropolymers because measured environmental levels are higher than predicted, based on breakdown of HCFCs and HFCs alone.

680°F - Difluoroacetic acid (DFA): Very little is known about the toxicity of difluoroacetic acid (DFA), although kidney toxicity has been reported in rats.

680°F - Monofluoroacetic acid (MFA, fluoroacetic acid or compound 1080): Monofluoroacetic acid is extremely toxic, doses as low as 0.7 to 2.1 mg/kg can kill people. Initially, people report nausea, vomiting, numbness, tingling, anxiety, muscle twitching, low blood pressure and blurred vision. If exposure is high enough, people can have irregular heart rate (ventricular fibrillation), heart attacks, and severe convulsions leading to respiratory failure. MFA quickly breaks down into a chemical called fluoroacetate. Sodium fluoroacetate was previously used as a powerful rodent killer (rodenticide). In the body, it breaks down into sodium and fluoroacetate, which is responsible for the toxicity. Sodium fluoroacetate kills rodents, and other animals, by inhibiting the tricarboxylic acid cycle which transforms energy found in food to energy the body uses. Sodium fluoroacetate also causes heart and respiratory failure, central nervous system depression and damage to the testes, including decreased sperm production.

878°F - Silicon tetrafluoride (SiF4): Silicon tetrafluoride is a highly toxic, corrosive gas. In the lungs, moisture causes the silicon particles to separate, releasing toxic hydrofluoric acid and also coating the lung with silicon particles. Inhaling hydrofluoric acid can cause eye and throat irritation, cough, difficult breathing, bluish skin color caused by lack of oxygen, lung damage and fluid accumulation in the lung (edema). Long term exposure can cause weight loss, decreased numbers of red and white blood cells (anemia and leukopenia), discoloration of the teeth and abnormal thickening of the bone (osteosclerosis).

887°F - Perfluoroisobutene (PFIB): Perfluoroisobutene (PFIB) is extremely toxic and inhalation can lead to fluid build up in the lung (edema), a condition that can lead to death. PFIB is listed in the Chemical Weapons Convention as a Schedule 2 compound. PFIB is about ten times more toxic than phosgene, a highly toxic corrosive gas also listed as a chemical weapon. In water, PFIB breaks down into hydrogen fluoride which is also very toxic (see below). Short-term symptoms of PFIB exposure in people include bad taste in mouth, nausea and weakness. Lung edema occurs about one to four hours after exposure, which is life-threatening in some cases, but in most people clears up in about 3 days.

932°F - Carbonyl fluoride (COF2): Breakdown of Teflon (PTFE) in air is the major source of carbonyl fluoride exposure. Carbonyl fluoride is the fluorine version of phosgene, a chlorinated chemical warfare agent. Carbonyl fluoride fumes can irritate eyes, ears and nose. More serious symptoms of exposure include chest pains, breathing difficulty, fluid accumulation in the lungs, weakness, liver damage and increased glucose levels. Because carbonyl fluoride breaks down into hydrogen fluoride and carbon dioxide, it causes many of the same toxic effects as hydrogen fluoride (see below).

932°F - Hydrogen fluoride (HF): Hydrogen fluoride (HF) is a toxic corrosive gas, and can cause death to any tissue it comes into contact with, including the lungs. The toxicity of HF is due to the fluoride ion and not the hydrogen ion. Breathing HF can cause severe lung damage, such as fluid buildup in the lungs (edema) and inflammation of lung passages (pneumonia). The fluoride ion (charged particle) is extremely toxic. It is a small ion and weak acid that diffuses quickly and can pass through tissues with relative ease. Fluoride ions inhibit cell respiration, decreasing production of ATP, the major form of chemical energy used by the body. Fluoride attacts cell membranes causing cells to die. The fluoride ion is negatively charged and naturally likes to react with positively charged ions in the body like calcium and magnesium. When fluoride and calcium bind, creating a "precipitate," a life-threatening condition of decreased calcium (hypocalcemia) can occur. Left untreated, decreases in calcium (and magnesium) can cause abnormal heart rhythm leading to heart attack, muscle spasms and death. Calcium administration is the main treatment for HF poisoning.

1112°F - Trifluoroacetic acid fluoride (CF3COF): Trifluoroacetic acid fluoride is toxic, mostly because it breaks down into hydrogen fluoride, which is very toxic, and trifluoroacetic acid. The few studies that have looked at the toxicity of TFA found decreased growth of fetal rat bone-forming cells (osteoblast) and cartilage cells (chondrocytes), and neural tube defects in rat embryos at high concentrations. Other studies show that HCFC-123, a hydrofluorocarbon that breaks down into TFA, causes enlarged liver and decreased levels of glucose, triglyceride and cholesterol in adult animals, but it is unclear whether these effects are due to HCFC-123 or a metabolite. A monkey study found TFA in the fetus was two to six times higher than in the mother's blood following dosing with HCFC-123, a hydrofluorocarbon that breaks down into TFA. Fluoride ion (charged particle) is extremely toxic. It is a small ion and weak acid that diffuses quickly and can pass through tissues with relative ease. Fluoride ions inhibit cell respiration, decreasing production of ATP, the major form of chemical energy used by the body. Fluoride attracts cell membranes causing cells to die. The fluoride ion is negatively charged and naturally likes to react with positively charged ions in the body like calcium and magnesium. When fluoride and calcium bind, creating a "precipitate," a life-threatening condition of decreased calcium (hypocalcemia) can occur. Left untreated, decreases in calcium (and magnesium) can cause abnormal heart rhythm leading to heart attack, muscle spasms and death. Calcium administration is the main treatment for HF toxicity.

1112°F - Octafluorocyclobutane (OFCB): Octaflurocyclobutane is a fluorine-containing gas that is used in the semiconductor industry, sold as Zyron 8020 by DuPont. According to DuPont, inhaling high levels of octafluorocyclobutane can cause heart beat irregularities, unconsciousness and death. People with pre-existing heart conditions may be extra vulnerable. Only a few toxicity studies in animals are available for octafluorocyclobutane. In one study, rats exposed to a one-time-only inhaled exposure of octafluorocyclobutane lost weight and had abnormal breathing. Dogs that inhaled high concentrations (10-25% air), and were dosed with the stimulant epinephrine, had heart problems. According to DuPont, tests for genetic damage in insects are "inconclusive."

1112°F - Perfluorobutane (PFB, Trade Name CEA-410): As a global warming chemical, perfluorobutane has a long half-life in the upper atmosphere and has over 8,000 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Perfluorobutane is not as acutely toxic as other PTFE off-gases, but has not been tested for long-term effects.

1202°F - Carbon tetrafluoride (CF4, perfluoromethane): In addition to being a long-lived fluorinated Teflon "off-gas," perfloromethane is used in the semiconductor industry, is a refrigerant and propellant and a byproduct of aluminum production. The U.S. government is encouraging these industries to decrease emissions of perfluoromethane because it is a potent greenhouse gas, with a global warming potential almost 6000 times higher than carbon dioxide, and can last in the environment for 50,000 years. In the past, perfluoromethane has been used in pesticides as an "inert" ingredient; a label that has nothing to do with toxicity but only means the ingredient is not the main active pesticide. Inhaling fluorinated hydrocarbons like carbon tetrafluoride can cause eye, ear and nose irritation; heart palpitations; irregular heart rate; headaches; confusion; lung irritation, tremors and occasionally coma.

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Are We Losing Control of Cybersecurity? By Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Connected World magazine

As a regular reader of my column you know that I have been talking about cybersecurity a lot during the past 18 months, and with reason. Sadly, corporate security breaches have reached an all-time high. What’s even more disturbing is it appears we are losing control of our cybersecurity. But the real question is did we ever have control of our cybersecurity?

In mid-February we were all talking about how the U.S. Central Command’s Twitter account was the latest victim of an ISIS hack. However, it really was the Sony Pictures breach that raised the most eyebrows—or at the very least it brought the seriousness of the problem to corporate America and demonstrated the damage that can be done. These attacks follow a barrage of breaches on major retailers such as Target, Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, Staples, and even financial institutions JP Morgan Chase.

All of these organizations are still reeling from the sting of their security holes. Once a breach occurs the expense is enormous and the register just keeps on ringing as the bad guys continue to rack up profits as they create immeasurable havoc on businesses and consumers’ lives. It doesn’t take a security analyst to recognize that today’s hackers are a diverse bunch, from lone individuals to nation-state cyber sponsored warriors to organized cybercrime rings.

Let’s not kid ourselves, many executives of leading Fortune 1000 companies are still living in a bubble or are they just kidding themselves and their customers if they believe they have a handle on cybersecurity. Just ask any security expert and he or she will be the first to admit that cybercrime has become a runaway train globally and most corporations simply have no idea how to stop the locomotive.

In fact, we are in crisis mode as a nation. Despite what these companies might say publicly, though, most executives are still more focused on running their corporations than really delving into the crux of the crisis, regardless of what they tell themselves. And it’s for this very reason so many companies are struggling to combat sophisticated and vicious cyber attacks.

What’s more, most Americans believe they are losing control of their own personal information. While this has yet to stifle innovation, there will come a time when consumers cease to support innovation simply out of fear. While some experts predict corporate America will be investing in cybersecurity heavily, predicting the market to reach $109 billion by 2020, how much will be lost due to the increased cyberattacks within the next five years?

As a result of these cyber concerns, during his annual State of the Union address, the President was very clear that protecting consumers’ data from getting into the hands of the bad guys is a key priority for the nation going forward.

Proposed laws will soon mandate that when the discovery of personal information is breached as a result of a hacker, companies must notify customers that are directly impacted by the breach within 30 days of discovering the unwarranted entry. Until the President stepped up to the podium, information revealed to a customer had been dependent on geography. But the President has made it clear that he wants to put an end to this piecemeal approach by requiring a single federal mandate making all states follow the same rules and regulations when it comes to consumers’ personal information.

This legislation will create a national standard for notifying American consumers if and when their personal and/or financial data has been compromised. The proposed Personal Data Notification & Protection Act “clarifies and strengthens” what companies need to do during and after a data breach, including, as I mentioned, notifying their customers within 30 days of the discovery.

Revised legislation in the form of a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights will also make its way to Congress within the next 45 days. The President said this legislation is particularly important to keep industries innovating, while also providing baseline protective measures for consumers and businesses and their sensitive data. The bill of rights would help ensure online interactions are governed by “clear principles” that prevent data from being used in a way that is inappropriate.

Another distinction that must be made is consumer information must remain confidential and must be the property of the consumer.

Without getting too much into politics—because that’s a discussion for another time—it’s important to acknowledge the President is recognizing that the digital world is creating both opportunity and vulnerability for American consumers and businesses. Since so much depends on the “digital economy,” the President was pretty clear that the government plans to take new steps to mitigate the direct threats facing today’s connected consumers.

While his mandates are essential, perhaps an even greater objective is getting every company to really take a closer look at their own cyber initiatives. It’s critical to note that traditional security systems only detect and block malicious payloads by deploying a piece of malware, while today’s attacks are much more insidious. The malware attempt is really just a means to seeking something much greater. From what we have seen to date, as the security industry develops advanced methods for detecting malware, the bad guys have been able to avoid detection by creating more damage with what follows after the initial attack.

Today the number of attacks—and we are talking thousands—continues to outweigh the successes as more devices continue to get connected to the Internet. Imagine for a moment, that if these attacks were truly successful, any major disruption of services could prove extremely detrimental to the country’s well-being and position within the global economy.

Routinely protecting corporate firewalls will not cut it. Vigilance is quintessential. Education is a requisite. Corporate applications and data are being exposed both inside and outside the perimeter and companies need to erect the “ultimate fortress” to fend off even the most fierce cybercriminal.

No matter how secure your “corporate house” may be, cyber predators lurk in the shadows of the deep Web waiting for that perfect opportunity to strike. While some strike in plain sight and make their presence known, other cybercriminals strike their victims simply by taking advantage of computer viruses, keystroke logging programs, and malware to snatch sensitive personal information in an effort to commit fraud, espionage, or something even more devastating. There are precautionary steps that every person and every business can take to reduce the risk. The only question now is what is holding you back?

Reprinted with permission from the Feb/Mar 2015 issue of Connected World magazine connectedworld.com This article may not be reproduced without the written consent of Connected World magazine.

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More NEWS you can use: Carol Stream, Ill. — Sept. 11, 2014Connected World magazine, connectedworld.com, releases its prestigious 2015 CW 100, an annual ranking of the technology leaders based on their contributions to the connected devices marketplace.

See the full list here.

This year, more than just listing the industry’s top 100 technology innovators, each company is being ranked on their game-changing technologies, products, services, and commitment to enabling connectivity as determined by the editors of Connected World. Published since 2003, this annual list has recognized companies across the globe. This ranking is considered the most definitive and influential directory when it comes to looking at the shifting demands of the market.

“The CW 100 is a very elite group among the technology elite. The real leaders on this list are driven by imagination and creativity. It’s not all about profits. Far more impressive are the smaller companies this year that found their way into the market and are advancing their position, and staking their claim as one of the elite,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Connected World magazine and president, Specialty Publishing Co.

The CW 100 Top 10 List:
Cisco Systems
Qualcomm
Google
Verizon
Honeywell Intl.
AT&T
General Electric
ARM Ltd.
Intel Corp.
NXP Semiconductors

On this year’s list, M&As (mergers and acquisitions) showed the fourth highest at 27, trailing 2013 which saw the most notable growth at 41. Based on looking at the market potential and organizations desire to acquire, the industry is on pace for at least a 17% M&A increase during same time period over the previous year. Since Connected World began tracking M&As in 2003, there has been a grand total to date of 262, including companies that offer software, hardware, and communications services.

The list is largely an illustration of the marketplace as it stands today. For 2015, the CW 100 sees LTE (long-term evolution) chipset makers and other providers making their mark with more companies dominating the list. In fact, many smaller companies and even some fairly new faces have made their presence known, entering the market with a vengeance and unseeding many traditional M2M players in an effort to make an even stronger impact in M2M and IoT.

OEMs (original-equipment manufacturers) and application software providers have popped onto this list unlike ever before, showing their commitment to changing the way they service products and deliver solutions to their customers, which, as a result, has helped some to take very prominent positions, perhaps, in an effort to make their presence known in M2M and IoT.

To see the complete listing of the 2015 CW 100, and to learn more, check it out online.

The 2015 CW 100 can also be found in the Oct/Nov issue of Connected World magazine. The issue is available in print or by downloading the Connected World app in the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Simply search for Connected World.

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Connected World is the business and technology publication that provides the intelligence industry titans need and the guidance consumers crave. It’s all about M2M. connectedworld.com

 

Belden Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE) - The Board of Directors of Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC) declared a regular quarterly dividend of five cents per share payable on April 2, 2015 to all shareholders of record as of March 18, 2015.

About Belden

Belden Inc. delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today's applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit us at www.belden.com or follow us on Twitter @BeldenInc.

 

Brady Client Services Launches Two New Services: Lockout Equipment Inventory Service and Annual Lockout Procedure Audits

Expanded lockout services provide support for companies during their lockout journey

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (March 3, 2015) — Brady (NYSE:BRC), a global leader in industrial and safety printing systems and solutions, today announced that its Client Services group launched two new services:  Lockout Equipment Inventory Service and Annual Lockout Procedure Audits.

“Our team is constantly working to meet and exceed the needs of our clients, and we are expanding our services with their lockout goals in mind,” says Tim Bandt, global director of Client Services for Brady. “Our new services offer additional guidance to assist our customers on their journey to reaching lockout tagout success and program sustainability.”

The Lockout Equipment Inventory Service helps clients save both time and money by creating a detailed list of their equipment and machinery that requires lockout. Having an accurate and up-to-date lockout equipment list is an important step to creating effective lockout procedures. To complete this service, Brady comes onsite to collect data and create the equipment list with all relevant information. This spreadsheet can be easily imported into Brady’s LINK360® software to help create visual lockout procedures.

Lockout procedure audits are required to be conducted annually under OSHA’s periodic inspection requirements, and best practice is to have a third party perform the audit who does not perform the lockout process routinely. To help align with this standard, Brady’s Annual Lockout Procedure Audits bring Brady onsite to verify that machinery and isolation points on the procedure are correct, document any deficiencies in the process and provide your company with documented proof of audit. All results will be provided in a report and incorporated into your LINK360 software program, if applicable.

These two new services are an addition to Brady’s comprehensive line of lockout services, software and products, including Visual Lockout Procedure Writing, Lockout Tagout Safety Training, LINK360 software, and lockout devices, tags and printing systems.

For more information:

To learn more about Brady Client Services, visit BradyClientServices.com. For Brady’s complete product offering, visit BradyID.com.

About Brady Corporation:

Brady Corporation is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect people, products and places. Brady’s products help customers increase safety, security, productivity and performance and include high-performance labels, signs, safety devices, printing systems and software. Founded in 1914, the company has a diverse customer base in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, education, medical, aerospace and a variety of other industries. Brady is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and as of August 1, 2014, employed approximately 6,400 people in its worldwide businesses. Brady’s fiscal 2014 sales were approximately $1.23 billion. Brady stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BRC. More information is available on the Internet at www.bradycorp.com.

 

Brady Releases New Arc Flash Whitepaper - - Report focuses on the 2015 NFPA 70E standard and how to stay compliant

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (February 24, 2015) – Brady, a global leader in product and facility identification solutions, today released its newly updated whitepaper: “Improve Safety with Arc Flash Labeling.” This whitepaper explains what needs to be labeled, what should be on the labels and the labeling tools needed to comply with the updated 2015 NFPA 70E arc flash regulation.

“To keep employees safe and avoid the costs associated with non-compliance, facilities should properly train employees and label any arc flash hazards,” says Tom Smith, product marketing specialist for Brady. “Our latest whitepaper provides valuable information on various elements on the updated 2015 NFPA 70E arc flash regulation. It clearly explains how to follow the standard to create a safe workplace, free from arc flash danger.”

The NFPA 70E gets updated every three years. The 2015 update includes some of the following changes:

         Revision to arc flash warning label content

         Elimination of PPE Hazard Category “0”

         Elimination of the Prohibited Approach Boundary

         Additional boundary requirements

         Revisions to selecting appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

         Updated training and retraining requirements

         Minor terminology changes (such as "work shoes" becomes "footwear”)

“Arc flash is a common hazard that could lead to serious injury or death. To increase safety, it’s important to understand the latest regulations and create a visually instructive workplace that clearly identifies potential hazards,” adds Smith.

To learn more about complying with the updated regulation, download the whitepaper at BradyID.com/arcflash

For more information:

To learn more about Brady’s arc flash offering, visit BradyID.com/arcflash.To view Brady’s full product offering, visit BradyID.com.

About Brady Corporation:

Brady Corporation is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect people, products and places. Brady’s products help customers increase safety, security, productivity and performance and include high-performance labels, signs, safety devices, printing systems and software. Founded in 1914, the company has a diverse customer base in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, education, medical, aerospace and a variety of other industries. Brady is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and as of August 1, 2014, employed approximately 6,400 people in its worldwide businesses. Brady’s fiscal 2014 sales were approximately $1.23 billion. Brady stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BRC. More information is available on the Internet at www.bradycorp.com.

 

RE-EMBRACING AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM – ARTICLE FROM CARLINI’S CORNER

Posted on February 6, 2015 by jamescarlini

By James Carlini

A pragmatic, visionary perspective —–

Has America slipped into a vortex of declining mediocrity that is irreversible or is it coming back stronger in seeking more opportunities and setting higher goals to attain? Do we need to get back to the roots of leadership of what America was, not only in government, but in business, innovation, and corporate endeavors as well? There is a lot to learn from how the governmental and economic frameworks of this country were built and how they need to be re-built.

Are we as good a country as some have claimed or have we slipped in our international stature? What qualities and actions do we need to re-acquire and re-apply? What qualities and actions do we need to discard? Is it too late for this “American Renaissance” to unfold? These are questions I am starting to seek out answers for, in my next book.

Think about today’s rhetoric from various political views. Many people are tired of listening to the agitated arguments of politicians who don’t grasp what is actually happening in the country’s economy as well as its work-ethic. Politically correct assessments are obtuse at best and at worst, permanently damaging because they fail to provide a true assessment of what is happening and any corrective decision cannot be formulated or acted upon because of the out-of-focus and “out-of-touch-with-reality” analysis.

From a mix of quotes from government and business leaders, what should we embrace today?  Here are a dozen quotes from business and political leaders as well as inventors:

1) Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
2) Hell, there are no rules here. We’re trying to accomplish something.
3) Discontent is the first necessity of progress.
4) Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
5) The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
6) This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.
7) Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
8) Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
9) I’ve always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
10) One of the things the government can’t do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt.
11) If a man is going to be an American at all let him be so without any qualifying adjectives, and if he is going to be something else, let him drop the word American from his personal description.
12) True Americanism recognizes the enormous gravity of the social and labor problems which confront us.

Do you think you know who said the above statements? You can tell by the tone of them who probably said them, right?

Don’t be too sure. Your own biases and political leanings may distort the answers.

Are some of the quotes from potential candidates for the Presidency in 2016? Are some from current Congressmen who were just elected? I will give the answers as to who belongs to each quote at the end of this article.

POLITICAL ACCURACY: THE DEMISE OF LIES & EXCUSES
One of my last column focused on CARLINI-ISMs, personal pragmatic insights developed from years of experience that I included in my book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY. I have always liked the idea of learning from other people’s quotes and was told by several people who have read my first book, to write a book of CARLINI-ISMs. I think I will go one step further and include those quotes that have made an impact on me by a diverse group of political, business, and civic leaders.

One of the things we need to get away from is being politically correct. When you look at the decisiveness in taking action to do good things and creating new opportunities, those decisions were made by those who were politically accurate.

You need to assess the current environment and deal with the realities of it – not create some shaded or obscure definition of it. You have to face the reality of the situation in order to come up with the best solution or decision for it.

Here are the answers as to who made the statements. You might be surprised.

1 Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. ALEXANDER HAMILTON (Who was one of the signers of the Constitution, the first Secretary of the Treasury, who also established the US Mint. He is on the $10 bill)
2) Hell, there are no rules here. We’re trying to accomplish something. THOMAS EDISON, Inventor, Innovator.
3) Discontent is the first necessity of progress. THOMAS EDISON, Inventor, Innovator.
4) Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future. President JOHN F. KENNEDY
5) The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission. President JOHN F. KENNEDY
6) This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it. AL CAPONE (Bet you didn’t get this one!)
7) Where there is no vision, there is no hope. GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER, Inventor & Botanist
8) Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER, Inventor & Botanist
9) I’ve always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team. LEE IOCOCCA, former Chairman of Chrysler
10) One of the things the government can’t do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt. LEE IOCOCCA, former Chairman of Chrysler
11) If a man is going to be an American at all let him be so without any qualifying adjectives, and if he is going to be something else, let him drop the word American from his personal description. HENRY CABOT LODGE, US Senator from Massachusetts and first Senate Majority Leader in the early 1900s.
12) True Americanism recognizes the enormous gravity of the social and labor problems which confront us. HENRY CABOT LODGE, US Senator from Massachusetts and first Senate Majority Leader in the early 1900s.

LEADERSHIP?
As you can see, some of the issues we face today were also issues faced by America’s leaders over a century ago.  We need to learn from the past to move forward into the future.  We need to stop the decline and surge forward with new goals for individuals, companies, and government.

CARLINI-ISM: We need to review the framework of this country and how it was built, in order to add on improvements for the framework of its future..

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CommScope acquiring TE Connectivity networking biz -- ARTICLE FROM CI&M MAGAZINE

On January 28 CommScope and TE Connectivity announced that they have agreed to a deal in which CommScope will acquire TE Connectivity's networking business, which comprises its telecommunications, enterprise, and wireless units.


There is more to CommScope than we cover in this enterprise- and data-center-communications magazine, just as there is more to TE Connectivity than we cover. Even so, this $3-billion acquisition, which should close sometime in calendar year 2015, is, as Vice President Joe Biden might say, "a big [blanking] deal." In CommScope's announcement, it stated, "TE Connectivity's leading fiber technology is expected to help CommScope better address a transition to fiber deployments deeper into networks and data centers as consumers and businesses generate increasing bandwidth requirements. With these additional innovative solutions, CommScope expects to solve more customer communications challenges, while providing greater opportunities to its business partners."


I immediately have a couple gut-level reactions to the deal, as opposed to those of a share-value-first mindset you've probably already seen on CNBC. The first thing that struck me was CommScope's comment that the acquisition will better balance the business activity of its own portfolio, which includes wireless, enterprise, and broadband connectivity. For the 12 months ending September 30, 2014, the company said, wireless accounted for 65 percent of its business, enterprise 22 percent, and broadband connectivity 13 percent. Incorporating the TE Connectivity business, that breakdown will look more like wireless at 46 percent, enterprise at 26 percent, and broadband connectivity at 28 percent. At a time when it's easy to speculate that cables are going away and wireless is taking over the communications world, the biggest player we know has just taken action (to put it mildly) that will make cabling products and technologies bigger parts of its business.

 

My other reaction comes purely from having observed this industry for the number of years I have. What years ago were four companies in our industry will soon be one. There used to be CommScope, AT&T/Lucent/Avaya (with the Systimax brand), AMP, and ADC. Tyco acquired AMP; CommScope acquired Systimax. Then Tyco spinoff TE Connectivity acquired ADC. At one point ADC was going to acquire Andrew, but CommScope eventually did. Now they'll all be together. Thank goodness for interoperability. And lifetime warranties.

 

Patrick McLaughlin
Chief Editor
patrick@pennwell.com

Patrick McLaughlin is chief editor of CI&M

Cabling Installation & Maintenance’s magazine, website and email newsletters are the sources that network and data center cabling decision makers rely on most for technical and business content. Cabling Installation & Maintenance keeps them informed about future trends and current best practices, so they can effectively manage their existing infrastructures and make the most informed choices for future investments. Our trusted content attracts a high-level audience of end users, integrators, designers, engineers and installers of premises and campus communications systems. They turn to us for the independent insights that help inform their decisions every day.

As the leading integrated media brand focused on structured cabling for data centers and networks, Cabling Installation & Maintenance is the best vehicle for delivering your message in context with relevant editorial to in­uential and engaged decision makers. We can help you everage our audience’s af‑nity for Cabling Installation & Maintenance to ensure your company captures a larger share of the multi-billion dollar structured cabling market.

Cabling Installation & Maintenance’s media portfolio includes:

·    Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine, the industry’s most respected technical publication, with monthly distribution to more than 25,200 qualified structured cabling decision makers.

·    Cabling News, Contractor Report and Data Center email newsletters, delivering weekly news and product updates, and monthly technology reviews and trends to more than 34,000 subscribers.

·    CablingInstall.com, bringing Cabling Installation & Maintenance’s technical depth and trusted insights to structured cabling professionals worldwide 24/7/365 through technology articles, news and product information, industry analysis, video demonstrations and interviews, webcasts, white papers and blogs. Our content is organized into eight core topic areas—Data Centers, Standards and Protocols, Network Cable, Connectivity, Physical Security, Wireless, and Design, Installation and Testing.

Reprinted with permission from Cabling Installation & Maintenance Magazine www.cablinginstall.com A PennWell publication

 

Enhancing passive optical networks with structured cabling -- ARTICLE FROM CI&M MAGAZINE

Customers can obtain the benefits of PON and maintain the benefits of structured cabling in a non-proprietary approach.

By Kevin J. Stronkowsky, Siemon

Passive optical networks (PONs) have emerged as an alternative to structured cabling-based switched networks with application-independent telecommunications outlets in the work area. Capable of distributing voice, video and data to the desktop over one singlemode fiber, PONs offer the benefit of transmission distances that are well in excess of 100 meters (328 feet), as well as easy deployment and reduced pathway and conduit-space requirements due to the smaller size of a singlemode cable.

 

PONs make good sense in some environments, especially where maintaining the required 100-meter distance of a switched network architecture supported by balanced twisted-pair copper cabling is not feasible. However, these systems most commonly use direct equipment connections or "point-to-point" cabling that is not standards-compliant and does not support the benefits of structured cabling specified for commercial buildings in ANSI/TIA-568-C.1 and ISO/IEC 11801 Edition 2.2 When PONs are deployed using standards-compliant structured cabling systems, flexibility to support future moves, adds, and changes (MACs) is significantly improved and administration is enhanced.

 

PON refresher

 

Based upon GPON (ITU G.984.2) or EPON (IEEE 802.3ah) protocols used in outside-plant technology that support fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) or fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network architectures, a PON is an in-building optical fiber network that enables the distribution of voice, video and data over one singlemode fiber. The main components of a PON are:

 

Optical line terminal (OLT) located in the equipment room or data center;


Passive optical splitters located in the telecommunications closet on each floor;


Optical networking terminals (ONTs) located in end-user work areas.

 

In a typical PON, one singlemode fiber runs from the OLT to the splitter and from there to each ONT, which converts the optical signal into multiple balanced signals for transmission over copper twisted-pair cabling and vice versa. At the work area, copper cabling extends from the ONT to work area equipment (e.g. computers, phones, printers). Typically one ONT is used per work area and supports up to four services. While a PON is often referred to as a passive technology due to the passive optical splitters that are integral to the system, it is important to note that the ONT is an active device that requires local power at the work area to maintain services.

 

The singlemode optical fiber that connects to each ONT originates from the OLT. The fiber from the OLT is split into multiple fibers at the optical fiber distribution hubs containing passive optical splitters. From there, the fibers connect to ONTs. A PON configuration is shown in the first figure.

 

Why structured cabling?

 

When the first data networks were built, end-user terminals were connected via "point-to-point" connections with coaxial or traditional bus cabling. As computing needs increased and new equipment and connections were needed, point-to-point cabling added complexity and cost. In response, industry standards organizations developed and now recommend a hierarchical structured cabling infrastructure for connecting multiple network devices and supporting multiple applications, as shown in the above figure. This industry standards-based structured cabling approach enables interoperability between equipment and cabling vendors.

 

Now considered the cornerstone of in-building LANs, an organized, consistent and interoperable structured cabling platform is one that can be cost-effectively managed to ensure reliable, long-term performance. TIA and ISO/IEC standards recommend structured cabling because it offers the following benefits.

  • Ease of upgrades to new technologies
  • The ability to replace equipment with minimal service disruption
  • Support for easier MACs
  • The ability to change equipment vendors
  • Enhanced administration and labeling capability
  • Support of backup and redundant connections

Compliance with both ANSI/TIA-568-C.1 and ISO/IEC 11801 Edition 2.2 requires a minimum of two permanent links for each work area. Using a structured cabling approach, the permanent horizontal links from the work areas connect to corresponding copper patch panels at horizontal crossconnects located in the telecommunications room, as shown in the figure on the opposite page. Using patch cords, these patch panels connect to other patch panels that correspond to the ports of the active equipment (e.g. router, switch). This creates a highly flexible "any-to-all" configuration in which any equipment port can be connected to any work-area outlet. MACs are easy and require simple patch-cord changes between patch panels. The permanent cable connections between the patch panels and their corresponding work area outlets remain fixed.

 

As long as standards-based high-performance structured optical fiber and copper cabling capable of supporting two or three generations of active electronics is used, the permanent horizontal and backbone cables deployed in a structured cabling application infrastructure only need to be installed once. Upgrading the network to support new applications and higher transmission speeds only requires upgrading the active equipment.

 

In contrast, a traditional PON deployment directly interconnects the OLT, splitters, and ONT via one-strand singlemode optical fiber connections, as shown to the right. This has implications that include the following.

  • Lack of compliance with TIA and ISO standards, which require two permanent links per work area
  • Inability to easily accommodate MACs
  • Difficult upgrades of ONTs at the work area to support emerging applications such as Power over Ethernet Plus and 10GBase-T
  • Inability to upgrade to Ethernet networking, which requires two fibers for duplex transmission
  • Being locked into a single vendor for PON equipment (i.e. ONTs and OLTs)
  • No backup capabilities and lack of redundant connections between splitters and OLTs
  • Difficulty administering and labeling connection points

A structured approach

 

While traditional "point-to-point" PON deployments do not conform to TIA and ISO/IEC structured cabling requirements, the good news is that customers have the option to specify a standards-based approach to PON deployment that will greatly enhance the flexibility of PON systems with the existing advantages of structured cabling.

 

As shown on the previous page, the first step to supporting PON with a structured cabling approach involves replacing the direct one-fiber singlemode connection between the OLT and the splitter with a main crossconnect that supports a duplex singlemode fiber backbone connection to each outlet. A single fiber equipment-cord can still be used for making the connection from the crossconnect to the PON equipment.

 

The direct singlemode connection between the splitter and the ONT is also replaced by a duplex singlemode connection using interconnect patch panels in the telecommunications room and a duplex fiber telecommunications outlet into which the ONT is plugged. Again, a single fiber equipment-cord can be used for making the connection between the ONT and the outlet, and between the splitter and the interconnect panel.

 

Adding a duplex singlemode fiber connection between the OLT and the splitter, and between the splitter and the ONT, provides additional support for migration to future Ethernet networking technologies, which require a duplex fiber connection for transmission. Installed once, these permanent duplex singlemode connections will provide unlimited support and interoperability for future standards-based technology and bandwidth. The additional fiber can also be used to provide redundancy for the system, significantly improving overall reliability.

 

Implementing a main crossconnect between the OLT and splitter, as well as between the interconnect panels between the splitter and ONT, also facilitates MACs. OLT fiber ports can be easily located to any splitter, and splitter ports can be easily allocated to any ONT--all with a simple patch-cord change. Connecting the ONT to a work-area outlet also allows for ONTs to be easily moved to a different work area, and it allows for faster ONT upgrades.

A shown above, the next step to ensuring a standards-compliant PON system deployment is to provide a second permanent link at the work area using a structured cabling scenario. Most commonly, this is a Category 6A or higher-rated balanced twisted-pair connection. The final figure depicts an ideal PON-ready backbone and horizontal cabling topology for buildings having a main crossconnect and a horizontal crossconnect only. This recommended minimum topology can also be applied to larger build-outs that support Cabling Subsystem 2 and 3 runs and an intermediate crossconnect, or configurations in which the PON splitter is housed in a zone enclosure. Subsystem 2 can be either four-pair balanced twisted-pair or multimode optical fiber cabling depending on length and other needs.

 

The use of Category 6A for the second outlet connection ensures compliance with the latest TIA and ISO/IEC standards that require a minimum of two outlets per work area. Category 6A also happens to be the horizontal cabling media recommended by TIA-1179 for new healthcare facilities, and by TIA-4966 for new educational facilities, as well as being recommended for use in new installations in the TIA-568-D series of cabling standards that are in development.

 

The addition of a Category 6A outlet also supports adoption of remote powering technologies and high-speed data transmission. To date, PON ONTs only optionally support Power over Ethernet (PoE) Type 1 (i.e. maximum output of 15.4W from the power source) power injection. There are also currently no PON solutions on the market with the capability to support speeds of 10 Gigabits per second. In contrast, Category 6A is 10GBase-T-ready and supports all remote powering applications, including Type 1 up to four-pair enabled 100W remote powering applications such as Power over HDBase-T, and pending IEEE 802.3bt Type 4 PoE. Category 6A port availability can defer or prevent the need to replace PON equipment at various work areas that may require these services in the future.

For deployments that exceed the maximum 100-meter distance limitation for Category 6A, a duplex Om3 or Om4 multimode fiber connection is recommended for the second work-area connection to support Ethernet transmission speeds of 10 Gbits/sec. However, an optical-fiber-cabling-only design to the work area will limit remote power delivery to just those applications supported by the ONT.

 

By supporting PON systems with structured cabling that includes duplex optical fiber links between PON equipment and a second Category 6A outlet at the work area, customers can obtain all the touted advantages of PON while maintaining all the benefits of structured cabling. They can also support the latest applications enabled by Category 6A and ensure compliance with industry standards. This approach supports PON equipment in a non-proprietary manner just as structured cabling supports any pluggable Ethernet switch or device regardless of manufacturer.

 

Kevin J. Stronkowsky is global product manager for fiber-optic systems at Siemon (www.siemon.com).

Cabling Installation & Maintenance’s magazine, website and email newsletters are the sources that network and data center cabling decision makers rely on most for technical and business content. Cabling Installation & Maintenance keeps them informed about future trends and current best practices, so they can effectively manage their existing infrastructures and make the most informed choices for future investments. Our trusted content attracts a high-level audience of end users, integrators, designers, engineers and installers of premises and campus communications systems. They turn to us for the independent insights that help inform their decisions every day.

As the leading integrated media brand focused on structured cabling for data centers and networks, Cabling Installation & Maintenance is the best vehicle for delivering your message in context with relevant editorial to in­uential and engaged decision makers. We can help you everage our audience’s af‑nity for Cabling Installation & Maintenance to ensure your company captures a larger share of the multi-billion dollar structured cabling market.

Cabling Installation & Maintenance’s media portfolio includes:

·    Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine, the industry’s most respected technical publication, with monthly distribution to more than 25,200 qualified structured cabling decision makers.

·    Cabling News, Contractor Report and Data Center email newsletters, delivering weekly news and product updates, and monthly technology reviews and trends to more than 34,000 subscribers.

·    CablingInstall.com, bringing Cabling Installation & Maintenance’s technical depth and trusted insights to structured cabling professionals worldwide 24/7/365 through technology articles, news and product information, industry analysis, video demonstrations and interviews, webcasts, white papers and blogs. Our content is organized into eight core topic areas—Data Centers, Standards and Protocols, Network Cable, Connectivity, Physical Security, Wireless, and Design, Installation and Testing.

Reprinted with permission from Cabling Installation & Maintenance Magazine www.cablinginstall.com A PennWell publication

 

Category 8's 30-meter reach is not a stretch –ARTICLE FROM CI&M MAGAZINE

The hand-in-glove relationship between Category 8 and 40GBase-T will have multiple applications in the data center.

By Patrick McLaughlin 
Chief Editor

The specifications under development by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA;www.tiaonline.org) for Category 8 cabling systems-ANSI/TIA-568-C.2-1-are breaking the proverbial mold for TIA twisted-pair cabling specs in that the channel distance specified within the standard will be 30 meters, not the 100-meter distance specified in its predecessor standards and to which the industry has become accustomed. The reasoning behind a 30-meter channel is fairly straightforward, and the implications of that distance hold promise for the timeframe in which Category 8 cabling may be deployed and put to use in networks.

Category 8 cabling will be a hand-in-glove fit (that's this author's characterization only) with the also-in-development 40GBase-T Ethernet specification of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE; www.ieee.org). As such, Category 8 will be installed in data centers for server-to-switch connections, including top-of-rack (ToR) and end-of-row (EoR) architectures for which 30 meters is sufficient distance.

In a Panduit Connections blog post titled "Reaching for 40GBase-T," Panduit's solutions marketing manager for high-speed data transport solutions Tom Kovanic addressed the 30-meter issue. He explained, in part, "When developing a new networking standard, several attributes need to be balanced to optimize its implementation. To optimize the implementation of 40GBase-T, the IEEE P802.3bq appears to have settled on a reach of 30 meters. This is a tradeoff between power dissipation of the silicon physical layer (PHY) integrated circuit driving the cable, the complexity of the PHY which would impact cost, the implementation of the channel, and the reach of the link." The full post, which can be found at panduitblog.com, asks whether or not 30 meters is long enough-then provides detailed reasons why the answer is yes.

At a meeting of the IEEE P802.3bq 40GBase-T Task Force in July 2014, Anixter's vice president of technology, Andy Jimenez, presented on the advantages and use cases of 40GBase-T. A portion of that presentation addressed the goals of the Category 8 standard, which include the support of EoR and ToR deployments in the data center. One slide in particular within that presentation (which is available for viewing and download through the IEEE website) states, "40GBase-T will work anywhere in a data center where 30-meter connections will reach. This includes: anywhere in the classic three-level hierarchy [access switch/aggregation switch/core switch]; for the fat-tree/leaf-and-spine/interconnected fat-tree fabric architecture; for full-mesh, interconnected meshes, and centralized switch; for virtual switch." Diagrams within that presentation indicate that 40GBase-T over Category 8 cabling can serve in each of those setups/fabrics as connection points between the servers and the first-level switches. The illustration in this article is taken from that presentation.

Jimenez's presentation indicates that CommScope's Masood Shariff and Panduit's Frank Straka also were contributors to it. Jimenez and Straka have co-chaired the effort within TIA's TR-42.7 Subcommittee to produce the near-complete TIA document Telecommunications Systems Bulletin TSB-5019 High Performance Structured Cabling (HPSC) Applications. The document will provide usage details for deploying Category 8 structured cabling in data centers-likely including the connections just described.

The reach of 40GBase-T to 30 meters might be regarded as the manifestation of lessons learned from the IEEE's development of 10GBase-T. David Chalupsky, who chairs the Ethernet Alliance Base-T Subcommittee and the IEEE P802.3bq 40GBase-T Task Force, has pointed out, "With server-to-switch connections as the target use for 40GBase-T, 30-meter reach was seen as sufficient for installations using middle-of-row or end-of-row placement for switching equipment."

Additionally, in 2013 Anixter produced a one-page technology brief that explained how the lessons learned from the development of 10GBase-T were likely to be applied to 40G. It says that both 40GBase-T and Category 8 "build on the lessons learned from the existing IEEE 802.1an 10GBase-T standard: reasonable power consumption and physical form factor. Both were mitigating factors in the broad approval of 10GBase-T technology in the market because increased heat dissipation on the higher powered chipsets and reduced port count on the networking switches made 10GBase-T less attractive than alternatives such as SFP+ and optical interfaces from a price-versus-performance point of view.

"In order to address these issues, the IEEE, TIA and ISO committees have gained consensus to reduce the maximum supported cabling channel length to 30 meters to make sure that the power footprint for 40GBase-T chipsets are minimized," Anixter's document continues. "Surveys by both the TIA and IEEE organizations have shown that 30 meters will support the majority of data center architectures when using twisted-pair cabling."

As David Chalupsky pointed out in last month's issue, in an article titled "IEEE to study new Base-T data rates for data centers and enterprise applications," there's also a likelihood that 25GBase-T specifications will ride along with the 40GBase-T standard, using Category 8 as a supporting infrastructure. Chalupsky stated, "Although first defined for 40GBase-T, Category 8 is also anticipated to be the target channel for 25GBase-T, which raises some interesting points. Analysis to date of 25GBase-T on Category 8 has shown that it is generally an easier problem to solve than running 10 Gbits/sec on 100 meters of Category 6A. This means that the cost per bit, and power per bit, of 25GBase-T products could decline quickly to rather economic levels."

From several angles, the hard lessons learned during the development and market entrance of 10GBase-T appear to hold promise for Category 8 and the applications it will support.

Patrick McLaughlin is chief editor of CI&M.

Cabling Installation & Maintenance’s magazine, website and email newsletters are the sources that network and data center cabling decision makers rely on most for technical and business content. Cabling Installation & Maintenance keeps them informed about future trends and current best practices, so they can effectively manage their existing infrastructures and make the most informed choices for future investments. Our trusted content attracts a high-level audience of end users, integrators, designers, engineers and installers of premises and campus communications systems. They turn to us for the independent insights that help inform their decisions every day.

As the leading integrated media brand focused on structured cabling for data centers and networks, Cabling Installation & Maintenance is the best vehicle for delivering your message in context with relevant editorial to in­uential and engaged decision makers. We can help you everage our audience’s af‑nity for Cabling Installation & Maintenance to ensure your company captures a larger share of the multi-billion dollar structured cabling market.

Cabling Installation & Maintenance’s media portfolio includes:

·    Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine, the industry’s most respected technical publication, with monthly distribution to more than 25,200 qualified structured cabling decision makers.

·    Cabling News, Contractor Report and Data Center email newsletters, delivering weekly news and product updates, and monthly technology reviews and trends to more than 34,000 subscribers.

·    CablingInstall.com, bringing Cabling Installation & Maintenance’s technical depth and trusted insights to structured cabling professionals worldwide 24/7/365 through technology articles, news and product information, industry analysis, video demonstrations and interviews, webcasts, white papers and blogs. Our content is organized into eight core topic areas—Data Centers, Standards and Protocols, Network Cable, Connectivity, Physical Security, Wireless, and Design, Installation and Testing.

Reprinted with permission from Cabling Installation & Maintenance Magazine www.cablinginstall.com A PennWell publication

 

CommScope Announces Pricing of Secondary Offering of Common Stock by Affiliate of The Carlyle Group

CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: COMM) announced the pricing of the previously announced sale of 20 million shares of its common stock by an affiliate of The Carlyle Group. In addition, the underwriter has an option to purchase up to 3 million additional shares from Carlyle. CommScope will not receive any of the proceeds from the offering of shares by Carlyle. Closing of the offering is expected to occur on or about March 9, 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.


 

Cabling Icon Wins BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge, Named Installer of the Year

DULLES, VA, MARCH 10, 2015—The 2015 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition was the venue in which the Season 2 Cabling Icon, Alberto Luna, was named BICSI Installer of the Year. Luna competed against other BICSI credentialed installers and technicians from around the world in the BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge for a cash prize of $5,000 and a mammoth trophy designating Luna the grand champion and Installer of the year.

“Alberto has participated in the BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge several times before and, thanks to his perseverance, he was finally crowned BICSI Installer of the Year,” said Dennis Mazaris, President of Concert Technologies and creator of Cabling Icon. “Alberto is a fine example of what Cabling Icon and BICSI Installer of the Year is all about—determination and fortitude.”

Luna won $5,500 cash, plus a week’s salary and all expenses paid trip to Disney World in Cabling Icon’s season two contest and $5,000 cash at BICSI’s Cabling Skills Challenge.

“The Cabling Icon and Cabling Skills Challenge has provided me even more confidence to pursue my goals in the ICT industry and my next one is being an Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD),” said Alberto Luna, Cabling Icon, BICSI Technician, BICSI Installer of the Year and Project Manager with Total Network Consulting.

Concert Technologies, the producer of Cabling Icon, and BICSI have entered into a marketing agreement by which BICSI provides an educational scholarship to the Cabling Icon competing in the Cabling Skills Challenge, which opens doors to that individual’s career path beyond the cash prizes offered.

About Cabling Icon
Cabling Icon was developed by the Concert Technologies team and is the first contest of its kind in the low voltage industry, focuses on education, expanding career opportunities, industry awareness, camaraderie and recognizing the skills, knowledge and hard work of the installers/technicians. Participants showcasing their skill, techniques and professionalism through contest rounds with a panel of judges rating their entries and selecting who will be the Cabling Icon. www.cablingicon.com

About BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge
The annual BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge allows BICSI credentialed installers and technicians the ability to showcase their skills and talents and was developed by the vision and volunteerism of Chair/Head Judge, David  M. Richards of ICTTG. For information on BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge, visit https://www.bicsi.org/skillschallenge/

 

CONCERT TECHNOLOGIES -- NEW! Infrastructure Cabling Course for Networks

DULLES, VA, FEBRUARY 22, 2015—The 2015 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition, held February 22-26 in Orlando, FL, marks the release of the Information Communications Technology (ICT) industry’s first Low Voltage Cabling Pulling Coursedeveloped specifically to educate installers and technicians through a four-part series of videos, workbooks and exams.

This low voltage cable pulling course is uniquely designed to offer:

  • Instructor package: A four-part course conveniently designed for instructors to guide students through the workbooks, videos and exams with a recommended material kit to supplement the course instruction.
  • BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs): Graduates of the course will receive 5 CECs towards their BICSI credentials.
  • ICT Technicians and Installers: Individuals looking for a lower-cost professional education opportunity for their career or to expand into becoming a trainer to offer BICSI CECs
  • ICT Companies: Provides efficient training for new installers, setting a good foundation for the cabling team to work together when pulling low voltage cables in commercial and government buildings.

“Until now there has been limited training options for instructing or learning how to pull low voltage cables without having a large training facility or going into the field. This course allows the material to be presented in any space regardless of size with the combination of videos and workbooks,” said Dennis Mazaris, RCDD, President of Concert Technologies and developer of the Low Voltage Cable Pulling Course.

“Being in the ICT industry for over 20 years I have not seen any course for pulling low voltage cabling that compares. The format of the course with the workbooks and videos gives you complete visual of fundamentals and techniques used by professional ICT installers,” said Alberto Luna, BICSI Tech, Cabling Icon, and PM at Total Network Consulting.    

For more information on the Low Voltage Cabling Pulling Course, visit www.cablepullingcourse.com.

About Concert Technologies
Concert Technologies, founded in 1995, is a privately-held technology rollout company based in Dulles, VA. It is the leader in the accelerated delivery of nationwide and global technology rollouts for federal government, commercial and international organizations. Utilizing Concert’s unique system of methodologies, it quickly implements, installs and manages multi-site, multi-service, technology infrastructure projects utilizing local authorized partners. Visit Concert Technologies online:www.concerttech.com

 

Connected World Magazine Recognizes Annual Connected World Award and ConnectED Award Winners at Gala

Carol Stream, Ill. – Feb. 24, 2015 – Peter Drucker once said “innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship.” On Monday evening, Connected World magazine honored those making that sentiment a reality at the 2015 Connected World Awards Gala.

Connected World magazine presented both the Connected World Awards and the ConnectED Awards during a formal gala. Held annually as a part of the Connected WorldConference, the 2015 event took place at the Birmingham Marriott in Alabama.

The Connected World Awards honor companies that have successfully leveraged IoT/M2M and connected devices to solve a critical pain point within their businesses while demonstrating quantifiable results. Working with solution providers to help make their technology adoption a success, entries can include a security application that makes devices secure, a mobile application, or a new product introduction as it relates to connected devices and IoT/M2M.

The ConnectED Awards recognize individuals who have applied innovation and vision to successfully bring their ideas to the IoT/M2M and connected-device marketplace.

The recipients of the 2015 awards represent examples of what can be done today in the IoT (Internet of Things). Winning companies came from an array of vertical markets and applications including the connected car, connected home, fleet management, and vending.

“Smart energy. Mobile testing.  Fleet tracking. Risk management. These are just a few of the ways the companies are capitalizing on connected technology to improve business processes,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Connected World magazine. “The 2015Connected World Awards winners are leveraging the Internet of Things to transform the technology landscape.”

The 2015 Connected World Awards winners are:

Industrial Hardware
Gold: Airo Wireless
Gemalto NV

PERS
Silver: Apartment Guardian
RacoWireless

Innovation Studio
Gold: AT&T

Lighting/Manufacturing
Gold: Atlantic States
Synapse Wireless Inc.

Silver: Clow Water Systems
Synapse Wireless Inc.

Mobile Testing
Gold: Berkeley Varitronics Systems, Inc.
Telit Wireless Solutions

Remote Equipment Management
Gold: BUNN
Mesh Systems LLC

Fleet Management
Silver: City of Dayton, Ohio
CalAmp

Silver: Red Hawk Fire & Security
Geotab Inc.

Telematics
Gold: Omadi
RacoWireless

Connected Home
Gold: ISI Technology

Power Generation
Gold: SOLARKIOSK AG
Gemalto NV

Risk Management
Gold: Pinkerton
RacoWireless

The 2015 Connected World magazine ConnectED Awards winners are:

Tom Gilley, WoT.io, Inc.

Paresh Patel, PayRange Inc.

Barclay Knapp,  M2M Spectrum Networks, LLC
Connector: Carole Downs, M2M Spectrum Networks, LLC

“It takes a very special person to be an innovator and that is why I am always so impressed when we honor the ConnectED winners. The 2015 ConnectED winners are the true definition of what an entrepreneur is all about,” says Smedley.

To learn more about the winners of the 2015 Connected World Awards and ConnectED Awards, please visit connectedworld.com/conference. If you are interested in learning how to participate in 2016, please contact Laura Black at lblack@specialtypub.com or by phone at +1 630.933.0844 ext. 252.

About Connected World Magazine
Connected World is the business and technology publication that provides the intelligence industry titans need and the guidance consumers crave. It’s all about M2M.connectedworld.com

 

 

World Leaders Gather at Data Center World Spring 2015 in Las Vegas - “Keeping Pace with an Accelerated Environment”

West Chester, OH – February 19, 2014 – Over 1000 of the world’s top experts on data center management will converge in Las Vegas at the Mirage hotel from April 19 to 23rd for the Data Center World Global Conference and Expo. Data Center professionals will meet to address future changes in Regulations and Codes, along with discussions on Data Center Strategies, Best Practices and Cloud. The conference includes more than 70 vendor neutral education sessions, premium pass sessions and the industry’s largest tradeshow with more than 250 product and service exhibitors.

“We are excited about the topics being covered in this conference that are timely and important to all types of data center professionals,” said Tom Roberts, president of AFCOM and Data Center World conference chair.  “We continue to address all aspects of the data center through specific tracks, vendor neutral education and end-user input.  This year’s conference is bigger than ever and will provide more networking opportunities than ever before.”

Attendees at DCW have access to business solutions, fresh ideas and resources on both the infrastructure and facilities side of the data center.  The Data Center World Global Conference delivers an unrivaled venue for keepingpace in an accelerated environment. It’s the only place you’ll have face-to-face access with to over 1000 peers and data center experts.  For more information or to register, go to http://www.datacenterworld.com/spring/

Premium Pass is Key to Professional Education

The Data Center World Premium Pass provides attendees with an exclusive extra day of professional education that explores key topics in-depth through collaborative workshops, classroom sessions and a special keynote address. Each Premium Pass track includes six hours of dedicated education through a range of sessions within the specific topic. Premium Pass topics include Data Center 101, Data Centers from Start to Finish…And Beyond, and Data Center Organizational Structure: Moving to Single Ownership.  Premium Pass attendees will hear James Cuff, Assistant Dean of Super Computing at Harvard University speak on how the data center provides the platform that enables industry, science and academia toleverage big data , advanced analytics and algorithms to improve our world. For more information or to register for this premium workshop go to,

http://www.datacenterworld.com/spring/premium-pass-tutorials-workshops/

Harvard professor James Cuff has been invited to speak as a keynote during this spring's Data Center World Conference. He was recently quoted saying, "data centers are the back bone of civilization. For Harvard, the scientific computing power over timewent from core counts in the “hundreds” to more than 60,000 CPUs today. Storage is about 15 petabytes currently." (Data Center Knowledge, January 22, 2014)

About Data Center World Conference
Data Center
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ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND AND CHEMICAL COMPANIES: Fool Me Twice? Strong Warning From Environmental Working Group

Environmental Defense Fund and Chemical Companies: Fool Me Twice? A Strong warning from the Environmental Working Group.

By Ken Cook, President

Thursday, March 19, 2015

It was abundantly clear at the recent Senate hearing that Democrats on the Environment and Public Works Committee have grave doubts about legislation the chemical industry has written to regulate itself (S.697).

Senators openly doubted the ability of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review the safety of toxic industrial chemicals in a timely, much less urgent, manner under the bill or to ensure that chemicals ultimately are safe under the untested and dubious safety standard concocted especially for S.697. Indeed, a feat of imagination is required to believe that the industry’s proposed system will crack down on thousands of chemicals already in commerce that have been shown to cause cancer or birth defects or to wreak neurological havoc, among other harms. 

At a House hearing last year, Jim Jones, the EPA’s top toxics regulator, estimated 1,000 chemicals are in need of urgent review.  At the March 18 hearing he told senators the list might even be longer. With the legislation’s languid stream of just 25 high priority chemicals targeted for review in the first seven years, and its numerous procedural eddies where reviews might slowly spin for years, it could easily take over a century before EPA completes its study of the 1,000 most worrisome chemicals the agency has initially identified. And of course, the bill sets no deadline for taking regulatory action to ban or phase out dangerous chemicals if the agency concludes that is the proper course of action.

Several Democrats on the Senate panel were quick to point out that the ongoing assault on the EPA in the Republican budget makes the $18 million chemical companies will pony up to share the cost of chemical assessments reviews look even more inadequate. Meanwhile, the sweeping preemption of state authority proposed by the bill will ensure that legislators and regulators will be hamstrung from protecting their citizens.

Our colleagues at the Environmental Defense Fund, alone in the environmental movement, think otherwise. They have joined forces with the chemical industry to strongly support the legislation.

It’s worth noting that the last time EDF joined forces with chemical companies, it was played for a fool—and played for well over a decade.

In 1998, EDF and the chemical industry joined forces to launch the HPV [High Production Volume] Challenge Program, a voluntary program for which the chemical industry would supposedly provide basic toxicity testing data on the most widely used chemicals in the nation.  A high production volume chemical is defined as one that is produced or imported in amounts greater than 1 million pounds per year.

This program was launched after a 1984 review by the National Academies of Sciences and the National Research Council  estimated that only 11 percent of high production volume chemicals had disclosed enough safety data to complete even a partial hazard assessment. Years later the EPA issued a detailed report confirming the lack of data and concluding that a striking 43 percent of “high production volume chemicals” had undergone zero testing data on basic toxicity. That’s right, 43 percent of the chemicals produced or imported in quantities greater than 1 million pounds a year were basically untested.

The HPV Challenge Program was a resounding failure. It turned out to be a win-win-win for chemical manufacturers: they managed to get away with minimal testing information, faced essentially no threat of chemical restriction and staved off reform of the broken Toxic Substances Control Act for nearly 20 years and counting.  Dow Chemical Co. has a webpage declaring the HPV program “a tremendous success,” and the American Chemistry Council also champions the HPV program and its accomplishments.

But the EDF wrote a report in 2007 entitled “High Hopes, Low Marks” acknowledging that the HPV program was “still well away from delivering on the promises it made.” The organization has not issued a follow-up report or statement since 2007, other than noting how EDF had “impelled the chemical industry” to participate in the program. The Governmental Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, documented huge problems in the program, including its voluntary nature and the lack of sufficient information to support decisions on risk assessments of chemicals.

Today the program is in shambles and no longer seems to be active, and the public is no better protected from chemicals of concern. The HPV program boils down to decades of voluntary information collection without any action. What could be better in the eyes of the chemical industry?

Fast forward to 2015 and we have just watched EDF – alongside the chemical industry – come out in strong support of what is being billed as a chemical safety bill that “creates strong protections against hidden health threats.” Yet in reality, this legislation, S.697, introduced by Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and David Vitter (R-La.), is actually worse than current law.  

This new industry-supported bill would fail to ensure that chemicals are safe, fail to set meaningful deadlines for safety reviews, fail to set deadlines for bans or restrictions when needed, fail to provide EPA with adequate resources and deny states the ability to protect public health and the environment.

While the industry bill would grant the EPA some new authorities and generate some new safety data, the overall package would not enable the agency to take the necessary actions required to protect public health effectively. This bill was written from the ground up NOT to protect public health but to protect chemical industry profit margins. The American public needs a chemical bill that shifts the burden onto industry for proving that chemicals are safe and that ensures EPA has the necessary authority to take action!  My child and your children deserve better—and we must demand it on their behalf. www.ewg.org

 

Executives from Ericsson and Juniper Networks Join TIA Board of Directors

Arlington, VA (February 19, 2015) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today announced Glenn Laxdal of Ericsson Inc. and Michael Marcellin of Juniper Networks have been added to its Board of Directors.

As vice president of technology and advanced solutions for Ericsson’s North American region, Glenn Laxdal is responsible for driving the company’s technology direction and innovation in emerging technologies. Laxdal has previously held executive roles with RIM, Airvana, and Nortel Networks.

Michael Marcellin is senior vice president of strategy and marketing at Juniper Networks and leads business strategy and marketing for Juniper’s high-performance routing, switching and security products. Prior to joining Juniper in 2010, Marcellin held executive roles with Verizon and MCI.

“Glenn and Mike are accomplished technology leaders who will bring important and unique perspectives to our Board,” said TIA CEO Scott Belcher. “At a time of unprecedented change in our industry, TIA is committed to having a deeply experienced board that broadly represents our membership. Glenn and Mike together bring decades of experience working for service providers, network equipment makers, handset manufacturers, and more.”

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About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking.

 

Fourteen Leading Tech & Telecom Companies and Organizations Join TIA

Arlington, VA (February 20, 2015) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today announced it has added 14 companies and organizations as new members. 

The companies joining TIA represent a diversity of businesses, locations and size. Among those joining TIA are a minority woman-owned business, engineering and construction firms, telecommunications tower builders, an international standards forum, and a leading publicly traded equipment manufacturer.

The new members announced today are: Asociar, LLC; Burns & McDonnell; Contra Costa Transportation Authority; Engineered Tower Solutions; iFast; Infinera; Network Technology Solutions; Power of Design Group; PTI Solutions; SCHNABEL DC Consultants India Private Limited; Shenandoah Tower Services, Ltd.; Sioux Falls Tower & Communications; Texas A&M Transportation Institute; and, Vertical Solutions.

“As these new members demonstrate, TIA represents businesses and organizations of all sizes and that operate across the full tech and telecom industry landscape,” said TIA CEO Scott Belcher. “From networking to public policy, TIA gives companies a strong voice in charting the future of the network. This role is increasingly relevant as the industry faces rapidly developing technologies, new regulatory environments, and shifting business models.”

TIA offers its members a broad suite of benefits, including industry intelligence, events, public policy advocacy, networking opportunities, participation in standards-setting, and more.  The organization is focused on delivering meaningful value for members and industry in a way that supports innovation, investment, economic growth and global competitiveness.

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About TIA

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

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org for details.

 

Fujikura Receives Customer Value Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan

Spartanburg, SC – March 16, 2015 – Fujikura Ltd., AFL’s parent company, announces it has received the Global Fusion Splicers Customer Value Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan, Inc. The award recognizes the high quality and reliability of Fujikura’s optical fiber fusion splicers as well as its price competitiveness and exceptional after-sales service provided by Fujikura’s worldwide distribution network.

Since 1978 when the first fusion splicer was introduced, Fujikura’s splicers have been a global benchmark in the industry. Fujikura has continuously developed new and improved features that enhance the performance including splice time, environmental resistance, smaller size and lighter weight.
 
Fujikura’s latest models include the Fujikura 70S and Fujikura 21S. The 70S fusion splicer is a fully ruggedized, core alignment fusion splicer that provides consistent low loss splice performance. The splicer’s exceptional features also include an automatic wind protector and heater cover function not found on other fusion splicer models. The Fujikura 21S is a mid-range active cladding alignment fusion splicer. Moveable v-grooves eliminate splicer errors caused by dust and other contaminants. Its rugged and compact size makes it highly reliable.
 
AFL is the exclusive distributor of Fujikura fusion splicers in North America. For more information on AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

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

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.
 
About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

 

General Cable Announces Electrical Distribution Channel Awards - During 2015 NEMRA Meeting

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY, March 18, 2015 – General Cable (NYSE: BGC) awarded their representatives of Carol® Brand/General Cable Branded and STABILOY®/NUAL® Brand products during the 2015 NEMRA Meeting, which was held in San Diego, California.

The following two companies were presented with the prestigious 2014 Representative of the Year award:

·         Casey Electric Sales, Carol Brand/General Cable Branded Products

·         Pacific Western Agencies, STABILOY/NUAL Brand Products

Each year, General Cable’s Electrical Distribution Inside Sales associates select the Representative Inside Sales Associate of the Year.  For 2014, the award was presented to two Representative Inside Sales associates for their overall knowledge of General Cable’s products, processes, computer systems, clients and markets, and his or her ability to deliver outstanding customer service.  We are pleased to announce that the following two Representative Inside Sales individuals exhibited the knowledge and skills to successfully grow sales and manage daily business flow. 

·         Mike Clementson, ElectroTech, Inc., Carol Brand/General Cable Branded Products

·         Terence Uhler, Pacific Western Agencies, STABILOY/NUAL Brand Products

In addition, General Cable also presented the Director’s Club Awards, which are presented to those who represent General Cable’s product offering and are selected based on obtainment of 2014 business plan objectives.  The 2014 awards went to:

Director’s Club Winners for Carol® Brand & General Cable Branded Products

Northeast Region

East Central Region

West Central Region

Southwest Region

·   C.C. Pierce

·   Casey Electric Sales

·   Case Electric Sales Company, Inc.

·   EMMCO & Associates

·   Vertex Innovative

·   Lester Sales

·   Rains Electrical Sales Solutions, Inc.

·   ET Cable Sales

·    

 

·   Byron Carson Company

 

Director’s Club Winners for STABILOY® & NUAL® Brand Products

East Central Region

West Central Region

North West Central Region

·   Casey Electric Sales

·   Casey Electric Sales

·   Pacific Western Agencies

·   Team Electrical Sales

·   RT Electrical Sales Co.

 

·   Hawkins Sales of OH

 

 

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of aluminum, copper and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, construction, industrial, specialty and communications markets.  With annual revenues of approximately $6 billion, General Cable is one of the largest wire and cable manufacturing companies in the world.  The company serves customers through a network of 38 manufacturing facilities in our core markets and has worldwide sales representation and distribution. Visit our Web site at www.GeneralCable.com .

 

Graybar Achieves Record Sales for Second Consecutive Year

ST. LOUIS, March 12, 2015 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, reported today that the company finished 2014 with record gross sales of $6.0 billion, a 5.7 percent increase compared to 2013. The company also earned record net income of $87.4 million, an increase of 7.9 percent compared to 2013.


“I am proud of our record results last year,” said Graybar’s Chairman, President and CEO Kathleen M. Mazzarella. “Thanks to the dedication of our employees, we achieved record sales in each quarter of 2014, outpacing our record sales performance in 2013 and accelerating our growth throughout the year. This speaks to our passion for serving our customers and working to their advantage.”


Mazzarella added, “We continue to expand our reach by adding new locations and sales personnel as well as enhancing our e-commerce capabilities. Our financial condition remains strong with a solid cash position and working capital that allows us to invest in growing our business for the future.”


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 more than 260 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 www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

 

Graybar District Vice President Named Top 40 Under 40

Danna Ellison Receives prestigious honor from St. Louis Business Journal


ST. LOUIS, Feb. 20, 2015 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, is proud to announce that St. Louis District Vice President Danna Ellison was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list. Ellison was honored during a dinner reception in St. Louis on February 19, 2015.


“We want to congratulate Danna on her 40 Under 40 win. This award takes into account her professional accomplishments as well as her commitment to serving her community,” said Graybar Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing Bill Mansfield. “We’re proud that the Business Journal chose Danna as one of their 40 Under 40 from more than 750 nominees.”


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 more than 250 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 www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

 

Graybar Returns to Historic Graybar Building in Manhattan

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 18, 2015 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, today announced that it has opened a new sales office in the historic Graybar Building in Manhattan, New York.


The Graybar Building, located at 420 Lexington Avenue next to Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan, served as Graybar’s company headquarters from 1926 until 1982. It was the world’s largest office building in terms of square feet of office space when it opened in 1927. Graybar left the building in 1982 when it moved its headquarters to St. Louis, but the building has retained the Graybar name ever since. Graybar’s corporate logo remains over the front door and two bronze plaques in the lobby tell the story of Graybar co-founders Elisha Gray and Enos Barton.


“We are excited to once again have a presence in the Graybar Building,” said Graybar President, Chairman and CEO Kathleen M. Mazzarella. “This new sales office will be a valuable addition to Graybar’s New York district and a great reminder of the company’s rich history.”


Graybar’s sales office in the Graybar Building will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The sales office can be reached at (646) 356-4000. A grand opening celebration is planned for spring.


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 more than 250 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 www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.


 

Infomart Data Centers Earns Multiple Industry Certifications, Continues to Seek Third-Party Evaluations

Credentials highlight Infomart’s commitment to physical and virtual security, as well as consistent operational excellence

San Jose, Calif. – March 19, 2015 – Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale data center provider, announced today that its wholesale data center facilities in San Jose, Calif., and Portland, Ore., have successfully completed several industry certifications, including SSAE 16 Type 2, SSAE 16 SOC 2 Type 2 and HIPAA/HITECH compliance.  The completion of these third-party audits reinforces Infomart’s commitment to high quality physical security, network security, system controls and consistent operational excellence.

“These certifications are among those that matter most to our customers. Our achievement of these certifications is a testament to our engineering team and leadership's commitment to exceeding industry standards,” said Don Jenkins, vice president of Operations for Infomart Data Centers.

The SSAE 16 examinations focus on an organization's controls over its system's security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality and privacy, as specified by the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. HIPAA/HITECH compliance concentrates on physical and virtual security as it relates to protecting sensitive medical data.

“Infomart’s primary mission is to provide our customers the best managed and operated data centers in the world,” Jenkins said. “We will continue seeking third-party evaluation of our operations, including the certification of our data centers to the ISO 27001 standards in 2015."

The Silicon Valley and Portland facilities now are certified with:

§         Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 16 Type 2

§         SSAE 16 Service Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type 2

§         Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)/Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Compliance

§         Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS)

§         Uptime Institute’s Management & Operations (M&O) Stamp of Approval

§         U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification

Infomart’s Silicon Valley facility is the first data center on the West Coast to earn the Uptime Institute’s M&O Stamp of Approval. It also is the first multi-tenant data center to be recognized with LEED Gold status. Both facilities guarantee 100-percent uptime.

Infomart Data Centers offers wholesale colocation facilities in four markets throughout the United States: San Jose; Hillsboro, Ore.; Dallas; and Ashburn, Va. For more information, please visit www.infomartdatacenters.com or connect with Infomart on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Infomart Data Centers

Founded in 2006, Infomart Data Centers (formerly Fortune Data Centers) is an award-winning, industry leader in building, owning and operating highly efficient, cost-effective wholesale data centers. Each of its national facilities meet or exceed the toughest industry standards for data centers in all operational categories of availability, security, connectivity and physical resilience. Recognized for its consistent excellence, Infomart Data Centers is committed to maintaining its reputation of reliability and responsible, best-in-class management and operations.

 

FCC makes first strikes against anti-muni broadband state laws

February 26, 2015

Author Stephen Hardy
Editorial Director and Associate Publisher - LIGHTWAVE

Prior to the approval vote on Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Thomas Wheeler's Net Neutrality proposals, FCC commissioners first voted 3-2 in favor of petitions from EPB in Chattanooga, TN, and the City of Wilson, NC, to strike down laws in their states that prevented them from extending their fiber to the home (FTTH) based broadband service offerings beyond city limits.

The vote, along party lines with the Democratic majority in favor, was not considered a surprise, given Chairman Wheeler's pro-competition, pro-muni stance (see "FCC Chairman Wheeler pledges support for municipal broadband network efforts"). The vote also aligns with statements President Barack Obama made on the subject (see "President Obama backs municipal broadband efforts").

The FCC stated that it has the right to preempt the state laws based on what it perceives as a conflict between those laws and Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which directs the Commission to remove barriers to broadband investment and competition. Whether those states will take the FCC to court to combat this assertion – or whether Congress will act along parallel lines – remains unclear. Also unclear is how quickly municipalities from the 17 other states that restrict muni broadband will file similar petitions with the Commission.

EPB was one of the early providers of 1-Gbps fiber-optic broadband in the United States (see "EPB Fiber Optics offers 1 Gigabit broadband in Chattanooga via GPON"). The City of Wilson has been offering services via its Greenlight FTTH network since at least 2008 and also offers 1-Gbps broadband.

Under the Tennessee law, electrical utility EPB could offer telecommunications services anywhere in the state, but could only provide Internet and cable services within the electrical system footprint. In North Carolina, the FCC cited what it called "numerous conditions that effectively precluded Wilson from expanding broadband into neighboring counties, even if requested."

Backers of the fiber-optic broadband service providers quickly hailed the vote.

"The FTTH Council applauds the FCC for taking this step to further enable deployment of fiber to the home. Communities are hungry for bandwidth — for their economies, healthcare, education and quality of life. Citizens should be able to use all available assets to encourage all entities — ILECs, CLECs, utilities and municipalities— to deploy leading edge, future proof networks," stated Heather Burnett-Gold, FTTH Council Americas president. "Bandwidth should not be a barrier to innovation, nor outdated regulation a barrier to investment."

"This is an important moment for communities in North Carolina, Tennessee, and other states that have barriers to local investments in advanced communications networks," commented Jim Baller of Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide, PC, who was the petitioners' lead counsel. "Not only has the Commission confirmed that it has authority to remove such barriers, but it has also made clear that local Internet choice is critically important to the vitality of our communities and to America's global competitiveness."

TIA CEO Scott Belcher added, "TIA applauds the FCC for giving municipalities the flexibility to pursue network solutions that allow affordable and high-quality broadband to be made available to all Americans. Municipalities should be able to assure local access to high-speed connectivity, especially in locations where private-sector alternatives are not available. High-speed Internet offers tremendous social and economic benefits, and today's action will help municipalities pursue needed broadband solutions and shrink the digital divide."

Meanwhile, Wilson city fathers say they don't have spools of fiber at the ready. "Wilson filed this petition not with immediate plans to expand into its rural neighboring communities, but to facilitate the future advancement of its critical gigabit fiber-optic infrastructure over the long term," read a statement from the city in response to the FCC vote. "Going forward, the City will continue to expand its gigabit network in the same measured and responsible manner it has utilized in the past, as opportunities and resources allow. The FCC's decision will also permit the City to share its experience, knowledge and expertise with other communities to help foster the growth of critical economic infrastructure for their businesses and residents."

For more information on FTTx equipment and suppliers, visit the Lightwave Buyer's Guide.

 Reprinted with permission from PennWell Publications

 

How to Get the Most out of Your Sales Team – article by John Chapin

Getting the most out of your sales team will most likely take some work and effort. That said, here’s a fairly straight-forward, step-by-step process that will maximize team sales and performance.

Five Steps to Maximum Sales Team Performance

Step 1: Remove the roadblocks.

Roadblocks include: paperwork, computer work, order entry, and all the other day-to-day items that don’t have your salespeople in front of a prospect or customer. These should all be delegated to highly capable, competent people. The only activities that pay your salespeople, and ultimately you, are: prospecting, presenting, and closing. In addition to those three activities, your salespeople should also be spending about 20% of their time building relationships and following up with current customers, especially the top 20% that give you 80% of your business. Other than those four activities, everything else is a roadblock that should be taken off their plates.

Step 2: Provide the right environment.

Once you’ve removed task and activity roadblocks, you need to provide a supportive environment which is conducive to doing business in. This is a professional environment of positive, proactive people which includes the tools and resources necessary to sell at the highest level possible. CRM tools, telephone systems, e-mail, technology, and all other support items should be in place and run smoothly and efficiently. The environment needs to be void of negativity, negative people, red tape, and any other obstacles that slow down or hinder business. You may also need to personally pave the road and help your people out. This may include playing coach, running interference, being an advocate, or otherwise providing assistance to get the job done.

Step 3: Develop sales skills.

Now that your people are spending the most time possible in front of prospects and customers, the next step is to ensure they are as effective as possible when they are having those conversations. Your salespeople should have well-thought-out, scripted answers to everything they need to say in a prospect or client interaction. Their presentation, all answers to objections, closes, and anything else they might possibly need to say, should be well crafted and tight. They also need to have these committed to memory to the point where if someone were to wake them at 3 a.m., they’d be able to respond immediately. In order for this to happen, they each need their own personal “play book” of scripts that they refer to and practice on a daily basis. You should also be role playing and practicing during sales meetings. Even when you walk by them in the office, ask them questions, give them objections, and test their preparedness.

All of your salespeople need to be constantly improving and getting better at prospecting, presenting, overcoming objections, closing, follow up, and all other aspects of selling. Encourage them to read, listen to programs, watch videos, and study everything they can get their hands on that relates to selling. Make book suggestions, give them articles, and do whatever you can to help their learning. Remind them that there’s always more to learn.

Step 4: Help them find their motivation.

One of your jobs as the leader of a sales organization is to know how to motivate your team. While external positive (money and prizes), and external negative (“do business or else”) methods can work temporarily, ideally you want to help them find their internal, lasting motivation. Help them find this by focusing on the big picture. Why are they working there and what is the end game? What is their ultimate vision for themselves, their family, friends, and their life in general? What do they want and, more importantly, WHY do they want it? It’s simple, if they know where they are headed in life for themselves and friends and family, and they have powerful reasons WHY they must get there, they’ll get there, but it’s going to come down to having a powerful WHY.

Once you know their vision and why they must achieve it, it’s your job to show them how their daily activities are getting them closer to the “vision” and how a lack of activity takes them in the other direction. Let them know you care about them, support them, and you want them to be successful. Finally, continue to tie daily activity to what they want most and remind them that they can have anything they want if they’re willing to work for it.

Step 5: Set standards and hold them accountable.

This step is the one that is most often ignored by leaders of sales teams. It is imperative that you set standards for sales activity and hold everyone accountable. With newer salespeople you need to watch activity more closely until they are on track with good, sound habits. With your top performers and veterans, you can and should be more hands off. Each salesperson needs to have reasonable but challenging goals. They should be pushed out of their comfort zone but they have to believe they can do what you’re asking of them.

Again, you must hold each salesperson accountable. No one gets a buy here. If a salesperson is not hitting their numbers, you need to find out why. Is it a skillset or attitude issue? If it’s a skillset issue, do what you need to do to help them to develop the skills they need. If they can’t or won’t develop the necessary skills, you’re eventually going to need to let them go. If, on the other hand, they have the skills but are simply not doing the necessary activities, while you can start with the “nice” velvet-glove approach, you more than likely will need to use the iron fist and introduce the “fear” of losing their job if they don’t do what needs to be done. If at this point they continue to miss their numbers and skirt the necessary work, put your foot down and move them out the door. Keeping underperformers around will kill morale, cause major headaches, and at the end of the day, you’re not doing yourself or them any favors. You’re running a business, not a charity or psych ward.

John Chapin is a sales and motivational speaker and trainer. For his free newsletter, or if you would like him to speak at your next event, go to: www.completeselling.com John has over 27 years of sales experience as a number one sales rep and is the author of the 2010 sales book of the year: Sales Encyclopedia. For permission to reprint, e-mail: johnchapin@completeselling.com.

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Converged Communications Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Jacksonville, FL - 02/02/2015 -- Thirty years ago John Humphrey recognized a need in the communications industry and took the lead in the Jacksonville area emerging-technologies businesses. He went on to build a team of dedicated specialists with a focus on quality service and customer support. His company, Converged Communications, remains the industry leader in network technology.

"Technology continues to evolve and our commitment is to utilize technology to provide our client's a competitive advantage," said John Humphrey, Founder and CEO of Converged Communications.

In the years since Converged Communications was founded, great strides have been made in network technology. From the first PC's, connected via Local Area Networks (LANs), to wireless connections, to Wide Area Networks (WANs), Converged Communications has always been immersed in the latest technologies.

With the arrival of WANs came an immense amount of data exchange, which created a need for special business services. Converged Communications supports companies who want to focus on what they do best with their managed IT services their specialists the lead on WAN maintenance.

Twenty years ago, the introduction of the World Wide Web brought new technologies to businesses and the public. These technologies grew and developed into services like Voice Over IP and Offsite Data Storage, which Converged Communications provides along with its IT Support Systems.

"Our goal to put customers first has driven us to offer the latest in technology to our business clients," said Humphrey. "We provide quality, along with cost-effective solutions, to help our customers succeed."

Visit http://www.convergedcommunications.com for more information about our services and a free technology consultation to help you get started.

About Converged Communications
Converged Communications was created in 1985 when John Humphrey recognized a glaring deficiency in the industry. Business customers required leading-edge technology, quality service, and customer support. Since 1985, we have built a team of highly professional engineers and technicians who support our customer base. This team of dedicated specialists has earned respect in the marketplace as a truly innovative leader in technological business solutions.

At Converged Communications, we are serious about our responsibility as your technology partner and understand that we play a major role in your success.

6316 Greenland Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32258
Tel: (904) 886-0080 • Fax: (904) 886-4671
FL License # ES0000189 GA License # LVT305467

www.convergedcommunications.com

 

Leviton Contributes to NAED Education & Research Foundation

Support helps foundation develop vital programs

ST. LOUIS … The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) today recognized the generous support of Leviton for their contribution to the NAED Education & Research Foundation.

All funds go toward providing industry-leading education and research programs for the $70-billion electrical distribution channel.

“Industry support is the lifeblood of the NAED Foundation,” said Michelle McNamara, NAED senior vice president and executive director of the NAED Education & Research Foundation. “The contribution from Leviton will help us provide the tools, training and knowledge vital for the success of our members. We are honored and thankful for their support.”

For 45 years, the NAED Foundation has provided members with the latest industry information, valuable education tools and industry research initiatives. Past tax-deductible donations have led to courses such as Bottom Line Basics and Branch Management University, among other initiatives.

For more information about contributing to the NAED Foundation, contact Erika TenEyck at eteneyck@naed.org.

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

 

Leviton Announces Enterprise-Grade Plug-and-Play IT/AV Systems

Solutions come certified to HDBaseT Alliance standards and require no programming

Bothell, Washington, February 24, 2015 Leviton today unveiled industry-first IT/AV systems that combine category-rated structured cabling with audiovisual signal extenders over HDBaseT™ certified links, creating plug-and-play solutions with no programming required. The enterprise-grade systems allow contractors to extend AV signals over twisted-pair cabling with the same tools used for installing datacom infrastructure. They can then test and certify the installation to Ethernet standards to ensure high-signal performance after they leave the jobsite.

“Leviton IT/AV Systems can be installed, tested and verified as a category-rated link and certified to HDBaseT Alliance standards. This standards-driven approach gives people the confidence of a time-tested third-party validation process for infrastructure verification,” said Bill Lauby, Senior Product Manager at Leviton Network Solutions. “This level of quality allows us to offer a limited lifetime warranty on the cabling infrastructure when an IT/AV system is installed by a Leviton certified contractor, providing additional peace of mind.”

Leviton IT/AV Systems include:

·         HDBaseT-certified HDMI® signal extenders, and VGA and USB signal extenders These end-to-end extenders support interactive white boards, large-screen displays and projectors without the need for any programming, making them easy to set up.

·         HDMI Cables Commercial-grade Leviton HDMI cables are CL2-rated for in-wall use and feature an optional Cable Lock Kit to secure the HDMI connectors, creating reliable long-term connections in permanent installations.

·         Cat 6A twisted-pair cabling infrastructure — Using Leviton tool-free Atlas-X1™ QuickPort® Connectors, Atlas-X1 SlimLine Boot Patch Cords and Berk-Tek small-diameter LANmark™-XTP Cable, contractors can ensure high performance and protection from
alien crosstalk.

— more —

·         Multimedia Outlet System (MOS) — This popular front-loading system creates a consistent look and feel for all AV and network connections at the wallplate. It includes new XLR and speakON® modules, a pass-through module for transitioning cable through walls, and Stainless Steel Wallplates that are ideal for schools and public venues.

“The increasing convergence of data networks and AV in enterprise, education, government and healthcare projects has positioned low-voltage BICSI RCDD contractors as the next generation of AV installers,” said Lauby. “We are providing the products, systems and tools to help them increase project revenue and be the IT and AV experts for their customers.”

For more information, visit Leviton.com/ITAV.

About Leviton Network Solutions

Leviton Network Solutions delivers complete network infrastructure systems for enterprise, data center, government, education, health care and residential markets around the globe. Solutions include copper and fiber optic connectivity, power distribution units, and much more. All Leviton products are engineered to exacting standards, offer industry-leading performance and are backed by the industry’s best service and support. Builders, contractors and other industry professionals consistently rank Leviton products as the most preferred brand in the industry.  Make the smart choice for a better network. Learn more at leviton.com/ns or twitter.com/LevitonNS.

About Leviton

Leviton is the smart choice, providing the most comprehensive range of solutions to meet the needs of today’s residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Leveraging more than a century of experience, Leviton helps customers create sustainable, intelligent environments through its electrical wiring devices, network and data center connectivity solutions, and lighting energy management systems. From switches and receptacles, to daylight harvesting controls, networking systems, and equipment for charging electric vehicles, Leviton solutions help customers achieve savings in energy, time and cost, all while enhancing safety. For more information, visit www.leviton.com, http://www.facebook.com/leviton, http://twitter.com/leviton or http://www.youtube.com/Levitonmfg.

speakON® is a registered trademark of Neutrik AG.

 

New Leviton Atlas-X1TM Connectors Exceed All Performance Standards

Atlas-X1 System from Leviton Seamlessly Supports Migration Paths up to 40G

Bothell, Washington, February 23, 2015 – Leviton today announced the release of the Atlas-X1 UTP and shielded connectors. The Atlas-X1 is the industry’s first connector to support shielded applications from Category 8 to 5e and UTP applications from Category 6A to 5e, all from one unified form factor. Ideal for deployment in mission-critical networks, Atlas-X1 delivers the highest level of verified performance and reliability, offers tool-free termination for simplified installations and is easily scalable for network migration up to 40GBASE-T.

“The Atlas-X1 is designed and manufactured in the United States to ensure the highest levels of performance and reliability,” said Grayling Love, Leviton’s Senior Product Manager of Copper Systems. “It provides exceptional headroom above the TIA standard in both short- and long-channels, and offers the greatest number of features for today’s demanding networks.”

Atlas-X1 connectors are independently tested and guaranteed across all category ratings to exceed component, permanent link and channel margins, delivering performance above the ANSI/TIA-568-C.2 and ISO/IEC 11801 requirements. Additionally, pre-production Atlas-X1 Cat 8 connectors are third-party tested and confirmed to meet the current draft 2.0E of the TIA-568-C.2-1 Category 8 proposed standard (Oct. 2014). The pending standard defines performance and testing requirements up to 2 GHz for Category 8 cabling systems to support the operation of IEEE 802.3bq 40GBASE-T applications up to 30 meters. Atlas-X1 Cat 8 shielded connectors will be available upon standard ratification.

Atlas-X1 UTP and shielded connectors are feature-rich and offer benefits, including:

·         Industry-Leading Performance – Developed and manufactured in the U.S., Atlas-X1 is the industry’s only UTP connector to feature a solid metal body and is third-party verified to exceed all component, permanent link and channel margins for exceptional network performance.

·         Tool-Free Termination – The innovative wire manager and door-release lever support the industry’s fastest tool-free termination and re-termination for easy and predictable installations, saving time and reducing labor costs.

·         Exceptional Versatility – The only UTP and shielded connectors offered in 13 colors, with color-matched icons and QuickPortÒ compatibility for greater network planning flexibility.

·         Built for the Future – Part of a scalable, high-end structured cabling system built on a unified form factor that is capable of supporting emerging network trends and future migrations to 40GBASE-T.

The Atlas-X1 connector and system are available through Leviton's extensive distribution network. For more information visit: leviton.com/atlasx1 or call 1-800-722-2082.

About Leviton Network Solutions

Leviton Network Solutions delivers complete network infrastructure systems for enterprise, data center, government, education, health care and residential markets around the globe. Solutions include copper and fiber optic connectivity, power distribution units, and much more. All Leviton products are engineered to exacting standards, offer industry-leading performance and are backed by the industry’s best service and support. Builders, contractors and other industry professionals consistently rank Leviton products as the most preferred brand in the industry.  Make the smart choice for a better network. Learn more at leviton.com/ns or twitter.com/LevitonNS.

About Leviton

Leviton is the smart choice, providing the most comprehensive range of solutions to meet the needs of today’s residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Leveraging more than a century of experience, Leviton helps customers create sustainable, intelligent environments through its electrical wiring devices, network and data center connectivity solutions, and lighting energy management systems. From switches and receptacles, to daylight harvesting controls, networking systems, and equipment for charging electric vehicles, Leviton solutions help customers achieve savings in energy, time and cost, all while enhancing safety. For more information, visit www.leviton.com, http://www.facebook.com/leviton, http://twitter.com/leviton or http://www.youtube.com/Levitonmfg.

 

Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies Unveiled Three New Cabling Systems at 2015 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition

Bothell, Washington, February 4, 2015 – Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies unveiled three groundbreaking system solutions for copper, fiber and AV networks at the 2015 BICSI Winter Conference, from February 23-26. These new systems — on display at BICSI booth #907 — will enable copper migration to Cat 8 and 40GBASE-T, consolidate patching in racks for ultra-high-density fiber optic systems and allow BICSI contractors to increase their business with commercial audiovisual applications in education and enterprise projects.

·          On February 2, Leviton announced that new Atlas-X1™ connectivity and Berk-Tek cable had been tested to meet performance standards found in the current draft 2.0E of the TIA-568-C.2-1 Category 8 proposed standard, and can support the operation of IEEE 802.3bq 40GBASE-T applications up to 30 meters. Visitors to the booth can see how the technology behind this advancement is being applied throughout a new line of Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies high-performance copper systems, including UTP and shielded Cat 5e, 6, and 6A systems. In addition, Leviton will host a Lunch and Learn session titled “40GBASE-T: Strategies for a Simple Network Migration,” that covers end-of-row topology and architecture, enterprise applications and the latest standards and copper products. This event will be held Tuesday, February 24 at 12:20 p.m. in the Marriott Canary Ballroom 1-2.


·          The new Opt-X® UHD Fiber Optic Enclosure System will also be on display. Integrating Leviton HDX Cassettes and Berk-Tek’s small-diameter Micro Datacenter Plenum (MDP) cable, this system offers the highest fiber density per rack unit and the smallest structured cabling footprint in the industry. The system meets the needs of IT managers looking to capitalize on existing network infrastructure space, while providing easier port identification and cable management, improving airflow and minimizing heavy cable loads associated with ultra-high density fiber installations.


·          Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies structured cabling systems support commercial-grade AV over twisted-pair cabling, which helps BICSI RCDD certified installers become AV experts for their customers. At BICSI, Leviton will reveal several new IT/AV systems, and Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies experts will present “6 Basics of Successful AV Deployments with HDBaseTTM Over a Category Cable Infrastructure.” This BICSI education session will be held on Wednesday, February 25, from 1:30–2:30 p.m., in the Crystal Ballroom J2.

Leviton connectivity and Berk-Tek cable combine to create the industry's premier copper, fiber and AV end-to-end solutions. With uncompromised customer support, technology-driven products, quality-assured solutions and a limited lifetime warranty for qualified installations, Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies delivers the highest return on infrastructure investment available.

To learn more about Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies, visit berkteklevitontechnologies.com.

About Leviton Network Solutions

Leviton Network Solutions delivers complete network infrastructure systems for enterprise, data center, government, education, health care and residential markets around the globe. Solutions include copper and fiber optic connectivity, power distribution units, and much more. All Leviton products are engineered to exacting standards, offer industry-leading performance and are backed by the industry’s best service and support. Builders, contractors and other industry professionals consistently rank Leviton products as the most preferred brand in the industry.  Make the smart choice for a better network. Learn more at leviton.com/ns or twitter.com/LevitonNS.

About Leviton

Leviton is the smart choice, providing the most comprehensive range of solutions to meet the needs of today’s residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Leveraging more than a century of experience, Leviton helps customers create sustainable, intelligent environments through its electrical wiring devices, network and data center connectivity solutions, and lighting energy management systems. From switches and receptacles, to daylight harvesting controls, networking systems, and equipment for charging electric vehicles, Leviton solutions help customers achieve savings in energy, time and cost, all while enhancing safety. For more information, visit www.leviton.com, http://www.facebook.com/leviton, http://twitter.com/leviton or http://www.youtube.com/Levitonmfg.

About Berk-Tek, A Nexans Company

For more than 50 years, Berk-Tek has been a leading manufacturer of more than 100 different network copper and fiber optic cable products. The company has led in the development of high-performance and enhanced fiber optic and UTP cables designed to transport high-speed data and voice transmissions. Berk-Tek has major manufacturing facilities at New Holland, PA, Fuquay-Varina, NC and Elm City, NC. For more information, visit www.berktek.com.

About Nexans

With energy as the basis of its development, Nexans, worldwide expert in the cable industry, offers an extensive range of cables and cabling systems. The Group is a global player in the infrastructure, industry, building and Local Area Network markets. Nexans addresses a series of market segments: from energy, transport and telecom networks to shipbuilding, oil and gas, nuclear power, automotives, electronics, aeronautics, material handling and automation. Nexans is a responsible industrial company that regards sustainable development as integral to its global and operational strategy. Continuous innovation in products, solutions and services, employee development and engagement, and the introduction of safe industrial processes with limited environmental impact are among the key initiatives that place Nexans at the core of a sustainable future. With an industrial presence in 40 countries and commercial activities worldwide, Nexans employs 26,000 people and had sales in 2013 of 6.7 billion euros. Nexans is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, compartment A. For more information, please consult www.nexans.com.

 

STUDY: Millennials Starting To Take Over B2b Purchasing – article from tED Magazizine by scott costa

March 19, 2015

By Scott Costa, Publisher, tED magazine

Based on countless pieces of research on demographics, the reality remains that it is only a matter of time before Millennials become extremely influential in not just electrical distribution, but in the business world as a whole. That research shows in the next four and a half years, Millennials will make up more than half of the world’s workforce, while other research shows Millennials will be making key decisions in the workplace before 2025, 10 years from now.

But then I came across some new research that shows it’s actually happening now, and in greater numbers than first expected.

According to a study just published by Google and Millward Brown, a world-wide branding and marketing research company, the B2B marketplace has changed very rapidly over the past two years. The study shows that Millennials are not only using the internet to search for their purchasing options, they are also quickly becoming the people responsible for making the decisions on which products will be purchased.

The researchers received responses from 3,000 purchasing agents in a variety of industries. The results show 89% use the Internet during the research process, which is actually a lower number than the National Association of Wholesaling/NAED research done 18 months ago. The NAED research showed the number of purchasing managers who use the Internet to shop for products was 91%.

The significant change comes from the number of Millennials who are making the B2B purchases. In 2012, 27% of the employees buying B2B products were between the ages of 18 and 34. Just two years later, that number jumped to 46%. Nearly half of all purchasing researchers and agents are now Millennials. Also, when you combine the 18-34 age group with the 35-44 age group, you find that the two together make up 68%, more than 2 out of every 3, of the purchasing agents. As expected, they are using the Internet to make their purchasing decisions.

The research also shows that more Millennials are having an impact on the purchasing decisions. In the past, that seemed to be a C-suite decision. But the 2014 data shows 81% of the non C-suite employees have an influence over what is being purchased. The researchers conclude that if you are marketing only to the C-suite level, you are missing an opportunity to target an audience that is starting to grown in influence.

And finally, the research shows these new purchasing agents are not just using a desktop computer to do their research. In fact, 42% say they are using a mobile device during the B2B purchasing process. If your website is not mobile-user friendly, you are again missing out on an opportunity to connect with an influential section of your audience.

The researchers also point out that purchasers are using those mobile devices to watch videos about products they might be interested in purchasing. When asked what they did after they watched the videos, the most common responses were looked for more information on the product, visited the company’s website/store and shared the video with someone else. 

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM TED MAGAZINE – www.tedmag.com and NAED www.naed.org

 

Mobile World Congress 2015: Ruckus Wireless Gives [Nokia] Small Cells a Big Boost

Ruckus 802.11ac Wi-Fi Technology Being Integrated within Nokia Networks' Popular Flexi Zone Indoor and Outdoor Small Cell Solutions

BARCELONA (MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS - Booth 5E41) – March 2, 2015 ­­– Ruckus Wireless, Inc.(NYSE: RKUS) announced today that its 802.11ac technology is being integrated into Nokia Networks’ Flexi Zone Small cell indoor and outdoor solutions.

Ruckus has been working with Nokia Networks to integrate its 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology into selected Flexi Zone products to address the growing demand for more comprehensive solutions that help operators more efficiently address the skyrocketing data capacity demands they face.

As the number of mobile Internet users and smart mobile devices continues to grow dramatically, advanced services like video streaming, multimedia-rich social media and VoIP are inflating traffic volumes. Adding conventional cellular macro base stations to address this challenge is typically time-consuming and often cost prohibitive. Consequently, mobile network operators (MNOs) are increasingly looking for cost-effective solutions and more flexible approaches using Small cells to ease this pressure on their existing infrastructures.

With Ruckus-powered technology integrated into Nokia Networks’Flexi Zone solutions, service providers now have available a purpose-built, flexible and more cost-effective Small cell solution. It’s a solution engineered specifically for service providers looking to offload traffic from the macro network to an underlay network at a street and indoor level, both for individual subscribers and enterprises.

“While operators continue to embrace the licensed spectrum to address ballooning traffic demands, it’s clear that integrating carrier-class Wi-Fi into Small cells is a smart, forward-thinking approach to addressing this challenge, even in the most advanced cellular networks,” said Greg Beach, vice president of Product Management at Ruckus Wireless. “As service providers shift their focus toward serving high-traffic stationary areas and indoor deployments, and the need to inject more capacity and coverage into their infrastructures as part of an overall heterogeneous network strategy, the business case for Small cells is extremely compelling.”

Small cells are fully featured, short-range and low power wireless base stations used to complement mobile phone service from larger macrocell towers. Small cell solutions can be used for both outdoor and indoor applications with a range of transmit (TX) power and user count capabilities. Small cells offer a cost-effective solution for both coverage and data capacity, and have been developed for both 3G and 4G radio technologies.

A cost-effective way to expand limited coverage deployments to meet explosive capacity demands, Nokia Flexi Zone base stations combine LTE or 3G and Wi-Fi into self-configuring units that provide coverage and capacity to underlay networks, both indoors and outdoors.

The combined Ruckus/Nokia Networks Small cell solution will be commercially available in the first half of 2015 from Nokia Networks. It brings together, for the first time, best in class cellular and Wi-Fi technology to enable operators interested in integrating Small cells within their macro networks the ability to create more efficient heterogeneous network services that allow them to more quickly and easily scale capacity and coverage as needed. 

Big Things Expected from Small Cells

Adding additional Radio frequency (RF) capacity while improving spectral efficiency are two strategies of great interest to mobile network operators around the world. The use of smarter wireless systems that allow operators to more easily inject wireless capacity into their service infrastructure and better optimize Wi-Fi traffic flow over the unlicensed spectrum to offload data from cellular macro networks has increased significantly, a trend that is expected to continue.

According to a recent Advanced Research Report by Dell’Oro on Small cells (January 2015), the total Small cell market is expected to grow ten-fold to more than $5 billion (USD) by 2019, accounting for more than ten percent of the combined macro and Small cell spending.

“We expect Small cells to continue to have a profound and transformative impact on the telecommunications industry, helping to solve the capacity crunch being experienced by both service providers and their subscribers around the world. Our pioneering efforts with Nokia Networks to incorporate Ruckus Wi-Fi technology into their Small cells are proactively addressing this problem, offering an innovative solution for operators worldwide,” concluded Beach.

ABOUT RUCKUS WIRELESS

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus Wireless, Inc.(NYSE: RKUS) is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market. The company offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi products to mobile carriers, broadband service providers, and corporate enterprises, and has over 48,000 end-customers worldwide. Ruckus technology addresses Wi-Fi capacity and coverage challenges caused by the ever-increasing amount of traffic on wireless networks due to accelerated adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Ruckus invented and has patented state-of-the-art wireless voice, video, and data technology innovations, such as adaptive antenna arrays that extend signal range, increase client data rates, and avoid interference, providing consistent and reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. For more information, visit http://www.ruckuswireless.com.

Ruckus, and Ruckus Wireless are trademarks of Ruckus Wireless, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other product or company names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

 

More (BICSI) RCDD Review Courses Announced

The final tally for the survey is 81% for and 19% against adding the remainder of the chapters from the TDMM to my a la carte selection of review courses.


But, you always have to be careful in interpreting the results of any survey or political poll for that matter. And realizing that of the 100 questions on the RCDD exam, 80% come from the core chapters and only 20% come from the non core chapters, it's prudent to spend the majority of your time studying the core chapters. For that reason, I'll only be adding the 7 remaining core chapters to my selection of courses.


Later this week, I'll be publishing my April calendar which will include the initial 5 courses as well as the following:

Chapter 3

Telecommunications Spaces

Chapter 4

Backbone Distribution Systems

Chapter 5

Horizontal Distribution Systems

Chapter 6

ITS Cables and Connecting Hardware

Chapter 10

Telecommunications Administration

Chapter 11

Field Testing of Structured Cabling

Chapter 15

Data Networks


If the posted time slots don't work for you, let me know and I'll try to work with your schedule. And as always, take one course, multiple courses or all, it's your choice.


For more information on our courses click on:

RCDD Review Courses Announcement

RCDD Review Courses Details & Cost

RCDD Review Courses Schedule


To Register contact us at:

Office: 

813.321.5533 in the US

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NAED Announces All Industry Band -- Musical talent from the industry will be featured entertainment at National Meeting

ST. LOUIS… The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announced today the members of the NAED Electrical Industry Band. Congratulations to these eight individuals:

  • Mike Barker, Springfield Electric Supply Company, Drums
  • Maureen Barsema, Revere Electric, Vocals
  • Ryan Kuchenmeister, K/E Electric Supply Corp., Guitar
  • Jack Lawson, Electrical Equipment Company, Vocals
  • Tony Schuck, Schaedler Yesco Distribution, Inc., Guitar
  • Tina Thorpe, Distributor Wire & Cable Company, Vocals
  • Eric Westphal, Juno Lighting Group/Schneider Electric, Bass
  • Mike Winter, EasyHeat, Inc./Emerson Industrial Automation, Vocals

The band will perform at the Closing Awards event at the National Meeting in Chicago on May 18, 2015. NAED would like to thank all of the musicians that submitted videos for this contest.

May 16-19, 2015  |  Hyatt Regency Chicago  |  Chicago, Ill.  |  Early Bird: April 10, 2015

The National Meeting provides a venue for a vigorous exchange of ideas complete with networking, educational speakers and some of the industry's best distributors and suppliers.

Who Should Attend?
Senior level and national account executives from across the industry - distributors, manufacturers, allied partners, manufacturer reps - who are looking for high-level networking, trends analysis, education, and strategic planning time with trading partners.

View 2015 Attendees
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Saturday, May 16

Arrivals

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Peer Networking Groups (Separate registration is required. Register here.) 

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Hubbell/NAED Welcome Reception

Evening open for Associate Member and Allied Partner Events

Sunday, May 17

8:00 - 11:30 a.m.
General Session

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Women in Industry Luncheon (Separate registration is required. Register here.)

1:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Strategic Planning Booth Sessions
Download Booth Appointment Planner

Evening open for Associate Member and Allied Partner Events

Monday, May 18

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Manufacturers Annual Forum

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
Concurrent Education Sessions
 
10:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Strategic Planning Booth Sessions
Download Booth Appointment Planner

6:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Closing Reception & Awards Banquet

Tuesday, May 19

Departures

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 more than 5,100 locations internationally. www.naed.org

 

NAED Announces Ultimate All-star - Joel Armstrong of Kriz-Davis recognized for dedication to education and creativity

ST. LOUIS… The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announced today Joel Armstrong of Kriz-Davis, as the “NAED Learning Center Ultimate All-Star.” As the Ultimate All-star, Armstrong will receive an iPad air.

“ I am so grateful to have been awarded the title of NAED’s Ultimate All-Star,” Armstrong said. “NAED’s courses have taken my career to the next level. I can see a bright future with Kriz-Davis for years to come.”

“This video contest was quite a challenge and the competition was fierce! Victory would not have been possible without help from a lot of awesome people. Of course, the video would have been worthless without a dedicated group of friends and family voting and promoting every hour of every day for two weeks. I can’t thank you enough for your support.”

NAED had previously recognized the top students that completed the most NAED Learning Center training hours and/or courses offered by NAED in 2014.  The All-stars were invited to participate in the first-ever NAED Learning Center All-Star Video Challenge. Each All-star could enter a video up to 90 seconds long that explains how NAED's training has helped him to advance his career, perform his job better, or why he loves the NAED's training.

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 more than 5,100 locations internationally.

 

IDEAL SignalTEK CT Data Cable Transmission Tester is Cost-Effective Alternative to Expensive LAN Cable Certifiers

SYCAMORE, IL, MARCH 13, 2015 -- IDEAL Networks, the networking solutions and testing subsidiary of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., is now offering a data cable transmission tester verifying copper cabling has been installed correctly and is capable of supporting Gigabit Ethernet applications to the international standard IEEE802.3ab.

NEXT GENERATION TESTER: SIGNALTEK CT

The IDEAL SignalTEK CT is a new generation of tester that is a cost-effective alternative to LAN cable certification. It carries out two primary tests via its Autotest function: a wiremap test and a data transmission test. The wiremap test identifies and locates crossed pairs, opens, shorts and split pairs using its TDR. The data transmission test performs at 100Mbit/s or 1000Mbit/s, providing 100% load on that link from both sides, giving a clear reading if the link really can support the desired Ethernet speed. This is performed to the IEEE802.3ab standard by measuring if all the frames arrive at the other end of the cable, and is achieved by having two handsets which also allows for one person testing. Pass/Fail results are displayed on the screen and can be saved to a USB memory stick for import into PC for later report generation. It all adds up to a cost-effective way for installers and network owners to generate pdf test reports that prove a professional job has been carried out thereby reducing the risk of call backs.

CERTIFIER NOT REQUIRED

Typically, contractors installing data cabling or carrying out moves, adds or changes to an existing network have used a cable certifier to guarantee compliance to international cabling standards such as ISO/IEC 11801. However, this level of testing is not always required. Installing networks for smaller business premises or residential properties, for example, often simply requires proof that the copper cabling has been installed correctly and can support the Gigabit Ethernet applications that are intended to be run over the network.

The SignalTEK CT has been developed to essentially bridge the gap between low-end verifiers and full-blown cable certifiers, enabling a more affordable method of testing installations, while ensuring that work is defect-free and can be documented to meet end-customer's expectations of quality and reliability.

AVAILABILITY

IDEAL SignalTEK CT cable transmission testers are immediately available. Each comes in a kit with display and remote unit as well as rechargeable batteries, patch cables, power supply, multi-lingual manual and carry case.

WHITE PAPER

As part of its its strategy to target the video surveillance market, IDEAL Networks has published a new white paper titled "Challenges Facing Modern Cabling Installers" that addresses what applications and types of systems are being affected by the move in low voltage cabling from analog to full IP or hybrid analog/IP technology. Download the paper

ABOUT IDEAL NETWORKS

The IDEAL Networks Division is a worldwide leader in data communications solutions. IDEAL Networks develops and manufactures network testers, network installation and management equipment for Local Area Networks (LAN), Wide Area Networks (WAN) and access telecom infrastructures worldwide. 

IDEAL Networks was formed in 2010 when Wavetek and Trend Communications, previously acquired by IDEAL in 2001 and 2004 respectively, were merged with the IDEAL datacomm tools and connector divisions. The result was a new division focusing on all issues involving the installation and testing of local and wide area networks. By merging Trend's experience in the telecom sector, Wavetek's expertise in local network certification, and the years of experience that IDEAL has with datacomm tools and connectors, the IDEAL Networks Division is able to offer some of the most comprehensive networking solutions in the industry for everything from installation to testing and certification

Learn more about IDEAL Networks by visiting them at http://www.idealnwd.com

 

Siklu Millimeter Wave Radios Integrated into Alcatel-Lucent 9500 MPR Product Family for Small Cell Backhaul

Adding millimeter wave radios bolsters Alcatel-Lucent high-capacity backhaul offering

PETACH TIKVA, Israel, February 23, 2015 – Millimeter wave radio equipment from Siklu is now integrated in the Alcatel-Lucent microwave small cells backhaul portfolio, Siklu announced today.

Operating in the 60 and 80 GHz bands, Siklu’s radios now supplement Alcatel-Lucent’s 9500 MPR family by introducing the support of millimeter waves and providing a solution for short-range, high-capacity small cell backhaul in very dense environments. With their compact form factor and integrated antenna, low power consumption, support of unlicensed/lightly licensed bands and ease of installation, they are ideally suited for fast outdoor small cells deployments.

Through the relationship, Alcatel-Lucent and Siklu will be delivering industry-leading and flexible solutions for full outdoor wireless small cell backhaul that seamlessly connect into Alcatel-Lucent's 9500 MPR wireless macro cell backhaul and long haul applications through end-to-end management by Alcatel-Lucent's 5620 SAM management platform.  The 9500 MPR product family is part of the broader award-winning multi-technology Mobile Backhaul solution from Alcatel-Lucent.

The growing demand for mobile data everywhere is driving the need for operators to deploy high-capacity, heterogeneous LTE networks. Macro cell sites provide higher throughput and coverage and are augmented by small cells, placed in capacity hotspots and coverage black spots. These smaller radios are located on lampposts, streetlights, wall facades, and other areas where backhaul connectivity is a challenge.

Because 60 and 80 GHz millimeter wave frequencies are less susceptible to interference and congestion, reliable connectivity can be delivered even in dense urban areas.   A very small form factor is also a key requirement to support deployment on street furniture and to remain immune to pole sway, twist and tilt conditions.  Spectrum acquisition in these frequencies is simple and fast, accelerating deployment timetables.

Siklu’s EtherHaul millimeter wave radios provide gigabit throughput, giving operators the enhanced backhaul capacity they need for their small cell sites.

François Allain, General Manager of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless Transmission business, noted that “By extending our packet microwave portfolio and industry-leading mobile backhaul solution with Siklu’s high capacity, small form factor millimeter wave radios, we can meet the needs of many more customers in more deployment scenarios.”

Siklu’s CEO, Itzik Ben-Bassat, added that “Alcatel-Lucent is providing operators’ next-generation mobile networks and we are now a key part of their end-to-end solution. With the addition of Siklu’s EtherHaul to their portfolio, Alcatel-Lucent can better extend their high-capacity backhaul offering to dense urban areas and other spectrum-congested areas.”

Siklu will be showcasing the EtherHaul gigabit radios at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona March 2-5, in Hall 2, stand 2D50.

About Siklu

Siklu delivers gigabit capacity millimeter wave wireless backhaul solutions operating in the 60, 70, and 80 GHz bands, ideal for dense, capacity-hungry urban networks. As the most deployed millimeter wave radios in the world, thousands of units are delivering carrier grade performance in varying weather conditions around the world. Siklu’s innovative all-silicon design has dramatically reduced prices and effectively opened the market for ultra-high capacity wireless links. Siklu is currently deploying its next innovation, 60 GHz backhaul that will enable mass deployment of small cells and other street-level networked devices.

Learn more at www.siklu.com.

 

RAD Launches Unique vCPE Platform at NFV & SDN Summit 2015

ETX-2i and D-NFV Orchestrator are Latest Additions to Award-Winning Service Assured Access Solutions

MAHWAH, New Jersey, March 16, 2015 ‒ RAD, the industry pioneer of virtualization at the customer edge, today expanded its Service Assured Access (SAA) solutions with the launch of a unique carrier-grade virtual CPE (vCPE) platform with Distributed NFV (D-NFV) capability.

“As the prime candidate for early commercial NFV deployments, vCPE gets industry-wide attention,” notes Ulik Broida, RAD’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development.

“In addition to hardware abstraction, vCPE enables shorter and more flexible deployment cycles for new services, with a lucrative cost structure. The ETX-2i is the ideal vCPE platform for service providers and private network operators wishing to take advantage of these benefits in their transition to programmable networks”

RAD’s ETX-2i is a powerful IP and Carrier Ethernet NID/NTU with a field pluggable x86 NFV module for hosting virtual network functions (VNFs).  Serving as a virtualization engine at the customer edge, it is specially designed for L2 and L3 business, mobile backhaul, and wholesale services. The ETX-2i can be managed by RAD’s D-NFV Orchestrator or any third-party orchestrator using open standards, and supports various options for vCPE architecture and VNF placement to meet agility, performance, security and cost needs.

What makes the ETX-2i unique is that it supports dynamic forwarding to enable chaining flexibility for embedded and virtualized functions. Moreover, it features a high-scale built-in router and modular network interfaces for any access infrastructure – fiber, PDH, SDH/SONET, SHDSL, or VDSL.

“Service providers in our global carrier research clearly indicate that vE-CPE – the virtualization of enterprise CPE for business customers – is the number one NFV use case they are investing in,” states Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks at IHS-Infonetics Research. “Further, the providers voted vE-CPE the number one use case for producing new revenue, the number one use case for CapEx savings, and the number one use case for reducing operational expenses. RAD has been an early proponent of D-NFV, and operators are interested in RAD’s innovative and pragmatic approach to vE-CPE deployment."

RAD is exhibiting the ETX-2i at the NFV & SDN Summit 2015 this week in Paris. At the show, it will also be conducting a demo of its D-NFV Orchestrator, which converges the control of physical and virtualized network elements and has open interfaces to end-to-end network orchestrators.

About RAD

RAD is a global Telecom Access solutions and products vendor. Our Service Assured Access solutions for mobile, business and wholesale service providers are designed to improve the way they compete: service agility to minimize time to revenue, complete visibility of network performance for greater operational efficiency and better QoE to reduce churn. We are at the forefront of pioneering technologies, such as: Distributed NFV, MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0, Layer 2 and Layer 3 performance monitoring, hardware miniaturization, and synchronization over packet. Founded in 1981, RAD has an installed base of more than 13 million units, and works closely with Tier 1 operators and service providers around the globe. RAD is a member of the $1.2 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in communications solutions. www.rad.com

 

Siklu Provides WiFi Backhaul Connectivity for Baltimore’s Famed Inner Harbor

Historic landmark requires unobtrusive system to support peak use by tourists and locals

BALTIMORE, February 17, 2015 – The City of Baltimore now provides free WiFi at its historic Inner Harbor using 60 GHz radios from Siklu to transport the communications traffic. 

Siklu’s EtherHaul-600T was selected not only for its ability to provide gigabit throughput to support peak WiFi usage by tourists and local visitors, but also for its unobtrusive profile.

When the City of Baltimore initiated a free WiFi project for the Inner Harbor, they turned to local experts Port Networks, a Baltimore WiFi service provider. The city wanted to provide visitors to the Inner Harbor with easy Internet access, but because of the historic landmark status of the Inner Harbor, creating an unobtrusive network was of paramount importance.

The City of Baltimore owns and operates a fiber backbone, but the fiber would not reach every WiFi access point in the harbor, and disrupting operation to lay more fiber was neither feasible nor economical.

Port Networks identified millimeter waves as the optimal solution, with their combination of high throughput and low interference. The provider opted for the EtherHaul-600T radio, since its compact size would make it far less noticeable when deployed at the Inner Harbor.

“The EtherHaul is literally palm-sized. It was the smallest radio we could find that operated in the 60 GHz spectrum,” said Carl Peterson, Network Manager of Port Networks.

The EtherHaul-600T provides gigabit throughput that can easily handle peak WiFi performance and is interference free. Units can be installed in close proximity if needed. It also keeps operation costs low by operating over unlicensed spectrum.

Port Networks installed the entire WiFi network, including the backhaul connectivity links. “Installing the EtherHaul-600T was very easy,” said Peterson. “Its small size and light weight make the physical installation very simple, and aligning the link was surprisingly uncomplicated and fast.”

The network’s performance has been flawless since installation. “We’re confident our EtherHaul backhaul will be able to handle anything Baltimore’s WiFi network can throw at it,” said Ilan Moshe, head of Siklu’s North American operations. “The EtherHaul-600T has proven performance under peak WiFi conditions, even in situations where the upload rate greatly exceeds the download rate.” 

Port Networks, impressed by the EtherHaul-600T's performance, is planning to incorporate additional Siklu radios in their other WiFi connectivity networks. “Adding Siklu radios will allow us to easily boost our network capacity,” explained Peterson. 

Siklu will be showcasing the EtherHaul-600T gigabit radio at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona March 2-5, in Hall 2, stand 2D50.

About Siklu

Siklu delivers gigabit capacity millimeter wave wireless connectivity solutions operating in the 60, 70 and 80 GHz bands. The top choice of tier-1 operators worldwide, thousands of units have been deployed and deliver carrier grade performance. Siklu’s innovative all-silicon design has dramatically reduced prices and effectively opened the market for ultra-high capacity wireless links. Siklu is currently deploying its street level and rooftop connectivity solutions in diverse urban networks requiring high capacity connectivity. Visit www.siklu.com.

About Port Networks

Port Networks is a privately held, Baltimore-based company that builds and operates residential and commercial networks in its local region, provides temporary networks to event organizers across the country, and designs marine Wi-Fi systems for recreational and commercial clients around the world. Port Networks was organized in 2002, and is incorporated in the state of Maryland. Visit www.portnetworks.com.

 

Tango Networks Supports a New Way to Work for Users of the Unify OpenScape Platform

Frisco, Texas, March 9, 2015 – Unify has certified the Tango Networks mobile unified communications solution on its OpenScape Voice platform, supporting Unify's commitment to delivering the highest quality user experience.

With the Tango Networks solution, users of Unify’s OpenScape Voice can extend its features and functionality beyond the smartphones supported by Unify’s OpenScape Mobile solution to also include feature phones.

For Tango Networks, the Unify certification adds to the vast list of PBX and UC platforms for which its mobile UC solution operates, making users more productive by freeing them from their desks, and in most cases eliminating desk phone costs.

By using the Tango Networks solution, Unify customers can now receive and make corporate calls on their mobile phones, leveraging company calling plans and enterprise voice features such as conferencing, three-digit dialing, call transfer, and a single mailbox supporting both the mobile and desk phones.

Tango Networks also offers its trademark dual mobile identity capability, so a single mobile phone can present distinct personal and business identities for users depending on their immediate need. This enterprise voice capability is accessible through iOS, Android, and BlackBerry® 10 mobile phones.

For Unify enterprise customers, Tango Networks also assures compliance with government and regulatory requirements by enabling mobile call recording and SMS capture through the mobile phone. This makes sure that all business calls are properly handled, without exception.

“The versatility and mobile capabilities that Tango Networks offers to Unify customers will enable more enterprises to truly mobilize their network,” said Derrick Richburg, Director of Solution Management with Unify. “The Tango solution perfectly aligns with Unify’s vision of the new way to work and the future of the mobile enterprise.”

“Unify’s approach supports our goal of unifying mobility across the enterprise by making enterprise services fully accessible to the end users who increasingly depend on their mobile phone,” said Andrew Silver, co-founder and chief technology officer for Tango Networks. “Our incredibly flexible solution makes it easy for employees to communicate effectively wherever they are."

Tango Networks will share more about the benefits of integrating its mobile capabilities into Unify OpenScape at Enterprise Connect in booth #1924.

About Unify

Unify is one of the world’s leading communications software and services firms, providing integrated communications solutions for approximately 75 percent of the Fortune Global 500. Our solutions unify multiple networks, devices and applications into one easy-to-use platform that allows teams to engage in rich and meaningful conversations. The result is a transformation of how the enterprise communicates and collaborates that amplifies collective effort, energizes the business, and enhances business performance. Unify has a strong heritage of product reliability, innovation, open standards and security.

About Tango Networks

Tango Networks powers enterprise networks with mobility solutions that make employees more productive and allow them to work more freely. Its solutions are completely flexible, addressing cloud or premises and private or public network deployments. Tango Networks’ ability to project distinct business and personal identities on any mobile phone, through any UC/PBX platform, gives enterprises the flexibility to eliminate costly deskphones without sacrificing enterprise capabilities and features. Learn more about Tango Networks at Tango-Networks.com.

 

Superior Essex Announces its Participation in the Multi-Attribute Label Pilot Program

Atlanta, Georgia – February 17, 2015. Superior Essex announces that it is the first participant and the only cable manufacturer to take part in the Multi-Attribute Label Pilot Program. The Multi-Attribute Label Program was developed by GreenCircle Certified LLC to address Federal Executive Order 13514, which mandates the purchase of sustainable products by all federal purchasers, such as the Department of Defense and GSA.


This program seeks to simplify the procurement process for federal purchasers by providing a complete overview of the sustainability of a product in a single certification. These Multi-Attribute Certifications will include information such as the completion of a Life Cycle Assessment and the publication of an Environmental Product Declaration, as well as water usage, waste diversion, and carbon footprint reduction. Multi-Attribute Certifications are certified through a credible third-party, in accordance with U.S. Green Building Council, International Green Construction Code, and FTC Green Guide standards, thereby ensuring accuracy and transparency of a manufacturer’s environmental impact as it relates to that product, as well as protecting federal purchasers from misleading sustainability claims. 


Initially, Superior Essex will offer fifty products with Multi-Attribute Certifications, including a complete selection of Premises Copper and Premises Optical Fiber cables. These products are also covered by Environmental Product Declarations and Health Product Declarations™, allowing them to contribute toward points in LEED certification.


“Superior Essex is committed to being the industry leader in providing tangible solutions for companies or agencies with sustainable procurement mandates,” says Eric Perry, Vice President of Engineering and Quality Control at Superior Essex. “The publication of the Multi-Attribute Certification for premises data cables provides assurance to our customers that Superior Essex accurately and transparently conveys our leadership in sustainability.”


“GreenCircle takes pride in advancing sustainable procurement through connecting responsible manufacturers and institutional purchasers,” says Annie Bevan, Certification and Operations Manager, GreenCircle Certified. “It is important for companies that are committed to providing quality products while reducing environmental impacts, like Superior Essex, to stand out from the crowd and reach these large scale purchasers. Together, these manufacturers and purchasers can make a significant impact.”


For more about our Environmental Initiatives, visit ce.SuperiorEssex.com/environmental

 

About Superior Essex

 

Superior Essex International LP is a leading manufacturer and supplier of cable, wire and accessory products serving the communications industry, energy industry and related distribution markets. Superior Essex International LP is a subsidiary of Superior Essex Inc.SuperiorEssex.com

 

Superior Essex Publishes Industry-First Health Product Declarations™ for Optical Fiber Cables

Atlanta, Georgia – February 23, 2015. Superior Essex announces it is the first company in the telecommunications cable manufacturing industry to offer Health Product Declarations™ (HPDs) for optical fiber cables. Seventeen (17) HPDs have been published to cover twenty-five (25) Superior Essex optical fiber cable families, including multiple designs of Premises plenum and riser rated cable designs, with fiber counts ranging from 2-fiber to 144-fiber. These newly published HPDs allow Superior Essex fiber cables to contribute towards points in LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building projects.  

 

A Health Product Declaration is a report of product contents and the impact of ingredients on human and ecological health. The HPDs were issued in accordance with the Health Product Declaration Collaborative™ open standard, which provides a common framework for disclosing information about the ingredients and associated health risks in products that are permanently installed. Products offering HPDs can be used to obtain points in the LEED certification process under the Material and Resources credit in LEED version 4. The LEED program, administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, is a leading standard for rating and certifying the environmental impact of building projects, including new construction and existing structures.

 

“Superior Essex is committed to being the industry leader in environmental sustainability, and with that role comes the responsibility to provide full disclosure of any health risks from our products,” says Eric Perry, Vice President Applications Engineering and Quality at Superior Essex. “Whether you design green building projects or simply prefer to work with an environmentally responsible organization, the selection of products with HPDs provides valuable knowledge and assurance about the materials being installed within the network.”

 

For more about our Environmental Initiatives, visit our Environmental page

 

Superior Essex International LP

Steve Born, Sr. Applications Engineer, LEED AP BD+C
770-657-6000

 

About Superior Essex

Superior Essex International LP is a leading manufacturer and supplier of cable, wire and accessory products serving the communications industry, energy industry and related distribution markets for over 80 years. Product lines include Indoor and Outside Plant (OSP) copper and fiber data cables, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) coaxial cables and accessories, Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) closures, fire alarm/security (FAS) cables, and low/medium voltage energy cable products and accessories. Superior Essex International LP is a subsidiary of Superior Essex Inc. SuperiorEssex.com

 

SBA Announces National Small Business Week –May 4-8, 2015

WASHINGTON Today, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced that this year’s National Small Business Week will be held from May 4-8, 2015. This year’s theme will be “SBA: Dream Big, Start Small.”

Contreras-Sweet will highlight the week with small business events in Miami, Los Angeles, San Antonio, New York City and culminating in Washington, D.C. where national winners will be recognized and awarded.  Additionally, recognition events throughout SBA’s 10 Regions and 68 Districts will be held throughout the months of May and June. 

Every year since 1963 SBA takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from across the nation through National Small Business Week.

As events are finalized more details will be posted on www.sba.gov/smallbusinessweek.

 

ShoreTel - New White Paper by Leading Analyst Firm Details Advent of "Personal UC"

Mobility and BYOD are driving significant change in Unified Communications and how people work

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The original promise of truly integrated unified communications (UC) is only now being delivered, according to a new white paper released today by leading analyst firm ZK Research. Advances in UC are being driven in large part by the necessity of enabling a remote and mobile workforce to be as connected as those in the office. According to ZK Research, communications platforms must evolve into truly unified, personal solutions to meet the needs of the changing mobile workplace.

The paper, titled "Mobility Drives Need for Personal Unified Communications" and sponsored by ShoreTel® (NASDAQ: SHOR), also discusses how, for the first time, five generations are represented in the workforce, each with its own preferred devices and methods of working and communicating which is changing the very nature of work and collaboration. As a result, ZK Research proposes that "Personal UC" - the ability to deliver a consistent set of integrated UC services in a simple, intuitive way to any user, on any device, in any location - will be a significant advancement in the communications industry.

"The findings by ZK Research back up the desire we've been hearing from our customers for a platform that delivers a consistent user experience across cloud, premises and hybrid communications system deployments," said Pej Roshan, vice president of product management at ShoreTel. "This year ShoreTel will be delivering a next-gen platform that will enable customers to access the same brilliantly simple ShoreTel solution on which we've built a reputation in a cloud, premises or hybrid environment across multiple endpoints to suit their needs."

The ZK Research white paper suggests why a shift to a Personal UC strategy is critical for increasing productivity and engagement with employees, customers and partners to deliver better top- and bottom-line corporate results.

"Unified communications long held the promise of being a highly transformative technology with the power to improve worker productivity, lower communications costs and enable organizations to create new business processes - yet only a minority of businesses have fully implemented UC today," said Zeus Kerravala, founder and principal analyst with ZK Research. "This is because IT has had a nearly impossible task of integrating multiple and distinct systems from telephony to collaboration."

The white paper recommends IT leaders look for already integrated solutions that can be deployed with the utmost flexibility and still provide a common experience, leveraging the cloud where it fits best while protecting legacy investments. A common integrated platform and user experience with multiple deployment options are ideal.

Other criteria to consider when choosing a Personal UC solution provider include the availability of multiple delivery models, a single code base, a single experience across devices, an easy-to-use interface that requires little training, a strong channel program, a broad range of managed and professional services, and high customer satisfaction scores.

The white paper is available for download. In addition, Kerravala will be hosting a webinar to discuss the findings on Thurs., Feb. 26 at 12 p.m. ET - register here.

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About ShoreTel
ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOR) is a leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems and unified communications solutions. Its award-winning on-premises IP-PBX solution and cloud-based hosted phone system eliminate complexity and improve productivity. Recognized for its industry-leading customer experience and support, ShoreTel's innovative business phones, application integration, collaboration tools, mobility, and contact center applications enable users to communicate and collaborate no matter the time, place or device, with minimal demand on IT resources. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has regional offices and partners worldwide. For more information, visit www.shoretel.com.

ShoreTel and the ShoreTel logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of ShoreTel, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks, trade names and service marks herein are the property of their respective owners.

Communication Planning Corporation is North Florida’s leading ShoreTel dealer.

Since 1980, CPC has provided quality service for their communications and cabling needs. CPC and ShoreTel can deliver unified communications. www.communicationplanning.com

Contact Michael Shannahan, Vice President – Communication Planning Corporation (Jacksonville, FL) Tel. 904-645-9077 or michael@communicationplanning.com

 

Siemon Unveils Data Center Showcase

March 20, 2015. Watertown, CT - Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, is pleased to unveil a new Data Center Showcase to exhibit the company’s comprehensive suite of high quality, high performance infrastructure solutions for the data center, including fiber and copper connectivity, cabinets, cable management, power and cooling systems, and Intelligent Infrastructure Management solutions.

Located at Siemon’s corporate headquarters in Watertown, Conn., the high tech Data Center Showcase houses rows of Siemon’s innovative VersaPOD®, V800 and V600 data center cabinets designed to effectively save space, manage cabling and improve thermal efficiency. The cabinets are populated with Siemon fiber and copper connectivity, cable management, and power and cooling solutions to demonstrate optimal data center utilization and support for a variety of network equipment and servers. Complete with a raised floor and drop down ceiling for airflow and cable routing, the room sits behind sleek glass doors and features a large glass conference table for visitors to congregate.

“We often bring customers in from all over the world to see our manufacturing capabilities also located right here in Watertown, and the new Data Center Showcase is a chance to demonstrate how all of our high performance solutions come together to build the foundation for mission critical data centers,” says Robert Carlson, vice president of global marketing for Siemon. “Maximizing space and ensuring thermal efficiency in today’s high density computing environments is very important to our customers, and we can now show them how our solutions support these needs in a real-life, hands-on setting.”

Siemon recently launched a demonstration video where Siemon Data Center Expert Lyle Menard, RCDD/NTS, provides an overview of the solutions in the Data Center Showcase, including the ultra high-density LightStack™ fiber solution that can support up to 864 fibers in a single 1U enclosure and the Zero-U space-saving capabilities of the VersaPOD® cabinets where space between bayed cabinets can be used for cable management, patching, power distribution and other equipment.

To learn more about the Data Center Showcase and see the video, please visit: www.siemon.com/us/datacenter/video

About Siemon

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

Siemon Interconnect Solutions (SIS) is a Siemon business unit comprised of a team of dedicated technical sales professionals supported by Siemon Labs, mechanical, electrical and signal integrity engineers committed to solving industry and customer driven interconnect challenges. We provide custom network infrastructure solutions to: OEM's, Leading Manufacturers, Value-Added Resellers and System Integrators.

 

The Heavily-Attended BICSI Annual Winter Conference and Expo (Orlando, Florida) Wraps Up After Recognizing some ICT Industry Elite

Orlando, Florida, February 27, 2015—BICSI, the association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community, brought the 2015 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition (at the newly renovated Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Conference Center) to a close this afternoon. More than 5,000 conference attendees and exhibition visitors gathered at the five-day conference and expo to gain industry knowledge, take in the latest ICT products and services, and network with colleagues. A recent string of brutal ice and snow winter storms across the northern states prompted many attendees to also bring family to take advantage of the mild spring-like Florida weather and the super entertainment complex surrounding Walt Disney World. Area attractions included four Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Sea World, Universal Studios, numerous golf courses and a myriad of restaurants… work and play.


During Wednesday night's annual Awards Banquet, BICSI celebrated the accomplishments of several individuals who have displayed great dedication to BICSI and the ICT industry. The awards given on the evening of Wednesday, February 25, 2015, include:

  • The Harry J. Pfister Award for Excellence in the Telecommunications Industry (Awarded by the University of South Florida, College of Engineering) recognizes the lifetime achievement or major accomplishment of an individual in the telecommunications industry. Dr. Paulo Marin, EE/BSc, MSc, was given the award for his 20+ years of contributions to the industry, including authoring technical books published in Brazil and extensive work with BICSI and other organizations.
  • Selected by BICSI’s President, the Presidential Eagle Award is given to individuals who have exhibited leadership, sacrifice and faith in BICSI and the industry as a whole, showing dedication to a greater cause over a period of time. This year’s award was presented to Daniel Morris, RCDD, in appreciation of the work he's done on BICSI's Installation and Education Advancement Committees, as well as the BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge.
  • The David K. Blythe/University of Kentucky Award for Outstanding Member of the Year recognizes the volunteer spirit of BICSI members, and spotlights one individual for outstanding efforts in promoting BICSI’s educational programs and commitment to professional development within the industry. George Thorning, RCDD, was recognized for his work within his Region to plan and execute BICSI Breakfast Clubs, as well as his contributions to BICSI committees.
  • In honor of all the work done to grow BICSI globally, the new Global Outstanding Member of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond to promote BICSI and encourage membership around the world. For his tireless work in promoting BICSI throughout Japan and spearheading the translation of BICSI's data standard into Japanese, Rui Takei, RCDD, was the first recipient of the award.
  • The Larry G. Romig Committee Member of the Year award honors individuals for exemplary efforts and dedication within a BICSI committee. The Larry Romig award was presented to F. Patrick Mahoney, RCDD, for his contributions to numerous BICSI committees and publications, as well as his work on the Editorial Review Board for BICSI's trade publication, ICT Today.
  • During the conference, 18 Installers and Technicians competed for the chance to become the next Installer of the Year in the eighth annual BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge. Every year, the Cabling Skills Challenge competitors represent the best of the industry, and the overall winner receives a check for five thousand dollars. This year, Alberto Luna, Installer 1, Technician, took home the title and the winnings.
  • The Ray Gendron/BICSI Cares Scholarship went to two individuals: Jesse Fox and Nick Plueger, Installer 2, Copper. Fox is majoring in Information Technology at Broward College in Coconut Creek, Florida. Plueger attends Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska, and majors in Computer Information Systems and Networking.

On the Thursday morning, BICSI Cares, BICSI’s charitable arm that supports children’s charities, made a donation to the Orange City, Fla.-based Childhood Cancer Foundation, Inc., an organization that supports children diagnosed with cancer. BICSI Cares collected donations from attendees throughout the conference, and 100 percent of the funds were given to the charity. BICSI President adjourned the conference late Thursday morning and announced the dates and registration for the 2015 BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition, April 27-30, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

 

This five-day event, which featured a large Exhibition Hall at the Marriott’s Conference Center. Vendors/Exhibitors drew visitors to their booths with brief educational presentations about their products and services. Attendees were able to learn from more than 25 technical sessions over the course of the conference. ICT topics discussed included: the Internet of Things (IoT); government and private sector needs, data center infrastructure management (DCIM); health care; and open systems architecture.

BICSI is a professional association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) industry. ICT covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security, project management and audio & video technologies. BICSI has about 23,000 members, including manufacturers, distributors, vendors, system designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide and support the integrated infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries. www.bicsi.org

 

Renaissance Renovation: LEDs On – Cover Story Article from ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine – February 2015 issue by John Paul Quinn

Published: February 2015

By John Paul Quinn

Simply stated, the Sistine Chapel is a really big room with many remarkable paintings, but there are many stories behind the hall and its art.

The sturdy rectangular structure was built in the late 1470s as part of the Vatican’s fortified medieval walls, the job commissioned by the then general contractor Pope Sixtus IV (hence the name Sistine). It was designed to match, as nearly as possible, the dimensions of Solomon’s Temple as described in the Bible—130 feet long, 43 feet wide, and 65 feet high.

For more than 500 years, the chapel and its artwork have been about the intricate interplay of color and light, ever since the first brushstrokes were applied to its walls and ceiling by artists such as Botticelli, Perugino, Signorelli, and, of course, Michelangelo. It is the best one-shot, one-room museum of renaissance art in Europe.

The Fierce Pope and The Wiseguy Artist

They still tell a story in Michelangelo’s hometown of Florence about the painting of the Sistine Chapel.

So, Pope Julius calls in Michelangelo and says, “My son, I want you to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.”

And Michelangelo says, “What color, Your Holiness?”

In reality, Pope Julius II, the nephew of Pope Sixtus IV, was no man to be trifled with. He was less than affectionately referred to as “Il Papa Terribile”—the fearsome pope. When he wasn’t commissioning fine art or doing his papal duties, he could be found riding around Italy in a suit of blackened steel armor with his crew of Swiss Guards and other mercenaries he had hired to take care of business. On one occasion, he went shoulder–to-shoulder with the troops to raise a castle drawbridge and hold off their opponents and, in the process, astonished everyone with his imaginative vocabulary.

Michelangelo didn’t want the contract for painting the ceiling, but Julius II wasn’t a pope you said “no” to. The two men were bad-tempered, especially when they were together, but they got the job done.

And the artist had a wicked sense of humor. Among his sketches for the Sistine ceiling was this 1509 caricature and sonnet addressed to his friend Giovanni da Pistoia (at right), in which he complains about the job conditions, calls the situation a pain in the neck, and concludes with the famous response he always had when harassed by the impatient pope: “I am not a painter.”

Perhaps Michelangelo and Julius II would be most qualified to comment on the new LED lighting:

“My son, I like what they’ve done with the place … the little lights.”

“I agree, Your Holiness … but what do I know, I’m a sculptor, not an electrician.” —J.P.Q.

“While Painting the Vault of the Sistine Chapel”

I’ve already grown a goiter from this torture,

hunched up here like a cat in Lombardy

(or anywhere else where the stagnant water’s poison).

My stomach’s squashed under my chin,

my beard’s pointing at heaven,

my brain’s crushed in a casket,

my breast twists like a harpy’s.

My brush, above me all the time, dribbles paint

so my face makes a fine floor for droppings!

My haunches are grinding into my guts,

my poor ass strains to work as a counterweight,

every gesture I make is blind and aimless.

My skin hangs loose below me,

my spine’s all knotted from folding over itself.

I’m bent taut as a Syrian bow.

Because I’m stuck like this,

my thoughts are crazy, perfidious tripe:

anyone shoots badly through a crooked blowpipe.

My painting is dead.

Defend it for me, Giovanni, protect my honor.

I am not in the right place—I am not a painter.

Translation by Gail Mazur

The pictures are an illustrated distillation of Judeo-­Christian scripture, culture and thought. You can experience the most popular stories of the Bible just by looking up.

However, complications arose over time. Natural light streams in from 14 high windows that have not been opened for decades, and doorways allow only one person to pass through at a time. The confined space, along with questions of adequate lighting and lack of cross-ventilation, created logistical and preservation problems. Depending on the season, time of day and weather, artificial lighting is necessary, and the use of beeswax altar candles and torches held by the Swiss Guards took their toll on the artwork.

Intermittent renovation and cleaning efforts took place as early as 1600, with varying degrees of success. Electric lighting installations in the 20th century improved things somewhat.

On Oct. 29, 2014, a switch was thrown in the Sistine Chapel, illuminating the walls and ceiling with the light from 7,000 light-emitting diodes (LEDs), rendering many of the scenes in the frescoes clearly visible for the first time in centuries.

How and why this happened is another one of the many stories about this remarkable room.

LED4ART

During the past few years, the European Union (EU) has funded a number of research and development programs for the renovation of existing structures of historic and artistic significance. One of the more ambitious projects focused specifically on frescoes of the Sistine Chapel using LED technology to enhance viewer appreciation, while ensuring the integrity of the artwork and, hopefully, reducing energy costs. The project’s code name is “LED4ART.”

In early 2013, the project was awarded to Munich-based lighting manufacturer Osram, which partnered with an international team of technical consultants from the Pannonian University in Hungary, the Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya in Spain, and Fabertechnica in Italy.

Work began in April 2013, with Osram as the project coordinator, and electricians of the Vatican’s Servici Technici performed the installation.

The objective was to make accessible to the viewer standing in the chapel today what the art would have looked like under optimum natural lighting conditions in 1541, when Michelangelo put the finishing touches on the Last Judgment fresco on the altar wall.

However, at this point, things got complicated.

Michelangelo, and all of the other artists whose work appears in the chapel, mixed their own colors—they didn’t jump in a mule cart and travel to Home Depot on the Via Veneto for a bunch of gallons of swatch-keyed designer paint.

Typically, eight color samples are used to formulate an LED array. However, in this case, some 250 sections of the Sistine paintings were studied to get the correct color rendering.

“There was no hesitation in our decision to use LEDs to illuminate the frescoes,” said Carlo Bogani, executive project director at Osram. “We chose to use cooler color temperatures in order to simulate the display of the frescoes as Michelangelo would have seen them as he worked.

“So, the LED luminaire we developed for the project featured red, green, blue, as well as warm white LED light. Its four color channels are independently controlled to allow for fine adjustment of the color temperature between 3,000–4,000K. The chapel would have to be illuminated with LED light at 3,500K, so a sophisticated correction algorithm was developed that integrates the differing color perception of the human eye with various color temperatures into the spectral distribution of the LED light.”

It was a significant challenge to determine where the luminaires should be positioned so as not to be intrusive but to replicate the quality and direction of the natural lighting. Fortunately, the quasi-military nature of the chapel’s original 15th-century design included catwalks along both sides of the chapel for guards to make their rounds. Custom luminaires were installed at a height of some 30 feet on this narrow walkway, invisible to visitors but giving the impression that daylight is emanating from the windows.

“Twenty LED luminaires were installed on each side of the chapel, and each luminaire contains 140 red, green, blue and white high-performance light-emitting diodes,” Bogani said. “The original design of the luminaires was made more slender, enabling them to fit on the narrow ledge. In addition, 30 LED 50W spotlights were mounted in groups of three between the windows. When required, these can be motor-driven onto the ledge from their concealment.”

The new LED panoply consists of three installation groupings. The first lights up the frescoes on walls and the ceiling, the second is a “gala” treatment for special occasions, and the third highlights Michelangelo’s final contribution to the chapel, his rendering of the Last Judgment.

So what about the ducats, florins, bucks?

Various sources say that the lighting job went for $2.2 million, but lighting bills for the Sistine Chapel could be cut by almost 90 percent after the LED installation.

“In addition to using 70 percent less power compared to the previous lighting installation, the difference in illumination and clarity of the viewing experience is immediately apparent,” Bogani said. “As a result of the highly precise guiding of light, the artworks on the walls are now properly illuminated and can be appreciated more, whereas before the lighting mostly focused on the ceiling.”

Which brings us back to the often-forgotten artists who worked as a team before Michelangelo entered the picture. These competitive, cutthroat Italian renaissance artists would have shocked the shorts off Mario Puzo’s “Godfather” characters. However, over the course of two years, a half dozen of them collaborated to produce a series of frescoes that appears to the casual viewer as though they were done by a single artist. Paintings on the facing walls of the chapel depict the lives of Moses and Jesus.

Now these forgotten and ignored pictures can be seen clearly. But, is following the money what it’s all about?

Osram’s man on the ground (and up on the scaffold) during the Sistine Chapel’s LED installation was Mourad Boulouedine.

“When you have the opportunity to be one foot away from these frescoes and see the colors and the details, you begin to feel and understand how much hard effort and genius Perugino, Signorelli, Botticelli and Michelangelo poured into their work,” Boulouedine said. “You get the feeling they are looking over your shoulder through time and asking, ‘Is this enough? Is there anything else you can do so that people can see our pictures better?’” he said.

“During this job, I learned that art makes all of us happy. Now, watching the smiles on people’s faces looking at the pictures in the newly lighted Sistine Chapel, that is a remuneration that cannot be surpassed,” Boulouedine said.

http://www.ecmag.com/section/lighting/renaissance-renovation-leds

Reprinted with permission from ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine

Sistine Chapel LEDs: The Backstory From John Paul Quinn

I’ve had the good fortune to visit the Sistine Chapel five times over some 40 years, under varying visibility conditions, depending on time of day or year, sometimes by natural light, sometimes with the old halogen lamp system in use.

So, when I started to pick up noise in the consumer press last October about the impending LED relighting of the Sistine Chapel, allowing portions of the ceiling and wall artwork to be seen clearly for the first time in centuries, I contacted EC magazine and pitched the idea of doing a story about the project. Publisher John Maisel and editor Andrea Klee gave me the go-ahead.

I felt that the effect of this new lighting installation would be something I’d really like to see some day, but for the time being maybe the best way to satisfy my curiosity would be by finding out how the project came about, what was done, and get a look at some before-and-after photos.

Three things were in the back of my mind when I started my homework for the story, and all of them were somewhat problematic:

  • I have mixed feelings about LED lighting, perhaps unfairly based on my gut reaction to some jackass in a pickup truck roaring up behind me on a highway in the middle of the night with his gross array of blinding LED headlights and matching sporty bumper lights obliterating my night vision.
  • I had heard about the basic differences between natural sunlight and artificial lighting firsthand from the personal experience of an artist friend of mine some years ago.
  • The story would have to integrate some fairly detailed information about two radically different subjects: 21st century technology and renaissance history and art.

My friend the artist had a harsh awakening back in the 1970s when a prestigious New York City gallery offered to put his work on display for sale. He delivered his paintings and the big night of the public showing arrived. To his chagrin, when he entered the gallery, most of his paintings looked to him like poor quality copies of his work. Lighter colors seemed blurred and washed out. The only pictures that looked fairly decent were those with predominantly dark tones. He realized that while he had done the paintings by strong natural light, the NYC gallery had no windows, only neon lighting. The dark pictures sold, but the lighter ones didn’t.

He went home, had neon lighting installed in his studio, and covered the windows with heavy drapes. At his next showing, almost every picture was bought.

But after talking with the people at Osram and studying the before-and-after photos of the Chapel they sent, my mind was set at rest about artificial lighting in today’s art world. As reported in the story, today’s LED lighting has a far different impact than a dozen or so troughs of generic halogen or neon lights switched on.

As the story indicates, in order to formulate the LED array, 250 sections of the wall and ceiling paintings were analyzed. LED luminaires were developed (7,000 of them) with four color channels independently controlled to allow for fine adjustment of the color temperature between 3,000 and 4,000 Kelvin. In addition, the custom luminaires were installed at a height of some 30 feet, invisible to visitors but giving the impression that the light is daylight emanating from the windows.

One gets the impression that these guys knew what they were doing.

So, with my techie misgivings out of the way, there was the problem of conveying in as few words as possible what kind of men the two major players were when Act One of this drama took place in the early sixteenth century. Michelangelo considered himself a sculptor, not a painter, and Pope Julius II already owed him a few thousand dollars in today’s money for other projects. The main reason he took the job was probably because it was an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Prior to and during the first years of his reign, Julius II was a hands-on field commander of papal armies. He was called a number of things by people who got on his nerves, one of the printable ones being “The Warrior Pope.” In fact, when he was elected pope and chose the name Julius, an elderly cardinal congratulated him on the choice, saying that Julius I had been a venerable, saintly man. Julius II replied: “I was thinking of Julius Caesar.”

Julius II left a uniquely disparate dual legacy to the Vatican, both of which are highly visible and have been favorites of tourists for centuries – the Sistine Chapel ceiling and the Swiss Guards. In his earlier years, Julius II had been archbishop of Lausanne in Switzerland and he admired the quiet professionalism and deadly efficiency of the Swiss pikemen, the top-dollar mercenaries in Europe at the time. Once he became pope, he officially founded the Swiss Guard, calling them “the defenders of the Church’s freedom.” Historically, their number has stood at 110 men, and since the Vatican remains a city-state, many military historians consider the Swiss Guards to be the oldest – and smallest – standing army in the world. Their motto is "Acriter et Fideliter" -- Fiercely and Faithfully, and their banner still includes the golden oak tree coat of arms of Julius II.

The story for EC about the new LED lighting was fun and educational to research and to write. But there were some aggravating moments having to do with Vatican red tape, and at times I wished I could e-mail Julius II who was short on patience and knew how to get things done.

Maybe there should be more stories like this in business, industrial, and technical publications.

Now if Britain’s National Trust, the preservation organization in charge of Stonehenge, ever wants to install LED floodlighting around the ring of monoliths on Salisbury Plain …

This web exclusive was printed with permission from the author – John Paul Quinn

The evolving role of the ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR includes POWER - CONTROLS - COMMUNICATIONS - SECURITY and LIFE SAFETY and, now. all Wireless Services Support Systems

The world’s Leading Voice of Authority on The Integrated Technologies for Competitive Smart Buildings

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine serves the field of electrical construction, including inside, line work, lighting, maintenance, control, electrical work, voice/data systems, security, fire and life safety, fiber optics, home and building automation systems, integrated building systems applications and others applicable to the field. The magazine is part of the National Electrical Contractors Association, but serves the entire electrical construction industry. The 85,000+ readers include business owners, partners, presidents, engineers, estimators, purchasing agents, project managers, supervisors, foremen, electricians and others. ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine is the Official Publication of the National Electrical Contractors Association. (NECA). www.necanet.org ECmag.com also publishes a regular Products e-Newsletter.

ECmag.com is the fastest growing and most visited site by electrical contractors in the industry and offers the broadest array of digital information available, all of which is fully searchable with archives going back to 2000. ECmag.com contains videos, webinars, white papers and a whole lot more. www.ecmag.com This website is connected to an amazing array of NECA websites offering a host of other “information rich” materials and videos.

Electrical contractors represent a $130+ billion marketing opportunity for suppliers of an ever-broadening range of products and services.

Some key areas into which electrical contractors venture include the design, specification, installation and servicing of the following building and nonbuilding systems:

Traditional electrical power transmission and distribution systems and the controls that ensure their proper function

High performance, fully integrated building systems and controls, including those for communication, security, fire, life safety and building automation.

Emerging market technologies, including green/sustainable building, fuel cells and energy storage, wind/solar power generation, smart grid and metering, electric vehicle charging stations, and wireless communication.

Moreover, electrical contractors increasingly are relied upon to integrate both power and building systems into a fully functioning, environmentally friendly, energy-efficient and sustainable facility.

Electrical contractors purchase or lease tens of millions of dollars in the vehicles, tools, equipment and management services necessary to help them effectively complete their projects and grow their businesses.

FIRM STATISTICS

More than 64,000 individual firms (U.S. Census/Bureau of Labor Statistics)

More than 700,000 employees (U.S. Census/BLS)

A classic 80/20 market; 13% of firms do 71% of dollar volume

• 74% firms have fewer than 10 employees.

MARKET STATISTICS

KEY MARKET SEGMENTS

Electrical contracting firms typically work on a variety of building and project types, including new construction, renovation and service/maintenance activity.

53% work in commercial, industrial, and institutional (CII)

• 42% in residential (single and multifamily)

5% in nonbuilding (power lines; highway, bridge, airport and traffic lighting; and emerging power generating systems (solar, wind, EV charging, etc.)

SIGNIFICANT INDUSTRY TRENDS

Increased owner and tenant demands for better designed, more energy-efficient, sustainable, environmentally friendly facilities are driving dramatic changes in both the role and scope of activity for the electrical contractor community. These changes directly affect how, what and to whom suppliers must communicate the brand message to grow their bottom-line sales.

KEY MARKET CHANGES

Traditional thought processes in building construction have changed, spurred on by better answers to common questions.

• “What is a building?” The basic intent of a building’s function has shifted. In the recent past, separate building systems and con­trols were individually optimized—each system could not interact or communicate with “sister” systems; this setup, overall, was very inefficient. Today, the building itself has become the system, with all individual systems (power and low-voltage) totally integrated, intercommunicative, interdependent and interactive.

• How are buildings designed and delivered? Inefficient traditional design/bid/build project delivery systems have shifted to a much preferred, more collaborative design/build process. More than 80% of electrical contractors now derive a majority of their total revenue from direct participation in the design/build process. They sit at the design/specification table earlier, more often and as a trusted, design/specification team partner.

• How are specs written? The electrical specification process has transformed, with the electrical contractor playing a key role in product/brand influence and selection. More than 75% of all electrical specs are either multiple, equal or performance-based. That means final product/brand selection is delegated to the electrical contractor. In addition, over 45% of specs are delivered to the contractor “incom­plete,” leaving final design/specification decisions to the electrical contractor.

• What does the building owner want? Building owners increas­ingly demand close to single-source responsibility for design, speci­fication, integration and maintenance of all their property’s systems, including both traditional power and low-voltage systems. As the sole entity who can integrate and service both electrical power and low-voltage systems, the electrical contractor most closely fulfills the owner’s needs.

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Tool Trends: Lithium-Ion

Lithium-ion Batteries

Published: November 2014

By Jeff Griffin

All lithium-ion batteries are not the same, and four toolmakers describe here what makes their batteries unique.

Hagen Dost, product manager—cordless power tools at Bosch Power Tools, said: “Professionals who use power tools look for increased battery power and run-time capabilities for power-hungry tools and all-day driving and drilling. Bosch’s 12V and 18V battery lines offer advanced lithium-­ion chemistry, which packs more energy per cell without increasing its size. Lithium-ion also offers users lower internal resistance and higher efficiency, which translates to increased productivity.

“Professionals want not only long run time but also exceptional recharge life, and that can be threatened by excessive heat. The Bosch 18V batteries address this need with proprietary CoolPack technology identified by its red heat-conductive housing, which extends inward and wraps around each cell to extract heat from within. With unique conductive properties and rib design, Bosch is the only battery manufacturer to integrate such advanced technology for longer recharge life—up to 100 percent longer versus similar packs without this feature.

“Bosch’s Flexible Power System for 12V or 18V tools allows users to select the battery that best meets their needs, whether that’s a smaller 2.0 Ah [ampere-hour] SlimPack for working overhead and in tight spaces or the more powerful FatPack for heavy-duty long run-time applications.

“To answer the need for power through continuous, all-day applications, we launched a 5.0-Ah battery. This new battery is the lightest, most compact and longest run time FatPack-style battery on the market. It is compatible with the complete line of Bosch 18V lithium-ion power tools.

“We built the Bosch BAT621 with state-of-the-art, high-capacity, low-resistance lithium-ion cells, which increase the overall capacity from the current 4.0-Ah batteries by 25 percent. This means improved run time and performance for all tools, especially system tools such as rotary hammers, impact drivers and reciprocating saws.

“Finally, all our battery packs are covered under our Pro­VANTAGE protection plan. This no-charge plan guarantees our batteries for two years. Once you sign up, if you have any issues with a pack in two years’ time, we will replace it.

“Bosch battery technology is on a steep growth curve. In the past three years, we have gone from 2.6-Ah packs to 5.0-Ah today. We always are looking for ways to increase professional productivity, whether it be new chemistries or configurations,” Dost said.

Ward Smith, product manager—batteries, chargers and cordless nailers at DeWalt, said: “Lithium-ion battery technology has provided multiple advancements for the power-tool market. For example, lithium-ion has virtually no self-discharge, which allows the user to work longer between charges. Unlike other chemistries, when the tool is not in use, the battery has minimal discharge, thus keeping more capacity within the pack for productive work. Lithium-ion technology has enabled tools to do more work in lighter weight packages compared to other chemistries. The design of the DeWalt 20V MAX system allows users to immediately upgrade their tools to better performance with higher capacity packs, such as the 5.0-Ah DCB205.

“Our world-class engineering team is focused on working with major cell suppliers to optimize power and run time within our 20V MAX system of cordless tools. DeWalt’s robust design is focused on the user’s productivity in order to minimize nuisance shutdowns. DeWalt designs for the long term to maintain compatibility with existing systems and also to implement new technologies that deliver more power without having to lock out batteries.

“For the future, there are various lithium-ion formats [prismatic, lithium polymer, etc.] in various adjacent markets. However, in terms of chemistry, lithium-ion will be the choice of chemistry for the immediate future. DeWalt will continue to develop more capability within the 20V MAX system in all components—battery, tool and charger—optimizing these three components to provide users the best system in terms of performance and durability,” Smith said.

Wayne Hart, communications manager at Makita, said: “Makita lithium-ion batteries have category-leading charge times, so the battery spends more time working and less time sitting on the charger. A Makita 18V lithium-ion 3.0-Ah battery will reach a full charge in 30 minutes; other 3.0-Ah batteries take up to an hour to reach a full charge. The new Makita 18V LXT lithium-ion 4.0-Ah battery will reach a full charge in only 40 minutes; other batteries take up to an hour and a half.

“The built-in fan on the Makita Rapid Optimum Charger forces air through the battery during the charging process to cool the battery for faster charging. The charger also communicates with the battery’s built-in chip throughout the charging process to optimize battery life by actively controlling current, voltage and temperature, resulting in faster charging and increased efficiency.

“Makita understands the importance of staying within the strongly preferred 18V lithium-ion platform and developed the 18V X2 rotary hammer powered by two 18V batteries for 36V power and run time. Since the release of this rotary hammer, we’ve delivered additional 18V X2 tools, including a cordless 7 ¼-inch circular saw, which delivers 36V power without leaving the 18V platform.

“The Makita 18V series is the world’s largest 18V cordless tool line powered by an 18V lithium-ion, slide-style battery,” he said.

The combination of fast-charging 18V lithium-ion battery efficiency of brushless motors has resulted in new innovation and increased productivity. Hart gave the example of Makita’s 18V LXT lithium-ion, brushless 1-inch rotary hammer. The efficient brushless motor combined with the 18V lithium-ion battery allowed engineers to include a built-on HEPA vacuum with HEPA filtration system for improved dust containment. Even with the 18V battery powering both the rotary hammer and the vacuum, the brushless LXRH011 has up to 50 percent longer run time on a single charge than the nonbrushless 18V lithium-ion rotary hammer. Hart said it is the industry’s first 1-inch capacity, 18V cordless rotary hammer and also the first 18V brushless rotary hammer with a built-on vacuum attachment.

“With 80-plus tools powered by the fast-charging 18V battery and with the added convenience of using two 18V batteries on select 18V X2 tools, contractors get more solutions, unmatched breadth of line, a faster charging battery, and maximum convenience and efficiency,” Hart said.

Paul Fry, vice president of product marketing at Milwaukee Tool, said: “Lithium-ion has caused a fundamental shift in cordless tool technology. It is similar to the type of change users have seen in technology like flat-screen versus tube televisions. It is a massive change in form, features and function. Lithium-ion technology provides the opportunity for power tool manufacturers to create innovative new solutions and set new standards of performance and durability for electricians.

“Lithium-ion, along with advancements in motor technology and electronics, has allowed manufacturers to pack a massive amount of power and performance into a compact structure. Tools are getting smaller and lighter, and at the same time outperforming their predecessors.

“Lithium-ion batteries are not created equal. Milwaukee Tool has been leading the charge in advancements in lithium technology since it brought the technology to the power tool market. Milwaukee’s RedLithium battery technology provides up to two times more run time, 20 percent more power, and 50 percent more recharges than standard lithium products. This new technology will also operate in temperatures as low as 0°F/–18°C and will run 20 percent cooler with fade-free power and no memory effect. Milwaukee also offers industry- leading electronic features that optimize the performance of every tool and protect the user’s investment in abusive situations. Without these protections in place, a lithium-ion battery can be destroyed in as little as one use.

“These features allow us to broaden the possibilities in terms of the types of tools that can be viable cordless options. Lithium-ion will continue to drive the development of innovative products that redefine end-user productivity, and will continue to raise industry standards for cordless performance and reliability,” Fry said.

In 2005, the Tool Trends report focused on Milwaukee Tool’s introduction of lithium-ion batteries to the cordless power tool market.

Observing that the development of battery-powered tools was one of the most significant technological advances in hand tools, the late Dennis Rhees, then national product specialist at Graybar, called Milwaukee Tool’s line of 28-volt (V) lithium-ion tools a cordless breakthrough.

“Lightweight lithium-ion battery technology increases productivity with more power and twice the run time of 18V battery-operated tools,” Rhees said. “It is the most important innovation in tool technology this year. Lithium-ion batteries provide maximum performance during the entire battery charge without the gradual decrease in power typical with nickel-cadmium [NiCd] batteries.”

Just a year later, Tool Trends reported entry by Bosch Power Tools, DeWalt, Makita and other major toolmakers into the lithium-ion tool market.

In addition to much lighter weight, longer run time at full power and quick charge times, lithium-ion power has brought significant changes in the tools they power with the introduction of cordless tools that previously had been available only in corded models (e.g., cordless band saws). In addition, tools, such as crimpers, are available with battery-­assist models, testers and job-site accessories, including lighting, wet-dry vacuums, radios and more.

The selection of lithium-ion tools and products for construction quickly multiplied, and manufacturers placed priority attention on improving the batteries that powered these tools.

·                     Tool Trends

·                     Lithium-Ion

·                     Batteries

·                     Rechargeable Batteries

·                     Tools

Reprinted with permission from ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine

 

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Z-Band Now Has More Rep Coverage in More States

Z-Band is pleased to announce that Henry W. Phillips Company (HWPCo) will be representing Z-Band in the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi.  HWPco will be promoting Z-Band's full line of video distribution solutions to the Government, Education, Hospitality, Healthcare, and Corporate markets.

 

For over 40 years, HWPCo has provided exceptional service, integrity, and solutions to the Audio, Video, Infrastructure and Security industries.  We are looking forward to a successful and long-term relationship with them as we work together on video distribution projects in the South. www.z-band.com

  

Henry W. Phillips Company contact info: 

info@hwpco.com 

678-866-0511

www.hwpco.com 

 

AFL to Showcase New Fusion Splicer and Air-Jetted Solution at BICSI Winter

Spartanburg, SC – February 17, 2015 – AFL, a leading manufacturer of fiber optic solutions, is introducing two new products at the BICSI Winter Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 23-25. The Fujikura 21S Fusion Splicer and 72-fiber eABF® cable with Spider Web Ribbon (SWR) technology will be demonstrated throughout the show. Attendees can see product demonstrations in AFL’s booth, No. 1215.


The Fujikura 21S is a mid-range fusion splicer that uses active cladding alignment to provide excellent low loss splice results. With moveable v-grooves, splicing errors caused by dust and other contaminants are eliminated. The compact and rugged Fujikura 21S also features removable sheath clamps and a large 4.7” LCD monitor. Additionally, the splicer is fully compatible with AFL’s FuseConnect® fusion spliced field installable connectors.

Also new this year is the 72-fiber eABF with SWR cable, an expansion to AFL’s eABF air-jetted solution line. The 72-fiber cable is an ultra-small, ribbon-like cable that can be quickly ribbonized for mass termination. Fifty percent smaller than traditional flat ribbon cables, the 72-fiber cable is optimized for jetting into the Dura-Line® 8.5/6 mm Enterprise FuturePath® MicroDuct pathway system. Unlike other blown-fiber systems, the 72-fiber cable does not require furcation tubing when routing through cable management spaces. The cable is GR-409 Interconnect compliant and comes in NFPA/NEC Riser and Plenum configurations.

Other products and services to be featured in AFL’s booth include, fiber inside plant and outside plant products, test equipmentfield fusion splicersfiber optic cable and Light Brigade® training and education. For more information about AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

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

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


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