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Issue: November 2005
By: Frank Bisbee


Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces

Bisbee's Buzz

Trick or Treat

Whoever said, "what you don't know can't hurt you" was dead wrong. In the world of communications cabling, safety is more than a word. Safety is the full picture, not just the selected information that a few spin-doctors pump out.

As an example, when the public began to grasp the full scope of the dangers associated with cigarettes and tobacco, the hunt for a safer cigarette went into high gear. Soon the public was rewarded with a filtered cigarette that could reduce the harmful tar and nicotine. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? One of the first major filter cigarettes was Kent with the Micronite Filter. This new safer cigarette was a commercial super success. The public felt like the tobacco industry had delivered on improved safety. However, was the Kent Micronite Filtered cigarette really safer? The filter was made with a charcoal filter core and the binder body was made from asbestos. Have you ever heard of asbestosis?

Today, we face a similar challenge to have a safer cabling solution. The shills and consultants for a chemical company cartel have conducted a massive marketing campaign as well as a campaign to change the National Electrical Code (NEC) to accept the CMP50 (a.k.a. limited combustible cable) as the safer cabling solution. This cabling solution is jacketed and insulated with FEP (Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene). FEP is well known by the trade names of DuPont Teflon® FEP (www.dupont.com) and Daikin Neoflon® FEP (www.daikin-america.com). While FEP is highly resistant to burning and it gives off very little smoke, this material will give off toxic gasses when heated. Some of these gasses are ranked as chemical warfare weapons. The majority of the gas generated by heat decomposition is HF (Hydrogen Fluoride). When HF contacts moisture, even in minute amounts like humidity in the air, it becomes Hydrofluoric Acid. Hydrofluoric Acid can blind and choke the evacuees in a fire scenario. This incapacitation factor is not recognized in the testing process and does not appear in any of the sales material that is currently available to the buyers and code makers. www.dupontcouncil.org

In recent developments, the proposals for increased use of FEP have not been limited to communications cables, but are now also including power cables and many other applications within the NEC. If the shills and consultants have their way, all cables in all applications will be made with "safer" plastic materials from two chemical companies.

This whole scenario takes us back to the basic question, "Is it really safer?" we suggest that you do a search on www.google.com for "toxic Teflon". There are volumes of information dealing with these unadvertised safety issues. Regarding Teflon and PFOA (used in making Teflon), Jane Houlihan, Environmental Working Group (EWG) said "In retrospect this may seem like one of the biggest, if not the biggest mistakes, the chemical industry has ever made." http://www.ewg.org/issues/siteindex/issues.php?issueid=5014

Some safety conscious observers are under whelmed by DuPont's alleged focus on safety. Arthur S. Padgett, an independent communications consultant and a seasoned veteran of the telecommunications industry, said "Look at DuPont's sponsorship of Jeff Gordon, a NASCAR driver. Driving in circles, in bumper to bumper traffic, at 200 mph may be exciting, but it sure as heck is not safe. What kind of safety message does that send?"

We do not recommend the DuPont® Certified Limited Combustible Cable. Toxicity testing is still being suppressed by the chemical cartel with a great deal to lose if the testing reveals the facts and the warnings that should accompany the product.

But that's just my opinion.

Frank Bisbee
"Heard On The Street" column
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Interactive Intelligence Ranked Among Top 500 Global Software and Services Companies

Interactive Intelligence Inc. (Nasdaq: ININ), a global developer of business communications software, was named last month to Software Magazine's 2005 Top 500, a ranking of the world's largest software and services companies based on 2004 revenue.

This is the fifth straight year Interactive Intelligence has been included in the Software 500.

Interactive Intelligence was ranked 267th among the top 500 companies with revenue of $55.1 million in 2004 - a 7 percent increase from the previous year.

Of the top ten research and development spenders with an average R&D investment of 19 percent, Interactive Intelligence outranked them all, averaging 23 percent.

According to an online article summarizing the Software 500 results and published in September, the overall health of the industry has improved, "with the most successful companies concentrating on higher degrees of automation and customer self-service."

Interactive Intelligence develops business communications software that helps organizations reduce costs, increase productivity, and improve customer service with applications that provide automatic call distribution, interactive voice response, e-mail response management, Web chat, and more.

"With six straight quarters of profitability under our belt, a year-over-year above-industry-average investment in R&D, a product line that rests on the solid foundation of more than ten years' of development experience, and now five years running as a Software 500 vendor, we offer customers the most innovative business communications solutions on the market, backed by the kind of experience and dependability Fortune 500 companies have come to expect," said president and chief executive officer for Interactive Intelligence, Dr. Donald E. Brown.

Interactive Intelligence was one of the first vendors to offer a Windows-based "all-in-one" communications software system. With its incorporation of the session initiation protocol standard for voice over IP, and Intel's Host Media Processing software, Interactive Intelligence was also one of the first vendors to offer a standards-based, all-software IP PBX.

The Interactive Intelligence software is ideal for all inbound, outbound and blended contact centers, including IP-based contact centers, mid-sized contact centers, and large, distributed contact centers, particularly those with global operations. It's also ideal for service-oriented, CRM-focused enterprises, especially those with mobile workers. Vertical target markets include financial services, healthcare, higher education, teleservices, and collections.

The Software 500 is a revenue-based ranking of the world's largest software and services suppliers targeting enterprise IT organizations. The list includes both private and public companies. The ranking is based on total worldwide software and service revenue for 2004. This includes revenues from software licenses, maintenance and support, training and software-related services and consulting. Suppliers are not ranked on their total corporate revenue, since many have other lines of business, such as hardware. The financial information was gathered by a survey prepared by King Content Co., as well as from public documents.

The 2005 Software 500 23rd annual ranking of the world's foremost software and service providers is published as an online catalog on http://www.Softwaremag.com.

SBC Will Adopt the AT&T Name

SBC To Acquire AT&T, Creates Premier, Global Provider
The $16 billion transaction creates a company with robust, high-quality network assets, both in the United States and around the globe, and complementary expertise and capabilities. It will have the resources and skill sets to innovate and more quickly deliver to customers the next generation of advanced, integrated IP-based wireline and wireless communications services.
SBC Communications to Adopt AT&T Name
SBC will adopt the AT&T name following completion of its acquisition of AT&T, which is expected in late 2005.
U.S. Department of Justice Clears Merger
The U.S. Department of Justice has cleared the merger of SBC and AT&T, underscoring the companies' view that the new, combined company will further enhance competition and deliver tangible benefits to customers.
SBC/AT&T Merger Approved in Pennsylvania
SBC Communications Inc. and AT&T today applauded the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PA PUC) for its decisive action in approving the merger of the two companies.

CommScope Shares Rise After Company Posts 3Q Results Above Wall Street Estimates

Shares of cable products maker CommScope Inc. surged Friday, the day after the company posted third-quarter results that beat analysts' estimates.

The company's shares jumped $2.02, or 12 percent, to $18.75 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange, on more than double the average daily share volume. In the past 52 weeks, CommScope's shares have traded between $13.83 and $19.98.

CommScope's net profit fell to $11.5 million, or 18 cents per share -- including a $10.7 million impairment charge -- from $15.1 million, or 23 cents per share, during the same period last year.

Excluding the charge, earnings in the latest period were $22.7 million, or 34 cents per share -- well above the Thomson Financial consensus estimate of 27 cents per share.

Revenue totaled $345.6 million, up 12 percent from last year's $309.1 million.

"We managed costs effectively, achieved operating profits in all segments, including the carrier segment, and expanded overall operating margins," said Frank M. Drendel, chairman and chief executive, in a statement.

Drendel also said that through modest revenue growth and cost management, the company expects earnings growth of 25 percent to 30 percent in 2006. CommScope added it will raise prices beginning in December to offset costs.

For the fourth quarter, which is seasonally slower, CommScope said it expects sales between $325 million and $340 million, adding that raw material costs are expected to rise. Analysts are expecting sales of $334.5 million for the quarter.

The company narrowed its 2005 revenue guidance to between $1.32 billion and $1.33 billion, from its previous guidance of $1.30 billion to $1.35 billion. Analysts are expecting sales of $1.32 billion.

For 2006, CommScope said it expects sales between $1.4 billion and $1.45 billion, driven by modest volume growth and anticipated price hikes. Analysts are expecting sales of nearly $1.41 billion. www.commscope.com

Mississauga Training Schedule

Fiber Optic Installer Certification

Our next FIBER OPTIC Installers Certification course in Mississauga will be Dec. 5th. to 9th., 2005. This five-day installers certification program takes the student from the point of knowing absolutely nothing about opticat fiber to the point where they can Install, Connectorize, Fusion Splice, Test and document a fiber optic system and to industry standards.

Cost of this course is $989.00 + 69.00 GST = $1,058.00 CAD (about 890.00 US). Students receive the FOA certification as well as 35 BICSI CEC's http://www.fiberoptictraining.com/courses.html

Voice Data Video Network Cabling Systems Inspection

Our next VDV Network Cabling Systems Inspection course in Mississauga Will be December 12, 13, 14th., 2005 This intensive 3 day program covers all the codes and standards involved with the installation of any Voice, Data, Video network cabling system. We recommend that information in this course be initially used in the system design stage. Not including standards in the original specifications can cost untold dollars during the commissioning stage. You cant inspect what you have not specified. Cost for this course is 690.00 + 48.00 = 738.00 CAD (about 600.00 USD). Students receive the MTC Network Cabling Systems Inspection certificate as well as 21 BICSI CEC's . http://www.fiberoptictraining.com/courses.html

Grounding, Bonding And Harmonics Techniques

This One Day Course will be conducted in Mississauge on December 10th.. 2005 This one day course is Intended For Those Persons Who Install And Maintain Electrical Systems In Commercial, Industrial And Residential Installations. It Is Also Of Interest To Those People Who Install And Maintain Electrical Installations Serving Data Communications Equipment In Offices, Plants, Telcos And Cable And Satellite Television Installations. All are locations that suffer the effects of electrical noise and harmonics and must have installations above the C.E.C. Standards.

Subjects Included In This Course Are: Electrical Noise, White Noise, Pink Noise, Causes, Categories, Harmonics, Causes, Effects and Solutions. Tingle Voltage, Types Of Grounds, Shields And Bonds, Method Of Sizing And Installing, The Ground Loop, Ufer, Plate, Rod And Trench Grounds. Normal And Common Mode Noise, Signal Grounding, Shielding, Shielded Rooms, Symptoms, Problems And Solutions, Devices And Remedies, Effect Of Using Non-Standard Items, Ferrite Cores, Electrical And Magnetic Fields. Cost of this course is: 280.00 + 19.60 GST = $299.60 (About $230.00 US)

ADDITIONAL COSTS: All costs are included in course fees. There are no additional costs. Additional information and registration forms are at: http://www.fiberoptictraining.com/courses.html

Did you know:

  • There are over 1200 installers certified through our Fiber Optic Installers program in Canada and almost 14,000 worldwide http://www.fiberoptictraining.com/installersx.html. This is THE Accepted Fiber Optic Certification in North America.

  • Over 270 students have received our "Inspector" certification for VDV Network Cabling Systems.

  • Our industry partners support this program and recognize our certificate.

  • BICSI awards our fiber Optic graduates 35 CEC's towards some of their programs and 21 CEC's for completing our VDV program.

  • Over 94% of FOA Certified Canadian installers are graduates of our program

  • Our program is over 60% hands-on

  • Our passing rate for the FOA examination is 98%

  • We also conduct advanced specialist courses in Connectorizing, Fusion splicing, Testing and Outside Plant.

  • We conduct our courses across Canada and the US

  • The new and popular one day course in Grounding, Bonding and Harmonics was started at the request of industry partners and is successfully filling a need.

* We have over 170 satisfied companies in our data base. http://www.fiberoptictraining.com/clients.html

* The hotel (Fairfield- Marriott) we use in Mississauga offers a great deal for you and your family. Combine your training with a Family Vacation at a reasonable cost. http://www.fiberoptictraining.com/family.html

Detailed course outlines and registration forms are on our website at www.fiberoptictraining.com

Please e-mail or call for more information.

Best regards,

William Graham,

Certified fiber Optic Specialist/Testing/Splicing/Connectors,
Certified Communications Cabling Specialist - Province of Nova Scotia
Master Electrician, Licensed Electrical Contractor # E2224
Certified Fiber Optic Instructor

Steve Mariconti Joins Daikin America

As part of its on going commitment to invest in customer technical support, Daikin America, Inc. is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Technical Service Staff, Steve Mariconti.

Steve joins Daikin as the Technical Service & Applications Development Manager for DAI-EL® High Performance Fluoroelastomers. Steve is responsible for providing technical and applications development to compounders, fabricators and end users in the automotive, aerospace and chemical industries. Steve holds a B.S. in Chemistry and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the elastomer industry.

Daikin America, Inc., headquartered in Orangeburg, New York, is one of the largest fluoropolymer suppliers in the world. Daikin provides molding resins, fine powders, aqueous dispersions, melt processable fluoropolymers, and fluoroelastomers for many critical applications. Daikin America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd of Osaka, Japan. Daikin is Japan's leading manufacturer of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and fluorochemical products. www.daikin-america.com

EtherScope Network Assistant's new wireless capability enhances network security efforts while helping networking professionals identify and fix problems faster

Fluke Networks offers a new single, portable problem-solving tool for both gigabit and wireless a/b/g LANs To address the pervasive use of wireless networking in IT organizations worldwide, Fluke Networks adds wireless analysis to the EtherScopeTM Network Assistant, the portable analyzer designed to aid in the rapid installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of 10/100/gigabit and now wireless enterprise networks.

Enterprise-class wireless networks are growing 12 percent per year (CAGR) , and total wireless spending will reach $3.5 billion by 2008 . Having one tool that works for both wired and wireless networks, at speeds up to gigabit and across all 802.11 bands, means the technician can solve more problems on growing, increasingly complex networks with fewer tools.

"Since its introduction it has been clear that EtherScope has a well-defined constituency," said Jeffrey Nudler, senior analyst with Enterprise Management Associates. "The addition of a/b/g wireless testing to its full-duplex gigabit capabilities plus its proficiency at device discovery make this a truly versatile troubleshooting tool for the network technician."

See and immediately fix wireless security issues
Security can be increased by performing periodic wireless network audits. Wireless EtherScope scans 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency ranges, providing the visibility to identify, locate and disable rogue access points and unauthorized ad-hoc networks across all bands and channels. EtherScope displays the security settings of all discovered wireless devices and alerts the user to potential problems with security configurations. Users can quickly test, verify and modify wireless encryption and authorization configurations, supervise wireless client EAP authentication processes and pinpoint where and when the process breaks down.

Wired and Wireless Network Vision
Fluke Networks offers the only portable tools in the world that discover, analyze and troubleshoot devices on both wired and wireless networks. EtherScope is a tremendous time saver for technicians who must increasingly troubleshoot mixed network environments, which up to now required different tools and different techniques.

EtherScope provides visibility into wireless signal strength and quality when clients report problems with the wireless network. Wireless EtherScope provides comprehensive measurements of the 802.11 signal and noise in the environment, as well as packet level information to identify excessive errors and retransmissions.

See problems before they become critical
EtherScope can automatically detect problems by monitoring the network and alerting the user to potential problems related to RF performance, improper security settings or security threats. Problem logs can be sorted by severity to ensure that the highest priority issues are located quickly.

To help manage the dynamic wireless environment, EtherScope offers site survey capabilities to record snapshots of the RF environment at points within a facility. Real-time signal strength measurements can be compared to historical records, letting the technician see changes in the RF environment.

Document the network
Findings can be documented with comprehensive Web-viewable, XML-coded reports, making it easy to review and document network attributes, baseline performance, device inventory, problem logs and switch-port statistics.

Wireless Lifecycle Management
Wireless Lifecycle Management runs from design and deployment, to troubleshooting, ongoing management and planning for future growth of wireless networks. EtherScopeTM Network Assistant is an essential tool for the troubleshooting and ongoing management of the wireless network.

Price and Delivery
The EtherScopeTM Pro Network Assistant with wired and wireless analysis is available for immediate delivery through Fluke Networks' sales channels worldwide with a suggested U.S. list price of $7995. A dedicated EtherScope wireless model is available with a suggested U.S. list price of $4495. The EtherScope Wireless Option for existing ES-LAN models is available with a suggested U.S. list price of $2995. www.flukenetworks.com

The Light Brigade Announces GSA Contract For Fiber Optic Training

Tukwila, Washington - The Light Brigade, Inc. has announced that they have been awarded a contract from the General Services Administration to provide fiber optic training and training materials to the federal government. This contract, #GS-02F-001R, details special discounts on Light Brigade training courses as well as on educational DVDs, videos and CD-ROMs.

Fiber Optics 1-2-3 focuses on the design, installation, testing and maintenance of fiber optic communication systems for voice, video and data applications. This four-day class is offered nationally and features a comprehensive manual, excerpts from Light Brigade DVDs and intensive hands-on training stations. The class is approved by BICSI for CEC credits.

The Advanced Hands-on Fiber Optic Training Modules are five one-day advanced training classes that concentrate on a specific aspect of fiber optics: Module 1: Fiber Optic Connectorization; Module 2: Optical Loss Testing, Troubleshooting and Documentation; Module 3: Fiber Optic Cable Preparation, Patch Panels and Splice Closures; Module 4: OTDR Theory, Operation and Emergency Restoration; and Module 5: Fiber Optic Splicing (Fusion and Mechanical). Each module is approved for BICSI CEC credits.

The contract also outlines a significant discount on The Light Brigade's "Staff Development" materials, which currently includes six DVDs and 18 videos/CD-ROMs. These discounts are available to government personnel only. Visit the GSA Advantage website at www.gsaadvantage.gov or contact Pam Wooten at The Light Brigade.

Company Information
Over 29,000 attendees have participated in The Light Brigade's instructor-led fiber optic training courses worldwide. In addition, The Light Brigade has a wide variety of fiber optic training DVDs, videotapes, CD-ROMs and computer-based training available. www.lightbrigade.com

UPDATE 2-Anixter Quarterly Profit Rises 46 Percent

Anixter International Inc. (AXE.N: Quote, Profile, Research) , a distributor of electronic cable for the communications industry, reported a 46 percent rise in its quarterly profit. Anixter has joined several other strong distributors with exciting results. www.anixter.com

Building Operating Management is About Systems - Not Parts

In today's complex world of commercial real estate and facilities management, we must deal with a myriad of systems internal and external to the structure. It's not about parts. It is all about systems and how they interact and relate to BUILDING. Smart buildings are getting smarter and now they even talk to the outside world. Security, Energy, Environmental Controls, Weather, Communications, and even Waste Management play an increasingly important role in the Building Operating Management.

We recommend that you subscribe to Building Operating Management Magazine. To subscribe: http://as400.halldata.com/cgi-bin/subscribe/bu?pk=FNETRQ

Communications and Cabling is high on the agenda for important systems in the BUILDING. This article from Building Operating Management Magazine is an excellent example of the top quality information available in this publication.
From Building Operating Management January 2003 Issue
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/bom/article.asp?id=1515

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Cabling
Reducing Fire Risks Target of New Code

By Mike Lobash
Email the BOM editors.


Following years of acquiring the infrastructure necessary to satisfy and attract building occupants with high-speed facility voice and data capabilities, building owners are now charged with improving the safety of the information highway.
Communications cabling systems - the conduit that makes the virtual world leap to life - are subject to new rules aimed at reducing fire risks associated with the low-voltage cables.
Under the current version of the National Electrical Code, unused cables not marked for future use are no longer allowed in ceiling and floor plenum spaces. Building owners - or tenants, depending upon how a lease is structured - are required to remove the cables.
The change comes after years of testing and research indicating that combustible cables burn in fires and emit smoke that impedes building evacuation, contains a lethal amount of toxin, and damages sensitive computer and electronic equipment.
Matters of Local Concern
Exactly which buildings will be subject to the new regulations is still being determined. Although the National Fire Protection Association develops and promulgates the National Electric Code, it is up to individual states, counties and municipalities to adopt the code. A handful of states, including Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina and New Hampshire, have already adopted the new requirements. Others are still reviewing its ramifications.
Most noteworthy in the new code is the requirement that accessible portions of abandoned cables be removed from air plenum spaces. There is an exception - some call it a loophole - that allows cables with connectors on both ends or cables tagged for future use to remain in the plenum.
Inaccessible cables, such as those embedded in concrete floors - also known as cellular floors - or permanently built into structural members, don't fall under the new requirement.
Because facility executives have never been required to remove abandoned cable, it's very likely that cable trays in most buildings are chocked full. And the older the building, the more likely the chances that it contains a mess of cables. It's possible that new cables were put in place each time building occupants changed or every time a networked technology was installed. That complicates the task of removing old cables. Unless cables are properly tagged - an often-ignored practice - there's a chance of removing a cable that is in use.
"Most people just don't take the time to develop the documentation," says Frank Peri, president of Communications Design Corp., a Maryland-based consulting firm that specializes in structured cabling systems. "The biggest risk in removing them is making sure you don't cut the wrong cable."
Without documentation indicating that a cable is active, removing them is an arduous task. Following each cable to its termination point to see if it is connected to equipment can be time consuming and expensive. Labor expenses can add up rapidly because most of the work of tracking and removing cables would be done after business hours when labor rates escalate, Peri says. It's impractical to remove cable from an existing building during work hours because the access workers need to plenum spaces would interfere with occupants.
As a result, Peri says he expects most cables will be removed when facilities are undergoing substantial retrofits. The new provision to require the removal of abandoned cable is the first change to cabling requirements in the National Electrical Code in more than 20 years. In 1975, NFPA made an exception to NFPA 90A, Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems, which requires any materials installed in a plenum space to be either "noncombustible" or "limited combustible." The exception was made because when the codes were drafted more than 25 years ago, neither limited combustible nor noncombustible cables had been developed. Those cables have only been available for the past two years or so.
Ensuing Issues
So while that exception is still made today, allowing tagged cables or those with connectors to remain in plenum spaces, there is ongoing debate over whether that exception should remain in the National Electric Code. NFPA 90A does not permit anything but active cables to remain in plenum spaces, requiring removal of even tagged cables and those with connectors. Reconciling what types of materials are required to be used under the conditions of NFPA 90A and what materials are allowed under the National Electric Code is likely to be a focal point in formulating the next edition of the electrical code. Regardless of how that matter sorts itself out, the change in the 2002 National Electrical Code requiring the removal of abandoned cable is a recognition of the amount of fuel load contained in plenum spaces as a result of cable installations, Peri says.
In 1991, it was estimated there were approximately 5 billion feet of plenum cable in place in the United States. That estimate grew to 30 billion feet in 1997 and 45 billion feet in 2000. Statistics indicate that buildings are recabled every three years with the existing cable being left in place.
If the cable were to catch fire in a building, it raises a number of concerns, says John Michlovic, manager of marketing and technical services for Centria H.H. Robertson Floor Systems, maker of a cellular floor system that houses any type of communication cable.
First, Michlovic says, the combustible plastic insulation in a heavily cabled plenum can burn with a btu content similar to gasoline. Secondly, even though cables commonly found in plenums today contain flame-retardant jackets, older cables with split or deteriorated jackets in which the cable insulation is exposed spread flames more rapidly than allowed by NFPA Standard 262, which limits flame spread to 5 feet in 20 minutes.
Lastly, Michlovic says, burning plastic of any kind releases toxic gases. In access floor plenum spaces, the toxic gases released in a fire can be concentrated at floor level where people attempt to crawl out of a fire. Fire safety isn't the only issue raised by abandoned plenum cabling. Most of the cable in buildings today, known as communications multipurpose plenum (CMP), is jacketed with fire-resistant polyvinyl chloride. Two components used in making the polyvinyl chloride are lead stabilizers and plasticizers, which allow the material to remain flexible.
In recent years, tests have indicated that the lead content in the cable jacket could be anywhere from 2 to 8 percent by weight, says Frank Bisbee of Communications Planning Corp. in Jacksonville, Fla. That equates to about 1 1/2 pounds per every 1,000 feet of cable, meaning the concentration is about 30,000 to 40,000 parts per million.
The Environmental Protection Agency limits lead exposure to 220 parts per million. The biggest risk to exposure is when the cable is being installed, Bisbee says. Chaffing the cable jacket against hands, cable trays or other structural elements could cause lead to be released.
The makeup of the cable jacket also complicates its disposal. Bisbee says the EPA is very close to classifying the material as a hazardous substance, meaning it could not simply be thrown away or recycled. Its disposal would require handling by special waste haulers, further increasing the time and expense necessary to remove abandoned cable.
Bisbee says he suspects it's simply a matter of time before the scientific research indicating the dangers of the cable material results in rules and regulations governing the material's use and handling. Such a move could open building owners to lawsuits claiming that occupants have suffered health problems as a result of lead exposure.
"We thought we had Satan's block when we uncovered asbestos," he says. "This stuff is in every building in the United States."
One way building owners could limit liability, Bisbee says, is to begin specifying the type of material that occupants are allowed to put in buildings. There are alternative ways to wire buildings without using plenum-rated cable.
One is to use limited-combustible cable, which doesn't contain the same level of toxins and lead as plenum-rated cable.
Available for the past few years, limited-combustible cable is beginning to be used in new construction and renovation projects. In addition to having fire-resistance characteristics similar to concrete, limited-combustible cable is recyclable once removed.
Cy Genna, datacom program manager for DuPont, which manufactures insulation and jacket materials used in limited-combustible cable, says he expects the technology to replace CMP cable over time. As abandoned CMP cable is removed, it will be replaced with limited-combustible materials.
Business benefits
One of the first building types to use limited-combustible cable is data centers. It's installed in those facilities not necessarily to improve life safety but to ensure building continuity.
Genna says facility executives at data centers use the cable because it emits far less smoke than traditional plenum cable. In the event of a fire, the smoke damage to computer equipment in a building fitted with limited-combustible cable is far less than that occurring at buildings with plenum-rated cable.
Another alternative to plenum-rated cable is to abandon the use of plenum space for cabling. There are cellular floor systems available that allow cables to be installed within steel cells after the concrete is poured to create floor slabs. The cable can then be accessed through floors and networked to equipment.
Michlovic of Centria says that cellular systems offer greater protection to facilities and occupants from fire and smoke than the use of plenum-rated cable.
Reprinted with permission from Trade Press Publishing Corporation.

New Raceway Offers High Capacity and Improved Bend Radius Control

Wiremold/Legrand has introduced Designer Series 4000 steel raceway, the next generation of perimeter raceway that provides high cable capacity and bend radius control. This raceway system also features an optional downward facing configuration for receptacles and data jacks that improves connection reliability and creates more space inside the raceway to meet cable bend radius requirements.

In conventional dual-channel raceways, receptacles are directly in front of the electrical channel while data jacks are positioned in front of the data channel. This configuration limits the amount of space available for data cables and exposes front-facing communications activations to potential damage. Designer Series 4000 raceway has a unique "crossover" feature that enables both power receptacles and data activations to be positioned in the same channel - or even together on the downward facing surface. The crossover unit maintains the integrity of data channel separation when the cables cross the power channel.

Enabling data cables to cross over the power compartment also has the effect of providing additional space within the raceway to meet cable bend radius requirements. Because the entire width of the raceway is available, rather than just one channel, the cable bend can be more gradual. This feature will take on additional importance in the near future as the Category 6 and Augmented Category 6 (10G) cabling will require additional capacity and bend radius control capability.

Designer Series 4000 raceway conforms to UL, NEC, and NEMA standards. Full-capacity corner elbows, tees, and entrance fittings meet the requirements for emerging 10G-over-copper as well as fiber-to-the-desk applications. The raceway exceeds TIA 569-B requirements for communications pathways carrying 10G. All raceway fittings have provisions to accept available tamper-resistant fasteners to fully secure the raceway.

Located in West Hartford, Conn., Wiremold/Legrand is part of Legrand North America. Wiremold/Legrand offers a complete line of wire and cable management solutions, including perimeter raceway, infloor, overhead, and open space. Wiremold/Legrand also offers through-wall firestopping products and power and data quality protection. Legrand is the world's leading specialist in residential housing and commercial building products and systems for electrical installations and information networks. With net sales close to $4 billion in 2004, the Legrand group employs 27,000 people globally, has operations in 60 locations worldwide, and sells in more than 160 countries. For more information visit www.wiremold.com

Paul Puleo Receives First Ever IEC National Humanitarian Award

For his work with Construction for Worldwide Evangelism, Paul Puleo of All Phase Electric and Maintenance in Tampa, Florida was honored with the first ever IEC National Humanitarian Award at the 48th Annual IEC National Convention and IEC Electric Expo 2005.

"Working with the Construction for Worldwide Evangelism, Paul has positively impacted many lives," said Larry Mullins, IEC National Executive Vice President. "Constructing facilities for missionaries and national pastors has eliminated years of planning and allowed them to spend their time ministering to the people."

Puleo, along with several others started Construction for Worldwide Evangelism to assist missionaries on foreign fields in the construction of facilities to accommodate their teachings. This effort eliminated the years of planning and construction encountered by missionaries and national pastors preventing them from ministering to the people. www.ieci.org

Snake Tray Introduces Snake AirTM the new Air Flow Manager for Data Centers

Snake Tray is please to announce Snake Air the new airflow manager for data centers. With today's equipment and servers producing excess heat, controlling airflow has become a critical factor in maintaining a proper temperature in the data center. Snake Air's patented design blocks stray air from escaping from under the raised floor to prevent overheating sensitive equipment and lowers the costs of cooling the data center. Snake Air installs by hand and requires no extra tools or hardware. www.snaketray.com

IEC Chesapeake Named IEC National Apprenticeship Chapter of the Year

The Chesapeake Chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC) was named IEC National Apprenticeship Chapter of the Year during the 48th Annual IEC National Convention and IEC Electric Expo 2005 last week.

"IEC Chesapeake has taken the initiative to promote and train electricians and apprentices," said Larry Mullins, IEC National Executive Vice President. "Their increase in members and apprentices clearly demonstrates the acceptance of a 'hands on approach' in apprenticeship training."

The IEC Chesapeake Chapter has demonstrated progressive dedication to developing apprenticeship training for the electrical trade by initiating a six-way partnership between employers, the sponsor, educational resources, industry partners, workforce development partners and most importantly - the Apprentice.

The IEC Chesapeake Chapter has seen growth in membership and apprentices even with the downturn of the economy during the past several years. In 2004, IEC Chesapeake graduated 64 apprentices and 81 this year, its largest class ever. www.ieci.org

DuPont Posts Third-Quarter Loss on Tax-Related Charge, Effects of Hurricanes

DuPont Co., one of the nation's largest chemicals makers, on Tuesday reported a loss for the third-quarter after taking a tax-related charge and suffering losses from Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

Separately, the company announced a $5 billion stock buyback program. Its shares rose 2 percent in morning trading. DuPont posted a loss of $82 million, or 9 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30 compared with net income of $331 million, or 33 cents per share, a year ago. Results for the latest quarter include items totaling 42 cents per share for taxes associated with repatriation of overseas earnings under the American Jobs Creation Act, and charges for hurricane damage. The year-ago period includes a $35 million tax benefit.

Excluding items, profit for the 2005 quarter was 33 cents per share, compared with a mean estimate of 29 cents from analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial.

Net sales rose to $5.87 billion from $5.74 billion, as prices increased 4 percent, more than offsetting higher energy and ingredient costs.

The company's electronics and communication technologies division saw a more than threefold increase in pretax operating income, while the pharmaceuticals and safety and protection segments each posted double-digits gains. In addition, the agriculture and nutrition division pared its operating loss by about $49 million.

DuPont, which said the hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast reduced third-quarter earnings by 10 cents per share, indicated that plant damage inflicted by the storms will hurt results for the fourth quarter. Factoring in an expected decline in operating profit at the agriculture segment, DuPont forecast fourth quarter profit of 20 cents to 25 cents per share. Analysts are currently forecasting profit of 37 cents per share.

Under the stock repurchase program, DuPont has agreed to buy about 75.7 million of its shares from the investment firm Goldman Sachs on Oct. 27 for $39.62 a share. Goldman Sachs will then purchase an equivalent number of shares in the open market over the next nine months. At the end of this period, DuPont may receive from or be required to pay to Goldman Sachs a price adjustment based upon the volume weighted average price of DuPont shares during this period.

DuPont plans to make the remaining $2 billion repurchase over the 12 months following the completion of the accelerated share repurchase program with Goldman in mid-2006.

It shares rose 80 cents to $40.42 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

What happens to the chemical industry may have a big impact on the cabling business. www.dupont.com

CommScope Acquires the Connectivity Solutions Business (ACS)

CommScope (NYSE: CTV) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of cable and connectivity solutions for communication networks' "last mile," which is the distribution access and final link to the customer. Through our SYSTIMAX® Solutions and Uniprise™ brands, we are the global leader in structured cabling systems for business enterprise applications. We are also the world's largest manufacturer of coaxial cable for Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) applications. Backed by strong research and development, CommScope combines technical expertise and proprietary technology with global manufacturing capability to provide customers with high-performance wired or wireless cabling solutions.

CommScope acquired the Connectivity Solutions business (ACS), which included the SYSTIMAX brand, from Avaya, Inc. This strategic transaction essentially doubled CommScope's size and established CommScope as the global leader in structured cabling for business enterprise applications.

Major Product Groups
CommScope Enterprise:

  • SYSTIMAX® Solutions is globally recognized as a world leader in structured cabling systems and provides integrated end-to-end connectivity solutions for voice, data, video and building management applications in both wired and wireless enterprise networks.

  • Through our Uniprise™ Solutions brand, our Enterprise/LAN Products Group is a domestic leader in high performance, high-bandwidth Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) and fiber optic cables for enterprise/LAN networks.

CommScope BroadBand: CommScope is the world's largest manufacturer of coaxial cable for cable TV and other video applications. Our coaxial and fiber optic cables are primarily used in Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) networks being deployed throughout the world. HFC networks are widely recognized as one of the most cost-effective ways to offer multi-channel video, voice and data services. Our broadband coaxial cables and zero water peak optical fiber cables provide bandwidth connectivity for services such as cable television, video on demand, high-speed Internet access, cable telephony and other interactive services.

CommScope Carrier: This segment includes Wireless, Integrated Cabinet Solutions (ICS) and ExchangeMAX®. CommScope Wireless offers innovative, high frequency cables and components that connect wireless antennae to their transmitters. CommScope's ICS business manufactures secure environmental enclosures that are used primarily by domestic telecommunications manufacturers and carriers to protect wireless, transmission access, switching and broadband electronic equipment. CommScope's ExchangeMAX structured cabling solutions are primarily designed for switching and transmission applications in telephone central offices.

Trading Information
CommScope stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CTV

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Number of Employees at 12/31/04
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Net Sales for the twelve months ended December 31, 2004 were $1,152,700. www.commscope.com

George Thess Named IEC National Member of the Year

George Thess from IEC Greater St. Louis was named IEC National Member of the Year during the 48th Annual Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC) National Convention and IEC Electric Expo 2005.

Thess has given countless hours to IEC on every level even though he has been retired for several years. At the local level, he has led a state-wide effort to write an electrical licensing bill and secure its passage. He has also spear-headed his chapter's efforts to design and build lab facilities for its apprenticeship and training program.

"George's contributions to the IEC are simply too numerous to count," said Emerson Smoker, IEC National Awards Committee Chairman. "Since he has been retired his contributions are of no monetary benefit to him except for the fact that he truly believes in the association, its Apprenticeship and Training programs and its legislative efforts."

At the National level, Thess has donated his time and effort to help other IEC chapters in the development of their apprenticeship and training programs. Thess is a voting member of the IEC National Apprenticeship and Training Committee and heads the subcommittee that develops and coordinates the IEC National Apprentice of the Year Competition.

The IEC National Member of the Year Award is given each year to acknowledge the IEC member who has contributed the most to IEC, the industry and their local community. www.iec.org

Belden CDT Will Restructure European Operations

Belden CDT Inc. (NYSE: BDC - News) announced a restructuring plan that will reduce manufacturing floor space and manufacturing overhead in the Company's European operations in 2006 and will streamline administrative processes in Europe. The Company has nine manufacturing locations in Europe totaling approximately 2.2 million square feet. About 30 percent of the Company's sales were in Europe in the first six months of 2005, and most of the products sold there are produced locally.
"Having nearly completed the merger integration work we outlined when we announced the merger of Belden and Cable Design Technologies in 2004, we are now turning our attention to additional restructuring in Europe," said C. Baker Cunningham, President and Chief Executive Officer of Belden CDT.
Larrie Rose, president of Belden CDT Europe, said, "We believe that by making significant changes to our product mix, cost structure and the way we conduct our business, we can achieve a level of profitability in Europe that will contribute significantly to Belden CDT's value in the long run. We plan to: become a leaner, more responsive organization; focus on the most valuable markets for cable and connectivity; concentrate our manufacturing and sourcing in lower-cost regions; and retain our distinctive capabilities."
"The number of employees impacted by the restructuring will be significantly affected by the outcome of discussions that are still continuing with British Telecom plc (BT) regarding our copper cable contract with them," said Mr. Cunningham. "Given our intent to focus on opportunities that offer better growth prospects and profit potential, we are reexamining our participation in the U.K. copper telecom cable market," said Mr. Cunningham. "This business provided reasonably satisfactory profit contribution in the past, but looking forward we view the copper telecom market as extremely mature, with falling demand, excess capacity, and continuing price pressure. For this reason, we are considering alternatives for our U.K. telecom business and our Manchester, U.K. operations." The Manchester operations had revenue of $50.2 million in the first half of 2005, with over 90 percent of that revenue from BT, the Company said.
Restructuring Charges
The Company expects to incur charges related both to the restructuring actions and to Manchester.
The Company's preliminary estimate of the restructuring charges is approximately $23 million pretax, to be recognized over the next year beginning in the third quarter of 2005. This figure includes approximately $8 million of non-cash items such as asset impairment charges. Richard K. Reece, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, said, "The restructuring actions, we expect, will generate cash proceeds of over $5 million, and annual savings of approximately $9 million."
With respect to Manchester, the Company expects to incur an asset impairment charge of approximately $13 million in the third quarter of 2005. Depending on future decisions regarding the Company's participation in the U.K. telecom market, there could be additional cash and non-cash charges.
Outlook
"We expect total third quarter revenues to be approximately $340 million, and for the fourth quarter, we anticipate that revenues will increase slightly compared with the third quarter," said Mr. Reece.
"The price of copper, one of our principal raw materials, has reached new heights during the current quarter and has put pressure on our operating margins, especially in Europe," Mr. Reece continued. "Generally, we are able to recover rising material costs through increasing the prices of our products, although with some lag. In September, our two largest North American business units announced significant price increases taking effect in early October, which will help to sustain our margins in both the Electronics and Networking segments. In Europe, however, our pricing has fallen behind the trend of material cost, and competitive conditions do not permit us to lead a price increase in that market. Currency exchange rates have affected us adversely by approximately $1 million above our expectations. Consequently, our operating results for the third quarter are expected to be less robust than we had earlier indicated. We now expect that our consolidated operating margin for the third quarter will be approximately 8.5 percent of sales, excluding restructuring charges."
He commented further: "Our suppliers have informed us of impending increases in the cost of plastics and compounds derived from fossil fuels that will put pressure on our margins in the fourth quarter. However, if our October price increases are effective, we expect the fourth quarter operating margin percentage to be in line with that of the third quarter.
"For the third quarter, we expect our earnings per share from continuing operations, excluding the restructuring charges, to be $0.35 to $0.38 per share including two cents from favorable tax matters. This EPS estimate takes into account the repurchase of more than 2.5 million shares since the inception of our share repurchase program in May 2005," Mr. Reece said.
The Company expects to release earnings for the quarter ending September 30, 2005, during the week of November 7.
Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call with analysts and investors at 10:30 Eastern time today. Baker Cunningham, President and CEO; Richard K. Reece, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer; and Larrie Rose, President, Belden CDT Europe, will speak about the restructuring and will answer questions. Investment analysts and professional investors may participate by dialing (719) 457-2652 or (800) 946-0745 a few minutes before the scheduled start time. The call will be webcast live at http://investor.beldencdt.com and will be archived at that location for a limited time. A replay of the call will be available for five days by dialing 888-203-1112 and entering pass code 4233520.
Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this release other than historical facts are "forward-looking statements" made in reliance upon the safe harbor of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on forecasts and projections about the industries served by the Company and about general economic conditions. They reflect management's beliefs and expectations. They are not guarantees of future performance and they involve risk and uncertainty. The Company's actual results may differ significantly from these expectations. Some of the factors that may cause actual results to differ from the Company's expectations include the Company's ability to implement its restructuring plans; the outcome of contract negotiations with BT; the Company's degree of success in managing its European operations during the restructuring; the outcome of discussions with labor; general economic conditions; the cost and availability of materials including copper, plastic compounds derived from fossil fuels, and other materials; energy costs; the degree to which the Company will be able to compensate for rising costs through the pricing of its products; demand for the Company's products; and other factors. For a more complete discussion of risk factors, please see Belden CDT's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004, filed with the SEC on March 31, 2005. Belden CDT Inc. assumes no responsibility to update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future developments.
About Belden CDT
Belden CDT Inc. is one of the largest U.S.-based manufacturers of high- speed electronic cables and focuses on products for the specialty electronics and data networking markets, including connectivity. The company, formed in July 2004 through a merger of equals, had combined pro forma sales in 2004 of $1.2 billion. Belden CDT's 2004 annual report is available at www.beldencdt.com

Why Disaster Preparedness Hasn't Worked, What Should Be Done

Published on 10/12/2005
Carlini's Comments, ePrairie's oldest column, runs every Wednesday. Its mission is to offer the common man's view on business and technology issues while questioning the leadership and visions of "pseudo" experts.

ePrairie would like to congratulate Jim Carlini for his hard work and dedication over the years as this is his 200th column.

CHICAGO - Hundreds of millions of dollars continue to be wasted in state and federal government endeavors. Asks adjunct Northwestern professor James Carlini, when will the game plan finally be changed and what needs to be done to make disaster preparedness more effective?

In reading several articles in the last couple weeks - including one in the Wall Street Journal by Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, and another interviewing Kendall Post, founding technologist of Emalert - the need to revamp and redefine emergency preparedness agencies is vastly apparent.
Though there's a lot of finger pointing and criticism starting to come out, the bottom line is that a radical revamp is needed of what has proven to be off target.
Sure, there will be some investigative committees looking into the New Orleans issues, but you wonder if they will come up with some viable directions to take. Didn't they do that after everything from 9/11? Were those emergency response ideas ever implemented? If they were, I think it's time to go back to the drawing board again.
Non-Experts Know the 'Experts' Are Wrong
For years, monies have been wasted on plans, people and material that just don't seem to cohesively fit when it comes to merging units together in a major crisis. This isn't something to blame on President Bush. This has been going on for years if not decades.
Getting critiques by Jack Welch may impress some people because of his background and success with GE, but when average consultants who have worked on various systems projects also see the shortcomings and some solutions, it's time to fire a lot of people and not just have the FEMA director resign.
Some have questioned why more federal and state people haven't been fired for incompetence in performing a duty that they have been handsomely paid for years. That is an excellent question. What have the state and local disaster preparedness coordinators and directors done in the years they've sat in their offices?
One reader of this column (who was also a former student a long time ago and is now a systems architect consultant in Colorado) sent me this observation, which ties into some of the observations from Jack Welch:
The first level in a disaster is local and state authorities. Their job is to get through the first three to four days until help can get there. They failed miserably here.
Both the Louisiana governor and mayor of New Orleans should resign. At least the FEMA director made himself accountable. Why shouldn't these elected officials own some responsibility for this disaster?
The real issue is that four years have passed since 9/11 and we are no more competent now than we were then in responding to crises (manmade or natural). After billions of dollars wasted by federal, state and local government for all this planning, coordination and toys, we are as inept now as we were then.
Unfortunately, terrorists won't give us 48-hour notice like this storm did. The package they deliver may be a lot more lethal and create much more difficult conditions in which to operate.
It should make you shudder to think of what the aftermath of one of those scenarios will look like if we get the same level of leadership and coordination that we got in this little preview. The body count will be higher and the resulting chaos might make the Katrina disaster look like a Mardi Gras party that just got out of hand.
This is a ringing wakeup call. It says that many people who are collecting a check to prepare pragmatic plans and operations that actually work are not doing a good job.
From complex coordination issues to things as simple as getting all responders on the same local radio frequency to coordinate resources and communications, there are many areas that have to be improved. Though this seems so basic, many people just haven't really thought through all the details.
They are also a victim of some very huge bureaucratic obstacles that have been in place for years, according to Emalert CTO Kendall Post, who pointed out these four barriers to better emergency preparedness:
1. There is no overall infrastructure plan for the information superhighway. There is no one super agency that is the official oversight organization.
2. Fundamental effectiveness of local emergency warning systems. In the case of New Orleans, they had 40 hours to execute a 72-hour evacuation plan.
3. Funding. This is a scattered approach where some get money for certain projects, others get nothing and none of it is coordinated. The end result is that a lot of money is wasted.
4. No umbrella organization. Even if everything was fixed, there is no real oversight manager. If FEMA was supposed to do this job, they failed.
Adopting New Procedures, Approaches
There needs to be a rethinking in the approach by many municipalities to dealing with disasters. You would think the Louisiana area would be focused on being ready for something that's as predictable as a hurricane. It would be different if they were hit with something they didn't know much about (like 30 inches of snow).
With some of the new compliance laws demanding that publicly held companies have disaster recovery plans, there seems to be some positive movement in at least thinking more about how to recover from a disaster.
What about the same requirements for municipalities so they have some policies and procedures drawn up for preparedness? If you think your municipality already has a plan, ask for a copy and find out if it's relevant to current operations.
It shouldn't be a huge task to develop a pragmatic list for cities that are faced with manmade or natural disasters. If a basic framework is given to everyone, maybe they can customize it for their specific region. Again, I know this sounds so fundamental, but where are everyone's plans?
Carlinism: Disaster planning is a must have, rather than a hoped for.

James Carlini is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University. He is also president of Carlini & Associates. Carlini can be reached at james.carlini@sbcglobal.net or 773-370-1888.
Click here for Carlini's full biography. http://eprairie.com/printer/article.asp?newsletterID=12693
Reprinted with permission from James Carlini

Light Brigade Announces 2005-2006 Dates For Advanced Hands-on Modules "On The Road"

The Light Brigade announces the national schedule for its Advanced Hands-on Modules "On The Road" training course for the remainder of 2005 and the first half of 2006.
The Advanced "On The Road" course is designed for those who will be working with singlemode fiber for voice, video or data communications. The course focus includes:

  • Mastery of new techniques and tools designed for cable mid-entry applications and related closure and patch panel techniques.
  • Testing for optical return loss using optical time-domain reflectometers, dead zone boxes and optical terminators.
  • Use of OTDR signatures to troubleshoot fiber spans.
  • Avoiding incorrect handling and installation at 1310 nm, 1550 nm and 1625 nm.
  • Enhancing troubleshooting, maintenance and restoration response techniques.

This course offers optional Fiber Optic Technician-Outside Plant (FOT-OSP) certification.
Upcoming "Oh The Road" dates:
Denver, Colorado     November 7-10, 2005
San Jose, California  March 20-23, 2006
Chicago, Illinois        April 18-21, 2006
Anaheim, California  May 1-4, 2006
Denver, Colorado     May 8-11, 2006
Atlanta, Georgia       May 15-18, 2006

For more information or to register for a course, contact Kimberly Blatter at (206) 575-0404. www.lightbrigade.com

IEC Atlanta and Rocky Mountain IEC Honored With Chapter Newsletter of the Year Awards

During the 48th Annual IEC National Convention and IEC Electric Expo 2005, IEC National honored IEC Atlanta with the Chapter Newsletter of the Year Award - Electronic Version and Rocky Mountain IEC with Chapter Newsletter of the Year Award - Print Version.

"I am pleased to see that so many nominations were received for this new category," said Emerson Smoker, IEC Awards Committee Chairman. "It was great to see that so many chapters have developed outstanding newsletters to keep their members informed and up-to-date on local and national events."

The Chapter Newsletter of the Year Award was introduced this year to recognize those chapters who have developed outstanding newsletters that help keep IEC members on the cutting edge of the industry. IEC Atlanta and Rocky Mountain IEC stood out because of their efforts to keep members informed of important trade-specific news bulletins, political updates, safety-related notices, training announcements and many other items in a colorful and engaging format. www.ieci.org

Spring Ahead - Fall Back

Just like a broken clock that is right twice a day, each year we reset our clocks for changes to and from daylight saving time. In the Spring we turn the clock ahead and in the Fall we turn the clock back. Each time we readjust our schedules for the time change we should also make a point of reviewing safety and security measures at home and in the workplace. This process could be as minor as checking the batteries in the smoke detectors.

Remember: Safety is too important to ignore...

Cell Phones Cause Accidents!

The scorecard shows that the number of accidents caused by driver's distraction using cell phones is growing to an alarming rate. As we negotiate the roads to, from, and during the workday, we see multitudes of drivers with their heads tipped slightly to the side while clutching a cell phone to their ear. You might even observe some drivers clutching the cell phone to their ear with one hand and gesturing in the air with the other hand. Driving is already dangerous enough without tempting fate. Many companies have recognized the reality that their employees are using the cell phones while driving. To reduce the risk, some companies are equipping their employees with headsets to free both hands for the steering wheel. This is a step in the right direction but the safest move is a 100% focus on driving and let the voice mail catch the call. Remember: Safety is too important to ignore.
http://www.aaafoundation.org/resources/index.cfm?button=cellphone

New Hard Case Kit for RhinoPRO 3000 Label Printer Launched

New Bundled Solution for Fast, Professional Labeling for Residential Cabling, Security, Audio/Video and Many Other Applications

Proper labeling and identification of wires, cables, network components and equipment has never been more important. From commercial applications to our homes, people today rely more heavily on electronic systems than ever before. For this reason, DYMO Industrial, a worldwide leader in portable label printers created a bundled solution, the RhinoPRO 3000 Hard Case Kit.

The DYMO RhinoPRO 3000 Hard Case Kit combines a rugged carry case, two extra label cassettes, batteries and AC Adapter with the industry's best portable label printer - the RhinoPRO 3000. Now you get all the affordable and convenient features of the RhinoPRO 3000 in one convenient, value-packed kit.

"When we set out to develop a bundled industrial labeling solution for the residential installer, we wanted to make sure that it had all the key components to get our customers up and running quickly," said Doug Waldal, Global Director of the DYMO Industrial Business Unit. "Our goal was to give users a tool that would allow them to economically create labels that would make their jobs look more professional - enabling them to differentiate their work from the competition. It also had to be easy to use, inexpensive and rugged enough to withstand punishment in the field and produce labels that stay stuck under adverse conditions. We achieved all of this and much more in the RhinoPRO 3000."

The RhinoPRO 3000 Hard Case Kit is the latest in a line of professional label printers designed for today's installation professionals. Joining the RhinoPRO 5000 Hard Case Kit, which is designed for commercial cabling and businesses, both RhinoPRO labeling tools are ideal for any type of labeling job all around your job site or facility.

"Our research indicated that most residential installers simply don't label or use a pen and tape to identify wires, cables and components", said Ernie Racenet, Global Director of the DYMO Industrial Business Unit. "While this may appear to be the fastest, easiest and cheapest solution during the installation phase of a project it makes future troubleshooting, repairs and upgrades difficult - wasting valuable time and money. Plus, a well dressed system that includes neatly labeled cables and components can be your ticket to client referrals - the lifeblood of any installation business. The RhinoPRO 3000 Kit is easy to use, and at under $150 can help any installer label their work like a PRO."

The RhinoPRO 3000 Hard Case Kit retails for $149.99, and is available now through your local distributor. For more information please visit www.dymo.com/industrial.

Data Disaster - Not "IF" … But "WHEN"

The recent mean season has played out on TV in everyone's living room. We have seen the crashing waves, the wild wind, and the scary storm surges. Mother Nature can be horrific. Surprisingly these natural disasters represent only a small share of the factors that can bring your information system down. For many enterprises in the US workplace, a system crash may also mean a major loss of data. The data in our information systems is the language of our business. If you loose those records, the cost can be staggering. In spite of the value that we associate with our digital records, there seems to be a vast apathy about protecting this critical information.

Recently, we learned of a disaster recovery and data backup service that is sweeping the East Coast. US LEC (NASDAQ: CLEC) has introduced an archive system with automated capabilities to gather and store virtually the data records of any business. US LEC, founded in 1996 provides voice, data, and Internet services to businesses and enterprise organizations throughout the Eastern US. This Data Back up & Restoration service is priced well below the cost to perform the same service internally. Having current backup records located in dual offsite secure locations is more than just a good idea. In the coming months, we will research this new and powerful offering and bring you the full story. In the meantime, if you wish any additional information, contact Frank Bisbee (Wireville.com) 904-645-9077 - frank@wireville.com or David Smith (Data Sales - US LEC) dasmith@uslec.com - 904-421-6477 (Jacksonville, FL) www.uslec.com

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Want to know more about how you can capture the business opportunities associated with integrated building systems? Mark your calendars for several key conferences and exhibitions.

AFCOM: April 17-21 Las Vegas www.afcom.com

BICSI SPRING: May 2-5 Las Vegas www.bicsi.org

BOMA: June 23-28 Anaheim http://s12.a2zinc.net/clients/Boma2004/Boma2005/

REALCOMM: June 27-28 Anaheim, CA www.realcomm.com/anaheim.htm

CONNECT 2005: June 28 Anaheim www.caba.org , www.ibfconferences.com

ACUTA: July 17 - 21 Gaylord Palms - Kissimmee, FL www.acuta.org/events/annual_conference/sce05.cfm

NECA: September 18-20, 2005 New Orleans www.necashow.org/

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April 5-7
FOSE: DC

April 6-7
SFBF: Ft.Lauderdale, FL

APRIL 13-17
BOMA Southern region conference. Memphis, Tenn

APRIL 17-22
Data Center World (DCW): Las Vegas, NV
www.afcom.com

April 20-22
Environ Design9
www.environdesign.com

April 21-22
Broadband Wireless World: Las Vegas NV
949-443-3735
www.scievents.com/bwwo5

May 1-6
Interop: Las Vegas, NV
415-905-2300
www.interop.com

May 2-5
2005 BICSI Spring Conference: Las Vegas NV
www.bicsi.org

May 4-6
Green Design Solutions: Hospitals & Schools: Chicago, IL
www.edcmag.com

May 4-6
13th National Conference on Building Commissioning: New York City, NY
www.peci.org/ncbc/

May 10-11
Expocom: Toronto
888-322-7333
www.reedexpo.ca/ee3

May 16-21
Affordable Comfort 2005: Indianapolis, IN
www.afordablecomfort.org

May 17-19
VOIP: Beijing China
852-2865-1118
www.china-voip.com

May 17-27
Sustainable Practices in Design and Construction: Maho Bay, St John U.S. V.I.
www.cahs.colostate.edu/cm//offsite_courses.stm

May 18
ACUTA Midwest Regional Workshop - "Strategic Tradeoffs in Campus Wireless Mobility": Chicago, IL - Hyatt Regency O'Hare
859-278-3338
www.acuta.org/?1303

May 19-21
AIA National Convention & Design Expo: Las Vegas, NV
www.aiaconvention.com

May 22-25
UTC Telecom: Long Beach CA
202-872-0030
www.utctelecom2005.utc.org

MAY 30-June 2
Broadband World Forum: Yokahama Japan

JUNE 1-3
Greening the Heartland 2005:Cost, Practice & Policy: Chicago, IL
www.greeningtheheartland.org

June 6-8
IEC: Chicago, IL

June 6-10
NFPA: Las Vegas, NV
www.NFPA.org

June 6-9
Supercomm: Chicago, IL
312-559-3327
www.supercomm2005.com

JUNE 20-23
Ecobuild America 2005: The Environmental Systems Techology Conference
www.ecobuildamerica.com

June 25-28
The North American Commercial Real Estate Congress & The Office Building Show
BOMA: Anaheim, CA
Vicki Cummins 888-777-6956
vcummins@pgi.com
www.bomaconvention.org


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