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Issue: May 2012
By: Frank Bisbee

Datacom/Telecom Glossary
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Bisbee's Buzz


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

When gas goes over $4 per gallon and employee costs go through the roof. Think about adding a FLEET GPS TRACKING system.


Controlling Costs - considerable savings on fuel and idle time, while simultaneously increasing levels of employee productivity, asset security, and other travel-based benefits

Scheduling, Honesty, Theft, Waste, Abuse, Speed… and maximize fuel savings… (plus insurance premium discount?)

Global positioning system (GPS) tracking has become an integral part of contemporary travel standards, particularly for those with a fleet of vehicles deployed for professional use. Optimal GPS usage can account for considerable savings on fuel and idle time, while simultaneously increasing levels of employee productivity, asset security, and other travel-based benefits. Despite the fact that there are a number of GPS service providers, there are several key distinguishing features of both GPS systems and providers which can help customers evaluate the proficiency, reliability, and overall worth of such enterprises.

GPS is a sophisticated network of 32 satellites that transmits a variety of information through microwave signals to receivers installed within vehicles, which in turn transmit data regarding their specific characteristics and usage to a remote server which can be accessed either through proprietary software installed on computers or through an internet connection via PC or mobile device. This information allows those who access the server to pinpoint a vehicle’s exact location, speed, direction, start up and shut down information, idling and more—all at specific points in time. GPS can greatly benefit fleet owners who are looking to regulate driver behavior and standards, as well as those who are looking to make accurate, informed dispatching decisions based on up to date information. There are two general methods for providing this information to remote server users: active tracking and passive tracking.

Active Tracking

Active tracking provides remote server users real-time access to information about a particular vehicle. This data is transferred in regular increments; the best GPS service providers can offer data in 60 second intervals. Active tracking generally costs more than passive tracking, yet may be instrumental in providing dispatchers and fleet managers routing information. Efficient mapping software enables such employees to know the precise location of all the vehicles in their fleets at any given time, which enables them to send the closest vehicle to a particular job. This method of improved dispatching decreases vehicle mileage, fuel usage, and allows drivers to finish more jobs in a shift.

Passive Tracking

Passive tracking is the method by which vehicle data is stored on its receiver and transmitted to the remote server at a later time, usually after a driver’s shift has ended. It allows remote users to view the same information as that provided by active tracking, although some information, such as maps of vehicle location and routes, may not mean as much since the jobs have presumable already been completed. Passive tracking data must be downloaded to be viewed. Buyers should be weary of GPS service providers who claim to deliver vehicle updates in increments of 5, 10 or 15 minutes. Such updates are not completely real-time, and may require additional charges for the location of vehicles within intervals.

Reporting Capability

One of the primary means of assessing the value of a GPS solution is to gauge the amount of flexibility it provides in the reporting of various vehicle data. Reports should ideally be able to be furnished instantly, weekly, or monthly, in a concise manner which is organized so that they are easily understood. Generated reports will offer users data on traffic violation, driving policy violations, daily vehicle activity, starting and stopping times, as well as information regarding idling and other daily vehicle activity.


Notifications, also known as alerts, are an ideal way to inform management of transgressions in company policy endemic to a particular fleet. Quality GPS systems will deliver alerts instantaneously via mobile device or email, as well as in reports generated from the offending vehicle and driver. Notifications can be issued as reminders for scheduled maintenance procedures or for violations of company policy such as unauthorized vehicle usage or prohibited entrance or exit of a forbidden geographic region, as well as for common violations such as speeding.


Although mapping is the primary component of navigation, the presentation of specific information to routing is also important as well. Ease of navigation may be largely determined by the formatting of a particular vehicle’s GPS interface, which should ideally be able to be customized as well as provide a dashboard view which presents the most frequently used information in a single screen. Other information pertinent to the specific needs of an enterprise should be readily accessible as well.

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

Never text while driving… ever.

Frank Bisbee - Editor

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Can’t Cut the Cord – article from ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine

People are on the move, but fiber isn’t going anywhere

byJim Hayes
Published: April 2012

Last month, I discussed the current status of broadband networks and the emergence of wireless as the preferred connection, since most users want mobility for their broadband-connected devices. Often, I find people think wireless means no more fiber optics (or any cabling at all), but that’s hardly the case.

What most people think of wireless connections are only the final link to the device that allows the user to be mobile, not tethered to the network with a cable. Consider the first wireless device that most people owned: a cordless phone. The handset was cordless, but the base station was connected to the network with a conventional cable.

Likewise, cellular phones, smartphones, Wi-Fi-connected laptops and tablets are “cordless,” but as soon as they connect to their respective networks, they virtually connect to fiber or copper cabling. The exception is some cellular towers in remote areas where the tower links to the phone network over line-of-sight wireless, using round dish antennas you can sometimes see on the side of cellular towers.

Most cellular towers have been converted to optical fiber connections to the phone system to provide the bandwidth needed for expanded services. The fiber connecting the towers is the usual telco grades of single-mode fiber. Many towers are using wavelength-division multiplexing to expand the capacity of fibers already placed to avoid having to install more fiber to the tower.

The latest trend affecting cellular towers is to run fiber up the tower to the antennas. In the past, coaxial cable has been run up the tower to the antennas, but with the proliferation of new antennas needed for next generation cellular coverage, the massive bundle of the coaxial cables has become too big and heavy and has too much wind resistance. All those bundles of coaxial cable can be replaced with one small fiber cable, and the same cable often includes the power conductors for the antennas. These cables are made to order, cut to the proper length and terminated in the factory-, so they can be installed by simply plugging in the proper connectors at the antennas and in the equipment hut. These cables may be either multimode or single-mode fiber.

You have probably noticed how good cellular coverage is inside large public buildings, such as convention centers or even inside tunnels. If you look closely, you may see small cellular antennas placed inside those structures. They usually use single-mode fibers that run back to the equipment room to connect to the phone system. A similar technology is being proposed for use in urban areas. Small, low-power antennas using one single-mode fiber are being developed to expand the coverage of cellular systems and to expand capacity, since each antenna covers a smaller area with fewer users who share the available bandwidth.

Wi-Fi access points also are proliferating also, since they provide connectivity for smartphones, laptops and tablets. Corporate Wi-Fi often uses Cat 5e/6a to connect the access points because many can be powered over the unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cable using power over Ethernet (PoE) to avoid additional power requirements. But once you get into large public buildings or go outdoors for municipal Wi-Fi systems, the cabling distance is over the 100-meter limit for UTP cabling, and fiber connections become the norm. Indoors, multimode fiber is often preferred while most outdoor systems use single-mode fiber (see page 70 for more on municipal networks).

Another variation of Wi-Fi also is being tested. This version uses different frequencies for transmission, in the 100–700 megahertz region, where spectrum became available when TV switched from analog to digital transmission. It’s called “Super Wi-Fi” for a good reason. At lower frequencies, it can go much farther than regular Wi-Fi—perhaps as far as 50 miles—making it possible to reach rural areas where it is uneconomical to run fiber all the way to the user. If field trials are successful, expect to see a lot of Super Wi-Fi towers being built in rural areas and connected over fiber.

Super Wi-Fi may take over the role proposed for WiMax, another wireless variation that keeps being promoted but seems unable to get enough traction to become successful. Coverage is spotty, and few devices make direct connections over WiMax.

From the fiber optic installation standpoint, none of these wireless technologies are out of the ordinary, unless you don’t like climbing towers to plug in cables. Any premises or outside plant contractor familiar with fiber optic installation is capable of installing these systems. If it also is necessary to be involved in the design of the wireless networks, bring in an experienced wireless designer. Picking antenna locations is a very tricky process.

HAYES is a VDV writer and educator and the president of The Fiber Optic Association. Find him at

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


Megladon Announces New Product Release of Rack Mount Network Simulator with HLC® SCRATCHGUARD® Interconnects

Austin, Texas, May 11, 2012 – Megladon Manufacturing Group announced today an addition to their HLC Test and Measurement product family serving fiber optic transport equipment manufacturers and qualification labs. The 6RU and 3RU rack mount HLC Network Simulators allow testing over fiber optic glass up to 200km and is modular producing a variety of configuration options.

The Network Simulator products are used to test transport equipment for Telecommunication carriers and identify incompatibilities of hardware solutions before they are deployed on a large scale. Instead of simulating a network using attenuation, these products provide the length of glass to send a signal over the actual distance. This enables the carrier and test lab to identify any hardware components producing a nonconformance, make appropriate changes and then verify the change was adequate.

Based on a modular design, the 6U product contains up to 200km of glass in 25km increments or 80km in 10km increments as well as other configurations. The interconnect ports on the front panel allow for distance changes and for multiple boxes to be put in series. The 3U product contains up to 50km for applications where rack space is a critical consideration. These simulators are manufactured with glass from all major glass manufacturers.

“We found an opportunity in the marketplace that required versatility and reliability and used our expertise to provide a solution” stated John M Culbert, President & Partner of Megladon. “ We enjoy solving problems and building relationships”.

The HLC (Hardened Lens Contact) is a unique and critical aspect of the Network Simulator. Continuous testing over a duration of 3-6 months can only be accomplished if the interconnects are of the highest quality. A signal loss during the testing procedure can cause a schedule delay in large deployment projects. The HLC is designed to provide reference grade geometry, low loss and a tempered end face for stability and durability.

Megladon’s HLC Test and Measurement product family includes Test Reference Cables used to test link loss over deployed networks and by fiber optic termination manufacturers, Long Launch and Pulse Suppression products for use with OTDR testing and Network Simulators. The common use of the HLC technology across this product offering provides reliability when you need it most and an extended life span.

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

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

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


City on Fiber– article from ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine

Metro fiber networks offer benefits for all

by Jim Hayes
Published: April 2012

While most of the talk about expanding broadband access for the American public has focused on rural customers, much of the activity is in metropolitan areas. Metro networks are expanding rapidly because they encompass many types of networks, not just broadband Internet.

Cities and suburbs are installing communications systems to connect administrative, public safety and other city offices. They are installing surveillance cameras for security and traffic monitoring. They are monitoring and controlling traffic signals to improve traffic flow and save energy. Schools provide high-speed Internet to students and school administrators. Municipalities are installing wireless systems for both private and public use. Utilities are expanding their communications systems to increase efficiency and read meters remotely. Many cities also are realizing that they can lease “dark fibers” to phone or cable TV (CATV) companies as well as other organizations that desire high-speed connectivity.

All of these applications are based on optical fiber, virtually all single-mode. Most fiber optic cables are installed underground, although some areas still use aerial cables. Understanding how to install the cables with minimal disruption of the day-to-day city operation is the secret to a successful installation and sometimes a successful bid on a project.

Metro network issues
A decade ago, when companies were installing fiber practically everywhere to expand or offer competitive phone, CATV and Internet services, it was not uncommon to find city streets being dug up time after time as each new company negotiated rights-of-way individually with the local governments. Each time a company dug up the streets, snarling traffic, the pavement quality declined because repairs generally were not of sufficient quality or durability.

Smart municipal administrations quickly learned to require whoever was digging up the street to install extra conduit. Ownership of the conduit transferred to the city and was partial payment for the access to install cables. The practice allowed the city to sell access to other companies (or to install their own municipal fiber optic networks) without digging up the streets again. Now cities are working with companies and contractors to develop new techniques for installation that are less disruptive.

When cities realize they can lease fiber networks to companies that wish to offer phone, CATV and Internet services, the installation of municipal fiber networks just makes sense. Local governments have also discovered several funding sources that offset the cost of installing their own networks. Federal funds are available for education (connect the schools), homeland security (connect the public service departments and install surveillance cameras) and transportation (install a smart traffic light system). And, of course, more than $7 billion in stimulus funds have been made available for installing broadband for underserved areas, many of which are the inner cities.

Some municipalities, such as Santa Monica, Calif., have made use of all these funding sources and have installed many additional fibers for other purposes. Santa Monica City Net leases fiber for CATV and fiber to the home (FTTH) and offers connections to many companies based in the city that want private high-speed communications access. Many cities have discovered systems—such as Santa Monica City Net—can pay for themselves with sales opportunities.

A local electrical utility is building another well-known successful metropolitan network in Chattanooga, Tenn. Chattanooga gained fame as the first city to build a 1-gigabit-per-second (Gbps) FTTH network, beating Google, which will build a network in Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo. The utility that is building the network will also use it for reading meters.

Google, of course, deserves a lot of credit for the interest in metro networks. The company’s promise to build the first 1 Gbps metro FTTH network received more than 1,100 applications from American cities interested in providing higher speed broadband connections to their citizens and maybe bypassing other communications providers who were less than enthusiastic about upgrading systems. Google has even worked hard to encourage new technology and installation techniques that can enhance network performance, reduce energy consumption and simplify installation.

Verizon is another major corporate contributor to the development of new metro network processes. In the company’s massive installation program to bring fiber to the home with its FiOS system, Verizon examined many of the installation processes and components used to reduce the time and cost of installation. In addition, the company needed technicians who could install the fiber outdoors and in multiple dwelling units and then hook up and troubleshoot the phone, video and Internet services.

Fiber optic components and systems
While the premises cabling market still uses a lot of multimode fiber for CCTV and computer networks, outside plant and metro networks are almost entirely based on single-mode fiber. Once you get outside a building, the distances are usually too long for multimode fiber, so equipment designed for metro systems will be compatible with single-mode fiber.

Unlike telco systems, which have multiple single-mode fiber types to choose from, depending on the length and bit rate of the links, metro systems generally use regular single-mode fiber (G.652 is the international designation). However, low water peak fiber may be chosen for its ability to upgrade to wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) for future expansion, saving the need for installing additional fibers. And while telcos install cables with many extra fibers, metro systems may choose to limit the number of fibers for smaller diameter cables, which simplifies installation in crowded ducts.

Cabling for metro networks today is generally installed underground, although some cities continue using aerial installation; it’s a cheaper solution than paying the cost to bury all their aerial cables. When used, aerial cables will often be lashed to current messenger cables or other copper communications cables. Self-supporting fiber optic cables are an option where poles are already overloaded with cables.

Some specialized underground cables and ducts have been developed for metro applications, often to reduce cable size and allow easier installation in crowded ducts. Sometimes, even air-blown fiber is used. Air-blown fiber uses small plastic tubes that are installed like cable. Then special fibers are blown into the tubes. Advocates of air-blown fiber like to point out that it allows upgrades by forcing out old fibers and blowing in new ones, justifying the higher initial costs.

Like other outside plant installations, splicing is generally performed with fusion splicers, and the splice closures are carefully stored in manholes or pedestals. And since it’s single-mode fiber, termination is performed by fusion-splicing pigtails onto the fibers. Prepolished splice connectors, including new designs that use fusion splicing instead of mechanical splicing, can be used if breakout kits are installed on the cables.

Installation processes
One of the secrets to success for a contractor interested in metropolitan networks is learning how to install fiber with minimal disruption to the city. New techniques for fiber installation, many developed for FTTH, are proving to be highly useful in metro installs.

Obviously, the best situation is having conduit space available already. Many cities have conduit with fiber ducts installed, so pulling fiber is simple. Sometimes conduit space can be expanded using some new styles of ducting, including collapsible types that take up practically no space but protect the fiber optic cable and reduce pulling tension. Installation is simply a matter of pulling cable from manhole to manhole, splicing as necessary, and storing service loops.

Where conduit is not available—either for the full cable run or drops into buildings, pedestals, or to poles for wireless access points, CCTV cameras, and traffic signal controls—microtrenching techniques can be used. The latest version of microtrenching equipment cuts a narrow (less than 1 inch) groove in the pavement, typically less than 12 inches deep, vacuuming up the debris as it goes along. Cable or small ducts for pulling cable or even air-blown fiber is installed in the groove. After the duct or cable is installed, the groove is backfilled with grout that meets the same standards as the pavement.

The shallow depth of the microtrenching groove means minimal interference with other underground utilities. Installers and equipment providers claim that more than five miles of cable can be installed per day at up to 75 percent cost savings and with reduced traffic disruption. The expensive microtrenching equipment is already available for rental, making the investment in such equipment unnecessary.

Equipment rental is one of the techniques that Google identified as a way to save costs in metro installations. The company was so interested in the technique that it held a microtrenching race in the parking lot at the Google campus between equipment vendors to encourage competition in developing better equipment.

Additional cost savings may be possible using another technique developed for FTTH: prefabricated cable systems. Since single-mode termination is usually performed by splicing pigtails onto a cable and sealing splices in a closure for protection, termination can be time-consuming and expensive. FTTH systems often use prefabricated cables with weather-resistant terminations on one or both ends. Pulling terminated cable into ducts is usually not possible, but if one end is finished, the unfinished end can be pulled through the duct so that only one end requires splicing.

Companies such as Google and Verizon have done a good job of promoting these new technologies and their advantages. Some municipalities have well-informed personnel who keep track of new technologies such as microtrenching and prefab cabling systems and want to include them in their metropolitan network projects. Contractors familiar with these techniques have a competitive advantage and should, of course, inform municipal engineers planning projects of the advantages and particularly the potential cost savings of these techniques.

HAYES is a VDV writer and educator and the president of The Fiber Optic Association. Find him at

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


BICSI Appoints Douglas Dunbar as Vice President of Sales and Business Development

Tampa, Fla., April 20, 2012—BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, is pleased to announce the appointment of Douglas Dunbar to the position of Vice President of Sales and Business Development. In this position, Dunbar will be responsible for generating new revenue, building a global sales team, cultivating long-term strategic partnerships and increasing marketplace visibility and stature by focusing on BICSI’s products and services to add value for its customers.

“We are pleased to have Doug join the BICSI team,” said John D. Clark, Jr. BICSI’s Executive Director and CEO. “In the newly created role, Doug’s primary responsibility will be to grow and position BICSI for the future. This will entail leadership and direction of BICSI’s products and services for maximum profitability and growth in line with BICSI’s strategic plan, vision and values.”

Prior to joining BICSI, Dunbar was Vice President of Business Development for Savitra Corporation, a cloud-based e-commerce platform provider.

Dunbar has a distinguished career in technology sales, marketing and business development. His career includes sales management stints at both Bell Atlantic Mobile and BellSouth Cellular, as well as a 13-year career with Sprint/Nextel, including positions as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Nextel International and Vice President of Marketing for both of Sprint/Nextel’s Northeast and Midwest regions.

Dunbar has extensive experience in sales planning, systems and metrics, recruitment, training, market segmentation and development, in addition to sales incentive/compensation programs. Throughout his career, he has managed sales channels including direct, indirect, telemarketing and retail. Dunbar’s experience spans both domestic and global markets, including multiple countries in Asia and South America.

Dunbar’s educational background includes several academic certificates relating to sales and finance including Leadership and Management from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and Business Accounting from University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Business. In addition, he is a member of Business Networking International.


BICSI is a professional association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry. ITS covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security, and audio & video technologies. It encompasses the design, integration and installation of pathways, spaces, fiber- and copper-based distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports the transportation of information and associated signaling between and among communications and information gathering devices.

BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ITS industry. We serve more than 23,000 ITS professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ITS professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries. For more information, visit


FOA Offers three new free online training programs on FiberU

FOA is now offering three new online training programs on it's Fiber U training site covering Fiber Optic Network Design, Fiber Optic Testing and Fiber to the Home. These three programs allow easy sefl-study of the subjects using extensive lesson plans covering the topics and quizzes to allow testing comprehension of the materials. Fiber U is also starting to offer "instructor-led" training through the FOA "Fiber Optic Training" group on LinkedIn.

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BICSI Data Center Credential Supports Growing Industry Trends

TAMPA, Fla., May 9, 2012 / BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, established the Data Center Design Consultant (DCDC) credential in order to support those involved in the planning, implementing and making of critical decisions regarding data centers.

Due to the push for greater capacity, increased efficiency and higher levels of utilization, data centers have become more complex to design and bring online. Today's data center designers are often required to possess knowledge in mechanical, electrical and telecommunications systems, as well as to be familiar with the other needs of a data center, such as reliability, security and building requirements.

The BICSI DCDC credential was created to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated both the knowledge and the ability to apply it over the multiple facets within data center design. Individuals who have earned the DCDC credential have seen favorable results.

"I feel that the DCDC credential helps solidify my expertise to my clients, as I am currently working on several data centers, not just in areas of design, but through consultation on cloud and co-location services," said Tony Whaley, RCDD, DCDC, NTS, WD, CTS, Vice President of RTKL Associates and Chair of BICSI's Registrations and Credentials Supervision Committee.

BICSI courses prepare individuals for industry success and are educational tools that can be used to pursue the DCDC credential, which is achieved by passing an exam based on three BICSI publications, including the standard ANSI/BICSI 002-2011, Data Center Design and Implementation Best Practices. The DCDC examination is the first BICSI exam to be offered via computer-based testing at Pearson VUE Authorized Testing Facilities, which are available at more than 4,500 sites in 165 countries.

The first individual to pass the DCDC examination at a Pearson VUE testing facility was Mohammed Asgharuddin Ahmed, RCDD, DCDC, of Saudi Arabia. "I believe [computer-based testing] is an excellent alternative that exams can be taken from anywhere in the world," said Ahmed. "The specialized DCDC credential will further substantiate my data center experience. The convergence of systems and applications, the need for reliable network availability and the advent of cloud computing will certainly augment career opportunities for data center professionals, making the DCDC a vital credential in the coming years."

More information regarding the DCDC credential can be found at

BICSI is a professional association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry. ITS covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security, project management and audio & video technologies.

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


Belden Earnings up 13% in First Quarter 2012

ST. LOUIS 5-10-2012- Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC), a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, today reported fiscal first quarter 2012 results for the period ended April 1, 2012.

First Quarter Highlights

Increased income from continuing operations per diluted share to $0.52, up 13% over $0.46 per diluted share in the first quarter 2011;

Increased gross profit percentage 220 basis points to 30.5% from 28.3% in the year-ago period;

Generated $5.2 million in free cash flow, a $26.5 million increase over last year;

Purchased 640,816 shares of Belden common stock for $25.0 million during the quarter, bringing the total program-to-date shares retired to 2.28 million under the previously announced share repurchase program; and

Increased the low end of full-year guidance for fiscal 2012 income from continuing operations per diluted share to a new range of $2.75 – $2.90 and narrowed the range of revenues to $1.98 – $2.02 billion.

First Quarter Results

Revenue for the quarter totaled $464.3 million, up $2.7 million compared to $461.6 million in the first quarter 2011. Income from continuing operations per diluted share for the quarter totaled $0.52, compared to $0.46 per diluted share in the first quarter 2011.

John Stroup, President and CEO of Belden Inc., commented, “I am pleased with our first quarter results. Our ability to expand margins and achieve 13% earnings growth demonstrates our improved business portfolio and consistent execution. The strong performance in the Americas more than offset the softer end-markets in Europe and China. This clearly shows the benefit of having built a globally diversified portfolio. We continue to make progress towards transforming the Company and accomplishing our long-term goals.”


“We expect to build upon the strong margins of the first quarter with seasonally higher revenue and favorable product platform mix in the second quarter. Therefore, we expect our second quarter 2012 revenues to be $500 – $510 million and income from continuing operations per diluted share to be $0.73 – $0.78,” said Mr. Stroup.

For the full year 2012, the Company expects revenues to be $1.98 – $2.02 billion and income from continuing operations per diluted share to be $2.75 – $2.90. “This guidance implies stronger year-over-year organic growth in the second half than the first, based primarily on the relative customer and channel inventory dynamic experienced one year ago.”

Earnings Conference Call

Management will host a conference call today at 10:30 a.m. Eastern to discuss results of the quarter. The listen-only audio of the conference call will be broadcast live via the Internet at The dial-in number for participants in the U.S. is 888-599-8685; the dial-in number for participants outside the U.S. is 913-312-0403. A replay of this conference call will remain accessible in the investor relations section of the Company's website for a limited time.


Technology Projects Win Honors For Four Campuses At ACUTA Conference

Four colleges were honored recently at the 41st Annual Conference of the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA) for technology projects significant to their campuses and communities.

ACUTA’s Award for Institutional Excellence in Information Communications Technology (ICT) is the association’s most prestigious award given to institutions. Winners are selected on the basis of the ICT department’s contribution to and support of the mission of its institution. Applications are evaluated on the basis of scope and complexity of the endeavor, technological leadership, benefit  to the institution and key constituents, and demonstration of excellence and professionalism.

Over the past 20 years, ACUTA has recognized 50 colleges for outstanding efforts. This year’s winners included the following campuses and their projects:

Wagner College, located on Staten Island, NY, was honored for its SIP Solution with Fixed Mobile Convergence. Faced with a deteriorating PBX, escalating maintenance costs and a dwindling amount of support, and a data infrastructure that would not support Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Power over Ethernet (PoE) to the desktop, Wagner partnered with two vendors to create an innovative solution that did not require any major upfront expenditure and still provided a flexible and reliable phone system. The college was able to deploy a fully featured VoIP phone system without upgrades to the infrastructure.

Elon University, Elon, NC, was recognized for its Virtual Computing Initiative that ensures immediate and reliable access to state-of-the-art hardware and software for faculty, staff and students and enables more efficient and effective operation of existing campus resources. Elon’s virtual environment has given it greater access to key software applications, streamlined server and desktop management, reduced expenses associated with allocation licensing, and extended the life of server and client equipment.

San Diego State University has created the SDSU Viz Center, which uses the Internet and network technologies to assist in real-world disasters through massive processing of imagery, GIS, and Web services. By providing cloud services to major disaster responses, the Viz Center has helped morph global disaster response to an open-source environment, allowing volunteer experts to assist globally and almost in real time and to include students, faculty, and staff with their global languages, relationships, and interests. The Viz Center has also hosted several global real-play exercises involving more than 100 countries. The Viz Center’s goal is to build a new generation of global responders empowered with information technologies and tools such as rapid processing of satellite imagery and aerial photography, GIS Web services, and utilization of smart phone and cloud computing to assist in rapid response to disasters as never before possible.

Indiana University won an Honorable Mention in this competition for its IU Mobile Project, the university’s official application for handheld devices. IU Mobile’s key goal is to enable convenient anytime, anywhere access to IU information and services on any device.  IU Mobile is the university’s implementation of the Kuali Mobility product, which is providing higher education with an open-source option for mobile initiatives. By sharing solution sets, the project will help foster innovation and drive down overall development costs for higher education participants.

Winning campuses were represented at ACUTA’s Conference by staff responsible for the projects. In addition to the recognition and visibility, each winning campus received an engraved crystal trophy at a special Awards Luncheon. Windstream was once again the sponsor of the luncheon and the awards.


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Beacon Enterprise Solutions Discusses Personnel Changes And Outlook For Q2 And Q3

LOUISVILLE, KY, April 11, 2012 — Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group, Inc. (OTC BB: BEAC) (, an emerging global leader in the design, implementation and management of high performance Information Technology Systems (ITS) infrastructure solutions, today discussed a transition in the Company’s growth focused leadership team and anticipated results for the most recent and upcoming quarter.

With the recent announcements of the departure of Jerry Bowman, former President and COO, and the additions of Paris Arey, EVP of Sales and Marketing and Michael Martin, EVP of Global Services, Beacon has assigned Jerry’s prior responsibilities to two highly qualified executives. Paris is now accountable for global sales, marketing and business development, while Mike will lead global operations, which includes the delivery of major ITS projects, outsourcing, and managed services. Together, these changes bring increased capabilities and focus on sustainable growth for our shareholders and quantifiable business impact for our customers.

Paris Arey is an international ITS sales executive with over 30 years of experience in leading high performance teams with global sales and operational expertise that will extend Beacon’s sales growth and reach. Mike Martin is also an experienced ITS industry veteran as well as decorated former officer of the U.S. Coast Guard, with a strong background in professional services operations and business development that will bring additional depth to Beacon’s executive team.

“While these leadership changes are very positive and will enable Beacon to better capitalize on available market opportunities going forward, our fiscal Q2 business experienced project delays that will negatively impact our results for the quarter ending March 31, 2012,” stated Bruce Widener, Chairman and CEO of Beacon. “Although financial statements for the quarter are not yet complete, we expect to see an isolated revenue shortfall for the quarter of approximately 35% versus the same period last year. We plan to report full quarterly results on or before May 14, 2012. With solid management controls in place, we have taken the necessary actions to successfully manage through the temporary decline in revenue, while effectively servicing all of our debt obligations and continue to focus resources on business development and delivering quality service to our customers.”

“Our current quarter outlook for fiscal Q3 (ending June 30, 2012) has customer orders already returning to approximately fiscal Q1 revenue levels,” continued Mr. Widener. “In addition, we expect the implementation of projects delayed in fiscal Q2 and new projects resulting from the continued refinement of our value proposition and increased sales activity to allow us to resume and maintain our historical double-digit growth rate for this year and beyond.”

“In the current quarter, we’re already seeing an increase in client activity as they focus on acquisition-based integration efforts and the resulting ITS infrastructure requirements. We’re also seeing an increase in large project proposals for existing and new Fortune 1000 clients. As we look forward, we are optimistic about the added strength of our growth focused leadership team and are encouraged by the demand we’re seeing in the market and the business drivers that continue to increase the value and relevance of Beacon’s solutions,” concluded Mr. Widener.

Beacon Enterprise Solutions Implements Management Changes With Resignation Of Jerry L. Bowman

– Responsibilities to be Assumed by EVPs Paris Arey and Michael Martin –

– Bowman to Focus on BICSI Presidency and Industry Consulting –

LOUISVILLE, KY, April 11, 2012Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group, Inc. (OTC BB: BEAC) (, a global leader in the design, implementation and management of high performance Information Technology Systems (ITS) infrastructure solutions, today announces that Jerry L. Bowman, President and Chief Operating Officer, is resigning his position with the Company, effective April 9, 2012. Beacon has appointed Paris Arey, EVP of Sales and Marketing to take over Bowman’s former business development responsibilities; and Michael Martin, EVP of Global Services will be assuming Bowman’s previous operational accountabilities for the delivery of major ITS project, outsourcing, and managed services to national, multinational and global customers.

Since joining Beacon in 2009, Bowman has played a key role in focusing the Company on its core offering, eliminating non-core products and associated costs, and driving the expansion of global operations. He also led the implementation of a cloud-based financial, sales and professional services automation software platform. With Bowman’s assumption of the duties of BICSI President last month, he intends to broaden his related industry leadership and corporate consulting experience.

“This is an exciting time for Beacon,” stated Jerry Bowman, outgoing President and COO of Beacon. “While many other organizations have adopted a “wait-it-out” approach to our recent economic challenges, Beacon’s executives have actively transformed the Company in preparation for the ITS market resurgence that seems to be imminent for Q3 and Q4 of this year. I am more convinced than ever that Beacon has the right business model, the right services, and the right management team to prosper in the ITS market segment.”

“Jerry has made important contributions to Beacon over the past two-and-one-half years,” stated Bruce Widener, Chairman and CEO of Beacon. “We wish Jerry success in his future endeavors; and look forward to a continued positive relationship with him and BICSI in the years to come.”

“We are also confident and excited about Paris’ and Mike’s abilities to execute and enhance Beacon’s strategies,” added Mr. Widener. “Since joining Beacon in January 2012, Paris has further solidified relationships with our principal accounts; and has set a solid direction to significantly improve our organic and channel partner sales over the ensuing months. Mike, who started in March 2012, also brings exceptional credibility, energy and discipline to the ITS professional services management side of our business. Together with the rest of our growth-focused leadership team, Beacon’s operational capabilities are stronger than ever. We believe the Company is very well-positioned to diversify its global customer base and accelerate its profitable growth.”

Beacon Enterprise Solutions Expands Leadership Team

New Executive Positioned to Further Expand Beacon’s Position as a Global ITS Provider –

LOUISVILLE, KY, April 10, 2012Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group, Inc. (OTC BB: BEAC) (, an emerging global leader in the design, implementation and management of high performance Information Technology Systems (“ITS”) infrastructure solutions, today announces the appointment of Michael L. Martin, age 39, to the position of Executive Vice President, Global Services.

Michael Martin brings over 16 years of leadership experience to Beacon, guiding teams across a broad range of positions as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as with Fortune 500 and small- to mid-cap companies. Mr. Martin brings a unique blend of technical skills combined with a strong background in operational business development and execution that are expected to help drive Beacon’s continued growth. Most recently, Mike served as Senior Director, Business Development for ADTRAN, a global leader in the network equipment manufacturer space specializing in Internet access technologies. In addition to ADTRAN, Mr. Martin has also held senior positions in Product Management, Sales, Engineering and Marketing with Calix Networks and Sprint. Prior to his business career, Mike spent more than six years as a decorated officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, receiving numerous commendations for leadership as well as commanding USCGC POINT MONROE for 2 years.

Mr. Martin holds a Bachelor of Science with High Honors in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy.

“Mike Martin will be a fantastic addition to lead the Global Services team,” stated Bruce Widener, Chairman and CEO of Beacon. “His proven track record in the ITS industry and military provide the discipline and focus to manage a global operations team. Mike’s leadership will continue to expand our current and future relationships with Fortune 1000 clients, through direct interaction and communication. His responsibility will cover the full spectrum of Beacon services, including master planning, engineering and design, project and program management just to name a few. I am excited to bring Mike into the Beacon executive leadership team to drive and expand our organic growth strategies with Fortune 1000 clients.”

“I am excited to join an emerging market leader in the global ITS space,” said Mr. Martin. “Beacon is transforming the way the industry views ITS infrastructure services and their unique value proposition is taking hold within the Fortune 1000. The Company has an impressive track record of customer growth and has built a solid reputation in the industry. I’m excited to join this very talented team to help drive Beacon’s continued success.”

About Beacon Enterprise Solutions Group, Inc.

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

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


HDBaseT and the Race for Faster, Better, Video – ARTICLE by Ed Brown  

Information systems—video, audio, automation, networking, Internet—have an unquenchable thirst for higher and higher rates of data. This is usually referred to as the need for higher and higher bandwidth, but the bottom-line goal is to be able to increase the throughput, which is the number of bits per second (bps). Maximum data rates place an upper limit on the speed that information can travel. For certain types of data delivered to and from your computer, high speed is nice but not crucial. Low throughput will increase the number of seconds it takes for your question to reach Google or for your email to reach your friend across the country, but usually not by that much. However, if you want to watch streaming video from the Internet in real time, the data rate you can handle makes a huge difference. There is nothing so frustrating as having long pauses while you wait for your system to catch up.

Delivering Data

The availability of high-end digital video media systems for both home and commercial applications is highlighting the need for upgrading the quality of local area networks (LANs). High definition video is one of the biggest drivers for improving the wired infrastructure. Homeowners want to be able to move that video from a central source, such as a cable company set-top box or a Blu-Ray player, to monitors in different rooms. Commercial users are looking to improve video displays in places like transportation hubs, big-box stores, auditoriums and conference centers, and for digital signage. There is also an increasing need for high definition video in healthcare, where the ability to diagnose, consult and observe remotely, over the Internet, is a rapidly growing application. A detailed and exact video image can make a big difference in diagnosing and analyzing a medical condition. University classrooms are also increasing their use of sophisticated audio/visual equipment, high-speed LANs and Internet connections.

The ability of a LAN to deliver high throughput is limited by the physical media over which the data is carried. The upgrading of LAN media is following a few different tracks. One is the continual improvement of twisted pair cable, at the same time that the Ethernet standards are being upgraded. The throughput rating of the cable and the Ethernet standards tend to track each other. The standard is continually upgraded to make maximum use of the available cable, and the standards developers are always looking to push up the envelope to nudge the cable manufacturers forward. Currently, wise users who are upgrading their LANs by installing twisted pair cable should not consider anything less than category 6. This will give them a guaranteed throughput of 1 Gb/s at 100 meters and probably even 10 Gb/s at 50 meters. (It’s important to remember that the category rating doesn’t specify the actual performance – only the minimum – so a cable from a particular manufacturer might exceed the minimum performance.) Category 6a, which according to the standard must deliver 10 Gb/s at 100 meters, is now available, although at this time (early 2012) it is more expensive, and is mostly being used for professional applications such as data centers. However, it is gradually becoming the choice for users who are looking to have their infrastructure capable of handling the high data rates that will be normal in the near future. As with most technology, rising demand lowers the cost of manufacturing, so the price for 6A will fall. The next step being considered for twisted pair cable is for a 40Gb/s throughput.


In recent years, the development and adoption of new technology has been driven by the consumer market, with commercial, healthcare, education, and industrial applications catching up afterwards. This is very much the case with video. The driver there is high definition television (HDTV), which is based on digital transmission and requires very high throughput. By the end of 2013, all HD video sources, such as Satellite and CATV, Blu-Ray discs, servers (video on demand), and video conferencing CODECs, will only provide digital outputs. This will impinge on commercial applications, such as projectors and signage. A major driving force for this is the strong push by content-providers for digital rights management (DRM) in order to control access to their products. A number of companies have formed an alliance to develop a content-protection standard, which they call the Advanced Access Content System (AACS). These include The Walt Disney Company, Warner Brothers Studios, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Sony, Panasonic and Toshiba. Their goal is to make sure that they can control the right to access all digital HD content. Video produced by these suppliers employs an encryption scheme called HDCP (High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection). At present, HDMI is the most commonly used cabling system for transporting uncompressed video containing HDCP encryption. Residential and commercial HDTV devices will have to be able to handle this encrypted digital information, as well as legacy digital and analog signals.

Uncompressed Video

High quality video must be delivered in an uncompressed format. There are two main reasons for this. The most important is that the picture quality is better – it has very low latency. If you’re transmitting compressed signals, there must be two electronic devices in the line: one to do the compression and another at the receiver to uncompress the signal before it can be viewed. Each time you add a device in series with the signal you are introducing some delay and distortion. Also, video compression systems involve deleting data based on statistical methods, and then reintroducing the lost bits, which can be a source of incorrect details in the image. Another major problem with compressed video is that since there are different standards for compressing the signals, in order to be able to watch video from different compressed sources, the receiver has to be capable of dealing with the variety of different proprietary compression schemes that exist now and that may come into existence in the future.

To deliver high definition digital video, you need a network that is able to transport the signal. HDMI is designed to deliver uncompressed video containing HDCP content protection. There are, however a number of serious problems with HDMI as a transport medium. The most important is that the maximum length of a single run of HDMI cable is very limited – 15 meters, tops. Although there is no formal specification for the length of HDMI cables, in order to be certified as compliant, they have to meet various video performance specs such as maximum signal attenuation. Depending upon how the cables are constructed, this dictates a length of somewhere between 12 and 15 meters. So to send uncompressed video more than about 50 feet, you need to use a powered signal booster. HDMI is okay for a single room in a home, but for whole-house or for commercial applications, it’s a real problem. Another issue with it is that the connectors have a special arrangement of 19 conductors, which besides being different from all other existing cables, makes it very difficult to work with. This presents a significant problem for the near future when content-protected digital video becomes the norm for all new equipment.

The HDBaseT Innovation

It is obvious that a better means of connecting uncompressed HD digital video is needed. In June of 2010 the HDBaseT Alliance was formally incorporated, with LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Valens Semiconductor as the founding members. The Alliance was formed to create a new standard for high definition digital media distribution, based on a chipset developed by Valens. It enables HDMI video to be sent over a single standard twisted pair category 6 cable and to attach by means of standard RJ 45 Ethernet connectors. Category 6 cable is widely available, can be run in 100-meter (330-foot) lengths without a booster, is robust and is quite inexpensive. This is in stark contrast to HDMI cable, which is expensive, and has a difficult-to-attach, and not very reliable, connector. HDBaseT combines the advantages of two different worlds: the physical infrastructure of standard Ethernet and the signal-carrying ability of HDMI. Furthermore the signals use the same basic format as traditional Ethernet, which makes troubleshooting and analysis straightforward. If there is already an Ethernet-based LAN installed in a location, it can be used for HDBaseT instead. Rather than requiring separate cables for video, audio, and control signals, as well as Ethernet and DC power, these functions are all incorporated over that single piece of category 6. The HDBaseT Alliance calls this 5Play™ convergence.

Power Over HDBaseT (POH)

The method of providing DC power is an important HDBaseT innovation. Power over Ethernet (PoE), which allows 15.4 watts of DC power to be distributed on an Ethernet LAN, has been around for a while. In 2009, the IEEE standard was amended to allow 25.5 watts (PoE plus). This sets the limit for the power that can be carried on one of the four pairs in the 5e/6 cable. HDBaseT, however, delivers DC power on all four pairs, thereby enabling them to source 100 watts, which they term Power Over HDBaseT (POH).

How It Works

The key to how this is achieved is by changing the way that the signals are handled. The HDBaseT chipset enables all four pairs that make up the category 6 to be used for transmitting video. The return channel is only used for Ethernet and control signals like CEC, USB/RS232, and IR. According to the HDBaseT 1.0 specification: “HDBaseT uses an asymmetric method, sending video, audio, Ethernet and controls from source to sink, but only 100 Mb are transferred back (Ethernet and controls).” It uses a special encoding in which video, audio, and control signals are all coded into a single HDBaseT digital packet. The uncompressed video can be sent, along with audio, Ethernet and controls from a network of sources such as digital video recorders (DVRs), Blu-Ray disc players, game consoles, PCs and mobile devices, to receivers, such as TVs, monitors or projectors in multiple locations.

According to the Valens website, the HDBaseT technology is embedded in a set of two chips they call VS100:

  • “VS100TX (Transmitter): for use inside DVDs, STBs and other HD source equipment.
  • VS100SRX (Receiver): for use inside HDTVs, projectors and other display equipment.”

The transmitter chip encodes the signals into packets and the receiver chip separates them for use by the display devices. These chips have been embedded in commercial products by various companies, including Crestron, Extron, Gefen and AMX. In fact, according to Justin Kennington, product line manager for DigitalMedia™ at Crestron, their engineers had started work on a product line to solve the problems with HDMI at about the same time Valens was developing their chips. Crestron was approached by Valens at a trade show and invited to see a demonstration of their chipset. They were impressed enough to start working in partnership with Valens and eventually incorporated HDBaseT into their line of high definition HDMI-based distribution and switching products. Kennington gave a few examples from the Crestron product line, of how they use HDBaseT. The core of their system is a video switch unit that can accommodate 8 to 32 inputs from various video sources and 8 to 32 HDBaseT outputs for connecting to displays. They also have room controllers, which accept HDBaseT inputs from the switch units (which can be as far away as 330 feet) and HDMI outputs, which can feed a display up to about 45 feet away. They have transmitter units, which can accept inputs from a PC, for example, and transmit the signals via HDMI or HDBaseT to the switch unit. The room controllers and transmitters can be powered by POH, so there is no need to have a separate power source for each device.

What’s Next

According to Micha Risling, marketing committee chair for the HDBaseT Alliance, their immediate next step is getting manufacturers to imbed the HDBaseT chips into all video equipment so that users can plug their RJ45 connectors carrying HDBaseT directly into a jack on the back of a TV set, or monitor, or projector, or set-top box, or PC. This would eliminate the need for room controllers and local transmitters. Risling said the Alliance is also demonstrating the advantages of HDBaseT technology for the high-end video surveillance industry.

The bottom line is that the members of the HDBaseT Alliance are betting that HDBaseT will sooner rather than later, become the standard for HD digital video.

Reprinted with permission from the Copper Development Association Inc. See for additional articles and information.

 About the author: Ed Brown – The Writing Engineer

Edward Brown, president of Paradiddle Writing and Editing, advocates for the development of a forward-thinking view of electrical building systems, focusing on the advantages of integrating fire protection, life safety systems, security, communications, and energy efficiency. Brown has been publicizing the visionary idea that this networked approach should be extended even beyond a single building to campuses and communities.

He was editor of NECA’s Security and Life Safety Systems magazine from 2007 to 2009 and of NFPA’s NEC Digest magazine from 2002 to 2007. He has published many articles on the integration of fire, life safety, security, communications, and energy efficiency. His associations with NECA and NFPA have enabled him to be an outstanding voice in advocating this forward-looking approach. Brown, a degreed electrical engineer, has been able to use his experience of more than 25 years as an industrial systems engineer to understand how the integrated systems concept can be transferred from industrial processing to building systems. And his graduate degree in sociology aids him in extending this vision to society at large. His sociology education taught him that people doing different kinds of work not only have different ways of working, but also different ways of thinking. This has helped him to use his natural empathy to be an educator as well as a communicator. He has an outstanding ability to communicate his ideas in writing (a talent not too common among engineers).

As editor of the NECA and NFPA magazines, he developed and publicized the themes of safety, security, and energy efficiency and publicized the way that networking in general, and IP networking in particular, can enhance all of these. His widely praised articles on these themes have focused on the use of building control systems as a means of minimizing energy consumption. He has written on lighting controls, including DALI, HVAC controls via BACNET, as well as a three-part series on achieving savings by using control systems and smart metering to limit peak demand and feature articles on practical issues involved with real-world applications of renewable energy sources. He has written on fire alarm systems, networked security and video surveillance systems, and duct smoke detectors. His articles for NEC Digest on programmable logic controllers and surge suppression have been reprinted for use in college and vocational training classes.

As editor of Security and Life Safety Systems, he brought together a team of experts in the fields of security, fire protection, life safety, information technology, and power quality. His creative approach brought to the magazine as regular contributors, people like Frank Bisbee—a leading visionary in the growth and evolution of the telecommunications cabling industry, and Michael Collins—an expert on security management with an impressive record of highly placed positions in that field.

One of Ed’s proudest accomplishments as editor of NEC Digest was the magazine’s outstanding role in the promotion of electrical safety. He used the magazine as a forum for renowned experts on the topics of arc flash, personal protective equipment (PPE), and arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs). For example, as a result of the platform he received at NEC Digest, the seminars given by Kenneth Mastrullo — NFPA’s expert on electrical safety — expanded from being little noticed to becoming one of the most popular at NFPA. Ken has since gone on to become Compliance Assistance Coordinator for OSHA. Mastrullo and NEC Digest were instrumental in increasing the circulation of NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, to become second only to the National Electrical Code. NEC Digest brought industry experts to their readership in the electrical industry, people like James Stallcup, Mark Ode, Jim Phillips, Jim White, Richard Roux, and editors of the National Electrical Code: Mark Earley, Jeffrey Sargent, Joseph Sheehan and John Caloggero.

During his long electrical engineering career, Ed designed and programmed a succession of unique systems for conveyorized high power microwave processing of everything from granola for Gardetto’s Inc. to personal sanitary products for Proctor and Gamble. He pioneered in the use of PLCs in these applications, and his designs are still in use today. Another of his proud achievements was the design and construction of a computer controlled test station used to improve aircraft safety by testing the interference effects of high-powered radar on an airplane’s electronic systems. For more than two and a half decades he designed and tested power supply systems rated up to 100s of kilowatts and up to 500kvdc. At his last engineering job he combined his sociology knowledge with his on-the-floor experience to design and supervise a team system for his company—a system that has successfully improved both worker morale and product quality.

ED Brown has been active in his community as well, having served on a number of school and community committees. He ran a successful after-school project for enhancing grade school children’s experiences in science, drama, and art.

Ed has been called a Renaissance man, because of the wide range of his talents and interests. He has used media to spread the word about his passions for safety, security, energy conservation, renewable energy and the creative use of control systems to achieve these goals. ED BROWN - Dir. The Writing Engineer


FCC fines Suddenlink cable system for signal leakage

A Suddenlink Communications system in Texas has been fined by the FCC for allegedly failing to prevent excessive signal leakage, which the commission said could interfere with aviation frequencies.

Suddenlink's Honey Grove, Texas, system was fined $8,000 after an FCC agent discovered six leaks on Sept. 15 measuring more than 287 microvolts per meter at a distance of at least 3 meters, according to a notice issued by the FCC. The Honey Grove system was previously known as Cebridge Connections. Former Charter Communications  CEO Jerry Kent launched Cebridge in 2003, and changed the name to Suddenlink in 2006. The FCC refers to the system as Cebridge in its notice.

The FCC ordered Suddenlink to shut down the Honey Grove system on Sept. 16 in order to repair the signal leakage, and it was informed by the cable system on Sept. 27 that all of the leaks had been repaired, according the commission.

"Protecting the aeronautical frequencies from harmful interference is of paramount importance. To this end, the commission has established cable signal leakage rules to control emissions that could cause cable system to interfere with aviation frequencies," the FCC writes in its ruling.


Installing Technology Today – ARTICLE by Frank Bisbee

Understanding And Selecting An ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR (a.k.a. An Integrated Systems Contractor)

THE INTEGRATED SYSTEMS (LOW-VOLTAGE) ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR  provides installation and maintenance of optimized and integrated low-voltage building control systems, and has now expanded services to encompass a broader range; including commissioning and service of electronic security, fire-life safety, communications and other low-voltage systems. These various systems in the building represent the equivalent of the nervous system in the human body

The (low-voltage) electrical contractor, as an Integrated Systems Contractor, has evolved and continues to keep pace with market changes. The new EC will serve you and smooth your transition from utilizing the traditional electrical contractor, into one now recognized an “integrated systems contractor".

Commercial Customers reveal:
• More than 85 percent are actively involved in low-voltage systems.
• In fact, almost all (96 percent) of customers queried, required some type of low-voltage work in the past.

What are the basics of this shift? Two main causes are: (1) the building owner seeks single-source responsibility to handle every building system, and (2) technology has evolved, enabling building systems and controls to be totally integrated and intercommunicative, setting up a scenario where the overall building becomes a system (rather than the scenario that existed in the past where each system operated in a silo format).

The Technology Plan – What, Why, Where, When, and How?

When we say “integrated systems”, exactly what are we talking about?

• Traditional Power
• Voice-Data/Fiber Optics/Premises Wiring
• Power Quality Systems
• Building Automation Systems
• Low-Voltage Lighting (controls and/or ballasts)
• Communications Systems/Connectivity (and wireless support)
• Building Automation
• Systems Integration or Data or Telecom Centers
• Fire and Life Safety and Security Systems

The Integrated Systems (Low-Voltage) Electrical Contractor recognizes this growing need for an electrical contractor who can do it ALL,


The Budget:

It is the first thing every CEO is going to ask for right out of the gate. In order to get there, an assessment is recommended. The assessment provides the business plan for physical plant infrastructure. The assessment will include a budget cost to design and construct. This assessment will incorporate the three major questions - what do you want, when do you want it and how much is it.

Prior to this, a pre-assessment is a requirement. This typically involves a questionnaire and single meeting with each technology department.

The Pre-Assessment:

The technology department(s) should provide a list of equipment device types, current functionality and length of service expectations for all voice, data, wireless, video, security, intercom and any other communications systems. This information shall also include metro and wide area network connectivity. SEE SAMPLE QUESTIONS BELOW. These questions do not include all disciples (security, electrical, audio visual etc.) but would be structured as such depending on requirements.

When is the assessment required to be provided-complete with breakdown of labor hours and cost? Provide a meeting and survey timeline schedule for all disciplines. Provide a report at the conclusion of the pre-assessment phase of the project.

Provide an organization chart with disciplines and contact requirements, including all building services - construction and facilities/operations and maintenance. Architects, engineers (MEP), contractors, consultants and technology personnel all become a part of the assessment process.

General construction issues:

Is there any other construction being planned and is it new or renovation?

If renovation- part or all of the structure? In order to do a site survey, if general construction work is planned, spaces requiring work need to be defined as part of renovation, addition or current spaces not scheduled for renovation.

What are the other project schedules and timelines?

What remediation will be involved- asbestos, abandoned cabling, lead, and any other plant systems and environmental issues?

Do you own the building or do you lease?

What is the projected life expectancy of the structure including expectations on future expansion?

If there is an expectation of re-use of physical plant, a full (room by room) survey should be conducted and documented and compared with owners’ documentation. To accept owner’s documentation alone could expose a future requirement for additional changes to the scope of work and would need to be factored into the construction cost.

Below are typical (pre-assessment) questions to consider pertaining to the telecommunications/technology systems and infrastructure. Many of the questions will have a direct impact on the infrastructure design, while others are for information purposes only or to inspire thought.  There are no single correct answers to any of the questions and it is expected that many individuals within the organization will have different opinions.

The questions are somewhat technical.  It is acceptable if the answer to these questions is not known.  The questions are included to ensure the subject matter is covered completely.

Finally, these assessment questions are not intended to be all of the questions necessary to build a design but merely an introduction to some of the issues associated with the design of this project on the telecommunications infrastructure and associated systems.  It is the goal to ensure that the final design and ultimate execution of the project represent a product which is the sum of the input of all concerned parties and the best solution for the customer.

It should be noted that some of the questions below include assumptions about cable quantities, routing, systems, etc.  These assumptions are strictly for the purposes of a starting point in the design.  The assumptions are not committed to and are subject to change.  This questionnaire is one method of correcting the base assumptions.

It is expected that a timeframe and construction schedule be presented to CRG in order to properly gauge associated coordination issues within our organization. Inclusive of that would be the General Construction timeline and any other work planned.

Sample Survey Questions:

Voice Systems

·         Provide copies of recent quarterly or annual maintenance invoices or other documentation showing system type, port configuration and maintenance costs for the: telephone (PBX or key system), intercom, paging, voice mail auto attendant and call accounting systems

  • Provide copies of any templates or guidelines used to assign and administer class of service codes and account codes.

·         Provide copies of recent local and long distance phone bills.

  • Provide copy of recent Carrier’s (Verizon, BellSouth) Customer Service Record (CSR).
  • Provide copies of any recently conducted traffic studies.
  • Provide copy of voice system implementation documentation (key sheets, floor plans, auto attendant tree diagram) and as built wiring diagrams.

·         Provide copies of call accounting reports

·         Provide copies of phone/intercom directory.

·         Provide contact information for each site: Phone system administrator, Business Administrator.

·         Provide a copy of disaster recovery plan or contingency plans for managing power disruption.

·         Provide copies of telecommunications related sections from Standard Operating Procedure Manual and/or Official Use Guidelines.

·         Provide copies of any existing documents that would indicate short & long range plans for voice systems.

·         Provide copies of any recently conducted customer satisfaction surveys that would indicate if systems are meeting the needs of teachers, administrators, parents and students.

·         Provide information on what specific new technologies the school administrators are interested in implementing. (e.g. Wireless, VoIP)

·         Provide information on how voice, intercom, paging and clock systems are currently integrated.

·         Provide information on how voice mail / auto attendant is used by administrators and teachers.

·         Provide information on how incoming calls are processed and how outgoing calls are made and controlled.


I           Inter-building Cabling

A.                  What is your requirement for campus inter-building cabling? (I.e. copper- twisted pair and coax, single mode fiber, multi-mode fiber).

B.                  What is your requirement for conduits between buildings, if applicable?

C.                  Future WAN connectivity if provided by carrier(s)

D.                  If a private WAN fiber connectivity plan is being considered, along with the sharing of resources, will any other locations be included?

II.         Incoming Service


A.         It has been assumed that all of the current incoming service requirements to feed the facilities will be provided in the MDF room.  Is this correct?  How many incoming service vendors (providers) can be expected?

B.         Do you want a second set of incoming service conduits at each site for the purposes of diversity and, are this something that is of interest to this facility?  Is it something that you would be looking to implement day one? Since there will be major renovation to parking lot and other “field” areas, this should be a consideration now.


III.        MDF Room - In order to identify the usefulness of this space, it is necessary to understand what systems and equipment it will be expected to hold.


A.         Is this room expected to be occupied by personnel on a regular basis (i.e. it is someone’s office) or can it be considered a “lights out” space?

B.         What systems are expected to be located within this room?  Here are some systems which would commonly be located in this room:

1.         Telephone switch or remote interface cabinets

2.         File servers, raid units, tape backups, etc

3.         Routers, concentrators, switches, etc.

4.         Infrastructure main distribution frame

5.         Air conditioning equipment

6.         UPS (uninterruptible power supply)

7.         Security system

8.         Telecommunications grounding and bonding infrastructure

C.        What is the quantity of the equipment so the room can be properly


D.        In computer room spaces which are considered critical to the operation of a facility, it is often common to have redundant support systems (i.e., air conditioning units, UPS, etc.).  Is this a requirement in this facility?

E.         Is UPS power required for this room?  For what duration (i.e., 15-30 minutes)? Is emergency power required (the ability to operate the room beyond the UPS time in case of an extended power outage)?

F.         Is emergency lighting required in this room to allow for the orderly shutdown of equipment in the case of a power failure?

G.        Is temperature monitoring and notification hardware required in this room?

H.        Are sprinkler systems currently located in the IDF closets and the MDF room, and would a pre-action system in the MDF room be considered.

I.          What type of security is required for this room (key lock, card reader, key pad, etc.)?

J.         We need to know all the technology spaces.


IV.        Telecommunications Closets - These rooms provide the interface between the individual workstations and the backbone systems.


A.         It is expected that the termination of the voice and data cabling will take place in these closets.  What other systems are to be located in these rooms to ensure that they are properly sized?  Some components may be:

1.         Fire alarm system panels

2.         Security system panels

3.         CATV system

4.         Paging system

5.         Equipment concentrators and switches

6.         File servers and other network hardware

B.         The current closet spaces will need to be assessed for issues such as the electrical or other equipment sharing the same space with the telecommunications. The quantity of closets and their sizes are going to be dictated by the functions they are expected to perform in addition to technical guideline (i.e., cable length limitations).  Are there any functions or particular departments or provisions for any particular floor which might necessitate and additional (or enlarged) closets?

C.        It is expected that the telecommunications (IDF) closets will contain equipment concentrators, hubs, switches or some other form of network hardware.  Is it known what type will be planned for?  Is there a preferred manufacturer?  This will affect power requirements, space, air conditioning requirements, maintainability, etc.

D.        Are there any “special” spaces which require alternate connectivity solutions?  Is it envisioned that the cabling for these spaces will be run back to the floor IDF closet for centralized management or to some other local equipment room adjacent to or co-located in the space being supported?

E.         Is it expected that the IDF closets will require air conditioning 24 hours a day, seven days a week?

F.         Will UPS or emergency power be required for the IDF closets?

G.        What type of termination hardware do you prefer for cable terminations (i.e., 110, BIX, Krone, etc.)?

H.        What manufacturers do you prefer, if any?

I.          Is a 15-year or more cable warranty a requirement for this project?

J.         Do you prefer to terminate data cables on patch panels or on the wall field?

V.         Riser cabling

A.         It has been assumed that a multipair, category 5e or Cat 6, riser cable is all that will be required for delivery of voice service from the MDF room to each IDF closet.  Is this correct?

B.      It has been assumed that a multimode, fiber optic, riser cable is all that will be required. Is legacy 62.5 or laser optimized 50 micron a future decision  for delivery of data service from the MDF room to each IDF closet

C.      The voice and data cabling indicated above are all that is required from the MDF room to the IDF closets.  Are there any other systems which have not been taken in account?

D.       Do the sites currently have a CATV coax distribution infrastructure and will that be a future consideration?

E.                  Will rooftop provisions be required for a satellite and/or microwave dishes (current or future)? 

F.                  The conduit and sleeve riser system will need to support voice, data/LAN, CATV and spare conduits for future expansion.

G.                 Are there any requirements for remote antennas and wireless systems?


VI.        Workstation cabling


A.                  Below are some areas and assumptions.


                  Auditorium/Lecture Halls

·         Do you want to hard wire every seat or do you want to use wireless?

·         What media presentation requirements are planned for?

Classrooms (for training environments)

·         Do you want (1) data cable per student seat? Is this sufficient?

·         Do you want a CATV station?

·         Do you want additional ports for printer or peripheral equipment?

·         Do you want projectors and speakers in the classrooms?

·         Do you want to coil slack 6 feet in the raised floor (if applicable) for flexibility at each outlet?

·         Do you want cables to be terminated in the raised floor box or do you want them to be terminated in the desk?

·         Is it acceptable that all cables be homerun to the IDF closets?

·         Will “in-classroom” hubs and cabling be utilized for classroom connectivity?

·         Will Computer lab connectivity requirements be wired or wireless?

·         What are the typical furniture arrangements in computer labs?


·         Do you want any house/emergency phones?


·         Do you require phone service?-(this is a code requirement)

Pay Phone Locations

·         Current and future requirements?

Mechanical Rooms

·         Do we need to provide LAN or outside lines for the BMS and where are they located?

Electrical Room

·         Do you want a voice and/or data connectivity?

Security Room

·         How many phones, modems, and LAN connections do you need?

Custodial Offices

·         Do you want a voice and/or data connectivity?

Receiving Area

·         How many phones, modems, and LAN connections do you need?


·         Do you want a data jack for future monitor or slot monitor display or video wall?


·         If used as a break room, do you need voice, data, and wireless connectivity?

·         Do you want a CATV station?

Meeting/Conference Rooms

·         What function does this room serve and what is your requirement for voice and data? Is 1 voice/2 data sufficient?

·         Do you want a CATV station?


·         Identify areas where you need LAN connectivity?  Do you want wireless?

·         At study area, do you want data at each location?

·         Is it correct to assume that students will be able to connect in the lounge area?

·         Do you want wireless next to bookshelves by the end of the stack? 

·         Is 1 voice/2 data at librarian desk sufficient?

·         Are “library look-up” workstations required?

·         Do you want a CATV station at the casual area (s)?

·         Projector screens and ceiling mounted projector connectivity with teacher control station requirements.

Office/Cubicles/Administrative workstations

·         What is your requirement in the office area?  Is 1 voice/2 data sufficient per desk?

·         Do you want a CATV station? There may be several waiting rooms (CST), main office locations, nurse area who would require this connectivity.

Wireless Access Point Locations

·         Will these locations be placed in hallways, classrooms etc?

·         Will these locations require power or be powered by low voltage technology?

B.         What cabling method is preferred to feed individual workstations (i.e., category 5E or 6, shielded, unshielded, fiber optic cable, wireless, etc.)? All data connectivity will be designed with a minimum of capabilities for Gigabit Ethernet.

There are a lot of options that are available as part of the design of the horizontal cable system.  Some include: color coding of voice and data cabling and outlets, placing of bar code identification as part of workstation outlet tags (this allows for easier integration with office automation systems), allowing space for future cabling (i.e., fiber), etc.  Are these or other variations of interest? 

VII.       Management and Operation


A.        Who maintains the current infrastructure (i.e., contractors, staff, determined on a case-by-case basis, etc.)?

B.         Who manages the electronics which are connected to the infrastructure (i.e., File servers, routers, concentrators, PBX, voicemail, etc.)?

C.        How are moves, additions and changes administered?

D.        Who do users call for support issues?

E.         Will guests be able to access the network with their laptops at locations other than offices and lecture halls?  If so, where?

F.         How are security issues addressed pertaining to equipment?

G.        How are access issues addressed pertaining to technology areas (i.e., IDF closets)?

H.                  Is this facility expected to be available 24 hours a day?  If so, how is support provided after normal hours?

I.                     Has outsourcing application development, support and maintenance been discussed?

J.                   Current labeling scheme and modifications for administration and documentation will need to be addressed.

K.                  Recommendations for a cabling infrastructure management database to be discussed.


Planning is perhaps the most crucial step towards a successful project. You don’t have to know all the answers to start, but you must know the questions.

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

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TIA Opens Nominations for Board of Directors Positions

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today announced its call for Board of Directors nominations to be presented to the board’s Nominating and Governance Committee at its upcoming Annual Membership Meeting on June 5, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.

The TIA Board of Directors sets the strategic direction of the association, advocates the interests of TIA and the global ICT industry before the U.S. Congress, FCC, White House, international bodies and various industry forums, leads development of new technologies and industry standards as an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization, as well as advises staff on new initiatives and ongoing activities.

TIA board members represent the high-tech manufacturers and suppliers of the global ICT network at the senior executive level and consist of a diverse array of skill sets spanning executive management, engineering, finance, marketing and business development.

“TIA’s Board Members are important influencers of the industry through their guidance of the association and the roles they play in their companies,” said TIA President Grant Seiffert. “Our board provides strategic insight and energy to the most pressing issues facing the growth of the global ICT industry.”

Board Nominees will be announced at the TIA Annual Membership Meeting being held at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. The annual meeting takes place on the occasion of TIA 2012: Inside the Network, an international conference and exhibition held June 5-7.

Interested parties may submit nominations directly to Andrew Kurtzman, VP and Corporate Counsel of TIA and Secretary of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the TIA Board of Directors, Nominations will be accepted through Friday, June 1, 2012.

TIA 2012: Inside the Network, June 5-7 is the industry’s leading event focused on the global communications network. AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, Verizon’s CTO Tony Melone, CenturyLink SVP & CTO Matt Beal, and other leading executives will deliver keynotes, while in-depth educational tracks will explore key ICT issues, challenges and innovations.

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

About TIA

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


May is Electrical Safety Month

Electrical hazards contribute to more than 300 deaths and 4,000 injuries in the workplace each year, the Electrical Safety Foundation International estimates. As Electrical Safety Month kicks off in May, take time to update your employees on safe practices for working with electrical products.

Get informed and pass that knowledge onto your customers with resources from the NAED Learning Center. This web-based training platform is stocked with informative educational materials, such as the whitepaper on “Theft & Fraud in the Electrical Distribution Industry,” courses in OSHA Safety Standards and much more.

ESFI has also launched a workplace safety portal offering videos and safety-self assessments.

For ongoing, customized industry training, consider VIP Access to the NAED Learning Center, available in three levels to best meet your company’s educational needs. Contact NAED Member Services at 888-791-2512 or for a free training consultation.

NAED support this focus on SAFETY. NAED – National Association of Electrical Distributors –


Newell Rubbermaid sees limited early success with new strategy - Many products are being branded as nonessential

Newell Rubbermaid is in the early phases of another “new business plan” that refocuses their resources on the products that management hopes will have the most potential for growth. Newell Rubbermaid executives said early growth in some product categories indicate improvement maybe in the year ahead.

Regardless of the sluggish economic environment -- which Newell Rubbermaid president and CEO Michael Polk said is "certainly better than it was a year ago" -- the company must work hard to innovate and create products shoppers do not consider nonessential. "It's only discretionary if we let it be discretionary," he said.

The company is putting more resources into fast-growing categories like its writing businesses, including Sharpie markers and Paper Mate pens, while some brands like Calphalon cookware won't receive the same level of investment. Newell Rubbermaid said Its end goal is to operate less like a holding company.

Subsidiary DYMO’s Industrial Label Printers are facing a host of energized competitors that can deliver the products required by the newest TIA standards for infrastructure marking. Their product does meets ANSI/TIA/EIA-606-A labeling standards, but new standards are on the way.

The company made $79.3 million in the first three months of the year, an increase over same period a year ago.


Comcast slashes executive compensation – a new trend to deflate bloated budgets

Comcast reduced compensation for its three top executives in 2011, with CEO Brian Roberts seeing his total compensation drop 13.3 percent to $26.9 million, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.


NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke received $23.7 million in total compensation, down 32 percent, while Comcast CFO Michael Angelalkis saw his total compensation, including salary, stock and option awards, decrease 4.4 percent to $21.9 million.


Neil Smit, who was promoted to CEO of Comcast Cable last fall, received $18.5 million in total compensation, including a salary of $1.5 million, Comcast said. The MSO didn't disclose Smit's compensation for previous years.

EVP David Cohen was the only executive officer to see an increase in his total compensation, receiving $16.1 million in 2011, up 19 percent compared to the $12.7 million in total compensation he received in 2010. Cohen is Comcast's top lobbyist, and helped the MSO win approval for the NBCUniversal merger and represented Comcast recently at a Senate antitrust subcommittee hearing about its spectrum and marketing agreements with Verizon Wireless .

Comcast also detailed the compensation packages for its board of directors in a proxy statement it filed at the SEC on Friday.


Sheldon Bonovitz, the former CEO of Philadelphia law firm Duane Morris, was its highest paid director in 2011, receiving $623,462 in total compensation.


Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin received $400,115 in total compensation, which made the former University of Pennsylvania president the MSO's second highest paid director.


Former Deloitte & Touche CEO J. Michael Cook received $393,449 in total compensation, and former Time Warner Cable  president Joe Collins received $376,259 in total compensation.


Pepsi-Cola & National Brand Beverages CEO Jeffrey Honickman received $343,587 in total compensation.


He was followed by Fannie Mae EVP Kenneth Bacon ($337,925), Evercore Partners EVP Eduardo Mestre ($313,388), former TV One CEO and former top Discovery Communications and CBS executive Johnathan Rodgers ($233,857), Sotheby's chairman Michael Sovern ($176,246), former NCTA and Landmark Communications president Decker Anstrom ($172,144).


Edward Breen, the Tyco International CEO who used to run set-top manufacturer General Instrument--now owned by Motorola Mobility--received $139,940 in total compensation. Breen resigned from the Comcast board in November, saying he wanted to avoid a possible conflict of interest since Comcast had begun to expand into the home security business, which would see the MSO compete with Tyco's ADT division.


ShoreTel Announces New Remote Monitoring Service

Around-the-clock service offering changes traditional maintenance from reactive to proactive support for on-premise IP PBX solution

ShoreTel®(NASDAQ: SHOR - News), the leading provider of brilliantly simple premise and cloud-based business phone system and communication solutions with fully integrated unified communications (UC), today announced a new Remote Monitoring service.

ShoreTel Remote Monitoring is a 365-day, around-the-clock service, which proactively monitors ShoreTel IP PBX products deployed on a customer’s premise. Developed for both new and existing customers, ShoreTel Remote Monitoring verifies availability and expedites the response process – ultimately improving mean time to repair for events associated with ShoreTel systems. With monitoring, the team supporting the customer’s installation is automatically notified of any issues that may arise. This simplifies the support process and provides operational efficiencies, allowing customers to spend less time managing communications and more time focused on their core business initiatives.

“The great thing about this service is that it moves support and problem response out in front of the end-user experience,” said Don Joos, vice president of global services at ShoreTel. “System events and notifications can provide information for action before an end user experiences any problem. With this service it is possible to fix issues before they are even noticed.”

ShoreTel utilizes a management system to collect system data and to interpret it in a format that can be utilized by the ShoreTel Technical Assistance Center (TAC) and/or ShoreTel Certified Resellers. The Service is scalable for supporting multiple customers and devices while securing access for each customer.

“Any size or kind of business may need 24/7 telephone service, or suffer an outage during off-hours that leaves staff without service when they start their day,” notes John Burke, principal research analyst with Nemertes Research. “However, most can’t afford a 24/7 network operations center to monitor availability and troubleshoot problems. This kind of managed service helps fill that gap and ensure availability of necessary services.”

“As a ShoreTel customer, we’re excited about ShoreTel’s new Remote Monitoring service,” said Deanna Liberti, vice president of operations and business relations for Eastern Massachusetts Better Business Bureau. “This service will allow us to focus on our core business while subscribing to a cost effective and essential service. The comfort of knowing ShoreTel – with all its resources and expertise – can proactively monitor our ShoreTel IPBX investment 24/7 is re-assuring.”

Remote Monitoring will be available for ordering by the end of the month.

ShoreTel Releases Enhanced Online Portal for Cloud Customers

New Easy-to-Use Interface Provides Enriched Business Intelligence

ShoreTel®(NASDAQ; SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple premise and cloud-based business phone system and communication solutions with fully integrated unified communications (UC), today announced the release of M5 Portal, an enhanced customer administrative tool and business intelligence interface for its cloud phone system. M5 Portal will be free to all existing M5 customers.

M5 Portal is a new simplified interface for ShoreTel cloud-based phone system users and administrators. It provides users with a single application for managing user preferences, system configuration and business intelligence data. The portal gives individual users the access they need to set preferences such as personal call routing, manage voicemail and review call statistics through a simple, easy-to-use Web interface. For managers, the M5 Portal is the window into business activities including sales performance, service levels and staffing efficiency.

M5 Portal includes phone-based business intelligence and analytics that can be assessed using detailed reports and customized dashboards. Individual users will see information related to their own phone use, while authorized managers will see information for the entire organization.

One powerful example is the Live Answer Service Metric, which identifies how often a client or prospect calls a business but is unable to reach a “real” person. With most phone systems, this figure is difficult to uncover outside of the call center, but it is included with the M5 Portal. ShoreTel cloud customers know exactly how many calls reach a live person, regardless of which line is called or how many auto-attendants are used to direct the call. This sophisticated, but easy to use, key performance indicator lets management understand this vital statistic for the whole company or any individual phone number.

“Brilliantly simple is at the core of ShoreTel’s DNA and we are committed to giving our customers powerful tools that are easy to use,” said Jeff Valentine, vice president of product for ShoreTel’s Cloud Division. “By brining all of our user and administrative capabilities into one interface, we’ve made it as simple to manage your personal phone preferences as it is to access the wealth of business intelligence that the portal provides.”

For more information about M5 Portal, please visit

ShoreTel Introduces Collaboration Solution To Meet Increasing Demand from Large Enterprise Customers

Brilliantly simple collaboration tools enable integrated IM, audio and Web conferencing capabilities

ShoreTel®(NASDAQ: SHOR - News), the leading provider of brilliantly simple premise and cloud-based business phone system and communication solutions with fully integrated unified communications (UC), today announced the availability of collaboration applications to meet the increasing demands of large enterprise customers deploying ShoreTel solutions around the world.

ShoreTel 12.3 supports 10,000 concurrent instant messaging clients, 1,000 audio conferencing ports and 500 Web conferencing ports. ShoreTel’s Linux based Service Appliance 400 enables tightly integrated collaboration services that are administrated by IT in ShoreTel Director and managed by the end user in ShoreTel Communicator.

ShoreTel is increasingly being selected by large global enterprises in more than 48 countries, which need to collaborate internally and externally on a massive scale – between departments or with customers, in any location.

"The SA-400 from a feature standpoint is simply amazing. Beyond the added capacity that comes with the new hardware the new feature set is so rich that it enables users to work in ways that were not possible before,” said Bakari Taylor, Systems Administrator at Current TV. “When we first received the new conference bridge we thought it was a standard upgrade, but to our surprise it was so much more. To put it simply the SA-400 is a game changer."

Faster and more casual than email, IM is the new dial tone. And collaboration helps coworkers easily share ideas – avoiding lengthy games of phone and email tag, which create latency in productivity. With the new levels of concurrent client capabilities, employees can chat one-on-one or in groups. When instant messaging is not enough, users can easily turn an instant message into a video-enabled phone call at the touch of a button, and easily share their desktop with a single click.

ShoreTel Collaboration integrates with enterprise applications such as Microsoft Outlook, where appointments automatically configure voice and Web collaboration resources for both internal and external participants.

“We’re pleased to be selected by large enterprises that wish to provide applications for their employees, but without the cost of complexity of traditional premise or hosted services. By offering a single scalable platform that serves both midsize and large enterprises, we’re able to concentrate all efforts on making solutions brilliantly simple for users and administrators,” said Kevin Gavin, chief marketing officer at ShoreTel. “Like most UC vendors, we include collaboration tools with our UC platform. But it’s not an add-on or after thought; it’s functionally integrated into our system and end-users applications, with no more IT burden for deploying collaboration at the lowest cost for the organization.”


About ShoreTel, Inc.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Residential Network Structures

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

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

Network Infrastructure – Present and Future

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

Staffing Service and Support

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

About the 2012 ACUTA State of ResNet Report

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


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


ShoreTel, Polycom and HP Solutions Cooperate to Provide Best-of-Breed Unified Communications and Infrastructure

Combined offerings designed to transform delivery of simple UC and infrastructure solutions with lowest industry TCO

ShoreTel®(NASDAQ:SHOR - News), the leading provider of brilliantly simple premise and cloud-based business phone system and communication solutions with fully integrated unified communications (UC), today announced that it is providing a promotional incentive for bundled offerings that include ShoreTel, Polycom and HP solutions, which allow implementation of complete UC solutions on a secure, resilient and flexible network infrastructure. The combined offerings are delivered via ShoreTel resellers that can design, implement and support all three products, providing customers with a single point of contact.

Communications has transformed from a basic business need of merely making and receiving phone calls into the ability to communicate, collaborate and conference – from anywhere, on any network, using any device – via a seamless voice, video, data, messaging, and mobility platform.

The combination of ShoreTel, Polycom and HP allows organizations to:

  • Simplify design and management by enabling a flexible approach that adapts to future changes while driving down the complexity of management.
  • Deliver a consistent user experience (including video, voice, IM and presence) across a variety of platforms and device types, through the right infrastructure.
  • Increase reliability and resiliency with uninterrupted availability through a flexible network and distributed unified communications architecture.

The promotional bundles give customers the flexibility to build the right solution architecture. ShoreTel is now providing a matching financial incentive for systems purchased with the Polycom and HP promotional bundles. The incentive further underscores the TCO advantage of the three companies.

Delivering best-of-breed reliability, scalability, and ease-of-use with the lowest TCO in the industry, the bundles provide a broad portfolio, which supports a wide array of verticals and solution requirements that empower organizations to effectively and efficiently connect and collaborate with their employees, partners and customers.

“We are seeing significant customer demand for a best-of-breed built solution with a low total cost of ownership,” said Peter Blackmore, ShoreTel CEO. “Through our distributed architecture and joint promotion, we are able to further lower the cost of entry while maintaining ShoreTel’s commitment to a brilliantly simple solution.”

“Clients’ networks need to be scalable and agile to accommodate multimedia communications like voice and videoconferences across a variety of devices,” said Craig Hinkley, vice president, Americas, Networking, HP. “Through our integrated solution architecture with ShoreTel and Polycom, we are delivering an end-to-end unified communications infrastructure that is flexible and reliable for clients’ backed by support offered through a single point of contact.”

“Polycom RealPresence video collaboration solutions are transforming communications in more companies, across more industries, and in multiple use cases, from a doctor evaluating a patient, to a floor manager running a manufacturing plant, to engineers collaborating on a development team that spans multiple continents,” said Ron Myers, senior vice president of Global Channels at Polycom. “Bringing our solutions together with HP and ShoreTel delivers a best-of-breed choice for customers to truly unify unified communications.”

The offering includes on-premise, cloud and mobility solutions from ShoreTel, HP Networking solutions, and Polycom® RealPresence® video and voice solutions (including the Polycom® HDX® series of desktop and conference room video systems, Polycom® VVX™ business media phone, Polycom® RealPresence® Experience immersive theater series, and many more).

About ShoreTel, Inc.

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


WESCO net income up 42 percent

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 7:12am EDT

WESCO International saw its net income rise 42 percent to $52.9 million in its quarter ended March 31.

The Pittsburgh-based company had earnings per share of $1.03 on revenue of $1.6 billion. That compared to net income of $37.3 million, 74 cents a share, on revenue of $1.4 billion a year ago. Revenue was up 12 percent compared to a year ago.

WESCO (NYSE: WCC) provides communications products, construction materials and logistics.

"We are building on the positive momentum that we have generated across our company over the last few years, and continue to execute our One WESCO growth strategy, which targets the countless customer service opportunities within our large, fragmented end markets," said WESCO Chairman and CEO John J. Engel in a statement.


How to meet today’s challenges in testing enterprise fiber – CI&M ARTICLE

The integrity of a data center’s infrastructure is inextricably linked to the strength of its fiber network.

By David Veneski, Fluke Networks

The demand for greater bandwidth in the enterprise is growing exponentially. It is driven by a variety of factor, including virtualization, the rise of the cloud, access to storage via Ethernet, server-to-server traffic, and ever-larger oceans of data that need to be accessed. As fiber becomes the core of every data center network, the need to certify and test it becomes equally critical.

When fiber represented a minority of an enterprise’s network links, either in the storage area network (SAN) or the wide area link to the Internet, the job of fiber test and management was typically outsourced to specialists. However, today when organizations rely heavily on fiber to function, the health of an enterprise’s fiber plant rises to the highest level of importance.

Maintaining tomorrow’s fiber network with yesterday’s troubleshooting tools is a recipe for frustration, if not disaster. To ensure that fiber in data centers is reliable, a network professional needs a more-accurate and faster method for assessing the integrity of the infrastructure. Such a shift renders most existing testing equipment. Obsolete and instead demands a new class of optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR) that is capable of characterizing and certifying enterprise fiber quickly, accurately and without the “tribal knowledge” of a rarified fiber expert.

But what are the parameters an installer or an enterprise site should consider when selecting an OTDR? Choosing the right device not only solves the new generation of testing requirements related to new technologies, but also helps professionals work efficiently while increasing the reliability and value of the enterprise fiber network.

To understand what you need to know, let’s look back at the changes data centers are undergoing, and the implications these changes have on fiber testing requirements. Once you understand these challenges, criteria can be outlined for selecting an OTDR to satisfy evolving requirements.

What’s driving change

Modular cabling systems. With its plug-and-play capability, modular or preterminated fiber cabling is gaining acceptance because it is simpler and less costly to install than field-terminated cable. The challenge is that preterminated fiber is only guaranteed “good” as it exists in the manufacturer’s factory. It must then be transported, stored and later bend and pulled during installation in the data center. All kinds of performance uncertainties are introduced before fiber cables are deployed. Proper testing of preterminated cables after installation is the only way to guarantee performance in a live application.

High-density and high-speed equipment in the data center. As data centers grow larger, most enterprise IT environments look for ways to minimize power consumption and reduce expensive floor space. One strategy for reining in operational expenses is data center consolidation using faster and higher-density networking and storage equipment. These new-generation devices are usually equipped with 10-Gbit/sec or faster fiber links to transport traffic. This shift is driving a significant uptick in the use of fiber in data centers.

Data center owners responsible for keeping critical enterprise IT services available must now ensure that the fiber infrastructure is hardened. With thousands of fibers being installed, they must be able to: 1) fully certify and document that all fibers are installed correctly and for maximum efficiency, and 2) minimize fiber network downtime with the fastest possible problem resolution time.

Virtualization’s challenges, advantages

The adoption of server and network virtualization dramatically affects data center networks. The implication is twofold. First, virtualization consolidates multiple server resources onto fewer physical platforms. This creates much greater data traffic to and from virtualized platforms. Second, this traffic may pass to direct-attach storage or through a switch to network-attached storage, other servers, or to the greater enterprise network. Data centers adapted to the requirements of virtualization by using end-of-row (EoR) and top-of-rack (ToR) network topologies.

EoR—The EoR topology places a switch at the logical end of a row of racks, replacing a single tier of home-run connections with two tiers of switches. Adding a second tier makes the network more adaptable. EoR shortens the length of the cables in the lower tier to the length of a row of racks. Shorter cables are generally easier to install and easier to change. EoR topology confines the impact of asset reconfiguration to a row of racks, rather than across an entire data center. EoR may reuse some elements of the existing physical network, however major upgrades are common.

ToR—The ToR topology dedicates an Ethernet switch to every rack. The ToR switch interconnects server, storage and networking assets in each rack and provides a trunk connection to an aggregation point in the data center. ToR also divides the physical connections into two tiers, but provides greater modularity inside a rack than the EoR topology.

Both EoR and ToR topologies support the bandwidth demands of virtualization and drive new cabling requirements. Intra-rack fibers in ToR configurations are typically less than 6 meters. To reduce clutter and improve equipment access, patch panels with short patch cords are usually employed to connect server, storage and networking assets. This creates new problems:

1)       A high concentration of fibers connecting the equipment to the patch panels can confuse installers regarding fiber polarity.

2)       Short patch cords’ quality and workmanship defects are invisible to most fiber test equipment.

As virtualization marches forward, data center networks will fundamentally change. To deliver bandwidth to virtualized assets, 10-, 40- or 100-Gbit/sec links will be employed throughout the data center. Any uncertainty in the fiber links will jeopardize the stability and reliability of the network connected to those virtual servers. It is critical to have these fibers certified with channelized information and properly documented.

So what are the key parameters an installer at an enterprise site should consider when selecting a new OTDR?

With the technological evolution that is occurring in data centers, test requirements dramatically changed for the fiber networks that connect mission-critical servers, networking and storage devices. Selecting the proper OTDR to test your network not only strengthens its reliability, but also improves how quickly and efficiently the job is done, as well as documenting the quality of work. Here are some recommended criteria to consider, aside from the basic OTDR testing capabilities.

A simplified and task-focused user interface. Populating a data center with thousands of tested fibers is an enormously time-consuming job. Maintaining fiber health is just as challenging and makes fast troubleshooting critical. Almost every OTDR on the market today is designed to cover carrier applications. As a result, many have very complicated user interfaces, which require the user to grapple with numerous buttons and controls and navigate cumbersome multi-level menus. While this is suitable for the fiber enthusiasts who test telco fiber on a daily basis, it’s a different story for enterprise network technicians. An OTDR designed around the enterprise workflow, with an intuitive user interface, greatly improves operating efficiency. Simple-to-use test equipment shortens the learning curve, reduces testing time and ultimately saves money.

Precision fiber channel information. With the increasing use of short patch fibers and multifiber connectors, details on every link—loss, connector and reflectance—are critical to ensuring performance. OTDRs with an attenuation dead zone of more than 3 meters are no longer applicable for testing data center fiber. Ultra-short dead zones are needed to find issues that jeopardize the link loss budget or cause serious signal degradation. In addition, fast problem resolution requires that faults and events be presented in a simple, graphical map so users at various skill levels can efficiently perform fiber troubleshooting and accelerate network recovery.

Effective planning and documentation. As data centers grow and change, coordinating projects and ensuring that all fibers are installed with certified quality is challenging. There are a number of software applications available for project management, but until recently none have been integrated with an OTDR. Integrated project management capabilities with cable-by-cable granularity can save time and planning effort. Look for an OTDR with built-in project management capability that allows you to plan day-to-day activities without using a PC or laptop. You should be able to use a single tool to control, monitor, consolidate and document all test results.

Data center technology is advancing at a tremendous pace to meet the challenges of reliably delivering critical applications for enterprises. The integrity of the data center infrastructure is inextricably linked to the strength of the fiber network. Yesterday’s approach and tactics have provided valuable lessons. Today’s requirements are dramatically different from the past, presenting new challenges that require new solutions. It is important to evaluate these new parameters when selecting tools to ensure work efficiency and performance.

David Veneski is director of marketing for the DCI business unit at Fluke Networks (

REPRINTED with permission from Cabling Installation & Maintenance magazine (PennWell Publishing)

Fluke Networks provides innovative solutions for the installation and certification, testing, monitoring and analysis of copper, fiber and wireless networks used by enterprises and telecommunications carriers. The company's comprehensive line of Network SuperVision™ Solutions provide network installers, owners, and maintainers with superior vision, combining speed, accuracy and ease of use to optimize network performance.

Headquartered in Everett, Washington, Fluke Networks has over 700 employees worldwide and distributes its products in more than 50 countries and are used by 96 of the Fortune 100 companies.

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Dow Electrical & Telecommunications (Performance Plastics Division) Announces Price Increase On Materials

Houston, TX – May 14, 2012 – Effective May 15, 2012, Dow Electrical & Telecommunications (Dow E&T) will increase the prices on all its products in the US and Canada by $ 0.06 per pound to all Non-Contract customers.

Customers have been informed of this action. Further details are being communicated to customers by local Dow E&T account executives.

About Dow Electrical & Telecommunications

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

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) connects chemistry and innovation to help address some of the world's problems such as the need for cabling. Dow's diversified portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in growth sectors such as electronics, and coatings. In 2011, Dow had annual sales of $60 billion and employed approximately 52,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 197 sites in 36 countries across the globe.


Frost & Sullivan to work with CABA on Connected Home Research

May 9, 2012

The connected residential market is a fast evolving segment influenced by a number of emerging industry trends. Recent developments in the implementation of end-to-end smart grid at the utility level, as well as changes witnessed in the area of managed home devices and systems, are expected to further impact the dynamics of this market segment. The connected home suppliers catering to this rapidly progressing space are facing the challenges of keeping abreast with technology development. In accordance, companies must also meet new grid infrastructure requirements while developing solutions that are compatible with changing standards and communication topologies.

The Continental Automated Buildings Association's (CABA's) Smart Grid Working Group, under the Connected Home Council (CHC), is currently examining the deployment of the residential smart grid, and the implications on market prospects for connected home solutions. The Smart Grid Working Group efforts have resulted in a formal research project, CABA's Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Homes, which will be completed later this year. CABA has partnered with Frost & Sullivan in shaping the ideation process, project scope and direction to provide research support for the study sponsors. Amongst project sponsors, Frost & Sullivan analysts are included on the Steering Committee, and will work with the Steering Committee to develop an agreed set of objectives and research areas requiring validation. These include an understanding of changing business models, technology commercialization prospects in the event of smart grid deployment, changes to communication standards, and time to market, amongst others.

View and download the Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Homes webinar, PowerPoint presentation and research prospectus at: To participate in this connected homes analysis, please contact Frost & Sullivan or CABA at the contact information provided below.

"Frost & Sullivan and CABA have a close association, developed over years of collaborative research support, as well as the delivery of complex landmark analyses to CABA," said Frost & Sullivan North America President Art Robbins. "Our demonstrated expertise in a large array of different business challenges, such as market development and expansion, industry advancement and growth strategy, combines to help research participants gain answers to their individual and collective challenges in this highly lucrative, yet uncertain market."

There are definite ambiguities in determining which technologies will remain current and adaptable to emerging developments in home area network requirements, changing energy dynamics as well as smart grid infrastructure deployments. For industry participants to execute a successful market strategy, it is critical to be well informed of the distinct challenges, market gaps, influences of key channels, in addition to a firm understanding of the evolving market environment.

"To address this expansive and changing environment, with overlaps between various verticals from Internet connectivity and power generation to building technologies, our research team utilizes a unique cross-industry and cross-functional perspective," said Frost & Sullivan North America Energy and Environment Director Roberta Gamble. "This landmark research will analyze smart grid and connected home technologies from different industry perspectives and adjacent markets, elucidating opportunities for industry players."

The proposed Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Homes project is gaining momentum, with organizations signing up for sponsorship, including TELUS, Samsung Telecommunications America, Microsoft Corporation, Pella Corporation, Niko Group/fifthplay nv, Hydro One Networks Inc., Tridel Corporation, Southern California Edison, and IBM. The project, slated to commence in May 2012, will be completed within a tentative 12-week timeframe. Frost & Sullivan and CABA are currently in the process of finalizing research sponsorship and recruiting additional interested organizations.

"As our organization gears toward completing logistical and project initiative formalities, it is clear that overwhelming industry interest and support is paving the way for more high-value collaborative research involving the CABA membership and Frost & Sullivan," said CABA President and CEO Ron Zimmer. "For the first time, connected homes will be a key aspect within grid modernization and this research will enable organizations to plan for the future."

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

About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan employs 1,800 analysts, growth consultants, and visionaries in 40 global offices. The firm provides growth partnership services and growth consulting. The growth partnership services represent a subscription-based program that provides clients with disciplined research to support the generation and evaluation of growth opportunities, and career-focused best practices to help implement growth strategies at best practice levels. The firm's growth consulting program provides clients with customized consulting that supports a visionary understanding of the market, the development of growth strategies, and diagnostics to validate growth strategies. More information is available at:


Graybar Celebrates Grand Opening of its First-Ever Facility Built to LEED Standards

Graybar Tucson showcases company's commitment to sustainability

TUCSON, Ariz., May 8, 2012 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, today hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at its new branch in Tucson, Ariz., which is the first facility in company history built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specifications.

The 55,000 square-foot facility features many of the green technologies Graybar distributes to its customers including solar panels, energy-efficient lighting and electric vehicle charging stations. Located at 3760 East Tennessee Street, the branch will serve the Tucson metropolitan area and southern Arizona. Branch Manager Steve Gosciminski will lead the location’s 33 employees.

“This new branch is not only a symbol of Graybar’s commitment to Tucson and the state of Arizona, but also our commitment to the environment and to being good stewards of our company’s resources,” said Craig Mead, district vice president of Graybar’s Phoenix operations, who spoke at the grand opening. “We hope this facility serves as a shining example of sustainable and green practices within commercial facilities across the state.”

To learn more about the facility and its green features, visit

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


IDEAL INDUSTRIES NETWORKS Announces Move To New Headquarters

SAN DIEGO, CA, APRIL 24, 2012 -- IDEAL Industries Networks US, the network testing division of IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. (, is relocating its headquarters to a state-of-the-art facility in San Diego, CA, expected to open in June. The new space will accommodate IDEAL staff, help expand training facilities and programs, and provide upgraded capabilities for research and development.


"The new headquarters responds directly to the evolving needs of our business and our team," said Jason Butchko, vice president and general manager for IDEAL Industries Networks, US. "We're now in a more accessible location for customers and partners as well as visiting employees of IDEAL. The new offices also represent an exciting, collaborative work environment for our staff here, which was an important factor in the choice of location."


Located at 15070 Avenue of Science, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92128, the space will house customer service, technical support, product maintenance/repair, R&D, sales and marketing, and administration for the Networks and Test business units. Given the explosive growth in network deployments over the past decade, a large percentage of IDEAL electrician customers have successfully expanded their businesses into LAN installation and maintenance, relying upon IDEAL solutions for both types of applications.


During the past two months IDEAL Industries Networks has added new leadership to its R&D, sales and marketing departments. It has also launched two new products that have taken the industry by storm: the NaviTEK® II, the fastest, most cost-effective Ethernet Service and Cable Tester available to frontline technicians, and an all-in-one Test-Tone-Trace Kit that performs essential cable testing functions required in the Security, Data/Network, and A/V markets.


For more information, contact IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., Becker Place, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. Or phone 1-800-435-0705, Fax: 1-800-533-4483. On the web,


Headquartered in San Diego, CA, IDEAL INDUSTRIES NETWORKS is an innovative manufacturer of Hand Held Network Testers deployed in LAN Installation, LAN Management and WAN Access. Its mission is to deliver testing solutions that meet the key needs of the IT professional including accelerating the testing process, improving accuracy of overall results, and ultimately to save businesses time, money and manpower over other methods of testing. For more information about IDEAL Industries Networks products, visit 


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


Graybar Donates 130,000 Food Items to Food Pantries Nationwide

Graybar recently collected nearly 130,000 food items to benefit food pantries and other charitable organizations in the communities where it operates nationwide as part of its community platform, Graybar CARES. Graybar CARES stands for Community, Awareness, Responsibility, Education and Service. Graybar employees, customers and manufacturers participated in the national food drive titled, “Food Wars – Teaming Up Against Hunger,” that served as a preview to the company’s national training conference in Orlando last week. 

At the conference, Graybar employees and manufacturer representatives banded together again for a Graybar CARES event where they worked as a team to assemble structures out of food items. All of the food items used in this event were donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

“Once again through Graybar CARES, we have demonstrated our commitment to making a difference in the communities where we do business,” said Kathy Mazzarella, Graybar’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  “We are so thankful to have customers, manufacturers and employees who value giving back to their communities.” 


Graybar Names New District Vice Presidents in Atlanta and Seattle

ST. LOUIS, April 24, 2012 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, has announced organizational changes to drive long-term growth and success.

•    David Bender has been appointed to the position of Atlanta district vice president, effective July 1. Bender has more than 24 years of Graybar experience and currently serves as district vice president of Graybar’s Seattle operations. He replaces Joe LaMotte, who is retiring from the company after nearly 40 years of service.

•    Kirk Snure has been appointed to the position of Seattle district vice president, effective July 1. Snure has served in a variety of sales and management positions during his 26-year career and currently serves as director, electrical sales in Seattle.   

“We thank Joe for his nearly four decades of service to our company, and we wish him all the best in retirement,” said Bob Lyons, Graybar’s senior vice president, North America Business. “We are pleased to appoint David Bender and Kirk Snure to their new roles and believe their continued leadership will have a positive impact on Graybar’s business.”

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


Leviton Selected by Leading Healthcare BPO in India as Structured Cabling Systems Provider

New facilities to be connected by Leviton’s connectivity solutions

April 24, 2011 – Bothell, WA, USA: Leviton today announced that its India subsidiary was selected as the exclusive structured cabling solutions provider to Omega Healthcare, a premier business process outsourcer (BPO) and knowledge process outsourcer (KPO) in India. Leviton, a U.S.-based provider of global solutions, was selected based on superior brand recognition and user preference, as well as the results of performance testing against several competitors’ solutions.

Omega Healthcare’s newest facility in Trichy (Tiruchirappalli), Tamil Napu, India is the first to be connected with Leviton structured cabling solutions. The 18,500 square foot building was completed in early 2011 and operations went live on June 25, 2011. The facility’s workstations and telecommunications room are connected with the Leviton Extreme® CAT 6 modular system featuring:

·         Blue and yellow connectors for redundancy

·         Booted patch cords

·         Excella® wallplates with QuickPort®

·         24-port angled patch panels with QuickPort

“Leviton has been an exceptional vendor throughout this project,” said Kamalraj Chandrasekaran, Omega Healthcare’s Chief Technology Officer. “They were able to deliver on time for a very tight deadline, and now that it’s up and running, all of the connectivity has been 100 percent reliable. We’re more satisfied than ever that we chose Leviton.”

“Through opportunities like this Leviton is able to showcase our global capabilities, offering the highest quality network infrastructure and customer service in the industry today,” said Rajiv Kapoor, Leviton Network Solutions Country Manager for India and SAARC regions. “We’re honored that Omega Healthcare selected Leviton as an exclusive supplier, and we know that our solutions will continue to deliver exceptional performance.”

Leviton’s structured cabling systems are installed in thousands of organizations around the globe, including hospitals, schools, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

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 or

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,, or

About Omega Healthcare

Omega Healthcare was founded in 2002 and has grown to become a premier KPO in the healthcare revenue cycle management space. Today, it provides medical coding, billing, accounts receivable management, claims processing, and healthcare revenue cycle management services to clients around the world. Omega Healthcare’s organization is driven by Six Sigma quality methodologies, which ensure improved processes and client satisfaction. The company operates three facilities in India, in Bengaluru, Chennai, and Trichy, and a US facility in New Jersey.


NAED Names 2012-2013 Board of Directors

Martin to lead as chair in 2012-2013, followed by Rosecrans in 2013-2014   

ST. LOUIS... The National Association of Electrical Distributors welcomes its 2012-2013 Board of Directors, now led by Chair Clarence Martin, chief executive officer and chief financial officer of Huntington, W.Va.-based State Electric Supply Company. 

"I am proud and honored to serve as this year's chair of the NAED Board of Directors," Martin said. "From advancements in technology to the dynamic workforce, we must be prepared for the change afoot in our industry. My focus this year will be on planning and execution as means for preparing for those changes. NAED has the tools and resources to keep us all on track for a successful future." 

Throughout his 40-year career in the industry, Martin has played an active role in NAED. Most recently, he served as chair of the NAED Government Affairs Committee, and in the 1990s, he resided on the NAED Legislative Committee. He is involved with numerous other social, civic and trade organizations, including the National Association of Wholesalers and Affiliated Distributors (A-D). State Electric Supply is a member of the Channel Advantage Partnership and participates in NAED educational programs and conferences. 

Martin earned his B.B.A. degree in accounting and M.B.A. from Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va., with post-baccalaureate work at The Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky. His military background includes the West Virginia Air National Guard and three years of service in Europe with the United States Army.

Martin's role became official at the conclusion of the 2012 NAED National Meeting, held April 25-28, 2012, in Washington D.C. 

Also at the meeting, Sandra Rosecrans, president and chief executive officer of Syracuse, N.Y.-based City Electric Co. Inc., became the board's chair-elect. She will work closely with Martin for assuming NAED board leadership in 2013-2014. 

A 32-year veteran of the industry, Rosecrans has been deeply involved in NAED, currently serving on the NAED Government Affairs and Women in Industry committees. In addition to participating in conference panel discussions, she has played such key roles as council member and vice president for the Eastern Region, a member-at-large of the NAED Board of Directors and as chair of the NAED Education & Research Foundation. She also serves as a network chairman and divisional board member for A-D.

Rosecrans joined City Electric as vice president of administration in 1979. She has served as president since 1986 and, in 1996, became owner of the company. Under her leadership, City Electric has expanded into new locations and markets, while also strengthening ties to community through activities supporting the Adopt a Platoon program with the military base at Fort Drum in Northern N.Y., the local Red Cross, Rescue Mission and Francis House. Active in her community, Rosecrans received the Xilda Chadwick Humanitarian Award for her 10 years of service as a board member to Chadwick Residence, a home for women and children in Syracuse.

The NAED Board of Directors is a dedicated group of industry leaders who volunteer their time and efforts to improve the association and the electrical-distribution channel at large.

Directors for 2012-2013 term are:

·                     Clarence Martin, NAED Chair, State Electric Supply Co., Huntington, W. Va.

·                     Sandra Rosecrans, NAED Chair-elect, City Electric Company Inc., Syracuse, N.Y.

·                     Robert A. ReynoldsJr., Past NAED Board Chair, Graybar Electric Company Inc., St. Louis

·                     August Sodora Jr., Eastern Region Vice President, Swift Electric Supply Co. Inc., Teterboro, N.J.

·                     Marc Malvizzi, Eastern Region Vice President-elect, Eastern Penn Supply Co., Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

·                     Dan Nitowsky, Past Eastern Region Vice President, Mars Electric Co., Willoughby, Ohio

·                     Paul McCool, South Central Region Vice President, Revere Electric Supply Co., Chicago

·                     Shaker Brock, South Central Region Vice President-elect, Electric Supply Inc., Tampa, Fla.

·                     Maureen Barsema, Past South Central Region Vice President, B J Electric Supply, Inc., Madison, Wis.

·                     David M. Crum, Western Region Vice President, Crum Electric Supply Co., Inc., Casper, Wyo.

·                     David Maxwell, Western Region Vice President-elect, Graybar, Dublin, Ca.

·                     Andrew Akers, Past Western Region Vice President, D & S Electrical Supply Co., Pocatello, Idaho

·                     Christopher Hartmann, NAED Foundation Chair, Rexel Holdings USA/Gexpro, Dallas

·                     Daniel Dungan, NAED Finance Committee Chair, Springfield Electric Supply Company, Springfield, Ill.

·                     Todd Kumm, NAED Foundation Chair-elect, Dakota Supply Group, Fargo, N.D.

·                     Zia Eftekhar, NAED Manufacturer Representative, Philips Lighting Company, Burlington, Mass.

·                     John Burke, IDEA Vice Chair, Kirby Risk Electric Supply, Lafayette, Ind.

·                     Chris Phillippe, LEAD Committee Chair, Eoff Electric Supply, Vancover, Wa

·                     Martin "Marty" Burbridge, Member-at-Large, Crescent Electric Supply Co., East Dubuque, Ill.

·                     Steve Blazer, Member-at-Large, Blazer Electric Supply Company, Colorado Springs, Co.

·                     Doug Borchers, Member-at-Large, Dickman Supply Inc., Sidney, Ohio

·                     Glenn C. Goedecke, Member-at-Large, Mayer Electric Supply Co. Inc., Birmingham, Ala. 

·                     David Rosenstein, Member-at-Large, ConneXion, Buffalo Grove, Ill.

·                     Ray T. Womack, Member-at-Large, Womack Electric Supply Co. Inc., Burlington, N.C.

As the governing body of NAED, the Board of Directors is accountable for the effective performance and direction of the association as well as for communicating NAED's activities and policies with membership. 

Within the framework of the association's by-laws and policies, the Board of Directors determines measurements for success, establishes policy imperatives, defines the organization's vision for the future, fulfills fiduciary obligations and serves as champions of the association. 

NAED officers attend two NAED Board meetings a year and are encouraged to attend all NAED Regional and National Electrical Leadership Summit Meetings.

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


Industry Leaders to Explore Real Estate 2020 at BOMA Conference

Today’s workplace looks—and performs—very differently than even a decade ago, and on Monday, June 25 from 9:00am to 10:30am, five leaders in the real estate, architecture and technology fields will explore the continuing evolution of America’s “office” as part of the Every Building Conference & Expo, presented by BOMA International and BUILDINGS, June 24-26 in Seattle, Wash.

During the highly anticipated Monday morning General Session, “Real Estate 2020: The Shape of Things to Come,” the panelists, moderated by award-winning editor John Salustri of and ALM, will discuss how the needs of corporate end-users are changing; how ongoing technological advancements impact—for better or worse—the interaction of people and places; what will define high-performance space; and in a post-terrorist world, what is the outlook for protection of our people and our places.

Panelists will include:
Ronald W. Cook, AVP, support and international real estate, AT&T, Dallas, Texas
Gordon Feller, director, Urban Innovations Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco, San Jose, Calif. Andrew R. Friedman, managing director, Capital Transactions, Shorenstein, San Francisco, Calif.
Karen H. Thomas, AIA, managing director, Gensler, Seattle, Wash.

Salustri has covered the commercial real estate industry for nearly 25 years and is a two-time recipient of the Excellence in Journalism award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

“The commercial real estate industry has long served as a mirror to our country’s general health, ” said Boyd R. Zoccola, BOMA International Chair and executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. “It is critical to understand workplace trends, recognize the current and future needs of tenants, and be able to proactively position our building portfolios to meet the demands of our tenants. This panel—with representatives from varying sectors and viewpoints of the industry—will provide an eye-opening look into how workforce needs are changing, how new technologies are changing the way we manage our properties and what tenants will need in our properties and how these factors will demand ever more sweeping changes to what many have long thought of as, simply, ‘the office.’”

Just prior to the headliner panel discussion, BOMA International President and Chief Operating Officer Henry Chamberlain, APR, FASAE, CAE, will present the 2012 State of the Industry address. His closely followed annual report will focus on how recent economic and industry trends have affected the commercial real estate industry, with a special emphasis on the industry’s recovery. With a look ahead, Chamberlain will also cover how trends in areas such as technology, energy efficiency and mobile workplaces are driving success in asset management.

The 2012 Every Building Conference and Expo, held June 24-26 in Seattle, is the commercial real estate industry’s premiere professional event. This collaborative meeting of the industry’s best minds includes nearly 50 sessions across five education tracks on everything from creating and sustaining high performance buildings to maximizing asset and portfolio performance to high performance leadership. More than 450 exhibits will help attendees find solutions to operational challenges and strategies to enhance asset performance.

About BOMA International

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


National Institute of Building Sciences Joins CABA Board

April 20, 2012

The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to announce that the National Institute of Building Sciences has joined its Board of Directors.

The National Institute of Building Sciences is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that successfully brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests, and regulatory agencies to focus on the identification and resolution of problems and potential problems that hamper the construction of safe, affordable structures for housing, commerce and industry throughout the United States.

Dana Kennish "Deke" Smith, FAIA, will represent the Institute on the CABA Board.

"With the addition of the National Institute of Building Sciences to its Board, CABA continues its strong tradition of representation from the non-profit sector," said Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "We are pleased to welcome such a respected organization, and distinguished individual, to our Board. Deke has a long and prestigious history in both the private and public sector concerning the application of spatial information to the building sector."

Smith is currently the Executive Director of the Institute's Building Seismic Safety Council and buildingSMART alliance™. He was instrumental in developing the Construction Criteria Base (now a part of the Whole Building Design Guide [WBDG]),initiated the United States National CAD Standard®, and spearheaded the effort to deliver consensus-based open standards to the facilities industry through use of the National BIM Standard- United States™.

"We're excited to bring the building science capabilities of the National Institute of Building Sciences to the CABA Board," said Smith. "The Institute looks forward to working with this dedicated group to advance innovation and growth within the building automation sector, particularly in the areas of high performance building and building information modeling."

Previously, Smith was a Designer and Director with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Deputy CIO at the Army Research Laboratory, and Chief Architect for the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment in supporting DoD's 540,000 facilities.

Smith holds a degree in architecture from Virginia Tech and has undertaken postgraduate studies at the National Defense University. He is a registered architect in the state of Virginia and a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. He is co-author of "Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Implementation Guide," published in 2009 by Wiley.

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


The NECA Convention & Show - Contractors Connecting The World With Power + Lighting + Integrated Systems = NECA 2012 Las Vegas Trade Show keeps growing!

September 29 - October 2, 2012

Mandalay BayLas Vegas

National Electrical Contractors Association

NECA 2012 Las Vegas Trade Show keeps growing!

The NECA trade show is open to the entire industry. Whether you are a union electrical contractor, or non-union contractor, or a specialty contractor in the low voltage market…the NECA Show is for you. Admission to the trade show includes 19 FREE Technical Workshops that take place right on the trade show floor. These very informative sessions begin at noon each day. Take a look at topics for Sunday, Sept. 30th, Monday, October 1st and Tuesday, October 2nd.  In addition, NECA offers a wide array of Pre-Convention Workshops on Friday, September 28th and Saturday September 29th that are open to attend. Only the concurrent NECA Convention is for members only.

They have the largest gathering of products and services in the industry. Once again, the NECA Show will be the biggest ever. Many exhibiting companies are expanding to make room for more new product introductions, and 44 new companies has signed up as of 05/01/2012.  Product categories include:

Boxes & Enclosures

Building Automation & Controls

Codes, Standards, Certifications

Computer Hardware & Equipment

Conduit, Raceway, Wireway

Connections & Terminations


Energy Efficiency

Fasteners, Hangers, Clamps, & Supports

Fire/Life Safety

Grounding & Bonding

Heavy Equipment

Home Automation

Ladders, Lifts & Platforms

Lighting & Controls

Low Voltage: Voice, Data, Video, fiber optics

Motors & Motor Controls

Online & Web Services

Outdoor Products

Power Quality & Distribution


Safety Equipment & Apparel


Services: Financial, Insurance, Retirement, other


Solar Energy / PV

Structured Wiring/Cabling

Switches and Switchgear

Testing Equipment




Transmission & Distribution Equipment

Underground Equipment

Vehicles & Vehicle Equipment

Wind Energy

Check out their website for a current list of exhibitors.  Complete event details can be found at This is a must attend event for 2012. BE THERE.


Mike Holt’s New Electrical Estimating DVD Program – now 25% off!

Introducing Mike Holt's new Electrical Estimating DVD Program!

Understanding the fundamentals of Estimating can make or break a career, or make or break a company. An accurate estimate helps every individual in the electrical business:

  • the apprentice and electrician to gain an understanding and perspective for the value of their work
  • the person selling the job, to properly bid so as not to lose money by underbidding or lose the project by overbidding
  • the contractor to determine the job's selling price and to profitably manage that job once it's sold
  • and of course, the aspiring career estimator.

This DVD program gives you the advantage of seeing Mike and his team of estimating experts explain and debate the steps and important details of the estimate process while determining the break-even point, it also includes an entire DVD devoted to understanding software based estimating programs.

Mike Holt's Illustrated Guide to Electrical Estimating program includes one book and four DVDs:
Disc 1: Understanding Estimating versus Bidding, All About Estimating, Understanding Labor Units
Disc 2: The Estimating Process, Determining Break-Even, The Bid Process, Unit Pricing
Disc 3: The Practical Application - How the whole process works, and how to get it done
Disc 4: About Estimating Software

Newsletter members can order Mike Holt's Electrical Estimating program for 25% off! Use discount code MHNEWS and order at in the next 30 days.


Do you need an easier way to teach Estimating in your classroom? Please contact Sarina at 866.632.2633 or visit to request a review copy of this new title.

Bloopers and Videos

Mike and the Estimating DVD team had a great time filming this program. Check out the video clips from the recording session on You Tube - Click Here and then:

1. Select one of the Electrical Estimating 2011 videos
2. Select Electrical Estimating 2011 - Bloopers to watch out-takes; get ready to laugh!


The Fiber Optic Association, Inc. Newsletter

News From The FOA
April 20, 2012

The Latest Issue Of The FOA Newsletter Is Now Online

FOA Seminars Coming To Middle East In May, 2012

The big news for this month is the FOA is coming to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Beirut in just a few weeks. If you are in the region, here is your opportunity to meet with the FOA and hear our seminars on "What's New In Fiber Optics" as well as some other topics like FTTx and hear presentations from some others involved with fiber in the region.
The schedule is below but you need to go to the FOA newsletter to get the details and contacts for registering for the seminars.

May 3 in Dubai with Etisalat Academy
May 8 in Dubai WIth esharp Consultancy
May 9 in Abu Dhabi WIth esharp Consultancy
May 15 in Beirut with the FTTH Council/MENA

In The Latest Issue Of The FOA Newsletter:

FOA Seminars Coming To Middle East In May
US Department of Labor Recognizes FOA In New "Occupational Outlook Handbook"
Australia's NBN Shows Installation Schedule
Updates: Google Fiber
Want To Know Where Submarine Fiber Optic Cables Run?
Permits For Fiber Optic Broadband Projects


We've started a new LinkedIn group for Fiber Optic Training and will try some instructor-guided online courses run within this group. Join up for details.

Also there are two new FOA YouTube videos: What is the FOA? and FOA Standards.

As usual, the FOA Newsletter covers industry news, new products and more.

The Latest Issue Of The FOA Newsletter Is Now Online 

Free For FOA Members: NECA/FOA 301 Fiber Optic Installation Standard
 Here is more information on the standard and how FOA members can get their free copy.

FOA Standards Expanding 
Four standards are now online - testing the cable plant, testing patchcords, measuring power and using an OTDR.  Read more about FOA standards<

Looking for a job in fiber optics? The FOA "Jobs" Website provides advice to help you find a job in fiber optics:  


BICSI Canadian Conference Closes With Award Presentation and Inspirational Keynote Address

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, May 3, 2012—BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, brought the 2012 BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition to a close on Wednesday, May 2. More than 1,000 individuals attended the event to gain industry knowledge, take in the latest ITS products and services and network with colleagues.

Wednesday’s Closing General Session began with two technical presentations. Ed Gastle of JDSU in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, covered the topic, “Field Testing Copper for 10G and Beyond,” followed by Alan Skidmore, RCDD, of Skidmore Technologies, Inc. in Winfield, West Virginia, USA, who delivered the presentation, “New Technology Marketing and Old Fashioned Customer Service.”

The morning continued with the BICSI Cares presentation, where donations collected from attendees during the conference were donated to the Tender Wishes Foundation, an organization that seeks out and grants wishes to children in the Niagara area who suffer from potentially life-threatening illnesses.

The Ross G. H. Cotton Award was also presented during the conference’s Closing General Session. Named after a Canadian telecom pioneer that has served the ITS industry for many years, the Ross Cotton Award recognizes an individual in the BICSI Canadian Region who has made significant contributions to the advancement of BICSI, its goals and objectives. This year’s Ross Cotton Award recipient was past BICSI Canadian Region Director Richard S. Smith, RCDD, NTS, OSP, of Bell Aliant in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Smith was acknowledged for his commitment to the industry and to BICSI, including his work in bringing BICSI Canadian Region Meetings to community colleges and technical schools to encourage the growth of the next generation of ITS professionals.

Finally, those in attendance were able to hear from Closing Keynote Speaker Neal Petersen, a South African-born professional adventurer, solo around-the-world racing yachtsman, global investor and international speaker. Petersen delivered an inspiring address, showing that imagination, coupled with determination to achieve, can break through the toughest challenges. His powerful message demonstrated to attendees that "in life, there are no barriers—only solutions!"

The next North American BICSI conference will be the 2012 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition, September 16-20 in Anaheim, California, USA.

BICSI is a professional association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry. ITS covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security, project management and audio & video technologies. It encompasses the design, integration and installation of pathways, spaces, optical fiber- and copper-based distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports the transportation of information and associated signaling between and among communications and information gathering devices.

BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ITS industry. We serve more than 23,000 ITS professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ITS professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature.

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries.


FTTH Council's Latin American Chapter Elects Chairman, Committee Chairs

MEXICO CITY -- The Latin American Chapter of the Fiber-to-the-Home Council Americas has re-elected Gilberto Guitarte of TE Connectivity as chairman of the organization, which seeks to promote next-generation, all-fiber connectivity in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Guitarte first became Technology Chair of the LATAM Chapter in April 2009 and served 2 years in this position. In 2010 he was recommended to act as the Chairman of the LATAM Chapter for the remaining 5 months of the 2010-11 term, operating in both positions.  Guitarte was then officially elected Chairman in May 2011 for the 2011-12 term, in addition, served as acting and replacement for the Technology Chair through the same term. With these new elections, Guitarte will be serving for the second full term as Chairman of the LATAM Chapter.

At the chapter's annual conference and expo in Mexico City last week, members also selected committee chairs.   Serving for the coming year will be Eduardo Jedruch of Wiltel (Technology), Liza Poe of Corning (Marketing), Reinaldo Jeronymo of Prysmian Group (Finance), and  Jorge Rivadulla of Calix (Regulatory).

"Last week's well-attended and successful conference in Mexico City is yet further evidence of the enormous interest in fiber to the home among Latin American companies," said Guitarte.  "With our new leadership team now in place, we are ready to take things to the next level by finding ways to help telecom providers throughout the region move decisively toward upgrading to all-fiber connectivity."

About the Fiber-to-the-Home Council Americas  

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


Sprint Joins BOMA International as a Supporting Partner

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) recently announced that Sprint has joined BOMA’s International Partnership Program.  As a BOMA Supporting Partner, Sprint will support BOMA’s vital programs in advocacy, education, research and membership across North America.

BOMA International´s Partnership Program, developed in 2004, allows companies to invest in their own success and viability, as well as that of the building management industry. With three levels of participation—Cornerstone Partner, Leadership Circle Partner and Supporting Partner—the Program demonstrates the commitment of leading organizations to support BOMA International with the resources to advance its advocacy, education and research initiatives that benefit the entire commercial real estate industry.

Sprint serves more than 55 million customers and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation's greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company.

Sprint is committed to conducting their businesses in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, a priority that is also important to BOMA members, “said BOMA International Chair Boyd R. Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. “We welcome Sprint as a Supporting Partner and we anticipate a productive relationship as we develop new initiatives to serve the commercial real estate industry.”

“BOMA International members play an essential role in evaluating and selecting the products and services needed to operate commercial properties and we are pleased to expand our presence across the field service industry in collaboration with a leading organization in commercial real estate advocacy and standards,” said Carolyn Rehling, vice president of sales, Sprint.

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


TexasHarris County Takes Crime Fighting to Next Level with Expanded Public Safety LTE Communications System

Motorola Solutions broadband network will double in size to enhance port security, improve Gulf Coast communications with expanded video, data capabilities

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – April 23, 2012 Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), a leader in the development of Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks, devices, applications and services, has been awarded a $4 million contract to expand the Harris County, Texas Public Safety LTE wide area broadband network. Seven LTE sites will be added to the network for a total of 13 LTE sites delivering enhanced video and data capabilities along with expanded interoperability with Harris County’s existing ASTRO® 25 Land Mobile Radio (LMR) system.

The broadband system, which will comply with standards adopted for the national broadband plan, will provide increased communications initially for the Port region and eventually throughout the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) Region. Harris County first responders will be prepared to meet new threats at the ports and on the street with powerful new Public Safety LTE devices connected to a multimedia command center on an always-on Public Safety LTE broadband network. The county plans to add Motorola’s LEX 700 Mission Critical Handheld to the system when the LTE device begins shipping later this year.



  • Along with adding seven LTE sites, the Harris County broadband network will be expanded to include:
  • The first phase of the broadband network has been completed and accepted by Harris County. Motorola successfully achieved milestones on the initial six-site system, validating in the field that the Public Safety LTE solution meets the interoperability requirements of the Texas Department of Public Safety for a regional LTE network.
  • The existing LTE network is operational and providing wireless broadband service to vehicles, laptops and handheld devices. Real-time video, including streaming to vehicles and tablets and from vehicles to handheld devices, was among the applications demonstrated by Harris County earlier this month for officials throughout the county and region, including public safety officials from Dallas-Fort Worth, Irving, Baytown and the State of Texas.
  • The broadband network is interoperable with the Harris County ASTRO 25 system, allowing LTE handheld users to collaborate using PTT voice communications with others on either the LTE or P25 network. This capability was also successfully demonstrated in the field this month for Texas public safety officials.
  • With more than 50 sites, the Harris County ASTRO 25 LMR system provides interoperable communications among more than 170 Public Safety agencies and more than 65,000 users in 13 counties. These agencies will eventually be able to tie into the Harris County LTE system, further expanding LTE to P25 interoperability throughout the region while offsetting costs associated with building multiple independent networks.
  • Harris County is maximizing its return on investment by leveraging Motorola’s comprehensive suite of Public Safety LTE Lifecycle Services throughout the system design, build-out and start-up phases of operation.

Bob Schassler, senior vice president, Radio Solutions, Motorola Solutions
“Harris County, Texas continues to be at the forefront of Public Safety communications with the expansion of the county’s interoperable Public Safety LTE network. The addition of Motorola Solutions’ real-time video and live data solutions, along with the capability for LTE to P25 PTT voice communications, demonstrates Harris County’s continued leadership in providing first responders throughout the region with the most advanced Public Safety communication systems to help enhance safety and security.”

Robert Cavazos, director, broadband services, Information Technology-Mobility, Harris County, Texas
“When looking for an LTE/broadband solution, we took the same approach as we did when looking for a Public Safety Land Mobile Radio solution. We wanted a standards-based, reliable solution designed for the special mission critical needs of public safety. An LTE solution that would allow us to leverage carrier networks for roaming and that could be integrated with our existing P25 LMR network was an important consideration. The goal is enhanced interoperability between our public safety and first responder networks and a robust broadband solution for public safety that would carry us well into the future. The resulting solution will enable Harris County to provide enhanced priority of services to first responders at a granular level, ensuring bandwidth availability for a given person and situation. We considered this crucial for public safety.”


Website: Public Safety LTE
Website: LEX 700 Mission Critical Handheld
Website: Public Safety LTE Lifecycle Services
Portal: Motorola Solutions Next Generation Public Safety
White Paper: Real-World LTE Performance for Public Safety
Twitter: @MotPublicSafety
Facebook: Motorola Public Safety


About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. Through leading-edge innovation and communications technology, it is a global leader that enables its customers to be their best in the moments that matter. Motorola Solutions trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “MSI.” To learn more, visit For ongoing news, please visit our media center or subscribe to our news feed.


The Center for Green Schools at USGBC Announces Inaugural Green Apple Day of Service

On Sept. 29, 2012, participants from all over the world will volunteer to make the
schools and campuses in their communities healthier and more sustainable

Washington, D.C. (April 24, 2012) - Last week, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council officially announced the first ever Green Apple Day of Service, a global call to take real action in support of healthy, sustainable schools. On Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, the Green Apple Day of Service will engage students, teachers, parents, business leaders, elected officials and others in volunteer activities at schools and campuses in their communities.

The Green Apple Day of Service was announced last Friday at Green School in Bali, Indonesia, the Center’s selection as the “2012 Greenest School on Earth.” The international school offers a child-centered and holistic education with a strong focus on sustainability and the environment. Green School’s structures are built from local, renewable bamboo; the campus runs primarily on solar energy sponsored by the Akuo Foundation and utilizes bio-intensive organic farming; and among other noteworthy projects hosts a breeding sanctuary for endangered local birds, including the nearly extinct in the wild Bali Starling.

“The Green Apple Day of Service is a perfect platform for empowering communities around the world to take real, measurable steps to improve learning environments,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. “We could think of no better place to announce our Day of Service than Green School in Bali, which exists in perfect harmony with the earth it sits on and possesses a deep connection with the surrounding community. By committing a single day to all work together, we underscore that the health and wellbeing of the billions of people who walk into schools and colleges every day are a top priority.

More than 700 million children are enrolled in primary education worldwide according to the UNESCO 2011 Global Education Digest, and 25 percent of Americans walk into schools and colleges every day. The Center is anticipating at least 2,500 service projects taking place with more than 20,000 volunteers around the world. The Center for Green Schools was established to drive the transformation of all learning environments into safe, engaging and comfortable facilities that enhance a student’s ability to learn and a teacher’s ability to teach, and the Green Apple Day of Service is a tangible way we are working to further advance our mission of green schools for everyone within this generation.

Early support from USGBC chapters, policy makers, K-12 and higher education institutions as well as global corporate partners, including the Center’s founding sponsor United Technologies Corporation, Interface and Haworth, have already signed up to have their employees participate in acts of service on Sept. 29.

To learn more about how you can get involved, sign up for service projects in your area, connect with other volunteers and share ideas around the Green Apple Day of Service, visit Follow the Center for Green Schools on Facebook and Twitter (@mygreenschools) and join the conversation by using the #greenapple hashtag.

About the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is how USGBC is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this  generation. From the kindergartner entering the classroom, to the Ph.D. student performing research in a lab, the Center provides the resources and support to elevate dialogue, accelerate policy and institute innovation toward green schools and campuses. High-performing schools result in high-performing students, and the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play. For more information, visit, or connect on Twitter and Facebook.

About Green School of Bali
Green School was founded by John and Cynthia Hardy, award-winning jewelers, sustainable business pioneers and 30-year residents of Bali who recognized a unique opportunity to create something truly inspiring and outside of the structural, conceptual, and physical limitations of most traditional schools. Set on a beautiful campus of open-air bamboo buildings amidst Balinese forest, gardens, and rice fields, the school opened its doors to 100 students in 2008 and today boasts an enrolment of nearly 250 students from 25 different countries in classes ranging from Pre-K to Grade 12. Students learn traditional subjects including math, science, literacy, and computers, but classroom academics at Green School come wrapped in rich layers of experiential and environmental learning, inspiring a strong sense of connection to and responsibility for the natural world while at the same time delivering core skills and content. The Green School vision is based on a concept developed by the New Zealand educator Alan Wagstaff, who recently joined the project as Learning Manager, the person responsible for guiding academic direction. Under Alan's guidance, the school is implementing a student-centered curriculum designed to engage and challenge all of a child's human capacities and thus spark a life-long love affair with learning. For more information, please visit or contact Ben Macrory:


Siemon’s New Modular Furniture Adapters Flexibly Mount Work Area Network Connectivity in Any Modular Furniture System

Universal Modular Adapter adjusts to fit all known furniture openings and panel thicknesses, providing a single mounting solution that eliminates the need for furniture-specific mounting products

May 1, 2012 – Watertown, CT, USA.  Siemon, a leading global manufacturer of IT network cabling and infrastructure systems, has launched an innovative new Universal Modular Furniture Adapter.  The new extended depth, modular furniture adapter was specifically designed as a single product solution for securely mounting work area network connectivity in any of today’s commonly used modular furniture systems.  For a limited time, cabling contractors can receive a free sample of Siemon’s new Universal Modular Furniture Adapter.  Visit http://www.siemon,com/go/universal to find out more and view a brief overview video of this problem-solving product.

Unlike prior designs that require multiple furniture brand-specific adapters and require advance knowledge of actual mounting dimensions, Siemon’s universal adapter adjusts to fit any known mounting requirement.  This capability allows contractors and end-users to cost effectively procure a single mounting solution to supports a wide range of work area connectivity needs.

The universal mounting frame securely attaches to the complete range of furniture opening sizes (1.3in (33mm) to 1.75in (44.4mm) high by 2.63in (67mm) to 3.0in(76mm) wide), providing simple, snap-in attachment of the adapter’s low-profile faceplates.  This snap-in mounting feature uses robust latching elements to ensure secure faceplate and outlet retention while providing quick and easy installation.

The Universal Modular Furniture Adapter is available with 4-port MAX-style and single coupler CT-style faceplates to support Siemon connectivity options and configurations.  The extended design of these faceplates provides additional mounting depth and cable management space, helping maintain bend radius compliance in space challenged and often congested modular furniture pathways.  Optional angled CT adapters further extend mounting clearance for larger-diameter, high-performance cabling with strict bend radius limits.

The adapter’s low profile, impact-resistant faceplate design eliminates catch points to reduce potential damage due to incidental contact – a common concern in modular furniture connectivity solutions.  The angled orientation also delivers better label visibility in low-light, confined locations common to modular furniture applications

For more information on Siemon’s new Universal Modular Furniture Adapter, visit

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About Siemon

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


The U.S. market is bracing for another possible wave of price increases on FEP

The U.S. market is bracing for another possible  wave of price increases on FEP. Europe will not be affected because they only allow LSZH (Low Smoke Zero Halogen) cable.

Last year, Daikin America, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd. of Osaka, Japan announced a $60 million capital investment to expand FEP and ETFE melt processible fluoropolymer capacity in its Decatur, Alabama facility. The expansion will be completed in October 2012 and will increase both ETFE and FEP supply by over 50%. Prices from Daikin and DuPont for FEP (used to make CMP Plenum cable) is not expected to decrease.

Worldwide demand for fluoropolymers is increasing and as the global economies continue to recover, the need for specialty, melt processible grades such as FEP and ETFE is growing sharply. “Application areas such as wire and cable, photovoltaic (PV), aerospace, and automotive are just some of the major markets where FEP and ETFE are seeing increased use”, said Donald Shaw, Director of Sales for Daikin America. “With tight supply in both product lines, we are accelerating the installation of this capacity to meet our customer’s needs. The newly installed capacity will be evenly split between FEP and ETFE”, Shaw went on to say. “This expansion was conceived and planned prior to the recession of 2008, and the strong recovery we have experienced has finally allowed for final approval of this plan”, said Gary Stanitis, Director of Marketing at Daikin America, “The bulk of the immediate demand growth is for FEP, driven by the strength of the plenum cable market. Daikin remains strongly committed to the plenum cable market, which continues to be the single largest application for fluoropolymers in North America. Also, we are projecting demand for ETFE to accelerate over the next two years, as photovoltaic and architectural film markets continue to grow and mature.”

Daikin America Inc., one of the largest fluoropolymer suppliers in the US, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd. of Osaka, Japan. Daikin Industries has been in the fluorine chemistry business since 1933 and is Japan’s leading manufacturer of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, as well as Japan’s largest producer of fluorochemical products.


CABA NewsBrief

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

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

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

Home Systems

§                     AT&T to begin trials for nationwide home security & automation services
AT&T recently announced plans for a new portfolio of all-digital, IP-based home security monitoring and automation services. Called AT&T Digital Life, the services will give users unparalleled control and security of their homes using any web-enabled device, PCs, tablets and smartphones, regardless of wireless carrier. FierceCable (5/7)

§                     Subscription VOD boosts smart TVs in the U.S.; Europe just shrugs
Sales of Internet-enabled televisions are projected to reach 200 million units this year, and about one-third of smart-TV owners in the U.S. connect to the Internet at least once a week through services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime, according to Strategy Analytics. That trend isn't being mirrored in Europe, where fewer than 10% of smart-TV owners regularly connect to the Internet via their televisions, the market research company reports. Home Media Magazine (5/15)

§                     Analysis: 3-D TV is still not popular, but it has life
Two-thirds of video viewing is done on television sets, with an additional 30% on desktop and laptop computers, the Consumer Electronics Association has found in a survey of U.S. adult Internet users. While more people than before are watching videos on smartphones and tablet computers, CEA says that mobile devices have yet to become "significant sources" for video viewing. The CEA survey also found that Americans watch an average of 3.2 hours per day of video content. paidContent (5/14)

§                     Video: Rental complex first in Philadelphia to leverage whole-home automation
A new rental complex is the first high-rise in Philadelphia where residents can control heat, light, window blinds and other functions remotely. Penn Treaty Village Pennthouses Leasing Director Mino Cruz demonstrates the in-unit control panel of the system controlling lights, heat, blinds, fans, air conditioning and entertainment. The system can also be controlled via smart phone or other smart devices. (5/10)

§                     SecurTek acquires customer accounts from Intercept Security
SecurTek Monitoring Solutions Inc., a CABA Board member, recently announced it is spending $2 million to acquire the customer accounts of Intercept Security, a security monitoring provider that has been serving Alberta homes, families, and businesses for more than 20 years. Regina Leader-Post (5/11)

§                     Turning people into USB connections is subtle concept, Ericsson finds
Ericsson's Connected Me concept, part of its effort to find a brand identity beyond that of telecom-equipment supplier, has gone underappreciated in demonstrations this year at International CES and other shows, Roger Cheng writes in this post. He notes that Connected Me can, in effect, turn people into Bluetooth connections or USB cables, enabling them to print a document by touching the printer, for example. CNET (5/11)

§                     Rogers to deliver mobile health solutions to Canadians
Rogers has announced an agreement with Exmovere Holdings that will see Rogers providing exclusive wireless services to enable Exmovere’s patented biosensor infant pyjamas, Exmobaby. The new product monitors a newborn baby’s ECG, skin temperature and movement, and can transmit alerts to a personal computer, tablet or mobile device. The new product, expected to be available in Canadian retail outlets later this year, is part of Rogers’ M2M mobile health portfolio. Bloomberg (5/8)

§                     TV Everywhere is key to cable business model, News Corp. COO says
TV Everywhere is vital to maintaining the traditional pay-TV model and helping gain acceptance among subscribers for rate increases, because it gives customers a value-added experience of being able to view content on various platforms and devices, according to Chase Carey, deputy chairman and chief operating officer of News Corp. "This is a good business model for both [programmers and distributors]. I do think TV Everywhere is the primary initiative through which we would try and address it by again adding value to it as the cost goes up," Carey said. FierceCable (5/10)

§                     Study: Tablet ownership is up among affluent consumers, others
Ownership of tablet computers among households with annual incomes of more than $100,000 grew from 21% in September to 28% in March, according to Ipsos MediaCT. The market research firm found that overall tablet ownership increased from 10% to 16% in that period and that more people are getting interested in buying tablets. MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (5/10)

§                     No gaming this fact: More are watching Web video on the Xbox
Aside from Macs and PCs, the most popular platform for watching Web videos in U.S. households is the Xbox console, which had 28.2% of total video views in the first quarter, according to Freewheel, an online video ad firm. The iPad (27.1%) followed closely, with third place claimed by the iPhone, with 19.4%. The figures from FreeWheel's Video Monetization Report do not include Web videos viewed through Netflix. All Things D (5/10)

§                     Consumers want technology to simplify their lives
A six-country study of consumers found that they like technology that simplifies their life, but 75% said technology hasn't worked to that end, per Ketchum. "The bottom line is people are looking for simplification," said Esty Pujadas, partner and director of global technology practice. Marketers should emphasize "human experience" benefits of technology, Pujadas said, to convert the masses of people who like technology but don't love it. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (5/10)

§                     Video: Microsoft Research develops sound based gesture system
SoundWave, developed by Microsoft Research and the University of Washington, is a real-time sensing technique that leverages a speaker and a microphone to robustly sense in-air gestures and motion around a device. It is capable of detecting a variety of gestures, and can directly control existing applications without requiring a user to wear any special sensors. InAVate (5/4)

§                     Parks: 3-D TV owners like 3-D content; challenge is selling more 3-D TVs
More than half of 3-D TV owners surveyed by Parks Associates, a CABA member, say they're "very satisfied" with their 3-D television sets, and many express a desire for more 3-D Blu-ray movies, TV programming, sports programming and video games. Still, only 6% of U.S. households with broadband services have 3-D TVs, the market research firm noted. One promising development is that more than half of box-office receipts on the record opening weekend for "The Avengers" came from tickets for 3-D viewing, which Parks speculates could help spur demand for home 3-D. SmartHouse (5/16)

§                     The remote control keeps getting smarter
Remote controls continue to increase in technical sophistication through the recognition of gestures, motion and voices, according to this analysis. Among the products due out are a new version of the Magic Motion remote from CABA member LG Electronics, which will have limited speech recognition and the ability to work with Google TV, and the Samsung Remote software application, which can make a Galaxy Tab tablet computer into a remote control for a variety of television sets and Blu-ray players, including models not made by Samsung Electronics, a CABA member. Arizona Republic (5/9)

§                     Microsoft readies augmented-reality tech for mobile devices
Microsoft, a CABA Board member, has applied for a patent on a transparent display that promises to bring more augmented-reality applications to laptops, smartphones and tablet computers. Potential applications include analyzing the possible moves in chess games and trying on virtual clothes, this blog post notes. CNET/Crave blog (5/9)

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Large Building Automation

§                     New smart building technology to increase federal buildings energy efficiency
The U.S. General Services Administration awarded a contract to IBM, a CABA member, to develop and install advanced smart building technology in 50 of the federal government’s highest energy-consuming buildings. Part of GSA’s larger smart building strategy, this initiative will connect building management systems to a central cloud based platform, improving efficiency and saving up to $15 million in taxpayer dollars annually. U.S. General Services Administration (5/14)

§                     Crestron wins innovation award at LIGHTFAIR International
Crestron, a CABA member, proudly accepted the LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) Innovation Award for its Fusion EM™ Energy Management software during LIGHTFAIR International show in Las Vegas. Fusion EM is part of a complete Fusion enterprise management solution that has been deployed by thousands of clients worldwide. The LFI Innovation Awards honors industry innovations for lighting-related products and designs introduced in the past 12 months. Crestron (5/11)

§                     Brookfield using Schneider portal to increase energy efficiency in NYC buildings
Schneider Electric, a CABA member, announced that Brookfield Office Properties, owner, developer and manager of premier office properties, has selected Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare™ Energy Operation Online to be installed at the One World Financial Center property in New York City, as well as at other Brookfield buildings around Manhattan.The installation enables tenants to access their energy usage on any Internet-connected device, via a standard Web browser, allowing them to take control in saving energy and reducing utility costs. (5/14)

§                     Three smart grid standards approved for standards catalogue
The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) has approved three sets of standards for the Catalog of Standards: IEC 61850, IEEE C37.239-2010 and OASIS Energy Interoperation. The Catalog is a compendium of standards and practices considered to be relevant for the development and deployment of a robust and interoperable smart grid, and to date contains 15 sets of standards. (5/11)

§                     LG Electronics HVAC gateway product earns BTL certification
LG Electronics, a CABA member and an award-winning worldwide HVAC solutions provider, has achieved BTL certification for LG's popular BACnet gateway product (model PQNFB17B0), assuring enhanced compatibility and interoperability with building management systems. MarketWatch (5/8)

§                     UTC sells security integration business to Comvest Investment Partners
Last month, UTC Climate, Controls & Security announced the sale of its security integration business to private equity firm, Comvest Investment Partners. According to UTC, the business employs 1,350 people in 40 locations with approximately $250 million in sales and was made up of nearly a dozen small, U.S.-based integrators. SDM (5/15)

§                     Groups call on GSA to change green building rating system
The federal government wants its buildings to be green and is reviewing how best to measure that greenness. It uses LEED, but some are concerned that LEED favors certain materials over others that can be just as sustainable. Some are pushing consideration of the Green Building Initiative's Green Globes system. So what's a contractor to do? "While each of the systems has unique requirements, our members by and large are confident that they can build structure to meet any and all of the rating systems' requirements," said Brian Turmail, spokesman for the Associated General Contractors of America. (5/12)

§                     Trends that building industry firms can’t afford to ignore in 2012
A ZweigWhite report indicates that trends in the architecture, engineering and construction industry this year will be increased use of BIM; understanding the cost effectiveness of sustainable building; moving on renovations and retrofits; a focus on infrastructure; and global vision. "Competition among firms has been particularly intense, but the ‘shake out' of recent years may begin to eliminate some firms from the competitive arena, moving the industry in the direction of a more traditional supply/demand equilibrium," said Nicholas DeNichilo of Hatch Mott MacDonald. Structural Engineer (5/1)

§                     Video: Microsoft's MirageTable gives videoconferencing an AR boost
Microsoft, a CABA Board member, is pushing the boundaries of videoconferencing with a 3D, Kinect-based interactive solution. MirageTable allows sharing and interaction with real and virtual objects using a Kinect sensor, a curved screen and a 3D projector. Researchers, led by Hrvoje Benko, previewed the solution on the Mircrosoft Research site and recently presented it at the Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) conference in Austin, Texas. InAVate (5/2)

§                     25 new products and applications debut at the Niagara Summit
Twenty five new products and applications built with or integrate to the Niagara and Sedona Frameworks made their debut at the 2012 Niagara Summit that took place April 29-May 2, 2012 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. (5/14)

§                     Systems integration results in real benefits in buildings
Building operations are challenged by insufficient financial and human resources And ever-expanding scopes of responsibility. Systems integration and analytics are a means of doing more with less. Consulting-Specifying Engineering (5/16)

§                     London to boost green building retrofit programs
Boris Johnson says he will make green jobs and growth key priorities of his second term of office as Mayor of London, including scaling up green building retrofit programs across the capital. Greenwise Business (5/6)

§                     GM aims for industry LEED certification with water recycling, solar, composting
General Motors is building an engine plant in southern Brazil equipped with numerous sustainable features including solar energy and water recycling systems, which the company expects will secure the building LEED certification. Environmental Leader (5/15)

§                     Tyco prepares to separate into three independent companies
Tyco International Ltd., a CABA member, filed preliminary proxy materials with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission seeking approval by the company's shareholders for its previously announced plan to separate into three independent companies. Under the plan announced on September 19, 2011, Tyco will spin off its North American residential and small business security company and its flow control business by means of tax-free stock dividends to Tyco shareholders. SDM (5/10)

§                     Picture brightens on auto-tinting smart windows
Windows that shade automatically have been part of high-tech home demos for years, but there are signs that smart glass is leaving research labs and heading into actual buildings. Big building companies are backing smart-glass start-ups Soladigm and Sage Electrochromics to get auto-tinting glass out of the labs and into buildings. CNET Australia (5/14)

§                     What’s the right standard for smart lighting?
Daintree Networks, a CABA member, says that smart lighting should be built around ZigBee. But plenty of competitors have their own wireless blends. GreenTech Enterprise (5/15)

Member Press Releases

§                     Juno Lighting Group Expands AccuLite Family with Areos LED Area Lighting
Juno Lighting Group®, a leader in high-quality innovative commercial and residential lighting solutions and a CABA member, announced today the release of the AccuLite™ Areos LED Area Lighting, the newest addition to the AccuLite family of products. Designed to bring high-performance, low-profile LED area light to large commercial and industrial spaces, the AccuLite Areos LEDs provide equivalent photopic illumination levels to traditional metal halide and fluorescent fixtures with better uniformity and coverage. Both technologically advanced and environmentally responsible, these fixtures are also equipped with several innovative features, including the latest large format LED chip technology, hybrid TIR/reflector optics and an ultra-thin, thermally efficient housing design. Each of these features gives the luminaires exceptional longevity and energy efficiency.

§                     Other CABA Member Items

Juno Lighting Group’s AccuLite Highbay and Lowbay LED Fixtures Provide Commercial Spaces with Efficient, Technologically Advanced Luminaires
Juno Lighting Group’s Indy Performance Series 2x2 and 2x4 LED Luminaires Provide Enhanced Lighting and Aesthetics for Commercial Ceilings

Exclusive Indy Enhanced Spectrum LED Luminaires by Juno Lighting Group Boost Color Appeal, Purchase Decisions in Merchandise Applications

New Juno Generation 3 Retrofit LED Downlight and LED Eyeball Trim Modules Allow for Simple Installation of LED Technology in Existing Recessed Lighting

Juno Lighting Group Launches Juno Trac 12 TL214 Miniature LED Modules for Linear Lighting Applications

EMerge Alliance Introduces New Members and Registered Products at LIGHTFAIR 2012

HomeGrid Forum Holds its First Asia Plugfest
Capital Review Group releases new white paper on Allocation Pass-through for §179D Deductions

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

  CABA Research Spotlight

§                     Driving Transformation to Energy Efficient Buildings: Policies and Actions
This report from Johnson Controls explores energy conservation through improvements in new and existing buildings. Policies that can impact building energy conservation are reviewed. Among these are building efficiency codes, energy conservation targets, public awareness campaigns, financial incentives, utility programs, and workforce training. There are opportunities now for collaboration between building owners and policy makers. Read the full report as published in CABA's Public Research Library. Paid CABA membership provides you access to the world's largest collection of connected home and intelligent building research: CABA Member Research Library.

  Education & Training 

§                     Webinar: Advanced Lighting Technologies
What are the biggest mistakes building owners and facility managers are making in lighting retrofits? How do you achieve maximum efficiency from your lighting system? If the only control feature on your lights is a manual on/off function, you still have a lot of work to do! Advanced lighting solutions incorporate energy efficient lamps with intelligent controls -- so that not only are you using less energy per fixture, but you are also using that fixture less. Discuss the benefits and ROI of lighting solutions and strategies such as daylight harvesting, task tuning, individual office controls, occupancy sensors, LEDs, and more. Join CoR Advisors on Friday, May 25th, at 12:30 pm ET for this session to learn how to slash lighting costs 50-75%!

§                     Webinar: Renewable Energy Integration
While the costs of integrating renewables onto the traditional grid has in some cases been overstated, there’s no question that as renewable energy sources grow as a percentage of overall power supplies, new approaches, new technologies, and new types of infrastructure will be required. Featuring senior analyst Peter Asmus along with William Torre, chief engineer at San Diego Gas & Electric, and Rajan Chudgar, vice president of smart grid and microgrid at Power Analytics, this webinar, to be held Tuesday, May 22 at 2 pm ET, will provide an overall view of the integration landscape, an examination of the opportunities and challenges ahead, and a survey of the key players going forward.

 CABA News

§                     The Bid-Specification Process and how CABA can help
If there is one thing everyone in the industry can agree on, they all have experienced problems with the Bid-Specification process. CABA’s Landmark Research project, "Intelligent Buildings and the Bid-Specification Process" will provide insights into how to turn problems into profits. If the results of this research study enables you to create more efficient bid-specifications and increase your profits, your investment in this study will pay for itself with one new contract. CABA invites you to join the current sponsors, who are also CABA members, of this Landmark Research study: Cadillac Fairview Corporation, Diebold Incorporated, Distech Controls, Inc., Honeywell International, Hydro One Networks, Inc., Ingersoll Rand/Trane, Philips, Siemens Industry, Inc., Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and Verizon. To learn more about this great opportunity, go to: and for more information contact George Grimes, CABA's Business Development Manager at 613.686.1814 x226 or

§                     Understanding of residential smart grid development and deployment
CABA’s "Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Homes 2012" Landmark Research study will defiantly provide a competitive edge and insights that will greatly improve your understanding of residential Smart Grid development and deployment. CABA members Consolidated Edison Co. of NY, Hydro One Networks Inc., Hydro-Québec, IBM, Microsoft Corporation, Niko Group/fifthplay nv, Pella Corporation, Samsung Electronics, Southern California Edison, Sykes Assistance Services, TELUS and Tridel Corporation are the first group of organizations to confirm their sponsorship of this important research study. To view the prospectus and recent webinar on CABA’s Landmark Research study, "Impact of Smart Grid on Connected Homes 2012" go to: and for more information contact George Grimes, CABA's Business Development Manager at 613.686.1814 x226 or

§                     CABA to hold Board meeting, thanks volunteers
CABA is an international trade organization that has grown over the last 24 years and now works directly with 24,000+ industry professionals. One of the reasons for this success is the continued support of many volunteers on the CABA Board of Directors and various CABA Councils, Committees and Advisory Boards. To illustrate this support, CABA Board member Southern California Edison will host the CABA Board of Directors Spring meeting on May 17 to review the CABA Business and Tactical Plan as well as discuss other items of interest. The CABA Board is chaired by Dr. Satyen Mukherjee, from Philips. In addition, the CABA Connected Home Council, chaired by CABA Board member Michael Clay, from Verizon, was held recently and has 100+ members. The CABA Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council, chaired by Elizabeth Jacobs, from Siemens Industry, Inc., held their meeting on May 9 and it comprises over 140 volunteers. CABA is a success, due to the tremendous support of the volunteers and industry.

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

§                                 Applied Sensor, Inc. (Member since 2006)

§                                 Johnson Controls Ltd. (Member since 1997)

§                                 Telus Corporation (Member since 2005)

§                                 ABOK (Russian Association of HVAC Engineers) (Member since 2003)

§                                 BPL Today (Member since 2007)

§                                 CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building Construction) (Member since 2005)

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

For information about CABA Research Subscription/Memberships, please contact George Grimes, CABA Business Development Manager at or 613.686.1814 x226. To view a listing of 300+ CABA members go to:


NECA NEWS - National Electrical Contractors Association

NECA’s Vision

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

More About NECA

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


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


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

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


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

NECA Programs and Services

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

Industry Expertise Benefits the Customer

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

NECA’s Labor Partnership

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

Electrical Construction and the Environment

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

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

NECA Contractors Speak Out for Multiemployer Pensions, Tax, Energy Issues


Nearly 150 NECA members visited their elected representatives last week in a series of over 200 meetings on Capitol Hill to voice their concerns on issues affecting the electrical construction industry, including the urgent need for multiemployer pension reform; permanent repeal of the estate tax, and incentives for energy-efficiency investments.


Minority/Women-Owned NECA Members Earn "Diverse Supplier" Scholarships


Utility holding company Ameren has awarded scholarships to enable leaders from three of its suppliers — BRK Electric, Donco Electrical Construction, and Miller Construction — to attend the Minority Executive Business Program at the Tuck School at Dartmouth College. These minority/women-owned companies are NECA-member firms.


New OSHA Safety Campaign Addresses Summer Heat Hazards


OSHA has just announced the availability of new resources aimed at reducing the number of illnesses and deaths caused by heat exposure this summer — including a free application for mobile devices that enables workers and supervisors to monitor the heat index at their work sites.


Post-Convention Tour to Explore the Grand Canyon & Sedona


The day after NECA's 2012 Convention ends, the adventure continues on the NECA 2012 Post-Convention Tour, concentrating on the Grand Canyon and Sedona, Arizona, October 3-6.


NECA Government Affairs Revitalizes Web Presence


The NECA Government Affairs website has been revitalized with a new section that offers downloadable position papers. Plus, we've relaunched our Twitter feed. Check it out!


Lawson Electric Completes Solar PV Install for Baylor School


Lawson Electric, based in Chattanooga, recently installed an impressive new 197.34kW photovoltaic solar system on the grounds of Baylor School. The contractor retains ownership of the system.


Oregon Electric President Urges Industry to Adopt Safety Culture


An article by Milt Plews, president of Oregon Electric, promotes a construction industry with zero injuries. Take a look!


OSHA Campaign Aims to Prevent Fatal Falls in Construction


OSHA is spearheading a new "awareness campaign" that will provide employers and workers with life-saving information and educational materials to help prevent deadly falls in the construction industry.


Future Leaders Bring "Wealth of Knowledge" Home from Conference


NECA's Future Leaders enjoy a highly successful annual meeting and look forward to upcoming events.


Next NECA International Study Mission to Tour Mynamar, Thailand, and Singapore


NECA's 2012 International Study Mission, October 17-November 2, explores Mynamar, Thailand, and Singapore. Trip payment due August 18.


Women in NECA Summit Brings Industry Leaders Together


The Women in NECA (WIN) Leadership Summit, April 20-21, in Chicago was the first official event for the group of NECA members and chapter managers formerly known as the NECA Women’s Peer Group.


Welcoming Two New NECA Student Chapters


There are now 25 NECA Student Chapters in operation with the establishment of new ones at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Ball State University.


ConsensusDocs Construction Contracts Now Compatible with Microsoft Word


Now, project participants can work on, and share, standard construction contracts from ConsensusDocs using Microsoft Word on a PC or Mac thanks to the introduction of cloud-based technology.


3M and NJATC Developing Online Curriculum for Electrical Apprentices


A new strategic collaboration between the NJATC and 3M's Electrical Markets Division is developing an online curriculum for electrical apprentices. The first training modules are expected to roll out this fall.


Green Energy Challenge: Let the Judging Begin!


Teams from 15 NECA Student Chapters submitted entries for the 2012 Green Energy Challenge. With evaluation of the entries now in progress, the competition judges are identified. Finalists will be announced in June.


NLRB Poster Mandate on Hold as Court Challenges Proceed


In light of conflicting decisions at the district court level, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily blocked the NLRB's rule requiring the posting of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act, which had been scheduled to take effect on April 30, 2012. In March, the D.C. District Court found that the agency has the authority to issue the rule. In April, the South Carolina District Court found that the agency does not.


ELECTRI International Board Votes for Streamlined Governance


The ELECTRI International Board of Directors has voted to accept recommended governance changes to help streamline the Foundation’s operations, effect April 10.


NECA and Trade Service to Present Free Webinar May 1


Invitation from NECA & Trade Service
for an Educational Webinar


Rosendin Chief Inducted into National Academy of Construction


Tom Sorley, chairman and CEO of Rosendin Electric, is active in many construction organizations in addition to NECA. He has just been inducted as a member of the National Academy of Construction.


Baker Electric Solar Earns "PV Project of Distinction" Award


Baker Electric Solar was recognized with a PV Project of Distinction Award presented by the Solar Electric Power Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association at the recent PV America West Expo. The company is one of two NECA-member firms so honored.


Baker Electric Wins Safety Award from AGC, San Diego


Congratulations to Baker Electric (Escondido, CA) on earning a Construction Safety Excellence Award from the San Diego Chapter of the Associated General Contractors!


Standing for Electric Lineworker Safety


The Electrical Transmission and Distribution Strategic Partnership announced today that it will conduct a Safety Stand Down with support from each of the Partnership companies and organizations the week of May 7, in conjuction with National Electrical Safety Month. During the Safety Stand Down, all participating organization will set aside time to focus exclusively on worker and jobsite safety for high-voltage electrical work.


Building Trades Confirm Sudden Death of President Mark Ayers, April 8


From Engineering News Record, 4/8/12 -- Mark H. Ayers, president of the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Dept. (BCTD), died suddenly early on April 8 in Washington, D.C.


NECA Staff Executives Training School & Chapter Administrative Training School Registration Now Open!



NECA Participates in White House Briefing on Industrial Energy Efficiency


Discussion at the White House briefing focused on tax incentives for industrial efficiency and on the energy-saving potential of waste heat recovery from energy-using processes, as promoted in current legislation.


AGC Recognizes Sturgeon Electric for Safety Excellence


Sturgeon Electric's commercial and industrial division in Colorado was recently awarded a national Construction Safety Excellence Award at The Associated General Contractors of America's 2012 Annual Convention in Honolulu.


Many Businesses Failing to Reap Tax Rewards for Going Green


A new Ernst & Young study finds that, due to lack of collaboration between tax and sustainability departments, companies investing in green energy often miss key financial opportunities. NECA-member contractors can play a vital role in educating customers in this regard.


Please Stand By: Members Database Upgrade in Progress April 3


NECA is updating security and functionality of its chapter and member database program this morning, April 3. Members, chapters and visitors will be unable to process member searches, meeting registrations or NECA Store purchases online during this time.


Home Depot, USGBC Launch Database of Green Building Products


The U.S. Green Building Council and The Home Depot have launched a special microsite that features more than 2500 products geared toward green home building.



NFPA NEWS - National Fire Protection Association

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

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

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

Some of the most widely used codes are:

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

The outreach programs of NFPA include:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Subscription Services

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

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

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

And now the NEWS:




Tragic accident prompts national warning on electric safety


Arizona wildfires raise concern for community safety


NFPA Journal offers added digital version with latest edition


NFPA launches campaign to recruit code enforcers to technical committees


Cathy Prudhomme joins NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program


John Caufield named new mid-Atlantic regional director for NFPA


NFPA co-sponsors Harvard University program fellowship for four fire officers


Electrical failures or malfunctions are factors in more than 46,000 home fires


NFPA to host free webinar on Sparky’s Wish List


Increased wildfire activity throughout the nation prompts warning for public


NFPA commends Massachusetts for new electric vehicle license plates


NFPA partners with Green Builder® Media to launch inspirational new green home exhibit: VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®


NFPA launches program to help fire departments fund fire safety education


Brockton Fire Department awarded 2012 Jensen Grant


Fire Protection Research Foundation releases final needs report for NIST laboratory


NFPA announces Firewise plant calendar photo contest winners


NFPA’s Gary Keith and Russell Sanders receive Fellow distinction by the Institution of Fire Engineers


Fire Protection Research Foundation’s Casey Grant named Fellow by the Institution of Fire Engineers



90 Million Homes Worldwide Will Employ Home Automation Systems by 2017, Finds ABI Research


New subscription-based home automation offerings are rapidly transforming the way consumers will monitor, secure, and control their homes. Long the preserve of more expensive, custom-installed technology, home automation is moving into the mainstream, with companies such as ADT, Comcast, Verizon, Lowe’s, and many others all adding home automation to their customer services.

A number of factors are driving the new entrants into the market. Connectivity is one key factor. Not only are there currently high home broadband penetration rates, as well as the potential for embedded cellular connections to connect systems, but also smartphone applications allow consumers to control and check their homes from wherever they are. As connectivity options make the home automation systems more useful, market changes are also making home automation more affordable. A traditional large up-front installation and equipment purchase is increasingly being replaced by monthly subscription offerings – often bundled alongside already existing services.

“The North American market has long been the dominant region for home automation systems and now it is leading the way with managed home automation subscription services. In the past two years, service providers, including telecoms, cable, security, and energy, have all launched additional home automation services for managing energy use or security monitoring to their suites of monthly billed services,” says Jonathan Collins, principal analyst, wireless healthcare and M2M.

Over the next five years the managed home automation market will grow installments at a CAGR of 60% between 2012 and 2017, outstripping the 31% growth across the total market comprising luxury, mainstream, and DIY home automation deployments. The evolution of the home automation market into the mainstream requires a raft of new partnerships. No company is able to provide all the parts, so telecom, cable, security, and utility providers are all looking to smart devices vendors, managed software providers, local installation specialists, and others to support the broad rollout of home automation services.

ABI Research’s “Home Automation, Security, and Monitoring” ( report examines the evolving marketplace for home automation systems and how the rise of managed subscriptions will impact existing luxury, DIY, and mainstream home automation markets.

It is part of ABI Research’s Home Automation Research Service (

ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From offices in North America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research’s worldwide team of experts advises thousands of decision makers through 40+ research and advisory services. Est. 1990. For more information visit, or call +1.516.624.2500.


NEW from CABA - "Intelligent Buildings and the Bid-Specification Process"

If there is one thing everyone in the industry can agree on, they all have experienced problems with the Bid-Specification process. CABA's research project, "Intelligent Buildings and the Bid-Specification Process" will provide insights into how to turn problems into profits. If the results of this research study enables you to create more efficient bid-specifications and increase your profits, your investment in this study will pay for itself with one new contract.


CABA invites you to join the current sponsors of this Landmark Research study:

  • Cadillac Fairview Corporation
  • Diebold Incorporated
  • Distech Controls, Inc.
  • Honeywell International
  • Hydro One Networks, Inc.
  • Ingersoll Rand/Trane
  • Philips
  • Siemens Industry, Inc.
  • Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
  • Verizon

CABA has developed a detailed overview of the study including: the background, purpose and objectives of the study - which are designed to greatly improve the understanding of the market imperfections and the inconsistencies that exist in designing and implementing intelligent building projects, as well as making investment decisions on intelligent technologies.

What is the Problem?

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

How will this research assist you?

By uncovering market issues in the development and deployment of intelligent building technologies, the study will be designed to enable sponsors to identify:

·        The "pain points" in the Bid-Spec process and where they occur most frequently

·        The current divide between various supply chain partners and the roadblocks to working towards mutual goals

·        Successful RFP business models and technology roll-out initiatives collaboratively with other partners to meet changing demand

·        The development of ROI benchmark data to support a robust value proposition of intelligent building data information exchange between different market players, for more informed decision-making regarding the benefits of adopting intelligent systems  

·        How to best address value-/supply-chain problems, and which entities could drive these initiatives

·        Potential in technology deployment initiatives with various stakeholders


To view a recording of the recent webinar and prospectus, click here .


The research project sponsorship levels for this project are as follows:


Ruby Sponsor: $15K

Benefits: Featured case study, Steering Committee participation, study scope definition, survey design, final report/presentation


Emerald Sponsor: $10K  

Benefits: Study Steering Committee participation, scope definition, survey design, final report/presentation


Diamond Sponsor: $5K

Benefits: Project updates and final report/presentation. (Avoid the four month embargo-when the Report will be sold for $4,900!)


This initiative is the latest research project to be unveiled under CABA's Research Program and more details on the Program and other completed projects can be found at:


We hope to be working with your organization on the "Intelligent Buildings and the Competitive Bid-Spec Process" research study. Finally, if you can think of others in this industry that may have an interest in this research project, please forward this email to them.   


For more information contact George Grimes, CABA's Business Development Manager at 613.686.1814 x226 or .





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Don't Get Burned by the Fine Print! – new whitepaper from NAED

NAED whitepaper explores risky contract provisions, offers tips for effective negotiations  

ST. LOUIS...  The National Association of Electrical Distributors has dived deep into the complexities of carefully worded contracts and supply agreements to provide members with best practices for guarding against unintended consequences with its release of the whitepaper, Terms & Conditions: Reading the Fine Print, now available on the NAED Learning Center

The research comes as the electrical distribution industry sees an uptick in changes to terms and conditions buried within otherwise-typical supply contracts, purchase orders and other agreements. Many of these provisions increase distributor obligations relating to warranties, damages, payment and other liabilities.

“Some of our members have learned the hard way that what look like typical order forms are in fact over-burdensome liability agreements,” said NAED President and CEO Tom Naber. “We initiated Terms & Conditions to help businesses in our industry better protect themselves by understanding the legal implications of the contracts they sign and the ways to negotiate more effectively.

“We think many of these recommendations will strengthen relationships and enhance efficiencies for everyone in the supply chain,” Naber added.

The NAED Education & Research Foundation’s Channel Advantage Partnership commissioned the research, conducted by attorney and industry analyst Bernd G. Heinze, president and CEO of the Henize Group L.L.C.

“The best contracts are honestly negotiated – as opposed to being unilateral demands imposed by one upon the other without understanding and due consideration,” Heinze wrote in the whitepaper. “This project demonstrates that the rules of engagement have changed as distributors described the difficult circumstances they face just to get an order.”

In the whitepaper, Heinze offers recommendations to such challenges as:

  • Warranties and remedies, including clauses that hold distributors liable for defective-product costs, lost labor and profits, as well as attorney fees and contractor, project owner and employee injuries; 
  • The battle of the forms, which can come into play when conflicting terms and conditions are added to purchase orders, invoices and supply agreements at different stages of the sale;
  • Pay-if-paid/pay-when-paid clauses, in which distributors agree to collect payment if or when an electrical contractor is paid;
  • Extended warranty, in which the parties agree to enact the warranty period once the project is “substantially completed,” and other topics. 

Terms & Conditions is available to all NAED members free of charge. To obtain hard copies of the full report, contact NAED Member Services at 888-791-2512 or

In addition to the whitepaper, Heinze is breaking down important issues and advice into three focused webinars, with the next one happening on June 12 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Visit to register or to see the first two sessions archived on the NAED Learning Center.

Funding for this project was provided by the NAED Education & Research Foundation’s Channel Advantage Partnership, a consortium of 49 NAED member companies contributing to the Foundation’s permanent, board-directed investment fund, valued today at $8 million.    

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


HAI President, CEO & Co-Founder, Jay McLellan, Featured on Cover of CE Vision Magazine

Home Automation, Inc. (HAI), the leading manufacturer of integrated automation and security products since 1985, announced today that Jay McLellan, HAI President, CEO, and Co-Founder, is featured by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) on the cover of their bi-monthly magazine, CE Vision.  Jay is profiled as a visionary, cutting edge leader in the Consumer Electronics industry.

Under McLellan's direction, HAI has developed a comprehensive and award-winning line of products that coordinate security, temperature, lighting and whole-home audio for comfort, convenience and safety. McLellan is an Electrical Engineering graduate of Georgia Tech. Prior to HAI, McLellan, a lifelong New Orleanian, worked in the commercial electronics fields of pipeline supervisory (SCADA) systems, marine control systems, building energy management and commercial electric metering. He is a named inventor of several HAI patents, both issued and pending.

Since HAI's inception, McLellan has been devoting time to growth, recognition and advancement of the home automation industry.  HAI was a charter member of the Home Automation Association (HAA) in 1989, which evolved and grew to become the TechHome Division of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). McLellan has been on the Board of Directors since 1989. In 1999, he was awarded the Associations' highest honor, the Leadership Award.

In 2004, McLellan was recognized by the editors of CE Pro Magazine as one of 10 Most Influential Industry Leaders of the past 10 years. In 2005, he was appointed to the CEA's Board of Industry Leaders.  Frost & Sullivan, a technology research firm, awarded McLellan with the 2006 Building Technologies CEO of the Year award.  In 2006, McLellan was elected Chairman of the TechHome Division. He now serves on the Executive Board of the CEA as Vice Chair.

"CEA represents the most innovative companies in the world, and produces the greatest show on earth - the International Consumer Electronics Show," explained HAI President, Jay McLellan.  "I am honored to receive this recognition and to contribute to the growth of the industry.

About HAI (  HAI (Home Automation, Inc.) is a privately held manufacturer of integrated automation and security products for residential and commercial use based in New Orleans, LA.  Incorporated in 1985, HAI has developed a full line of award-winning automation products, including home control systems, programmable communicating thermostats, smart light switches, Whole Home Audio systems, video surveillance equipment, access control products, Touchscreen interfaces, and software that allows access and control of an automation system over the Internet.  All products are sold through HAI's worldwide network of Distribution Partners and installed by trained dealers in over 80 countries.

About CEA ( CEA's mission is to grow the consumer electronics industry. CEA is the industry authority on market research and forecasts; consumer surveys; legislative and regulatory news; engineering standards; training resources and more. CEA produces the International CES, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow. It unites more than 100,000 retail buyers, distributors, manufacturers, market analysts, importers, exporters, and press from 140 countries.


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