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Issue: May 2014
By: Frank Bisbee


Datacom/Telecom Glossary
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Bisbee’s Buzz – Fiber Optic Cabling

The Next Big Thing Is Here – FIBER OPTIC CABLING

By Frank Bisbee

Across the global markets and especially in the USA, Communications Carriers, Cable TV providers, Wireless Service Companies, Utilities, and even Private/Government Sector Networks are working diligently to meet the evolving needs of their subscribers for improved service.  On one hand, we hear the news of an economy suffering from weak growth and disappointing forecasts, while we watch a highly competitive battle developing between information services providers for the rapidly developing demand by users.  In the midst of the battle, wireless information demand is sweeping the country like a tsunami. 

The Information Age’s Dirty Little Secret – The Cabling Infrastructure

One common thread, to this good news/bad news scenario, is the infrastructure. The old bold copper-based network of the telephone companies is an obsolete “asset’ with a substantial downside of maintenance and unacceptable slow performance. Most of the operating telcos have abandoned the copper in their network and bequeathed the copper on the subscribers’ premises to the property owners.

(Interesting note: the National Electrical Code as of 2003 requires the removal of abandoned cabling in the building – not marked/labeled for future use. This unexpected move, driven by commercial interests, saddled property owners across the USA with millions of miles of obsolete cables which are now designated as a fire hazard.)

Today, most leases include language that places the cost of the installation and removal of the cabling on the tenant – not the building owner. Structured copper cabling has become a “throw-away” expense to most consumers, and a significant increase of hazmat material to the waste stream due to the toxic properties of the insulation and jacketing materials.

When all the costs of the entire copper cable product cycle are computed it may be more expensive than the use of state of the art fiber optic cabling. In a performance contest between the copper versus fiber, it’s like copper brought a butter knife to a gunfight. This is an important competitive lesson that the carriers, including mobile/wireless backhaul, have already learned… FIBER WINS.

Copper Cabling Is Awash In A Sea Of Red Ink… Or Will Be Soon.

The learning curve for premises cabling consumers and contractors remains stunted by the masterful disinformation programs from the manufacturers and distributors that are trying to squeeze every last dime out of the old copper cable “buggy whip” business. When the networks bring the big fiber optic pipe of capabilities to our doorsteps, some organizations will probably no longer accept the limited bandwidth and performance of the copper based LAN (local area network).  Integrated Systems technology (www.ecmag.com)  is driving the adoption of SMART BUILDING capabilities (see: CABA - Continental Automated Buildings Association www.caba.org ) and the increased demand for better performance by the LANs.

It seems that the barrier of obsolescence is in the mirror.

Planners and designers are challenged to make big decisions that may have devastating impacts on their companies or customers.  Like the famous line from the main character (played by Kathleen Turner) of the 1986 movie “Peggy Sue Got Married” to her father “It's funny. It's really funny. YOU BOUGHT AN EDSEL.” – We don’t need the 20/20 hindsight to see the signpost up ahead. Like with the computer, we want more speed, more capabilities, over more distance.

CHANGE IS PAINFUL

CHANGE IS PAINFUL. It always is. Just when we mastered and understood the amazing capabilities of the copper-based high performance LAN, along comes a new technology that even challenges the imagination. Manufacturers, Distributors, Code/Standards Groups, and Trade Organizations face some daunting challenges as they try to adapt (but not TOO fast) to the unstoppable tsunami of new technology and changing markets.

An Industry needs a voice and guidance. Today we have: National Electrical Contractors Association – NECA www.necanet.org , Continental Automated Building Association – CABA www.caba.org , the Fiber Optic Association – FOA www.thefoa.org  plus a host of powerful training programs for fiber optic cabling lead by The Light Brigade www.lightbrigade.com.

As an example on another scene, look at the remarkable progress of the environmental group, USGBC – United States Green Building Council www.usgbc.org and the partnership with Commercial Real Estate’s powerful organization, BOMA – Building Owners & Managers Association www.boma.org.  This success story continues to grow.

It seems like someone said, “You can LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY.” 

PROGRESS and BREAKTHROUGHS

Fiber Optics goes back to the 1880s, but the functional developments started to sizzle from 1965 – 1970, when Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated) demonstrated low attenuation. Over the next decade (the 80s), we were overwhelmed by new technologies: fiber optical telecommunications, the personal computer, and a blizzard of technology applications for both.

Fiber optic cables have become rugged, bendable and support the lion’s share of the digital information networks and the worldwide Internet. The demand for information transport has grown beyond the wildest dreams of the original developers. The information content going over the Internet has reached proportions that are difficult to assimilate. As of December 15th, 2012, the information on the Internet was doubling…every 11 hours. It hasn’t slowed down.  Unfortunately, copper-based communication cables are restricted by a combination of speed and distance.

EVEN WIRELESS MUST HAVE A WIRED BACKBONE

The deployment of the AMPS cellular system after the breakup of the Bell System in 1984 opened the flood gates for universal digital wireless services.

The advent of SmartPhones has put most of the common used features of the personal computer in our hands, with access to the information on the Internet. The backhaul from the cellular towers to the carriers’ network has been increasing at unplanned levels. If the carriers don’t provide the service they will quickly lose the customer base.

The main advantages of a digital system are a larger user capacity per unit of spectrum, ease of implementation of sophisticated encryption, authentication, and other security features, and robustness against radio channel imperfections.

In the USA, the top Wireless service providers are:

·         Verizon Wireless (122 million)

·         AT&T Mobility (116.01 million)

·         Sprint Corporation (54.6 million)

·         T-Mobile US (49.1 million)

·         U.S. Cellular (4.6 million)

The lines are getting blurred as the carriers cross lines of business. Some major Cable TV carriers are offering telephone and internet services. Likewise some of the traditional communications carriers are now offering access to cable TV services. Now, mobile services carriers are in the fray for customers offering access to “everything”.

Distributed Wireless Antenna Systems utilize single-mode fiber optic cable to facilitate the backhaul. Larry Johnson, Founder of The Light Brigade  shared “For example, Verizon let a contract for twenty thousand wireless service cell towers and all of them all using single-mode fiber optic cabling. Single-mode Fiber Optic Cabling has become the predominant information transmission highway,” for private and public sector networks (voice/telephone, datacom, video, cellular/wireless, utility, and security/alarm).

Structured Cabling In The Building

Is Your Network Infrastructure Design Stuck in the Eighties?

Due to new technology breakthroughs, the single-mode FO cable is now set to challenge the top performance copper-based structured cable designs within the building and on the campus. Additional cost and operational advantages go to the single–mode fiber optic cable infrastructure because the performance range can accommodate many upgrades in the LAN speeds without the customary copper “Category” cable product migration strategy. The churn in copper cabling over the past twenty five to thirty years has taught the buyers some very expensive lessons and filled the waste stream with some of the most toxic HAZMAT known to man. www.caba.org

Across the global markets and especially in the USA, Communications Carriers, Cable TV providers, Utilities, and even Private/Government Sector Networks working diligently to meet the evolving needs of their subscribers for improved service. 

In the USA, the top CATV companies (as of Feb, 2013) are:

·         Comcast Corp. 23 million

·         Time Warner Cable 14 million

·         Cox Communications 4.595 million

·         Charter Communications (As of Jan 2014)

·         AT&T 4.3 million

Currently, there are approximately 4975 operating telephone companies in the United States. Before the break-up of the AT&T BELL SYSTEM, the Bell Operating Telephone Companies controlled 80% of the subscribers and only 20% of the geographical area in the United States.

Effective January 1, 1984, the Bell System’s many member companies were variously merged into seven independent "Regional Holding Companies", also known as Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs), or "Baby Bells". This divestiture reduced the book value of AT&T by approximately 70%.  Each of the seven RBOCS was large enough to be on the Fortune 500 List.

ONE THING IN COMMON – Single-Mode Fiber Optic Cable

Every sector of the Information Industry (Public and Private) is busy building the super highways over which we communicate. It does not matter whether it is man to man, man to machine, or machine to machine. The cumulative networks are like the nervous system of our society in all areas. Like the human body, the better the networks communicate, the better the overall performance of our inter-related systems.

Automation On Steroids: SMART INTEGRATED SYSTEM > SMART BUILDING > SMART CAMPUS > SMART COMMUNITY > SMART STATE > SMART REGION > SMART COUNTRY > SMART GLOBE…etc.

NETWORKS - Every day during the past thirty years, the communications industry has been engaged in a fierce battle to grab and hold customers, while adding new services made available by new technologies.   John Culbert, President of Megladon Mfg. www.megladonmfg.com explained that internally many carriers refer to customers that switch to a competitor’s service as “defections” and they estimate the minimum period of lost business is approximately thirty-six months. 

The carriers understand that service problems may result in devastating losses.  That is why the operations folks do not want to cut corners in the quality of the hardware they use on their networks. They have learned some costly lessons that they do not want to be “penny wise and pound foolish.” Outside plant cut cables (victims of the ditch witch) are a big problem, but accidental disruption of service is often a forgivable offense in the subscribers mind. Poor transmission is not.

Single-mode fiber optic connectors and patch cords seem to be the most vulnerable point of failures or poor transmission performance. In copper cabling, items like patch cords, cables, and connectors have become somewhat of a commodity in the buyers mind. However, in the high dollar world of networks services, the principal pathways are single-mode fiber optic and the hardware of fiber optic patch cords, cables, and connectors are not “a commodity”. The functional and day-to-day operational performance of the network hardware can vary dramatically, even when the product allegedly meets the TIA standards.

The single-mode fiber optic cable is considered by many to be at the top of the list for the agents of change.

Technology Progress Is Too Fast To Follow

Jim Hayes, President of The FOA – Fiber Optic Association www.thefoa.org emphasized the issue: “The public is unable to assimilate the massive rapid changes in technology.” We face the scenario that the term ‘Technology Marketing’ is an oxymoron and often used as a tool for mass media disinformation. An unwritten rule: When all the marketing fails, create a standard for the product. If it still doesn’t sell, try to get the product required by CODE, so the law will make the buyers use the product.

The mantra: “It meets the standard” is poor criteria in a very rapidly moving technology marketplace. We are challenged to do more research on the products and systems that we acquire and use.

CAVEAT EMPTOR

Standards and testing practices are proliferating worldwide at a dizzying rate.  Besides non-profits like the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), regional economic blocs are creating their own standards and testing practices.

According to a 1998 program sponsored by the Commonwealth and the University of Massachusetts

Why does this matter?  Because those who control the standards and testing practices generally control markets.  American companies are feeling the crunch of paying for multiple standards and testing practices as they try to penetrate world markets.

The standards have evolved as part of the economic warfare of the global economy. The consumers and purveyors must understand what is taking place worldwide in order to maintain their own survival and competitiveness. BACK TO THE GOLDEN RULE: Those that have the gold make the rules.

CARTELS AND CO-OPS “they make their own world.”

Some companies have adopted the old “baffle with bull, or dazzle them with fancy footwork.”  When those efforts fail to produce the desired results, and rather than re-appraise the products, they move to Plan B.

Some organizations have even been created to generate standards for specific commercial gain. Of course, they will hide the commercially-driven standards in a virtual snowstorm of other generic standards. Then they will try to affect changes in the mainstream Standards and Codes process and organizations (i.e. NFPA, IEEE, TIA, ASTM, ICC).

The net result is sometimes a minefield of market manipulation by focused commercial interests with their army of shills. This process results in lots of deceptive and misleading “scientific” evidence. BACK TO THE GOLDEN RULE: Those that have the gold make the rules.

James Carlini, President of Carlini & Associates (Strategic Infrastructure Consultants –since 1986) put it bluntly when he emphasized the point, “Copper is NOT the transmission media connectivity solution for the 21st century.  We need to stop trying to force 19th and 20th century solutions into 21st century network challenges.” He added, “Anyone telling you that you need copper in your next network is like someone telling you people need a rotary dial app for their Smartphone… Wrong century solution.”

Carlini went on to say, “We need to change the regulatory and standards environment where we are protecting obsolete networks from competition and start focusing on building network infrastructures that are world-class and globally competitive.  We cannot protect the cash cows of incumbents while the whole economy contracts. World-class network infrastructure has one prime directive: Speed. Your economy cannot be number one, if your network speed is number two.”

FIBER OPTIC CABLE and associated hardware is not a commodity. There are big and little differences in the products in this market. We strongly recommend a diligent research effort before you design and build your network and its updates. Use the Internet often to maintain your knowledge base on this critical area of technology. If you checked yesterday, remember the information base has doubled twice since then.

Our research has revealed two solid trends.

First, the network providers are predominately using bendable durable single-mode fiber optic cable. BEWARE OF COUNTERFIET PRODUCTS. You cannot buy a Rolex for $29.

Secondly, the single-mode FO connectivity is being primarily installed by: (A) pre-terminated cables or (B) pre-made terminations like pigtails that are fusion sliced onto the FO cable in the field. (Special note: SM FO CONNECTORS [SC, FC, LC, and numerous other variations] Field terminations of connectors on the SM FO cable is very time consuming and often can result in lower quality.)

Some of the goals for a connector are:

ü       LOW LOSS (attenuation)

ü       REPEATABILITY (keyed)

ü       REFLECTIVITY (in dB)

ü       RUGGED (strain relief)

In the development of fiber optic technology over the last 30 years, many companies and individuals have invented the "better mousetrap" - a fiber optic connector that was lower loss, lower cost, easier to terminate or solved some other perceived problem. In all, about 100 fiber optic connectors have been introduced to the marketplace, but only a few represent the majority of the market.


The advent of the ceramic ferrule in the mid-80s in Japan changed the connector designs forever. The ceramic ferrule was hard and precise. Fibers were accurately located for alignment and ferrules could be allowed to touch. Adding in convex ferrules for PC (physical contact) between connectors reduced losses to levels below 0.3 dB for both MM and SM varieties.

In the late 90s, small form factor (SFF) connectors became popular, but only the LC (top) has been a runaway success, both in telcos and high bit rate LANs, SANs, etc.


THE better mousetrap comes in all sizes and works on all cables

Megladon’s Hardened-Lens Contact (HLC) termination process (US Patent 6,143,450 and others) provides the durable interconnect that the fiber optic industry is seeking. The method of producing HLC (lensed fiber ends via laser action) fiber optic assemblies offers many advantages over a conventional polishing/finishing process. www.megladonmfg.com

The process subjects the end-face to a rapid melt and reflow. The fiber as well as the surrounding ceramic ferrule and epoxy regions becomes a hard, smooth surface that resists scratching, films and residues, and the accumulation of airborne particles. The process also prevents leaching of contaminants from below the surface. These benefits provide a durable fiber optic end-face that is easy to clean and produces repeatable results in a real world environment.

Another benefit is the integrated lens that is automatically formed during the termination process. The lens is an optical approach that is well known and greatly reduces many of the alignment and loss issues that are faced by the industry today.

Megladon’s HLC process provides end-face geometry characteristics with less than 50% of the tolerance of off-the-shelf UPC assemblies. The result is a reference grade assembly that is compatible with all PC and UPC interconnects.

While the industry has continued to provide cost reductions based on more efficient manufacturing methods, the real issues have not been addressed.

Fiber optic assemblies manufactured in Asia have become so inexpensive that they are considered disposable. This is not what the majority of end-users require. They want something that will work. Megladon listened to the network managers and the end-users and developed a better assembly and interconnect that provides a durable real value to the industry.

Challenges are encountered daily during deployment and maintenance of fiber optic interconnects.

These challenges include but are not limited to:

·         Mating surface scratching

·         Dust and other airborne contaminants

·         Leaching of contaminants to the mating surface

·         Films and residues

·         Alignment issues

·         Geometry issues

All mentioned can lead to increased insertion loss, return loss, intermittent failures and performance degradation. Repeatability and reliability is compromised.

The Hardened Lens Contact (HLC) process is a patented termination procedure that yields significant benefits in endface durability and overall optical performance.  In the place of the typical scribe step in fiber termination, Megladon Mfg. Group uses a CO2 laser to traverse the entire mating surface.  This process changes the physical characteristics of the glass, and creates an integrated lens at the end of the connector.

Durability

The HLC laser process changes the physical properties of the glass at the endface to create a surface that is harder and smoother than before.  These changes create a connector that is scratch resistant, and will withstand a higher number of connections relative to standard connectors.  Megladon has done extensive tests concluding that HLC connectors do not degrade in performance over the course of 1000 mates.

Performance

The integrated lens created by the HLC laser process creates a connector that consistently performs at reference grade levels.  Both SM and MM terminations yield best in class IL and ORL, and have reference grade endface geometry as well (GR-326 compliant).  All HLC terminations are fully interoperable with all standard/existing terminations, and will increase the performance of any interconnect they are present in.

Industry Applications include:

CATV – OSP

Megladon found standard Node Tails used for CATV aerial applications needed to be improved. Bend insensitive SM glass was used along with Megladon’s patented HLC termination resulting in the only durable end face node tail on the market. The performance of the finished product has minimum insertion loss, bend loss and optical return loss. In addition to performance, Megladon further enhanced the product with a brass entry connector preventing stripped threads during installation and Hytrel furcation tubing to preserve the product during extreme temperature fluctuations.

CATV – Head End

A CATV company needed to deploy CWDMs in their headends but could not sacrifice large amounts of rack space. Megladon developed a 2RU rack mount frame capable of holding 19 dual 1×8 CWDM modules. A total of 38 CWDMs in a 2RU frame or 304 channels.

Data Centers

An end user data center was upgrading one of their networks to 10GIG. They were having issues with the patch cables that were used with the previous hardware. When they refit the network with HLC assemblies, the issues were resolved.  Further Bit Error Rate testing proved HLC has less bit errors when transmitting higher data rates.

Installations

An installation company had previously mounted patch panels in racks and field terminated trunk cables to connect between the racks. The time necessary for field termination was costly and often resulted in return trips to the customer sites at no cost. Megladon provided patch panels populated with factory terminated pigtails so the installation company could splice the trunk cable and test the network. Their cost was decreased and their customers were satisfied.

Utilities

A power company was installing a DWDM network to monitor remote breakers. They were experiencing severe reflections that prevented the DWDM from working properly. Because WDM networks are sensitive to reflection, they installed all HLC patch cables and were very satisfied with the results. Since then, they have only utilized Megladon’s HLC jumpers in their networks.

RF Over Fiber

A military entity was attempting to transmit RF over fiber in one of their installations. They were not able to achieve the -55dB back reflection necessary to transmit video over the network.  Megladon’s HLC termination process provided the quality interconnects to transmit and solve all issues.

Large Deployments

A large installation company was contracted to build a data center with more than 30,000 fibers. What they did not consider was the number of test reference cables necessary to test that quantity of connectors. Most test reference cables are rated at a maximum of 500 insertions. Megladon built test reference jumpers with the durable HLC process enabling the customer to achieve 1500 mates per cable. This reduced both the labor and material cost of the project.

Pigtails built by Megladon allow technicians to deploy the high quality HLC termination on existing fiber infrastructure, and ease in the field installation of new cable.  Our pigtails can be built with both standard and bend insensitive fibers, and customized by connector and length to fit any application. Factory terminated HLC pigtails elevate the performance of our customers networks.

Telecommunications

A telecommunications company was field terminating outside plant cables used by their customer for voice, data and video. They typically had to re-terminate several connectors and still were not satisfied with the performance. Megladon supplied factory terminated HLC pigtails that were spliced to the trunk cable and created a reliable and robust network with less labor cost and return trips.

Megladon equips our SM trunk cables with HLC terminations, creating the most durable and reliable backbone fiber available.  Premise SM Trunks are built in counts from 4 to144 fiber, with custom breakout lengths and connector types.  We stock both standard and bend insensitive SM glass types.  Trunks can be delivered in coils or on spools with pulling eyes attached to speed up installations.

WDM and Couplers/Splitters

Megladon WDM solutions allow operators to expand the use of existing fiber infrastructure with multi-wavelength transmission, and supports growing trends in cell backhaul and RFoG.  We have a full suite of WDM, coupler and splitter products designed to increase the performance of your passive optical network.

In summary, The Next Big Thing Is Here – FIBER OPTIC CABLING. Will we still use copper cabling? YES, but in a much reduced role.

The law of supply and demand for the Information Age has pushed the barrier of obsolescence into the mirror – staring back at us. We are looking at the shift occurring now. The cost comparisons are showing the two competing technologies are in parity. So why bring a knife to the gunfight? The performance characteristics are like comparing a Conestoga Covered wagon to a jet airplane.

About The Author:

Frank Bisbee is a (since 1970) telecommunications industry veteran, specialized in the communications infrastructure (cabling and associated hardware). Bisbee is the President of Communication Planning Corporation in Jacksonville, FL and he is the editor of a widely-read monthly e-zine “HOTS – Heard On The Street” about the Information Age. www.wireville.com

SIDEBAR:

A QUICK LOOK AT 5G NETWORKS

5G Networks are being discussed and better defined by key industry manufacturers and network carriers so they can be deployed in the 2020 time period.  They will represent a giant leap in capacity, baseline speeds and overall capabilities.  They have to.  Consumers are turning to Smartphones and tablets as the new ubiquitous edge technology for all their applications.

Networks, as well as their capabilities, must be upgraded dramatically to keep up with user demand and exponentially growing traffic.

Any network being planned today for tomorrow should be conceptualized like this:

CHART:  DESIGN CRITERIA FOR NETWORK SPEEDS

TYPE OF USE

SPEED

 

Common End-User/ Subscriber

1Gbps (One Gigabit per second)

This includes wireless due to what Smartphones are demanding in bandwidth

Industrial Park, Business Campus

Commercial Space

40-100Gbps

This would include next-generation Intelligent Business Campuses. (Some parks already have multiple carriers providing 40Gbps today.

Downtown/ Commercial Space

40-100Gbps

For downtown urban areas.

Backbone/ Carrier Backhaul

 

1Tbps (One Terabit per second)

This sounds high, but the way demand is growing, this should be the goal.

Source: James Carlini, upcoming book – Location Location Connectivity, all rights reserved

 

Let’s examine this design criteria table and clarify the numbers.

 

1)       These suggested speeds are for networks that have yet to be installed.  If you are going to build something, at least build something which should last for a good period of time.

 

2)       For Intelligent Business Campuses/ Intelligent Industrial Parks, what you offer at any one location is going to dictate what gets put in (i.e.  If you don't offer high enough access speeds, certain corporate site selection committees will pass you by depending on what they are looking for).  So if you do set your sights low when it comes to speed, you won't be able to land that corporate facility you think will move into the business park.


3)       As Smartphones and Tablets become more ubiquitous, demand for speed (and for new apps) will increase and not go down.  Some new installation endeavors (like stadiums and major league ball parks) have already shown they have been under-engineered, so engineering "rules-of-thumb" haven't caught up with actual demand.  They have fallen behind.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Carlini, MBA, real estate technology strategist, keynote speaker and former award-winning Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University has advised on mission critical networks and intelligent infrastructure. Clients include the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, GLOBEX, JMB Realty, and City of Chicago’s 911 Center. Carlini's visionary book, "Location, Location, Connectivity" will be coming out later this year.

 

He is a very experienced Expert Witness in civil and federal courts on network infrastructure, intelligent buildings, DAS, WiFi, and fiber optics. He has worked on multi-million dollar cases involving AT&T, Bellagios, Ohio State University, Sprint, the US Dept. of Justice, the US Navy and others.

He is available for advising on marketing strategies for your organization, lawsuits (expert witness testimonies and litigation support), contract negotiations, and strategic planning for intelligent infrastructure and buildings.

Contact him at 773-370-1888 or james.carlini@sbcglobal.net

PLEASE BE SAFE and NEVER TEXT WHILE DRIVING.

But that’s my opinion,

Frank Bisbee - Editor

"HOTS - Heard On The Street" Monthly Column

www.wireville.com

Jacksonville, FL 

frank@cablingnewswire.com

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FLUKE NETWORKS - White Paper: Standard-Compliant Certification & Best Practices Ensure Fiber End-face Cleanliness to Eliminate the #1 Cause of Fiber Failure

Despite industry best practice of inspecting and cleaning fiber optic end-faces, contaminated connections remain the number one cause of fiber related problems and test failures in data centers, campus and other enterprise or telecom networking environments. As the industry moves to higher data speeds, more stringent loss budgets and new multi-fiber connectors, proactively inspecting and cleaning fiber end-faces is more important than ever to ensure network uptime, performance and equipment reliability.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

·                     Cleaning for Performance

·                     Inspecting for Assurance

·                     Grading and Certification via Standards

·                     Knowing What to Inspect and Clean

·                     Understanding Tools and Consumables

·                     Summary

Even when users think they have properly cleaned the fiber, every connector end-face—either field terminated or factor terminated—should always be inspected before connecting to a component or piece of equipment. However, relying on subjective human inspection of fiber end-faces often produces inconsistent results. Thankfully, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) industry standards and new innovations enable automatic, consistent and repeatable certification of fiber cleanliness based on specific acceptance criteria.

Cleaning for Performance

Every fiber installation relies on proper end-face cleaning practices for good reason. Network performance is only as good as the weakest link, and the weakest link is wherever a fiber end-face is exposed—whether at a patch panel, equipment port or at the end of a patch cord or jumper.

Regardless of the type of fiber, application or data rate, the transmission of light requires a clear pathway along a link, including through any passive connections or splices along the way. A single particle on the core of a fiber can cause loss and reflections, resulting in high error rates and degraded network performance. Contamination on a fiber end-face as shown in Figure 1 can also adversely impact the interface of expensive optical equipment, and in some cases even render equipment inoperative.

With fiber networks at the core of a business’s most important asset - the data center - and with the need to keep up with consumer demand for high-speed access to information anywhere and anytime, downtime and poor network performance are simply no longer an option. As network applications require more bandwidth and transmission speeds continue to climb from 1 and 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) to 40 and 100 Gbps, loss budgets have become tighter than ever. Dirt, dust and other contaminants are the enemies of these higher-speed data transmission rates over fiber networks. It is therefore critical that all optical connections be kept free of contaminations to avoid application performance issues. With contamination being the single greatest cause of fiber failures, spending the extra few seconds to properly inspect and clean every connector end-face will save time and money in the long run.

While accidently touching a fiber end-face and working in dirty, dusty construction environments are known causes of contamination, there are plenty of other ways to mishandle fiber that may not be obvious sources of contamination. Brushing an end-face on clothing that can contain body oils, lint or other substances can cause contamination. In fact, any time an end-face is exposed to the surrounding environment, it is subject to contamination - even if it was recently cleaned. Dust in the air can easily collect on a fiber end-face, especially in the presence of static electricity.

Contamination also easily migrates from one port to another every time a connector end-face is mated. Even a dust cover designed to protect the fiber end-face can be a significant source of contamination. Unfortunately, many users are under the impression that if the end-face was previously protected by a dust cover, it must be clean. However, no one can really know for sure what was in that dust cover. This is even the case for end-faces on new factory-terminated connectors. While dust caps are great at preventing damage to the end-face, the plastic used to create dust caps can emit a residue as it deteriorates over time and the surface of the cap may contain mold-release substances used in high-speed production processes. Therefore you should not be surprised to find a contaminated end-face upon removal of a protective cap on a connector fresh out of the bag.

Many also believe that an end-face plugged into a piece of equipment, must be clean and can therefore be unplugged and re-mated without concern. However, this too can cause contaminants to pass from one end-face to another. Even if the initial contamination was outside of the fiber core, mating can break up a contaminant and cause particles to travel across the end-face and redeposit on the core. The same holds true for equipment ports, which are often overlooked as being a source of contamination.

Inspecting for Assurance

It is not enough to just clean every fiber end-face. Users have no way of knowing if the end-face is clean unless they inspect it using a fiber inspection tool designed specifically for that purpose, such as a professional video microscope or a handheld fiber microscope. That is why the golden rule is to always inspect, clean and inspect again before connecting.

In fact, the very act of cleaning the end-face can cause contamination. Every end-face should be inspected after every cleaning attempt. This is especially a concern for multi-fiber connectors such as the multi-fiber push-on (MPO) style connectors that are rapidly becoming the norm in today’s data center fiber backbone channels as the required interface for 40 and 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) applications.

Consider a 12-fiber MPO interface with an array that features a much larger surface area than a single fiber connector. When cleaning these larger surface areas, it is much easier to move contaminants from one fiber to another within the same array. And the larger the array, the higher the risk. With 24-, 48- and 72-fiber MPOs used in high-density fiber interconnects, the greater numbers of fibers are more difficult to control and not all the fibers always protrude at the same height. Height variances across the fibers in a single multifiber connector can increase the risk of not every fiber being properly and equally cleaned.

Grading and Certification via Standards

One of industry’s longtime concerns with manually inspecting fiber end-faces for cleanliness has been that determining cleanliness has largely been a subjective and inconsistent process. What one person deems as clean can vary greatly from another person’s point of view. Additional variables such as skill level, years of experience, eyesight, ambient lighting and the fiber inspection tool being used can also lead to inconsistencies in determining fiber end-face cleanliness. With more fiber networks being installed and maintained by a greater number of individuals, there is also a greater chance of inexperience regarding what constitutes end-face cleanliness.

In an effort to establish consistency in fiber inspection and achieve more repeatable results for performance across multiple end-faces, the IEC developed 61300-3-35 Basic Test and Measurement Procedures Standard for Fiber Optic Interconnecting Devices and Passive Components. This standard contains specific cleanliness grading criteria to assess pass or fail certification for inspection of a fiber end-face, removing the human subjectivity factor.

The certification criteria in IEC 61300-3-35 varies based on connector type and fiber size, as well as types of defect. Defects include pits, chips, scratches, cracks, particles and embedded and loose debris, and the IEC standard categorizes them into two groups - scratches and defects. Scratches are identified as permanent liner surface features while defects include all detectable non-linear features that can typically be cleaned. Certification to determine pass or fail is based on the number of scratches and defects found in each measurement region of the fiber end-face, including the core, cladding, adhesive layer and contact zones, as well as the quantity and size of the scratches and defects (see Figure 3).

For example, as shown in Table 1, multimode fiber with polished connectors can have no scratches greater than 3 µm in width or defects greater than 5 µm in width. Within the cladding zone, there can be no scratches or defects greater than 5 µm in width, 5 defects ranging between 2 and 5 µm in width and no limit on the number of defects less than 2 µm in width. The number and size of scratches and defects allowed in each zone varies based on the connector type and diameter.

Zone

IEC 61300-3-35 Recommended Acceptance Criteria Multimode Polished Connectors

 

Scratches

Scratches

 

Core

No limit ≤ 3 µm
None > 3 µm

4 ≤ 5 µm
None > 5 µmm

Cladding

No limit ≤ 5 µm
None > 5 µm

No limit < 2 µm
5 from 2 µm to 5 µm

 

 

 

Adhesive

No limit

No limit

 

Contact

No limit

None ≥ 10 µm

 

 

While the IEC 61300-3-35 standard can be used as a guideline for manually grading cleanliness, a manual procedure would require technicians to determine the size and location of the scratches and defects, which can still introduce human error and inconsistency. Thankfully automated certification solutions like Fluke Networks’ FI-7000 FiberInspector Pro use algorithmic processes to automatically and quickly inspect, grade and certify fiber end-faces based on the criteria of the IEC standard. These types of devices eliminate human subjectivity and result in faster, more accurate and repeatable results to help ensure optimum fiber network performance (see sidebar).

Knowing What to Inspect and Clean

The best answer to the question of what to inspect and clean is everything—every end-face should be inspected, and every end-face that fails IEC 61300-3-35 certification should be cleaned (see Figure 4). If upon inspection, the end-face passes IEC certification, do not clean it. Cleaning can attract dust due to static electricity.

Any and all end-faces, even brand new ones and factory-terminated plugs and pigtails, should be inspected for cleanliness before mating. That includes both ends of fiber optic test cords, fiber jumpers and pre-terminated trunk cables.

If using an adapter to mate two plugs, the end-faces on both sides and the sleeve of the adapter itself should be inspected and cleaned before inserting them into the adapter. Interchangeable adapters used with optical power meters also need to be inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. Often the adapter has a light shield with pin hole that can accumulate debris. Always consult the documentation that came with the testing equipment as some vendors require sending certain adapters back for factory cleaning.

When testing or troubleshooting any equipment, including the tester itself, all plugs and ports should be inspected and cleaned before mating. That includes test equipment ports, adapters, test cord end-faces and any ports into which you will be connecting the test cord.

As previously mentioned, dust caps and mating can be a source of contamination. Therefore every time a fiber end-face is unplugged or removed from a dust cap or port, even when it is brand new, it should inspected and cleaned as necessary prior to being inserted. Ports should also always be inspected and clean before inserting a connector, even if one was just recently removed.

Understanding Tools and Consumables

When it comes to cleaning fiber end-faces, there are basically two materials required—wipes and solvent. Canned air and dusters are ineffective for cleaning fiber end-faces as they only succeed in blowing particles around, which simply moves the contaminants to another location. Canned air and dusters cannot effectively clean oils, residues, or small, charged dust particles, and dusters often expel a propellant that can simply become a whole new contaminant to remove.

Fabric and composite wipes made of lint-free material provide the absorbency to remove contaminants from the end-face. In general, it is recommended to avoid cleaning against a hard surface. When using a wipe or cassette type cleaner, typically one or two short (i.e., 1 mm) strokes on the cleaning material is sufficient. Enough pressure should be applied so that the wipe can conform to the end-face geometry and ensure that the entire end-face has been cleaned.

When wipes are used alone, it is referred to as “dry cleaning,” which has been proven to be only partially effective in eliminating contaminants. Dry cleaning can also leave a static charge on the end-face that can actually attract statically charged dust particles after cleaning.

A better method of cleaning is to use solvents in conjunction with wipes. Solvents add a chemical action that increases the cleaning ability of the wipe to lift particles and debris from the end-face while eliminating the issue of static charge with dry cleaning. It is important to avoid using excessive amounts of solvent, which can leave behind a film of dissolved contaminants. To remove excess solvent, wet cleaning should be followed by dry cleaning by either moving to the dry area on the wipe or by following up with new dry wipe. Just be sure to not overdo it to avoid creating static discharge.

The solvent itself should also be specially formulated for fiber end-face cleaning, such as Fluke Networks’ Fiber Optic Solvent Pen. While isopropyl alcohol (IPA) was used for many years to clean fiber end-faces, specialized solvents have a lower surface tension that makes them far more effective at enveloping debris for removal and dissolving contaminants (see Figure 5). IPA can also leave behind a “halo” as it dries that not only causes attenuation, but also can be difficult to remove. No solvent should remain on the end-face after cleaning.

FI-7000 FiberInspector Pro Automatically Certifies Fiber End-Faces to IEC Standard

To clean fiber end-faces inside ports or equipment, specially designed lint-free swabs or mechanical port cleaning devices like Fluke Networks’ IBC Cleaners are used instead of wipes (see sidebar). When using swabs for port cleaning, it is important to apply just enough pressure to clean the end-face while rotating the swab several times in one direction. When using solvents with port cleaning, it is even more important to not use excessive solvent that can saturate the plug interface. The evaporation rate of a solvent becomes significant with port cleaning as it is harder to guarantee removal of all solvent. Lingering solvent can become trapped during mating and cultivate a harmful residue over time. This is another reason to use solvents that are specially formulated for cleaning fiber—these solvents stay around long enough to work but evaporate much faster than IPA.

It is also important to remember that these consumables are just that, meaning that once a wipe or swab is used to clean an end-face, it should be immediately discarded. Reusing a dirty wipe or swab is one of the easiest ways to spread contamination. While cleaning of jumpers and test reference cord end-faces is important, these components are also consumables that eventually fail—sometimes cleaning is not enough if these components have reached their end of life following the vendor’s specified number of insertions.

Summary

If network uptime, signal transmission performance and equipment reliability are important to your business, skimping on inspecting and cleaning fiber optic end-faces can result in dire consequences. And just because you may think you properly cleaned, does not mean you can forego inspection.

Not only are best practices for fiber cleaning essential, but every end-face should be carefully inspected and certified per the IEC 61300-3-35 standard prior to making a mated connection—including both end-faces and ports. By incorporating fiber inspection and certification into your process, you can eliminate human subjectivity and quickly inspect, grade and certify fiber end-faces per the standard. In doing so, there should be no excuse for network failures due to contaminated end-faces.

FI-7000 FiberInspector Pro Automatically Certifies Fiber End-Faces to IEC Standards

Fluke Networks’ FI-7000 FiberInspector Pro certifies fiber end-faces to the IEC 61300-3-35 industry standard in just two seconds, providing automated PASS/FAIL results that take the human subjectivity and guesswork out of fiber inspection.

Ideal for inspecting end-faces inside ports or on patch cords, the FI-7000 FiberInspector Pro detects and measures defects found on fiber end-faces and automatically certifies the results based on the IEC 61300-3-35 standard. To provide clear graphical indication of which defects pass or fail the standard’s requirements, the FI-7000’s pinch-and-zoom touchscreen colors each defect and highlights the defect’s background - defects that fail are colored Red while defects that pass are colored Green.

The FI-7000 is built on Fluke Networks’ Versiv Cable Certification Platform that enables storing end-face images and certification in Versiv test results and taking advantage of Versiv capabilities like ProjX™ for managing job requirements, the Taptive™ user interface for easy set-up and the multi-featured LinkWare Software for managing data and generating professional test reports. The FI-7000’s PASS/FAIL fiber end-face certification is available to all Versiv owners by downloading the latest Versiv firmware.

FI-7000 FiberInspector Pro Automatically Certifies Fiber End-Faces to IEC Standards

Fluke Networks’ Fiber Optic Cleaning Kits Contains the Tools You Need to Effectively Remove the Toughest Contaminants

In keeping with industry best standards for fiber cleaning, Fluke Networks’ Fiber Optical Cleaning Kits contain everything you need to eliminate the #1 cause of fiber failures—contamination.

With support for all connector types, the kits include Fluke Networks’ Fiber Optic Solvent Pen with specially formulated fiber cleaning solution, convenient cleaning cube/card and easy-to-use IBC Cleaners that use a simple insertion and push motion to remove contaminants from end-faces on cord plugs and within adapters or patch panels.

IBC Cleaners come in three different sizes for cleaning 1.5 mm, 2.5 mm and MPO style connectors. All cleaning materials are lint-free and enable an optimal wet and dry cleaning process, while the rugged carrying case makes it easy to store and transport all the tools you need for precision end-face fiber optic cable cleaning.

Fluke Networks operates in more than 50 countries worldwide.
To find your local office contact details, go to www.flukenetworks.com/contact.

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National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, June 9 - 12

Largest annual education event in fire, life and electrical safety returns to Las Vegas featuring hundreds of informative sessions


May 27, 2014 -- The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is getting ready for the annual NFPA Conference & Expo, June 9-12 in Las Vegas. Leading experts will unite at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for the most comprehensive educational event in fire, life and electrical safety, offering practical knowledge during more than 150 sessions and in-depth seminars. The expo features more than 300 solution providers showcasing cutting-edge exhibits with the latest technology in fire protection and electrical and life safety.


The conference will cover a range of fire safety issues impacting everything from technological advancements to day-to-day living, with topics spanning from prevention tactics to sustainability and healthcare. Get a full list of educational sessions.


Notable presentations include:

·                     Life Safety for the Vegas High Roller Observation Wheel
Edward Kaminski, Fire Protection Engineer and Clark County Fire Prevention Bureau and David Codiga, Project Manager of the Vegas High Roller Project, host a special presentation on safety analysis conducted on the High Roller Observation Wheel including redundant power drive systems, external drive mechanism and quality control measures. Other topics of discussion include procedures for loading passengers under normal and emergency conditions and methods for emergency passenger extractions by Clark County Fire Department and Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

·                     Autism Awareness for First Responders 
Elizabeth Larkin, Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Saint Paul Fire Department and John Sokol, Executive Director of the Pembroke Fire Protection District, present vital information related to Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as helpful tools and techniques for handling emergency situations effectively.

·                     Creating A Community Wildfire Protection Plan
Donald Butz, Viejas Fire Chief of the RCD/Fire Safe Council of San Diego County and Sheryl Landrum, District Manager of the RCD/Fire Safe Council of San Diego County present a step-by-step plan for preparing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).


This year’s featured presentation, “The 2013 Boston Marathon: How the Multi-Discipline, Multi-Jurisdiction Approach to Planning for the Marathon Affected the Response to, and Recovery From, the Bombings”, is led by Kurt Schwartz, Undersecretary of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. Schwartz will review the local, regional, and state planning process for the 2013 Boston Marathon and discuss the multi-discipline, multi-jurisdiction response to the bombings while highlighting the planning challenges, lessons learned, and best practices of the response to and recovery from the attack.


NFPA will also release its annual Fire Fighter Fatality Report with a presentation highlighting its findings.


Register now for the NFPA Conference & Expo or get additional information.


About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA develops more than 300 codes and standards to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other hazards. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

 

ShoreTel Recognizes Converged Technology Professionals, Inc. for World-Class Customer Satisfaction and Loyalty

ShoreTel(R) (NASDAQ: SHOR) recognizes Converged Technology Professionals, Inc., an award winning Gold Champion ShoreTel Partner, for their outstanding achievement in customer satisfaction and loyalty for the period of October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.

CHICAGO, Ill., May 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Converged Technology Professionals, Inc. announced today its recognition by ShoreTel, a leading provider of brilliantly simple unified communications (UC) solutions, for their outstanding achievement in customer satisfaction and loyalty. ShoreTel uses the globally recognized Net Promoter Score (NPS(R)) to evaluate customer experience, encourage improvements, and reinforce customer loyalty. Converged Technology Professionals garnered an NPS score of 94. An NPS score of 50 is considered excellent. At 94, Converged Technology Professionals surpasses what is considered world-class customer care and satisfaction. This marks the sixth consecutive year that Converged has received this award from ShoreTel.

"Your consistent performance in delivering an exceptional all-around customer experience is a tribute to your dedication to our ShoreTel customers. It is partners like you who ensure customers are not only satisfied, but are loyal to ShoreTel and our products and services," said Don Joos, President and CEO of ShoreTel. A company-wide dedication to excellence in all phases of a new phone system installation is required to earn an NPS score of 94. Reflecting on his experience with Converged, Nathan R. Hibschman, Network Administrator at South Bend Orthopaedics, stated "What an unbelievable change from what we have been used to, again thank you. Please keep sending me potential clients, we have nothing but good things to say."

From installation to training, Converged ensures that the phone system works as promised and that staff understands the features and functionality that the unified communications system offers. "We consider our customers our partners. We are committed to serving our customers over the lifetime of their investment and approach our relationship as a trusted advisor. Our NPS rating speaks to this," said Chris Frey, Vice President of Operations at Converged Technology Professionals.

The continued growth and evolution of unified communications presents new opportunities for Converged Technology Professionals. Cloud services have become a viable option for voice and multimedia communications. In January Converged became a ShoreTel Cloud Division Partner and offers ShoreTel Sky, a cloud-based business phone service, as an alternative to premise-based phone systems. Converged will continue to deliver award-winning support by remaining dedicated to its core business principles. "As our industry evolves and adopts new delivery methods for unified communications, Converged will remain firm in our commitment to provide the very best customer service," said Joe Rittenhouse, President of Business Development at Converged Technology Professionals.

The Customer Satisfaction Award includes Asia, Europe, Australia and North America. It includes the reporting period from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.

About Converged Technology Professionals

Converged Technology Professionals, with offices in Chicago, Crystal Lake, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis, is a nationally-recognized, award-winning unified communications and mobility solutions provider for ShoreTel, based in the Midwest and serving a wide range of organizations from medium-sized businesses to multi-site large enterprises for their mobility, voice, and data needs. CT-Pros also offers cloud-communication VoIP services with ShoreTel Sky. CT-Pros' best-in-class customer service combined with ShoreTel's UC and mobility solutions assist companies within a multitude of vital industries including healthcare, financial services, manufacturing and the public sector meet their constantly-evolving technology needs. The company has a customer base spread over six continents and is one of the fastest growing VARs in the United States with last year's annual sales growth of over 200%. For more information, visit http://www.ct-pros.com.

ShoreTel, Inc. (SHOR) is a provider of business communication solutions whose brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, applications and mobile UC solutions promise a new rhythm of workforce engagement and collaboration. With costly complexity eliminated by design from its award-winning, all-in-one IP phone system, UC and contact center solution, and its industry-leading hosted phone system, workers enjoy a freedom and self-reliance that other providers can't match. Users have full control to engage and collaborate, no matter the time, place or device, for the lowest cost and demand on IT resources in the industry. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices and partners worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.shoretel.com or http://www.shoretelsky.com.

http://www.shoretel.com/about/newsroom/newsletter/

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

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

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

 

General Cable successfully completes the testing of ultrol® 60+ medium-voltage safety-related class 1e cablesfor gen III+ and gen II applications

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY, May 28, 2014 ― General Cable (NYSE: BGC) announced today that its ULTROL® 60+ medium-voltage safety-related Class 1E 60-year-life cable has successfully completed third-party environmental qualification testing.  With adherence to ASME NQA-1 and US NRC 10CFR50 Appendix B requirements, the completion of this extensive testing confirms conformance of ULTROL 60+ to advanced, passive GEN III+ and legacy 40-year reactor profiles.

Kinectrics (formerly Ontario Hydro Technologies), General Cable’s choice for testing and product qualification, has completed thermal and radiation aging and Design Basis Events (DBE) proving a 60+-year service life, including cable resistance to one-year submergence test in hot boric acid solution. This third-party testing demonstrates that General Cable’s ULTROL 60+ medium-voltage cables meet prior industry standards, as well as GEN III+ reactor profile requirements, and provides an independent check and balance to ensure data-integrity.

“Because every reactor design has a unique DBE profile, General Cable’s integrated test program was designed to prove that its cables could withstand the worst possible environment or outcome out of numerous possibilities. With documented performance at higher radiation and temperature levels, we are reasonably assured that ULTROL 60+ medium-voltage cables will perform their intended function under extreme environments.” said Koksal Tonyali, Ph.D., Director, Product Engineering and Development, Specialty Cables, General Cable North America.

With the verification of meeting the most rigorous GEN III+ reactor requirements for a 60-year operating life and beyond, ULTROL 60+ medium-voltage cable is now fully ready to support the modernization and construction of pressurized and boiling water nuclear power plants worldwide.

ü       Completed AEIC aging tests for EPR insulation system

ü       60+ years of life expectancy confirmed through Arrhenius aging tests for insulation core and jacket

ü       Exposure to gamma radiation of over 300 MRads total integrated dose (TID) or over 300 MRads TID of beta radiation

ü       Exceeds nuclear industry requirements for existing PWR and BWR facilities to IEEE 323 and 383 requirements

ü       Surpasses reactor manufacturer* requirements for Design Basis Event (DBE) temperature and pressure profiles, including AP1000®,  APR1400®, CAP1400®, EPR®, ESBWR®, and ACR-1000®

ü       Exceeding one-year post-DBE submergence requirements of AP1000® reactor profile in hot boric acid solution

Remarking on the announcement, Robert W. Schuermann, Vice President and General Manager, Specialty Cables, for General Cable North America said: “The nuclear industry has been developing and improving reactor technology for more than five decades. Medium-voltage cables are a critical component to safe, ongoing nuclear power plant operation, and the required service life of 60 years extends to the cable. After significant compound profiling, lengthy ageing profiling, and AEIC certifications, General Cable can now meet the evolving industry requirements with an independently tested 60-year-life cable for medium-voltage containment and balance-of-plant applications.”

General Cable is a long-standing global nuclear cable supplier with nearly 40 years of uninterrupted service. ULTROL 60+ safety-related Class 1E and safety-significant non-Class 1E low- and medium-voltage wire and cable are uniquely positioned to meet the industry’s stringent requirements for safety, reliability and long-term performance.  For technical or commercial inquiries regarding ULTROL 60+, contact us today at ULTROL60+@generalcable.com.

*Registered trade names of reactor manufacturers are owned by Westinghouse, KEPCO, SNPTC, Areva, GE/Hitachi and Candu, respectively.

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of aluminum, copper and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets.  With annual revenues exceeding $6 billion, General Cable is one of the largest wire and cable manufacturing companies in the world.  It operates 57 manufacturing facilities in 26 countries and employs approximately 14,000 associates.  WWW.GENERALCABLE.COM

 

5G NETWORKS: THE 20/20 VIEW ON 2020 – article by James Carlini - This article is an excerpt from James Carlini’s upcoming book, Location-Location-Connectivity

5G Networks are being discussed and better defined by key industry manufacturers and network carriers so they can be deployed in the 2020 time period.  They will represent a giant leap in capacity, baseline speeds and overall capabilities.  They have to.  Consumers are turning to Smartphones and tablets as the new ubiquitous edge technology for all their applications.

Many people have gotten a good taste of Smartphones and all the applications they can utilize with them.  Now, the growing demand is there and both the framework of networks as well as their capabilities must be upgraded dramatically to keep up with user demand and exponentially growing traffic.

When approaching a new dynamic area in infrastructure, real estate, or technology, a whole new framework for analysis may be necessary.  Too many people try to fit something new into a traditional framework or traditional analysis model which does not fit as a metric.

Looking into what is needed for a solid platform for global commerce, the main issues are to offer the best and the fastest capabilities.  Speed is always a factor in any transportation medium, including communications. Anyone, or any corporate or political sales pitch, who tells you otherwise is trying to protect obsolete infrastructure and/or poor competitive strategies.

There needs to be a good education of all interested parties instead of having some people hypothesize concepts that will never be prevalent or even applicable.  Remember, the network infrastructure is part of the Platform for Commerce.  The Platform for Commerce’s five millennia focus has been on increasing trade routes and commerce.

BANDWIDTH

Any network being planned today for tomorrow should be conceptualized like this. (See Chart 1)


CHART 1:  DESIGN CRITERIA FOR NETWORK SPEEDS


TYPE OF USE

SPEED

 

Common End-User/ Subscriber

1 Gbps (One Gigabit per second)

This includes wireless due to what Smartphones are demanding in bandwidth

Industrial Park, Business Campus

Commercial Space

40-100Gbps

This would include next-generation Intelligent Business Campuses. (Some parks already have multiple carriers providing 40Gbps today.

Downtown/ Commercial Space

40-100Gbps

For downtown urban areas.

Backbone/ Carrier Backhaul

 

1 Tbps (One Terabit per second)

This sounds high, but the way demand is growing, this should be the goal.

 

Let’s examine this table and clarify the numbers.


1) These suggested speeds are for networks that have yet to be installed.  If you are going to build something, at least build something that should last for awhile.


2) For next-generation Intelligent Business Campuses/ Intelligent Industrial Parks what you offer at any one location is going to dictate what gets puts in (i.e.  if you don't offer high enough access speeds, certain  corporate site selection committees will pass you by depending on what they are looking for)  So if you do set your sights low when it comes to speed, you won't be able to land that corporate facility that you think will move into the business park.


3) As Smartphones and Tablets become more ubiquitous, demand for speed (for new apps) will increase and not go down.  Some new installation endeavors (like stadiums and ball parks) have already shown they have been under-engineered, so engineering "rules-of-thumb" haven't caught up with actual demand.  They have fallen behind.


If anything, they (those in long-term network engineering - including those at the carriers) have to leapfrog what is already a current market condition.


We need to focus on getting back in front of the pack when it comes to network infrastructure and moving to Terabit speeds can only open up a whole new class of applications which can only be feasible when networks run at terabit speeds. For the future, we need to strengthen the resiliency of networks as well as increasing their speeds.

5G Networks will be providing some very high speeds to the average user.  This means building out the network to specifications which have to include terabit backbones.

Having more bandwidth available will accelerate the amount of applications that are feasible for customer service, video, high-definition video, social networking, and so many other applications.

DATA RATE FOR 5G NETWORKS

SPEED

MARKET SEGMENT

100Gbps +

Specialized enterprise users (stationary)

50Gbps

Low-mobility users

5Gbps

High-mobility users

1Gbps

Anywhere (baseline speed)

This gives you a clearer picture as to where network infrastructure is evolving.  (See Chart 2)

CHART 2:  5G NETWORK ELEMENTS

COVERAGE

This was an initial concern of network designers for 3G and 4G.

CAPACITY

This became a bigger concern as 4G networks got tested by users’ applications and increased traffic.

CONTINUUM OF SERVICES

How long will services last before being replaced or discarded?

CAPABILITIES

This is constantly evolving and will impact the above elements.  Influencers in this level include manufacturers, software/ app designers, and customer demands.

COMMUNITY COMMITMENT

(COST)

Think of this as the political, regulatory, and regional economic development link for the network.  User demand will shape the network, but so will strong regulatory guidelines that could hamper or promote network resiliency and capabilities.  Smart communities will realize that having a solid network infrastructure will directly translate into having a solid economic base.

CARRIER COMMITMENT

(COST)

This is the carrier’s focus as to what it wants to provide to the region:  The most advanced, the status quo, or trailing-edge capabilities because they don’t see a market or a big return on their investment.

BACKHAUL (BACKBONE)

This is the foundation that must be strong and resilient enough to handle everything put on top of it.

Source: James Carlini, All Rights Reserved

In addition to being aware about the growing demand for speed, become more aware of new building blocks for technology as well as the infrastructure and real estate.  The faster we can apply cutting-edge solutions to problems, the more competitive we become in the global markets.

CARLINI-ISM :   “Tomorrow is not the time to start building for tomorrow.  Future

viability tomorrow depends on building a solid infrastructure

today.”

Carlini's visionary book, "Location, Location, Connectivity" will be coming out later this year.

Follow daily Carlini-isms at www.TWITTER.com/JAMESCARLINI

Copyright 2014 – James Carlini

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Carlini, MBA, certified Infrastructure Consultant, keynote speaker and former award-winning Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University has advised on mission critical networks and intelligent infrastructure. Clients include the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, GLOBEX, JMB Realty, and City of Chicago’s 911 Center. Carlini's visionary book, "Location, Location, Connectivity" will be coming out later this year.

He is a very experienced Expert Witness in civil and federal courts on network infrastructure, intelligent buildings, DAS, WiFi, and fiber optics. He has worked on multi-million dollar cases involving AT&T, Bellagios, Ohio State University, Sprint, the US Dept. of Justice, the US Navy and others.

He is available for lawsuits (expert witness testimonies and litigation support), contract negotiations, strategic planning for intelligent infrastructure and buildings, and advising on marketing strategies for your organization.

Contact him at 773-370-1888 or james.carlini@sbcglobal.net

 

Brady Brand Protection Purchases New HP Indigo Digital Printing Press

High-capacity digital press produces high-quality, narrow-web labels and packaging solutions

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (May 27, 2014) — Brady (NYSE:BRC), a global leader in industrial and safety printing systems and solutions, today announced that its brand protection business has purchased the HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press. The press will be used to meet an increasing demand in security printing from Brady’s customers.

“The HP Indigo digital press is an excellent addition to Brady’s line of anti-counterfeiting and brand protection solutions,” says Matt Williamson, president, Identification Solutions for Brady. “It increases our capacity and expertise in this area and supports the continued growth of our business. In addition, this advanced piece of printing technology enhances our ultimate goal of helping customers protect their products.”

Offering robust variable data printing capabilities and Indigo ElectroInk, the HP Indigo WS6600 forms sharper features than other digital printing methods. This gives Brady the ability to create more secure labels with higher resolution fine-line guilloche patterns, hidden images and microtext as small as 0.7-point font. The press can also be integrated with a variety of creation and inspection security solutions available from some of the world’s leading providers.

The HP Indigo WS6600 will help support Brady’s printing of digital authentication tracking codes, such as HP’s Global Product Authentication Services (GPAS). As a foundation partner with HP GPAS, Brady offers this cloud-based brand protection service, which enables consumers and supply chain partners to instantly verify the authentication of products using smart phones. It also provides brand owners with supply chain tracking and real-time analytics driven by a customizable business rules engine.

“Brand protection is a top-of-mind concern to all brand owners and marketers,” said Yishai Amir, vice president and general manager, Americas Graphics Solutions Business, HP. “With the installation of the HP Indigo WS6600, the company’s seventh HP Indigo digital press, Brady can continue combatting counterfeiting and, by taking advantage of a variety of value-added capabilities on the press, it is poised to service the future needs of its customers.”

The printing press will be located at Brady’s secure manufacturing facility in Milwaukee, Wis. Both this location and Brady’s Singapore facility operate under the ANSI/NASPO SA-2008 security standard. The Milwaukee location has been certified by North American Security Products Organization (NASPO) since 2004 and the Singapore location was certified in 2006, making Brady the first company outside of North America to receive NASPO certification.

For more information:

To learn more about Brady’s brand protection solutions, visit BradyBrandProtection.com. For Brady’s complete product offering, visit BradyID.com.

About Brady Corporation:                                                                                                                   

Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC) is an international manufacturer and marketer of complete solutions that identify and protect premises, products and people. Its products include high-performance labels and signs, safety devices, printing systems and software, and precision die-cut materials. Founded in 1914, the company has millions of customers in electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, education, medical and a variety of other industries. Brady is headquartered in Milwaukee and employs 6,900 people at operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia/Pacific. Brady’s fiscal 2013 sales were approximately $1.15 billion. More information about Brady Corporation is available at www.bradycorp.com.

 

CABA Launches Intelligent Buildings - Market Sizing Research Project

May 20, 2014

The Continental Automated Buildings Association, through its Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council, has begun to conduct a comprehensive update to its original "Intelligent and Integrated Buildings Technologies: Market Sizing in North America 2010" report.

"CABA is pleased to announce that through a new research project update, the organization will continue its strong tradition of conducting market research in the intelligent and integrated building technology space," stated Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO. "The resultant market forecasting derived from CABA's updated "Market Sizing North America Version 2" report will allow more of our membership to undertake informed strategic planning as they launch new products and services."

The original "Intelligent and Integrated Buildings Technologies: Market Sizing in North America 2010" report provided an in-depth analysis of the North American market for integrated and converged intelligent building control systems. The report examined environmental control technologies, fire detection, security, lighting systems and IT convergence.

CABA's new, updated "Market Sizing North America Version 2" research project will include a market review of the threats to the building automation and control systems (BACS) business, that include: new direct expansion central air conditioning (DX AC) entrants, increasing sophistication of air conditioning (AC) and heating controls, variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems equipped with control and energy management functionality, and new developments in smart homes and communicating room controllers.

CABA's updated market sizing study will also be designed to assist industry stakeholders focus on a large range of concerns involved in the design, manufacture and installation of intelligent buildings controls. The study will assess market sizes by product at the first point of distribution, products at engineered and commissioned prices and determine the total value added, factoring in hardware price erosion, throughout the entire supply chain.

CABA's updated study will be designed to be of interest to: building controls manufacturers; systems integrators; controls contractors; facility management companies; energy management service companies; original equipment manufacturers of heating, ventilation and air conditioning hardware; architects; building services consultants; security, fire alarm and lighting control companies; telecommunications and computer hardware manufacturers; network and structured cabling suppliers; and installers.

Funding partners participating in CABA's updated market sizing study include: Belimo Air Controls Inc., Honeywell International, Inc., Johnson Controls, KMC Controls, MechoSystems Inc., Overhead Door Corporation, Panduit Corporation, Philips, Siemens Industry, Inc., Schneider Electric, United Technologies Building and Industrial Systems Group/Automated Logic Corporation.

The "Market Sizing North America Version 2" research project will be conducted by the UK-based Building Services Research and Information Association. BSRIA's Worldwide Market Intelligence unit has over 25 years of experience in global market research and have conducted studies in affiliated CABA subsectors such as air conditioning, heating, IT cabling, piping, bathroom equipment, building control systems, renewables, facilities management and contracting.

"We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to undertake this research on behalf of CABA," stated Jeremy Towler, Senior Manager - Energy & Smart Technologies at BSRIA. "It is our intention to examine how technologies and business approaches are rapidly evolving, along with the changing patterns that are creating new business models and value chain networks."

This study, slated to be completed by October 2014, is a major initiative of the CABA Research Program, which offers a range of opt-in technical and advisory research services designed to provide industry stakeholders with collaborative research and R&D opportunities. For more information about the CABA Research Program, please see www.caba.org/research. To learn more or to participate in the study, go to: http://www.caba.org/research/projects/market-sizing-NA-version2, or contact Greg Walker, CABA's Research Director, at 613.686.1814 x227 or at walker@caba.org.

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 http://www.caba.org/.

 

David Claridge of The Texas A&M University System Joins CABA Board of Directors

May 27, 2014 

Dr. David E. Claridge, Director of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station's (TEES) Energy Systems Laboratory and the Leland Jordan Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University has joined the Board of Directors of the Continental Automated Buildings Association. 

"The addition of Dr. Claridge and Texas A&M to the CABA Board of Directors is a great asset to our organization," said Ronald J. Zimmer, president and CEO of CABA. "CABA has had an enduring tradition of working with universities dedicated to commercializing energy efficient building technologies. We feel the addition of Texas A&M, in addition with Dr. Claridge's knowledge and expertise, will greatly enrich the value of the association and its membership." 

Claridge is internationally known for his work on energy efficiency, particularly for pioneering development of existing building commissioning by leading the development of "Continuous Commissioning" which has improved energy efficiency in hundreds of large buildings including universities, hospitals, offices, and airports with a typical payback of two years. He was also a major contributor to the methods used to measure energy savings in the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol and ASHRAE Guideline 14. 

Claridge holds eight patents, is author of more than 350 journal and conference papers, is a Fellow of ASME and of ASHRAE, and in 2011 was named an Honorary International Member of the Society of Heating, Air-conditioning and Sanitary Engineers of Japan in recognition of his contributions to energy efficiency in buildings. He received his bachelor's degree from Walla Walla College and master's and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to represent TEES and Texas A&M on the CABA Board," stated Claridge. "CABA offers an excellent forum to collaborate and share research, information, trends and analysis. CABA's goals align well with the Energy System Lab's commitment to improving energy efficiency and the instances of building commissioning." 

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 http://www.caba.org/.

About TEES
 

As an engineering research agency of Texas, TEES performs quality research driven by world problems; strengthens and expands the state's workforce through educational partnerships and training; and develops and transfers technology to industry. TEES partners with academic institutions, governmental agencies, industries, and communities to solve problems to help improve the quality of life, promote economic development, and enhance educational systems. TEES, a member of The Texas A&M University System is in its 100th year of engineering solutions.

About The Texas A&M University System
 

The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.8 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 131,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $820 million and help drive the state's economy.

 

Graybar Opens New Service Center in Dallas

Dallas, May 27, 2014 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, has recently added a new service center in Dallas.

The Dallas service center spans 200,000 square feet and serves as the primary shipping facility for Graybar in the northern part of Texas. With the addition of the new service center, Graybar now has a total of more than 330,000 square feet of warehouse and office space in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

“The new Dallas service center can help us stock more products and get them to our customers faster than ever,” said Dallas District Vice President Greg Hochheiser. “We continue to expand our presence in Texas, and this supports our long-term growth plans.”

Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of more than 250 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

 

MIKE HOLT Introduces a new Blogletter

We sent out a newsletter in December announcing the first National Electrical Code Blog—another first by Mike Holt Enterprises. We asked you to please visit our Blog and enter comments about how you think this new technology will help us all and the NEC.

The concept of a Blog was totally new to us so we were anxious to hear what you had to say. We received comments about Blogs in general: What they are, are supposed to do, etc., – all of which were really great for us because, when we started this, we didn’t really know what a Blog was ourselves.

Thanks to your comments, here is what a Blog seems to be:

  • A Blog has regular postings or articles on various topics that are related to the topic of the Blog.
  • Blogs require participation.
  • A Blog is a great way to post issues or ideas and get feedback on them.
  • Usually, the Blog master or site owner controls everything and posts topics and articles for comment.
  • A Blog is a Web-based publication consisting primarily of articles.

In the end, we found ourselves asking: “Could we just modify our newsletter so it serves as a Blog?” We also discovered that a Blog doesn’t really accomplish as much as we’d like it to. As an application, a Blog still needs a lot of improvement.

Take a look at some of these examples for instance:

In a Blog when you participate and want to get notified when a new article is posted, the new article being posted would come through a third party via your actions in “subscribing” to the Blog.

With a newsletter, it’s a community of newsletter members. When you subscribe, you pick the topics you’re interested in and we’ll send only send you newsletters that relate to the topics you desire. We never post or share your E-mail address.

In a Blog there are a lot of brilliant programmers who have folks whom they want to view their Blog but, because their associates are not “up-to-speed” on Blogging and don’t have their third-party subscriptions set up correctly, have to send out a newsletter anyway to let the associates know that a new article has been posted on their Blog.

In conclusion, a newsletter can never “really” be a Blog, and a Blog will never be a newsletter. Both have advantages. We decided to combine the positive features and create something even better – a Blogletter!

Our newsletter has been upgraded to a Blogletter! What that means is that we’ve implemented some very comprehensive commenting tools so that our newsletter is now more interactive. It is now easier to share ideas, provide feedback, and start discussions about our newsletter topics. Previously, you could post a comment or review all comments associated with a particular newsletter, but there was no real organization of comments nor any notification capabilities.

So we changed it!. Now when you receive a newsletter you can:

  • Reply with your comments
  • View all comments
  • Get notified when comments are added

Replying to a newsletter and E-mail notifications:

Let’s say you add a comment to a newsletter. People can directly reply to your comments and you have the option to be notified via E-mail when someone does. This E-mail notification will contain that person’s reply as well as a link to reply back or even add additional comments.

What if you don’t want to add a comment to a newsletter, but you still want to be notified when others add comments? In each newsletter you receive, simply click the “Notify Me When Comments Are Added” link and choose whether or not you wish to receive comment notifications for that newsletter.

Using the View Comment feature:

When using the View Comment feature, you’ll be able to see all of the correspondence listed out for you by comment. You can also reply to comments directly from this page. There is a “Reply with your Comment” link that appears beneath each comment.

It’s Your Turn! Give it a try:

This all may sound a bit confusing, so the best way to really see how all this works is to experiment. So – now’s your chance! Reply with a comment to this newsletter. Opt to receive notifications when new comments are added and you’ll see how all this unfolds.

Give us your feedback – we’re open to any suggestions for how to make this even better. www.mikeholt.com .

 

Maurice “Mo” Orlando, Founder of Ortronics, Inc. Passes. “Mo” was a well-respected and much-liked Pioneer in the Data Communications Infrastructure industry

NEW LONDON, Conn., May 7, 2014 Structured cabling pioneer and founder of Ortronics, Inc. Maurice “Mo” Orlando died April 28 at his home in Long Boat Key, Fla., at the age of 91. The announcement was made by Mark C. Panico, President, Data Communications, Legrand, North America. Legrand acquired Ortronics, Inc. in 1998.

“We at Legrand owe Mr. Orlando a debt of gratitude for building the foundation of what has become a leading global player in the Data Communications marketplace and want to recognize him for his vision, vast knowledge and contribution to the structured cabling industry.  Please join us in extending our heartfelt condolences and appreciation for all his accomplishments to the Orlando family,” said Panico.

Mr. Orlando founded Ortronics, Inc., in Norwich, Conn., in 1966. He utilized his engineering background to design, build and patent his own assembly line machinery that manufactured electrical coils and wire harnesses. The company also designed and built transformers for IBM, its first major customer. In 1968 and throughout the 1970s, Ortronics continued to build cabling assemblies for the Regional Bell Operating Companies and soon became the largest independent manufacturer of speed relay coils in New England. In the early 1980s Ortronics developed a bridging adapter for Customer Premise Equipment for the telephone industry.

In 1985, Ortronics entered the data communications market with modular patch panels and data adapters designed to work in the twisted pair environment. As the structured cabling industry grew, Mr. Orlando was instrumental in introducing category jacks designed to meet specific industry standards.  In 1994, Ortronics set a precedent in the industry with the introduction of the Category 5 modular to 110 Patch Panel. That same year, the first Mighty Mo® cable management system was introduced. The Mighty Mo product family, which was named after Mo Orlando, continues to innovate today with its latest Mighty Mo 20 rack system set to launch this month.

www.Legrand.com  – www.ortronics.com 

 

Virgin Media Business and Siklu Trial - Urban Small Cell Backhaul Network in UK

Siklu’s Wireless Backhaul Copes Successfully with Street Level Installation and Operational Challenges

PETACH TIKVA, Israel, May 28, 2014 –Virgin Media Business and Siklu, the market leader in millimeter wave backhaul systems, have successfully trialed a small cell backhaul network in Leeds.

In the trial, which was conducted under typical small cell network conditions, Siklu radios were installed on lighting poles across Leeds by installers without any telecommunications experience. The EtherHaul-600T backhaul radios were easily deployed and performed flawlessly during the trial.

This small cell deployment comes after Virgin Media Business was awarded a concession by Leeds City Council in 2012. This gave the company access to street furniture in order to provide public WiFi and to boost mobile data services in locations across the city. It also enabled Virgin Media Business to provide Sync E fibre backhaul to mobile operators for small cell network deployment.

In the first step of the trial, a small cell network on the street furniture proved the feasibility of street level deployments. There are a number of installation and operational challenges in these deployments that operators haven’t faced with their macrocell deployments.

For example, access to street furniture is limited, both in terms of personnel and time to deploy. The authorized installation personnel do not always have telecom expertise, so installation needs to be light touch. Unit size has to be small, so it blends in with the environment, and equipment needs to perform reliably despite street pole sway, twist, and tilt.

For the trial, Virgin Media Business deployed Siklu's EtherHaul-600T units up and down a major street in Leeds, on different types of lighting poles. The Leeds City Council lighting contractor performed the installation.

The installation went quickly and smoothly, and the equipment has been working flawlessly since installation.

We have been impressed with how well Siklu’s radios have performed. During the trial, they were tested with both rain and varying wind conditions, which often disturbs the unit's position on the pole, and have continued to run smoothly,” said Bruce Girdlestone,  senior business development manager, Virgin Media Business.

Siklu’s EtherHaul-600T is designed for deployment on any type of street furniture and provides gigabit throughput along with advanced networking and multiple ports for deployment in daisy chain or ring topologies.

“The Leeds trial is quite typical of small cell backhaul scenarios we’ve seen," said Shahar Peleg, Director of Product Management for Siklu. "Our EtherHaul-600T shines on the street. It’s the smallest backhaul radio in the world. It can be installed by any installer with authorized access to the street poles, with no telco background needed, and it provides enough capacity for the complex topologies needed in street level installations."

Peleg added, “Siklu is very focused on driving down small cell installation and operational backhaul costs for operators, which is why we’ve just added an auto-alignment kit and zero touch commissioning to the EtherHaul-600T. That reduces installation time to under 15 minutes.”

About Virgin Media Business

Virgin Media Business is the largest business-to-business Virgin brand and part of the Virgin Media group, the UK’s first provider of all four broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services. The division prides itself on delivering innovative, high quality solutions that break down the barriers facing UK organizations today. Organizations working with Virgin Media Business include Knight Frank, Telefonica, London Grid for Learning, Hampshire Fire and Rescue and Cambridge County Council. Virgin Media is a part of Liberty Global plc, the world’s largest international cable company. Together Virgin Media and Liberty Global serve 25 million customers across 14 countries, helping connect people to the digital world and enabling them to discover and experience its endless possibilities. To see analysis on the current issues surrounding business-to-business telecoms please visit our blog or get involved at http://twitter.com/vmbusiness

About Siklu

Siklu delivers gigabit capacity millimeter wave wireless backhaul solutions operating in the 60, 70 and 80 GHz bands. The top choice of tier-1 operators worldwide, thousands of units have been deployed and deliver carrier grade performance. Siklu’s innovative all-silicon design has dramatically reduced prices and effectively opened the market for ultra-high capacity wireless links. Siklu is currently deploying its next innovation - 60 GHz backhaul that will enable mass deployment of small cells and other street-level networked devices.

Learn more at www.siklu.com.

 

Ruckus Wireless Partners with Boingo on Smart Wi-Fi Deployment for U.S. Military Bases

Smart Wi-Fi Technology being used to Deliver Pervasive and Reliable Wireless Connectivity with Blazing Fast Performance to Troops and On-Site Personnel looking for access to IP-Based Voice, Video, and Social Media Internet Applications

SUNNYVALE, CA  – May 27, 2014 – Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) announced today that Boingo Wireless, the leading DAS and Wi-Fi provider that serves consumers, carriers and advertisers worldwide, is deploying thousands of its indoor and outdoor Smart Wi-Fi access points across dozens of United States Army, Air Force and Marine Corps bases. 

The new Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi infrastructure is being deployed by Boingo to deliver reliable high-speed broadband Internet access for U.S. military service members stationed on the bases.  The Smart Wi-Fi equipment is being used to support a wide range of onsite, IP-based applications such as social networking, gaming, voice over IP (VoIP), and streaming online videos.

Boingo’s managed wireless network design for military bases will utilize centrally managed Ruckus ZoneFlex™ 7372 and new ZoneFlex R300 dual-band Wi-Fi access points (APs), which include patented Smart Wi-Fi technology that extends the range and increases the reliability of signals in difficult environments. 

“With myriad obstacles and thick concrete walls within a constantly changing environment, both indoors and out, military bases can be a challenging setting for delivering reliable high-speed wireless access,” said Marc Patterson, vice president, product management for Boingo Wireless. “We found Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi technology to be ideally suited for tackling these challenges by providing extended Wi-Fi coverage and signals that adapt within these changing environments.”   

Boingo is currently deploying Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi technology at Marine Corps, Army and Air Force bases across the United States, with Boingo Broadband and IPTV service going live as each base installation is completed.

ABOUT BOINGO WIRELESS

Boingo Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIFI) helps the world stay connected.  Our vast footprint of small cell networks cover more than a million DAS and Wi-Fi locations and reaches more than 1 billion consumers annually – in places as varied as airports, stadiums, universities, and military bases. For more information about the Boingo story, visit http://www.boingo.com. 

ABOUT RUCKUS WIRELESS

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market. The company offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor "Smart Wi-Fi" products to mobile carriers, broadband service providers, and corporate enterprises, and has approximately 36,000 end-customers worldwide. Ruckus technology addresses Wi-Fi capacity and coverage challenges caused by the ever-increasing amount of traffic on wireless networks due to accelerated adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Ruckus invented and has patented state-of-the-art wireless voice, video, and data technology innovations, such as adaptive antenna arrays that extend signal range, increase client data rates, and avoid interference, providing consistent and reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. For more information, visit http://www.ruckuswireless.com.

 

LIGHTFAIR International 2014 Opens Doors to Largest Event in 25-Year History

Tedmag.com - Published 5/28/2014 1:30:10 PM

IT WAS A GREAT SHOW!!!!

ATLANTA, May 27, 2014—LIGHTFAIR® International (LFI®) 2014 opens its doors to the largest trade show and conference in its 25-year history in less than a week. Thousands of attendees from around the world will converge in Las Vegas from June 1-5 to experience the global stage for lighting, design and technology innovation and an unprecedented lighting education program.

"When the lighting and design industry looks for innovation, it looks to LIGHTFAIR," notes Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman and president of LFI managing partner AMC, Inc. "Illuminating the future is what LFI has been all about for 25 years. That mission continues in 2014 with a conference and trade show of unsurpassed magnitude," Portman adds.

The 2014 LFI Conference curriculum features more than 220 hours of education and contains 81 accredited course offerings, making this the largest Conference in LFI history. LIGHTFAIR introduces two Forums this year – LFI Healthcare Lighting Forum and LFI Hospitality Lighting Forum. World-renowned keynote speakers, addressing multiple facets of lighting and design, lead the more than 170 presenters taking the stages during the 5-day Conference program.

LFI's expanded trade show floor has a product mix of more than 40 categories that includes integrated design, alternative energy and solar power, OLEDs, healthcare, hospitality, digital signage and software. The expanded categories will give attendees broader and deeper access to products and technologies from more than 500 exhibitors, including new exhibitors.

The LFI Innovation Awards® will highlight the best in new product innovation and celebrate 25 years of innovation by recognizing its 25-year exhibitors. The event takes place on Tuesday, June 3, at 8:30 a.m. in room N109 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, just before the opening of the exhibit hall at 10 a.m.

The LFI 25th Anniversary Celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place in the new networking lounge - LFI 25 - inside the exhibit hall, booth 908, in the Las Vegas Convention Center at 10 a.m. This event follows the LFI Innovation Awards® and occurs with the opening of the trade show floor.

All LIGHTFAIR International 2014 events take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center located at 3150 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

For LIGHTFAIR International 2014, the Pre-Conference program will take place from Sunday, June 1 – Monday, June 2, 2014 and the LFI Trade Show and Conference will run from Tuesday, June 3 – Thursday, June 5, 2014. For more information about LIGHTFAIR International, please visit WWW.LIGHTFAIR.COM.

LIGHTFAIR® International is the world's largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference and is sponsored by the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). The event is produced and managed by AMC, Inc.

© 2014 The Electrical Distributor. All rights reserved.

 

Article – “SAFE DRIVING PRACTICES – 2014” by Frank Bisbee – reprinted with permission from ECMAG.COM

Extremely Stupid, Reckless, Careless, Unsafe, Incompetent, Outrageous, Unaware… Distracted Driving = Don’t Do It!!!

 

THE GOOD NEWS: Integrated Communications networks have evolved faster and more vigorously than the predictions of the boldest forecasters.

By the end of 2014, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on earth, and by 2018 there will be nearly 1.4 mobile devices per capita, predicts (Cisco Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update 2013-18) There will be over 10 billion mobile-connected devices by 2018, including machine-to-machine (M2M) modules—exceeding the world’s population at that time (7.6billion).

VDV – Voice Data Video is streaming to an incredibly large host of mobile devices.

The monthly global mobile data traffic will surpass 15 exabytes by 2018 and the average mobile connection speed will surpass 2 Mbps by 2016. The proliferation of smartphones will increase and almost 66 percent of mobile data traffic will come alone by smartphones by 2018. Whereas, the tablets will exceed 15 percent of total mobile traffic by 2016. Mobile data traffic will reach the following milestones and 4G traffic will be more than half of the total mobile traffic by 2018.

In 2012, global annual data center traffic hit 2.6 ZettaBytes (ZB) -- that’s 2.6 thousand million million GigaBytes or 2.6x1015 MegaBytes of data transmission. In the next 24 months that will increase 250%.

In less than five years, we could see data center traffic exceed fifteen ZettaBytes. 15 ZettaBytes equals Fifteen thousand million million GigaBytes.

THE BAD NEWS:  Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways, aaccording to the NHTSA  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  www.nhtsa.govThe number of people killed in distraction-affected crashes decreased slightly from 3,360 in 2011 to 3,328 in 2012. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, this was a nine percent increase from the estimated 387,000 people injured in 2011.

 

Today’s numbers are climbing. The statistics for 2013 have not been completed, but the estimated actual numbers are expected to exceed: 3,661 killed, 463,100 injured in accidents involving DISTRACTED DRIVING.

 

FACTOID: At any given daylight moment across America, more than 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving.

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation is a leading voice in the effort to stop texting and cell phone use behind the wheel. Since 2009, DOT have held two national distracted driving summits, banned texting and cell phone use for commercial drivers, encouraged states to adopt tough laws, and launched several campaigns to raise public awareness about the issue. The efforts are bold but the problem continues to grow and both the government and the private sector are scrambling to stop the preventable carnage on our roads.

Distractions while driving can be separated into three distinct groups: Visual, Manual, and Cognitive. Visual distraction involves taking one's eyes off the road, while Manual distraction involves taking one's hands off the wheel. Cognitive distraction occurs when an individual's focus is not directly on the act of driving and his/her mind "wanders". Distractions influenced by technology, especially text messaging or talking on the phone, can require a combination of visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, thus making these types of distractions particularly dangerous.

Most folks have no idea of the current laws on distracted driving in the area that they are operating a motor vehicle.  For the most current information on State laws http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/state-laws.html Just click on the State in the map to get the latest laws in force.

 

www.Distraction.gov  is your resource for learning more about distracted driving. Get the facts, get involved, and help us keep America's roadways safe.


Pull up to any stoplight in any city and look around, you will probably see a host of drivers Talking/Listening, Reading, and Texting. New laws have failed to stem the growth of the new trend of Communicating While Driving (CWD).

You are your employer’s most valuable asset! The way that you drive says everything about you and your company. Make a positive statement by following these work-related safe driving practices.

Stay Safe

• Use a seat belt at all times – driver and passenger(s).

• Be well-rested before driving.

• Avoid taking medications that make you drowsy.

• Set a realistic goal for the number of miles that you can drive safely each day.

• If you are impaired by alcohol or any drug, do not drive.

Stay Focused

• Driving requires your full attention. Avoid distractions, such as adjusting the radio or other controls, eating or drinking, and talking on the phone.

• Continually search the roadway to be alert to situations requiring quick action.

• Stop about every two hours for a break. Get out of the vehicle to stretch, take a walk, and get refreshed.

Avoid Aggressive Driving

• Keep your cool in traffic!

• Be patient and courteous to other drivers.

• Do not take other drivers’ actions personally.

• Reduce your stress by planning your route ahead of time (bring the maps and directions), allowing plenty of travel time, and avoiding crowded roadways and busy driving times.

"You are just an accident waiting for a place to happen when you text and drive," said Michelle Shannahan, vice president of operations at Communication Planning Corp., Jacksonville, Fla. “Any competent driving instructor will tell you the same thing. Unfortunately, the highway casualty count continues to rise, while we fail to ban texting while driving. I get very concerned when I see other drivers texting or talking on their smartphones and not paying attention to the traffic."

 

A Zigby Interactive poll 2007 found 83 percent thought texting while driving should be illegal. But among respondents 18 to 24, the support for a ban dropped to 48 percent. That age group also was most likely to text while driving. Sixty-six percent of them had done so, compared to 16 percent of cell phone owners overall. The nationwide poll of 2,246 adults had a margin of error of 2.1 percent.

 

To many in Generation Y—currently aged 18 to 24—doing those things while driving is a way of life. These drivers routinely say they welcome technological advances such as voice-activated devices but not more government regulation.

 

Some typical reactions to laws and enforcement to improve safety on the highway are uninformed. For example: A ban on texting while driving is a "horrible idea." it takes only a few seconds to read a text message and then shoot back a five-word response. If you don’t text in heavy traffic or bad weather you will be okay. In contrast, cell phone calls can go on for several minutes, and people also spend more time eating in cars than it takes for a text message.

 

The potential crackdown also has stimulated research aimed at making technology more driver-friendly. In the car of the future, a driver could keep both hands on the wheel while giving verbal commands to operate communications devices, even dictating e-mails and text messages.

 

"Within the next decade, your vehicle is going to be as connected to such electronic services as your home or office." said James Carlini, a well known communications consultant and technology visionary “The big question is when will the technology-makers make it safe for the road?."

 

Ask your employer: What is the company’s position on distracted driving. If they do not have a written policy for safe driving practices, you should request the immediate adoption of a safe driving policy with a focus on distracted driving.

 

NEVER TEXT WHILE DRIVING –

BISBEE is with Communication Planning Corp.,  an Integrated System Contractor specializing in telecom/datacom. He provides a free monthly summary of industry news on HOTS – Heard On The Street column.  www.wireville.com 

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America Ilsintech, a Dallas-based manufacturer of precision fiber optic equipment adds Industry expert, Brad Everette as Manager of Eastern US Sales

America Ilsintech, a Dallas-based manufacturer of precision fiber optic equipment, announces the hiring of Brad Everette as Manager of its Eastern US sales efforts.  Bringing a twenty year history in structured cabling having associations with Superior Modular Products (SMP), Preformed Line Products (PLP) and Optical Cable Corporation, Brad will be a valuable resource in several markets currently served by America Ilsintech.  Please join us in welcoming Brad to the America Ilsintech family.  He can be reached at beverette@americailsintech.comConnect with Brad on Linked In.

America Ilsintech is a global leader in the design and manufacture of fusion splicing equipment including its flagship products the Swift S5 Core Alignment and Swift F1 Clad Alignment All-In-One Splicers.  Both splicers include Stripping, Cleaning, Cleaving, Splicing and Heating functions within a single unit.  To improve splicing efficiency and accuracy, magnetic holders are available for securing buffered fiber and a complete line of Splice-On-Connectors.

Please contact America Ilsintech to schedule a demonstration of the Ilsintech products. info@americailsintech.com

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Light Brigade Reaches Major Fiber Optic Training Milestone

Tukwila, WA and Spartanburg, SCThe Light Brigade, of Tukwila, Washington a division of AFL has reached a major milestone of training more than 50,000 people worldwide through its public and customized classes, e-learning programs, and educational webinars.

The Light Brigade’s training courses, which have been awarded a GSA contract from the United States government, cover the entire spectrum of fiber optics from basic theory, design, maintenance and testing through advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM, SONET/SDH/OTN, fiber characterization, and fiber optic video transmission. In addition, the company offers course development services in which training can be customized to target various skill levels, focus on specific subject matter, or occur at different locations.

Over the course of the last three decades, The Light Brigade has expanded from a small company that developed training for the State of Washington to the worldwide leader in fiber optic training with training facilities and ventures throughout North America, Asia, and Europe.

“We strive to maintain focus on developing technologies through our training programs,” said Larry Johnson, Founder and Director of The Light Brigade. “This is an incredible milestone, and we will continue to design our courses to best serve those who want to make informed decisions based on their own specific needs and applications in the fiber optic industry.”

The Light Brigade has worked in conjunction with prominent trade associations and organizations to create certification programs specifically designed for their respective industries. The company is instrumental in the program development and ongoing training aspects of the Certified Fiber to the Home Professional program for the FTTH Council, the Fiber Optics for ITS, Traffic Systems, Fire Alarm, and Communication Systems program for the International Municipal Signal Association, and the Fiber Optic Professional program for the Utilities Telecom Council.

In addition, Light Brigade offers third-party certifications and accreditation through Electronics Technicians Association (ETA), Infocomm International, Building Industry Consulting Service International, Inc. (BICSI), and the Society of Cable Telecommunication Engineers (SCTE).

For more information about the Light Brigade, visit www.lightbrigade.com.

About the Light Brigade

Since its founding in 1987 by Larry Johnson, The Light Brigade has instructed more than 50,000 attendees worldwide in its public and custom classes on fiber optic design, maintenance, and testing, including advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM and PMD/CD. In addition to creating custom courses tailored to any need or skill level, the company produces educational DVDs, CDs and online courses that provide focus on specific fiber-related topics.

About AFL

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

 

Woman-Owned IT Firm and Engineering Firm Win Top Federal Contracting Awards during National Small Business Week

8(a) Graduate Firm of the Year, SBIC of the Year, Industry Leaders Also Honored

WASHINGTONA woman-owned, 8(a)-certified IT small business contractor from Virginia and a small commercial engineering firm from Massachusetts have been named the National Prime Contractor of the Year and National Subcontractor of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The awards were announced at a breakfast event as part of the final leg of SBA’s National Small Business Week celebration in Washington, D.C.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the nation’s economy, so when federal contracts get into the hands of small businesses or they are at the receiving end of investment capital opportunities, it isn’t just a win-win for the federal government, it vitalizes the economy and the job market,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.  

“In FY 12, the federal government awarded nearly $100 billion in federal contracts to innovators and job creators like the small businesses being honored today.  These businesses and the industry leaders are stellar models of how to successfully navigate the federal contracting arena and how to provide private equity opportunities to small businesses.”

This year’s winners are:

·         Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year:  Indigo IT LLC, established in 2001, is a woman-owned and 8(a)-certified IT firm. Ms. Garcia Van Wyngaardt, Indigo’s CEO, is among a small number of women leading successful federal and defense contracting firms and an even smaller number of Latina CEOs leading multi-million dollar firms.  

Indigo has a staff of 83 employees, and revenues in excess of $12 million.  It provides solutions to complex IT challenges including: cloud computing, cyber and IT security solutions, service operation and enterprise intelligence solutions.  The company supports the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service and other Defense and federal civilian customers.

·         Small Business Subcontractor of the Year:  Vtech Engineering Corporation (Vtech), established in 1994, is a small, commercial engineering firm which provides engineering services for electronics, firmware, software, and integration support for industrial, consumer and sponsored R&D clients ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 500.  Vtech has provided both commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components for various programs, and supplied a key technology enabling COTS component – High Power Pulse Generator.  This Generator delivers controlled energy pulses through an external electrical gap in order to generate high power plasma events. 

Vtech has been providing products and services to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (MIT LL) on various programs since 2002.   Vtech was instrumental in the integration and ultimate success of the MITT LL board level integration program.  Since 2002, Vtech has provided quality products and services at the best value to both federal and commercial customers.   Vtech has developed advanced analogy circuitry, power electronics, micro-controllers and computer interfaces into electronic systems and assemblies.  Vtech’s revenues have increased 60% since 2010, a 17% growth rate.

The two small businesses were selected from among ten regional prime contractors and 10 regional subcontractors of the year.  The awards honor small businesses that provide outstanding goods and services to the federal government as prime contractors or as subcontractors. 

SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program is a nine-year program which provides socially and economically disadvantaged firms access to government contracting opportunities and specialized business training and counseling to help them become viable competitors in the federal marketplace. 

·         8(a) Graduate Firm of the Year:  Nannu Nobis founded Nobis Engineering, Inc., an employee-owned firm and graduate of SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program, in 1988 out of a spare bedroom in his home to meet the demand for high-value integrated engineering and consulting services.  Nannu developed a multi-disciplinary consulting firm with offices in Concord, New Hampshire; Lowell, Massachusetts; White River Junction, Vermont; and Iselin, New Jersey to provide diversified services to its clients.  With proven expertise and established industry relationships, Nobis Engineering delivers a full range of geotechnical, environmental, and civil engineering services.

While in SBA’s 8(a) program, Nannu grew its share of federal work through small set-aside opportunities from federal agencies, working as a subcontractor to large businesses and by winning 8(a) set-aside competitions.  In addition to pursuing federal work, Nobis Engineering expanded the company’s base of municipal, state agency and commercial clients.  To date, Nobis Engineering has secured 67 task orders, valued at more than $43,000,000.

Other procurement awards announced today include:

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence, recognizing large prime contractors that have excelled in utilization of small businesses as suppliers and subcontractors.  The recipients are:

·         Hensel Phelps Construction Company, of Greeley, CO; Charles Eaton, director, small business liaison (Construction Category).

The Riverside Company was selected 2014 Small Business Investment Company of the Year. Founded in 1988, the Riverside Company is one of the largest and oldest global private equity firms investing in companies with enterprise values less than $250 million.  Riverside’s objective is to nurture companies and build them into more effective enterprises through time-tested management techniques, organic growth and add-on acquisitions.

Loren Schlachet, Managing Partner, joined Riverside in 2000 and founded Riverside Micro-Cap Fund (RMCF) in 2005.  Loren leads RMCF’s investing and operating teams in the acquisition, growth and sale of portfolio companies.  Riverside has invested in more than 330 transactions since its inception and its international portfolio includes more than 70 companies.  RMCF’s second vintage, RMCF II, pairs investors commitments with Small Business Administration funds through the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program.  RMCF II is a top-performing fund, and its investments in 27 American companies to date have helped those companies increase revenues and earnings. The recently launched RMCF III is following in the successful SBIC footsteps of RMCF II, and has already made one investment.

Riverside manages more than $4.6 billion in assets and employs more than 200 people on four continents worldwide.  The company’s presence can be felt spanning from New York City to Brussels, Belgium.

 

Cox Takes On AT&T and Google Fiber In 1 Gbps fiber race

April 30, 2014 | By Sean Buckley

Cox Communications has become the latest service provider to announce an intention to launch a 1 Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) service, a move that will challenge both AT&T (NYSE: T) and Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG), reports Bloomberg.

"We're working on our road map now to bring gigabit speeds to customers this year," Pat Esser, the president and CEO of Cox, said yesterday in an interview with Bloomberg Television at the Cable Show in Los Angeles, adding that the cable MSO's customers have been asking for faster speeds.

While Cox, AT&T and others don't cite Google Fiber as a threat, it's hard not to overlook the influence the Internet search giant's move has had on the overall broadband market.

Such influence is happening in Texas, where AT&T last year announced it would also deliver a 1 Gbps service only hours after Google Fiber made its plans public for Austin. Later, Time Warner Cable announced it would up speeds for its broadband customers from 50 to 300 Mbps without any additional cost to the customer.

One of the interesting elements of Cox's plan is that it plans to leverage and extend the existing fiber network infrastructure it uses to supply services to businesses and other carriers.

While the cable MSO did not reveal pricing or any specific markets where it would build out FTTH, one market it could target is Phoenix, where it currently has an embedded base of 578,000 subscribers.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Esser said what's driving Cox to consider rolling out fiber-based broadband is that like its fellow cable brothers Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), broadband subscriptions continue to rise as its bread-and-butter video base "leveled off" in 2013.

Google Fiber itself cited Phoenix as one of the 34 cities it could target in its next wave of potential deployments, while AT&T said it is planning to bring its GigaPower service to nearly 100 cities and municipalities in the next year.

For more:
- Bloomberg has this article
- here's FierceCable's take

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Verizon Has Installed Nearly 89 Million Feet of Fiber-Optic Infrastructure in New York City

Company's Fiber Investment in the City Alone Surpasses $3 Billion; Meeting Goals on Fiber Deployment in City 
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NEW YORK – Verizon has installed almost 89 million feet, or nearly 17,000 miles, of fiber optic infrastructure in New York City, enough to stretch over six trips between New York and Los Angeles.


The company's fiber infrastructure in the city includes facilities for interoffice and backbone network equipment, specialized fiber for large enterprise customers, as well its revolutionary FiOS services serving consumers and small businesses.


Unlike cable, FiOS utilizes light to transfer video and data signals all the way to a home or business, making it the highest-performing communications technology available. 


FiOS currently delivers download speeds as high as 500 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 100 Mbps – by far, the fastest Internet speeds available in the city. These speeds give customers the ability to download a two-hour HD video in just over a minute-and-a-half and upload the average PowerPoint presentation in less than a second. Unlike cable's technology, FiOS is capable of delivering much faster Internet speeds for many years to come.

 

New York Boasts the Most Ambitious Fiber-Optic Deployment in any City in U.S. History


Verizon is meeting its goal to run its all-fiber telecommunications network throughout all five boroughs. "This is the largest, most ambitious fiber-optic deployment in any U.S. city," said Kevin Service, Verizon's president for the company's Northeast area. "We have invested more than $3 billion in the city alone, making it one of the most 'fiberized' cities on the planet. Our 12,000 New York City employees are proud to bring this future-proof technology to the people of New York City.  


"There is clearly more work to do to bring FiOS services into buildings and complexes," Service added.  "And we have teams out on the streets every day knocking on the doors of landlords and property-management companies, and designing and engineering how to get FiOS services from out under the streets into their tenants' apartments, businesses and offices."


He said that the company has worked with the city, confirming each annual benchmark established for upgrading its network for video service availability in the five boroughs. As of the end of 2013, the company had completed network upgrades passing premises in  90 percent of the Bronx, 89 percent of Brooklyn, 94 percent of Manhattan, 90 percent of Queens and virtually the entirety of Staten Island -- all as called for under the Cable Franchise Agreement with the city. So long as Verizon can gain access to a home or building in these communities, video service will be offered and available.


In addition, the company has already made FiOS available to more than 60,000 New York City public housing units.


After Superstorm Sandy, the company accelerated its plans for installing fiber-optic technology to replace cables and other infrastructure elements that were destroyed by the unprecedented flooding. In the most dramatic example, the company installed fiber-optic cables and networking equipment throughout lower Manhattan and in some of the coastal neighborhoods in Brooklyn (such as Coney Island and Sheepshead Bay) and Queens (such as Belle Harbor and Breezy Point) giving all of those areas a robust and reliable all-fiber-optic telecommunications network for years to come.


"We commend Verizon on the progress they've made installing fiber optic cable throughout New York City," said Bill Rudin, chairman of the Association for a Better New York and vice chairman of Rudin Management Company. "Countless businesses and residents are being served by this tremendous investment, which will help ensure that New York's infrastructure provides 21st century connectivity. The information economy that is fueling New York's growth depends on high-speed connections, and we're happy to see Verizon providing this cutting-edge service to our city."


Verizon has also provided its super-fast FiOS Internet service to power two incubators in the city – Take the Helm and HarlemGarage – giving start-up and entrepreneurial firms a strong Internet platform on which to build their businesses.


Innovations That Benefit Customers, Residents and Speed FiOS Deployment


Verizon reached an agreement with the City of New York to conduct a pilot program of "microtrenching," which enables fiber optic cables to be installed in a way that's less disruptive to the city's streets and sidewalks.


Installing underground wires – such as fiber – in New York can be time consuming and disruptive to the community. It involves large excavations, backhoes and dump trucks, air and noise pollution, and it has a significant impact on the carbon footprint. Not to mention the noise and disruption. Verizon's new approach to trenching, which was approved by the city to go from pilot to standard practice, makes it easier and more efficient to lay fiber. It involves a much thinner wire and less equipment. And it takes a third of the time to install fiber, with less disruption to the environment.


Other innovations and techniques Verizon has developed and taken advantage of in its New York City fiber deployment include the so-called Magic Wire, which seamlessly and almost invisibly adheres to moldings in compact city apartments, and a desktop optical network terminal that takes up far less space, as opposed to a larger one that is affixed to the side of a house in more suburban settings.


Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 103 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries. A Dow 30 company with more than $120 billion in 2013 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 176,900. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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AT&T's DirecTV deal to bolster rural broadband reach to 15M locations

May 19, 2014 | By Sean Buckley

AT&T's (NYSE: T) proposed $48.5 billion deal to acquire DirecTV will make it a powerhouse video provider. As part of the deal with DirecTV, AT&T has committed to expand its broadband services footprint to 15 million customer locations, particularly in unserved rural areas where the telco does not provide service today, using a combination of fiber to the premises (FTTP) and wireless local loop technologies.

Set to be completed four years after the deal closes, the new broadband expansion plan is complementary to AT&T's $14 billion fiber and Project VIP expansion plan. Rural customers also will have the option to buy broadband service stand-alone or as part of a bundle with other AT&T services.

"We're getting very close to closing out our VIP build commitment," said Randall Stephenson, CEO and chairman of AT&T, during the conference call discussing the transaction. "That was a multi-billion dollar commitment to deploy 4G LTE across our network and significant amount of fiber into our network to extend our broadband footprint."

During the most recent quarter, AT&T's broadband customer base grew 4 percent as it added 634,000 U-verse broadband and 201,000 U-verse TV subscribers, ending the quarter with a total of 11 million and 5.7 million subscribers, respectively.

"As you look at that broadband footprint, we got more conviction that if you could get your video product to a profitable level then you could take that VIP build and extend it out and that's where those 15 million lines come from," Stephenson said. "If you put a profitable video product, best in class, on top of our broadband build to another 15 million subscribers, we have a really exciting growth opportunity here."

It will also work to appeal to customers that want to use over the top video services like Hulu or Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX). AT&T also plans to offer wireline broadband service at speeds of at least 6 Mbps (where feasible) in areas where AT&T offers wireline IP broadband service today at guaranteed prices for three years after closing.

In delivering video services, Stephenson said it will use a number of platforms to deliver services.

"I think you're going to see over the next 3-4 years a broad array of video transmission medium," Stephenson said. "There's going to be a significant amount of satellite. You're going to see as we deploy fiber to the home that video platform will be a fiber-based video platform, and you'll see it delivered wirelessly to the laptop and the car."

Stephenson added that "you'll see the experiences merge so the user interfaces will look and feel the same, but I don't see it displacing our fiber product in our U-verse footprint."

The other question is how will this deal it impact the commercial relationships DirecTV had with both CenturyLink and Verizon, both of which resell the satellite service in areas where they don't offer their Prism TV and FiOS TV products?

"We value our relationship with Verizon, and I know AT&T has commercial relationships with Verizon," said Mike White, president and CEO of DIRECTV. "We expect continue that relationship as we do our relationship with CenturyLink."

Neither CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) nor Verizon (NYSE: VZ) would comment to FierceTelecom on what they thought of the deal and what impact it could have on their existing relationships.

Both AT&T and DirecTV's boards of directors have approved the deal, but it still must still be approved by the FCC, the U.S. Department of Justice, a few U.S. states and some Latin American countries. The acquisition is expected to close in around 12 months.

For more:
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CABA NewsBrief

Home Systems

1 in 5 Americans will own a wearable technology product by 2015
CABA
Mass market adoption for wearable technologies is underway in the U.S., according to global technology research firm, ON World, a CABA member. "Mobile integrated wireless technologies such as Bluetooth Smart have made wearable technologies appealing to mainstream consumers," says Mareca Hatler, ON World's research director.

 

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CEA says home monitoring now being built into nearly half of new homes
Telecompetitor
Built-in home technology is now firmly entrenched in new U.S. homes, according to the latest report from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which reveals that installations of all home technologies in new U.S. homes increased or held steady in 2013. Among the most common technologies installed in new U.S. homes last year included structured wiring. CEA is a CABA member.

 

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Robin the robot helps take care of 94 year old Italian Grandma Lea
Europa.eu
At 94, Grandma Lea could not live alone anymore but wanted to stay at home. In our ageing society, many elderly people are in the same situation. Robotics offers a safe and affordable solution.

 

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New LG appliances tie in with Line messaging
Telecoms
LG Electronics has introduced several Internet-connected home appliances with its HomeChat messaging service, which is now integrated with the Line over-the-top messaging service. The new smart appliances also have a Quick Button feature for accessing common functions. LG Electronics is a CABA member.

 

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Now Honda's new home makes more energy than it uses
SmartGridNews
A prototype smart home recently opened by Honda in California may be yet another harbinger of difficult times ahead for utilities. As you will read, it makes more energy than it uses. You have to wonder how utilities will make a living when the day comes that they have to pay all of their customers for the power they are producing. Honda is a CABA member.

 

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Privacy in the Internet of Things era
Vator
Today, most people have the option to not use Google, but if, one day, every coffeemaker on the shelf is a smart appliance that transmits data back to the company that produced it, will consumers have a choice to opt out?

 

 

Large Building Automation



Innovation in high performance buildings
CABA
In an exclusive interview with CABA's iHomes & Buildings Magazine, Morad Atif, General Manager, NRC Construction, shares his perspectives on the building systems sector and its very bright future. Atif is General Manager of NRC Construction, the National Research Council of Canada's leading construction research and technology development agency and the custodian of the Model National Building Codes for Canada. He sits on the CABA Board and Executive Committee.

 

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Forest City: Setting new benchmarks for innovation
Realcomm
Forest City
is an example of a company that has entered the innovation arena. In the area of smart buildings, Forest City was one of the first companies to create a specific job title for the function of inclusive, evaluative planning as it relates to smart infrastructure. It is a combination of IT and Facilities that takes a very comprehensive approach to smart buildings. This new job description will likely become the norm for our industry in the not too distant future. Forest City is a CABA member.

 

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Consortium for Building Energy Innovation launches new name, website
Consortium for Building Energy Innovation
The Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) announced it has renamed itself the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI). Located at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, CBEI is comprised of 14 organizations including major research universities, global industrial firms, and national laboratories from across the United States who collaborate to develop and demonstrate solutions for 50 per cent energy reduction in existing buildings by 2030. CBEI is affiliated with Penn State University, which is a CABA member.

 

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LED indoor farming enables 25 harvests a year
2degrees
Philips joins forces with Green Sense Farms to develop one of the largest indoor commercial farms and uses its 'light recipes' to increase yields and lower operating costs. Philips is a CABA Board member.

 

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Obama announces commitments to advance solar deployment and energy efficiency
ACEEE
President Obama announced important new commitments and executive actions that represent major steps forward for energy efficiency. The White House projects that these energy saving actions will result in more than $26 billion in savings by government, consumers and businesses, while also creating new jobs and reducing carbon pollution by 380 million metric tons.

 

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LEED v4 materials credit spurs shift to Green Globes system
Sourceable
The materials credit in the latest version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system has led states to turn to Green Globes as an alternative, according to this article. The new credit has even led some states to ban the use of LEED, or parts of the standard, for government projects, according to this article. Meanwhile, the Green Globes system is reportedly simpler and less expensive than LEED, and it employs assessors that help projects achieve energy-efficiency throughout the process. Both USGBC, which runs LEED, and Green Globes are CABA members.

 

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What the Internet of Things means for chips
The Register
Freescale Semiconductor's Steve Wainwright touted the concept of the "Intelligent Node" in discussing automotive electronics and the Internet of Things at a London symposium. "If the Internet of Things is the conceptual model, the connected intelligence is really the model that enables it, hopefully, seamlessly and scalably," he said. "The other thing you get into with these three blocks of sensing, connectivity and embedded processing is really this opportunity to develop the Intelligent Node."

 

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Telehealth program to boost pediatric critical care in S.C.
MyHorryNews.com
Conway Medical Center's staff can now easily consult with pediatric specialists at the Medical University of South Carolina through the Pediatric Critical Care Telemedicine cart that the facility bought using a Duke Endowment grant. The cart is equipped with videoconferencing devices that enable MUSC doctors to see the patient's condition, as well as read and interpret diagnostic tests.

 

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IBM to provide cloud services to e-education content firm
Moneycontrol
Tech giant IBM will provide cloud services to online education services company 'Extramarks' in India. City-based Extramarks provides smart classroom and e-tutorials services to schools and educational institutions. "Extramarks has selected IBM SoftLayer cloud to expand and grow its educational content business. Using IBM SoftLayer cloud, Extramarks aims to significantly improve the delivery of media rich, critical educational content to thousands of K-12 students across 250 locations in India," IBM said in a statement. IBM is a CABA Board member.

 

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What's Google up to?
The Fiber Optic Association
For the fiber optic industry, that question mainly focuses on "Google Fiber," the gigabit FTTH program that Google started by choosing Kansas City from over 1,000 cities that applied, learned how to do it in a (relatively) low-pressure environment and is now planning to expand in 34 more cities in the U.S. Considered at the simplest level, Google Fiber, like the much more "far out" schemes involving balloons or drones, is just another way of delivering Google content like YouTube and Internet searches with lots of advertising to more users faster.

 

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Distech Controls new headquarters recognized for excellence in design
Distech Controls
Distech Controls, an innovation leader in energy management solutions, recently announced that its new headquarters has been selected by Environmental Design Construction (EDC) Magazine as second runner up for the Excellence in Design (EID) Award, commercial category. This annual competition highlights projects that clearly demonstrate a commitment to green building and sustainable design. Distech Controls is a CABA member.

 

 

 

CABA News



CABA adds new members to its Board of Directors
CABA
The Continental Automated Buildings Association is pleased to announce the appointments of Eric Simmons from Rogers Communications and Dr. David E. Claridge from Texas A&M University to its Board of Directors. Eric Simmons is General Manager, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) at Rogers, where he is responsible for product management, product marketing, sales operations, alliance programs, resale channels, and overall go-to-market strategy for M2M and advanced business solutions. Dr. Claridge is the Director of the Energy Systems Laboratory and the Leland Jordan Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M. He is internationally known for his work on energy efficiency, particularly for pioneering development of existing building commissioning by leading the development of "Continuous Commissioning" which has improved energy efficiency in hundreds of large buildings including universities, hospitals, offices, and airports with a typical payback of two years.

 

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CABA announces new Connected Consumer Roadmap Study for 2014
CABA
CABA, through its Connected Home Council (CHC), would like to announce the next CABA CHC Landmark Research project for 2014. This study intends to broaden the ecosystem focus to include consumer connectivity beyond the home. This unique roadmap research will take an "Internet of Things" perspective; taking into account a consumer focused view, from both inside and outside of the home, of Health and Wellness, Entertainment, Mobility, Transportation, Security, etc. For more information on this project and for a full research prospectus please go to: http://www.caba.org/research/projects/connected-consumer-roadmap. There are already five (5) sponsors for this research: Hydro One Networks, Qualcomm Incorporated, Schneider Electric, SecurTek Monitoring Solutions and TELUS. We actively seeking more sponsors to be involved in this important research, space is limited, if you would like to be involved please contact CABA as soon as possible. To become a sponsor, please contact George Grimes, CABA Business Development Manager, 613.686.1814 x226, grimes@caba.org.

 

 

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CABA announces new Intelligent Buildings and Big Data study for 2014
CABA
CABA, through its Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council (IIBC), would like to announce the next CABA IIBC Landmark Research project for 2014. Current data management systems are not capable of processing the recent increase in the volume, velocity, and variety of data gathered from intelligent buildings, and as a result, manufacturers, utility companies, service providers, building owners, operators, and consumers, are forced to ignore the majority of the data available. The goal of this research is to examine new tools and resources that can help companies filter, analyze, and use Big Data collected from intelligent buildings. The research will look at what is being done with Big Data from a data analytics perspective, in an attempt to identify best practices in the intelligent building industry. For more information on this project and for a full research prospectus please go to: http://www.caba.org/research/projects/intelligent-buildings-big-data. There are already ten (10) sponsors for this research: Cadillac Fairview Corporation, CSA Group, Hydro-Quebec, Honeywell International, Johnson Controls, Philips, Robert Bosch LLC, Rogers Corporation, Siemens Industry Inc., and WattStopper/Legrand. We actively seeking more sponsors to be involved in this important research, space is limited, if you would like to be involved please contact CABA as soon as possible. To become a sponsor, please contact George Grimes, CABA Business Development Manager, 613.686.1814 x226, grimes@caba.org.

 

 

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Research Spotlight



Magic quadrant for advanced analytics
CABA via Gartner
This report by Gartner presents an evaluation of 16 leading providers of advanced analytics platforms that can be used to build solutions, including advanced data analytics solutions for intelligent buildings and smart homes. Each provider is evaluated with its strengths and weaknesses (cautions). Read this report as it appears in CABA's Member Research Library, the world's largest collection of connected home, intelligent building and Internet of Things research. CABA members have access to the Member Research Library as a membership benefit. The CABA Public Research Library is complimentary to all industry stakeholders and features over 500 reports.

 

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Welcoming Our New Members



CABA acknowledges member support
CABA
CABA thanks the following renewing members: Hydro One Networks, International Federation for High-Rise Structures, POFTO (Plastic Optical Fiber Trade Organization), QA Graphics and Seneca College. Your support of CABA is greatly appreciated.

 

 

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100G makes up 20% of the WDM market says Infonetics

May 20, 2014 - Lightwave Staff

Market research firm Infonetics Research says spending on 100G optical transport hardware continues to escalate, even though global optical spending is down, according to preliminary analysis from its latest quarterly optical hardware report.

Overall, optical network hardware revenue, including WDM and SONET/SDH, declined 2% year-over-year in 1Q14 as a result of the decline in legacy SONET/SDH spend. On a rolling four-quarter basis, total optical spending was roughly flat. However, the WDM segment – of which 100G is a key part – notched its seventh straight quarter of year-over-year growth, ending up 8%.

"100G spending worldwide in 2013 was breathtaking, with total port shipments tripling during the year. This equates to around $2 billion in spending related to 100G. That's a lot – roughly 20% of all WDM spending!" said Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for optical at Infonetics Research.

Schmitt says 100G revenue is flowing primarily into the hands of just five companies: Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN), Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), Huawei Technologies Co Ltd., and Infinera Corp. (NASDAQ: INFN).

On a year-over-year basis for 1Q14, Huawei's revenue market share had slipped, Ciena's soared 26%, and Alcatel-Lucent's lifted 8%, according to the report.

Infonetics' quarterly optical hardware report provides worldwide and regional market size, market share, forecasts through 2018, analysis, and trends for metro and long-haul SONET/SDH and WDM equipment, Ethernet optical ports, SONET/SDH/PoS ports, and WDM ports. The full report will be published on May 23.

For more information on high-speed transmission systems and suppliers, visit the Lightwave Buyer’s Guide.

Want to learn more about 100G innovation? Attend the Lightwave Optical Innovation Summit

The Lightwave Optical Innovation Summit will feature panels and presentations that will illuminate where optical innovation is required in carrier and enterprise/data center networks, what it should look like, and when it might appear. A wide range of experts from the user, technology development, academic, and analyst communities will offer their views on innovation in a variety of areas, including 100G. Find out more about the Summit, which will be held in Austin, TX, July 14-16, at the Lightwave Optical Innovation Summit website.

THIS IS A MUST-ATTEND EVENT for 2014 and Austin, TX is a really neat city.

 

Blackout Tracker Annual Report Shows 14 Million People Affected by Power Outages in 2013

Apr 24, 2014  | Electrical Construction and Maintenance

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Eaton has released its Blackout Tracker Annual Report for 2013. For the fifth year running, California topped the list of states with the most power outages, followed by Texas and Michigan. On average, 6,543 people were affected for more than three hours per outage in 2013 and power failures caused problems for people and businesses in all 50 states.

Blackout Tracker data is based on a full year of reported power outages across the United States and is organized into two sections: an overview of national power outage data and power outage data by state. Overall, 3,236 reported outages were used as the basis for the 2013 report, representing an increase of about 15 percent from the 2,808 outages reported in 2012. The reported number of people affected by outages decreased from 25 million in 2012 to 14 million in 2013. However, complete data is often unavailable on certain aspects of reported outages, including the number of people affected and the duration of the blackout.

For the fifth year running, California topped the list of states with the most power outages.

Data for the annual report is based on reports from news services, newspapers, websites (including those of newspapers and TV stations) and personal accounts. To download the entire annual report and track power outages across the U.S., please visit www.eaton.com/blackouttracker.

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2014 BOMA Conference Education to Offer Unparalleled Professional Development Opportunities

Industrial Property Management the Focus of Newest Conference Education Track

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 7, 2014) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International will offer its most extensive educational program to date at the 2014 Every Building Conference & Expo, which takes place June 22-24 in Orlando, Florida


Designed by leading experts for property professionals of all levels of experience, the conference curriculum will feature nearly 50 sessions organized across eight distinct educational tracks.  Session topics will include: optimizing the value of assets; attracting and retaining tenants; cultivating leadership skills and new talent; increasing operational performance; harnessing new innovations and technologies; turning sustainability issues into operational practices; anticipating new trends in office design; and more.


“Our top-notch conference education offers valuable insights and practical strategies for every property professional, from those new to commercial real estate to industry veterans,” noted BOMA International Chair Rich Greninger, managing director with Carr Properties.  “If you want career-building professional development and marketplace intelligence that can give your company a competitive advantage, BOMA International’s annual conference is the place to be.”


New this year is the Industrial Property Management track, which is the outgrowth of last year’s extremely popular Industrial Day and focuses on one of commercial real estate’s fastest growing sectors.

 

“With an increasing number of companies diversifying their portfolios with industrial properties, it is more important than ever for property professionals to understand the unique challenges and opportunities presented by this distinctive asset type,” said Shelby Christensen, co-chair of BOMA International’s Industrial Committee, and senior vice president and national director of Property Management at Liberty Property Trust.  “BOMA International is pleased to expand its educational offerings this year to keep pace with the growing demand for resources and best practices specific to the industrial sector.”

 

Conference attendees can either choose one track that best suits a single educational objective or mix and match sessions from each track to create a customized educational experience.  The tracks featured at the upcoming conference include:

 

·         Asset Management

o   Session spotlight: At “The Missing Link: Transforming Deep Retrofits into Financial Assets,” three of the nation’s leading sustainable investment experts will discuss why deep retrofits should be managed as valuable financial assets that not only lower energy costs, but also drive property and company profitability, and how to effectively calculate and present deep retrofit value to capital decision makers at both a portfolio and property level.

·         Building Operations and Management (Sponsored by Genea)

o   Session spotlight: Based on lessons learned from successful Class A commercial office buildings around the country, the interactive “Building Operations Bingo!  Winning Lessons from 75 Office Buildings” will test attendees’ knowledge of operational best practices and provide them with proven strategies to gain a competitive edge.

·         NEW: Industrial Property Management

o   Session spotlight: Join a panel of industrial experts at “Current Status and Future Expectations for Industrial Commercial Real Estate” for a fast-paced discussion about why the industrial sector is the “hottest” in commercial real estate and what the latest trends are for this property type.

·         Innovation and Technology

o   Session spotlight: Getting cellular coverage and capacity inside your property is as important to your tenants as water and electricity.  At “Wireless Coverage and Capacity: Matching the Right Technology With Your Venue,” attendees will learn how to best work with wireless operators, systems integrators and neutral host third-party providers to offer the best technology (Distributed Antenna Systems, small cells, Wi-Fi) for building occupants.

·         Leadership and Career Development

o   Session spotlight: Many businesses now have workforces made up of Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials.  Members of these generations not only think, talk and work differently, but they also have vastly different expectations for the workplace.  How do executives and managers make this mix work?  “Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce” will offer practical and effective strategies for bridging the generation gap.

·         Safety, Security and Risk Management

o   Session spotlight: Active shooter incidents test even the most prepared emergency response teams.  At “Evacuate, Shelter or Confront: One Size Does Not Fit All During Active Shooter Incidents,” security experts will outline active shooter scenarios, evaluate response tactics and share best practices for creating emergency action plans that will ensure the safety of building occupants.

·         Sustainability and Energy Management

o   Session spotlight: Sustainability in building operations has been one of the most influential changes in building management over the past decade—but how important is it to the decision makers?  “A Decade of Green: Is It Still Sustainable?” will explore what is driving demand for sustainable assets and the perceived effects of sustainability on asset value.

·         Tenant Relations and Retention

o   Session spotlight: The best hotels are renowned for providing fantastic customer service—why should the office be any different?  More and more, tenants are expecting great levels of customer service in all interactions within the property.  This creates new challenges for property managers and owners looking to meet these expectations.  “Putting On a Show-Stopping Performance: Engaging Your Tenants as Customers and Guests” will offer insights into how property teams can offer the superior customer service that differentiates a building for new and current tenants.

Eighteen hours of sessions are approved for the LEED Credential Maintenance Program (CMP).  All sessions qualify for RPA, FMA, SMA, CPM and ARM renewal and continuing professional development credits.  Some sessions also qualify for the continuing education credits required for real estate license renewal in many U.S. states and Canada.  Certain sessions also qualify for the renewal of the Building Operator Certification (BOC).

For more information on the 2014 Every Building Conference & Expo, the commercial real estate industry’s premier professional event, visit www.EveryBuildingConference.org.

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About BOMA International

The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations and 14 international affiliates.  Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP.  Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge.  Learn more at www.boma.org.

 

AFCOM Meets Data Center Industry Need for Professional Development with Global Education Partnerships

Las Vegas, NV – May 1, 2014AFCOM, the world's leading data center association, announced at Data Center World this week, that it has partnered with five well-known professional training and certification providers in the data center space.  Based on feedback from members that there is a growing demand for professional development, AFCOM has reached out to these companies to provide data center and facilities management education.  These education partners all specialize in specific areas of data center training and certification and project management training with a wide range of both on-site and traditional classroom setting options.

“AFCOM is pleased to announce these great educational partnerships from world-renowned institutions well-known for their quality education in the data center and project management fields,” said Tom Roberts, AFCOM president.  “These partnerships will both enhance the value of AFCOM membership, and also connect a wide range of data center and facilities managers with needed professional education.  As the data center ecosystem continues to evolve, this education is absolutely essential for the advancement of data center professionals.”

In AFCOM’s most recent State of the Industry survey, a few critical trends emerged involving the need for ongoing skill development for data center professionals specifically:

-          According to the AFCOM Survey, when respondents were asked why their budget was increasing, the top 30 percent answered “increased training and certifications.”

-          56 percent indicated the need for more training in facilities management, 43 percent in operations and process management, and 39 percent pointed to network training.

-          When asked which skills required certification, 40 percent responded networking, 36 percent facilities management, and 35 percent systems design and analysis.

These partners include CNet Training, EPI, IDCP, The ICOR and TSI. Each of these education partners will offer discounts for their educational services to AFCOM members.

CNet Training continues to design and deliver state-of-the-art Data Center training programs that provide the perfect mix of skills and knowledge. By achieving industry recognized qualifications and certifications, program delegates are able to enhance their credentials and increase the professionalism of their industries. In CNet Training’s history is the development of the highly acclaimed Global Data Centre & Network Infrastructure Education Framework, which offers industry professionals an opportunity to map out and configure a training, qualifications and certifications program to meet the exact needs of the company and individual. http://www.cnet-training.com/afcom

EPI is the first and by far the largest global data center training provider. EPI is a data center specialist company.  All EPI’s courses are developed based on a variety of standards supplemented with practical experience and expertise from our consultants and auditors who design, build, consult and audit data centers for a living all over the world.  Our courses are accredited by EXIN which is an independent accreditation and examination body thereby ensuring impartiality and quality of our data center training courses and professional certification.   EPI’s courses are also approved and recognized for BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs). http://www.epi-ap.com/

Since 2006, The International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR) has delivered vendor-neutral, standards-based education programs in the disciplines that support the development of a resilient organization.  AFCOM members will benefit from education and certification programs in business continuity management, IT disaster recovery, and critical environments, along with programs in several other disciplines.  Using a combination of e-learning, instructor-led, and customized private courses, ICOR will meet your organization’s education and training needs.  ICOR is a 501c3 nonprofit and does not provide consulting or sell products or services.  http://www.theicor.org

The Marist College Institute for Data Center Professionals (IDCP) was founded in 2004 with support and funding from the National Science Foundation and provides individuals and corporate teams with skills-based education and credentialing supporting the data center and enterprise computing environments of the future. The Institute for Data Center Professionals offers a variety of online certificate programs for the working professional. All courses offered through the IDCP utilize the Marist College Premier iLearn course management system delivering multimedia content. http://www.marist.edu/community/idcp.html

True Solutions Inc. Project Management Training and Consulting was founded in 1999 with the goal of providing the very best educational and consulting solutions to the global project management and business professionals' community. TSI provides individuals and corporate teams with skills-based education and credentialing supporting the Project Management Institutes global standards now and in the future. True Solutions Inc. offers a variety of certificate programs for the working professional. All courses offered through TSI follow globally accepted project management best practice and adult education delivery standards and content. http://www.truesolutions.com/

About AFCOM

AFCOM (www.afcom.com) is the leading association supporting the educational and professional development needs of data center and facilities management professionals around the globe.  Established in 1980, AFCOM currently boasts more than 4,500 members and 40 chapters worldwide, and provides data center professionals with unique networking opportunities and educational forums and resources through its bi-annual Data Center World Conference, published magazines, regional chapters, research and hotline services, and industry alliances.

 

AFCOM Recognizes Jason Pfaff of IO as the2014 Data Center Manager of the Year

West Chester, OH – May 1, 2014AFCOM, the world's leading data center association, today announced Jason Pfaff of IO as the winner of the 2014 “Data Center Manager of the Year” award. Finalists were nominated by industry peers and the winner was selected from a panel of industry leaders, including past award recipients. AFCOM’s Data Center Manager of the Year Award recognizes outstanding leadership and excellence in the field of data center and facilities management.  This year’s finalists included Dave Leonard, Chief Data Center Officer, ViaWest and Robert McClary, Senior Vice President & General Manager, FORTRUST.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award, I would like to thank AFCOM for presenting this award and their commitment to the Data Center and IT industry, “ said Jason Pfaff.  “Lastly, I would like to share this achievement with my entire team as we all know a manager is only as good as the team that supports him.”

AFCOM’s Data Center Manager of the Year Award

The recipient of this year’s award, Jason Pfaff, is the Vice President, North America DCaaS, IO. Mr. Pfaff brings over 15 years of related experience to the benefit of the data center industry, 12 of which have been directly managing data centers. He has been directly involved in the design, build, and operation of 1.5 million sq. ft. and 175MW of power. Since his time at IO, he has been Senior Vice President and a pivotal leader in the data center transformation from raised floors into the new age of modules.

Currently, Mr.Pfaff oversees all of North America for IO, which equates to 1.3 million sq. ft./four sites, and is specifically responsible for the successful construction, commission and delivery of a 12 MW dedicated data center suite in only 90 days.

Prior to joining IO, he worked for Sterling Network Exchange, where he and his team were at the forefront of innovation, as they were the first group to install Stulz plug fan technology in a data center in Arizona.

Mark your calendar for the next Data Center World Conference in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 19-22, 2014.  If you are interested in speaking at the conference submit your proposal at http://www.datacenterworld.com/fall/speaking/submit-a-presentation/

To follow Data Center World on Twitter, follow us @datacenterworld and/or search for the #datacenterworld or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DataCenterWorld.

About AFCOM

AFCOM (www.afcom.com) is theleading association supporting the educational and professional developmentneeds of data center and facilities management professionals around the globe.  Established in 1980, AFCOM currently boasts more than 4,500 members and 40 chapters worldwide, and provides data center professionals with unique networking opportunities andeducational forums and resources through its bi-annual Data Center World Conference, published magazines, regional chapters, research and hotline services, and industry alliances.

 

AFL Introduces M710 OTDR with TruEvent™ Technology

Lowell, MA and Spartanburg, SC – April 24, 2014 – AFL introduces the M710 high performance OTDR with TruEvent™ Technology. The M710 is AFL’s longest-reaching single-mode OTDR that enables the test and characterization of links in excess of 200 km. Combining industry leading event analysis with long range capability provides a powerful tool for testing many of today’s fiber optic networks.

The M710 includes an integrated optical power meter and visual fault locator and integrates with Test Results Manager (TRM™) Certification Reporting Software for comprehensive reports compliant to TIA/ISO guidelines.
 
“Fiber networks can be long or short, have many connections and splices or very few. Combining high dynamic range performance and superior event analysis makes the M710-40 OTDR a powerful test solution for many applications,” commented Lee Kellett, director of product marketing for AFL’s test equipment division.
 
The M710-40 OTDR has the many popular features found in other M-series OTDRs, including live fiber detection, pass/fail reporting, front panel check and inspection capability. The new OTDR supports Full Auto, Expert (manual) and Real-Time OTDR test modes, multi-wavelength testing and visual inspection using the DFS1 Digital FiberScope
 
Thousands of OTDR test results can be saved as standard .SOR files and stored internally or on the supplied USB drive. Test results are transferable via USB to a computer for analyzing with the supplied Windows®-compatible TRM software.
 
Several other M710 models with TruEvent Technology will be available by mid-year. For additional information about AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

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

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

 

AFL Launches New Videos for Fujikura 12S and 12R Fusion Splicers

Spartanburg, SC – April 30, 2014 – AFL released new promotional videos for the Fujikura 12S Single Fiber Splicer and Fujikura 12R Ribbon Splicer. The new videos demonstrate unique product aspects in detail utilizing three dimensional digital replicas of each splicer. This technology allows for the simulation of the splicer’s uses and features.

Designed to meet the needs of today’s challenging splicing applications, the Fujikura 12S and 12R fusion splicers are the world’s smallest, lightest and most portable fusion splicers. The Fujikura 12S and 12R were introduced in 2013. Key features include:

·         Low profile, lightweight design that ensures stability and maximum portability;

·         High resolution monitor that is impact resistant, water and dust proof and allows for easy viewing of splicing detail on a 4.5” screen;

·         Long life battery with 100 splice and heat cycles and extended life electrodes up to 3000;

·         Record splice and heat times at 15 seconds (12S) and 20 seconds (12R) with a heat time of 30 seconds;

·         Maximum functionality with an innovative transit case that doubles as a workstation.

A world leader in fusion splicing technology, AFL proudly supplies and services Fujikura’s premiere fusion splicing product line. The full line of field fusion splicers was released in 2013 and includes the Fujikura 70S and 70R, Fujikura 19S and 19R and Fujikura 12S and 12R.

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

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

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

 

Leviton Educates and Equips Healthcare Professionals with Smart Solutions

Series of seminars provides educational resources for patient and facility safety

Melville, New York, March 31, 2014 – Leviton is responding to the growing demand by health care facility managers, engineers, architects and builders for education and awareness related to NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code with a series of seminars designed to provide them with knowledge and solutions to help facilitate Code compliance.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 99 establishes criteria to minimize the hazards related to patient, staff and visitor risk in health care facilities. As health care facility managers look to bring their facilities up to Code, Leviton’s interactive seminars will help explain the nuances of the Code and identify available solutions to reduce risks. Presented by certified instructors through the NFPA, the seminars will cover electrical systems and equipment, features of fire protection, risk assessment and process of Code development and enactment.

“In speaking with our health care customers, we understood their need for a strategic partner and resource that could provide the necessary level of education related to NFPA 99 concerning electrical safety for patients, staff and visitors,” said Mike Mattei, Vice-President and General Manager, Leviton Commercial & Industrial. “Leviton takes great pride in serving as the go-to resource for all of our partners looking to better understand the Code changes that impact their specific line of business.”

Tapping into the company’s century of experience, Leviton develops state-of-the-art hospital grade wiring devices, high speed data connections and energy-saving lighting controls that contribute to a safer, more efficient health care environment while improving energy conservation. When the country’s premier health care facilities look to improve safety and efficiency—from operating rooms and nurse stations to kitchens and parking lots—they turn to Leviton as the brand standard. With a suite of products, including hospital grade GFCI receptacles that protect from electrocution in wet or damp areas, surge protective devices to protect sensitive electronic and emergency equipment and leading-edge copper and fiber connectivity for the instantaneous and reliable transfer of critical data across networks, Leviton has the capabilities to meet any hospital challenge.

“At Leviton, our dedication to providing the resources and products necessary to meet Code requirements is a testament to our deep-rooted commitment to offer the most comprehensive range of solutions for today’s buildings,” added Mattei.

Leviton, along with the NFPA, will host the free seminars across the United States throughout 2014. Attendees will earn continuing education units (CEU) for the full-day course and be provided with a copy of the NFPA 99 Code book.

About Leviton Commercial and Industrial
Leviton’s comprehensive line of commercial and industrial-grade electrical wiring devices provide builders, contractors and specifiers with solutions engineered to withstand the most rigorous
commercial environments and harshest industrial applications. Leviton manufacturers everything from commercial, industrial and hospital grade wiring devices, to surge protective devices, electric vehicle supply equipment, temporary power solutions, heavy duty motor starter switches, IEC and NEMA watertight rated devices and more. Learn more at www.leviton.com/industrial.

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

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Reprinted with permission from ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine www.ecmag.com

 

GENERAL CABLE ANNOUNCES THE EXPANSION OF LESTER SALES, INC’S LINE WITH STABILOY® BRAND PRODUCTS

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY, APRIL 30, 2014 – General Cable (NYSE: BGC) is pleased to announce that Lester Sales, Inc., one of their authorized agency representatives, has expanded their existing General Cable products  portfolio to include STABILOY® Brand aluminum alloy and building wire products.  Lester is currently General Cable’s Electrical Distribution representative covering the Indiana and Kentucky trading area.

Lester Sales has been a powerful and well respected agent since opening in 1959. Headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, Lester serves the Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio markets with a premier list of manufacturer partners. Their vendor partnerships are well suited for the commercial and industrial markets and they provide General Cable and its STABILOY Brand with an excellent opportunity to optimize overall performance while building healthy, long-term end user and distributor relationships.  Lester and General Cable remain committed to excellent customer service and exceptional product knowledge.

“I am confident that Lester Sales is an excellent match for our go-to-market strategy with a major focus on the commercial market in the Electrical Distribution channel,” said Jerry Mattingly, Director of Sales, East Central Region, General Cable.

To learn more about Lester Sales, Inc., please visit www.lestersalesco.com.

About General Cable

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of aluminum, copper, and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, construction, industrial, specialty and communications markets.  With annual revenues over $6 billion, General Cable is one of the largest wire and cable manufacturing companies in the world.  It operates 57 manufacturing facilities in 26 countries and employs more than 14,500 associates.  Visit our Web site at www.GeneralCable.com.

 

GENERAL CABLE ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF ALLIED GROUP SALES, INC. FOR ALL GENERAL CABLE PRODUCTS

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY, APRIL 24, 2014 – General Cable (NYSE: BGC) is pleased to announce that Allied Group Sales, Inc., who was serving as one of their authorized STABILOY® Brand agency representatives, has expanded their offering to represent and market all General Cable products, including STABILOY® Brand, Carol® Brand and Utility products.  Allied Group Sales covers the Las Vegas, Nevada; New Mexico; and El Paso Texas trading area.

Allied Group Sales opened for business in July 1997 and quickly became an established, well recognized manufacturers’ representative headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. Their lines are well suited for the commercial market and they present a very good value proposition, from excellent customer service to exceptional product knowledge and support.

 “Allied Group Sales, Inc., will solidly support General Cable’s go-to-market strategy with a major focus on the commercial market in the Electrical Distribution channel,” said Brad Taylor, Director of Sales, Western Region, General Cable.

To learn more about Allied Group Sales, Inc., please visit www.alliedgroupsales.com..

About General Cable

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of aluminum, copper, and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, construction, industrial, specialty and communications markets.  With annual revenues over $6 billion, General Cable is one of the largest wire and cable manufacturing companies in the world.  It operates 57 manufacturing facilities in 26 countries and employs more than 14,500 associates.  Visit our Web site at www.GeneralCable.com.

 

Graybar Announces Platinum Level Partnership with NJATC Training Program

ST. LOUIS, April 28, 2014 – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, is proud to announce its platinum level partnership with the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC). This demonstrates Graybar’s commitment to the training and development of members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the NJATC.

“Graybar is the first distributor to become an NJATC Platinum Level Training Partner, which demonstrates our commitment to the future of the electrical industry,” said Bill Mansfield, Graybar Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “We believe that the education of current and future electricians is vital to our industry and are pleased to show our support.”

Over the next several years, Graybar intends to support the NJATC in the development and expansion of its training efforts. By providing assistance to the NJATC’s National Training Institute (NTI), Graybar will support the NJATC in its transition to a blended learning training model. This model, which consists of immersive, interactive simulations and virtual exercises, is designed to prepare students for hands-on lab work and on-the-job training. The blended learning model adds a dynamic, online training component to the traditional mix of textbook, classroom, and lab experience.  To better bridge students’ classroom curriculum with real-world application, Graybar will integrate some of the products it sells and its systems into IBEW/NECA training centers in the U.S. and Canada.

Furthermore, Graybar will establish a scholarship and awards program in which it will provide two scholarships per year during the term to support the costs associated with NTI Instructor group graduates’ continued participation at the National Training Institute.

“The NJATC could not be happier to have Graybar become a Platinum Level Training Partner,” stated Michael Callanan the Executive Director of the NJATC. “We recognize Graybar’s position as a preeminent electrical distributor and look forward to all of the exciting initiatives which are planned to enhance the opportunities for NECA contractors and IBEW members to benefit from new and innovative ways to learn within the electrical industry.”

About Graybar

Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of more than 250 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency. For more information, visit www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

About NJATC

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

About National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

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

About The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

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

 

Join Me In Austin for the Lightwave Optical Innovation Summit July 14-16

Dear Colleague,

I'm thrilled to invite you to join me — and a who's who of top optical communications professionals — in Austin, TX, July 14-16 for three days of networking, workshops, informative conference sessions and more at the Lightwave Optical Innovation Summit.

We'll tackle a variety of industry–critical topics that will help you understand how to prepare your business for the near future and what's beyond.

>> Download the 2014 Conference Program

If you are a carrier, data center or enterprise network manager, system developer or supplier of components and subsystems this conference will provide you with the information you'll need to understand what your customers' expectations will be tomorrow and in the years to come, and develop winning strategies for your business.

What makes the Lightwave Optical Innovation Summit different?

  • Two tracks: One focused on Carrier Innovations, the other focused on Enterprise/Data Center Innovations
  • Conference developed by yours truly and the 2014 Conference Committee
  • Conference sessions will feature key stakeholders discussing the critical innovations necessary to meet the near-term challenges in optical networking, what those innovations will look like and when they are expected to arrive
  • Keynote Speaker includes Steven Cheng, Principal Design Engineer and Architect, Telecommunications and Data Cabling Infrastructure at Facebook
  • On-site training opportunities by The Light Brigade and other workshop providers

I encourage you view the 2014 Conference Program and to register for the TOTAL ACCESS PASS. You'll be able to take advantage of full access to all conference sessions, workshops, lunches, networking receptions, and the exhibit hall with a TOTAL ACCESS PASS join us July 14-16, 2014 for the Lightwave Optical Innovation Summit.

>> Register for the TOTAL ACCESS PASS

I look forward to seeing you in Austin.

Stephen Hardy
Editorial Director and Associate Publisher
Lightwave
Conference Chair, Lightwave Optical Innovation Summit
stephenh@pennwell.com
(603) 891-9454

 

Article = How to Connect with Anyone by John Chapin

Before you can sell or influence anyone, you have to make a positive connection so they like and trust you. Here are some keys to connecting with anyone.

1) When in Rome

If you’ve ever visited a non-English speaking country, you undoubtedly tried to learn a few words or brought some sort of translation tool with you. Of course you did that so you could communicate and travel most effectively. Perhaps you also did it to show respect. If you didn’t, you were probably viewed as an arrogant American. Also, your trip was probably not as pleasant as it would have been if you at least “tried” to play by their rules.

Think of this example whenever you are communicating with anyone. We all communicate at differing speeds and at differing levels of directness. Some people are very animated and speak quickly, others speak more slowly and don’t move much. In addition to speed of speech and movement, some people are direct and to-the-point, while others add more words and have a softer style. As a result, you want to match and mirror these two qualities. If they use lots of gestures and speak quickly, do the same. If they speak slowly and are not very animated, slow down and limit your gestures. If they are short, direct, and to-the-point, use few words. If on the other hand, they want to talk and take a softer approach, then match this style. Key points: do not match someone perfectly, they’ll think you’re mocking them, also, you want to remain authentic, so just make subtle adjustments where necessary. You also want to match communication in e-mail and written form. If someone uses names, greetings, etc., do the same. If they put everything they need in the subject line, your response should be short and to-the-point.

2) Listen, give, and make it all about the other person.

Generally speaking, the more you listen, the more you give, and the more you make it about the other person, the more they will like you. I say generally because about 5% of the population will take complete advantage of this. On the other hand, 95% of people are mirrors. In other words, the more you listen, give, and make it about them, the more they’ll be willing to listen, give, and make it about you. This also works when it comes to accepting people and their ideas. The more open and accepting you are of them, the more open and accepting they will be of you.

3) Agree wherever and whenever you can.

People need to be important and their first instinct is to be right whenever possible. That’s why people speed up when you try to pass them on the highway and people rush the gate to be first on the plane. A funny thing happens though when you let other people be right or go first, their second instinct kicks in which is altruism. This is similar to the mirror effect is #2 above. As soon as you let someone go before you in line, they insist on letting you go first, as soon as you accept their way of doing something, all of a sudden your once preposterous idea, is now worth trying. Your objective here is to be likeable, agreeable, and get along with people as much as possible, and to be happy and accommodating versus being right.

4) Tune into their favorite radio station: WIIFM (What’s in it for me?)

Why should they be interested in what you are talking about? What will they get out of it? When speaking, focus on them and use “you” statements versus “I” statements as much as possible. Try to get behind their eyeballs and ask what this means to them in their world and why they would be motivated to act one way or another. Speaking of motivation and what’s in it for them, verbal accolades, giving gifts, money, and proverbial and literal pats on the back go a long way. On that same note remember, what gets rewarded gets repeated.

5) The best question you can ask…

The best question you can ask your boss: “What one thing can I do, that if I do it at the highest level possible, will be of most value to you and the company?” To a co-worker or a customer: “What can I do to help you do your job or make your job easier?” To your significant other, a close friend, or family member: “What can I do to make your life easier?” Very few people have ever been asked these questions. When you ask these questions and act upon the answers, it will have a profound positive impact on how people view you.

6) Give people what they want.

We all want to be liked, feel important, and believe that we matter. A key to fulfilling all these needs is to treat everyone you meet as if he or she is the most interesting person in the world, because to them they are. Give people your time and respect and take a personal interest in them and what makes them unique. Always be personable and professional, treat people as equals, and give people an out and a way to save face if they make a mistake.

At the end of the day it really is all about people and relationships. Roughly 86% of your happiness or sadness will somehow be affected by other people. The more you can see things from their perspective and act in their best interest, the better you’ll connect, the easier and happier your life will be, and the higher your sales numbers will be.

John Chapin is a sales and motivational speaker and trainer. For his free newsletter, or if you would like him to speak at your next event, go to: www.completeselling.com John has over 26 years of sales experience as a number one sales rep and is the author of the 2010 sales book of the year: Sales Encyclopedia. For permission to reprint, e-mail: johnchapin@completeselling.com.

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Legrand Introduces Mighty Mo® 20 Rack System

Newest member of the Ortronics® product line has over 120 innovations

NEW LONDON, Conn., May 19, 2014 Legrand, a global leader in high performance network infrastructure hardware, has introduced the Mighty Mo® 20 rack system for any size LAN, SAN or data center. It is designed to accommodate both copper and fiber cabling and to support any network equipment. In an industry first, the Mighty Mo 20 rack system is available with an all-white rack and matching cable management, as well as standard black.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Mighty Mo® product family, thus the name: Mighty Mo 20 rack system. Like all Ortronics® solutions, the Mighty Mo 20 features flexibility, efficiency and superior design.

Flexibility. The Mighty Mo 20 system features a wide selection of products that provide complete flexibility for data centers and enterprise networks, including any size, any media and any equipment. Each rack is designed to protect permanent installations where cables have been pulled, terminated and tested in the back while the front provides easy access to connections that need to be changed regularly. There are 26 new racks, including 12 channel racks with hex perforations and 14 four-post racks. There are also 20 new vertical finger managers – 11 with slam latch doors and  9 with split covers – 18 new lightweight airflow baffles, and  4 economy managers with latches. Some 50 new accessories round out the Mighty Mo 20 line.

Efficiency. The Mighty Mo 20 system also offers unparalleled efficiency and performance. Deeper vertical managers with up to 40% more room and channel rack depths up to 30-in. provide improved capacity. Two-in. deeper fingers support higher density networks while bend limiting clips provide 180º protection. Mounting brackets accommodate both Cablofil® cable tray and ladder style cable runway. An enhanced hex pattern on all channel racks increases airflow and simplifies cable installation. Larger vertical managers increase efficiency by reducing patch cord congestion. A universal cable trough,  zero-U horizontal managers, speednuts, washerless components and improved rack spacer bars also contribute to installation efficiency.

Design. The Mighty Mo 20 rack system has over 120 different innovations, many of which were suggested by end-users. “The design of the physical support infrastructure maximizes network performance by minimizing signal loss caused by improper cable support,” says Lars Larsen, Director, Physical Support Products for the Data Communications Division of Legrand. “What’s more, this design guarantees the flexibility necessary for future technology and growth and increases cooling efficiency through proper airflow management,” he adds.

“We believe the Mighty Mo 20 meets the needs of IT managers, designers and consultants who want to know that it will perform today and over the long term,” says Larsen.

 

Light Brigade® and USTelecom Partner To Offer Network Engineering And Outside Plant Training

Tukwila, WA and Spartanburg, SC – May 6, 2014 – Light BrigadeAFL’s education and training division, and USTelecom, the nation’s premiere trade association representing service providers and suppliers for the telecom industry, are partnering to offer fiber optic delivery training encompassing network engineering and outside plant (OSP).

The partnership was formed to enhance USTelecom’s wide range of events, webinars and educational training vehicles through Light Brigade and enables the trade association to offer industry-leading fiber optic training to its members.

“USTelecom offers several ways to expand professional development and knowledge in the areas of broadband communications,” said Dario De Paolis, vice president and general manager of Light Brigade. “With our partnership, USTelecom is expanding its offering for outside plant and network engineers who can be assured they are receiving the most up-to-date training available.”

Light Brigade training courses for USTelecom will cover a variety of fiber optic and OSP topics, including Fiber Optics 1-2-3FTTx for Installers and Technicians and FTTx OSP Design. Students may access information about USTelecom education programs and receive a special discount at http://www.ustelecom.org/events-education/ustelecom-light-brigade-training.

USTelecom’s member base ranges from large publicly traded communications corporations to small companies and cooperatives—all providing advanced communications services to markets both urban and rural. Its mission is to unite the US broadband industry across its membership spectrum through collaborative advocacy and provide a forum for pro-investment policies which will enhance our economy and quality of life.

For more information about Light Brigade, visit www.lightbrigade.com. For additional information about USTelecom, visit www.ustelecom.org.

About Light Brigade
Since its founding in 1987, Light Brigade has instructed more than 45,000 attendees worldwide in its public and custom classes on fiber optic design, maintenance and testing, including advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM and PMD/CD. In addition to creating custom courses tailored to any need or skill level, the company produces educational DVDs and online courses that provide focus on specific fiber-related topics.
 
About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, enterprise and OEM markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, renewables and transportation. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

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

 

NAED Names 2014-2015 Board of Directors

Barsema to Lead as Chair in 2014-2015, Followed by Goedecke in 2015-2016


St. Louis….The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) is please to announce its new Board of Directors for 2014-2015. Led by the NAED chair, the 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.

 

Maureen Barsema, vice president, Business Administration, Buffalo Grove, Ill.-based City Revere Electric Supply, will become the 2014-2015 NAED chair at the conclusion of the National Meeting held April 26-29 in San Francisco.

Barsema has served the electrical distribution industry for 32 years. Throughout her career, she has taken on many leadership roles within the NAED. Barsema has served on several committees including Reverse Logistics, PAC Committee, SPA Task Force, and the Strategic Technology Task Force. She has also served on the South Central Region Council since 2006 and was the South Central Region Vice President in 2011.

 

“I wanted to represent the passion I have for this industry as we adapt and move from what we have successfully done in the past into the next phase,” Barsema said. “That’s why I chose ‘Evolve’ as my theme. This is an incredibly exciting time for us because there is so much opportunity and challenges to push us to the next level of what we contribute to the health of this industry.”

 

Barsema succeeds Sandra Rosecrans, president and CEO of Syracuse, N.Y.-based City Electric, and will be followed in 2015 by Glenn Goedecke, executive vice president, Business Development, of Birmingham, Ala.-based Mayer Electric Supply, who was named board chair-elect.

Members of the Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 term are:

  • Maureen Barsema, NAED Board Chair, BJ Electric Supply, Madison, Wis.
  • Sandra Rosecrans, Past NAED Board Chair, City Electric Company Inc., Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Glen Goedecke, Chair-elect, Mayer Electric Supply, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Scott O’Day, Eastern Region Vice President, Controller Service & Sales Co., Avon, Mass.
  • George Vorwick, Eastern Region Vice President-elect, United Electric Supply, Wilmington, Del.
  • Marc Malvizzi, Eastern Region Past Vice President, Eastern Penn Supply Co., Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
  • Kelly Vliet, South Central Region Vice President, Medler Electric Co., Alma, Mich.
  • Daniel Dungan, South Central Region Vice President-elect, Springfield Electric Supply, Springfield, Ill.
  • Shaker Brock, South Central Region Past Vice President, Electric Supply Inc., Tampa, Fla.
  • Jeffrey Stroin, Western Region Vice President, Concord, Calif.
  • John Maltby, Western Region Vice President-elect, Maltby Electric Supply, San Francisco
  • David Maxwell, Western Region Past Vice President, Graybar, Dublin, Calif.
  • Larry Stern, NAED Foundation Chair, Standard Electric Supply Co., Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Bill Squires, NAED Foundation Chair-elect, SMC, Springfield, Mo.
  • John Cain, NAED Finance Committee Chair, Wiseway Supply, Florence, Ky.
  • James W. Smith, IDEA Representative, Mayer Electric Supply, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Martin Burbridge, Member-at-large, Crescent Electric Supply, East Dubuque, Ill.
  • Fil Cerminara, Member-at-large, F&M Electric Supply, Danbury, Conn.
  • John Hardy, Member-at-large, CapitalTristate, Upper Marlboro, Md.
  • Rocklan E. Lawrence, Member-at-large, National Electric Supply Co., Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Ken Rogers, Member-at-large, Ideal Electrical Supply, Washington, D.C.
  • David Rosenstein, Member-at-large, ConneXion, Buffalo Grove, Ill.
  • John Selldorff, Member-at-large, Legrand North America, West Hartford, Conn.
  • Jay Tupa, LEAD Committee Chair, Dakota Supply Group, Grand Forks, N.D.

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 nearly 5,100 locations internationally.

 

More CABA NEWS

CABA News

CABA announces new Connected Consumer Roadmap Study for 2014

CABA, through its Connected Home Council (CHC), would like to announce the next CABA CHC Landmark Research project for 2014. This study intends to broaden the ecosystem focus to include consumer connectivity beyond the home. This unique roadmap research will take an "Internet of Things" perspective; taking into account a consumer focused view, from both inside and outside of the home, of Health and Wellness, Entertainment, Mobility, Transportation, Security, etc. For more information on this project and for a full research prospectus please go to: http://www.caba.org/research/projects/connected-consumer-roadmap. CABA is actively seeking sponsors to be involved in this important research, space is limited, if you would like to be involved please contact CABA as soon as possible. To become a sponsor please contact George Grimes, CABA Business Development Manager, 613.686.1814 x226, grimes@caba.org.

 

 



CABA announces new research vendors for eStore

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is pleased to announce that several research firms will distribute their respective research reports through CABA's eStore. Participating CABA members are: BSRIA, Compass Intelligence, Memoori, Navigant Research and ON World. CABA members receive a 10 per cent discount off the listed price of any third-party research offered through eStore. To browse current CABA eStore offerings, please go to: http://estore.caba.org.

 

 



CABA President & CEO to speak at Niagara Summit

Ron Zimmer, CABA President & CEO, will attend Tridium's Niagara Summit, scheduled for April 27-29, 2014. Research from the CABA "Life Cycle Costing of Intelligent Buildings" Landmark Study will be presented. Representatives from Frost & Sullivan, which completed the research for CABA, will also be involved in the presentation. More information on the Niagara Summit can be found here: http://www.niagarasummit.com. Anyone wishing to schedule a meeting with Mr. Zimmer during this event should contact him at zimmer@caba.org. Finally, the CABA members that sponsored this research are making the entire PPT and text version of the Report available at: www.CABA.org/LCCIB. Tridium and Frost & Sullivan are both CABA members.

 

 



CABA announces new Market Sizing North America (MSNA) Version 2 Study for 2014

CABA, through its Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council (IIBC), would like to announce the next CABA IIBC Multi-Client Boutique Research project for 2014. This project is an update of the 2010 CABA MSNA Landmark Research and it will provide an in-depth analysis of the growing North American market for integrated and converged intelligent building control systems including: environmental control technologies, fire detection, security, lighting systems, and IT convergence. For more information on this project and for a full research prospectus please go to: http://www.caba.org/research/projects/market-sizing-NA-version2. We currently have 10 sponsors for this research: Belimo Controls, Honeywell International, Johnson Controls, MechoSystems, Overhead Doors Corporation, Panduit Corporation, Philips, Siemens Industry Inc., Schneider Electric, United Technologies Building and Industrial Systems Group/Automated Logic Corporation. There still may be room for one or two more sponsors to join. For an executive summary of the previous MSNA research and to become a sponsor please contact George Grimes, CABA Business Development Manager, 613.686.1814 x226, grimes@caba.org.

 

Research Spotlight



Older adults and technology use
Pew Research Center
In April 2012 the Pew Research Center found for the first time that more than half of older adults (defined as those ages 65 or older) were internet users. Today, 59 per cent of seniors report they go online — a six-percentage point increase in the course of a year — and 47 per cent say they have a high-speed broadband connection at home. In addition, 77 per cent of older adults have a cell phone, up from 69 per cent in April 2012. Among seniors with an annual household income of $75,000 or more, 90 per cent go online and 82 per cent have broadband at home. For seniors earning less than $30,000 annually, 39 per cent go online and 25 per cent have broadband at home. Fully 87 per cent of seniors with a college degree go online, and 76 per cent are broadband adopters. Among seniors who have not attended college, 40 per cent go online and just 27 per cent have broadband at home.

 

www.caba.org

 

Coriant Brings Packet Optical Networking Innovation to Coppell, Texas

Coppell Mayor and Coriant Executives to Join Launch Event at New North American Facility

 

NAPERVILLE, Illinois, May 7, 2014 – Coriant, a global supplier of dynamic metro-to-core transport solutions, announced today the launch of its new North American facility, a state-of-the-art customer service, logistics and customer solutions engineering center based in Coppell, Texas. Coriant plans to use this new Dallas-Fort Worth Area facility to support key customers and continue its unwavering commitment to customer-first values.

 

Coriant emerged from Nokia Siemens Networks’ Optical Networks business unit a year ago, merged with Sycamore Networks Solutions, Inc. in August 2013, and recently integrated Tellabs’ SDN-enabled packet optical and edge router products – creating a market-leading, end-to-end solutions portfolio proven in the world’s most demanding networks. Backed by the financial strength and long-term commitment of Marlin Equity Partners, Coriant intends to utilize the Coppell facility as part of its market leadership and innovation strategy. The proximity of this operations center will further Coriant’s ability to realize its customer-driven ethos in the 25,000 square foot facility providing close customer support and regional access.

 

Coppell Mayor Karen Hunt will attend the launch to welcome Coriant’s participation in the local community as a part of the town’s 2014 vision. Coriant Chairman Bob Leggett and CEO Pat DiPietro will open the new center alongside Coriant CMO Jayne Chace with launch proceedings that will set the scene for the next chapter for Coriant and the communities it serves. Representatives from Tier 1 U.S. operators will attend the event and contribute to the launch presentations and celebration.  Mayor Hunt will also unveil a site-specific art installation created for the Coriant facility by local artist, Leslie Mattison.

 

“We are delighted to be opening this new facility in Coppell today as it will enable us to provide unprecedented support for our customers in the region and throughout North America. Our expanded operations here will leverage an exceptional team with proven expertise and experience supporting Tier 1 transport networks,” said Pat DiPietro, CEO, Coriant. “The technology scene is reaching an all-time high in Texas and Coriant is pleased to be here among other industry leaders. The location will also attract top talent to Coriant and to Coppell. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Coppell community for all of its support. We are eager to solidify our Coriant footprint in this region.”

 

About Coriant

Coriant, founded as an independent company in 2013, is an industry-leading supplier of dynamic metro-to-core transport solutions.  We serve over 500 customers globally, including 90% of the world’s top 50 service providers. Our end-to-end product portfolio and software-defined networking solutions enable mobile and fixed lined operators to reduce network complexity, increase service velocity, and improve resource utilization as transport networks scale in response to a new generation of high-bandwidth services and applications. Following the recent merger with Tellabs, the company operates worldwide in more than 48 countries, with R&D centers in Asia, Germany, Portugal and the United States, as well as a state-of-the-art production center in Berlin, Germany. Learn more at www.coriant.com.

 

Minuteman UPS has a great PowerBlog to give you lots of power full news

Minuteman UPS blog posts include Tech Tips, such as warranty explanation, benefits of backup power, and a look into remote power management. I’ve included some links below to give you a sampling of what our PowerBlog has to offer as well as the link to the blog itself so that you may browse our entire catalog of news and tips.

Minuteman PowerBlog http://www.minutemanups.com/blog/

EnterprisePlus LCD UPS In-depth: RT vs. RTXL http://www.minutemanups.com/blog/2014/02/enterpriseplus-lcd-ups-depth-rt-vs-rtxl/

UPS Warranty: Navigating the Maze http://www.minutemanups.com/blog/2014/04/ups-warranty-navigating-maze/

ISC West 2014 Wrap Up and Security Power Tips http://www.minutemanups.com/blog/2014/04/isc-west-2014-wrap-security-power-tips/

Newbie’s Nook: Power Problems http://www.minutemanups.com/blog/2014/03/newbies-nook-power-problems/

 

FOA – Fiber Optic Association NEWS May 5, 2014 – packed with goodies

 

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News From The FOA
May 5, 2014

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The Latest Issue Of The  FOA Newsletter Is Now Online

There are lots of articles in this month's newsletter - it's been another busy month in fiber optics!


We begin with an extensive review of Google Fiber. Everybody is speculating on what Google is really up to, including us. Perhaps Google Fiber is one of Google's "moonshots" that will pay off in $billions in revenue. Then we look at merger mania - Comcast/Time Warner Cable and AT&T/Direct TV - and what this means for broadband.

And there is lots more:

What's Google Up To?
How about Comcast/TWC and AT&T/Direct TV?
Broadband in America - Mapped
What's a Network? 3 new FOA YouTube videos.
Like Maps, Graphics, etc.?
Making WiFi More Like Cellular
WiFiForward
FCC Vows to Invalidate State Laws Banning Municipal Broadband
Australia's NBM Victim of Politics
EF Still A Problem
Where Are The Jobs in Fiber Optics
IGI Mobile Backhaul Report
More Counterfeit Cable
FOA Now Offers Fiber Optic Textbook and Web Pages In Spanish

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All FOA Textbooks Have Been Updated
All the FOA textbooks (Guide to Fiber Optics, OSP Fiber Optics and Premises Cabling) have been updated for 2014, with the biggest change to the current books is adding an Appendix for OLANs in the Premises Cabling book. Plus we have added a Spanish translation version of the Guide to Fiber Optics and the Basic Fiber Website. Coming next, translations into French.

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Jobs
Want to know how the FOA can help you find a job? We have added a new YouTube video "Where Are The Jobs In Fiber Optics?," that shows many applications that you might not know are using fiber optics. The FOA Jobs Web Page has been updated. A new page was added on Using your FOA Training/Certification to Find the Right Job in Fiber Optics

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New Optical LAN Certification
The big news is the first new FOA certifcation in years - a special certification for OLANs, the premises networks based on FTTH. With the assistance of some of the premier suppliers and designers of these networks, the FOA has a new curriculum leading to FOA certification. Read about it in the FOA newsletter. Watch the FOA YouTube video on OLANs.

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Did you know your FOA certification requires you maintain your FOA membership? (Check your ID Card - it shows the expiration date.)

Renew Your FOA Membership (and Certifications!) Online

Here are the full directions on how to do it.

Quick Links...

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FOA Website: www.thefoa.org

FOA Online Newsletter

FOA Online Fiber Optic Reference Guide

 

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phone: 760-451-3655  

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Prestigious Award Presented To John Bakowski, A Long-Time Member And Volunteer At BICSI Canadian Conference

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, May 5, 2014—BICSI, the association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community, was pleased to award the Ross G. H. Cotton Award to one of BICSI’s Past Presidents, John Bakowski, RCDD, NTS, OSP, WD, of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

Named after a Canadian telecom pioneer that has served the ICT 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. Bakowski was acknowledged for his commitment to the industry and to BICSI, including his volunteer work for BICSI in several capacities, such as sitting on multiple committees and spending more than a decade serving on the Board of Directors. He continues to promote BICSI at trade shows and through various speaking opportunities throughout Canada.

“John [Bakowski] has made such a huge impact on our industry over the years that he was a natural choice to receive this year’s Ross Cotton Award,” said the current BICSI President “His lifetime of contributions to the ICT community and to BICSI have helped to lead our organization in the right direction, and we are grateful for his continued dedication.”

The award was presented by Canadian Region Director Peter Levoy, RCDD, during the Closing General Session of the 2014 BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition on Wednesday, April 30. Attendees from all over the world gathered at the conference to gain industry knowledge, take in the latest ICT products and services and network with colleagues.

Wednesday’s activities included two technical presentations. Jose Mozota of Legrand Canada in Concord, Ontario, Canada, spoke about “Healthcare Infrastructure Planning and Designing,” followed by Doug Coleman of Corning Cable Systems in Hickory, North Carolina, USA, who delivered the presentation, “Optical Trends in the Data Centre.”

The Closing Session continued with the BICSI Cares presentation, where donations collected from attendees during the conference were donated to the British Columbia Childhood Cancer Parents Association (BCCCPA), an organization that helps children and their families fight the battle against cancer.

Finally, those in attendance were able to hear from Closing Keynote Speaker Steve Donahue. A worldwide expert on motivational narratives, Donahue is a bestselling author, international speaker and story coach/consultant who helps leaders and organizations transform their deep narrative to drive change, build brands and keep customers.

During closing remarks, they announced that registration was available for the 2014 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition, which will be held September 28-October 2 in Anaheim, California, USA.

The 2015 BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition will be held April 26-29, 2015, at the Ottawa Convention Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

BICSI is a professional association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community. ICT 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 ICT 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 ICT 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.

Contact: Amy Morrison, amorrison@bicsi.org, or John Bechtold, jbechtold@bicsi.org, +1 813.979.1991

 

Vancouver Welcomes BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition Attendees

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, April 29, 2014—BICSI, the association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community, welcomed industry professionals from all over the world to the Vancouver Convention Centre for the 2014 BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition beginning Sunday, April 27.

The conference opened Monday morning, placing emphasis on the event’s three days of educational sessions and exhibits, with a focus on BICSI’s two newest publications: the Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM), 13th edition, which is the latest version of its flagship manual and the basis for its Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD®) credential; and the ANSI/BICSI 003-2014, Building Information Modeling (BIM) Practices for Information Technology Systems standard, which provides detailed information about BIM content models and object parameters.

Dr. John Izzo delivered an exceptional opening keynote address. Izzo is a bestselling author, a community leader and one of North America's most sought after voices on leadership. He consults and advises some of the most admired companies in the world, teaches at major universities, conducts leading edge research on workplace values, and has spoken to more than one million people across the globe.

Monday’s General Session continued with educational presentations regarding testing and retesting cable; the Canadian government’s impact on the ICT industry; data center optimization; building information modeling (BIM); and the future-proofing role of enclosures in data center migrations.

The Exhibit Hall opened Sunday evening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and entertainment by singing group The Mountain Men. Host to more than 70 exhibitors, the Exhibit Hall drew in hundreds of attendees from around the globe who were eager to learn about the latest products and solutions that will help them in their careers.

“We’re here because there are many ICT designers and installers, which is a very important audience for us. We’ve been to more than five BICSI conferences, and this is our first in Canada,” said BICSI exhibitor Clint Strong, CEO of Connectrac in Dallas, Texas. “Our products make ICT installation much easier. We’re looking forward to some excellent BICI leads. We’re very optimistic. BICSI shows are always great shows.”

The Canadian Conference offers more educational sessions, networking opportunities and exhibit hours through Wednesday afternoon.


BICSI is a professional association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community. ICT 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 ICT 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 ICT 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.

Contact: Amy Morrison, amorrison@bicsi.org, or John Bechtold, jbechtold@bicsi.org, +1 813.979.1991

 

Fluke Networks Introduces Trio of "Accelerator" Solutions to Speed Fiber Inspection, Certification, and Testing

FI-7000 FiberInspector Pro, Singlemode MultiFiber Pro, and SmartLoop OTDR for OptiFiber Pro helps data center, large enterprise, and datacom technicians complete fiber jobs in less than half the time


EVERETT, Wash., May 12, 2014 - Fluke Networks today unveiled three new solutions for its family of cabling certification and testing solutions for the data communications and cabling market. Dubbed "Accelerator" solutions, the FI-7000 FiberInspector Pro, Singlemode MultiFiber Pro, and SmartLoop OTDR speed fiber test, inspection, and certification within data center, datacom installation, and large enterprise operations—in most cases, slashing the time to complete fiber jobs by more than 50 percent.


"Fiber is the future for data centers and larger enterprises. Organizations increasingly need more fiber cables to keep pace with technologies that demand greater processing power and bandwidth," said Jason Wilbur, vice president and general manager of the Datacom Cabling Installation business unit at Fluke Networks. "Time is money in these environments. The right cable testing solutions can reduce truck rolls, eliminate process steps and dramatically shorten the time required on the job site. We believe our new solutions will do exactly that for our customers."

 

FI-7000 FiberInspector Pro Offers Fast Assurance of Compliant End-Face Conditions
Instead of relying on subjective assessment of fiber end-faces, which takes more time and is less accurate, the FI-7000 FiberInspector Pro delivers pass/fail certification in two seconds or less. The FI-7000 inspects the fiber connector's end-face, analyzing the fiber core, cladding, adhesive layer, and contact surface for damage and defects before generating a pass/fail designation per the IEC 61300-3-35 standard.

 

The FI-7000 also incorporates advanced analysis software to highlight detected damage and defects, which makes contaminated areas easier to identify.

 

"A fiber network failure or latent problems can cost millions to a large data center or enterprise, to say nothing of the time and effort wasted on finger pointing and subjective, manual inspection," Wilbur continued. "The FI-7000 takes the guesswork out of fiber end-face testing while cutting inspection time to two seconds or less. What's more, it leverages our powerful Versiv Cabling Certification platform, increasing the overall value to our customers."

 

Existing Versiv FiberInspector owners can take advantage of the FI-7000's analysis capabilities with a simple firmware update.

 

Certifying MPO Cabling is Faster and Less Expensive with the Singlemode MultiFiber Pro 
Until now, testing singlemode MPO cabling meant using testers not specifically designed for that purpose, which take more time to complete testing and could lead to errors due to polarity. The singlemode MultiFiber Pro is the first tester specifically designed for singlemode MPO cabling.  It cuts test time by up to 95 percent, from roughly 6.5 minutes to 20 seconds.

 

Singlemode MPO cabling is becoming a popular option in large datacenters and enterprise environments, due to its bandwidth and distance advantages. The Singlemode MultiFiber Pro automates the difficult parts of loss testing, making pass/fail certification of MPO fiber trunks and cassettes more efficient.

 

MultiFiber Pro automatically detects the most common singlemode (1310 nm or 1550 nm) and multimode (850 nm) wavelengths. The device's unique non-contact large area input port accepts both UPC and APC connectors.

 

The Singlemode MultiFiber Pro also offers other industry-leading capabilities in the areas of:

  • Loss measurement accuracy
  • Ease of setup for polarity or fiber count
  • Polarity-agnostic referencing
  • Cleanable test ports
  • Both singlemode and multimode compatibility, and
  • Auto-detection of 12/10/8 fiber MPO links with no setup or configuration required

Contractors and Installers can cut Testing Time in Half with SmartLoop OTDR
Bi-directional fiber testing has traditionally been a lengthy process, requiring traveling some distance to the far end of the fiber or taking equipment into hazardous or difficult-to-access areas. The SmartLoop OTDR is the industry's first product to test two separate fiber links in a single test. Not only does this eliminate the need to travel to the far end of the connection to perform tests, it also cuts network testing time by 50 percent.

 

The SmartLoop OTDR uses patent-pending algorithms to automatically separate fibers for individual pass/fail analysis and display, further enhancing the ease and speed of testing, especially in environments where the far end is difficult or dangerous to reach. With the SmartLoop OTDR, fiber optic cabling installers and contractors can reduce the time they spend onsite and avoid losing or damaging their test equipment.

 

SmartLoop OTDR is an addition to the OptiFiber Pro OTDR and is part of the free Versiv 3.0 firmware download.

 

To learn more about Fluke Networks Cable Certification testers, please visit FlukeNetworks.com.

 

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

 

For additional information, promotions and updates, follow Fluke Networks on Twitter @FlukeNetDCI, on Facebook, or on theLinkedIn Company or Group page.

 

National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry and Graybar Announce Platinum Level Partnership

Upper Marlboro, MD – Graybar, a leading distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products and provider of related supply chain management and logistics services, is proud to announce its platinum level partnership with the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Electrical Industry (NJATC). This demonstrates Graybar’s commitment to the training and development of members of

the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the NJATC.

“Graybar is the first distributor to become an NJATC Platinum Level Training Partner, which demonstrates our commitment to the future of the electrical industry,” said Bill Mansfield, Graybar Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “We believe that the education of current and future electricians is vital to our industry and are pleased to show our support.”

Over the next several years, Graybar intends to support the NJATC in the development and expansion of its training efforts. By providing assistance to the NJATC’s National Training Institute, Graybar will support the NJATC in its transition to a blended learning training model. This model, which consists of immersive, interactive simulations and virtual exercises, is designed to prepare students for hands-on lab work and on-thejob

training. The blended learning model adds a dynamic, online training component to the traditional mix of textbook, classroom, and lab experience. To better bridge students’ classroom curriculum with real-world application, Graybar will integrate some of the products it sells and its systems into IBEW/NECA training centers in the U.S. and Canada.

Furthermore, Graybar will establish a scholarship and awards program in which it will provide two scholarships per year during the term to support the costs associated with NTI Instructor group graduates’ continued participation at the National Training Institute.

“The NJATC could not be happier to have Graybar become a Platinum Level Training Partner,” stated Michael Callanan the Executive Director of the NJATC. “We recognize Graybar’s position as a preeminent electrical distributor and look forward to all of the exciting initiatives which are planned to enhance the opportunities for NECA contractors and IBEW members to benefit from new and innovative ways to learn within the electrical industry.”

About Graybar

Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of more than 250 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, helping its customers power, network and secure their facilities with speed, intelligence and efficiency.

For more information, visit www.graybar.com or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

About NJATC

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

About National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)

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

For more information, visit www.necanet.org.

About The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

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

 

OSP EXPO 2014 Registration Open: Get the Network Inspiration You Need to Succeed. September 30 – October 2, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center

Schaumburg, Ill. - OSP® magazine today announced open registration for OSP EXPO® 2014. OSP EXPO is taking place September 30 – October 2, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Telecom network professionals from over 40 countries worldwide come for actionable education, thought leadership, powerful keynotes, face-to-face networking and solutions shopping. Registration is free now through the end of June.

Click to tweet: OSP EXPO 2014 is taking place September 30-October 2nd! Get ready to #SignUpNow #RegisterNow

“We are very excited about the level of enthusiasm we’ve received from speakers, sponsors, vendors and attendees for this one-of-a kind event,” said Sharon Vollman, OSP’s President and Editorial Director. "Staying relevant is critical in our rapidly changing industry. OSP EXPO showcases the latest technologies and bring the most current information to our attendees on hot industry topics via our 35+ targeted seminars. The synergies of ALL elements at OSP EXPO working together doesn’t get any more relevant than that."

 

OSP EXPO 2014 Highlights

 

Exhibits:

More than 225 telecom vendors and distributors will be showcasing new products, methods, and best practices for solutions of today and tomorrow.

 

Keynotes:

  • Opening Keynote speakers Tom Maguire, Verizon’s Senior Vice President, National Operations Support, and Chris Levendos, Verizon’s Vice President, Network Transformation, Strategic Initiatives & Performance Management, are Verizon’s legacy duo, kicking things off with a presentation building on the legacy and tradition they embrace as they evolve wireline and wireless networks for the next generation. These two speakers strongly demonstrate the art of human networking in today’s telecom landscape.
  • Closing Keynote speaker Gene Agee, Vice President, Procurement and Real Estate of Sprint closes out OSP EXPO 2014. Gene will inspire attendees as he shares his and Sprint’s commitment to evolving the role that wireline infrastructure plays in the wireless network.
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Education:

Select from over 35 free seminars focused on a wide range of topics impacting you and the wireless and wireline networks.  Our top-quality seminars are approved to award CECs from BICSI, CEUs from ETA, and COC points from BCSP. View the complete seminar line-up at: http://www.ospmag.com/expo/education/seminars

 

Networking:

Our Networking Event takes place Wednesday, October 1st on the Exhibit Floor. The best in the industry, including OSP’s Women in Telecom and the 2014 OSP Game Changers, will be there. You’ll also want to be there– you never know who you might run into!

 

REGISTER NOW!

Early Bird Discount - Registration is free now through the end of June. Registration includes access to both keynotes, all regular seminars, the exhibit floor, and the exhibit floor Happy Hour on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014.

 

About OSP EXPO

OSP EXPO is owned by Practical Communications Incorporated (PCI), a world-class publisher of technology information resources, dedicated to advancing technology businesses with niche magazines and trade shows. OSP EXPO, will bring together OSP professionals from the ILEC, IOC and CLEC communities delivering the latest OSP technologies and seminars offering attendees the opportunity to receive continuing education credits from BICSI, ETA and BCSP. The Network Solutions Marketplace, OSP EXPO 2014, will take place September 30 – October 2 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information, visit www.ospmag.com/expo.A WBENC certified company, adding diversity to your supply chain.

 

HENDRIX WIRE & CABLE Offers Spacer Cable Systems With Improved Reliability And Power Quality

Milford, N.H. - Hendrix Wire & Cable, a premier provider of high quality overhead and underground power distribution products, announces the offering of Spacer Cable Systems.

Spacer Cable has been used by utilities for many years to improve the reliability and power quality of primary distribution systems while making them more resistant to storm damage.  The cable design, system strength, and compact configuration can also serve to address other concerns that can crop up on a utilities distribution system.  The compact configuration and reduced clearance requirements allow for multiple circuits to be installed on a single pole, and thus combating right of way problems and saving money by reducing the number of poles required. Over or under building Spacer Cable Systems in substation exits, alleyways, and feeder circuits can greatly reduce the cost of adding capacity. 

Overall the system strength makes Hendrix Spacer Cable ideal for long spans of up to 1500 feet. The ability to span rivers, freeways, marshes, and lakes provides a cost-effective, environmentally sensitive solution to difficult design problems.  What’s more, the close spacing of each individual phase conductor results in lower total line impedance and maintains voltage, reducing the need for voltage improvement equipment on long runs.

Hendrix Spacer Cable Systems come equipped with a conductor covering that is able to withstand temporary contact with tree branches and other vegetation, thus reducing outages and improving power quality. This, along with the compact configuration of the system, greatly reduces the need for vegetation removal during circuit installation, cutting tree trimming costs by 50 to 80 percent. Additionally, wildlife is protected from exposure to lethal currents. 

To learn more about the superior power quality offered by Hendrix Wire & Cable Spacer Cable systems, please visit www.hendrix-wc.com.

About Hendrix Aerial Cable & Systems

Aerial Cable & Systems is one of four operating divisions of Hendrix Wire & Cable, a provider of high-quality overhead and underground power distribution products located in Milford, NHThe division's benchmark product, Spacer Cable, formed the foundation of the company in 1951, solving local utilities' reliability problems, reducing weather-related outages, and providing options for areas difficult to engineer with standard bare wire systems.  Today, Hendrix Spacer Cable is available at 15kV through 69 kV.  

ISO 9001-certified Hendrix Wire & Cable, Inc. is a member company of The Marmon Group, an international association of more than 125 business units that operate independently within diverse business sectors. Member companies have collective revenues of $7 billion. The Marmon Group is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. More information about the company is available at www.hendrix-wc.com

 

USGBC – UNITED STATES GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL NEWS ****

U.S. Green Building Council Releases Ranking of Top 10 Countries for LEED Outside the U.S.

Totals Represent Global Applicability, Adaptability of World’s Foremost Program Guiding Green Building

Washington, D.C. — (May 1, 2014) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its ranking of the top 10 countries for LEED® outside of the United States, demonstrating the global reach of the movement that is transforming the built environment into healthy, high-performing structures that benefit the planet and all of its people.

“The global community is increasingly recognizing the imperative for action as we combat the extraordinary challenge of worldwide climate change,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “LEED’s success across a wide variety of cultures, climates and communities represents not only a growing recognition of its demonstrated benefits for human health and operational cost savings, but also its unparalleled potential to be part of the solution to a warming planet and rising sea levels.”

The list of the top 10 countries for LEED reflects the global adaptability of the world’s most widely used and recognized system guiding the design, construction, operations and maintenance of green buildings. To date, projects teams in more than 140 countries and territories have implemented LEED in their building projects, taking advantage of its global, regional and local applicability to create structures that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions; create healthier indoor environments for workers, students and community members; and lower utility bills for building owners through reduced energy and water use.

The ranking of the top 10 countries for LEED outside of the U.S. is based on cumulative gross square meters (GSM) of space certified to LEED in each nation as of April 2014.

Canada tops the list, with 17.74 million GSM of LEED space. Collectively, Canada boasts 4,068 total LEED-registered and -certified projects, representing 58.66 million total GSM of LEED space.

China and India, two of the world’s fastest growing economies and rapid adopters of sustainable building practices, took second and third place on the list, respectively boasting 14.30 million and 11.64 million GSM of LEED-certified space.

Other Asian nations in the top 10 include South Korea, at No. 4 with 3.84 million GSM of LEED-certified space; Taiwan, at No. 5 with 2.98 million GSM; and Singapore, at No. 8 with 2.16 million GSM.

In Europe, Germany and Finland secured spots 6 and 10, respectively — Germany with 2.90 million GSM of LEED-certified space and Finland with 1.45 million.

In South America, Brazil stood at No. 7 on the list, with 2.85 million GSM, while the United Arab Emirates represented green building success in the Middle East, at No. 9 with 1.82 million GSM of LEED-certified space.

The full ranking is as follows:
 

Rank

Nation

GSM of LEED-certified space (millions)

Total GSM of LEED-certified and -registered space (millions)

Total number of LEED-certified and -registered projects

1

Canada

17.74

58.66

4,068

2

China

14.30

96.22

1,638

3

India

11.64

66.22

1,657

4

South Korea

3.84

16.61

242

5

Taiwan

2.98

6.97

114

6

Germany

2.90

7.32

365

7

Brazil

2.85

23.24

829

8

Singapore

2.16

3.86

91

9

United Arab Emirates

1.82

47.16

850

10

Finland

1.45

3.56

148



Notable certified projects in these nations include:

  • Canada: 100 Wellington Street West Tower at the Dominion Centre in Toronto, LEED Platinum, the first project in the city to achieve Platinum certification under LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance
  • China: Haworth Showroom in the Parkview Green in Beijing, LEED Gold, the first project to certify under LEED v4, the latest version of LEED
  • India: ITC Maurya Hotel in New Delhi, built in 1977, Platinum under LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance
  • South Korea: Samsung GREEN TOMORROW, the first LEED Platinum project in East Asia
  • Taiwan: Taipei 101, one of the tallest buildings in the world, LEED Platinum under LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance
  • Germany: MesseTurm in Frankfurt, an iconic 63-story skyscraper and one of the tallest in Europe, LEED Silver
  • Brazil: Castelao Arena in Fortaleza, the first 2014 World Cup stadium to earn LEED certification
  • Singapore: Asia Square Tower 1, a 43-story office building, LEED Platinum
  • United Arab Emirates: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority Headquarters, LEED Platinum
  • Finland: Sello shopping center, the first European shopping mall to receive LEED Gold 

Collectively, more than 59,000 commercial and institutional projects are participating in LEED, representing 967 million GSM of construction space worldwide.

In June 2013, USGBC launched the LEED Earth campaign, offering free certification to the first projects to certify in the more than 100 countries where LEED has yet to take root. Since then, 15 projects in various nations have earned free certification, including Venezuela and Kuwait. To learn more, visit USGBC.org/LEEDEarth.

Majority of LEED Projects in Sweden Pursue the Highest Classes of LEED Certification According to New Report

LEED in Motion: Sweden Notes Country is Likely to see a 33 Percent Increase in Certified Projects in 2014

Washington, D.C. — (May 13, 2014) — The majority of registered LEED projects in Sweden consistently go on to achieve the highest tiers of LEED certification, with 23 percent of all certified projects earning Platinum certification and 67 percent achieving Gold, according to LEED in Motion: Sweden, a new report from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The report also notes that six projects were certified in the first part of 2014, and if this trend continues, Sweden will see a 33 percent increase over 2013’s number of certified projects. 

"As we look overseas to foster further momentum in our movement to transform the built environment, Sweden stands as a worthy example of a nation intent on creating high-performance structures that enhance the well-being of their occupants as well as the planet," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "Sweden is an unequivocal leader that has, time and again, demonstrated its commitment to healthy buildings and healthy people, and we are proud to showcase its strategies and successes in our latest LEED in Motion report."

LEED in Motion: Sweden is a full accounting of all LEED activity in Sweden, which is home to 57 LEED-certified projects totaling 1.1 million gross square meters of space.

The report highlights, specifically, how the global rating system works in Sweden through project profiles and testimonials, as well as how LEED credits and strategies push the limits of convention for maximum outcomes. It also features forewords from the chief executive officers of Skanska Sweden and Vasakronan, two of the biggest companies in Sweden pursuing LEED.

LEED in Motion: Sweden builds on the popular LEED in Motion report series launched in 2013. It is the first in a series of LEED in Motion reports focused on countries and regions. Its purpose is to equip readers with the insight and perspective they need to understand the use of the globally recognized LEED rating system.

U.S. Green Building Council Launches New Magazine for Member Network

USGBC+ to Highlight Stories, Strategies, Lessons Surrounding Sustainable Green Building

Washington, D.C. — (May 20, 2014) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched USGBC+, a new magazine for its community of nearly 13,000 member organizations that are committed to USGBC’s mission to create sustainable buildings and communities for all within this generation.

The magazine is available as a complimentary amenity for USGBC members, which range from small businesses to multinational corporations, local governments, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.

“USGBC’s network of members, large and small, form the backbone of the worldwide movement toward high-performing green structures that serve as a pathway to a healthier planet, healthier people and healthier bottom lines,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC.

In regard to the magazine title, Fedrizzi wrote in the inaugural issue: “That plus sign may appear diminutive, but it packs a huge punch. It signifies the work we do every day at USGBC to bring you the resources and support you need to take your green building efforts to unimagined heights.”

USGBC+ content reflects the best and brightest minds in green building, curated by the creators of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the world’s premier green building program. Each issue will highlight green building stories, strategies and lessons, exploring the inspiration and motivation of the leaders and project teams responsible for transforming our built environment. The magazine’s sections reflect USGBC’s different programs, from advocacy to international, as well as the principles that guide USGBC’s LEED rating system, ranging from addressing climate change to facilitating a green economy.

The inaugural May/June 2014 issue highlights Detroit, the location of this year’s annual USGBC Mid-Year Meeting, a gathering of the organization’s 76 local chapters and volunteer committees. The feature story, “Detroit Green City,” takes a fresh look at the city known for decay and blight, discussing grassroots efforts and community leaders who are shaping a green and bright future. “Reaching New Heights” looks at the journey toward LEED certification for One World Trade Center in New York City, plotting the path toward sustainability for an iconic structure of huge cultural significance, while the third feature, “Lofty Idea,” examines the adaptive reuse of buildings into micro lofts that are proving to be innovative housing models that offer access to urban amenities.

Additional features include an examination of American University’s School of International Service, a discussion of healthy buildings with Henry Chao of USGBC Platinum-level member HOK, as well as a look at how designers are seeking to illuminate the unseen health hazards and environmental footprint of building materials. The issue also includes a look at the first corporate Green Bond from USGBC Platinum-level member Bank of America, Cincinnati’s role as an incubator of green home innovations and coverage of emerging green technologies, among other items.

The first issue of the bimonthly magazine will be mailed to USGBC member organizations beginning in mid-May and will be accessible online at plus.usgbc.org.

Membership in USGBC offers multifaceted benefits, including access to green building education material through the Education @USGBC platform, members-only communications and resources, engagement opportunities with USGBC and other leaders in the green building industry, participation in LEED ballots and elections and eligibility to participate in LEED committees and working groups. Organizational membership starts as low as $300. To learn more, visit usgbc.org/member.

U.S. Green Building Council Launches Real-Time Green Building Data Resource for U.S. States

Online State Market Briefs Set the Bar for Information Transparency with LEED Green Building Data and Activity

Washington, D.C. — (April 23, 2014) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched its new online data visualization resource that highlights real-time green building data for each state in the U.S. and Washington, D.C. The enhanced state market briefs — highlighting LEED projects, LEED-credentialed professionals and USGBC membership in each state — provide green building advocates and the general public a look into LEED’s impact within any U.S. state.
 
"Our state-level market briefs demonstrate USGBC’s commitment to data and information transparency at an important level of granularity. You can’t find this data anywhere else in the market,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer, USGBC. "The choice to build green buildings is simple. These state-level data visualizations make it even simpler."

The dynamic market briefs for each state were created to supply green building advocates with on-the-ground information to tell robust stories about the multifaceted benefits of LEED green buildings. Each market brief acts as a state-level barometer of economic activity taking place in an industry that McGraw-Hill projects could be worth up to $248 billion and represent more than half of all commercial and institutional construction in the U.S. by 2016.

Market briefs for countries outside the U.S. are available upon request, and LEED for Homes and LEED for Neighborhood Development data and projects will be added later this year. The market briefs highlight data on cumulative LEED-registered and -certified projects, gross square footage of LEED-registered and -certified space, project totals broken out by owner type and space type, USGBC member organizations by type, LEED professional credential holders, links to chapter(s) serving that state, as well as a project profile scorecard.

“The ability to tune in to what the green building marketplace looks like in real time is remarkably impactful, no matter what your connection to the industry is,” said Ari Kobb, director of sustainability and green building solutions, Siemens Industry, Inc. “The state market briefs are clean and simple snapshots for each state. As someone who loves to dig into data, especially LEED data, I find this a useful tool for analysis."

USGBC chapters and Platinum-level members were given an exclusive first look at the tool before it came online. “Working at the state level, I see story after story of LEED success in North Carolina,” said Emily Scofield, executive director, USGBC North Carolina Chapter. “The state market briefs are really useful to us in the way that they aggregate individual successes into crisp numbers that have a real impact on our conversations with businesses and policymakers.”

USGBC prioritizes data transparency and access through its data access policy campaign, its Green Building Information Gateway (gbig.org) and as a joint organizer of the Data Access and Transparency Alliance. No other green building organization provides access to this level of data and information.
 
“Providing the green building market with this detailed level of information is critical to the success of USGBC’s mission of market transformation,” added Ramanujam.
 
The state market briefs can be downloaded either as a visualization or as a raw data file and are accessible at USGBC.org/advocacy/market-brief.

USGBC and Bank of America Announce Call for Applications for 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program

Fourteen LEED for Neighborhood Development Projects to Receive Funding and Resources

Washington, D.C. — (May 15, 2014) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation today announced the opening of the application period for the expanded 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program. The program, which awards financial and educational resources to developers of affordable housing in North America that are committed to building sustainable communities through the LEED for Neighborhood Development program, is made possible by an $850,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
 
This year the program will expand to 14 awardees from 10 in 2012, the most recent year that grants were awarded. Applications will be accepted from now until July 11, 2014. 
 
LEED for Neighborhood Development is a green neighborhood rating system that integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building, while benefitting communities by reducing urban sprawl, increasing transportation choices and decreasing automobile dependence, encouraging healthy living, and protecting threatened species. 
 
“Ensuring universal access to healthy and affordable housing for all people is a critical element of our pursuit of a sustainable built environment,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Green buildings and neighborhoods are about the people who inhabit them every day, and Bank of America is committed to creating vibrant, walkable and affordable communities that enhance the quality of life for everyone who calls them home.”
 
“Together, Bank of America and USGBC are bringing to life the best plans in sustainable community development throughout North America,” said Alex Liftman, global environmental executive, Bank of America. “The continued growth of the LEED for Neighborhood Development and the Affordable Green Neighborhood programs showcases how communities can design and build in a way that protects our environment while enhancing economic vitality.”

A review committee of industry leaders will award 14 affordable housing projects in the U.S. and Canada with the following support:

  • Cash award of $25,000 USD to be used to pursue LEED for Neighborhood Development certification
  • Complimentary LEED for Neighborhood Development reference guide
  • Registration for the online LEED for Neighborhood Development webinar series
  • Registration for a LEED for Neighborhood Development educational workshop
  • Waived registration and exam fees for one member of each project team to pursue the LEED Green Associate professional credential
  • Monthly support calls and direct access for technical inquiries
  • One registration for the National Affordable Green Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in New Orleans
  • Travel stipend to attend Greenbuild 2014

In addition to the award package, three to four projects will be selected to receive a two-day, in-person technical assistance session with a team of USGBC and Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) staff, valued at $3,000. The in-person meetings provide an opportunity for USGBC and GBCI staff to provide intensive, dedicated assistance to projects pursuing certification. The application form provides interested projects the opportunity to apply for the selective technical assistance sessions.
 
This is the third round of funding the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has provided for the Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program. The 2014 program has grown to include support for additional projects, in-person technical assistance visits and an expanded focus to include Canadian projects.
 
Through the previous cycles of the grant program in 2012 and 2010, USGBC has provided assistance to 20 affordable housing redevelopment projects across the country, representing the creation of 8,448 rental units and 2,391 for-sale units. All projects are being designed and built to the highest standards of environmental sustainability and indoor air quality, with the majority reserved for low-income residents.
 
Applicants for the program will be notified of their status in early September. To learn more about the Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program and/or to apply, visit www.usgbc.org/initiatives/grants/affordable-neighborhoods.
 
For more information on LEED for Neighborhood Development, visit www.usgbc.org/leed.

About the U.S. Green Building Council
 
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) and connect on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

 

About LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the world's foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Every day, 1.7 million square feet (140,000 square meters) of space is certified using LEED. LEED seeks to optimize the use of natural resources, promote regenerative and restorative strategies and minimize the negative environmental and human health consequences of the construction industry, and provide high-quality indoor environments for building occupants. LEED certification demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. Learn more at usgbc.org/leed.

 

Fred Menger Receives the NEBB George B. Hightower Award

April 3, 2014, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – Robert (Bob) Linder, 2014 NEBB President presented the George B. Hightower Award to Fred Menger for his distinguished service to NEBB and the global HVAC industry. Bob Linder presented the award to Fred during the opening reception of the 2014 NEBB Annual Conference, April 3-5, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

DSC00191The George B. Hightower Award is NEBB's most prestigious honor and is presented to people who have made outstanding achievements and contributions to the HVAC industry and to the success of NEBB. Fred received the George B. Hightower Award based on his exemplary service to NEBB and to the North Central chapter of NEBB.

On receiving the award, Fred Menger said, "I had the opportunity to know Mr. Hightower personally and work with him. I believe in everything Mr. Hightower stood for: high integrity, high standards, and high quality. Not only am I honored to receive this prestigious award, but when I was President of NEBB in 1999, I had the honor of presenting Mr. Hightower with the first George B. Hightower award."

Bob Linder presented the award to Fred and mentioned, “It was an honor to present the award to Fred. In addition to his contributions to NEBB, he has been a mentor to me since I joined our local chapter. He always seems to have time to help others.”

John Schulte, NEBB EVP commented, “Fred’s sustained engagement as a volunteer leader is a testament to his commitment to the success of the NEBB organization. His contributions of time, effort and intellect on behalf of the firms and individuals affiliated with NEBB are remarkable and are greatly appreciated by us all.”

Fred has been an active member of North Central NEBB chapter since 1975. Fred’s participation has spanned his professional career and carried on into in retirement in 2009. His service at the chapter level includes:

·         Board of Directors 1975-2009, including multiple terms in multiple Office positions

·         Technical Committee Chair 1975-2010

·         Education Committee Member 1975-2010

Fred became active at the NEBB national level in late 70’s. His service includes:

·         Board of Directors 1983-1986 and 1992-2000

·         Executive Finance Committee 1986 and 1996-1999

o        Treasurer 1986 and 1996

o        Vice President 1997

o        President Elect 1998

o        President 1999

o        Past President 2000

·         Reviewer, Contributor and/or Author of over 40 NEBB publications and examinations, including:

o        Contributor, 1996 Hydronics Systems Manual

o        Contributor, 1997 Edition of the TAB Manual for Technicians

o        Contributor, 1998 6th Edition of the Procedural Standards for TAB of Environmental Systems

o        Contributor, 1984 1st Edition and the  1999 2nd Edition of the Environmental Systems Technology

o        Contributor, 2002 Edition of the TAB Home Study Course for Technicians

o        Contributor, 2005 7th Edition of the Procedural Standards for TAB of Environmental Systems

·         Chapter Affairs Committee Member and Chairman

·         TAB Committee Member and Chairman

·         QAP Technical Reviewer since the program’s inception

In addition to his contributions to NEBB, Fred has been a lifetime member of ASHRAE and a member of the 50 Year Club of Dunwoody College of Technology

 

E-LINE by DIRAK – Mechatronic Security System Protects Sensitive Data at the Enclosure Level

Sterling, VA -- E-LINE by DIRAK is DIRAK’s mechatronic security system for enclosures that house sensitive materials, electronics, or data. It is a critical part of a complete security and loss prevention strategy because it allows a user to control, monitor and audit who has access to sensitive data housed inside an enclosure 24/7.

E-LINE by DIRAK offers three product groups plus security management software.

MLR (Mechatronic Locks for Racks) - Combines ergonomics, aesthetics and function. MLR is designed specifically to address security of data and server racks.

MLR Locks are available in 5 models:

o        MLR1000 – for integration into customer’s existing management system.

o        MLR3000 – used with E-LINE by DIRAK’s Administration Suite Software. Ideal in situations where cabinets are in close proximity to each other.

o        MLR5000 – Ideal for racks situated in multiple locations. It is integrated into DIRAK’s Administration Suite Software through unique IP addresses.

o        MLR3000KP and MLR5000KP – Incorporate a keypad to allow the user to select an access method:  HID Card, keypad, or both to gain entry

Physical Handle Features:

·         Integrated LEDs on the face of the handle display alarm and authorization status of the

            handle.

·         The top LED indicates locking status and the bottom LED indicates temperature

            deviations.

·         A backlit information field located at the top of the handle can display customer specific

            information, such as logos, rack numbers, etc.

The Administration Suite is DIRAK's exclusive security management software. This software provides monitoring and control of the E-LINE by DIRAK Locking Systems. It allows a user to administer, document and protect access to all racks with full control over all cabinets and enclosures secured with E-LINE by DIRAK locking systems.

Some features of the Administration Suite Software include:

·         Logs all events for complete audit control and security investigations.

·         Wide range of options (time, days, personnel, etc.) to control access to racks.

·         Comprehensive alarm management; messages can be forwarded to email addresses.

·         The ability to manage systems in different time zones.

·         Four-Eyes capability - two authorized people must be present to access the enclosure.

For complete physical security outside of the datacenter environment, E-LINE by DIRAK offers two additional mechatronic lock models.

MLE (Mechatronic Locks for Enclosures)

The MLE products primarily address security of enclosures that are located in indoor or outdoor environments. The handles are specifically designed to withstand physical access by vandals.

MLU (Mechatronic Lock for Universal Applications)

MLU is a versatile solution that expands an existing mechanical locking system with an additional electronic system. The MLU lock is mounted inside the cabinet, providing a completely concealed security solution. 

Protecting materials, electronics and data is a critical component of a company’s security and loss prevention strategy.  E-LINE by DIRAK’S mechatronic locking systems provide the best security solution for any company’s particular application.

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About E-LINE by DIRAK                                         

E-LINE by DIRAK is DIRAK’s mechatronic security system, designed to give a high level of security at the rack or enclosure level for indoor and outdoor applications. E-LINE by DIRAK controls access to individual enclosures, monitors when individuals have access and provides an audit trail for reporting purposes. The E-LINE by DIRAK system consists of three product groups plus security management software. To learn more about E-LINE by DIRAK, please visit www.elinebydirak.com/us

 

DIRAK’s SNAP-LINE Products Reduce Installation Time Up to 90%

Sterling, VA -- Now available from DIRAK, SNAP-LINE hinges, latches, handles, fasteners and cable management devices. These products combine aesthetics and functionality with an innovative, tool-less installation method that is easy, quick, and secure.  SNAP-LINE products can be installed without traditional hardware such as screws, washers and nuts, reducing most installation times up to 90%.

Many of DIRAK's SNAP-LINE products incorporate D-SNAP® Technology, a revolutionary technology based on a uniquely designed housing system which holds two wedge-shaped, spring-loaded wings, enabling products to be snapped onto a sheet metal panel in mere seconds. Products that incorporate D-SNAP® Technology are better suited for applications requiring high strength and vibration resistance compared to traditional tool-less hardware.

SNAP-LINE products featuring D-SNAP® Technology are installed quickly and easily by pushing the product through the panel cut-out.  The wings in the housing retract as they slide through the cutout and snap into position once fully inserted.

Advantages of using DIRAK's SNAP-LINE products include:

·         No need for mounting hardware (nuts, bolts, washers, etc.) or tools. This eliminates the possibility of hardware becoming loose over time, and damaging the equipment inside the enclosure.

·         Allows for blind assembly from the front of the panel for applications where access to the back of the panel is limited.

·         Reduces inventory by eliminating the need for traditional hardware, such as: bolts, nuts and washers.

·         Easily disassembled for maintenance, repair, or end-of-life recycling.

·         SNAP-LINE products that incorporate D-SNAP® Technology have the ability to withstand vibration environments and heavy loads while still maintaining a secure, tight fit over time. These products give strength and vibration specs equivalent to traditional installation methods.

·         SNAP-LINE products give clear, audible, and visual confirmation that the product is properly installed, reducing the possibility of human error which is prevalent when relying on secondary tools for proper installation.

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About DIRAK

DIRAK is a global designer, manufacturer and distributor of innovative, high quality system solutions for latching, hinging and profile technology.  We specialize in mechanical and mechatronic hardware solutions, and take pride in our ability to design custom products to meet any application requirements.  We are the leading provider of innovative, cost effective solutions for your access hardware requirements. To learn more about DIRAK products, visit www.dirak.com

 

Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi is a Clean Winner at Annual BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament in Indian Wells

Indian Wells Tennis Garden Provides "Flawless" Wireless Coverage, Including Live Streaming Video on New BNP Paribas Open Mobile App to As Many As 9,000 Concurrent Users Daily Over Two-Week Tournament

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SUNNYVALE, CA – May 5, 2014 –Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) announced today that Indian Wells Tennis Garden, owned by Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, has successfully deployed a massive, high-density, high-capacity Smart Wi-Fi network throughout its entire 54 acre complex, which was in use during the BNP Paribas Open held there last March. The annual tennis tournament, which this year enjoyed record attendance of over 430,000 tennis fans over its two-week run, is the largest combined professional ATP World Tour and WTA event in the world.

Located in the heart of the Coachella Valley in Indian Wells, CA, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a $77M facility built in 2000, including the 16,000+-seat main Stadium 1, the second largest tennis-specific stadium in the world—plus a new, recently completed 8,000-seat Stadium 2, and 22 additional championship courts.

Handling nearly 2 terabytes of data at any given time during the tournament’s two week run, the comprehensive Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi network was installed and is managed year-round to provide Wi-Fi access for various types of other events held at the Garden by West Coast Networking of Palm Desert, CA, a managed service provider (MSP) and Ruckus Big Dog channel partner.

“We were tasked with the responsibility of deploying a wireless network for the entire site—an internal system for verifying tournament participants’ credentials, facilitating box office functions, and other internal infrastructure needs, in addition to a massive, public Wi-Fi system,” said Mark McComas, vice president of West Coast Networking. “The driving force behind this deployment was providing public Wi-Fi access that would enable patrons to easily access the BNP Paribas Open Mobile Application.”

The BNP Paribas Open Mobile App is a one-stop, multi-functional online resource that was used during the tournament to provide attendees with all kinds of up-to-the minute information, including: tournament player match schedules; live, up-to-the minute scores of all matches in-progress; match results; player bios, and draw information; plus, live video coverage of matches.

Smart Wi-Fi is a Perfect Match for Indian Wells

The Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi network at Indian Wells Tennis Garden consists of over 130 indoor and outdoor Ruckus ZoneFlex™ access points (APs), 80 percent of which are ZoneFlex 7782 Series carrier-class 3x3:3 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n outdoor APs, featuring integrated antennas with patented BeamFlex™ technology for unprecedented performance in high-density, high-capacity applications. In Stadium 1, APs were discreetly mounted in the lower bowl on concrete columns, hidden under awnings, with power supplied via Power over Ethernet (PoE). On the upper bowl, APs were mounted on the light poles, where they also drew their power from. A dedicated 4 GB fiber broadband connection provided the backhaul for the system. West Coast Networking manages the entire network with a Ruckus ZoneDirector™ 5000 controller. 

“The biggest problem to solve is density, and choosing the appropriate radio for the right application,” continued McComas. “By using Ruckus directional RF technology, we’re able to concentrate each AP’s beam to specific locations like banks of seating at each stadium court, and you really can’t do that with a 360 degree-type AP from other vendors. Keeping the beam’s focus directly on a specific area was the key.” Unique Ruckus technology ensures that users get consistent, reliable, high-performance coverage. McComas added, “During peak usage periods, we had anywhere from 7,500 to 9,000 concurrent users online on a daily basis throughout the tournament, with nearly 2 terabytes of data being carried through the network.”

Internally, Indian Wells Tennis Garden staff used a separate group account/SSID for credentials scanning, ticket scanning at the entry gates using Janam handheld 2.4/5 GHz wireless scanners, and administrative staff tasks/functions. West Coast Networking also set up a limited group account/private, secure SSID for tournament medical staff and officials. Fans and players, and each player’s individual staff (trainers, coaches, etc.), plus tournament vendors, all used the public Wi-Fi SSID, which was simple and easy to connect to once entering the Tennis Garden via a standard/typical web portal log-in process.

All of the tennis courts had network coverage, plus all three of the new Stadium 2 fine dining restaurants (Nobu, Chop House and Piero's PizzaVino), both of the Garden’s 19,000 square foot outdoor shade structures, the vendor areas, and the Stadium Plaza. 

Ruckus Makes BNP Paribas Open Live a Winner

“The biggest thing the BNP Paribas Open App provided was the live video coverage,” continued McComas. “Within the App, there were four different BNP Paribas Open live video feeds that users could choose from—stadiums one, two, three and four—so for everyone within the Tennis Garden, they could watch any of the matches on these four courts streamed live via the BNP Paribas Open live video feeds, which was a first for any ATP World Tour/WTA event, so it was quite a milestone for the tennis world.”

For example, someone sitting in Stadium 1 watching a match there in person could also watch a live stream on their mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, of a concurrent match taking place in Stadium 2—again, something which was a first for an ATP World Tour/WTA event.

Ruckus Provides the Put Away Volley 

David Sahl, director of IT Services for Indian Wells Tennis Garden, said they wanted to deploy a public Wi-Fi system that could handle thousands of concurrent users. “The impetus behind providing Wi-Fi was definitely the BNP Paribas Open App, in order to enhance the experience for fans attending the tournament.”

Added McComas, “The whole Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi network was flawless during the entire event—we didn’t have any issues whatsoever.”

Indian Wells Tennis Garden adds to the ever-growing, impressive list of Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi high-density stadium and arena deployments around the world, including: the new San Jose (CA) Earthquakes Stadium (opening in 2015); Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC; Chennai Stadium, a 50,000-seat facility in India; Rio Tinto Stadium, a 28,000-seat venue in Salt Lake City, UT; Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany; the National Stadium of Lima, Peru, and; two of Brazil’s largest soccer stadiums, both of which will be hosting FIFA World Cup matches in 2014—the Estádio Nacional de Brasília, a 68,009-seat stadium in Brasília, and Estádio Octávio Mangabeira (also known as Arena Fonte Nova), a 52,048-seat stadium in Salvador.

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ABOUT RUCKUS WIRELESS

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus Wireless, Inc.(NYSE: RKUS) is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market. The company offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor “Smart Wi-Fi” products to mobile carriers, broadband service providers, and corporate enterprises, and has over 36,000 end-customers worldwide. Ruckus technology addresses Wi-Fi capacity and coverage challenges caused by the ever-increasing amount of traffic on wireless networks due to accelerated adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Ruckus invented and has patented state-of-the-art wireless voice, video, and data technology innovations, such as adaptive antenna arrays that extend signal range, increase client data rates, and avoid interference, providing consistent and reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. For more information, visit http://www.ruckuswireless.com.

 

ShoreTel Expands Focus on Healthcare Vertical Industry with Dedicated Team, Increased Association Involvement

ShoreTel unified communications improve mobility, collaboration, and care coordination for hospitals, physician practices and extended care providers

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ShoreTel® (NASDAQ: SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple phone systems and unified communications solutions, today announced a vertical sales program focused on the healthcare industry, with dedicated programs to deliver solutions to hospitals, physician practices and extended care providers.


"Leveraging a client base of close to 1,000 providers across these three segments along with a strong partner/reseller community representing ShoreTel in this vertical, this dedicated program is a natural evolution of our go-to-market sales model," said Shane Harper, director of vertical programs at ShoreTel. "The company now has a formal team in place, and is broadening its reach through a variety of partner enablement and industry activities."


"Electronic health record adoption, utilization measurement, and patient engagement are certainly a few of the top trends within the industry today," said Lance Mehaffey, MHA, healthcare vertical program manager for ShoreTel. "But the more significant driver is clinical transformation. By merging collaboration technologies, care pathways, and human interactions, all provider types can transform how care is delivered and continuously improved. The capabilities of ShoreTel are tightly aligned with these transformative industry initiatives and objectives."


ShoreTel solutions can be utilized by hospitals, physician practices and extended care providers to improve mobility, collaboration and care coordination. Examples include:


  • ShoreTel Mobility keeps dispersed hospital teams agile and connected to each other with easy to access and use mobility clients.
  • ShoreTel Contact Center solutions assist in facilitating satisfaction surveys, automating outbound appointment reminder calls, and coordinating patient services more efficiently.
  • ShoreTel IP Telephony systems enable easy management of voice communications in a single practice location or across multiple practice locations.
  • ShoreTel Sky phone services enable physician groups and extended care providers to utilize communications in the same way they use electronic medical record systems - as a hosted solution.
  • ShoreTel voice and web conferencing solutions support on-going staff training and meeting needs, with the ability to deliver training courses to multiple locations seamlessly and affordably.
  • ShoreTel's open architecture allows for the integration of extended applications to further increase efficiencies. Applications include outbound campaign interactive voice response (IVR), emergency notification, Web dialer and call recorder.

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas has a large ShoreTel installation that has improved productivity, increased capacity and lowered costs. "With pressure to provide top-notch patient care while controlling costs, the hospital needed to boost the availability, mobility, and capabilities of its communications infrastructure," said Robert Acosta, director of technology services and security at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. "We needed a vendor who would do more than rip and replace our phones and who truly understood how critical the right voice over IP network is to the way we work."


ShoreTel is also committed to ongoing involvement with the leading U.S. healthcare organizations, including American Medical Group Association, Medical Group Management Association, American Health Care Association, National Center for Assisted Living, and National Association of Home Care and Hospice.


For more information on ShoreTel's healthcare vertical program, please go here.


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

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SIEMON IN THE NEWS

Siemon Releases Cisco Compatible SFP+ Direct Attached Copper Cable Assemblies for 10GbE Applications

 

May 19, 2014. Watertown, CT - Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, is pleased to announce SFP+ Copper Twinax direct-attach cables (DACs) that are programmed for compatibility with Cisco equipment. While Siemon’s industry-standard passive SFP+ DAC assemblies have been tested and proven for interoperability through independent testing by the UNH Interoperability Lab, these new cables are programmed specifically to work with all Cisco network equipment having 10GBASE-CX1 ports including Catalyst and Nexus switches. When these cables are plugged into Cisco equipment, they will not trigger the warning message that a non-Cisco or third party DAC has been detected. These cables do not violate Cisco's warranty.

As 10 gigabit per second (Gb/s) SFP+ DACs and transceivers become common for top of rack (ToR) applications in the data center where small access switches or port extenders connect directly to servers, Siemon’s Cisco Compatible SFP+ DACs were developed specifically as a cost-effective and lower-power alternative to optical modules for these short-reach, high-speed interconnects. Ideal for high-performance computing (HPC) in networking and storage environments, these standard-compliant assemblies easily support transfer rates up to 10+ Gb/s per lane with ultra-low crosstalk for enhanced performance. Like all Siemon SFP+ DACs, the Cisco Compatible SFP+ DACs combine a twinaxial shielded cable construction with robust die-cast housing, superior strain relief and gold-plated contacts for enhanced support at higher frequencies with minimized EMI leakage.

“To avoid having to troubleshoot substandard cables, some switch vendors incorporate encryption or ‘vendor lock’ into their equipment to issue a warning message if a non-vendor approved cable assembly is plugged into a port,” says John Sawdy, Senior Signal Integrity Engineer for Siemon. “While Siemon SFP+ DACs have always been compliant with IEEE and SFF industry standards with proven interoperability, we are excited to now employ encryption that prevents the warning message and offers a greater peace of mind to data center managers.”

Offered in the same lengths and wire gauges as Cisco DAC assemblies but at a significant cost reduction, Siemon's Cisco compatible SFP+ cable assemblies are available in lengths from 1 to 5 meters.  The assemblies support data transfer rates up to 10+ Gb/s per lane, meeting or exceeding current industry standard specifications.

Siemon’s high speed passive copper interconnect product line includes SFP+; QDR and FDR QSFP+; QSFP+ to SFP+ Breakout; CXP and CXP to QSFP+ Breakout cables for use in point to point applications within advanced data centers. Siemon also provides QDR and FDR active optical QSFP+ cable assemblies for reaches up to 100 meters.

For more information on the Cisco Compatible SPF+ DAC and to access the related Siemon Tech Brief that explains the encryption, visit www.siemon.com/cisco-compatible.

The Cisco Compatible SFP+ DACs are also available to OEMs, value-added resellers and integrated through the Siemon Interconnect Solutions website at www.siemon.com/sis/cisco-compatible.

 

Siemon Educational Webinar Explains the Need for Low Loss Multifiber Connectivity in Today’s Data Center Environment

 

Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, is pleased to announce a new webinar that explains how low loss versions of Siemon fiber connectivity can help data center managers contend with today’s shrinking optical loss budgets while supporting multiple mated pairs for flexible high-speed fiber channels. This latest webinar titled, The Need for Low Loss Multifiber Connectivity in Today’s Data Center, will be presented by Carrie Higbie, Siemon’s Global Director of Data Center Solutions and Services, and will take place on May 15, 2014 at 1 p.m. EDT.

 

Optical insertion loss budgets have become one of the top concerns among data center managers, especially in today’s large virtualized server environments with new switch fabric architectures and higher speeds that result in longer-distance fiber backbone channels using MPO connectivity for networking and storage area network (SAN) applications. With these more stringent insertion loss requirements, standard loss MPO connectors significantly limit the number of mated connections that can be deployed in a fiber channel. This has created the need for low loss fiber connectivity that can support multiple mated connections for flexibility and manageability over a wide range of distances and configurations while providing data center managers with sufficient loss headroom for deploying the latest high-speed fiber applications.

“There are many trends happening in the data center environment such as higher speeds, new non-blocking designs and software defined networking that benefit from the use of cross connects,” says Higbie. “With cross connects requiring more passive connection points within a channel, low loss fiber connectivity is the key to staying within loss budgets—especially in higher speed Ethernet and Fibre Channel applications that have more stringent loss requirements than ever before.”

In addition to providing guidance on the number and type of low loss connections allowed for a variety of applications and configurations, this webinar will also provide a Q&A portion for participants to interact with the presenter. To register for the free May 15th webinar, The Need for Low Loss Multifiber Connectivity in the Data Center, visit: www.siemon.com/webinars. Anyone who registers for the event will gain first access to the Siemon white paper of the same name. All Siemon webinars are also archived for participants to select and review previously recorded sessions at any time.

Siemon's New LightStack™  Plug And Play Fiber Solution Combines Ultra High-Density And Superior Performance With Unmatched Fiber Management

40/100 Gb/s-capable MTP based fiber solution delivers up to 144 LC or 864 MTP fibers per rack mount space, while providing innovative features that eliminate the installation and maintenance challenges associated with most high-density fiber systems in today's Data Centers

Watertown, CT - Siemon, a leading global fiber optic network infrastructure specialist, is pleased to announce its new LightStack™ Ultra High Density Fiber Plug and Play System.  Siemon’s LightStack end-to-end fiber system combines superior performance and density with unmatched accessibility in a sleek, modern enclosure that easily supports today’s advanced data center and storage area network environments, while providing fast, seamless migration to advanced 40 and 100 gigabit applications.

LightStack features an innovative patent-pending rack-mount enclosure with the capacity to house 144 LC fibers or 864 MTP fibers in a single rack unit. Its revolutionary horizontal cable management handles both traditional and uni-tube jumpers and features easy-unlatch, swing-open management clips for full access to the jumpers.  Innovative swivel cable tie-down points on the rear of the enclosure maintain proper bend radius.

With a rear bottom tray that slides inward for easy access to the connectivity while the enclosures are stacked on top of each other, LightStack offers best in class accessibility compared to any other high-density fiber enclosure on the market. In the out position, the rear tray acts as a cable partition between stacked enclosures. Low-Loss Plug and Play Modules are also easily inserted or removed from either the front or rear of the enclosure and the visually appealing easy-open magnetic door eliminates harmful pinch points and offers high-visibility drop-down labeling.

Available in OM4 multimode and singlemode, the ultra-slim LightStack LC-to-MTP Low-Loss Plug and Play modules offer the industry’s lowest loss performance of 0.35dB for flexible fiber channels. Fully ready to support 40 and 100 gigabit applications, LightStack low-loss 0.2dB MTP pass-through adapters are available in 2, 4 and 6-port designs and they are offered in both aligned and opposed key orientation to accommodate all polarity methods. Unlike other fiber solutions on the market, LightStack also supports 12-fiber LC pass-through adapter plates for current 10 gigabit Ethernet or Fibre Channel SAN applications.

“As today’s high-density data centers migrate from 10 to 40 and 100 gigabit speeds, they require low-loss fiber connectivity to support multiple mated connections for flexible patching options over a wide range of distances and configurations while remaining within link loss budgets. At the same time, these connections need to be easily accessed and managed to quickly and effectively make changes,” explains Charlie Maynard, Fiber Optic Product Manager at Siemon’s global headquarters. “With superior best-in-class features, our new LightStack Ultra High Density Fiber System is uniquely positioned to overcome current and future fiber connectivity challenges.”

For backbone links, the LightStack Fiber System includes next-generation and traditional MTP trunk cables available in OM3 and OM4 bend insensitive multimode fiber and singlemode fiber.  Siemon’s LC BladePatch featuring Siemon’s revolutionary push-pull boot design perfectly complements the ultra high density of the new LightStack system improving accessibility even further. Ideal for connecting to active equipment from interconnects or cross connects such as in SAN applications, LightStack also offers LC BladePatch®-to-MTP hybrid trunks for precise control and easy insertion and removal. LC BladePatch jumpers and trunks utilize a smaller diameter uni-tube cable design which reduces cable pathway congestion improving air flow and increasing energy efficiency while simplifying overall cable management. The low loss 12-fiber LC BladePatch®-to-MTP hybrid trunks are available in both multimode and singlemode, as well as in a variety of staggered lengths to support a multitude of active equipment including Cisco Nexus, Cisco MDS and Brocade.   

For more information on the revolutionary LightStack Ultra High Density Fiber System, visit: www.siemon.com/LightStack

About Siemon

Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specializing in the design and manufacture of high quality, high performance low voltage infrastructure solutions and services for Data Centers, LANs and Intelligent Buildings. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suite of copper and optical fiber cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management, data center power and cooling systems and Intelligent Infrastructure Management solutions. With more than 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and the development of Industry Standards, underlining the company’s long-standing commitment to its customers and the industry. Siemon Interconnect Solutions (SIS) is a Siemon business unit comprised of a team of dedicated technical sales professionals supported by Siemon Labs, mechanical, electrical and signal integrity engineers committed to solving industry and customer driven interconnect challenges. SIS provides custom network infrastructure solutions to OEMs, leading manufacturers, value-added resellers and system integrators.

 

Silver Fox® showcases its Fox-Flo® cable labels at Infrarail 2014

Silver Fox®, a leading UK manufacturer of labelling solutions, will be exhibiting its solutions for the rail industry at the 10th International Railway Infrastructure Exhibition (Infrarail 2014), which is being held at London’s Earl’s Court from 20th to 22nd May.

On its exhibition stand (H66), Silver Fox® will be showcasing its wide range of labelling solutions but especially its Fox-Flo® UV-stable, low smoke, zero halogen (LSZH) tie-on cable labels. Independently verified as meeting tough, stringent standards with regard to durability despite the most demanding of operating conditions, Fox-Flo® labels printed in conjunction with along with the Silver Fox® Fox-in-a-Box® Cable Label System is approved for use by London Underground (LUL) – especially for labelling both low and high voltage power cables.

Through customers, such as Waverley Engineering, Silver Fox® labels and Fox-Flo® in particular, are often used on London Underground and other major rail projects. Silver Fox® products are also supplied by, among others Grafoplast Europe (based in Hitchin) and Thorne & Derrick, the well-known national distributor and worldwide exporter of cable installation, cable jointing and electrical equipment for industrial and hazardous areas – which includes use in the rail industry.

According to Nick Michaelson, CEO of Silver Fox®, the Silver Fox® Tie-On cable marking system is ideal for large cables and cable bundles - including use with nylon or stainless steel cable ties – such as are used in the rail industry. For example, they are used on LUL compliant cable labels for power, co-axial and fire alarm cables.

He added: “At a time of continued investment in rail, Infrarail 2014 provides an excellent opportunity for companies, such as Silver Fox®, that serve the rail infrastructure market to showcase their products and services. We’re delighted to be heading to Earl’s Court for this event.”

Held every two years, Infrarail regularly attracts over 4,500 visitors. This year’s event will be officially opened by the Minister of State for Transport and Liberal democrat peer, Baroness Kramer.  As a true UK manufacturer we would be delighted to welcome the Baroness to our stand.

To find out more about Silver Fox® and receive regular updates on its products and activities, subscribe to their free newsletter.

About Silver Fox® Ltd

A leader in UK manufacturing labelling solutions using a special Plug’n’Play thermal printer or a standard office printer - ensuring fast and efficient identification of cables, wires, optical fibres, panels and equipment - Silver Fox® delivers solutions for the Energy, Power, Rail and Data & Telecoms industries worldwide.

Silver Fox’s® production of independently tested durable labelling is only part of the story. It also offers three levels of software, all of which are downloadable from the Silver Fox® website, for free trial. Developed in conjunction with engineers over the past 15 years or so, these software solutions offer an array of unique time-saving options which, for the time-critical project, can turn time into profit.

Silver Fox® tests its labels at recognised independent UKAS certified test laboratories in compliance with a number of different MIL and other standards. Silver Fox is ISO 9001:2008 registered. Silver Fox has spent over 30 years developing its products. Its commitment to global business was recognised in 2005 by the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade.

 

Article – “Throwing A Lifeline”  by Jim Hayes – reprinted from ECMAG.com

A life-threatening event occurs at a large building where many people could be in danger. In this case, it is a smoky fire, but it could also be an earthquake or a mass shooting. The fire alarm system senses the fire, locates the problem, and immediately begins sending signals. It informs the local fire station. Workers receive text messages on their mobile devices with the reason for the alarm and directions for how to get out of the building quickly. It even links to a web page with maps of the escape routes. Along those routes, any secure doors are opened to allow a quick exit.

 

The alarm system also starts the fire suppression system and instructs the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system to prevent the smoke from spreading to other parts of the building. Using a combination of occupancy sensors and CCTV cameras, it locates areas still occupied and broadcasts specific evacuation instructions to them. Next, other building systems that need to be addressed, such as elevators, are also sent specific information.

 

Meanwhile, at the fire department, the dispatcher gets the message and directs the firemen. While they are on the way, the fire crew uses the alarm link to view the fire alarm system status and a building diagram showing exactly where the problem is, how to get to it most efficiently using the stairs, and where the usable elevators are in the building. By the time the firefighters arrive at the building, they know exactly which entrance to use, how to get to the area and the locations of services they need to effectively fight the fire.

 

If there are potential injuries, the appropriate rescue personnel will be given the same information and get to the scene as fast as possible.

 

That sounds like a good use of technology, available to everyone today, doesn’t it? In fact, there ought to be an app for that. Certainly, there are simple ways that electronic systems could coordinate efforts to make this happen. You would need the fire alarm system to work with the building management system, the security system, the local area network (LAN) and probably a few other building systems. Most buildings have comprehensive networks of cabling for LANs that are already being used for security and building management systems.

 

The future is now

About 25 years ago, Don Horon, president and founder of Cadgraphics Inc., began working on such a system that has evolved to nearly this level of functionality. His RescueLogic system taps into proprietary fire alarm systems using an “antique” RS-232 serial data port to get the necessary information, uses Ethernet to gather data from other systems in a building, then uses a PC to map it onto building drawings to create a visual representation of the systems that looks like the above.

Others, including many major suppliers of fire and life safety systems, have solutions to achieve this goal. However, all are hampered by the lack of standards for systems interoperability.

 

Wayne Moore, vice president with Hughes Associates, a fire protection and life safety consulting firm, and ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR columnist for fire/life safety, has been working on NFPA committees for years to determine how to add networking to NFPA 72. Why is it taking so long?

 

Fire alarm and life safety systems are still based on design criteria developed a century ago. They serve to make them reliable enough to ensure the safety of people inside these buildings. There are comprehensive standards covering the design of these systems (NFPA 72 and 101 in the United States) that are adopted into building codes in most areas.

Today, technology is causing two issues for these systems. First, other systems in buildings are using newer, more powerful computing and networking technology that could make these systems more effective. Second, changes in how we communicate are making it important to consider expanding notification systems to alarms. This would provide faster and more widely distributed notifications using alarms and lights, and also public address systems, phone, text, email, pagers, instant messaging, etc. The need for fast and widespread notification for fire alarms is obvious, but the many instances of shootings on campuses underscores the need for more widespread notification with greater detail about the problem while using every available option for alerts.

 

Like many fields, new technologies that offer attractive advantages, but require careful consideration, are affecting fire and life safety systems. Commercial aircraft cockpit systems provide a good analogy. As recently as a decade ago, pilots were faced with dozens of instruments, such as dials with pointers going in all sorts of directions, that they had to know how to read and determine immediately if anything was abnormal.

 

Today’s cockpits are full of video monitors and computers that process and simplify the information, making the pilot’s job easier. However, as we have seen recently, pilots can become dependent on these systems and get complacent, sometimes with tragic consequences. This is an important lesson to remember and emphasize when training personnel in the use of these automated systems.

 

Of course, computers are integrated into everything these days, providing the ability to monitor and control devices with little supervision and fewer mistakes. Even traditional life safety systems with sensors and annunciators connected over traditional copper links, powered from a central monitoring and control unit, benefit from this technology.

Computers have evolved into networks, which promise many benefits to life safety systems once their reliability is acceptable. One major advantage of this computerization is the ability to create smart sensors and alert devices that can monitor and report on their own status, allowing more frequent automated testing that can identify problems before they become critical. Electronics have also made major strides in power conservation, like your cell phone or laptop that run much longer on a battery. Applied to these kinds of life safety devices, they reduce the power requirements, saving energy costs, and make it possible to use smaller copper conductors that save both cable and installation costs.

 

Technology shifts you can’t resist

Some of the technology changes affecting life safety systems are non-negotiable. For example, connection to an analog plain old telephone service (POTS) line to call emergency services can no longer be assumed in many, if not most, buildings. As phone companies and their customers convert to voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), alarm systems must integrate to newer phone systems and/or use cellular services for calling. Using the Internet is another option that can offer additional services including a bidirectional window into the system for outside responders. And redundant paths (e.g., cabling and Wi-Fi connections) are readily available.

 

The technology shift from POTS phones to VoIP over a LAN is only a small part of the changes affecting most buildings. No company today could survive without a LAN to connect all the employee’s computers and other devices. Most users prefer Wi-Fi connections for their laptops and/or tablets; however, some users still must have desktop or laptop computers connected over copper cables (the ubiquitous “Cat 5”), and even the wireless access points require cabling to connect to the LAN and the Internet.

 

All those LAN connections, wireless or wired, require a LAN backbone to the company’s computer center (which may have grown into a data center) that will likely be fiber optics in a larger company, copper in small ones.

 

Larger buildings may also require a system to distribute cellular wireless signals inside the building, another consequence of our dependence on mobile devices. These distributed antenna systems (DAS) typically use single-mode fiber to connect the remote antennas. Cellular providers are now looking at small cellular antennas that can also be distributed throughout a building on single-mode fiber networks. Other DASs offer both cellular and Wi-Fi connections over one system.

 

The structured cabling system installed for the company LAN now may have many other uses, for example, building management and security systems. The video surveillance system for the building may have moved from coaxial cable to the same cabling system or even connect to the LAN using Internet protocol (IP) cameras connected to PCs for monitoring and storing surveillance videos. Building security systems, including door entry systems and locks, intrusion sensors, occupancy sensors, etc., may also be using structured cabling.

 

A whole suite of applications is packaged in automated building management systems, which can include sophisticated sensors and controls for heating, air conditioning and lighting, which maintain a comfortable environment for the building’s occupants while reducing energy consumption. Some sophisticated systems can even control window shading devices, and­—when they get really high-tech—liquid crystal windows can control the lighting and heat entry from the sun. These systems typically also monitor the condition of the devices with the goal of reporting maintenance needs, reducing failures and speeding up problem resolution.

The building management system suppliers have already recognized the need for interfacing to LANs, sharing cabling, data, computing power and responsible personnel. Several systems, such as BACnet (ISO 16484), are designed to interface these systems to LANs. We’re headed toward the idea of a real “smart building.”

 

Many of the systems monitored in a smart building are applicable to life safety. There may be monitors for gases (e.g., carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide) and electrical current or faults. Systems that control airflow can close off areas where fires or smoke are detected to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the building.

 

All these systems use a combination of structured cabling (copper and fiber), proprietary cabling for systems and even several types of wireless connections, including Wi-Fi as either primary or backup connections.

 

Traditional stand-alone fire and life safety systems with designs that maximize reliability are also beginning to look at networking systems using conventional networks, such as Ethernet, and integration with other networks. Options range from today’s hardwired copper networks, which are totally independent from other building or campus systems, to the opposite extreme, using a LAN to communicate among controllers, sensors and annunciators and using other building information on the LAN to enhance the system’s life safety aspects with more information and a wider circle of notifications.

 

Potential of cooperation

On the other hand, information technology (IT) managers may not be enthused by the effects on their networks. Managing a LAN is already hard enough, especially with all the security issues caused by hackers, all the new devices and operating systems that must be accommodated, and all the bandwidth problems from employees wanting to use their own devices on the network. Adding the responsibility of fire and life safety systems operating on the same network is unlikely to be popular with many IT managers.

 

But the possibilities of communication and interaction between the fire/life safety, security, LAN and building management systems offer life safety enhancements. Imagine a system in which they cooperate. A life-threatening event, such as a fire, could be broadcast to all parties in the building connected to the LAN, even providing a smartphone, tablet or laptop with a diagram of the building showing where the problem is and guiding the user to a safe exit, as in the scenario at the beginning of this article.

Working with the building management and security systems could help isolate the problem and prevent smoke or fire from spreading.

 

Beyond sharing data, there is the issue of sharing cabling infrastructure—­both cables and pathways. Here the NFPA documents are vague, and committees are attempting to clarify what the current requirements mean and what a future of networked systems may require. Networks now use a combination of copper, fiber and wireless, while a building is required to have an independent copper network for the building fire system. If it is connected to a campus system, fiber may be used between buildings, but that fiber may be required to be an independent cable. Inside the building, copper is required, but fiber would sometimes be preferred because of its immunity to electrical noise.

 

Perhaps another vehicular analogy is appropriate here. Most people know that automobiles are full of networked computers that control the engine and drivetrain, brakes, dashboard, entertainment systems and even airbag deployment. However, you may not be aware that industry standards for these independent networks specify how they must work together for traction and stability control, antilock braking, cruise control and more. Of course, they are independent, but they communicate to provide the best data for ensuring the vehicle is safe. They even run over different types of network infrastructures. Two of them—the entertainment and instrument panel network and the passenger safety system (airbags) network—use optical fiber.

 

Over the last year, much has been reported about autonomous vehicles, led by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Google Inc. These vehicles have already proven their reliability enough that many states are modifying laws to allow driverless cars to be tested on public roads. These vehicles depend on all those automatic networks plus a number of other sensors and controls that must work together on a millisecond time scale and have fail-safe systems. If we can build a safe driverless car, you’d think we could build more sophisticated life safety systems.

 

In talking with people in the industry, creating an integrated standard that allows this kind of blending with related systems will take time. Right now, the issues appear to be how to allow standardized networks into the codes. Only once that is accomplished and accepted widely can further integration be considered.

 

REPRINTED with permission from ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine. http://www.ecmag.com/section/systems/throwing-lifeline

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine serves the field of electrical construction, including inside, line work, lighting, maintenance, control, electrical work, voice/data systems, security, fire and life safety, fiber optics, home and building automation systems, integrated building systems applications and others applicable to the field. The magazine is part of the National Electrical Contractors Association, but serves the entire electrical construction industry. The 85,000+ readers include business owners, partners, presidents, engineers, estimators, purchasing agents, project managers, supervisors, foremen, electricians and others. ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine is the Official Publication of the National Electrical Contractors Association. (NECA) ECmag.com is the fastest growing and most visited site by electrical contractors in the industry and offers the broadest array of digital information available, all of which is fully searchable with archives going back to 2000. ECmag.com contains videos, webinars, white papers and a whole lot more. - See more at: http://www.ecmag.com/about-us#sthash.eK1eXG4o.dpuf

 

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