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Issue: October 2011
By: Frank Bisbee


Datacom/Telecom Glossary
In This Issue

Bits N' Pieces


Bisbee's Buzz

We Must Be Ever Vigilant

by Frank Bisbee
Published: September 2011

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, "If you see something, say something," as he called for the public's help to be on watch for terrorist.

In the wake of the 10-year anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11, the market in the United States and abroad has energized the focus on security. Security is one of the revenue growth areas for the contractor in today's dismal economy.

John Maisel, Publisher of Electrical Contractor magazine said, "Electrical contractors have expanded their scope of activity to include design, specification and service across a broad spectrum of integrated systems. Driven in part by the attacks of 9/11, and the evolving demands of owners for more and more sophisticated, totally integrated security, life safety and control/communication systems, the electrical contractor is ideally positioned to become the contractor of choice."

Change is inevitable. Accept change and survive. Embrace change and flourish.

If you need to address your security, you might start with a complete end-to-end surveillance system including cameras, monitors and storage. You begin by calling your reliable electrical contractor with the capabilities to design/build your solution. You could just go buy the parts, but you might end up with an expensive non-working system.

Electrify, illuminate, communicate and much more
Beginning with providing the power distribution network in the structure and then installing the lighting system, the electrical contractor has also included the design and installation of the low-voltage cabling to serve the telecommunications and datacom information technology network. In many cases that is just the beginning.

Electrical contractors have been expanding the scope of services they provide. Security is a growing revenue stream reaching flood proportions.

When we looked at security, we found that public and private sectors are installing many new surveillance systems, one of the most popular steps to enhanced security. Today, surveillance can be transmitted to the client over the Internet (using Internet protocol).

There are many areas of the hardware and software selection that must be "mated" properly for best results. A properly trained and licensed contractor is the best bet.

Surveillance—IP and analog
Here are some of the components that are involved:

• Cameras
• Video management software
• Network servers and storage
• Network video recorders
• Digital video recorders
• Network switches
• UTP and fiber video transmission systems
• Power over Ethernet midspans/panels
• Lenses
• Illuminators
• Monitors
• Racks, cabinets and consoles
• Mounts and housings
• Power supplies, backup and protection

Digital vs. analog
Why go with the new digital network video surveillance system? The digital, network video surveillance system provides a host of benefits and advanced functionalities that cannot be provided by an analog video surveillance system. The advantages include remote accessibility, high image quality, event management and intelligent video capabilities, easy integration possibilities and better scalability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness. However, that does not mean you have to discard your existing analog investments. Video encoders, rack solutions and video decoders enable a cost-effective way to integrate your analog surveillance installations and gain the benefits of professional network video technology.

Video encoders (video servers)
Video encoders, sometimes referred to as video servers, contain a compression chip and an operating system so that incoming analog video can be converted into digital video, transmitted and recorded over the computer network for easier accessibility and viewing, which enables users to view live images on any local or remote computer on a network. A video encoder can also provide a multitude of advanced functionalities, such as distributed video motion detection, tampering alarm, event management, and integrated audio support. Furthermore, it provides a foundation for more intelligent video functionalities such as number plate recognition and people counting, etc.

Image quality
Some video encoders provide image fine-tuning and aspect ratio correction, which ensures that images do not appear distorted when viewed on a computer screen. High performance video encoders provide full frame rate (30 fps in NTSC) in all resolutions for all video channels. Furthermore, unlike their analog counterparts, digital images retain their quality regardless of the distance travelled.

Most common video encoders
The most common video encoder is a stand-alone version with single or multichannel connections to analog cameras. Stand-alone video encoders are best positioned close to the analog cameras (due to transmission limitations over copper-based cabling). They are typically used in situations where there are a few analog cameras located in a remote facility or where the setup is some distance from the central monitoring room. For larger centralized systems, high-density rack solutions with blade versions of the encoders are usually preferred. The blades can support one, four or six channels. Racks can be outfitted with a mix of video encoder blades and can accommodate from one up to 84 analog channels, providing a flexible and expandable solution for migrating large-scale analog installations to network video. With hot swapping, there is no need to power down the entire system when installing or removing the video encoder blades.

Scalability and flexibility
Unlike analog CCTV/DVR systems, network video surveillance is built on open and interoperable standards; video encoders use universally accepted compression standards, such as Motion JPEG, MPEG-4 or H.264, enabling great savings in bandwidth and storage. Using standards also means that operators avoid the risk of being stuck with a proprietary technique. It also allows for integration with other systems, for instance IP-based building management systems or industrial and logistical solutions. The possibility to combine and integrate different systems gives great leverage to a surveillance investment based on network video.

Security through surveillance can be enhanced by the contractor and or a monitoring service:
1. Main security office: Dispatch viewing, command and control, video management software hub
2. Door security: electronic locks, request to exit
3. Indoor camera: vandal resistant, dome
4. Outdoor camera: pan-tilt-zoom, day/night viewing, vandal proof
5. Telephone alert: immediate voicemail mass notification
6. Access control: controllers, card readers
7. Mass notification: perimeter detection, alarms
8. Fixed camera: video analytics to record slips and falls
9. Strobe: visual emergency alert
10. Fixed camera: facial recognition for emergency situations
11. Covert camera: hidden in exit sign for discreet recording
12. Wireless connection: gives first responders (police, fire, EMT) remote viewing

Expand your current business with video surveillance as a service? A growing number of electrical contractors are now offering service to their package offerings.

Some video hosting systems (VHS) offer a unique solution where hosting providers, together with a wide range of network cameras, enable a service provider to offer its customer a video monitoring service over the Internet. This solution allows security integrators and alarm monitoring centers to establish a recurring revenue stream. By adding IP video surveillance to your offering you will establish closer relationships with existing customers and, at the same time, broaden your potential customer base—an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage.

Beyond power, control and lighting
The electrical contractor is active in a host of low voltage infrastructure areas. The distributors have built a strong business base by supplying the electrical contractor with a host of products that can be woven into interconnected and automated building systems. The following are some examples:

• Copper solutions
• Fiber optic solutions
• Cable management solutions
• Tools and installation supplies
• Test equipment
• Outside plant products
• Low-voltage and specialty wire and cable
• Physical security solutions
• Networking solutions
• Residential solutions
• Power distribution and protection

Mass notification
This important area has seen numerous advancements in the past several years. The integration of wireless devices, such as smart phones, has significantly improved the reaction time to deliver those life-saving messages.

Timing is critical
When emergencies occur, it is important that information and instructions are disseminated quickly throughout the affected area. It can make the difference between life and death. Whether there is a natural or man-made disaster, the need for emergency communication is vital and will vary by market,

For example, ceiling speakers are for much more than background music. Being heard is critical in countless situations requiring mass notification, from natural disasters to violent scenarios. It’s essential to be heard when there isn’t a moment to lose.

Who needs security and mass notification?
The market is full of applications that are begging to be addressed or just improved. Both Public and Private Sectors are in need of better security:

• Police and fire safety systems must be robust and fail-safe when an entire municipality could be at risk. These systems often need to cover large geographical areas and offer rapid data transfer.
• The corporation market needs scalable solutions allowing employee notification in high-rise, warehouse and remote field environments. Employees must be kept safe while meeting corporate disaster recovery requirements.
• Higher education facilities must protect the students and faculty in the campus environment with alerts reaching all parties almost simultaneously.
• The government and military sector requires network-centric mass notification and system that meets Department of Defense and federal regulations. Internally, it must maintain privacy within the organization, and externally, it must alert millions across the nation of threats to people or property.
• Healthcare facilities require custom systems to allow for early warnings of contagious infectious diseases and other life-threatening situations

Don't just sit there. Get out there and make the world more secure.


BISBEE is with Communication Planning Corp., a telecom and datacom design/build firm. He provides a free monthly summary of industry news on www.wireville.com.

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

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The NECA Convention & Show

CONTRACTORS CONNECTING THE WORLD WITH POWER + LIGHTING + INTEGRATED SYSTEMS

October 22-25, 2011

San Diego Convention Center

National Electrical Contractors Association

NECA 2011 San Diego Boasts Biggest Trade Show Ever!

Electrical Contractors will have the opportunity to find thousands of product and service solutions in San Diego next week! This is the largest NECA Show in history with 276 companies in over 670 booths. We also have more company executives attending than ever before.  We realize that times have been tough in many areas of the country, but our customers are looking to us for answers and they will find them in San Diego.

FREE ADMISSION TO THE NECA SHOW
NECA is offering FREE Admission to the largest trade show in the industry and 17 technical workshops that take place right on the show floor. San Diego is an amazing town, so bring your family along! 

Here is a list of exhibiting companies as of October 11, 2011:

3M

Access Hardware Supply

Accubid, a Division of Trimble

Acuity Brands

A-D Technologies

ADI

Advanced Power Access, Inc.

AEMC Instruments

Affiliated Distributors

Alcan Cable

alliantgroup

Alumen8

American Connectors Inc.

American Express Open

American Industrial Control & Electrical Supply

American Polywater Corporation

American Technical Publishers, Inc.

Anixter

Ansell

ARAMARK Uniform Services

A-Rise Pipe Support

Arlington Industries

ASCO Power Technologies

Atkore: Allied Tube & AFC Cable Systems, Inc.

AVO Training Institute, Inc

Bad Dog Tools

BAI Distributors Inc.

BICSI

Bidtracer - Specialty Software Group LLC

BlueVolt

Brainwave Products Inc.

Bridgeport Fittings

Buckingham Mfg.

Burndy

C.K. Tools

CableOrganizer.com

Carhartt Workwear at Rugged Outfitters

CBM Lighting Mfg.

CEAS Attachments / ISAT Seismic Bracing

Cementex Products, Inc.

Cerro Wire LLC - Electrical Distribution Division

Cert-In Software Systems, Inc.

Channellock, Inc.

Charles J. Krasnoff Electrical Estimating

Chint Electric Co., Ltd.

CLC Lodging

Clicksafety.com, Inc.

CNJ Lighting Solutions

Colonial Engraving Co. Inc.

ConEst Software Systems

Connecticut Electric, Inc.

Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)

Contractors Choice Inc.

Cooper Industries

Copper Development Assoc. Inc.

Copper Wire Stripper

Cree LED Lighting

Crescent Electric Supply

Cretex Concrete Products

Cummins Onan

Current Tools, Inc.

CurrentSAFE Corporation

Dabmar Lighting Inc.

DAS Simplified

DC Power Systems/ Solar Depot

Deco Lighting

Delmar Cengage Learning

Delta Products

Dexter + Chaney

Duraguard Products, Inc.

Eaton Corporation

EC&M Electrical Wholesaling (Penton Media, Inc.)

ecoInsight, Inc.

Edwards Manufacturing Company

Edwards Signaling

ELECTRI International

Electrical Advertiser, The

Electrical Contractor Magazine

Electrical Prefab Systems, LLC

Electrical Products & Solutions

Electrical Solutions

ElectricSmarts / NetPricer

E-Mon

Empower Electronics

EncapSulite International, Inc.

ENCORE WIRE CORPORATION

Enterprise Fleet Management

ERICO

Ericson Manufacturing Company

eSUB Inc.

ExakTime

Extron Electronics

EZ Service Call

Falcon Electric, Inc.

Federated Insurance

FireLite Alarms

FLIR Systems/Extech Instruments

Fluke Corporation

Foundation Software

Fulham Co., Inc.

Galvan Industries, Inc

Gardner Bender

Garvin Industries

GE Energy

Generac Power Systems

Gensco Equipment

Get The Point

GEXPRO

GM Fleet and Commercial

Grainger

Graybar

Greenlee, A Textron Company

Hansen Supply Co.

Harger Lightning & Grounding

Hercules Industries

High Voltage Inc.

Highline Products

Hi-Line Utility Supply

Hioki USA Corporation

Honeywell Power Products

Howard Lighting

Hubbell Lighting Inc

IBEW / NECA / LMCC

Ideal Industries, Inc.

ILSCO

International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)

Intertek

IPEX USA LLC

Jerry's Electric, Inc.

Karish Industries

King Innovation

Klein Tools, Inc.

KNIPEX Tools LP

Kohler Co.

L.H. Dottie Company

LED Illumination Inc.

Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products

Legrand

LENOX®

Leviton Mfg. Co., Inc.

Little Giant Ladder Systems

LockNClimb, LLC

Lutron Electronics

Madison Electric Products

Management Education Institute (MEI)

Marco Consulting Group, The

Marking Services, Inc

Material Management Software, Inc.

MaxCell

Maxwell Systems Inc.

McCormick Systems, Inc.

Megger

MHT Lighting

Milspec Industries

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.

Mr. Electric

Musco Lighting

MyLightLink, Inc.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (NJATC)

National Purchasing Partners

NEC Avio Infrared Technologies

NECA San Diego Chapter

NECA Services

NECA Student Chapters

Neptun Light, Inc.

Networkfleet, Inc.

NexTraq

NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)

Nissan North America

NJATC FR Apparel

Northwest Lighting Systems Co.

Northwire Technical Cable

Oldcastle Precast Enclosure Solutions

One Solution Light + Control

Original Cinch Clamp Corporation

Osram Sylvania

Oswego Creative, Inc.

Oswego Creative, Inc.

Overheaddrills.com

Panduit Corp.

Paperless Proposal

Patriot Solar Group

PCI - Division of M.J. Electric, LLC

Pearson

PeerAssist, LLC

PEP Stations, LLC

PG LifeLink

Philips Color Kinetics

Platt Electric Supply, Inc.

Power & Tel

Precision - Paragon (P2)

ProEst Estimating Software

Project DocControl

Protective Industrial Products

Quick Cable Corp

RAB Lighting

Rack-A-Tiers Mfg. Inc.

Rancho Chrysler Jeep Dodge

RANDL Industries, Inc.

Rectorseal

Redfish Instruments, Inc.

Redwood Systems

RELECTRIC Supply Company

RERI, LLC

Rexel, Inc.

Rite in the Rain

Riverside Manufacturing Co.

Rize Enterprises

Royal Pipe Systems

Sage

Salisbury by Honeywell

San Diego Electrical Training Center

Sander Electronics

Schneider Electric

SeaBright Insurance Company

Service Wire Co.

Siemens Industry, Inc.

Siemens Industry, Inc. - IA

SmartGuard Products Inc.

Snake Tray

Snugtop

SolarWorld Americas, LLC

Solomon Corporation

Solon Manufacturing Company

Southwire/Maxis

S-P Products

SPX Service Solutions

Sta-Down Conduit Retaining Device

Stark Safety Consultants

Steren Electronics Group

Strip Technology, Inc.

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave - FutureFLEX Air-Blown Network Solutions

Summit Technology, Inc.

Superior Essex

T & R Electric Supply

T3 Innovation

Tasco Inc.

Task Lighting Corp.

TE Connectivity (formerly Tyco Electronics/Energy)

TE Connectivity (formerly Tyco Electronics/Solar)

Technical Sales International, LLC

TenCate Protective Fabrics

The Advance Metalworking Co., Inc.

The Electrical Distributor (TED)

The M. K. Morse Company

Thomas & Betts

TL Energy

Torres Consulting & Law Group, LLC

Trade Service

Travelliance

Triple Crown Products

Tri-Vise, LLC

Underground Devices Inc.

Underwriters Laboratories (UL)

United Copper Industries

Utility Equipment Leasing Corp.

Viewpoint Construction Software

Vision InfoSoft

Wahoo Innovations

Walters Wholesale Electric

WarmlyYours.com, Inc.

Werner Co.

WESCO Distribution Inc.

Westex Inc.

Wheatland Tube Company

Wiremaid USA, Division of Vutec Corp.

Youngstown Glove Co.

FREE Technical Workshops
Sunday, October 23, 2011

12:00-12:50pm  
Workplace efficiency and safety: What contractors should know about NFPA 70E and Insulated Tools
Presenters: Klein Tools & the NJATC

1:00- 1:50pm    
Line & Truck Grounding for Today’s Lineman
Presenter: Ken Macken, Hi-Line Utility Equipment Supply Co.

2:00- 2:50pm    
Understanding the ARC Flash and NFPA 70E
Presenter: Scott Margolin, Westex and Palmer Hickman, NJATC

3:00 – 3:50pm
Evolution of Fleet Management and Worker Productivity
Presenter: Alain Seraile, Discrete Wireless, Inc.

12:30 - 1:20pm Implementing Lighting Management Technologies & Practices to Drive Building Efficiencies
Presenters: Michael Jouaneh, Lutron and Bob Freshman, Leviton Lighting Management Systems, for NEMA

1:30 - 2:20pm    Exploring BIM Software: RIVET, MEP, and NAVISWORKS

Presenter: Ed Bundy, McCormick Systems

2:30 - 3:20pm    Presenting the Cost & Energy Savings Benefits of LED Lighting to your Customers
Presenter: Chris Smith-Peterson, Philips Color Kinetics

3:30 – 4:20pm   Arc Flash Mitigation & NEC Code and Compliance
Presenters: Ed Hamilton and Marty Trirette, GE Energy – Industrial Solutions

Monday October 24, 2011
12:00 - 12:50pm Green Home and Business: Integrating Alternative Energy into Residential and Commercial Structures
Presenters: James Washburn, Renewable Products and John DeBoer, Planning & Mechanical Engineering, Siemens

1:00 - 1:50pm    A Quantum Leap in Layout & BIM Integration
Presenter: Todd Liebbe, Get the Point

2:00 - 2:50pm    How to use iPad For Profitable Project Management
Presenter: Karl Rajotte, Maxwell Systems

3:00 – 3:50pm  Proposed New Accounting Rules May Affect Construction Contractors-Big and Small: What You Need to Know
Presented by: Steven D. Lords, CCIFP, Martin-Harris Construction, for CFMA

12:30 - 1:20pm Total Light Management
Presented by: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. and the NJATC

1:30 - 2:20pm  Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)
Presented by: Karl Griffith, Graybar

2:30 - 3:20pm Lithium-ion Innovation in Cordless Power Tools
Presented by:  Kevin Arnold, P. E., Milwaukee Tools

Tuesday October 25, 2011
11:00 - 11:50am  New Educational Tools Streamline Learning
Presenter: TBD, Thomas & Betts

12:00 - 12:50pm Cost Effective IPTV Services - Risks and Rewards

Presenter: Rod Ballard, Applications Engineering Manager, Power & Telephone Supply

Complete details & registration available at www.necaconvention.org

THE SHOW FOR THOSE WHO POWER THE WORLD!

NECA 2011 San Diego
October 22-25, 2011

San Diego Convention Center

National Electrical Contractors Association

NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. 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.

 

Megladon Invited To Present HLC Fiber Optic Technology at Avionics, Fiber-Optics and Photonics Technology Conference 2011

Austin, Texas, September 9, 2011 – Megladon Manufacturing Group announced an upcoming presentation at the AVFOP 2011 conference in San Diego October 4-6. As one of the invited speakers, Megladon will present the HLC (Hardened Lens Contact) technology to the Military and Commercial Aviation industries. The presentation will take place at 1:30PM on October 6th.

“This is an exciting opportunity to present the HLC technology. We have known for years the capabilities of the tempered fiber optic mating surface and its ability to perform in severe environments” stated John M Culbert, President and Partner of Megladon.

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

Avionics, Fiber-Optics and Photonics Technology Conference 2011 will be held at the Holiday Inn on the Bay, San Diego, California October 4th – 6th. The aerospace industry has made great strides in recent years deploying fiber optics and photonics technology on commercial and military platforms. This trend will continue to grow as avionics fiber optic system architectures, networking schemes, and components evolve and mature. 
This application-oriented conference will provide a common international forum for leaders, researchers, engineers, technicians, logisticians, manufacturers, and instructors to convene and discuss all aspects of severe environment fiber optic component, systems, reliability, maintainability, producibility and supportability technology, and its future direction. 

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

 

NASA Scientist Unveils New Chemical Detection Technology

NASA scientists are creating technology that can detect hazardous chemical compounds in the air with a smart phone.Jing Li, a physical scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., demonstrated this innovative technology called Cell-All in a training exercise last month, at the Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles.
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NASA Scientist Unveils New Chemical Detection Technology

·              Oct 05, 2011

NASA scientists are creating technology that can detect hazardous chemical compounds in the air with a smart phone.

Jing Li, a physical scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., demonstrated this innovative technology called Cell-All in a training exercise on Sept. 28, 2011, at the Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles.

The device Li developed is about the size of a postage stamp and is designed to be plugged in to an iPhone to collect, process and transmit sensor data. The new device is able to detect and identify low concentrations of airborne ammonia, chlorine gas and methane. The device senses chemicals in the air using a "sample jet" and a multiple-channel silicon-based sensing chip, which consists of 16 nanosensors, and sends detection data to another phone or a computer via telephone communication network or Wi-Fi.

The technology was used to detect carbon monoxide in a response and rescue training exercise for Los Angeles fire and police departments. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate, in partnership with the Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department and the California Environmental Protection Agency, sponsored the training exercise.

"This new technology can enhance both personal and public safety by utilizing a common device, such as a cell phone, to detect hazardous chemicals," said Stephen Dennis, technical director of S&T’s Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency. "Our goal is to create a lightweight, cost-effective, power-efficient resource for widespread public use."

The Cell-All technology, consisting of an energy-efficient sensor and cell phone application, detects toxic chemicals and alerts individuals and public safety authorities. Users have the option of using the sensor in a personal mode, which provides personal alerts, or opting-in to a network service, providing anonymous reports of the environmental condition to local responder networks.

Two different prototypes of Cell-All were demonstrated: one developed by NASA’s Center for Nanotechnology at Ames and a prototype developed in partnership between Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, Calif. and Synkera Technologies Inc., Longmont, Colo.

 

Telecommunications Industry Association Celebrates World Standards Week, Stresses Importance of ICT Industry-Accepted Technology Standards

TIA Invites Industry Participation in Development of New Technology Standards

Arlington Va. – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) this week joins with its fellow standards developing organizations in celebrating International World Standards Week in Washington, D.C., hosted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

"TIA thanks ANSI for its leadership in standards development," said TIA President Grant Seiffert. "This annual celebration serves as a reminder of the importance of technology standards, which cannot be overstated in this era of exceedingly fast innovation. The amount of work that members of TIA Engineering Committees do to develop new standards or adapt existing standards to address advances in areas such as M2M communications, wireless broadband, and cloud computing is staggering."

In addition to its commitment to developing standards, TIA is working to educate the tech community through outreach to top engineering schools. TIA began facilitating cooperation between industry and academe on new standards initiatives this year, engaging both Georgia Tech and Florida Atlantic University. These relationships also give TIA the opportunity to help define for the next generation of engineers what standards are and why they are so important, sharing a page from ANSI's report, Standards Boost Business:

"Behind the scenes, standards make everyday life work. They may establish size or shape or capacity of a product, process or system. They can specify performance of products or personnel. They also can define terms so that there is no misunderstanding among those using the standard."

As examples, standards help ensure that people can reach us on our mobile phones even when we are out of the country, that optical fiber connectors transmit light through a patch panel, and first-responders can communicate with interoperable radio systems."

The development of standards also has its rewards for companies active in the process. Participants in TIA engineering committees gain a tangible competitive advantage over their competitors: gaining early access to information; exerting influence on technical content; and developing new markets for products, services, and technologies, while keeping market access doors open.

"I believe ANSI sums it up best in Standards Boost Business," said Seiffert: "The robust U.S. standards and conformance system is a powerful example of how a consensus-based public-private partnership can work to develop concrete solutions to real-world problems."

This year's theme for World Standards Week is "Advancing Safety and Sustainability Standards World Wide," two areas of standards development with which TIA has long been associated.

TIA engineering committees have been on the forefront of forging new standards for public safety equipment and networks.

TIA is also leading the charge in developing cabling standards to improve energy efficiency in data centers, and just last week adopted a resolution to include energy efficient lighting in its next update to this Standard.

In addition, TIA recently became a board member for the Sustainable Technology Environments Program (STEP), joining a consortium of manufacturers, designers, integrators, programmers and users of technology that is focused on bringing to life the technology systems that operate within sustainable buildings. STEP engages the best practices and standards to establish the technology industry benchmark for sustainable energy and materials.

To inquire about participating in TIA standards developing efforts, please contact Germaine Palangdao at +1.703.907.7497 or at gpalangdao@tiaonline.org.

Sign up for news feeds on new TIA standards projects and publications.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Read ANSI’s report, "Standards Boost Business" at http://www.standardsboostbusiness.org/.

About TIA
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence and networking. Since 1924, TIA has been enhancing the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org.

View video news programming on TIA Now at http://www.tianow.org.

TIA's 2011 Market Review & Forecast, is available for purchase online at the TIA store. TIA members receive a discount of more than 60 percent off of the cover price. Review copies are available for qualified media.

TIA's Board of Directors includes senior-level executives from ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, ANDA Networks, AttivaCorp, Cisco Systems, Dow Chemical Company, Ericsson, Inc., GENBAND, Inc., Henkels & McCoy, Juniper Networks, ILS Technology, Intel Corporation, Intersect, Inc., LGE, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, OneChip Photonics, Panasonic Computer Solutions Co., Qualcomm, Research In Motion, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation, Tellabs, TE Connectivity, Ulticom, Inc., Walker & Associates and WirefreeCom, Inc. Advisors to the Board include FAL Associates.

 

Harger Announces Release of NUWTubeTM

New Ultraweld® packaging keeps weld materials separate

GRAYSLAKE, Illinois – October 12, 2011 – Harger Lightning & Grounding proudly announces the release of NUWTubeTM , a new packaging design that keeps exothermic weld materials separated until ready to use.

“Intermixing of starting material with the weld metal prior to making an exothermic connection has always been a problem in the field,” said Mark Harger, President/CEO of Harger Lightning & Grounding. “Now with NUWTube™, the contractor controls when to mix the materials, which will cause less frustration at the job site, less product waste, better exothermic connections and ultimately save our customers money.”  

Featuring an easy to use, dual-chamber design, NUWTube™ holds both the starting material and weld metal separately in one tube, each accessible and easily identifiable by a color coded cap. Simply remove the clear cap to pour the weld metal into the mold, flip the tube over, and then remove the orange cap to add the starting material. NUWTube™ also features ECO-friendly and recyclable outer packaging. 

NUWTube™ is now available! Please contact Harger sales for pricing at hargersales@harger.com or           800-842-7437.

Harger Lightning & Grounding, established in 1960, is a leading manufacturer of lightning protection and grounding equipment, as well as exothermic welding materials for the communications and electrical industries.  Harger also provides design and engineering services and specializes in offering total systems solutions for their customers.

301 Ziegler Drive, Grayslake, IL 60030

847-548-8700 • 800-842-7437 • Fax: 847-548-8755

Website: www.harger.com • Email: hargersales@harger.com

 

Belden Announces Long-Term Supply Agreement With Yokogawa Electric Corporation

Belden's Industry-leading Hirschmann™ brand Industrial Ethernet products chosen for mission critical applications.

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Belden Inc. (NYSE:BDC - News), a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission critical applications, today announced a new agreement with Yokogawa Electric Corporation. Yokogawa, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading provider of industrial automation and control solutions in a wide range of process markets. Under the terms of the agreement, Yokogawa will deploy Belden's Hirschmann brand Industrial Ethernet switches in Yokogawa's global industrial application solutions that require highly reliable network performance.

"We are pleased to announce the agreement between Belden and Yokogawa," said John Stroup, President and CEO of Belden. "This relationship demonstrates Belden's leadership position in industrial networking and expands our growth opportunities in Japan and throughout the world."

Under the terms of the agreement, Yokogawa will use Hirschmann Industrial Ethernet switches in their Vnet/IP® high-speed control networks and provide maintenance services to facilitate the deployment of highly reliable control networks. Plant control communication network in markets such as oil & gas, power transmission & distribution, pharmaceuticals and water/wastewater must endure harsh environments with extreme ambient temperatures and corrosive gasses.

"Belden's reputation as the leader in mission-critical signal transmission solutions is once again demonstrated as our Hirschmann brand is the preferred choice when productivity and signal integrity cannot be compromised," added Stroup.

"Yokogawa will offer Hirschmann Industrial Ethernet switches from Belden because our customers demand that their network solutions have been designed to the highest standards and tested in the toughest environments," said Satoru Kurosu, Director and Senior Vice President of Yokogawa Electric Corporation. "They are the perfect choice to ensure the highest confidence in performance for long-term, stable control networks."

About Yokogawa

Yokogawa's global network of 25 manufacturing facilities and 80 companies spans 54 countries. Since its founding in 1915, the US$3 billion company has been engaged in cutting-edge research and innovation, securing more than 7,200 patents and registrations, including the world's first digital sensors for flow and pressure measurement. Industrial automation and control, test and measurement, information systems and industry support are the core businesses of Yokogawa. For more information about Yokogawa, please visit www.yokogawa.com.

About Belden

St. Louis-based Belden Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets cable, connectivity, and networking products in markets including industrial automation, enterprise, transportation, infrastructure, and consumer electronics. It has approximately 6,900 employees, and provides value for industrial automation, enterprise, education, healthcare, entertainment and broadcast, sound and security, transportation, infrastructure, consumer electronics and other industries. Belden has manufacturing capabilities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, and a market presence in nearly every region of the world. Belden was founded in 1902, and today is a leader with some of the strongest brands in the signal transmission industry. For more information, visit www.belden.com.

 

ShoreTel Inks Distribution Agreement with Tech Data Canada

Extends ShoreTel business communication solutions to broader Canadian market

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ShoreTel® (NASDAQ:SHOR - News), the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated unified communications (UC), today announced a new distribution agreement with Tech Data Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of Tech Data Corporation. The agreement aims to increase local market specialization and availability of ShoreTel business communications solutions to partners and customers in all Canadian Provinces and Territories.

Tech Data Canada offers expertise in IP telephony, wireless networking and VoIP technologies and maintains a strong partner base of over 5,000 technology resellers and solution providers. ShoreTel’s partnership with Tech Data Canada will give resellers the ability to operate effectively in local currencies and time zones and with local inventory, offering stand-alone ShoreTel products, as well as fully integrated, multi-vendor solutions designed to best meet customer needs.

As ShoreTel continues to scale its global reach and extend deeper into the Canadian market, the addition of an experienced, value-added distributor such as Tech Data Canada will ensure ShoreTel continues to deliver unsurpassed quality and value to Canadian customers. This agreement is part of ShoreTel’s recently announced global two-tier channel distribution strategy.

Quotes

“Demand is high for an affordable, scalable business communications solution that is easy to deploy and will support an increasingly mobile workforce. We’re thrilled to work with Tech Data Canada to deliver ShoreTel’s brilliantly simple line of UC products throughout the Canadian market, and we are confident that the relationship will empower our partners and customers to find the ShoreTel solution best suited to their unique communications needs and resources.”

  • George Pappas, Country Manager, Canada, ShoreTel

“We are thrilled and excited to establish this relationship with ShoreTel. This will further strengthen our position as a leading destination for voice and data solution providers while expanding our technical support in the Unified Communications arena.”

  • Greg Myers, VP Marketing, Tech Data Canada

“We're pleased with the recent announcement from ShoreTel to enter into two-tier distribution for their industry leading Unified Communications and Mobility Solutions. This creates a highly efficient route to market for Black Box Network Services and our ShoreTel customers through Tech Data's best in class logistics coupled with industry-leading e-business and IT tools. We believe Tech Data's superior capabilities and their attention to detail will help Black Box Network Services continue to meet and exceed the expectations of our enterprise customers. Black Box Network Services Canada is happy to be partnered with ShoreTel and Tech Data, both strong partners to help delight our customers and grow our Canadian business.”

  • Brian Gendron, General Manager, Black Box Canada

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About ShoreTel

ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOR - News) is the provider of brilliantly simple Unified Communication (UC) solutions based on its award-winning IP business phone system. We offer organizations of all sizes integrated, voice, video, data, and mobile communications on an open, distributed IP architecture that helps significantly reduce the complexity and costs typically associated with other solutions. The feature-rich ShoreTel UC system offers the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) and the highest customer satisfaction in the industry, in part because it is easy to deploy, manage, scale and use. Increasingly, companies around the world are finding a competitive edge by replacing business-as-usual with new thinking, and choosing ShoreTel to handle their integrated business communication. ShoreTel is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in Austin, Texas; United Kingdom; Sydney, Australia; and Singapore. For more information, visit www.shoretel.com.

 

Distribution takes another big step in improved customer service options. eAccu-Tech.com, the ecommerce solution for Accu-Tech Corporation

eAccu-Tech.com, the ecommerce solution for Accu-Tech Corporation, launched September 20th at BICSI Fall Conference in Las Vegas.
Distribution takes another big step in improved customer service options.

eAccu-Tech.com offers:

  •  2 day shipping
  • All items featured are in stock with no lead times
  • Corning fiber cut to order (no cut charges)
  • 24/7 online ordering and account maintenance
  • Chatsworth Products, Inc. cabinets and racks
  • CommScope patch panels and patch cords
  • Panduit connectivity
  • The latest from Legrand | Ortronics, and more.

Check it out at www.eaccu-tech.com.

 

Mike Holt You Tube Channel – a new source for the NEWS YOU USE

Want a great tool to learn more about the NEC? Visit www.youtube.com/mikeholtnec and see the over 90 video clips that Mike Holt has made available for free on his You Tube Channel.

Categories for the channel include:

Exam Prep

Mike Holt covers the 2011 NEC

Mike Holt covers the 2008 NEC
Solar (Based on the 2011 NEC)

Bloopers

Stories from others

Some of the most popular clips covered are:

How to Prepare for an Electrical Exam

Transformers (2008 NEC)

GFCI Protection (2008 NEC)

Arc Flash Hazard Warning (2011 NEC)

and so many more...

You can also subscribe to this channel and get notified as new clips are uploaded. This is another great resource provided for free by Mike Holt Enterprises for more information and free resources visit www.mikeholt.com.

 

NEWS from TED MAG

WESCO Buys in Canada

Brews Supply Ltd. of Calgary, Alberta, described as “a full-line distributor of industrial, utility, and commercial products” with annual sales of roughly $50 million, is being acquired by WESCO Distribution Inc. through its Canadian operations. No purchase price was disclosed.

Founded in 1927, the company has sales offices in the provinces of Alberta and Ontario and, according to this private company research piece, “sales representation in Grande Prairie, Central Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic, Canada.”

Brews lists association with A-D, Stone Eagle Electric Supply (“a majority-owned Aboriginal” distributor based in Fort McMurray) and “Hungry for Change.”

Stone Eagle is identified as a “division” of Brews. Dale Berstead, president and CEO at Brews since April 2008, lists on his LinkedIn profile a 14-month stint as president of Stone Eagle. Stone Eagle apparently specializes in supplying the oil and gas industry.

Graybar Notes

Clayton contretemps: According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Graybar, as well as “neighborhood activists,” did not like the idea of a new 23-story hotel being built in Clayton, Mo., the company’s home town. According to the article, “…residents can rest easy. Graybar solved the problem this week by snapping up the foreclosed property from Uncle Sam.”

In an interview with the newspaper, Matt Geekie, an SVP at Graybar as well as secretary and general counsel, said, "We like the atmosphere and look and feel of Clayton, which is why we moved here almost 30 years ago. We value it the way it is."

The newspaper article indicated that Graybar is still considering what to do with the property. One possibility is the expansion of the nearby Seven Gales Inn from 32 rooms to as many as 90.

IT innovation: for the ninth straight year, Graybar is on the Information Week 500, the magazine’s list of technology innovators. The company news release said it was named “due in part to its innovative use of a video-based help application and wiki technologies to support its implementation of SAP CRM.” Distributors HD Supply and WinWholeale also made the list. Epicor was named to the list as well.

Solar training: The partnership Graybar has made with ONTILTY, a solar training company, apparently is working. The two companies announced their fourth collaborative week-long training event for Oct. 3-7 in San Antonio, Texas.  

POST HURRICANE IRENE REPORT

Hurricane aftermath in Connecticut causes higher generator sales for retailers: According to a report in The Day, two weeks after Hurricane Irene’s visit, retail stores contacted were seeing big generator sales.

Jeff Welcome, manager of New England Power Products, said, “People continue to buy [generators]. They’re not lining up out the door like they were last week, but they’re still interested…It’s definitely been the biggest reaction to a power issue that I’ve ever seen.”

Welcome claimed that his Groton store sold “quite a few hundred” generators in the storm’s aftermath.

Emerson Dexter, manager of the True Value Home Center in East Lyme said that generators have “never been a significant item before. But with the power out for so long, after a while people can’t take it. They can deal with two or three days, but after that it’s no fun.”

www.tedmag.com

 

NEWTON”S TELECOM DICTIONARY 26th Edition 2011 is a must have resource

Book Size: 6” x 9” Pages: 1311 (3% larger than 25th edition) More than 26,283 (up 450 more terms, and about 1,650 updated definitions from the prior 25th edition.) Published June, 2011. Definitions up-to-date as of end-May, 2011

This is a very extensive dictionary that is a must have for anyone in telecom. Further, it is written by someone who is trying to communicate the information you need to really understand the word or acronym.

It also has some entertaining telecommunications history. For example see the entries under "capacity swaps" and "Captain Crunch" which are on our sample page from an earlier edition.

This dictionary is an enjoyable read and a good reference that demystifies the topics covered.

From the publisher:

"An essential resource." --PC Magazine

"A must-read." --Interactive Week

"A page-turner that invites use." --IEEE

"A fixture on the desks of many who deal with the technical world." --New York Times

"The one reference book we can't do without... comprehensive and reliable." --Telemanagement

This is the world's bestselling and most comprehensive reference book on telecom, data communications, networking, computing and the Internet, with over 785,000 copies sold. Featuring 26,283 terms and hundreds updated and expanded, the 26th edition of Newton's Telecom Dictionary weighs in at over four times larger than any other telecom and IT dictionary, and includes wired, wireless, satellite, fiber and Internet terms.

It explains technical concepts in non-technical language anyone can understand. It's used by more leading technology companies for training and employee orientation than any other text. According to Discount Long Distance Digest, it "truly belongs on the bookshelf of everyone in the telecom industry. It's worth every penny, and is pound-for-pound the best telecom book we have seen."

THREE BONUS Sections:

  • THE BEST MONEY-SAVING TIPS - Harry Newton's favorite ways to save on telecom, computing, airlines, hotels, and buying and using great gadgetry and software.
  • THE HOTTEST TELECOM OPPORTUNITIES. “I love telecom. Where should I work?”
  • PRIORITIES FOR MY TELECOM BUDGET. What are the best boss and customer pleasing projects.


Most dictionaries are updated every ten to twenty years. Not this one. Newton updates this dictionary every day and issues a new, expanded, improved and updated edition every second year. This edition is current as of June 2011.

Harry Newton has spent 40 years studying, writing, lecturing, and investing in telecom, networking, technology and the Internet. He founded key telecom magazines LAN (now Network), Teleconnect, Call Center, Computer Telephony, and Technology Investor magazines. He also founded the trade shows, Computer Telephony Conference and Exhibition (CT Expo) and Call Center Demo. He sold his telecom publishing group in September 1997 to concentrate on writing.

Newton has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an economics degree from the University of Sydney, Australia, where he was born. He is not an engineer, but wishes he were. He wrote this dictionary to teach himself his first loves -- telecom and technology. In this dictionary, Newton explains complex technology in non-technical business language. He believes it's critical to understand what the technology does, what its benefits are, and the key tips to using and installing it. That's what this dictionary does.

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ShoreTel Welcomes Sunnyvale Mayor Melinda Hamilton

Mayor visits headquarters in recognition of ShoreTel’s eighth annual Top Provider Award for IP Telephony

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ShoreTel® (NASDAQ:SHOR - News), the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated unified communications (UC), today welcomes Sunnyvale Mayor Melinda Hamilton, as she visits ShoreTel headquarters in recognition of the company’s success.

The City of Sunnyvale’s prosperity is tied to a healthy economy driven by growing businesses. Mayor Hamilton has expressed commitment to supporting technology growth and innovation in the community, enabling Sunnyvale-based companies to thrive despite a challenging global market.

“Our city, our region and our country needs jobs right now, and to create good jobs, you need smart companies doing creative, innovative things. We are thrilled that ShoreTel is using the human capital talent in Silicon Valley to do those creative, innovative things, and the city of Sunnyvale is looking forward to continue to support ShoreTel in their success,” said Mayor Hamilton.

“ShoreTel has grown our talent base in Sunnyvale by over 37 percent in the last three years while experiencing consistent growth in revenue, operating profit and customer base. Our work environment and team-based atmosphere go a long way toward bringing out the best in our employees,” said Peter Blackmore, ShoreTel President and CEO. “We expect our momentum to continue as we deliver exciting new technologies to our customers that offer the simplicity and quality that define the ShoreTel brand. As we celebrate our 15th anniversary, ShoreTel is proud to mark 12 years as a part of the prospering Sunnyvale community.”

Mayor Hamilton is joining ShoreTel today to celebrate the achievement of being named Nemertes Research annual PilotHouse Awards’ Top IP Telephony Provider for eight years running. ShoreTel is enabling organizations of all sizes to get the most out of a first-rate integrated communications solution without the high cost or complexity of typical IP-enabled systems.

Related Links & Conversation

About ShoreTel

ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOR - News) is the provider of brilliantly simple Unified Communication (UC) solutions based on its award-winning IP business phone system. We offer organizations of all sizes integrated voice, video, data, and mobile communications on an open, distributed IP architecture that helps significantly reduce the complexity and costs typically associated with other solutions. The feature-rich ShoreTel UC system offers the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) and the highest customer satisfaction in the industry, in part because it is easy to deploy, manage, scale and use. Increasingly, companies around the world are finding a competitive edge by replacing business-as-usual with new thinking, and choosing ShoreTel to handle their integrated business communication. ShoreTel is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in Austin, Texas; United Kingdom; Sydney, Australia; and Singapore. For more information, visit www.shoretel.com.

 

Tyco International Ltd. announced that its board of directors has unanimously approved a plan to separate the company into three independent, publicly traded companies

The three companies created through the separation will consist of:

  • the ADT North America residential security business, the provider of security for homes and small businesses;
  • the provider of flow control products and services; and
  • the commercial fire and security business.

“Over the last four years, we have strengthened our competitive position in our core security, fire and flow control businesses by driving organic growth, investing in R&D and technology, increasing efficiency and productivity and making strategic acquisitions,” said Tyco chairman and chief executive officer, Ed Breen. “Today, each business is in a strong financial position and has exceptional brands, highly skilled employees and talented, experienced leadership.

“In carefully evaluating the opportunities for these businesses and for Tyco as a whole, the Tyco board of directors concluded that creating three independent, public companies is the next logical step for Tyco,” said Breen. “All three companies will have industry-leading positions in large and fragmented industries and enhanced capabilities to serve their distinct customers. Importantly, the new standalone companies will have greater flexibility to pursue their own focused strategies for growth — both organic and through acquisitions — than they would under Tyco’s current corporate structure. This will allow all three companies to create significant value for shareholders.”

The company intends to accomplish the separation by issuing tax-free stock dividends of the ADT and flow control businesses to Tyco shareholders, after which Tyco shareholders will own 100 percent of the equity in each of the three publicly traded companies. Tyco expects to complete the transaction in approximately 12 months, subject to certain conditions including the approval of Tyco shareholders.

Upon completion of the transaction, it is contemplated that Breen will become non-executive chairman of the commercial fire and security company, a director of the flow control company, and a consultant to the ADT North America residential company. In addition, current Tyco directors are expected to serve on the boards of each of the three companies, including the roles of non-executive chairman of the flow control company and the ADT North America residential company.    

“We will have strong leadership teams at the board and management levels of all three companies, enabling each business to take full advantage of the attractive growth opportunities that lie ahead,” Breen commented.

The standalone ADT North America residential business serves more than 6 million residential homes and small businesses. ADT designs, sells, installs, monitors and maintains these systems, and provides video, health, and interactive services to the home. The business will have annualized revenue of approximately $3 billion and approximately 16,000 employees. Naren Gursahaney, the current president of Tyco’s security solutions segment, will become the new company’s chief executive officer.

As a standalone company, the existing flow control segment will be a global manufacturer of flow control products. The company designs, sells and services highly engineered valves and controls for the energy markets, general process industries, mining and water markets. The company’s activities also include the design, installation and service of heat management systems for the energy and general process industries, as well as water transmission pipelines and other water/wastewater products. The business will have annualized revenue of approximately $4 billion and approximately 15,000 employees. Patrick Decker, the current president of Tyco’s flow control segment, will become the new company’s chief executive officer.

Tyco’s remaining commercial security business will be combined with the current fire protection segment to form a standalone commercial fire and security company. This company will be a global player in the design, manufacture, sale, installation and service of security, fire detection and fire suppression systems. The company’s commercial security portfolio consists of video and access control products and services for commercial, industrial and governmental customers, as well as anti-theft/electronic article surveillance systems and associated services for retailers. The combined business will have annualized revenue of approximately $10 billion and approximately 69,000 employees. George Oliver, the current president of Tyco’s fire protection segment, will become the company’s chief executive officer.

Breen said the three companies will provide exciting opportunities for Tyco’s employees.

“I want to thank our outstanding employees for the extraordinary work they have done to get us to this point,” he said. “I’m confident that their talent and hard work will allow each of our three standalone businesses to reach its full potential.”

It is anticipated that all three companies will be capitalized to provide the financial flexibility to take advantage of future growth opportunities. They are expected to have strong balance sheets and investment grade credit ratings. Any existing or potential liabilities that are not associated with a particular entity will be allocated appropriately to each of the businesses.

The three entities together are initially expected to pay a dividend that is approximately equal in sum to the current Tyco dividend. Until the planned transactions are completed, Tyco expects to continue to pay its quarterly dividend.

One-time transaction costs are expected to total approximately $700 million — largely for debt refinancing, separation and restructuring costs. It is expected that these costs will be partially offset by lower future interest expense and other operational benefits. Under the proposed transaction structure, the ADT North America residential business is expected to be incorporated in the United States, while the flow control business will be incorporated outside the United States. The commercial fire and security business will remain incorporated in Switzerland.

Consummation of the proposed separation is subject to conditions including final approval by the Tyco board of directors, receipt of a tax opinion from counsel, the filing and effectiveness of registration statements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and approval by Tyco shareholders. The separation is also subject to the completion of any necessary refinancings. Tyco said there can be no assurances regarding the ultimate timing of the transaction or that the transaction will be completed.

 

CABA NEWSBRIEF

 Home Systems

CABA’S DIGITAL HOME FORUM

§                     Verizon expands home monitoring service plans
Verizon Communications Inc. demonstrated its new home monitoring and control service, which it launched at the FTTH Conference last week. For $9.95 per month, plus the cost of the equipment, Verizon's broadband subscribers will be able to remotely monitor their homes via video, secure windows and doors, track energy usage, and remotely control lights, temperature, appliances and door locks. The service will initially be available to Verizon's FiOS and DSL customers. Light Reading (9/30)

§                     Smart home systems go mainstream
The prices on that other route to a smart home, customized systems installed by professionals, are slowly starting to fall. Some upper-middle-class people may already be able to afford a professionally designed setup that controls at least a complete entertainment system, or maybe one that controls a few items, like the TV, the lights, the thermostat, the door locks and, say, the coffee maker, while others may be able to afford them soon. New York Times (9/30)

§                     Home security is a growth business for cable
Broadband service providers increasingly look to add or expand security and monitoring services, thanks to the advent of IP-based networks and mobile devices as well as technologies that power and operate the systems, experts say. "There's a significant opportunity for broadband service providers to offer security and monitoring services to consumers. Nearly 20% of consumers have home security service, so there is an existing revenue stream," said Bill Ablondi of Parks Associates. CEDMagazine.com (10/1)

§                     Intel, Freescale, Best Buy, Whirlpool, others to deploy smart grid in Austin
Landis+Gyr will leverage its smart grid network platform and install several hundred $550 Focus AX smart meters in Austin, TX homes. Best Buy Co. Inc., Check-It, Intel Corp., Sony Corp. and Whirlpool Corp. will collaborate to deploy home services systems that will serve as the operating platform for consumer products and services. Best Buy and Whirlpool will work with Best Buy’s “Geek Squad” to install smart appliances, and will provide guidance and research collaboration on integrating smart appliances into the home services systems. Freescale Semiconductor will assist with compliance testing for the home systems and with testing communications protocols that can be used for in home communications and for car communication with electric vehicle supply equipment. RCR Wireless (9/30)

§                     ZigBee Alliance & Energy@home collaborate on residential energy platform
The ZigBee Alliance and Energy@home will cooperate on the creation of an integrated residential energy value added services platform for Europe by leveraging four ZigBee standards. Under a liaison agreement, the groups will focus on blending the strengths of ZigBee Home Automation™, ZigBee Smart Energy™, ZigBee Telecom Services™ and ZigBee Gateway™ to create the platform. Sacramento Bee (10/4)

§                     New twist for human machine interfaces
A remote that can be bent and twisted to control displays was developed by Murata Manufacturing in an effort to answer demands for new human/machine interfaces. The company worked with Kansai University and Mitsui Chemicals to develop sensor devices from organic piezoelectric film. The material can also be used to create touch devices that are sensitive to varying levels of pressure. InAVate (9/26)

§                     Phone companies likely to usurp role of meter companies
An international consumer poll conducted by Ernst and Young determined that phone companies, retailers and even banks are in a position to usurp energy companies as the main providers of the UK's smart meter rollout, after a major new survey revealed that consumers believe they will prove better at providing the technology than conventional energy firms. Metering.com (10/4)

§                     Entropic buys into video transcoding
Entropic Communications Inc.will no longer live on Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) alone. The chip-maker is expanding its horizons through a US$10 million investment in Zenverge Inc., a six-year-old company that specializes in video transcoding silicon. The companies initially will focus on a video-transcoding "sidecar" product that will connect to set-top boxes. Future implementations will be baked into network-attached storage (NAS) devices and set-tops or video gateways. Light Reading Cable (9/26)

§                     Linear forms OEM and ODM business development group
Linear, a California-based manufacturer of residential security systems and access control products, announced this week that it has formed a new Business Development Group to support new markets and existing customers interested in OEM and ODM services. SecurityInfoWatch.com (9/28)

§                     SoftAtHome and Ikanos partner on next-gen home gateways
SoftAtHome, a software provider of home operating platforms for the Digital Home, has started working with US silicone specialist Ikanos Communications to bring a next-generation gateway platform to the market. Telecoms.com (9/29)

§                     Best Buy: A future in home energy
Best Buy Co. Inc. plans to start selling home energy management products and services next month in what could be a significant new market for the Richfield-based consumer electronics giant. Stores in three test markets: Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will roll out smart thermostats and outlets, energy usage monitors, and possibly a home security and alarm system. Though Best Buy declined to disclose specifics, the retailer suggested it will devote prominent and sizable space to its new "Home Energy" section. Star Tribune (9/28)

§                     Building a home theater in three weeks, with a little help
Custom home builder Rick Inesta wanted to construct a home theater and entertainment center in the basement of his own home but had only three weeks to complete the project. With the help of some building-trade professionals, he was able to get the job done on time, equipping the home theater with a Sony PlayStation 3, a 1080p projector and a 5.1-channel surround-sound system, according to this article. ElectronicHouse.com (9/28)

§                     Sears enters home automation through the garage
Sears is taking a step toward serving the home automation channel through an unusual entrance, the garage. The retailer’s Craftsman brand has begun offering two new garage door opener models that can be operated remotely via any Internet-connected computer, tablet or smartphone, from anywhere. The Craftsman AssureLink DC Chain Drive Garage Door Opener and AssureLink DC Belt Drive Garage Door Opener with DieHard Battery Backup offer homeowners the ability to monitor and open and close their garage doors via an Internet gateway or free mobile app for Apple and Android devices. TWICE (10/3)

§                     Microsoft is close to finalizing pay-TV offering, sources say
Microsoft will team up with Comcast and Verizon on a pay-TV service via its Xbox 360 console, sources say. Microsoft, which could announce the streaming service soon, is said to be negotiating content deals with nearly two dozen music, sports, movie and TV producers in the U.S. and Europe. Bloomberg (9/29)

§                     Report: More U.S. consumers plan to buy smart TVs
Parks Associates reports that more than 10% of American broadband-connected households plan to buy a smart television set in the last six months of this year, compared with 6% of such households in the first half. The market research firm also found that 19% of U.S. broadband households intend to purchase a tablet computer before the end of the year, with more than 40% of those prospective buyers expressing a preference for the iPad. Rapid TV News (9/30)

§                     Hope for energy efficiency rebates for U.S. homeowners
Energy may be a topic for the U.S. Congress this fall. But will homeowners be rewarded with real incentives for making energy-efficiency upgrades to their homes? Electronic House (10/3)

§                     Home energy management – a conversation with Ralph E. Abbott
There have been some bloody nosed retreats from the home energy management market by corporate giants such as Microsoft, Google and Cisco recently. To understand more about where they went wrong, we sought the expert opinion of Ralph E. Abbott, founder of Plexus Research which is now part of the Global Smart Grid Services team at SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure. Metering.com (9/15)

§                     Many large TVs can't meet stricter ENERGY STAR spec
A number of television models with large screens won't qualify for certification under the ENERGY STAR program because of a stricter specification for energy efficiency. Most plasma TVs with 50-inch screens, large-screen DLP-based TVs and LCD TVs without light-emitting diodes are not likely to meet version 5.2 of the Energy Star spec for TVs, this blog post notes. CNET/Crave blog (9/29)

§                     Memory upgrade may speed wireless devices while saving power
Wireless devices and laptops could get a bump in speed, possibly by late next year, with the adoption of new low-power mobile DDR 3 memory, analysts predicted Thursday. They pointed to innovations such as Samsung Electronics' 4GB LPDDR3 DRAM unit, which can power data transfers 1.5 times faster than current DDR2 chips while consuming 20% less energy. CIO Asia (9/30)

§                     Google pledges neutrality with Motorola Mobility purchase
Google will not "play favorites" among manufacturers of Android devices after it purchases Motorola Mobility, Chairman Eric Schmidt pledged in an interview. "We need strong, hard competition among all the Android players," he said in asserting that Google would never tinker with the "dynamics" of the Android pipeline. He also said Motorola's 17,000 patents would eventually help end the legal battles surrounding the open-source software. Bloomberg (10/3)

§                     Informa Telecoms & Media launches new interactive forecasting tool
Informa Telecoms & Media today announced the launch of its Global Convergence Index, a new interactive resource dedicated to helping the industry understand the ongoing convergence of telecoms and media. This set of free web-based interactive forecasting tools enable users to create customised, high-impact visuals based on Informa's trusted research into the future of the telecoms and media markets. Informa Telecoms & Media (9/27)

§                     BBWF Paris: 2012 will be year of connected home
The 2011 Broadband World Forum (BBWF) highlighted just how important broadband access is becoming in so many aspects of society. The idea that access has the potential to enhance a vast number of the products and services on offer to consumers is set to gain traction as 2012 is also expected to be the year of the connected home. Telecoms.com (10/3)

§                     Rogers LTE network goes live in Toronto, Montreal & Vancouver
Rogers has announced its Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network service is now also live in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. The carrier, which previously launched LTE services in Ottawa on July 7, will expand the LTE network to more than 30% of the Canadian population by the end of 2011. Rogers also announced it will launch the exclusive HTC Jetstream LTE tablet on October 18. The Samsung Galaxy S II LTE smartphone, the LTE Rocket mobile hotspot (Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S), and an HTC smartphone will be available in the coming weeks. iPhoneinCanada.ca (9/28)

§                     Service providers and the connected home
According to Kurt Scherf of Parks Associates, as consumers buy more connected and smart CE, there will be a greater need to bring these devices into the home network configuration and provide at least basic management functionality to ensure a high quality of experience, particularly in their use as video playback devices. HomeToys.com (10/1)


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  Large Building Automation

§                     New technologies introduced at Greenbuild further sustainability
Several products were introduced at Greenbuild 2011 in Toronto. Among them are technological advancements such as Panoptix, an "open technology platform and suite of efficiency applications with on-line, phone-based and on-site services" by Johnson Controls; a Building EKG energy- and water-saving mobile application by Noveda Technologies; and the Powerhouse Solar Shingle by Dow Chemicals. Environmental Leader (10/5)

§                     Certification standards arise for net-zero buildings
The International Living Future Institute launched its formal certification program for net-zero buildings at Greenbuild 2011. Net Zero Energy Building Certification will be granted to structures that have been operational for at least a year and can prove that they produced the energy they needed on site. "For people who are not yet ready to tackle the entire Living Building system, they are very excited about being able to participate in this way," said Eden Brukman, vice president of the International Living Future Institute. SustainableBusinessOregon.com (10/5)

§                     Energy management software market must overcome integration challenges
Energy, facilities and sustainability leaders charged with cutting energy costs, optimizing enterprise energy efficiency and reporting GHG emissions face a huge technology integration challenge, according to two new reports from independent analyst firm Verdantix. GLOBE-Net (9/28)

§                     Report: Advanced communications at top of commercial tenants’ priorities
Ninety percent of the members of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) who responded to the poll ranked access to advanced communications services at the top of their lists, below only price, parking and location, according to Comcast’s “2011 State of Communications Services in Commercial Real Estate Survey.” Telecompetitor (9/28)

§                     Cisco & EllisDon team on advanced IP networked commercial building
Cisco and EllisDon recently announced completion of PwC Tower's technology infrastructure, based on Cisco® Smart+Connected Real Estate solutions. Located at 18 York Street, in Toronto's Southcore Financial Centre, PwC Tower is one of Canada's most advanced commercial developments. Cisco Systems (10/4)

§                     Green building automation to be featured Green Earth Report TV series
Global News Group, Inc. announces that Tridium will be featured on a special report, "Green Building Automation Technology", as a part of the special edition TV series: Green Earth Report. The show will be airing in the fall on the FOX Business Network to over 92 million households in North America and Internationally. Watch for our upcoming announcement on airing dates and times. Tridium (10/4)

§                     New IEEE standard establishes interoperable smart grid reference model
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has approved guidelines providing design characteristics for an interoperable smart grid. The IEEE 2030 standard brings together expertise from three technical areas — power systems, communications and IT — creating an umbrella document to help guide smart grid development. Government Computer News (9/19)

§                     Walmart to generate solar energy at majority of Californian stores
Walmart announced plans to install solar panels on up to 60 additional stores in California, expanding the company's solar portfolio to more than 75 percent of its stores in the state, making California the first state in the nation where Walmart has devoted this level of commitment to renewable energy. Clean Edge News (9/28)

§                     Lightolier starts building tallest wind turbine in Massachusetts
Lightolier has begun building what will be the tallest wind turbine in Massachusetts, at 415 feet to the tip of the highest blade. It will be the tallest turbine in the state, according to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, an agency that provides reimbursements and incentives for renewable energy projects. Currently, the tallest turbine is 396 feet. The Herald News (10/3)

§                     Video: Energy audits yield big savings
Kimberly Dominguez, director of Conference and Facilities Management, National Education Association, discusses the savings and strategies involved in a recent successful energy audit. Building Operating Management (2/22)

§                     USGBC and Indie Energy partner for energy efficient buildings
Indie Energy announced a technology partnership with U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creators of the LEED green building program and LEED Online. The partnership brings together the first open platform for real-time building data and third-party Energy Apps on the Indie Energy Network with LEED Online, the software platform that manages the LEED green building certification process. ElectricEnergyOnline.com (9/30)

§                     Lighting firm pushes for open industry standards
While wireless lighting networks work to communicate with each other to better manage a building's usage, most networks don't use open industry standards — something Daintree Networks is pushing to change. GreenBuildingNews (8/5)

§                     Telvent & Schneider Electric join forces to improve energy management
Schneider Electric is pleased to announce that it is joining forces with Telvent to offer more complete and efficient smart grid, energy management and critical infrastructure solutions to their customers, following the successful completion of the acquisition of Telvent by Schneider Electric. ESNA (9/1)

§                     DOE FEMP releases new guide for federal construction
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has launched the Guide to Integrating Renewable Energy in Federal Construction, a new resource for federal agencies and private-sector partners. The FEMP guide helps walk users through renewable energy options to help select appropriate types of renewable energy technologies and integrate these technologies into all phases of new construction or major renovation projects. Training information and additional resources are also provided. U.S. Department of Energy (9/30)

§                     Canadian high-tech incubator shuts down
Following more than two decades of impact on Canada’s ICT innovators, industry and economy, Precarn announced that it is bringing its 24-year tenure to a close. Precarn has fulfilled its role as a facilitator of market-driven, collaborative R&D in robotics, intelligent systems and other ICT innovations, accelerating the development, commercialization and adoption of these technologies across the Canadian economy. Precarn Incorporated (9/30)

§                     3M introduces next-generation tower solutions for wireless industry
3M will introduce the 3M Tower Solutions line of products and solutions at the PCIA Wireless Infrastructure Show in Dallas. 3M Tower Solutions is a suite of technology solutions for the wireless industry that offers the latest in weatherproofing, fiber connectivity and cable management for the tower infrastructure. BusinessWire (9/27)

§                     Gov. Brown raises the bar for California's green building standards
CALGreen, also known as AB 930, sponsored by California Assemblyman Rich Gordon, was signed into law last week by Gov. Jerry Brown. The new bill requires the California Building Standards Commission to have one member "experienced and knowledgeable in sustainable building, design, construction, and operation." The commission enforces the state's building codes, which were made more green as of Jan. 1, 2011. Patch.com (10/4)

§                     Opinion: It’s essential to increase EU research and innovation funding
Research and innovation are pre-requisites of economic growth and job creation. That’s why, in addition to increasing the budget of the next Framework programme, Member of the European Parliament Maria Da Graça Carvalho argues that structural funds should be earmarked for R&D and Innovation. Science|Business (9/27)

§                     New CEO for EnOcean
EnOcean GmbH announced that it has appointed Laurent Giai-Miniet as its new Chief Executive Officer. Together with Andreas Schneider, Chief Marketing Officer, and Uwe Thumm, Chief Financial Officer, he will promote the company's technology and drive business growth on a global scale. He will replace Markus Brehler, who has left the company. EnOcean (9/27)

§                     Siemens and Digi announce direct customer communication energy management
Digi International announced that Siemens AG is using Digi X-Grid Solutions to enhance its smart metering product with a web-based energy consumption and management platform for consumers. The Digi X-Grid is an "Extended Grid" that enables real-time, IP-based monitoring and control of home energy devices beyond the electric meter. Metering.com (10/5)

§                     The people equation when designing for energy efficiency
The energy efficiency of a building is a big part of LEED certification, but some wonder whether the buildings -- once occupied -- are as efficient as the designers had planned. Post-certification evaluations can help answer that question, but as one consultant notes, "The real frontier for driving energy use down is in operations and behavior of occupants," adding that up to a quarter of energy use in buildings "is influenced directly" by those elements. Oregon Business (10/2011)

§                     Cuomo: High-tech venture to bring thousands of jobs to N.Y. state
Computer chip research backed by IBM and four other high-tech firms will bring $4 billion of new investment to New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. The governor's office said the venture will preserve 2,500 existing jobs and create new positions for 2,500 high-technology workers and 1,900 construction workers. New York Times (9/27)

§                     Video: Hugo Boss & McLaren map 30 years of partnership
This year marks 30 years of the partnership between Hugo Boss and the McLaren F1 team. Celebrating the opening of the new Hugo Boss Milan store, the two companies commissioned a unique piece of projection mapping in the Piazza San Babila. The content was created by Angelsign Studio, for creative director and 3D visual designer Roberto Fazio. Four Christie 20k Lumen devices are providing the horsepower, with the audio design being created by Be Invisible Now!. InAVate (9/29)

§                     Smart meters enable the two-way flow of electricity
Smart meters enable the two-way flow of electricity by measuring how much energy a home used or generated in total. This will enable customers and communities to sell excess electricity back to the grid, providing resilience and a sense of community ownership over energy. And that's essential to the widespread adoption of local, small-scale renewable energy sources, such as biomass, geothermal, solar and wind. GLOBE-Net (9/26)

Member Press Releases

§                     EMerge Alliance to Present New DC Power Applications at Greenbuild 2011
The EMerge Alliance - an open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe direct-current (DC) power distribution standards for commercial buildings – today announced it will be demonstrating several new DC power applications at Greenbuild booth # 4739S in Toronto, Oct. 4-7, 2011.

§                     Other Items

AMX Begins Shipping RMS Enterprise, Software Connects AV Assets on Unprecedented Scale
Encelium Technologies to Exhibit at Greenbuild 2011 in Toronto and Conduct Rogers Centre Tour

Bedrock Learning Launches New Business Support CDs for Professional Integrators

CMMS and EAM Software Provider Unveils New Brand and Marketing Launch
Encelium Technologies Expands Product Offering with New Line of Occupancy Sensors
The Future of "Green" Addressable Lighting Systems Looks Bright for Encelium Technologies

Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) and Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Software Developer Opens European Office
AMX Forms Network Media Group

Tridium Announces Appointment of Chief Technology Officer


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  CABA Research Spotlight

§                     Beyond Landline: Evolving Consumer Expectations for Technology Support
Accenture research shows that today’s consumers are engaged in an increasingly wide range of technology-based activities across their homes and businesses, that there is a proliferation of new devices and new ways to interact with technology, and that most would welcome having one company support it all. The paper examines issues that consumers want technical support to address and over what mode and concludes that communications providers are well positioned to deliver. Read the full report as published in CABA's Public Research Library. Paid CABA membership provides you access to the world's largest collection of connected home and intelligent building research: CABA Member Research Library.

  Education & Training 

§                     Webinar: Intelligent Buildings: Current and Emerging Trends
The Continental Automated Buildings Association recently commissioned two market study and research projects titled “Intelligent Buildings Market Sizing North America” and the “Intelligent Buildings Roadmap.” In conjunction with CoR Advisors, CABA will conduct a webinar session on Wednesday, November 9, at 12:30pm that will review the key findings of this research and provide an overview of current and future trends in intelligent buildings. Konkana Khaund, from Frost & Sullivan, and Jeremy Towler, from BSRIA, and others, will define an intelligent building and its components, review the benefits of intelligent building solutions for all stakeholders, and present a summary of the business opportunities and market size for intelligent building solutions. You’ll learn about the influence of technology advances for building energy efficiency, automation, IT convergence, renewable energy solutions, and integration with the smart grid.

§                     Online event: CEProLIVE!
Sign up for CEProLIVE!, the first industry-wide virtual event for custom electronics professionals, on October 27, 2011, 10am - 5pm EDT. Jointly produced by CE Pro and CEDIA, CEProLIVE! offers a compelling lineup of dealer education in the hottest new technology areas - with valuable information to help you stay on top of your game.

§                     Smart Energy Technical Study Tour
The Smart Energy Technical Study Tour, which will allow organisations to gain better understanding of the technical requirements while getting strategic insight from market leaders, takes place on 13-18 November and includes visits to Mumbai, Delhi, Agra and Bangalore. This is a unique opportunity for any organization to not only evaluate the potential of the emerging smart energy market but also to gain fast-track entry, giving first-hand information and contacts to forge long-term partnerships with major stakeholders involved in the India smart metering and smart grid industry.

§                     Webinar: Successful Strategies for Renewable Integration - A Global Study
During the past 12 months, the DOE has undertaken a groundbreaking study on renewable integration, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (APPA). Researchers gathered data and on-the-ground insights from 33 grid operators in 18 countries. Their work examined best practices established during the integration of more than 194 gigawatts of wind power that is online worldwide. This webinar, to be presented October 6 at noon CDT, and on October 7 at 10:00 am CDT and 2:00 pm CDT, will examine scenarios where wind energy could account for 20 percent of America’s total power generation portfolio by the year 2030.

§                     Event: ‘The Columbia Building Intelligence Project – a One-Year Report’
In October 2010, Scott Marble - a founding partner of NY architecture firm Marble Fairbanks - presented to the AIANY Technology Committee topics in the context of his firm’s recent work, as well as projects emanating from research he was directing at Columbia University’s GSAPP, entitled, The Columbia Building Intelligence Project (C BIP). In the spirit of enthusiasm that ensued, AIANY invited him to give a one-year follow-up presentation on the work of his students at C BIP. Registration is free and the event will be held on October 11 at 6 pm ET at the Center for Architecture in New York City.

 CABA News

§                     CABA Launches "Aging in the Connected Home" Research Study
The Continental Automated Buildings Association has launched a collaborative research study entitled “Aging in the Connected Home” to examine and determine potential product, service, program, and business opportunities based on the needs and expectations of American seniors. Companies participating in CABA’s “Aging in the Connected Home” research project include: Ascension Health, Ingersoll Rand/Trane/Schlage, TELUS Corporation, and UnitedHealth Group. Sandy Bates, a social innovation consultant, is conducting the research.

§                     CABA introduces new members
CABA is pleased to add ASSA ABLOY USA, Avren Eevnts, Callico Energy Services, Daintree Networks, Energent Incorporated, Grudfos Pumps Corporation, Guangzhou Messe Frankfurt Co. Ltd., Iowa Network Services, Inc., Masco Cabinetry, OpenADR Alliance, NYSERDA (New York State ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY), Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA), Pike Research, Qualcomm, Shell International, Southern California Edison and Viridity Energy, Inc. to its membership roster. These new members know that CABA provides more information about integrated systems and automation in homes and buildings than any other source. The complete roster of CABA members can be found at: www.caba.org/members. Joining CABA means affiliation with an organization that is dedicated to advancing technology and integrated systems in home and buildings, creating opportunities for our members' business activities and serving as the preferred global source of information, knowledge and networking for key stakeholders. Join today.

§                     CABA seeks sponsors for AHR and CES events in January
CABA hopes to see you at the 2012 International CES, in Las Vegas, NV and at the 2012 AHR EXPO, in Chicago, IL. CABA traditionally holds a reception at each of these events. CABA members and attendees find them a great networking opportunity, providing a chance to explore future CABA initiatives and research opportunities. If you would like to learn how your organization can become involved as a sponsor for the upcoming CABA Connected Home Council Reception at CES or at CABA’s Intelligent & Integrated Buildings Council Reception at AHR, please contact George Grimes, CABA's Business Development Manager, at 613.686.1814 x226 or grimes@caba.org.

§                     CABA publishes Autumn edition of magazine
The Autumn 2011 edition of iHomes & Buildings magazine examines the challenges to legacy building systems and trends in connected home energy services. The magazine also looks at re-commissioning and enhanced building controls that reduce hospital operating costs and the impact of the smart grid on homes.

§                     CBS Vision hosts CABA Digital Home Forum: October 26
The event will bring together leading companies involved in the integration of consumer electronics and other cutting-edge technology throughout the home. Learn about current trends in the digital and connected home from a wide range of companies working in this space and explore future research opportunities. Here are just a few of our featured speakers: Kristen Bowring (Best Buy), Dave Poltrack (CBS Vision), Ron Zimmer (CABA), John Hall (CABA), David Ainslie (Carbon Café Consulting), Victor Berrios (Nomomoto Group), Duncan Bees (Home Gateway Initiative), Derek Phillips (Freescale Semiconductor), Cory Sorice (The Chamberlain Group), Jerry Gouge (Ingersoll Rand), Sandy Bates (Innovation Partners), Michael Clay (Verizon Wireless), and Carole Wiedmeyer (Zanthus Corporation). More details are available here.

The CABA Connected Home Council (CHC) breakfast meeting will be sponsored by Best Buy. All Digital Home Forum attendees are invited to attend this complimentary meeting chaired by Michael Clay, from Verizon Wireless. The meeting is scheduled from 8:30 AM - 11 am on Thursday, October 27, in Las Vegas, NV. Seating is limited so please confirm your attendance at the CHC meeting with Tony Disipio at 613.686.1814 x228 or disipio@caba.org, when you register for the Digital Home Forum. Meeting agenda and details can be found here.

There is still time to become a sponsor of this upcoming CABA Connected Home Council meeting. To learn more about CABA’s Connected Home Council and for a list of council members go to: http://www.caba.org/connected-home-council.

For further information about CABA’s Digital Home Forum and CABA’s Connected Home Council (CHC) meeting, or sponsoring the CHC meeting, please contact George Grimes, CABA's Business Development Manager, at 888.798.CABA (2222) or 613.686.1814 x226 or grimes@caba.org.

  SmartQuote 

 

The best mental effort in the game of business is concentrated on the major problem of securing the consumer’s dollar before the other fellow gets it."

-- Stuart Chase
American economist and engineer

 

Letter to the Editor

Hope you enjoyed the most beautiful weekend we have had in a long time.  The whole nation had fabulous weather.  God smiled on us while we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.

I watched a special on The Military Channel last evening about a couple of structural engineers that dissected the impact of the planes hitting the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.   Smart dudes.  It was pretty amazing how much the debris told the story of impact and how HEAT caused the structure to weaken so badly it collapsed.  I learned that at 1400F steel loses most of its tinsel strength. At 17000 F it comes unglued.  The structural frame only needed a little nudge and inertia took over.  Amazing. 

But, what was also very evident in the film, but not mentioned, was the miles and miles if communications and data cabling hanging out of the structures.  It was everywhere.  You know, the stuff that burned and smoked and emitted toxic fumes that ate the lungs out of the fire fighters and other rescue personnel on site.  I think it is called Teflon?

There was an attempted settlement a few months back with the injured.  I don’t know what happened but I thought I understood that the settlement was postponed due to more evidence being reviewed?  Have you heard anything?  Did DuPont get named in any of the litigation?  There were tons of their stuff in those buildings.

Name withheld by request

 

ShoreTel Mobility Eliminates the Chaos of BYOD

By integrating smartphones and tablets users love with leading IP PBX systems, ShoreTel Mobility extends power of unified communications to mobile workers

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ShoreTel® (NASDAQ:SHOR - News), the leading provider of brilliantly simple IP phone systems with fully integrated unified communications (UC), today announced an update to ShoreTel Mobility, a smartphone integration solution that simply and intelligently integrates all leading smartphones and tablets with leading IP PBX systems extending full UC and cost-saving calling capabilities to the mobile workforce. IT professionals can now empower their users with enterprise UC on the smartphones they love, leveraging the IP PBX platform that they already have – all while reducing costs and securing enterprise communications.

With its heterogeneous platform support, ShoreTel Mobility delivers capabilities that conform to the way people want and need to work.

ShoreTel Mobility is a solution that goes against conventional IT wisdom – counter to the complexity some vendors push. By design, ShoreTel marries its hallmark ease-of-use with uncompromising sophistication to deliver incredible value back to the enterprise, the IT team and the end user.

What’s New

  • Enable corporate communication applications on employee-owned smartphones and tablets, reducing support costs and burden with a simple and easy separation of personal and business identities on a single mobile device.
  • Native telephony interface integration on Android OS 2.2+ such as Motorola ATRIX 4G, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid X2, HTC Droid Incredible 2, and Motorola Droid.
  • Full-feature suite available for the latest devices on the BlackBerry OS 6 platform, including the Blackberry Torch 9800, Bold 9700, and Bold 9780.
  • Ongoing support for Apple iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

Enterprise Value

ShoreTel Mobility can help organizations reduce their mobile phone bills by up to 70 percent on a broad range of smartphones. With software that simply switches networks intelligently and automatically between wireless and cellular for the best option available at any given moment, ShoreTel Mobility can dramatically reduce international roaming and direct dial charges on smartphones.

IT Team Value

ShoreTel Mobility empowers the IT group to manage the security risk of enterprise communication in a BYOD environment in a way that doesn’t hinder productivity. With only a single solution to manage and deploy, despite the number of IP PBXs, UC systems and mobile device platforms deployed simultaneously across their enterprise, ShoreTel Mobility eases the workload of IT staff allowing them to focus on more business-critical missions.

Unlike competing solutions from Cisco, Avaya and RIM, ShoreTel Mobility automatically recognizes when users are outside the enterprise firewall and initiates the application-layer SSL VPN – simplifying the experience for everyone.

End-user Value

ShoreTel Mobility is easy to adopt since there is little to no learning curve given the transparent integration with the native dialer on the user’s smartphone. Dual persona ensures easy separation of personal and business identities on a single mobile device, while extending the full power of a deskphone and UC capabilities to the mobile user. Seamless and automatic selection of the best available network – Wi-Fi or cellular – without the user having to think about it, sets them free to communicate from anywhere.

The latest version of ShoreTel Mobility is now available for customer orders and is planned to ship in November. Find a local reseller to learn more about implementation and read more about ShoreTel Mobility at http://www.shoretel.com/solutions/enterprise_mobility.

Quotes

“We are hearing a lot from clients looking for advice around BYOD, and we see this as a big issue for enterprises, in addition to the efficiency and productivity benefits that mobile devices bring. Enterprises should look to a solution that supports a broad range of leading smartphones and tablets, as the devices being used at work are not always company owned. Enterprises will prefer a solution that is part of their existing IP-PBX and UC system or works with the existing system therefore avoiding upgrades or replacement of their existing infrastructure.”

- Steve Blood, vice president of research at Gartner

“We’ve been using ShoreTel Mobility for several years on a Cisco PBX and it enables a more responsive and accessible workforce, while increasing cost-savings because our users only need a single device for both on- and off-premise contact. With the new version of ShoreTel Mobility we will now have full support for our Blackberry Torch and Android users, allowing fully integrated use for all the most popular devices.”

- Bill Klosa, lead network analyst at S&C Electric

S&C Electric Company is a global provider of equipment and services for electric power systems. Founded in 1911, the Chicago-based company designs and manufactures switching and protection products for electric power transmission and distribution.

“Our convention centre includes 160,000 square feet spread over three floors. ShoreTel Mobility will turn smartphones into a device on our PBX, allowing our users to make and receive calls wherever they might be in the building, just as if they were at their desks.”

- Harvey Cohen, manager of information systems at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

The Centre opened its doors in 1975 and is a uniquely designed five-level facility - two levels of underground climate controlled parking space for 560 vehicles and three levels of over 160,000 square feet of meeting and trade show space.

“We view ShoreTel Mobility as a great opportunity for us to pursue previously unavailable opportunities. ShoreTel Mobility is not only the most complete solution in the space, it is compatible with nearly every IP phone system. This opens doors for us to engage almost every enterprise-scale organization in our service area.”

- Dave Casey, CEO at Westron.

Westron Communications is a voice Unified Communications solution provider with local operations in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro area. Using advanced technology, we help our clients “Simply Connect, Communicate, and CollaborateTM.” Through our equity position in 1nService, Inc., Westron is also a national systems integrator - able to support our clients throughout North and Central America.

Related Links & Conversation

About ShoreTel

ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOR - News) is the provider of brilliantly simple Unified Communication (UC) solutions based on its award-winning IP business phone system. We offer organizations of all sizes integrated, voice, video, data, and mobile communications on an open, distributed IP architecture that helps significantly reduce the complexity and costs typically associated with other solutions. The feature-rich ShoreTel UC system offers the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) and the highest customer satisfaction in the industry, in part because it is easy to deploy, manage, scale and use. Increasingly, companies around the world are finding a competitive edge by replacing business-as-usual with new thinking, and choosing ShoreTel to handle their integrated business communication. ShoreTel is based in Sunnyvale, California, and has regional offices in Austin, Texas; United Kingdom; Sydney, Australia; and Singapore. For more information, visit www.shoretel.com.

 

Who you gonna call?  CSC

Our people, passion and expertise

“At CSC, we focus on one thing: servicing our customers.  Our people, passion and expertise allow us to understand your organization’s needs and deliver best-in-class products and services.  It’s this guiding principle that has led us to become the fastest growing data communications distributor in the world today.”

- David Bemoras, President,
Communications Supply Corporation

Who is CSC and what exactly does your company do?

Founded in 1972, Communications Supply Corporation (CSC), a subsidiary of WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC) distributes a full range of IP infrastructure products and solutions. Together, CSC and WESCO form the largest electrical and data communications network in North America, with 400 full service branches, a full-suite of global distribution capabilities and 2010 annual sales of approximately $5.1 billion.

With vast resources at their fingertips, the CSC sales team does more than just provide product. Our tenured sales force has a passionate commitment to understanding your unique business needs and will strive every day to get you the best products, most robust technical expertise and cost-effective logistics solutions available in the data communications distribution business.

“At CSC, we focus on one thing: servicing our customers.  Our people, passion and expertise allow us to understand your organization’s needs and deliver best-in-class products and services.  It’s this guiding principle that has led us to become the fastest growing data communications distributor in the world today.”

- David Bemoras, President,
Communications Supply Corporation

PEOPLE.

Just ask one of our customers who they work with at CSC and you'll quickly see a smile come to their face as names rattle off their tongue. Then they'll tell you how much they enjoy working with CSC and how our team members make them successful on the job every day. Our customers react this way because of how we go about our business - more specifically, how we empower our people.

"I can't tell you how many times Ronni at CSC Ft. Lauderdale has saved me. I've been working with her for 12 years and she always delivers."

- Steve Romanowsky, Owner,
Dataphone Wire and Cable

PASSION.

When you bring passion to what you do it transforms how you service customers. How you go about solving problems. How you add value to your customer's business. At CSC, our passion for helping you achieve your goals drives the way we conduct business every day.

"When my back's against the wall, I call Shane at CSC. They are people I can count on. And in my line of work, that's huge"

- Loren Obrey, IT Manager, Cable Design and Implementation
Apollo Group, Inc./ University of Phoenix

EXPERTISE.

Right now, I. T. infrastructures are experiencing a major transition. From IP convergence, power consumption, bandwidth, carbon footprints, security, storage...the list goes on and on. With all of this change, you need a distribution partner that gets it. A distribution partner with the subject matter expertise to help you deal with changes that are going to fundamentally impact the way business is done in a digitally converged world.

"Building on a seven year relationship, CSC continues to be a strategic partner to Loyola University Chicago; providing competitive pricing, quality products and expeditious delivery of professional services and technology solutions."

- David E. Wieczorek, Network Manager,
Loyola University Chicago


Built by Entrepreneurs.  Run by Entrepreneurs.

CSC was founded in 1972 by entrepreneur Nick Ohnell as an independent distributor in New England, servicing the telecommunications industry. With great vision, Ohnell invested in start-up operations throughout the U.S., growing the company to 7 distribution centers by 1996. With continued success over the years - through both organic growth and acquisitions - CSC has grown to have over 900 employees, 50 warehouses and $100 million in inventory in the U.S. To better serve customers, CSC opened its first Regional Distribution Center in 2010 with plans for 3 additional in 2011. In addition, CSC plans to reach new markets with approximately 10 more local U.S. warehouses in this year alone. CSC is headquartered in Carol Stream, Illinois.

In November 2006, WESCO Distribution, Inc. acquired CSC, creating one of the most powerful electrical and data communication distribution businesses in North America. CSC and WESCO share a commitment to unparalleled customer service and a business culture that is focused on continuous improvement.

How did CSC get where it is today?

  • 1972: CSC founded in New England to service telecommunications industry
  • 1972 – 1996: Organic growth to 7 regional independently run offices/warehouses
  • 1997: Southwest Wire & Cable acquisition - Low Voltage specialty system cables such as fire alarm, closed circuit TV, sound, building automation and security
  • 1997: GNWC acquisition – expanded geographic coverage and addition of the Lucent (Avaya/CommScope Systimax Solutions) product lines 
  • 1998: Diversified Wire & Cable acquisition – additional midwest geographical coverage and industrial markets 
  • 1998: Fibertron Corp. - Geographic coverage and fiber optic connectivity and services
  • 1999: CSC opens new 180,000 square foot Headquarters in Carol Stream, IL
  • 1999: Computel - Well established distributor in the New York/New Jersey area  
  • 2000: Premium Technologies, Inc. - Seattle and Virginia areas and Federal Government program 
  • 2000: CPU - Premier distributor in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and D.C. 
  • 2006: CALVERT Wire & Cable and it's Famous Telephone Supply operation  
  • 2006: Liberty Wire & Cable
  • November 6, 2006: WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a leading provider of electrical MRO products, construction materials, and advanced integrated supply procurement outsourcing services, announced the completion of the acquisition of Communications Supply Corporation (CSC) 
  • December 2010: WESCO acquires TVC Communications, L.L.C. – a leading distributor of broadband communication network infrastructure products serving the cable, telecommunications and satellite industries

www.gocsc.com READ the BLOGS…good info.

 

2011 LEED for Homes Award Recipients Announced


USGBC recognizes excellence in the green residential building community at its
Greenbuild Conference & Expo in Toronto

TORONTO (Oct. 4, 2011) - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named the recipients of the 2011 LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers and home builders who have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace. The awards will be presented during the Residential Summit on Thursday, Oct. 6, during the 2011 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo held in Toronto. The 2011 award categories recognize innovative multi and single family projects, production builders, affordable housing projects and developers, an overall commitment to LEED for Homes, and Project of the Year.

"Healthy, high performing residential projects don't have to cost more, and that is evidenced in many of this year's winning projects" said Nate Kredich, Vice President, Residential Market Development, USGBC. "LEED builders continue to push the envelope in areas of innovation and affordability, and so we tip our hats to the dedicated leaders represented in this year's winners circle."

The 2011 Project of the Year award was given to The GO Home in Belfast, Maine, built by GO Logic. With a small but smart footprint of 1,500 square feet, the three-bedroom LEED Platinum residence uses minimal energy and was built at construction costs comparable to a building a standard home. As a net zero and passive house, The GO Home was designed to bring design and energy performance in line with affordability, and is designed to slash energy usage by 90 percent. The project will be replicated across a 36-home community in Maine.

Power Haus, built by Josh Wynne Construction, received the award for Outstanding Single Family Project. Passive ventilation, cooling and lighting, coupled with innovative use of cutting-edge technologies earned the Sarasota, Fla. home the lowest Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score on record in the U.S. The high-design, high-performing home actually produces more energy than it consumes.

KB Home's Primera Terra residential community located in Playa Vista, Calif. was recognized in the Multi Family category. Special attention was given to optimizing the 52-unit building's envelope in order to maximize performance. KB Home controlled costs by performing cost/value reviews and proved that a LEED Platinum project can be designed and built without a significant increase in construction costs.

ActiveWest Builders was recognized in the Production Builder category for its Meadow Ranch Development in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. As a LEED for Neighborhood Development project, Meadow Ranch embodies the ideals of livable, healthy and efficient community design. ActiveWest Builders designed the project with an aging population in mind, as it was developed to meet the changing needs of active adults looking to downsize but maintain homeownership.

The LEED Platinum Juneberry Lane project, developed by Clackamas Community Land Trust, received the Outstanding Affordable Housing Project award. The project, built on a high density infill property, consists of 12 subdivisions of six duplexes, and provided permanently affordable homes for families with modest incomes in Oregon City, Ore. Buyers are required to invest sweat equity towards landscaping and home maintenance projects, helping to sustain its aesthetics while building a cohesive community.

Affordable housing developer New Hope Housing of Houston, Tex. was recognized for developing safe and affordable single room occupancy (SRO) housing for adults with limited incomes. Since their founding in 1993, New Hope Housing has developed 634 SRO units in the local area, each improving the local community aesthetically, enhancing the health and safety of an often marginalized population, and spurring additional development. In 2010, New Hope Housing made a commitment to pursuing LEED certification for all of its housing projects, and earned LEED Platinum for its 2424 Sakowitz community - the first LEED-certified affordable multifamily housing project in Texas.

The award for Outstanding Program Commitment was given to the Habitat for Humanity of Kent County. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based branch of the housing organization committed to LEED certification for all of its new and gut-rehab projects. Since 2007, that has meant LEED certification of 70 projects, with an additional 90 in the pipeline as registered projects. Through partnerships with local high school, college and universities, numerous LEED-certified homes have been built and used as learning laboratories--enabling the next generation of designers and builders to learn how to build a simple, decent, affordable and very sustainable home.

This year's independent panel of judges included:

  • Les Blueston, President of Blue Sea Development & 2010 LEED for Homes Award winner, Affordable Housing Project
  • Daniel Clark, Director of Facilities and Safety, Bastyr University, 2010 LEED for Homes Award winner, Multifamily Project
  • Jay DeChesere, Architect & 2010 LEED for Homes Award winner, Single Family Project
  • Wendy Koch, USA TODAY reporter and editor, and "Green House" blog writer
  • Chad Ludeman, President of Postgreen Homes & winner of 2010 LEED for Homes Project of the Year
  • Tom Wade, owner of Artistic Homes & 2010 LEED for Homes Award winner, Production Builder
  • Dan Wilson, Director of Construction, Habitat for Humanity Sacramento & 2010 LEED for Homes Award winner, Program Commitment

The LEED Automation Session will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 AM - 12 PM and is part of the Master Series sessions, all of which focus on key updates and developments in LEED this year. All LEED Master Series sessions qualify for GBCI LEED-specific credit for LEED AP and LEED Green Associate credential maintenance. Following the session, USGBC will host a press conference featuring USGBC's Ramanujam and Pyke, and representatives from some of the leading LEED Automation Program partner companies. The press conference will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 710, South Building.

To learn more about LEED for Homes, visit usgbc.org/homes.

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

 

ACUTA Names Corinne Hoch Executive Director

LEXINGTON, Kentucky, September 28, 2011.  Effective October 1, 2011, Corinne Hoch will assume the role of executive director of ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education. Hoch has served as interim executive director since April  11, following the passing of Jeri  Semer, ACUTA’s executive director for the past 17 years, last spring.

Hoch retired from Columbia University in January 2011 after being a member of ACUTA for 21 years and serving in numerous leadership positions in the association. During her year as president in 2008-2009, she was integral to shaping and moving ACUTA’s strategic plan forward and led the way to many improvements for the membership. At the Annual Conference in April, Hoch was honored as the recipient of the ACUTA Ruth A. Michalecki Leadership Award, one of just two individual awards presented each year by ACUTA. As interim executive director, she has been able to provide a seamless transition of leadership that has allowed all programs to continue without interruption.

Announcing Hoch’s decision to accept the position, ACUTA president Joe Harrington, from Boston College, said, “The Board is thrilled to have Corinne permanently at the helm on a daily basis. She has the insight, experience and vision to lead ACUTA in a time of rapid technology change and economic challenges. We are confident that her contribution will be immediately obvious.”

Some of the issues Hoch expects to address in the near future include:

1.       Continuing to convey the interests of our institutional membership to the FCC

2.       Providing alternate avenues for program content distribution

3.       Embracing the explosion of campus mobility needs

4.       Accurately forecasting technology demands of the generation after the next generation

5.       Continuing to foster the enriching networking culture of ACUTA for our institutional and corporate affiliate members

Expressing her enthusiasm about her new role, Hoch says, “As a member of ACUTA, I grew to depend upon the organization. As president of ACUTA I grew to lead it. As executive director of ACUTA I have grown to value it. How fortunate I am, and how exhilarating it is to extend its exemplary dedication, knowledge and vision to our membership and beyond.”

Contact Corinne Hoch at choch@acuta.org.

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

 

Alcatel-Lucent Signs as Host Sponsor of the TIA 2012 Conference & Exhibition – 'Inside the Network'

Telecommunications Industry Association's Annual Meeting to Be Held June 5-7, 2012 in Dallas

Arlington Va. – Alcatel-Lucent, a global partner to service providers, enterprise, industry and governments worldwide, has signed on as Host Sponsor of the Telecommunications Industry Association's annual convention and exhibition – TIA 2012: Inside the Network.

The TIA 2012 Conference and Exhibition, scheduled for June 5-7, 2012 at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, is a unique industry event. Focused on innovation and thought leadership, TIA 2012 is the annual gathering of the community of technology suppliers that form the foundation of the global communications experience.

"Alcatel-Lucent's vision of the evolution of the ICT industry is aligned with TIA's leadership and membership. Alcatel-Lucent is a recognized industry leader for its unceasing innovation to push the boundaries of our expanding technological ecosystem," said Grant Seiffert, President of TIA. "This is the era of the networked society, where anything that will benefit from a connection will get one. Operators face both opportunity and threat from the combined force of the proliferation of a wide variety of smart devices, web video and the rush to cloud-based computing. With the support of Alcatel-Lucent, TIA's 2012 membership and industry gathering will go even further to showcase the transformational business, technology, and economic benefits of the Broadband Network and Infrastructure."

"Information and communications technology has a profound impact on our economies worldwide, demanding a broader set of partnerships to innovate services that will improve lives and power businesses in ways we haven't yet imagined," said Robert Vrij, President, Alcatel-Lucent, Americas. "For this reason, Alcatel-Lucent values TIA's role in bringing all of the relevant participants to the table – from network equipment makers and service providers to application developers and device manufacturers -- as we continue to work closely with our customers to add value to the network and offer a new world of experiences for users."

The TIA 2012 Conference & Exhibition features multiple educational tracks, including Network Virtualization, Multiscreen TV, M2M & Connected Devices, Converged Network Technologies and more. It also features specialty conferences, technology demonstrations, and a Network R&D Showcase, positioning this industry event as the leading business and technology exhibition for the converged network community.

About Alcatel-Lucent
The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises, strategic industries and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leader in mobile, fixed, IP and Optics technologies, and a pioneer in applications and services. Alcatel-Lucent includes Bell Labs, one of the world's foremost centers of research and innovation in communications technology.

With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach.

The company achieved revenues of Euro 16 billion in 2010 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.

About TIA
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence and networking. Since 1924, TIA has been enhancing the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment.

View video news programming on TIA Now at http://www.tianow.org.

TIA's 2011 Market Review & Forecast, is available for purchase online at the TIA store. TIA members receive a discount of more than 60 percent off of the cover price. Review copies are available for qualified media.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Visit tiaonline.org.

TIA's Board of Directors includes senior-level executives from ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, ANDA Networks, AttivaCorp, Cisco Systems, Dow Chemical Company, Ericsson, Inc., GENBAND, Inc., Henkels & McCoy, Juniper Networks, ILS Technology, Intel Corporation, Intersect, Inc., LGE, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, OneChip Photonics, Panasonic Computer Solutions Co., Qualcomm, Research In Motion, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation, Tellabs, TE Connectivity, Ulticom, Inc., Walker & Associates and WirefreeCom, Inc. Advisors to the Board include FAL Associates.

 

BOMA International Releases New ADA Standards Compliance Guidebook

New Publication Helps Property Professionals Meet the Requirements of the 2010 ADA Standards

(WASHINGTON – September 27, 2011) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has released a new guidebook, Guide to the 2010 ADA Standards, to help architects, space planners, property managers and other property professionals meet the new requirements of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The new guidebook provides a comprehensive update to BOMA’s 1991 publication ADA Compliance Guidebook: A Checklist for Your Building and is the most up-to-date and in-depth analysis of the new ADA regulations. The 2010 ADA Standards are the first update to federal accessibility standards since the initial ADA Standards were issued in 1991.

The new guidebook helps property professionals understand and implement the revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) design standards implementing Title III of the ADA, adopted by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2010. The guide includes updated requirements for accessible routes and a variety of building elements, including employee work spaces, restrooms, reach ranges, sales and service counters, stairways, telephones, special rooms and spaces, recreation facilities and much more. It also includes updated policies and practices impacting services animals, power driven mobility devices such as Segway® Personal Transporters, and communication services such as video conferencing remote interpreting.

“Making our buildings accessible for all people is a top priority in our industry and we are proud to lead the way in helping property professionals comply with the latest standards,” remarked BOMA International Chair Boyd R. Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. “This guidebook is an unmatched resource for understanding the new rules and implementing them correctly, making it an essential publication for industry professionals.”

BOMA International has been a recognized leader in accessibility since the ADA was signed into law in 1991 and has had extensive input in key accessibility forums, including the ANSI A117 Committee and the ADA Accessibility Guidelines Review Advisory Committee.  Both committees have worked to set a foundation for consistency between accessibility requirements of federal law, model codes, and state and local regulations.

BOMA and its industry coalition partners led an effort to secure two critical elements to help facilitate a less complicated and more cost-effective transition to the new rules. The first is a broad "grandfather" clause that exempts all building elements that were constructed or altered in compliance with the 1991 rules. This grandfather exemption is in effect until those elements are subject to a planned alteration and also applies to the “path of travel” to an altered area. The second is the inclusion of a reasonable time within which to comply with the new rules. The revised regulations became effective on March 15, 2011 but are not mandatory for new construction and alterations and barrier removal until March 15, 2012.

Learn more about BOMA’s new ADA guidebook.

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

 

Property Professionals are Controlling Energy Consumption and Appealing Tax Assessments

New BOMA-Kingsley Report Shows a Decrease in Building Taxes and Utility Expenses

(WASHINGTON – September 26, 2011) Utilities and fixed expenses in commercial buildings decreased significantly in 2010, indicating that property professionals are focused on controlling utility costs and property taxes. Buildings saved $0.11 per square foot (psf), or 4.3 percent, in utilities expenses from 2009 to 2010. Fixed expenses, which are overwhelmingly comprised of real estate taxes, fell $0.40 psf in 2010, a decrease of 8.8 percent. The decrease in fixed expenses may reflect successful tax appraisal appeals by property owners and managers. The data was recently published in the Fall 2011 BOMA/Kingsley Report, a collaboration between the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International and Kingsley Associates.

Other key trends identified in the report include:

·         During 2010, owners and operators of private-sector office buildings in the U.S. spent $0.07 more psf than in 2009, an increase of approximately one percent. The largest increase in percentage terms occurred in the repairs/maintenance category, where expenses increased an average of $0.07 psf, or 4.1 percent.

·         Utility costs were, on average, 6.2 percent higher at buildings in downtown locations for 2010 when compared to all U.S. private sector buildings. Conversely, suburban buildings experienced utility costs 8.4 percent below this average. But both downtown and suburban buildings achieved decreases over last year’s utility expenses, with a 4.2 percent decrease for downtown buildings and a 5.9 percent decrease for suburban.

·         Government buildings outdid their private sector counterparts in utility savings with a 7.7 percent decrease, compared to 4.6 percent for U.S. private sector buildings.

·         Buildings in downtown locations saw a substantial decrease in fixed expenses (down 9.6 percent, by implication, through relatively steep valuation adjustments), but still reported expenses 18.0 percent above the U.S. private sector average. Fixed costs at suburban buildings decreased only 6.8 percent, but remain 23.1 percent below average.

·         Utility costs in the District of Columbia proper – already 54.8 percent above the national average – increased 8.3 percent, while in the Virginia suburbs they fell 10.3 percent and were 7.6 percent below the national average.

·         Miami and Philadelphia are both notable for the magnitude of the utility expense decreases they experienced (14.4 percent and 16.8 percent, respectively).

·         Atlanta and Philadelphia were among the markets with the lowest fixed costs in 2010 (31.3 percent and 31.5 percent below the national average, respectively). Boston and New York had relatively high fixed costs (85.8 percent and 124.9 percent above average, respectively).

“These findings demonstrate that despite a difficult commercial real estate market, the industry is finding innovative ways to decrease expenses and enhance asset values,” remarked BOMA International Chair Boyd R. Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. “In-depth analysis of this kind helps property professionals contextualize their own buildings’ income and expense data and track their performance against the market.”

The BOMA/Kingsley Report includes in-depth analysis of the latest income and expense data for commercial office buildings. Market-level trends for several cities—Atlanta, San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C.—is also included, as well as articles focusing on the impact of increased density on office operations and how technology is affecting the next generation of benchmarking.

The report was based on data from the Experience Exchange Report (EER)®, the industry gold standard for benchmarking income and expense data in commercial offices, providing valuable analytic insight into the performance and efficiency of individual buildings compared to other individual buildings and markets in the U.S. and Canada. The 2011 EER database includes more than 6,500 buildings from 278 different markets and more than 140 cities. 

The BOMA-Kingsley Report results were based on analysis of a control sample of buildings in the U.S., for which data was submitted in both 2010 and 2011, with minimal changes in total rentable area and occupancy. The main analysis examines trends based on building type, location, market, expense categories and more. This year's same-building data set includes 1,790 buildings and represents nearly 375 million square feet.

Read the full BOMA-Kingsley Report and learn more about the Experience Exchange Report.

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

 

CableLAN Receives Order for Fiber Optic Cables for Chinese Nuclear Power Plants

NORFOLK, MA- September 16, 2011 -  CableLAN Products, Inc. today announced that it has received two purchase orders from State Nuclear Power Engineering Corporation Ltd., Shanghai, China to supply fiber optic cables to four nuclear power plants being built in China. Click here to read the complete press release.

 

CSTI Offering Courses in November in Dallas

CSTI is offering Two (2) Courses in November:

  * How to Design, Estimate and Bid a Structured Cabling System

  * Hands-On Data Cable Installation

Please see "Attachment".  If you would like more information please call or email: Steve@CSTInstitute.com or call 214-319-6632 or 214-328-1717

 

Fiber Optics 123 – Certified Training from The Light Brigade in Miami, FL, December 6-9, 2011

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Course Level – Introductory to intermediate.  Beginners to experienced fiber technicians find the class and extensive hands on skills training beneficial.

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Google’s Milo Medin to Keynote OFC/NFOEC 2012 Plenary Session

Service Provider Summit Keynote Speaker Also Announced

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15—Google’s vice president of access networks, Milo Medin, is set to give a keynote presentation at the plenary session of the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC), taking place in Los Angeles March 4 – 8, 2012. Medin will speak on the topic “Bandwidth, Optics and the Age of Abundance.”

OFC/NFOEC has also tapped Stuart Elby, Verizon’s  vice president of network architecture and technology, and chief technologist of Verizon Digital Media Services (VDMS) to keynote the Service Provider Summit, OFC/NFOEC’s flagship show floor program covering topics of interest to CTOs, network architects, network designers and technologists within the service provider and carrier sector. Elby will speak on “Cloud Computing as a Service.”

“In recent years, OFC/NFOEC has expanded its programming for the enterprise and service provider communities, which includes featuring new players such as Google,” said Mehran Esfandiari of AT&T, one of OFC/NFOEC 2012’s general co-chairs. “Highlighting Milo and Stu in this type of high-level programming will provide OFC/NFOEC attendees with an unparalleled perspective on the future of optical communications from two powerhouse companies in the industry. As a chair of the conference and an attendee myself, I am eager to hear what these luminaries have to say about emerging areas such as cloud computing, data centers, and entrance by non-traditional service providers in the FTTH space. ”

At Google, Medin oversees the company’s Gigabit Fiber to the Home project and other efforts to improve access to the Internet. Prior to joining Google in 2010, he was founder and chief technology officer (CTO) of M2Z Networks. Before that he was co-founder and CTO of Excite@Home, where he led the development of the company's national infrastructure, and helped deliver the first large-scale residential broadband access service in partnership with major cable operators. Medin also held positions at NASA's Ames Research Center, where he managed the primary west coast interconnect for the Internet, and architected and managed the global NASA Science Internet. Before NASA, he worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, programming high performance computers in support of various defense programs.

Elby is responsible for Verizon’s overall solutions architecture, design, and development of VDMS’ platform-as-a-service products and the cloud computing infrastructure upon which they are delivered. Elby also leads the development of Verizon’s target network architecture with the goal of driving the industry to converge toward this target. In addition, he manages the design and specification of Verizon’s core services platforms including VoIP/IMS, video, cloud computing, and Verizon Wireless’ open network service delivery platform.

OFC/NFOEC will announce additional keynote speakers in the coming weeks. For more information on the conference and exhibition, visit www.ofcnfoec.org.

EDITOR’S NOTE: High-resolution images of Medin and Elby are available upon request. Contact Angela Stark, astark@osa.org.

About OFC/NFOEC
For more than 35 years, the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/ National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) has been the premier destination for converging breakthrough research and innovation in telecommunications, optical networking and, recently, datacom and computing. Uniting service providers, systems companies, enterprise customers, IT businesses and component manufacturers, along with researchers, engineers and development teams, OFC/NFOEC combines dynamic business programming, an exposition of more than 500 companies and cutting-edge peer-reviewed research into one event that showcases the trends and pulse of the entire optical communications industry.

OFC/NFOEC is managed by the Optical Society (OSA) and co-sponsored by OSA, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Communications Society (IEEE/ComSoc) and the IEEE Photonics Society. Acting as a non-financial technical co-sponsor is Telcordia Technologies, Inc.  Visit www.ofcnfoec.org.

 

Greenbuild Conference & Expo Closes with Inspiring Words for the Future of Green Building

23,000 delegates, sold out show floor demonstrate strength of green building movement

(TORONTO) Oct. 11, 2011 - The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo concluded last Friday with a closing plenary session featuring Canadian Minister Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour; First polar explorer to lead a team to both North and South poles, Robert Swan; Principal at John Picard & Associates and natural systems expert, John Picard; Australian artist/technologist and Director of NYU's xdesign Environmental Health Clinic, Natalie Jeremijenko, and other international thought leaders. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's New York City office was presented with the 2011 Leadership Award, commemorating the Mayor's extensive sustainability efforts throughout the city.

"So glad USGBC has brought together such an impressive group," Mayor Bloomberg said in his video presentation during the closing plenary. "You will reshape the world."

This year's Greenbuild conference featured four days of networking, educational sessions, green building tours, master speakers and plenary events. The 140,208 gross square meters of the North and South building expo floors of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre were fully sold out and comprised of 1,700 booths, 20 percent of which were Canadian companies.

This year, 233 exhibitors received USGBC's Green Exhibitor Award, which is a voluntary program that encourages sustainable practices on the expo floor above and beyond those required by the Greenbuild Mandatory Exhibition Green Guidelines (GMEGG), the greening requirements which all Greenbuild exhibitors must met or exceed. The Award recognizes the best of sustainable booth construction and tradeshow practices.

USGBC strives to leave a legacy of improved environmental practices in each of Greenbuild's host cities by working with the convention center, all vendors, and the local host committee to reduce the environmental impact of all Greenbuild programs. The Greenbuild model is helping to transform the global meetings industry earning the conference and expo the prestigious IMEX Green Meetings Award three years in a row.

"We had a fantastic show in Toronto this year," said Kimberly Lewis, Vice President, Conferences and Events, USGBC. "We celebrated 10 years of the conference by taking a look at 'What's Next' for green building and the future of our cities and nations. Now we look forward to next year in San Francisco, home to technological innovation and new ideas."

The theme of "automation" was woven through this year's educational sessions and programming, foreshadowing what's in store for Greenbuild 2012. LEED Automation emerged as a critical theme for the future of the LEED green building process, and since 2010, USGBC has been working with multiple LEED Automation partners-companies that are streamlining and changing the way LEED projects are documented and certified.

"LEED Automation and the idea of automation itself is a critical piece in not only 'What's Next' for green building but also 'What's Next' for LEED," said Scot Horst, SVP, LEED, USGBC. "Next year, as we look to launch LEED 2012, the update to the LEED program, we're working with our stakeholders to get it right."

LEED 2012 just completed its second public comment period and is anticipated to launch at Greenbuild 2012, taking place Nov. 13-16, 2012 in San Francisco, Calif. Visit greenbuildexpo.org and follow @greenbuild on Twitter.

**Media Resources**

Photography from Greenbuild 2011
Video footage from Opening Keynote & Celebration at Air Canada Centre
Video footage of speakers & sessions
Greenbuild fact sheet

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

About Greenbuild
The U.S. Green Building Council's Greenbuild International Conference & Expo convenes the industry's largest gathering of representatives from all sectors of the green building movement. Three days of extensive educational programming, workshops, a vast exhibition floor and ample networking events provide unrivaled opportunities to learn about the latest technological innovations, explore new products, and exchange ideas with other professionals. Greenbuild is the three time recipient of IMEX Green Meetings Award and its 2012 show will be held Nov. 13-16, 2012 in San Francisco, Calif. This past year's conference in Toronto drew 23,000 attendees and featured a sold out exhibit floor featuring more than 1,700 exhibit booths. Visit greenbuildexpo.org and follow @greenbuild for more information.

 

Incandescent Lamp Index Increases During Second Quarter'

ROSSLYN, Va., September 27, 2011—NEMA’s shipment index for incandescent lamps increased for the second consecutive quarter in Q2 2011, showing an improvement of 5.6 percent over the same period last year. Conversely, the index for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) declined for the fifth consecutive quarter. Moreover, the rate of decline in the shipments index accelerated to 18.5 percent on a year-over-year basis (y/y) versus 16.8 percent y/y and 8.7 percent y/y during Q1 2011 and Q4 2010, respectively.

The incandescent lamp share of 80 percent for the combined incandescent-CFL market is the highest reading since Q4 2007. Weakening demand for CFLs drove down its share of the combined CFL-incandescent market to 20 percent. The sales ratio for CFLs decreased to one out of every five lamps from one in four lamps ratio exhibited during the previous two years.

NEMA is the association of electrical equipment manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Worldwide annual sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion.

 

QuickTreX® Releases the Hyperion Electro-Tech Toolkit

Beachwood, NJ – October 11, 2011   QuickTreX®, a manufacturer of high quality datacom products, announces the release of the Hyperion Electro-Tech Toolkit. Designed for real world professional electricians, electronic technicians, premise network and low voltage and cabling installers, the Electro-Tech toolkit has all of the tools they will ever need and then some.

Part of the QuickTreX Artisan Series, the professional style Hyperion Electro-Tech Toolkit case is virtually indestructible, waterproof, and engineered to last a lifetime. The pallets are designed to maximize efficiency, capacity and aesthetics. It has ABS running rollers and a telescoping handle for ease of transporting.

The general hand tools include a set of 27 different screwdrivers and a 58-piece ratchet and driver bit set that includes a flexible shaft. It also includes professional electrical pliers, hammer, various wrenches, level, measuring tape, a 50 foot by 1/8” Steel Fish-Tape on an easy-wind reel, and more.

The datacom hand tools include professional-grade crimpers, termination tools, wire strippers, wire and Kevlar scissors, etc.

For Test and Trace there is a Cable tester with 8 remotes, Tone Generator and Probe for tracing cables. Protective eyewear and work gloves are included for safety. Utility tools include a tool pouch, hat with magnification, jeweler's loupe, and parts jars. It also contains a high-end LED flashlight with the unique Flashlight PAL flashlight holder.

“Today’s professionals are diversifying to keep their business strong in the current economy,” says QuickTreX founder Tony Casazza. “With the Hyperion Electro-Tech toolkit they will have everything they need for electrical, datacom, and more.”

For a detailed and complete list of all the tools and components of the kit go to http://www.lanshack.com/kit-hyperion-v2-qt.htm

A Special Introductory Promotion of $100 off is available through October 31st just for signing up for the e-newsletter. To obtain additional information, call QuickTreX at 800-642-8320 or visit the website at www.quicktrex.com.

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About QuickTrex

QuickTreX® is a manufacturer of high quality datacom products - such as copper cabling hardware, fiber optic cable assemblies, tools and testers - catering to the low voltage cabling industry for use in premise networks, security, and electrical applications. QuickTreX was founded to fill a need for products that are in tune with the technicians who use them. The QuickTrex R&D team is continually researching, staying ahead of developing trends in the market place, in order to offer quality innovative products. To obtain additional information, call 800-642-8320, or visit the website at www.quicktrex.com.

 

Latest Class of BOMA 360 Designees Stand out as Market Leaders

20 buildings conferred in major markets across the U.S. for third quarter 2011

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 6, 2011) The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International conferred 20 buildings with the BOMA 360 Performance Program® designation in the third quarter of 2011. Buildings in major markets across the U.S. earned the BOMA 360 designation, including San Francisco, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago and Washington D.C. To date, nearly 325 buildings have earned the BOMA 360 designation across 50 markets. BOMA 360 recognizes commercial properties that demonstrate best practices in building operations and management.

“The BOMA 360 Performance Program has quickly become the designation of choice for buildings that exhibit excellence across a broad range of building operations and management criteria,” commented BOMA International Chair Boyd R. Zoccola, executive vice president, Hokanson Companies Inc. “The building owners and property management companies of BOMA 360 designated buildings are market innovators with assets that have been proven to perform to the highest standard.”

The BOMA 360 Performance Program evaluates properties in six major areas: building operations and management; life safety/security/risk management; training and education; energy; environment/sustainability; and tenant relations/community involvement. The comprehensive nature of BOMA 360 means that every aspect of building performance is assessed, and scores are based on how buildings meet an extensive checklist of best practices.

Research indicates that BOMA 360 buildings are market leaders.  According to a recent study conducted by Kingsley Associates, buildings that achieve the BOMA 360 designation have higher tenant satisfaction scores in 47 out of 50 categories relating to tenant relations compared to commercial office buildings without the BOMA 360 designation. Plus, designees are achieving documented operational savings and performance efficiencies as a result of the BOMA 360 designation.

The new class of BOMA 360 buildings includes:

20 E. Thomas Tower
Phoenix, AZ
Owned by: LBA Realty Fund II – Company V, LLC
Managed by: LBA Realty LLC


50 Milk Street
Boston, Mass.

Owned by: Ponte Gadea Florida, LLC
Managed by: CB Richard Ellis-N.E. Partner, LP

125 Summer Street
Boston, Mass.
Owned by: EOP-125 Summer Street, L.L.C. Equity Office Properties
Managed by: Equity Office Properties


200 South Wacker
Chicago, Ill.
Owned by: 200 South Wacker Property Owner LLC
Managed by: Behringer Harvard

222 South Riverside Plaza
Chicago, Ill.
Owned by: Behringer Harvard South Riverside, LLC
Managed by: HPT Management Services, LLC


455 Market
San Francisco, Calif.
Owned by: Legacy 455 Market
Managed by: Cushman & Wakefield


505 Sansome
San Francisco, Calif.
Owned by: Transamerica Real Estate Investment Properties , LLC
Managed by: Cushman & Wakefield of California


1201 Eye St
Washington, DC

Owned by: 1201 Eye St NW Associates, LLC
Managed by: Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc


1325 G Street
Washington, DC

Owned by: Behringer Harvard 1325 G Street, LLC
Managed by: HPT Management Services

7500 Flying Cloud Drive
Eden Prairie, Minn.

Owned by: Flying Cloud Office, Inc.
Managed by: Ryan Companies US, Inc.


8300 Douglas at Preston Center
Dallas, Texas
Owned by: Parmenter Realty Partners
Managed by: Parmenter Realty Partners

Campbell Mithun Tower
Minneapolis, Minn.
Owned by: 222 South Ninth Street, LLC
Managed by: NorthMarq Real Estate Services, LLC


Capella Tower
Minneapolis, Minn.
Managed by: Ryan Companies US, Inc.


Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Atlanta, Ga.
Owned by: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Hines Warner Center
Woodland Hills, Calif.
Owned by: Hines Warner Center LP
Managed by: Hines Interests Limited Partnership

One Detroit Center
Detroit, Mich.
Owned by: 500 Woodward, LLC
Managed by: Portfolio Property Management Global

One MarketPointe
Bloomington, Minn.
Owned by: MIREF MarketPointe LLC
Managed by: Ryan Companies US, Inc.


One Ninety One Peachtree Tower
Atlanta, Ga.
Owned by: One Ninety One Peachteee Associates, LLC
Managed by: Cousins Properties Incorporated


SouthPark Towers-6000 Fairview
Charlotte, N.C.
Owned by: CSHV SouthPark6000,LLC
Managed by: CBRE


SouthPark Towers-6100 Fairview
Charlotte, N.C.
Owned by: CSHV SouthPark6100,LLC
Managed by: CBRE

Transamerica Pyramid
San Francisco, Calif.
Owned by: Transamerica Pyramid Properties, LLC
Managed by: Cushman & Wakefield of California

To view all the buildings that have received the BOMA 360 designation, visit http://www.boma.org/getinvolved/boma360/Pages/360Buildings.aspx.

For more information on the BOMA 360 Performance Program, visit www.boma.org/GetInvolved/BOMA360.

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

 

Jump-Start Estimating Program – New From McCormick

As part of a dramatic revamp of estimating systems it offers to contractors, McCormick Systems has rolled out the new WIN 1000 system – a great place to start for the small to mid-sized contractor.

A company seeking an estimating program to meet and exceed their needs will find this system designed to do just that – and at an affordable price. The WIN 1000 comes in editions for electrical contractors, those doing automated building systems (“low-voltage”) work, transmission & distribution contractors, and plumbing & mechanical companies.

“We had an ‘entry-level’ product before,” said President Todd McCormick. “With the 1000, we’ve refined it, improved it, and we now offer more features. A contractor starting out with this system could use it and be successful for many years.”

Notable features:

Database (included as standard) Complete with items and assemblies.

Three versions – pick one:

·   Single-user – a stand-alone system.

·   Gold – networkable on a LAN (Local Area Network).  More than one estimator can use the WIN 1000 in one location. What the contractor gets: No need to “merge” estimates from two or more people; a dramatic reduction in the chance for mistakes.

·   Platinum –networkable on a WAN (Wide Area Network). Employees at various locations can work with the WIN 1000 – a true multi-user estimating system.

Upgrade: McCormick also offers WIN 3000, 4000, and 6000 systems. When the contractor who has purchased the WIN 1000 is ready to upgrade, there is a 100% trade-in credit (no matter for how long the product has been owned and used). 

“We now offer four estimating systems, which can also be used for project management, each in three versions,” explained Todd McCormick. “And they’ve each been created to serve contractors in each of four markets – electrical, ABS, T&D, and plumbing & mechanical.

“We’ve done this in response to contractor requests. With these choices, the customer literally can have what he or she wants, and in precisely the way it needs to be.”

About McCormick Systems

Privately owned McCormick Systems (Chandler, AZ) is the nation’s leader in software used by specialty contractors for construction estimating and project management. The company’s products enable customers to quickly produce consistent, profitable estimates for electrical, plumbing & mechanical, building systems, high-voltage construction, service work – and more.

            More information: www.mccormicksys.com or 800-444-4890.

 

Meet 100+ higher education voice, data, and video professionals at ACUTA's Boston seminar

Attend ACUTA’s dual-track seminar at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel October 9-12. We are expecting about 120 attendees, who will all be the men and women who plan, direct and manage voice, data and video services on college campuses across the country.

Here are overviews of the two subjects that ACUTA will cover at this event:

Track 1: Emergency Communications Management

Colleges and universities continuously improve how they communicate in emergency situations. This track will showcase innovative technologies and techniques to coordinate multiple notification systems and social media. Presenters will share ideas about collaborating with public safety and emergency coordinators on campus and complying with E911 and other emergency regulations. Attendees will take home new perspectives about how communications tools can enhance the safety of the campus community.

Track 2: Supporting Users Communicating on the Move

Virtually all students, faculty, and staff are now using mobile devices from campus, home, and elsewhere, expecting full access to campus systems. This track will examine how campuses are using mobile devices and social media as tech support and emergency communications. Presenters will discuss how to work with carriers to provide converged mobile communications. Sessions will describe the technical details and collaboration involved in supporting and securing mobile users and integrating mobile devices into curricular and co-curricular activities. Presenters will also address regulatory proposals that will have an impact on mobile device privacy and content security.

In addition to interesting presentations, there will be plenty of time to interact with attendees one-on-one. Some of the schools and companies that are sending representatives to this meeting are listed at the end of this message.

I hope you will join us for this seminar. Please register online at www.acuta.org or call 859-278-3338

 

NAED Announces the Promotion of Executive Staff Members

ST. LOUIS… The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announces the promotion of three of its executives. Michelle McNamara has been promoted to senior vice president of NAED and executive director of the NAED Education & Research Foundation, Anita Bauer has been promoted to vice president of membership, and Edward Orlet has been promoted to vice president of government affairs.

A NAED staff member since 1998, McNamara most recently served as vice president of NAED and executive director of the Foundation. As senior vice president, she is responsible for the daily internal operations of the human resources, meetings and conferences, and member services departments. McNamara participates in appropriate conferences to promote NAED and build alliances with channel partners, outside educational organizations, and other trade associations. As executive director for the Foundation, she is responsible for overseeing fundraising activities, the NAED Learning Center, the update of existing educational courses, and the development of new education initiatives. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Bauer initially joined NAED in 1998 as member services manager. After spending a few years working for other associations, Bauer returned to NAED in 2004 as senior director of member services. She serves as a liaison to the membership, three NAED regional councils, the Board of Directors, Manufacturers Council and marketing groups. Bauer is also responsible for establishing and maintaining professional relationships with members, site visits, member recruitment, market area meetings, and product and service sales. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

Prior to joining NAED in 2001, Orlet worked as a distributor salesperson to mechanical contracting and OEM markets. He also worked on the legislative staff in the Illinois State Senate. In his current role, he leads NAED’s industry research and governmental affairs efforts. He serves as a registered lobbyist charged with representing NAED in Washington, D.C. and mobilizing NAED members at the grassroots level to advocate for NAED’s legislative agenda. Orlet also serves as facilitator for diverse distributor and cross-industry groups, as well as moderator for industry panels nationwide. He holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“We are pleased to announce that these key members of the NAED team have been promoted,” stated NAED President and CEO Thomas Naber. “These promotions recognize the contributions that they have made and will continue to make to the association and the electrical industry as a whole.”

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

 


NEMA will present the NTCIP Interoperability Showcase at the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in Orlando, Florida, October 17–19, 2011

ROSSLYN, Va., September 26, 2011—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the member companies for transportation management products will present the NTCIP Interoperability Showcase at the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in Orlando, Florida, October 17–19, 2011.

The NTCIP Interoperability Showcase is a full-scale demonstration to display the interoperability of commercially available NTCIP-compliant products. NTCIP standards define the communications protocols used for the remote command and control of surface highway transportation devices, typically between central control software applications at traffic management centers, and various field device types, such as traffic signal controllers, dynamic message signs, roadway weather information systems, and others.

NTCIP device interoperability will be demonstrated using a private wireless network for connectivity. Unlike other interoperability demonstrations, or “plug-fests,” this demonstration will be “distributed” across the entire Orlando Convention Center, and each of the 13 NEMA-member manufacturers of NTCIP products will have its own products in individual trade show booths. Connectivity will be demonstrated to the World Congress attendees, and participants will be able to select and change the functions of remote devices that are across the aisle or across the room.

NTCIP is the predominant family of communications protocols used for interoperable management of surface transportation devices in the U.S., and is being specified worldwide because of its flexible design, open development, and extensibility for unique features and functions.

The purpose of the NTCIP Interoperability Showcase during the World Congress on ITS is to demonstrate an environment with different central systems controlling the same or different field devices. NTCIP interoperability has been demonstrated previously, but this showcase is on a larger scale, will use “pick and choose” pairing of controlling software and devices, and uses a flexible “distributed” network approach for this trade show venue.

NEMA manufacturers are planning to reach the additional international audience expected at the World Congress. The public is invited to browse the conference website (www.itsa.org/events/majorconferences/18th-worldcongress) and visit the World Congress for informative technical sessions, transportation product demonstrations, and networking opportunities.

Participating member companies include Daktronics, Inc.; Intelight Inc.; Intelligent Devices, Inc.; Image Sensing Systems; McCain, Inc.; Peek Traffic Corporation; Siemens Industry, Inc.; Skyline Products, Inc.; Systems and Traffic Technologies USA, LLC; TMT Services and Supplies Ltd.; TraficonUSA, LLC; TransCore, ITS, Inc.; and Ver-Mac, Inc.

The NTCIP is a joint standardization project of AASHTO (Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and NEMA, with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (RITA ITS JPO).

For more information visit www.ntcip.org.

NEMA is the association of electrical equipment manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Worldwide annual sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion.

 


NEMA Publishes NEMA SB 11-2011 Guide for System Smoke Detectors

ROSSLYN, VA, September 29

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published NEMA SB 11-2011 Guide for Proper Use of System Smoke Detectors.

Developed by the Signaling Protection and Communication Section, the guide, now published with the SB 11 designation, provides technical information on basic fire alarm systems with a focus on early-warning smoke detection devices. Early warning smoke detection has contributed to saving more than 90,000 lives since 1970. This guide covers smoke detectors connected to a control panel, and has been updated to include the technology advancements over the past 10 years.

The contents and scope of SB 11 may be viewed at www.nema.org/stds/systemsmokedetectors.cfm. A hard or electronic copy may be purchased for $62 by visiting global.ihs.com or by contacting IHS at 800-854-7179 (U.S. only), 303-397-7956 (international) or 303-397-2740 (fax).

NEMA is the association of electrical equipment manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

 

NEMA Issues Statement on New Federal Rapid Response Team for Transmission

ROSSLYN, Va., October 5, 2011—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) today expressed its support for a new multi-agency effort to increase cooperation among federal agencies and accelerate federal approvals as they consider proposed electrical transmission projects that impact federal lands.

On a conference call this morning, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, and Department of Energy Senior Advisor Lauren Azar announced the creation of a Rapid Response Team for Transmission (RRTT) and an initial set of seven transmission projects that will benefit from increased federal coordination.

“NEMA has been pressing the federal government to give greater urgency to transmission projects that will modernize the grid, diversify our energy portfolio, and create manufacturing jobs,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis.  “Today’s announcement is an excellent first step, and NEMA will continue to advocate for a streamlined and expedited federal review process for all transmission lines, whether or not they cross federal lands.” 

It is commonplace for an essential transmission project to take more than a decade to be built as it goes through federal requirements pertaining to planning, cost allocation, environmental impact, and siting.  More obstacles remain at the state and local levels even after the federal government signs off.  As a result of the numerous regulations, approvals, and jurisdictions involved, a large number of projects never even get built.  NEMA highlights this lengthy and costly process in its Siting Transmission Corridors—A Real Life Game of Chutes and Ladders, which may be downloaded at www.nema.org/TransmissionCorridorsGameboard.

RRTT will identify from among nine federal agencies that signed an October 2009 Memorandum of Understanding on transmission coordination those that are affected by a given project, establish a lead agency to direct coordination, outline a timeline for federal actions, provide dedicated staff in each agency for each project, and keep the public apprised of progress through a new website on a project-by-project basis. 

“Transmission is the key that will unlock economic growth, energy security, and American competitiveness. This initiative is part of the solution,” said Gaddis.

 

New Nationwide Independent Poll Reveals Majority of Americans Support Federal Investment in "Green" Schools

One in Three Americans Say U.S. Schools in "Poor Shape"

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 5, 2011) -- A new independent nationwide survey reveals that nearly three out of four Americans support federal investment in school building improvements focused on creating healthier learning environments, saving tax dollars or lowering carbon emissions. The survey, sponsored by United Technologies Corp. and the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools, found that one in three of those surveyed said the majority of U.S. schools are in "poor" shape. Only six percent said U.S. schools are in "excellent" shape.

The independent survey of more than 1,000 Americans was conducted via telephone from Sept.23 - 25, 2011, by GfK Custom Research North America.

"Americans understand the importance of our nation's school infrastructure and see the urgent need for significant investments," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "Too many of our schools are outdated, woefully energy inefficient, unhealthy and negatively affect our children's ability to learn - and ultimately to compete in a global marketplace. In 2008 alone the U.S. deferred an estimated $254 billion in school facility maintenancei and inadequate investment into maintaining our nation's school infrastructure has led to a significant number of schools in need of major repair and replacement. That's unacceptable."

The U.S. Government Accountability Office reports that at least 25,000 U.S. schools are in need of extensive repair and replacement.ii

"These survey results demonstrate that the majority of Americans believe that maintaining our existing outdated, inefficient and wasteful school infrastructure simply isn't good enough - which is why the Center for Green Schools is driving the green schools moment," said Fedrizzi.

On average, green schools save $100,000 per year on operating costs - enough to hire at least one new teacher, buy 200 new computers, or purchase 5,000 textbooks.iii Green schools use 33 percent less energy and 32 percent less water than conventionally constructed schools, significantly reducing utility costs.iv If all new U.S. school construction and renovation went green today, the total energy savings alone would be $20 billion over the next 10 years.v

Additionally, a single green school can reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 585,000 pounds annuallyvi and, in a survey of green school administrators, 70 percent reported that green school construction reduced student absenteeism and improved student performance.vii

"A green school is an energy efficient school - meaning less money is spent on overhead like heating and cooling and more can be spent on keeping teachers in the classroom and getting them the resources they need," said Sandy Diehl, Vice President, Integrated Buildings Solutions, United Technologies Corp., and a Center for Green Schools advisory board member. "Investments in green school buildings generate positive outcomes in classrooms and communities everywhere. Investing in our school infrastructure today is an imperative."

The Center for Green Schools was launched in 2010 by the U.S. Green Building Council with United Technologies Corp. as the founding sponsor. The Center's goal is to drive change in how we design, construct and operate our schools so they will generate savings through improved energy efficiency and enhance student learning experiences in K-12 and higher education settings.

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

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

About United Technologies Corp.
United Technologies Corp.(NYSE: UTX), based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries. UTC's products include Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines, Sikorsky helicopters, Carrier heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, Hamilton Sundstrand aerospace systems and industrial products, Otis elevators and escalators, UTC Fire & Security systems and UTC Power fuel cells. More information can be found at www.utc.com and at www.powerofefficiency.com.

About GfK Custom Research North America
Headquartered in New York, GfK Custom Research North America is part of the GfK Group. The GfK Group offers the fundamental knowledge that industry, retailers, services companies and the media need to make market decisions. It delivers a comprehensive range of information and consultancy services in the three business sectors Custom Research, Retail and Technology and Media. The No. 4 market research organization worldwide operates in more than 100 countries and employs over 11,000 staff. In 2010, the GfK Group's sales amounted to EUR 1.29 billion. For more information visit www.gfkamerica.com. Follow us at www.gfkinsights4u.com or on Twitter @gfkamerica.

iBello, Mustapha A. and Loftness, Vivian. Addressing Inadequate Investment in School Facility Maintenance (2010). School of Architecture. Paper 50. Available here.
ii"School Facilities: Condition of America's Schools", United States General Accounting Office, 1995. Available here.
iiiKats, Gregory, et al. Greening America's Schools: costs and benefits, Capital E, 2006. Available here.
iv Ibid.
v Ibid.
vi Ibid.
vii "2005 Survey of Green Buildings," Turner Construction. Available here.

 

New Materials Spreadsheet Streamlines Data Flow into LEED Online

LEEDuser creates tool to significantly simplify product documentation for design and construction rating systems.

Washington, DC and Brattleboro, Vermont (October 5, 2011) –
BuildingGreen, Inc. is working with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to make improvements to LEED Online and streamline the task of documenting product information for LEED project submissions. This capability shows the value of suggestions from LEEDuser’s active members USGBC’s ongoing focus on improving the experience of teams using LEED Online.

Responding to comments from users of its popular online LEEDuser forum, BuildingGreen helped USGBC develop a downloadable spreadsheet that LEED project teams can use to compile product information for the Materials and Resources credits. Once completed, users can upload this spreadsheet to LEED Online instead of having to transfer product data manually. “This feature is especially useful for general contractors, who typically take responsibility for tracking and submitting product data,” said BuildingGreen President Nadav Malin.

One contractor described their process as follows: “Currently, we use Excel to record the data we harvest from the subs, then when it's all complete, we manually input it to LEED Online.” LEEDuser members have responded enthusiastically to the news that this new tool is coming, and especially appreciate that it is built into LEED Online directly and available to them at no charge. LEED project teams can download the spreadsheet from the Credit Resource Upload Utility section of LEED Online.

“We are constantly looking for ways to make the LEED certification process easier and more streamlined for our LEED users,” said Scot Horst, SVP, LEED, U.S. Green Building Council. “Working with companies like BuildingGreen helps to increase capabilities in a collaborative meaningful way for project teams.”

The USGBC Greenbuild 2011 Conference and Expo in Toronto will feature more news about improvements to LEED, and more strategic LEED support from LEEDuser (at BuildingGreen booth 434N).

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 79 local affiliates, nearly 16,000 member organizations, and more than 166,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. GDP from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org, or follow us at www.twitter.com/USGBC or www.facebook.com/OfficialUSGBC

About BuildingGreen and LEEDuser BuildingGreen, Inc. is dedicated to providing the building industry with knowledge that informs practice. BuildingGreen engages directly with industry partners and provides a variety of online resources, including LEEDuser, GreenSpec, and Environmental Building News. We provide design and construction professionals with practical insights, engagement opportunities, and software resources to exceed clients' energy and environmental performance expectations. LEEDuser, created in collaboration with USGBC, is the venue of choice for professionals working on LEED projects to gain insights and exchange ideas. Visit LEEDuser.com for more details.

 

Released by MarketWatch: Concert Technologies CEO Selected Among Top CEOs in Greater Washington Region for Smart100 CEO List

Concert Technologies, the leader in nationwide multi-site technology rollouts and international technology deployments, announced the selection of its President and CEO, Dennis Mazaris, to be featured as part of the SmartCEO Magazine's 2011 Smart100 list. Mazaris is profiled in the Smart100 Book and was recognized at an exclusive book launch event held by the publication at the Meridian House in Washington, DC.

Smart100 is an elite list comprised of CEOs in the Greater Washington, DC area that have demonstrated an exceptional level of leadership, strategic vision and character in running a successful business. The 2011 Smart100 Book, released September 14, is distributed to more than 45,000 C-level executives across the Mid-Atlantic and is also available online.

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About Concert Technologies

Concert Technologies has a wide breadth of services designed to complete your technology rollout as quickly and efficiently as possible. With over 180,000 rollouts completed and more than 15 years of industry experience, we have the system of methodologies in place to provide you with the technology rollout services needed to achieve your business goals.

Learn more about our services

 

NFPA NEWS

10/11/2011College Fire Safety Video Contest now open for voting                                                         

10/06/2011Alternative Energy and Electrical Safety Standards Symposium Slated for December     

10/05/2011NFPA awards 29 cities and towns Remembering When scholarships    

10/05/2011NFPA names two regional electrical code specialists   

10/04/2011Domino’s Pizza of Canada joins the National Fire Protection Association and Sparky the Fire Dog to deliver fire safety messages        

10/03/2011Domino’s Pizza delivers fire safety messages with NFPA and Sparky the Fire Dog         

09/27/2011NFPA issues new standard to prevent fires and explosions during gas pipe purging        

09/19/2011Sparky the Fire Dog® competes in Advertising Week 2011’s online contest for the most popular icons and slogans in the U.S.           

09/19/2011Gearing up for Fire Prevention Week with useful tools  

09/16/2011NFPA releases 2010 “Fire Loss in the U.S.” report       

09/16/2011The Fire Protection Research Foundation to develop research needs agenda for NIST’s Engineering Laboratory    

09/15/2011Happy 60th Birthday, Sparky the Fire Dog®!   

:http//www.nfpa.org

 

BICSI ANNOUNCING THE 2011 CARIBBEAN DISTRICT FALL CONFERENCE

Tampa, Fla., October 4, 2011—BICSI, the international association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, announces details for the 2011 BICSI Caribbean District Fall Conference.

The conference, which will be held November 3 at the Colegio de Ingenieros y Agrimensores de Puerto Rico (CIAPR) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, hosts a variety of technical sessions focusing on new ITS technology. Several exhibitors will also be present to speak with delegates about their latest offerings.

This year’s conference topics include:

• AV System Design

• NECA/BICSI 607 Bonding & Grounding Practices

• Converged Infrastructures

• Next Level of Network Analysis

• Connectivity Trends

• Design Considerations & PR Regulations

In addition, BICSI President Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, CSI, will be in attendance and will deliver a presentation entitled "BICSI Worldwide."

For complete details regarding the 2011 BICSI Caribbean District Fall Conference, visit https://www.bicsi.org/event_details.aspx?sessionaltcd=CN-CARIBB-1111.

ANUNCIANDO EL CARIBE Conferencia de Otoño de 2011 DISTRITO

Tampa, Florida, 04 de octubre 2011—BICSI, la asociación internacional que apoya a los sistemas de tecnología de la información (STI) de la industria con la información, la educación y la evaluación de conocimientos, anuncia los detalles de la Conferencia de otoño de BICSI Distrito del Caribe, 2011.

La conferencia, que se celebrará 03 de noviembre en el Colegio de Ingenieros y Agrimensores de Puerto Rico (CIAPR) en San Juan, Puerto Rico, alberga una gran variedad de sesiones técnicas haciendo hincapié en las nuevas tecnologías de STI. Varios expositores también estarán presentes para hablar con los delegados sobre sus últimas ofertas.

Temas de la conferencia este año incluyen:

• AV Diseño de Sistemas

• NECA / BICSI 607 Fianzas y Prácticas de puesta a tierra

• Infraestructuras Convergentes

• Siguiente Nivel de Análisis de Redes

• Tendencias de conectividad

• Consideraciones de diseño y Regulaciones PR

Además, el presidente de BICSI Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, CSI, estará presente y hará una presentación titulada "BICSI en todo el mundo."

Para detalles completos de la Conferencia de otoño de BICSI Distrito del Caribe, 2011, visite https://www.bicsi.org/event_details.aspx?sessionaltcd=CN-CARIBB-1111.

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

 

BICSI and PSA SECURITY NETWORK Partner to Promote Electronic Safety and Security Training

Tampa, Fla., October 4, 2011—BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, has partnered with PSA Security Network® (PSA), the world’s largest electronic security cooperative representing security system integrators, to promote training and credentialing for the electronic safety and security systems industry.

Electronic safety and security technology is rapidly evolving and has integrated beyond the network grid. Fast-paced change, coupled with the need for industry professionals who have the educational knowledge about the entire industry, has led to the partnership between BICSI and PSA. BICSI’s premier security credential, the Electronic Safety and Security (ESS) Designer, is of particular importance in assisting with providing security, protection and life safety-based systems. ESS Designers are at the forefront of IP Convergence, IP Video Surveillance, Access Control and Intrusion Detection Systems.

“This partnership is an essential step toward increasing the visibility and knowledge of both organizations’ education, training and credentialing in the field of electronic safety and security,” said BICSI President Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, CSI. “BICSI is eager to work closely with PSA in the coming months to accomplish that goal.”

“We are delighted to have a partnership with BICSI,” stated PSA’s President and CEO, Bill Bozeman, CPP, CHS. “Our integrators are focusing more and more on network-based technology, and the educational advantages BICSI has to offer in this space are second to none. We look forward to working with BICSI to accelerate our security integrators’ capabilities and success in network-driven technology deployments.”

Some of the cooperative activities will include co-marketing the security programs of each organization, highlighting PSA’s security-related educational opportunities and BICSI’s ESS Design credential, as well as related courses and publications. In addition, the agreement allows for reciprocal coverage in the organizations’ industry publications, and booth space and speaking opportunities at both BICSI and PSA’s conferences.

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About PSA Security Network

PSA Security Network (www.buyPSA.com ) is the world’s largest electronic security cooperative with members responsible for over $2 billion annually in security, fire, and life safety installations. These leading security systems integrators specialize in the design, installation, integration, and maintenance of access control, video surveillance, intrusion detection, fire, and life safety systems.

Contact: Lisa Cole Miller, LisaC@PSAsecurity.com, +1 303.450.3467

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

 

BICSI MEMBERS ELECT NEW OFFICERS TO SERVE ON BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tampa, Fla., October 6, 2011—BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, has completed the 2012-13 Board of Directors Election as members have elected five board members to serve two-year terms. In voting that ended September 30, members have selected the following individuals:

PRESIDENT-ELECT: Michael Collins, RCDD, CCDA, NCE, AT&T, Houston, Texas
Collins is an Associate Director at AT&T, with overall responsibility for technical sales, design integrity and revenue assurance in AT&T’s 22-state National Business Markets segment. He has previously served two terms on the BICSI Board of Directors as U.S. South-Central Region Director. Collins has also served as Chair of three BICSI committees: the Education Advisory Council, the Installation Infrastructure Methods Committee and the Exhibitor Liaison Committee. His telecommunications industry experience spans 35 years.

TREASURER: Brian Ensign, RCDD, NTS, OSP, Legrand/Ortronics, York, Penn.
Ensign currently serves as the Director of Technology for Legrand/Ortronics and is responsible for technology activities focused on delivering training, solutions and value-added initiatives to Legrand’s customers and the industry. He is an active member of BICSI, TIA and the IEEE 802.3 Technical Committees, and was the Vice Chair of the TIA Category 6 Consortium. He is the current BICSI Northeast Region Director, a position he has held for the past four years. Throughout his career, Ensign has always held responsibility for financial and sales budgets and has been successful at maintaining the requirements set forth.

EUROPEAN REGION DIRECTOR: Brendan “Greg” Sherry, RCDD, NTS, WD, DatacenterDynamics, Havering atte Bower, United Kingdom
Sherry is the General Manager for DatacenterDynamics. He has been involved in the IT industry since 1976 and has specialized in infrastructure design and installation for over 25 years. He is very keen to promote the benefits of continuous education within the industry and has been committed to doing so for more than 12 years. Having previously served four years on the BICSI Board of Directors as the European Region Director, Sherry has a good understanding of what the role entails and the level of commitment required to carry out the job function.

U.S. NORTH-CENTRAL REGION DIRECTOR: Christy Miller, RCDD, RTPM(i), BCL Enterprises, Inc., West Chester, Ohio
Miller is the President, CEO and owner of BCL Enterprises, Inc. In that capacity, she negotiates consulting contracts with architects, owners and construction managers geared toward the educational market. Throughout her career, she has overseen projects ranging from $500K to $15M in budget. Miller involvement with BICSI includes membership in the Building Information Modeling (BIM) Subcommittee, the Emerging Professionals Task Force and the Membership and Marketing Committee. In addition, she is also a BICSI Master Instructor.

U.S. NORTHEAST REGION DIRECTOR: Carol Everett Oliver, RCDD, ESS, Berk-Tek, Lancaster, Penn.
Oliver is a Marketing Analyst at Berk-Tek, A Nexans Company. There, she has driven new initiatives, including focusing on structured cabling systems for electronic safety and security (ESS) applications. Oliver is the Vice Chair of BICSI’s Exhibitor Liaison Committee .

“These newly elected individuals will play essential roles in shaping the future of BICSI,” said Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, CSI, BICSI President. "Congratulations to all of them! Although serving in this capacity calls for a lot of work, it is a very rewarding experience. I can safely speak for the rest of the BICSI Board of Directors when I say that we look forward to working closely with our new Board members in moving our organization forward.”

The new officers will officially be inaugurated in February 2012 during the BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla.

 

BICSI FALL CONFERENCE CLOSES WITH HUMOR AND INSIGHT

Tampa, Fla., Sept. 26, 2011—BICSI, the association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment, concluded another successful Fall Conference & Exhibition Thursday, September 22. With almost 3,800 individuals in attendance throughout the week, the conference featured more than 20 educational sessions, including the two closing general session technical presentations: “10 Gig Electronics Finally Catch Up,” by Zachary Sherman of Transition Networks and “Smart Building,” by David Allen of McKinstry Company.

The Closing Keynote Presentation was given by comedian Don McMillan, an engineer-turned-comedian who was part of the team that designed the world’s first 32-bit microprocessor. McMillan offered an amusing look at the progression of technology and BICSI, offering statistics and observational humor. McMillan was the $100,000 Grand Champion on TV’s “Star Search” in 1993 and has made numerous other television appearances.

The Fall Conference has been met with much enthusiasm by conference attendees. “If nothing else, these BICSI conferences are awesome,” said Trey Harrison, RCDD, of Hill Electric in Madison, Wis. “I just reconnected with a colleague from 25 years ago,” he continued, indicating his associate, Carl Zielinski, RCDD, of Karpinski Engineering in Cleveland, Ohio. “We worked together for one of the first cabling-only companies. The quality of the speakers [at this conference] was very relevant to the market.”

James Embury, RCDD, of Swanson Rink Consulting Engineers in Denver, Colo., is also pleased with the conference. “The economy is beginning to improve, so it’s a good return on investment to be here! I’m getting plugged back in with the vendors and contractors.”

Throughout the conference, BICSI Cares, BICSI’s charitable arm that supports children’s charities, collected donations from attendees. All funds collected were presented to Kaitlin’s Mobility Foundation, a charity that provides funding and resources to families of special needs children in Washington state. This support is available to offset the cost of mobility equipment necessary both medically and to improve the quality of life for the children.

BICSI President Brian Hansen, RCDD, NTS, CSI, closed the conference thanking everyone for attending and announcing the dates for some of the upcoming conferences in 2012, including the 2012 BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition, April 29-May 2, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, and the 2012 BICSI European Conference & Exhibition, June 11-13, in Brussels, Belgium.

The 2012 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition will take place February 12-16, in Orlando, Florida.

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

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

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

 

Millimeter Wave System Company Siklu Signs Distribution Agreement with Connectronics

Connectronics Will Distribute Siklu’s Economical E-band

EtherHaul Systems for Mobile Backhaul, Enterprise Communications

Petah-Tikva, Israel, October 5, 2011 – Siklu, a pioneer in the wireless backhaul market, has signed a distribution agreement with Connectronics, a leading wireless product distributor, for Siklu’s millimeter wave radio systems, which deliver unparalleled price-performance value.

The agreement is the latest for Siklu, which recently established a presence in North America and has begun offering in that market its carrier-grade millimeter wave Gigabit Ethernet radio solutions.

Under the agreement, Connectronics will offer Siklu’s EtherHaul millimeter wave E-band system to its network of value added resellers, system integrators, and Internet service providers.

The EtherHaul  radio operates in the licensed E-Band spectrum, which is ideal for shorter-distance high-bandwidth connections. The truly innovative all-silicon design of EtherHaul enables a price point that is as low as one-third that of competitive systems.

Siklu’s systems are installed in numerous operator and enterprise networks across Europe and will be commercially available in the North American market in the fourth quarter of this year. EtherHaul’s first public showing in North America will be at the 4G World conference and Expo in Chicago October 24-27, where Siklu is in Booth #1531.

Enabling the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership, solutions from Siklu incorporate on-board networking capabilities and are ideal not only for mobile backhaul applications, but also Carrier Ethernet business services and enterprise and vertical needs.

“Siklu's EtherHaul system is a great product, and we anticipate significant demand for it among our customers,” said Rob Timm, President of Connectronics. “With its industry-leading price and its performance and value, it will be extremely attractive to our customers. We are definitely pleased to add EtherHaul to the broad range of wireless and connectivity products that Connectronics is known for.”

“We welcome this agreement with Connectronics, a well respected top tier distributor with a broad customer base,” said Ilan Moshe, who heads Siklu’s North American activities. 

Moshe added, “We recognize the rapidly growing need for a solution such as EtherHaul in North America. For instance, mobile operators face a huge challenge in providing sufficient backhaul capacity for mobile broadband applications, particularly in congested urban areas. Enterprise campus communications and security installations face similar challenges, and our agreement with Connectronics will make it easier for them to implement our E-band solution.”

About Siklu

Siklu has been committed to reducing the cost of high capacity wireless backhaul solutions since 2008. The company’s success centers on an innovative silicon-based design of the E-band radio system and components that has resulted in systems priced as low as 30% of competition. The EtherHaul delivers gigabit speeds over the uncongested millimetric wave spectrum and is ideal for a wide range of urban and metropolitan Ethernet wireless backhaul applications. Serving providers around the world, Siklu Communication is based near Tel Aviv, Israel. Learn more at www.siklu.com .

About Connectronics

Connectronics is a distributor of wireless and connectivity products, selling to VARs, ISPs and system integrators since 1982. Based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Connectronics’ mission is to distribute industry-leading wireless and connectivity products which exceed customer expectations and assist in the design and development of wireless backhaul, PTMP, WiMAX, mesh and client access solutions. For more information about Connectronics, call 888-245-8363 or visit www.connectronics.com.

 

Annual North American FTTH Trade Show Opens with Sold Out Exhibit Hall, Strong Attendance

(ORLANDO, FL) - With the theme "Lighting the Economy," the 2011 Fiber to the Home Conference & Expo opened today in Orlando, with conference-goers setting their sights on demonstrating the critical role all-fiber networks will play in spurring economic recovery and business growth.

Nearly 2,000 industry executives converged on Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort for the start of the three-day event, which includes dozens of learning sessions and industry panels, as well as North America's largest trade show dedicated to exhibiting FTTH products and services.  Conference organizers said that despite the lagging economy, attendance numbers will likely equal or exceed last year's strong turnout, while all available space in the exhibit hall, the North American FTTH industry's largest, has been sold out for weeks.

 "Although it may not be the best of times for the overall economy, the robust turnout at this year's FTTH conference reflects an enormous interest in next-generation connectivity as an engine of growth," said Kyle Hollifield, Vice President Marketing and Business Development for BVU Authority and the Chairman of this year's event.

The conference attracts representatives from many of the nearly 800 telecommunications companies and other broadband entities that provide fiber to the home services - which are now available to more than 20 percent of North American households - as well as from FTTH equipment manufacturers and engineering firms that build all-fiber networks.

The event features an EXPO Hall with 130 companies showing the latest in FTTH technologies, products and services, as well as a special "Fiber Zone," where more than a dozen companies will be giving live, hands-on demonstrations of ultra high-bandwidth services, applications and equipment.  Visitors will be able to experience live services, hands-on activities and interactive product demonstrations that showcase services best facilitated by FTTH, including high definition IPTV and 3D-TV, home networking technologies, high-def videoconferencing, telemedicine, smart-meters and other green technologies in home energy management, multiplayer online gaming, and FTTH delivery systems - GPON, GE-PON, Point-to-Point, WDM-PON and Active Ethernet systems with indoor and outdoor ONT's.

The keynote address will be delivered on Thursday by Virginia P. Ruesterholz, executive vice president of Verizon and president of Verizon Services Operations (VSO), a global, shared-services business group that operates Verizon's wireline network.   Ruesterholz had previously served as president of Verizon Telecom, where she led the company's rollout of its FiOS fiber to the home service.  Verizon is now the largest North American FTTH network operator, providing advanced and innovative broadband experiences to more than four million U.S. households and ranking as the seventh largest provider of subscription video services in the country.

On Friday, a panel discussion on broadband policy and regulation will feature Blair Levin, who was executive director of the National Broadband Plan at the Federal Communications Commission and now leads Gig.U, an initiative to bring super-fast Internet connections to communities where America's leading research universities are located.  Also joining that panel is Richard Whitt, Washington Telecom and Media Counsel for Google Inc., who will discuss his company's efforts to promote the development of all-fiber networks, including the gigabit-enabled service that Google is building in the Kansas City area.

In addition, leaders from across the FTTH industry will share their knowledge about FTTH technologies, deployment techniques, operations and business practices in a series of panel discussions that include Large Carrier Perspectives, MDU Considerations, Marketing in a Broadband Applications Driven World and Lighting the Economy.

For the third year, the FTTH Conference & Expo will offer learning sessions, conducted in Spanish, aimed at fiber to the home opportunities in Latin America. These will coincide with a meeting of the FTTH Council's Latin American Chapter in Orlando during the week of the conference.

AT&T, Corning and Viamedia are the Platinum Sponsors for the 2011 FTTH Conference & Expo.

About the Fiber-to-the-Home Council
Now in its tenth year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections - as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks.  The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Its mission is to educate the public and government officials about FTTH solutions and to promote and accelerate deployment of fiber to the home and the resulting quality of life enhancements such networks make possible.  The Council organizes North America's largest annual FTTH event, the FTTH Conference & Expo, which will be held September 26 - 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.   More information about the Council can be found at www.ftthcouncil.org.

 

Megladon New Product Release of Upgraded Angle Polished HLC® ScratchGuard® Fiber Optic Patch Cords Gains Market Acceptance

Austin, Texas, September 13, 2011 – Megladon Manufacturing Group took a monumental step for the CATV market by adapting the HLC process to angle polished connectors. Angle polished connectors have been used for years in high speed video transport applications due to inherent low reflection characteristics. The fragile nature of fiber mating surfaces, however, has continued to plague an industry that is more competitive than ever.

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

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

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

“Up until now CATV and high speed video applications have not been able to take advantage of our HLC patented processes due to standardization on angle polish connectors. Now they can not only experience the HLC SCRATCHGUARD durability, but we added a reduction in insertion loss and reflection over traditional angle polish products,” said John Culbert, President of Megladon.

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

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

 

North American FTTH Continues on Impressive Growth Track

All-Fiber Network Deployment Showing New Level of Activity
in Canada and Mexico

(ORLANDO, FL) - More than 7.6 million North American homes now receive their Internet, video and/or voice services over end-to-end fiber networks, according to a report commissioned by the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council.

The figure reported by market analysis firm RVA LLC showed an increase of 1.15 million FTTH households over the past year, for an annual gain of 18 percent in the number of homes served by fiber to the home networks.

The RVA report also showed that FTTH service is now available to 22 million homes on the continent, a gain of about 10 percent in FTTH "homes passed" over the past year.

The latest FTTH deployment numbers were released today at the industry's annual trade show, the 2011 FTTH Conference & Expo, which is underway this week in Orlando, FL.

RVA President Mike Render noted that 2011 has been a year in which Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean have begun to register significant FTTH deployment activity, with four percent of total new connections happening in Canada and five percent occurring in Mexico and the Caribbean.

"While fiber to the home deployment in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean had barely scratched the surface in previous years, it appears that the FTTH providers in those countries are now out of the starting gate, and I expect see continued growth in their fiber activity going forward," said Mike Render, President of RVA.

About the Fiber-to-the-Home Council
Now in its tenth year, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is a non-profit association consisting of companies and organizations that deliver video, Internet and/or voice services over high-bandwidth, next-generation, direct fiber optic connections - as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks.  The Council works to create a cohesive group to share knowledge and build industry consensus on key issues surrounding fiber to the home. Its mission is to educate the public and government officials about FTTH solutions and to promote and accelerate deployment of fiber to the home and the resulting quality of life enhancements such networks make possible.  The Council organizes North America's largest annual FTTH event, the FTTH Conference & Expo, which will be held September 26 - 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.   More information about the Council can be found at www.ftthcouncil.org.

 

Third-Party Tests Confirm Leviton Opt-X® Unity System Exceeds 40/100G Standards

Intertek testing shows new 24-fiber MTP® system complies with IEEE performance requirements

Bothell, WA – September 15, 2011 – Leviton Network Solutions, a division of Leviton Manufacturing Inc., announced that its Opt-X Unity 40/100G Fiber System has been tested and verified by third-party group, Intertek Testing Services (ETL), to exceed performance requirements under 40GBASE-SR4 and 100GBASE-SR10 standards. Opt-X Unity 40/100G Fiber System provides a single, simple connectivity solution that gives data centers a clear migration path to new high-speed applications.

Intertek tested eight different fiber channel configurations to assure compliance to the maximum insertion loss and link distance requirements specified in the IEEE 802.3ba standard. The channels used all of Leviton’s OM3 and OM4 system components, including pre-terminated multifiber termination push-on (MTP®) trunks, MTP modules, MTP array harnesses and MTP array patch cords. The channels were configured with two, three, four and five mated connector pairs in lengths of 100, 150 and 300 meters to reflect typical data center applications as well as maximum flexibility for 40G or 100G applications. The five mated pair configuration, for example, used two MTP array patch cords, two MTP-MTP modules and 150 meters of OM4 cable. All 24-fiber channels were set up and tested as specified in TIA-568-C.0, and tested to the maximum channel insertion loss of 1.9 dB for OM3 and 1.5 dB for OM4 as specified in IEEE802.3ba standard.

“Having third-party labs test and verify the performance of our products is important to Leviton as we have set a high standard that our customers expect when purchasing a Leviton solution,” said Dave Mullen, senior product manager of fiber products at Leviton. “This ETL testing validates Leviton’s channel performance and assures customers that the Leviton Opt-X Unity solution will support their needs as they migrate to 40G or 100G.”

The Opt-X Unity System uses a premium low-loss MTP 24-fiber ferrule with a maximum insertion loss of 0.35 dB. The variation in loss between each channel tested was minimal, demonstrating consistent performance for all samples tested. The typical MTP connector loss on OM4 was 0.20 dB, well below the 0.35 dB maximum allowed for the connector, providing 40 percent margin under the maximum allowed. The system performance with five mated pairs and 150 meters on OM4 fiber had 23.7 percent average margin per channel under the 1.5 dB maximum loss allowed by IEEE 802.3ba.

The Opt-X Unity 40/100G Fiber System is available through Leviton’s distribution channels. To learn more, visit www.leviton.com/opt-xunity.

ABOUT LEVITON NETWORK SOLUTIONS

Leviton Network Solutions was created more than 25 years ago to meet the growing need for telecommunications and high-speed data technologies. Today, the division is dedicated to producing complete network infrastructure systems for the enterprise, data center, government, education, health care, and residential markets. The division’s copper, fiber, and power solutions include structured cabling systems, enclosures, PDUs, and much more. All Leviton products are engineered to exacting standards and offer guaranteed performance. For more information, visit Leviton.com/ns.

ABOUT LEVITON

Leviton is a global leader in electrical wiring devices, network and data center connectivity, and lighting energy management systems. Leviton was founded at the turn of the 20th century, and has grown to become a preeminent leader in the industry. Today, Leviton’s product portfolio consists of more than 25,000 devices and systems used in homes, businesses and industry. Nine out of ten homes throughout North America use products made by Leviton. Builders, electrical contractors and other industry professionals rank Leviton products #1 in brand preference. Leviton products are the smart choice for smart professionals. For more information, visit www.leviton.com.

ABOUT INTERTEK

Intertek is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 24,000 people in more than 100 countries around the world. For further information, visit www.intertek.com

 

TIA Releases the U.S. ICT R&D Policy Report, Urges U.S. Policymakers to Take Action to Reinvigorate Investment in ICT Innovation

The United States has long stood as the unrivaled leader in information and communications technology (ICT). With the largest ICT market in the world, the U.S. economy has reaped substantial benefits from the ICT sector itself and its multiplier effect as a catalyst for growth and productivity in other sectors.

U.S. primacy in ICT innovation is the result of a strong, unparalleled research ecosystem consisting of robust university and industrial research institutions, emerging start-ups, mature technology companies, private financing, federal funding and a pool of talented researchers. While the U.S. still boasts the strongest research ecosystem in the world, we are beginning to see signs of erosion specific to the ICT sector that threaten U.S. leadership as competing nations take strong steps to attract investment in ICT research and development to build innovation-based economies.

Just released, TIA's U.S. ICT R&D Policy Report examines research funding challenges facing the U.S. research ecosystem including: a growing gap in basic ICT research funding, a temporary and less generous R&D tax credit, the need for improved accounting of ICT research throughout the federal government, and the need for greater ICT industry input into agency funding priorities.

To overcome these challenges, TIA makes the following recommendations in the new report:

» Recommendation 1: Facilitate greater private investment in basic research through enactment of a permanent, simplified, R&D Tax Credit.
» Recommendation 2: Fully fund the Wireless Innovation Fund (WIN) and increase future funding for targeted ICT research. Funding for ICT research should encourage multi-year federal research plans and demonstrate a commitment to basic research.
» Recommendation 3: Continue appropriations to fulfill the authorization levels included in the COMPETES Act (PL 111-358) and remain on the path to double the basic science budget by FY2015.
» Recommendation 4: Improve coordination and accounting of ICT research throughout the federal government. There needs to be a better coordinated effort including all agencies conducting ICT research that allows all entities to understand what efforts are occurring at all levels as well as better accounting to verify funds directed to ICT research are in fact being used for ICT research.
» Recommendation 5: Promote polices that stimulate broadband deployment and research. Identify innovative research breakthroughs that will decrease the cost of broadband deployment, which would further the goal of Internet access for all Americans. The National Academy of Sciences should convene a panel to investigate gaps in broadband research.
» Recommendation 6: Institute policies that encourage cooperation and information sharing with other nation's research efforts to ensure that there is a coordinated approach to solving problems and thus avoid the allocation of scarce research resources in a duplicative fashion.
» Recommendation 7: Facilitate greater ICT industry input into agency funding priorities, so that there can be better coordination between research and commercialization.

The full report is available online at TIA's Government Affairs White Papers page.

About TIA
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence and networking. Since 1924, TIA has been enhancing the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment.

TIA's 2011 Market Review & Forecast, is available for purchase online at the TIA store. TIA members receive a discount of more than 60 percent off of the cover price. Review copies are available for qualified media.

View video news programming on TIA Now at http://www.tianow.org.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Visit tiaonline.org.

 

TIA Takes Cloud Computing by Storm

New Cloud Standards White Paper Issued; Cloud Experts Featured Live on TIA Now Sept. 30, Nov. 16; ‘Optimizing the Cloud' a TIA 2012 Education Track in June

Arlington, Va. – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) launched new Cloud Computing initiatives this week, addressing cloud computing standards development, educating industry and government through timely web programming, and announcing a cloud computing education track at its annual event in June.

Under the federal government's "Cloud First" plan, which sets a goal of devoting 25% of all federal IT spend on Cloud Computing initiatives, one question that demands immediate attention is: Will the ICT industry be able to keep up with the burgeoning market in federal demand for secure cloud products and services? Watch TIA Now's "All the Angles," this Friday, Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. EDT, when industry leaders, journalists and analysts will offer their unique and thought-provoking perspectives on "The Cloud and its Biggest Customer."

In the standards developing arena, TIA's Cloud Computing Task Group (CCTG) has just released a report on Cloud Computing proposing a strategy to address existing TIA standards and how they impact cloud technologies and standards.

The report finds that, based on current cloud experiences and the work of other organizations on cloud standards, some key interoperability issues can be anticipated around security, reliability, privacy, quality of service, accessibility, and manageability of cloud usage. While other groups are looking at these from a cloud-centric viewpoint, TIA will address these for interactions between TIA standards and cloud standards.

"Cloud computing is a technology that crosses the borders of traditional communications and touches on the expertise in several of our existing Engineering Committees," said Herb Congdon, TIA Associate Vice President of Technology and Standards. "This report provides a complete view of the TIA standards development committees and identifies how each can contribute to a comprehensive cloud computing systems program."

The CCTG anticipates existing TIA standards will interact with clouds in areas such as: telecommunications cabling systems, wireless telecommunications, vehicular telematics, smart devices, smart utility networks, healthcare ICT, etc.

Download the report for free at TIA's Research and Resources page at tiaonline.org. To inquire about participating in TIA standards developing efforts, please contact Germaine Palangdao at +1.703.907.7497 or at gpalangdao@tiaonline.org.

Increase Your Cloud Acumen

Also, register for TIA Digital Marketplace video webinar on Cloud Computing, scheduled for Wed., Nov. 16. TIA's Cloud Computing report and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's efforts in Cloud standards will be the focus of the webinar. Registration is free, but you must preegister to attend.

Optimizing the Cloud at TIA 2012

Join TIA at its annual conference and summit, TIA 2012: Inside the Network, June 5-7, 2012 in Dallas. "Optimizing the Cloud" will be one of several education tracks at TIA 2012, where service providers will gain the information they need to insert them¬selves into the cloud services value chain by redefining their roles to expand beyond connectivity and provide Web-based applica¬tion delivery services. For more information, go to http://www.tia2012.org/.

About TIA
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence and networking. Since 1924, TIA has been enhancing the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment.

TIA's 2011 Market Review & Forecast, is available for purchase online at the TIA store. TIA members receive a discount of more than 60 percent off of the cover price. Review copies are available for qualified media.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Visit tiaonline.org.

 

U.S. Green Building Council Makes Commitment at Clinton Global Initiative to Build a New Orphanage and Children's Center in Haiti

Project Haiti to be LEED certified; HOK providing pro bono design services

New York (Sept. 20, 2011) - The U.S. Green Building Council's Project Haiti announced today at the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting that it will build a brand new orphanage and children's center in Haiti as its Commitment to Action.

Project Haiti is an Orphanage and Children's Center to provide for the immediate health and emotional needs of orphaned children in Haiti and offer a pathway to adoption. Together with dedicated partners including design partner HOK, Lendlease, Adaptive Building Solutions and Fondation Enfant Jesus, USGBC is committed to catalyzing the unrivaled passion, expertise and generosity of the green building movement to construct a new facility and provide the people of Haiti with both a powerful symbol of hope and a model of sustainable building practices for rebuilding their country.

"Project Haiti is our commitment to the children of Haiti to not only provide a safe shelter, but to provide a model of sustainable construction that can be replicated throughout the country," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "It comes out of our ongoing resiliency agenda to help devastated communities rebuild in ways that provide safer, more durable buildings that also save resources made more precious by the aftereffects of natural disasters. Our commitment at CGI gives us the opportunity to help keep the spotlight on the massive needs of this community and provide a small measure of relief to children who are so desperately in need."

The USGBC commitment is addressing a multitude of issues currently facing Haiti, including access to pediatric healthcare, orphan security, adoption and placement, as well as a retraining of Haitian workers in sustainable building practices. Through the design and construction of this orphanage, which will be LEED® certified, USGBC will provide a global, replicable model of high performance green building practices.

"We're grateful that the USGBC community has stepped up to not only help us raise the funds for this effort, but provide leadership in so many arenas. Notably, HOK, one of the world's leading architectural design firms stepped up to provide their services pro bono, allowing us to stretch the dollars raised to their highest use. We are grateful for their support," said Fedrizzi.

"We are proud to be the USGBC's design partner for Project Haiti," said HOK director of sustainable design Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C. "This challenge - to design, build and operate a showcase sustainable project in Haiti - is a unique opportunity for our design team. We are getting much more than we are giving."

About Project Haiti
Immediately following the earthquake, USGBC appealed to our national membership to support the rescue and relief efforts of the William J. Clinton Foundation, which was already deploying life saving emergency services to the people of Haiti. Through support of this ongoing appeal and President Clinton's clarion call to action to not just restore Haiti, but to assist it in becoming the strong, secure nation its people have always desired and deserved, USGBC decided we needed to do more and to take responsibility for what we could do to both answer the President's call and provide a model of how to rebuild. To prove what is possible not in words but in action.

With the land secured and the designated charitable organization identified, USGBC and its project partners are now engaged in a full-fledged capital campaign to support the construction of the first LEED orphanage and children's center in Haiti. USGBC and its partners are committed to utilizing the skills of Haitian based companies and their native employees.

Following construction of the orphanage and children's center, the center will be operated by the Foundation Enfant Jesus. Established in 2003, the Foundation is a non-government, non-denominational, apolitical charitable organization, which successfully operated the original orphanage on the building site. The construction site and currently condemned orphanage is located in Del Mas, Rue Fernand de Baudiere, in Port au Prince.

About Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $63 billion. The 2011 Annual Meeting will take place Sept. 20-22 in New York City.

This year, CGI also convened CGI America, a meeting focused on developing ideas for driving economic growth in the United States. The CGI community also includes CGI U, which hosts an annual meeting for undergraduate and graduate students, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young CGI members for leadership development and collective commitment-making. For more information, visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.

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

About HOK
HOK is a global architectural firm that specializes in planning and design solutions for sustainable buildings and communities. Through its collaborative network of 25 offices worldwide, the firm delivers design excellence and innovation to clients globally. Founded in 1955, HOK's expertise includes architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, sustainable consulting, lighting, graphics, facilities planning and assessment, and construction services. In 2011, DesignIntelligence magazine ranked HOK as the #1 role model for sustainable and high-performance design.

 

USGBC's Greenbuild Conference Officially Kicks off in Toronto

23,000 leaders of the "regeneration" captivated by Friedman, Roberts, Fedrizzi, Farmer and others at the Air Canada Centre Greenbuild Conference & Expo in Toronto

(TORONTO) Oct. 6, 2011 - The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Greenbuild International Conference & Expo kicked off in Toronto yesterday with 23,000 delegates from around the world showcasing the latest in green building products, technologies and innovations. Beginning with an opening plenary celebration event at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday evening, 2011 marks Greenbuild's 10th year. Greenbuild is the world's largest green building conference & expo.

"This is the first time Greenbuild has been held outside of the U.S. and Toronto is a fitting place to celebrate 10 years of Greenbuild," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC. "Last night's opening event featuring renowned leaders like Thomas Friedman, Dr. Paul Farmer, Cokie Roberts and others was a spectacular look into the future and what's next for green building."

Fedrizzi kicked off the event, welcoming the crowd to Greenbuild. Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas Friedman talked about the necessity of a green revolution: "We're not having a green revolution (right now); we're having a green party. In revolutions, people get hurt - companies are forced to change or they die." He added, "Our revolution will be here when the word green disappears."

Friedman also spoke about and the importance of price signals and long term fixed consumer demand. He talked about "loops" that are shaping the future, including how the rising food prices lead to political instability which leads to oil crises, and so on. He spoke of a broader intersection of climate change, population growth and globalization, taking a page from his book, Hot, Flat and Crowded 2.0. Friedman identified 1979 as a year when we began down our path of consumption, pollution and climate change, and pointed to the 2008 economic crisis as the wakeup call when both the market and Mother Nature crashed. Ending with a call to action, Friedman said, "The challenge we have today is that we must become the regeneration."

When Friedman told the crowd that they were "too dumb to quit," he was met with enthusiastic applause and agreement.

Fedrizzi returned to the stage as the event turned to USGBC's Resiliency Agenda, "The green building movement will jumpstart a fragile and struggling economy," said Fedrizzi. "Resilience in Haiti is about rebuilding and education - harnessing a culture's spirit." ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts moderated a panel featuring medical anthropologist Dr. Paul Farmer, former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell and Friedman on the topic of resilience. Farmer reflected on his work in Haiti before the 2010 earthquake and the rapidly mobilized global response in the time following the disaster. "The earthquake forced us to reconsider how we build infrastructure, and that's a good thing," said Farmer.

Campbell praised attendees' work toward a greener built environment, noting, "This group understands that we have a challenge. Instead of being in denial about climate change, [they're] looking for solutions."

USGBC also introduced Project Haiti, its initiative in partnership with HOK to build a LEED Platinum orphanage in Port-au-Prince. "If we can build a LEED Platinum building here in the poorest country in the western hemisphere, we can build one anywhere," said Roger Limoges, chief of staff, USGBC.

Fedrizzi ended his remarks with a look to the year 2037, envisioning the day when the USGBC closes its doors, having accomplished its seemingly unachievable mission. Imagining what USGBC would announce when that day comes, Fedrizzi said simply, "we changed the world."

Chart-topping rock band Maroon 5 closed out the evening on a celebratory note with an energetic performance featuring hits like "Moves Like Jagger," and "Misery."

A long-time champion for the environment, Maroon 5 went carbon neutral for its 2007 tour, performed at the Live Earth Inaugural Ball in 2009 and was honored at the 2006 Environmental Media Awards. The band has also taken the stage in support of Haiti, launching the Haiti: Aid Still Required campaign movement earlier this year, and played at "A Night to Benefit Haiti" in Los Angeles.

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

About Greenbuild
The U.S. Green Building Council's Greenbuild International Conference & Expo convenes the industry's largest gathering of representatives from all sectors of the green building movement. Three days of extensive educational programming, workshops, a vast exhibition floor and ample networking events provide unrivaled opportunities to learn about the latest technological innovations, explore new products, and exchange ideas with other professionals. Greenbuild is the three time recipient of IMEX Green Meetings Award and the 2011 show will be held on Oct. 4-7, 2011, in Toronto, Canada. Last year's conference in Chicago, Ill. drew more than 28,000 attendees and featured more than 1,800 exhibit booths. Visit www.greenbuildexpo.org for more information.

 

FROM CSC - BICSI Accredited Webinar (1 CEC): The New TIA-1179 Standard for Healthcare Facilities

November 1st (11 AM to Noon CST)

Healthcare facilities face many unique challenges when designing and migrating their network cabling infrastructure. From unique workstations, to electromagnetic interference and infection control requirements, healthcare facilities need contractors, suppliers and designers who understand what they need. Fortunately, the new ANSI/TIA-1179 standard provides guidance for meeting these requirements. It also addresses the increased bandwidth demand brought on by government regulations and emerging healthcare technologies like telemedicine.

Attend this webinar for key takeaways on the new TIA-1179 Standard. BICSI Credit (1 CEC)

Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/436648296

 

Advanced Fiber Solutions New DR500 Series Handheld OTDR is available


Advanced Fiber Solutions, a leading provider of fiber optic test equipment, announced today the launch of its new compact portable Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR). The new DR-500 series OTDR will aid technicians and cabling contractors in troubleshooting fiber optic cabling systems. It is designed to offer high resolution with numerous wavelength and range options. As one of the most compact OTDR’s on the market today, weighing less than 1.6 pounds, it is ideal for handheld use and pocket transportation.

"The OTDR will provide both the experienced and inexperienced technician with an easy-to-use installation tool for both maintenance and trouble shooting," said Garreth Conachy, Advanced Fiber Solutions President and CEO. "We have manufactured the product to be extremely rugged, in addition to ensuring it has a long battery life to enable technicians to continue testing up to eight hours."

This industry leading OTDR offers four different performance classes with a dynamic range of 23dB through 43dB. The unit supports both a manual mode for the expert user which enables parameter setup and an automatic mode for the less experienced user. It enables one touch auto run testing. The unit utilizes active sync for seamless USB connectivity with desktop software for advanced data analysis and storage capabilities.

Advanced Fiber Solutions concentrates on the development of complete fiber optic test equipment solutions. Their goal is to create innovative products that will equip our customers to be as efficient as possible. At Advanced Fiber Solutions, our products reflect our experience developing and supporting fiber optic test equipment for thousands of users. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality products, the most complete service and responsive support for their customers.

About Advanced Fiber Solutions
Advanced Fiber Solutions, founded in 2002, and based in Easton, MA offers a complete line of fiber optic test equipment. As such its goal is to create innovative products that will equip the telecommunications industry to be as efficient as possible. At Advanced Fiber Solutions, the products reflect an in-depth experience developing and supporting fiber optic test equipment for thousands of users. http://www.afsi.us

 

NAED Partners with American Lighting Association to Offer Lighting Courses

Educational expansion allows distributors to gain thorough lighting knowledge for customers

ST. LOUIS… The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announces that a new partnership has been formed with the American Lighting Association (ALA) to offer a series of lighting courses to NAED members at the ALA member price.

“We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with the ALA to expand NAED’s educational offerings,” said Thomas Naber, NAED president and CEO. “With access to all of the online Lighting Associate training courses, electrical distributors will be better equipped to position themselves as a resource for information on lighting products.”

The ALA Lighting Associate courses include in-depth lighting information on newer technologies such as LED or solid state lighting (SSL), as well courses that focus on specific types of lighting design. NAED members are not eligible for the Lighting Associate certification. The courses may be purchased individually or the full package of all ten courses may be purchased at a discounted rate.

“The Lighting Associate webinar program provides indispensable training on the fundamentals of residential lighting,” said Dick Upton, CCE, ALA president and CEO. “This series is a must for anyone interested in lighting design.”

Following is a complete list of training courses:

  • Course 1: Fundamentals of Lighting and Electricity
  • Course 2: Introduction to Light Sources
  • Course 3: Introduction to Decorative Lighting
  • Course 4: Introduction to Recessed Lighting
  • Course 5: Introduction to Track Lighting
  • Course 6: Introduction to Ceiling Fans
  • Course 7: Introduction to Energy Efficient Lighting
  • Course 8: Introduction to Outdoor and Landscape Lighting
  • Course 9: Introduction to Dimming and Lighting Controls
  • Course 10: Introduction to Kitchen and Bath Lighting

These courses can be ordered through the ALA member store by visiting http://www.americanlightingassoc.com/Members/Member-Store.aspx. Those requesting the ALA courses should indicate that they are a member of NAED. Upon purchase, NAED members will be able to access and track the ALA courses through the NAED Learning Center. For more information, contact NAED Member Services at memberservices@naed.org or 888-791-2512.

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

 

TIA Bids Farewell to Retiring Board Member and Treasurer Charlie Fox

Arlington, Va. – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) welcomes its newest member of the board of directors, Stephen C. Mitchell, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Networks Division, TE Connectivity. Mitchell leads the company's global Enterprise Networks team with sales, marketing, product management, engineering, operations and development reporting to him.

"We're very excited to have Steve on board," said TIA President Grant Seiffert. "His familiarity with enterprise networks at TE Connectivity will help guide TIA as we explore new business opportunities in this important sector for our member companies."

Before being named to his current position at TE Connectivity, Mitchell served for several years as vice president of sales, global marketing and customer service for ADC Telecommunications. Prior to that, he spent 13 years in several management positions at Marconi Communications – including vice president of sales for major markets, vice president of sales for access systems, and vice president of sales for strategic accounts and emerging markets. He began his career with Burndy Corporation and JJM Sales.

TIA bids farewell to Treasurer and long-time board member Charlie Fox, TE Connectivity's retiring Global Director, Business Development. Fox has more than a decade's worth of service as a TIA board member and has worked in the ICT industry for more than 38 years, much of that time with TE Connectivity (formerly Tyco Electronics).

"We will greatly miss Charlie's active involvement as a TIA board member and the wealth of expertise and knowledge he brought to the table," said Seiffert. "His dedicated service will always be greatly appreciated. We congratulate him on his long career and retirement and wish him the best of luck."

About TIA
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence and networking. Since 1924, TIA has been enhancing the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Visit tiaonline.org.

TIA's Board of Directors includes senior-level executives from ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, ANDA Networks, AttivaCorp, Cisco Systems, Dow Chemical Company, Ericsson, Inc., GENBAND, Inc., Henkels & McCoy, Juniper Networks, ILS Technology, Intel Corporation, Intersect, Inc., LGE, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, OneChip Photonics, Panasonic Computer Solutions Co., Qualcomm, Research In Motion, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation, Tellabs, TE Connectivity, Ulticom, Inc., Walker & Associates and WirefreeCom, Inc. Advisors to the Board include FAL Associates.

About TE Connectivity
TE Connectivity Ltd. is a leading global provider of engineered electronic components, network solutions, undersea telecommunication systems and wireless systems, with 2010 sales of US$12 billion to customers in more than 150 countries. TE Connectivity designs, manufactures and markets products for customers in industries from automotive, appliance and aerospace and defense to telecommunications, computers and consumer electronics. With nearly 8,000 engineers and worldwide manufacturing, sales and customer service capabilities, TE Connectivity's commitment is its customers' advantage. More information on TE Connectivity can be found at http://www.te.com/

 

NECA NEWS

Growth and Innovation Earn Triple Honors for Rosendin Electric

10/11/2011

NECA-member Rosendin Electric was named Electric Specialty Contractor of the Year in California by ENR California magazine, earned a spot on the 2011 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators, and took home a Gold Vision Award from Constructech magazine — all within a matter of days in late September. They must be doing something right!

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Ohio Wind Powers Energy Solutions Summit

10/11/2011

The first Ohio Energy Solutions Summit was held Sept. 30 and included the dedication of a new wind turbine at the Toledo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Center.

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First Responders Learn Electrical Fire Safety From the Pros

10/10/2011

 First responders like firefighters and police are accustomed to quickly assessing dangerous situations when they arrive at an emergency, but what should they do when that emergency involves electrical dangers?  The Inland Empire Labor Management Cooperation Committee, the Southern Sierra's Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Locals 440 & 477 recently sponsored a series of classes on electrical safety for first responders.

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Feds Establish Rapid Response Team for Transmission

10/07/2011

The Obama administration has created an inter-agency Rapid Response Team for Transmission (RRTT) to expeditite and simplify the building of transmission lines in the United States. Seven transmission line pilot projects that could benefit from increased federal coordination have been identified.

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New and Improved EMI Meets NECA Members’ Management Education Needs

10/06/2011

NECA’s new and improved Executive Management Institute (EMI) was successfully launched Sept. 21-25 at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

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University of Maryland Takes Top Honors in 2011 Solar Decathlon

10/05/2011

WaterShed from the University of Maryland, in the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon, took home top honors from the prestigious competition on Oct. 1 after two weeks of testing and countless visitors. Beyond the students' hard work, their innovative designs and technology used in these student competitions illustrate future possibilities for electrical construction.

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FERC Commissioner Mark Spitzer Confirmed as Keynote Speaker at NECA Energy Forum

09/30/2011

Marc Spitzer, Commission to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), will speak at NECA's 2011 Energy Forum in San Diego, Oct. 22.

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3M Recalls G-Series Self-Retracting Lanyards

09/29/2011

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Mike Johnston Discusses EVSE in American Garage Magazine

09/26/2011

Mike Johnston, NECA executive director, standards and safety, added his expertise on electric vehicle supply equipment to an article in the fall issue of American Garage magazine, now available to subscribers.www.americangaragemagazine.com/content/subscribe-now

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Southern Contracting Co. Kicks Off Retrofit of 80 Percent of San Diego City Street Lights

09/23/2011

Tim McBride, President of San Marcos, Ca –based Southern Contracting Co. was recognized at press conference in San Diego as installation began on the city's  new lighting upgrade project which will retrofit 80 percent of the city’s street lights to energy-efficient fixtures.

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NECA-Member VEC Leverages BIM Expertise on Massive Pipe Mill Project

09/23/2011

On the eve of groundbreaking for a massive steel-rolling pipe mill, it was discovered that nearly 200,000 feet of underground embedded conduit needed to be redesigned and re-routed. NECA contractor VEC, Inc. brought Building Information Modeling into the project and saved the day!

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MCAA Hosting Two BIM Seminars in Baltimore — and You’re Invited!

09/22/2011

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America is hosting two back-to-back seminars on Building Information Modeling, October 17 & 18 in Baltimore, and all MEP contractors are all invited to attend at the MCAA-member price.

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Coulson Quoted in ENR on Hope for 3% Withholding Repeal

09/22/2011

Lake Coulson was quoted in an article in the upcoming issue of Engineering News-Record about what NECA hopes will be permanent repeal of the 3% withholding rule.

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3% Solution May Come This Fall With Repeal Vote

09/17/2011

With a move afoot to tie repeal of the 3% withholding rule to job creation, a groundswell of support rising for repeal, and House Republicans pledged to act on repeal this Fall, the odds for finally doing away with this onerous mandate have never looked better!

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Allen Breeze Is New Keynote Speaker for NECA 2011 Energy Forum

09/16/2011

Allen Breeze, Senior Vice President for Schneider Electric – Power Business USA, will be a keynote speaker at the first NECA Energy Forum in San Diego, Oct. 22.

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NECA Well Represented in Updating Electrical Safety Standard 70E

09/16/2011

The 2012 edition of NFPA 70E, the Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace is now available. John Luke (ESCO Safety) once again represented NECA as a principal to the 70E Technical Committee. This article also links to information on the changes.

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NECA Contractors Take Lead in Updating National Electrical Code

09/15/2011

NECA is represented on every single one of the technical committees updating the National Electrical Code, and member contractors chair an impressive number of them. But anyone can participate in the revision process by submitting change proposals to NFPA by the November 4 deadline.

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NECA Member Works On "Electric Avenue" in Portland

09/09/2011

 NECA Member, Hughes Electrical Contractors worked with PGE and Portland State University to create “Electric Avenue,” making electric vehicles and charging stations accessible to Portland, Oregon

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2012 IBEW-NECA Employee Benefits Conference Registration Open!

09/09/2011

The 2012 IBEW-NECA Employee Benefits Conference will be held January 26-27, 2012, at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club.

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OSHA, EEI Reach Settlement on Digger Derricks; What Happens Next?

09/06/2011

A settlement has been reached regarding EEI's challenge to OSHA's changes to 1926 Subpart CC, Cranes and Derricks in Construction.

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Emphasis on Safety Pays Off with Dramatic Decline in Construction Fatalities

09/01/2011

Not much has changed in the recently released preliminary results of the 2010 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries — except that the number of construction fatalities declined by nearly 10 percent between 2009 and 2010 and by almost 40 percent during the past five years!

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BREAKING NEWS - 10/13/11 Electric West has been cancelled. So don't miss the NECA SHOW


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